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.




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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2017 Scott Spark first look


Scott went back to the drawing board for the model year 2017 Spark, changing the suspension linkage, adding boost hub spacing, and splitting the line into three segments, race, standard, and plus.

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Crested Butte Chronicles: Best time of year to be here


if you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to come ride in Crested Butte, this week is about as good as it gets. The trails are primo, Evolution Bike Park is open, and it’s Bike Week!

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Is this Nino Schurter’s new Scott Spark?


In the lead-in to Scott’s annual Scott Week media event in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, the Swiss bike maker is showing off a “spy shot” 27.5 rig that is very likely an updated version of the Nino Schurter’s dual suspension Spark race bike.

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XC racing on the Pivot LES 27.5+ bike


Find out what happens when you take a race ready carbon hardtail and spec it with 27.5×2.8″ tires. (It’s not a bad as you might think.)

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Martyn Ashton’s electric assist Canyon Sender conquers Fort William


In the ongoing debate about e-bikes, this might be the best in-favor argument we’ve encountered yet.

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New Cane Creek C-Quent features fewer tuning options


The new C-Quent is Cane Creek’s first Double Barrel shock built for the rider who prefers fewer tuning options and a tool-free interface.

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Video: Pivot’s Emilie Siegenthaler has style for miles


This week’s Friday video distraction comes courtesy of Pivot Cycles and pro racer Emilie Siegenthaler. The reigning Swiss national downhill champion has style for miles.

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CamelBak Palos 4 LR waist pack review


Say what you will about fashion implications, but when it comes to ripping around on mountain bikes, the CamelBak Palos 4 LR waist pack makes a lot of sense.

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Borealis Crestone fat bike review (29+ update)


After reviewing the Borealis Crestone fat bike during winter 2016, we’re back with an updated look at how it performs with 29+ wheels and 3.0 tires.

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Dakine Slayer knee pad review


Dakine’s new bike protection line-up includes the heavier weight, gravity focused Hellion knee pads, Seeker 15L protective backpack, and the lightweight Slayer elbow and knee pads, which we’ve been testing.

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Gunnison Growler: A true mountain biker’s race


Cross-country races run the gamut. Some are epic tests of aerobic challenge, but lack any real technical difficulty. Others trend the other direction, requiring its competitors to have both a big engine — and the ability to handle a bike.

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Outerbike returns to Whistler June 2-5


Outerbike set to return to mountain bike Mecca for four days of consumer demos on some of the world’s best trails.

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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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