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

BIKES

Review: Oddity Cycles Punk Rock Jazz

March 12, 2018 Stephen Haynes 1

Tester: Stephen Haynes Age: 39 Height: 5’11” Weight: 200 lbs. Inseam: 30” A thought experiment, if you’ll indulge me. Try to picture the bike you learned to ride on. Think about the memory of that

BIKES

Review: Carver Ti All-Road

March 5, 2018 Karl Rosengarth 1

Tester: Karl Rosengarth Age: 59 Height: 5’10” Weight: 150 lbs. Inseam: 32” Carver’s Ti All-Road is a mountain biker’s road bike. With a design aimed at mixed- surface comfort and stability, the All-Road stands ready

BIKES

Review: Surly Big Fat Dummy

March 2, 2018 Evan Gross 4

Name: Evan Gross Age: 30 Weight: 187 lbs. Height: 6’2” Inseam: 36” Introduced in late 2016, the Big Fat Dummy is not just a Big Dummy (Surly’s original 26-inch wheeled longtail cargo bike) with fat

EQUIPMENT

Review: Grip Studs

February 28, 2018 Dirt Rag Contributor 4

By Ryan Eisenhower If you have ever spent time in Central Pennsylvania in the middle of winter, you know that we can experience a wide range of conditions over the course of 4-5 months –

GEAR

Review: Club Ride Blaze Vest

February 23, 2018 Evan Gross 0

Not all vests are created with riding in mind. From a company like Club Ride that blends lifestyle and riding, sometimes leaning a little too heavy to the lifestyle end of the spectrum, I was

BIKES

Review: Marin Wolf Ridge 8

February 12, 2018 Eric McKeegan 1

Tester: Eric McKeegan Age: 43 Height: 5’11” Weight: 165 lbs. Inseam: 32” Not since the launch of Kona’s Magic Link bikes (R.I.P) has there been a bike that creates such a sudden, visceral and polarized

GEAR

Review: Bontrager women’s winter wear

February 9, 2018 Helena Kotala 0

Bontrager B2 long sleeve base layer – $85 When riding in cold and/or potentially-wet winter conditions, layering and dressing appropriately is of utmost importance. That being said, I usually opt to get my upper body

BIKES

Review: Trek Roscoe 8

February 5, 2018 Karl Rosengarth 1

Tester: Karl Rosengarth Age: 59 Weight: 150 lbs. Height: 5’10” Inseam: 32” The Bike The Roscoe checks key trail-bike boxes with its relaxed head angle, short chainstays, wide (740 mm) bars and a short (60