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Magura Durin Marathon 120

April 3, 2009 Dirt Rag Magazine 0

The Durin lead the way through technical rock gardens with all the precision that I’ve come to expect from a top-notch fork. It’s a solid choice for the epic rider and/or racer.

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Jeff Jones 3D Spaceframe

April 3, 2009 Dirt Rag Magazine 0

This is the kind of bike that turns the heads of both riders and casual observers, with its graceful lines masterfully executed in titanium, but this bicycle is about much more than good looks.

By Karen Brooks

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RockShox Reba 29

April 3, 2009 Dirt Rag Magazine 0

The original Reba was a solid fork, and the new Team model by far eclipses its performance in every way. The 2009 Reba has a much plusher, far more bottomless feeling than the old fork.

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First Impressions: Diamondback Mission 3

February 20, 2009 Eric McKeegan 0

All Mountain.  I think this term has grown on me. It is needed these days to describe the growing number of bikes in between freerider shuttle  bikes and cross country trail machines. The Diamondback Mission

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Brain Fart: Salsa Fargo in for Test!

February 11, 2009 Justin Steiner 0

Take a look at this nifty packaging.   (click on photos for larger versions) I’m sure by now most of you are familiar with the Fargo, but it’s basically a 29’er mountain bike with drop

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Under Review: 2009 Trek Top Fuel 9.8

January 12, 2009 Dirt Rag Magazine 0

I first laid eyes on prototypes of Trek’s radically re-designed Top Fuel at last summer’s press camp.  At that time I posted this report on Trek’s racy full-suspension steed. Ever since that first encounter, I’ve

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EWR OWB29er: Parting Thoughts

January 5, 2009 Dirt Rag Magazine 0

Over the past few months I’ve been blogging about the EWR OWB29er test bike that I will be reviewing in Dirt Rag Issue #140—the February 15th, 2009 edition. In my prior installments I talked about

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2009 Commencal Meta 6.2 First Impressions

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I was first introduced to the 2009 Commencal Meta 6 in early August, at the 2008 Winter Park Crankworx event. Unfortunately the BTI, Bicycle Technologies International, crew only had a medium size on hand. I

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EWR OWB29er: How it Rides

November 23, 2008 Dirt Rag Magazine 0

How’s it ride? That’s usually the first question somebody ask when they spy me riding a test bike for Dirt Rag. An innocent sounding question, but not an easy one to answer. Describing how a

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Sneak a Peek: Yeti ASR

November 21, 2008 Shannon Mominee 0

One thing about time is that it sure moves fast. When I sat down to write this article, I couldn’t believe that I’ve been riding the Yeti ASR for about a month now. I meant

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EWR OWB29er: First Impressions

November 1, 2008 Dirt Rag Magazine 0

In part one of this series, I ran through the specifications on my new EWR OWB29er test bike, and posted a gallery with pictures of this unique-looking bike. At that point I hadn’t had a

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Under Test: Eastern Woods Research OWB29er

October 24, 2008 Dirt Rag Magazine 0

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll recall that Eastern Woods Research is back in business, and that they have been working on translating the handling and heritage of their 26″ OWB (Original Woods Bike) to

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Masi Soulville 10

October 2, 2008 Justin Steiner 0

For those of us that regularly pedal for transportation, there’s nothing worse than being trapped someplace without a bike. Traditionally, the worst part of going to Interbike is being stuck at a bike show without

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Interbike Commuting

September 25, 2008 Karen Brooks 0

At Interbikes past, we used to travel from our digs at a weird, kind of crusty Travelodge on the Vegas Strip to the Sands convention center for the indoor portions of the show on a

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Scott Bikes Get Smart: The Genius

July 8, 2008 Maurice Tierney 0

The Scott Company began in Sun Valley Idaho 50 years ago with the first tapered aluminum ski pole. It was the most sophisticated pole yet created. And that continued into the bike world as well.

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Shimano Saint: Big Air in Whistler

June 18, 2008 Maurice Tierney 0

Shimano hosted press test rides on their new Saint component group in Whistler last week. Whistler Bike Park to be exact. Lift assisted downhill mountain biking, yessir. The plan? Journalists (And I use that term