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.




2018 Interbike Outdoor Demo report


So this is a transition year for Interbike as the tradeshow moved from Las Vegas to Reno. They finally added a consumer event to allow end users to see and try the products first hand.

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2019 Specialized Turbo Levo e-bike first ride review


The 2019 Specialized Turbo Levo is version two of the landmark bike and it addresses three years of ideas, suggestions, and complaints about the previous model.

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Pivot Shuttle Ebike Review


The Shuttle is Pivot’s attempt at creating the best EMtb that has ever existed. It is a no-holds-barred assault on the best ride quality and weight available today.

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Building and living in a van


Living in a van is one of the great lifestyles and adventures today and it has a certain appeal for the mountain biker. Learn from Seth;s and Alex’s colorful van build adventures.

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5 mountain biking body position mistakes


The mountain biking body position is now a key factory in riding fast and safe through more advanced sections of trail.

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Kate Courtney wins XC World Championship title


Capping off her meteoric rise to the top ranks of Women’s XC World Cup racing this season, 22-year old Kate Courtney won the mountain bike World Championships today in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

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Marco Osborne helmet destroyed


Marco Osborne’s beautiful custom helmet tells the tale of the what some describe as the ‘gnarliest crash they’ve seen.’ It gave up its life to protect Marco.

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Video: Kate Courtney interview


Yesterday, Kate Courtney shocked the world as she won the Women’s XC World Championship in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Here is great insight into her training and support system.

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Best bike lights for trail riding


Front bike lights can be split into two categories, to see with and to be seen lights. This article will cover lights to see within the sweet spot range of $100-$400.

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Video: Who is Geoff Gulevich


Who is Geoff Gulevich? Many of us know him as the guy with a cool name with death-defying runs at Red Bull Rampage in Utah.

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Jared Graves brain tumor discovered


The mountain biking world was jolted yesterday as legendary mountain bike racer Jared Graves revealed he has a brain tumor that has triggered several seizures.

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Video: The Entreprenuers: Kathy Salisbury & JC Canfield


It is a beautiful and inspiring story as these two local businesses support each other and establish good products and service for the local mountain bike community.

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Ride Concepts footwear first look


With materials, design, and an engineering-focused approach to footwear, Ride Concepts aims to produce mountain bike specific high performance footwear.

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Pivot Cycles Mach 5.5 with Fox Live Valve


Chris Cocalis of Pivot Cycles has been working with Fox to help develop and test the system for quite some time. So he is beyond excited to reveal this bike.

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Paris Gore: Professional MTB Photographer


Check out this engaging interview as Paris Gore reveals ‘what makes a good photograph,’ to him.

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Fox Live Valve now live to world


Fox Live Valve switches the fork and shock independently as the terrain changes using the fastest valve ever created by Fox. Is it for you?

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How to: Build a manual trainer


The popularity of the manual trainer indicates that there might be a better way to learn how to manual. Here’s how to build one.

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2019 Trek Remedy first ride


The latest version of the venerable Remedy sports more travel on bigger tires and it’s slacker, stiffer and lighter. It’s a good evolution of the species.

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Video: Ryan Nyquist – Basecamp Chronicles in Whistler


Step into the world of Haro athlete Ryan Nyquist as he prepares for the Crankworx Slopestyle 2018.

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Photos: UCSC tanks artwork


To many mountain bikers who ride in Santa Cruz, there is a familiar and welcome sight on the trails as one rides by the U-Conn fire road connecting the Emma McCrary trail and Wilder State Park. Here is a gallery documenting the art of the UC Santa Cruz tanks.

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Video: Richie Rude – HEAVY FLOW


Few can match the raw power and speed of Richie Rude. When he couples that with his finesse and control, mountain bike magic happens.

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Fezzari La Sal Peak first ride


Fezzari wanted to elevate their brand and produce a bike desired for its total package, not just its value. Have they succeeded with the La Sal Peak? Read on and find out.

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Burley Coho XC bike trailer first look


Built to address rear hub compatibility problems with ever-changing standards, the Coho XC introduces a variable width yoke. Does it live to the promise, read on and find out.

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Video: Haro Basecamp – Ryan Nyquist tries to whip


Haro rider Ryan Nyquist is a legend indeed. But in his 39 years, he’s never done a whip. Any tips for Ryan aside from checking in at Youtube University?

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Fezzari La Sal Peak long travel 29er


Finally, Fezzari entered the long travel 29er market and they’re doing so with a capable bike that stands out in this very competitive field.

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2018 Mtbr ebike survey


We want to hear your opinion on ebikes. Buying one or steering clear of them?

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Bulls E-CORE Di2 ebike review


Featuring the Shimano E-8000 motor and the Di2 drivetrain, the E-Core is an e-bike with 150mm of front and rear travel from Germany’s Bulls Bikes.

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Lights Shootout: How to buy a bike 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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Schwalbe Nobby Nic review


The Schwalbe Nobby Nic has a difficult job: Deliver great grip and durability while minimizing rolling resistance, and also provide good braking performance. Can it do it?

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Video: How to do drops on your mountain bike


Doing drops on a mountain bike is one of the most crucial skills a mountain biker can learn these days. Whether it’s a 6-inch drop or a 6-footer, these trail features or obstacles can cause great havoc or great joy in a rider.

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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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