About the author: Kristen Gross

Kristen Gross loves bikes, all sorts, and above all, XC mountain bikes. She races in the pro category and gets a lot of joy from teaching others the way of the trail as a mountain bike skills instructor—especially women who are just discovering cycling. She is a USAC-certified coach, and she runs her own freelance writing business based in Carlsbad, Calif. You’ll find her either writing or riding, bringing over 10 years experience to both. Why does she ride? To offset her addiction to Coca Cola and Lay’s Potato Chips.




Santa Cruz Factory Tour: Where bikes are born

See where every Santa Cruz bicycle in the world must first pass through. And check out one of the best company kitchens we’ve ever seen.

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Sea Otter: Manufacturers putting real resources into kids bikes


Sea Otter Classic reveals growth in pint-sized mountain bikes designed with geometry and components made just for junior.

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Sea Otter: Technical, practical and fashionable apparel


Whether on the road or on the trail, the clothing you choose has got to do more than just look good. That’s why we’re always on the hunt for apparel that goes the extra mile. Here’s some great looking duds spotted at the Sea Otter Classic.

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Sea Otter: Cross-country race bike round up


With full-suspension, short-travel cross country bikes weighing in lighter than ever, and pedaling with near-hardtail efficiency, we’re seeing pro racers and weekend warriors alike choose the extra squish. Here are some the newest choices coming into the market.

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Sea Otter: Specialized shows off S-Build MTB frames


Have your Specialized your way with recently launched semi-custom program for mountain and road bikes.

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Sea Otter: Coming soon Norco Revolver 27.5 and 29


New full-suspension bike in final stages of development now.

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Sea Otter: Specialized introduces Rumor in 650B


New trail bike gives women their choice of wheel size.

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How To: Top tips from Sho-Air/Cannondale XC racers


In part 2 of this series, riders reveal tips for winter training, racing in muddy conditions, and doing your first race.

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How To: Top tips from Sho-Air/Cannondale XC racers


In part 1 of this series, iders reveal tips on technical trail skill building, on-the-bike fueling, and their favorite (and least favorite) workouts.

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Pro Bike: Marco Fontana’s Cannondale F-Si Carbon Team


Lightweight racer of Italian national XC champ and Olympic bronze medalist spec’d with SRAM XX1 drivetrain, ENVE wheels, and Prologo saddle and grips.

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Interview: XC racing legend Tinker Juarez


At 54, Tinker Juarez has been racing bikes longer than many of his competitors have been alive. But that hasn’t dimmed the flame that is his insatiable competitive drive.

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Bike Review: 2015 Trek Lush Carbon 27.5


The 2015 Trek Lush Carbon 27.5 features all-new, women’s only tech and it’s dressed to impress.

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Five NiteRider myths, busted


Mtbr visited NiteRider and learned five things about this 25 year old San Diego company.

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Interbike: 2015 Liv Lust Advanced 0


Liv’s 2015 Lust Advanced 0 gives women an unapologetically top-of-the-line choice.

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Interbike: Feedback Sports Velo Wall Post storage solution


New Velo Wall Post from Feedback Sports brings hanging event bike rack concept home.

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Interbike: Blackburn’s new, expandable Outpost Fat Bike Rack


Interbike: Blackburn’s expandable, versatile Outpost Fat Bike Rack features big capacity and fits a wide range of bikes.

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Interbike: Acre Hauser Trailpack


Interbike: Acre’s new Hauser line brings subtle style and unique features to the hydration pack market.

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Interbike: Mavic Crossmax XL Wheel-Tyre System


Mavic has built on its Crossmax Enduro platform and offers the all-mountain Crossmax XL Wheel-Tyre System (WTS), bringing a little more durability to the line in both the rim and the tire.

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Interbike: Petal Power’s New Chamois Cream System for Women


Petal Power launches new women’s Joy Ride chamois creme system with natural ingredients.

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Interbike: Showers Pass launches Rogue hoodie for women


Showers Pass launches Rogue hoodie for women to help protect riders from the elements whether on the road or the trail.

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Bike Review: Juliana Furtado Primeiro


The Juliana Furtado Primeiro make’s the case for a women’s-specific mountain bike both physically and philosophically. But is it a difference that’s real, or just another pretty paint scheme?

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Tech Review: New Strava update boosts photos, mapping features and more


‏Update of Strava’s mobile app adds photo sharing and social features to free version, while compelling features and cycling support efforts make Premium subscription more appealing.

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Gear Review: Giro New Road Women’s Apparel


Giro targets women with its daring, mountain bike capable, New Road line of casual looking, but technically serious cycling apparel. See if they hit the mark or come up short.

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