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Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Jeff Jones

Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Jeff Jones

Aside from bicycles, of course, the main reason I choose to continue my futile search for fortune in the bicycle industry is because of the people I know and meet. There’s no shortage of extremely smart and passionate people who are insanely interesting, individualistic personalities. Sure it’s cool to be around famous athletes from time ...


PressCamp 2010: Park City, UT Part One

PressCamp 2010: Park City, UT Part One

What do you get when you combine marketing types from 27 bike-related companies with journos representing 39 titles at the luxurious Deer Valley resort in Park City, UT? You get the bicycle industry schmooze-fest know as PressCamp 2010.


PressCamp 2010: Park City, UT Part Two

PressCamp 2010: Park City, UT Part Two

For the background on PressCamp 2010, please click over to Part One of this series. In this second installment, I’ll pick up where I left off and walk you through more of the good stuff that I learned about at camp.


TrekWorld 2011

TrekWorld 2011

TrekWorld is an annual event that Trek hosts for their dealers and sales reps. Over several days, inside the Madison, WI Convention Center and at Trek HQ in nearby Waterloo, the company provides educational seminars, displays their complete lineup, and offers demo rides. I was among a small group of journalists that Trek invited to experience TrekWorld 2011 in early August.


SF Bike Expo 2010

SF Bike Expo 2010

Don’t you know?It’s the place to goWhere a bike show will explodeNear the San Francisco Bay if I may be so boldCalled the SF Bike ExpoIn November it’s summerIt will not be a bummerIt takes place on the 6thAnd will be really sick!(That’s HELLA sick, in Bay-speak)Cyclists of all stylesWill come for a whileCheck out ...


Why women ride: A survey

Why women ride: A survey

Women may make up a fraction of the mountain bike population, but there is no doubt their numbers are growing steadily. 

 

To help understand why women ride, what motivates them and what they’d like to change, Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Adventures, a tour company, interviewed 710 female riders from around the world through their Facebook page. 

 

Some of the key findings from the survey include:


Surly unveils new models, tweaks lineup

Surly unveils new models, tweaks lineup

You don’t have to wait for Interbike to see the new stuff from everyone’s favorite grumpy bike company, Surly. 

First up is an all-new model: the Troll. Designed as a commuter/adventure-tourer/do-it-all kind of bike. It’s got the same geometry as a 1×1 and has a 100mm suspension-corrected fork. The dropouts are horizontal with a derailleur hanger, and feature mounts designed specifically for the Trailer. (The what? Read below) Looks like a very cool commute-crushing machine. Frameset: $495.


Dirt Rag announces more issues for Bicycle Times, adds two new editors

Dirt Rag announces more issues for Bicycle Times, adds two new editors

Responding to requests from readership and advertisers, Bicycle Times magazine will increase frequency to six issues for 2011, up from the previous two years as a quarterly. “Good gracious, we’ve seen tremendous growth in readership,” says Publisher Maurice Tierney, “and we’re ready to meet the demand for more issues in 2011.”


Interbike 2010 Day 2

Interbike 2010 Day 2

More bikes and beers, sun and sand from Day 2 of the Interbike Outdoor Demo Day.

Be sure to check out our gallery from today with even more cool bikes and accessories.


Interbike 2010 Day 3

Interbike 2010 Day 3

 

The all-new Ellsworth Evolve



Interbike 2010 wrap-up

Interbike 2010 wrap-up

It’s going to take weeks to unravel all the storylines coming out of the show, but watch this space as we continue to bring you all the goodies from Last Vegas. 

Photo galleries

Day 1

Day 2


Interbike will stay in Vegas for 2 more years

Interbike will stay in Vegas for 2 more years

After Interbike organizers announced the bicycle industry’s largest tradeshow would be moving to Anaheim, Calif., the reaction from exhibitors and retailers alike was a collective groan. 

But the industry can rest easy now that the show has reconsidered. The 2011 show will take place September 12-16 in Las Vegas.

"The announcement that we were moving the show dates and location elicited a very real response that surveys and discussions alone couldn’t accomplish," said Andy Tompkins, Interbike show director.


Along for the (Oregon Handmade Builder) Ride

Along for the (Oregon Handmade Builder) Ride

Tony Pereria and his hand-made city bike.

Touring the builders’ shops at the Oregon Handmade Bicyce Show

By Philip Williamson

[Excerpted from Bike Tinker.]


Industry Insider profile: Jeff Lockwood of Pivot Cycles and BH

Industry Insider profile: Jeff Lockwood of Pivot Cycles and BH

The Industry Insider series is a peek behind the scenes at the men and women of the cycling industry who deserve a little time in the spotlight. This week we profile our good friend Jeff Lockwood. 

Hometown?

Hazleton, Pennsylvania

Current location?

I’m in kind of a weird, lonely and transient place between: Antwerp, Belgium; Wayne, Pennsylvania; and Tempe, Arizona.

What do you do for/with/to bicycles?


Titus now in the hands of former lender, not yet dissolved, but future uncertain

Titus now in the hands of former lender, not yet dissolved, but future uncertain

As many readers may have heard, things are not looking good for Titus Bikes.

The company has been taken over by its primary lender, Factors Southwest, who is now shopping for a new buyer, Bicycle Retailer and Industry News is reporting. Factors Southwest says it is not expecting to break up the company or sell of its assets.

Retailers were notified last week that all remaining stock would be liquidated, but that has not yet happened and most are still waiting for news. 


Welcome guest columnist Sal Ruibal

Welcome guest columnist Sal Ruibal

Editor’s note: Sal Ruibal covered endurance sports for USA Today for more than 20 years, including more Olympic Games, Tours de France and other sports than he’s probably like to admit. In 2007 he was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame for his coverage of a sport that had previously been considered too far outside the mainstream.


Ikea gives all 12,000+ employees a bike

Ikea gives all 12,000+ employees a bike

Sounds like a cool holiday gift to us. Ikea announced last week that all 12,400 of its U.S. employees would recieve a new bike courtesy of the Sweedish furniture retailer.

The company’s self-congradulatory press release cites all the benefits of cycling as its reasons for the gift, including excercise and sustainability. Certainly two great causes a company would like to be associated with. Though Ikea hasn’t always played nice with the cycling community.


Airborne visits, shows us new models

Airborne visits, shows us new models

The good folks at Airborne Bicycles stopped by at Dirt Rag HQ this week to show off their revamped model lineup for Spring 2011.


Freeriding in the Gobi Desert

Freeriding in the Gobi Desert

Freeride Entertainment, an action and extreme sports filmmaking company, is taking freeriding back to its roots with Where the Trail Ends, a feature film based on natural terrain riding in international locations.

The project started deep in the Gobi Desert this year with riders Darren Berrecloth, Kurt Sorge, and James Doerfling. Freeride is keeping quiet about the other locations, but you can use your imagination…


Indy Fab moving to New Hampshire

Indy Fab moving to New Hampshire

Custom bike builder Independent Fabrications, a long-time Massachusets icon, has announced it will move its operations to New Hampshire in the coming months.

Its new facility is a 200-year-old mill in Newmarket, N.H., about an hour north of Boston. The space will allow the company to include a showroom and a fitting area, said IF President Gary Smith in a press release.


Industry Insider profile: Dan Powell

Industry Insider profile: Dan Powell

Dan Powell

Hometown?

Born in Detroit, Michigan. But I grew up in Lansing and went to college in Marquette, so really I consider the entire state of Michigan my hometown. Michigan is America’s high-five you know.

Current location?

Portland, Oregon.

What do you do for/with/to bicycles?


Industry Insider profile: Steve Garro

Industry Insider profile: Steve Garro

This episode of the Industry Insider profile series features Steve Garro, the man behind Coconino Cycles.

Hometown?

Tuba City, AZ. {for reals}

Current location?

Flagstaff, AZ

What do you do for/with/to bicycles?


Industry Insider profile: Steve Garro

Industry Insider profile: Steve Garro

This episode of the Industry Insider profile series features Steve Garro, the man behind Coconino Cycles.

Hometown?

Tuba City, AZ. {for reals}

Current location?

Flagstaff, AZ

What do you do for/with/to bicycles?


Thawing out from Frostbike

Thawing out from Frostbike

Frostbike is Quality Bicycle Products annual in-house tradeshow. If you’re not familiar with Quality Bicycle Products—known as QBP by bicycle shop employees the world over—you’ve certainly had dealings with them via your local bike shop. QBP bills itself as "the shop behind America’s shops" they supply small parts, service items, and even complete bicycles to over 5,000 shops in North America. Frostbike is a chance to get the scoop on what you’ll be seeing in your local bike shop in the year to come.


New products from Shimano for 2012

New products from Shimano for 2012

We’ve just gotten some new product updates here at Dirt Rag HQ from Shimano for 2012. Some of it is completely new and some is trickle-down technology from higher spec components. Anyway you slice it, it looks cool to us. Here’s what we can share with you:

SLX group: SLX brakes receive many of the updates that show up for Deore XT. With Servo-Wave, Ice Technologies brake pads, oversized 22mm ceramic pistons, and the one-way bleed integrated into the new design. The brake lever mounts are also Ispec compatible for reduced system weight and simplicity.


Industry Insider profile: Paul Sadoff

Industry Insider profile: Paul Sadoff

The Industry Insider Series is our look behind the curtain at the folks who keep the bicycle industry rolling. This interview features Paul Sadoff, who has been building custom bicycles under the Rock Lobster brand for more than 30 years.

Hometown? 

Los Angeles, Calif.


NAHBS Spotlight: Watson Cycles

NAHBS Spotlight: Watson Cycles

Andrew Watson of Watson Cycles is a young builder from Connecticut who brought this snowman to the show. It puts big feet on the ground with 3.7” Surly tires and luggage racks, but unlike many bikes with those features, it isn’t merely a pack mule. Andrew calls it “my utilitarian utility bike,” but it’s pure mountain bike too, with modest chainstays, derailleur drivetrain, and plenty of standover height.

Listen to Andrew go over some more of the details in our interview.


Banks close the books on Race Face

Banks close the books on Race Face

The rumors you’ve been hearing are true. Race Face is out of production and likely to be liquidated. A reciever took over the company’s assets from its bank, and in a letter to Race Face employees dated March 14 the reciever, Grant Thornton Limited, announced that it was terminating all Race Face employees at its New Westminster factory, and at its operations in Taiwan.


Merlin sold to Competitive Cyclist

Merlin sold to Competitive Cyclist

Online retailer Competitive Cyclist is best known for selling, but in this case it was doing the buying, having purchased Merlin Bikes from American Bicycle Group.

Merlin has been a pioneer in the development of titanium frames since 1986 and will reach a broader audience through the new venture. Currently the Merlin web site simply features a logo with he words "Brand rebirth underway".


Dirt Rag Spring Break 2011

Dirt Rag Spring Break 2011

We traveled to Western North Carolina this past weekend to visit two more companies for our Made in America series and naturally, get some riding done.


New from Santa Cruz: Highball, Tallboy

New from Santa Cruz: Highball, Tallboy

Note: You can read about Santa Cruz’s other new offering, the Blur Carbon here.

(L to R: Santa Cruz staff Josh, Nick, Ariel, some fellow journalists, and Mike, giving his "serious face")

By Karen Brooks


Michelin rolls out redesigned tires

Michelin rolls out redesigned tires

By Eric McKeegan

So recently I headed down to Birmingham, Alabama, for the Michelin Press Camp. I don’t know much about the state, and I’m pretty sure the last time I was there involved old vans, good-cop/bad-cop routines and a drug-sniffing dog. I’m a few years and a few haircuts removed from then, which is a good thing, since the fancy pants golf resort we stayed in might have thrown a younger me out. Anyway, other than one presentation, our time at the resort was mostly spent eating, drinking and sleeping, a fine thing since I don’t know a nine iron from a polo mallet.


Packing for the Sea Otter Classic

Packing for the Sea Otter Classic

We’re heading west for the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California, this week.



Chris Currie leaving Speedgoat Cycles

Chris Currie leaving Speedgoat Cycles

Chris Currie, founder of the bicycle equipment retailer Speedgoat Cycles announced today that he was leaving the brand he began 14 years ago.

In a short note released today, Currie say as of May 1 he would no long have any active stake or operational role in the company, which was aquired by Spire Holdings LLC in 2010.


Trek begins carbon recycling program

Trek begins carbon recycling program

Trek has instituted a new recycling program at its Waterloo, Wisconson, manufacturing facility for all the scrap carbon fiber created by domestic production. Trek has been building with carbon since 1992.

Discarded trimmings, damaged frames and other parts are collected by Trek and sent to Materials Innovation Technologies, a South Carolina-based company that specializes in recycling carbon fiber.

Though most Trek bicycles are now built overseas, some high-end and prototype production is still handled in its Wisconson hometown.


Darcy Turenne on the Norco Vixa

Darcy Turenne on the Norco Vixa

Editor’s note: Freeride superstar Darcy Turenne spoke with us about her impact on the development of the Vixa, which we reviewed in Issue 156. You can learn more about Darcy at her web site, hellodarcy.com.

What specific input did you have in the development of the Vixa?


Race Face returns with new ownership

Race Face returns with new ownership

A dozen Race Face employees are back at work at their desks this week after the company’s new owner, Chris Tutton, purchased it out of receivership, Bicycle Retailer is reporting. Tutton is currently the director of OE sales at Easton-Bell and is the former vice president of sales at Race Face.

“We purchased everything, the trademarks, intellectual property, buildings, machines, raw material and inventory. We expect to ship Race Face product on Friday,” he said.


SRAM ready to file IPO

SRAM ready to file IPO

SRAM could raise as much as $300 million in an intial public offering, according to Bicycle Retailer, after the company filed preliminary paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The number of shares and the prices have not been determined or disclosed, but it was revealed that the stock ticker would be "SRAM". The rapidly growing company reported net sales of $524.1 million in 2010, and has grown at a rate of about 16 percent annually in the past four years. The company estimates it holds about 15 percent of the $3.5 billion bicycle components market.



Specialized launches green initiative

Specialized launches green initiative

Specialized has now joined the growing green movement with an Eco-Index initiative that will evaluate their products during design and production, and joining a carbon-fiber recycling program.


Yeti’s Chris Conroy on the SB-66

Yeti’s Chris Conroy on the SB-66

Yeti’s president  discusses the new Switch suspension platform and the new SB-66 all-mountain bike

By Josh Patterson

First off, there were rumors and speculation about a new suspension platform being developed but Yeti did a surprisingly good job of keeping things under wraps. How hard is it to keep something like this a secret in this day and age?


We’ve got our hands on 2012 Shimano XT

We’ve got our hands on 2012 Shimano XT

By Justin Steiner

Shimano’s venerable XT group is turning 30. To celebrate, Shimano has infused the groupo with a host of new technology trickled down from last year’s completely redesigned XTR. We briefly covered the group’s public introduction at Sea Otter, and I’m at Lake Tahoe to put the new group through its paces. Shimano invited a group of us media hacks out to take what may well be the first public rides aboard the 2012 group.


Mavic redesigns Crossmax wheelsets

Mavic redesigns Crossmax wheelsets

By Adam Newman

For the past decade or so, Mavic has moved its thinking that bicycle wheels are made from individual components to a philosophy of "wheel systems". Since a change to any piece – hubs, spokes and rim – affects the other, the French manufacturer designs and builds wheels with all the components working together to provide the best ride.


A detailed look at new Whisky Parts

A detailed look at new Whisky Parts

Quality Bicycle Products, the bicycle industry’s largest wholesale distributor and parent company of Surly and Salsa bikes, pulled the cover off their new carbon fiber forks and accessories brand, Whisky Parts Co.

In late July they will be offering a complete line of high-performance road, cross and mountain bike forks, with carbon handlebars, seatposts and bottle cages following in the fall.



Alex Pro booted by sponsors for rioting

Alex Pro booted by sponsors for rioting

Professional mountain biker Alex Prochazka, who goes by the name Alex Pro, seems to have thrown away his career after several photos of him rioting in the aftermath of the Vancouver Canucks’ loss in the Stanley Cup Finals surfaced online.


Foundry crafts tough carbon frames

Foundry crafts tough carbon frames

By Adam Newman

Carbon fiber isn’t just for risk-averse racers any more. That’s the ethos behind Foundry Cycles, a new brand specializing in hard-working carbon frames for hard-working riders.



Tom Ritchey’s unique Scott Spark setup

Tom Ritchey’s unique Scott Spark setup

By Josh Patterson

 

Today was my first day at the Scott Bicycles press camp, in Sun Valley, Idaho. Accompanying our merry band of journalists was none other than Mountain Bike Hall of Fame’er, frame builder, and founder/component designer of Ritchey Designs, Tom Ritchey.


Where is your bike made?

Where is your bike made?

Bicycle Retailer and Industry News recently put together this map of bike companies’ US headquarters and where their products are made. Obviously not every bike brand has made it onto the map, but it gives you a sense just how much foreign manufacturing is dominating the industry and just how global our economy has become.


Catching up with Jim Wannamaker

Catching up with Jim Wannamaker

Hometown?

Born in Oceanside, Long Island, New York. Lived in Valley Stream, Elmont, Smithtown, Coram, Hauppauge and back to Smithtown – all on Long Island. Then lived in Pickerington, Ohio for the past 14 years.

Current location?

Beautiful Peachtree City, Georgia. It has over 98 miles of paved bike/golf cart/running paths in the community. Nice!

What do you do for/with/to bicycles?


Industry Insider interview: Jeff Zell

Industry Insider interview: Jeff Zell

Hometown?

Sioux City, Iowa

Current location?

Hayward, CA

What do you do for/with/to bicycles?

I am the Global-Go-To Guy at Panaracer tires. I help design and market bicycle tires

What’s the best thing about your job?


Eurobike report: 29ers invade Europe

Eurobike report: 29ers invade Europe

By Jeff Lockwood

The annual bicycle trade show circus season opened this week in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Eurobike can boast being the largest show of its kind. As such, the show floor scenery is diverse, interesting and colorful. And since Eurobike precedes the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas by a couple weeks, many companies use Eurobike to unveil new product.




Dicky Does Vegas: Part Two

Dicky Does Vegas: Part Two

Read Part One of Team Dicky’s exploits at Interbike here.

By Rich Dillen


Homegrown – Paragon Machine Works

Homegrown – Paragon Machine Works

Words and photos by Adam Hunt

You may have never heard of Paragon Machine Works. That’s okay, they’ve probably never heard of you either. Chances are if you’ve purchased a bike from a custom frame builder, you are already using some of their products.


Watch Trek build prototypes in hours with 3D printing

Watch Trek build prototypes in hours with 3D printing

Printing in 3D might not be a new technology, but we just saw this amazing video of how Trek has put it to use in their prototype and R&D facitilities to cut the turnaround time for new parts from weeks to just hours.

For example, the backlog on their CNC facility is running 28 days, but the designers in this video can build a prototype rocker arm in just a few hours. The machines are even capable of building objects with moving parts and from two different materials, as you can see in the second video.


Specialized goes big on big wheels – Part 2

Specialized goes big on big wheels – Part 2

Read Part 1 of our report on Specialized and 29ers.

Words by Josh Patterson

Photos by Emmanuel Molle and Josh Patterson


Exclusive: Foundry Cycles Router test ride

Exclusive: Foundry Cycles Router test ride

By Karl Rosengarth

Photos by Adam Newman and Justin Steiner


Ahrens Cycles developing 15QR rigid fork dropouts

Ahrens Cycles developing 15QR rigid fork dropouts

As mountain bike component standards inevitably evolve, it comes as no surprise that builders would begin incorporating new technologies into their products. Mike Ahrens of Ahrens Cycles blogged this week about developing a hooded fork dropout for 15mm QR.


FatBack debuts made-in-USA aluminum frames

FatBack debuts made-in-USA aluminum frames

Born and bred in Anchorage, Alaska, FatBack knows a thing or two about snow bikes. In a continued effort to bring as much of its manufacturing to the USA as possible, aluminum frames now join their steel and titanium counterparts in domestic production.

Details include an oversized heatube, direct mount front derailleur, new dropouts, and clearance for Surly’s new 4.5-inch Big Fat Larry tires.


Online sales: past, present or future?

Online sales: past, present or future?

By Adam Newman

Two interesting announcements this week regarding online bike sales. For years online retailers have been taking a larger and larger piece of the pie in accessories, apparel and components. Now the industry is faced with deciding when, if, or how to sell complete bikes online.


Athertons leaving Commencal

Athertons leaving Commencal

Between 2007 and 2011, Rachel, Dan and Gee claimed no fewer than 52 victories, 17 of which were World Cup events.

Obvious highlights include world championships won by Gee and Rachel in Val di Sole in 2008. That same year, during the Vallnord World Cup, on COMMENCAL’s home turf, Gee and Rachel dominated the DH while Dan, the eldest of the three, won the 4X final. A truly epic weekend, almost beyond belief.


First look at 2012 Sidi shoe lineup

First look at 2012 Sidi shoe lineup

By Adam Newman

Sidi might be a household name in the cycling business, but as a share of the shoe market, they are a surprisingly small player. With most cycling shoes selling in the $99-$150 range, Sidi refuses to compromise quality and fit and thus commands a higher price premium.


New indoor bike park under construction in Portland

New indoor bike park under construction in Portland

Portland isn’t know for being the most accomodating city for mountain bikers, but finding a place to ride is about to get a bit easier with the construction on a new indoor park dubbed the Lumberyard.



Niner and Contour ranked on Forbes’ ‘Most Promising Companies’

Niner and Contour ranked on Forbes’ ‘Most Promising Companies’

Forbes Magazine is known for their rankings of the richest individuals, the "most powerful people" and more. Their latest ranking of the "most promising companies" includes two brands from the outdoors industry: Niner Bikes (No. 63) and Contour Electronics (No. 14).

How do they come up with these rankings? 


New Belgium introduces new brew: Shift

New Belgium introduces new brew: Shift

Ok, it’s not a bicycle product, but it’s close enough. The bike world’s favorite brewery, New Belgium, announed it is launching an all-new brew called Shift. It’s a pale lager named after the brewery’s tradition of offering employees a free beer after each shift (and obviously a nod to their cycling fans, with a chain and ring motif on the can)


In for test: A pair of fraternal twins, from Specialized

In for test: A pair of fraternal twins, from Specialized

You might have thought we’d never get here, but here we are: A 26/29 comparison test. No, we’re not going to pick which one is "better", but with Specialized offering its legendary Stumpjumper in both flavors for 2012, it’s a great time to compare and contrast the two models and see how they fit with our riding style.

We chose the Stumpjumper FSR EVO models for their bumped up travel and all-mountain versatility. The bruisers of the Stumpy line, the EVO bikes have different geometry and parts specs for more aggressive riding. Check out the specs below.


Geoff Kabush signs with SCOTT- 3Rox Racing

Geoff Kabush signs with SCOTT- 3Rox Racing

SCOTT Sports announced today the formation of a new XC team based in North America. The Team, named SCOTT– 3Rox Racing Team, will include Geoff Kabush who will target the UCI World Cup series, the 2012 Summer Olympics and select North American events aboard the SCOTT Spark and Scale mountain bikes.

The complete team consists of:


Vittoria Cycling Shoes visits Dirt Rag HQ

Vittoria Cycling Shoes visits Dirt Rag HQ

Vittoria Cycling Shoes’ US Sales Manager Michael Musil shows the staff the 2012 shoe lineup.

By Adam Newman


Specialized warns dealers of new price-checking app

Specialized warns dealers of new price-checking app

By Adam Newman

Specialized is warning local bike shops that a new app from Amazon.com could seriously undercut their business. In a letter to dealers from Specialized’s founder and president Mike Sinyard warns that the app, which allows customers to scan a bar code and find an item for sale online and make the purchase from their phone – often cheaper than in the store – would effectively turn a local bike shop into a fitting room for online retailers.


Maverick moves on, ceases operations

Maverick moves on, ceases operations

On Monday, Ethan from Maverick Bikes posted on MTBR.com the following: 

Its time for me to post a short message regarding Maverick. As of Jan 1st Maverick has ceased operations. Paul Turner has reclaimed the brand and licenses. What he will do with it remains up in the air, some rumors have floated around but none for me to add to! I don’t think the technology will disappear, it’s too good and other manufactures are looking for ways to beat their competition.


Dream Bikes auctions off to a successful start

Dream Bikes auctions off to a successful start

The 2012 crankbrothers dreambikes auction is off to an exciting start. The total raised for Wheels 4 Life is already up to $19,227. Thatʼ s enough to purchase 192 bikes for people in third world countries to use as transportation to work, to school, or to receive health care. We are already at 38 percent of our goal to raise $50,000, and we still have nine beautiful dreambikes that will be auctioned over the next few months.


Idaho creates first mountain-bike license plate

Idaho creates first mountain-bike license plate

Thanks to the year-long efforts of many dedicated individuals and Mountain Bike Idaho, the state is the first in the nation to feature a mountain bike-themed license plate. Under the law passed by the Idaho Legislature, this new mountain bike-themed plate will benefit all trail users of Idaho’s 17,000-mile recreational trail system.


Niner Air9 Carbon gets Race Day Optimized

Niner Air9 Carbon gets Race Day Optimized

Niner’s expanding line of RDO (Race Day Optimized) products got a big new addition with the unveiling of the Air9 Carbon RDO, an even lighter and more refined version of the Air9 Carbon.


Get your hands on the goods at the SouthEast Bike Expo

Get your hands on the goods at the SouthEast Bike Expo

The Southeast Bike Expo will be bringing manufacturers from all over the country to show and demo their products February 25 and 26 in Conyers, Georgia. Companies like Trek, Niner, Specialized, Scott, Jamis, Felt, Tifosi, Pearl Izumi, Ergon, Maxxis, Shimano, and SRAM will be there to show off their latest and greatest products. Many more have committed.


Cool new stuff from Frostbike

Cool new stuff from Frostbike

By Eric McKeegan

An unseasonably warm weekend welcomed bike dealers (and a few media folks) from around the country to Minnesota for Frostbike, Quality Bicycle Products’ annual dealer expo. More than 150 companies were on hand to show off the goods and services you might see this spring in your favorite local bike shop.


Now hiring: Sales Account Executive

Now hiring: Sales Account Executive

Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times magazines are seeking a West Coast based sales executive for our print and digital publications. This individual will cultivate sales for both print magazines, their related websites, and email newsletters. We’ve been at this for 23 years and still retain the DIY ethic that got us to where we are today. Don’t mistake our irreverence for ineptitude, our employees are expected to operate at a high level with little need for management.


Shimano unveils redesigned SLX group, new rear derailleur mount

Shimano unveils redesigned SLX group, new rear derailleur mount

We got a ton of new info from Shimano today, including the details of the redesigned SLX group, additions to the XT and XTR groups and some all-new wheels.

Built to perform like XT and XTR, SLX now includes many of the same Trail options including award-winning Shadow Plus RD technology, and three new Rider Tuned 2×10 crank set options are available on the new style SLX crank. Look for it to be available in July.


Santa Cruz debuts custom paint program

Santa Cruz debuts custom paint program

From your iPhone case to your tattoos, everything these days is about personalization. Santa Cruz Bikes announced this week that they’re going to extend that trend to their aluminum bikes too, thanks to their Custom Color Choice Program, or CCCP.


Catching Up With: Kirk Pacenti

Catching Up With: Kirk Pacenti

By Josh Patterson, photo by Robert Ligon


Mountain Bike Hall of Fame now accepting 2012 nominations

Mountain Bike Hall of Fame now accepting 2012 nominations

We might be a bit bias since our founder and publisher, Maurice Tierney is an inductee (Class of 2002), but the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame is an important collection of the history and personalities of our sport.

Now they’re accepting nominations for the Class of 2012. Below you’ll find the instructions for nominating someone you know. The deadline is April 15, so get to it. Know of anyone you think deserves to be inducted? Let us know in the comments below.


NAHBS 2012 Sacramento: An interview with Hunter Cycles

NAHBS 2012 Sacramento: An interview with Hunter Cycles

We set up our photo studio in the back room of the Sacramento Convention Center during the 2012 North American Handmade Bicycle Show and sat down with the builders to get the behind-the-scenes story of their creations.

See more coverage from NAHBS 2012.


Foundry cancels Router model, announces replacement

Foundry cancels Router model, announces replacement

By Adam Newman

Foundry Cycles was cool enough to stop by our office last fall and let us take the first spin on its upcoming carbon-fiber hardtail, the Router. It was expected to be available by now, but some manufacturing issues have led Foundry to cancel the model outright, citing a commitment to quality and a replacement model that is ahead of schedule.


Windham to host World Cup racing for the third year

Windham to host World Cup racing for the third year

For the third year in a row, the world’s best professional mountain bikers will converge on Windham Mountain as the town hosts the eighth in a series of 10 World Cup events held all over the world. The 2012 edition of the RockyRoads.net UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano makes 10 stops worldwide with the Windham event taking place from June 30 through July 1.


‘Reveal the Path’ world premiere May 31 in Minneapolis

‘Reveal the Path’ world premiere May 31 in Minneapolis

Join in as the creators of "Ride the Divide" take you on an adventure that will leave you with an eager desire to chart your own course to far away lands or simply to discover with eyes wide open what’s right around the bend.


Red Bull Media House, Outside Television join forces

Red Bull Media House, Outside Television join forces

Outside Television today announced a long-term programming partnership with Red Bull Media House that includes original series, films, and future productions involving Red Bull athletes and the two partners’ complementary television, print, online, mobile, and social media activities.


IMBA taps Santa Fe, N.M., to host its 2012 World Summit

IMBA taps Santa Fe, N.M., to host its 2012 World Summit

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) chose Santa Fe for its 2012 World Summit, October 10-13, 2012. Coming to town will be 400 of the most dedicated, experienced, and well-traveled mountain bikers in the country including national cycling journalists, bike manufactures, and IMBA members.



Can’t make it to France? Watch Crankworx Les 2 Alpes online

Can’t make it to France? Watch Crankworx Les 2 Alpes online

Crankworx Les 2 Alpes will launch July 9-15 and a partnership with Red Bull Media House will share the action from France with the rest of the world. Red Bull Media House will power live webcasts of three events; the SRAM Dual Speed & Style on July 12, the Teva Best Trick Showdown on July 13 and the Crankworx Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle presented by iXS on July 14.


Capture inspiring moments and help raise $100k to protect the outdoors

Capture inspiring moments and help raise $100k to protect the outdoors

CLIF Bar’s Meet the Moment program invites outdoor enthusiasts to inspire and be inspired, empowering them to Protect the Places We Play by shar


Ventura Park Pump Track opens in Northeast Portland

Ventura Park Pump Track opens in Northeast Portland

Portland Design Works and the Northwest Trail Alliance recently to announce the grand opening of the Ventura Park Pump Track in Northeast Portland. The facility is the latest effort by the NWTA to increase access to and awareness for mountain biking in the Portland region. Late last year PDW donated $4,500 to the NWTA and Portland Parks and Recreation to pay for construction of the track.


From Repack to Rwanda – Mountain bike history on display

From Repack to Rwanda – Mountain bike history on display

A 1983 Cunningham R1 built in Fairfax, Calif., for Charlie’s future wife, multiple NORBA champion Jacquie Phelan. Weight is 27 lbs.

By Gary J. Boulanger


Buy a foot of trail for a chance to win any Santa Cruz bike

Buy a foot of trail for a chance to win any Santa Cruz bike

The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship employes 15 full-time trail builders, has clocked in more than 30,000 volunteer hours, maintains 30 trails, has built 25 miles of new trails in the past year, and serves more than 200,000 riders each year in the Downieville and Lakes Basin areas of California. 


Highlights from Eurobike 2012

Highlights from Eurobike 2012

By Jeff Lockwood,

Thousands of bike industry insiders, retailers, and media poured through the aisles of the Messe in Friedrichshafen, Germany this past weekend to see what’s new for 2013. Attendees chowed on some true Bavarian meals and downed many hefeweizen beers. The cold rain may have dampened the farmlands around the convention hall, but it definitely didn’t ruin the atmosphere of the show. Here are some of the more interesting items we gathered over a few days.


Now hiring: Dirt Rag editor

Now hiring: Dirt Rag editor

Join our team of independent, hardworking bike geeks to spread our love of mountain biking far and wide. We’re looking for someone with a grounded understanding of how Dirt Rag serves our current readers, and a strong vision for where you think we should be headed. We’ll be placing a lot of weight on the strength of your vision, and its alignment with our vision, during this hiring process.


Dirt Rag publisher forms new parent company, Rotating Mass Media

Dirt Rag publisher forms new parent company, Rotating Mass Media

Building on growing success and expansion, Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times magazines have created a new parent company, Rotating Mass Media LTD, to oversee a collection of growing products.

“We realized we are now more than just Dirt Rag, and we needed a new name—a new brand—to include all our efforts in the world of cycling,” said founder and Publisher, Maurice Tierney. “We didn’t get bought out by some corporation, we’re making it our own.”


2012 Interbike preview – trends to watch for

2012 Interbike preview – trends to watch for

By Adam Newman

650b

There’s not doubt we’re going to see a lot of "tweener" items at the show this year. Several bike brands including Norco, Rocky Mountain, KHS, Scott, and others have new models debuting. Both Fox and RockShox now have dedicated 650b forks and nearly ever major tire brand is expected to show new treads. In fact, the only real surprises might be what we don’t see. The Big 3 (Trek, Specialized, and Giant) are biding their time and slipping into the waters slowly.


Interbike product review: Media kit memory sticks

Interbike product review: Media kit memory sticks

By Adam Newman

Interbike can be a stressful time for exhibitors working hard on their booths, and attendees working hard to damage their livers, but for the cycling media, it’s just hard work. Trying to cover the entire show and still find time to sneak away for some of this elusive "fun" doesn’t always happen. 



Dirt Rag Magazine hires industry veteran as new editor

Dirt Rag Magazine hires industry veteran as new editor

Dirt Rag Magazine—the independent voice of mountain bike riders for more than two decades—is excited to announce Mike Cushionbury has joined the staff as Editor. He brings 20 years of industry experience to the role as the magazine continues to grow.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Dirt Rag family. I’ve always been a friend and fan of the publication since day one so this is a truly great honor to be leading a group of core mountain bike riders who also happen to be the best and most creative people in the business,” he said.


Join us at the San Franciso Bike Expo this weekend

Join us at the San Franciso Bike Expo this weekend

 

By Maurice Tierney. Photos by Maurice from 2011. 

There’s something for everyone at the SF Bike Expo this weekend, November 10 and 11. If you are in the Bay Area and reading this, you need to be there.


Cannondale to co-sponsor Team Sho-Air, combine with CFR

Cannondale to co-sponsor Team Sho-Air, combine with CFR

By Mike Cushionbury, photos by J. Andres Vargas.


Lift-served bike park coming to Milwaukee area

Lift-served bike park coming to Milwaukee area

Yes, Milwaukee. As in, Wisconson, where you don’t expect to hear about things like gravity riding and lift-served trails. But it’s true. A local developer is planning to biuld a recreation complex that includes baseball fields, snow sports, and mountain bike trails.


Interbike to open doors to consumers by special ‘invitation’

Interbike to open doors to consumers by special ‘invitation’

Better head on over to your local shop and make nice. Some bike shops attending Interbike in 2013 will be allowed to invite their favorite customers to the annual tradeshow in Las Vegas, opening the door to consumers for the first time.

The limited-access initiative, called Interbike by Invitation, will allow registered retailers to invite customers to attend. These special invitees will be treated as special guests of that shop and will be afforded preferential treatment at the show.


Enduro World Series set to launch in 2013

Enduro World Series set to launch in 2013

The popularity of enduro racing continues to rise, and a new series is poised to become the hottest ticket of 2013. 


Catching up with: Hans Rey

Catching up with: Hans Rey

By Gary J. Boulanger. Photos by Carmen Freeman-Rey.

German by birth, Austrian by nationality, Hans Rey has been an ambassador for adventure riding for nearly 25 years. Beginning as a trials competitor, he first shifted to extreme riding through exotic locales, then transitioned to a seasoned evangelist, all the while making films to bring the world along for the ride.


Dirt Rag visits Pittsburgh’s new indoor bike park

Dirt Rag visits Pittsburgh’s new indoor bike park

By Matt Kasprzyk, 

If you like to trade the mud and gray skies of winter for florescent lights and gray floors, then Pittsburgh can soon accommodate. The town totes plenty of all the aforementioned and plenty of vacant warehouses.


2012 gift guide and staff picks – Eric’s picks

2012 gift guide and staff picks – Eric’s picks

By the Dirt Rag staff

This is our first attempt at a holiday gift guide, and, in typical Dirt Rag fashion, we had to do it our way. We’ll share a dirty little secret with you: most magazines’ gift/buyer’s guides are not created based on the recommendations of riders, but by the wants and desires of advertisers.


Commencal to return to US market

Commencal to return to US market

French brand Commencal will be bringing its line back to the US after a several year absence. Best known for its mountain bikes, its line is expanding in to road and commuter bikes as well.

The return is thanks to a new distribution system based in Las Vegas, Nevada, in partnership with JM Gagne, which will allow consumer-direct sales.

Beginning immediately customers can place phone or email orders for 2013 models with an expected January or February delivery. Some 2012 models may be available immediately.




13 individuals honored by 2012 NICA Awards

13 individuals honored by 2012 NICA Awards

The National Interscholastic Cycling Association Awards were established in 2010 to honor student-athletes, coaches, volunteers and partners that have made outstanding contributions toward the development of high school cycling and the national high school mountain biking movement. This year, awards were awarded to 13 individuals in 10 different categories that were selected from a field of more than 222 nominees from NICA Leagues across the


Join us for the Dirt Rag / Bicycle Times Garage Sale

Join us for the Dirt Rag / Bicycle Times Garage Sale

Join us for a garage sale and swap meet and make some room in the bike room for spring or find that item you’ve been looking for! Head on down to The Wheel Mill, the new indoor bike park being constructed in Pittsburgh, on Saturday, January 26, from Noon to 7 p.m.


Homegrown – Made in North America: Profile Racing

Homegrown – Made in North America: Profile Racing

By Adam Newman

Profile Racing has been building high-end, race-worthy chromoly and aluminum parts since before BMX hit it big and before mountain bikes were but a glimmer in the Klunkers’ eyes. But it wasn’t bicycle parts that got the wheels turning—company founder Jim Alley opened his first motorsports racing shop in New Jersey in 1968 and a few years later moved his growing brand to Florida.

 


XC racer Burry Stander killed while riding in South Africa

XC racer Burry Stander killed while riding in South Africa

Photo courtesy of Specialized.

Former U23 World Champion, Olympian, and World Cup winner Burry Standar was killed by a taxi while riding in his home country of South Africa today. He was 25 years old. 

The collision occured in Shelly Beach on the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast. Details are under investigation.


Fox returns as title sponsor for Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival

Fox returns as title sponsor for Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival

Photos by Karen Kefauver.

Santa Cruz county-based Fox Racing Shox returns as title sponsor of the popular event April 13-14, 2013, that includes professional and amateur competitions, skills clinics, a kids’ practice area, bike demos and shuttles, an industry expo, and food court/beer garden.


Olympic champ Kulhavy to join Specialized Cape Epic team

Olympic champ Kulhavy to join Specialized Cape Epic team

Jaroslav Kulhavy on his way to Olympic gold in London.


BMC partners with the Transylvania Epic stage race

BMC partners with the Transylvania Epic stage race

BMC, best known for its bikes in the pro road peloton, has signed on to partner with the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic (TSEpic) mountain bike stage race. Presented by Dirt Rag, TSEpic is the fastest growing mountain bike stage race in North America.  


Trek announces factory XC race team

Trek announces factory XC race team

Trek has announced a new cross-country mountain bike race team for 2013 dubbed Trek Factory Racing. Forged with Olympic veterans, the team will feature US National Champion Sam Schultz, Canada’s Emily Batty, 23-year-old rising star Annie Last, two-time Olympian Dan McConnell, and U23 podium finisher Rebecca Henderson. Managing the team will be industry veteran Jon Rourke.


Handmade bikes in the wild – Shamrock Cycles

Handmade bikes in the wild – Shamrock Cycles

Editor’s note: Each year we cover dozens of the most beautiful bikes in the world at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show and other local shows. But what happens to them after the display booths are disassembled and the lights go out? After all, bikes are built to be ridden, not to sit around and look pretty. So we followed up with some of the bikes and builders we’ve covered in the past to see how these works of art are holding up.


Team CF returns for 4th season, invites club riders to join

Team CF returns for 4th season, invites club riders to join

Selene Yeager, Kristin Gavin, and Kathleen Harding are part of the dominate Women’s Elite team. Photo by PJFreeman Photography.

Team CF, the rolling brainchild of cystic fibrosis researcher Dr. Jim Wilson is racing into its fourth year with some fresh faces and a new Club Team that is open to the public.


Rasmussen, 1999 XC world champion, admits to using PEDs

Rasmussen, 1999 XC world champion, admits to using PEDs

By Neil Browne. Photo by Todd Trisch.

These past weeks the cycling world has been rocked by the admission of widespread doping from several riders. The parade of cyclists willing to unburden themselves from the guilt, or perhaps to reduce their suspension under undeniable evidence, continued with Danish rider Michael Rasmussen. Nicknamed “The Chicken” from a Danish cartoon, Rasmussen’s professional cycling career started with mountain biking and ended this week as a member of a professional road racing team.


Documentary about high school mountain biking premieres tonight

Documentary about high school mountain biking premieres tonight

The high school cycling movement continues to gain momentum in California

"Singletrack High", a documentary about a progressive approach to body, mind and character developmentthrough the sport of high school mountain biking premieres tonight in Mill Valley, California. The premiere is at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre, at 8 p.m.


Ride for Reading forms new mountain bike race team

Ride for Reading forms new mountain bike race team

Dejay Birtch at the 2012 Trans-Sylvania Epic. Birtch will represent Ride for Reading in 2013.

Ride for Reading is teaming up with professional mountain biker Dejay Birtch to create an innovative, professional mountain bike team. Birtch will not only represent Ride for Reading through racing, he will serve as an ambassador of the organization by collecting books, visiting classrooms, and spreading Ride for Reading’s mission as he travels from race to race.


Handmade bikes in the wild – Rick Hunter

Handmade bikes in the wild – Rick Hunter

Editor’s note: Each year we cover dozens of the most beautiful bikes in the world at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show and other local shows. But what happens to them after the display booths are disassembled and the lights go out? After all, bikes are built to be ridden, not to sit around and look pretty. So we followed up with some of the bikes and builders we’ve covered in the past to see how these works of art are holding up.


Team CF racer wins award, stars in film about fighting cystic fibrosis

Team CF racer wins award, stars in film about fighting cystic fibrosis

By Adam Newman. Photo above by A.E. Landes, photo at right courtesy of Team CF.


Judge not, lest ye be judged — A guide to NAHBS

Judge not, lest ye be judged — A guide to NAHBS

Cherubim by Shin-Ichi Konno won the President’s Choice award and Best of Show at the 2012 NAHBS.

By Gary J. Boulanger


NAHBS 2013 – Adventure touring bikes

NAHBS 2013 – Adventure touring bikes

By Adam Newman

Riders are always looking for new challenges and new places to ride their bikes. Adventure touring and bike-packing are two of the fastest-growing segments of the industry, and like every year, the North American Handmade Bike Show is setting trends that the rest of the industry is likely to soon follow.

Though adventures can be had on any bike, more and more riders are designing, building, and riding bikes specifically designed around touring or racing on unpaved roads or rough terrain.


NAHBS 2013 – City bikes

NAHBS 2013 – City bikes

By Karen Brooks

Building a bike to be an everyday vehicle gives a lot of opportunities for creative framebuilders to add all kinds of amenities to their NAHBS show bikes. Here’s a few that have stood out so far.

Donkelope

This Donkelope caught my eye right away. Builder Greg calls it a steampunk bike. It has an actual bike lamp—yes, a lamp—from the early 1900s, retrofitted with a modern LED light inside. 


NAHBS 2013 – Road bikes

NAHBS 2013 – Road bikes

By Karen Brooks

Sometimes you just want to imagine yourself sailing down a silky-smooth country road, wine and cheese in the bag, and sun shining… Here at the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show there are plenty of classically beautiful road bikes to inspire just such a vision. Here are a few.


Shamrock Cycles Fluid Druid

Simply a traditional road frame with fender capability. Pretty fenders, too. I love the little Brooks tool roll on the back of the saddle.


NAHBS 2013 – Breadwinner Cycles

NAHBS 2013 – Breadwinner Cycles

Portland framebuilders Ira Ryan, left, and Tony Pereira joined forces to create Breadwinner cycles.

By Karen Brooks


Frostbike 2013 – Salsa teases new carbon fiber fatbike

Frostbike 2013 – Salsa teases new carbon fiber fatbike

By Eric McKeegan.

Frostbike is the annual dealer expo put on by Quality Bicycle Products (QBP). While February in Minnesota might not sound so inviting, this is a great event, full of people who really, really love bikes. Besides QBP’s roster of house brands (Salsa, Surly, Foundry, 45NRTH, All-City, Civia, Problem Solvers, and more) there are more than 100 other companies in attendance.


Frostbike 2013 – New gear from e*13, Problem Solvers, and Yakima

Frostbike 2013 – New gear from e*13, Problem Solvers, and Yakima

By Eric McKeegan

Problem Solvers

Every few months Problem Solvers comes out with a widget or two that makes me think, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Here are three quick ah-ha items they were showing off at Frostbike.


Shimano embraces 650b, debuts new Deore group

Shimano embraces 650b, debuts new Deore group

For 2013 Shimano will offer multiple 650b mountain bike wheels at various price points and new Dyna-sys Deore XT and SLX components designed specifically for 650b and 29-inch wheels.



In the House: Specialized Enduro Comp 29

In the House: Specialized Enduro Comp 29

By Eric McKeegan, photos by Adam Newman


Vote for your favorite in the BC Bike Race video contest

Vote for your favorite in the BC Bike Race video contest

Ever wanted to do the BC Bike Race but it was ‘Sold Out’? Ever wanted a Rocky Mountain Bike but couldn’t afford it?

Four lucky finalists have a chance to ride the 2013 BC Bike Race with the ‘Godfather’ of Fun, Wade Simmons, on a brand new Rocky Mountain Element 970 RSL BC Edition bike with a huge pile of other prizes. 


Hermosa Tours launches Enduro Trips in Colo.

Hermosa Tours launches Enduro Trips in Colo.

Our friends over at Hermosa Tours announced today a new trip offering beginning in Summer 2013: Monster Enduro Weekends: Durango & Telluride. These self-guided trips will take place over three days in Southwest Colorado, as Hermosa shuttles riders thousands of feet into the San Juan Mountains for some of the biggest rides anywhere totaling nearly 15,000 feet of descending over the three days.


Breck Epic organizers announce new consumer expo show

Breck Epic organizers announce new consumer expo show

The Breck Epic stage race traverses 240 miles of Colorado singletrack over the course of six days and is one of the most popular mountain bike events on the calendar.


In the house: Santa Cruz Bronson

In the house: Santa Cruz Bronson

By Eric McKeegan. Photos by Justin Steiner and Jon Pratt.

Santa Cruz didn’t seem to need another trail bike. It already has the well-regarded 26-inch Blur TR and Blur LT with 125mm and 140mm travel respectively; the 29-inch Tallboy LT at 135mm; and the evergreen single pivot Heckler at 150mm. Bookend those with the Nomad at 160mm, and the 100mm Tallboy, Superlight 29 and Blur XC, and it gets hard to see a gap in there to fill.


Mountain bike world rebels against USAC and UCI

Mountain bike world rebels against USAC and UCI

Many riders will be forced to choose between racing events like the Whiskey 50 or staying home to stay in the good graces of USA Cycling and the UCI. 

By Mike Cushionbury. Photo courtesy of Epic Rides


Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival celebrates record weekend

Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival celebrates record weekend

By Joh Rathbun

Cycling fans from as far away as Pennsylvania flocked to the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival this past weekend with approximately 6,000 folks in attendance on each day. The genesis of the festival was showcasing mountain biking as a great form of recreational tourism in Santa Cruz County, driven by the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz.



Niner releases latest IMBA-edition frameset

Niner releases latest IMBA-edition frameset

Join damn it. That’s the message Niner has applied to its limited edition run of nine custom painted Jet 9 RDO frames that will be auctioned off to raise funds for the International Mountain Bike Association. Each is paired with a painted to match RockShox SID XX fork.


Niner previews new trail hardtail and revised Jet9

Niner previews new trail hardtail and revised Jet9

ROS 9

Niner pulled the wraps off its newest model today, the ROS 9, a slack, all-mountain or trail hardtail designed around a 120-140mm fork. The name—Ride Over Shit—was chosen from hundreds of suggestions from Niner fans.


Turning the tables: Missy Giove interviews Anna Schwinn

Turning the tables: Missy Giove interviews Anna Schwinn

"Missy said she wanted a picture of me with one of the MANY Schwinn cruisers that were parked everywhere. I struck a Missy pose for the photo without thinking about it on account of being such a fangirl. She said ‘Oh, I see what you’re doing there.’ I was actually so insanely embarrassed for being called on it that I aggressively feigned ignorance."


Photo Gallery: Exclusive Missy Giove interview outtakes

Photo Gallery: Exclusive Missy Giove interview outtakes

Photos by A. E. Landes, Matt Kasprzyk and Maurice Tierney.

  

Then and now. On the left she is showing off Gonzo, the pirahna she wore around her neck during races. 


Down and dirty with local framebuilders in Napa

Down and dirty with local framebuilders in Napa

By Gary J Boulanger. Photos by Maurice Tierney.

Yes, there were winners and prizes in multiple categories at the 19th annual Skyline Park Mountain Bike Race June 23 in Napa, Calif. Yes, there was awesome wood-fired pizza served under the big oak tree afterward. And yes, local rider Levi Leipheimer won the Pro/Expert category at the site of the 2008 Singlespeed World Championships and the 1999 Grundig UCI World Cup cross country race.


Video: BTR Fabrications – From the Ground Up

Video: BTR Fabrications – From the Ground Up

By Geebeebeemedia

Walking into the workshop at BTR Fabrications, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in an ironmongers, a car repair shop or a man-shed of epic proportions. Surrounded by both familiar and ‘what on earth does that do’ engineering machinery, you quickly realise you’re at the heart of where something special happens. This is where bikes are born.


Kona announces big changes in 2014 lineup

Kona announces big changes in 2014 lineup

By Eric McKeegan,

Kona continues to keep moving and shaking for 2014. With additional manpower in the bike design department, we’ve seen a ton of new bikes out of the Kona camp the last few years, and 2014 looks to be no different.

Most interesting is the Process enduro line up, which replaces the 26-inch, 150mm 2013 bike with three platforms, utlilizing two wheelsizes and three travel lengths.


Mountain Bike Hall of Fame announces 2013 inductees, moves to Marin

Mountain Bike Hall of Fame announces 2013 inductees, moves to Marin

The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame announced its 2013 inductees today, and said it is moving from its longtime home in Crested Butte, Colo., to Marin County, Calif., long-considered the "birthplace" of mountain biking. 

The 2013 inductees are: 

Advocacy


Norco previews 2014 lineup with carbon Sight 27.5 and Bigfoot fat bike

Norco previews 2014 lineup with carbon Sight 27.5 and Bigfoot fat bike

Looks like we’ll get our first glimpse of them at Crankworx next week, but today Norco sent out some details of its forthcoming lineup: 


Help send US athletes to the World Championships

Help send US athletes to the World Championships

There is no lack of bad blood between Sho-Air owner and team founder Scott Tedro and USA Cycling. Earlier this year his US Cup series broke ties with USAC over its mandate that riders follow UCI rules banning them from participating in non-USAC races like the Leadville Trail 100 and the BC Bike Race.



Video: BikePark Wales is go for launch

Video: BikePark Wales is go for launch

In just three days time BikePark Wales will open its doors to the public after five years of planning and construction. Today see’s the release of the final episode in the making of BikePark Wales triology “Go for launch” featuring guest riders Tracy Mosely, Joe Smith, Al Bond and Joel Moore.

This episode gives a great insight as to what the riding at BikePark Wales will be like. To find out for yourself, you’ll have to go check it out on Saturday, August 24.


Fox recalls certain 2013 fork models

Fox recalls certain 2013 fork models

Got this note today from Fox about certain 2013 Evolution-series forks. According to the recall notice, some 32 and 34 Evolution-series forks the damper cylinder / damper assembly can overextend, possibly allowing the wheel to detach from the bike. Not good. Fox says there has been one recorded instance of this happening, and they’re looking ...


IMBA announces 2013 class of Epics, Ride Centers, Flow Trails and Gateway Trails

IMBA announces 2013 class of Epics, Ride Centers, Flow Trails and Gateway Trails

Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Minnesota, has been named one of IMBA’s Model Flow Trails. This year, IMBA is recognizing five Ride Centers, four Epics, three Flow Trails and two Gateway Trails in locations from the Czech Republic to Kentucky. These trails should go on your short list of riding destinations. These are the trails worth ...


Video: Behind the scenes at Crankworx with photographer Sven Martin

Video: Behind the scenes at Crankworx with photographer Sven Martin

Want to know what it takes to get the amazing shots that you see on the covers of your favorite cycling magazines? This video from F-Stop Gear follows one of the preeminent photographers in the industry, Sven Martin, and the pinnacle event of the season, Crankworx Whistler.  


Video: Rocky Mountain Instinct in the Monashees

Video: Rocky Mountain Instinct in the Monashees

Rocky Mountain Bikes sent along this sweet video of Wade Simmons and Kevin Calhoun as they take the Instinct 29er into some early season snowfall.


For one WTB employee, a work week to remember (or try to forget)

For one WTB employee, a work week to remember (or try to forget)

WTB OEM Sales Manager Jason Moeschler, a dedicated and decorated racer by heritage, is used to the hectic schedule his business title and passion for elite level racing mandates of him. Crowned the 1997 US Junior National Champion as well as three-time Downieville All Mountain Pro Champion, Moeschler somehow also finds time to coach high ...


Trailer: The Rider and the Wolf

Trailer: The Rider and the Wolf

Crested Butte in 1980 still echoed with the hammers of miners, not the rumble of knobby tires on singletrack. But that was about to change as a young blue-eyed man named Mike Rust wrenched madly, transforming old Schwinn cruiser bikes into some of Colorado’s first mountain bikes. When the Californians like Gary Fisher and Joe ...


Car makers should stick to making cars

Car makers should stick to making cars

Hanging out in the Lexus booth at the Tokyo Motor Show was this concept bike dubbed the NXB, for “Neo Xtreme Bike”. Oh my. The  Y-shaped frame looks like a relic from the 90’s (where it should have stayed) but the construction is fairly high-tech, being built from Lexus’ carbon-fiber loom that was previously used ...


$5 a foot could win you a blinged out bike

$5 a foot could win you a blinged out bike

Folks, the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, along with partners Santa Cruz Bicycles and Yuba Expeditions, is proud to announce another “5 Bucks A Foot” campaign. Up for grabs this time is the winner’s choice of ANY Santa Cruz bicycle, along with ONE YEAR’s worth of free shuttles courtesy of Yuba Expeditions! Every purchased foot of ...


Photo Gallery: Bilenky Junkyard ‘Cross

Photo Gallery: Bilenky Junkyard ‘Cross

A long-standing Pennsylvania tradition, Bilenky Cycle Works has hosted a… unique cyclocross race each winter through a salvage yard. There are no UCI officials measuring tire widths, the barriers are not to spec, and #handupsarenotacrime. This Saturday the annual event was pushed to new levels with the influx of humanity (and inhumanity) in town for ...


More cowbell! 2013 Moots Ti Sticks now available

More cowbell! 2013 Moots Ti Sticks now available

Cyclocross season may be winding down, but if you’ve got Holiday Fever, the only solution might be MORE COWBELL. Moots is happy to obliged with the annual release of Ti Sticks, a noisemaker made from excess or scrap tubing from Moots frames. The titanium tubes are cut and finished in just a way to provide ...


Bell and IMBA team up to award $100,000 in 2014 trail building grants

Bell and IMBA team up to award $100,000 in 2014 trail building grants

Last spring Bell Helmets and IMBA partnered to award a total of $100,000 to three trail projects in the first Bell Built Grants. With the hope of making it even bigger in 2014, Bell and IMBA hope to spread the word so riders all around the country realize the opportunity they have for a trail ...


Video: Behind the scenes at X-Fusion and its new, interverted Revel HLR fork

Video: Behind the scenes at X-Fusion and its new, interverted Revel HLR fork

X-Fusion has been stepping up its game big time in the past year, picking up more OE specs and topping off its range with the limited-edition, American-made, inverted Revel HLR fork. Watch as lead engineer Paul Turner discusses how its unique dual air spring system works and watch as it gets assembled.


Ray’s Indoor Women’s Weekend – Feb. 14-16 in Cleveland and March 7-9 in Milwaukee

Ray’s Indoor Women’s Weekend – Feb. 14-16 in Cleveland and March 7-9 in Milwaukee

Ladies, there’s no reason to park your bike for winter if you live near one of Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Parks. Especially with the hugely popular Women’s Weekend coming up quick. On the Friday of each weekend the ENTIRE park is closed to men from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and pro rider Leigh Donovan ...


Team CF returns as Rare Disease Cycling

Team CF returns as Rare Disease Cycling

I remember when I first moved to the East Coast and Team CF (Cystic Fibrosis) formed in Philadelphia. They were a small group of mostly local riders who had a lot of heart, some notable results and now a big vision: Take it all up a notch and create a larger regional, and maybe national, ...


Intense Cycles factory tour

Intense Cycles factory tour

Bike factories I love? Ad Intense to this list. Every effort is made to have raw local materials come in one end and bikes out the other. This was evident on a recent tour of their facility in Temecula, Calif. We heard there was a new bike on its way so we stopped by to ...


Support trail access in Marin County and you could win this bike

Support trail access in Marin County and you could win this bike

Marin County, the birthplace of mountain biking, has suffered for decades with lack of good, legal singletrack. Access4Bikes is working hard to turn the tide in Marin and open up more riding opportunities for our vibrant mountain bike community. Funds raised from this campaign will go to building more trail miles at Camp Tamarancho, one of ...


Shimano opens new business center in CA

Shimano opens new business center in CA

Photos by Maurice Tierney and Shimano In response to its rapid growth, Shimano American Corporation has expanded its Irvine, Calif., office building by some 48,000 square feet turning it into a massive 51,000 square foot distribution center. An entirely new, modern business center also opened directly across the street for Shimano’s marketing, R&D and inside ...


Riding with the Breeze

Riding with the Breeze

It’s hard to imagine a more unassuming guy than Joe Breeze. Unlike his contemporaries Gary Fisher or Tom Ritchey, who are easy to spot in a crowd, Breeze could be the guy standing in line in front of you at the grocery store, or your friendly neighbor who always greets you with a wave and ...


The best and worst of NAHBS in photos

The best and worst of NAHBS in photos

Being around the industry as long as I have I know a lot of people, many of whom congregate once a year in a different location to look at the fashionshow we call The North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Where artisan framebuilders show off their latest and greatest creations, which are judged and given giant ...


Dirt Rag is hiring

Dirt Rag is hiring

Last week Dirt Rag’s Publisher Maurice Tierney and Karen Brooks, the former editor of Dirt Rag and the founding editor of our sister magazine Bicycle Times, mutually decided to part ways. “I’m proud of the work I’ve done with both Bicycle Times and Dirt Rag, and am excited to go off in new directions,” Brooks said. “We ...


Time is running out to win a Marin Rocky Ridge

Time is running out to win a Marin Rocky Ridge

I recently got back from my first ride in Marin County, California, and I was blown away by how nice the trails were – especially in February! Access4Bikes is working hard to turn the tide in Marin and open up even more riding opportunities for our vibrant mountain bike community. They are selling raffle tickets to ...


Is this the first 3D printed metal bike frame?

Is this the first 3D printed metal bike frame?

British brand Empire Cycles has partnered with a Belgian firm to create what they are calling the world’s first 3D printed mountain bike frame. Renishaw, a first that specializes in advanced 3D printing techniques, builds the frame layer by tiny layer from titanium. The finished product is said to be one third lighter than a ...


Redline previews first full-suspension bike

Redline previews first full-suspension bike

Last year we got a preview of the first full-suspension bike from Redline. Now the D880 29er with its new Binary Link suspension design is closer than ever to the trail.


Catching up with: Mark Weir, on the mend

Catching up with: Mark Weir, on the mend

Last weekend while doing trail work Cannondale-WTB OverMountain rider Mark Weir was crushed by a 300-pound tree limb, breaking his pelvis in three places. We talked to him by phone from his home in Novato, California, where he’s recuperating for the next six to eight weeks. Mark was especially disappointed about the accident because he ...


SRAM and Troy Lee Designs form new race team

SRAM and Troy Lee Designs form new race team

SRAM, in partnership with Troy Lee Designs, announced today the formation of its own mountain-bike team for the 2014 season. SRAM has had a longstanding tradition of supporting racing, from grass-roots contests through the World Cup level, and now, the company will also fly its own colors in local, national and World Cup competition. The ...


New e-book answers ladies’ sensitive questions about cycling

New e-book answers ladies’ sensitive questions about cycling

Author and journalist Molly Hurford rides a lot—and knows countless women who ride a lot—and inevitably all that riding can lead to a little… discomfort. It’s a subject that she found nearly all the women she knows, from beginners to pros, were reluctant to discuss at the their local bike shop or with their male peers. ...


Shine Riders Co. hosting pump track skills day

Shine Riders Co. hosting pump track skills day

Whether you are a racer, freerider, coach, photographer, writer, film-maker, weekend warrior, newbie, or just checkin’ out nature, Shine Riders Co. has you covered this weekend with a low-risk, co-ed instruction day at the Chanticleer Pump Track in Santa Cruz. The event is one of many monthly meet-ups of the Shine Riders Co., a group ...


Brian Lopes to ride Intense Cycles in 2014

Brian Lopes to ride Intense Cycles in 2014

We had heard that the fastest man on dirt had parted ways with his longtime ride at Ibis, and now it’s been confirmed he will be on Intense for 2014. Will he be shredding on the new Tracer 275 Carbon? Sounds likely.


‘Fabrique au Quebec’ – Inside Xprezo bikes

‘Fabrique au Quebec’ – Inside Xprezo bikes

Words and Photos by Ryan Thibault I smile at the customs agent. She’s scrutinizing my passport—one glance down at my mug shot, one up at me…and again. The photo is dated, and my Afro has long since been quaffed. “An’ why are you tra-ve-ling to Ca-na-da?” she asks in a French accent as cute as ...


In memoriam: Steve Worland and Fabio Rattazzi

In memoriam: Steve Worland and Fabio Rattazzi

The international cycling community lost two of its own recently, Steve Worland and Fabio Rattazzi, and our staff mourns their passing.


See the 12 finalists for the $100,000 Bell Built trailbuilding grants

See the 12 finalists for the $100,000 Bell Built trailbuilding grants

Bell Bike Helmets and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) have announced the 12 finalists for the 2014 Bell Built Grants: $100,000 in technical assistance money put up by Bell for three bike projects to be built in 2014 by IMBA Trail Solutions. Public voting to choose the winners is open now and ends May ...


Inside Line: Koski klunker fork

Inside Line: Koski klunker fork

I’m not much of a mountain bike historian but I have run into Don Koski many times over the years at bicycle trade shows and such. Nice guy. I knew he was around back in the day and was currently making ski bikes. He had called me a few times recently, asking to show me ...


NICA continues to expand leagues for high school mountain biking

NICA continues to expand leagues for high school mountain biking

The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), the governing body for interscholastic mountain biking, announced recently that Alabama and Virginia will be the newest states in its growing nationwide school cycling program, bringing the number of leagues in NICA network to 13. One of the key features of NICA is its structural ability to work in ...


Happy Anniversary Maurice, from BaileyWorks

Happy Anniversary Maurice, from BaileyWorks

As you might have heard, we’re celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year. As a bit of a thank you gift to the head honcho around here, Publisher Maurice Tierney, we partnered with BaileyWorks to produce this custom, one-of-a-kind Citi Pack backpack.


Bell Built Grants announces West Coast winner

Bell Built Grants announces West Coast winner

$100,000 in prize money? Split between three winning trail networks? That’s what’s at stake in the annual Bell Built Grants. Bell Helmets and IMBA have teamed up to build three dream trail projects and after whittling the contenders down to 12 finalists in three regions, the West Coast winner has been decided by popular vote.


Help the ‘5 Bucks a Foot’ fundraiser and you could win a $10,000 Santa Cruz

Help the ‘5 Bucks a Foot’ fundraiser and you could win a $10,000 Santa Cruz

The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship in Northern California, along with partners Santa Cruz Bicycles has announced another “5 Bucks A Foot” campaign. Up for grabs this time is the eventual winner’s choice of any complete Santa Cruz bicycle with a value up to $10,000. Every purchased foot of singletrack for $5 is an opportunity to win, ...


‘This is Peaty’ – Season 3 preview

‘This is Peaty’ – Season 3 preview

Peaty turns 40 this year, but it isn’t slowing him down one bit. Expect nothing less than the usual carnage with #allthelads and the rest of the Santa Cruz Syndicate as they travel the globe taking in the full UCI World Cup and World Champs, whilst hooking up with some famous friends along the way. ...


Dirt Rag Spring Break 2014: Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing

Dirt Rag Spring Break 2014: Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing

By Karl Rosengarth and Eric McKeegan. Photos by Justin Steiner and Jon Pratt. For all of Pittsburgh’s endearing qualities, its wet, pre-spring weather sucks. There are weeks on end when the trails are just too wet and muddy for responsible riding. The optimal solution is to load Dirt Rag’s “trusty” Ford E-Series van with test ...


Central region winner chose in Bell Built Grants, voting now open for East

Central region winner chose in Bell Built Grants, voting now open for East

With voting live for the past two weeks in the Central region, Bell Helmets has announced that the Cottage Grove Bike Park in Cottage Grove, Minnesota pulled in the most votes out of the four Central region finalists to earn a share of the 2014 Bell Built Grants. The project, headed up by the Minnesota ...


Dig. Pack. Shape. Repeat. Whistler Bike Park opens May 16

Dig. Pack. Shape. Repeat. Whistler Bike Park opens May 16

Downhill mountain bike enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and this week the anticipation comes to an end. On Friday the Whistler Mountain Bike Park will open for the season thanks to the hard work of an army of trail crew. The trail crew battled snow, weather, drainage, ...


Mt. Tam Dirt Fondo adds second event

Mt. Tam Dirt Fondo adds second event

One of our favorite rides every year is the Mt. Tam Dirt Fondo that samples some of the sweet singletrack where mountain biking was born on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, California. The original, 46-mile ride will still take place September 7, but this year the Marin County Bicycle Coalition has added a Summer Solstice ...


Crankworx announces lineup for GoPro Dirt Diaries and Deep Summer Challenge

Crankworx announces lineup for GoPro Dirt Diaries and Deep Summer Challenge

Summer is in full swing and that means it’s only a matter of time until we get to head north to the biggest of all mountain bike festivals in Whistler, B.C. Aside from the competitive riding there is some competitive creativity going on as well, with riders and photographers shooting to be the best in the ...


Oskar Blues Brewery to open beer and bike ranch in North Carolina

Oskar Blues Brewery to open beer and bike ranch in North Carolina

Oskar Blues Brewery hails from Colorado but has made western North Carolina its second home, first building a brewery there in 2012, and now it will open a 145-acre farm as a beer and bike vacation destination. Located about eight miles from the Brevard-based Oskar Blues brewery, the former Shoal Falls Farm soon will be ...


Moonmen rises with custom titanium bikes inspired by vintage BMX

Moonmen rises with custom titanium bikes inspired by vintage BMX

Photos by Craig DeMartino With experience and aesthetics honed at Black Sheep Cycles, Moonmen Bikes are both cutting edge and decidedly retro, inspired by moonlit rides on the Front Range of Colorado. And it’s not just the custom, one-of-a-kind titanium frames being crafted in Fort Collins—the team is building its own custom titanium bars, stems, seat posts and forks ...


Irreverent Reverend: Bob Seals Interview Outtakes Part 1

Irreverent Reverend: Bob Seals Interview Outtakes Part 1

In the current issue of Dirt Rag (on sale now) you’ll find a ground-breaking interview with Reverend Bob Seals of CoolTool, Kleen Kanteen and Retrotec fame. This multi-faceted artist, activist, frame builder, race promoter and team owner, if not agitator, ran his whole operation out of his ranch just outside of Chico, California. Seals was first ...


Irreverent Reverend: Bob Seals Interview Outtakes Part 2

Irreverent Reverend: Bob Seals Interview Outtakes Part 2

In the current issue of Dirt Rag (#178, on sale now) you’ll find a ground-breaking interview with Reverend Bob Seals of CoolTool, Kleen Kanteen and Retrotec fame. This multi-faceted artist, activist, frame builder, race promoter and team owner, if not agitator, ran his whole operation out of his ranch just outside of Chico, California. Seals was ...


Opinion: Stop complaining about expensive stuff

Opinion: Stop complaining about expensive stuff

Bikes like the new Yeti SB5c pack a ton of technology, and usually carry a price tag to match. Lots of folks write to us criticizing the crop of new bikes that are, admittedly, pushing the price envelope at five, seven, even ten thousand dollars. Is that a bad thing for consumers? Not at all, I say.


Inside Line: Santa Cruz joins the ranks of 27.5 DH with new V-10

Inside Line: Santa Cruz joins the ranks of 27.5 DH with new V-10

Yesterday we brought you news of a new Specialized downhill bike with bigger wheels, and today it’s Santa Cruz’s turn. Seems the gap in the World Cup schedule was the perfect time to finish off the new products and we’ll be seeing a lot of new stuff at Monte St. Anne this weekend. The new ...


Dirt Rag now available through Magzter digital newsstand

Dirt Rag now available through Magzter digital newsstand

There’s nothing quite like a magazine you can hold in your hand, but more and more readers are choosing to read their favorite mountain bike magazine on digital devices. Today we’re announcing Dirt Rag will be available in Magzter. Magzter has become one of the fastest growing cross-platform digital newsstands in the world with over 17 ...


Prototype testing the new Scott Gambler and Voltage

Prototype testing the new Scott Gambler and Voltage

Recently we brought you the details of the new 27.5 Scott Gambler downhill bike and the Voltage freeride. Today our friends over at ShapeRideShoot bring you some behind-the-scenes details of how they were created and some prototype testing with Alex Evans, Nick Pescetto, Nico Vink, and Vincent Tupin.


Do you do your own wrenching?

Do you do your own wrenching?

UPDATE: The survey is now closed. Thanks to all who participated! How much wrenching do you do on your own bike? Our friends over at Feedback Sports wants to know. Take our super-quick survey and you could win a Pro Truing Stand. Enter to win here.


Windham World Cup update – Part 2

Windham World Cup update – Part 2

Our correspondent Jay de Jesus is in upstate New York for the only stop of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in America. He’ll be bringing us the latest from Windham, New York.


Shop tour: Ruckus Composites carbor fiber repair

Shop tour: Ruckus Composites carbor fiber repair

Apart from wheel sizes and the number of gears involved, the biggest trend in the mountain bike industry in the last decade has been carbon fiber. You can get carbon anything these days: frames, rims, handlebars, brake levers, stems, seatposts, cranksets, chains… ok, maybe not chains, but the Gates Carbon Belt Drive is pretty close. ...


Welcome to the team! Steve Boehmke joins the Dirt Rag crew

Welcome to the team! Steve Boehmke joins the Dirt Rag crew

Boehmke, on the right, with Dirt Rag’s Publisher Maurice Tierney. Longtime industry veteran Steve Boehmke has been hired by Rotating Mass Media—publishers of Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times magazines—as its newest advertising sales account representative. Boehmke is based in Orange, California, and replaces Gary Boulanger, who was named Bicycle Times editor in late March. Boehmke ...


Mountain Bike Hall of Fame announces four inductees as class of 2014

Mountain Bike Hall of Fame announces four inductees as class of 2014

Elected by a vote of past inductees and current Hall of Fame members (including our esteemed Publisher, Maurice Tierney), the latest members of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame will be formally inducted September 10 at Interbike in Las Vegas. The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame & Museum was founded in 1988 in Crested Butte, ...


Chris Chance announces the return of Fat Chance Bicycles

Chris Chance announces the return of Fat Chance Bicycles

  Few brands conjure the reverence in hallowed mountain bike circles as Fat City. Born in the early 1980s from the mind of framebuilder Chris Chance, the Fat Chance bikes were the gold standard in the early days of mountain biking. In this middle of this week word began to spread around Interbike that Chance ...


Opinion: Let me be direct

Opinion: Let me be direct

In an era when consumers can research and purchase almost anything online and have it shipped directly to their door, bicycle consumers must take the extra steps to visit their local bicycle retailer to get bikes from major brands. It isn’t as though consumer direct sales are impossible for something like a bicycle—similarly high-risk products ...


Support Marin trails and you could win a Marin Mt. Vision

Support Marin trails and you could win a Marin Mt. Vision

Courtesy of Access4Bikes Marin County Bicycle Coalition and Access4Bikes want to expand Marin’s bike trail network and increase access to singletrack trails. Support their efforts by purchasing raffle tickets and you could win a 2015 Marin Mt. Vision. Marin Bikes, MCBC and A4B are giving away a XO1/Fox equipped Mt. Vision XM9 (click here for specs) ...


Ghost bikes coming to the US through REI

Ghost bikes coming to the US through REI

REI has secured exclusive rights to Ghost bikes for 2015, with the high-end German line available in stores and at REI.com starting in January. The bikes are already distributed in more than 40 countries, and now include the US and Canada. In the exclusive agreement, REI will sell high-end models through its retail stores, including ...


Find your next great ride with the MTB Project website

Find your next great ride with the MTB Project website

We’ve spent many an hour around Dirt Rag headquarters talking about how valuable an online trail database would be to the mountain bike community. Throughout the years there’s been a multitude of attempts, but few of those efforts gained lasting traction. That is, until now. In May of this year, MTB Project celebrated its first ...


NiteRider celebrates its 25th anniversary

NiteRider celebrates its 25th anniversary

There must have been something in the water back in 1989. Along with the launch of a certain mountain bike magazine (ahem, ahem), brands like NiteRider, Camelback and Paul Components got their start. But NiteRider didn’t start with bike lights. Tom Carroll was looking for a way to surf his favorite breaks at night, when ...


Book Review: ‘Fat Tire Flyer’ by Charlie Kelly

Book Review: ‘Fat Tire Flyer’ by Charlie Kelly

In the early years of Dirt Rag, I got a package from some guy out west, a guy by the name of Charlie Kelly. In the package were some magazines. Fat Tire Flyer it was called. It was the first MTB magazine, published from 1980 to 87. Charlie had come across a copy of Dirt ...


Apply now for a visit from the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew

Apply now for a visit from the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew

IMBA Trail Care Crew Jordan and Lani.  Courtesy of IMBA. Photo by Joshua Lawton. IMBA is now accepting applications for Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew (TCC) visits in 2015. This is one of IMBA’s oldest and most successful programs, now entering its 18th year. Trail Care Crew visits present an opportunity for land managers, trail organizations and ...


Smith honors women in October as ‘Strong. Beautiful. Unstoppable.’

Smith honors women in October as ‘Strong. Beautiful. Unstoppable.’

Smith is excited to dedicate the month of October to honoring the Strong. Beautiful. Unstoppable. women in action sports by not only highlighting some of its most decorated female athletes, but also donating to First Descents, giving young women fighting cancer the opportunity to “out live” their diagnosis through outdoor experiences. In addition, Smith will donate ...


Bike brands sponsoring women’s mechanic scholarships

Bike brands sponsoring women’s mechanic scholarships

Several brands including SRAM, Liv, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Quality Bicycle Products, Pedro’s, and Park Tool have joined together to offer ten scholarships for women to attend United Bicycle Institute. Recognizing the bike industry needs to reach out to more women, these industry heavyweights have collaborated to fund a scholarship program for women. Additional support ...


Shake off winter at the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival in March

Shake off winter at the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival in March

Winter has barely made its presence known but we’re already looking forward to the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival in March. Scheduled from March 6-8 at the Talaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, it promises a great way to enjoy the sunshine, red-rock trails and power of the Vortex. Hosted by Over the Edge Sports, the event will feature ...


Juliana looking for riders, racers and ambassadors for 2015

Juliana looking for riders, racers and ambassadors for 2015

With the hard-charging soul of Santa Cruz Bikes and the enlightened guidance of the legendary Juliana Frutado, Juliana Bikes is proud to have some of the most fun and fast ladies on earth on their team, including Anka Martin and Katrina Strand. If you think you’ve got what it takes to join them in 2015, ...


MTB Project trail finder app gets an update

MTB Project trail finder app gets an update

Courtesy of the International Mountain Bicycling Association: The MTB Project website and mobile apps have been updated and improved with new functionality. The apps are available in both Android and iOS versions, and are completely free. MTB Project continues to grow in popularity, with a catalog of user-generated content that now exceeds 34,000 miles of trail. ...


What Does The Future Hold For Fox?

What Does The Future Hold For Fox?

Last week’s news of Fox Factory Holding Corp. buying Canadian companies Race Face Components and Easton Cycling for a cool $30.2 million should be raising more than an eyebrow in the fiercely competitive world of OEM spec and branding. After letting the news sink in over the weekend and reading Dirt Rag’s Facebook comments, we ...


Office visit: Boa Technology with Scott Sports

Office visit: Boa Technology with Scott Sports

We were recently invited to the Boa Technology’s offices in Denver, Colorado. What was once an industrial eyesore and waste dump on the wrong side of the tracks is now a revitalized commercial community that hosts several like-minded businesses. The corporate center Boa resides in is another case study of modern gentrification with reclaimed building ...


Industry magazine hosting bike shop makeover and remodeling

Industry magazine hosting bike shop makeover and remodeling

The retail experience can vary widely throughout the local bike shop universe. Some are mega stores, some are tiny “mom and pops”. What is essential to their long-term survival, however, is the retail experience for customers. Now a new project will give a “retail makeover” to one chosen bike shop. Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, ...


Fat Chance launches new bike via crowd funding

Fat Chance launches new bike via crowd funding

We first brought you news of the resurrection of the Fat Chance brand back in September, and now it’s one step closer to a reality. The new Yo Eddy Team will be an American-made, steel, trail hardtail with all the modern touches, including a tapered head tube, dropper post compatibility and 142×12 thru-axle. It will ...


Pivot Cycles signs freerider Aaron Chase

Pivot Cycles signs freerider Aaron Chase

Courtesy of Pivot Cycles Pivot Cycles is pleased to announce the addition of Aaron Chase to their roster of riders. Chase, a master in the world of freeride, is best known for pushing boundaries and for his technical and creative style, both on and off the bike. He has graced the covers of countless magazines, ...


Limberlost hosting four premium, guided rides in Oregon

Limberlost hosting four premium, guided rides in Oregon

Oregon has a lot going for it: some of the best beer, wine, food, and of course riding anywhere in the world. Hailing from Portland, Limberlost is a new guide service that can help you experience the diverse riding opportunities throughout the state with a series of four, premium guided tours in 2015. The tours include ...


Bell Built trail building grant returns for third year

Bell Built trail building grant returns for third year

The Bell Built trail building project, a partnership between Bell Helmets and IMBA, will award a $100,000 grant to a single mountain bike project in the USA this year to construct an advanced and aggressive technical trail. The award is a departure from previous years where the grant was split into three winners, one in ...


Ladies’ Last Hurrah to celebrate final weekend of Aptos jumps

Ladies’ Last Hurrah to celebrate final weekend of Aptos jumps

It’s the end of an era. The Aptos Post Office Jumps and the accompanying pump track in Aptos, California, are being razed in February. Earning notoriety for their death-defying vert doubles and the local kids that have grown up with these jumps—both the jumps and kids are now internationally-known entities. While on Saturday, February 14, ...


45NRTH launches website tracking groomed fat bike trails

45NRTH launches website tracking groomed fat bike trails

Riding fat bikes in the snow isn’t as simple as many folks might believe. Just like skiing, different conditions can make for vastly different experiences, as anyone who has pushed their bike while post-holing through deep snow can tell you. 45NRTH is hoping to help, with a new website called Ride Groomed that tracks trail ...


Zen Fabrication introduces new line of mountain, road and cyclocross bikes

Zen Fabrication introduces new line of mountain, road and cyclocross bikes

If you buy an American-made steel or aluminum frame and it isn’t from a small, boutique brand, there’s a good chance it was made in Portland, Oregon, by Zen Fabrication. Born from the ashes of Ellsworth’s U.S. manufacturing business and the withdrawal of the Sapa framebuilding enterprise, Zen has been building frames for other bike ...


Shimano unveils revamped Acera line

Shimano unveils revamped Acera line

In its unending march of product development, Shimano has announced its latest Acera line of mountain bike and trekking components will feature many of its technologies that once debuted at a higher price point. The new M3000 series features a new compact triple crank, the introduction of the Shadow rear derailleur design, and shifters that stand ...


Introducing the new Juliana-SRAM women’s mountain bike team

Introducing the new Juliana-SRAM women’s mountain bike team

Photos by Gary Perkin and David Smith. Juliana Bicycles has announced the launch of the new Juliana-SRAM Professional Mountain Bike Team. Anka Martin (RSA) is joined by Kelli Emmett (USA) and Sarah Leishman (CAN) to complete a trio of female athletes who will be racing the Enduro World Series and select international events in 2015. A ...


Inside Line: Fox unveils new Float 34 fork and DPS Float shock

Inside Line: Fox unveils new Float 34 fork and DPS Float shock

We’ve ridden a lot Fox 34 forks and Float CTD rear shocks and they’ve been reliable performers that just needed a few changes to really bring them to the next level. While you could send your suspension bits away for tweaking, it seems that Fox has been paying attention to what riders are after, and updated the ...


Trek Factory Racing introduces 2015 enduro roster

Trek Factory Racing introduces 2015 enduro roster

Photos courtesy of Trek Bikes Back-to-back Enduro World Series champion Trek Factory Racing returns with with eyes focused on an unprecedented three-peat in 2015. The team’s European-based squad consists of 2013 and 2014 series champion Tracy Moseley (GBR), Rene Wildhaber (SUI), and Justin Leov (NZL). American enduro power-couple Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) and Heather Irmiger (USA) ...


AZT Expeditions to shuttle self-guided trips along the Arizona Trail

AZT Expeditions to shuttle self-guided trips along the Arizona Trail

A thru-hike or mountain bike trip along the legendary Arizona Trail is high on the bucket list of many would-be adventurers. But while exploring the diverse terrain along its route is a lot of fun, making sure you have transportation to and from the trailhead plus food and camping supplies isn’t always an expedition highlight. Hermosa Tours ...


Whistler Bike Park opens Saturday, May 2

Whistler Bike Park opens Saturday, May 2

Photo by Justa Jeskova I am by no means an expert gravity rider but the Whistler Bike Park is easily one of the most amazing places I’ve ever had a chance to ride. There are dozens of trails for all skill levels and the quality of their build-out and design is second to none. It’s ...


Voting for Bell Built Grant finalists is now live

Voting for Bell Built Grant finalists is now live

The three 2015 Bell Built finalists have been named, and the final voting period is now LIVE through June 4. Unlike prior years, only one finalist will be dubbed the Bell Built grand prize winner, where they will take home the full $100,000 to build their dream trail. See the finalists below and cast your vote at bellhelmets.com/bell-built. ...


Marin Museum of Bicycling set to open June 6

Marin Museum of Bicycling set to open June 6

Joe Breeze has been a busy guy. In addition to popularizing the very concept of mountain biking back in the early 1970s, he also steers the ship at his own brand, Breezer Bikes, and has taken stewardship of the original Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Breeze has brought the collection to his home—and mountain biking ...


Kona opens own bike shop, signs sponsorship with Retalack Lodge

Kona opens own bike shop, signs sponsorship with Retalack Lodge

Kona Bikes has been a busy bunch. Its line of Process bikes have been a huge hit—see our double review in the current issue—but it isn’t exactly coasting. The brand has recently opened a flagship bike shop in its home town of Bellingham, Washington. It will carry, naturally, Kona bikes, but it will also serve ...


Knoxville, Tennessee, wins $100,000 Bell Built Grant

Knoxville, Tennessee, wins $100,000 Bell Built Grant

After an exciting vote, Bell Helmets and IMBA have announced that the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club of Knoxville, Tennessee, is the 2015 Bell Built champion. Situated in the heart of Knoxville, the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club will receive the full $100,000 grant to build their Urban Wilderness Trail Project. The bike park is being constructed with ...


Ruckus Composites rolls out a new website

Ruckus Composites rolls out a new website

Ruckus Composites is working hard to diminish the idea that carbon fiber frames are disposable. While steel is always touted as easily repairable, the crew at Rukus can do the same for just about any broken carbon fiber frame. Working with a new motto, Remade in the U.S.A., check out the new website for more ...


Opinion: The State of Singlespeeds

Opinion: The State of Singlespeeds

Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared in Issue #185 but due to a printing gremlin, the final few lines were cut off. It is reprinted here in its entirety. To read the reviews of the two singlespeeds in the issue, order a copy today. Words by Eric McKeegan, photo by Kyle Tingly Let’s get this out ...


Video: ‘The Syndicate’ – Episode 3

Video: ‘The Syndicate’ – Episode 3

Riding high after Greg Minnaar’s victory at the Ft. William World Cup, the Santa Cruz Syndicate heads to the second of back-to-back races in Leogang, Austria.   Rayboy’s race run What’s it like to go warp speed? Check out Josh Bryceland’s helmet cam from his race run.   Keep watching Catch up on all the ...


Santa Cruz Bicycles sold to Pon Holdings

Santa Cruz Bicycles sold to Pon Holdings

Santa Cruz Bicycles, founded in 1993 and still led by Rob Roskopp, has been sold to a Dutch conglomerate that controls several major bike brands, including Focus, Cervelo, Gazelle and others. While the entire Santa Cruz management team will stay, as will its headquarters in Santa Cruz, the new venture will likely be able to streamline ...


Inside Line: RockShox updates the Lyrik and introduces new Yari fork

Inside Line: RockShox updates the Lyrik and introduces new Yari fork

Today, RockShox announced significant updates to the Lyrik as well as as a completely new model based on the Lyrik chassis called Yari. Lyrik The Lyrik was well liked among the hard-charging set, but was stuck in 26-inch wheel purgatory, a sad place to be for such a well made fork. No longer. The new ...


Help Wanted: We’re hiring a new online editor

Help Wanted: We’re hiring a new online editor

Rotating Mass Media, the parent company of Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times, is currently accepting applications for the position of online editor. This individual will be responsible for operating, managing, maintaining and developing RMM’s digital properties, including the websites of Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times, as well as auxiliary sites and services. The online editor will ...


Crankbrothers partners with top athletes to support their favorite charities

Crankbrothers partners with top athletes to support their favorite charities

Have you noticed any of your favorite pro cyclists sporting tattoos in the shape of the Crankbrothers logo lately? They’re certainly fans of the brand but rather than make a permanent mark on their skin the temporary tattoos are a way to raise awareness for their favorite cycling-related charities. Participating athletes span the disciplines of downhill, enduro, ...


Inside Line: Kona drops info on 2016 mountain bikes

Inside Line: Kona drops info on 2016 mountain bikes

We got a sneak peak at some for the new Kona’s for 2016. The website should be going live soon, but here are the highlights that stood out to me. Honzo The Honzo has been successful enough for Kona to spur development of two new aluminum models, although it seems the steel bike is now ...


Windham Mountain Bike Park celebrates Grand Opening

Windham Mountain Bike Park celebrates Grand Opening

Photo by Eric Lenseth, Windham Mountain Resort On July 10 Windham Mountain Resort celebrated the grand opening of its lift-serviced Mountain Bike Park of downhill trails for pro and intermediate- level riders, a skills park,  and a pump track. The park was officially opened when New York State Assemblyman Peter Lopez, Elite U.S. Downhill Racer Neko ...


IMBA announces new Epic Rides and Ride Centers

IMBA announces new Epic Rides and Ride Centers

Courtesy of IMBA For more than a decade, IMBA has recognized trails and trail systems around the world that stand out as models for the best that mountain biking has to offer. From rugged, long-distance treks to front-country networks that challenge and excite riders of all ability levels, the Model Trails program is designed to ...


Cannondale issues voluntary recall of OPI stems

Cannondale issues voluntary recall of OPI stems

Courtesy of Cannondale At Cannondale, the quality and safety of our products are of paramount importance. We build world-class bicycles, components and parts for riders who demand the highest levels of performance. During the course of regular testing, we identified a potential safety issue with the OPI stem/steering tube assemblies used in certain Mountain Bikes. We ...


Katherine Fuller named online editor for Rotating Mass Media

Katherine Fuller named online editor for Rotating Mass Media

Rotating Mass Media has hired Katherine Fuller to be the new online editor for Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times magazines. Fuller replaces Adam Newman, who was named editor-and-chief of Bicycle Times in July. As online editor, Fuller will oversee the care, feeding and growth of each magazine’s online presence, from the websites to social media. ...


Interbike, #sockgate and women in cycling

Interbike, #sockgate and women in cycling

Allow me to set a scene for you: It has been a long and arduous journey for women in cycling, from those who work with bicycles for a living to those who simply find joy when riding them. For decades, we haven’t been seen as equals or deserving of either employment or representation because we ...


Interview Preview: The voice of Amanda Batty

Interview Preview: The voice of Amanda Batty

Cover story from issue #187 Words by Chris Milucky Photos by John Shafer   Amanda Batty gained a degree of notoriety earlier this year, not because of her race results as a professional downhill and enduro racer but because she abruptly resigned from a position as an online columnist due to sexism, double standards and ...


Interbike 2015 Wrap-Up Part One

Interbike 2015 Wrap-Up Part One

Here’s just a small sampling of the new and interesting things we saw during the whirlwind week that is Interbike, America’s largest bicycle industry trade show. Spank A handful of things stood out in Spank’s small, tucked-away booth. The company tries out new ideas in single product types before expanding them to the full line, ...


QBP And Partners Expand Women’s Mechanic Scholarship

QBP And Partners Expand Women’s Mechanic Scholarship

PRESS RELEASE: The Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship Program is back for its third year! Title sponsors for the upcoming iteration include QBP, SRAM, RockShox, Park Tool, and United Bicycle Institute (UBI), along with Gold level sponsors Jagwire, Saris, Michelin, Surly Bikes, and Liv and Silver sponsors Ergon, and Dero. Together, these sponsors are pleased to ...


Dirt Rag gets a new art director, and there’s a job opening

Dirt Rag gets a new art director, and there’s a job opening

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – October 2, 2015 – After seven years of service as Dirt Rag Art Director, Matt Kasprzyk is moving on to a new career at SCOTT Sports. Issue #188 will be his last with Dirt Rag. “I’ve been challenged and inspired during my tenure at Rotating Mass Media and Dirt Rag Magazine. I’ve ...


Charlie Cunningham severely injured in bike crash

Charlie Cunningham severely injured in bike crash

It’s safe to say the modern mountain bike would be very different today without the innovations of Charlie Cunningham. From aluminum frames to roller cam brakes, sloping top tubes to 135 mm rear axles, Cunningham’s influence can be seen far beyond just mountain bikes. After all he has given the cycling community over the years, ...


IMBA picks Arkansas to host next World Summit

IMBA picks Arkansas to host next World Summit

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) announced that its 2016 World Summit will be held November 10-12, 2016, in Bentonville, Arkansas. “Bentonville, specifically, and Northwest Arkansas, regionally, have shown a commitment to developing world-class mountain biking trails,” said IMBA President and USA Executive Director Mike Van Abel. “I look forward to introducing mountain bikers from around ...


Apply for a Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Visit

Apply for a Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Visit

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is now accepting applications for 2016 visits from the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew, IMBA’s grassroots educational program. Featuring a traveling team of two as well as nine regional staff members, the program offers everything from sustainable trail building schools to high-level land manager trainings, as well as organizational support ...


The FOX empire grows, Marzocchi not dead yet

The FOX empire grows, Marzocchi not dead yet

Fox Factory Holding Corp. (FOX, as we know them) announced October 19 that it will acquire some assets of Marzocchi’s mountain bike product line. This follows FOX’s acquisition of Race Face and Easton less than one year ago, a move that led some to speculate FOX would either ramp up its purchasing of other bicycle ...


Moots Cycles Ti Sticks to support Charlie Cunningham

Moots Cycles Ti Sticks to support Charlie Cunningham

Charlie Cunningham gave a lot to the world of cycling. From custom frames to roller cam brakes, 135 mm axles to the founding of Wilderness Trail Bikes, he has shaped the sport of cycling as much as anyone. Now it’s time for us to give back. After suffering a serious brain injury as a result ...


Apply to be a Bell Joy Ride Ambassador

Apply to be a Bell Joy Ride Ambassador

Female mountain bikers, take note: There is only one week left to apply to be a Bell Helmets Joy Ride ambassador! If you are excited about welcoming more women into mountain biking and wouldn’t mind doing it with significant support from one of the sport’s most recognizable brands, get your application in by November 1. ...


Inside Line: Industry Nine expands 2016 off-road range

Inside Line: Industry Nine expands 2016 off-road range

Asheville, NC – Industry Nine, a cycling components manufacturer in the heart of Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, has announced new rim options for mountain and fat bikes, and a new plus-size rim option. Fat Bike Two new tubeless fat bike rim options join the well-received BigRig 825 Carbon. The new BigRig 975 Carbon and ...


T47: More standards, more problems, or one bottom bracket shell to rule them all?

T47: More standards, more problems, or one bottom bracket shell to rule them all?

Years ago, in search of more stiffness, cranks with 30 mm aluminum spindles were introduced. Unlike the steel 24 mm spindles already on the market, those new oversized spindles didn’t work with the established threaded BSA bottom bracket. This led to a new standard: BB30. The BB30 standard involved bearings installed directly into frames and snap rings ...


Don’t Miss: Old Man Winter Rally

Don’t Miss: Old Man Winter Rally

Oskar Blues’ Old Man Winter Rally had a wildly successful first year in 2015, with nearly 700 riders from Tour de France participants to 10-year-olds on fat bikes, and is set to go even bigger in 2016. The event takes place in Boulder County, Colorado, on February 7, 2016, and you’re invited.   Choose either the ...


Sea Otter adds e-bike race for 2016. Do motors belong?

Sea Otter adds e-bike race for 2016. Do motors belong?

Sea Otter Classic, the California event that “kicks off” the road and mountain bike race seasons each April, has announced it will host an e-mountain bike race at next year’s event. While plenty of battery-powered technology has seeped into mountain biking via electronic shifting and suspension adjustment, this move strikes me as ominous. The manufacturers ...


Atherton family joins Trek Factory Racing Downhill for inaugural season

Atherton family joins Trek Factory Racing Downhill for inaugural season

(Waterloo, WI) — Trek and Trek Factory Racing announced today the creation of a marquee World Cup-level Downhill racing program for the 2016 season. The new team will take on the full UCI World Cup series as well as select regional Red Bull events. Joining Trek Factory Racing Downhill for its inaugural season will be ...


Video: Kona Precepts in the Alps

Video: Kona Precepts in the Alps

Kona’s Precept line of entry-level trail/enduro bikes offers three full-suspension models each under $3,000 (the 120, 130 and 150). In September, Kona sent a crew to the Swiss Alps to ride these bikes. Two Days in the Alps – Kona Precept from Kona Bikes on Vimeo.  


Pivot returns as presenting sponsor of Dirt Rag Dirt Fest

Pivot returns as presenting sponsor of Dirt Rag Dirt Fest

Dirt Rag is pleased to announce that Pivot Cycles is returning as the Presenting sponsor for the seventh-annual Dirt Rag Dirt Fest, taking place May 20-22, 2016, at Raystown Lake in central Pennsylvania. “We are bringing a big fleet of bikes with all the newest models in every size for riders to try, including our ...



Video: Jeff Jones—A man and his bikes

Video: Jeff Jones—A man and his bikes

Filmed over the course of four rides near the Jones Bikes headquarters in Southern Oregon, this latest Jones Bikes video combines riding footage, from rocky trails to urban settings, with Jeff Jones’ explanation of what makes his bikes ride the way they do. Learn more about the riding and the rider that created these bikes and ...


Crankworx World Tour expands for 2016

Crankworx World Tour expands for 2016

PRESS RELEASE — Crankworx World Tour announced it’s adding Les Gets, France, to the family. Crankworx begins in Rotorua, New Zealand, March 9-13, 2016, and will hit Les Gets the following month for a June 15-19 run. The event returns to its Whistler home base in British Columbia, Canada, for a 10-day event staged August 12-21. Nestled in the 12-resort ...


Inside Line: RockyMounts TomaHawk fat bike rack

Inside Line: RockyMounts TomaHawk fat bike rack

Fat bike car racks were a bit slow to come to market even as frames shod with four- and five-inch tires took off out of the gate. Now, RockyMounts is offering a fat bike roof rack for $160. The TomaHawk can fit almost all wheel sizes: 20 inches to 29 inches, and up to 5-inch fat bike ...


Bell Helmets working to get more women into mountain biking

Bell Helmets working to get more women into mountain biking

PRESS RELEASE — Bell Helmets today announced an important extension to its new Joy Ride women’s program – the launch of six Joy Ride grassroots program cities, each with a dedicated female mountain bike ambassador. These ambassadors will help inspire and enable female mountain bikers with regular, structured, fun and social rides that appeal to all levels of riders where they ...


Inside Line: Canfield Brothers Launches Redesigned Balance

Inside Line: Canfield Brothers Launches Redesigned Balance

Bellingham, Washington-based Canfield Brothers has launched its redesigned 2016 Balance, a 165-millimeter all-mountain bike drawing heavily from the company’s downhill heritage. Now in its third generation, the Balance combines gravity oriented geometry with the patented Canfield Balance Formula™ suspension. “Long before the enduro craze, we had our own idea of what an all-mountain bike should be—just as capable of ...


Beer and Bikes: Oskar Blues and its home-brewed REEBs

Beer and Bikes: Oskar Blues and its home-brewed REEBs

American cyclists know full well that beer and bicycles go as well together as 90-pound European roadies, white Spandex and strong espresso. Along Colorado’s Front Range, one company takes that pairing particularly seriously, building bikes in the same way it brews beer: one at a time, with a guiding ethos of fun, craftsmanship and quality. ...


Save the dates: indoor MTB clinics for women

Save the dates: indoor MTB clinics for women

The Wheel Mill in Pittsburgh and Ray’s MTB Indoor Park in both Cleveland and Milwaukee are hosting women-only weekend clinics this winter and spring. Boost your mountain bike and BMX skills in a supportive, no-pressure environment even as the snow flies. The Wheel Mill, Pittsburgh Ride Like a Girl Weekend Date: January 9-10, 2016 The weekend ...


Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program seeks new team

Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program seeks new team

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is looking to hire a professional two-person team (usually spouses or long-term significant others) for the highly successful Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program. This full-time exempt position requires a passion for mountain biking, excellent communication and volunteer organizational skills, basic knowledge of trailwork, and team compatibility. The crew will ...


Register now for Dirt Rag Dirt Fest

Register now for Dirt Rag Dirt Fest

Registration is now open for the seventh-annual Dirt Rag Dirt Fest, aka the most awesome mountain bike festival in America, aka the most fun you can have camping and riding your bike. This year’s event, presented by Pivot Cycles, takes place May 20-22, 2016, at Raystown Lake in central Pennsylvania. Sign up now! You’ll find 36 ...


Inside Line: The Lindarets Boostinator

Inside Line: The Lindarets Boostinator

Want to upgrade your frame to Boost spacing but don’t want to buy all new kit? The Lindarets Boostinator allows the use of existing 12x142mm and 15x100mm hubs and wheels with 12x148mm and 15x110mm Boost frames and forks. Boostinator Overview: Allows for frame or fork upgrades without the need for new wheels Kits become part ...


New bicycle industry internship program for women

New bicycle industry internship program for women

If you’re a woman-identifying undergraduate student searching for a unique summer internship, Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) has an opportunity for you. With distribution centers in Minnesota, Utah, Pennsylvania, and Nevada, QBP serves a network of more than 5,000 independent retailers while also being active in cycling advocacy and bicycle design. QBP is currently looking for ...


Inside Line – SRAM NX 1×11: 1x for entry-level bikes

Inside Line – SRAM NX 1×11: 1x for entry-level bikes

SRAM has been slowly trickling down 1×11 tech to lower and lower price points over the last few years, but with the release of this newest 1x group, even those with a less-than-sizeable bike budget can get in on the 1x evolution that is taking over mountain biking. Read on for full details and our ...


First Look: New Ibis Mojo 3

First Look: New Ibis Mojo 3

This newest Mojo has almost nothing in common with the steel hardtail that first wore that nameplate. But like the original Mojo, the Mojo 3 is a pretty lust-worthy trail bike. This bike doesn’t break any new ground for Ibis. It continues with Ibis’ successful combination of the industrial design ascetic of Roxy Lo, the smarts ...


SRAM launches new Level brakes

SRAM launches new Level brakes

SRAM just announced Guide brake technology in a more compact, lighter package for cross-country and trail applications. Five different models of Level brakes will replace the SRAM XX, X0 and DB5, and Avid DB3 and DB1 models. All models of Level brakes feature SRAM’s DirectLink lever design with 2-piston calipers and reach adjusters hidden from ...


REEB Cycles testing full-suspension aluminum bike

REEB Cycles testing full-suspension aluminum bike

REEB Cycles is the American-made bicycle brand offspring of Oskar Blues Brewing. The company’s first foray into suspension bikes, aluminum frames and curved tubes has resulted in the SqWEEB, a full-suspension trail bike built on the Boost platform with 135 mm of travel. Using a mix of 6000 series aluminum tubing, the first prototype will be the ...


Heller Bikes launches the Shagamaw

Heller Bikes launches the Shagamaw

Updated March 1 with information from the bike’s official launch at Frostbike 2016.   Heller Bikes, the carbon-only mountain bike brand from Quality Bicycle Products (also the parent of Surly and Salsa, among others), announced its presence at Interbike in 2015 when it dropped a fat bike on us. Heller has now added to its ...


New product roundup from Frostbike

New product roundup from Frostbike

Frostbike is an annual dealer gathering hosted by Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), the parent company behind several brands such as All City, Foundry, Salsa, Surly and others. The event takes place at QBP headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in late February and allows shop owners and media types to gather, drink beer and talk shop. With the Taipei International Cycle ...


NAHBS 2016 – Bikes We Likes, part 1

NAHBS 2016 – Bikes We Likes, part 1

At this point most everyone knows the who, what, where and why of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. I haven’t been since 2009, and the increase in quality for both bikes and booths was easy to notice. Here is a selection of some of my favorite bikes from the show. Rick Hunter – Hunter Cycles ...


NAHBS 2016 Bikes We Likes, part 2

NAHBS 2016 Bikes We Likes, part 2

Round 2! More bikes that impressed me at NAHBS 2016 Collin Schaafsma – Matter Cycles “Single pivot 4 life” award I’ve spent a lot of miles on good old single-pivot mountain bikes, including the most recent incarnation of the Santa Cruz Heckler. In my opinion the single-pivot is still a viable option in a world of ...


Bell Builds Community Through the Joy Ride Ambassador Program

Bell Builds Community Through the Joy Ride Ambassador Program

Photos: Josh Sawyer and Emily Walley A community is a village, a town or a city, but a sense of community is not defined by proximity. It’s the nurse and the lawyer, the photographer, designer and the park ranger; it’s the social media specialist, the bike shop salesperson and the mom all pursuing a common goal. ...


Redesigned Reverb dropper post, now with 150 and 170 options

Redesigned Reverb dropper post, now with 150 and 170 options

It’s that time of year, SRAM is dropping the new product news on the regular. The latest out of Chicago is a Reverb with all new internals and more travel options. The changes aim to improve reliability, and offer longer travel options for modern trail bikes. Bushing overlap is increased, which should increase longevity. SKF, ...


First Look: Shimano XT Di2 and SLX 11 speed

First Look: Shimano XT Di2 and SLX 11 speed

XTR M8050 In not altogether unexpected news, Shimano trickles-down electronic shifting to XT level with a new M8050 group. Before you get all excited, this stuff isn’t hitting the shelves until September 2016, so you might still be pulling cable and not pushing electrons to shift for a while longer. The new XT group gets most ...


Sea Otter 2016: Trek Farley EX

Sea Otter 2016: Trek Farley EX

Bets around the Dirt Rag virtual water cooler (which is located in the virtual Dirt Rag HQ) put money on Trek releasing a 27plus full-suspension trail bike or a Stache 29plus full-suspension ripper. Neither guess was accurate, obviously. Instead, Trek dropped a 27.5 x 3.8 Farley EX trail bike with full suspension at the Sea Otter Classic. Actually Trek ...


First Ride: Rocky Mountain Pipeline

First Ride: Rocky Mountain Pipeline

For some riders the name Pipeline will bring up old memories of adjustable travel URT suspension and Giro Switchblade helmets. But put those thoughts out of your head. This new bike might as well be an alien species for how little DNA is shares with that early freeride bike. Much like the Sherpa, Rocky’s first ...


Kona introduces new carbon Hei Hei bikes

Kona introduces new carbon Hei Hei bikes

For 2017, Kona has updated its full-suspension, cross-country Hei Hei with two 29er models in carbon: the DL and Race DL.   Kona increased bike stiffness and dropped the weight by giving the two-bike line full carbon frames weighing 1800 grams (just under 4 pounds). Kona’s own Fuse Independent Suspension—a design that eliminates a pivot at ...


FOX launches new Transfer dropper post

FOX launches new Transfer dropper post

The all-new Transfer seatpost features an infinitely adjustable design with the choice of internal or external cable routing, three drop options, and two lever designs. Low lever force and great modulation make it easy to regulate return speed and small height adjustments. Specs: Low lever force provides consistent actuation pressure even with saddle weighted or ...


GT previews updated mountain lineup for 2017

GT previews updated mountain lineup for 2017

At this year’s bike Press Camp in Park City, Utah, GT released several new models and significant updates for 2017, including a plus bike, more women’s models, a sub-$2,000 full-suspension bike and a throwback bike you’re probably going to want. Read on for details. Pantera 27plus The Pantera is a GT model not seen since ...


Press Camp 2017 gear: helmets, sunglasses and packs

Press Camp 2017 gear: helmets, sunglasses and packs

At this year’s Press Camp in Park City, Utah, Smith introduced a new helmet, Camelback launched a new protection hydration pack, Ryders Eyewear showcased its fog-free lenses and Thule showed us its GoPro-specific backpack. Keep reading for details on all of those new and nifty goods. Smith Rover Helmet Smith’s first mountain bike helmet, the Forefront, ...


Cannondale shows off updated mountain line for 2017

Cannondale shows off updated mountain line for 2017

At this year’s bike Press Camp in Park City, Utah, Cannondale released several new models, as well as existing model updates and an expanded women’s line for 2017. Keep reading for details on the new plus bike and refreshed carbon rigs. Cujo 1 27plus The Cujo is a new 27plus bike based on Cannondale’s other ...


Blue Bicycles launches mountain line for 2017

Blue Bicycles launches mountain line for 2017

Blue Bicycles was once based in Georgia but is now in California. It was once struggling to survive but now has new life breathed into it. It was once only (or best) known for triathlon and cyclocross bikes but now has three different mountain bikes in its line. We took a peak at what’s coming ...


Mountain Bike Hall of Fame announces 2016 inductees

Mountain Bike Hall of Fame announces 2016 inductees

The Marin Museum of Bicycling announced the 2016 inductees into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. More votes than ever were cast this year. Here are the winners, with introductions provided by the museum. To learn more about this group, the museum, the hall of fame and the upcoming ceremony, visit the museum’s website. Hank ...


Trek Stache 29plus gets the carbon treatment

Trek Stache 29plus gets the carbon treatment

If you follow this stuff at all, you knew this one was coming from Trek Bikes: a carbon Stache 29plus. And you won’t have to wait long, with aluminum models available now and carbon models hitting your local bike shop in September. The newly expanded Stache lineup includes two OCLV mountain carbon models—Stache 9.8 and 9.6—plus ...


New: Commencal META AM V4.2

New: Commencal META AM V4.2

Commencal has released an updated Meta, a downhill-oriented all-mountain/enduro bike designed around 160/170 mm forks and Boost spacing. The top tube length, seat tube angle and reach are the same as version 4, but the head angle is half a degree slacker (65.5 degrees) and the wheelbase a tad longer. A new, two-piece top tube is compatible ...


Trans-Sylvania Epic – Singletrack Summer Camp returns with changes for 2017

Trans-Sylvania Epic – Singletrack Summer Camp returns with changes for 2017

Like any good event, TSEpic is evolving, and for the better. Last year the event moved from seven days to five, making it much more manageable for those with limited vacation days. In 2017 the race will run over the Memorial Day weekend. TSEpic says: “You should be the first to know we’re shaking things up ...


The story behind Shimano’s XT Di2 Coming Out Party

The story behind Shimano’s XT Di2 Coming Out Party

The BC Bike Race is the ultimate proving ground for riders, bikes and gear. Charging through seven days of stages across British Columbia, racers push themselves and their equipment through tough times and tough terrain. Over the years, we’ve seen many broken bodies, bikes and spirits. As an exciting stage to test its recently-released electronic ...


QBP announces 2017 Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship recipients

QBP announces 2017 Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship recipients

Quality Bicycle Parts (QBP) has partnered with some heavy hitters of the bicycle industry (such as SRAM, Park Tool, Michelin, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Jagwire, Saris, Kryptonite, White Lightning, Stan’s No Tubes, DT Swiss, Swiftwick, and Dero) to help promote the role of women in the bicycle industry and to drive the growth of women’s ...


Rotating Mass Media Hires Helena Kotala as Social Media and Web Coordinator

Rotating Mass Media Hires Helena Kotala as Social Media and Web Coordinator

She will oversee the online platforms for both Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times magazines and their growing portfolio of events.  Kotala has a degree in Geography, but as a senior in college, she decided to pursue her passion for writing. Around the same time, she rekindled her love for cycling, adding yet another activity to ...


Anne-Caroline Chausson Returns to Commencal

Anne-Caroline Chausson Returns to Commencal

She’ll still be riding, but as she puts it, now she “just wants to have fun and share her passion with as many people as possible.” Anne-Caroline Chausson, aka Anne-Caro, or simply ACC, has been racing mountain bikes, and winning, since the early-90s. Amongst her list of awards are 19 World Championship wins, several World ...


Lea Davison Joins Clif Pro Team

Lea Davison Joins Clif Pro Team

Davison has been on the upswing lately, earning a silver medal at the 2016 world championships in Czech Republic, and competing in the Olympics for the United States a second time. She is also an eight-time U.S. National Champion and has been a Clif Bar sponsored athlete – albeit on another trade team – for the ...


Pivot signs on as Presenting Sponsor of the new Dirt Fest West Virginia

Pivot signs on as Presenting Sponsor of the new Dirt Fest West Virginia

This new event will take place at Big Bear Lake Trail Center, near Bruceton Mills, WV, July 14-16, 2017. Pivot Cycles is very excited to be such a big part of yet another big east-coast event. Carla McCord, Marketing Manager of Pivot, says it’s great to see more and more events like this pop up in the east, ...


Bell to Expand Women’s Joy Ride Program

Bell to Expand Women’s Joy Ride Program

Created for all women who love mountain biking, the Bell Joy Ride program continues its mission with the addition of six new ambassadors and four new regions. “In only the first year of the program, everyone involved at Bell has been amazed by the dedication, growth and enthusiasm of the Joy Ride ambassadors,” said Heather ...


BikeFlights.com Expands Buck Up for Bikes Advocacy Program

BikeFlights.com Expands Buck Up for Bikes Advocacy Program

Two new organizations, Trips for Kids and Little Bellas, have joined the program for 2017 while the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) and the Amy D. Foundation both return as beneficiaries. BikeFlights.com has also increased its fundraising commitment for 2017 to $10,000. “Giving back has always been important to us at BikeFlights.com,” said William Alcorn, ...


IMBA to Relaunch Model Trails Program

IMBA to Relaunch Model Trails Program

For more than a decade, the Ride Centers and Epics designated through the Model Trails program have become iconic mountain bike destinations that influence communities across the country and the world to raise the bar on great places to ride. “It was time for IMBA to evolve its Model Trails program to mirror the evolution ...


Steve Tilford killed in auto accident

Steve Tilford killed in auto accident

By Jordan Villella This morning I awoke to my social feed flooded with posts and remembrances of Steve Tilford, shock and sadness filled my mind. It’s hard comprehend giving kudos to someone for a ride and the next day hear of their passing. Tilford was 59 and just starting to race again after a serious ...


First ride: 2018 Fox 36

First ride: 2018 Fox 36

Both FOX and RockShox have been moving to larger negative spring in rear shocks, and now we see them moving to forks as well. The 2018 36 has a new EVOL air spring that promises “plushness off the top, extra midstroke support, and more tunable bottom-out progression.” I’ve been riding a new 36 the past few ...


Santa Cruz V10 29er – It is official, 29ers will race World Cup DH in 2017

Santa Cruz V10 29er – It is official, 29ers will race World Cup DH in 2017

There have been rumors about major teams and fast riders showing up for a World Cup downhill race on 29ers this year, but Santa Cruz is the first major team to confirm it with news of a 29-inch V10. I can already hear the comments; “but XXXX did it first!”. Yes, there have been a ...


Paul Camp wows “journos” with blue bits, bike rides, beer

Paul Camp wows “journos” with blue bits, bike rides, beer

I have a warm place in my heart for Paul. Just look at that happy camper. Paul Components and Dirt Rag Magazine both started in 1989 and we’re both pushing 30 years as companies. We met at Interbike before either of us were big enough to even have a booth. And we’ve grown together over the years ...


Otso Cycles launches Lithic Hiili carbon fork

Otso Cycles launches Lithic Hiili carbon fork

A new fork from Otso Cycles boasts the largest tire clearance of any cross/gravel fork and is the next product in the component brand Lithic. Lithic is a project of Otso, with the aim of bringing very specific components to market.  The new Hiili full carbon fiber fork joins the Corundrum drop handlebar and Beryl wheels ...


Video: Danny MacAskill x Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels

Video: Danny MacAskill x Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels

Santa Cruz launched its Reserve Carbon Wheels as an upgrade on the brand’s CC-level bikes back in June. As of this week, they are available for aftermarket purchase in 29 and 27.5 sizes. Danny MacAskill put the Reserve wheels to the test on the streets of Glasgow in this video: See more about the Santa ...


Apply now for the QBP Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship!

Apply now for the QBP Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship!

The QBP Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship Program is back for its fifth year! QBP scholarship coordinators are pleased to offer scholarships for 32 women to attend the 2-week Professional Repair and Shop Operations class at UBI in Ashland, Oregon thanks to support from Michelin, Park Tool, SRAM, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Jagwire, Ergon, Saris, Finish ...


Philly Bike Expo 2017: Engin Cycles

Philly Bike Expo 2017: Engin Cycles

At the Philly Bike Expo this past weekend the Pennsylvania Convention Center was filled with custom frame makers, component manufacturers, food trucks and yes, even e-bikes. Over the years the Expo has morphed into a sort of mini NAHBS attracting builders from all over the country to bringing some of their latest creations to show ...


QBP Equity and Diversity Internship seeks to further inclusion in the bike industry

QBP Equity and Diversity Internship seeks to further inclusion in the bike industry

Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), a host and distributor of many bicycle-related brands, launched an Equity and Diversity Internship in December to help contribute to “a larger culture shift in the bike and outdoor industries — a shift toward inclusivity, embracing new and different ideas, and amplifying diverse perspectives.” QBP is no stranger to promoting inclusivity – ...


NAHBS: Day 2 Highlights

NAHBS: Day 2 Highlights

Fuzzy eyed and coffee charged, we lumbered our way to Day 2 of NAHBS. The myth of Jenga greatness welcomed our visitors to the Dirt Rag booth today. Young and old looked to achieve legendary status in the attempts to out-Jenga Dunk and Evan. Day 2 also brought the judges out and the inevitable winners of ...


Frostbike ’18: Bike and cockpit updates from Salsa Cycles

Frostbike ’18: Bike and cockpit updates from Salsa Cycles

Salsa has traditionally been a leader in categories like fat and gravel bikes, but this year, a big goal for the brand is to become more competitive in its trail bike category. With that in mind, a focus for the brand recently has been refining its trail bike lineup as well as trying to bring ...


Dirt Rag partners with NICA on student athlete literature contest

Dirt Rag partners with NICA on student athlete literature contest

Calling all student-athlete writers! We’ve partnered with NICA to bring you a fun literature contest with some awesome prizes! Prompt: Has your NICA coach helped you develop not just as a rider but in character as well? Describe in 750-1000 words how you have been able to develop a strong character with the support of your ...


Surly’s new Bridge Club bridges gap between dirt and road touring

Surly’s new Bridge Club bridges gap between dirt and road touring

Yup, pun intended. Sorry. But in all seriousness, this new bike from Surly is designed to be somewhat of a jack-of-all-trades, a blend of the brand’s dirt and road touring models that is meant to handle a variety of surfaces, loaded or unloaded, and offer a platform that is adaptable to a variety of riding ...


Trek Full Stache – 29plus – full-sus

Trek Full Stache – 29plus – full-sus

Trek’s Stache 29plus hardtail has opened many eyes to the wonderful weirdness of 29plus tires. Ever since the introduction of the SE4/XR4 29×3 tire in the Fall of 2017 I’ve been wondering if there might be a bike designed around the capabilities of this tire. I stopped wondering a few weeks ago when this weird ...


The New Specialized Stumpjumper: Rooted in the History of Fun

The New Specialized Stumpjumper: Rooted in the History of Fun

If you flip back through the brief history of mountain biking you will find the names Joe Breeze and Charlie Kelly. Both Kelly and Breeze were at the forefront of the sport, leading its attitude towards fun on two wheels and also pushing the technology in the early days. When the act of riding bikes ...


Sea Otter 2018: Breezer Lightning

Sea Otter 2018: Breezer Lightning

We breezed through the Breezer booth this morning to catch up with Joe Breeze and see the latest version of the Lightning. Breezer being rooted in tradition is offering the Lightning in a classic steel frame, dressed in some tasty trail treats. The frame allows room for some meaty 29er treads and accommodates a dropper ...


Paul Component Releases Boxcar Stem in 110mm

Paul Component Releases Boxcar Stem in 110mm

Paul Component has a friend her name is Boxcar! Cigarettes and beer in El Sob…. er wait, that’s the wrong Boxcar. Paul Components has updated their beloved Boxcar stem. With the addition of the 110mm length, there is a Boxcar stem for almost every length desired. Machined from 2024 alloy Paul boasts that the Boxcar stem ...


Have you voted yet? 2018 MTB Hall of Fame elections are open

Have you voted yet? 2018 MTB Hall of Fame elections are open

Whose your favorite mountain biker of all time? The Marin Museum of Bicycling‘s 2018 nominations are in and you have until July 15 to make up your mind and cast your ballot. If you had all your friends nominate you, now’s the time to nudge them to pay the newly-lowered fee of $7 (down from $30 ...


NEMBA Fest: In The Kingdom of Mountain Bikes

NEMBA Fest: In The Kingdom of Mountain Bikes

The town of Burke, VT is a quiet little town split into the two villages of East and West Burke. Home to just over 1700 people, this past weekend saw the population of Burke quadruple as legions of mountain bikers descended on the small town to take part in this years NEMBA Fest. The Festival, ...


Devinci unveils 2019 all-mountain Troy

Devinci unveils 2019 all-mountain Troy

Canadian bicycle company Devinci has been in the game for over 20 years, and today they unveil their update to their all-mountain Troy line for 2019. There are a number of options for both the 29 and 27.5 carbon models to be set up with the new SRAM 12-speed Eagle. In addition to getting just a ...


Press Release: Kona unveils new 2019 Process G2 lineup

Press Release: Kona unveils new 2019 Process G2 lineup

Ah, late summer, the early winter of the bike industry, when companies take stock in what they did over the past 12 months, what worked and didn’t. This is the time when new bikes are unveiled, old bikes are rehashed, and, hopefully, poorly designed models are left for people to resell on the internet for ...


Liv Cycling announces new Intrigue series

Liv Cycling announces new Intrigue series

Woman-specific designs have long had a bad rap as being shrinked-and-pinked or more commonly, shrinked-and-stinked—charging the same amount of money for a bike with lesser quality components. Many women had different body geometries than most men, with a lower center of gravity, narrower shoulders, and a different transference of power based on our builds. Buying ...


Trek releases upgrades to entry-level Marlin and Marlin WSD lines

Trek releases upgrades to entry-level Marlin and Marlin WSD lines

Trek has released their updated Marlin, their entry level bikes that come in both “standard” and as a “women specific design” (WSD). Between the two model lines, not much is different. The smallest sizes (13.5″ and 15.5″) of the WSD models have a more sloped top tube for standover clearance compared to the slight slope ...


National mountain biking survey launches

National mountain biking survey launches

International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA), SRAM Cycling Fund and Ohio University have teamed up to create a survey that aims to gain insight into how riders use both our local and destination trails, and how we interact with our advocacy groups. While mountain biking enthusiasts are often engaged in their communities, providing information about their ...


Cannondale Introduces The Topstone

Cannondale Introduces The Topstone

Built for smashing out big miles on the roughest of gravel roads, the Topstone’s confident rider position, nimble handling and grippy high-volume tires make it an ideal weekend tourer, an all-weather commuter, or simply a supremely comfortable all-around road bike. The light and smooth-riding SmartForm C2 Alloy frame offers plenty of clearance for 700c tires ...


Fox Live Valve – Smarter shocks for a better future?

Fox Live Valve – Smarter shocks for a better future?

Effectively an open secret for at least a year, Fox is finally taking the lid off its new computer-controlled shock valving.  Fox describes Live Valve as a “fast-acting automated electronic suspension system”. This system is made up of tiny motors to control the valving, accelerometers on the front and rear wheels, a control unit (CPU), a ...


Niner Bikes delivers with the new flat bar RLT 9 Apex

Niner Bikes delivers with the new flat bar RLT 9 Apex

Most long-time bike nerds have that bike. The Frankenstein Monster, built up maybe over a long time or maybe just put together in one frustrated afternoon, to hopefully satisfy that need. The road bike is too aero but the mountain bike is too slow. There has to be a bike that can get to work ...


Strider’s new balance bike teeters Carbon Fiber fence

Strider’s new balance bike teeters Carbon Fiber fence

…between ridiculous and awesome! Are you tired of waiting for your toddler at the top of a climb? Do you find yourself taking out unnecessary “extra” bolts and other heavy componentry so that your three-year-old can hold more momentum on the flats? Has your child learned how to ride a pedal bike but their downright ...


CHROME X CARDIEL DARKWOODS COLLECTION

CHROME X CARDIEL DARKWOODS COLLECTION

If you’ve had a chance to grab a copy of our latest issue, then you know it’s no secret that we are also fans of skateboarding. It just so happens that John Cardiel, one of the best to ever roll on four wheels, is also a total shredder on two. Chrome has teamed up with ...


Electric Slide into Interbike

Electric Slide into Interbike

Dirt Rag is officially in the throes of Interbike, the annual expo of the bike industry where companies show off their latest developments and newcomers have a chance to put their product in front of the eyes of purchasers and reviewers. Monday was Dirt Demo, the day to check out some of the latest mountain ...


Interbike Day 1: Neon Fog – Oakley, Richtey Bike, Burley Trailers and Leatt

Interbike Day 1: Neon Fog – Oakley, Richtey Bike, Burley Trailers and Leatt

The overwhelming challenge of sifting your way through the first day of Interbike can be an exhausting task. What’s new, what’s hot, where are the sample snacks? There are a lot of important questions to be answered. After hours of swimming upstream through the current of attendees and vendors, A few things stood out today ...


Endura Updates the MT500 Line

Endura Updates the MT500 Line

Endura adds some updates to its award-winning MT500 line. Watch the video with Dan Atherton and check out the goods.   [wonderplugin_gallery id=”86″]


Some more cool stuff from Interbike! Pt. 2 – Wahoo Fitness, G-Form, and Osprey

Some more cool stuff from Interbike! Pt. 2 – Wahoo Fitness, G-Form, and Osprey

Wahoo Fitness has a new product called the Kickr Headwind, which gives you a headwind (duh) while riding your bike. You can either use this to keep you cool while riding indoors on those rainy, wintry days, or charge through 30mph winds in penance for whatever terrible thing you’ve done (like choose to ride indoors). ...


Even more sweet finds at Interbike, Pt. 3 – Dakine, Rivendell and Green Guru product

Even more sweet finds at Interbike, Pt. 3 – Dakine, Rivendell and Green Guru product

Dakine has a sick new gravity line called Thrillium, with their partnership with Graham Agissiz and Team Aggy, bringing a very specific “wolf” vibe, which I am not opposed to, into both their men’s and women’s cuts. They have new knee pads and gloves, and their baggies have been redesigned to offer a ton of ...


What bars? Ask whatbars.com

What bars? Ask whatbars.com

Whether you are a mechanic at a shop trying to find the best bars for your customer’s custom build, or a daydreamer wistfully putting together a vision board of your dream bike, the options for some components can be staggering. Some componentry comes with built-in parameters such as size, measurements, and budget. In this era of ...


Limited Issue t-shirts available for pre-order only—get yours now!

Limited Issue t-shirts available for pre-order only—get yours now!

Some people call October the month when fall comes into bloom, the time when the maple leaves of the Adirondacks turn red and purple and the Rockies’ quivering aspens become an overwhelming gold; others think of it simply as Danzig Month and don their thickest eyeliner and devilock. Here at Dirt Rag, we choose to ...


Ibis launches new DV9 carbon hardtail

Ibis launches new DV9 carbon hardtail

On Monday, Ibis launched its newest carbon hardtail, the DV9. Inspired by Lili Heim, the varsity XC racing high school daughter of Ibis co-owner and CEO Hans Heim, this bike is designed to be fun, fast, and affordable. With 67.4° travel on a 120mm fork (68.5° on a 100mm fork), the geometry is slacker than ...


Lazer helmet recall

Lazer helmet recall

Do you wear a Lazer helmet? Check your head. Lazer, a Belgian helmet company owned by Shimano, has issued a recall for its Blade, Magma, Elle and Jade bicycle helmets sold since January 2015. Helmets typically have a wear-life of 4-5 years, not including the one-crash rule, so if you bought your helmet during the earlier ...


Femmes to the front! QBP Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship is open for applications

Femmes to the front! QBP Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship is open for applications

I got my first job as a wrench when I moved to New Mexico. I hung out at my local bike shop whenever I had free time, and when I got laid off from the food co-op I suddenly had enough free time for them to notice. The head mechanic, Laura, said, “if you’re gonna ...


Kona adds Canadian legend Miranda Miller to team

Kona adds Canadian legend Miranda Miller to team

Miranda Miller will headline Kona’s Global Enduro program alongside Rhys Verner, Connor Fearon, Shelly Flood, and Hannah Bergemann. She’ll be racing the Process 153 CR DL 29 and the Operator CR for select downhill races. While her official joining of the team is breaking news, her relationship with Kona isn’t. Team Manager Mathieu Dupelle has been in her life ...


QBP announces scholarship winners

QBP announces scholarship winners

A few months back, we broadcast the announcement that Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) was again offering up its Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship. The time has come, the winners have been chosen, and we are so friggin pumped. Each of the 32 scholarship recipients will attend a two-week Professional Repair and Shop Operations class at United Bicycle ...


New 2017 bikes previewed at Press Camp

New 2017 bikes previewed at Press Camp

We just returned from a week at Press Camp in Park City, Utah, where several companies announced new stuff for model year 2017. Cannondale, GT, Blue, Ridley and component maker 3T all trotted out fresh bikes at the event for industry journalists to check out. Full disclosure, Press Camp is not a standard bike industry event, which ...


Suspending Over Time: Niner’s CVA System

Suspending Over Time: Niner’s CVA System

From Our Advertisers Niner Bikes Niner Bikes designed their proprietary CVA suspension system in 2008 and it was granted a US Patent in May 2011. In 2012, the system was awarded a Eurobike Design and Innovation Award. Over the years since, it has continued to earn positive reviews from riders, testers, and athletes around the ...


Helm Work Series 130

Helm Work Series 130

We recently spent some time at Cane Creek Headquarters in North Carolina to see a bit of where the magic gets made. Little did we know, or maybe we were bad at picking up on cues and closed doors but the team at Cane Creek were hard at work on the latest version of their ...


Sick Sea Otter sightings

Sick Sea Otter sightings

At this year’s Sea Otter, there was a lot of fresh stuff to see. Some brands were bringing out their classics in new colors, while others had exciting product launches or were showing up at Sea Otter for the first time.  


New Kids on the Block, A Classic and A Foreigner

New Kids on the Block, A Classic and A Foreigner

While we scoured the dusty grounds of Sea Otter for the newest, next, and biggest we were able to get a closer look at some of the latest brands and models to be putting tires to dirt this year. First up is Revel Bikes, a new brand from some industry veterans. Spearheaded by Adam Miller ...


The New Ibis Ripley: First Impressions

The New Ibis Ripley: First Impressions

The all-new Ibis Ripley has been released into the world today, and we had a chance to spend a day riding one on its home turf in Santa Cruz. So what’s new with the latest version of the Ripley? Everything according to Ibis. The bike has undergone a whole new redesign inspired by its longer ...


The New Ibis Ripley in its Natural Habitat

The New Ibis Ripley in its Natural Habitat

Did you miss the new Ibis Ripley yesterday? Well, here it is frolicking in the high desert landscape. To see more of the Ripley, check out our first impressions here.


Review: Industry Nine A35 Stem

Review: Industry Nine A35 Stem

Industry Nine A35 Stem – $125 industrynine.com By Scott Williams   In late 2018, Industry Nine unveiled a new piece of bicycle candy further expanding the company’s componentry offerings. The A35 is an all-mountain stem for 35mm clamp diameter handlebars and is available in four lengths, 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, and 60mm with +/- 6mm offset ...


Trust Performance Message

Trust Performance Message

There is a lot going on over in the Trust Performance camp today. First of all, they have updated pricing on the Message fork, as of today it will be available to customers for $1975 USD. In addition to offering the Message to customers at this updated price, Trust Performance will provide its early adopters ...


Shimano GRX

Shimano GRX

If you missed it last week Shimano has released the newest addition to their family of componentry in GRX. Geared (pun totally intended) towards gravel, cyclocross and adventure riding, Shimano builds on their existing road platforms by offering components to meet the demands of steeper and more grueling terrain. The GRX group will be offered ...


First Impression: The New Santa Cruz Stigmata and Juliana Quincy

First Impression: The New Santa Cruz Stigmata and Juliana Quincy

Words and Bike Photos: Brett Rothmeyer Action Photos: Ian Collins Santa Cruz Bicycles has released the latest version of the Stigmata out into the wild. Along with the Stigmata, sister company Juliana has released the all-new Quincy to their line up. Building upon where the 2015 revamped Stigmata left off there are some great new ...


Rebecca Rusch Completes Arkansas High Country Route

Rebecca Rusch Completes Arkansas High Country Route

From Red Bull Media Photos by Corey Rich May 16, 2019 (LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) – World-class endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch has just completed the outer loop of the Arkansas High Country Trail, a new 1041-mile bike trail across the state. Rusch is the first cyclist to ever ride the entire trail straight-through, doing so in a ...


Press Release: The Pro’s Closet and REI Team Up To Launch New Bike BuyBack Program

Press Release: The Pro’s Closet and REI Team Up To Launch New Bike BuyBack Program

Lots of cities have recycle-a-bicycle program, from Bikes Not Bombs in Boston to Free Ride in Pittsburgh, from Chainbreaker Collective in Santa Fe to Bike Works in Seattle. These are places you can go to learn about bikes and bike maintenance, and to work towards owning your own bike through volunteer hours and work put ...


Shimano Releases New Deore XT and SLX 12-speed

Shimano Releases New Deore XT and SLX 12-speed

Photography by Paris Gore and Sterling Lorence The long-awaited updates to Shimano‘s Deore XT and SLX groups have finally arrived. Last year the top of the line XTR group took it to 12-speed with a lot of significant updates and upgrades to the componentry. As of today, XT and SLX enter the 12-speed arena with ...


The All-New GT Grade First Ride

The All-New GT Grade First Ride

Everything is turning up gravel these days, and GT Bicycles has revamped their Grade model which they introduced in 2015. From afar, the changes to the Grade may look subtle but move closer, and you will see some unique updates. The triple triangle has long been synonymous with GT bicycles, and the Grade integrates that ...


Builders For Builders: Benefitting Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship

Builders For Builders: Benefitting Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship

Photos by John Watson Courtesy of Echos Communications For the second year in a row, our friends at ECHOS Communications is shepherding the Builders for Builders giveaway, benefitting the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and funding the amazing work they do. Last year we raised more than $40k for the SBTS. Their work is instrumental in ...


The All-New Specialized Fuse

The All-New Specialized Fuse

Specialized has redesigned the Fuse for 2019. The hardtail is up to date with all-new aggressive lines. Think of the Fuse as a younger sibling to the Stumpjumper, equally capable of attacking the trail without rear suspension and arguably a more versatile machine. The Fuse will be offered in three models, The Expert (seen here) ...


Newly Opened Tannery Knobs Bike Park in East Tennessee is Small but Mighty

Newly Opened Tannery Knobs Bike Park in East Tennessee is Small but Mighty

By Melonee Hurt The newly-opened Tannery Knobs mountain bike park in Johnson City, Tennessee, is small at just shy of four miles of trails on 40 acres of land. But what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in impact for this burgeoning mountain town. Although Johnson City has always been surrounded ...


The Weekly Dirt

The Weekly Dirt

Welcome to the first installment of the Weekly Dirt, where we take a look at what’s happening in mountain biking and beyond. This weekend we will be kicking around Sun Valley Idaho for this year’s Outer Bike event as well as spending some time with the good people of Crank Tank as their Impact event ...


The All New Pivot Vault

The All New Pivot Vault

Today, Pivot Cycles introduces the new Vault – a bike where massive tire clearance, pro-caliber power transfer, and ride-tuned frame compliance come together for the fastest thing to ever hit backcountry roads. Gravel, road, or cross, the all-new Vault checks all the boxes with clearance for 700x45c and 650bX47c tires, tight 420mm seatstays, compatibility with ...


The Weekly Dirt: Outer Bike Edition

The Weekly Dirt: Outer Bike Edition

Last weekend OuterBike in a partnership with Western Spirit Cycling added a new date to its ever-expanding traveling expo in Sun Valley, Idaho. The ski town is also home to miles and miles of healthy trail systems, scenic views, and ample nightlife to accommodate the invasion of the bike industry. Located at the base of ...


Sklar Launches the Sweet Spot All-Mountain Steel Hardtail

Sklar Launches the Sweet Spot All-Mountain Steel Hardtail

Sklar Bikes has gained notoriety in the custom bike world for pushing the envelope with progressively designed Titanium and steel mountain bikes and all-road bikes. This summer Sklar is taking their award-winning mountain bike geometry mainstream with a stock build,trail-focused mountain bike. The Sweet Spot – it can be a lot of things. for example, ...


The Hutchinson Griffus – Now Available in the US!

The Hutchinson Griffus – Now Available in the US!

Editor’s Note: This message is paid for by our partners Hutchinson Tires Hutchinson Tires has been in the bike tire business since 1890. That’s right. They’ve been hand-making bicycle tires for just shy of 130 years. Though some know the brand as being pioneers of road tubeless, they’ve made a name for themselves within every ...


Catching up with Matt Meyerl of Lost Sierra Adventure Monkeys

Catching up with Matt Meyerl of Lost Sierra Adventure Monkeys

Sunday mornings in the small town of Quincy, California, are quiet. The occasional person or two can be spotted strolling down the sidewalk, perhaps the distant bark of a dog or even the crow of a rooster can break the stillness, that is until recently. Outside of Feather River Outdoors there is a bit of ...


Race Face introduces its new Æffect R crankset and dropper post

Race Face introduces its new Æffect R crankset and dropper post

Race Face announces today its new Æffect R crankset, dropper post and lever. The crankset is designed to keep an enduro-strength crank in the weight-range of a typical XC crank (632 g for DM alloy without bottom bracket, or 696 g for DM steel without bottom bracket). It uses forged 7050 AL construction added stiffness ...


The New Santa Cruz Tallboy

The New Santa Cruz Tallboy

The latest and perhaps the most anticipated (at least on this side of the country) update to Santa Cruz’s line up is the Tallboy. The Tallboy entered the scene back in 2009 as the flagship cross-country bike for Santa Cruz. What began as a short travel 29er, the Tallboy has evolved over the last decade ...


New Liv Pique 29 lineup is live, complete with the Fox Live Valve

New Liv Pique 29 lineup is live, complete with the Fox Live Valve

Liv may have cracked the code on how to sell a women-specific mountain bike. While some other brands fuss about paint color and handlebar length (both important!), Liv was taking measurements on how women ride bikes: The average ranges of our body dimensions (inseam versus torso length, for instance), where our power comes from, how ...


The New Pivot LES SL

The New Pivot LES SL

Today, Pivot Cycles introduces the new LES SL – a bike engineered to the Nth degree to deliver the kind of handling, extreme power transfer, and weight that transforms every last watt of output into a race-winning performance. Already proven by the Stan’s-Pivot Pro team with a Short Track National Championship, Leadville 100 win, and ...


Snowshoe Mountain Gears Up for the World Cup

Snowshoe Mountain Gears Up for the World Cup

In less than a week the UCI mountain bike World Cup will descend upon Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia. The resort sits virtually secluded in the Appalachian mountains but is no stranger to big-time mountain bike events. Snowshoe had been a regular stop on the once-massive NORBA series and just last year hosted the US mountain ...


Romp in the Rocks 10 Hour Run and Ride at Hartman Rocks

Romp in the Rocks 10 Hour Run and Ride at Hartman Rocks

Our friends in Gunnison are throwing a big party on the trails of Hartman Rocks. Race 10 hours individually or as a team riding on a bike, running or both! Come have fun while enjoying the fall biking at Hartman Rocks! They have also partnered with ROMP Skis so all racers get a chance to ...


The Weekly Dirt

The Weekly Dirt

It’s a big and busy week in the world of mountain biking and all eyes are on Mont-Saint-Anne for this weekends World Championships. Things got kicked off this past Wednesday with a relay race where the American squad captured second place. There was also an E-MTB World Championship (honestly didn’t know that was a real ...


Introducing the Ibis Ripmo AF

Introducing the Ibis Ripmo AF

Ibis has just added an aluminum option to their line up by way of the Ripmo AF and it is available as of today. Mimicking the lines and attitude of its carbon sibling, the AF looks to get riders on a big mountain killer at a much lower price. Starting as a complete for $2,999 ...


WynTV: Snowshoe World Cup Finals

WynTV: Snowshoe World Cup Finals

I don’t know about you but we are still flying high from the big World Cup Weekend down in Snowshoe, WV. If you weren’t there well, sorry you missed out, but don’t fret, you can still experience how awesome the weekend was via WynTV. GT Bicycles fluffy-haired pro is back with what we consider his ...


‘Peaking’ featuring Jenny Rissveds

‘Peaking’ featuring Jenny Rissveds

This Friday, October 13th a new show, ‘Peaking’ will premiere on the CW network featuring record-breaking Olympic mountain biker, Jenny Rissveds. The eight-episode docu-series produced by Red Bull Media House, will premiere on The CW and takes you behind the scenes each week with a different athlete. Each athlete has a unique story to share ...


Kona Releases the Remote 160

Kona Releases the Remote 160

Welcome the Remote 160 to the Kona family of trail bikes. Like it or not E-bikes are here to stay and Kona has joined the ranks. Based off of the popular Process models, the Kona Remote 160 is designed around fun and efficiency. Check out the Remote 160 in action here and visit Kona Bikes ...


Race Face Creator Series: Skye Shillhammer’s “From Slide To Ride”

Race Face Creator Series: Skye Shillhammer’s “From Slide To Ride”

Over the next few months Race Face will be releasing a collection of short films as part of the ‘Creator Series.’ First up is Skye Shillhammer’s “From Slide to Ride.” Skye Shillhammer’s film From Slide to Ride is a story of how a natural disaster brought a town together and how mountain biking could bring ...


Zwift and UCI to host a 2020 eSports World Championship

Zwift and UCI to host a 2020 eSports World Championship

Zwift, the online cycling platform that ties together stationary biking and video games, has agreed with UCI to host the first ever UCI Cycling eSports World Championships in 2020. First! This is eSports, not E-Bikes. eSports started in the 1970’s with video game competitions. (You could argue that e-bikes might have started in the 70’s ...


Mountain Bike Radio featuring Maurice Tierney

Mountain Bike Radio featuring Maurice Tierney

This year the team from Mountain Bike Radio set up shop at Dirt Fest PA. Over the weekend they grabbed a bunch of folks from the world of mountain bikes and sat them down for a chat. They even managed to wrangle our very own Maurice Tierney to talk about 30 years of Dirt Rag ...


A Chat with Kitsbow about their move to North Carolina

A Chat with Kitsbow about their move to North Carolina

Joining a growing list of bike and outdoor brands, in August, Kitsbow announced they would be moving its operations to North Carolina. We reached out to David Billstrom, the chief executive officer of Kitsbow, and asked him a few questions on what helped make that final decision. Dirt Rag: I know that you were looking at ...


The YT Mob World Tour Episode 5: Windrock Bike Park

The YT Mob World Tour Episode 5: Windrock Bike Park

The YT Mob welcomed 22 racers from America, Brazil and Canada to Windrock Bike Park located 161 Miles east of Tennessee’s state Capital Nashville. Built by Whiteley’s protégé Neko Mulally, Windrock hosted the fifth of six Young Talent Camps. The young racers had three days to soak up as much knowledge as possible passed on ...


Commencal Bikes Presents the New Furious

Commencal Bikes Presents the New Furious

Sometimes an edit is so dang good you want everyone to see it. The latest from Commencal Bikes is just that and a little more. Introducing the latest version of the Furious, this video takes viewers to epic landscapes and even more epic riding. Sit back and enjoy!


Marzocchi Goes Purple for Rampage

Marzocchi Goes Purple for Rampage

It’s October and in the mountain bike world, which means Red Bull Rampage, the most iconic freeride event of the year. Marzocchi riders have been Rampage frontrunners ever since the godfather, Wade Simmons won the very first edition in 2001. Beginning on Monday, October 21st, in an ode to Marzocchi’s heritage, all team riders will ...


On the Eve of Rampage

On the Eve of Rampage

Photos by Brian Lorence Well, its that time of the year again when a large portion of the mountain bike community drops everything to watch an elite few push the boundaries of what is possible on a bike. Red Bull Rampage has gone down in the deserts of Utah since 2001 and the amount of ...


Philly Bike Expo: Engin Cycles

Philly Bike Expo: Engin Cycles

Philly Bike Expo is easily one of our favorite events of the year. Despite our cross-state hockey rivalry, we love to visit Philadelphia. As noted by many of the attendees, the vibe at the Philly Bike Expo is always so positive, warm and welcoming and each year there are new vendors, new builders, and always ...


Philly Bike Expo: Olivetti Bicycles

Philly Bike Expo: Olivetti Bicycles

With storms in the mid-west and high winds up and down the east coast on Halloween,  Peter Olivetti sat deep into the night in a Chicago airport wondering if he would make it to this year’s Philly Bike Expo. Eventually, Olivetti made it to Philadelphia but his bikes were still in limbo, victims of the ...


Philly Bike Expo: Winter Bicycles

Philly Bike Expo: Winter Bicycles

If you were trying to find Eric Estlund in a crowd it may not be as easy as you think for a guy sporting a head covered in tattoos and piercings. The soft-spoken Estlund is the sole driving force behind Winter Bicycles and on Saturday I combed the floor looking for his booth during the ...


Santa Cruz Bicycles Pay Dirt Program

Santa Cruz Bicycles Pay Dirt Program

Santa Cruz Bicycles commits to giving away $1 million to projects that increase access to trails Santa Cruz Bicycles is making a commitment to increasing access to quality trails. They are pledging to give $1 million over the next three years to trail development projects, local and national advocacy organizations, events, and programs geared toward ...


Pivot Cycles Trail 429 Enduro Build

Pivot Cycles Trail 429 Enduro Build

Today, Pivot Cycles introduces the new limited edition Trail 429 Enduro build – a spec that replicates the custom builds of hard-charging customers and Pivot employees, unleashing the bike’s limitless potential. Build highlights include a 140mm travel, 44mm offset Fox Factory 36 with GRIP2 damper in Team Orange, a new Factory DPX2 Shock with a custom Pivot ...


Hangdown in the Wheelstrings: Our Brand Could Be Your Life

Hangdown in the Wheelstrings: Our Brand Could Be Your Life

The whiskey bottle was in the air before I could even register what was happening. A long, beautiful arc across the artificial daylight of too many streetlights, the only witnesses being the hidden stars … and literally everyone at the party. There was a cacophonous silence of anticipation as the bottle hit its apex and ...


The Weekly Dirt

The Weekly Dirt

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or at least that is what I have heard. Does that mean the machine that is mountain biking world at large takes a break from all the technological advances of tire compounds and mullet bikes? Do shralpers stop shralping to hang up stockings by the fire? Most ...


Grab Life By the Bars – 50 Years of Renthal

Grab Life By the Bars – 50 Years of Renthal

Renthal was founded in 1969, with 50 years associated with the World’s fastest riders. To celebrate this anniversary, we have made a short film, taking a look back at the company, from the early days, through to the present day. Jeremy McGrath, Mitch Payton, and Rachel and Dan Atherton all feature, to give their experience ...


Jones Introduces the New Titanium Plus SWB Spaceframe, Diamond Frame and Truss Forks

Jones Introduces the New Titanium Plus SWB Spaceframe, Diamond Frame and Truss Forks

Jones has made titanium versions of his Plus SWB Spaceframe and Diamond Frame as well as titanium Truss forks. Geometry on both frames will remain the same as their steel counterparts so if you have been waiting for that Spaceframe that will carry you through a post-apocalyptic landscape, fear not dear two-wheeled warriors your time ...


Liv Ladies AllRide: Powered by SRAM Mountain Bike Skills Camps – Registration is open!

Liv Ladies AllRide: Powered by SRAM Mountain Bike Skills Camps – Registration is open!

Calling all women! Are you ready to get rad on mountain bikes in a welcoming and encouraging environment? Whether you’re interested in getting into mountain biking or already ride or race and want to take your riding to the next level, join the Ladies AllRide crew this summer to play on bikes in awesome locations ...


Chris King and Shimano Micro Spline

Chris King and Shimano Micro Spline

As of today, Chris King will be ramping up their production of Shimano Micro Spline freehub options to make them available for purchase on January 31st. Chris King Micro Spline driveshell uses a new bearing and axle design making them their lightest ever ISO hubs! Micro Spline conversion kits will fit all ISO B Boost ...


First Impression: Whisky Parts Co. No. 9 Boost LT Fork

First Impression: Whisky Parts Co. No. 9 Boost LT Fork

Whisky has just released a new fork that should make the minimalist mountain biker and weight-conscious bikepacker quite happy. Sticking with their number system, Whisky has assigned this model as the No. 9 Boost LT. Coming in at 660g, it is quite lite for a mountain bike fork.  I mounted this sleek beast on my ...


YT Industries Launches 2020 Bikes

YT Industries Launches 2020 Bikes

YT Industries is kicking the new year off with all new builds and colors. Each bike category will be available in Titan Silver, Ghostship Green, Dune Grey, Twotone Blue, and Black Magic depending on the spec. On top of the new skins, the 27 and 29 builds have been updated with the latest gear. Both ...


Salsa Updates Warbird for 2020

Salsa Updates Warbird for 2020

Salsa Cycles has just released updated build specs and colorways to their Warbird models. While the frame specs will remain the same as the 2019 models there are lots of great builds to get the gravel fanatics wound up for the springtime. The Warbird is the perfect machine for tackling epic gravel events like the ...


Marzocchi Launches Bomber Z1 Coil Fork and Coil Conversion Kit

Marzocchi Launches Bomber Z1 Coil Fork and Coil Conversion Kit

As terrain and riding styles have gotten rowdier and rowdier, and bikes have gotten more and more capable, the need for bomber suspension that feels buttery and bottomless has never been greater. The industry has fondly embraced recent trends towards coil-sprung rear shocks yet none of the major players have stepped forth with a complete ...


Blast From the Past: Independent Fabrications

Blast From the Past: Independent Fabrications

“What the proverbial fuck?” That’s pretty much what I thought the moment I was told that Fat City Cycles would be shuttering its Somerville, Massachusetts, doors and, in the process, laying everyone off. I had just spent the better part of a year of my life trying to get a job in the bike industry. ...


Irony at the Tour of California

Irony at the Tour of California

Does anyone else find it ironic that the Tour of California‘s title sponsor is Amgen? Amgen, makers of this drug (Aranesp), otherwise known as EPO, is sponsoring North America’s premier road race. Does anyone else see anything even remotely ironic about that?


2008 Trek Fuel EX Sneak Peek

2008 Trek Fuel EX Sneak Peek

This Saturday I’m leaving on a jet plane, headed to Sun Valley, ID to attend the official 2008 Trek/Gary Fisher mountain bike press camp. That’s where yours truly, and a cadre of cycling journos, will get their first look at (and rides on) the 2008 mountain bikes from Waterloo. In many, if not most, years ...


Trek Camp Day 1

Trek Camp Day 1

I’m in Sun Valley, ID, and it’s day one of the media launch for the 2008 Trek and Gary Fisher mountain bikes (and Bontrager tires and wheelsets). The morning is spent in a classroom absorbing as much information as I can from a series of presentations delivered by folks at Trek Corp who were responsible ...


Trek Camp Day 2

Trek Camp Day 2

If you missed my Day 1 Report, you’ll want to read it first to get a little background. Day 2 and we’re back to the Adams Gulch area, which is convenient for multiple bike testing because you can crank out a loop with a good variety of terrain in under an hour. First up for ...


Giant 2008 Press Camp

Giant 2008 Press Camp

I just returned from Giant Bicycle press camp, which took place on June 28th – 30th, 2007 at the Northstar at Tahoe resort in sunny California. Although Giant unveiled a new full-suspension model and significant weight-saving changes to existing model, the camp was not all about technology. in large measure it was about people. The ...


2008 Kona Press Launch

2008 Kona Press Launch

When Mo asked if I would be interested in attending the 2008 Kona Press camp, held in conjunction with Crankworks Colorado, it didn’t take me long to jump all over the opportunity. Thursday morning, I’m up and out the door before the sun rises. Quick bus ride to the airport, grab a cup of joe, ...


2008 Santa Cruz Bikes

2008 Santa Cruz Bikes

With the bicycle industry trade shows in Europe and the USA right around the corner, manufacturers are taking the wraps off their 2008 models. The folks at Santa Cruz bikes gave Dirt Rag the skinny on the latest and greatest from the NorCal purveyor of pedal power. The Stigmata is an all-new cyclocross offering from ...


Interbike 2007 Prequel

Interbike 2007 Prequel

I’m in. Non-stop from the Burgh to Sin City, thankyouverymuch Southwest Airlines. Treasure Island, that’ll be my home away from home for the next five nights. I wonder if they picked the sign colors to match the crystal blue desert sky? Today’s the first day of the On-dirt Demo, but that’s not in the cards ...


The Sand, The Sky – Day 1 of Interbike Dirt Demo

The Sand, The Sky – Day 1 of Interbike Dirt Demo

Ah, the wide blue skies of the Nevada desert… stretching overhead like a magnifying glass, and we’re just pale ants scurrying around in the dust and gravel underneath. That’s sometimes what this woods-dweller thinks about the scene at the Dirt Demo, but really, the weather was quite nice today, not too hot at all, and ...


Interbike: Bootlegger

Interbike: Bootlegger

By now you’ve read Karen and Shannon’s blog entries from day one of the On-Dirt Demo at Bootleg Canyon. I missed out on the opening day action, but was in line bright and early today to catch the first bus to the chock-full-o-bikes desert playground in Boulder City. The Felt booth was right at the ...


Outside the Inside of Interbike

Outside the Inside of Interbike

Today’s Blog from Interbike comes from Chris Coccia. Chris is a stand-up comedian who has shows in Vegas this week. Since he’s also a big bike nerd, we invited him to do some blogging, etc. Look for him hosting our Dirt Rag TV episode…which we’ll post over the weekend. Chris Coccia: Interbike 2007 Day One. ...


Post Interbike Thoughts

Post Interbike Thoughts

I’ve been going to Interbike for ten years now. I’ve seen a lot of different stuff, and met many cool people over the years. Yet, a few years ago I started to become kind of cynical and sick of it all…I had no desire to fly to Las Vegas, see all the “cool bikes,” deal ...


Interbike Musings

Interbike Musings

Dirt Rag Blog Take One. Vegas Baby. And Interbike. When I first started working at Dirt Rag back in June, the whispering of the plans for Interbike 2007 was just beginning. I had naively assumed that the new girl would stay behind and mind the store. As it turns out, everyone goes to Interbike. I ...


Out Through The Inbox

Out Through The Inbox

SSCXWCThe kids have been busy in the Beaver State. On the weekend of November 10-11th, the Portland Single Speed Collective (PSSC) will play host to SSCXWC— an event that’s billed as the Official UnOfficial World Championship event for singlespeed cyclocross racers. SSCXWC, which involves a time trial on Saturday and the Grand Boucle on Sunday, ...


5,000 Bikes for Zambia

5,000 Bikes for Zambia

We received the following email from Quality Bicycle Products, a company that distributes bicycles and parts to bike shops. While portions of the email are aimed at QBP’s bike-shop customers, much of the message is applicable to the general cycling public, and is worth sharing: 5,000 Ways to Make a DifferenceIn Zambia, a nation where ...


The Pleasant Revolution

The Pleasant Revolution

Here’s a bit of news, fresh from the Xtracycle Blog: Xtracycle Co-founder Kipchoge Spencer is stepping down from his role as Xtracycle president, to follow his long-time dream of taking the show on the road. His band, the Ginger Ninjas, and fellow bike musicians SHAKE YOUR PEACE!, along with an 8 person support crew, are ...


Spotlight on Portland

Spotlight on Portland

Click here to read the New York Times online article: “In Portland, Cultivating a Culture of Two Wheels”. Check out this NYT video on the Portland’s bike scene and the business side of biking.


Are You an Athlete, a Pathlete, or a Dirtbag Cyclist?

Are You an Athlete, a Pathlete, or a Dirtbag Cyclist?

Swobo founder Tim Parr talked to CoolHunting.com’s Josh Rubin recently, and he had some interesting things to say. Chief among them? What’s almost ruined cycling is that too many athletes have gotten into it, not enough regular folks. I like that theory, but the bike industry expanded exponentially during the Lance years — some called ...


Sneak Peek: Sinister Gruitr

Sneak Peek: Sinister Gruitr

  While researching my Rider Profile of Frank “The Welder” Wadelton, I learned that Sinister Bikes has been working on a new 4.5-5.5 inch, single-pivot frame named Gruitr. Sinister says they expect to start receiving production Gruitr frames (which will retail for around $1,400-1,500) from their Canadian fabricator in January of 2008.What’s up with the ...


Get Out the Vote

Get Out the Vote

Trips for Kids Founding Director, Marilyn Price, has been named a national finalist for the Volvo for Life Awards. The winner will be determined by online voting, with the winner receiving $100,000 for the non-profit organization of their choice. The thought of a car company stroking a fat check for bicycles… well, that sounds pretty ...


Shimano Takes a Flyer

Shimano Takes a Flyer

Shimano is reporting that sales are way up — primarily due to Europeancustomers buying up Deore XT components — and as a result their stock, which trades on the Osaka Securities Exchange, got a big goose yesterday (actually at the end of trading today, which happened yesterday, because the international time line… uh, never mind). ...


Lock ’em up

Lock ’em up

We dirt riders don’t worry too much about parking the bike — that’s why we carry no locks nor kickstands, right? Just more junk rattling around on the brake bumps, and attracting those rutting bucks. Just so, it’s good to note that Kryptonite is donating about 75 brand new bike racks to four American cities. ...


2008 Fuel EX9: Size Matters!

2008 Fuel EX9: Size Matters!

In my previous post I talked about the fact that Trek offers the Fuel EX lineup two different "medium" sizes, and how I’ve always been a bit of a tweener—able to ride either a medium or a large bike, but often feeling that neither size fit me perfectly. The more I ride this (18.5") bike, the happier I am that larger Trek offer it in "multiple medium" sizing. The 18.5" bike fits me like a dream.


Doing Good Work: Tom Ritchey in Africa

Doing Good Work: Tom Ritchey in Africa

A lot of people don’t realize what a rennaissance man Tom Ritchey is. He’s one of the original mountain bike inventors of Marin County, he’s the founder of Ritchey designs, and he’s likely the guy who supplied the headset, handlebars, stem, and/or seatpost on at least one of your bikes.Ritchey is also the founder of ...


Bringing bikes to the desert

Bringing bikes to the desert

Despite the fact that the most popular bicycling video on YouTube features a young Saudi burning a mean doughnut on his BMX, the Middle East has never been one of the world’s cycling hotbeds. That could change, as Giant Bicycles yesterday announced a big initiative launching in Dubai. The bicycle market is often boosted by ...


Dirt gets in the folds

Dirt gets in the folds

Despite being the object of some opprobrium, the “Hummer Tactical mountain bicycle” was actually commissioned by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in 1997, though it was called “the Paratrooper.” (Which actually brings some vivid fantasies to mind: For your next vacation, why not parachute with your folding bike into Chamonix?) Of course, most ...


Get your dirt ride on — in Washington DC?

Get your dirt ride on — in Washington DC?

IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association, is sponsoring the 2008 National bike summit in Washington D.C. The party goes down the first week of March, and IMBA members and advocates can get a special discount on the conference fee, by registering at IMBA.com. IMBA also offers some helpful hints about how to come up with ...


More singletrack in National Parks?

More singletrack in National Parks?

Back in 2005, IMBA signed a memorandum of understanding with the US Forest Park Service. The idea was to create a climate of happy negotiation in an effort to explore the possibility of thinking about talking about maybe proposing more singletrack in National Parklands. The Service has long been prejudiced against mountain bikes, for reasons ...


Are you as tough as a Park Tool designer?

Are you as tough as a Park Tool designer?

Park Tool’s headquarters are in wintry Minnesota, so — along with all the good folks at Quality Bike Parts and Island Cycle Supply and World Cycling Productions and Twin Six and Kurt Kinetic and all of their groupies — there are an astonishing number of year-around bike commuters who have no problem riding in a ...


Nobody is bigger than Giant

Nobody is bigger than Giant

When people talk about Giant, they usually save a little breath to mention that the company is the world’s largest producer of bikes — and that virtually any stock steel or aluminum frame, no matter what the brand, is likely produced by the Taiwan-based company. But so how big is big? Last week, Giant announced ...


Things Not to Muck Around With: Fork resizing

Things Not to Muck Around With: Fork resizing

Fox Racing has issued a gentle reminder to all you dirt riders who like to cut corners on your equipmentto save a buck or avoid a trip to the shop: On that cool 29er you’ve been piecing together for the past year, don’t use a fork that’s designed, built, tested and certified for a 26-inch ...


Own a piece of the Fox

Own a piece of the Fox

As mountain biking has matured, it’s no longer entirely the province of dirtbags and do-nothings. Most folks would argue that it’s a good thing. That’s because professional people — y’know, doctors and lawyers and such — have become enthusiasts in the last ten years, the better to move the levers of local government to allow ...


Help a Sister Out….

Help a Sister Out….

We already told you about Tara Llanes’ unfortunate accident. Recently, Dirt Rag Forum member downhill mike dropped a post with a great idea that the folks at Whiteface Mountain Bike Park have come up with: At Whiteface Mountain Bike Park we will once again for our 3rd consecutive year have Ladies Days on the 1st ...


WTB/Rocky Mountain press camp

WTB/Rocky Mountain press camp

Stage two of Maurice’s whirlwind tour. After cold, rainy Macon Georgia, I headed west to cold, rainy San Luis Obispo, California for a combined Rocky Mountain/WTB press camp. The agenda? Face time with WTB and Rocky staff to learn more about the latest tires from WTB and the 2008 Slayer SXC bike from Rocky Mountain. ...


Greetings Earthlings

Greetings Earthlings

Word up from EWR Land. This is a new blog that the kind folks at Dirt Rag have asked me to write. From here forward you will see my musings and thoughts. We can sit with coffee and talk of the old days, eat Fiddle Faddle and type with sticky fingers, and wax philosophical about ...


Lance opens a bike shop and cafe

Lance opens a bike shop and cafe

In Austin, Texas, Lance Armstrong is getting ready to cut the ribbons on his very own bike shop, cafe, and “commuter center.” For a long time, I thought “CyclePaths” and “Behind Bars” were the best names for a bike shop, but Lance has come up with a pretty good one: Mellow Johnny’s (an Americanization of ...


The best bike shops in the US?

The best bike shops in the US?

Does your favorite LBS rate nationally? Find out right now! Each year Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, an industry magazine, identifies the “Top 100” bike shops in the nation. What’s the criteria? Well, unfortiunately it has less to do with “buddy deals” and  brews in the fridge. BRAIN’s three main criteria are “market share, community ...


Granny Goes Galactic

Granny Goes Galactic

Granny is typically the mild mannered, conservative type, but her recent press release is out of this world: Galactic Championship of 24 Hour Mountain Bike Racing Set For Moab, Utah, USA, EarthPioneer of the Sport Goes Large To Create the Greatest Eventin The History of 24-hour Mountain Bike RacingDavis, WV, USA, Earth – Granny Gear ...


Clear skies in the House of the Rising Sun

Clear skies in the House of the Rising Sun

Shimano reported this week that their sales for 2007 were up a whopping 40 percent. That would be a natural result of setting a new record for sales revenue. The world’s largest manufacturer of quality bike parts had $1.9 billion in sales. (To be sure, there’s got to be a few million in fishing reels ...


Brain Fart: smorgasbord

Brain Fart: smorgasbord

I remembered I needed to post on the blog today as the in-house schedule has rotated back to me. Most times my rides to and from work are full of interesting thoughts (at least to me), but of course my mind was pretty blank today, except I needed to hurry to work with the coffee ...


Why don’t more bikes have cool names?

Why don’t more bikes have cool names?

Today over at NameWire — a corporate branding company — they’re discussing a new South African mountain bike called the “Silverback.” A Silverback is an adult male gorilla. This got them thinking about other bikes named after animals, but the only one additional ones they came up with were Kestrel (bought last fall by Fuji, ...


LUNAFEST

LUNAFEST

Looking for something to do on a Monday evening? Live in the Boston area? Then check out this enticing offer from the Boston LUNA Chix: The Boston LUNA Chix welcome LUNAFEST(R), the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, to the historic ...


Trek founder passes

Trek founder passes

Trek founder Richard Burke has passed away. The company reported today that Burke diedlast night after having heart surgery. He was 73 years young. Dick founded Trek in 1976, and shortly thereafter built this bike — And my brother bought one. Which I wish to God I hadn’t sold years ago to buy some dogstained ...


Want a Bike Industry Job?

Want a Bike Industry Job?

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) seeks a Database Administrator and Manager of Interactive Marketing to work as part of the management team at its Boulder, CO, offices. This position is housed in the Membership and Development Department, and reports to the Director of Development. Duties include managing and implementing IMBA’s in-house database (currently File ...


Why bikes will be more expensive this year

Why bikes will be more expensive this year

I’ve mentioned a couple of times how healthy the bike industry appears to be… Retail sales up in 2007, average selling price up, Shimano setting all-time sales records, Fox Forx trading on the stock market, and so on. Still, we are likely in a recession, and a deep one at that. Not to mention the ...


Rocky Mountain Bicycles Demo Tour

Rocky Mountain Bicycles Demo Tour

The folks at Rocky Mountain Bicycles, have packed a Dodge Sprinter full of Rocky Mountain demo bikes, and have embarked on a 75-stop tour of the western USA, with a few “right-coast” events mixed in for full flavor. The demo tour driver/mechanic Thane Hall is scheduled to roll into top events including Sea Otter, Fruita ...


Elka: Get to know your new shock manufacturer

Elka: Get to know your new shock manufacturer

Rank-and-file riders of stock suspension bikes have not had tons of options when it comes to boingers. On the front end, you’ve got your Big Three: Fox, Manitou, Rock Shox (whither Marzocchi?) Choices are even fewer in the rear: Fox (and development partner Specialized) and Rock Shox together have pretty much cornered the market, unless ...


Trek sues Greg LeMond

Trek sues Greg LeMond

I was wondering why Trek prez John Burke called a press conference today, and now I know why: Trek is suing Greg LeMond to “sever ties” with America’s first Tour De France champion. LeMond had earlier served notice to Trek that he wasn’t happy about what he thought was feeble marketing by Trek on behalf ...


Shimano Saint: Big Air in Whistler

Shimano Saint: Big Air in Whistler

Shimano hosted press test rides on their new Saint component group in Whistler last week. Whistler Bike Park to be exact. Lift assisted downhill mountain biking, yessir. The plan? Journalists (And I use that term loosely) bring a frame, fork, shocks, and cockpit. Shimano to install the drivetrain and wheels. Well, actually, we scribes did ...


IMBA Summit, June 18-21, 2008

IMBA Summit, June 18-21, 2008

The IMBA Summit is the biannual international gathering of mountain bike advocates, this year held in lovely Park City, Utah. With around 350 advocates in attendance, it’s a virtual who’s who of advocacy. Wednesday Night’s opening ceremonies took place at Olympic park, where a team of top-level freestyle skiers put on a show for us ...


Sneak Peek: EWR Proto OWB29er

Sneak Peek: EWR Proto OWB29er

Kenn EWR OWB29This past weekend the Dirt Rag hot air spy balloon was hovering over the M.A.S.S. Neshaminy race near Philly and spotted EWR’s very own Kenn Rymdeko putting a brand new OWB29er proto through its paces. Kenn ended up in fourth place, his best finish to date.


Salsa Cycles Sol Sessions First Report

Salsa Cycles Sol Sessions First Report

I had the chance to visit the Salsa Cycles HQ in Minneapolis for the unveiling and riding of Salsa’s two new full suspension bikes. The bikes were designed to have a similar ride with wheel size being the main difference. The 26er called the El Kaboing has 5 inches of rear wheel travel and the ...


Scott Bikes Get Smart: The Genius

Scott Bikes Get Smart: The Genius

The Scott Company began in Sun Valley Idaho 50 years ago with the first tapered aluminum ski pole. It was the most sophisticated pole yet created. And that continued into the bike world as well. Scott made their first mountain bike in 1986, aero bars for Greg Lemond’s Tour De France win in 1989, and ...


Nomad Gets Next-Generation VPP Makeover

Nomad Gets Next-Generation VPP Makeover

Back in February, 2008 Maurice attended Santa Cruz press camp, where the NorCal bike-maker introduced their next-generation VPP suspension, via a redesigned Blur LT. Maurice followed up that trip with a full-blown Blur LT bike review that appeared in Issue #136. Santa Cruz has just announced that they’ve brought their next-generation VPP to the Nomad ...


First Look: 2009 Trek Fuel EX

First Look: 2009 Trek Fuel EX

Immediately after wrapping up a two-day Durango, CO press camp where Gary Fisher introduced their all-new Roscoe 140mm trail bike, I was scooped up by the folks from Trek and transfered a short distance to their host hotel, for two days of riding their new Fuel EX. With day one of riding the new EX ...


First Look: 2009 Trek Top Fuel

First Look: 2009 Trek Top Fuel

My first day at 2009 Trek Camp was spent learning about and riding their updated carbon OCLV Fuel EX (report here). Later in the day, as I rolled into the group dinner, I was not prepared for the surprise that Trek had waiting there—samples of a radically re-designed carbon OCLV Top Fuel 100mm travel XC ...


KendaFest Tech Report

KendaFest Tech Report

One of the best parts about the KendaFest is the opportunity for attendees to be right in the thick of things, just as much as us journalists, as far as new bike products go. There were a lot of opportunities for folks to not only see, but to ride the latest offerings from a large ...


Conventions Bike Project

Conventions Bike Project

Delegates, party officials, and the national media attending at the Democratic and Republican national conventions later this year will have the opportunity to borrow free loaner bikes to use during the events. Bikes Belong, in partnership with leading health insurance provider Humana, will bring 1,000 bicycles to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO, August ...


Press Camping

Press Camping

Thanks to a veritable press camp plethora, the Dirt Rag staff has been racking up the frequent flyer miles at a breakneck pace this season. Below is a compilation of our reports from the cutting edge of bicycle technology. Read about Ryan’s adventures at Chequamegon with the Salsa crew in his blog posting here. Read ...


Charlie Kelly’s Press Camp Experience

Charlie Kelly’s Press Camp Experience

Long-time Dirt Rag contributor Charlie Kelly filed this report:

Karen at Dirt Rag asked me to go to the Specialized product presentation, since I live a short bike ride away from it, and that saves the magazine a big airfare that they weren’t going to pay anyway. It’s a press party, and I get some stuff published in the Rag, so I could probably talk my way in as a "journalist."


Kona 2009 Bike Launch: Whistler, BC

Kona 2009 Bike Launch: Whistler, BC

Kona held their 2009 bike launch at Whistler resort on August 14th, 2008. They have been supplying Whistler with it’s rental fleet since the beginning, making it the perfect place to host the launch. Whistler’s legendary trails, state of the art trail building, and ground breaking events can supply every level of rider a good ...


Truvativ HammerSchmidt Unveiled

Truvativ HammerSchmidt Unveiled

Truvativ has just released details of HammerSchmidt, their planetary gear front transmission mechanism. Using just one chainring, the mechanism produces two gear ratios: a standard 1:1 and a 1:1.6 Overdrive. In the standard gear everything is locked and spinning together—turn the pedal once and the chainring goes around once. In Overdrive, turn the pedal once, ...


San Diego Custom Bicycle Show

San Diego Custom Bicycle Show

The San Diego Custom Bicycle Show will bring custom bicycle frame builders to San Diego’s Town and Country Hotel and Convention Center on April 3rd–5th, 2009 to exhibit their handiwork. In addition to the expo, the San Diego Custom Bicycle Show will include seminars for custom frame builders on craftsmanship and design, a get-acquainted dinner ...


Trips for Kids Founder Wins Jefferson Award

Trips for Kids Founder Wins Jefferson Award

Marilyn Price, Trips for Kid’s founding director, was recently awarded the Jefferson Award for community service. The Jefferson Award spotlights ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition or reward. Trips for Kids is a non-profit organization that provides mountain bike outings and environmental education for kids who would not otherwise be exposed ...


SRAM Press Camp and Avid Elixir CR Introduction

SRAM Press Camp and Avid Elixir CR Introduction

SRAM Press Camp and Avid Elixir Introduction At the beginning of August, I was invited to Colorado Springs, CO. by SRAM for an introduction to the Avid Elixir CR hydraulic braking system. On their short list was a tour of SRAM’s 50,000 square foot product development and test facility, followed by a test ride in ...


First Look: Commencal Furious

First Look: Commencal Furious

One of my favorite things about mountain bike festivals is the opportunity to ride a variety of different bikes that I would normally only see in magazines. Enter Crankworx Colorado, 2008, Winter Park resort and the Commencal Furious. The nice gentlemen at the BTI booth had the entire Commencal lineup on hand for the shredding, ...


Tour of Dirt Rag Offices

Tour of Dirt Rag Offices

Director Maurice Tierney VII has released his first major (19min) motion picture on Dirt Rag’s YouTube channel, and the Dirt Rag TV portion of Dirtragmag.com. “Tour of Dirt Rag Magazine” stars Maurice Tierney VI in a role that is sure to secure his stardom, talking the viewer on a tour of the palatial abode where ...


Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Seeks New Team

Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Seeks New Team

Would you like to travel the continent, building  cool singletrack, teaching, building relationships with land managers, and spreading the IMBA love? Here’s the skinny on the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew job opportunity, as reported on imba.com: The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is searching for a full-time, professional two-person team position in the highly successful ...


USA Cycling Announces New MTB Categories

USA Cycling Announces New MTB Categories

USA Cycling  recently posted the following announcement on www.usacycling.org: Colorado Springs, Colo. (September 12, 2008)—USA Cycling announced today the development and implementation of a new mountain bike category system set to take effect for the 2009 season. The modification to the existing structure comes after significant analysis and dialogue by the national governing body and ...


Web Extra for Issue #138 Readings: Trek and Gary Fisher Press Camps

Web Extra for Issue #138 Readings: Trek and Gary Fisher Press Camps

Links to additional information on the Trek and Gary Fisher 2009 model-year press camps covered in Dirt Rag #138 Readings: First Look: Gary Fisher Roscoe First Look: 2009 Trek Fuel EX First Look: 2009 Trek Top Fuel Brain Fart: Cat Herding and Pet Photoggery


Dirt Rag 20th Anniversary Pint Glass

Dirt Rag 20th Anniversary Pint Glass

Dirt Rag has come a long way since the 16 pages that made up Issue #1 were hand-folded by a group of friends on a ping-pong table in the basement of the home/office. The publication date on that first issue was April 1st, 1989—which makes 2009 Dirt Rag‘s 20th anniversary. As part of the build-up ...


Interbike Report Day 1: Outdoor Demo

Interbike Report Day 1: Outdoor Demo

We are live at the first day of the Interbike trade show. It’s a hot one here in Vegas, which leads to more hell comparisons than usual, but we’re persevering for you, our dear audience. (Of course after persevering on the hot and dusty desert trails of Bootleg Canyon, scene of the Demo portion of ...


I rode some bikes in the desert and now I blog.

I rode some bikes in the desert and now I blog.

The heat of the desert might have fried my Irish skin, but my big straw hat kept my brain cool enough to hopefully come away form Outdoor demo with some semi-coherent thoughts about what I rode. I started Outdoor Demo with three full-suspension bikes, the Scott Genius, Niner JET 9 and the new Rocky Mountain ...


Dirt Demo Great Escape

Dirt Demo Great Escape

Dirt Demo Great Escape The Dirt Demo of Interbike at Bootleg Canyon is somewhat of a misleading name. The demo doesn’t consist of just mountain bikes, with flowing trails through the sand, and pinch flats under a scorching sun. There is a plethora of road, tandem, recumbent, and funky other bikes and shenanigans going on. ...


Interbike Report Day 3: Indoor Show

Interbike Report Day 3: Indoor Show

It’s out of the sun’s intense rays and into the dark (and sometimes dank) caverns of the Sands Convention Center for the next phase of the Interbike adventure. We walked the halls and took a lot of photos of interesting stuff, we met old friends we haven’t seen since – well, last year’s show, and ...


Interbike Report Day 4: More Indoor Show

Interbike Report Day 4: More Indoor Show

This was an intense day: seeking out the good stuff, gathering information and photos, a little TV talk-show action, a little fashion-show action, party at the Kona house, riding down the Strip once again. We don’t have a lot of energy at this point (and frankly, I’m the only one still awake – hey, wazzupwiddat?!?), ...


Raleigh Clubman

Raleigh Clubman

For the sake of time, I am posting this entry for long time Dirt Rag friend Evan Perrone. Evan accompanied Dirt Rag to Las Vegas for Interbike to help out at the booth, provide comic relief, and to try to get us arrested. In exchange we fed him peanuts, found him a commuter bike, and ...


Masi Soulville 10

Masi Soulville 10

For those of us that regularly pedal for transportation, there’s nothing worse than being trapped someplace without a bike. Traditionally, the worst part of going to Interbike is being stuck at a bike show without a bike. Fortunately, some kind individuals from an assortment of companies allowed us to borrow their Dirt Demo bikes for ...


Interbike 2008 Photo Galleries

Interbike 2008 Photo Galleries

Interbike photos? Yeah, we got those. In fact, over 500 picece of Interbike eye candy adorn  Dirt Rag‘s photo gallery. So what are you waiting for?


Live! From Interbike! It’s Dirt Rag TV!

Live! From Interbike! It’s Dirt Rag TV!

Ok, so it’s not really “live” per se. But we do have eight interviews right from the halls of the Sands Convention Center from Interbike last week. We spoke to industry insiders about the effect of current economic conditions on the bike industry, interesting products from interesting people and humanitarian aid with the help of ...


East Coast Steel Feast

East Coast Steel Feast

I just came upon a good article about Smorgabord Cycles, and long-gone east coast frame builder. It gives a good background and some insight to what the company was, and where it came from. Check it out here!


Conventions Bike Project a Roaring Success

Conventions Bike Project a Roaring Success

We previously reported on Bike Belong’s project to provide delegates, party officials, and the national media attending at the Democratic and Republican national conventions the opportunity to borrow free loaner bikes to use during the events. Bikes Belong teamed with Humana to bring 1,000 bikes to the Democratic and Republican national conventions, with two goals ...


Hand-made Bike Show at Wissahickon Cyclocross Race

Hand-made Bike Show at Wissahickon Cyclocross Race

The Wissahickon Cyclocross race in Ludwig’s Corner, PA on October 19th is more than just stop #4 on the Mid-Atlantic Cyclocross circuit. The event will also showcase some fine, hand-made bicycles. “The mini hand-made show will be showcasing builders that have had a presence in the cyclo-cross scene over the years of it becoming popular ...


Under Test: Eastern Woods Research OWB29er

Under Test: Eastern Woods Research OWB29er

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll recall that Eastern Woods Research is back in business, and that they have been working on translating the handling and heritage of their 26″ OWB (Original Woods Bike) to a 29″ wheeled platform. And they’ve done it! EWR Bikes recently introduced the OWB29er. One of that first batch is ...


Ruckus at the Ranch Benefits Mike Aitken

Ruckus at the Ranch Benefits Mike Aitken

BMX rider Mike Aitken was recently hospitalized after he suffered a bad fall on some dirt jumps near his home in eastern Pennsylvania. The cycling community has rushed to his support with various fundraising events and raffles. The latest event is Ted’s 3rd Annual Ruckus at the Ranch, which will be held on November 9th ...


Northern California Bicycle Expo and Swap

Northern California Bicycle Expo and Swap

What: Northern California Bicycle Expo and Swap. Vendors and bike shops will be selling new and used merchandise. Cycling companies will be on hand showing their 2009 products. The event will offer bike demos including a kids demo course, BMX demos, trials, and even pixie races. There will also be a huge raffle, spread over ...


Interbike Web Extras

Interbike Web Extras

If you didn’t visit DirtRagMag.com during Interbike (September 22-26) or the week afterward (for shame!) and you’re just checking out our print Interbike coverage in Issue #139, boy, do we have web extras for you. Here’s what you’ve missed: Photo Galleries:Day 1 Dirt DemoDay 2 Dirt DemoDay 3 IndoorDay 4 IndoorDay 5 Indoor Blogs:It’s Show ...


Trek Sponsors Punk Bike Costume Contest

Trek Sponsors Punk Bike Costume Contest

But the father said to his servants, “Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost ...


2009 Commencal Meta 6.2 First Impressions

2009 Commencal Meta 6.2 First Impressions

I was first introduced to the 2009 Commencal Meta 6 in early August, at the 2008 Winter Park Crankworx event. Unfortunately the BTI, Bicycle Technologies International, crew only had a medium size on hand. I had tried riding a their Supreme DH bike in a medium frame, but it was just too small. I was ...


Help Provide Bicycles to Africa

Help Provide Bicycles to Africa

As you’re gathering gifts for family and loved ones this year, consider giving to the DOUBLEbikeMATCH campaign. An angel donor will double all funds that World Bicycle Relief can collect from Wednesday, Dec. 17th (12:00 p.m. CST) to Friday, Dec. 19th (12:00 p.m. CST) up to a maximum of $750,000. They hope to raise enough ...


Sometimes it hurts…

Sometimes it hurts…

Ryan Jacque is a pencil artist extraordinaire who contributed work for Trips For Kids DC chapter in 2005 to help raise money. The finished piece “Spring Pair” was featured on the Dirt Rag Table of Contents in Issue 115.Recently, Ryan has had in a very serious accident and has been struggling with recovery. His wife ...


National Bike Summit 2009

National Bike Summit 2009

Join cycling advocates, industry leaders, and retailers on March 10-12th, 2009 in Washington, DC at the National Bike Summit, as they lobby for expanding Federal support for bicycling—for active transportation and recreation. With the new congress beginning to write a new federal transportation funding bill, now is a crucial time for bicyclists to be heard. ...


Museum of Mountain Bike Art and Technology Opening

Museum of Mountain Bike Art and Technology Opening

The recently opened Museum of Mountain Bike Art & Technology (MOMBAT) preserves and chronicles the evolution of the sport of mountain biking, it’s personalities and products. The museum’s collection contains over 400 bicycles, including more than 250 mountain bikes, as well as hundreds of vintage parts and accessories and thousands of pieces of literature, including ...


Filmed by Bike Calls for Entries

Filmed by Bike Calls for Entries

Filmed by Bike is Portland’s annual film festival featuring bike-themed shorts. Entries are being accepted through February 15th, 2009 for the seventh annual festival, which is scheduled to take place on April 17th-23rd, 2009 at the Clinton Street Theater in Portland, OR. It’s free to enter. All submissions must be eight minutes or less, no ...


Dirt Rag Offers Digital Subscriptions

Dirt Rag Offers Digital Subscriptions

Dirt Rag is proud to announce that a new and improved digital version of the magazine is now available through Zinio, a leading global online publishing and distribution services company. Click here to experience a sample of digital Dirt Rag within your web browser via Zinio’s robust, high-quality, reader interface. A one year (7 issue) ...


Under Review: 2009 Trek Top Fuel 9.8

Under Review: 2009 Trek Top Fuel 9.8

I first laid eyes on prototypes of Trek’s radically re-designed Top Fuel at last summer’s press camp.  At that time I posted this report on Trek’s racy full-suspension steed. Ever since that first encounter, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the availability of the Top Fuel production bikes. That time has come, and I just scored a ...


Bicycle Advocacy Training Offered at NAHBS

Bicycle Advocacy Training Offered at NAHBS

The Indiana Bicycle Coalition will host a “Winning Campaigns” training program, conducted by the Thunderhead Alliance For Bicycling and Walking, during the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), scheduled for Feb. 27th through March 1st, 2009 in Indianapolis, IN. Show founder and director, Don Walker, said, “The NAHBS has always been about growing the market. ...


Bootleg Canyon Trailbuilder Brent Thomson Suffers Heart Attack

Bootleg Canyon Trailbuilder Brent Thomson Suffers Heart Attack

Brent Thomson, known as the Godfather and trail master of Bootleg Canyon, suffered a heart attack last Saturday while riding the trails that he cut into the mountains surrounding Boulder City, NV. Located a short drive from Las Vegas, the Bootleg Canyon trails host Interbike’s annual On-Dirt Demo, bringing much joy to the hordes of ...


SRAM Cycling Fund Awards $200,000 to Bikes Belong

SRAM Cycling Fund Awards $200,000 to Bikes Belong

The SRAM Cycling Fund announced that it will make a $200,000 donation this year to the Bikes Belong Coalition to develop an unprecedented broad-based political network of Americans who support government investment in bicycle facilities. Bikes Belong will partner with America Bikes—the national coalition of eight leading national cycling non-profit groups—to develop a network of ...


New Santa Cruz Carbon Blur XC

New Santa Cruz Carbon Blur XC

When Santa Cruz engineers set out to design a replacement for the existing Blur XC their goal was to create a lighter, better-pedaling bike that did not exhibit frame flex. After testing 13 different prototype designs, they have now unveiled a carbon fiber Blur XC frame that weighs in at 4.2lbs. including a RockShox Monarch ...


ArtBike! Exhibition Rolling Into Indy

ArtBike! Exhibition Rolling Into Indy

The national debut of ArtBike!—which takes place in Indianapolis, IN during the month of February as part of the build-up to the 2009 North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS)—is a 2-D/street art/sculpture/installation exhibition that is open to all. The creation of O2SM, a cycling specialist marketing and public relations company in San Francisco, ArtBike! taps ...


Cycling News Tidbits

Cycling News Tidbits

The fine folks at Kona want to hook you up with a test ride. A new addition to the Kona website site is their Kona Test Centres facility that allows you to scroll through a list of participating Kona dealers and view their test bike inventory. You make a call to a dealer near you ...


Santa Cruz Driver 8

Santa Cruz Driver 8

The folks at Santa Cruz have been busy. Just days after the bike-maker introduced their first carbon fiber bike via a re-designed Blur XC frame, comes the unveiling of Driver 8—an all-new platform with 8 inches of next-generation VPP rear wheel travel. Named after the much missed former head canine at Santa Cruz, the Driver ...


Thing One is New Trek Design Center

Thing One is New Trek Design Center

Trek Bicycle recently announced the opening of “Thing One,” an all-new design center in Waterloo, WI. The 20,000 sq. ft. studio is the new home for 55 designers working in environmental, retail, and industrial design alongside interactive, packaging, product graphic, and visual design teams. Also within the Thing One environment is a photo studio, retail ...


Klunkerz Named Cycling Film of the Year

Klunkerz Named Cycling Film of the Year

The mountain bike film Klunkerz—a documentary that traces the Marin County roots and global rise of mountain biking—won the 2009 Cycling Film of the Year award at the 17th Annual Competitor Magazine Endurance Sports Awards. The awards ceremony was held in the Nautilus Pavilion at Sea World in San Diego, CA. This was the inaugural ...


24-Hours of Moab to Host 2009 USA Cycling Nationals

24-Hours of Moab to Host 2009 USA Cycling Nationals

USA Cycling announced that it will hold the 2009 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championship at the 24-Hours of Moab in Moab, UT on Oct. 10-11th, 2009. USAC also revealed that the 2010 USA Nationals will be held at the 24-Hours of Big Bear in Hazelton, WV on June 12-13th, 2010. Originally slated to be held ...


Dirt Rag Named Top Ten Cycling Blog by USA TODAY’s Sal Ruibal

Dirt Rag Named Top Ten Cycling Blog by USA TODAY’s Sal Ruibal

USA TODAY sportswriter and member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Sal Ruibal named the Dirt Rag Blog in his Top Ten Cycling Blogs list, which appears on blogs.com, a site devoted to the best in blogs. Ruibal wrote: “This is the online home of Dirt Rag Magazine, one of the first mountain bike ...


U.S. Cup Offers Contests and Contingencies for Amateurs

U.S. Cup Offers Contests and Contingencies for Amateurs

The U.S. Cup presented by Specialized announced some cool series contest and contingencies available for amateur racers competing in the 2009 Kenda Cup West and Kenda Cup East series events. Kenda Podium Kickback: Open to all racing categories, the Kenda Podium Kickback program will reimburse the race entry fee for one male and one female ...


Kona Shoot the Ride Photo Contest

Kona Shoot the Ride Photo Contest

Kona’s 2nd Annual Shoot the Ride Photo Contest has some pretty simple rules: “Beauty shot, some sort of bike connection, however distant or obvious, and that’s it. Friends on bikes, non-friends on bikes, family on bikes, dogs on bikes, you on a bike, chicks on bikes … you get the picture?” If you think you’ve ...


2009 USA Cycling Pro Gravity Mountain Bike Tour Unveiled

2009 USA Cycling Pro Gravity Mountain Bike Tour Unveiled

USA Cycling announced the creation of a new professional gravity mountain bike series—the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Gravity Tour (ProGRT)—which will consist of five events, including three UCI-sanctioned races. The ProGRT will offer series ranking points to top finishers, resulting in overall individual titles for men and women in downhill and 4-Cross. In addition, ...


NAHBS Does Indianapolis

NAHBS Does Indianapolis

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show came to Indianapolis this year, and it was better than ever. While many lamented the move to America’s heartland after last years show in the preeminent bike town of Portland, this year serious bike people came from near and far to check out the wares.  This resulted in high-quality ...


The League of American Bicyclists Announces 2008 Clubs of the Year

The League of American Bicyclists Announces 2008 Clubs of the Year

The League of American Bicyclists announced the 2008 Clubs of the Year, as determined by the League’s staff and Board. The League’s Club of the Year program recognizes outstanding clubs for their hard work and dedication and for encouraging cycling and providing a forum for their community to ride.2008 Clubs of the Year: Narragansett Bay ...


Brent Thomson Memorial Ride

Brent Thomson Memorial Ride

Join fellow cyclists on March 14th as they celebrate the life of mountain bike legend Brent Thomson on the Bootleg Canyon, Nevada trails that he built and made famous. Brent succumbed to complications of heart bypass surgery last month, and will be honored with a ride, bonfire and toast from his friends, after a day ...


Next World Tour Stop: Seattle Bicycle Expo

Next World Tour Stop: Seattle Bicycle Expo

  Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times are headed to Seattle, WA on March 14-15 for the 2009 Seattle International Bicycle Expo. This promises to be an outstanding event with more than 150 exhibits of all things bike, travel and fitness, with something for everyone one and age group lined up. On display, to name a ...


Lights, Camera, Prizes!

Lights, Camera, Prizes!

Princeton Tec’s “Got Lights On Bikes” photo contest gives amateur photographers the opportunity to win some cool bike gear. Send your best digital shots of anything involving lights on bikes. Five categories will be judged by a panel of various and nefarious bike biz muckety-mucks: Best Overall Lights On Bikes, Best Action, Best Lifestyle, Most ...


Kelly Bikes is Back In Biz

Kelly Bikes is Back In Biz

Chris Kelly has re-launched the Kelly bike brand that had been dormant since “forces beyond his control,” as he put it to me, led to the dissolution of the original LLC in 2007. The dissolution ended a 21+ year run that began in a tiny redwood shack in the back yard of Grandma Kelly’s house ...


Dirt Rag Offers Klunkerz DVDs

Dirt Rag Offers Klunkerz DVDs

Now you can order your very own copy of Klunkerz, Billy Savage’s award winning documentary that traces the Marin County roots and global rise of mountain biking, directly form our very own Dirt Rag online Merch Shop. The film is a favorite among Dirt Rag staff. Here’s an excerpt from the Klunkerz “Recommendo” that that ...


New SRAM Tech Videos Online

New SRAM Tech Videos Online

Wrenching on your own ride has become a lot easier, now that many companies post repair/assembly manuals on their website. The folks at SRAM recently revealed additional internet resources for shade-tree bike mechanics: 23 service videos for SRAM, RockShox, Avid and Truvativ MTB products. Video topics include proper SRAM chain sizing, SRAM trigger shifter cable ...


Bicycle Times #1 Hits the Street

Bicycle Times #1 Hits the Street

The premier issue of Bicycle Times, our sister publication, has been mailed to subscribers. Initial feedback has be very positive and we’d like to thank those “early adopters” who signed up to receive the new mag—sight unseen! Here’s a sample of what’s inside the premier issue: From the Saddle of My Bike. The rewards of ...


Dirt Rag / Bicycle Times Event Calendar

Dirt Rag / Bicycle Times Event Calendar

A look at upcoming bicycling events, including Dirt Rag / Bicycle Times World Tour stops at the Terry Larrazabal Bike Festival in the Philippines, Dirt Rag‘s 20th Anniversary Celebration at Ray’s MTB Park in Ohio and the Sea Otter Classic in California. Date State City Event Title Hyperlink 4.02.2009 RP Subic Terry Larrazabal Bike Festival ...


Win A Free MTB Trip To Peru

Win A Free MTB Trip To Peru

Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Adventures is a mountain bike tour company, offering trips in places like British Columbia, Peru, New Zealand, Utah and other destinations. Sacred Rides invites mountain bikers to show their love of the sport with their new “I Love Mountain Biking” video contest. The winner gets an all-expenses-paid mountain bike trip to ...


Bicycle Times Interviews Jonathan Maus of BikePortland.org

Bicycle Times Interviews Jonathan Maus of BikePortland.org

It’s a well-known fact that Portland, Oregon is easily the most bicycle-friendly major city in the United States. Bikes are everywhere, and seem to be woven into the fabric of every aspect of the community. In the few short years since Jonathan Maus launched it, BikePortland.org has managed to become the principal source of bicycle-related ...


Rally in the Valley 2009

Rally in the Valley 2009

The Philadelphia Mountain Biking Association (PMBA), in cooperation with the Fairmount Park Commission and the Friends of the Wissahickon, presents the 3rd annual Rally in the Valley on Saturday, April 18th, 2009. Join Philly area bikers for a “fun ride” in the Wissahickon Valley section of Fairmount Park, followed by a pig roast and a ...


Limited Edition John Tomac Prints Offered

Limited Edition John Tomac Prints Offered

Tomac Bikes announced the completion of a limited edition John Tomac print—based off a 1995 photo by Tom Moran, which features Johnny T drifting through a corner at the Kamikaze—which was painted by Tomac graphic artist Randy Rigg. “The Kamikaze has always been a very special event in US downhill racing history,” says Tomac owner ...


Mountain Bikers Rally to Support Nick Van Dine

Mountain Bikers Rally to Support Nick Van Dine

. If you hadn’t already heard, all around good guy and Cannondale factory pilot Nick Van Dine took a nasty fall snowboarding that landed him in the ICU. Nick underwent reconstructive surgery shortly after the crash, and is only a short time away from being back on the bike. Getting rolling on two wheels is ...


NAHBS 2010 Rolling into Richmond

NAHBS 2010 Rolling into Richmond

Don Walker, the man behind the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, used his Facebook NAHBS group to announce that the 2010 North American Handmade Bicycle Show will take place on February 26–28th at the Richmond Convention Center. Don has promised further details soon, and we’ll be sure to pass  them on. For a taste of ...


RIP Anthony Sloan

RIP Anthony Sloan

Anthony Sloan, Yeti’s demo guy for the Rocky Mountain territory, died suddenly on Thursday, May 7th. He will be missed by family, friends and many who rode and hung out with him, but also by many more riders who were inspired by photos and writings posted on his website and on the Passion forum at ...


U.S. Open of Mountain Biking 2009

U.S. Open of Mountain Biking 2009

With over $50,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, the U.S. Open of Mountain Biking is hard evidence that America’s mountain bike gravity racing scene is alive and well. The event, which takes place at Diablo Freeride Park/Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon, NJ on May 22nd-24th, 2009, offers up-and-coming athletes a unique opportunity to ...


Le Cirque du Cyclisme World Tour Report

Le Cirque du Cyclisme World Tour Report

Last weekend was the 12th annual Cirque du Cyclisme in Leesburg, VA. With events planned for Friday through Sunday, we made plans arrive early Friday morning.  The wife and kids decided to make the trip with me, and the four of us loaded up the family sedan very early Friday and drove south to meet ...


Press Camp – A week in Sun Valley Part One: Scott Bikes

Press Camp – A week in Sun Valley Part One: Scott Bikes

Press camps have always been great places to get to know people in the bike industry, learn about their products, and decipher their company vision. The fact that they usually take place in exotic locales is not lost on the media either. But camp scheduling has been becoming time-problematic for our small staff lately, and ...


Oregon Manifest Announces Transportation Bike Design Contest

Oregon Manifest Announces Transportation Bike Design Contest

Oregon Manifest, a Portland, Oregon-based organization promoting cycling and cycling lifestyle, has created the first annual Constructor’s Design Challenge as the feature event for the organizations bike festival that is scheduled to take place on six consecutive weekends from October 2nd through November 8th, 2009. The Constructor’s Design Challenge will present bicycle frame builders and ...


Shaun Palmer Back in the Saddle

Shaun Palmer Back in the Saddle

Shaun Palmer burst onto the downhill mountain bike racing scene in the mid-90s with a brash style and bigger-than-life persona. Quickly building a world-class resume in the sports of snowboarding, mountain biking and motocross, Palmer became America’s prototypical “action sports” hero. The savvy X Games star parlayed his fame into a successful Palmer snowboard company ...


Pain in the Salzkammergut

Pain in the Salzkammergut

Sitting here in a chalet in Altaussee, Austria after a day of all things Trek mountain bike. Checked out the 2010 line, and rode it up and down the mountains here. Lots of climbing, lots of descending. It’s late and I’m trying to talk myself into doing the 50k portion of the Salzkammergut race tomorrow…doing ...


Trek 2010 Remedy OCLV

Trek 2010 Remedy OCLV

There’s nothing like a new bicycle. It sits in its stand, all clean and crisp. At no point in the bike’s life will its components shine like they do when the bike is on display. The newness of the bike is intoxicating. You stand there and fantasize about what it can do and where it’s ...


Press Camp: Sun Valley Part Two

Press Camp: Sun Valley Part Two

Seven half-hour appointments, each in a different condo room of the Sun Valley Resort.We’ve never been interested in regurgitating the company line when it comes to press camps. I mean, sometime there’s something interesting to report, and sometimes not.As I headed to the first of seven morning appointments on Wednesday, I wondered what I might ...


Dirt Rag 20th Anniversary Titanium Bottle Opener

Dirt Rag 20th Anniversary Titanium Bottle Opener

Thanks to Paragon Machine Works for creating Dirt Rag‘s 20th Anniversary Titanium Bottle Opener. Fabricated from recycled scraps of Ti, each bottle opener features an engraved Dirt Rag logo and 20th anniversary date on the front, with unique scuffs and machining marks on the backside (mainly), making them as individual as you. To add to ...


Press Camp Sun Valley: Part Three

Press Camp Sun Valley: Part Three

Another day, another bunch of appointments followed by riding. Some journalists have found time to write, blog and Twitter from the site; but as you can see, I’m like three weeks behind due to my other duties. First I’m off to BMC, or Bob’s Mountain Company. American Bob Bigelow started BMC in Switzerland in 1995 ...


Norco 2010 Launch – Part Two: All Mountain Ride

Norco 2010 Launch – Part Two: All Mountain Ride

As our last afternoon in Vancouver neared, we headed the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area for a cross country/all mountain ride (check the map out here , if you’re interested).  Bike choice for this ride varied from the 160mm travel LT 6.1 to the new-for-2010 Judan Belt Drive, a 29″-wheeled singlespeed.  The trails of Burnaby Mountain ...


Trek Ultimate Ride (2010 mountain bike product launch)

Trek Ultimate Ride (2010 mountain bike product launch)

Product photos by Sterling Lorence and action photos by Geoff Waugh A group of about thirty editors, journalists and general hangers-on from around the world assembled in Altaussee, Austria to witness the Trek mountain bikes 2010 product launch. As with most press junkets such as this, there was a lot of good food, some drinking, ...


Bike Pittsburgh BikeFest!

Bike Pittsburgh BikeFest!

  We are less than two weeks away from the 5th annual BikeFest here in Pittsburgh. What is BikeFest? Probably best to let BikePGH explain it: “BikeFest is Pittsburgh’s biggest cycling event for cyclists by cyclists. It’s BikePGH’s annual celebration of bicycling, showcasing Pittsburgh in all of its uniqueness and beauty. It is not an ...


Indoor Bike Park Opening in Canada

Indoor Bike Park Opening in Canada

A 90,000sq.ft. indoor bike park is scheduled to open its doors in the fall of 2009 in the greater Toronto area. The bike park will feature a cross-country loop with climbs, BMX zone, beginner/sport/expert sections, rhythms, foam pit, resi jump, street park, grind room, pump track and more. The park will also offer concessions  and ...


Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic Announced

Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic Announced

We here at Dirt Rag have know for a long time that central Pennsylvania is home to some truly epic mountain biking. With the announcement of the inaugural Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic—a seven day mountain bike stage race through central Pennsylvania slated for May 30th through June 5th, 2010—these the rugged and beautiful mountains will ...


Interbike OutDoor Demo East Open to the Public

Interbike OutDoor Demo East Open to the Public

For the second year in a row, Interbike will head east after the annual Las Vegas trade show, and roll into Providence, RI for the OutDoor Demo East expo. New for 2009—two days of the event will be open to the general public, giving the cycling community an opportunity check out the latest and greatest ...


2nd Annual JORBA Bike Festival

2nd Annual JORBA Bike Festival

The 2nd Annual JORBA Bike Festival will take place on Saturday, September 12th at the Waterloo Concert Field in Stanhope, NJ. The goal of the festival is to promote responsible trail stewardship and cycling advocacy and awareness in New Jersey. The festival will feature guided rides, events and activities for all ages: Guided trail rides ...


Chileno Valley Cycling Classic Benefits Youth Mountain Biking

Chileno Valley Cycling Classic Benefits Youth Mountain Biking

The Chileno Valley Cycling Classic—a fundraising ride benefiting the NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League—will take place on Saturday, September 26th, 2009 at the Baumann Ranch near Petaluma, California. The ride will offer both recreational and competitive cyclists the opportunity to participate in a well-organized ride with options of 40, 60 and 100 miles. ...


NW School of Freeride is a Reality

NW School of Freeride is a Reality

After almost a year of digging and building and dreaming, the NW School of Freeride is a reality. Park honch Kris “Jaymo” Jamieson told us: “My partners Sam Pinner, Tim Windell and I have about 100 acres of pure, private and secluded, wooded NW forest just shy of Mt Hood. We have built a full-service ...


Speedgoat Raffles Bike for Breast Cancer Fund

Speedgoat Raffles Bike for Breast Cancer Fund

Speedgoat’s annual bike raffle to support the Breast Cancer Fund is now open. As in prior years, 100% of the proceeds from the $10 raffle tickets sales will go to the Breast Cancer Fund in their search for environmental links to cancer, and their promotion of consumer awareness. The big change is that the “pink ...


People Powered Movement Photo Contest

People Powered Movement Photo Contest

Enter your best biking or walking photos in the Alliance for Biking & Walking’s “People Powered Movement Photo Contest,” and you could win an all-expense-paid 10-day bike tour of Tuscany courtesy of VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations. The grand prize winner will receive a year’s supply of CLIF Bars, and their local biking or walking ...


Eurobike 2009

Eurobike 2009

Interbike is a bicycle tradeshow that’s been held at various places in the western United States since, well, it started, I believe. It’s an enormous show with vendors from all over the world presenting their best and brightest bicycle bits, big and small. Retailers, product developers, marketing-types, journalists and all other sorts of general bicycle ...


2009 Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Inductees

2009 Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Inductees

The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame will welcome its 2009 inductees in a ceremony on Wednesday, September 23rd at 6:00 p.m. at the Sand’s Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV in conjunction with the annual Interbike expo. The class of 2009: Anne-Caroline Chausson, the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Association (COPMOBA) , Dave Garoutte and ...


Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition Announces Bike Industry Leadership Awards

Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition Announces Bike Industry Leadership Awards

The Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC) announced the 2009 winners of the bike industry’s Pioneering Woman and First Ascent Awards. Georgena Terry, Founder of Terry Precision Cycling, will be presented the Pioneering Woman Award. The Pioneering Woman Award recognizes a woman with a commitment to mentoring female colleagues, which exemplifies the OIWC’s mission to equip, ...


Bicycle Times Walks the Walk… er, Rides the Ride

Bicycle Times Walks the Walk… er, Rides the Ride

We do a lot of bike commuting here at the Bicycle Times / Dirt Rag offices. Why not carry on with our riding ways while in Las Vegas for Interbike? For the third year in a row, the staff will be riding to the indoor show at the Sands Convention Center from our rental house ...


Gary Fisher Press Camp Report

Gary Fisher Press Camp Report

Fisher has three new 29er full suspension platforms for 2010, and Dirt Rag was invited to send a represenative to Park City to ride some of the new bikes. I was lucky enough to find time in my schedule to make my way out west for some riding and reporting. Park City post-Labor Day is ...


Interbike Day One

Interbike Day One

Today was the first day of the whole shebang, starting off with the Dirt Demo. Some of us grabbed demo bikes for some hot laps (hot being the operative word), while Justin and I took the opportunity to take pictures and ask questions. There is so much going on at Interbike that it’s hard to ...


Life at Interbike Day 1.5

Life at Interbike Day 1.5

There’s a lot of bicycles and bicycle bits here at Interbike in Las Vegas. The Dirt Rag & Bicycle Times editorial and photo crews will be providing plenty of coverage for you on that front. In fact, you can already find some of it here, here and here. In addition to that in-depth coverage, I’ve ...


Interbike Day Four

Interbike Day Four

The second day of the indoor show was the scene of many a hearty greeting. Really, this whole thing is just a big ol’ family reunion for the bike industry. There are a lot of people we only see and maybe hang out with a bit once a year. We tried to hit as many ...


Interbike Living

Interbike Living

Thursday evening is usually the night to go big at Interbike. At least for me. The show closes on Friday, there’s a lot of parties and it’s the last chance to hang out with many of my bicycle friends until next year. So…it was a late night. The fun got started around 2pm with DPow ...


Interbike Mini-Review: Civia Loring

Interbike Mini-Review: Civia Loring

During Interbike week, we borrowed a variety of bikes from companies to ride from our rental house to the indoor show, plus to parties and happenings around town after dark. Not only did this make our experience much more enjoyable, it allowed us a closer look at some of the latest offerings in the realm ...


Interbike Mini-Review: BH Gira

Interbike Mini-Review: BH Gira

During Interbike week, we borrowed a variety of bikes from companies to ride from our rental house to the indoor show, plus to parties and happenings around town after dark. Not only did this make our experience much more enjoyable, it allowed us a closer look at some of the latest offerings in the realm ...


Interbike Mini-Review: Spot Highline

Interbike Mini-Review: Spot Highline

During Interbike week, we borrowed a variety of bikes from companies to ride from our rental house to the indoor show, plus to parties and happenings around town after dark. Not only did this make our experience much more enjoyable, it allowed us a closer look at some of the latest offerings in the realm ...


Help Send Zach Adams to NorCal Summit

Help Send Zach Adams to NorCal Summit

In a previously published story we told you about Zach Adams, the motivated and successful young man who runs the Pennsylvania Scholastic Cycling League for high schoolers, puts on mountain bike events, and also coaches young racers. Zach has been promoting youth cycling and healthy living since he turned 16 years of age (the past ...


Interbike Mini-Review: Dahon Speed P8

Interbike Mini-Review: Dahon Speed P8

During Interbike week, we borrowed a variety of bikes from companies to ride from our rental house to the indoor show, plus to parties and happenings around town after dark. Not only did this make our experience much more enjoyable, it allowed us a closer look at some of the latest offerings in the realm ...


Dirt Rag TV at Interbike

Dirt Rag TV at Interbike

Once again we took advantage of the Interbike video studio, and the ample supply of cycling industry luminaries roaming the trade show hall, to record several sessions for Dirt Rag TV, hosted by Karen Brooks. To celebrate Dirt Rag‘s 20th anniversary, we brought together our publisher Maurice Tierney, access editor Philip Keyes and the “Old ...


Interbike Mini-Review: Fuji Cross RC

Interbike Mini-Review: Fuji Cross RC

During Interbike week, we borrowed a variety of bikes from companies to ride from our rental house to the indoor show, plus to parties and happenings around town after dark. Not only did this make our experience much more enjoyable, it allowed us a closer look at some of the latest offerings in the realm ...


Interbike Mini Review: Raleigh Alley Way

Interbike Mini Review: Raleigh Alley Way

 During Interbike week, we borrowed a variety of bikes from companies to ride from our rental house to the indoor show, plus to parties and happenings around town after dark. Not only did this make our experience much more enjoyable, it allowed us a closer look at some of the latest offerings in the realm ...


Interbike Mini-Review: Electra Ticino 18D

Interbike Mini-Review: Electra Ticino 18D

 During Interbike week, we borrowed a variety of bikes from companies to ride from our rental house to the indoor show, plus to parties and happenings around town after dark. Not only did this make our experience much more enjoyable, it allowed us a closer look at some of the latest offerings in the realm ...


Interbike Mini-Review: Currie Technologies iZip Urban Cruiser

Interbike Mini-Review: Currie Technologies iZip Urban Cruiser

During Interbike week, we borrowed a variety of bikes from companies to ride from our rental house to the indoor show, plus to parties and happenings around town after dark. Not only did this make our experience much more enjoyable, it allowed us a closer look at some of the latest offerings in the realm ...


Interbike Mini-Review: Brompton S6L

Interbike Mini-Review: Brompton S6L

During Interbike week, we borrowed a variety of bikes from companies to ride from our rental house to the indoor show, plus to parties and happenings around town after dark. Not only did this make our experience much more enjoyable, it allowed us a closer look at some of the latest offerings in the realm ...


San Francisco Bike Expo

San Francisco Bike Expo

What: The San Francisco Bike Expo is a consumer bike show with fun, cool events and bicycle companies in attendance (click here for vendor list) . Dirt Rag will have a booth, so be sure to stop by and say hello and get a deal on our logo merchandise at special show prices. There is ...


Competitive Cyclist’s Turner Trail Day at Syllamo

Competitive Cyclist’s Turner Trail Day at Syllamo

Competitive Cyclist is hosting Turner Trail Day at the Syllamo trail system near Mountain View, Arkansas on Saturday, November 7th. The event will include trail maintenance, Turner mountain bike demos, lunch, and an opportunity to meet and ride with Dave Turner, namesake and founder of Turner Suspension Bicycles. This is a free event. The Syllamo ...


First Impression: Giant XTC 29er 2

First Impression: Giant XTC 29er 2

Giant’s entry into the world of twenty-nine inch wheeled bikes comes in the form of an aluminum hardtail. The XTC 29er begins with a stiff looking hydro-formed ALUXX SL tubeset with rectangular seat and chainstays, a rectangular tapered top tube, oversized tapered head tube, and hexagon-shaped down tube. It’s finished off with two 9-speed build ...


Chris Cocalis Interview

Chris Cocalis Interview

chris cocalisChris Cocalis, the man behind Pivot Cycles, recently visited Dirt Rag headquarters.


Web Extras for Dirt Rag #146: Interbike

Web Extras for Dirt Rag #146: Interbike

Check out the full selection of photos, blogs, and even videos that tell the inside story of the Interbike trade show: Gallery – Dirt Demo Day One Gallery – Dirt Demo Day Two Gallery – Interbike Day Three Gallery – Day Four Gallery – Day Five Some Unofficial Interbike Pics Eric’s Preview Blog Day One ...


Old News: Cannondale Simon Released to Press at Interbike

Old News: Cannondale Simon Released to Press at Interbike

Been to a few press presentations, some of which have been pretty hilarious in their use of props to amuse the audience. Like when the old GT used dry ice to introduce the I-Drive suspension design in Brian Head, Utah back in 1990-something. The bike was fine but what I remember most was trying to ...


Commencal Grassroots Program Accepting Resumes

Commencal Grassroots Program Accepting Resumes

Commencal is looking for talented riders for their 2010 grassroots program and the company  is accepting resumes for 2010 sponsorship.  If you think that you have what it takes, then email your resume or video to this link or mail to:Commencal Grassroots1216 Mercantile RoadSanta Fe, NM 87507 In your resume include: What discipline you race. What ...


2009 Cyclocross Nationals Set for Bend, Oregon

2009 Cyclocross Nationals Set for Bend, Oregon

An estimated 1,600 racers are set to compete in the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships which are slated for Dec. 10-13th in the heart of Bend, Oregon’s Old Mill District. The competitors will vie for Stars-and-Stripes jerseys across 30 age and ability categories. The big guns will throw down on Sunday, Dec. 13th in the ...


2010 USA Cycling Pro XCT Shakeup

2010 USA Cycling Pro XCT Shakeup

US Cup is withdrawing as the official management organizer for the 2010 Pro XCT series. USA Cycling announced that the 2010 USA Cycling Pro XCT will move forward with the nation’s three remaining UCI inscripted events. Below are the official press releases that Dirt Rag received from the respective organizations. On December 9th, 2009 Dirt ...


NorCal High School Cycling League Seeking Executive Director

NorCal High School Cycling League Seeking Executive Director

The Northern California High School Cycling League is looking for a new executive director to replace the founder and outgoing executive director, Matt Fritzinger, who is moving on to build the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). Having founded and built the NorCal League, Fritzinger is now finding all his time taken up by work at ...


US Cup Announces All Mountain Race Series

US Cup Announces All Mountain Race Series

On December 11th we reported that US Cup is withdrawing as the official management organizer for the 2010 Pro XCT series. Now comes the following news release from US Cup regarding the creation of a brand new Triple Crown All Mountain Series: The US Cup is pleased to announce the 2010 dates for its inaugural ...


Bicycle Industry News Roundup

Bicycle Industry News Roundup

Santa Cruz Bicycles 2010 Demo TourSanta Cruz has hired Ariel Lindsley and Abby Hippely to rock their 2010 demo tour (you may recognize Ariel and Abby from past demo gigs with Yeti and Maverick). They will be hauling around a couple dozen SC bikes at any given time, alternating between dealer visits, festivals, races, and ...


Bike Trailer Shop is Hiring

Bike Trailer Shop is Hiring

The folks at BikeTrailerShop.com are looking for a highly motivated, self-starting individual to join their team and work on, manage and develop a variety of tasks and projects involving their internet marketing strategies, blog and webstore content. Their business is focused on marketing bicycling products through the BikeTrailerShop.com webstores. Strong writing skills and an advanced ...


Dirt Rag Office Commute: 2009 Totals

Dirt Rag Office Commute: 2009 Totals

Each year the Dirt Rag/Bicycle Times staff has a friendly intra-office competition and we (try to) keep track of when we ride to work. A simple grid representing the days of the week listed vertically, and our names written horizontally, is as high-tech as we get. As usual, the staff tallied some strong commuting numbers ...


Outerbike 2010 Announced

Outerbike 2010 Announced

Outerbike is a consumer demo event for both road and mountain bikes that is scheduled to take place in Moab, UT on September 30th through October 3rd, 2010. Participants will receive demos for all four days of the event, lunch at the trailheads, and discounted tickets to evening parties and films. Exhibitors will include: Breezer, ...


New Grants for U.S. Bicycle Route System

New Grants for U.S. Bicycle Route System

Adventure Cycling Association announced that it has received two new grants in support of the organization’s work to establish an official United States Bicycle Route System (USBRS). The grants were awarded by Bikes Belong and New Belgium Brewing and will enable Adventure Cycling to continue its organizing and cartographic work with federal and state agencies ...


Sidi Amazing Shoe Story Contest

Sidi Amazing Shoe Story Contest

In celebration of Sidi’s 50th Anniversary, the venerable shoe company wants to hear some amazing stories about riders and their Sidis. Top prize package includes a pair of Sidi shoes, a Look 556 bike with SRAM Rival components and Look Keo pedals. Tell your story in 350 words or less. Or write a poem. If ...


Dirt Rag Dirt Fest 2010 Announced

Dirt Rag Dirt Fest 2010 Announced

Dirt Rag Magazine would like to invite you to our own event: Dirt Fest. Mark your calendars for the weekend of May 21st-23rd, 2010 and head over to the Allegrippis trails at Raystown Lake in Hesston, PA. Dirt Fest will be a fun mountain biking festival, featuring 32 miles of prime singletrack for a weekend ...


2010 IMBA World Summit Announced

2010 IMBA World Summit Announced

Slated for Augusta, Georgia on May 5 – 8th, 2010, the 2010 IMBA World Summit is expected be the largest yet. Seminar topics will include destination and urban trail networks, land conservation and sustainable trails, youth outreach and new programs designed to grow local capacity for the 700+ clubs and patrols in IMBA’s global network. ...


Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times 2010 World Tour

Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times 2010 World Tour

It’s that time of year again! The Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times World Tour is gearing up for the season—with some exciting new stops planned for 2010. Our travels will take us far and wide, so stop by our booth and subscribe to the magazines, chat, or share a beer and a laugh. Where will ...


NAHBS 2010: Friday 2/26

NAHBS 2010: Friday 2/26

As you know, we’re in Richmond for the 2010 North American Handmade Bike Show. After spending most of the day figuring out a work-around for various photographic issues, I finally got down to the business of shooting bikes. Didn’t get as many bikes shot as I’d like, but here’s a sampling of mountain bikes from ...


NAHBS Day 2: Saturday 2/27

NAHBS Day 2: Saturday 2/27

Without further delay, here are more pics from day number two of the 2010 North American Handmade Show. Look for in-depth coverage in both issues #148 of Dirt Rag and Issue #6 of Bicycle Times. Be sure to check out the additional pics from day one and day three. Yes, the green trike is a ...


NAHBS 2010: Sunday 2/28

NAHBS 2010: Sunday 2/28

We’re in the van on the way home from another successful NAHBS adventure, but I wanted to post today’s photos for your viewing pleasure. Sure is amazing to see that much raw talent under one roof. These guys really do represent the best of the best. If you haven’t seen them, check out Friday’s and ...


March 2010 Event Schedule

March 2010 Event Schedule

As the calendar flips to March, the action in the Dirt Rag online event schedule is heating up. One can only hope that spring-like temperatures are not far behind. We invite you to join us as the Dirt Rag / Bicycle Times 2010 World Tour rolls into the Seattle Bike Expo on March 13-14th. Or ...


Registration Underway for 2010 U.S. Open of Mountain Biking

Registration Underway for 2010 U.S. Open of Mountain Biking

The 8th annual U.S. Open of Mountain Biking returns to Diablo Freeride Park in Vernon, NJ on May 27th through 30th, 2010. With a rich cash and prize payout valued at nearly $60,000, the event attracts big names from around the world. The event’s PRO/AM format gives amateur athletes the unique opportunity to compete against ...


Frostbike: It’s always sunny in Minneapolis

Frostbike: It’s always sunny in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is always a good place to be. I’d say MPLS or minneapplepuss or whatever you wanna call it is the city with the strongest bike culture in these United States. Geno at One On One Bicycle Studio , Hurl at Car R Coffins Coffee Bar and Cykel Garage and so on, well ya can’t ...


Google Maps Adds “Bike There” Option

Google Maps Adds “Bike There” Option

We have some fantastic news coming out of the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC this morning. The League of American Bicyclists is reporting that Google Maps has finally added a “bike there” option to the choices of directions between to locations. According to the press release from the League of American Bicyclists: “This new ...


2010 24 Hours of Big Bear Called Off

2010 24 Hours of Big Bear Called Off

News broke yesterday that THE pioneering 24-hour mountain bike race, the 24 Hours of Big Bear, is canceled for 2010. Granny Gear Productions, based in Davis, West Virginia, points to an un-friendly economic climate as a major factor in the decision to cancel the race this year. Laird Knight, founder and head of Granny Gear ...


Phil Wood Passes Away

Phil Wood Passes Away

News broke early this morning that Phil Wood, the sealed-bearing hub and bottom bracket innovator who founded the company that bears his name, passed away at his farm in Iowa earlier this week. He was 84 years old. Wood founded Phil Wood & Co. in 1971 to sell maintenance-free hubs. The company grew over the ...


World Tour Report: Seattle Bike Show

World Tour Report: Seattle Bike Show

Spinning in Seattle: I Could Live Here We launched Bicycle Times a year ago at the Seattle Bicycle Show, amid some really crappy Seattle weather. Standing on a wet floor in a leaky circus tent somewhere in Magnuson Park, we greeted the hordes of dedicated cyclists pouring in with fresh copies of our very first ...


NAHBS 2010 Gallery Collection

NAHBS 2010 Gallery Collection

Here are our photo galleries from NAHBS 2010. There were so many cool bikes, we had a hard time deciding what to put in the print magazine. Fortunately, there’s lotsa space right here on our website for everything. Enjoy! NAHBS 2010: Friday 2/26 NAHBS Day 2: Saturday 2/27 NAHBS 2010: Sunday 2/28


Kyle Strait Signs with Pivot Cycles

Kyle Strait Signs with Pivot Cycles

If you’re out at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California right now, you’re likely going to see downhill phenom, and all-around bicycle racing and stunt magician, Kyle Strait riding atop a Pivot Cycles bicycle. Pivot Cycles just announced they will be the frame sponsor for a newly-formed World Cup race team for the 2010 ...


Sea Otter 2010 Event Report

Sea Otter 2010 Event Report

With its full slate of racing, stellar riding and huge industry expo, the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA is cycling’s rite of spring and is not to be missed. True to form, the Dirt Rag/Bicycle Times World Tour loaded up the kit and kaboodle, and headed west for some California sunburn. From our prime spot in the expo, we shared the love with free magazine samples to Otter-goers.


Monterey By Way of Hollywood

Monterey By Way of Hollywood

The first Sea Otter Classic of the 10’s was welcomed with beautiful California weather. Gone were the high winds, flash flooding rains and bone-chilling sub-60 degree temperatures. I arrived in Monterey via a small prop plane from San Francisco, which I realized is the rigid singlespeed version of air-travel: You feel every bump, sweat a ...


Pedro’s Promises $20,000

Pedro’s Promises $20,000

Pedro’s recently announced they’re stepping up their dedication to mountain bike access by pledging $20,000 to IMBA’s Public Lands Initiative. By committing to such a big chunk of change for mountain biking, Pedro’s is reinforcing their dedication to the sport. “20 plus years ago, Pedro’s was founded with a mission to support the mountain bike ...


Philadelphia Cyclocross School

Philadelphia Cyclocross School

Cyclocross season is still several months away, but it seems like we’re getting cool ‘cross news every week thanks to the rising popularity of the sport here in the United States. You’ve heard about the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships being held in Kentucky, and we posted a story last week about construction of a year-round, ...


Bike Shop Blues

Bike Shop Blues

File this one under the “Most Creative Thing I’ve Heard All Year” category. We recently received an email from Marcey Rader-Rhodenbaugh telling us about an interesting project undertaken by her husband, Kevin. It’s best I just let you read the email in its entirety: Hi Dirtrag,My husband and I are loyal readers and I thought ...


IMBA Summit Comes to Augusta

IMBA Summit Comes to Augusta

Augusta Georgia was the hostess with the mostest  and had a lot to show during the biennial (Every two years) IMBA Summit last weekend. The southeast is a stronghold for IMBA due to their merger with the Southern Off Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) And Augusta is a fine venue to show this off. The moment ...


RockShox Base Camp 2010

RockShox Base Camp 2010

RockShox recently invited the mountain biking press to Durango, CO for Base Camp 2010, where the suspension-maker unveiled their 2011 product line. Over the course of two action-packed days, I absorbed product information in classroom settings; rode selected 2011 product on the sweet Durango trails; and racked up hang time with the product managers, engineers and other "tech" types from RockShox. We covered a lot of ground, figuratively and literally, but I’ll do my best to share the highlights from my camp experience.


Product Launch: Pivot Phoenix DH Race Bike

Product Launch: Pivot Phoenix DH Race Bike

This past week was yet another moment in my “work” career where I had to pinch myself, hoping I didn’t wake up to discover my dream was not reality. Fortunately, I really did make the trip to Moab, Utah to ride the latest and greatest from Pivot. Those of you who live under a rock ...


Product Launch: Magura’s 2010 Press Camp in Sedona, AZ

Product Launch: Magura’s 2010 Press Camp in Sedona, AZ

Nearly four years ago, I cut my press camp teeth on a trip to Sedona, Arizona to ride with the great people of Magura and left with friendships that last to this day. Helping to close out this past action packed May, I returned to the Magura press camp to ride some of the best ...


Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Justin Kline

Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Justin Kline

Aside from bicycles, of course, the main reason I choose to continue my futile search for fortune in the bicycle industry is because of the people I know and meet. There’s no shortage of extremely smart and passionate people who are insanely interesting, individualistic personalities. Sure it’s cool to be around famous athletes from time ...


Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times Are Hiring!

Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times Are Hiring!

So you’re interested in working for two of the world’s most awesome magazines, huh? Ok, then…We’ll just cut to the chase and list the job descriptions and contact info here. The rest is up to you…and then us, of course. General Help WantedDirt Rag LTD, publishers of Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times magazines, is looking ...


Bicycle Times does England: Part One: Brooks Saddle Factory

Bicycle Times does England: Part One: Brooks Saddle Factory

When this press trip came up at the office I shoved all the other staffers aside and politely volunteered myself for duty. I had never been to England, so to get a taste of British culture through a Brooks Saddle factory tour and picnic ride was going to require expertise only and old codger like ...


Trek Launches Gary Fisher Collection, Absorbing Gary Fisher Bicycles

Trek Launches Gary Fisher Collection, Absorbing Gary Fisher Bicycles

Trek has long owned the Gary Fisher brand of bicycles, positioning it as a stand-alone bicycle company. Mainly focusing on mountain bikes, Gary Fisher has also produced road bikes, cyclocross bikes and even bikes for children. In recent years, the Gary Fisher brand can be seen as the most major company to champion the gospel ...


Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: John Black

Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: John Black

Aside from bicycles, of course, the main reason I choose to continue my futile search for fortune in the bicycle industry is because of the people I know and meet. There’s no shortage of extremely smart and passionate people who are insanely interesting, individualistic personalities. Sure it’s cool to be around famous athletes from time ...


Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: David Cory

Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: David Cory

Aside from bicycles, of course, the main reason I choose to continue my futile search for fortune in the bicycle industry is because of the people I know and meet. There’s no shortage of extremely smart and passionate people who are insanely interesting, individualistic personalities. Sure it’s cool to be around famous athletes from time ...


Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Jeffrey G. Frane

Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Jeffrey G. Frane

Aside from bicycles, of course, the main reason I choose to continue my futile search for fortune in the bicycle industry is because of the people I know and meet. There’s no shortage of extremely smart and passionate people who are insanely interesting, individualistic personalities. Sure it’s cool to be around famous athletes from time ...


Tragedy Leads to Charity

Tragedy Leads to Charity

David Mark Clark was arrested and charged with running down four cyclists in San Francisco on June 2nd.  A few people and at least one company in the Bay Area are using this unfortunate event as a springboard to raise funds to help increase awareness for bicycle safety. Specialized Bicycle Components has pleged $4000 to ...


Scott 2011 Bike Launch: Sun Valley, ID

Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Dave Gray

Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Dave Gray

Aside from bicycles, of course, the main reason I choose to continue my futile search for fortune in the bicycle industry is because of the people I know and meet. There’s no shortage of extremely smart and passionate people who are insanely interesting, individualistic personalities. Sure it’s cool to be around famous athletes from time ...




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