About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, 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 articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.




Review: Five Ten Maltese Falcon LT clipless shoes

Review: Five Ten’s Maltese Falcon LT’s bring great abrasion and water resistance, along with appropriate sole flex to the all-mountain clipless shoe party.

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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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Review: SQlab 611 Active and 611 Race Saddles


I really like the SQlab 611 Race and 611 active MTB, and their ergonomic designs make the saddles more comfortable, efficient and easier to spend longer periods of time out riding without numbness or hot spots, especially in the nether regions.

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Review: 2014 FOX TALAS


The 2014 FOX 34 TALAS offers a great ride, that is plush, smooth and supple, with support and control, and the significant features of the two-level travel adjustment and CTD damper are highly useful and functional.

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Review: 66sick Espacio Libre Saddle


The well-padded 66Sick Espacio Libre is comfortable and tough, and all the SQLab technologies really make this a winner in the All-Mountain saddle category.

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Review: Camelbak Volt 13 LR


The Volt 13 LR’s innovative design, lightweight materials, soft padding, and its highly flexible nature, create a plush and comfortable pack, and it becomes one with the back, and has enough water and storage space for most rides.

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Interbike 2013: Syntace, Liteville, SQLab and 66sick


Radsport USA brought along the German contingency to Interbike, and besides showing the upgraded Liteville 601 bike, wider Syntace Vector bars, SQlab 611 active MTB and trick carbon fiber Super6 and 66sick saddles, they were occasionally seen wearing lederhosen and drinking beer.

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Interbike 2013: WTB Tires and Rims


WTB was showing their new aggressive Warden and Vigilante and cross country Bee Line and Nine Line tires, along with their lightweight race KOM and a wide and stiff Frequency Enduro rim.

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Interbike 2013: Mtbr.com Walkabout


Mtbr’s Brian Mullin shares his highlights from Interbike. Check out new and interesting products like the Bern Morrison helmet, Bushnell PowerSync battery and solar panel, Fix It Stick too, Moots Rogue YBB 27.5″ bike and OGIO bag.

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Greg Minnaar – Interview With World Champ from South Africa


Greg Minnaar is a 31 year-old veteran of the Mountain Bike World Cup circuit. The South African is a three time World Cup overall champion as well as a three time World Champion with the most recent title coming two weeks ago at the 2013 World Championships in his hometown …

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Interbike 2013 – Seven iDP Armor


The Seven iDP Armor, includes the top of the line Tactic knee, elbow and knee/shin with Boa Closures, the Control suit, knee and elbow, the tuneable Covert knee and elbow, and lastly, the Transition suit. The 7iDP armor is highly innovative and should provide lots of protection and safety in any type of riding.

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Interbike 2013: Küat NV and Trio Racks


For 2014 Kuat has released the Trio roof rack, added a new Black color to their lineup, and expanded their options to tie down Fat Bike’s.

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Interbike 2013: Hydrapak Hydration Systems


For 2014 Hydrapak has released the technical Bishop hydration pack in two sizes, the high-flow Blaster bite valve, three larger-sized softflasks, and an upgraded Wolly insulated water bottle.

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Interbike 2013: Ergon Saddles, Grips and More


For 2014, Ergon has the new SME3 Enduro saddle, SRX3 Cyclocross saddle, GE1 Enduro grips, BP100 back protector, and the revamped BA3 pack.

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Interbike 2013: Giro Shoes and Helmets


Giro has added the new Terraduro Enduro shoe, affordable Cipher helmet, new clothing line up, and the urban oriented Aspect helmet and Republic shoes.

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Introducing the GoPro HERO3+


The HERO3+ comes with a 20% slimmer waterproof housing, 30% better battery life, improved audio and faster Wi-Fi. The upscale Black Edition also gets a new SuperView video mode, Auto Low Light and a lens that boosts a 33% increase in image sharpness.

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Interbike 2013: Schwalbe Tires – Magic Mary and Rock Razor


For 2014, Schwalbe has two new gravity oriented tires, the aggressive Magic Mary and semi-slick Rock Razor, along with the cross-country Thunderbolt.

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Feature: American Classic Wide Lightning and other 2014 Wheels


The Wide Lightning is American Classic’s new lightweight tubeless ready mountain bike wheelset with 32mm width rims for both 27.5″ and 29″ sizes, that is stiff, strong and tough.

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Interbike 2013: Pearl Izumi


For 2014 Pearl Izumi is finally releasing their X Project shoes, along with the new Alp-X Enduro shoe. They have a few new apparel items, including the MTB Bariier wind jacket, and Journey jersey and shorts, and new colors for the Launch shorts.

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Interbike 2013: Five Ten Shoes


Five Ten were showing their new Maltese Falcon, Freerider Kid’s, and Impact XVi mountain biking shoes, and the latter gets their new super sticky Stealth Mi6 rubber compound.

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Colorado Floods – The Impact and How To Help


As many of you aware from the national and local news, the Colorado Front Range has been hammered with unprecedented amounts of rain this past Wednesday and Thursday, and it especially dealt a heavy blow to the Boulder, Longmont, Lyons…

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Review: WTB Vigilante Tires


The WTB Vigilante 2.3″ tire is sticky, durable and pliable, and its open tread design and square knobs, along with it large footprint and volume, offer great traction, braking and cornering.

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Review: QAK Thump Blu Headphones


The QAK Thump Blu provides wireless Bluetooth connection to any capable device, has a quick charging battery with a long life, and it offers good fidelity and excellent comfort.

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Review: Royal Racing Slice Jersey and Signature Shorts


The excellent long sleeved Slice Jersey has been a pleasure to wear while riding during the test period, and its comfort, loose cut and simplicity are major highlights, while the technical Signature Shorts are extremely tough, and offer unrestricted movement, and have a nice below the knee cut.

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Review: Five Ten Maltese Falcon Shoe


The Five Ten Maltese Falcon are a good all-around comfortable and protective shoe, with a good combination of stiffness and flexibility, and the uber sticky Stealth S1 rubber soles that lets you pretend your a rock climber, carrying your bike and yourself into all sorts of terrain.

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Review: POC VPD 2.0 Knee and Elbow Armor


Overall, the Joint VPD 2.0 Knee and Elbow are great products, since they use the excellent VPD 2.0 material with its shock absorption and pre-bent molding, and have overbuilt construction, rugged stitching and materials; all which make for a durable, comfortable and safe armor product.

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