About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born 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 that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.




Eurobike: 2015 CamelBak KUDU enduro hydration pack


CamelBak’s KUDU enduro-specific packs that combine hydration, cargo carry and legit back protection—check ‘em out here.

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Eurobike: 2015 SCOTT Spark 700 Ultimate Di2 cross country bike


SCOTT’s ultra light, new Spark 7000 Ultimate Di2 takes electronic shifting and suspension control to new heights.

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Eurobike: 10 head-turning fatbikes (and one crank) from Eurobike


The results are in and fat is where it’s at—check out our fatbike roundup from the show.

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Eurobike: 2015 Marin Rift Zone 8 carbon trail bike


Marin’s revamped Rift Zone trail bike highlights brand’s resurgence.

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Eurobike: 2015 American Classic Carbonator wheels


American Classic carbonates their wide wheel concept with new Carbonator wheelsets.

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Eurobike 2014: 9 strange things from Demo Day


Eurobike wouldn’t be Eurobike without some postcards from the edge. Here we check out the strange and the different from the show’s Demo Day.

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Eurobike: 2015 Giant Reign Advanced 27.5 0 Team


Giant’s 2015 Reign Advanced 27.5 0 Team comes fully equipped for tackling the burliest enduro terrain.

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Eurobike: 2015 KS LEV Ci adjustable seatpost


KindShock is back with a new, lightweight carbon cross-country dropper post called the KS LEV Ci.

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First Look: New 2015 Yeti AS-Rc cross country bike


Yeti’s new AS-Rc marks the storied brand’s return to cross-country. The 120mm front/100mm rear-travel bike comes with 27.5-inch wheels in its smaller sizes and is a 29er on the large end of the spectrum. Check it here.

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Video: How the sun is thrashing your face and what to do about it


Video: New edit shows how damaging riding your bike in the sunshine can be to your skin as well as what you can do about it.

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First Look: 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo 8 Carbon 650b


Specialized’s all-new Demo Carbon 650b features a radical asymmetric frame design, 27.5-inch wheels, and a new FSR suspension layout. Plus the low, lean racing machine just looks flat-out fast.

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Ultimate Base Camp: Santa Cruz mountain bike destination guide


Yep, we’re spoiled. Living near Santa Cruz, Calif. gives us access to nearly year-round awesome mountain biking. Check out our destination guide, then start planning your trip to come see us. You’re welcome.

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Video: Claudio Calouri takes us down the Mont Sainte Anne DH track talking all the way


Even jetlagged, sleep-deprived and off his game, former world cup downhiller Claudio Calouri’s live-from-the-bike course previews are hysterical. The evidence? His run down Canada’s Mount Sainte Anne world cup track. Check it!

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FOX ‘murders-out’ limited edition all-black Stealth forks


FOX releases limited edition Stealth versions of Factory FLOAT 32, 34 and 40 model forks.

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Video: Danny MacAskill shreds the Playboy Mansion


Danny MacAskill is back with another edit…this time at the Playboy Mansion.

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Exclusive build photos of Santa Cruz Syndicate V10 27.5 team DH bikes


Our exclusive gallery of the new Santa Cruz V10 DH bikes getting built-up at the factory for Syndicate riders Greg Minnaar and Josh Brycleand. They will race the bikes at the Mont Saint Anne Canada stop of the UCI DH World Cup.

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Hot News: Santa Cruz unveils 27.5-inch V-10 downhill bike


Hot News: Santa Cruz Bicycles reveals new, 27.5-inch wheel version of their World Championship winning V-10 downhill bike in advance of this weekend’s Mont Sainte Anne World Cup.

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Video: Ed Oxley’s bizarre ‘Vain Vagrant’ an amazing piece of mountain bike film noir


Video: File under “not at all like the others”–Ed Oxley’s unique and entertaining ‘Vain Vagrant’ brings surreal film noir to mountain biking.

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On test: Praxis Works 1X Wide/Narrow and Cold Forged 2x chainrings


Praxis Works launches narrow-wide chainrings and new cold-forged 2X MTB ring sets. See what they look like before we mount and abuse them.

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Ritchey goes back to the future with WCS Carbon Bullmoose handlebar/stem combo


Ritchey Design brings back the classic Bullmoose one-piece handlebar/stem combo–this time in carbon.

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Video: Pat Foster crushes in sweet BC edit


Pat Foster can pretty much ride any terrain and make it look steezy. But in this new edit he once again reminds us there’s so much more to British Columbia than Whistler.

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San Diego trail builder elevates pump tracks to an art form


Deven Schneider builds beautiful pump tracks he hopes will get kids unhooked from their devices and into the real world.

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News: Yeti releases new SB5C trail bike with updated Switch Infinity suspension linkage


Yeti has released the SB5C, an all-new 27.5-inch trail bike featuring an updated suspension system built in conjunction with FOX and dubbed Switch Infinity.

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Video: Brian Lopes sends the gap with SoCal grom squad


Intense Cycles-sponsored mountain bike legend Brian Lopes gaps big air with some SoCal MTB groms, proving once again that it ain’t the miles on the odometer that matter, but what you got left in the tank.

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Crash video: This guy is totally forked


This short clip reminds us why tightening bolts and checking your components should be a regular part of your mountain bike routine. Ouch!

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Video: Ibis’ high flying enduro team a workingman’s dream


The newly formed Team Ibis-Retro Cellars mountain bike squad just released a pulse-pounding new team video, featuring their four pro class enduro shredders. Definitely worth a look.

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Video: Sun Valley EnduroCup/Ride Sun Valley Festival Highlights


This post-Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival video shows why the Idaho destination deserves consideration for your must-do list, with events ranging from the Scott Enduro Cup to flaming log pulls and a beer relay.

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Ultimate Base Camp: Five cool camping extras for ultimate fun and comfort


Five cool camp site extras put the ‘ultimate’ in Ultimate Base Camp–including a camp toilet, chairs and more.

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Ultimate Base Camp: Santa Barbara mountain bike destination guide


If you like your riding fast, loud and fun, the rough-and-tumble trails of Santa Barbara are the stuff all-mountain dreams are made of. Check it out here, then tell us about your favorite SB trails!

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Ultimate Base Camp: Eight things to bring culinary cool to your camp kitchen


From bear-proof coolers to astronaut ice cream, we give you a run-down of the coolest camp kitchen stuff on the planet.

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Ultimate Base Camp: Kernville, Calif. mountain bike destination guide


Dropping 5,000 feet in its last eight miles, the Cannell Plunge highlights our Ultimate Base Camp stop in Kernville, Calif. Trust us when we tell you you’re gonna want to put this on your bucket list. Check it here.

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Ultimate Base Camp: Five cool sleep essentials for your mountain bike camp kit


Treeline Outdoors’ 2-in-1 Slumberjack sleeping bag heads our list of five cool sleep essentials for your mountain bike base camp. See what else we found here.

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Ultimate Base Camp: SylvanSport GO camp trailer review


There are lots of ways to combine mountain biking and camping, but only in the SylvanSport GO can you stay in the coolest camper ever.

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Introducing Mtbr’s Ultimate Mountain Bike Base Camp


Mtbr takes you on the road with the coolest gear for building the ultimate beachhead for your mountain bike adventures.

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Video: Transition’s Lars Sternberg shreds on new FOX 36


Transition Bikes’ Lars Sternberg brapps his way through the Pacific Northwest in this sweet launch edit for the new FOX FLOAT 36 fork.

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Video: Sun Valley Super Enduro set to light up Idaho


Greg “Chopper” Randolph gives us the low-down on the Sun Valley Super Enduro and the Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival in Idaho this weekend.

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Gear Review: Scorpion Bike Stand


The moto-inspired Scorpion Bike Stand makes a great platform for maintenance and storage.

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Hot News: Santa Cruz launches more affordable carbon bikes, bars and grips


Santa Cruz launches lower-cost versions of carbon Bronson, 5010 and Tallboy. New colors, handlebars and grips also announced.

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Video: A retrospective of new Mtbr how-to contributor Jeff Lenosky


Tomorrow, Mtbr launches our first “how-to” with mountain bike legend Jeff Lenosky—today we take a look at his awesome mountain bike filmography.

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Video: Flashback Friday with Tomac and Herbold on MTV Sports


We set the wayback machine to 1992 and dial up MTV Sports on the cable box for a segment with mountain bike legends John Tomac and Greg Herbold. Put on your best Bula hat and check it out!

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Video: Rachel Atherton and Manon Carpenter head-to-head GoPro footage from Austrian World Cup


Watch the back-and-forth must-see MTB battle unfold side-by-side in this GoPro footage courtesy of Red Bull.

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Videos: It’s corn dogs vs. rice cakes in an epic bike nutrition throw down


It’s corn dogs vs. rice cakes, Ornut vs. Rapha, high schoolers vs. Team Sky in good-spirited food fight.

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Video: Building the world’s most beautiful pump tracks


Former Swiss DH champ Claudio Caluori and his firm Velosolutions build the world’s most beautiful pump tracks—check them out and see what else this enthusiastic bike evangelist is up to.

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Video: Kelly McGarry’s POV footage from the Taxco Urban Downhill


Kelly McGarry fearlessly shreds the concrete and asphalt of the unique Taxco Urbano Downhill race in Mexico, proving he’s not only stylish, but fast to boot.

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Video: Brian Lopes gives us a ‘Cribs’-style tour of his Sprinter van


On his way to the Oregon Enduro Series, Intense Cycle’s rider Brian Lopes gave Western Bikeworks a tongue-in-cheek tour of his pimped-out Mercedes Sprinter Van, complete with garage, rooftop patio and home theater.

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Video: 2014 GoPro Mountain Games


GoPro along with technology partners Microsoft and Nokia use GoPro Mountain Games adventure sports festival as a showcase for camera’s versatility and growing ecosystem.

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Gear Review: Thule RoundTrip Pro bicycle travel bag


With an integrated workstand and a foldable architecture that allows it to pack down for storage, Thule’s new RoundTrip Pro may be the most convenient travel bike bag on the market.

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First Look: Orange Seal tire sealant system


Orange Seal’s great packaging helps make tubeless tire set-up clean and easy, but how does it perform? Find out in our First Look.

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Video: New Zealanders build world’s first 27.5-inch-specific enduro trails


New Zealand mountain bikers rebuild old track into world’s first 27.5-inch-specific enduro trail.

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New Product: Shimano launches XTR Di2 electronic mountain bike group


Shimano announces XTR Di2 electronic shifting to complement new 11-speed group.

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