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.



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: Kuat 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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Review: Maxxis Ardent EXO 27.5″ Tire

The all-around Maxxis Ardent EXO 27.5″x2.25″ had great rolling characteristics, and bounded up to speed well, and steered quickly and precisely through multiple types of terrain.

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Review: Shimano SLX Group

The new SLX group is quite the bargain at $928, and the powerful brakes, durability, great gearing options and good shifting, make for an excellent package.

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Review: Tate Labs Bar Fly 2.0

Bar Fly 2.0 mount for Garmin Edge computers, with one bolt clamp, two-position interface, user-friendly Derlin plastic construction and lifetime guarantee!

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Introducing the Cane Creek DBair CS

The DB Air is a great all mountain rear shock. But climbing with it was often too squishy with no pedaling platform. Well, Cane Creek has addressed that now with the CS (Climb Switch) lever.

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Review: Osprey Zealot 16

The fully featured 16 liter capacity pack is comfortable, tough and carries loads competently, with a nicely padded and well ventilated back panel.

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