About the author: John Shafer

John Shafer, a.k.a. Photo-John, is a respected photography expert and adventure photographer. He’s been an Mtbr forum member and contributor since 1999 and you can find his writing and photography across the Web, in mountain bike magazines and on his own Web site, Photo-John.net. John loves big mountains, rocky singletrack, low-visibility powder days, 6-inch trail bikes, coffee and tacos. Look for him pushing his bike uphill, carrying an inappropriate amount of camera gear in an overloaded backpack.




Felt Decree 1 27.5 trail bike review

The Felt Decree is one of the next generation bikes – a veritable unicorn of all-mountain/trail performance. So does it live up to the hype? And how does it hold up over a season of hard riding?

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First Look Felt Decree


Felt’s latest mountain bike is a lightweight 140mm 27.5 carbon fiber trail bike with adjustable geometry that’s designed to do it all — and do it well. Find out how it fared in our First Ride Review.

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First Look: 2016 Felt Decree 27.5 140mm trail bike


New 27.5” trail bike is designed to be a light, versatile all-around 140mm shredder that pedals well and can handle a wide variety of terrain. Get all the tech, spec and pricing details here.

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2015 POV Camera Shootout: Best in test winners revealed


Find out about testing protocol and which cameras were tops in the test.

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2015 POV Camera Shootout: Sony Action Cam Mini


Sony’s budget-priced camera delivers high-end performance in a compact, aerodynamic and affordable package.

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2015 POV Camera Shootout: Shimano Sport Camera


Shimano’s first POV camera offering is small, lightweight and simple to operate, but how will its video and sound quality stand up against the other cameras in this test?

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2015 POV Camera Shootout: Drift Ghost-S


Heavier camera makes up for bulk with ease of use and the best battery life in the test.

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2015 POV Camera Shootout: iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi


This dark horse contender has a solid array of performance specs, but will that mean video quality on par with the more well-know POV cameras in this test?

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2015 POV Camera Shootout: GoPro HERO4 Silver


GoPro rules the POV camera universe and the HERO4 Silver is the sweet spot in their product lineup. Find out why.

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2015 POV Camera Shootout: Garmin Virb Elite


Garmin’s affordable 2-in-1 POV camera is a great choice if you also like tracking ride metrics. But how will its actual camera performance measure up against other top cameras?

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Video: Grafton Mesa Downhill Featuring Logan Whitehead


Legacy of Grafton is a beautiful new video from Steven Lloyd, featuring Logan Whitehead on the infamous Grafton Mesa downhill trail in Southern Utah.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Digital Cameras For Cyclists


Step up your cycling photo game with one of the ten cameras in our Holiday Digital Camera Guide. They all fit in a jersey pocket, most of them have built-in Wi-Fi, and they’re all better than your camera phone.

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Drift Industries Announces New, Faster Ghost-S POV Camera


With a new sensor, better lens, and faster video frame rate, the new Ghost-S POV camera increases the performance of the Drift Industries’ Ghost camera line.

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Video: Newcomer KC Deane Trades Snow For Dirt


Check out this beautiful Southern Utah freeride video from professional free skier KC Deane and photographer Steven Lloyd!

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The Best Downieville Video Ever – 2013 Downieville Classic


The best video of the Downieville downhill we’ve ever seen – from the 2013 Downieville Classic.

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Crazy Megavalanche POV Race Video


Ever wondered what it would be like to race the Megavalanche? Check out this crazy POV race video to find out!

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Bionicon C.Guide Chain Guide Long Term Review


We’ve been using Bionicon’s 19-gram, $50 C.Guide chain guide for over a year now, in all kinds of conditions and on all kinds of trails. Read the full review to find out how it’s performed.

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Video: New Spinergy Zyclone Full-Carbon 29er Wheels At Sea Otter


Spinergy gave us a preview of their upcoming all-carbon, disc-ready, 29er mountain bike wheels at Sea Otter. Check out our exclusive intro video and photos of the new sub-1400 gram 29er wheelset.

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The DVO Emerald Inverted DH Fork – Sexy, Green & Upside Down At Sea Otter


We visited with DVO Suspension at Sea Otter and finally got a chance to get up close and personal with their hot new Emerald Inverted downhill fork.

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Rocky Mountain Altitude 650b / 27.5 Trail Bike – A Closer Look


The Rocky Mountain Altitude is all-new for 2013, with 650b / 27.5-inch wheels, 150mm of travel, carbon fiber or aluminum frame options, and adjustable geometry. We took a closer look at it at the annual Sea Otter Classic.

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Transition Bikes & Anvl Components At Sea Otter


I met up with the guys from Transition Bikes in the media parking area at Sea Otter where they were unloading a beautiful metallic green Carbon Covert bike they’d made for one of their pros. They were also showing off their new project, Anvl Components.

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Grammo Introduces 650b and 29er Full Suspension Bikes At Sea Otter


Check out the new carbon 650b bikes and wheels that Grammo was showing off at Sea Otter!

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2013 Sea Otter Classic Pro Downhill Photos and Results


Aaron Gwin and Jill Kintner win the 2013 Sea Otter Classic downhill and we’ve got tons of photos from the race!

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2013 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom Photo Gallery


Check out photos of your favorite pro gravity racers in our 2013 Sea Otter Classic pro dual slalom photo gallery.

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POV Action Cam Shootout – Which Camera Is The Best?


Laugh all you want, but Photo-John’s new helmet is the ultimate POV action cam test rig and this shootout is the ultimate POV camera test.

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JVC Adixxion POV Camera Video Intro


The JVC Adixxion HD POV camcorder might not get as much attention as some of the other POV cameras. However, it’s got a different design and some cool features that set it apart from the others. We got one in for review but before we put it through the paces, I thought I should make […]

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First Look: Sony Action Cam POV Camera Video & Photos


First look unboxing intro video, photos and more! The win is a real camera manufacturer is now here to put the focus on the actual equipment and not just lifestyle.

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2012 Red Bull Rampage Finals – Gallery and Results


Red Bull Rampage 2012 continued the unique tradition of the world’s premier big-mountain event, bringing progressive moves and creative line selection to a world-renowned venue in southwestern Utah

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2012 Red Bull Rampage Qualifying Video and Photos


Yesterday was qualifying for the 2012 Red Bull Rampage freeride competition in Virgin, Utah, near Zion National Park. Some of the best freeriders in the world have gathered to show what they can do in Southern Utah’s unique terrain.

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2012 Park City Point To Point Race Report & Gallery


The Park City Point to Point (PCP2P) is one of the coolest mountain biker races in the US. The course is approximately 80 miles of mostly aspen-shaded singletrack at about 8000 feet of altitude in Utah’s glorious Wasatch Mountains. This isn’t just any singletrack, either. Park City was recently named a “Gold-Level Ride Center” by […]

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Bryson Martin Launches DVO Suspension


Recently, there have been a lot of questions about the direction of Marzocchi Suspension, one of the original mountain bike suspension manufacturers and arguably the originator of the freeride movement. Bryson Martin Sr., John Pelino and Tom Rogers, the main guys at Marzocchi USA, left the company earlier this year and there has been a […]

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2012 Sea Otter Classic Speed & Flow Pumptrack Competition


It seems like Sea Otter gets better and better every year. This year I shot two new dirt jump events, the FMB dirt jump competition (Sea Otter FMB photo gallery) and the Speed & Style pump track competition. The Speed & Style event isn’t actually new to Sea Otter but it was the first time […]

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A Visit With Ellsworth At Sea Otter


I stopped by the Ellsworth booth at Sea Otter a couple of weeks ago to say hi and see what was new. Specifically, I wanted to take a look at the new Dare downhill bike. I’ve owned a few Ellsworths over the years, including a Dare, and I wanted to see what they’d done to […]

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2012 Post Office Jump Jam Photos


The Post Office Jump Jam is an informal event where all the dirt jumpers in the Monterey / Santa Cruz area for the Sea Otter Classic show up the day after, polish up the jumps and then spend the day one-upping each other. For as long as I can remember there’s been a jump jam […]

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2012 Sea Otter Pro Downhill Photos


Sunday, the last day of the Sea Otter Classic, dawned cool and foggy. The cool temps were a relief after an unseasonably hot Saturday and I’m sure the racers appreciated the cooler weather for the downhill finals. The fog made for interesting, atmospheric race photos, although it did hide the dramatic, green backdrop of the […]

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2012 Sea Otter Dual Slalom Photos


The weather was near perfect for the dual slalom competition at this year’s Sea Otter Classic – one of my favorite events to shoot. I’ve been shooting it for over ten years and I still look forward to it. It’s one of the most photogenic venues for a race and the dual slalom racing format […]

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2012 Sea Otter FMB Dirt Jump Competition Photos


A bronze-level FMB dirt jump was held at the 2012 Sea Otter Classic. Since it was at Sea Otter, the turnout and competition was excellent. Camera and Tyler McCaul, Paul Basagoitia, Mike Montgomery, Aaron Chase, Andrew Taylor, Kelly McGarry and a whole bunch of other top-level chuckers were there to show off their big air […]

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Knolly Endorphin Sneak Peek


I believe I just scored an exclusive with this Knolly Endorphin sneak peek. Kevin Waterbury from Knolly showed me what I think he said was a one-off pre-production bike. It has a shocking day-glow yellow paint job that my photos don’t do justice and Knolly’s standard-issue sophisticated linkage with beautiful CNC machined parts. The Endorphin […]

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29er Day Full Suspension Bike Gallery


(photo by “chuky”) To celebrate the 29th of February, or 29er day as we’re calling it, here’s a gallery of 29er full suspension bike eye candy. Most of these bikes are the private rides of Mtbr members, although I also pulled a few tasty morsels from last year’s Interbike coverage. It used to be that […]

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29er Day Hardtail Bike Gallery


In celebration of 29er day, here’s a gallery of 29er hardtail bike porn, with plenty of full rigid singlespeed photos for the serious perverts. The photos are all of Mtbr community member 29er bikes. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger photos. Each photo has a link to the original post in the description […]

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Park City Point-to-Point Race


The 2011 Park City Point-To-Point mountain bike race took place in Park City, Utah over Labor Day Weekend. The PCP2P is a 78-mile endurance race almost all of which takes place on the endless and glorious Park City singletrack. The race starts at about 7000 feet of altitude in Park City’s Round Valley trail network. […]

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Trailside Bike Park Opens In Park City, Utah


This weekend I had the pleasure of attending the official opening of the new Trailside Bike Park in Park City, Utah. It is spectacular – especially considering it was paid for with local tax dollars and it’s free to the public. It has a 5000 sq ft. pump track, a 1500 ft beginner “flow style” […]

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2010 Red Bull Rampage Photos & Coverage!


 The finals for the 2010 Red Bull Rampage mountain bike freeride competition are being held today on the redrock cliffs in Virgin, Utah. On Friday, twenty-five riders who weren’t pre-qualified got the chance to show their stuff and the top ten and moved on to the finals, along with the fifteen who were pre-selected to […]

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2010 Press Camp At Deer Valley Gallery


 The second annual Press Camp was held at Deer Valley Ski Resort in Park City, a couple of weeks ago. Exhibitors included, Scott, Orbea, WTB, Mongoose, Race Face, Fox, and Cannondale. Since I live about 45 minutes away in Salt Lake City, I felt it was my moral duty to drive up, ride the Deer […]

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Top Five Mountain Bike Digital Cameras


 Most mountain bikers I know ride with a digital camera. If they don’t, they should. We get to play in such beautiful places and have such a good time riding that every ride needs to be documented. But how do you choose an mtb-worthy digital camera? A camera that would be fine for the average […]

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I Heart The SF Bike Expo – Event Report


 I accidentally – and happily – ended up at the SF Bike Expo this weekend. I thought I was just going to a cyclocross race at the Cow Palace, but when I got there I discovered the race was only one part of the SF Bike Expo. This is the second year of the SF […]

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Sneak Peak – Canfield Nimble 9 29er


Canfield isn’t the first name you think of when it comes to 29ers or cross country bikes. Bikes for chucking off red cliffs, maybe – but 29ers? They’ve been talking about it for a while and those who had heard the rumors have been waiting. But this will be a surprise to most mountain bikers. […]

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Specialized 2010 Global Press Launch


I am up at Snowbird Ski and Summer resort for the 2010 Specialized Global Press Launch mountain bike presentation. Yesterday I saw the new Stumpjumper, the new Epic 29er, the new Safire and era women’s bikes, and the new 27 pound S-Works Enduro. I also got to ride the carbon S-Works Stumpjumper and the Epic […]

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Red Bull Rampage Rain Delay


The 2008 Red Bull Rampage qualifying is postponed due to stormy weather.

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Red Bull Rampage 2008 – The Evolution


The Red Bull Rampage is back and Mtbr is covering the event! The last Red Bull Rampage took place in Virgin, Utah in 2004. It was the premiere mountain bike freeride competition at the time and is probably most responsible for the slopestyle competitions that exists now. It looked like the 2004 event was going […]

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