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.




EVOC Tailgate Pad review


Truck tailgates are incredibly efficient when it comes to bike transport. This latest tailgate pad from EVOC does a good job protecting bikes and your vehicle as well.

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Küat NV 2.0 hitch rack review


Küat changed the hitch rack game with the original NV, which looked as good as it performed. Now they’ve stepped it up once again with a more refined version that accepts a broader range of wheel and tire sizes.

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Thule T2 Pro bike rack review


Now compatible with all wheel sizes, including fat bikes, Thule revamped the sturdiness, security, and aesthetics of the venerable T2 in the new T2 Pro.

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RockyMounts SplitRail hitch rack review


We think of RockyMounts as a good third party alternative for bike trays for roof rack systems. But the new SplitRail is a serious effort and one of the best hitch racks we’ve tried.

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Specialized Flux Expert headlight review


The Flux Expert is a great commuter light that can be complemented with a helmet light for trail use. And while not a bang-for-the-buck winner, it is a sleek, high-quality device.

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Fox Transfer dropper post review


Fox applied its experience from the Fox DOSS to develop a better product. But how does the new Transfer measure up in this Mtbr long term review.

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CatEye Volt 400 review


The CatEye Volt 400 will not wow you with its blazing output or diminutive size relative to its brightness. Rather it will impress you with its day-to-day performance and solid design.

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Yakima SkyRise rooftop tent puts glam in glamping


Yakima has entered this growing category with a rooftop tent that is light, competitively priced, and uniquely integrates with their racks.

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BikeYoke Dehy Reverb mechanical cable conversion


The RockShox Reverb is a dominant player in the dropper post market. But maintenance and installation can be challenging with an internal hydraulic cable. BikeYoke aims to simplify that with the Dehy.

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New GoPro HERO5 cameras unveiled


Branching out beyond POV and action sports, GoPro has released a suite of products to capture one’s adventures. Here is the centerpiece of the line-up, the new Hero5 cameras.

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Motobecane releases new HAL6 and NightTrain bikes


Bikesdirects always seems to deliver bike deals with impressive components. Notable spec on this Hal6 150mm travel bike is ‘Full SRAM Eagle drivetrain’ at a street price of $2500.

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Video: Top 5 ways to survive a crash


Ever wonder why bmx kids seem to fall out of the sky and walk away unharmed? It’s because they’ve crashed many times before and have learned to control the situation.

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Shimano Koryak dropper post


We’ve always dreamed of a world where Shimano made dropper posts, giving the world more options in this growing category. Finally, that day is here. But how is it?

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10 ways to make better mountain bike videos


GoPros are cool to use but the output from them is barely watchable even for the rider who shot the footage. Here’s 10 tips for creating mtb videos that don’t suck.

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Video: 5 best trails in Whistler


Jackson Goldstone is not like most 12-year olds as he practically grew up at the bike park. Take a tour with him and explore five of the best trails on the lower half of Whistler Bike park.

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Video: Olly Wilkins, speed of sound


Few can match the speed and style of DMR product Guru, Olly Wilkins. And even fewer have as much fun as him as well.

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Just in: Maxxis Minion and Highroller II plus tires


Plus bikes are one of the key growth areas of our sport, as riders discover bigger tire volume and lower air pressures. But most of the available Plus tires thus far have very small cornering side knobs. Until now that is…

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2016 Red Bull Joyride top 3 rides video


Always at the cusp of victory but in the shadow of the great Brandon Semenuk, Brett Rheeder put together a magnificent run and came home with a win in Whistler.

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2017 Dainese Protection


With a moto heritage, Dainese understands the science of protection. They focus not only on the absorption and dissipation of impact, but also fit and articulation.

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2017 Pivot Firebird first look


The previous Pivot Firebird was a little long in the tooth with its ‘short and high’ geometry. But this new version is fully modernized taking in the lessons learned from the success of the Pivot Switchblade.

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Giro Switchblade helmet first ride review


Giro pulls out all the stops on a their new downhill helmet with removable chin bar. Passing all the downhill safety standards, the Switchblade is highlighted by a very easy to install and remove chin bar.

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PNW Components Bachelor 150 dropper post first look


Following up on its popular Rainier dropper post introduced last year, PNW Components has just released its Bachelor 150. Click through to read our first impressions.

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2017 Specialized Enduro first ride


The Enduro 29er was a ground-breaking achievement when the 29er version was launched three years ago. This new one is an even more significant effort with better performance and versatility.

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2017 Specialized Enduro spotted


Rumors about the long-awaited sequel to the Specialized Enduro have gone rampant in the last couple of weeks. The outgoing model was a revolutionary 29er with 155mm of travel with a 165mm travel 27.5 sibling.

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Specialized Ambush Comp helmet first look


The Ambush helmet is a favorite for many riders due to its protection, fit and styling. Now the Big Red S has followed it up with the Ambush Comp, which comes in at a more affordable $120 price point, but has many of the same features.

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Reynolds 27.5 Enduro carbon wheelset review


The Reynolds 27.5 Enduro is one of the pleasant surprises of the year for us. We’ve ridden it a ton as it’s been absolutely flawless for us railing corners and banging through rocks.

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Yakima StreamLine and FrontLoader bike rack review


Great roof racks are very difficult to make since there’s so many roof variations out there. But Yakima demystifies the category with a product that is quiet and versatile.

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Canfield Crampon Mountain flat pedals first look


Canfield updates their Crampon pedal with an even larger 112-millimeter by 106-millimeter platform and virtually maintenance free internals that utilizes a bushing at the axle side and stacked bearings at the end internally.

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Video: Richie Rude – This is home


Richie Rude stormed into the scene last year taking the overall win in the Enduro World Series. The sole American in the top ranks of the EWS, Rude has proven that last year was no fluke with dominating EWS wins this year.

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WTB Convict 2.5 tire first impressions


WTB has been on a tear lately with a host of product introductions in the tire arena. They’ve worked on tire volume, tire casings, rubber quality and tread pattern. Check out what we think of the Convict.

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Intense Primer 29 first ride report


Intense has modernized its bikes and suspension designs with the introduction of the ACV 27.5 Plus and the Primer 29, both with 130mm of front and rear suspension. Find out more about the 29 in this first ride review.

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Inflation chart for different tire sizes and CO2 sizes


CO2 cartridges are handy as they can get you back pedaling in no time after that unfortunate flat tire. But how much can they really inflate today’s big new tires?

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Küat NV 2.0 Hitch Rack first look


Küat took the hitch rack world by storm when it was introduced many moons ago. But bikes have changed and they’ve learned a lot from customers. So the NV 2.0 is here with some significant improvements.

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Wolf Tooth GnarWolf chain guide first look


Wolf Tooth showed us their new chain guide called the GnarWolf. A lot of thought and engineering went into this device which is currently available in ISCG-05 mount for $64.95.

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Salsa Redpoint 150mm FS first ride review


Bikepacking and adventure riding are in Salsa’s wheelhouse, but now they have a serious entry in the all mountain market. Mtbr rode their 150mm travel full suspension Redpoint on Northstar Bike Park’s rowdiest trails and came away smiling.

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Salsa Woodsmoke first ride


Salsa introduced a lot of bikes this week with the Woodsmoke taking much of the mountain bike spotlight.

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2017 NiteRider lights sneak peek


This coming night riding season, NiteRider is going to try and put lights on every bike on the road with absolutely compelling price points. And they’re going to entice trail riders with a 950 lumen self-contained trail light for just $100.

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Next Exit, Episode 1: Sun Valley, ID Mountain Biking


A steady evolution of mountain bike enthusiasts and committed community members has led to 400-plus miles of singletrack right out of town, lift accessed trails on Bald Mountain and the Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival.

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Snapshot: Squamish, BC mountain biking with Reuben Krabbe


Squamish is experiencing rapid growth as a premier mountain biking destination. Here is a glimpse of what makes the town tick and what the future holds.

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Thule T2 Pro hitch rack system


Thule made some key changes to accommodate the growing array of plus and fat tires. They also made the rack a lot easier to fold up and tilt down.

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2017 Alpinestars protection and clothing


Alpinestars continues its march in to mountain bike clothing and protection with the same mantra. Offer great styling with top-notch quality at a reasonable price.

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2017 Trek Slash 29er first look


Trek proudly showed us its newest Enduro racing bike, the Slash 29er sporting 150mm of rear travel. It had to be carbon and had to have 29er wheels to put forward their best effort in the category.

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Review: Blackburn Central 700 Front


Blackburn delivers a self-contained light with a very useable dual beam pattern. It features a GoPro compatible mount too.

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CamelBak Quick Stow first look


CamelBak showed us some innovative new bottle products at Bike Press Camp including their all new Quick Stow and Quick Stow Chill.

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Bottle Pod storage solution review


We always welcome solutions for carrying tools and essentials on a bike ride. And the Bottle Pod solution is a novel indeed placing the gear inside a bottle shaped pod that allows easy access to all its contents

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Intense 27.5 Plus ACV first ride


Intense Cycles throws their hat in the full suspension Plus bike arena with this attractive ACV – All Conditions Vehicle, with 130mm of rear travel.

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Video: Walmart Mongoose Fat Bike trilogy


Seth is an interesting guy indeed. Based in Florida, he’s found a niche purchasing cheap bikes and riding the snot out of them. In this trilogy, he purchases a Mongoose Dolomite $200 fat bike and methodically puts it through its paces.

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Fabric Chamber ratchet tool


Fabric is a UK-based component firm that innovates with good design, manufacturing and price. Their new portable Chamber ratchet tool is cool indeed.

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G-Form shows off bib short liner with hip protection


G-Form revolutionized protection by creating knee and elbow pads that were different from what existed at the time. Instead of heavy and cumbersome, they went with light and flexible.

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Smith Rover first ride


Smith proudly showed us their latest helmet offering, the Smith Rover which features Koroyd protection in the most critical impact zones of the helmet.

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