About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.



First Look: Magura eLECT suspension

Magura’s eLECT electronic suspension continues to evolve a the automatic lock-out suspension system as a rear shock joins their front fork for a unified system.

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First Ride: Magura MT NEXT 4-piston MT5 and MT7 brakes

Magura showed off their new MT NEXT brakes, including a four piston system. Every brake in the line is more powerful than before and the MT5 and MT7 stoppers are very impressive.

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Four big ideas from little companies at Sea Otter

A cool computer/POV camera mount, an electrolyte-injecting hydration pack, and coconut water without the water are a few of the big ideas from small companies we saw at Sea Otter.

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Four cool, new school mountain bike saddles for enduro, 29er and 27.5 bikes

With the rise of bigger wheels, new geometries and longer travel, saddle manufacturers are responding with models aimed specifically at 29er, 27.5 and enduro targets. Click through to find out what makes these seats different from the ones you’ve been riding for years.

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Review: Intense Tracer T275 Carbon

The Intense Tracer 275C is an impressive bike, utilizing carbon fiber front and rear triangles, which provide exceptional damping and stiffness. Toss it down through the gnar and chunder and it just effortlessly glides through stuff like it’s hardly there, creating a confidence inspiring experience.

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Review: Cane Creek DBAir CS rear shock

The DBAir CS is a more polished and greatly improved shock than its predecessor, and the CS mode offers increased pedaling efficiency and riding comfort on difficult climbing terrain.

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Just In: YEP Components Uptimizer Dropper Seatpost

The Yep Components Uptimizer dropper seatpost’s smoothness and fluidity of the movement are excellent, the mechanical connection is reliable and quick, and the trick joystick remote with its 360 degree of actuation is superb, allowing either pushing or pulling lever action.

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First Look: New WTB Breakout, Trail Boss and Nine Line tires

WTB is on a roll this Winter, and is rolling out some new tires, namely the Breakout 2.5, the Trail Boss 2.25, the Nine Line 2.25 racer, and finally, the Gravel-Specific Nano 40c. We’ve had a couple of test rides on the Breakout and Trail Boss before the official release announcement at Frostbike.

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Review: Lifeproof frē smartphone case and bike mount

The Lifeproof frē is a slim case that is rugged and abuse proof, and can provide some serious protection from drops, dirt, water and snow, while still offering full access to the buttons, touchscreen, camera and phone.

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Review: Demon Knee and Elbow Soft Cap Pro X D3O soft armor

The Demon Knee Soft Cap Pro X D3O is an exceptional piece of soft armor, that is comfortable, and allows long pedaling sessions without binding and irritation issues.

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Review: Gravity Anomaly LongHaul shorts

The shorts are comfortable, durable and have a baggy, long cut, which works well when wearing armor. The American produced short is well-made, highly crafted, uses good designs, materials and stitching, and the excellent waist adjustment system is a highlight in this fully featured piece of apparel.

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Just In: Wolf Tooth Components GC 42T

The Wolf Tooth GC 42T cassette adapter is a well-made product. Their subtle ramping design makes for more precise and smoother shifting, and makes any 1×10 and 2×10 have a much wider range of gearing, allowing to compete against SRAM mighty 1×11 system for a fraction of the price.

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Schwalbe Dual Chamber Mountain Bike Tire System

The dual chamber system allows extremely low air pressures around 14psi without the risk of snake-bites or the tire slipping on the rim.

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Just In: Ergon GE1 Grips

The new GE1 grip follows along the design’s concepts of their existing GA1 series of grips. The grip was developed for gravity specific mountain biking, and it utilizes two rubber compounds for damping purposes and a textured section which works opposite the direction of hand rotation to help for a more secure hold.

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Review: Schwalbe Magic Mary and Rock Razor Tires

The Schwalbe Magic Mary is an excellent tire for loose, wet and muddy conditions, and excels as a front tire. The Rock Razor is a rear only specific tire, and excels in dry conditions, and the semi-slick center knob design offers a quick acceleration, response and control.

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Review: Bushnell PowerSync SolarWrap Mini

The $90 SolarWrap Mini allows in the field and off the grid charging of portable devices (smartphone) via its integrated battery pack, along with the added benefit of a solar panel to replenish the battery storage.

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Review: BenchtopPRO Parts Washing System

The BenchtopPRO parts washing system is an excellent portable home or shop tool that uses bioremediation technology, combining a non-hazardous, non-toxic and non-flammable degreaser and microbial additive to clean dirty bike parts.

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Factory Tour: Intense Cycles

Intense Cycles has been on a roll lately plowing out aluminum and carbon bikes, with some great highlights in the 27.5 and 29-inch wheel sizes, and we got a glimpse of their inner workings with a factory tour.

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Review: Giro Feature Helmet

The Giro Feature provides an excellent wrap around design with deep rear coverage, which offers great stability and security. The helmet is comfortable, decently padded and their In-Form retention system offers lots of adjustability for any head size or shape.

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Review: Bern Morrison Helmet

I found the $100 Bern Morrison to be comfortable, well-balanced, and it felt like it was part of my head, greatly due to their low-profile design. The well-padded snap-in liner is a real highlight in this nicely crafted helmet, and it’s easy to pop out for cleaning or swap in their optional winter liner.

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Review: K-Edge Stem Mounts for Garmin Computers

The new K-Edge stem mounts are durable and tough and well-made, and the design offers excellent protection for your valuable Garmin Edge GPS bike computers. The mounts attach onto the bike’s steerer, and they come in two versions; a fixed and an adjustable model.

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Just In: OneUp Components 42 Cog for 1×10 Drivetrains

The OneUp 42-tooth cog offers a solution to 1×10 users that need a lighter gear than what the 11×36 cog offers. But does it work with its big jumps in between cogs or is it too much of a compromise?

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: POV Video Cameras and Electronics

Mtbr.com presents a electronics holiday guide, including cameras from Garmin, GoPro, Drift and Sony, smartphone cases and mounts from Lifeproof and Rockform, and Garmin GPS computer mounts from K-Edge and Tate Labs.

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Review: DT Swiss Spline One Wheelset

The DT Swiss Spline 1 is an excellent set of wheels, that are stiff, strong and light, and utilize their superb 240 hub internals.

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Review: MIO Alpha Heart Rate Monitor

If you dislike using chest strap monitors the Alpha is a real winner, and toss in its ease of use, the ability to pair up with iPhone fitness apps via Bluetooth Smart 4.0, and its extremely accurate readings, all which combine to make the MIO Alpha a feature laden and functional heart-rate monitor.

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