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.




Leatt DBX Core 2.0 hip pack first look


Hydration hip packs are growing in popularity but there’s no perfect one yet. Leatt puts their spin in the category with a cool design.

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Specialized Wu dropper post first look


This dropper post puts the angles the seat up like a downhill or dirt jump bike saddle as it is dropped. Something you’ve always wanted or not?

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Magura Vyron dropper post video review


The Magura Vyron wireless dropper post delivered on its promise of simplicity. And while not perfect, there are improvements on the horizon.

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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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7 things you might not know about carbon fiber


The cycling world has indeed changed, as carbon fiber has become the material of choice for high end bikes. Check out this video to learn more about this modern day wonder material.

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Round up: Best 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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Video: 10 more hacks from Seth


From tubeless sealant to nutrition, Seth covers a wide array of useful and cheap hacks for mountain bikers.

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10 Seth bike hacks for mountain biking and beyond


Seth is a great curator of bike hacks as he sorts out the good from the bad. Skip the gels and grab some honey.

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Pivot Shuttle e-bike introduced


We’ve often wondered who would be the first among the boutique brands to offer an e-bike. Our questions have been answered as Chris Cocalis of Pivot designed a very intriguing machine.

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10 best GoPro hacks


GoPros are expensive little devices that don’t do much unless you play and experiment with them for your application. Luckily, others have spent hundreds of hours experimenting so let’s learn from them.

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Top 5 tubeless tire set-up mistakes


Tubeless tires are one of the greatest revolutions in mountain biking, but few bikes on the showroom floor are shipped ready to ride. Here’s how to (and not to) convert to tubeless.

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Backyard MTB drop – building and riding


Building a backyard feature is not only a fun weekend project, it’ll allow you progress your skills and get you ready for bigger trail features in the forest.

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Building a backyard trail


Seth takes a shot at trail building a backyard trail. Tune in and see what he learns in the process.

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Finding Longevity with Kyle Jameson – Presented by Scott Sports


Kyle Jameson grew up on two wheels, going to Summer Gravity Camps at Whistler, BC as a kid and eventually attending Capalano University’s Mountain Bike Operations program.

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Video: $149 bike versus real MTB trail


What does a fancy mountain bike really get you? Seth finds out if a POS bike can make it down the mountain.

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Top 9 mountain biking mistakes


We’ve made many mistakes before that have ruined our ride or worse, prevented a ride. Have you made any of these?

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Downtime with Rupert Chapman


Watch Rupert Chapman corner and you’ll quickly see that he is a gifted rider. Watch him send it and land in a mess of roots and rocks and realize that he is a brave one as well.

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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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Heller Barghest plus bike review


Heller Bikes is aiming to offer a good value bike with a full carbon frame, 1×11 drivetrain, 130mm of rear travel, plus tires, and a dropper post. But how does it ride?

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Kenda Hellkat and Helldiver DH tires review


Kenda attacked cornering speed, braking power, rolling resistance, and tested it on the DH circuit. But they did not forget casing technology, or pursuing strength and suppleness.

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Full suspension 29ers ten years later


Like the iPhone, ten years brought significant change to the full suspension 29er. From its infancy the 29er full suspension has evolved to the beast that it is today.

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Building more singletrack in Santa Cruz


MBOSC has grown up from its humble beginnings as a club to a trail building force to be reckoned with. With the initiative of a few motivated folks rallying in their spare time, it is now ready for much bigger singletrack projects.

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2018 Trek Powerfly FS 130mm e-bike


The Trek line of e-bikes continuous to evolve with better integration and better components for the mountain bike experience.

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2018 Trek Fuel and Remedy with Thru Shaft


Currently thru shaft suspension technology is used at the highest levels of motorsports. But now Trek is bringing this concept to mountain bikes in their Re:aktiv with Thru Shaft line of bikes.

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Santa Cruz Hightower LT first ride review


Launched last year, the original Hightower was the epitome of versatility. The new 150mm LT 29er is more focused and has no plus tire option.

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Yakima Dr. Tray hitch rack first look review


Yakima comes out swinging with the Dr. Tray Rack that is lighter most. It will accommodate all wheel sizes and will expand to three bike capacity easily.

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2018 Intense Carbine 29er first ride review


Intense ups the ante with a bigger, more aggressive 29er enduro rig with 155mm rear travel. Geometry is thoroughly updated with a 66 degree head angle and all the modern numbers. Read on to see how it performs.

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How to switch your hydraulic brake levers


There’s two ways to set up brake levers, normal style or moto style with rear brake actuation on the right side. With care, you can swap your levers easily.

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7 best bike setup tips


Some folks just jump on a bike and ride away for a test ride. But the ones who do it right spend 10 critical minutes to set the bike up properly.

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2017 BMC Speedfox first look


The Speedfox is a very capable steed with 120mm front and rear travel. With a dropper post integral to this ride, BMC designed a system that opens the rear shock when it’s down and puts it in Trail mode when it’s up.

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Ante Up for Trails and an Ibis bike


MBOSC, a local trail advocacy and trail building organization, is partnering with Ibis Cycles to kick off Ante Up for Trails, a campaign to support building and maintaining sustainable mountain bike trails in Santa Cruz.

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Video: Silky Pocketboy and Bigboy saws


As stewards of the trail, it is our duty to clear the the trail of debris and not just ride it. One of the most effective tools we discovered this season are these Silky saws from Japan.

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Best bunny hop tips


To do a bunny hop right is not only fun, but is also a really useful trail tool. Learn with us and the experts at Seth’s Bike Hacks and GMBN.

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OneUp Composite flat pedal review


The engineering wizards at OneUp Components sought out to create a pedal that delivers good value, low weight, large size and ample grip at a bargain price. Have they succeeded?

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5 best tips to avoid crashing


Crashing is a part of our sport but they should be the exception rather than the rule. Our friends from GMBN have some tips but we have some very useful tips to add.

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Yakima Skyrise rooftop tent


Yakima has enter the car camping game with the introduction of the Slimshady Awning and Skyrise Tent.

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BMC Agonist XC race machine first ride


XC courses are getting more technical so BMC addresses the category with a very fast and capable machine. And it’s comfortable enough to handle the long courses of Leadville and Downieville.

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Fox DPX2 rear shock first ride review


Trail bikes are getting bigger as riders are taking these capable bikes into more aggressive terrain. Fox is here to address this need with a rear shock with a massive sweet spot called the DPX2.

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Adidas Zonyk Pro eyewear review


The Adidas Zonyk Pro enters the the high-end active eyewear market with impressive fit, lens technology, and styling and color options.

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SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain first ride review


SRAM’s Eagle 1×12 group has garnered near unanimous praise. And now it comes in a more budget-friendly package. Meet SRAM GX Eagle.

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BMC Trailfox Amp eMTB first ride review


Swiss based BMC has been studying the the MTB e-bike market carefully to explore where they can compete in the segment. Their entry is a no-holds-barred 150mm travel plus bike called the Trailfox Amp.

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OneUp Components flat pedals first look


OneUp Components has attacked the flat pedals market with two offerings that are thin, sensible, and reasonably priced.

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New Shimano SPDs, flat pedals, and shoes


Shimano reaffirms its commitment to downhill and gravity disciplines with the introduction five new shoes and four new pedals, including SPD and flat pedal options.

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Video: Evil Wreckoning impressions


When we awarded the Enduro bike of the year last year to the Trek Slash 29er, a few were distraught that we did not get to try the Wreckoning. It was a contender, a few touted, so we made it our task to get to know the ‘Wreck’.

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Revamped Trek Session adds 29er option


Trek’s pursuit of downhill speed has led to a longer, stiffer, Session. A 29er version has been added as well to now that components have caught up with the demands of the big wheel.

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Video: How to build a jump and hit it well


The only way to get good at jumping is through practice. Judging speed, pitch, and landing look natural when done well. But it’s actually a very technical move. Take the first step to jumping well by building one.

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Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon first ride review


The back of this trail bike is the business end with 140mm travel and a speedy Maxxis Rekon 2.6 tire, while the front is the party with 160mm travel and an aggressive Minion DHF.

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5 best reasons to use tubeless tires


One of the greatest advances in the last few years is the migration of mountain bikes toward tubeless tires. Are there any proven advantages to this setup over the traditional inner tube systems?

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Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon trail bike


With 140mm of dw-link rear travel and 160mm travel Fox 36 fork enables you to conquer terrain that makes other bikes cower. It’s a bike that inspires you to climb while looking forward to the descents.

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Video: Seth’s 10 bike hacks for MTB and BMX


In this context, ‘hacks’ is an endearing term for tips, tricks and gems. Check out what Seth has discovered over the years and see if they can help you out.

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