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SRAM    Jul 14, 2023
Podcast: Bikes, Cars, & Chasing Life’s Passi Podcast: Bikes, Cars, & Chasing Life’s Passion with Mike Levy & SRAM's David Zimberoff
Recorded before Levy's alien abduction, he sat down with DZ for a chat.
Seb Stott    Jan 12, 2023
First Look: Spot Bikes Launch Gen 2 Ryve 115 Downc First Look: Spot Bikes Launch Gen 2 Ryve 115 Downcountry Bike
The new version has tweaked geometry, kinematics and stiffness, but still uses the quirky "Living Link" suspension design.
Mike Levy    Dec 14, 2022
10 Things I loved in 2022: Mike Levy 10 Things I loved in 2022: Mike Levy
Surprise, surprise, Levy's list of things includes a gravel suspension fork and a UFO podcast.
Mike Levy    Nov 23, 2022
Opinion: What Are Your Worst Bike Habits? Opinion: What Are Your Worst Bike Habits?
Pedaling too hard, skidding too much, and...
Mike Levy    Nov 18, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 152 - How To Be a Be The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 152 - How To Be a Better Rider w/ Coach Joel Harwood
Minimizing terrain to maximize learning, riding with intention, and how you can't choose to be motivated or confident but you can rely on competent behaviors.
Sarah Moore    Oct 31, 2022
Field Test: Ibis Exie - Ready for Your Next XC Rac Field Test: Ibis Exie - Ready for Your Next XC Race
There's more to the Exie than just a gleaming raw carbon finish and a low number on the scale.
Mike Levy    Sep 30, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 146 - Progression, R The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 146 - Progression, Regression, and How to Keep Improving
Pushing yourself to new limits, heights, or speeds is a feeling that's hard to beat, but what happens when the progression tails off and you've stopped improving?
Mike Levy    Sep 8, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 143 - Pole's Leo Kok The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 143 - Pole's Leo Kokkonen on Recycling, Internet Comments, & E-Bike Batteries
We also talk about the Stamina that broke at Field Test, the future of geometry, and fashion versus function in this wandering two-hour conversation.
Mike Levy    Jul 21, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 135 - Jesse Melamed The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 135 - Jesse Melamed on Data Acquisition, EWS Doping, & Training for Enduros
Jesse also hits on the importance of analyzing and understanding his crashes and how that led him to a better bike set-up, not having a mentor, and training versus racing.
Mike Levy    Jul 14, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 134 - Racing Controv The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 134 - Racing Controversy, Prototype DH Bikes, & Drivetrains From The Future
Levy and Kazimer talk about the merits of Shimano's auto-shifting Di2, why the Supre drivetrain trumps a gearbox, and what might be inside Specialized's fabric bag. 
Mike Levy    Jul 8, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 132 - How To Survive The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 132 - How To Survive the Wildest Multi-Day Enduro Race
Kazimer explains the Stone King Rally, six days of blind enduro racing with 66,600 feet descending on raw, untamed trails that take you from the Alps to the Mediterranean.
Mike Levy    Jul 1, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 130 - Aaron Gwin on The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 130 - Aaron Gwin on High-Pivot DH Bikes, Chasing the Money, & Riding with Eli Tomac
We also get into how much suspension design matters when racing World Cups, training with John Tomac, and if he plans on doing any EWS events.
Mike Levy    Jun 24, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 128 - Summer Solstic The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 128 - Summer Solstice Adventures
For some riders, the summer solstice is the best day for the dumbest adventures.
Mike Levy    Jun 2, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 125 - Nino Schurter' The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 125 - Nino Schurter's Mechanic on the Fastest Race Bikes & His Favorite Tools
Yanick Gyger explains why electronic drivetrains make so much sense for racing, some of the tricks he uses to make sure Nino's bike is as fast and efficient as possible, and why his toolbox is way smaller than you might expect.
Mike Levy    May 26, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 124 - Bike Parks or The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 124 - Bike Parks or E-Bikes?
Bike park season is finally upon us, at least for some riders on the top half of the world, which means party laps, jump lines, and maybe some tired hands.
Mike Levy    May 12, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 121 - How To Film Ra The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 121 - How To Film Rampage & Field Tests with the PB Team
Max and Tom take you behind the scenes while shooting at Rampage, Crankworx, and the Field Tests.
Mike Levy    May 5, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Gee Atherton on Additive Man The Pinkbike Podcast: Gee Atherton on Additive Manufacturing & Upcoming Bike Releases
Atherton Bikes' Chief Designer Rob Gow and engineer Ben Farmer explain the advantages and challenges of additive manufacturing, why they need buckets of titanium dust and a million-dollar hopper machine, and some details of their unreleased 130mm-travel trail bike.
Mike Levy    Apr 28, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 119 - Road Trips Gon The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 119 - Road Trips Gone Horribly Wrong
All I need is a family-sized bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos, some bikes, and the open road.
Mike Levy    Apr 21, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 118 - Music and Moun The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 118 - Music and Mountain Biking
The music that's forever on our two-wheeled playlists, why Sail by Awolnation is the best, and Kazimer's life-long obsession with screamo.
Mike Levy    Apr 11, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 116 - New Bikes and The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 116 - New Bikes and Gear from Sea Otter
We get into the details of Contra Bikes' steel high pivot machine, EXT's new air shock, a ton of fresh clothing, X-Fusion's wireless dropper post, and a whole bunch more.
Mike Levy    Apr 9, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 115 - We Are One's C The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 115 - We Are One's CEO Talks Future DH Bike, E-Bikes, & Domestic Manufacturing
Dustin is an open book about the challenges (and advantages) of manufacturing their carbon rims and Arrival frame in Canada.
Mike Levy    Mar 31, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 113 - Your Questions The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 113 - Your Questions Answered by the PB Editors
We talk about the bikes we've liked the least, bushing play, cables routed through stems, doing a Field Test in Florida, and even some long-distance relationship advice that you should probably ignore.
Mike Levy    Mar 17, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 110 - Trying (and Fa The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 110 - Trying (and Failing) to Reinvent the Mountain Bike
What do one-piece wheels, linkage forks, and air-powered drivetrains all have in common?
Mike Levy    Feb 24, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 107 - How (And Why) The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 107 - How (And Why) Did You Start Mountain Biking?
Did someone introduce you to riding, or did you stumble into and never looked back? 
Mike Levy    Feb 18, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 106 - What's Your Id The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 106 - What's Your Ideal Ride Look Like?
Most rides are a good time, but what does your perfect day on the bike look like?
Mike Levy    Feb 5, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 104 - Lachlan Morton The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 104 - Lachlan Morton on How to be a Happy Bike Racer and the World's Longest Climb
Lachlan talks about what it takes to compete at the highest level and how that can bring out the worst in some people, wild tours in Columbia and Eastern Europe, and mountain biking at Leadville and across the 142-mile Kokopelli Trail.
Mike Levy    Feb 4, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 103 - Secrets from t The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 103 - Secrets from the World Cup Pits with Henry Quinney
Blacked out tires, glued on fake fork dials, and what it's like to wrench for the fastest racers in the world.
Mike Levy    Feb 3, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 102 - Should MTB Med The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 102 - Should MTB Media Be Going to Press Camps?
A behind-the-scenes look at costly press camps, but should the media even be going to them at all?
Mike Levy    Jan 27, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 101 - MTB Tradeshows The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 101 - MTB Tradeshows Explained
Always wanted to go to a tradeshow? We explain how Interbike, Eurobike, Sea Otter, and the Taipei Cycle Show work and what it's like to attend them.
Mike Levy    Jan 20, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 100 - Q&A with t The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 100 - Q&A with the PB Editors
The Pinkshow is back in action for 2022 and we're answering your questions about bikes (and aliens) for our 100th episode.
Sarah Moore    Dec 31, 2021
Pinkbike Editors' New Years Resolutions for 2022 Pinkbike Editors' New Years Resolutions for 2022
It's always good to have a great big lofty goal to aim for, even if your resolution ends up being abandoned by mid-January.
Mike Kazimer    Dec 29, 2021
Video: 2021 Mountain Bike Products of the Year - P Video: 2021 Mountain Bike Products of the Year - Pinkbike Awards
Mike Levy and Henry Quinney present some very special trophies to this year's Product of the Year winners.
Mike Levy    Dec 24, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 99 - New Year, New Y The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 99 - New Year, New You?
A doable list or just a bunch of bike-related resolutions that we'll abandon by the second week of January?
Mike Levy    Dec 23, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 98 - Field Test Trai The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 98 - Field Test Trail Bike Debrief
Six aluminum, carbon, and steel trail bikes, varying ideas of what that even means, and liberal use of purple and toothpaste. Plenty to talk about, including a bunch of your questions from each review.
Mike Levy    Dec 16, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 97 -  Can We Predict The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 97 - Can We Predict the Future of Mountain Biking?
Of course not, but let's look into our hazy crystal ball and make a bunch of terrible guesses about 2022.
Mike Levy    Dec 13, 2021
5 Products I Loved in 2021: Mike Levy 5 Products I Loved in 2021: Mike Levy
Levy's best-of list includes electronics, not having enough suspension, the Grim Donut 2, and value bikes.
Mike Levy    Dec 9, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 95 - Field Test Down The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 95 - Field Test Down-Country Bike Debrief
The Field Test bikes we wanted to keep, why we didn't get on with a few of them, and what we'd change to make them even better.
Mike Levy    Dec 2, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 93 - Staying Motivat The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 93 - Staying Motivated and Overcoming Burnout
Let's be real for a minute: sometimes, it's just not as fun as it should be. If your fire isn't burning as hot as you'd like, here are some strategies for finding motivation.
Mike Levy    Dec 1, 2021
Video: Welcome to the 2021 Fall Field Test - Trail Video: Welcome to the 2021 Fall Field Test - Trail and Downcountry Bikes
Twelve of the latest trail and downcountry bikes face-off in the wettest cage match we've ever held.
Mike Levy    Nov 26, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 92 - Does Bike Weigh The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 92 - Does Bike Weight Really Matter?
How much should a trail bike weigh? How heavy is too heavy for an enduro or downhill bike? Can they be too light? Seb Stott joins the show and brings science with him to find out.
Mike Levy    Nov 19, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 90 - Is Supre the Fu The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 90 - Is Supre the Future of Trouble-Free Drivetrains? (with Cedric Eveleigh of Lal Bikes)
Talking to the inventor of the Supre drivetrain about how it came to be and where it might be going. It's like a gearbox but a lot better...
Mike Levy    Nov 18, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 89 - The Derailleur The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 89 - The Derailleur Pickle
Our favorite drivetrain nightmares, our dream set-ups, gearboxes and cranks with gearboxes, and how today's drivetrains could be better.
Mike Levy    Nov 11, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 88 - Mountain Biking The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 88 - Mountain Biking on a Budget
How to get the most bang for your buck without paying for it on the trail.
Mike Levy    Oct 7, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 84 - Explaining Rock The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 84 - Explaining RockShox's Computer Controlled Suspension
Talking about what Flight Attendant is like on the trail, what the heck Bias Adjust does, and if computer-controlled suspension really is the future.
Mike Levy    Sep 24, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 82 - Behind the Scen The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 82 - Behind the Scenes at Field Test
We expand on the Field Test reviews, answer reader questions, talk about how we'd make the bikes better, and you know we have to cover the Huck to Flat's broken crank...
Mike Levy    Sep 16, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 81 - You've Got Ques The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 81 - You've Got Questions, We've (Maybe) Got Answers
We have the most fun while answering your questions, so why not do an entire Q&A show? RC joins us to talk tech, hardest challenges, our favorite underdog brands, how to get into the industry, and many other things.
Mike Levy    Sep 2, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 79 - What's The Futu The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 79 - What's The Future of eMTBs?
Episode 79 sees the crew talk battery and motor tech, what counts with eMTB spec, whether you should get a lightweight or full-fat eMTB, and we ask some important questions while answering some of yours.
Mike Levy    Aug 28, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 78 - Modern Geometry The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 78 - Modern Geometry Explained
If you had to narrow it down to just one thing, what would you say has been the single most important advancement in mountain bikes... And why is it geometry?
Mike Levy    Aug 24, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 77 - Interview with The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 77 - Interview with Outside CEO, Robin Thurston
Talking to Outside CEO Robin Thurston to skip the guessing and get to the facts about Pinkbike's future.
Mike Levy    Aug 19, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 76 - MTB Originals a The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 76 - MTB Originals and Copycats
There aren't a lot of truly new and innovative mountain bike products out there, with most (hopefully) being improvements on already existing ideas.
Mike Levy    Aug 13, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 75 - Things MTB Bran The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 75 - Things MTB Brands Waste Money On
What's the number one way that you see brands wasting money? Where could they save a few bucks?
Mike Levy    Jul 30, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 73 - The Details Tha The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 73 - The Details That Matter... and Some That Shouldn't
Tire pressure and suspension sag, of course, but do you also need your cable housing to be perfectly parallel or your dropper post to sit flush with the top of the seat tube?
Mike Levy    Jul 9, 2021
The Story of Mountain Biking’s Most Interesting The Story of Mountain Biking’s Most Interesting Man: Richard Cunningham - A Pinkbike Podcast Special, Part 2
Two hours of RC talking about testing some of the wildest - and most unreliable - bikes ever created, his opinion of the internet before and after joining Pinkbike, his best advice for writing bike reviews, and answering your questions.
Mike Levy    Jul 2, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 70 - The Good, Bad, The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 70 - The Good, Bad, and Strange Bikes We've Owned - Part 2
Our personal bike ownership history, including more sketchy hardtails, exotic downhill race bikes, and a few modern classics.
Mike Levy    Jun 24, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 69 - The Good, Bad, The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 69 - The Good, Bad, and Strange Bikes We've Owned
Judging each other's questionable bike choices, from an RM7 that tried to rattle itself apart to a Remedy with a suicide shifter mounted on its top tube.
Mike Levy    Jun 11, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 66 - The Best and Wo The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 66 - The Best and Worst of Repairing Bikes
We head into the workshop with RC to talk about fixing bikes, some of our favorite tools, and the repair jobs we'd prefer to never do again.
Mike Levy    Jun 3, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 65 - The Hardtail Ep The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 65 - The Hardtail Episode
The pros and cons of riding without rear-suspension, how to get the most out of your hardtail, and why we don't review many of them.
Mike Levy    May 27, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 64 - Who's On Your M The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 64 - Who's On Your MTB Mount Rushmore?
Wade Simmons, John Tomac, Nicolas Vouilloz, Anne-Caroline Chausson, Jacquie Phelan, Joe Breeze... and Josh Bender, of course? It's time to argue about whose 60ft tall face gets carved into a granite mountain.
Mike Levy    May 14, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 62 - Editor Preferen The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 62 - Editor Preferences and Why They Matter
Being transparent about our preferences in product reviews, be it a fondness for a certain suspension trait, an unexplainable love for headache-inducing internally routed cables, or maybe only liking blue bikes.
Sarah Moore    May 12, 2021
Field Trip: Ripley vs Trance X vs Siskiu vs Marsha Field Trip: Ripley vs Trance X vs Siskiu vs Marshall vs Rift Zone - Value Full-Suspension Roundtable
The five bikes that ended up in full-suspension category of our latest Value Bikes Field Trip had between 120 and 135mm of rear travel and cost between $2,300 and $3,000 USD, but were very different bikes out on the trail.
Sarah Moore    May 11, 2021
Field Trip: Ibis's $2,999 Ripley AF is a Precision Field Trip: Ibis's $2,999 Ripley AF is a Precision Weapon
The Ripley AF will make a great partner for a rider who wants to cover a lot of ground, possibly while pedaling hard, and have a hoot on the way back down.
Mike Levy    May 11, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 61 - Athlete Pay, Ly The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 61 - Athlete Pay, Lycra, Equality and More from the State of the Sport Survey
Nearly 50% of EWS racers believe that doping could be an issue, just 8% of World Cup downhillers want to wear Lycra, and cross-country racing seems to be where the money is.
Sarah Moore    May 10, 2021
Field Trip: Devinci's $2,299 Marshall is a Capable Field Trip: Devinci's $2,299 Marshall is a Capable All-Rounder
The Marshall is the least expensive full suspension bike we had on test despite the fact that the frame is made in Canada.
Mike Levy    May 6, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 60 - What Kind of Mo The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 60 - What Kind of Mountain Biker Do You Want to Be?
Whether it's the result of conscious decisions or adapting to new circumstances, the majority of us will cycle through different versions of our riding selves.
Mike Levy    Apr 29, 2021
Pinkbike Podcast Episode 59: Value Bike Field Trip Pinkbike Podcast Episode 59: Value Bike Field Trip Surprises & Spoilers
Talking all things Value Bike Field Trip, our winners and losers, some surprises, and where we think some budget-minded bikes are still coming up short.
Mike Levy    Mar 11, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 52 - Our Most Embarr The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 52 - Our Most Embarrassing MTB Moments
Broken parts, viral crashes, tubeless explosions, and forks falling off... C'mon in, but leave your pride at the door.
Mike Levy    Mar 4, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 51 - Should MTB Medi The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 51 - Should MTB Media Post Spy Shots?
We explain embargoes and talk about the ethics of whether we should be posting spy shots at all. Spoiler alert: the answer is hell yes.
Mike Levy    Feb 2, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 45 - What Makes a Go The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 45 - What Makes a Good Riding Buddy?
Everyone needs a riding buddy that brings tasty trail-side snacks. I mean, just as long as they show up on time and usually have their bike in running order.
Mike Levy    Jan 29, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 44 - Mountain Bike S The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 44 - Mountain Bike Suspension Decoded
How do you get the most out of your suspension without spending any money? WTF did metric shock sizing accomplish? Do you need moar shimz? We talk to RockShox's Chris Mandell to get some answers.
Mike Levy    Jan 20, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 42 - Mountain Biking The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 42 - Mountain Biking's Guilty Pleasures
It's safe to say that all of us have at least one or three guilty pleasures, things that we're into but maybe we'd rather not broadcast to the world. Except that's exactly what we're doing today.
Mike Levy    Jan 12, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 40 -  The Pinkbike A The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 40 - The Pinkbike Awards Explained!
We explain our nominations for each category, why we chose each winner, and answer your questions from the awards articles.
Mike Levy    Jan 1, 2021
Pinkbike's 2021 Predictions Pinkbike's 2021 Predictions
Will 2021 see more e-bikes but fewer downhill bikes, a calendar of World Cup racing that's in question, and empty shop floors but very busy trails?
Brian Park    Dec 31, 2020
Video: Late Contender for Video of the Year? Video: Late Contender for Video of the Year?
We may need to rescind VOY from Tom van Steenbergen's 'Wild West' because this is a BANGER.
Mike Levy    Dec 30, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 38 - Editors Defend The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 38 - Editors Defend Their 2020 Best-Of Picks
Pricey Italian suspension, recycled rims, Minions that might be better than Minions... and a Honda Ridgeline?
Mike Levy    Dec 23, 2020
Field Test: 10 Trail and Enduro bikes VS the Impos Field Test: 10 Trail and Enduro bikes VS the Impossible Climb
Yes, the Huck to Flat is coming soon but we have to get to the top first.
Mike Levy    Dec 22, 2020
9 Products I (Mostly) Loved In 2020: Mike Levy 9 Products I (Mostly) Loved In 2020: Mike Levy
On a scale of 1 to over-cooked op-ed, how badly did I mess up this 2020 best-of list?
Mike Levy    Dec 17, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 36 - Grilling Kazime The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 36 - Grilling Kazimer About Field Test Enduro Bikes
How many enduro races did Kazimer win on the Altitude? What was the highest wheelie drop he did on the Norco Shore? Why the heck does the Propain Spindrift climb so well? How come he put the Nomad's Fox 38 on backward? And is the Trek Slash his favorite Halloween-themed enduro bike?
Mike Levy    Dec 16, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 35 - Things in the W The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 35 - Things in the Woods (Story Time Edition with RC)
Today's story time chat covers naked cyclists, plane crashes, car chases (RC, who knew?), a few AK47s, and unmarked helicopters patroling semi-abandoned rocket testing facilities.

Alternate title: A Tiny Bit of Pee Came Out
Mike Levy    Oct 1, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 25 - Fall Field Test The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 25 - Fall Field Test Preview
We're planning the next Field Test series, this time with the latest trail and enduro bikes. And definitely no Lycra.
Mike Levy    Sep 24, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 24 - Why Even Buy a The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 24 - Why Even Buy a DH Bike?
If any downhill bike on the market can make you feel like a World Cup pro, how come we're wondering why you'd buy one?
Mike Levy    Sep 17, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 23 - Grim Donut 2 is The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 23 - Grim Donut 2 is Live!
We chat about filming, what we expected to happen and what actually happened, and our EWS dreams with V2 of the Donut.
Mike Levy    Sep 2, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 21 - Stuff We Were W The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 21 - Stuff We Were Wrong About
Admitting you were wrong usually isn't fun, but it was today: Episode 21 is all about eating crow.
Sarah Moore    Jul 29, 2020
Field Test: 2021 Cannondale Scalpel - Deceptively Field Test: 2021 Cannondale Scalpel - Deceptively Fast
The Scalpel proves that a bike doesn't have to feel harsh to be fast on the climbs.
Sarah Moore    Jul 28, 2020
Field Test: 2020 Trek Supercaliber - Short On Trav Field Test: 2020 Trek Supercaliber - Short On Travel, Not on Traction
A pure cross-country race bike designed with Olympic cross-country in mind, featuring just 60mm of rear travel.
Mike Levy    Jul 16, 2020
Video: Why Are We Using 12-Speed Drivetrains? - Th Video: Why Are We Using 12-Speed Drivetrains? - The Explainer
What’s the deal with these 12-speed drivetrains? What did they give us, and what did they cost us?
Mike Levy    Jun 11, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 11 - Are We Going Ra The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 11 - Are We Going Racing This Year?
Downhill World Cup double-headers on the same weekend?! And we could see the muddiest, shortest season ever...
Mike Levy    May 21, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 8 - Do We Need an Ev The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 8 - Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?
We call Trek's Travis Brown to find out about their 32" and 36" wheeled prototypes. And no, you won't need that pitchfork anytime soon.
Brian Park    May 21, 2020
Interview: Trek's Travis Brown On Experimenting Wi Interview: Trek's Travis Brown On Experimenting With 32" & 36" Wheels
Big wheels aren't coming any time soon, but Trek's field test lead has a lot to say about them.
Mike Levy    May 13, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 7 - Wild Project Bik The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 7 - Wild Project Bikes, Foxzocci Forks, and Suicide Shifters
Who hasn't shifted their planetary gearbox crankset via a fork lockout that's mounted on the underside of the top tube?
Mike Levy    Apr 29, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 5 - Can You Trust Bi The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 5 - Can You Trust Bike Reviews?
We look at the different types of reviews out there, talk about how we like to do it, and get into press camps, embargos, and biases.
Mike Levy    Apr 21, 2020
Field Trip: 8 Value Bikes VS the Impossible Climb, Field Trip: 8 Value Bikes VS the Impossible Climb, 1 Huge Upset
Did the $1,300 Bossnut really out-climb bikes that cost more than twice as much?
Mike Levy    Apr 14, 2020
Review: Kona's Fresh Hei Hei Can Make Cross-Countr Review: Kona's Fresh Hei Hei Can Make Cross-Country Fun - Pond Beaver 2020
The new Hei Hei is a 120mm-travel cross-country-ish 29er that's ideal for all-day adventures.
Mike Levy    Apr 1, 2020
Video: We Tested Our Bike From The Future - The Gr Video: We Tested Our Bike From The Future - The Grim Donut Part 2 [April Fools]
The time has come to test the Donut. Will a bike from 2030 even work in 2020?
Mike Levy    Mar 30, 2020
Field Trip: Calibre's $1,400 Bossnut - The Boss of Field Trip: Calibre's $1,400 Bossnut - The Boss of Low Cost
With a price tag of just $1,400, can the Bossnut keep up with its more expensive competition?
Mike Levy    Mar 17, 2020
Review: RockShox's All-New SID Goes Bigger and Lig Review: RockShox's All-New SID Goes Bigger and Lighter
There are two new SID forks, one for riders looking for the lightest fork possible, and the other for riders who prefer a little more down in their cross-country riding.
Mike Levy    Feb 11, 2020
First Look: Santa Cruz's First eMTB, the 2020 Heck First Look: Santa Cruz's First eMTB, the 2020 Heckler
The aptly named Heckler is a Shimano-powered, pedal-assist Bronson. Surprised? Or was it about time?
Mike Levy    Feb 11, 2020
Interview: Santa Cruz's Rob Roskopp Talks eMTBs Interview: Santa Cruz's Rob Roskopp Talks eMTBs
One of Santa Cruz’s original founders talks about how much of their catalogue could be electric in the coming years, and much more.
Mike Levy    Jan 9, 2020
Video: Spot's Carbon Leaf Spring - The Explainer Video: Spot's Carbon Leaf Spring - The Explainer
Think leaf springs are only for big trucks and farm equipment? Spot builds theirs out of carbon fiber, and here's how it works.
Mike Levy    Dec 26, 2019
Field Test: 13 Bikes VS The Impossible Climb Field Test: 13 Bikes VS The Impossible Climb
Thirteen bikes compete for honors up a tricky climb littered with roots, wet rocks, tight corners... And banana peels?
Pinkbike Originals    Nov 25, 2019
Video: Nino Schurter VS Mike Levy - Humbled Video: Nino Schurter VS Mike Levy - Humbled
Cross-country racing's GOAT shows Levy what it's like to ride and train in Lugano. It does not go well for Levy...
Mike Levy    Nov 19, 2019
Field Test: 2020 Intense Primer S - Mixed Wheel Co Field Test: 2020 Intense Primer S - Mixed Wheel Corner Carver
The all-new Primer S is Intense's go at a trail bike with a 29" front wheel and 27.5" rear wheel, but do mixed wheels just end up sending mixed signals?
Mike Levy    Nov 12, 2019
2020 Field Test: Norco Optic - Short on Travel, No 2020 Field Test: Norco Optic - Short on Travel, Not on Capability
The all-new Optic is what happens when you make fun the main priority by combining smart geometry with short travel.
Mike Levy    Oct 31, 2019
Opinion: Does Your Riding Style Match Your Lifesty Opinion: Does Your Riding Style Match Your Lifestyle?
If you're sketchy on the bike, does it mean that you're probably sketchy in life as well?
Pinkbike Originals    Sep 30, 2019
Video: 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy VS Trek Fuel EX - C Video: 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy VS Trek Fuel EX - Cage Match
The Fuel EX and Tallboy are both brand new and impressively capable trail bikes, but which one do we prefer? Levy and Kazimer ride both and pick the winner.
Pinkbike Originals    Sep 16, 2019
Video: Gee Atherton VS Mike Levy - Humbled Video: Gee Atherton VS Mike Levy - Humbled
Levy takes Gee into the Whistler Bike Park to show him how to ride... Or something like that.
Mike Levy    Jul 22, 2019
Review: Ibis' 4th-Generation Ripley Is More Capabl Review: Ibis' 4th-Generation Ripley Is More Capable, But Still Very Much A Ripley
Slacker, longer, and with revised suspension kinematics... But is it still a Ripley? Levy finds out how Ibis' trail bike has evolved.
Mike Levy    Jul 5, 2019
Review: Orbea's New Rally On Linkage for the Rallo Review: Orbea's New Rally On Linkage for the Rallon
Orbea is updating the 2020 Rallon with more travel and revised kinematics, but you can retrofit the new linkage to the previous version. Levy finds out if it's worthwhile.
Pinkbike Originals    Jul 2, 2019
Video: Pinkbike Hot Lap with Mike Levy Video: Pinkbike Hot Lap with Mike Levy
An old freeride bike from 2002, a rooty and rocky course, and Levy... What could go wrong?
Mike Levy    Jun 18, 2019
Review: 6 Months on the Trust Message Linkage Fork Review: 6 Months on the Trust Message Linkage Fork
Is this a better way to do front suspension? Levy spent six months on Trust's $1,975 carbon fiber linkage fork to find out.
Mike Levy    May 2, 2019
Point: Suspension Lockout Levers Have Made Bikes W Point: Suspension Lockout Levers Have Made Bikes Worse
Mike Levy thinks today's full-suspension bikes would be much, much better if lockout levers were never a thing.
Pinkbike Originals    Apr 17, 2019
Video: Mike vs Mike: Geometry Battle - Specialized Video: Mike vs Mike: Geometry Battle - Specialized Stumpjumper vs EVO
Long and slack, or short and steep? Mike Levy and Mike Kazimer enter the ring for a heated debate about modern mountain bike geometry.
Pinkbike Originals    Apr 15, 2019
Video: 8 New Suspension Forks - Sea Otter 2019 Video: 8 New Suspension Forks - Sea Otter 2019
Take a tour with Levy to see the freshest forks from RockShox, Fox, Marzocchi, X-Fusion, Trust, Öhlins, MRP, and DVO.
Pinkbike Originals    Apr 14, 2019
Video: 7 More New Products - Sea Otter 2019 Video: 7 More New Products - Sea Otter 2019
Pole's glued-together Stamina 140 and a whole bunch of carbon fiber were just a few of the things Levy spotted on his ElliptiGo tour of Sea Otter. Yes, you read that right.
Pinkbike Originals    Apr 13, 2019
Video: 8 New & Interesting Products - Sea Otte Video: 8 New & Interesting Products - Sea Otter 2019
Can't make it to Sea Otter? Take a tour with Levy to check out a handful of new and interesting products. There are burnouts, too.
Mike Levy    Apr 12, 2019
Video: Rotor's 13-Speed Drivetrain is Powered by M Video: Rotor's 13-Speed Drivetrain is Powered by Mineral Oil - Sea Otter 2019
Now you can choose between a traditional steel cable, an encrypted wireless network... And mineral oil.
Pinkbike Originals    Apr 11, 2019
Video: Structure Cycleworks’ Carbon Enduro Bike Video: Structure Cycleworks’ Carbon Enduro Bike and Linkage Fork - Sea Otter 2019
Bored by "normal" linkage forks? The all-carbon SCW 1 enduro bike promises out-of-this-world handling thanks to its integrated linkage front-end.
Pinkbike Originals    Mar 29, 2019
Video: 7 More New Products From the Taipei Cycle S Video: 7 More New Products From the Taipei Cycle Show
Wireless drivetrains from China, computerized valve caps that measure your power, and other goodies from inside the Taipei Cycle Show.
Pinkbike Originals    Mar 27, 2019
Video: 6 New Products from the Taipei Cycle Show Video: 6 New Products from the Taipei Cycle Show
Can't make it to Taiwan? Follow Levy on a two-wheeled tour of the Taipei Cycle Show to see what's new and interesting.
Brian Park    Mar 12, 2019
An Update on Richie Rude & Jared Graves' Faile An Update on Richie Rude & Jared Graves' Failed EWS Drug Test
The EWS released a statement on the pair's eligibility to race, and we have more answers about the situation.
Mike Levy    Mar 6, 2019
The Explainer: What's the Deal with Linkage Forks? The Explainer: What's the Deal with Linkage Forks?
They look strange but always sound so promising, so where the hell are all the linkage forks? Levy explains how they work and why we're not all using them.
Mike Levy    Feb 25, 2019
Staff Rides: Levy's Giant Trance  - A Lot of Pivot Staff Rides: Levy's Giant Trance - A Lot of Pivots, Not Much Travel
Out of the box or out of his mind? A Trust linkage fork, one-piece carbon wheels, and a one-piece carbon stem and handlebar all make this short-travel Trance a strange creation.
Mike Levy    Feb 6, 2019
Video: SRAM's Wireless Eagle AXS Drivetrain Explai Video: SRAM's Wireless Eagle AXS Drivetrain Explained
It's finally here and there isn't a steel shift cable in sight.
Mike Levy    Feb 6, 2019
Video: RockShox's Wireless Reverb AXS Dropper Post Video: RockShox's Wireless Reverb AXS Dropper Post Explained
No hose, no worries? RockShox's new Reverb AXS trades its hose in for an encrypted wireless network.
Mike Levy    Feb 5, 2019
Video: Spengle's 3-Spoke Carbon Wheels Video: Spengle's 3-Spoke Carbon Wheels
Swiss-made wheels that are low on spokes and high on carbon fiber.
Mike Levy    Dec 5, 2018
Field Test: Trek Remedy 9.9 Field Test: Trek Remedy 9.9
We find out how the latest version of the Remedy performs.
Mike Levy    Dec 4, 2018
Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper 29 Review - Field Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper 29 Review - Field Test
With the lines between categories blurring, Specialized's new Stumpy aims to be an ideal all-arounder. Is that the right approach for you?
Mike Levy    Dec 3, 2018
Field Test: Kona Process 153 CR/DL 29 Field Test: Kona Process 153 CR/DL 29
Next up in our Field Test series is Kona's big-wheeled 29er enduro bike, this time in carbon fiber.
Brian Park    Nov 28, 2018
Video: Introducing The 2019 Pinkbike Field Test Video: Introducing The 2019 Pinkbike Field Test
We flew our entire team of technical editors to Whistler, and spent a few weeks testing a dozen new 2019 bikes on some of the world's best trails.
Mike Levy    Nov 26, 2018
Exclusive: Richie Rude & Jared Graves Failed D Exclusive: Richie Rude & Jared Graves Failed Drug Test at EWS France
The former teammates have confirmed to Pinkbike that they returned Adverse Analytical Findings from an in-competition drug test back in May.
Mike Levy    Nov 26, 2018
Interview: Jared Graves Comments on Failed Drug Te Interview: Jared Graves Comments on Failed Drug Test
We sat down with Jared to get the specifics of the situation from his perspective.
Mike Levy    Nov 22, 2018
Opinion: E-bikes are Breeding the Components Rider Opinion: E-bikes are Breeding the Components Riders Want
Regardless of your feelings about battery-powered bikes, they might hold the answer to a load of reliability issues that many of us face.
Mike Levy    Nov 14, 2018
Video: This is the Fastest* Bike in the World Video: This is the Fastest* Bike in the World
This 7ft-long carbon fiber monster was ridden to nearly 184mph behind a frickin' drag car on the Bonneville Salt Flats. It's also really, really weird.

*Motor-paced bicycle land speed record.
Mike Levy    Oct 30, 2018
The Outdoor Demo-ish - Taipei Cycle Show 2018 The Outdoor Demo-ish - Taipei Cycle Show 2018
Ever been to an outdoor demo held in the middle of a city of 2.6 million people?
Mike Levy    Sep 28, 2018
Bike Check: Brodie's 2002 8-Ball & the Case fo Bike Check: Brodie's 2002 8-Ball & the Case for Incremental Improvements
The 8-Ball is a hefty reminder that slow changes are better than no changes.
Mike Levy    Aug 15, 2018
Riding Troy Brosnan's World Cup DH Bike - Crankwor Riding Troy Brosnan's World Cup DH Bike - Crankworx Whistler 2018
Brosnan's Sender goes from a 2nd place at the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup only a few days ago to being ridden by Levy in the Whistler Bike Park.
Mike Levy    Jul 18, 2018
Here's My Unno Dash Test Bike - Tell Me What You W Here's My Unno Dash Test Bike - Tell Me What You Want to Know
It's exotic. It's expensive. And it's rarer than hens' teeth.
Mike Levy    May 31, 2018
Video: The Cannondale / Pong Concept Bike Video: The Cannondale / Pong Concept Bike
Alex Pong's CNC'd creation may be nearly a quarter-century old, but it still looks as wild as ever in 2018.
Mike Levy    May 10, 2018
What Are Your MTB Pet Peeves? - Opinion What Are Your MTB Pet Peeves? - Opinion
Mountain biking is so damn good, but it ain't perfect. Levy has a few pet peeves - what are yours?
Paul Aston    Apr 1, 2018
Pinkbike Editor Mike Levy Concedes He Was Wrong Ab Pinkbike Editor Mike Levy Concedes He Was Wrong About Everything
In bombshell report, we reveal that technical editor Mike Levy took delivery of a Nicolai EBOXX E14, and had to re-evaluate his life.
Mike Levy    Mar 30, 2018
Breeding the Ultimate Mutt Bike - Opinion Breeding the Ultimate Mutt Bike - Opinion
What would your two-wheeled mutt look like if you could combine traits from a handful of your favorite bikes?
Mike Kazimer    Feb 28, 2018
Mike vs. Mike: The Clipless Pedal Debate - Video Mike vs. Mike: The Clipless Pedal Debate - Video
The flat vs. clipless pedal debate has been argued to death, but how about tackling a different, not-so-hot-topic? That's right, clipless pedal size. Tune in now for another episode of Mike vs. Mike.
Mike Levy    Feb 15, 2018
Good Ideas Executed Poorly - Opinion Good Ideas Executed Poorly - Opinion
Sometimes, great ideas fall out of favor even though they make a lot of sense. Levy argues that was the case with Rapid Rise, THE Eliminator rims, and even Dual Control. What other concepts should have stuck around longer?
Mike Levy    Jan 25, 2018
Mike VS Mike: How We'd Spend Our Money - Video Mike VS Mike: How We'd Spend Our Money - Video
Kazimer and Levy debate how best to spend $200, $3,000, and even $10,000. What would you do with that money?
Mike Levy    Jan 25, 2018
Failing the $2,000 Bike Challenge - Opinion Failing the $2,000 Bike Challenge - Opinion
You have $2,000 USD to piece together the bike of your dreams. What does it look like?
Mike Levy    Jan 5, 2018
Humbled: Mike Levy vs Richie Rude in the Gym - Vid Humbled: Mike Levy vs Richie Rude in the Gym - Video
Here's what happened when an overly confident Levy challenged Yeti's Richie Rude to a battle in the gym.
Mike Levy    Dec 21, 2017
Three Christmas Wishes - Opinion Three Christmas Wishes - Opinion
The Grinch, a genie in the bottle, and three Christmas wishes.
Mike Levy    Nov 7, 2017
How the Polygon UR Team is Unique - Video How the Polygon UR Team is Unique - Video
The Polygon UR Team's setup is unlike any other World Cup outfit on the circuit, so Levy met up with team owner Fabien Cousinié to find out why.
Mike Levy    Oct 12, 2017
Humbled: Mike Levy vs Brendan Fairclough - Video Humbled: Mike Levy vs Brendan Fairclough - Video
Here's what happens when you put one overly confident editor up against an absurdly skilled World Cup racer.
Mike Levy    Jul 20, 2017
The Comfort Zone Doldrums - Opinion The Comfort Zone Doldrums - Opinion
Sometimes you need to shake things up.
Mike Levy    Jun 15, 2017
Staff Rides - Mike Levy's Rocky Mountain Element Staff Rides - Mike Levy's Rocky Mountain Element
Part cross-country bike, part long-term test bed for parts, Levy's Element is a rolling contradiction.
Mike Levy    May 18, 2017
Ban the Berms? – Opinion Ban the Berms? – Opinion
Levy confesses his unpopular opinion about one of the most fun trail features.
Mike Levy    Mar 9, 2017
Shit Happens - Opinion Shit Happens - Opinion
Have you ever had disaster strike you down from out of nowhere?
Mike Levy    Jan 5, 2017
New Year, New You? - Opinion New Year, New You? - Opinion
Do you have any bike-related New Year's resolutions for 2017?
Mike Levy    Nov 16, 2016
The Best Piece of Gear - Opinion The Best Piece of Gear - Opinion
Levy gushes romantically about the best piece of gear he's ever used.
Mike Levy    Oct 13, 2016
Celebrity Bike Matchmaker - Opinion Celebrity Bike Matchmaker - Opinion
What type of bike does Donald Trump push up the climbs? What would Lemmy be on at the dirt jumps?
Mike Levy    Sep 7, 2016
Table for Four - Opinion Table for Four - Opinion
Who would you want to have dinner and drinks with?
Mike Levy    Aug 3, 2016
Stranger than Fiction - Opinion Stranger than Fiction - Opinion
Spend enough time in the forest and you're bound to see a few things that you'll have trouble explaining.
Mike Levy    Jun 30, 2016
6 Tips for the Best Group Ride - Opinion 6 Tips for the Best Group Ride - Opinion
Use these six tips to make the most of your next group ride.
Mike Levy    May 31, 2016
5 Questions I Want Answered - Opinion 5 Questions I Want Answered - Opinion
Quiz time is here, and this isn't a multiple choice kinda thing.
Mike Levy    Mar 17, 2016
Three Legged Dog of a Bike - Opinion Three Legged Dog of a Bike - Opinion
Are today's bikes boring compared to the three-legged dogs that we used to ride?
Mike Levy    Feb 11, 2016
Just Relax Already - Opinion Just Relax Already - Opinion
How to look like a jerk on your mountain bike ride. And, more importantly, how not to.
Mike Levy    Dec 31, 2015
Workshop Dreams - Opinion Workshop Dreams - Opinion
If you build it, then you too will have a cave of your own for late night repairs and memories.
Mike Levy    Mar 13, 2014
Opinion: What's Your Monster? Opinion: What's Your Monster?
Monsters keep you up at night as a child, but they can also shape a lot of your adult life.

Opinion in weekly doses from the editors of Pinkbike
Mike Levy    Feb 13, 2014
Opinion: Is it Time to Revolt? Opinion: Is it Time to Revolt?
Have we lost sight of what's important? Why do we aim for more responsibility instead of more recreation? Levy isn't shy about dodging the former in favour of the latter, so you can guess where he stands...

Opinion in weekly doses from the editors of Pinkbike
Richard Cunningham    Jan 3, 2013
2013 Predictions: RC and Mike Levy Weigh In 2013 Predictions: RC and Mike Levy Weigh In
We stick our necks out once again to foretell the pivotal events and brilliant innovations that may or may not happen in the coming year.







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