Earlier this week Boone Technologies unveiled an aluminum crankset that immediately sent me down a rabbit hole filled with nostalgia, back to the days when anodized cranks, derailleurs, and quick releases were commonplace. The anodized-everything trend is largely a thing of the past, but I'll admit to having a soft spot for shiny purple or blue components. For this week's podcast, we decided to take a look at the trends in mountain biking over the years and decide which ones might be ripe for a comeback. Richard Cunningham joined me and Brian Park as we discussed everything from bar ends to Big Hits.
James Smurthwaite chimed in on this episode to deliver the latest mountain biking news, and while he wasn't able to join in the main discussion, he did send over a photo of his flat bar equipped Iron Horse as an example of a trend that came and went.
THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 56 - WHAT WERE THE BEST (AND WORST) TRENDS IN MOUNTAIN BIKING? April 16th, 2021
Is there a trend that you think should have stuck around? Or one that needs to end immediately?
Anodize all the things.
James Smurthwaite rocking the flat bar.
The original Boone Twist! cranks.
Featuring a rotating cast of the editorial team and other guests, the Pinkbike podcast is a weekly update on all the latest stories from around the world of mountain biking, as well as some frank discussion about tech, racing, and everything in between.
"Multiple Mountain Bikers Abandon Monetized YouTube Careers After Being Enlightened by Stunning Pinkbike Comment That They Suck At Riding Bikes."
As if that is what qualifies someone to have a successful following on a media platform.
...and talk too much
The rest are either annoying, suck at riding or make videos with 2% riding and 98% talking.
eBikes are also an excellent training partner if you ride analog. I ride with a friend who's on an eBike and it absolutely destroys my legs (this is a good thing).
People being so narrow minded and letting others bother them.
Don't like ebikes? Don't ride one.
Don't want to use uplift service? Don't use one.
Don't like hardtails? Ride a full sus.
I could go on...
But how does what you just said apply to downhill? Or lift assisted riding? Or shuttling? Kinda seems like you’re arbitrarily gatekeeping.
I ride with a friend with an ebike. It destroys my legs and we are able to keep the same pace. And then he is faster than me, or paired with me, on the downhills.
Like many areas of judgment, it’s easy to judge when it’s not personal. When I didn’t have a great friend who eBiked, I judged. When I started having great rides with someone on an eBike, I stopped judging.
Things from the old days not to be missed.
We are privileged in that we're big enough to not have to choose between paying the team and telling the truth or reporting on uncomfortable topics. But yes, there are lots of industry connections in the MTB media world—sometimes that helps us do our jobs and sometimes that certainly contributes to biases. Despite that, I work hard every day for our work to be as objective and useful to the community as possible, and to limit any impact those biases might have.
I like to think that we're pretty even handed when it comes to product verdicts. We've never shied away from reporting on bikes breaking or products failing. I will say that some industry people absolutely lose their marbles when we give their products positive but not freak-out-hyperbolic-praise reviews. There are definitely some weird, unfounded expectations out there.
Things like the EWS doping stories are incredibly complicated, and to be honest I look back on that one with a lot of pride. There are lots of stories I wish I'd had us approach differently, but that's not one of them. I'm also pretty certain that if we hadn't reported on that story, nobody else would have.
Why don't b-screws simply have a # of clicks (like rebound) or some some way to determine / reset a b-screw on the trail? I just moved to SRAM X01 from NX (everyone says NX sucks, but it worked flawlessly for me - never once had this issue) but now I am adjusting the b-screw after literally every ride - the jockey wheel is constantly rattling. SRAM video on youtube shows setting the b-screw WITH sag & the red b-screw tool. One of my local shops says the red b-screw tool doesn't work - another shop says it does but sag doesn't matter. Meanwhile my brand new upper jockey wheel sounds like its grinding itself to death & no one can fix it. Any ideas whats up? Seems like X01 should be an upgrade, not the worst product
But most importantly nothing is a better reminder that most of the new products that come out are kind of... silly. Is anyone really that much better off because if their 12 speed rear derailleur instead of a 11 speed? Or even 10 speed?
But yeah... pretty tough sell as a primary rig.
I built up a Kona Ti Honzo in 2015 when I worked for a Kona dealer, and its been my one constant MTB ever since.
I totally agree, that they are torture in big mountains... up and down... but in rolling terrain (like here in NW Arkansas) they're a blast. I grab my SS for about 40% of my rides, and very seldom regret it. My full suspension geared bikes come and go, but the SS keeps me honest and keeps my skills honed.
I've had these beauties for years, I just can't get rid of them for some reason (www.pinkbike.com/photo/20493340). Maybe they will come back after your podcast
Then I stumbled upon this while looking for those bar-ends (www.pinkbike.com/photo/20493339). Gawd, this was awful
Hip packs are great, and frame bags seem very trendy right now. Picked up an old "Ultimate" for $5 at a yard sale & it fits a 6 pack!
Whatever happened to bar end grips?
Sram wireless derailleur and integrated stem /handlebars are the best new things since pneumatic tyres.