Opening Day Survey 2023: What People Are Riding at the Whistler Bike Park

May 22, 2023
by Dario DiGiulio  



It's been unseasonably hot and dry up here in the Pacific Northwest, and although that doesn't bode too well for the dirt conditions this summer it did bring one nice thing: a beautiful opening day for the Whistler Bike Park. Trails were snow-free and even a bit dusty in some areas, the lines were sunny, and the skies were blue. Underneath all that sun were a whole lot of people on bikes, so our Pinkbike Census Bureau representative posted up in the gondola line to ask 100 of those people about their bike park setups. Below you'll find the results of that highly methodical research, as well as the data from years past.

There are some interesting trends that are starting to track, as well as some upsets to some otherwise consistent bikes and components. Dig into the numbers and see just how things are shaping up in 2023.







Opening Day 2023:

Male 84%
Female 16%


Opening Day 2022:

Male 74%
Female 26%


Opening Day 2021:

Male 76.85%
Female 23.15%


Opening Day 2020:

Male 74.23%
Female 25.77%


It's worth pointing out that a possible driver for the lower number of women this year might be due to the RideLab festival that was taking place in Squamish all week. Though it finished up the day before Whismas, it's possible a lot of attendees stuck around the Squamish area instead of heading north.






Wheel Size Opening Day 2023:

27.5 inch 47%
29 inch 29%
Mullet 29/27.5 22%
26 inch 2%


Wheel Size Opening Day 2022:

27.5 inch 52%
29 inch 39%
Mullet 29/27.5 10%
26 inch 1%


Wheel Size Opening Day 2021:

27.5 inch 67.36%
29 inch 27.37%
26 inch 2.11%
Mullet 29/27.5 2.11%
Mullet 27.5/26 1.05%


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%


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Linear chart of wheel size use over time.







Opening Day 2023:

Flats 78%
Clipless 22%


Opening Day 2022:

Flats 71%
Clipless 29%


Opening Day 2021:

Flats 84.21%
Clipless 15.79%


Opening Day 2020:

Flats 65.82%
Clipless 34.18%








Frames Opening Day 2023

Santa Cruz V10 8%
Transition Patrol 6%
Norco Aurum 6%
Commencal Supreme 5%
Commencal Meta AM 5%
Scott Gambler 4%
Commencal Clash 4%
Specialized Demo 4%
Santa Cruz Nomad 3%
Norco Range 3%
Norco Sight 3%
Transition TR11 3%
Giant Reign 2%
Santa Cruz Megatower 2%
Norco Shore 2%
Specialized Enduro 2%
Transition Spire 2%
Kona Process 153 2%
Rocky Mountain Slayer 2%
Commencal Furious 2%
GT Fury 2%
Forbidden Dreadnought 2%
Trek Session 2%
Canyon Sender 2%
Pivot Mach 5.5 1%
Trek Remedy 1%
Transition Sentinel 1%
Transition Scout 1%
Mondraker Superfoxy 1%
Specialized Status 160 1%
Norco Fluid 1%
GT Force 1%
GT Sanction 1%
YT Capra 1%
Ghost Riot 1%
Trek Fuel EX 1%
Evil Wreckoning 1%
Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 1%
Canfield Jedi 1%
Trek Slash 1%
Commencal SX 1%
Devinci Wilson 1%
Raaw Madonna 1%
Kona Operator 1%
Evil Insurgent 1%
Chromag Stylus 1%
Zerode G3 1%
Prime Rocket 1%


Frames Opening Day 2022

Norco Aurum 10%
Trek Session 7%
Canyon Sender 4%
Commencal Supreme DH 4%
Norco Sight 4%
Santa Cruz Bronson 4%
Specialized Enduro 4%
Commencal Clash 3%
Norco Fluid 3%
Santa Cruz V10 3%
YT Capra 3%
Commencal Meta 2%
Devinci Spartan 2%
Giant Glory 2%
Knolly Delirium 2%
Pivot Firebird 2%
Raaw DH 2%
Rocky Mountain Altitude 2%
Rocky Mountain Slayer 2%
Santa Cruz Nomad 2%
Scott Ransom 2%
Specialized Demo 2%
Trek Slash 2%
YT Tues 2%
Antidote Darkmatter 1%
Canyon Spectral 1%
Chromag Minor Threat 1%
Commencal Furious 1%
Commencal Supreme 20'" 1%
Devinci Wilson 1%
Evil Wreckoning 1%
Forbidden Dreadnaught 1%
Giant Reign 1%
Giant Trance 1%
GT Fury 1%
Intense M29 1%
Kona Operator 1%
Liv Hail 1%
Rocky Mountain Maiden 1%
Rocky Mountain Pipeline 1%
Santacruz Megatower 1%
Scott Gambler 1%
Transition 11 1%
Transition Patrol 1%
Trek Fuel Ex 1%
Trek Remedy 1%
We Are One Arrival 1%
Yeti SB150 1%
Zerode Katipo 1%


Frames Opening Day 2021

Giant Reign 6.32%
Norco Range 6.32%
Norco Aurum 5.26%
Commencal Furious 4.21%
Commencal Supreme 4.21%
GT Fury 4.21%
Kona Process 4.21%
Rocky Mountain Slayer 4.21%
Commencal Meta 3.16%
Giant Glory 3.16%
GT Force Commencal Meta 3.16%
Santa Cruz V10 3.16%
Specialized Stumpjumper 3.16%
Trek Remedy 3.16%
Trek Session 3.16%
Commencal Clash 2.11%
Devinci Wilson 2.11%
Knolly Warden 2.11%
Kona Operator 2.11%
Liv Hail 2.11%
Santa Cruz Nomad 2.11%
Scott Gambler 2.11%
Specialized Enduro 2.11%
Trek Slash 2.11%
YT Tues 2.11%
Zerode G2 2.11%
Canyon Sender 1.05%
Giant Trance 1.05%
Juliana Strega 1.05%
Norco Shore 1.05%
Norco Sight 1.05%
Pivot Mach 6 1.05%
Rocky Mountain Altitude 1.05%
Santa Cruz Bronson 1.05%
Specialized Demo 1.05%
Specialized Status 1.05%
Transition Spur 1.05%
Transition TR500 1.05%
Yeti SB150 1.05%
Yeti SB165 1.05%
YT Capra 1.05%


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%
Santa Cruz 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%


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Linear chart of frame brand popularity over time.








Forks Opening Day 2023:

Fox 40 23%
Fox 38 18%
RockShox Boxxer 15%
RockShox Zeb 11%
Fox 36 8%
RockShox Lyrik 7%
Marzocchi Bomber 58 2%
Ohlins DH38 2%
RockShox Pike 2%
Manitou Machete 1%
Ride1Up Prodigy (?) 1%
Ohlins RXF 36 1%
Formula Selva 1%
RockShox Recon 1%
Fox 34 1%
Formula Nero 1%
Cane Creek Helm 1%
Suntour Aion 1%
DVO Diamond 1%
Manitou Mezzer 1%


Forks Opening Day 2022:

Fox 40 27%
RockShox Boxxer 24%
Fox 38 14%
Fox 36 13%
RockShox Lyrik 6%
RockShox Zeb 6%
Marzocchi Bomber 58 2%
DVO Onyx 1%
EXT ERA 1%
Marzocchi 380 1%
Marzocchi Bomber Z1 1%
Ohlins RXF 36 1%
Ohlins DH 38 1%
RockShox Yari 1%
SR Suntour Rux 1%


Forks Opening Day 2021:

RockShox Boxxer 25.26%
RockShox Lyrik 17.89%
Fox 36 16.84%
Fox 40 14.74%
RockShox Yari 8.42%
Fox 38 6.32%
RockShox Pike 3.16%
Marzocchi Bomber 2.11%
RockShox Zeb 2.11%
Fox 34 1.05%
RockShox SID 1.05%
RockShox Totem 1.05%


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%

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Linear chart of fork model popularity over time.








Shocks Opening Day 2023:

Fox DHX2 21%
RockShox Super Deluxe 16%
RockShox Super Deluxe Coil 16%
Fox Float X2 13%
Fox Float X 6%
Fox Float DPX2 5%
Ohlins TTX22 4%
RockShox Vivid 2%
XFusion O2 2%
DVO Topaz 2%
Marzocchi Bomber CR 2%
EXT Arma 2%
RockShox Deluxe Re:Activ 1%
RockShox Monarch 1%
Formula MOD 1%
Cane Creek DB Coil 1%
DVO Jade X 1%
RockShox Kage 1%
EXT Storia 1%
Nothing 1%


Shocks Opening Day 2022:

RockShox Super Deluxe Coil 23%
Fox Float X2 22%
Fox DHX2 20%
RockShox Super Deluxe 11%
EXT Storia 4%
Fox Float DPX2 4%
Cane Creek DB coil 3%
Fox Float X 3%
RockShox Vivid 3%
Marzocchi Bomber CR 2%
Ohlins TTX22 2%
RockShox Monarch 2%
DVO Jade 1%


Shocks Opening Day 2021:

RockShox Super Deluxe 22.11%
Fox DHX2 17.89%
RockShox Vivid Coil 13.68%
Fox Float X2 7.37%
RockShox Deluxe 6.32%
RockShox Super Deluxe Coil 6.32%
Fox X2 3.16%
DVO Jade 2.11%
Fox Float 2.11%
Marzocchi Bomber CR 2.11%
RockShox Monarch 2.11%
RockShox Monarch Plus 2.11%
RockShox Vivid Air 2.11%
Cane Creek DB Air 1.05%
Float X2 1.05%
Fox DHX 1.05%
Fox Float X 1.05%
Fox RC2 1.05%
Fox Van RC 1.05%
Marzocchi MOTO C2R 1.05%
Ohlins TTX22 Coil 1.05%
Rock Shox Kage RC Coil 1.05%
RockShox SidLuxe 1.05%


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%


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Linear chart of shock model popularity over time.








Brakes Opening Day 2023:

SRAM Code 26%
Shimano Saint 15%
TRP 13%
Shimano XT 9%
SRAM Guide 7%
Shimano Deore 5%
Magura MT7 5%
Hope Tech 4%
SRAM G2 4%
Formula Cura 3%
Shimano Zee 2%
Shimano SLX 2%
Radic Kaha 1%
Tektro Non-Series 1%
Avid Code 1%
Hayes Dominion A4 1%
Shimano MT420 1%


Brakes Opening Day 2022:

SRAM Code 39%
Shimano XT 10%
Shimano Saint 9%
SRAM Guide 8%
Magura MT7 6%
Shimano Non-Series 6%
Shimano Deore 5%
Shimano XTR 5%
TRP Quadiem 4%
TRP DH-R 3%
Shimano Zee 2%
SRAM G2 2%
Hope Tech Pro 4 1%


Brakes Opening Day 2021:

SRAM Code 31.91%
SRAM Guide 21.28%
Shimano Saint 12.77%
Shimano Non Series 7.45%
Shimano Zee 7.45%
TRP 4.23%
Shimano SLX 3.19%
Shimano XT 3.19%
Formula Cura 4 2.13%
Hope Tech 2.13%
Shimano XTR 1.06%
Avid Code 1.06%
Avid Elixir 1.06%
SRAM G2 1.06%


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%

Of the SRAM Codes in the survey, the model breakdown was as such: 53% RSC, 7% RS, 37% R, and 3% Avid.

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Linear chart of brake model popularity over time.







Derailleurs Opening Day 2023:

SRAM GX DH 17%
SRAM GX Eagle 17%
Shimano XT 12s 13%
SRAM XO DH 10%
Shimano Saint 8%
SRAM XO1 Eagle 4%
SRAM SX Eagle 4%
SRAM GX 11s 4%
SRAM AXS 4%
Singlespeed 3%
SRAM XX1 Eagle 2%
SRAM NX Eagle 2%
Shimano Deore 12s 2%
Shimano Zee 2%
Shimano XTR 12s 1%
SRAM Force AXS 1%
Chainless 1%
Shimano XTR 11s 1%
Shimano XT 11s 1%
Pinion C1.6 1%


Derailleurs Opening Day 2022:

SRAM X01 DH 15%
SRAM GX DH 14%
SRAM GX Eagle 14%
SRAM X01 Eagle 14%
Shimano Saint 11%
Shimano XT 9%
Single Speed 5%
Shimano XTR 4%
Shimano Zee 3%
Chainless 2%
SRAM NX Eagle 2%
Gearbox 1%
Shimano SLX 1%
SRAM X01 Eagle AXS 1%
SRAM X5 1%
SRAM X7 1%
SRAM X9 1%
TRP DH 1%


Derailleurs Opening Day 2021:

SRAM GX 40%
SRAM XO 9.47%
Shimano XT 8.42%
SRAM XO1 6.32%
Shimano SLX 5.26%
Singlespeed 5.26%
SRAM NX 5.26%
Shimano Zee 4.21%
Shimano Deore 3.16%
Shimano Saint 2.11%
SRAM X7 2.11%
SRAM X9 2.11%
SRAM XX1 2.11%
Shimano XTR 1.05%
SRAM N9 1.05%
SRAM SX 1.05%
SRAM X5 1.05%


Derailleurs Opening Day 2020:

SRAM GX 35.85%
SRAM NX 11.32%
SRAM X0 11.32%
Shimano Zee 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%








Rims Opening Day 2023:

DT Swiss 35%
Raceface 9%
We Are One 7%
Chromag 6%
Bontrager 5%
e*thirteen 5%
Spank 5%
Unbranded/Mystery 4%
NOBL 3%
Reserve 3%
Roval 3%
Stans 3%
Alexrims 2%
WTB 2%
Shimano 1%
ENVE 1%
Kore 1%
Sun Ringle 1%
Crank Brothers 1%
Novatec 1%
Nukeproof 1%
Industry Nine 1%
Syncros 1%


Rims Opening Day 2022:

DT Swiss 24%
E Thirteen 9%
Bontrager 7%
Raceface 7%
Spank 7%
Stans 7%
We Are One 7%
WTB 6%
Industry Nine 4%
Giant 3%
Roval 3%
Unbranded 3%
Alex Rims 2%
Chromag 2%
Mavic 2%
Reserve 2%
Crankbrothers 1%
Enve 1%
Novatec 1%
Ride Alpha 1%
Sun Ringle 1%


Rims Opening Day 2021:

DT Swiss 25.26%
ethirteen 16.32%
Giant 9.47%
Race Face 8.95%
Bontrager 8.42%
Spank 5.79%
Roval 5.26%
Stans 3.68%
Chromag 3.16%
Sunringle 3.16%
We Are One 3.16%
WTB 2.11%
Easton 1.05%
Alex 1.05%
Hope 1.05%
NOBL 1.05%
NOX 1.05%


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%


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Linear chart of rim brand popularity over time.







Front Tires Opening Day 2023:

Maxxis Assegai 56%
Maxxis DHF 21%
Schwalbe Magic Mary 7%
Continental Kryptotal FR 5%
Specialized Butcher 3%
Maxxis DHR 2%
Maxxis Dissector 1%
VEE Crown Gem 1%
Specialized Eliminator 1%
Continental Der Kaiser 1%
Versus 1%


Rear Tires Opening Day 2023:

Maxxis DHR 45%
Maxxis Assegai 13%
Maxxis DHF 13%
Schwalbe Big Betty 7%
Maxxis Dissector 6%
Continental Kryptotal RE 4%
Schwalbe Magic Mary 3%
Specialized Butcher 2%
VEE Crown Gem 1%
Specialized Eliminator 1%
Versus 1%
Schwalbe Hans Dampf 1%
Delium 1%
Maxxis Aggressor 1%


Front Tires Opening Day 2022:

Maxxis Assegai 46%
Maxxis Minion DHF 23%
Schwalbe Magic Mary 7%
Maxxis Minion DHR 2 4%
Michelin DH 22 3%
Specialized Butcher 3%
e*thirteen LG1 2%
Maxxis High Roller 2 2%
WTB Vigilante 2%
Bontrager G5 1%
Bontrager XR5 1%
Continental Baron 1%
Maxxis Ardent 1%
Maxxis Shorty 1%
Onza Porcupine 1%
Specialized Cannibal 1%
WTB Trail Boss 1%


Rear Tires Opening Day 2022:

Maxxis Minion DHR 2 36%
Maxxis Minion DHF 15%
Maxxis Assegai 10%
Maxxis Dissector 8%
Maxxis High Roller 2 5%
Schwalbe Magic Mary 5%
Schwalbe Big Betty 4%
Specialized Butcher 4%
Michelin DH 22 3%
e*thirteen LG1 2%
Michelin DH 34 2%
WTB Trail Boss 2%
Bontrager G5 1%
Maxxis Aggressor 1%
Onza Porcupine 1%
WTB Vigilante 1%



Tires Opening Day 2021:

Maxxis Assegai 22.63%
Maxxis Minion DHF 17.37%
Maxxis Minion DHRII 17.89%
Schwalbe Magic Mary 8.42%
Specialized Butcher 5.79%
Maxxis Minion DHR 4.21%
Bontrager G5 3.16%
Maxxis High Roller II 3.16%
Continental Der Kaiser 2.11%
e*thirteen LG1 2.11%
Maxxis High Roller 2.11%
Bontrager G4 1.58%
Bontrager SE5 1.05%
Bontrager XR5 1.05%
Maxxis Dissector 1.05%
Michelin DH22 1.05%
Michelin Wild Enduro 1.05%
Bontrager SE4 0.53%
Maxxis Aggressor 0.53%
Maxxis Shorty 0.53%
Schwalbe Big Betty 0.53%
Schwalbe Dirty Dan 0.53%
Specialized Eliminator 0.53%
Vee Tire Gravity Co 0.53%
WTB Vigilante 0.53%


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%
e*thirteen 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%
e*thirteen 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%


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Logarithmic chart of tire popularity over the past 4 years.







Tire Setup Opening Day 2023:

Tubeless 76%
Tubes 16%
Mixed 8%

Inserts 35.5%
No Inserts 64.5%


Tire Setup Opening Day 2022:

Tubeless 79%
Tubes 16%
Mixed 5%


Tire Setup Opening Day 2021:

Tubeless 54.74%
Tubes 33.68%
Mixed 11.58%


Tire Setup Opening Day 2020:

Tubeless 33.93%
Tubes 66.07%


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Linear chart of tubeless use over time.







Helmets Opening Day 2023:

TLD 33%
Fox 23%
Bell 10%
Giro 6%
POC 5%
100% 4%
Leatt 3%
Kali 3%
Specialized 3%
Fly 2%
IXS 2%
Smith 2%
Bluegrass 2%
7IDP 1%
661 1%


Helmets Opening Day 2022:

TLD 31%
Fox 28%
Bell 7%
IXS 6%
POC 6%
Leatt 5%
100% 3%
Giro 3%
7idp 2%
Kali 2%
Smith 2%
Bluegrass 1%
Fly 1%
Shift 1%
Shred 1%
Specialized 1%


Helmets Opening Day 2021:

TLD 26.32%
Fox 23.16%
100% 10.53%
IXS 6.32%
POC 6.32%
Smith 6.32%
Bell 5.26%
Kali 3.16%
661 2.11%
Giro 2.11%
Leatt 2.11%
Specialized 2.11%
Protec 1.05%
Scott 1.05%
Suomy 1.05%
Urge 1.05%


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%


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Linear chart of helmet popularity over time.








Neck Braces Opening Day 2023

No 95%
Yes 5%


Neck Braces Opening Day 2022

No 98%
Yes 2%


Neck Braces Opening Day 2021

No 88.42%
Yes 11.58%


Neck Braces Opening Day 2020

No 78.57%
Yes 21.43%


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Linear chart of neck brace usage over time.








Pads and protections Opening Day 2023:

Fox 32%
TLD 15%
POC 8%
Leatt 7%
Nothing 6%
Raceface 5%
Chromag 5%
7IDP 4%
IXS 4%
Space Brace 3%
Dakine 3%
"I don't know" 3%
G-Form 2%
Scott 2%
661 2%
Rapha 1%
100% 1%
Ion 1%


Pads and protections Opening Day 2022:

Fox 30%
Chromag 13%
TLD 11%
Raceface 9%
Leatt 6%
IXS 4%
POC 4%
G-Form 3%
Ion 3%
100% 2%
7idp 2%
Dakine 2%
No Pads 2%
Nukeproof 2%
ALK13 1%
Alpinestars 1%
Dainese 1%
"Elbow Pads on the Knees" 1%
"I don't know what I'm wearing" 1%
Rapha 1%
Scott 1%


Pads and protections Opening Day 2021:

Fox 22.35%
POC 16.47%
Race Face 12.94%
Dakine 9.41%
Chromag 8.24%
TLD 3.53%
Ion 2.35%
IXS 14.12%
7idp 2.35%
NF 2.35%
661 1.18%
Dainese 1.18%
G-Form 1.18%
Leatt 1.18%
Sweet Protection 1.18%


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%


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Linear chart of pad popularity over time.



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214 Comments
  • 310 2
 The mullets seem to be driving the ladies away. Disappointing, but numbers don't lie.
  • 73 1
 If you ever want lots of compliments from dudes only, get a mullet.
  • 12 2
 Since Ladies are only gone this year and mullet has been growing steadily for the whole time frame I would be looking at abrupt growth in number from 2022 to 2023. As such it has to be Continental tires and Transition bikes that are driving the ladies away ! Basically Henry is the culprit !
  • 3 1
 this post is epice mate!
  • 6 0
 I blame the headset routing.
  • 2 0
 @Ski-Jerry-13: Even more so with the mullets/stache combo!
  • 219 1
 "Elbow Pads on the Knees" 1%
"I don't know what I'm wearing" 1%

I have a feeling this is the same person
  • 37 0
 This a gear and bike check that needs to be done.
  • 36 0
 I'd bet elbow pads on knees person is approximately 6 years old.
  • 40 0
 @Td5819: It's only on a kneed to know basis
  • 3 0
 @toast2266: can confirm I did that at some point
  • 13 1
 @korev: Seeing a missed pun like that is pure agoknee for me.
  • 2 0
 I want what they are having
  • 1 0
 Some people have legs that are too small for leg pads. I have also seen a female rider who had knee pads and elbow pads below that to act as shin protection
  • 1 0
 @toast2266: Had a problem finding knee pads for my 5 yo skinny son and tried my elbow XL pads. It was possible but still too tight
  • 3 0
 @pakleni: Bring him to the pub with us, we can soon fatten him up!
  • 1 0
 @toast2266: i still do this for my kids, 6 and 8
  • 2 0
 @captainderp: IXS knee pads in KM and KL sizes are great and should fit good
  • 1 0
 @nickfranko: She can always can get kiddo pads. I'd be a smidge concerned if her legs and arms are smaller than those of my 5 year old.
  • 87 0
 No p-values? How can I know if these trends are statistically significant?
  • 16 0
 Ya beat me to it but since there's no hypothesis to validate, its just empirical data presented as-is so...ya know, even more fun. I was curious to know the total number of riders sampled though - if it was complete or just a subset....
  • 5 1
 A P value of less than filling a litre isn't worth doing...
  • 31 0
 Who cares about your p-value!? 26" is up 100% from last year! That's a trend, amirite...?
  • 1 4
 @korev: p-value*
  • 2 0
 @geephlow: No one does, we're all shit shitting around, but 26'' being up 100% is perfectly fine. I would've hypothesized 94% but without the number of riders... no way to know. Nor do I actually give a f*ck.
  • 55 0
 Who is the guy on a sram force axs bike?
  • 32 0
 Darth Vader
  • 1 0
 Was wondering what kind of sorcery set up they were running…
  • 33 0
 Mike Levy
  • 7 1
 Maybe some old guy remembering the days you ran road casettes and derails for weight and low profile? Now it makes no sense but it did back in the day. Not sure about Force but you could kinda make a Sram Rival work with X.0 Shifters and it was lighter than X.0 Derail at around 2011.
  • 24 0
 This actually makes sense. Mtb axs shifter, force axs derailleur and cassette = wireless DH Drivetrain
  • 8 0
 @spaced: SRAM Red 9-speed was a good cassette range for DH with a short cage X.0 derailleur/shifter. I ran that setup for like 5 years on a DH bike from like 2013 to 2018. Those Gen 1 X.0 derailleurs with the carbon cage were bulletproof and so crisp. We've lost our way...
  • 1 0
 Same guy with no rear shock.
  • 1 0
 @Brosol: Easy.... Force deraileur, with normal AXS controler, and road 12v speed cassete?!
  • 1 0
 Missing the one who was on a Shimano Altus last year or years before.
  • 2 0
 Maybe used as a wireless dh drivetrain?
  • 2 0
 This is exactly how semenuk rode a custom short cage axs at rampage.
  • 51 8
 How do they manage all the dead bodies from SRAM Code users? I have it on the best authority (i.e. other Pinkers) that they don't work any should be used to weight my bin liners.
  • 8 19
flag ruckuswithani FL (May 22, 2023 at 17:51) (Below Threshold)
 Exactly! I've noticed all the DH and enduro pros who ride for sram only win when the shimano, magura, trp, hayes and formula riders crashed out.
Side note, why do Pinkbikers worship Rockshox but hate Sram?
  • 13 1
 You're right, I remember I bought a bike with SRAM Codes and they tried shivving me on the trail. Can't believe anyone uses them
  • 7 0
 What about the Sram Guide users then?
  • 3 0
 @bashhard: there is a good chance the guide users won't survive the day.
  • 14 2
 @ruckuswithani: it’s not the brakes it’s always rider error. Instead of saying they’re not very good or don’t know how to work on their bike. There’s probably more codes in circulation than every other bike put together despite generally costing more. They’ve probably won more WC’s and EWS than any other brake too but they’re not good enough for some random dribbler off the pinkbike comments section. Makes sense.
  • 1 0
 @thenotoriousmic: Complete agree. If there's one thing Pinkbikers struggle with too, it's obvious sarcasm haha
  • 2 0
 @bashhard: God forbid… LEVEL T
**shiver**
  • 30 0
 What happened to the neck brace? Did everyone just stop having neck/spinal injuries? Why did everyone slowly stop wearing them?
  • 3 0
 I'd also like to know. At one point it seemed like they were everywhere now you'd be pretty hard pressed to find one on a busy weekend.
  • 15 0
 Marketing effort then Less marketing effort now
  • 5 3
 Some people think neck braces compromise your position on the bike, specifically Ryan Hughes
  • 27 0
 Fashion, simple as that. Monkey see monkey do (or doesn't do in this case)
  • 2 10
flag jrocksdh (May 22, 2023 at 22:32) (Below Threshold)
 I'd suggest bikes and trails are less sketchy-skills are up.
  • 4 0
 Probably out of fashion. I would really like to wear mine and it's okay-ish for park riding where you are more upright. BUT if I want to get aggressive, elbows out, and keep the head up, I can't.
  • 6 0
 The bikes got so much better & safer. You don't need it anymore. It's like you don't wear helmets in race cars anymore...oh wait...

//IronyOff
  • 8 9
 Proper position and mobility allows you to not crash (or at least crash less) and neck braces negatively impact both of these variables. It is better to reduce the number of crash all together rather than increasing your risk of crashing but reducing one very specific potential injury. That's why people keep wearing protection that don't impact their position and mobility despite no marketing push, trend and such.
  • 5 3
 @Balgaroth: If a neck brace inhibits mobility... it's not set up correctly.
Unless youre a free rider hitting back flips on the regular
  • 2 3
 Maybe during rona times people were more concerned with safety
  • 1 0
 @casualcyclist: well ya the geo and suspension has really put riders into a safer place when the front end dips abruptly. Add the fact that there's been another decade of progression of skill.
The kids have the skills that many of us didnt have until young adults.
Some surfers wear helmets, most dont.
  • 2 2
 I believe it to be because of the modern geometry trends.

If the bike is longer, the rider is more "stretched out" and their torso is more parallel to the ground. This causes the rider to be "looking up" more, and this can sometimes be interfered with when wearing a neck brace.

Older bikes tended to have a more upright geometry, and this allowed the rider's neck to stay straighter and thus be less affected by a neck brace.

But this is only a theory.
  • 27 1
 Please make a full bike and gear check with the folks answering “I don’t know”, for any of these questions.
  • 28 1
 % internal headset routing?
  • 5 0
 probably hanged on the spot
  • 30 4
 26 isn't dead!
  • 66 0
 The number of people on 26" wheeled bikes doubled in one year. Another six years from now, more than 100% will be on 26" wheeled bikes.
  • 19 0
 @vinay: The numbers don't lie.
  • 5 2
 Yup. My 12 yo rides a 26
  • 5 0
 @vinay: there is a simpson bit about this and disco records.....so you know....



the simpsons did it first. Big Grin
  • 1 0
 and michelin tires out of stock ey ?
  • 4 4
 26 was never dead: it just isn't used on most trail bikes. This isn't really a place for trail bike and the extra strength of the 26 is super-beneficial, as-is the ability to get a relatively cheap 26er DH bike for bashing around on DH trails
  • 2 0
 @Mtbdialed: Oh yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if at least half of my comments on here can be linked to The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy or another popular animation. I haven't seen many of those, let alone memorize them. But as they say, great minds think alike.

26" rims, tires and inserts will continue to be available. And whoever assembles a bike is free to install them, especially on trail bikes actually. I noticed that someone elses 27.5x2.2 tire (something from Schwalbe, installed and inflated) is pretty much the same diameter as my Conti Trail King 26x2.4 (on a rim with 29mm inner width). So it seems to me like if you have an XC, DC or trail bike with 27.5" wheels, you could just as well run 26". I don't think it matters that much.
  • 1 0
 I’m still in the 26” category. I’m riding a 2013 Orange Alpine with an angled headset. I’m only 5’7” tall and have short arms and legs. I find the smaller wheels to be more comfortable. I really wish just one company would make a modern Geo 26” bike. I bet it would be a blast to ride.
  • 1 0
 @fattyheadshok: My BTR is from 2018 but they can still make it whichever way you want. Curtis also offers 26" frames but no full suspension 26" specific models. As I mentioned above though, I wonder how much off a 27.5" wheeled bike would be with 26" wheels installed, especially if it was designed around narrower 27.5" tires (like the 27.5x2.2 I mentioned). And if full 26" doesn't work, maybe only 26" in the back? I can't think of a brand that currently offers a modern off the shelf 26" specific frame (as both BTR and Curtis build to order). I discussed with Cy back when Cotic had their regular Flare and Rocket (27.5" specific) frames and had build options with 2.2" wide tires and indeed you'd be fine with 26x2.4 tires. Maybe this goes for the Orange Five Evo too, you could ask.
  • 26 1
 F to the guy running non-series Tektro brakes. See you in hospital
  • 21 0
 DT Swiss should be pretty happy
  • 10 0
 and Mavic blew it sometime in the last 10 years.
  • 1 0
 @yonibois: proprietary spokes is probably the main turnoff for mavics
  • 1 0
 @yonibois: Saw one set on the hill all day.
  • 18 1
 All that I see is that 26” wheels increased by 100% since last year #26aintdead
  • 13 0
 I would be more interested in how many people change components from stock set up to something else. That would really show useful info if most everyone is just running stock those numbers don’t mean much
  • 13 0
 Super Monster forks and Norco A-Line frames not included in results despite verifiable proof of usage. Flawed data. Please re-run study and submit for review.
  • 9 0
 Ya they never surveyed me! I wonder if they do that study in the first hour when the line up was longest, I got there a tad late.
  • 12 0
 Next year can someone please turn up with flat pedal on the left, clip in on the right on their recumbent and wearing a watermelon as a helmet? Please.
  • 21 0
 What? So Kirt Voreis wasn't there for opening day?
  • 22 7
 yeah Fuck you 29ers
  • 1 1
 No fck u, dolphin
  • 14 1
 Bit of a cock-fest this year
  • 13 0
 And 100% of those Fox X2 were mixing oil and air
  • 12 0
 In other words, I have a very unpopular bike
  • 13 1
 Prayers up for the guys on Avids and Tektros.
  • 13 2
 26 is lingering in the air like old knee pad stench
  • 4 0
 Like last year's sealant splatters
  • 21 0
 100% increase since last year, the comeback's on baby!
  • 2 0
 I was going to ask — holding steady at 2 percent for the last couple years. I wonder at what point people will pull the plug and we can declare it dead. Then again, I admire these peoples’ no-quit attitude in a way.
  • 4 0
 29 is dead
  • 2 1
 @TheR: It’s likely a kids bike. Plenty of high end bikes for 10-12yr olds out there with 26” wheels.
  • 10 2
 Tire Setup:
Mixed 8%


so almost 10% were setup as tubeless lat ast season, cut a sidewall or other non-plugable scenario, threw a tube into the goop and are still riding it? Done that for several seasons!
  • 2 2
 Or people ride the ProCore insert in one tire only.
  • 6 1
 Dang, shoutout Kona Process 153. Level with the S Enduro and Megatower AND Slayer? I guess Henry’s review did the trick

P.S. I know this means nothing.
  • 4 1
 The Process 153 is the best bike I’ve ever ridden. I have the pre-Alhongaaaaaaa model, though. I’ll be switching to something else next year, but it will be hard to beat.
  • 2 0
 @TheR: HAH - I have the Alhonga model minus the Alhongas - and in Yellow . It def shreds, especially in Henry approach of a full coil setup.
  • 3 0
 @iduckett: I was thinking of setting mine up with a coil and maybe a cascade link. I have a 2019 carbon model. I think the newer ones like yours have a little bit more aggressive geometry, but mine is fun and poppy.
  • 1 0
 @TheR: Noice! I think we've had this conversation before Razz . The SLED is def my style of bike, but poppy and fun are good too! I'm looking forward to when/if cascade makes a link for the 21+ 153s.
  • 4 0
 1% rocking the Radic Kahas. Excited to see some reviews on those brakes! So far I’ve read multiple places that folks enjoy them equally as much as their trickstuff brakes but for half the costs
  • 5 1
 It’s probably just me but I can’t get over how Code brakes are lumped together but XT, SLX, and Deore are counted separately.
  • 4 0
 Of CODEs in Survey:

-RSC 53%
-RS 7%
-R 37%
-AVID 3%
  • 9 4
 i know its an mtb blog but some data visualization youtube videos might be a good idea
  • 2 1
 Plenty of charts (data visualisations).
  • 6 0
 Linear chart of neck brace use… with logarithmic y-axis? Hmm…
  • 3 0
 At least there were no pie charts this time.
  • 5 0
 You really telling me that for the last few years no one has been riding a propain at whistler!
  • 2 0
 no one they asked, people for sure do
  • 3 0
 I saw a propain at Whistler last summer; it stood out so much I had to chat up the owner. He was from UK. The brand has had no presence over here until recently
  • 2 0
 Not on the opening day,it seems.
  • 3 0
 I'm more confused that someone was riding a Rocky Thunderbolt in the park. Nice bike, but yikes.
  • 2 0
 @rrolly: I think they're ok, seen plenty of kids on xc hardtails there (including my 2005 self)
  • 4 0
 @rrolly: ha that was me on the Thunderbolt. I didn't get a chance to prep my Firebird for park or even for riding as have been skiing right to the end. Went for a ride on some Whistler North trails, finished up and then went over to the park. Was surprised to walk right on.

Kept it simple and chill and stuck to B-Line, HoChiMinh, CIU, Hod, then the old classic Del Boca Vista. Did not die; did not break the bike. Helps a lot that there's a stunning lack of brake bumps.
  • 4 0
 So if I add up the fox 40 and the boxxer numbers and assume that is the all the DH bikes, just goes to show the DH bike market is in sharp decline.
  • 10 1
 Really good point. I added up Dual and Single crown numbers for each year. 2022 is a bit of an outlier. Otherwise you can see a steady decline in dual crown forks.

Year Dual Single
2019 53 34
2020 45 54
2021 42 57
2022 57 43
2023 40 59

And yes, apparently only about 85% of bikes had forks in 2019. Around 15% unicycles. More than I expected!
  • 3 0
 Next year I'll make sure, I'll get 50 female riders to line up, when the Pinkbike Census Bureau representative shows up, to boost that number on those highly accurate statistics Wink
  • 6 0
 I love the stats.
  • 9 4
 69% riding a 27.5" rear wheel, because fun size
  • 5 0
 I think more dads are wearing neck braces at Duthy any given weekend
  • 10 0
 Kids will do that to you.
  • 2 4
 @noplacelikeloam: risk a broken collarbone ?
  • 10 0
 @spaced: better than a broken neck
  • 5 0
 @spaced: hmmmmm let me see, broken bone or spinal injury.... Tough choice I guess
  • 5 0
 @Eviljarv: have broken vertebrae in my neck and back. 0/10 would not recommend.
  • 1 0
 @spaced: Make you realize that maybe risking excessive injury for a sport is kind of selfish when there are little ones looking up at you and expecting you to be around. Its not just about you anymore.
  • 1 0
 @tomfoolerybackground: Is this a double negative? Im confused.
  • 1 0
 @porkchopsandwich: That syntax is why I try not to send work emails after 8:00 PM. I don’t not recommend not breaking vertebrae. Better?
  • 1 0
 I just love that one of the bikes in these pictures, the exact bike, is currently in my shop. Big Grin can't wait to shred it and see if it lives up to the hype! I am not sure how, but Matt Beer appears to have solidly knocked an I9 FRONT wheel out of true. LMAO. Thanks for the work Matt!!

it will also be making a comeback to WBP for a few days in July!
  • 1 0
 What are people running in terms of protection at the bike park? I’ve got a pair of lightweight “trail” knee and elbow pads and wondering if I should step I up the level of protection for bike park days for heavier duty pads.
  • 1 0
 Definitely. I just took a spill a couple of days ago in my fox/race face trail pads. It was a reminder for me that when the speeds and sends are up, these comfy pads would not help me keep riding for the rest of the day if I took a spill.
  • 1 0
 There are a lot of light trail knee pads out there that are really just glorified rash guards.
  • 4 2
 Frames seem to be half DH and half Enduro for 2023. And almost half are older bikes if they're full 27.5 wheels. What a short life that wheelsize lived.
  • 2 0
 Not sure about the veracity of this survey. I was there at the opening with my Devinci Chainsaw with Michelin tire and I don't see it on the result.
  • 1 0
 Were you wearing camo, by chance?
  • 4 0
 Forks: Monster T 1%
  • 2 0
 is the lower female turn out because of the declining Cycling market at the moment?
  • 1 0
 Why would this impact women disproportionately?
  • 5 1
 We won't let 27.5 die!
  • 1 0
 Preach brother! Death to 29.
  • 2 0
 I think Pinkbike should build up a giveaway bike each year using the most popular components from each list.
  • 2 0
 Charity raffle idea: PB builds up a bike using the weirdest mix of components from this survey and auctions it off with a trip to Whistler.

I'm still waiting to see the Force AXS build.
  • 3 0
 Shootout to fella on Chromag Hardtail!
  • 2 0
 another 1% realized the bike park/big wheel combo sucks ass. 26 lives and thrives
  • 2 0
 Fox Float X2 13% - Should have done a end of day report with them to see how many of them failed after one day.
  • 3 0
 2023 no yeti's. . . . . . . ha ha
  • 2 0
 I want to see some of those 1% Pinion C1.6 bikes.
  • 1 0
 You'll probably see some (or one) Zerode G3...
  • 2 0
 No Pads and Protections ain't dead. Yet.
  • 6 0
 Nope, just the people that think that way are dying. Darwinism.
  • 2 0
 Dats a lotta mullets. And data.
  • 1 0
 I want to know front and rear travel that people are using. I could look it up but too many bikes.
  • 2 0
 Log scale certainly makes the charts interesting to interpret.
  • 1 0
 Am I reading this right that the decrease in 26" in 2020/21 correlated with an almost equal increase in 27.5" . Makes sense.
  • 2 0
 Good to see TRP brakes getting the recognition they deserve.
  • 2 0
 Well by the look of the queues, nobody's really riding anything.
  • 3 0
 29ers are dying then?
  • 1 0
 A couple data points I'd like to see added. Coil vs air rear shocks and carbon vs aluminum rims.
  • 2 0
 Wheel size graph is incorrect for 26”.
  • 1 0
 Love seeing these metrix thank you for posting, great job... 1 Canfield, gotta love it
  • 2 0
 TRP Making it's way on the podium in the braking category...Nice Work TRP.
  • 1 0
 Glad I bought Transition stock.
  • 1 0
 Saw a lot of Patrols last year.
  • 1 0
 Maybe some joey interviews next year
  • 3 2
 26 is flat lining... Clear! ZAP! Its not responding!!
  • 1 0
 Soon enough my restoMod Straight 8 will make an appearance
  • 1 0
 Some lucky duck got their hands on a Zerode G3 already!
  • 1 0
 Interesting to see that not many people wear Smith helmets.
  • 1 0
 what about cable tourism?
  • 1 0
 I know there was a bunch of kids on 24" bikes though.....
  • 2 0
 Turner dhr rip. Frown
  • 1 3
 My takeaway is most people ride their bikes with the stock crap instead of spending unholy anounts of cash for truly high performance bikes. Hmm... rent, or brakes and shocks that actually work right.....
  • 1 0
 Helmets
100% 4%

So 4% were from 100%? That makes 96%. Winner.
  • 1 0
 26" and mullet line charts are mixed up. 2020 data point should be swapped
  • 1 0
 26” making a comeback! Haha it never left in my world though.
  • 2 1
 Why no Transmission drivetrains?
  • 1 0
 Shout out to the 1% riding a chromag stylus
  • 1 0
 How many riders wearing spandex on opening day?
  • 1 0
 TLD FTW yeah
  • 1 2
 60% of people running tubes in 2020? Seems way high. Unless it had to do with covid + noobs that didn’t inow any better.
  • 1 0
 Sample size?
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