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.




Mark Weir survives near heart attack


Over the weekend, the world has learned that one of the toughest icons of mountain biking, Mark Weir survived a heart attack in October.

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Wahoo KICKR trainer with Zwift


It’s that time of year when the days are short, the temperatures are cold and the trails are buried under snow or are muddy. If you have the funds, Wahoo Kickr and Zwift is a great solution.

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Aim featuring Brandon Semenuk


With AIM, Semenuk and filmmaker Rupert Walker press on in their pursuit to push the boundaries of mountain bike filmmaking under their production company, Revel Co.

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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: Kate Courtney and Finn Iles part 2-4


Hear from rookies Kate and Finn along with some of their fellow riders such as Laurie Greenland, Loïc Bruni, Luca Shaw, Annika Langvad and Emily Batty.

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Best JensonUSA Black Friday deals


It’s not hard to find great close-out deals on products no one wants but to find half off some of the best products today is a find.

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Riding with the Faces of Arkansas by Jeff Kendall-Weed


I’ve been hearing a lot about the scene in Arkansas and decided to take a trip and ride the Bentonville trails myself, and I also wanted to visit another destination that I’ve heard a few rumors about as well: Little Rock.

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Video: Richie Rude rides Squamish loam


Richie is a man of few words, so we’ll let his riding do the talking. Enjoy.
Cheers, OneUp.

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Chris Akrigg impresses with a hardtail


It’s anything but a typical XC ride with Mongoose pro Chris Akrigg. Check out his insane repertoire of skills on his new Tyax Pro 29″. Best to listen with headphones on!

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How NOT to jump a bike


Sometimes, the best way to get insight on how to jump a bike is to enumerate what not to do. Are you guilty of any of these offenses?

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SRAM – 5 top components


What are the best, can’t miss products that you should own from Sram? Below is a list of the best products in our experience, from Sram and Rockshox.

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MBOSC announces membership program for Santa Cruz trails


MBOSC announced a new membership program to propel the next wave of trail building in Santa Cruz County.

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Bike lights: How to choose the light for you


How much to spend? How bright and what mount? Mtbr sheds light on the LEDs and lumens to help you choose the right bike light for your needs.

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Maxxis Tires – Which bike tire is best for you


In our recent survey, 51% of Mtbr readers said they intend to buy Maxxis tires next. Tenacious grip, fast rolling, wide, Plus, they just keep pumping them out. Here is your guide to the best Maxxis tire options available today.

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Fox Factory relocating headquarters to Georgia


Northern California loses another gem as Fox announces plans to move to Georgia with up to 800 jobs to be created in new headquarters with planned investments up to $50 million.

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Video: The story of Martin Maes


This is a story that begins two decades ago in the rolling hills of Belgium and brings us to the world stage of today. This is the story of Martin Maes.

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Round up: Best 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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Video: How hard can you ride on a hardtail


Riders always ask, “what can I ride on my hardtail MTB? Dirt jumps? Enduro? Freeride? Downhill? Is it only good for XC?”

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Brendan Fairclough POV 2018 Rampage run


Speed, power and some pretty big gap jumps, it’s got to be Brendan Fairclough! Watch him take the sketchiest lines and conquer The Rock.

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2018 Red Bull Rampage best runs


Here are the 2018 Red bull Rampage best runs. Weather was good and the crowds were the biggest in history.

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Rylo review – 360 camera


Rylo promises no more gimbals or missed moments due to bad camera positioning resulting in a 10 minute shot of your front tire.

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Trust Performance Message suspension fork


Ready for a trailing link 130mm fork with a twin-tube thru-shaft damper for $2700?

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Industry Nine A35 stem released


The Industry Nine A35 is machined, anodized and assembled entirely in their Asheville, NC facility and available in lengths of 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, and 60mm.

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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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Video: Worst mountain biking bad habits


Here are nine bad habits that we see all too often. It’s time to stop this bad behavior and make the sport more enjoyable for you and everyone else around you!

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E Thirteen Semi Slick tire first look


The new E Thirteen Semi Slick features speed and strong braking traction, without sacrificing that hard-cornering bite when they really need it.

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Remi Gauvin – Squamish winter riding


After a long season of dry riding, nothing gets a mountain biker more excited than the first significant rainfall.

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Race Face Next SL carbon wheelset


The Race Face Next SL carbon wheelset is ready for the new style of cross country they call ‘down country’.

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Video: Six types of trail builders


Trail builders around the globe come from all walks of life and bring in different skill sets and personalities.

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Kevin Walsh – Evil Bikes owner interviewed


Evil Bikes is an enigmatic brand with absolutely revolutionary bikes and a brand that is revered by many. Find out what makes them tick.

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Best kid’s bike ever – Santa Cruz Nomad


Here is an example of the best kid’s bike we’ve seen as Forrest Arakawa passes on his deep love of mountain biking to his son 7-year-old son Finn.

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Best portable bike pump


Mountain bike mini pumps are like insurance. Nobody wants them but getting caught without one with a flat tire on the trail is bad news.

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Leatt DBX 5.0 jacket and shorts


We love the Leatt brand because they create technical bike clothing with well thought-out features using the best materials.

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Video: Deer misses cyclist then hit by car


One of the greatest dangers out there for cyclists, especially during mating season is deer

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Panaracer Aliso trail tire


A new trail tire offering called the Panaracer Aliso, named after a famous Southern CA trail will come in 2.4 and 2.6, packaged with lots of grip.

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Stompump first look


Given that cyclists legs are more likely stronger than their arms, Stompump offers a welcome solution for inflating those trailside flat tires.

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Crank Brothers Synthesis wheels first ride


A front wheel that turns and a rear wheels that tracks well is the promise. We’ve been riding the Crank Brothers Synthesis and have some insight to share.

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Video: Evoc Hip Pack Pro 3L


One of the most interesting accessories we saw at Interbike is this new hip pack from Evoc called the Hip Pack Pro 3L. Come check it out.

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Whyte Bikes – Interbike 2018


Take a peek at the exciting 2019 Whyte Bikes including the all new T-130 S-120 and G-170. All bikes are sold exclusively online via Northern Ca. www.whyteusa.bike

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Magicshine Lights – 2018 Interbike


Magicshine grew from its humble beginnings to an engineering powerhouse that engineers and produces high-quality bike lights today.

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Pivot Cycles – Interbike 2018


Pivot was one of the busiest booths at Interbike, with about 250-300 bikes going out to riders on each Outdoor Demo day in Northstar. Their indoor booth seemed just as busy.

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Lupine Lighting Systems – Interbike 2018


High-quality German-manufacturing, paired with innovation, guarantees long-lasting products that stand the test of time.

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Schwalbe Tires – Interbike 2018


Last year, Schwalbe rebuilt the foundation of the company with the Addix compounds. These tire compounds offered improved grip and durability in a range of formulations ideal for different disciplines in mountain bikin

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Bulls Bikes Interbike 2018


Bulls Bikes uses the drive system from different brands like Shimano, Brose, and Bosch, that will perform best for the job. Here are their highlights from the 2019 line.

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2018 Interbike Outdoor Demo report


So this is a transition year for Interbike as the tradeshow moved from Las Vegas to Reno. They finally added a consumer event to allow end users to see and try the products first hand.

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2019 Specialized Turbo Levo e-bike first ride review


The 2019 Specialized Turbo Levo is version two of the landmark bike and it addresses three years of ideas, suggestions, and complaints about the previous model.

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Pivot Shuttle Ebike Review


The Shuttle is Pivot’s attempt at creating the best EMtb that has ever existed. It is a no-holds-barred assault on the best ride quality and weight available today.

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Building and living in a van


Living in a van is one of the great lifestyles and adventures today and it has a certain appeal for the mountain biker. Learn from Seth;s and Alex’s colorful van build adventures.

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5 mountain biking body position mistakes


The mountain biking body position is now a key factory in riding fast and safe through more advanced sections of trail.

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Kate Courtney wins XC World Championship title


Capping off her meteoric rise to the top ranks of Women’s XC World Cup racing this season, 22-year old Kate Courtney won the mountain bike World Championships today in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

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