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SRAM XX1 | Enduro | Part 2: Flat Out and Focused

SRAM XX1 | Enduro | Part 2: Flat Out and Focused

This second chapter follows the best enduro racers in the world from the iconic Mega Avalanche in Alpe d’Huez to the final race of the Enduro World Series in Finale Ligure, Italy. Here, in addition to Jerome Clementz’s victory in both the race and overall, Curtis Keene, Rene Wildhaber, Anka Martin, Anneke Beerten and many ...


Review: Turner Burner

Review: Turner Burner

The Burner name was first given to the original Turner, a full-suspension cross-country bike released in the mid-‘90s when the “NORBA standard” hardtail dominated the market. Over the years, the Burner evolved and took some hiatuses from production. This latest version is fast becoming the standard mountain bike of the 20-teens, the 27.5 trail bike. ...


Review: Co-Motion Divide

Review: Co-Motion Divide

The Co-Motion Divide’s rugged looking frame is hand-built in Oregon using oversized Reynolds 725 chromoly tubing. Co-Motion’s tandem expertise is evident in the massive chainstays and the 40-spoke wheels, built using DT-Swiss 540 tandem hubs (with 145mm rear spacing for a dishless wheel) and Velocity Cliffhanger rims. The stout 44 mm-diameter head tube on the ...


Trailer: From Where We Stand

Trailer: From Where We Stand

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 ...


First Impression: Liteville 601

First Impression: Liteville 601

You’ve never heard of Liteville? That’s OK, it’s not like you local bike shop has racks full of these bikes. Liteville is a sister company of Syntace, the German component brand. Besides being a niche brand, the 601 is a niche bike, with a downhill-worthy 190mm of rear travel, packaged into a frame that is ...


Big Mountain Enduro series announces 2014 schedule

Big Mountain Enduro series announces 2014 schedule

There are some new locations and twists thrown into the mix for the 2014 Big Mountain Enduro Series. More details will be released early 2014, but for now mark your calendars. Online registration will open on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8 a.m.  


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 ...


Photo Gallery: Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships 2013

Photo Gallery: Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships 2013

This is it. The main event. After Friday’s party, Saturday’s qualifying rides and Junkyard ‘Cross, then Saturday’s party, it was time get some racing on for the Golden Speedo and tattoos. The first SSCXWC to be held on the East Coast, Philly was an amazing host for the weekend. Despite some horrible weather for driving to ...


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 ...


Cold Rolled – Marquette Michigan’s Fat Bike Route – Chapter 1

Cold Rolled – Marquette Michigan’s Fat Bike Route – Chapter 1

Chapter One 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 ...


Video: Workin’ for the weekend

Video: Workin’ for the weekend

Well, I’ve got a case of the Mondays, but I hope you had as good as weekend as this: Jamis Account Rep and Rider Doug Krauze takes his Jamis Dakar AMT on a road trip for the weekend at four of the best trails in NY and NJ.


$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 ...


Bicycles on Snow: Iditabike 1988

Bicycles on Snow: Iditabike 1988

I just stumbled across this amazing documentary originally shot for the Discovery Channel about the second-ever Iditabike race across Alaska—210 miles of frozen toes and ruddy cheeks. Produced by Mark Forman, it won the Interbike Film Festival in 1994. The technology (and fashion!) sure has changed over the last 25 years. I can’t wait to ...


Damage Control

Damage Control

When you’re riding solo atop a remote ridgeline, you have to be able to take care of yourself, no matter what. Warning: Injury content. Do not watch this is you are squeamish. Via NSMB.com


#26aintdead

#26aintdead

Not according to Cotic Bikes anyway.


SRAM XX1 | Enduro | Part 1: Stepping Up

SRAM XX1 | Enduro | Part 1: Stepping Up

Follow SRAM enduro racers Jerome Clementz, Nicolas Vouilloz, Rene Widlhaber, Anka Martin and many more as they take on rounds 2 and 3 of the 2013 Enduro World Series in Val d’Allos and Les Deux Alpes, France.


Video: Muddy trails with Nico and Falco

Video: Muddy trails with Nico and Falco

This is the latest episode in the Scott Voltage RAW series, starring Nico Vinkat at Chatel Bike Park after the lifts have been shut down for the season. Guest starring is Falco, one of the local builders’ dog.


10 things every mountain biker should have done

10 things every mountain biker should have done

It might be titled “Should Have Done” but we prefer to think of it as “Should Do”  and “Do Often”. How many of these have you crossed off your list? By Filme von Draussen


Bike of the Day

Bike of the Day

Via Salamander Cycles


Wade Simmons samples the Rocky Mountain Instinct

Wade Simmons samples the Rocky Mountain Instinct

The sounds that a bike makes are music to any riders’ ears, but watch as freeride legend Wade Simmons and the crew from Rocky Mountain Bikes take it to a whole new level.


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 ...


Raleigh unveils limited-edition SSCXWC frame

Raleigh unveils limited-edition SSCXWC frame

Heading to Philly for the mayhem that is to be the Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships? Grab one of these super-limited-edition Raleigh frames for just $667 (because it’s better than evil). Steel, disc brakes, rack mounts… it’s got all the goodies. The racing will be held December 7 and 8 in conjunction with the Bilenky Junkyard Cross. Registration is filling up ...


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 ...


Trailer: ‘Won’t Back Down – The Steve Peat Story’

Trailer: ‘Won’t Back Down – The Steve Peat Story’

From his humble beginnings in his hometown of Sheffield, England, Steve Peat has established himself as one of the worlds most iconic cyclists. Peaty has been competing at the top level in his chosen sport of downhill mountain bike racing for the past 23 years, longer than the lifetime of many of his current competitors. ...


Moots FrosTi fatbike now available in 4 or 5-inch versions

Moots FrosTi fatbike now available in 4 or 5-inch versions

The titanium maestros in Colorado, Moots Cycles, have updated the FrosTi fat bike accommodate the largest 4.8-inch tires now on the market. Available in four stock sizes, the FrosTi is welded in Steamboat Springs, like all Moots bikes, and uses a 44mm headtube and a 100mm bottom bracket. The 4-inch version (built around the 3.8-inch ...


Haitian stage race returns in 2014

Haitian stage race returns in 2014

The MTB Ayiti Stage Race combines a once-in-a-lifetime cultural immersion experience with the opportunity to build the foundation for a sustainable adventure tourism industry while racing an insanely challenging course thru some of the most rugged and awe-inspiring terrain in the Western Hemisphere. All Inclusive 6 Day, 5 Night cultural immersion experience that combines 3 days ...


Welcome to the new dirtragmag.com

Welcome to the new dirtragmag.com

We’ve made some changes around here, and we asked Beardo the Weirdo to stop by and show you around the website. Crack a cold one and enjoy!


Crankbrothers redesigns Cobalt, Iodine wheels

Crankbrothers redesigns Cobalt, Iodine wheels

Crank Brothers’ iconic pedal design quickly became a hit, but its wheelset lineup has taken a little longer to spin up to speed. For 2014 the unique twin-paired spoke design remains but the rims have changed dramatically for the new, third-generation design. Still available in Cobalt (XC) and Iodine (all-mountain) versions, they will be hitting ...


Review: Knolly Endorphin

Review: Knolly Endorphin

Knolly Bikes’ CEO and chief designer, Noel Buckley (hence the correct pronunciation: noll-lee), not only has a degree in engineering and physics, but was born and bred on the trails of Vancouver. This is quite apparent in Knolly’s lineup of bikes built for the rocks and roots of the North Shore. From the Red Bull ...


Steamboat Springs to host 2014 IMBA World Summit

Steamboat Springs to host 2014 IMBA World Summit

“Bike Town USA” is in the news again. The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) has announced that its 2014 World Summit will be held in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Aug. 20-24. The biennial event brings together mountain bike enthusiasts, volunteers, trail builders and thought leaders with bike industry representatives, land managers and government officials from across ...


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 ...


First Impression: Turner Burner 27.5

First Impression: Turner Burner 27.5

Tuner bikes have a cult-like following among some riders, often referred to as “Homers”. I’ve never been a follower of any particular brand myself, more of a gigolo when it comes to bikes. But after a few rides on the new 27.5-inch Burner, I can see why some people swear undying devotion to the Turner ...


Video: Brakeless down Death Grip, starring Casey Brown

Video: Brakeless down Death Grip, starring Casey Brown

By Anthill Films The feeling of traveling through space at vision-blurring speeds is exhilarating, albeit terrifying, but that’s why we crave it. For mountain bikers, going fast is just a part of what we do, but we do it knowing we have a safety net: brakes. But imagine if you didn’t have brakes to stop ...


First Impression: Niner R.I.P. 9

First Impression: Niner R.I.P. 9

I woke to the sound of rhythmic scratching, my mouth a hollow, dry cavity that tasted like stale IPA. Subtle chanting in an unrecognizable dialect reverberated as if in confined quarters, putting an exclamation mark on the headache forming behind my eyes. As the world around me came into focus, my attention fell to a ...


Steamboat Springs, Colo., residents vote to spend on trails

Steamboat Springs, Colo., residents vote to spend on trails

Voters in Steamboat Springs, Colo., overwhelming approved a new measure that will allocate a tax on lodging to building more trails and a new downtown riverfront promenade. Ballot Measure 2A was approved by 71 percent of the city’s voters, according to Steamboat Today.


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.


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.  


First Impressions: Jamis Dakar XCT650 Comp and Specialized Camber Comp 29

First Impressions: Jamis Dakar XCT650 Comp and Specialized Camber Comp 29

Editor’s note: Here at Dirt Rag we don’t really do “comparison tests” or “shootouts” or declare “winners”. Every bike we review has a story to tell, and they’re all interesting. That said, we rounded up six full-suspension trail bikes in the $2,500-ish range to see what’s really out there in the heart of the mountain ...


First Impression: Norco Fluid 9.1 and Diamondback Sortie 29-1

First Impression: Norco Fluid 9.1 and Diamondback Sortie 29-1

Editor’s note: Here at Dirt Rag we don’t really do “comparison tests” or “shootouts” or declare “winners”. Every bike we review has a story to tell, and they’re all interesting. That said, we rounded up six full-suspension trail bikes in the $2,500-ish range to see what’s really out there in the heart of the mountian ...


First Impressions: Mongoose Teocali Expert and Santa Cruz Heckler

First Impressions: Mongoose Teocali Expert and Santa Cruz Heckler

Editor’s note: Here at Dirt Rag we don’t really do “comparison tests” or “shootouts” or declare “winners”. Every bike we review has a story to tell, and they’re all interesting. That said, we rounded up six full-suspension trail bikes in the $2,500-ish range to see what’s really out there in the heart of the mountain ...


A look inside Issue #174

First Look: Six $2,500 trail bikes spend a week in the Shenandoah Valley

First Look: Six $2,500 trail bikes spend a week in the Shenandoah Valley

Jeremiah Bishop showing us the locals know how to have fun. The leaves have changed and are falling fast, the mornings are met with frost, and the sunscreen is packed away. The days are growing shorter and the riding season is becoming shorter still. But before winter begins to blow its icy breath upon the ...


First Impression: Intense 951 EVO 27.5

First Impression: Intense 951 EVO 27.5

Just a month ago we previewed the build up of our Intense 951 EVO test bike. Now with some hours on this boundary-pushing machine, it’s time to weigh in with a First Impression. Aside from this being a very slick and purposeful looking, US-made bike, two characteristics really stand out; one, 27.5-inch wheels, and, two, ...


Highlights from Red Bull Rampage 2013

Highlights from Red Bull Rampage 2013

On a gusty day in Southern Utah, a group of 25 daring mountain bikers blew the doors off what is possible on two wheels, unleashing some of the biggest moments the sport has ever seen. While mother nature only allowed for one full run before the conditions made it impossible to ride, that was all ...


SSCXWC2013: ‘Join or Die’ in Philadelphia

SSCXWC2013: ‘Join or Die’ in Philadelphia

The Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championship is headed east this year to the City of Brotherly Love, the same weekend as the Bilenky Junkyard ‘Cross race.


Gallery: Photo review from the Big Mountain Enduro Series

Gallery: Photo review from the Big Mountain Enduro Series

[portfolio_slideshow id=14925398] Photos by Nicholas B. Ontiveros The Big Mountain Enduro Series wrapped up September 29 in Moab with Nate Hills and Heather Irminger taking the overall series titles. At each of the five stops in three states, riders were treated to some of the best riding in North America, with amateurs—and even juniors—racing the ...


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 ...


Portland welcomes HELLTRACK bicycle carnage

Portland welcomes HELLTRACK bicycle carnage

It’s a little late for Halloween, but HELLTRACK is coming to Portland’s Lumberyard indoor bike park November 23. The first ever race will wind through the park and out in the parking lot with jumps, obstacles, wooden features, and even a costume contest. Any kind of bikes are welcome, though there are special classes for ...


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 ...


First Ride – Snowshoe Mountain’s Skyline jump trail

First Ride – Snowshoe Mountain’s Skyline jump trail

[portfolio_slideshow id=14925146] Photos by Adam Newman. Video by Justin Steiner. About a month a go we got wind of a new opening up at one of the premiere bike parks on the East Coast, Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia. A couple of the Dirt Rag crew put in a tough day at the office rolling laps ...


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