BIKES

Win a Pivot Cycles Mach 6 Aluminum

May 22, 2018 Trina Haynes 0

Pivot Cycles has teamed up with us to give one lucky winner a Mach 6 Aluminum Race XT Bike! Enter below to win!   The Mach 6 Aluminum brings Pivot’s progressive long and low enduro/trail

GEAR

Review: Bontrager Line Pro 30 TLR

May 14, 2018 Scott Williams 1

Early in 2017, Bontrager unleashed a handful of enduro/trail and cross-country wheelset options to help make upgrading to a stronger and lighter wheelset more affordable. One offering from Bontrager is the Line Pro 30, which

EQUIPMENT

Review: Leatt DBX 3.0 All-Mountain

May 2, 2018 Eric McKeegan 2

Leatt is well-known for protecting vertebrae and collarbones with its line of neck braces, but after riding with this DBX 3.0 All-Mountain for half a year, I suspect we’ll be seeing the Leatt name on

BIKES

Review: Falconer Custom

April 30, 2018 Eric McKeegan 4

Tester: Eric McKeegan Age: 43 Height: 5’11” Weight: 165 lbs. Inseam: 32” According to the advice from modern, data-driven marketing gurus, a business needs an expensive, responsive website with accurate prices. Social media posts need

BIKES

Review: Niner SIR 9

April 25, 2018 Scott Williams 0

Tester: Scott Williams Age: 31 Height: 5’10” Weight: 175 lbs. Inseam: 32” In early 2017, the SIR 9 had vanished from Niner’s website, shocking and confusing more than a few fans of this steel-framed classic.

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New forks from FOX

April 11, 2018 Helena Kotala 0

Fox released its entire 2019 line up. Here are some of the highlights: 34 Step-Cast More than one staffer around the office has eyeballed the 32 Step Cast for personal bikes, but the 100mm travel limitation

GEAR

New RockShox SID and TwistLoc remote

April 10, 2018 Eric McKeegan 0

Cross-country racing continues to get more and more technical and demanding and the new SID looks ready to continue RockShox’s winning ways in the Lycra arena. RockShox SID World Cup A no-compromise, elite-level racing fork, the

BIKES

Review: Kona Big Honzo DL

April 9, 2018 Brett Rothmeyer 0

Tester: Brett Rothmeyer Age: 40 Weight: 165 lbs. Height: 6’1” Inseam: 32″ Dropping into the first section of fast and flowy singletrack on the Big Honzo DL was like plugging a Les Paul into a

Bike Industry News

Trek Full Stache – 29plus – full-sus

April 5, 2018 Eric McKeegan 0

Trek’s Stache 29plus hardtail has opened many eyes to the wonderful weirdness of 29plus tires. Ever since the introduction of the SE4/XR4 29×3 tire in the Fall of 2017 I’ve been wondering if there might

BLAST FROM THE PAST

A brief history of the dropper seatpost

April 4, 2018 Dirt Rag Magazine 1

In the early days of mountain biking, quick-release seatpost binders were on the bikes even when the wheels were nutted. The trails in those days were usually pretty primitive and bore little semblance to the

GEAR

Review: Bontrager SE4 29 x 3.0 tires

April 2, 2018 Eric McKeegan 0

I’ve been a fan of Bontrager’s Chupacabra tires since they first hit the market. For something so light and fast the Chupas manage to provide predictable traction in conditions that should stymie its pattern of

Bikepacking

Review: Restrap bikepacking bags

March 29, 2018 Helena Kotala 0

With the explosion of bikepacking, the market has become inundated with small bag makers, each with their own take on a relatively simple concept: holding stuff. It seems that each city has its own local

First Impression

First Impressions: New Santa Cruz Blur and Highball

March 22, 2018 Scott Williams 0

Many mountain bike cross-country courses are becoming increasingly gnarlier, demanding a fine balance between trail capable and lightweight race sleds. The recent Stellenbosch World Cup course is a perfect example. Riders are often choosing full-suspension

COMPONENTS

Review: Soma Condor bars

March 21, 2018 Helena Kotala 1

Every time Dirt Rag editor Eric McKeegan looked at the Soma Condor drop bars on my gravel bike, he just shook his head and laughed. Which made me laugh. Why? Because they do look pretty