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MR. DIRT GIZMO CHAINGUIDE

MR. DIRT GIZMO CHAINGUIDE Here's the newest guide from Mr.Dirt. The Gizmo features new Derlin rollers to decrease drag on the chain and the inner plate has been raised to the level of the outer bash guard. This is pretty much the…
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MANITOU X-VERT SUPERNOVA

MANITOU X-VERT SUPERNOVA One of the beefiest single-crown forks we've seen. It's perfectly tailored for dirt jumpers, hard freeriders and slalom racers. The Nova has 105 mm of travel and features the same lowers that Manitou uses…
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PROFILE GAS PEDALS

PROFILE GAS PEDALS These are some of the most impressive platform pedals that we've seen in the office for a long time. The pedal bodies are machined from a giant piece of 6061 aluminum. The Gas pedals should hold up to whatever…
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AZONIC ORS STEM

AZONIC ORS STEM Looking for a shorter stem to help the handling of your bike and don't want to go with any of the really heavy downhill models? The Azonic ORS series of stems might be just what you want. They are cold-forged and…
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OURY MOUNTAIN BIKE GRIPS

OURY MOUNTAIN BIKE GRIPS You're either going to love or hate these grips. They feature super-thick soft squares that take the edge off of big hits and damp the vibrations transmitted to your hands when you're riding. Riders with…
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TROY LEE DESIGNS COMBAT GUARDS

TROY LEE DESIGNS COMBAT GUARDS Combat guards are the new knee/shin combos from Troy Lee Designs. At first glance they look like they probably were made to catch baseballs rather than to ride mountain bikes. They're a bit longer than…
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INTENSE SHOES

INTENSE SHOES Jeff Steber of Intense Cycles has teamed up with 5.10, the climbing shoe manufacturer, to design a new Slalom/DH/BMX shoe for flat pedals. Jeff, who is also an avid rock climber, thought that the super sticky compound…
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ELLSWORTH MOAB RETREAT

ELLSWORTH MOAB RETREAT Unlike many bike companies, the relationship between the consumer and the manufacturer doesn't end with the purchase of your bicycle at Ellsworth. Tony Ellsworth is planning the 5th annual Factory Moab Retreat.…
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MANITOU X-VERT AIR FORK

MANITOU X-VERT AIR FORK Big travel and high-performance damping Manitou's long-travel X-Vert forks are designed for mountain bikers on the edge?downhillers, freeriders, or any serious enthusiast who strays from the groomed…
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2001 BIKE PREVIEW

2001 BIKE PREVIEW Do you want to see some 2001 bikes? We thought you would. Here is a selection of 2001 metal to whet your appetite. JAMIS DRAGON Take a world-class chromoly hardtail frame, add Mavic's tubeless CrossMax wheels and…
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ROCKSHOX UNVEILS 2001 LINEUP

ROCKSHOX UNVEILS 2001 LINEUP We are doing a complete story in an upcoming issue of Mountain Bike Action so we don?t want to give you too much information! But, here is a quick look at what RockShox has in store for 2001. 2001…
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SPECIALIZED PLANS FOR 2001

SPECIALIZED PLANS FOR 2001 Specialized debuted a streamlined range of Mountain bikes in the beautiful Dolomite region of the Italian Alps to an international cast of editors. The star players were the S-Works hardtail and FSR-XC.…
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LOGIC LP PADS

LOGIC LP PADS Ritcheys Logic brake pads use a trippy profile that provides easier toe-in adjustment and claims to have superior stopping force. Key features: Ultimate stopping power is achieved when the caliper construction is…
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GIRO SWITCHBLADE

GIRO SWITCHBLADE While traditional mountain bikers scoff at the Giro Switchblade, its a clever idea that allows riders to bolt on face protection if they so desire. Key features: What the Giro lets a rider do is purchase one helmet…
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CONTINENTAL TWISTER PROTECTION

CONTINENTAL TWISTER PROTECTION If local conditions are rocky, you know that its not possible to use a lightweight racing tire. The abrasive terrain will soon cut through the thin sidewalls. For such conditions, Continental recently…
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ANSWER IMPACT GLOVES

ANSWER IMPACT GLOVES Are you looking for full-finger protection with total freedom of movement? The Impact has moderate palm padding, with mesh and a sweat patch covering the back of the hand. Key features: Palm protection is…
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AZONIC AZX

AZONIC AZX Continuing with their bent for downhill and dual-slalom action, Azonic offers a motorcycle-style helmet aimed at riders who want to travel at kamikaze speeds. Key features: A true, motorcycle-like polycarbonate shell…
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OAKLEY FLESH SHOES

OAKLEY FLESH SHOES Forget all the Oakley-esque razzle-dazzle marketing and throw a pair of these slip-on sport shoes over your stocking feet. Key Features: Flesh shoes have padding under and around your feet. In lieu of laces or…
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MOUNTAIN BIKE FIRST AID KIT MINI MEDIC

MOUNTAIN BIKE FIRST AID KIT MINI MEDIC If you don't carry a first aid kit because its too bulky, you no longer have an excuse. The Mini Medic is a tiny kit with all the basic essentials. Key Features: Mini Medic has the basic…
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INNOVATIONS IN CYCLING CHUBBIE STUBBIE

INNOVATIONS IN CYCLING CHUBBIE STUBBIE Tiny hand pumps that fail to pump air have stranded more mountain bikers in the back country than any other breakdown. Innovations Inc. designed the Chubbie Stubbie to go the distance. Its…
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MANITOU’S NEW DORADO 180 DH FORK

MANITOU?S NEW DORADO 180 DH FORK At the first races of the season, Manitou sponsored downhillers were sporting a new carbon fork from Manitou. At first glance, the most noticeable difference from earlier efforts is the upside down…
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ROCKSHOX UNVEILS PSYLO FORK!

ROCKSHOX UNVEILS PSYLO FORK! Less than a month after RockShox announced that their BlackBox factory forks were designated for a handful of world-class pros, the first production versions were being advertised for sale. MBA's test…
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EXCLUSIVE REPORT: SHIMANO’S DH FORK

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: SHIMANO'S DH FORK Shimano isn't telling anyone jack about its new downhill fork other than it exists and that Mike King of the Haro-Lee Dungaree's team is using it. We can confidently say the fork is being made by…
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AVID DEBUTS NEW CABLE ACTUATED DISC BRAKE

AVID DEBUTS NEW CABLE ACTUATED DISC BRAKE Good news for anti-hydraulic holdouts. Avid's new cable actuated brake delivers the stopping power of hydraulic brakes like Shimano and Hayes, but it doesn't quite attain their linear…
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TECH NEWS

TECH NEWS Staff SHIMANO DISC BRAKES ARE READY Shimano's much hyped Deore XT disc brakes are finally ready to hit retailers and we have a set! Early last fall, Shimano produced a few prototype versions of its disc brake system. We…
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