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: Gemini Lights Xera 950

The Xera has a nice, tiny light head and it puts out a good amount of light. It’s ideal for the helmet use with a Duo or Olympia on the bar. This year, the Xera has a 100 Lumen bump from last year and that is typical of the upgrade in the whole Gemini line up.

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Review: Lezyne Super Drive XL

The Super Drive XL is a stubby little LED light that puts out 589 Lumens for $120. It has a nice bar mount, improved from last year and it can be mounted on the bar or the helmet.

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Review: Lupine Piko TL Max and MiniMax

The size is diminutive and it only weighs 185/145 grams, but turn it on and it packs quite a punch displayed in a big, even beam pattern. The LEDs and optics are identical to the Piko 4, but this sports a flashlight configuration.

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Review: NiteRider Stinger USB

This is just a tiny little tail light with some good animation and side visibility. Its claim to fame is it is rechargeable. At $35, that’s quite an achievement.

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Review: Gemini Lights Duo 1500

The Gemini Duo is ideal for helmet mounting as it it provides a lightweight head, very similar to the Lupine Piko 4. It throws out a nice 1208 Lumen beam pattern for a run time of 1:30.

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Review: Gemini Lights Olympia 2100

85 gram light head makes it ideal for either bar or helmet use and impressive programmability gives the light a lot of range for different applications.

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2013 Tifosi Rumor, Saxon, Duro, Mast Eyewear

One of our favorite eyewear companies is Tifosi Optics. We like the quality of their optics, the style and feature of their glasses and the fact they don’t charge $100-$200 for a pair of glasses.

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2013 Bike Lights Shootout – 50 LED Lights Measured

The 2013 Bike Lights Shootout is here! The batteries are charged and the lux meter and lumisphere are ready. We’ve been riding these lights for the last few weeks and the progress in LED technology is dramatic once again.

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Video: Epic Fail in Bike Park Chatel, France

Four buddies from Argentina went to France to ride Chatel Bike Park. Unfortunately, they were a little too confident and their leader, Juan Cruz Paez, had no idea where he was going but was ready to huck every feature. The three guys behind put their fate in Juan Cruz and this is the result.

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The New Niner RLT 9 Gravel Grinder

Niner has joined the drop bar fray with the RLT 9 (Road Less Traveled). The first Niner for both 700 and 29″ wheels, the RLT 9 is how Niner sees its staff and customers going from the office to the backcountry and back.

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Revealed: Teva Virgin Sticky Rubber Shoe

The Teva Virgin will first be introduced in mid-sole height, with a black color scheme. “It will be sticky, will be durable and will be dialed,” says Product Manager Chris Hillyer confidently.

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Just In: 2014 Cateye Volt 1200

Now we received the Cateye Volt 1200 light that retails for $200. It’s about twice as big and heavy and pricey as the Nanoshot but it is more than four times brighter. We like that trade-off so we eagerly opened the package with anticipation.

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Tested: Motobecane Fantom 29 XTR

A few rides in, I’m happy to report that the bike checks out. It rides as a proper hardtail should, responsive yet smooth.
The Motobecane has a stiff front end with its head tube area and it steers accurately with the Rockshox fork.

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Revealed: Yeti SB75 and 575

It seems like the 27.5 wheel size will inevitably replace the 26 inch wheel and Yeti is here to join the party.

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Tested: Trek Fuel EX 29 – Project One Bike Arrives

Trek read our minds as they invited us out to Sedona to try out their new Trek Fuel EX 29 for a few days in some of the most challenging terrain available. The Trek Fuel 29 has big wheels and all the refinements of the 26er version.

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Niner WFO is ready to the battle it out for 29er All Mountain Supremacy

We were pumped to see the new WFO. It now has 150 mm of rear travel and it sports a 67 degree head angle. It is lower to the ground and the top tube is shorter for better all mountain fit.

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Featured: Uvex Quatro Pro All Mountain Bike Helmet

Uvex follows up their XP-100 with a modern helmet that is functional, light and is suitable for All Mountain riding.

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Revealed: BMC TF01 29 – Trailfox All Mountain 29er with 150mm of Travel

The numbers looks right on the TF01 29 and Aaron Bradford rode it to a 4th place finish in the Enduro World Series, Winter Park, CO.

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Revealed: Santa Cruz Bantam 130mm Travel 27.5 Bike

The Bantam is the latest member of the Santa Cruz 27.5 wheel family and it is the 130mm version of the 160mm travel Heckler.

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Eurobike 2013: Hovding Airbag Bike Helmet

The Hovding Airbag bike helmet seems so alien but it has serious effort and engineering behind it.

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Eurobike 2013: Breezer Repack 160mm Travel Bike with 27.5 Wheels

It was cool to catch up with Joe Breeze as he showed us his new Repack All Mountain bike. It features a very innovative 160mm of full suspension travel with a mid-pivot chainstay.

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Eurobike 2013: Met Parabellum Enduro Helmet

We’re happy to see Met come in the All Mountain helmet segment as we love their styling, venting and lightweight construction found in their other helmets. The Parabellum fulfills all those requirements with its attractive design.

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Factory Tour: Jenson USA Visit and Interview

Mtbr visited Jenson USA at their new headquarters in Riverside, CA to meet the folks behind one of the leaders in online bike retail. What makes these guys different from the rest? How did they grow from one employee to 64 now with a massive warehouse.

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Video: BikePark Wales – UK’s New Bike Park Destination

Trails and bike parks are being opened all over the globe as mountain bikers build trails to ride for themselves, their peers and their children. In just three days time BikePark Wales will open its doors to the public after five years of planning and construction.

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Review: Spank Spike Flat Pedals

The pedals are as good now as the day we installed them. In fact, they’re working a little better now since they spin more freely as the bearings and bushings have broken in. They’re not the most free-spinning flats out there but they are well suited for trail and all-mountain riding.

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