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Review: Trek Scratch 9

Review: Trek Scratch 9

Words and photos by Justin Steiner


Race Across the Sky to appear in 500+ theaters on Nov. 4

Race Across the Sky to appear in 500+ theaters on Nov. 4

If you weren’t able to make it to Colorado for the 2010 Leadville 100, now you can experience it through the lens and on the big screen as a special screening will take place on November 4 in select theaters nationwide.

The 2010 edition features footage and interviews of the record-breaking win by professional racer Levi Leipheimer, famous blind adventurer Eric Weihenmayer who rode the race on a tandem and Mountain Bike Hall of Famer and six-time Leadville Trail 100 champion Dave Wiens.


Watch SSCXWC live on the internet

Watch SSCXWC live on the internet

Cool news for all you cyclocross (and Golden Speedo) fans. The Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships in Seattle will be aired live on the internet beginning at 3:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, Oct. 24.

Here’s the details from organizers MFG Cyclocross:


Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times are hiring

Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times are hiring

Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times magazines are seeking a motivated Art Director to help communicate the message of a passionate international cycling community. The Art Director will be in charge of the layout of the magazines and related materials, and will help to evolve and enhance the look and feel of the magazines. This is an in-house position at our Pittsburgh office, relocation is required.


Review: Commencal Surpreme and Surpreme DH

Review: Commencal Surpreme and Surpreme DH

By Justin Steiner

Commencal may be a new name to some readers, but company founder and namesake Max Commencal has been around the bike business for quite some time. He combined an architectural background, a passion for motorcycles and a love of BMX to form Sunn Bicycles in 1982. Sunn later branched out into mountain bikes with great success in the World Cup circuit under Nicolas Vouilloz.


Along for the (Oregon Handmade Builder) Ride

Along for the (Oregon Handmade Builder) Ride

Tony Pereria and his hand-made city bike.

Touring the builders’ shops at the Oregon Handmade Bicyce Show

By Philip Williamson

[Excerpted from Bike Tinker.]


Ironcross 2010: Reliving the (painful) memories

Ironcross 2010: Reliving the (painful) memories

A long ride to Larry’s Tavern

Run-what-ya-brung, even if it breaksBy Josh Patterson


Interbike will stay in Vegas for 2 more years

Interbike will stay in Vegas for 2 more years

After Interbike organizers announced the bicycle industry’s largest tradeshow would be moving to Anaheim, Calif., the reaction from exhibitors and retailers alike was a collective groan. 

But the industry can rest easy now that the show has reconsidered. The 2011 show will take place September 12-16 in Las Vegas.

"The announcement that we were moving the show dates and location elicited a very real response that surveys and discussions alone couldn’t accomplish," said Andy Tompkins, Interbike show director.


Road rage incident? What not to do

Road rage incident? What not to do

Dear pedestrians, 

While we respect your support for our safety while out riding bikes, please do not feel it is your responsibility to use your pet’s waste as a weapon. After all, you could have gotten some of the poop on us. 

Sincerely, 

Dirt Rag

From the Washington Post:


Interbike 2010 wrap-up

Interbike 2010 wrap-up

It’s going to take weeks to unravel all the storylines coming out of the show, but watch this space as we continue to bring you all the goodies from Last Vegas. 

Photo galleries

Day 1

Day 2


Jeff Lockwood: The Dirt Rag roast

Jeff Lockwood: The Dirt Rag roast

Editor’s note: Jeff Lockwood worked at Dirt Rag for longer than he’d probably like to admit. Now he’s off to Arizona as marketing director for Pivot Cycles and BH. We wish him the best of luck in his new ventures, but we were’t going to let him off the hook quite so easily….

 

 

Smell You Later, Lockwood

 

By Karl Rosengarth


October special: Wool Visor Cap – $23

VIDEO: Thunder Mountain Trail ride

Adam Craig’s Giant Anthem X stolen at Interbike

Adam Craig’s Giant Anthem X stolen at Interbike

It happens every year, but it’s a sad story each time: bikes that vanish during Interbike. This time though, it was no production model, it was Adam Craig’s Giant Anthem X Advanced SL. 

Mounted to the wall in the Fox Racing booth, the bike was discovered missing when the staff arrived Friday morning and the police were notified. 


Bikes and beers get together at Marin County Biketoberfest

Bikes and beers get together at Marin County Biketoberfest

Marin County California is widely considered the birthplace of the mountain bike, and Biketoberfest is its premiere bike event of the year. 


First ride: 2011 Specialized Epic Expert Carbon EVO R

Interbike 2010 Day 4

Interbike 2010 Day 3

Interbike 2010 Day 3

 

The all-new Ellsworth Evolve


Riders share their favorite bike at Demo Day

Riders share their favorite bike at Demo Day

What was your favorite bike you rode at the Outdoor Demo? 

As the second and final day of Outdoor Demo drew to a close we thought it would be interesting to see what participants thought about the shiny new 2011 rigs they rode. Well, shiny and new before being subjected to two days of abuse at the hands of bikers riding unfamiliar bikes on unfamiliar trails. In case you are not familiar with the trails at Bootleg Canyon, think kitty litter over hardpack, and every rock is sharp and ill tempered.


Interbike 2010 Day 2

Interbike 2010 Day 2

More bikes and beers, sun and sand from Day 2 of the Interbike Outdoor Demo Day.

Be sure to check out our gallery from today with even more cool bikes and accessories.


Interbike 2010 Day 1

Interbike 2010 Day 1

 
Dirt Rag was on the scene at the first Demo Day at Interbike 2010 in Bootleg Canyon, Nevada. Here’s what we managed to get our grubby little mitts on.


Vegas van road trip 2010

Vegas van road trip 2010

The van is on its way to Interbike. Follow along with the fun here.

Day 1 

Day 2 


Dirt Rag announces more issues for Bicycle Times, adds two new editors

Dirt Rag announces more issues for Bicycle Times, adds two new editors

Responding to requests from readership and advertisers, Bicycle Times magazine will increase frequency to six issues for 2011, up from the previous two years as a quarterly. “Good gracious, we’ve seen tremendous growth in readership,” says Publisher Maurice Tierney, “and we’re ready to meet the demand for more issues in 2011.”


New Dirt Rag Merch

New Dirt Rag Merch

Dirt Rag has been working hard to keep our merchandise fresh and relevant and we’d like
to introduce a few new products.

For the gravity beast in your blood check out the Dirt Rag Downhill Jersey. It’s made for
us by Nema from Coolmax, and is cut big to be worn over body armor. It is also slightly
stretchy to keep your gravity-fueled movements free. It features our Dirt Rag logo set into
the checkered flag and splashed with speed. Available in size M-XXL. 


Surly unveils new models, tweaks lineup

Surly unveils new models, tweaks lineup

You don’t have to wait for Interbike to see the new stuff from everyone’s favorite grumpy bike company, Surly. 

First up is an all-new model: the Troll. Designed as a commuter/adventure-tourer/do-it-all kind of bike. It’s got the same geometry as a 1×1 and has a 100mm suspension-corrected fork. The dropouts are horizontal with a derailleur hanger, and feature mounts designed specifically for the Trailer. (The what? Read below) Looks like a very cool commute-crushing machine. Frameset: $495.


Now THAT is a bike pile

Now THAT is a bike pile

It’s meaning may be open to interpretation, but there is little doubt that the 65-foot, 10,000-pound obelisk recently erected in Santa Rosa, Calif., is an impressive sight. 

 

 

Created by Petaluma, Calif., artist Mark Grieve and his partner Ilana Spector, the piece towers over Santa Rosa Avenue, surrounded by car dealerships and body-shops. 

 


Get there early – Brooklyn Bike Jumble is Sunday

Get there early – Brooklyn Bike Jumble is Sunday

Hope you’ve been saving your pennies all summer.

 

The Brooklyn Bike Jumble is one of the finest bicycle swap meets in all the land. With a huge selection of road bikes, mountain bikes, accessories, clothing, gear and who knows what else, you’re sure to find some early Christmas presents for yourself.

 


Why women ride: A survey

Why women ride: A survey

Women may make up a fraction of the mountain bike population, but there is no doubt their numbers are growing steadily. 

 

To help understand why women ride, what motivates them and what they’d like to change, Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Adventures, a tour company, interviewed 710 female riders from around the world through their Facebook page. 

 

Some of the key findings from the survey include:


October 2 is Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

October 2 is Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

It’s never too early to get ’em rolling in the dirt. 

 

IMBA will celebrate it’s sixth annual Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day on Saturday, October 2 with simultaneous events held around the world. 

 


XTR media camp part 2: Rider tuned

XTR media camp part 2: Rider tuned

You can read part 1 of Maurice’s review of the new XTR components here.

We talked about Shimano Dyna-Sys in our last installment. Next news from the XTR camp is that the component group is now “Rider Tuned” for your pleasure.


Riding without sunscreen

Riding without sunscreen

By Andy Beach

It’s the middle of the week. The living’s easy because I’m riding hard with my crew, dubbed “Pelotronix.” We’re devouring some of the best trail on the San Francisco Bay Area mountain biking menu. Even tastier is the fact that we dine alone, having not seen a single rider since wheels went down—and we won’t for the rest of the ride, guaranteed. It’s just us and the woodland creatures because the Sun is not among the stars shining above. It’s around 10 p.m.


34th Annual Pearl Pass Tour to Aspen

34th Annual Pearl Pass Tour to Aspen

Back in 1976, when a bunch of rowdies from Crested Butte decided to pedal and push their one-speed klunkers over the 12,705-foot Pearl Pass and on into Aspen, they had no idea what they were beginning. 


SF Bike Expo 2010

SF Bike Expo 2010

Don’t you know?It’s the place to goWhere a bike show will explodeNear the San Francisco Bay if I may be so boldCalled the SF Bike ExpoIn November it’s summerIt will not be a bummerIt takes place on the 6thAnd will be really sick!(That’s HELLA sick, in Bay-speak)Cyclists of all stylesWill come for a whileCheck out ...


Mid-Atlantic Cyclocross series will have equal payouts for top women

Mid-Atlantic Cyclocross series will have equal payouts for top women

Women racing in the The Champion System Mid-Atlantic Cyclocross series will take home the same cash prizes as their male counterparts this season, according to Series Director Mike Hebe. 

A win in the Elite category must now pay $494 at the series’ nine UCI-sanctioned races. At the series’ two non-UCI races, the top payout of $250 will be supplemented to achieve parody with the Elite Men. 


How to Pack and Ship Your Bike

How to Pack and Ship Your Bike

Anyone who has taken a cycling vacation is faced with the decision of whether to ship their own bike or to rent one at their destination. After taking many mountain bike vacations, we have come to the conclusion that is always better to ship your own bike for any vacation of five days or more. ...


UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Finals, USA Takes On The World (Party)

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Finals, USA Takes On The World (Party)

This coming weekend the best riders and biggest international trade teams in the world are coming to Windham, NY to compete in the UCI World Cup Finals! This is a landmark event, as the Mountain Bike World Cup makes its return the US for the first time in five years. The fanfare, competition level and ...


Shimano XTR Media Camp, Part One:  Dyna-Sys 10-speed.

Shimano XTR Media Camp, Part One: Dyna-Sys 10-speed.

Lucky me. Yours truly recently attended a Shimano XTR press camp high in the Sierra Buttes of California. The plan? One day of riding the Downieville Classic DH course, and another “XC” day around the Lakes Basin area.


TrekWorld 2011

TrekWorld 2011

TrekWorld is an annual event that Trek hosts for their dealers and sales reps. Over several days, inside the Madison, WI Convention Center and at Trek HQ in nearby Waterloo, the company provides educational seminars, displays their complete lineup, and offers demo rides. I was among a small group of journalists that Trek invited to experience TrekWorld 2011 in early August.


2010 Mountain Bike Hall Of Fame Inductees

2010 Mountain Bike Hall Of Fame Inductees

The names of the 2010 Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inductees have just been released. The Folks selected for the class of 2010 are; Alan Bonds, Jim Wannamaker, John Ker, and “The Fro Riders”, Brett Tippie, Richey Schley, and Wade Simmons. Alan Bonds, an integral part of the early Marin County fat-tire scene and former roommate of ...


TrekWorld 2011

TrekWorld 2011

trekworldTrekWorld is an annual event that Trek hosts for their dealers and sales reps. Over several days, inside of the Madison, WI convention center and at Trek HQ in nearby Waterloo, the company provides educational seminars, displays their complete lineup, and offers demo rides. I was among a group of journalists that Trek invited to the gig.


Come and Gone Review

Come and Gone Review

In 1986, Joe Parkin was a fresh-faced American teenager with a bike, a spare set of wheels, and a dream of becoming a pro cyclist. While his peers were cutting their teeth on the US circuit, he flew to Belgium and embarked on a hard-fought European cycling career built on blood, sweat, and countless Kermis ...


Product Launch: GT – Les Deux Alpes, France

Product Launch: GT – Les Deux Alpes, France

This past July, I had the opportunity to attend the GT press camp, in the breathtaking mountains of Les Duex Alpes—a small ski resort town in the Isère départment of the French Alps where the northern and southern Alps meet. The area is part of the Serre Chevalier mountain range in the heart of the Oisans region.


People For Bikes. Sign the Pledge.

People For Bikes. Sign the Pledge.

It’s not hard, people. A few keystrokes, and a few clicks of the mouse, and you’ll help turn up the volume on a movement that aims to “unite a million voices to improve the future of biking.” “The goal of peopleforbikes.org is to gather a million names of support, to speak with one powerful voice—to ...


Save the Date! Philadelphia Bicycle Expo October 30-31 2010

Save the Date! Philadelphia Bicycle Expo October 30-31 2010

The northeast United States has long been in need of a consumer bike show, but that will soon be remedied with Bilenky Cycle Works teaming up with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia to bring all manner of cyclists together under the roof of the 23rd St. Armory in downtown Philly. Attendees will have plenty ...


Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Matt Johnson

Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Matt Johnson

Aside from bicycles, of course, the main reason I choose to continue my futile search for fortune in the bicycle industry is because of the people I know and meet. There’s no shortage of extremely smart and passionate people who are insanely interesting, individualistic personalities. Sure it’s cool to be around famous athletes from time ...


Stuff Preview: Vaude Bike Alpin Air 30+5 Waterpack

Stuff Preview: Vaude Bike Alpin Air 30+5 Waterpack

In an effort to give you some insight into the products we plan to send through our rigorous testing process here at Dirt Rag, we’ve come up with the Stuff Preview series. We’ll regularly present one product that is currently in the hands of one of our testing staff. We’ll post a photo of the ...


New Dirt Rag Merch

New Dirt Rag Merch

Attention website readers! Say hello to Dirt Rag Magazine’s latest additions to our riding apparel and favorite beverage container. Our classical, yet classy, jersey approaches riding in subtle style – basic black with a cream band and a clean Dirt Rag logo on the chest and sleeves. Smooth as slick rock with an edge like ...


Stuff I like: Ergon Grips

Stuff I like: Ergon Grips

Sometimes you just wanna tell people about something good without getting into a full review-test-deadline-drama scenario. I have been running Ergons GP1 grips on one of my mountain bikes, on a bike here and there, but I have not gone to the trouble of putting them on all my bikes for whatever reason. But when ...


PressCamp 2010: Park City, UT Part Two

PressCamp 2010: Park City, UT Part Two

For the background on PressCamp 2010, please click over to Part One of this series. In this second installment, I’ll pick up where I left off and walk you through more of the good stuff that I learned about at camp.


Norco Product Launch

Norco Product Launch

Norco released their 2011 product line this month to an eager group of MTB press wonks and Norco dealers in North Vancouver, BC. It was the perfect setting for Norco to announce the integration of Advanced Ride Technology (A.R.T.) suspension design in select models for 2011. Our hotel was no more than 30 minutes away ...


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