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Pivot Mach 4 SL – First Ride

When the 429 SL first debuted as Pivot’s ultimate World Cup-caliber race weapon it was long, low and slack, at least for its time. Signaling a change to the new era Pivot’s cross-country bike is now named the Mach 4 SL providing 100mm of a renowned dw-link suspension paired with either a 100-120mm travel fork. […]

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In print: Fire Mountain

Editor’s Note: This story first appeared in issue 207 of Dirt Rag Magazine. Like what you see? Subscribe now to catch issue 211, on its way to mailboxes real soon. Downhill mountain biking on the flanks of Indonesia’s most active volcano Words and photos by Ian Lloyd Neubauer For the past 20 years, I’ve made […]

The Young and the Restless: Montana’s youth are itching to ride

by David Tucker It’s late afternoon and the air has a bite to it. The heat of summer is gone, replaced by the angular and indirect sunlight of fall. Four grade-schoolers huddle together while their mate sits on his bike, poised above a miniature tabletop, waiting anxiously to drop in. “Can I send it?” he […]

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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 […]

Punk in the Beerlight: Mike Krol vs. the Lemonheads

By Evan Robinson Editor’s note: Mountain bikes weren’t the only thing ahead of their time and right on schedule in 1989. While Dirt Rag was being cut-and-pasted in Maurice Tierney’s living room, other wing nuts and artists were also toiling away at their own masterpieces. Many of those albums have stood the test of time […]

Rattling the Stoke Bone — Getting Skilled at Ninja Mountain Bike Performance

We all have our strengths and weaknesses as riders. The longer we ride, the more those are reinforced. Especially riding with a group, where we tend to pay more attention to keeping up with the pack than making micro-adjustments to our weight distribution or foot angle. Even riding alone, sometimes it feels like we’re doing […]

In Print: Making Do on the Colorado Trail

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 211, coming real soon.  by Carolyne Whelan When Rim Tours invited me along for their Colorado Trail guided trip, I was warned that it was “advanced,” due largely to exposure and […]

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MTB Heat Check Power Rankings and SoHo MTB Festival

Our friend Bill Schieken from CX Hairs is back with another episode of Mountain Bike Heat Check. In this episode, we check out some of the action from the SoHo Mountain Bike Festival and find out who is topping the rankings in North America. Check out all the action here and stay tuned for coverage […]

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 […]

Beer Me: Dogfish Head’s new summer brews

SuperEIGHT: Super Gose ABV: 5.3 The concept of a beer that can develop film is a bit off-putting, the way junior high science fair projects of Coca Cola eating away at baby teeth and tarnished jewelry alike made me suddenly notice how soft my teeth felt after a can of cold soda on a hot […]

Blast from the Past: The Original Dirt Fest

This story first appeared in December 2016. We are gearing up for Dirt Fest PA 2019 as we speak and it always nice to look back and remember how this all got started, Planning on attending Dirt Fest? Be sure to register here and we will see you at the Lake! The first edition of […]

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Titanium Grit: In The Studio With Firefly Bicycles

Editors Note: This story originally appeared in issue 209 as part of our new column “Fast and Loose.” Like what you see? Become a subscriber to help support independent mountain bike journalism and have Dirt Rag delivered to your door! By Carolyne Whelan Photos by Brett Rothmeyer It’s easy to miss, but tucked in a […]

MTB Heat Check Episode 2: Epic Rides Whiskey Off Road

Our friend Bill Schieken aka @cxhairs has been traveling around the west coast and catching a bunch of the early season XC racing action. While there is no live coverage for the domestic race scene Schieken has been putting together some delightful videos of the action recapping both the men’s and women’s field. This week […]

Rebecca Rusch rides new Arkansas High Country Route

Seven-time world champion mountain biker, filmmaker, Emmy winner, author, activist, charity organizer, adventure athlete, and personal hero Rebecca Rusch sets out today to complete the Arkansas High Country Ride. Her goal is to ride 100-150 miles each day to get to the Bentonville Film Festival. Other superfans may remember Rusch’s film Blood Road, which debuted […]

Mixtape Monday Vol XI

We are once again diving back into the year of our creation, 1989. In our last mix, we checked out the first few months of the year so we are picking up where we left off. April 1989 through the early part of June unleashed some monumental recordings. The Cure’s “Disintegration” Nirvana’s “Bleach” David Bowie’s […]

Review: Industry Nine A35 Stem

Industry Nine A35 Stem – $125 industrynine.com 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 […]

Matt’s Custom Crust Bike

Crust Bikes custom frame Price: $1,475 for frame, estimate $4,000 complete Online: crustbikes.com Tester: Carolyne Whelan Age: 36 Weight: 143 lbs. Height: 5’ 5.5” Inseam: 32” Reach: 16.2” Stack: 24.4” Top Tube: 22.8” Head Tube: 63° Seat Tube: 74° BB Drop: 1.8” Chainstays: 16.5” Weight: 28.1 lbs. without pedals, specs based on size tested It’s […]

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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.

Review: Wahoo Roam

$379. Being more or less glued to a technological device at all times, I cherish the precious time I have on my bike when I am not staring at a screen. I say this as a person with a Garmin watch who has been known to stop in the middle of the trail to answer […]

Royal Racing: Race Jersey and Pants

This past weekend marked the start of this year’s World Cup campaign. Riders tackled the insanely fast and technical course in Maribor, Slovenia setting the stage for what is going to be another exciting season. If you’re a little like me, you can’t help but catch the bug when watching such wild and inspired riding. […]

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 […]


By Stevil Kinevil Dave Strunk and I had been friendly acquaintances since we were little kids, but it wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school that we clicked over a mutual love of skateboarding, art, photography and punk rock. Eventually, around 1988, he found himself having to move to Denver or face homelessness. Upon […]

First Ride Impression of the Raleigh Tamland 2 Adventure Bike

Raleigh Tamland 2 – $2,400 raleighusa.com By Scott Williams Designed to be that jack-of-all-trades ‘road’ bike the Tamland has been aimed directly towards the gravel crowd since Raleigh first introduced the bike in late 2013. The Tamland is available in two build kits, the Tamland 2 which we review here and the Tamland 1 for […]