Nerding Out: The Fastest Race Bikes of 2021

Dec 26, 2021
by Ed Spratt  

Downhill

After taking a look back at the most successful DH bikes from 2000 to 2020 we have looked at the stats over the 2021 DH World Cup season and the Val di Sole World Champs to see which bikes come out on top with the most Elite and Junior race wins. Take a look at our findings after we crunched the numbers from the 2021 World Cups and World Championships.



1: Trek Session - 13


Just like when we looked at the top World Cup DH bikes from 2000 to 2020 the Trek Session sits at the top of the list for race wins in 2021. Totalling 13 wins across World Cup races and the World Champs in Val di Sole the Session is leagues ahead of the other bike that took home victories this season. The most successful riders on the Session this year were Izabela Yankova and Jackson Goldstone who each took four wins. Tied for second-most wins on the session were Valentina Höll and Loris Vergier with two wins apiece.

Rider Breakdown:
Izabela Yankova / Jackson Goldstone - 4 Wins
Valentina Höll / Loris Vergier - 2 Wins
Reece Wilson - 1 Win



2: Commencal Supreme - 6


The Commencal Supreme comes in second for wins in 2021 with six across the season. Topping the winning list of riders on the Commencal this year is Myriam Nicole who took home three wins including a World Champs victory. Sitting all on one win each is Camille Balanche, Thibaut Daprela and Pau Menoyo Busquets.

Rider Breakdown:
Myriam Nicole - 3 Wins
Camille Balanche / Thibaut Daprela / Pau Menoyo Busquets - 1 Wins



3: Canyon Sender - 4

Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender

Coming in third place is the Canyon Sender that previous to 2021 had one Elite victory to its name but over the last twelve months it has picked up two new Elite victories. Troy Brosnan took his second win on the Canyon Sender after previously winning in Vallnord back in 2017 while Tahnee Seagrave just took the top spot at the muddy Les Gets. Phoebe Gale topped the list of Canyon winners this year with two Junior wins.

Rider Breakdown:
Phoebe Gale - 2 Wins
Troy Brosnan / Tahnee Seagrave - 1 Win



4: Saracen Myst - 2


After having an incredible Junior season Jordan Williams helped to put the Saracen Myst into the top five with his two wins. Jordan also put the Myst into the top four for the most qualifying wins as well.

Rider Breakdown:
Jordan Williams - 1 Win



5: Santa Cruz V10, GT Fury and Specialized Demo - 1

Noga Korem GT Fury
Finn Iles Specialized Demo - Leogang 2021

Completing the top five is a three-way tie for fifth with the Santa Cruz V10, GT Fury and Specialized Demo all taking one win each. Loic Bruni secured the win for the Demo with Greg Minnaar taking the World Champs title on the V10. Junior rider Sophie Gutöhrle rode her GT Fury to its only win in 2021.

Rider Breakdown:
Greg Minnaar/Santa Cruz V10 - 1 Win
Loïc Bruni/Specialized Demo - 1 Win
Sophie Gutöhrle/GT Fury - 1 Win



Rider/Bike combinations:


Izabela Yankova and Jackson Goldstone were pretty unstoppable in the Junior racing this year and they both top the chart with the most wins on their bikes which both happen to be the Trek session. In third we Myriam Nicole break up the Sessions as she pushes ahead of Loris Vergier with three wins on the Commencal Supreme. Loris Vergier and Valentina Höll tie with Jordan Williams and Phoebe Gale on two wins across the season.



Qualifying Wins:


When looking at qualifying wins you see similar results again with the Trek Session 10 top finishes and the Commencal Supreme on seven. It is no surprise to see these two at the top with such a large number of racers opting to run these bikes at World Cup races. Coming in third with four top qualifiers in the Specialized Demo.



Founding countries:


Just like we found when we looked at the most successful DH bikes from 2000 to 2020 the USA tops the ranks as the brand founding country with the most World Cup wins in 2021. 10 wins back is Andorra with six World Cup victories this year, this is again the same position as before for the sixth smallest European nation. Only two other founding countries featured on the top step of the podium this year with Germany taking four wins and the UK just two.


Cross Country

We have looked at the stats over the 2021 XC World Cups and World Championships from Val di Sole to see which bikes come out on top with the most Elite and U23 race wins. Take a look at our findings after we crunched the numbers from the 2021 XC World Cup and World Champs.



1: Trek Supercaliber - 9 Wins


With 9 wins across 2021 and even an Olympic gold medal, it's no shock to see Trek's Supercaliber sitting at the top of the list this year. Taking the top position under four riders including a huge five wins with Mona Mitterwallner. The Trek also holds the tile of two World Championships with both Evie Richards and Mona Mitterwallner taking home the rainbow jersey from Val di Sole.

Rider Breakdown:
Mona Mitterwallner - 5 Wins
Evie Richards - 3 Wins
Riley Amos - 1 Win



2: Scott Spark / Massi Aire SL - 4 Wins


Sitting in joint second for 2021 wins is the Scott Spark and Massi Aire SL race bikes. While the Scott saw four wins across two riders the Massi can give all of its success to the hard-charging Loana Lecomte who dominated the first half of the 2021 season.

Rider Breakdown:
Martin Vidaurre Kossmann/Scott Spark - 3 Wins
Nino Schurter/Scott Spark - 1 Win
Loana Lecomte/Massi Aire SL - 4 Wins



3: Thomus Lightrider WC / Trek Procaliber - 2 Wins

Mathias Flueckiger

After the most successful season of his career Mathias Flückiger was able to take his Thomus Lightrider WC bike to the top of the podium twice and a silver at the Tokyo Olympics. Trek appears again on the top race bikes of 2021 with Mona Mitterwallner taking the Procaliber hardtail to two World Cup wins.

Rider Breakdown:
Mathias Flückiger/Thomus Lightrider WC - 2 Wins
Mona Mitterwallner/Trek Procaliber - 2 Wins



4: Specialized Epic / Orbea Alma / Orbea Oiz / BMC Fourstroke / Norco Revolver FS / Norco Revolver HT / Trek Top Fuel - 1 Win

2020 2021 Hardtail Check Out
Victor Koretzky Orbea Oiz
Carter Woods Norco Revolver FS

In a six-way tie the Specialized Epic, Orbea Alma, Orbea Oiz, BMC Fourstroke, Norco Revolver FS and Norco Revolver HT all found one victory in 2021. It's interesting both the hardtail and full suspension race bikes from Orbea and Norco each take a win underneath Victor Koretzky and Carter Woods as they changed out bikes depending on the courses. Also, the BMC Fourstroke may have only one World Cup win, but it did secure Tom Pidcock a gold medal in Tokyo. Another winning bike for Trek in 2021 was the old Top Fuel that saw Simone Avondetto take the win in Les Gets.

Rider Breakdown:
Christopher Blevins/Specialized Epic - 1 Win
Victor Koretzky/Orbea Alma - 1 Win
Victor Koretzky/Orbea Oiz - 1 Win
Tom Pidcock/BMC Fourstroke - 1 Win
Carter Woods/Norco Revolver FS - 1 Win
Carter Woods/Norco Revolver HT - 1 Win
Simone Avondetto/Top Fuel - 1 Win



Rider/Bike combinations:


As we mentioned before the dominance of Mona Mitterwallner in 2021 means she tops the chart with five wins on her Trek Supercaliber. The Trek also features again amongst the top three with Evie Richards taking three wins. Loana Lecomte and her Massi Aire SL is the closest rival to Mona with four World Cup wins.



XCC Wins:


If we look at XCC wins there is a completely different selection of bikes at the top with Thomus Lightrider WC, Canyon Lux and Specialized Epic all on two wins apiece. The Trek Supercaliber does appear again although it only managed to be piloted to a single XCC victory in 2021.



Founding countries:


Just like in all of our other Nerding Out pieces on winning bikes the USA is top with 12 wins in 2021. Next up is Switzerland with seven and Spain closely follows with six wins. Although it is not a country you may first think of for XC bikes Canada comes in fourth with two 2021 top positions.


Enduro

After taking a look back at the most successful Enduro bikes since the EWs began we have looked at the stats over the 2021 EWS season to see which bikes come out on top with the most Elite and U21 race wins. Take a look at our findings after we crunched the numbers from the 2021 EWS races.



1: Canyon Strive / Trek Slash - 5 Wins


Coming out on top for race wins during the 2021 EWS season is the Canyon Strive and Trek Slash with five wins each. The Canyon Strive saw the most win by any individual rider as well with Jack Moir securing five EWs victories in 2021. The Trek Slash saw Jamie Edmondson take three wins in the U23 category and Harriet Harnden piloted her Trek to two wins in the Elite Women's racing.

Rider Breakdown:
Jack Moir/Canyon Strive: 5 wins
Jamie Edmondson/Trek Slash: 3 wins
Harriet Harnden/Trek Slash 2 wins



2: Yeti SB150 / Lapierre Spicy / BH Lynx - 3 Wins

Yeti SB150
EWS Zermatt bike check
Melanie Pugin still leads the overall.

Next up is the Yeti SB150, Lapierre Spicy and the H Lynx on three wins across 2021. Richie Rude and Melanie Pugin are the sole riders to take wins on the Yeti and BH respectively, but the Lapierre saw two different race winners. Both Isabeau Courdurier and Gaia Tormena finished in the top spot in 2021 with Isabeau Courdurier sitting on the top step twice in 2021.

Rider Breakdown:
Richie Rude/Yeti SB150: 3 wins
Isabeau Courdurier/Lapierre Spicy: 2 wins
Gaia Tormena/Lapierre Spicy; 1 win
Melanie Pugin/BH Lynx; 3 wins



3: Juliana Maverick / GT Force / Ancillotti Scarab / Propain Tyee / Evil Offering - 2 Wins

2020 Juliana Maverick
Martin Maes GT
2020 Propain Tyee
Evil Offering 2021

In a huge tie for third place in 2021, we have the Juliana Maverick, GT Force, Ancillotti Scarab, Propain Tyee and Evil Offering all sitting at two wins. While most of the bikes saw a single rider take its total of wins the GT Force saw a win each from Martin Meas and Paz Gallo Fuentes.

Rider Breakdown:
Polly Henderson/Juliana Maverick: 2 wins
Martin Maes/GT Force: 1 win
Paz Gallo Fuentes/GT Force: 1 win
Sophie Riva/Ancillotti Scarab: 2 wins
Luke Meier-Smith/Propain Tyee: 2 wins
Simonka Kuchynkova/Evil Offering: 2 wins



4: Pivot Firebird / Forbidden Dreadnaught / Ibis Ripmo / Santa Cruz Megatower - 1 Win

03.06.21. Pinkbike BikePark Wales Rider Seb Stott. PIC Andy Lloyd www.andylloyd.photography andylloyder
Robin Wallner bike check
Santa Cruz Megatower review

Finally, we have another big tie with the Pivot Firebird, Forbidden Dreadnaught, Ibis Ripmo and Santa Cruz Megatower taking one win each in 2021. The wins for these bikes came from Morgane Charre, Alex Storr, Bex Baraona and Lisa Baumann.

Rider Breakdown:
Morgane Charre/Pivot Firebird: 1 win
Alex Storr/Forbidden Dreadnaught: 1 win
Bex Baraona/Ibis Ripmo: 1 win
Lisa Baumann/Santa Cruz Megatower: 1 win



Rider/Bike combinations:


After an incredible 2021 season, it is really no surprise that we see Jack Moir and his Canyon Strive topping the list with five wins across the year. In joint second we have Richie Rude, Jamie Edmondson and Melanie Pugin all taking three wins on their race machines. Interestingly only the Trek Slash, Lapierre Spicy and GT Force appear on this list more than once, although no bike has more than one rider from a single category (Elite or U23) taking a win across the season.



Stage Wins:


In terms of stage wins we see a similar result at the top of the chart with the Canyon Strive and Trek Slash with 17 stage wins each. The Yeti SB150 sits in second place thanks to 14 top stages from Richie Rude this almost matches the incredible 16 wins from Jack Moir on his Canyon. The Juliana Maverick of Polly Henderson also sees some impressive results as the young rider managed to take the fastest time on 13 stages. 2021 saw eight bikes take over 10 stage wins this year with 24 bikes with at least one stage win.



Founding countries:


The USA tops the list of founding countries with the most wins in 2021 with a huge gap of ten wins back to Germany who sits in second with seven victories. France and Spain complete the top three with three wins apiece.




Race by Race Breakdown:


Downhill


Leogang


Elite Men: Troy Brosnan
Canyon Sender

Elite Women: Camille Balanche
Commencal Supreme
Junior Men: Pau Menoyo Busquets
Commencal Supreme

Junior Women: Sophie Gutöhrle
GT Fury




Les Gets


Elite Men: Thibaut Daprela

Elite Women: Tahnée Seagrave
Junior Men: Jackson Goldstone

Junior Women: Phoebe Gale




Maribor


Elite Men: Loris Vergier

Elite Women: Myriam Nicole
Junior Men: Jackson Goldstone

Junior Women: Phoebe Gale




Lenzerheide


Elite Men: Loris Vergier

Elite Women: Myriam Nicole
Junior Men: Jackson Goldstone

Junior Women: Izabela Yankova




Snowshoe


Elite Men: Reece Wilson

Elite Women: Valentina Höll
Junior Men: Jordan Williams

Junior Women: Izabela Yankova




Snowshoe


Elite Men: Loïc Bruni

Elite Women: Valentina Höll
Junior Men: Jordan Williams

Junior Women: Izabela Yankova




Val di Sole World Champs


Elite Men: Greg Minnaar

Elite Women: Myriam Nicole
Junior Men: Jackson Goldstone

Junior Women: Izabela Yankova



Cross Country


Albstadt


Elite Men: Victor Koretzky
Orbea Alma

Elite Women: Loana Lecomte
Massi Aire SL
U23 Men: Carter Woods
Norco Revolver HT

U23 Women: Mona Mitterwallner
Trek Procaliber




Nove Mesto


Elite Men: Thomas Pidcock
BMC Fourstroke

Elite Women: Loana Lecomte
Massi Aire SL
U23 Men: Carter Woods
Norco Revolver FS

U23 Women: Mona Mitterwallner
Trek Supercaliber




Leogang


Elite Men: Mathias Flueckiger
Thomus Lightrider WC

Elite Women: Loana Lecomte
Massi Aire SL
U23 Men: Riley Amos
Trek Supercaliber

U23 Women: Mona Mitterwallner
Trek Procaliber




Les Gets


Elite Men: Mathias Flueckiger
Thomus Lightrider WC

Elite Women: Loana Lecomte
Massi Aire SL
U23 Men: Simone Avondetto
Trek Top Fuel

U23 Women: Mona Mitterwallner
Trek Supercaliber




Lenzerheide


Elite Men: Victor Koretzky
Orbea Oiz

Elite Women: Evie Richards
Trek Supercaliber
U23 Men: Martin Vidaurre Kossmann
Scott Spark

U23 Women: Mona Mitterwallner
Trek Supercaliber




Snowshoe


Elite Men: Christopher Blevins
Specialized Epic

Elite Women: Evie Richards
Trek Supercaliber
U23 Men: Martin Vidaurre Kossmann
Scott Spark

U23 Women: Mona Mitterwallner
Trek Supercaliber




Val di Sole World Champs


Elite Men: Nino Schurter
Scott Spark

Elite Women: Evie Richards
Trek Supercaliber
U23 Men: Martin Vidaurre Kossmann
Scott Spark

U23 Women: Mona Mitterwallner
Trek Supercaliber





Enduro


Val di Fassa 1


Elite Men: Richie Rude
Yeti SB150

Elite Women: Isabeau Courdurier
Lapierre Spicy
U21 Men: Jamie Edmondson
Trek Slash

U21 Women: Polly Henderson
Juliana Maverick




Val di Fassa 2


Elite Men: Jack Moir
Canyon Strive

Elite Women: Melanie Pugin
BH Lynx
U21 Men: Jamie Edmondson
Trek Slash

U21 Women: Sophie Riva
Ancillotti Scarab




La Thuile 1


Elite Men: Richie Rude
Yeti SB150

Elite Women: Melanie Pugin
BH Lynx
U21 Men: Luke Meier-smith
Propain Tyee

U21 Women: Simonka Kuchynkova
Evil Offering




La Thuile 2


Elite Men: Jack Moir
Canyon Strive

Elite Women: Harriet Harnden
Trek Slash
U21 Men: Luke Meier-smith
Propain Tyee

U21 Women: Simonka Kuchynkova
Evil Offering




Loudenvielle 1


Elite Men: Jack Moir
Canyon Strive

Elite Women: Harriet Harnden
Trek Slash
U21 Men: Francescu Camoin
Specialized Enduro

U21 Women: Sophie Riva
Ancillotti Scarab




Loudenvielle 2


Elite Men: Jack Moir
Canyon Strive

Elite Women: Isabeau Courdurier
Lapierre Spicy
U21 Men: Alex Storr
Forbidden Dreadnaught

U21 Women: Paz Gallo Fuentes
GT Force




Crans-Montana


Elite Men: Richie Rude
Yeti SB150

Elite Women: Melanie Pugin
BH Lynx
U21 Men: Francescu Camoin
Specialized Enduro

U21 Women: Lisa Baumann
Santa Cruz Megatower




Finale


Elite Men: Jack Moir
Canyon Strive

Elite Women: Morgane Charre
Pivot Firebird
U21 Men: Francescu Camoin
Specialized Enduro

U21 Women: Gaia Tormena
Lapierre Spicy




Tweed Valley


Elite Men: Martin Maes
GT Force

Elite Women: Bex Baraona
Ibis Ripmo
U21 Men: Jamie Edmondson
Trek Slash

U21 Women: Polly Henderson
Juliana Maverick



97 Comments

  • 125 2
 Obligatory "it's the rider not the bike" comment
  • 44 1
 Unless youre a junior, then ride a trek
  • 31 0
 It's not the wand, it's the wizard!
  • 3 0
 It ain't the fiddle
  • 5 0
 I will take that Spark any day and those wheelssssssss
  • 9 0
 Unless it’s the elder wand you fool!!! @Jvhowube:
  • 8 1
 @Remedy808: I tend to agree, but using the fiddle analogy — Itzhak Perlman plays better than pretty much everyone else in the world. He can take my violin, and I can take his, but I still will not outplay him. He will still sound better than 99 percent or whatever other violinists, but he won’t sound as good as he does on his violin. So it’s mostly fiddler, but also a good fiddle helps him reach his potential.
  • 6 1
 @toad321: I'd argue the opposite. Juniors don't see the same level of competition, a select few are going to dominate no matter what bike. It just so happens Trek used their millions to sign the best two. At the elite world cup level it would seem competition is so tight that the bike is at least a factor, since often milliseconds separate a win from a podium. None of us are WC racers so it hardly matters to us I suppose.
  • 8 22
flag deadtime (Dec 26, 2021 at 15:16) (Below Threshold)
 Sure, sure.
Tons of Trek hate here at PB (and everywhere) but this post PROVES Trek are great bikes.
This is definitely the post that finally allows me to tell all you Trek haters to EAT IT!!!!
  • 6 1
 @deadtime: actually it proves they have good riders. (It doesn’t prove boo one way or another on the quality of bike).
  • 22 0
 If we’re gonna attribute wins to a bike, let’s also attribute failures. I wanna see a breakdown of bikes involved in season-ending injuries, DNFs and DFLs
  • 4 1
 @deadtime: It proves that trek can pay for the best riders, who would still shred on any bike they had time to get used to it.
  • 5 3
 @cougar797: in every wheeled sport the machine gets a substantial amount of credit. You can’t win the championship (or even a race sometimes) with a bad machine.
So it’s a bit of “chicken or egg”.
Does Trek sell a lot of bikes because they are great bikes? Because they do sell the most mtb by far. Clearly the bikes don’t suck.
Does a great rider sign with Trek only because of the money? Doubt.
The bikes are very good
  • 5 3
 @deadtime: Nobody said trek sucked. It’s just race results don’t prove anything. Would the handful of riders that skew this result table of won on other bikes those days? We’ll never know.

But yes trek is soullessBig Grin
  • 2 0
 @TheR: Ok, I had to think about that one. Stop! You're hurting my head!
  • 2 0
 @TheR:No doubt the most talented can tell the difference between fiddles, hammers, bikes...not me.

Trek also won Rampage and the triple crown with Emil. I'm glad Trek pays great riders. I'm a fan of bike racing and Trek is making it better.
  • 3 0
 @Remedy808: I think you’d be able to tell the difference to a point. I really don’t think it’s necessarily the bike or the manufacturer, but the mechanic and the tune, etc. Put any of these unbeatable guys on any bike from a major manufacturer, and they’ll still win. They all make great fiddles.
  • 49 2
 I think junior results are kinda skewing this. Usually there are one or two dominant riders that could win on anything. Basically means any bike Izabela or Jackson are on will be in second or third. I do think bike setup and to a lesser extent design are important in a hotly contested elite field.
  • 11 0
 Men’s elite enduro is the same. It’s either Richie Rude or Jack Moir. Kinda makes you think it doesn’t have much to do with the bikes, huh?
  • 4 0
 @TheR: Exactly. Brandon Semenuk on a Supercycle would still ride circles around me.
  • 9 0
 @TheR: I'm not in a position to say definitively that it makes a difference, but the "rider not bike" narrative doesn't seem quite appropriate for the hair-splitting level of competition on the world cup. When every millisecond counts, the bike probably does too. Including junior results here skews things because the level of competition isn't comparable.
  • 2 0
 And even if we ignore the fact that the skill levels of the riders are distributed unevenly across the brands, we've also still got the fact that just the absolute numbers of each type of bike aren't equal. So even if the riders were all equally as good the results would still be skewed.
  • 2 3
 I think this is a good thing-this stat rewards the companies that invest in Juniors, which Trek obviously does better at than others.
  • 8 0
 @jwestenhoff: honest question: do they invest in the development of juniors from early on? Or do they simply step in with a bigger bag of money once it is clear who will be the 'potential next big thing'. Because this is not the same thing and the latter is IMHO less deserving of a reward than the former.
  • 3 0
 @TheR: Especially when you factor in how people like Jack are running things like custom 10-15mm spacers under their head tubes or using anglesets and reach adjusters to fairly radically alter the geo of their bikes from stock. I guess to some extent anyone could do the same if they could actually get hold of those parts, but maybe it needs to be "it's the rider (and partly the mechanic) not the bike"...
  • 2 0
 @CleanZine: I wrote in another spot in these comments about Virtuoso violinist. If I played his violin, I would not be as good as he is. But he could play my violin and still be better than just about everyone else out there, but he wouldn’t be as good as he could be if he played a Stradivarius. So I guess there’s something to it. I just don’t buy it’s a matter of manufacturer. It more likely what you said — a good mechanic and tune.

I don’t doubt Ritchie or Jack could win on any major manufacturer.
  • 2 0
 yup. This should at least have an "Elite WC DH wins" graph.
  • 2 0
 @jwestenhoff: I'm pretty sure Yankova is not part of a "Trek" team, her team just happened to ride on a Trek...
  • 26 1
 Wow. That took a lot of scrolling to get straight to the comment.
  • 30 10
 A lot of graphs and charts there showing pretty much nothing, this article could've been about 2 sentences long Ed Spratt desperately trying to justify his salary lol
  • 9 1
 I like how they say fastest bike and show wins. Fast implies time. Would have been valid if they had splits. This is clearly winningest bike/rider combination.
  • 4 0
 @usedbikestuff: yeah I expected it to be what bike had the overall fastest time out of all the races. Bit like they did with the world cup stats the other week
  • 5 0
 @markcorrigan this. A shotgun blast of statistics that have little meaning at all.
  • 5 0
 @melonhead1145: I remember when commencal showed up and took seconds out of people with their high pivot bike. All this tells me is who’s sponsoring the most people and getting the best chances
  • 10 0
 While this list doesn't really mean anything aside from which brand has the biggest marketing budget to afford fast riders, I am glad to see a Ancilotti in this list ! Unchanged since 1995 and still beautiful to this day.
  • 8 0
 The real figure is wins vs money invested. Did trek just invest more into racing? Who invested a lot and got little in return (looking at Specialized here)?
  • 3 0
 I dunno you could argue that specialized investment in the men's dh team has produced more returns in the last 5 or 6 years than any other. Brunis won the overall twice and world champs 5 times and to the eye their bike looks the most dialed. Number of wins isn't everything.
  • 8 1
 Top 2 DH rigs are aluminum, I think that merits some level of mention, particularly because the wins are coming from a number of different athletes. More WC wins were had aboard aluminum bikes than not.
  • 8 0
 Damn thats why Ive been so slow all year. My bikes not even on the list, it must be super slow.
  • 7 2
 Didn't we just have like literally this exact type of article? Is this just a subtle not so subtle "hash tag ad" why do we have to see an article that says just about nothing twice? Good riders win a lot on whatever. How many different bikes does Gwin have wins on?

It's funny how the field test efficiency/impossible climb and timed descents unironically give the community more valuable info than this entire article... ‍♂️
  • 5 1
 This is a strange article. It presents a lot of information but says provides nothing meaningful at the same time. Mostly, just brand marketing spew. I mean for the commencal supreme section, you tallied the wins of two entirely different bikes.... One prototype and one production.
  • 6 0
 Looks like Trek's investments paid off, especially if you include Jolanda's gold medal.
  • 11 5
 I don't see the hype pivot up there given how much it is touted.
  • 9 0
 Wait till it hits XC.
  • 12 0
 didn't see the DH results?
  • 11 0
 I mean, on the DH side they’ve got 20 total wins while non high pivots have 6.
  • 13 0
 @kylar: how dare you coming with facts to contradict unbased whining ?!
  • 2 0
 @porkchopsandwich: maybe I was talking about ebikes?
  • 1 1
 Ritchie Rude doesn’t ride for Pivot.

It has nothing to do with the bikes.
  • 4 0
 Specialized Rep- “Racing just isn’t that important when trying sell an enduro bike”
  • 2 0
 Me: Race results just aren’t that important in what bike I buy
  • 2 0
 @DHhack: Only people who race seriously take into account about what bike is winning. the other 95% couldnt care less but they do support the team who runs the same brand bike.

I bought my altitude based on the pinkbike 2021 field test, where they retarded it as just the best all-rounder and the one he would grab if he didnt know what he was going to ride. - exactly what i want.
  • 1 0
 Interesting, and take it for a very broad brush comment, that the top bikes are MOSTLY the old four bar horst link variation. The Supreme is just a slight twist on that as well. I do believe that having a skilled pilot that can ride and tune bikes to the edge of teh envelope makes the ultimate difference though.
  • 2 1
 Wait, this is supposed to tell us which bike is the fastest? But they all have riders so there are two variables making it hard to tell. I propose a new test, let's see which bike is fastest WITHOUT a rider. PB needs to find just the right slope and set each bike rolling on its own and see which one goes fastest!
(And please throw in the Grim Donut as the control group)
  • 1 0
 Aren't we forgetting the denominator here? e.g. 13 trek session wins divided by number of all trek sessions raced in the field (or at least the top 10, or number of teams they had). We need to crunch a lot more data here to make any sort of conclusion. Comparing results of riders who changed bikes/teams would be one place to start.

No surprise to see the brands with the biggest race team budgets and the most riders at the top-- they field the most teams, they'll get the most wins.
  • 1 0
 Looking at the Scott Spark that won 75% of their wins, it has a Suntour 51mm offset fork - same one Pidcock uses. They don't sell them with 51mm offsets. Only 44mm. Rock Shox does not even make a XC race fork with a 51mm offset. A 44 works great on a fire road, but not in tight single track. Have Scott and SRAM abandoned the tight single track, short travel market?
The only folks serious seem to be Fox, Suntour, and DT Swiss. Everyone else is E-bike minded?
  • 2 0
 Would be interesting how many % of all riders are on the same bike to me it looks like half of the WC riders are one a Commencal
  • 2 0
 You'd be better off looking what privateers race and perform well on in major local series etc. From my personal observations in DH then Commencal would top that list.
  • 1 0
 But like 95% of people get some help from bike companies in the racing world so are you really private when commencal or trek or anyone is giving you deep discounts to ride their stuff?
  • 1 0
 Izabela is a privateer.
  • 3 0
 Wow. Surprising result. Trek had a really good year across the board. Session, Slash, Super Caliber even a Top Fuel win.
  • 3 0
 It ain't the crack pipe it's the crack. Wait, eeeeeehhh, let's just stick with the wand, wizard, fiddle thing.
  • 2 0
 Evil Offering? Isn’t this Pinkbike, and isn’t that a trail bike? Inconceivable!
  • 2 0
 The article is incorrect - Simonka Kuchynkova was riding an Evil Wreckoning at La Thuile.
  • 2 0
 The only thing this reliably tells us is that Jack Moir is pretty good at riding a mountainbike.
  • 3 0
 Now, Whats the slowest bikes?
  • 1 4
 Intense, orange, or any bike that isn’t made of carbon or aluminum with a high pivot attached to some retarded gimmicky linkage that will be “outdated” in a month. And did I forget anything that doesn’t have at least 1 29” wheel. Sorry now 29” is dead, you legally can’t ride anything smaller than 36”. Don’t ride for fun, ride to impress your dentist buddies. F- modern Mtb!
  • 1 0
 @BikesNRussets: Example: the new Aurum HP isnt very successful
  • 1 0
 @Y12Sentinel: In reality not my rant it’s about how much the brand pays for riders, so that means that they are paying low and getting worse riders.
  • 2 0
 What was the (DH) season's top speed through the speed trap? That's the real fastest bike Wink
  • 3 0
 So Izabela made Trek "great again" without being sponsored by them Smile
  • 1 0
 I'm surprised to see the Evil Offering on here. Especially, because I was considering it for my next bike on my quite flat Wisconsin trails.
  • 2 0
 I guess Trek is building some decent bikes, huh?
  • 1 0
 Did you mean Dentist bikes?
  • 1 0
 This wasn't tested at all, only the riders were tested, this is useless data
  • 1 0
 Had someone on PB say that they thought they Supercaliber was bad because it hadn't won any high level races. So THERE lol.
  • 1 0
 Need a larger sample size. 10 years please. Haha
  • 1 0
 it's not the bow, i'ts the guy who pulls the bow hahaha.
  • 3 2
 I did not know ancillotti existed
  • 3 0
 If you ever get a chance to ride one, do it
  • 7 6
 Founding countries:
China, China, China.
  • 2 1
 Simonka Kuchynkova isn't she riding a Coral Refeerer Wreckoning V3?
  • 3 1
 Merica'
  • 1 0
 The Rocky Mountain team results seemed off..
  • 1 0
 Good year for Trek. I must have a Trek now.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a session…

is the bike to be on.
  • 1 0
 Where is the Grim Donut V2 in that list?
  • 1 0
 It's not who you blow , it's how well you blow !
  • 1 0
 Was Minnaar the only DH’r to win on a full 29?
  • 2 1
 Where's the Grim donut
  • 3 2
 Looks like a Session.
  • 1 0
 ,,, >> ///
  • 1 0
 Angry Video Games Nerd.
  • 1 0
 procaliber!!!
  • 2 2
 Mona used a procaliber
  • 2 1
 and supercaliber, yes))





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