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.




Marzocchi Bomber Z1 is back


The new Marzocchi Bomber Z1 isn’t necessarily the end all fork to have. Instead it’s being positioned as a great choice for trail/enduro riders on a budget.

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Praxis Girder Carbon cranks now available


Praxis has yet another entry into the carbon cranks realm – and this one won’t break the bank.

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Diamondback Sync’r Carbon coming soon


Count Diamondback among the bike makers embracing the “playful” hardtail market. Coming later this summer is the new Sync’r Carbon with a 66-degree headtube angle.

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Continental revises King tire series


Continental is bringing a completely revised King series to market, highlighted by improved tubeless ready functionality and the addition of 2.6 widths in some models.

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Rotor unveils new power meter and lightweight cranks


Spain’s Rotor Bike Components has an ever-expanding product range that now includes a dual-side measuring MTB power meter and new XC race cranks.

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EVOC rolling out new riding packs


In the EVOC development pipeline are three new products: Hip Pack Pro 3L, Hip Pouch 1L, and the FR Lite Race 10L pack. Here’s a sneak peek.

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Sea Otter Goodies: Five products that caught our eye


Here are five intriguing goodies that we happened upon during our time in California: new pedals, tires, sealant, a hitch rack, and a bunch of carbon wheels.

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Leatt DBX 2.0 helmet at Sea Otter


The Leatt DBX 2.0 trail helmet shares many of the same features as the DBX 3.0 — but costs $70 less.

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Giro launches three new gravity MTB shoes


Everybody loves new shoes and we’re betting these three gravity-oriented offerings from Giro won’t change that.

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Woom 1 Plus 14″ balance bike launched


New kid’s bike is designed for taller or older neophyte riders — and you can trade up when they’re ready to start pedaling.

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Vittoria Air-Liner tire insert launched


There’s yet another player getting into the MTB tire insert game. This time it’s Vittoria, which launched the Air-Liner at the Sea Otter Classic.

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Syncros Silverton SL one-piece carbon wheelset


Check out this one-piece carbon wheelset, where the rim, spokes, and hub shell all come out of one composite mold. Just push in a hub bearing (DT Swiss 190s in this case) and off you go – quickly.

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Santa Cruz Blur first ride review


After a three-year hiatus, the bike that arguably put Santa Cruz on the map is back. Meet the new Blur, a 29-inch wheeled full carbon XC speed machine with 100mm of VPP suspension.

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2018 Santa Cruz Highball first ride review


New low-angle stays designed to work in tandem with a bridgeless seatstay design to help absorb trail chatter.

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BikeYoke Revive Dropper Post Review


Aptly named Revive infinite travel dropper post directly addresses issue of air leakage (and the ensuing mushy performance) by equipping the post with a valve that when activated resets the hydraulic circuit.

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Canyon Dude CF 9.0 Unlimited Fat Bike Review


German direct-to-consumer seller Canyon makes virtually every kind of bike, including the fully rigid Dude CF 9.0 Unlimited fat bike. See how it fared during a Colorado winter’s worth of testing.

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2018 Fat Bike World Championships


Annual bacchanal of all things fat was back for another year and better than ever.

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Are carbon tri-spoke wheels the next big thing?


Don’t look now, but the tri-spoke wheel could be making a comeback — in enduro. U.K.-based wheel maker Spengle has been making waves on the internet this week, touting the benefits of its full-carbon tri-spoke 27.5 wheel.

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Mtbr’s Most Read Posts In 2017


As we push headlong into 2018, it’s fun to look back on the year that was. Here’s a rundown of the 20 most viewed Mtbr posts from 2017.

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Best of 2017: Jason’s Top Gear Picks


Here’s another Best Gear of 2017 list, this time from Mtbr features editor Jason Sumner. Let us know what you think of his selections in the comments section.

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Canyon Torque super enduro bike launched


German direct-to-consumer seller unveils new Torque super-enduro bike, aluminum Sender DH rig, and G5, the company’s new line of gravity-focused handlebars, stems, and grips.

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IMBA defends stance against amending Wilderness Act


Public lands are being threatened at an unprecedented level right now, says IMBA. And it’s imperative that public land users come together to protect these cherished places and offer our voices in this critical dialogue.

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2018 Canyon Spectral unveiled


The 2018 Canyon Spectral features a new shock orientation, boost hub spacing, room for larger tires, and a host of other unique design changes.

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2017 Mtbr Holiday Gift Guide


Whether you are shopping for your significant other, son, daughter, or yourself, these 20 great MTB’centric gift ideas are sure to please.

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Lazer Revolution FF helmet review


ASTM DH certified helmet toggles between full face and half shell mode, and allows for high degree of color customization.

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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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