Time Capsule: 2006 - Pinkbike's 20th Anniversary

Oct 18, 2018
by Mike Kazimer  
It's time for another trip down memory lane in honor of Pinkbike's 20th anniversary. For this edition, we're traveling to 2006, the year Sam Hill won World Champs in Rotorua, Tracy Moseley took home the women's DH World Cup overall, and Roam was on repeat in shops around the globe.



Robbie Bourdon throwing down huge and over jumping a giant of a stepdown for Freeride Films
Robbie Bourdon sending it for NWD VII. Photo: Ian Hylands.


State of the Sport

The freeride movement was still going strong in 2006, although the quest for higher and sketchier wooden stunts was beginning to taper off. Instead, trails with manicured jumps, berms, and drops with proper landings were appearing in the woods of British Columbia, an evolutionary step away from the original 'old school' style of trails. There were still plenty of burly moves hidden away among the cedars, but speed and flow were superseding the slower, more trials-like maneuvers from the early days of freeriding.

Pinkbike's core audience was still comprised of freeriders, downhill, and dirt jumpers during this era, but more and more riders were beginning to dabble in 'all-mountain' riding, a term that was no doubt dreamed up by a clever marketer in an office somewhere, but ended up being an accurate way to describe a growing segment of the sport. Cross-country riders were starting to look for more technical options, and the big bike crowd was starting to look for trails that were engaging, but maybe not quite as death-defying as hucking over a train or riding a telephone pole-high skinny, which led to a new breed of bikes beginning to hit the market.


The Yeti 303 was unlike anything else on the market at the time.

Transition's Bottlerocket gained a loyal following, especially in the Pacific Northwest.
Transition's Bottlerocket gained a loyal following, especially in the Pacific Northwest.

Apparently, potatoes were still the camera of choice back in 2006; my memories of this bike are much clearer.
Apparently, potatoes were still the camera of choice back in 2006; my memories of this bike are much clearer.
2006 Santa Cruz Nomad. Photo: rrboogie
2006 Santa Cruz Nomad. Photo: rrboogie



The Bikes

The lines weren't quite as blurry between bike categories back in 2006, but changes were afoot. Heavy, clunky freeride machines were being replaced by slightly lighter options that were easier to pedal to the top of a descent, and bikes like the Santa Cruz Nomad, Specialized SX Trail, and Iron Horse 7 Point were gaining popularity. Transition's Bottlerocket also deserves a mention – that shorter travel steed was ideal for those jump-filled trails that were popping up like mushrooms in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, and it made many riders think twice about how much travel they actually needed.

Carbon bikes existed in 2006, but they were mainly full-on cross-country machines; the prevalence of carbon for high-end bikes in all categories was still a little way down the road, 29ers were still in their awkward infancy, and 27.5” wheels were years away from their mainstream debut, although 2006 was the year Kirt Pacenti convinced Panaracer to make him a batch of 27.5” tires. Clutch-equipped derailleurs and wide-range cassettes were still distant daydreams, and even dropper posts hadn't gained mainstream acceptance yet.

In the downhill world, all eyes were on the Iron Horse Sunday, which had debuted the year before. Sam Hill's success between the tape made that bike an especially hot commodity - it was the bike to have for DH racers with podium dreams (it's still one of my favorite DH bikes of all time). The Yeti 303 is also noteworthy - it used a rail system to manipulate the rear wheel patch, a precursor to the Yeti's current Switch Infinity design.



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Moving Pictures

VHS tapes had almost entirely disappeared by 2006, replaced by DVDs, but it would still be a number of years before full-length films were replaced by the sub-15-minute online 'shredits' that prevail today. Highlights included Roam, the highly anticipated follow-up to The Collective, New World Disorder VII, and Earthed 3. Oh, and don't forget about Collectively Kranking Up the Disorder from Pist-n-Broke Productions.

Season 4 of the Drop-In series also debuted, which was filmed in New Zealand and featured the antics of Darren Berrecloth, Nathan Greenwod, Shawn Denny, and Randy Spangler among others. STUND also premiered in 2006, which chronicled Mike Kinrade and Steve Romaniuk's freeriding adventures across BC and beyond.




Competition

Red Bull Rampage was still on hiatus due to liability concerns in 2006, which meant that all eyes were on Whistler's Crankworx slopestyle event to see what the sport's top riders could throw down. Paul Bas won the year before, followed by Darren Berrecloth who astounded onlookers with a massive 360 over a road gap. It was Cam Zink who ended up taking the win in 2006, with a run that included a backflip one-foot X-up, with Cam McCaul in second and Kyle Strait in third.

Sam Hill made headlines in 2018 for taking home the Enduro World Series overall title, but back in 2006 he was still on a tear in the downhill world aboard his Iron Horse Sunday. Wins at Fort William and Schladming were enough to put the 21-year-old in second place behind Steve Peat for the DH World Cup overall, and a victory at Rotorua earned him the World Champion title, his first in the elite division.

Another former Enduro World Series champion was at the top of the game in the downhill world back in 2006 – Tracey Moseley. She won three races to clinch the World Cup overall title that year and finished second at World Champs behind Sabrina Jonnier.

In the XC arena, Julien Absalon (who announced his retirement earlier at the beginning of the 2018 season) won the World Cup overall, with Christoph Sauser in second place, results that were repeated at World Champs. Although Gunn-Rita Dahle won three World Cup races to Marie-Helene Prémont's two, when the points were tallied it was Prémont who took the overall title, although Gunn-Rita Dahle did take home the rainbow jersey at World Champs.

These days, four-cross is on life support, but it was alive and well back in 2006, and it was Jill Kintner and Michal Prokop who were at the top of the results sheet for both the overall title and World Championships.

Ryder tailwhipping the Kokanee drop at Crankworx in 2006
Ryder Kasprick tailwhipping the final drop at Crankworx 2006.


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149 Comments

  • 117 2
 Back when Randy was sending 10ft high skinnies to flat on his Kona Stinky Jr. and Noah Colorado was just a twinkle in his dads eye!
  • 38 1
 I really hope we keep up with the Randy fun... #RANDYFORCRANKWORX
  • 9 0
 @cky78:
#Randy4life
tup
  • 18 0
 I'm looking forward to the Randy retrospective in 20 years time!
  • 7 3
 My mate Randy has got this dialled



m.pinkbike.com/photo/16473290
  • 13 0
 Gwin was couch surfing and cleaning portable toilets* (ewww) thinking to himself "I wish I was like Randy.


*and now people criticize him for having a fat house on a hill.
  • 3 0
 Listening to the narration from MTB movies like ROAM or First sounds so cheesy nowadays.
  • 21 0
 Randy was a huge inspiration to me in those early days. So many sick video segments. Hard to believe he got in the top 25 in the EWS this year on a cannondale.
  • 17 1
 this is a good month for Randy
  • 7 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Imagine if PB puts him in the "Good month Bad month...." haha
#RANDYFORCANNONDALE
  • 1 0
 @cky78:
Randy sure has tegridy...
  • 1 0
 @coyotecycleworks: Did in 2006 too. Still, great films.
  • 1 0
 @coyotecycleworks: They fell into that Teton Gravity Research trap, common then....so glad its gone now.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, but Rick was already of age and sending Friday nights.
  • 55 2
 2006 is pretty much pre-Facebook. Pinkbike was the social media platform of choice for launching devastating chirps at rival groups. I swear, the picture makes it look smaller than it was!
  • 26 0
 #26wasstillalive
  • 19 1
 @Boardlife69: #26forlife
  • 7 65
flag NYShred (Oct 18, 2018 at 10:37) (Below Threshold)
 PB is NOT a social media platform, it is a blog about bikes that has over-time adopted technologies that sync with social media. Notifications, followers, favorites, etc... are all elements of a social media platform. The platform itself (PB) is NOT social media.

Social media is a platform where the content is 100% user-generated and created by the community/users. If content is being created by authors of the blog, the blog itself is not "social media". PB produces it's own content for it's users to consume. It's a Blog formerly referred to as a forum or community.

So - That girl, who is also your friend, is not your "girl friend". That blog producing media that you consume socially, is not social media.
  • 32 1
 Does your LinkedIn profile say "social media guru"?
  • 5 0
 I actually remember Pinkbike being fairly friendly early on. But the MTBR reviews of the big North Shore trails would devolve into some of the best insults and flame wars I’ve ever read on the Internet.
  • 6 0
 @Boardlife69: 26" for life
  • 15 1
 @NYShred: whatever man. if you use PB like it was designed and shared pics and stuff then it would be bike based social media with a blog producing media. other people here actually contribute content. nobody cares about how important you think your definitions are.
  • 5 47
flag NYShred (Oct 18, 2018 at 11:45) (Below Threshold)
 @toddball: Yep! and I'm here to educate you poor souls that go off into the world sounding like idiots when you call a blog social media.

To re-iterate: Social media is a platform where 100% of it's content is user-generated. FB / Twitter / Instagram are all 100% user-generated content. The platform just sell ads.

Blogs write articles, review products, create branded content, provide a forum for people to chat about said-articles and also sell ads. Is Engadget or The Verge social media? No, they're tech blogs. PB is a blog about bikes and it's culture.

The sooner you kids wrap your heads around this the sooner you wont sound like morons. My toaster is a spaceship! And that girl who is your friend is not your girlfriend.
  • 1 0
 Facebook got popular in 2004/5. That's when me and my friends got it.
  • 1 0
 @SangamonTaylor: pinkbike was fine for the most part. Nsmb forums were horrible for the arguments
  • 17 0
 @NYShred: go to your room
  • 22 1
 @NYShred: Jesus dude how condescending can you possibly be? Is this how you always act with people? You obviously keep using that girlfriend analogy because you’re probably that desperate for any sort of female attention.
  • 21 0
 @NYShred: “it’s levi-OH-sah, not levio-SAH”
  • 6 31
flag NYShred (Oct 18, 2018 at 13:34) (Below Threshold)
 @angrynipples: LOL I'm just being a dick. Below the threshhold is really where the party is at, you guys are missing out. Problem for most to synthesize is - I'm one of those characters who is the most generous, compassionate and empathetic humans you may ever meet. Loyal friend and partner. I'd give anyone the shirt off my back if they asked for it. I just also happen to have the capability to be a huge a*shole at times. Most of the time it ends up here for your entertainment and PB's engagement-click dollars. Atleast I'm honest.

Now, that Waki guy - He's an a*shole...
  • 14 0
 @NYShred: wow and so humble too!
  • 22 0
 @NYShred:

Donald? Is that you?
  • 5 0
 @NYShred: Don't you have some kids to chase off your lawn or something?
  • 6 0
 @NYShred: I’ll send you my address so you can send me your shirts. Only the sweat and mayo stained shirts please.
  • 1 0
 Yeah but post Myspace
  • 6 0
 At that time Pinkbike was #nowaki
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: yeah your a newbie. I've been here since 2000
  • 2 0
 @makripper: so you should remember Disc brakes vs V-brakes shitstorm?
  • 1 0
 @NYShred: Back in 2006 that was mainly what PB was. User generated and curated. Don't remember there being any article on PB back in 2006
  • 1 0
 @NYShred: You call others idiots, while trying to educate people on the internet? Lol
  • 1 0
 @makripper: Thats not quite right, facebook was limited to US University email account holders even in the fall of 2006 (changed right after) - It didn't take off until right after that. I don't dispute you might have been on it then but most Canadians were not
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I remember upgrading to V-Brakes from cantilever. I also remember wondering if disc brakes were really that much better.
  • 2 0
 @acrowe: I remember wanting a DH bike with disc brakes the moment I saw one in a Polish mtb mag around 1999-2000. So no issues there. I identified rather quickly that good brakes make people ride faster.
  • 55 1
 That '06 Nomad looks like a Pole Machine with about 2 meters less reach
  • 4 0
 Ha, yes! Or a Guerrilla Gravity...
  • 2 0
 I had that bike. DHX coil on the back; 66 in the front. The crown on the 66 was so wide it wouldn't clear the downtube, so had to run a spacer under the headtube. With riser bars, it was full-on janky geo FTW!
  • 9 0
 None of those bikes look like a Session.
  • 43 2
 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Pinkbike. If it wasn't for you WAKI would have to go back to editing Wikipedia.
  • 19 2
 You mean Wakipedia right?
  • 29 0
 Oh man the Bottlerocket...I still believe one of the most innovative bikes ever, shit started a revolution.
  • 15 0
 Yep... I remember just staring at pictures of this bike for what seemed like hours... it was just so clean among a field of horribly ugly bikes. It's still one of the only bike frames from that era that you could place next to a bike from today and it wouldn't;t look out of place (minus the geometry probably)... ahead of it's time.
  • 6 2
 It incorporated all the poor pedaling and terrible ergonomics of a DH bike with the terrible ergonomics but awesome flickability of a BMX. Those were the days.
  • 5 0
 .....and I still want one. For DS
  • 5 6
 Lol definitely not innovative! Basic 4 bar rocky mountain style design. 40 plus pounds, steep headtube and rode like shit.
  • 2 0
 @islandforlife: You remember just staring at pictures of bikes? Shit, that's everyday. I'm playing the role of Phil Conners in this Pinkbike version of Groundhog day and loving it.
  • 6 0
 I still ride a 2010 bottle rocket for freeride/slopey/jumpy and it is awesome. One of the best looking and fun bikes of all time.
  • 2 0
 I had a triple which has DNA from the old bottle rocket. What a sweet bike that was
  • 2 0
 Yeaaaah boooiiii. I loved my Bottlerocket, freaking awesome bike. It was also the start of a very expensive Transition ownership problem.
  • 1 0
 I actually went racing DH with my bottle rocket, that bike was great allrounder. Earlier this year I was considering to downgrade my 160mm enduro bike into slack 140mm trail bike. At some point I was thinking if 140mm travel would do but then I remembered all the shit I hit with my bottle rocket back in the days and knew I will be fine. So yeah, never really forgotten that awesome bike!
  • 2 0
 @makripper: Lol! Yep, definitely a heavy frame. But I got mine down to under 33 lbs with a light wheelset, air shock... even with dropper post! Measures 66.5 deg HA with the Angleset. It is my trail bike and although I considered upgrading, it's still a much better bike than I am a rider, so unless it breaks (and it won't), I'm stuck with it.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/14334613
  • 2 0
 @makripper: Umm, this was what Rocky Mountain was doing in 2006 - www.bicyclebluebook.com/searchlistingdetail.aspx?id=10914. Nothing against Rocky, love their bikes now, but back then, they were horrible to look at compared with the Bottle
  • 2 0
 @islandforlife: Wow, that's an ugly-ass bike!
  • 1 0
 I came here to say the same thing pretty much, it still looks good compared to today’s bikes! @islandforlife:
  • 19 0
 HAPPY BIRTHDAY PINKBIKE!
  • 13 0
 And I was only 26 years old....sigh.
  • 5 0
 Me too. Geez, those 2 decades went fast.
  • 3 0
 1980 was a good year for people
  • 6 0
 I was only 36! Those were the days....
  • 1 0
 @Jason300b: and moshelove, oi you pair, 26 for life remember, lol
  • 1 0
 Guess I'm just a baby. I was only 25.
  • 1 0
 @mark3: I just looked at some old pics for '06. I was riding a giant Reign with a Nixon fork back then. Can't tell from the pics but I remember them AS some fat 26" tires. Like 2.1" Maybe 2.2" Extreme, man.
  • 8 0
 wooden stunts were the great equalizer for terrain (In the best way). Down here in the NC foothills sure we had rolling hills and some decent little climbs and descents...but you could spend hours on a fairly benign section of trail that just happened to have a wooden roller, skinny or drop just trying to conquer it. Definitely miss those days.
  • 2 0
 NorthWood in High Point! RIP
  • 9 0
 PINKBIKE!!! Make a streaming service of all the OG vhs and dvd films. The yutes need to know there roots. Think "Finn Iles + David Attenborough" ≠ The Earthed Series.
  • 8 0
 My brother won Crankworx that year, and it was awesome. Even though it was him winning it, it felt like we won the superbowl.
  • 8 0
 On this momentous occasion, will Pinkbike tell us why Pinkbike is named Pinkbike?
  • 40 0
 Here you go: "In its early years, Pinkbike was run from the basement of a house in Canada. The name Pinkbike.com was originally thought up as a joke, the antithesis of names like "extremebiking.com" and "hardcorebiking.com". And the rest is history.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: hcor.net didn't make it ... Good call
  • 4 0
 @mikekazimer: i thought pinkbike was started in Calgary?
  • 3 1
 @mikekazimer: British Columbia? Is that really where Pinkbike was born?
  • 4 0
 @arrowheadrush, oops, you're right. Looks like the site's FAQ section needs some updating.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: That is a darn good reason.
  • 3 0
 @Giddyhitch I recall the video that was posted on Pinkbike 1.0 of Radek at his computer in Calgary talking about the name. It was a placeholder name that was supposed to be something else but the website application deadline came at midnight and he just left it as Pinkbike because nothing better came up.
Don’t know where that video is, but probably in the same basement of hard drives where the school roof-drops, C-Train platform, Center Street bridge skinny riding videos went...
  • 9 0
 I STILL RIDE A 2006 BIGHIT. THANKS OBAMA
  • 1 0
 I've owned one, and tried my best, but it's hard to kill Wink
  • 4 1
 I ride a 4 year old specialised demo and I'm struggling to find wheels or tires for it... thanks industry
  • 1 0
 This is where I talk about my current frame being from 2006. And I'm not even poor! I think there's something wrong with me.
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: You’re not alone! I go faster and have more fun on my 2006 Giant XTC than my 2016 Fuel EX. It took me a while to come to terms with that.
  • 1 0
 Obama gave you a 2006 Big Hit?? That's so rad!
  • 1 0
 @SangamonTaylor: I think our problem is incompatibility with the present, but if you're faster on the XTC, that's just mental.
  • 4 0
 It was more authentic and passionate back then, don't you think?! Hardcore bikes like that beasty 303,hard rock music in the videos,forks with 300mm of travel. No selfies, no gopro, no strava, no stupid earphones but pure fun!
  • 6 0
 Is it bad my newest bike is this old? doesnt feel old, maybe I'm old.. shit
  • 4 0
 probably havent watched ROAM since 2008 but then going back for a re watch (and after living in squam for a couple years) I can pick out parts of the woods and old relics Ive stumbeled upon from this movie. Pretty neat.
  • 6 1
 Freecastor + Booze = Rob Warners Greatest Hits.
Whats your favorite Warner hit? Talking about Sam Hill "He's on a rampage like a dog with two dicks! "
  • 6 0
 He's letting it all hang out like a fat chick in a bikini!
  • 7 1
 "The biggest massacre this side of Saudi Arabia"

There's a thread somewhere on pinkbike that has chronicled a lot of his one-liners.
  • 6 0
 I freakin loved my Ironhorse Sunday, was such a rad bike!
  • 1 0
 I still have my iron horse on the garage wall. Still stock except rims (still 26 of course) pedals, grips and angle head set. Last rode 2016 in whistler
  • 9 6
 When is pinkbike going to put up a memorial article for Kyle Ebbet. I find it to be a little lacking in taste to have no mention of him on their site today....He is a legend, and deserves to it!
  • 4 1
 I'd assume something is coming.. situations like that generally get a "breaking news" treatment, even if PB was behind Vital a bit on the Kona announcement too
  • 2 0
 Nomad , Bottle Rocket The specialized SX was also called the Enduro. Same frame smaller shocks. The Enduro Elite the Pro and the expert. Enduro name Free ride experience. Thanks for posting the videos ! I believe Pink Bike started in Calgary as a woman's bike web site. It grew up into something much bigger.
  • 2 0
 Pinkbike was "a woman's bike website". I'll just leave that there.
  • 6 0
 What about the dual crown-hardtail movement?!
  • 1 0
 I was part of that...pretty sure that's where my back problems came from.
  • 2 0
 I went down the commentary rabbit hole thanks to some of those photos.
I can say this: people commenting on Pinkbike posts 10 years ago enjoyed writing full page novels, and WAKIdesigns was just as nutty as ever, but his English wasn't quite as polished as it is now.
  • 2 0
 This was when I started to go really hard into freeire and dh world. I got my kona stinky in mid 2005 and was hooked. Roam came out and blew everyone's mind and today still hold up This was a beautiful time
  • 4 1
 How do you call a guy who takes part in an orgy with 9 women? 19th hole Wink

(Throwback to Fitzgerald’s vidéo for those who did not get it hehe)
  • 3 1
 I used to watch these movies daily when I worked in a shop. Miss the days of watching mountain bike vids daily. Now I have to switch to excel every time my boss pops his head in.
  • 1 0
 Started riding in 2008, but my first "real" bike was a 2006 Kona Coiler, so can relate with everything here. It was my do it all bike..and I don't think I miss it, sold it for good money after a big crash the first time I tried a proper downhill course. The frame was an inch larger than my size, had to run it with a short, 45mm stem, and since then that's how I like my bikes: beefy, oversized and with the shortest stem possible.
  • 2 0
 Cannondale better give Randy a raise or he'll be filling the void Ratboy left at Santa Cruz. Randy owns Pinkbike and the EWS. He put Novato back on the map. #Randyf*ckingrules
  • 1 0
 I can recall these years! Ride Guide Bike and DroppingIn were two of the best shows on TV. Cam McCaul was just making a name for himself. WC racing was going nuts over Sam Hill. I always dreamed about owning a Sunday and I eventually bought one the following year. Rockshox had the 32mm stanchion Boxxer, Fox just debuted the 40 and direct mount stems were even a thought on anything other then a Boxxer. No carbon, big clunkers, and everybody wanted Mag 30’s for their bombproofness!!!!!
  • 4 0
 It's been a wild ride through these 20 years
  • 4 0
 Loved the 1st gen Nomad when it came out. I kept that bike the longest.
  • 1 0
 Always wanted one! I had the same generation V10 for the longest time and wanted that Nomad to match it so much.

I've ordered one of the new alloy frames though, can't wait for it Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Same here. But I bought mine in 2008. It was amazing with the coil shock. Then I was stupid enough to go down country for 2 years... back omn wholalotta travel.
  • 1 0
 NWD VII is the best bike film!!! I was riding xc, then a watched it an said: "man I need to ride like this" and made the switch to downhill, best decision ever at 14 years old
  • 4 0
 Still want a bottle rocket
  • 2 0
 How on earth did Kirt Pacenti convince panaracer to make him some 27.5" tyres? It must have been one hell of a pitch. "I promise they will take off big time in 2014".
  • 3 1
 That is a good occasion to bring it up. Just check 650B bikes of the time then look at the bikes on the pictures here. Now imagine the size of a clueless dork you had to be to ride those 650b pieces of junk on shitty tyres to go: oh this wheel has definite benefits over 26”! I mean... you’d have to be one of those people who can’t tell the difference between cornering grip of hans dampf and minion. Holy shit... we all ride fkless dork wheels now
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: You on In-Cel rims too?
  • 3 0
 I was being facetious. I guess it went something like this:

"How can I convince you to make me some 27.5" tyres?"
"Pay."
"That's what I thought. Here's the money."
"Here are your tyres."
"Thanks."
  • 3 2
 I know. My part of the question was how can you say “650B is better” when all you have to work with is some genuinely shitty tyre from Wallmart?

In 80s all tyres were shitty tyres from Wallmart so when they were going 26 or 29 they could compare the “performance” of bigger wheel against the small wheel. Then in 2004-2010 you could still do that despite the difference in development of 26 vs 29 because the difference between those two sizes is big enough and these were mainly xc bikes which had crappy tyre patterns anyways.

How could you then come up with an idea that 650b will be better but most importantly how clueless would have to be the riders Kirk Pacenti was catering to, to go “you know what, there’s something in it” or even better “wooow, that makes all the difference!” Now,
Imagine their story (it is their story) is “ people were simply adding bigger wheels to 26” bikes to get more ground clearance”. Huh! Really?! Last time I checked 2004-2010 bikes had quite high BBs. What kind of a clueless dork would go, oh I want even more clearance because I strike rocks sometimes? I think I have one theory. One that would remove suspension fork and put in a rigid to ride in the terrain. Again a bloody Dork. Can’t time pedal strokes, solution shitty low volume tyre!

Can you imagine someone riding Intense Spider or Blur LT to go “ I want a bigger wheel even if tyres are shitty!” Ok so around 2008 Kirk Pacenti comes up with his own super moto tyres looking a bit like Hans Dampf or WTB - Which are Shit!!! But still Haro and Jamis create first 650b specific bikes. And they are Shit!!! And some dork sells his Intense spider and buys that crap, cuz diameter is bigger?! Terrible handling, terrible suspension, terrible tyres, but aaaaah! Intermediate size!

I rest my case. D.O.R.K.S
  • 3 0
 Who were they? Possibly same sort who rides fatbikes with drop bars from Salsa.
  • 2 0
 Golden age for the gravity line imo! Time flies by in a blink of an eye, HBD PB! How old i feel now is very bad Big Grin
  • 3 0
 Back when Zoke was Zoke. Those bushings from 2008-10 killed them.
  • 2 3
 Happy birthday to my favorite bike blog, PinkBike! Levy you dirty dog, get over here for a reach-around! Richie Cunningham you old so-and-so, where's Fonzie!? And you... Mike Kaz... I've got a dropper post with your name on it.
  • 3 0
 That SX trail though. THat was a dream bike.
  • 3 0
 Well fuck me up family, ROAM IS ON PINKBIKE FOR FREE!!
  • 1 0
 Somewhere in that crankworx picture I'm there. Dang, if I could go tell me what I know now younger me would lick the crap out of me. Sigh.
  • 2 0
 That year I started the real mountain biking. How time flies.
  • 2 0
 Happy Bday Pinkbike! It’s been a rad 20yrs!
  • 2 0
 That was the best time of mtb... crying
  • 2 0
 unwrapping my nomad 2.0 carbon was a great day
  • 1 0
 26'' wheels, narrow bars, jeans and tee shirts while going BIG. the good ol days...
  • 1 0
 And now that photo of Robbie is in "All Mountain/Enduro" category... things has changed over the years.
  • 2 0
 Kokanee Beer and Triple Chainrings, damn life was simple back then.
  • 2 0
 YEA BOURDO
  • 1 0
 thanks you guys for being my trusty and steady supply of bike porn
  • 1 0
 The old pixelated Pinkbike logo though!!!
  • 1 0
 those were great times, long nights of binge watching rip tv
  • 1 0
 Ah, I remember when the 6point4 was my dream bike!
  • 1 0
 Randy orton is an actor not a mountainbiker
  • 1 0
 #EPIC

I remember signing up at Pinkbike...oh it was 2001 Big Grin !
  • 1 0
 Wyn Masters on Drop in TV!! Awesome!
  • 3 6
 It's weird that Pinkbike says they were founded in 1998 when it began in 2000.

Wayback machine will confirm. Weird thing to lie about.

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