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.




Platypus Duthie AM 10.0 hydration pack review


The best hydration packs are there when you need them, invisible when you don’t. We spent the last couple months with the Platypus Duthie AM 10.0 hydration pack on our back. Find out how it measured up.

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BLM Boss: Engagement now more important than ever


With the change in political winds blowing with gale force intensity, outgoing Bureau of Land Management director Neil Kornze implored attendees at the IMBA World Summit to get engaged and stay engaged.

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On the ground at the 7th IMBA World Summit


The tribe that is the International Mountain Bicycling Association has gathered in northwest Arkansas for its seventh World Summit, this year coming together in the burgeoning fat tire hot bed of Bentonville.

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Reynolds Trail 27.5 carbon wheels review


$2500 is a lot of money — especially when you’re talking about an upgrade for your mountain bike. But if you’re going to drop big dime in the name of incremental performance enhancement, high zoot carbon wheels are arguably the best way to go. So are these hoops a good choice?

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Crankbrothers Highline dropper post review


If you’re in the market for a new dropper and can live with 125mm of travel, this post is certainly worth considering. And if something does go wrong, there’s a 3-year warranty backing you up.

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Syncros Matchbox Tailor Cage Mini HV 1.5 review


By integrating storage for a hand pump and key tools into a bottle cage, you’re lessening the amount of gear you need to carry elsewhere, thus increasing the likelihood that you can ride without a hydration pack.

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Canfield Brothers debut complete bike builds


Good news this week for fans of boutique bike maker Canfield Brothers — especially if you’re not the type who prefers to buy a bare frame and then build it up yourself.

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See what’s slowing Aaron Gwin down


Aaron Gwin’s No. 1 focus is never slowing down. The reigning U.S. national and World Cup overall downhill champion earns his keep staying off the brakes. But when it comes time to scrub speed, the YT Bikes rider has a new weapon.

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EVOC putting hip back in fanny packs


Munich, Germany-based EVOC is set to start shipping the Hip Pack Race, a 3-liter pack that can accommodate a 1-liter bladder.

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Video: Little Trail Hunter — This kid rips!


If this video doesn’t warm your heart, you don’t have one.

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Best new MTB shoes from Interbike 2016


Whether you’re an XC racing hammer head, enduro charger, or flats wearing freerider, a good pair of mountain bike shoes can enhance (or ball up) your ride. Here is the best of what we saw during trade show season.

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Outerbike coming to Crested Butte Mountain Resort


There’s yet another reason to ride mountain bikes in Crested Butte. On the eve of Fall Outerbike 2016, Western Spirit Cycling announced it was expanding in 2017 to include a summer stop in the famous Colorado mountain town.

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Stan’s NoTubes S1 series cover broad wheel-tire spectrum


There is such a thing as too wide when it comes to rims is part of the message behind Stan’s NoTubes recently launched tubeless ready S1 series MTB wheels, which are also geared to the budget conscious consumer.

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Five new enduro-ready helmets with removable chinbars


Helmets have come a long way in recent years. Gone are the days when you were forced to choose between light weight and ventilation versus legitimate all-mountain protection. The modern trail helmet can do it all.

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MRP rolls out new Ribbon all-mountain fork


Built-in pressure relief valves are just one of the cool features on MRP’s new boost-spacing-ready Ribbon enduro/all-mountain suspension fork that comes in travel lengths from 120mm to 170mm for 27.5, 27.5+, and 29.

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Seven exciting dropper posts from Eurobike 2016


The trend in dropper posts appears headed in two directions — high tech or simple tech. Read on to find out which manufactures are choosing which route and why.

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Yeti adds lower priced carbon frame options


It’s now a little easier to welcome a Yeti into your life. The popular Golden, Colorado-based MTB bike maker has expanded its line-up to include two levels of carbon frames.

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Eurobike 2016: Scenes from the show


Eurobike 2016 is in the books. But before we move on to Las Vegas and Interbike at the end of September, let’s take one more look back at this cycling industry extravaganza in southern Germany.

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Eurobike Day 2: More wonderful, wacky, and weird


The world’s largest cycling industry trade show rolls on in Germany. Mtbr has been roaming the halls of Eurobike, seeking out the latest and greatest in two wheeled tech. Here is some of what we saw on day 2.

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Eurobike Awards: 2016′s Best in Show Winners


Debate is done. Votes have been tallied. And this year’s Eurobike Award Winners have been announced. The annual contest of two wheeled tech started with 472 entries, which were whittled down to 51 winners, including a dozen prestigious Gold Award recipients.

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Huck Norris liner could be end of tubeless punctures


Arguably the No. 1 hindrance slowing greater adoption of plus tires is the lose-lose proposition between weight and puncture protection. Many of the 2.8” to 3.0” tires currently on the market are either too heavy or too flimsy to be ridden hard without fear of failure. Could the answer be… Huck Norris?

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Eurobike Day 1: Weird, wacky, and wonderful from Germany


The world’s largest cycling industry trade show kicked off Wednesday. Mtbr spent the day combing the halls of Eurobike, seeking out the latest and greatest in two wheeled tech. Here is some of what we saw.

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Fashion Show: Top notch mountain bike apparel — part 3


The final installment of the Mtbr MTB apparel fashion show highlights cool kit and more from Kitsbow, Mavic, and Gore.

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Fashion Show: Top notch mountain bike apparel — part 2


In part 2 of our Mtbr MTB apparel fashion show, we reveal some of our favorite pieces from Endura, Voler, and Garneau.

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Fashion Show: Top notch mountain bike apparel — part 1


The idea that clothes make the man is a bit of a stretch. But there’s no doubt cycling clothing can enhance (or screw up) a ride. Here are our favorite pieces from Qloom, Pactimo, and Pearl Izumi.

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It’s Olympic gold or bust for Scott’s Nino Schurter


The decorated Swiss XC racer is the overwhelming favorite for gold in Rio on Sunday, and the reigning world champion will have a new weapon underneath him, the 2017 Scott Spark RC 29er.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Michael Broderick’s Intense Carbine 29C


Michael Broderick was once among the best XC racers in the United States. Now he’s making waves in the masters class of the Enduro World Series. Here’s a look at his 140mm Intense Carbine 29C race bike.

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Enduro World Series shoe gallery shootout


Some very general observations: more riders choose clipless shoe-pedal combos over flats, bright colors are in, and based on what we saw at the front of the pro men’s and women’s EWS fields, FiveTen shoes are very popular.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Cecile Ravanel’s Commencal Meta AM V4


Cecile Ravanel is the unquestioned queen of the Enduro World Series this year. Through five races, the Frenchwoman has four wins and one second place. Mtbr caught up with rider and bike after her win in Colorado.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Jared Graves’ Specialized S Works FSR Stumpjumper 29er


Jared Graves’s transition from Yeti to Specialized has not been perfectly smooth. After dominating the Enduro World Series in 2014, the Aussie had yet to match those results in his first campaign with the Big Red S. But now things are turning around. Here’s a look at the bike that helped make that happen.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Jerome Clementz’s prototype Cannondale


Jerome Clementz could ride a donkey and still be faster than most of us. But give the Frenchman a new prototype bike and look out podium. Here’s a closer look at the yet-to-be-released bike that carried Clementz to third at the EWS in Aspen-Snowmass.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Richie Rude’s Yeti SB6c EWS race bike


Though his weekend in Aspen-Snowmass didn’t go as planned, Yeti-Fox rider Richie Rude is still overall series leader of the 2016 Enduro World Series. See the bike that has helped propel the American toward another world title.

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Canfield Brothers Riot 29er trail bike review


If you lean toward the rowdy side of riding, dig the benefits of big wheels, and don’t want to rely on a pick-up truck to get you to the top of the descent, the Canfield Brothers Riot is a top-notch one-bike solution.

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Moots Farwell 27.5-plus Ti hardtail debuts


Meet the Moots Farwell, a 27.5-plus hardtail ripper spec’d with 2.8” tires that’s designed for all-day trail fun. And like most 27.5-plus set-ups, the Farwell can do double duty as a 29er.

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Enduro World Series: Graves, Ravanel score dominant wins


There was never much doubt about the final outcome. After sweeping the opening day’s stages, Jared Graves and Cecile Ravanel continued their dominance on day 2 of the Aspen-Snowmass stop of the Enduro World Series.

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Enduro World Series: Aspen extreme mega-gallery


The world’s best have descended on Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado, for the 5th stop of the Enduro World Series this weekend. After two days of hot and dusty practice, racing rolls Saturday morning with the first of six stages over two days. Check out this mega-gallery from the lead-up to this all-important race.

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Crested Butte Chronicles: Time to tip your trail builder


Downed trees just don’t magically disappear in the spring, critical trail armor doesn’t fall off the armor tree, and drainage mitigation isn’t an act of God. That’s why it’s time we started all pitching in to pay for the places we love to ride (both at home and away).

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Ryders Seventh veloPOLAR antiFOG sunglasses review


The ideal pair of bike riding sunglasses strikes an even balance between fit, function, and fashion. Find out how the Ryders Eyewear Seventh veloPOLAR antiFOG sunglasses measure up.

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The ultimate mountain bike shuttle vehicle


With all due respect to your shuttle vehicle of choice, we guarantee it has nothing on this bad boy. Meet the DWT Downhill (and uphill) Assault Vehicle.

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Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol 120mm bike debuts


Colorado based Guerrilla Gravity has just rolled out a new edition to its growing line-up of trail-friendly bikes. The new Trail Pistol comes in “Crush Mode” and “Plush Mode”, which is achieved via a shock mounted flip chip that optimizes the geometry and suspension for 29” wheel “crushing” or 27.5+ “plushness.”

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Senator introduces human-powered wilderness travel bill


In a move that’s being trumpeted by some as a measure that could lead to better trail access for mountain bikers, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) has introduced the Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act.

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Niner RKT 9 RDO XC race bike review


Do you want a bike with a precise, narrow focus? Or are you looking for something more diversified? How you answer those questions will go a long way towards whether or not you’re a fan of the Niner RKT 9 RDO. Read our full review to learn more.

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Shimano goes full enduro with ME series shoes


Shimano may be best known for its drivetrain components, but the Japanese giant also does a ton of soft goods, including some very capable mountain bike shoes. Today, that line-up expands with two new enduro-specific models, plus a lightweight XC pedal masher.

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G-Form Pro-X knee pads review


The combination of ever-more-capable bikes, enduro racing, and the fact that technology has improved by leaps and bounds has spawned all manner of lightweight mountain bike pads. One of the biggest players in this rapidly emerging market is G-Form. Find out what we thought of their Pro-X knee pads.

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Mavic XA Pro Carbon trail wheels unveiled


New do-it-all composite hoops have 26mm internal rim width, come in 27.5 and 29, and are UST tubeless with a hookless profile.

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Topeak Joe Blow Booster floor pump review


Depending on you wheel-tire combo of choice getting tubeless beads seated can be an exercise is mass frustration. So does the Topeak JoeBlow Booster floor pump solve these issues? Read our full review to find out.

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Niner’s new Rip 9 RDO and Jet 9 RDO get boosted and plus


After years of complete dedication to 29ers, Niner is getting in the plus game, as it rolls out fully revised versions of its popular Rip 9 RDO and Jet 9 RDO trail bikes. Both will be available in the usual 2- through 5-star 29er builds. But now you can also order them spec’d with 27.5+ set-ups with max tire size of 3.0”.

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Scott Scale XC hardtail drops significant weight


The new lighter Scott Scale goes a long way toward defining what the company is all about: racing — and winning.

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Rizer Rival 2.0 27.5 hardtail review


The appeal (or lack thereof) of the Rizer Rival 2.0 depends greatly on your budget and bike riding abilities. Get all the details in our full review.

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SRAM Eagle 1×12 drivetrain first ride review


If you can stomach the small weight penalty and price hit, there’s no reason not to jump on this Eagle’s wide wings.

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