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 has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.




Osprey Packs – Rev 1.5, Rev 6 and Rev 12 Hydration Packs

Check out some cool, new lightweight hydration packs from Osprey coming for 2014. The Rev series is made as a race pack or fast pack for those quick, short rides.

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Video: Back to the Roots – Trail Riding in Morzine

Fresh from our friends at ShapeRideShoot, this is a little video of Alex Evans from Morzine, France getting his flow on in his ‘hood with some really rooty trails.

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Crank Brothers 2014 Cobalt 11 27.5 and 29er Carbon Wheels

Crank Brothers has two new versions of their Cobalt 11 carbon wheels for 2014 including the new 27.5 size and redesigned 29er version. Rim profiles have been changed and are now wider and taller improving strength and stiffness.

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New Bell Helmets: Transfer 9, Stoker and Intersect

Hot on the heels of their recently released Full 9 and Super helmets, Bell is showing their new 2014 helmets including the Transfer 9, Stoker and Intersect.

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Riding the Honda Grom with Brian Lopes

Riding (and racing) a bike of a different category and an interview with Brian Lopes. Honda’s new Grom isn’t a mountain bike but it will appeal to riders of all kinds.

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Review: Sugoi RSX Jersey and Shorts

Sugoi’s top of the line RSX Jersey and Short offer innovative features, comfort and excellent wicking and cooling. A solid choice for warm/hot weather riding.

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Pivot Shows the New Mach 6 Carbon and LES with 27.5 Wheels

Pivot Cycles joins the 27.5 all mountain party with the new Mach 6 Carbon. 6.1″ of DW designed travel. The LES hardtail now comes in 27.5 size, too. Photos and info here.

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Review: Airborne HobGoblin 29er

The Airborne HobGoblin 29er offers a great value for the budget-minded rider or beginner who is looking for a trail oriented all arounder.

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Review: WickWerks Performance Chainrings

WickWerks is an Ogden, Utah based company that just makes one thing: chainrings. They use what they call BRIDGE technology to lift the chain from the rings. Find out how they perform in the real world.

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2014 Marin Bikes – More 27.5 Mountain Bikes

Marin Bikes shows their new bike line-up for 2014 including several new 27.5 models and several new women’s specific bikes. Check them out here.

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Downieville Photo Gallery, Race Report and Results

We have a ton of photos from the Downieville Classic courtesy of Mtbr’s very own Forrest Arakawa and a first person race report from third place finisher (XC) Menso de Jong.

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Giant Fully Commited to 27.5 for 2014

Giant jumps into the 27.5 game with several new models for 2014. Check out all the info and a ton of photos including several women’s specific models as well.

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Review: Eleven Velo Mod Merino Trail Jersey and Premium Trail Shorts

Eleven Velo is an Australian brand that offers custom biking apparel that is comfortable, durable and stylish (to say the least!) Bespoke options means you can choose the colors and materials that suit you.

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Announced: Intense Carbine 29 – Trail/Enduro/AM

Intense reveals the all new Carbine 29. A carbon version of the Tracer 29, the Carbine 29 has 5 or 5.5″ of VPP travel, G2 dropouts and the ride quality of carbon.

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Manitou Marvel, Minute and Dorado 27.5″ forks for 2014

Check out the highlights of the new Manitou Marvel, Minute and Dorado 27.5 forks. The Marvel is the XC oriented fork with 80, 100, or 120mm of travel. The Minute is Trail oriented with 120 and 140mm of travel and the Dorado 27.5 has 203mm of travel.

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What’s In Your CamelBak? Photo Submission Contest

Enter the CamelBak “What’s In Your CamelBak” Photo Submission Contest and you could win a FREE CamleBak M.U.L.E. NV hydration pack!

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SUN-Ringlé 2014 27.5 Wheels – Black Flag, Charger, A.D.D.

SUN-Ringlé jumps full force into the 27.5/650b movement with models available across their 3 most popular models – the BlackFlag (XC), the Charger (AM/Trail) and the A.D.D. (DH/Freeride).

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Answer Gentleman’s Collection and ProTAPER SL Handlebars

Answer has some flashy new handlebars out this year in a limited run of stylish patterns. And the ever popular Carbon Pro Tapers get updated with a lighter SL series that features a new manufacturing process (coming soon).

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2014 Cannondale Trail 29er 7 and Tango Women’s 29er Mountain Bikes

From Cannondale’s Trail series of entry level bikes, the Trail 7 is a hardtail 29er that won’t break the bank. Also featured is the new women’s specific Tango 29er hardtail with optimized geometry and handling. Check them out.

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Marzocchi 55 Micro STA and 44 Micro STA 29 forks and more for 2014

Highlighted here are Marzocchi’s new forks including the 55 Micro STA and the 44 Micro STA 29. Also, a sneak peek of the 2014 320 LCR Carbon XC fork, 380 C2R2 DH fork, Moto C2R and Roco Lite rear shocks.

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Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Crest 650b and ZTR Arch EX 29er Wheels

Not just for sealant any more, Stan’s NoTubes has some new options coming for their top selling ZTR Crest 650b wheelset. Also, their ZTR Arch EX 29er wheels continues to be popular and has plenty of options as well.

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2014 Schwinn Rocket 3 27.5 hardtail and Super Sport CX Gravel Grinder

Highlighted here are a couple of Schwinns that are new for 2014. The Rocket 3 is a 27.5 hardtail and the Super Sport CX is a cyclocross/gravel grinder with disc brakes.

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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 10-13 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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Video: Niner ROS 9 and New JET 9

Here is a look at the all new Niner JET 9 and ROS 9. The JET 9 gets the same airformed tubing treatment that the RIP 9 received including an increase in travel and a decrease in weight.

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Reynolds 29er XC Carbon and 27.5 Carbon AM wheels

Reynolds has some exciting offerings for 2014 including several wheelsets in 27.5″ size. Their all new 27.5 AM carbon wheels are a whopping 31mm in width! They also have several 29er models available in carbon as well.

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