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Mountain Bike Hall of Fame announces four inductees as class of 2014


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Elected by a vote of past inductees and current Hall of Fame members (including our esteemed Publisher, Maurice Tierney), the latest members of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame will be formally inducted September 10 at Interbike in Las Vegas.

The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame & Museum was founded in 1988 in Crested Butte, Colorado. Ten mountain biking pioneers were inducted that first year; between three to seven mountain bike legends have been selected annually since then. It honors those who have made significant contributions to the sport through racing, advocacy, journalism and more. The Hall is on the move this year, and hopes to be in its new, expanded home in Fairfax, California, this year. 

Click here to see the 2014 inductees.

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Welcome to the team! Steve Boehmke joins the Dirt Rag crew


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Boehmke, on the right, with Dirt Rag’s Publisher Maurice Tierney.

Longtime industry veteran Steve Boehmke has been hired by Rotating Mass Media—publishers of Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times magazines—as its newest advertising sales account representative. Boehmke is based in Orange, California, and replaces Gary Boulanger, who was named Bicycle Times editor in late March.

Boehmke will handle print, digital and online advertising sales for both publications, including sponsorship development for the annual Dirt Rag Dirt Fest in May, and the new Bicycle Times Adventure Festival in October 2015.

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Shop tour: Ruckus Composites carbor fiber repair


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Apart from wheel sizes and the number of gears involved, the biggest trend in the mountain bike industry in the last decade has been carbon fiber. You can get carbon anything these days: frames, rims, handlebars, brake levers, stems, seatposts, cranksets, chains… ok, maybe not chains, but the Gates Carbon Belt Drive is pretty close.

And while it makes for an excellent structural material, like anything you throw down a mountain as fast as you can, things can break. When you drop three months salary on a new mountain bike (what else would you spend that kind of money on?) it can be a bitter pill to swallow when you realize even the strongest carbon fiber has its limits. That’s where Ruckus Composites comes in.

With more than a decade of carbon fiber repair experience, Shawn Small and his team have made repairing or reviving carbon frames an art form, with exacting OE-style refinishes and modifications to carbon frames.

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Dirt Rag now available through Magzter digital newsstand


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There’s nothing quite like a magazine you can hold in your hand, but more and more readers are choosing to read their favorite mountain bike magazine on digital devices.

Today we’re announcing Dirt Rag will be available in Magzter. Magzter has become one of the fastest growing cross-platform digital newsstands in the world with over 17 million users. There are over 1,500 publishers with over 4,000 magazines.

Magzter is now available on iPadiPhonesiPod TouchAndroid and Windows 8 devices. You can get Magzter through the App Store or Android Market. Magzter is soon planning to expand its services to other platforms like Symbian, BlackBerry OS, BADA etc. You can also read through your browser.

Hey, we like options, so you can also subscribe to Dirt Rag directly through the App Store, Android Store, Barnes & Noble Nook, Amazon Kindle, and Zinio.

Oh, and there’s always that paper version too!

So why not order up a subscription and help us keep the great features and product reviews you love rolling along? Thanks!

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Inside Line: Santa Cruz joins the ranks of 27.5 DH with new V-10


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Yesterday we brought you news of a new Specialized downhill bike with bigger wheels, and today it’s Santa Cruz’s turn. Seems the gap in the World Cup schedule was the perfect time to finish off the new products and we’ll be seeing a lot of new stuff at Monte St. Anne this weekend.

The new V-10 is virtually indistinguishable from its predecessor, with the tried-and-true VPP linkage and full carbon construction. It took a keen eye for spectators to spot the differences at Innerleithen where Josh Bryceland rode one to the UK Nation Championship last weekend.

Details are scarce but we’ll likely know more after the racing is over. Stay tuned…

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Opinion: Stop complaining about expensive stuff


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Bikes like the new Yeti SB5c pack a ton of technology, and usually carry a price tag to match. Lots of folks write to us criticizing the crop of new bikes that are, admittedly, pushing the price envelope at five, seven, even ten thousand dollars. Is that a bad thing for consumers? Not at all, I say.

Read on to find out why.

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Irreverent Reverend: Bob Seals Interview Outtakes Part 2


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In the current issue of Dirt Rag (#178, on sale now) you’ll find a ground-breaking interview with Reverend Bob Seals of CoolTool, Kleen Kanteen and Retrotec fame. This multi-faceted artist, activist, frame builder, race promoter and team owner, if not agitator, ran his whole operation out of his ranch just outside of Chico, California.

Seals was first interviewed in Dirt Rag #38 in July 1994 by Fernando Avallone and we strongly suggest you find and read that original interview, there’s too much there to miss. We also suggest you read the new interview by the same author in Issue #178 if you haven’t yet. Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting outtakes that didn’t (or couldn’t) make it to print. Most of these unimaginable stories are being told for the first time right here, in this second installment.

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