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.




Just in: Maxxis Minion and Highroller II plus tires


Plus bikes are one of the key growth areas of our sport, as riders discover bigger tire volume and lower air pressures. But most of the available Plus tires thus far have very small cornering side knobs. Until now that is…

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2016 Red Bull Joyride top 3 rides video


Always at the cusp of victory but in the shadow of the great Brandon Semenuk, Brett Rheeder put together a magnificent run and came home with a win in Whistler.

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2017 Dainese Protection


With a moto heritage, Dainese understands the science of protection. They focus not only on the absorption and dissipation of impact, but also fit and articulation.

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2017 Pivot Firebird first look


The previous Pivot Firebird was a little long in the tooth with its ‘short and high’ geometry. But this new version is fully modernized taking in the lessons learned from the success of the Pivot Switchblade.

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Giro Switchblade helmet first ride review


Giro pulls out all the stops on a their new downhill helmet with removable chin bar. Passing all the downhill safety standards, the Switchblade is highlighted by a very easy to install and remove chin bar.

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PNW Components Bachelor 150 dropper post first look


Following up on its popular Rainier dropper post introduced last year, PNW Components has just released its Bachelor 150. Click through to read our first impressions.

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2017 Specialized Enduro first ride


The Enduro 29er was a ground-breaking achievement when the 29er version was launched three years ago. This new one is an even more significant effort with better performance and versatility.

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2017 Specialized Enduro spotted


Rumors about the long-awaited sequel to the Specialized Enduro have gone rampant in the last couple of weeks. The outgoing model was a revolutionary 29er with 155mm of travel with a 165mm travel 27.5 sibling.

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Specialized Ambush Comp helmet first look


The Ambush helmet is a favorite for many riders due to its protection, fit and styling. Now the Big Red S has followed it up with the Ambush Comp, which comes in at a more affordable $120 price point, but has many of the same features.

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Reynolds 27.5 Enduro carbon wheelset review


The Reynolds 27.5 Enduro is one of the pleasant surprises of the year for us. We’ve ridden it a ton as it’s been absolutely flawless for us railing corners and banging through rocks.

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Yakima StreamLine and FrontLoader bike rack review


Great roof racks are very difficult to make since there’s so many roof variations out there. But Yakima demystifies the category with a product that is quiet and versatile.

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Canfield Crampon Mountain flat pedals first look


Canfield updates their Crampon pedal with an even larger 112-millimeter by 106-millimeter platform and virtually maintenance free internals that utilizes a bushing at the axle side and stacked bearings at the end internally.

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Video: Richie Rude – This is home


Richie Rude stormed into the scene last year taking the overall win in the Enduro World Series. The sole American in the top ranks of the EWS, Rude has proven that last year was no fluke with dominating EWS wins this year.

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WTB Convict 2.5 tire first impressions


WTB has been on a tear lately with a host of product introductions in the tire arena. They’ve worked on tire volume, tire casings, rubber quality and tread pattern. Check out what we think of the Convict.

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Intense Primer 29 first ride report


Intense has modernized its bikes and suspension designs with the introduction of the ACV 27.5 Plus and the Primer 29, both with 130mm of front and rear suspension. Find out more about the 29 in this first ride review.

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Inflation chart for different tire sizes and CO2 sizes


CO2 cartridges are handy as they can get you back pedaling in no time after that unfortunate flat tire. But how much can they really inflate today’s big new tires?

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Küat NV 2.0 Hitch Rack first look


Küat took the hitch rack world by storm when it was introduced many moons ago. But bikes have changed and they’ve learned a lot from customers. So the NV 2.0 is here with some significant improvements.

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Wolf Tooth GnarWolf chain guide first look


Wolf Tooth showed us their new chain guide called the GnarWolf. A lot of thought and engineering went into this device which is currently available in ISCG-05 mount for $64.95.

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Salsa Redpoint 150mm FS first ride review


Bikepacking and adventure riding are in Salsa’s wheelhouse, but now they have a serious entry in the all mountain market. Mtbr rode their 150mm travel full suspension Redpoint on Northstar Bike Park’s rowdiest trails and came away smiling.

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Salsa Woodsmoke first ride


Salsa introduced a lot of bikes this week with the Woodsmoke taking much of the mountain bike spotlight.

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2017 NiteRider lights sneak peek


This coming night riding season, NiteRider is going to try and put lights on every bike on the road with absolutely compelling price points. And they’re going to entice trail riders with a 950 lumen self-contained trail light for just $100.

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Next Exit, Episode 1: Sun Valley, ID Mountain Biking


A steady evolution of mountain bike enthusiasts and committed community members has led to 400-plus miles of singletrack right out of town, lift accessed trails on Bald Mountain and the Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival.

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Snapshot: Squamish, BC mountain biking with Reuben Krabbe


Squamish is experiencing rapid growth as a premier mountain biking destination. Here is a glimpse of what makes the town tick and what the future holds.

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Thule T2 Pro hitch rack system


Thule made some key changes to accommodate the growing array of plus and fat tires. They also made the rack a lot easier to fold up and tilt down.

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2017 Alpinestars protection and clothing


Alpinestars continues its march in to mountain bike clothing and protection with the same mantra. Offer great styling with top-notch quality at a reasonable price.

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2017 Trek Slash 29er first look


Trek proudly showed us its newest Enduro racing bike, the Slash 29er sporting 150mm of rear travel. It had to be carbon and had to have 29er wheels to put forward their best effort in the category.

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Review: Blackburn Central 700 Front


Blackburn delivers a self-contained light with a very useable dual beam pattern. It features a GoPro compatible mount too.

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CamelBak Quick Stow first look


CamelBak showed us some innovative new bottle products at Bike Press Camp including their all new Quick Stow and Quick Stow Chill.

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Bottle Pod storage solution review


We always welcome solutions for carrying tools and essentials on a bike ride. And the Bottle Pod solution is a novel indeed placing the gear inside a bottle shaped pod that allows easy access to all its contents

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Intense 27.5 Plus ACV first ride


Intense Cycles throws their hat in the full suspension Plus bike arena with this attractive ACV – All Conditions Vehicle, with 130mm of rear travel.

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Video: Walmart Mongoose Fat Bike trilogy


Seth is an interesting guy indeed. Based in Florida, he’s found a niche purchasing cheap bikes and riding the snot out of them. In this trilogy, he purchases a Mongoose Dolomite $200 fat bike and methodically puts it through its paces.

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Fabric Chamber ratchet tool


Fabric is a UK-based component firm that innovates with good design, manufacturing and price. Their new portable Chamber ratchet tool is cool indeed.

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G-Form shows off bib short liner with hip protection


G-Form revolutionized protection by creating knee and elbow pads that were different from what existed at the time. Instead of heavy and cumbersome, they went with light and flexible.

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Smith Rover first ride


Smith proudly showed us their latest helmet offering, the Smith Rover which features Koroyd protection in the most critical impact zones of the helmet.

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Koroyd pushes to reduce head injuries


The bike landscape seems to be changing as more companies and consumers are clamoring for better helmets and better standards.

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Cannondale Bad Habit 27.5 Plus bike first look


Cannondale joined the Plus Bike party around December of last year with the Bad Habit 1 and Bad Habit 2 aluminum models. Now they have a carbon model called the the Bad Habit Carbon.

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Grizzly bear kills mountain biker in Montana


Mountain biker killed by a grizzly while riding near Halfmoon Lake of Glacier National Park.

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2017 Trek Remedy first ride


Previously available in 27.5 and 29er, the new Remedy is now just a 27.5 bike now to simplify the line and focus on the fun side of the bike.

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2017 Trek Fuel EX first ride


The Fuel EX is Trek’s #1 selling bike so its design has stayed the course for many years. But for 2017, Trek takes some risks and pushes the bike into longer, slacker and more aggressive horizons.

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Drone films Sedona White Line ride by Aaron Chase


Earlier this summer, Aaron Chase went out to Sedona, AZ to ride the new Pivot Switchblade 135 mm travel bike. Taking photos and shooting video, he decided to take on the infamous White Line Trail.

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Orbea Occam 27.5 and 29er first ride


Known for lust-worthy road bikes, Orbea broke the mtb ice last year with the rowdy, enduro-ready Rallon. With everything they learned about mtb geometry, they merged that with their carbon expertise to create the trail ready Occam.

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GT Pantera 27.5 Plus hardtail first ride


We’re often asked by beginnners or intermediate riders what bike to get and it’s often a balance between budget and interest level. These new Plus hardtails by GT offer a very attractive option now with their attractive price and versatility.

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Video: $179 Huffy FS bike on a DH Trail


Huffy now offers a full suspension Plus bike for $179 sold at Walmart stores. Watch DH Pro rider Phil Kmetz take it down a double black diamond downhill trail.

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Ellsworth Rogue Sixty first ride review


We came to see the new Ellsworth Rogue Sixty with skepticism but we were thoroughly impressed by what we saw and rode.

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Tepui Expedition Series bag review


Tepui is known for their rugged rooftop tents. And part of their offering is a big, rectangular bag that is very handy for mountain bikers.

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Troy Lee Designs A1 MIPS helmet first look


The Troy Lee A1 is widely know for being one of the most comfortable full coverage helmets around. Now MIPS is introduced, as well as a spectrum of attractive new designs.

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SRAM EX1 e-bike component group first look


Almost all e-bikes currently use the same drivetrains as normal bikes and they seem to work well enough. But spend some time with them and one will realize that it can be made to work better. Find out what we think of SRAM’s latest effort.

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Race Face Chester flat pedal review


Folks charge an arm and a leg for exotic pedals so it was refreshing for us to try a $55 nylon pedal and discover an absolute gem.

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Leatt DBX 6.0 full face helmet first look


Experts in neck braces and protection in the biking and moto industries, Leatt sought out to improve the way full face bike helmets protect against soft blows. Check out their technology.

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6D ATB-1T helmet first look


Bike helmets have historically been designed to prevent the skull from cracking. But what about concussions and brain damage on those lower impact blows? 6D is here with a new trail helmet that uses their moto experience to help mountain bikers.

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