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Review: Rapha winter kit

In these deep winter months of cold, damp darkness, my typically preferred riding garb of whatever-I’m-already-wearing just doesn’t cut it. I wanted something that would be insulated without feeling like I was wearing three pairs of pants, and easily wicked off rain and mud without feeling like a plastic bag. Rapha is known primarily in […]

In Print: D.R.A.T.: Bike, Boat, Cook

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in issue 208 of Dirt Rag Magazine. Like what you see? Subscribe now at dirtragmag.com/subscribe to catch issue 210, coming real soon.  By Carolyne Whelan, Scott Williams, Stephen Haynes and Eric McKeegan I don’t remember how the idea came to pass officially, but we were around the kitchen table, […]

Cnoc Outdoors Vecto 2L Water Container

If you spend any time in the outdoors, you’ll eventually need to address how to keep yourself hydrated. The first obvious option is to carry water with you, but that source will quickly run out as the length of your activity increases. Conveniently there are several options for carrying and replenishing that water supply while […]

The Sierra Klunker From Paul Component

We are surely digging this latest project from Paul Component. A klunker designed in the flavor of a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, umm, yes, please! If you were in attendance of the Sea Otter Classic last spring then you may have noticed the custom built shredder under the Sierra Nevada beer tent. The overgrown BMX […]

Otter Box Trooper LT 30

OtterBox Trooper LT 30 $299 By Eric McKeegan The premium-priced cooler market is not one I saw coming. But here is it. The big plastic Yetis and their competitors are now familiar sights at trailheads and campgrounds everywhere. Those expensive coolers are the only reason why I can review this backpack cooler with a straight […]

Rocky Mountain Altitude Carbon 90

2018 Rocky Mountain Altitude Carbon 90 Tester: Zach White Age: 43 Weight: 205 lbs Height: 6’ 3” Inseam: 32” Price: $7,399 Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL(tested) Online: bikes.com Reach: 19.1” Stack: 24.5” Top Tube: 25.8” Head Tube: 65.0° Seat Tube: 74.1° BB Height: 13.2” Chainstays: 16.7” Weight: 27.9 lbs.w/o pedals, specs based on size […]

Local Loam: Jeff Kendall-Weed Rides Tucson, AZ

Jeff Kendall-Weed is back, and this time he heads to Tucson, AZ to check out the local scene and escape the snow of the Pacific North West. This is the first of a new series from Jeff under the ‘Local Loam’ title where he will be highlighting the work of local trail advocacy groups. We […]

Beyond the Snow: Best Ski Resorts For Mountain Biking Bliss

Editor’s note: The next issue of Dirt Rag is all about ~The Future~ (said with a booming echo). Our Gear focus for the issue is on bike park gear, and the two fit rim-and-tire because bike parks and resorts are becoming more a part of the everyday mountain biker’s experience every year, with more parks […]

Pilot Cove

Tucked away on the edge of the Pisgah National Forest, Pilot Cove is a relatively new option for lodging in Brevard, NC. Offering luxury cabins in a prime location, we were more than excited to go down and check out what Pilot Cove was all about. First and foremost what is automatically appealing as a […]

Blast From the Past: A mountain bike ride and interview with Bob Weir

  Editor’s note: As we enter the 30th year of Dirt Rag we look back on what a long strange trip it has been. This interview of Grateful Dead founding member & Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bob Weir—conducted by Mountain Bike Hall-of-Famer Charles Kelly—was first published in Dirt Rag Issue #23 in April 1992. […]

Marin Mount Vision

Marin has picked up where they left off with the Wolf Ridge, introducing the all-new Mount Vision. While the Wolf Ridge was intended to be a do all quiver killer of sorts, the Mount Vision is more focused on big mountain/enduro riding. Based around 150mm of travel and 27.5 wheels the Mount Vision is sure […]

In Print: Be Kind, Rewind— 1992 Cunningham Racer

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in issue 208 of Dirt Rag Magazine. Like what you see? Subscribe now at dirtragmag.com/subscribe to catch issue 210, coming real soon.  By Martin Kozaczek A consummate tinkerer, Charlie Cunningham started making magnesium stems and aluminum seatposts for road bikes in the mid-1970s. By the end of the decade […]

Catching Up at Fast Camp with Unior Devinci Factory Racing

The Unior Devinci Factory Racing team just got back from their annual team camp in beautiful Italy. Like all racing fans, we can’t wait for the UCI World Cup / EWS seasons to officially get rolling. Along with testing out the new bikes, the Unior Devinci Factory Racing caught up with their riders to see how they […]

2019 Salsa Cycles Mountain Bike Launch

Salsa has an all-new line up for 2019 featuring their Split Pivot design. We got a sneak peek of the bikes at Frost Bike last week and they look just as good in person as they do on the screen. With three all-new models, Salsa is covering the disciplines from cross-country rocket to big trail […]

Introducing Revel Bikes

Created by Adam Miller of Borealis and Why Cycles, Revel Bikes began when Miller began shopping for a dual suspension trail bike for himself. Miller teamed up with Canfield Balance, a relatively unknown suspension system and Revel was born. Together they assembled a team of industry veterans to iron out design and marketing, and today […]

Pearl Izumi: Here We Go

Pearl Izumi has just launched their new line for 2019 under the tagline, “Here We Go”. Pearl Izumi explains that “Here we go celebrates the common feelings all riders share and the positive impact we can have on our communities through bicycles. “Here we go” is anchored by one simple, powerful word: Go. Sometimes it’s a […]

Review: Ruff Wear

Ruff Wear By Stephen Haynes The outdoor industry is littered with success stories of forward-thinking entrepreneurs who, through grit, determination and an unmet need, have made their dreams a reality through hard work and great products. One such story is that of the active dog equipment company, Ruff Wear, whose founder began tinkering with his […]

Review: Quoc Gran Tourer bike shoes

by Carolyne Whelan In all my thousands and thousands of miles of bike touring and bikepacking, I’ve always just used my mountain bike shoes. I already owned them, for one; plus, they were comfortable enough to walk around for a while yet sturdy enough to ride in for hours at a time without fatigue. This, […]

Brendan Howey; ‘The Coast’ presented by Commencal Cycles

If you have flipped through issue 209 then you have likely seen our feature on the Sunshine Coast, B.C. In this latest video from Commencal Cycles, Brendan Howey shows off this summer paradise. Enjoy the video and to make sure you don’t miss future issues of Dirt Rag subscribe here!

Frost Bike Part 1: Fat Bikes with Salsa

I love winter. I know this goes against our basic feelings as mountain bikers, but it’s true. I love winter, but I should clarify, I love ‘real’ winter. The snowstorms followed by blue skies and crisp air can be and are just as magical as those long summer days. Winter’s here in Pittsburgh however can […]

Brian Lopes Joins Assos

Assos expands its ambassador program for 2019 by adding Brian Lopes. Joining Rebecca Rusch, Assos looks to increase its presence in North America with more mountain bike athletes. Lopes has been shredding dirt in all of its forms for most of his life and looks to be a great asset for Assos as they grow their line […]

FSA Flowtron Dropper Seatpost

FSA Flowtron Dropper Seatpost – $250 By Scott Williams Introduction In late 2016, Full Speed Ahead (FSA) announced that it would discontinue its Gravity dropper post series to avoid confusion with the brand, GravityDropper.The Flowtron takes its place with a completely redesigned the remote, improved durability and a couple hundred less grams. The Flowtron has […]

Rapha Launches Three New Bib Shorts For Women

Love them or hate Rapha is constantly redefining comfort and style on the bike. After three years of research and redesign, they have released a new chamois just for women and will be offering it as part of three new bib shorts. While we firmly believe that for most rides a fine pair of jorts are […]

Start slow and taper off: forest bathing on two wheels

By Rob Kristoff   The higher purpose of practicing a sport such as fly fishing, hunting, or mountain climbing is to affect a spiritual and physical gain. But if the process is compromised, there is no transformation.- Yvon Chouinard “If you’re not worried, you’re not paying attention.” It’s an old cliche, but it captures an […]

Dakine Hot Laps Bag

Dakine Hot Laps 5L – $70 By Eric McKeegan Water bladders in hip packs have never been a combo that I could get along with, at least until this guy came into my life at a recent press camp.  Designed to carry a 2-liter bladder and enough supplies for a lengthy ride, the Hot Laps […]

Punk in the Beerlight: Sharon Van Etten vs. Bob Mould

In celebration of our 30th birthday, Dirt Rag is doing a number of throwbacks and slamforwards for things we love, both bike related and non-bike related. In this column, Punk in the Beerlight, Evan Robinson takes a look at a modern album creating a timeless sound, and pairs it with an album from 30 years ago […]

YT TUES29 and Angel Suarez

YT has just recently released the latest version of their downhill sled in the TUES29. To help usher the latest machine out into the world Angel Saurez pummels some good looking track into submission. Enjoy the video and see more about the new TUES29 below. For years YT is best known for their downhill bike […]

ENVE + i9 Hydra Hub

Who doesn’t love a cute couple on Valentine’s Day? Just like the new kid at school, the Hydra Hub from i9 has been getting a lot of attention since its release this past Tuesday. Today, ENVE announced a partnership with Industry Nine to create an American made hub pairing that will lower the MSRP of ENVE’s M Series mountain […]

Down By The River: A Guide To Reality Based Vanlife

By Brendon Voelker It’s a quarter ‘til sunrise in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You step out of bed as the day begins to break and the rays of light cascade through the windows. You flip on the hot water kettle, grind up some coffee, and prep the pour over just like that hipster at the […]

Industry Nine Hydra and 101 Series Hubsets

    No, it’s not a pet hamster. New for 2019, Industry Nine introduces Hydra, a project over two and a half years in the making. Since the success of the company’s lightning-quick 3-degree engagement Torch Series hub introduced in 2013, i9 continues to advance forward in re-defining what is capable.   Hydra offers a […]