The 20 Top Pinkbike Comments of 2020

Jan 15, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  
If you look hard enough, there's a lot of gold in the comments. Here are the 20 comments that got the most points in the past 12 months (upvotes minus downvotes).

It's getting a bit meta, even for us, to have three of the year's top comments be from the previous top comments article... Strange times.






1. Tokyo 2020 Olympics Postponed - 1760 Points

The biggest rockgarden on the course with solid crowds around.


2. Pole Bicycles' CEO Resigns, Company Founder Leo Kokkonen to Take Leading Role - 1617 Points

Pole Bicycles at Sea Otter 2018.


3. Video: We Actually Tested Our Bike From The Future - The Grim Donut Part 2 - 1347 Points

The Grim Donut


4. First Look: Shimano's New Deore 12-Speed Group & Other 2021 Updates - 1309 Points


5. Specialized Launches $999 Carbon Hotwalk for Toddlers - 1300 Points



6. The Top 20 Pinkbike Comments of the Past Decade - 1276 Points


7. The Grim Donut is Already Spawning Imitations - 1071 Points

Not a donut.


8. First Ride: Fox's New 38 Fork - Pond Beaver 2020 - 1024 Points



9. Pinkbike Poll: If Every Ride Was Solo, Would You Still Mountain Bike? - 929 Points


10. Field Test: 9 XC Bikes & the Grim Donut VS the Efficiency Test - 923 Points


11. Video: Clipless vs. Flat Pedals - The Pros and Cons of Both - 889 Points


12. Race & Accessibility in the Mountain Bike Community - 881 Points


13. First Look: Santa Cruz's First eMTB, the 2020 Heckler - 879 Points



14. YT Bids Farewell to Vali Holl, Adolf Silva & Cam Zink - 869 Points

Vali Holl repping the rainbows on home soil in Leogang Austria 2019.


15. The Top 20 Pinkbike Comments of the Past Decade - 853 Points


16. The Top 20 Pinkbike Comments of the Past Decade - 853 Points


17. First Look: Intend's New Inverted Fork Uses One and a Half Crowns - 847 Points

Intend Bandit Fork


18. Video: We Went to Taiwan & Made a Bike from the Future - The Grim Donut - 842 Points

The Grim Donut


19. 10 Things You Only See on Racers' Bikes - 795 Points


20. Here's Your Single-Sided, Carbon Fiber DIY Linkage Fork - 789 Points

Ashley Kalym homemade linkage fork.




234 Comments

  • 345 5
 #1: "Dick Pound."
keep it simple, know your audience
  • 72 2
 They see Dick - they press Like.
  • 21 1
 @suspended-flesh: wait, which website is this again?
  • 17 1
 @suspended-flesh: “pound” like
  • 19 0
 @suspended-flesh: Username checks out
  • 4 0
 Oh man I did it again@suspended-flesh:
  • 3 0
 @mllachance: Step brother!
  • 18 0
 Richard 16oz
  • 3 0
 @abueno: yeah I missed that oppo
  • 5 0
 I missed the start of the dick pound phase. Where did it come from? All I saw was just people scatter gunning it round the comments section with zero context
  • 3 0
 @el-nombre: i think it's actually some dude's name, gotta admit he has stones to not go by richard
  • 2 0
 @NYShred: Enrique Libra?
  • 1 0
 @NYShred: Riocard 20 scilling
  • 31 0
 @mllachance:
How do you get Dick from Richard?

I guess you've gotta buy him a few drinks first...
  • 8 0
 “The ramifications are immense”.
- Dick Pound
  • 3 0
 @el-nombre: It's a dude's name whose on the IOC.
  • 1 1
 this might open a can of worms, but does this include the menustrating one’s too?
  • 2 0
 @TheUnknownMTBR: bloody brilliant
  • 1 0
 Every foot fits it's shoe.
  • 3 0
 Pound Beaver 2021

Sry - how low can a punk get?
  • 2 0
 @suspended-flesh: would Dick be in attendance?
  • 1 0
 dick
  • 130 8
 Daniels Comment on the Grimm donut #9 post is amazing. Not sure how many folks outside the US realized how terribly sad-funny that Trump reference is. Not to be political but that's just some amazing satire. If you can imagine the voice in your head it just gets better.
  • 45 0
 I'm not from the US and have no idea. Who is this referring to please?
  • 78 27
 I never want to hear his f***** voice again. #traitor.
  • 58 3
 @JoeRSB: Trump. Regardless of your opinion, the dude talks the same way all the time and it is hilarious. Simple, declarative statements, no explanation, followed by some sort of appeal about "everyone knows this" or "people always say"
  • 17 0
 @texag: Never heard of it, @JoeRSB probably didn’t either. Is it some sort of insider joke?
  • 2 4
 @Mr-Gilsch @JoeRSB
I think it might be a South Park reference... Mr Hat or Mr Slave or... I wanna say, Buckle up Buckaroo.
Whip
  • 6 1
 So good, I was reading it with Trump's voice in my head.
  • 5 1
 @ehansen007 Agreed. That was spot on, and yes, sad, horrible funny. Frown
  • 4 1
 @texag: @JoeRSB Also, part of the satire is that he's "always the greatest at everything", you know, just ask him! Wink
  • 3 1
 @mybaben: FIGJAM- F I'm Great, Just Ask Me
  • 6 0
 @texag: who? Never heard of him?
  • 13 1
 @ehansen007 All of us know. The whole world followed the reality show called US of A the last few years. The part that surprised me is that it was in fact not a new season of the apprentice.
  • 2 1
 Thanks for raising this. NOW I understand and it‘s really funny. For some you have to be a native speaker I guess. Didn‘t get the Dick Pound reference either, but apparently it‘s a dude‘s name and a funny word play insider joke?
  • 2 0
 @molokel: let's say I googled 'Dick Pound'. I'm sure i could find Dick.
  • 7 0
 @molokel: The dicktionary will give you the answers
  • 3 0
 @Rig: I’m surprised Kanye didn’t make an appearance
  • 5 0
 Brilliant post but I was also thinking its just a little too articulate and grammatically correct to be a bang on impersonation. What a time to be alive when someone who was able to become POTUS isn't smart enough for the PB comments section.
  • 2 0
 I was pretty sad I missed it originally. Would have loved to upvote it. It deserves 1st place.
  • 4 0
 @texag: wow cos we didn't have a clue hahaha @JoeRSB was using a little sarcasm in case y'all didn't get it Wink
  • 3 0
 @dirtfun13: I find humour is the most difficult language for some to appreciate due to defectum comprehendere animo syndrome.
Beer
  • 3 0
 @dirtfun13: I rarely pay attention to the news in my own country, figured there are folks out there who legitimately don't know.
  • 3 0
 @SonofBovril: now, you say that, but Kanye did make a half-assed run at the presidency. Satire is dead, and our stupid reality killed it.
  • 104 8
 I bet the 9 people that downvoted Dick Pound feel like dicks.
  • 26 1
 That would be a Dick move.
  • 7 1
 Funny thing is the 9 people that downvoted stepped away from their computers and are now in the bathroom...
  • 4 0
 Pounded that down arrow
  • 10 0
 Found the 9 people that don't know Dick.
  • 2 3
 Who doesn't feel like dick during lockdown on a Friday night?
  • 7 0
 There’s 9 people on Pinkbike who don’t love Dick??? ThatS a lot higher than I thought it would be.
  • 1 0
 What happened to Charlie?
  • 112 37
 That awkward moment when WAKI makes it twice... in comments from other people. I miss WAKI's goofy presence on this site.
  • 64 22
 He made some people terribly uncomfortable. He will be missed.
  • 53 45
 No he is not.
  • 37 1
 @suspended-flesh: Funny how divisive it is to even say he is missed
  • 21 12
 Where did he dissappear? It was fun read to see him trigger ppl
  • 136 2
 @GZMS: He now post under @ mike levy
  • 9 0
 @azdog: I hope your comment gets lots of up votes, it could be a winner
  • 5 0
 @azdog: Ohhhhhh Sheeeett!!!
  • 7 0
 @azdog: Woulda been funnier if this was said by Kazimer, but still funny nonetheless.
  • 15 33
flag WoS (Jan 15, 2021 at 15:07) (Below Threshold)
 I never was in discussion with him and I was not aware of his prominent status. But at the end, I downvoted any of his comments without reading. He was just so annoying.
  • 8 1
 Has anyone Checked in on Waki? I bet his mental health is 100000% better now.
  • 1 4
 @unrooted: He is probably trying to figure out who makes more waves... him or trump.
  • 19 5
 oh puhleeze. He was an attention starved idiot. Leave it at that.
  • 2 4
 @suspended-flesh: like a hole in the head
  • 3 2
 @WoS: you weren’t the only one
  • 2 0
 Exactly what I was thinkin! And laughing about...
  • 1 0
 @suspended-flesh: How come he got booted? Did he say something over the line or more of a slow burn type deal?
  • 3 0
 @sparkinson: I wasn't actually looking at PB much at that particular time (wasting more work time on 4X4 forums) but I think he kinda crossed some lines and probably got a warning and then just bailed. I remember his antics for years prior to that, however. It was a Covfefe year.
  • 8 2
 « I was at a shitty crustpunk bar once getting an after-work beer. One of those shitholes where the bartenders clearly hate you. So the bartender and I were ignoring one another when someone sits next to me and he immediately says, "no. get out." And the dude next to me says, "hey i'm not doing anything, i'm a paying customer." and the bartender reaches under the counter for a bat or something and says, "out. now." and the dude leaves, kind of yelling. And he was dressed in a punk uniform, I noticed Anyway, I asked what that was about and the bartender was like, "you didn't see his vest but it was all nazi shit. Iron crosses and stuff. You get to recognize them."

And i was like, ohok and he continues. "you have to nip it in the bud immediately. These guys come in and it's always a nice, polite one. And you serve them because you don't want to cause a scene. And then they become a regular and after awhile they bring a friend. And that dude is cool too. And then THEY bring friends and the friends bring friends and they stop being cool and then you realize, oh shit, this is a Nazi bar now. And it's too late because they're entrenched and if you try to kick them out, they cause a PROBLEM. So you have to shut them down. And i was like, 'oh damn.' and he said "yeah, you have to ignore their reasonable arguments because their end goal is to be terrible, awful people."

And then he went back to ignoring me. But I haven't forgotten that at all. »
  • 1 0
 @Peskycoots: That's a very interesting story. I had no ide there were 'Nazi Bars'
  • 3 1
 @Peskycoots: I've heard this one. I'm not sure Waki's a Nazi.
  • 2 1
 @BenPea: you didn't see his vest but it was all nazi shit. Iron crosses and stuff. You get to recognize them
  • 1 0
 Check out this prescient Waki IG post!

www.instagram.com/p/CE9V6qRhyop
  • 2 1
 @suspended-flesh: That's pretty cool, but I want the stem in his drawing more... (tup)
  • 3 0
 @suspended-flesh: A platform for his objectively great work, hundreds of likes, all the dopamine he can eat, no hate, why the f*ck would he come back here?
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: Mmm... Dopamine.
  • 1 1
 @Peskycoots: you dont know the guy ,your making wild accusations ,and he isnt here to defend himself ,dick move.
  • 2 1
 @Peskycoots: Was there actually swastika's? because an iron cross doesn't seem so bad to me...
  • 1 1
 @rosemarywheel: if you were a good liberal then you would assume the absolute worst about something you’ve seen in a picture.
  • 2 0
 @unrooted: Oh but I do! See this guy> he is obviously trying to commit to suicide on the powerlines...

www.pinkbike.com/photo/10172816
  • 2 1
 @unleash: if you listen really hard you can hear me shrugging
  • 2 1
 @rosemarywheel: the vest is a metaphor
  • 2 0
 @unrooted: not sure what American political standpoints have to do with metaphors in Europe lad
  • 1 1
 @Peskycoots: its an innate part of some peoples personality to make monsters of ,and dehumanise others ,you seek to score morality points by attacking someone you dont know and placing judgement on them, you have hinted that waki is a nazi ,its a term banded about far too easily, especially when he isnt here to debate you .I imagine you are a decent fellow but the internet is not the real world and brings the worst out in folk ,the mob with their digital rhetorical pitchforks.
  • 2 1
 @unleash: Isn’t a sign of intelligence an ability to explain complex topics simply, rather than the other way round? Anyway, while you’re enjoying your word soup feel free to google « metaphor »
  • 1 1
 @Peskycoots: If you find my language difficult to understand I'll moderate it in laymans terms ,your need to vilify others is a reflection on your own lack of self worth ,desperate to find a boogey man to rail against to bolster your need for heroism in an other wise vapid existence.
  • 1 1
 @unleash: ahahahah f*cking hell mate surely by now at least one of your “friends” have pointed out to you what a vapid pseudo intellectual you are? Get ye to iamverysmart on Reddit, your spiritual home.
  • 1 2
 @Peskycoots: what is reddit? I am by no means an intellectual, pseudo or otherwise but when dealing with midwits ,its not hard to appear as slightly supercilious .your incessant posting on the web wont bring you joy,go away reflect and look at yourself before shouting into the void at others.
  • 1 1
 @unleash: “shouting into the void at others” absolute classic
  • 64 5
 Haha I made it with completely unoriginal content. #greatsuccess
  • 10 1
 the fact that you acknowledge this makes it even funnier
  • 4 0
 @GotchaJimmy: All my top Reddit comments are the same way, haha
  • 3 0
 @f*ckingsteve I have a sneaky suspicion that you live in Vancouver.
  • 6 0
 Does Steve know you have this name on pinkbike?
  • 2 0
 @OWC: Kelowna, actually. Is that better or worse?
  • 1 0
 #jurassic
  • 58 11
 WAKI's name appears twice on a list of top comments on a site he's essentially been banned from...that's next level trolling sh!t right there.
  • 7 4
 Why did he get banned? Didn’t he have his own article once?
  • 30 3
 @jdendy: He walked away, fed up that only his friends Dunning and Kruger appreciated his genius.
  • 5 3
 @jdendy: He wasn't banned. He saw the writing on the wall, and left voluntarily.
  • 5 2
 @Unrealityshow: odd. I mean this is Pinkbike. The comments section is all out craziness
  • 1 0
 @ReformedRoadie LOL!! I know right?! Take that Q-An!
  • 8 4
 @jdendy: Waki was on his own level.

I do miss him though.
  • 40 3
 So much gold you guys have come up with, but "Clapped out 'Yota with homebrew lift kit" takes it all for me lol
  • 4 1
 Sounds like a bra for chavs in the uk...
  • 4 0
 @Danmcdan: Thanks, now I'm imagining Yoda wearing a bra & lipstick...
  • 1 0
 @pipm1: that's hawt.
  • 3 0
 @savagelake: Dick Pound.
  • 1 0
 @Danmcdan: I hope this makes the 2021 list. PB take note!
  • 34 0
 Nice to see a fart comment hit the top ten!
  • 30 0
 Dick jokes remain undefeated
  • 1 0
 I wonder how many did not get this. It should have won lol
  • 48 17
 RIP Waki
  • 29 53
flag samfr1000 (Jan 15, 2021 at 18:12) (Below Threshold)
 The site is much better without him. He was a racist, homophobic, bigoted stain on this website and was allowed to go on for too long. He was the compete opposite of everything we should be on this website, which is inclusive and welcoming of all users - regardless of their descent, religion, sexual orientation, anything.
  • 19 5
 @samfr1000:

Wow - check out your profile quote "Additional hobbies include down voting every WAKIdesigns comment I see."

I guess I missed that side of Waki, but I did see years of innovation. You clearly have a skin that is easy to get under.
  • 5 8
 @samfr1000: You do realize much/most of that was trolling for entertainment, right?
  • 27 7
 @samfr1000: Can’t make this up! “We should be inclusive “ Hence Waki should not be included, priceless.
  • 11 0
 @SLBIKES: He came up with some great content, but also a pretty steady stream of the kind BS that alienates a lot of folks.
  • 12 15
 @samfr1000: not sure why you’re being downvoted 100% agree he was beyond irritating
  • 14 2
 @SLBIKES: hahaha "welcoming of all users"
"This site is much better off without him"
  • 16 3
 @samfr1000: he was a hyperbolic satirist. His comments went over many peiples heads.
  • 12 3
 @Garpur44: And who else do you find irritating? I find you irritating, does it mean you should be gone?
  • 6 2
 @samfr1000: you clearly didn’t understand it then
  • 4 1
 @samfr1000: shouldn’t that be, “regardless of descent?”
  • 5 5
 @samfr1000: inclusive of all except waki ,does your inclusion only extend to people who agree with your world view ,what a boring oppressive world you must want.
  • 6 3
 @unleash: 2020 in a nutshell
  • 8 0
 The tolerance paradox is not that hard to understand.
  • 4 2
 @samfr1000: you sound like an Australian politician ????
  • 1 1
 @samfr1000:

Man, I can smell the Summer’s Eve from across the pond.
  • 1 1
 @mgrantorser: you said it much better than I did
  • 2 1
 m.pinkbike.com/news/race-and-accessibility-in-the-mountain-bike-community.html

Fourth reply to the top comment.

Just the tip of the iceberg.
  • 3 0
 @samfr1000: Duly noted. I hadn't seen that comment. As much as I despise the CCP, his mocking comment was outside of the PB Guidelines for sure. I disagree that there was an iceberg below that, however. Whatever. Everyone needs to think and act for themselves.

It looks like he was trying to commit social media suicide:

Same thread: Waki: Ok, can someone at Pinkbike please pull the plug? I am almost 40 damn it. Gets creepy. I’m like Jennifer Aniston or Mike Levy pretending they are 25

@brianpark @sarahmoore - come on
  • 32 6
 Can we have a most downvoted comment list? Would be funny to see.
  • 64 0
 "Well, if the season is about to start, maybe you shouldn't be fooling around with your mates" on the news of Tahnee's injury. -467
  • 20 0
 @brianpark: yeah - not that funny after all...
  • 1 0
 Came here to say that, but yeesh i couldn't have handled the downvotes so bad idea (or at least unpopular) I guess!
  • 9 10
 Waki waki waki, waki waki. Waki!
  • 3 0
 I'm not sure whether to upvote or downvote this! Smile
  • 4 2
 @DAN-ROCKS: HEY! Waki is the common era beetlejuice
  • 2 0
 @Kamiizoo : Yeah, this is like the social committee suggesting a toga party at work. You need to be really sure that's what you want and are prepared for the consequences.

@brianpark , good pick, enough said.
  • 25 0
 we should all upvote the crap out of each other on this article, so the top 20 of 21 all stem from the same thing.
  • 4 2
 That does sound like bad karma. In no way should 2020 and 2021 be linked
  • 21 4
 #13 is by far the most on-point comment. I don't usually LOL when reading comments, but when I saw that one...
  • 2 1
 Seconded. I almost laid an egg when I read that.
  • 1 0
 Yeah that one is definitely slept on.
  • 3 0
 100%. #19 also hit funny zone for me.
  • 1 0
 @freeinpg: That one was dark!! But funny..... Wink
  • 15 3
 Pinkbike "missed" this one as number 4:

stephenllama (May 7, 2020 at 8:04)
Bike companies: please please please spec this instead of SX and NX

Taken from:

First Look: Shimano's New Deore 12-Speed Group & Other 2021 Updates
  • 23 7
 RIP Waki
  • 6 4
 I don't know why, but I miss him
  • 3 1
 He’s on insta now
  • 19 6
 ''Guys, Waki didn't make it...'' Well, his name is there twice on the list.
  • 1 0
 He is still getting over - in absentia.
  • 14 1
 March 2020: I want to buy a YT in Ghost ship green!

October 2020: Should have just bought it in black magic. Frown
  • 1 0
 ghost bikes, best black magic ever, just disappears after you order it - just like their customer service.
  • 12 0
 hands down POLE trashing pinkbike for their bike failing, then their CEO for not doing good enough as a company looool thank you for bringing that comment back
  • 12 1
 I missed the top 20 by about 20 votes!!!!???

Imma call em and DEMAND they find those votes.

#stopthesteal
  • 1 1
 Link to the comment, it’s not too late to add some upvotes
  • 12 1
 Only Dick Pound beat me off to first place; consider me satisfied.
  • 4 1
 lol ... Dick Pound... lol Beat you off... Seriously, are we done with phrasing..?
  • 2 0
 Ba dum tsk*...
  • 9 0
 "Orbea parts ways with paint" had a good laugh reading that one. Honorable mention, from me.
  • 7 0
 Team Robot kills your face.

Is it wrong that Vital contributor has the top comment at PB?
  • 1 0
 Not wrong. No problem. He funny.
  • 4 0
 nope. all the team changes come from vital, too.
  • 4 1
 Actual top three: The Pole prototype CEO gag, the Grim Donut channeling Trump, the Oscar Pistorius gag.
Honorable mention to the Lazyboy comment.
Dishonorable dischange for the downvoters on the racism comment. Educate yourselves.
  • 3 0
 I was thinking, hey, I read all these articles and witnessed the organic comment glory! That's normal right? To read all PB articles? But, the more I think about it, maybe it's just sad... Going to go ride my bike now.
  • 5 0
 Sponsor these commenters!
  • 3 0
 WTF!!
I made a puerile comment sometime last year and now find myself part of a PB xxxxxxxx of the year article.

Did something happen!?
  • 2 0
 can I take it for granted you were snapped up by one of the Global Ad Agencies..?
Beer
  • 4 0
 @Dropthedebt: I AM a global ad agency!
  • 4 0
 What? Minus point don't count? Damn...
  • 1 0
 Would be funny to see the worst comments of 2020...
  • 4 0
 Does this mean I get a pair of Pinkbike socks or what
  • 4 0
 #19- only one made me laugh out loud.
  • 4 0
 I’m with you on that one. It gets funnier if you imagine him in prison hobbling around while someone is riding around on a bike with his other leg strapped to it.
  • 2 0
 If my phone and pc got together to discuss how much time I spend scrolling the pb comments surely there’d be an intervention on the table.
  • 2 0
 My favorite comment of the year was when someone wrote "If Levy leave his girlfriend, she will be longer and slacker." That made my laugh.
  • 2 0
 #5 comment is a comment on last years top comments, which I have commented on. Let’s keep the comments on comments in the top comments.
  • 4 1
 These should be the winners of the advent calendar.
  • 6 0
 Wait, people win the advent calendar guveaways?
  • 3 0
 When do we get the "The Bottom 20 Comments" article?
  • 2 0
 I think I had a few of the most unpopular comments. Let's see that leaderboard as well. Wink
  • 2 0
 Whelp. I know what my goal is for next year. Gotta bring my numbers up! Those are rookie numbers!
  • 2 0
 Pinkbike should have a top ten leaderboard for comment upvotes and downvotes! @mikelevy
  • 3 1
 i'm really bummed WAKI is gone. he was the salt in the comment section soup.
  • 2 0
 Can we get users who got top comment more than once? That would be neat.
  • 1 0
 That’s what some may call a Waki, often spelt wacky, mix of pinkbike topics that were commented on last year!
  • 6 4
 What ever happened to Waki
  • 5 2
 I too would like to know
  • 17 1
 @swenzowski: He left under his own power, disillusioned by the lack of PB commenters experimenting with Psychedelics While Parenting.
  • 5 6
 @gofastdrinkbeer something wonderful, he f*cked off
  • 3 1
 I got robbed from #16. Friggin pinkbike SJW's gettin all the glory
  • 4 2
 ‘Looks like a court session’ should have been up there
  • 1 1
 OMG. There were some super funny comments in there!!! Mint!! "Did they send a prototype CEO by mistake?" I can die happy now.
  • 1 0
 What about “looks like a court Session” in regards to the wave cell technology lawsuit. That made me laugh so hard!
  • 2 0
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  • 2 0
 #19 for the win.
  • 2 0
 Haha! I love people!
  • 1 0
 Looks like a court session is already the winner of 2021 and the decade
  • 2 1
 #5 is savage!
  • 4 0
 Is that really you?
  • 2 0
 @reindeln: Ah, no, sorry. I just don't have an educated opinion regarding Horst or four-bar linkage suspension. Oh wait ... .
  • 1 1
 Dick pound
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