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.




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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Video: World Champion Nino Schurter unwinds


Another race season is in the books and now it is time for Nino to focus on the fun side of things. In his backyard, the XC World Champion enjoys some of the best singletrails Switzerland has to offer.

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Video: Brendan Fairclough brings freeracing to Rampage


Fairclough, or “Brendog” as he’s known, competed in the last two Rampage events with lines that prove that not only can he hang with the best freeriders in the world, but that he may be one of them.

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Review: CandlePower Tech TrailTorch TT3000


With the highest levels of US 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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Video: Claudio’s Red Bull Rampage course preview


This is a glimpse into how a “regular” guy would ride the Red Bull Rampage course — if “regular” means a racing veteran who was a professional downhill racer between 1998 and 2012.

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Video: Over the hill – And through the woods


‘Over the hill’ is a term often heard when one turns forty years old. But as these fine gentlemen keenly demonstrate ‘over the hill’ is a state of mind that bogs down much of the adult population. Age, responsibility, doubt are mere shackles or excuses that prevent one from living life.

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Video: Nico Vink hits the world’s biggest jumps


Among the best jumpers in the world, there is Nico Vink who always manages to stand out. His speed and amplitude push the limits of our sport.

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Video: Logan Peat in ‘The Backwoods’


Logan Peat started building the slopestyle course of his dreams. But as the vision got too big, a whole army of builders and machines helped him complete the vision.

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2015 Bike Lights Shootout


The 2015 Bike Lights Shootout is here! It is quite an exciting crop of lights as lights are getting lighter with improved beam patterns. Check back often to see the latest lights reviews.

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Video: What if it snowed dirt?


Imagine the ultimate skier’s dream—a powder day—in mountain biking terms. Dirt falls from the sky like powder snow, while ecstatic riders play across a magical landscape.

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Video: Ellsworth is reborn


Purchased by carbon fiber experts BST Nano Carbon, Ellsworth bikes has installed a new team to develop compelling products quickly that are manufactured right here in the USA.

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Interbike 2015: 6D ATB-1A trail helmet with damper technology


Known for revolutionizing moto helmets and full-face helmets, 6D is bringing their impact dampening helmets to the wider audience with a half-lid All Mountain helmet.

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Interbike 2015: e*thirteen EXP cassette with 9-44 teeth


e*thirteen is redefining the category by delivering a massive 9-44 tooth range. It will allow riders of all levels to enjoy 1x drivetrains with little compromise.

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Interbike 2015: CatEye Volt 6000 is the brightest light today


One of our Interbike highlights is this devastatingly bright light from CatEye, the Volt 6000. It also integrates an incredible cooling system.

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Interbike 2015: OutBraker brake regulator


The OutBraker hydraulic brake regulator does what it’s supposed to do, but fails to understand basic mountain biking needs.

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Video: OneUp Chainguide


Narrow/Wide chainrings retain the chain well but not all the time. The OneUp Chainguide adds extra security for chain retention and it extends the useable life of the chainring as well.

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First Look: 2016 Santa Cruz Bronson


Slacker head angle, longer top tube, shorter chainstays are some of the updates to this newest Bronson.

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Video: Ratboy and the new Santa Cruz Bronson


Josh ‘Ratboy’ Bryceland took the new Bronson out for sideways session in the island of Madeira, Portugal.

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Video: 2016 FOX Float DPS EVOL shock


For 2016, FOX revamped its Float rear shock with two damping pistons called DPS for better performance. They also added an extra negative spring can called EVOL to make the suspension curve flatter.

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2016 Pivot Mach 6


The outgoing Pivot Mach 6 carbon was a highly successful bike for Pivot. Cable routing and a slack seat angle opened the door for some improvements and the high price of carbon called for an aluminum version as well. The call is answered here.

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Tire testing the Michelin Rock’R, Grip’R and beyond


Eager to gain back their leadership position in mountain bike tires, Michelin showed us the extensive and meticulous lengths they go through to develop a mountain bike tire.

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Magura Vyron wireless dropper post


Magura delivered the first bombshell product of Eurobike by introducing a product that everyone has been clamoring for, a wireless dropper post. They aim to deliver the post by November 2015 for a price of $460.

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Video: Enduro World Series unveils 2016 calendar


Like the Formula One Series of auto racing, the Enduro World Series seeks to showcase the best mountain biking destinations in the world. This year, they map out destinations in Chile, Argentina, France and the USA.

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First Look: Urge Endur-O-Matic 2 All Mountain helmet


When first introduced, the Urge Endur-O-Matic looked different from the rest as it seemed to come from a full-coverage, dirt jumper scene with highly stylized All Mountain modifications. It receives a major update here in its second iteration.

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Nino Schurter visits Tom Ritchey’s home turf


Nino visited the peninsula hills of Redwood City, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area to see the shop where Tom Ritchey developed and tested the first mountain bikes.

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Video: Semenuk’s flawless 2015 Crankworx run


Semenuk won the 2015 Crankworx Joyride, making him the first rider to take the top spot at the Joyride three times.

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First Ride: Giro Montaro and Montara helmets


To complement their affordable Feature All Mountain helmet, Giro introduced the premium Montaro and Montara helmets that provide superior ventilation, goggle compatibility and MIPS protection.

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Video: Crankworx 2015 RockShox Pump Track Challenge


The Crankworx Pump Track challenge is always a crowd pleaser as mountain biking legends from all disciplines meet up in near perfect track to compete in a 2-run elimination format. The speed and style achieved is remarkable as these elite athletes rocket around the track without a single pedal stroke.

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First Look: Easton Haven and Race Face Turbine dropper post


Easton and Race Face enter the dropper post market with a clean, well-conceived post with proven internals. But with a high price, is it enough to shake up the market?

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Video Trailer: ‘Cam Zink: Reach For The Sky’


Cam Zink sits atop the Freeride world having won the sport’s most coveted titles. Learn more about his upbringing and his impact on the sport.

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