Editor’s note: Here at Dirt Rag we don’t really do “comparison tests” or “shootouts” or declare “winners”. Every bike we review has a story to tell, and they’re all interesting. That said, we rounded up six full-suspension trail bikes in the $2,500-ish range to see what’s really out there in the heart of the mountian bike market. To get the party started, we spent a week riding in and around the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. Watch for full reviews of each bike, as well as more about the trails, in an upcoming issue, but for now, a teaser…
What we have here are two contenders for a middle-weight crown. Weighing in at about 4.5 inches of rear travel, the Norco Fluid 9.1 and Diamondback Sortie 1 29ers are exactly the kind of bikes that fills that Goldilocks category—not too big, not too small. These are the perfect kind of tools for people who ride trails for fun, maybe try a local race once or twice a year, and maybe even visit a bike park now and then. You know, “mountain biking”. Read the full storyTweet Print
Jeremiah Bishop showing us the locals know how to have fun.
The leaves have changed and are falling fast, the mornings are met with frost, and the sunscreen is packed away. The days are growing shorter and the riding season is becoming shorter still. But before winter begins to blow its icy breath upon the landscape, we have a lot more riding to do.
Chris Scott is the driving force behind Shenandoah Mountain Touring and the Stokesville Lodge.
With a lot of product testing still to be done, we packed up the ol’ Dirt Rag van and headed south to Stokesville, Va., to meet up with Chris Scott and the gang from Shenandoah Mountain Touring. Bunked up at the Stokesville Lodge, we brought a gaggle of trail bikes to ride this week that will likely be bike shops’ bread and butter come spring, all ringing up the register at about $2,500.
See the bikes and more after the jump. Read the full storyTweet Print
The Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championship is headed east this year to the City of Brotherly Love, the same weekend as the Bilenky Junkyard ‘Cross race. Read the full storyTweet Print
It’s a little late for Halloween, but HELLTRACK is coming to Portland’s Lumberyard indoor bike park November 23.
The first ever race will wind through the park and out in the parking lot with jumps, obstacles, wooden features, and even a costume contest. Any kind of bikes are welcome, though there are special classes for DJ and BMX bikes. Read the full storyTweet Print
Got this note today from Fox about certain 2013 Evolution-series forks. According to the recall notice, some 32 and 34 Evolution-series forks the damper cylinder / damper assembly can overextend, possibly allowing the wheel to detach from the bike. Not good. Fox says there has been one recorded instance of this happening, and they’re looking to make things right with their customers. The full notice is below. To see if your fork is affected by the recall, visit this website Fox has set up.
Voluntary Recall of Certain Model Year 2013 32 and 34 Evolution Series forks with 120mm – 160mm of travel with an open cartridge damper
FOX has initiated a voluntary recall of certain model year 2013 Evolution Series forks manufactured between March 1, 2012 and November 30, 2012. Consumers should stop using the recalled product immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Specified FOX Model year 2013, 32 and 34 Evolution Series Forks having 120-160mm of travel.
UNITS: about 40,000 units total worldwide, of which about 12,500 were sold in the U.S. and Canada.
MANUFACTURER: Fox Factory of Scotts Valley, CA
HAZARD: The fork damper cylinder / piston assembly in some of these units may separate and allow the fork to over-extend under certain circumstances, possibly causing the front wheel to detach from the bicycle while in use, creating a fall hazard.
INCIDENTS/INJURIES: FOX has received 1 report of an incident in which a broken damper may have caused the fork to over-extend and allow the front wheel to detach.
DESCRIPTION: The recall involves certain Model Year 2013 32 and 34 Evolution Series bicycle forks with 120mm-160mm of travel with an open cartridge damper. Follow the steps in the instructions below to identify if you have an affected fork.
SOLD: As original equipment on 2013 model year Specialized, Trek, Scott, Kona, Cannondale and various other brand bicycles and as aftermarket equipment.
MANUFACTURED IN: The forks affected by this recall were assembled in Fox’s Watsonville, CA facility.Tweet Print