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.




Schwalbe 2013 Tires – Hans Dampf, Rocket Ron, Nobby Nic

By Brian Mullin and Francis Cebedo For the 2013 product year, they’ll have most of the model range in 29er sizes (except gravity tires), and 650B will get the Hans Dampf, Nobby Nic, Racing Ralph, Rapid Rob and Rocket Ron. It’s nice to see Schwalbe stepping up to the plate with a big chunk of […]

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LifeProof nuud iPad case and iPhone GoPro Mount


LifeProof makes protective cases for Apple smartphones and tablets, and their products are well made, rugged and take the abuse of the outdoor world. MTBR.com tested their iPhone case, and bike mount and found them to be a great system, especially the excellent case, which I still use. LifeProof nüüd LifeProof introduced their new nüüd […]

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ReadyCase iPhone Case


The ReadyCase is a multifunctional and multi-tool iPhone case, which had been originally funded through Indiegogo. If you’re not familiar with Indiegogo, they’re a funding platform or crowd funding site, which is a donation based fundraising for businesses or creative projects. Kickstarter is a more well known website, and it features the same sort of system […]

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Industry Nine SRAM XX1 Hub and XC29 Carbon Wheels


SRAM XX1 Industry Nine is introducing the XD1 driver FH body, making Industry Nine wheels compatible with SRAM’s new XX1 groupset. The driver body will be available on new wheelsets, and as a retrofit to make an existing wheelset compatible. No other parts beside the driver body are required. The new freehub is internally identical […]

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Bolle and Cebe Sunglasses at Interbike


New Video Added! The French sunglass and goggle manufacturers Bollé and Cébé are part of the monstrous Bushnell Outdoor Products, and although both companies have been around for around 100 years, this is Cébé’s first foray into the US market. Cébé’ has some great sunglasses with excellent price points, that have enough features, good lenses and […]

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Rudy Project STRATOFLY


Combining SLEEK DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE IN RUDY PROJECT’S NEW STRATOFLY SUNGLASSS A Lightweight, Durable Sunglass Engineered for Athletes DENVER, CO – For both newcomers and veterans to the Rudy Project world of exceptional optical design and performance, the Italian company introduces the Stratofly, a sunglass that merges many of the functional features of the best-loved […]

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Gore Bike Wear – Interbike 2012


New Video Added! GORE Bike Wear’s apparel lineup has excellent attention to details, innovative designs and features, and they use high-technology fabrics, including Gore-Tex and Windstopper. Over the last couple of years GORE Bike Wear has implemented an outfit system strategy for their road and mountain performance apparel. Within each type of line (road vs. […]

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Orange Seal Cycling


Orange Seal Cycling Products is based out of Cedar Park Texas, and launched their products back in 2011, and their distinctive orange tinted fluids definitely make them unique looking. They had their line of products on display at Outdoor Demo, and the lineup includes a bike cleaner, chain lube, tubeless sealant, new tubeless valves and […]

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Ibis introduces the Hakkalugi Disc


There is nothing better than a fresh new Lugi. Just after the USGP of Cyclocross Elite men’s race in Fort Collins, Ibis officially unveiled the new Hakkalügi Disc. The bike is compatible with disc brakes, and gets some tweaked geometry, tapered headtube, press in bottom bracket, and wider chainstay’s to run fatter tires.   Ibis […]

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Syntace X-FIX Tool Released


Syntace X-FIX Compact, smart and always there. The Syntace X-FIX key (int. pat. pend) is the perfect addition to the Syntace X-12 through-axle system. It doesn’t matter where and when you need it, the Syntace X-FIX key is always there. Whether you are assembling or removing an X-12 rear wheel quicker than with conventional “quick” […]

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JVC ADIXXION GC-XA1


The POV sport camera companies, such as GorPro, Drift Innovations, Contour and Replay have had the market to themselves, but the big boy’s, including JVC and Sony are stepping into fold. JVC had their new ADIXXION GC-XA1 video camera on display at Interbike, and the featured laden 5MP camera has integrated Wi-Fi, a waterproof and […]

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Royal Racing 2013


Royal Racing has some new products for 2013, but one of the big things is a more subdued set of color and graphics, in what they call, a return to their classic roots. They have some new shorts, jerseys, gloves, jackets, a women’s and youth series, and they have expanded their casual attire. Royal Racing […]

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POC 2013


The Swedish based POC gravity sport protection company has some new treats for 2013, including a new freeride helmet, revamped gloves, and new DH VPD armor. The new Crane helmet is for multipurpose usage, and it will be at home with freeride, BMX, dirt jumpers and bike park users.  The helmet uses an EPS sandwich […]

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Pastajet’s Interbike Walkabout Pt 1


I am doing a couple of short Walkabout entries from the Interbike show, that are from my occasional meetings and sometimes random wanderings. Part 1 includes: Garmin Edge mount, American Classic 650B wheels, Polar bottle, Formula 650B fork and new Clif Bar treats. Garmin Garmin didn’t have any new computers at the show, and the […]

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Ashima 2013


The Ashima virtuoso Wayne Moore had some tasty tidbits he brought with him from Taiwan, including a new floating rotor, an updated two-piece rotor, and a revised PCB. His minimalist rotors have a cult following, and they are light weight and perform well, and they’re backed up by his long expertise in the braking world […]

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Sony Action Cam


The POV sport camera companies, such as GorPro, Drift Innovations, Contour and Replay have had the market to themselves, but the big boy’s, including JVC and Sony are stepping into fold. Sony had their new Action Cam video cameras on display at the show, and the camera comes in two models, the HDR-AS15 with built-in Wi-Fi, […]

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Giro 2013


Giro has a handful of new products for 2013, including the Chamber, Jacket and Rumble shoes, and a new Women’s helmet series. There is not any real change in the helmet lineup, except for a couple of models that come in a XL sizing for big noggins. Giro Chamber The Chamber is a Freeride and […]

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K-EDGE 2013


K-EDGE had their new Garmin computer mounts prominently on display at their booth, and this product has been so popular that they can’t even keep up with the orders. The two-piece CNC machined 6061 T6 aluminum mount is meant for the Garmin Edge 800, 500, and 200 GPS bike computers. The mount offers a stable […]

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Syntace 2013


Syntace, the maker of high end German components have been busy this year, with new stems, handlebars and wheelsets. Their partnership with Liteville keeps growing, and they’re revamping both of bike companies two models. Syntace has a couple of interesting new products for 2013 that are oriented towards the 29er crowd. The FlatForce stem has […]

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Pearl Izumi X Project Shoes


Pearl Izumi new X Project mountain biking shoe were designed from a clean slate, which allowed them to look at biking shoes in a different manner, and design features into them that makes sense for off road functionality.

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Küat racks 2013


The rack company kuat had some interesting new products in their lineup for this coming tear, including the Rufee roof rack, the Link water bottle lock system, an expanded Dirtbag fork mount series, and a skinnier Vagabond.

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Five Ten 2013


Five Ten has a couple of new shoes for 2013, all using their sticky Stealth rubber compounds. The Freerider VXI is meant for casual All Mountain flat pedaling to full on aggressive downhilling, and it uses some designs from their Freerider series of shoes, and adds a couple of new and interesting features. It has […]

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Liteville 301 MK 10 – First Impressions


I first saw the 301 at Sea Otter when the US rep Kenny Roberts let me take it out for a quick spin, and then in May when I was at the Magura press camp in Sedona, I procured it one afternoon when Kenny was sleepy away the day. I have been riding the Liteville […]

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Magura TS8 SL 29er Fork Review


We’ve put in significant time this season on our Magura TS8 29er fork and have enough experience to give insight on it. We put it in a Specialized Epic and a Santa Cruz Highball. The fork line is described in detail by our ace reviewer Brian Mullin in the following pages. We got the 100mm […]

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Action-Ready JVC Camera Is Water/Shock/Dust/Freeze-Proof


JVC is now shipping its new ADIXXION action camera that ups the ante in the category by offering a range of features and capabilities that outpace competing models. The new GC-XA1 offers unmatched versatility right out of the box. Key Features Waterproof to a depth of five meters (16.4 feet) Shockproof to withstand a fall […]

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Magura MT6 Brake Review


Last year, I spent I long time riding and testing the top of the line Magura MT8 brakes, and I was highly impressed with them, and found them to be the epitome of German perfection. I was very interested to see how their little brethren, the MT6, stacked up against them, since they share many […]

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Cebe Launches Eyewear Collection In U.S. Market


Popular in Europe, Brand Brings Full Line of Aggressive, Technical Sunglasses to America.

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SPY Happy Lens


SPY Happy Lens™ Takes Lens Technology to a Higher State of Consciousness CARLSBAD, Calif.—SPY Inc. (OTCBB: XSPY) today unveiled new lens technology that not only improves vision and performance, but is also designed to invigorate mind and mood alike. The SPY Happy Lens™ technology was born of SPY’s desire to help improve concentration, refresh and […]

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Leg Lube Review


Leg shaving is a hallowed tradition for cyclists (not me), and Leg Lube Performance Shave Gel might just be one of the best products for the endeavor on the market. I was contacted by Austin Baskett from Leg Lube, asking if I might be interested in reviewing their athletic shaving product. I am a mountain […]

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Cardo Bk-1 DUO Review


I saw the interesting Cardo BK-1 intercom system at Sea Otter this past year, and was highly intrigued to test and review one here in the mountains of Colorado. Cardo Systems are best known for their wireless Bluetooth communication systems for motorcycles, such as the scala rider, and they recently released the cardo BK-1, which […]

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Contour Contour+2 Video Camera


Contour is here with their latest! And it’s a good thing there’s someone competing with the GoPro domination as consumers will suffer with overpaying for product and lack of features if there’s no competition. The biggest benefit of Contour is it feels like a real camera. It’s an electronic device that has a machined case, […]

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Club Ride Making Big Moves


Closing Out Strong Summer, Club Ride Makes a Big Move Ketchum, ID – With Labor Day Weekend past and summer coming to a close, Club Ride has punctuated its successful season with major expansions and improvements. From a new facility to an expanded bank line, nearly every aspect of Club Ride’s business is advancing.

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Giro 2013 Sneak Peek – Womens Series and new shoes


Giro released a few tidbits of their 2013 product line for the Eurobike and Interbike shows.

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Continental 2013 – 650B X-King, Kaiser DH, Cyclo X-King Tubular and Clincher Tires


Continental released a few tidbits of their 2013 product line for the Eurobike and Interbike shows. The Rammstein is the culmination of almost two years of R&D between Continental Engineers and Conti sponsored gravity riders like the Athertons and Richey Schley.

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Jett Hornet Jersey and Shorts Review


I have been wearing the Jett Hornet jersey and shorts for several months, and I found them to be comfortable and durable, and they’re highly functional for all sorts of trail riding. The loose and baggy cut and design, means they are comfortable for riding, hanging out on the trail or around town. The Fort […]

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Replay XD 1080 Review


The POV sports camera has gotten to be very competitive and highly innovative, with all of the companies, including GoPro, Replay, Drift Innovation and Contour, trying to outdo each other.  A few large camera companies, including JVC and Sony are also entering the market, so things are about to get very interesting. The XD1080 is […]

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SRAM 10-speed Grip Shift Review


The new 10-speed Grip Shift was introduced at Sea Otter this year, after extensive block box testing and some race appearances, including Jaroslav Kulhavy’s 2011 XC World Championship win. The new system was reengineered from the inside out, with some excellent technology, such as their speed metal shift indexing, roller thunder ball bearings and jaws […]

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G-Form Protected iPhone dropped from 1000 Feet


Extreme Wingsuit Base Jumpers Drop G-Form Protected iPhone from More than 1000 Feet Base jumper successfully recovers iPhone undamaged and with full free fall video footage – see video here Providence, R.I. (Aug. 9, 2012) – Many may have last seen Gary Connery posed as the Queen mum while parachuting into the opening ceremonies of […]

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Introducing the Crank Brothers iodine 29er Wheels


iodine 29er//new wheelsets from crankbrothers Laguna Beach, CA, August 6, 2012 – 29ers are no longer just for cross country. Trail and all mountain bikes are adopting the bigger wheels, and crankbrothers has the perfect wheel choice for these bikes. The requirements for a 29-inch all mountain bike are very different than for a 26-inch […]

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Stan’s Flow EX 650B Wheelset – First Look


The new Flow EX rims were created for All Mountain and light Freeride usage, and their additional strength and width should be good for the rigors of just about anything tossed at them. The design is a beefed-up version of its Flow brethren, and it has gotten 14% thicker sidewalls and 33% thicker spoke bed, […]

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Royal Racing welcomes Jackson Goldstone to their Royal crew


Royal Racing would like to welcome Jackson Goldstone to the Royal crew. Jackson will be ‘the face‘ of our new youth range. The fact that Jackson lives and breathes MTB made him the perfect candidate to represent Royal. This allied to the fact that he hails from Squamish, BC just down the road from Royal’s […]

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Royal Racing Java Jersey, MW365 Jersey and Shorts Review


I have been wearing the Royal Racing Java Jersey, MW365 Jersey and Shorts since this winter, and I found them to be comfortable, durable and feature laden. The excellent long sleeved Java Jersey has been a pleasure to wear while riding during the test period, and it’s made with the innovative S. Café fabric, which […]

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ENVE Twenty7.5 (650B) AM Review


At Sea Otter this year, ENVE introduced a 650B rim, which they are calling the Twenty7.5 (650B), and they’ll come in an AM and XC version. The Twenty7.5 rims are 31mm wide (24mm internal) and weigh in at 410 grams for the AM, and 24mm wide (18mm Internal) and 360 grams for the XC, and […]

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Schwalbe Nobby Nic 650B Review


The 650B is becoming the hot item, and all the bike manufacturers are jumping on its bandwagon, so new frames, tires, wheels and forks are all popping onto the horizon. For the 2013 product year, Schwalbe has the complete model range in 29er sizes, and 650B will get the Hans Dampf, Nobby Nic, Racing Ralph, […]

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JVC Unveils Adixxion Camcorder


New JVC Adixxion Camcorder Ready for Action GC-XA1 action cam is water/shock/dust/freeze-proof A new “action camera” announced today by JVC offers unmatched versatility right out of the box, with standard features that have JVC’s new GC-XA1 ADIXXION camcorder ready to capture the fun in most any situation. Quick Facts JVC GC-XA1 Adixxion action cam – […]

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Quad Lock iPhone Bike Mount System


The ever burgeoning smartphone bike mount systems are proliferating due to increasing mobile GPS apps usage by mountain bikers, roadies and triathletes. The Quad Lock iPhone bike mounting system from Annex Products of Melbourne, Australia, is an interesting and innovate product, that uses a unique connection system between the mount and smartphone case.

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K-EDGE Computer Mount for GARMIN Edge


K-EDGE Computer Mount for Garmin K-EDGE announced the release of their latest cycling upgrade product, a professional grade Garmin Computer Mount. This new beefy all aluminum mount, which is meant for the newer Garmin Edge GPS bike computers, was first spotted at the recent Tour de Suisse, and will also be used during the Olympics […]

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Fox 36 Van 160 FIT RC2 Review


The Van 160 is an incredible fork, and offers superb compliance, control and steering attributes, along with excellent small bump interaction, and of course, typical coil spring plushness and linearity. What sets this fork apart from its competition, are the responsiveness and laser like steering capabilities that it has in any terrain and speed, and […]

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POC and MIPS Collaborate on New Styles


POC Leads the Charge in Helmet Safety with MIPS Brain Protection Technology   6/13/12 – POC Sports, a Swedish company that develops and markets personal protective gear for gravity sports athletes, has recently started implementing MIPS Helmet Technology to their current helmet line. MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection Systems) is the latest in helmet technology and […]

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Schwalbe MTB 2013


For the 2013 product year, they’ll have the complete model range in 29er sizes, and 650B will get the Hans Dampf, Nobby Nic, Racing Ralph, Rapid Rob and Rocket Ron (shown above in that order). All the tires get a new font look, and Schwalbe also is changing their information on the tire, so it’s […]

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