2012 - A Year in Review - Part One

Dec 24, 2012
by Scott Secco  
 
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January

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


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


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

Doerfling got it done
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/James-Doerfling-Gettin-It-Done-2012.html
Views: 109,002    Faves: 2,146    Comments: 83


GT signed the Athertons
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/GT-Bicycles-and-Atherton-Racing-Join-Forces.html
Views: 157,495    Faves: 1,500    Comments: 112


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


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


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


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


February

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


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


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


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


Aggy got rowdy in Bralorne
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/The-Aggy-Profile-by-Kona-2012.html
Views: 92,756    Faves: 1,940    Comments: 88


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


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


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

Views: 669,952    Faves: 967    Comments: 91


Brad Walton taught us how to take self portraits
https://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
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/Chad-Kagy-wins-Teva-Winter-games-best-trick2012.html


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

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


Brendan Howey went viral
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/Brendan-Howey-Island-Winter-V20.html
Views: 330,197    Faves: 4,319    Comments: 193


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


Colin Meagher made his World Cup predictions
https://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
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/Pietermaritzburg-World-Cup-2012-DH-Finals-in-Photos.html


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


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


Hart and Soul was released
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/510-Danny-Hart-Hart-and-soul-Part-1-video-2012.html
Views: 71,418    Faves: 1,038    Comments: 46


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


April

April Fools!
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/Turbospoke-Signs-Eric-Lawrenuk-for-2012.html
Views: 46,098    Faves: 415    Comments: 36


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


Zinger and Genovese visited California
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/Not-Another-Cali-Trip-The-Video-2012.html
Views: 52,334    Faves: 1,275    Comments: 72


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


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


Anthill Films released the official Strength in Numbers trailer
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/Strength-in-Numbers-Official-Trailer-2012.html
Views: 256,472    Faves: 2,951    Comments: 157


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


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

Views: 113,621    Faves: 2,082    Comments: 80


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


Silvia won Video of the Year (for 2011)
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/Video-of-the-Year-Winner-is-2012.html
Views: 344,360    Faves: 5,805    Comments: 271


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


Larock got his 50th VOD
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/Congrats-to-Aaron-Larocque-for-his-50th-Video-of-the-Day-2012.html
Views: 579,702    Faves: 7,528    Comments: 637


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



Paul Bas landed the first ever natural terrain double flip
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/Paul-Bas-First-Natural-Terrain-Double-Backflip.html
Views: 19,921    Faves: 276    Comments: 12


May

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


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


Fails For Your Friday premiered
https://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
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/Mark-Matthews-Sweet-Equity-2012.html

Views: 190,710    Faves: 2,874    Comments: 147


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

Views: 104,140    Faves: 1,645    Comments: 65


Levy tested the Kronolog
https://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
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/specialized-demo-8-carbon-2013-first-look.html
Views: 134,270    Faves: 1,531    Comments: 74


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

Views: 74,456    Faves: 409    Comments: 21


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


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



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


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


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


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

Views: 59,956    Faves: 1,235    Comments: 82


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


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


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


Zinger and Genovese went to Utah
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/Life-Elevated-Short-Film-Zinger-Genovese-2012.html
Views: 54,528    Faves: 1,042    Comments: 68


...and RC explained the RockShox/Lapierre electronic shock
https://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
flag EricThiessen (Dec 24, 2012 at 9:04) (Below Threshold)
 @angryham you a contestant for the worst comment of the year..
  • + 2
 so true!!!!!! @angryham
  • + 9
 ya ProTour killed it this year! ....literally
  • - 26
flag EricThiessen (Dec 24, 2012 at 17:53) (Below Threshold)
 why do people neg prop people all the time. i was just stating the facts.
  • - 15
flag EricThiessen (Dec 25, 2012 at 8:32) (Below Threshold)
 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
  • + 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!
  • + 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.
  • + 8
 the official pinkbike "swing a carbon frame into a concrete block test" lol highlight of the year.
  • + 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!
  • + 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!
  • + 3
 In 2012 there were lots of people upside down on mountain bikes...
  • + 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.
  • + 2
 Happy Christmas everyone!!! 2013 will defiantly be better than 2012. Apart from racing the mega!
  • + 3
 Well that escalated quickly
  • + 1
 Yea, that really got out of hand fast...
  • + 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
  • + 1
 Feliz Navidade y buen año nuevo ....let it continue as the old one finished!!
  • + 2
 I bet the signing between Sam Hill and CRC just catch up the 2012 review!
  • + 1
 Does anyone else remember Brian Lopes blowing up the Athertons deal months before. That was rad.
  • + 1
 Thanks for the early christmas present pinkbike. Reminded me how awesome 2012 has been!
  • + 3
 Sorge won Rampage
  • + 1
 Yeah that too!
  • + 2
 Atherton to GT and Sam Hill to Nukeproof.
  • + 1
 gwin, and semenuk.... winning a lot!
  • + 1
 Ians 3rd pic in. Soooo good! Even if it is a roadie
  • + 1
 Ultramontane was the best of the year!! But so many other good memories!!
  • + 1
 Even that truck was a beut!
  • + 1
 Mindspark was born....?
  • + 1
 nice year!
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