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.




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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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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