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Philly Bike Expo: Olivetti Bicycles

With storms in the mid-west and high winds up and down the east coast on Halloween,  Peter Olivetti sat deep into the night in a Chicago airport wondering if he would make it to this year’s Philly Bike Expo. Eventually, Olivetti made it to Philadelphia but his bikes were still…

Philly Bike Expo: Engin Cycles

Philly Bike Expo is easily one of our favorite events of the year. Despite our cross-state hockey rivalry, we love to visit Philadelphia. As noted by many of the attendees, the vibe at the Philly Bike Expo is always so positive, warm and welcoming and each year there are new…

Eat Me: No Pancakes for Mothra

Bzhiort! I can still hear the buzzing sound in my ear, like the Great Gazoo appearing out of nowhere. But this time the sound came with a tingling sensation. I was hanging with my crew at the 24 Hours of Allamuchy #eastcoastrocks XC race in the summer of … 2000,…

Revel Bikes For LoveYourBrain Foundation

Revel Bikes is raffling off a very special edition pink Rail to help fund the LoveYourBrain Foundation. Founded in 2014, the LoveYourBrain Foundation (LYB) was established by brothers, Adam and Kevin Pearce, following Kevin’s severe TBI from a snowboarding accident before the 2010 Olympics. They are a non-profit organization on…

Register For Dirt Rag Dirt Fest 2020 Events

It feels like only yesterday that we were breaking down the big top tents but here we are preparing for the Dirt Fest 2020 events. Registration is officially open for both events and we have some great things planned for 2020. We hope to see you all on the trails…

Rocky Mountain Releases Limited Instinct Carbon 99

If you are the type that likes the finer things in limited quantities to show your friends just how fancy you are, well then feast your eyes on the Rocky Mountain Instinct Carbon 99. The Instinct 99 will only be available in the US and Canada and there will only…

Favorite MTB Accessory Series: Bina Bilenky of The Philly Bike Expo

Editors Note This the third installment of an ongoing series where we ask the mountain biking community what their go-to accessories are for tackling the trails, enhancing the ride, or saving the day. Check out the first installment here and the second installment here. I had emailed Bina, asking her…

“Any One of Us” Premieres on HBO.

“Any One of Us” is the story of Paul Basagoitia, a professional mountain biker who suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed. The film debuts tonight October 29th on HBO at 9m est. The feature-length presentation of “Any One of Us” marks the first-ever partnership between HBO Sports…

Red Bull Rampage: Brandon Semenuk’s Winning Run

photo by Garth Milan courtesy of Red Bull Style, class, and ice in his veins, Brandon Semenuk showed up to win Red Bull Rampage and did just that. After strong winds delayed the start of the competition Semenuk wasted no time showing everyone he meant business in a field of…

The Weekly Dirt

It’s been a busy week in the world of bikes. First and foremost it is Red Bull Rampage week and with that comes all the excitement of the big day which you can watch live on Friday Oct. 25th on Red Bull TV. Outside of the cliffs of Virgin, Utah,…

213 Is Kicking Up Dust!

The time has come! Issue 213 is peeling out of the parking lot and burning up the highway on its way to your door! It’s been a wild year, and 213 is the final chapter of Dirt Rag 2019. Part Gumball Rally, part Smokey and the Bandit, and all Mad…

EWS Adds Burke Mountain to 2020 Schedule

Today the World Enduro Series announced that they will be visiting Burke Mountain in East Burke, VT for stop #6 of the 2020 season. Hot on the heels of the mountain biking World Cup event in Snowshoe, WV, east coast fans will once again have the opportunity to see some…

Review: Follow Hollow Alpaca Socks

We don’t usually review Kickstarter products, but the Follow Hollow Alpaca Socks are a well-deserved exception. Brian Davis, the founder behind Fix It Sticks (reviewed here), is back at it with his newest creation, socks. INFO Follow Hollow socks are constructed from 80% baby Alpaca fiber, 15% nylon, and 5%…

Review: Fox Factory Series 34 Step-Cast

While the standard Fox 32 chassis received a major face-lift in creating the first generation 32 Step-Cast, the changes to 34 Step-Cast chassis were not quite as extreme after going under the knife. Aside from the distinct external steps in the lower casting, the most notable change to the (MY2019)…

Favorite MTB Accessory Series: All Mountain Bros Founders

Editors Note: This the second installment of an ongoing series where we find out from the mountain biking community what their go-to accessories are for tackling the trails, enhancing the ride and saving the day. Check out the first installment here. Tracy Brown & Ikhide Ikhigbonoaremen are the…

Cedar Keyes of Esker Joins Mountain Bike Radio/ Win an Esker Cycles Elkat S

A two-parter with Esker Cycles; First up is Cedar Keyes of Esker joining Ben from Mountain Bike Radio podcast during our Dirt Fest West Virginia Festival. (Be sure to scroll to the bottom to listen to the episode.) Second, Esker Cycles is helping get some new trail built in their…

Favorite MTB Accessory Series: Singlespeed Tour Divide Record holder Alexandera Houchin

Editors Note: This the first installment of an ongoing series where we find out from the mountain biking community what their go-to accessories are for tackling the trails, enhancing the ride and saving the day. Thanks to Alexandera Houchir for volunteering to be first  Alexandera Houchin recently set a new…

New Dirt Rag Merchandise

Introducing the newest merchandise to hit the Dirt Rag Store. Welcome, the Dirt Rag Bolt. Act fast, this is a pre-order only and ends Wednesday, October 30th at 11:59 AM EST. We’ve got your crewneck sweatshirt. The full-zip hooded sweatshirt. And, of course, we have a T-shirt available in Black,…

Review: Specialized Fuse Expert 29

Take what you know about a hardtail mountain bike and toss those opinions in the trash; the new Specialized Fuse for 2020 is an entirely new animal, and it’s ready to party. This aggressive hardtail is sporting a slack 66.5-degree head angle, minimal branding, and adjustable dropouts for those that…

United Bicycle Institute Closes Portland Location

On October 4, 2019, a friend from Surly Bikes posted news on social media. The United Bicycle Institute was closing its Portland location. She, amongst many others, had a life-changing experience there. Education, friendship, and bikes, they have that power. On a positive note, UBI is keeping open their Ashland,…

Review: Viathon M.1 GX Eagle

By Brett Rothmeyer Online:www.viathonbicycles.com Price: $1998 Last year before the annual Sea Otter Classic, there were rumblings of a high-end Walmart bike coming to the market. Yes, high-end bikes and Walmart are an easy segway to a punchline, but it is no mystery that the Walton family has a vested…

A Chat with Kitsbow about their move to North Carolina

Joining a growing list of bike and outdoor brands, in August, Kitsbow announced they would be moving its operations to North Carolina. We reached out to David Billstrom, the chief executive officer of Kitsbow, and asked him a few questions on what helped make that final decision. Dirt Rag: I know…

Crossroads with Chris Akrigg

Chris Akrigg takes his dynamic skills and puts them to work in the latest edit from Mongoose on a drop-bar all-terrain, half cyclocross, half freeride meets gravel show. Which begs the question, do you even freeride/cyclocross/trials/gravel bro? Well, do you? …

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in issue 210. If you like what you are seeing and reading Subscribe and help support independent mountain biking journalism. By Leslie Kehmeier “But is it foldable?”   I am told this was a question that was raised when the SQZBX (pronounced “squeeze-box”) Brewery and…

Dirt Rag Store Special – Beanie & Flask

With some already seeing snow in the mountains and Pittsburgh receiving the first official frost warning this weekend, it’s time to enjoy the few remaining days of dust-covered trails. To help keep the good vibes going once the sun sets we’ve paired up the 30th Anniversary stainless steel flask and…

Hypo and hyperthermic prevention

A temperature-based guide for cold weather mountain bike riding By Keith Huff Now that fatbiking has become a popular sport, more riders, both skinny and fat tire, are riding through the winter months. This has allowed not only extended (or continuous) seasonal recreational riding, but it also promotes base mileage…

QBP Bike Mechanic Scholarship is Available to 32 Mechanics this Year

QBP is continuing its efforts to expand diversity within the bike industry with its Bike Mechanic Scholarship open to women, trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, two-spirit, and intersex individuals. From my own experience most of the cyclist I’ve met in every genre of cycling are welcoming folks, we are just stoked…

Fast and Loose: Cameron Falconer of Falconer Cycles

Editor’s note: A little while back we had the pleasure of riding with Cameron Falconer and visiting his workshop in Quincy, California. It was a real pleasure all around and we are happy to share a little bit of Cameron’s story here with you. If you would like to see…

Special One Week Sale on Dirt Rag XXX Bundles

For one week only get yourself a special deal on Limited Edition Dirt Rag Magazine 30th Anniversary bundles in the Dirt Rag Store. Be sure to act fast as quantities are limited and the special sale ends Sunday, October 6th. The Butts and Booze Bundle is marked down to $90…

This Friday, the SKOV ATB will send you into orbit

As we polish up our last issue of the year, the Offbeat Races issue, our attention has turned toward all the wacky bike stuff going on out there. This Friday, the self-proclaimed world’s hardest ATB Race-Experience is taking place in the Southwest Kingdom of Vermont (SKOV). According to race promotor…