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.


Update: Cannondale Slate road bike with 30mm Lefty Oliver suspension fork


Cannondale bringing suspension to drop-bar bikes this fall — 650b wheels, 42mm tires, and disc brakes highlight new go-anywhere rig.

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Review: Tokyowheel Epic 38/50 Carbon Clinchers


Positioned as the best all-around set-up in the Tokyowheel product line, the Epic 38mm front/50mm rear combination is designed to keep weight down, enhance aerodynamic performance, and maintain control in crosswind situations.

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Mavic launches new disc wheel, carbon wheel, and more


Famed French company trying to change perceptions with slew of new product geared toward riding the road less traveled.

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Rapha honors Giro d’Italia’s Cima Copi award


New Cima collection pays homage to the race’s highest point prize with special edition jersey, cap, scarf and essentials case.

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Shimano offers limited edition SH-R321B road shoe


Electric blue colored kicks will be available in limited quantities for $380.

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Pactimo launches Match Your Ride jersey and bibs


Pactimo is doing its best to keep customers looking good — and properly matched. The Colorado-based cycling apparel maker recently launched its new Match Your Ride line, which allows cyclists to pick a cycling jersey, bibs and cap to match the colors of their bike.

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Trek launches Émonda ALR aluminum road bike


Trek is trickling down the same gram-cutting ethos of the original carbon fiber Émonda to the new alloy Émonda ALR.

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Roundup: New CX bikes from Felt, Polygon, Scott and more


Due to product cycle timing and the increasing popularity of the discipline, the Sea Otter Classic has become the de facto trade show of choice for bike makers to unveil their new cyclocross bikes. Here are nine new bikes that caught our eye.

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Sea Otter: New helmets from Giant, Kask and Lazer


Cooling, styling and aero-efficiency highlight these brain protectors.

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Sea Otter: Jamis goes all-in with Renegade adventure bikes


Whether commuting across town or bikepacking across the country, the Jamis Renegade bikes tick the right boxes.

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Sea Otter: Wilier Triestina revamps Cento 1 SR race bike


Gone is the integrated seatmast. But aero-enhancing kamm-tail shaping remains on this race ready bike.

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Sea Otter: Nuun PLUS provides modular fueling option


Each flavorless tab contains about 20 calories, allowing the user to tailor fueling to their particular needs.

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Sea Otter: Velo Saddles unveils new Angel line


Quartet of new high end offerings from Taiwanese saddle giant have center cut-out for pressure relief.

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Sea Otter: Abbey Bike Tools provide needed fix


Bend, Oregon-based tool maker offers creative and elegant solutions for everyday bike mechanic problems.

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Review: Ryders Thorn antiFOG sunglasses


New shades from Vancouver-based eyewear maker are designed to stay clear even when moisture is at its highest. See how the fared in our test.

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Sea Otter: Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses for road and MTB


Features include expanded field of vision and activity-specific lens options claimed to make it easier to see obstacles when riding on the road or trail.

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Sea Otter: Bellwether shows off Forza jersey and bibs


Southern California-based clothing maker offering affordably priced apparel with lots of top-line functionality.

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Sea Otter: Scott launches revamped Addict CX


New Addict CX claimed to be lightest bog hopper on market. Also has modern tube shapes and clever cyclocross-specific touches.

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Industry looks primed to embrace SRAM 1x for road


The list of companies who’ve committed to spec’ing bikes with SRAM’s expanded 1x drivetrain is long, but only time will tell what sort of bikes we’ll see with the new single chainring system.

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SRAM expands 1x drivetrain offerings to road bikes


Is SRAM trying to kill off the front derailleur on all bikes? They say no, but its new line of 1x products could change the way cyclists from all corners of the two-wheeled world shift gears.

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Zipp unveils 30 Course tubeless-ready alloy wheelset


New disc-only, aluminum hoops from well-regarded wheel maker aimed at gravel, adventure and cyclocross riders. Come in clincher and tubular models.

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Team Sky to ride soft-tail Pinarello at spring classics


New Pinarello Dogma K8-S has elastomer shock with 10mm of rear travel designed to smooth out the cobblestones.

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Shimano unveils flat mount road hydro disc brake caliper


Lower profile caliper is designed to improve aerodynamics. Also announced are a new 10-speed Tiagra road group and the budget-priced WH-RX010 road disc brake wheel set.

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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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First Look: Fezzari Foré Cyx cyclocross bikes


New line-up of bog hoppers feature updated frame design and variety of disc brake-equipped builds.

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News: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 levers now able to control external devices


New software update from the component making giant allows control of cycling computers, trainers, video cameras and more.

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