Now Finished: Ask Us Anything with Pinkbike's Tech & News Editors

Dec 8, 2021
by Mike Kazimer  



Now Finished, 12:45pm PST: Thanks for all the questions! We'll do our best to answer a bunch more before the end of the day.

We've done all sorts of Ask Us Anything sessions over the years, giving Pinkbike's readers the chance to interact with everyone from Sam Hill to Schwalbe's tire designers. This time around, it's your chance to ask Pinkbike's tech and news editors all the important questions. You know, things like, "What's Mike Levy's favorite UFO documentary?" Or, "How did Matt Beer get so damn fast growing up in Newfoundland?

Some of us have been at Pinkbike for years, while others are relative newcomers, but if there's one common trait between this eclectic group it's that we're all really, really addicted to mountain biking. Ask us about our favorite (and least favorite) bikes, preferred post-ride snacks, how we ended up riding and writing about bikes for a living - it's all fair game. Fire away, and we'll do our best to answer as many questions as possible.

Due to the time difference, some of our UK-based editors aren't able to attend, but feel free to leave questions for Seb Stott, James Smurthwaite, or Ed Spratt and they'll try to get to them later.



Mike Levy
Mike Levy
Technical Editor
Years at Pinkbike: 13
Notes: Counting down the days until the mothership comes back for him.
Me.
Mike Kazimer
Managing Tech Editor
Years at Pinkbike: 9
Notes: Thinks robots will take over before the aliens do.

Giant Trance X 2021 Field Trip. Photo Tom Richards
Sarah Moore
North American Content Manager
Years at Pinkbike:4
Notes: Maple syrup connoisseur.
Matt Beer
Technical Editor
Years at Pinkbike: 1
Notes: Ridiculously quick on a bike, but never on time.

Fall Field Test photo by Tom Richards
Henry Quinney
Technical editor
Years at Pinkbike: 1
Notes: President of the Morrissey fan club.
Fall Field Test photo by Tom Richards
Alicia Leggett
News Editor
Years at Pinkbike: 1
Notes: Better at paragliding than all of the other editors combined.





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917 Comments

  • 166 3
 Does the 5 second rule apply to soup? Please hurry.
  • 74 1
 If you're able to pick soup up off the floor in five seconds, yes.
  • 75 1
 @Connerv6, yes, use a straw.
  • 1 0
 What if it's chunky?
  • 9 1
 @mikelevy: do you adjust that for the stickiness of the nightclub floor that you just dropped your soup on?
  • 8 3
 @L0rdTom: why would anyone get soup in a nightclub?
  • 15 0
 It only applies to Kevin's Chili.
  • 7 0
 @danielfloyd: hydration and electrolytes.
  • 3 0
 @chal0080: bubble tea straw, obv
  • 3 0
 More importantly, is cereal with milk a soup?
  • 4 0
 @TimTucker: No. That's minestrone
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy: hello, I have been running full front fender on a fox 36 for last 6 months. Why are front fenders not cool. (home made). no face spray, legs clean after ride, and for me great all around with no problems. What’s your thoughts. Thanks .
  • 6 0
 @kelparker: I'll concede that fork fenders are marginally better than no fenders, but they seem to make almost no difference in my experience. I get shit in my eyes in 30 seconds whether I have a fender or not.
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy: it’s more for your mouth
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: we’ll try a real fender some time, mine is about 2” from the ground. Sks makes one for about 100.00. You should try one, it looks close to what I have. I’m sure they will give you one to review. Mine is a custom rigged fender. If you ride in the wet you won’t regret.
  • 15 1
 @mikelevy, do we need to do a Mike vs Mike fender vs no fender challenge? I feel like you're doing something wrong if you think fenders are only marginally better than no fenders.
  • 8 0
 @mikekazimer: Maybe I'm putting it on backwards?
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: Fenders that actually work will break off in the first crash. That has been my experience. I've tried so many over the years, all have brought crappy results. I'll get mud on my clear Pittys instead of fart around with another fender.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: #jockstraplessons
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: Did Mike Levy downvote you?
  • 87 0
 What was the last "bad" bike you rode?
  • 20 0
 propping this one, it seems like I never read a negative bike review anymore.
  • 49 0
 Not a lot of terrible bikes out there, but did you see the Canyon review on the homepage right now? We also didn't jive with either Live Valve system we've tried on two Giants.

Truth is, bikes are so damn good these days. It's more about explaining the bike's strengths and weaknesses relative to its intentions and the competition, as well as explaining who the bike best suits. I would have LOVED to review bikes in the 90s.
  • 16 0
 @PeakHopper, it may seem like a cop out, but there really aren't all that many truly 'bad' bikes out there. Bikes that fall short and don't meet expectations? 100% - the Canyon Lux TR that's on the homepage today is a good example. But bikes that are actually terrible are luckily few and far between.

I will say, the Ghost Trail Full Party was not my favorite bike during the last Field Test - you'll have to wait until the review airs next week for the full scoop.
  • 9 0
 @mikelevy: Sounds like a future Field Test idea? 90's or 2000's only models allowed, just for the fun of it.
  • 17 0
 @leon-forfar: Might be some carnage at the Huck to Flat.
  • 9 0
 @leon-forfar: The best of Ellsworth Shootout!
  • 5 0
 @mikelevy: I'll bring my OG Bullitt and your ankles will break before it will.
  • 8 0
 @codypup: I had one with a Super-T and then a Dorado. Good ol 5th Element on the back. Fun bike!
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy: Magura fork of uncertain vintage and Juicy 3s, for the added excitement of Not Stopping
  • 63 1
 Does Mike Levy really believe in the hollow earth?
  • 26 2
 Yes, a flat, hollow earth.
  • 54 1
 @steveczech: A big fat disc that's hollow in the middle. The Globe Donut
  • 8 1
 @honourablegeorge: Does that make the dystopian version the real The Grim Donut?
  • 52 0
 Why is it called a “pair” of underwear
if there’s only one ? Blank Stare
  • 74 1
 @henryquinney @mikelevy why are you ducking this very important question.
  • 5 0
 The Pinkbike community needs an answer!
  • 12 0
 You wear only one underwear? Don't you know you're supposed to double layer them!
  • 36 0
 Correct language is like perfect table manners. It matters to some, but as long as you're not spraying your food all over me as you eat I couldn't really give a f*ck. Pair of underwear or a misplaced apostrophe just mean nothing to me haha.

The English language is a funny thing though. So many exceptions to so many rules. For a non-native speaker, it must be infuriating.

Why do extraordinary and ultra mundane mean different things?
  • 3 0
 Pants...are they a pair of pants or simply pants? And are pants referring undergarments or long pants worn on the outside? f*ck me...
  • 23 0
 @henryquinney:
Extra = beyond, superior, external. See: extraterrestrial.
Ultra = a lot of. See: ultramarathon.

That's how I've always understood it, anyways.

As for the undergarments, we can only assume that quantum entanglement is the cause and somewhere out there, someone is wearing the other half of each pair.
  • 6 0
 Pair of pants, pair of shorts, pair of undies.

Its because fundamentally, they are all a pair of tubes sewn together (one for each leg).

So the real question, is "pant leg" redundant?
  • 3 0
 @Bikedude666: the fox advent calendar giveaway says “fox defend pant”
  • 3 0
 @hamncheez: pair of glasses. The cover things that come in pairs.
  • 6 0
 @fewnofrwgijn: is it like a lefty pant
  • 3 0
 @fewnofrwgijn: Maybe they're just giving away just one leg's worth of pant. Good luck finding a matching other leg in stock anywhere this year.
  • 2 0
 Because they contain a pair of something....
  • 5 0
 @Corvcycleguy: Lance Armstrong has entered the chat
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: There are also 2 arms in a shirt, so why is it not a "pair of shirts"?
  • 2 0
 @TimTucker: Tanktop

conspiracy debunked
  • 1 0
 @fewnofrwgijn: Fox, what a company! … great suspension and clothing products and now trendsetter with the worlds first “pant”. What a time to be alive! Thank you fewnofrwgijn!
  • 48 1
 Levy often talks about the kona process 111 as one of the first downcountry bikes made. How does it compare to downcountry bikes these days? If you update some parts for a 2015 Kona Process 111 for instance, like 12 speed drivetrain, dropper post and 4 pot disc brakes, would it still be a good bike?
  • 4 0
 Yes !
  • 4 0
 Geometry has already changed a ton since then. I had a 2015 Process 111 and LOVED it, but the geo is basically an XC bike now (68* HTA, slack seat tube, 460 reach on size large). It would be interesting to see a new review of that bike though.
  • 5 0
 Add a - 2° works components headset and have at it!
  • 1 0
 @Velocipedestrian: Cane Creek Angley boi also a good choice for USA Made
  • 1 0
 @honda50r:
The Works is simpler and doesn't rely on the gimbal fit.
The CC creaks unless perfectly setup.
  • 1 0
 @Velocipedestrian: Anglesets that increase stack height UNDER the headtube are awful. Ruins the steering, totally not worth it. I've installed plenty on customers bikes and on my own bike once. Never again.
  • 1 0
 @konadan: the extra stack location is selectable at purchase, I have a -2° in my Spitfire with EC44 ZS56 cups.
  • 47 1
 You get to introduce one new standard anywhere on modern bikes and all brands comply, what is it?
  • 97 2
 Three water bottles inside the front triangle lol
  • 8 0
 @mikelevy: I'd be happy with two.
  • 5 0
 @mikelevy: Be careful what you ask for -- size should matter just as much there as quantity. Otherwise next thing you know, bikes will have 4 or 5 water bottle cages that only fit 5oz bottles.
  • 4 0
 @mikelevy: what if they used a new waterbottle mounting standard that spaces the bolts 6mm further apart?
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: Yes!!!
  • 41 1
 Do you ever wonder if testing most of your bikes in PNW skews your perception of what a "good" bike is? In the sense that different topographies and geologies have different requirements. Now that Pinkbike is backed by a larger concern, would you consider doing more tests outside of your home turf (cough east coast cough)?
  • 38 0
 Despite what it may seem like, not all the riding in the PNW involves super gnarly rock rolls, skinnies, and hucks. There's a ton of good XC / trail riding out here, some of it very similar to what you'd find on the East Coast. I've been lucky enough to travel all over the world, and I'd say that the differences between riding zones isn't really as big as it gets made out to be.

That being said, we are hoping to expand the Field Test series to include some new locations in 2022.
  • 14 0
 @mikekazimer: I think from now on all reviews need to include a trail ride from the geographic center of each continent…including Antarctica.
  • 3 0
 They do do the Arizona winter reviews...
  • 3 1
 @mikekazimer Has Pinkbike ever visited Laguna Beach, California? Would be great summer vacation/field test location. Just don't mind the moon dust dirt.
  • 3 0
 @hamncheez: I would love to see Pinkbike do something similar to Bike Mag/Beta tests where they try a new location for every test. Despite what I am sure is a great variety of trails, PNW surely has a different climate, topography, soil, gradient, etc than other places.
  • 3 0
 @wutamclan: I would go ride Top of the World visiting my buddy and I always found the dust un-nerving. Likewise, he'd come back to the East Coast and find all the roots and rocks un-nerving, even though the dirt is pretty much perfect and grippy year round except in the dead of winter. There's def a few different distinct areas of the country unlike others. East Coast never has the pine loam like BC, and BC, even when rocky is not like the punishing shale we got. Kamloops to me was surprisingly just like Laguna Beach as far as terrain and dirt. I dunno that there's much else like AZ.
  • 36 1
 what are top 3 , most overrated / most underrated bikes?
  • 60 1
 most overrated: the bikes of our youth.
most underrated: last year's model.
  • 4 0
 what are the top 3 most overrated most underrated pb commentators
  • 37 3
 There is beef with Evil. It may be a decade old but there is beef. What is it?
  • 49 2
 There's no beef, for some reason they just never have any bikes to send us for a full review. Hopefully we can sneak one in from the Beta side.
  • 30 0
 @mikekazimer: Does anything prevent Pinkbke from doing what old Top Gear did at least once, and just renting/buying an Evil to review?
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: Must be above Kazimer's pay grade.
  • 3 0
 @emarquar: Backcountry has quite a few Evil's and Evil frames in stock... They'd probably give a deal in return for a video sponsorship.
  • 7 0
 Evil bikes sell like hot cakes. No review necessary
  • 9 1
 Can we just take a moment to recognize that the President of Russia is commenting on Pinkbike?
Vlad, stay out of Ukraine!
  • 3 0
 maybe the same reason that Evil has the worst EP/shop employee discount in the industry.
  • 34 3
 To anyone on the panel, what do you see as largest looming challenge for our sport in the coming decade? How can we, as the highly engaged, do to help address this or these challenges?
  • 61 1
 I think it's tough that getting into the sport is so expensive. I think supporting programs that help improve accessibility is important and at least gives new riders the opportunity to try it out without having been born in the right place and time or having a lucrative career. I know that mountain biking can be the best thing in the world for overall life growth and I think it's really tragic that it often isn't available to those who might most need that type of activity to give them some personal agency and hope for the future. Eliot Jackson's Grow Cycling Foundation and the plan to put a pump track in LA is a great example of a plan to improve access to the sport.
  • 34 3
 Trail access and climate change. I think a good start is supporting your local trail organization and groups like Protect Our Winters.
  • 7 0
 @alicialeggett: Great answer. I'm in LA and the cost of bikes (and ya know, living) are becoming such a barrier to entry for kids doing these sports. Whereas video gaming is so cheap and easy for the parents and team sports often have programs that subsidize equipment and plan out transportation and meals for kids coming from sub poverty line homes.

I come from BMX which has a decent amount of diversity, akin to skateboarding. But MTBing with the equipment cost and the locations where it takes place is simply prohibitive to sub poverty line people. I would love to start a program in South LA to get kids on bikes and in nature (rare for LA). BMX is great, especially for smaller younger people. But if I'm being honest it doesn't get kids away from the inner city. Sometimes it precisely digs their heels deeper.
  • 7 1
 @lepigpen: Something I keep pointing out to our IMBA chapters -- it's hard to expect much change in diversity of people who ride as long as we keep focusing our trail building efforts in areas where upper-middle-class white people live.

IMO a huge goal for IMBA at the national level should be for more kids to have trails within riding distance from their homes.
  • 2 0
 @alicialeggett: I'm always so impressed when I see really cool MTB circuits built in places like Florida or the underpass in Seattle that rethink the way this medium of recreation/transportation can be used. I think bringing the enjoyable aspects of the sport closer to users is the way. If you build it they will come! There will always be expensive gear but access to opportunity to try it is huge! Pump tracks/ skills centers in urban areas seem to be another easy way to increase access and opportunity.
  • 5 0
 @lepigpen: with total cost it's prohibitive to many middle income, not just sub poverty line.
  • 2 0
 @bertimusmaximus: Absolutely. My response was more directed towards Alicia mentioning Eliot Jackson's program which is doing things in LA right now which has a WILDLY fun and diverse economic make up. Literally 5 miles to my west is a private community that owns horses... And 5 miles to my east is the border between Compton and Long Beach.

Buying a 2k trail bike was a f*ckin slog for me, absolute mission of a grind. Luckily adult freedom makes that possible. But every now and then I go to the skatepark and see what BMX bikes kids have or maybe they're out on the trails on a walmart 'mountain bike' and its disheartening. And it's no surprise! With LA cost of living their parents are just scratching to cover housing. Let alone buy a 500-1k mountain bike.

Meanwhile, when I ride near the horse trails, I see kids on 5-10k E-bikes. And not all of them are committed riders totally devoted to the sport. That may have just been a birthday or christmas gift for them. Shit's wild.

As far as I've seen, I don't see many inner city MTB initiatives (almost certainly due to cost). I've seen surf camps, skate camps, etc. But MTBing and snowboarding? Very challenging to fund programs around those.
  • 5 0
 @TimTucker: MTBing started off with a lot of BMX roots, and I think that faded for a while. I guess as MTB was really curating its own path in sport history. And it feels liek recently people are starting to remember (or just admit) that BMX and MTB will always be closely tied and that a "BMX program" can design stuff for dirt jumpers and MTBs and a "MTB program" can design flatter tracks for BMX and DJ bikes.

And that's precisely where MTBing and diversity can finally intersect. The problem is the inner cities don't have large swaths of dirt and when they do, cities were never interested in putting bike tracks on them. I'm glad that's changing, because it's just as efficient usage of land as a basketball court or soccer field or skatepark. Bike tracks can have a hard ground asphalt/concrete loop that skateboards and scooters can utilize, and a traditional dirt jump track for more advanced riders. Feels like it took us an embarrassing long time to embrace that.
  • 29 2
 just a request, keep @henryquinney as a regular on the Podcast please, cheers
  • 25 1
 When is the grim donut going to be going on sale?
  • 46 1
 Just as soon as it's safe Wink
  • 3 0
 @sarahmoore: PB is in prototype test pilot territory. Let's keep the grim donut as grim as possible. If it doesn't sound like a shopping cart full of tin cans that also contain loose change I will be disappointed. lol

Maybe it should come with a written test and a license (and possibly a safe word).
  • 20 0
 Would Pinkbike be interested in doing more articles about local "scenes"? Mountain biking for most of us is heavily influenced by our communities, bike shops, group rides, local heroes, etc. Every community is a little different, and I love that. For example I found the article on the Russian/Ukrainian freeride scene a few months ago fascinating.
  • 30 1
 We're interested, for sure, but I personally feel that those articles should be written or at least heavily influenced by people who actually live in those scenes. I think it would be disingenuous for us to show up somewhere and pretend to be as tuned in as the locals. The Russian/Ukrainian one was submitted by someone who actually was part of that scene, not actually written by PB staff, and we would be totally open to seeing more user-submitted content like that.
  • 3 0
 @alicialeggett: awesome, makes sense. Hopefully folks submit more of that type of content.
  • 5 0
 maybe not quite the same thing you're describing, but I really enjoy the "Destination Showcase" articles they do.
  • 14 0
 Details on how to submit content for consideration are here! https://www.pinkbike.com/news/pinkbike-content-submission-guide.html
  • 3 0
 @sarahmoore: Any self-respecting content creator would never give up their right to their own property as outlined in the new terms of use. That would just be self sabotage.
  • 2 0
 @jwestenhoff That story was superb. Having grown up in Poland I got super nostalgic reading it as the scene there had a lot in common with what the Ukrainian dudes had going on.
  • 1 0
 @konadan: The Terms & Conditions for Outside Content are defined separately to User Generated Content. You can check it out here: https://www.outsideinc.com/terms-of-use/
  • 19 0
 Can we possibly get a podcast mashup of every effin' insane phrase Henry has dropped on us since since he's come onto the cast? That would be the best holiday gift ever. Another idea is just a running homepage (wherever) link to these quotes b/c they are freakin' amazing.
  • 11 0
 @jasonlucas please
  • 23 2
 Which brands have y'all the most excited when it comes to releasing new bikes/product? Who is THE FUTURE
  • 1 0
 Good question, but you can't expect an honest answer as it would disqualify other brands as unexciting :-)
  • 14 2
 Specialized seems to be coming out with new models, but covid seems to do it faster
  • 2 1
 @Drewzellator: excellent reply.

IMO Trek , specialized and Canyon
  • 18 0
 @mikelevy Youve been at PB for a really, really long time, which is awesome for the readers. But what keeps you going, what keeps it fresh and as you look back at your time at PB what is the one thing you wish you could bring back?
  • 55 0
 It's been a while! The fact that it's never been a normal 9-5 job, that I can work from home, and I have a flexible schedule are all huge. Being able to share my opinion, for better or worse, and the interaction/feedback in the comments that come from that as well.

Podcasts are keeping it fresh right now, as is having Matt and Henry around. I might bring back tradeshows, no joke!
  • 13 0
 @mikelevy: At a certain point can't PB host its own tradeshow. You guys obviously have tons of value for the bike industry, so why not bring brands up to Bellingham/Pemberton instead of you guys traveling wherever? You'd probably get more product and be able to get more editors and photographers in the pits.
  • 3 0
 @mikelevy: The podcast feels like such a natural thing for you all to do that it's suprising you didn't start sooner!
  • 3 0
 @sorryiamtheboss: I think they told us to get it going for ages before we actually did haha But yeah, I think the podcast is a great addition to the reviews and other content - it lets us expand in a more casual, conversational way that doesn't happen when you're writing or in an edited video.
  • 19 0
 @henryquinney No question here, just wanted to say that you roasting @brianpark for stashing a key in his shoe is my all time favourite podcast moment, thanks for bringing the laughs.
  • 20 0
 My pleasure. You're a f*cking psychopath @brianpark
  • 14 0
 @HMBA106 I'd compartmentalized this memory, thanks a lot.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: Don’t let the haters get you down, you‘re absolutely right. I‘ve been doing that when going running for years! I was just glad to hear pf another person to do it Big Grin
  • 1 0
 oh man can you remind me on what podcast that was on? That was a great moment
  • 16 0
 On a different note, I'd just like to thank all of the PB team for putting out such an excellent product. I really only started visiting here regularly after selling a set of wheels last spring. Since then, I've binge-listened to all of the podcast episodes and almost feel like you all are family. Keep up the great work!
  • 8 1
 Thank you! It's surprising how many people don't know Pinkbike is more than just the Buy and Sell so I'm glad you discovered the content side after you made the sale!
  • 21 3
 Without referring to weight or using the word "compliance", why are carbon rims superior?
  • 21 1
 This seems like a trick question... I don't think that carbon rims are superior, but they're a totally reasonable option for some riders. Prices have gone down, and more companies have lifetime warranties, so they make sense in some instances. It really comes down to what you're looking for out of a set of rims, what type of riding you're doing, and how much you're willing to spend.
  • 20 0
 Weight?
  • 36 0
 They make me feel faster haha
  • 8 0
 I weigh a lot and love to corner. For me the true advantage is keeping my spokes tight because the rim seems to do more of the work. Not saying it's science, but for a rear wheel it seems to keep true longer.
  • 26 1
 Seems like a loaded question. You get good and shit things irrespective of material.

Why are rock bands better, without using the word guitar?

But are they better? Which bands and why? You get good and bad. I think we need to move away from the material being anything other than just that - a material. It's not the execution of the concept within itself.
  • 12 1
 in order to be #mtbwoke you either have to:

1. ride wide carbon rims, and constantly brag about the benefits to your endurobros and gals, or
2. ride skinny aluminum rims, and constantly preach about how we reached "peak wheel" in 2014 (#EX471forlife)
  • 3 1
 @henryquinney: I don't think this metaphor tracks. Rock bands don't demand more of my resources for me to consume or participate in their art. Carbon rims are inherently more expensive, by a decent amount. As well, the marketing built around carbon is that it is "better". While I agree with you in regards to how you, personally, are interacting with the product (you should objectively write how a wheel performs regardless of material, it shouldn't matter to you in your role), but when we are looking at spending out money on a given component, it seems like carbon wheels aren't worth the added cost. That said, cost isn't a driving factor for all of us. People have vastly differing resources and some struggle to put a good mountain bike together, while others don't think twice about dropping $10k on a complete bike. The heart of the question seems to be, Is it "worth" spending your hard earned money to buy $500 rims? Is there a legitimate performance gain to be had that is noticeable?

If I had to answer that question, I would say no. You can reasonably ride your bike just fine with $100 aluminum rims. I doubt you'll replace those aluminum rims 5x more often than the carbon rim and I don't think the difference is going to be ride altering.
  • 1 0
 @EricLanglais:

Hi Eric! I agree with you but with one caveat and this is mentioned in every thread on carbon hoops. You can get quality carbon hoops for about 2x the cost of alu. And I know tons of riders who do that.
  • 1 0
 @WasatchEnduro: I think those carbon rims that are 2x (so realistically $200/rim) are either missing the robust warranty of the higher cost rims, end up weighing more than their aluminum counterparts, or there's some level of "gambling" that you are doing with unproven pedigrees. I haven't delved too deeply into the "price point" carbon market admittedly, but I was looking into Light Bicycle when I built up my most recent set of wheels, and it just didn't pencil out (they were a bit more than 2x and there wasn't a big spec difference between them and good AL rims). So, I think consumers are left asking why would I spend 2x? What exactly am I getting for my money?

I think @PeakHopper is pinpointing this question and saying, compliance doesn't mean anything to most riders.

@henryquinney replied with you can get good and bad wheels irrespective of material, which, while true doesn't really offer real help to those that are looking into buying new wheels.

I will add to this, there is SO much information on wheels, and that this is not the best forum to dive into this.
  • 3 1
 @EricLanglais: I wanted to eliminate weight and compliance in the discussion, because weight difference is VERY small between Carbon and Aluminum hoops, and as you mentioned, "compliance" is kind of meaningless.

Do they roll better? Do they handle high loads differently from Aluminum? Are they more rigid? Is any of that beneficial? If the nuance between carbon and aluminum is that small, can anyone without a money tree justify the cost of carbon rims?

The limp answers I received from the editors I think are sorta an answer itself...
  • 3 0
 @EricLanglais:

Yeah totally down to the rider's preference, budget, and tolerance to the perceived or actual risk. For me carbon is more durable, less hassle (stays true much better) and just handles better. My caveat is that if I were on 27.5 I'd probably stick to aluminum. When I moved to 29 I realized it takes a heavy-arse alu rim to resist the flexing and denting and destruction that a 200+ pound rider who rides frequently dishes out, and so I started looking at other options.

I don't think I'd have the same issue on 27.5 but that's speculation as I jumped from 26 straight to 29 back in 2013.

My china-direct carbon hoops from LB and Tandell have been super reliable and all the specs are transparent compared to name brands. They're not weaker or heavier. You can buy the exact rim you want in terms of dimensions and the weight you want depending on how your bike's setup (you can even specify a heavier layup for some models). My carbon hoops have actually saved me money at the rate I was replacing 29er alu hoops. Yup the warranty is not as good as a lot of the name brands but it's a nice option.

I advise anyone who's carbon-curious but who doesn't know where to start to talk to their local shop(s) or a custom wheel builder. Many use these china-direct rims and can vouch for the quality and provide some recommendations especially as you don't want to go too light (crackalacka!) or too heavy (too stiff = jarring and less traction).
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 @WasatchEnduro: Super good and helpful information for sure.
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 @EricLanglais:

2 final caveats then I’ll stfu:

1. I run a lightweight insert in the rear and always will now based on the punishment my rear wheel takes. I’ll actually do the same if I’m ever back on aluminum.

2. It’s a wise practice to inspect any carbon rim before the wheel build, particularly the spoke bed to ensure consistent thickness.
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 Is it possible to be 100% objective when testing bikes and other equipment?
A lot og people tend to love/hate on brands for no good reason, so when testing a brand you potentially dislike, the scoring may not be quite as good as if it had a different logo, and vice versa?

xoxo
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 How is @sarahmoore handling the maple syrup shortage, and does she have her own strategic reserve?
  • 33 0
 Not well, it is something I stay up at night thinking about. I am very concerned. We grew up making it but my parents just moved from Quebec to BC which is wonderful except for the fact that they were my #1 suppliers... My stores are dwindling rapidly. In these desperate time, I've tried the pure maple syrup from Costco, but it tastes like chemicals.
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 What do you think the next big breakthrough / gamechanging design is going to be?
  • 4 0
 They're not answering because they are just mad you didn't finish with "And why is it the Grim Donut?"
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 To what extent do you think the SRAM and Shimano duopoly engage in anti-consumer practices including, but not limited to price fixing, planned obsolescence, and asinine standards changes?

To what extent do you think eBikes are edging out options for non-eBikes across major bike brands?

Are you able to answer these questions without risking the soft influence the bike industry has over your publication because your business model relies on freebies?
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 Three bigguns here. I think the truth is far less salacious than you're imagining. I don't think it happens at all. I think people in the industry tend to follow things quite earnestly. Now, that might mean that a new BB standard comes in but I don't believe it's because people are cynical - quite honestly I think it's the opposite. I think we're in the high-tide of ebikes right now but I think it will lessen. I like to think they can make Ferraris because they sell a lot of Fiats. In my head, that's kind of how it'll go after this initial new-wave. Yes. Honestly, I think we all just say the truth and that's just how it is. Most of the time companies are aware of what we're telling them. They're often pretty self-aware and aren't suggesting they've made something perfect but rather just improve upon what they've already done - like we all are really.
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 @henryquinney: I agree on all points but press fit bottom brackets. Customer satisfaction was absolutely not a criteria when that standard was made.
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 @grumbly: I do not see what the big deal people have against press fit bottom brackets. Yeah the tool for installation and removal costed me around $100. Once you have the tool, removal and installation isn't that bad at all. Have also found the press fit bottom brackets are a bit cheaper to buy.
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 @bukowskiwasright: I have only had mine creak once. Just popped it out and reinstalled and creaking was gone.
  • 13 0
 Say that you aren't able to ride during the work week (like a regular person). How do you cope?
A) Zwift
B)Strength Training
C) Night ride, sleep is for the weak.
D) Go to the garage and wallow in sadness while staring at your bikes.
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 A - no B - important C - sure, my sleep is bad anyway D - yes, emphasis on the wallowing
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 A, B & C (except only if it doesn't cut into my sleep since I read Why We Sleep). Also, I can do A & B while staring at my bikes so I guess that's ideal?
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 I'll add that the author of Why We Sleep (yet ANOTHER Matt Walker) is on tens of hours of absolutely fascinating podcasts if anyone wants to learn more and get obsessed with sleep.
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 Mostly A and B
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 I got really into Zwift once. I wouldn't do any of the training, that just seemed so dull, but I would do two or three races a night. It was so much fun. Just crushing, and getting crushed by, fellow shitbox cat-D riders. What a rush.
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 @mikelevy: You do strength training? What kind of workouts would that entail and what kind of weights/resistance do you use?
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 B, C, and D. I go to the climbing gym in the winter, and I'll also begrudgingly night ride, since it gets dark here at like 3:00pm. I also spend way to much time in my garage on random bike projects.
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 @RBalicious: Mostly just bodyweight stuff on the floor, nothing fancy.
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 @alicialeggett: don't tell a father of a 1.5y old. I am amazed how little you can sleep and still function. Basic functionality, that is. Like eating or breathing.
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 @mikelevy: You do/did have a unhealthy obsession with pushups if remember correctly!
  • 16 2
 Why does Henry talk like in loud epic whispers? Kinda Iike when David Attenborough is talking about lizards and trees and stuff???
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 Sadly it's just my voice. I do try and throw it, and sometimes when talking straight to the camera I'm being more focused in this regard. Truthfully though, I'm working on it. It's just hard when I've got to argue with the Mikes AND think about changing my voice. In the heat of the moment, I often forget. My voice is quite sensitive to the room it's recorded in and the audio mix. It's always frustrating because I don't want anyone to think I'm just mumbling. If you were in the room there and then you probably would understand me fine. I also don't want anyone to think I have a 'fuck 'em' attitude when it comes to this. I'm trying to improve it like I'm trying to improve many aspects of how I convey information in videos. I'll get better. It just takes time.
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 @henryquinney: now worries you’re doing an awesome job! For now I can put on my headphones and call it a day XD
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 @henryquinney: what dude? I've watched every video and never had a hard time understanding you or felt you need to talk differently. Maybe im just used to accent from having watched years and years of top gear???
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 @henryquinney: People in broadcasting would kill for your voice.
  • 4 0
 It’s good man. I like it that way. Good contrast from the American voices on the vids/podcast
  • 16 1
 Why hasn't Pinkbike bought a Superwheel yet?!?!
  • 25 0
 We're just waiting for the 29" version to be released.
  • 4 0
 @mikekazimer: I’ll wait for the 36er
  • 12 0
 Out of every trail system you’ve ridden, what trail has been the most exciting, and what was your favorite all day excursion on a trail or trail system?
  • 18 1
 I went to a place called Castlegar this summer. It was a pretty small town with no obvious riding scene. However, I rode I think the best trails I've ever ridden there. This one called Kangeroo-something-or-other was just exceptional, as well as Grandeflorum or something. I was on that Norco Range everything just felt so well aligned. I think that's the best day riding I've ever had. The trails were that perfect blend of chunk and tech, but they were open enough that you could ride them fast blind and it just felt amazing.
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 @henryquinney: Shhhhhhhh The only good riding is in the sea-to-sky Wink
  • 10 0
 Morgins, Switzerland, has some of the best bike park tracks I've ever ridden. I've had so many fun big days on the bike, but I'd say the NZ Enduro, which takes place on the South Island, has to be up there as far as good terrain and scenery.
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 @HMBA106: Haha. Mate, haven't you heard that Squamish is the best riding ever? I've only ridden in Toronto before, but it definitely is...

Nah, joking aside, it's bloody good here but it makes me laugh just how entrenched about the S2S being just the absolute best thing ever. It's great, don't get me wrong, but there are lots of great places. The interior just blew me away. Day after day of the amazing riding, each better than the last. I can see why you want to keep it quiet.
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 Most exciting was definitely Mount 7 in Golden! Favourite all day excursions would be in the Chilcotins, Lord of the Squirrels in Whistler with all the extensions, and Frisby Ridge into Frisby DH in Revelstoke.
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 @henryquinney: Grandeflorum was amazing, definitely a riding area flying under the radar in Castlegar
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 How do you decide who gets to test which bikes?

What is the typical process for testing bikes? Length of time? Setup/Assembly Required? How frequently will you ride? Do you solely test one bike at a time or will you swap on and off? Do you take notes after each ride or just go by memory for ride impressions?

When is the F1 podcast happening? Who is winning the championship this year?
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 Luckily there are enough bikes released each year that there aren't too many arguments over who gets what bike. We do each have a style of bike that we tend to spend more time on - for example, Levy on the downcountry bikes, and me on enduro bikes, but that's not a hard and fast rule.

For testing, it varies a little depending on the editor, but the typical turnaround for a review is 6 weeks. That way there's a solid month of riding on the bike, as well as time to get photos and / or video, plus actually write the review. I like to focus one bike at a time, but that doesn't mean it'll be the sole bike I ride that month. Switching out with other bikes is a good way to solidify my impressions of the main bike I'm testing.

I do take notes on my phone regarding setup and ride impressions - that makes it way easier to be sure my memory is accurate.

Verstappen for the win. Levy and Henry are the real F1 nerds - if that podcast happens it'll be those two arguing while I go out for a ride.
  • 14 0
 I was around Levy's an hour ago and we were giving each other shit about the season. I'm a Max guy - he's for Lewis.

I never really was that fussed on Max but he's really endeared himself to me this year. It just feels like he's shouldering the weight so well and has kind of stopped saying a*shole things. It must be hard though, being that young with that much exposure. He seems to have mellowed a bit though. When he said "it is what it is" on the team radio after crossing the line last week it made me realise that he's just the real f*cking deal.

I suppose, and it's not Hamiltons fault, but it's the misappropriation of statistics that makes me not want him to win. I just hate all the "greatest of all time" chat. Makes me cringe. I just don't want to have to listen to 50 year old commentators say "goat" all the time like they're in a tiktok montage. There is no goat. It's not a real thing. Statistics, like talent, are subjective to their time. In my opinion anyway.
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 @henryquinney: I think Lewis is deserving of being considered the GOAT title or winning-est f1 driver of all time - whatever you wanna call it. Guy was immediately on par with Alonso in his rookie year, took the title in 2nd year, has always been one of if not the best qualifier in any season no matter the car or competition. Sure he's always had a car advantage since being in the merc but for the most part he's dominated his teammates in identical equipment and has matured into a well rounded driver capable of managing tires, conditions, and running a championship campaign.

Not to mention fact he's had to do this all as pretty much the only minority driver in his sport.

Max has been incredible impressive this year but I haven't been a fan at all of how Red Bull leadership has dealt with the title fight especially the recent controversy over the merc wing. That was just embarrassing for Christian Horner and I kinda want to see him lose the title because of it.
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 @loudv8noises: This is all very true. I would say he's just as good as any driver who's ever done it but the greatest ever is just too big of a topic to broach. He's amazing, and that's enough.

I mean, I think the difference between alot of drivers and Lewis is that they should or could have done it, and he has. For that, he gets all my respect. From my time working in teams, it became clear how a good rider with the right personality could galvanize and affect a team's culture - I kind of see Lewis like that. I would love to have seen Alonso been in the right car at the right time though. That's the thing we missed in his McLaren years. Imagine that! Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton in more equal machinery.
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 @loudv8noises: I just want Lewis' detractors to unequivocally proven wrong. I think we all know the type I'm talking about. I'll be satisfied if this is his last win though. I do hope and believe Max will get many WDC.
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 @loudv8noises: I’m convinced Lewis lives rent free in Max’s head on the eve of the ultimate showdown. You can tell he’s on edge with interviewers. I agree Red Bull kind of deserve the loss at this point.
  • 13 0
 I want another RC interview podcast.
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 Same. He'll definitely be on again - RC has the best stories.
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 @mikekazimer: @henryquinney has had some ringers lately too. I probably should've pulled my car over when he was telling his mushroom story. I was absolutely dying laughing.
  • 13 0
 Dan Sapp says pisgah is better than squamish. Respond:
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 Fired.
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 @stunnanumma1: you better fix this.
  • 12 2
 If Matt Beer is indeed ridiculously fast on a bike, isn't it true that he should be fast enough to go back in time to actually be on time?
  • 12 0
 @jb2mntbike Think of all the trails you could ride then!
  • 12 0
 What is the most disappointing bike product you've ever reviewed?
  • 8 0
 @mikekazimer and @mikelevy - for the past year we've heard big game about who's the fastest of you two and who would beat who on which course. I believe plans were even "made" to race (if glib comments in a podcast are to be taking as honest fact). The boarder is open both ways now. When can we expect the race?
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 Sometime in the new year. Kaz is much more consistent than I am, especially this time of year, so I need to train a bit first. And it'll be a mountain bike race, not enduro or downhill.
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 @mikelevy, I'm going to destroy you in the skinny riding portion of the race.
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 I am very excited to see this.
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 @mikelevy: why not do it like a stage race or series? One xc, one enduro, one dh, for example? Call it a best of three, you can pick any bike you want for each stage (or you do all three on the grim donut)? I'd be frothing if this series was announced
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 @mikekazimer: Could we have a podcast where you just trashtalk each other for an hour in the build up to this race?
  • 1 0
 Seconding this plea. This could even be a series: XC, trail, DH - and Levy's favorite: ebike uphill racing. An in-house pinkbike academy of sorts?
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: loser buys the winner a box of donuts
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 @blackpudding: AGREED. Its on. Will ship Krispy Kremes from eastern US to BC/Bellingham if needed.
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 @blackpudding: My bad...I see you already covered this topic. I repeated, but hey: supporting
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 @sorryiamtheboss: Also seconding this. All in good fun. Esp if this became a fundraiser or something. Raise some money to boot.
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 @sorryiamtheboss: 100% yes
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 @sorryiamtheboss: When Levy said "Kaz, I am going to tread on your balls" I almost crashed the car laughing. :-D
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 Kaz ( if I may call you that...) is your fear or robot invasion the reason you have a hate for AXS....I have made predction here in the PB comment section that SRAM will in the near future be purcashed by a company called Cyberdyne and AXS will serve as the basis for development of Skynet...So i am with you AI before aliens....

To all: How often do you follow the comments on the articles you post....what percentage of the time do you regret it vs enjoy a few of the good puns-sarcasm?

To all: How many of you have alias accounts that you use to troll each other or try to not win prizes with the rest of us?
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 Haha!

I look at the comments sometimes but try not to get too into them. It's a fine line between trying to learn and improve and taking it too much to heart. I think sometimes the really stern stuff says more about the commenter than about you yourself.

I do love the funny ones as well. I have quite a dark sense of humour and I remember writing a "Storytime" article recently and some of the comments were just so good, even if most of them were telling me I was talking out my arse. I read every single one and laughed all the way through.

Honestly, nobody I respect is universally liked, and I try and enjoy provoking reactions - be it good or bad. For me, and I know it sounds lame, but I often pinch myself. I've always enjoyed writing, but normally it would be stuff I would never share. I can't believe anyone is actually willing to read something I write - to me, that is just f*cking wild and genuinely flattering... even if they call me a shitbag afterwards. I'll take it. Haha!

Also, there is only one Mike. Mike Levy IS Mike Kazimer's troll account.
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 I follow the comments not because of puns or sarcasm (honestly y'all have ruined puns for me - I used to like them), but because there are some pretty smart people on here and often you guys have great things to say and some sincere insight to add to the conversation.

I personally do not have an alias account. We all get enough trolling as is and tbh I don't really want to win prizes.
  • 8 0
 I still love all the puns and sarcasm, but mostly I scan the comments since it seems to be an effective way to crowd source finding my typos and mistakes. I wish I had time for an alias account and backup identities and trolling and to enter every contest we do multiple times!
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 @alicialeggett: you are better off now. Puns are the worst.
  • 6 0
 Now that travel restrictions are kinda coming back to normal, will levy start doing Humbled again?? That was my absolute fav series.

For Sarah, how is it possible you are as stoked as you are ALL THE TIME? Even when you do the news or an ad read on the podcast it's like you are a millisecond away from happy giggling. EVERY TIME. I love it, I think it's fantastic. I really want to hear your answer, but my best guess is: You have an amazing job, in one of the most amazing places in the world. Which is all true, but look at Henry and Levy, those guys complain all the time.
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 There will be more Humbled videos in the future, but not likely until spring or summer. We all love having Sarah around to balance out the saltiness!
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 @mikelevy: Stoked. There are some real gems in that series. Like Faircloughs "A tire is only good at one thing at a time. It's good at turning and good at braking, but not both at the same time"
  • 8 1
 @Mike Kazimer, will you be suggesting another book for 'Products I Loved in 2021'?

It was a tome, but The Power Broker was a great recommendation.
  • 6 0
 Yep, that article will come out soon, and there will definitely be a book or two on there. Glad you liked the Power Broker - it's a big one to digest, but worth it.
  • 6 1
 For all the editors favorite trail (I.e. the one you always go back too) and if you had to choose one bike for your stable as a do it all, what would it be?

And for just @alicialeggett you mentioned living in montana for some time, what’s your favorite trail network or riding area in western montana?
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 I think my favourite trail is probably Boney Elbows in Squamish... It requires just the right amount of concentration and I just love sitting at the top of the last rock looking down at Squamish!
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 My favorite trails in western Montana are unmapped. Some good ones around Missoula and Bozeman. I also think Spencer Mountain up by Whitefish is pretty great and just so cool that it exists there, along with lots of the bigger alpine rides all around the area. Also, not exactly Montana, but I absolutely love Silver Mountain and it's right around two hours from Missoula. For my one bike I'll have to say the Propain Hugene as it's the one I've been spending the most time on lately. Ask me again in two months and I'll have a new favorite. Whichever bike I'm riding at the moment, I guess.
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 Somewhere Over There, G-String and Trampstamp, Comfortably Numb, Dark Matter, and Duck Farm. Any 100-120mm bike would be ideal.
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 @alicialeggett: I’ll definitely have to check out Spencer mountain once snowboard season is over, and the riding in Bozeman is good, I find mosser and copper city have the best trails outside of big sky, but it’s always a drive to the trails, nothing like the pnw where it’s a trail out your backdoor.
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 Oh yeah, I have to add for full disclosure that I'm also tentatively planning to move elsewhere in the spring. I hate having to drive far to ride what I want to ride.
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 My favorite trails aren't really on the maps, but there's an insane amount of good riding between Bellingham and Pemberton. If I could only have one bike, a Stumpjumper EVO would probably make the short list, and I really liked the Commencal Meta TR.
  • 5 0
 With bike shortages these days pro deals for bike shop employees and ambassador deals for grass route racers are hard to find or unavailable from some brands. Do you see this continuing and do you see this a determent to anyone except the dirtbags that need the deals to get new bikes.
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 @powderhoundbrr Shortages are a real problem and companies do need to pinch somewhere to stay afloat. The brands that are committed to supporting their dealers will find other ways to give back if product is not available. Aspiring racers who are hungry enough will get to the races.
  • 5 0
 In relation to Downcountry, I'm curious about Fox offering the Float X in 190 x 45. Versus a DPS, could the increased oil volume actually translate to a more versatile 120mm-ish platform, or with such minimal stroke would the difference in feel/performance be negligible?
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 Unless you’re doing descents that are long enough to heat the shock up to the point that the shock loses damping they’ll perform largely the same. The dps might hold up for ~500’ of consecutive descending where the extra oil in the X might get you through ~800’-900’ before you start to notice any changes*. In short: as far as feel and performance for 90% of the ride there’s no difference that you can’t achieve by tuning the DPS.
*disclaimer: I pulled these numbers out of my ass but there’s a good chance they’re close to being accurate
  • 5 0
 What saddles do all 6 of you ride or prefer to ride with for long days on the bike? How much would you be willing to spend for maximum comfort from a bike seat? What kind of rails do you have and why are they titanium? When is the saddle podcast coming out? Smile
  • 2 0
 Specialized Power Expert Saddle with Mimic is my current favourite! It does have titanium rails. I'd spend $400 CDN on comfort, pretty your most important touch point!
  • 3 0
 I like the SQ Lab 661
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 I'll second the Specialized Power saddle (yes, it works for men and women). I also like the Ergon SM Enduro. I'd probably max out at $200 of my own money on a saddle - it's more of a weight rather than comfort difference when you spend more than that.
  • 1 0
 Ill second the SQ labs after 3 other saddles
Signed:
Gluteus Maximus @alicialeggett:
  • 2 0
 I wasn’t asked but the stub nose saddle trend is one thing roadies got right. Power saddles or the Fizik Argo Tempo are my go to
  • 1 0
 @m47h13u: +1; I have a power on everything from the roadie bike to the rowdy bike. Once you find the perfect position, it disappears under ya bum
  • 8 0
 Is it true Kazimer actually does the voice acting for Tina on Bob’s Burgers under a different stage name?
  • 4 0
 I wish. That'd be a great side gig.
  • 5 0
 For anyone, if this question makes any sense: Do you guys consider oversaturation of the MTB media space to be a present or future issue (or nonexistent)? How can content for riders be expanded to avoid repetition?
  • 3 0
 I think that readers will gravitate towards the sources that seem the most relatable, and the sites / channels that aren't delivering enough useful content will fall off. As far as oversaturation being an issue, I do think it can be useful for riders to be able to read different reviews of the same bike or components, but you're right, repetition can occur, especially in regards to an embargoed product. Whenever possible, we try to have a review or at least some initial impressions of a product when it launches rather than just running a press release, but that doesn't always happen. We're always trying to think of ways to do things a little differently, and I'd hope that other sites are too.
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 That's a great question. I think there are so many flavours. I think youtube has gone crazy, especially with the vlog stuff. This isn't really my cup of tea but I do wonder if I could ever watch an hour of a selection of vlogs of the "craziest jump ever" then have the motivation to go read something about the latest tech or whatever.

I think what's cool about Pinkbike, if I may say so, is that variety. You've got your big hitters that just cram in so much detailed information and then the more pop approach. I think both are just as valid because they're actually offering something different and making it more accessible. There is no right way to do it - but there are lots of different ways that will suit different people.
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 @mikekazimer: Thanks for your response! News/analytical content is always relevant, and I love multiple perspectives from multiple sources - maybe it's more the entertainment side of MTB media where clichés pop up and repetition can happen.

Thank you all for continuing to develop this platform!
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 @henryquinney: Damn the youtube MTB scene is a lot to take in! I think the entertainment side of things is where a lot of the oversaturation occurs. I do appreciate Pinkbike as a hub because it does cater to both entertainment and informational needs and can help us get good stuff without sorting through the...other stuff.

I think there's a ton of room for editorial content to accompany product news, releases, whatever. You tech editors have personalities and opinions that PB readers can identify with (or do the exact opposite). I think this comment section kinda goes to show that we're all super curious about your opinions. Field Test kicks ass for that. That's something I'd love to see more of!
  • 5 0
 @mikelevy Have you seen anything UAP like? There seems to be a lot of activity on the east side of the rockies specifically around big cities right now, wondering about west coast.
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 No UAPs, but I've had success a few times with CE5-type stuff and seen orbs. I saw a black triangle when I was a kid (TR3B?) and that's obviously been a factor in my interest ever since.
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 @mikelevy: interesting. Nothing in the water? It’s just a short trip up the coast from California for these things.
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 @mikelevy: Gonna need some more details on that CE5. Maybe a full podcast. With RC.
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 @zombiejack33: Nothing in or out of the water, but that's clearly what's happening out there - they're under the water somewhere. There are a few hotspots for that kind of stuff, especially the Catalina Island area and anywhere near nuclear facilities, be it power or military. There's still talk of some new - and very convincing - videos that are out there but not released yet. Hopefully soon.
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 @mikelevy: it will be soon
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 @mikelevy: sounds like we need to petition Robin for a spin-off Podcast...
  • 4 0
 After purchasing a new completely stock mtb in the $4-5k range...

Which single component would be least worth upgrading (ie-you'll get the least bang for your buck)?

and

Which single component would be most worth upgrading (ie-you'll get the most bang for your buck)?
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 Least worth it is drivetrain. You should have pretty close to top of the line parts at that price range.
Most worth it is tires (for your terrain) or saddle (for your butt)
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 Always can tell who the good riders are - heavy frame, amazing suspension and decent brakes and tyres. As soon as you get into colour coding your bars you've just drunk too much koolaid. Having a bike that fits you is obviously really important, but if it doesn't make it fit you better, grip better or slow down better then it's just not a good return, for me anyway. A lightening up an enduro bike is one of the last things on my to-do list - a good bike rides light. Make it good first, then worry about carbon handlebars or whatever.
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 @moefosho: there is a discouraging amount of bikes in that range that come with NX
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 If you were going to buy two sets of tyres, one set for an enduro bike and one for a trail bike, and you couldn't buy maxxis or schwalbe, what would you buy?
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 Probably Specialized. The new ones are very good.
  • 7 0
 Vittoria. I just love 'em.
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 I'd go with Specialized too, or Michelin. I just wish Michelin's tires were a little lighter, and a little stickier in wet / colder conditions.
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 @henryquinney: Even in the Squamish wet season?
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 @zhendo: It seems to be grippier in the wet than in the dry! I loved the Mazza, a great tyre for high-speed stuff but still seems to clear well. Those tyres, in their trail casing option, with Rimpact Pros on a reasonably light rim are just perfection.
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 @henryquinney: what are your favourite front and back Vittoria tyres for trail or enduro ridding? Currently running a mazza up front and a Martello out back but would be interested to hear which other of their tyres are worth trying.
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 @IMeasureStuff: I also am wanting to lose my Maxxis' and am curious about this.
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 Stem Height vs Handlebar rise. Is there a difference, from the viewpoint of the rider?
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 Yes. Raising your stem by putting more spacers underneath it will shorten a bike's reach, while going with a higher rise bar will keep the reach the same while also creating a more upright riding position. Seb Stott wrote a great article on this topic recently: www.pinkbike.com/news/importance-of-handlebar-height-mountain-bike.html.
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 We also did a bike setup video with Cathro that covers stem vs bar rise pretty well. www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfUyN6znF3c
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 @mikelevy do you own a car other than the mini? You know, something that's somewhat reliable and comfortable? Most my life I've had unreliable and uncomfortable cars, but no longer as my daily.
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 I also own a Supra and my partner has a Jeep, and we're still looking for just the right Merc R107 to add to the fleet. I would love to live in a 10 car garage with a mattress on the floor tbh Smile
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 @mikelevy: going to need know more about stated Supra. Year? Parked/driven/tracked?
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 @mikelevy: R107 is nice on the eyes, and surely wafts down the road wonderfully. I had a w116 300sd I got for free in high school that sure did.
Mk2/3/4 supra?
So it sounds like the answer to the second part of my question is "no".
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 @flattoflat: It's a '21, daily driven, and one track day so far.
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 @flattoflat @mikelevy: please be an ‘84
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 @mikelevy: wasn't expecting a '21! Every bike person I know is also an automotive person. Could be a fun article on staff rides during the lulls of winter. (and no, I don't ever get sick of seeing Tacomas.)
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 @scotteh: No, but that's the best looking older-gen Supra. I know it's heresy, but I was never into the mk4s... they look like they were all left in the sun a bit too long and melted slightly. Preparing my inbox for all the hate now haha
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 @flattoflat: Totally, a lot of the bike people I know are also car people. We recorded a podcast about the best (and worst) MTB cars a while back that I had a blast doing, so maybe I'll do some more car content in the future. I secretly love how mad it makes some people on PB haha
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 @mikelevy: +1 on the mk2 Supra being a handsome car. My brother and I bought an '85 some years back. It was a right shitbox and we were too young and broke to fix everything properly but when it ran, it ran beautifully. The N/A straight 6 sounded great and the ride/handling was surprisingly refined for a car that old.
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 You have a friend who's getting into the sport. They've tried the bike shop special $800 bike, and enjoy it, but aren't willing to make a $2500 investment yet to an actually capable bike. What do you tell them to buy? Assume they're riding proper trails (Western NC, Rockies, North Shore, etc.).

...Do you think the pricing for bikes makes it 1. difficult for the less affluent to get involved with (similar to skiing) and 2. what is your long-term solution to increasing engagement amongst newer riders to keep them involved long term?
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 Buy used. New bikes are stupid expensive and 100% a deterrent for people to get into the sport.
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 I think buying used is a great option for a first bike, although your friend will likely end up asking you all the questions they would have asked the bike shop so you'll need to be prepared to help them with the process!

It can be a difficult sport to break into, but if you get the chance, you should watch the Stevie Smith documentary. From poverty, to BMX racing, to winning the World Cup overall - such an amazing story that shows that biking isn't just for the affluent if you have enough drive. His legacy park and the Stevie Smith Foundation are definitely helping get new riders into the sport which is so incredible to see.
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 With all sports, there is a barrier to entry and mountain biking isn't cheap. That doesn't mean you can't find deals out there. My advice would be to find a used bike and have it inspected at a shop. Keep in mind you'll need to spend some dough on the basics, like quality shoes and a helmet, plus repairs are inevitable.
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 This actually happened to me when I got back into the sport years ago. I went in and I described what I wanted to do. They sold me a $800 hardtail. I questioned the choice but they said they have come a long way. I destroyed the bike the first few months. Same thing happened to a friend of mine last year. He was smart enough to take it back a week later and went to a stumpjumper. In my case, it was my fault for not doing my homework. I am not sure how to close that gap with first time buyers. I should of know since my BMX bike 25 years ago was more expensive than my first mountain bike.
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 Ugh, I've been solicited for advice on bike buying by the same type of buyer. 'rides department store bike, wants to upgrade. . . . ultimately views the money spent as flushed down the drain'. In my case the friend bought a bottom spec'd M***n and then watched it collect dust in the bike shop with an exploded rear hub for warranty. Again, I was asked , I said 'tell them to stick 'a' wheel on it until the warranty parts arrive, or go get your bike and just buy another wheel and sell it when you're done! Both options have him riding. Nope, bike is still there I believe.

Short story, give them a few ideas, but be careful not to get sucked in.
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 @fodermonk: Yup. I've had the same experience and have trouble encouraging people to bike. I don't want to feel responsible for other people's money. I try to let my friends reach their own conclusions on what they want, and if they want to ride then I'm down to plan.
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 We often see comparisons (not just PB) between top-spec, 5-figure dentist bikes against mid-range bikes of a competing brands for half the money. Higher value has a tendency to "win" these comparisons. What is the panel's thoughts when approaching tests like this?
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 And when will you start threatening that bikes above the set price will be fitted with SX groupset and kenda tyres?
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 @henryquinney what was the best and worst thing about working for GMBN

@mikelevy @kazimer- who would win in a 1) Running race? 2) Drinking contest 3) donut eating contest
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 So many great things about working for GMBN. They gave me a huge leg up in the industry. I never imagined I'd end up working in anything media-related and they were very kind to me. There are so many good things to think of. However, I know it sounds kind of silly, but just the process of learning for me. They were very patient with me and how I was new to the camera world. They never gave me shit for how bad I was and just let me learn on the job. I'm still learning all the time obviously. As a fan of cycling, the best thing is being able to interview people who are passionate - and that's the same with PB. I always loved the interviews. The worst thing was nothing really to do with them, but after living in NZ for so many years, I found it really hard living in a city. Bath isn't a big place but I'm somebody that finds Squamish a bit too busy on some days. It was definitely a me thing and not a them thing.
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 He'd win a running race but we'd both die if we played any sort of drinking game. I could out-donut Kazimer in my sleep.
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 @mikelevy, yep, that seems accurate.
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 @henryquinney: That is good to hear. They seem like a good bunch. I honestly felt you left as you felt stifled by their model and the content that needed to be produced.

From your first appearance on here you seem much more comfortable, in all forms (written, spoken, and video), felt like you could be yourself more. Really liking the content you're putting out, especially the more abstract stuff. Deffo added another solid dimension to PB.
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 How many of you would buy an ebike if you did not work in the bike industry? As somebody who really only puts money into one bike at a time (trail/enduro bike), I try to avoid consuming any media about ebikes/ebike tech so as to avoid giving it more traffic. It feels like an uphill battle as it seems like ebikes are here to stay in a big way. It seems as though a huge portion of the articles and reviews (including field tests) coming out are ebike related now. I am not against ebikes at all, as I do feel like there is a place for them, but I just can't justify it when a well-spec'd trail bike is already coming in at $8000 + CAD.
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 I would not buy an e-bike.
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 It would depend on how much disposable income I had - the current price of most eMTBs is pretty crazy. I'd obviously spend my money on a 'regular' mountain bike first and I wouldn't be sad at all if I didn't have an e-bike.
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 You're forever testing and evaluating and checking out stuff as part of your job. Are you able to compartmentalize and once in a while go for a ride that's only about the ride, or about riding with the dog, with not a thought given to setup or gear?

And on the setup front - do you dial things in by feel, do you keep assiduous notes on what works for you and what doesn't, or a bit of both?
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 I think so. I mean, I love testing and I enjoy it every day. I normally make initial set up notes, then ride and just enjoy it, then I come back towards the end of the review. Sometimes, when I test properly though, doing back-to-back runs, I do it alone. I find it's just easier to focus. I also make voice notes - endless voice notes, which can make me seem like a bit of a loon. In terms of setup, I have my Zeb settings or my 36 settings, for instance, but I largely go with the flow if it's just the one bike. However, in the back-to-back testing of the field tests, I have a glorious colour-coded spreadsheet that I live by. It's like the roof of the Sistine chapel. Soft pastel colours everywhere. What a treat. I also think I mainly focus on fore and aft balance when it comes to suspension. I really enjoy that, and it's something that I'll just do for fun. That can mean just running laps or whatever of a short piece of trail. As long as you just change one thing at a time it can be hugely rewarding. In fact, suspension testing is the thing I miss most about working on the races.
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 @henryquinney: you're definitely the artist of the band. Much appreciated.
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 So. When are you switching from imperial to metric measurements when it comes to bike weight? - no it's super jarring to hear you talk about millimeters and even grams on components and suspension travel, then, from outta nowhere go telling me what a complete bike weighs in lbs?! - aren’t New Canada metric too?!?
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 We're confused in Canada... We use kilometres for distance, Celcius for temperature, and pounds and inches if you're talking about your weight and height! Although you're right, we do read the geo charts and measure travel in millimetres... We do try to put both kilograms and pounds in the written part of reviews!
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 @sarahmoore: You are correct we are very confused. I can't even imagine trying to build a house in cm's and meters.
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 This is a bike industry problem more than a Canadian problem! Take rims: width is measured in millimeters and diameter in inches.
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 @henryquinney: When is Brian going to trust you enough to let you have a MOD account?
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 Haha - I don't trust myself, quite frankly. You know when Galadriel is offered the ring? It's a bit like that. I would try to do good - but through me, it would do great evil.
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 @henryquinney: love the references and words Henry, keep it up.
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 What is your drivetrain hierarchy from worst to best? I.e SX, Deore, Advent X, Box, NX, SLX, etc. That isn't my order, just an example.


Also what is it for brakes?
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 What bike(s) would you recommend to a 192 cm and still growing hopeful XC racer? My everyday riding is fairly rocky and techy in the American southwest so a "downcountry" bike isn't out of the question.

What would you do in high school to help with a career in the bicycle industry?
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 Out of the XC bikes that we had in the XC Field Test last year, the Cannondale Scalpel and the Specialized Epic stood out as the most capable. I also have a Scott Spark that I am finishing up a review on that is a very capable XC race bike. They all come in XL. If you're looking for something on a budget, the BMC Twostroke is a great one for getting into racing with.

Almost all of us at Pinkbike have some bike shop experience so that's a good place to start! I think racing also helps with opening doors in the industry. I think that being a good writer will always help you as well, whether you want to work in product, sales or marketing!
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 @sarahmoore: why don’t brands make xxl xc bikes? Xc bikes are already shorter reach and wheelbase, so if you’re coming off an xc trail or enduro bike, an xc bike feels crazy small.
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 2 part question, 1) how did you get in to this business? Obviously you have a passion for riding, but so do a lot of others. what led you to this life? 2) knowing that other industries might pay more or have different benefits what keeps you motivated to stay in this industry. I assume it's not all about money, but all jobs have ups and downs, it must seem like a viable option at times to jump ship to another type of media outlet.
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 I'd been working in bike shops for years, and was looking for a change. The bike shop life is awesome, but I needed a new challenge after over a decade of wrenching. I'd heard through the grapevine that Pinkbike was looking for another reviewer (back then there were only a handful of employees), so I drove across the border for my interview. Which took place at a Tim Horton's, of course.

For me, a lot of my motivation comes from the fact that I truly do love mountain biking. I've been riding for 27 years, and I still get excited every time I get out for a ride. You're right, other industries would probably pay more / have different benefits, but the fact that I get to work from home and ride almost as much as I want means a lot to me. Plus, where else would I find a co-worker like @mikelevy?
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 I owe it all to my friend Maaike! I grew up XC skiing with her in Quebec and then her dad signed her up for mountain biking and she asked me to join her. From there, my coach said there weren't very many girls racing, so I should jump right into it even though it was my first year on a bike. I loved it and pursued XC racing until I was 22. I decided that I would enjoy working in PR for a sports brand and so I decided to get a degree in Communication Studies and Journalism. In 2010, I got an internship at the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Championships to help CanadianCyclist.com with their coverage. That led to a job at Specialized Canada, which led to a job at Norco Bicycles, which led me to where I am now at Pinkbike. Writing and reading about bikes all day is way more fun than writing about politics, court cases and violence, so I don't see myself moving to mainstream media anytime soon!
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 @sarahmoore: you seem to have done it right. Every job I see in the industry is either communication or marketing. If only there were more engineering jobs!... I can understand why bikes would outweigh politics as a subject mater for sure.

@mikekazimer When asked if you want to interview at a Tim Horton's who would ever say no?
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 @mikelevy , do you regret inventing "down country"? or do you feel the weight of the world knowing you invented "down country"? because its clear you invented "down country", because you remind us all the time that you invented "down country". Cheers.
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 I once wrote a tongue-in-cheek article where I called short-travel bikes a new name that kinda made sense and that name seems to have stuck around. Dre at Rocky said down-country to me first, as I've said a ton of times, and I never came up with the term. I think the type of bike has been around for a long time, but now it just has a dumb name Smile
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 What is the ultimate brake setup for a trail bike? Total mix and match of levers, calipers, pads and rotors allowed? Best bang for buck solution to the same question.
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 two words. hayes dominions
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 @Acourtney I'm a fan of the Magura MT5s for their weight-modulation-power-price ratios. We do have some exciting new brakes to test in the New Year though, so keep an eye out for those.
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 @Acourtney, I'm partial to SRAM's Code RSC brakes, with the Hayes Dominions a close second. Metallic pads all day, everyday.
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 Takeoff Code Rs from the buy/sell section. I’ve had fantastic luck with that in the past.
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 @mikelevy - What does a down country race look like? What's the format? Will lunges be involved?
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 Why didn't this get answered?
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 @mikekazimer Would you replace your Spur with any of the downcountry bikes in the current felid test or would you still opt for the Spur?
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 I'd still keep the Spur, mainly because I currently have it set up exactly the way I want, but that Rocky Mountain Element is very tempting. The Top Fuel too... You really can't go wrong with either of those three bikes.
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 Do you think the new 2022 Scott spark will be worth it for people who are not racing in the UCI world cup stages where the track is significantly harder and thus needing more travel versus a normal xc track that is flowy and not as technical as the World Cup tracks?
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 I'm actually working on a review on the XC version of this bike right now so stay tuned for that! It's definitely an incredibly capable XC bike, which would give you a lot more confidence on new school World Cup XC races. That being said, it's still an efficient XC bike and so I don't see it holding you back on a race course that has more flow... Plus, if you want to progress in the sport, it's a good tool to help you get more comfortable with technical trails!
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 How does the suspension on downcountry bikes like the SID fork and shock compare against traditional suspension like a Pike? How capable is it? What are the biggest difference someone would experience switching between the 2?
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 What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
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 African or European?
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 @alicialeggett: we’ll I don’t know that!
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 Do you see, when you talk to industry guys, that they believe that the growth that we lived with the covid will be sustained in a meaningful way (something around 25% more people doing mountain biking) or are they skeptical about it a little bit like a SEO of specialized said in the last Taipai show?
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 One person at a major brand told me in ~June 2020 that they expected the boom to go on for the rest of the year, and that if even 5% of those new riders kept at mountain biking it'd have long lasting impacts in terms to the industry. In hindsight that seems about right.

Many of the parts suppliers have scaled production, but are being very careful not to let bike brands overextend themselves.
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 Are mullet bikes a fad or here to stay? Look into your crystal balls and tell us what percentage of the World Cup DH field will be on mullets versus full 29er in 2022. Is there a reason to think trail/enduro pedal bikes will shake out differently than DH bikes?
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 I think it just comes down to fit. I think they're here to stay, personally. In fact, I would love to see more smart-sizing.

You hear that @MattP76 they're here to stay and there's nothing you can do to stop it! Go on, give me shit.
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 Fad!
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 @MattP76: Go on lad!
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 @henryquinney: Fadadoodledo!
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 @mikelevy/@mikekazimer/@henryquinney/@mattbeer

What are your thoughts on the "propper" front/rear balance on a bike? Especially now that we're continuing to go longer, and slacker, and that front center might be getting very long?

It seems like for ages everyone thought short chainstays were best. Now we're seeing a resurgence of either size specific, or just longer chainstays across the board. What do you prefer, and what would you like to see in the "industry"?
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 I think grip is very important, and that can be affected by so many things. Geometry is just so complicated and it's hard to isolate any one value.

Like, stack height and chainstay length can really play well with one another but to the untrained eye you're never going to see that from a geometry chart.

Currently, for my riding what I like is... well just go print the PDF geometry chart for the Spire. It feels like it's got such a great fore/aft balance and just really fits me well. It's the balance which makes me love it, not the amount of travel.
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 @henryquinney:

Thanks Henry Smile .

Your review of the Spire is one of the reasons its on my list. On paper it seems like it should be "too much" bike, but every review I see of it, is saying the opposite.

And I'll admit, my question was selfish, I'm looking for a new frame, more balanced than my Kona Process 153 29er with its 425mm chainstays Razz . So I've been curious about what people think about the FC/RC balance.
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 @ocnlogan, I think the move towards size specific chainstays is a good one. I'd like more companies to do that, or have two chainstay positions with a meaningful amount of difference between them. I'm not a huge fan of super short chainstays, especially when they're paired with really long reach numbers - I'd rather have a more balanced bike. The Rocky Mountain Altitude, which has a 475mm reach and 447mm chainstays is an example of a bike that had a very well balanced feel.
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 @mikekazimer: Not like I'm some sort of stalker, but I'm local to you and have seen you riding. And the fact that you don't like super short chain stays makes total sense to me. I'm 6'1", but all torso, whereas you are only slightly shorter but have longer legs. My large Process 134 feels great to me because with the short CS and the long front triangle, I feel centered and it's nimble. If I were proportioned differently, I'd be too far back and constantly wishing for wheelie bars.

I'd love it if bike manufacturers and reviewers spent a bit more time on pointing out how much a rider's geometry impacts what they need from their bike's geometry.
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 @g-42:

Funny enough, I'm also somewhat local (although haven't run into Kaz on the trails yet) and am the exact same height as you (6'1" barefoot), but I'm apparently all legs (36.5in pedal to seat distance). And I struggle to weight the front end, while it sounds like you love it on yours.

Given, the G2 Process 153 is ever so slightly more unbalanced (2mm shorter chainstays, slightly longer front center due to the longer travel fork at the same HTA as the Process 134). But I'd bet some of it is our different proportions as well.
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 @ocnlogan: yep - my little stub legs are 4" shorter than yours. So my seat is lower, thus further forward, no need for leverage from a long CS to keep front wheel weighted when climbing.
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 @g-42:

Sorry, just happy to speak nerd with someone else for a minute Smile .

In actuality though, I'm not talking about climbing traction (although the slack actual STA on the Konas is absolutely noticed in my case, and I am looking for a steeper STA on my next bike). I'm actually mostly worried about balance on the descents.

But thinking about it, that could still be due to our leg length differences. Most people don't have their legs perpendicular to the ground when they hinge at the hips. They still point back some. So my long legs will put my torso back further than yours, and mine is shorter to begin with.

At least I think so?
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 @ocnlogan: definitely - my ape torso sticks out over the bars a fair bit when descending. For my build, that bike has awesome fore/aft balance. For you, I'd guess a longer CS would even things out a bit.
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 why do you think some trail systems/jurisdictions/areas so against mtb/trail building?

it's been a battle since the beginning to get any trails here in the bay area. thankfully we have a couple legal trails in santa cruz, but if they would allow for proper building, the money/volunteers/land is available!
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 I think there's a strong correlation between the number of old, rich hikers in an area an how likely it is that mountain biking will be accepted. Luckily some of the crusty old land managers are retiring, so fingers crossed that their younger replacements have more open minds.
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 @mikekazimer: It probably won't help, as they will most likely support machine built "Flow" trails. Yech.
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 I wish more trails in the area were legal but there’s plenty of fun stuff in Santa Cruz where you won’t be ticketed ever. Just avoid going 30mph on a 70lb ebike and you’re chill! You should check out Santa Cruz Trail Stewardship, they have a lot of rad resources regarding trail building in the area!
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 @brianpark or any of the tech editors

Do you have a policy on editors’ own bikes and how they are paid for? In one of the podcasts you have previously touched on the issue of bias, but not in terms of editors own bikes. We know that the industry is relatively small and that everyone gets deals. But do you have an explicit policy or how do you deal with the issue as it could possibily lead to subconcious favouring of bike brands where people have got amazing deals or the opposite. In the dream world scenario I guess Pinkbike would have a bike allowance per editor per year to mitigate this risk
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 I want everyone on the tech team to be able to ride whatever they want to get as much perspective as possible, without there being any bias due to financial benefit. Essentially the policy is none of the test riders are allowed to make any money on equipment. eg. I got some deals on the parts for my Madonna, so when I do sell it it'll be to break even at best.
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 @brianpark: Very cool! and worth the positive Karma...
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 In light of the recent-ish Trek Sustainability report (and the few follow up articles it spawned) how do y'all feel about pb's role in the consumer culture that mtb has? I know this isn't pb's sole problem to solve, but as a major media outlet (with a huge audience) both directly advertising for bike companies and indirectly encouraging the purchasing of new bikes and components through reviews/articles, do you think you could start adding sustainability considerations, recycled alternatives, and even encouraging your own Buy/Sell marketplace in reviews?
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 This does weigh on me at times for sure! I think it is on us to look at the industry and our place in it with a critical eye and hold the entire industry accountable. @henryquinney has recently done some articles on the Buy and Sell and @alicialeggett did a great piece on brands that offer repairs but we can always do more.
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 No, I personally don't think so. There are a few zillion other things that are much more important than people wanting to buy a new bike, new tires, or a new suspension fork that they probably don't need. The onus should not be on the consumers (or us) but on the brands to do better. There are things we can all do to help, of course, and it's good to generally not be shitty to the planet, but how about one less cargo ship instead?
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 @sarahmoore: Thanks for the reply! I didn't seen those articles when they came out but they are pretty cool ideas and definitely encourage sustainable practices. Looking at these sustainability efforts long term, it seems that they lead to a prioritization of maintaining, rather that replacing/upgrading, equipment. I'm no economist, hat sort of business model doesn't really look good on the financial bottom lines of manufacturers or media outlets. Where do you see bike companies and pb in a future where there may not be a new product to announce every day and review the next?
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 @mikelevy: Interesting take, and one I appreciate. I agree that as individuals we a) don't have the bulk of the responsibility to solve climate change and b) don't have the impact to do so even if we want to, but there does need to be a broader cultural change that reflects these ideas. Companies need to see that, as a whole, consumers value companies that prioritize sustainability. Pinkbike is uniquely situated between the manufacturers and the consumers where you have the opportunity to amplify our voices to the manufacturers with more articles like the ones Sarah pointed out. Keep up the good work!
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 @sarahmoore: If you buy a new bike, the old one doesn't disappear--you can sell it, or lend it, or give it away. Having more used bikes around helps with the "affordability" problem discussed earlier and can help get more people into the sport.
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 What is the best invention the world has ever seen?
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 Boost spacing.
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 @BikesNRussets: Boost spacing approximately 18 months after 142 was adopted. The context is what makes the invention both genius and insidious.
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 141mm spacing
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 I think we're contractually obliged to say the bicycle.
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 Was the new 32” inch bike released yet? I saw the next day when the new Giant was released people said it was a “one day embargo” yet in the specs only said it had 29 inch wheels. Other than that, how soon can we expect the release? A few months? Or possibly a year?
  • 6 1
 Do any of you guys own and ride an eBike? Be honest.
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 I don't own or ride one, and I don't have any desire to. But on the same hand, I couldn't care less who does enjoy them Smile
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 @dirtdiggler, I don't own one, but I'm currently testing a couple. I usually ride one 1-2 days a week, and ride a regular bike all the other days. They're fun, and it's a good way to go ride weird trails that wouldn't be enjoyable at all on a non-motorized bike.
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 Least favorite mountain bike from that last two years in your personal (not editor professional) opinion. Which one would make you the most miserable to ride day to day?
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 Do you think that 27.5" will eventually die?
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 Why do bike manufacturers put small rotors on their bikes?
I really don't get 200/180 on bikes with Zeb/38
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 Is Ben Cathro going to do How to Trick now that he’s done the How to Bike episodes and would Mike Levy think about doing tire field tests? Kind of like bike field tests but with tires.
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 @ any of the PB crew: this is specific. I'm moving from a 30t to 32t chain-ring (30 is worn out, a friend gave me the 32) on SRAM truvative descendent cranks. Do I need to add or remove a link? I'm thinking this small change means it can prob stay the same
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 You'll probably get away with it. Might need to go longer but as long as you're not crazy short now I'm sure you'll be okay. Removing two links is the smallest amount you can remove due to how chains are made - so you'd have to be pretty unlucky to already be at that limit.
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 I've been riding a rigid Surly Karate Monkey as my mountain bike for almost 3 years now. I've ridden all over the US with it, on blue and black trails, notably completing the Montana portion of the GDMBR on it and riding Captain Ahab in Moab. I'm starting to really hit the limits of the bike in the trails I want to ride and how fast I want to go. I'm wanting to put a suspension fork on my hardtail AND get a full squish MTB as well soon.

I'm really torn between getting a short travel 29er like the Ripley/Spur/Tallboy and getting a longer travel trail bike like the Ripmo/Hightower/Sentinel. I know I'm someone that values pedaling efficiency coming from a Rigid bike, but I am also not some lightweight XC fanatic (I've been happily pedaling a ~30lb rigid bike around). My favorite rides are those that take all day with lots of up and down, no matter the difficulty of the trail. I don't mind underbiking, but if I am going to do it, I want to have more FUN. I've had too many descents on my Surly now where I get to the bottom completely gripped, skin itching, because the braking bumps made what would otherwise be a super fast flow trail a jackhammer of an experience.

I don't need to be able to climb or descend at lightning speeds, but I do want to be able to jib off every tiny rock and root and take bonus lines to my heart's content on the way down, and when climbing I want the only question on whether or not I can climb up a hard trail to be DO I have the fitness, not Will this be a slog on my bike?. Which bike would y'all choose?
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 What type of trails do you think most of your readership rides most regularly? Not the trails they want to ride more often or ride on a destination ride. With your answer in mind, what matters more in bike choice of your readership, machismo (pride) or actual trails ridden 90% of the time?
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 Is there anything you are looking forward to in the next couple of years? (With respect to bike development).

Kinda feels like there isn't much further to go: nearly all bikes have good geometry, entry/mid level suspension and transmission work great and are reliable, we have tried everything with wheel sizes. Added to that the prices have gone nuts, and it seems unlikely they will go down in any meaningful way. Not much to get hyped about anymore.
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 Nothing will ever replace normal oil and shims, of course, but it'll be really interesting when suspension design converges with things like Flight Attendant and Live Valve so that bikes are designed to work with that stuff.

I know it's not "cool" to like the electronics, but I'm picturing a bike with very little anti-squat that's helped by Flight Attendant... who knows?!
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 @mikelevy: thanks for the response, which kinda goes in the same direction I was thinking... Electronics but for ebikes: more capacity, less weight, better integration, smarter modes. Let's see which of us gets the most downvotes!
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 @mikelevy: wouldn't that mean the bike would only work well with flight attendant? I doubt any bike co's are going to be brave enough to design a frame/rear suspension that only works in $10,000 dentist spec.

Unless there is a cheap wireless or cable lockout option for the lower end builds I just can't see this happening.
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 The Impossible climb becomes a competition between Pinkbike presenters.
What specific bike would you choose?
Alternatively, what suspension design?
What travel?
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 The first-gen Ripley with the widest, softest tires and my HT pedals dialed up so tight that I have to take my shoes off to get off the bike. Tech climbing is all about that commitment!
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 @henryquinney I'm not sure if you have written anything on the Grim Donut yet, but I'd love to hear your opinion on modern geometry vs ~20 years ago geometry. I have starting riding a 140mm 29er. I really do love the bike, but all too often I find myself getting a little frustrated at the length, the weight, the lack of maneuverability.

Of course my BmX bAcKgRoUnD doesn't help, but without the ability to truly test different bikes back to back, how do you reckon people should go about balancing bike ergonomics in the era of slack 29er enduro rigs? How would one compromise between a longer travel 27.5 and a shorter travel 29er? Or an outright hardtail? With bike prices the way they are, the do-it-all machine is becoming more important than ever while somehow being less understood than ever. Thanks Smile
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 I mean, maybe I'm not educated enough to talk about that subject. I simply haven't been riding bikes for long enough to talk about bikes 20 years ago with anything like authority. However, riding my road bike and then thinking about mountain bike geometry always seems somewhat enlightening.

You know, I think too much stock is put into wheel size, especially when coming to damping or the amount of travel. I would happily ride only 27 bikes and not even blink. It's not that 29 is definitely better, but rather the modern bikes with the modern geometry tend to now be 29. I would say it's more causation than anything.

I think, honestly, I come back to effective top tube and fore/aft balance lot but truthfully, I can't give you a proper answer without it being a very long answer. Could be something good for the podcast though. @mikelevy
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 @henryquinney: Definitely. I always thought Levy was just having a go at Kazimer with the XC bikes make trails fun thing. And I think at first maybe it was, but we are getting to a point (Grim Donut is supposed to be the extreme apotheosis of it) where bikes are losing/compromising so much to seemingly be fast in a straight line.

And it's just an annoying bit of cognitive dissonance because I absolutely enjoy and see the values in my new bike, but there's always a part of me (or a trail in my area) where I think it's an absolute pig in the dirt. And would kill to borrow someone's 130/130 27.5 with 10 year old head tube angles. But, don't nearly have the funds to have 2 bikes, or the local community to sorta swap around and test bikes. So I've established permanent residence in the "grass is always greener" lawn full o weeds.

Would love a podcast going over the struggle of the do-it-all in the slack 29er era
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 @lepigpen: Buy and older 5010.
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 @TwoNGlenn: Frown Would be nice. Santa Cruz and Yeti secondhand owners be like "MSRP or lose my number..."

If you have an older 5010 lyin around maybe I'll trade ya my Polygon lol
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 @lepigpen: would you pay MSRP?
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 @TwoNGlenn: We talkin 2010 dollars errr 2015 dollars errr lol
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 I've got a 27.5 Enduro bike (nicolai g16) with geometry that would allow me to run a 29 inch fork with 10mm less travel without upsetting geometry too much. I realise 29vs mullet seems to be a matter of preference but is 27.5 vs mullet easier to call better /worse on?
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 What are your thoughts........

In these modern times, (lack of bikes and parts) there has been a lot more room for the smaller bike brands to have a chance to expand and get their products out there amount the bigger names?
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 Yes and no. The small-ish brands have a much harder time accessing parts from the major suppliers right now—no credit available, having to pay up front for parts they don't get to sell for 18 months, etc. They're able to be more agile and creative though, so the ones that have good cashflow and a deep war chest will be able to outpace some of the middle-sized brands.

The big dogs still have a massive advantage in purchasing power.
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 What would it take for Pinkbike to do the following field tests:
1. Fat bike winter field test
2. Hardtail field test

Also, in a sort of related question, but one that requires a bit of explanation, have you thought of doing a field test or review in a location that might be much different in terrain to your normal locations? I see a lot of reviews for bikes where some version of 'this bike would be great for less rowdy trails' and its strange to me you never seem to do field tests in places that have less rowdy trails. Taking the #2 field test idea above (hardtails), yeah, you could do that in B.C., but what a perfect field test to do in Ontario or Quebec or Tennessee or Michigan.
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 Do you feel that the battery size of "regular" Ebikes was set arbitrarily sometime in the past? I ask because I feel that most people don't want to need the huge battery and power capacity that regular Ebikes provide. I see a bike like the Orbea Rise come out and wonder... why is there nothing in between this 40-pound bike and the rest of the 50-pound bikes. Do you see the industry continuing with these "light and regular" options, or do you have a sense that a new category will emerge?
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 @mikekazimer or anybody else. I seem to have an issue with rear wheels. The last two bikes I've owned have been Rocky Altitude's (2020+2021), base alloy models. The spokes in the rear wheel seem to have a hard time holding tension, as a few spokes would randomly become very loose (no tension) after only a few weeks of riding. I would tighten them up to spec (tensiometer), but inevitably after a few rides the same or different spokes would go loose again. I like to think I ride downhill reasonably hard, but I am fairly light at 150lbs, and take care not to absolutely bash my bike into every obstacle in my path. Is this simply an issue of cheap OEM rims (WTB i30) not being very strong enough to handle the riding they are seemingly designed for? Or is it more likely QC issues at the wheel factory? I am wondering if upgrading to a nicer alloy rim would be worth the coin. Thanks for any information you care to share. I know it is hard to weigh into these situations which can often be very rider specific.
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 @mikelevy @mikekazimer @henryquinney If you can have two bikes, one being a Enduro/Park bike and one being a XC/Downcountry/Trail bike what bike do you choose from the recent Downcountry field test and last years DC/Trail test? So throw in the Spur, Epic Evo and regular Stumpjumper.

The XC/DC/Trail bike would be ridden probably 80% of the time then so should be well suited to almost any trail.
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 Do you need a fat guy to test wheels and other commonly broken components? Asking for a buddy....

Seriously though, how have you guys found durability trending over the years? Some buddies say their bikes are more delicate than ever, others the opposite. As a big boy, I'm thrilled that there are more "tweener" parts (Enduro instead of DH/Trail, or downcountry instead of XC Race or Trail), as I can get something a little stronger without getting punished on climbs or breaking it completely descending. Curious what y'all think.
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 What bike would you choose if you were looking for a short travel (130-140) 27.5 wheeled trail bike? I don't need and BS 29 inch is better answers. Right now for me the Santa Cruz 5010 and the Ibis Mojo are the top of my list.
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 stumpy
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 @isaac22: Stumpy is dope, but unfortunately doesn't come with 27.5 inch wheels anymore...
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 Scout
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 If you like the 5010, you'd probably like a Scout or a 27.5 Process 134 as well.
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 Why aren’t MTB pants made in tall sizes especially for us long legged shredders?
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 Do you think the world has enough "sick edits" of "railed berms" and "big hits" now, and people can stop making them?

Seriously though, is there such a thing as too many MTB edits, are we beyond saturated now? I mean, if people want to make videos it's no big deal, but I just find it amazing the sheer volume of material being generated out there, and wonder if there's enough of an audience to sustain it all.
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 I think so. I'm numb to most of it. Maybe it's being in the industry but that's how I feel. That said, I fucking loved the all-killer edit by Steve Vanderhoek recently. I watched that so many times. Whatever that video managed to capture, that's what I enjoy.
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 But the edits keep getting sicker, the berms get railed harder and the hits get bigger!

There is a ton of content out there, but I think that means that there's different content out there that resonates with different people... Everyone can't watch everything anymore (even a Pinkbike Content Manager!), but there's always something worthwhile to watch in the niche you're interested in.
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 What's the real life difference between mid level suspension and full factory level suspension? I recently bought a Turbo Levo Comp and am wondering if I should sell it and get something with a better suspension package or just roll with it. I'm an intermediate 50 year old rider, so keep that in mind too. Thanks guys/gals!
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 Why do you own personal bikes when it seems like there is always a test bike to review? I think I've heard Levy and Kazimer talking on one of the podcasts about wanting to get the Stumpjumper Evo (or was it the Enduro) back from the other person long after the review has come out. Do you you ever get to keep the bikes?
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 Having a personal bike is useful for doing long term reviews - things like drivetrain and wheel reviews take longer, and having a bike that doesn't need to be sent back any time soon make things easier. It's also nice to have a bike that can serve as a baseline, one that's fully dialed in - it's sort of a palate cleanser. Bikes do get sent back after we're done reviewing them, but sometimes we end up hanging on to them for a bit after the reviews come out to use for comparisons against other bikes.
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 What are the chances of coming a cropper when eventually ticking whistler off the bucket list. Asking for a 51yr old, red trail taming friend. Oh, and bears…what chance eaten by a bear?
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 I had to look up 'coming a cropper' but I'd say you'll be just fine. Whistler has something for everyone and black bears are nice and cuddly.
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 @alicialeggett: many thanks. My friend is reassured, but also feels the advice re the black bears is not reliable.

And apologies for the localese terms, I should have said, “spannering oneself”
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 @rockhopper70: California to Whistler. Black bears are fraidy cats, just don't come between them and the dumpster.
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 I have a lot of forward pressure on the bars of my bike, so much I wear the outer 1.5” of the grips more than the inner, along with wrist and neck pain. Pressure really increases if you are slightly pointed down hill (in the saddle). Is this due to the 76 sta? Or is there more to the story. The trails here are undulating, no long climbs or recents. TIA!
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 Check the angle of your seat! If the nose is tipped down too much, even just an extra degree or two, you can have way too much pressure on your hands. If you tip the nose up too far, you'll know right away haha! Steeper seat tube angles will underline a seat that's angle too far one way. Having fit people for ages when I worked in a shop, sometimes tipping the nose up or down only slightly saves the day.
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 I have a shimano m6120 rear break that has never been able to actually stop my rear tire. The brakes have been bled again and again and the lever has never been soft. I have replaced the pads and sanded the rotor and properly bedded in the pads. What gives?
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 Why is Imagine Dragons @henryquinney 's favorite band?
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 I just f*cking hate them so very much. I hate anything formulaic. When it stops being a genuine expression and starts to sound like "I want a new mercedes". Just awful f*cking drivel. My absolute least favourite is a band called Bastille. Check out Pompei for their own unique brand of awful. I tend not to moan about them as you don't get them over here though. I really f*cking hate them so much though. Just f*cking awful man. Getting worked up just thinking about it.
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 @henryquinney: Perhaps I missed this on the podcast, but what is your actual favorite band?
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 @henryquinney: so wait why the hate for Bastille besides Pompeii being overplayed?
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 Why are there so few reviews of pedal pins?

From personal experience, both pin layout and pin design make a huge differences in how well a pedal grips, but almost all reviews only compare pedals with their stock pins.

While the differences with 3mm pins are usually just related to pin length, there's a much bigger variation between different 4mm pin options.

It's common to see long-term reviews of bikes that switch out tires or grips, so why not long-term reviews of pedals that include trials of different pedal pins?
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 When it comes to a real race cross-country bike, what is the effectiveness of a rear shock? I've heard that the forks and shocks on those bikes are very stiff, so do they actually have noticeable small-bump compliance and improve grip? Or do they not have much of an effect unless you are racing a track like the modern world Cup or Olympic tracks that actually have some tech?
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 Do you ever ride with elbow pads? And why not? I don't see people normally wearing them. Also most jackets either have no place for them or are not reinforced on elbows anyway, do you think more people would wear them if there were more pad-friendly jackets/jersey options?
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 I own a Honzo ESD. Would you recommend clipless pedals for casual use? I currently have flats on. I do some jumping maybe a day or two in the park each year. Mostly I climb up more technical climbs (in the Fraser Valley). I usually go to Fernie and Revelstoke for a couple of weeks in the summer. Anyway, clipless, or flats?
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 Clipless will change your tech climbing for the better and you'll never look back.
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 Hi, PB! What 12sp groupset do you think is better for a trail hardtail - Shimano XT or SRAM GX? Better means better quality of gear shifting and easier maintain.
I want to upgrade my bike this winter, but can't to make decision Smile
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 Shimano XT it is.
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 With this new DC/Trail bike Field Test, how does the Specialized Epic Evo you reviewed last year fit into/compare to the bikes in this Field Test? Would it win this Field test too?
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 I never hear much about anyone using aftermarket springs like the Smashpot, Push's ACS3 Coil conversion, Avalanche's Damper/Spring upgrade or even Vorsprung's Secus or Luftkappe upgrade kit. What are your thoughts on any of these for your own personal ride or is it something you'd never consider?
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 How did you perform the timed sessions on the downcountry bikes? Did you use power meters and keep at an exact wattage for the whole session? Or just ride the same trail and try to pedal at a similar heart rate? Or just pedal it a few times and take the average? You only mention the timed differences, never the length of the climb and/or the total time to do it. I want to do the same on my local trails, just want to follow pb protocol.
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 For the Efficiency Test, we ride at the same power for every lap. For the climbing and descending times during our test loops, we're always timing every lap and just pick the best times.
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 I am putting together a bike that I bought that came in pieces and missing a front fork. Have any of you had any experience with changing lengths of travel on front forks? Bike came with a 130mm that is no longer there. How critical is it to stay with a 130mm or is it okay to go with 140mm or 150mm. Is it noticeable for better or worse. Only looking at different lengths due to availability.
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 I’ve been using Hayes Dominion A4’s for a couple years now, love the power, the modulation and how long the pass/rotors last. However, not a fan of how much the brake pads rattle in the calipers when not using the brakes. Any DIY hacks to quiet the pads down? I’ve tried tape on the caliper to take up extra space but they get to hot for it to last long at all. Thanks!
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 You’re descending a mellow trail in a nice pair of baggy shorts (no lycra insight) and your testing the newest selle italia superflow.
Long story short: you get you nuts stuck in the seat and you can’t rescue yourself. Who on the pinkbike staff do you phone for help.
(Metaphorical balls can count if none nuts owning people want to answer)
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 Hope I phrased this correctly: Are companies designing the bike's geometry around a targeted height/weight (like a "model" rider), and if so what is that height and weight? I know this might be different for US vs Euro companies. I remember reading years ago about car companies using something like a 5'9" 175lb(ish) model when designing the cabin and for crash test purposes. Anyway, let the fat American jokes begin.
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 Good bike related gift ideas for Christmas for my 53 y/o dad? I'm 15. Thanks!
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 www.etsy.com/ca/listing/1015753561/the-original-apple-airtag-bike-mount Apple AirTag mount?

www.oneupcomponents.com/products/edc-top-cap maybe an EDC top cap? (have the shop install it, and then he can buy his own EDC tool later)
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 Will you be interested in an xc/ trail version of grim donut, or an ebike version?

Will pinkbike make its own signature trail for on academy?

Did Evan leaving orbea make more space for the next pb acadmy winner? kinda?

Any grim donut v1 kinematic specs available?

Would cascade components partner with brakes and links for it? Big Grin

Will there be a pb presenter shootout series?

Sorry for all the questions.

Will pb start a partnership with trail building companies and make a build series video?

Maybe ride with a pro series, Mike, Mike, Jason, and other pb presenters ride with a professional in an episode? Remy M, mark Matthews, Yoann barelli, Finn Isles, Brandon semenuk, Brett R, or many more?
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 Ex. Pinkbike field trip? Henry and Remy guavin shred the g-nar?
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 General question for all the staffers; Trail development is on the rise in North America and new trail systems are popping up all the time. What trail system that you have yet to ride are you most excited to ride, and is it a new(ish) trail system?
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 Do you think it’s possible to ride your bike or bikes to much? Logically speaking (obviously all day every day isn’t a good idea)
How important is it to rest or take time off?
Would you take a ride every day for, say 2-3hrs if you could
What’s a good ratio ride/rest?
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 How do the Down Country Field test bikes compare to other short travel trail bikes like the Ripley or tallboy? Seems like the natural evolution of bikes in this category as they add 10 mm suspension here and there and some burlier parts is to make them into what used to be short travel trail bikes
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 @mikelevy @mikekazimer You guys talked about drivetrains again on a previous podcast, and once again I heard it said that 12 speed is nice because the extra "range" makes it easier to climb, but this actually has nothing to do with the range, the range is just the difference between the lowest and highest gear. The nice "climbing gear" that is often referred to as the advantage of 12 speed drivetrains could be achieved with a smaller chainring. I have an 11 speed x01 cassette, and with a 28t chainring up front, my climbing gear is VERY close to that of a 50 tooth cassette with a 32 tooth chainring.

My Question would be, why don't more people put small chainrings up front if they want a easier climbing gear?? I understand it makes the whole range lower, but I rarely ever top to my highest gear, it seems like a no brainer for $18 vs buying an entire 12 speed drivetrain JUST to have an easier climb gear. THANKS BOYS! Keep ripping
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 Whoops, I don't think we were super clear. The wide range is nice, but I can't use that wide range without there being twelve cogs on my cassette, otherwise the jumps between gears are too big and feel super unnatural to me. My cadence would be way off. So yeah, 12-speed isn't just about the wide range, it's about the wide range and having usable gear ratios. And with 50 and 52-tooth cogs, you're right about just using the chainring to dial in the low gear that you need for your trails.
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 @alicialeggett @sarahmoore This one is for the girls: what do you think about "woman specific" geometries in MTB? Is it really necessary or is more an asthetics matter? Doesn´t a simple saddle, handlebar, grips and suspension tune does the job?
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 I think it's a bit of both. I'm not big on women's specific geometries, but I'm also 5'10", not someone small who would have trouble finding a bike to fit them. I think those bikes have a place sometimes, but I don't think many of the "women's" bikes do anything different other than be available in small sizes and have decent standover clearance - something all bikes should do, not just those marketed at women. That said, some women want their bikes to come in pink and lavender, and that's cool - I think those bikes should be out there! I just would be more partial to them if they were marketed as unisex and came in a range of colors and sizes. I think the more important thing about women's brands is the way they advocate for inclusivity and access to the sport and tend to support events and programs that help women in ways beyond the mechanics of the bike.
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 Maybe this is a stupid question, but is sealant really necessary for a tubeless setup? I’ve needed it in every wheelset that I’ve had until now. Somehow I found a perfect fit between the tires and wheels I now have. They stay inflated for at least a couple of weeks and I check my tire pressure before every ride. So is there any benefit to sealant in this situation?
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 Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?!
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 Which of you is most like Where's Waldo?
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 Carmen Sandiego is on Earth.
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 Improvement vs $money spent, what are the top 3 things people should spend their money on to improve their existing ride?
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 @PeakHopper Ranking in terms of least dollars spent, I would propose that these three changes can make your ride more enjoyable: new shift housing, fork servicing, quality tubeless tires (varies depending on region).
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 Contact points are a great place to start - things like grips and saddles can really change the way a bike feels. They're also not crazy expensive components to swap out, so it's a great place to start. I'd also add tires to that list, since good tires can make a huge different in the actual performance of a bike.
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 Tire pressure gauge, suspension set-up, and some new tires.
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 @mattbeer: Damn you. I've known for a year that I need to change the (horribly internally routed) shift cable on my Orange, but I just keep putting it off.
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 Where can one find the best turns: Snow, dirt, or air?
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 I do everything I can to avoid this question
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 All of the above
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 Bike checks for all?

Top 5 trails in your local riding areas?
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 @Alexisjmorgan More staff bike checks are coming. Should we make this a regular feature?
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 @mattbeer: Staff bike checks are great. They are interesting in themselves and also help to give a bit of context to reviews.
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 for all, whats your dream 2 mtb garage?
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flag isaac22 (Dec 8, 2021 at 9:47) (Below Threshold)
 160mm enduro and 140mm hardtail
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 With the fall field test using control tires across all bikes, does the panel see a future review with control suspension, seeing how it can seemingly make or break ride quality?
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 No, I don't think so. The fork and shock come with the bike, and the shock is often tuned to the specific bike, and they are expensive. But tires cost way less (still too much) and wear out relatively quickly, so they're an easier, more realistic leveler.
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 What is the most fun you have ever had on a bike?
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 You are confined to ride within a 200 square kilometer region for the rest of your life. Where do you go? Where do you go that's NOT the sea-to-sky corridor?
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 Bellingham's pretty similar I hear! Or maybe somewhere in the Alps like Switzerland... Or Rotorua looks pretty great.
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 @bocomtb It's been a while since I've visited Europe, but somewhere in the Alps for sure. The ease of access is unrivalled and each valley is unique. I would have no problem putting the bike away during the winter either.
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 Have you given consideration to having the field tests for XC and trail bikes in places other then the PNW to better represent terrain most people will ride them on?
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 We typically go to Arizona every year for at least one Field Test, and we'll be travelling to a couple new destinations in 2022. I'd say that the trails we test the XC and trail bikes on are very appropriate - not all the trails in the PNW are super gnarly, and we try to make sure that the bikes get ridden on trails that suit their intentions.
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 @mikekazimer: Come east to VA or NC!!!
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 @mikekazimer: the main thing I am thinking of is most of us live in areas where the climbs and descents are intermittently spread out throughout the trail rather then climb to descend. To me that is the biggest difference, when your on undulating terrain peddling is linked to and needed for trail flow. In my experience that makes a big difference in the kind of bike you choose.
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 @NERyder: There are a surprising number of trails that incorporate lots of rolling terrain right here in Bellingham, WA...
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 What is your opinion about a mixed transmission, Shimano cassette and chain combined with SRAM´s AXS derailleur and shifter? Is this the best of both worlds (Hyperglide, better cassette ratios and wireless)?
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 Assuming that there weren't any strange curves in the leverage chart, could you add volume spacers to a shock and have the same/similar affect as installing a shock with a shorter stroke?
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 kaz gives off sudden valley vibes, is that where he lives?
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 I seem dark and wet? No, that's not where I live.
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 With regards to field tests, do you think your reviews are slanted towards the PNW terrain vs everywhere else? I don't mind as I ride sea to sky corridor. But others aren't as lucky as us
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 A factor for sure, but we also really try to test all the bikes on appropriate terrain, regardless of if it's in the S2S or elsewhere. We did value bikes on the Sunshine Coast and Sedona, which was perfect for them, and the latest down-country bikes in Pemby but not on trails that are above the bikes' intentions. As long as the trails match intentions, I think we're good Smile
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 Is strava good or bad?
  • 4 0
 Is technology inherently good or bad or is it the users that make it what it is? I like using Strava to track my rides and it can be motivational to track year after year and ride after ride, but I've definitely seen people get obsessed with getting KOMs and specific mileage!
  • 3 0
 @mikelevy If you had a spare Trust Message fork would you run it on the Blur TR? Asking for a friend...
  • 5 0
 I have a spare Message fork hanging on the wall right above me as I type this, as well as the Blur TR from the Field Test in my shop... Sounds like we'd get along haha
  • 3 0
 Do you ever organize group rides? I live in AZ and would love to ride with you all when you are field testing in Sedona.
  • 2 0
 Do you think bikes would be cheaper if consumers weren’t obsessed about half a degree head tube angle or a few millimeters reach needing to change every few years?
  • 2 2
 @mikelevy I think you're a right funny c*nt. I think you have a potential career in showbiz. Even thought of leaving PB behind and getting a job on TV or even Hollywood?
I hope you are paid a lot more than your PB peers. You deserve it.
  • 2 0
 Thanks for the kind words! I know it doesn't look like it, but I get very stressed about being on camera and sometimes it's less fun than it might look like (but I do love my job, of course), so I don't think I'd ever try for TV or movies. That and I can't remember what I said two minutes ago, let alone a bunch of lines for a show haha!
  • 2 0
 Have had the thought that they should have Levy host PBA. Or co-host. Nothing against Jason Lucas, but Levy brings a lot of fun and enthusiasm that would work well in a game show format.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: keep doing what you're doing. You crease me every time. Another level of nuanced presenting combined with natural banter. Really engaging. And next time bring back the eyebrows!
  • 1 1
 @mikelevy: p.s. get an agent. Test the waters. Seriously I think TV would lap you up!
  • 1 0
 Suggestion for next field test: bring the favourite from the previous field test and compare it to the latest bikes.

With that in mind are the Spur and Epic Evo still the kings or has the Top Fuel joined the club?
  • 1 1
 What do you have against electronic drivetrains besides cost? To me the only downside is charging the battery every few weeks. And I've never had a dead battery. Otherwise, the pros to me are no cables to run or maintain, fast and consistent shifts, ultra light shift (and dropper actuation) force, and programmable shifter paddles. The programmable paddles may seem stupid but for me running some backwards compared to stock seems more natural. Especially coming from Campy on the road which was the reverse of Shimano.
  • 4 0
 I'm a big AXS fan, and while Di2 is a mess to set up, I love how consistent it is. I like the stuff.
  • 4 1
 I'm on team @mikelevy here. Yes, I've forgotten the battery and driven to the trailhead and yes, I've run out of batteries on a ride (but have no one to blame but myself), but I just love how simple set up is, the overload clutch, and NO CABLES TO LOOK AT! So clean.
  • 3 0
 For me, I just don't like needing to remember to charge another battery, and today's cable operated drivetrains work so, so well. But you're right, the electronic stuff works great, and with AXS the lack of cables housing does make for a really clean look.
  • 3 0
 How do you guys feel about people being secretive about their local trails to outsiders?
  • 8 0
 It's dumb but I can also understand in some situations. Nothing bothers me more than jackass broskis, ugh
  • 4 1
 @mikelevy: Doesn't the Beta test videos end with craft beer drinking beside a Tacoma giving "bro" reviews on bikes....just saying the "other" Outsiders are kinda broskis
  • 2 3
 How do you feel about people who do no trail work anywhere but expect to reap the rewards of others efforts?
  • 4 0
 @jefe: I can get this argument to a point but what if you decide to go on a vacation somewhere?
  • 11 1
 @jefe: No one is obliged to do trail work and no one should be guilted into it, so I feel fine about it.
  • 3 1
 @Habaden: Donate to the trail society that maintains the trails?
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 @mikelevy: Mountain biking relies on trails and trails don't build or maintain themselves. You absolutely should feel obliged to do trail work or donate to organizations who do. Ever read "The Little Red Hen"?
  • 5 0
 @jefe: I've done plenty of both in the past, but I'd never hold it against anyone who hasn't. There have been times when I've also been very disappointed in trail orgs and the work they've done, as well as individual trail workers. There are also places where far too much trail work happens and not all trail work is good trail work. It's far from being black and white, and it depends on where you live/ride and your experiences.
  • 1 0
 Just noticed some scratches on my fork stanchion..... What are some of the best repair methods you've found?

I know wet sanding with super fine sandpaper is an option or there are repair kits to be had. Suggestions?
  • 2 0
 Some clear nail polish and some fine grit sandpaper should do the trick. The main goal should be to make sure there aren't any big burrs that could potentially damage the fork seals.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: Thanks for the reply! Don't tell Levy but you're my favorite presenter... hopefully soon you can get a promotion from your intern position Smile
  • 2 2
 Any appetite to start covering kids bikes more often? The odd product release comes out from time to time but not a lot of reviews/comparisons. My perspective is probably biased as I have kids, but kids bikes seem to be going through a fairly rapid evolution right now.
  • 16 1
 Pesky child labour laws.
  • 2 1
 @brianpark: haha! well you'd probably find some volunteer testers and write a review... there are a few people that do this... Bikedads and Two Wheeling Tots but they are not up to the PB standard!
  • 2 1
 @brianpark: Instead of doing a full-on review or field test, or relying on kids (who may be amazing riders but don't have the experience or perspective for a traditional reviewer role), how about asking the coaches and ride leaders in kids' camps for a write up of what they've seen that works, and what they've seen that absolutely doesn't work? My 16yo works as a coach in the summers, and has had some interesting stories and observations on that front.
  • 1 1
 @g-42: that is a great idea!!!!
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: I thought this was "ask us anything" .... I asked a pretty reasonable, mature question and all you can provide is a snarky answer!

@g-42: Andrew Major at NSMB has some good stories about riding with kids if you didn't know already. I might float your question their way as I think you have a really great idea! I'm hoping to get my kid into the gravity camps at Whistler next year and am genuinely curious about the subject!
  • 2 0
 what are the odds of you adding more boxes for narrowing down searches in the buy/sell? i find myself want things like inner rim width
  • 1 0
 more examples: tire width, cassette range, handlebar width, etc. just to add some simplicity instead of scrolling for a long time
  • 5 0
 Or access to all the filtering options on the mobile version of the site.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer @mattbeer I love reading the tech reviews that you do. I am curious, in your opinion what are the criteria for a good test track is for your field test and bike review?
love the work and thanks.
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 @benporteous1 Thanks Ben!

For me, the tracks or terrain should suit the character of the bike - our Field Tests are great examples of this. At the Summer Field Test in Sun Peaks, I chose a track that was used in a Canadian Enduro Series and featured a mix of twisty turns, fast singletrack, with plenty of bomb holes and awkward tech bits in between.

We could have chosen the rowdiest track on the mountain, but that would have catered more towards a downhill bike. That's not to say it couldn't be ridden on an enduro bike either. Likewise, we didn't ride the downcountry bikes on the same terrain and the trail bikes at our Fall Field Test in Pemberton.

During long term reviews, the bikes may get pushed out of the element more on occasion, which validates their limits, but doesn't always equate to valuable feedback.
  • 2 0
 Best bike for desert riding? (Loose dirt, chunky rocks, and technical climbs/descents like Southern Utah, Arizona, Nevada, etc.)
  • 1 0
 SB130 LR - made for the Colorado front range which is dry, rocky and technical.
  • 1 0
 Sizing a bike when in between manufacturer's recommendation. For XC racing, i.e. all about pedaling, better to 1) go with smaller frame longer stem or 2) larger frame with shorter stem? Thx
  • 1 0
 Everybody's favourite music is from when they were 16 years old and their favourite car from when they were 20.

Do you have to continually reset your default settings when thinking about bikes?
  • 1 0
 What's your biggest pet peeve that Pinkbike commenters do? (e.g., the recurring "joke" comments about paywalls, complaining about the bike that you didn't feature in your field test, etc.)
  • 7 0
 @MuddyBrit @HGAB #1 pet peeve is haters in general. Stop wasting energy and do something more proactive. Everyone is here for a good time to talk about bikes. Real world negative product feedback is useful when presented factually though.
  • 5 0
 Agree with Matt. For me, it has to be someone who uses energy to be negative. That person who just has to take time to make that comment that shouldn't be posted.
  • 1 0
 I’d be pretty stoked to see a bike frame review where all the components are pre selected and matching between all of the bikes…do you see that as a good time or a miserable nightmare???
  • 4 0
 Would you like to have a fellow editor in Spanish? wink, wink
  • 2 0
 What are you choice for downcountry tires in the dry?
- wicked will
- maxxis rekon
- vittoria syerra
- ground control
- other?
What is best for front and rear?
  • 1 0
 Would you ever consider writing an article as to what regular clothing people can wear riding instead of purchasing expensive cycling specific clothing that makes you look like a power ranger?
  • 2 0
 You are buying ONE bike for EVERYTHING and you're using your own money (as-is from the manufacturer - no custom modifications)....what make, model and spec would you choose?
  • 1 0
 Can anyone come up with an idea to describe were the saddle sits in geometry descriptions? The effective angle does not say anything if you have long legs. The only way I can think of is to actually draw it out.
  • 2 0
 Who's got the highest ftp per weight and why hasn't there been a live test where we get to watch it happen? Ya know... For science
  • 1 0
 I'm gonna say it's me when I'm on it but Henry or Matt might give me a run for my money.
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy: Definitely Matt
  • 6 0
 @mikelevy @henryquinney I think you're all forgetting a former professional XC world cup racer...
  • 3 0
 @brianpark: I mean, I'm just saying how could we even believe it without hard video evidence of the suffering? PBA for the Pinkbike Staff sounds like the most reasonable answer to me! Throw up buckets included of course.
  • 2 0
 @naisemaj: I agree it would be a good premise for a video to see who has the highest FTP/kg. I would love to see as Brian inferred, Sarah could be the one to watch. I would love to see her school the chaps on a turbo trainer!
  • 2 0
 Is Levy planning on hitting up Zwift again this winter? Can we get a PB kit unlock code on there (that includes baggies and hairy legs)?
  • 2 0
 Yup, going to fire it up any day now - I just set it all back up. Probably no chance of a baggy shorts code tho haha
  • 1 0
 To all: What do you think is the factor(s) that makes you feel confident and "at home" on a new bike? Or that makes that process faster/easier?like geometry? rather than contact point position?
  • 4 0
 Specialized Status review- remember? Will there ever be a re-write?
  • 2 1
 @chrsei We're always working on reviews Smile
  • 1 0
 @mattbeer: As a current Status rider, I'd love to see that come out eventually just from pure curiosity.

I also am curious how the bike would ride with a coil, but I don't have the $$ to spend on one just for curiosity's sake. What would you do?
  • 2 0
 @mattbeer: there was one - I believe from levy but it vanished after 2h. Since then conspiracy theories are soaring … and the notion that every company should always print the complete bike name on the top tube.
  • 1 0
 @Junker92: I don't have a Status but it seems a really interesting bike. For an inexpensive coil shock try the Marzocchi Bomber CR, I really like it. It does not have a lock-out but a coil really improves the traction when climbing when not locked out and if you really want to lock it you can close the compression dial.
  • 1 0
 Thoughts on the marketing term "quiver-killer"?

If you had to have one bike (for argument sake 130r/140f), what reasonably easy/quick changes would you make for a flowy trail system day vs a gravity-oriented day?
  • 3 0
 I hate that term - it's turned into such a tired cliche. I wouldn't really make any changes if I had a 130 / 140mm bike - ideally something like that should be able to handle a range of trails without needing anything swapped out. If I was planning on doing a bunch of days in the bike park I might install some thicker casing tires, but that would really be it.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: Do you think that pre-cliche it had a place or has it always just been marketing nonsense?
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer i have a seat fitted to my sit bones and love it. man parts still go numb sometimes after ~30-45min of straight climbing. Chamois fixes this. How do you not use a chamois?
  • 2 0
 Callouses? Just kidding. Getting up and standing every so often while climbing might help get some blood flow to those important bits, or possibly try another saddle - even if it's comfortable, that numbness isn't ideal. I'm partial to the Ergon SM Enduro and the Specialized Mimic Power saddles, but everyone is different. Some shops have demo programs that can help you figure out what works best for you.
  • 3 0
 Try tipping the seat's nose down just a degree or two.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: been looking at the SM enduro, i'll give that a shot after i try levy's suggestion
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: but then my perfect 0deg seat angle will disappear and my ocd will be mad at me. i guess its worth it for the man parts.
  • 3 0
 For all the editors, what's your favorite 2021-2022 fork for light trail bikes?
  • 6 0
 For me it's the Fox 34 Grip2.
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: Thanks for the answer! Have you had any time on a DVO Sapphire D1 to give a short comparison?
  • 3 0
 SID Ultimate if it doesn't have bushing play or the Fox 34 Grip2.
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer will there ever be a suspension field test? Bring some of those high-end European forks and shocks to Canada to battle it out with the heavy hitters from America
  • 7 0
 Hopefully - the border closure threw a wrench in the works the last couple of seasons. Fingers crossed 'Shock Week' can finally get going in 2022.
  • 1 0
 From the "REALLY NOSY FILE": Since Outside took over, have you had a significant raise that would not have take place otherwise? I hope so. Whatever you folks are paid, it ain't enough. Keep up the good work.
  • 3 0
 What's your gear setups for a day out riding? (Spare tires, tools, etc.)
  • 2 1
 Are Henry and Matt being brought in to take over the Mikes's roles?

Also why doesn't henry ride an XL? he looks a little cramped on the field test bikes
  • 4 0
 Haha - absolutely not. I mean, I know both the Mikes are like 117 years old but they have a few more seasons in them. I'm definitely not XL territory. I just have terrible posture in general. I could look cramped and hunched over in a lazy boy.
  • 3 1
 Maybe someone can finally answer my 9th grade physics question(from 54 years ago): "How high is up?"
  • 1 0
 If "I'm up" is 300mg of mdma, the equivalent "I'm high" is roughly 3 blunts and half a pizza.
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer have you had @mikelevy listen to Gojira yet? Does he have any socks left?
  • 6 3
 how could you support Morrissey in 2021?
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy whats the best bike you’ve ever ridden? Favorite trail? Opinion on the current e bike boom?
  • 2 0
 "Best" is a hard one, but what about a bike that I've had the most fun on? Probably most of the short-travel bikes I've ridden over the last few years, and the Enduro with Flight Attendant is up there as well - so versatile and crazy capable. I remember LOVING how the Unno rode.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: sweet. Flight attendant is cool and all… I would love to see how electronic suspension develops over the years. I would just question the reliability of it long term. I am usually hesitant when it comes to electric things on a mtb, but I gotta admit it’s good to see fresh ideas come to the sport.
  • 3 0
 What are the best taco stands near field test trails?
  • 6 0
 Tortas de Fuego in Sedona is a good spot for a burrito and a gallon of horchata.
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: Wow, I actually learned something today! (Always struggle to find a new place to eat in Sedona)
  • 1 0
 Kazimer, Growing up in Connecticut did you take advantage of the four BMX tracks?
If so, which one was your favorite to hang out at.
And did BMX transition easy into MTB.
  • 1 0
 Unfortunately, no. I wish I'd ridden BMX as a kid, I just never had any friends that were into it.
  • 3 0
 Do you think that there will be a legitimate bigger wheel standered?
  • 3 0
 @mikelevy can I call you Lev? Henry does....
  • 1 2
 When you publish an article on the front page does it show up for everyone at the same time? For example, the latest field test article was just published a couple of minutes ago for some riders it will currently be the middle of the night would the article instead show up for them the next morning?
  • 1 0
 Stuff gets posted ki the middle of the night even in PB's home time zone. Source: I have a newborn
  • 2 0
 We schedule things more or less around the clock, though most of it does show up during the day for North America. It's where the bulk of our staff and pretty significant readership are. If something goes up during the night for other time zones, they can see it when they wake up, no big deal. So yeah to answer your question, it shows up for everyone at the same time, regardless of local time zones.
  • 1 1
 Another question why haven't you guys done any reviews on these three bikes

1. www.mulletcycles.com/product/the-peacemaker

2. Commencal Meta SX

3. Commencal Clash

(in order of interest).
  • 2 0
 if you were to pick one brand to shill for the rest of your life, what would it be
  • 6 0
 Pinkbike Smile
  • 1 0
 CocoCoast. I really want a coconut water sponsorship, and theirs is the best.
  • 3 0
 Monster
  • 3 0
 @all the editors- what would you be doing if you weren't working at PB?
  • 2 0
 Probably be working in a bike shop. Although I think I'd also like being a librarian.
  • 4 0
 Probably living in a shack in the bush without power with twelve dogs and coming to town to collect cans.
  • 3 0
 Which other site do the editors read most?
  • 3 1
 Mike Levy, what happens to the field test bikes when you’re done with them? Do you sell them?
  • 2 0
 We box them up (or a local bike shop does) and ship them back to the companies they came from!
  • 3 0
 Worst bike you've ever owned?
  • 3 0
 Cars have HP/kW - does levy have a Monster rating?
  • 1 0
 Do you think geo will change much in the next 5-10 years? If so, do you think it will keep getting longer, lower, slacker & steeper (sta)
  • 4 0
 We did a very serious and not at all silly documentary called The Grim Donut about this.
  • 2 1
 If you were going to Bellingham and Squamish for the first time what trails would you ride on your first trip there to get a flavor for the areas?
  • 5 0
 It depends on what level of rider you are but in Squamish I'd start with Rupert and Credit Line at Alice Lake to warm up for a classic slab trail like Boney Elbows or In and Out Burger (look at the exit before you ride it please!), then hit the University trails (Half Nelson warm up, Angry Midget is a classic), and then head over the other side of the road for a Somewhere Over There and a Valleycliffe lap like Singletrack Mind (part of the XC/DC Field Test test lap!)
  • 1 0
 @sarahmoore: Rad! Thanks a ton Sarah!
  • 2 0
 Does the friction from seals in an air shock get worse / better / or not change with higher air pressures in the shock?
  • 3 0
 When is Henry Quinney going to grow a beard?
  • 2 0
 Is getting a fork service worth it? my fork's rebound is blown and idk if 85 is worth it for a broke af grom like me.
  • 1 0
 If you had to choose one enduro bike with the goal of maximizing the most fun per ride, what would it be and how would you set it up?
  • 4 1
 Enduro with Flight Attendant.
  • 4 1
 How much money do you guys make a year
  • 2 0
 Can’t be too bad if Levy’s got a 21 Supra !, sweet ride. Man’s worth the money though, love his reviews and banter.
  • 2 0
 Will there be a DH month this summer with Dan? Maybe throw in a weird Steel DH bike too?
  • 4 0
 We're definitely hoping to the get more DH bike reviews rolling, especially now that the border is open and we've got Matt Beer on board.
  • 3 0
 @phazedplasma Watch this space.
  • 3 0
 Do u consider bags to be the liquid form of boxes?
  • 1 0
 Can DOT fluid damage carbon?
For example when internally routing brake hoses, if there happens to be any fluid left dripping out of the hose...
  • 1 0
 It can definitely affect the resin and clear coat/paint on any carbon so if you do have DOT fluid leak onto it, clean it up ASAP with isopropyl alcohol and a soft cloth
  • 1 0
 Where can you see improvements being made on bikes in general? Bikes are really good these days and we are wondering where bikes are trending.
  • 1 0
 I see a constant stream of giveaways on PB (e.g. Advent Calendar) but never seem to see, or locate, winners. What up with that?
  • 6 0
 It's a conspiracy.
  • 2 0
 We try not to flood the homepage with winner names. If you want to see who has won the Win It Wednesdays, you can see that here: https://www.pinkbike.com/news/tags/win-it-wednesday/. The Advent Calendar is a tricky one. The Operations team have to notify and get responses from dozens of winners (you'd be surprised how many people don't check those emails they created just to create a second Pinkbike account and enter the contest). Last year, we published a round up of all the confirmed winners at the end of January: https://www.pinkbike.com/news/all-the-winners-of-the-2020-pinkbike-advent-calendar.html
  • 3 0
 Should I put a coil on my SC tallboy
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 Hell no
  • 2 1
 so much yes! it works incredibly well with the right tune! highly recommend
  • 2 1
 Definitely do it!
I enjoy mine big time and it shreds! Just have to get the correct tune on it cuz it’s such a short stroke but when you get it right, it’s freaking great! Makes for an incredibly capable short travel rig! It works out great on the Tallboy because of the leverage rate
Message me if you ever want to chat more about it
I have an Ohlins TTX22 on mine
  • 3 0
 I swear I remember Jordi Cortes at Fox did. He might know a few things about suspension.
  • 5 1
 Yes.
  • 2 0
 @zarban: yeah he long shocked it with a 7.5x2.0 and the travel comes to 128mm. It’s a sweet set up!
  • 1 0
 @mikeKazimer, @mikelevy, @henryquinney. Any advice on setting up suspension if you are really light (60kg)? Should I try a megneg on my shock?
  • 2 0
 Great question - a meg neg might help - especially in terms of reducing break away force. It's funny, big riders always think they need coil shocks, and often I don't see that as the case. In fact, often it's lighter riders who could benefit most.

Charging or changing the negative air chamber is a great way to do this. I think, in general, this is an area that bikes have got alot better in recent years. Suspension companies have done so well at reducing the preload on the airsprings.

However, I can imagine at 60KG it's still not quite there. I think that's what e-bikes do really well - the extra weight on the frame means that the shocks tend to push into their stroke and not just lift the bike up, especially when the rider is unweighting it. I saw Chris porter strapping led to his bike at some point. I know it sounds silly, but it could be worth trying to increase your sprung frame mass a little. Maybe the lightest, fanciest frame isn't your best friend in this regard. Might be something fun to experiment with.

Apart from that, maybe try and get your stuff tuned? Either a lighter oil or some more pliable shims in the low speed circuit could really help.
  • 1 0
 @henryquinney: Thanks for the reply! Current bike is the Transition Spire GX you guys tested in the field test. At 30% sag (which i like the feel of over less sag), the bike is supple at start of stroke, but I have it maxed out on tokens, and still occasionally blow the ring off the shock shaft.

Interesting about adding weight, but I'm less into that idea :-)

Have tried a coil, but don't think i had the spring rate correct. Will further explore the coil. I have a feeling the megneg might get to what i'm looking for. Otherwise, yes, could be worth sending in for a custom tune.

Cheers.
  • 1 0
 IYO, Which companies seem to have the most innovative/unique rear suspension designs currently across any platform (XC, Enduro/AM, DH)?
  • 3 1
 thoughts on the 2022 specialized fuse expert. Will you guys review it or do a hardtail testing series?
  • 6 1
 I'm surprised Levy and Kaz haven't logged into their alt accounts to shout this suggestion down.
  • 2 0
 Why don't bike manufacturers release Frame-only option right from the get go?
  • 2 0
 Honestly, I think some of the time it's just a misunderstanding about how bike companies make money. I don't think they want to sell you a frame only because they make a lot of their revenue by selling OE build kits along with their frame. I think high frame only prices are to actively dissuade you from the purchase - and with good reason. It's how their business model works.
  • 1 0
 Can anyone truly admit to loving hardtails, or at very least have respect for anyone willing to blast down any trail on them?
  • 6 0
 @pnwgnarnivore The only Pinkbike staff member that truly loves a hardtail is Tom Bradshaw. I have mad respect for anyone that rocks one though!
  • 2 0
 Which of you is best at math, and can you do my math homework in the future for me?
  • 2 0
 Not me - I'm an English major. I have a feeling it's probably Seb Stott, since he's got a degree in experimental physics.
  • 1 0
 I have been riding a bmx bike at ray's mountain bike park over the winter. Now my full sized bike feels somwhat akward. What should I do?
  • 3 0
 If you were a hotdog would you eat yourself?
  • 1 0
 High pivots? What's the overall consensus from the team for trail bikes currently or future trail bike potential?
Should this be a pursued set up or likely a fad?
  • 1 0
 Okay. For real now... What did levy disappear a few months back. Don't you know that celebrity personalities don't get to have their own lives?
  • 1 0
 How sold are you on the new high pivot phenomenon? Do you think the long, low, slack has meet its limit and possibly gone past it? Lastly... Rims. Carbon or Aluminum?
  • 2 0
 What are the odds you can get Pivot to sponsor PBA next year and make everyone ride Grim Donuts??
  • 1 2
 How come you guys always convert Kgs to pounds when discussing weight but not the other way? Given most of the team are from metric countries (as are many of your readers), this seems odd. A humble suggestion- It’s a lot easier to multiply by 2.2 than divide. Perhaps just use kilograms from now on?
  • 1 0
 I'm upgrading the fork on my HT. Looking at 34 rhythm, float, pike and the z2. What would you recommend? My budget is 600 and am looking at second hand forks! 29 boost baby
  • 4 0
 Dirt Jumper field test?
  • 1 0
 From an auto enthusiast can we get some details on the B Series in Mikes Mini? (I've had a few of flavors of Honda swaps in the past)
  • 1 0
 Ever thought of building a simple jig to test frame stiffness? Anchor the frame by bottom bracket, put defined load on the rear axle and measure deflection.
  • 2 0
 Yup, we’ve got plans.
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 You're spending 1 month in a country of your choice, all expenses paid and a free bike. What bike & what country?

@mikelevy @mikekazimer @henryquinney @sarahmoore
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 Taiwan and my gravel bike lol sorry
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 @mikelevy: scooters are the new gravel bikes anyway.
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 Any chance of more videos about the manufacturing of bikes? Seems a bunch of brands framed are made in some of the same factories but it's rarely mentioned.
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 why don't @mattbeer or @henryquinney have "MOD" next to their name and how long does it take them to to earn their moderator status?
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 Is it more comfortable to put your car keys in your sock.... or in @mikelevy 's sock whilst riding in Squamish during a rainstorm on sketchy XC bikes?
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 Have you ever was thinking about comparing DC and Trail bikes in one test to see if ascending or descending time could overlap between this two categories?
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 Who will be the first tech editor to own an ebike?
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 @mikelevy what car do you want to drive first?
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 @mikekazimer what did you have to buy at circle K on your triple H ride??
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 Gatorade, a banana, and a pack of Nutter Butter cookies.
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