Video: How We Tested at the 2020 Pinkbike Field Test

Nov 20, 2019
by Brian Park  


HOW WE TESTED AT THE 2020
PINKBIKE FIELD TEST
Brand new bikes. Real riders. Proper terrain.


Words by Brian Park, photography by Trevor Lyden & Brian Park


To put our findings from the 2020 Pinkbike Field Test into context, we wanted to give you a look at some of the terrain, test tracks, and processes we used. The goal is to make the results of this year's test as transparent, accurate, and useful as possible.

Timed Testing Notes

While it's fun and useful to compare timing, we recognize it's a flawed metric with countless variables. For each timed test result we did multiple laps at ~80% effort, with as much consistent line choice as possible. In each category the bikes had Maxxis control tires with the same tire casing.

For the Downcountry lap we had a full loop, but for the Trail and Enduro category we did the testing on some descending-only segments in the Whistler Bike Park. Our reasoning was that wanted to maximize our descending time, because descending capability is often harder to judge compared to climbing and pedalling efficiency.

Also, if we'd done full loops on the trail bikes it would have blown out the testers' legs—for example, Kaz would have had to do at least 27 timed laps with climbing, which would have made his later timed tests less accurate. And finally, don't forget that timing is just one of many ways to judge a bike, and the fastest bike for us doesn't always mean it's the fastest bike for everyone.





CONTROL TIRES

We used Maxxis DD casing tires for the Enduro bikes.
And Maxxis EXO+ casing tires for the Trail and Downcountry bikes. They're probably heavier than what most people will run on Downcountry bikes elsewhere, but for the terrain and mixed conditions here during the test they were excellent.





DOWNCOUNTRY BIKE TRAILS

Photo by Trevor Lyden
Pemberton made an incredible backdrop for our Downcountry testing.

Photo by Trevor Lyden
James Huang sampling some of BC's finest singletrack in all-time conditions.
Photo by Trevor Lyden
Upduro, or something.

Photo by Trevor Lyden
Lots of climbing, lots of views.

Photo by Trevor Lyden
A good amount of more mellow terrain...
Photo by Trevor Lyden
...but it is DOWNcountry after all.

Photo by Trevor Lyden







TRAIL BIKE TRAILS

Photo by Trevor Lyden
We split our time pretty evenly between Whistler and Pemberton for the Trail bikes.

Photo by Trevor Lyden
Some long days in the saddle in Pemberton.
Photo by Trevor Lyden
All the bikes got a good mix of weather during testing.

Photo by Trevor Lyden
A good amount of classic, BC tech.

Photo by Trevor Lyden
And a healthy dose of time in the bike park too. Trail bikes are so damn good these days.








ENDURO BIKE TRAILS


Photo by Trevor Lyden
The Enduro bikes saw a lot of park laps and a ton of rocky, punishing descents.

Photo by Trevor Lyden
Photo by Trevor Lyden
Whoops.

Photo by Trevor Lyden
Rock and more rock.

Photo by Trevor Lyden
While we used the chairlifts a lot to get more testing in, the Enduro bikes still needed to do a fair bit of climbing.
Photo by Trevor Lyden
And jumping.

Photo by Trevor Lyden
A few more rocks for good measure.







If you haven't seen them yet, check out the 2020 Field Test features we've released so far here.

We'll be back tomorrow with an Editors' Choice round table to tell you our favourite (and least favourite) bikes in the Trail category, before we dive into the Downcountry and Enduro bikes.





The 2020 Pinkbike Field Test was made possible by support from
Race Face apparel & pads, Giro helmets, & Sierra Nevada beer.

A massive thank you to Maxxis for providing the tires, Rocky Mountain for loaning our photo and video crew some eMTBs, Elite for the extra bottle cages, and GoPro for the POV cameras. And finally, thank you to Stan and Ella for putting us up and feeding us endless amounts of Polish food.


146 Comments

  • 79 4
 Great job overall guys. I agree that running control tires made sense for all bikes except the Intense, but once you're committed to that test method you need to follow through. And I'm eager to see the Endurobro bikes on Schleyer! Excellent trail choice.
  • 7 27
flag ILikeBike24 (Nov 20, 2019 at 10:33) (Below Threshold)
 Im surprised they used the exo+ casing, its definately not as strong as the dd casing for sea to sky riding.. ive destroyed a dhr 2 exo + recenly and went back to the dd
  • 54 1
 @ILikeBike24, we used DoubleDown casing tires for the enduro bikes.
  • 4 4
 @ILikeBike24: same happened to me with a dhr2 exo+. Double down is the way to go for enduro riding especially on places like arizona, utah and whistler.
  • 22 61
flag WAKIdesigns (Nov 20, 2019 at 11:17) (Below Threshold)
 Awesome video! Top quality

Double Downs are still laughable for 160 bikes ridden on natural trails in Whistler. That’s some serious chunk and G-outs. You do want an fat insert there for this task, negating the weight saving to a full out DH tyre. I would run DDs on trail bikes in this terrain. But I can only imagine most owners of Enduro bikes use exos and DDs... you may win a fraction of grip in extreme situations like completely worn out offcamber with roots in wet by using DD with insert, but you lose everywhere else. DH tyres are bulldozers like nothing else and the excellent byproduct is is that due to gyroscopic effect, the faster you ride, the more stable the bike is. They slice through chunk like through butter and the increased damping feels like younhace more travel.
  • 14 11
 @abouvet: Depends on the rider and the trails. The average Joe doesn't need anything more than EXO most of the time let alone EXO+. If you are riding trails faster and harder than 95% of other people out there; you probably need something like DD. If you are the average Joe but riding extremely sharp and square-edged terrain that isn't difficult to ride at-speed. Then you may need EXO+ or DD.
  • 6 1
 @WAKIdesigns: exo casing with cushcore in Whistler for me. I did have a 2 punctures over two seasons but neither because the tyre casing was too light.
  • 9 1
 @WAKIdesigns: EXO or DD casings are plenty for most riders around here unless you are on proper DH trails or giant/bulldozer. Our rocks aren't that sharp due to all the wet weather we get and any extra grip is also appreciated due to said weather.
  • 10 32
flag WAKIdesigns (Nov 20, 2019 at 12:14) (Below Threshold)
 @kingtut87: it has little to do with punctures, you can puncture DH casing too. It has to do with how tire casing + medium inside affect handling and suspension. I hear only great things about cushcore, just why get bothered with messing with white guey and the insert when DH casing does pretty much just that. Can't imagine riding big berms with brake bumps in them on flimsy Exo. I find DD closer to Exo than to DH. I rode DD with procore this season, then butchered the tyre and the rim, installed DH casing with tube inside and could open the throttle more right away. I had a forced back to back experience. If the bike feels too heavy, you just go faster and it becomes poppy again. if you can tell me that somehow cushcore stiffens up the tyre more than procore I may eventually believe you that Exos are not holding you back a lot.
  • 3 0
 That was my one issue, I know they make a 29x2.6" minion and I know they make 27.5x2.8" minions so I feel for that bike, it could have been acceptable.
  • 3 0
 @yupstate: Yeah, I'm 200#, ride hard, not that careful, and I ride Utah, NV, CA and no issues with slices or punctures. I ran Schwalbe Gravity tires, sure they're tougher, but also heavy and ride like a bag of rocks.

For sure, when folks are buying Maxxis EXO, get the 60tpi version, it is far more durable than the 120tpi with only a small weight penalty.
  • 4 9
flag freeridejerk888 (Nov 20, 2019 at 13:38) (Below Threshold)
 Bullshit. I’ve had so many sidewall punctures with dd I can’t image the paper thin exo. I’ve even flatted with dh casings a few times this year @yupstate:
  • 8 2
 @freeridejerk888: That sounds more like an issue with your riding style than tires... are you racing DH or something? Like yupstate said, exo is plent for 95% of riders, you must just be in that 5%...
  • 9 19
flag WAKIdesigns (Nov 20, 2019 at 16:14) (Below Threshold)
 @millsr4: When I go to a trail center or a bike park Poland/Sweden/Norway, virtually everyone with trail/enduro bikes is on EXOs... Except fast people...
  • 6 16
flag WAKIdesigns (Nov 20, 2019 at 16:17) (Below Threshold)
 @nurseben: I find Super Gravity stiffer and tougher than DD. And they tend to come in very soft compunds only. And if it was Magic Mary you rode it rolls like shit, no matter the casing.
  • 10 0
 I wonder how many people are cutting sidewalls because they're running 20 psi? I run EXO at I'd say fast intermediate pace on black trails with 4-5 foot drops to flat in a rocky part of BC. I've put full on dents in my back rim with square edge hits and have yet to cut a maxis tire. I run 25 psi front and 27 rear though because for me flats aren't worth the extra grip.
  • 8 1
 @friendlyfoe: I run those same pressures with exo tires and I have had the same experience. I have a feeling that these people having issues either really are in the 5% of riders or they all make horrible line choice decisions lol. For what it's worth I've never heard a pro racer blame a tire for a flat, it all comes down to rider choice and skill with the lines they take.
  • 6 3
 @WAKIdesigns:
Lol what.
I rund super gravity Magic Mary front and rear on two bikes.
It always amazes me how light they roll on dirt compared to lighter tires.
And they are freaking durable.
No over expensive foam noodles for me my friend.
I love those tires.
  • 2 0
 Shwabcrap. Pool noodles are not just for flats buddy. There damping is the main benefit They don’t stop sidewall tears. Just pinch flats @OneTrustMan:
  • 2 0
 @friendlyfoe: tire squirming under when cornering is one reason I kinda dig the more hefty sidewallled versions like DD over exo
  • 1 0
 I am surprised how @WAKIdesigns is super consistent in what he does. Every time I see his comments, 90% of them are below threshold. Keep it up boy!
  • 5 2
 @mihauek: "because the goal is to write comments that will get you approved by all sorts of a*sholes" - good luck with that buddy. Tons of folks ride on thin tyres. Yes... It's just that chances are, that fast dude on that day in the park - he had 2 plies. Unlike that mass of pack fill or the a*shole giving you sht for being slow up a fireroad climb. He peaked long time ago. If you can call it like that. You can go to Bryn Atkinsons page and see him burping Exos or taking them off the rim mid ride. This is how good they are at pressures lower than 3bar. Weird flights on jump lines? Huh maybe up the casing thickness/stability if you want to keep pressures civil.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: something just popped into my head -- why no Ripmo AF in this test? Was it not available in time?
  • 56 0
 Really hurts to see you guys riding my dream bikes on my dream trails while I'm at work
  • 3 0
 #DREAMJOBS
  • 8 0
 Drugs numb the pain. But they also get you fired from work. Decisions...
  • 1 0
 Look at me, chiefin/workin everyday...
  • 37 3
 Great reviews and great job with the control tires. Thanks for doing this every year. My recommendation to readers/viewers would be to REMEMBER WHAT TRAILS YOU RIDE! Things like the Pinkbike Field Test and other sites large-group reviews are usually conducted on trails that are much nicer and more aggressive than what I have the pleasure of riding on 75% of the year and that might be the case for YOU too. Things that may be Pros and Cons for these reviews may not be the case for you. The "slack" seat angle may work better for your mellow trails that aren't 2000' up and then 2000' down. Rippin' descending capability when your longest descent is 3 mins maybe shouldn't make you buy a bike. The bike that is just "meh" to these guys, may make you grin ear to ear because its a good all-arounder and you are riding trails where that is EXACTLY what you need.
  • 19 0
 Great point, but I buy bikes that are for those 25% rides. You know... the ones where I've cashed in vacation days, driven 8 hours, and climbed 2,000' up. Second point: N+1.
  • 3 3
 I think bike categories should be graded on the steepness of the terrain they're made for. Like, if you have very steep trails (up and down) you'll want a steep seat angle/long reach/ slack head angle. If your trails are flat, maybe the opposite.
  • 3 8
flag Civicowner (Nov 20, 2019 at 16:23) (Below Threshold)
 @mattg95: clearly you dont know much about bike design.....
  • 4 0
 Yeah, of course you need to be honest about what you ride and buy the right bike for it. But there are tons of riders who will hit the terrain in this test and more on a weekly basis. My enduro bike might see some trail rides that would be fine on a 2010 XC bike, but it will also hit full DH runs, bike parks, and chunky rocky rooty fast trails that I climbed 2000' on a fire road to hit. 160mm travel and modern geometry have a place for many of us.
  • 2 0
 The trails they rode are very representative of what my daily trails are like. I dont live in Canada, but can see Canada from my riding areas, so pretty similar. Smile
  • 1 0
 Yeah, I was thinking our trail elevations look nothing like that. More like a heart monitor. Haha I can get to those type trails with a drive, but we don't do them that often. Definitely something to consider.
  • 1 0
 You must be talking about the review in intense lol
  • 1 0
 I think you've got a point. The trail bike reviews focus a bit on climbing, and quite a lot on ability on technical trails. A trail bike still needs to be fun on flatter trails. My current bike has got a bit too enduro race specific, and I'm thinking of getting something more lively for the mellower trails round here (but still with Pole breaking jumps). The trail bike reviews mainly tell me how close to the speed of my enduro bike they are. Still loving the reviews though!
  • 5 0
 @JDFF: If you're looking at Canada from North Dakota, get a gravel bike. If you're looking from Minnesota, get a downcountry. If you're looking at us from Washington state, get Enduro.

I think I've just come up with new bike classifications. . .
  • 2 0
 @rrolly: dont worry, got all the bases covered. Close enough to be metric.
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: I'm looking at Canada from Idaho. What bike should I get?
  • 1 0
 @mtbikemccoy: That's definitely a modern enduro or dh. The most important thing for you is to pedal hard to get out of there. Wink

unless, of course you've got really good vision and you can see Canada from Silverwood. If you're there, stay there. That place is pretty fun.
  • 22 0
 I can not say enough how much we love this type of revue from a bike site and how useful it all is. Thank you all. Massive Respect from Zion Mountain Bike Adventures, Jamaica.
  • 12 0
 Glad you're stoked. Plenty more to come.
  • 20 5
 Just my two cents on what I think could be done to make this even better for next year:

Maybe some sort of physical/scientific test of the bikes. For example, build a rig to hold the tires and bars/stem in place (perhaps out of 2x4's), and then measure how much force it takes to flex the bb 10-15mm laterally. I know this isn't the most perfect or most accurate test, but it would be an interesting stat to see, and could be done somewhat easily using just a bathroom scale and a tape measure. Another idea could be the center of gravity for each bike, or even somehow record chainslap/trail noise and measure it to see which bike is really the quietest. Would just be neat to see how the bikes differ in those sorta things like stiffness, weight bias, noise, etc., with actual data to back it up.

Another cool metric would be to see some sort of graphic that lays each bikes silhouette on top of the others in its category, with all of the bottom brackets lined up. This could give a quick idea of HA, SA, chainstay, and reach that would be easier to quickly understand to the layman.

I really like that you have decided to use a control tire this year, and I think it could even be taken a step further by running a control cockpit(bars/grips), saddle, and pedals. All important contact points than can make or break the feel of a new bike, and also all things that are very commonly replaced when someone buys a new bike.

And last but not least..... where are the DH bikes??? lol

All critiques aside, you guys are killing it, and this has quickly become one of my favorite series on PB to read! Keep up the good work!
  • 6 1
 Awesome ideas!
  • 5 0
 As for the alignment, you can check it here. Its in german though

www.bike-stats.de/Geometrie_Vergleich
  • 5 0
 Was also an Australian road cycling magazine that did this, think it was called Ride Magazine. They measured head tube, seat tube and bb deflection, along with a million other metrics. They are/were (not sure if they are still going) super in-depth.

Disclaimer this information was passed onto me, at no stage ever was I into road cycling. You can't prove otherwise!
  • 2 2
 99spokes.com does the bike silhouette overlay. Easy to use and almost every bike you can think of. Also can use it to compare spec and price point / value.
  • 1 0
 @paulestuart: That's pretty much exactly what I was imagining, except with mountainbikes too, not just road bikes haha.
  • 11 2
 Best thing about the 2020 test was the use of control tires. This is something I've been pitching for years to the 'other' bike test series as well. Tires can change the ride of the bike soooo much. Thanks guys! The next level will be to make sure all the bikes are the absolute top spec brands offer so they're no-compromise builds and as a result, hopefully all have very similar (Factory/Ultimate) suspension packages on them. That way you're reviewing the bike (THE FRAME) and not the parts, etc. Consumers can then know which 'frame' is the best for them and then buy their build that they can afford.
  • 12 0
 For the huck to flat test did you consider the Pemberton Train Gap?
  • 26 0
 Yes, but the landing wasn't flat enough.
  • 7 0
 @mikekazimer: if you don't clear the gap I think the landing is fairly flat
  • 21 14
 You guys are doing a killer job in your testing methods! I'm a test engineer and I know it is tough to keep things that you don't want influencing your test as constant and controlled as possible (i.e. control tires)

Keep it up and I can't wait to see the rest of the field tests!

Some more instrumentation (Power meters maybe?) could help you see which bike is most efficient for the same wattage.
  • 102 3
 HEY EVERYONE!!!! THIS GUYS AN ENGINEER!!!!!^^^^^
  • 7 10
 @Tmackstab: And I love it Wink
  • 46 1
 @Tmackstab: isn't everyone who comments on PB an engineer...?
  • 17 0
 @Tmackstab: See? Nobody cares.
  • 7 1
 @ninjatarian: Hahahaha! Good one! You went deep with that reference, kudos.
  • 2 0
 @parallaxid: Some are but some just play one on TV. I personally play a dentist.
  • 1 0
 @baahahaha JP
  • 8 1
 Engineer? That just means you make bigger mistakes with more confidence.
  • 1 0
 Power meter data with control tires would be really interesting data especially on the downcountry and trail bikes. Or downcountry vs. trail bikes.
  • 4 0
 @mikekazimer: How does price play into your selection for bikes? It read like the Optic rode better than the Occam but you also put down some of the Optics spec which seems a little harsh given its almost half the price and the cheapest bike so far. I cant help but feel like it would have done even better if the C1 Optic was used which is still $2000 usd less than the Occam.
  • 10 1
 Price is often determined by availability for these tests. Our criticism of the Optic's brake spec wasn't because they didn't spend enough money, it's because we wish they'd spent it a little differently. We'll have a value bikes comparison coming up soon, and we're talking about doing an entire value bikes Field Test early next year as well.
  • 3 0
 So my honest question is just how good are these testers?

If we had the same rider ride the same bike for say 3 laps how close would each of their laps be (if they are pushing 80%).

How close would the same results be with a pro rider?
  • 9 0
 Our laps were within seconds of each other, and we had ex-World Cup pro Luca Cometti with us this year as well (until he was injured, unfortunately).
  • 1 1
 @mikelevy: so within a few % then. It's good to know you guys are pretty damn consistent.

????????????
  • 6 1
 @mikelevy: Was he injured because of the broken frame crash/incident...????!!!
  • 2 7
flag jrvolk (Nov 20, 2019 at 16:24) (Below Threshold)
 @kiwikonadude: nah, that was on the bottom out test with the Pole (although there may have been two frame failures? so maybe...)
  • 10 1
 @kiwikonadude yes.

@jrvolk there were 2 failures.
  • 5 1
 @brianpark: oh man, the sh*t storm around this review is going to be longer than a... pole!
  • 1 0
 ???????? Were supposed to be thumbs ups.......
  • 1 0
 I‘ve seen a vid a few years ago where they did suspension testing for FOX, and they said that Gee-Man was on the fastest runs after having (i think i remember) 7 laps in, so they kind of don’t use all of the acquired data as he has to get up to „game-time“ speed... as well as striking out the „late runs“ as he is tiring out- just another thing to consider...
  • 4 0
 Great job! Next time around, can you include some climbs in the timed test loop for trail bikes? I personally spend more time climbing then descending (if if I prefer the downhills)
  • 1 0
 Totally agree.
  • 19 0
 Still to come is a video where I test all of the bikes (enduro, trail, DC) climbing abilities up the same section. It's called 'The Impossible Climb' ... It's bro-science for sure, but good fun. Each bike had multiple attempts in the exact same conditions.
  • 8 1
 I agree the climbing abilities of the trail bikes could be better explained. I’m not buying a trail bike to race downhill Its for long and everyday rides with climbing. I want to know how well and efficiently it climbs compared to the others. A rating of beat to worst even if it’s not time based would be awesome. But regardless these reviews are pretty sick.
  • 5 0
 I have the feeling that climbing ability is mostly judged as the ability to clear super steep climbs. What I am missing in most of the tests is some sort of comparison how good or bad your legs feel after an hour or so of regular climbing. Unfortunately there are huge parts of the world where the mountains are not as impressive as in BC and the Pacific NW.
  • 13 10
 I am sorry...I am on PinkBike all of the time...I think I am knowledgeable about bikes and all things bikes...but I still have no idea wth 'Downcountry' mountain biking is...ready to be educated...Smile
  • 14 2
 Please also ask @mikelevy for pictures of his extensive collection of downcountry bib shorts demonstrating his commitment to this fun exciting sport!.
  • 11 0
 @retrogressionage: Ideally, DC is done in a unitard.
  • 37 4
 "I am knowledgeable about bikes"

"I have no idea wth 'Downcountry' mountain biking is"

Pick one.
  • 3 0
 I think they just got tired of saying "it climbs ok, but its really build more for the downs" on every bike review.
  • 10 0
 It's a portmanteau of "cross country" (a professional mtb discipline) and "down" (a direction).

There's not a whole lot of room for misinterpretation.
  • 6 0
 Much easier than saying XC bikes thay don't have twitchy race handling and don't suck on the descents or short travel trail bikes... That said, I still hate it.
  • 9 0
 It's like crossduro, only not as much.
  • 16 0
 I am so sorry. I swear it was just tongue in cheek at first Smile
  • 12 1
 Downcountry is not a thing. It is a moment.. like the first time that you meet your 12yr old son, or getting to the crispy, cheesy corner of the lasagna dish.
  • 1 0
 I will literally pay everyone $100 to stop using that stupid phrase! Frown
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: You must end this!! Command your disciples to cease and desist! Wink
  • 3 2
 All day long, I've been trying to figure out how mountain bike "control tires" differ from ordinary mountain bike tires and where I can get me some. Then it hit me...

For those like me who figuratively weren't climbing with the group, they're talking about "scientific experimental control", as in "THE SAME TIRES" on each bike.
  • 2 0
 That little wooden ramp tho- such a tease. feel like I just watched a trailer for "Huck a Pole -" that left me wanting more...
even though I know the outcome and some of the drama.
  • 1 0
 All I heard was "supported by Beer Company" you guys definitely know how to set things up for a good week of hard work Smile
Thanks for the effort you guys are putting in! Much appreciated!
  • 2 0
 Sierra Nevada was a critical part of this year's Field Test. Smile
  • 6 7
 We need the Primer review in 29er configuration guys. I'm torn between the Optic and Primer. The Primer 29er geo is much more comparable to the other bikes in the test. Looks like Primer 29er BB is taller than Norco Optic & Orbea Occam and seat tube angle only 1 degree slacker than the Optic in that configuration.
  • 8 1
 Have you considered test riding them?
  • 34 0
 Give us a call and we can get you on a demo Primer 29. There are also lot of real customer reviews of the Primer 29 here: www.facebook.com/groups/IntenseBikeOwners

We recommend trying both bikes and seeing which one feels the best for you and your riding.
  • 20 0
 If you're in Calgary, we suggest you head to Calgary Cycle or Bow Cycle. Both of them will have a healthy selection of Optics very soon, if not already in the shop, for you to check out in person.
  • 5 0
 Yep, the geometry numbers in the Primer 29's lower setting are very similar, save for a fairly significant 1.7° slacker seat-tube angle. If you can get along with a slacker STA, the choice will come down to whether you prefer the Primer's more sporty dual link suspension feel, or the more active horst link feel of the Optic. The Primer also has 15mm more travel, but we prefer the Charger 2 damper in the Norco's Pike versus the Fit4 in the 34 that comes on the Pro build of the Primer 29.
  • 2 2
 What you really need is a Downduro bike.
  • 2 0
 Just came to tell @mikelevy 'that's NOT how you use tyre levers and change a tyre'

Finally got the monkey off my back.
  • 7 0
 I'm mortified they put that in there haha
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy: I also found gloves give me a false sense of safety when I install my tires without levers. And don't worry about it that was funny as hell.
  • 3 0
 Tough job, but somebody has to do it.
  • 1 0
 So you're saying I should get a downcountry bike instead of an enduro? Because the enduro tracks we have here look just like your downcountry tracks.
  • 1 0
 I would also take into consideration if you do a lot of bike trips to the alps or bike-parks, if that is the case a bit „burlier“ bike might be a better choice.
  • 1 0
 @seidla: Once a year tops? For a week.
  • 2 1
 Did not even know downcountry was a category now haha. Oh those lazy camera people with there e bikes.
  • 7 0
 Gotta keep up with those PB tech editors somehow!
  • 1 1
 Photos are absolutely amazing and the reviews have been great! My only suggestion would be to have some climbing for trail and enduro bike laps also.
  • 12 0
 Still to come is a video where I test all of the bikes (enduro, trail, DC) climbing abilities up the same section. It's called 'The Impossible Climb'. It's bro-science for sure, but good fun. Each bike had multiple attempts in the exact same conditions.
  • 2 0
 Great trail selections, I second "best job ever"
  • 1 0
 This looks like too much fun. You should have a contest to have a random pinkbike user come test them too. Or just pick me.
  • 2 0
 What song do you guys use for the intro??
  • 3 1
 when did everyone stop wearing eye protection while riding?
  • 1 1
 Agreed. It's very annoying and very uncool to see all the pros and industry reviewers riding without proper safety gear. No eye, elbow and hand protection. Kids always trying to "out cool" each other. Lame.
  • 1 0
 In Italy, this tactic is called "catenaccio"....
We have seen many times already these photos.

Where is the test ?
  • 1 0
 Thank you for doing this, and putting some effort into making it a good comparo.
  • 1 0
 Best job ever? You guys found it!!!
  • 6 0
 It's not terrible Smile
  • 20 0
 @mikelevy: get back to work.
  • 1 2
 Down-country. How is that a thing? Is that not just an XC bike? Or do they need to rebrand as XC is seen as lame by the bro's.
  • 1 1
 It's a modern XC bike with a dropper post and slower than frozen day old dog shit tires.
  • 1 0
 BAM- there it is!! Pivot Switchblade at 2:44
  • 1 0
 Correction- 4 SL. :-/
  • 1 0
 @Mlloyd550: Yep we had a Mach 4 SL with a 120mm fork in the Downcountry category. Stay tuned!
  • 1 0
 The best job in the world.
  • 2 3
 When was the last time you reviewed a proper dh or free ride bike?
It’s 2019 and downcountry is still just a retreat for those not brave enough to go full send.
  • 1 0
 Perhaps a sidebar review of the Rocky ebikes?
  • 15 16
 Alright guys see ya Monday as they stretch this review season into mid-2020 for clicks!
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 Aiming for 2023, actually. It was a lot of work, and there's still work to be done, so they won't quite roll rapid-fire style Smile
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 yo sup bruh
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 Was this a carbon neutral test?
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 I'm more interested in the ebikes the crew were given to ride to be honest.
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