2022 Pinkbike Awards: Mountain Bike of the Year Nominees

Dec 13, 2022 at 17:24
by Mike Kazimer  

Mountain Bike of the Year Nominees

The nominees for the 2022 Mountain Bike of the Year are all prime examples of just how good modern mountain bikes have become. Whether it's the USA-made Allied BC40, which mixes fast with fun in just the right way, the ultra-versatile Trek Fuel EX, or the refined big hit capabilities of the Santa Cruz Nomad, there's something for almost everyone. And don't forget about the high pivot Deviate Claymore that impressed us at the Enduro Field Test, and the shapeshifting Canyon Strive that Seb Stott said was the best enduro bike he's ever tested.

As always, there can only be one winner. Last year it was the Norco Range that took home the trophy. Which bike will it be for 2022?

Why it's nominated

The name may be the same, but the new Fuel EX is an entirely different beast than the previous models. Yes, there's more travel, and the expected longer and slacker geometry, but that's not the whole story. Trek also added in geometry and leverage rate adjustments that allow it to be set up with a head angle as slack as 63.5 degrees all the way up to 65.5 degrees, and run with either a coil or air sprung shock. On top of all that it's mixed wheel compatible, available with either an aluminum or a carbon frame, and has room for snacks in the down tube.

The list of adjustments and features is extensive, but what really matters is how a bike rides, and the Fuel EX doesn't disappoint, no matter if the trail is pointed up, down, or something in between. We put in a ton of miles on this yellow machine (yes, there are other color options – the black paint scheme is a lot more palatable) during the Whistler Field Test, and the Fuel EX didn't flinch. Where the previous version could feel a little overly-active at times, that's no longer the case. The suspension is noticeably more supportive while pedaling hard or pumping through rollers, while still being supple enough to provide grip in slipperier conditions. There's also no more proprietary shock or steering-limiting Knock Block, a welcome return to basics that helps make this the most capable Fuel EX yet.

From the review:

bigquotesThe Fuel EX is much more fun than the old bike when the trail was smooth and more level than down. Yup, despite it having more travel on both ends and being a much longer, slacker bike, it's much easier to pump and carry speed on the new Trek, a notable trait for a bike meant to be ridden everywhere and anywhere. Mike Levy

Why it's nominated

Santa Cruz updated almost their entire lineup this year, much to the delight of riders who like having a hole in their downtube for stashing breakfast burritos and gummy bears. The new Hightower, Tallboy, and 5010 all ride very well, but it was the Nomad that floated a little above the rest, with a rock solid, ready-for-anything feel. That's thanks to geometry numbers and a mixed-wheel setup that seems to hit the sweet spot for a very pedalable gravity-oriented bike, along with suspension kinematics that make the most of the Nomad's 170mm of travel.

The frame itself upholds the high level of quality that Santa Cruz has become known for, and while there's no getting around that high price tag, there's also no reason it shouldn't keep on performing well for years to come with only minimal maintenance.

From the review:

bigquotesIn this case the Nomad's numbers equate to a bike that's easy to stick into corners or tight, awkward maneuvers while also retaining its composure when bombing down a steep straightline.

The Nomad's rear suspension provides a supportive platform that leaves enough millimeters of squish in reserve for sudden bigger hits, while also making it possible to get the bike airborne without feeling like you're getting sucked into a waterbed.”
Mike Kazimer

Why it's nominated

The previous Strive was released back in 2019, and even when it was brand new it was a little steeper and a little shorter on travel than its competitors. Canyon fixed that with the latest version, bumping up the travel to 160mm, and radically changing the geometry. The reach of a size XL is a whopping 530mm – there's a good chance that tall riders looking for a bike that actually fits them will find it here. Other riders may end up going with a size smaller than they typically ride, but that has more to do with Canyon's size labeling than anything else – I don't think anyone would have batted an eye if the medium was called a large, the XL and XXL, etc...

Even though it's designed as a purebred race bike, it's also a versatile all-rounder, thanks in part to the Shapeshifter feature that allows it to be switched from 160 to 140mm with the flick of a lever. That does add a layer of complication and potential for issues compared to bikes without this feature, but the flip-side is that it can easily be transformed for climbing or riding smoother, flowier trails. However, it's the Strive's downhill capabilities that cemented its spot on this list, thanks to supple, ground hugging suspension that remains stable on rolling terrain.

From the review:

bigquotesPurely in terms of how the Strive rides, it is in my opinion the best enduro bike I've tested so far.

It's a good climber (as long as you're willing to push the seat forwards and use the Shapeshifter), but it's an even better descender. The suspension is very supple and ground-hugging, but supportive enough to remain stable and dynamic on rolling terrain. The Shapeshifter takes this further, as it can be used to improve responsiveness on mellow descents too. That makes the Strive surprisingly versatile for an enduro race bike. It's on steep and technical descents where it really shines, with bags of grip, stability and composure, but without being too tricky to manhandle through the tight stuff. It's a thoroughbred racer you could ride every day.
Seb Stott

Why it's nominated

Allied got their start in the road and gravel world back in 2016, but given that Lea Davison and Payson McEveen both ride for the US-brand, it wasn't exactly surprising to see a mountain bike added to their lineup. The BC40 is a 120mm bike that Allied says, “blends XC race with downcountry abilities.” Those claims held true during the Downcountry Field Test in Quebec, where testers praised the BC40's ability to feel fast without feeling sketchy, a balance that not every bike in this travel bracket achieves.

The carbon frame and the aluminum linage are made in the USA, which means that this one doesn't fall into the affordable category, although it's not as eye-wateringly expensive as you might expect, especially compared to other top-level options from big brands that are made overseas. If the term 'downcountry' leaves a funny taste in your mouth, think of this as a modern XC bike, one that excels on trails that are a little more wild than mild. It'd be ideal for something like the BC Bike Race, a multi-day event that's doesn't involve doing circles on the same sanitized trail.

From the review:

bigquotesIt manages to be efficient when you're on the gas, supple at the top of the stroke and around the sag point, and it also has more than enough support and bottom-out resistance for whatever you're doing that you probably shouldn't be doing. That's a wide performance and set-up window, especially as many bikes in this category seem to be making sacrifices in one or more areas to benefit another. Mike Levy

Why it's nominated

Deviate's a much, much smaller brand than the likes of Trek or Canyon, but they came out swinging this year with the Claymore. It's an idler-equipped high pivot bike with 165mm of rear travel that ended up being the surprise favorite at our Enduro Field Test. High-pivot bikes can often have a slightly sluggish, stuck to the ground feel that works best in chunky, technical terrain, but Deviate's latest creation proves that doesn't always need to be the case.

The Claymore ended up having a much more energetic feel than we expected, with a lightness to its handling that kept it entertaining even on slightly tamer trails and at slower speeds. Fast is fun, and the Claymore does love to go fast, but it's also nice to be on a bike that doesn't need to go fast to come alive.

From the review:

bigquotesIt never felt unwieldy, and its smooth, comfortable ride put this bike on all of our short lists of favorites.

Overall, the Claymore would make for a great race bike, or a long-travel do-it-all machine, with enough travel to handle unexpected surprises, and geometry that allows it to shine on a variety of tracks.
Mike Kazimer

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  • 157 1
 Best bike of the year is my bike, no nominations needed. Cheers
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 The best bike to have is the bike you currently have - Wayne Gretzky
  • 4 1
 Well said, Thumbs up sir
  • 4 0
 My bike still rips.
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 @deaf-shredder: are you sure it was Wayne who said that?
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 @deaf-shredder: Live. Love. Bike - Tommy Lasorda
  • 2 0
 @vhdh666: No that was Michael Scott
  • 2 0
 The best bike to have is the bike you currently have - Wayne Gretzky - Micheal Scott
  • 2 0
 My bike is very cute! And best of the year out of what? maybe five bikes in each a couple of categories? Ten "tested" total, when there are dozens of equivalent quality on the market!
  • 89 11
 I've never even considered a Fuel EX until this iteration, now its suddenly become a serious contender as a great bike for so many people's riding, especially with 29, 27.5" rear wheel capabilities, and large adjustments, that actually change the way the bike handles. That's bike of the year innovation I can get behind
  • 65 53
 I think Trek is leaving sales on the table with the name of this bike. Fuel EX to me is a XC bike. I get it bikes grow over time just like cars, but at some point the history of the name holds the product back.
  • 41 1
 @Rigidjunkie: Fuel Ex has always been their trail bike. Top Fuel used to be their XC bike but is now more down-country, whatever that actually means.
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 @Rigidjunkie: I had a ~2009 Fuel EX as my first FS bike when it was 120mm front and back. Even then it was very much a trail bike, we just had different standards for what that means. It was a good bike. And while bikes have improved and I moved to a V1 Bronson and now V2 Ripmo, both of which are better in most ways, nothing has ever been like the jump from a late 90s HT with an elastomer fork and rim brakes to that Fuel EX. I'll always think fondly of it.

That being said, I always thought the Remedy was a much cooler name.
  • 6 0
 I guess I'm kind of a Trek fanboy at this point but the EX has always been great. I had a 2016 which was maligned by a lot of people for the suspension but it was a hoot to ride and served me well in everything from weeknight XC races to giant Pisgah rides to screw-it-why-not lift serviced days.
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 @MarcusBrody: I think you're right, the goal posts have moved.

I remember the 2015 or 2016 Sun Peaks enduro. A legit mountain with hard trails in that race. There were dudes on thunderbolts and fuels trying to throw down. Run what ya brung!

Now, other than a handful of groms, the smallest bikes you see are like Instincts and Troys and stuff. The All mountain is the new trail bike.
  • 8 4
 @Rigidjunkie: Not sure why the negative props? Seems like a valid point.
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flag bikehoarder23 (Dec 23, 2022 at 11:16) (Below Threshold)
 @Rigidjunkie: I forgot this is pinkbike, we negative prop anything we don't agree with instead of scrolling on
  • 18 1
 It's a great bike, but by no means innovative or original. Adjust geo, mullet option, in frame storage was all done by the Stumpjumper Evo...2 years ago.
  • 3 1
 @j-t-g: LMAO, I was the dude on the Thunderbolt. Good times.
  • 5 12
flag Bliss503 (Dec 23, 2022 at 11:58) (Below Threshold)
 @Rigidjunkie: not sure how your comment is below threshold
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flag bikehoarder23 (Dec 23, 2022 at 12:41) (Below Threshold)
 @Bliss503: So much hate in this site
  • 2 1
 Out of curiosity, what changes the way it handles outside of a smaller rear wheel?
Genuine question, maybe I’m missing something in the fine print between this and any other bike that has a geo flip chip.
  • 5 8
 @Moe2344: much like a$$holes, we all have one, and are afforded the ability to wave it about wildly with little to no regard for anyone else.

The best part is, neg props, internet points, etc have little to no meaning in real life, so don’t let it get to you
  • 10 2
 I'm very much a function over form kind of guy and rarely have a strong opinion on looks, but I just find this a very ugly bike.
  • 1 6
flag bikehoarder23 (Dec 23, 2022 at 14:18) (Below Threshold)
 @onawalk: If it got to me I wouldn't be here
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 @preston67: 2010 GT Force vibes
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 @Moe2344: erm, that's kinda the point of the prop system? Otherwise, what's the point of it?
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flag bikehoarder23 (Dec 23, 2022 at 18:24) (Below Threshold)
 @inked-up-metalhead: Just like life, being a douchebag is always and option but it doesn't mean you have to be.
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 @poorpeoplemakemesad: how's it being a douche bag to use a system built into a website specifically designed to give feedback?
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flag bikehoarder23 (Dec 23, 2022 at 18:46) (Below Threshold)
 @inked-up-metalhead: I don't have enough crayons or time to explain it to you
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flag bikehoarder23 (Dec 23, 2022 at 18:48) (Below Threshold)
 @inked-up-metalhead: Also, not very "metal" if you ride a E-bike
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 @onawalk: upvote for butthole wagging
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 @onawalk: Most flip chips change the HTA by half a degree or so. The Trek comes with 2 degrees of HTA adjustment, 63.5 to 65.5. So more significantly alters the bike's capability on a variety of trails.
  • 2 0
 @poorpeoplemakemesad: it's aluminium. So fully metal. In fact, I don't have a single carbon component on it.
  • 7 1
 @poorpeoplemakemesad: and going checking someone's profile to try and get dirt on then is pretty pathetic. Poor people might make you sad, complete morons make me sad.
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 @inked-up-metalhead: Ohhh so medal head means you couldn't afford carbon....I get it now
  • 4 1
 @bikehoarder23: why do you keep changing your name? And no, I couldn't, and I'm not afraid to admit it. So what? I've got other priorities than having a stable of bikes that could pay for a deposit on a house.
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 @WishIWazFaster: but nothing to do with a mullet wheel setup.
.5 degree flip chip still changes the handling, just by a smaller margin.

I’m all for the radical adjustability built into the Trek,
But it’s done with headset cups that need to be pressed in, which is fine, but you can buy those for virtually any bike out there.

Thate Stumpy EVO is the real winner when it comes to mainstream adjustability like that, and anything by Nicolas or Geometron
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 @hankj: cheers man!
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 @onawalk: I've just fitted a 1.5 degree headset. It's not a night and day difference, I honestly don't think I could truly tell you which was which if I did a blind test on a bike with 0.5° difference in head angle between runs. I think I could tell there was a difference, but I don't know if I could categorically state which was which. Maybe that's just me, but I have done 2.5k miles on this bike so I'm pretty used to the handling.
  • 1 0
 @Rigidjunkie: trek is still making the "old" fuel ex, I agree that this has been mis named, calling it remedy would have been better (they discontinued remedy this year)
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 @inked-up-metalhead: cool beans my man,
I’m willing to bet that the vast majority of us couldn’t tell our ar$ehole$ from our own heads sometimes (for those that are gonna get their knickers in a bunch, I’m including my self in that statement).
We get wrapped up in silly numbers, and hyped up marketing, bad wanting so badly to justify our vanity purchase that we will fight to the death on 5 mm here and there.

I had a fairly spicy argument on here with severe allergies people assuring me that they could feel every millimeter of difference when it came to bits and bobs. I think that most people think that in order to be a “good”mountain biker, they need to be able to discern every .5 degree of angle difference, every 10mm of suspension travel, every 5mm of CS, and I don’t think any of us can….

Willing to spend a day with anyone who wants to prove me wrong, while we do blind test runs, and I incrementally change your bike…..I’ll even buy the beer
  • 1 0
 @onawalk: 100%. Don't get me wrong, certain things I can tell, but that's usually a bigger difference. My bike with 170mm cranks vs my gfs with 152mm cranks? Absolutely. 785mm bars vs 740? Yup. But 780/785/790? Definitely not. Ball Park figures are certainly close enough for me and my skills, and I'm happy to admit that really, in the grand scheme of things, a 160mm travel bike is about as specific as I need to be when choosing bikes.
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 @inked-up-metalhead: I’d say that’s fair.
I’m usually a little more concerned with geo than travel.
A 140mm travel V1 Sentinel is a much more confident descending bike than a Cannondale Jekyl with 170 travel, and 160mm travel.

Geo works everywhere, all the time, suspension only works some of the time
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 @onawalk: yeah, realistically for what/how I ride, a 120/130mm trail bike is probably enough, but I'm a big guy so every trail bike I've ever ridden has felt under built, 160mm bikes are generally burlier wheels/tyres/frames/forks which is what I want, obviously with stuff like the canyon spectral 125 now that's not as catch all as it was 10 years ago, but it's a generalisation, I suppose 'all mountain/the less extreme side of enduro' is where I really am, starting to think about a new bike later in the year and I'm on the fence about the top contender (marin alpine e2) because of the head angle (63°), I'm worried it won't be 'all round' enough for me
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 @inked-up-metalhead: can’t say enough about the Knolly Fugitive, or Transition bikes.
I think you can get a Warden at 30%off right now, smokin deal, on a smokin bike.
Rides like it’s built to be ridden hard, and put away wet. I took it on trade from a buddy for my V1 Sentinel, also a bike that punches above its weight (or travel) would have you believe.
Fugitive was over forked, and was a great all around bike. I’ve since short stroked it in an attempt to build a short travel ripper.
I think it’s the bike/company that I’ll look to for any future bikes. The details are incredible, access door on the underside of the top tube to help route cables, the cable stops, the titanium hardware, the bottomless suspension feel, the quality alu tubes and welding…..I’m even overlooking the fugly duckling frame design..
  • 47 1
 I don't get it. Not a single one with the super awesome and cool looking integrated headset routing that I hear so much about, and is really the only reason I'm considering upgrading my ride next year. Weird.
  • 14 2
 I think there’s still an award for those bikes. Different category. Something like “Best Overpriced and Least Capable Trailcountry Bike”.
  • 5 0
 @gnarlysipes: Most useless innovation award....c'mon Pinkbike...I DARE YOU
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 @Aleven: I think that award for internal headset routing was a foregone conclusion so they didn’t announce it. They had a quiet ceremony in the Pb offices.
  • 41 9
 Where is the 2020 Spesh Enduro??
  • 14 0
 It was left for year 2020
  • 8 4
 Seriously. Still one of the best options. Pinkbike's first ride review was Aug 13, 2019... www.pinkbike.com/news/first-ride-the-2020-specialized-enduro-is-bigger-and-burlier-than-ever.html
  • 4 0
 wait till you see 2024!
  • 3 2
 I had a 2014 Enduro and loved it. I can’t compare it to the latest generation so this isn’t a fair comparison but my ‘21 SJ Evo is every bit as good on the downhill and a much better climber. One thing I preferred on that bike was the RS Pike over the Fox 36 Performance Elite. It’s always felt too harsh to me.
  • 19 2
 Thinking the same thing, they are mighty pricey, but the Spesh Enduro and Stump Evo still seem to be the best bikes out there years after their release.
  • 2 0
 @Mugen: fortunately, I got my SJ Evo Expert the first year of the current iteration (‘21) before they went up over $1000 the next year.
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 @gnarlysipes: I’ve owned all 3 and the current gen enduro blows both stumpy Evo and x-wing gen enduro out of the water descending. It’s actually amazing how big of a difference it has on chunky trails. And it’s still fine on the climbs, no racer but comfortable and it’ll get ya there.
  • 1 0
Tell me more please!
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 @snowwcold55: Nice, good to hear. I may consider it if I ever sell my SJ Evo.
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 @jaydawg69 : yeah share the goods dude, they've been dragging on this refresh
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 @gnarlysipes: probably worth waiting to see what the next gen version looks like at this point
  • 3 0
 I haven’t found a bike I’d sell my ‘21 Sworks for.
Keen to see what they do with the 2024 model though.
  • 2 0
 @dresendsit: I haven't seen it but I know someone who has. Nothing for details other than it exists and it's gonna be next level.
I think it's going to be same suspension design as Finn/Loic bike that's been hidden up.
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 @jaydawg69: I started hearing the same thing a few months before the SJEVO came out. I bet they do similar head angle adjustment with headset cups. Chain-stay too. Hard to imagine a more sophisticated suspension design than the current 6-bar though. But they must have kept it hidden on the world cup for a reason. Hopefully some leaks come soon.
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 @dresendsit: I'm really surprised there has been no leaks.... usually a few from the Big S
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 @Rabbuit: off topic but I’m excited to see commencal’s new enduro bike with the virtual contact suspension system
  • 30 2
 Which bike has the most instagram followers? That's far more important than any other design and performance attributes!

I vote for whichever bike Max is riding cause it will win social media dominance. Orbea for the win!
  • 3 0
 oof, so true. I though Janky Eric got robbed honestly
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 @dresendsit: I couldn’t agree more. Eric was the most well rounded rider. Tarmo was by far the fastest and his media was still good. His interviews were fine as well. He was probably the only one that would have competed well in the Pro scene. Also Max rides downhill, Orbea doesn’t make a dh bike, I don’t see how he can go as big on a rallon.
  • 1 0
 @TyBronder: Don't remember where, but Martin Maes put a dual crown on a Rallon and raced a WC this year IIRC. I agree that Eric got robbed.
  • 26 0
 $4000 Norco moved to the value category for sandbagging
  • 21 0
 The Deviate has fully external cable routing and still looks clean! Also makes for a great bike packing rig, as demonstrated by Mr. Fairbrother.
  • 8 0
 Absolutely nothing wrong with external cables when done right....
  • 13 0
 Where's my 2015 Banshee Phantom that i recently built to replace the hardtail?
  • 14 0
 1st rule, never sell your Banshee
  • 2 0
 @DuelingBanjos: after a few rides I also wondered why the other guy sold it, it rides fantastic!
  • 17 3
 Where's WAO Arrival?
  • 4 1
 That came out in 2021... They included it in the 2021 field test that came out in September 2021.
  • 11 0
 Was sure the 170 Arrival was going to be on the list.
  • 2 2
 Came out in 2021...
  • 6 0
 @Nellus: The 152 came out in 2021, but the 170 was only recently released.
  • 12 3
 But all anyone wants is a comparison between the Epic Evo and the Allied BC40.
  • 3 1
 Honestly prefer the looks of the spesh, also perhaps the most fun I’ve ever had on a mtb
  • 1 1
 They’d likely be so similar, it’d be a boring comparison. Low-volume with cool paint, or big dealer network—that would likely be the difference.
  • 22 13
 If caynon wins, I am leaving pb account.
  • 5 3
 Why? Because you personally don’t like them or because they have terrible customer service?
  • 3 2
 Yeah its hard to figure out (sitting at a computer) why Seb liked it so much just looks like a typical Horst link/rocker bike nothing extraordinary. But he's ridden way more bikes than I have.
  • 3 0
 @preston67: Excellent point. These guys know a lot more than many of us and have ridden a heck of a lot more bikes than we have.
  • 4 1
 Why, because it doesn't cost like a kidney and it works better that the vpp stuff?
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1. What's the point of this contest if a bike with seat mounted so much forward wins? Understand personal preferences but it's silly.
2. Chainstays too short for that long front-center in bigger sizes.
3. No build-in tubes for cables
4. Only 2 build options
5. No alloy option
6. Yes, don't like canyon however new spectral and torque looks much better than this...
The reason behind canyon bikes is that they don't have trunnion mount shocks and that's the only reason why I moght want one od their bikes.
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 @preston67: I don't own a Canyon and never have, but I was very impressed with how well it rode on Whistler trails. I've ridden quite a few different bikes from different brands too.
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 @lightone: re:1, if Seb is built similar to me, with an inseam that is 50% of his body length, it makes total sense that the seat is slammed forward. Why would a company design a bike to fit 2% of the population?
Re:2 the guy that tested it rides a big size and liked it. So maybe indeed you should stop reading PB reviews if their opinions on bikes are so far off yours.
  • 1 0
 Just because I have my own opinion means I should stop reading pb?
Every major MTB innovation was invented because someone has different opinion.
  • 1 0
 @lightone: you were the one suggesting to 'leave pb account'. I merely expressed that I can understand that if your opinion differs so much from theirs, you would consider it a waste of time to read the reviews here.
  • 7 2
 I want the nomad real bad. Demoed and loved it. It’s almost impossible to get a frame only and even the frame only is a terrible deal. Still rode amazing for my style of riding. I would give it to the fuel EX. These days that’s probably more than enough bike for me most of the time.
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flag calarco68 (Dec 23, 2022 at 11:56) (Below Threshold)
 I bought a brand new 2019 CC nomad frame on pinkbike for 1800!!
  • 4 1
 I was in the same boat. Bought the cheap build and swapped parts over and sold the take off parts. Ended up not being too bad of a deal but a hassle. Made sense though since I was sold on that frame.
  • 9 1
 The new Nomad 6 by far the best bike I've ever ridden.
  • 6 0
 The Trek is a serious contender for my next bike. Looks seriously versatile and really checks all the boxes.
  • 5 0
 I'd like to nominate the new Transition Smuggler for BOTY 2023 before the bike itself is even released.

Too soon?
  • 5 0
 The Claymore is the one that turns my head, but the Fuel EX captures the zeitgeist
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 Trek Fuel EX wins for being the first MTB to share its design and most of the frame components with the EX-e. It's got to be cheaper to share development costs by designing an e-bike and then adapting it for non-e use by swapping out the down tube. In the future we'll have a choice increasingly restricted to products intended for e-bike use that you can also use for legacy non-e bikes.
  • 5 0
 The fuel has always been a good bike.
  • 6 1
 What are the alloy bike of the year nominees?
  • 4 0
 I just got my claymore and it’s way better than I could have ever imagined.
  • 5 2
 yeah but no but.... that goes for every bike that is new and 'you' choose.
  • 2 0
 @NZRalphy: not really, I got the claymore because I chose another high end high pivot bike 2 months ago and couldn’t get on with it at all.
  • 1 0
 @Lololmalol: which one did you have, and what wasn't working for you?
  • 2 0
 @rrolly: the company took the bike back and where great to deal with so I’m not going to say online what it was and why I didn’t like it. Just that they claymore was better than I could have imagined.
  • 5 0
 Bike of the year: 2017 Banshee rune 160/160 mullet with a -1.5 headset.
  • 4 0
 Damn good time for mountain bikes. Every one of these is a solid contender.
  • 7 3
 Based on looks, the claymore wins hands down
  • 4 0
 The Fuel EX doesn't look like a Session.
  • 3 0
 The Trek’s TT/ST intersection released Y bike memories that I thought I had successfully repressed.
  • 3 0
 I'd like to see the Allied and last Year's Element go head-to-head in a comparative piece.
  • 9 8
 I’d take the deviate in a heart beat.
The trek looks cool.
The Nomad is a bit meh,
I’ve never heard of the Allied,
And the canyon can lick my scroat.
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 what do you mean by "a bit meh"?
  • 5 0
I guess its a good bike but doesn’t excite me.
  • 1 0
 Was gonna utter the same SC can lick scroaterz
  • 3 0
 Cannondale had a bike named claymore some years ago if I remember well.
  • 4 2
 No DH bike on the list this year?
  • 2 0
 Why isn't (insert the bike you own her) on this list????? ITS RIGGED
  • 2 0
 If price factors in then Canyon would have it in the bag
  • 2 1
 If customer service factors, Canyon is back out.
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 Pinkbike should add a E-bike and Value e-bike of the year categories…
  • 3 1
 Revel Rail 29
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 The Rail 29 is a solid rig but there are a ton of owners complaining about excessive creaking coming from the linkage. New company but the build quality isn’t quite there yet.
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 Every bike is bike of the year
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 Im surprised with the Nomad, didnt hear much fuss about it anywhere else.
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 Where’s the Norco Fluid? It’s probably the most capable consumer friendly bike sold through a dealer network in years.
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 Bike of the year goes to Fezzari La Sal Peak 2.0
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 How about another award category?

"Most environmentally friendly packaging"

Nominating: Spot Bikes for their minimal packaging. Everyone else wastes a lot of material in shipping.
  • 2 0
 Putin is an idiot
  • 1 0
 I nominate 2022 Trek Supercaliber!
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 That Trek would give me option paralysis.
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 If they only made that Fuel with a small motor I would be all over that!
  • 2 1
 ARC8 ???????????????
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 Foxy Carbon
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 All of the bikes have fox! Does that say something...
  • 3 1
 Says Fox is discounting their products to manufacturers at a higher rate than other companies?
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 Boiled Cats
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 Nope, I’m going to keep on riding my 2012 Norco Truax in 2023.
  • 2 2
 Are any of these better than the Norco Range?
  • 4 7
 Hey Pinkbike, if you could hit publish on articles a bit earlier in the day for your European readers, that’d be appreciated
  • 16 0
 But they're there for you to enjoy with your evening tea and biscuts! Or maybe some prawn crisps.
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 @j-t-g: cucumber sandwiches, please
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 @j-t-g: Please don't show disgust at Prawn Cocktail crisps when you guys drink Clamato.
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 @j-t-g: bangers & mash
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 @L0rdTom: But Tom, It's clams and tomato, what's not to love?
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 @j-t-g: it's not just tomato

What is in a Clamato?
Water, Tomato Concentrate, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Monosodium Glutamate, Salt, Citric Acid, Spices, Onion And Garlic Powder, Ascorbic Acid (to Maintain Color), Dried Clam Broth, Vinegar, Natural Flavors, Red 40, Red Chili Pepper.
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 @vhdh666: so other than the red 40 it’s quite natural Wink
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 @vhdh666: what, you think when @L0rdTom opens up can of prawn cocktail Pringles it's a bunch of potatoes and crustaceans in the tin and that's it?

Besides, good clamato is never complete without red 40. All my homies love red 40.
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 Not a Nomad. It's a Megatower MX. Nomad is dead.
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