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World Tour Report: Dirt Rag Dirt Fest

World Tour Report: Dirt Rag Dirt Fest

The newly reconstituted Dirt Rag Dirt Fest went down last weekend. Even with rain in the forecast, well north of 800 people showed up to ride the Allegrippis trail system, camp and generally have a good time. We covered the trail system in Dirt Rag 143, read more about it here. The weekend started for ...


First Impressions: Mongoose Canaan Comp

First Impressions: Mongoose Canaan Comp

Sometimes in the life of a test bike, things start out slowly, and the new wheels get eased into their new role. But some bikes get “tested” to their limits right off the bat. This latest specimen, a Mongoose Canaan Comp, has already been put through some difficult tribulations but has come out just fine. ...


First Impressions: Commencal Supreme

First Impressions: Commencal Supreme

Dirt Rag readers, meet the Commencal Supreme, little brother of the Supreme DH I raced a couple of weeks ago.  This coil sprung 6″ travel bike is designed to be a highly versatile bike for burly riding—it will be a riot at your local gravity park, but is light and capable enough to pedal around, ...


Stuff Preview: RockShox Revelation Race Dual Air

Stuff Preview: RockShox Revelation Race Dual Air

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. Each Friday, we’ll present one product that is currently in the hands of one of our testing staff. We’ll post a photo of ...


Product Launch: Pivot Phoenix DH Race Bike

Product Launch: Pivot Phoenix DH Race Bike

This past week was yet another moment in my “work” career where I had to pinch myself, hoping I didn’t wake up to discover my dream was not reality. Fortunately, I really did make the trip to Moab, Utah to ride the latest and greatest from Pivot. Those of you who live under a rock ...


Riding Kennel Blind in the Mid-Ohio Valley? (Part 1)

Riding Kennel Blind in the Mid-Ohio Valley? (Part 1)

By Chris Swarr Within the world of dog breeders, there is a psychological condition known as “kennel blindness.”  Those affected by it are unable to see any imperfections in the genetic stock of the dogs that they breed.  They can, however, still easily pick out flaws in dogs from other breeders’ yards.  Therefore, in certain ...


Review: SuperCo Charger

Review: Felt Nine Race

Review: Felt Nine Race

By Matt Kasprzyk


Review: GT Marathon Carbon Expert

RockShox Base Camp 2010

RockShox Base Camp 2010

RockShox recently invited the mountain biking press to Durango, CO for Base Camp 2010, where the suspension-maker unveiled their 2011 product line. Over the course of two action-packed days, I absorbed product information in classroom settings; rode selected 2011 product on the sweet Durango trails; and racked up hang time with the product managers, engineers and other "tech" types from RockShox. We covered a lot of ground, figuratively and literally, but I’ll do my best to share the highlights from my camp experience.


IMBA Summit Comes to Augusta

IMBA Summit Comes to Augusta

Augusta Georgia was the hostess with the mostest  and had a lot to show during the biennial (Every two years) IMBA Summit last weekend. The southeast is a stronghold for IMBA due to their merger with the Southern Off Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) And Augusta is a fine venue to show this off. The moment ...


Stuff Preview: Clarks Skeletal Hydraulic Brakes

Stuff Preview: Clarks Skeletal Hydraulic Brakes

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. Each Friday, we’ll present one product that is currently in the hands of one of our testing staff. We’ll post a photo of ...


Next Stop: Dirt Rag’s Dirt Fest 2010

Next Stop: Dirt Rag’s Dirt Fest 2010

Dust off that camping gear and pack up your bike(s). The 2010 Dirt Rag Dirt Fest begins next Friday, May 21! This is one weekend of riding you won’t want to miss. We’ve got a great weekend on tap, with over 30 miles of singletrack riding at the Allegrippis Trails, advocacy workshops, night rides, live ...


Bike Shop Blues

Bike Shop Blues

File this one under the “Most Creative Thing I’ve Heard All Year” category. We recently received an email from Marcey Rader-Rhodenbaugh telling us about an interesting project undertaken by her husband, Kevin. It’s best I just let you read the email in its entirety: Hi Dirtrag,My husband and I are loyal readers and I thought ...


Black Hills Fat Tire Festival Preview

Black Hills Fat Tire Festival Preview

As you’ve surely seen the ads on the Dirt Rag web site, you’ll know that the Black Hills Fat Tire Festival is set to get rad May 28th through 30th in Rapid City, South Dakota. This event promises all kinds of interesting racing and organized rides. For starters, there will be several races: Cowboy Hill ...


Review: Velocity P35 Rims

Review: Velocity P35 Rims

Velocity P35 Rims are a reasonable choice for weight-conscious all-mountain riders looking for a sure-footed rim that’s light enough to pedal all day.

By Karl Rosengarth


Stuff Preview: 32 TALAS 29 FIT Terralogic

Stuff Preview: 32 TALAS 29 FIT Terralogic

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. Each Friday, we’ll present one product that is currently in the hands of one of our testing staff. We’ll post a photo of ...


Philadelphia Cyclocross School

Philadelphia Cyclocross School

Cyclocross season is still several months away, but it seems like we’re getting cool ‘cross news every week thanks to the rising popularity of the sport here in the United States. You’ve heard about the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships being held in Kentucky, and we posted a story last week about construction of a year-round, ...


Massanutten Yee-Ha! – Gravity East Series, Race #1

Massanutten Yee-Ha! – Gravity East Series, Race #1

As with anything else, we all have strong and weak aspects of our riding skills. Some of us are climbers, and some are downhillers. In an XC sense, my skill set has always leaned toward descending. As such, I’ve always wanted to try my hand at downhill racing, and fortunately I was able to do ...


Dirt Rag & Bicycle Times Sock Special

Dirt Rag & Bicycle Times Sock Special

You can never have too many pair of cycling socks, right? Well here’s your chance to fortify your stocking arsenal. We’re running an $8 per pair sock special for May. That’s right! Any pair of these socks can be had for only $8! Click here for more info! Here’s descriptions of the socks available: Dirt ...


It’s Steve Peat on Your iPhone!

It’s Steve Peat on Your iPhone!

There are all sorts of interesting bicycle-related apps for your favorite Apple-built handheld device, but there have been surprisingly few bicycle games…especially mountain bike-themed games. But that’s about to change. Apposing, an iPhone applications and smart phone development company out of Liverpool, England, is set to release an iPhone/iPod/iPad game called, “Steve Peat – Downhill ...


Houffalize MTB World Cup Report

Houffalize MTB World Cup Report

Houffalize, Belgium photo by Jonas Bruffaerts “Bikes, beer and banter” was the theme at the Houffalize World Cup in Belgium held last Sunday.  As 211 male and 119 female riders battled arguably the most challenging course on the circuit, they were cheered on by over 20,000 animated cycling fanatics, many of whom were double-fisting it ...


Colorado High School Cycling League CycleFest

Colorado High School Cycling League CycleFest

If you live in Colorado, don’t have plans this weekend, want to meet some mountain bike celebrities, you’re hungry, itching to ride and have $100 laying around to give to a good cause, maybe you should roll up (or down) to Denver and Boulder to check out the inaugural Colorado High School Cycling League CycleFest. ...


Kentucky Gets Another Permanent Cyclocross Course!

Kentucky Gets Another Permanent Cyclocross Course!

Cleveland has Ray’s Indoor MTB Park, Camp Woodward has expanded their empire to a few locations in the United States, and you can find a velodrome in a few cities around the country. But did you know there are already two permanent cyclocross courses in our country, and a third one is coming? While enjoying ...


May 2010 Event Schedule

May 2010 Event Schedule

April is just about over, so I figured I’d get you the May version of the Dirt Rag/Bicycle Times Events List a couple days early for your enjoyment and/or planning purposes. While you’re planning, don’t forget to get ready for Dirt Rag DirtFest on May 21st, 22nd and 23rd! 5.1.2010 KS Wilson Lake Wilson Lake ...


Sun Valley Rhythm & Ride: Bike and Music Festival

Sun Valley Rhythm & Ride: Bike and Music Festival

It’s no secret there’s always been a strong correlation between mountain biking and music. Motivation sometimes flows through the iPod while you push through that lonely 3:00 am lap in a 24-hour race. We also often find ourselves choosing just the right music for pre- and post-ride mood-setting. Various mountain bike festivals over the years ...


Sea Otter 2010 Event Report

Sea Otter 2010 Event Report

With its full slate of racing, stellar riding and huge industry expo, the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA is cycling’s rite of spring and is not to be missed. True to form, the Dirt Rag/Bicycle Times World Tour loaded up the kit and kaboodle, and headed west for some California sunburn. From our prime spot in the expo, we shared the love with free magazine samples to Otter-goers.


Pedro’s Promises $20,000

Pedro’s Promises $20,000

Pedro’s recently announced they’re stepping up their dedication to mountain bike access by pledging $20,000 to IMBA’s Public Lands Initiative. By committing to such a big chunk of change for mountain biking, Pedro’s is reinforcing their dedication to the sport. “20 plus years ago, Pedro’s was founded with a mission to support the mountain bike ...


Monterey By Way of Hollywood

Monterey By Way of Hollywood

The first Sea Otter Classic of the 10’s was welcomed with beautiful California weather. Gone were the high winds, flash flooding rains and bone-chilling sub-60 degree temperatures. I arrived in Monterey via a small prop plane from San Francisco, which I realized is the rigid singlespeed version of air-travel: You feel every bump, sweat a ...


Whistler/Blackcomb Crud 2 Mud

Whistler/Blackcomb Crud 2 Mud

Nothing signals the end of ski/snowboarding season quite like some loony spring-skiing event at your local ski area. We have the Pond Jump on the last day of the season here at Seven Springs—where participants don costumes…or not much of anything else…and ski down a slope, onto a ramp and into a the pond. Of ...


3rd Annual JORBA Bike Festival

3rd Annual JORBA Bike Festival

Mountain bikers in the New York/New Jersey area…and beyond…can look forward to another mountain bike celebration this June. The Jersey Off-Road Bicycle Association…better known by the JORBA acronym…is throwing down for the 3rd Annual JORBA Bike Festival – A Celebration of New Jersey Mountain Biking on June 5th, 2010. They’re partnering with mtbNJ and IMBA, ...


Kyle Strait Signs with Pivot Cycles

Kyle Strait Signs with Pivot Cycles

If you’re out at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California right now, you’re likely going to see downhill phenom, and all-around bicycle racing and stunt magician, Kyle Strait riding atop a Pivot Cycles bicycle. Pivot Cycles just announced they will be the frame sponsor for a newly-formed World Cup race team for the 2010 ...


Kona Shoot The Ride Contest

Kona Shoot The Ride Contest

The ever-creative minds over at Kona have announced the “3rd Edit” of their popular “Shoot The Ride” photo contest. Cyclists and/or photographers are welcome to submit their “absolute best” photo featuring bicycles, bicyclists or bicycling. It’s a rather easy concept, and Kona’s rules are very straightforward: The Rules Are Simple. Send Us Your Absolute Best. ...


Mountain Biking Ruins Solitude for Others?

Mountain Biking Ruins Solitude for Others?

We have some bad news coming out of Montana today. Our fellow cyclists there just got word, as of May 1st, it will be illegal to ride 150 miles (out of 170) of trail in Montana’s Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area (WSA), which includes the amazing Gallatin Crest Trail. The trail access restriction is the ...


By the Time I Get to California: Sea Otter Classic

By the Time I Get to California: Sea Otter Classic

Next week (April 15-18) marks the coming of an annual spring right of passage for the cycling industry and about 50,000 of their closest friends, the Sea Otter Classic at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area in Monterey, California. It’s a four day celebration of cycling with races, organized rides, demos, stunt shows, and one of ...


Win Lezyne Loot and Ride with Geoff Kabush

Win Lezyne Loot and Ride with Geoff Kabush

The Sea Otter Classic (April 15-18 in Monterey, CA) is essentially THE event that kicks off the cycling season in United States. The event attracts thousands of spectators and competitors, all eager to ride some great stuff, fondle the newest bike gear and see their favorite athletes compete. In addition to being a Dirt Rag/Bicycle ...


April 2010 Event Schedule

April 2010 Event Schedule

Spring is definitely in the air, and that means more bike riding! It also means more bicycle events for you! Here’s the Dirt Rag/Bicycle Times Events List for your enjoyment. What better way to celebrate the filing of your taxes than riding bikes and coming to see us as the Dirt Rag / Bicycle Times ...


Santa Cruz Carbon Nomad

Santa Cruz Carbon Nomad

Shortly before the Easter weekend, the fine people at Santa Cruz announced the production of a carbon fiber version of the wildly popular Nomad. “While the now tried and true aluminum Nomad is still a vital part of our lineup, we decided to splice some carbon fiber into it’s DNA and see what happens,” says ...


Fox F29 FIT RLC Fork

Fox F29 FIT RLC Fork

Justin reviews the Fox F29 FIT RLC Fork, and talks about how Fox is using cartridge style dampers for this fork.


Review: Niner W.F.O.

Review: Niner W.F.O.

By Justin Steiner



Review: Santa Cruz Tallboy

Review: Santa Cruz Tallboy

By Maurice Tierney


What about Trials?

What about Trials?

Observed trials, once a popular sport in the USA, has gone into hiding. A cycling event that became a UCI world championship event in 1984 (six years before mountain biking), has disappeared from the collective radar of mount

By Nikolai A. Braun


Niner Carbon Fork: Matt’s Impressions

Niner Carbon Fork: Matt’s Impressions

Note: Niner was gracious enough to send us two of their new carbon forks to test. Eric McKeegan got one, and his review is in issue #148. Matt Kasprzyk put the other on his Niner bike – here is his take on the fork. This is the first rigid fork I’ve used and it’s also ...


NAHBS 2010 Gallery Collection

NAHBS 2010 Gallery Collection

Here are our photo galleries from NAHBS 2010. There were so many cool bikes, we had a hard time deciding what to put in the print magazine. Fortunately, there’s lotsa space right here on our website for everything. Enjoy! NAHBS 2010: Friday 2/26 NAHBS Day 2: Saturday 2/27 NAHBS 2010: Sunday 2/28


World Tour Report: Seattle Bike Show

World Tour Report: Seattle Bike Show

Spinning in Seattle: I Could Live Here We launched Bicycle Times a year ago at the Seattle Bicycle Show, amid some really crappy Seattle weather. Standing on a wet floor in a leaky circus tent somewhere in Magnuson Park, we greeted the hordes of dedicated cyclists pouring in with fresh copies of our very first ...


Last of the International Singlespeed Party Animals

Last of the International Singlespeed Party Animals

If you’ve been harboring delusions about traveling to New Zealand in October to participate in this year’s Singlespeed World Championships, you still have a little bit of time to actually register. There’s a catch, though—you have to claim permanent residence somewhere other than New Zealand, and/or you must consider yourself a party animal. More than ...


Dirt Rag DirtFest: You’re Invited!

Dirt Rag DirtFest: You’re Invited!

We’re sure you’ve heard by now: Dirt Rag DirtFest will be getting dowwwwn May 21st-23rd, 2010 on, at and around the Allegrippis trails at Raystown Lake in Hesston, PA. With 32 miles of primo singletrack, camping, a beer-tasting, bike demos and so much more, it’s going to be an amazing time, and you’re invited. Yes, ...


North Georgia Spring Break-Away

North Georgia Spring Break-Away

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. When tough comes in the form of three-plus feet of snow in the course of a few weeks, the tough get going south. North Georgia mountains—that has a nice ring to it. We’ve had open invitations from the kind folks down that way, and this particularly harsh winter seemed like the perfect time to cash them in.


Crested Butte to Aspen Klunker Classic 1980 Videos

Crested Butte to Aspen Klunker Classic 1980 Videos

By now, you’ve surely seen Klunkerz — the recent film documenting the birth of our beloved sport of mountain biking. If you haven’t seen this instantly classic Billy Savage flick…here comes the shameless plug…you can go right to our own Merch are and order the DVD! Charlie Kelly, one of THE forefathers of mountain biking ...


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