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.




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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