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.




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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Ibis Mojo HD4 first ride review


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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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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The Canyon showroom experience


The world’s best known consumer direct bike seller was on hand at Sea Otter showing off the full breadth of its impressive product line. They really do have something for everyone.

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Dream Build: Santa Cruz Hightower with all the trimmings


This Santa Cruz Hightower with dreamy component spec is admittedly a little over the top. But when you live and ride in a place like Crested Butte, your bike should be worth more than your car.

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Inside the mind of Maxxis


Within mountain bike circles the Taiwanese tire maker has a rock solid foothold, especially among the trail, all-mountain, and downhill crowds where models such as the Minion, High Roller, and Shorty have cult-like followings. Click through to learn more.

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Fezzari Kings Peak Carbon SLX 1×11 fat bike review


If you’re only planning to ride your fat bike in the winter, why spend extra thousands of dollars on a rig that will spend 75% of the year collecting dust in the back of the garage?

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Ellsworth Rogue Sixty review


The newest offering from the iconic brand is an enudro ready 27.5 battleship with 160mm of well-tuned suspension. Find out more in the Mtbr review.

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Is this the answer to ending flat tires?


What’s Aaron Gwin’s secret to racing success? Well, obviously the guy is once-in-a-generation fast. But turns out when it comes to tire punctures (and avoiding them), Gwin has the benefit of a little something called Flat Tire Defender.

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Dave Wiens named IMBA Executive Director


Arguably one the all-time best known fat tire racers in U.S. history, Mountain Bike Hall of Famer and Leadville Trail 100 legend Dave Wiens has been named the new executive director of the
International Mountain Bicycling Association.

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Sidi MTB Dragon 4 shoe review


Sidi’s MTB Dragon 4 shoes are geared toward the serious amateur cross-country racer (or Strava’holic) who’s seeking light weight, stiff carbon sole pedaling efficiency, and ample fit adjustability.

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It’s official: Canyon is coming to America in 2017


It’s never been a question of if. It was always just a matter of when German direct-to-consumer bike seller Canyon arrived on U.S. shores. That question has finally been answered, as this week the bike making giant with a vast product line announced it would be open for business on this side of the Atlantic in Q3 of 2017.

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2017 Fat Bike World Championships Epilogue


Bikes, beers, bands, and high-speed fat freeriding highlight second-annual event in Crested Butte, Colorado.

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7 reasons why Fat Bike World Championships is gonna go off


For the second year running, Crested Butte, Colorado, is putting the phat in fat biking with the second annual Borealis Fat Bike World Championships. Starting with a kick-off party next Wednesday, fat heads from around the country (and even globe) will be treated to four days of the best winter riding anywhere.

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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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