Pinkbike.com - 10,000,000 Photos and Counting...

Sep 13, 2013
by Scott Secco  
The very first photo ever posted on Pinkbike.com looks like it was shot on a potato. Which kind of makes sense when you think that the first POD was introduced May 10, 2001. In 2001, digital cameras were the realm of amateurs and hobbyists. Real pros shot on film. Fuji Velvia stock ruled the pages of your favourite magazines and online publications didn't really exist (Youtube wasn't started until 2005 - amazing how quickly times change). When you factor in the difficulty and hassle of scanning film to digital it's no wonder that the first photos on Pinkbike can't compare to what you see today. With photographers like Sterling Lorence, Margus Riga, Colin Meagher, and Fraser Britton gracing our pages now, it's safe to say that digital photography and Pinkbike have matured over the past twelve years. From 1 to 10,000,000, thanks for sharing the ride with all of us.

Pinkbike photo #1


The 50 Most Faved Photos of All Time


















R-Dog and AT riding A-line in Whistler. Photo of the Year submission. Justin Olsen Deep Summer 2011



















whip contest on crabapple hits whistler bike park during crankworx 2011.















Looking forward to the next 10,000,000 images that we all share with each other.


104 Comments

  • + 413
 Such an awesome community glad to be a part of it Big Grin
  • + 27
 golden words
  • + 84
 PB, we love you Salute
  • + 3
 so true.
  • + 34
 Gracia takes two from the best of
  • + 10
 Congrats pinkbike! Your the best site ever!!
  • + 7
 Pinkbike has become like a family member for many of us
  • + 1
 agreed
  • + 4
 so uhhh....what's the 10 millionth photo?
  • + 5
 It's deleted I think. www.pinkbike.com/photo/10000000
There is 9999999th and 10000001st photos, but no 10000000...
  • + 7
 Haha the SantaCruz "We" 10.
  • + 1
 That second to last one will always be my favorite. Such a cool look to it.
  • + 2
 talk about "seeing a sport grow through time"

thanx PB team, saludos desde Chile!!!
  • + 6
 Pinkbike (and fellow riders), regardless of all the awesome criticisms and bitching myself and so many others do on here, this is the best site on the internet. Where else can I write things like "That's posed!!!" or "Photoshopped." or "Norbs got robbed." and get thousands of responses from other riders either praising me or tearing me down, comment by comment? Nowhere. I love this community.
  • + 3
 @scottrallye This moved me to tears.
  • + 1
 Many Many thanks to all the hard workers @ PinkBike, you all have a lot to be proud of. Now I'm just waiting for the top 25 Video Crashes Smile
  • + 1
 If you look at all the top comments on most of these pics, you probably chuckle.. Its funny how different just 3-6 years are in commenting. Top comments are actually 'good' top comments today Smile
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flag JejQ (Sep 15, 2013 at 7:29) (Below Threshold)
 No wonder there are more, and more photos, you CANT delete them, just to move to the trash folder, but on the profile, the counter is still showing them. For all these years, this website has barely been working, there are lot os flaws, bugs, and things to improve, but noone give a f..., they just count they money they take, instead of fixing this garbage. And that Russian POD, such a moron. Shitty bike [Norco], white gay shoes, and some redneck jeans, lol! No wonder so many people visit that photo, when I first saw, I had to visits it, you dont often see such an idiot.
  • + 8
 will somebody please ban him?
  • + 1
 ^^arsehole
I've got exactly the Norco he's got in the pic and believe me it is not 'shitty' awesome bike awesome pic
  • + 2
 I have spent exactly $0 to be a part of this site and community. You CAN spend money on it I suppose, but it costs nothing to be on here, so how can you POSSIBLY complain about all these "flaws" and "bugs" that you are paying NOTHING to have to deal with?? Sounds like you need to learn how to use the internet and maybe you will have less trouble with this "barely working" website.
  • - 2
 I will only spend money of something that actually WORKs, there are shitload of websited in the internet, and majority of them is free. They might be more or less bugged, but not as much as ShitBike, for all these years. f*ck you, and f*ck this website. You cant even delete account here [account can only be banned, I wrote to admins, to have my account wiped out completely, and forever.. guess what? Im still here, because noone cares what users want/think and need], so just shut the f*ck up you retard, and look around. This website has be bugged since the first day, and for all these years, noone made any move to fix it. Forum is full of crap as well. Lots of garbage posts, and topics. Does anyone give a f*ck? NO! Noone deleted anything. Its like ghost town. PinkBike with its designe, usability etc. is still in the early 90ties, when people had hardly any idea how to build websites.
  • + 1
 Dude, first of all: chill your nuts and get your sh*t straight!

Second: No one asked you to come to this website and to use it. Why are you complaining to us that you dont want to be on this website and that it sucks? You make no sense, so stop bit*hing to us about your problems that we dont want to know about because it just wastes time in our (pb fans) lives to read this "garbage" of yours.

Third: Get a life man! We love to bike. Biking is our sport and we LOVE it. We are here on "PINKBIKE" (get some glasses, there isnt any "sh" in here) because we want to know about the latest news, help each other on the forums and deal with each other, passing on our memories with the bikes we sell to each other.

Now why do you come in here to disturb the peace? Just leave us alone, because we dont care what you think -_- We dont have a problem with PB, aparrently your most likely the only one. Just get out Smile
  • - 1
 Give me option to delete account, I will be gone. All my photos, all info, all that I ever wrote, just like I never was here, all Im asking for.
  • + 55
 Been here for 13 years and I'll likely be here for another 13. Thanks for the memories, PB.
  • + 7
 just 13 more? come on, stay here forever.
  • + 4
 Same here. 13 years and very few days have gone by without checking in to see what's up with my sport.
  • + 39
 Haha the missing bike poster is awesome!
  • + 19
 Whoa fk, look at the flex of the boxer fork,
  • + 6
 not as bad as the flex on the wheel!
  • - 2
 wheel is easy to fix, haha..
  • + 1
 And it was fine! there was a video.
  • + 6
 It looked like the chain ring got totally buried! I would have to take my bike to dinner after that to apologize.
  • + 3
 Not as bad as the Manitou snapped in half
  • + 8
 When all said n done, pretty hard to beat a well executed whip, still my favourite trick.... Many must agree, the whip features the most in the top 50. Awesome work on 10MMX pictures Pink Bike
  • + 10
 Pinkbike! Just the best site ever
  • + 8
 SO much awesome. Thanks Pinkbike and thanks everyone!
  • + 8
 PinkBike Forever =)
  • + 7
 thank you pinkbike for all these years,i love you 3
  • + 7
 Awesome work. Thanks guys.
  • + 6
 I love this Site! your photos and dedication to Mtb has made my life better. Mahalo
  • + 5
 So proud to be part of this.. I love the amount of crash pics in here! GO PINKBIKE!
  • + 5
 10 000 000 pictures, and none of it porn. You'd think a ratio like that would just simply break the Internet.
  • + 5
 Awesome! And as a tech guy, I have to wonder about the technical challenges of storing this much data.
  • + 4
 try Facebook Smile
  • + 3
 Eh, bunch of drives in RAID, no sweat. The technical challenge is indexing it and making sure requests happen in a timely manner!
  • + 2
 @joeofloath: "Eh, bunch of drives in RAID..." sounds simplistic and really doesn't adequately deal with fault tolerance.
  • + 1
 Depends on RAID type. You mirror the data so if one drive dies you can slot in another and keep running.
  • + 0
 @joeofloath: You are correct about drive types, but your answer doesn't cover the issue of fault tolerance. While that one drive is down, you do still have the ability to serve images from the mirrored drive in the array. But how is the performance when you've lost a drive? Are we talking about about RAID 1, 2, or 3, or something like RAID 50 or 60?

Poor performance is in my eyes is the same as having no fault tolerance.

And on top of that, is this a single server / single raid controller we are talking about? With this much data and traffic do Pinkbike really still have SPF's (single point of failure) around?
  • + 2
 Something like RAID6 would work. You mirror the data across multiple servers or arrays, so if one goes down or has to rebuild an array, the rest can take up the slack. Or they just pay for a CDN. And no, I doubt that anyone who has a production server has a single point of failure.
  • + 2
 I'm betting photo number 10,000,000 was lame, since they didn't post it. I uploaded some pics last night of a Demo 8 I'm selling... I'd laugh if it was the one of the bottom of the frame, and my foot. Razz
  • + 1
 Awesome, I've been a member of PB for over 13 years now and love how large the community and site content has grown over the years. Back when PB first started my friends and I used to talk about where the direction of MTB was going and if sites like this one would last more then 4 or 5 years. Guess those questions are well answered now. Keep it going PB, keep it going......
  • + 4
 Who needs Facebook when you have pinkbike? All I know is that pinkbike makes procrastinating my homework so much easier.
  • + 5
 I just had a huge eyegasm...thank you, Pinkbike!!
  • + 4
 I wonder what the warranty is like on that Santa Cruz tandem.
  • + 36
 Extended.
  • + 2
 Well done mate, u made my day !
  • + 1
 So much awesome, it's hard to choose a favourite... still wondering if that rock pinnacle is shopped; loving the van flip and dammit, they're all frickin schweeeet
  • + 1
 Love the one where a guy is on top of the massive rock , I bet that guy is zink and he's probably saying "do you think I can 3 that ? "
  • + 1
 Such a great story. That was a lovely time to remind some of these pics in my mind and some a pretty new ready to copy and paste in mind as well Smile .
  • + 3
 What about the couple? Are they still together? ...
  • + 1
 Awesome pics but by god that demo is hideous and that human santa-pede looks like a very dangerous propasition-now gets some pic of some lunatics riding it please!
  • + 3
 that van flip is gnarly!
  • + 1
 10,000,000 photos and 134,000 of them were posted by "nouser". That's a LOT of uploads...
  • + 1
 My bad, just realised they were old photos, just re-posted. >.
  • + 1
 This top 50 is the best pink bike feature ever! Missing bike add and fork spewing oil are my faves.
  • + 1
 wow surprised that sam hills fat whip over the top view pic wasnt thrown in. sorry haha dont remember the exact race
  • + 1
 fort bill
  • + 1
 thank you
  • + 1
 Pinkbike has shown me what real mountain biking is. Every day this site just blows my mind
  • + 1
 Thanks for letting us share the visuals Pinkbike! Many happy pc backgrounds. Here's to the next million epic photos...
  • + 1
 Wonder if the guy 'riding' the Greenstuff even know his tube and tire are wrapped around his cassette!
  • + 1
 Photo & bikes... The best combination, thanks PB, YOU MAKE IT THE CHANGE 12 YEARS AGO
  • + 1
 clicked on most of the photos to fave them only to realize i already have haha
  • + 2
 the gnar!! chur pinkbike and photographers!!
  • + 1
 The guy that broke his fork:

"HEY! My tires need replaced, the tread is really worn."
  • + 2
 Amazing pics Smile
  • + 1
 PB - best site for MTB for many, many years!
  • + 1
 Cannot believe how many kick-ass photos I seem to have missed!!!
  • + 2
 So much epic!
  • + 1
 PINKBIKE 3 3 3 Love You Smile
  • + 1
 So many of those shots made me wanna know if they pedaled away
  • + 2
 that last photo! lol
  • + 1
 that face plant from the guy on the silver bike is soooo rough hahaha
  • + 1
 i am lovin it! keep it up!
  • + 1
 pinkbike has always been my home page.
  • + 1
 PB is an amazing place for young and old alike!
  • + 1
 I came here to comment on that sexy W20. Big ups!
  • + 1
 All we Together around the World, Thanks Pinkbike.
  • + 1
 Thank you Pink Bike and all who help make this site so Awesome !!!!!
  • + 1
 the MISSING ad was it for me
  • + 1
 The best photos is on pinkbike__________0^0_________
  • + 1
 Luv U PB!
  • + 1
 Epic first pic
  • + 0
 Wow i have the top comment on the number 1 pic!!!
  • + 2
 I had a top comment once... for a minute...
  • + 1
 ye bikes
  • + 0
 Dear Pinkbike. Feel free to delete pictures that suck.
  • + 1
 what a laugh!
  • + 1
 pinkbike rulezzzz
  • - 1
 CG is in too photos, thats how you you separate the ledgends
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 :0..............................
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