About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.


How to: Install road tubeless tires

Eliminate pinch flats and run lower pressure for decreased rolling resistance and increased traction and cornering grip.

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New Product: Speedplay aero – and walkable – pedal system

Speedplay killed two proverbial birds with one stone with its new-for-2015 walkable aero pedal system.

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Function over Fashion: New apparel focuses on safety first

Gone are the days when what you wore while riding had more to do with fashion than form. Today’s top-end cycling apparel boasts a host of functional features that protect riders from the wind, weather, cars and crashes.

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Hot Wheels: 6 new road wheels that reveal top trends

Three words sum up the current direction of road bike wheel technology: wide, tubeless, disc. Nearly every wheel maker is showing off new wares that piggyback the growing trend toward disc-equipped go-anywhere road bikes.

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Exotic Foreign Imports: 5 racey new road bikes from Europe

Extensive integration, aero enhancements, ultra light weight, and lots of racing heritage are just of some of the hallmarks.

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Interbike: Six new race-ready cyclocross bikes

From budget bikes to budget breakers, there are new cyclocross offerings for every level of racer.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Jeremy Powers Focus Mares CX

National champion’s ‘cross race bike full of patriotic flare, prototype wheels, and cutting edge thru-axle technology.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Katie Compton’s Trek Boone 9 fleet

U.S. national champ has disc and canti cross bike options to choose from. Find out which one she currently prefers.

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Interbike: Storck’s 14.6-pound, $14,000 T.I.X. cross bike

High-end German bike maker launches first ever cross bike (with more budget friendly options), and is making renewed push into U.S. market.

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Photo Gallery: 2014 Boulder Cup Cyclocross Race

Jeremy Powers and Katie Compton dominate at Colorado’s Valmont Bike Park.

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Interbike: Seven new gravel grinding road bikes

Tackle the road less traveled with these new off-road adventurers spotted at Interbike.

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Interbike: Michelin rolls out puncture resistant 28c tire

Add the giant tire maker to the growing number of companies offering gravel road riding specific product.

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Interbike: Lake offers toned down MX331 Cross

Black version of modular cyclocross shoe added to expansive line-up.

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Interbike: Fix It Sticks option to traditional multi-tool

T-shaped problem solver provides leverage and is pack and saddle bag friendly.

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Interbike: Scott launches protective RC ProTec kit

New proprietary carbon-impregnated material minimizes road rash if you crash.

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Interbike: American Classic goes tubeless with Sprint 350 wheels

Yet another sign that tubeless road wheels are here to stay.

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Review: Trek Émonda SLR 8 with Shimano Dura-Ace mechanical

New racey climber bike ticks all the right boxes — and yes, it’s really light.

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First Look: Rocky Mounts BrassKnuckles upright roof rack

Soon-to-be-released BrassKnuckles upright roof rack promises ease of use with a quieter, more aero profile. Here are our initial impressions.

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Video: Making of a USA Pro Challenge race leader’s jersey

From the moment racers cross the finish line, there’s just a matter of minutes to crank out the leader’s jerseys worn on the awards podium at the USA Pro Challenge.

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Eurobike: BMC Impec Concept bike a look into the future?

Swiss bike maker shows off capabilities of its in-house advanced R&D lab, and provides a glimpse of what the aero road bike of the future might look like.

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Eurobike: 2015 Giant Defy Advanced SL

Giant’s 2015 Defy Advanced SL is lightest road frame ever produced by world’s largest bike maker.

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Pro Bike: Jens Voigt’s Colorado Chrome Trek Madone

The affable German who coined the famous phrase Shut Up Legs has finally decided to call it a career. To commemorate the occasion, Trek made him a very special bike.

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Spotted: Polished SRAM wireless shifting drivetrain

Bissell Development and Optum Pro Cycling teams are racing what looks (and feels) like a highly refined version of SRAM’s yet-to-be-released electronic shifting drivetrain. RoadBikeReview got an exclusive up-close look at the updated system. See it here!

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$3k Endurance Bike Shootout: And the winners are…

Find out which bikes our test team anointed Best Gran Fondo Racer, Best Climber, Best Pure Gravel Road Racer, and Best In Test.

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Spotted: The ultimate urban commuter bike

Key features include removable handlebar-integrated lock, automatic gear shifting, electric power assist for steep hills, and fully-integrated turn signals, headlight and brake lights.

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