Dirt Rag Magazine

Adam Newman

Adam Newman


Online Editor


Portland, Oregon


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Yes, it’s real

I’ll admit, when I first saw the magazine ad for the Specialized Enduro 29 featuring Matt Hunter getting completely horizontal, I too wondered if there was some trickery involved. “No way he rode that out,” I thought. Well I sure was wrong. Check out Hunter’s mastery on the trail and photographer Sterling Lorence’s mastery behind the lens:

Details announced for SSCXWC14 in Kentucky


A sample of the scene from SSCXWC13 in Philadelphia.

The 2014 Raleigh Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships will be held at Eva Bandman Park in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

This year’s event will continue the great tradition of prior Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships, with a full weekend of qualifiers, racing and celebration – all carefully choreographed for an outstanding participant experience and only 45 minutes of pain.

Get all the details here.

Borealis releases second fat bike model, equipped with RockShox fat bike suspension fork


It’s two big announcements in one: First up, Borealis, the Colorado-based company that blew everyone away with a 21-pound fat bike last year, is set to release its new model, the Echo this weekend at Sea Otter. And as Steve Jobs would say, “there’s one more thing”—it will be available with the brand new RockShox Bluto fat bike suspension fork.

Get more details here.

2013 World Cup downhill recap

The 2014 World Cup downhill season starts in two weeks just where it left off at the World Championships in 2013 – Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Will 2014 be the season 27.5 wheels sweep the circuit? Will Steve Smith and Gee Atherton continue their dominating battle for the overall title? Will rising stars like Richie Rude and Loic Bruni usher in a new generation? Can anyone challenge Rachel Atherton’s dominance? I can’t wait to find out. Get caught up with the 2013 season here.

Introduction and First Impression: Breezer Supercell 29er


Breezer Bikes surprised us all last year with the introduction of the Repack, a 160mm, 27.5 trail/enduro bike aimed right at the heart of the full suspension market. Now it’s following up with a 29er version, with 120mm of travel and the same unique M-Link suspension system.

Back in February I was lucky enough to shake off the Pennsylvania snow and head west to Fairfax, California, (the “birthplace” of mountain biking”) to join none other than Joe Breeze for a special presentation.

There I got a sneak peek and a first ride on the Supercell, which continues the Breezer tradition of naming bikes after weather events. Joe Breeze himself was kind enough to give us a tour of the trails surrounding Mt. Tamalpais, and a tour of the new bike.

See details of the Supercell here.

Guerrilla Gravity unveils second bike, the Megatrail


Guerrilla Gravity is a small, consumer-direct brand that launched last year with its made-in-Colorado GG/DH downhill bike. Now it’s taking pre-orders for its next machine, the Megatrail.

While the Megatrail looks to be a fully capable bike in standard mode, a 30-second shock mount swap turns it into a much more dynamic descender. The standard mode features 150mm of travel and a 66.5 degree head tube angle while the Gravity mode bumps it to 160mm of travel and a 65.5 degree head tube angle. The bottom bracket also drops to 12.7 inches, which matches Guerrilla Gravity’s GG/DH downhill bike and is meant to feel like a mini-DH bike. The suspension was developed in partnership with Cane Creek to perfectly match the Double Barrel Air CS air shock.

Get more details here.

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