30 Years of Independent Mountain Bike Journalism

Clothes to get you going

This summer, we were sent tons of clothes to test out on the trails both at home and on the road. Some of them fit better than others, so here are a few winners from the piles. SHREDLY MTB Short: The Dilley $98 There’s a lot to like about these…

Breck Epic Stage 6: The End

You would think after five tough and challenging days on the bike, most of the field would be relieved to see that today was the final stage. Yes, I know there is a Stage 7, and as soon as I have finished typing this, I’m heading over. Today on paper…

Breck Epic Stage 5: ‘Til Death

Today’stage at the Breck Epic was a yes, Epic™. It was Epic™ for the usual reasons; big climbs, impressive views, not one but two 12,000 foot summits, but also and most importantly, a wedding. A lot of this would not be transpiring if not for this wedding. Our own Scott…

Dirt Rag 212 is on its way! How will you get yours?

Issue 212 of Dirt Rag Magazine has hit the doorstep of Dirt Rag Headquarters, which means it’s on its way to bookstores, bike shops, ports, rabbit holes, hobbit huts, sasquatch pits, alligator caves, marmot nests, clown fortresses and, of course, subscriber mailboxes. If you haven’t already subscribed, be sure to…

Breck Epic Stage 4: No Rest for the Weary

With the Queen stage over French Pass yesterday it is likely safe to say that most riders were looking for a bit of a more leisurely day today. On tap for Stage 4 was a 41 mile 6,500 feet of elevation gain day, so hardly a walk in the park.…

Fox introduces new FIT4 damper update and roller-bearing shock hardware kit

Ready to update your suspension for fall? Fox has updated their 2020 Fit4-equipped forks to now feature an 8mm damper shaft, new bladder construction and a reconfigured shim stack. The 8mm damper shaft has a smaller cross-sectional area, theoretically pushing less oil through the base valve, allowing for less damping.…

Race Face introduces its new Æffect R crankset and dropper post

Race Face announces today its new Æffect R crankset, dropper post and lever. The crankset is designed to keep an enduro-strength crank in the weight-range of a typical XC crank (632 g for DM alloy without bottom bracket, or 696 g for DM steel without bottom bracket). It uses forged…

Breck Epic Stage 3: The Ghost of French Pass.

I had big plans for today. Stage 3 was to take the riders over French Pass high along the Continental Divide amongst the snow and the mountain goats, and I planned on being there, camera in hand. I checked with a few locals to see if it was possible to…

First Impressions: 2020 Rocky Mountain Slayer 

by Zach White If you’re a Rocky Mountain fan, and/or a fan of the Godfather of freeriding, Wade Simmons, you may have caught what appeared to be a marketing move a couple of years back, as the Canadian company hyped up a custom bike made specifically for the living legend.…

Breck Epic Stage 2: High Upon the Colorado Trail

The rain and the cold that battered riders during Stage 1 moved out with the moon. The Breck Epic was greeted with sun and clear skies this morning to the relief the riders. With clean drivetrains and hopefully dry shoes, the competitors looked to get after a big day of…

In Print: Community. Prosperity. Hope. Change.

How catering to mountain bikers is helping small towns Editor’s Note: This feature first appeared in issue 205 of our print edition of Dirt Rag Magazine. Like what you see? Subscribe today to catch issue 212, in production now and soon to set sail. Photos from this web edition taken…

A Silver King For a Day at the Leadville 100

I delayed my departure from Breckenridge to Leadville, CO as long as possible the day before the Leadville 100 was to begin. After two long days behind the wheel torpedoing across the vastness of the midwest, the urge to jump back on the highway was absent. I rolled into the…

Breck Epic Stage 1: There Will Be Mud.

When we arrived a few days ago in Breckenridge, CO, it was as if we came to some sort of fantasy land for lovers of the outdoors. Majestic mountains reaching far up into the blue skies, the air was dry and cool, a perfect setting for a bike race. It…

Maxxis Introduces new Troy Brosnan Signature Tire: The Dissector

This weekend at Crankworx Whistler, Maxxis is launching a new signature tire, created with downhill World Cup champion Troy Brosnan. The Dissector is designed especially for dry, loose conditions. Beginning in early 2018, Brosnan and Maxxis engineers worked together to find the right balance of rolling speed, cornering traction, and…

Downieville Standard(ish) Time: Into the Vortex at NorCal’s Rowdy MTB Classic

Words by Andrew Juiliano Photos by Ethan Lawrence 06:15 a.m. ish I open my eyes and stare through the mesh tent window. I’m belly up, on the bank of the North Yuba River, six miles upstream from of the tiny town of Downieville, California, the site of the 24th annual,…

Industry Nine Rounds Out All-Mountain Stem Collection with A318

Industry Nine is known for their pretty bike baubles. Not just because they are stunning, colorful additions to any bike build that will make your ride sparkle (and match!) with their anodization and CNC craftmanship, they are also lightweight and high quality. Dirt Rag visited their Asheville space back in…

Win a $500 Gift Card to The Pro’s Closet

Another Hit-and-Run Driver Who Left Someone to Die

Every morning I open my inbox to Google alerts of the word “bicycle” and every day someone is injured to near-death or killed on a bike, or while just walking along by a vehicle. The sad fact is Andrew “Bernie” Bernstein is no different than all the other people mowed…

The New Kona Process 134

The latest from Kona Bikes is the Process 134. A do-all trail bike featuring 134mm of travel in the rear and 140mm up front, the Process 134 is ready for just about anything. The Process 134 CR DL 29 represents two and half years of design iterations, mechanical engineering and…

Scott Ransom 910

By Scott Williams As an avid snowboarder in the winter months, charging down the mountain on two wheels in summer was a natural progression. It’s the same set of teary eyes trying to weave through the forest and somehow putting the blindfold over the part of your brain that detects…

Catching up with Matt Meyerl of Lost Sierra Adventure Monkeys

Sunday mornings in the small town of Quincy, California, are quiet. The occasional person or two can be spotted strolling down the sidewalk, perhaps the distant bark of a dog or even the crow of a rooster can break the stillness, that is until recently. Outside of Feather River Outdoors…

The Hutchinson Griffus – Now Available in the US!

Editor’s Note: This message is paid for by our partners Hutchinson Tires Hutchinson Tires has been in the bike tire business since 1890. That’s right. They’ve been hand-making bicycle tires for just shy of 130 years. Though some know the brand as being pioneers of road tubeless, they’ve made a…

Forest Service to start restricting public comment

Do you use public lands? If you’re a mountain biker, then it’s likely that you do — especially if you live or ride west of the Mississippi. The Forest Service is proposing big changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA has two major functions. For one, it requires…

Win a Durolux36 Boost 27.5″ RC2-PCS Single Crown Fork from SR Suntour

Santa Cruz Chameleon

By Scott Williams INTRO Ripping through singletrack on a singlespeed is where I find my ultimate happy place, but each year, the niche I connect with continues to sink further into the depths of a forgotten past. From a business perspective, I fully get it, but that doesn’t mean I…

LIV Intrigue Advanced 1

LIV Intrigue Advanced 1 Price: $5,565 Sizes: XS, S, M (tested), L Online: liv-cycling.com Tester: Carolyne Whelan Age: 36 Weight: 145 lbs. Height: 5’ 5.5” Inseam: 32” Reach: 17” Stack: 23.1” Top Tube: 23.4” Head Tube: 66.5° Seat Tube: 74.5° BB Height: 14” BB Drop: .6” Chainstays: 17.2” Weight: 27.9…

In Print: Be Kind Rewind — 1990 Doug Bradbury Manitou

Editor’s Note: This feature first appeared in issue 210 of our print edition of Dirt Rag Magazine. Like what you see? Subscribe today to catch issue 212, in production now and soon to set sail. Be Kind Rewind 1990 Doug Bradbury Manitou Mountain biking is a unique sport in several…

A Wild, Wonderful, World Cup

From Our Advertiser: Snowshoe Mountain This September, American mountain biking fans will have the rare opportunity to watch a World Cup event right here on U.S. soil. And not just any American soil. We’re talking about the legendary rocks and roots of Snowshoe, West Virginia. And it’s not just any…

Fast and Smooth: Four Carbon Wheelsets in Test

By Jess Nelson and Scott Williams A new wheelset is one of the best places to look when you want to make a component upgrade from the stock parts that came on your bike. In most cases, a new set of wheels could shed a pound or more and offer…

A Letter to Our Readers

Dear sweet and kind and mischievous readers: Thank you! If you’ve received issue 211 in the mail or at your newsstand, you’ve seen that this is our 30th anniversary of Dirt Rag. We couldn’t have done it without you. Since the days of handing out ‘zines at local Pittsburgh mountain…