Our 25 Favourite Comments of 2021 - Comment Gold

Feb 22, 2022
by James Smurthwaite  
If you look hard enough, there's a lot of gold in the comments. Here is a selection of our favourite comments from 2021—some top rated comments and some gems that we thought went under appreciated. Enjoy!





1. Trek is Being Sued for $5 Million Over Wavecel Safety Claims





2. Mountain Biker in Spain Shot After Being Mistaken for a Rabbit





3. Amateur Downhill & Enduro Racer Banned for 4 Years for Using or Possessing 10 Banned Substances




4. YT Industries Acquired By Private Equity Group Ardian




5. Why Shorter Cranks Are Better (According To Science)





6. Judges' Results: X Games Real MTB





7. Adolf Silva Without a Frame Sponsor in 2021

Adolf Silva came out all guns blazing today and there s talk of a mid-run double flip if he s onto a good one in finals.




8. First Ride: 2022 Trek Session - Nope, Not Going to Say It

Trek Session Photo Kifcat Shaperideshoot




9. Video: Jaxson Riddle's 50 Foot Huck to Flat Crash (Updated)

Views: 68,875    Faves: 37    Comments: 10

Video credit: @dude_in_slc




10. Tested: Does a Lockout Actually Make Climbing Faster?

Drawn by Taj Mihelich




11. Dakotah Norton Unable to Race in Maribor World Cup Following Positive COVID Test




12. New U.S. Congress Bill Proposes a Tax Rebate for E-Bike Purchases




13. Updated: The Fest Series Parts Ways with Darkfest


14. Spotted: Evil's Unreleased eMTB





15. Mountain Biker Stabbed by Hiker After Right of Way Dispute




16. Nerding Out: Why You Shouldn't Worry Too Much About Weight




17. Cannondale Launches a 26" Dirt Jump Bike called Dave





18. Bike Check: The Zoceli Dobordelu is a Steel Bike with a Sliding Shock





19. Social Round Up: Custom Bikes Bonanza From the Val di Sole World Championships

Ending a 6 year dry spell by striking gold in Italy




20. Field Test: Enduro and eMTBs Get Hucked to Flat in Ultra Slow Motion





21. First Look: 2022 Trek Top Fuel - A Classic Reimagined

Payson McElveen on the new Trek Top Fuel in Durango




22. Video: Top Fuel vs Element vs Jet9 vs Trance 29 vs Blur TR vs Lux Trail - Field Test Roundtable




23. Video: Czech EWS Racers Fall into a Frozen Lake on Gravel Ride

Views: 21,551    Faves: 9    Comments: 0





24. First Look: All New 2022 Scott Spark - The Next Generation of Integration





25. Opinion: I Love Internal Cable Routing, There I Said It



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120 Comments

  • 316 23
 Why wasn't the top comment on "Letter from the Editor: Pinkbike’s Next Chapter with Outside" added to the mix?

VtVolk (Jul 14, 2021 at 6:16) +2959 -26

"While our long term business model will evolve, a significant portion of our content will remain free."
Welp, it's been a good run. Thanks for everything Pinkbike. I fear change and can only assume this is the end as we know it.
  • 61 8
 This is "25 Favourite Comments of 2021", not the top rated.
  • 64 4
 Wonder for how long will Pinkbike ignore the fact that we don’t like outside
  • 38 0
 @simcik: which confirms VtVolk's comment. If I recall correctly, previous years' versions of this article included only the top voted comments.
  • 17 1
 Because it's the editors favorite comments... Their opinion is above ours, we are idiots... I suggest they post a MOST liked comment by we the not so smart people of PB.
  • 19 0
 @simcik: There is a reason it's not top rated, as they are all negative comments about the takeover, which probably why this article tool so long, as they had to come up with something completely different
  • 28 1
 @theoskar57: do we like anything?? Threaded BB’s maybe?
  • 86 3
 We don’t LIKE threaded BB’s, we HATE press fit.
  • 13 0
 @Almostredbike: We like riding bikes and ragging on Outside for stickting their corporate fingers in our favourite grumble-about-the-industry-forum pie
  • 10 0
 "If you look hard enough, there's a lot of gold in the comments."

But apparently not enough to deflect us from what we're all thinking though.
  • 3 1
 @theoskar57: All they want is more money.
  • 15 2
 The comment section response to the sale was way over the top, but not so sure it wouldn't have been better to own the upvoted comments rather than change the rules/criteria to get a different result. Regardless, hope the pinkbike crew is subjected to far less harassment than in 2021. Not their decision, and for the most part they've handled themselves very well through the whole thing.
  • 38 0
 VtVolk got robbed
  • 4 0
 @xsixx: Yep. That's probably the highest amount of up votes this site has ever seen.
  • 3 2
 #1 Rule : Don't offend the sponsors
  • 17 45
flag dirtworks911 (Feb 22, 2022 at 12:30) (Below Threshold)
 @tonkatruck: You know it's a crazy time when Pinkbike offers more freedoms than Canadian dictators do.
  • 10 2
 @dirtworks911: how dare you talk about Catro's love child that way.
  • 4 3
 Dang fat thumbs, Castro.
  • 9 17
flag dirtworks911 (Feb 22, 2022 at 13:04) (Below Threshold)
 @dustydubya: Notice how no Canadians have commented since we brought that up? They're 'unacceptable views' are being censored.
  • 7 4
 @dirtworks911: Yep. Plus, they don't want all their assets seized.
  • 7 1
 @dustydubya: can't you see we're busy with a national emergency!?
  • 4 1
 @AndrewHornor: God bless you and the Great White North!
  • 4 1
 You know what upset me the most about the outside buyout thing?

The fact that this comment became the most liked comment on Pinkbike. Taking that top spot from the comment that spawned the Stevie Smith memorial. I really liked that about Pinkbike.
  • 3 2
 Maybe because a load of people bitching about selling out all the time is boring.
  • 1 0
 @AndrewHornor: Yup just like every thing else in very recent politico-news: fake and subversive. Brainwashing at its dirtiest..
  • 154 16
 Dang it! There is always next year I guess. Be safe be well, Incognito Robin
  • 42 1
 *paywall intensifies*
  • 5 0
 dm me for tips on stupid puns
  • 75 0
 My favourite comment was in this article about Tom Pidcock:
www.pinkbike.com/news/ineos-grenadiers-starts-a-mountain-bike-team-with-tom-pidcock.html

"Any word on what his brother, Stu, is up to?"

But was probably a bit too subtle to get noticed.
  • 4 1
 Oh wow! That's hilarious! I haven't laughed that hard in a long time! Thanks for sharing. Definitely should have been one of the top comments, but I can see how most people wouldn't get it.
  • 3 0
 i think about that comment every time i see an article about him. so good.
  • 3 0
 This one goes in the comments "diamond" list....... well beyond gold. Shear brilliance it is!!!
  • 1 1
 Excellent -Had to look twice to get that one. Thank god he hasn't got an adopted Vietnamese brother called Cu.
  • 1 0
 I just added a rather overdue upvote on it Smile
  • 74 2
 Wow, thanks for this honor! Nearly fifteen years as a PB commenter and I finally get the recognition I deserve. This is a day I'll always remember, like that day in nineteen ninety eight when the undertaker threw mankind off hell in a cell and plummeted sixteen feet through an announcer's table.
  • 1 0
 My God JR he killed him. He’s broken in half

Iconic. Possibly the most excellent wrestling move of all time. Undefendable when executed correctly.
  • 1 0
 That whole down/loud country dog discussion was hilarious!
  • 67 1
 Hey it’s PB’s favourite comments, as opposed to previous years most popular comments.

Trying to recall again what those were in 2021…
  • 48 1
 Dick Pound
  • 42 1
 I would like to make it publicly known that I am still without a frame sponsorship this year
  • 1 0
 But it was your choice, obviously Wink
  • 2 0
 @chmurka3rg: I got mine on clearance. Things are looking up for my career!
  • 36 5
 Haven't won shit in the PB holiday giveaway for several years in a row, and now even my comments aren't worthy...sigh. At least the people I keep tied up in my basement think I'm funny.....
  • 21 1
 Can we get the worst comments list too?
  • 12 1
 Those are over on MTBR.
  • 2 0
 lots of those in the "Forum" section of this site too many to list.
  • 16 0
 @unrooted: just search for “Doublecrownaddict”
  • 7 1
 @PACNW-MTB: and "badbadleroybrown"
  • 1 0
 @mtbtrekracer: lol beat me to it
  • 17 0
 I guess I am neither funny nor insightful. Here’s to not makings it onto the 2022 list either.
  • 20 4
 How is news like this not behind the paywall?
  • 13 0
 His ankle in that horrible huck to flat almost brings me to tears
  • 10 0
 What happened to the pb comment generator bot? I was sure that would spit out some gold that might sneak in here.. or at least honourable mentions
  • 6 4
 It’s still out there doing it’s thing, check it out
m.youtube.com/watch?v=Yb6dZ1IFlKc
  • 11 0
 Pfft ....these are clearly all just new accounts.
  • 9 0
 Wow I have achieved something in life now. All those hours of picking up dachshund crap in the house during bad weather has paid off Wink
  • 1 0
 Live Poop Valve lolz
  • 9 0
 Things Pinkbike Editors like:

* Terrible Puns

Things Pinkbike Editors don't like:

* Whinging About the Outside Takeover
  • 5 3
 I think you’ll find lots of regular pinkers are also tired of the whinging
  • 7 2
 Best one is the fest series comment. Still just trying to wrap my head around what darkfest was doing so differently, that other fest events were also doing, from a group of freeriders who participate in things like Rampage...

And the way of going about it. Instead of asking for revisions one on one or just each person opting out for personal reasons... A press release? Hard to tell if actually that out of touch or willingly chasing the reputation of being out of touch.
  • 6 0
 The only awards that matter in the bike industry. I have my acceptance speech ready and my video setup ready to record for when this comment is in next year's list.
  • 7 0
 I opened Dave's article to upvote the comment. It's the winner here for me.
  • 5 0
 It feels good to be recognized
  • 6 0
 Thank you! What an honor. I hope this inspires the younger readers. You can accomplish anything in life if you spend enough time on it.
  • 3 0
 Here is my participation for the comments of the year 2022 - comment gold. Have a nice ride my friends all other the world, stay healthy but please continue to crash every weeks to make my Friday better.
  • 4 0
 We need a poll on which is best. The evil ebike still makes me laugh as does the dauchsand (so?) one. Zocelli about the packs of feral golden doodles too Lolol.
  • 2 0
 As a dachshund owner I agree and really laughed at those comments. So true.
  • 5 0
 I keep waiting for Robin Thurston to pull off his mask, revealing Mark Zuckerberg.
  • 3 0
 So what is the that red X next to the up and downvote buttons?! Do moderators have a function to downvote several times so the comment disappears?
  • 10 0
 It would obviously be a delete button. It would be pretty odd if moderation didn’t have that ability.

How they use it is the issue. I’ve seen at least one comment critical of Pinkbike disappear recently. It was super dumb, and I was about to make a counterpoint, but it still seemed pretty sketchy to be deleted. But if someone was posting off topic, hateful political content I would absolutely expect a mod to step in and remove it entirely.
  • 2 0
 @Blackhat: I would like them to delete such a comment, but I wouldn't expect them to delete it--based on past examples of exactly that being left un-deleted.
  • 1 0
 @barp: Any comment suggesting a method for reading Outside+ paywalled articles doesn't last long!
  • 3 0
 Hey PB, even after turning off news from Beta in my settings, why am I still seeing shit from Beta? I don't want to see the headline of something I can't actually read
  • 1 0
 Are you def logged in?
  • 1 0
 I can very much relate to bigtim's experience with lockouts. Even a step further: I tend to notice that I locked out the shocks halfway back up, when I'm out of breath and only then realize why my bike was shitty on the downhill...
  • 4 0
 This whole comment session has serious potential.
  • 15 0
 Due to a BMX background, no doubt.
  • 4 0
 So. Much. Gold.

Outside: this is the way
  • 1 0
 Outside is not like the creed of the Mandalorian. So, it is not the way! Big Grin
  • 3 0
 The list I want to see: Top voted comments not on the editors favorites list.
  • 2 0
 Levy must have forgotten this one: (or did he)

Letter from the Editor: Pinkbike’s Next Chapter with Outside
quotes @mikelevy: I would def pay 50$ for this. PM me. No homo
  • 3 0
 Carbon manufacturers certainly sponsored comment #20.
  • 1 0
 Just asking: there is so much ".....of the year" stuff these days, but did I miss out on the POY contest or didn´t it happen?
  • 2 0
 @artistformerlyknownasdan I just want to say I couldn't have done it with out you.
  • 2 0
 Gold. We'll see how this turns out next year
  • 2 0
 Next the most down voted comments please.
  • 2 0
 Numbers 11,14 & 17, be HI-LA-RI-USSS!!! =D
  • 2 0
 Thanks for getting this article out!
  • 1 0
 From now on everyone gunna comment on everything and try and get on that list
  • 2 0
 i was laughing with every comment
  • 2 0
 all gold! but the Norton anti-virus... lol
  • 1 0
 I except 25 gold medals will be promptly shipped to the winners?
  • 1 0
 Welp, guess I didn't make the cut
  • 1 0
 Was literally thinking about a top comments highlight yesterday. Nice work
  • 2 0
 Tori got robbed!
  • 1 0
 bmx background required to make the list
  • 1 0
 @fenderdude345 def had the best comment
  • 1 0
 #bmxbackground got robbed
  • 1 0
 #23 - heard that one a billion times :/
  • 2 1
 I hate internal routing, such a pain in the ass.
  • 1 0
 My most recent frame had complete internal tubing. Slid right through from entry to exit. Was actually faster to put together than external with zip ties.
  • 2 1
 How the hell did iamamodel make the list with only net 4 upvotes?
  • 2 0
 It's not the number of votes, it's the PB editors picks.
  • 1 0
 Is it only in polish that Dobordelu sounds like "to the brothel"?...
  • 2 1
 haha the best
  • 3 3
 most of these are pretty lame, 18,20,21 excepting
  • 1 0
 God, I miss Waki
  • 1 0
 Gnarrly Dude!!!!!
  • 1 2
 Hmm, no gold for me. I'll try to write longer comments this year.
  • 3 5
 Very poor PB, must try harder....
  • 3 6
 man this list is weak
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