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: Gloworm XS 2200 Lumen Bike Light

The Gloworm XS is a high end light that a delivers a very wide but controlled beam pattern. The beam is rectangular to optimize for width and peripheral vision.

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Review: Michelin Wild RockR2 All Mountain Tire

Michelin bike tires is a brand us old timers are familiar with, but their new tires have not kept up with changing trends. They aim to change that with one of the most compelling All Mountain tires we’ve seen.

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Video: Above the Wall by Quentin Chaumy

Above the Wall is a video where balance and vertigo are the keywords. Aurélien Fontenoy, the VTT Trial vice-champion in 2012 and 2013 performs amongst the ruins of Mount Jalla and in the woods of the Bastille overlooking Grenoble!

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Video: 26 Ain’t Dead

26ers are under attack and in the crosshairs is the bike most of us started with, the 26er hardtail. While sales forecasts may not show growth in this segment, they are still incredibly fun to ride. Do you still ride yours?

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Review: Spank Oozy Trail Stem and LTD Handlebar

Spank’s Oozy line delivers a bar/stem combination that is light, strong and easy on the wallet. They put in some careful thought that makes it ideal for the bigger wheelsizes and the higher demands of all mountain riding.

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Review: Supernova Airstream Commuter Light

The Supernova Airstream seems to play by a different set of rules. Instead of creating a low-cost, ultra bright light that will be rendered useless in a few years under harsh conditions, Supernova set out to make the best light for commuting.

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Video: 10 Things A Mountain Biker Should Experience

Here is a beautiful video that goes through some of the greatest experiences in mountain biking. It seems to be from Europe… Switzerland to be exact but they’re really hitting home with mountain bikers across the globe. Give it a view and see how you score.

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Review: Xeccon Geinea I

The Xeccon Geinea is a 650 Lumen light with a tail light included in the system. A remote switch is included to control both front and tail lights.

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Review: Xeccon Spiker 1210

The Xeccon Spiker is a light with 4 LEDs and a big hard cased battery. The beam is big and bright and it is best used as a bar light to project a wide beam pattern. A spot helmet light would complement this light nicely.

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Review: Xeccon Sogn 700 – 2800 Lumen Bike Light

The Xeccon Sogn 700 is a powerful light from Xeccon that features two banks of 3-LED lenses. It is a big light at 658 grams, but it’s good to see a huge beam pattern from this light. It throws far and wide and that’s a good thing with this many Lumens.

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Review: Trail Led Halo – 6000 Lumen Helmet Light

Trail Led is a bike light company similar to the great handmade bike builders like Moots and Vanilla Cycles. It is run by craftsman Grady Pace who is meticulous about his work and craftsmanship. The Trail Led Halo is the most extreme one of the group putting out a measured 5350 Lumens.

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Review: Magicshine Eagle 600

The secret sauce of of this light is an OLED display that tells you current battery level and current run time left. It tells you exactly how much battery charge you have left and it will calculate in real-time your runtime based on your current light level.

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Review: Bontrager Ion 700

It is a tiny light that is manufactured to the highest standards. It is a bright light in a tiny package. It’ll fit on your bars, your helmet or in your pocket. At the price of $100, it trumps all of the competition in the 700 Lumen category.

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Review: Trail Led XXX 1800 Lumen Helmet Light

Trail Led is a bike light company similar to the great handmade bike builders like Moots and Vanilla Cycles. It is run by craftsman Grady Pace who is meticulous about his work and craftsmanship. Mounting the XXX model is the easiest in the family and it can be mounted anywhere on the helmet.

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Review: Boombotix Boombot REX Bluetooth Speaker

Bluetooth speakers are all the rage these days, as you they allow you to take your music everywhere. The Boombot REX does that and is a speakerphone as well, all in a rugged package.

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27.5 All-Mountain/Enduro Bike Round Up

Is 650B/27.5″ THE Ultimate All Mountain Bike Platform? We round-up a few of the latest and greatest from Norco, Scott, Intense and Foes to compare them all side by side.

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Review: Trail Led DS 3000 Lumen Helmet Light

The Trail Led DS is the middle-ground light hitting 2640 measured Lumens. The form factor and shape is just right with 6 LEDs in a curved row. This forms kind of a halo around the helmet and is shaped to follow the curvature of most helmets.

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Revealed: Crank Brothers 2014 Iodine and Cobalt Wheels

Aimed squarely at the All Mountain crowd, Crank Brothers revamps their Iodine wheels to make them more reliable, more affordable and stiffer. What’s not to like?

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Review: Spank Oozy 26AL EVO Wheelset

Great wheels can make the difference between a good bike and a great one. Here is one that is well conceived, designed and assembled. And it comes in all the wheel sizes.

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Just In: JetBlack Z1 Fluid Trainer

Right in time for the indoor season, Jet Black is here with a few trainer options. This JB Z1 is compact, stable and quiet.

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Review: Yakima HoldUp Bike Rack

The Yakima HoldUp Rack is a compact and stable rack for $439 and it is one of the best ways to transport two bikes outside a vehicle.

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Review: Serfas TSL-T1000

The Serfas TSL-1000 is a cool light. It dares to innovate where many others stay the same and just employ the latest LEDs in their old light chassis. It’s a completely new light for Serfas with a tiny head unit much like the Lupine Piko, but this one is a little bigger and has air ducts to help dissipate heat.

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Review: NiteRider Lumina Flare 650

To complement the NiteRider Lumina 700, the Lumina 650 comes in with a little lower Lumen rating at 650, but integrates a red tail light at the back of the integrated light unit.  This leverages mounting, electronics and battery for a much needed commuting tail light.

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Review: Lezyne Deca Drive

The Deca Drive is Lezyne’s follow-on to the Mega Drive of last year. It measures almost 900 lumens and is only 100 lumens weaker than last year’s Mega Drive. But it is $50 cheaper and that makes this a terrific value.

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Review: CatEye Volt 300

This year, the new light is the Volt 300 for only $60. And the good news is actual output is 349 lumens in the sphere.  So not only is it significantly cheaper but it’s much brighter as well.

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