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.




Factory Tour: Mountain Racing Products (aka MRP)

Come along for an inside look at the Grand Junction, Colorado-based maker of chain guides, chain guards and suspension forks.

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Lindarets ReMount improves dropper post lever position

Novel device allows riders to keep hands on bars when moving saddle up and down. But it doesn’t work well with all lever designs.

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First Look: BMC Teamelite 01 “soft tail” hardtail

Switzerland’s BMC is the latest bike maker to take a crack at perfecting the soft tail concept. How well it works remains to be seen.

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Sea Otter: Mavic updates MTB wheel-tire systems

The men in yellow unveiled a mix of updates and new product, all of it centering around mountain bike wheels and tires.

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First Look: Bold Bikes takes suspension inside

Rear shock housed completely inside the composite frame’s seat tube in an effort to protect it from rock strikes, crashes, mud and gunk.

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Sea Otter: New helmets from Giant, Lazer and Smith

Today’s brain protectors offer a variety of high-tech functionality, solid styling, and most importantly, protection in case of a crash. Here are four new lids that caught our eye during the Sea Otter Classic.

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Sea Otter: Fezzari rolls out 27+ Cascade Peak

Consumer direct seller believes there’s a sea change underway with the way people buy bikes — and sees new 27+ platform as great entree into sport for new riders.

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Sea Otter: New XC, enduro and fat bike shoes from Lake

Dutch cycling shoe maker Lake unveils an XC racer, an enduro slayer, and two commuter models with high hipster quotient. Here’s the rundown on each of the new kicks.

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Sea Otter: Crankbrothers launching custom color program

For an extra $25, consumers will soon be able to design personalized Crankbrothers Eggbeater and Candy pedals.

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Sea Otter: Kappius launches KR-29-XCW wide MTB rim

Kappius pushes into wide rim arena with new hoop that measures a claimed 46mm outer width and 41mm internal.

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Sea Otter: Rocky Mountain Sherpa 27.5+ bike debuts

The acts of bike packing and shredding singletrack are usually mutually exclusive. But Rocky Mountain is trying to turn that notion on its head.

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Sea Otter: Scott Spark 700 Ultimate Di2, ultimate DT Swiss fork

If your bike buying budget is tight, don’t click through. This post will just make you frustrated, angry or both. It will also likely make you drool.

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Sea Otter: MRP shows new AMG chainguide, Wave chainring

Colorado company doing everything in its power to assure your chain stays where it’s supposed to be, even when the trail is at its rowdiest.

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Video: Nino Schurter’s Hunt for Glory

You can make an argument for Nino Schurter as world’s greatest mountain biker. Not only is the SCOTT Odlo pro team rider a three-time cross-country world champion (and recent winner at the Sea Otter Classic), but he’s also a supremely talented bike handler. Check out these videos to see what we’re talking about.

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Sea Otter: ENVE shows new HDH downhill bar

High end composite component and wheel maker lifts lid on new downhill bar: 810mm wide HDH designed to mix precision steering and ride-tuned damping.

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Sea Otter: Rotor launches axle-based INpower power meter

The company best known for its ovalized chainrings is making a continued push into the power meter market with INpower, an axle-based power measuring device for road and mountain bikes that runs on an easy-to-swap standard AA battery.

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Review: Borealis Echo SRAM XO1 Fat Bike

Carbon fiber frame designed around RockShox Bluto suspension fork delivers performance and fun in a multitude of conditions.

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HQ Tour: Wheel and hub maker Kappius Components

Small Colorado company aims to compete with high-end wheel and hub offerings from the likes of ENVE, Zipp and DT Swiss.

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Video: Paul Basagoitia goes big in Utah

Freeride star Paul Basagoitia has a message for his fans: He’s back. In fact, he says he never left. Things just have changed a little. Find out what he means.

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Outerbike provides bike buyers ultimate test ride

Moab mountain bike festival and others like it provide opportunity to sample sweet singletrack — and collect information to make a truly informed buying decision.

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PUSH Industries launches fully customizable rear shock

Rear shock geared to get the most out of today’s 140-165mm travel mountain bikes, and will be hand assembled and built to customer specification based on rider weight, riding style, and frame application.

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Santa Cruz unveils revised Highball carbon hardtail

Geometry has been adjusted from the previous iteration, with a longer front end and shorter chainstays, the goal being a snappier, more nimble ride.

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Review: TOGS Thumb Over Grip System

TOGS can be a valuable asset, allowing a rider to switch hand position on longer rides when numbness and hand fatigue might otherwise be an issue.

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News: Shimano launches anniversary pedal/shoe combo

To commemorate extended track record of success Shimano is releasing a limited-edition shoe and pedal combination.

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Video: Mountain bike simulator brings trails indoors

No fat bike for winter time riding, no problem. Shred (virtually) in your living room instead.

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