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: Magura with Lopes and Palmer

Magura has attracted top athletes like Brian Lopes and Shaun Palmer for decades. Check in and see what they love about the company and its products.

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First Look: Orbea Loki 27.5+ hardtail

Orbea has made the transition from road bike company, XC specialists and and now All Mountain experts. With the Rallon, Occam and now the Loki, they’ve created a family of bikes that are truly fun to ride.

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News: 2016 Motobecane NightTrain Bullet released

Motobecane continues to deliver great value with their new NightTrain Bullet. Going with 2×10 Race Face cranks for good range, two to three pounds of weight is now saved by going with a true tubeless compatible setup that is reliable at very low pressures.

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First Look: Salsa Cycles Pony Rustler 27.5+ trail bike

The 120mm Pony Rustler is here to play in the growing trail bike market, optimized for 3-inch tires. It comes in either aluminum or carbon and can be matched with a 120mm or 130mm fork.

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First Look: GoPro HERO4 Session

In an effort to make their POV cameras more a part of heoric and mundane activities, GoPro has shrunk the HERO4 to the size of an ice cube. The form factor is much smaller now as most settings and control are handed off to a smart phone.

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SCOTT launches 27.5 Plus bikes

SCOTT Sports erases any doubt of whether a major European manufacturer will jump on the Plus sized bikes for 2016. They answer with a resounding ‘YES’ as they introduce five new 27.5+ bikes.

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First Look: 2016 Specialized Camber

The Camber has upped its climbing prowess with the integration of the new Brain rear shock and the RockShox RS-1 fork. But does it come at the expense of descending ability?

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First Look: Motobecane Sturgis and NightTrain titanium fat bikes

Known for bikes that should cost double given the component specs, Motobecane once again delivers, this time in the titanium fat bike arena. The Sturgis and NightTrain fat bikes deliver well executed titanium frames with the the right build.

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Video: Mountain biking in Puy du Fou

French mountain bike film maker Quentin Chaumy was given the opportunity to film at Puy du Fou and he took full advantage. Puy du Fou is a medieval theme park that brings in about 1.5 million visitors a year, making it one of the most popular attractions in France.

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Video: Leigh Donovan offers 10 videos to improve skills

Are you self-taught like most mountain bikers? Leigh Donovan believes there is a much better way to learn and here is a video sampling of her advice.

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First Look: RockShox Lyrik and Yari forks

Expanding the sweet spot of their single-crown, 35mm platform, the Lyric has been stiffened up and longer travel options have been introduced. The Yari fork is introduced with even more travel options and a more affordable price.

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First Look: Orbea Occam 27.5 and 29er trail bikes

Known for lust-worthy road bikes, Orbea broke the mtb ice last year with the rowdy, enduro-ready Rallon. With everything they learned about mtb geometry, they merged that with their carbon expertise to create the trail ready Occam.

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Santa Cruz Bicycles sold to Pon Holdings

Santa Cruz Bicycles has just been sold to a Dutch company, Pon Holdings. The existing management staff will continue to run the company and no changes are evident at this point. But what does this mean to the company’s long-term future?

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First Look: Ibis Ripley gets revamped in all the right places

The Ripley was a revolutionary bike for Ibis but it did have its flaws. It seems all those have been addressed with this new version and new geometry, but a classic edition will be maintained as well for those who love its original 26er-like handling.

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Lily follow-me camera drone flies itself

The Lily drone is the coolest POV drone to be announced to date. And it seems to have some mountain bike applications in open spaces.

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Video: Aaron Gwin winning chainless run in 2015 Leogang World Cup DH

Aaron Gwin snapped his chain at the start of a pedally World Cup downhill race. What ensued was one the most thrilling and flawless runs in mountain bike downhill history.

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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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Video: A-Line trail in Whistler

The most famous trail in the world has evolved. Is it better and are you going up there to find out this season?

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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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Video: The sounds of the ShapeRideShoot crew

Few riders out there can match the abilities of the Scott Bikes sponsored ShapeRideShoot crew. But what really sets them apart is their ability to ride together in harmony with each other. Check out the soundtrack they create.

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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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