About Trail Rider Magazine

About Trail Rider Magazine

Trail Rider Magazine is an east coast, off-road riding and racing magazine only, no MX (but we do love to moto!).   We may be New England based but we are not New England biased.  Though most of our readers are from the east coast,  we test bikes and products in a way that’s relevant to anyone that rides in the woods.  Trail Rider has always had the best coverage of the NETRA and ECEA racing, and when we’re sufficiently happy that we’ve converted this clapped out, twin shock, bird cage mat into a modern day read, we will make our way west.   Clapped out as we are, it hasn’t stopped us from covering the National Enduro and GNCC’s from a riders’ perspective with an emphasis on the terrain, experience, and set-up tips for each venue.  We are also not afraid to hang out with the pros in an effort to get in their heads and share what we’ve learned.

TRAIL RIDER MAGAZINE is now run by Kevin Novello, a graduate of the NETRA School of Hard Knocks.  While moonlighting as the Trail Rider Boss, Kevin earns his keep as an environmental consultant (yes, it’s possible to for those two career choices to co-exist).   Trail Rider also boasts some of the finest writers in the industry; Ed Hertfelder and Rick Sieman (aka Super Hunky) keep Trail Rider the most entertaining magazine on the bathroom floor.

If you like riding, racing or adventure riding in the woods, Trail Rider is the magazine for you.  Along with some humor, TR has bike tests, pro rider profiles and product reviews that are  unabashedly written for the eastern enduro, hare scramble and trail rider.  If you ride in trees, sand, rocks and mud, you’ll find a home here.  As we said, tests in TRAIL RIDER are done with the emphasis on how the bike works in the woods.  We aren’t too concerned about what goes on in the desert of California.  Here, a soft, supple suspension is welcomed while coping with 75-foot triple jumps is ignored… in print.  Which means you won’t have to witness the ugliness of this staff photo-documenting their carnage on the MX track.  We keep that, mercifully, on the DL.  We are patient with bikes, too.   Just because we have issues with a bike initially doesn’t mean we are going to call Waste Management and order a 10-yard dumpster.   We will go through great pains to tell you how to make the bike work.   We will tell you what gearing works, what  jetting, ignition mapping or power valve set-up to use, and how to set the suspension up without spending a fortune on after-market parts.  We’ll also ride it in a variety of terrain to get a feel for how it works in just about every setting, be it rocks, roots, mud, sand, tight trees or the MX track – oh right, we’re keeping that on the DL.   We are especially knowledgeable about KTMs, GasGas, Husabergs, and Huskys, but are also experienced in converting MX bikes into sensible woods racers.