The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 139 - Crankworx Wrap-up and Bikes for the Zombie Apocalypse

Aug 18, 2022
by Mike Levy  
Pinkbike Podcast
Art by Taj Mihelich

The biggest Crankworx of all the Crankworxes went out with a bang last week as Emil Johansson took another big win and Tomas Lemoine brought back big, but there was also a busy week of bikes before Sunday's Red Bull Joyride. Episode 139 sees Alicia, Kazimer, Henry, and I chat about how our Crankweeks went, from riding prototype drivetrains to racing the EWS to Kazimer dancing in a nightclub.

Got a question about Crankworx Whistler? Or any question? Post it below and we'll maybe answer it in an upcoming Q&A episode.

August 18th, 2022

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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.

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Previous Pinkbike Podcasts
Episode 1 - Why Are Bikes So Expensive?
Episode 2 - Where the Hell is the Grim Donut?
Episode 3 - Pond Beaver Tech
Episode 4 - Why is Every Bike a Trail Bike?
Episode 5 - Can You Trust Bike Reviews?
Episode 6 - Over Biked Or Under Biked?
Episode 7 - Wild Project Bikes
Episode 8 - Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?
Episode 9 - Why Are We Doing a Cross-Country Field Test?
Episode 10 - Getting Nerdy About Bike Setup
Episode 11 - Are We Going Racing This Year?
Episode 12 - What's the Future of Bike Shops?
Episode 13 - Are Bikes Too Regular Now?
Episode 14 - What Bikes Would Pinkbike Editors Buy?
Episode 15 - What's Holding Mountain Biking Back?
Episode 16 - Who's Your Mountain Biking Hero?
Episode 17 - XC Field Test Insider
Episode 18 - Electronics on your Mountain Bike: Good or Bad?
Episode 19 - The Hardtail Episode
Episode 20 - MTB Conspiracy Theories
Episode 21 - Stuff We Were Wrong About
Episode 22 - Does Your Riding Style Match Your Personality?
Episode 23 - Grim Donut 2 is Live!
Episode 24 - Why Even Buy a DH Bike?
Episode 25 - Fall Field Test Preview
Episode 26 - The Three Most Important Mountain Bikes
Episode 27 - The World Champs Special
Episode 28 - All About Women's Bikes
Episode 29 - Freeride or Die
Episode 30 - Would You Rather?
Episode 31 - Wet Weather Riding Tips & Tricks
Episode 32 - What Needs to Change in the Bike Industry?
Episode 33 - Behind the Scenes at Pinkbike Academy
Episode 34 - Grilling Levy About Field Test Trail Bikes (and His Bonspiel)
Episode 35 - Story Time - Stranger Than Fiction
Episode 36 - Grilling Kazimer about Field Test Enduro Bikes
Episode 37 - The 2020 Privateer Season with Ben Cathro
Episode 38 - Editors Defend Their 2020 Best-Of Picks
Episode 39 - Predicting the Future of Mountain Biking
Episode 40 - The Pinkbike Awards!
Episode 41 - Racing Rumours and Team Changes
Episode 42 - Mountain Biking's Guilty Pleasures
Episode 43 - Dangerholm's Wildest Custom Mountain Bikes
Episode 44 - Mountain Bike Suspension Decoded
Episode 45 - What Makes a Good Riding Buddy
Episode 46 - The RockShox Zeb vs Fox 38 Deep Dive
Episode 47 - High Pivot Bikes: The Good, The Bad, and The Why?
Episode 48 - Rides That Went Horribly Wrong... & Why That Made Them So Good
Episode 49 - What's the Best DH Bike?
Episode 50 - Are Bikes Actually Getting Less Expensive? (Value Bike Field Test Preview)
Episode 51 - Should MTB Media Post Spy Shots?
Episode 52 - Our Most Embarrassing MTB Moments
Episode 53 - Should Climbers Still Have the Right of Way?
Episode 54 - Best and Worst MTB Product Marketing
Episode 55 - Big Dumb Rides & Staying Motivated
Episode 56 - What Were the Most Important Inventions in Mountain Biking?
Episode 57 - What Were the Best (and Worst) Trends in Mountain Biking?
Episode 58 - Debunking Mountain Biking's Biggest Myths
Episode 59 - Value Bike Field Trip Surprises & Spoilers
Episode 60 - What Kind of Mountain Biker Do You Want to Be?
Episode 61 - Athlete Pay, Lycra, Equality and More from the State of the Sport Survey
Episode 62 - Editor Preferences and Why They Matter
Episode 63 - Our Best (And Worst) Bike Buying Advice
Episode 64 - Who's On Your MTB Mount Rushmore?
Episode 65 - The Hardtail Episode
Episode 66 - The Best and Worst of Repairing Bikes
Episode 67 - The Story of Mountain Biking's Most Interesting Man: Richard Cunningham
Episode 68 - Who Are Mountain Biking's Unsung Heroes?
Episode 69 - The Good, Bad, and Strange Bikes We've Owned - Part 1
Episode 70 - The Good, Bad, and Strange Bikes We've Owned - Part 2
Episode 71 - The Story of Mountain Biking's Most Interesting Man: Richard Cunningham - A Pinkbike Podcast Special, Part 2
Episode 72 - Hey Outers!
Episode 73 - The Details That Matter... and Some That Shouldn't
Episode 74 - The Best Trails We've Ridden and What Makes Them So Special
Episode 75 - Things MTB Brands Waste Money On
Episode 76 - MTB Originals and Copycats
Episode 77 - Interview with Outside CEO, Robin Thurston
Episode 78 - Modern Geometry Explained
Episode 79 - What's the Future of eMTBs?
Episode 80 - The Best Vehicles for Mountain Bikers
Episode 81 - You've Got Questions, We've (Maybe) Got Answers
Episode 82 - Behind the Scenes at Field Test
Episode 83 - Does Carbon Fiber Belong On Your Mountain Bike?
Episode 84 - Explaining RockShox's Computer Controlled Suspension
Episode 85 - Is the Red Bull Rampage Too Slopestyle?
Episode 86 - Greg Minnaar on the Honda DH Bike, World Cup Racing, and Staying Fast Forever
Episode 87 - How to Love Riding When it's Cold and Wet
Episode 88 - Mountain Biking on a Budget
Episode 89 - The Derailleur Pickle
Episode 90 - Is Supre the Future of Trouble-Free Drivetrains? (with Cedric Eveleigh of Lal Bikes)
Episode 91 - Riding Every Double Black in the Whistler Bike Park with Christina Chappetta
Episode 92 - Does Bike Weight Really Matter?
Episode 93 - Staying Motivated and Overcoming Burnout
Episode 94 - PBA Contestant Tori Wood on Her First Race and Finding the Right Mindset
Episode 95 - Field Test Down-Country Bike Debrief
Episode 96 - PBA Contestant Israel Carrillo on Riding in Mexico and Why It's Not Always About Speed
Episode 97 - Can We Predict the Future of Mountain Biking?
Episode 98 - Field Test Trail Bike Debrief
Episode 99 - New Year, New You?
Episode 100 - Q&A with the PB Editors
Episode 101 - MTB Tradeshows Explained
Episode 102 - Should MTB Media Be Going to Press Camps?
Episode 103 - Secrets from the World Cup Pits with Henry Quinney
Episode 104 - Lachlan Morton on How to be a Happy Bike Racer and the World's Longest Climb
Episode 105 - The 3 Bike Budget Challenge
Episode 106 - What's Your Ideal Ride Look Like?
Episode 107 - How (And Why) Did You Start Mountain Biking?
Episode 108 - Behind the Scenes at the Value Bike Field Test
Episode 109 - Berm Peak's Seth Alvo on Making Videos 24/7, Soul Rides, and Building a Bike Park
Episode 110 - Trying (and Failing) to Reinvent the Mountain Bike
Episode 111 - The Pinkbike Racing Podcast: Episode #1 - It's All Downhill From Here
Episode 112 - The Pinkbike Racing Podcast: Episode #2 - The Lourdes World Cup Post-Race Wrap-Up
Episode 113 - PB Editors Answer Your Questions (again)
Episode 114 - The Placebo Effect and Your New Mountain Bike
Episode 115 - We Are One's CEO Talks Future DH Bike, E-Bikes, & Domestic Manufacturing
Episode 116 - New Bikes and Gear from Sea Otter
Episode 117 - Mountain Biking's Worst (or Best) Cliché Crimes
Episode 118 - Music and Mountain Biking
Episode 119 - Road Trips Gone Horribly Wrong
Episode 120 - Gee Atherton on Titanium Additive Manufacturing, Million Dollar Machines, and 3 New Bikes
Episode 121 - How To Film Rampage & Field Tests with the PB Team
Episode 122 - Do Social Media & Mountain Biking Go Together?
Episode 123 - The Pinkbike Racing Podcast: Episode #3 - Fort William World Cup Wrap-Up
Episode 124 - Bike Parks or E-Bikes?
Episode 125 - Nino Schurter's Mechanic on Prepping Race Bikes & His Favorite Tools
Episode 126 - "One More Run" and Other MTB Superstitions
Episode 127 - The Pinkbike Racing Podcast: Episode #4 - Leogang World Cup Wrap-Up
Episode 128 - Summer Solstice Adventures
Episode 129 - Are There Too Many MTB Videos? Interview w/ IFHT's Jason Lucas
Episode 130 - Aaron Gwin on High-Pivot DH Bikes, Riding with Eli Tomac, and Chasing the Money
Episode 131 - PB Editor Seb Stott on Geometry, Lock-Outs, Fickle Brakes, & Physics in Bike Reviews
Episode 132 - How To Survive the Wildest Multi-Day Enduro Race
Episode 133 - The Pinkbike Racing Podcast: Episode #5 - Lenzerheide World Cup DH Post-Race Wrap-Up
Episode 134 - Racing Controversy, Prototype DH Bikes, & Drivetrains From The Future
Episode 135 - Jesse Melamed on Data Acquisition, EWS Doping, & Training for Enduros
Episode 136 - The Pinkbike Racing Podcast: Episode #6 - MSA World Cup DH Post-Race Wrap-Up
Episode 138 - Maxxis' Aaron Chamberlain on Pro-Only Rubber, All the Minions, & Tires Prices

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  • 50 8
 THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU Henry!!! I'm with you on slopestyle being uninteresting. For me it's two reasons:

1) It's a judged sport. Most people don't like this. Someone winning by 0.1 points does nothing other than make me wonder what would happen with a different set of judges.

2) It's hard to tell the difference. The tricks are so complicated, yet similar that I need someone guiding me through the broadcast, telling me that it was the first ever opposite double truck no hander can-can. If I can't tell what specifically made the winning run so great I lose interest. That's what made Lemoine's super huck so amazing. I knew straight away that it was amazing--didn't need to wait for the judges to decide if Emil's extra bar spin put him over the top.

Yes, slopestyle is super hard. 100%. I can barely get my wheels off the ground. But that doesn't make it interesting and fun to watch.

Who else stands with Henry??? I definitely do!
  • 11 0
 Big facts from Henry. It's gymnastics on bikes, which is no shade toward the amount of skill these guys have, but I just don't care. Even if I could tell what the riders were actually doing in the moment, I think I'd still prefer watching simpler tricks done with style (big straight airs, awesome scrubs, slow 360s, etc).... but that doesn't really lend itself to a competition format.
  • 2 0

It's also very long time ago I watched snb slopestyle. It went the same way
  • 15 0
 @mtbinthevan, have you watched slopestyle in person? I don't usually watch that many slopestyle videos, but in real life it's super impressive, even if I can't always keep track of all the flips and spins. Joyride is definitely worth checking out if you get a chance.

I don't think this needs to be some great 'holier than thou' debate - there are plenty of other competitive forms of mountain biking to follow if slopestyle doesn't do it for you.
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: I'm with you Kaz, in person is much better, impressive and interesting. But I'm referring to it on RedBull TV.
  • 4 0
 While in some ways, I agree with Henry and some of his critiques of slopestyle (not of EWS), I feel like it's somewhat pointless to create unnecessary, and what I would consider to be, false hierarchies within riding.

More people on bikes is a good thing. Full stop.

Events like Joyride, and Crankworx in general, will always be highly entertaining to both a subset of the biking community, but also a large amount of non-riders. I know countless people, and young families, who attend Crankworx Whistler even if they do not ride bikes. Do they understand, and can they explain, the difference between a triple truckdriver and an oppo tailwhip to x-up? No, but they are stoked on the event, and hopefully they are more fired up to do some form of biking.

Would I rather watch a DH or XC race than a slopestyle competition? Yes, but I'm not going to say the slope competition shouldn't exist.
  • 1 0
 @mtbinthevan: When Redbull shows the slow-mo replays it gets a whole lot more impressive because then my slow brain can comprehend what the hell I just saw
  • 3 0
 I'm sorry but I have to disagree.

Yes it is subjective, but this opinion is like saying racing isn't interesting to watch because they are all just riding the same track? The difference is everyone can ride down a track, so they understand how hard it must be for the faster guys. But not everyone can do a 360 or a backflip.

I have an appreciation for slopestyle because I can do simple tricks (360, no footer, backflip).So I understand how much harder it must be to do the tricks these guys are doing. If you've never done anything similar, it would be hard to comprehend how hard they are, and that's what the commentator's job is. If you don't understand it, that's fine, but it's definitely interesting. I don't find equestrian sports interesting because I know nothing about them.

So I think Henry (and people that agree with him) just need to get out there and try some of the tricks, or try and ride a slope course to understand how skilled these guys are.
  • 1 1
 Totally agree with Henry.

But people, we are missing one very important point, slopestyle has become "Who's going to come second to Emile?". That's why I love Rampage, there is so much more scope for creativity, it's not who can jam as many flippy and spinny things together before they land...
  • 1 0
 In the DTPD Martin brought up an interesting idea to apply for DH World Cups the hierarchy of MotoGP and introduce a transfer logic. To me it seems this has been already applied to the EWS with EWS100 and 80. To organise an event for only 40 riders does not make any sense. So extending the number of competitors makes totally sense let them pay to fund the event. They get on track experience and can attend the elite race on Sunday as spectator. You have qualifier event for the EWS in the regional events, but it would be interesting if you could collect point in the EWS100 and 80 and then move up a league.
  • 2 0
 I'm with you. Maybe all the riders involved should rank each others runs from first to last. At least you would take the judging element out of it.
  • 3 4
 So the contest is so high level you don’t get it? So because it’s not made for “you” it shouldn’t exist? That is the most self centered idea in the world. Nothing should exist out there unless it is tailored to “you”. Dude take a step back and think about that. F*Ct sake PB….
  • 1 0
 @omadthedirtyclimber: Same here. Love Rampage!
  • 1 1
 @cougar797: Not saying it shouldn't exist AT ALL. Just don't find it interesting.
  • 4 0
 @cougar797: We share our opinions on the podcast, even if others don't agree with them. We're just talking, it should definitely exist and is definitely ridiculous to watch.
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy: Oh completely agree. There is a reason there are so many types of riding out there. Something for everybody.
  • 2 0
 While slopestyle is impressive, if I wanted to see events like this I would just watch BMX.
  • 23 2
 Henry who pissed in your coffee this morning? Damn dude. Your EWS take was bad.
  • 6 1
 the Whistler courses have been similar trails from before the 80 and 100 were options, your take doesn’t hold weight, it feels like you’re just mad at people for being there?
  • 8 1
 I appreciated Henry’s EWS comments, his main ponit being that flat-out racing on gnarly, blind, and novel tracks was interesting to WC DH racers once upon a time.
  • 1 0
 @SteepJobs: it seems like the trans-madeira type events are better for this and that EWS has turned into more of a high speed, push-the-limits type of racing
  • 5 1
 My thoughts exactly. Boys got some shit going on. Someone needs to buy him a pint and give him a hug.
  • 5 0
 I normally like Henry but the level of whinging in this episode made it the first one I've ever hit skip on. It was hard to listen to when the others are just trying to move on and he's labouring some point about a race he didn't watch on trails he's never ridden
  • 8 0
 @mikelevy I think at some point, it could be interesting to have a few different guests on the podcast who are more in the mtb trail building scene. There is a ton to talk about as far as riding, and bike tech, which is awesome, and I love it. But also another HUGE side of the sport and an essential side in responsible, trail building, and maintaining with longevity in mind. Even in my little Southeast PA region of the east coast, good trails are being built all over the place, and a few different organizations have been developing good relationships with land owners, and municipality reps. But, its a ton of work to get trail systems approved, and sometimes feels like we are "forging a new path" (pun intended) as far as the correct approach to going about building good responsible trails, and relationships within the community as our sport matures. I am always thinking about how and where trail systems could be built, I'm sure I am not the only one. More info on what to do with that kind of energy and desire to build good trails would be awesome.
  • 7 0
 @misteraustin - Yup, tons to talk about there. I had a couple of prolific trail builders lined up a month-ish ago but it didn't work out timing-wise with Quebec Field Test we were at, Crankweek, etc. But yeah, there will be some conversations like that in the very near future Smile
  • 8 0
 Turbo levo carbon, AXS dropper post, drivetrain, flight attendant, electronics and sh** everywhere, hydraulic discs that requires plenty of bleedings, simple ply tyres, and I'm good to go.
  • 5 0
 I would try and upgrade the electric bits to be nuclear powered - go all in, man. Nuclear brakes would be killer.
  • 8 1
 Singlespeed Surly. Pretty much just my bikepacking rig with a couple more weapons mounted on it.
  • 1 0
 I could see @mikelevy on a Surly. I would have to pick my Krampus - single speed rigid simples.
  • 1 0
 @fartymarty: But what weapons will you have? Important details. I feel like my Ghost Grappler is perfect for this role. It's like the designed and named it with zombie fighting in mind.
  • 2 0
 @pisgahgnar: I would have a long handled scythe so I could cut the heads off zombies from a distance. Assuming this kills zombies
  • 6 2
 @mikelevy I have a question for next podcast, or just an answer in the comments. I'm finishing my degree next spring and planning on moving to the PNW, specifically Seattle, for a post doc and to pursue the all the biking in that northern washington/southern BC area. Suppose I'm starting fresh with all new gear, what sort of clothes, jackets, shoes etc will I need out there? Does it rain as much as it seems? Would you recommend waterproof shoes? Do I need more than one rain jacket? Should I expect to have mud and grit spray all over my ass and shins after most rides? Do I need an industrial quantity of shop towels and lube for drying off my chain every day?
Just curious about what you would recommend. I may or may not be a part time mechanic for a certain large bike company that starts with S, so some gear is cheaper than others...
  • 14 0
 Excellent question. We'll talk about this in the next-ish podcast. And no, it doesn't rain as much as it seems... it's actually more than that haha
  • 3 1
 Assuming you are 22 since you'll be graduating college... You will have lots of new expenses, especially in a high COL area. I suggest adopting a "run what you brung" mentality at first. Everyone has their own preferences. Gear is great and all, but you're at an age where your body can handle being slightly uncomfortable as you learn the ropes and find if you really need multiple rain jackets.
  • 1 0
 @what-am-i-doing: I'm actually a 27 year old PhD student. I don't mind being a little wet but if I'm going to be wet every day I'm willing to spend money to be less wet.
  • 3 0
 Vancouver Island rider here, I wear layers for warmth, but just assume you will be riding soaking wet. I usually get more water from underneath than from above on wet rides, so I don't bother to try and stay dry. Standard riding gear for the car is two or three dry towels, mainly to put on the seat for the drive home. Oh yes and fenders in the winter, I even have a small homemade job to protect my rear suspension from grit and mud, and I clean my bike after every wet ride, gentle hose down and then a dry wipe and rough inspection, good habit over here as the riding is hard on parts..
  • 1 0
 Being a long time Lower mainland (Sunshine Coast) bike rider, I'd suggest quality gear is paramount to enjoy West Coast riding. I swear by 7mesh gear. All top notch, and specifically designed for wet and cool riding conditions (and equally designed for our Mediterranean summer/fall seasons). Bike washing tools and easy access to a hose are alos important (so if moving into an apartment/condo make sure to have hose access and a place to store a recently washed bike) Water proof booties are also helpful, as noted by @bomadics , wetness usually occurs from the bottom up, mud, puddles, creek crossings etc. By all means DM me if you any further questions etc.
  • 1 0
 @ihertzler —another PNW rider here—south Puget South area—I would agree with what others have said. I swear by waterproof socks in the winter. If I can keep my feet dry and warm I can deal with almost anything. You will be get wet, its more a matter of “how much” and “where”. I always ride with gloves, so finding waterproof gloves has been huge for me.

If you can swing it, a cheap boot warmer / dryer will pay for itself almost instantly.

I was bad at this when I moved up here, but be brave and get connected with locals who ride—they’ll let you know which places do great during our 16 months of winter and where to stay clear of.

Welcome to the area— the riding up here is pretty special!
  • 1 0
 Yeah what other said. Bellingham rains a lot more than Seattle/Snoqualmie. Waterproof shoes are nice when it's wet, but sweat too much if it's cold. Rain coats just don't work, they make you wetter. Good shorts, a couple pair of gloves, and a couple light layers of merino and you're good to go. Get good tires and a boot dryer. Squirt for chain lube. Except for November, the winter riding here can be really good.

I'm DMing you an article I wrote on winter riding in Seattle area.
  • 4 0
 @mikelevy I guess Kazimer(I don't know why I cannot just tag him directly) doesn't know that the Stache iteslf has been discontinued but has evolved into the 1120 which is exactly what he described.
  • 4 0
 @rmbarrows, wow, would you look at that - I think I've found my ideal post-apocalypse bike.
  • 5 0
 Could you please get onto Crankworx slopestyle track and tell us how the hell far high and deep Lemoine went? No need to know anything else, cheers!
  • 5 0
 My guess would be 30ft off the deck, 50ft+ long...? So big.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: watched in slow motion 100 times, amazing. Would have loved to have been there live for the crowds reaction
  • 3 0
 Slopestyle is rad just like the other disciplines of MTB. It's just bmx on a bigger bike with more money involved for the riders and sponsors. It may not be your everyday thing, but I think should be respected just like all the other disciplines.
  • 3 0
 @mikelevy and @mikekazimer once you've finished burning Henry's fan mail (I heart Quinney) can you please consider the following for the Q&A:

1. Is the rising price of mtbs going to prevent young people entering the sport? Surely the $5k entry point means teenagers are effectively blocked from mtb, eventually leading to a diminishing number of hip-replaced old knackers bumping around on an ever decreasing number of $45k ebikes.

2. Are ebikes for 40-somethings and upward? When was the last time you saw a 21 year old bust a berm on Santa Cruz Bullit? I'm 40-something, I ride an emtb, when I smash laps on my emtb I only see other 40-something blokes. Are ebikes inaccessible to young riders or just not cool?

3. All things being equal (which I know they aren't) if you could run a shock with high progression rate and lower (relative) spring rate or (for the same "other" variables) a lower progression rate (v linear) and high spring rate, why wouldn't you run the higher progression?
  • 2 0
 Good ones. Added to the list. Thanks!
  • 1 0
 Go to a dh race and you’ll see plenty of kids on e bikes. I mean their parents bought them, but they also buy everything for the kids. The kids just get to find another way of being annoying.
  • 4 0
 survival bike? as simple as possible. aggressive geo, 650b+ tires, singlespeed. steel frame, steel fork, steel cranks, steel handlebars. steel everything. paul brakes. done.
  • 2 0
 Yeh, mechanical disk brakes and ability to rebuild the bike with one simple tool.
  • 2 0
 @tremeer023: paul comp. brakes are the most powerful and hassle free mech discs i can think of. oh, btw, my bike would have a dropper post - i'd rather go coaster brake than missing the dropper.
  • 3 0
 @nullzwo: it's amazing just how much we've come to rely on droppers isn't it? I've said before that I would rather forego gears than a dropper.
  • 2 0
 @tremeer023: absolutely. biggest game changer in years. i tried a lot of stuff on my hometrail hack bike and found that i can ditch anything from my bike - suspension front and rear, proper brakes, gears, grippy tires, younameit - but a mountain bike without a dropper post? over my dead body!
  • 2 0
 I think you’ve just described my Stooge cycles MK5 (apart from im running it 29r)
  • 8 2
 Henry keeps saying the things I didn't know I was already thinking.
  • 4 0
 I swear I think some of these guys must think that if you don't have 3,000 ft or more of vert around you might as well not mountain bike at all.
  • 2 0
 Question for the future Q&A:
If you had the budget to go on one destination stage race (trans Madeira, Andes Pacifico, megavalanche etc) which would you choose? Very keen to do one after Kazimer’s adventures in the stone king rally.
  • 1 0
 Really interesting conversation - except for the Kaz EWS 100 interview ;-). Your thoughts on Supra vs. gearboxes may be a bit outside of reality, though. Yes the gearboxes are a bit draggy, but damn do they shift fast and run reliably. And is an Enduro bike at 34# really heavy? Bradley Lauder seems to have done well in Masters EWS on a Katipo...
  • 3 0
 If Levy really read the Zombie Apocalypse survival guide 6+ times, he might want to reconsider a nice Pinion with belt drive!
  • 2 0
 I'm too anti-gearbox, even when the world is ending haha
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy question for the next podcast, I am building up a dream rig with a DH Drivetrain, and want to ruin the lives of all PB commenters by using AXS. However, I plan on using a 7 speed X01 DH drivetrain. Is it possible to put a short cage on a GX AXS derailleur and somehow limit it to 7 speeds? Or even use a road derailleur? Ive asked on multiple forums and no-one seems to be able to answer? Maybe Henry might have a solution? Thanks
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy question for next podcast, coil shock on a Stumpy Evo 2022 set up as a mullet, good, not so good? I hear mixed reviews. Quick background history, mostly riding the S2S corridor, bike park duties are delegated to a different bike. Cheers!
  • 1 0
 Zombie apocalypse bike: Actually after having gone through a disaster and losing utilities for a month, a bike was the most important item to have. First thing that happens in a disaster is the roads get clogged with debris and stay that way; all the monster survival trucks just sit parked.

Most important aspect of survival bike? Ability to carry a lot of water.
  • 2 0
 All the racks!
  • 1 0
 Damn @mikelevy you beat me to it, fatbike for the apocalypse, the choice isn't hard as I disassemble my suspension linkage for the 4th time this year trying to find a creak! Also I almost never smash my derailleur but the day the Supree article came out my derailleur had a run-in with a rock...
  • 1 0
 Apocalypse bike - Surly Krampus with rigid forks, silent hub, crazy alt bars that are comfy for long distances, set up with racks and a trailer so I can travel a bit with it and take it off if I want to just go ride/explore. Probably some old 10 speed drivetrain (or Micrososhift AdventX). Was also thinking about a gates drive, but then would have to go internally geared hub or gearbox and if I went that route I would look at a Priority 600X.

As for Slope, I generally don't watch it..but I love joyride and rampage (I feel rampage is more slope than what is was now). I can appreciate the complexity of what they are doing, but it gets least it's better than just straight DJ which I just can't watch much of at all.

EWS, it is what is is and if I was to enter an enduro type race I would rather enter one of the trans BC, Cascadia type where they take you all over a region and you feel like your exploring rather than racing...but that's just me.
  • 4 0
 If Henry didn’t hate mountain biking so much what industry would he be in?
  • 3 0
 Henry Quinney obliterates the clíché that when a person with a British accent speaks, the ideas sound intelligent based on that fact alone.
  • 2 0
 Yep, what an embarrassment
  • 1 0
 1. definitely the ultimate zombie apocalypse bike. Rigid, bike tire, simple, shreddy.

2. Question: What's the shortest ride you'll enjoy? Do you still jib around in a parking lot or cruise and hit random stairsets?
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 Question for the podcast: I've been riding Sram derailleurs for a couple of years but in April I upgraded to their 1x12 set up for the first time. Since then I have bent or broken three GX derailleurs. I tend to ride harder than most and will occasionally slide out or fall and I'm super tired of breaking these stupid parts, mostly bending the cages. There is nothing online about which company's derailleur can take a beating. It's like durability is not even a category for testing these when actually that's the most important thing. I'm hoping you can tell me which derailleur will last the longest with falls and hard riding. Sram? XT? TRP? Your advice could save my marriage or at least my sanity!
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 Levy I've realised you sound like the radio presenter on Burnout 3 Henry's simple mind can't figure out any mtb disciplines that aren't just timed against the clock! He doesn't represent all brits either, BTW! He seems to like to disagree with others for the sake of it - good on Alicia for calling him out with some sensible arguments
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 @mikelevy, question for the podcast, an old one I don't think made it on, based on the overwhelmingly positive response to Pinkbike Racing, is this the most well recieved project / content Pinkbike has produced? What are the highs and, possibly, unexpected lows from what you've put out?
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 Henry Pottymouth Quinney F@&% yeah
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 Reason for the zombie apocalypse question. China invading Rowan will start WW3 ending when the world is in a nuclear disaster. at that point the few survivors will need to use bikes to get around places.
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 Why is Henry such a crotchety old man?
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“Antithesis of romance and genuine expression”. We’ll said.

I have no interest in competitive slopestyle but the slopestyle in the latest Ride or Die edit was pure expression. So good.
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 How about a two-bike challenge: at what price point would you each choose to buy two bikes with different purposes instead of one super bike, and what would they be?
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 Excellent question. Added to the list. Thanks!
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 Great question. Iam sure there is a bunch of us who dumped DH and trail bikes to only have one enduro to take care of.
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 Interested to hear which Conti tires were used in the field test and how they were set up (casing, compound, inserts?, pressures) if you get a chance to address that in the pod!
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 you mean to tell me that danny beer has a mountain biking brother??
and put some respect on dannys name, the dude is a monster and an icon in a niche sport that has endured ostracism for some 20 years
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 There will bikes and parts everywhere, zombies don't ride!
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 @mikelevy still waiting for Mike vs Mike video to drop
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 Apoclypse bike? None

Tires aren't going to last long, so no point in even wasting my time riding one, I will just run. Granted, I am also a distance runner. I will be crewing for my GF who is running 100k tomorrow (but I will be riding my bike when she doesn't need me).
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 You’re not alone, Henry. You are not alone.
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 I agree with Alicia. Speed and Style is a great event. I enjoy that one more than slopestyle now.
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 38 minutes in and Henry is still angry.
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 I'm in for a Devil's Avocado shirt...just sayin'. PS - Best bike for apocalypse, Niner belt drive 29er SS with a coil Marzocci on the front.
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 Not gonna even read the other comments, agree w u Henry, only pts scored btwn teams/competititor, score to par, and timed result count as a sport)
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 Canadian Shock Jock Henry Quinney says good riddence to RedBull downhill coverages and laments the absence of big crashes in enduro racing.
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 Should I put a single crown fork on a downhill bike(canyon sender) as a kind of heavy enduro bike or park bike?
What do you guys think about Rotor's new hydralic drivetrain?
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 Hands down the best apocalypse bike is a Jones Bike! Steel frame, fat/plus tires, incredible geometry/handling. Try it on your next “impossible” climb video!
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 Mikes. When do we find out when the fall field tests come out and what bikes will be tested?
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 The Bellingham enduro bike FT starts today! Goes live in an hour. Quebec is short travel bikes and probably a month or more out from being edited.
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 The trek stash with a rack would be ideal and practical, but a Raaw Madonna would work.
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 I'm gonna make a bumper sticker to sell for the apocalypse that says My Other Bike is Just Food
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 Does pinkbike have any more plans with The Grim Donut 2.0 and when will we see that content?
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 Yup, we've just been busy. Soon.
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 Henry is my spirit animal. The edgiest edge lord in mountain bike podcasts.
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 Alicia. What bike did you use for the EWS 100 race?
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 You can judge a race by the after party. DH > Enduro
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 Also @mikelevy who is covering crankworx Cairns for you guys?
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