Pinkbike Gear Awards - The Nominees

Dec 2, 2013
by Mike Levy  
2013 was a hell of a year for mountain bike technology, and that thought applies to the entire gamut of bikes and gear being used in our sport. New downhill bikes were taken to incredible heights, while proven designs showed that there is a good reason why those companies chose to make refinements rather than pursue entirely new platforms. And if you think that long-travel machines are pretty damn dialled these days, you only have to look at the latest crop of mid-travel bikes to see that the development curve hasn't just been steadily improving, it's been going straight up at a rate that is essentially creating bikes so capable that they render true cross-country or downhill bikes useless for a lot of riders. Kudos have to be given to suspension manufacturers as well, with them being a major factor in just how capable today's bikes are. After all, if the fork or shock can't keep up with the bike's design or the rider's intentions, it's all a bit moot, isn't it? Looking at the components that make up a bike reveals that, somewhat surprisingly, it's the smaller ticket items that have had the biggest impact when talking about improved performance in 2013 - any guesses as to what those could be before you scroll down?

The gear categories for our 2013 Pinkbike Awards include Downhill Bike of the year, Mountain Bike of the Year, Suspension Product of the Year, and Component of the Year, with three nominations for each category that represent the most important bikes and equipment for 2013. There's bound to be some controversy when we announce the winners later this month, but that's to be expected given that all of the nominees are worthy in their own right. Who do you think is going to take home the PB Awards trophy in each category?



Pinkbike MTB Awards - The Nominees






Downhill Bike of the Year


There really are only three choices here, aren't there? One of them had what has to be the most successful debut season in the history of downhill bike design, with multiple World Cup wins, a World Cup overall title, and even a win at the Red Bull Rampage. Another is a proven contender that gives consumers access to what would otherwise be pro-only suspension. The final challenger is a legend in its own right, with more victories to its name than any other bike in the history of the sport, including the last two male World Championships. All three are worthy of being crowned Downhill Bike of the Year, but which one do you think is most deserving?



• GT Fury
The Fury might bear the same name as its predecessor, as well as an evolved version of the same suspension layout, but the new bike is a revelation in terms of geometry and performance. Add in the fact that GT has managed to create a machine that not only won a good number of World Cup downhill races under both Gee and Rachel, as well as the Red Bull Rampage title in the hands of American Kyle Strait, but also a bike that any competent downhiller could throw a leg over and feel at home on instantly. This is especially true on a proper track with either high speeds or enough steepness to make one think twice about rolling in on anything other than a true downhill rig. And all that from an aluminum bike with a single pivot suspension layout, two points that go against the current when talking about what is optimum these days.





• Trek Session 9.9
It might not have taken any racers to the top step of a World Cup podium in 2013, but there is no denying that the Session is one of the most formidable downhill platforms available. It's a bike that simply doesn't punish mistakes as much as other machines, and it might just be the ultimate all-around performer in terms of where it excels. Geometry is obviously one of the reasons for this, but the effect of the bike's special FOX 40 FIT RC2 fork with titanium and air spring combo, as well as the custom tuned DHX RC4 shock, can't be overstated. In a way, the 9.9 is the mountain bike equivalent of an AMA Supercross or MotoGP team offering a works-level bike to a privateer racer.







• Santa Cruz V10
Has there ever been a downhill bike as successful as the proven V10? The numbers would say no, with the 216 - 250mm travel bike taking major wins in all of its variations over the years, including the Syndicate's Greg Minnaar's two consecutive World Champs wins in Leogang and Pietermartizburg. While none of today's top downhill bikes are exactly duds, most have their own respective strengths and weaknesses, yet the V10's many World Cup and World Champs wins on varying terrain prove that it can be adapted to excel on all sorts of tracks. We also have to take into account just how popular the bike is with privateer racers and casual riders alike, something that shows exactly how much those riders trust the bike.








Mountain Bike of the Year


Our nominees couldn't be any different from one another, but all three of them share one common trait: they are the best of the best when it comes to bikes that allow a rider to push the limits on a machine that can be ridden up, across, and down the mountain at speeds that would boggle the mind only a few short years ago. One manages to take a good rider and make him feel like a god, and that's both up and down the mountain, mind you. And then there is a bike that simply refuses to be stuffed into any existing categories, and may also be the best handling bike we've ever spent time on - a weighty claim but one that we'll stand behind. The final challenger is a machine that has quickly become the go-to rig for riders who want a do-it-all steed that can be raced at their local enduro on Saturday and taken out for a 50 mile loop on Sunday. Which of these three great bikes is most deserving of being called the Mountain Bike of the Year?



• Kona Process 111
With handling that defies all logic, we have to say that this is the bike that 29er doubters need to spend a few days aboard. Kona went and put geometry above all else on the priority list when they penned the 111, and the result is a big-wheeler that most every 26" wheeled bike could take a lesson from when talking about carving corners and liveliness. Think we're joking? We challenge even the most mature and dyed in the wool cross-country bandit to ride the 111 without letting their inner twelve year old out to play. The open minded folk at Kona might have inadvertently created an entirely new sub-category of bike, because this short travel rig has geometry that allows it to be ridden in places where other bikes with similar amounts of suspension travel would stutter and stall.






• Specialized Enduro 29
What do you call a bike that can turn an average rider into a beast? And we're not just talking about only on the downs, because the 155mm travel Enduro 29 climbs better than it has any right to, especially when it comes to pokey, technical pitches that would usually make a rig like it feel like a drunk heavyweight boxer in a match against a Muay Thai fighter - not a pretty sight. But no, the Enduro 29 spurts up twisty and stepped climbs with ease, turning from its front end with a precise feel that you wouldn't be surprised to get from a bike with two thirds of its travel. And with our 2014 test bike's RockShox Pike fork and Cane Creek Double Barrel Air CS shock, it's basically a pint sized downhill bike when things get chunky on the way back down.






• Santa Cruz Bronson
As one of the more popular bikes on most riders' wish lists this past spring, the 650B wheeled Bronson is undoubtedly part of the new breed of ultra-capable trail bikes. From pinning it down bike park chunder to slogging through all day epics, the 150mm travel Bronson packs it all in and does so with style. And although 150mm is more travel than needed for a lot of terrain, the bike is an efficient pedalling and comfortable package that defines all around usability. There's no doubt that the Bronson is a singletrack slaying machine, but one look around any popular trailhead and it's apparent just how well rounded this bike is for the everyday trail rider.









Suspension Product of the Year


One might say that 2013 was a banner year for the suspension world, with new models from all the major brands that make the previous year's offerings look a touch unrefined. It's not often that things get shaken up that much, but it all began with the debut of a mid-travel fork, a new design from the ground up, that has received almost universal acclaim from consumers and media alike. It isn't just front suspension that figures in, though, with two new shocks that look to add performance in different realms. The first is a new design from a well known brand that is intended to allow riders to get the most from their all-mountain and enduro bikes, while the other takes a novel approach to the concept of a pedalling aid. Which of the three stand out as making a bigger impact?



• FOX Float X
The Float X has been designed for those mid-travel bikes that are going to be ridden like a downhill bike, especially in an enduro race setting, and it feels every bit up to the task. FOX has employed a larger reservoir that allows for more oil volume to combat heat buildup during extended, hard use, as well as a higher flow bridge between the body and reservoir that FOX says greatly helps in terms of preventing high-speed spiking. As its name suggests, it utilizes FOX's CTD damping principle that allows for three different levels of compression damping at the flick of a switch, as well as three different levels when set to the middle 'Trail' setting.


• Cane Creek Double Barrel Air CS
What do you get when you combine the Double Barrel's four-way adjustable twin tube damper with a novel lever, dubbed the 'Climb Switch', that firms up both the shock's low-speed compression and rebound damping? The answer is efficient pedalling and traction for days, which is exactly what a full-suspension bike should offer. What the CS lever isn't, and what Cane Creek really wants to stress, is that the small aluminum lever does not act as a lockout by any stretch of the imagination. This is in contrast to most of Cane Creek's competitors who offer a long-stroke shock with some type of pedal-assist feature, usually a lever that either adds more low-speed compression damping or functions as a true on/off lockout. Cane Creek's out of the box thinking puts the DB Air CS in a class of its own.





• RockShox Pike
While we're not sure if RockShox's new fork is named after a freshwater fish or a medieval spear, we're positive that they've managed to create one of the best mid-travel forks on the market. Its tuneable air spring is well suited to aggressive riding, and the fork's Charger damper offers a level of control and consistency that many proper downhill forks can only dream about. In fact, it's one of the only forks that we can spend just a few minutes setting up and be 95% happy with its performance straight away, a far cry from much of the competition that sees us twiddling dials and pulling out the shock pump while we search for the tune of the day. It's far from being considered inexpensive, but the Pike is at the front of the field right now.









Component of the Year


One of our three nominees for Component of the Year retails for well under $100 USD, one is product that changed drivetrains forever yet is available for other brands to use without infringement issues, and the other is a less expensive alternative to a proven winner. Those three facts expound the point that it doesn't have to be an untouchably expensive product to make a difference, it just has to make complete sense.




• SRAM XD driver
SRAM's XX1 drivetrain changed how the industry and riders thought of gearing when it was released last year, but the entire setup was only possible because of their clever XD driver that allowed the fitting of a wide range 10 - 42 cassette. The XD driver might be the heart of the system, but it's what SRAM did with the design that really made the difference: they made it available for other brands through an open licensing agreement that allows them to use the design so long as they adhere to its technical attributes. That smart move gave the industry the opportunity to re-think the concept of a drivetrain from front to back, with the ripple effect even reaching engineers who can now design bikes based around a single ring drivetrain without worrying about making concessions for a front derailleur.



• Shimano Zee brakes
With their consistent feel and trouble-free performance, Shimano's brakes have proven themselves time and time again. It's their Zee stoppers that really stand out in our minds, though, with them using the same four piston caliper and internals as the more expensive Saint setup, but forgoing both the tool free lever reach dial and the stroke adjust screw that doesn't seem to affect anything anyways. That means that they feel as if they could be used to slow down a runaway train if required to do so, and that they also sport the same great ergonomics that we've come to love from Shimano's brakes. Many of today's components feel as if they require near constant tinkering to keep working to their full potential, something that makes us really appreciate the trustworthy performance of the Zees. Isn't that how brakes should be?



• Bontrager G5 tire
Ask any downhiller to list his favourite tire and you'll most likely end up hearing all about Schwalbe or Maxxis, the two most prominent brands that have all but dominated the World Cup circuit for many years now. There is one tire, however, that we believe not only equals anything from those two brands, but actually outperforms them when it comes to consistency in varying conditions: Bontrager's new G5 downhill tire. The new rubber, which was designed by renowned tire designer Frank Stacy, might fly a bit under the radar compared to more familiar options, but it already has some major victories to its name. Factor in that it is less expensive than the competition and it's hard to ignore the G5. Unfortunately, many riders are a bit too set in their ways to consider something new from Bontrager, which is a shame because the G5 is the best downhill tire currently available.





The winner of each category will be announced later this month





306 Comments

  • 274 54
 Can someone tell me which of those three DH bikes won the world cup overall title this year??? *cough* wilson *cough*
  • 196 34
 Should the winner be decided only by its success on the WC circuit?
  • 101 15
 I'm just super fond of mine... carry on
  • 7 32
flag bichudumatu (Dec 2, 2013 at 14:15) (Below Threshold)
 I know what you mean! deVinci But the championship was won by a bike that you purchase in your store since 4 years.
  • 36 25
 In my opinion the Wilson should be there instead of the Session. However I also think that it doesn't matter because the Fury should definitely take the win.
  • 6 2
 What the article says about the Fury is spot on! Had a go on an ex-atherton one at a race this weekend, I felt at home on it instantly, after riding nothing bigger than a Specialized Status, I'm building up a Fury next year, it's like cheating, the bike just works so well!
  • 33 6
 why is the session on there at all? I don't remember it winning anything this year (if my memory serves correctly) put the wilson on there instead and maybe remi's commencal for it's kinda cool data acquisition bos suspension and for taking a hometown win
  • 60 13
 If we had four bikes nominated, the Wilson would be on there for sure. In the end we had to decide between that and the Session, and having ridden both I would say that the majority of riders will feel more comfortable and go faster on the Session. The Wilson is a great bike, but the Session is just that much better off the shelf - look at the custom suspension that it comes with.

After all, the nominees can't be decided solely on race results, can they? If they were, what would be the point of this type of article?
  • 61 3
 Love how the V10 has a flat tire
  • 7 8
 GT didn't win WC overall, but I think it should take the cake... It had some amazing results all year long on a brand new frame and from what everyone is saying it just rides great... GT FTW
  • 15 3
 Mike, the text for the dh bike section implies that one of the bikes should be the wilson, but there's a session and no wilson....

"Another took a racer to his first World Cup overall title, with three consecutive wins en route and a winning run at Crankworx's Canadian Open."
the above statement does certainly not reflect the session which is actually one of the three you're showing....pretty sure that's what theprocrastinator means...
  • 11 3
 If anyone else had ever felt the new pike...HOLY FUCK, that is the nicest feeling and performing fork ever made.
  • 6 2
 fair enough mike, that session is an awesome bike, I've never been able to get 100% comfortable on a wilson
  • 4 2
 tbh I was a little confused by the DH bike paragraph and jumped at the comments because STEVE SMITH looks like the text has been edited now, or my dyslexia has calmed down
  • 2 21
flag betsie (Dec 2, 2013 at 14:54) (Below Threshold)
 Does the Fury win for its spectacular fail at a world cup?
I would have thought that, that wrote it off the list.
Does the V10 sin for bein around before 2013.... or the same for tne Trek?

What about the Hutchison or Devinchi.... as they are 2013 bikes that have nlt snapped or been around for a while.
  • 4 7
 No it should win for that 70ft redbull sender with Kyle straits aboard at the rampage!
  • 41 2
 If you ever wanted to know why companies shell out so much money to sponsor and support top riders, here is your answer. Pinkbike posted 3 nominees for Downhill bikes and people immediately look to pro results to Validate/discredit the selections.
  • 2 3
 That's because the pro's ride the bikes to their limits and can pin point the faults, if a pro rider didn't feel the bike was right he would not compete on it, therefore surely as the saying goes results speak for themselves hence the gt fury! And yes the Wilson too.
  • 6 3
 I don't do DH or FR, but if we were to judge by the eyecandy looks, "trek session" is a no brainer. Beautiful piece...
  • 5 1
 wilson is sexy beast, really
  • 6 3
 Yeah WTF?! Wheres the wilson?
  • 20 6
 The Evil undead is by far the best looking bike around
  • 6 3
 The session is a great riding bike , these treks are thin ,to thin , you look at them wrong and the dent , love the way they look and ride but for a DH production bike that the everyday guy is buying its way to fragile , not a problem if ur a sponcered rider , again a great bike just scared to buy one
  • 7 6
 Why is the Specialized Demo not on this list....(chuckle)...
  • 9 6
 Check the Dirt Carbon DH bike test where the Demo wipes the floor with everything.
  • 17 0
 Clearly Steve Smith didn't win the World Cup this year. His bike did it all for him.
  • 12 1
 The GT Fury under Rachel Atherton!
  • 21 3
 Apparently most everyone forgot that Women actually race downhill on the World Cup circuit as well. They even have their Own WC Overall Champion! Go figure. Rachel Atherton, GT, Overall Champion, etc....
  • 5 0
 Carbon doesnt dent @Chuckbike
  • 2 3
 All because your bike looks like the batmobile doesn't mean its the best there Bruce! Although I did get a chance to ride one a while back and it is a pretty well built machine. My vote goes to the Fury only because the undead wasn't an option
  • 10 0
 @moturner Pretty sure that's the V10 Minnaar won worlds on, he flatted during the run, and they left it flat for the pictures afterwards.
  • 2 0
 @ alperson. I was reading down the comments and was myself also amazed nobody had thrown that out there yet.
  • 2 0
 If we are talking the 70ft gaps ordeal freaking hyper would win..... bitch zink flipped the fucking drop.... But no one else has ridden it besides him! So no that is ruled out bub
  • 8 0
 Chuckbike. that was the 09-10 Session that stuffered dented down tubes and cracked seat stays, and yes cardon doesn't dent. Why do people use that to hold on to their hate for the Session. Trek completely redesigned the A frame and seat stays over the last 3 yrs to make it ram tough. Always wanted to say that..lol.
  • 3 3
 V10 and bronson have my vote, light and domination come to mind when i see a v10. After i saw that fury broken in half there is no way its getting my vote.
  • 2 0
 @theprocrastinator you said the world cup overall bike. rachel atherton won the girls titile on the fury.
  • 4 0
 Sino hit the nail on the head. It's about the bikes and components here.. NOT the pilots of said bikes.
  • 4 1
 Let me guess, the winner will fall under the Specialized/SRAM/Rock Shox flags.
  • 3 0
 One talented rider doesn't necessarily mean its the best bike.. Stevie smith would do some sick things on any downhill rig
  • 2 0
 Ya but he did it on a Wilson, no one did anything very major on a session this year, i mean like someone double back flipped a glory, that gets more street cred than the session IMHO! Although Semenuk does ride a session as well...... But the Wilson was ridden by the moustached Canadian chainsaw massacre.... I think that's plenty enough right there for it to be listed idc make a fourth option it will most likely be #2 or 1 If you do
  • 3 0
 Rachael Atherton
  • 2 0
 Not now Jr
  • 1 1
 I would agree with many of the above comments about the bike and not the rider. Look at what Wade did back in the day on the old Rocky's. They were crap bikes at the time relative to what else was around but he ripped. I think it should come down to the Sessions or the V10. Both bikes rip and are user friendly.
  • 2 6
flag frdh (Dec 2, 2013 at 21:06) (Below Threshold)
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDBDHH9wAAU

^ why the fury won't get my vote until they release a carbon version
  • 6 1
 why you shouldn't case jumps you mean frdh?
  • 8 0
 A bit surprised not to see the Yeti SB66 Carbon make the cut. I can't think of any other bike that has proven itself at the highest levels of the sprit than that bike. I know race results are not everything, but 2nd overall in the EWS and 3rd at DH world champs is a pretty tough act to pull off.
  • 1 2
 @finnrambo, riiiight because Lorenso Suding is the first person to ever case a jump... Not to jump on the carbon bandwagon but you won't see a carbon v10 or 9.9 seperating quite like that, he didn't even case that bad.
  • 7 1
 Honestly, if Mike would put Enduro 29 in downhill bikes tier I would make him a fan page on FB. The wave of ape.sht that would follow would be biblical - bike internet would default...
  • 3 0
 Lapierre had some good overall team results. And maybe I'm biased but I like the ride and look of the Session vs the new Wilson.
  • 3 1
 Tom Hanks is not amused.
  • 2 0
 Rachel Atherton won on the GT and also Kyle Strait at Rampage was on a GT!
  • 3 1
 Everyone wants to take a pro's results as the determining factor into their own purchase, but truth be told, Smith would have won on a Session, V10 or even that crappy GT Fury... More rider than bike in my opinion. With that being said, I LOVE my Session. By far the most comfortable I have felt on a bike, but snapping my chainstays 2 weeks in was quite the disappointment.
  • 5 2
 Well, I guess Devinci didn't pay enough this year or are on their way out of the "advertisers" list...
lately I get the feeling the tests here at pinkbike are all sold from the first place, beginning with the stuff they decide to test and all the way to the test's results...
Vital is becoming better lately though... lots of reviews, almost on a daily basis, on equipment that's actually interesting and the reviews sound objective.
  • 1 0
 The DeVinci should be up on there, at least the more average sort of person doesn't need to remortgage the house, sell cars etc just get a leg over a session, still having ridden both the V10c and Mk3 i'd still keep to my trusty Mk3
  • 1 0
 Not bad trek advertisement. Good stuff throwing the tires on too.
  • 1 1
 The demo should be in there
  • 1 1
 why? the design hasn't changed for 2013 (well I don't remember anyways) and it did horribly under gwin, although brosnan was still doing well on it
  • 1 0
 I agree with gwin having a bad year but who is doing good with the trek
  • 1 0
 Brook was doing great before he got injured and Neko is young but still up there/do we not remember Gwin dominated on it?
  • 1 2
 Sam dominated on the demo
  • 1 0
 product of the year, sam was on a pulse, although the scalp or pulse could be nominated considering they're affordable and handle pretty well from my admittedly few runs on both
  • 2 1
 Flipfantasia is spot on. Also, I disagree with the bold statement that the 9.9 is a 'better' bike out of the box. A LOT of riders thought the Wilson carbon was perfect out of the box, it won the overall this year, and is an awesome design regardless of fancypants 'custom' suspension that a lot of riders didn't like to begin with. Design wise the Wilson is probably the better of the two, and that's reflected by most people who've ridden both. Hard not to see how PB gets called out on this. Stay true to the choice, sure, but that's a statement a lot of people disagree with, regardless of what bike you felt suited YOU more.
  • 1 0
 @betsie Hutchinson is a RUBBER manufacturer
  • 16 0
 Race Face narrow/wide chain ring that can totally transform/upgrade your drivetrain for only $35-45. I rode 2x9 for years (then 2x10) and always thought I had to have a granny ring to do any significantly climbing. I was wrong, since I can pretty much climb eveything I did before with 30T chain ring, but up the hill much faster, thus allowing me to get more descents/ride!
  • 10 3
 That's a very good suggestion but the fact that the same technology (although roughly twice as expensive) was already available from SRAM rules it out. They made a less expensive version, which is a great thing, though.
  • 6 0
 But it only costs a few bucks, and everything else mention in these lists costs hundreds or thousands ;-)

I agree though.
  • 7 0
 But, Mike, it doesn't say anywhere the awards are innovative product of the year? After all, the bikes are all just... bikes. The Pike is just another fork, albeit apparently quite a good one. The only product that is something new that isn't just a variation of something somebody already made is the XD driver. Your argument about the same tech (although roughly twice as expensive) could surely also be applied to the Zee vs Saint brakes so the Zee shouldn't qualify? It should surely be the products that have had the biggest impact on the industry, and every-man riders in general.

Honestly, I think the wide-narrow (whether RaceFace, NSB, Wolf, etc) has made significantly more change on the MTB industry this year than any of the three components listed. What has made an even bigger impact for me is the direct-mount / low-bcd chainring options, and I would go so far as to say they make the XD pointless. Sure it's innovative, but product of the year? Heck no. That should be something that the people have been waiting for and have been bought in numbers as they show it has filled a void.

I bought an XX1 drivetrain and had to wait a couple months for the Easton XD driver to ship. By that time I'd spent so long on my 28T XX1 cranks (also achievable through any direct mount option or almost with just a RF 30T) that I have never actually installed it and will be selling it as I just don't need to waste the money when a 28T 1x10 offers everything I need.
  • 5 3
 The Trek Session 88 or whatever it's called these days hasn't changed for years, other than frame material which Trek have been using for years, and the 'full floater' is just a rip-off of a Mcmahon frame from the 1990's...

img.tapatalk.com/a689589f-40cf-46b5.jpg

Same story for the Santa Cruz V10. The basic design for that bike hasn't changed much since 2003!
  • 2 0
 Good points, Hwulex. The Race Face rings are more adaptable, so people with 9 and 10 speeds can use them too. I know a couple guys with XD drivers that came on new bikes they bought, but I know many more that converted bikes to Race Face rings on their own and impressed with it.

Also, the Race Face rings do have some innovation in them with the smaller 30 tooth ring for the most common 104 bcd standard cranks that most riders run on their bikes. Considering that this innovation is very affordable makes it even more valuable for the average rider out there

The fact that the Race Face rings were sold out and hard to find half way through the summer underscores how useful and popular they are.

I would put the long cage Zee front derailleur ahead of the XD driver also; it's affordable, makes your bike quiet, will work with the more common 9 or 10 speed drivetrains, will work with Sram or Shimano shifters, and is the prefect compliment to Race Face rings. Another product that was hard to find because of it's popularity.
  • 1 0
 Oops, meant to type Zee rear derailleur.
  • 1 0
 *SIGH* wallheater, "a rip-off" is not what you mistakenly claim if 1) the suspension design was not patented, 2) Trek bought the patent, or 3) there is a significant difference from the McMahon design. To start, I don't see ABP pivots on that wet noodle of a bike...

BTW, since when is a complete change is frame and suspension design required to make a bike, bike of the year? Santa Cruz have made several changes the V10 since 2003, Trek as well. How would anyone expect a bike to improve if they kept chucking the previous design for a completely different one?
  • 1 1
 Also a good point, Protour. Mike says the RF N/W rings were ruled out because they were already available from SRAM, but they weren't. SRAM created a new BCD just for their rings whereas RF adapted the existing standard going so far as to make a 30T available by threading the chainring itself. If that's not innovative then I don't know what is! I know so many more people running (or trying to find!) RF rings than the XD drivers.
  • 16 4
 Mountain Bike of the Year - two 29ers and a 650b... I don't mean to start an argument but it's cool to see the shift... one thing in common: geo on all 3 are spot on.

I do wish there was a 26er on there hahahaha. makin' me feel like my bike's obsolete.
  • 19 2
 It's all about that geo, isn't it? Good spot.
  • 15 2
 The industry wants you to feel obsolete. Now go buy a new bike Smile
  • 1 0
 @citizenlee LOL. I will when my wallet permits me.

@mikelevy YES. I think that's the 'silver lining' behind the wheelsize wars... everyone wanted to fit a 29er or 650b onto their new bikes that they had to really study the geo numbers and how to make it work for the rider.
  • 3 0
 Hopefully companies like knolly and the like will keep 26ers up to date! I wonder if the bike industry could just let all three share the market?
  • 7 2
 Here's what 2017 looks like folks....XS-Small size have 26" wheels. Med 27.5". And L-XL 29". All bike disciplines still apply...And shit, we all know a geometry that feels dialed....keep the proportions, and increase accordingly, like every other damn sport.
  • 1 1
 prancisfena - it isn't that hard to make one frame that fits both 26" and 650b keeping "the great geometry" next to intact. give me 45deg sliding/exchangeable drop outs, flushed and stacked bottom cups and offset bushing and I make you one great 26er and 650Ber in one bike Big Grin But yes, trying to fit 650B wheel on a regular 26er is a poo-wank.
  • 2 0
 It's not the size of the rubber, it's about the motion of...Oh never mind. All wheel sizes have advantages. 27.5 will show their disadvantages, too. Maybe it'll be they're too "mama bear." Not coot enough to be a van, too big to be a car. 27.5 is gonna make you a soccer mom!
Of all the other mtb innovations I've tried, never been tempted to try big wheels. 26 inches is perfect for the trails I ride.
  • 3 0
 I'd put the kona entourage up there!!! Long live 26'' freeriders
  • 3 1
 Kona? Really? I mean, I would think the Yeti SB66c would blow them all out, what with 3rd at World Champs!? Come ON! But I guess being an "old" tech 26er doesn't play well in the what's hot or not category. A bunch of BS in my opinion.
  • 4 2
 My bike is the best. I mean I've spent so much time on it, more than Mike on any of those bikes here, so I am much more entitled to the opinion than he is.
  • 1 0
 @stpaulinland - The fact that the Yeti SB66 was third at Worlds is more a commentary on the rider and course than the bike. The same bike was 2nd overall at EWS.
We'll see next season, when Graves has all 3 wheels sizes available, which he chooses to race on.

And no Waki, my bike is better than yours Wink
  • 16 2
 There are things that change the course of history: RS Pike.
  • 6 6
 I've got 4 soild months of riding on the Pike and I don't think it's all that great. My hands still get blown to bits in the rough stuff just like every other air-fork I've riden.
  • 9 0
 If nothing else, Pike + CTD fiasco have changed the perception of Fox as THE company for high-end suspension.
  • 14 1
 Panaphonic, you are high. Or your air spring pressure is.
  • 1 0
 I must admit that it felt pretty nice on tonights ride! 57psi and 2 tokens. It feels harsh with anything over 30psi in my front tire. Ran 25 tonight and It was sweet tho.
  • 9 0
 I´m nominating the Leonardi General Lee Cassette adapter and the Wolf Tooth 104 BCD Chainring.
They let me ride all summer with as close as makes no diff. ratio to Sram´s XX1 for a whole lot less money.
Thank you both.
  • 2 0
 Wolf tooth agreed had to import mine from France, 32t sram direct mount. Awesome chainring tried my best to drop the chain but can't
  • 1 0
 How much for that setup
  • 10 0
 Its a good thing I have thoroughly ridden and tested all of these products in order to make a fair decision based purely on my personal experiences.
  • 2 0
 I had to stop myself, I am turning trollish tonight.
  • 12 2
 All you haters have no idea what the Kona Process 111 DL can do. I guarantee it is more bike than most of the readers on this site can handle or need.
  • 3 1
 I was pretty stoked to see Kona on the list. I'm not the world's biggest Kona fan, despite having owned a couple, but all the new Processes are sweet looking bikes ... and the 111 is the only 29er that I'd consider test riding.
  • 4 1
 Please go test ride one! The Process 111 is the 29er for 29er haters. I have seen it change attitudes in a single ride. Quick, nimble, and eats up descents like no other 29er I've ever ridden. Don't let the travel fool you- it is a big bike that is under classed. The best part is that Kona is being pretty humble about it and just letting the bike sell itself and from what I understand has been no problem. Kudos.
  • 14 5
 How did the Yeti SB-66 not make the list for mountain bike of the year? Dominated the enduro circuit, and placed 3rd at DH world champs. This list is a crock
  • 14 8
 The Sb 66 didn't make it because it's a 26" bike.

26" bikes are now considered inferior by the bike industry. If they could figure out a way to keep out of races ( and off the winners podium) they would. They tried to invent a new race for the new wheel sizes... That went real well.
  • 2 2
 I would agree with that, most of the nominees here are super predictable.
  • 9 4
 Dominated the enduro circuit? I think you need to look at the results again... It had some great races under Graves, can't deny that, but it isn't all about results. The SB66 is a great bike, as is the SB95, but we chose the three mentioned for good reason.
  • 1 0
 It isn't new, and while I've always heard/read great things about it it isn't exactly innovative. The three bikes shown all mark significant departures from the norm and changed the conversation about bikes: SC's first 650b (and probably the most talked-about mid travel bike of the year but idk), Spesh showing that you can make a long-travel 29er that doesn't compromise geometry, and Kona with a solid 29er that from the review will change perceptions of short-travel 29ers.
  • 5 1
 To be honest the Yeti would have been a better candidate. At least the suspension design is original. Half the people I know who sold Nomads for Bronson's have regretted it. SC know this and that's why we'll see another bike from SC soon.
  • 1 2
 I agree and just posted above on this. It should have at least made the list if not won it!
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  • 21 12
 Where is the "wheelsize of 2013" category?
  • 66 2
 In hell, where it belongs
  • 7 14
flag The-mnt-life365 (Dec 2, 2013 at 17:52) (Below Threshold)
 No its getting butt fucked by one of those 29ers
  • 13 3
 pretty sure 29er leans more to being the receiver...
  • 3 5
 Hahahahahahahahahhahahaha well played finn...well played
  • 2 3
 So incontinent...
  • 9 4
 Where is that other talked about stuff - male rider, trick, DH race, video, female rider, enduro event etc. www.pinkbike.com/news/Pinkbike-MTB-Awards-2013.html

Should this not be called PB readers choice awards perhaps?

Maybe I will get flamed for this - but I come here to read some good articles, not do your research or fill out polls.

We all have different tastes, some of the slopestyle guys might be offended that there is no slopestyle bike in the mix! etc. etc.

About the only two things on here that I could care about is the V10 - as Peaty rides this - and I am not a Downhiller, and the double barrel as I am looking to replace a shock on one of my frames. All the other stuff is in one ear out the other.

It would be cool if you had an all encompassing poll, list every frame, component available for 2013 etc. and let everyone vote - I am sure the results would surprise everyone - but it would show what us readers think deserves an award instead

Oh well - I ranted a bit.
  • 8 1
 Other nominations coming in the coming days.
  • 3 1
 Pretty short list of nominees also , there's a lot of bikes out there
  • 7 0
 Funny how everything on there is from a Big brand (DB Air excluded maybe).... Mach 6...Banshee Rune....x fusion vengeance...turner burner...
  • 1 1
 I think they are big brands for a reason but to your point those g5 tires look tasty af
  • 4 1
 My thoughts exactly, but big brands pay the best. Its like any other awards given out... just look to the auto industry for the best examples. I've ridden all the 'best mountain bikes' and thought the Mach 6 easily blew them out of the water. Oh well, I take these things with a grain of salt.
  • 3 2
 Larger companies will often have more resources to put towards their products, so is it really a surprise to see that most of the nominees are from larger brands? Think about most other sports (or many other things) and it begins to make sense. The Mach 6 is great, as is the Rune and X-Fusions offerings, but are they the best? We have to draw the line somewhere.
  • 4 0
 Mike did you really ride the X fusion stuff?
  • 3 1
 Don't get me wrong here MIke I think the Enduro 29 was a big step forward but the bronson is basically a rehashed enduro lt.
  • 1 0
 I mean blur LT.
  • 2 0
 @takeiteasyridehard - I have, as well as the Rune, and RC has been on the Mach 6. We're looking forward to trying the Revel, although that would fit into the '14 plan, not this year's.
  • 1 1
 The Bronson is not a rehashed Blur LT. I have a BLT, that I ran 650b wheels on. I am now on a Nickel, also with 650b. The geometry of the Blur is much more shorter and steeper than the Bronson. The Bronson has more travel and a revised VPP. As posted earlier, geometry has evolved and this is reflected in by the 3 nominees.
  • 3 0
 DH is the only really hard one, but I'd go V10. Other than that, it's pretty easy. Bronson, (I love Enduros but sorry), Pike, and Zee brakes. The Enduro isn't new in the slightest and the Bronson was one of the first major 650b releases, the Pike is featured on almost every top-notch enduro rig for it's amazing new damper, and the Zee brakes give great, durable, low-maintenance performance at an amazing price point.
  • 2 0
 The Enduro 29 is brand new for 2013, and a complete different bike.
  • 1 0
 well I missed that then.. kinda just glanced over and saw an enduro. my b, Enduro 29 then- I'm all for the longest travel 29er you can find.
  • 5 1
 Great to see the kona up there.I have the 153 and it makes me feel invincible. Best bike I've ever rode. Will there be a review of it soon Mike?
  • 6 1
 GT fury all the way...I think some people forget Rachel owning the WC overall and world champs aswell
  • 6 0
 Another year and still no nominations for SuperCycle…..
  • 3 1
 so I don't post up here to often, but you guys are rocked....where the hell is NORCO in any of this... there Range, Sight 650b line up has killed it all year, most people have already lined up to get the carbon editions for next year....that Aurum has been everywhere this year and people can't say enough about how well all these bikes kick but at a good price range !!! WTF !! get it together .......really.....
  • 3 3
 There's plenty of bikes that are great but only three that can be nominated...
  • 10 1
 Norco isn't paying PB for product placement.
  • 5 0
 Why did Pinkbike get to pick these? You have the technology to let the readers pick, we've seen it the last couple years with the Photo of the Year. Re-purpose it for the three product categories and let us choose!

Furthermore, who's picking the winner? If we didn't get to choose the nominees, surely we get to pick the champ?

Disillusioned.
  • 1 0
 This isn't much of a competition more like an advertisement. Good way of doing it, I guess. Pinkbike and mtb (Marketing Technique in Bikevelopment)
  • 2 1
 @Hwulex - Readers will be able to vote on other categories, with another nomination article going live on PB in the next few days. We chose these gear picks because we are among the small number of people who have spent considerable amount of time on all of them, often back to back, thereby giving us some pretty good perspective on it all. If that makes your disillusioned, sorry.

@mackienz - It may look like an "advertisement", and we could have certainly chosen nominees who wouldn't have made it look so, but that wouldn't be fair to those nominees who actually deserve a nod.
  • 2 0
 @scottrallye - The Range is a great bike, and I said as much when I reviewed it back in May of this year: www.pinkbike.com/news/Norco-Range-Killer-B-2-Tested-2013.html. The '13 Range doesn't, however, have the impact of the three bikes listed above. We've got a '14 Sight Carbon in the test fleet right now as well, and it's looking like it is going to be a great bike.
  • 2 0
 I haven't ridden it but I bet that Range would stuff a Bronson. Better geo, suspension etc.
  • 4 0
 Kona process 111 is a sick bike! Friend has it decked out with a Rock Shox Pike and Zee Brakes... Sooooo Thats what I would pick...
  • 3 0
 Rode the 153 process and its a dream. Lil dh bike that climbs. Pretty sure the new 134/153='14 models. But 111='13?
Fury, bronson, sram drive, pike,
  • 2 0
 all 3 process models are 2014 bikes Not ridden the 111, but my 153 is brilliant
  • 4 2
 A 2009 Perp is the bike of the year for me, my 'new' ride and I love it. Avid BB7s are still the component of the year for me. It's all subjective, I'm happy with what I've got and it serves me well. If you want to spend 6 g's on a bike, of course you will be able to buy one that you are happy with but to me that's silly because you can spend much much less than that and still have a bike that you love. That being said this is some excellent technology but I'm more of a craigslist shopper and this is basically lost on me.
  • 3 1
 Well put.
  • 3 3
 that was a really great, waking up comment mrgonzo Smile
  • 1 1
 I'm the same way mrgonzo. Actually I've been on (and enjoyed) bb7's for so long that I've kind of come to dislike the binary on/off type feel of most hydros I've used. Only time I've ever wished I had anything stronger was doing resort DH on my xc bike, but I think bigger rotors would have solved that. Plus, when you can get a set of NEW bb7s (front and rear) for about $100 shipped from taiwan on ebay it's one of the best buys I've ever made.
  • 2 0
 I personally think that Zee makes the best drivetrain when you factor in cost and use ability. Those brakes are amazing, they definitely should get component of the year. But the pikes are just awesome, but u turn was insane you could truly have a do it all bike. Imagine a 160mm to 100mm option Wink
  • 1 0
 I'm thinking, ummm, why the heck isn't the Wilson on the list! I don't know, when I rode Wilson for the first time I thought it felt awesome, and I actually got to ride the session before I rode a Wilson, and I still think that the Wilson is freaking awesome compared to the session.
  • 4 3
 GT Fury, Specialized Enduro 29, Rock Shox Pike, XD Driver. Hands down.

The GT Fury may not have won the men's overall but it did win the women's overall. It also won the first 4 races (men and women) at the world cup level that it entered. It was brand new from GT who completely revised their suspension design. Specialized Enduro 29 has completely changed everyone's viewpoint in what could be done with a 29 inch wheel. It has chainstays shorter than most 26" bikes at 160mm of travel. That is feat that no one can deny. The Rock Shox Pike is on high end bikes for a reason because the product managers of all these top companies tried out all the latest suspension and agreed this is best fork (period). Some did have contracts with existing companies but (as a Specialized intern I know first hand). The XD driver is single handedly getting rid of the front deraileur without sacrificing the granny gear. It is opening the minds of countless possibilities.

This is all my opinion but this is what its about. It is not a popularity contest it is what is pushing our industry to greater heights even if its not dominating the market share...yet.
  • 5 2
 If that were the case then then some type of internal drivetrain should be a nominee, because rear derailleurs suck too. Your comment about the Enduro 29ers is not an exaggeration but a flat-out lie, and you too are very guilty of over-hyping the already over-hyped XD driver.
  • 2 1
 How is what I said about the Enduro 29 a flat out lie? How is the XD driver over hyped? No one uses internal hubs in mountain biking. 1x11 is no doubt changing how everyone thinks of gearing. The Hammerschmidt was a good idea and yet it couldn't get passed the saturated market. It was literally 5 years ago that just about everyone was on a triple ring. Now if you are on a triple ring you are a dinosaur. I am not saying it is the best system, but you are kidding yourself if you think that 1x11 is not changing the industry. I mean now you can buy bikes that don't even allow a front derailleur.
  • 3 0
 Lots of bikes didn't have front derailleurs before the 1 x11, 1 x 9 and 1 x 10 are still more popular, and you can get essentially the same range with much cheaper simple modifications without having to buy the over-priced sram 11 speed cassette or hub. The enduro 29 did not change my opinion concerning what can be done on a 29er, so you lied when you claimed it changed 'everyone's' mind. It didn't win any races on real DH Tracks, and all of the guys racing the ews series on it had poor results. It's not a bad bike though, even though Gwin's career took a nosedive after he raced on one.
  • 1 0
 yes a lot of bikes didn't have front derailleurs back before the 1x9, 1x10, and 1x11; those are called DH bikes, DJ, and SS. But you did not see those on xc race bikes, all mtn bikes, and trail bikes. Yeah you can do a ghetto 1x whatever but no one really started doing it until the concept of actually running 1x11 was actually conceivable to people who could climb all day. And back a few years ago the largest cassette was a 11-32, now a 11-36 is normal, making a single ring all the more easier to run your 1x whatever but the most optimal will be a 1x11 because it has that granny.

And yes my apologies in assuming it changed everyone's mind that was generally speaking. Also it is true that the Enduro 29 did not get any results at the ews level. But did the Bronson? Did the Kona 111? No. You do realize that the main reason why 29ers had not hit the 160 travel is because of its wheel size, right? Engineers and bike designers could not figure out how to fit a wheel and maintain shorter chainstays. It is a feat of engineering and design.
  • 1 0
 No, it was not. There were DH 29ers years ago. Another blatant lie by you, your consistent.

Another lie is that not many all mountain riders were using 1 x set ups before 1 x 11. Maybe not where you live, but its nothing new, just a wider range with 11.

Also, in my initial post I wrote ' internal drivetrain, not internal hub. Ever heard of a gear box? Like the Zerode Dh bike. That is real innovation, and it is looking better every year.

Ok, commence lying again...
  • 1 0
 I know intense came out with a 29er DH bike but I do not know of any other 29 inch dh bikes. could you send me a link to one? Preferably one that states the chainstay length. Yes I have heard of a gear box and yeah they are getting better i agree. But they are still too heavy in my opinion, and like the hammerschmidt they are entering a saturated market. My apologies in misreading your reply, but that came out years ago, we are talking about this year.

Why are you so negative? I am just trying to have a mature discussion about this. My whole point about the 29er enduro is that it has chainstays shorter than most 160 travel bikes. Which is a feat of engineering and design. That is all I am saying, plus wasn't Mitch Ropo's timed run for the world championships come in second this year? (yes i know timed runs mean nothing really but it still stirred the pot did it not? and yes SA's course is hardly a dh track, i get that) With his time he would have gotten 13th and he stated in an interview he still had more gas in the tank.

Direct quote in the first paragraph, www.pinkbike.com/news/First-Look-Specialized-S---Works-Enduro-29-S-E.html

"Right about now, naysayers are probably quoting a handful of pre-existing 29ers with similar travel, but such numbers, especially in the arena of big-wheel bike design, are misleading. Enduro 29 SE frames sport a 430-millimeter (16.9 inch) chainstay length. That's only eleven millimeters longer than the already compact stays of the 26-inch Specialized Enduro. Comparatively, that is over 25-millimeters shorter than the best 29ers in the 120 to 130-millimeter range. You'd need a yardstick to measure the chainstay lengths of most 29ers with rear-wheel travel longer than that."

Also with the 1x11 were we seeing people win world championships on single rings before? I know Geoff Kabush was running a 1x10 as well as many others but I do not know of any significant titles captured with a "ghetto 1x whatever" set-up.
  • 1 0
 Now you've contradicted your previous statement, when you said "as well as many others." Previously you said hardly any am or xc guys had it.

You said no 29ers had hit the 160mm mark before the Enduro, and I corrected your error. Lenzyne had one too. I don't care about the short chainstays.
  • 1 0
 Whatever helps you sleep at night.
  • 1 0
 This debate was great.
  • 1 0
 It doesn't meet the criteria to be called a debate.
  • 2 0
 Its worth pointing out that the Process is 3-4000 dollars cheaper than the Bronson and Enduro !!!! yeah I know its not carbon, but come on and its got a Pike over the weaker Fox 34s
  • 1 0
 That's actually a 120mm Rev on the front of the Process, not a Pike.
  • 1 0
 i didnt realise, can you get a lowered pike at 120mm!!!
  • 1 0
 It is too bad that Pinkbike seems to be going the way of the bike magazine. More and more their sponsorships appear to drive content. Why on earth would they dictate the product of the year to us. We all ride. How about putting up a bunch of the new rigs/bits from this year and letting us all choose... How about the thompson post, marzocchi 380, any of the myriad of affordable carbon wheels coming to market, the decrease in price of night lights, Raceface narrow wide (which has brought chainguide free single ring to 9speed) to name a few things ignored. Unimpressed.
  • 2 1
 Where's the Nicolai ION with Effigear gearbox, or the Zerode G2, even the Evil?
Where's the Bos forks and Air rear shock.
Where's the Formula Brakes?
C'mon Pinkbike, it's getting more and more infomercial style every article.
  • 2 0
 Agreed, all the bikes selected are sweet but very predictable, with only the biggest brands being represented, seems a little bit like the Oscars where all the biggest in the industry is sucking each others dick. Should at least have an independents category and give the smaller firms some deserved recognition, like Last for example, my HERB 180 is one of the best full sussers I've ever ridden, super plush and puts the biggest smile on my ugly mutt.
  • 2 0
 Definitely missing the Commençal Meta AM 650b in the 'Mountainbike of the year' category!
Check out this beauty: www.commencal-store.co.uk/PBSCProduct.asp?ItmID=12501782
  • 1 0
 All Due respect to Pinkbike, but I think this list is biased. Sram 11 speed is a joke. $300 for a derailleur is completely mental, and another $400 for a casette? Zee brakes work great but are less reliable than Saint, any Shimano drivetrain is pretty good, I personally think that SLX is the best quality for the money, Saint brakes are worth it as they are a lot more reliable than Zee. Norco Range and Sight are not mentioned, killer bikes. Marzocchi 55 and 888 are also not mentioned as the plushest and most reliable forks on the market, with amazing customer support to match, and a 3 year warranty. It doesn't matter to Pinkbike though because they get free parts, free service, free maintenance and outstanding customer support no matter what they ride. The rest of us work hard for our cash however, as do they.
  • 4 1
 Some sweet choices up there... and nice to see Kona getting some love, they've come full circle it seems.
  • 7 3
 Yeah, Kona! Good to see them heading back to the top of the game.
  • 5 8
 "Back" to the top? When was Kona at the top?
  • 9 0
 Eh, when Fabien Barel was banging out world championship wins aboard a Stab they seemed to be at the sharp end of things...
  • 3 2
 Oh yeah when a super talent was riding a pile of crap that he had to modify.
  • 1 3
 Kona was a bunch of well-marketed garbage. Companies that sell bikes with painted over Bondo that falls out aren't considered very high end.
  • 2 1
 That being said.. It does seem they have finally got their S^&* together. The Process has a really cool design story behind it!
  • 5 0
 A well marketed pile of crap that super talented riders have to modify to win anything with...? Hmmm reminds me of something... Begins with D. Ends with EMO.
  • 1 0
 HA! Nice one. I agree with Gwinn about the chainstays but Troy is doing okay with the stock geo eh?
  • 1 0
 The stock geo after Sam Hill was done with it. Wink But I take your point. Both Troy and Mitch are so fast on the stock bikes.
  • 9 6
 Mike Levy is a crazy hobbit who has no idea what he is talking about. nice work Mike.
  • 3 1
 Santacruz for the sweep! V10c and Bronson! Hard decision between the dbair and pike. But i have to tip my hat to the Pike.
  • 3 0
 Where is the Rocky Mountain Altitude??? it should so be up there with the Bronson as its another all out trail shredder.
  • 3 0
 The bushings seized.
  • 1 1
 While I like specialized... They have not been terribly innovative with the 650b wheel set this year and I think this puts them well behind the curve... They feel the 29er is their strongest point.... I hope to see some 650 stuff from them in the near future... Stumpy or Enduro would be sick!
  • 1 0
 Why when their 29" offerings are better than any 650bs bikes? Why compromise with smaller wheels?
  • 2 1
 i think the fury's gotta be a lock. maybe the Session or v10 in other years, but a debut of a new frame like that will probably never happen again. what was it, 6 dh wc WINS and a WIN at rampage?! fury all the way.
  • 2 0
 Surprised there isn't a Rocky Mountain in the list, the redesigned Altitude or Instinct or the ride 9 technology. All good bikes and components that were chosen though.
  • 2 0
 Mr. Levy - have you ridden the Process 134 or 153? If so, please comment. I am curious how they compare to the Bronsons, Mach 6s, and SB66 of the world.
  • 6 5
 where's the option for a "write in" category??? I want to vote EVIL undead and uprising since I've never rode anything more glorious...
  • 5 2
 A 29er nominated Eek , the hate will be strong with this one.
  • 4 2
 naw it's a kona comeback, there will be a strongggggg divide here
  • 3 3
 best enduro/mountain bike of the year? why not martin maes gt or jeromes jekyll? anyways fury for bike dh bike of the year, cc dbair for suspension and zee brakes for component of the year
  • 2 0
 We've ridden the new Force and while it has its strengths, it isn't as well rounded as the others. Expect a Force review on PB soon.
  • 2 0
 fair enough, the kona and the bronson are what I'd buy before a force anyways
  • 1 1
 Kind of stunned to see the Fury on there as I haven't seen one under anyone but a pro and the 2013 Fury on GT's website is the older version which had horrible geometry and is being replaced.
  • 3 0
 Did the previous fury's geomertry really matter?It seemed to do pretty damn well on many occasions.Still does.Of course its being replaced after 5 good years on the World cup scene and National races.But as we know times change,and all bikes get replaced eventually,no matter how good they are.
  • 5 2
 If you can find those G5's cheaper than Schwalbe, I want a link!
  • 1 0
 You can also predictably slice a sidewall on Schwalbes, and ride the G5 for much longer as far as rubber wear and side knobs as well. tongue twister. that sentence might pop a schwalbe....
  • 1 0
 right there with you RatHunter83, googled it and was amazed at it being a "cheaper" option. I've ridden Maxxis for years, but unless I'm turning laps every week on the DH bike (which I don't any more) give me some rubber from Intense or Vee. those brands are actually affordable. I still ride Maxxis on my smaller bike, but that's because they say "on-one" on the side, and cost 30 bucks a piece.
  • 1 0
 Minion UST still retail for less than the G5. Tire prices are out of control.
  • 1 1
 I'm not too familiar with suspension designs but the more I look at the Process 111, the more I think Kona borrowed the frame sus design of the bike James Doerfling rides (Knolly Podium?).
  • 2 1
 The Specialized E29er and Bronson could easily be nominated as dh bikes of the year for their ability to make a true dh bike redundant for many riders.
  • 3 0
 Took the words right out of my mouth.
  • 1 0
 Don't agree about the Bronson but bang on re the monster Enduro.
  • 3 2
 A true DH bike would kick the Enduro 29's ass on any true DH track so I think the word "redundant" is a bit of an exaggeration here.
  • 1 0
 For a lot of guys it's enough of a bike for DH.
  • 1 0
 @Protour - I think what he's getting at, and what I think many times, is that a lot of riders won't go any faster on a lot (but not all) of trails on the Enduro 29. It isn't a DH bike when things get really rowdy, though, no argument there.
  • 2 0
 Yes, I was referring to the average American amateur level DH course, which is where "many riders" race and where a true DH bike is, unfortunately, redundant. Look at the major SoCal winter series as an unfortunate example.
  • 1 0
 ok, I see.
  • 1 0
 Who Chose this three bikes and why? What is with Scott , Giant ,Canyon, ghost,knolly ect???? Ther is nothing to vote pinkbike . You Chose already your fav $$$$
  • 3 2
 Should be more categories as there are loads of bikes and kit without even a thought here.. A HT category, for a start.
  • 2 1
 which type of ht though? I'd instantly vote flash 29er but that might not be everyones idea of a ht
  • 4 3
 We tested maybe three hardtails throughout the year, and the very large majority of readers own and purchase full-suspension bikes, hence there being no HT category.
  • 2 0
 But lots of people ride hardtails too. And I'm not only talking about Hardtails.. I think this list lacks a lot. Not everyone simply wants the most capable and mistake excusing bike for going as fast as possible at all times. Some people prefer fun bikes. Or bikes that work well as "day to day" bikes. And.. this is the big one, not everyone rides DH or Enduro. There are more types of riding and bike. Look at Singletrack Magazine (singletrackworld.com) I'm not saying they are perfect.. But they do review a lot of "normal" rider kit. Including hardtails.
  • 1 0
 For sure, I see where you're coming from. We'll likely have more hardtail reviews in 2014, but they will still be the minority on the website. There are a few interesting options out there, though, with progressive geo and smart builds.
  • 1 0
 Definitely, there is something magic about hardtails (as long as they are made out of steel), whether it is XC, dirtjumping or downhill a hardtail can do it all.
  • 4 2
 what were last year's winners?
  • 3 1
 Loving the rear tire pressure on the v10
  • 1 1
 It's like that because that's how it was when Greg crossed the finish line in SA when he won his home World Cup.
  • 2 0
 That's the exact bike that Minaar won with at Pietermaritzburg, he crossed the line with a flat.
  • 1 0
 Oh yeah I forgot... That's pretty sick
  • 2 0
 Looks like they are missing 5 other top bikes on the scene.
  • 2 0
 Session, Bronson, Rock Shox Pike, and ZEE!!!
  • 3 0
 Wilson got robbed
  • 3 1
 no freeride bike category? well...can't say its unexpected.
  • 2 0
 v10, bronson, pike and sram xd driver
  • 2 0
 I nominate the Yeti SB66 C for the People's Choice Award.
  • 1 0
 I agrée with the Gt and the V10c but i prefer to see the wilson instead of the session. I vote for the wilson
  • 2 0
 F M K:

F*** the V10, Marry the Session, Kill the GT
  • 2 0
 PIKE wins everything, all day, everyday.
  • 1 0
 Something is wrong with this list if Ibis in not in the nom for MTB of the year!
  • 1 0
 There's no specialized demos. Thats a bit odd in my opinion
  • 1 0
 I was sure that XX1 components will be in the list.
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 i wouldnt vote for any of those components or bikes...
  • 1 0
 'Tis the season fir gear awards!
  • 1 0
 Why does minaar's v10 have a flat in the rear?
  • 4 0
 Because that's how he finished his World Champs winning run.
  • 1 0
 If you were Minaar's rear tire, you wouldn't hold any air after that run either...
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 Glory? Norco? Pivot? Evil? G5 really? V10 please if wanted to ride a couch i'd stay home with my girl Wink
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 EVIL!!!! One up for the name drop
  • 1 0
 GT Fury, Pike, Enduro 29, SRAM XD Driver (XX1)
  • 1 1
 Dh bike.. no opinion Mtb... Bronson followed close by the Spesh. Pike! Zee. So good for so little money
  • 1 0
 I would love to see the Turner Flux up there... However I'm just Bias Wink
  • 1 0
 Session is such a clean-looking bike.
  • 1 0
 The Pivot Mach 6 should be on this list. C'mon Pink Bike.
  • 1 0
 What about X01? 1x11 for the masses?
  • 1 0
 X01 was considered, but it didn't make the cut. The reasoning was its MSRP, which is only a few hundred dollars lower than XX1. It would have been a different story if it retailed for much less... maybe there will be something for 2014?
  • 1 0
 Yeah that makes sense, thanks
  • 1 0
 Curious... You nominate bikes that are 10k, yet you claim that drive trains didn't make it because they cost too much?

I think cost should be a universal factor. It either counts or it doesn't.

It seems inconsistent to make it only count sometimes.
  • 1 0
 @Saidrick - It's not that the X01 costs "too much", but that it is only a few hundred less expensive than XX1, thereby not really making a huge difference to the average consumer who is considering it for aftermarket purchase (bit of a different story when it comes to OE, though). If and when SRAM is able to offer a single ring drivetrain at X7 or X9 levels, it will likely be included in a future piece like this if performance isn't degraded.
  • 1 0
 Another year and another miss opportunity for SuperCycle…..
  • 1 0
 I'm way biased to the 2013 V10 because I own one
  • 1 0
 session def wins the looks category...
  • 2 0
 PIKE. That is all.
  • 2 0
 absolutely, RS have blow fox out of the water, better performance, tougher, cheaper
  • 1 0
 V-10 bronson db air and zee brakes
  • 1 0
 zee brakes rulezzz!! saint for the people!!!
  • 1 0
 I have a set of Zee brakes for sale... Used for only 2 months! Let the hate begin, but I'm going back to Avid Codes
  • 1 0
 Bontrager's tire looks like a minion and a high roller had a baby
  • 1 0
 29'er version of the Enduro ... Really
  • 1 0
 you see, always keeping advertisers happy. Xcellent
  • 1 0
 but I really want the polygon DHX
  • 1 0
 WHERE IS THE MORPHEUS !!!!
  • 1 0
 The best bike of the world
  • 1 0
 What abot the new Scott Gambler!!!!
  • 1 0
 The page of stuff I can't afford...
  • 1 0
 So only the brands that pay a lot for ads on pb can win?
  • 1 0
 Why do GT keep insisting on making ugly bikes
  • 1 0
 What about the Nomad Carbon?
  • 3 4
 what about the bike that took the world cup overall?? there really are waay more choices for downhill bike of the year
  • 4 2
 it deseves more credit than the V10 and session imo but it hasn't had the success the gt has, on it's first year out it gave rachel a wc overall, gee a very close second, kyle strait a rampage win and correct me if I'm wrong but also lorenzo suding the italian champion title
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 If we had four bikes nominated, the Wilson would be on there for sure. In the end we had to decide between that and the Session, and having ridden both I would say that the majority of riders will feel more comfortable and go faster on the Session. The Wilson is a great bike, but the Session is just that much better off the shelf - look at the spec, especially the suspension.

After all, the nominees can't be decided solely on race results, can they? If they were, what would be the point of this type of article?
  • 3 0
 I think maybe just 3 bikes is narrowing it down a bit much, I'm mean by numbers sold I bet the specilized demo would win. But then you could bring price into it and the YT tues would be up there as the spec beats anything out there for the price. Different people prefer different bikes for different reasons. In my opinion with what ive heard the fastest bike there is the V-10, but does that make it the "downhill bike of the year" ?
  • 1 0
 no BOS suspension?
  • 2 1
 remi's bike deserves credit imo
  • 1 0
 The price its got to be the price
  • 2 2
 I think it's crime that the RM Altitude isn't up for nomination.
  • 1 0
 The bronson is a beaut
  • 1 0
 SESSION!!!!
  • 4 6
 Mountain Bike of the Year . Why not 2013 nukeproof . ? Thought I'd see it in this atleast
  • 5 3
 Which model? What makes it stand out?
  • 2 2
 Mega AM . I think the results from riders feedback including my own say it all . Thanks
  • 1 0
 Cynical I know but me thinks because its (and lots of others that could be on the list)s got 26" wheels and Pinbike ain't gonna sell much advertising if they let one of those win!
  • 1 0
 Maybe so but don't fancy getting into a wheel size or advertising space debat. Simply think the mega am should be in this from the very very positive feedback it's received . The mega really does shine in a 160mm range
  • 4 2
 A Nukeproof? what? This is a super car show room, Vauxhalls don't make it here. I talked to Steve Jones about sht they get for Dirt100, "why my favourite bike isn't there?" - sit back and relax, enjoy this show and your bike in your garage, those two don't need to come together.
  • 2 3
 session, DB Air, Enduro, Zee!
  • 2 4
 The Fury and V10 made it to the finals...?
And why isn't the Carbon Demo 8 on there?
  • 2 0
 Because they wrecked Gwin's career. But being serious, I just don't know man! A lot of bikes would be up there if they had done more than 3 options.
  • 1 2
 GT Fury Specialized Enduro Fox Float X Zee Brakes
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 Let me guess the winners:
Santa Cruz V10

Specialized Enduro 29

Fox Float X

Shimano Zee Brakes
  • 1 0
 Amen. Sad.
  • 1 3
 can i get a hell yeah for the V10!!
  • 2 4
 Hell Yeah! Oh wait, gotta fix that flat.
  • 4 6
 Surely the Wilson should be dh bike of the year? Confuddled.
  • 7 4
 If we had four bikes nominated, the Wilson would be on there for sure. In the end we had to decide between that and the Session, and having ridden both I would say that the majority of riders will feel more comfortable and go faster on the Session. The Wilson is a great bike, but the Session is just that much better off the shelf - look at the spec, especially the suspension.

After all, the nominees can't be decided solely on race results, can they? If they were, what would be the point of this type of article?
  • 2 1
 Got to say, I regret being one of the nay sayers now having come back to read this comment section. Can't please everyone!
  • 1 4
 Where is the Cyber Monday/Black Friday store sale? At least 10% off...Was looking forward to getting some PB gear.
  • 1 2
 The V10 has a flat lol.
  • 2 1
 It's Minnaar's World Champs bike..
  • 2 4
 big companies, big paychecks. congrats on your fringe benefits PB
  • 6 1
 I know! My $2,500 van is completely paid off now that I've done this article... or maybe all of the bikes and components listed above have actually stood out the most in 2013? Having spent time on each and every one of them, as well as countless other bikes of 2013, I'm going to go with the second guess.
  • 1 2
 So what about the users of pinkbike?, and a public voting to determine the stand out items/bikes etc of year that have been ridden/tested by the masses - instead of being determined by a single few such as yourself that have tried everything apparently.

You should have just run this poll on your intranet, this is public domain, welcome to it.
  • 3 0
 Actually, there is another nominee article upcoming that you and other PB users will be able to vote on... categories such as Most Improved Brand and Brand with the Most Impact, among others =)
  • 4 1
 Well in that case, I am going to get off my high horse, tell you i'm sorry and hope you forgive me, and go back to sit in my corner.
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