While the majority of our reviews tend to focus on bikes with less suspension, there's no denying that downhill bikes have had - and still have - an outsized effect on the enduro, trail, and even cross-country machines that the majority of us spend our time on. In other words, 200mm-travel sleds make up a relatively small slice of the mountain bike pie yet manage to have a massive influence on everything else.
And if you've ever ridden or owned a proper downhill rig, you'll already know how undefeatable the near-endless traction (and suspension) and speed-friendly geometry can make you feel - that in itself is worth their singlemindedness price of admission.
THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 49 - WHAT'S THE BEST DH BIKE?
February 22nd, 2021
They're cool and all, but where do I put a water bottle?
So it's about time for us to test some of the latest downhill bikes, which is exactly what our own Dan Roberts has been up to for the past few months with Specialized's Demo Race, Canyon's Sender, the Commencal Supreme DH 29 27, and Cube's cleverly named TWO15 HPC SLT. After countless back-to-back days of testing and more uplifts than he can remember (it's a tough life), you can read Dan's all of Dan's reviews and a head-to-head comparo
where he breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of each bike. Review: Specialized Demo Race Review: Canyon Sender CFRReview: Commencal Supreme DH 29 27Review: Cube TWO15 HPC SLTReview: DH Bike Group Comparison
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.
Previous Pinkbike PodcastsEpisode 1 - Why Are Bikes So Expensive?Episode 2 - Where the Hell is the Grim Donut?Episode 3 - Pond Beaver TechEpisode 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 BikesEpisode 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 SetupEpisode 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 EpisodeEpisode 20 - MTB Conspiracy TheoriesEpisode 21 - Stuff We Were Wrong AboutEpisode 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 BikesEpisode 27 - The World Champs Special Episode 28 - All About Women's BikesEpisode 29 - Freeride or DieEpisode 30 - Would You Rather?Episode 31 - Wet Weather Riding Tips & TricksEpisode 32 - What Needs to Change in the Bike Industry?Episode 33 - Behind the Scenes at Pinkbike AcademyEpisode 34 - Grilling Levy About Field Test Trail Bikes (and His Bonspiel)Episode 35 - Story Time - Stranger Than FictionEpisode 36 - Grilling Kazimer about Field Test Enduro BikesEpisode 37 - The 2020 Privateer Season with Ben CathroEpisode 38 - Editors Defend Their 2020 Best-Of PicksEpisode 39 - Predicting the Future of Mountain Biking Episode 40 - The Pinkbike Awards! Episode 41 - Racing Rumours and Team ChangesEpisode 42 - Mountain Biking's Guilty Pleasures Episode 43 - Dangerholm's Wildest Custom Mountain BikesEpisode 44 - Mountain Bike Suspension Decoded Episode 45 - What Makes a Good Riding Buddy Episode 46 - Episode 46 - The RockShox Zeb vs Fox 38 Deep DiveEpisode 47 - High Pivot Bikes: The Good, The Bad, and The Why?Episode 48 - Rides That Went Horribly Wrong... & Why That Made Them So Good
When are rear center lengths going grow to match reach lengths?
Is more progressive linkage really faster? Considering that people such as sam hill and commencial riders are riding low progression bikes.
Would 29” en/am/fr bikes benefit from dual crown forks, and the lower stack height they can achieve?
Do dual position / talas forks increase climbing ability/speed/efficiency
Another one would be blind comparison of mtb products, especially suspension, tires and Frame suspension designs.
I'm now using the DH bike for the really smashy days, giving my trail bike and body a break, and having a blast. I have a couple friends that are considering doing the same in the name of mechanical sympathy.
Anyone see a possible rebound in DH sales just as a means to preserve their $5K + trail bikes?
I have been struggling with fitness since last January. Holidays and busyness at work followed by the shutdown, a wet spring and an injury on my first ride of the year ruined any fitness that I had in 2018-2019. Throughout the rest of 2020 I was riding about once a week, with no additional exercise. This culminated in an embarrassing painful first ride of winter with my riding buddy.
Since that experience i realized I am not going to get im shape riding once a week. I have the trainer set up and started doing yoga for flexibility and recovery. My weekly ride will be my reward.
We the trails dry up. Do you recommend going hard on the climbs to get over the hump or just spin and enjoy the ride?
-are you less of a rider if you aren't destroying everything on your bike?
-are some brands more reliant than others on having a huge base of "dentists" who will buy bikes but not ride them hard enough to break things?
-what impacts do warranty claims have on increasing prices, increasing weights?
I went over it in more detail for the Field Test if you haven't seen it: www.pinkbike.com/news/field-test-2021-norco-shore-the-freeride-tank.html.