Letter From the Editor: One Hell of a Year

Dec 31, 2020
by Brian Park  
Thanks for slimming me up Taj.


It's been quite a year for us at the good ship Pinkbike. As a sport we grappled with a lot of things, from issues of race to cancelled events, closed borders, and a rollercoaster of uncertainty through the whole industry. I wanted to take a moment to look at some of the things we did along the way.

First, a quick thank you to the whole Pinkbike editorial team. Even with all the upheaval, the crew wrote more original stories than ever before (including 24% more original tech stories), we finally got over 1M followers on Instagram, and we're closing in on 500K subs on YouTube as well. Thank you all for helping make it happen.





Of all the projects we did this year, I'm most proud of The Grim Donut. Watching my dumb little joke spiral out of control into this wild project was a treat.

As a result, I've heard from several industry people that it's helped them push internally to be more progressive and experimental in their prototypes. We take a lot of pride in that and hope the conversation it started about geometry keeps unfolding.

And yes, you'll see some very exciting follow ups in 2021. I know this is the time of year where everyone says "big plans" but uhhhh, we've got big plans.
The Grim Donut






The Pinkbike Academy may have been polarizing for the core mountain bike community, but it brought a ton of new eyeballs to the sport in a year when we have a ton of non-endemic interest. Anecdotally, each episode brought us an order of magnitude more subscribers than our videos normally do, and I'm excited to see what happens now that it's up on Amazon Prime.

This was a rough year for riders on the bubble of industry support, so I'm happy for Evan's success and excited to see what he's going to do with this opportunity. I'm also very proud that every one of the contestants is in a better position for support within the industry than they were a year ago. It was a logistical nightmare to pull off this year, and I want to say a special thank you to everyone involved for finding ways to make the show work.

For next year I'm looking forward to making the series even better (yes, there will be more riding and racing), and fingers crossed we'll be able to bring in many of the incredibly talented international folks we wanted to this year.





The MTB media world loves to complain about trade shows, but we all secretly love them and we knew we'd have to do something when Sea Otter got cancelled this year. Pond Beaver (and the Eurobike equivalent Across The Pond Beaver) were hugely successful.

In fact, the stories we wrote for the two Pond Beaver 'virtual trade shows' were read 50% more than Eurobike and Sea Otter stories were in 2019.

While we are excited to get back to Monterey and Friedrichshafen, we really do dislike the environmental impacts, jetlag, and shitty riding afforded by most press camps, so we're happy that this year has taught brands that we can exist without endless travel for Kool-Aid sessions.

Needless to say we hope those shows are back in 2021, but we're also thinking of doing another Pond Beaver at some point as well.






The Privateer Season 3: Walk The Talk was another project that only happened through the pure grit and stubbornness of the team involved. Ben and co did an amazing job pulling back the curtain on the world cup race scene, and we're working to take the series to the next level in 2021. The ink's not dry on this project though (still waiting for a wealthy oligarch to hit me up), so stay tuned on that.





We started a podcast when things locked down this spring (like literally everyone else), but The Pinkbike Podcast has grown into itself and we're really enjoying doing them. Weird.

Anyway, we're going to keep the podcast rolling in 2021 with the same crew (Levy, Kaz, me, James, and Sarah), as well as a rotating list of guests and characters. We've got all kinds of lukewarm takes and annoying questions to ask industry folks.





2021 Field Test Tom Richards photo

On the product review side, it's a hell of an accomplishment that the tech team published three Field Tests this year. One is usually a big enough hassle, but they've gone really well so we'll do at least three again in 2021. Right now the plan is to do a value bike one in the spring, a DH bike and eMTB one in the summer (just to mess with everyone's emotions), and then a trail and enduro one again in the fall. If Levy blows it this year maybe I'll make him do a hardtail fat bike one next winter.

And on the topic of value, we're going to do more value-minded reviews. The value Field Test this spring will be a part of that, but we'll be considering value more across everything we do. For example, we'll be setting a hard price limit even for our regular trail and enduro Field Test. As fun as checking out $14K superbikes is, we think there's more value to regular riders if we cap it at a level where the product managers have to make smart choices to deliver the best ride, rather than just throw the most expensive parts they can find at a frame and call it good. I haven't set that level yet, but it'll probably be around $6K USD—still very high end, just not obnoxiously so.

We're also going to launch Pinkbike Buyers' Guides for key product categories in 2021. We spend a ton of time checking out new stuff, and that's not going away, but we hear the frustration when we check out 6 of the best new knee pads without including the current product benchmarks. We want to provide a better resource to turn to when making purchasing decisions on everything from pedals to rims to multitools—especially for newcomers to the sport.
Best flat pedals 2020

The tech team is growing (more on that soon), and there will be at least one person tasked with doing the research and testing for these unpaid, independent buyers's guides full time. We've got a "best trail clip-in pedals" buyers guide coming shortly as a bit of a pilot, but let us know what product categories you'd like to see us focus on in the comments.






Finally, a big thanks to you Pinkers (ughhhh). You're all weird as hell and we appreciate you. Keep serving up that comment gold—we hope you never get flats, your trails never get dumbed down, and you don't ever have to change axle standards ever again. Here's to a great 2021!


143 Comments

  • 262 0
 From the bottom of my pinker heart: thank you for all the entertaining ways to help me procrastinate!
  • 104 0
 Thank you PinkBike staff
  • 23 0
 Smile
  • 77 1
 "we'll be setting a hard price limit even for our regular trail and enduro Field Test."

Awesome!

As for buyers guides, I personally would like to see one on brakes. Help us decide whether, for example, Code RSC's are worth the premium over Code R's.
  • 10 50
flag bonkmasterflex (Dec 31, 2020 at 7:33) (Below Threshold)
 I can resolve that one for you. No. Code RSCs are not worth the added cost over Code Rs. The end.
  • 8 1
 Yes brakes would be a good one, Should I get Magura, what about hope or Trickstuff?
Enduor-mtb.com do good grouptests
  • 6 18
flag Assclapp (Dec 31, 2020 at 7:53) (Below Threshold)
 @melonhead1145: don't bother with magura
  • 50 4
 I can resolve that one for you. Yes. Code RSCs are worth the added cost over Code Rs. The end.
  • 2 0
 @melonhead1145: that's a good tip, I've read every word of their brake shootout!
  • 5 0
 Yes for a brakes buying guide, and please include Formula’s Cura and Cura 4!
  • 5 0
 @mgibeault: I'm also Cur-ious!
I've read very positive reviews of the 4's, but I've also seen forum posts suggesting the MC reservoir doesn't hold enough oil to keep up with the bigger caliper past half pad life.
And if one did stick with the original Curas, are they really powerful enough?
  • 2 0
 ... of $9,999.99
  • 2 2
 @idecic: he said potentially around 6k USD. That's a lot of money, but also an attainable goal for many (set aside $250/mo for 3 years).
  • 6 0
 @dualcrownscottspark: I second that. Hayes Dominions are great!
  • 1 3
 @melonhead1145: maguras are the best!
  • 3 0
 I second the desire for buyers guide on brakes. Let's throw forks, shocks, saddles, rims and hubs onto that list too.
  • 2 0
 @melonhead1145: I’ll be the weird guy and say I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with TRP brakes on many different bikes
  • 1 0
 @Spencermon: I was seriously considering those or the TRP DH EVO's. I ended up actually buying Codes again for a new build just because I have the bleed kit and know them so well. I'm wondering if I made the right choice? I really wanted to try something different. How are they compared to the Codes?
  • 2 0
 @zarban: get them Dominions. An upgrade in everest dimension over the codes
  • 3 0
 @sjma: Not weird at all. I second that everything I've owed or tried from TRP has been excellent. If I was in the market for a set of brakes right now I'd definitely be buying TRP.
  • 1 0
 It would be great to reference the buyers guides in the reviews of new stuff, too. Ie. “this new _____ is so good it’s been added to the recommended list in the buyers guide”
  • 1 1
 @jseaton884: I would settle for simply comparisons of competing products. A recommendation is certainly nice, but also not necessary, besides that adds a bias to the decision making process. I think I'd prefer to deduce what I think is best for myself based on the observations of the others without an explicit bias of preference from someone else. But hey, some are lazy and want to be told what to buy.
  • 1 0
 @SuperHighBeam: yeah I like the comparison section that's been added to articles lately. Would be good of there was a list of top picks of each product category, or perhaps just more product group tests
  • 4 0
 @AndrewHornor: I have a pair of curas 2, I think I'll buy them again. Power is plenty (I'm not a heavy rider though, I weigh around 72 kgs) but what I really like about them is the way it's delivered. In Europe they also are around the same price of a pair of SLXs which is great. Maybe I've been going through pads a bit quickly but apparently things have improved with the new rotor design. I hope this helps.
  • 1 0
 @crashtor: that is helpful. I weigh about the same as you, so thanks for the input!
  • 1 0
 @AndrewHornor: I had XTs before and the Cura provides a very different feel.
I guess it’s a lot of modulation.
I’m not skidding anymore and I use a lot more front brake. You can say they feel less powerful the first couple of rides but it’s less of an "on-off" switch as the Shimano.
  • 34 9
 I would love to see a Fat Bike field test. I know they get shat on and are super dorky, but they are also incredibly fun. You need to find a place that grooms with a Snow Dog groomer to really experience how awesome it can be. Also, with winters getting more unpredictable and ski hills hurting, fatbiking will become much more enticing to a lot of folks. When the ski conditions are bad, the fatbiking is often really good. Plus, there has been a ton of interesting technology development in studded tires, wheel size, q-factor, suspension, etc. AND there is so much gear you can nerd out on to keep you warm. Everyone in the northlands will be interested. Go have a winter vacation in Quebec or Vermont and have some fun!
  • 11 3
 I agree. Maybe not fat bikes, but I think getting out of their pnw bubble might give them perspective about things like plus and fat tires. They seem to get dogmatic about things like plus tires just because they don't make sense in their terrain. I just got a steel hardtail with 29x2.8 and I love it.. My trails have a few sections that are soft silt/sand and 2.5s on my main bike sink in/ bog down too much. I can clean some tricky short climbs due to the traction. And I don't feel like the plus tires are holding me back on descents. I mean its a hardtail so on the burly descents I'm obliviously slower than my full suspension but it's a lot of fun. Tho, I admit it could all just be new bike stoke. And this time of year it's cold and trying to notice subtleties in traction and handling is pretty hard with thick gloves and cold fingers.
  • 34 0
 I spoke with @mikekazimer and he just said he'll do it.
  • 3 3
 @kcy4130: It's not like there is a shortage of snow in Squamish BC. Pinkbike could totally do a fatbike review. Given the global audience of Pinkbike not mention the many people in the northern United States and Canada I think an annual fatbike review (done in the snow with studded tires) should be part of the routine. Let us not forget the many many fatbikes in Colorado (and likely Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, and most certainly Alaska).
  • 2 1
 @mikelevy: Kazimer on E-fatbikes and Levy on plus. Of course the baseline will be the specialized 6fattie from the good ol‘ days. GIVE US MORE VOLUME. TRACTION OR NOTHING! WHAT CAN GO WRONG?
  • 21 0
 Sorry @mikelevy, this one’s for you. Remember, I know how to ski and you don’t. Therefore, you need a winter activity, and fat bikes seem perfect.
  • 8 0
 @bh406: ALL THE TRACTION, NONE OF THE SIDEWALLS haha
  • 2 5
 @mikekazimer: Nice try in evasion of the fat bikes Kaz. I ski too, but I also fatbike as do many that fatbike. How about you test the full suspension fat bikes and Levy tests the hardtails?
  • 3 5
 @mikelevy: Ain't no one going real fast on fat bike in the snow. Rolling over sidewalls on a fat bike isn't even a thing. All the traction, not necessarily. You haven't ridden on hardpack snow or ice yet. Setup a field test on a slough of hardtail fatbikes on 4" studded tires (just like you have control tires for the summer season). You guys will have loads of stuff to keep you busy through the winter. Clothes, shoes, bikes, helmets. Pinkbike doesn't review skis, you guys review bikes and bike related stuff...
  • 12 1
 @SuperHighBeam: Nah, I'm good Smile
  • 4 2
 @mikelevy: That may be, but Brian Park and Kaz may say otherwise... mwahahaha! Prepare to ride in the snow. It's fun too, just in a different way. Wink
  • 3 0
 @mikelevy: y'all need an east coast correspondent that understands the plight of those who don't have year-round mountain biking!
  • 2 0
 @bonkmasterflex: why don't east coasters have year round mountain biking?

signed, an east-coaster-that-mountain-bikes-year-round
  • 4 1
 @huckschwinn: up in New England you have the following seasons:

Summer: the trails are awesome

Leaf peeper: the trails are awesome and the roads are full of tourists looking at trees

Stick season: the trails are marginal, probably too muddy to ride, and/or frozen, and covered with leaves (which is fun in its own way)

Winter: the trails are covered in snow and it's time for skiing and fatbiking

Extra winter: somehow it's still winter

Mud season: self explanatory

Spring: the one day in June where it isn't muddy but it's not hot yet.

You can't mountain bike for often for 4-5 months or so, and sometimes longer.
  • 1 1
 @mikelevy: YES. I’ve seen tubes thicker than some of those 2.8-3in tires. I’m not going to lie, 29x2.4 is hard to beat these days.
  • 23 0
 A few days ago I was thinking about how Pinkbike went above and beyond this year with so many projects and a ton of work to make it all happen! Thanks for keeping mountain biking fun and I can't wait to see what 2021 brings! Cheers
  • 16 0
 Is Brian going to do an ad read on the next podcast for using Pinkers in this article?
  • 11 0
 I suppose it’s only fair... who has a good one?
  • 3 0
 @shakadude: That bike is horrendous lol My Dad once came home from Walmart with a $150 full-suspension bike, he was hyped out of his mind on the deal he scored. Would have loved to see the ad copy on that one.

And yes, it made it 100' into the first ride before the all plastic derailler went into the mild steel spokes, destroying the back wheel and locking up the back end up permanently.
  • 3 0
 @shakadude: haha yes, product features "little factory can make 27.5" wheel bikes" Im totally sold
  • 3 0
 @klazzymoto He certainly is - I'll find something real good!
  • 2 0
 @actonca: that Dogma XM ad is legendary.
  • 14 0
 Thanks PB, genuinely a big help during lockdown, listening to the podcasts while riding out for yet another solo ride from the front door was a godsend. Levy is a comedy hero, 100%!
  • 17 6
 Loved watching Pinkbike Academy with the family... even my wife and son (who love biking, just not nearly as much as I do) looked forward to watching each new episode together on Thursdays. It also gave us tons to talk about, and convinced my wife that we needed to get our 12 year old a GoPro Hero8 for Christmas (overly blatant advertising for the win!).

Some suggestions for future Pinkbike features?

I’d love to see a hardtail Field Test. Just hardtails. And given that manufacturers are now offering hardtails with wildly different geometries and focuses, this could easily be a whole field test unto itself. Just be ready for sore wrists and butts during the Huck to Flat tests.

And seeing as how many people I see on the trails seem to be digging out their retro mtbs and “resto-modding” them (ie swapping components and updating them to make them ride better), I’d love to see a bunch of Pinkbike writers each take on a challenge like that. What happens when you throw a 120mm fork on a 90s Kona hardtail? How would you go about swapping a 3x drivetrain to a 1x? Can you convert a 26’er to 27.5 or mullet configuration? Best ways to put a dropper post on an old bike? What old components are still worth keeping, over newer ones? Which older bikes are worth sinking money into? There are lots of interesting questions with resto-mod projects.

I recently resto-modded my ‘95 Cannondale F700, and it was a frustrating but fun project. The Headshok was shot, and I had to do a bit of research before finding a headset adapter (and cutting it down with a hacksaw to fit), and because I wanted to keep my trusty XTR V-brakes, the only new fork I found to work on it was a RockShok Recon Silver with 100mm of travel (compared to the Headshok’s 50mm or so). Next were wider bars and shorter stem. I eventually want to ditch the 3x for a 1x drivetrain, but want to keep my old 5 bolt RaceFace crankset somehow. This bike holds a special place in my heart, as I picked it because of my infatuation with Alison Sydor and the rest of the Volvo-Cannondale team, and I raced it in both XC and downhill races, as well as commuted on it during my university days. I’d love to hear these kinds of stories from the PinkBikers, as I’m sure each of you would have your own takes on them.
  • 7 0
 Love the resto-mod idea!
  • 20 0
 Hardtail Field Test - not a terrible idea if we find the time! Love the resto-mod idea. We've been talking about this one for ages, so let's do it in 2021.
  • 2 1
 @mikelevy: Can we get a filter for XC related articles in 2021?
  • 9 0
 @thustlewhumber: So you only want to see XC stuff in 2021, right?
  • 8 0
 Great work from @brianpark and the entire team! We've seen your website traffic double since Covid, you've kept us entertained during lockdowns, stepped up huge with bike testing and video content. And... your new webshop is beautiful Wink Looking forward to a fantastic 2021 at Pinkbike!
  • 8 0
 Thanks for the entertainment while stuck here at home the past year!

How about a value build shoot out? Basic idea set a fixed reasonable low cost for a build and use the same frame for the build. Have a couple of the tech people here spec and build those bikes then test them. Give people an idea how to build a bike budget.

Or maybe just do one bike and interview a bunch of bike company bike product managers. I think a lot of people dont know how hard it is to keep a build cost down and just want it all to be high end parts for cheap. I think it comes from people not building bikes from frame up and not having to buy each part on a budget.
  • 9 0
 I think giving a few of the editors a $1500 or so and having them buy the best new or used bike of a given category they can get then doing some tests to see who got the best deal. Like the cheap car challenges that top gear did.
  • 1 0
 @kcy4130: Yes ... that would be cool use the BuySell here or new from shops or direct to consumer, no freebies from bike manufacturers. Then do a test shootout. Maybe force one to do used only, one to do a shop only, one direct to consumer only, one from online parts like frame and components.
  • 10 0
 @kcy4130: we have two projects in the works that are along these lines. One is budget vs baller, and the other is the shit to gold challenge. More soon. Smile
  • 9 0
 @brianpark: But can 'Shit to Gold' be the official name?
  • 3 0
 @brianpark: taking a little out of the Top Gear formula would be a treat. Comparative analysis on lap times using the resto mod vs a fresh bike.
  • 3 0
 @mikelevy: I mean that's what I've been calling it and I'm not very creative, so, probably?
  • 11 0
 Thank you Pinkbike. You exist, therefore I am.
  • 12 0
 Same tho haha
  • 7 0
 Impressive work, team. Your podcast has become a weekly treat for me. Thank you!

Buyers guide ideas (these are my bike pain points)
-Tire inserts. New takes on the insert come online every other week it seems.
-Tire repair solutions. What plugs are working great for what kind of cuts/slices. What trailside pump/co2 setup is ideal here
-Tire sealants. Do any of them actually work on trail for real life impacts?
-Shoes. Specifically clips. Why isn't there a good shoe that's comfortable AND a semi-flexible sole. Shimano ME7's have a banger sole and right stiffness for walking/riding, but the toe box got massive in the 2019 update. Giro has amazing fit with the Privateers/Terraduro's but the sole is way too stiff to enduro.


Shootout style comparisons:
-Casing and tire inserts combos. Pros/cons of DD with no insert compared to EXO + insert
-Carbon hoops. vertically compliant, strong, stiff. Where do we want to be in this mix and why? Also aluminum, talk about if it might be better for most of us.
-Donut shootout. Tim Horton v Krispy Kreme
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 Different stokes lol , that ME-7 toe box is just big enough to fit my feet now. Wish the ME-5 got the wider treatment...

I can answer one of those! Tim Horton's is convenient and ubiquitous, but their donuts are industry scale bottom shelf crap. Krispy Kremes however are actually really ******* good.
  • 10 0
 Thank You Pink Bike for all you do! All the best for the new year.
  • 5 0
 Thank you for a great year (even when the year wasn't great).

PB Podcast has quickly became the thing I look forward to every week.

Some suggestions for future content:
* A hardtail bike shootout like the trail/enduro one you just had.
* A NICA (high school racing) bike (XC-ish) shootout that made value (cost vs. awesome) the key factor.
* A fat bike shootout; come to Minnesota, we have good trails and grooming for this.
* The 'best bike in the range' was a great add to the trail/enduro bike and should part of every future review.
* More tips/tricks/hacks for mountain biking.
* More component comparisons
  • 1 0
 I agree - the PB Podcast is something I look forward to every week, too. And while it was slightly offbeat, I loved hearing the stories with RC. You guys are great at coming up with new ways to entertain. Please keep it up!
  • 7 0
 Pinkbike was was one of the shining moments in a year full of shit--thank you!
  • 5 0
 Awesome job in a screwed up year. Thank you for all the great articles, videos and amazing photographs. Great job and I cant wait for Canada to let us USA'ers back in....please.
  • 4 0
 Thanks so much to @brianpark and the whole editorial team for their work this year. While I am part of the majority demographic of "Pinkers" (a cishet white guy with a middle-income job), I really appreciate the ways in which Pinkbike is trying to highlight and promote the voices of traditionally non-represented voices within mountain biking. Increased diversity will only strengthen and help grow our sport in positive ways.

On a similar, but somewhat, different note, I would love to see more pieces like @nkrohan's about plus-sized riding kits. As someone who fits into the "Clydesdale" category of mountain biker, I am constantly wearing out or breaking parts that simply aren't designed for riders of my size or weight (fully recognizing that rider error is at times to blame). I would love to see more content that is geared towards plus-sized riders or better yet has been reviewed and ridden extensively by these riders. I love reading and watching @mikekazimer, @mikelevy, @smooresmoore, and the rest of the team review and hammer products to their limits but I would love to see plus-sized riders on some of the field tests or product reviews.

Looking forward to what you all produce in 2021!
  • 1 0
 Thank you, appreciate that! I do try to enable Levy's donut habit for exactly this reason. He's like 80 years old now and I expect his metabolism to implode any day now...
  • 4 0
 Can you please animate the podcasts with some of Taj's animation? My ADD does not allow me to listen to podcasts. I need the visual stimulation to keep me listening. Thank you and Happy New Year.
  • 4 1
 @brianpark PInkbike Academy was awesome, Survivor for mountain bikes! I think it's good to take the feedback on a bit more riding and racing... BUT, the flip side is there is already tons of riding and racing content out there. So PB Academy is a cool twist.

My .02 is just that I hope it was successful enough that your able to go longer this time, maybe a few more contestants? But perhaps the way to add more riding and racing is that we get a few more days between "elimination days" more consistently. (but enough non consistency to keep contestants on their toes!) That way there is time for adding more racing/riding, but still be able to keep the "events" coming.

Maybe there can be an "overall" stage race component that adds up over the course of the show as part of the determining factor? Be a cool kind of leader board to watch? Also be cool if some of the "events" in between could add or reduce the overall stage race time??

Anyway, just want to say that Pinkbike's content was one of the saving graces of 2020.

Thanks!
  • 3 0
 Thank you PinkBike for keeping me sane this year. I work in healthcare and it has been one hell of a year messed up year. When I needed to reset and clear my mind, I turned to Pinkbike to get my MTB fix and focus on something other than the chaos that was 2020. I wish everyone at PinkBike an awesome 2021 and please stay safe everyone. We all play a part in making 2021 better than the dumpster fire that was 2020.
  • 4 0
 Thank your for a genuinely entertaining year! And also for not pretending that the calendar year changing will make things better.
  • 4 2
 Love it, excited. And I want to double up on the value minded reviews as a poor person looking to ride as much as I can while still feeding my children. We need to push manufacturers away from this pricing by not even reviewing it. Unless we want only dentists and pink bike testers to use these bikes. $6k is still huge dollar for a bike, hard to justify when you don't even eat organic food, this caters to only the rich dudes who work too much and bike sits in the garage next to there harley and wife's convertible. The true personalities of this sport are the ones making time to ride and I know these testers come from humble beginnings as the mountain bike itself did. Lets not turn this into resort skiing...............
  • 2 0
 Despite 2020 being a pretty rough year, Pinkbike has been a saving grace. Loved all the content in 2020 and am looking forward to the content of 2021. What was described above sounds awesome. I would say that as for bike reviews the price cap should be $5000 for everything but Enduro and DH which can be $6000 due to the generally higher cost of the suspension components on those rigs. I would also encourage seeking greater diversity in the reviews looking across brands from a multitude of countries with a variety of suspension designs. Throw in some refinements of various tests during the field test (as was discussed in the comments by many) and the results should be really good. I would even go so far as to try to objectivity the results and compile rudimentary charts at the end of videos to more easily compare results of bike tests side by side.
  • 3 0
 Thank you Brian and the Pinkbike staff. You all do amazing work.

The $6K limit is a killer idea. Still oodles of money, but if they can't make an amazing bike for $6k, something is wrong.
  • 2 0
 PinkBike was definitely a source of light amongst the 2020 darkness. Really appreciate all the things you did to keep the content flowing!

Re: The Privateer. Could crowd-sourcing help finance it? I'd be happy to throw in $50 a year - 400 more of those and it might help flight costs, etc. Watching Ben Cathro plan his comeback and then the surprise bonus of the other WC riders that were helped was a real treat. If rumours of more privateers in a team run by Cathro are true - then it could be the best thing evaaar!
  • 4 3
 Maybe instead of breaking the field field test into trail and enduro bikes or Xc and down country, you could do more field tests where you just test enduro bikes for example and have a 2-3k category and a 3-6k.

Choosing the bikes for each category depending on who’s fulfilling the wants/needs of a 3k buyer vs a 6k and then compare them in all the normal ways so the reader see which one they want out of the value bikes rather than seeing that this vitus is the best value so they should buy that even if they want maybe a bit more travel or something else.
  • 5 0
 You guys did a amazing job this year, especially love the podcast.
  • 1 0
 Thanks to my favorite website by far. Amazing content. Fantastic photos. Videos that made me dream away numerous times. Keep it up in 2021. Hope to come to Squamish again next summer. Will be looking out for Levi's Mini ????
  • 3 0
 Thanks PB. This is my favorite website and media outlet. I check it at least 5 times a day. Keeping the perspective fresh and young on MtB is what makes your site great.
  • 3 0
 I’d love to see upgrade guides! Something like:

“So, your bike came with an OEM Rockshox Judy fork. You have $400. Here’s the fork you should buy.”
  • 2 0
 Yes, same here!
  • 1 0
 Thx Pinkbike, I really loved all the content, you did a great job. As for the buyers guide, please include ease of maintenance and prices of spare parts in the advice / score. For example I found Specialized Bennies pedals hard to service because there's nothing to find online with regard to which bearings are used and how to service them. Hope and Shimano are examples of very easy pedals to maintain. Shimano because of the smart design, Hope because of the cheap replacement bearings and helpfull how to video. It's also much more sustainable if products can be repaired.

Another example are Formula brakes, good brakes but the pads are ridiculously expensive. Not a real dealbraker but good to know when buying those (excellent) brakes.
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 Outstanding job this year. Seemed like every time we looked for some new content on MTB their was something to watch and a lot times something we could learn from. I have a four year old that loves MTB, his favorite is the Friday Fails. A good show sometime next year could have something to do with biking man caves. Take care and keep riding.
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 love all the great content, keep it up! Especially the podcast and the XC/Value bike reviews.

It has to have come up it the past - doing a Top Gear hot lap style time review for each bike; ridden on the same course, note the dirt conditions, same rider, etc. Would be rad. I know it's not perfect bro-science, but when Levi mentioned the other day that he has specific trails/segments that he tracks bikes on, it got me thinking.
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 Glad you're enjoying the content!

Re doing hot lap reviews, that's pretty much what we do with the field test. We just don't pretend like the timed results are definitive (like top gear and some other bike sites do).
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 Most of my trails are a good 30-60 minutes from home, so I've made it a tradition to catch up on the Podcast backlog during the drive. It really helps me get in the right mindset, with enough news, tech talk, laughs, and absurd stories from RC to get me stoked. Keep doing what you're doing PB team!
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 I'd like to see more content that is written by, for and about women (and people that aren't white male in general). I'd like to call out the work of @nkrohan for being particularly awesome - her awareness of different body types and articles on the subjects of women's riding gear and kits for plus size riders are excellent. Her "Ridden & Rated" posts are well-written and carefully considered. I can't wait to read more from her!
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 Thank you PB for helping spend my paycheck, having coffee with me each morning, keeping my mind occupied on road trips, and keeping me guessing at new product spy shots and who riding for who this year!
  • 5 0
 thanx PB crew!!
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 Pink Bike saved 2020 for me. massive thanks for providing all the action for free, means a lot.
  • 4 1
 Excellent job Brian and the entire Pinkbike crew. The content was top notch and the future is bright!
  • 3 0
 Thank you for the entertainment and the resulting loss of approximately 6.7 percent of my annual productivity at work!!
  • 4 0
 Guys .... what about winners of Advent Calendar???
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 I like to see a stem buyers guide please.
  • 8 0
 Tubeless valve stem shootout please.
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 @PinkyScar: This. Discovering larger bore E-13 valve stems changed my life.
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 @50percentsure: Those things are awesome.
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 I think 49thbiker's comment was in reference to handlebar stem's. Not really sure how you do a buyers guide there. There isn't much to a stem. Is it torsionally stiff, lightweight, and does it hold the bars well. That's all there is to a stem.
  • 4 1
 Stems are for aesthetics, just pick one you think looks cool. If you notice your stems performance you have a bad stem. ...and gram counting on a stem is probably the most expensive way to save weight.
  • 3 1
 Just a bad joke.
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 @49thbiker: Well played!
  • 4 0
 Can we do steerer cap shootout?
  • 3 0
 Cheers Fellas. Keep it up!
  • 3 0
 Thank you guys,here's to a great 2021 for you all.
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 Thank you to the Pinkbike team for great content that is FREE! Wish you all the best for 2021!
  • 2 0
 I shamelessly listened to each podcast more than once. Thanks for coming through this year PB!
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 Since you clearly don’t have enough work in general, or with all these new projects and comparo vs. juxstapizer, let me speak for the true Pinkers from the innards of the bike id: give us the super bike $10k+ comparison; only the caviar of dentist bougie electro-shifting, diamond dust sidewall tires allowed. Keep your $6k bikes, plebes; we #realpinkers want the Tony Montana edition or nothing else.
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 Thanks pinkbike staff. The podcast has been a revelation. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening.
  • 1 0
 Ps Happy New Year
  • 1 0
 Thank you Pinkbike for all the mtb content. Always look forward to visiting the site each day to see what's new in the mtb world.
  • 4 1
 PLEASE MAKE LEVY DO A FAT BIKE FIELD TEST!
  • 2 0
 NOOOO
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 Best toilet content on the planet
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the content through 2020. I've especially enjoyed the podcast which has made my morning commute borderline-tolerable. Keep it up in 2021. All the best guys/girls.
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 The Grim Donut is the most important thing you have ever done for mountainbiking hands down, thank you
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 $6k for a value bike is still too high. The number I hear the most is 5k cdn max so I would cap it at 4k USD.
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 $6K would be for the regular field test, not the value bike field test we are doing in the spring. The regular field test still needs to be about the latest and greatest high end mountain bikes.
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 @mikelevy @mikekazimer I really hope you guys find a way to make the Mike vs Mike race this year a thing. Just hearing about that keeps me laughing.
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 The illustration of 2020 as a dumpster fire is so great! Thanks Taj
  • 1 0
 Happy new year pink bike. Thanks for entertaining me during this wired year
  • 2 0
 Bravo, Pinkbike. Thanks for keeping us sane(-ish) this year.
  • 1 0
 Thanks Pinkbike editors...even tho you're huge dorks...we still enjoy your B.S.!!
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 @brianpark :
Of all the projects we did this year, I'm most proud of The Grim Donut. Watching my dumb little joke spiral out of control into this wild project was a treat.

What do you mean your idea ? Thats so Mike Levy ? Dont just steal his credit....
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 @barbarosza Brian is definitely responsible for the Donut and making me do it Wink
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 Thanks PB for continuing to be the best website out there
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 Thanks PB it has been an awesome year!
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 Best bibs for the bike park?
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 Battle of the gear cabling. Get on it.
  • 2 0
 PB Podcast = Awesome!
  • 1 0
 ...*** on the weekend
  • 1 2
 Only 3 things I like pink. Pink taco, pink Kush and pink bike. Keep the content coming.

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