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Beargrease goes big with 27.5 x 4 inch tires

Beargrease goes big with 27.5 x 4 inch tires

The Beargrease is Salsa’s trail-oriented fatbike and in 2015, became the brand’s first carbon fatbike. It was designed to be agile, fast and totally singletrack-capable, dispelling the myth that “fatbikes are slow” (yes, they are slower than an XC race bike but quicker than you think if you’ve never ridden one). As the happy owner of ...


Otso Cycles launches Lithic Hiili carbon fork

Otso Cycles launches Lithic Hiili carbon fork

A new fork from Otso Cycles boasts the largest tire clearance of any cross/gravel fork and is the next product in the component brand Lithic. Lithic is a project of Otso, with the aim of bringing very specific components to market.  The new Hiili full carbon fiber fork joins the Corundrum drop handlebar and Beryl wheels ...


Marin Wolf Ridge 8 completes line with GX Eagle build

Marin Wolf Ridge 8 completes line with GX Eagle build

The 2018 Marin Wolf Ridge launched at the Sea Otter Classic this past April with the Wolf Ridge Pro at the top of the line and the Wolf Ridge 9 as the less expensive build. Marin just released the details on the last bike in this group, the Wolf Ridge 8, which offers a more ...


Sea Otter Classic 2017: Bits and Pieces, Part 2

Sea Otter Classic 2017: Bits and Pieces, Part 2

Just a few more random things we saw at the 2017 Sea Otter Classic: Reynolds Wheels The Bernard Kerr limited edition 27.5 wheelset from Reynolds is designed for heavy-duty downhill and enduro riding. An asymmetric carbon rim allows for increased spoke tension for better ride quality and durability. This wheelset also features a 32 mm hookless ...


Sea Otter Classic 2017: Bits and Pieces

Sea Otter Classic 2017: Bits and Pieces

A few of the interesting things we saw at the 2017 Sea Otter Classic: WTB Byway The Byway is a 27.5×47 tire, part of WTB’s “Road Plus” line. With the same casing as the Horizon, this new tire has some cornering knobs and file tread for better dirt action. We’ve got a set in for ...


Sea Otter Classic: Gravel gets suspended

Sea Otter Classic: Gravel gets suspended

It’s no secret that drop bar gravel riding and racing is hitting its stride and that’s even more apparent by the influx of custom bikes popping up within the bike industry. While most if not all production versions resemble cyclocross bikes rather than mountain bikes, clever insiders are pushing the concept of making custom, more ...


Some Interesting Bikes of NAHBS 2017

Some Interesting Bikes of NAHBS 2017

There was no shortage of cool bikes to be seen at NAHBS this year. While it’s impossible for me to pick my absolute favorite, there are definitely a number that I noticed and appreciated for one reason or another. Here are just a few of them, with more to come. Oddity Cycles I really liked all ...


NAHBS 2017: Day 1 Photo Dump

NAHBS 2017: Day 1 Photo Dump

Hello from Salt Lake City! We’re here at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, checking out some highly unique and interesting bikes and bike-related things from builders around the country and world. This is personally my first time at the show, but it’s been one that I’ve been hearing about for the past several years. ...


First Ride: Bontrager Mountain Bike Shorts

First Ride: Bontrager Mountain Bike Shorts

Wisconsin is not the sort of place from which you’d expect to receive a package of riding apparel that also included warm and sunny February weather to facilite testing. But, lucky me, that’s exactly what happened when UPS delivered a selection of Bontrager’s 2017 spring/summer mountain bike apparel. Magically, Pittsburgh experienced a series of sunny(ish) days that ...


Wolf Tooth introduces 46t replacement cog for SRAM 11-speed, and more.

Wolf Tooth introduces 46t replacement cog for SRAM 11-speed, and more.

Wolf Tooth Components is always coming out with interesting products designed to make the experience of riding a bike better and more fun, and that focus on reliability, functionality, and performance. Here are some of their latest product releases: GCX46 This is a 46-tooth cog that replaces the 42-tooth on SRAM’s XX1 and X01 cassettes with ...


The new and interesting at Frostbike ’17.

The new and interesting at Frostbike ’17.

Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) is an overarching parent company behind brands such as Salsa, Surly, All City, Foundry, and Civia. They also work as distributors for a host of other companies, acting as the middleman between brands and bike shops. Every February, QBP hosts Frostbike, an industry trade show in their headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota (just ...


Salsa Cycles Introduces Deadwood SUS

Salsa Cycles Introduces Deadwood SUS

A couple years ago, Salsa introduced the Deadwood, a steel 29plus drop bar touring bike. It was produced in limited numbers, we heard about it for a little while, and then it disappeared. Now, it looks like Deadwood is back, but in a much different form. The drop bars are gone, steel has been replaced ...


Pivot Cycles Introduces Phoenix Component System

Pivot Cycles Introduces Phoenix Component System

The collection includes a new Phoenix Team Carbon Handlebar, Phoenix Team Enduro/Trail Stem, Phoenix Team XC/Trail Stem, Phoenix Team PadLoc Grips, and a Phoenix Team Carbon Seatpost. The system is meant to augment the company’s industry-leading standard of frame stiffness and ride quality, and allow riders to further upgrade their cycling experience by eliminating the problems ...


First Impression: Viral Skeptic

First Impression: Viral Skeptic

The new Viral Skeptic is not your ordinarily hardtail. And before you get huffy about that weird looking black box nestled in the bottom bracket junction, it’s not an electric motor but a 12-speed internal gearbox made by German company Pinion. The Taiwan-made frame is beautifully executed, with clean welds and a seat tube port ...


Canfield Brothers Updates Carbon EPO

Canfield Brothers Updates Carbon EPO

“As our first carbon fiber frame, the EPO continues our tradition of making bikes that we want to ride,” said Lance Canfield, co-owner and designer. “And that includes hardtail 29ers that are as much fun pointed downhill and in the air as the are efficient on the way up. And with the EPO’s carbon frame, ...


Win a Hollywood Racks Hitch Rack

Win a Hollywood Racks Hitch Rack

Contest ended. Congrats to Phil Aufdencamp of Monroeville, PA! We’re sorry The promotion you are trying to access has ended. Hollywood Racks has partnered with us to give one winner a 2017 TRS-Two Bike Hitch Rack! Enter to win below.     New for 2017 Hollywood Racks is releasing the TRS, a tire retention system hitch ...


Product News: Rocky Mountain Unveils Suzi Q Fat Bike

Product News: Rocky Mountain Unveils Suzi Q Fat Bike

Our friends from up north, Rocky Mountain, recently let us know they’ve added a new fat bike weapon to the company’s arsenal. The Suzi Q, as it’s called, is a fat bike with…as the name hints…a narrower Q-factor and other notable features in an effort to deliver a more comfortable and efficient fat bike than ...


Tell us what you think and win a 2017 Scott Spark 930

Tell us what you think and win a 2017 Scott Spark 930

Contest ended. Congrats to Jason Yowell of Frostburg, MD! We’re sorry The promotion you are trying to access has ended.   Our annual reader survey offers you the chance to win a 2017 Scott Spark 930. Welcome to the Dirt Rag year-end survey sweepstakes! This information will help us better serve you with great content. Your answers ...


First Ride: 45NRTH Naughtvind winter clothing system

First Ride: 45NRTH Naughtvind winter clothing system

photos by the author and 45NRTH It is December. In some parts of the U.S. that means a relief from the heat. In other parts, such as Crosby, Minnesota, it can be dangerously cold. That doesn’t stop a lot of us from riding, and 45NRTH is working to make everyone more comfortable when out in ...


First Ride: 2017 Rocky Mountain Slayer 790 MSL

First Ride: 2017 Rocky Mountain Slayer 790 MSL

by Zach White Weight: 29.5lbs with pedals, size Large Sizes: Small, Medium, Large(tested), XL MSRP:  $6999   After a couple of years out of the rotation, Rocky Mountain is putting Slayer back into the mix. This is where it’d be appropriate to reminisce of the original Slayer models and share little tidbits of personal experience ...


First Ride: 2017 Liv Hail and Pique

First Ride: 2017 Liv Hail and Pique

Words: Karen Brooks Photos: Sterling Lorence Women’s brand Liv doubles down on the women’s market with two fresh new models. A group of 20 female journalists from around the world got to sample the all-mountain/enduro Hail and the XC/trail Pique on beautifully rugged trails around Sedona, Arizona, led by Liv celebrity coaches Lindsey Voreis and ...


The stuff of Interbike: part three

The stuff of Interbike: part three

Interbike’s indoor show is truly overwhelming; getting lost and being late and forgetting to eat are par for the course, as is the feeling that you can’t possibly cover everything. Here we bring you the most interesting things our editors saw from each day of the indoor show. Feedback Sports Tools These tools have been ...


The stuff of Interbike: part two

The stuff of Interbike: part two

Interbike’s indoor show is truly overwhelming; getting lost and being late and forgetting to eat are par for the course, as is the feeling that you can’t possibly cover everything. Here we bring you the most interesting things our editors saw from each day of the indoor show. Crank Brothers pump and pedals Crank Brothers ...


New bikes of Interbike: Outdoor Demo

New bikes of Interbike: Outdoor Demo

Devinci Marshall We reviewed the aluminum version of this bike a while back, when it was still called the Hendrix. Due to some international issues with that name, Devinci moved to Jimi’s middle name, Marshall, and added a full carbon version and a few more build kits. This is the top of the line Marshall Carbon ...


The stuff of Interbike: part one

The stuff of Interbike: part one

Whereas Interbike was once the king of American bicycle industry trade shows, it now signals that the season of new product launches is winding down. The first two days of the event take place in Boulder City, Nevada, (Outdoor Demo) and are a little quieter this year than in years past. That said, we still found ...


New: Stans NoTubes releases value alloy wheelsets

New: Stans NoTubes releases value alloy wheelsets

Stans NoTubes is launching a new series of wheelsets called S1, designed to offer a more cost-conscious offering in its lineup that already includes carbon and high-end alloy rims. All S1 wheelsets will retail for $455. The focus of the S1 series is strength and durability. The deeper profile and thicker walls of the new S1 ...


New: Shimano debuts Koryak dropper post

New: Shimano debuts Koryak dropper post

Weighing in at 520g (including remote and cable) and available in 30.9 or 31.6 mm diameter options, the Koryak adjustable alloy seat post offers 120 mm of smooth non-indexed travel for on-the-fly adjustability. Cable routing is internal and set up using Shimano’s OPTISLICK cables for optimum performance in dirt and mud. Two lever options are available, a regular up/down lever which ...


New: Jamis expands line of plus hardtails

New: Jamis expands line of plus hardtails

Jamis has expanded its lineup of hardtail plus bikes in both unisex and women’s-specific models. The new Dragon, Komodo and Eden Series bikes are designed for trail riding with 120 mm forks, slackened geometry, short rear ends and 3-inch tires. The Dragon Series is made of Reynolds 520 steel and has been expanded to six models (four unisex ...


New: Commencal META AM V4.2

New: Commencal META AM V4.2

Commencal has released an updated Meta, a downhill-oriented all-mountain/enduro bike designed around 160/170 mm forks and Boost spacing. The top tube length, seat tube angle and reach are the same as version 4, but the head angle is half a degree slacker (65.5 degrees) and the wheelbase a tad longer. A new, two-piece top tube is compatible ...


New: Canfield Brothers Crampon Mountain Pedals

New: Canfield Brothers Crampon Mountain Pedals

Canfield Brothers released a new pedal in their thinner-than-thin Crampon line, the Mountain. The Mountain pedals are a melding of the Classic, which appeared in 2011, and the newer Ultimate pedals. The Mountains have the same 6 mm leading edge as seen on the Ultimates, but feature a full-length axle that is 4 mm wider than the ...


New: Pivot updates the Firebird

New: Pivot updates the Firebird

The new Pivot Firebird features some of the longest reach measurements on a bike in this category, combined with super-short 16.95-inch chainstays, 65-degree head angle, 170 mm of suspension, Boost spacing, and clearance for 27.5 wheels with tires up to 2.5 inches wide. The carbon frame can reportedly be built up with a weight of less than 28 pounds. ...


New: Rocky Mountain Growler 27plus hardtail

New: Rocky Mountain Growler 27plus hardtail

The market expansion of plus-size trail hardtails with don’t-need-to-mortgage-the-house prices continues with the new Rocky Mountain Growler, a 120 mm, 27 plus hardtail. All models feature an aluminum frame, 1×11 gearing and 3-inch WTB Ranger tires. None of the models get a dropper post, womp womp, even though the top-end price point of this bike is comparable ...


New: Intense Recluse

New: Intense Recluse

Intense added a new all-mountain bike to its fold, the Recluse. It has everything you would expect of a modern trail ripper: 150 mm front / 140 mm rear travel; 27.5 wheels with Boost dropouts; internal cable routing on a high-modulus carbon frame; fancy titanium hardware. It has the ability to run a front derailleur and ...


Canfield Brothers updates trail hardtail

Canfield Brothers updates trail hardtail

For the Canfield Brothers cultists, there’s a new steel hardtail on the block. Canfield updated one of its staples: the steel, get-rowdy 29er Nimble 9 to be Boost compatible, slacker and more sparkly. The Nimble 9 combines the revered ride quality of a steel frame with a slack 66.5-degree head angle and stubby chainstays adjustable ...


Trek Stache 29plus gets the carbon treatment

Trek Stache 29plus gets the carbon treatment

If you follow this stuff at all, you knew this one was coming from Trek Bikes: a carbon Stache 29plus. And you won’t have to wait long, with aluminum models available now and carbon models hitting your local bike shop in September. The newly expanded Stache lineup includes two OCLV mountain carbon models—Stache 9.8 and 9.6—plus ...


First Ride: Surly Karate Monkey 27plus

First Ride: Surly Karate Monkey 27plus

Ed note: This is part of our initial bike test of three new hardtails introduced at QBP Saddle Drive 2016, each shod with 27plus tires: the aluminum Salsa Timberjack, carbon Salsa Woodsmoke and steel Surly Karate Monkey. Despite their obvious differences, we will draw some comparisons and distinctions among the three, so make sure to ...


First Ride: Salsa Woodsmoke 27plus

First Ride: Salsa Woodsmoke 27plus

Ed note: This is part of our initial bike test of three new hardtails introduced at QBP Saddle Drive 2016, each shod with 27plus tires: the aluminum Salsa Timberjack, carbon Salsa Woodsmoke and steel Surly Karate Monkey. Despite their obvious differences, we will draw some comparisons and distinctions among the three, so make sure to ...


First Impression: Kona Wheelhouse and Sutra LTD

First Impression: Kona Wheelhouse and Sutra LTD

Kona is pretty well known as a mountain bike brand, but it also has plenty of road-going products with finger-in-your-eye mountain bike attitude. While many companies start with road racing bikes and then branch out into adventure, travel and commuting, Kona focuses solely on the kind of bikes you’d expect to see in Bicycle Times.


Moots launches Farwell 27plus hardtail

Moots launches Farwell 27plus hardtail

The plus tire juggernaut of 2016/2017 continues its roll now on a titanium Moots hardtail, the Farwell. You can run this bike 27.5 x 2.8 (that is max tire clearance) or up to a 29 x 2.25. The Farwell was designed around a 120 mm fork, 17.1-inch (434 mm) chainstay length, 68.5-degree headtube angle (68 ...


Salsa debuts updated Mukluk fat bike

Salsa debuts updated Mukluk fat bike

The Salsa Mukluk is all-new for 2017. We admittedly almost overlooked this beast. One does not really think about five-inch fatties when it’s 80 degrees and sunny on the site of a mountain bike park. Well, maybe you do. The all-new Mukluk is available in both carbon (pictured) and aluminum. The stiffness of the carbon ...


Foundry launches XC race bike, the Firetower

Foundry launches XC race bike, the Firetower

Boost spacing and plus-sized tires burst into our collective consciousness so quickly and so definitively that a bike like the Foundry Firetower looks slightly odd in the current, trend-soaked world of mountain biking. But here it is, a brand-new cross-country race machine that lacks Boost, takes only a 29×2.25 tire and runs a 100 mm ...


Salsa updates Cutthroat, Fargo, Warbird

Salsa updates Cutthroat, Fargo, Warbird

Salsa’s all-road/touring line received minor tweaks and updates for 2017. The most recent big news in this cycling realm was the previous launch of the Marrakesh flat/drop bar steel road touring bike, which became available this year. So while Salsa had no new drop-bar bikes to show the Bicycle Times audience at this year’s Saddle Drive, three staple models ...


Salsa unveils new plus-size hardtails

Salsa unveils new plus-size hardtails

We’re at Saddle Drive near Lake Tahoe this week checking out new bikes from Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), the parent company of Surly, All-City, Foundry, Heller and Salsa. Salsa went all in, releasing all of the brand’s new-for-2017 bikes and updating most models across the range. Here’s a look at the two new 29plus bikes, ...


Surly updates the Karate Monkey

Surly updates the Karate Monkey

We’re at Saddle Drive near Lake Tahoe this week checking out new bikes from Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), the parent company of Surly, All-City, Foundry, Heller and Salsa. Because of the proliferation of cycling events across the country, these companies aren’t launching all of their new stuff right away, but we did get a look ...


Surly updates the Cross-Check, Troll

Surly updates the Cross-Check, Troll

We’re at Saddle Drive near Lake Tahoe this week checking out new bikes from Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), the parent company of Surly, All-City, Foundry, Heller and Salsa. Because of the proliferation of cycling events across the country, these companies aren’t launching all of their new stuff right away, but we did get a look ...


Guerrilla Gravity launches Trail Pistol

Guerrilla Gravity launches Trail Pistol

The 29/27plus platform has another option, this time in the form of a aluminum frame made in Colorado. Guerrilla Gravity looks to take a slice of the shorter-travel market with this 120 mm travel frame, the Trail Pistol. Eagle-eyed readers will notice the change to a Horst link/chainstay pivot. Why? Guerilla Gravity says: “Marketing, mostly. ...


Santa Cruz expands aluminum offerings

Santa Cruz expands aluminum offerings

With a handful of high-end bike companies going full-carbon-only in their popular lineups, its refreshing to see Santa Cruz embracing aluminum for 2017. Highlights include aluminum versions of the Bronson, Tallboy and 5010 (pictured above), with complete builds starting at $2,600; SRAM Eagle 1×12 build kits; and various new colors across the line, including a black ...


New Niner RIP and JET available in 27plus

New Niner RIP and JET available in 27plus

It has happened and we’re not particularly surprised: Niner Bikes is now offering 27plus models in addition to its steadfast dedication to 29ers. The new JET 9 RDO and RIP 9 RDO were also treated to suspension bump-ups. The JET frame is now 120 mm and will be paired with a 130 mm fork if set up ...


Blue Bicycles launches mountain line for 2017

Blue Bicycles launches mountain line for 2017

Blue Bicycles was once based in Georgia but is now in California. It was once struggling to survive but now has new life breathed into it. It was once only (or best) known for triathlon and cyclocross bikes but now has three different mountain bikes in its line. We took a peak at what’s coming ...


Ellsworth adds Rogue Sixty to its lineup

Ellsworth adds Rogue Sixty to its lineup

At this year’s Press Camp, Ellsworth previewed its newest bike, the Rogue Sixty. This carbon enduro/all-mountain rig will feature 160 mm of travel front and rear, 27.5 wheels, internal cable routing, aluminum chainstays, a 1x-only design, threaded bottom bracket, Boost spacing front and rear and Di2 compatibility. Ellsworth added a house-designed shock bolt called the “Hex ...


Cannondale shows off updated mountain line for 2017

Cannondale shows off updated mountain line for 2017

At this year’s bike Press Camp in Park City, Utah, Cannondale released several new models, as well as existing model updates and an expanded women’s line for 2017. Keep reading for details on the new plus bike and refreshed carbon rigs. Cujo 1 27plus The Cujo is a new 27plus bike based on Cannondale’s other ...


Press Camp 2017 gear: helmets, sunglasses and packs

Press Camp 2017 gear: helmets, sunglasses and packs

At this year’s Press Camp in Park City, Utah, Smith introduced a new helmet, Camelback launched a new protection hydration pack, Ryders Eyewear showcased its fog-free lenses and Thule showed us its GoPro-specific backpack. Keep reading for details on all of those new and nifty goods. Smith Rover Helmet Smith’s first mountain bike helmet, the Forefront, ...


Trek releases new simplified trailbike lineup: Remedy 27.5 and Fuel EX 29

Trek releases new simplified trailbike lineup: Remedy 27.5 and Fuel EX 29

During some discussions at Sea Otter this spring, Trek dropped hints it was working to simplify its trail bike line up. This was right before it dropped a new full-suspension fat trail bike, so I wasn’t sure how to take that statement. These simplification ideas became more clear few weeks ago when Trek invited us to Squamish ...


GT previews updated mountain lineup for 2017

GT previews updated mountain lineup for 2017

At this year’s bike Press Camp in Park City, Utah, GT released several new models and significant updates for 2017, including a plus bike, more women’s models, a sub-$2,000 full-suspension bike and a throwback bike you’re probably going to want. Read on for details. Pantera 27plus The Pantera is a GT model not seen since ...


New 2017 bikes previewed at Press Camp

New 2017 bikes previewed at Press Camp

We just returned from a week at Press Camp in Park City, Utah, where several companies announced new stuff for model year 2017. Cannondale, GT, Blue, Ridley and component maker 3T all trotted out fresh bikes at the event for industry journalists to check out. Full disclosure, Press Camp is not a standard bike industry event, which ...


Scott introduces revamped 2017 Spark line-up

Scott introduces revamped 2017 Spark line-up

Opening the discussion at the 2017 Scott Spark 29er introduction in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, which happens to be the home of the brand’s marque rider and current cross-country World Champion Nino Schurter, its engineers made it very clear that that Spark’s main focus is competition and going fast. In fact, the resort town and mountain bike ...


FOX launches new Transfer dropper post

FOX launches new Transfer dropper post

The all-new Transfer seatpost features an infinitely adjustable design with the choice of internal or external cable routing, three drop options, and two lever designs. Low lever force and great modulation make it easy to regulate return speed and small height adjustments. Specs: Low lever force provides consistent actuation pressure even with saddle weighted or ...


Trek releases longer-travel Fuel EX 27.5 Plus

Trek releases longer-travel Fuel EX 27.5 Plus

The Fuel EX wasn’t exactly an “old” bike, even by bike industry standards. It wouldn’t have taken much for Trek to redesign the rear end of the Fuel EX 29 to accept a 27plus tire, slap a new Fox 34 Plus fork on the front and ship it out. It would have been an above ...


Kona introduces new carbon Hei Hei bikes

Kona introduces new carbon Hei Hei bikes

For 2017, Kona has updated its full-suspension, cross-country Hei Hei with two 29er models in carbon: the DL and Race DL.   Kona increased bike stiffness and dropped the weight by giving the two-bike line full carbon frames weighing 1800 grams (just under 4 pounds). Kona’s own Fuse Independent Suspension—a design that eliminates a pivot at ...


Continental delivers Baron tire with Protection Apex casing

Continental delivers Baron tire with Protection Apex casing

Continental tires announced at the Sea Otter Classic that its Baron tire, commonly seen on Dan Atherton’s race bike, is in production and available. The tread pattern is an adaption of mud tire lugging meaning it has much wider knob spacing than what’s traditionally found on all-arounder gravity and enduro tires. The knobs are ramped ...


Cannondale introduces redesigned 2017 Scalpel-Si

Cannondale introduces redesigned 2017 Scalpel-Si

Cannondale’s current Scalpel has often been dubbed a “cross-country trail bike” by many owners. Certainly a racer at heart but it also has good trail-ish mannerisms as well. For 2017 designers undertook the gigantic task of leaning the bike out and with the recent introduction of the Habit trail bike, making the Scalpel XC race ...


New Santa Cruz Tallboy 29 and 27plus

New Santa Cruz Tallboy 29 and 27plus

The original Santa Cruz Tallboy is arguably the bike that signalled 29ers acceptance into the mainstream/cool kids’ cycling club. That’s not to say there wasn’t good 29er before the Tallboy or that it had the most revolutionary geometry. What is had was a certain something that was well loved and well used. Fast forward a few ...


Sea Otter 2016: Jamis adds women’s 26plus hardtails and expands 27plus lineup

Sea Otter 2016: Jamis adds women’s 26plus hardtails and expands 27plus lineup

The rumors that 26plus tires were on the way  have been out there for for months and Sea Otter brings first public sightings of the new/old wheel size (those old enough to remember may be having Gazzaloddi flashbacks.) It might seem like ONEMOREWHEELSIZE, but 26plus makes sense. While we are fans of the 27plus wheel size, it ...


First Impression: Kona Hei Hei Race DL

First Impression: Kona Hei Hei Race DL

Since this is a “first impression” write up, I will give you my unvarnished first impression of Kona’s new carbon Hei Hei Race DL: “Woo hoo!” The Hei Hei Race DL marks Kona’s return to using carbon fiber frames on its (non-DH) mountain bikes, after a few years spent refining the process and finding the right ...


Sea Otter 2016: Fuji updates 27plus bike, adds carbon fat bike

Sea Otter 2016: Fuji updates 27plus bike, adds carbon fat bike

Fuji’s Bighorn 27plus trail hardtail will recieve an update for 2017 that was showcased at Sea Otter. The bike is ready for whatever with 27.5 x 3.0 Schwalbe Nobby Nics, SRAM GX components, a KS Lev dropper post, internal cable routing, three sets of bottle cage mounts, rack and fender mounts and 120 mm of ...


Sea Otter 2016: Trek Farley EX

Sea Otter 2016: Trek Farley EX

Bets around the Dirt Rag virtual water cooler (which is located in the virtual Dirt Rag HQ) put money on Trek releasing a 27plus full-suspension trail bike or a Stache 29plus full-suspension ripper. Neither guess was accurate, obviously. Instead, Trek dropped a 27.5 x 3.8 Farley EX trail bike with full suspension at the Sea Otter Classic. Actually Trek ...


Sea Otter 2016: Vittoria expands line with new tires, rims

Sea Otter 2016: Vittoria expands line with new tires, rims

Vittoria had some first look surprises on the first day of the 2016 Sea Otter Classic. Besides new tires, the brand is jumping into rims with both feet. The Reaxcion SL 29 is an impressively light 1,430 gram aluminum wheelset directed at the cross-country market. It’s tubeless ready and features Speedlock sidewalls, which is an ...


Sea Otter 2016: Pivot updates LES carbon hardtail

Sea Otter 2016: Pivot updates LES carbon hardtail

For 2016, the Pivot Cycles LES carbon cross-country hardtail received a few notable updates that were announced today at Sea Otter. The frame dropped more than 50 grams, with complete geared bikes available under 20 pounds. The frame features Boost 110 mm front and 148 mm rear spacing, full Di2 integration via the Pivot Cable Port system and ...


First Look: Shimano XT Di2 and SLX 11 speed

First Look: Shimano XT Di2 and SLX 11 speed

XTR M8050 In not altogether unexpected news, Shimano trickles-down electronic shifting to XT level with a new M8050 group. Before you get all excited, this stuff isn’t hitting the shelves until September 2016, so you might still be pulling cable and not pushing electrons to shift for a while longer. The new XT group gets most ...


RockyMounts adds fork mount vehicle racks for thru-axle bikes

RockyMounts adds fork mount vehicle racks for thru-axle bikes

RockyMounts announced the introduction of four new products that expand bike transport and storage options for both mountain bikers and road cyclists. The SwitchHitter and HotRod feature thru-axle mounts. The StreetRod is a thru-axle adapter for existing racks. The SwitchHitter arrives ready for standard 9 mm quick release forks and includes three interchangeable axle mounts ...


Rocky Mountain introduces new aggressive trail bike: the Pipeline

Rocky Mountain introduces new aggressive trail bike: the Pipeline

Rocky Mountain is jumping in the full-suspension, plus-tire game with its new carbon Pipeline: a bike with 150 mm front suspension, 130 mm rear and room for 27plus tires (up to 3.25 inches). The bike is 1x-specific, features internal cable routing, stealth-dropper routing, a PressFit BB92 bottom bracket, Boost spacing and is offered in sizes ...


RockShox drops new rear shocks and 29plus forks

RockShox drops new rear shocks and 29plus forks

Last week RockShox announced new sizing for rear shocks, which it dubbed Metric Sizing. This has create some confusion among consumers, but the idea is to consolidate shock sizes into fewer options, while improving performance and longevity. RockShox isn’t alone here, with many other OE manufacturers following suit. The Deluxe and Super Deluxe are the first ...


This Just In: 2017 Fox 32 Step Cast fork

This Just In: 2017 Fox 32 Step Cast fork

Fox is set to release its new 32 SC (Step Cast), a dedicated cross-country fork that shaves a half-pound off the current model 32. Engineers achieved this with an all-new chassis design. Looking for any way possible to shave weight they shrunk and narrowed the crown and arch so the upper tubes have a 120 ...


Underground Bike Works, a new John Parker joint

Underground Bike Works, a new John Parker joint

It was with some excitement that we read this press release. John Parker? Missy Giove? Frank the Welder? 27plus and 29plus bikes? Yes to all those things. John Parker’s new bike company will debut at Sea Otter 2016. Here’s the press release that got us all excited: John Parker, founder of Yeti Cycles, announced his return ...


New Archi Enduro RR helmet from Urge

New Archi Enduro RR helmet from Urge

Urge is a company that has long focused on the enduro market, and the Archi Enduro RR (Race Ready) helmet was specifically designed for the world’s toughest enduro events and the riders who race them. The design is intended to provide the lightest weight and best ventilation possible for long enduro stages with plenty of ...


First Look: SRAM Eagle 1×12 drivetrains, XX1 and X01

First Look: SRAM Eagle 1×12 drivetrains, XX1 and X01

That is it. The rumored 1×12 speed drivetrain from SRAM. Actually that is one of two. Above is the new XX1, which is aimed at cross-country racing. Below is X01, for enduro racing and trail riding (we didn’t get a nice drivetrain shot of this one).   XX1 Eagle Crank – $425 The cranks get ...


First Look: OneUp Shark 10-50 11 speed drivetrain conversion

First Look: OneUp Shark 10-50 11 speed drivetrain conversion

OneUp was one of the first, if not the first, to market wide range adapters for 10 speed drivetrains. It is not surprising to see the same thing for 11 speed. The Shark is a 10-50 “system,” as it requires a range of components to make it work: OneUp 50 tooth cog OneUp 18 tooth ...


SRAM debuts new Truvativ Descendant component line

SRAM debuts new Truvativ Descendant component line

SRAM has debuted a new line of Truvativ components for all-mountain and downhill applications under the Descendant name. The goods were designed in conjunction with pro enduro and DH riders to “thrive on the world’s rowdiest trails.” Descendant Cranksets Features direct-mount rings and SRAM’s X-SYNC 1x chainring teeth. Compatible with all 1x drivetrains in 10 and ...


Redesigned Reverb dropper post, now with 150 and 170 options

Redesigned Reverb dropper post, now with 150 and 170 options

It’s that time of year, SRAM is dropping the new product news on the regular. The latest out of Chicago is a Reverb with all new internals and more travel options. The changes aim to improve reliability, and offer longer travel options for modern trail bikes. Bushing overlap is increased, which should increase longevity. SKF, ...


First Impression: Marin Pine Mountain 1

First Impression: Marin Pine Mountain 1

Finally, I get my grubby mitts on a bike with them thar plus-sized tires. My portulent partner for the next few weeks is Marin’s Pine Mountain 1, sporting a pair of 27.5 x 3.0 inch Schwalbe Nobby Nic tires rolling on wide-bodied Maddux DD40 rims. Those tires and I are bound to become best buds, ...


Bell Builds Community Through the Joy Ride Ambassador Program

Bell Builds Community Through the Joy Ride Ambassador Program

Photos: Josh Sawyer and Emily Walley A community is a village, a town or a city, but a sense of community is not defined by proximity. It’s the nurse and the lawyer, the photographer, designer and the park ranger; it’s the social media specialist, the bike shop salesperson and the mom all pursuing a common goal. ...


NAHBS 2016 Bikes We Likes, part 2

NAHBS 2016 Bikes We Likes, part 2

Round 2! More bikes that impressed me at NAHBS 2016 Collin Schaafsma – Matter Cycles “Single pivot 4 life” award I’ve spent a lot of miles on good old single-pivot mountain bikes, including the most recent incarnation of the Santa Cruz Heckler. In my opinion the single-pivot is still a viable option in a world of ...


Diamondback’s all-new, all-fast Release trail bike

Diamondback’s all-new, all-fast Release trail bike

Over the last three years Diamondback has been quietly working on a new trail bike platform called Release. The design is based on dual, counter-rotating short links in the same vein as the famous VPP suspension. Diamondback calls its version Level Link because the lower link stays parallel to the chain (or level to the ...


RockShox updates base-model suspension forks

RockShox updates base-model suspension forks

RockShox updated its entry-level suspension forks with offerings from 80 mm to 140 mm. Variations on the theme are found primarily in travel, hub compatibility and weight. BOOST and 27plus compatibility arrive on the scene while forks for 9 mm quick releases and 26-inch wheels are still available. Recon Silver RL – $235-$295 Crown and ...


NAHBS 2016 – Bikes We Likes, part 1

NAHBS 2016 – Bikes We Likes, part 1

At this point most everyone knows the who, what, where and why of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. I haven’t been since 2009, and the increase in quality for both bikes and booths was easy to notice. Here is a selection of some of my favorite bikes from the show. Rick Hunter – Hunter Cycles ...


New product roundup from Frostbike

New product roundup from Frostbike

Frostbike is an annual dealer gathering hosted by Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), the parent company behind several brands such as All City, Foundry, Salsa, Surly and others. The event takes place at QBP headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in late February and allows shop owners and media types to gather, drink beer and talk shop. With the Taipei International Cycle ...


Heller Bikes launches the Shagamaw

Heller Bikes launches the Shagamaw

Updated March 1 with information from the bike’s official launch at Frostbike 2016.   Heller Bikes, the carbon-only mountain bike brand from Quality Bicycle Products (also the parent of Surly and Salsa, among others), announced its presence at Interbike in 2015 when it dropped a fat bike on us. Heller has now added to its ...


REEB Cycles testing full-suspension aluminum bike

REEB Cycles testing full-suspension aluminum bike

REEB Cycles is the American-made bicycle brand offspring of Oskar Blues Brewing. The company’s first foray into suspension bikes, aluminum frames and curved tubes has resulted in the SqWEEB, a full-suspension trail bike built on the Boost platform with 135 mm of travel. Using a mix of 6000 series aluminum tubing, the first prototype will be the ...


Domahidy Designs launches a gearbox-driven titanium hardtail

Domahidy Designs launches a gearbox-driven titanium hardtail

An all-mountain hardtail with 120 mm – 140 mm of suspension, Boost spacing, 27plus tires and a titanium frame is not unique in and of itself. But Steve Domahidy, one of the co-founders of Niner Bikes, struck out on his own a few years ago and has never been content to just make normal bikes. ...


First Impression: Salsa Pony Rustler

First Impression: Salsa Pony Rustler

Salsa Cycles’ Pony Rustler is the rotund sibling of the brand’s well-admired Horsethief. Both bikes feature the same basic platform and very similar components, with the obvious difference being the wider wheelset of the Pony Rustler. I’ve been riding the Carbon X01 build for a few weeks and have been impressed on how well it ...


SRAM launches new Level brakes

SRAM launches new Level brakes

SRAM just announced Guide brake technology in a more compact, lighter package for cross-country and trail applications. Five different models of Level brakes will replace the SRAM XX, X0 and DB5, and Avid DB3 and DB1 models. All models of Level brakes feature SRAM’s DirectLink lever design with 2-piston calipers and reach adjusters hidden from ...


Pivot launches new Phoenix DH Carbon

Pivot launches new Phoenix DH Carbon

Pivot Cycles has unveiled the all new Phoenix DH Carbon with 27.5 wheels. Driven directly by the company’s work with the Pivot Factory racing team, the new chassis is two-thirds of a pound lighter (for a possible total bike weight under 31 pounds) and features additional rear tire clearance. The frame comes with 204mm dw‐link® rear suspension, a 157mm X ...


Inside Line – SRAM NX 1×11: 1x for entry-level bikes

Inside Line – SRAM NX 1×11: 1x for entry-level bikes

SRAM has been slowly trickling down 1×11 tech to lower and lower price points over the last few years, but with the release of this newest 1x group, even those with a less-than-sizeable bike budget can get in on the 1x evolution that is taking over mountain biking. Read on for full details and our ...


Ellsworth returns with new ownership, new bikes

Ellsworth returns with new ownership, new bikes

For a while there, the patient was touch-and-go. Assets were on the operating table. Little passion was moving through its blood. After its sale to BST Nano Carbon in late 2014, Ellsworth looked like it might not pull through. The 2015 lineup wasn’t released at all. “We weren’t dead,” joked company founder Tony Ellsworth. “We ...


Inside Line: Bell Helmets 360-degree camera

Inside Line: Bell Helmets 360-degree camera

Bell Helmets is introducing an integrated camera and mountain bike helmet that allows 360-degree 4K video capture, mobile editing and sharing, and intuitive digital capabilities. The setup utilizes the Bell Super 2R and a 360fly camera. The design will offer an enhanced footage field view and action perspectives and eliminate camera mounts and hardware. This new integrated ...


Öhlins to release RXF 34 fork

Öhlins to release RXF 34 fork

Motorsport suspension giant Öhlins has been secretly working on its first trail bike fork, the RXF 34. It will be the first trail fork to feature a twin-tube design, duplicating what’s found on the Swedish brand’s TTX rear shock. Öhlins has also partnered again with Specialized in the development (a common thread for all of ...


Inside Line: Ibis releases the Trans-Fat, a fat tire version/conversion of the Tranny

Inside Line: Ibis releases the Trans-Fat, a fat tire version/conversion of the Tranny

One of the more interesting features of Ibis’ Tranny 29 hardtail is its two-piece frame. Not only can it be taken apart to fit in a airline-legal bag, it can also be used to tension a chain for singlespeeding. Now you can take your Tranny fat-biking by replacing one piece of that two-piece frame with a ...


First Impressions: Norco Torrent 7 Plus

First Impressions: Norco Torrent 7 Plus

Ed’s Note: This bike is part of our annual, sub-$3,000 bike test where the Dirt Rag staff spends significant time aboard less-expensive but fully capable offerings that we’d seriously consider buying ourselves. The final review will be out early 2016 in issue #189. Subscribe today so you don’t miss it! Price: $2,425 The Torrent name is ...


First Impression: Scott Spark 950

First Impression: Scott Spark 950

Ed’s Note: This bike is part of our annual, sub-$3,000 bike test where the Dirt Rag staff spends significant time aboard less-expensive but fully capable offerings that we’d seriously consider buying ourselves. The final review will be out early 2016 in issue #189. Subscribe today so you don’t miss it! Price: $2,700 Scott’s cross-country specific Spark ...


First Impression: Devinci Hendrix RS

First Impression: Devinci Hendrix RS

Ed’s Note: This bike is part of our annual, sub-$3,000 bike test where the Dirt Rag staff spends significant time aboard less-expensive but fully capable offerings that we’d seriously consider buying ourselves. The final review will be out early 2016 in issue #189. Subscribe today so you don’t miss it! Price: $2,999 The Devinci Hendrix RS ...


First Impression: Charge Bikes Cooker 4

First Impression: Charge Bikes Cooker 4

Ed’s Note: This bike is part of our annual, sub-$3,000 bike test where the Dirt Rag staff spends significant time aboard less-expensive but fully capable offerings that we’d seriously consider buying ourselves. The final review will be out early 2016 in issue #189. Subscribe today so you don’t miss it! Price: $2,400 Charge Bikes’ Cooker 4 ...


First Impression: Surly Wednesday

First Impression: Surly Wednesday

Editor’s Note: This bike is part of our annual, sub-$3,000 bike test where the Dirt Rag staff spends significant time aboard less-expensive but fully capable offerings that we’d seriously consider buying ourselves. The final review will be out early 2016 in issue #189. Subscribe today so you don’t miss it! Price: $1,500 The new Wednesday brings ...


First Impression: Marin Attack Trail 7

First Impression: Marin Attack Trail 7

Ed’s Note: This bike is part of our annual, sub-$3,000 bike test where the Dirt Rag staff spends significant time aboard less-expensive but fully capable offerings that we’d seriously consider buying ourselves. The final review will be out early 2016 in issue #189. Subscribe today so you don’t miss it! Price: $2,750 Marin’s Attack Trail 7 ...


First Impression: Kona Hei Hei Trail

First Impression: Kona Hei Hei Trail

Ed’s Note: This bike is part of our annual, sub-$3,000 bike test where the Dirt Rag staff spends significant time aboard less-expensive but fully capable offerings that we’d seriously consider buying ourselves. The final review will be out early 2016 in issue #189. Subscribe today so you don’t miss it! Price: $2,500 The Hei Hei has ...


Choice Cuts: Bikes we’d buy under $3,000—an introduction

Choice Cuts: Bikes we’d buy under $3,000—an introduction

Every year for the last few years, Dirt Rag has gathered up a half-dozen or so full-suspension trail bikes for complete testing that fall into the entry-level/affordable/budget category. Yes, three grand is still a lot of money, but good bikes aren’t cheap and this price point is much more reasonable for the average enthusiast rider willing to ...


First Impression: Trek Fuel EX 29 9.9

First Impression: Trek Fuel EX 29 9.9

Few bikes have such a storied lineage as the Fuel EX. Trek introduced a refreshed version of its 27.5-wheeled version last year with the incorporation of the Fox Re:aktiv shock technology. This year the 29er model gets the same treatment, with a host of the same features plus some new ones. While still built around a 120 ...


Inside Line: Industry Nine expands 2016 off-road range

Inside Line: Industry Nine expands 2016 off-road range

Asheville, NC – Industry Nine, a cycling components manufacturer in the heart of Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, has announced new rim options for mountain and fat bikes, and a new plus-size rim option. Fat Bike Two new tubeless fat bike rim options join the well-received BigRig 825 Carbon. The new BigRig 975 Carbon and ...


Inside Line: Felt Decree

Inside Line: Felt Decree

Felt Bicycles today announced the launch of its new trail mountain bike, the Decree, which features Felt Active Stay Technology (FAST), custom shock tuning and an innovative frame design. The new full suspension bike adds to Felt’s growing family of performance mountain bikes. Designed for the rider looking for an enormous range of capabilities … the 24.06lb/11.17kg Decree ...


Inside Line: Niner’s New Rocket Go For Launch

Inside Line: Niner’s New Rocket Go For Launch

PRESS RELEASE: Ten years ago, Niner Bikes was founded on the belief that larger wheels offered true and undeniable performance gains in the world of mountain biking. Though the landscape of 29ers has changed, Niner still believes bigger is better and is launching its RKT 9 RDO: “Victory Favors the Equipped.” From the race track to everyday singletrack, ...


Inside Line: Lindarets and Wolf Tooth Refine Shimano Wide-Range Shifting

Inside Line: Lindarets and Wolf Tooth Refine Shimano Wide-Range Shifting

PRESS RELEASE: Introducing the Lindarets x Wolf Tooth GoatLink 11: Optimizing Shimano 11-speed derailleurs for use with SRAM XD and aftermarket extended-range cassettes. From the moment we realized that Shimano and SRAM’s 11-speed mountain cassettes shared the spacing, we knew that we wanted to it all.  We wanted Shimano’s ergonomics, pricing, and reliability combined with ...


New Rear Shocks from SR Suntour: DUAir and UNAir

New Rear Shocks from SR Suntour: DUAir and UNAir

SR Suntour recently announced two new rear shocks called the DUAir and UNAir. The company’s motivation is to deliver an affordable option that’s able to keep up with its forks. Not only will the DUAir and UNAir offer consumers reasonably-priced aftermarket options, but they’ll also offer SR Suntour the ability to provide bike manufacturers solid front and rear suspension ...


First Look: New FiveTen Kestrel Lace

First Look: New FiveTen Kestrel Lace

Say what you will about the enduro craze, but one thing we can’t deny is that many of the products being developed for racing have led to goods that are perfect for good ol’ fashioned mountain biking. One example is these new FiveTen Kestrel Lace shoes we found at Crankworx. The Kestrel model was first ...


Inside Line: Continental releases new Baron Projekt enduro tire

Inside Line: Continental releases new Baron Projekt enduro tire

Continental showed this tire last year at Eurobike, but it seems it is finally ready for production. We’ve been a fan of Conti’s Black Chili rubber compound, but have been noticing the casing and tread widths of its tire line aren’t matching up as well as we’d like with modern wider internal rim widths. The ...


Inside Line: Lazer Revolution enduro helmet

Inside Line: Lazer Revolution enduro helmet

With the capabilities of modern trail bikes increasing every year, it makes sense to up the level of protection for the rider. This new helmet from Lazer allows the rider to choose just how much coverage is wanted or needed. This isn’t an entirely new concept (see Bell’s excellent Super 2R), but the Revolution adds ...


Inside Line: Magura introduces Vyron dropper post with wireless remote

Inside Line: Magura introduces Vyron dropper post with wireless remote

While we’ve seen a few prototypes from other companies, Magura is first to market with a dropper post with a wireless remote. While the dropper itself uses a conventional hydraulic mechanism, it is controlled via a small servo motor at the head of the post. We haven’t seen it first hand so we’ll let Magura ...


Inside Line: Surly unveils new fat bike model, the Wednesday

Inside Line: Surly unveils new fat bike model, the Wednesday

My how things have changed. When the Surly Pugsley rolled onto the scene nearly 10 years ago no one could have predicted (well, some probably did) that fat bikes would be as common as they are today. Riders are using them not just for Arctic exploration, but also for straight up mountain biking, which has ...


Inside Line: Devinci Enters the Plus-Size Market with the Hendrix

Inside Line: Devinci Enters the Plus-Size Market with the Hendrix

I might be speaking prematurely here, but in a few years this new bike from Devinci might just be what most trail bikes look like. Boost spacing, 120 mm front travel, 110 mm rear travel, 27plus tires, single-ring drivetrain, aggressive geometry, and an affordable price put the new Hendrix in a good position for 2016. Like ...


Inside Line: Fatback launches two new fat bike frames

Inside Line: Fatback launches two new fat bike frames

One of the original trendsetters in the fat bike market was Fatback out of Anchorage. Pioneers of the wider hub spacing that made 4-inch tires possible in the first place, the company’s latest products continue to push the envelope of fat bike mountain biking. Both are suspension corrected for the RockShox Bluto fork and presumably ...


Inside Line: New Leatt Helmet, Packs, Pads and Gloves for 2016

Inside Line: New Leatt Helmet, Packs, Pads and Gloves for 2016

Last year Leatt announced new helmets that were slated to begin shipping in 2015. As is often the case, even the best-laid plans don’t always pan out as expected. A fire at Leatt’s foam supplier delayed production significantly. Fortunately, these new lids will begin shipping in January of 2016. 6.0 Carbon and 5.0 Composite – $499/$399 ...


Inside Line: Morpheus Conspiracy Downhill Bike

Inside Line: Morpheus Conspiracy Downhill Bike

Morpheus is proudly displaying an all-new downhill bike here at Crankworx and we caught up with company founder Michael Schwartz to get the lowdown. This full carbon fiber rig is the first project where Morpheus sought expertise from outside the company to assist in frame design and suspension kinematics, “to make [the Conspiracy] a bike that goes against ...


Inside Line: Easton and Race Face announce dropper posts

Inside Line: Easton and Race Face announce dropper posts

Two new players are set to enter the dropper seatpost market later this year. In a parallel move, Race Face and Easton announced the release of new dropper seatposts. Though the posts are mechanically identical, they will be branded independently as the Race Face Turbine and Easton Haven. The infinitely adjustable post mechanism utilizes a licensed ...


Inside Line: Devinci’s Redesigned Troy

Inside Line: Devinci’s Redesigned Troy

Devinci launched a redesigned Troy here at Crankworx and we’ve just had our first look. The trail market has evolved quite a bit since 2013 when the Troy was originally launched. Over the years, Devinci has been seeing folks riding that bike harder and harder with wide bars and burly rolling stock. With this in mind, and ...


Inside Line: New Orbea Loki and a unique dropper post

Inside Line: New Orbea Loki and a unique dropper post

The hardtail isn’t dead. At all. In fact, we might be living in the golden age of hardtails, with everything from fancy carbon race bikes to steel expedition bikes easily available. Most exciting to me is the trail hardtail market and the versatility that is becoming common with the addition of new technology. Orbea’s new hardtail ...


First ride on the new 2016 Salsa bikes

First ride on the new 2016 Salsa bikes

Deadwood Somewhat surprising is this 29plus touring bike that Salsa says will be produced in somewhat limited numbers. More evolutionary than revolutionary, it’s kind of like what you’d expect to get if a Fargo and a Mukluk enjoyed a little too much bourbon around the campfire before snuggling into a sleeping bag together. It’s built ...


Shimano releases new gravity, touring and winter shoes

Shimano releases new gravity, touring and winter shoes

The new Shimano gravity series has been designed with input from Men’s Downhill World Champion Gee Atherton, 2013 Downhill World Champion Rachel Atherton and multiple British 4X National Champion Dan Atherton. The Atherton’s influence is clear to see in the AM9, which the whole GT Atherton team has been testing since the beginning of the ...


Inside Line: RockShox updates the Lyrik and introduces new Yari fork

Inside Line: RockShox updates the Lyrik and introduces new Yari fork

Today, RockShox announced significant updates to the Lyrik as well as as a completely new model based on the Lyrik chassis called Yari. Lyrik The Lyrik was well liked among the hard-charging set, but was stuck in 26-inch wheel purgatory, a sad place to be for such a well made fork. No longer. The new ...


Inside Line: Trek refreshes Fuel EX 29 with new features, Boost spacing

Inside Line: Trek refreshes Fuel EX 29 with new features, Boost spacing

The Trek Fuel EX has been one of the most popular trail bikes in history but Trek wasn’t about to rest with “good enough.” After the folks from Waterloo added a 27.5 version last summer with the introduction of the amazing Penske Re:aktiv shock technology, the 29er model gets a full refresh with new features, new technology ...


Inside Line: Advocate Cycles launches Watchman fat bike

Inside Line: Advocate Cycles launches Watchman fat bike

We had our first introduction with Advocate Cycles earlier this year when the new brand brought its Hayduke model to the Sea Otter Classic. This week the company announced its second model, the steel Watchman fat bike frame. Just like the Hayduke, the new Watchman is built from Reynolds 725 steel with an original Portage ...


Inside Line: Ibis introduces refreshed Ripley and Ripley LS

Inside Line: Ibis introduces refreshed Ripley and Ripley LS

The Ripley 29er is one of the youngest models in the Ibis line of full-carbon trail bikes, yet it has already earned a refresh to better match the desires of Ibis customers. The geometry of the standard model remains the same, but a second longer and slacker version, the Ripley LS, has been added with ...


Inside Line: New carbon Focus SAM C and Spine

Inside Line: New carbon Focus SAM C and Spine

When Focus first came to the U.S. in 2009, the brand made a name for itself in the road and cyclocross markets, but it wasn’t able to bring its full mountain bike line across from Germany because of patent conflicts. Since that time, it has been able to expand its suspension offerings in the U.S., ...


Inside Line: Our first look at the New Pivot Mach 429 Trail

Inside Line: Our first look at the New Pivot Mach 429 Trail

The latest Pivot trail and all-mountain bikes—the Mach 4 and Mach 6—have been a big success, but most recently the 29ers have been restricted to the cross-country end of its lineup. Now the new Mach 429 Trail lets 29er fans—ourselves included—enjoy the excellent dw-link suspension on more rowdy trails. Pivot started the design with a ...


Inside Line: Yeti releases two women’s bikes: the Yeti Beti ASRc and SB5c

Inside Line: Yeti releases two women’s bikes: the Yeti Beti ASRc and SB5c

The women’s bike market just got a another serious player in the form of Yeti Cycles. Taking an approach that mirrors Santa Cruz’s Juliana women’s bikes, Yeti’s new Beti line utilizes existing frame designs, adapted for women with distinct finishes and component selection. Yeti selected two of its most popular carbon fiber models for the ...


Inside Line: Scott unveils line of 27plus bikes

Inside Line: Scott unveils line of 27plus bikes

Photos courtesy of Scott Sports The tidal wave is coming, and it’s rolling on big tires. Scott is one of the first major brands out of the gate with 27plus, in this case built on the Genius full-suspension platform and Scale hardtail. The brand touts the added traction offered from the 27.5×2.8 tires while sacrificing ...


Bell introduces most affordable MIPS helmet yet

Bell introduces most affordable MIPS helmet yet

It’s not a good idea to cut corners when it comes to safety, but it can be tough to decide how nice a helmet you really “need.” Bell hopes to make choosing a bit easier with the introduction of the $90 Event XC, the most affordable helmet in its lineup with the MIPS safety system. ...


Inside Line: BMC introduces new Teamelite 01 with softail design

Inside Line: BMC introduces new Teamelite 01 with softail design

In elite cross-country racing, cutting every gram possible is key to getting to the top of the mountain first—or the top of the podium. Some World Cup racers have adopted full-suspension bikes, but many prefer the simplicity and pedaling performance of a hardtail. BMC has revived an old idea with its latest bike design: a ...


Move your dropper remote with the Lindarets ReMount

Move your dropper remote with the Lindarets ReMount

Dropper posts have dropped a bomb on the bike industry, with many riders (this one included) believing they are the most significant mountain bike innovation since the suspension fork. But while they can transform your bike and your ride, they have their weaknesses. Reliability has been an issue with many models, and the thumb remotes ...


The Weekly Dirt

The Weekly Dirt

It’s been a busy week in the world of bikes. First and foremost it is Red Bull Rampage week and with that comes all the excitement of the big day which you can watch live on Friday Oct. 25th on Red Bull TV. Outside of the cliffs of Virgin, Utah, there has been a bunch ...


Transition debuts new kids-sized full-suspension model

Transition debuts new kids-sized full-suspension model

Mountain biking has become a family sport, and so far this has been a breakout year for high-quality kids bikes that are just as capable as many full-size bikes. Everyone knows kids learn quickly and if they want to progress their skills they need quality gear. The new Transition Ripcord has 100mm of travel through ...


Bold Cycles previews new bike with hidden shock

Bold Cycles previews new bike with hidden shock

Carbon fiber is capable of some amazing things, and the shapes that it can create have allowed bike designers to really get creative with suspension design. One of the most unusual ideas we’ve seen in years is the new Linkin Trail from the Swiss brand Bold Cycles. Essentially a basic four-bar design, it is unusual in ...


First Look: Shimano’s New Deore XT M8000 Group

First Look: Shimano’s New Deore XT M8000 Group

It took Shimano a surprisingly long time to bet on black. The venerable XT group has finally gotten a cosmetic makeover that is on point with it’s long-standing reputation of performance. For over 30 years XT has proven to be the measuring stick for quality. This latest iteration of the working-man’s-XTR  has the obvious upgrade in ...


Easton hopes to steal the show with new Heist wheels

Easton hopes to steal the show with new Heist wheels

Easton’s Haven and Havoc wheels have been solid performers for years but with customers asking for ever-wider options the brand went back to the drawing board to create an all-new platform for aggressive trail and all-mountain riding. The new Heist wheels will be available in both 27.5 and 29-inch, and in three widths: 24 mm, ...


2015 Sea Otter tech roundup – Part 4

2015 Sea Otter tech roundup – Part 4

Ryde Rims Ryde Rims showed up to our booth one morning with a new rim. Ryde was until recently known as Rigida, and is now going after a higher end part of the market. This is the Trace rim ($135), which will come in 22, 25 and 29 mm internal widths in both standard and asymmetric. ...


Inside Line: First look at the new Specialized ‘6Fatty’ Fuze and Ruze

Inside Line: First look at the new Specialized ‘6Fatty’ Fuze and Ruze

Based on the success of its Fatboy, Specialized debuted the new Fuse (men’s) and Ruze (women’s) 27plus at the Sea Otter Classic, a platform the company has dubbed “6Fattie.” Built from Specialized’s M4 level aluminum, the 67 degree head angle is slacker and more trail bike worthy than the Fatboy and the bottom bracket is also ...


Revived Fat Chance Yo Eddy goes into production

Revived Fat Chance Yo Eddy goes into production

Photos by Nick Kova After we learned of the return of Fat Chance Cycles last fall, things got rolling with a crowdfunding campaign to raise seed money to get the revived business off the ground and build the first batch of new bikes. Now that the campaign has been successfully funded, Fat Chance is taking orders ...


2015 Sea Otter tech roundup – Part 3

2015 Sea Otter tech roundup – Part 3

Subaru Subaru is one of the key sponsors of Sea Otter and it had a collection of vintage cars and bikes in its booth. It’s amazing how dated the mountain bikes look but the car from the same era seems commonplace.     Ergon The new GA1 grip from Ergon has been hugely popular, both ...


2015 Sea Otter Tech Roundup – Part 2

2015 Sea Otter Tech Roundup – Part 2

Raleigh Raleigh had a two new prototypes at the show, both still in unfinished matte carbon. The Roker is a carbon fiber version of Raleigh’s well received Tamland and Willard gravel bikes. Expect the same geometry as the previous bikes, room for 40 mm tires, thru axles and three bottle mounts for those long dirt ...


2015 Sea Otter tech roundup – Part 1

2015 Sea Otter tech roundup – Part 1

Polygon A new entry to the U.S. market, Polygon expands its line up with a few more bikes. The Syncline 9 is a 27.5 hardtail race bike. The full carbon frame, XTR wheels and Di2 drivetrain and Fox Factory 32 fork make this a top-level racer right out of the box. $4,200 direct to consumer price. ...


Turner unveils new 27Plus Sultan, revised Burner and a cyclocross bike

Turner unveils new 27Plus Sultan, revised Burner and a cyclocross bike

Sultan 27plus There’s no doubt this is the year of the 27plus bonanza, and Turner is one of the first brands out of the gate with a revised Sultan built around the new wheel size. With an overall diameter roughly equal to that of a 29er, modifying the design was simply a matter of making ...


Inside Line: Pacenti PDent Shorty Stems

Inside Line: Pacenti PDent Shorty Stems

With all the tire size and hub width standards getting pushed around lately, it might have been easy to overlook something as simple as a dent in a handlebar. But with the industry ready and willing to throw convention out the window these days, why not rethink bike sizing as well? The PDent is Kirk ...


Inside Line: First look at Advocate Cycles 27plus hardtail

Inside Line: First look at Advocate Cycles 27plus hardtail

Here at Dirt Rag we’re huge fans of classic steel hardtails, and today we got an introduction to a new brand with a unique business model that is giving back to the associations that support cycling. Advocate Cycles is a new venture from industry veteran Tim Krueger and its first product is the Hayduke, a ...


First look at the new Rocky Mountain Sherpa

First look at the new Rocky Mountain Sherpa

We first got a look at the Sherpa concept last spring at the Sea Otter Classic, and now one year later Rocky Mountain is ready to introduce the bike to the world. Built around the 27plus tires—in this case WTB’s 2.8 Trailblazers—the Sherpa is loosely based on the Element 29er and contains much of the ...


Inside Line: Shimano brings 11-speed to Deore XT group

Inside Line: Shimano brings 11-speed to Deore XT group

Shimano’s flagship XTR mountain bike line made the jump to 11 speeds last year, and while we have certainly been impressed with its performance, it will always remain a bit of a halo product, out of reach of most mountain bikers. The new Deore XT group features many of the technologies first debuted in XTR ...


New 2016 goodies from SRAM: 27.5 RS-1 fork, new fork lockout,  and Monarch RT3 updates

New 2016 goodies from SRAM: 27.5 RS-1 fork, new fork lockout, and Monarch RT3 updates

SRAM has made some big news in recent weeks with the launch of its new GX drivetrain group and the Boost series of components, but there are some smaller changes in the lineup that are worth noting. First up is the 27.5 version of the RS-1 fork. The unique inverted design brings all the performance of ...


Kali Protectives releases super light bike and DOT-certified full face helmet

Kali Protectives releases super light bike and DOT-certified full face helmet

A downhill bike helmet must face strict safety standards, but for many riders the additional DOT safety rating is a strong selling point. The drawback? The additional size and weight of a DOT helmet is not only annoying, it can compound injuries due to the pendulum effect. Kali Protectives already makes some of the most advanced ...


Inside Line: New SRAM GX group offers 1×11, 2×11 or 2×10 versions

Inside Line: New SRAM GX group offers 1×11, 2×11 or 2×10 versions

SRAM’s latest drivetrain component set not only offers an even lower price barrier to 1×11 shifting, it’s available in a new 2×11 shifting option for the first time, as well as a 2×10 version. The GX components are largely designed with trickle-down technologies pioneered in the XX1, XO1 and X1 groupsets and it slots in between X1 and ...


Inside Line: Fox unveils new Float 34 fork and DPS Float shock

Inside Line: Fox unveils new Float 34 fork and DPS Float shock

We’ve ridden a lot Fox 34 forks and Float CTD rear shocks and they’ve been reliable performers that just needed a few changes to really bring them to the next level. While you could send your suspension bits away for tweaking, it seems that Fox has been paying attention to what riders are after, and updated the ...


Inside Line: SRAM releases new four-piston Guide Ultimate brakes

Inside Line: SRAM releases new four-piston Guide Ultimate brakes

SRAM went back to the drawing board when it designed the Guide brake series introduced last year. We tested and reviewed the RSC model and found they are vastly improved over previous SRAM/Avid designs. The new Guide Ultimate model takes the design a step further with a slightly revised caliper and carbon fiber lever arms. ...


Velocity USA’s Wheel Department now offering American-made wheels

Velocity USA’s Wheel Department now offering American-made wheels

A few years ago Velocity moved all its rim production from Australia to the United States and became Velocity USA, building rims in its Jacksonville, Florida, factory and lacing them by hand in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Now it’s paired with North Carolina’s Industry Nine components to offer an American-made wheelset from its in-house Wheel Department. ...


Inside Line: RockShox and SRAM introduce Boost components

Inside Line: RockShox and SRAM introduce Boost components

The new product news continues to roll in, with SRAM and RockShox releasing a pile of new parts related to the new Boost axle standards. Boost 110 Both the 27.5 and 29-inch versions of the Pike, Reba and SID are being made available with a new 110×15 axle standard. The wider forks will allow for the ever-growing tires ...


Inside Line: WTB adds more 27.5+ tires and rims, plus new lightweight saddle

Inside Line: WTB adds more 27.5+ tires and rims, plus new lightweight saddle

WTB was one of the first out of the gate with products in the new 27.5+ category, specifically rims and tires for a 27.5×3.0 (or so) wheel and tire combo. The new Bridger 3.0 27.5+ is aimed squarely at the aggressive trail and enduro market, and should pair up nicely with the Fox 34 released ...


Inside Line: 2016 Fox Float 34 Fork for 27.5+ Tires

Inside Line: 2016 Fox Float 34 Fork for 27.5+ Tires

Fox kicks off the 2016 product news with an announcement that may signal widespread industry acceptance of the plus size tire as something more than an oddity: A Fox Factory 34 fork for 27.5+ tires. Fox claims plenty of clearance for tires up to 27.5 x 3.25, travel from 110 mm to 150 mm, 51 ...


Shimano unveils revamped Acera line

Shimano unveils revamped Acera line

In its unending march of product development, Shimano has announced its latest Acera line of mountain bike and trekking components will feature many of its technologies that once debuted at a higher price point. The new M3000 series features a new compact triple crank, the introduction of the Shadow rear derailleur design, and shifters that stand ...


Frostbike gallery and tech roundup, Part 2

Frostbike gallery and tech roundup, Part 2

Over the weekend we traveled to Quality Bicycle Products’ headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota, to see what was new from their own brands and the brands they distribute to most of the local bike shops in America. e-Thirteen The LG1+ chainguide is one of e-Thirteen’s best selling products, and the new generation makes the popular gravity ...


Frostbike gallery and tech roundup, Part 1

Frostbike gallery and tech roundup, Part 1

Quality Bicycle Components is the largest bicycle products distributor in the U.S. and is the brand that supports nearly every bike shop in America. It owns several of its own brands and distributes dozens of others. We traveled to QBP’s home office and distribution warehouse in Bloomington, Minnesota, for FrostBike, its annual dealer show, to ...


Salsa introduces Powderkeg tandem 29er, plus redesigned Warbird gravel bike

Salsa introduces Powderkeg tandem 29er, plus redesigned Warbird gravel bike

Each year, Quality Bicycle Products, the parent company of Salsa (as well as Surly, All-City and others) hosts a dealer show at is Minnesota headquarters. Salsa took the opportunity to announce it would be officially offering a production version of the Powderkeg tandem that has been floating around in prototype form for years. Powderkeg Not ...


45NRTH unveils two new front/rear specific fat bike tires

45NRTH unveils two new front/rear specific fat bike tires

45NRTH is committed to pushing cold-weather cycling technology, and its latest two tires continue that trend, following closely behind the launch of the brand’s Ride Groomed website. The Flowbeist and Dunderbeist are front and rear specific, respectively, and measure out at 4.6 inches, a good middle ground that should fit a wide variety of fat ...


Zen Fabrication introduces new line of mountain, road and cyclocross bikes

Zen Fabrication introduces new line of mountain, road and cyclocross bikes

If you buy an American-made steel or aluminum frame and it isn’t from a small, boutique brand, there’s a good chance it was made in Portland, Oregon, by Zen Fabrication. Born from the ashes of Ellsworth’s U.S. manufacturing business and the withdrawal of the Sapa framebuilding enterprise, Zen has been building frames for other bike ...


Santa Cruz Stigmata returns, along with a refreshed Highball carbon

Santa Cruz Stigmata returns, along with a refreshed Highball carbon

Photos by Sven Martin. After much speculation, Santa Cruz dropped a somewhat unexpected pair of bikes on the public, with a return of the Stigmata cyclocross bike and a refreshed Highball carbon hardtail with new geometry and a second wheelsize. The bikes were introduced on the South Island of New Zealand, perhaps the most picturesque place I’ve ...


The Flow Zone introduces QR axle for Fox 36 forks

The Flow Zone introduces QR axle for Fox 36 forks

The latest generation of the Fox 36 fork is plenty versatile and capable, in all ways but one: fast wheel removable. The creative dropout design that can accommodate both 15mm and 20mm axles requires a tool to install and remove—not so fun when you get a flat out on the trail. The Flow Zone has a solution: ...


Sony unveils new 4k ActionCam

Sony unveils new 4k ActionCam

Sony has been pushing hard for a larger segment of the POV camera market in recent years and it’s confident that it can become a major player. The electronics company certainly has the brand recognition as well as a growing list of athletes and ambassadors. It hasn’t shied away from the comparisons to the GoPro juggernaut that’s been ...


Shimano unveils 25th Anniversary SPD shoes and pedals

Shimano unveils 25th Anniversary SPD shoes and pedals

There are few products in mountain bike history as transformative as the Shimano SPD pedal system. In 1990 the very concept of clipless pedals was still new to cycling and most mountain bikers were still using hiking boots and flat pedals. While mountain bikes, shoes and pedals have transformed radically around it in the past quarter-century, the ...


Kali Protectives unveils new Maya trail helmet

Kali Protectives unveils new Maya trail helmet

Not all foam is created equal. While all bicycle helmets sold in the United States have to pass the same safety regulations, there is a lot of room above and beyond those tests where impact absorption can be improved. Kali Protectives‘ Composite Fusion Plus technology uses a dual-layer foam construction better absorb impacts and help ...


Surly teases new Moonlander Special Ops, narrow/wide chainrings

Surly teases new Moonlander Special Ops, narrow/wide chainrings

In a few weeks Surly will join its parent company, Quality Bicycle Products, at its annual product show dubbed Frostbike. Well, they couldn’t keep the cat in the bag, so today it announced a few new goodies we’ll be “officially” seeing for the first time at the show: First up is the Moonlander Special Ops, ...


Pivot unveils full carbon fat bike, the LES Fat

Pivot unveils full carbon fat bike, the LES Fat

While Pivot is perhaps best known for its high-performance suspension bikes like the new Mach 429SL, it is expanding its lineup into the fat tire realm with the launch of the new LES Fat model. Because the full-carbon frame uses an arching dropout system like to the one found on the LES hardtail, the LES Fat ...


Fat Chance launches new bike via crowd funding

Fat Chance launches new bike via crowd funding

We first brought you news of the resurrection of the Fat Chance brand back in September, and now it’s one step closer to a reality. The new Yo Eddy Team will be an American-made, steel, trail hardtail with all the modern touches, including a tapered head tube, dropper post compatibility and 142×12 thru-axle. It will ...


SRAM debuts its own direct mount X-Sync chainring

SRAM debuts its own direct mount X-Sync chainring

Since the boom of single chainring drivetrains and the narrow/wide chainrings that followed, one item has been notably absent from bike shop shelves. SRAM’s high-end cranksets have long been equipped with a removable spider, but even with the introduction of the latest XX1 and XO1 groups, they retained traditional bolt-on chainrings. The aftermarket has filled ...


Pivot Cycles unveils new 429SL carbon

Pivot Cycles unveils new 429SL carbon

Earlier this year the release of the Mach 4 Carbon was big news for Pivot Cycles, as its first step into the 27.5 market. Now it has followed it up with something even bigger—a 429SL with the same carbon design, dw-link suspension and full XTR Di2 compatibility. According to Pivot the carbon 429SL drops more ...


Sixth-generation Santa Cruz V10 now available

Sixth-generation Santa Cruz V10 now available

We saw it make its debut under the Syndicate riders back in July, and now it can be yours — the sixth generation of what is likely the winningest downhill bike ever is now on sale. Now you can ride what Ratboy rode to a World Cup overall championship and bone-crunching second place at the World ...


Salsa launches carbon Bucksaw full-suspension fat bike

Salsa launches carbon Bucksaw full-suspension fat bike

Can’t say we didn’t see this coming. With the stratospheric boom in popularity of fat bikes and the positive reaction to the aluminum version of the Bucksaw, Salsa has just let loose that a carbon fiber version will be joining it on the trails in the near future. Still built around 100mm of travel through the ...


Video: Transition Bikes shows off new Giddy-Up link

Video: Transition Bikes shows off new Giddy-Up link

We recently got our first look at Transition’s new lineup and its move to a four-bar rear suspension they’ve dubbed the Giddy-Up link. In the 2015 lineup it’s found on four new models in all three wheel sizes. Here’s the gang explaining its, um… “inspiration.” https://vimeo.com/106423928


Inside Line: Jeff Jones unveils new Jones Plus model

Inside Line: Jeff Jones unveils new Jones Plus model

Jeff Jones has been toying with the 29+ concept for years, long before it became a reality thanks to widely available tires. After a lot of experimentation, he has unveiled his second model, aptly named Jones Plus. Built around a 29×3.0 tire, it bucks many industry trends in achieving what Jones said is a spirited ...


Interbike: The wheel deal from FSA, Shimano, American Classic and HED

Interbike: The wheel deal from FSA, Shimano, American Classic and HED

FSA K-Force FSA’s top tier carbon K-Force comes in 29er and 27.5 and as such FSA says these are more than just two mountain bike options, they are actually perfect for four different disciplines crossing over into road use. The 29 is perfect for cross-country as well as doubling as a 700c wheel for gravel ...


Interbike Outdoor Demo: Speedplay readies Syzr mountain bike pedals

Interbike Outdoor Demo: Speedplay readies Syzr mountain bike pedals

Speedplay is one of the best-known players in the road bike pedal scene, but it hasn’t had nearly as much success with riders in the dirt. The Frog series has some loyal fans, but they are few and far between. Speedplay hopes to change the game with the long-awaited Syzr pedal system. Just like its ...


Chumba USA returns with American-made steel hardtails

Chumba USA returns with American-made steel hardtails

For those who have been around the downhill and freeride scene for a while, the name Chumba should be pretty familiar. While it’s been laying low for a few years, it has been resurrected with new owners and a new focus on building fun, aggressive, American-made bike hard tails, with hints of more to come ...


Interbike Outdoor Demo: First look at Ellsworth’s new Dare with 160, 180 or 225mm of adjustable travel

Interbike Outdoor Demo: First look at Ellsworth’s new Dare with 160, 180 or 225mm of adjustable travel

There are big changes afoot for the storied SoCal brand, with a new owner and some new models on the way. Having been acquired by BST Nano Carbon, a San Diego-based composites manufacturer, Ellsworth is debuting the last of its Asian-made carbon fiber frames, as it will soon shift its carbon fiber production to the ...


First Look: Transition Bikes’ redesigned 2015 lineup

First Look: Transition Bikes’ redesigned 2015 lineup

In the information age, it is rare to be surprised by a new product release. But this is one of those rare cases. Transition redesigned all of its trail bikes for 2015, with new model names as well: Smuggler, Scout and Patrol. For right now, all bikes are aluminum, with carbon frames in the works, ...


First look: Redesigned Bionicon C-Guide Eco chain guide

First look: Redesigned Bionicon C-Guide Eco chain guide

A year or so ago I got my hands on one of Bionicon’s smart and simple chainguides, which works something like a chain tensioner to keep rattling at bay and create a larger chain wrap around a chainring. Now the German brand has simplified the design making it lighter, cheaper and easier to install. What’s ...


First impression: Specialized’s new S.W.A.T. apparel and 27.5 Stumpjumper EVO

First impression: Specialized’s new S.W.A.T. apparel and 27.5 Stumpjumper EVO

The race to improve technical clothing for dirt munchers is in full force and Specialized has poured its mighty resources into its Spring 2014 apparel line, specifically targeted at trail, all-mountain and gravity categories.


Quick look: Gravity Anomoly shorts

Quick look: Gravity Anomoly shorts

Gravity Anomaly is a small operation founded in 2012 that is sold only online or at small pop-up shops or events. All of its products are made in the USA and use domestic fabrics whenever possible.  Teamster Shorts $64 The Teamsters are cross-country or general-purpose shorts that hit above the knee. They have the full ...


Microbytes: Kitsbow jersey and shorts

Microbytes: Kitsbow jersey and shorts

Kitsbow is a clothing brand out of California, billed as “Impeccable mountain bike wear for obsessives.” I wouldn’t consider myself obsessive, but damn, do I love me some nicely made clothes. Maybe it was my high school job at a men’s clothing store, or too much Project Runway. Whatever. Let’s get this out of the ...


Marzocchi Goes Purple for Rampage

Marzocchi Goes Purple for Rampage

It’s October and in the mountain bike world, which means Red Bull Rampage, the most iconic freeride event of the year. Marzocchi riders have been Rampage frontrunners ever since the godfather, Wade Simmons won the very first edition in 2001. Beginning on Monday, October 21st, in an ode to Marzocchi’s heritage, all team riders will ...


Where do you want to ride in your one wild and precious life? – Sponsored

Where do you want to ride in your one wild and precious life? – Sponsored

I bought my first mountain bike back in 2000. I was just starting college and wanted a bike I could get around town with, but also use to explore the dirt roads, arroyos, desert expanses and mountain trails of my new home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I didn’t really understand mountain biking as a ...


New Liv Pique 29 lineup is live, complete with the Fox Live Valve

New Liv Pique 29 lineup is live, complete with the Fox Live Valve

Liv may have cracked the code on how to sell a women-specific mountain bike. While some other brands fuss about paint color and handlebar length (both important!), Liv was taking measurements on how women ride bikes: The average ranges of our body dimensions (inseam versus torso length, for instance), where our power comes from, how ...


Dirt Rag 212 is on its way! How will you get yours?

Dirt Rag 212 is on its way! How will you get yours?

Issue 212 of Dirt Rag Magazine has hit the doorstep of Dirt Rag Headquarters, which means it’s on its way to bookstores, bike shops, ports, rabbit holes, hobbit huts, sasquatch pits, alligator caves, marmot nests, clown fortresses and, of course, subscriber mailboxes. If you haven’t already subscribed, be sure to stop by your local bike ...


Race Face introduces its new Æffect R crankset and dropper post

Race Face introduces its new Æffect R crankset and dropper post

Race Face announces today its new Æffect R crankset, dropper post and lever. The crankset is designed to keep an enduro-strength crank in the weight-range of a typical XC crank (632 g for DM alloy without bottom bracket, or 696 g for DM steel without bottom bracket). It uses forged 7050 AL construction added stiffness ...


Maxxis Introduces new Troy Brosnan Signature Tire: The Dissector

Maxxis Introduces new Troy Brosnan Signature Tire: The Dissector

This weekend at Crankworx Whistler, Maxxis is launching a new signature tire, created with downhill World Cup champion Troy Brosnan. The Dissector is designed especially for dry, loose conditions. Beginning in early 2018, Brosnan and Maxxis engineers worked together to find the right balance of rolling speed, cornering traction, and braking traction for the Dissector. ...


Industry Nine Rounds Out All-Mountain Stem Collection with A318

Industry Nine Rounds Out All-Mountain Stem Collection with A318

Industry Nine is known for their pretty bike baubles. Not just because they are stunning, colorful additions to any bike build that will make your ride sparkle (and match!) with their anodization and CNC craftmanship, they are also lightweight and high quality. Dirt Rag visited their Asheville space back in February and reviewed the A35 ...


A Letter to Our Readers

A Letter to Our Readers

Dear sweet and kind and mischievous readers: Thank you! If you’ve received issue 211 in the mail or at your newsstand, you’ve seen that this is our 30th anniversary of Dirt Rag. We couldn’t have done it without you. Since the days of handing out ‘zines at local Pittsburgh mountain bike gatherings, you’ve been there, ...


A Tale of Two Bicis, Part Deux

A Tale of Two Bicis, Part Deux

Editor’s note: A Tale of Two Bicis (part one) was published in the current issue of Dirt Rag Magazine, #211. Like what you see? To keep up with our print content, be sure to subscribe today so you don’t miss an issue. Can a sudden injection of modern bike technology make you a better rider? ...


In Print: Fast and Loose — PUSH Industries

In Print: Fast and Loose — PUSH Industries

Editor’s note: This story originally ran in issue 210 of Dirt Rag Magazine for our Fast and Loose segment. Like what you see? Subscribe today to catch issue 212 before it flies off the shelves. By Zach White Tucked away in an unassuming, moderately industrial cul-de-sac in Loveland, Colorado, sits the purpose-built, 7,300-square-foot headquarters of ...


New Bikes from Santa Cruz and Juliana

New Bikes from Santa Cruz and Juliana

A few weeks ago Dirt Rag was lucky enough to check out the new Maverick from Juliana. You can read all about it here. Santa Cruz, Juliana’s parent (or maybe big brother) company, also released a new bike: the 2nd generation Hightower. Both bikes are made for that grey space between cross country and gravity ...


First Impressions: Juliana’s new Maverick

First Impressions: Juliana’s new Maverick

Juliana Maverick $43oo-$8300 depending on build A few weeks ago, Dirt Rag had the opportunity to check out the new Maverick from Juliana on the trails of Buena Vista, Colorado (a post about the town and trails is coming soon). It had been a while since I rode out West, with those long, steep rock ...


The Weekly Dirt: Outer Bike Edition

The Weekly Dirt: Outer Bike Edition

Last weekend OuterBike in a partnership with Western Spirit Cycling added a new date to its ever-expanding traveling expo in Sun Valley, Idaho. The ski town is also home to miles and miles of healthy trail systems, scenic views, and ample nightlife to accommodate the invasion of the bike industry. Located at the base of ...


Review: Steadyrack Mountain Bike Rack

Review: Steadyrack Mountain Bike Rack

Steadyrack Mountain Bike Rack $80 Figuring out how to store your bikes can be a real hassle, especially in smaller spaces. And if you have a small space, you probably also don’t have any spare space to turn into a makeshift warehouse of ugly hooks. I had been putting off getting a bike rack for ...


Newly Opened Tannery Knobs Bike Park in East Tennessee is Small but Mighty

Newly Opened Tannery Knobs Bike Park in East Tennessee is Small but Mighty

By Melonee Hurt The newly-opened Tannery Knobs mountain bike park in Johnson City, Tennessee, is small at just shy of four miles of trails on 40 acres of land. But what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in impact for this burgeoning mountain town. Although Johnson City has always been surrounded ...


Review: Native Eyewear – La Reina

Review: Native Eyewear – La Reina

We only have about 6 days of sun per year here in Pittsburgh, so when it does come out our pupils don’t really know what’s happening. Even without the sun, lots of crap flies up off the trails. Having a good pair of “sunnies” really makes a difference, whether it’s always bright out of the ...


Dirt Rag 211 on its way!

Dirt Rag 211 on its way!

1989 was a big year for a lot of folks. I think Taylor Swift has a whole album about it, or maybe Ryan Adams has a whole album about Taylor Swift’s album about it. Some kid pulled out one of my loose teeth on a school bus on the way to the Science Museum. Nirvana ...


Trail Report: Spider Mountain

Trail Report: Spider Mountain

In a recent issue of Dirt Rag, we went to some bike parks to check out what new developments are happening in the world of designated bike trails and downhill riding. Windrock in January scared the goggles off me, but I took another stab at downhill bike parks when I visited Spider Mountain outside Austin, ...


Pivot Mach 4 SL – First Ride

Pivot Mach 4 SL – First Ride

When the 429 SL first debuted as Pivot’s ultimate World Cup-caliber race weapon it was long, low and slack, at least for its time. Signaling a change to the new era Pivot’s cross-country bike is now named the Mach 4 SL providing 100mm of a renowned dw-link suspension paired with either a 100-120mm travel fork. ...


Rattling the Stoke Bone — Getting Skilled at Ninja Mountain Bike Performance

Rattling the Stoke Bone — Getting Skilled at Ninja Mountain Bike Performance

We all have our strengths and weaknesses as riders. The longer we ride, the more those are reinforced. Especially riding with a group, where we tend to pay more attention to keeping up with the pack than making micro-adjustments to our weight distribution or foot angle. Even riding alone, sometimes it feels like we’re doing ...


Beer Me: Dogfish Head’s new summer brews

Beer Me: Dogfish Head’s new summer brews

SuperEIGHT: Super Gose ABV: 5.3 The concept of a beer that can develop film is a bit off-putting, the way junior high science fair projects of Coca Cola eating away at baby teeth and tarnished jewelry alike made me suddenly notice how soft my teeth felt after a can of cold soda on a hot ...


Review: Wahoo Roam

Review: Wahoo Roam

$379. Being more or less glued to a technological device at all times, I cherish the precious time I have on my bike when I am not staring at a screen. I say this as a person with a Garmin watch who has been known to stop in the middle of the trail to answer ...


Sick Sea Otter sightings

Sick Sea Otter sightings

At this year’s Sea Otter, there was a lot of fresh stuff to see. Some brands were bringing out their classics in new colors, while others had exciting product launches or were showing up at Sea Otter for the first time.  


Review: Hutchinson Griffus tires

Review: Hutchinson Griffus tires

Editor’s note: For this review of Hutchinson’s Griffus tires, designed especially for gravity shredding in dry, loose trail conditions, we sent “Janker” Ted Jaramillo, an enduro racer riding for Transition and based in Northern New Mexico, to Digne-les-Bains, France with Hutchinson to test these tires at the EVO bike park. Janker Ted knows what a ...


So what is CBD anyway?

So what is CBD anyway?

I don’t want to be a square, but I am. I was the kid all my childhood friends’ parents thought was on drugs, but I was really just a sensitive weirdo who cut her own hair. Sure, I’ve dabbled, but I don’t like the feeling of being high just like I don’t like the feeling ...


Review: Deuter Trans Alpine Pro 26L backpack

Review: Deuter Trans Alpine Pro 26L backpack

I’m a sucker for bags. Every time a new design comes out, I am bright-eyed at the idea of some new way to get my life together, finally organize all my hopes, dreams and snacks into a compartmentalized, ergonomic and travel-ready sack. Often, those wishes are overshot, or what is marketed in a pack is ...


Tubolito re-engineered the bicycle tube

Tubolito re-engineered the bicycle tube

Surprisingly, in a recent year-end survey conducted by Dirt Rag, we asked riders if their wheels were set up tubeless, and of the near six-thousand responses, 52% responded no. This was really surprising to me considering how long tubeless technology has been around. However, even if you’re not running tubes in your wheels, you still ...


Review: Rapha winter kit

Review: Rapha winter kit

In these deep winter months of cold, damp darkness, my typically preferred riding garb of whatever-I’m-already-wearing just doesn’t cut it. I wanted something that would be insulated without feeling like I was wearing three pairs of pants, and easily wicked off rain and mud without feeling like a plastic bag. Rapha is known primarily in ...


Review: Quoc Gran Tourer bike shoes

Review: Quoc Gran Tourer bike shoes

by Carolyne Whelan In all my thousands and thousands of miles of bike touring and bikepacking, I’ve always just used my mountain bike shoes. I already owned them, for one; plus, they were comfortable enough to walk around for a while yet sturdy enough to ride in for hours at a time without fatigue. This, ...


Punk in the Beerlight: Sharon Van Etten vs. Bob Mould

Punk in the Beerlight: Sharon Van Etten vs. Bob Mould

In celebration of our 30th birthday, Dirt Rag is doing a number of throwbacks and slamforwards for things we love, both bike related and non-bike related. In this column, Punk in the Beerlight, Evan Robinson takes a look at a modern album creating a timeless sound, and pairs it with an album from 30 years ago ...


Industry Nine Hydra and 101 Series Hubsets

Industry Nine Hydra and 101 Series Hubsets

    No, it’s not a pet hamster. New for 2019, Industry Nine introduces Hydra, a project over two and a half years in the making. Since the success of the company’s lightning-quick 3-degree engagement Torch Series hub introduced in 2013, i9 continues to advance forward in re-defining what is capable.   Hydra offers a ...


Ahoy! Ye Dirt Rag Mag #209 has set sails for yonder mailboxes!

Ahoy! Ye Dirt Rag Mag #209 has set sails for yonder mailboxes!

We just got Dirt Rag Magazine #209, the first issue of the year, in our boxes this weekend, which means subscribers are getting yours as well! If you don’t subscribe yet, never fear, you can start your subscription with #210 by subscribing today (how many times can I say “subscribe” in one sentence to get ...


Review: Kuat Highline 3-bike car rack

Review: Kuat Highline 3-bike car rack

There are so many options for bike racks these days, each with obvious pros and cons. A hitch rack is so easy but I’ve also bottomed them out and been rear-ended. Roof racks gets the bikes away from all the road gunk, but reduce MPG and take up real estate that could be utilitized for ...


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 ...


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!


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 ...


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 ...


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, ...


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 ...


Review: Diamond Brand Gear Belay Bag

Review: Diamond Brand Gear Belay Bag

While innovation comes from around the world, it’s always great to see products made in the USA. The Belay Bag from Diamond Brand Gear, made in the Carolina Mountains and located in North Carolina, haven’t quite reinvented the backpack but it’s about as close as I’ve seen to a complete design rehaul. The tops of ...


Review: Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt Carbon 70

Review: Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt Carbon 70

Editor’s note: This review was originally published in issue 206 of Dirt Rag Magazine. Want to see more? Subscribe today at dirtragmag.com/subscribe to catch issue 208, coming soon! Price: $5,999 Sizes: XS, S, M, L (tested), XL Online: www.bikes.com Tester: Brett Rothmeyer Age: 40 Weight: 165 lbs. Height: 6’1” Inseam: 32” Reach: 17.9” Stack: 24.0” Top ...


What bars? Ask whatbars.com

What bars? Ask whatbars.com

Whether you are a mechanic at a shop trying to find the best bars for your customer’s custom build, or a daydreamer wistfully putting together a vision board of your dream bike, the options for some components can be staggering. Some componentry comes with built-in parameters such as size, measurements, and budget. In this era of ...


Ibis launches new DV9 carbon hardtail

Ibis launches new DV9 carbon hardtail

On Monday, Ibis launched its newest carbon hardtail, the DV9. Inspired by Lili Heim, the varsity XC racing high school daughter of Ibis co-owner and CEO Hans Heim, this bike is designed to be fun, fast, and affordable. With 67.4° travel on a 120mm fork (68.5° on a 100mm fork), the geometry is slacker than ...


Limited Issue t-shirts available for pre-order only—get yours now!

Limited Issue t-shirts available for pre-order only—get yours now!

Some people call October the month when fall comes into bloom, the time when the maple leaves of the Adirondacks turn red and purple and the Rockies’ quivering aspens become an overwhelming gold; others think of it simply as Danzig Month and don their thickest eyeliner and devilock. Here at Dirt Rag, we choose to ...


Even more sweet finds at Interbike, Pt. 3 – Dakine, Rivendell and Green Guru product

Even more sweet finds at Interbike, Pt. 3 – Dakine, Rivendell and Green Guru product

Dakine has a sick new gravity line called Thrillium, with their partnership with Graham Agissiz and Team Aggy, bringing a very specific “wolf” vibe, which I am not opposed to, into both their men’s and women’s cuts. They have new knee pads and gloves, and their baggies have been redesigned to offer a ton of ...


Some more cool stuff from Interbike! Pt. 2 – Wahoo Fitness, G-Form, and Osprey

Some more cool stuff from Interbike! Pt. 2 – Wahoo Fitness, G-Form, and Osprey

Wahoo Fitness has a new product called the Kickr Headwind, which gives you a headwind (duh) while riding your bike. You can either use this to keep you cool while riding indoors on those rainy, wintry days, or charge through 30mph winds in penance for whatever terrible thing you’ve done (like choose to ride indoors). ...


Review: Tailwind and Floyd’s of Leadville protein powders

Review: Tailwind and Floyd’s of Leadville protein powders

While protein powders aren’t a catch-all substitute for real, whole foods, they are a great way to get a bunch of nutrition into your diet, and fast. I’m a sucker for protein powders mixed in a morning smoothie or after big ride. Not all protein powders are created equal, and there are a lot of ...


45Nrth announces new line for 2019

45Nrth announces new line for 2019

If you live in a place that experiences cold, and especially if that cold is also wet, then you probably know about 45NRTH. They are at the front of the pack when it comes to keeping our toes from falling off, making fully waterproof, insulated cycling boots and shoes for mountain biking and commuting in ...


Review: Big Agnes’s new Fly Creek UL2 Bike Pack tent

Review: Big Agnes’s new Fly Creek UL2 Bike Pack tent

By Zach White MSRP $380($360 for the 1-person version) Weight 1195grams/2.6lbs(actual) Available January 2019 Big Agnes is now offering updated versions of their Fly Creek UL2, including a new Bike Pack model. The biggest new feature that justifies the name designation is that the tent’s poles break down to 12-inches in length, which was primarily ...


Book Review: Lands of Lost Borders

Book Review: Lands of Lost Borders

By Emma Walker If you’ve ever spent a night in the Moab desert, you know what it’s like to feel like you’re on another planet: otherworldly red dirt, towering cliffs, countless bright, shining stars. That’s the feeling Kate Harris grew up longing for. As a kid, Harris wished for nothing more than to visit Mars—to ...


Strider’s new balance bike teeters Carbon Fiber fence

Strider’s new balance bike teeters Carbon Fiber fence

…between ridiculous and awesome! Are you tired of waiting for your toddler at the top of a climb? Do you find yourself taking out unnecessary “extra” bolts and other heavy componentry so that your three-year-old can hold more momentum on the flats? Has your child learned how to ride a pedal bike but their downright ...


Niner Bikes delivers with the new flat bar RLT 9 Apex

Niner Bikes delivers with the new flat bar RLT 9 Apex

Most long-time bike nerds have that bike. The Frankenstein Monster, built up maybe over a long time or maybe just put together in one frustrated afternoon, to hopefully satisfy that need. The road bike is too aero but the mountain bike is too slow. There has to be a bike that can get to work ...


Fox Live Valve – Smarter shocks for a better future?

Fox Live Valve – Smarter shocks for a better future?

Effectively an open secret for at least a year, Fox is finally taking the lid off its new computer-controlled shock valving.  Fox describes Live Valve as a “fast-acting automated electronic suspension system”. This system is made up of tiny motors to control the valving, accelerometers on the front and rear wheels, a control unit (CPU), a ...


Review: Burley Coho XC Trailer

Review: Burley Coho XC Trailer

Burley Coho XC Trailer By Stephen Haynes Weight: 22 lbs. MSRP: $419 Online: burley.com Back in 1978, there weren’t the myriad options for stowing and towing your cargo by bike that we luxuriate in today. Burley founders Alan and Beverly Scholz took it upon themselves to develop a method for transporting goods, gear and their ...


First Rides – XTR M9100 12-speed

First Rides – XTR M9100 12-speed

A few weeks back, Shimano took me (and other media) to the mountain town of Crested Butte, Colorado for a few days of high-altitude riding on the newly-released, 12-speed XTR M9100. Unlike the previous two generations, this newest version of XTR looks and feels like a true redesign rather than a few small updatess. Shimano ...


Liv Cycling announces new Intrigue series

Liv Cycling announces new Intrigue series

Woman-specific designs have long had a bad rap as being shrinked-and-pinked or more commonly, shrinked-and-stinked—charging the same amount of money for a bike with lesser quality components. Many women had different body geometries than most men, with a lower center of gravity, narrower shoulders, and a different transference of power based on our builds. Buying ...


Review: Flylow Spring MTB Gear

Review: Flylow Spring MTB Gear

Testers: Scott Williams and Jess Nelson Flylow Gear flylowgear.com The millennial tuxedo. Athleisure. A decision to seek attire that can keep up with the on-the-go active lifestyle. Whatever you call it, casual athletic wear is here to stay and more companies such as Flylow are looking to jump on board. Since the company’s initial debut ...


Review: Search and State S2-R Performance Bib Shorts

Review: Search and State S2-R Performance Bib Shorts

Reviewer: Brett Rothmeyer Search and State S2-R Performance Bib Shorts: $215 When it comes to cycling clothing, there is nothing more important than a solid pair of bib shorts while tackling long days in the saddle. Multiple days of grueling riding are hard enough without having to worry about comfort and the wear and tear ...


This brand new burly Burley trailer is carrying its weight with Eurobike Award

This brand new burly Burley trailer is carrying its weight with Eurobike Award

Just as Burley is rounding the corner into middle age with their 40th anniversary, they received a wonderful and deserved present of being recognized with this year’s Eurobike Award in the Accessories category. Their new Coho XC is a single wheel cargo trailer; it transitions to each of your bikes for all your cargo needs, regardless of road conditions. ...


Review: Shimano AM7 MTB shoe

Review: Shimano AM7 MTB shoe

Shimano’s component arm moves slowly with new product development, but when it comes to its shoes, Shimano clips along at a pretty fast rate. The new AM7 is Shimano’s newest clipless all-mountain/gravity shoe, also known as the SH-AM701. The old AM700 was a platform pedal shoe. The platform pedal version of this new shoe is ...


GU Energy Labs and NICA team up for new flavor

GU Energy Labs and NICA team up for new flavor

If you were a kid given the opportunity to make a flavor of GU, what would it be? This is a flavor you’ll want to be sucking down in goo form when you are sucking air so hard you’re afraid you might bonk. GU Energy Labs teamed up with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) to ...


WTB Tire Launch at Silver Mountain Bike Park

WTB Tire Launch at Silver Mountain Bike Park

Silver Mountain Resort, tucked away in North Idaho (or as we non-locals call it, the Idaho Panhandle), is WTB’s choice of dirt to unveil the company’s new aggressive trail tires. North Idaho doesn’t sound quite as odd once you figure in that Clayton Wangbichler, public relations and content editor for WTB calls the area home and ...


First Rides – Santa Cruz Bronson and 5010

First Rides – Santa Cruz Bronson and 5010

We loaded the van a few weeks ago, and headed down to Brevard, NC to meet up with a couple of blokes from Santa Cruz and ride a pair of new bikes, the Bronson and 5010. The Bike Farm was our base camp and guide, with support from the Hub bike shop. We rode in the ...


New Releases From Santa Cruz and Juliana

New Releases From Santa Cruz and Juliana

Perhaps you have heard rumblings around your local shops about what new Santa Cruz bikes were on their way. There had been rumors and guesses by many as to just what exactly was coming. Well, the day has come and both the Bronson and 5010 have gotten makeovers, as well have the Roubion and the Furtado from ...


Devinci unveils 2019 all-mountain Troy

Devinci unveils 2019 all-mountain Troy

Canadian bicycle company Devinci has been in the game for over 20 years, and today they unveil their update to their all-mountain Troy line for 2019. There are a number of options for both the 29 and 27.5 carbon models to be set up with the new SRAM 12-speed Eagle. In addition to getting just a ...


e*thirteen unveils TRS Plus 12 Speed Upgrade Kit

e*thirteen unveils TRS Plus 12 Speed Upgrade Kit

If you’ve been dragging your feet on upgrading your 11-speed SRAM drivetrain to 12-speed Eagle, or if you are really into cool projects, e*thirteen may have something for you. The new TRS Plus 12 Speed Upgrade Kit is a possibly-simple way to upgrade your gearing without replacing your whole group. If you’re relatively handy, this can save ...


Pivot Firebird 29 – First Ride

Pivot Firebird 29 – First Ride

Pivot invited us out to ride the new Trail 429 in Moab last month in Moab. The assembled media had a blast, but when Pivot’s head honcho, Chris Cocalis unexpectedly wheeled out a this new Firebird 29 no one asked to stay on the Trail 429 for the next day’s ride. The Firebird 29 is Pivot’s answer ...


Meet the new Webatron5000 team

Meet the new Webatron5000 team

Dirt Rag has been secretly devising a masterful plan for world domination digital development and it is time to unveil the team unleashed to deliver fun, visually stunning content to our online platforms. Drumroll, please: International spy Carolyne Whelan will oversee Dirt Rag Magazine’s website as its new Web Editor; meanwhile, local vigilante Brett Rothmeyer ...


Factory Settings: Santa Cruz teaches Dirt Rag how to build a wheel the fast way

Factory Settings: Santa Cruz teaches Dirt Rag how to build a wheel the fast way

While at Santa Cruz headquarters this spring for the company’s new Blur and Highball launch, a few attendees were offered a tour of the Santa Cruz factory led by Santa Cruz CEO Joe Graney. The company operates closer to a boutique brand than the powerhouse that it is. Unlike many large bike brands, Santa Cruz ...


Sea Otter 2018: Osprey adds new hip packs to the lineup for next spring

Sea Otter 2018: Osprey adds new hip packs to the lineup for next spring

Osprey has been getting the question for the past couple of years, “When are you coming out with a hip pack?” Well, folks, the time has come. Okay, so they won’t be out for another year, but while at the Sea Otter Classic today, Osprey showed us some super secret (or not so secret) stuff that ...


Press Release: New stuff from Magura

Press Release: New stuff from Magura

This year, Magura is celebrating its 125th anniversary and they’ve launched special edition brakes and more to celebrate. Here are some of the early 2018 offerings. Limited Edition MT1893 Model The MT1893 features polished chrome 4-piston calipers, masters engraved with the founding year of 1893, and HC3 lever blade developed with Danny MacAskill. Price: $599.00 per set ...


Press Release: Check out the new Funn UpDown dropper

Press Release: Check out the new Funn UpDown dropper

From FunnMTB: Back in 2016, Funn launched the external routing version of UpDown dropper post that was based on an Internal Floating Piston (IFP) cartridge unit. Almost all of cartridge-based dropper posts on the market still use the IFP cartridge. Advantages of using IFP cartridge is lower cost and the seatpost can be serviced with ...


Frostbike ’18: Bike and cockpit updates from Salsa Cycles

Frostbike ’18: Bike and cockpit updates from Salsa Cycles

Salsa has traditionally been a leader in categories like fat and gravel bikes, but this year, a big goal for the brand is to become more competitive in its trail bike category. With that in mind, a focus for the brand recently has been refining its trail bike lineup as well as trying to bring ...


New handy tool: Master Link Combo Pliers from Wolf Tooth

New handy tool: Master Link Combo Pliers from Wolf Tooth

The new Master Link Combo Pliers from Wolf Tooth Components pick up where most multi-tools leave off, incorporating master link pliers, storage for two spare link pairs, a valve core remover/installer, pliers to hold valve locknuts and a tire lever into one compact tool. The Master Link Combo Pliers are compatible with 9-, 10-, 11-, ...


First Ride: 2018 Specialized Enduro

First Ride: 2018 Specialized Enduro

By Zach White Specialized listened to feedback from riders about both the 27.5 and 29 Enduros and made some small geometry adjustments for 2018. Tired of hearing “lower, longer, slacker”? Too bad, because that’s a big part of what changed. Stack heights see a slight reduction, reaches stretch 5-15 mm, and the head tube angle ...




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