Pinkbike Poll: Which Top-10 EWS Racer Has the Best Looking Bike?

Jun 25, 2021 at 10:48
by Alicia Leggett  
We talk quite a bit about the way bikes ride, but we all know that if you're going to throw thousands of dollars at a bike, you'd probably like it to be one that you enjoy looking at lovingly when it's sitting at home with you. So without further ado, we'll let you judge for yourself which of the top-10 EWS racers has the prettiest bike of them all.

Always the one to beat Isabeua Courdurier
Isabeau Courdurier's winning Lapierre Spicy.

Second place finish for Morgane Charre just edging out Pugin who finished third.
Morgane Charre's new Pivot Firebird.

Melanie Pugin's BH Lynx.

Andreane Lathier Nadeau on the gas
Andreane Lanthier Nadeau's Rocky Mountain Altitude.

Fifth place for Noga Korem.
Noga Korem's GT prototype.

Katy Winton's Nukeproof Giga.

Caro Gehrig's Norco Range.

Ella Conolly's new Cannondale Jekyll.

Harriet Harnden's Trek Slash.

Rae Morrison would round out the women s top 10
Rae Morrison's Liv Hail.

Which of the top-10 women has your favorite bike?

Richie Rude stayed consistently fast all day long. He made few mistakes on the last stage but crushed the first three enough to barely keep the lead at the finish.
Richie Rude's Yeti SB150.

The racing was extremely tight at the top of the men s field. Jack Moir managed to pull back enough time on the fourth stage to barely miss out on the win over Rude.
Jack Moir's Canyon Strive.

Jesse Melamed took third but wasn t that far off of second. In fact the entire men s top 10 finished within the same minute.
Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Altitude.

Matt Walker's new and mysterious Pivot Firebird (as seen above under Morgane Charre).

Zakarias Johansen's 40th-anniversary-edition Ibis Ripmo.

Dimitri Tordo's Canyon Spectral.

Seventh for Jose Borges.
Jose Borges' Canyon Strive.

Robin Wallner is on the same anniversary edition Ibis as Zakarias Johansen. Same same, here, but clearer.

Antoine Vidal's Commencal Meta.

Charlie Murray's Specialized Enduro.

Which of the top-10 men has your favorite bike?


  • 136 5
 Odd. I never thought of the Ripmo as much of a looker. The meta on the other hand...
  • 57 3
 I think if it was any other stock Ripmo it may not have won. But they KILLED it with the 40 yr anniversary throwback colors on these.
  • 26 6
 @wilsonians: Minus the orange Fox fork. A nice clean black Zeb must have been on backorder.
  • 8 0
 @stevemokan: sponsored by fox, cant run zeb
  • 15 1
 I’d buy a ripmo, it’s the perfect bike. I really would… But I’m short, and the smaller the frame size , the uglier that frame gets. So I’m holding out for a transition
  • 7 2
 Never really like the look of the Ripmo or Ibis bikes in general, but they handle really well. Quite light, sharp, and responsive. If they made the meta in carbon, it would be a head turner.
  • 21 22
 Yeah that ripmo only looks OK because of the paint job. Still some of the worst looking bikes imo
  • 11 10
 Agreed. That meta looks so clean. The only thing saving that Ripmo is the paint job.
  • 5 1
 Meta all day!
  • 3 0
 @gunnyhoney: have you ever seen a Walmart bike?
  • 1 1
 @eebz: hey I said "some" of the worst looking ok
  • 1 0
 @short-but-sweet: thanks mate! What color and size?
  • 2 0
 @Grosey: always a small for me - ‘ username checks out ‘ haha

I’ll take anything in the lineup, but I’m keenly eyeing a spur. Either colour option will do
  • 1 1
 Those clevis mounts always look dinky to me, hard pass.
  • 3 0
 @short-but-sweet: interesting. I always thought the exact opposite. Looks average in smaller sizes and then pretty much just a Walmart bike in the large. Maybe it's just a happy(ish) middle ground where it doesn't look too bad in medium
  • 1 1
 Commencal wins Bike is so sexy.
  • 1 3
 @komye-west: also the ZEB has a horrible damper compared to the Grip2 or Ohlins. there is no way any pro is running the stock setup.
  • 1 0
 @short-but-sweet: check geo charts. Ibis M size is close to Transition S size.
  • 1 0
 @cebolla: that may be (though reach numbers are quite different, ibis bring longer than transition’s)

But I’m talking aesthetics: I don’t like swoopy tubes, which is why I won’t buy an ibis, a giant or a various pívot models. It’s personal taste I guess

Straight tubes for me please
  • 2 0
 Meta V. Ripmp = Angular vs. Curvey
  • 1 0
 @short-but-sweet: That's why I bought a Foxy R, sweet aesthetics and good geo
  • 1 0
 @mtbxever: I have a full custom Foxy RR carbon. best bike ever
  • 1 0
 @conoat: I really like my stock Zeb, just like you liked your outdated geometry Wink
  • 1 0
 @Winjones8: lmao. are you trying to say a 2021 Mondraker Foxy has outdated geo????
  • 1 0
 @conoat: haha no, just trying to have a little fun. The head tube angle on the foxy wouldn’t work for me but if it works for you then go for it
  • 2 0
 @Winjones8: 66 or 65 degrees doesn't work for you? on an enduro? the foxy comes with an angleset so you have a choice. if you run it at 170mm and -1º, it sits at 64.3º. how would that not work for you, unless you want it steeper than 66?
  • 1 0
 @conoat: I prefer not overforking my bike to get the head tube angle I want… slacker seat tube angle, higher bb, etc.
  • 2 0
 @Winjones8: 170 isnt overforking a foxy though. in fact, they spec the XR with a 170.
  • 1 0
 @conoat: alright man just going with what the geo chart says
  • 95 15
 Ya'll nasty voting for that Ripmo!
  • 5 0
 It's almost like the paint matters a lot and most bikes are either one boring color or bright colors that look bad.
  • 6 0
 Paint won it for me - and I'm guessing for most that voted for it. Ignoring the paintjob of the bikes, I think Yeti would win my vote.
  • 52 6
 Ripmo is a really awkward looking bike in my eyes. Looks like it’s been painted by a 15 yr old here.
  • 5 7
 So I'm not the only one who sees that. It's like when you compare amateur automotive design to guys in the industry that are known to be really good.. Confidence, cleanliness of the lines and a sense of speed. This is more like that average guy in your industrial design course that can sketch ok but doesn't have a clue about proportion or speed...not the guys Aston Martin pick up and drop them their card on graduation day for sure.
  • 3 4
Aston Martin is not a milestone in car design but we get what you meant to say.

Automotive design in general does not transfer well to the bicycling world because of the drastically different structures, shapes and requirements for best function, so looking a moto bikes is a better indicator for great design and performance .

Like the Nigel Page bike a few days ago
  • 3 0
 @Danzzz88: great description, but this graphic designer happened to pick two really nice crayons to colour it in, and that can go a long way.
  • 1 0
 @L0rdTom: Sometimes that's all it takes!
  • 2 0
 This may be true, but the other bikes are pretty boring in comparison. Makes sense that it got the votes. Its the only one the looked like it was not a stock colorway.
  • 46 1
 I didn't see my bike so poll is invalid
  • 5 19
flag sspiff (Jun 25, 2021 at 12:10) (Below Threshold)
 Are you a top ten EWS racer?
  • 74 2
 @sspiff: top ten PB commenter
  • 9 2
  • 4 0
 they didn't ask about my favorite privateer bro buddy. he's so fast and rad on my home trails, he must be international elite. why is pinkbike shunning him/us?
  • 22 0
 Not top 10, but I like the looks of the Devinci prototype.
  • 19 0
 This is a confusing poll. Having a list of the bikes beside the athlete would make it a bit easier.
  • 19 1
 I love a lot of these frames, but a lot of them look terrible as a complete bike because of the clashing orange Fox fork
  • 8 0
 Yeah I wish there was a frame that really matched those orange fork lowers...wait a sec...
  • 4 1
 @lpat1717: that's why I said "a lot of them" not "all of them". The Pivot is nice but matching colors aren't enough to make it a favorite for me. I actually prefer the complementary turquoise and orange Yeti or the forest green and orange Norco over that Pivot
  • 1 0
 @lpat1717: you ask a question of personal artistic taste and you get different, personal answers.
  • 12 0
 The highlighter green color on the Canyons IMO looks cheap and doesn't compliment mtb surroundings the way other highlighter colors do. It's like some cheap green color from my 90's childhood that I can't quite put my finger on.
  • 1 0
 Supersoaker Green? it's something like that. Doesn't work for bikes.
  • 3 1
 @ridethiccbc: like kawasaki's? Yeah - F that! Oil Slick everything... am I right!
  • 1 0
 The glow in the dark paint that was on everything.
  • 10 0
 Man, I thought Cannondale rocked the design of the new Jekyll, but that small or XS that Ella Connolly is on looks like it ran into a wall at 40mph.
  • 1 0
 Such is the result of same fork and wheel size and a shrunk frame. Just looks wrong in the smaller size. Perhaps as a 27.5 it would be more balanced in the smaller frame size.
  • 1 0
 Agreed, the cannondale and nukeproof are good looking bikes IMO, but ruined in the smaller sizes.
  • 17 7
 None of them actually.
  • 4 0
 pretty much. I went for safety orange for visability and continuity
  • 1 0
 @quesoquesoqueso: surprised you propped the yellow cheese.

I don't know which is best-looking, but Spesh is erectest, and won a stage.

Show us some high-pivot podium wizardry, Gehrigs; your chances are doublish
  • 6 0
 It's not fair when you can't see all the bikes under the same conditions... The pivot seems has a killing lines... But just gessing by the picture...
  • 5 2
 That Ibis might be a decently engineered bike, but the industrial design is just AWFUL. It looks awkward as hell. No consistency, no coherence, just a mess. Who ever designed the Ibis made a lot of regrettable mistakes. The Lapierre Spicy is actually the perfect antithesis to that.
  • 4 2
 A lot of minging bikes at the mo. Easy win for the Yeti, with the Commy and Canyon also not too bad. Also, they should check the ventilation and PPE equipment in factories, cuz the people who painted a few of these rigs seem to have been fairly high at the time.
  • 16 9
 cough* cough* cough*....
  • 11 1
 Show us!!
  • 7 1
 Yeti and Pivot best looking bikes in the industry in my opinion.
  • 5 3
 @abouvet: Dentist or New to bikes?
  • 2 0
 @Grosey: Lol I wish. I currently ride a v1 Ripmo
  • 3 0
 Maybe just my browser but the mix of regular shots along with "view this post on instagram" is dumb. Gotta get those bonus click counts I guess.
  • 2 0
 I really like FS bikes where the seat stay follows the line of the top tube. Like a smaller hardtail style. I think the Mondraker Foxy does it the best. That straight line from head tube to rear axle is so clean looking.
  • 1 0
 @L0rdTom: I was just stating my opinion, but then as usual trolls like the above make comments such as "you're f*cked. Shut up and go make your fork more plush". I dish out what I get, attitude goes both ways.

Ignoring that, there isn't really much of a conversation to be had, it's my opinion after all, not a fact, there clearly is many people that love IBIS bikes so I'm not going to say they are all wrong or have bad taste etc...I'm just stating what I see having been through design school and what in my opinion is good design or not. I can see the reason and intent behind the design, I can see the kind of vibe they are trying to achieve, I just feel it could be executed in a better way, a sense of speed and dynamics brought to the design rather than just flowy curves for the sake of having flowy curves. Car designers spend months, if not years fine tuning the lines and volumes on a car, a few mm here, a few mm there, how it catches the light, how the mass looks proportioned from an aesthetic point of view etc etc... I'm not saying everything that applies to automotive applies to MTB design because it does not, but a lot of it does, after all, it is all grouped under industrial design, and I can see the tightness in that sketch from IBIS I posted, this is a very beginners trait to have, to be tight and constricted when you draw, it produces awkward designs that look a bit is a trait of being new to the field and not having enough experience to quickly execute quick, whispy lines on the paper with results in you spending ages on a mediocre sketch when you could be churning out lots of fast interesting ideas.

Like when you look at the original IBIS Mojo, why does it suddenly kink before the seatube, by such a small amount and over such a short distance with no reference to anything else around it, it just looks awkward like someone dropped a weight on it and dented it, then they smoothed everything over afterwards.
  • 1 0
 ibis ripmo YFKM, UGLIEST COLOUR COMBO EVER & BIKE THERE!!! GMaFB show us a decent pic of every bike in the contest FFS!! ibis ripmo colours reminds me of how much I could not stand skiing back in the 80's because of the neon fashion trends blanketing the slopes.
  • 3 0
 Would have voted for the Ripmo with nearly any other fork option. Had to go for the metal option as a close second!
  • 1 1
 On my second ripmo. Bikes amazing but... chainsuck plate err sucks... noisy as hell then the metal plate falls off. After all that nice work it simply sucks. Rear shock tune also runs so sensitive and consistently bottoming out. Last issue is the cable outing for uk rear brakes absolutely sucks. But... great climber and great all over the hill. Torn what to do next...
  • 1 0
 Ha! I’ll buy it from you (as well hundreds, if not thousands of others on PB who can’t get one in over a year! ) : )
  • 1 0
 I'll buy it from you make, by the way there are some decent workarounds online for that portion of the housing getting stuck in the rear triangle.
  • 1 0
 Weird. My shock tune was almost too progressive. I’m 200lbs and on the XL AF. Super efficient pedaller but rarely got full travel. I recently pulled the shock and found it had two volume spacers installed. I removed one and now it is way more plush. Still a great pedaller but I’m actually getting full travel with only occasional bottom outs
  • 2 0
 @toop182: so your favorite looking bike was.... who gives a shit, but let me tell you more about me? Rad!
  • 4 0
 Bikes with orange forks shouldn't even be an option.
  • 2 0
 My favourite is the yeti sb150 except for the orange forks. I don't like that so many riders ruin a nice frame with hideous colours.
  • 2 0
 I find that Norco really ugly, the seat tube is bad top to bottom and looks slapped together like a prototype they forgot to finish. Guess I'm wrong.
  • 3 0
 I really like that Enduro and the all black Commencal.
  • 3 0
 Noga Korem - GT PROTOTYPE
  • 1 0
 Yeah true
  • 1 0
 What did you voted, and why !?
  • 2 0
 @TARTARA: have a look above. Yeti, because it's not a difficult choice.
  • 6 3
 There needs to be a 'none of the above' choice.
  • 4 1
 The canyon colourway is sweet !
  • 3 0
 I agree. I think the spectral looks better than the strive though. The black and green look awesome together!
  • 2 0
 Hey PB: those of us who don't use Instagram can't see half the bikes.

Caro Gehrig is wearing the best looking jersey.
  • 2 0
 Did you vote for a bike with a clashing orange fork?

Well then you can just F right off.
  • 1 0
 Always thought the Ripmo was ugly. Then I bought one 2 years ago- and it is less ugly. Actually rides nice..I like dual link bikes.
  • 2 0
 Went with the ones I could see and identify as a bike. Get some better pics!
  • 4 1
 Turq Yeti is incompatible with Orange fox to my eyes, I'm unhappy Frown
  • 1 3
 Fair enough, but as you say that has been awarded by the bicycle industry not a design industry.. that's like the automotive industry awarding Cadbury for their chocolate bars.. you could argue the designs are innovative in the sense no one else is really doing similar designs at least the older models but tbh I think people are more looking at the complex swoopy organic curves and blends to the carbon layup than the actual design itself as a could literally make it any shape and introduce undefined organic shapes and cutouts and it will acheive the same results.... I have an sb165 currently, I think it looks good, I don' think it looks amazing though, the Sb6 looked better for a start but Yeti manage to achieve beutiful design with simplicity... Yeti's are known to be good looking yet they are some of the simplest designs out there with basic paintjobs, and this all comes back to what I said, lines need to have purpose and direction, that's why Yeti's manage to look beautiful (at least the sb6 more so than the new crop), fast, aggressive and purposeful yet extremely clean in their design, no complex randomly placed kinks and cutouts here and there (ok maybe the bb area on the current crop, but that was at least a logical choice based on function over form) just good, clean, purposeful design produced by a professional designer.
  • 2 0
 The canyon colourway is Not sure about the bike though
  • 2 0
 Personally think that Jekyll is hideous
  • 2 0
 Everyone diggin the range! Norco is kicking some ass these days.
  • 2 0
 They're all sh*t! Get a Grim Donut you hippies.
  • 2 0
 can hardly see most of the bikes in images
  • 2 0
 Commencal Meta is so sexy.
  • 1 0
 Its a shame that ibis got ruined by the kashima and orange lowers. orange lowers also don't belong on that yeti imo.
  • 1 0
 Fox Orange paint must be on backorder.... *Pivot paint guy "Got anything close?"
  • 2 1
 Nice thumbnail troll with the hideous fork (bike is so nice though).
  • 1 0
 Incredible, I almost chose the new Jekyll!
  • 4 4
 Maybe the Ripmo doesn't strike the same chord for those of us who weren't biking 40 years ago...
  • 5 4
 Need a Geometron or Dreadnought up there...
  • 1 0
  • 1 2
 Love the looks of the Ripmo but that purple,,,,Dat blurple,,, just ruins the look, but that's just my opinion, Ibis Ripmo still the best bike I have ridden,,,,,
  • 4 2
 That ripmo ugly af
  • 1 0
 The new Pivot Firebird and Norco Range are sexy AF! Drool
  • 1 0
 Had a Range last year great bike! Saw the new one yesterday, oh my!!!.
  • 1 0
 Would have voted for the Devinci given the chance!
  • 1 0
 That all black Spicy really turns me on
  • 1 0
 That commencal is average compared to the Signature model, just quietly
  • 1 0
 Has the cannondale melted?
  • 1 0
  • 3 2
 Ripmo for the win
  • 1 1
 Greg’s black high pívot Da Vinci is fireeee
  • 1 0
 Commencal all day!
  • 1 0
 Ugh that Ibis is ugly AF
  • 1 3
 They have all got the best looking bike apart from any of them with a faddy Mullet Bike!!
  • 3 5
 Definitely none of the above!
  • 2 0
 I'm with you. Pro bikes are kinda ugly. they have to ride performance parts with no consideration for matchy-matchy.
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