Review: Osprey Seral 1.5 Liter Lumbar Pack

There is no denying the resurgence of fanny packs. Love them or hate them; they have their benefits. Osprey is known for its quality backpacks, mountaineering packs, hydration packs, and some stellar lifestyle bags.  The Details The Osprey Seral 1.5Liter Lumbar Pack has a breathable back panel, dual-zippered hip belt…

Philly Bike Expo: Schön Studio

We are closing in on the end of our collection of mountain bikes from this year’s Philly Bike Expo. Our sport has been on a pretty serious growth spurt these last few years and the frame builders are reciprocating with a bunch of interesting and beautiful bikes. Danielle Schön of…

Philly Bike Expo: Rodeo Labs Trail Donkey 3.0

If you sit down and talk with Stephen Fitzgerald about how and why he created Rodeo Labs, his nonchalant delivery leads one to believe it was kind of a goof. Make no mistake that Fitzgerald completely intended for both the Flaanimal the Trail Donkey to exist, but more for himself…

Review: Pivot Vault – Pro Ultegra

The Pivot Vault has been positioned as a versatile drop-bar bike since its debut in 2013. Built for gravel, dirt, and road, its geometry has always leaned in favor of the cyclocross world more than the endurance scene. Now, with the latest geometry tweaks on the fourth-generation Vault, Pivot maintains…

Philly Bike Expo: 44 Bikes

I first met Kristofer Henry of 44 Bikes at the 2017 Philly Bike Expo. The immediate impact of a clean looking titanium hardtail will always grab my attention so like a moth to a flame I drifted into the 44 Bikes booth. Based out of New Hampshire, Kris knows a…

Review: Reeb Sqweeb V2 SFP

As the Reeb Sqeeb V2 rolled up to my art studio, the aptly-named “Illusion Blue” paint job and sparkling silver accents made me nostalgic for my childhood days playing with Hot Wheels race cars in the driveway. As a craftsman myself, it’s heartening to know that I can roll into…

Philly Bike Expo: Moth Attack

Megan Dean has been welding bike frames together for quite some time now. A transient of sorts Dean spent a good chunk of time cutting her teeth on the streets of Los Angeles as a bike messenger before starting a career as a frame builder. Her work speaks for itself,…

Philly Bike Expo: Winter Bicycles

If you were trying to find Eric Estlund in a crowd it may not be as easy as you think for a guy sporting a head covered in tattoos and piercings. The soft-spoken Estlund is the sole driving force behind Winter Bicycles and on Saturday I combed the floor looking…

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…

Review: 45NRTH Ragnarok boots and Torvald jacket

With the cold, fluctuating temperatures of the transitory seasons of autumn and spring, cycling gear can be hard to pin down. Feet get cold easily on metal pedals while freezing puddles splash up from the freeze-thaw trails. Meanwhile, the start and end of a ride can be exceedingly cold, especially…

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…

Glenn Vanzig: Live Feral or Die

Editors Note: I have to be honest, I was digging through the back catalog of Dirt Rag’s searching for a ghost story, something Halloween related when I stumbled upon Watts’ “Vanzig” story from a few years back. While not a spooky story per se, it is a story I quite…

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…

Old Bike, New Look

By Stephen Haynes Whether cutting the sleeves off a brand-new T-shirt or remodeling the interior of a home, the desire to tailor one’s possessions is a siren song most of us succumb to at some stage of our existence. It’s human nature to personalize artifacts to reflect whatever self-image we’ve…

“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…

On the Eve of Rampage

Photos by Brian Lorence Well, its that time of the year again when a large portion of the mountain bike community drops everything to watch an elite few push the boundaries of what is possible on a bike. Red Bull Rampage has gone down in the deserts of Utah since…

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…

Cannondale Habit Carbon 3

Cannondale Habit Carbon 3 Price: $4,000 Sizes: S, M, L (tested), Online: cannondale.com Where were you “The Year Punk Broke”? It was 1991, sometime between late August and mid-October, Nirvana had just released “Smells Like Teen Spirit” into the world and everything, as we knew the popular culture to be,…

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…

Marzocchi Goes Purple for Rampage

It’s October and in the mountain bike world, which means Red Bull Rampage, the most iconic freeride event of the year. Marzocchi riders have been Rampage frontrunners ever since the godfather, Wade Simmons won the very first edition in 2001. Beginning on Monday, October 21st, in an ode to Marzocchi’s…

Big Bear B.B.R.A.P.: A Season to Celebrate

The trails of Big Bear West Virginia hold a special place in the heart of Dirt Rag. Our annual mountain bike festival has taken place there during the month of July over the last three summers and we are already looking forward to the 2020 event. Besides being our partners…