I’ve been an MBA reader for several
years now, well before the creation of fat
bikes and plus-size bikes. I can confidently
speak for every single rider and bike shop
employee I’ve yet spoken to when I say
the following: find another way to describe
plus-size and fat bikes other than “fun.”
You run a popular, widely circulated
magazine with thousands of readers. You
are, by definition, professional journalists
and published authors. In the “Trailbike
Shootout” in the March 2016 issue, the
word “fun” appears seven times in one
page (plus the summary paragraph) regard-
ing the Scott Scale 710 Plus. We get it.
They are fun.
Pretty much all mountain bikes are fun.
My 26-inch hardtail is fun. My 27.5-inch
cross-country bike is fun. Riding is fun.
Your job is to review the objective data
about bikes, not endlessly parrot the same
tired adjective over and over and over about
literally any machine with a tire wider than
2. 3 inches. I knew what this review was
going to say before I read it. “It’s a plus
bike so it has to be fun! It’s fun to ride!
Look how fun it is! Get one and you’ll have
fun! Fun, fun, fun!” These reviews sound
like they’re written by someone completely
unable to think of another word but who
has to fill in some space. The coverage of
cockpit layout, performance data, weight,
responsiveness and all of that was solid
as always. That’s what’s helpful in a bike
review. “Fun” means nothing to some-
one who’s looking for a bike with smaller
wheels and the advantages inherent therein
(however sacrilegious that notion may be).
For people who are looking for a plus-size
bike, maybe say it, I dunno, once?
In response to Ann Epperson’s Lust comment in “Trailgrams” last month about
“girly” colored bikes, I must say I object. I am not girly at all in my life. I hate shopping,
wear minimal makeup and dress like I’m going camping most of the time. I own no
purple or pink clothing, unless it comes to my bike. I love being a girl when I shred and
proudly portray that in my bike and my clothes. My point is that you can’t please everyone’s tastes, and for those who hate embracing their girly side when in the seat, there
are just as many of us who rock it.
Sorry you were bummed with the
shootout because of that one review. We
described the Scott as “fun” because that’s
exactly what most plus-size bikes are.
They’re not designed for racing; they’re not
light; they don’t deliver exceptional value
on components. They’re just… fun. Our
testers really enjoyed riding it, and that was
the word they used to describe it over and
—Mike Wirth, editor
IMPROPER USE OF EYEWEAR
I am a Norwegian mountain biker since
1990. I enjoy your magazine every month!
But, there is one observation I have made
in MBA—the “wrong” use of helmet and
glasses. The glasses/frame are outside the
straps of the helmet in many instances!
This is not a big case, but I have been
thinking of writing this e-mail to MBA for a
long, long time!
The advantages of using it the correct
way are obvious—more security and more
comfort when the helmet is correctly “on