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A Visit with Engin Cycles

A Visit with Engin Cycles

Germantown Avenue seems like a comparatively quiet street when considering the rest of Philadelphia. Trolley tracks and cobbled paths remain from the years gone by, there is a lot that houses a food truck and what appears to be a small farmers market. It’s June in Philadelphia, and the summer heat is already reducing movement ...


New – Jones Plus SWB complete bike for under $2k

New – Jones Plus SWB complete bike for under $2k

Buying a Jones was always a custom affair, at least until today. Jones has a new complete bike that saves both money and time for riders looking to get on one of Jeff Jones’s modern-yet-rigid trail bikes.   For $1,799 you’ll get a solidly spec’ed bike. Money has been saved with less expensive tubing in the ...


GU Energy Labs and NICA team up for new flavor

GU Energy Labs and NICA team up for new flavor

If you were a kid given the opportunity to make a flavor of GU, what would it be? This is a flavor you’ll want to be sucking down in goo form when you are sucking air so hard you’re afraid you might bonk. GU Energy Labs teamed up with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) to ...


This land is our land (let’s keep it that way)

This land is our land (let’s keep it that way)

For perhaps the first time in modern history, government officials beyond the highest-ranking are household names in the United States. People who are not very involved in politics and invested in policy-making likely had no idea who was Administrator or Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prior to the recently-resigned Scott Pruitt. And ...


WTB Tire Launch at Silver Mountain Bike Park

WTB Tire Launch at Silver Mountain Bike Park

Silver Mountain Resort, tucked away in North Idaho (or as we non-locals call it, the Idaho Panhandle), is WTB’s choice of dirt to unveil the company’s new aggressive trail tires. North Idaho doesn’t sound quite as odd once you figure in that Clayton Wangbichler, public relations and content editor for WTB calls the area home and ...


The Inside Line on Big Bear Lake Trail Center

The Inside Line on Big Bear Lake Trail Center

Interested in hanging out with us in West Virginia this month but not sure what to expect? Big Bear Lake Trail Center’s recreation land manager Jeff Simcoe shares his insider’s tips on the trails, amenities and points of interest at Big Bear Lake Camplands— the site of Dirt Rag Dirt Fest West Virginia presented by Pivot Cycles. ...


Ride for Reading: a journey for revival

Ride for Reading: a journey for revival

So many of us ride bikes past the pavement to escape into the magic of the woods, the desert, or the plains where our imaginations can still take off and our adult stresses relax. Most of us started that early exploration and adventure by reading books, whisked off to alternate realities where we could see ...


Win a pair of Kona Alloy Wah Wah Pedals and Key Grips

Win a pair of Kona Alloy Wah Wah Pedals and Key Grips

Kona Bikes has partnered with us to give two winners a pair of Alloy Wah Wah Pedals that retail for $120 and a pair of Key Grips that retail for $20! You can earn 20+ entries below.   a Rafflecopter giveaway


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 ...


First Rides – Santa Cruz Bronson and 5010

First Rides – Santa Cruz Bronson and 5010

We loaded the van a few weeks ago, and headed down to Brevard, NC to meet up with a couple of blokes from Santa Cruz and ride a pair of new bikes, the Bronson and 5010. The Bike Farm was our base camp and guide, with support from the Hub bike shop. We rode in the ...


New Releases From Santa Cruz and Juliana

New Releases From Santa Cruz and Juliana

Perhaps you have heard rumblings around your local shops about what new Santa Cruz bikes were on their way. There had been rumors and guesses by many as to just what exactly was coming. Well, the day has come and both the Bronson and 5010 have gotten makeovers, as well have the Roubion and the Furtado from ...


Mixtape Monday Vol.4

Mixtape Monday Vol.4

We are back with Vol.4 of the Monday Mixtape. This week, we turned the keys to the mixing board over to our Social Media Master and Camera Controller Brett Rothmeyer: I wasn’t quite sure how to approach this mix. At first, I thought about just doing a mix of all my favorite Kanye West tracks. ...


Endura Singletrack Jacket II

Endura Singletrack Jacket II

Endura Singletrack Jacket II – $163 By Stephen Haynes   The Singletrack II from Endura combines comfort, style, and functionality to produce one stunning, yet useful garment. The lightweight, waterproof shell is loose enough to get a flannel or sweater underneath without being baggy and comes in three colors: red, blue and black/camo. It also ...


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 ...


Win a Find Your Line Front or Rear Suspension Overhaul

Win a Find Your Line Front or Rear Suspension Overhaul

Enter to Front or rear suspension Overhaul up to $150 value from Find Your Line! A full teardown cleaning and inspection before replacement of all wear items and fluids.  Reassembly, vacuum bled and fully tested.  Tuning or upgrade options available. Shipping is an additional fee. You can earn 20+ entries below. a Rafflecopter giveaway


Hike-a-Bike Diaries: A Tale of Three Ghost Towns

Hike-a-Bike Diaries: A Tale of Three Ghost Towns

Words and Photos by Andrea Wilson I hail originally from the hot, flat realm of Memphis, Tennessee. I moved to the Colorado Front Range almost three years ago, and I’ve been obsessed with finding all of the nooks and crannies of the mountains ever since. When I realized that the population density of the Denver ...


Dirt Fest West Virginia is coming up!

Dirt Fest West Virginia is coming up!

Have you registered for Dirt Rag Dirt Fest West Virginia yet? If you register by July 9th you’ll save $10, and there are just three spots left for the coveted RV/Trailer/Pop-up campsites, so be sure to head over to registration now to save big and camp big. If you’ve never been to Dirt Fest before, ...


e*thirteen unveils TRS Plus 12 Speed Upgrade Kit

e*thirteen unveils TRS Plus 12 Speed Upgrade Kit

If you’ve been dragging your feet on upgrading your 11-speed SRAM drivetrain to 12-speed Eagle, or if you are really into cool projects, e*thirteen may have something for you. The new TRS Plus 12 Speed Upgrade Kit is a possibly-simple way to upgrade your gearing without replacing your whole group. If you’re relatively handy, this can save ...


Call of the wild: Sweet Skills teaches women backcountry biking

Call of the wild: Sweet Skills teaches women backcountry biking

by Cassidy Randall photos by Lisa Sumire Ankeny The early morning sun cut through the alpine chill as we assembled with our bikes at the remote backcountry trailhead. We double-checked our gear and sorted through food as the shadows retreated up Sol Mountain, preparing to head out on the heralded new Caribou Pass trail deep in ...


Mountain Bike Trailer Park: Mullet Wave at the Pisgah 111k

Mountain Bike Trailer Park: Mullet Wave at the Pisgah 111k

By Uncle Dan Mountain Bike Trailer Park is a regular column written by Uncle Dan that appears monthly on the Dirt Rag Interwebs. He dabbles in a variety of topics including racing, training, trails he loves, and not taking himself too seriously, all with a big dash of humor. If you missed his previous columns, check ...


Win a pair of Xpedo Clipless Pedals and Afton Clipless Shoes

Win a pair of Xpedo Clipless Pedals and Afton Clipless Shoes

Win a pair of Xpedo GFX Clipless Pedals and a pair of Afton Vectal Clipless Shoes! You can earn 20+ entries below. Xpedo x Afton = Ultimate comfort and control with this pedal/shoe combo. Xpedo GFX offers the most versatile design for complete control in any condition. Afton Vectal shoes have enough flex in the toe and ...


Pivot Firebird 29 – First Ride

Pivot Firebird 29 – First Ride

Pivot invited us out to ride the new Trail 429 in Moab last month in Moab. The assembled media had a blast, but when Pivot’s head honcho, Chris Cocalis unexpectedly wheeled out a this new Firebird 29 no one asked to stay on the Trail 429 for the next day’s ride. The Firebird 29 is Pivot’s answer ...


2018 Mercedes-Benz UCI World Cup round 2 at Fort William

2018 Mercedes-Benz UCI World Cup round 2 at Fort William

Photographer Jason Barker of Roots and Rain headed out to Scotland to catch Round 2 of the UCI World Cup at Fort William, which took place June 2-3, 2018. Tahnée Seagrave took home the women’s win for this round, meanwhile, Amaury Pierron locked in a victory in the men’s division. Check out these select highlights of the ...


Bike Review: Canyon Strive CF 7.0

Bike Review: Canyon Strive CF 7.0

Tester: Eric McKeegan Age: 44 Height: 5’11” Weight: 165 lbs. Inseam: 32” Canyon has made its long-awaited entry into the U.S. market. One of the biggest consumer-direct brands in Europe, the looming threat of Canyon has been touted as the best thing ever for consumers and the worst thing ever for established brands and their ...


My Other Bike is a Vessel of Light

My Other Bike is a Vessel of Light

Since Halloween, I have been fundraising for AIDS/LifeCycle to earn my spot riding with roughly 2,200 other cyclists and 500 volunteers from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The ride brings awareness to the streets of California and our internet communities; the funds bring needed financial support to organizations who provide education, community, and medical access ...


The New Hei Hei Trail and The Hei Hei Trail DL From Kona

The New Hei Hei Trail and The Hei Hei Trail DL From Kona

Kona has just released the new Hei Hei Trail and the Hei Hei Trail DL. Join Charlotte Jane Frost as rips her local trails on these new offerings from Kona in the video below and Check out the bike here! [wonderplugin_gallery id=”63″] The Hei Hei Trails are now in stock and ready to be ridden! The ...


Eagle for everyone – SRAM NX 12-speed

Eagle for everyone – SRAM NX 12-speed

SRAM knows a hit when it sees one. Rather than mess with a good thing, SRAM continues to bring wide-range 12-speed technology to lower and lower price points. This time it is all the way at the NX level. How low? How about $375 for a complete drivetrain? That is less than the cost of an ...


Win a Sunrace 11 speed Cassette & rear trigger shifter

Win a Sunrace 11 speed Cassette & rear trigger shifter

Win a Sunrace CSMX8 11-46 11 speed Cassette & a DLMX30 11 speed and rear trigger shifter! You can earn 20+ entries by clicking below. The Sunrace CSMX8 11-46 11 speed cassette will fit on a standard MTB Shimano freehub body. Weighs 465g. Compatible with SRAM derailleurs and new Shimano XT and SLX rear derailleurs The Sunrace DLMX30 11 speed rear trigger shifter ...


Cargo Bikes and Wheelie Kids: Transport Cycles makes bikes fun again

Cargo Bikes and Wheelie Kids: Transport Cycles makes bikes fun again

Dirt Rag’s web team (Webatron5000) took a road trip to Philadelphia to check out some local trails, eat ice cream, and meet some of the frame builders and bike shops who keep the city rolling. We had the pleasure of meeting the crew of Firth and Wilson Transport Cycles and talking with Simon Firth, co-owner ...


Meet the new Webatron5000 team

Meet the new Webatron5000 team

Dirt Rag has been secretly devising a masterful plan for world domination digital development and it is time to unveil the team unleashed to deliver fun, visually stunning content to our online platforms. Drumroll, please: International spy Carolyne Whelan will oversee Dirt Rag Magazine’s website as its new Web Editor; meanwhile, local vigilante Brett Rothmeyer ...


Chasing the Tune of Kokopelli

Chasing the Tune of Kokopelli

by Maureen Gaffney Riding the Kokopelli, the 150-mile trail between the esteemed mountain bike destinations of Fruita, Colorado and Moab, Utah for a second time is like childbirth. Your mind neatly erases the painful bits, assembles a sparkly highlight reel, and there you are, doing it all over again. But if you’re going to endure the labor involved in 30-mile ...


Review: BMC Speedfox 01. KR

Review: BMC Speedfox 01. KR

Name: Brett Rothmeyer Age: 40 Weight: 165 lbs. Height: 6’1” Inseam: 32” The Speedfox 01 by BMC is touted as the latest in a long line of proclaimed, “quiver killers.” Labeled as a trail bike, the Speedfox looks to straddle the line between fun and performance, cross-country and trail. Falling into the medium travel category ...


Win an ABUS Bordo Lite 6055 Mini lock

Win an ABUS Bordo Lite 6055 Mini lock

Win an ABUS foldable bike lock! You can earn 20+ entries by clicking below. The Bordo Lite 6055 Mini is our lightest folding lock.  Weighing in at less than a full water bottle this lock won’t weigh you down on the next road ride, day on the trails or weekend bike camping trip. The compact lock ...


Factory Settings: Santa Cruz teaches Dirt Rag how to build a wheel the fast way

Factory Settings: Santa Cruz teaches Dirt Rag how to build a wheel the fast way

While at Santa Cruz headquarters this spring for the company’s new Blur and Highball launch, a few attendees were offered a tour of the Santa Cruz factory led by Santa Cruz CEO Joe Graney. The company operates closer to a boutique brand than the powerhouse that it is. Unlike many large bike brands, Santa Cruz ...


Trail Report: Fair Hill, MD

Trail Report: Fair Hill, MD

Whenever one has committed to a weekend road trip out of town, the motivation to maximize the time away from work and chores is at an all-time high. As we pointed ourselves eastward on the Pennsylvania Turnpike towards Philadelphia on a Friday morning, we started to wonder: Where could we ride instead of sitting eyeballs-deep ...


Guerrilla Gravity presents The Good, the Rad, and the Gnarly, a gravity-fueled adventure “race.”

Guerrilla Gravity presents The Good, the Rad, and the Gnarly, a gravity-fueled adventure “race.”

  Website URL: https://RideGG.com/GRG Do you think you can handle a fully-pinned day at the bike park? If your answer is “hell yeah maybe,” then this is the event for you! Guerrilla Gravity, the Colorado-based mountain bike manufacturing company, is stoked to announce their first-ever The Good, The Rad, and The Gnarly “race.” One part ...


Mixtape Monday: Vol. 3

Mixtape Monday: Vol. 3

Oh, hello there, I didn’t see you pop in! I’m just here finishing up this sweet tape to send to some of my friends to let them know how excited I am to be back in Pittsburgh and at the helm of dirtragmag.com. This is also Mixtape Monday Volume 3, and since I’m the n00b on ...


Blast From the Past: Guerrilla Girls

Blast From the Past: Guerrilla Girls

Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in Dirt Rag Issue #85, published in April 2001. Words by Cynthia Carbone Ward. Art by Sherri Dobay. I arrived in California on Groundhog Day of 1982, a refugee from New York in high-heeled shoes and too much makeup. My home was a 1973 Buick, avocado green, of course, ...


Review: Bontrager Line Pro 30 TLR

Review: Bontrager Line Pro 30 TLR

Early in 2017, Bontrager unleashed a handful of enduro/trail and cross-country wheelset options to help make upgrading to a stronger and lighter wheelset more affordable. One offering from Bontrager is the Line Pro 30, which offers a hook-bead carbon rim with 29 mm internal /36 mm external widths. The Rapid Drive 108 hub (Shimano 10/11-speed ...


Issue 205 – Get it, now!

Issue 205 – Get it, now!

The cover depicts Anka Martin flying out of the foliage, as shot by Sven Martin. Inside you’ll find the expected mix of the unexpected, including a lengthy piece by Marty Caivano on the economic prosperity that results from concerted efforts to attract mountain bikers. Long and well-researched, this article might be the missing tool to ...


Win an Industry Nine MatchStix Multi-Tool

Win an Industry Nine MatchStix Multi-Tool

Win an Industry Nine MatchStix Multi-Tool! You can earn 20+ entries by clicking below! The MatchStix Multi-Tool is a 15mm thru-bolt that doubles as a multi-tool stash. It is an emergency tool that you can never leave behind…well simply because it is holding on your front wheel too. The MatchStix handle seconds as a chain ...


Hike-a-Bike Diaries

Hike-a-Bike Diaries

Words and Photos by Andrea Wilson I hail originally from the hot, flat realm of Memphis, Tennessee. I moved to the Colorado Front Range almost three years ago, and I’ve been obsessed with finding all of the nooks and crannies of the mountains ever since. When I realized that the population density of the Denver ...


First Ride: Engin Cycles Custom Ti Hardtail

First Ride: Engin Cycles Custom Ti Hardtail

This past weekend we paid a visit to Drew Guldalian of Engin Cycles to find out more about the man behind the brand and the work that goes into each one of his handmade frames. Drew had his personal mountain bike on hand, and I don’t know about you but seeing what builders create for themselves ...


New Shimano XTR M9100 – Options, options, options

New Shimano XTR M9100 – Options, options, options

Everyone knew a new XTR group was coming, but what Shimano released today is still unexpected. The new 12-speed 10-51 cassette wasn’t that hard to guess, but three cassette choices are unexpected. There are new hubs and brakes as well, but let’s tackle the drivetrain first. (Full disclosure: this is all info from Shimano’s press ...


Not All Heroes Wear Capes

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

Or: Why I Always Carry a Map Mountain biking is a lot like the military in two ways: It’s a family and operates as an “army of one” (in most every other way it is probably the exact opposite). So it was fitting that I got completely lost riding alone in the Jemez Mountains near ...


Win a PUB Wheels Carbon Wheelset of your choice

Win a PUB Wheels Carbon Wheelset of your choice

PUB Wheels has partnered with us to give one lucky winner a PUB Carbon Wheelset of their choice! See the plethora of wheels here.  You can earn 20+ entries by clicking below! a Rafflecopter giveaway


Catch 15 Free Shows this Summer on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

Catch 15 Free Shows this Summer on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

Courtesy of Adventure Cycling Bikepacker, musician and poet Ben Weaver is cycling the full-length of the GDMBR with his instruments strapped to his bike, performing free concerts along the way. MISSOULA, MONT., May 22, 2018 — This year, Adventure Cycling’s Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) — the longest mapped, off-road cycling route in the world — is ...


Win a Pivot Cycles Mach 6 Aluminum

Win a Pivot Cycles Mach 6 Aluminum

This contest has ended. Congratulations to the winner: Latika, Young of Tallahassee, FL! Subscribe to Dirt Rag Magazine and sign up for our weekly newsletter so you don’t miss a chance to win our next bike giveaway. Pivot Cycles has teamed up with us to give one lucky winner a Mach 6 Aluminum Race XT Bike! Enter ...


Sun, sand and border fences: Arizona bikepacking with REI’s Co-op bikes

Sun, sand and border fences: Arizona bikepacking with REI’s Co-op bikes

A few months back, REI took some media folks down to Arizona for a bikepacking trip on new bikes from Co-op Cycles. Last year, Co-op replaced REI’s long-standing house brand bikes, Novara. From the looks of the new bikes, the changes go much deeper than just a new name on the downtube. This is the new ...


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