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.




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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