Ultimate Nerd Quiz: Can You Guess these 2020 Bikes From Their Silhouettes?

Nov 11, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
Do all modern bikes just look like a Session? If that's what you truly believe then you may have a difficult time with this quiz. We stripped off all branding, colours and decals from these bikes and left you just one way to identify them - the shape of their frames. Some of them are very distinctive whereas others you'll have to look beyond the Horst link and try and find some other details to separate them. We've picked 34 bikes that have been released in 2020 for you to try and identify from hardcore hardtails to redesigned downhill bikes to the waves of downcountry bikes that swept the market in the summer. There are no prizes here just the bike nerdery honour a good score will bestow. Let us know how you got on at the bottom.

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66 Comments

  • 93 2
 All of those Orbea's look like Stumpjumpers.
  • 14 5
 Or is it the other way around? Razz
  • 7 2
 @JackyStyleTom: Stumpjumper came first. Wink You never know though, could be the other way around.
  • 5 0
 @JackyStyleTom: That's for the lawyers to decide......
  • 64 5
 They all look like a session
  • 4 1
 that's what I was going to say.
  • 39 2
 #22 - are you SURE that's not a Kona Process?
  • 1 0
 The process shock is a little more vertical. Other than that almost identical.
  • 1 0
 That's what I was thinking as well. But looking at it more closely the Process 153 would have slightly more swoopy lines
  • 2 0
 The same here! I was sure that this is Process 153. Shame on you Trek...
  • 3 0
 That's what I thought, but then I noticed the little hole in the link which gave it away
  • 31 1
 Looks like a... Sss... silhouette!
  • 1 0
 nanimo nanimo mada shiranu!
  • 29 2
 I learned I am no longer able to tell shorter travel cannondales and specializeds apart, and everything else is starting to look like a kona process. also fuck off putting in a hardtail lolll
  • 12 2
 99% of hardtails look identical
  • 3 4
 @Grantma: You think so? Go look at the Podium and the Procaliber side by side and think again.
  • 1 0
 @Grantma: I got the Mondraker and the Procal, didn’t get the Honzo. Everyone point and laugh at the dirt roadie.
  • 3 0
 @BenTheSwabian: that is why I said 99% Smile . the Procaliber is different because of the iso speed decoupler. but if you're comparing a standard XC hardtail to another XC hardtail. There can't be much different
  • 1 0
 @mtallman2: The Procal has the ISO speed decoupler, that's a giveaway, but beyond that, they are quite identical
  • 1 0
 @Grantma: Mondraker has those crazy skinny top tubes, could have only been theirs or a Canyon Exceed...I’m not helping my case here lol
  • 3 0
 The Honzo looks fun.
  • 1 0
 @Grantma: procaliber has the seatube super narrow at the bottom bracket, otherwise it looks just like any other xc hardtail
  • 21 1
 Im pretty upset the GrimDonut wasn't in there...Almost got me with the Shore
  • 1 0
 The grim donuts shock is down agains the down tube like the evil bike.
  • 15 4
 Quit when I got to #3 and realized they are not all bicycles... Attention
  • 2 0
 Some have more or less than two wheels?
  • 9 1
 Missing the seat tube gusset in the ESD silhouette? Maybe its a size thing?
  • 2 0
 Glad someone else caught that...
  • 2 0
 Yep, the gusset is size specific, I think only the large and XL frames have it.
  • 8 1
 I was really worried there would be more Santa Cruzs.
  • 5 0
 Read my mind. They're impossible to tell apart by their silhouettes alone if they aren't right next to each other. 5010 or Tallboy? Who knows...
  • 5 1
 did anyone ever get a last tarvo? havent seen a single review and it looks just about perfect
  • 1 0
 I would have if the seat tube was steeper - that frameweight is insane
  • 6 2
 This is what COVID has led us to? Content on PinkBike guessing bike silhouettes!! A vaccine cannot come soon enough...
  • 4 0
 Surely this type of article can be done without having to click for each answer!
  • 2 0
 I didn’t do bad with recognizing brands but the only exact model I got was the Honzo ESD because I have one on order and have been staring at the frame pictures for quite a while.
  • 4 0
 Thats some weird looking Sessions
  • 2 0
 its super easy to find out, check click the link. then find out, hit back then guess the bike. I got all 34 correct.
  • 4 1
 people still pay attention to XC bikes?
  • 2 0
 Confirms my thought that Transitions are the best shape out there at the moment
  • 1 0
 Honzo and Specialized epic only, and unfortunately it's not because I spend more time riding... Frown
  • 2 1
 That silhouette thing was harder then I thought it would be. Or maybe I just actually ride my bike.
  • 2 0
 More holiday filler from Pinkbike.
  • 2 0
 I guessed correctly on 4 got one right and then got bored and went riding.
  • 2 0
 but not too bored since you still left a comment
  • 2 0
 I was killin it till the Last Tarvo lol. How many of those even exist?!
  • 1 0
 Clicked the bait box, but there's no Zerode you...! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 9.- 500 - Oops Something Went Wrong...
  • 1 0
 Only one I didn't guess was the forestall.... Forgot the name
  • 1 0
 They all look like Sessions to me.
  • 1 0
 Nice way to increase the clicks
  • 2 1
 Black bikes matter! uh huh, went there.
  • 1 0
 Apparently I'm less of a bike nerd than I thought I was...
  • 1 0
 At least I recognized my bike
  • 1 0
 Danny is going to kill it on the CUBE!
  • 1 0
 Single crown on the Sender was mean - thought it was an Enduro
  • 1 0
 Lol an article that is a click generator for other articles
  • 1 0
 I guessed all of them except the Raw Madonna.
  • 1 1
 I got them all, except for the Last Tarvo and that weird Forestal e-bike.
  • 1 0
 Ebikes?
  • 3 6
 hardtails? really?
  • 11 0
 Fine with that. But e-bikes...
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