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: Look S-Track Pedals

We’ve been using the Look S-Track pedals on our road bike, cross bike and mountain bike and color us impressed. This pedal was not really designed for road bikes but it is a viable option if you like to use a shoe with a sole that allows you to walk safely. Its real relevance to […]

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Review: Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll Trainer

Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll Trainer – MSRP $570 What is it: Nobody likes trainers cause they are boring! But when the weather turns for the worse, they are a necessary evil if one has goals of improving or maintaining any kind of fitness. Trainers are very rigid and don’t feel natural at all as […]

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Video: Garmin 510 and 810 Revealed

By: Francis Cebedo and Brian Mullin I have a love/hate relationship with Garmin GPS devices. Sometimes, I want all the data and sometimes, I don’t want any data on my bike rides. But when I discovered Strava, I fell in love with my Garmin 500 as it motivated me to go faster and go farther. […]

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Look X85 Cyclocross Bike with Disc Brakes

Update Dec. 16 We continue to be impressed by the speed and versatility of the Look X85 bike. The bike has proven to be an agile bike that accelerates well and gets up the big hills with ease. Yet, it rides comfortably as the stays absorb much more of the vibrations present in our steel […]

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Video: Bradley Wiggins – A Year in Yellow

Bradley Wiggins had a stunning year as he went from contender to dominator. Thwarted by injuries and misfortune and accidents in previous years, Bradley Wiggins stayed healthy and had a year to remember.

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1up USA Bike Rack Review

There exists a bike rack out there with a cult-like following. We took a look at the user reviews on Mtbr and it exhibited a staggering 4.8/5 stars with 96 reviews. We looked at their site and were not that impressed as the photos don’t do it any justice. But we’ve used a couple of […]

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Martyn Ashton Road Bike Party

Martyn Ashton takes the $15k carbon road bike used by Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins & Mark Cavendish for a ride with a difference. With a plan to push the limits of road biking as far as his lycra legs would dare

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Kinetic InRide iPhone App Measures Power and uploads to Web

The indoor trainer season is approaching and there’s a crop of new trainers that interface with the iPhone and with the web. Kinetic InRide iPhone app talks to the trainer and knows your speed , mileage and power output. Then you can upload that to your Strava account The Rock and Roll trainer allows you […]

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Cateye Stealth 10 GPS Bike Computer, Nano Shot Plus 600 Lumen Light

Cateye is a brand that has been around for a while and you may have one of their bike computers that refuses to die somewhere in the parts bin. They make quality stuff and it seems that they’ve shown a breath of fresh innovation over the last couple of years. We dropped by the Cateye […]

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Viral: Road bike stunts video

We’ve seen the occasional road bike bunnyhop but we’ve never seen anything like this!

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Viral: What Road Bikers Say

Road bikers say funny things. This hilarious video says it quite well. We have a language that seems so natural but makes sense only to us.

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Volunteers build 2400 bikes for TurningWheels for Kids

On Saturday, December 10, 850 volunteers from various bike clubs in San Jose, CA got together in a convention hall tent in downtown. They were armed with shop aprons, tool boxes and bike stands. Their mission today was to build 2400 bikes for needy children. The bikes have been purchased over the last year by […]

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American Classic Carbon 85 Tubular Wheels

Ellen Kast of American Classic invited us to try their carbon wheels and we immediately went for the big boys – 85 mm Tubular Carbon Wheels. 85 mm is deep and is ideal for triathlon use or road use by big, powerful riders that can fight off the influence of crosswinds.  The theory with aero […]

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Hutchinson Piranha CX Tubeless Ready Tire Review

(photo: our reviewer, Jeremy is seen here at a recent CCCX Norcal race) Hutchinson Piranha CX Tubeless Ready Tire Review – by Jeremy Kimmel What Hutchinson Says: · Ultra Light 127 tpi casing · Low knob profile combining lightness and performance · This is a tire with tubeless structure (carcass and beads) whose sealing is […]

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Jamis Xenith Team Pro Review

Jamis Xenith Team – By Francis Cebedo Tri-Oval differential tubing diameters support larger riders without punishing smaller ones Asymmetrical muscle-shaped chainstays with driveside chainstay 10% larger than non-driveside chainstay yields 30% more volume & stiffness. 850 gram frame Weight -15.5 lbs MSRP – $5100 Intro embedPlayer(1494779147,”single_title_2″,0 ,0 ,1697193119) Strengths sub 900 gram frame excellent lateral […]

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Fulcrum Racing One Wheelset Pro Review

Fulcrum Racing One Wheelset Specifications: Model: Racing One in black color with Shimano Cassette Weight: 1610 grams (actual measured weight without skewers) Extras: includes skewers and wheel bags MSRP: $1199 Introduction: Fulcrum is a new brand in the wheelset market yet it is backed by one of the oldest brands in the industry. Campagnolo launched […]

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Look Quartz Pedal Pro Review

This is one of the most anticipated products this year, not only for mountain bike riders, but cyclocross as well.. I’ve got my hands on a production model so it should be hitting the store shelves pretty soon. Why the fuss? it is a pedal from Look, which has a good track record of making […]

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American Classic 420 Wheelset Pro Review

American Classic 420 Wheelset Description: Model: 420 Black Bladed with ceramic bearings. Weight: 1530 grams MSRP: 420 with bladed spokes is $949 wheels + $199 ceramic bearings Total: $1148 The 420 is the best selling product of the American Classic line up. They have lighter wheel sets and stronger wheel sets but none achieve the […]

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Jim Taylor of Jet Lites is killed in a skiing accident

We are in shock. On Monday, Feb. 25, Jim Taylor struck a tree in while skiing in Squaw Valley. He was airlifted out but was pronounced dead at Renown Medical Center in Reno. Jim Taylor is a good friend of mine. He has been a supporter/advertiser of mtbr for the last 10 years. We’ve ridden […]

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Selle An-atomica saddles

We chatted with Tom Milton of Selle Anatomica saddles and he showed us his interesting array of products. Their main product is the Titanico LD saddle for $175. The leather is very soft and very waterproof. The distinctive feature is a cut-out in the leather that optimizes comfort by through better understanding of the human […]

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Stage 6 Report

By: Jeffj 1- Dory Holty aka ‘Antler Dude’ changed up his headwear for Stage 6, opting for an eagle head and wings to top his familiar yellow helmet. 2- The breakaway group turns onto Balcom Canyon Road with a 5+ minute gap on the peleton.

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RoadBikeReview – Amgen Tour of Caifornia Jersey winner #3

By: Jeff Johansen aka ‘jeffj‘ Here are my photos from Solvang ITT today. 1- I didn’t see ‘Antler Dude’, but the Specialized Angel was kind enough to blow me a kiss… 2- Big George Hincapie still looks a bit banged up from his fall earlier in the week.

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Stage 5 – Quick Results

Overall Leaders (General Classification) First Place – Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana Second Place – David Millar (GBR), Slipstream Chipotle Powered by H30 Third Place – Christian Vandevelde (USA), Slipstream Chipotle Powered by H30 Stage 5 Winners First Place – Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana Second Place – David Millar (GBR), Slipstream Chipotle Powered by H30 Third […]

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We would like to salute the TOC Podium Girls and the superfans

The Tour of California is gaining momentum. The route has matured into a world-class challenge with incredible vistas. The field is strong and the racing is incredible. But we would like to take a moment to salute the fans. Aside from the massive crowds, signature fans are starting to become identifiable. They are icons that […]

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Sierra Road photos

Once again, the skies opened up to reveal the gorgeous San Jose hills. After a brutal climb up Mt. Hamilton, a select group gapped the field a the base of Sierra Rd. George Hincapie had an advantage but Chechu Rubiera reeled him in and led Levi and the leaders up the climb. The final selection […]

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