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Throwback Thursday: Aaron Gwin vs. the Photographers

This was one of the scariest photos that MBA photographer John Ker has ever taken in nearly 30 years of mountain bike photography.  This was during the World Cup race at Mont-Sainte-Anne, nearly ten years ago. Aaron Gwin came flying over the jump in the photo at high speed,  heading straight for John and the […]

Throwback Thursday: People and Products from 30 Years Ago

Can you name these two riders?   The guy on the left is MBA editor Zapata Espinoza as he appeared in our February 1989 issue, and the guy next to him is John Parker, the man who started Yeti Cycles and convinced John Tomac and Missy Giove—two of the best riders on the planet—to ride […]

Throwback Thursday: Racing in California, 2008

This was part of the USA Cycling National Championship Series back in 2008. The date was May 17th, and the race was held in the Santa Ynez Valley in California, located between Los Angeles and San Francisco. That is Kona’s Barry Wicks leading Tasmanian Sid Taberlay and Todd Wells here. The temperature reached 102 degrees […]

Photo of the Day: Lake Tahoe, Nevada

 Max Jones leads Randy Spangler on the legendary Flume Trail overlooking Lake Tahoe. The trail offers one of the most scenic mountain bike rides in America. Photo: JK/Mountain Bike Action

Downtime means Trail-Time for Cam McCaul

It’s been a transitional year for Cam McCaul. Less time competing on the slopestyle circuit and more time commentating has allowed the Trek C3 rider to explore new territory. On location in Rotorua and Queenstown, New Zealand, Cam McCaul experiences the killer trails of local legend.

MBACTION.COM Review: Pearl Izumi Divide Glove

Looking for a way to make the summer heat a little more bearable?  The Divide Glove from Pearl Izumi is a small step towards making hot summer days feel a little better.  In Southern California we are no strangers to long, hot summers, and are always trying to gain an edge on the dry heat. […]


It is possibly one of the worst feelings too look down and see that you have broken off the tabs on your Garmin GPS.  This is something that occurs more often than you think and can be incredibly expensive to fix or replace.  Dog Ears has created a simple solution for those who have broken […]

MBACTION.COM Review: iSSi II Pedals

Mountain biking can be tough on your equipment and wallet. The iSSi pedals offer riders decent durability at a good price, not to mention all the color options that are available. The iSSi II comes in at a competitive 316 grams (per pair) and feature an aluminum pedal body and chromoly spindle. The pedals have […]

Meribel: 2014 UCI World Cup Recap

The last stop of the 2014 World Cup saw the world’s best downhillers putting it all on the dirt to close out the season with a bang. Explosive lines, technical rock gardens, meaty step downs, and the occasional crash made for an epic final stop of the 2014 tour. Catch all the best action from […]

Transition Launches New GiddyUp Bike Line

Transition is coming to the plate with a huge offering of new models and a completely redesigned suspension platform that they claim provides better all around performance, and still remains true to the classic Transition feel we’ve come to know and love. Here’s what they had to say about the new whips.   from Transition: […]

Do You Want To Letter In One Of The Coolest Sports Ever?

Mountain Biking Is An Official High School Sport! The Duluth Public School System (ISD 709) in Minnesota is now an officially recognized school sport with the Duluth Public Schools . Riders are now eligible to earn an Activity Letter for their participation and a really cool patch for their Letterman’s jacket. Go GREYHOUNDS and HUNTERS […]

All-Terrain Vision?

Q: Can you recommend a pair of sunglasses (or perhaps a color of lenses) that won’t break the bank and will keep the sun out of my eyes on the road to the trailhead, as well as help me see rocks and stumps in the quick-light-changing forest? Jordan, who wants to see clearly A: The […]

Product Test: CrankBrothers Kronolog Dropper Seatpost

Crankbrothers inherited the Joplin dropper seatpost from Maverick, and while they deserve kudos for their efforts, they could never get the bugs worked out of the temperamental design. Finally, Crankbrothers’ engineers pulled the plug on the product. Were they turning their backs on a potential gold mine? Hardly. The introduction of the $300 Kronolog on-the-fly, […]

Did May’s Mac Attack Provoke Sabotage At The Tour de France?

I was only kidding around when I wrote the Mac Attack for our May issue, explains Mountain Bike Action’s Editor, Jimmy Mac, “But when I saw this report about a rash of flat tires at Sunday’s stage of the Tour de France, I got a bad feeling. I hope some knucklehead didn’t take it seriously.” […]

Late To The Party, Pinarello Makes A Startling Entry

If you are going to show up late to a party, you can try to sneak in and keep a low profile, or you can blast through the front door and yell, “the party is about to begin.” That’s Pinarello’s tact with the introduction of their 29er Dogma XC 9.9. The new Dogma XC 9.9 […]

Product Test: Race Face Next Carbon 2×10 Cranks

    Canada’s Race Face went through a rough period, but that had nothing to do with the quality or functionality of the company’s products. In fact, the strength of their products is what got Race Face through the turmoil brought on by some bad business decisions. With those problems behind them, Race Face is […]