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.


First Look: New Trek Émonda, world’s lightest production road bike?

Trek has officially released the new Émonda, which it claims is the world’s lightest production road line. The new line includes the 10.25-pound Émonda SLR 10, again claimed to be the lightest production road bike.

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Tour de France: Winners jerseys and prize money explained

What’s the difference between yellow and green? How about white and polka dots? Here’s a primer on the four most important pieces of Tour de France apparel, plus how much of the $3 million prize purse winners will take home.

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Tour de France: Team Sky’s Chris Froome the big betting favorite

We certainly don’t advocate illegal gambling in any form, but it’s undeniably interesting to see what the touts think is going to happen at the Tour.

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Tour de France: By the numbers

The world’s greatest bike race is more than just 198 racers pedaling across France. Indeed, it’s a massive mobile city with myriad moving parts. Here’s a look at some of the numbers that make up Le Tour.

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$3K Endurance Bike Shootout: Meet the combatants (updated)

Endurance bikes are built to be both comfortable — and efficient and powerful. Or put another way, they are the bikes that best suit most of us most of the time. Here we provide a first look at the seven major brand bikes we’ll be testing, and pass on a few initial impressions.

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First Look: Smith Overtake road/XC helmet

Less than a year after lifting the lid on a new trail-oriented mountain bike helmet, Smith is trying to push its way to the front of the XC and road peloton with the Overtake.

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First Look: New (new) SRAM HydroR and new Rival 22

With hopes of putting its road disc brake recall fiasco behind them, SRAM showed up in force at PressCamp in Deer Valley to show off a host of new (and improved) products.

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First Look: New Zipp 404 Firestrike and Zipp 202 Disc wheels

The high-end wheel maker lifts the lid on two new hoops that are claimed to be faster, more aero and more stable.

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First Look: Ridley Fenix Disc endurance road bike

Belgian bike maker is the latest to take the plunge into the road disc game. But they’ve opted not to spec the bike with thru-axles.

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First Look: Stan’s NoTubes Grail road/cross tubeless wheels

Equally at home racing cross, spinning road miles, or grinding gravel is the marketing spin behind these new do-it-all disc tubeless wheels from Stan’s.

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First Look: Niner BSB 9 RDO disc-equipped ‘cross bike

Colorado-based Niner goes all in on cyclocross with a new race-ready disc-brake equipped carbon fiber steed.

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Review: Gore Xenon Race Bibtights

We logged extended springtime mileage in these top-end bib shorts. Find out how they fared.

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Video: Using bait bikes – and twitter – to catch bike thieves

Bike theft is a big problem in San Francisco. But police are using innovative methods such as GPS trackers in bikes and social media to stop these crooks.

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News: More details on SRAM’s new hydraulic road brakes

SRAM’s new hydraulic rim and disc road brakes will come in four groups. Check out their new video to learn more.

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First Look: Pinarello Dogma F8 aero road bike

Defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome and the rest of his Team Sky teammates will have a new weapon when the world’s most important bike race gets rolling in early July.

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Quick Tip: Staying cool during the heat of summer

Summer may be the best time of year to ride your bike, but it can also get a little uncomfortable and even dangerous. Here are some tips to stay cool and properly hydrated during the upcoming summer cycling season.

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First Look: 2015 Campagnolo Super Record, Record and Chorus mechanical groupsets

Electronic shifting may be all the rage, but that doesn’t mean mechanical groupsets are going away. This week Italian-component manufacturer Campagnolo released details of its 2015 model year Super Record, Record and Chorus groupsets — all of them cable actuated.

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First Look: SRAM’s redesigned Hydro-R rim and disc brakes

SRAM is nearing the end of a very dark tunnel, with news this week that redesigned Hydro-R rim and disc brake systems have begun shipping to consumers.

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Review: Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-speed mechanical drivetrain

For the last six months we’ve put Shimano’s new 11-speed second-tier groupset through its paces. Find out if it delivered top-tier performance.

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Spotted: SRAM wireless electronic shifting drivetrain

Chicago-based company lifts the lid on its on-going development project via the bikes of the Bissell Development Team.

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Fashion Show: Rapha’s Giro inspired retro jerseys

U.K.-based road cycling apparel maker pays tribute to the greats of yesteryear with this quartet of commemorative jerseys.

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Video: Inside stage 1 sprint at Tour of California

Ever wondered what it’s like inside the pro peloton during the final mad dash sprint to the finish? Now you can find out.

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First Look: New Specialized Tarmac and Tarmac Disc

The Big Red S has revamped its popular race bike platform, employing size specific carbon lay-up and adding a disc-brake model.

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News: Culprit debuts budget-friendly disc-equipped alloy racer

Fledgling bike maker Culprit continues to try to make a name for itself, adding this racer-on-a-budget friendly rig for under $2,000.

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News: Pactimo launches jersey trade-up program

Got an old jersey taking up dresser drawer space? Instead of becoming a bike rag, Pactimo has a better option.

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