Jessie-May Morgan Joins Pinkbike's Technical Editorial Team

Oct 27, 2023 at 9:38
by Brian Park  

We're excited to have experienced bike journalist and dog enthusiast Jessie-May Morgan joining our tech team. Reporting to the Cycling Gear Director Mike Kazimer (a well deserved promotion for Kaz), she'll be covering gear news and writing reviews for both Pinkbike and Velo.

Jessie-May is Welsh, but based in Scotland near Seb, Ed, and Cathro. Despite apparently being unable to hold a conversation in Welsh, she can pronounce the place name Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (yes, that's a real place). Before joining the bike industry she was a research scientist in the field of immunology. These days, she's fast on an enduro bike and brings her technical expertise and track record of great gear coverage to the team; she has a long history of beating us to big scoops, so we're glad to have her on board!

bigquotesI’m really happy to be joining the team! I'm especially looking forward to sharing a perspective as a shorter mountain biker.Jessie-May Morgan

Photo Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland - Pete Scullion
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  • 234 4
 Love that she's explicitly looking to provide a tech editor's perspective on bikes for shorter riders. Our industry does a pretty crap job of meeting the needs of taller and shorter riders, so these are the voices we need. And, obviously, she's a woman, which brings a perspective that's also in pretty short supply around these parts (mountain biking in general, not just Pinkbike). Cheers.
  • 104 2
 As a short rider I appreciate this. All the "you need a minimum of 200mm of drop" comments do not apply to us.
  • 69 67
 @Offrhodes: they actually don't apply to anybody
  • 11 0
 Agreed. My wife has struggled with setup forever given her stature. Most modern Enduro bikes don’t work well for smaller riders and require a big compromise either on the up or down.
  • 14 7
 Definitely agree! Now would be rad to see the XLs regularly getting tested
  • 49 1
 @stormracing, that's where Seb Stott comes in. We have pretty much the whole size range covered at this point.
  • 12 7
 @Offrhodes:
What if I told you there are frames where you can have 200mm drop on a size small? Surely that’s truly catering to the market.
  • 3 0
 @mikekazimer: Are you still going to be writing articles and reviews?
  • 42 0
 @warmerdamj, yep, I sure will.
  • 6 1
 Congrats! So how short are you? 5'0" lady friend wants to know Smile
  • 1 0
 @notthatfast: What's the compromise though, there has to be at least one
  • 8 0
 Seb's reviews are greatly appreciated as a similar height rider.
  • 8 1
 @warmerdamj: im 5'7 and I run a 170mm dropper on an older Santa Cruz Bronson, so 200mm droppers are probably very relevant for taller riders, especially on modern bikes which often have a lower seat tube.
  • 3 0
 @Offrhodes: tell me , when you buy a bike do you get it with a stock 210 and then have to get a shorter one? Maybe there’s been a mix up. Look under your seats! It’s the wrong length dropper! You get one, you get one! Everyone gets one !
  • 11 0
 @mikekazimer: Congrats on the promotion! And yes, in additon to Seb, let's get Cathro in on XL bike and apparel testing! I'm only 6'1" but 90% of MTB pants and long-sleeved jerseys and jackets are way too short for me. High ape-index & tall folks could really use some "here are market's best tall & long option" articles every so often as stuff wears out and offerings change.
  • 6 0
 @warmerdamj: true. I need 210 although 240 is preferable. I’m 6’9”.
  • 3 0
 @Tmackstab:
Take a look at the new Knolly Endorphin and you tell me.
  • 7 4
 @mikekazimer: do you have anyone over 90kg?
  • 3 0
 @powturn: Yeah to this! More attention in general to how the differences in limb and body length affect bike and apparel fit would be a good thing.
  • 3 0
 @bctrailblazer68: 5'4 / 163 says her former employer's site.
  • 2 0
 @Offrhodes: or it how find a bike for short riders that can fit 200 mm if drop
  • 6 7
 I feel like most 200+mm dropper people are just compensating at this point. Especially all the average height people that are over 6" shorter.
  • 5 0
 @warmerdamj: I could use 240 and I’m only 6’2” (1.88m). Problem is neither of bikes accommodate a 240.
  • 15 1
 Right on! Now we need a tech editor who weighs 230 lbs to do suspension reviews and we are all set! She/he can only ride once a week to simulate the average rider and so he doesn’t lose weight.
  • 2 0
 Charlie’s drunk
  • 1 0
 @Chafingdish: wow…you might have just won.
  • 5 0
 Been enjoying her work in other websites. Her reviews are very thorough and really give the reader a feel for the bike in real world conditions. Big plus for me is that we're about the same height, so she tests small bikes. Perspective from the far ends of bike sizing is really hard to find, so it's much appreciated. Looking forward to the first article.
  • 3 4
 @Chafingdish: biggest effect on your weight has your diet, not how much you ride, stopping eating ultra processed food and having a small calorie deficit would do the trick
  • 1 0
 @Offrhodes: but imagine if they made bikes for short people that could easily take 170-200mm droppers.
  • 1 0
 @nickfranko: I’m 181cm (5’11) and have a 200mm dropper on my hardtail, it’s great as it means the bike can move around underneath me. I’d love one on a full sus when I ever get around to buying another one as I’d rather have it totally out of my way. And if I decide I only want 150 drop a longer post gives you that option and 200mm as well.
  • 1 1
 @gooral: do they sell real food in the US? At prices that the average American can actually afford (this is a dig at the food industry and not at whether the average America poor or rich).
  • 1 0
 Agreed, as a shorty!
  • 4 0
 @CustardCountry: no, you have to be rich to eat real food here.
  • 3 0
 @ak-77: The good news is if a company doesn't list (center-back) sleeve length or inseam you know they have no interest in selling to the shorts or talls. It's hard to imagine producing or buying clothes and not considering at all how long they are.
  • 5 0
 @mikekazimer: CongratsTeam! She’s been killing it @BikeRumor for some time! Okay now … all ya’ll skinny tall tech dudes need to eat some burgers, where’s the 6’3 240lbs reviewers out there ?!?
  • 1 0
 @warmerdamj: I disagree haha. For my height and inseam they’re essential
  • 2 0
 @Da-Trasher: they're probably reviewing these burgers you speak of.
  • 2 0
 It's a smart move. Get everyone's opinion. Wish I could find a bike that truly fits the wifey well, seems like product dev teams are filled with 6'3 130 lbs riders lol.
  • 2 0
 @Chafingdish: Bonus idea: Same editor can offer post-ride beer/food reviews.
Kaz, Brian: Call me!
  • 2 0
 @CustardCountry: User name checks.... something? Smile
  • 3 0
 @ak-77: then she's a tall short person.

Wife and daughter 5'1"
  • 2 0
 @drjonnywonderboy: Agreed. At 6'4 a 170 is laughable - instant take-offs for me w/ a new rig. Same w/ other tall riders I know. 170s great for the right height but 6-6'1"+ ain't it
  • 1 0
 @Chafingdish: maybe if levy eats enough doughnuts on his banked time off.
  • 2 0
 @Offrhodes: sure I am 180cm so (5.9 ot 6 by freedom units) and I don't get the 200mm seatpost thing. And I have comparatively long legs. I want my saddle to be in the same position than on my DH bike, which should be right above knee joint. And for that 200mm would actually be a problem for me as it would be right in the knee joint and you don't want your saddle pounding you joint, soft material like muscle mass is much better for that.
  • 2 0
 @CustardCountry: then I assume there would be a lot of contact with the rear tire and saddle with the saddle fully dropped and suspension at, or near, bottom out. I am 5’4”, run a saddle height of 66cm, and use a 125mm dropper on a Stumpjumper EVO. I could go to a 150mm dropper, but nothing longer.
  • 1 0
 My rides are always too short, looking forward to tips and advise to stretch them out.
  • 1 0
 @Chief2slo: tip #1: ride longer.
  • 1 0
 @warmerdamj: I try but sometimes I just can’t fit the longer ones in. Maybe with more practice I’ll be able to handle longer.
  • 1 0
 @Chief2slo: yeah practice is key, don't ride as hard but get the time logged. Eventually you'll be able to up the power too. You can't just jump into it all at once. Also take less breaks, even if that means riding slower. It all comes together in time.
  • 1 0
 @warmerdamj: I’m wondering if switching up lube would help me tackle the longer ones? Sometimes half way through a ride it feels like things dry out
  • 2 3
 The bike industry is doing a pretty crap job of meeting anyone's needs at the mo......
  • 1 0
 @Chief2slo: definitely switch lube half way through if things are getting dry.
  • 1 0
 @gooral: I didn't see the part where he said he was trying to change anything about his weight.
  • 3 0
 @bctrailblazer68: Thank you! I'm 5ft 4", so I almost exclusively end up testing small bikes.
  • 1 0
 @gooral: ha thanks for the course correction!
  • 94 4
 But does she have a BMX background?
  • 14 0
 Finally, someone asked the question that matters.
  • 27 0
 Who doesn't
  • 20 0
 No, but she's an immunologist. And she's fast. So fast that she can catch a cold, but it can't catch her.
  • 79 6
 On behalf of the PB community, I want to apologize in advance for all the dissenting opinions you're likely to get. Welcome!
  • 31 0
 Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is the second longest place name in the world meaning: St Mary’s church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool of Llantysilio of the red cave.

Blackadder III said of Wales, “You need half a pint of phlegm in your throat just to pronounce the place names.”
  • 29 0
 And Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is the longest, referring to “the summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the slider, climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one.”

And no I don’t know what a nose flute is, but sure sounds like it’s fun to stand on top of a hill and play one.
  • 2 0
 @vunugu: couple goals
  • 30 1
 Seems like it was just 5 podcast ago that Kaz was Levy's unpaid intern
  • 47 0
 Kaz will always be Levy's unpaid intern, even after he hostile takeovers the whole company and names himself Chief Vision Officer or something.
  • 12 0
 @brianpark: hopefully he mandates lots of synergy when that happens.
  • 14 0
 @savagelake: *Spinergy
  • 1 0
 Every single one of us would kill to have a job title that said “Director of Gear”!
  • 17 0
 I will need proof of the Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch pronunciation.
  • 22 12
 Good. Pinkbike could use some intellect. Big Grin
  • 3 4
 Will Sarah Moore be returning after her baby brake?
  • 9 0
 no, mor stuped comints gud Big Grin
  • 33 0
 @chrsei: yep she'll be back in early December!
  • 4 0
 @brianpark: that is great news. Sarah really brought a unique perspective to the podcast and reviews!
  • 2 1
 Someone on the staff has got break it to Seb Stott that that force-travel plot, temporarily obscured by the DVO dust-up that article became, doesn't say what he said it says. Before anyone turns on the pseudoscience generator again for the next article.
  • 8 0
 Welcome to the land of tomfoolery, malarkey, and shenanigans. We hope you enjoy your stay.
  • 1 2
 Are they your special friends?
  • 9 0
 Great news! I love her work with BR
  • 35 28
 But what happened to Levy?
  • 14 1
 Look at his profile and read the last comment he left.
  • 12 0
 Abducted by Aliens and living happily in outer space is what I heard.
  • 57 0
 @pmhobson:

Link to comment:

www.pinkbike.com/u/henryquinney/blog/the-pinkbike-podcast-getting-to-know-mike-kazimer.html#cid3582799

@mikelevy - "@Mtn-Goat-13: My dude, it's all good. I didn't get fired, and there's no need for a PR about me taking some time off. It's as simple as that and the same as I've already commented under a previous podcast: I'm just taking some time off. Nothing is wrong, I just feel like I need a break from the internet and computers Smile This Changing Gears podcast with Dave was recorded three-ish months ago.

It does give me a warm, fuzzy feeling to see that I'm missed, but let's chill with the "Where'd he go?" comments and appreciate the podcasts and videos that Henry and the rest of the team are making."
  • 8 0
 @pmhobson: Well, now that he's *43* and not on an e-bike obviously he's too old to ride a bicycle at all. /s

Real reason:
"My dude, it's all good. I didn't get fired, and there's no need for a PR about me taking some time off. It's as simple as that and the same as I've already commented under a previous podcast: I'm just taking some time off. Nothing is wrong, I just feel like I need a break from the internet and computers Smile This Changing Gears podcast with Dave was recorded three-ish months ago. It does give me a warm, fuzzy feeling to see that I'm missed, but let's chill with the "Where'd he go?" comments and appreciate the podcasts and videos that Henry and the rest of the team are making.
  • 27 1
 Anyhow, it's an awkward issue. We all want to know what's going on with our favorite online personalities, but clearly, Mike's privacy comes first. He has no obligation to disclose what he's up to and we certainly are not entitled to know. Just be thankful for all the valuable content that he has created and that we were able to appreciate at no cost.
  • 16 0
 It's completely 100% crystal clear obvious to anyone paying attention that Levy was black bagged at the Taipei bike show and is being held in a dungeon somewhere in Asia to keep him from releasing his design for the Grim Donut V3, a bike so visionary it would render all other bikes completely useless.

Meanwhile, PB is being blackmailed into keeping it hush hush because the Big Bad Bike Insiders Industry threatened to stop giving them test products if they spilled the truth. *******X-Files Sounds******

Welcome to The Show, Jessie-May!
  • 4 1
 More importantly, what the ever loving f*ck happened to the Grim Doughnut??!!
  • 1 0
 Has anyone ever seen him and "Ben Cathro" in the same place at the same time?
  • 1 0
 @PhillipJ: are you implying they are the same person?
  • 5 2
 Yeah! In the spirit, I register my prediction and the hypothesis that underlies it here in advance of the results, and if I'm shown wrong in time let me be accountable to it. A research trained tech editor will say less about the tech, apply knowledge about the tech itself more conservatively to applications they haven't yet observed it in, make fewer sweeping generalizations from personal experience, and publish fewer pages full of data visualizations that don't actually support the statements being made in the prose part of the article. The amount of jargon-filled mtb technology fanfic on the home page that drives so much pinker engagement will, sadly, decline Big Grin
  • 3 0
 Jesse-May had some great articles on BikeRumor and really would dig into details. Excited to see where this goes and what she can do with Pinkbikes resources.

bikerumor.com/editors-choice-jessie-mays-best-mountain-bikes-gear-2022
  • 5 0
 Sounds like this will be a great addition to the team.
  • 4 0
 Way to go!!! Nice to see a decent reviewer moving up (and hopefully getting compensated better for their work)!!!
  • 5 0
 Mega congrats Jessie-May!
  • 4 0
 Immunology is fascinating (no sarcasm). Moving from a scientific bent to one in biking is an interesting career tangent
  • 2 0
 Probably just as lucrative, academia that is.
  • 4 0
 Jessie is awesome. I'm so happy to read this! She's an incredible rider and super tech savvy!
  • 4 0
 Nice! Look forward to Henry interviewing her on the pod!
  • 2 0
 Can we also just take a moment to celebrate that Kazimer is now Director of Gear? Surely that title is the pinnacle of something or other.
  • 1 0
 A reviewer who won't constantly moan about too short droppers. The short inseam club needs representation. How about complaining about droppers that cannot be shimmed down? That would be refreshing.
  • 4 0
 Nice one Jessie-May!
  • 2 0
 Welcome Jessie-May! A broadened perspective is always good. Now, if you need a fat fuck who loves gear but can't ride...
  • 1 0
 someone tell the folks at bikerumor to update their "about us" page, just sayin'
  • 3 0
 What happened to RC?
  • 33 0
 He retired from full time writing, but continues to be the most interesting man on the planet with all the airplane and bike projects you'd imagine. We chatted earlier this week and he was riding in Moab, about to turn 70! Absolute legend.

www.pinkbike.com/news/rc-retires-a-tribute-to-richard-cunningham.html
www.pinkbike.com/news/richard-cunningham-reflects-a-place-where-we-could-get-together-and-show-what-we-were-doing-out-there.html
  • 9 1
 I miss RC posts, I really liked his style and the angle he was taking when talking about anything. Maybe we'll be lucky and get a random post from him in the future.
  • 17 0
 @lRaphl: we miss him too, I'll bug him about jumping on the podcast sometime.
  • 4 0
 @brianpark: Can we get another RC Christmas Special podcast?
  • 2 0
 Thanks @brianpar, I must have missed his departure. And like others, I surely miss his articles. Also, the podcast episode that Levy did with RC is remarkable.
  • 3 0
 @brianpark: That'd be awesome if it works out, I greatly enjoyed the past RC episodes.

And welcome to Jessie-May!
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: Please do!
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: please do, he has such great stories
  • 3 0
 My favourite PB podcasts are still the 2 where RC just talks to Levy about his life.
  • 1 0
 Can we get a phoenetic pronunciation guide for Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch please?
  • 9 0
 It's pronounced how it's spelled.
  • 2 0
 Is the last e silent?
  • 1 0
 @VtVolk: ALL the e's are silent!
  • 1 0
 Maybe it's my dirty phone screen, but is she running a custom shorty brake lever?
  • 1 0
 So does that mean there's opportunity for someone with a taller perspective?
  • 1 0
 Taller than Seb?

Maybe Cathro can be encouraged to review some stuff.

Would be cool to have small, medium/large and XL of the same bike reviewed by three different sized people.
  • 3 0
 Yeah Jessie!
  • 2 0
 Super smart, great addition
  • 10 9
 Good to have one less bearded Canadian lumberjack hipster on the team.
  • 1 0
 Welcome Jessie-May !! Nice pic btw.
  • 1 0
 No cable tourism on her bike. Good start.
  • 1 0
 who's gonna write on bikerumors now? lol
  • 1 0
 Does that mean we can expect more bikejoring content sometime?
  • 2 1
 Looking forward to Brian park getting fired or something
  • 1 0
 Frown
  • 1 0
 Shorten all the chainstays, for us smalls of course!
  • 1 0
 While I am at it cut down all the bars more, for us smalls of course!
  • 15 15
 Cool. But where’s “he who we shalt not name”??!!
  • 3 3
 Will Sarah Moore be returning after her baby brake?
  • 1 0
 break*
  • 1 0
 Jesse-James Juergens
  • 1 0
 Yeah Jessie!
  • 3 5
 Her handlebars look too wide.
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