About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.




Eurobike: Magura Vyron wireless dropper post

Magura delivered the first bombshell product of Eurobike by introducing a product that everyone has been clamoring for, a wireless dropper post. They aim to deliver the post by November 2015 for a price of $460.

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2016 Pivot Mach 6 carbon and aluminum bikes

The outgoing Pivot Mach 6 carbon was a highly successful bike for Pivot. Cable routing and a slack seat angle opened the door for some improvements and the high price of carbon called for an aluminum version as well. The call is answered here.

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Video: Enduro World Series unveils 2016 calendar

Like the Formula One Series of auto racing, the Enduro World Series seeks to showcase the best mountain biking destinations in the world. This year, they map out destinations in Chile, Argentina, France and the USA.

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First Look: Urge Endur-O-Matic 2 All Mountain helmet

When first introduced, the Urge Endur-O-Matic looked different from the rest as it seemed to come from a full-coverage, dirt jumper scene with highly stylized All Mountain modifications. It receives a major update here in its second iteration.

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Nino Schurter visits Tom Ritchey’s home turf

Nino visited the peninsula hills of Redwood City, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area to see the shop where Tom Ritchey developed and tested the first mountain bikes.

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Video: Semenuk’s flawless 2015 Crankworx run

Semenuk won the 2015 Crankworx Joyride, making him the first rider to take the top spot at the Joyride three times.

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First Ride: Giro Montaro and Montara helmets

To complement their affordable Feature All Mountain helmet, Giro introduced the premium Montaro and Montara helmets that provide superior ventilation, goggle compatibility and MIPS protection.

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Video: Crankworx 2015 RockShox Pump Track Challenge

The Crankworx Pump Track challenge is always a crowd pleaser as mountain biking legends from all disciplines meet up in near perfect track to compete in a 2-run elimination format. The speed and style achieved is remarkable as these elite athletes rocket around the track without a single pedal stroke.

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First Look: Easton Haven and Race Face Turbine dropper post

Easton and Race Face enter the dropper post market with a clean, well-conceived post with proven internals. But with a high price, is it enough to shake up the market?

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Video Trailer: ‘Cam Zink: Reach For The Sky’

Cam Zink sits atop the Freeride world having won the sport’s most coveted titles. Learn more about his upbringing and his impact on the sport.

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First Look: Rocky Mountain Maiden downhill bike

Optimized for either 26” or 27.5” wheels, the Rocky Mountain Maiden’s four bar Smoothlink suspension rotates on oversized bearings and collet axles. New braking technology, integrated frame protection, and electronics compatibility are some of the highlights.

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News: Trek to start selling bikes online

Trek has fired the opening shot in the evolving retail wars as they unveiled the first revision of their Consumer Direct model. Consumers can buy bikes online and pick it up at a local retailer. Components and accessories can be shipped directly to the consumer.

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Video: Magura with Lopes and Palmer

Magura has attracted top athletes like Brian Lopes and Shaun Palmer for decades. Check in and see what they love about the company and its products.

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First Look: Orbea Loki 27.5+ hardtail

Orbea has made the transition from road bike company, XC specialists and and now All Mountain experts. With the Rallon, Occam and now the Loki, they’ve created a family of bikes that are truly fun to ride.

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News: 2016 Motobecane NightTrain Bullet released

Motobecane continues to deliver great value with their new NightTrain Bullet. Going with 2×10 Race Face cranks for good range, two to three pounds of weight is now saved by going with a true tubeless compatible setup that is reliable at very low pressures.

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First Look: Salsa Cycles Pony Rustler 27.5+ trail bike

The 120mm Pony Rustler is here to play in the growing trail bike market, optimized for 3-inch tires. It comes in either aluminum or carbon and can be matched with a 120mm or 130mm fork.

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First Look: GoPro HERO4 Session

In an effort to make their POV cameras more a part of heoric and mundane activities, GoPro has shrunk the HERO4 to the size of an ice cube. The form factor is much smaller now as most settings and control are handed off to a smart phone.

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SCOTT launches 27.5 Plus bikes

SCOTT Sports erases any doubt of whether a major European manufacturer will jump on the Plus sized bikes for 2016. They answer with a resounding ‘YES’ as they introduce five new 27.5+ bikes.

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First Look: 2016 Specialized Camber

The Camber has upped its climbing prowess with the integration of the new Brain rear shock and the RockShox RS-1 fork. But does it come at the expense of descending ability?

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First Look: Motobecane Sturgis and NightTrain titanium fat bikes

Known for bikes that should cost double given the component specs, Motobecane once again delivers, this time in the titanium fat bike arena. The Sturgis and NightTrain fat bikes deliver well executed titanium frames with the the right build.

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Video: Mountain biking in Puy du Fou

French mountain bike film maker Quentin Chaumy was given the opportunity to film at Puy du Fou and he took full advantage. Puy du Fou is a medieval theme park that brings in about 1.5 million visitors a year, making it one of the most popular attractions in France.

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Video: Leigh Donovan offers 10 videos to improve skills

Are you self-taught like most mountain bikers? Leigh Donovan believes there is a much better way to learn and here is a video sampling of her advice.

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First Look: RockShox Lyrik and Yari forks

Expanding the sweet spot of their single-crown, 35mm platform, the Lyric has been stiffened up and longer travel options have been introduced. The Yari fork is introduced with even more travel options and a more affordable price.

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First Look: Orbea Occam 27.5 and 29er trail bikes

Known for lust-worthy road bikes, Orbea broke the mtb ice last year with the rowdy, enduro-ready Rallon. With everything they learned about mtb geometry, they merged that with their carbon expertise to create the trail ready Occam.

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Santa Cruz Bicycles sold to Pon Holdings

Santa Cruz Bicycles has just been sold to a Dutch company, Pon Holdings. The existing management staff will continue to run the company and no changes are evident at this point. But what does this mean to the company’s long-term future?

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