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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 […]

First Ride: All-New RIP 9 RDO

Niner, founded in 2005, established their brand around building bikes with big wheels long before it was even cool to do so. One could argue that Niner’s passion and commitment to the larger wheel size helped paved the way for the growing popularity of 29er’s today. The RIP 9 was introduced to Niner’s fleet in […]

Knolly 2019 Grassroots Program – Sign Up Today

2019 marks the 6th Anniversary of the Knolly Grassroots (GSR) Program, and we are super excited about the upcoming season and the future of the program. We have had a great year and made some exciting new changes to the program. We are stoked to welcome back past team riders, and recruit new members for […]

First Ride Santa Cruz Bronson – Mountain Bike Action Magazine

Born in 2013, the Santa Cruz Bronson shook up the mountain bike market with its in-between wheel size, known as 650B. Promising the best qualities of the two the most popular wheel sizes of that time, 27.5″ wheels became the the obvious choice for that versatile trail machine. With a nod of the hat to […]

First Ride Pivot Firebird 29 – Mountain Bike Action Magazine

You may remember the Firebird from Pivot’s line up and while the Firebird 29’s name suggests that the new bike simply received larger wheels, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The Firebird 29 is a brand new machine from the ground up. Featuring a full carbon frame, 162mm of dw-link suspension and a Super […]

What Are Wide Trail Tires?

The bicycle industry has reinvented the wheel multiple times over the past couple years, looking to find the perfect tire and rim size for everyday trail riders. Plus-sized tires (2.8- to 3.25-inch wide tires) quickly grew in popularity due to the benefits of high air volume and increased traction and stability. On the other hand, […]

Review – Rocky Mountain Instinct Carbon 70

Rocky Mountain’s R&D facility is nestled at the foot of Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains, home to some of the most well-known trails in the world. The company started in 1978 when a few soon-to-be founders were working at a bike shop and began modifying steel road bikes with flat bars, wide tires and thumb shifters. […]

First Ride – Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 SL

The Canyon Spectral was designed for trail riders looking for a playful and poppy bike that dances around the trails. While the bike is surely fast enough to handle your local enduro race, its nimble handling will likely have you looking to improve your style rather than your stage times. The Spectral’s playful nature comes […]

First Ride: Spot Mayhem 29

Spot Mayhem 29 Spot Brand is a family-owned bicycle company located in Golden, Colorado, that is passionate about high-level engineering. The family founded Avid in 1991 and grew the component company into one of the largest brake manufacturers in the world. After selling Avid, the Lumpkin family founded Spot Brand. What sets Spot apart from other bicycle manufacturers […]