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Maxxis Rekon Tire Review

Maxxis Rekon Tire Review

Maxxis Rekon 3C/EXO/TR Tires maxxis.com $69 – $92 Earlier this year in issue # 203, I reviewed the dual-compound Maxxis Rekon 2.6 tires. There was a lot of potential for the tread design, but finding the desired air pressure was finicky and the tire was less than desirable when things became damp. Typically, the triple-compound ...


Mixtape Monday Vol. 9

Mixtape Monday Vol. 9

It’s a new year and a brand new Mixtape Monday! To kick things off for 2019 we handed over control to the one and only Karl Rosengarth. Karl has been down with the Rag for almost a lifetime worth of muddy ruts and good times. Beyond helping us keep things tidy from an editorial standpoint ...


Blast From The Past: In Tribute to Super Dave Osborne

Blast From The Past: In Tribute to Super Dave Osborne

I’d been dreaming about creating a badass sound system for a mountain bike ever since I learned about the scraper bikes that prowl the streets of Oakland, California, adorned with custom, high-wattage stereos. Setting my sights for an annual, underground mountain bike event, I dove into my dank basement workshop, armed with a pile of ...


Trail Report: Alafia River State Park

Trail Report: Alafia River State Park

If I have learned any life lessons from visiting Florida over the last few years, it is that prejudgment is a terrible character flaw to have. Sure, Florida feels like a never-ending conveyer belt of strip malls and drivers that don’t understand the rules of the left lane. There is virtually no public land that ...


New Bikepacking Bags From Revelate Designs

New Bikepacking Bags From Revelate Designs

Revelate Designs ended 2018 by releasing a few new bags geared towards the ultra-endurance off-road racers. Made from lighter materials than previous models but still tough enough to answer the demands of ultra-races, off-road weight weenies will no doubt curious about these new offerings from Revelate Designs. With the rise of ultra mountain bike events ...


Review: Specialized Enduro Coil 29

Review: Specialized Enduro Coil 29

Editor’s note: This review originally appeared in issue 207 of Dirt Rag Magazine. Like what you see? Subscribe now at dirtragmag.com/subscribe to catch issue 209, coming real soon.  Tester: A.J. Collins Age: 40 Height: 5’10” Weight: 165 lbs. Inseam: 31” Price: $5,800 Sizes: S, M, L (tested), XL Online: specialized.com Reach: 18.2” Stack: 24.4” Top ...


Outskirts 2: The Big Land

Outskirts 2: The Big Land

It’s the Friday after Christmas and also the one before New Year’s Eve. Perhaps you have the day off and are looking for a little time to kill or for a little inspiration for those two-wheeled adventures you have planned for the coming spring and summer. Well, our friends at Wahoo Fitness passed this one ...


The Wheel Mill presents: Ride Like a Girl

The Wheel Mill presents: Ride Like a Girl

New year’s resolutions are fraught with peril. By design, they set us up for failure in their all-or-nothing approach to self-betterment. The new, hip thing to do is to “set intention.” If you identify as a girl, are at least eight years old, and intend to gain some bike skills in 2019, consider taking a ...


The Hogwarts of High School Mountain Biking

The Hogwarts of High School Mountain Biking

Editors note: Originally this story was a feature in Issue #205. If you enjoy stories like these consider supporting Dirt Rag Magazine by becoming a subscriber here. Keep an eye out for more on the future  of  mountain biking in the coming months Story by  Eric J. Wallace It’s a cold morning in mid-March and the ...


Win a Full Suspension Hawk Hill 3 from Marin

Win a Full Suspension Hawk Hill 3 from Marin

This contest has ended. Congratulations to the winner: Matt Bellia! Subscribe to Dirt Rag Magazine and sign up for our weekly newsletter so you don’t miss a chance to win our next bike giveaway. Check out Marin Bikes here. Marin bikes has partnered with Dirt Rag to give away a Hawk Hill 3 Having fun on the trail was at the front of ...


Spider Mountain Bike Park Opens January 18!

Spider Mountain Bike Park Opens January 18!

Just in time for when the bulk of the country is grasped tightly by the claws of winter, Spider Mountain will open its doors to be the first lift-served downhill mountain bike park in Texas and the first year-round mountain bike park with lift service in the United States. With a variety of trails for ...


Andy’s Handmade Single Speed

Andy’s Handmade Single Speed

We were all sitting around the kitchen table at the Dirt Rag office as we do during our weekly meeting discussing the finer points of handmade bicycles. In particularly we were discussing a current test bike in the form of the Oddity Punk Rock Jazz, a piece of art more than a bike, but it also ...


Off the Trail: 2018 Cyclocross National Championship

Off the Trail: 2018 Cyclocross National Championship

Allow me to begin with saying that yes, cyclocross is not mountain biking and I won’t in any way try to convince you otherwise. Look I get it, a bunch of fitness obsessed spandex clad gladiators trying to best each other in a muddy field is not your idea of a good time. There’s no ...


Trina Recommends: Park Tool multi-tool

Trina Recommends: Park Tool multi-tool

Editor’s note: As the holiday season rolls around, everyone is inundated with ads and marketing campaigns for every product imaginable, in companies’ hopes to capitalize on…well, capitalism, I guess. It can be hard to weed out what a publication is putting out there as an ad or as a genuine recommendation, so we at Dirt ...


Enter to win a Swift Industries hip pack

Enter to win a Swift Industries hip pack

Enter for a chance to win a Swift Industries hip pack. Start clickin’ below to earn 20+ entries. Once you enter, you’ll receive an email with additional sharing instructions to improve your odds! The Elwha Pack is equal measures a hip pack and a bicycle handlebar bag. Mounted at the bars of your bicycle, the hip ...


Press Release: Fyxation Expands Fork Selection with Two More Adventure Forks

Press Release: Fyxation Expands Fork Selection with Two More Adventure Forks

Fyxation has released two new editions to the Sparta fork line-up, opening the fork use up to a larger audience. First, is Sparta QR, which takes the original 11/8″ aluminum straight steerer carbon fiber fork and makes it compatible with 9mm QR hubs. The Sparta QR retails for $299.   Second is Sparta FCR, a full carbon version of the ...


Classic Riding in Durango with Jeff-Kendall Weed

Classic Riding in Durango with Jeff-Kendall Weed

Durango, CO is a town that is synonymous with mountain biking. The trails high in the Rockies have had some of the worlds greatest riders roll over them. Legend’s like John Tomac and Missy Giove have left their mark on the mountain and made Durango a hotbed for the sport. To pay tribute to the good ...


Cat & mouse in Kootenay Bay

Cat & mouse in Kootenay Bay

Winter blues settling in? Case of the Mondays turned into a case of the Tuesdays? Check out this video of Brendan Howey and Quinn Hanley playing cat & mouse in Kootenay Bay, British Columbia. Dirt Rag Magazine will have a feature on riding in B.C. coming out in #209, at the start of the new year, ...


Enter to win a Ortlieb Waterproof Cycling Bag Set

Enter to win a Ortlieb Waterproof Cycling Bag Set

Enter for a chance to win an Ortlieb waterproof cycling bag set.  Start clickin’ below to earn 20+ entries. Once you enter, you’ll receive an email with additional sharing instructions to improve your odds! 🙌 Waterproof, cycling bag set with a total retail value of $725!  Each product offers full reflective fabric to help you be ...


Scott Recommends: Wahoo Elemnt Bolt GPS

Scott Recommends: Wahoo Elemnt Bolt GPS

Editor’s note: As the holiday season rolls around, everyone is inundated with ads and marketing campaigns for every product imaginable, in companies’ hopes to capitalize on…well, capitalism, I guess. It can be hard to weed out what a publication is putting out there as an ad or as a genuine recommendation, so we at Dirt ...


Ella shreds: new video from Transition featuring Ella Skalwald in Vermont

Ella shreds: new video from Transition featuring Ella Skalwald in Vermont

Need some mid-week motivation? Check out this sick video of Elite DH racer Ella Skalwald riding her local trail network. Lucky for her, those trails happen to be the iconic Victory Hill Sector of the Victory Hill State Forest,  that has become an East Coast destination spot. Check out more photos here, courtesy Transition Bikes.


Carolyne recommends: Swift Industries Poloma Bag

Carolyne recommends: Swift Industries Poloma Bag

Editor’s note: As the holiday season rolls around, everyone is inundated with ads and marketing campaigns for every product imaginable, in companies’ hopes to capitalize on…well, capitalism, I guess. It can be hard to weed out what a publication is putting out there as an ad or as a genuine recommendation, so we at Dirt ...


GT Bicycles Presents Mallorca’s Treasures

GT Bicycles Presents Mallorca’s Treasures

The sun, the sea and Amir Kabbani sending it at full throttle. This fun little edit from GT Bicycles will have you ready to get out the door and on the bike. Enjoy!


Karl recommends: Smith Guide’s Choice Bifocal

Karl recommends: Smith Guide’s Choice Bifocal

Editor’s note: As the holiday season rolls around, everyone is inundated with ads and marketing campaigns for every product imaginable, in companies’ hopes to capitalize on…well, capitalism, I guess. It can be hard to weed out what a publication is putting out there as an ad or as a genuine recommendation, so we at Dirt ...


Hucksgiving

Hucksgiving

Words & Photos by Josh Woodward Situated in a small suburban neighborhood, behind a high school in the heart of Silicon Valley’s sprawl of tech giants and venture capitalists, lies a patch of dirt so steep the property developer who bought it couldn’t get permission to build anything of value. So it sat. For years. ...


The New Santa Cruz V10 and Reserve DH Wheels

The New Santa Cruz V10 and Reserve DH Wheels

Time to get stoked for the next season of downhill. Santa Cruz has just released the latest version of their V10 model and the new Reserve wheels for DH.  The latest version was a project two years in the making, the newest V10 has arrived—but wait, there are two! As Santa Cruz developed the 29er race ...


Mixtape Monday Vol. VII

Mixtape Monday Vol. VII

Hear ye, hear ye! It is now the first Monday of December, and time for another Mixtape Monday. Sound the bells! This month, Trina Haynes has come along to give us some sweet tuneage to get us through these shortest days of the year while we approach the winter solstice. Trina’s been at Rotating Mass ...


Video: Iceland Divide

Video: Iceland Divide

We’ll just put it out there: Iceland is really affordable to fly to from the United States at the moment, especially from the East Coast. Maybe it’s time to abandon the idea of a warm getaway and go headfirst into the wintry wonderland. Though, we gotta say, from the looks of this video, it looks like ...


Pivot Cycles is Presenting Sponsor of Dirt Rag Dirt Fest 2019

Pivot Cycles is Presenting Sponsor of Dirt Rag Dirt Fest 2019

Pittsburgh, PA — December 1, 2018 Rotating Mass Media is proud to announce that Pivot Cycles will once again be joining us as title sponsor of both Dirt Rag Dirt Fest Pennsylvania and West Virginia in 2019. Dirt Fest will return to the Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania for its tenth year, and after ...


Snow Bike Festival is back!

Snow Bike Festival is back!

Carved into the back of the goalpost I tended on the homefield of my varsity field hockey team back in high school was a wise offering: “The only way to beat temptation is to yield to it.” This is what comes to mind when I look out my window to the gray, snowy Pittsburgh I ...


Radical Maneuvers: Miki Vuckovich

Radical Maneuvers: Miki Vuckovich

Words and photos by Brett Rothmeyer The following article was featured in Issue 206. It was truly an honor to hang out with Miki and to be invited into his home. The work he did at his time with Transworld Skateboarding during the late 80’s and through the 90’s greatly influenced how I looked at the ...


The Cannondale F-Si Hi MOD Gets a Retro Makeover

The Cannondale F-Si Hi MOD Gets a Retro Makeover

Are you one of those riders who talk about ‘Back in the day..”? Maybe you just remember simpler times before all the technology and gadgets. Man, it sure was sweet to just get out the trail and let it rip without even giving thought to headtube sizes or rebound speeds. The days when Tinker ruled the trail ...


Canyon Releases the New Neuron

Canyon Releases the New Neuron

Around the office we often discuss that the 130mm bike might be the perfect all-around set up. Enough suspension travel to get loose when the going gets rowdy but snappy enough to hang in the hammer rides. Canyon has officially updated the Neuron and looks like a stone cold killer. With clean good looking lines ...


Off The Trail: The 2018 Dirty Dozen.

Off The Trail: The 2018 Dirty Dozen.

Words and Photos by Brett Rothmeyer (While I set out to cover as much of the day’s events as possible, I was also tagging along with a friend who was carrying some spare wheels and warm clothes for people in the front of the race. Traditionally the women racing for the overall have raced in ...


Get through the winter with Wahoo

Get through the winter with Wahoo

There’s something admittedly dystopian about riding a trainer in the winter. Even if the weather is crappy, outside air feels better than a stuffy basement. Still, after enough times slamming your body down on ice or catching bronchitis from wet clothes and cold weather, it may be time to think about your life and the ...


Enter to win the Ultimate Desert Giveaway!!!

Enter to win the Ultimate Desert Giveaway!!!

We have the Golden Tickets!!! Club Ride is picking up the tab on a 2-night tear-drop trailer rental from our friends at Off The Grid Rentals in St. George, Utah.  If that isn’t enough a great Club Ride partner Over the Edge Sports in Hurricane, Utah is giving the winner 3-days of bike rentals for ...


Commerce time! Black Friday and Cyber Monday Holiday Round up Deals

Commerce time! Black Friday and Cyber Monday Holiday Round up Deals

Editor’s note: While today is traditionally both a day of giving thanks and a day of mourning, it has also become synonymous with savings as the more commercial holidays roll ever closer (I’m looking at you, St. Lucia Day). With that, we’ve reached out to a few (OK, a lot) of our partners, favorite brands, ...


Jeff Kendall-Weed Shredding With The Arkansas Riding Community

Jeff Kendall-Weed Shredding With The Arkansas Riding Community

We are super stoked to share a new video from Jeff Kendall-Weed and Co. Join Jeff and the Arkansas riding community as they showcase the riding in their home state and learn why it is one of the fastest growing mountain bike destinations in the country.  Words by Jeff Kendall-Weed Photos by Denis Kremenetskiy I’ve ...


Be Kind, Rewind: IRD Stroker

Be Kind, Rewind: IRD Stroker

Be Kind, Rewind has become a regular addition to the magazine. A way for us to look back at the machines of yesterday and to see how far we have come in mountain bike design. It is also a way for us to appreciate some the simplicity and beauty of some of these early trail bikes. ...


The New J. Laverack GRiT

The New J. Laverack GRiT

It’s winter for a lot of us living in the Northern Hemisphere which means shorter and wetter days. While we are mountain bikers it doesn’t mean we shackle ourselves to flatbars and 2.4 wide tires exclusively. When the trails are slop heading out to explore the back roads and paths can turn a bad day into ...


David Lieb and the GT Bicycles La Bomba

David Lieb and the GT Bicycles La Bomba

The weekend is upon us and whether you are heading out on the trails with your friends, dodging the rain at your local indoor bike park, or putting hot laps down on the race course, David Lieb brings some visual motivation. From his local track to the big booters at Whistler, Lieb puts the GT La ...


Transition Throttle Review

Transition Throttle Review

Editors note: From the pages of issue 203 we take a look at the Transition Throttle. Review bikes our like our children and we try not to pick favorites but everyone on staff who saddled up on the Throttle had the same response ‘Dang this thing is fun!’  If you enjoy this review and others ...


Enter to win a Fyxation Sparta All Road Carbon Fork and Fyxation Mesa MP Subzero Pedals

Enter to win a Fyxation Sparta All Road Carbon Fork and Fyxation Mesa MP Subzero Pedals

Enter for a chance to win a Fyxation Sparta All Road Carbon Fork and Fyxation Mesa MP Subzero Pedals Start clickin’ below to earn 20+ entries. Once you enter, you’ll receive an email with additional sharing instructions to improve your odds! 🙌 The Fyxation Sparta All Road Carbon Fiber Fork is ideal for dropping weight and adding ...


Getting Technical: Reece Wallace and K.C. Dean In Deer Valley, Utah

Getting Technical: Reece Wallace and K.C. Dean In Deer Valley, Utah

There are a few things better than a day with friends on amazing trails. Deer Valley Resort in Park City, UT has some of the finest bike park trails in the United States and Reece and K.C. revel in the flow and jumps in this latest edit. Sit back relax and get stoked to hit the trails with ...


The New Pivot LES Fat

The New Pivot LES Fat

Pivot has revamped their version of a fat bike. The new Pivot LES bumps up the tire size to a 27.5 X 3.8.  Along with the Manitou Masatdon fork Pivot looks to take the fat bike to the next level. From all-day adventures to bikepacking expeditions the new LES Fat seems fit to handle anything that you can ...


Is it the bike? Is it the rider? Or is it the tire?

Is it the bike? Is it the rider? Or is it the tire?

I’m not a huge race nerd. I’ll just put that out there immediately. It’s cool and all, and going fast is really fun, but I’d much rather be out riding myself than sitting home watching others have all the fun, and I just can’t bring myself to do the things—  train, practice, analyze my wattage, ...


What To Do At Red Bull Rampage When Not Rampaging

What To Do At Red Bull Rampage When Not Rampaging

Words by William Kirk Photos by Josh Pekich   Red Bull Rampage is the ultimate spectacle in mountain biking. Large enough that big wave surfers and mega ramp athletes alike bow down to the athlete’s display of courage in the desert of Utah each October. That said, it is very much a spectator sport; very ...


Hark! 208 is on it’s way! Sound the trumpets!

Hark! 208 is on it’s way! Sound the trumpets!

Issue 208 – Making do with what we got This is the final issue of 2018, so don’t miss out, there is a bit of a wait between now and the first of 2019. Inside you’ll find some good stuff. The inaugural Dirt Rag Asinine Triathlon. Bike. Boat. Cook. Imagine mountain biking meets D.I.Y. boat ...


Enter to win an Industry Nine A35 Mountain Stem

Enter to win an Industry Nine A35 Mountain Stem

Enter for a chance to win an Industry Nine A35 Mountain Stem! Start clickin’ below to earn 20+ entries. Once you enter, you’ll receive an email with additional sharing instructions to improve your odds! 🙌The A35 is machined, anodized and assembled entirely in our Asheville, NC facility and available in lengths of 32mm, 40mm, 50mm and 60mm. ...


In print: Carbon Bike Repair

In print: Carbon Bike Repair

Editor’s note: Dirt Rag #206 was our DIY issue, where we built a bamboo bike, a steel frame, and fixed a carbon bike. This is the carbon edition, written by Scott, our Operations Manager. Like what you see? Subscribe now to catch all of 2019 and follow along on all our hijinx. Dirt Rag #208 ...


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