Seen and Heard at Crankworx Whistler 2015

Aug 10, 2015
by Richard Cunningham  


Win Cam Zink's Custom Painted YT Capra


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Cam Zink wants to give back something, so he's raffling off the YT Capra that he competed upon last year. The paint is by Troy Lee Design and includes the famous "Camwiser beer" RockShox Vivid air can. The proceeds go to the newly formed Sensus Rad Trails corporation - a non-profit that will fund trail development. To enter, visit sensusradtrails.com.

YT says that the Capra sells for $4500, but the TLD paint cost at least as much as the bike. It's one of a kind and it could be yours. Own a shreddable piece of history and help build rad trails at the same time.

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New Devinci Troy Spotted in Whistler Village


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Devinci says that it will be releasing an all new version of its Troy carbon trailbike later this month, but somebody brought one to Whistler a little early. Thanks to a crafty Pinkbike detective, we have a preview photo of what the new Troy looks like. The rear suspension is a simple swingarm with a split pivot dropout. The suspension and front section members have been enlarged and also, the top tube seems to have been lengthened a bit. Paul Aston photo



Single-Crown Öhlins Fork Spotted at the EWS


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Swedish Enduro racer Niklas Wallner says that he has been riding this prototype Ohlins single-crown fork all season, first on his Dabomb, and later on a borrowed Specialized Enduro. At a distance it could easily be mistaken for a RockShox Pike, as it shares similar proportions, including what appears to be 35mm stanchion tubes. The crown is sculpted more, however, and its damping cartridge is on the left, not the right side, with both high and low-speed controls on the crown. The axle threads into the left slider and is clamped with a 5mm Allen screw on the right side. Travel is reported to be 160mm and it is apparently air sprung. Paul Aston photo



News From DVO


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When asked about the trend towards coil-type shocks for enduro racing, DVO founder Bryson Martin said that the market will probably swing back and forth between air and coil-sprung shocks as the sport evolves. Martin said that DVO is responding with the addition of an affordable titanium spring for its Jade reservoir shock. On another subject, Bryson said that DVO is nearing production on a lightweight dual-crown fork that will be configured with a conventional chassis. The damping system will use a version of the one used in the Diamond single crown fork.

Bryson would not specify whether or not the new fork would use an air or a coil spring, nor would he pin down a release date, but it seems logical for DVO to produce a lighter and less expensive gravity fork as a gateway to introduce a larger audience to its premium suspension offerings.
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DVO Jade shock with the new titanium spring on an Intense Tracer.



172 Comments

  • 229 47
 I've never been that bothered with how my bikes look but damn, if I won that Capra I'd have to sell it or respray it immediately
  • 88 11
 Doesn't sound like you're candidate to buy into that raffle then.
  • 80 12
 Haha I should probably specify that its not because I'm not from the USA that I don't like the design, I would feel strange riding around on a giant flag of any country.
  • 100 10
 id hang it on the wall in my living room as art #merica
  • 30 11
 Dude I think its badass. That Capra is so sick
  • 27 58
flag jwillsaylor (Aug 10, 2015 at 6:40) (Below Threshold)
 If be cool with it other than the shitty beer shock.
  • 61 13
 I'd ride the tits off of that bike. Not to be a douche, or to look like a jackass (because I will), but I would do it for freedom. #mericaf*ckyeah
  • 39 44
flag Nocturnal7x (Aug 10, 2015 at 7:12) (Below Threshold)
 Im from the US and very patriotic but I think it looks fuckin stupid.
  • 40 1
 Ed Masters could ride it ironically with the little flag on his helmet and a Bud in his butt crack...
  • 7 2
 @jaywillsaylor I think that is the best part. Granted the beer is nasty, but the idea is really cool.
  • 119 7
 This is why people make fun of us.
  • 88 11
 I'd take it out for ONE ride. On the busiest trail I could find. Ride reeeaaaalllly slow, get in everyone's way, pretty much annoy everyone out there. Then blame them for it. #merica
  • 8 7
 #jk
  • 4 10
flag madmon (Aug 10, 2015 at 9:04) (Below Threshold)
 I would paint it red, green and gold and ride it till its dead
  • 8 2
 This is where you get out the plasti dip.
  • 2 0
 The Palm could ride this bike but theres no way my skills could match the intensity of this paint job. I'd be a poser. Kind of reminds me of Steve Peats bike from back in the day. Always loved his paint jobs: cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/bikemagic_new/wp-content/uploads/old_images/news/images/orange06_224_big.jpg
  • 2 1
 @definedecline: "Not to be a douche, or to look like a jackass (because I will)" Ha ha ha...well said!
  • 8 3
 $25 to enter/donate... Last I heard, freedom cost a buck-o-five?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE8BgQzyktE
  • 4 2
 I'd strip the frame/fork of parts and leave it is a wallhanger. Build up something else with the parts
  • 19 2
 Budweiser, the pride of America. Said No one Ever.
  • 9 1
 @preach I'm pretty sure even their Clydesdales drink import.
  • 2 1
 @eastcoast that was classic sir. Well done
  • 4 0
 Next thing you know, Cam Zink will be sponsored by the US Navy.....hahaha
  • 2 0
 I think that bike is SO SICK! If someone wins and hates the paint job get at me. I will buy you a new one and trade.
  • 1 2
 @driftmonster You could hang it next to your AR-15.
  • 2 0
 @preach ...except rednecks.
  • 1 0
 @BaeckerX1 for sure homie
  • 2 0
 Happy to support the cause and stoked to be eligible to win such a sick bike.
  • 60 0
 Zink's Capra is perhaps the single most 'MURICA thing I have and will ever see
  • 136 7
 All it needs now is a gun holster.
  • 24 0
 The only bike more MURICA is Palmers old DH bike
  • 5 1
 All it needs to be more Murican is a SDG Ti-Fly in Patriot Edition.
  • 24 4
 I disagree, would need to be from a US bike company IMO, not some european based one
  • 1 1
 But their Horst Link is more progressive than what I think of Horst Link in a sudden. Hope those Enduro Expert 2016 got a star and a flag to boot.
  • 5 9
flag eham (Aug 10, 2015 at 5:25) (Below Threshold)
  • 15 1
 Well said @bigtim. I'm getting tired of carrying mine in my jersey pocket (bruises my back) or my hydration pack (tough to get to quickly). Maybe Speshy can add that feature to its SWAT designated bikes.
  • 7 0
 I think there's a market to be tapped here, water bottle mount holsters.
  • 5 0
 @mattin, palmer new m16 pretty patriotic too
m.pinkbike.com/photo/12132191
  • 1 0
 Can this bike be ridden in anything but the Gwin Team 'Merica Kit?
  • 1 0
 THanks for sharing J Rocks! Haven't seen this one yet and it looks hot.
  • 2 2
 Except it's not made in the US, so it's automatically not 'Merica.

Also @jrocksdh - not as 'Merica as his 1996 WC DH bike: singletrackworld.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2014/09/DSC01799.jpg
  • 3 0
 Why does this get downvoted??? Just à Guy who put à lot of love in One Bike.
  • 2 0
 I think not being made in America is more representative of American consumer goods than "made in America" currently. Made in Taiwan is as American as apple pie (which is likely also made and packaged in Taiwan).
  • 37 1
 it's a tiny bit sad that ohlins is getting well in to the MTB suspension market, while marzocchi may be vanishing, as it would be awesome to seen 2 big motorcycle suspension brands going at it on the downhill or enduro circuit.
  • 19 2
 Just hope that Hope or any bike manufacture buy Marz, Amen.
  • 8 0
 Its about time Ohlins starting building mtb suspension. They will be good competition I think and bring alot of experience and technology to the market.
  • 3 0
 i think ohlins has active dampers, while heavier it'd be nice to see on a bike, and they'll bring much needed innovations to suspension other than electronic lock-outs, and i hope they are OE to brands other than specialized and offer products as aftermarket components.
  • 26 0
 Fox suspension is quite big in the motorsport industry as well though.
  • 1 0
 Fox kinda started in motorsports.
  • 1 0
 Exactly
  • 32 7
 Cam Zink or not... In 2015 if you put a Star and Stripes or a Union Jack on something public two things will always result.. People who think it's the best thing since the last thing with a flag on it, and people who think it's truly ridiculous. Personally I agree with the dude somewhere above.. Get a Yankee bike if you're gonna do that. It's like putting the French flag on a Mitsubishi.
  • 2 0
 Hey tried but it was made I china. TTIP is a bitch.
  • 3 2
 A bit more like putting an American flag all over an Audi or BMW, but I get your point. And yes, I know YT isn't made in Germany, but then neither are all Audis or BMWs.
  • 28 1
 Shoulda painted the Devinci . It would be a Troy Lee Troy
  • 32 0
 For Brosnan? Sorry, I'll see myself out...
  • 6 0
 Troy Troy Troy....
  • 9 0
 Try TriTroy. On his Troycycle.
  • 18 7
 You guys are going waaaaaay overboard! Cam Zink is American (US) and had a flashy bike painted for a flashy event. His sponsor's bike is an Asian bike. Who cares??? The paint job doesn't say "This bike is made on the US". If you don't like it, don't bid on it. Simple as that. Rekax
  • 8 16
flag tobiusmaximum (Aug 10, 2015 at 6:22) (Below Threshold)
 Jobs and manufacturing sold out to the Far East so the end result can be sent back with a flashy paintjob on it? (cracks another Budweiser) who cares?
  • 13 3
 @tobiusmaximum - yeah, the vast majority of bikes now are made in Asia. It does suck, but most people won't pay for a quality bike made at Western (US or Western European) maufacturers and paying their wages. No matter what they say about 'bringing jobs' back. The bike in a tongue-in-cheek paint job. So yes..who cares? So are you that upset when Steve Peat paints the Union Jack on his Santa Cruz made in Asia at the World Champs? How about Minaar's Santa Cruz with a South African flag? Atherton's GT's are made in Taiwan, can they have a Union Jack?

Are you that offended it is painted the way it is? If so, I feel bad for that a picture of a bike on a website ruins your day that easily. Cam is great guy, auctioning the bike of for a charity. He isn't proclaiming he or his bike is any better that anyone else?
  • 15 5
 funny no one shits themselves indignant when TLD does a bad ass Union Jack paint job on a Brits helmet but throw up old glory and now somethings soo wrong....get over it
  • 23 11
 Im not shitting myself, just pointing out a slightly ridiculous reality. I'm not patriotic in that sense and you'll often see me throwing the Union Jack and the Stars and Stripes on the floor and pissing on both. To me, both flags represent imperialism, mass murder and theft. I have no attachment to the Union Jack beyond the one you attach to me. I was born in England. I'm English. No pride, just the facts. But dare I say that maybe the extra attention the Stars and Stripes creates is because, of late, your governement have done a catalogue of shall we say unsavoury things. It's just your turn, it was the British empire before, so yeah, our flag is no better, just less 'current affairs'. I love the bike, I love the spectacle of the paintjob, i actually love the Stars and Stripes as a design, I think cams wicked. Just thought I would add that, I'm not so content with our governments policies. Or what these symbols represent,
  • 11 9
 Guys, tobiusmax just seems to be a miserable dud. It's a paint job on a bike, wow. It appears he hates his country, hates mine, sure he hates most others. Is the US, or the UK, or ANY country perfect? No, of course not. But he just seems the kind of guy who looks for all the negative in a situation judging by his last few posts. Hey, I suppose all his bikes, cars, etc. must be painted a flat black or dull grey to reflect his somber mindset. Hopefully Pinkbike will stop focusing on a fun sport like mountain bike with all it's colors and great personalities from all around the world. After all, mountain biking and all the great riders, no matter where they are from, all represent nothing but negativity. What was Pinkbike thinking for focusing on something fun and healthy like crazy pro bikes riders and the events they attend? Shame on you for not focusing on the world's problems Pinkbike!!
  • 7 6
 @tobiusmaximum

but always, and I mean ALWAYS, support the troops. ; )
  • 14 2
 Learn some history, human history sadly is catalogue of injustice and brutality regardless of ethnicity or timeline. You have time to piss on flags? Time better spent riding or cleaning your bike regardless of national flag. I've been shot and blown up in some nasty neighborhoods of the world, I've also met amazing people in those same neighborhoods I'd also bet you that bike that if you think the US/UK are bad you don't have a word to describe how "bad" many of the people who live there are. They'd literally kill you for having a flashy mtb and kit or for just wanting to have fun on one.

Ironic people getting so bent out of shape and snarky over Cam doing this paint job when he is the same Cam who loaned a Dh rig to a convicted felon lesbian to race Wyndham because her caner suffering GF wanted to see her race. Thats the America I associate w the flag and the the majority of good Americans who love that flag because of actions like Cams....
  • 7 5
 Lol @pancakeflatted that's funny.

Lol @bman that's pretty funny too. All you've got is character assassination? Weak, when you don't even know me.

Pretty sure you can't read, said I like the bike and the paintjob. Also, if saying it how it is makes me miserable then what does only seeing the fluffyness make you? P.s. My last two bikes were bright red and bright green.
  • 6 5
 For the final time, I like the design of the flag, I like cam zink, I like the capra. I'm not bent out of shape, I'm having a lovely day. But interesting @ov3r1d3 that you mention the good Americans, I agree with you, they're getting a bad ride, and dumb people associate what your governement does with good American people. I love Americans, I wouldn't be so 'bent out of shape' about your governements policies, foreign and domestic, if I didn't.
  • 7 16
flag gavlaa (Aug 10, 2015 at 7:48) (Below Threshold)
 Saying you love Americans is equally racist as saying you hate them- you're making an assumption based on them as a group. Whether you perceive this to be a favourable view or not makes no difference. The only group of people I feel ok to dislike are idiots- and unfortunately life has shown me that idiots come is all sizes, shapes, nationalities and colours!
  • 7 0
 gavlaa- American isn't a race.......read that again........and I love them in the same sense I love all people who are inherently good no matter where you come from. Saying my statement is racist is really utterly ridiculous. Just like how ridiculous and political so many here are over a paint job........time to go ride....
  • 5 3
 gavlaa, america is a country and Americans are a nationality. There's no racism in the room. Also, I see you point but saying I love Americans (the ones I've met, largely great people, same everywhere eh?) is only negative if you can add the perspective of me not liking other nations. Which is not the case for me. I said I love Americans to make it clear that any of my anti American (and Uk) sentiment is not aimed at the populace, and squarely at people who waive the flag then undermine said nation. Treasonous f***ers.

@ov3r1d3 he may have been on about me bud. And the politics isn't attached to the paintjob.
  • 3 3
 Sorry - that was a poorly worded comment- you're right it's not racist- but it is prejudiced. You saying you love or hate a group of people is stupid. It is NOT true that the only negative connotation of saying you love Americans is it implies you don't like other nationalities.... it's the fact you have put Americans into one group. As soon as you find yourself saying, Women are this, old people are that, Americans are this .... blah blah blah - you are making a stereotypical prejudgment. It's irrelevant whether you think they're all good or all terrible. If I was to say I love black people- I would be racist- I would be assuming that all black people are the same when they're obviously not.
  • 4 1
 @bman33

I usually find @tobiusmaximum to be funny and generally not miserable.
  • 2 1
 gavlaa- racism in US is handled as a weapon these days not a philosophical consideration or actual equal opportunity, you're view is sound and I have thought along same lines but currently its more of a one way street here a means to an end. At the same time every Brit Ive ever met on trail or elsewhere in person has been great, so yeah if asked Id say I love Brits even though Cromwell slaughtered or chased my Irish blood out of now UK bout 400 years ago haahaaaaa
  • 6 0
 Was reading comments for the bashing of the paint job and found this gem! This is why I love pinkbike! Not gonna lie I donated money to try and win the flag bike! Just won a rifle from a cancer fundraising raffle...
  • 3 0
 @scotttherider

Did you really win a rifle at a cancer fundraiser??? Oh my god I'm laughing at that one....hahahahahahahahahaha
  • 3 0
 Yup in twin falls Idaho....only in America!
  • 3 0
 I will say in order to receive the rifle I had to pass a background check through the ATF. This would prevent criminals from taking part of the raffle.
  • 7 0
 Guys, I'm starting my own contest to give away my brand new Knolly Podium with 2014 888 RC3, CCDB and Saint drivetrain! It's only $25 to enter, but act fast, as there is a strict limit of only 400 entries available!*

* One lucky winner will be chosen at random as soon as 400 entries are received.
  • 29 23
 Whether patriotism is a good thing or not is beyond my comprehension of human nature, one component of it though I find very attractive, maybe because I come from a country where so many indulge hating it and wish they were born elsewhere: the expressions of pride of being a citizen of a country, and Hummericans are one of the best in the world with it. Despite all the heavy stuff this brings I still find it impressive. Go America! BTW: THAT air can!
  • 95 13
 "Pride should be reserved for something you achieve or obtain on your own, not something that happens by accident of birth. Being American isn't a skill... it's a f*cking genetic accident. You wouldn't say I'm proud to be 5'11"; I'm proud to have a pre-disposition for colon cancer"

George Carlin
  • 3 4
 Couldn´t agree more.
  • 20 7
 Please don't get me started... being proud to be born in one place over another is perfectly normal, or at least can be described as being happy for that reason, and painting your bike in "patriotic scheme" is a form of expression of such happyness. I am happy I was born in Poland, not in Favela in Venezuela, and I take my privilege to be proud of living in Sweden, where racists, GMOs and gluten are hunted down with gestapo ferocity
  • 14 10
 Disagree....A lot of people came here through hard work and great risk to escape horrible living conditions in their homeland or simply to explore the opportunities found here.... Pretty sure my great grandfather wasn't a "genetic accident"... Although I do love me some Carlin.....
  • 18 6
 Euros are just sour, because over here nobody is happy if you made million of Euros... if you did, then you surely stolen it from poor people, destroying the planet in the process. In Europe you are ok if you are an atheist, vegan, bisexual hipster from a block of flats, going to Ibiza by train.
  • 17 7
 When you're part of a group, whether that be a religion, a race, a nationality or whatever- to go about how your group is the best (Murica Bullshit)- is actually pretty retarded when you think about it. Could someone explain to me the difference in saying 'America is the best country in the world' and saying 'White people are the best people in the world'?? They're both opinions, based in false perception rather than fact- the very existence of these opinions perpetuates hatred and is counter productive when it comes to resolving differences we have. We're all people.
  • 4 2
 Well... it's like that... you hear someone say, "I am proud to be American"... pause for a moment - it's gone Big Grin
  • 6 1
 I only have a problem with the word pride and how its used. Be happy that you are a swede or a polish keep the pride for something else
  • 6 1
 Nothing wrong with being proud of your heritage, or any other genetic accidents that came your way, eg height, build, intelligence, whatever.

The problems start when you start making unfounded assumptions based on this pride. For example there is nothing wrong with being proud of your hair colour, but assuming you are therefor better (or worse) than a person of a different hair colour is foolish.

However being proud of your nationality is slightly different to being proud of your own features, as you personally have little to do with your countries achievments. I am proud of the UK population for being fairly peaceful and polite, but I don't feel any personal glory because of that.
  • 8 2
 I guess the difference is that white is a race..... and America is a country..... Do some people take pride a bit far? Yes.... You can become an American but not a white person..... Do you have a favorite sports team? A favorite mountain biker? Are you a proud parent? Putting a paint scheme on a bike isn't necessarily saying your country is the best....Its more about personal style and having fun I would think.... The funny thing is if you were to ask anyone who knows me Patriotic would not be a word used to describe.....I think I'm just growing tired of the negative spin some folks seem to put on pretty much anything...

Can't we just get back to the good ol' days when everything just looked like a Session? Ha!
  • 5 1
 Mountain bikers are the best people in the world. Unless you ride the wrong wheel size. Or foam grips.
  • 1 1
 Daniel id right, it comes down to usage of the word "pride" ..... to be proud is to take pleasure in one's achievements, to be "proud" of your hair makes no sense at all.
  • 6 3
 @gabriel-mission9 - that's what I mean. Saying "I am proud of being a Catholic" does not need to carry much personal meaning with it, but you will surely get lots of people stick lots of sht on you for saying it, they will make tons of assumptions who you are based on such expression. Then if you say, "I am proud of my government for sanctioning high co2 emissions", "I am proud to be gay" people will clap...brainlessly. Even though it is the same fricking thing and same fricking mechanism in people looking for other people's flaws. "God bless you, cuz I know it annoys you" - Just an expression Big Grin

I love that bike!
  • 11 2
 I know a girl with very nice hair. She is proud of it. She grew it herself so it could be considered her own achievement. If it all fell out she would certainly feel less proud of her appearance.

England beat Australia in the cricket the other day. I am pleased for them, but don't feel I deserve any reflected glory. Some people do seem to think that england winning the cricket, (or crowding the podiums at dh races) somehow makes them a better person, purely because they come from the same country.

These people are dumb.
  • 2 1
 Haha, yeah people are prone to making stupid assumptions based on too little information. For example assuming someone who says they are proud to be a certain nationality is a racist. I agree these people are no less silly than the racist who assumes you are a certain type of person because of your race. Silly people everywhere.
  • 2 1
 Sorry no... you can be proud of your hair style... you can feel good that you have hair as opposed to not, but you can not be proud of it's natural color or existence ... technically speaking it makes no sense.
  • 2 1
 I often wonder if this world needs an extra terrestrial event (not a doom's day one, of course. perhaps a friendly alien race) to make us really understand how small this place is and how the borders we have established within and the proud from this block vs. that block become very superficial very fast. then I guess we could all say we are proud to be from Earth, but something tells me if you fast forward a million years, then it's just going to turn into Earth vs. someone else....
  • 15 2
 I think we are overthinking this. We should just all get our usernames together and have Skype-sex

EDIT: wrong forum, sorry
  • 8 2
 Just to make this even more off topic... Schopenhauer was an arrogant prick, but he's got a point:

“The cheapest form of pride however is national pride. For it betrays in the one thus afflicted the lack of individual qualities of which he could be proud, while he would not otherwise reach for what he shares with so many millions. He who possesses significant personal merits will rather recognise the defects of his own nation, as he has them constantly before his eyes, most clearly. But that poor beggar who has nothing in the world of which he can be proud, latches onto the last means of being proud, the nation to which he belongs to. Thus he recovers and is now in gratitude ready to defend with hands and feet all errors and follies which are its own.”

Arthur Schopenhauer
  • 5 3
 Schopenhauer or Nietzche are on my dashboard at the moment and I must say, that I never read something so true and felt so empty... our existence is meaningless... we should kill ourselves.
  • 5 3
 WAKI its not so much overthinking as it is we need to get you on a flight to US and get your campaign for presidential candidate up and running, don't worry about the citizen status etc we will have you hop southern border fence you'll be fine haha....
  • 6 2
 If I would be elected president... I'd send people to Mars. I'd look for inhabitable planets, I'd send us out of this galaxy. We need to stop wasting time on SUV crap as well as btchn on soy. We must look up! We must transcend our Earthly existence through interstellar deployment. Otherwise I will have to solve problem of overpopulation in other ways, like by getting rid of homeless and unemployed. My solution is legalization of cannibalism. I want the red button!
  • 1 1
 Everyone should replace "national" w "trail" in the Schopenhauer quote, a trail you had a part in shaping and instead of internalizing and mobius stripping your thoughts rise above be positive and help that beggar get a bike so he can enjoy life beofre you and your intellectual rivals send him off to die so you can maintain your ponderance and go shopping for bikes that cost more than he made in the last decade....
  • 7 2
 The problem with Patriotism is that too many people don't recognized the difference between it & Nationalism, Which is what you guys are referring to when talking about people who treat their nationality as a making them better than other people. Part of the problem in the US, is that, in a blatant act of Nationalism, many on a certain side of the political spectrum use "lack of patriotism" as an attack against anyone who doesn't agree with their social and political views. "If you don't love Bush/hate Obama, you don't love America!" Of course, if you don't like people disagreeing with you on political arguments, then in fact you're the one who doesn't love America, as democracy, which encourages there being different viewpoints, is a fundamental part of our culture.
  • 8 2
 Michael Jackson became a white person.
  • 2 2
 This bike makes me moist
  • 3 1
 @groghunter- the problem w your post is that you almost nailed it, except instead of calling out the BS on BOTH sides that is self serving you let your bias push the blame towards the side you don't like....open your mind dude haha
  • 3 2
 nah groghunter, you actually nailed it.
  • 3 2
 @ov3r1d3 Oh, I'm not going to claim I'm not biased, but this particular affliction isn't really bipartisan: Democrats have their own ways of being scummy, but they don't really use the patriotism shtick.
  • 6 1
 @groghunter - You nailed it. I'm American, I served my country overseas. I'm not "proud" to be American, nor am I "patriotic". Am I happy that I was born here? Definitely. There is no flag waiving outside my house. I voted for Obama both times, but would vote for anyone, regardless of party, that I felt would actually improve my country. I love everyone, hate no one. Nationalism/"patriotism" are diseases of the mind; anyone that cannot recognize the flaws of their country is actively contributing to them.
  • 4 2
 I am a proud patriot I too served deployed multiple times I wave no flags nor fly any at my house and don't care who does but I am proud of that flag and if you're a good person who does good things you should be proud too, especially if you did good things while that flag was on your right shoulder. Likewise whatever flag you were born under you should feel the same and if I see you where I ride I'm going to come look at your flag painted bike and check out the art work. What I won't do is tell you how one party has it all figured out and the other is so bad while we both know they have close enough to 50/50 caused our current problems. Patriotism is a disease? If you think my love (and most everyone I know) of the good this country has done and still does is a disease I think you lack some critical thinking skills....
  • 2 2
 Wenn ist das Nunstruck git und Slotermeyer? Ja! .. Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!
  • 1 1
 There's a treaty that forbids that sort of thing @WAKIdesigns
  • 7 0
 it seems like none of you want that capra so i guess i'll just take it then
  • 5 0
 Can't we all just have an over the seas hug for the goodwill gesture of Cam Zink,
  • 3 0
 damn they beat me to it, a pop/beer can sticker on a vivid air. mine will be mountain dew lol
  • 3 1
 even with that paintjob the capra is still better value than some of its competitors... maybe
  • 1 0
 Jade Shock with SA Racing Spring is all I will say, lighter than most Ti springs and at least half the price, plus they are within 1.5% accuracy of the stated rate.
  • 2 0
 That troy looks much improved. 1st gen was waaay too cramped/mis sized etc
  • 2 0
 Geometry aside I think they went backwards on the aesthetic design. That seat tube gusset and the rocker link are quite crude compared to earlier.
  • 1 0
 I don't understand the waay too cramped part, probably because I'm fairly new to this. The Troy (large), when set to the high position so it has the same head tube angle (67.5) as the Norco Sight (large), has 1mm less reach, the same stack and a .9 degree slacker seat tube angle. The top tube is 17mm shorter. Is that where the cramped feeling comes from?
  • 1 2
 Even since RC rode Fox's Live Valve Equipped Kona I have looked at every other new suspension development and said "meh". Divo Jade... meh. Ohlins fork... meh. When Fox releases Live Valve it will once again dominate the suspension market. I wonder what RockShox is working on for it's rebuttal?
  • 2 0
 YT bikes,you have my full attention!
  • 2 0
 Man, that titanium coil looks sick
  • 1 0
 Ya but why go with Ti when the new composite steel trickery is less expensive and light?
  • 9 0
 Its not about how fast you are, its about how much money you spent
  • 6 0
 Bryson says DVO can presently source Ti springs at a price that is competitive with the lightweight steel versions, so they chose that route.
  • 2 0
 Palmer must be pissed.....
  • 1 0
 Guys I clicked the link to enter for the capra but I can't do anything. How the f*ck do you enter?
  • 2 0
 actually never mind I was being a dumbs I figured it out. But I don't have $25 now I'm depressed.
  • 1 0
 When Cam Zinc farts, he makes that civil war patriotic flutey melody sound.
  • 1 0
 that subtle paint job NEEDS a MATCHING HELMET AND SHORT CAPE TO ROUND OUT THE ENSEMBLE...............
  • 2 1
 What about the DVO topaz air shock?
  • 1 0
 l'll take one in all black please!
  • 1 0
 that Beer Can Damper is legit !
  • 1 1
 Ohlins damper is on the left side.... why? I think they trust in their seals.
  • 1 0
 $25 to enter the Zink raffle.
  • 1 0
 That YT Capra is probably better heard than seen.
  • 1 0
 A lot of cool DVO stuff in the works. Stay tuned.
  • 7 9
 Funny how they wanted to show some Murica pride with a Budweiser air can, not to realize the company is actually owned by a Brazilian group...
  • 24 3
 Funny how they wanted to show some Murican sense of humor w the air can, not to realize that some (sadly here on PB seems like majority) people will get too hung up picking apart a fun paint job.
  • 6 1
 I hope that shock works better than Budweiser tastes. yikes!
  • 1 0
 If they thought that this paint scheme was a serious thing, they could have easily figured that out. They may have known that already and still put it on; because it's for fun and not serious. And with another perspective, Budweiser has a huge presence in this country and in that way it is representative. The bike is German. Maybe we're creating a reason for the paint scheme that doesn't parallel Zink's.
  • 1 1
 @bonkmtb
Excuse me?? Budweiser, and all it's affiliates like Corona for example, are owed by Stella, a Belgian company.
  • 1 0
 Unless things have changed since I was in the brewing industry, Budweiser is owned by ImBev, a large consortium that formed from Ambev (Brazil) joined forces Interbrew (Europe).
  • 1 0
 it got me interested, I had to look it up

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anheuser-Busch_InBev

at the end of the day more people is starting to be more interested in local brews, I wonder if one day revenue of those Big international brewing companies will start to dive.
  • 2 0
 Profits at the big breweries have been dropping for some time. They have tried to recoup margins by cheapening up their brewing process (e.g. using late addition high dextrose corn syrup in lieu of a exclusively using malt). In Canada, this started happening at the 2 larger national scale brewers in the early 2000's but they used other adjuncts such as corn meal in their recipes for quite some time already). At the time they were facing increased competition as wine was taking larger percentages of market share. The Japanese also changed their tax structure and apparently they were taxing beer based on the malt content. This drove up beer costs in Japan, further driving the market away from and more towards the coolers and spirits.

I welcome regional and micro beers as they aren't a typical run-of-the-mill beer intended to just appeal to the masses. Unfortunately their QC is sometimes lacking (due to high costs of setting up and running a lab). I still prefer the flavour of almost any micro and regional brewery to one of the big brewing companies beers. The late syrup addition leaves a very dirty, nasty aftertaste IMO.
  • 1 1
 totally agree, and it is too bad, drinking from local breweries is a coin toss specially if you are traveling, you could either get an awesome beer or a very bad tasting one. I didn't know about the syrup thing, but it kind of make sense, it happened with coke I think, and some beer brands have started to taste bad to me during the last years.
  • 1 0
 I think it's no coin toss to drink from local breweries.. awesome or bad tasting it's the more healthier and better-made beer you can have.
  • 1 0
 it depends on the QC of the local brewery, some of them are nasty that it is definitely healthier to drink a corona
  • 3 0
 If there's one thing that the beer drinkers of the world can take solace in is the fact that nothing that can live in beer can kill you. The ethanol, acidic pH (approx. 4.0), and hop oils produce an environment that makes beer inhospitable to deadly bacteria.

Poor facility sanitation and lack of QC will definitely leave a bad taste in your mouth though...
  • 3 0
 Pinkbike should make an article about beers, @megaold tell mike levy you can help

real beers not that german radler thing

Beer
  • 3 5
 How do you enter for the capra?
  • 8 0
 Seriously?
  • 7 10
 Should have went with the confederate flag scheme!
  • 15 5
 I'm fairly certain Cam Zink is not an asshole.
  • 3 1
 What about a rattlesnake and 'don't tread on me'?
  • 1 4
 Nice american looking german bike zink! LOL !
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