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It’s summer somewhere: A Patagonia travelogue

By Andreas Hestler

While North America slumbers under a peaceful blanket of snow Wade Simmons, Thomas Vanderham, Geoff Gullavich, and Andreas Hestler head south in search of hundreds of miles of pristine singletrack on the underside of the world.

Cross training: Is it really preferable to letting yourself go in the winter?

By Thom Parsons

Cross-training is a necessary evil for those of us not lucky enough to live in a place with stellar year-round riding. The first step is choosing an activity that is bearable and employs some of the muscles used in cycling to keep us semi-fit in the off season.

Dirt Rag’s holiday gift guide

By the Dirt Rag staff

Most magazines’ gift guides are little more than a wink and a nod to advertisers. That’s not how we roll. We asked each member of the Dirt Rag staff to select two items they would wholeheartedly recommend to a fellow rider. From stocking stuffers to extravagant gifts, there’s something for every budget.

Access Action: trail design, have we gone too far?

By Frank Maguire

As riders, we understand that trails need to be constructed in a sustainable manner, but are many “New School” trails being designed and built with a sameness that could eliminate local trail flavor? Is the soul of mountain biking is at risk?

Human oil: the folks who lubricate Trek’s dirt machine

By Gary J. Boulanger

Sometime it takes a village to design and build great mountain bikes. Meet some of the people responsible for designing and testing Trek’s mountain bikes.

Product reviews

In this issue we feature:

  • Cane Creek Double Barrel Air
  • Pivot Mach 5.7 Carbon
  • Foundry Broadaxe
  • Devinci Wilson
  • Norco Aurum
  • Nukeproof Scalp
  • Cold weather gear from Pearl Izumi and Mavic
  • Easton Havoc 35 bar and stem

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