About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.




New Feedback Sports Team Edition tool kit and more

Feedback Sports is getting in to the wrenching game with a tool collection that’s highlighted by the Team Edition Tool Kit, and also includes the less expensive Ride Prep Tool Kit and a complete set of T-handle wrenches.

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Islabikes Beinn 20 L kid’s mountain bike review


Highly capable bike that makes riding real trails and climbing real hills easier and more fun thanks to the combination of light weight and able gearing.

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Bulls Bikes Black Adder 29 carbon hardtail review


If you are looking for a budget friendly bike that is XC race-ready right out of the box, the Bulls Black Adder is it. But if you are the type that installs dropper posts on all your bikes (including hardtails) then this is not the ride for you.

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10 great upgrades for your bike — and more


It’s easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest. But it’s very possible your best option is not buying all new gear. Instead give one of these upgrades a try.

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12 best mountain bikes for around $1000


At this price you can expect to get an aluminum hardtail, though many manufacturers are using plus size tires to breathe new life into the category. Here are some great options from Scott, Marin, Haro, KHS and more.

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Interbike Preview Highlights: G-Form, GoPro, Abus, Polar and Now helmets


A few product highlights from Interbike’s Media Preview event featuring G-Form, GoPro, ABUS, Polar and Now helmets.

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Contest: Win a Framed Marquette Alloy mountain bike


Enter to win a Marquette Plus mountain bike from Framed Bikes kitted with 27.5×3″ tires, SRAM GX drivetrain and a RockShox Reba fork worth $1900!

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Summer in the Mountains for Two at Deer Valley Resort


Enter to win a trip for two to Deer Valley Resort this summer.

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Contest: CatEye Volt 6000 Prize Pack Giveaway


CatEye is giving away a Volt 6000 prize pack including night riding light and Rapid X3 rear light and more worth over $850.

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Contest: Mavic XA Pro Carbon Wheels and Leadville 100 Race Entry Giveaway


Enter to win your chance to compete in the Leadville 100 and a set of carbon hoops courtesy of Mavic!

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Contest: BikeHard Challenger Carbon Saddle Giveaway


Win one of three Challenger Carbon Saddle from BikeHard worth $200 each.

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Contest: Bulls Bikes USA – Copperhead 3 RSi Mountain Bike Giveaway


Enter to win a new Bulls Copperhead 3 RSi alloy hardtail mountain bike worth $2,000!

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Is this the world’s lightest bottle cage?


A first look at Laguna Bicycle’s new 17 gram full carbon water bottle cage. Our initial impressions of this cage are very high.

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Video: Local Flow with Lac Blanc/Commencal rider Thomas Estaque


Check out this latest shredit from young Lac Blanc/Commencal team rider Thomas Estaque during his time away from the WC circuit. Put riding in France on your bucket list.

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Laguna Bicycles MR1 carbon hardtail review


Laguna Bicycles specializes in monocoque carbon frames like this raceable carbon hardtail. Direct-to-consumer business model seeks to pass on the savings.

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Bulls Bikes Copperhead 29 RSi, Copperhead 3 RSi 27.5 and Wild Edge Team 29


German brand Bulls Bikes expands their US offerings this year to include two new alloy hardtails, a monocoque carbon full suspension 29er and yes, a full suspension e-Bike.

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ZOIC’s Prophet shoes and 2016 apparel highlights


Bucking the trend of $300 shorts, ZOIC has a long history of providing clean styles and durable clothes at an affordable price. Check out their Prophet flat pedal shoe and highlights from their current collection.

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Ghost SLAMR X8 review


German brand re-works suspension design for new all-mountain trail models. The SLAMR X8 has a carbon main frame (alloy rear), 145mm of travel and is a pretty good value for REI members.

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Contest: The CamelBak Triple Pack Giveaway


Win a CamelBak Skyline 10 LR, Palos LR and KUDU 18 hydration pack and more. Total prize pack is valued at over $500.

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Mongoose’s new bikes for 2017 – the Tyax Supa plus bike, Argus 24 mini fat bike, Teocali and more


Mongoose ditches direct-to-consumer sales and 2017 models will be sold through Amazon.

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milKit tubeless tire valves and maintenance kit first look


Swiss engineered and patented valves ease tubeless tire servicing. milKit valves and service kit will make tubeless tire maintenance quicker, easier and cleaner.

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Contest: Saris SuperClamp Bike Rack Giveaway


Saris is giving away a SuperClamp Prize Pack worth over $750.00. Grand Prize includes a Saris SuperClamp 2 bike rack, Saris bicycle beverage carrier and Saris Cycling apparel kit from Panache.

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KTM’s new 2016 mountain bikes come to the States


Well known Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM is bringing their bicycles direct-to-consumer in America. Highlighted here are some of their performance oriented 2016 mountain bikes.

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Video: Champéry Bike Park opens on May 14th – more accessible and more flowy. Yum.


Two new videos from ShapeRideShoot highlight the changes and course upgrades to the World Cup level trails in Champéry, Switzerland.

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Ritchey WCS – Trail Kit Giveaway


Enter to win a Ritchey WCS or Trail Kit for your bike worth over $1000! Grand prize includes Ritchey wheels, tires, bar, stem, post and grips – a complete cockpit upgrade for your ride!

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Fluid Sports Nutrition’s new Cinnamon Vanilla Recovery drink


Fluid supports mountain biking with sponsorships and new products.

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Spot’s first full suspension mountain bike – the Rollik 557


Get ready to romp and frolick with Spot’s all new 140mm travel, carbon framed trail bike with unique, patented carbon leaf spring called the Living Link.

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Haro’s new Shift LT with long travel and electronic drivetrain compatibility


The Shift LT offers 140mm of travel for a more all mountain type of ride. Also, the Shift Plus gets some updates and there is an e-Bike prototype on the horizon.

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RSD Bikes Wildcat 27.5 Plus bike


Toronto-based brand brings affordable full suspension Plus bike to the States later this year. The Wildcat features 120mm of rear travel via a four bar linkage design.

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Contest: Enter to win a set of Vittoria Morsa Tires


Vittoria is giving away 3 sets of the 2016 graphene 4C Morsa tires.

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Sneak Peek: Kali Lunati – affordable trail helmet


Kali’s new trail helmet features 20 vents, a camera/light mount and a low price point. Also, if you attend the Sea Otter Classic, be sure to check out their trade-in program!

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Top Five Things To Do – A Guide to the Subaru Sea Otter Classic


The Sea Otter Classic is a cycling festival like no other! It will be held April 14-17 in Monterey, CA. Here are some tips and hints on things to see and do while you are there. Stop by the Mtbr booth and say hi!

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Pricepoint’s Easton Heist Wheelset Giveaway Contest


Easton Heist Wheelset is the prize courtesy of Pricepoint!

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Finn & Ben local trail rippin’ video


Check out this stoke video from the guys at SixSixOne featuring team riders Finn Iles and Ben Cruz in action on some local Socal trails.

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Contest: Enter to win a head-to-toe Garneau cycling kit


Louis Garneau is giving away $1,000 worth of mtb or road cycling apparel, enter our contest now!

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Juliana SRAM Pro Team Pre-Season Update video


Check out this highlight reel of Juliana SRAM Pro Team riders Sarah Leishman, Anka Martin and Kelli Emmett as they prepare for this coming weekend’s opening round of the Enduro World Series.

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TRUVATIV introduces Descendant series cranks, bars, stems and seat posts


New gravity oriented component line emphasizes durability and affordability. Check out the Descendant bars, stems, seat posts and cranks.

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X-Fusion presents 40 Years of #55 Brian Lopes – Video


Check out this video retrospective on Brian Lopes, a true pioneer of the sport of mountain biking. 40 years is a long time – view some photos of Brian flying the number 55 plate even as a young BMX racer.

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Art’s Cyclery Spank Oozy Trail 295 Wheelset – iXS Armor Giveaway


Enter to win a pair of Spank Oozy Trail 295 wheels or iXS knee and elbow guards courtesy of Art’s Cyclery!

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NAHBS 2016: Matter Cycles – TwoStoke long travel Plus bike


Boulder, CO based Matter Cycles is a one man shop producing some true mountain bikes like the 150mm travel TwoStroke Plus bike and Benefat fat bike.

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NAHBS 2016: REEB Cycles new full suspension prototype – the SqWEEB


Owned by the same guy who runs Oskar Blues Brewery, REEB Cycles is based out of Longmont, CO and they are now producing a 27.5 Plus bike with 135mm of travel.

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NAHBS 2016: Soulcraft Option B+


An industry group effort combines to bring this rally Plus hardtail to life.

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Coastline Cycle Co channels Urban Moto style into a new brand of bicycle


Bicycle industry veteran Chad Battistone launches Coastline Cycle Co with their first model named “The One” – a simple, durable alloy hardtail. The Kickstarter campaign has begun for those interested in buying one of these bikes.

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5 best new ways to use the Mtbr Free Classifieds


Mtbr.com now offers FREE Classifieds to registered users. No more Paypal, no more credit cards. Streamlined format and user enhancements also help make placing your ad easier than ever.

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Bikepacker and ultra long distance racer Lael Wilcox takes on the Arizona Trail Race 750


Tour Divide record holder challenges herself to new limits, will she make it? Follow her adventure in this well crafted video journal.

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North American Handmade Bicycle Show returns to Sacramento Feb. 26-28


12th year for popular show features bicycle craftsmen (and women) across all categories. Showcase provides access to the bicycle art and trend setters of the bicycle industry.

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Ellsworth celebrates 25th anniversary and offers redesigned lineup for 2016


The all new Epiphany headlines the changes to Ellsworth’s bike line-up for 2016 with both carbon and alloy versions available in 29er, 27.5 or Plus sizes.

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Pricepoint’s FOX 34 Float Fork Giveaway Contest


FOX Factory 34 Float fork with 150mm of travel is the prize courtesy of Pricepoint!

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ZOIC Prophet Shoe + Spank Oozy Pedal Contest Giveaway!


Check out ZOIC’s all new flat pedal shoe: the Prophet and enter to win one of three chances to win a pair of ZOIC Prophets and a pair of Spank Oozy flat pedals!

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Lazer’s new Revolution and Roller helmets for 2016


Three helmets from Lazer are highlighted here including the all new for 2016 Revolution, an all mountain/enduro helmet with removable side pods and forthcoming removable chin bar.

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