About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born editorial director Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area and pedaling for Mtbr, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.



Five cool, new bar and stem combos from Sea Otter

More manufacturers follow Easton’s lead on 35mm bar and stem combinations in our round up of cool, new cockpit set-ups seen at Sea Otter.

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Boothstorming Sea Otter: Index Ink combines creativity, art and mountain bikes at Sea Otter Classic

Index Ink paints giant mural at Sea Otter over the course of four days drawing attention to its lifestyle apparel while sidestepping the clichés.

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Compare-O Award-O: The best enduro bikes from our big shootout

The Mtbr crew hands out the hardware at the Sea Otter Classic to the winners of our Enduro Compare-O earlier this year.

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Boothstorming Sea Otter: Intense Cycles in the middle of all the action

The Mtbr crew checks out the double-decker race it setup of legendary SoCal bike maker Intense Cycles.

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Boothstorming Sea Otter: Shimano highlights new XTR 11-speed group

We take a peek inside Shimano’s booth at the Sea Otter Classic which is—not surprisingly—all XTR 11-speed, all the time.

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Hot News: Shimano releases new 11-speed XTR group with 1x, 2x and 3x configurations

Shimano officially announced the long-anticipated release of a new 11-speed XTR mountain bike component group today in both Race and Trail tuned versions.

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IMBA/Bell Built West Coast Finalist videos

See the West Coast finalist videos from the Bell Built trail grant program, pick one, and make it rain on their project.

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Hot News: Easton releases Haven 35 oversized handlebars and stems

Upsized 35mm diameter strengthens, stiffens trail- and enduro-focused line.

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Hot News: New 36 RC2 fork highlights FOX 2015 releases

Suspension-maker FOX announced a new version of their 36 fork as well as updates to their 40, 34 and 32 models in a 2015 product release this week. The company launched 40th anniversary heritage graphics and stealth models as well.

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IMBA/Bell Built Video 4: Fort Tuthill Bike Park pitch

The Fort Tuthill Bike Park in Flagstaff, Ariz. wants your vote for the Bell Built trail grant. See if you think they deserve it.

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Bike Check #1: Nine cool bikes from pre-Sea Otter rides

Sea Otter starts today and we kick off our coverage with a bike check of bikes some of our industry friends are riding this weekend. Keep a sharp eye peeled and you may see some previously unreleased new product.

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Video: Four-year-old twins shred trails and bike park

Pair of four-year-old twins look to be on track for world cup victories in the year 2016.

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Project Bike: Danish man builds son coolest balance bike ever

When Kasper Albrekt decided to get a bike for his young son Jakob, he had trouble finding one that got him excited. So the Danish bike shop guy turned a Specialized Hotwalk into the “S-Walk”—quite possibly the world’s coolest kickbike.

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IMBA/Bell Built Video 3: Soquel Demo Forest Flow Trail pitch

The Soquel Demo Flow Trail in Santa Cruz, Calif. wants your vote for the Bell Built trail grant. See if you think they deserve it.

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IMBA/Bell Built Video 2: Stafford Lake Bike Park pitch

The Stafford Lake Bike Park in Novato, Calif. wants your vote for the Bell Built trail grant. See if you think they deserve it.

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Hot Product: ENVE launches new MSERIES rims, wheelsets

Wheel-maker ENVE has announced a new series of carbon wheel sets called MSERIES, designed to meet the needs of four specific user groups, according to the company.

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Race Video: Brian Lopes slaying Leaping Lizard DH on his new Intense Tracer 275

He may be in the over-40 age bracket, but when it comes to going fast, Brian Lopes proves he’s no old man. Check out this quick video of him absolutely scorching the Leaping Lizard DH on his new Intense Tracer 275.

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IMBA/Bell Built Video 1: Prescott Park Flow Trail pitch

The Prescott Park Flow Trail in Medford, Ore. wants your vote for the Bell Built trail grant. See if you think they deserve it.

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Hot News: Ibis launches line of ultra-wide carbon wheels

Ibis reinvents the wheelset with new line of ultra-wide wheels. Beefy, hookless rims highlight new 741, 941 and 928 wheels.

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Video: RockShox shows a bit more of the new RS-1 in action

RockShox continues to tease the release of their new RS-1 inverted fork with an extended ride video that follows up similar photos and edits they’ve trickled out over the past month.

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Hot News: RockShox expands Charger Damper to new BoXXer DH fork

RockShox keeps the pedal to the floor with Charger Damper enhanced BoXXer DH forks and aftermarket kits, 27.5-inch models too. Suspension-maker revs value-priced Domain Dual Crown as well.

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Throwback Video: Marin’s Repack downhill on CBS Evening Magazine in 1979

Although it’s a long way from Red Bull Rampage, mountain biking’s 1970’s network debut is still must-see TV.

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Hot News: RockShox’s Monarch shocks get lighter touch with new DebonAir

RockShox looks to add the same kind of responsiveness to their Monarch rear shock platform that’s garnered so much praise for their Pike fork with the announcement of the enhanced DebonAir air can.

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Video Quick Tour: Shimano American Corporation

We took a trip down the California coast to Shimano’s North American headquarters last week and lest you think the bike component juggernaut is resting on their laurels, we’re here to tell you they’re locked-and-loaded for 2015 and beyond.

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Hot News: Specialized launches 27.5-inch Stumpjumper

Specialized ended months of speculation today launching their first 27.5-inch wheel bike on the company’s website—the Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon EVO 650B.

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