If you're looking for a mountain bike and want to spend closer to $2,000 than $10,000, you're in luck. There are plenty of reasonably priced bikes that offer an impressive amount of performance for less than the cost of some high-end forks or wheelsets, and that's exactly what our annual Value Bike Field Trip is all about
. This year, we tested five hardtails and five full-suspension bikes ranging in price from the $1,200 USD Canyon Stoic to the $3,000 Ibis Ripley AF (scroll down to see them), all of which were evaluated back-to-back on the Sunshine Coast's incredible singletrack.
We're in the middle of releasing the video reviews, which calls for a spoiler alert: Podcast 59 sees Sarah Moore and I talk about how the bikes performed, our winners and losers, some surprises, and where we think some value bikes are still coming up short.
THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 59 - VALUE BIKE FIELD TRIP SURPRISES AND SPOILERS
April 29th, 2021
Put aside some money for brake pads.
5 Full-Suspension Value Trail Bikes
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.
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Previous Pinkbike PodcastsEpisode 1 - Why Are Bikes So Expensive?Episode 2 - Where the Hell is the Grim Donut?Episode 3 - Pond Beaver TechEpisode 4 - Why is Every Bike a Trail Bike?Episode 5 - Can You Trust Bike Reviews?Episode 6 - Over Biked Or Under Biked?Episode 7 - Wild Project BikesEpisode 8 - Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?Episode 9 - Why Are We Doing a Cross-Country Field Test?Episode 10 - Getting Nerdy About Bike SetupEpisode 11 - Are We Going Racing This Year?Episode 12 - What's the Future of Bike Shops?Episode 13 - Are Bikes Too Regular Now?Episode 14 - What Bikes Would Pinkbike Editors Buy?Episode 15 - What's Holding Mountain Biking Back?Episode 16 - Who's Your Mountain Biking Hero?Episode 17 - XC Field Test Insider Episode 18 - Electronics on your Mountain Bike: Good or Bad? Episode 19 - The Hardtail EpisodeEpisode 20 - MTB Conspiracy TheoriesEpisode 21 - Stuff We Were Wrong AboutEpisode 22 - Does Your Riding Style Match Your Personality?Episode 23 - Grim Donut 2 is Live!Episode 24 - Why Even Buy a DH Bike?Episode 25 - Fall Field Test Preview Episode 26 - The Three Most Important Mountain BikesEpisode 27 - The World Champs Special Episode 28 - All About Women's BikesEpisode 29 - Freeride or DieEpisode 30 - Would You Rather?Episode 31 - Wet Weather Riding Tips & TricksEpisode 32 - What Needs to Change in the Bike Industry?Episode 33 - Behind the Scenes at Pinkbike AcademyEpisode 34 - Grilling Levy About Field Test Trail Bikes (and His Bonspiel)Episode 35 - Story Time - Stranger Than FictionEpisode 36 - Grilling Kazimer about Field Test Enduro BikesEpisode 37 - The 2020 Privateer Season with Ben CathroEpisode 38 - Editors Defend Their 2020 Best-Of PicksEpisode 39 - Predicting the Future of Mountain Biking Episode 40 - The Pinkbike Awards! Episode 41 - Racing Rumours and Team ChangesEpisode 42 - Mountain Biking's Guilty Pleasures Episode 43 - Dangerholm's Wildest Custom Mountain BikesEpisode 44 - Mountain Bike Suspension Decoded Episode 45 - What Makes a Good Riding Buddy Episode 46 - The RockShox Zeb vs Fox 38 Deep DiveEpisode 47 - High Pivot Bikes: The Good, The Bad, and The Why?Episode 48 - Rides That Went Horribly Wrong... & Why That Made Them So GoodEpisode 49 - What's the Best DH Bike?Episode 50 - Are Bikes Actually Getting Less Expensive? (Value Bike Field Test Preview)Episode 51 - Should MTB Media Post Spy Shots? Episode 52 - Our Most Embarrassing MTB MomentsEpisode 53 - Should Climbers Still Have the Right of Way?Episode 54 - Best and Worst MTB Product MarketingEpisode 55 - Big Dumb Rides & Staying MotivatedEpisode 56 - What Were the Most Important Inventions in Mountain Biking?Episode 57 - What Were the Best (and Worst) Trends in Mountain Biking?Episode 58 - Debunking Mountain Biking's Biggest Myths