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.




Pivot Trail 429 first ride


120/130mm travel has been blended with new geometry to deliver a bike can conquer technical terrain while still providing speed and excitement for even docile, local trails.

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Eminent Cycles Haste all mountain bike


One of the most unique bikes we’ve seen in a while is the Eminent Cycles Haste , which has a floating shock and brake that allow it to be more active.

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OneUp travel adjustable dropper post – video


If you want the most drop that will fit your bike, OneUp is confident they have the best solution for you.

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New SQlab grips and saddles


Personal preference is a good starting point, but it should come as one of the last parts of the decision-making process after all the science and ergonomics are taken into account.

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Danny MacAskill talks beer and Magura brakes


For many, the Sea Otter Classic is about watching Danny MacAskill perform – and hopefully getting the chance to meet the YouTube star. Mtbr was lucky enough to do both.

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Panaracer Romero all-mountain tire on way


Dominating gravel tires in recent years, Panaracer is using their rubber technology knowledge to develop a new all-mountain tire.

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Video: Fabio Wibmer – Fabulous Escape 2


Like most folks, we’ve seen a lot of mtb videos. But the riding, edit, effort and budget of this one is pretty hard to fathom.

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OneUp dropper post video review


OneUp introduces a dropper post that maximizes the amount of drop a bike can use and even allows the amount of drop to be adjusted.

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Fox updates category leading line-up for 2019


No other component group influences a bike purchaser’s decision as much as suspension. Now the brand preferred most by Mtbr readers is revamped and improved.

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Trek Full Stache first look


Trek has unveiled a new trail bike with 130mm of front and rear travel and other unique design elements that take the capability of 29-plus tires to the next level.

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Mtbr Spring Mountain Bike Survey


Help us understand bike trends and brands better by taking our survey!

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Ibis Ripmo video and Q&A


Mtbr has been riding the Ripmo for a couple weeks now despite a very rainy March in Northern California. Our biggest revelation is that it’s a very compelling package that does many things very well.

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Santa Cruz Bronson damaged by ax up for sale


We don’t know the whole story but this caught our attention today. A mountain biker from Central New Jersey put his bike up for sale, a beautiful green carbon fiber Santa Cruz Bronson.

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Ibis Ripmo first look


With its combination of long reach, steep seat angle, and dw-link geometry, the Ripmo delivers two bikes in one. It’s a bike that can descend with authority and one that’s not afraid to climb.

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Video: Jackson Goldstone Day out with Dad


Passionate mountain bike parents hope to someday ride with their kids and wonder when their kid will outride them. If you’re Jackson Goldstone, who grew up in Whistler, it happened early.

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Video: Riding rough trails on repeat mode


Spending time repeating a tough trail section can reap big rewards if you take the time to analyze and improve your technique.

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REI halts orders of CamelBak, Giro, Bell and other Vista brands


REI, which sells Vista’s Giro, Bell, CamelBak, Camp Chef and Blackburn brands decided to suspend all order of Vista Outdoors products.

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Skydio R1 self-flying drone first look


Skydio R1 aims to break the mold of failed follow-me drones that capture your rad mountain biking shred-fests.

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Back on Trail California Wildfire fundraiser update


An amazing $73,000 has been raised so far, but there is still a long way to go for this great cause.

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The Art of Adventure – Joey Schusler’s Unexpected Journey II


Follow Joey Schusler from Colorado to Mongolia, Mexico and Iceland.

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Revin Cycling launches carbon wheel lineup


Our friends at JensonUSA piqued our interest with a new line of components that their launching, Revin Cycling.

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2018 YT Capra first ride impressions


If the top spec’d Capra was priced at $10,400, we believe they’d still sell. But at $5200 it’s an amazing deal.

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2018 Pivot Phoenix updated


With geo numbers and suspension design that remain spot-on for the World Cup circuit, new colors are the highlight for this competition-ready downhill racing machine.

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2018 YT Capra released


The YT Capra is one of the most interesting bike introductions we have seen in our 20 years in the bike industry. We dub it the “perfect storm.”

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Video: The 2018 YT Capra – Return Of The Goat


YT Industries CAPRA. The goat returns in 2018 with the launch of the new YT CAPRA, the latest addition to their lineup.

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Santa Cruz creates special Hightowers for CA wildfire aid


Santa Cruz Bicycles, industry partners launch ‘Back on Trail’ campaign, custom bikes to fund reconstruction of trails lost to California wildfires

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Top 7 worst things about being a mountain biker


It’s not a hobby but a great lifestyle right? There are so many great things about it that there are always minor annoyances here and there.

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Deep dive into SRAM’s new DUB system


Lighter than the Race Face Next SL and compatible with all major bottom bracket shell sizes, SRAM’s DUB crank system is worth a closer look.

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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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