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: 5 steps to recover from a crash and an injury


It’s springtime, the ramp-up of riding season and excitement is in the air. It’s also the most dangerous time too for injury so absolutely have your guard up!

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Video: GT training camp in New Zealand


ith the 2019 season around the corner, the team headed to Wyn’s home of New Zealand to bond over beers, bikes and more before racing officially kicked off.

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Best 2019 bike lights


Front bike lights can be split into two categories, to see with and to be seen lights. This article will cover lights to see within the sweet spot range of $100-$400.

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3 exciting new shoe brands at Sea Otter


One of the most surprising categories at Sea Otter 2019 is the rise of three energetic new shoe brands: Ride Concepts, Afton and Unparallel Sports.

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Poison Oak photos and remedies – superbloom


Poison oak shoots are already exploding in their red, juicy glory. This is a good time to brush up on your poison oak knowledge as identification and prevention is key.

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Bulls SIX50 EVO AM 4 ebike review


With a name that’s impossible to remember, the Bulls SIX50 EVO AM 4 impresses with some of the best-in-class components.

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Video: Bernard Kerr – Pon de Replay, best of Queenstown, NZ


To see Bernard Kerr ride is to witness bike poetry in motion. It seems like he has one extra second in the air which he utilizes with his unique style of aerial magic.

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YT Decoy ebike first look


YT introduced the Decoy, a full suspension ebike sporting 160mm of front and 165mm rear travel. It’s dialed, stealthy, and good value.

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SWEEPSTAKES – OFFICIAL RULES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS – Outerbike


Sweepstakes Period: The Sweepstakes Period starts June 28 2019 at 12:00 AM Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) and ends July 27, 2019 at 11:59 PM. MTBR.com controls the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes. To Enter: To enter the giveaway, you must register via the mtbr.com sweepstakes form. Entries submitted with missing fields will not be […]

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SWEEPSTAKES – OFFICIAL RULES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS – Ride Concepts


SWEEPSTAKES – OFFICIAL RULES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS Ride Concepts Contest – By entering to win a Ride Concepts prize package. One (1) winner will be chosen at random and contacted by VerticalScope Inc.’s staff. 1. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. AGE/RESIDENCY RESTRICTIONS, VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. […]

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Vittoria Factory Tour – Part 1


At Mtbr, we’ve toured quite a few headquarters around the world. Problem is, we rarely see anything being created. So we feel very privileged to visit two factories in Thailand where Vittoria tires are produced.

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Specialized Stumpjumper Evo Pro Carbon first ride


The Carbon Evo has the ability to create a gap and hold it. It is stable on the rockiest gullies, yet it is agile. One needs to be deliberate with the moves but it will change direction and hold direction.

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SWEEPSTAKES – OFFICIAL RULES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS – Xpedo


SWEEPSTAKES – OFFICIAL RULES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS Xpedo Contest – By entering to win a Xpedo pedals. Four (4) winners will be chosen at random and contacted by VerticalScope Inc.’s staff. 1. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. AGE/RESIDENCY RESTRICTIONS, VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. 2. PRIZE: Four […]

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Bike Rack Series: Best swinging hitch racks


A swinging hitch rack and it does exactly what it says, swings out of the way. Some are complete racks and som are just adapters that are meant to attach to your existing rack.

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Video: Cambria Bicycles hit with massive burglary


Long-time bicycle retailer, Cambria Bicycles was burglarized on Superbowl weekend with thieves stealing a stunning haul, estimated at fifty bikes.

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Saris SuperClamp EX 4-Bike rack review


Carrying four bikes on a hitch rack usually requires a behemoth rack that weighs upwards of 100 pounds. But Saris has created a compact and sturdy option that doesn’t weigh a ton either.

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Vittoria Bicycle Tires Testimonial – Martello, Mezcal, Terreno – Sponsored Content


Local bike shops are key to the community in many ways so it is great to take notice of a shop when it thrives and brings riders together.

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Video: Hard Days // Creating Trans-Cascadia


Each Trans-Cascadia race is proceeded by work weekends, months of scouting and many conversations with land managers and local community members. Check in for more insight

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Video: Santa Cruz Carbon Chameleon – pure genius


There have been launch videos before but none that show the culture club of a company and the birth of a bike as well as this one.

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Video: World’s best riding destinations


Winter is not easy for the mountain bike enthusiast with snow and inclement weather for some. But it is indeed a good time dream, plan and scheme the year’s adventures.

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Video Commencal META TR 29 with Hugo Frixtalon


This is just a simple edit but it shows how trail riding and bikes have progressed. We came from road bike roots and just hanging on and surviving on the trail.

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Video: Hounded // Ryan “R-Dog” Howard


The ‘Hounded’ crew chats with R-Dog about the early days of the Aptos Post Office Jumps, his signature salad, coaching at Summer Gravity Camp and much more.

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Video: Jeff Lenosky signs with Reeb Cycles


We’ve been waiting to find out who Jeff Lenosky’s new partner is and we finally find out today.

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Video: Kate Courtney wins XC Worlds – Redbull


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 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Relive that amazing day.

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Zwift cycling app secures $120 million in funding


First, there was Strava, and then came Zwift. These two apps have taken the cycling world by storm as road riders and mountain bikers use their devices to enhance their cycling.

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Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay alloy and Altitude Powerplay e-bikes


Rocky Mountain announced a few interesting things in their e-bike offerings. First, there is a new model called the Instinct with less travel at 140mm front and rear. This complements the Altitude with 160mm.

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Thule group buys Tepui, maker of roof top tents


The Thule Group, based in Sweden announced that they acquired Santa Cruz, CA-based company Tepui, the leading brand in the Roof Top Tent category.

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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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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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