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.




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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Koroyd pushes to reduce head injuries


The bike landscape seems to be changing as more companies and consumers are clamoring for better helmets and better standards.

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Cannondale Bad Habit 27.5 Plus bike first look


Cannondale joined the Plus Bike party around December of last year with the Bad Habit 1 and Bad Habit 2 aluminum models. Now they have a carbon model called the the Bad Habit Carbon.

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Grizzly bear kills mountain biker in Montana


Mountain biker killed by a grizzly while riding near Halfmoon Lake of Glacier National Park.

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2017 Trek Remedy first ride


Previously available in 27.5 and 29er, the new Remedy is now just a 27.5 bike now to simplify the line and focus on the fun side of the bike.

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2017 Trek Fuel EX first ride


The Fuel EX is Trek’s #1 selling bike so its design has stayed the course for many years. But for 2017, Trek takes some risks and pushes the bike into longer, slacker and more aggressive horizons.

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Drone films Sedona White Line ride by Aaron Chase


Earlier this summer, Aaron Chase went out to Sedona, AZ to ride the new Pivot Switchblade 135 mm travel bike. Taking photos and shooting video, he decided to take on the infamous White Line Trail.

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Orbea Occam 27.5 and 29er first ride


Known for lust-worthy road bikes, Orbea broke the mtb ice last year with the rowdy, enduro-ready Rallon. With everything they learned about mtb geometry, they merged that with their carbon expertise to create the trail ready Occam.

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GT Pantera 27.5 Plus hardtail first ride


We’re often asked by beginnners or intermediate riders what bike to get and it’s often a balance between budget and interest level. These new Plus hardtails by GT offer a very attractive option now with their attractive price and versatility.

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Video: $179 Huffy FS bike on a DH Trail


Huffy now offers a full suspension Plus bike for $179 sold at Walmart stores. Watch DH Pro rider Phil Kmetz take it down a double black diamond downhill trail.

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Ellsworth Rogue Sixty first ride review


We came to see the new Ellsworth Rogue Sixty with skepticism but we were thoroughly impressed by what we saw and rode.

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Tepui Expedition Series bag review


Tepui is known for their rugged rooftop tents. And part of their offering is a big, rectangular bag that is very handy for mountain bikers.

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Troy Lee Designs A1 MIPS helmet first look


The Troy Lee A1 is widely know for being one of the most comfortable full coverage helmets around. Now MIPS is introduced, as well as a spectrum of attractive new designs.

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SRAM EX1 e-bike component group first look


Almost all e-bikes currently use the same drivetrains as normal bikes and they seem to work well enough. But spend some time with them and one will realize that it can be made to work better. Find out what we think of SRAM’s latest effort.

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Race Face Chester flat pedal review


Folks charge an arm and a leg for exotic pedals so it was refreshing for us to try a $55 nylon pedal and discover an absolute gem.

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Leatt DBX 6.0 full face helmet first look


Experts in neck braces and protection in the biking and moto industries, Leatt sought out to improve the way full face bike helmets protect against soft blows. Check out their technology.

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6D ATB-1T helmet first look


Bike helmets have historically been designed to prevent the skull from cracking. But what about concussions and brain damage on those lower impact blows? 6D is here with a new trail helmet that uses their moto experience to help mountain bikers.

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FOX Transfer dropper post first look


The FOX Transfer has all the right moves for a second generation product from a suspension engineering company. But they surprised us with a knockout punch of $264 price.

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PNW Components Rainier dropper post review


Quality, affordable dropper posts have remained elusive despite the rise in popularity of the category. PNW Components hopes to answer that call with the $270 Rainier.

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CamelBak Skyline 10 LR hydration pack review


Carrying water, tools, and supplies is a must on long rides. But not all riders are thrilled with the idea of having a bag on their back that shifts around and affects ventilation. CamelBak aimed to address these issues with its new Skyline 10 LR hydration pack.

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Video: Wounded Veterans Ride 100k on Memorial Day Weekend


Memorial Day is considered by many as the opening day of summer and the start of many mountain bike trips and adventures. But let us not forget the true meaning of this weekend.

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FOX Transfer dropper post sneak peak


Following the outgoing FOX DOSS dropper post that was a bit rough around the edges but extremely reliable, FOX is getting ready to introduce the their new dropper called the Transfer.

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Pivot Switchblade first look


Pivot launches versatile and capable trail bike with a huge sweet spot. It has the shortest chainstays in the category yet allows the biggest tires — and a front derailleur. But your wheels will need 157mm hubs.

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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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