Video: Introducing The 2018 Pinkbike Field Test

Nov 28, 2018
by Brian Park  


The 2018
PINKBIKE
FIELD TEST
New bikes, real riders, proper terrain.

Words by Brian Park, photography by Trevor Lyden


This is the first annual Pinkbike Field Test. Every year much of the Pinkbike family makes the pilgrimage to Crankworx Whistler. This year we flew in our entire team of technical editors from around the globe so that after the flippy spinny stuff was done and the crowds cleared out, we could spend a few weeks reviewing a dozen new 2019 bikes on Whistler's incredible trail network.


2018 Pinkbike Field Test
Always colour coordinate your car to your bike.

2018 Pinkbike Field Test


We broke the bikes up into 3 loose categories, because arguing about arbitrary comparisons is one of our favourite things to do, and spent some time comparing and contrasting the bikes. We also checked out 3 new value-driven trail bikes for 2019 in a separate feature.


TRAIL

Giant Trance 29
• 115mm (R) / 130mm (F) travel
• 29" wheels
• Carbon frame
• 66.5° head-tube angle
Field Test video
Cannondale Habit Carbon
• 130mm (R) / 130mm (F) travel
• 29" wheels
• Carbon frame
• 66° head-tube angle
Field Test video

GT Sensor Carbon
• 130mm (R) / 130mm (F) travel
• 29" wheels
• Carbon frame
• 65.5° head-tube angle
Field Test video
Yeti SB130
• 130mm (R) / 150mm (F) travel
• 29" wheels
• Carbon frame
• 65.5° head-tube angle
Field Test article






TRAIL / ENDURO

Specialized Stumpjumper 29
• 140mm (R) / 150mm (F) travel
• 29" wheels
• Carbon frame
• 66.5° head-tube angle
Field Test video
Trek Remedy
• 150mm (R) / 160mm (F) travel
• 27.5" wheels
• Carbon frame
• 65.5° head-tube angle
Field Test video

Kona Process 153 Carbon
• 153mm (R) / 160mm (F) travel
• 29" wheels
• Carbon frame
• 66° head-tube angle
Field Test video
Santa Cruz Bronson
• 150mm (R) / 160mm (F) travel
• 27.5" wheels
• Carbon frame
• 65.1° head-tube angle
Field Test video

Yeti SB150
• 150mm (R) / 170mm (F) travel
• 29" wheels
• Carbon frame
• 64.5° head-tube angle
Field Test video







SUPER ENDURO
(or whatever it's called these days)

Pivot Firebird
• 162mm (R) / 170mm (F) travel
• 29" wheels
• Carbon frame
• 65° head-tube angle
Devinci Spartan
• 165mm (R) / 170mm (F) travel
• 29" wheels
• Carbon frame
• 65° head-tube angle
Field Test video

Scott Ransom
• 170mm (R) / 170mm (F) travel
• 29" wheels
• Carbon frame
• 64.5° head-tube angle
Field Test video


2018 Pinkbike Field Test
There's a reason we chose Whistler, and the trails were incredible.

2018 Pinkbike Field Test
Every bike was subjected to a huck-to-flat test.


THE RIDERS


2018 Pinkbike Field Test
Mike Kazimer
Discipline: Trail/Enduro
Height: 5'11"
Inseam: 33"
Weight: 160 lb
Notes: Managing Tech Editor, self proclaimed winner of all Mike vs Mike videos.
2018 Pinkbike Field Test
Sarah Moore
Discipline: Trail
Height: 5'7"
Inseam: 27"
Weight: 160 lb
Notes: Content manager, so nice it's almost concerning, and damn fast.

2018 Pinkbike Field Test
Mike Levy
Discipline: Trail/Enduro
Height: 5'10"
Inseam: 33.5"
Weight: 168 lb
Notes: Technical Editor, shit disturber, drives a ridiculous blue Mini.
2018 Pinkbike Field Test
Richard Cunningham
Discipline: Trail & value bikes
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 170 lb
Notes: Senior editor, industry legend, builds and flies airplanes in his spare time.

2018 Pinkbike Field Test
Paul Aston
Discipline: Super Enduro
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 165 lb
Notes: Technical Editor, never ridden a bike that was too long for him.
2018 Pinkbike Field Test
Daniel Sapp
Discipline: Trail, Trail/Enduro
Height: 5'9"
Inseam: 32"
Weight: 152 lb
Notes: Technical Editor, his southern drawl compensates for our Canadian accents.

2018 Pinkbike Field Test
Alex Evans
Discipline: Super Enduro
Height: 5'10"
Inseam: 32"
Weight: 170 lb
Notes: Content Manager, refuses to turn on the heat in the winter, nabbed a Top 5 in UK DH Nationals back in 2005.
2018 Pinkbike Field Test
Support Staff
Thanks to Ryys Syryczynski, Chris Ricci, Trevor Lyden, Scott Barkemeyer, Tyler Lelacheur, Peter Wojnar, and everyone else who helped out on this project.


Levy going his favourite direction.

2018 Pinkbike Field Test
Levy and Rockstar Energy...
2018 Pinkbike Field Test
Adam the Privateer sending the "mini" ramp.

2018 Pinkbike Field Test
So many snacks.
2018 Pinkbike Field Test
Even more snacks.

RC showing the kids how it's done.


We'll be kicking things off tomorrow with the Santa Cruz Bronson, and we'll be releasing the rest of the Field Tests daily. Stay tuned!


342 Comments

  • + 298
 I hope that these people know they have the coolest job ever.
  • + 244
 I do Smile
  • - 124
flag bohns1 (Nov 28, 2018 at 11:19) (Below Threshold)
 @Llamapooch Only if it pays well and comes with retirement or stock options! Just sayin.
  • + 58
 @bohns1: If that's not a joke, that's just sad, because a great job is not measured by the retirement plan. That only means you're compensated well.
  • + 4
 @llamapooch Don't tell the dentists, they'll get upset.
  • - 9
flag coyotecycleworks (Nov 28, 2018 at 13:04) (Below Threshold)
 Great test but what is the difference between trail, enduro and super enduro? Logically I would associate trail with a steeper head angle maybe shorter wheelbase and a super enduro being more slack, more travel. According to some of the specs they still have a mix/mash of HT angles but are put into different types of bike. To me it just seems like manufacturers make little differences between bikes and then they are classified when compared to all other brands. Remember when it was XC/trail, all mountain and then DH? It's just that dreaded middle discipline that needs to figure out what its called. I guess the reason I'm ranting about this is I was trying to explain types of MTB's to a co-worker and their associated disciplines and when you talk about it out loud it sounds really confusing. Pick a name and be done with it!
  • + 43
 I hope Sarah Moore had her own bathroom.
  • + 9
 @coyotecycleworks: For the purpose of this article, the genres are divided based on suspension travel and head tube angle, with travel being the most heavily-weighted factor.
  • - 3
 @mikelevy: erbody wants to be like Mike (Levy) Big Grin
  • + 62
 @High-Life: Wouldn't have survived otherwise!
  • + 1
 @bohns1: the downvotes don't bode well for the future of the young'ins
  • + 0
 @gdnorm: it also doesn’t bode well for future overpriced home sales or pension plans for the old peeps.
  • + 0
 All these bikes have water bottle mount.
  • + 1
 @bohns1: OK, dad!!
  • - 3
 @CaptainSnappy: So it's just sad to not be thinking about down the road.. Especially after 30.. As you get a bit older it becomes more and more of a thought trust me. It's great to have a job that you love.. And these guys do have cool jobs.. I'm just sayin, if the pay is meager, I hope they have it sorted for down the road.. Would suck to wake up at 50 knowing you're going to have slug it out in the work force now until ur old AF! But hey, whatever works dude.
  • - 2
 @gdnorm: judging by the amount.. Id say most of them are.. Its all good to me.
  • - 1
 @ko-d: gotta make ur own pension nowadays.. That's why total compensation is a huge factor in my books...
  • + 1
 @Stenimir: You shut your filthy mouth when ur talkin to me son!
  • + 1
 @gdnorm: we just care about more than money
  • + 1
 @mkotowski1: obviously.. Much more to life than money.. But it needs to be considered in the balance of lifestyle... "Cuz ridin on the train with no doe sucks" Tribe!
  • + 1
 @bohns1: But if you love what you do (as work) then you'll still just be doing it if you stopped working, so you may as well keep working and getting paid for doing what you love for as long as possible!
  • + 1
 @Obidog: ok, sounds great and all.. But at some point you're going to most likely have a family to consider, a mortgage and a retirement savings plan.. If doing what u love is physical u will also need to consider the time line of age.. As yes, you too will find it one day harder to do the things you used to do with ease.. All I'm saying is, not having a back up plan and or the finances to create that plan can really make life difficult down the line.. On the other hand if doing what you love comes with good compensation that allows you to cover all those bases, then by all means, do it as long as possible and ride the train out. Just make sure to have that cushion to fall back on with an exit strategy. Like it or not, that dollar bill rules us in one way or another and shit ain't getting any cheaper.. Tell ya right now, if I was doing what I loved and the pay was meager and just covered the bills.. I still wouldn't be happy... Just sayin
  • + 73
 I am so excited I peed a little bit.
  • + 43
 "For f**ks sake Randy you pissed yourself bud, You pissed yourself too Mr. Lahey."
  • + 29
 @BigEvil: I'm a little more drunk now... on the bright side, when these tests are done at least we'll know what the best bike is and we won't have to argue about it anymore and we can move to solving global poverty or some sh!t.
  • + 0
 I peed a lot... what does that mean?
  • + 5
 @bcmrider: incontinence?
  • + 11
 @bcmrider: Depends.
  • + 1
 You greasy bastard.
  • + 71
 Say whatever you want about Levy, and that damn down country crap...that Mini is badass.
  • + 37
 Agreed Smile
  • + 6
 Except for that worn front tire. Mini needs alignment, badly!
  • + 1
 @mikelevy: Fender flares FTW.
  • + 2
 @mikelevy are you sure your wheel offset is right? Big Grin
  • + 24
 @yonderboy: There was an "issue" for a little while that was solved by replacing everything fml haha
  • + 9
 @Quebracho: No, I'm never sure of anything with the Mini tbh
  • + 1
 @mikelevy: what did you do? Carry it onto the trail?
  • + 0
 Yeah @mikelevy, I love that mini too! It always was my dream car back when I was a kid. There is something incredibly punk-cool about it that the later big/huge mini cars never had. Now with all these Brits over there, I wonder if they manage to convince you to paint a proper union jack on the roof Wink .
  • + 2
 Good thing you live in Canada, you would never get those rims on the road in Europe Big Grin
  • + 8
 @mikelevy: soooo Project Binky
  • + 12
 @Mojo348: YES, so much yes. Everything in my life stops when a new Project Binky video comes out. They're doing the new 'Howie Did It' series, too.
  • + 3
 @mikelevy: Replacing everything tends to do the trick.
  • + 5
 @mikelevy: everything is solved with a grinder, a welder, and having a sit for some tea...



That new Howie did it series is unreal too.. The flex shaft is an epic solution.
  • + 3
 @mikelevy: Don’t want them to ever finish it!
  • + 64
 I am disappointed by the lack of transitions.
  • + 20
 This is the 'second place' test.
  • + 22
 They said only new frames for 2019, technically the new SBG transitions came out last year and the 2019 versions are the same (except for the carbon Smuggler and carbon Patrol, I think). Lots of coverage of them on Pinkbike though.
  • + 0
 Yep- felt the same. No Tranny love Pinkbike? Is the the snappy rear ends on beefy fronts that have you down? Lots of bikes out there and get that not all can be included- however given Transitions positioning in the "geometry wars" as pushing a decreased fork offset in addition to all current long/low/slack trends...they seem like an important one. Love my Sentinel and excited to be on some Ron Burgundy colourway carbon for next year. Thanks for the reviews though! Can't cover em all.
  • + 3
 @snl1200: they were new for 2018...
  • + 61
 @gierbil, we've already reviewed the Sentinel and the Smuggler, and you'll see a Scout featured in the Value Bikes video.

That is, unless you were talking about the huck to flat portion of the Field Test. There definitely wasn't a transition there.
  • - 2
 @mikekazimer: For sure- always nice to see them in these multi-bike comparison formats though so some of the more subtle differences in the ride can be identified. Sure it's a 2018 chassis, however PB didn't have a similar format at that time and the 2018 geo on the Transition line up is very similar to many of the new for 2019's tested. It's not a knock on the reviews- stoked for any of the amazing free content I get and it would be impossible to review every single bike people are interested in. Look forward to seeing the reviews from this. Reminds me a bit of a "bible of bike tests" setup from BIke.
  • + 3
 @gierbil: Thats because they're doing Huck to Flat testing, didnt you read the damn article?
  • + 1
 I wish they would throw anOrbea Rallon to the mix is Super-Enduro category just for the fun of it.
  • + 4
 @Fliberico: we've recently reviewed a Rallon as well. www.pinkbike.com/news/orbea-rallon-m-ltd-review.html
  • - 3
 @mikelevy: We know you tested the rallon, but why not put it into the fight ?
  • + 2
 @snl1200: Which reminds me that folks at the Bike mag are doing pretty awesome job Smile
  • + 3
 I guess rocky mountain is out for the same reason as tranny?
  • - 1
 The GT Sensor is an exact smuggler copy. The few geo numbers seem that are off are actually very close to the smug. I know I measure on mine.
  • + 58
 RC goin deep!!!
  • + 15
 Old dudes rule!
  • + 9
 Initially it looked like he was hucking that mofo, but I think he might actually be gently rolling past that "shit, too late to stop" point and hoping the camera doesn't jinx him
  • + 12
 RC for Rampage 2019!
  • + 2
 #RCwasrobbed
  • + 50
 That RC line tho!
  • + 46
 Father Time was sending it Pemberton.
  • + 11
 dude, I was thinking the same thing thats a gnarly ass line
  • + 12
 Criminy! I just turned 60 and I said to myself, "Now I have an excuse to take the easy line." There goes that idea out the window. It looks like RC is riding down a cheese grater!
  • + 4
 Total bad ass
  • + 26
 @mikekazimer @mikelevy Could you guys put together a centralized page of all of your bike reviews? And then have it filterable by these designations (trail, enduro etc) and maybe by brand. That would make it much easier for all of us to better compare reviews instead of searching for individual bikes! (if this already exists, ignore me and send me the link please)
  • + 2
 @iqbal-achieve: I know vital does it, but was just hoping that PB might put one together since they do great reviews but its not centralized.
  • + 2
 @ianswilson815: I hear ya I was really just keen for a dig at PB. And always am tbh. They don’t have it centralised cus they’re just crap at that stuff. And we should applaud the other guys who are.
PS also think Vitals review team are better. Always feels like Pinkbike are just giving an overview, often with heavy bias. Vitals guys are truer to a proper review. Whatever that is these days.
  • + 1
 Agreed! As well, please move the search bar to the TOP of the website! PB's search engine works oddly.
  • + 4
 Excellent idea. There is the drop-down menu at the top but it's not obvious enough and doesn't separate the bike reviews. Noted!
  • + 21
 What a garbage article! Kazimer claims, and I quote "self proclaimed winner of all Mike vs Mike videos." We all saw Levy mowing down those donuts, Levy and Donuts: 1, Kazimer: 0.
  • + 18
 I know, it's fake news!
  • - 2
 Mr Levy dropped the donuts, too much muscle shines through the skin and vains can be now visible on the neck which was not the issue not so long ago. He even got the jaw line. It looks like he wants to sandbag the donut gobbler category and is allowed to enter only due to the past achievements
  • + 5
 @WAKIdesigns: ''Donut gobbler category" lol
  • + 8
 @mikelevy: I am sorry to have objectified your body so much, I enjoy this privilege to be sexist to men, but I assume this will not last long, at some point the Fun Police will get there too and take everything from us. Unless I have your consent...
  • + 23
 The Bible of Pinkbikes
  • + 40
 It cant be the Bible without Vernon cleaning lines he's never cleaned before.
  • + 8
 @Boardlife69: i miss Vernon.
  • + 1
 @Muckal: where is Vernon, not at PB anymore?
  • + 1
 @Muckal: Me too.
  • + 2
 @imho4ep: Specialized Bikes.
  • + 16
 Given the reach, travel and head tube angle, I think I would have put the Yeti 150 in the "Super Enduro" class. That has to be the most enduro AF bike that has come out in the last year. It is crazy long and slack.
  • + 6
 Lol yeah and 170 upfront. Who would think that was a trail bike lol??
  • + 49
 All those for re naming super enduro ‘Enduro AF’ ...
  • - 1
 I agree... geometry is more deciding and the Switch Yetis always had less rear travel
  • + 2
 @Svinyard: forget travel, anything with a head angle under 65 is super enduro IMO
  • + 2
 Super Enduro FFS. That has to be clickbait.
  • + 4
 @TheR we debated that for a while!
  • + 1
 @cole-bikeva: And the reach! I don't remember what it is, but it's long.
  • + 1
 If you've got nearly half an hour to spend, these two guys took a Yeti 150 and the Scott Ransom through a multi-stage enduro in the alps, and switched back and forth during the race.

It's about the most insightful, in-depth comparison of two similar bikes I've ever seen. They ended up prefering the Yeti, but it'll be interesting to see what PB's reviewers think.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGfOEadF4iY
  • + 1
 I own the Yeti SB150 and it is very capable of trail work, and not too much bike at all. It pedals better than most trail bikes i have owned. Geometry does not tell the whole story.
  • + 4
 @atourgates: @atourgates: It's fine if they like one over the other, but they seemed kinda biassed to me.

He said both bikes had thin tires? (Yeti says 2.5DHF and 2.3 Aggressor but not specifically which tires) For sure the 2.6DHF's on the Ransom are light, but they are only like 10grams lighter than a 2.5WT. Doesn't seem like there is a 1.5lb difference in the stock tires? But they act like the Yeti didn't gain any tire weight when the Ransom did, doesn't make sense...? If the yeti didn't have thin tires than why did they need to change the tires???

ALSO, geebus. anyone who tests bikes for a living who has trouble with the twin lock switch the way they were talking about it? Beyond ridiculous. These guys aren't so young that they never rode a front derailleur bike, so they should have been riding with a dropper and a 2x system at some point. It's not anymore complicated that that. At that point they were pretty full on showing bias.

And then I get that the Yeti's shock is easier to dial in and more adjustable so that is a plus for the Yeti. And for sure some people will prefer the Switch infinity suspension linkage over a horst link. But if they are going to say the rear suspension on the Ransom was sagging so much that it affected reach making the bike feel "short" than I can't believe they set the shock up very well...

But also they complain that they weren't getting full travel and that the Ransom shouldn't come with a volume spacer. BUT also they complained that it was "mushy". And neither of them could take the time to even try the volume reduction switch. That's just plain lame...

To some degree, I can see testing a bike the way it's given to you if your doing a "stock bike test". (though honestly even then I think they should add/remove volume spacers to get the shock set up as best they can because that is what the end user/bike shop "should do" when they get/sell a new bike!!!) Anyway, if they just grabbed the bikes and tested them as they are that's one thing.

BUT, if they are going to change tires and set the bikes up for racing there is no excuses for not getting the suspension set up on both bikes. And then to use the suspension set up as a negative in a review, especially a comparison is kind of unethical for a publication...

anyway, I'm sure there will be lots of people who prefer the Yeti to the Ransom. They look to both be awesome bikes. But that video could have been more objective IMO...?
  • + 0
 @stiingya: all valid points.

I don't have a dog in the SB150 vs. Ransom fight, other than that if I was going to spend that kind of money on a long-travel enduro bike right now, those are the two that'd be at the top of my list.

Other reviews of the Ransom seem really positive - like VitalMTB's: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY_FWZ-ydLk

I do think comparisons like this are valuable, just because I'll be surprised if any 12 bikes listed in the article above are anything but "very good bikes."

My takeaway from the MBR video was more that, after riding both bikes in what seems like sort of the ideal test for those two bikes, those reviewers preferred the SB150. But, you bring up some good points, and maybe MBR's reviewers were as susceptible to the turquoise halo effect as the rest of us.
  • + 1
 @atourgates: For sure they are both great bikes and it's just about picking the one that feels right for a person! Actually an SB130 is still something I'd totally consider, (armchair, no SB riding experience, but the SB150 seems like I'd be over biked too much?) The only reason a Ransom peeked my interest was the traction mode. Owners confirm you can ride it around like a 120 trail bike on tame trails and pop it to 170 when you feel like it or the trail warrants. That's a cool concept! For sure a lot of people aren't interested in something like that and that's fine.

Just frustrating to see a video review like that totally dismissing new idea's without even trying them out. (the guy in the black Tshirt is really so inept he couldn't "find" the twin lock button, and the other guy is so inept he just had to "press everything" to get it to unlock???) Mountain bikers always seem to kick, scream and drag their feet at every new idea. Then later they accept it, and at some point turn it into something "holy" that can't ever be changed!! Smile

At any rate; aren't we all just waiting around till the new Santa Cruz NomaBronTower 29er is released??
  • + 1
 @stiingya: Regarding the SB 150 -- I'm with you. It's the first bike I've seen on the enduro end of geometry where I thought to myself, "Nope, too much!" That's not to say it's not a great bike, but my guess is you have to really rail this bike like Richie Rude to get it to perform optimally. There are guys who will want this, for sure, but I don't think it's suited for me and a lot of the stuff I ride. The 130 seems more my speed.

That said, the way a bike performs is the sum total of all its parts, not just the head angle in isolation, and not just the reach. I'd give the 150 a go before I completely dismissed it.
  • + 12
 I really prefer 27.5 wheels. 29er isn't bad or anything but for me the 27.5 has a few more lines in the pro column than the con column. That said I will be needing a new bike soonish and I really don't want to end up like the people that bought 26ers in 2013. Thus I will put a little more money into keeping my current rig in decent condition for a few more years and wait to see what the market does. I really hope 27.5 remains a viable option.
  • + 8
 Same.
  • + 0
 The market will keep making more badass bikes while you spend years of your riding life on your old bike. Not being critical if that’s what you want, but believe me, you’re missing out.
  • + 2
 @codypup: Missing out how? I still have a blast on my old 26". Smaller wheels makes the trail more playful. This is a fact, not an opinion. If anything 27.5 will be phased out and 26 makes a comeback.
  • + 2
 I rode my 26 steel HT on a 3 day group ride. Other 25 bikes were all 29, most carbon marathon bikes. I kept up and smoked them on the DH. Its not about the bike.
  • - 3
 To those who are down voting my comment above, go ride a 20" BMX and tell me its less playful than a 29".
  • + 6
 @Boardlife69: It annoys me when folks bring BMX into this whole crappy debate. BMX is a completely different sport. The bikes are designed specifically for groomed race tracks, dirt jumps, smooth bowls, ramps, and skateparks. If you ride one down a technical Whistler trail it will feel like shit. But yeah I guess it will feel 'playful' too.
  • + 1
 @Boardlife69: Yes! and when 26" does come back, it'll have shitty rim brakes, because a bike that won't stop is also more exciting.
  • + 2
 @codypup: 26 never left, get over it.
  • + 1
 @headshot: They make them different in SA man. That Braaipap
  • + 14
 29er, 29er, 29er... blah. need more 27.5. Neat test other than that.
  • + 8
 Most new trail to super enduro bikes these days that are big are 29ers, so it makes sense.
  • + 5
 @hoodlum785 Buddy, it's right at the top: it's a bike test, not a wheel size test.
  • - 2
 @tgent: Other than Sam's Mega 275 and Maes' GT Force. But I understand how keyboard pluckers would gravitate to the easy rolling wheelsize.
  • + 4
 @hoodlum785: More 26" too. You know, DMR Bolt Long, BTR Pinner... the list goes on and on and on...
  • + 2
 Forget about your silly 27 inch wheels, 36 is where things are going! dirtysixer.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/dirtysixer36erversions-4.jpg
  • + 5
 @vinay:
No...the list gets shorter and shorter.
  • + 8
 @tgent: At least 7 of the bikes above come in both wheel sizes, but all have been selected in 29. Coincidence @mikelevy?
  • + 1
 yeah, bit of a bummer, be interesting to see where the market heads. I am going to wait a few years and see what settles out before getting a new bike.
  • + 3
 @dannyboybiker: 36" is a common unicycle wheel size for those who want to travel quick on road and easy trails.
  • + 4
 @NickB01: Nope, not a coincidence at all.
  • + 4
 It's called implicit bias. But I don't disapprove Smile
  • + 4
 Interesting there's not a Shimano drivetrain in sight.... crazy times we're living in
  • + 3
 @kevinseven: ha wow nice eye, they’re all eagle. Interesting indeed!
  • - 1
 @mikelevy: Sad. I ride 27.5 and 26 and the 26 is way more fun - quicker steering with a similar HTA. When last did you spoiled reviewers actually ride a 26?
  • + 0
 @headshot: That wasn't a nice thing to say. Just because they ride new bikes for a living doesn't imply they're spoilt.

Don't view the wheel size in isolation, bike manufacturers don't do that either. My 26" wheeled BTR Ranger has a 63deg head angle with a 120mm travel fork and they steepen the head angle for the bigger wheeled versions of the same frame. This may not go for the Cotic BFe (26" vs 27.5") but I'd argue that these aren't the same models anymore.

@tadmcmichael : Just because it is getting shorter doesn't mean it doesn't go on and on beyond the two models I mentioned.
  • + 1
 @vinay: it is getting shorter. But in a couple of years it will start to get longer again. No doubt, the rumblings have already started.

It'll 29ers for racing, 26 for arsing about down the woods.
  • + 1
 @dannyboybiker: The pinkbike editorial staff's daily driver

www.pinkbike.com/photo/15620681
  • + 1
 @vinay: I actually saw one about five years ago, it looked ridiculous from behind riding down the street. The thought that they'd ever end up on a bicycle was the last thing on my mind.
  • + 5
 @headshot: Spoiled reviewers? My job is to ride and review the newest, most relevant bikes, not ride bikes with 26" wheels. Yes, they were just fine. Yes, so are 27.5'' and 29'' wheels. Yes, I prefer the bigger wheels. Yes, 27.5'' wheels replacing 26'' wheels was the dumbest thing this industry ever did. Yes, I've said and written that many times before. And yes, it was so they could sell something "new." Decisions like that are made 2+ years before you see the result, and at least 1 year before we would have.
  • + 0
 @chriskneeland: Sam's Mega 275 is not new, so it doesn't qualify. The GT Force does and they included the GT Sensor. As they say right in the beginning, they can't include everything, and this is a killer list of the hottest new bikes 27.5 or 29.
  • + 0
 @alexhyland: I would love that to be the way it goes but sadly I feel the 27.5” is here to stay. Would love to be proved wrong. I just built a 26” park bike and I’m sure it’s gonna be loads of fun.
  • + 2
 @tgent: Well I think they should focus less on what's "new" and instead on what's "current". As in the latest rendition of bike currently offered by a company for a specific category, i.e. the Mega 275. You can't really call it a "field test" if half the current field is excluded. If you're not able to do that then just call it what it is, a test of new to market bikes we were able to get our hands on with a limited comparative basis.
  • + 2
 @iqbal-achieve: mark my words dude. 2 to 3 years away now.

Once they've exhausted long low slack and 1by, it'll be "more fun, faster accelerating, better for jumping", with new school geo.
  • + 1
 @alexhyland: I completely agree. Just not so sure it’ll be on 26”.
After searching out longer and slacker bikes for years that’s exactly the way I’ve gone now, I just want shorter wheelbases and even steeper head angles etc.
I’m trying not to sound like I know it all, maybe it won’t go the way you and I think but the general feeling I get of what the average rider wants now was me 3 years ago. I also licked Chris Porters backside and thought no bike was too long, obsessed by steep seat angles and the slackest head angles I could make. Short chainstays were for losers.
Now I dgaf about any of that and my perfect bike is a Transition Scout gen1 without snapped chainstays, size small.
I forgot why I got into bikes, but I remember now.
  • + 2
 @iqbal-achieve: There is a huge difference between what's available for sale and what people are actually riding. Simply because if you're happy with what you're riding, you won't be buying something new. I'm from The Netherlands. For instance indeed loads of new bikes sold now (which are mostly for commuting etc, not for recreation) have pedal assist. It is just that now that has become available, people who've always wanted that finally have the opportunity to get one. Mostly for getting to work in time without a sweaty back no matter how much of a headwind they have. People who don't want or need one or can't afford one simply won't get one and stick with the perfectly fine bike(s) they currently own. Sure there will still be people who are going to make the transfer but from my experience most people who really want one already have them. Number crunchers who mindlessly extrapolate and pick a date by which no one would ride unassisted anymore are the same kind who half a century ago looked at the development of faster aircraft and decided "alright then, it is about time to develop a supersonic passenger aircraft". It was a horrible idea right from the start of development right until the crash that ended the whole thing.

But I digress, sorry (and sorry for bringing pedal assist into this). Point I was trying to make is that there was something new and those who wanted it have it now. Bigger wheels in this case. Many tried and are happy with it. Some tried and went back. And a good few (me included) were just never interested. And as long as these people are there, there will be companies making stuff for them. Schwalbe and Continental still produce loads of high end 26" tires for trail use (so not even DH exclusively). Even if the fork manufacturers don't specifically market their forks for 26" anymore, they still have them. And with the whole reduced offset trend, they're basically getting you the perfect 26" forks again. Last spring I replaced my over ten year old DMR Switchback hardtail frame for a BTR Ranger in 26". Obviously geometry is right up there with what is now being considered "modern". Sure that frame is built to order, but Cotic (who came with the #26aintdead thing) still has their 26" BFe and I think the even updated it two years ago. Quite simply because there are enough people who want to ride these so the market is there. Heck, I'd actually be surprised if YT doesn't mass produce the 26" specific rear end for their Tues DH bike which some of their high profile athletes are riding. People keep calling for it every time they see a bike check of one of these. Demand is there.

TL;DR: The market for 26" bikes has always been there and it is not going away. Hence the supply will always be there too.
  • + 3
 @vinay: hope you’re right, everything you said makes sense.
And I’m one of those guys who always calls for the 26” Tues tup
  • + 1
 @CaptainSnappy: same bike but different wheel size will act very different especially since fork offsets will come into play. I just wish there was one category for 29 and another for 27.5. I know 29 is all the rage now.
  • + 12
 i cant believe you guys didnt review the **INSERT RANDOM BIKE HERE** !! that totally deserved to be on the list!
  • + 1
 It's a crying shame!
  • + 11
 It will be miraculous if not a single bike climbs better than it should. ; ). That said can’t wait to read!
  • + 8
 All carbanz? Of course you would...

Me bitch about it? Of course I would...
  • + 5
 Wouldn't have it any other way haha There are a bunch of value bikes included in the test as well.
  • + 8
 Will these tests be performed with or without the use of banned performance enhancing substances?
  • + 14
 No, just a lot of donuts and fizzy pops.
  • + 5
 Very cool! Much like the Bible of Bike Tests, which I look forward to every year. But...I literally never go to their website or read their content for anything else so I'd be into a similar thing done by the Pinkbike staff.
  • + 8
 Please tell me, while everyone was together, you made it over to Credit Line for a Staff Hot Lap challenge!!
  • + 9
 Nope, but only because they all know that I'd crush them.
  • + 6
 Just spotted a typo in mike levys box. 'drives a ridiculous blue mini' Should obviously be 'drives a RAD AS FOOK blue mini' You're welcome.....
  • + 8
 That last shot. Blimey RC
  • + 7
 So, I thought we were getting daily releases...
  • + 4
 5 bucks when the SB130 review comes out we will read "we aren't really sure where to put the SB130, the SB150 performs nearly the same but comes with more travel"
  • + 4
 Yeah, kind of seems like all bikes are good these days and reviewers are just splitting hairs.
  • + 1
 @RampageRandy: right, im sure the top riders would still be the top riders no matter what major brand name was on their bikes
  • + 3
 @santacruz-ing: I'm a little drunk... was that sarcastic? Or are you agreeing with my insightful insight??
  • + 0
 I would even say there is no point in getting a bike of the Trail Selection over the Enduro one. 0,5kg saved for 20mm travel that you'll still need because of the possibilities of tires and geometry. Bet you cannot feel a difference in climbing.
  • + 6
 @SickEdit: If you’re only climbing for the sake of descending, sure. If you’re riding a lot of inbetween style stuff and flowy, meandering trail, you can tend to get lost in all that travel and it can really sap the fun out of a ride.
  • + 2
 omg finally! Already had some of the best editorial content for the MTB scene, now with a little more cohesive area for potential buyers/researchers. Was really getting sick of Bible of bikes reviews or listening to dudes from UK talk about bikes I can't get.
  • + 4
 Im Mexican. Everytime I see the word carbon I read cabron.

Also imagine trying to convince someone who rides a ransom that it lives in the super Enduro category. ????
  • + 2
 Out of 12 bikes 10 are 29ers! This is going the wrong way for me, 29ers ain't for me and I don't know a single person in our extended riding group who either owns a 29er or wants one. Give me the Remedy or The Bronson any day of the week, as soon as I read 2-9 I switch off
  • + 2
 So you said you'd kick it off with the Bronson and follow up with "daily" releases...

When are the other reviews coming? Loved this one but its been quite a few days since the second "daily" article/video should have dropped!
  • + 4
 Hey we need more 27.5 bikes. Shorter people with short inseams like them. Not naming anyone I know but... just sayin.
  • + 2
 I wonder what the criteria is for choosing which brands and bikes.....for a Canadian-HQ’d business, Norco doesn’t get a look in. Perhaps it’s just down to who pays the most to get reviewed?
  • + 0
 Nothing new for 2019 in these categories but increased fork travel
  • + 8
 Eeesh, assume the worst, eh? There are always going to be bikes that we could've had be didn't, but our thinking is that we don't want too many on hand because then that really limits our time on them. You'd be surprised at how little some of these test bikes get ridden by some testers... So we ended up with a relatively short list and wanted to have the newest and/or most interesting bikes to test. Aston reviewed the new Aurum HSP recently (www.pinkbike.com/news/norco-aurum-hsp1-29-review.html) and we also did this piece on it: www.pinkbike.com/news/norco-aurum-hsp-2019-first-look.html And this piece on it, too: www.pinkbike.com/news/norco-dh-bike-prototype-development.html

Also, maybe we have a new Norco in for testing right now? Not saying that we do...
  • + 1
 Carbon frame, carbon frame, carbon frame, carbon frame, carbon frame, carbon frame, carbon frame, carbon frame, carbon frame, carbon frame, carbon frame, carbon frame, carbon frame, carbon frame, and........ guess what: carbon frame.
It is said that this particular sport and its practisers are very much concerned by ecology and respect of Nature, fortunately!!! otherwise I wouldn`t imagine what it could be!!!! Don`t forget to ask for a carbon coffin at the end, in case you miss some extra stiffness...
  • + 2
 The SB130 looks bottommed out even without a rider. Christ knows what it looks like when loaded. And will Trek make the first bike with a seat angle over 90°? Seems steep AF.
  • + 1
 I thought STA tired you. It must be steepened if reach is increased and sizing scheme is to be conserved. Behold The Smash: www.pinkbike.com/news/review-guerrilla-gravity-smash.html. Yeti bb is indeed low--but still not 5010 low. 2x9 forever
  • + 1
 I wouldn't mind a review on the mini as well as the bikes Smile had a few mini's in my time, learnt to drive and passed my test in one, still by far THE best car (road legal go-cart with a roof) I've ever had the pleasure to own. Just seeing mikes mini here, has got me looking at ad's, and thinking life's not quite complete without one.
Word to the wise though, if you have a habit, like me of rolling your mini in a crash, do yourself a big favour and fit a roll bar, I found out the hard way that minis REALLY don't like being upside down. due to there integral roof struts having the strength of soft cheese!
Coming to, after crashing, and seeing the passenger seat gone,(thankfully no-one was in it at the time) as the roof appeared to have eaten it, did take the shine off mini ownership a tad.
  • + 5
 That Yeti SB150 belongs in the super-enduro cat with the 170 mm fork!
  • + 1
 Can you please have better spread of size riders next year? Get one rider OVER 170lbs...just one person near 200lbs(or 190 would due). Bikes response differently under stress of normal riders. I would dare to assume a mass majority of your readers are closer to 200 than 150 at least a big enough portion to warrant some representation from one tester of the pool. Thank you for all the content and taking my commit under consideration.
  • + 4
 PB the new Bible of Bikes? I'm ok with that.
  • + 2
 Agreed. The Bike Mag "reviews" are pretty worthless and mostly unwatchable.
  • + 1
 @stevemokan: Feels like bike, rolls well, rides nice, has tire, has brake......
  • + 0
 Ladies and Gentlemen, as for format and level of detail and comparison...Outdoorgearlabs is BY FAR AND WIDE the Gold Standard. Bible of bike is complete trash compared to this and it takes all of the goofy analogies and cliches out of the mix. I'd like to see some higher profile riders and other things be improved but regardless of its imperfections nothing comes close. I'd like to see most of the dedicated MTB publications doing more of that. It would GREATLY benefit the readers and push the manufacturers to up there game, not just their marketing/engagement:

www.outdoorgearlab.com/topics/biking/best-mountain-bike
  • - 2
 Bible of Bike was trash... sorry Vernon. It was. It always looked like a bunch of mutually loathing dudes who finished their riding career and got together for a reunion in a posh cabin to trash other people’s posh bikes. The only thing I missed there was them drinking some single malt in v-neck sweaters.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: lol that’s why I liked it. But I agree to an extent. Just the same as getting a semi for every single new bike for me which is what tends to happen now. “We’re so lucky now, every bike is great, blah” yeah. No.
We’re not really the target audience of the reviews and I get that. But give em to me, I’ll tell you what’s shit and what’s not. Only problem is nobody will listen lol last time I use that emoji I promise (today)
  • + 1
 'Scientific testing process'--insert image of mountain in conical flask. Best bike remains best fitted and fit for desired purpose, so maybe not the most fun bike. The rest is infotainment marketing that often takes itself too seriously. At least Kaz and Other Guy in promo vid are having some fun with it.
  • + 0
 I'd be nice to see some Ibis, Transition and Rocky. Geez Rocky is right up there. I never get why certain bikes just get left out. There has to be a rental place that has that stuff right?? I never like the idea of "Well they didn't send us a free one to try"...
  • + 4
 We focused on the absolute newest bikes that were available at the time - the Ibis Ripmo was reviewed earlier in the year (www.pinkbike.com/news/review-ibis-ripmo.html), along with the Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt (www.pinkbike.com/news/review-rocky-mountain-thunderbolt-carbon.html), and a Transition Scout is included in the 'Value Bikes' video.
  • + 12
 @mikekazimer: What about the Evil Offering?
  • + 4
 @Artigas: we spoke to them and they weren't able to get us one in time.
  • + 3
 @mikekazimer: I love it when the Mike's lay the smackdown. I also Love this test set up!
  • + 1
 @mikekazimer: I understand why you might not have included the ripmo and couldn't include the Offering, but for those of us considering that style of bike there are several "top choices" to consider. Any chance of a comparison of the sb130 vs ripmo or even better a three way comparison of sb130 vs ripmo vs offering?
  • + 2
 Those Nachos over at the Creekside bar(cannot remember the name) are effing serious! myself and 4 dudes couldn't take them down!
  • + 1
 Dusty's! I never would have thought almost $40 on a plate of nachos would good value but it was seriously massive!
  • + 2
 Looking forward to know how many bikes have "playfull" handling and "climb better than expected". Also water bottle capacity.
  • + 4
 I gotchu covered
  • + 1
 With all the cool bikes out there right now, I think all you need to do is decide on a discipline and buy a bike. There are too many cool bikes out there that I doubt anybody would be disappointed with their choice.
  • + 4
 @mikekazimer I can have my daily review please?? #fridayisadaytoo
  • + 0
 I know you guys are doing value bikes, but as a 99%er I'd love to see long term reviews of non-factory-xxx-kashimaglide-turkish-smoothy-carbon-interwoven builds. I'd bet the majority of your readership falls into my camp (even though the kashima coated top level builds haunt their dreams).

Carry on...
  • + 5
 no 27.5? waz-diz?
  • + 2
 I mean other than the Remedy and Nomad... you are correct, no 27.5 bikes.
  • + 2
 Bronson and Remedy.
  • + 2
 @NebulousNate: yeah thats my bad. look to similar brain just went to Nomad lol
  • + 2
 The new GT Force would have been good 27.5 to have in this test.
  • + 3
 How do you guys define that "daily" release mentioned above ?

Looking for more reviews to come soon :-)
  • + 1
 PLEASE let Jason upload your tests in 4K, it looks so much better, you don't even need 4K footage, just upscale the final export before you send it to youtube. I can't understand how this isn't common knowledge by now!
  • + 2
 Went to the bike park mecca and didn't test a fleet of bike park bikes? Where are all the freeride/dh bikes?
  • + 2
 No Evil Bikes? What's up with that? Don't get me wrong, still an awesome test.
  • + 1
 Asked same Q. Here's the A: "We poke to them and they weren't able to get us one in time." Offering!!
  • + 1
 Can’t wait for the bronson review. Currently on a 3rd gen nomad and think the new bronson would be a significant improvement on my home trails
  • + 3
 Vernon Felton... wish you were here
  • + 1
 Hey Pinkbike, always consider price. Even it's a top model it should always be mentioned when doing a review. Looking forward to the new content!
  • + 0
 Why didn’t you do a Pole Machine, Raaw Madonna, Nicolai XXXXXXL Mygeometronisbetter then yours or whatever then hot internet bike of the moment is?

Also, 27.5 is dead eh? Almost lasted as long as plus
  • + 1
 A real Mini - Nice. Be interesting to see your thoughts on the variety of bikes. Would be great to be there riding the same trails.
  • + 3
 Just in time for lunch. Perfect.
  • + 1
 Hey guys, should we base our colour scheme on turd or vom?
Hmm, why not both?

Zero points for working out which one I'm talking about
  • + 2
 Dang pinkbike staffers are going to be getting a lot of free trips for their "reviews".
  • - 1
 These are all bikes that previously had reviews done on PB I believe correct? We always asked for comparison reviews, so bravo on that for sure, giving the public what they want! My only disappointment is there aren't really any wild cards in here; I think all of these are "ohhhh, I've seen this one before". I'd guess this is just a combination of all the bikes the PB reviewers had on-hand at the time, right? Not a bad thing, still exciting. Just not quiiiiite as exciting as it could have been with a whole fleet of different bikes.
  • + 2
 Nope, these are all new, yet to be reviewed bikes for us.
  • + 1
 @mikelevy: Wait, I know I'm not crazy so let me rephrase. Most of these have had "first ride" reviews on PB then? I just feel like the crop of bikes is way too familiar and so far a couple quick searches have pulled up the first ride reviews.
  • + 1
 @yupstate: They aren't all "brand new" as in all of these bikes are in their first model year, but they are brand new in that they are either in their first model year or have had significant changes made to them since their 2018 model years.

And I recognize a few from first rides or first impressions, so you are right there.
  • + 1
 @n3sta: I know I was downvoted, whatever. But I'm not an idiot; almost every single one of them has a "First Ride" review on PB throughout this year. I still look forward to the more in-depth reviews; hopefully they really get into the comparison aspect between the bikes.
  • + 1
 @yupstate: a first ride feature is not a review. It is the bike world's version of a product "unboxing".
  • + 3
 um where is bike #2? I thought we were getting one a day?
  • + 2
 RC - trail and value bikes , more like super Enduro with tha last picture, hard core line !
  • + 2
 how much does the carbon process 153 29er in large weigh and how big is your kon'er boner after riding it?
  • + 3
 50% of those carbon bikes were built in the same factory.
  • + 1
 @raditude: Is that REALLY true? And is it good, bad, doesn't matter? Curious on the point of the comment.
  • + 0
 @yupstate: I just think it is really fascinating that people think all of these things are independent, where lay-ups and carbon and testing and blah blah blah are all 100% independent of other brands. Now i know yes, silverado and sierra are the same vehicle. But it is fun to watch people completely shit on brand X and soil their keyboards about how awesome the carbon is or the continuous housing tubes in the frame or pivot hardware and know that it is the same system as X other bike that people completely rag on the similar things.

Just fun to watch when people go and praise/shit on the thing they don't realize is made in the same place.
  • + 1
 @raditude: Well for me the "carbon layup" isn't what I'm looking at, so if things are made in the same factory, but they are different bikes......ok cool story. I'm looking at geometry, suspension design and layout, climbing and descending prowess, etc.
  • + 3
 Hoping to see some Commencal TR/AM 29 action on PB soon.
  • + 1
 hello, can anyone tell me that she is the model of the black and red helmet that the testers use? thank you in advance
  • + 1
 Yay! Though some of the bikes I really wanted to see are unfortunately missing.
  • + 1
 Need to add SC Nomad 4 on the super enduro list to complete the quartet!!!
It is missing a 650B representative... Razz
  • + 1
 Also known as 66ish, 65ish and 64ish. DH is 63ish so I guess this makes sense.
  • + 1
 Wheres the bronson video? This was posted yesterday and said the Bronson video would be out tomorrow.
  • + 0
 "Descends like a butterfly"? I am not sure what it means, but with as cliche as those descriptions are, I guess it means as much as any of the over used analogies...
  • + 6
 Most of the butterflies I observe descend like drunken sailors, so maybe that's it?
  • + 2
 Bike magazine does a Bible so this should be called Heresy.
  • + 2
 Love the direct comparisons of bikes!
  • + 2
 That is the prettiest Kona I've ever seen.
  • + 3
 Bring out the donuts!
  • + 2
 They're always out!
  • + 1
 Where's the ROW bikes?

It looks like the baseball World Series (plus Switzerland).
  • + 2
 But... but wheres all the down-country bikes?
  • + 2
 what about down-low country?
  • + 1
 Can we have a full write up on the Mini please?!?! I spy a passenger side exit exhaust....
  • + 2
 Too many 29ers to interest me
  • + 2
 Scrolling down the page, I was expecting to read MEGA ENDURO
  • + 2
 that flex on the 36 in the slow mo tho!!
  • + 1
 This is awesome! Will be exciting to see how each bike stacks up to the rest!!! Big Grin
  • + 3
 y u no hardtail??
  • + 2
 I was hoping you’d have a look at the new Fuji Auric LT Frown
  • + 7
 I have one! It looks a lot better than last years bike, and the angles are dialed now. It'll get a full review soon.
  • + 1
 @mikelevy: Can you give us a little insight on why the chainstays have a pivot point, and how much pivoting that point actually pivots? Seems like some unnecessary unnecessariness.
  • + 1
 @Heckler76: @mikelevy: Rode the Auric LT and was really impressed. They have some pro's who have helped guide them in the right direction. Pretty good deal if they can support the frame into the future.
  • + 1
 @mikelevy: Looking forward to the review!
  • + 0
 Im just wondering,considering Sam Hill pretty much ripped the f*ck out of the enduro circuit,how come no Nukeproof mega in the mix ?
  • + 1
 And not a single Trust Performance suspension fork was tested that day.

Perhaps they don't trust the message?
  • + 2
 This testing was done long before Trust's fork every showed up. I've been using it on the front of the Dash, and I'm close to putting it on the Mondraker Foxy.
  • + 1
 @mikelevy: Dash with a Trust. Can you also do a work up on the mortgage used to pay for it as well? I think Pinkbike owes it to its readers to really break down the costs.
  • + 2
 @raditude: Just about to put one of those one-piece Syncros carbon stem/handlebars on it, too. Most expensive bike ever?
  • + 3
 @mikelevy: Plz include the wireless reverb and etap eagle while you're at it. EXT rear shock and a Onyx to Enve with Berd spokes and then we'll chat. And one of those plank boards of carbon Tune calls a saddle.
  • + 1
 Has all the industry help in the world and the tine/fork style rack is what is ok? Even if it’s a nice one.
  • + 2
 so by the looks of it 27,5 is dead?
  • + 1
 So the 3 27.5 bikes on test are not enough? Would you like them all that size?
  • + 1
 Ok, I lie, 2 bikes with a number being able to swap out between both.
  • + 2
 So no aluminum bike, and only two 27.5 bikes... Too bad
  • + 1
 Shots Fired!!! And just like that Bike Magazine is going out of business......
  • + 1
 @pinkbike @mikelevy why no Trek Slash and over Remedy? Is it because the Remedy is new for '19?. Also, awesome article!
  • + 1
 So essentially, you’ve created vital test days??
  • + 1
 Hows the flex on that fork at 1:24!?
  • + 1
 How does the GT even make the cut?
  • + 2
 Where is Transition?
  • + 1
 @mikelevy can we get a car check on that mini?
  • + 1
 and no Rocky Mountain bikes?
  • + 1
 Long low & slack and No Evil Bikes? Blasphemy!!
  • + 1
 Field test some DOPE! We already have expensive bikes!
  • + 1
 Nice rally car, Mike Levy!!!
  • + 1
 Looking forward to this! Will riders pick their favourites of the group?
  • + 1
 Love that slo-mo Flex shot!
  • + 1
 That GT made me physically ill
  • + 1
 and please pick some of the cheaper brands....thanks
  • + 3
 "We also checked out 3 new value-driven trail bikes for 2019 in a separate feature".
  • + 1
 Best of luck as the test happened last summer.
  • + 0
 ahh disappointing...please pick the fastest bike, well when Sam Hill is riding it!!
  • + 2
 This is wicked.
  • + 0
 When will the Cannondale Habit test be published? I think about getting one and need some thoughts.
  • + 2
 No hardtails?
  • + 4
 Very stoked!!!My Stylus just came in the mail today.
  • + 0
 Wish the Marin Alpine Trail and Fezzari La Sal were in this test. They are both brand new.
  • + 1
 OMG Finally..... Thank You!!!!!
  • + 1
 Did someone find an aluminum bike? Because I didn't succeed.
  • + 1
 Multiple individuals testing the same bike... THANK YOU!!!!
  • + 1
 Why the plus-sized Bronson? Use pinkbikers ain't a bunch of fatties?
  • + 1
 Would've been nice to see some top spec alloy bikes in there too.
  • + 1
 bike magazine is gonna be pissed...#bibleofbikes
  • + 1
 No E-bikes? Surprising from you guys
  • + 1
 Never trust mountain biker in flip flops
  • + 1
 Ok cool, but that mini!!!
  • + 1
 No Specialized Enduro??????
  • + 0
 I want the tires off that Sensor, those things are sick!
  • + 1
 Supreme Sx wins
  • + 1
 Where is mondraker? :/
  • + 1
 Bible of Bike tests...
  • + 3
 But better.
  • + 1
 WOW..what a job! Smile
  • + 1
 Pinkbike Bible reviews
  • + 0
 Super Enduro = trail bikes with too much travel
  • + 1
 pretty much
  • + 1
 Or DH bikes with not enough.
  • + 1
 Awesome
  • + 1
 Tough job!!!
  • + 1
 nice photos
  • + 1
 awesome!
  • + 1
 P.S. That mini is BADASS
  • + 0
 Anyone else dig that GT Sensor?
  • - 3
 Strange that the bike that blatantly inspired so many 29'er trail/enduro bikes isn't in there; Pole Machine, Pole Evolink 140...
  • + 5
 ha, ha. You mean the Specialized Enduro 29?
  • - 1
 what about the fat bikes?????????????
  • + 9
 No
  • - 2
 Huck to flat - "hey, I took all the air out of the suspension and most of the tire pressure...take a pic."
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 I hope RC is okay, I'm pretty sure that's not the line.
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 RC was crushing it, that's definitely the line.
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 @brianpark: RC was ripping knobs off tires on that line.
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 No Sentinel? Right on Pinkbike.
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 @mikekazimer: Carbon is out now Smile
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 @mdeppi: Same thing, more money Smile
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 @mdeppi: same bike, get off the carbon makes for a whole new bike thing. just a bit lighter, jeeesh.
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 @mikelevy: I think PB learned something from this little "experiment". Your readers don't want to see new bikes reviewed. They want to see the bikes they bought a year or two ago reviewed again, up against their buddies' bikes, as they are quite sure they have purchased the best bike on the planet, but with the mid tier spec.
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