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Trek Transport: Last Impression

August 1, 2011 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan

I was in such a hurry to get on this bike and get riding I neglected to get a first impression post written and published. Now that the review is wrapped up and printed, seems like it would proper to write a follow up post about it.

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New 2012 bikes from Norco

July 26, 2011 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan

With much anticipation I packed my bags for my flights to Whistler, site of Norco’s 2012 press launch. Riding brand new models on some of the best trails on earth? No need to twist my arm. A full XC and DH kit made for a very full suitcase, but I made it on just under the 50 pound limit.

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GEAR

Review: SRAM XO group

July 5, 2011 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan

Spreadsheets. I hate them. But when I sat down and made one to compare the SRAM XO 2×10 drivetrain’s gear ratios to a standard 3×9, a few things really stood out to me. But that’s getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s get an overview before delving deeply into the netherworld of gear charts.

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Ventana El Saltamones gets around

June 20, 2011 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan

I recently finished the print review of the El Saltamones, and never got around to creating a first impression blog. Maybe it was the difficulty in building it up (took more than six months to get all the parts together), but when I finally got it running I just wanted to ride, not talk about it any more. So how about some photos instead?

Anyway, here it is after a bit of mud at DirtFest.

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NEWS

Brain Fart: This is awesome

June 7, 2011 Eric McKeegan 0

I’m terribly late with a lot of web content, and our illustrious web editor is probably rightfully miffed at me. I am sorry and I am not awesome with deadlines.

But you know what is awesome? This is awesome. My four-year-old son, first ride on a bike with pedals. Was it wrong that I wanted to offer him a celebratory beer when we got home?

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Bike Industry News

Michelin rolls out redesigned tires

April 6, 2011 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan

So recently I headed down to Birmingham, Alabama, for the Michelin Press Camp. I don’t know much about the state, and I’m pretty sure the last time I was there involved old vans, good-cop/bad-cop routines and a drug-sniffing dog. I’m a few years and a few haircuts removed from then, which is a good thing, since the fancy pants golf resort we stayed in might have thrown a younger me out. Anyway, other than one presentation, our time at the resort was mostly spent eating, drinking and sleeping, a fine thing since I don’t know a nine iron from a polo mallet.

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GEAR

First Impression: Intense Tracer 29

December 28, 2010 Eric McKeegan 0

Intense and Dirt Rag have both been around for more than 20 years. We’ve somehow never tested an Intense. That is a problem, and I’m correcting it as you read.

Yessir, a Tracer 29, 140mm of VPP travel, made in the USA, already muddy.

That is a straight 1.5 head tube, with a Cane Creek tapered headset.

SRAM dispatched a full XO group, this is the 26-39 crankset.

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Just Riding Along

World Tour Preview: Urban Assault Ride

June 25, 2010 Eric McKeegan 0

Each year the Urban Assault Ride rolls into about a dozen cities, bringing good times with bikes, beer and feats of strength and agility. We’ve been meaning to get to one of these vents for

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NEWS

World Tour Report: Dirt Rag Dirt Fest

May 25, 2010 Eric McKeegan 0

The newly reconstituted Dirt Rag Dirt Fest went down last weekend. Even with rain in the forecast, well north of 800 people showed up to ride the Allegrippis trail system, camp and generally have a

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On Test: Rocky Mountain Altitude 29

November 18, 2009 Eric McKeegan 0

I almost don’t want to jinx us by talking about it, but good golly we’ve been having a nice fall, weather-wise. Best summer in recent memory too. What better way to enjoy it than a

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Bike Industry News

Interbike Mini-Review: Electra Ticino 18D

October 15, 2009 Eric McKeegan 0

 During Interbike week, we borrowed a variety of bikes from companies to ride from our rental house to the indoor show, plus to parties and happenings around town after dark. Not only did this make

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Gary Fisher Press Camp Report

September 19, 2009 Eric McKeegan 0

Fisher has three new 29er full suspension platforms for 2010, and Dirt Rag was invited to send a represenative to Park City to ride some of the new bikes. I was lucky enough to find