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.




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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Reynolds carbon DH wheelset


Reynolds has made big strides recently with carbon mtb wheels that are light and strong. They worked with Pivot downhill team to test and develop a new line of carbon DH wheels that are built to survive the abuse.

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2017 TDS Enduro


What if you had a buddy with a huge tract of land? You’d build some trails right? Do some shuttle runs, ride some moto, ATV’s. Then you can invite a ton of friends and run a race. Yeah!

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Speedplay Syzr and Brass Knuckles pedals


Speedplay is a company with deep engineering roots. So when designing the Syzr pedal, they went all in to eliminate play and design in proper float in a mountain bike pedal.

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Praxis Lyft carbon cranks combine weight and stiffness


Praxis honed in their carbon technology to match up with their forged chainring expertise. What they’ve come up with is a 30mm BB spindle that comes in at 454 grams with a 30t ring.

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Video: Steps to The Top with Emil Johansson


Watch Emil Johansson and you’ll see an economy of effort in his fun but edited riding style that is quiet, while also projecting a modicum of genius.

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Video: Jeff Kendall-Weed rides Hurricane, Utah


Escape the dreary winter rains with a trip to Hurricane, Utah, with professional mountain bike rider Jeff Kendall-Weed. Follow along with Jeff as he jumps and wheelies across the beautiful desert terrain that lies in the shadow of Zion National Park.

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Video: Inno INH330 lightweight hitch rack


Japan-based Inno’s racks are specially designed for smaller cars and tight parking spaces. Watch this video to see it in action.

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Video: Box One drivetrain in action


It’s good to have options. And in a drivetrain world increasingly dominated by Shimano and SRAM, it’s good to have another player in the mix. But can a small company compete and offer something unique in this category?

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Leatt DBX 3.0 all mountain helmet details


Leatt has been on a roll lately, moving beyond their core strength of neck braces, and expanding into other types of protection and clothing.

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Video: Pivot Phoenix bar, stem, grips


Pivot showed off their new cockpit components designed with a purpose starting with a 35mm handlebar. The bar itself is not stiffer by design but it is lighter than the previous generation.

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Video: 2017 Norco Sight 29er


We’ve been riding the Norco Sight 29er for a while and the bike just works without calling attention to its wheel size or its travel. It excels quietly on climbs, singletrack and descents, the type of riding that the majority of folks do on their regular fun rides.

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Project 321 rear hub with variable sound


Project 321 recently launched a very ingenious rear freehub design using magnets instead of traditional pawls. The drive system uses six magnetic pawls with 216 points of engagement for an incredibly quick 1.66 degree hub engagement.

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Bontrager Line Pro Carbon wheelsets


Bontrager has been quietly improving their wheel line from the hub to the rim. This year though, they went big with carbon wheels at a mind-blowing price of $1200 a pair for the All Mountain wheels and $700 a pair for the XC wheels.

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New SRAM Code DH brakes released


Brakes have improved dramatically over the years, but the Code DH brake has largely been unchanged. Now, it gets Guide technology and robust construction to deliver powerful and consistent performance on the longest descents.

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Magura HC3 lever blade and MT Trail Sport brakes


Magura’s brakes have incredible power and modulation but their levers were a little long and dated as riders have moved on to shorter, one-finger levers. At Sea Otter, they showed us their latest lever, the HC3 which is a pretty fascinating piece of German engineering.

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Video: Specialized Build Your Dream Stumpjumper program


At the high end of the market, folks like having options with their component selections. It adds a personalized touch and optimizes the bike for the riders style and terrain.

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Video: Cane Creek HELM front fork


Tunability has always been a strong point of Cane Creek and this one is no exception. Sometimes, the options overwhelm the consumer but enthusiasts appreciate these options.

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2018 Cannondale Jekyll


Cannondale has always had a knack for doing things differently with components like the Lefty Fork, DYAD shock and Hollowgram cranks to name a few. But with the new Jekyll, they went with conventional category leader components and many folks are taking notice.

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New Ibis Ripley LS trail bike details


In its third generation, Ibis made room for big tires. The big new 29 x 2.6 tires will now fit giving this bike a bigger sweet spot to handle bigger, more aggressive terrain.

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Five Ten Freerider Pro shoes and more


Five Ten has hit a few out of the park this last year so we were eager to learn more about the new Freerider Pro and District shoes. Here’s a rundown of key highlights.

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SQlab Ergowave saddle enhances comfort


As rides get longer, our saddle communicates with us about fit problems through pain or even numbness. SQlab addresses these problems with high performance fitted saddles.

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Specialized Turbo Levo eMTB with trail tool twist


Say what you will about eMTBs, but this is a pretty innovative application of ever-expanding pedal-assist technology.

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Spot Bikes Mayhem 29er trail bike launched


After the success of the Rollik, Colorado’s Spot follows it up with the 130mm travel Mayhem using the same Living Link system.

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POC VPD knee pads and Tectal helmet details


POC highlighted three products for us at Sea Otter, the Tectal All Mountain helmet, the very lightweight and usable VPD knee pad, and a T-shirt style jersey that is much more than that inside.

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Race Face Next R line of carbon components


No other component company has seen as much corporate drama as Race Face has in recent years. So we were very curious to see how it would all turn out for the revered brand. Today, we find out with this big product statement for Race Face.

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2018 Fox 36 first ride


Three years ago, Fox was thrust once again into the lead position of big hit fork performance with the introduction of the Fox 36. Today, the chassis is still sound as the latest Fox updates are applied to push it even further.

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9point8 Fall Line R dropper post


Known for the burliest dropper posts around, 9point8 is proud to introduce their Fall Line R dropper. At 386g (post only), 75mm stroke, and 400mm overall length, it’s the lightest dropper post you can buy.

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Haro Shift R9 LT bike review


The components are a highlight of this bike, as Haro is an established brand that is aggressively re-entering the mountain bike market after a hiatus.

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Soquel Demo Forest remains closed


With 88.5 inches of rain in the last 5 months, Soquel Demo Forest has sustained significant damage. In addition, blockage of roads and park fire roads makes rescue impossible for fallen mountain bikers.

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Bontrager Rapid Pack review


It’s not a new idea but it seems like the folks at Bontrager got the fanny pack design right on for mountain bikers. Read on and find out why we think it can carry your bottle and gear efficiently.

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Capturing Vincent Tupin’s style


On his bike, VinnyT’s style is unmistakable. His feet are twisted and his hands loose and open on the bars. In the air or on the ground, he is one with the bike but never locked in with it. Watch and marvel at his style.

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New RockShox Reverb 1x remote released


The Reverb is among the most popular dropper posts on the market, but its lever is a bit dated, designed before the dominance of 1x drivetrains. Now they’ve introduced a trigger style lever optimized for 1x drivetrains and cockpits with no front shifter.

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Rolflex massage tool review


Foam rollers, massage balls, and sticks are all great tools for aging mountain bikers to fight off post-ride pain. Now Mtbr takes a look at the Rolflex massage tool to see if it can help our aches and pains, too.

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Video: Trek Powerfly 8 FS review


The Powerfly 8 is Trek’s 130mm travel full suspension e-bike. Based off the Fuel EX-platform, this bike is fully compliant with e-bike regulations and performs well on the trail.

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Michelin introduces four new tires


Michelin has a reputation for producing well-designed and constructed mountain bike tires. The only ingredient missing is their commitment and longevity to the category. They aim to change that with this significant investment and product introductions in the space.

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Enduro vs Downhill bike – Which is faster?


Many of us riding enduro bikes now often wonder if we would have run faster on a downhill bike. The folks at GMBN help us out with this test.

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2017 Santa Cruz Chameleon first look


Still aluminum and more versatile than ever, the new Santa Cruz Chameleon is here with plus tire compatibility, configurable dropouts, and very modern geometry.

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Bell Joy Ride ambassador program expands and kicks off in Santa Cruz, CA


Threatened by a very wet winter in California this year, the sun blazed brightly on the launch of the beautiful women’s ambassador program called Bell Joy Ride.

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2017 NAHBS bike show winners


The gathering of the handmade bikes concluded yesterday with over 180 exhibitors showing off their wares in Salt Lake City, Utah. Awards were handed out, in three categories of Riding Discipline, Construction, and Overall Design.

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2018 Santa Cruz Chameleon 27.5+ spy photos


This new Chameleon from Santa Cruz has been spotted in several Santa Cruz dealers. It not only looks promising but the the rumored pricing is attractive as well.

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