The Beginning of a New Era

The Beginning of a

New Era

By Brandon Castelli / [email protected]

My journey began in 2015 when I accepted the assistant editor position at this very magazine you’re holding in your hands. I fondly remember walking through the office doors fueled with passion and excitement as I located my new desk stacked with magazines and a drawer full of parts, some over 10 years old. Suddenly, I was flipping through issues and traveling back in time faster than Marty McFly. Mountain Bike Action’s roots run deep, and almost anyone who has made a name riding, building or talking about mountain bikes can be found on the pages of our magazine. With over 30-plus years of entertaining and educating our readers, I have massive shoes to fill as MBA’s managing editor.


I don’t want to bore you with a long story of how I landed my dream job, but I hope that my work over the past few years showcases the commitment and enthusiasm I have for the sport I love. An article of mine that continually comes to mind was discussing the geometry of a bike and how those angles affect ride quality. Soon after that story was published, a Reno, Nevadabased teacher wrote in and asked for a poster-sized print of it to be hung in her classroom. I was flattered, to say the least, especially since I almost flunked my high school geometry class, probably because I was daydreaming about riding my bike instead.

“Suddenly, I was flipping through issues and traveling back in time faster than Marty McFly.”

Other stories that come to mind would be covering Crankworx, Whistler, the Sea Otter Classic and so many other events. I’ve lost count of the number of bike tests and product reviews I’ve typed and how many nights I’ve stayed up working to meet deadlines. From destination stories to howtos and interviews, I can hang my hat high on the work I’ve done for this magazine. With that said, I promise to continue my efforts to retain what makes Mountain Bike Action great while introducing a modern twist and appealing to a broader audience. MBA is my home, and I hope to welcome every reader as if they were family. If you’d like to reach out and say hello, voice an opinion or ask a question, feel free to drop me a line any time.

Here’s my e-mail address: [email protected]. Thank you for your support, and stay tuned for more “B’s Buzz.”

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