Issue #178 Is Here!

Originally posted on June 25, 2014 at 15:19 pm


On the cover

Ryan Thibault captures Mark Weir in a two wheel drift with Aaron Chase hot on his heels somewhere deep in Idaho’s Smoky Mountains.



The Dirt

Besides some sights from this year’s Dirt Rag Dirt Fest Presented By Niner Bikes, we have a new regular columnist—you might have heard of her, the Queen Of Pain Rebecca Rusch. Plus, the inside story of 27.5 wheels coming to mass production.



Inside Line – Spotlight on new bikes and gear


  • Mavic Crossmax XL wheel and tire system
  • Cane Creek Inline shock
  • Magura MT7 brakes




Irreverent Reverend: The Bob Seals Interview, by Fernando Avallone

An artist and agitator, the legendary Reverend Bob Seals took mountain biking by storm in the ‘90s with his wild antics. This is the true inside story (much of it never told anywhere else) of how this sculptor and musician went from the founder of Retrotec to race team owner to millionaire. You might want to be sitting down when you read it.



Mountain Men: Exploration, Friendship and Survival In the Smokies, by Jamie Goldman

Enjoy this tale of adventure and stunning photos as enduro star Mark Weir, freeride pioneer Aaron Chase and slopestyle legend Jamie Goldman camp and ride at 9,000 feet above sea level.



Conquering Scotland’s Cape Wrath Trail With Hannah Barnes, by Andy McCandlish

What do you do with a week of from work? If you’re Hannah Barnes, one of Scotland’s best enduro racers, you attempt to tackle the legendary Cape Wrath Trail. At 200 miles it’s one of Scottland’s newest and hardest long distance trails—it’s also never been attempted from start to finish on a mountain bike. The story and amazing photography is captured right here.


Access Action – Presented by Surly Bikes


Duluth, Minnesota, was once one of the worst-suffering of the Rust Belt cities. Now, thanks to an investment in outdoor recreation, it’s become a year-round outdoor destination.


Stuff – product testing


  • Niner WFO
  • GT Sensor Expert
  • Kona Process 111 DL
  • Surly ECR
  • Fatback 190
  • Plus Fox’s redesigned 32 Float 100 TerraLogic

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