Is that new bike better... Or do you just want to believe that it's better? Bikes and components are (mostly) improving every year, but that doesn't mean that everything new is automatically superior, or that whatever you've bought is going to make you a better rider. Then again, if you believe that your new fork or expensive tires are allowing you to go faster, then maybe you'll be going faster, so who cares?
Today's show sees Kazimer, Palmer, Henry, and I talk about the placebo effect, new bikes and gear, and some of the strategies we employ to not let our brains be tricked.
THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 114 - THE PLACEBO EFFECT AND NEW MOUNTAIN BIKES April 7th, 2022
"There's no stopping me now that I've got my new bike!"
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.
But, did Slickrock Trail in Moab backwards a few years ago with my 1x11 and got my ass kicked by my friends on rented bikes with 12 gears. There was nothing I could do, they were seated and I was having to stand every climb! That sucked, and ruined me for the rest of the weekend.
I was running a 30 tooth chainwheel. A 28T would mean I’d top out on flat pavement. 12 gears it is..
Just 9-gears, 11-50t, lighter, and they claim it's more durable and offers better performance than 12-speed cassettes.
I know I'm used to riding on a 12-speed cassette and that spacing, but I honestly don't think I'd really mind haveing 9 speeds that covered nearly the same range. The only challenge is that I haven't found a way to try one out without spending the $$s to buy it, and put it on my bike. But back when PB tried one out in 2019, they seemed to like it.
Next time I need a drivetrain on a budget-build, I'm gonna give it a shot.
Usually the "brand new bike" purchased on PB was only ridden 86 miles according to Strava. But that's a whole other discussion.
I don’t think it’s necessary but it was an interesting experiment.
Excited for round 2 of this discussion!
And new bikes are a dream to ride vs the rigid frame MTB's of the 80's.
What would make it better, on occasion, is the the dissenting opinion of a person who loves hard tails, small-brand suspension, and less-than-12 speed drives trains (or maybe even 2x's). You know the kind of person I'm taking about. They also spend hours per day on MTBR forums, prefer 2.8" tires, and know how to tune a shim stack on a Manitou Mattoc.
Sometimes Mike and Mike have to try to hard to disagree.
Question regarding suspension (front and rear from the two main brands). Where do you see the best value for money in their three tier suspension options? Is the lower tier good enough? Is the middle one the goldilocks of the bunch? or is the top tier just that good as it contains alien technology and feels and performs flawlessly?
Assume correct setup on all and continuous skills improvement.
I understand why many very fit and experienced riders don't care for oval chainrings: if you clip in and master a "round" pedal-stroke, you won't like the oval stuff. It will feel strange and somewhat "out of sync". But if you are a struggling with your form, if you find 300 m of climbing rather frightening and if you - like me - are closer to 60 than to 50 and you won't realistically get in any Hulk-like shape any time soon, then an oval chainring is a great addition to your bike.
Not overly expensive, easy to install and REALLY a game-changer on climbs. Like a 13th gear.
Henry - is the PB WC team running inserts? Why or why not?
Kaz/Levy - you guys run inserts for 'regular' riding? Why or why not?
You go first, i dont wanna crash…