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.




2019 Trek Powerfly ebike first look


New in this Powerfly generation are an advanced removable battery system, carbon fiber frames, purpose-built ebike components and the 150mm of travel in the LT model.

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Best Amazon Prime deals for the Cyclist


We scanned many of the deals and came up with many recommendations for the mountain biker. GoPro camera, Yeti Cooler and camping essentials are some highlights.

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Celebrate Amazon Prime Day with these deals


Amazon Prime Day has some pretty good deals this year so we picked a cycling and non-cycling list. Here’s some goodies not cycling related but some tools and goodies in these hand-picked deals.

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2019 Bontrager headlights and taillights


Bontrager has finally released the revamp of the Ion and Flare lights and they seem impressive indeed. They are bright, self-contained, well-constructed and backed by science.

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2019 WTB Vigilante, Trail Boss and Judge tires


Today, WTB launched three new tires, the brand new Judge, the redesigned Vigilante, and Trail Boss.

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Video: Brandon Semenuk’s Raw 100 seconds


And in a sea of amazing riders, there are often standouts that are head and shoulders above the rest. One of those is the great Brandon Semenuk.

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Santa Cruz 5010 V3 first look


Now in its latest iteration, still with 130mm of rear travel and 27.5 wheels, it’s ready to re-enter the Trail Bike category once again as riders increasingly want to do more fun and aggressive descents.

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Santa Cruz Bronson V3 first look


How did they improve the Bronson V3? The answer is suspension, geometry, tire size and details.

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Thomas Vanderham and crew talk about Squamish and racing


Thomas Vanderham talks bike setup, tire choice, and racing with Rocky Mountain Bicycles team riders Remi Gauvin and Jesse Melamed.

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Video: Santa Cruz Bronson V3 with Josh Bryceland


Contrary to sixties belief, we don’t all live in yellow submarines. Some folk live on canal boats instead. Take a trip with Josh Bryceland on his new Bronson on his home trails.

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e*thirteen’s TRS Plus 12-Speed Upgrade Kit


Fight obsolescence. Upgrade your 11 speed SRAM™ drivetrain to 12 speeds without needing new shifters, derailleurs, cranks, or chainrings.

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Juli Furtado – A race against suicide


For many of us who got in to the sport twenty years ago, Juliana Furtado represented everything great about mountain biking. In the wake of recent high-profile suicides, Juli opened up about her own struggles.

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Pivot Firebird 29 first ride review


We got to ride the stunning new Pivot Firebird 29 on Moab’s best trail, The (almost) Whole Enchilada.

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Pivot Firebird 29 released


Finally, a long travel 29er from Pivot with 162mm of rear travel. It’s long, slack and stunning

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Richie Rude on Shimano XTR 12-speed


Richie Rude can put a lot of stress on a drivetrain and we see his first encounter with the new Shimano XTR 12-speed. Will it hold up or will it let him down in this race?

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SRAM NX Eagle Drivetrain first look


The low-cost 12-Speed Eagle is here with an 11-50 splined cassette and a groupset price of $375.

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Lost & Found – Hidden Treasure in the Lost Sierra


In California’s Northern Sierra Nevada, between Downieville and Sierra City, the area’s mining history contributed to a network of trails that faded away with the Gold Rush.

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Tailwind Nutrition Rebuild review


After big rides, Mtbr’s tester often needed a nap just to stay awake in the evening. And either way, we were fairly useless around the house. Could Tailwind Rebuild help?

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Last chance to support trails and win an Ibis


This campaign has been a huge success, and you can help drive it past the finish line. MBOSC and Ibis already exceeded the original fundraising goal of $70,000, and now they’re aiming for a stretch goal of $80,000.

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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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