Quiz: Can You Guess these DH Bikes From Their Silhouettes? - DH Bike Week

Feb 17, 2021
by Ed Spratt  

Do all downhill bikes really look like a Session? If they do then this should be a pretty easy quiz as we have put together 30 different downhill bikes with no branding, colours or decals, can you guess the correct makes and models?





























































































































105 Comments

  • 174 5
 Session Session Session Session Session Session Session Session Session ...................
  • 8 3
 Came here to comment this. Comment gold.
  • 44 2
 None of those bikes looked like a Session. I even guessed wrong on the Session.
  • 8 0
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me: I was waiting for it the whole time and then I guessed Operator when it finally came up!
  • 1 0
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me: LOVE THE NAME! This made me laugh so hard.

(Sorry @cuban-b)
  • 1 2
 @AFunFox: I had a dingleberry & just wanted to acknowledge it
  • 1 0
 @ethanshredz: haha! Me too but I guessed the older Aurum instead!
  • 1 0
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me: I thought it was an operator...
  • 84 1
 Surely there must be a far superior way of delivering a 'quiz', this is so inefficient!
  • 30 0
 How hard could it be to make the answers reveal themselves after you click "answer" instead of going to a separate page...
  • 37 1
 Yeah, but the old comments under some of the photos are such dated gold, it’s worth it.
  • 11 1
 Page views on the ads.
  • 3 6
 @DHhack: It’s not that diabolical. Their website just doesn’t have the functionality. Yeah, there is a way for them to make this more efficient, but that would require development, which requires time and money. Maybe not worth it for knocking out this one feature every once in a while. This is just the workaround.
  • 5 2
 @TheR: so like I said, ad revenue wins versus programming expenses.
  • 4 0
 @ninjatarian: Possibly the OG "looks like a session" reference (circa 2010)? www.pinkbike.com/photo/5174873
  • 6 2
 @DHhack: spoken like someone who truly underestimates development expenses

sorry being taken to a separate page is so tough, on a site that has provided years of decent content for free..
  • 16 0
 @wattersto08: Given the fact that pinkbike can do polls, sequence shots of frame compression and a hell of a lot more, I highly doubt it would take them much time at all to do this.

*Edit* - I literally just spent 10 minutes doing this. I have no previous experience with this type of stuff so It must be a walk in the park for pinkbike to do properly. Please go on the link below to see

www.pinkbike.com/u/Joebohobo/blog/quiz-idea-test.html
  • 1 0
 @wattersto08: I could explain ad income versus paying a coder to write up something to work with this fairly arcane website. Money in good. Money out bad. Look at the YouTube content, a lot of bike reviews written here are transcriptions of the videos. Doubles the ad revenue, page clicks here as well as ad revenue from YouTube. Make no mistake, this place is a business. I don’t mind at all, I’m mostly here for the bike porn.
  • 3 0
 @ninjatarian: an excerpt from times past "
the colors dont match, so it looks gay, but its a good bike."
  • 5 0
 @DHhack: you’re absolutely right, Pinkbike is owned by private equity. I don’t mind generating a bit of ad revenue for them given the years of free content though
  • 2 0
 Surely there is. BUT, there surely is no better way to increase your page visits per user.
  • 20 1
 @brianpark, @mikelevy, @mikekazimer - You might be able to find this out from the archives... When was 'looks like a session' first mentioned on the site, who is responsible and what was the first bike to get the accolade?
  • 2 0
 Very important question
  • 4 0
 That comment maybe, from Jul. 25, 2009 : www.pinkbike.com/news/jared-rando-bike-check-2009.html#cid84448
  • 1 1
 @ESch: easily the worst trick of my day.
  • 1 0
 @ESch: Um.... that comment is from like 3 months ago...!
  • 2 0
 There's a few prototypes of the phrase kicking around in the comments from the 2012 Norco Aurum review; "Looks like Session geometry" and that sort of thing? Check out the Below-Threshold comments.
Can't see the exact immortal phrasing itself though...

www.pinkbike.com/news/Norco-Aurum-2-Tested-2012.html
  • 6 1
 Every comment "gold" on Pinkbike originated on Ridemonkey.

First iteration:

June 15, 2006 by user Chunky Munkey: ridemonkey.bikemag.com/threads/what-do-you-think.157732/#post-2158743
"It actually looks like the same pivot placement, take a real close look at the pick. I agree it looks like the Session, but a hell of a lot sexier!! Smile "
June 9, 2007 by Luelling: ridemonkey.bikemag.com/threads/cg-with-new-comencal.182368/#post-2568702
January 20, 2008 by Lollapalooza: September 5, 2008 by dexterq20: ridemonkey.bikemag.com/threads/evil-bikes-back-suspension-weagle-oh-crap.209303/page-2#post-3060278
And FINALLY...it was acknowledged as being annoying as hell to compare everything to a Session on
JULY 13, 2010 by dropmachine: ridemonkey.bikemag.com/threads/kona-operator-or-session-i-dunno-d.234169/#post-3487591
"Also, you guys do realize that something can LOOK like something else without it being identical right? Again, it LOOKS like a session. As in "hey, that bike looks like that bike" or "Brian on Family Guy looks like snoopy" or "Your girlfriend looks like my ass if it were shaved and swallowed a lipstick."

The #1 rule of the internet....never let 'em know it's annoying.

But if you could ever trace back the words: "...does it come in Root Beer?" to their origin....
  • 1 0
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me: remember the session it all refers to only came out in 2009, so comments before that don't really count. It was the session 88 the meme originated from
  • 14 0
 i just kept saying session, and then when the actual session came up I said giant glory.
  • 4 1
 I actually guessed Glory on the 1st Lapierre. And despite the violated downtube on that first one, I still didn't guess Lapierre on the second violated headtube
  • 6 0
 It's kind of ironic that *maybe* only 3 of them look like a Session (Not including the actual Session!). The rest start to have a resemblance if you stand 50m away from your screen, have 5 beers, squint a bit, tilt your head and realise that you are in fact looking at a Session.
  • 8 0
 There's definitely a few that look like a session
  • 7 0
 I was scrolling down to find a Honda. Didn’t find.
  • 5 0
 Man that Foes was ahead of its time. I'd love to throw that curnutt suspension on a modern bike and see how it handles. That sweet 2:1 leverage ratio....
  • 1 1
 Do you also love the sounds of things that squeek and creak like someone bending diamond plate on a factory floor? If you do, that bike is for you.
  • 3 0
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me: the CURNUTT suspension I'd like to try....
  • 1 2
 @hamncheez: Oh...you thought I was talking about the monocogue frame? I was referring to the Curnutt stuff. hah!!!

And let's not forget...you had to have a Curnutt tech there to service it b/c most times it was a Cur-Not
  • 1 1
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me: wait I want to hear the backstory to your user name
  • 4 0
 @hamncheez: we had a bet, and the loser had to change their name to their opponent's.
  • 2 2
 @hamncheez: whoever that dude is, he talks me in every thread. You can check his history. Comments on my stuff like an unborn fetus demon twin.
  • 2 0
 I love that Pinkbike is bringing back memories of Foes twice now this week.
  • 1 1
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me: oh relax - I won the bet anyway
  • 1 1
 @cuban-b: every time you chime in, you blow me more. My personal fluffer. You cheapen the thrill if you do it too much.
  • 1 1
 it was a friendly bet Smile . I didn’t think you’d be such a sore loser, geez. Sorry man, I really am. RIP @blowmyfuse
  • 3 0
 I feel like this quiz went out of its way to find old DH bikes that silhouette nothing like a Session. Put the current model of 40 different brands and we can figure out this session thing.
  • 2 0
 Growing up I had Tyler ‘Super T’ Klassen’s candy apple green Santa Cruz V10 from an early rampage on my wall. MTB Action used to do bike spreads and I ripped them out when they were dreamy DH bikes. He won that year with a no footer off a zesty drop.

Love these throwbacks. I thought like 5 bikes looked like a Giant Glory. That bike hasn’t changed. Pretty ugly to be honest.
  • 6 0
 I counted 4 Session's
  • 4 0
 Most of those silhouettes are pretty fugly. Apart from Furious. And the missing YT Tues (but I’m biased...)
  • 1 0
 Most bikes from the early 2000s haven't aged well aesthetically IMO.
  • 3 0
 Quite a few looked like Walmart bikes.
  • 3 0
 I'm pretty sure there is a Session somewhere in there!
  • 3 0
 This mostly reminded me how cool I remember the Mongoose Boot'R being.
  • 2 0
 Man, I thought I would do better on this. Only got 5... Guess I don't know my DH bike silhouettes.
  • 1 0
 struggling for content I guess.......... Put my Leightweight Trek Session on the front page :-)

Most winning DH bike, also the lighest?
  • 1 1
 If you had told me there was an Iron Horse Sunday in that collage, I could have told you whose photo would be used without clicking it.
Yeah... I'm looking at you @Acadian hah
  • 5 4
 Defiantly got #1 right!! my dream bike.
What no YT Teus? has the maga bro conspiricy kicked in??
  • 2 0
 That's a beautiful looking bike - Kind of looks like a Tues.
  • 2 0
 One would think Pinkbike would be above whatever dumbassery that thinfoil hat guy started, but today one never knows
  • 4 0
 @Arierep: crazy thing is.. there's worse on here.
  • 1 0
 @Arierep: What did I miss...?
  • 4 0
 @ninjatarian: Some guy — I forget his username — thinks YT is run by shadow Nazis who use white supremacist imagery in their graphics, ads, etc. He’s really, really triggered by it. If someone can invoke his username, you can check out his profile where he’s got the whole thing plotted out. It’s really kind of interesting.
  • 2 0
 @TheR: DoubleCrownAddict though the way that thread went. There's other posters that make him look relatively sane... Myself included :'D
He's actually not that bad he took the time to apologize to me, which is the first time that's EVER happened in my time on PB.
  • 2 0
 y'all wouldn't know a conspiracy if it was staring you in the face for over 40 years Big Grin
www.youtube.com/watch?v=B47MSY7WrHM
  • 1 0
 @TheR: wait, surely he was being daft?? Sarcasm is difficult to recognize on the internet lately.
  • 2 0
 @cuban-b: I don’t think so. He seems pretty sincere in this belief.
  • 3 0
 @TheR: It's amazing how the extremes meet. The QAnon people and the "the nazis are everywhere plotting to take over" guys form the perfect ouroboros
  • 1 0
 @TheR: i was just reading the thread. holy shit. to me, it seems like he originally meant to intentionally project how QANON retards think by approaching it from the other side of the aisle, but then he just went too far and started believing his own BS, and ended up being just like them.
  • 2 0
 @cuban-b: Two sides of the same coin.
  • 1 0
 @Arierep: another weird thing is.. they seem to mostly be 40+ mobilitE bikers :'D
  • 2 0
 Where do I get to vote how many i got?!
  • 1 0
 probably with a link to a different page
  • 2 0
 Disappointed in the lack of Redalp
  • 1 0
 Anyone that didn't guess the second to last one as a rectal masher clearly needs a recipe for avocado toast.
  • 1 0
 If there's one thing I learned from this, it's that DH bikes today look WAY better to those from 10-20 years ago.
  • 1 0
 I dunno I still love an empire ap1
  • 1 0
 I missed 4. I know I’ve seen the frames, I just couldn’t put a company name or model to them
  • 1 0
 14/30...who did 20/30 or better?
  • 3 0
 missed only two
  • 2 0
 @enjoyriding: IS the Rocky Mountain an RM7?
  • 2 0
 @enjoyriding: nicely done!
  • 2 0
 @Dornbox: Yes. I thought RM9 first, but then I saw the FD
  • 1 0
 @taldfind: I am worried actually; my age, too much time spent online, liking ugly bikes in the past, missed buying the nice ones...
  • 1 0
 I did 14 as well
\m/
  • 1 1
 @Dornbox: @Ed Spratt actually let us down on that one. It wasn't a DH bike. It was a freeride bike made to appease the huckers.

The Rocky Mountain DH rig was the RM9. It looked awesome at the time, but was garbage and a nightmare. The swingarm let the chain suck down into the tire all the time. Had to moto wire a piece of PVC pipe (like the Kovarik STFU guides) to keep mine on.

That swingarm also flexed so horrible that you could ride an off camber and it would flex into the pitch and you couldn't turn.

Loved the Shiver that came on them though...as long as you knew to pop off the circlip and break the air lock in the uppers.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/3617787
  • 1 0
 @Dornbox: yes but the rm7 is a freeride bike not dh
  • 1 0
 Except for the Vitus and Balfa 2 Step, all. Old nerd....
  • 1 0
 Not gonna lie, got them mostly right but failed on the Session... Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Got them all apart from the Solid and Balfa. Thought the solid was a Last!
  • 1 0
 That Bafa is an ugly little thing.
  • 1 0
 some of those head tube angles look seriously steep
  • 1 0
 session or brodie 8 ball.... all the same
  • 1 0
 Vitus caught me unprepared, gladly I got all the others!
  • 1 0
 I've learned that I know nothing about DH bikes past 2010 lol.
  • 1 0
 No I can't
  • 1 0
 Yes, for once I can.
  • 1 0
 That was a hard one!
  • 1 0
 hmm, five mistakes :-(
  • 1 0
 14 right

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