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.




Fezzari Timp Peak 2.0 first look

Utah-based direct-to-consumer seller recently unveiled the latest rendition of its 27.5 Timp Peak carbon trail bike, which features updated frame geometry and a great parts spec mix.

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Timber Mountain Bike Bell: The polite way to pass

What’s the most polite way to alert other trail users of your presence? Most would say a bell of some sort (and not a shout or whistle). But you can make an argument that dinging a bell is the trail version of honking your car’s horn. So is there a better way?

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Death Wish: Riding as close as possible to a 400-foot cliff

Some people will do anything for a little attention. In the case of pro riders Nate Hills and Kyle Mears, it’s riding their bikes as close as possible to the edge of the ~400 foot cliff.

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Ritchey launches WCS XC and Trail pedals

Ritchey says new pedals were redesigned from the ground up, and feature a revamped engagement system that has a fixed front claw for better entry and release along with reliable mud-shedding.

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Pactimo launches new MTB kit

After a long and successful history in the world of custom and in-line road cycling kit, Pactimo is making a splash in the mountain bike arena.

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New crop of Topeak tools offer innovative convenience

The bike industry is in a period of rapid innovation — and it’s not limited to just bikes. Companies such as Topeak are getting creative with tool design, coming up with new and unique takes on old standards.

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New Ibis carbon and alloy wheelsets rolling in

If you didn’t know any better, you might think Ibis is primarily a wheel maker. That’s especially true after recent news from the California company that it’s expanding its line of MTB hoops to nine, adding new carbon and alloy models.

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Mavic Crossmax wheels get wider and boosted

Mavic is unveiling upgrades to its popular Crossmax Pro and Crossmax Elite alloy XC mountain bike wheels, adding boost compatibility, widening rim profiles, and reducing price.

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Charge Cooker Maxi 1 fat bike review

Does it make sense to go the budget route when buying a fat bike? Check out our full review to hear our take.

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Winter shoes shootout: Bontrager, Northwave, Shimano, Specialized

The best winter shoes are easy to put on and take off, are warm, wind and waterproof, and provide efficient power transfer on the bike, and reliable traction off it. See which of these four was best in test.

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SRAM launches Eagle 1×12 drivetrain with 10-50t cassette

Chicago-based component maker unveils SRAM Eagle, a 1×12 drivetrain system that boasts a 500% gear range thanks to a 10-50t cassette.

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Vitus launches carbon Sommet CR and CRX 27.5 trail bikes

Chain Reaction Cycles house brand bikes feature four-bar suspension, RockShox Pike, SRAM X1/XO1, RaceFace cranks, and a mix of WTB and Nukeproof components.

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OneUp goes wider with new 10-50t 11-speed 1x system

Meet the new OneUp Components Shark 10-50t set-up, an 11-speed 1x system with a whopping 500% gear range.

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Chain Reaction Cycles: Inside world’s largest on-line bike shop

Most of us have made some kind of on-line bike-related purchase. But what happens after you enter your credit card details? Who are the people on the other end of the information superhighway? In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Mtbr goes inside Northern Ireland’s Chain Reaction Cycles.

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Budget friendly Intense M16 Carbon Expert Edition DH bike

In an effort to bring its top end downhill bike to the masses, Intense Cycles has released the M16 Carbon Expert Edition, which sells for $5899.

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RockShox Reverb and Reverb Stealth revamped for 2016

RockShox has given its popular Reverb and Reverb Stealth dropper posts makeovers for 2016, reengineering the internals, adding additional bushing overlap, and offering new travel options.

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Spurcycle’s elegant (and long lasting) bell

If you ride busy trails, having a bell on your bars is all but a must. One of our favorite noise makers is the Spurcycle bell, which is both elegant and easy on the ears.

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Buying from overseas retailers about to get cheaper

The appeal of buying from overseas on-line retailers is about to grow, as an increases in the U.S. de minimis level on international shipments inbound to the U.S. is set to rise from $200 per shipment to $800 per shipment.

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Ultimate winter apparel for truly arctic rides

Dressing for wintertime rides is tricky business. The right outfit for that long chilly descent may be too toasty when the trail turns back uphill. Here’s a round-up of apparel that will keep you warm on truly arctic days.

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Reynolds Dean carbon fat bike wheels review

New lightweight 80mm composite hoops are the ultimate fat bike component upgrade — if you can afford them and are looking for all-season durability. Read our review to find out more.

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Specialized aims to be taken seriously in apparel arena

Mtbr interviewed Peter Curran, head of Specialized’s apparel design team, who among other things was responsible for the development of the company’s popular SWAT-equipped mountain bike clothing.

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Felt DD 10 fat bike review

A truly great option for the rider willing to make a moderate financial commitment to wintertime fat biking, but who isn’t looking to race and wants to leave the door open for riding year round.

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Reynolds Dean carbon fat bike wheel first look

New lightweight, tubeless composite hoops from Utah-based wheel maker ridden to triumph at Fat Bike World Championships.

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Ultimate winter apparel for freezing rides

Unless you live in a perpetually warm locale, dressing for wintertime rides can be tricky business. The right outfit for that long chilly descent may be too toasty when the trail turns back uphill. Here’s a round-up of gear that’s worked great for us on freezing rides.

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Specialized Fat Boy Expert Carbon fat bike review

Depending on your perspective, needs and budget, the Specialized Fat Boy Expert Carbon is either the perfect (albeit expensive) fat bike, or somewhat limited. Find out if it’s the right big wheeler for you in our full review.

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