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.




Park Tool PCS 10.2 Home Mechanic Workstand Review


The Park Tool PCS 10.2 Deluxe Home Mechanic Workstand is high functioning bike repair tool that’s easy to set up and folds up quickly transportation or storage.

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Tool series: Best Tools for the trailhead and pack


Are you the type of rider that likes to prepare for anything? Do you like to help out on group rides and operate as your ride’s defacto mechanic? Read on and tool up.

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Tools Series: Best of Bike Cleaning Tools


When you go to clean your trusty steed after a long day on the trails, for what do you reach? The hose or the degreaser?

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Surly Big Easy first ride impressions


The Surly Big Easy is an E-cargo bike with loads of power and carrying capacity.

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Bike Rack Series: Best Bicycle Roof Racks


Roof racks still have a strong following due to their ability to fit any vehicle and transport cargo and gear aside from bikes. Here are our suggestions.

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Bike rack series: Low cost bike racks


For most of us, riding our bike to and from the trails or where we’d like to ride is not feasible. Here’s our list of the best affordable bike racks.

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Industry Nine Hydra and wallet-friendly 101 hubsets.


Hydra driver raises the bar on hub technology, using an independently-phased six pawl, 115 tooth drive ring.

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Rotor KAPIC Cranks Review


Rotor KAPIC cranks are the Spanish cycling component maker’s lightest and stiffest MTB cranks. The KAPIC name is homage to South Africa’s Cape Epic MTB stage race, one of the most prestigious marathon stage races in the world.

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45NRTH Ragnarok Reflective boots review


The 45NRTH Ragnarök Reflective is targeted at the transitional season, when light is low and temperature is 25 degrees and up.

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Goodyear Escape Tire Review


The Goodyear Escape is billed as a capable all-conditions trail tire available in a wide range of sizes. Find out how it fared in this Mtbr test.

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Best Cycling Computers


The best cycling computers offer the ability to track fitness and form with integrated heart rate and streaming power, not to mention get real-time directions (and even text messages) delivered to that helpful screen.

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Best Bike Trainers


With the short and cold days of winter settling in, the reality of riding indoors for a few months is here. That’s why it helps to have one of the best bike trainers.

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Best energy bars


Energy bars have come a long way from the days of nearly inedible chalk-like bricks that graced our CamelBaks in the 1990s. Now there are options for almost every diet and taste.

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Specialized Power Arc Pro Elaston saddle review


The Specialized Power Arc expands on the original Specialized Power saddle, adding an updated shape and Elaston padding.

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Airborne Goblin 29 review


The Airborne Goblin 29 is an affordable alloy hardtail mountain bike with a great price and solid component spec.

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2019 Cannondale Habit trail bike launched


Cannondale’s Proportional Response suspension design and the all-new Habit features 130mm of suspension fit for riders of different sizes.

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Five hydration tips for cyclists


We all know hard riding in the heat requires hydration to keep the machine that is you running smoothly. The question is how much, when, and what to drink? Here are five great hydration tips for cyclists.

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Vittoria Air-Liner review


Billed as the ultimate accessory for mountain bike tires, the Vittoria Air-Liner tire insert is designed to help maximize grip, enhance trail feel, and eliminate tire punctures.

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Esker Elkat features latest Dave Weagle design


Meet the Esker Elkat, a 150mm rear travel carbon fiber 27.5 trail eater that features the latest Dave Weagle suspension design.

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Schwalbe Nobby Nic Plus review


The Schwalbe Nobby Nic is a popular all around tread that’s gotten the Addix compound treatment and larger sizing options, including the 27.5×2.8 that is tested here.

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Wolf Tooth Morse adjustable Stainless & Ti bottle cages


Made in USA Morse Cage base plate offers four positions across 32mm of vertical adjustment.

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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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