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.


In the Queue: What’s new in the RoadBikeReview test bin

This week’s sneak peek at the RoadBikeReview test queue centers on the Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie, the final entrant in our ongoing Cyclocross Race Bike Shootout series. We’ll also preview its top shelf build kit from SRAM, Zipp, Challenge and fi’zi:k.

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Review: Bellwether Coldfront Convertible Jersey

Versatile cool-weather top does double duty as long or short sleeve jersey.

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Cyclocross Race Bike Shootout: Trek Boone 9 Disc Review

Versatile bike with exceptional compliant ride and top-end parts that can do double duty as ‘cross race and adventure roadster.

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Cool Gear: Folding e-bike fits inside a backpack

Pedal-less scooter-like contraption has 45-minute run time and rolls along at 12-15mph.

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Cyclocross Race Bike Shootout: Specialized Crux Pro Race Ultegra Di2 Review

Race ready rig delivers great handling, sublime shifting, and stop-on-a-dime braking. But price may be too tall a barrier for some.

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Cyclocross Race Bike Shootout: Jamis Supernova Team Review

Purebred competition machine delivers snappy handling, great braking and eye-catching looks, but is best suited to skilled racers.

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In the Queue: What’s new in the RoadBikeReview test bin

Coming soon reviews on Bontrager shoes, American Classic wheels, SRAM CX1, Shimano Ultegra Di2, and more.

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New Gear: Rapha launches lightweight climber’s shoe

Mesh-backed synthetic leather upper has dotted design that’s nod to the polka-dot climber’s jersey of the Tour de France, and the once common practice of racers drilling holes in components in order to shed weight.

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Review: Lake MX 331 Cross cyclocross shoe

Lightweight modular ’cross shoe ideal for serious racers who demand top-tier performance and aren’t scared away by top-shelf price.

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Cool Gear: Limar Velov urban cycling helmet coming to U.S.

Four removable vents allow user to tailor look and function of new helmet designed for commuters.

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Review: Smith Pivlock Arena Sunglasses

New performance-oriented shades provide exceptional fit with less helmet interference.

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Review: DannyShane Gex Jersey and Shelby S4 Bib Short

Austin, Texas-based company uses bamboo white ash to create comfortable, stylish apparel. Check out our review and see an extended photo gallery.

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Cool Gear: Bontrager Flanders Backpack

Whether traveling overseas or pedaling across town, this pack is up to the task.

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First Look: Pactimo RFLX cool weather fall clothing line

When it comes to riding in low light conditions, bright clothes alone just aren’t enough. That’s why Pactimo’s new line-up of fall riding gear mixes dashes of hard-to-miss neon yellow with accents of reflective fabric.

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Video: Rapha Gentlemen’s Race Colorado

Want to know what it’s like to pedal 103 miles, climb more than 14,000 feet, and do it all at altitude? Check out this great video recap of the 2014 Rapha Gentlemen’s Race Colorado.

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In the news: Effects of doping may outlast length of bans

New studies conducted by Norwegian researchers purport to show that illicit drug users could reap benefits for many years — and maybe even a lifetime — after doping products are administered.

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First Look: New Shimano road cycling wear

Japanese cycling giant bringing limited line-up of touring and performance road-centric kit to North America.

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Launched: Diamondback Serios time trial bike

Just in time for the Ironman World Championship, Diamondback has rolled out a new time trial bike it claims is 33 percent faster than key competitors at +15 degree yaw angle.

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Road Tubeless Tires: Yea or Nay?

We weigh the pros and cons of ditching your standard tubed clincher tire set-up for a tubeless system.

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How-to: Win a world road race championship

Take a dive into Michal Kwiatkowski’s power meter data to see just what it takes to be the best.

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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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