Silver Mountain Resort, tucked away in North Idaho (or as we non-locals call it, the Idaho Panhandle), is WTB’s choice of dirt to unveil the company’s new aggressive trail tires. North Idaho doesn’t sound quite as odd once you figure in that Clayton Wangbichler, public relations and content editor for WTB calls the area home and […]
Perhaps you have heard rumblings around your local shops about what new Santa Cruz bikes were on their way. There had been rumors and guesses by many as to just what exactly was coming. Well, the day has come and both the Bronson and 5010 have gotten makeovers, as well have the Roubion and the Furtado from […]
Photographer Jason Barker of Roots and Rain headed out to Scotland to catch Round 2 of the UCI World Cup at Fort William, which took place June 2-3, 2018. Tahnée Seagrave took home the women’s win for this round, meanwhile, Amaury Pierron locked in a victory in the men’s division. Check out these select highlights of the […]
There was no shortage of cool bikes to be seen at NAHBS this year. While it’s impossible for me to pick my absolute favorite, there are definitely a number that I noticed and appreciated for one reason or another. Here are just a few of them, with more to come. Oddity Cycles I really liked all […]
Words and photos: Brice Shirbach Originally published in Issue #191 For most of us, the UCI World Cup downhill series is a somewhat nebulous arrangement, largely unfolding by means of online media, live video streams and an assortment of social-media posts from the athletes themselves. While fans of the sport are well aware of what […]
Words and photos: Montana Miller Originally published in Issue #191 My back just went numb, right between the shoulder blades. Which actually feels a lot better than the shooting pain I had a few minutes ago. I hike slowly next to my bike; hopefully I can make the top of this pass before sunset. I’m […]
There are people who love mountain biking, and there are those who love it so much they dedicate a vehicle to mountain biking. Chris and Leslie Kehmeier are two of those people, and Henry Tan Van is one such vehicle. The Kehmeiers live in Golden, Colorado, and have each worked at IMBA for over six years. […]
With apologies to Bill Bryson. I come from San Antonio. Somebody had to. There are generally two types of people born in San Antonio: those who can’t imagine leaving, and those who can’t wait to. Raised by two Midwesterners who often seem bewildered as to how they ended up as residents of the Lone Star State in […]
American cyclists know full well that beer and bicycles go as well together as 90-pound European roadies, white Spandex and strong espresso. Along Colorado’s Front Range, one company takes that pairing particularly seriously, building bikes in the same way it brews beer: one at a time, with a guiding ethos of fun, craftsmanship and quality. […]
Few mountain bike races have earned the title of “legendary,” but if one is a shoo-in for the list it’s the Leadville Trail 100. With a starting elevation above 10,000 feet, it climbs to more than 14,000 through thin, Colorado air. In a race where just finishing is a victory, this year Alban Lakata took the […]
Photos by Justin Steiner and Adam Newman The racing here at Crankworx took center stage Friday night as the threatening rain clouds hovered overhead but never dampened the action. The dry and dusty course was running fast as rookie Dakotah Norton, left, came out of nowhere to take the win as challenger Martin Maes took a […]
As a first-timer at Crankworx, most everything about this event is eye-opening. From the overall turnout to the the diversity of the crowd, I’ve come away impressed. While there are plenty of incredible events, including Saturday’s legendary Red Bull Joy Ride, the Whip-Off World Championships was one of the events I was most excited to watch […]
Editor’s note: We love hearing stories from our readers, so if you have an experience you’d like to share, send it to email@example.com with “Readers Write” as the subject line. Words and photos by Rob Whelan This is a story about three dudes from the flat city of Kingston, Ontario. A story about riding bikes with […]
Editor’s note: In Issue #137, Jonathan Logan of Rochester, New York, wrote in and asked if we could publish a section of reader’s tattoos. We challenged our readers show us the ink. The response was impressive, and in Dirt Rag Issue #139 we ran a two-page spread that included the reader-submitted photos proudly displayed below. […]
Photos by the author and Anthony Bareno, Velo Cult It’s hard to point a finger at what was the “first” fat bike. Just like the origins of the mountain bike itself, there are several branches in the family tree. This prototype of what would later become the production Hanebrink “Extreme Terrain Bike”—which is still in […]
Photos by Adam Newman The sixth round of the Enduro World Series rolled into Whistler just in time for a little thing called Crankworx to get under way. Several classic Whistler trails were groomed especially for the event with the deep, soft terrain of Crazy Train contrasting sharply with the rocky, exposed Top of the […]
Once again we had a great time at Dirt Rag Dirt Fest presented by Niner Bikes at the Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania. We had a blast and we sure hope you did, too. We’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to our title sponsor Niner Bikes, all our exhibitors, the volunteers to put […]
By Anka Martin. Photos by Sven Martin. Our trip went down in early February in beautiful Nelson, New Zealand and the surrounding areas of the Nelson Tasman district. We planned a little backcountry adventure with a few of my friends on our Juliana bikes.
Photos by David Gabrys/45NRTH The frozen feats of strength known as the Arrowhead 135 started Monday morning and 45NRTH sponsored rider Jay Petervary took the win in his first attempt, finishing the 135 miles in 20 hours and 11 minutes. Though it was his first crack at the race, Petervary is no stranger to these […]
In Issue 175 you’ll find the story of Heather and Jay Goodrich, who explore Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula to retrace the steps of their honeymoon more than a decade earlier. We couldn’t fit all of Jay’s wonderful photography in the magazine, so here’s an extended look at their adventure. Want to read the story? You’ll have […]
This is it. The main event. After Friday’s party, Saturday’s qualifying rides and Junkyard ‘Cross, then Saturday’s party, it was time get some racing on for the Golden Speedo and tattoos. The first SSCXWC to be held on the East Coast, Philly was an amazing host for the weekend. Despite some horrible weather for driving to […]
A long-standing Pennsylvania tradition, Bilenky Cycle Works has hosted a… unique cyclocross race each winter through a salvage yard. There are no UCI officials measuring tire widths, the barriers are not to spec, and #handupsarenotacrime. This Saturday the annual event was pushed to new levels with the influx of humanity (and inhumanity) in town for […]
[portfolio_slideshow id=14925146] Photos by Adam Newman. Video by Justin Steiner. About a month a go we got wind of a new opening up at one of the premiere bike parks on the East Coast, Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia. A couple of the Dirt Rag crew put in a tough day at the office rolling laps […]
Words and photos by Adam Newman.
The week-long celebration that is Crankworx climaxes each year with the Canadian Open Downhill, a three-minute blast down some of the most technical riding on the mountain.
The highlight, of course, is Heckler’s Rock, where beer-soaked fans were pre-gaming as early as 10:30 a.m. for the 3 p.m. finals.
An ominous sign when walking down to the Rock.
Photos by A. E. Landes, Matt Kasprzyk and Maurice Tierney.
Then and now. On the left she is showing off Gonzo, the pirahna she wore around her neck during races.
By Adam Newman
We stopped by the third round of the British Downhill Series in Innerleithen today, the final big tune-up before the opening round of the UCI World Cup season in Fort William next weekend. Adam Brayton (Team Hope Factory Racing) took home the Elite Men’s win while local favorite Rachel Atherton (GT Factory Team) won the Elite Women’s race.
By Jon Pratt
Recently a few select, privileged, cooler-than-the-rest, Dirt Rag staffers hit up Sedona for a couple of days of fun in the desert. With the guiding hands of Matt McFee, Kevin Waterbury, and Hermosa Tours we sampled some of the best singletrack and crazy crystal-powered-UFO folklore the region has to offer. Look for the story in the new issue of the magazine:
By Adam Newman
Kent Ericksen has been building with titanium for more than twenty years, and this year he was showing off his brand’s new suspension design, complete with a full-titanium rear swingarm and this boxy chainstay yoke.
The 2013 North American Handemade Bicycle Show was the Year of the Fat. More than a dozen builders had fat bikes, both 26 and 29+, in their booths. Here’s part two of our sampling. You can read part one here.
Reeb Cycles is an offshoot of Oskar Blues Brewing Company from nearby Lyons, Colorado. (Spell it backwards and you’ll get it).
By Adam Newman
Each year at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show there are some clear trends. Randonneuring bikes, disc brake cyclocross bikes, track and fixed gear bikes, and 650b mountain bikes have all had their moment in the sun. This year the clear favorite for custom builds was fat bikes.
More than a dozen builders had fat bikes in their booths, and here’s a sampling: