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Video: Processing the French Alps

Video: Processing the French Alps

France isn’t just home to good cheese and great wine. It’s got its share of amazing riding too. Follow Kona riders Jordan Regnier and Alexander Kangas on a journey to the Tignes and Val D’ Isere bike parks in the French Alps this past September.


Review: Ornot cycling kit

Review: Ornot cycling kit

Tester: Scott Williams 5’10 and 175 lbs. Shirt Size: Medium Short Size: Medium (30-32”) Let’s face it, we all can’t be as good looking as Jeff Gordon rocking Roy G. Biv with more brand logos than the Dow Jones. Many of us Jills and Freds certainly aren’t getting endorsement deals so why do we need ...


Video: Day Trip with the Pivot Reynolds Enduro Team

Video: Day Trip with the Pivot Reynolds Enduro Team

  Traveling around the world is one of the greatest pursuits mountain biking can afford. Many riders often crunch numbers in order to make the most of their limited free time, utilizing the precious vacation days for a trip in some far off land, where the loam can smack you in the back of the ...


Review: WTB Byway 650bx47 tires

Review: WTB Byway 650bx47 tires

Plus tires aren’t just for mountain bikes any more. With the success of oversized tires firmly established in the dirt, the originator of the plus tire movement is moving to road bikes as the next likely target. Yes, Road Plus is a thing, and in a lot of ways, it might be an even better ...


Access: The Power of Paper Maps

Access: The Power of Paper Maps

By Brian Fox, United States Geological Survey  Mapping is important these days. Maps are critical to helping people discover the closest coffee shop, navigate to a new place or, in our case, discover and experience new trails. Maps, to me, mean anything from the latest app on your phone (like MTB Project) to that folded ...


Win A Fat Bike From Framed Bikes

Win A Fat Bike From Framed Bikes

This Contest has ended congratulations to the winner Derek Sisson of San Francisco, CA! Framed Bikes has teamed up with us to give one lucky winner a FRAMED Minnesota 1.2 Fat Bike! Enter below to win!     If you are looking to bust into the Fat Bike scene, there is no better bike to do ...


Peek inside Nick Legan’s “Gravel Cycling: The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking”

Peek inside Nick Legan’s “Gravel Cycling: The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking”

Gravel Cycling by Nick Legan is a comprehensive guide to many aspects of the latest up-and-coming niche in cycling – gravel riding and bikepacking. The 300-page book is packed with photos and covers gravel races and events and adventure touring routes, as well as tips for race prep, choosing a bike and outfitting your bike ...


The Tale of Blue Derby: Singletrack in Tasmania

The Tale of Blue Derby: Singletrack in Tasmania

By Carmen Freeman-Rey Chances are that in the past, if you had heard of Tasmania, it was for one or maybe all of the following reasons: It’s a decent-sized island 150 miles off the big island of Australia; there is a tough little creature that lives only there called the Tasmanian devil, immortalized by the Looney ...


Review: Framed Wolftrax Alloy Compact

Review: Framed Wolftrax Alloy Compact

Tester: Eric McKeegan/Oona McKeegan  Kids today. Back when I was knee-high to a grasshopper, kids’ bikes had 20 inch wheels, steel frames and no gears. Also, no helmets. But things change, and in this case, for the better. This is a full-fledged, 24 inch-wheeled, adventure-ready fat bike for kids and short-statured adults, not a bike-shaped-object ...


The Rant: No longer at the kids table

The Rant: No longer at the kids table

Change is inevitable, and for the past decade, it has been extra inevitable in the world of mountain bikes.  For a sport that is still relatively young, especially one that is so dependent on equipment, that is to be expected.   Taking a step back and examining these changes, it can be easy to think ...


Pivot Cycles returns as presenting sponsor of Dirt Fest Pennsylvania and West Virginia

Pivot Cycles returns as presenting sponsor of Dirt Fest Pennsylvania and West Virginia

Rotating Mass Media is proud to announce that Pivot Cycles will once again be joining us as title sponsor of both Dirt Rag Dirt Fest Pennsylvania and West Virginia in 2018. Dirt Fest will return to the Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania for its ninth year, and after a successful inaugural event at Big ...


MTBTP: My Local Trail – A Poem

MTBTP: My Local Trail – A Poem

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 them out here. ...


Review: Kona Unit

Review: Kona Unit

Tester: Adam Newman Age: 36 Height: 6’ 1” Weight: Gaining Inseam: 33” It’s steel. It has wheels. It rides like a bike. To be honest, I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to say? I mean, a rigid singlespeed is about as bare bones as you can get, and you’ve probably already decided if riding ...


PBE 2017: Fat Chance

PBE 2017: Fat Chance

If you follow the lineage of New England frame-builders back to its roots you will find Witcomb USA and Serotta. Both companies, which established themselves in 1972, would go on to become the breeding ground for the current state of custom frame building in the New England area. In 1977, after Witcomb closed its doors, ...


Ibis announces new gravel/bikepacking rig, the Hakka MX

Ibis announces new gravel/bikepacking rig, the Hakka MX

Ibis recently announced a brand new bike in its Hakkalügi line of cyclocross bikes, the Hakka MX. More oriented towards gravel and dirt road riding as well as bikepacking, the Hakka MX’s claim to fame is its versatility. The carbon frame has the ability to run up to 700c x 40 or 27.5 x 2.1 tires, ...


How-To: Clean your bike properly

How-To: Clean your bike properly

Regardless of the time of year and riding conditions, every bike needs a good cleaning every now and then. We reached out to some experts for their advice on what to do, and what not to do. People give all kinds of advice about what kind of products you can use—dish soap, automobile soap, etc. ...


YEAR-END BLOWOUT SALE – 20% off everything in our store!

YEAR-END BLOWOUT SALE – 20% off everything in our store!

That’s right, 20% off everything, right now through November 27! Head on over to the Dirt Rag online store to check out our selection of t-shirts, event merchandise, mugs, socks, hats, and more! Just use the promo code RIDEBIKES to save! Now is your chance to grab some gifts for your favorite mountain biker and Dirt ...


Essay: Inspiration in old yet unfamiliar places

Essay: Inspiration in old yet unfamiliar places

Words by Stevil Kinevil For the sake of full disclosure, the last couple of years of riding mountain bikes just hasn’t stoked the same sort of internal flame that it had over the course of my existence aboard knobby tires. This is due in large part to a fairly catastrophic knee injury I experienced back in ...


Night riding tips for mountain bikers

Night riding tips for mountain bikers

It’s that time of year again. With each passing day, the sun sinks in the sky a little earlier. For those of us with 9-5 jobs, getting out and riding after work without encountering darkness is impossible with the recent time change. But as we mourn the loss of evening light, we can also celebrate ...


Review: Fuji Rakan 29 3.7

Review: Fuji Rakan 29 3.7

Tester: Jon Pratt Age: 46 Height: 5’10.5” Weight: 190 lbs. Inseam: 31” The Fuji Rakan moves deeper into trail bike territory for 2017. It shares the same frame as the 2016 model, but beefs up with sturdier wheels, tires and suspension. This tacks on a bit of weight but creates a bike designed to tackle ...


Win a Knog light set

Win a Knog light set

This Contest has ended congratulations to the winner Barbara Johnson of Hamden, NY! Knog has partnered with us to give one lucky winner a PWR Trail and Blinder Road R70. Enter to win below! PWR Trail is a modular bike light. But it’s not JUST another bike light. Not only is it a high power headlight, ...


Halloween the Perry County way

Halloween the Perry County way

The only thing better than a big day of riding is a big day of riding on new trails. My husband and I, and our friend Ryan, marinated on this thought as we left in the pre-dawn cold to drive an hour and a half southeast, towards unexplored (by us) territory. We sipped coffee as ...


Dirt Rag Issue 202 is here!

Dirt Rag Issue 202 is here!

Dirt Rag 202 is about to shelves and mailboxes all over the world. Here’s a glimpse of what is inside: Columns and Readings Watts Dixon ponders parking prejudices, Stevil eulogies a good friend, and Rebecca Rusch bids us farewell. Our former web editor, Katherine Fuller updates the rules of the trail from her new desk ...


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 ...


Inner City Singletrack: West

Inner City Singletrack: West

By Nick Legan When traveling to a big city there’s no reason to leave your mountain bike at home. If you find yourself near any of these places, know that your mountain bike tribe has laid the groundwork for some of the best riding you’ve never heard of. From full-blown bike parks to hidden singletrack, ...


Video: ‘North of Nightfall’ film preview

Video: ‘North of Nightfall’ film preview

North of Nightfall follows freeride mountain bikers Darren Berrecloth and Cam Zink as they ride alongside up-and-comers Carson Storch and Tom van Steenbergen on an expedition to the top of the world. The full film is presented by Red Bull Media House and will be released in Spring 2018. From Red Bull Media House: Tucked within ...


Review: Trek Fuel EX 7 29

Review: Trek Fuel EX 7 29

Tester: Scott Williams Age: 31 Height: 5’10” Weight: 170 lbs. Inseam: 32” Trek upped the ante once more for the current Fuel EX lineup, looking to fulfill the one bike to rule them all prophecy. Deciding to step back from the prior generation’s long-legged cross-country-esque geometry, the new Fuel EX became more trail aggressive and ...


Finding enlightenment through suffering (aka bikepacking misadventures)

Finding enlightenment through suffering (aka bikepacking misadventures)

Words and photos by Myke McNoldy  “Koan ˈkōän/ noun a paradoxical anecdote or riddle, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and to provoke enlightenment.” A sandy recollection of images, craggy peaks and rocky singletrack. Jeep roads. Horse flies. The sound of rushing water. Tires crunching against ageless sediment. The trail ...


Win a Set of Terrene Tires

Win a Set of Terrene Tires

Contest ended. Congrats to Winner: Alan Long of Painesville, OH We’re sorry The promotion you are trying to access has ended.   Terrene Tires has teamed up with Dirt Rag to give one lucky winner any pair of Terrene Tires including tubeless rim tape and tubeless valves! Enter to Win below. It’s all about the ride—it ...


Tell us what you think and win a Proudfoot Cycles Primed!

Tell us what you think and win a Proudfoot Cycles Primed!

This contest has ended, congratulations to the winner Robert Thomas of Boulder, CO. It’s that time of year again… for our annual reader survey sweepstakes! Tell us what you think and help us better serve you with great content. Your answers will remain anonymous and simply by filling out the survey, you are entered to ...


Mountain Bike Trailer Park: I’ve got better things to do

Mountain Bike Trailer Park: I’ve got better things to do

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 them out here. ...


Join us this weekend at the Philly Bike Expo!

Join us this weekend at the Philly Bike Expo!

We’re headed to the Philly Bike Expo this coming weekend! The 2017 Philly Bike Expo is taking place November 4-5 at the PA Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. Come by the show and check out over 150 exhibitors, including Dirt Rag! We’ll have swag and merchandise for sale at our booth, including a selection of ...


Inner City Singletrack: Midwest

Inner City Singletrack: Midwest

By Nick Legan When traveling to a big city there’s no reason to leave your mountain bike at home. If you find yourself near any of these places, know that your mountain bike tribe has laid the groundwork for some of the best riding you’ve never heard of. From full-blown bike parks to hidden singletrack, ...


The Lunch Ride

The Lunch Ride

“A bike ride fixes everything;” that is a statement that is pretty much completely true. Look, I know if you have a broken leg or a blown out knee and you are reading this you’ll quickly disagree, and I don’t blame you. First, you are right; bike riding will not miraculously mend your broken bones ...


Review: Specialized Fuse Expert Carbon 6Fattie

Review: Specialized Fuse Expert Carbon 6Fattie

Tester: Stephen Haynes Age: 39 Height: 5’11” Weight: 210 lbs Inseam: 30” If acceptance into our popular culture is predicated on a product or brands’ appearance in a Wal-Mart store, then 27plus as a wheel size has arrived. I noted this arrival on a recent trip to the purveyor of all things cheap and excessive ...


First impression: Carver Ti All-Road

First impression: Carver Ti All-Road

Carver’s Ti All-Road is a mountain biker’s road bike. It’s more than ready for rough road rambles, gravel grinds and singletrack shortcuts. Built from 3/2.5 titanium alloy, the All-Road comes with a lifetime warranty and crash replacement discount. Stock frames come in 2 cm size increments (from 44-62 cm) and retail for $1,400. For $200 ...


Video: Trail Boss – Bennett Gap Trail, North Carolina

Video: Trail Boss – Bennett Gap Trail, North Carolina

Trail Boss is a video series produced by Jeff Lenosky and documents his attempts to ride some of the most technical trails he can find. A veteran rider with a 20-year professional career and three Observed Trials U.S. National Championships to his name, Lenosky uses his skills to ride the unrideable. Check out all the ...


Me Gusta: Touring Baja by bicycle

Me Gusta: Touring Baja by bicycle

By Montana Miller “We’re going to San Felipe. On a bike tour,” I say to the Mexican border guard, nodding toward my dusty bike. We’re going a lot farther than that, but I’m hoping our first stop sounds more believable. “San Felipe? On bicycle? No.” He looks at me like I’d just told him I ...


Win a Park Tool Happy Hour Tool Set

Win a Park Tool Happy Hour Tool Set

Contest ended. Congrats Russell Williams! We’re sorry the promotion you are trying to access has ended. Park Tool has teamed up with Dirt Rag to give one lucky winner a Happy Hour prize package! Enter to Win below!         The Park Tool Prize Pack consists of the HH-1 Happy Hour Set, which includes ...


Check out ‘LE RIDE’ film screenings across the country on November 9

Check out ‘LE RIDE’ film screenings across the country on November 9

LE RIDE follows Phil Keoghan and his friend Ben Cornell as they attempt to recreate the original route of the 1928 Tour de France. Averaging 240 kilometers a day for 26 days, Phil and Ben traverse the unforgiving mountains of the Pyrenees and the Alps, on original vintage steel 1928 racing bikes with no gears ...


Opinion: My first encounter with e-mtbs and thoughts on having them on our trails

Opinion: My first encounter with e-mtbs and thoughts on having them on our trails

By Jeffrey Stern Shaded, lush redwood forests with endless singletrack connecting open spaces to mountain tops and beyond, Santa Cruz, California is somewhat of a mountain biking mecca. At least in California it is. With multiple mountain bike and cycling related companies based in and around the Santa Cruz mountains, only ninety minutes south of ...


Inner City Singletrack: East Coast

Inner City Singletrack: East Coast

By Nick Legan  When traveling to a big city there’s no reason to leave your mountain bike at home. If you find yourself near any of these places, know that your mountain bike tribe has laid the groundwork for some of the best riding you’ve never heard of. From full-blown bike parks to hidden singletrack, ...


Review: Marin Hawk Hill 27.5

Review: Marin Hawk Hill 27.5

Tester: Karl Rosengarth Age: 59 Height: 5’10” Weight: 150 lbs. Inseam: 32” The 27.5 Hawk Hill is an entry-level bike that passes muster. The frame is built from 6061 butted and hydroformed aluminum alloy. Judicious use of house-branded components saves money without cutting corners on important bits such as the Shimano Deore Shadow Plus derailleur, ...


NICA: The cycling industry’s savior

NICA: The cycling industry’s savior

By Jeffrey Stern When I think of growing up, one of the biggest factors in my freedom and enjoyment of being a kid was riding bikes around my hometown. There were no limitations to where and when I could go explore places, besides my curfew of course. Aboard my Gary Fisher mountain bike or Powerlite ...


Featured Ride: Jockey Hill Trails, NY

Featured Ride: Jockey Hill Trails, NY

One of my favorite parts of mountain bike road trips is discovering those “along the way” trail systems that aren’t your destination but are a nice break from sitting in the car. We all have backyard haunts, and by stopping at small, little-known trails on a trip, you get a glimpse into someone else’s. On ...


Win Singletrack 6 Mountain Bike Stage Race Entry and Transportation

Win Singletrack 6 Mountain Bike Stage Race Entry and Transportation

Contest ended. Congrats to Todd Hoge of Christiansburg, VA! We’re sorry the promotion you are trying to access has ended. ! Trans Rockies Stage Race has teamed up with Dirt Rag to give away an entry and transportation prize package for the Single Track 6 Stage Race. Enter to win below Born from the desire ...


Review: 2017 Shimano Deore XT Di2

Review: 2017 Shimano Deore XT Di2

Words by Mike Cushionbury, photos by Eric McKeegan  When Shimano introduced its XTR Di2 electronic shifting system two years ago it was obvious that this technology would trickle down to the more affordable, second tier Deore XT. As in the past, trickle-down tech from XTR gets tweaked and improved when it reaches XT. In this ...


Cycling: The ultimate social sport

Cycling: The ultimate social sport

By Jeffrey Stern Traveling at high, but comfortable speeds while watching the world move by in that absorb-it-all slow motion kind of feel, and holding a conversation with a group of your best friends sounds like a my daily cycling dream. It’s a dream that us enthusiasts live out everyday, or at least try too. ...


Heineken Logic and a Better World Because of Bikes

Heineken Logic and a Better World Because of Bikes

Confessions of a World Bicycle Relief Cynic Words by Joe Parkin, photos courtesy of World Bicycle Relief  The year was 1986 and I was back from my maiden voyage to Belgium, where I had been attempting to become a professional road bike racer. I’d spent a spring and summer ingesting pig shit sprayed from the ...


Review: RockShox Pike RTC3

Review: RockShox Pike RTC3

Back in the mid-2000s, the Pike was a nondescript 32 mm chassis fork. It developed a bit of a cult following but didn’t really separate itself from its field of competitors. It wasn’t until 2013 that RockShox put the rest of the suspension world on notice with the 35 mm chassis Pike. Not only was ...


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