Quiz: Can You Guess these Hardtails From Their Silhouettes?

Feb 28, 2021 at 7:58
by Ed Spratt  
Do all hardtails look the same? If they do then this should be a pretty tough quiz as we have put together a collection of different hardtails with no branding, colours or decals, can you guess the correct makes and models?



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122 Comments
  • 129 2
 This is especially impossible.
  • 79 2
 My bike is on here and I couldn't even guess it
  • 38 0
 I thought mine was on here. Twice. It was not.
  • 3 0
 We need more Pixels.
  • 17 1
 it was easy, Session x 27
  • 2 0
 @codfather1234 I know right?!! I got one, "It's a hard tail!!"
  • 6 0
 @codfather1234 : wait for the BMX quiz then..
  • 1 0
 I agree, I got 4 right and didn’t even get my own bike correct (and 2 of those were the Slingshot and Zaskar which was too easy)
  • 96 0
 Who else thought that Yeti was a fatbike?
  • 7 0
 I looked at that and thought "man,I never saw a 24" fatbike".
  • 2 0
 Yuuup.
  • 3 0
 @nozes: exactly what I thought
  • 2 0
 Yup, samelol
  • 2 0
 on cantilever brakes!
  • 39 0
 They are all made by "Answer"!

I was wrong on every one.
  • 28 1
 Why does the Kona look more like a Transition than the Transition?
  • 3 0
 Dude, I could not guess what the Transition was...and I ride the 29-inch version of the same bike (Vanquish).
  • 24 0
 Easy mode = Full Suspension bikes
Medium mode = This
Hard mode = Flat pedals
  • 6 0
 what way would the silhouettes be?
from the top or side?
  • 3 0
 @lyalltheweebeastie: top view would be possible, but still incredibly difficult
  • 17 0
 God mode = handlebars.
  • 5 1
 @juanmallorca: hahahaha.

Inferno = Tires (every tire looks like a minion)
  • 2 0
 @waldo-uribe, @juanmallorca : hella funny, you guys! Big Grin

let's add: beyond_life_an_death_the_ultimate_sho'gun mode = wheels

btw, I thought that pole was a 'ello dave , go figure
  • 4 0
 extra super insane god mode =rims
  • 5 0
 Bonus track = Santa Cruz Frames
  • 20 0
 Session Hardtail Session Hardtail Session Hardtail Session Hardtail Mondraker Session Hardtail Session Hardtail Session Hardtail Session Hardtail Session Hardtail Session Hardtail Session Hardtail Session Hardtail
  • 19 0
 Smashed it...Got 4 right. All the ones over 20 years old!
  • 2 0
 That's exactly how I seemed to fair.
  • 2 0
 I got 4 makes and one model. Same vintage.
  • 14 0
 Definitely shows my age, I was much better at the guessing the bikes from the 90s.
  • 6 0
 Nope, me to and I am 20. Everything was just more... interesting back then.
  • 16 4
 Anyone who doesn't recognize the Evil Imperial or the Chromag frame... Get out, right now!
  • 4 0
 How can you not recognize the Evil Imperial? It was the first one I easily recognized.
  • 2 0
 To be fair the Nicolai 2mxtb looked very similar to the evil... (Excuses)
  • 3 0
 I thought the Evil was a Torker... but that’s just my age.
  • 4 0
 Kept on guessing Chromag until eventually I was right. Only one I got.
  • 4 0
 The GT was an easy one to spot with the seat stay/seat tube/top tube intersection triangle.
  • 1 0
 The two four as well.
  • 1 0
 @Dornbox: my 280 was everything to my teenage self. tup
  • 4 0
 I actually got 10.
Slingshot (easy), Evil Imperial (double top tube), Yeti Arc (have a yeti), Cannondale (headshock), RSD (that little triangle stands out), Chromag (really wanted one for a while), Cannondale again (lefty), Trek (the little knuckle where the seat tube and top tube meet), The Porn King (if you were riding in the 2000s, it's iconic), and the GT (if you don't know the triple triangle I don't know what to tell you).

Ironically I have a Transition Vanquish hardtail but didn't get the 27.5" version here.
  • 7 1
 Oh please. This was way too easy! I even guessed the frame sized and paint color correctly for all of them too!
  • 5 0
 I got the Cannondale and the Gt Zaskar....who can guess how old I am


What is a "Transition"? asking for a friend. But I did hear you can buy one in Trinidad, Colorado
  • 1 0
 Got the Arc, Meta AM HT, ESD, and DoctaHawk. The Chameleon felt familiar... but missed it in the end.

But... anyone else notice that the ESD's blackout is wrong? Its missing the seat gussett above the top tube, which threw me off.
  • 2 0
 yup. Came here for that. good eye.
  • 4 0
 went in with a lot of confidence, I did not do well...
  • 2 0
 Same. Not horrible but not well. LOL!
  • 3 0
 I got the Zaskar, the newer ARC, the Doctahawk, the Imperial, and the Slingshot.
  • 1 0
 8k
  • 4 0
 I only got the GT Zaskar! Absolutely buzzing, that’s a win!
  • 3 0
 Carrera Carrera Carrera Carrera Carrera Carrera Carrera Carrera Carrera Carrera Carrera Carrera
  • 1 1
 Slingshot aint no f***n hardtail. Thats full suspension design. I ride a zaskar when the new turd is broke down.solid, but wide seatstays at the junction chafe my fat ass. Not sure but i dont think its an issue with the bike.
  • 1 0
 What? No Johnny Raleigh carbon to ti bike with that Tioga disc and matching crank? Ok, I just admited to being old. I'll throw in my first Rocky Fusion with Shimano Mountain LX transmission and biopace crank...
  • 1 0
 Surprised there was no accompanying poll...got nine. Really thought there was a Canfield a couple times. Also, why would they put in the Merida, Viathon, and big honzo? Seemed unreasonable.
  • 3 0
 Yes I can - they are all hardtails!
  • 2 0
 Myles Rockwell’s XL Cannondale — almost bought that thing maybe 4 years ago for $1100 on eBay.
  • 3 0
 I got 8, yet somehow managed to miss the one that I own.
  • 3 0
 I nearly did because it's the carbon version and I have the aluminum but got it. Think I got 12. I actually missed a couple I was pretty confident I was right on. LOL! This almost harder than guessing the full suspension ones because linkage set ups can help you narrow it down.
  • 1 0
 @onemanarmy: 12 is impressive. I'm a big ht fan and only managed 6.
  • 3 0
 Can't wait until "Can you guess this XC racer by their silhouette?"
  • 2 0
 Easy, the one with hands that reach the ground is Valero Serrano!
  • 3 0
 Viathon?
Why Cycles?
Were you afraid someone got all the answers right?
  • 2 0
 Taking of Viathon, anybody tried those walmart bikes? Also 24 Bicycles Porn King is the OG Pinkbike.
  • 1 0
 Got the Slingshot, '99 Cannondale, Chromag Doctahawk, Cannondale FSI, SC Chameleon, and got the brand right on the GT but not the model so like 5 1/2 points
  • 1 0
 I got the Slingshot, Yeti Arc, Honzo CR and Transition Throttle (good thing since I own one) but most are either odd, obscure, or old hardtails
  • 1 0
 Hello fellow throttle owner. We actually got the same answers too. You have excellent tastes.
  • 2 0
 I guessed Santa Cruz Chameleon on half of them, but not the actual Santa Cruz Chameleon.
  • 3 0
 Trick question they are all sessions
  • 1 0
 That was harder than expected. I got 11 right, should have gotten 3-5 more, but wasn't looking hard enough. Bummed I missed the Honzo ESD, my current favourite to drool at.
  • 3 0
 I can name all the retro ones, almost none of the new ones.
  • 2 0
 I was only playing to see my Nimble 9 in silhouette. How could you have left it out?
  • 2 0
 I got the same amount correct as ones that pinkbike didn't bother giving the answer to.
  • 1 0
 Only 1 for me, Cant missed Cannondale. Im really much better in FS category... where all bikes looks like a session. And really suck in road bikes category.
  • 1 0
 got the chameleon, slingshot, honzo, and the new ARC. Knew the GT was a gt, but not the exact bike, and same with the cannondales.
  • 1 0
 I guessed the Mondraker, the Slingshot, the Klien, the Cannondale and the GT... I kinda guessed the Trek, I said "that must be a Trek something or other"
  • 1 0
 I wrongly guessed Grim Donut on a few of them... I guess that goes to show maybe the Donut isn't that crazy of a bike after all.
  • 3 0
 Looks like a session?
  • 1 0
 Zaskar and Slingshot are distinctive. Otherwise 1990's vs 2010's is possible .
  • 4 2
 No one should be this into bikes...
  • 3 0
 comment section suggest otherwise lol
  • 2 0
 only one I got was the sling shot
  • 2 0
 i scored 100% ,,,,WRONG .
  • 2 0
 what, only one Chromag, the insanity
  • 1 0
 mondraker, with your 44, i've come to tear your world apart. doo doo doo doo doo doo
  • 2 0
 Good to see the Pornking on this list. I did miss the Letoy 3 though Frown
  • 1 0
 The way too thin chainstay/seatstay should have given the Pole away...was this one a prototype too?
  • 1 0
 i guessed marlin like a bunch of times. i dont know why i guess i see a lot of those
  • 1 0
 I only got about 6 of these. This one was tough. I've also never seen half of these in person.
  • 2 0
 only one i got was the slingshot
  • 1 0
 I got either 5 or four right...depending on whether or not one is a DB sync'r carbon
  • 1 0
 Seriously, you cant have the answer on the same page when you click answer? I did two and gave up. No one has time for that.
  • 1 0
 I got the Zaskar and the Cannondale.

No Trailstar or Cotic Soul tho?? Travesty.
  • 1 0
 Somehow I got the Stif Squatch from the gusset on the toptube
  • 1 0
 I got a few.......far far from even most of 'em.
  • 2 0
 I enjoyed that.
  • 2 0
 No Schwinn Homegrown?
  • 1 0
 They would have put the old Jackal in there!
  • 1 0
 Procaliber was easy, the rest not
  • 1 0
 Wait there is a scott and a knolly endorphin?
  • 1 0
 Got the zaskar and the Chromag.
  • 1 0
 Looks like the same bike over and over...
  • 1 0
 Can't wait for "Name that E-Bike from their silhouettes" next week!
  • 1 0
 Weirdly did better on this than on the full suspension quiz
  • 1 0
 I got 7. I'm content with that.
  • 1 0
 looks like a bunch of sessions to me
  • 1 0
 I was getting about 60%, but got bored quickly and quit.
  • 1 0
 no Tomac Raleigh with Tioga rear disk?...too easy?
  • 1 0
 I knew i would see the Zaskar
  • 1 0
 15. A few I’d never heard of (and wish I still hadn’t).
  • 1 0
 Got 5 right. Thought that about four of em were a norco torrent
  • 1 0
 only one I got was the Yeti with the stupidly low bottom bracket
  • 1 0
 Got the Chromag, slingshot and GT Zaskar.
  • 1 0
 12
  • 1 0
 I got 10 so just behind you Beer
  • 1 0
 No Letoy... Frown
  • 1 0
 EVIL IMPERIAL 3
  • 1 0
 needs an EWR
  • 1 0
 All I saw was the Honzo!
  • 1 0
 looks like a session
  • 1 1
 slow news day
  • 1 2
 Got 6, mostly the old ones and the 2 super slack modern ones.





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