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.




Bikepacking and fly fishing in the Sierras


“All we wanted to do was catch fish and ride our bikes. Morale was at an all-time high during our three-day, 60-mile bikepacking and fly fishing trip along the Tahoe Rim Trail.”

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The art of adventure with Joey Schusler


Joey Schusler found his love for mountain biking at the ripe age of 13. As a young teenager, few things rivaled the exhilaration. He set his sights on racing professionally.

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Trying toe clips and clipless pedals for the first time


Blake from GMBN tries toe clips and clipless pedals for the first time. Ride along and see him experience what many of us old-timers did.

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Top 5 reasons why GoPro is exiting the drone business


Entering the drone market in Sept of 2016, GoPro abruptly announced that it was abandoning the effort as of Jan, 2018. Here’s why we think it happened.

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How to ride wet and off-camber roots


Roots are part of what makes mountain biking fun and challenging. But during the wet season, these friendly features take on a more sinister persona.

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Motobecane 2Hundred7 downhill bike review


True to form with Motobecane’s core values, components are where they deliver the goods. Most bikes in this price range of $2600 are upgrade ready but this one is dialed and ready to ride.

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Rising up from the ashes of the 2007 Lake Tahoe fire


In 2007, the Angora Fire destroyed 250 homes along with a beautiful forest and trail network. 10 years later, the trails have risen from the ashes. See how TAMBA.org along with the Forest Service and countless volunteer hours made that happen.

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Race Face Cinch power meter now available


Canada Cup XC Champ Evan Guthrie isn’t your typical spandex and salads weight weenie cross country racer. He races in baggies, can send it harder than most while tracking wattage with his power meter.

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Chasing the midnight sun, trip to the Yukon


Summer in Canada’s Yukon Territory has no shortage of daylight, and thus no reason to hurry. At 17, Dylan Sherrard moved away from Whitehorse to pursue a life of mountain biking.

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Specialized 2FO 2.0 shoe review


Specialized has worked hard to improve the fit and the feel of the 2FO shoes, focusing not just on the rubber of the sole but of all the layers of rubber in between.

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YT Industries shuts down distributor to open new US office


In a surprise move, YT USA has announced that they are shutting down their US distributor in Reno, Nevada, to open a new US office in San Clemente, CA.

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Cannondale Jekyll 2 review


Cannondale has always appealed to a niche audience thanks to use of unique technology. On this bike though, they’ve delivered exactly what enduro-minded riders want.

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Bulls Bike E-Stream review


The biggest battery available and a capable full-suspension platform make this e-bike truly adventure ready.

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Trek Roscoe and X-Caliber hardtails reviewed


Trek’s budget-friendly hardtails have evolved on two distinct paths, an affordable XC steed and a fun trail machine. Born out of the same frame, find out how these two bikes compare.

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Exploring the limits of a fat bike


In many parts of the world, if you don’t ride a fat bike during the winter, you don’t ride at all. It is a tool that has its purpose, especially during those cold days of winter.

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Video: Favorite Day Trip rides


As good as epic mountain bike trips are, the truth is that most of us don’t have entire summers, or winters, available to hop on over to New Zealand, or Whistler, or any other number of fantastical locales.

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How to choose a dropper post


Most riders want the most drop that will fit on their bike. But stack height and insert length are key considerations when choosing a post that will fit you and your bike.

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Video: Bernard Kerr in Whistler


We all love to hit up Whistler Bike Park now and again, but not many can have a better time hitting trails such as Dirt Merchant and Ninja Cougar than Bernard Kerr.

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Race Face introduces Carbon Confidence Guarantee


At the discretion of Race Face, they will within 2 years of your original purchase repair or replace your carbon wheel regardless of how the damage occurred or what the damage is.

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Mtbr members rally to gift bike to injured veteran


There’s no shortage of calamities and ensuing fundraisers these days. But when an Mtbr member reached out for help for a fellow veteran, the NorCal forum community rallied and embraced the cause.

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Vintage Electric Bicycles Supports Wine Country Fire Relief


Vintage Electric Bicycles is proud to link arms with some of the South Bay area’s best epicurean talent in support of the victims of the recent wine country fires.

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Epic ride video: Armstrong Connector to Corral Trail


Ride along with Jeff Lenosky on what he calls one of the most fun trails he’s ever ridden: South Lake Tahoe’s Armstrong Connector to Corral Trail.

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Eight great mountain bike set-up tips


The crew from the Global Mountain Bike Network reveal tips that are useful — and easy to perform on the trail.

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Wahoo KICKR trainer and Zwift platform first look


Nights are long and cold now so any option that can keep us pedaling is good. Indoor trainers used to be way too boring to be sustainable for most, but the Zwift platform is a new level of entertainment.

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Yakima Dr. Tray hitch rack review


Yakima wanted a rack that was lightweight and expandable, yet could handle all tire sizes. Did they succeed or try to do too much?

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Video: Top 10 bike road trip hacks


When road tripping or bike camping, time and money are at a premium. Here’s some advice from Seth on how to maximize riding time and fun.

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Video: Top 9 freakiest bikes ever made


Over the years, we’ve been subject to quite a few freaky bikes. With the advent of full suspension, mountain bikes in particular have been the canvas of scientists around the globe.

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Video: Montana Treasures – Helena with Lanie White


We all try to achieve a healthy and fulfilling work-life balance and we celebrate the ones who find it like Lanie White from Helena, Montana

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How to get back on the bike after a crash


One thing constant with high-level mountain biking is crashes will happen. There are just so many variables that the ‘unplanned get-off’ will eventually occur resulting in injury. How one recovers from it is always an interesting journey.

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Saris SuperClamp EX 4-Bike rack review


Carrying four bikes on a hitch rack usually requires a behemoth rack that weighs upwards of 100 pounds. But Saris has created a compact and sturdy option that doesn’t weigh a ton either.

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Video: The Whole Enchilada Ride with Luke Strobel


The red rock desert surrounding Moab, Utah, is a harsh and barren landscape that only the toughest creatures thrive in. It is the setting for one of the most iconic rides in the world, The Whole Enchilada.

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Rocker Mini Bike torture test with Phil


Rocker Mini Bikes are starting to pop up all over social media cause they’re fun. At least they look fun in capable hands.

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Thule DoubleTrack Pro bike rack review


Hitch racks are gaining popularity now with vehicle compatibility and convenience, mileage and wind-noise advantages. Thule offers a hitch rack that’s easier on the wallet.

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10 mountain bike household hacks


There’s a lot of bike hacks out but how do you optimize your household and bike garage to optimize your mountain bike lifestyle?

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10 Best zip tie fixes


Some say that duct tape is the ultimate trail side accessory. This video from GMBN makes us think that zip ties may be the ultimate fix it accessory.

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Video: Riding Iceland with Jeff Kendall-Weed


Most exotic destinations feature breathtaking views and remote landscapes. Jeff manages to find the best lines though and lots of jumps.

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Mastering flat turn cornering with Skills with Phil


Cornering is the greatest quest for the mountain biker as it is almost impossible to master. Phil helps us through one of the hardest variations which is flat turn cornering.

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Bike For You book campaign


Creative new book hopes to inspire children to ride bikes and create a culture of riding in the US.

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Industry Nine factory tour video


Since the company’s first wheels hit the ground in 2004, it has been continually innovating every process involved, be it at the drawing board, in machine shop or on the assembly line.

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Pivot Mach 6 Carbon and Aluminum released


With its new, slacker, 65.75 degree head angle, steep 74 degree seat angle, and Pivot’s long travel, downhill-influenced linkage, the 155mm travel Mach 6 Carbon is specifically designed for enduro racers.

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Maxxis rider Mason Bond in Connected Series


Fluid and playful riding style allows Pivot-Reynolds team rider to jib trail features, roost corners, or set up a photo-of-the-day drift depending on whether he’s racing the clock or styling for the camera.

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Vittoria 2018 tires sneak peek


Vittoria continues to invest in the their mountain bike offerings. Here’s some highlights from the growing brand.

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Leatt DBX Core 2.0 hip pack first look


Hydration hip packs are growing in popularity but there’s no perfect one yet. Leatt puts their spin in the category with a cool design.

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Specialized Wu dropper post first look


This dropper post puts the angles the seat up like a downhill or dirt jump bike saddle as it is dropped. Something you’ve always wanted or not?

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Magura Vyron dropper post video review


The Magura Vyron wireless dropper post delivered on its promise of simplicity. And while not perfect, there are improvements on the horizon.

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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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7 things you might not know about carbon fiber


The cycling world has indeed changed, as carbon fiber has become the material of choice for high end bikes. Check out this video to learn more about this modern day wonder material.

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Round up: Best flat pedals


Some of the best tech and innovation is actually going in to these new flat pedals. Low weight, low profile, platform size and grip are the key elements.

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Video: 10 more hacks from Seth


From tubeless sealant to nutrition, Seth covers a wide array of useful and cheap hacks for mountain bikers.

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10 Seth bike hacks for mountain biking and beyond


Seth is a great curator of bike hacks as he sorts out the good from the bad. Skip the gels and grab some honey.

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