Opening Day Survey 2020: What People Are Riding at the Whistler Bike Park

Jul 1, 2020
by Dan Roberts  

After much uncertainty, the day finally arrived. Whistler Bike Park opened on June 29th and gave all the people able to attend the best case of the Mondays possible.

While this year’s opening might have been a little different to year's past, with the added safety measures in place, we once again had our eagle eyes out to assess the statistics of the opening day, and to compare them to the previous years. This year’s bike-spotting was made a little easier given the distinct reduction in mud covering everything in sight, compared to the 2019 opening.

First up, the gender gap is closing, with this year seeing a higher proportion of female riders out there with 27.5" wheels reigning supreme once again.

The Specialized Demo and RockShox Boxxer were still the most popular frame and fork, with RockShox also being the most favoured single crown fork with the Lyrik. Although, the Fox 36 was hot on its heels and Fox were also the most popular shock out there with the DHX2. SRAM also were the most popular in the braking and drivetrain department with the Codes and GX derailleur.

DT Swiss had a commanding share of the rims on show, with Maxxis well out front in the tires being ridden, with the Minion DHF as a firm favourite for the front and the Minion DHR2 out back. Tubes being heavily favoured for the tire setup over a tubeless option.

Here's a look at all the statistics from this year's opening day compared to the previous two, and also a look back to five years ago.

Opening Day 2020:

Male 74.23%
Female 25.77%

Opening Day 2019:

Male 79.44%
Female 20.56%

Opening Day 2018:

Male 79%
Female 21%

Opening Day 2015:

Male 84%
Female 16%

Wheel Size Opening Day 2020:

27.5 inch 55.91%
29 inch 26.88%
26 inch 12.90%
20 inch 3.23%
Mullet 1.08%

DH Wheel Size Opening Day 2019:

27.5 inch 67.92%
29 inch 26.42%
26 inch 5.66%

DH Wheel Size Opening Day 2018:

27.5 inch 49.00%
26 inch 44.83%
29 inch 6.00%
24 inch 0.17%

DH Wheel Size Opening Weekend 2015:

26 inch 90%
27.5 inch 10%

Opening Day 2020:

Clipless 34.18%
Flats 65.82%

Opening Day 2019:

Clipless 21.5%
Flats 78.5%

Opening Day 2018:

Clipless 23%
Flats 77%

Opening Day 2015:

Clipless 16%
Flats 84%

Frames Opening Day 2020

Specialized Demo 9.77%
GT Fury 6.02%
Giant Glory 4.14%
Trek Remedy 3.38%
YT Tues 3.01%
Commencal Supreme 3.01%
Norco Range 3.01%
Rocky Mountain Slayer 3.01%
Santacruz Nomad 3.01%
Commencal Meta 3.01%
Santa Cruz V10 2.63%
Rocky Mountain Maiden 2.63%
Trek Session 2.26%
Norco Aurum 2.26%
Specialized Enduro 2.26%
Commencal Furious 2.26%
Giant Reign 2.26%
Norco HSP 2.26%
YT Capra 2.26%
Transition Patrol 1.88%
Devinci Wilson 1.88%
Rocky Mountain Altitude 1.88%
Rocky Mountain Flatline 1.88%
Intense M16 1.50%
Trek Slash 1.50%
Kona Operator 1.50%
Scott Gambler 1.50%
Canyon Sender 1.50%
Liv Hail 1.50%
Norco Sight 1.50%
Specialized Stumpjumper 1.13%
Commencal Meta AM 1.13%
Yeti SB 150 1.13%
Yeti SB5 1.13%
Devinci Spartan 0.75%
Pivot Pheonix 0.75%
Transition Sentinel 0.75%
Yeti SB 165 0.75%
Scott Ransom 0.75%
GT Force 0.75%
Santacruz Megatower 0.75%
Santacruz 5010 0.75%
Transition TR 500 0.75%
Kona Process 0.75%
Cube Stereo 0.75%
Pivot Firebird 0.75%
Giant Trance 0.38%
GT Sanction 0.38%
Knolly Podium 0.38%
Transition TR 450 0.38%
Cove STD 0.38%
Orbea 0.38%
Knolly Delerium 0.38%
Nuke Proof 0.38%
Knolly Warden 0.38%
Yeti SB6 0.38%
RAAW Madonna 0.38%
Scott Spark 0.38%
Rocky Mountain Element 0.38%
Scott Genius 0.38%
Intense Tracer 0.38%
Banchee Scream 0.38%

Frames Opening Day 2019

Specialized Demo 7.08%
YT Tues 6.19%
GT Fury 6.19%
Giant glory 5.31%
Santa Cruz V10 5.31%
Transition Patrol 3.54%
Trek Session 3.54%
Devinci Wilson 2.65%
Intense m16 2.65%
Norco Aurum 2.65%
Trek Slash 2.65%
Commencal Supreme 1.77%
Devinci Spartan 1.77%
Kona Operator 1.77%
Norco Range 1.77%
Pivot Phoenix 1.77%
Rocky Mountain Altitude 1.77%
Rocky Mountain Flatline 1.77%
Santa Cruz Nomad 1.77%
Scott Gambler 1.77%
Specialized Enduro 1.77%
Specialized Stumpjumper 1.77%
Transition Sentinel 1.77%
YT Capra 1.77%
Banshee Legend 0.88%
Cannondale Jekyl 0.88%
Comencal Furious 0.88%
Commencal Meta 0.88%
Commencal Meta AM 0.88%
Evil wreckoning 0.88%
Evolve Alpha 0.88%
Evolve Sky Pilot 0.88%
Giant Reign 0.88%
Giant Trance 0.88%
GT Force 0.88%
GT Sanction 0.88%
Knolly Podium 0.88%
Knolly Warden 0.88%
NS Define 0.88%
Pivot Firebird 0.88%
Rocky Mountain Slayer 0.88%
Santa Cruz Megatower 0.88%
Scott Ransom 0.88%
Transition tr 11 0.88%
Transition TR 450 0.88%
Transition TR 500 0.88%
Trek Remedy 0.88%
Yeti SB 130 0.88%
Yeti SB 150 0.88%
Zerode G2 0.88%

Frames Opening Day 2018

Specialized Demo 8.33%
Norco Aurum 8.00%
Devinci Wilson 7.67%
Santa Cruz V10 7.33%
Giant Glory 6.33%
Trek Session 6.00%
GT Fury 4.67%
Rocky Mountain Maiden 3.67%
Devinci Spartan 2.67%
Knolly Podium 2.67%
Julianna Strega 2.67%
Giant Reign 2.33%
Santa Cruz Nomad 2.33%
Specialized Stumpjumper 2.33%
Transition TR250 2.33%
Rocky Mountain Flatline 2.33%
Intense 951 2.00%
Scott Gambler 2.00%
Hardtail 2.00%
Commencal Supreme 2.00%
Trek Slash 1.67%
Norco Fluid 1.33%
YT Tues 1.33%
Norco Range 1.00%
Banshee Rune 1.00%
Ghost Riot 1.00%
Kona Operator 1.00%
Rocky Mountain Slayer 1.00%
Santa Cruz Bronson 1.00%
Banshee Legend 0.67%
Canfield Jedi 0.67%
Commencal Meta 0.67%
Evil Following 0.67%
Pivot Phoenix 0.67%
Polygon Collosus DH 0.67%
Transition TR450 0.67%
Yeti SB6 0.67%
Evil Undead 0.33%
Intense M16 0.33%
Intense M9 0.33%
Kona Process 0.33%
Norco Vixa 0.33%
Norco Sight 0.33%
NS Fuzz 0.33%
Rocky Mountain Altitude 0.33%
Trek Remedy 0.33%
Yeti 303 0.33%
Cove Shocker 0.33%
Cannondale Judge 0.33%
Cannondale Jekyl 0.33%
Specialized Big Hit 0.33%

Frames Opening Day 2015:

Specialized Demo 17%
Devinci Wilson 13%
Norco Aurum 9%
Santa Cruz V10 7%
Giant Glory 5%
Giant Reign 5%
Rocky Mountain Flatline 5%
Transition TR500 4%
Transition TR450 3%
Trek Session 2%
Knolly Podium 2%
Lapierre DH 2%
Zerode 2%
Cove Shocker 2%
Kona Stab 2%
Evil Undead 2%
Intense M9 2%
Norco A-line 2%
Kona Operator 2%
Intense 951 1%
Specialized Enduro 1%
Cove Playmate 1%
Trek Slash 1%
Foes Hydro 1%
Norco Range 1%
Banshee Darkside 1%
Scott Voltage 1%
NS Fuzz 1%
Specialized Status 1%
Banshee Rune 1%
Morpheus DH 1%

Forks Opening Day 2020:

RockShox Boxxer 19.80%
RockShox Lyrik 17.82%
Fox 36 16.83%
RockShox Pike 6.93%
Fox 40 6.93%
Fox 34 4.95%
RockShox Yari 3.96%
Marzocchi 58 2.97%
Fox 49 1.98%
Fox 38 1.98%
DVO Diamond 1.98%
Marzocchi Z1 1.98%
Marzocchi Monster T 1.98%
SR Suntour 1.98%
X Fusion 1.98%
RockShox Totem 0.99%
RockShox Sektor 0.99%
DVO Emereld 0.99%
DVO Onyx 0.99%
Manitou Dorado 0.99%
Marzocchi 66 0.99%

Forks Opening Day 2019:

RockShox BoXXer 36.07%
Fox 40 15.57%
Fox 36 14.75%
RockShox Lyrik 12.30%
RockShox Pike 3.28%
RockShox BoXXer w/ Ohlins 0.82%
DVO Diamond 0.82%
DVO Onyx 0.82%
Fox 34 0.82%
Manitou Dorado 0.82%
Marzocchi 66 0.82%
Yari 0.82%

Forks Opening Day 2018:

RockShox Boxxer (all) 34.00%
Fox 40 (all) 28.33%
Fox 36 10.00%
RockShox Pike 9.00%
RockShox Lyrik 6.00%
Fox 34 3.00%
Marzocchi 888 2.33%
Ohlins 2.00%
Marzocchi 55/66 1.33%
X Fusion Sweep 1.33%
DVO Diamond 1.33%
DVO Emerald 1.00%
Cannondale Lefty 0.33%

Forks Opening Day 2015:

RockShox Boxxer (all) 35%
Fox 40 (all) 23%
Marzocchi 55/66 9%
Marzocchi 888 7%
Marzocchi 380 (all) 6%
Fox 36 4%
RockShox Pike 4%
RockShox Lyrik 4%
RockShox Domain 2%
BOS Idylle 2%
Manitou Dorado 1%
Suntour Rux 1%
Fox 34 1%
Marzocchi Junior T 1%

Shocks Opening Day 2020:

Fox DHX2 12.68%
Fox Float X2 9.86%
RockShox Monarch Plus 8.45%
RockShox Vivid Coil 8.45%
RockShox Super Deluxe 8.45%
RockShox Monarch 5.63%
Fox Van RC 5.63%
Fox Float 5.63%
X Fusion Air 5.63%
RockShox Deluxe 4.23%
RockShox Vivid Air 2.82%
RockShox Super Deluxe Coil 2.82%
Fox RC2 2.82%
Fox DPX2 2.82%
DVO Air 2.82%
BOS 2.82%
Fox Nude 1.41%
Ohlins TTX22M 1.41%
Marzocchi Coil 1.41%
DVO Coil 1.41%
X Fusion Coil 1.41%
Cane Creek DB 1.41%

Shocks Opening Day 2019:

RockShox Vivid Coil 22.88%
Fox DH X2 Coil 9.32%
Fox DH X2 Coil 9.32%
RockShox Super Deluxe 8.47%
Fox X2 Float 6.78%
Fox DPX2 5.93%
RockShox Monarch Plus 5.93%
Fox Van Coil 4.24%
Ohlins Coil 3.39%
Fox / Trek Thru Shaft 3.39%
Fox Float X2 Air 1.69%
Fox X2 Coil 1.69%
RockShox Deluxe 0.85%
DVO Jade 0.85%
DVO Topaz 0.85%
Fox DH RC2 0.85%
Fox DH X2 0.85%
Fox DH X2 Air 0.85%
Fox DHX 0.85%
Fox DHX Coil 0.85%
Fox DHX RC4 0.85%
Fox DHX X2 Coil 0.85%
Fox DHX2 Air 0.85%
Fox DP X2 Air 0.85%
Fox Float CTD 0.85%
Fox Float X 0.85%
Fox Nude 0.85%
RockShox Lyrik Coil 0.85%
Marzocchi Coil 0.85%
Ohlins Air 0.85%
RockShox Super Deluxe Coil 0.85%
RockShox Vivid Air 0.85%

Shocks Opening Day 2018:

Fox DHX (inc X2) 21.33%
RockShox Vivid Coil 20.33%
Cane Creek DB Coil 9.33%
Rockshox Vivid Air 8.67%
Cane Creek DB Air 6.00%
Fox Float X (Inc X2) 5.33%
RockShox Monarch Plus 5.00%
Ohlins 5.00%
RockShox Monarch 4.00%
Fox Float 2.33%
Xfusion Vector 2.00%
Hard Tail 2.00%
Marzocchi Rocco 1.67%
DVO Jade Coil 1.67%
RockShox Kage 1.00%
Cane Creek Inline 1.00%
BOS Stoy 1.00%
Push 1.00%
Fox Van 0.67%
DVO Topaz 0.67%

Shocks Opening Day 2015:

Fox DHX (all) 28%
Rockshox Monarch Plus 11%
RockShox Vivid Coil 11%
Cane Creek DB Coil 9%
Fox Van 7%
Fox Float X 7%
Fox Float RP23 6%
RockShox Kage 5%
RockShox Vivid Air 4%
Marzocchi Rocco 4%
Cane Creek DB Air 2%
BOS Stoy 2%
Marzocchi Moto C2R 1%
RockShox Monarch 1%
Ohlins 1%
Cane Creek Inline 1%

Brakes Opening Day 2020:

SRAM Code 26.14%
SRAM Guide 22.73%
Shimano Saint 10.23%
Shimano XT 9.09%
Shimano Non Series 7.95%
Shimano SLX 6.82%
Shimano Zee 3.41%
Shimano XTR 3.41%
Hope 3.41%
TRP 3.41%
Avid Juicy 2.27%
Magura 1.14%

Brakes Opening Day 2019:

SRAM Code 42.06%
SRAM Guide 32.71%
Shimano Saint 12.15%
Shimano XT 4.67%
Shimano SLX 3.74%
SRAM GX 0.93%
Hope 0.93%
TRP G spec 0.93%
SRAM X01 0.93%
Shimano Zee 0.93%

Brakes Opening Day 2018:

SRAM Guide (all) 32.67%
Shimano Saint 17.67%
SRAM Code (all) 11.67%
Shimano Zee 10.33%
SRAM Elixir (all) 8.67%
Shimano XT 5.33%
Shimano Deore 2.67%
SRAM XO 2.33%
Shimano SLX 2.00%
SRAM Juicy 2.00%
Formula R0R 1.33%
Shimano XTR 1.00%
Hope 1.00%
Magura 0.67%
TRP 0.67%

Brakes Opening Day 2015:

Shimano Saint 28%
Shimano Zee 14%
Avid Code (all) 14%
Avid Elixir (all) 13%
SRAM Guide 5%
Avid Juicy 5%
Avid XO 5%
Shimano XT 3%
Hope Tech 3 3%
Hayes 9 2%
Formula RX 2%
Shimano XTR 2%
Shimano SLX 2%
Shimano Deore 1%
Formula Oro 1%

Derailleurs Opening Day 2020:

SRAM GX 35.85%
SRAM NX 11.32%
SRAM X0 11.32%
Shimano Szee 7.55%
SRAM X01 6.60%
Shimano Saint 5.66%
Shimano XT 4.72%
Shimano Deore 3.77%
SRAM X7 2.83%
Single Speed 2.83%
SRAM X9 1.89%
Shimano SLX 1.89%
SRAM X5 0.94%
Shimano XTR 0.94%
Black Box 0.94%
Box One 0.94%

Derailleurs Opening Day 2019:

SRAM GX 29.25%
SRAM XO 22.64%
SRAM XO1 14.15%
Shimano Zee 7.55%
Shimano Saint 6.60%
SRAM X9 4.72%
Shimano XTR 4.72%
Shimano XT 3.77%
SRAM NX 1.89%
SRAM G2 0.94%
SRAM X7 0.94%
SRAM XX 0.94%

Derailleurs Opening Day 2018:

SRAM XO 17.33%
SRAM GX 14.33%
Shimano Zee 14.00%
Shimano Saint 12.67%
SRAM X9 7.67%
SRAM X7 5.33%
Shimano SLX 4.67%
SRAM XO1 4.33%
SRAM NX 4.00%
Shimano Deore 3.67%
Shimano XT 3.33%
SRAM X5 2.33%
Shimano XTR 2.00%
SRAM X11 2.00%
Single Speed 1.33%
Shimano Altus 1.00%

Derailleurs Opening Day 2015:

SRAM X9 17%
Shimano Saint 17%
Shimano Zee 13%
SRAM X5 7%
Shimano XT 6%
Shimano XTR 4%
SRAM X7 3%
Shimano Deore 2%

Rims Opening Day 2020:

DT Swiss 26.32%
WTB 10.53%
E13 7.89%
Race Face 6.58%
Mavic 6.58%
Specialized Roval 5.26%
Spank 5.26%
Stans 5.26%
Sun Ringle 3.95%
Bontrager 2.63%
Easton 2.63%
Alex Rims 2.63%
We Are One 2.63%
Reynolds 2.63%
Chromag 2.63%
Santa Cruz 1.32%
Syncros 1.32%
Zipp 1.32%
Crank Brothers 1.32%
Industry Nine 1.32%

Rims Opening Day 2019:

DT Swiss 25.23%
Race Face 12.15%
e13 9.35%
Sun Ringle 9.35%
WTB 7.48%
Specialized Roval 6.54%
Spank 6.54%
Bontrager 4.67%
Mavic 3.74%
Easton 2.80%
Stans 2.80%
ENVE 1.87%
Santa Cruz 1.87%
Syncros 1.87%
Alex Rims 0.93%
Atomlab 0.93%
Hope 0.93%
SRAM 0.93%

Rims Opening Day 2018:

DT Swiss 22.67%
Sun Ringle 11.67%
E*thirteen 9.33%
Spank 7.33%
Stan's 7.00%
Mavic 6.00%
Specialized Roval 5.33%
Giant 4.67%
WTB 4.67%
Raceface 4.00%
NOBL 2.67%
Bontrager 2.33%
Alex Rims 2.00%
ENVE 1.83%
Easton 1.50%
Santa Cruz 1.33%
SRAM 1.33%
Hope 1.00%
Industry 9 0.67%
Shimano 0.67%
Syncros 0.67%
FSA 0.67%

Rims Opening Day 2015:

Sun Ringle 21%
Mavic 18%
DT Swiss 13%
Easton 9%
Specialized Roval 8%
Alex Rims 6%
Stan's 4%
Spank 3%
Shimano 2%
Syncros 2%
Transition Revolution 2%
Novatec 2%
Bontrager 2%
WTB 1%
Azonic 1%
Spinergy 1%
Jalco 1%
Giant 1%
Crank Brothers 1%
E*thirteen 1%
Nukeproof 1%

Front Tires Opening Day 2020:

Maxxis Minion DHF 46.60%
Maxxis Assegai 18.45%
Schwalbe Magic Mary 4.85%
Specialized Butcher 4.85%
Maxxis Minion DHR2 2.91%
Continental 2.91%
Michelin 2.91%
Maxxis High Roller 2 1.94%
Schwalbe Hans Dampf 1.94%
Schwalbe Nobby Nic 1.94%
E13 LG1 1.94%
Bontrager G5 1.94%
Bontrager G4 1.94%
WTB 1.94%
Onza 1.94%
Schwalbe Black Jack 0.97%

Rear Tires Opening Day 2020:

Maxxis Minion DHR2 32.56%
Maxxis Minion DHF 16.28%
Maxxis High Roller 2 9.30%
Schwalbe Magic Mary 6.98%
Maxxis Minion DHR 4.65%
Specialized Butcher 4.65%
Maxxis Assegai 3.49%
Vee Tyre Co 3.49%
Schwalbe Muddy Mary 2.33%
Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.33%
Bontrager SE4 2.33%
E13 LG1 2.33%
Kenda 2.33%
Maxxis Disector 1.16%
Schwalbe Nobby Nic 1.16%
Bontrager G4 1.16%
Onza 1.16%
Goodyear Escape 1.16%
Continental 1.16%

Front Tires Opening Day 2019:

Maxxis Minion DHF 38.61%
Maxxis Assegai 9.90%
Schwalbe Magic Mary 8.91%
Specialized Butcher 6.93%
Maxxis High Roller 2 5.94%
Onza Aquilla 4.95%
Maxxis DHF 3.96%
Specialized 2.97%
Bontrager G5 2.97%
e13 LG1 2.97%
Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.97%
Maxxis HighRoller 1.98%
WTB 1.98%
Bontrager G4 0.99%
Bontrager SE4 0.99%
Continental Der Kaiser 0.99%
Schwalbe Nobby Nic 0.99%

Rear Tires Opening Day 2019:

Maxxis Minion DHR II 29.41%
Maxxis Minion DHF 11.76%
Specialized Butcher 6.86%
Schwalbe Magic Mary 5.88%
Maxxis High Roller 2 4.90%
Schwalbe Hans Dampf 4.90%
Maxxis Aggressor 3.92%
Maxxis High Roller 3.92%
Onza Aquilla 3.92%
Bontrager G5 2.94%
Maxxis DHR II 2.94%
Maxxis DHR II 2.94%
E 13 LG1 1.96%
Maxxis Assegai 1.96%
WTB 1.96%
Bontrager 0.98%
Bontrager G4 0.98%
Bontrager SE4 0.98%
Continental Baron 0.98%
Maxxis DHR 0.98%
Maxxis Minion DHR 0.98%
Schwalbe Muddy Mary 0.98%
Schwalbe Nobby Nic 0.98%
Specialized 0.98%
Specialized Slaughter 0.98%

Tires Opening Day 2018:

Maxxis Minion DHF 34.33%
Maxxis Minion DHR 16.67%
Schwalbe Magic Mary 15.00%
Maxxis High Roller 2 7.33%
Maxxis Minion DHR 2 4.17%
Bontrager G4 4.00%
Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.67%
Specialized Butcher 2.50%
Maxxis High Roller 2.50%
Continental Baron 1.33%
Schwalbe Muddy Marry 1.17%
Specialized Slaughter 1.00%
Schwalbe Nobby Nick 1.00%
Continental Trail King 1.00%
Kenda Nevegal 0.83%
Maxxis Ardent 0.67%
Maxxis Shorty 0.67%
Bontrager XR3 0.67%
Kenda Honey Badger 0.67%
Schwalbe Wickid Will 0.67%
Maxxis Icon 0.67%
WTB Vigilante 0.17%
Continental Mountain King 0.17%
Schwalbe Racing Ralph 0.17%

Tires Opening Day 2015:

Maxxis Minion DHF 33%
Schwalbe Magic Mary 25%
Maxxis High Roller 2 16%
Specialized Butcher 7%
Maxxis High Roller 6%
Maxxis Minion DHR 3%
Continental Kaiser 3%
Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2%
Bontrager G4 2%
Maxxis Ardent 2%
Kenda Nevagal 1%

Tire Setup Opening Day 2020:

Tubeless 33.93%
Tubes 66.07%

Tire Setup Opening Day 2019:

Tubeless 50.93%
Tubes 49.07%

Tire Setup Opening Day 2018:

Tube 55.00%
Tubeless 39.67%
Insert 5.33%

Helmets Opening Day 2020:

Troy Lee Designs 33.33%
Fox 16.67%
Bell 12.22%
Poc 8.89%
Giro 7.78%
100% 7.78%
IXS 4.44%
Specialized 3.33%
661 1.11%
Leatt 1.11%
ONE 1.11%
7IDP 1.11%
Blue Grass 1.11%

Helmets Opening Day 2019:

TLD 28.04%
Fox 19.63%
Bell 13.08%
IXS 13.08%
Giro 5.61%
POC 4.67%
661 2.80%
Kali 2.80%
Specialized 2.80%
Leatt 1.87%
6D 0.93%
Lazer 0.93%
MET 0.93%
ONE 0.93%
Shoei 0.93%
Urge 0.93%

Helmets Opening Day 2018:

Troy Lee Designs 26.33%
Fox 22.33%
Bell 10.33%
Giro 9.00%
IXS 5.33%
661 5.33%
Kali 4.33%
Other 4.33%
POC 3.67%
Specialized 3.00%
100% 2.67%
urge 1.33%
One 0.67%
O'Neil 0.67%
MET 0.33%
6D 0.33%

Helmets Opening Day 2012:

Troy Lee Designs 38%
661 11%
Giro 9%
Protec 7%
Urge 7%
Fox 7%
Bell 7%
THE 4%
POC 2%
Fly 2%
Specialized 1%
Mace 1%
MET 1%
Bluegrass 1%
Kali 1%
Suomy 1%

Neck Braces Opening Day 2020

No 78.57%
Yes 21.43%

Neck Braces Opening Day 2019

No 89.72%
Yes 10.28%

Neck Braces Opening Day 2018

No Brace 82.33%
Yes 17.67%

Neck Braces Opening Day 2012:

No Brace 77%
Brace 23%

Pads and protections Opening Day 2020:

Fox 27.78%
ISX 13.89%
Race Face 13.89%
Troy Lee Designs 11.11%
Leatt 8.33%
None 8.33%
POC 5.56%
661 5.56%
Dakine 2.78%
G-Form 2.78%

Pads and protections Opening Day 2019:

TLD 20.00%
Fox 16.67%
IXS 14.44%
Race Face 12.22%
Dakine 8.89%
POC 7.78%
661 5.56%
Dainese 3.33%
G Form 2.22%
Leatt 2.22%
O'neal 2.22%
Fly 1.11%
ION 1.11%
None 1.11%
TSG 1.11%

Pads and protections Opening Day 2018:

TLD 19.00%
Fox 14.00%
Race Face 14.00%
N/A 13.00%
IXS 10.67%
POC 10.33%
661 4.67%
Dakine 2.67%
Dainese 2.33%
Alpine Stars 1.33%
GForm 1.33%
Fly 1.00%
Kali 1.00%
O/Neal 1.00%
Seven 1.00%
AsterISK 0.67%
Leatt 0.67%
Nukeproof 0.67%
Lizard Skins 0.33%
TSG 0.33%

More from Opening Day:
Video: Opening Day at the Whistler Bike Park - What's Changed?
Photo Epic: The Season That Almost Wasn't - Whistler Bike Park Opening 2020
49 Bikes of Whistler Bike Park Opening Day 2020
Video: 11 Bike Checks From Whistler Bike Park Opening Day 2020

Previous "What People are Riding" surveys:
Opening Day 2019
Opening Day 2018
Opening Day 2016
Opening Day 2015

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2020: 100%
2019: 0%
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 66.07% Tubed tires...? Who rides tubes?
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 It's safer with rubber on.
  • 32 1
 @TW80: dh rats that burn through tires quickly and the couple times a year on the dh bike people. People that hate tubeless. People that don’t know tubeless is a thing. Rental bikes? People on old rims that don’t work well with tubeless, our old tires.

I’m sure there’s more. I run tubes for dh but not for trail bikes.
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 @TW80: 66.07% of people surveyed...
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 @Dropthedebt: 66.07% of the time I run tubes all the time
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 @TW80: 66.07% of the riders at Whistler, thats who
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flag PauRexs (Jul 2, 2020 at 1:14) (Below Threshold)
 Decieved with false pandemic:

2020 100%
2019 0%
  • 3 1
 @TW80: people who have punctured their tubeless st up
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People who believe the earth is flat, the US faked the moon landing, and vaccines are mind control agents.
2020 - you and your friends
- all the sane responsible citizens of the world
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flag PauRexs (Jul 2, 2020 at 7:52) (Below Threshold)
 @scjeremy: I don't think earth is flat and it didn't take me much effort to find the many many cience and experts to back up this... So I think you and many confused the kind of person I am...
Sad to realize here with so much clever healthy people in this corner of internet to not have a healthy debate out of the power/control agenda/information...

JUST FOR THE INTEREST of all here a cientific study proved lockdown was totally useless...

SO Here many are being deprived to ride our bikes for your aquiescing to the mass media of official version and not standing up.
You all can laugh at me know, history put everyone at it's place at the end... And many has been rediculized and condemned into the past for not following the main discourse... Can you name some??...
Funny and sad this days citizens you trust more what the media and people in power tells you than the cience... yes it's not the same thing...
Shame there is so brave people here to shred so brave and not to stand up for the truth simply for the fear of social rejection... Well done... I guarantee you way more months of lockdown without riding your bike or maybe collapsing riding with a stupid mask...
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 @PauRexs: A non-peer-reviewed paper on where, as an open site, you can just publish whatever? Hmmm - no.
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 @PauRexs: Nothing like a scientific paper that uses the phrase "fake science" in bold. If you're looking for a good laugh then the paper is worth a read. If you believe in Science then it's also worth reading to see how far people can err and what bonkers looks like in a more formal setting.
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flag PauRexs (Jul 2, 2020 at 10:25) (Below Threshold)
 @unclesomebody: @number44 ok fact checkers... what ever you say... I m not a nerd looking and contrasting all day alternative data... but I know what it ressonates with me and what not... and if you were so critical with me and then you aren´t with all the contradictions of the mass media.. then you have a problem. I know cognitive dissonance it hurts... but is for the good of all boys...

Tell me why youtube is censorshiping like crazy... why are they so scared about debate 5G, vaccines and Covid?? Many studies proving if you were vaccinated for flu then you had 4 more chances of dieing from covid...and so on and so on...

For the ones who wants an open debate and at least listen the none official propaganda lesson:

Yes neg prop me, censorship me, fact check me... you are not doing any favor to this crisis and to the MTB community...
  • 14 2
 "I'm not a nerd, and dont understand numbers, but everyone in the internet should accept my feels as facts" gtfo.

You want to be taken seriously, get a degree in biology, or micro biology, or epidemiology, then come back and talk to me, otherwise you're just a kook.
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flag PauRexs (Jul 2, 2020 at 10:38) (Below Threshold)
 @RonSauce: I am not an expert, I don´t pretend to be. I am just saying being regular citizen there is plenty of alarms on should you question the official narrative...

Ah and by the way... here you have your biologist Dr. Andrew Kaufman and many others that have been removed from you tube and ignored in your media...
  • 12 2
 @PauRexs: dude, I live with a scientist, like a real one. I dont take my scientific info from kooks with political agendas and non reviewed papers. Sorry, you're barking up the wrong tree. Some of us use real information not our excited imagination.
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flag PauRexs (Jul 2, 2020 at 10:56) (Below Threshold)
 @RonSauce: Scientist are not gods. They just do what they can and many cases what they´ve been told to do... You know... who pays the studies?... follow the money??... Ought have you ever heard about the human condition of corruption? That we do not leave on heavens?....

Brother, get other sources, like the ones I just provided you... not saying they hold the truth 100% but if there is no debate and let the conclusions to be done by the major corporations aka mass media... we are not going to get out of this crisis never and it will turn worst and worst... if it´s this what you want... keep trying to ridiculize the ones that are just saying... hey people better question some things prior to accept as truth what some agendas told you and do the research a little bit by yourself with other sources...

PB comments would be a great place to bring stuff and discerning with such amount of great minds... but seems some one has decided it´s more addecuate to do rollers at your home and shut up...
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 @PauRexs: doctors and researchers aren’t worried about your feelings, they are worried about your communities health. In this country, federal grants for research don’t come with limitations on results. Private research paid for by a financially invested entity has to be noted and explained. If you one anything about this your argument would be far different, whether it be economic, psychological or something else. Otherwise you are just parroting an agenda, ironically by saying that it’s all a big scam in order to further some hidden nonsensical agenda. One argument makes sense, the other makes a lot of noise.
  • 7 1
 Qanon has entered the chat. Big Grin Best not to feed the trolls, Internet Research Agency dissentbot, guy-who-opens-with-"false fandemic"-then-complains-about-being-lumped-in-with-conspiracy-nuts, or whatever.

The trolling would be worth a laugh if it was over wheel sizes and not half a million dead people. Sorry - 'fake dead people'. Whatta maroon.
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You are not a number, you are a free man.
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 @PauRexs: i notice you didnt deny that the US faked the moon landing and vaccines are mind control agents. i dont see why everyone isnt taking you super seriously
  • 7 2
 @PauRexs: you obviously have zero idea how scientific research works. Stop spending your free time listening to psychos on YouTube and go to school.
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flag PauRexs (Jul 2, 2020 at 16:47) (Below Threshold)
 @RonSauce: you defenetly don't even read what I said here... I don't look censorshiper Youtube... The info from real cientists and good people are on other platforms I posted.

And yeah guys keep shooting the messenger... Here I only was proposing open adult debate but I see here it's full of mainstream sheeps...

I went to school, I licencied at University and I own an European and American patent for invention... So maybe again you subestime way too quick and precipitately what you have in front... So doesn't surprise me you get stick to the official lies... Good luck.
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 @PauRexs: I’m a fan. Keep going! Tell us what u think about 9/11 and chem trails Big Grin
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 @RonSauce: bro, obviously it's spelled "cientific". come back when you've received your patent for european and north american inventions.
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 @PauRexs: a degree in what field adjacent to virology?
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flag PauRexs (Jul 2, 2020 at 22:14) (Below Threshold)
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 @PauRexs: discredit research by scientists, but accept biased opinion peices as fact. You should probably see yourself out.
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flag PauRexs (Jul 3, 2020 at 3:03) (Below Threshold)
 @cuban-b: fresh from today bud! Here you can compare your 3D Max clips distribution for mass liers with some science and natural laws...
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flag PauRexs (Jul 3, 2020 at 3:27) (Below Threshold)
 @cuban-b: Not saying I have the truth but all this information and facts need to be debated publicly for the sake of everyone who perished there... and not trust superficial kid likes information from the medias... and stop to use the term for conspiracionist for the people who was looking after Kennedy assasination... did he shoot himself?
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 @jammf: the nutjobs are getting booted off Reddit and gagged on Twitter. Expect to see more of this bot energy on all social media.
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 @PauRexs: oh yeah i forgot about Kennedy. tell us more!

oh oh and chem trail too. keep this up! this is awesome.
  • 117 0
 I cant figure out how clipless pedals and tires with tubes gained so much this year?
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 Maybe there are no 20" tubeless compatible rims?
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 No Americans up there, just a bunch of crazy Canadians
  • 9 1
 Yeah what the heck! I could not believe those two stats... I ride clipless and flats, but at Whistler, I wear flats.
  • 5 0
 Same about the pedals, massive jump from since last year, in a period when supposedly more people are trying flats. But this is just the opening day, so it's worth what's worth
  • 8 0
 This definitely doesn't seem right.
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 That is odd, that's the two that I noticed also. Maybe more casual crowd than normal? I was also expecting more Assegai tires.
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 Maybe because everyone rode their Enduros (clipless) for the last few months and so they would take it to the bikepark to see how it goes?
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 @Dlakusta: I'd think clipless lends itself to a less casual crowd. Way fewer tourists and rentals.
  • 8 0
 They don't mention sample size (how many people interviewed) i'm guessing it's quite small, which is why you get extreme results like that
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 @j-t-g: and opening day on a Monday means a bit of a different crowd
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 @Gimli: not sure if a significant number of people use clips on the enduro and then flats on the DH bike
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 @mattg95: I’m guessing 260 as the lowest percentage was 0.38%
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 @taythecoug: I rode clipless at Whistler in 2009 and loved it! So glad I decided to. Except, I did have one bad crash, and that bad crash I snapped my ankle cause I couldn’t unclip.
Shuttle monkey the rest of the time I was in BCFrown
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 @DanTae: The discrepancies in the numbers have a simple cause. Very few people traveled to Whistler for opening day this year, particularly from outside Canada or even BC. This should have been called the "Local Trail Rider Survey". These numbers don't reflect the real world outside of Whistler. It's conspicuously missing the wealthy and/or hardcore DH/park rider population that normally travel and vacation there from all over the world this time of year.
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 @mattg95: totally agree, 10 people sampled: 2.5 of them girls
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 @Dlakusta: I agree, and I also think more people have more time and have dusted off old bikes, more new riders on used bikes, and more trail/CC riders crossing over and trying park. Hence the skewed tubeless vs. tube and clipless vs. flat numbers, higher numbers of 26” wheels this year, and higher % of Lyrik, 36, Pike & Yari, GX & NX rear derailleurs.
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 @vinay: spawn bikes sells there house brand tubeless rims

Put them on my sons 20 inch rocky vertex.

Great upgrade along with there house brand tires
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 I did a lot if laps with clipless pedals this year. I will take the blame of throwing that one
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 @iantmcg: i was going to use the laughing emoji but i can't
I prefer clipless pedals but i'm really surprised that people were running tubes more than tubeless
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 @Bikerdude137: What's surprising to me, is second most popular choices for brakes/derailleurs. Guides and NX... I guess they ain't as bad as i'm hearing...
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 @wcr: The only reason people ride them is because they are most commonly speced on complete bikes over Shimano.
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 @wcr: no, they're worse. Just so damn cheap, and they come on so many builds
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 More women in the sport please! Girls can shred hard.
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flag dexterfawkes (Jul 1, 2020 at 13:55) (Below Threshold)
 Why would you say that, it's not like men are forcing women out of the sport... I don't mean any offense to anyone by saying this btw. I'm just stating my opinion... There's no point forcing or begging more women to the sport, they will come if they want to. Clearly, mtb is enjoyed by men more than it is enjoyed by women. There's no need to force 'equality' on to something like mtb... It's kinda like saying, 'hey, there should be more guys at nail salons'. Sure, there is a few guys getting their nails done, but getting ya nails did does not really appeal to guys.
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 @dexterfawkes: As a guy who likes women, I'd be pretty stoked if we could get that number up to like 80 or 90% female.
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 @dexterfawkes: No one is trying to force anyone. But, the reality is, this is a male dominated sport, which is a shame IMHO. That mix sends a message to so many young female riders and that kind of sucks. So, not about equality so much as ensuring that every girl out there can see Rachel, Miranda, Tahnee and 1000 other girls at Whistler and think 'f*ck yeah, I can do that'. I dunno man, maybe having a daughter makes me see the gap more vividly . . .
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 @dexterfawkes: Hey man, your fragile masculinity is showing...
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 @LukeBurgie: LUKE GETS IT. It's so awesome to see more women in MTB and especially DH parks.

The real question is WTF who is riding bmx bikes at Whistler?
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 @LukeBurgie: I see no parallel between his comment and validating his masculinity....
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 @dexterfawkes: I aint a lady, but some of the "rad dudes" (aka gob shytes) I see at the local bike park are enough to make anyone feel intimidated. Add an excess of already willy heavy bro'ing out (generally) and its not hard to understand why some may feel its a bit of a testosterone fueled sausage fest
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flag thustlewhumber (Jul 1, 2020 at 14:25) (Below Threshold)
 Nothing stopping anyone from any background from buying a lift ticket.
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flag DhDWills (Jul 1, 2020 at 14:44) (Below Threshold)
 @noplacelikeloam: All those pro women you mentioned got broke off hard by their sport. You want that for your daughters? The industry doesn't tell you that part in their marketing campaigns.
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 @DhDWills: Damn, I never knew men were immune to mountain biking injures
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flag DhDWills (Jul 1, 2020 at 15:03) (Below Threshold)
 @LukeBurgie: I never said they were. Males get predated upon by the action sport culture to a far greater extent.
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 @usmbc-co-uk: Honestly, you get a lot of variety when it comes to personalities. I see guys that are joeys that would get intimidated by both the “ rad dudes” and the “rad chicks” that we shred with that bro out just as hard as the rest of us. Either way, something needs to be done to get more women out shredding!
  • 22 1
 why am I suspicious that all those guys trying to promote mtb on women is so they have a better chance to pick up one... call me cynic if you want
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 @dexterfawkes: have you ever talked to a woman about why she isnt active in sports? 90% of the time it is because they are intimidated or made to feel uncomfortable. That's why people need to be more vocal about inclusion, we dont need more men on the trails, we dont need more women, we just need everyone who wants to ride to feel like they are welcome.
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 @RonSauce: Well thought out, and balanced statement bro. In a world so full of "We need more of this, less of that, bla bla bla", wouldn't it be better just to make riding as friendly and welcoming as possible, to everyone that's interested?... We ALL need a helping hand, now and again, no matter who you are. The goal in the end, of course, is just to have fun, and enjoy the God's great outdoors. Peace Smile .
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 @Thustlewhumber: Really? Ya know, with everything going on right now, I thought I wouldn't hear this rubbish anymore. So just like a women can get paid the same amount as a guy if she's hired and how she can walk down the road on a Saturday night and not feel threatened by a bunch of bros shouting crap at her. Im not even gonna start with race, but a bunch of white men thinking the world is just ok as it is, is pretty f*cked up IMHO.
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 You can also say, maybe ladies aren't interested in riding... Same thing with anything else, my passions/hobbies aren't the same as yours, as are yours to mine. We all are interested in different things, people, idea's, hobbies, jobs, ect ect. You can't force anyone into wanting to do something, you want them to do. You make it as inviting and open as possible, and the people will come (me for example). Forcing inclusion will do the opposite effect as intended, make it less open and inclusive, alienate any moderate person that doesn't adhere to radical "Inclusion". There needs to be a balance, in all things. If there's something wrong happening, then work together with kindness and friendship, not trying to ram your idea's down someone's neck.
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 @wcr: or, like I said before, you can actually talk to them and find out. You can keep assuming whatever you want, but you know its BS. I'm going off of the facts from talking to people trying to get into the sport, not just some crap I made up that I feel sounds good.
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 @DhDWills: as a dude both my previously broken wrists take offense to this man
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 @RonSauce: I get what your saying, the women you've talked to feel intimidated by some males they seen in the sport. Well, that's nothing new... As a women, you have to expect that when your coming to a field that's dominated by lot's of testosterone. And add booze/drugs into the mix, it's a unhealthy environment. So as a female, you show everyone that your better then that, by rising above all the crap (look at all the women in the sport that have). Or are women so weak that they can't beat the garbage out there? Same thing with anyone trying to move up in the world, you are going to run across ugly, no matter what you think/do/say, it's out there. So you show everyone that your better then the garbage, take the high ground, and rise above all of it.
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 @usmbc-co-uk: Like many people you meet in life, there's the good, and the bad. Your job is to grow a skin to the garbage out there, it only matters if you let it matter. In other word's, it's called growing a spine.
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 That is one of the stupidest defenses for being a shitty person and creating a shitty environment for others.
This is what you said sounds like...
"I know its uncomfortable, and everyone treats you awkwardly, but they dont do that to me, so you need to be a better person or deal with it. I'm so tough, if women were tougher they wouldn't care"
You say you get what I'm saying, but you are 100% the problem with this situation, if you weren't you would have nothing to say about it.
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 @noplacelikeloam: You said it dude. It's are/we/my job to show ANYONE, that they're more then welcome to enjoy the sport, no matter what background you come from. Same thing with any sport/job/hobby, if your interested, then by jove, your more then welcome to enjoy! Big Grin
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flag RonSauce (Jul 1, 2020 at 20:51) (Below Threshold)
 @wcr: that's not what I said at all, to paraphrase my point "dont be a dick".
Your response is "I'll be a dick if I want, that's your problem". That's a douchebag attitude.

Stop saying you're agreeing with me. You can stop tagging me too, I'm not really interested in your threatened little boy talk. Go slop around in puddle of testosterone with your bros.
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 @RonSauce: I wouldn't say defense, i'm looking at things from objective standpoint, "As a women (and male), you have to expect that when your coming to a field that's dominated by lot's of testosterone. And add booze/drugs into the mix, it's a unhealthy environment". There's nothing you, me, or any one else can do about that part of it. People are people, they are going to make choices, either good or bad. It's my/your job to rise above it all, take the higher road. Like the old saying goes "Be like a duck, let it slide off your back". We can't control how other people feel/act/think/talk, but we have absolute control over how we react to it.
"That is one of the stupidest defenses for being a shitty person and creating a shitty environment for others.
This is what you said sounds like..." Name calling aside, it's not about being a bad person/creating a bad environment. It's about, as a individual person, not letting the bad out there get to you (which is extremely difficult, no matter if your male or female). We personally rise above the garbage, and do the right thing. The only way you can change things for the better, is to lead by example. Show other people the we are/do better then that. At least try to do better, remember, we're all humans, unperfect, going to make mistakes.
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 @RonSauce: Deal
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 @wcr: Sorry but this is just wrong. Telling people to just get over it and grow a spine? OMG! I don't even know where to start with that. Seriously. Luckily the world is full of people that wont stand for shitty behaviour and WILL stand up to people and make change. If you hadn't notice, its happening a lot recently, so get on the train or stay at home. The rest of us are going somewhere better.
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 After reading through everyone’s response and giving it some thought, I gotta say I’m pretty ambivalent about the matter. I mean this with all sincerity: I don’t care one way or another whether more women get involved in the sport or not. If more do, great. If not, that’s fine, too. Either way, it doesn’t affect me one bit. I don’t see any benefit, nor any drawbacks. Has absolutely no bearing on my life — at all.

I mean, if they want to ride, and I see them out there, I’ll give them as friendly a greeting on the trail as I give everyone else and be on my way. I’m not going to be shitty or make anyone feel unwelcome. But yeah, other than that, I have no strong feelings one way or another.
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 @Chaycelance: That is called denial. Next is anger.
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 @ismasan: Bloody Realist!!! Smile
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 @noplacelikeloam: Role models are a big factor in getting more people in the sport (or any sport) for sure.

There are a lot of brilliant role models for women in MTB (whether there are enough i honestly couldn't say, but i'm sure there's always room for more) but you'd never know who they are unless you were already vested in MTB.

As a small nation in the UK, we love a champion and a bit of success and recognition on the international stage - in any sport (just see how many obscure sports the public suddenly get behind during the olympics if there's a medal up for grabs). But i have never once heard of Rachel Atherton outside of MTB. She'd already had her perfect season and most, if not all, of her world titles (a Michael Jordan-level act of sporting dominance surely?) before i started riding and i'd never seen or heard any of it published or celebrated in the mainstream media.

So i suppose exposure of the sport in general is a bigger problem, before we even get to addressing a fair gender balance within the sport.

No idea what the solution is though. Only 3 of my friends are into MTB and they're all blokes - so i don't really know what might be preventing or discouraging women getting into the sport.
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 @DidNotSendIt: my wife for one was interested in mtb, then stumbled across a comment section about women's DH. It took about a year to get her to want to try the trails because she felt "women obviously weren't welcome". It was an arm twist to even get her to come watch me race because she didn't want to be left alone with a bunch of teenagers who describe themselves as too much testosterone.
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 @wcr: Yes there is merit in rising above adversity.

But there is no reason for the intimidation or negative atmosphere to exist in the first place.

People shouldn't have to expect to be treated poorly as a condition of riding a mountain bike. Putting the responsibilty on people to accept and deal with a negative culture is avoiding dealing with a problem area that absolutely does not need to exist.

I agree there will always be individuals who make things difficult for others (in all walks of life) and people need learn how to deal with these people positively or risk being dragged down with them.

But i don't agree that it's okay to say "This is how things are. Deal with it or find something else to do".

Climbing up a mountain on your bike is hard. But it's necessary if you want to ride back down - and you'll have to get strong enough if you want to do it. Being intimidated or treated poorly is not necessary in MTB and shouldn't have to be expected or accepted if you want to get involved in it.
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 @RonSauce: That is a shame. I honestly can't see the reason for women not being welcome and i'd be fascinated to know what the reasons are.

I'm not really part of the MTB 'community' or 'scene'. I have 3 close friends who are into MTB (all blokes and we were friends before we got into MTB). We ride together and that's it. Very little interaction with anyone else so i have no insight into the problems from either side of the fence.
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 @DidNotSendIt: when I finally got her out to events things changed. She saw that our local scene is super chill and friendly, I left her to get my number plate and she had already made new friends out there. She thought she wasn't welcome because of the crap attitude internet mtb has about women. It isnt a problem with mtb, it's a problem with some people.
Vocalizing that women are welcome when they are unsure can do alot to get someone to do something we all enjoy too. But this comment is an example, we say women are welcome and SOMEONE is going to have to disagree, or put a spin on it, or complain about it.
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 Fake news. The ones I have asked have simply said they don’t give a shit about sports @RonSauce:
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 Totalitarian mindset. @noplacelikeloam:
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 More women riding would be cool. Sometimes I think they hold themselves back in joining in just as much as anyone else. I tried pretty hard to get my wife (girlfriend at the time) into it, and she just didn't really like it. What can ya do? I do have a few ladies whom I'm friends with who ride, they're just as fast as most dudes.

The action sports industry targeting women in their advertising would probably help. Shops holding more women only rides would probably help. It's tough, tough... MTB as a whole isn't the most accessible sport as it is.
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 @ismasan: If you were in a bar, there are 147 men but only 28 women in there. Assuming you are heterosexual surely you'd want more women to be there to increase your chances of finding someone?
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 @RonSauce: You said it right there, it's an internet problem. On the trail, nobody's going to hate on a woman out riding. Hiding behind a keyboard, lots of people have a problem with it.

If you want to get women out riding, just get them out on a bike on a trail. Do NOT get them to engage in the comment section on the internet looking at the "community" because the community sucks.

While I'm on this soapbox, and at risk of being negative propped into oblivion, I would also argue that maybe we don't NEED 50% of riders out there women. I know it's 2020 and it's WRONG to suggest this, but maybe the fact that we as a species have gone through hundreds of thousands of years of evolution has left men more willing to accept risk for their dopamine hits, and women more unwilling to take extreme risks in general. I think it's why action sports are dominated by men, as participants and spectators both, simple biological differences in approach to risk.

How come there isn't a concerted effort by the media for 50% of all Zumba classes to be comprised of men?

Don't get me wrong, if a woman wants to ride, let her ride, and encourage it. But, if women don't want to ride, don't try to force it out of some strange sense that everything needs to be equal. I've seen enough of the "girlfriend in brand new kit on a brand spanking new bike obviously having a bad time being dragged down a trail she doesn't belong on by over eager biker boyfriend" to last a lifetime.
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 if guys want to spend more time with guys only, that's their choice and preference. i aint trying to stop the bro's from bro-ing out around only bro's if that's their preference. i personally like talking to girls, but if meeting guys is something a guy wants to do, who am I to invade on someone else's preferences. so let's all stop fighting and let these gentlemen live their lives.
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 the percentage of women also won't increase if the amount of men increases more A lot more women could have joined but if a lot of men started mountain biking too the percentage won't change by much, just saying the percentage isn't the whole picture
  • 73 1
 Not a single person was letting their Ibis do the job
  • 5 0
 That has to be my favorite Friday Fails of all time. I was laughing till it was hard to breathe.
  • 34 1
 26" making a comeback - doubled its share since last year! Big Grin
  • 3 2
 Dammit... beat to this comment by 13 minutes! Smile
  • 6 2
 When I went riding with friends yesterday... all four of us on 26s. There's just not a compelling reason not to unless you're racing Enduro or DH.
  • 1 0
 @liv2mountainbike2: 13 minutes ay?............... unlucky.
  • 1 0
 Pesky groms
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 @filmdrew: Just let the 26ers go brah
  • 31 0
 Imagine being there for opening day and not being able to get any laps in because you've got to do this survey.
  • 2 1
 I’m not really sure where they get the info, I was there all day with 4 others and none of us were questioned
  • 3 0
 @Ben19: Years past there was just a guy in the lift line with a clipboard that would just look over your bike as you got on.
  • 16 0
 Yeah that was me. I did the stats. Busted ankle and I got a MAD sun burn from sitting there haha. The clipless/flats stats got swapped btw.
  • 2 0
 @chrispilling: bummer! no americans to deal with, and u can't ride. suckage.
  • 27 1
 Can you post the sample sizes? These percentages are worthless otherwise.
  • 3 0
 Agreed! Sample size + total ridership (if they can wrangle that from Whis) would be extremely useful!

We've asked for sample size in the past, not sure we've gotten it.
  • 6 1
 You can kinda figure it out by looking at the percentage listed next to some of the more obscure frames That's assuming every rider was surveyed for all categories
  • 2 0
 @me2menow: Bike and components are probably categories everyone was surveyed, makes little sense to survey people who don't have a bike Wink
  • 1 0
 @NickBosshard: what I meant was that it's easier to survey someones gender than whether they run tubes
  • 8 0
 assuming there was only one hero on a Banshee, and only one lost xc rider on a spark, i think 263 frames were recorded.
  • 2 0
 This is obviously not a random sample so whatever.
  • 7 0
 Around 250 assuming that all the frames with 0.38% popularity represent a single person.
  • 2 0
 @Noah353: How is it obvious it wasn't a random sample?
  • 1 0
 It was a sample size of 10 because everyone is riding in Squamish and sacking off the Park for a year.
  • 1 0
 @iamamodel: Because it's a pinkbike poll. Not a carefully controlled experiment that will be published in a professional journal.
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 @DhDWills: random is random. This isn't any different to what any biologist would do. "Our sample was skewed because we only took measurements from those bats that were easier to catch. Perhaps our bats were underweight because if they were dumb enough to fly into our net then they must be shithouse at catching moths."
  • 1 0
 @iamamodel: Id like to introduce myself, I am pinkbike's first armchair biologist.
  • 2 0
 @me2menow: ha ha. But you had the method for estimating sample size right.
  • 23 0
 To the one person riding a Scott Spark on these trails – why?!
  • 12 0
 Came here to comment on that. Either a badass or madman. We need details.
  • 16 0
 T'was Nino
  • 4 0
 Well, the green/blue flow trails would be a ton of fun on a ht/short sus bike...
  • 5 0
 brendog Wink
  • 1 0
 Samson, Blake Samson... Wink
  • 21 0
 Shoutout to the 2.27% brave enough to still run Avid Juicies on their bikes
  • 6 0
 Idk if brave us the right word...
  • 5 0
 *Shudder* Dark days those were
  • 1 0
 Amazed they are still alive! Mine had a habit of ejecting pads at random. The small pad retaining bolt that we run now seems like such a good idea!
  • 22 1
 Really cool to see the female rider percentage go up every year
  • 17 0
 Numbers don't lie : the Monster T is making a comeback
  • 13 1
 I don't know the downhill world very well. Why so many tubes?
  • 6 3
 Based on my anecdotal evidence, a heavy dh tube is more flat resistant than a tubeless setup.
  • 8 0
 For people that don’t ride their DH bikes all the time they don’t have to worry about sealant drying up, and if you do get a flat you can throw in a new tube without getting sealant all over the place.
  • 3 0
 Most people probably like the simplicity of a tube setup, less to worry about and maintain. Especially curious tho because there seem to be more enduro bikes this year, which is a category where tubless imo has bigger advantages compared to DH.
  • 2 0
 @dher11: using wide rims, dh casings and heavy dh tubes I dont think I ever had a puncture, heavy as sin though and soooo slow rolling
  • 4 0
 @pacificnorthwet: sealant all over the place is exactly why my park bike has tubes.

A few years back a buddy of mine slashed a tubeless tires up at Sun peaks - spraying it's contents everywhere. We have photos somewhere of him looking like a star in a bukkake fest.
  • 1 0
 @ctd07: snakebites though...
  • 2 0
 Tubeless in the park is better IMO, way less flats. Cut tires aren't a huge deal in Whistler in my experience, not a ton of sharp rocks (yes lots of rocks and square edges but not that many sharp edges to catch sidewalls).
  • 1 0
 My guess cheap and lazy first rides??

My rear tire rim combo was a tube shredding/cutting machine but I would run tubed in the front if I get lazy.
  • 12 0
 Long Live 26
  • 10 0
 Tubes WTAF why? Sealant shortage due to covid 19?
  • 9 8
 Based on my experience, tubeless can be annoying compared to tubes. Slow leaks, burping out on the trail, damaged casing means you need a new tire replacement. They also have advantages and they're quicker but not anymore fun. So maybe it's people like me that prefer tubes for that reason. In saying that i've never ran tubeless with cushcore, which i think would be the ultimate setup for downhill riding.
  • 3 0
 @ajaxwalker: I ride tubeless and CC but always have a tube handy just in case something happens. I'd rather be more cautious with a tube and get a few more laps than leave early with a flat.
  • 9 0
 Biggest 2 takeaways:

Single largest YoY growth in female riders - awesome
Flats pedals are now in the minority - how?
  • 13 10
 Flat lives matter.
  • 1 0
 66% is minority?
  • 1 0
 @arrowheadrush: I guess they had labeled the 2020 percentages wrong and fixed it. Makes more sense now.
  • 10 0
 Read 5% of those stats
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 What % of the stats did you read in 2019?
  • 7 0
 That's alot of statistics for my brain to process
  • 2 0
 I gave up after looking at the wheel sizes - they aren't even sorted consistently, unfortunately.
  • 2 0
 Yes a lot, or was it? Interesting data, I just feel a bit shortchanged though, there wasn't enough categories you know? Poor effort really. I mean when it got down to analysing knee pad brand I was just getting warmed up.

Next year maybe they could look at the proportion of people using centre lock disc mounts vs six bolt off the hub, you know, the real game changing stuff everyone wants to know!

  • 5 0
 Never ridden a mullet (other than that OG mullet single speed that Trek made over a decade ago) but my gut says they are the future.

Anyone have experience on them?
  • 9 0
 Mullets are absolutely dope and make the most sense to me. I built up a mullet nukeproof mega and love it. It's incredibly capable, fun, and I'm faster on it than with matching wheel sizes (27.5 and 29). I am surprised that most big box brands haven't fully bought in on it yet. Maybe there is a lot of concern about consumer fatigue from the never ending wheelsize debate, but I think that's a mistake - I wanna see more stock mullet builds.
  • 1 0
 @tbrother: Probably because molds for a single size and model of carbon frame cost $200k, and you need multiple.
  • 1 0
 @tbrother: what kind of Mega did you mullet, and how?
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: Obviously mass producing a bike isn't cheap, but I would think consumer demand is there enough to make it worth it. Maybe not ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ but I think enough top racers have been winning on mullet setups to get people stoked on it
  • 1 0
 @jaame: Last year's 27.5 mega with a 160 lyrik up front
  • 1 0
 @tbrother: any offset bushings or angle cups?

I mulleted my mega 290 earlier in the year. It would have benefitted from corrected geometry and a slightly shorter back end. I have wondered about doing it to the 275 mega.
  • 1 0
 @jaame: Nope no angleset. Right on, yeah it seems like the best way to do it is to downfork a 27.5 frame. That way your geo stays the same and you get the benefits of the smaller wheel in the back
  • 3 0
 I have made two mullet conversions, one from a 27.5+ bike that started with a HTA of 66.1 degrees and 150/135 travel - the other a 29r with stock 160/160 and HTA of 66.5 degrees.

My comfort HTA on enduro bikes for steep chunk in SoCal is 65. Pretty much industry standard now for enduro.

On both builds I also bumped up the fork travel by 10mm and run Ohlins single crown M2 forks...longer axle to crown measurement than Fox and Rockshox.

The goal was to get at or near HTA of 65.

Rear tire on the 160/135 bike is a 2.8 Minion DHR. BB height went up a bit on this build. It's "e" so no biggie re the 2.8. 170/160 bike is a 2.6 Minion DHR...helps bring the rear up a little as the BB has dropped on this build. Went 170mm cranks from 175mm to help with the new lower BB.

Like both bike way more now. The big front wheel works for me and the HTA's are just north of 65. Doing a conversion on a bike that is already at a HTA of 65ish probably harder.

Check out Foes Racing for Mixed Wheel info. They have a new mixed wheel bike coming and like YT and Intense the Foes eBike is Mixed wheel.

I can't wait for the OEM DH mullets that will surely be avail soon. Intense, Santa Cruz, and Specialized, all running mixed wheels on their factory DH race bikes.

Mixed wheel works for me...big front wheel great for corners and bumps, nimble and lower rear for fun and less/no tire buzz.
  • 2 0
 Oh, and ya - apparently Commencal thinks Mullets work too...Hmm.
MX bikes are mullets too...although the rolling radius difference between F&R is a little less I believe than MTB 29/27.5's
The future is here!
  • 3 0
 @GeneralGroovus: mullets would have caught on a long time ago if the UCI would have let them
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: Santa Cruz dropped their V10 Mullet many choices mullet choices now!
  • 8 2
 Why on earth would you want to use a tube?
  • 6 0
 because you pinched your sidewall halfway down your run and need to make it back to the car?
  • 5 0
 Who TF brought a Lefty to Whistler?

I mean I guess it’s technically a double crown fork but...
  • 1 0
 But is it a triple-tree?
  • 4 0
 A few years back it came stock on the Jeckyll (and Trigger if memory serves). Even won a Pro GRT (national level DH race, in pro class) under the infamous Randy in 2014 or 2015
  • 2 0
 some review commented that it feels more like a dual crown more than a trail fork, due to it's solid internal construction
  • 4 0
 Fox 40 is losing, that was the most surprising stat to me. Is that because Shimano is losing therefore more factory builds from SRAM?
  • 2 0
 Fox 40 has gotten too expensive and Sram has owned the OE business since Eagle came out. Shimano will pass Sram in two years with a resurgence in OE spec based on the fantastic performance and pricing of Shimano 12spd
  • 3 2
 For park riding the boxxer. They work as well or better depending on who your talking about need way less maintenance and cost a good £500 less in the UK last time I checked. Think how much abuse a bike takes at a bike park then it doesn’t make sense to run 40’s.

@bogey nah they’re just going to fall further behind. Can’t complete with sram anymore and honestly it doesn’t seem like they’re even trying anymore.
  • 1 1
 @bogey: Shimano is busy selling a ton of e-bike motors, therefore doesn't care.
  • 5 0
 Are they counting rental bikes from the village?
Because that skews the results
  • 1 0
 They must be counting rentals, look at the sheer number of GT's in the results. It should be nearly all lower mainland residents and I can't think of a single store in Van or nearby that sells GT. Could all be Aussies cutting about on ex rentals I suppose.
  • 4 2
 Hey Pinkbike, how about reckoning 27.5s are still a significant part of the riding universe and stop shoving 29er tests/product launches/directed polls down our throats? More than half the attendance was riding 27.5" wheels, and at yout intro paragraph it almost feels like you regret it...
  • 6 0
 66% using tubes?!
  • 8 0
 Looking at the trend, I honestly wonder if Pinkbike accidentally reversed the stats...
  • 5 0
 Mad props to whoever took their Scott Spark to Whistler.
  • 8 0
 Nino or Kate.
  • 5 0
 The Tubes statistic had me flat ....
  • 2 0
 |" for the first time there were more clipped in riders than flat pedal riders."
Opening Day 2020:
Clipless 34.18%
Flats 65.82%
What am I missing?
I see almost twice as many flats riders
  • 1 0
 Typo in the original stats. They fixed the stats but not the article.
  • 3 1
 Surprised by the lack of Ohlins forks out there this year?! Is it an availability thing!! Definitely not due to a lack of exposure!!!
  • 4 4
 I've heard from a few different sources that they actually dont ride very well at all, so that could be one of the reasons?
  • 1 0
 they could not cross the border
  • 2 0
 When or how was the data collected?
I was riding from 11 to 5, even got myself an awesome photo from Clint, but was never asked about my tire setup, just curious really
  • 4 0
 66% still tubes wtf people
  • 1 1
 @dexterfawkes: For sure and this philosophy can be applied to any EO mindset; either you do or you do not cut the mustard or make the effort. I can promise anyone, for every nay there is an equal yay to prove EO. It is the nay that people like to highlight...
  • 1 1
 I mean they are, but they're not. But they are, it's just that that's not what they are, you see. It's true that clipless have clips and flats are clip-less, but that's just not true, because if they were, then they, well, they wouldn't be... you see?
  • 1 0
 Need to take a larger sample size... there are some massive swings from one year to the next that don't make sense like more than twice as many 26" bikes, 3x increase in clipless, and almost half as many tubeless users.
  • 2 0
 Imagine being a non maxxis tire manufacturer and saying...yeah, let's get into the MTB business, there's potential....what an uphill battle that would be!
  • 1 0
 Not in Europe. If you check out Leogang or Alpe d'Huez it's lots of Schwalbe, Continental and Michelin. North Americans love their Maxxis (maybe the thread works best in those conditions?)
  • 2 1
 Why are so many of you obsessed with the demographics of mountain biking? I have never thought to myself wow I wish there were more Black people mountain biking and I’m black. Never crossed my mind once
  • 2 0
 Would have been good to have a number of Canadians percentage. 2020 opening day is 100% Canadians right?
  • 3 0
 Looking at the number of Washington plates driving around the Vancouver area, it is 25% Mericans. Clearly Whistler is on the way up to Alaska!
  • 3 1
 Totally skewed results... the majority of bikes in the survey were rentals.
  • 5 2
 SRAM Guide 22.73%

We salute you brave riders. And good luck.
  • 2 2
 I was about to make exactly the same post... And even more luck to the rider running Avid Jucys!
  • 1 0
 I’d like to know the poor suckers that are tracking all of these numbers? Is it video footage recording all the riders come through the lifts or questioners for the riders?
  • 2 0
 Had no idea there were so many people running tubes!
  • 2 0
 Saw the article title and my first guess was - bikes.
  • 2 0
 No one (0%)wears 100% brand pads or protection ever? weird.
  • 1 1
 If they are like me, they bought them, wore them, then replaced them
  • 1 0
  • 2 0
 Looks like every year tat one guy rock up riding his old Durado.
  • 2 0
 those stats flats vs clipless are fishy as hell Razz
  • 1 0
 I doubt these opening day statistics are telling of the typical population with regards to flats vs clipless.
  • 2 0
 Mavic and Sun Ringle. Losing serious market share for rims!
  • 1 0
 Ugh im too lazy to add up the single crown vs double crown stats to compare.
  • 1 0
 Why are there no graphs? I'm not neo here. Also would be nice to just plot just mfg for the fork, drivetrains, and frames.
  • 1 0
 @simonusedtoskate: I need to know who rode a banshee. This person is a legend!
  • 1 0
 Anyone else glance at the tire setup pic and see a biker being attacked by a big snake?
  • 1 0
 No Shiguras?
Canada seams to miss something. No creativity in the braking department.
  • 1 0
 Impressive piece of data collection. However the trends don't really matter that much to me. Who are they important to?
  • 2 0
 Couple people showed up on BMX bikes?
  • 1 0
 I just want to know where I can get a fox 49! 1.98% of riders are really lucky to have that fork Smile
  • 1 0
 What is commencal meta frame referred to at 3.01%? Is it not the meta am referred to as 1.13%
  • 2 1
 What percentage had face masks on ?
  • 2 2
 100% or they disregarded the safety guidelines lol
  • 1 0
 Not a DH ripper - why the popularity of running tubes?
  • 2 0
 Cheaper and easier
  • 2 0
 Bike parks eat bikes. Rims and tires take the brunt of the damage.
  • 1 0
 I wish you'd surveyed 100 people.
  • 1 0
 Nice to see inner tubes, 26" and monster T's making a comeback...
  • 1 0
 Judging from forks and frames, looks like a lot more Enduro bikes than DH!
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: It's too late. I have awoken.
  • 1 0
 What percentage of rental bikes?
  • 1 0
 How about a rough count of people? How many riders were there?
  • 1 0
 Seen a Banshee Scream with an old school mullet. 26 up front, 24 rear.
  • 1 0
 So cool there are more women each year. love it
  • 1 2
 Haha! I get older, they stay the same!
J/k....wifey gets older too...
  • 1 0
 Curious, 3 single crowns in the top 4.
  • 1 0
 27.5 and flats. Perfect. Smile
  • 2 0
 You mean the 2/3s of people running tubes?
  • 2 0
 @korev: Big Grin nice.
  • 1 0
 26" wheel use doubled from last year! It's baaaaack!
  • 1 0
 During quarantine people must of learned to ride with clipless pedals.
  • 1 0
 From 5% to 12% !!! 26 is coming !!!!
  • 1 0
 Could've worked on your data visualization for this article PB. haha.
  • 1 0
 number of 26" bike RISE from last year? so 29ers are still gay?
  • 4 4
 And yet DVO should be closer to the top! Amazing company, on point!
  • 8 1
 The best, very good company, and I asked them and I've got to say they were the greatest. all the others are worse. SAD!
  • 1 0
 Fully Agreed. Even at my local trail head the % is higher, like significantly higher.
  • 2 1
 @browner: If I pay 600+$ on a seatpost/shock/fork you're damn right I want access to the parts to service it! That's why I love them. From riders for riders. None of this give me more money and we'll fix it while you can't ride for 2weeks or more.
  • 1 0
 They do make great stuff.
  • 1 0
 @adventuresbycole: Demography... Where I ride a lot of people have Cane Creek shocks and definitely more than half of riders use Shimano brakes.
  • 1 0
 @browner:Your Agent Orange Sarcasm was sadly lost....
But, have you ridden DVO?
  • 2 0
 @GeneralGroovus: lol. Ya point still made.

Oh ya rocking a topaz with 0 issues. Also using the Garnett post that's silky smooth!

I've also had to deal with their customer service Wich was unreal!
  • 1 0
 marketing works!
  • 1 0
 Would be strange otherwise companies wouldn't invest so much in it
  • 1 1
 Schram brakes top two this year. Wtf. Surprised about the codes
  • 1 0
 One frickin' Dissector!!
  • 1 0
 How many E-bikes?
  • 4 7
 What about all the other genders??? There are 79,000+.
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