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‘From Where We Stand’ – Episode 4

‘From Where We Stand’ – Episode 4

Newark, Delaware is probably far from what most people imagine when they think of mountain bike destinations and yet, the flowy and beautifully sculpted trails of White Clay Creek and Middle Run offer riders some of the most fun to be found on bikes. From “Where We Stand” is a love letter to the east ...


Dirt Rag T-shirts on sale – up to 50% off!

Dirt Rag T-shirts on sale – up to 50% off!

We have a limited supply of our favorite T-shirt designs on sale in our Online Store. Grab one for you and your riding friends at up to 50 percent off! There are jerseys and gloves on sale as well!


Sign up now for Scottish adventure at TweedLove Festival and Glentress Seven

Sign up now for Scottish adventure at TweedLove Festival and Glentress Seven

The largest cycling festival in the UK, TweedLove gathers cyclists of all types to the Scottish border region for two weeks of adventure. If you’re thinking of crossing the pond, the festival’s flagship endurance race, the Glentress Seven, is now open for entries. The seven-hour endurance race is one of the festival’s most popular events, ...


Out of the box: Fox’s Terralogic fork technology

Out of the box: Fox’s Terralogic fork technology

Call it fate. I recently purchased a Santa Cruz Highball frame and needed a fork to complete my build, and while I searched an email was forwarded to me from Fox looking for a tester for this fork. The fork happens to be a Fox 32 Float 29, 100mm FIT Terralogic model, and yes, I’d ...


First Impression: Marin Rocky Ridge 7.6

First Impression: Marin Rocky Ridge 7.6

Marin designed the 27.5-inch wheeled Rocky Ridge series for aggressive trail riders that prefer hardtails. There are certainly are lots of folks out there who prefer hardtails over full suspension for a multitude of reasons: lower initial purchase price, better parts spec at a similar price point, mechanical simplicity, or just riding style. This is ...


Video: Santa Cruz Jackal

Video: Santa Cruz Jackal

I don’t know what’s in the water out there in Santa Cruz (or in the air…) but those dudes sure know how to have fun. Check out their latest video staring Josh Bryceland, Logan Peat and a 1949 GM Union Pacific Streamliner ripping around town on the Santa Cruz Jackal. Still using its original super-charged ...


Big Mountain Enduro to feature 5-day backcountry enduro in 2014

Big Mountain Enduro to feature 5-day backcountry enduro in 2014

The Big Mountain Enduro just got bigger. For this coming season, the series will be capped with the first-ever five-day backcountry enduro race. The Crested Butte Ultra Enduro will take riders up and over some of the most picturesque mountains in the US. From September 3-7, riders will tackle some of the most challenging trails ...


A snowboard race course – on mountain bikes

A snowboard race course – on mountain bikes

I was just dreaming about this the other day. Now my winter just got a little brighter. The Dirksen Derby is a snowboard rally race held every year at Mt. Bachelor in Oregon to raise money for paralyzed snowboarder Tyler Eklund. Kirt Voreis and Carson Storch seem to have forgoten their snowboards but luckily they ...


2014: the Year of the Single-Ring Drivetrain

2014: the Year of the Single-Ring Drivetrain

While it might seem a little premature to make such a prognostication, I’m going to do it, if for no other reason to get your attention. There is little argument among people who have ridden them that SRAMs 1×11 drivetrains are a serious step forward in drivetrian evolution. What isn’t appealing is the upfront cost, ...


Registration for Southern Cross now open

Registration for Southern Cross now open

Southern Cross presented Maxxis Tires is not your average cross race. As the opener for the American Ultra Cross Championships, the SX is in the same vein as the the Three Peaks USA, Iron Cross, the Hilly Billy Roubaix, Barry Roubaix, Crusher in the Tushar and the Gravel Grovel. The course will open with a ...


First impressions: Giant Anthem Advanced 27.5

First impressions: Giant Anthem Advanced 27.5

Just as the 29er movement was exploding, Giant stood firm in its belief that bigger wheels were not a replacement for the good ol’ 26-inch standard. As large wheels became de rigueur for most other brands, Giant began to dangle off the back of the pack, both in progression and image. Sure, its full suspension ...


‘From Where We Stand’ – Episode 3

‘From Where We Stand’ – Episode 3

The third installment of the 4-part web series From Where We Stand takes us to the trails of beautiful Mount Penn, flanking the east side of Reading, Pennsylvania. Reading isn’t especially well known for being a mountain bike destination times are a changin’ and the community that has been developing there for decades is ready ...


Review: 9point8 Pulse Dropper

Review: 9point8 Pulse Dropper

I realize I’m in the minority here, but I seem to be one of the rare people who prefer the three-step dropper post style over the infinitely adjustable. With an infinite, the saddle is always too high or too low and I just find myself fiddling with it a lot. The Pulse combines the best ...


Video: 2,000 Hours Trail – Shenandoah, Va.

Video: 2,000 Hours Trail – Shenandoah, Va.

We were lucky enough to get a chance to ride the 2,000 Hours Trail on the western slope of Massanutten Resort during a recent trip to the Shenandoah Valley. It got its name from the number of all-volunteer man-hours it took to build. Those rocks don’t move themselves! The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition put together ...


Review: Lynskey MT 650

Review: Lynskey MT 650

The idea behind the Silver Series from Lynskey is to offer titanium bikes with a lower price tag, relative to the higher-end models in the company’s lineup. The Silver Series saves some shekels by eschewing extensive tubeset manipulation, sticking to stock sizing, and offering a single build kit. The tweener MT 650 rings the register ...


Cold Rolled – Marquette, Michigan’s Fat Bike Route – Chapter 5

Cold Rolled – Marquette, Michigan’s Fat Bike Route – Chapter 5

Chapter Five is the final chapter in the “Cold Rolled” series and showcases the fast and fun riding potential of a maintained snow singletrack trail. Marquette’s Noquemanon Trails Network has nearly perfected equipment and techniques used to launch its Snow Bike Route (SBR), a 15-mile winter singletrack developed for fat tire bikes. The fast narrow ...


Featured Trail Friday: Monarch Crest Trail, Colorado

Featured Trail Friday: Monarch Crest Trail, Colorado

Photo by BobinConifer Trail stats Difficulty: Advanced Length: 35 miles Average Singletracks.com rating: 4.93 out of 5 stars Description This is one of the premier shuttle rides in the state and with good reason. With over 30 miles of mostly singletrack trails and all of the best scenery Colorado has to offer, this trail is ...


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, ...


Review: Trek CrossRip

Review: Trek CrossRip

Trek’s CrossRip is part of the Urban Utility line. Two models are offered, the basic Crossrip and the upgraded Elite. Both are spec’d with a drop bar for versatility and comfort, and differ only in the parts package. The frame is made from Trek’s 100 series Alpha aluminum, with a Bontrager Satellite carbon fork. The ...


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 ...


Video: Hannah Barnes in ‘NorthWest’

Video: Hannah Barnes in ‘NorthWest’

Hannah Barnes embarks on an epic mountain bike adventure up the west coast of Scotland. Taking in the incredible trails, scenery and beaches on the way. Put on a cup o’ tea or pour a nip of Scotch and sit back for this half-hour adventure.


Review: Shimano Saint M820 group

Review: Shimano Saint M820 group

This Saint group is the third generation of Shimano’s high-end gravity offering. Where the previous two iterations erred on the heavier-duty freeride side of gravity riding, the new group has been nipped and tucked for a new focus on DH racing. We previously review Shimano’s Zee group in issue #169. Since Zee features a lot ...


Review: Club Ride Roxbury jersey and Pin’It shorts

Review: Club Ride Roxbury jersey and Pin’It shorts

Club Ride has made a name for itself in the cycling industry for offering high-performance apparel with a unique style. From the trail head to the pub, the Roxbury jersey and Pin’It shorts are great options if you want to stand apart by blending in.


‘From Where We Stand’ – Episode 2

‘From Where We Stand’ – Episode 2

Our second of four episodes is here and Oneonta is ready for you to feast your eyes upon it’s lush forests, perfect dirt and amazing rocks. Situated just west of the Catskill mountains in central New York, Oneonta is quickly becoming a mountain biker’s dream town. Five minutes from downtown sees riders in the middle ...


Review: WTB Vigilante and Bee Line tires

Review: WTB Vigilante and Bee Line tires

We put two of WTB‘s latest treads to the test, from the fast and furious Bee Line to the heavyweight Vigilante.


Review: iXS Trail RS helmet

Review: iXS Trail RS helmet

iXS calls this an “enduro/trail helmet.” What makes it so, exactly? The fact that it’s endorsed by freerider Ritchie Schley? As a matter of fact, this helmet offers extra protection for getting rad while still keeping you comfortable enough to enjoy it, so it’s a good match for enduro-type riding.


Clif Bar adds Pecan Pie to seasonal flavors

Clif Bar adds Pecan Pie to seasonal flavors

If you were lucky, you might have found a few of these in your stocking on Christmas morning—the Clif Bar seasonal editions. Iced Gingerbread and Spiced Pumpkin Pie have been joined by Pecan Pie as three flavors to look forward to all year. Like all Clif Bars, they’re made with 70 percent organic ingredients, have ...


Review: 2013 Salsa Beargrease

Review: 2013 Salsa Beargrease

The Beargrease, one of two fat bike platforms from Salsa, is billed as a soft conditions racing bike. It’s designed for maximum performance when floatation and stability are necessary. As spec’d, it’s ready to take on frosty winter races or weekend fun on pretty much any terrain. Made EV6 Xtrolite aluminum, the Beargrease has size-specific, double- ...


Review: Kona Rove

Review: Kona Rove

Kona designed the Rove as a versatile machine, mixing the practicality of its commuter and touring models with the fit and geometry of its cyclocross heritage. The result is a bike that feels responsive, but still delivers versatility that will keep you rolling all year. It seems rim vs. disc brakes has superseded Campagnolo vs. ...


Cold Rolled – Marquette, Michigan’s Fat Bike Route – Chapter 4

Cold Rolled – Marquette, Michigan’s Fat Bike Route – Chapter 4

Cold Rolled is an action documentary from Clear & Cold Cinema, Salsa Cycles and TravelMarquetteMichigan.com that will explore the history and progression of winter cycling culture in the adventure-loving Lake Superior harbor town of Marquette, Michigan. Marquette’s Noquemanon Trails Network has nearly perfected equipment and techniques used to launch its Snow Bike Route, a 15-mile winter singletrack developed for fat ...


Review: Specialized Crosstrail Sport Disc

Review: Specialized Crosstrail Sport Disc

The Crosstrail formula is simple: aluminum frame with generous tire clearance plus rack and fender mounts, 60mm-travel SR Suntour NEXi suspension fork, a 3×9 drivetrain, Tektro Draco hydraulic disc brakes, and wheels and tires on the heavy-duty end of the road spectrum. This package delivers a highly versatile bike that can be used for commuting, ...


Blast from the past – Origin of the Specialty Files

Blast from the past – Origin of the Specialty Files

In its present format, The Specialty Files is a recurring print column in Dirt Rag that is written by Jeff Archer, and features a vintage bike from his collection at the Museum of Mountain Bike Art & Technology in Statesville, N.C. However, the earliest installments of The Specialty Files featured serendipitous discoveries that Maurice spied ...


Rider’s Eye

Rider’s Eye

Photographer: Deanna Campbell Rider: Kevan Rourke Location: Squamish, British Columbia, Canada Send your photos Have a photo you’d like to share? Tag it in Instagram with #dirtrag or send it to riderseye@dirtragmag.com


Microbytes: Kitsbow jersey and shorts

Microbytes: Kitsbow jersey and shorts

Kitsbow is a clothing brand out of California, billed as “Impeccable mountain bike wear for obsessives.” I wouldn’t consider myself obsessive, but damn, do I love me some nicely made clothes. Maybe it was my high school job at a men’s clothing store, or too much Project Runway. Whatever. Let’s get this out of the ...


‘From Where We Stand’ – Episode 1

‘From Where We Stand’ – Episode 1

There’s little doubt the mountain bike industry is heavily focused on the West Coast, but what about the rest of us back east? There is no shortage of amazing trails and beautiful scenery, so why don’t we see it represented in elite-level mountain bike filmmaking?FatTireFests is here with a response: a new series highlighting the best ...


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.


‘This is Peaty’ – Season Finale

‘This is Peaty’ – Season Finale

What a season it’s been… It’s been a jam packed year full of laughs and good times with Peaty and co, but unfortunately this season has come to an end. With the up-coming release of Steve Peat’s life story ‘Won’t Back Down’, produced by Clay Porter and John Lawlor. We take a look into what went ...


Cold Rolled – Marquette, Michigan’s Fat Bike Route – Chapter 3

Cold Rolled – Marquette, Michigan’s Fat Bike Route – Chapter 3

Cold Rolled is an action documentary from Clear & Cold Cinema, Salsa Cycles and TravelMarquetteMichigan.com that will explore the history and progression of winter cycling culture in the adventure-loving Lake Superior harbor town of Marquette, Michigan. Marquette’s Noquemanon Trails Network has nearly perfected equipment and techniques used to launch its Snow Bike Route, a 15-mile winter singletrack developed for fat ...


Grand Junction and Whiskey Off-Road announce registration opening

Grand Junction and Whiskey Off-Road announce registration opening

Today Epic Rides officially announced January 1 as the opening day for registration in the 11th Annual Whiskey Off- Road and 2nd Annual Grand Junction Off-Road presented by U.S. Bank. To sweeten the deal, anyone who registers for one or both events will automatically be entered to win over $7,000 in prizes via 7 Days ...


Review: 2013 Salsa Fargo 2

Review: 2013 Salsa Fargo 2

Rather than a beefed-up touring bike, the Fargo 2 is actually a drop-bar mountain bike, with a lighter compact frame, 2×10 drivetrain, tubeless wheels, and slacker geometry than you would find on a road-going touring bike. A tall, 44mm head tube means a higher handlebar for comfort off-road, and suspension-corrected geometry allows a suspension fork ...


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 ...


First look: Asylum Cycles and the Meuse CX

First look: Asylum Cycles and the Meuse CX

If the name Asylum sounds familiar, that’s because it is. In its first go round, Asylum Cycles was building one of the first full-suspension 29er mountain bikes, peddled by Chris Currie and his shop Speedgoat Cycles. In the past decade, both Asylum and Speedgoat have faded from the scene, but when Currie moved to Portland, ...


Video: SRAM’s president discusses details of hydraulic road/cx brake recall

Video: SRAM’s president discusses details of hydraulic road/cx brake recall

In what seems to be a trend this month, another CEO of a major cycling brand falls on his sword and apologizes to consumers. Here, SRAM’s president Stan Day discusses what led to the recall of all SRAM hydraulic road and cyclocross brakes and what steps consumers should take if they have them. For the ...


Review: 2013 Salsa Fargo 2

Review: 2013 Salsa Fargo 2

Rather than a beefed-up touring bike like the Co-Motion Divide we reviewed last week, the Fargo 2 is actually a drop-bar mountain bike, with a lighter compact frame, 2×10 drivetrain, tubeless wheels, and slacker geometry than the Co-Motion. A tall, 44mm head tube means a higher handlebar for comfort off-road, and suspension-corrected geometry allows a ...


Jeff Jones debuts new version of the H-bar

Jeff Jones debuts new version of the H-bar

For more than a decade Jeff Jones has been producing his 45-degree sweep bars. In that time, they have always been a multi-piece affair with the grip area welded to the crossbar. After many iterations, including some sold under the Titec brand, Jones has a new one-piece bar, the Bend H-bar. You do lose out ...


Rider’s Eye

Rider’s Eye

Fat Bike Summit Foxboro, Mass. Photo by Craig Mello Have a photo you’d like to share? Send it to riderseye@dirtragmag.com. Please include your name, the rider’s name and where it was taken.


Cold Rolled – Marquette, Michigan’s Fat Bike Route – Chapter 2

Cold Rolled – Marquette, Michigan’s Fat Bike Route – Chapter 2

This is Chapter Two of the five-part short film “Cold Rolled: Marquette Michigan’s Snow Bike Route”, an action documentary from Clear & Cold Cinema, Salsa Cycles and TravelMarquetteMichigan.com that will explore the history and progression of winter cycling culture in the adventure-loving Lake Superior harbor town of Marquette, Michigan. Marquette’s Noquemanon Trails Network has nearly perfected equipment and techniques used to ...


Santa Cruz offers limited-edition replica of Minnaar’s World Champion V10

Santa Cruz offers limited-edition replica of Minnaar’s World Champion V10

On September 1, 2013, Greg Minnaar won his third World Championship title, on a stock Santa Cruz V10 downhill frame in front of his home crowd in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. To celebrate his back-to-back gold medals, Santa Cruz has created a limited edition Minnaar V10 replica of which only 25 will be made, with two ...


Red Bull edit from Bilenky Junkyard CX

Featured Trail Friday: Gooseberry Mesa, Hurricane, Utah

Featured Trail Friday: Gooseberry Mesa, Hurricane, Utah

photo: bluejudad Trail Stats Length: 14 miles Difficulty: Advanced Average Singletracks.com Rating: 4.92 out of 5 stars. Description Gooseberry Mesa provides the fix that every mountain biker needs: fantastic views off the mesa of the surrounding desert and Zion National Park, challenging sections of folded, convoluted slickrock, and entertaining sections of good-ole-fashioned dirt singletrack connecting ...


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