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: 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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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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