Pinkbike Awards: Trail / All-Mountain Bike of the Year Nominees

Dec 2, 2014
by Mike Kazimer  


If you were to choose a single adjective that could be used to describe all of the finalists for this year's Trail / All-Mountain Bike of the Year category, 'capable' would be a good choice. Any one of these bikes is capable of taking on properly rowdy terrain, and in fact, every single one of them has seen action at Enduro World Series events, in many cases helping to deliver their riders to the podium. As amusing as it is to poke fun at the 'e' word, the growing popularity of the enduro race format has helped push companies to create bikes that absolutely shred on the downhills while also climbing reasonably well, a trend that ends up benefiting all riders, regardless of whether or not they ever plan on rolling up to a starting line.

MTB Awards


Santa Cruz Nomad

Santa Cruz drew from everything they'd learned over the past decade regarding geometry and suspension design in order to create the latest version of the Nomad, a bike with 165mm of travel that can tame the most technical trails on the planet while still possessing efficient pedaling and a light fighting weight, traits that help take the sting out of those long grueling climbs. To go along with its spot-on geometry, the Nomad's features read like a bike nerd's wish-list: a full carbon frame, complete with internal cable routing, a revised VPP suspension layout that tucks the lower link up into the frame and out of harm's way, space for a water bottle inside the front triangle, and on top of all that there's even a threaded bottom bracket shell. Santa Cruz absolutely nailed it with the Nomad, creating a bike that combines beauty and brawn into one outstanding ride.





Yeti SB5c

The SB5c introduced Yeti's Switch Infinity suspension design to the world, a system that uses two Kashima coated rods to control the rear wheel path as it goes through its travel. The intention is to provide an excellent pedaling platform for climbing and sprinting, while still retaining a bottomless feel for the bigger hits. The best thing about the new design? It works exactly as claimed, and the SB5c was one of the best pedaling bikes we threw a leg over this season. It's no slouch on the downhills either, a fact that Richie Rude helped demonstrate with a second place finish at the Winter Park stop of the Enduro World Series. There aren't many trail bikes that can boast results like that, and it's a testament to just how incredibly well rounded this futuristic-looking carbon creation truly is.







Intense Tracer 275 Carbon

“XC light and DH fast” were the words RC used to describe the carbon version of Intense's venerable Tracer when it was reviewed earlier this year, an apt description for a bike that can handle everything from smashing out laps in the bike park to spinning for hours on big backcountry adventures. In addition to constructing the frame from carbon fiber, Intense updated the Tracer's geometry, giving it a slacker head angle and steepening the seat tube angle, changes that boosted its downhill performance up a notch, while also creating a more comfortable climbing position. The Tracer is the flagship in Intense's lineup, a top notch creation that epitomizes how a modern all-mountain bike should look and behave.






GT Sanction

The Sanction was built with a purpose, and that purpose isn't toddling along on gravel rec paths or setting hill climb records. No, this is a bike designed for speed, specifically the downhill variety, a purebred, no-holds-barred machine meant for the rigors of enduro racing. Out of all the bikes on this list, the Sanction is the least well-rounded, but that's because of its single-minded focus. It'll still get you to the top of the hill, but it's when the trail points downhill that the Sanction truly shines, thanks to a generous reach that gives it incredible stability at speed. Basically, GT have managed to shrink down their World Cup DH bike, the Fury, and create something with improved pedaling performance and a lighter weight, making it an ideal weapon for race day domination.







Ibis Mojo HD3

The hands down favorite during this year's round of bike testing in Sedona, Arizona, Ibis' HD3 ended up being the all-star out of an impressive lineup of the top bikes on the market. It isn't one particular trait that makes the HD3 a crowd pleaser, but rather the ease at which it can tame any type of terrain, whether it's a steep, switchback filled climb or a tricky, chunky descent. Pro-level skills (or speeds) aren't required to get it to come alive, which makes it much more versatile, and in many case more enjoyable, when compared to some of its contemporaries. Ibis have imbued the HD3 with a commendable mix of quick handling and downhill stability, a balance that can sometimes be difficult to find on bikes in this travel bracket.






Stay tuned for more PB MTB Awards nominees all month.


323 Comments

  • + 162
 No Love for the Process 153? Poor Kona
  • + 23
 I have a process 134 and it's amazing
  • + 33
 Apparently the 153 is a freeride bike you can climb on...
  • + 17
 I guess the 153 is not in the list so the others have a chance...I really hope the Nomad will wins, even it's a GREAT bike, you need A LOT to justify 10 grants...
  • + 13
 Because it will show that even if not plastic it is superior.
  • + 29
 Was going to say, why not add the process in there. Cheaper than the rest and performs just as well (well, maybe a morning poop heavier, but at several thousand less......)
  • + 12
 I'm surpised the Sanction is up there and one of the Kona's isn't. The review for the Sanction seemed like it was a bit lackluster as a trail / all mountain bike. Frankly I'm suprised the Nomad is up here for the same reason, it's a bit burly for trail riding..
  • + 64
 The Kona is too affordable to be a serious contender.
  • + 3
 Yea, Should have been the Bronson in place of the Nomad as a 'trail' bike. Since it's actually a 'trail bike'. Oh well. Pinkbike.
  • + 12
 Yes! Absolutely loving my 134.
  • + 20
 Whiners and conspiracy theorists -- two constants on Pinkbike that will never go away. No one is out to get your precious Process. The nominees are all bike platforms that were released in 2014. The Process line was released in 2013 and in fact nominated for mountain bike of the year last year. Same reason you won't see the Bronson nominated in place of the Nomad. The Process 167 would have been eligible this year, but its marketed primarily as a park bike.
  • + 7
 This is the bike of the year, not the best value for a great bike award. Process 153 is my vote for best value. I love my Bronson, however the Nomad is the better bike of the two. Climbs just as well as the Bronson, and descends better.
  • - 9
flag atrokz (Dec 2, 2014 at 8:30) (Below Threshold)
 @katmai, your whining about others asking questions makes you the biggest whiner here, as nobody actually 'whined' except you. But I guess it takes one to know one...... ;-)

Also, the tracer platform was released a while ago. I think you mean 'bike' not platform. In that case, it makes sense that only models released this year would be eligible for the 'award'. Which is unlink most industries the world over that keep items in the running so long as they are available.

But, the part where that all comes apart, is that the process 111/134/153 is a 2014 model (completely redesigned for 2014). Which makes your entire whining post, moot, and everyone elses question pretty darn valid.

Apologies accepted.
  • + 4
 Kona's Process line contains great bikes - we enjoyed both the the 153 (www.pinkbike.com/news/kona-process-153-dl-review-2014.html) and the 111 (www.pinkbike.com/news/Kona-Process-111-DL-Review-2013.html), and it was certainly a contender, but after extensive debate, the 5 bikes listed ended up being the finalists. And for those questioning the inclusion of the Nomad or the Sanction as not being 'trail bikes', this category covers both trail and all-mountain bikes.
  • + 10
 Thanks for your explanation @mikekazimer. I don't necessarily agree with 2 of these taking the 153's place, but I'm sure you guys have your reasons.
  • + 3
 @mikekazimer Thanks for the explanation! Not that I/we were owed an explanation, but nice to hear some insight into the decision.
  • - 1
 What about the mondraker foxy carbon xr, surely that is a serious do it all contender. Is it cause it´s not for sale in America?
  • + 5
 Apparently, to be considered bike of the year nothing below $8k is allowed.
  • + 4
 well when you consider some bikes shown are at least $6k+, then the 153 has no chance. Bang for the buck tho...absolute winner.
  • - 3
 How are the Sanction and Nomad considered all mountain?PB's own review concluded that they pretty much sucked going up. You guys contradict yourselves all the time. Pretty sure the only purpose of these pokes is to provide a platform for the comment section and the entertainment that follows. Keep them coming.
  • + 3
 The people have spoken...add the kona. (I own a range c mind u)
  • + 14
 @SlowdownU: What category would you place the Sanction and Nomad in then? They're not downhill bikes, and I don't consider 'enduro' to be a category - that's a race format. While both bikes are built with a strong focus on downhill performance, they're also meant to be pedaled uphill as well - in my mind, that pretty much defines all-mountain.
  • - 5
flag SlodownU (Dec 2, 2014 at 12:29) (Below Threshold)
 I can pedal a downhill bike up the hill if its smooth enough. You guys have reviewed plenty of bikes that appeared to be the total package of going up and down. Would you choose the Sanction or Nomad for a long ride that featured a couple thousand feet of technical climbing, in addition to the descending? As for enduro not being a category, I agree that its a race format, but the train has left the station on how its being portrayed.
  • + 24
 correction, enduro is a lifestlye
  • - 1
 Correction, enduro is only a race format cause it has been a style before ; ) . All mountain is well, what all mountain has always been. The sanction and the nomad fit precisely into that definition you gave of enduro @mikekazimer , race bikes, therefore not completely all mountain. Nevertheless it is pinkbikes (your) opinion you can agree or disagree, but not be a dick about it. Still think the Foxy xr is propably one of the best bikes this year!
  • + 5
 I like riding bikes
  • - 1
 Damn fine point.
  • + 1
 I've been scoping Process 153 or maybe the 167 frame sets... but just noticed the BB's are press fit? Damn, this is a deal breaker sorry Kona.
  • + 1
 @dirtdoctor would you mind explaining what pressfit is and why it's bad?
  • + 1
 The bearings are pressed into the frame instead of threading in the cups.the plus is you get a wider bb (92mm) but it's fiddly to set up and can creak if not set properly. It has a lesser chance of mucking up,the frame. I had a pf bb on my zesty and it was trouble free for 8 years, but then again on my friends scott it creaked like mad. It's all to how ham fisted the mechanic is.
  • - 4
flag justjake (Dec 3, 2014 at 14:18) (Below Threshold)
 How about none of these Enduro is bollocks
  • - 1
 You've clearly never ridden a trail/AM bike
  • + 1
 hmmm only really expensive bikes made the list i wonder why........
  • + 84
 YT Capra should be here, it tics all the boxes. Equally great geometry, specs and carbon frame with almost half a price of Nomad, SB5c or Mojo HD3. For these, winner should be Nomad.
  • + 5
 its not in the US market, so its not here either.. Smile
  • + 29
 It seems this award is only for bikes that most of us could never afford to buy.
  • + 3
 true.. unfortunately innovation and technology not so affordable in some cases
  • + 7
 Yep, YT capra delivers pretty much the same bike as the new Nomad, at 1/2 the price. Take a Comp 1, upgrade the crank arms, bars and Wheels to carbon and you then have a vastly superior bike for still less money than the basic build Nomad.
  • + 14
 Yup, we all know the Capra is the real winner. YT saving the money on paying for review props to make better bikes for Bikers. We know the score.
  • + 2
 Not the same, top Capra has top class, Bos suspension!
  • + 2
 Although the Capra is an awesome bike, have they worked out their warranty issues yet? A lot of broken stays being replaced by YT.
  • + 1
 Issue with hanger breaking stays was fixed 6 months ago... Total redesign and warranty replacement for broken faulty old version ones
  • + 9
 I love how everyone is saying what should be the winner.. when probably no one has ridden them all.. except maybe the people who wrote the awards!!!
  • - 5
flag droppinneutron (Dec 2, 2014 at 12:05) (Below Threshold)
 plus the back ends fall to bits on Capra's
  • - 7
flag caste1200 (Dec 2, 2014 at 15:08) (Below Threshold)
 its a real bike comparison not cheap Chinese crap capra
  • + 2
 I haven't ridden any for sure, but I wagered that the Capra would be the bike to beat for bike of the year, and I'm disappointed that it's not nominated.
  • + 0
 but the back ends do fall off, whether you like that or not
  • + 1
 Why did they choose the Yeti SB5 against these bikes and not the SB6?
The SB6 is direct competition for the Nomad. The SB5 is more along the lines of a bronson?
Not a fair comparison in my eyes?
  • + 1
 @shacky - We didn't have enough time on the SB6 to be able to include it (maybe next year), but I'd say that the SB5 certainly deserves at place here. It's much more capable than its travel numbers suggest.
  • + 55
 I think the real winner here is ENVE with their rims on nearly every bike up there.
  • + 34
 Is it just me or is it that every time I see the huge enve logos I think of a company peddling overrated, overpriced products. 'Look at me, I ride ENVE wheels!;
  • + 6
 not just you I personally hate ENVE..
  • + 3
 Only thing better is a dude riding with Enve socks to go with his Enve wheels. And the Ibis is busting Ibis rims.
  • + 7
 @Blackthorne you should watch/read the recent feature on Dirt's website about carbon rims. Despite how you might feel about how they look and the image they have "overrated and overpriced" is based on your opinion and is hardly a fact. If you don't want them, don't buy them.


dirtmountainbike.com/features/carbon-mtb-wheels-do-you-need-them.html
This equally is not a sales hype, if you watch it the whole way through.
  • + 21
 i think i just realized how enve came up with the name for their company.
  • + 8
 Boom!!!!
  • + 1
 obey e1 its nonesense not enve for the performance and weight its not for me, for the price I buy a pair of fuckin awesome wheelset or build them and have spare money...
  • + 14
 Maybe you could buy a dictionary with the spare money.
  • + 0
 Yea Obie hit the nail on the head. The word we're looking for here is not hate it's envy.
  • + 2
 or the fact that all but one article (I have read 4) the rear wheel cracked. When Enve is asked about it, they say oh we have never seen that happen, oh you cant use that spoke...dont get me wrong I think their warranty and everything is great but when you crack a wheel and you have to wait for it for months then you are not able to ride. There are much better carbon fiber wheels on the market that are cheaper and will get you a new wheelset much quicker. just my two cents
  • + 0
 @obee1 Sorry for that go f*ck yourself please Smile I love english better than my native language, sorry please OO sorry to not spelling something correctly. I can state 100% sure that what I wrote is not envy about ENVE, I just can't imagine buying them for the actual price.. Maybe I just don't like black rims, I am a Deemax, Crossmax, DT EX/FR type of coloured rim nerd guy...
  • + 1
 But maybe you know me better than I am... from the other side of the world, from Canada! The second best place on earth for me, please don't do this Smile
  • + 3
 As a bike mechanic, ENVE's are just such a hassle to work with (primarily truing) because of their internal nipples. Especially when they're set up tubeless.
  • + 41
 If money was no object: you betcha. But since it is: Giant Reign.
  • + 9
 the sanction trickles down into an SLX-grade build, but for all the others, yes, they are expensive as hell and if innovation can only be purchased by so many, then it isn't really innovating much is it?
  • + 3
 I agree these bikes are way expensive. And the new Giant Reign 27,5 base model seems to be good, you just have to change shifting groupset cranks and brakes and everythings good! It has just a Monarch Plus R and a Pike RC not the top of the line models, but every review says its enough for most of the riders. The new Canyon Strive is great but it cant be purchased in the US...
  • + 4
 How many people here have even got a chance to ride half of these bikes? I don't think i've even seen any of them in person Frown
  • + 1
 I have not seen any of these bikes, but I only rode in the midwest. If I were picking on looks alone, Intense. It looks nimble. Why no Remedy?
  • + 33
 Having only American bike brands for nomination is a bit prejudiced and almost like reading something from the Mountain Bike Action magazine. Yeah, no.
  • + 1
 Agreed, but American bike brands are most easily available here.
  • + 26
 If you are nominating the best bikes for Trail/All-mountain/Enduro riding, in my opinion availability shoud not be one of the decisive reasons.
  • + 7
 They can only nominate bikes they've ridden. Availability is always gonna be an issue.
  • + 14
 Well, on a quick look other bikes PB staff have ridden/reviewed this year are Giant, Trek, Lapierre, Knolly, BMC, Rocky Mountain, Orbea, Nukeproof, Devinci, Norco, Mondraker, Canyon etc.
  • + 6
 So true Pinkbikers are media guys they can throw their leg over nearly every single bike out there. So Availablity should not be a reason for not nominating a bike or brand. But maybe they have to so that they can claim that a US bike brand has the best bike out there...
Still fun to read but to be honest we all know that a bike will always need to judged by yourself on your trails and with your riding style. As a bike that fits rider A might be shit for rider B

Where are the Banshee Bikes in the list of nominated bikes, Spitfire, Rune and the Phantom? Are they are made from Alloy not plastic ; )
  • + 3
 Uh, none of these are American bikes. They're all Chinese bikes.
  • + 14
 No, they're Taiwanese. It's a big distinction in terms of quality.
  • + 2
 Right, but my point is, given where they are made, tell me again why the frames cost almost $3k alone?
  • + 7
 Because carbon fiber is expensive stuff, and getting it made properly to the level of performance that we expect from a modern bike is extremely expensive. Also because the production volume of the bike industry pales in comparison to other industries which use carbon fiber.

But you probably want to hear some answer about "the man" trying to screw us over and prevent us from riding bikes...
  • + 0
 BS on carbon being expensive stuff, the industrial process is pretty mature, the 2 companies that make the frames have been making them for quite some time, and the labor is dirt cheap. They don't need to cost as much as they do, the markup is pretty high. If the prices came down, they'd probably actually sell more and make more money.
  • - 2
 Do you have any idea how modern carbon frames are actually made? lol

Even if labor is free, you still have costs of raw high-modulus carbon fiber, resin, mold release, all the proprietary bladders and/or vacuum bagging materials, the molds themselves which are comically expensive, and you have to have them in at least 3 sizes. Molds also have a finite lifespan so that needs to be taken into consideration, a single mold can cost anywhere up to a few hundred thousand dollars, especially for larger parts such as front triangles.

That's materials alone... Not to mention the fact that production rate is limited by number of mods they own, layup/cure time, prep/finish work before and after frame layup. You then have to pay for all the frames to be shipped wherever they need to go.

The markup is what's needed for the industry to survive, especially with the growth of companies like canyon and YT who don't seem to care that they're f*cking over bike shops and having a negative impact on the industry.
  • + 3
 Guys... prices on the biking industry are demand driven. We will never pay the actual manufacturing cost of the bikes. Bikers are interested on buying bikes, companies can mark it up as much as they want.
  • + 2
 @ Nobble & everyone else - You make some good points about the high cost of carbon fiber manufacturing. Comparatively, it seems that Yeti charges a little more for their cf frames/bikes. I'm assuming this is a) because they're a "boutique" brand and all their stuff costs a little more (plus it performs awesomely), and/or b) they sell lower volume so have to make up the difference of cf molds, etc (though I do see plenty of Yetis on the trail).

I think it's interesting that several brands now release their carbon models first and some consumers (like me) have to wait for the aluminum version, when things used to be the opposite. It's as if some companies no longer cater to their "core", but focus on those willing to pay $5K, $6k, focking $7k+ for their bikes. It's funny because I'll bet many (insert bike brand here) employees have more in common with their $3k bike-riding customers (and would rather ride with them) than their $7k customers. I admit that's a generalization though so don't get your panties all bunched up. No offense to anyone riding a $7k bike, as long as you ride it like you stole it.

And now the direct-to-consumer model. I'm not against it, and I don't think it's focking over the industry, at least not yet. I see very few of those bikes on a the trail and for now, I think they still come with a stigma (though riders like Fab Barel are probably eroding that stigma quickly). Not sure if this is more of a "problem" in Europe. A lot of consumers still want to buy from a shop who can back them up if things go south. Maybe we need a separate thread to trade ideas on the D2C model....

Almost forgot - IBIS for the win.

Regarding direct to consumer brands, I'm not against it.
  • + 1
 Nobble, have you ever done any manufacturing work in the East? It's part of what I do for a living, and your assumptions are off. Carbon as a material is relatively cheap, the cost is in the labor, and labor there is cheap by our standards, that's why we do business there, not because of some technological edge. However, since carbon bike manufacturing has happened there for so long, they have acquired significant expertise in the process (chicken and egg). A few thousand dollars for molds is peanuts as fas as capital costs go. And production throughput is not an issue because it's faster than you think it is for molded carbon (contrasted with hand butting like Time does). The actual cost of one of these frames is probably a few hundred dollars, if that.
  • + 3
 SlodownU, If thats part of your work you should actually know teh difference between China and Taiwan. Also it its part of your Job you should be aware of things like margins, development cost, shiping & warehousing, sales structure warranty let alone maketing taht any of these brands must do.
All these brands are business so if there wouldnt be enough people buying no on would sell that kind of product either.

My personal opinion: as long as people dont even think twice about spending 1000 bucks on a (I)phone i dont think 6000 is asking too much for a bicycle.
  • + 4
 @Blackthome Didn't know that Pinkbike was a website only for US guys.
I even have some doubts when having a look at the flags on this forum.
That said, there are plenty of good brands outside of the US : Canyon, YT, Lapierre, Commencal, Banshee, etc and there is no doubt Pinkbike can test all of them due to its worldwide visibility.
My 2 cents, other brands didn't pay enough to be in the list...
  • + 3
 I once talked to a marketing dept guy from a smaller but still popular bike brand and he was telling me that the molds are expensive but if have a big production run then it becomes cheaper than alu as alu has high welding labor costs. So when a big brand sells you their popular carbon lines for more than the alu ones, you're not paying for the molds...
  • + 2
 Oh and he also said that since they care about quality, a downside of carbon is that you have to do a lot more quality control on carbon bike since chinese tolerances are sometimes looser than the bikes that are being welded in house, which does bring the cost of carbon up in the end.
  • + 1
 in the long run, carbon will be cheaper than aluminum. that is why there is such a big push for CF right now. to get the tooling and processes paid off. aluminum will be like steel in the next 5 years or so.
  • + 27
 Like everyone says, Process and Capra have had nothing but good press. Also Canyon strive has had a lot of good reviews. And spesh enduro/stumpy which are both available in "affordable" builds (my "bottom of the range" stumpy is still my most extravagant purchase ever!)

Why not include bikes from a range of prices and let the more affordable options fight it out with the super bikes? There's no point giving an award dedicated exclusively to these kind of bikes, they're clearly all amazing. I liked it a couple of years ago when MBR mag in the UK gave their bike of the year award to the Voodoo Bizango hardtail you can buy from Halfords for £500. Obviously, in terms of raw performance, it wasn't a better bike than the high end stuff elsewhere on the shortlist, but a decent cheap bike is still something to shout about.

No one is saying that PB should stop reviewing Kitsbow shorts and Enve wheels, but accusations that you're not very consumer focused are well placed IMO.
  • + 6
 That was very well said, I think Capra would kill it if company making Rampage winning bike was able to sell to North America.
  • + 1
 Which is exactly why Specialized won't allow it.......thanks spesh! W*NKERS
To be honest, the US is too big for YT at this point anyway, the waiting times for its' euro customer base is long enough.
  • + 4
 The Spesh Enduro 29 already won last year. It was "Bike of the Year" from Pinkbike, VitalMTB, and BIKE magazine. I believe this is for platforms that were released in 2014 - Spesh has not made major platform updates this year.
  • + 22
 Whatever happened to the 2015 Trek Slash 9.8? It won the Trek Enduro team the team title for the EWS. It looks like a very versatile piece of machinery
  • + 5
 While a high end carbon frame and top of the range components aren't within reach of my budget, I agree that the 2015 Trek Slash is a great bike! I've been on a 2015 Slash 7 since mid September and I simply love it.
  • + 1
 probably because the slash came out near the end of the year and people are just recently receiving them. i could see it make this list next year.
  • + 2
 Yeah no Slash or Remedy on that list. Both bikes are amazing.
  • + 0
 A team that good would have won on any bike in the same category. Great bike but winning races has very little to do with how good it is.
  • + 19
 Don't hate on me but, am i the only one who thinks the Yeti SB5c looks a bit weird around the bb area. Im sure it rides like a dream but it looks clunky.
  • + 5
 No, you're not the only one. Not sure why the 6c looks so much better but imo it does.
  • + 3
 The 5 is probably a better bike for my riding, but I like the smoother lines of the SB6. Maybe I just need to move somewhere with gnarlier trails!
  • + 19
 Why not all of them? *mexican music plays*
  • + 17
 I think Nomad is getting this, that bike is the closest one to Pinkbikians' taste of "capable" do it all bikes.
  • + 9
 It is simply the best bike ever made
  • + 0
 It's the best bike I've ever ridden, and I've ridden most of them.
  • + 19
 its the best dream bike i have ever dream, and i've had dream most of them Smile
  • + 3
 " "capable" do it all bikes" sounds a bit bland to me, the Nomad EXCELS in everything I can throw at it, the only limit on this bike, for me, is me, but I have fun everyime pushing that limit!
I've not ridden all of these machines and there are many other capable bikes out there, but people this is a top 5, not a mention all bikes, not a best budget bouncer,this is PB so you know your never going to all just get along :-)
  • + 15
 Kona process 153?!?!!?!?! Super fast/fun bike to ride plus it has a reasonable price tag c'mon pink bike get your ish together
  • + 16
 You missed the Banshee Spitfire - worst poll ever.
  • + 7
 Banshee Spitfire and Rune. Banshee are amazing yet so under rated Frown
  • + 4
 I've got a Rune.. This should be best £7-10k AM bike poll.
  • + 4
 Another for the Rune, but since it's been out for two years with the geometry that everyone NOW is coming around too, it's old news. Those who ride and don't wanna spend $7-10K know. Meanwhile...the Ibis?!? What a buncha BS. It's been out for a week. Who other than media/industry has ridden it? ENVE wheels...Meh.
  • + 0
 Looks as though the they've had the Ibis for much more than a week.
And are the Banshees on new brand new platforms? If not, why would they be on the list?
  • + 1
 Believe it or not, this isn't a poll. They're looking at bikes that Pinkbike has REVIEWED IN THE PAST YEAR. Although I was disappointed not to see the process 153 on here.
  • + 1
 It's for Bikes from this year. The Process was in last years poll and the Spitfire, whilst being brilliant is a new platform.
  • + 12
 There are many other great bikes out there. Like YT Capra, Canyon Strive CF or AL, Rose Uncle Jimbo, Pivot Mach 6 and Evil Uprising.
  • + 6
 props for Pivot - such an awesome company and bikes.
  • + 2
 Agreed....the Mach 6 is probably the best all around bike I have ever ridden. However, for the parameters of this test and the bikes listed, the Yeti would get my vote Smile
  • + 0
 you can take evil uprising off the list though
  • + 1
 Since they left the Mach 6 off the list I guess I'm voting for the only other DW link bike up there. Ibis Mojo HD3.
  • + 11
 Dudes, this is only the american Trail / All-Mountain Bike of the Year Nominees.
Maybe one day, Pinkbike will understand others countries exist in the world \o/
  • + 8
 While none of these bikes are in my near-term budget, the technology encompassed in them will trickle down to my range at a pace I'm comfortable with - the fact that I picked up my second bike, a used carbon bike, for $2k is testament to that.
Its awesome to me that the growth in our sport is prompting such immense competition amongst manufacturers. The range of choices for these capable all-rounders span a full gambit and though the models may come in top spec'ed at prices that I as a student cringe at, mountain bikes overall are becoming more and more accessible to the masses. That in of itself is very pleasing, and it can only get better from here as 1.) those complex manufacturing methods are improved and advanced tech gets included on lower-spec'd builds and 2.) the updated geometries make lower spec'd bikes that much more capable. Santa Cruz's Heckler comes in at $2,500, Transition's 2015 line at $3,500, Trek's Remedy's....
I'm just stoked on our sport!
  • + 10
 Stopped reading at line 6 but I agree!
  • + 1
 The heckler isn't much like the nomad, or any other sc bike. It is kind of disapointing how little they have improved it over its long run.
  • + 1
 The Heckler has the same geo as the Bronson.
  • + 2
 heckler is only a single pivot suspension - rides completely different from the bronson even if they share the same geo
  • + 1
 Of course but taletotell was saying they haven't improved it much. What else can they do since it needs to remain a price point bike? The Heckler has updated geo and 27.5 wheels. They already have the Bronson so they don't need to do anything else to the Heckler.
  • + 2
 Right, but the competition has more modern frames in the same price bracket. I feel like buying a new heckler is like buying one of those front engine Porsches. You are really just doing it for the name at that point.
  • + 8
 I would love to see an actual shootout of these bikes rather than the copy paste Pinkbike takes at the end of a review.. A real shootout would have to include many more bikes though, YT Capra, Process and 650b Enduro as a few just off the top of my head.
  • + 8
 I'm surprised the new cannondales Jekyll isn't on here! Its won dh races and propelled Jerome Clements to #1 in the enduro WC last year, plus amazing tchnology in their bikes too...
  • + 3
 Yeah, it seems especially odd because out of all the bikes reviewed, the PB review of the 2015 Jekyll was very solid across the board. ....
  • + 7
 There are quit a few bikes missing from this list! Has the general public even seen the HD3 in shops? On trails? SB6 isn't on this list, the bike that won the EWS? Really think Pinkbikes judges need to regroup, and come back with a larger list.

The fact that Ibis HD3 is on this list, means that bike turned a few heads!
  • + 2
 Brilliant point. .ews winner not on the list, and you can't buy ibis until spring '15!
  • + 11
 10/10 would ride
  • + 5
 A video/edit on each would be awesome!
  • + 2
 i couldn't agree more
  • + 10
 That gt looks god awful with that red manitou
  • + 2
 Agreed. Black lowers would do it justice, but the mattoc has been receiving a fair amount of good reviews even in comparison to its pricier competitors.
  • + 5
 Deserves two categories. I don't think the SB5c (or Scout, interesting that that wasn't included) belong in the same category as the Nomad or Sanction. Awards like this are always going to be a bit arbitrary, but still.

However out of all these Nomad all the way.
  • + 11
 I concur the 6c should be in place of the 5c.
  • + 4
 Think it's just bikes they've reviewed, thus no 6c.
  • - 3
 The HDR is reviewed already?
  • + 4
 I'm not sure about the Nomad (and most of bikes here) I'd have to ride one. Geocharts are misleading, I know, but what I liked about my old one was that it could ride xc trails with smaller fork and this seems to be full on big-mountain EWS machine. I rode Jekyll from that genre and saw how those new bikes handle in slower riding, top riders really muscle with them in tighter corners (it's not like muscling is bad). I'm just wondering why not put a lockout on fork and shock on a V10? Seat angle is there... I think we are observing a shift in what a do-it-all bike archetype is. Like it or not Enduro got more specific than trail and AM. EWS turned previous genre of do it alls into race machines. I don't care about racing, I ride with friends and when I ride alone, I ride like no one would ever know about it. That's why of all here, I'd take Ibis HD3. It seems closer to the "roots".
  • + 1
 That's gonna be another philosophical thread but how else could it be with such an article? I'm a bit confused with your choice Waki, being justified by "closer to the roots". It sounds a tad conservative whereas innovation (or its claim) is certainly what drives the make of a new bike, especially for the 4 boutique brands out of 4. Nevertheless is the title should be "best do it all bike", then I guess I'd have to agree with you based only on numbers and virtual leverage ratio analysis, same for the SB5c. The others are certainly great but shifting their focus on DH a little more. I only had the chance to test the new Nomad and to my taste it improves or even erases the few negatives I have about the previous Nomad (that I currently own). I didn't have the chance to try the other ones though, but the GT and the Intense are certainly sacrificing some bits of overall performance against DH capabilities.
  • + 3
 Well, the first nomad with it's black hole in the mid travel and infinite bottom out was hell of a lot of a mini DH bike if you put 2deg angleset in it. Then they made it more xcish- now it seems to be a mini V10.

Yesterday I rode a hardtail with 2003 shiver sc, that felt like going back to the roots. And it was fun as hell. To me the level of enjoyment of a ride is not proportional to actual, measurable speed I am riding at. It is 70% subjective for me, the remaining 30% is whether I can keep up with my friends. It's about how do I handle obstacles. If I nail a line in a rockgarden I am happy, I wasn't happier by jumping over it or plowing it on my Nomad. I am a too aware of subjectivity of "going fast". Usualy fast rides feel slow. Honestly it boils down to the fact that big bikes scare me. You can go faster with same skills, you debelop new ones but trees stay as hard... I enjoy the fact that i haven't hurt myself since... i can remember

My whole post was utterly pointless sorry... I haven't ridden any of those bikes and I will never ever own them so why do I care? But to keep myself up, judging by nr of posts I am not the only one.
  • + 2
 I actually don't really know why SC used the argument the Nomad bears a V10 like linkage because to me it felt a lot more an all round capable bike than the previous one simply because of a better pedal efficiency certainly bound to more support in the mid stroke, be it because of a different leverage profile or better damper (RS Debonair) I cannot judge.
  • + 4
 It's funny when people write stuff like this without ever actually riding the bikes. Anyone who has ridden a Yeti SB5c would understand very quickly why it is on this list and going toe to toe with the Nomad. The bike is phenomenal.
  • + 1
 Fair enough. I have not ridden either. However, I do feel fairly comfortable saying based on geometry and travel and what racers are riding that they're intended for different purposes. If the SB5c descends even nearly as well as the Nomad then it would be a slam dunk to win a trail bike of the year award and would be the better of the two in a combined category. Personally I have no interest in owning an Enduro-killing-machine, and would find two separate lists more informative, that's all.
  • + 1
 I don't know @Davetrump, it jut happens, I don't know why... Therapy please
  • - 1
 If you can't ride all these bikes I would go with some common sense. Maestro suspension is proven by the number 1 bike manufacturer, and Giant don't go around tinkering with their suspension design every few years and for different bikes. That is kind of saying something. I liked the Giant Reign advanced 0 2015 over any of those bikes, but I don't know if it was even a contender for the 2014 nominations.
  • + 1
 Seriously? Try some other bikes first.
  • + 1
 @SithBike Just because a brand is the biggest in terms of sales doesn't mean they are #1, or that they are focused on pushing development of high end bikes (hence little change to their suspension design for many many many years). Also curious how you like the Giant over all of those other bikes considering it is almost impossible for anyone outside the industry to have ridden some of the bikes on the list yet. They are simply not even readily available. If the Maestro does it fr you that's great, but if that's all you've ridden to base your opinion you are definitely missing out.
  • + 10
 Knolly???
  • + 6
 I'll throw my hat in the ring for Chilcotin, balls out bike
  • + 3
 The Warden got a better review than the GT. I don't quite understand the thinking behind the above list. Reviews are opinions, but PB's review of the GT was pretty average as an all rounder, so why is it included as a possible "Bike of the Year"?. I don't have any problem with the other bikes though, but very surprised not to see a Spec, Trek, YT or Knolly.
  • + 6
 I'd be more interested in a Bike of the Year article if it was based on a poll of riders, not a few pro bike dudes who get to ride the fanciest shit.
  • + 5
 Why? It would be just like MTBR. Everyone would vote for the bike they own. Nobody but the media/shop types get to ride enough bikes to make an informed opinion.
  • + 0
 What is being tested isn't a good reflection of what people are actually riding IMO. I've no problem with PB rating the bikes they've tested, I just don't find it as interesting in finding out what what 1000s of riders think is best. I think there are a lot of riders who would contribute some pretty valuable insights, like bike mechs etc. Most of the bikes I see reviewed I never see on the trails, so they don't have a lot of relevance to me, and I imagine a lot of other riders. Just a preference.
  • + 1
 Well of course it's not, most people don't have the experience to make any sort of informed decision on the bike of the year just because they don't get to ride enough of them. I've demo'ed as many bikes as I could for the last few months before finally settling on the Nomad, but I still couldn't try anywhere near half the bikes that are contenders for that category. If someone has ridden nothing but a crappy hardtail and then buys a entry level FS they're going to vote for that, even though it may not even be the best value in that category. That's what user reviews and such are for.
  • + 7
 What about the enduro... Pinkbike should ask us to nominate the bikes and then they choose from them.
  • + 1
 Not a new platform this year - plus it won last year from nearly every major blog/magazine. I suppose the 650b version could be argued as a new platform - but they didn't even change the frame to 650b specific.
  • + 8
 wait, why is no one complaining about the wheel size? where am I?
  • + 7
 I am voting for the City of Santa Cruz:

They have 2 great bikes ( Nomad and HD3) depending on your taste and riding style.
  • + 3
 I'm surprised the specialized enduro isn't on the list. I guess it did win best bike last year through other websites we do not speak of. However, glad to see Yeti and the Nomad on there both are killer bikes. Those two would definitely considered for my next all mountain bike purchase.
  • + 3
 With the exception of the GT, I will never be able to own any of these bikes, making it a useless list like looking at a list of Ferraris, Bugattis, and Lamborghinis. Therein is the flaw with such a list, these are the cream of the crop bikes, and it doesn't make any difference which one is chosen as best enduro bike since they are all the best when value is not taken into account.
  • + 3
 I normally like to contribute the positive upbeat comments. This time it is feedback to Pinkbike. I think it was an oversight for the largest mountain biking website on the planet to consolidate two distinctly different mountain biking categories, as it appears that AM has now morphed together with Enduro. Wouldn't it be better to go: (1) DH, (2) Park/Freeride, (3) Enduro/AM, (4) Trail, (5) Cross Country for the awards categories. I would like to know if this suggestion makes sense, so click away - am I on point or off-side?
  • + 6
 Specialized S works Enduro 650b.
  • + 5
 Dear pinkbike you forgot the YT CAPRA!! Better than all these bikes and a fuck load cheaper!!
  • - 2
 lol, you probably don't know how to ride a bike properly, yts are a crap
  • + 0
 They can't be considered an "all rounder" if they only fit people bellow 5'11". Razz
Haha! I'm just butt-hurt because I went to buy one and discovered they are built for dwarfs only.
  • + 2
 @caste1200 any reason why you can say Capra is a crap bike?
@Yippee-Ki-YayMF Dude, your words actually can hurt most Asian people.
  • + 0
 @TroubleZone13 - I think you're the one implying Asians are small, so any hurt caused is on you. Fun was being made at YT for their ludicrous sizing.
  • + 1
 @Yippee-Ki-YayMF I didn't say all Asians people small. But, most of them.
  • + 2
 At this point, can we all agree that the aesthetics are more important the the objective performance features of bikes in this category? No one is purchasing anything but the frame they are most attracted to - as nearly all bikes in this category are justifiable.

There are at least 25+ viable contenders, all that perform very well and have great damper tunes from the factory. I just feel grateful that biking has come so far in the last decade so as to offer so many kick ass bikes.
  • + 3
 Kona is to the Mountian bike industry like Leonardo DiCaprio is to the Movie industry....
lol
I'd take my Kona Process and use the $5000 savings to shred all summer long over these bikes.
  • + 2
 "This deviation from the accepted norms has paid off, creating one very impressive ride, and there aren't too many bikes currently on the market in this category that can match the 153's blend of stability and maneuverability at speed." -Mike Kazimer

I guess these are the 5 bikes that can.
  • + 2
 The only reason I can imagine not including the Pivot Mach 6 is it may have come out in 2013. Regardless, after pedaling the SB5c and the Nomad, I can objectively say the Mach 6 is superior in many regards to these two bikes.
  • + 6
 2015 Nomad, best bike I've ever ridden!
  • + 2
 After owning two intense bikes one uzzi and a tracer I can safely say that they are some of the most poorly built overrated bikes out there, so much flex in the back end that when pedalling the crank arms would rub on rear triangle, don't know why the tracer is up there. There are many more worthy bikes for nomination.
  • + 2
 Have been riding SC bikes for the last 12 years. And when the time came to replace my nomad it was a no brainer. Kona process 153 DL! Got a rad bike and money in the pocket. Well still don't have many in pocket. Great to see kona getting love from the people, bout time.
  • + 2
 Dear Pinkbike,

Please do a poll with these bikes:

1. YT Capra Pro/Comp
2. Kona Process 153 DL
3. Banshee Rune/Spitfire V2
4. Transition Patrol
5. Knolly Warden
6. Giant Reign 27.5
7. Norco Range
8. Lapierre Spicy 527
9. Commencal Meta AM

Sincerely your asian side of the world fanbase.
  • + 4
 Am I the only one to think that these bikes are Enduro bikes (160mm) more than Trail/all mountain bikes (130-140mm) ?
  • + 1
 It does seem like these bikes are in a completely different category than "trail" but the marketing machine ain't gonna feed itself if you think the 120mm bike you already have is good enough for trail riding. Maybe Washington sucks but these bikes seem like overkill for a lot of the "trail" around here.
  • + 1
 I agree. Every year or so, the marketing changes what they consider to be Trail/All Mountain.

There are some outstanding 140mm bikes out there and I was surprised none of them made it into this list. These bikes are all tagged as "Enduro" bikes too.
  • + 3
 No Specialized Enduro, Giant Reign, YT Capra...? hmm that aluminium linkage beneath the down tube of the sanction is weaker than an incandescent bulb!!
  • + 2
 Definitely a sweet short list of lust worthy bikes. I think it's also an accurate reflection of where the MTB vibe and riding culture is at these days.

Go Mojo HD3, third generation awesome! :-)
  • + 1
 Truth is, you'd be hard pressed to find a bike in this category that doesn't absolutely rip and is likely (much) more capable than anyone posting on PB. 153, Spitty, Warden, Enduro, Suppressor, Range, Megatrail, Spartan, etc...in almost all cases, they've dialed the geo, matched the suspension kinematics well with a give shock/tune. To me, we're now mainly making decisions based frame material, sizing geo and aesthetics rather than how they climb or descend.

Regardless, they've got a solid group to choose from and there's basically wrong answer...well, except for the Sanction since the red fork doesn't match Smile
(also interesting they have 3 different fork manufacturers represented...too bad Zoch or X-fusion doesn't seem to have much OEM presence)
  • + 1
 Would've been awesome to see the GG Megatrail on the list. Probably a much better SP "trail/all-mountain" bike than the Sanction. Preliminary reviews for it have been fantastic.
  • + 1
 I can confirm firsthand how brilliant the GG Megatrail is Wink

But like I said, I suspect all the bikes I listed, as well as the 5 in the running, are fantastic. So much so, I bet I could finish mid-pack in an enduro or Super D race with any of them!
  • + 1
 The Sanction is a revolutionary bike. You can easily climb it, but it feels like a full on DH bike under you when going down. Also, did everyone forget the Jeckyl? The Kamikaze Games Bullitt DH competition was won on it (along with the Enduro race).
  • + 2
 What a shame no process. I guess the bible best bike test was all lies.

www.bikemag.com/videos/2014-bible-of-bike-tests-roundtable-reels-kona-process-134-dl

Very clearly a 2014 platform and all new bike
  • + 5
 No place for the Trek Slash 9.9 ?!
  • + 1
 ThIs is Pinkbike's list and they get to vote on it. We get yi vote with our wallets and buy the best bike for us.

Although I'd honestly buy any one (or all) of these bikes if I could afford it.

I think the fact that so many people have been proposing other very competent bikes indicates the depth of the field in this category. Where it comes to adding another bike to my stable there are probably nearly a dozen contenders I'll have to sort through.
  • + 5
 Ibis. It can actually be a normal trail bike.
  • + 5
 You clearly missed the Trek Slash 9.8.!
  • + 2
 And/or the new Remedy 650.
  • + 1
 I kinda like that they left the big "3" bike companies out of it.. I love my Trek Remedy and it did win EWS under TMO and was ridden to success on the men's side its fun to see the "little guys" making the bikes we all want, maybe can't afford, and getting props for building them...
  • + 4
 "Trail / All-Mountain Bike of the Year Nominees" and 165 mm of travel? Isn't it enduro?
  • + 1
 I know pinkbike didn't give much love to the Scott Genius LT but that would've been my choice for trail/all mountain.

However, all of these bikes are excellent choices as they should be for costing an arm and a leg.
  • + 3
 How can bikes not available to purchase until last month win bike of the year?
Bike of the...November/December nominees?
  • + 2
 No Giant bikes.... Lovin my Trance advanced SX, or the new reign advanced looks awesome (I haven't ridden it though). Oh well it will be a good read I'm sure.
  • + 0
 To add to others comments - the HD3 should not be there - its effectively a 2015 bike. I asked in the comments on that review where the PB test of the new Reign was - no response. Its quite bizarre that we get a "not even available yet HD3" review before a "released in August" Reign review. Don't tell me there's a shortage of Giant's out there in PB land? :-)
  • + 4
 Im just glad theres no specialized up there.
  • + 2
 I think the comments directed towards bikes NOT in contention speaks volumes toward what people are actually riding. $8-$10k bikes are not what most people are riding.
  • + 1
 Depends where you ride I guess. On my weekend loops on the North Shore I see plenty of $8k bikes rolling around.
  • + 3
 Does anyone notice that all of the nominees advertised very heavily ($$$) on pink bike this past year?
  • + 1
 Did Yeti?
  • + 1
 Yeah. They did that big release - live Q&A on pink bike a few months back. If I remember correctly, they were a bit stand offish regarding pb users voicing skepticism about the new linkage collecting mud and what not.
  • + 4
 Yeti didn't pay for that. It was put together because there was a lot of interest, speculation and confusion over the new design. They were anything but standoffish about the linkage getting clogged with mud, and repeatedly stated that it is a non issue, sealed with fox offroad truck seals, warrantied, and when fatigue tested/submerged and cycled repeatedly in a bath of mud and water it outlasted any of the conventional bearings you see on every bike out there. The only bit of stand offish behavior has been from PB skeptics simply deciding not to listen or believe them ;-)
  • + 3
 Fair enough. I stand corrected, yeti paid nothing for that. However, paid for or not, the bikes nominated have gotten a lot of play on pb in the past year. While other noteworthy contenders are conspicuously absent. No YT capra, no Orbea Rallon, no Kona process, and others that have been mentioned above. Not trying to bag on pb, just noting that a lot of really good bikes seem to have been left out and I am confused as to why that is the case. It would be interesting to compare what bikes pb users would nominate versus the pb staff nominees.
  • + 3
 Where is the section of bikes, which are as good as the above but costs are only half as high?
  • + 2
 Hmm, should bikes you can't buy in '14 be included?
Might replace the 2015 ibis with kona '53 since its best in class geometry for '14.
  • + 1
 they all (the frame)..are made from...plastic crap...called carbon...i don't think the frame can stand ..over a year...that's why the award held once a year.......*rune forever!!
  • + 0
 Let's just stipulate that these are all great bikes that are really good at what they're designed to do. And let's also stipulate that (as @mikekazimer said in the comments somewhere, all mountain is a wide category, and enduro is a race format, not a bike class). This leaves us with definitions, though. If we consider trail bikes to be everything in between pure downhill and pure XC bikes, then what is a trail all mountain bike? Is it a trail bike that's closer to the DH end of the spectrum than then XC end? If so, yes, all these bikes qualify. But then it's odd that there's only one 5" bike among a sea of 6+" bikes. Are these 6" bikes that much better at what they are supposed to do than any 5" bikes (except the Yeti) are in their niche? Or is this Pinkbike's way of saying that in that space from the halfway point between XC and DH that both 5" and 6" bikes inhabit, there's really hardly any reason to look at 5" bikes because the 6" bikes are that good? So even if enduro is a race format, not a bike category - is this an indication that, as far as PB is concerned, that race format is the dominant way in which people ride trail bikes? I wonder if, outside of places where there's lots of shuttling or lift access, that really holds true.
  • + 1
 "Santa Cruz absolutely nailed it with the Nomad, creating a bike that combines beauty and brawn into one outstanding ride." Missing line: "Besides it looks like a parrot and that is worth extra money!"
  • + 2
 There is just something beautiful about the sweeping lines on the Yeti aesthetically its the best bike closely followed by the Nomad the GT is pure rank.
  • + 1
 Foxy Carbon should be theyre too probably one of the few bikes that is actually has a real point of difference and kills it on the trails! Prob comes down to what is imported to the US, always about the USA, a
  • + 5
 Nomad is sexy
  • + 5
 Devinci Spartan?!?!?
  • + 5
 Nice plug Wink
  • + 1
 I had to
  • + 1
 Not one European bike on the list.... To be fair I can understand that a bit as most of the bikes above wouldn't stand a chance against some of the bikes coming out of Europe at the moment.
  • + 2
 I do love my Nomad.... Any of the bikes on the list would be way better than me in their own special way, but damn, I love riding my Nomad.
  • + 5
 HD3 all the way
  • + 3
 What about Canyon Strive, it also won a stage and is the best value of all these bikes.
  • + 1
 Been riding my Tallboy LTc and a Nomad 650B....i still prefer the Tallboy LTc anytime........timed with both bikes and the Tallboy LTc wins by a far margin!!!
  • + 2
 How do you inclue the 5c with 5 inches of travel vs these 6 plus inch bikes? Wouldn't the 6c make more sense?
  • + 1
 Probably right but the SB5 feels bottomless. You could ride it anywhere with a 36 up front.
  • + 3
 No Pivot Mach 6 or Firebird?
  • + 0
 Imho, the mach 6 is the worst to climb out of these, and the not pictured kona, norco, slash.. Seat angle is too slack, front end wonders and lifts climbing.
  • + 2
 is this not just a list of the most over hyped expensive bikes no one will own?
  • + 1
 If I didn't already have a Mach 6 I'd be interested in almost every single one of these bikes.
These are some of the most legit trail/AM bikes available. Hype is for Specialized.
  • + 4
 Aside from the fact that as much as you hate Specialized, they make damn great bikes in every category...
  • + 0
 They better make good bikes, being a massive corporation and all. Though being as big as they are, the smaller companies still bring more than enough competition.
  • + 2
 Look - I am not saying there are not smaller companies making great bikes. (Guerilla Gravity jumps to mind as a truly small company that makes a great trail bike) That being said - the posters of pinkbike love to hand out shit to Specialized, Trek, etc. regardless of the fact that these companies make, arguably, the best frames on the market.

Now that the FSR patent is expired, and all the "boutique" brands are scrambling to move use it, I wonder what people on pinkbike will have to say.
  • + 1
 only a patent in the US, been loads of euro bikes using the horst link for many years.
  • + 3
 With all the good reviews on the Pivot Mach 6 surprised that is not here.
  • + 3
 no Devinci dixon or spartan?
  • + 1
 3 months into SB5 ownership and I can happily confirm the bike is all that it is hyped to be. Then, at it's price point it should be!
  • + 3
 Ugliest fork of the year award goes to the manitou on the GT...
  • + 4
 Rocky Mountain Altitude?
  • + 2
 Apparently the amount of advertising a company does on PB = Nomination. Who would have guessed?!
  • + 1
 I'm gonna buy my new GT Force carbon Pro so I'll have to choose what I didn't for me. ibis is what I feel a "one-bike-band". Marco
  • + 1
 huh! seems to be a sponsored nominee here ! there are too many extraordinary bikes out there much cheaper then these good folks and may be better .
  • + 3
 Why is the Banshee Rune V2, YT Capra and Kona Process 153DL not here?
  • + 4
 Norco Range?
  • + 1
 So….. only 160mm travel Enduro bikes are capable of All Mountain/Trail riding?

There are a lot of great 140mm bikes out there, too.
  • + 2
 I guess you have to be in California to build a great trail machine... 4/5 nominees would agree
  • + 1
 I heard that they loved the HD3 to death... enough to smash the rear triangle.

Are those bikes out in the wild for the regular consumer?
  • + 1
 Not until late spring '15. That's why it shouldn't be classified as a '14.
  • + 1
 I'm hearing first shipments should be January for the HD3.
  • + 1
 First shipments are going out this week. XL frames will be in Jan.
  • + 3
 Where's the capra ?
  • + 3
 *Canfield Balance
  • + 2
 This list is crap because my bike isn't on it.
  • + 1
 My Mondraker Foxy is mint for me...not sure any of these bikes would make me a better ridden.
  • + 2
 Only the most espensive bikes ?
  • + 2
 SB6c? Jared Graves won EWS on that...
  • + 2
 No Specialized Enduro 29er? Come on!
  • + 1
 "Is that a 29er, euuh!"
  • + 2
 Specialized Enduro 29er won "best bike" from so many publications last year (including Pinkbike). This poll is for platforms released in 2014.
  • + 3
 mondraker foxy or dune?
  • + 3
 YETI YETI YETI
  • + 2
 Errr... What about the capra pro?
  • + 2
 Any Capra would win
  • + 1
 DOREL INDUSTRIES WILL BUY THIS TITTLE AGAIN, like they did with 2014 GT FURY! a lots of $$$ and SANCTION will be the WINNER
  • + 1
 I totally agree with you. GT sells so few bikes but somehow manages to win the shootouts.

I owned a 2014 fury team and the geo was spot on but the GT's are very linear in there linkage rate. Which makes for a bike that likes to blow through it travel without a shock such as a fox with the boost valve.

www.bicycleretailer.com/recalls/2014/07/17/csg-recalls-150-gt-fury-bikes-us-and-canada#.VH3RTly9LCR

I can't believe GT only sold that few of these two fury models
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 Saracen Ariel
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 Yeti SB5c
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 Did you guys pick the SB5c over the SB6c due to more time spent on it, or is it really better than the latter?
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 Yeti all the way.
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 As much as I love the Nomad, and my MKI Nomad, that GT is looking really good.
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 No YT Capra . Of these it would have to be the Intense.
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 only real brands not cheap Chinese stuff
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 YT Capra? Undoubtedly the best mountain bike of modern times?…. C’mon Pink bike.
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 lol, you said that after only riding those crappy bikes and never tried a real one before?
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 Hopefully there is a "Bike average people can actually afford" award
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 seems steep each bike costs around 10k where the meduim priced bikes dont thay stand a chance ?
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 canyon strive CF ?
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 My vote goes to the HD3. Just cos of that promo vid by Jeff Kendall-Weed for Ibis
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 session?
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 Pinkbike Awards: Enduro bike really expensive with Enve wheels of the Year Nominees ...
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 Tracer 275 for the win!

Surely alloy framed bikes should feature still as contenders.

Not everyone can or will find SC carbon coinage £$€¥ to buy a carbon do it all monster bike!
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 Mach 6 missing.
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 They had to leave it out. Otherwise it wouldn't be fair to everyone else.

But seriously, WTF PinkBike?!
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 I was hoping to see the giant reign in here
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 the new reign is beautiful...
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 banshee foreva
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 i nominate my 2011 Specialized sx trail 2 as it has had a hard life doing both DH and trail and has outlasted alot of my friends bikes
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 No Commencal Meta SX? Frown
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 Agreed! I absolutely love mine! And the matte pink colour really grows on you.
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 sb6c?????
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 How about the new transitions??
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 I wouldnt make any of those bikes sleep on the floor
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 A bike is only as good as the rider.
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 How about a Specialized Enduro?
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 if it doesn't have EVE, it a piece of shit.
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 nomad all the way. I love my nomad!!!!! also liked my old meta .... nomad way faster!!
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 What about norco sight? Affordable and very versatile
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 My Turner Sultan wins...
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 Sanction on looks!
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 I will buy nomad, ifffffffffffffffff i have enough money...
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 Xprezo Adhoc? The best descending trail bike you guys tested? Wink
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 Orange Alpine 160 RS 650b? Very nice piece of kit.
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 No YT Industries!??
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 only real brands Smile
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 Direct to consumer FSR rip off bikes do not deserve a seat at the table. In my not so humble opinion.
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 don't worry those bikes spend more time on a box waiting for aftermaket service than on the trails!
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 Interesting to note that all the bikes listed have a solid rear triangle.
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 How about a NORCO?
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 SB5C!!!!!!!!
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 Norco range carbon 7.1???
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 I love mine T275c . Climbs well and goes down like a thunder Smile
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 GT Sanction
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 Devinci Spartan ?
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 noooomad!!
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 100$ on the santacruz
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 I love my tracer. It pedals and rolls so well and blasts the downhills. Gets my vote!
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 Sorry mate, I wanted to 1 up you but too nervouse, one downed you ; (
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 INTENSE FOR LIFE!!!
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