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.




News: Become a Michelin tire tester at Sea Otter

With a daily giveaway program Michelin will be seeking cycling to join an exclusive club of test riders that includes folks like Jerome Clementz, Pierre-Edouard Ferry, Rémy Absalon.

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Just In: Project 321 Lefty Supermax kits and wheelsets

Project 321 allows you to put a Lefty fork on almost any bike. With their machining wizardry, they’re able to provide bling parts that perform.

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Long Term Test: Shimano Di2 XTR

We’ve put a lot of rides in on our Di2 XTR test bike and it is rather strange how ‘normal’ it feels. While very complex and configurable, on the trail it can feel very simple and natural. It really doesn’t call attention to itself and just becomes part of the ride.

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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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Just In: 2016 FOX 34 Float fork

FOX stumbled a bit in fork technology since the inception of CTD forks. But we saw what they were capable of with the performance of their FOX 36 forks last year. Now, all that technology comes to the more popular 34 line of forks.

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Frenchman breaks world mountain bike speed record

Check out these videos of Eric Barone setting the new mountain bike speed record. His infamous crash from 2002 is here too as a reminder of how dangerous this feat is.

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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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First Look: SRAM GX Drivetrain

SRAM knocks one out of the park by expanding the sweet spot of 1×11 drivetrains with this more affordable option. The gearing range flexibilities are increased too with 2×11 and 2×10 options.

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Take the Ryan Leech 30-day wheelie challenge

Some say you either have the wheelie gene or you don’t. Ryan Leech believes otherwise and he can show you why.

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Video: Brendan Fairclough’s playground

The trails of Surrey, England have kept Brendan Fairclough entertained for the last 15 years. Find out why as he gives you a visual tour. What is your local jaunt like?

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FOX goes 27.5+ with 110mm spacing on Factory 34 Float Fork

If there’s any doubt that 27.5+ would take off this year, they were erased by FOX’s introduction of this 27.5+ fork with 110mm hub spacing. This wider hub allows the fork legs and crown to accommodate a huge 27.5 tire like a 3.0 or 3.5 inch.

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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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First Look: Specialized Atlas lightweight knee pad

Specialized enters the lightweight knee pad arena with this 156-gram set of pads. It features an impact hardening material and a fit that is designed to stay in place without straps.

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Review: Durango Bikes Moonshine 650b

Durango Bikes set out to create a U.S. made 160mm travel All Mountain bike using the best technologies and components available. What they came up with is the alloy Moonshine with 27.5 wheels and a refined Horst Link suspension.

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Poison Oak: Photos and Remedies

Poison oak shoots are already exploding in their red, juicy glory. This is a good time to brush up on your poison oak knowledge as identification and prevention is key.

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Video: Jonathan ‘Bike in a lifetime’

We love watching videos of pros as some of us aspire to their tricks or live their lifestyle. But what about the normal rider. Is he/she less passionate about riding? Here, Quentin Chaumy captures the essence of a rider named Jonathan.

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Video: Thank you, Bicycle

What does mountain biking mean to you? Is it a hobby, a sport or a lifestyle? If it’s a lifestyle for you, you will be able to relate to Lars Veenstra’s video that captures his gratitude to the mountain bike.

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Review: BMC Speedfox 130mm travel 29er

Mtbr rode the BMC Speedfox 29er near BMC’s office in Switzerland and Noble Canyon in San Diego, CA. The bike exhibited great range and capability.

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First half of new flow trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest now open

We went out to check out the first half of the Demo Flow Trail and was stunned by the quality of this trail.

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How To: Rotating Endo’s and Yoga Balance Challenge by Ryan Leech

Ever ridden with someone who can flip the direction of their bike on that impossible switchback? Well you may be surprised to learn that this feat is achievable for you as well.

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First Look: 2015 Troy Lee Designs A1, D2 and D3 helmets

As founder Troy Lee struggled through a 2014 racked with injuries, 2015 promises to be a better year with a line-up filled with exciting improvements and designs.

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Review: CandlePower Tech TrailTorch TT3000

With the highest levels of US craftsmanship, CandlePower Tech delivers a light with a very bright and even beam pattern. The GoPro compatible mounting is a big plus as well.

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Review: Ellsworth Epiphany 27.5 Enduro bike

Ellsworth modified its Epiphany chassis to handle the 27.5 wheel size to handle aggressive descents while still maintaining good climbing attributes.

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News: GoPro unlocks the HERO4 camera with key software update

Often, firmware updates just fix bugs on previous versions. This new GoPro Hero4 update unlocks some of the hidden power of the Hero4 with features like Time-Lapse video and Burst Mode photos. Frame rates are improved as well on the Hero 4 Black.

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News: 24K Gold fat bike still available for $1 Million

The House of Solid Gold offers to you the first 24K Gold Mountain bike, perhaps the most expensive bike in the world at $1 million. And despite the explosive growth of fat bikes, this one is still waiting for that one special owner.

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