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.




Video: Lightest e-mtb? Sub 32 lb Levo SL complete ebike


We sought to build the lightest full suspension emtb and arrived at a versatile 31.9 lb Levo SL with dropper post and pedals

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Video: Kenda Pinner All Mountain, DH tire with Aaron Gwin


Here is a fun video with Aaron Gwin, who talks about his involvement in the development process of the new Kenda Pinner and testing at Big Bear, California.

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Video: Checking the condition of Santa Cruz bearings of the bike suspension


In this video about bike suspension, we’ll show you how to take apart a Santa Cruz Heckler’s VPP linkages, check the conditions of the bearings and axles, clean and grease as appropriate.

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Kenda Pinner All Mountain Tire – First Look


Two key assets of good tires are “consistent’ and “communicative and these Kenda Pinners seem to have both.

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e*thirteen Vario dropper seatpost review


The new e*thirteen Vario enters the dropper post market with a robust $209 entry with adjustable travel, smooth action and serviceable design.

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Thule Helium Platform 2 hitch bike rack overview


Thule enters the wheel-hold tray style hitch rack category with the Helium Platform 2. Is it a good solution for you? Check in to find out more.

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Photos: UCSC tanks artwork


To many mountain bikers who ride in Santa Cruz, there is a familiar and welcome sight on the trails as one rides by the U-Conn fire road connecting the Emma McCrary trail and Wilder State Park. Here is a gallery documenting the art of the UC Santa Cruz tanks.

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2021 new Fox 38 fork, revamped forks and shocks


Fox comes out swinging with their 2021 lineup a new fork and major updates to their shock and dropper line.

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Video: Bernard Kerr – eMtb elevated


Here, Bernard Kerr shows us what the bike is capable of. So when we complain that the bike is heavy, sluggish or difficult to manual, Bernard can shed some light on the subject.

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The 5 best tips to get the most e-bike range


Given any e-bike battery size, there are things you can control to maximize its range. Here are our 5 best tips.

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Top 10 Tips for mountain biking and social distancing with Coronavirus


Most shelter-in-place mandates have identified outdoor recreation and trails as essential activities and facilities. Here’s how to do it safely

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Video: What The Heck? Danny Macaskill rides the new Santa Cruz ebike


Danny Macaskill just got his hands on an e-bike. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn just what these bikes can do.

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Video: Vaea Verbeeck: Still Growing – Make Your Mark | SHIMANO


Give this a look and a listen and that you will recognize that she is a very special rider. And she’s still getting better.

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Review: Schwinn Axum – best under $400 bike from Walmart?


We took a $400 bike up and down a real trail and lived to tell the tale. Read on and find out if its worth considering or recommending to friends who want to get in the sport.

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First Look: PNW Rainier IR dropper post


PNW Component’s new Rainier dropper seatpost offers adjustable travel, short insert length, and a fantastic price!

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Video: Who is Thomas Vanderham?


It would be a dream for most mountain bikers of the world…the chance to grow up on Vancouver’s North Shore. That became reality in Thomas Vanderham’s life.

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Video: The Mental & Physical Battles of MTB | Redbull Athletes


With so much at stake and so much travel, setup, and practice preparation, how does an elite athlete bottle it all up and put it aside at the start line.

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Video: How Long Until Finn Beats Loic? MTB Battle For The Crown


How long before they young Padawan, Finn Iles passes his great teammate, Loic Bruni?

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Specialized Levo SL vs. Levo – Which one is for you?


Born out of the same 150mm travel Stumpjumper, the Levo SL and Levo seem to fill different needs in one’s bike stable. We go through the differences between the bikes to help the rider decide which one is right for them.

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First Ride – Santa Cruz Heckler E-Bike


Get ready to get heckled with the 150/160mm travel e-bike from Santa Cruz based on the Shimano STEPS E8000 system.

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Video: Fast Life with Kate Courtney – What it takes to be best


As the first World Cup in Lousa, Portugal awaits us in a month’s time, Fast Life is back to get you in gear. Follow Kate Courtney, Loïc Bruni, and Finn Ile’s journeys.

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Specialized Levo SL: Everything you need to know


A FAQ run-down of Specialized’s revolutionary new e-mountain bike. And you have to check out this fun light-hearted video!

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First Ride: 2020 Pivot Switchblade


The Pivot Switchblade was thoroughly updated and we got to ride it in its birthplace, South Mountain in Phoenix, AZ.

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First Ride: Specialized Levo SL


Specialized introduced the Levo SL, a lightweight addition to the Levo eMTB line weighing in as low as 38-pounds with 150mm of front and rear travel.

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Gear of the Year: Mtbr Founder, Francis Cebedo’s Top 10


It was a fascinating year for biking as bikes and components continued to evolve. Here’s Francis 10 best of 2019.

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Marzocchi Bomber Z1 Coil First Look


Curious about coil front forks? Marzocchi today introduces a very compelling option with the Bomber Z1 Coil.

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Review: Quai Isos 33 Enduro Wheels


Quai is offering a unique, stout looking wheel with sound engineering and build quality. And at $1299, it’s worth looking into.

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Video: Danny MacAskill’s Gymnasium


Danny MacAskill is no exception, seeking refuge from the winter blues and though not a regular gym-goer by his own admission, there is no skipping leg day. 

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Best mountain bike fenders


It’s fender season again in many parts of the country and the world. You can make your own but many have spent countless hours figuring and solving the problem already and many low-cost solutions are available.

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Video: Sound of Speed with Jesse Melamed


Jesse Melamed is a name to remember amongst the elite enduro ranks of the Enduro World Series. This is what it sounds like when he rides Cop Killer Trail in Pemberton, BC.

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Mountain Bike Bentonville, Arkansas


There is a mountain bike buzz about Bentonville, Arkansas that is getting louder and louder. We checked it out so come see what we think.

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Video: Surviving The Wilderness of New Zealand on MTB w/ Rob Warner and Matt Jones


Rob Warner traveled the globe racing the Mountain Bike World Cup, but never got to experience the local cultures and people during his travels. Here is the New Zealand adventure.

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Video: Fabio Wibmer in Urban Freeride Lives 3


Fabio Wibmer is clearly at another level as he thinks stairs are landings for jumps. Check out his latest work and see skill and courage converge.

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1UP USA Bike Rack Super Duty – 2019 Mtbr Holiday Giveaway


On December 12 and one lucky winner will be chosen to receive the coveted 2” Super Duty Single Silver rack worth $379.

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Stans NoTubes – 2019 Mtbr Holiday Giveaway


One lucky winner will be chosen to receive a Stan’s NoTubes DART Tool Prize Pack worth $90 on December 12.

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e*thirteen XCX Race Wheels – First Look


E*Thirteen wanted to play in the highest levels of XC and light Trail riding so they have introduced the XCX Race wheels in the line-up.

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Bikeyoke Revive- 2019 Mtbr Holiday Giveaway


One lucky winner will be chosen to receive a Bikeyoke Revive dropper post worth $499.99 on December 10.

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Leatt DBX 5.0 All Mountain Jacket – 2019 Mtbr Holiday Giveaway


One lucky winner will be chosen to receive a DBX 5.0 All Mountain Jacket worth $199.99 on December 9.

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Jenson USA – Foundation Dropper Post – 2019 Mtbr Holiday Giveaway


On December 8 and one lucky winner will be chosen to receive the fabulous FOUNDATION DROPPER SEATPOST!

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Jenson USA – Butcher Grid Tires – 2019 Mtbr Holiday Giveaway


This 24-hour contest will end at 11:59 pm December 7 and one lucky winner will be chosen to receive a pair of the fabulous SPECIALIZED BUTCHER GRID TRAIL 29″ TIRES

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Video: Becoming 2019 World Cup Champion – Kate Courtney


She’s the 2019 World Champion and the 2019 Cross Country World Cup overall winner. And she’s still on the rise and getting better.

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5 Best Fezzari Black Friday Deals


On this Black Friday, Fezzari is offering even better deals to get you to try their bikes. We highlight five of their bikes below.

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Santa Cruz Bicycles to Give Away $1 million for trail projects


Trail building is never an easy task with constant battles that involve land managers, trail users and fund-raising. Santa Cruz aims to be a great ally in this effort with a massive monetary pledge.

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Win a Saris Trainer Ecosystem


Win a complete MTB-compatible direct drive smart trainer, trainer desk and mat. Because a ride indoors is better than no ride at all.

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Pyga Bike Frame Contest


You have the opportunity to win a Pyga bike frame, a Hyrax $2,249 OR the Slakline $2,299 Enter the Pyga bike frame contest where TWO winners will be chosen.

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Video: Jeff Lenosky climbs Horsethief Bench


Do you have a trail obstacle that’s like a monkey on your back? A log, a climb, a rocky/rooty segment that is not quite doable for you without dabbing?

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Video: Inno INH-120 bike rack review


Ready for a new player in the tray rack, tire-hold category? Here is Inno from Japan with a clean design at a lower cost than the competition.

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Video: Redbull Rampage Highlights


In the end, the Canadians rose to the occasion to sweep the podium, with Brandon Semenuk taking first place.

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Video: Storch and Fairclough POV at 2019 Redbull Rampage


Here is a dose of Redbull Rampage reality as the first-person view of some of the best riders is made available.

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Semenuk edges out Rheeder for epic hat-trick at Red Bull Rampage


Brandon Semenuk hit back from a disappointing 2018 Red Bull Rampage to pull off a brilliant first run in Virgin, Utah and win his third title.

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