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.




Review: Trail LED DS

These lights are meticulously hand crafted with care. It excels with a wide beam pattern and a runtime and charging time of two hours.

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Photos: Trail art on the tanks of UC Santa Cruz

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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Review: Knog Blinder Arc 5.5

Knog is a new player in the Mtbr Lights Shootout, but they impressed us with good quality, ergonomics and a nice beam pattern that is brighter than claimed.

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Review: DiNotte XML-3

The XML-3 is light at 355 grams, bright at 1573 Lumens yet it does not break the bank at $229.

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Review: Lezyne Mega Drive 1400 Lumen

Brighter than ever, this Lezyne Mega Drive still has a rock-solid output with field replaceable batteries for endless run-time.

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Review: Serfas USL-155

$40 gets you a well-executed light good for commuting, and if you want more, its got bigger siblings that can get you around on the trails.

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Review: Specialized 2FO Flat shoes

The 2FO is an awesome shoe that covers all the bases that a flat shoe should deliver. It descends well, jumps good, climbs decent and is comfortable on and off the bike.

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Review: Exposure Lights Diablo Mk.6

Mounting, ergonomics and weight continue to be excellent as the ultimate flashlight gets brighter with 1140 measured Lumens.

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Review: CatEye Volt 700

$120 with a measured 773 lumens, 2 hour run time is a winner. Plus it has Cateye quality.

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Review: Light & Motion Seca 2000 Race

It’s a little long in the tooth, but it still has one of the best beam patterns in the business. The Seca 2000 continues to impress with a wide and efficient beam pattern that lights up the trail and the periphery. Check out the riding video with the Seca 2000 in action.

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Review: Sigma Buster 200

To see or to be seen, this $45 light from Sigma actually achieves both. And that is a first at this price point.

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Review: Bontrager Ion 700

Sporting a big beam pattern, the Bontrager Ion 700 delivers with the smallest package and the lowest price in the 700 Lumen category.

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Review: Fenix BC30

This dual-beam self-contained bike light has a good beam pattern and good light color, but the 1800 Lumen claim is a bit disappointing.

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Review: NiteRider Lumina 750

The Lumina 750 evolves the line with more output. Beam pattern, form factor and quality continue to be top-notch.

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Review: NiteRider Pro 2200

At 2317 measured Lumens, this $400 light is actually quite practical for the high-end lights customer.

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Review: Serfas USL-505

This light puts out 484 Lumens for $80 in a new Serfas self-contained unit. It’s a decent light, but the $50 Serfas USL-305 is better.

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Review: Lupine Betty R 14 4500

This light is clearly not for everyone, but if you want the Bugatti Veyron of lights, this light cannon will put out 4700 Lumens.

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Review: NiteRider MiNewt Pro 770 Enduro

It’s not the brightest or the smallest but it does answer the call of the endurance racer with its long run time and decent charging time.

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Review: Light & Motion Taz 1500

The Taz 1500 is all about beam pattern. We’ll even go out on a limb and say it has the best beam pattern of any self-contained bike light.

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Review: Lupine NEO 2

$245 German made light delivers with a huge beam pattern. Ideal as a helmet light, find out what we like about it and how it compares to the Piko 4.

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First Look: Bontrager Jackalope wheel and Hodag fat tire

Bontrager introduces a true tubeless wheel and tire system for fatbikes.

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Round-up: Best new lightweight knee and elbow pads

For folks who wouldn’t wear knee pads because they are too cumbersome, now there are good options.

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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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Video: 25 years with NiteRider lights

NiteRider hits its stride with 25 years of awesome innovation, rides and people.

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Video: Danny MacAskill in ‘The Ridge’

Danny MacAskill rides the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline, infamous for its jagged trails, wild weather and dramatic climbing in the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

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