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: 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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News: Trek unveils Domane Disc endurance road bike

New rig comes in 4.0 and 6.9 iterations, has post mount disc brakes, and thru-axles front (15mm) and rear (12×142).

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How To: Descend safely in a group

Going downhill is one thing. Going downhill in a group is another. You need to be aware of the riders around you and take a few special precautions.

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Hot News: Niner reveals carbon ’cross wheels, hints at CX bike

Colorado-based bike maker is jumping head first into the composite hoops market, and has new build kits for its gravel grinder bike.

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Spotted: New feature packed road and ‘cross wheels

DT Swiss, Rolf Prima, American Classic, 3T and Xentis all coming on strong with wheel updates.

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First Look: Raleigh RXC Pro Disc adds thru-axles, improves ride

Add Raleigh to the growing list of cyclocross bike makers going the way of the thru-axle. But change to its 2015 top-flight ‘crosser didn’t stop there.

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First Look: New Focus Mares CX uses “quick release” thru-axles

Using technology that could eventually pave the way for disc brakes in the professional road peloton, Focus has launched a new cyclocross rig with fast-action thru axles front and rear.

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First Look: Parlee ESX aero road bike

Well-regarded custom frame builder Parlee set out to create a bike that cheated the wind, but still rode like a traditional road frame. With the ESX, they claim to have succeeded.

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Review: Rapha Hooded Wind Jacket

If you’re looking for a top-shelf lightweight, windproof hooded cycling jacket for cruising around the city — and you have disposable income to spare — this new offering from Rapha fits the bill.

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Seven road (and off-road) tires spotted at Sea Otter

The definition of what road bikes are capable of is rapidly changing, and that means tire changes, too.

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