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 all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


Niner launches RLT 9 Steel gravel road bike

Fort Collins, Colorado-based maker of all things 29er lifts curtain on new gravel grinder-oriented drop bar bike constructed with much-revered Reynolds 853 steel.

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Factory Tour: DT Swiss in Grand Junction, Colorado

If you own a nice set of cycling wheels (road or mountain), chances are good at least some of the parts were made by DT Swiss. Take a tour to see the inner workings of one the world’s preeminent wheel and wheel part makers.

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Trek’s Boone and Crockett CX bikes upgraded for 2015

Thru-axle forks, updated paint schemes, and revised spec highlight new cyclocross rigs.

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Interview: Specialized in-house mechanic Patrick Miller

RoadBikeReview sits down with Miller to talk disc brakes, thru-axles, and find out what his No. 1 tech tip is.

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Zipp unveils thru-axle compatible 202 and 303 wheels

New wheels retain same rim shape as in the past, but now utilize new Zipp 77/177D hubset, which is claimed to improve stiffness, durability, simplicity and versatility.

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First Look: Pactimo shows spring 2015 apparel line

Just released spring 2015 collection features visibility-increasing treatments, along with lowered weight and eye-catching colorways.

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Specialized unveils aggressive position Power road saddle

New short-nosed perch designed to enhance blood flow while riding in the drops.

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Photo Gallery: Riding shotgun with Mavic neutral support

Take a look inside the Tour de France peloton from inside one of the most important caravan cars in the race.

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Salsa launches redesigned Warbird gravel race bikes

New bike comes in one composite and two alloy models and features specially shaped seatstays that have a tall, thin, vertically oriented profile to promote vertical compliance by allowing them to “flex” outwards on impacts.

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Interview: Specialized creative specialist Chris D’Aluisio

Meet the man who steers road bike innovation for the Big Red S, and find out what drives the company’s creative processes.

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Santa Cruz launches new Stigmata carbon cyclocross bike

Made from Santa Cruz’s lightweight CC carbon fiber blend, the Stigmata features post mount disc brakes, front and rear thru-axles, and internal cable routing. Frames come in five sizes and two colors.

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Review: Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie cyclocross frameset

Despite some cosmetic issues with this first production run, the revamped Full Tilt Boogie frame is on point for ’cross racing or general two-wheeled exploration.

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Specialized launches S Build semi-custom bike program

Responding to what it describes as an on-going request from dealers, Specialized has launched S Build, a semi-custom bike program that allows customers to create the bike of their dreams, as long as it fits within a number of parameters.

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Video: Bikes of the 2015 WorldTour pro teams

With the 2015 WorldTour race season well underway, it’s time to take a look at the bikes and gear that will propel the fastest men on two wheels as they roar across the roads of Europe and beyond.

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Interview: Boyd Cycling founder Boyd Johnson

Competing against the big boys isn’t easy. Economies of scale, massive marketing budgets, and brand recognition can conspire to keep the little guy down. But Boyd Cycling claims its high-end road wheels are on par with top shelf products from the larger manufacturers. Company founder Boyd Johnson explains why.

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Review: SRAM Force CX1 drivetrain with HydroR disc brakes

SRAM’s cyclocross-specific groupset and road hydraulic disc brakes are put to the test. Find out if they delivered top-tier race day performance or fell off the back.

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Review: Bontrager cold weather jacket, baselayer and socks

Outside bikes and drivetrains, Bontrager makes just about everything. That includes a vast line-up of clothing, everything from jackets and jerseys to socks and baselayers. Here are three of our favorite pieces — plus impressions of a lot more.

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Video: Dramatic crash at end of Tour Down Under Stage 4

Things got a little messy during the final run-in of stage 4 at the Tour Down Under.

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Review: Specialized Roval Rapide CLX 40 Disc Tubulars

Race ready disc-compatible carbon tubular wheels from Specialized deliver top flight performance and durability.

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Review: Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier WxB shoe covers

Easy to put on — and they keep feet warm, dry and comfortable.

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Best of 2014: Most viewed RoadBikeReview articles

We recount the most popular posts from the past 365 days. Have a look back and tell us what your favorites were.

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Review: Vittoria Cross XL Pro TNT cyclocross tire

Tubeless ready cyclocross mud tire a solid performer in varied conditions.

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Review: Bell Star Pro aero road helmet

Innovative helmet design allows rider to open or close vents depending on need. See how it performed under a variety of real world conditions.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Wheels for every type of cyclist

Our favorite wheels for road, gravel, cyclcocross, cross country, enduro and just about everything in between.

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Spotted: $400,000 24K gold plated road bike

What do you get for the cyclist who has everything? (And we really mean everything.) How about a gold plated bike, MSRP £250,000 British pounds, or just shy of $400,000 at current exchange rates.

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