Pinkbike Awards: Cast Your Vote in the Reader's Choice Poll

Dec 14, 2018
by Mike Kazimer  

All of the nominees for this year's Pinkbike Awards have been announced, which means that it won't be long before the winners are officially announced. In the meantime, we thought it made sense to give you, Pinkbike's readers, the chance to let us know which bikes, components, and athletes you think should take the win. Want to find out the story behind the nominees? Click on the title of each section and you can read all about them.

Vote below, and be sure to check back when the winner's are announced to see how your pick compared to those of Pinkbike's editors.

Ibis Ripmo review
Ibis Ripmo
Yeti SB130
Yeti SB130

Commencal Supreme DH 29 Review
Commencal Supreme DH 29
Santa Cruz Bronson
Santa Cruz Bronson

Norco Aurum HSP
Norco Aurum HSP

Which of the following should be the Mountain Bike of the Year?

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First Look Marin Alpine Trail - Title image
Marin Alpine Trail 7
Transition Scout NX
Transition Scout NX

Whyte G-170 S
Whyte G-170 S
Polygon Syskiu T8 29er
Polygon Siskiu N8

Specialized Stumpjumper EVO
Specialized Stumpjumper EVO 29

Which of the following should be the Value Mountain Bike of the Year?

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Fox 36
Fox GRIP 2 damper
Fox Live Valve

RockShox Lyrik
RockShox Lyrik RC2

Which of the following should be the Suspension Product of the Year?

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Specialized ANGI helmet sensor
Trust The Message trailing linkage fork.
Trust Performance The Message fork

Pole Machine
Pole Machine

Which of the following should be the Product Innovation of the Year?

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SRAM NX drivetrain
Marzocchi Z1 Bomber 2019
Marzocchi Z1 fork

OneUp dropper
OneUp dropper post

Which of the following should be the Best Value Product of the Year?

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Hayes Dominion brakes
Maxxis Assegai tire

Cane Creek eeWings
Cane Creek eeWing cranks
2018 Shimano XTR Launch in Crested Butte Colorado USA
Shimano XTR drivetrain

Which of the following should be the Component of the Year?

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Jesse Melamed broke his hand on stage one this morning but may try and race tomorrow.
Jesse Melamed
Myriam Nicole s return to racing ended in a crash and a DNF. She s healthy though and can focus on taking a win at home next time out.
Myriam Nicole

Emil Johansson
Emil Johansson
An end of day line scope for Gee Atherton who was already onto a good thing after his heater of a TT lap.
Gee Atherton

Which athlete should win Comeback of the Year?

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Red Bull Joyride, Whistler, BC.
Image by Piotr Staron
MTB World Championships, Lenzerheide, Switzerland

Cecile Ravanel Isabeau Courdurier Katy Winton on top in the overall series in a repeat of last season.
Enduro World Series #8, Finale Ligure, Italy.

Which of the following should be the Mountain Bike Event of the Year?

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Joland Neff was out in front early then trouble hit.
Jolanda Neff at the La Bresse XCO.
Nicholi Rogatkin wins Slopestyle Triple Crown.

Sam Hill was one of the first riders to send this gap in practice at the bottom of Stage 1 and it was non easy feat after riding the 10 plus minute physical stage above.
Sam Hill wins EWS overall title.
Now then who predicted that podium Anyone What a race.
Martin Meas wins DH World Cup.

Clearly tacos and sparkle watts are key ingredients to a winning World s recipe. Kate Courtney had what it took when it counted.
Kate Courtney wins XC World Championships.

Which athlete had the Performance of the Year?

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It s no surprise that Amaury Pierron looks fast smooth and confident on track in Andorra.
Amaury Pierron
Foot u and full gas to the line in the pouring rain for Martin Maes.
Martin Maes

Vali Holl became the first junior woman to take 5 wins in a row with her 15 second victory today.
Vali Holl
Cecile Ravanel is looking to close out the year with a clean sweep of victories.
Cecile Ravenel

Who should win Athlete of the Year?

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  • 141 10
 NO LOVE for Cecile???? Chic won every Enduro race she entered and even a few DH podiums. She damn near won every Enduro stage of the season. Fastest woman on the planet and likely faster than all but a handful of the guys. Give her some props people!!
  • 51 6
 Well no, fastest woman in Enduro, she's still WAY behind Rachel in DH. Martin is one of the fastest in Enduro AND DH, which makes him easily one of the fastest on a bike, not just the fastest in a discipline
  • 9 5
 No doubt she is fast. A league above the competition. Which is why I don't think she got the love. It did not make the womens EWS all that fun. Maybe the rest of the field is slow, or she is that much faster. But predictability is boring. Please not I mean no disrespect to her or the rest of the womens field. All shredders.
  • 7 1
 Cecile is undoubtedly amazing and deserves a shed load of credit but Martin Maes won events in two disciplines against super stacked fields in both. Everyone on the list is an incredible athlete but Maes had a real blinder this year.
  • 15 6
 Tracey Moseley could walk into a race and beat her tomorrow.
  • 2 0
 Tough call, they were all incredible this season.
  • 2 4
 Personality counts too. That's why Isabeau gets more screen time despite usually finishing second.
  • 1 2
 i don't know of any athlete who would trade a perfect season for anything less. but apparently that doesn't mean anything for the majority of the pinkbike crowd. hmmmmmm?? ravanel and holl!
  • 3 1
 on average she would come 90-100th in the mens comp ... please.
  • 1 0
 She got my vote.
  • 49 1
 I guess Redbull Rampage doesn't register as a top event worthy of being voted on.
  • 6 0
 It only does when semenuk wins.
  • 9 17
flag poah (Dec 15, 2018 at 0:24) (Below Threshold)
 that's cause its shit lol
  • 5 2
 By the way what is this joyride thing they put instead of proper mtb event like, don't know, rampage?
  • 43 1
 Emil for comeback of the year. Come off of a 10 month hiatus and gets 4th at Joyride. Very impressive
  • 7 9
 I concur. Det stämmer! Fyyyy fan!
  • 1 0
 Yeah, it was a comeback that make other people cry (I got emotional too), he takes it for me.
  • 42 1
 I guess not many must have seen Jolanda Neff’s win despite getting two flats in a race? Superhuman effort.
  • 6 0
 Ultrahuman. She was 100% spent at the finish line. Although I might have some time related bias because, today after reading the article I had to go back and watch the race again.
  • 8 0
 Yep to Neff, pretty much needed a top three to win the overall and had two flats and still won.. XC doesnt get the love that EWS or DH gets.
  • 2 7
flag Mondbiker (Dec 15, 2018 at 3:06) (Below Threshold)
 @slickwilly1: because it´s boring, just like F1 lol. Ok that was too hard.
  • 2 0
 If you haven’t watched that La Bresse race you’re missing out. It was a nail biter all they way through and Jolanda KILLED it. Jolanda FTW!
  • 35 0
 Wish each section had the option: None of the above.
  • 5 0
 Yeah, best mountain bike of the year was a big pile of meh for me, or more in line with the user name: I have no strong feeling one way or the other.
  • 5 2
 Which one of these super expensive bikes you're highly unlikely to be able to afford is the best? Umm, I still ride a hardtail.
  • 23 1
 XTR leading the vote for component of the year but not yet available in the U.S...
  • 2 0
 Will it ever be??
  • 2 0
  • 23 4
 Don't get why the one up dropper is hailed as being so much more affordable than other droppers. It's $200, but doesn't come with a remote, which when you factor in a remote makes it comparable with a lot of other options.
  • 10 2
 Short stack height. I can fit a 150mm where previously the best I could do was 125mm. OneUp all the way for me.
  • 8 15
flag Dent (Dec 14, 2018 at 12:53) (Below Threshold)
 when you factor in needing to replace the dropper after every ride, it's actually more expensive! haha
  • 7 0
 @Dent: Had mine for 7 months and it’s been fine.
  • 2 0
 @Dent: is this from experience?
  • 7 2
 That brings up a real gripe I have. Why are remotes so expensive? Wolf tooth, oneup, bike yoke etc etc all come in comparable to shifters in price. IT JUST PULLS A F*#*#ING CABLE!!!

......giant new shifter style remote is PROPER PRICING!!
  • 3 0
 @Rimrider26: because people are willing to pay that amount of money for such a simple part? I´m more surprised that there are reasonably priced products in this day and age.
  • 17 0
 Interbike for event of the year
  • 13 0
 Missing option: None of the Above
  • 6 1
 So little people voted for Nicholi Rogatkin Triple Crown... It's an outstanding achievement in any sport to win the three most important, difficult and prestigious events for the year... there are a handful of people that have done it in a given field.
  • 8 0
 CAN you win Component of the Year, if it's not available during this year?
  • 1 0
 its a bunch of hub bub
  • 6 1
 I was looking for Radon, YT, Canyon, Propain (maybe Commencal and Intense?) at best value MTB and got disappointed. Clearly better VFM than any of the top ones.
  • 7 1
 There will be many opinions in these comments
  • 16 1
 and comments in these opinions.
  • 2 0
 Jolanda Neff at LaBresse must have been overlooked by the pinkbike crowd. That race was the highlight of the mountain bike season. If you are reading this now and haven't watched. It was AWESOME! I wasn't even rooting for her specifically but watching the absolute commitment to the sport shown by the XC womens field was humbling. The whole family was camped out it the kitchen yelling and screaming at the monitor as we watched on RedBullTV. It is an hour and a half well spent.
  • 2 0
 I have never ridden any of the bikes or components so I don't think I can vote on those. World champs was a pretty amazing set of races but I wasn't there. I was actually at Joyride and had freakin blast so it gets my vote.
  • 4 0
 Should be an option for "other" or "none of the above" into polls... Thats impositive thinking.
  • 3 0
 How about DH comeback of Bruni and the Bulldog? Both injured in the first round but still ending season with amazing results.
  • 1 1
 Bother better than gee. And loic didn't get any points the 1st round
  • 4 2
 I said Joyride was the event of the year because it was fucking nuts to watch this time around. So much suspense and excitement with each run
  • 3 2
 it's played out....
  • 1 0
 The switch back to Saturday was crucial
  • 5 1
 @mikekazimer : Thanks PB polls are fun!
  • 4 1
 No what town is "sad af" poll, come on let's kick Reno in the nuts some more. ha!
  • 4 0
 Cecile Ravenel should win athlete of the year... Just sayin
  • 1 0
 cecile should win athlete of this half-decade bro she is absolutely dominant
  • 3 0
 Intense Primer, best bike IMHO
  • 1 0
 Seems like people will vote what they buy as far as bikes go, that's why we should take some ratio of #votes:bikes sold.
  • 3 1
 Rename this the popularity contest!
  • 2 0
 No Sam Hill for athlete of year???
  • 1 0
 Surprised Rampage didn’t make the cut for the event or any of the athletes who risked it all.
  • 1 0
 It’s a hard pick between the Supreme and the Aurum. They are both so sick in the same ways.
  • 1 0
 The bike of the year category just goes to show how good we have it right now, all of those bikes kick ass.
  • 1 0
 The polygon pictured there is the t8, not the longer travel n8! Great value bikes
  • 1 1
 The commencal has to be bike of the year. Every person who rode one went faster. That's all the proof you need of to be bike of the year
  • 1 0
 You're right. Winning is 100% to do with the bike
  • 1 0
 Nope. But it's clear this helped @cycleco:
  • 1 0
 SB130 picture says SB150, just a heads up
  • 3 0
 Thanks, that's fixed.
  • 1 0
 I cast my vote for the 5010v3 because I can not like your stuff.
  • 2 1
 I Wish vote Emily Batty regular season Athlete of the Year. But....
  • 1 0
 Hard to choose a athlete of the year....they all deserve it!
  • 2 1
 Results are so endurbro (apart from Gee)
  • 1 0
 I love the fact that everything I voted for was nearly dead last...
  • 1 0
 yeah same i was really suprised with some of the results
  • 2 2
 Okay so how did 2000 people blindly vote for gee?! Does no one know who Emil is?
  • 1 0
  • 3 3
 The norco is better
  • 3 4
 White men and the things they vote for
  • 1 2
 lame bike of the year choices
  • 5 8
 No Canyon or YT in the best bung for the buck?
  • 19 1
 You’re on the wrong website if you’re looking for best bung.
  • 4 2

Bravo! - Off to Bunghub or Youbung for him. I do w/him agree that YT gets no love here.
  • 1 4
 Haha, the picture of the SB130 is labeled as a 150...
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