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 lugged commuter, ultralight carbon road steed, singlespeed or trail bike. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. This obsessive personality has also turned him into a bit of an addict when it comes to high quality coffee and IPAs.


Review: Serfas True 550

Lights

Instead of sticking with the light chassis from last year, Serfas stepped it up with a brand new, more robust chassis this year. The new one seems bigger with more cooling fins. It has air ports in front near the lens that serve to funnel air through the heat sink and cool the light down at speed.

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Review: Wahoo KICKR Power Trainer

Trainers

The Wahoo KICKR trainer grabs the boring old bike trainer and thrusts it into the tech world with social, virtual and viral features. At its core though, it feels like riding a bicycle.

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Review: NiteRider Lumina 700

Lights

So now comes the the Lumina 700. It’s just a little better than the 650, but it is dialed already and is NiteRider’s best selling light of all time, selling about 30,000 units last year.

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How To: Thread Internal Cables (Video)

How To Video

Internal cabling on both road and mountain is beautiful to look at (the absense of) but a nightmare to work on. Here is a useful tip for threading internal cables, all it needs is some cotton thread and a vacuum cleaner.

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Announced: Shimano unveils new WH-RX830 road disc wheel

News Wheels

Shimano unveiled its WH-RX830 carbon wheelset that not only features disc brake capability, but is tubeless compatible as well. The new wheels on a Shimano’s proven 17mm wide tubeless carbon laminate rims, along with Ultegra level hubs with a CenterLock rotor mount that are both 10 and 11 speed compatible.

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Review: Princeton Tec Push

Lights

For $50, Princeton Tec offers a light here that claims 150 lLumens but actually measured higher at 212 Lumens. It also sports great side lighting with a nice red strip of light on each side.

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Review: Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel

Nutrition Pro Review

This small Durango, CO company started mixing drinks in their kitchen for their own personal use so they could survive the rigors of the Leadville 100 race. What they came up with is a formula that is natural, dissolves easily in water and is easy for the body to digest.

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Review: Serfas True 350

Lights

The top dog in this series is the the True 750 for $160 but the sibling, the True 350 can be had for $120. The other advantage besides fitting it in the budget is the run time increases to the coveted 2-hour mode in the highest setting.

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Review: NiteRider Lumina 550

Lights

So now comes the the Lumina 700 and the Lumina 550. This expands the Lumina 650 options, as the 550 offers an impressive light at $110. Measured output is at 558 Lumens and run time on high is at 1:30.

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Review: CatEye Volt 300

Lights

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. ┬áSo not only is it significantly cheaper but it’s much brighter as well.

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Review: Bontrager Ion 700

Lights

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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Bicycle Blue Book Used Bike Buying Behavior Survey

Feature Articles

RoadBikeReview partner, Bicycle Blue Book is interested in your feedback, through the following survey. Fill it in for a chance to win your choice of a Giant Propel Advanced 1 road bike or Anthem Advanced 27.5 1 mountain bike.

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Review: Element Case Rogue and Sector Deliver High End iPhone Cases to the Bike Market

Gear Pro Review

The phone is quickly becoming a great tool for cycling. The Element Case Rogue strives to solve all your phone protection and mounting needs.

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Quick Take: Rottua Sandals Creates Unique Sandals From Old Bike Tires

Pro Review Shoes

Rottua takes your old tires and tubes and turns them into really cool sandals. Cause what else are we going to do with all those ‘old wheel size’ tires and those pesky tubes?

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Review: Xeccon Geinea I

Lights

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: Fenix BTR20

Lights

The Fenix BTR20 is a nice light with a dual beam pattern coming out of one head. Using special lens optics, they are able to project a wide beam and a focused spot beam at the same time.

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Review: Xeccon Spiker 1210

Lights

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: NiteRider Lumina Micro 220

Lights

There’s the Lumina 550 and next in line is the smaller sibling, the Micro 220. It shares the same chassis design but in a small stubby package. It’s a cool light for $70 and it measures at 240 Lumens, so it’s a great commuter light.

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Review: Lezyne Mini Drive XL

Lights

This stubby little light from Lezyne is interesting at $75 with 250 Lumens that lasts about an hour. The light has the ‘infinite’ battery design which is field replaceable if the rider carries spare batteries.

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Review: Lezyne Micro Drive Rear

Lights

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: NiteRider Lightning Bug 100 USB

Lights

This is a pretty cool commuter light. It’s small, puts out 122 Lumens and it’s only $45. It was difficult to achieve a rechargeable light for under $50 but the folks at Niterider got it sorted out in this 40 gram device.

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Review: Lezyne Super Drive XL

Lights

The Super Drive XL is a stubby little LED light that puts out 589 Lumens for $120. It has a nice bar mount, improved from last year and it can be mounted on the bar or the helmet.

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Review: Lezyne Macro Drive

Lights

The Macro Drive is a decent $70 light putting out 307 Lumens against a claimed 350 Lumens. The light output is pretty steady throughout the battery cycle and it lasts two hours in the highest setting.

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Video: Top 10 Tips For Buying Kids Bikes

Feature Articles How To Video

The holidays are here and what better gift is there than buying your young one a bike. A bike is often a child’s first sense of freedom and independence. So get them a bike that fits and get them on the path to a cycling lifestyle.

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Just In: JetBlack Z1 Fluid Trainer

Pro Review Trainers Video

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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