About the author: Josh Patterson

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998, and has been writing about mountain biking and cyclocross since 2006. He was also at the forefront of the gravel cycling movement, and is a multi-time finisher of Dirty Kanza. These days, Josh spends most of this time riding the rocky trails and exploring the lonely gravel roads around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.




First Ride: Ibis Ripmo AF


Since Ibis relaunched in 2004, the company has focused exclusively on carbon frames. Today, the Santa Cruz-based brand is launching a more affordable version of its long-travel 29er, the Ripmo, in aluminum. The Ripmo AF (aluminum frame), isn’t the same bike made from a different material. It’s longer, slacker and incorporates a more progressive suspension […]

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NoTubes rolls out two new carbon wheelsets


The tubeless specialists at Stan’s NoTubes are rolling out two new carbon wheelsets for trail riders. The Flow CB7 is targeted at aggressive trail riders, while the wider Baron is geared toward riders who prefer plus-sized tires. NoTubes Flow CB7 Highlights Internal rim width: 29mm Optimal tire size: 2.35-2.8” Hole count: 32 Claimed wheelset weight: […]

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Santa Cruz Tallboy 4 – First Look


Santa Cruz has been on a roll this year developing aggressive 29ers. It started with the enduro-ready Megatower, followed a few months later by the redesigned Hightower. Now, the venerable Tallboy has been overhauled making it one of the most progressive short-travel 29er trail bikes on the market. Read on for the details. Santa Cruz […]

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Rocky Mountain Slayer – First Look


Rocky Mountain is launching a new and improved version of its hard-hitting enduro bike. The 2020 Slayer features progressive geometry, a boost in front and rear suspension travel and adjustable geometry. Best of all, Rocky Mountain gives riders the ability to choose their preferred wheel size and frame material. 2020 Rocky Mountain Slayer First Ride Review […]

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Maxxis rolls out the Dissector


Maxxis is rolling out a new tread pattern intended to meet the needs of aggressive riders seeking speed and control on dry and loose terrain. Maxxis Dissector Highlights  Available in 27.5×2.40 and 29×2.40 sizes Wide Trail casing optimized for 30-35mm internal rim widths Weight range: 800-1,206g (claimed) Pricing is $75 for the EXO casing and […]

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Industry Nine introduces A318 stem


Wheel and component manufacturer Industry Nine has added a second stem to its product line. The new A318 stem is designed for the smaller, but more common 31.8mm handlebar clamp diameter. Like the 35mm A35 stem introduced last year, the A318 is CNC machined in-house at Industry Nine’s headquarters in Ashville, North Carolina. The 7075 […]

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Cannondale recalls more than 10,000 CAADX cyclocross bikes


Cannondale, in conjunction with the CPSC, has issued a recall of model-year 2013 to 2016 CAADX cyclocross bikes equipped with disc brakes. The forks on these bikes can break, which can result in serious injury or death. To date, there has been one fatality and 11 injuries reported, seven of the injuries were serious and […]

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Trek recalls Kickster children’s bikes


Trek in conjunction with the CPSC has issued a recall for model year 2013 through 2019 Kicksters. According to the recall, the steerer tube clamp can fail if over-tightened due to an issue with the manufacturing process, posing a crash hazard to the rider. The Trek Kickster is a strider-style bike lacking pedals designed to […]

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Wahoo ELEMNT Roam computer launches


Wahoo Fitness is adding a third cycling computer to its line. The Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM builds on the success of the original ELEMNT and compact BOLT with a color screen, longer battery life, and smart navigation features.

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Sea Otter: Josh Patterson’s Top 5 New Products


At this year’s Sea Otter Classic some brands introduced revolutionary new products while others unveiled incremental advancements aimed at improving the ride. Here are five of our favorite products from this year’s show.

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Wacky and Wonderful from Sea Otter 2019


The Sea Otter Classic is always packed with head-turning bikes and accessories. Some bikes are lust worthy; others make you wonder what the designers were smoking.

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What’s New in Gravel Bikes and Components


Take a scroll through this Mtbr Gallery for a look at some of the top gravel gear highlights 2019.

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Clug Clips are the simplest way to store your bicycle


Clug launched on Kickstarter in 2014 with versions for road, hybrid and mountain bikes. The company recently expanded its line with versions for gravel and plus-sized mountain bikes.

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Rotor 1×13 drivetrain fit for any bike


While others were busy developing 12-speed groups, Rotor leapfrogged its competitors, launching the wide-range Rotor 1×13 hydraulically controlled transmission.

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Lazer Impala helmet launched


Helmet manufacturer Lazer has released details of a new addition to its off-road helmet line. The Lazer Impala is the company’s new top-tier helmet for aggressive trail riding. Features include extensive coverage and ample ventilation.

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Niner MCR 9 RDO full suspension gravel bike on way


Following three years of development, the Fort Collins, Colorado-based brand plans to bring the Niner MCR 9 RDO to market before the end of the year.

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Pirelli Scorpion mountain bike tires launched


Famed Italian tire maker is bringing its tech to mountain biking with four different tread patterns designed for cross-country and trail use dubbed Pirelli Scorpion.

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Guerrilla Gravity Smash First Ride Review


The Guerrilla Gravity Smash has been updated with a bump in rear suspension travel from 140 to 145mm, slightly longer chainstays, a slacker front end designed around 160-170mm forks, and a customizable carbon frame.

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Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol First Ride Review


The Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol the Colorado-based bike maker’s short-travel 29er trail bike with progressive geometry, a firm ride and the ability to be a true quiver killer.

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Guerrilla Gravity Revved modular frame platform launched


Guerrilla Gravity Revved frame platform allows riders to buy one front triangle and turn it into any of its four models by swapping seatstays kits and shocks.

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Guerilla Gravity carbon frames unveiled


Guerilla Gravity has gained a following for its US-made aluminum and steel trail and enduro bikes with progressive geometry. Now they are making the switch to carbon.

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