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 in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.




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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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Wheels for every type of cyclist

Our favorite wheels for enduro, cross country, all mountain, road, gravel, cyclcocross, and just about everything in between.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Cold weather jackets

Help the cyclist on your shopping list keep Old Man Winter at bay with these weather-beating tops from Bontrager, Bellwether, Shimano, Pearl Izumi, Rapha, Hincapie, Pactimo and Sugoi.

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Video: Baggy shorts versus Lycra aerodynamics test

How much are your clothing choices slowing you down? The folks at Specialized went inside their wind tunnel to find out exactly what being a slave to fashion is costing you.

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Interview: 10 (important) questions with IMBA communications director Mark Eller

E-bikes, fatbikes, revenue sharing, and more — it’s all on the table in this wide ranging discussion with IMBA’s primary public relations person.

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News: IMBA reveals 2014 Model Trail award winners

Looking to plan your next mountain biking vacation? You’re in luck, the list that follows has a host of suitable landing spots sure to fulfill your wildest fat tire dreams.

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History: CamelBak celebrates 25th anniversary of first hydration pack

From an IV bag stuffed inside a tube sock to the high tech hydration packs of today, how we drink on the bike has come a long way.

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News: Major bike heist at Scott Sports HQ in Switzerland

Last weekend, thieves broke into a warehouse at SCOTT Sports headquarters in Givisiez, Switzerland and made off with about 200 bikes worth a combined $1 million.

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Mtbr Cribs: At home with Trek enduro star Ross Schnell

Mtbr gets an inside look at the home base of former Downieville Classic and singlespeed world champion Ross Schnell.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Cannondale Trigger 29 Carbon 2 has the good kind of split personality

The split personality Cannondale Trigger Carbon 2 has the climbing chops of a short-travel XC racer, but can rip descents like a true trail bike.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: GT Sensor Carbon Expert’s stellar suspension performance underwhelmed by parts spec

GT’s new AOS suspension design delivers high-level performance. But can it mask sub-parts spec.

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Enduro Compare-O: The Mtbr test crew picks their favorite Dream Bike Spec components

Our test crew picks their ultimate, no-holds-barred component mix from the Enduro Compare-O in our Dream Spec feature.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Highly versatile Ibis Ripley eschews convention to splendid results

The Ibis Ripley has the get-up-and-go of a long-travel cross-country bike, the playfulness of a small-wheeled trail tamer, and even the cajones to tackle some light-duty enduro racing.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Sublime Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR EVO 29 makes a case for substance over buzz

If you’re a fan of big wheeled bikes, the Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR EVO 29 is a sure fire hit. And if you’re skeptical of wagon wheels, this bike just might change your mind.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Ultimate one bike quiver? The $10k Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon might be it

You won’t win the Enduro World Series on this bike, but you could ride it just about anywhere in the world.

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Compare-O First Look: Cannondale Trigger 29 Carbon 2

The Trigger 29 Carbon 2 eschews traditional technology with a unique two-in-one shock and dual crown, single legged fork. Is Cannondale being different just for the sake of it? Or will this technology tame the trail?

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Compare-O First Look: GT Sensor Carbon Expert

This once hallowed bicycle brand lost its way for a while, but now it’s attempting a major comeback with two new high-zoot trail bike. Can they return GT to a place among mountain biking’s elite?

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Picking The Perfect Enduro Bike: The most (and least) important components

Enduro Compare-O Feature: What spec is worth spending extra coin on? With weight less important than on XC bikes, our experts skew towards parts that improve the ride rather saving grams. So what do you do when there are two bikes you’re equally enamored with, same cost, same test ride performance? It’s time to look at components. Where should you spend a little extra? And where can you hold off and upgrade later?

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Picking The Perfect Enduro Bike: Which wheel size is right for you?

Enduro Compare-O Feature: Three wheels, no waiting: Our experts agree to disagree when it comes to wheel size in Part 2 of our three-part series, “Choosing the Perfect Enduro Bike.”

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Compare-O First Look: Ibis Ripley

It took six long years for this purported do-anything 29er to go from idea to actuality. Now it’s time to find out if it was worth the wait.

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