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.




Review: Knog Blinder Arc 1.7

This Knog light is not powerful at all, but one can get home with it. Ergonomics and design is quite slick and it’s only $65.

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Review: DiNotte XML-4

The Dinotte XML-4 puts out 2110 Lumens and its a good deal at $259, but is it as compelling as the Dinotte XML-3?

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Review: Lezyne Super Drive XL

$120 for a 709 Lumen light is not the brightest or the cheapest, but this light has field replaceable batteries if you need really long run times.

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Review: CatEye Volt 100

It’s a ‘to be seen’ light for $35. But since it’s a CatEye, it over delivers and you can actually see with it.

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Review: NiteRider Lumina 400

This $68 light puts out 445 Lumens and it has all the quality and design features of the modern NiteRider Lumina lights.

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Review: Light & Motion Urban 500

This light has good beam pattern and side visibility at a $100 price point. But the competition has caught up in terms of size, price and brightness.

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Review: Kitsbow A/M Ventilated shorts and jersey

We tried the full A/M Ventilated kit from Kitsbow and were impressed with the design, materials and construction. So if you have the monetary means, read on.

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Review: Lupine Piko 4

The Lupine Piko 4 remains as one of the most useable helmet lights we’ve tested as it delivers 1120 Lumens in a 180 gram package.

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Review: Lezyne Deca Drive

This Deca Drive is largely unchanged from last year, but it’s still one of the better self-contained bar lights around since it has a lovely beam pattern for $160.

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Featured: Trek Fuel EX 7 29

The Trek Fuel EX 7 is a contender with its very capable Fuel lineage and reasonable $2,629 price.

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Review: CatEye Volt 1200

The CatEye Volt 1200 sports 1253 measured Lumens for $200. It’s a good choice if you’re not in a hot night riding area like Arizona.

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Review: Light & Motion Taz 1200

The good news on the Light & Motion Taz 1200 is the price dropped from $300 to $240. The bad news is the run time remained the same at 1:30 hours on high, but it still has one of the best beam patterns around.

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Review: Lupine Wilma 7

The output is a staggering 2770 measured Lumens and the weight is just 360 grams. Couple that with long run times and a fast charge time and we’re ready to crown this high-end champ of the lights arena.

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Review: Serfas USL-305

Delivering 371 Lumens at $50, this minimalist light from Serfas delivers an incredible value. It’s a great commuter light, but it’s got potential as a supplementary trail light too.

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Review: Blackburn Central Front

It’s constructed well and it features a simple rotary switch. Plus it can dim automatically when ambient light is bright.

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Review: Gloworm X2

Gloworm X2 comes up aces once again. Though not a huge improvement from last year, it keeps marching on with a beautiful beam pattern, a well-conceived package and good value.

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Review: Princeton Tec Push

The Push measured at 199 Lumens with good side lighting, but the use of alkaline batteries in this day and age of rechargeable makes it less desirable.

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Review: Jet Lites F3

Solid construction, heat dissipation and now GoPro compatible mounts are the highlights from this Reno, Nevada company.

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Review: Trail LED DS

These lights are meticulously hand crafted with care. It excels with a wide beam pattern and a runtime and charging time of two hours.

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Photos: Trail art on the tanks of UC Santa Cruz

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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Review: Knog Blinder Arc 5.5

Knog is a new player in the Mtbr Lights Shootout, but they impressed us with good quality, ergonomics and a nice beam pattern that is brighter than claimed.

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Review: DiNotte XML-3

The XML-3 is light at 355 grams, bright at 1573 Lumens yet it does not break the bank at $229.

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Review: Lezyne Mega Drive 1400 Lumen

Brighter than ever, this Lezyne Mega Drive still has a rock-solid output with field replaceable batteries for endless run-time.

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Review: Serfas USL-155

$40 gets you a well-executed light good for commuting, and if you want more, its got bigger siblings that can get you around on the trails.

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Review: Specialized 2FO Flat shoes

The 2FO is an awesome shoe that covers all the bases that a flat shoe should deliver. It descends well, jumps good, climbs decent and is comfortable on and off the bike.

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