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.


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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Gear of the Day: Pearl Izumi Team Speed Mesh Jersey

Want to wear the exact same style jersey as the leaders of the USA Pro Challenge bike race — and have the svelte figure to match? Check out this stealthy top.

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$3k Endurance Bike Shootout: 2014 Specialized Roubaix SL4 Review

The original “comfort” bike continues to deliver a smooth ride thanks in part to a quartet of bump absorbing inserts.

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$3k Endurance Bike Shootout: Felt Z3 Review

It may not be the sexiest bike around, but the Felt Z3 delivers solid rough road performance utilizing classic frame shapes and innovative design.

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$3k Endurance Bike Shootout: Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3 Review

Meet a more budget-friendly version of the bike that members of the Cannondale Pro Cycling team rode at races such as Paris Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders.

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$3k Endurance Bike Shootout: Scott Solace 20 Review

With its unique frame design and light weight, this is a supremely comfortable bike that can scoot up hills and rail rough roads.

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$3k Endurance Bike Shootout: Jamis Xenith Endura Elite Review

If you’re looking for a true gravel grinder that could also be converted into a capable commuter bike, the Jamis Xenith Endura Elite is worth a look.

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$3k Endurance Bike Shootout: Giant Defy Advanced 1 Review

This solid all-around bike handled rough road and smooth hilly tarmac with equal aplomb. The only problem is whether or not you can still find one.

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$3k Endurance Bike Shootout: Trek Domane 4.7 Review

This Sharp looking steed boasts a complete 11-speed Shimano Ultegra 6800 drivetrain and delivers a silky smooth ride. See what else our review team discovered during the $3,000 Endurance Bike Shootout.

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Video: How fast can you go with an 104-tooth chainring?

The laws of physics — and human will — are pushed to the limits in this eye-opening video about the need for speed.

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Mega Tech Gallery: Race bikes for all 22 Tour de France teams

Every member of the pro peloton has access to a dedicated time trial machine, plus at least two or three road bikes. Aero, lightweight, compliant – there’s usually a bike that focuses specifically on one of those coveted characteristics. Here are some – but certainly not all – of those beautiful race machines.

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Analysis: Do disc brakes belong in the pro peloton?

There are strong arguments — and advocates — on both sides of this debate. But one thing seems clear, disc brakes are coming to top level racing whether people like it or not.

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2014 Tour de France: Kittel wins finale in Paris, Nibali secures yellow

The 2014 Tour de France wraps up with another stage win for German Marcel Kittel, and the crowning of overall champion Vincenzo Nibali.

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2014 Tour de France: Garmin’s Navardauskas grabs solo Stage 19 win

After losing its GC leader, then losing a stage win 10 meters from the line, Garmin-Sharp finally breaks through.

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2014 Tour de France: Stage 18 Results

Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali grabbed his fourth stage win at this year’s Tour de France on Thursday. He now has a 7-plus-minute lead over second place.

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Tour de France Tech: Tejay van Garderen’s BMC Team Machine SLR01

Bike of choice for the top American in this year’s Tour de France.

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2014 Tour de France: Stage 17 Results

Contador who? Team Tinkoff-Saxo may have lost its GC leader, but it continues to impress at the Tour de France. On Wednesday, Rafal Majka snagged his second stage win a day after teammate Michael Rogers got one of his own.

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Tour de France Tech: Peter Sagan’s Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod

Get an up close look at the bike that’s been looking back at you during the Tour de France.

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Review: Pactimo Summit Jersey and Summit Raptor Bibs

Reasonably priced combo with classic styling and top-line functionality. Find out why.

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