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.




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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