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.




Compare-O Bottom Line: Pivot shoots for Holy Grail status with new Mach 6 Carbon

The versatile Mach 6 shoots for Holy Grail territory with it’s wide-ranging capabilities for a wide range of riders. Does it hit the mark? Read our Bottom Line review and find out.

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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 knowledge as identification and prevention is key.

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Specialized Fatboy

Fatbiking is about fun, adventure, determination, accomplishment, and a little bit of insanity. Specialized has rolled all of this up into a nice package that makes me actually want to go out in 12 degree temperatures to ride in the snow.

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Review: Troy Lee Designs A1 Drone Helmet

The A1 was a good helmet but the A1 Drone is a lot better looking and a lot less expensive. That makes it a good choice in the face of stiff competition in this popular fit. In the end, good looks is brought home by good coverage and awesome fit and comfort.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Niner’s WFO 9 eats big trail—and convention—for breakfast and still gives you change for lunch

No carbon, no tweener wheels and half the price of some of our test bikes, the WFO 9 might just be the “get real” bike of the test.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Fezzari’s roll-your-own Timp Peak packs value, performance

The Fezzari Timp Peak delivers value in and performance in spades with this 150mm travel bike sporting a 1×11 drivetrain and carbon wheelset.

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News: Mark Weir breaks pelvis and sacrum in freak accident

Mark Weir and four buddies tried to move a half-fallen tree out of the trail. As they tried to push it out of the way, a supporting branch crumbled and the tree came crashing down from twenty feet high. Mark tried to scramble out of the way but the tree smashed him and broke his pelvis and sacrum.

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Hot News: Trek now testing 27.5 for downhill racing with new Session 650b bike

One of the superpowers of downhill racing, Trek Bicycles revealed today that they are now testing the capabilities of the 27.5 wheel size, which has been the domain of the proven 26er wheel size.

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Compare-O First Look: Trek Remedy 9.8 27.5

Trek boots 26-inch hoops in favor of 27.5s on the all-new 2014 Trek Remedy 9.8. Dressed in premium Bontranger componentry, their full-carbon, 140mm-travel flagship is looking leaner, meaner and readier than ever.

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Compare-O First Look: Pivot Mach 6 Carbon

The Pivot Mach 6 is one of the most anticipated bikes in our test with 155mm of plush dw-link suspension. It’s laterally stiff with short stays and a smart bottom bracket height designed to corner well and clear rocks and rough stuff.

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How To: Protect your bike when you stop on a ride

You’re out on a ride and have to drop in a store to get some supplies, coffee or lunch. You don’t have your heavy duty lock and you can’t bring your bike inside. Here’s some really cool tips on how to protect your bike from thieves.

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Review: Element Case Rogue and Sector deliver high end iPhone cases to the bike market

The phone is quickly becoming a great tool for cycling. The Element Case Rogue strives to solve all your phone protection and mounting needs.

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Compare-O First Look: Niner WFO

Madeover 2014 Niner WFO challenges the 27.5 status quo with bigger wheels and bigger travel, yet a small(ish) price tag.

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Review: Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel

This small Durango, CO company started mixing drinks in their kitchen for their own personal use so they could survive the rigors of the Leadville 100 race. What they came up with is a formula that is natural, dissolves easily in water and is easy for the body to digest.

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Review: Bell Stoker Helmet

The Bell Stoker is one of the surprise gems of this Helmet Shootout. It wins by sticking to core values and carefully choosing what NOT to offer.

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Video: What is Enduro Mountain Biking

Here is the lighter side of Enduro biking and the many definitions of it.

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Just In: Magura eLECT Automatic Lockout and Wireless Remote for Front Forks

We are delighted to report that Mtbr is one of the first folks in North America to test the production version of the Magura eLECT forks. The eLECT is a brain that locks the fork when you’re climbing and opens it up when descending.

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All Mountain / Enduro Helmet Shootout

All Mountain helmets have come of age as a new crop of helmets have been introduced that are more optimized for more aggressive descending and Enduro racing. First and foremost, there is more coverage.

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Review: iXS Trail RS Helmet

The Trail RS helmet is a light, attractive, full coverage helmet that can be had for $119. Read on and see if it’s right for you.

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Review: POC Trabec Race Helmet

It’s not the lightest or the most full-featured helmet around and it can get rather expensive at $220 for the MIPs model. But a distinctive design, attention to quality and a commitment to safety research is making this one of the most popular helmets in the All Mountain scene.

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Bicycle Blue Book Used Bike Buying Behavior Survey

Mtbr partner, Bicycle Blue Book is interested in your feedback, through the following survey. Fill it in for a chance to win your choice of a Giant Propel Advanced 1 road bike or Anthem Advanced 27.5 1 mountain bike.

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Review: Fenix BTR20

The Fenix BTR20 is a nice light with a dual beam pattern coming out of one head. Using special lens optics, they are able to project a wide beam and a focused spot beam at the same time.

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Video: Top 10 Tips For Buying Kids Bikes

The holidays are here and what better gift is there than buying your young one a bike. A bike is often a child’s first sense of freedom and independence. So get them a bike that fits and get them on the path to a cycling lifestyle.

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Video: Santa Cruz Jackal Day Trip With Bryceland and Peat

Pump tracks and dirt jump parks are all the rage but big wheels and all that suspension are not really the ideal tools for the job. Bryceland and Peat cruise around with the Santa Cruz Jackal and just have fun with their dirt jump bikes.

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First Look: Scott Genius 720 150mm and Genius LT with 170mm Travel

Last year, Scott was first to come up with a full carbon 27.5 bike and they were rewarded as they fully committed to the new wheel size with a full range of Genius 700 series bikes. Scott offered aluminum and carbon bikes with 150mm of travel in the new wheel size.

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