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.




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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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 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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