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.




How to switch your hydraulic brake levers


There’s two ways to set up brake levers, normal style or moto style with rear brake actuation on the right side. With care, you can swap your levers easily.

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7 best bike setup tips


Some folks just jump on a bike and ride away for a test ride. But the ones who do it right spend 10 critical minutes to set the bike up properly.

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2017 BMC Speedfox first look


The Speedfox is a very capable steed with 120mm front and rear travel. With a dropper post integral to this ride, BMC designed a system that opens the rear shock when it’s down and puts it in Trail mode when it’s up.

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Ante Up for Trails and an Ibis bike


MBOSC, a local trail advocacy and trail building organization, is partnering with Ibis Cycles to kick off Ante Up for Trails, a campaign to support building and maintaining sustainable mountain bike trails in Santa Cruz.

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Video: Silky Pocketboy and Bigboy saws


As stewards of the trail, it is our duty to clear the the trail of debris and not just ride it. One of the most effective tools we discovered this season are these Silky saws from Japan.

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Best bunny hop tips


To do a bunny hop right is not only fun, but is also a really useful trail tool. Learn with us and the experts at Seth’s Bike Hacks and GMBN.

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OneUp Composite flat pedal review


The engineering wizards at OneUp Components sought out to create a pedal that delivers good value, low weight, large size and ample grip at a bargain price. Have they succeeded?

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5 best tips to avoid crashing


Crashing is a part of our sport but they should be the exception rather than the rule. Our friends from GMBN have some tips but we have some very useful tips to add.

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Yakima Skyrise rooftop tent


Yakima has enter the car camping game with the introduction of the Slimshady Awning and Skyrise Tent.

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BMC Agonist XC race machine first ride


XC courses are getting more technical so BMC addresses the category with a very fast and capable machine. And it’s comfortable enough to handle the long courses of Leadville and Downieville.

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Photos: UCSC tanks artwork


To many mountain bikers who ride in Santa Cruz, there is a familiar and welcome sight on the trails as one rides by the U-Conn fire road connecting the Emma McCrary trail and Wilder State Park. Here is a gallery documenting the art of the UC Santa Cruz tanks.

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Fox DPX2 rear shock first ride review


Trail bikes are getting bigger as riders are taking these capable bikes into more aggressive terrain. Fox is here to address this need with a rear shock with a massive sweet spot called the DPX2.

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Adidas Zonyk Pro eyewear review


The Adidas Zonyk Pro enters the the high-end active eyewear market with impressive fit, lens technology, and styling and color options.

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SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain first ride review


SRAM’s Eagle 1×12 group has garnered near unanimous praise. And now it comes in a more budget-friendly package. Meet SRAM GX Eagle.

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BMC Trailfox Amp eMTB first ride review


Swiss based BMC has been studying the the MTB e-bike market carefully to explore where they can compete in the segment. Their entry is a no-holds-barred 150mm travel plus bike called the Trailfox Amp.

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OneUp Components flat pedals first look


OneUp Components has attacked the flat pedals market with two offerings that are thin, sensible, and reasonably priced.

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New Shimano SPDs, flat pedals, and shoes


Shimano reaffirms its commitment to downhill and gravity disciplines with the introduction five new shoes and four new pedals, including SPD and flat pedal options.

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Video: Evil Wreckoning impressions


When we awarded the Enduro bike of the year last year to the Trek Slash 29er, a few were distraught that we did not get to try the Wreckoning. It was a contender, a few touted, so we made it our task to get to know the ‘Wreck’.

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Revamped Trek Session adds 29er option


Trek’s pursuit of downhill speed has led to a longer, stiffer, Session. A 29er version has been added as well to now that components have caught up with the demands of the big wheel.

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Video: How to build a jump and hit it well


The only way to get good at jumping is through practice. Judging speed, pitch, and landing look natural when done well. But it’s actually a very technical move. Take the first step to jumping well by building one.

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Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon first ride review


The back of this trail bike is the business end with 140mm travel and a speedy Maxxis Rekon 2.6 tire, while the front is the party with 160mm travel and an aggressive Minion DHF.

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5 best reasons to use tubeless tires


One of the greatest advances in the last few years is the migration of mountain bikes toward tubeless tires. Are there any proven advantages to this setup over the traditional inner tube systems?

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Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon trail bike


With 140mm of dw-link rear travel and 160mm travel Fox 36 fork enables you to conquer terrain that makes other bikes cower. It’s a bike that inspires you to climb while looking forward to the descents.

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Video: Seth’s 10 bike hacks for MTB and BMX


In this context, ‘hacks’ is an endearing term for tips, tricks and gems. Check out what Seth has discovered over the years and see if they can help you out.

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Reynolds carbon DH wheelset


Reynolds has made big strides recently with carbon mtb wheels that are light and strong. They worked with Pivot downhill team to test and develop a new line of carbon DH wheels that are built to survive the abuse.

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2017 TDS Enduro


What if you had a buddy with a huge tract of land? You’d build some trails right? Do some shuttle runs, ride some moto, ATV’s. Then you can invite a ton of friends and run a race. Yeah!

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Speedplay Syzr and Brass Knuckles pedals


Speedplay is a company with deep engineering roots. So when designing the Syzr pedal, they went all in to eliminate play and design in proper float in a mountain bike pedal.

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Praxis Lyft carbon cranks combine weight and stiffness


Praxis honed in their carbon technology to match up with their forged chainring expertise. What they’ve come up with is a 30mm BB spindle that comes in at 454 grams with a 30t ring.

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Video: Steps to The Top with Emil Johansson


Watch Emil Johansson and you’ll see an economy of effort in his fun but edited riding style that is quiet, while also projecting a modicum of genius.

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Video: Jeff Kendall-Weed rides Hurricane, Utah


Escape the dreary winter rains with a trip to Hurricane, Utah, with professional mountain bike rider Jeff Kendall-Weed. Follow along with Jeff as he jumps and wheelies across the beautiful desert terrain that lies in the shadow of Zion National Park.

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Video: Inno INH330 lightweight hitch rack


Japan-based Inno’s racks are specially designed for smaller cars and tight parking spaces. Watch this video to see it in action.

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Video: Box One drivetrain in action


It’s good to have options. And in a drivetrain world increasingly dominated by Shimano and SRAM, it’s good to have another player in the mix. But can a small company compete and offer something unique in this category?

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Leatt DBX 3.0 all mountain helmet details


Leatt has been on a roll lately, moving beyond their core strength of neck braces, and expanding into other types of protection and clothing.

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Video: Pivot Phoenix bar, stem, grips


Pivot showed off their new cockpit components designed with a purpose starting with a 35mm handlebar. The bar itself is not stiffer by design but it is lighter than the previous generation.

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Video: 2017 Norco Sight 29er


We’ve been riding the Norco Sight 29er for a while and the bike just works without calling attention to its wheel size or its travel. It excels quietly on climbs, singletrack and descents, the type of riding that the majority of folks do on their regular fun rides.

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Project 321 rear hub with variable sound


Project 321 recently launched a very ingenious rear freehub design using magnets instead of traditional pawls. The drive system uses six magnetic pawls with 216 points of engagement for an incredibly quick 1.66 degree hub engagement.

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Bontrager Line Pro Carbon wheelsets


Bontrager has been quietly improving their wheel line from the hub to the rim. This year though, they went big with carbon wheels at a mind-blowing price of $1200 a pair for the All Mountain wheels and $700 a pair for the XC wheels.

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New SRAM Code DH brakes released


Brakes have improved dramatically over the years, but the Code DH brake has largely been unchanged. Now, it gets Guide technology and robust construction to deliver powerful and consistent performance on the longest descents.

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Magura HC3 lever blade and MT Trail Sport brakes


Magura’s brakes have incredible power and modulation but their levers were a little long and dated as riders have moved on to shorter, one-finger levers. At Sea Otter, they showed us their latest lever, the HC3 which is a pretty fascinating piece of German engineering.

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Video: Specialized Build Your Dream Stumpjumper program


At the high end of the market, folks like having options with their component selections. It adds a personalized touch and optimizes the bike for the riders style and terrain.

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Video: Cane Creek HELM front fork


Tunability has always been a strong point of Cane Creek and this one is no exception. Sometimes, the options overwhelm the consumer but enthusiasts appreciate these options.

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2018 Cannondale Jekyll


Cannondale has always had a knack for doing things differently with components like the Lefty Fork, DYAD shock and Hollowgram cranks to name a few. But with the new Jekyll, they went with conventional category leader components and many folks are taking notice.

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New Ibis Ripley LS trail bike details


In its third generation, Ibis made room for big tires. The big new 29 x 2.6 tires will now fit giving this bike a bigger sweet spot to handle bigger, more aggressive terrain.

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Five Ten Freerider Pro shoes and more


Five Ten has hit a few out of the park this last year so we were eager to learn more about the new Freerider Pro and District shoes. Here’s a rundown of key highlights.

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SQlab Ergowave saddle enhances comfort


As rides get longer, our saddle communicates with us about fit problems through pain or even numbness. SQlab addresses these problems with high performance fitted saddles.

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Specialized Turbo Levo eMTB with trail tool twist


Say what you will about eMTBs, but this is a pretty innovative application of ever-expanding pedal-assist technology.

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Spot Bikes Mayhem 29er trail bike launched


After the success of the Rollik, Colorado’s Spot follows it up with the 130mm travel Mayhem using the same Living Link system.

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POC VPD knee pads and Tectal helmet details


POC highlighted three products for us at Sea Otter, the Tectal All Mountain helmet, the very lightweight and usable VPD knee pad, and a T-shirt style jersey that is much more than that inside.

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Race Face Next R line of carbon components


No other component company has seen as much corporate drama as Race Face has in recent years. So we were very curious to see how it would all turn out for the revered brand. Today, we find out with this big product statement for Race Face.

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2018 Fox 36 first ride


Three years ago, Fox was thrust once again into the lead position of big hit fork performance with the introduction of the Fox 36. Today, the chassis is still sound as the latest Fox updates are applied to push it even further.

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