Dirt Rag Issue #165




In this issue


From the outside looking in

By Abram Eric Landes and Eric Benjamin

We’ve covered the Trans-Sylvania Epic and Dirty Kanza 200 before, but there’s something about these two races that keep us coming back.

What’s brewing in Bentonville

By Josh Patterson

Bentonville, Arkansas, is a little town with a lot of potential for impressive singletrack. The birthplace of Walmart is reinventing itself has a hub for those who enjoy art and active lifestyles.


Access Action: How to build a mountain bike destination from scratch

By Greg Heil

More than a decade in the making, the new trail system coming to Coldwater Mountain, located near Anniston, Alabama, could be a boon for mountain biking in the Southeast.

Inside Xprezo

By Ryan Thibault

There are a number of universal loves in Quebec and the bicycle tops the list (alongside Celine Dione and poutine). Journey inside this small French-Canadian company with a cult following.


Full circle: The history of the 29er

By Mark Stevenson

The big-wheeled mountain bike has come of age. In little more than a decade, the 29er has come to dominate large segments of the mountain bike market. Here’s a look at how 29ers came to be.

Product reviews



  • Salsa Horsethief
  • Ellsworth Evolution SST2
  • Kona Satori
  • Lenz Sport Mammoth


  • American Classic All Mountain 29
  • Easton EA70 XCT 29
  • Mavic Crossmax ST 29
  • NoTubes Arch EX 29
  • Rolf Prima Ralos 9
  • Specialized Roval Control Trail SL 29


  • Shimano XTR trail pedals
  • Time X ROC S pedals


  • Bontrager Lithos helmet
  • POC Trabec Race helmet
  • Bern Macon carbon helmet
  • Urge Endur-o-matic helmet


  • Schwalbe Hans Dampf
  • Maxxis Ardent
  • Rubena Kratos


  • Fox 34 TALAS 29
  • Avid Elixr 9 brakes

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Additional Information

Weight .1 lbs
Dimensions 9 x .25 x 11 in


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