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.




First Impressions: Durango Bike Company Moonshine 650b

The Durango Moonshine bike is a 160mm travel, 27.5 wheeled bike with Horst Link suspension. It’s got dialed in geometry and the best components to deliver a great ride for the money.

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News: Vitus Escarpe 135mm bike and Vitus Sommet 155mm All Mountain bike

Chain Reaction Cycles has invested heavily in the Vitus brand to deliver the Vitus Escarpe trail bike and the Vitus Sommet All Mountain bike with 155 of rear travel.

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Video: Epecuén by Danny Macaskill

Watch Danny Macaskill take his riding back to the roots of trials riding, exploring the forgotten town of Epecuén in Argentina, a location that has been submerged for the majority of the past 25 years.

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$5/Foot: Buy a foot of Downieville area trail, win any Santa Cruz bike

The Downieville area in the Northern Sierras is stunning indeed. Help build stunning trails and get a chance to win the most blinged out Santa Cruz bike you can configure.

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First Look: Vredestein Bobcat All Mountain tire

The Vredestein Bobcat uses the company’s premier rubber and casing technology in a huge tire that is stable and light.

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Video: Whistler flight video with Brendan Fairclough and Thomas Vanderham

POV videos are hard to watch but this follow-cam video pointed backwards at Thomas Vanderham is very entertaining. When you have all the skill in the world and conditions are the ideal, this can happen.

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Enduro World Series: On track with Curtis Keene, Part 2

View this beautiful summary of the Enduro World Series #1 in Chile. Curtis struggled while Martin Maes catapulted into the spotlight. Fabian Barel ended up with a broken back while Jerome showed why he is the champ.

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First Ride: SRAM Guide Brakes

A full revamp of the Avid Elixir brake has resulted in the SRAM Guide brake. Find out what it’s all about how it did on our initial test rides.

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Riva Bike Festival: Product Highlights Part 2

More photo highlights from the Riva Bike Festival that’s held annually in Riva del Garda, Italy.

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Riva Bike Festival: Product Highlights

Mtbr got a chance to visit the Riva Bike Festival held annually in Riva del Garda, Italy. It is a chance for enthusiasts and pros to race, see new products and demo new bikes. Here are some photo highlights from the event.

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Revealed: Vecnum Moveloc dropper post with up to 200mm of travel

The Vecnum Moveloc enters the dropper post category with German engineering, smooth operation and up to 200mm of dropper post travel.

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First Ride: SRAM Roam 30 and Roam 40 wheels

SRAM’s product release onslaught continues with Roam 30 and Roam 40—two high-value, low-cost wheelsets.

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First Ride: New SRAM X1 11-speed drivetrain

SRAM has unveiled a third, more affordable version of their wildly successful 1x mountain drivetrain, dubbed X1, featuring much of the same performance acumen of their higher-end 11-speed systems, but at much less cost.

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Video: Geoff Gulevich’s treacherous Red Bull Rampage run

Just how scary is it to do a run in the Red Bull Rampage? Check Geoff Gulevich’s run and find out.

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First Ride: RockShox RS-1 inverted fork

Though inverted forks have many advantages and are commonplace in the motorcycle world, widespread success has eluded the design in the bike market to date. RockShox hopes to change that with its new RS-1 29er cross-country superfork.

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First Look: Cannondale Jekyll 27.5 Enduro bike

Like some, we were skeptics when it came to the new Jekyll and its proprietary technology. But come explore with us and understand how this bike comes together and why it’s worth considering for your next steed.

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Video: Top 10 Cycling Phone Apps

It can be argued that the phone is the best cycling accessory. It is an emergency device, a camera, a POV camera, a flashlight, a messaging tool all in one. And that’s just the native functionality.

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Video: Jared Graves shreds with friends in Toowoomba, Australia

What happens when Kelly McGarry and Adam Craig visit Jared Graves in his home town? A whole lot of shreddin’.

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Review: Wahoo KICKR Power Trainer

The Wahoo KICKR trainer grabs the boring old bike trainer and thrusts it into the tech world with social, virtual and viral features. At its core though, it feels like riding a bicycle.

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First Look: Michelin Wild Mud reinforced tire

Michelin adds to its new tire line a mud tire with a great casing and a couple nifty features.

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First Look: New Cannondale Trigger 27.5 and SuperMax fork

Cannondale unveils 27.5-inch wheel Trigger trail bike with 140mm-travel Lefty SuperMax fork, and a new iteration of their adjustable FOX-built DYAD rear shock.

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News: Cannondale OverMountain Team To Race SuperMax Fork in EWS

We’ve tried a couple of Lefty forks this past winter and were left impressed. It is just uncanny how a light, single-legged fork can be so stiff laterally and precise steering-wise.

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Review: Subaru XV Crosstrek – Long Term Update

It’s now got 13,000 miles and we call it the Enduro™ car. It’s slow on the climbs but it’s fast on the descents and it rallies on the rough stuff.

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Review: Mavic Notch Helmet

Mavic is going big with a full line of apparel designed for All Mountain riding and Enduro Racing and the Notch Helmet is a big part of this line.  The helmet is a clean design with understated black graphics on black color.

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Review: Troy Lee Designs A1 helmet

Troy Lee, a brand with rabid customer loyalty and a long tradition in downhill clothing and helmets sought out to make their first half shell helmet with the A1. They gave it full coverage, an adjustable visor and excellent padding and ventilation.

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