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.




Canfield Brothers Crampon Mountain flat pedal review

The Crampon marches to a different flat pedal beat with its convex pedal shape instead of flat or concave. But we gave it time and really got to know this finely crafted component.

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Video: Trek Powerfly 8 FS review


The Powerfly 8 is Trek’s 130mm travel full suspension e-bike. Based off the Fuel EX-platform, this bike is fully compliant with e-bike regulations and performs well on the trail.

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Ravemen PR1200 bike light video


Cheap Chinese lights are a dime a dozen so it’s very refreshing to see this fascinating line-up from the the Chinese firm Ravemen. Self-contained, feature-packed and affordable.

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e*thirteen TRS+ dropper post first look


The machining wizards of e*thirteen are at it again as they’ve created a dropper post that is simple, reliable and affordable. Here’s our first impressions on the TRS+ dropper.

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Tepui Tents headquarters tour


Roof Top Tents have captured the hearts and minds of 4WD enthusiasts and folks who love the outdoors. And now the market is expanding to mountain bikers who are dreaming of roaming the land and exploring the trails from camp.

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YT Industries bike packaging and unboxing


We unpack a lot of bikes and once in a while, we stumble upon one that is packed so well that it is worth noting. Here’s how YT Industries expects to withstand the torture tests of all the shipping handlers around the world.

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Staran FSM-140 trail bike review


New Canadian brand aiming to deliver value and performance with a 140mm trail bike spec’d with great components for the money.

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Bontrager Line Pro flat pedals review


Flat pedals are gaining ground, as more riders strive learn to handle a bike without being clipped in. Bontrager offers a no-frills pedal option with its Line Pro. See how they perform in this Mtbr review.

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Maxxis Minion and HighRoller Plus tires weights and measurements


Plus Tires is a growing category eagerly awaiting the arrival of more tires with better side knobs and sidewalls. How big are they and how much do they weigh?

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Leatt DBX 5.0 jersey and shorts review


Leatt is a company focused on R&D and that core strength is showcased in their new DBX 5.0 clothing line.

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Pacenti PDent stem and bar review


Cockpits are changing for the better as top tubes are getting longer and stems getting shorter. But one of the limiting factors is the modern stem only fits physically at 30mm or longer. Pacenti has a dented handlebar design that threatens to break the mold of bike geometry.

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Yeti Hopper Flip 12 cooler review


Mtbr digs into a Yeti Cooler to see how good they really are — and if they’re worth the exceptionally high price.

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Bike Fenders Round-Up


When nature delivers puddles and streams of water to your local trails, fenders are the required tool for the job. Here’s a rundown of some of the fender options we’re testing right now.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Best night riding light


Innovation is not dead when it comes to bike lights, as these options offer unique new features and ease of use. This year’s winner is a budget priced light from an upstart company.

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2016+ Lights Shootout: How to pick the right light


LEDs have brought on brighter, more compact lights with a dizzying array of features. Read on to learn more about the essentials for riding and what the best features are for you.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Enduro Bikes


This is a crowded field that has pushed the envelope of our sport. These bikes allow us to ride radical terrain at high speeds — and go uphill with relative efficiency, too.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Protective Gear


As bikes get more capable and trails more aggressive, body and brain protection becomes more and more important. Here are the Mtbr picks for best pads and helmets on the market today.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Dropper Post


The dropper post went from nice to have to an essential piece of equipment in a few short years. Now, we have a crop of reliable posts that will help maximize the mountain bike experience. Here are three of the best from 2016.

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e*thirteen 9-46t TRSr 1×11 cassette first look


e*Thirteen trumps SRAM Eagle’s range and weight with its new XD-compatible 11-speed cassette.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Gadgets for your favorite cyclist


From lights that auto adjust brightness, to smart trainers and high-def cameras, there are countless ways to add a little high tech flare to your next ride. Here are some of our favorites for this holiday season.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: When money is no object


Let’s forget about “need” for a moment and move on to “want.” After all, that’s completely in line with the spirit of Christmas (at least the whole Black Friday part). Here are a few choice items that would make anyone feel like they got your first bike all over again.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Best mountain bike helmets


Helmets have changed a lot in the last couple years, adding a range of usable features that ramp up safety to a new level. Here are the Mtbr favorites for this holiday season.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Hot MTB components


An awesome frame is a good thing, but it’s the components that dial it in for your riding terrain and style. Here are some of our favorite components from a sea of contenders.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Armor and protection


With advances in protection, comfort, and ventilation there’s almost no reason not to wear knee pads when you ride. These are the best we’ve tested this year — and will all make great gifts.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Lights for off road and on


This guide features the best headlights at a variety of price points. Some are great for after-dark trail riding, others help assure you’ll be seen on the road day or night. Many of them are handy around the house as well.

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CandlePower Tech XFlare light review


LED bike lights have become so handy now that we end up using them for all kinds of other purposes. Here is a light from CandlePower Tech uniquely designed for all those other applications.

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MagLock magnetic pedals review


MagLock tries to bridge the gap between platform pedals and clipless using powerful magnets. Find out how well it worked.

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SRAM EX1 e-bike drivetrain review


SRAM realized there was a need for a drivetrain and braking system made specifically for the higher demands of e-bikes. Check our verdict on their efforts here.

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SRAM Eagle 1×12 drivetrain review


Many doubted the vision of 1×11 and the same is true for 1×12 SRAM Eagle. But spend some time with this drivetrain and it will disappear beneath you as you ride fast and climb high.

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EVOC Tailgate Pad review


Truck tailgates are incredibly efficient when it comes to bike transport. This latest tailgate pad from EVOC does a good job protecting bikes and your vehicle as well.

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Küat NV 2.0 hitch rack review


Küat changed the hitch rack game with the original NV, which looked as good as it performed. Now they’ve stepped it up once again with a more refined version that accepts a broader range of wheel and tire sizes.

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Thule T2 Pro bike rack review


Now compatible with all wheel sizes, including fat bikes, Thule revamped the sturdiness, security, and aesthetics of the venerable T2 in the new T2 Pro.

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RockyMounts SplitRail hitch rack review


We think of RockyMounts as a good third party alternative for bike trays for roof rack systems. But the new SplitRail is a serious effort and one of the best hitch racks we’ve tried.

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Specialized Flux Expert headlight review


The Flux Expert is a great commuter light that can be complemented with a helmet light for trail use. And while not a bang-for-the-buck winner, it is a sleek, high-quality device.

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Fox Transfer dropper post review


Fox applied its experience from the Fox DOSS to develop a better product. But how does the new Transfer measure up in this Mtbr long term review.

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CatEye Volt 400 review


The CatEye Volt 400 will not wow you with its blazing output or diminutive size relative to its brightness. Rather it will impress you with its day-to-day performance and solid design.

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Yakima SkyRise rooftop tent puts glam in glamping


Yakima has entered this growing category with a rooftop tent that is light, competitively priced, and uniquely integrates with their racks.

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BikeYoke Dehy Reverb mechanical cable conversion


The RockShox Reverb is a dominant player in the dropper post market. But maintenance and installation can be challenging with an internal hydraulic cable. BikeYoke aims to simplify that with the Dehy.

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New GoPro HERO5 cameras unveiled


Branching out beyond POV and action sports, GoPro has released a suite of products to capture one’s adventures. Here is the centerpiece of the line-up, the new Hero5 cameras.

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Motobecane releases new HAL6 and NightTrain bikes


Bikesdirects always seems to deliver bike deals with impressive components. Notable spec on this Hal6 150mm travel bike is ‘Full SRAM Eagle drivetrain’ at a street price of $2500.

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Video: Top 5 ways to survive a crash


Ever wonder why bmx kids seem to fall out of the sky and walk away unharmed? It’s because they’ve crashed many times before and have learned to control the situation.

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Shimano Koryak dropper post


We’ve always dreamed of a world where Shimano made dropper posts, giving the world more options in this growing category. Finally, that day is here. But how is it?

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10 ways to make better mountain bike videos


GoPros are cool to use but the output from them is barely watchable even for the rider who shot the footage. Here’s 10 tips for creating mtb videos that don’t suck.

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Video: 5 best trails in Whistler


Jackson Goldstone is not like most 12-year olds as he practically grew up at the bike park. Take a tour with him and explore five of the best trails on the lower half of Whistler Bike park.

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Video: Olly Wilkins, speed of sound


Few can match the speed and style of DMR product Guru, Olly Wilkins. And even fewer have as much fun as him as well.

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Just in: Maxxis Minion and Highroller II plus tires


Plus bikes are one of the key growth areas of our sport, as riders discover bigger tire volume and lower air pressures. But most of the available Plus tires thus far have very small cornering side knobs. Until now that is…

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2016 Red Bull Joyride top 3 rides video


Always at the cusp of victory but in the shadow of the great Brandon Semenuk, Brett Rheeder put together a magnificent run and came home with a win in Whistler.

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2017 Dainese Protection


With a moto heritage, Dainese understands the science of protection. They focus not only on the absorption and dissipation of impact, but also fit and articulation.

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2017 Pivot Firebird first look


The previous Pivot Firebird was a little long in the tooth with its ‘short and high’ geometry. But this new version is fully modernized taking in the lessons learned from the success of the Pivot Switchblade.

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Giro Switchblade helmet first ride review


Giro pulls out all the stops on a their new downhill helmet with removable chin bar. Passing all the downhill safety standards, the Switchblade is highlighted by a very easy to install and remove chin bar.

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