More demo fleets signing up!

There will be so many demo bikes to try at Dirt Fest that your own bike is going to get mighty jealous!

In addition to our presenting sponsor, SCOTT Sports, we’ve got bikes coming from Specialized, Santa Cruz, Cannondale, Rocky Mountain, Salsa, Pivot, Niner, GT, Trek, Giant, and more!

pivot treklogo salsa santacruz specializedlogo rocky ninerlogo gt_logo cannondale



Which one are you looking forward to riding?

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Dirt Fest presented by SCOTT Sports


We’re excited to announce we’ve partnered with SCOTT Sports as the presenting sponsor of the 2013 Dirt Fest.

SCOTT Sports builds some of the most impressive mountain bikes on the market, including the Spark 29er we reviewed in Issue #166, and the Genius 650b and 29er bikes currently being test ridden by Dirt Rag.

Want to try one yourself? SCOTT will have the Genius bikes on hand at Dirt Fest for you to demo on the fast and flowing Allegrippis Trails.

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Just in: Santa Cruz will be bringing the demo fleet!

Santa Cruz

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GT Bicycles signs on for demo space


GT Bicycles will be bringing its demo truck to Dirt Fest. No word yet on which bikes they’ll bring for you to try, but keep an eye out for the Sensor 29er trail bike, a carbon-fiber Zaskar, or even one of the bling titanium Xizang hardtail.

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Specialized to host Women’s ride and skills clinic


Attention ladies! Specialized has signed on to host the Women’s ride and skills clinic. Open to all riders from beginners to experts, it’s a chance to learn some new tricks from professional riders and make some new friends.

See you there!

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Exhibitors are signing up


The first round of exhibitors have committed, including Niner Bikes signing up to host the Rays to Lake ride that follows sweet singletrack action with a houseboat ride and ice-cold beer.

Keep an eye on the Exhibitors page to see who else will be joining us.

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Registration is now open

It’s a new year and we’re going kick it off with some exciting news: registration for Dirt Fest 2013 is now open. Sign up online now!

Once again we’ll be gathering at the Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake, Pa., on May 17-19 for three days of riding, partying, eating, live music, bike demos, and more riding.

Head on over to the BikeReg signup page for details on camping, houseboats, sponsors, and more.

See you there!


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Dates confirmed for 2013!

That’s right folks – mark your calendars now. We’ve picked the dates for Dirt Fest 2013: May 17-19. Same great location, same great fun.

Hope to see you there!

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Another Dirt Fest in the books

By Josh Patterson

The dust has settled from the third annual Dirt Fest. The demo crews have packed their bikes and headed to the next town; music no longer echoes through the woods; and the local ground squirrel population is breathing a collective sigh of relief; as are we at the office, as we do our best to recover from the weekend’s festivities.

During the three-day festival nearly 2,300 mountain bikers took to the rollercoster trails at Raystown Lake. By most accounts the event was a success. In an abstract sense, this should be a no-brainer: quality singletrack + free beer + blinged-out demo bikes + live music = a good time. In a very real sense it took a lot of hard work by a lot of dedicated volunteers to pull off—thanks to all.

I, for one, enjoyed myself immensely. Saturday I helped lead a group of riders on Rays-to-Lake; the fastest riders to the shoreline were treated to a houseboat cruise, post-ride recovery keg, and cliff jumping. Harlan Price of Take Aim Cycling, below, put on two skills clinics. I attended one and came away with some valuable insight on how to improve my cornering technique; I immediately put this newfound knowledge to use on the trails.

Speaking of the trails, last year I spent most of my time riding the trail network closest to the expo area. This year I ventured further away from the hustle and bustle of the expo and was rewarded with new and exciting singletrack. I highly recommend exploring all the trails at Raystown; you will not be disappointed.

If you couldn’t make it this year, no worries. We’ll be back. And check out our huge photo gallery of what you missed.  Got your own photos? Be sure to tag them with Dirt Rag’s Dirt Fest on Facebook.

Something special happens when you assemble a large group of people so passionate mountain biking—friends are made and stories are swapped. What are your favorite memories from this year’s event? Share in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Thanks to our sponsors, exhibitors

Dirt Fest would not have been possible without the support of these fine companies. Hope you enjoyed their wares!

  • Appalachian Outdoors
  • Cannondale
  • Club Ride apparel
  • Elk Creek Cafe
  • Erie Brewing Company
  • Felt
  • Flying Squirrel Organic Hops
  • Foundry
  • Fox Racing Shocks
  • Freeze-Thaw Cycles
  • The Gamble Mill
  • Giant
  • IMBA
  • Industry 9 wheels
  • Infinit Nutrition
  • Kuat
  • Lone Wolf Cycling Clothing
  • Niner
  • NiteRider
  • Osprey
  • Oskar Blues and Reeb Cycles
  • Pedal Pushers
  • Pittsburgh Trail Advocacy Group
  • Pivot
  • POC protective gear
  • Rebecca Rusch – Gold Rusch Tour
  • Reynolds wheels
  • Rothrock Outfitters
  • Salsa
  • Santa Cruz
  • Scott
  • Shimano
  • Shower’s Pass
  • Specialized
  • Stan’s NoTubes
  • Suntour
  • Swiftwick
  • Thomson
  • Trek
  • Wheels Manufacturing

Last chance for 2012 shirts!

Had a great time last summer and want something to wear to the 2013 Dirt Fest? You can still grab one of our 2012 edition T-shirts for just $9.99! Don’t delay, this is your last chance!

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