7 Things We've Learned in 2018

Dec 30, 2018
by James Smurthwaite  
Time to commit another year to the record books and 2018 has been one of the most controversial in modern memory… and that’s before we even get to the push bikes.

As always, we’ve had 12 months of new tech, incredible racing, awesome action and, of course, stoke but here are the seven things that are totally unique to 2018:




29 inch downhill bikes are here to stay

Commencal Supreme DH 29 Review - Riding

29 inch downhill bikes burst on to the World Cup scene at Lourdes last year. They were immediately proven to have raw pace as Loris Vergier qualified fastest at that very race on a brand new bike. The chocks were kicked out from under the bandwagon and sooner or later most World Cup teams were chasing it down. The sticking point last year seemed to come from rushed prototypes and components that simply weren’t up for the job, so the year ended with a 650b still marginally ahead.

This year, that all changed. Under the flying French, 29-inch wheels took the majority of wins in the elite men’s competition and there were at least two 29ers on every podium. Are they a Midas touch? No, they currently don’t seem to work for every body type but those that they suit often remark they feel like they are finally riding a bike that fits.

What starts in the realm of racing often doesn’t last there long. We’ve had Aston down in the workhouse (well… bike park) testing every production model he can get his hands on and it’s safe to say he’s a big fan. We’ve even named the Commencal Supreme 29 as our bike of the year. The best thing is, these bikes are only two years in development and are only going to get better.

Aluminium is making a comeback

Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

Spearheaded by Pole’s decision to ditch their prototype in September 2017, was 2018 the year that mountain bikers grew a carbon conscience?

Carbon fibre used to be reserved for the very finest mountain bike models, while cheaper options were aluminium by default. This is no longer the case, look at brands like Pole, Commencal (who have been banging this drum for years) and Last, all of whom manufacture exclusively in aluminium. Bigger brands are now getting in on the act too and it all culminated with a limited edition, raw aluminium, top spec YT Capra selling out in less than 2 hours in Europe on Black Friday.

It’s not just environmental issues at play here. Lots of reviewers are turning away from the lightness and stiffness of carbon to favour the compliance and durability of aluminium. The truth is, there’s probably no ‘best option’ but with a trend towards high spec aluminium options appearing, it’s great that consumers now have an even larger choice of options to spend their money.

XC is just as exciting as downhill or enduro

Langvad leads Prevot somewhere around lap three. Langvad had a tough day out there today with a flat that set her back.

It’s simply not possible to dismiss cross country racing as ‘a bit lame’ anymore. If you’re still in the mindset that XC racing is just roadies on dirt, it’s time to tune in and think again. Take a look at our breathless review of the [L=https://www.pinkbike.com/news/finals-photo-epic-la-bresse-2018.html]La Bresse women’s race[/L], where we described, “drama; crashes, mechanical problems, position changes but most of all - pure, passionate racing up until the very end.” It was one of the most intense 90 minutes of sport of the year and well worth catching up on if you haven’t already seen it.

Week in, week out, we now get technical courses, close racing and incredible stories. Long live down countr…er XC!

Freeride ain’t dead

Three words: Jordie f*ckin’ Lunn.


Enduro racers can fail drug tests too

The toughest pill to swallow this year was the doping scandal that erupted at the tail end of the year. Doping whispers circulated enduro for years but for the first time, evidence of it was uncovered and made public. Jared Graves and Richie Rude both admitted returning Adverse Analytical Findings in Olargues and now await punishment for their actions. Hopefully, with the UCI on board to step up anti-doping next year, this is something we’ll be able to forget in 2019.

The Triple Crown is achievable


The biggest crown in slopestyle is also one of the biggest tests of consistency in mountain biking. Winning one Crankworx slopestyle final is hard enough as you have to go bigger and be more progressive than everyone else while also not putting a foot wrong. To win the Triple Crown you have to do it three times in the space of six months.

Rogatkin became the first man to nail the Crown on the biggest stage of all at Joyride this year. He won the prize with the very last run of the day, something that hasn’t been done in 15 years of Crankworx at Whistler, for a grandstand finish and $25,000 for his troubles.

The Rheeder/Rogatkin battle is compulsive viewing, and long may it last.

Long form media still rocks


For those of us fed up of middling, three-minute, goggle-shot-packed edits, there’s great news this year as long-form video has come back with a vengeance. Gamble, Reverence, North of Nightfall, The Moment, Beautiful Idiot and more proved that people are willing to invest an hour of their time, switch off and enjoy some top quality filming.


143 Comments

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 8 - Brendan was robbed.
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 9 - Andreu was robbed
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 10- Rampage Randy was robbed.
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 11. Crime rate increases as everyone was robbed for christmas giveaways.
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 12 - Gee was robbed
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 The grocery store was robbed
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 My neighbors were robbed
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 15 - the numbers ‘13’ and ‘14’ were robbed from the last two comments. Shit got real
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flag freeridejerk888 (Dec 30, 2018 at 8:23) (Below Threshold)
 For what? @Robmaranda:
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 Hans Rey was robbed....more than everyone else
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 Anyone seen Rob?
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 @takeiteasyridehard: Rocky mountain was robbed too
  • + 4
 @loopie: Rob was robbed by a rubber wearing robber
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 Woderick is a wobber... Welease woderick!
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 Aluminium frames didn't left
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 @metong: Nobody asked him to..he cracks us up.
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 @freeridejerk888: not being selected for world champs.
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 I was Robbed!!!
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 @freerabbit: *rubber-wearing
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 "spear headed by Pole.. (commencal have been banging that drum for years)

Is it just me or does PB have a boner for Pole...
(fnar fnar)
  • + 41
 Dirt Smurf, RC and Paul Aston defo have boners for Pole. I have no idea why Pole would be spearheading this. They did sht loads of virtue signalling (because they couldn’t put CF production together) and then they used one of the most ridiculous manufacturing methods imaginable to make a bike frame. Virtually every bike company offers bikes in alu versions, all with sensible builds. When you pay 6k+ for a bike, the carbon frame is not the only ridiculous point on the spec chart.
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 Pole does not have anything to do with it, they are just a tiny company spreading a bit of eco-marketing BS. Alu has newer went anywhere, just bike companies wanted to push more expensive bikes which in reality last shorter, so win-win for them. They show movies of how super robust carbon rims and frames are, but only in the lab and not in real trail situations. Not to mention ever-changing "standards" and geo. So the companies realized they cannot keep up with the pace of "progress" - carbon molds are prices and it takes more time to bring new frame to the market. Meanwhile customers realized that you can have cheaper bike with better suspension which simply lasts longer. This is quite promising, especially because bike magazines are still pushing a myth of super light, super pedaling bikes with tons of antisquat and pedal kickback. So maybe the consumers are not so stupid as everyone thought Wink
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 @WAKIdesigns: this! People just want to show how smart they are by jumping on board the fringes of bike design. Similar to how nobody has the balls to disagree with Chris Porter. Add in environmental virtue signaling and you have an unstoppable bandwagon.

The aluminum YT sold because it was a deal and people were seduced by the build. It had nothing to do with people embracing aluminum.

This aluminum kick is the bike industry’s acknowledgement that prices are out of control. Rather than lower the prices of carbon, they are trying to up the perceived value of lower end frames so people don’t feel so bad paying so much for them.
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 Franken bikes are here to stay
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 It's a pretty well known fact Pole screwed it up with the bonding agent in the Machine and the Stamina. Look on several forums and you'll find several tales of returned frames twice and even three times because the frames were falling apart. Don't get me wrong, I really appreciate their will to innovate, but paying that much money and in exchange being the beta testis what is driving me nuts with the bike industry.
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 @wibblywobbly: if I was to advise a huge bike company to earn some good buck, it would be to create raw aluminum version of their top bikes, use rounded tubing wherever applicable and call it “authentic series”, with gentle mentions how aluminum is (supposedly) cleaner than other materials. “It may not be as good as carbon, but this is about genuine experience of owning a mountain bike, no worrying about scratches, just using it to it’s full potential”. I would price this “authentic series” 500 above comparable alu build.

Let’s look at Sick Bicycles. They just got it right. No high fly tech. “Progressive” geos, often shown with artisan components like Intend forks, Cane Creek cranks, those beige sided tyres - pretentious punks just gobble it. And fair enough.

As to virtue signallig you oointed out so accurately with example of YT. They did a research in Danmark, why people choose to ride bikes to work. What were the main reasons why. Numbers went more or less: 70% answered: because it’s convenient (faster than other sorts of transportation), 50% bcause it’s cheap, very close followed by because it’s healthy. Those were 3 main reasons. Environmental aspect stood for no more than 20% and it was further down the list. Yet even here on Pinkbike, folks say they ride because it’s “clean”
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 who doesn't ?!
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 @WAKIdesigns: maybe add in that it was lovingly welded by an artisan. There is a small but rabid group of people who pay astronomical sums for steel bikes with 1997 geometry welded in garage by a guy with a beard and tight pants. No reason that can’t be scaled up in to the Best Made Ax company of artisanal enduro bikes.
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 @wibblywobbly: by no means I am talking about people wanting “authentic” bikes, as if I was hollier than thou. I just present my picture of reality. Buy whatever you want as long as you don’t self proclaim yourself as awake as fuk and everyone else is a bunch of blinded sheep. I am guilty of that attitude but not in this post. Cheers!
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 @southoftheborder: can you link to that? I've been searching around and can only find 2 guys who had some undisclosed issue with their Machines.
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 @wibblywobbly: who doesn't want a Fat Chance You Eddy for the low price of $5000
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 @lkubica: Pole's not even that eco-friendy when you consider how much aluminum is wasted during the machining process. Yes, it can be recycled, but that takes more energy than an additive manufacturing process.
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 @Geochemistry: when people talk of how much energy it takes to recycle alu, they seem to forget. It's exactly the same energy it takes to melt the raw materials in the first place. The recycling of alu saves on raw materials
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 @wibblywobbly: ...moots...
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 Aluminum frames have been cool since Cunningham, Breezer, and Klein.
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 Not sure if it is so different in North America, but aluminium never left as a frame material. How can they talk about a "comeback"? Carbon may be interesting for competing athletes and obviously brands and mainstream media like Pinkbike like to highlight the top models. But when you need to buy a frame. Last time I checked, a carbon Santa Cruz full susser is about 1000USD more expensive than the aluminium model. That money buys you quite an upgrade in suspension (shock and fork). Who goes for the carbon frame material instead?

@WAKIdesigns : I don't think they couldn't put CF production together. They just didn't try. They designed the carbon frame to be manufactured abroad but didnt' stand behind the environmental policies of these manufacturers so they quit the project. They never tried to take the CF production in house.

Seeing Last in that list seems odd. PB just never paid attention but as far as I know their bikes have always been aluminium. Aluminium frame production to the Germans is a bit like steel frame production for the Brits. Sure, the Brits have Orange and the Germans have Portus. But in general, it just never went away. If the article was meant to say "Pinkbike just rediscovered aluminium" then yeah, good for them.
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 @southoftheborder: Mountain bikes: beta testing since inception!
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 @nojzilla: not true, if I'm understanding what you are saying. Raw aluminum ore is primarily bauxite, which is refined into Al2O3, then Al. Removing the silica and oxygen from ore is far more energy intensive than refining Al scrap, (about 20x) which is why Al recycling is more important and economically worthwhile than recycling other common household materials. Think about it: what other material has similar recycling incentives?

Unlike ore, smelting and processing Al metal can be done with industrial waste heat. It's super easy. Kind of weird that the original comment was by someone with the name "geochemistry".
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 @sspiff: I work quality control in an alu foundery. We recycle, the die caster can pick up an ingot an put it in the crucible or he can pick up scrap alu an put that in the crucible. Same energy to melt both....
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 @nojzilla: From that point, yes. But as @sspiff points out, it is the process of making aluminium out of bauxite which takes the addition energy. Once you've got aluminium already, yes obviously it doesn't matter anymore.
  • + 3
 Spank stood by aluminum stronger than anyone! Not a bike manufacturer but they deserve a credit whatsoever!!!
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 @vinay: I can only speculate but my idea is that they got treated like a kid that comes up to an old, red, two door BMW and says he wants to learn to sell drugs. Which is understandable. Two dudes from Finland to come ith a complex design and a few orders per year, will never be treated like a big company is not only willing to make big orders but is also ready to invest in tooling and training. They realized how hard it will be for them to control quality, that they absolutely have to have someone trusted (preferably one of them) at the site. The eco stuff was nothing more but a getting thrown off coping story, like teenage girls use to do after some dude doesn’t want them. As if alu frames they were making were made up to highest standards.
  • + 6
 As everybody knows, bauxite comes from Ausrtralia. So, you have to add those shipping miles to your recycling versus smelting equation. And Australia is a long way from everywhere.
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 @GlazedHam: look on ridemonkey.
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 @iamamodel: Luckily bauxite is quite available elsewhere too. At least in South America.
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 Regarding the energy consumption of recycling aluminium, bear in mind that Finland has 40% renewable energy. This will only increase as time goes on, and eliminates one of the main negatives of recycling aluminium.
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 @rezrov: and it is slowly becoming a leader in environmental guilt in the World, soon to go ahead of Sweden. Last week there’s been a documentary on Swedish TV, about space exploration, colonizing Moon, Mars and beyond, Dyson spheres, worm holes, faster than light speed travel, all that. By the end of it there were two 30-35yr old “scientists” from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg and they expressed their worry that if Humanity spreads across the Milky Way Galaxy, we may ruin it, destroy fragile life forms, potential habitats with potential of creating intelligent life, like we do on Earth... it’s a nightmare. Fun Police gets everywhere. Those f*cks are capable of killing all optimism, possibly only way humanity in whichever form may spread across the universe. We will die on the planet full of sad fks who will analyze what have we done wrong, exact same thing you get if you get to a catholic monastery, shaaame shaaame, sins, we pay for our sins, oooh terrible horrible. Not only we cannot stop climate change soon enough, we are killing opportunity to leave Earth and seed life in other places, to get any form of legacy.
  • + 36
 one of the most 29" biased piece of article I ever read.

Why the need to praise them like its magic when the truth is that they equally fast and that bike fittment depends on size and dimensions of the frame... not wheel diameter.
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 The reptilian overlords have been alerted to your sacrilegious comments and will be making a "house call" shortly. Truthiness will not be tolerated.
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 yeah! 26 ain't dead! ...nah it's dead. Run over by a hype machine.
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 @scottzg: 26 is dead, but I don't mind riding corpses.
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Wait, that didn't come out right.
  • + 4
 the truth is: they are faster (thats just how it is) and are more fun (if you're all about speed). Honestly, nothing in this article was 29" biased. You guys need to chill your s**t
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 BLASPHEMY!!! You are now condemned to pick up you shovel and work for the rest of your life straightening every single track of the WC DH and EWS. That will teach you to appreciate the speed of the almighty big wheels.
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 Also See Neko’s posts on the subject Wink
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 When they want to make it sound bad they call it ‘flex’, when they want to make it sound good they call it ‘compliance’.
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 Jordie is incredible.
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 His hair is magical
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 Porridge effect
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 Looks like Jordie is taking a sh!t, I think that’s where the term “bad ass” comes from
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 36 will become the new 29. DH bikes will have 120mm travel front a rear and the riders will all have to be 1.98 m tall minimum. The tracks will be man made and Claudios company will perfect a new helicopter drop technique to deliver boulders big enough to make rock gardens that challenge these monster trucks...
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 Hell, maybe it's time to engineer some 38 Super Swampers or TSL Thornbirds.
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 @iduckett: There is NEVER a good time for Thornbirds.
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 @iduckett: TSL rofl. On my WJ in Maine
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 @headshot

Jokes aside, I am surprised there are no 32” bikes popping around. Both for road and for XC Marathon.
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 @WAKIdesigns: it’s only a matter of time now right? Marketing gurus are probably breathing down the necks of product developers for a new standard!
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 @Bullit-Boy @700Pirate: Those bias-ply bad boys - everyone wore out the center tread, leaving the tire useless offroad - but don't worry - those massive side lugs kept pulsating down the road.
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 Aluminum rocks. Take a look at any Knolly frame. Well thought out and beautifully made. They rip on the trails too. I have had both an aluminum and carbon Warden. Incredible bikes, but very little difference in how they ride.
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 The Fugitive is top of my list without question.
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 My only issue with Knolly and what made me sell my Delirium and waved away from a fugitive is their stupid low stack height. It's great if you're vertically challenged. But if you're buying an xl with a reach over 500 why on earth is the stack height so low, their measurements are about 30mm below the average from other brands across the board and it always left me feeling like a gorilla riding along with my knuckles down below my knees even with a 30mm riser bar.
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 @CONomad: I qualify as vertically challenged, and I LOVE the low stack height. I find the geometry is perfect, and really encourages you to ride in a very centered 'attack' position with lots weight on the front wheel. Helps to keep the front wheel on the ground on steep climbs too. I can see how it might not work for you if you are really tall, but for me it is perfect.
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 8- we have a great community full of support! Get back on track soon Jared
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flag cunning-linguist (Dec 30, 2018 at 0:29) (Below Threshold)
 9 - Brexit 10 - Brexit 11 - Brexit 12 - Someone, somewhere in the world unknowingly has the biggest pop in the world that day...
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 A great community, in relation which other communities?
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 @WAKIdesigns: the people of the UK lol
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 @sewer-rat: i definitely prefer mountain bikers, including e-bikers and downcountrists, over owners of white Audi and Mercedes SUVs
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 @WAKIdesigns: you forgot BMW.
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 @ReformedRoadie: nope he had it covered with Audi- Arsehole Usually Drives It
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 @ReformedRoadie: There’s been a shift. BMWs don’t look vulgar enough these days, Audi took its role while Mercedes doubled down. But @sewer-rat it is mostly about a white Audi or white Merc - in our countries it takes motivation to keep such car clean. And if it’s not clean then what’s the point? No car is so clean than the one of a dude hoping for a shag that night. Since most of the owners are 40+ it is only an exercise in futility. Proofs of mental sickness are piling up
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 Aluminum is back, cost the same as carbon...dentist approved!
  • + 5
 2016 called, it wants it’s played dentist joke back
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 @andnyleswillriot: 1990 called, it wants its "xxxx called" joke back.
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 @Dethphist: rather live in the 90’s, would you not?
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 “XC is just as exciting as downhill or enduro”

Man...that’s a real reach. I was flat out surprised by how exciting short track XC was when I went in person to val di sole, but just as exciting as dh? Give me a break.
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 I would actually be fine purchasing an alloy frame. However, the alloy full-sus prices have crept up way too much as well. $2500+ for an alloy frame with a low-end shock is crazy.
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 2019 will be the year mixed wheels, can see 27.5 rear 29er front, but who is going too use other combinations, I have 24" x 4 rear & 27.5 x 3 front tyres on my trail bike, it does not feel wrong
But who is too say what wheel sizes will be most popular or what is the best tyre size rather than wheel size
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 what bike are you running a 27.5 front & 24 rear on?! hopefully prototype because not many frames could handle this haha.
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 My love for metal bikes never has or will not die. So glad to see the trend is swinging bike to aluminium and steel rigs. Sound like the future of modern bike building.
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 14. The riders now days are insanely talented! Well, they always have been for that matter. Martin winning Enduro and DH. Yolanda winning XC and racing Cross. Cecile winning EWS and podiums in DH. Wyn riding both DH and Cross. Brendog riding DH and rampage. You could go on and on but the riding these days is mind blowing.
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 John Tomac. XC, DH, DS, BMX, Road...Nobody else has come close in my book.
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 @PNdubRider: I think Mathieu van der Poel may be a similar legend in the making.
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 @sspiff: VDP is definitely strong AF but I would be very surprised if we ever see him on a DH podium. Even back in the NORBA National days when XC, DH, DS were raced at the same weekend event, Tomac was one of very few to even attempt all three let alone podium.
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 I’d say mr. Jared Graves has a record worth mentioning in this company. Beast
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 Let us not forget Pauline Ferrand-Prevot. first person ever in the history of cycling to simultaneously hold the World road title, World cyclo-cross title and World mountain bike title.
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 La Bresse women’s xc race was one of the top 20 races I’ve ever seen in any sport let alone just mountain biking. My family watch the downhill religiously but every now and then we watch the xc also, I’m glad I did for La Bresse. Next year I’m gonna be watching a lot more tv if there is more xc racing like this.
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 2019 will be the year of down country
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 2020 updownhill 2021 mtb
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 @airbert: nah by 2021 it'll be super mountain country
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 @kookseverywhere: super mountain country boost plus
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 You're in down country and you don't even know
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 #Downtownurbanisdead
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flag WAKIdesigns (Dec 30, 2018 at 5:54) (Below Threshold)
 I am slowly finishing my predictions piece for 2019. I believe Down Country will be approved by Olympics Commitee to be an Olympic discipline. It will be even more popular in Canada than Hockey
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 @WAKIdesigns: I'm sorry but NOTHING in Canada can be more popular than hockey! Many tried but failed horribly.
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 @lRaphl:
Maple syrup? Good weed?
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flag WAKIdesigns (Dec 30, 2018 at 7:57) (Below Threshold)
 @lRaphl: Down Country will be having a go...
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 I havent seen reverence, but I thought all the other movies you listed suck except beautiful idiot, and that was only 15 minutes. To date the only full length mtb movies Ive found worth watching are life cycles, unreal, and deathgrip. Would love if someone could recommend a new movie like those, I need it, Ive watched each of these over 100x. Really dont want to watch another movie with an hour of people talking about the origins of mtb, just give me 100% shred please.
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 2018. The year when flex became compliance.
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 I just want to learn WHO WON THE HD4!
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 8 - Pinkbike FINALLY stops pushing motor-EBIKES to the legendary push-bike site.
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 A triple crown when theres 4 events?
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 "XC is just as exciting as downhill or enduro"

Sure.
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 More so when trying to ride XC on the same terrain. Have ambulance on standby though as it is painful. Oh - No, I'm mistaking exciting for suicidal. Time to join the Judean Peoples Front...
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 XC races are just as exciting if you are a "dirt roadie" and prefer paved trails.
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 Aluminium. Spelt correctly. ????
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 The ???? should be a thumbs up emoji.
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 @dwojo im not sure what you mean Aluminum by spelt correctly as this is clearly spelt wrong??
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 Spellet wrongily
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 Aluminum is the American and Canadian spelling for the silver-white metallic element (number 13 on the periodic table) abundant in the earth’s crust. Aluminium is the preferred spelling outside North America. Neither term is superior to the other, and both are etymologically and logically justifiable. Aluminum is older, while aluminium is more consistent with other element names such as helium, lithium, magnesium, and so on (though let’s not forget there are other -um elements—molybdenum, tantalum, and platinum).
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 Knowledge bomb has just been dropt.
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 @dwojo:
Just for you, here's a list of emoticons for Pinkbike.
m.pinkbike.com/forum/listcomments/?threadid=72182
tup
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 Worse than spelling tire with a ‘y’.
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 @Hardtailhooligan: hath been droppeth
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 I learned that most expensive bikes (mainly Yetis) pedal insanely well and descend like they have more travel than they really do. Or at least I learned that that's what they would like me to believe.
  • + 1
 I would love a sweet aluminum frame but my beloved carbon open mould frames are much cheaper and they work great. I mean who can afford this expensive shit, seriously?
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 Aluminum bikes are back, not long before 26” are back too! Marketed at GROM with $10k price tags!
  • + 1
 So...in other words, 2018 was just as daft as 2017, 2014, 2008, 2003 and 1998. Oh and 1987. That's comforting.
  • + 1
 Dont firget the Bigmountainbike ascent and descent to the highest volcano in the world by bike! Ojos del salado
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 And in 2019, just like the bikes... the edit music will also be exclusively metal.
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 Norco was robbed...
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 What i learned in 2018: doping in enduro racing is for real...
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 What is down country? Is there an up country ?
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 "compliance .... of aluminium"
hahahaha
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 I like what YT has done. Its easy to pronounce and spell.
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 In the down country I imagine, Randy is Ratboy, Jordy is the industry’s highest payed athlete, and Freeride lives everywhere.
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 "XC is just as exciting as downhill or enduro" hahaha. Sure, the women are amazing to look at, but I'd still put tahnee seagrave above them all. The racing, however, is like going to a local weekend warrior trail system and watching the nerds try to make something out of nothing.
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flag wibblywobbly (Dec 30, 2018 at 3:34) (Below Threshold)
 “DH is getting eclipsed by Enduro but it’s really hard to watch Enduro so maybe we can convicnce people to watch XC”
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 Perhaps they choose the wrong wording? Seems like they just wanted to mention Something like this based on views; m.pinkbike.com/news/cross-country-world-cups-were-viewed-by-more-people-than-downhill-for-the-first-time-in-2018.html.
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 I've watched many World Cup DH races, but I've never seen a WC DH racer grab another DH racer to get in front before entering the woods section.
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 Yes, 29er DH bikes are here but the aluminum affordable builds are way to heavy. A large build DH bike is 39-40 lbs. Too heavy, I’m not going back to 2005. Build us a large 34-36ish lb aluminum 180/180mm 29er (AKA affordable Pole Stamina type bike) and you will have my attention and money.
  • + 1
 PEDs exist in WEC
  • + 1
 Randy is Marco Osborne.
  • + 1
 YA CAL AND JORD

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