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.




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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e*thirteen TRS+ dropper post review


e*thirteen saw an opportunity for an affordable, reliable and serviceable post in the market. Read on and find out if they succeeded in their offering.

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Danny MacAskill explores Northwest Arkansas


In the video, Danny and Hans are freeriding through the world-renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Railyard Bike Park.

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2017 RockShox Super Deluxe Coil released


2016 was a big year for RockShox as they significantly improved the performance of their rear shocks. For 2017, their coil shocks get the same treatment, and then some.

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Cane Creek announces HELM suspension fork


Introducing the Cane Creek Helm, a 7-way adjustable suspension fork optimized for 140mm to 170mm of travel. Born in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Helm is designed to conquer aggressive trail, enduro racing, and anything in between.

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Fezzari launches 30-day return program


Fezzari is now allowing customer returns from consumers within 30 days. It’s a big risk that shows confidence in their product and processes.

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Setting up a Tepui rooftop tent video


Rooftop tents are fun, but what advantages do they present over traditional tents? Are they easier to set up and tear down? Check this demonstration video for answers.

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Canfield Brothers Crampon Mountain flat pedal review


The Crampon marches to a different flat pedal beat with its convex pedal shape instead of flat or concave. But we gave it time and really got to know this finely crafted component.

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Ravemen PR1200 bike light video


Cheap Chinese lights are a dime a dozen so it’s very refreshing to see this fascinating line-up from the the Chinese firm Ravemen. Self-contained, feature-packed and affordable.

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e*thirteen TRS+ dropper post first look


The machining wizards of e*thirteen are at it again as they’ve created a dropper post that is simple, reliable and affordable. Here’s our first impressions on the TRS+ dropper.

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Tepui Tents headquarters tour


Roof Top Tents have captured the hearts and minds of 4WD enthusiasts and folks who love the outdoors. And now the market is expanding to mountain bikers who are dreaming of roaming the land and exploring the trails from camp.

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YT Industries bike packaging and unboxing


We unpack a lot of bikes and once in a while, we stumble upon one that is packed so well that it is worth noting. Here’s how YT Industries expects to withstand the torture tests of all the shipping handlers around the world.

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Staran FSM-140 trail bike review


New Canadian brand aiming to deliver value and performance with a 140mm trail bike spec’d with great components for the money.

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Bontrager Line Pro flat pedals review


Flat pedals are gaining ground, as more riders strive learn to handle a bike without being clipped in. Bontrager offers a no-frills pedal option with its Line Pro. See how they perform in this Mtbr review.

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Maxxis Minion and HighRoller Plus tires weights and measurements


Plus Tires is a growing category eagerly awaiting the arrival of more tires with better side knobs and sidewalls. How big are they and how much do they weigh?

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Leatt DBX 5.0 jersey and shorts review


Leatt is a company focused on R&D and that core strength is showcased in their new DBX 5.0 clothing line.

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Pacenti PDent stem and bar review


Cockpits are changing for the better as top tubes are getting longer and stems getting shorter. But one of the limiting factors is the modern stem only fits physically at 30mm or longer. Pacenti has a dented handlebar design that threatens to break the mold of bike geometry.

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Yeti Hopper Flip 12 cooler review


Mtbr digs into a Yeti Cooler to see how good they really are — and if they’re worth the exceptionally high price.

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Bike Fenders Round-Up


When nature delivers puddles and streams of water to your local trails, fenders are the required tool for the job. Here’s a rundown of some of the fender options we’re testing right now.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Best night riding light


Innovation is not dead when it comes to bike lights, as these options offer unique new features and ease of use. This year’s winner is a budget priced light from an upstart company.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Enduro Bikes


This is a crowded field that has pushed the envelope of our sport. These bikes allow us to ride radical terrain at high speeds — and go uphill with relative efficiency, too.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Protective Gear


As bikes get more capable and trails more aggressive, body and brain protection becomes more and more important. Here are the Mtbr picks for best pads and helmets on the market today.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Dropper Post


The dropper post went from nice to have to an essential piece of equipment in a few short years. Now, we have a crop of reliable posts that will help maximize the mountain bike experience. Here are three of the best from 2016.

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e*thirteen 9-46t TRSr 1×11 cassette first look


e*Thirteen trumps SRAM Eagle’s range and weight with its new XD-compatible 11-speed cassette.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Gadgets for your favorite cyclist


From lights that auto adjust brightness, to smart trainers and high-def cameras, there are countless ways to add a little high tech flare to your next ride. Here are some of our favorites for this holiday season.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: When money is no object


Let’s forget about “need” for a moment and move on to “want.” After all, that’s completely in line with the spirit of Christmas (at least the whole Black Friday part). Here are a few choice items that would make anyone feel like they got your first bike all over again.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Best mountain bike helmets


Helmets have changed a lot in the last couple years, adding a range of usable features that ramp up safety to a new level. Here are the Mtbr favorites for this holiday season.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Hot MTB components


An awesome frame is a good thing, but it’s the components that dial it in for your riding terrain and style. Here are some of our favorite components from a sea of contenders.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Armor and protection


With advances in protection, comfort, and ventilation there’s almost no reason not to wear knee pads when you ride. These are the best we’ve tested this year — and will all make great gifts.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Lights for off road and on


This guide features the best headlights at a variety of price points. Some are great for after-dark trail riding, others help assure you’ll be seen on the road day or night. Many of them are handy around the house as well.

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CandlePower Tech XFlare light review


LED bike lights have become so handy now that we end up using them for all kinds of other purposes. Here is a light from CandlePower Tech uniquely designed for all those other applications.

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MagLock magnetic pedals review


MagLock tries to bridge the gap between platform pedals and clipless using powerful magnets. Find out how well it worked.

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SRAM EX1 e-bike drivetrain review


SRAM realized there was a need for a drivetrain and braking system made specifically for the higher demands of e-bikes. Check our verdict on their efforts here.

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SRAM Eagle 1×12 drivetrain review


Many doubted the vision of 1×11 and the same is true for 1×12 SRAM Eagle. But spend some time with this drivetrain and it will disappear beneath you as you ride fast and climb high.

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