If you've ever found yourself drooling over pictures of exotic bikes and components from some far-flung tradeshow, this is the podcast for you. Episode 101 sees Brian Park, Mike Kazimer, Henry Quinney, and myself explain the ins and outs of tradeshows, why they used to be such a big deal and why that's less so these days, what bike companies do at them, what Pinkbike and other media outlets do at them, and the stuff we love and hate about tradeshows. We also explain the differences between Interbike, Eurobike, Sea Otter, and the Taipei Cycle Show, and talk about some of the fun times we've had traveling around the world for work.
Want to know more? RC's ode to North America's biggest show, Rest in Peace: The Rise & Fall of Interbike, is a good place to start. If the Taipei Cycle Show is more your thing, check out the two videos below to see what the show is like.
THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 101 - MTB TRADESHOWS EXPLAINED Jan 27th, 2022
Giant pretzels, Haribo, dumplings, slot machines, and maybe a few bikes.
Featuring a rotating cast of the editorial team and other guests, the Pinkbike podcast is a weekly update on all the latest stories from around the world of mountain biking, as well as some frank discussion about tech, racing, and everything in between.
We used to talk about these waves of acquisition. A lot of these companies have been on bigger company radars for quite a bit. Often the timing is pretty hard to move that much money. I expect the primary drivers are:
1: Very high public and private sock valuations mean that these acquisitions can take place with company stock, so on paper the valuation looks quite high to an acquired company owner.
2: Bigger companies get better economies of scale, so helps smaller companies with production pressure.
3: Over the past several years, companies have been keeping more cash on hand, meaning companies are looking for more places to take risk. Having lots of cash on hand isn't always a great thing. Investors want you to put it to work possibly.
4: Eventually interest rates will rise (inflation is going up but the federal rate hasn't moved as much as it probably should). This will make debt for companies with revolving or short-term debts suffer a bit more, so they will want to look for more capital to prevent a short-fall. Even employees might have more stability with a larger parent.
5: Doesn't seem like these are distressed asset purchases where the backend will be rationalized (G&A laid off) too much on the possibly optimistic side of things
Nice rant though....
I would rather sit on a trainer and stare at nothing than ride an eBike. And I practice what I preach.
(jokes Australians don't need to zwift)
But you’re reframing the question from the podcast. No one asked how you prefer to stay fit over winter. It was simply rate the flowing activities: MTB, Road, Gravel, Ebike & Zwift.
You & Henry rated Zwifting over Ebiking. I’m sure Henry enjoys opening blister packs when he’s run out of non-guided internally routed frames to work on so he can run his brakes the wrong way. I’m not sure what your excuse is, but I’m sure aliens play a part….
To me that would be like rating going to the office to work over going to the strip joint to party. There’s no reconciling that in my mind!
I don't have to worry about weather, I live in SoCal.
Now that my break is over, I have an air conditioner to repair (in case you thought I just had some cushy desk work at home job).
Steeper is not better for seat tube angle, unless you ride straight up and straight down.
The rest of the time it will put extra pressure and force on your wrists, if you ride on rolling, moderate pitch terrain.
The new Ibis Exie has a much more relaxed seat tube angle, and that’s a big part of what I really like about it.
What Melonhead1145 is correct. I would add that most things on a bike, and in life, are a trade off. Most bike reviews don’t really address these pros and cons, they tend to talk about how good the bike instead of “where” the bike is really good. More specifically: What types trails and more importantly difficulty level. For example if you ride the Norco Range on green or blue trails is will be boring to ride and you will wonder how it won bike of the year. Put it in a ski resort / dh bike park and it’s omg amazingly good to ride. Same bike…
I am also not a fan of super long reach bikes either. The forward riding stance is not the biz for me , at least.
If you are a long legged taller, riding the steeper seat tube makes sense. Cockpit set ups can be identical and a bike can still feel different because of all the other numbers in a bikes geometry. Front center and rear center, stack height, bb drop etc.
Your mileage may vary.
I recently built up an aluminum 26" hardtail and it came out at 31lb.
So what is the trick?
Oh, an s wag, that's why most people go to shows isn't it? Or to go spend some of marketing's budget at the bar "entertaining" existing customers or industry buds.
I have just invested in a 10kg bag of popcorn and a new Oodie so I can sit back and snack in ultimate comfort while reading the next week of comments.
Asking fir a friend …
Seriously, this place has really gotten wierd, like off the rails.
It seems like Pinkbike is lost.
And this place has always been off the rails weird.
I don't party, don't drink, and I'm usually not late to appointments. I'm also not "too cool for all this banter" either