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.


Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT cycling computer launched


New aerodynamic GPS unit claimed to save 12.6 seconds during 40km time trial. It’s also lighter and less expensive than Wahoo’s original ELEMNT cycling computer.

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Wahoo ELEMNT GPS bike computer review


Luddites and technophobes rejoice. Wahoo’s ELEMNT GPS bike computer offers most of the high-end functionality of comparable competitor models, and does so in an extremely user-friendly way.

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Canyon Ultimate CF EVO weighs less than 11 pounds


The ultra-light road bike realm has a new entrant. Meet the Canyon Ultimate CF EVO road racer, which has a claimed frame weight of 665g, a wispy 270g carbon fork, and two very high-end builds that can peg total bike weight under 11 pounds.

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It’s official: Canyon is coming to America in 2017


It’s never been a question of if. It was always just a matter of when German direct-to-consumer bike seller Canyon arrived on U.S. shores. That question has finally been answered, as this week the bike making giant with a vast product line announced it would be open for business on this side of the Atlantic in Q3 of 2017.

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Science in Sport Isotonic Energy Gel review


U.K.-made energy gels are billed as the world’s first isotonic energy gel, meaning you don’t need water to digest the gooey goodness.

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AbsoluteBLACK oval chainrings review


The PR claim is that by using oval shaped (rather than round) chainrings, pedaling smoothness and overall efficiency is improved because the impact of the dead spot on your pedal stroke is minimized. Find out how well these rings worked for us.

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Bontrager Provence 32 roller suitcase review


This large multi-compartment roller suitcase is designed specifically for cyclists traveling on 5-7 day trips. Find out how well it fared flying the friendly skies.

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Peter Sagan’s custom Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS


When you’re the two-time defending World Champion, people make special things for you. In the case of Peter Sagan, the latest gift is this custom Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS. This bike looks fast even standing still.

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RoadBikeReview Best of 2016 Awards: Rider of the Year


Even if Peter Sagan didn’t win a single race this year (or in any year), he would still be among the WorldTour’s most popular riders. But Sagan is more than a circus act. He’s the No. 1 bike racer in the world. Period.

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2016 SSCXWC: Mud. Mayhem. Cross. No gears. Many beers.


Mud. Mayhem. Costumes. Cyclocross. No gears. Many beers. Together this is the 2016 Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships, a multi-day bacchanal this year held on Portland, Oregon. But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself in these videos.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Apparel for all seasons


They say you have to dress for success. Well we haven’t worn a proper suit (or pants suit) in ages. But there’s now doubt that having the right apparel can make the difference between a great ride — and turning around early. Here are seven pieces of apparel (and one other item) that are sure to please this holiday season.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Components and gear


Is your bike in need of a little holiday cheer? Or maybe, you’re looking for that perfect gift for the cyclist in your life. Whatever the case, getting or giving one of these components is sure to elicit a smile.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: When money is no object


Forget the lame Lexus “December to remember” campaign. If you have a big wad of disposable income sitting around, why not get your significant other (or yourself) one of these great cycling gifts.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Best road cycling helmets


Helmets save lives. Period. Make sure your gift getter is protected (and looking good) with one of these great road cycling lids.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Road cycling stocking stuffers


Forget the standard stocking stuffers. It’s time to give your favorite cyclists what they want: More cycling stuff! Here are six great gifts — all for around $50 or less.

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American Classic Argent Disc Tubeless wheels review


During several months of testing, we did our best to break these wheels — or at least get a few flats. Check out our full review to find out what happened.

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Understanding the Stages Dash cycling computer


Colorado-based power meter maker Stages Cycling has moved away from reliance on Garmin (whose devices are designed to find places and friends), and created a unit that is geared toward training (where the goal is dropping your friends).

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Eurobike 2016: Scenes from the show


Eurobike 2016 is in the books. But before we move on to Las Vegas and Interbike at the end of September, let’s take one more look back at this cycling industry extravaganza in southern Germany.

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Eurobike 2016: More wacky, wonderful, and weird


The world’s largest cycling industry trade show just went down in Germany. RoadBikeReview roamed the halls of Eurobike, seeking out the latest and greatest in two wheeled tech. Here is some of what we saw.

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FSA’s new K-Force WE wireless groupset debuts


After five years in development, FSA has finally lifted the curtain on a full road drivetrain — and it’s wireless, sort of.

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Eurobike Awards: 2016′s Best in Show Winners


Debate is done. Votes have been tallied. And this year’s Eurobike Award Winners have been announced. The annual contest of two wheeled tech started with 472 entries, which were whittled down to 51 winners, including a dozen prestigious Gold Award recipients.

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Eurobike Day 1: Weird, wacky, and wonderful from Germany


The world’s largest cycling industry trade show kicked off Wednesday. Mtbr spent the day combing the halls of Eurobike, seeking out the latest and greatest in two wheeled tech. Here is some of what we saw.

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Bell Zephyr road helmet has full MIPS integration


Instead of the usual “bolt-on” strategy, the added MIPS safety layer has been incorporated directly into the helmet’s fit system.

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Giro Factor Techlace shoe combines laces with Boa dial


Giro is aiming for the best of all worlds with its new Factor Techlace road shoe. This high end $350 lightweight number utilizes a single Boa dial at the top of the instep along with a pair of Techlaces over the forefoot. This new patent-pending closure system utilizes replaceable laces attached to Velcro straps.

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BH Ultralight EVO road bike review


Gone are the days when road bike makers could simply roll out an ultra light claimed frame weight number and expect sales to roll in. So while the BH Ultralight EVO is one very wispy bike (claimed frame weight of under 700 grams) the real question is how does it handle in the real world?

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Bonx Grip allows for clear on-bike conversation


Bluetooth-enabled earpiece connects to a smartphone app to facilitate group conversation, which only transmits voice when a user speaks.

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Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 road groupset makes debut


Dura-Ace disc brakes, Synchro shifting, power meter, new wheels, pedals and much more coming out from the component manufacturing giant.

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Scott adds disc brakes to Addict race bike


Its pair of WorldTour pro teams may not be able to use them, but Scott has added disc brake options to its popular Addict race bike. For model year 2017, the Swiss bike maker will offer three disc brake-equipped options.

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Floyd Landis getting into the weed business


In the truth is stranger than fiction department comes recent news that infamous pro cycling doper turned whistleblower Floyd Landis is getting into the weed business.

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SRAM Red eTap first ride review


New wireless electronic shifting system simple to set-up, easy to operate, and it looks great, too. Find out more in our first ride review.

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POC Octal Raceday helmet review


The relative importance of fashion versus function will go a long way as to how you feel about the POC Octal Raceday helmet. if you place highest value on air flow, adjustability, comfort, and safety, this helmet should be on your short list when it comes time to pull the trigger on a new brain protector.

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Bontrager Circuit jersey and bibshorts review


Do you really need to spend multiple hundreds of dollars on cycling kit? The Bontrager Circuit jersey and bibshorts make a pretty compelling argument against that big cash outlay.

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SKS Raceblade Long fenders review


For anyone who often rides in the rain and wet, the SKS Raceblade Long fenders are a great protective solution that can easily be taken off when not needed.

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Gallery: Vincenzo Nibali’s Specialized Tarmac


In what was the one of the most dramatic grand tour stages you’ll ever see, Italian Vincenzo Nibali clawed his way back into contention at the Giro d’Italia. See the bike that helped carry him there.

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Mavic Cosmic Ultimate shoe review


Key criteria for a high end road cycling shoe? Low weight, stiff sole, ease of adjustment, secure fit — and of course comfort and good looks. These premium priced shoes get high marks across the board — if you like bright yellow. Find out more in our full review.

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When bicycles are designed by regular folks


From the fascinating experiment department comes this project from designer Gianluca Gimini. A few years back she started asking people to draw a bicycle from memory. Sounds simple, right? Not so much…

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Giro Hold Fast gloves support true junior cycling legend


Whether you’re in need of a new pair of gloves or not, y’all ought to pull the trigger on a pair of these bad boys and help out a great cause.

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Rotor Uno hydraulic shifting drivetrain examined


Rotor claims its oil-filled system comes in 10 grams less than a cable-actuated SRAM Red set-up, and 400 grams lighter than Shimano’s Dura Ace Di2.

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Velofix mobile bike shop comes to your driveway


Instead of a brick-and-mortar shop-front, Velofix utilizes a fleet of Mercedes sprinter vans (their tallest and longest) and outfits them with everything you need to address most bike repair issues. Then they come to your house.

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Specialized S Works Romin EVO saddle quick take


Saving grams is always a good thing — unless it comes at the expense of comfort. Indeed, a lightweight saddle is of little use if it’s a literal pain in the backside. That was the general design philosophy behind the new Specialized S Works Romin EVO.

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Giant Road-E bike helping riders stay forever young


Imagine showing up to the next group ride with an extra couple hundred watts at your disposal. And no, we’re not talking the EPO variety. That’s about what you can expect if your next bike is the Giant Road-E, an electric pedal-assist two-wheeler.

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Kask set to launch new performance sunglasses


The new sunglasses are designed to be paired with the Kask Protone road helmet.

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New Michelin Power tires truly faster than predecessor


After putting its new tires through their paces at a small press event in Austin, Texas, Michelin invited us to its North American headquarters in Greenville, South Carolina, to do some legitimate numbers-based testing. Click through to see the results.

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Specialized Airnet helmet review


The best reason to buy the mid-level Specialized Airnet helmet is that for roughly $70 less than you’d spend on a higher-tier lid based on current sale prices, you’ll get nearly all of the same performance benefits.

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Endura FS260-PRO SL Jersey and Bibshorts review


As the name implies, this is marketed as pro level kit. But do the Endura FS260-PRO SL jersey and bibshorts actually live up to that lofty billing? Check out our full review below to find out.

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Mavic rolls out its first full carbon clincher road wheels


The aero-enhancing 40mm Cosmic Pro Carbon SL C and lightweight 25mm Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL C both boast new construction techniques and claimed best-in-class braking.

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Specialized launching Rider Sizing Station


Kiosk device in bike shops will provide prospective bike buyers frame size and approximate saddle height, helping streamline the bike buying process.

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Thieves nab $200,000 worth of bikes from Florida shop


Last weekend in Pompano Beach, Florida, a gang of thieves busted into the Stradalli Cycle bike shop and made off with 60 bikes, retail value approximately $200,000.

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Michelin Power Competition Tire first ride review


French tire maker claims 10-watt gain compared to predecessor Pro4 — and given existing test data there was a lot of room for improvement.

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Specialized lowering price on Allez Sprint framesets


Frameset dropping from $1350 to $1100 (including carbon fork, headset, and Venge ViAS aero seatpost). Come July, the Big Red S will roll out three complete Shimano-equipped 2x builds.

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