About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.




Specialized Recon Mixed Terrain Shoes review

If you’re familiar with terms such as gravel grinding or groad, have considered signing up for Grinduro or Dirty Kanza, or simply like to ride your road bike where others typically won’t go, Specialized’s Recon Mixed Terrain shoes may be right up your (unpaved) alley. And they’re a great option for aggressive XC riders, too.

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Dakine Seeker 15L hydration pack review

From backcountry epics to enduro racing, Dakine’s Seeker 15-liter hydration pack with included 2-liter reservoir and removable spine protector is built for all manner of mountain bike adventures. Check out the Mtbr review to learn more.

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Nate Hills Best of FollowCamFriday 2016

Nate Hills has gained quite a following with his series of #FollowCamFriday YouTube videos. The Yeti-sponsored rider has pushed out jaw-dropping POV edits from everywhere from Colorado and Utah to Whistler and Bolivia. Now Hills has put together this compilation of the best of the best.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Plus Bike

What makes the Santa Cruz Hightower great? For starters, it’s not just a plus bike; it’s a trail ripping, do-it-all singletrack slayer that can be set up with 27.5+ wheels and a 150mm fork or 29er hoops and 140mm of front end squish. Click through to find out more.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Cross-country Bike

Gone are the days of one-trick-pony XC bikes. The modern cross-country machine is equally adept at climbing and descending. Here are three of the best from 2016.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Innovation of the Year

Yes, there are still plenty of holdouts who will argue otherwise, but as far as we are concerned the front derailleur is dead. And for that we thank 2016’s Mtbr Innovation of the Year.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Rider of the Year

Perhaps the truest sign of greatness is living up to expectation. And no rider had more expectation thrust on his shoulders in 2016 than Nino Schurter.

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Crested Butte Chronicles: Catching up with Doug Bradbury

Unless you were born in the 1970s or earlier, you’ve probably never heard of Doug Bradbury. But if you ride a suspension-equipped mountain bike (or have ridden around Crested Butte), you owe the man a debt of gratitude.

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MRP releases Ramp Control Cartridges for Fox 34 forks

With the success of the Ramp Control Cartridge for RockShox, MRP has followed through with Fox compatible cartridges and now has the them available for 2016 or newer Fox 34 forks that have the FIT4 and GRIP dampers.

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Meet one of America’s richest (and forward thinking) mountain bikers

Walmart heir Tom Walton is helping turn Northwest Arkansas into riding Mecca, and a great place to live.

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Bike Check: Danny MacAskill’s Santa Cruz Nomad CC

Check out the YouTube star’s bike of choice for a recent trip to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro — and the IMBA World Summit in Arkansas.

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Northwave Enduro Mid Cédric Gracia shoe review

Slap the enduro tag on a pair of mountain bike shoes and you’re essentially claiming that they offer the best of all worlds. Find out if the Northwave Enduro Mid Cédric Gracia signature shoe measures up.

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Platypus Duthie AM 10.0 hydration pack review

The best hydration packs are there when you need them, invisible when you don’t. We spent the last couple months with the Platypus Duthie AM 10.0 hydration pack on our back. Find out how it measured up.

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BLM Boss: Engagement now more important than ever

With the change in political winds blowing with gale force intensity, outgoing Bureau of Land Management director Neil Kornze implored attendees at the IMBA World Summit to get engaged and stay engaged.

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On the ground at the 7th IMBA World Summit

The tribe that is the International Mountain Bicycling Association has gathered in northwest Arkansas for its seventh World Summit, this year coming together in the burgeoning fat tire hot bed of Bentonville.

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Reynolds Trail 27.5 carbon wheels review

$2500 is a lot of money — especially when you’re talking about an upgrade for your mountain bike. But if you’re going to drop big dime in the name of incremental performance enhancement, high zoot carbon wheels are arguably the best way to go. So are these hoops a good choice?

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Crankbrothers Highline dropper post review

If you’re in the market for a new dropper and can live with 125mm of travel, this post is certainly worth considering. And if something does go wrong, there’s a 3-year warranty backing you up.

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Syncros Matchbox Tailor Cage Mini HV 1.5 review

By integrating storage for a hand pump and key tools into a bottle cage, you’re lessening the amount of gear you need to carry elsewhere, thus increasing the likelihood that you can ride without a hydration pack.

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Canfield Brothers debut complete bike builds

Good news this week for fans of boutique bike maker Canfield Brothers — especially if you’re not the type who prefers to buy a bare frame and then build it up yourself.

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See what’s slowing Aaron Gwin down

Aaron Gwin’s No. 1 focus is never slowing down. The reigning U.S. national and World Cup overall downhill champion earns his keep staying off the brakes. But when it comes time to scrub speed, the YT Bikes rider has a new weapon.

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EVOC putting hip back in fanny packs

Munich, Germany-based EVOC is set to start shipping the Hip Pack Race, a 3-liter pack that can accommodate a 1-liter bladder.

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Video: Little Trail Hunter — This kid rips!

If this video doesn’t warm your heart, you don’t have one.

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Best new MTB shoes from Interbike 2016

Whether you’re an XC racing hammer head, enduro charger, or flats wearing freerider, a good pair of mountain bike shoes can enhance (or ball up) your ride. Here is the best of what we saw during trade show season.

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Outerbike coming to Crested Butte Mountain Resort

There’s yet another reason to ride mountain bikes in Crested Butte. On the eve of Fall Outerbike 2016, Western Spirit Cycling announced it was expanding in 2017 to include a summer stop in the famous Colorado mountain town.

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Stan’s NoTubes S1 series cover broad wheel-tire spectrum

There is such a thing as too wide when it comes to rims is part of the message behind Stan’s NoTubes recently launched tubeless ready S1 series MTB wheels, which are also geared to the budget conscious consumer.

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