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 Olympics, 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 Mtbr 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 life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.




It’s official: Canyon is coming to America in 2017


It’s never been a question of if. It was always just a matter of when German direct-to-consumer bike seller Canyon arrived on U.S. shores. That question has finally been answered, as this week the bike making giant with a vast product line announced it would be open for business on this side of the Atlantic in Q3 of 2017.

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2017 Fat Bike World Championships Epilogue


Bikes, beers, bands, and high-speed fat freeriding highlight second-annual event in Crested Butte, Colorado.

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7 reasons why Fat Bike World Championships is gonna go off


For the second year running, Crested Butte, Colorado, is putting the phat in fat biking with the second annual Borealis Fat Bike World Championships. Starting with a kick-off party next Wednesday, fat heads from around the country (and even globe) will be treated to four days of the best winter riding anywhere.

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Specialized Recon Mixed Terrain Shoes review


If you’re familiar with terms such as gravel grinding or groad, have considered signing up for Grinduro or Dirty Kanza, or simply like to ride your road bike where others typically won’t go, Specialized’s Recon Mixed Terrain shoes may be right up your (unpaved) alley. And they’re a great option for aggressive XC riders, too.

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Dakine Seeker 15L hydration pack review


From backcountry epics to enduro racing, Dakine’s Seeker 15-liter hydration pack with included 2-liter reservoir and removable spine protector is built for all manner of mountain bike adventures. Check out the Mtbr review to learn more.

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Nate Hills Best of FollowCamFriday 2016


Nate Hills has gained quite a following with his series of #FollowCamFriday YouTube videos. The Yeti-sponsored rider has pushed out jaw-dropping POV edits from everywhere from Colorado and Utah to Whistler and Bolivia. Now Hills has put together this compilation of the best of the best.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Plus Bike


What makes the Santa Cruz Hightower great? For starters, it’s not just a plus bike; it’s a trail ripping, do-it-all singletrack slayer that can be set up with 27.5+ wheels and a 150mm fork or 29er hoops and 140mm of front end squish. Click through to find out more.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Cross-country Bike


Gone are the days of one-trick-pony XC bikes. The modern cross-country machine is equally adept at climbing and descending. Here are three of the best from 2016.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Innovation of the Year


Yes, there are still plenty of holdouts who will argue otherwise, but as far as we are concerned the front derailleur is dead. And for that we thank 2016’s Mtbr Innovation of the Year.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Rider of the Year


Perhaps the truest sign of greatness is living up to expectation. And no rider had more expectation thrust on his shoulders in 2016 than Nino Schurter.

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Crested Butte Chronicles: Catching up with Doug Bradbury


Unless you were born in the 1970s or earlier, you’ve probably never heard of Doug Bradbury. But if you ride a suspension-equipped mountain bike (or have ridden around Crested Butte), you owe the man a debt of gratitude.

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MRP releases Ramp Control Cartridges for Fox 34 forks


With the success of the Ramp Control Cartridge for RockShox, MRP has followed through with Fox compatible cartridges and now has the them available for 2016 or newer Fox 34 forks that have the FIT4 and GRIP dampers.

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Meet one of America’s richest (and forward thinking) mountain bikers


Walmart heir Tom Walton is helping turn Northwest Arkansas into riding Mecca, and a great place to live.

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Bike Check: Danny MacAskill’s Santa Cruz Nomad CC


Check out the YouTube star’s bike of choice for a recent trip to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro — and the IMBA World Summit in Arkansas.

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Northwave Enduro Mid Cédric Gracia shoe review


Slap the enduro tag on a pair of mountain bike shoes and you’re essentially claiming that they offer the best of all worlds. Find out if the Northwave Enduro Mid Cédric Gracia signature shoe measures up.

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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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