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.




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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First Look: Ibis Ripley gets revamped in all the right places

The Ripley was a revolutionary bike for Ibis but it did have its flaws. It seems all those have been addressed with this new version and new geometry, but a classic edition will be maintained as well for those who love its original 26er-like handling.

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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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Lily follow-me camera drone flies itself

The Lily drone is the coolest POV drone to be announced to date. And it seems to have some mountain bike applications in open spaces.

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Video: Aaron Gwin winning chainless run in 2015 Leogang World Cup DH

Aaron Gwin snapped his chain at the start of a pedally World Cup downhill race. What ensued was one the most thrilling and flawless runs in mountain bike downhill history.

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Sneak Peek: Praxis Works wide range 11-40 10-speed MTB cassette

There is a market for 1×10 drivetrain systems but riders often run out of low gears. So they slap on aftermarket 42 tooth cogs, but there is some compromise in shifting. Praxis aims to solve that with their 11-40 10-speed cog.

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Video: A-Line trail in Whistler

The most famous trail in the world has evolved. Is it better and are you going up there to find out this season?

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Review: Magura MT7 brakes

In this ever changing field of brakes, the available power keeps ramping up to keep up with the more capable All Mountain bikes and more challenging terrain. Magura answers the call with the amazing MT7 brake.

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Video: The sounds of the ShapeRideShoot crew

Few riders out there can match the abilities of the Scott Bikes sponsored ShapeRideShoot crew. But what really sets them apart is their ability to ride together in harmony with each other. Check out the soundtrack they create.

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Video: 2015 Red Bull Sky Gate Highlights

Check out Andrew Taylor’s course preview of the Red Bull Tianmenshaw bike event that has riders going down a 50 degree slope with 999 steps. Check out footage of Kelly McGarry’s massive crash and see the highlights from the event.

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Just In: 2016 FOX Float DPS EVOL shock

For 2016, FOX revamped its Float rear shock with two damping pistons called DPS for better performance. They also added an extra negative spring can called EVOL to make the suspension curve flatter.

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WTB showcases new products in WTB Throwdown

Following the success of popular new tires like the Vigilante and the Trail Boss, WTB reaches back to its roots to innovate with the new Trailblazer and Riddler Tires.

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Round-up: Best new 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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First Look: Specialized Stumpjumper and Rhyme FSR 6Fattie

Specialized adds to the 29er and 27.5 stable with a 3.0 tire version. Outer tire diameter is roughly the same as the 29er version but its character is quite a bit different with ultimate comfort and traction.

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First Look: 2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR

The Stumpy is back in the spotlight with a major revamp. Shorter stays, slacker head angle, wider rims and a cool SWAT door are some of the tricks up its sleeve.

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Review: Leatt DBX 3.0 Cargo hydration pack

With a fresh approach from the standpoint of back protection and transporting bike armor, Leatt produces a high quality hydration pack.

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Tech: Specialized SWAT Door frame storage

Specialized takes the SWAT concept to the next level by using the utilizing the frame down tube for storage of air, tools, food, hydration and anything else that will fit.

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Review: Morsa Cycling Mount

Are you short on handlebar space, specifically in the coveted center spot? Do you wish you had a cleaner mounting system or a more modular one for all your devices?

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Review: Vee Tire Crown tires

Vee Tire enters the market with it’s front and rear specific Crown tires designed by Mike King. Grippy rubber, high TPI and quality construction are some of some of the highlights.

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Review: Vittoria Peyote and Barzo tires

Geax is now known as Vittoria and they’ve made their presence known with an exciting line-up of new tires.

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Demo Flow Trail of Soquel Demonstration State Forest now open

Segments one thru six of the Demo Flow Trail are now open and the reviews are unanimous. It’s a truly remarkable trail for all levels. It is all time!

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News: SRAM RAIL 40 wheels

SRAM has made huge strides in its wheel development. They’ve dissected every part of the wheel system and improved all the components. They’re not very wide yet but the engineering is now very sound with the RAIL line of wheels. Performance and affordability are in the forefront as well.

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Sea Otter: Shimano Deore XT M8000 11-Speed

Shimano trickles down 11-speed to XT but adds the 42-tooth rear cog that riders have been clamoring for. 1×11 and 2×11 will be offered a price similar to last year’s XT Group.

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Feature: 2015 DTS Enduro Race

Though invite only, the 2015 Dirty Sanchez Enduro Race is outgrowing its home-grown, family-oriented roots. The presence of Jerome Clementz and some of the best racers in the world is sure to put this event on the map.

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