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: 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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First Look: 2014 FOX TALAS


The complete TALAS redesign gives better ride performance and alterable travel settings, and it utilizes an updated air spring and a new travel adjustment system and fewer seals.

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Review: WTB Volt Team Saddle


The WTB Volt is comfortable, durable, a great climber, and the shape and geometry offer good control and performance.

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Review: KS LEV Dropper Seatpost, 150 mm and Carbon Models


Update: June 18 We’ve been using the KS Lev for the past few months on several bikes and we’ve had no problems to report. The post has been reliable and the action has been stiction free both activating the lever and on dropping the post itself. One thing we’ve realized is that the more seamless […]

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Sneak Peek: New Bar Fly MTB Mount


Sneak peek of Bar Fly MTB mount, with positioning behind the stem faceplate to protect the computer

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Review: Rokform Rokbed V3 Bike Mount Kit


The Rokform Rokbed V3 Bike Mount Kit is an all-encompassing iPhone mounting system for bicycles, and the system includes a heavy-duty mount that attaches to the headset and a protective case for the iPhone 4/4S.

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Ibis introduces the Mojo HDR


The new Mojo HDR is an updated or evolutionary version of the Mojo HD, with the addition of convertibility via their limbo chips between a 26-inch based wheel with 160mm of rear travel and a 27.5-inch wheel with 130mm of travel.

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Magura 2014 – TS 140/150mm 29er Forks


Magura releases a brand new long travel 29er fork called the TS 29er 150. Magura also announced new eLECT sensor and fork adjuster…electronic suspension setup and tuning is here.

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Fox Float X Shock and 2014 Talas Fork


FOX unveiled new updates to their TALAS fork, along with a new rear shock, the FLOAT X. The 2014 TALAS fork’s internals should offer smoother travel and improved handling.

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Brian Mullin’s Walkabout – Sea Otter 2013


This is a short synopsis of my wanderings during the Sea otter 2013 festival, and captures some products that I found interesting…

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Yeti SB95C and ARC Carbon


The SB95C is Yeti’s brand new carbon version of the excellent SB95 full suspension 29er bike. I have tested the normal aluminum SB95 extensively, and this carbon frame is livelier, lighter, has better damping and resiliency, and the sculptured lines and aesthetics were knockouts.

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Industry Nine – Torch Hubs, Ultralight, Enduro and Gravity Wheels


Industry Nine has been busy revamping their entire wheel, rim and hub lineup this year. They announced the x-country and trail oriented Torch series back in January, and they’re now rolling out the Ultralight, Enduro and Gravity wheels.

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RockShox – Revelation and SID Forks, XLoc Full Sprint Remote, Monarch Shocks – Sea Otter 2013


RockShox Revelation and SID Forks, XLoc Full Sprint Remote, Monarch Shocks at Sea Otter 2013.

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RockShox Pike Fork and Monarch Plus Shock


The Pike is a complete new redesign for RockShox, and the All-Mountain fork will be available in 150mm & 160mm travel for the 26″, 27.5″ and 29″ sizes (29er also gets 140mm), with tapered aluminum steerer and 15mm Maxle.

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SRAM Roam 50, Roam 60 and Rail 50 Wheels – Sea Otter 2013


SRAM had three new wheels on display at Sea Otter, the Roam 50 and Roam 60, and the Rail 50, and they’ll all come in 26″, 27.5″ and 29″ sizes, and are UST compatible.

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DT Swiss Spline 1 Wheels – Sea Otter 2013


The new DT Swiss Spline One wheel follows in the design footsteps of their upscale Tricon brethren, and offers high performance and technology in a value-added package.

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Answer Products ProTaper SL bars and seatpost, Gentleman’s bars – Sea Otter 2013


Answer is coming out with new full carbon Protaper SL 720mm handlebars (0, .5 and 1″ rise) and SL seatpost. They also had the new Gentleman’s Collection of handlebars with wild scratch resistant graphics.

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Ibis Ripley: First Impressions – Sea Otter 2013


My impressions of my short ride on the Ripley is that it seemed much smaller than a 29er, and it felt light, quick, nimble, and flickable.

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Continental 27.5″ Tires – Sea Otter 2013


Continental jumped fully into the 27.5 bandwagon this year, and they’ll be releasing their popular models, including the Mountain King, X-King, Race King and Trail King (above left to right) in 26″, 27.5″ and 29″ sizes.

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Review: Vee Rubber Trail Taker 650B Tires


The Vee Rubber Trail Taker tires come in 650b and 29er sizes and they have a good price point and offer excellent traction, float, and braking.

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Pastajet Investigates Desk Exercising


Is Desk Exercising the latest fad to sweep the cycling world? Don’t have enough time to hit the real trails? Maybe Desk Exercising is the next fad…or not. You could even call it: “Deskercise”.

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Review: uvex xp cc helmet


Uber comfy and lightweight, with great rear protection! The uvex xp cc is a comfortable, lightweight, durable, and well made helmet, which has an excellent fitting and adjustability system.

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WTB Introduces the Vigilante 2.3″ Tire


Charles Bronson endorses the new WTB Vigilante Tire! WTB had a fun April Fool’s announcement the other day in which they had Mr. Death Wish himself proclaim his love for WTB’s new Vigilante Enduro tire.

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Review: Cane Creek DBAir


The Best All Mountain Rear Shock? Let’s get to the point, I liked this rear shock a lot, as it has many great attributes and characteristics, including a massive amount of tuning capabilities and great compliance.

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Review: AfterShokz Sportz M2 Headphones


We review the AfterShokz Sportz M2 Headphones and how they work for mountain bikers. Check out this full review on a small, but popular biking accessory.

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Review: GoPro HERO3 Black Edition


In the very competitive world of the wearable HD sports camera, the new GoPro HERO3 Black Edition stands tall above the rest of the field with the most exceptional video quality of the bunch.

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2013 NAHBS: Highlights and Winners from Denver


The 2013 NAHBS or North American Handmade Bicycle Show took place in Denver this year, and showcased US and international handmade bicycle frame builders. It encompassed everyone from larger companies, to one-person operations, whom all have the passion and love for handbuilt bikes. The bikes are predominantly made from steel and titanium and aluminum, and […]

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Review: Drift HD Ghost POV Camera


An incredible amount of technology, features and software crammed into an easy to use 11MP video camera, with a superb remote control, a long lived battery and useful LCD screen.

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Review: Magura TS8R 150 26er and 27.5/650b Fork


Introduction by Francis Cebedo: Brian Mullin and I have been using Magura forks the past few months and we’ve been pleased. The forks are laterally stiff, light, plush and reliable. My review on the TS8 29er fork can be found HERE. We believe Magura has improved quite a bit in the areas of plushness and […]

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Review: SRAM X0 2×10 with Grip Shift


Introduction by Francis Cebedo: SRAM revolutionized drivetrains with their introduction of the modern 2×10 system a couple years ago. They wanted to give you more functionality with less complexity. They then went back to the archives to resurrect Grip Shift by perfecting its accuracy and shifting action. Have they succeeded in both endeavors? Read on […]

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Winter Mountain Games to Host Winter Mountain Bike National Championships


The second annual Winter Mountain Games is taking place during Feb 8-11 in Vail Colorado. They have a slew of outdoor events going on, including biking, and this is the inaugural year for the X-Country mountain bike race (a.k.a. Fat Bikes), so you can be the first crowned Winter Mountain Bike National Champion. Anyone want […]

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Fix It Sticks Announces Bike Multitool


I have been seeing a lot more small bike companies and individuals using the crowd funding site Kickstarter to raise capital to fund their creative projects, and the Fix It Sticks multitool is an excellent example. The new Fix It Sticks looks to be a very useful multitool, that will be handy out on the […]

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REPLAY XD Introduces XD1080 ReView Full HD Display


Here’s our review of the Replay XD 1080 POV Camera http://reviews.mtbr.com/replay-xd-1080-review. Announced this week are some accessories to complement this flexible system. Replay XD has been sort of quiet lately, but with the new release of the ReView HD video monitor, dive housing, RePower 2200 and 2400 battery packs, and the RePower Rapid XD charger, […]

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Pacenti DL31 Rim And Hadley Hub Wheelset


Introduction by Francis Cebedo We did a review on Pacenti TL28 wheel built up with a Chris King hubset HERE. Here is follow-on review to a rim that is wider since these days, wider IS better. It allows the tire to have a wider, more secure and stable contact patch. Pacenti knows a little bit […]

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Industry Nine Introduces The Torch Series Wheels, Rims And Hubs


Industry Nine releases all new 2013 Torch series Mountain wheels and hubs Evolution leads to perfection – Hand made in Asheville, NC It seems like many bicycle companies have been coming out with tons of new wheelsets, and the likes of SRAM, Reynolds, Specialized, Syntace, and multiple others have been expanding the market with a […]

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Garmin Announces the Edge 810 and 510


Garmin has been pretty secret about their just announced Edge series, and the rumor mill has been rampant with guesses about what features they would contain, and whether it would just be called the Edge 900. Garmin unveiled two new GPS bike computers today, the Edge 810 and 510, which are their first dedicated bicycling […]

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Pastajet’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide


This is a gift guide and first impressions or a mini-review of some affordable items that I have been using and testing the latter part of this year. This is my first attempt at doing a gift guide for the holiday season. Enjoy! Metolius Lisi Dog Collar If you regularly take your dog out on […]

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FOX High Pressure Digital Shock Pump


Introduction by Francis Cebedo Brian and I both have this pump and have been spending quality time with it. In this day and age, suspension setup is everything. Bikes are supposed to be ridden with the right amount of sag for a given rider. And this can be the difference between an all-mountain bike riding […]

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Answer Carbon 720 Enduro 20/20 Handlebar Review


In the world of 29ers and single speed, the alternative or alt bars are more common place, and these type of bars tend to have large back sweeps and rise/drop for hand comfort. The Answer Enduro 20/20 handlebars are an excellent set of alt carbon bars, that are light, strong, with a wonderful resiliency and […]

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K-EDGE Computer Mount for Garmin Edge


K-EDGE started their endeavors with Kristin Armstrong’s Chain Catcher at the 2008 Olympics (Gold individual time trial in 2008 and 2012), and they have since added more catchers and camera mounts. Their latest product is an aluminum bike computer mount for Garmin’s Edge series, and the anodized jewelry is an impressive piece of CNC weaponry. […]

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Replay XD announces the XD720 POV camera


The POV sport camera companies have been on a roll lately, with the GoPro HERO3 series, the Drift Innovations HD Ghost and the Contour+2 and ROAM 2. Now Replay XD stakes their claim with the new XD720. The XD720 is a simple plain jane video camera that just does the 720p resolution at 30fps and […]

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CamelBak Charge 10 LR Review


This is one of my favorite hydration packs of all time, and it sticks to your back like Velcro, and carries the weight low on your lumbar. It’s a tough well made pack, with lots of features and innovative designs. It’s a small pack with only a 2 liter water capacity, but it functions extremely […]

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HeadsUp Systems Wireless Gear Alert System


Have you ever driven your car into the garage with your bike still on the roof, or at least gotten close enough to give you heart palpitations? Enter stage left the HeadsUp Systems wireless gear alert system. The HeadsUp display system is pretty interesting, and it’s basically an early-warning system that tells you if you […]

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Pearl Izumi X Project Shoe Launch


Pearl Izumi flew Brian Mullin and I to Laguna Beach this fall to experience their new products.  The highlight of which was the new X Project line of shoes.  This is the first time in their history to hold a bike

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Bigfoot Productions Sells Big Mountain Enduro Series


Bigfoot Productions Sells Big Mountain Enduro Series Yeti Cycles To Continue As Title Sponsor (31 October 2012, Golden, CO) Bigfoot Productions, has announced that it will sell the Big Mountain Enduro Series to Brandon Ontiveros, one of the founders of the popular Oregon Enduro Series. Ontiveros’ new promotion company will be named, Big Mountain Enduro, […]

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GoPro HERO3 POV Camera


GoPro has been on a roll lately. They just released their long awaited Wi-Fi app for iOS, and now they announced a whole new line of the HERO cameras, dubbed the HERO3. The HERO3 comes in three incarnations, the top of the line Black Edition, the middle of the road Silver Editor and the entry […]

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