New for 2013: Pinkbike MTB Awards

Sep 24, 2013 at 14:56
by Karl Burkat  
pinkbike mtb awards 2013

Another season is coming to a close, one filled with amazing race and contest performances, outstanding new products, and a number of surprising comebacks. From the hotly contested battle for World Cup DH domination, to mountain biking's inclusion in the X Games, it was an action packed year of competition. On the tech side of things, the wheel size debate raged on, a number of new contenders entered the suspension world, and the thick-thin-thick chainring became the year's must-have drivetrain accessory.

Pinkbike's MTB Awards will recognize the most significant achievements of 2013, with categories including everything from DH Bike of the Year to Best Pinkbike Commenter. But we won't be doing this on our own – certain categories will be chosen by a panel of professional riders and industry experts, while other categories will be opened up to you, the Pinkbike viewer. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a chance to cast your vote for Pinkbike's MTB Awards.


Tech/Product Related
DH Bike of the Year
Trail Bike of the Year
Best Suspension Product
Component of the Year
Best Protection Product
Best Innovation


Racing/Events
Female Athlete of the Year
Male Athlete of the Year
DH Race of the Year
Enduro Race of the Year
Best FMB Event
Best Trick
Company Related
Best Brand
Most Improved Brand


Media
Photo of the Year
Video of the Year
Best Pinkbike Commenter


General
Game Changing Idea of the Year
Comeback of The Year
Advocacy Award



248 Comments

  • + 211
 The 28.7986578978" wheel is my personal 2013 favourite!
  • + 79
 that wheel size is for children. I want a 36" wheel fat bike.
  • + 88
 That's because you haven't tried the Penny Farthing. That sucker rolls over everything!
  • - 164
flag hankbrowne (Sep 26, 2013 at 8:17) (Below Threshold)
 lets continue to complain about different wheel sizes when clearly many many people are winning races with them...
  • + 311
 Someone...(hankbrowne)... doesn't understand jokes. Poor guy. He must be a 29er rider... They are always so serious.
  • + 78
 Moefosho, you're so right Big Grin www.pinkbike.com/photo/9178845
  • + 166
 Pinkbike should also include a category for their users:

- Most positive propped user.
- Most negative propped user.
etc.
  • + 24
 A good one to have would have been best run in an FMB event.
  • + 21
 They should include a category for:

- User that gives most positive props.
- Scrooge who gives most negative props. (no award for him/her/it though!)
  • + 47
 heckler of the year
  • + 3
 Best Trick award is Absolute Clearly is an Oppo Trick fur sure. Best FMB Event probalby Rocket Air or Joyride IMO
  • + 4
 Heckler of the year for sure!
  • + 8
 Biggest calf muscles goes to Gravey train!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 4
 Game changing idea of the year:

The obvious fact that all wheel sizes besides 26" are pure evil, and we should all get into big internet wars about it!!!
  • + 27
 Best waste of ad space: Giant bikes for taking out a 2 page spread in Bike magazine pimping their decision for going solely 27.5" wheel size and showing 26" are superior in every category except for 3% deficit in roll over ability. Well done guys.....26ers it is!
  • + 11
 "He must be a 29er rider... They are always so serious."

I'm a 29er rider and I'm not serious Frown
  • + 34
 ^You serious?
  • + 24
 He's serious about not being serious Eek mind blown
  • - 6
flag Joelrider (Sep 26, 2013 at 17:42) (Below Threshold)
  • + 7
 No. No you don't...I suppose you didnit see the Beerton crash at the 4x championships...
  • + 3
 9 Knight is the best slopestyle event of the year. Oh sh*t it's not an FMB Event !
  • + 2
 Cederic Gracia for best male athlete. He almost died twice last year and he came back this year and raced World Cups. Thats awesome.
  • + 5
 Why the neg props for Joelrider? Pretty decent crash.
  • + 2
 Most broken & dislocated wrist.....me
www.pinkbike.com/u/messican/album/wrist
  • + 3
 Be aware for 2014 they might have a 17.5mm axle through in these categories
  • + 3
 And the biggest Troll is?
  • + 2
 Not to mention "Worst POD Award!"

I nominate this retarded waste of internet space... www.pinkbike.com/photo/9873407/#cid9597684
  • + 131
 Norbs is already robbed...
  • + 27
 And the winner of most over used Phrase of the year is Razz
  • + 25
 Nah, "Looks like a Session" has the market cornered there...
  • + 2
 The best race of the season goes to.... Pietermaritzburg. Wait that's not right at all..
  • - 3
 Who is Norbs?
  • + 2
 the guy who lost rbr last year
  • + 93
 Stevie is obviously winning male athlete of the year!
  • - 34
flag napalmsender (Sep 26, 2013 at 7:08) (Below Threshold)
 captain obvious...? is that you?
  • + 23
 And come back of the year!
  • - 11
flag highrider005 (Sep 26, 2013 at 7:21) (Below Threshold)
 why comeback?
  • + 45
 What about Jerome Clementz? I seem to remember he had a decent year as well...
  • + 3
 tbh i think its ahrd for ppl to connect with clementz the same way ppl connect with the dh racers, only because its not streamed (unlike dh) that i know of. also since anyone has seen seasons, there pretty much routing for him.
  • + 4
 what about Martin Maes, okay, he hasn't won as many races as Stevie or Clementz, but he's most definitely shown he has some serious skills in a couple of the EWS rounds...
  • + 63
 What about Graves? He raced across multiple disciplines with awesome results, from 7th at the Aussie national champs in the xco then on the next day came second in the downhill. plus all his other results in the EWS and world champs. The man is a machine
  • + 4
 Graves the strongest male athlete...
  • + 7
 Gee Atherton seemed unstoppable to everyone following DH racing except one person, Stevie Smith... Stevie for the win of male athlete of the year. Graves is awesome but not the worlds best in any discipline...
  • + 7
 I'm going with Graves too. Graves used to be the best @ 4X and can still be. He almost came away overall for the Enduro World Series @ his first year. And third in S Africa? I beg to differ. But you're entitle to your opinion and so am I. May the best man win!
  • + 2
 Valid points valid points but no... Shoulda, woulda, coulda's dont win awards... And also, everyone following DH this year saw a lot different style tracks that needed a wide variety of bike handling skills and Stevie excelled on all of them...
  • + 3
 *cough*World Champions*cough*
  • + 5
 Sik Mick having an all timer too!
  • + 4
 i was thinking about Martin Soderstrom !
  • + 5
 It's a tough call, Gwin would have been the obvious winner the last 2 years but but no clear-cut dominance in any discipline this year. Graves just didn't win quite enough, so Stevie seems the favorite to me, unless Gee wins Rampage then he deserves it, unless Martin wins Rampage he deserves it, but if Semenuk wins Rampage he is a candidate, and if Stevie wins Rampage he must get it. Basically it all comes down to Rampage, which is prefect.
  • + 1
 ScaryGerry, you forgot Remi Thirion. He had a win this year too. Only him, Gee, and Stevie had wins. Kind of a slap in the face to be fair.
  • + 1
 @Jhou, true, World Championships was shameful... @cyrix, Remi's run was freakin amazing! Top 5 runs I have seen in my life including, Hill's Val Di Sol run of 2008, Aaron Gwin's run at Val Di Sol last year, Hart's insane run in the mud at Fort Bill and lets not forget, Stevie's run this year in Ste-Anne... Stevie's run in Ste-Anne is another reason why he should be male athlete of the year. Yes, Thirion's run was equaly as impressive but Stevie's world Champ.

P.S. I really hope we go back to DH and less these bike parky tracks we're seeing a lot of. Thirion is awesome when its steep and retarded. Can't wait till 2015!
  • + 0
 What about 2014?
Stevie had a winning run by less than a second over Gee, that's not in the same class as the other great runs you mentioned. Stevie is World Cup champ, Miinnar is World Champ.

I forgot Martin was inured, so he isn't a candidate. Pilgrim is a candidate also since he won the points series, but he isn't going to win Rampage. I looked up Graves results this year on rootsandrain and they aren't even close to as dominant as Stevie's were. Regardless of what happens at Rampage,Stevie should win.
  • + 2
 yes Stevie by a little less than a second but it was pouring rain and track was waaay slower than when Gee ran it. Nobody was able to come close to Gee's time in the conditions Stevie did it in... It was amazing.
  • + 54
 Protour with the win!
  • + 48
 WAKIdesigns is in with a shout too
  • + 28
 Waki would win "the most comments in one day" contest.
  • - 69
flag WAKIdesigns (Sep 26, 2013 at 7:33) (Below Threshold)
 "Top troll award" is what I am waiting for since few years. Deeeight became a mod lately so he's out of the contest, then I'd be looking for top 3 easily. Tjet - remember this for life - insult is a skill. You should work on it.
  • + 3
 ahem ..... ME !!!!!!!!!!!
  • - 71
flag WAKIdesigns (Sep 26, 2013 at 8:21) (Below Threshold)
 Ahaha even this gets neg propped... some people defo going for a prize outside PB: "Most pathetic anonymous loosers using internet in 2013"
  • - 72
flag WAKIdesigns (Sep 26, 2013 at 8:25) (Below Threshold)
 At your age you morons should be looking for a pussy, not trying to influence world by neg-propping irrelevant people. Trolls like me could not give a less sht about neg props - do you copy?
  • + 83
 I already have a cat, so neg propping is the only fun thing i can do now
  • + 7
 Neg props to a troll are like candy (don't ask how i know this.....). my vote goes to Waki , Protour lately is just not who he used to be.
  • + 17
 Waki should also get the"fastest to answer" award along with the "answering himself" award. Man this guy is real talented, or he just forgot to take his medication today..
  • + 6
 I dunno, nothing in the description excluding staff from categories... obviously many of the paid photographers could be up for best photo.
  • + 4
 if you don't sign in you can't see WAKIs brutal comments. works well. dude's a trip.
  • + 7
 Manuel... only on 'o' in loser. Looser would mean something loose... or loosening... like a rope.
  • - 24
flag WAKIdesigns (Sep 26, 2013 at 9:25) (Below Threshold)
 Ahahah "brutal" comments... first fkless kids, now a sensitive bloke. But you hit the nail on the head russbuss - I give you all children a hint: the only thing hurting a troll is zen ignorance, you got to make sure that his dashboard says: "no notices". I know it is hard to imagine before you get 25-30, and even harder before you are 20, but you will discover later in life that after certain age, the older you get, the less you care what others think about you or what you said.

OK I'm off, have a great time my hormone slaves Big Grin
  • + 19
 he doesnt care about neg props sooo much he keeps commenting to defend himself
  • + 4
 tjet was right Facepalm
  • + 12
 WAKI i honestly look forward to ur comments they brighten my days lol
  • + 5
 Remember this waki. Any press is good press. Hey, there are times I'm looking through comments where I'll just have to log in to check out the neg props. Sadly, Protour seems to have decided to deny PB of his wit and wisdom lately. It would seem he has ridden the crest of his Specialized chainstay prediction off into the sunset.
  • + 5
 there's a difference between trolling and just having ignorant uninformed opinions
  • - 13
flag WAKIdesigns (Sep 26, 2013 at 10:16) (Below Threshold)
 Ah sorry for those comments above, I will try to redeem myself... what to say... I apologize, I screwed up... I am not asking you guys to like me but can you forgive me comments under this only post? I'm just a passive-aggressive, violence disgusted, self-awareness obsessed, hyper-consciousness junkie, functioning sociopath. Mountain biking is my life, I can honestly say that... this site is allowing me to deal with difficult moral and everyday life problems, Without you, haters included, I wouldn't be myself... I rest my case, blow in my face... pfkhmmm buahahahah
  • + 4
 Ya but who cares they're both great i honestly don't care about ppl trolling me bc im used to it ive always been bullied in school so i think I can block out keyboard warriors its funny bc the ppl hate trolls and rlly are bother by them are those ppl tht were the assholes cool kids that pushed everyone around in high school, they just can't take what they dished out in real life.
  • + 10
 WAKI also has some sinkhole free real estate for sale in florida...
  • + 3
 Oh looks like tht last comment i made is gonna be hidden :/
  • + 3
 ^ while you do have a point, part of overcoming being bullied is learning how not to dish it back and be happy with that. it's called self respect. you dish it back in other ways. like when you become their boss later in life. Smile
  • + 2
 Hahaha im gonna get made fun of for this but that's exactly what my mom tells me..... Hey mom Smile
  • + 4
 just trying to help. let's put it this way: the kids who are bullies are usually the ones who have the shttiest home life and childhood. they take out their angst on other kids because their parents take out their angst on them for whatever reason - these are usually the parents who have kids just to get to the next step of their life/relationship and who aren't really ready to be parents. it's a vicious cycle. unfortunately majority of parents fall into this category and therefore we end up with shtty kids in schools. just be happy you aren't one of the bullies.
  • - 10
flag WAKIdesigns (Sep 26, 2013 at 10:57) (Below Threshold)
 no ManuelMTB - if a guy like you or tjet started to like me, or deeeight would start to agree with me on wheel sizes, I'd hang myself right away, you guys are my Ying, thank you for disagreeing with me, that allows me to develop my arguments. I consider myself a very humble person, I have a very little personal ego, however people like you blow up my actual ego to enormous sizes. It is good to differentiate kinds of egos...

(top tip way to kill a troll nr2 - agree with him and be generous with complements towards him!)
  • + 3
 Just power through this patch of love this one day buddy cause u did good today!
  • + 5
 Hahahah ya man!!! And thanks ya I've never enjoyed hurting ppl or their feelings even at 15 i refuse to make fun of ppl or shit talk them! I get made fun of for "mountain cycling" at school by EVERYONE, But it doesn't bother me bc i love y'all ( the pb community) hahah even the haters and the mad down voters hahaha you make me wanna ride harder!
  • - 7
flag WAKIdesigns (Sep 26, 2013 at 11:22) (Below Threshold)
 Wanki you say? Thy who is without a sin may cast the first stone!

I do wank sometimes, maybe even twice a week in harder times, like this time of the month (to not take anythign from my wife, she is still attractive to me and she is horny). Recently I do it maybe 3 times a week cuz my wife is pregnant (just so you know it is mine!) and I hate having too much dirty thoughts about other women, particularly her model sister. I do lots of imaginative stuff as I stopped watching porn over 5 years ago. But I can't do that too often because I have some weird chronic infection, probably a fungus, since I was a kid and I was not washing up properly in these parts, so if I wank too often my wee wee gets red and itchy and I have to apply that creme from the doctor which burns as f*ck.

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story, but sometimes the truth is better than best fantasy aye? So... will that make you think you can call anyone a wanker again?

If this won't make all section deleted nothing will...
  • + 3
 LOL we should get deleted for talking about something everyone does, now the infection.... Idk bout that lol
  • + 4
 my dad called me a "mtn cycler" one time. funniest thing he ever said. cycler is not even a word. people who make fun of you for a hobby are just jealous they dont have something that they are just as passionate about. mtn biking is about as cool a hobby as one can think of. the only thing that *might* be cooler is being really really into strip clubs.
  • + 2
 Lol ya i was quoting ur profile description there, but ya thats pretty neat... Being extremely into strip joints, lol ya they r jellous cause i am faster than them lol
  • + 2
 Comeback of the year should go to Waki cuz every time he gets negative propped, his next comment has like a +4
  • + 3
 Propping WAKI is like cheering for the guy struggling on the halfords fully rigid at a downhill race: We all know he's awful, but sometimes you just feel bad for the guy.
  • + 1
 better him than elanto
  • + 1
 I'm dying! Hahaha
  • + 1
 He's either dead or he got a girlfriend.
  • + 7
 Everybody loves to hate on Waki. We should cut him some slack. English isn't his first language, he has some really good insights, and never attacks anyone.
  • + 2
 In all honesty neg propping Waki is about the same as giving props to anyone else.
  • + 18
 Albek is right, I've been off my game lately like Gwin, while Waki has been consistently Waki all year long.

I'd have to say my debates with Waki over the merits of the front mech were my favorite of the year, but other highlights include theorizing why Gwin left Trek(propped to negative hell, maybe deservedly so), the Demo chainstay issue(neg propped to hell), safety wire for cables, Rod Ramseys comments, and the ongoing AVID brake debacle(not enough oil in the system for repeated long descents). Anybody who engages me on the merits of BB30 should be prepared to be silenced, everyone was this year...and I have no opinions on what the best wheel size is anymore; decide for yourself.

I recently was reflecting on some of my conversations and realized I have at times been overly malicious and have insulted my fellow mountain bikers on here and for that apologize.
  • + 6
 I pretty much just tapped "show comment" on all of Waki's posts and ignored what the rest of you had to say.
  • + 1
 benz-tech- thats usually how it goes
  • + 2
 Protour will u plz esign my right peck plz
  • + 2
 Protour - I am not buing your mr Nice Guy election face! Big Grin
  • + 2
 Oh u too WAKI!!
  • + 1
 As in sign my tit lol
  • + 24
 How about Best Comment?
  • + 13
 "he released some chocolate hostage"
"identified by his dental record"
  • + 9
 thats commentator rob warner. not best comment.
  • + 23
 protour will definitely be getting a "razzie award" for his delightful comments!
  • + 14
 ".... Cleaning technical uphills with a 65.5 degree headtube angle just feels heroic. Its like setting the fastest time at Nurburgring with Grave Digger."

Comment of the Year!!
  • - 2
 Codypup who said that? that is brilliant!
  • + 3
 silvbullitt, Thanks for asking as he deserves the props, it is brilliant. I'm guessing that you are in the minority who actually know what the Nurburgring is?
  • + 1
 best chain of puns, prizes to all participants.
  • + 6
 I would assume that most users on this site would know what the Nurburgring is. If not, I feel so bad for them that they don't watch Top Gear, because it's easily the best show on television.
  • + 3
 @ tetonlarry: They had Gee on, 'nuff said! Smile
  • + 2
 I don't think only a minority here have heard about the Green Hell, or at least I hope so Wink
  • + 1
 Which episode was gee on?
  • + 1
 Wait... you watch the American version Im guessing? Sorry my mistake he raced against James May on the BBC Top Gear: www.pinkbike.com/video/6135
  • + 2
 I've watched both, but the original is the best for sure
  • + 18
 Why not Chris Akrigg for the comeback of the year? He had a huge crash and this year he came back to his full form. There are no races involved, but look at him riding, he would need a contest of is own...
  • + 2
 Is be good with the comeback of the year being "comment come back of the year" going to cam zink and his responses on his Walmart bike forum
  • + 1
 Chris Akrigg goes into top 3 big time, his movies are one of the most inspiring I ever saw.
  • + 1
 Ya i mean that's why he deserves the award it was great! It's awesome to see companies like xfusion when they dropped in and grilled tht kid for shit talking them and ppl like Macaskill and zink dropping in to defend themselves its hillarious!
  • + 18
 Wheel size debate? I run a 27.5 rim inside a 29 with a 26 in the middle. Occasionally a 24 in the middle if im feelin frisky
  • + 8
 Outriggers, it's gonna be the new thing
  • + 7
 Its like the Turducken of mountain bikes
  • + 4
 By outriggers do you mean training wheels?
  • + 2
 No... outriggers. They have 29er tires for added stability. they cam be used as emergency flotation devices if the need arises, and can help keep the bike in a straight line on the trail.
  • - 2
 what if you need to turn... then your fkd...
  • + 10
 I LIKE BURRITOS!!! POOP STINKS!!! CHEESE BEFORE BED IS POOR CHOICE!!! IT"S COLD OUTSIDE!!! MY DOGS BREATH STINKS!!! WHOOGALHLA-BOOOGHALA!!!!
  • + 2
 ^Solution: Stop feeding your dog cheese and poop burritos before he climbs into bed with you. Simple. (And I think you have a hairball or something. Should probably get that looked at.)
  • + 8
 They need a best overall bike of the year, and of course yeti sb66 will take that spot. Taking a really good place in enduro world series and a 3rd place in the DH World Champion hahahaa Big Grin
  • + 14
 ..... and it has nothing to do with you owning this bike ?
  • + 3
 hahaha no no no Wink
  • + 0
 I second that!
  • + 4
 I would definitely support that candidature! SB66 is the 2wheeled hero of the year
  • - 1
 My friend absolutely hated his SB66. Said the travel had a weird curve with no mid-stroke support, and that it actually felt like it was reverse-progressive (like the travel was stiff at the beginning of the stroke, then plush towards the end). He sold it and got an Ibis Mojo HD, which he loves. I would bet money against the SB66 winning bike of the year if anyone is interested.
  • + 1
 @tetonlarry could've been just the shock, my slayer came with a custom tuned rp23 that felt like that, firm at first then blew through it's travel
  • + 1
 I think SB66 can get enough love/hate for the geometry alone. It is damn long, which I personally love. Long will be the new slack&low. Shock tuning is always a good idea if one can afford it, I have Blur TRc with CTD Float which worked great in bikepark but on local XC trails it is as mediocre as a schock can be. Not only it is harsh but at the same time it bobs. Had Pushed rp23 on Nomad and it was unbelievable, has definitely changed my approach to "overthinking" suspension. Will defo send it to TFtuned for PUSHing.
  • + 2
 I use the sb66 for all mountain, incluiding some downhill stuff with the stok rp23, I love the bike because it can be used in flat, uphill, downhill, road, stones, jumps, dirt mud, everithing and feels fast in any situation, maybe not the fastest of all bikes but is a bike to use anywhere Big Grin with a lot of fun. And again 3rd place on WC DH and 2d overall in enduro Race Smile
  • + 11
 Best bike/brand categories will be bought for sure
  • + 1
 I'm no sc fanboy but my $ would be on sc/bronson.
  • + 0
 jrock mine too but every time i see a solo i'd know id have made a mistake...
  • + 6
 DH bike off the year would be the Fury,
Male athlete off the year: STEVIE SMITH !! no doubt he killed it and he's awesome.
Best brand would be: RedBull, the action sports wouldn't be in this place right now without RedBull.

Don't have an opinion about the rest, ... yet.
  • + 5
 Award for most whining, backwards, future fearing, technophobic and ultraconservative outlook? Used to be roadies, now it surely has to be downhillers and freeriders. See: every single comment section in the past year.

Yes, my negative prop button is just over there>>
  • + 8
 No one has mentioned Greg! He is back to back champ!!!!
  • + 7
 Builder of the year? Trail of the Year? Riding destination of the year? Facial hair of the year?
  • + 1
 Stevie gets the beard award obviously trail would be a-line or crab-apple hits (i know thIs and I've never even been close to whistler I've never left the east coast for that matter) builder would prolly be someone from the whistler trail crew for their works of magic and wonder and..... The riding destination would probibly be whistler, and that would most likely be every year that whistler gets it btw oh and highland mtb park is like second or third for riding destination of the year!
  • + 1
 A-line or Crabapple hits weren't built this year and Whistler may have lots of close competitors, especially amongst those who don't primarily ride park.
  • + 2
 Moustache*
  • + 8
 "Best Commenter of the Year". That's gonna be a tough one around here!
  • - 5
flag jimbsport (Sep 26, 2013 at 7:19) (Below Threshold)
 claudius or Rob ?
  • + 2
 there commentators not commenters.
  • + 13
 @nosnibor if you're going to be the guy who corrects spelling on the Internet do it right. It's 'they're' not 'there'...
  • + 6
 Might be commentators, but the award is for "commenter", read it yourself..
  • + 3
 jimbsport, it's about PB commenters. I can already guess the nominees: deeeight, protour, WAKI, wakaba... Razz
  • + 1
 willie1 should be mentioned also
  • + 2
 yup: Willie1 goes in big time, if not him backing up deeeight, the 650B would get dissed into oblivion on this site. I'd also add orientdave, jaame and don't forget seraph for lots of good tips on products he dealed with at his work, and some mech tips every now and then.
  • + 1
 willie1 posts is on every single article that mentions wheel size.
  • + 1
 jeff444 for his trolling streaks, lilshredman had some to, bikenerd007 got lots of below the thresholds and I'm sure I have a few comments with high props and then like 30 below threshold
  • + 2
 mmhmhm... you two aren't keyboard prudies either... Darkstar63? Big Grin

But I'd really give my vote on Protour. He comments rarely lately, but some of his comments are real gems, especially when he speculates on some riders. Of all he is the genuinely original one
  • + 1
 Lol I love WAKI's opinion of protour its like the nicest post about tour I've ever read and its hillarious because its 110% true!
  • + 1
 Eh? Me? Are you serious Waki? Thanks for the shout but you have to be joking right? I mean you could count the number of useful comments I have made on here on the digits of my various appendages. There are many, many more people adding many, many more constructive, useful contents and comments than me Sir. For all the hate you (and others who shall remain nameless on here) get, there can be no getting away from the fact that there are precious few people on PB who really know what they are talking about: you Sir, are one of them. I mean how many of the members (idiots?) on here have designed and had their own frame made? Yet these same people give you all kinds of hate. I don't get it. I have to mention (again) too, deeeight. Yes, the caps are annoying and he should know better being a mod they can rub people up the wrong way etc etc, however, there is no doubting if you want to know something, he can likely tell you.
  • + 0
 You are just commenting a lot in a very balanced and informative way, and you aren't affraid of stepping into "weird subjects" sometimes - hence my nomination Big Grin

In retrospect I have no problem admiting that deeeight says a lot of good stuff, but what annoys me deeply, is not his blasts of "i know so much cuz I'm in that business for so long, and you know sht" - it has always been his shameless, complete conviction that certain new products, 650B in particular are the best things to happen to MTB lately, they are superior to previous designs. And the symptom of such deep conviction is the aggressive attitude of "anyone who disagrees with that thesis, is a childish imbecile". I am a floater, I always say: we'll see because how the hell can anyone be certain of anything? Especially in a sport with so many variables and quite dominating human factor? But neither of those approaches might be right, I admit that.

Some people like to float and they are often accused of not getting anywhere, but there are also people who are constantly after this final solution, they want to optimize everything - but they don't realize that this final solution (even if considered as a part of the process) might be a really loose ground to set your foundations into. If two extreme specimens of a kind meet, the bacon flies all over the place...

We almost forgot cyberhawk Big Grin
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 excuse me i not that good in english, i didn't saw the difference between commentators not commenters.
  • + 6
 Great idea to have awards.
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 game changing - emba & that emba is not governed by the uci. apart from the over marketing of the word "enduro" i think this is significant to the sport.

honorable mention game changer- rider who successfully tricks that scary top oakley sender. hehe
  • + 2
 Male athelete of the year for me is Tippie, man is just a legend! Female - Rach is double World Champion hard to argue with that! Have to have a good old think about the other catagories, i just hope PB gives us a multi choice poll! My head hurts already!
  • + 6
 no mention of Gwin?? ...yeah that's pretty accurate actually.
  • + 5
 you didn't hear? he won the award for longest chainstays
  • + 1
 hahaha ohhhh yeahhh
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 Gentlemen, Stevie Smith deserves this award. His season was unbelievable, shadowing Gee until the last half of the season, and narrowly winning the Championship. Its a no brainer really...
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 Game Changing Idea of the Year - Fabien Barel's penalty over his inappropriate commuting.
  • + 4
 worst parking job of the year: lopes
  • + 5
 Jared graves and the sb66
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 Gta5 has my vote,and the yt Industries tues 2.0 pro
  • + 3
 I dunno about everyone here but I seriously think that Danny MackAskill deserves an award. Maybe best video? He deserves an award dammit.
  • + 3
 Advocacy- most likley goes Canadian, as they're the best traik development.
Runner up=redbull rampage promoters/land owners of site. (Is that private land, state, or blm?)
  • + 3
 Old site was BLM. not sure about the modern site.
  • + 1
 Modern site is privately leased for the event.
  • + 1
 I find these best of's kindof funny. Just something to pass the time, one bike or peice of clothing is gold to someone when it's crap to someone else.. that's why we have 1 million different brands, variety is the spice of life my friends..
  • + 3
 most annoying topic would go to the wheel size debate. 29ers are gay. 27.5 is pointless.
  • + 1
 Here, here!
  • + 1
 its like the 157mm hubs on the treks, good idea, but its not necessary
  • + 0
 no no, 135 x 12.. that's something not necessary.
  • + 1
 Just ridden the best, most epic and longest dh track ending with a mojito on the beach. Won't make 1st place ever, cause I won't tell. That will make the pb list 2nd rate only.
  • + 3
 Zerode G2 Dh bike of the Year hands down enough said make it happen Pink bike .
  • + 2
 eh they'll probably say the gt, or the wilson carbon if it qualifies, but yes the zerode is a really cool bike
  • + 1
 Oh there's gonna be so much arguing when the awards are given, I can see it now, remind me to steer clear of the comments on that blog post.
  • + 1
 There have been some triple tricks landed in comp as well as oppo. Triple whip, three whip to bar. Flip double whip etc. best trick could be tough
  • + 3
 most improved brand? Hyper
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 Most improved is GT
  • + 1
 GT are a good contender for the prize as well.
  • + 1
 Polygon
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 Game-changer/Innovation? Clutch derailleur + narrow/wide rings together
  • + 3
 May this comment be the best useless comment ever.
  • + 2
 I don´t agree with this award thing. It´ll end up being a "simpathy vote" (Sickboy, Trainspotting)
  • + 2
 Sweet! Great idea. Best XC bike would be good for 2014, even if XC isn't all the rage in the PNW.
  • + 3
 Agreed. As it is, it's more like "Gravity Awards", instead of "MTB Awards". Oh well, XC isn't PB's thing. It's still kind of a cool idea though. Maybe not the most fortunate year to start, as true innovation was not abundant, but maybe it's going to motivate some people.
  • + 3
 trail bikes are pretty close to xc, those 130mm 29ers seem to be getting popular here
  • + 2
 ya i think it would be cool to see a XC bike category for best bike. Its hard to see what categories a Trail bike vs a Gravity bike. for example is a specialized enduro a trail bike or gravity bike?
  • + 1
 alot of the shorter travel 29ers would fit the xc bill. Niner brand bikes are pretty sweet looking even though most of us dont rep xc. the spesh, trek, and giant 29ers/650bs are dope too.
  • + 3
 gravity bike must be dual crown and have 200mm+ travel imo, so the enduro would be trail but I think the categories should be best dh, am and xc bike of the year
  • + 3
 Sounds interesting. We'll wait for it Wink
  • + 2
 Best comback defi stevi smith. Best femal - rach. Best race round 6 world cup defo tense. Bestdh bike probs the fury
  • + 1
 And thus begins the mad scramble for best pink bike commenter award. Prepare yourselves.
  • + 2
 female athlete- tracey hannah
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 i'm going for jill kintner
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 @chris199 *sexiest female athlete of the year*
  • + 2
 Hey hey hey!!!!! HELL YES!
  • + 3
 holly feniak, manon carpenter, emily batty?
  • + 2
 Biggest flop of the year award: Arron Gwinn
  • + 1
 best pissed-off face: sunglass gee it will become a icon pic...oups too late
  • + 1
 Best Protection product? either the emergence of more flexible knee/elbow pads, or MIPS systems in helmets
  • + 3
 Good, I like awards.
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 Best Trick? Stevie Smith's bar hump after he crashed in that one wc race.
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 Female Athlete of the Year-Rachel Atherton
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 That's a given. Now male category is going to be tough.
  • + 2
 Prepare yourself Mr. Norbraten, a robbery is quite plausible.
  • + 1
 We at Rincon MTB Pro Shop vote for the best bike web Pink biike you f*ckin rock___0^0___
  • + 1
 what about an honorary award to Cedric Gracia for his trajectory
  • + 1
 male athlete of the year: brett rheeder !
  • + 33
 You misspelled Martin Soderstrom
  • + 4
 stevie smith, rheeder is one hell of a rider but smith is the world cumulative champion DH
  • - 9
flag trickadoodle13 (Sep 26, 2013 at 7:32) (Below Threshold)
 @nhp890 hahahah another guy who has no clue about slopestyle ! yeah I think smith is the best dh rider in the world but rheeders dominance was amazing!
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 You're right, i've no clue. You're probably better than Martin
  • - 10
flag trickadoodle13 (Sep 26, 2013 at 7:44) (Below Threshold)
 @nhp890 that's what she said Smile
  • + 6
 that's not even an innuendo
  • - 9
flag trickadoodle13 (Sep 26, 2013 at 7:58) (Below Threshold)
 just stop, martin is maybe the fifth best slope rider in the world but not the best
  • + 8
 This is like watching kids fighting over their favorite fantasy action hero.
  • + 3
 @mazze I guess you're right.
  • + 4
 That is EXACTLY what this actually is...
  • + 2
 Well not the fantasy but but u got it
  • + 0
 Sam Pilgrim also deserved nominate for best male athlete.. he's riding with right attitude, shares joy, passion, trick machine, all year fmb podium. it's great season for him the also best on his carreer yet.
  • + 5
 Ya very true but its hard to compete with Steve just cause he credits his mom still to this day and that's an honorable trait in such a superior athlete!
  • + 1
 Eddie masters for athlete of the year
  • + 1
 Surely mil Montgomery won't win the best fmb best trick award
  • + 1
 *mike
  • + 1
 we're missing a Best Steeze category
  • + 1
 Photo of the year? Impossible to choose one!
  • + 1
 Best male athlete = Steve Smith
  • + 1
 Best trick goes to mike Montgomery, backflip barhop tail whip
  • + 1
 Best female athlete = Rachel Atherton!
  • + 1
 Best overtake of the year?
  • + 4
 That 4X race where the guy did a wallride pass?
  • + 1
 awards?, one day will be red carpet and limousines as in hollywood? hmm
  • + 1
 Payola?
  • + 0
 I feel a Vital MTB Shreddy coming on...
  • + 1
 This is sick!

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