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.




SCOTT Sports Signs Geoff Kabush

SCOTT Sports Signs XC Racer Geoff Kabush to New SCOTT – 3ROX Racing Team Sun Valley, ID, December 12th, 2011 — SCOTT Sports announced today the formation of a new XC team based in North America. The Team, named SCOTT- 3Rox Racing Team, will include Geoff Kabush who will target the UCI World Cup series, […]

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CrankBrothers iodine 3 stem and iodine 11 bars Review


The aluminum stem is stiff, well-made and has a unique stem clamp, and has an assortment of hidden technologies and features. The carbon handlebars are light, strong, with a nice resiliency and feel, and have an optimal rise, and come in several extended All Mountain widths. Crank Brothers has been realigning their product suite, and […]

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Just In – New Ashima Ai2 Lightweight Rotor


Ashima sent along a set of their new 2012 Ai2 lightweight rotors for testing to coincide with its product launch at the Taichung Bike Week, which is taking place in Taichung Taiwan this week. Ashima has been making some very trick lightweight rotors for quite some time, and I have used their AiRotor product since […]

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POC Trabec Race Helmet Review


The Swedish based POC gravity sport protection company recently released the trick Trabec mountain bike helmet, which comes in two flavors, the Trabec Race and Trabec. The helmet extends down the back of the neck, and it uses Aramid filaments combined with an In-mold Expanded PolyStyrene (EPS) foam liner for maximum protection. The three-piece outer […]

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Specialized Command Post BlackLite Review


This mechanical adjustable seatpost has three positions, and uses a collet system for locking, a remote cable actuation for release, and air spring for return. The post is an upgrade of last year’s Command Post, and includes innovative quick-release remote, three travel options, improved internals and lighter weight. Collectively, the minor improvements and decreased price […]

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Contour+ Camera Review


The Contour+ is a small, light and compact video camera, that is easy to use and includes the capability to do GPS Video Mapping. It has an excellent usage factor, combining a mechanical start/stop recording slider, loud and distinct indicator beeps for mode changes, a 270° rotatable lens and uses a Bluetooth connection to a […]

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CamelBak Charge LR


The CamelBak Charge LR is an incredibly comfortable, light and conformable hydration pack, which features their lumbar Antidote reservoir, which is situated at the bottom of the pack. The design places the water lower on hips and back for stability and comfort. The pack becomes part of your back, at least figuratively, as it conforms […]

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New CLIF SHOT BLOKS Citrus Flavor


  New CLIF SHOT BLOKS® Citrus Flavor Now Available Nationwide EMERYVILLE, Calif., November 1, 2011 – CLIF SHOT BLOKS®, the best-selling energy chew for performance athletes announces a new clean and crisp flavor – Citrus –available now, exclusively in sports retail stores. Made with 95 percent organic ingredients, CLIF SHOT BLOKS provide an optimum blend […]

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Magura MT8 Brake Review


Magura stunning new MT8 brake is incredibly lightweight (278g w/ 160mm rotor), with great modulation, excellent power and resistance to heat, drag and squeal, which all combine to make it stand out in terms of performance. The high tech works of art use some amazingly innovative production techniques and materials to create a light and […]

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Review: GoPro HD HERO 2


GoPro released the new HD HERO2 on Monday, but I got to spend some quality time with the camera over the past couple weeks, and I am pretty impressed. The HD HERO2 has quite a few new features, the most prominent being the addition of an 11 megapixel sensor and a wholly upgraded user interface […]

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GoPro Launches HD HERO2 Camera


GoPro Launches HD HERO2 Camera Announces Wi-Fi Remote Control and Video Streaming 2x More Powerful in Every Way, The HD HERO2 Democratizes Professional Image Capture and Broadcast with Support for Remote Control and Live Video Streaming from Virtually Anywhere to the Web Half Moon Bay, CA (October 24, 2011) – GoPro today announced the release […]

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Moots FrosTi Snowbike


The Moots “FROSTI” snowbike will be made in very limited numbers for the coming winter. That’s right. Moots will be offering a limited run of Moots “FROSTI” snowbikes for the fast approaching winter season. The leaves have or are changing and the cooler weather is just around the corner, which means the snow is not […]

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GoPro Camera Array used for New Rip Curl Boardshort Campaign


GoPro Camera Array used in Commercial Campaign Building on Company’s 3D Synching Technology, GoPro Array Defines New Level of Camera Versatility HALF MOON BAY, CA (October 10, 2011) – GoPro, the world’s leading activity image capture company, today released a new video for international surf brand, Rip Curl, that uses the first ever mobile, waterproof […]

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O2 Nokomis Jacket and Pants Review


These fine two products from the Minneapolis based Rain Shield’s O2 rain gear line are for the “hard-core” cyclist, and they offer excellent breathability and waterproofness, and have plenty of features that are functional, and very bike specific, and the material and build quality are outstanding. They are lightweight and highly packable, and they keep […]

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Cane Creek AngleSet Review


The Cane Creek AngleSet is an interesting, innovative and strange beast, as it’s a threadless headset that gives you the ability to change the effective head angle of the frame, allowing one to slacken or steepen the geometry as desired, with up to six different offset angles. In a nutshell, the system uses upper and […]

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CDI Preset Torque Limiting T-Handle Tool


NEW PRESET TORQUE LIMITING T-HANDLE FROM CDI PREVENTS OVER TORQUING OF BICYCLE FASTENERS New tool for the cycling industry, the CDI Preset Torque Limiting T-Handle is a convenient, economical and accurate tool for low-torque applications Kenosha, Wis., September 7, 2011 – Tightening fasteners on lightweight carbon fiber and titanium-framed bicycles and bicycle components correctly can […]

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Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elite Review


The shoes are a pretty sweet, and are comfortable, excellent for the hike-a-bike forays, and are bombproof, durable, and they really protect the feet. They have a lot of features that have been incorporated into them for incredible on and off the bike performance, and there is a reason Brian Lopes was dominating at Crankworx […]

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Colorado Company Launches New Damage-Prevention Product for Outdoor Enthusiasts


Denver, Colorado – HeadsUp Systems has introduced a new wireless alert system to prevent outdoor enthusiasts from driving into their garages with bikes, kayaks and other gear on their roof racks.  Available starting today, the HeadsUp System sends a wireless signal to drivers as they approach their garages, reminding them if they have gear mounted […]

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2011 Pearl Izumi Apparel


I have been riding with selections of Pearl Izumi’s 2011 mountain biking apparel, including the Veer and Rev jerseys, the Launch Kicker and Launch Plaid shorts, and the Launch gloves since early spring. I have found them to be comfortable, durable and feature laden, and their use of high-tech materials is at the forefront of […]

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Purely Custom Soft Touch Bashguard


This Bashguard is a unique component. Instead of using hard plastic (polycarbonate) or metal (aluminum) for the bashguard, they use CNC machined aluminum that has Thermoplastic Polyurethane bonded on the outer edge. Thermoplastic Polyurethanes or TPU is a class of polyurethane plastics with many useful properties, including elasticity, transparency, and resistance to oil, grease and […]

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Kali AAZIS Armor Review


Their knee and knee/shin armor are comfortable, light, easy to wear, and provides excellent protection. They have made a design that utilizes a great combination of soft and hard materials, and uses innovative features, such as side protection, and an extremely durable front covering. In Sanskrit, Aazis means “blessing”, which certainly defines their focus. Their […]

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RockShox Reverb Review


This infinitely adjustable seatpost is stupendous, with a silky-smooth stroke, and because of its unique hydraulically controlled remote handlebar lever, it has an easy to operate action, and simple installation. I abused the seatpost for four months, on every imaginable terrain possible, and it has been through rain and snow storms, had sand and dirt […]

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Answer Products ProTaper Carbon 720 AM bars and Rove AM stem


The handlebars are an excellent set of carbon riser bars, that are light, strong, with a wonderful resiliency and feel, and have an optimal width and rise. The made in America stem is one stout beast, that is stiff, well-made and overbuilt, with an assortment of hidden technologies and features. Answer makes some great products, […]

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Julbo Ultra Review


The Julbo Ultra is an impressive pair of sunglasses, being comfortable, fog free, durable, scratch resistant, and offer superb optical clarity, with great varying light capabilities from their photochromic properties. Julbo stepped up the ante this year and lightened the photochromic protection category of this lens, so they are more useful in wooded areas, during […]

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Drift HD Camera: Smaller and Smarter


Smaller and Smarter: Drift Unveils New Drift HD Point of View Camera 07.26.2011– Point of view cameras are one of today’s hottest commodities in countless markets and demographics. The growth trend has invigorated camera technology advancements, recorded the most extreme events in history and firmly established bragging rights in action sports communities. Drift, an innovative […]

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Ergon BX2 Review


European pack companies have always made their products comfortable and conformable, with excellent weight carrying attributes and incredible amount of fit adjustment, and Ergon has been at the forefront of this type of technology. The BX2 is the epitome of this ergonomic thinking, and it’s exceptionally comfortable, ventilates well, carries its load balanced and close […]

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2011 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country Nationals: Gould and Wells successfully defend cross-country national titles


Ketchum, Idaho (July 16, 2011) – Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro Team) successfully defended her pro women’s cross country national title in front of her hometown crowd on day three of the 2011 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships on Saturday. Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized) also maintained his Stars-and-Stripes jersey after an impressive […]

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Giro CODE Review


They’re an impressive shoe, being comfortable, supportive and offering superb power, and plenty of useful and innovative features, such as the adjustable arch insole kit. The upper’s have a combination of a leather like synthetic fabric and scuff guards for fit, protection and durability, and the stiff carbon sole has a hint of flex for […]

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Hydrapak Integrates Shape-Shift Reservoir Into 2012 Line


    07.06.2011– July 6, 2011 (Oakland, Calif.) – Hydrapak, a premium supplier of active lifestyle hydration equipment, is pleased to introduce the Shape-Shift™ Reservoir for 2012, a revolutionary engineered drink system with virtually universal brand and pack compatibility; providing a true advantage for consumers upgrading or enhancing their hydration ready packs. “TheShape-Shift™ was created […]

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Giro XAR Review


The stylish All Mountain helmets are comfortable, with smooth and rounded lines, has good coverage and adjustment systems, and a trick and superb adjustable visor. The helmet incorporates some innovative safety features, such as a three piece shell and a reinforced foam liner, and has a well engineered ventilation system, with 17 vents. In comes […]

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Urge Endur-O-Matic Review


The helmet is sort of a cross between a full faced and normal design, offering excellent rear and side coverage, supreme comfort, and some unique features, especially in regard to safety. It uses the industry standard In-mold EPS foam construction, with a durable high gloss outer polycarbonate shell, and meet the US and European certification […]

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SPY Optic Launches Performance Eyewear Series


New line combines patented technology, design and swagger For Immediate Release: CARLSBAD, Calif.—SPY Optic™ announced the release of its SPY Performance™ series, a line of highly-stylized technical eyewear, inaugurated with two models, Quanta™ and Alpha™. “SPY’s connection to technical eyewear goes all the way back to the beginning of the Company, when we invented our […]

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DeLorme inReach Enables 2-Way Messaging Anywhere in the World


NEWS RELEASE June 22, 2011 – For Immediate Release DeLorme Unveils Plans for First-Ever Personal Communicator with 2-Way Messaging, Iridium Global Satellite Coverage, and an Android Interface The DeLorme® inReach™ affordably provides reliable two-way communication far beyond the reach of cell phone signals and one-way satellite systems. YARMOUTH, Maine — June 22, 2011 — DeLorme, […]

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2012 Crank Brothers


Their new product line includes redesigned mallet and 5050 pedals, wider handlebars, a level 1 group, saddle, new or redesigned tools, wheels and packs. Crank Brothers has been realigning their product suite, and they have divided it up into collections (cobalt-Cross Country, iodine-All Mountain, sage-Freeride and opium-Downhill), and then levels within each product line (11-Best, […]

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Deuter Race X Air Review


This is a pretty nice hydration pack, with some exemplary features. The foremost feature, is their Aircomfort System, which uses thin steel springs and a mesh backing to tension the pack away from your back, providing excellent ventilation and air flow without getting a sweaty back. Everything works in tandem with mesh shoulder straps, padded […]

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DT Swiss 2012 Preview


DT Swiss rolled out some of their new 2012 products in preparation for the Eurobike show, which take place at the end of August in Germany. I had seen a couple of the items (mostly 29er based) at Sea Otter recently, and they are coming out with some great items, that have the typical DT […]

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Ergon GA1 Review


These ergonomically shaped All Mountain grips are pretty darn sweet and near perfect. They are durable, comfortable, and their natural anatomic shape means decreased hand and upper body fatigue, and better athletic performance. At first glance they really don’t seem any different than other lock-on grips, but looks are deceiving, as their ergonomic design has […]

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2011 SKS Pumps and Fenders


Introduction SKS is a company with that familiar ‘orange’ color brand and we’ve used their C02 inflators before. Last week, we got the opportunity to learn more about the company and the people behind it. What we learned is that it is a company with focus on pumps and fenders and they do those product […]

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Honey Stinger Announces Pink Lemonade and Lime-Ade Organic Chew Flavors


05.26.2011– (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) – Honey Stinger, the leading manufacturer of honey-based nutritional products, is pleased to announce the addition of Pink Lemonade and caffeinated Lime-Ade flavors to its product line. The new offerings add to Honey Stinger’s popular USDA-certified organic line, bringing the total number of flavor varieties to six. “Our chews have found […]

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Royal Racing Apparel Review


I have been riding with the Royal Racing Blast jersey, Blast gloves, Epic jersey and Esquire shorts since this winter, and I found them to be comfortable, durable and feature laden. The excellent Blast jersey and superb Blast gloves have been the highlight of the test period, followed closely by the others. Royal Racing was […]

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X-Fusion Hilo 100 Review


At the end of last year, the suspension company X-Fusion released their new 100mm-travel adjustable seatpost called the HILO or HIgh-LOw. The hydraulic seatpost is infinitely adjustable in its 100 mm range, and can be set up to be either cable actuated from a remote on the handlebar or from a lever under the seat. […]

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OHM XS 750 Review


I have been riding the OHM XS 750 Electric bike, through most of the Winter, doing short commutes into work, and riding with the family on singletrack, and sundry trails. The XS 750 is quite a high tech piece of engineering, with excellent features and component selection, and it’s more than meets the eye. The […]

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Contour Launches Latest Hands-Free Camera: Contour+


TAKE STORYTELLING TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH NEW CONTOUR+ HANDS-FREE VIDEO CAMERA – AVAILABLE TODAY Contour’s Latest Innovation Adds Richness to Stories with Progression in Video, Location, Audio, and Streaming SEATTLE, Wash. – May 12, 2011 – Contour, Inc. (http://www.contour.com),a market leader in hands-free video cameras, today announced Contour+, Contour’s first camera for the broadcast […]

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Rack Stash Review – Hitch Rack Holder


The Rack Stash is a convenient storage unit for hitch mounted bike racks and accessories, and attaches to a wall stud in your garage. The beefy and well made Rack Stash, allows you to store any sport hitch rack up off the garage floor when it’s removed from a vehicle and as an additional feature, […]

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Native Eyewear Sponsors New Hampshire’s Highland Mountain Bike Park


Native Eyewear Boosts Mountain Bike Sponsorship Program With the Addition of New Hampshire’s Highland Mountain Bike Park (Northfield, New Hampshire) – April 5, 2011–Native Eyewear, the premier sunglass and goggle brand, is proud to announce its 2011 sponsorship of the Highland Mountain Bike Park in Northfield, New Hampshire. The Northfield-based park and training center offers […]

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Fox Racing Shox 36 TALAS 180 FIT RC2 Review


The TALAS 180 is a superb fork, offering a buttery smooth plush ride, and incredible riding traits, along with excellent features such as the TALAS (180-140) travel adjustment, FIT R2 damper, and slippery Kashima coated stanchions. Fox has a winner with this sucker, and you can call it a Rock Star (pun intended), and it […]

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GoPro Launches 3D HERO System


GoPro Launches 3D HERO® System; World’s Smallest 1080p 3D Camera. Professional Quality at a Consumer Price. Innovative Modular Design Enables Consumers to Combine two 1080p HD HERO Cameras to Create Professional Quality 3D Camera System. April 4, 2011 – Half Moon Bay, Calif. – GoPro, the world’s leading activity camera company, today announced the availability […]

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Industry Nine All Mountain Review


The Industry Nine All Mountain wheels are pretty darn sweet, as they are lightweight, brutally strong, look good, are well made, and have one of the most amazing freehubs I have ever used! Instant power can be applied to the wheel due to their 120 point of engagement hub, with virtually no lag in the […]

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Buff Seamless Headband Review


I have really enjoyed the Buff Seamless Headband, as it’s comfortable, light, thin, soft, and warm enough to keep your head and ears insulated and covered when it gets chilly or windy out. Original Buff S.A. is headquartered in Igualada, Spain, just outside of Barcelona, where they design and manufacture their line of multi-functional, seamless, […]

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ContourGPS Connect View Card and Viewfinder App


Watch a video on the Contour ConnectView at http://contour.com/stories/contour-connect-view Contour Launches Connect View Card and Viewfinder App for ContourGPS Video Camera Contour Viewfinder App now available on the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch March 21st, 2011 (Seattle, Wash.) – Contour, market leader in hands-free video cameras, today announced the availability of its ConnectView […]

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