Bike Industry News

Rebecca Rusch Completes Arkansas High Country Route

From Red Bull Media Photos by Corey Rich May 16, 2019 (LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) – World-class endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch has just completed the outer loop of the Arkansas High Country Trail, a new 1041-mile bike trail across the state. Rusch is the first cyclist to ever ride the entire trail straight-through, doing so in a […]

First Impression: The New Santa Cruz Stigmata and Juliana Quincy

Words and Bike Photos: Brett Rothmeyer Action Photos: Ian Collins Santa Cruz Bicycles has released the latest version of the Stigmata out into the wild. Along with the Stigmata, sister company Juliana has released the all-new Quincy to their line up. Building upon where the 2015 revamped Stigmata left off there are some great new […]

Shimano GRX

If you missed it last week Shimano has released the newest addition to their family of componentry in GRX. Geared (pun totally intended) towards gravel, cyclocross and adventure riding, Shimano builds on their existing road platforms by offering components to meet the demands of steeper and more grueling terrain. The GRX group will be offered […]

Review: Industry Nine A35 Stem

Industry Nine A35 Stem – $125 By Scott Williams   In late 2018, Industry Nine unveiled a new piece of bicycle candy further expanding the company’s componentry offerings. The A35 is an all-mountain stem for 35mm clamp diameter handlebars and is available in four lengths, 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, and 60mm with +/- 6mm offset […]

Trust Performance Message

There is a lot going on over in the Trust Performance camp today. First of all, they have updated pricing on the Message fork, as of today it will be available to customers for $1975 USD. In addition to offering the Message to customers at this updated price, Trust Performance will provide its early adopters […]

The New Ibis Ripley in its Natural Habitat

Did you miss the new Ibis Ripley yesterday? Well, here it is frolicking in the high desert landscape. To see more of the Ripley, check out our first impressions here.

The New Ibis Ripley: First Impressions

The all-new Ibis Ripley has been released into the world today, and we had a chance to spend a day riding one on its home turf in Santa Cruz. So what’s new with the latest version of the Ripley? Everything according to Ibis. The bike has undergone a whole new redesign inspired by its longer […]

New Kids on the Block, A Classic and A Foreigner

While we scoured the dusty grounds of Sea Otter for the newest, next, and biggest we were able to get a closer look at some of the latest brands and models to be putting tires to dirt this year. First up is Revel Bikes, a new brand from some industry veterans. Spearheaded by Adam Miller […]

Sick Sea Otter sightings

At this year’s Sea Otter, there was a lot of fresh stuff to see. Some brands were bringing out their classics in new colors, while others had exciting product launches or were showing up at Sea Otter for the first time.  

Helm Work Series 130

We recently spent some time at Cane Creek Headquarters in North Carolina to see a bit of where the magic gets made. Little did we know, or maybe we were bad at picking up on cues and closed doors but the team at Cane Creek were hard at work on the latest version of their […]

Suspending Over Time: Niner’s CVA System

From Our Advertisers Niner Bikes Niner Bikes designed their proprietary CVA suspension system in 2008 and it was granted a US Patent in May 2011. In 2012, the system was awarded a Eurobike Design and Innovation Award. Over the years since, it has continued to earn positive reviews from riders, testers, and athletes around the […]

Kona adds Canadian legend Miranda Miller to team

Miranda Miller will headline Kona’s Global Enduro program alongside Rhys Verner, Connor Fearon, Shelly Flood, and Hannah Bergemann. She’ll be racing the Process 153 CR DL 29 and the Operator CR for select downhill races. While her official joining of the team is breaking news, her relationship with Kona isn’t. Team Manager Mathieu Dupelle has been in her life […]

QBP announces scholarship winners

A few months back, we broadcast the announcement that Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) was again offering up its Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship. The time has come, the winners have been chosen, and we are so friggin pumped. Each of the 32 scholarship recipients will attend a two-week Professional Repair and Shop Operations class at United Bicycle […]

Philly Bike Expo 2018

OK, so now that I’ve gotten the Pittsburgh tragedy out in the open, let’s move on to the PHILLY BIKE EXPO! Maurice (Dirt Rag’s publisher and mastermind) and I drove into Philly with a few bikes in tow, plus some old copies of Dirt Rag to hand out, socks, pint glasses, hats, t-shirts, frame bags […]

Femmes to the front! QBP Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship is open for applications

I got my first job as a wrench when I moved to New Mexico. I hung out at my local bike shop whenever I had free time, and when I got laid off from the food co-op I suddenly had enough free time for them to notice. The head mechanic, Laura, said, “if you’re gonna […]

Lazer helmet recall

Do you wear a Lazer helmet? Check your head. Lazer, a Belgian helmet company owned by Shimano, has issued a recall for its Blade, Magma, Elle and Jade bicycle helmets sold since January 2015. Helmets typically have a wear-life of 4-5 years, not including the one-crash rule, so if you bought your helmet during the earlier […]

What bars? Ask

Whether you are a mechanic at a shop trying to find the best bars for your customer’s custom build, or a daydreamer wistfully putting together a vision board of your dream bike, the options for some components can be staggering. Some componentry comes with built-in parameters such as size, measurements, and budget. In this era of […]

Ibis launches new DV9 carbon hardtail

On Monday, Ibis launched its newest carbon hardtail, the DV9. Inspired by Lili Heim, the varsity XC racing high school daughter of Ibis co-owner and CEO Hans Heim, this bike is designed to be fun, fast, and affordable. With 67.4° travel on a 120mm fork (68.5° on a 100mm fork), the geometry is slacker than […]

Limited Issue t-shirts available for pre-order only—get yours now!

Some people call October the month when fall comes into bloom, the time when the maple leaves of the Adirondacks turn red and purple and the Rockies’ quivering aspens become an overwhelming gold; others think of it simply as Danzig Month and don their thickest eyeliner and devilock. Here at Dirt Rag, we choose to […]

Even more sweet finds at Interbike, Pt. 3 – Dakine, Rivendell and Green Guru product

Dakine has a sick new gravity line called Thrillium, with their partnership with Graham Agissiz and Team Aggy, bringing a very specific “wolf” vibe, which I am not opposed to, into both their men’s and women’s cuts. They have new knee pads and gloves, and their baggies have been redesigned to offer a ton of […]

Some more cool stuff from Interbike! Pt. 2 – Wahoo Fitness, G-Form, and Osprey

Wahoo Fitness has a new product called the Kickr Headwind, which gives you a headwind (duh) while riding your bike. You can either use this to keep you cool while riding indoors on those rainy, wintry days, or charge through 30mph winds in penance for whatever terrible thing you’ve done (like choose to ride indoors). […]

Endura Updates the MT500 Line

Endura adds some updates to its award-winning MT500 line. Watch the video with Dan Atherton and check out the goods.   [wonderplugin_gallery id=”86″]

Interbike Day 1: Neon Fog – Oakley, Richtey Bike, Burley Trailers and Leatt

The overwhelming challenge of sifting your way through the first day of Interbike can be an exhausting task. What’s new, what’s hot, where are the sample snacks? There are a lot of important questions to be answered. After hours of swimming upstream through the current of attendees and vendors, A few things stood out today […]

Electric Slide into Interbike

Dirt Rag is officially in the throes of Interbike, the annual expo of the bike industry where companies show off their latest developments and newcomers have a chance to put their product in front of the eyes of purchasers and reviewers. Monday was Dirt Demo, the day to check out some of the latest mountain […]


If you’ve had a chance to grab a copy of our latest issue, then you know it’s no secret that we are also fans of skateboarding. It just so happens that John Cardiel, one of the best to ever roll on four wheels, is also a total shredder on two. Chrome has teamed up with […]

Strider’s new balance bike teeters Carbon Fiber fence

…between ridiculous and awesome! Are you tired of waiting for your toddler at the top of a climb? Do you find yourself taking out unnecessary “extra” bolts and other heavy componentry so that your three-year-old can hold more momentum on the flats? Has your child learned how to ride a pedal bike but their downright […]

Niner Bikes delivers with the new flat bar RLT 9 Apex

Most long-time bike nerds have that bike. The Frankenstein Monster, built up maybe over a long time or maybe just put together in one frustrated afternoon, to hopefully satisfy that need. The road bike is too aero but the mountain bike is too slow. There has to be a bike that can get to work […]

Fox Live Valve – Smarter shocks for a better future?

Effectively an open secret for at least a year, Fox is finally taking the lid off its new computer-controlled shock valving.  Fox describes Live Valve as a “fast-acting automated electronic suspension system”. This system is made up of tiny motors to control the valving, accelerometers on the front and rear wheels, a control unit (CPU), a […]

Cannondale Introduces The Topstone

Built for smashing out big miles on the roughest of gravel roads, the Topstone’s confident rider position, nimble handling and grippy high-volume tires make it an ideal weekend tourer, an all-weather commuter, or simply a supremely comfortable all-around road bike. The light and smooth-riding SmartForm C2 Alloy frame offers plenty of clearance for 700c tires […]

National mountain biking survey launches

International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA), SRAM Cycling Fund and Ohio University have teamed up to create a survey that aims to gain insight into how riders use both our local and destination trails, and how we interact with our advocacy groups. While mountain biking enthusiasts are often engaged in their communities, providing information about their […]