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.




DZR H2O clipless waterproof sneaker review

The DZR H2O is a well-made shoe that shoe that you commute with in all kinds of weather. This is the shoe for SPD compatiblity commuting but they have many other options as well.

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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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Steve Smith video tribute


Steve Smith was taken frum us too soon at the tender age of 26. Here is a glimpse into the man behind that infectious smile and the blistering speed and style.

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2017 Cannondale Scalpel Si 100mm XC race bike


Cannondale knows XC race bikes as they’ve produced some of the lightest, stiffest and fastest bikes in existence. But in this iteration, they put on the party hat to allow the bike to thrive in the most technical courses the World Cup XC circuit can dish out.

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Suit to shred – mountain biking in Northern Arkansas


In the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas are 200 miles of mountain biking trails, ready for visitors to come and shred.

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2017 RockShox SID fork


Most of us experienced riders have ridden a SID fork before but have since moved on to higher travel. Now SID gets the best action, damping updates as well.

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2017 Niner AIR 9 RDO


Merging the pedaling efficiency of first RDO and the ride quality of the second, this third iteration modernizes the geometry to create an attractive XC racing hardtail.

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Rémy Métailler rides Skyline to Sea Trail with CamelBak


Rémy is incredibly versatile as well, as he can ride some of the smoothest and most creative lines. Here he showcases some of the most creative lines on the Sea to Sky trail.

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Ales and Trails in Marin


Ales and Trails in Marin is the largest gathering of Bay Area MTB advocacy organizations in one place, at one time, all year long! Local heroes will be honored and the list is so secret you might be one of them. And there’s good beer.

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Shimano XT Di2


The long-awaited trickle down of Di2 to the XT level is now here. Configurability with a smartphone is now available too with Bluetooth connectivity.

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Is a mountain bike with a hidden motor faster for XC racing?


Hidden motors have been discovered in a high profile cyclocross race recently. So folks are starting to wonder if these provide a significant cheat advantage in an XC mountain bike race today.

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Eliot Jackson RAW video


Pivot rider Eliot Jackson wanted a clean, raw video of what he enjoyed most about riding. Enjoy the speed, precision and style as Eliot produces his own soundtrack.

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Specialized Turbo Levo e-bike


Specialized is throwing its hat in the electric MTB arena with the Turbo Levo FSR. Based on the Stumpjumper FSR 6Fattie, they’ve designed a bike that’s supposed to ride like a traditional mountain bike. Find out if they succeeded.

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FOX 32 Step-Cast fork


FOX went on an all-out assault in the XC fork category as they created an incredibly light, plush and tunable fork called the 32 Step-Cast.

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Aaron Gwin Downtime video


Gain insight into Aaron Gwin’s path to mountain bike racing fame. From his early days on the bmx track to his foray into motocross racing he gained the tools key to his downhill racing arsenal.

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Surface 604 Boar E350 utility E-bike


Fat bikes are fun, stable and comfortable but these Surface 604 Boar E350s employ a hub motor to make them handy for any adventure ride around town.

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Ibis Mojo HD3 Plus version released


With a new rear end, Ibis utilizes the Boost 148 width to fit Plus sized 2.8 tires on their 150mm travel HD3. This will allow new buyers to choose between the new versions and existing HD3 owners to upgrade to Plus.

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Barn Burner 104 Endurance Race in Flagstaff, AZ


A Leadville Qualifier, this 100 mile race in Flagstaff Arizona has something for everyone. The endurance mountain bike event offers 26-mile, 52-mile and 104-mile race options.

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Wheelbuilder.com ENVE and Derby wheels review


With their wealth of expertise building wheels at the highest level of competition, Wheelbuilder.com is able to build the lightest and strongest wheels to fit the rider’s budget and specific demands.

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Exposure Lights Diablo Mk.7 review


The Exposure Diablo has been refined over the years as every facet of this light has been improved. Aside from an increase in brightness every year, the light now has an excellent ergonomics, switching, mounts and features.

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Indigo INDIGO5.01 review


The Indigo5.01 is a self-contained light with great lens. But the best part about the light is its fine machining and very big and clean beam pattern.

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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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Kyle Strait and Carson Storch video


Kyle Strait took some time off the bike and competition. Now he is back to apply his depth of talent back to the sport that saw him win the Red Bull Rampage twice.

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Marines confiscate mountain bikes and ticket riders in San Diego


Fifty bikes are confiscated in the Sycamore Canyon area of San Diego for riding on federal land.

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Santa Cruz Hightower


From the ashes of the Tallboy LT, the new Santa Cruz Hightower has risen. This is a 135mm trail bike that is incredibly agile and capable. It is sold in either 29er or Plus form as it reveals a bike with a massive sweet spot.

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Kelly McGarry dies after collapsing on local trail


Freeride legend Kelly McGarry collapsed and died while riding a local trail in New Zealand. One of the most identifiable and likeable stars of the sport, Kelly will be remembered as one who forever changed the sport.

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Destination Patagonia: The journey and the vehicles


The journey to Coyhaique, Chile was interesting indeed. And when we got there, the first thing we noticed was the gallery of awesome vehicles that were ideally suited for the terrain and the outdoor lifestyle.

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First Look: e*thirteen 9-44t TRS+ cassette


1×11 drivetains are all the rage but if the range is not quite enough for you, this new offering from e*thirteen with a 9-44 tooth range may be the ticket.

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Hiker sentenced for sabotaging mountain bike trail


Sixty-four-year-old Tineke Kraal of Vancouver has been handed a suspended sentence and placed on three years probation for sabotaging North Shore mountain bike trails. She will also have to serve 150 hours of community service.

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5 Superb High-End Night Riding Lights


When money is no object there are plenty of light options out there. Reliability, brightness, and beam quality are key considerations for riders who take night riding seriously. Here are the five best lights we’ve tested this season.

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6 Budget Friendly Lights For Riding At Night


Riding at night is one of cycling’s great joys. And in winter, when days are short, it’s often a necessity. Here’s a look at some of this season’s best budget friendly lights.

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2016′s Hottest Fat Bikes – Part 3


Our series of this year’s most exciting fat bikes concludes with snow tamers from Fatback, Fyxation, 9:Zero:7, Moots, Origin 8 and more.

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Review: Gloworm X2


Gloworm X2 comes up aces once again. Though not a huge improvement from last year, it keeps marching on with a beautiful beam pattern, a well-conceived package and good value.

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Video: Behind the scenes of Danny MacAskill’s ‘Cascadia’


Join Danny MacAskill in beautiful Gran Canaria as they give you insight into what it takes to accomplish one of the most insane lines in “Cascadia.”

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Intel Drone follows biker radness through trees


Follow-me drone technology has been incredibly catchy to mountain bikers but it’s never been a reality due to the nature of our obstacle-strewn sport. But this new technology looks promising indeed.

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Review: Trail LED DS


Already an excellent light year, Trail LED improved their light with 400 more Lumens and an elegant new mount. This is American ingenuity and manufacturing at its best.

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Bright lights for riding at night


Keep your bike riding gift getter safe and seen with our brightest Holiday Guide, featuring the best headlights and tail lights.

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Review: Fenix BC21R


This is a surprising light because of its quality construction and really nicely shaped beam pattern and warm color for only $80. Field-replaceable batteries are a nice bonus.

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Santa Cruz Bronson Review


Santa Cruz enters the 650b/27.5 wheel size party with the introduction of the 150mm travel Santa Cruz Bronson all mountain bike. While not the first, this product introduction is very significant.

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Shimano XT 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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Santa Cruz 5010


The 5010 is slacker now with a 67 degree head angle and updated with a longer top tube and steeper seat tube. It’s way more playful now too with 150mm dropper post capability.

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Video: Emily Batty – Ambitions Episode 1


Emily Batty opens up about her roots as a daughter, a sister and a mountain biker. Take a tour of her first bikes and first trails that she rode. And watch her ride it now with her new gear.

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Review: ITUO Wiz2 and Wiz1


Great construction, beam patterns and honest output are the highlights of these two lights from ITUO. One delivers two hours of run time and the other keeps going for an impressive three hours.

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Best beer — and beer related stuff


Beer is good. Bikes are good. Beer and bikes together are great. Get your bike loving significant other one of these beer gifts and they will be very, very happy.

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Review: Lupine Betty R 15


Lupine Betty came in at 4711 Lumens last year. This year, it clocked in at 4989 forest piercing Lumens. We don’t know how they do it but they keep extracting more light from this little beast.

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First Look: Airshot Tubeless Inflator


Bring your compressed air with you anywhere or turn any floor pump in to a compressor pump for all your tubeless inflation needs.

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Review: Blaze Laserlight


Primarily a commuter light, it’s bright enough to get around on the trail or supplement a bar light. But you may get too distracted playing with the laser in the forest.

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Review: Scorpion Bike Stands


There’s something to be said about a bike stand that is unique and well made. It is wheel size independent and it’s perfect for storage, washing or basic maintenance. It’s the handy bike stand that you didn’t know you needed.

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Review: CatEye Volt 800


It’s a good helmet light, very similar to last year’s CatEye Volt 700.

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Review: Knog Blinder ARC 640


Knog from Australia makes a serious effort in lights with a staggering selection. Honest outputs, good beam patterns and the best form factors in the business are some of its virtues with this 640 as their brightest offering.

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