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Video: Our Favourite Daily Driver Bikes Of 2021

Jan 13, 2022
by Pinkbike Originals  


From clapped out hardtails to carbon race machines, we loved getting to meet some of you and checking out your rides in our Daily Driver Bike Checks video series. Where should we head to next? Look out for us at the trails as we continue this series into 2022.








74 Comments

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flag skidmarkbro (Jan 13, 2022 at 9:05) (Below Threshold)
 Levy always had a type vibe to him.
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 No PB staff on that union though.
  • 80 15
 Thats going to be a 'no' from me dawg... Be safe be well, Incognito Robin
  • 6 0
 @cgreaseman: You could try asking them I guess. I just read the linked article that included the names of the 15 Outside editors involved in this.
  • 3 0
 @mammal: Probably because it was initiated before the acquisition and only formalized last week.
  • 2 0
 @iliveonnitro: I guess we can only go by the info we have, hey? If we want to assume, I was assuming they had a lot more than 15 various editors working for Outside publications before the acquisition.
  • 5 1
 @notoutsideceo: Off topic but seemed like you, Robin, are the person to bring this to... Any plans in the near future for a Pinkbike app or at least a dark mode for the website?
  • 10 8
 @seismicninja: Thanks for the question. As noted in the other thread where several Pinkers have taken on to smearing my character, I'm trying to do a part 2 of the PinkPod and at that time I will be addressing these types of questions - I've added this one to the list.

Be safe be well,
Incognito Robin
  • 5 0
 @notoutsideceo: Speaking only for myself, "Pinkers" sounds vaguely derogatory, not sure why, it just does.

Be smart, and safe,
Out in the open Pink Biker
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flag REZEN (Jan 13, 2022 at 15:12) (Below Threshold)
 Damn. Unions can go f* off. If you don't like the direction a company has taken, move on or be part of hopefully the positive change.
  • 4 0
 The big companies always have a negative aspect ... first there is the enthusiasm for the contribution that the new ownership will bring, we will expand our services, we will reach more users etc ... But the truth is that most of the time the property it is made up of individuals who simply want to make money off the shoulders of employees and users, losing passion and innovation. Pinkbike will bounce from one holding to another ... as long as it doesn't lose users and therefore value. You will see that somewhere some Purplebike will be reborn and there will be the transfer of users
  • 1 1
 If I was in charge @sspiff would get today's I'm-Not-Sure-How-This-Fits-In-But-Good-Find-Anyway gift card.

Disclaimer: Did not yet read the full linked union article but will...and am still confused by how one gets from Daily Rides to Jimmy Hoffa or back again.
  • 4 0
 @blacktea: I have been part of three M&A jobs in my career. Each one I ended up quiting my job. The thing that kills me is when the parent company says something similar to, '... our companies share a great deal of synergy...', which just comes down to reducing headcount and piling on more work to the surviving group. Which is why as a reader of PB I got so pissed about the Outside acquisition, because PB was the place I go to get away from that stuff when I can't ride my bike.
  • 1 0
 As someone who works in print media, I totally get this. My company has cut staff and budget while also raising expectations consistently, to the point now where there is way too much work for the staff we have and we will have to look towards outsourcing, after which all but about 3 of us will lose our jobs. Executives look at print and ask, "Why does this cost so much?" Add in the fact that the paper is all stuck on boats and the printing presses don't have enough staff, and well... we're f*cked. So I say, more power to the Outside Union. But also update your resumes.
  • 3 0
 @REZEN: be part of the positive change...like by joining the union and advocating for better working conditions?
  • 3 0
 @REZEN: Funny thing is that the ones in need of a union oppose it the most.
Guess that is where the brain wash cycle from the right falls on most fertile ground…
  • 36 0
 That transition TR mmhmm. Coil mono tube RC4 and coil 888 evo. This dude knows what's up. Bet it rides fantastic.
  • 15 0
 Best part, he has multiple of those older relics! This guy collects these machines and has quite the assortment.
  • 1 0
 @mior: Unfortunately not mate, It is a Lovely machine!
  • 4 0
 I think we had a love-in about that fork on the original video post.
If only they'd re-make the Marz RC3 ti series in modern wheelsizes/offsets.
I feel like I'm still trying to recapture the awesomeness of those forks now.
  • 2 0
 @rosemarywheel: knowing u it seems like something you'd buy
  • 1 0
 @chakaping: There will never something that feels like that again until we have a coil springs with larger volume oil baths again. Im hoping the new dorado with a coil spring swapped in might get close.

Also had a 888 rc3 ti personally. It was magical. So so confidence inspiring and comfortable to ride.
  • 2 0
 @cougar797: I had the 44, 55, 66 and 888 at various points. The 55 was my personal favourite and I'd love to try a 29er version with 42mm offset. They all just made rocks disappear and felt so composed, it was exhilarating.
  • 23 0
 I like to bikes
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 Me too.
  • 10 0
 Second one from the NS Billet guy...looks just like what Neko Mullaly is rocking on his new race bike
  • 1 0
 exactly what i was thinking...
  • 1 0
 That guy bike looks awesome,billet machined rear end,cranks and pedals is hard to beat. Very impressive!
  • 2 0
 nah that shit looks way cooler than nekos
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 @senorbanana: I saw it over the summer in the park and nearly fainted. That thing is pure sex
  • 1 0
 @remoh: ooooh I bet!
  • 8 0
 This needs to be a weekly feature. I would absolutely sit through 15 minutes per week of randos talking about their bikes. I love hearing the stories of where the bikes came from, what they changed, what they didn't, etc.
  • 8 1
 there is always something so aesthetically pleasing about thin tube monochromatic mountain bikes.
  • 3 0
 Agreed. Tho back in ~2005 I thought the super fat curvy top tube of the first gen nomad was sexy as hell too. So maybe the thin straight tt is just what's in fashion at the moment?
  • 4 0
 Indeed. I loves me some steel frames. If the top tube angle moves visually right into the seat tube, even better. Hard to do on a squishy but on a hard tail, c'est magnifique.
  • 3 1
 @kcy4130: i just restored a gen 1 nomad...love me that curvy top tube!
  • 7 0
 Come to golden bc and ill show ypu my restored 2002 specialized big hit
  • 1 0
 Link to photo? That was one of my dream bikes when I started out, and all I could afford was a 2001 GT iDrive 3.0 as a soft tail to ride with all my friends on their stinky's, VPS, and big hits. I thrashed that bike but it just kept going.
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 @ShawMac: www.vitalmtb.com/community/cvolk,56360/setup,45189?ptab

I was the same, had a gt richochete trying to keep up with ny friends. The show had a big hit comp on display i drooled over everyday. I built this one roughly based off of byron grays bike in drop in season 1 i always loved the pearl white!
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 @Bike-guy2323: God, not usually into old bikes, but thats gorgeous.
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 @Bike-guy2323: awesome!
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 @Jaib06: i think so, still looking for a couple parts and might repaint the rear linkage but love it! RIDES LIKE A....well exactly what you expect from a 24/26 mullet with 20 year old tires!! Lol but it brings me back!
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 @Bike-guy2323: great build!
  • 2 0
 @Bike-guy2323: Mother of God that is awesome. I wonder if you source replacement decals so you could give it a fresh paint job. It would be totally worth it.
  • 1 0
 @ShawMac: i have a source for decals, just dont have the time to do a new paint job right now but its definately in the cards, im balancing 6 old school builds right now so gotta prioritize builds. My main focus is a mullet 27.5/26 gen 1 nomad retro mod, and a 2003 dekerf implant(which will be getting a new paintjob first!) The top tube decals are acctually new as it came to me with no decals. I ordered them a long time ago from a guy in poland.
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 @Bike-guy2323: Checks out! That is a gem! I wish I had an enormous garage to house all the older bikes I still love
  • 1 0
 @christinachappetta: ya me too...some say i have a bike problem..i feel i have a storage problem!
  • 4 0
 @christinachappetta,
A few good spots for daily drivers, Tiger Mt, Post Canyon and Galby would all be interesting. If Robin has the budget an early spring trip to the dessert would be nice also
  • 1 0
 Alll great ideas!! I'm trying hard to get down to Galby at least this early season. Haven't been to Tiger or Post in years but I'm due a trip back!
  • 5 0
 That kid @3:00 is awesome.
  • 2 0
 Yeah completely! Certainly someone we're gonna hear from in several years. Impressively clever and fully into it.
  • 1 4
 @danstonQ: just one among the many other young prospects
  • 1 0
 What a legend Liam - building a titanium bike with your old man at 11 years old, too good.
  • 4 0
 ...was on the fence about a new bike...this reinforces my desire put money into what I have. Good stuff!
  • 4 0
 Daily driver means something completely different to Pinkbike than to me.
  • 1 0
 I have no ideal what they are taking about, I drive a car of a golf club. I know what whist drive is!
  • 2 0
 Race for the morning You can hide in the sun 'till you see the light Oh we will pray it's all right Gotta get away, get away Daily Driver
  • 3 0
 Well. I know where I'm getting my next dirt jumper. Calgary.
  • 4 1
 I got triggered when he grabbed his brake rotors at the end.
  • 2 0
 Is the top tube on that little homebuilt Darwin cracked right behind the head tube weld junction @3:50?
  • 1 0
 I think it is a clear frame protector of some kind
  • 1 0
 I really want to know more about Toms "custom build" NSB that bike is beautiful, simple, and looks incredibly purposeful i.e. sign me up for one.
  • 1 0
 Great to see a TR 450, i miss my one !!. Fast, fun, gnarly, and flat out most of the time. happy hours , happy days.
  • 2 0
 pb really needs a bike check section.
  • 1 0
 Is it still possible to write an article that is not a link to Youtube embedded in your page?
  • 1 0
 Was the frame cracked on Liams bike?
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 Does anyone knows if this is billet guy is selling these kind of frames ?
  • 1 0
 The blond kid and his dad making custom bikes is legendary
  • 1 0
 That's a nice rig!
  • 5 7
 The real beauty is the one in the black beanie.

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