About the author: Jordan Villella

Jordan comes from the steep streets of Pittsburgh PA, where he learned to dodge cars and rip single track. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the cycling industry: from turning wrenches, store design, clothing production and bike park creation. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then. His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock.




2019 Cannondale’s Jekyll 29er released into the wild


The Cannondale Jekyll 29er gets released into the wild, with a big-wheel revamp, Gemini tuned shock, carbon front-end and much more.

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WTB Ranger Plus review


Whether heading out on a multi-day bikepacking adventure or just a quick after work trail spin, the WTB Ranger Plus is billed as a do-it-all fast rolling tire.

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Vee Crown Gem Plus review


The Vee Crown Gem Plus is designed to handle everything from all-mountain shredding to endurance XC racing.

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Rocky Mountain Instinct Alloy 50 BC Edition released


The Rocky Mountain Instinct Alloy 50 BC edition is the latest offering from the North Vancouver-based bike maker. It’s designed to shred the gnar — and do a reasonable job when the trail turns skyward.

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2019 Giant Trance 29er launched


Giant Bicycles launched the all-new line of Trance 29er to its 2019 lineup of full-suspension trail bikes.

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Vittoria Gato review


The Vittoria Gato is a cross-country tire designed to offer grip and confidence in a wide variety of riding conditions.

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Bontrager XR4 Team Issue TLR review


The Bontrager XR4 Team Issue TLR may not be the fastest on pedal heavy sections of trail or fire roads, but when your bike is pointed downhill into gnarly roots and slick rocks, this is a great tire to have.

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Review: FSA SL-K 148 wideR boost XC Wheelset


Coming in at a reasonable $1530 and weighing in at 1500 grams, they are a serious upgrade for many cross-country riders, trail, and cyclocross applications.

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Maxxis Rekon+ review


The Maxxis Rekon+ is an aggressive trail tire inspired by the Ikon+ for intermediate and technical terrain.

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How to prevent common cycling injuries


Mtbr sat down with exercise scientist Matthew Tinkey to hear what riders can do to prevent and heal from a variety of injuries.

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Fezzari Cascade Peak Pro review


The Fezzari Cascade Peak Pro is a versatile trail bike that can swap between 29er and 27.5+ set-ups, and has 130mm of Tetralink AT529 rear suspension with a more progressive curve and bottomless feeling.

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OneUp Components EDC Plug and Pliers Kit fixes flats fast


Flat tires are a bummer. But you can soften the blow by carrying a plug kit such as the OneUp Components Plug and Pliers Kit.

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Race Face Cinch Oval chainrings debut


New Race Face chainrings have the the ability to flip-flop to provide proper chainline offset for both Boost and Super Boost bikes.

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Orbea Oiz – all new XC racer


Orbea knows cross-country and they are ready for the World Cup cross country with an all new Oiz.

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Endura celebrates 25 years of All Tribes One Clan with All Tribes All Woman video


Endura’s All Tribes One Clan celebrating 25 years with inspiring video.

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Guerrilla Gravity Presents: The Good, the Rad, and the Gnarly


A fully-pinned day at the bike park; The Good, the Rad, and the Gnarly.

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Mammoth Mountain and Snow Summit Bike Parks in CA to open May 26th


Summer shred is upon us; Mammoth Mountain & Snow Summit open this Friday, May 26

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veloToze MTB shoe covers review


Like all their shoe covers, the veloToze is packable and lightweight. And since this is an MTB version, it’s also designed to put up with the demands of rough trails and gravel roads.

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PUB 934 XC race wheels review


PUB’s go-to cross-country 29er wheelset features DT Swiss 350 hubs and asymmetric beadless rims with 28mm inner and 34mm outer widths.

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Finish Line Sealant review


The sealant made bold claims of lasting ‘forever’ or at least the life of the tire. Did it measure up or even last one flat? Read on and find out.

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RSD MiddleChild 27.5+ enduro hardtail – video


If the RSD MiddleChild could actually speak it would say, “Skip work, let’s party!”

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Bell and Fasthouse launch moto-inspired helmet designs


Bell Helmets and Fasthouse have worked together on the moto side. Now they are bringing that popular collaboration to mountain bikes.

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Bold Unplugged prototype hides rear shock


Features include 160mm of rear travel, and adjustable chainstay length, bottom bracket height, and headtube angle via flip chips. Check out this video to learn more about this very intriguing bike.

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Lezyne Tubeless Repair Kit debuts – video


Lezyne has added to their line of tools with a host of new problem solvers.

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Underground Bike Works Revival 27.5 trail hardtail


Yeti Cycles founder John Parker is back with the limited edition Underground Bike Works Revival 27.5 trail bike.

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Haro Bikes Shift i/O 9 e-bike – video


Better brakes, updated cockpit, and dropper make Haro’s 2019 Shift i/O 9 eMTB is ready to rock.

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VeloToze MTB shoe covers and compression socks – video


VeloToze released the newest addition to its shoe cover arsenal at Sea Otter, announcing a new MTB shoe cover and compresion sock.

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Aaron Gwin talks strategy ahead of World Cup opener


The 2018 World Cup downhill season kicks off this weekend in Lošinj, Croatia. Here’s some insight on what will likely go down from Aaron Gwin.

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Fezzari Signal Peak bridges XC-trail gap


Fezzari’s new Signal Peak artfully blends speed and fun. It’s fast on technical terrain, drops, and rock gardens, and climbs like a mountain goat.

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RockShox Boxxer DH fork get an overhaul


The new RockShox Boxxer is ready for big wheels and big drops with new uppers, lowers, and an MX-inspired crown.

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BMC enters e-bike market with AMP Trailfox and Speedfox


Trailfox AMP and Speedfox AMP designed to conquer everything from challenging climbs to swooping singletrack descents.

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Cane Creek eeWings titanium crankset released


Cane Creek’s eeWings cranks are made from high-grade titanium, will fit most BB standards, and weighs a mere 400 grams.

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GÜP KWIKI sealant and inflator


GÜP KWIKI is light weight, eco-friendly and is said to seal up-to a 4mm puncture, read more to find out if it’s too good to be true.

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New Terrene Chunk 2.6 trail tire for trail and enduro use


The Terrene Chunk 2.6” tire is designed around a wide variety of trail conditions and tested to ensure that it works in the real world.

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Jamis Bikes releases new 3VO suspension platform


Jamis Bikes new 3VO design dropping at Sea Otter claims a unique instant center, center of curvature and axle path that is said to eliminate unwanted motion when pedaling.

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Yeti cycles releases trail capable and raceable SB100


Yeti’s new SB100 obscures the line between XC and Trail, utilizing a new Switch Infinity Mechanism repositioned and optimized specifically for this shorter-travel twenty-nine-inch wheel bike.

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Cane Creek releases 29/27.5+ HELM fork


Cane Creek Cycling Components has announced the release of the highly anticipated 29/27.5+ version of the HELM suspension fork.

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RockShox updates to 2019 SID platform and releases TwistLoc lockout


Updated RockShox SID is ready to race; updated DebonAir spring, Charger 2 damper and sculpted magnesium dropouts. Plus TwistLoc for more barspace and response.

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GoPro launches $199 Hero POV camera


New budget friendly POV camera features waterproof housing, LCD touch screen display, user voice control, and image stabilization.

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Bike fit: Crank arm length, motion capture, and more


Each individual has their own set of limitations and strengths that a professional fitter can diagnose.

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Is bike fit beneficial for mountain bikers?


Bike shops across the country offer fitting services starting as low as $50 and reaching as high as $300. The best boast motion capture analysis, saddle mapping, and live tracking. But will this translate to gains off road?

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Salsa Salt Flat carbon flat bar review


The Salsa Salt Flat carbon bar is a solid option for those looking to shed some bike weight.

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Bell releasing limited edition custom helmets


Bell Helmets has announced its new MTB partnership with Fasthouse by releasing a limited edition line of mountain bike helmets for Spring 2018.

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Vittoria Barzo tire review


Vittoria’s Barzo is ready to take on technical cross-country trails and extreme conditions. And it can win an XC race as well.

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New MTB grips from ESI, Lizard Skins and ODI


For many riders grips can make or break a perfect day in the saddle. Here’s what’s new in this critical touch-point component.

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Video: The Free Radicals explore New Zealand


Can you get stoked from watching 5 minutes and 57 seconds of four guys piling into an old van and ripping trails around New Zealand? Yes! Yes you can!

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Intense Sniper XC and Trail released


Intense launches 100mm XC and 120mm Trail Sniper, designed to rock your race season to the next level.

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FSA Afterburner WideR 29er wheelset review


Coming in at a reasonable $629 and weighing in at 1640 grams, they are an excellent upgrade for many trail, cyclocross and cross country riders.

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FSA Flowtron dropper post review


The $299 Flowtron dropper post features smooth action with a massive dropper lever with adjustable tension to customize rider feel and control.

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Stan’s NoTubes Baron S1 27.5 wheelset review


This well-built, high performing aluminum plus size wheelset will lighten your bike but not your wallet.

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