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.




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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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. […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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” […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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, […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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.

Read More »

kuat 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. I was really fascinated by the Rufee roof rack system ($209), which carries one bike (up to 45 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »