With many top-tier racers changing teams or finding themselves without a sponsor for the coming year, this might be the silliest of silly seasons. We’ve seen Loris Vergier move to Trek, cross-country powerhouse Pauline Ferrand Prevot go to Absolute Absalon, Emily Batty leave Trek after forever, Zink off YT, and many other moves.
Number 41 covers all the big team news, from racers to freeriders.
THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 41 - RACING RUMOURS AND TEAM CHANGES January 15th, 2021
Which racer do you want to see on the Grim Donut?
Hosted by Mike Levy (usually) and 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.
It's this the best venue to formally request to change my user name to "assclown"?
Too bad for you that based on the upvotes, the assclowns appear to have one up on the dorks...
The only problem for you would be that my ass would just continue to clown the PB editorial team both in the comments section, and on the trails...
I only own a DH bike but have good extension on my seat post, so as long as you're willing to climb a DH rig with a low range cassette too? You're wading into shark infested waters.
Tangentially related: It would be really great to bring Eliot on the pod for an episode sometime!
We built a new DH track in Nelson called 'assclown'. You can the PB dork squad should come check it out!
But I'll believe it when I see it!
In the US, I think NICA has been a great way to get more kids on bikes, and at that age (all ages, really) racing is a great outlet for healthy competition. The same goes for the growth of enduro racing - for riders of all abilities it's nice to be able to have a goal to work towards, whether that's the top step of the elite podium, or just making it to the finish line.
Sure, not everyone wants to race, and there's no problem at all with that, but I do think that racing is an important part of the sport.
The question is: Do you respond to a racer winning on X bike or someone having fun in a video on X bike?
I will concede that I succumbed to race marketing super hard when I bought my first road bike out of college. It's a good bike, and I love riding it, but I wouldn't say that something much cheaper wouldn't have done the exact same job either. Maybe that colors my thinking.
Hacking together a 10 minute video of some skids in the woods doesnt hold my interest; and even when something geniunely good comes out - like a Semenuk video - I'll find out about it on here or youtube, watch it, watch it again, and then thats it. Maybe YT will recomend it to me again in a few months, and I'll watch it again.
Like at the end of a year or two all I'm left with is a bunch of worn out components I can't sell, a bunch of new components to wear out, and, thousands of dollars worth of debt.
But for real, I some things (frames, suspension, controls) to last 10+ years of hard riding with regular service, while other things I expect to replace regularly (tires, cleats, grips, brake pads) without being grumpy about it.
You said I should get a new pair and complain. I never did and feel like I should have. After hearing this podcast I understand where your opinion is coming from better -- you like things to last a long time under tough conditions. What is your future proof brand of shoe?
Also, might be worth thinking about an article on a list of items where things last (maybe that is just value?).
My old Specialized's S-Works shoes have been going strong for years and years; love 'em. I've also had good luck with Bontrager's Rally shoe, although I'd like the sole to be a bit stiffer. That said, I wear race-y shoes way more often than the Rallys.
We've got a whole video series on where to save and where to spend coming out real soon
Why the ... aren't there flatpedalshoe-resoling-soles out there?
I know Adidas have discontinued selling 5.10 resoling soles for climbing shoes (and I hold that against them!) but there are good alternatives like Vibram still out there.
In this day of environment protection the industri should embrace longevity of their products.
What exercises/activities do ya'll do to help stave off chronic injuries from mountain biking?
Wear with pride