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: Leatt DBX 3.0 Cargo hydration pack

With a fresh approach from the standpoint of back protection and transporting bike armor, Leatt produces a high quality hydration pack.

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Tech: Specialized SWAT Door frame storage

Specialized takes the SWAT concept to the next level by using the utilizing the frame down tube for storage of air, tools, food, hydration and anything else that will fit.

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Review: Morsa Cycling Mount

Are you short on handlebar space, specifically in the coveted center spot? Do you wish you had a cleaner mounting system or a more modular one for all your devices?

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Review: Vee Tire Crown tires

Vee Tire enters the market with it’s front and rear specific Crown tires designed by Mike King. Grippy rubber, high TPI and quality construction are some of some of the highlights.

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Review: Vittoria Peyote and Barzo tires

Geax is now known as Vittoria and they’ve made their presence known with an exciting line-up of new tires.

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Demo Flow Trail of Soquel Demonstration State Forest now open

Segments one thru six of the Demo Flow Trail are now open and the reviews are unanimous. It’s a truly remarkable trail for all levels. It is all time!

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News: SRAM RAIL 40 wheels

SRAM has made huge strides in its wheel development. They’ve dissected every part of the wheel system and improved all the components. They’re not very wide yet but the engineering is now very sound with the RAIL line of wheels. Performance and affordability are in the forefront as well.

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Sea Otter: Shimano Deore XT M8000 11-Speed

Shimano trickles down 11-speed to XT but adds the 42-tooth rear cog that riders have been clamoring for. 1×11 and 2×11 will be offered a price similar to last year’s XT Group.

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Feature: 2015 DTS Enduro Race

Though invite only, the 2015 Dirty Sanchez Enduro Race is outgrowing its home-grown, family-oriented roots. The presence of Jerome Clementz and some of the best racers in the world is sure to put this event on the map.

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News: Become a Michelin tire tester at Sea Otter

With a daily giveaway program Michelin will be seeking cycling to join an exclusive club of test riders that includes folks like Jerome Clementz, Pierre-Edouard Ferry, Rémy Absalon.

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Just In: Project 321 Lefty Supermax kits and wheelsets

Project 321 allows you to put a Lefty fork on almost any bike. With their machining wizardry, they’re able to provide bling parts that perform.

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Long Term Test: Shimano Di2 XTR

We’ve put a lot of rides in on our Di2 XTR test bike and it is rather strange how ‘normal’ it feels. While very complex and configurable, on the trail it can feel very simple and natural. It really doesn’t call attention to itself and just becomes part of the ride.

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Just In: 2016 FOX 34 Float fork

FOX stumbled a bit in fork technology since the inception of CTD forks. But we saw what they were capable of with the performance of their FOX 36 forks last year. Now, all that technology comes to the more popular 34 line of forks.

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Frenchman breaks world mountain bike speed record

Check out these videos of Eric Barone setting the new mountain bike speed record. His infamous crash from 2002 is here too as a reminder of how dangerous this feat is.

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First Look: SRAM GX Drivetrain

SRAM knocks one out of the park by expanding the sweet spot of 1×11 drivetrains with this more affordable option. The gearing range flexibilities are increased too with 2×11 and 2×10 options.

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Take the Ryan Leech 30-day wheelie challenge

Some say you either have the wheelie gene or you don’t. Ryan Leech believes otherwise and he can show you why.

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Video: Brendan Fairclough’s playground

The trails of Surrey, England have kept Brendan Fairclough entertained for the last 15 years. Find out why as he gives you a visual tour. What is your local jaunt like?

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FOX goes 27.5+ with 110mm spacing on Factory 34 Float Fork

If there’s any doubt that 27.5+ would take off this year, they were erased by FOX’s introduction of this 27.5+ fork with 110mm hub spacing. This wider hub allows the fork legs and crown to accommodate a huge 27.5 tire like a 3.0 or 3.5 inch.

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First Look: Specialized Atlas lightweight knee pad

Specialized enters the lightweight knee pad arena with this 156-gram set of pads. It features an impact hardening material and a fit that is designed to stay in place without straps.

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Review: Durango Bikes Moonshine 650b

Durango Bikes set out to create a U.S. made 160mm travel All Mountain bike using the best technologies and components available. What they came up with is the alloy Moonshine with 27.5 wheels and a refined Horst Link suspension.

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Poison Oak: Photos and Remedies

Poison oak shoots are already exploding in their red, juicy glory. This is a good time to brush up on your poison oak knowledge as identification and prevention is key.

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Video: Jonathan ‘Bike in a lifetime’

We love watching videos of pros as some of us aspire to their tricks or live their lifestyle. But what about the normal rider. Is he/she less passionate about riding? Here, Quentin Chaumy captures the essence of a rider named Jonathan.

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Video: Thank you, Bicycle

What does mountain biking mean to you? Is it a hobby, a sport or a lifestyle? If it’s a lifestyle for you, you will be able to relate to Lars Veenstra’s video that captures his gratitude to the mountain bike.

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Review: BMC Speedfox 130mm travel 29er

Mtbr rode the BMC Speedfox 29er near BMC’s office in Switzerland and Noble Canyon in San Diego, CA. The bike exhibited great range and capability.

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How To: Rotating Endo’s and Yoga Balance Challenge by Ryan Leech

Ever ridden with someone who can flip the direction of their bike on that impossible switchback? Well you may be surprised to learn that this feat is achievable for you as well.

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