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A MANNISH TOOLBOX INDEED

A MANNISH TOOLBOX INDEED So, you pull into the pits, or maybe it's the camping area that adjoins the race venue. There, surrounded by the Bounder motor coaches, box vans and travel trailers of the Gucci racing set, you begin to…
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ROCKSHOX TAKES THE MIDDLE GROUND

ROCKSHOX TAKES THE MIDDLE GROUND     RockShox issued an official statement on its position regarding the proposed oversized steerer, headtube and headset standard that was recently put forth by the OnePointFive coalition. The gist…
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HOW TO PATCH A TUBELESS TIRE–JAN 17

HOW TO PATCH A TUBELESS TIRE--JAN 17 (Check out the April Issue Of MBA for the complete story!) Yeah, we all know how to repair a tube, but try to glue that same patch to the inside of a tire carcass and it will flake off faster than…
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BALFA’S NEW BELAIR–JAN 9

BALFA'S NEW BELAIR--JAN 9 (Press Release) BALFA CYCLES of Montreal, Canada is proud to present the first pictures of its new frame simply called BELAIR, available late winter 2002 as a frameset or complete bike. The frame bears…
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MOUNTAIN CYCLE BOUGHT BY KINESIS–DEC 21

MOUNTAIN CYCLE BOUGHT BY KINESIS--DEC 21 Mountain Cycle, the mid-sized mountain bike builder who revolutionized the stodgy stick-figure hardtail with its monocoque San Andreas dual-suspension chassis--and led the way with the first…
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MBA TESTS THE 5TH ELEMENT–NOV 27

MBA TESTS THE 5TH ELEMENT--NOV 27 "I wouldn't have asked you to come along for this if the shock isn't as good as it is." I'm Eddie Arnet and that was what RC told me while loading coffee, herbal tea, riding gear and cameras into the…
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SPECIALIZED 2002 SNEAK PEAK

SPECIALIZED 2002 SNEAK PEAK MBA editor Jimmy Mack traveled to Specialized for a first-look at their 2002 lineup. The first order of biz was lighter and stronger aluminum alloys for S-Works and Stumpjumper models. The M-5 stuff is…
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THE 2002 TREK FUEL–JUNE 26

THE 2002 TREK FUEL--JUNE 26 Trek's honches paid a visit to MBA last week and gave us a preview of some 2002 tidbits. The dual-suspension Fuel gets some new technology in the form of moldable carbon fiber, a liquid substance…
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THE NEW CURNUTT/FOES SHOCK—JUNE 26

THE NEW CURNUTT/FOES SHOCK?JUNE 26 HOW IT WORKS Because the Curnutt valving system is incredibly simple (one-fifth the parts of a typical washer-stack piston), it is difficult to explain its operation with words alone Click Here For…
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MAGURA: INSIDE THE GERMAN BRAKE KING

MAGURA: INSIDE THE GERMAN BRAKE KING By John Ker Magura brakes have been around for a long time. In the last decade, they became the stoppers of choice for John Tomac, Shaun Palmer, Jurgen Beneke, Henrik Djernis and Bart…
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WE TEST THE MAVERICK

WE TEST THE MAVERICK Paul Turner's take on the ultimate trailbike You?ve heard the buzz about Maverick American, the Colorado think tank. Its a design firm headed by the man who founded RockShox and forever altered the course of…
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A NEW GENERATION OF MTB MOVIES—MAY 29

A NEW GENERATION OF MTB MOVIES?MAY 29 CONTACT A Film By: Reed Merschat Starring: Jeff Lenosky, Ryan Leech, and Lance Trappe Locations: England, Incline Club Skatepark, and the rocks of Utah Available through: www.crfilms.com for…
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THE 2002 ROCKSHOX DUKE –MAY 24

THE 2002 ROCKSHOX DUKE --MAY 24 By Jimmy Mac We had a chance to ride the new Duke Race at a product introduction RockShox held in Durango, Colorado. The Duke impressed us on our initial ride with its steering performance and…
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ALISON DUNLAPS PRO BIKE–MAY 8

ALISON DUNLAPS PRO BIKE--MAY 8 Only one American pro cross-country racer is able to consistently make the podium at the World Cup level: GTs Alison Dunlap. As a result, we?d expect that GT goes to extra lengths to make sure that her…
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GENUINE INNOVATIONS SECOND WIND PUMP

GENUINE INNOVATIONS SECOND WIND PUMP By now everyone should be carrying a pump with them when they're out riding. There's no excuse to be "that guy" who never has a pump or tube. Genuine Innovations has come out with a micro pump…
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FLICK TRIX IRON HORSE PRO SHOP

FLICK TRIX IRON HORSE PRO SHOP Since toys have become a thriving industry for BMX bikes and motorcycles, why not mountain bikes too? Flick Trix is selling this kit that builds up two complete bicycles: one downhill bike and one…
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SoBe Adrenaline Rush vs. RedBull

SoBe Adrenaline Rush vs. RedBull Just thought we?d do a quick review and comparison of two of our favorite energy drinks. SoBe Adrenaline Rush tastes great, kind of like grapefruit juice and gingerale. Our test supply quickly became…
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AXO Vertigo Shoe

AXO Vertigo Shoe If you're looking for a shoe with added ankle support, this may be it. Although it claims to be a recreational shoe, it's a top choice for trailriding, aggressive freeriding and downhill. The recessed cleat makes…
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Shimano SH-MP65 Shoes

Shimano SH-MP65 Shoes This is the new clipless BMX/dual/downhill shoe from Shimano. It's stiff enough to pedal well in clipless without loosing the input from the pedal, like so many other shoes. The recessed cleat lets the shoes…
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Maxxis 24×2.7-inch Tires

Maxxis 24x2.7-inch Tires We just got a set of these new twenty-four inch treads from Maxxis. Although the jury is still out whether or not the smaller tire in the back is really any advantage or not, there are still tons of riders…
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Maruchan Chili Flavor Ramen

Maruchan Chili Flavor Ramen So I know all of you are thinking, "Why is there ramen in here?" Well most of us have to eat this stuff on long road trips or after we buy new bikes. I stumbled across this new flavor and it's renewed my…
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Atomic Aircorp Pedals

Atomic Aircorp Pedals Mike from Atomic Laboratories just sent us these great platforms. They feature adjustable setscrew pins to let the rider fine tune the traction. The pedals feature high quality German bearings so these should…
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SRAM Trigger Shifters

SRAM Trigger Shifters Finally, we've gotten our hands on the long awaited SRAM trigger shifters and they look like they were worth waiting for. They should be ideal for riders who just can't seem to get comfortable with the idea of…
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