BIKES

Review: Marin Hawk Hill 27.5

October 23, 2017 Karl Rosengarth 0

Tester: Karl Rosengarth Age: 59 Height: 5’10” Weight: 150 lbs. Inseam: 32” The 27.5 Hawk Hill is an entry-level bike that passes muster. The frame is built from 6061 butted and hydroformed aluminum alloy. Judicious

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Review: Kona Hei Hei Trail DL 27.5

August 31, 2017 Karl Rosengarth 2

Tester: Karl Rosengarth Age: 59 Height: 5’10” Weight: 150 lbs. Inseam: 32” As the industry continues to dive headfirst into the longer-lower-slacker deep end, Kona, despite having a big part in creating this trend in

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Review: Salsa Woodsmoke 29+ X01

May 8, 2017 Karl Rosengarth 0

“Salsa—you have made some risky decisions before, but this time you have gone too far.” That quip is a sample of the feedback that Salsa received after the Woodsmoke launch. The company’s marketing manager admitted

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First Ride: Bontrager Mountain Bike Shorts

March 3, 2017 Karl Rosengarth 0

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

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First Impression: Marin Hawk Hill

February 22, 2017 Karl Rosengarth 0

At $1,499 the 27.5 Hawk Hill may be the lowest-priced bike in our upcoming group test of under-$2,500 full-suspension trail bikes, but it’s far from overmatched. Judicious use of house-branded components keeps the budget tight,

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Review: Rocky Mountain Pipeline 770 MSL

December 23, 2016 Karl Rosengarth 0

Tester: Karl Rosengarth Age: 59 | Height: 5’10” | Weight: 150 lbs. | Inseam: 32” Price: $4,799 Sizes: S, M, L, XL (tested) More info: bikes.com Rocky Mountain calls the new-for-2016 Pipeline an “aggressive trail”

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First Impression: Salsa Woodsmoke 29+ X01

December 12, 2016 Karl Rosengarth 0

Salsa describes the Woodsmoke as a “singletrack/bikepacking/off road exploration” bike. That’s a wide-ranging job description, but the carbon fiber Woodsmoke is an exercise in versatility. The same frame is offered in 29er, 27plus or 29plus

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Blast From the Past: Mock Cover Outtakes

May 21, 2015 Karl Rosengarth 0

I come from a long line of pack rats. Nothing gets thrown away, and family attics look like scenes from “American Pickers.” This genetic predisposition, combined with my long tenure at Dirt Rag, landed me