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.




News: Trek to start selling bikes online

Trek has fired the opening shot in the evolving retail wars as they unveiled the first revision of their Consumer Direct model. Consumers can buy bikes online and pick it up at a local retailer. Components and accessories can be shipped directly to the consumer.

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Video: Magura with Lopes and Palmer


Magura has attracted top athletes like Brian Lopes and Shaun Palmer for decades. Check in and see what they love about the company and its products.

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First Look: Orbea Loki 27.5+ hardtail


Orbea has made the transition from road bike company, XC specialists and and now All Mountain experts. With the Rallon, Occam and now the Loki, they’ve created a family of bikes that are truly fun to ride.

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News: 2016 Motobecane NightTrain Bullet released


Motobecane continues to deliver great value with their new NightTrain Bullet. Going with 2×10 Race Face cranks for good range, two to three pounds of weight is now saved by going with a true tubeless compatible setup that is reliable at very low pressures.

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First Look: Salsa Cycles Pony Rustler 27.5+ trail bike


The 120mm Pony Rustler is here to play in the growing trail bike market, optimized for 3-inch tires. It comes in either aluminum or carbon and can be matched with a 120mm or 130mm fork.

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First Look: GoPro HERO4 Session


In an effort to make their POV cameras more a part of heoric and mundane activities, GoPro has shrunk the HERO4 to the size of an ice cube. The form factor is much smaller now as most settings and control are handed off to a smart phone.

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SCOTT launches 27.5 Plus bikes


SCOTT Sports erases any doubt of whether a major European manufacturer will jump on the Plus sized bikes for 2016. They answer with a resounding ‘YES’ as they introduce five new 27.5+ bikes.

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First Look: 2016 Specialized Camber


The Camber has upped its climbing prowess with the integration of the new Brain rear shock and the RockShox RS-1 fork. But does it come at the expense of descending ability?

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First Look: Motobecane Sturgis and NightTrain titanium fat bikes


Known for bikes that should cost double given the component specs, Motobecane once again delivers, this time in the titanium fat bike arena. The Sturgis and NightTrain fat bikes deliver well executed titanium frames with the the right build.

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Video: Mountain biking in Puy du Fou


French mountain bike film maker Quentin Chaumy was given the opportunity to film at Puy du Fou and he took full advantage. Puy du Fou is a medieval theme park that brings in about 1.5 million visitors a year, making it one of the most popular attractions in France.

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Video: Leigh Donovan offers 10 videos to improve skills


Are you self-taught like most mountain bikers? Leigh Donovan believes there is a much better way to learn and here is a video sampling of her advice.

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First Look: RockShox Lyrik and Yari forks


Expanding the sweet spot of their single-crown, 35mm platform, the Lyric has been stiffened up and longer travel options have been introduced. The Yari fork is introduced with even more travel options and a more affordable price.

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Santa Cruz Bicycles sold to Pon Holdings


Santa Cruz Bicycles has just been sold to a Dutch company, Pon Holdings. The existing management staff will continue to run the company and no changes are evident at this point. But what does this mean to the company’s long-term future?

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Ibis Ripley Review


The Ripley was a revolutionary bike for Ibis but it did have its flaws. It seems all those have been addressed with this new version and new geometry, but a classic edition will be maintained as well for those who love its original 26er-like handling.

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Lily follow-me camera drone flies itself


The Lily drone is the coolest POV drone to be announced to date. And it seems to have some mountain bike applications in open spaces.

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Video: Aaron Gwin winning chainless run in 2015 Leogang World Cup DH


Aaron Gwin snapped his chain at the start of a pedally World Cup downhill race. What ensued was one the most thrilling and flawless runs in mountain bike downhill history.

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Sneak Peek: Praxis Works wide range 11-40 10-speed MTB cassette


There is a market for 1×10 drivetrain systems but riders often run out of low gears. So they slap on aftermarket 42 tooth cogs, but there is some compromise in shifting. Praxis aims to solve that with their 11-40 10-speed cog.

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Video: A-Line trail in Whistler


The most famous trail in the world has evolved. Is it better and are you going up there to find out this season?

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Review: Magura MT7 brakes


In this ever changing field of brakes, the available power keeps ramping up to keep up with the more capable All Mountain bikes and more challenging terrain. Magura answers the call with the amazing MT7 brake.

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Video: The sounds of the ShapeRideShoot crew


Few riders out there can match the abilities of the Scott Bikes sponsored ShapeRideShoot crew. But what really sets them apart is their ability to ride together in harmony with each other. Check out the soundtrack they create.

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Video: 2015 Red Bull Sky Gate Highlights


Check out Andrew Taylor’s course preview of the Red Bull Tianmenshaw bike event that has riders going down a 50 degree slope with 999 steps. Check out footage of Kelly McGarry’s massive crash and see the highlights from the event.

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WTB showcases new products in WTB Throwdown


Following the success of popular new tires like the Vigilante and the Trail Boss, WTB reaches back to its roots to innovate with the new Trailblazer and Riddler Tires.

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Round up: Best new flat pedals


Some of the best tech and innovation is actually going in to these new flat pedals. Low weight, low profile, platform size and grip are the key elements.

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First Look: Specialized Stumpjumper and Rhyme FSR 6Fattie


Specialized adds to the 29er and 27.5 stable with a 3.0 tire version. Outer tire diameter is roughly the same as the 29er version but its character is quite a bit different with ultimate comfort and traction.

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First Look: 2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR


The Stumpy is back in the spotlight with a major revamp. Shorter stays, slacker head angle, wider rims and a cool SWAT door are some of the tricks up its sleeve.

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Review: Leatt DBX 3.0 Cargo hydration pack


With a fresh approach from the standpoint of back protection and transporting bike armor, Leatt produces a high quality hydration pack.

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Tech: Specialized SWAT Door frame storage


Specialized takes the SWAT concept to the next level by using the utilizing the frame down tube for storage of air, tools, food, hydration and anything else that will fit.

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Review: Morsa Cycling Mount


Are you short on handlebar space, specifically in the coveted center spot? Do you wish you had a cleaner mounting system or a more modular one for all your devices?

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Review: Vee Tire Crown tires


Vee Tire enters the market with it’s front and rear specific Crown tires designed by Mike King. Grippy rubber, high TPI and quality construction are some of some of the highlights.

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Review: Vittoria Peyote and Barzo tires


Geax is now known as Vittoria and they’ve made their presence known with an exciting line-up of new tires.

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Demo Flow Trail of Soquel Demonstration State Forest now open


Segments one thru six of the Demo Flow Trail are now open and the reviews are unanimous. It’s a truly remarkable trail for all levels. It is all time!

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News: SRAM RAIL 40 wheels


SRAM has made huge strides in its wheel development. They’ve dissected every part of the wheel system and improved all the components. They’re not very wide yet but the engineering is now very sound with the RAIL line of wheels. Performance and affordability are in the forefront as well.

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Feature: 2015 DTS Enduro Race


Though invite only, the 2015 Dirty Sanchez Enduro Race is outgrowing its home-grown, family-oriented roots. The presence of Jerome Clementz and some of the best racers in the world is sure to put this event on the map.

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News: Become a Michelin tire tester at Sea Otter


With a daily giveaway program Michelin will be seeking cycling to join an exclusive club of test riders that includes folks like Jerome Clementz, Pierre-Edouard Ferry, Rémy Absalon.

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Just In: Project 321 Lefty Supermax kits and wheelsets


Project 321 allows you to put a Lefty fork on almost any bike. With their machining wizardry, they’re able to provide bling parts that perform.

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Long Term Test: Shimano Di2 XTR


We’ve put a lot of rides in on our Di2 XTR test bike and it is rather strange how ‘normal’ it feels. While very complex and configurable, on the trail it can feel very simple and natural. It really doesn’t call attention to itself and just becomes part of the ride.

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Just In: 2016 FOX 34 Float fork


FOX stumbled a bit in fork technology since the inception of CTD forks. But we saw what they were capable of with the performance of their FOX 36 forks last year. Now, all that technology comes to the more popular 34 line of forks.

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Frenchman breaks world mountain bike speed record


Check out these videos of Eric Barone setting the new mountain bike speed record. His infamous crash from 2002 is here too as a reminder of how dangerous this feat is.

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First Look: SRAM GX Drivetrain


SRAM knocks one out of the park by expanding the sweet spot of 1×11 drivetrains with this more affordable option. The gearing range flexibilities are increased too with 2×11 and 2×10 options.

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Take the Ryan Leech 30-day wheelie challenge


Some say you either have the wheelie gene or you don’t. Ryan Leech believes otherwise and he can show you why.

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Video: Brendan Fairclough’s playground


The trails of Surrey, England have kept Brendan Fairclough entertained for the last 15 years. Find out why as he gives you a visual tour. What is your local jaunt like?

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FOX goes 27.5+ with 110mm spacing on Factory 34 Float Fork


If there’s any doubt that 27.5+ would take off this year, they were erased by FOX’s introduction of this 27.5+ fork with 110mm hub spacing. This wider hub allows the fork legs and crown to accommodate a huge 27.5 tire like a 3.0 or 3.5 inch.

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First Look: Specialized Atlas lightweight knee pad


Specialized enters the lightweight knee pad arena with this 156-gram set of pads. It features an impact hardening material and a fit that is designed to stay in place without straps.

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Review: Durango Bikes Moonshine 650b


Durango Bikes set out to create a U.S. made 160mm travel All Mountain bike using the best technologies and components available. What they came up with is the alloy Moonshine with 27.5 wheels and a refined Horst Link suspension.

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Video: Jonathan ‘Bike in a lifetime’


We love watching videos of pros as some of us aspire to their tricks or live their lifestyle. But what about the normal rider. Is he/she less passionate about riding? Here, Quentin Chaumy captures the essence of a rider named Jonathan.

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Video: Thank you, Bicycle


What does mountain biking mean to you? Is it a hobby, a sport or a lifestyle? If it’s a lifestyle for you, you will be able to relate to Lars Veenstra’s video that captures his gratitude to the mountain bike.

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Review: BMC Speedfox 130mm travel 29er


Mtbr rode the BMC Speedfox 29er near BMC’s office in Switzerland and Noble Canyon in San Diego, CA. The bike exhibited great range and capability.

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How To: Rotating Endo’s and Yoga Balance Challenge by Ryan Leech


Ever ridden with someone who can flip the direction of their bike on that impossible switchback? Well you may be surprised to learn that this feat is achievable for you as well.

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First Look: 2015 Troy Lee Designs A1, D2 and D3 helmets


As founder Troy Lee struggled through a 2014 racked with injuries, 2015 promises to be a better year with a line-up filled with exciting improvements and designs.

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Review: Ellsworth Epiphany 27.5 Enduro bike


Ellsworth modified its Epiphany chassis to handle the 27.5 wheel size to handle aggressive descents while still maintaining good climbing attributes.

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