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Review: Specialized Fuse Expert 29

Take what you know about a hardtail mountain bike and toss those opinions in the trash; the new Specialized Fuse for 2020 is an entirely new animal, and it’s ready to party. This aggressive hardtail is sporting a slack 66.5-degree head angle, minimal branding, and adjustable dropouts for those that…

United Bicycle Institute Closes Portland Location

On October 4, 2019, a friend from Surly Bikes posted some sad news on social media. The United Bicycle Institute was closing its Portland location. She, amongst many others, had a life-changing experience there. Education, friendship, and bikes, they have that power. On a positive note, UBI is keeping open…

Viathon M.1 GX Eagle

By Brett Rothmeyer Online:www.viathonbicycles.com Price: $1998 Last year before the annual Sea Otter Classic, there were rumblings of a high-end Walmart bike coming to the market. Yes, high-end bikes and Walmart are an easy segway to a punchline, but it is no mystery that the Walton family has a vested…

A Chat with Kitsbow about their move to North Carolina

Joining a growing list of bike and outdoor brands, in August, Kitsbow announced they would be moving its operations to North Carolina. We reached out to David Billstrom, the chief executive officer of Kitsbow, and asked him a few questions on what helped make that final decision. Dirt Rag: I know…

Crossroads with Chris Akrigg

Chris Akrigg takes his dynamic skills and puts them to work in the latest edit from Mongoose on a drop-bar all-terrain, half cyclocross, half freeride meets gravel show. Which begs the question, do you even freeride/cyclocross/trials/gravel bro? Well, do you? …

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in issue 210. If you like what you are seeing and reading Subscribe and help support independent mountain biking journalism. By Leslie Kehmeier “But is it foldable?”   I am told this was a question that was raised when the SQZBX (pronounced “squeeze-box”) Brewery and…

Dirt Rag Store Special – Beanie & Flask

With some already seeing snow in the mountains and Pittsburgh receiving the first official frost warning this weekend, it’s time to enjoy the few remaining days of dust-covered trails. To help keep the good vibes going once the sun sets we’ve paired up the 30th Anniversary stainless steel flask and…

Hypo and hyperthermic prevention

A temperature-based guide for cold weather mountain bike riding By Keith Huff Now that fatbiking has become a popular sport, more riders, both skinny and fat tire, are riding through the winter months. This has allowed not only extended (or continuous) seasonal recreational riding, but it also promotes base mileage…

QBP Bike Mechanic Scholarship is Available to 32 Mechanics this Year

QBP is continuing its efforts to expand diversity within the bike industry with its Bike Mechanic Scholarship open to women, trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, two-spirit, and intersex individuals. From my own experience most of the cyclist I’ve met in every genre of cycling are welcoming folks, we are just stoked…

Fast and Loose: Cameron Falconer of Falconer Cycles

Editor’s note: A little while back we had the pleasure of riding with Cameron Falconer and visiting his workshop in Quincy, California. It was a real pleasure all around and we are happy to share a little bit of Cameron’s story here with you. If you would like to see…

Special One Week Sale on Dirt Rag XXX Bundles

For one week only get yourself a special deal on Limited Edition Dirt Rag Magazine 30th Anniversary bundles in the Dirt Rag Store. Be sure to act fast as quantities are limited and the special sale ends Sunday, October 6th. The Butts and Booze Bundle is marked down to $90…

This Friday, the SKOV ATB will send you into orbit

As we polish up our last issue of the year, the Offbeat Races issue, our attention has turned toward all the wacky bike stuff going on out there. This Friday, the self-proclaimed world’s hardest ATB Race-Experience is taking place in the Southwest Kingdom of Vermont (SKOV). According to race promotor…

Trailbuilder Steve Kasacek took his career out of the cube and into the woods

By Melonee Hurt Steve Kasacek’s handiwork stretches from the woods of Maine to the remote hills of Arkansas. Most days his workspace is five miles deep in the woods somewhere. His home address consists of a storage unit and a mailbox. He has been known to sleep in his car…

Zwift and UCI to host a 2020 eSports World Championship

Zwift, the online cycling platform that ties together stationary biking and video games, has agreed with UCI to host the first ever UCI Cycling eSports World Championships in 2020. First! This is eSports, not E-Bikes. eSports started in the 1970’s with video game competitions. (You could argue that e-bikes might…

Specialized Stumpjumper ST Comp Alloy 29

INTRO Back in ‘81 when the first Specialized Stumpjumper hit the floors of shops, it sported a rigid fork, cantilever brakes, 26-inch wheels and a high-post. Today, while the Stumpjumper name is consistent, the bike itself has changed a lot over the decades. Available in three modes of rowdiness with…

Ibis releases Mojo HD5 featuring Traction Tune

It has been a busy season for Ibis and they have just added a new member to the lineup with the Mojo HD5. The HD5 builds on what the HD4 started, a 27.5 enduro bike made for tackling the toughest of tracks. Along with the HD5 comes Traction Tune Suspension.…

Race Face Creator Series: Skye Shillhammer’s “From Slide To Ride”

Over the next few months Race Face will be releasing a collection of short films as part of the ‘Creator Series.’ First up is Skye Shillhammer’s “From Slide to Ride.” Skye Shillhammer’s film From Slide to Ride is a story of how a natural disaster brought a town together and…

Fall Riding in Park City, Utah will turn your gears!

A message from our sponsors  Mountain Biking Park City        The temperatures are crisp, the colors are sharp and the trails beckon… Park City, Utah has some of the best fall riding, sometimes well into November.  In fact, for many, it’s a favorite time of the year to ride.…

Kona Releases the Remote 160

Welcome the Remote 160 to the Kona family of trail bikes. Like it or not E-bikes are here to stay and Kona has joined the ranks. Based off of the popular Process models, the Kona Remote 160 is designed around fun and efficiency. Check out the Remote 160 in action…

In Print: OG to OG — Maurice interviews Paul Price of Paul Component Engineering

Paul Components is having a party! We’ll let them invite you themselves, just after this interview with Paul Price of Paul Components. That’s right, *the* Paul. Dirt Rag and Paul Components both turn 30 this year! Read our interview, attend their party, and subscribe to Dirt Rag so you don’t…

‘Peaking’ featuring Jenny Rissveds

This Friday, October 13th a new show, ‘Peaking’ will premiere on the CW network featuring record-breaking Olympic mountain biker, Jenny Rissveds. The eight-episode docu-series produced by Red Bull Media House, will premiere on The CW and takes you behind the scenes each week with a different athlete. Each athlete has…

New Dirt Rag Store

Hear ye, hear ye, we’ve got the threads you want, no, need! Fresh merchandise is back up in the Dirt Rag Store. All items are packed and shipped with tender loving care by an actual Dirt Rag staff member. There are only five of us on staff and wear many…

Introducing the Ibis Ripmo AF

Ibis has just added an aluminum option to their line up by way of the Ripmo AF and it is available as of today. Mimicking the lines and attitude of its carbon sibling, the AF looks to get riders on a big mountain killer at a much lower price. Starting…

WynTV: Snowshoe World Cup Finals

I don’t know about you but we are still flying high from the big World Cup Weekend down in Snowshoe, WV. If you weren’t there well, sorry you missed out, but don’t fret, you can still experience how awesome the weekend was via WynTV. GT Bicycles fluffy-haired pro is back…

Snowshoe World Cup: Men’s XCO Finals

There was little at stake concerning the overall for the men’s World Cup. World Champion Nino Schurter had the series in the bag and Sunday’s final was a bit of a victory lap for the dominant Swiss rider. However, Schurter certainly didn’t make the trip all the way to America…

Snowshoe World Cup: Women’s XCO

The stage was set for a proper mountain bike treat for the fans at Snowshoe Mountain Sunday afternoon. American Kate Courtney, one of the sports biggest stars looked to put on a show for the home fans. Along with the race at a hand, Courtney also was looking to seal…

Snowshoe World Cup Downhill Finals Ultra-mega Photo Gallery

There was speculation day long on how many people actually showed up for yesterday’s Downhill Finals at Snowshoe mountain. As the riders began plummeting down the mountain at warp speed the cascade of cheers, horns, cowbells, and chainsaws sounded like a tsunami barreling through the woods. Based off of intense…

Snowshoe World Cup: Short Track

Friday was an action-packed day on the mountain at Snowshoe. The early afternoon saw the Downhill qualifying runs and in the evening the stars of the World Cup XCO took to the slopes for the Short Track race. Twenty minutes of all-out racing to determine starting positions for Sunday’s main…

Downhill Qualifying Snowshoe World Cup

The stage is set for a monumental showdown tomorrow for the final of this year’s Downhill World Cup. Tracey Hannah set the fastest time for the woman during qualifying with her closest rival Marine Cabirou coming in second and newly crowned world champ Myriam Nicole finishing with the third-fastest time…

Snowshoe World Cup: Downhill Practice

Whatever concerns that may have been floating around the internet about the track at Snowshoe being to tame or to buff were completely dispelled after yesterday’s walkthrough and today’s practice laps. Holding to West Virginia’s theme of ‘Wild and Wonderful’ the course for Saturday’s World Cup Final is more than…