2012 - A Year in Review - Part One

Dec 24, 2012
by Scott Secco  
 
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January

Pinkbike escaped winter
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Escaping-Winter-Road-Trip-to-Utah-2012.html


Pinkbike's 2012 Predictions
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Pinkbikes-Predictions-for-2012.html


Hylands taught us the fundamentals
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/The-Fundamentals-of-Action-Photography-2012.html

Doerfling got it done
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/James-Doerfling-Gettin-It-Done-2012.html
Views: 107,591    Faves: 2,134    Comments: 83


GT signed the Athertons
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/GT-Bicycles-and-Atherton-Racing-Join-Forces.html
Views: 148,339    Faves: 1,485    Comments: 112


Sam Reynolds won Whitestyle
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Monster-Energy-Whitestyle-2012-Sam-Reynolds-wins.html


Mike Hopkins signed with Norco
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Mike-Hopkins-Signs-With-Norco-Bicycles-For-2012.html


First look at SRAM's new derailleur
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Prototype-SRAM-Rear-Derailleur-First-Look.html


Ultramontane premiered
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Ultramontane-No-01.html


February

Pinkbike visited California
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/PB-Road-Trip-California.html


Fox showed us a new prototype
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/fox-dh-fork-inverted-prototype-2012.html


Dylan Sherrard got his own monthly column
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Life-In-The-Loops-A-Lifetime-In-Dust-2012.html


Cam Zink signed with Hyper
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Hyper-Bicycles-Signs-Zink.html


Aggy got rowdy in Bralorne
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/The-Aggy-Profile-by-Kona-2012.html
Views: 90,815    Faves: 1,915    Comments: 88


Marzocchi prototypes - return of the Shiver?
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/marzocchi-suspension-2012.html


Winterview #1 with Brett Tippie
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/The-Winterviews-Brett-Tippie.html


We found out how tough Santa Cruz bikes are
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/santa-cruz-bicycles-test-lab.html

Views: 487,768    Faves: 892    Comments: 84


Brad Walton taught us how to take self portraits
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Self-Portrait-Imagery-reporting-back-from-the-solo-mission-2012.html


BMX legend Chad Kagy won Teva Winter Games Best Trick
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Chad-Kagy-wins-Teva-Winter-games-best-trick2012.html


Mitchell Scott mourned the loss of skinnies
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/The-Stuntsonian-mitchell-scott-2012.html
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March

Pinkbike visited the Taipei Bike Show
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Pinkbike-in-Taiwan-2012.html


Brendan Howey went viral
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Brendan-Howey-Island-Winter-V20.html
Views: 322,318    Faves: 4,207    Comments: 189


First look at the Suntour Rux fork
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Suntour-Rux-DH-Fork-Prototype-First-Look.html


Colin Meagher made his World Cup predictions
http://www.pinkbike.com/u/meagerdude/blog/2012-World-Cup-Is-Just-Around-the-Corner.html


Greg Minaar and Tracey Hannah won the first World Cup in Pietermaritzburg
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Pietermaritzburg-World-Cup-2012-DH-Finals-in-Photos.html


Margus Riga visited Spences Bridge with Doerfling and Buehler
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/In-through-the-out-door-pictorial-2012.html


Matt Wragg brought us the inside scoop on the new Scott Gambler
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/scott-gambler-downhill-bike-prototype.html


Hart and Soul was released
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/510-Danny-Hart-Hart-and-soul-Part-1-video-2012.html
Views: 69,972    Faves: 1,028    Comments: 45


Levy gave us the lowdown on Avid's new brakes
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/avid-xo-trail-brake-first-impression.html


April

April Fools!
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Turbospoke-Signs-Eric-Lawrenuk-for-2012.html
Views: 44,135    Faves: 413    Comments: 36


Sam Pilgrim won Vienna Air King
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/2012-Vienna-Air-King-in-photos.html


Zinger and Genovese visited California
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Not-Another-Cali-Trip-The-Video-2012.html
Views: 51,649    Faves: 1,261    Comments: 72


Red Bull signed Anthony Messere
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Red-Bull-introduces-Anthony-Messere.html


Margus Riga, James Doerfling, and Garett Buehler shot Bike Porn
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Bike-Porn-doerfling-buehler-2012.html


Anthill Films released the official Strength in Numbers trailer
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Strength-in-Numbers-Official-Trailer-2012.html
Views: 254,000    Faves: 2,940    Comments: 157


Pinkbike went to Sea Otter
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Sea-Otter-Classic-Day-2-highlights-2012.html


The Coastal Crew moved to Specialized
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/The-Coastal-Crew-Is-On-Specialized-2012.html

Views: 96,886    Faves: 1,947    Comments: 79


Cam McCaul won UDUG
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/UDUG-2012-Day-2-Finals.html


Silvia won Video of the Year (for 2011)
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Video-of-the-Year-Winner-is-2012.html
Views: 320,925    Faves: 5,594    Comments: 269


Stevie Smith won the Port Angeles Pro GRT race
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Steve-Smith-wins-NW-Cup-Pro-GRT-2012.html


Larock got his 50th VOD
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Congrats-to-Aaron-Larocque-for-his-50th-Video-of-the-Day-2012.html
Views: 558,817    Faves: 7,415    Comments: 635


Wragg showed us some old school tech
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/cannondale-fulcrum-old-school-tech-2012.html



Paul Bas landed the first ever natural terrain double flip
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Paul-Bas-First-Natural-Terrain-Double-Backflip.html
Views: 19,753    Faves: 274    Comments: 12


May

Pinkbike asked, what's the safest helmet?
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/DH-Helmets-vs-Motocross-Helmets-Which-Is-Safer.html


Messere won Ranchstyle
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Ranchstyle-2012-Slopestyle-Finals.html


Fails For Your Friday premiered
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Fails-for-your-Friday-Pinkbikes-funniest-home-videos-edition-2012.html


Mark Matthews proved he's a world class rider and builder
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Mark-Matthews-Sweet-Equity-2012.html

Views: 187,756    Faves: 2,850    Comments: 147


Mitchell Scott asked: Why No Y?
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Why-No-Y-Mitchell-Scott-2012.html


We got the first look at SRAM's new XX1 system
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/sram-xx1-drivetrain-2013-first-look.html


Andreu won Bergline
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/2012-Red-Bull-Berg-Line-And-the-winner-is.html


Matt Wragg showed us what goes into a Renthal stem
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Renthal-The-life-of-an-integra-stem-2012.html


Red Bull gave Semenuk his own show
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Life-Behind-Bars-Episode-1-2012.html

RC showed us what makes Chris King tick
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Chris-Kings-vision-Products-2012.html


Virtually unknown, Thomas Genon won 26Trix
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/26TRIX-2012-Finals-in-Photos.html


Aggy visited Blenki and Nico in New Zealand
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Graham-Agassizs-New-Zealand-Adventure-2012.html

Views: 100,614    Faves: 1,624    Comments: 65


Levy tested the Kronolog
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Crankbrother-Kronolog-Telescoping-Seat-Post-Tested-2012.html


June

Pinkbike brought you the first look at the Specialized Demo 8 carbon
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/specialized-demo-8-carbon-2013-first-look.html
Views: 131,144    Faves: 1,517    Comments: 74


And we showed you How It's Made
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/spank-handlebar-777-how-its-made.html

Views: 63,847    Faves: 389    Comments: 20


Aaron Gwin and Rachel Atherton took the win at Val di Sole
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Val-di-Sole-Mens-DH-Finals-UCI-World-Cup.html


Anthill released the Aptos section from Strength in Numbers
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Strength-in-Numbers-Complete-Aptos-Segment-video-2012.html



Hylands profiled future Jr. World Champion Holly Feniak
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Women-Who-Ride-Holly-Feniak.html


Matt Wragg explained what the hell Enduro is
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Beginners-Guide-to-Enduro-What-the-hell-is-it-2012.html


Gwin and Emmeline Ragot won at Fort William
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Fort-William-Day-4-in-Photos-UCI-World-Cup-2012.html


Mike Hopkins - Four Days Rain is stunning
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Hopkins-Gravity-Ridden-Hard-Put-Away-Wet-video-2012.html

Views: 58,326    Faves: 1,232    Comments: 82


Sam Pilgrim won the Teva Games
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/2012-Teva-Games-And-the-winner-is.html


Gwin and Rachel won at Mont St Anne
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Mont-Saint-Anne-Results-DHI-Men-UCI-World-Cup-2012.html


Brandon Semenuk won Jumpship
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Jumpship-2012-Finals-in-Photos.html


Zinger and Genovese went to Utah
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Life-Elevated-Short-Film-Zinger-Genovese-2012.html
Views: 52,822    Faves: 1,038    Comments: 68


...and RC explained the RockShox/Lapierre electronic shock
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/ei-and-RockShox-Show-Electronic-Shock-2012.html

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50 Comments

  • + 83
 You forgot to mention all of protour's comments!
  • + 9
 Angryham you win the best comment of the year!!!! FELIZ NAVIDAD
  • - 45
 @angryham you a contestant for the worst comment of the year..
  • + 2
 so true!!!!!! @angryham
  • + 9
 ya ProTour killed it this year! ....literally
  • - 26
 why do people neg prop people all the time. i was just stating the facts.
  • - 15
 obviously you guys didnt see what i did there...
  • + 7
 Can we users demand a protour highlight reel from 2012!?!
  • + 1
 hahaha!^^ Yes!!!!
  • + 1
 that was f*ckin awesome @EricThiessen
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  • + 44
 I'll be happy if 2013 is just as awesome as 2012 was!
  • + 9
 We made it past 12/21 this year. It's gonna be pretty hard to best a year that cheats death!
  • + 3
 I dont see anything about where the trail ends? That was a big thing for me this year.
  • + 0
 This is just part one, its just til June!
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  • + 11
 As I scrolled down the list, I waited to see a point on the "Where the Trail Ends" release and, to my disappointment, didn't find it.
  • - 1
 What about DVO?
  • + 20
 Well, it's part one...
  • + 5
 Just wait for part 2...
  • - 1
 It's only the first six months of the year so far.
  • + 4
 and its still the longest ass article ive ever seen on pinkbike...
  • - 1
 Maybe, I'm mistaken but, I seem to remember the title was originally written as "Year in Review" and not having a part 1 or 2. Haven't seen part 2 yet; wondering if DVO has been mentioned.
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  • + 8
 the official pinkbike "swing a carbon frame into a concrete block test" lol highlight of the year.
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  • + 2
 It's been a pretty crazy year, lots of great riding, crashes, time spent learning new tricks, shaving secounds off our runs and even pushing ourselves to the top of that backbreaking climb. I'm stoked for the new adventures that will come in 2013 and can happily say I had a awesome 2012 season!
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  • + 3
 I think I'm just going to spend christmas on my own in the corner looking at this page... sod the family and friends!
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  • + 3
 In 2012 there were lots of people upside down on mountain bikes...
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  • + 2
 Why does Zink sign up with all these no name little s**t bike manufacturers?
  • + 1
 think about it for a second, think a lil bit harder... hmm maybe wants to put them on the map so they can grow into decent ones? whys tippie/buhler on suntour? they could both be on fox easily! oh wait same theory applies.
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  • + 2
 Happy Christmas everyone!!! 2013 will defiantly be better than 2012. Apart from racing the mega!
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  • + 3
 Well that escalated quickly
  • + 1
 Yea, that really got out of hand fast...
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  • + 3
 @ gaoxiang89

I got you bro on this one, Merry Christmas folks!
  • + 1
 would have been better if there was a bit more All-mountain style riding but still what a year we have had merry Christmas everyone
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  • + 1
 Feliz Navidade y buen año nuevo ....let it continue as the old one finished!!
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  • + 2
 I bet the signing between Sam Hill and CRC just catch up the 2012 review!
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  • + 1
 Does anyone else remember Brian Lopes blowing up the Athertons deal months before. That was rad.
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  • + 1
 Thanks for the early christmas present pinkbike. Reminded me how awesome 2012 has been!
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  • + 3
 Sorge won Rampage
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  • + 2
 Atherton to GT and Sam Hill to Nukeproof.
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  • + 1
 gwin, and semenuk.... winning a lot!
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  • + 1
 Ians 3rd pic in. Soooo good! Even if it is a roadie
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  • + 1
 Ultramontane was the best of the year!! But so many other good memories!!
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  • + 1
 Even that truck was a beut!
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  • + 1
 Mindspark was born....?
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