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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.


Breck Epic designates itself the Single Speed Stage Race World Championship

Breck Epic designates itself the Single Speed Stage Race World Championship

From Mike McCormack himself: 

That’s right, Single Speed Stage Race World Championships. To be honest, we sort of designated ourselves. But that’s OK. It’s not like the UCI has been spending a lot of time preserving the soul of our sport (reference: 4X, dual slalom, disc brakes in ‘cross, UCI approval stickers for frames/components, video rights debacle, et MF cetera). Custom SS frame and pastel-hued SSSRWC jersey to the victors.


Riding Dirty – Adventures of Toby Dog

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.


Our favorite part of fall: Pumpkin beer

Our favorite part of fall: Pumpkin beer

By Matt Kasprzyk

You know what I like about autumn? Beer and Pie. The leaves are nice too.


Review: Trek Fisher Collection Superfly 100 Elite

Readers Write: DIY Walmart snow bike

What do you want to learn about photography?

What do you want to learn about photography?

By Justin Steiner

I’m busy writing a “Dirt Rag Guide to Mountain Bike Photography” article for issue #161, hitting the newsstand in February 2012, and would like to ask you, our fair readers, to weigh in with your photographic questions, concerns and advice.


Dirt Rag visits Ray’s indoor mountain bike park in Milwaukee

Review: Mavic CrossMax ST wheelset

Review: Mavic CrossMax ST wheelset

By Eric McKeegan

I’ll admit to being one of the skeptics when the original Crossmax wheels came out with aluminum spokes. “That couldn’t work, could it?” Well after plenty of years and miles, Mavic’s Zircal aluminum spokes have proven themselves to be plenty durable. I tested the ST wheelset, aimed at the trail bike market.


GoPro releases all-new HD HERO2 camera

GoPro releases all-new HD HERO2 camera

Already the most popular action sports camera on the market, GoPro has upped the ante with a complete redesign of its popular HERO video camera.


In for test: Turner DHR

In for test: Turner DHR

By Justin Steiner

We first laid eyes on Turner’s dw-link equipped DHR back in 2008 when Turner showed a prototype at Interbike where the DHR immediately struck a cord with me. The design looked purposeful, with it’s low-slung swingarm and CNC machined shock tower cradling the rear shock low in the frame for mass centralization. The prototype had major sex appeal, and I’m happy to report the production version of this bike is even sexier. Here’s the prototype from 2008:


Interbike mini-review: Raleigh Cadent

Interbike mini-review: Raleigh Cadent

By Justin Steiner

The Cadent, along with its female counterpart the Alysa, make up the “Performance Hybrid” portion of Raleigh’s on-road lineup. These bikes fit squarely between Raleigh’s road bikes and their more casual, more comfy, less sporty hybrids.


Spotted online: Lenz Sport Mammoth prototype

Spotted online: Lenz Sport Mammoth prototype

Countless hours spent surfting the web once again pay off, in this case by spotting a beautiful unveiling of a prototype of Lenz Sport‘s new Mammoth 29er platform.


Review: Airborne Goblin

Access Action: Portland, we have a problem

Access Action: Portland, we have a problem

By Greg Galliano and Melanie Strong


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.


Just in time for winter: the Moots FrosTi snow bike

Just in time for winter: the Moots FrosTi snow bike

They’ve built a few prototypes and show bikes in the past, but this fall the Moots snow bike will enjoy a full – albeit small – production run.

The FrosTi (one of the best names ever – Ed.) is built around the quickly standardizing collection of fat bike parts out there, including a 44mm head tube, 100mm bottom bracket, and 170mm rear spacing. The $3,975 frame is designed around the 135mm Salsa Enabler fork.


SRAM unveils new Rise wheelsets

SRAM unveils new Rise wheelsets

SRAM pulled the wraps off four new wheels this week: The Rise 60 with carbon rims and the Rise 40 with aluminum rims. Each version is available in 26-inch or 29-inch versions.


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.


Interbike 2011: Ten Tires for Tough Terrain

Interbike 2011: Ten Tires for Tough Terrain

By Karl Rosengarth

As one of my local mountain bike heroes once said: "It’s all about tires and tire pressure." While that may be an over-simplification of a complicated sport, there’s no doubt that mountain bike magic happens at your tire’s contact patch.

This year at Interbike I roamed the floor, looking for the latest and greatest MTB and CX tire offerings. I found a rack-full of interesting choices. Below are ten tires that tickled my fancy.


Exclusive: Foundry Cycles Router test ride

Exclusive: Foundry Cycles Router test ride

By Karl Rosengarth

Photos by Adam Newman and Justin Steiner


Review: Velocity Blunt SL wheelset

Review: Velocity Blunt SL wheelset

By Shannon Mominee

Velocity’s new 29” Blunt SL Pro wheelset is handbuilt in Grand Rapids, MI. They’re marketed as a race day wheel, because the 1,565g weight is comparable to other “racing” wheelsets. I used them as my primary wheels for optimal trail mileage during the test.


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


Review: Tomac Diplomat

Specialized goes big on big wheels – Part 1

Specialized goes big on big wheels – Part 1

Words by Josh Patterson

Photos by Emmanuel Molle and Josh Patterson


Manic Mechanic – With derailleurs and bottom brackets, size does matter

Manic Mechanic – With derailleurs and bottom brackets, size does matter

Deus ex machina: Chris Currie

In need of technical assistance? Send your questions to editor@dirtragmag.com. Please include "Manic Mechanic" in the subject line.

Size Matters

I need to replace my rear derailleur. What are the differences between the short/medium/long cage? Does the length of the cage matter that much?


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.


First Impression: Santa Cruz Tallboy

First Impression: Santa Cruz Tallboy

By Maurice Tierney

My first impression? This Periwinke blue is really striking. Powdercoat, yep. Environ-Mentally better than spray paint, too. I have gotten a number of positive comments from passersbys.


Steve Jobs and the founding of Dirt Rag

Steve Jobs and the founding of Dirt Rag

By Maurice Tierney

Just a word on where we came from…


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.


Catching up with Chris Sugai

Catching up with Chris Sugai

by Josh Patterson

Photo by Michael Darter


Review – Breezer Cloud 9

Review – Breezer Cloud 9

By Maurice Tierney


Review: Stans NoTubes Crest 29er wheels

Review: Stans NoTubes Crest 29er wheels

By Adam Newman

Tubeless. You’re either in or you’re out. Like the hardtail vs. full-squish, 26” vs. 29” or Shimano vs. SRAM debates, there is no right or wrong side to take; it all depends on your needs.

My needs being what they are, I’ve been a slow adopter of the tape-and-sealant movement, but the latest rim designs and tires designed specifically for tubeless setups led me to finally dip my toe into that pool.


First impression: Spot Brand Rocker SS

First impression: Spot Brand Rocker SS

By Stephen Haynes

Founded in 1999, Spot Brand bicycles out of Golden, Colorado, makes beautiful, no-nonsense bikes for going fast. When my bright green Rocker SS tester showed up at HQ I couldn’t wait to get it out and get it dirty.


Interbike 2011: New colors and components from Thomson

Interbike 2011: New colors and components from Thomson

Thomson is not known for being an innovative component manufacturer. They stick with what they know and make bomber products. Much like the Model T, you can get Thomson’s stems and seatposts in any color, so long as that color is black…or silver. But now, times are changing.


Interbike 2011: New hoops from NoTubes

Interbike 2011: New hoops from NoTubes

Rim and wheelset manufacturer NoTubes was showing off three new rims at this year’s show.


Interbike 2011: Intense introduces two carbon models

Interbike 2011: Intense introduces two carbon models

Carbine

By Justin Steiner

Intense has long been known and respected for their domestically produced bikes. When Intense decided to build a carbon bike, they invested time and resources pursuing domestic carbon manufacturing, but found they simply found that route to be cost prohibitive. All Intense carbon bikes will be produced overseas, while dropouts, suspension links and other detail parts will be made stateside.


Interbike 2011: New tools from Park Tool

Interbike 2011: New tools from Park Tool

By Josh Patterson

AWS-7

This Y wrench has a 4, 5 and, instead of a 6mm hex, it has T25 Torx head for this increasingly common fastener. The handles of all of Park Y wrenches have been enlarged for better ergonomics.

TL-6


Interbike 2011: SlipNot tire traction system

Interbike 2011: SlipNot tire traction system

Interbike 2011: Freeload updates racks to expand capacity

Interbike 2011: Freeload updates racks to expand capacity

By Justin Steiner

We covered New Zealand company Freeload’s first rack, the Sport Rack, back in Issue #150 where Karen simply lashed dry bags to the top of the rack. Since then, Freeload has launched their Tour Rack and Side Frames to greatly increase pannier compatibility.


Interbike 2011: New Wheels from American Classic

Interbike 2011: New Wheels from American Classic

By Justin Steiner

For 2011, American Classic announced two new wheelsets; an ultra-light tubeless race set and a mid-priced tubeless set.


‘Demo’ is not short for ‘Demolition’ – Carbon carnage inside

‘Demo’ is not short for ‘Demolition’ – Carbon carnage inside

Not every bike made it back into the demo truck after the Interbike Outdoor Demo days. This carbon fiber Felt 29er was one such unlucky victim. Get the story here.


First Impression: Norco Truax

First Impression: Norco Truax

By Eric McKeegan

Part of me thinks I’m secretly Canadian. Not only do I always enjoy visiting our friendly neighbors up north, I also without fail enjoy riding their bikes. Case in point, the Norco Truax.

(East Coast mud not included in the MSRP)


Interbike demo ride: Diamondback Scapegoat

Interbike demo ride: Diamondback Scapegoat

By Eric McKeegan

The Scapegoat is currently Diamondback’s longest travel bike, at least until the downhill bike they’ve got in the works makes it into production. The Scapegoat started life in 2009 with a mid-level parts pack, 160mm fork, 68-degree head angle and a Hammerschmidt. The 2012 version is running a high end XTR/Saint/Easton Haven spec, 180mm Fox 36 fork, 66-degree head angle and single ring with chain guide. Burly.


Putting the Gnar! in narwhal: A Lesson in T-shirt design

Putting the Gnar! in narwhal: A Lesson in T-shirt design

By Stephen Haynes

Most folks aren’t aware of the growing population of aquatic mammals riding gravity inspired bikes in the far north. In fact, it’s laughable to think that such practices even happen, even on a practical level. How would aquatic mammals equip themselves for such exploits? Wouldn’t the components rust or freeze? Whales don’t even have legs, how are they going to pedal a bike?


Readers Write: Coal Cracker Classic race report

Readers Write: Coal Cracker Classic race report

Editor’s note: As the Mountain Bike Forum, we welcome readers; writing, race reports, poems, essay, even artwork. Got something you’d like to share? Send it to editor@dirtragmag.com.

By Jacob Seibel


Mavic unveils helmet line, winter shoes

Mavic unveils helmet line, winter shoes

Mavic has added helmets to its growing line of cycling apparel. The three new lids are based around a common design with different construction details and price points.


Thursday is World Car-Free Day

Thursday is World Car-Free Day

Every September 22, people from around the world get together in the streets, intersections, and neighborhoods to remind the world that we don’t have to accept our car-dominated society.


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