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Old 07-20-07, 05:34 PM   #1
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good mountain bike magazine?

sorry, i guess this topic shouldn't really belong here, but i guess it's about mountain biking. well i was thinking of ordering some mountain biking magazines, and i was wondering what's good out there? im thinking of "Bike" magazine, but I don't know how good that is. It'd be great if the magazine had posters too. Post if you know any good mountain biking magazines. i guess a bit of road biking and other stuff would be good too. thanks in advance.
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Old 07-20-07, 05:48 PM   #2
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The best "real world" bike magazine I've come across is Dirt Rag It has a lot of material from regular folks along with reviews where the item is used at least six weeks. I used to have a subscription to "Mountain Bike" until the publisher cut it's production and made it an add-on subscription to "Bicycling" I dropped them because the thing was too full of adds and stupid **** like Style Man.
Occasionally I'll check out Mountain Bike Action online, but I wouldn't drop the coin on them.
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Occasionally I'll check out Mountain Bike Action online, but I wouldn't drop the coin on them.
They'll publish any ol' crank with a computer and a keyboard . . . .
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I don't mind MBA too much. It's only something like $37 for 2 years which is only about 9 store bought mags, so if 15 of them are bad, you're still even. They seem to give at least 1 or 2 knocks to everything they review, which is good. It does make manufacturers turn out better products IMO.

I did buy one issue of Dirt Rag and I did read it cover to cover, word for word it seems. But when I leaf through it in the stores, I never seem to find that little something that makes me want to pick it up. Maybe there's just not enough reviews on bikes & gear. I don't know. I don't even need a bike, nor any gear for that matter.

I would rank them MBA if you're looking for lots of reviews, Dirt Rag if you're looking for intellectual mountain bike banter. The rest of the mags out there I found lacking.
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alright, thanks for your help, greatly appreciated
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Depends what kinda of riding you wanna see or read about.

Decline - Posters, DJ FR DH type riding.
Dirtrag - XC AM
Bike - A little bit of everything.
Bike Mag - A little bit of everything. Mostly Product reviews.
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Old 07-20-07, 09:37 PM   #7
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No such product.


Well, maybe decline.
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Mountainbike Action seems fair and balanced. That is my preferred magazine. They report, you decide.
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Dirt Rag. Why? To me they seem to be less commericialized - it has some advertising but not nearly as much as MBA and others, with thoughtful, well written articles in the mix. Hang around on dirtragmag.com for a while and you'll see what I mean...
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from my limited experience i feel that dirt rag is a good one
they held it for a single month here in my small (growing) college town's organic foods store but never brought it back.
i guess the most interest it received was from the lighter-walleted stickier-fingered types
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it depends on you riding style and interest. I ride XC and I find the Singletrac (UK based) a very useful and informative magazine. it is not geared towards US market, but I think thats a good thing. Kind of refreshing. expensive if you buy from the store. but I still do it on a pretty regular basis.

here is their link

http://www.singletrackworld.com/

I like Mountain Bike Action. No matter how you fill about it, MBA puts out a lot of practical and useful information. specially for bigginers. I laugh at some of their stuff (e.g. black diamond category)...but, no magazine is perfect.

DartRag....its a good read. mature graphics, writing and content. It does some good reviews but, to me, they dont seem to cover as much as the MBA does. I may be wrong. I take dartrag while I travel or while I am on a vacation.


Finally, I like Bike. they are a bit different. very refreashing. does not pack as much as the MBA or DirtRag. but still a good magazine, if you like something different.

so, my order of preference is (for a bigginer and an XC rider looking for wide range of information)

- Singletrack
- MBA
- DirtRag
- Bike
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