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.




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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Review: Lezyne Power Drive 900XL


Good optics, good price and form factor make this a good purchase as long as the customer is able to access the hidden Overdrive mode from right away.

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Review: Lupine Wilma 7


The Wilma 7 is the ‘practical’ exotic light of the Lupine line. Its incredible brightness is balanced out by light weight and good runtime. The new remote is a very welcome addition.

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Review: CandlePower Tech TrailTorch TT3000


With the highest levels of U.S. craftsmanship, CandlePower Tech delivers a light with a very bright and even beam pattern. The GoPro compatible mounting is a big plus as well.

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Review: Sigma Buster 600


The Buster 600 puts out an honest 600 Lumens in a handy, no frills package for $90. Impressed with this offering from Sigma of Germany.

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Review: DiNotte XML-3


The XML-3 is light at 355 grams, bright at 1573 Lumens yet it does not break the bank at $229.

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Video: Rémy Métailler attacks the Whistler Bike Park


Many of us have been to Whistler or seen the lines but Rémy Métailler creates combines many jumps into one as he assaults the rocks and trees of the big mountain.

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Review: Light & Motion Urban 850 Trail


This latest Urban 850 Trail model remains very bright and light. Now the side lights have been turned down to optimize for trail use. GoPro mount compatibility is offered now as well.

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Review: Lupine NEO 2


At 188 grams, it is the ideal helmet light with the battery mounted at the rear of the helmet to provide balance to the light head up front.

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Review: Lezyne Deca Drive 1500XXL


Lezyne made their mark with honest, infinite battery lights. But with the dangers of loose Lithium cells, they are going with sleeker and more compact designs.

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Review: CatEye Volt 1600


The Volt 1600 continues to be one of our favorites as the output bumps up to 1600 Lumens now. Chassis and mount are getting a bit dated now for this much light but this is still a self-contained powerhouse.

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Review: Dynaplug Tubeless Repair kits


With experience from other industries, Dynaplug offers several reliable options for repairing tubeless tires on the trails.

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Review: NiteRider Lumina OLED 800


This latest Lumina bumps output to an honest 800 Lumens. It also incorporates an OLED display to make switching through modes very easy. Finding out remaining runtime on any light level is handy as well.

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Review: Cygolite Dash 450


The Dash 450 from Cygolite offers a unique form factor with four auxiliary LEDs to complement the main lens.

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Video: Top 10 mountain bike innovations


Innovations come and go but these set of 10 have really improved our mountain biking experience. Which one is tops for you and what have we missed.

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Review: Bontrager Ion 700 RT


Going up in price with a sophisticated remote, the Ion 700 RT is the same compact light that can now be part of a unified system of lights.

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Review: CatEye Volt 6000


The brightest light we’ve ever tested also has the widest beam. And it has a trick up its sleeve, an integrated cooling fan. But is it flawed or perfect for trail use?

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Review: Lupine Piko 4 Smartcore


From its humble beginnings of 550 Lumens, the new Lupine Piko 4 now sports 1500 Lumens, a wireless remote and smartphone app.

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Video: ‘Iceland. Proven Here.’


In a sea of impressive travel and promotional videos, this one by the crew at Yeti absolutely manages to stand out and tower above the rest.

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Video: ‘Off the Beaten Path’ – Fat bikes


This adventure cycling film celebrating the journeys bikes allow us to take – specifically focusing on how fatter tire bikes are allowing riders to venture to places cyclists have never been able to ride before.

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Video: Rogatkin falls off cliff in the biggest crash in Red Bull history


The crash that everyone fears in Red Bull Rampage, falling off a cliff, happened yesterday to Nicholi Rogatkin. In a fall that could have easily killed or paralyzed someone, Rogatkin got up shaken but undeterred.

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