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MORE THAN A FOAM INSERT

Volume spacers for your tires

When it comes to tires and tire pressures, a lot has changed in a very short period of time. This evolution is hard for many to completely get on board with, but the biggest factor is volume. Air volume is the main player when it comes to…
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Simple Steps for a Better Fit

Getting a proper bike fit from a trained individual at a bike shop is expensive. It typically costs around $200, but don’t go out and spend your hard-earned cash just yet. We’ve got a few suggestions. Before we explain what changes you can…
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Welcome to Bentonville

An Adventure that Turned Speechless

By: Traece Craig The bulk of my weekend in Bentonville, Arkansas, would be spent at an ideal hub for an event where like-minded people could witness all the mountain bike action unfold. Before arriving, I pondered a few questions: How good…
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BACK TO THE FUTURE

By: Zap You can probably visualize the stark horror of enduring such an episode. Imagine (if you possibly can) driving up to the window at your local Starbucks, ordering an iced peach green-tea lemonade and being told that due to a…
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Meet The Riders And Their Rides

Downhill racer Austin Dooley shares his bike setup and details about himself

In the last few months we’ve noticed that Southern California’s Austin Dooley has started beating some of America’s top pros in downhill racing. He had been one of the top junior racers in the U.S. in the last few years, even making the…
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THE FIRST FIVE YEARS

MBA cover highlights from the magazine's early years

As we looked back at the history of MBA, we decided to focus on some of the covers that graced the newsstand during the first five of our 35 years. More than any other cycling magazine, MBA has always taken the lead in testing and promoting…
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10 MULTI-TOOL SHOWDOWN

A tool to save almost any trailside disaster

We’ve said it before and we will say it again: when it comes to riding, having the right tools can make or break your day. If you are anything like us, we want to get to the trails as soon as possible without forgetting any essential gear.…
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ROOTS, ROCKS & THE ROLL OF A FAT-TIRED LIFE

John Tomac By Zap Over the course of the nearly four decades that Hi-Torque Publications has been producing MBA, the magazine has seen a handful of editors at the controls. For the first official monthly issue (November 1986),…
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ENDURO BIKE ROUNDUP

We test ten heavy-hitting enduro mountain bikes

While trail bikes reign supreme on many types of terrain, enduro bikes hold their own by offering similar versatility in a heavy-hitting package. With major improvements to enduro bikes being made every day, these downhill shredders retain…
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Tire Tips From the Pros

Get a grip on one of the most important parts on your mountain bike

What are the best kind of tires to use on your mountain bike? We called on some top people in the mountain bike world and got their opinions. Brian Lopes Advice from a four-time world champion Tire choice can be a complicated topic…
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DEVINCI KOBAIN

An aggressive hardtail designed to handle steep and challenging descents

A number of brands are launching hardtail frames with trail bike geometry numbers and fork travel. So, what’s the advantage? Yes, a hardtail, not a full-suspension bike, can be a trail bike, folks. A hardtail can offer much more than just a…
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The Original Mountain Biker Who Was and Is Joe Murray

A pioneer mountain bike racer turned component developer

Before Ned Overend, John Tomac or any other pioneer mountain bike racer whom the sport has popularized as the earliest superstar, there was Joe Murray. Like the two Hall of Fame racers who would eventually follow in his wheel tracks, Joe,…
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NINER WF0 9 RD0

A bike made for heavy terrain and flat out speed.

Take a moment to flash back to 2009 when long-travel 29ers were almost nonexistent and exceedingly hard to find. One of the first brands to take on the challenge of producing such machines was Niner. When Niner’s WFO (Wide, Full Open) 9 was…
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Check Out the New Intense Tracer 279

It's a new enduro bike with a 29"/27.5" wheel setup

Tracer recently announced the release of their new Tracer 279 enduro bike. Be sure to keep an eye out for the test in an upcoming issue. In the meantime, here's what Intense says about the bike: "The Tracer 279 has been in…
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10 REASONS WE LOVE TO RIDE

If you have yet to give this amazing sport a try, or you’ve been looking for a reason to get back out and ride, we hope this provides you with all the inspiration you need
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