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 Olympics, 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 Mtbr 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 life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.




Douchebags 30L Hugger backpack review


Douchebags 30L Hugger backpack is a solid and functional piece of travel luggage that looks cool, too.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: In search of perfect 29er trail bike


Mtbr headed to Outerbike Crested Butte to ride eight mid-travel 29er trail bikes. Find out which were our favorites and why.

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Lizard Skins Monitor gloves review


No-nonsense, reasonably priced glove, that’s proven to be durable, functional, and very comfortable.

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Framed Bobtrax Carbon adventure bike review


Mtbr tested this “adventure bike” that’s billed as being equally capable on trail, dirt road, and even pavement. Find out how it fared.

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DVO Diamond 110 Boost fork review


It’s not the lightest fork in this class, but the DVO Diamond 110 Boost is bar none one of the best trail/enduro forks we’ve ridden in a long time. Find out why.

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Bikepacking: Way more fun than expected


Combination of well-executed event, challenging but fun route, and lots of two-wheeled cameraderie adds up to three great days at the New Belgium Ramble Ride in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Magura Boltron eMTB suspension fork review


If riding eMTBs is your thing, it’s worth looking into bikes with e-specific components such as the top-line performing Magura Boltron suspension fork.

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Rocky Mountain Instinct and Pipeline first impressions


Two-day test session in Fruita, Colorado, aboard revised 29er and 27.5+ options from North Vancouver-based bike maker.

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TRP G-Spec Quadiem brakes review


Smooth lever throw, gentle initial bite, superb overall control and modulation, and ample end power make the TRP G-Spec Quadiem a solid aftermarket option for anyone seeking top-line, four-piston braking performance.

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Strider 14x 2-in-1 balance bike launched


The company that got thousands if not millions of children rolling on their first bicycle now has a pedal-equipped offering.

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Feedback Sports Team Edition Tool Kit Review


Inside a laptop-sized portable and durable TPU nylon coated zippered case are 19 tools with 25 total functions.

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Ibis Mojo HD4 review (updated)


The much-loved enduro-slaying Ibis Mojo HD3 has gotten a makeover for 2017. Now appropriately dubbed the Mojo HD4, the just released rig is even slacker — and more capable — than before.

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Todd Wells retires from racing


One of America’s top cross country and cyclocross pros is hanging up his race bikes. Durango, Colorado-resident Todd Wells, 41, announced this week that he’s retiring from racing.

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Danny MacAskill smashes wheels to prove point


Santa Cruz Reserve wheels can now be bought separately for any boost-compatible 27.5 or 29er bike. To celebrate, the California-based company had a little video making fun with Danny MacAskill.

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Diamondback Release Carbon launched


Diamondback’s popular 27.5 Release trail bike is now available in carbon. The direct-to-consumer seller will be offering two stock builds of the 150mm front/130mm rear travel rig. Full spec and pricing details here.

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Scott Spark 900 review


If you like riding mountain bikes uphill and downhill with equal precision and efficiency, the Scott Spark is a serious no-compromise option.

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Kitsbow Origin Collection review


Kitsbow’s cross-country leaning Origin Collection consists of four well-crafted pieces that are equally at home railing on the mountain bike or gravel grinding through rural countryside.

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Mondraker coming to USA in November


Mondraker has announced a new partnership with Colorado-based QARV Imports, which starting in November will serve as exclusive U.S. distributor for the Spanish bike maker.

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DVO Topaz T3 Air shock review


Piggyback all-mountain shock with coil-like performance signals more competent players in the mountain bike suspension game. And healthy competition is good for everyone — especially riders.

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Sensus Lite Grips review


Lock-on grips that offer great grip and a measure of vibration damping, which is what matters most when you’re hurtling yourself through rowdy rock gardens with reckless abandon.

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The 43 most innovative products from Eurobike


For 2017, the Eurobike trade show received more than 450 applications for their coveted Eurobike Awards. From there a panel of six judges selected 43 winning products, including 11 gold award winners.

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MRP Ribbon Coil fork launched


Coil fork features MRP’s highly-regarded Ramp Control feature, a speed-sensitive ending-stroke adjustment that allows the rider to tune preferred amount of bottom-out support with the simple twist of a knob.

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2018 Transition Bikes line-up unveiled


For model year 2018, the Patrol, Scout, and Smuggler get major geometry tweaks, and welcome a new bike to the stable, the Sentinel 29er with 160mm front and 140mm rear travel.

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Woom 3 kid’s bike review


With the primary goal of helping kids discover the joy of riding bikes, Woom offers some of (if not the) lightest little people bikes on the market.

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Canyon starts selling bikes in U.S.


After months if not years of waiting and anticipation, German direct-to-consumer bike seller Canyon has officially opened for business in the U.S.

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Stung by the Steamboat Stinger


With 7000 feet of climbing, 90% singletrack, zero pavement, and two primary ascents that crest above 8000 feet, you better bring your A game if you plan to stay near the front — or just finish.

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We Are One carbon wheels first look


We Are One’s primary hook is that all their products are made in North America. No offshore business or funny sticker company shenanigans.

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Leatt DBX 3.0 helmet review


Leatt’s DBX 3.0 trail helmet is a solid option for any rider interested in a little extra protection when bombing down the local gnar.

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Pactimo Terrain Shorts review


These MTB riding shorts will stand up to the test of time and look good doing it on and off the bike.

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Help build trail — and enter to win Yeti SB5 frame


You could win a new Yeti SB5 frame while pitching in on the effort to maintain and build more trail in the Colorado mountain bike Mecca of Crested Butte (aka Mtbr’s Rocky Mountain testing HQ).

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Shimano S-Phyre XC9 review


For the serious XC rider or racer, Shimano’s top-shelf S-Phyre XC9 MTB shoes are a serious podium contender. Find out why.

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Ryders Roam Fyre sunglasses review


If quality optics, adjustability, durability, and superb anti-fog and photochromic capabilities matter, then the Ryders Roam are worth a long look.

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Mavic Deemax DH and Pro wheels updated


A year after jumping into the carbon mountain bike wheel fray, Mavic is back with more new MTB hoops. But these are geared specifically to the gravity crowd.

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Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 EX bike review


If you want a fast, fun, and reasonably affordable 27.5 trail bike, and are willing to pick your lines versus smashing them, the Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 EX is a great choice.

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Sweet Protection Bushwhacker II MIPS helmet review


The follow-up to Sweet Protection’s original Bushwhacker, the latest enduro/trail helmet from the Norwegian company has a new retention system, revised interior, updated venting, and an adjustable visor.

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Mineral Design Mini Bar multi-tool review


Compact shape allows for easy storage in a jersey pocket, saddlebag, or hydration pack, while the unique 3-poisiton handle provides the leverage and versatility of a larger tool.

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2018 Giant Anthem 29 unveiled


New lightweight rig is an unapologetically XC race bike with 29er wheels, 100mm/90mm of front and rear, no stock dropper post option, and 1x on most builds.

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Lake MX332 shoe review


Lake’s no-holds-barred cross-country race shoe features an ultra-stiff carbon fiber sole, highly-durable upper, and a pair of side-mounted L6 BOA push-pull dials.

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SQlab Ergowave 611 saddle review


While saddle choice will always be a personal decision, there are certain concepts that make sense. SQlab’s Ergowave 611 attempts to tap into those norms — and keep you comfortable on the bike.

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Ten: The BC Bike Race Movie


Dubbed the ultimate singletrack experience, BCBR has made its name as a rider’s race. The winner has not always been the competitor with the highest lactate threshold. Instead the ability to handle a bike is paramount.

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Trek Farley EX 9.8 fat bike review


While the Farley EX 9.8 resides within Trek’s fat bike family, its capabilities reach far beyond winter thanks to a unique design. Check out the Mtbr long term review.

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Are these the perfect cycling socks?


We don’t usually get overly excited about cycling socks. If you can find a match in your dresser drawer it’s a win. But these new Gore Fiber bike socks could change all that.

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Fi’zi:k M3B Uomo MTB shoes


Low weight, a reinforced upper, and one seriously stiff outsole highlight the new-for-2017 fi’zi:k M3B Uomo mountain bike shoes.

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Magura HC3 adjustable brake lever blade first ride review


New HC3 after-market brake levers allow riders to tune the leverage thus changing braking power delivery.

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Intense Recluse DVO Limited Edition rolls out


If you believe in the luck of the Irish — or just like all things green — you’ll be intrigued by the latest offering from Intense.

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MRP adds Fox 36 Ramp Control Cartridge


Colorado’s MRP continues to add to its ever-growing product line-up with a yet another tuning option for suspension forks.

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Bell Super 3R removable chinbar helmet review


Version 3.0 of this do-it-all trail helmet improves with better fit, lighter weight, enhanced safety, and a host of cool color options.

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Haibike makes the argument for e-mountain bikes


Want to solicit a strong opinion, perhaps even start an argument? Ask a mountain biker about religion, politics, or e-bikes. Here’s one side of the debate from a company with a lot to gain.

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Specialized S-Works Epic 29er hardtail defies gravity


Snap poll: What’s the lightest bike frame in the Specialized line-up? Has to be one of their road or cyclocross rigs, right? Click through to find out.

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Hot new wheels and tires round-up – part 2


See the latest from Vee, Vittoria, Panaracer, DT Swiss, Atomik Carbon, Reynolds, Hutchinson, and more

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