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.



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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