Pinkbike Poll: What Do You Want to See More of On Pinkbike?

Feb 29, 2016 at 22:00
by Mike Levy  
Unless you've just emerged from a few decades spent in the jungle, I probably don't need to tell you that the internet is a crazy place. In thirty seconds you can learn how to cook up deep-fried spiders, how to give yourself a black eye, or even how to make yourself tipsy by soaking a tampon in booze and then... well, I'll stop there. Pretty much anything can be found online, but the fact that you're reading this probably means that you spend at least some of your time looking at and reading about mountain bikes here on Pinkbike.

There won't be any spider-cooking how-tos on Pinkbike, but you will find bike reviews, bike photos, bike stories, stories about bikes, etc... You get the picture. Still, I always find myself wondering what people would like to see more of. With bike reviews happening every Monday, and gear reviews nearly every other day of the week, it'd be easy to assume that's the last thing you might what to see more frequently, but maybe I'm wrong. Shootouts? As much as that word gets under my skin (let's call them comparisons, please), 2016 is going to see a lot more along the same lines as the dropper seat post head-to-head from a few weeks back.

Maybe you'd rather read some opinionated words from one of the Pinkbike's editors (who can forget RC's ''Are You Prepared, or Are You a Parasite?'' poll), or spend your computer time watching videos of other people riding?
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And just in case you're wondering if we're data mining with this poll, we are, and it's for a good cause. We want to feature more content that you want to see, so tell us exactly what that is by clicking all that apply in the poll below.





322 Comments

  • + 292
 more cowbell
  • + 255
 And trail building!

You can't have mountain biking without trail building.

Creative homemade freeride trails are the core of all extreme mountain biking.

Only reason I distinguish for homemade is because some popular trails are wicked cool, but many are flat and featureless days. There was a realllllly cool set of articles/videos in the last year with that canadian dude that was building a freeride trail into the winter with the help of a big crew.

I wanna see more!!

Sorry for the lack of names/links.
  • + 10
 I totally agree!
  • + 4
 Hilarious and hells yes!
  • + 25
 Honestly, the bike and gear reviews don't mean much to me. That's all opinion. All the other stuff is what I want more of. More lifestyle, epic travels, rad experiences! Thanks pinkbike.
  • + 31
 FREE RIDE
  • + 16
 Badass Video's that get me PUMPED TO RIDE!
  • + 14
 Way better video coverage of EWS races, edit out some of the slow boring bits.
  • + 11
 @theedon well, thats just like, your opinion man...
  • + 81
 more 'head to head' or 'shootout' bike reviews and gear reviews

reviews in isolation have less value; it can be harder to criticize a single product when there is nothing directly to compare it to during the review (often just previous experience / memories).

Also, riders do not shop for new bikes/gear in isolation, you are often weighing up a number of options when you shop

putting products directly up against each other has much more value. many of the print bike magazines did / do this and it was always interesting to have a bunch of riders review say 5 bikes at the same pricepoint and come to a common consensus

MBUK magazine here in the UK actually did this pretty well over the years, they did shootouts on say dirt jump bikes, freeride bikes or dual crown suspension forks at a pricepoint.

rider wants "new full suspension trail bike for $1500.what are the best options?"
  • + 60
 A pinkbike app..
  • + 3
 ^^Best idea so far^^
  • + 5
 Monthly giveaways instead of Christmas giveaways!
  • + 2
 Yeah indeed @VTwintips , more trailbuilding tips, howto, inspiration, interviews, the lot.
  • + 1
 @VTwintips I couldn't agree more!
  • + 2
 moar shimz
  • + 1
 echo @RollinFoSho ! And this year have a more dynamic reporter than Richard. Great rider, probably a nice guy, but not horribly exciting to listen to.
  • + 1
 More Rocky Mountain Bike reviews!!
  • - 3
 Up AND down votes showing in the comment section. Sick of the humorless hordes running away with with the -673 downvotes when theres no sense in upvoting that to -672.
  • + 1
 MOAR FREERIDE MOVIES WITH ROCK MUSIC
  • + 3
 @RollinFoSho

But if they edited out all the slow boring bits, they'd have nothing left....
  • - 3
 I would like to see more reviews on bikes the average Joe can afford............no dream bike reviews please!
  • + 6
 How about the weight of every bike reviewed? This information seems to be hit or miss in many reviews.
  • + 4
 Just save pinkbike into your favourites and create a home page logo and then as soon as u tap it you will be directed to the mobile version of the site! Acts like most apps would
  • + 6
 More 26
  • + 4
 yoga
  • + 3
 Another vote for trail building. It's critical to our sport, perhaps even more important than the bike that we're riding.
  • + 1
 I agree
  • + 3
 A cheeky bit of BMX wouldn't go a miss, if fat bikes and 29rs can make it on why not 20ers??
  • + 185
 Buy and sell feedback for pb memebers And some auto delete feature for the super old ads that waste everyone's time.
  • - 21
flag bishopsmike (Mar 3, 2016 at 20:22) (Below Threshold)
 Purchasing something auto-deletes it.
  • + 25
 Unfortuantly the seller has to select sold for this to happen. I'm referring to those ads that are over a year old member hasn't logged in for ages. Hate that
  • + 9
 agreed.. ads auto delete after a certain amount of days (craigslist is 45 i think)
  • - 13
flag isaacascadia (Mar 3, 2016 at 20:37) (Below Threshold)
 It's way less on PB. Like a week or two.
  • + 16
 I was going to suggest the same even though this post is asking a content related question. It's a bit silly a site that deals in items regularly priced over $3000 doesn't have a way to make sellers feel safer.
  • + 4
 Craigslist posts have to be renewed every 7 days
  • + 4
 Would also love to see the contest winners names, some rules about how long and how much activity to enter and some overall transparency.
  • + 18
 Yeah, buyer/ seller feedback!!!! I ran into one buyer and I had to chase him down for 2 months!!! And I got a hold of his other buyers and they never got their stuff from him! I emailed PINKBIKE and nothing could be done, so who knows how many others he ripped off or is ripping off!!!
  • - 1
 pretty sure that buy/sell ads have to be regularly renewed?

I seem to get yellow notifications on my profile every 4 days that I must renew my current ads otherwise they are not visible.
  • - 8
flag JB151 (Mar 4, 2016 at 4:37) (Below Threshold)
 You have to repost ads every 48 hours on pinkbike. So there is already an "auto delete" feature!
  • + 3
 Apparently the system doesn't work though judging by the other comments and my personal experience.
  • + 11
 Yellow notification is to bump your ad. If you don't it just goes further down the list. It does not get deleted.
  • + 5
 Seriously why are there ads up that are older than a year (that haven't been reposted either). Maybe the website just want the numbers to appear higher to show higher volume of ads.

PS pretty funny that this post has so many likes and is totally unrelated to the question on content.
  • + 1
 Seller feedback would be key. Bought a totally misrepresented piece of shit listed here, and PayPal is a joke. As long as I got "a bike" the seller was not held responsible. Dude could have sent me a Huffy and got off with my money. Love the idea, but hate getting burned...
  • + 4
 Really? Every single time I have paid for something with paypal and it arrived "not as described" i got my money back
  • + 2
 I totally agree. It would be nice to read feedback of others experiences buying from or selling to other users
  • + 3
 paypal sucks, I just went through a nightmare with them.. sold a bike last march, got a notice in december saying there was a duplicate payment. Paypal took over $1600 from me, said credit card company makes final decision even though it was obvious I only got paid once.. Took over 2 months to resolve and really didn't get resolved until I contacted BBB.. I am done with paypal forever..
  • + 151
 Head to head reviews of similarly priced prodicts, like the recent dropper post article.
  • + 15
 Yeah, add some true value to the content - reviews are pretty biased, I want to know the issues! Maybe a incude public poll of bike in review. Crowd source the real opinion.
  • + 8
 I second that! I want to see comparisons between bikes in the "same" category.
  • + 3
 Third that @MrPink51 That's exactly my comment from the poll. So I'm ogling a Patrol Carbon... What else is out there that's like it?
  • + 9
 Adding to the head-to-head theme. They can have a lot more meaning when there's more than one reviewer involved, can be a more balanced, less "one persons opinion" review.

4 riders, 4 bikes, all swapping about and talking it through, that's how it's done with other sports, motorbikes etc and you get a more in depth article out of it too..
  • + 2
 Yeah, I liked the dropper article. I also like the idea of multi reviewer group tests. Will require a bit of coordination tho.
  • + 4
 @jerrytek not really, we used to do head to heads with snowboard tests all the time. as long as the testers are skilled enough to be able to jump from one bike to the next and deal with set-ups not being exactly as they'd normally have them it's ok.

A good rider will be able to deal with the bars not being exactly the right width or the pedals being different etc..
  • + 6
 Bible of Bike Test. Good thing PB just picked up @vernonfelton
  • + 2
 I think pink bike is probably generating enough cash to become truly professional about it now though.
  • + 2
 Yeah.....bike and gear shootouts would be awesome.....but please leave Jamis out of the roundups.....I think they have taken enough abuse.
  • + 3
 I second or tenth the bike & gear shootouts... reviews are great but what are the differences that may suit me or joe blow better!!! Subtle characteristics that may suit specific terrain or rider profiles...work it...
  • + 85
 Where's the option for more Review Bazooka??
  • + 2
 I came here to say more review bazooka as well. More Macduff in general.
  • + 74
 Bring back TECH TUESDAY
  • + 6
 Jumping on this... Tech Tuesday articles were pretty awesome and great references.
  • + 7
 I don't even care if they are repeats
  • + 62
 More Pro's bike checks.
  • + 10
 Yeah but then I always end up setting my sag to like 10% and my rebound to pogo-stick because a super-fast french guy said he likes his ride stiffer than a nun's upper lip.
  • + 55
 I'd like to see some engineering articles about all of the work that goes into designing a bike part. Some physics articles that explains bike geo would be a pleasure to read too. An article that attempts to explain why a bike is able to balance itself would be a hit.
  • + 2
 Amen to that.
  • + 1
 Definitely the level of innovation and design investment in bikes is impressive however a lot of the finer details regularly get overlooked. Nerds want to see cutaways!
  • + 1
 THIS
  • + 57
 I'd like a "10 funny things currently for sale in the Buy Sell". You know, for when the workday is dragging on.
  • + 29
 the Ford Clitarus wins it...

m.pinkbike.com/buysell/1572403
  • + 36
 More shootouts and a versus series would be awesome. Stuff like best climbing, best descending enduro bikes, and rate them on a 1-10 rating platform. Would make it a lot easier to figure out what's the best product if they are directly compared to eachother rather than having the same, ''climbed good and descended great'' for every enduro bike with 160mm travel. Would like to see Nomad vs Capra vs Yeti Sb6 and other stuff like that.
  • + 13
 this. reviews are worthless without comparison.
  • + 1
 Agreed @fatwheels123 A final score/tally/stars on a bike would be useful. Also, visuals of differences in geo. To me the class leader in bike reviews is Dirt Rag. MBA's are written for n00bs and BIKE's are too brief. Pinkbike - seize the day!
  • + 5
 I agree that there should be more comparisons but I do not think that bikes should be rated on a scale. The rating system would be subjective to each individual rider and it's honestly not as simple as saying A is better than B. Every bike has characteristics that might be great for some riders and a downer for others. I think giving characteristic comparisons for certain aspects of a bike's behavior such as climbing, descending, etc., for A compared to B would be the best thing to do.
  • + 2
 ratings can be somewhat simplistic

a great way to finish a review on each bike is a column listing "advantages" and "disadvantages"

advantages: great value for money/RCT3 damper in fork/tubeless ready tires/780mm bars

disadvantages: heaviest bike on test/gearing too tall/seatpost too short for taller riders


you get the idea....
  • + 3
 The best reviews I ever read were in a mag called Motorcycle Consumer News.
www.mcnews.com/mcn
like consumer reports style but just for motorcycle stuff. They listed their test metrics if I recall, for each review. I think it would be awesome to have the test category metrics right out there. I think more scientific based testing metrics would help too. Bike media is traditionally really opposed to this but the consumers want real numbers.

Category suggestions:
Stiffness: I think this is often overlooked. There are a lot of big guys out here, and we want to know if that thing will hold up under 200+ pounds of RAW POWER! And, this is something that can be actually measured in a fixture: Lateral rear dropout deflection = XX mm at XX force. It wouldn't be too much work to make a fixture for testing wheel stiffness as well. Hold the hub fixed in place, and apply a transverse load at the rim and measure the deflection. This will expose all the shitty stock wheels that come on most bikes. Especially the low spoke count wheels from the big S and others.
Climbing: Any bike with big ass tires is going to feel like crap going uphill. How about put some XC tires on and see how it really works uphill?
Descending
# of moving parts in the linkage system. This is a good indicator of future maintenance requirements.
Airtime/Jumps: Pretty much every 29er gets very low marks in this category. This is only fine if you don't ever jump your bike.
Cost
Value
Fun factor
Warrantee: Lifetime gets top score. This is significant if you really ride your bikes, and makes me only consider certain companies.

Check this out:
www.mcnews.com/mcn/articles/2015_01PerfIndex.pdf

I would add that most recent reviews of bikes I have read here are less than helpful. How many times have I read "climbs better than you would expect for a 160mm bike" Seriously? What does that even mean?
  • + 32
 I died a little inside when I saw how few people want to see more interviews.
  • - 2
 I don't get the bike reviews. Lets review the most expensive bike that you won't be able to afford in your wildest dreams. Thanks pb that helps me make an educated decision about what bike I already can't afford.
  • + 19
 I didn't see an option for porn so I didn't vote in spite of this stupid pole... otherwise I would have voted for interviews.
  • + 4
 Agreed. Pros, mechanics, photogs, builders, etc. More interviews!
  • + 27
 I don't like bike interviews. All off the bikes think they're the best and all come dressed in XTR or XX1!
  • + 24
 @cooki3s

I agree. I like seeing the super top end bikes, but honestly id rather read about the bikes that i will actually be choosing from when i buy my next bike. Im a regular dude with a family...zero chance my next bike will be more than 3k. I keep bikes for a really long time, so im much more interested in hearing about how bikes that i will actually be choosing from hold up. Dirtrag does a sub 3k comparison every year, and Id love to get more of that from PB, since they have more space to publish that kind of stuff
  • + 1
 Oops, that was supposed to be +1.
  • + 6
 Yeah great comment Torbo24. We all know the top of the line, carbon frame/rim version will be wonderful. But I reckon it's a better test if the base model gets a look. Are mid range parts up to the job? Enduro Comp vs Giant's Reign 2 etc. How long do the wheels last?
I really like the (mainly DH) race perspectives, more female racers would be great, even my partner has read a few of them.
  • + 27
 Boobs
  • + 1
 Yes! Someone beat me to it. All we really want is titties!!!
  • + 21
 For the interviews, I would rather see interviews of people within the industry and not necessarily interviews of athletes. Interviewing athletes is definitely necessary but I think what happens behind the scenes is intriguing.. Videos and photo epics are hard to post more of because nobody is forcing people to go take pictures or shoot videos but I think more reviews of random stuff and maintenance videos would be cool.
  • + 4
 That DT Swiss interview recently was great, I loved his comment about fatbikes, "We made 1,000 sets for our clients, they were happy and they sold their bikes, but that was it. For me, it was clear that we should not invest further in the development of fatbike products because it's really niche."
  • + 2
 I'd like to see more INTERVIEW *VIDEOS* because 1) I don't like to read long interviews and 2) It is more engaging when you see and hear the person.
  • + 24
 review chinese carbon rims
  • + 4
 and carbon frames
  • + 18
 How about a mythbusters column, where you take some tech topic and try to do an empirical test. For example, "Do lighter wheels improve performance significantly vs saving the same weight elsewhere?", "Do wide wheels improve handling measurably?" (I've been thinking a lot about wheels lately).

These and other questions come up over and over in forums. Tons of authoritative opinions but all are 100% subjective or speculative. For example RC explained why wide rims *should* be better, but he never tried to test his claim even quasi scientifically. Some of this stuff wouldn't be that hard to test single blind. A couple of identical bikes, change colors and change some components that barely matter to camouflage (cranks, seatpost, stem) what you're really testing (e.g wheels). Then do timed runs or just ask for subjective experiences. The key being that the rider doesn't know what component is being tested. I'd find that kind of article super interesting.
  • + 15
 More anarchy in the comments section......oh, and more reviews of the benefits of 2x and 3x drivetrains: There, that should do it
  • + 8
 Perfect. We'll get right on it.
  • + 1
 How about reader reviews like on car throttle. You know there ll be a place for more regular and not-the-newest-stuff.
  • + 13
 More photo epics......love the way that you guys tell the story of a race or event or ride or trip or location with a mixture of great photos and a nice explanation of everything going on. Its kinda the same format as the best articles in print magazines, which i love and always will. Also, anything showcasing the awesome work that photographers do is a good thing.
  • + 16
 What about skill tutorials? Which category includes them?
  • + 15
 @rifu, that's a good one - I went ahead and added that category in.
  • + 3
 Thank you. Even though I'd like to believe I'm the shiz, I sadly realize I have tons to work on.
  • + 4
 Speaking of tutorials, trail building ones would be great. Bikes are fun and all but this sport wouldn't be anywhere close to what it is without good trail builders and I find that aspect of the sport is often very neglected by the industry in general.
  • + 11
 I think a "wheel roundup" of all the current reasonably wide wheels and or rims would be helpful. Would give a lot of riders an idea as to how they can improve their bike for a certain price with modern wheel tech
  • + 4
 A monthly/bimonthly/whatever custom wheelset build and review would be cool. Maybe do a different focus each time: bombproof DH wheelset, then carbon AM set, etc. Or do a series with several different builds for the same discipline and compare them. Custom wheel reviews would be pretty neat.
  • + 14
 More polls!
  • + 10
 I'd like to see tech tuesdays come back. Help people start turning bolts on their own bikes....*imagines the shop scene from lifecycles*.....
  • + 13
 More fucking swearing
  • - 2
 Less f*cking swearing
  • + 6
 Fuck you buddy!
  • + 2
 Fuck fuck fucketty fuck.
  • + 13
 Yoga
  • + 11
 I think PinkBike does a great job in showing everything.
  • + 6
 New here, so maybe I haven't seen enough Pinkbike yet, but I think the poll doesn't cover everything I'd like to see. So, here it goes:
- behind the scenes (or making of): how some photos & videos were made, with concepts, planning, fails, and so on;
- how to: enhance biking skills, mechanical skills & tips, but also photo / video tips & tricks, etc.;
- more contests: (themed) photo contests, video, (sponsored) frame painting contests, raffles, etc.;
- building, maintenance and rules of the trails;
- a bit more coverage of the other branches of the sport?
  • + 2
 Hey man, I run a youtube channel that might fill some of your needs. I've done a bunch of stuff from how to build a pump track to skills tutorials. I don't do much in the mechanical department.

www.youtube.com/user/ThePhilkmetz
  • + 1
 Thanks man, checked some of your videos, will probably try a few, as soon as the local weather allows it Smile
  • + 6
 Comparison between products/bikes in the same price bracket and intended use. More content for begginners. An example that combines both: There are a few trail bike options right now under 2.000€, even starting from 1.500€. Are they good for new riders or people on a budget?

What if you do a direct comparison between the cheapest and most expensive version of the same bike? Giant Trance 4 vs Trance Advanced 0 or something like that. Is a 6-8.000 bike 3 -4 times as good as a 2.000 bike?

Also, most people choose a low end XC hardtail to get into the sport. Pinkbike doesn't cater for them at all.
Have we all forgotten the time when we were getting into the sport? Yes this type of content would be boring for the bro-brah, but if you want to expand your demographic you need to cater for all different kinds of riders.
  • + 11
 Rob Warner
  • + 10
 More Protour
  • + 2
 And more wheelsize debate
  • + 3
 More new standards news.
  • + 5
 Since maintenance tips was closest, that's what I chose. But, what happened to Tech Tuesday? And more than just simple basics, like how to change a tube, but stuff like suspension service.

The most useful entry for me was the service on the Dorado.
  • + 5
 As I wrote on the original pool:
What about in-depth reviews on "bike parks" or similar places with several tracks. Many of us go on vacations to these locations, and often it can be hard to figure out which place is most suited to your skills and needs. Smile
  • + 7
 More bikers less bikes

More real people less famous

More independent bike /parts producers
Less big corperate BULLSHIT industry standards

More beer
  • + 4
 I know that this has been said but I just want to place more emphasis on the benefits of trail building articles. I find that most trail building articles display images of features, stories behind the build (waking up early, having a reliable building buddy, hours of dedication, ect.), but miss a large opportunity to educate the pb community on proper trail building techniques and proper trail maintenance. Including this information in trail builder articles would be a huge bonus and very worthwhile knowledge to read about!
  • + 8
 Less breakfast and coffee videos. More whips and skuds!!!
  • + 8
 A Pinkbike App would be sweet
  • + 4
 Yesss
  • + 9
 more yoga girl.
  • + 0
 The yoga bit is helpful. Wouldn't mind if it would be Timo Pritzel either, both seem to know their stuff.
  • + 7
 More head to head comparisons of products, bikes, and gear
  • + 6
 THIS! Not just reviews that talk about how great everything is. Comparisons are so much more helpful. More stuff like the recent dropper shootout would be great.
  • + 3
 Be more to the point in the reviews. If it is crap say so. Be way more blunt and to the point. Let the supplier's know if they make crap PB is calling them out. If its a copy say so. If their is a cheaper version point that out.
  • + 3
 I like how everything is covered. From simple sharing of videos till magazine quality articles.

Only thing im personally not interested in are race results

I like what you guys have been doing, keep up the great work!! tup
  • + 3
 I first learned of pinkbike cuz i found good instructions on tuning and servicing a dhx5 and float. Some of what i learned from those articles/vids has stuck with me still. PB doesn't do anything like that any more and it's a bummer. Those were really informative.
  • + 7
 Buy & sale feed back.
Auto delete for adds over 30 days.
Cheers
  • + 3
 ^^^^^^^^^This right here^^^^^^^^
  • + 7
 How about reviews on affordable bikes & gear?
  • + 4
 no such thing
  • + 2
 Then how about crash test bike reviews with Mike Levy on them.
  • + 7
 Bike reviews. Head to head bike shootouts.
  • + 2
 I want to see the First Ride reviews followed up on....we need to know more than initial impression...can you add a technical analysis of the suspension so we can understand it..... That dude on YouTube (andrextr) has the right idea.... It may open the door to more tuning advice...

I want articles that explain the pluses and minuses of equipment so I can make an informed choice. Nothing is perfect so if you understand it you can deal with it. (Dropper post article was the right flavour save it missed minimum insertion levels)

Tyres are so important - Regular Tyre comparisons run on different rim widths....( say 20, 22, 25, 27 and 30)... With a profile on how they work on different surfaces. Once this is up and running it would be an awesome record to check....

I love the trip/tour articles. More of this would be great.....I know it makes me want to chuck my rig in my bus and go!
  • + 2
 I like how GMBN and GCN have weekly shows. Maybe don't need to compete with them, but I would like to see a 10 minute highlight show by Levy/Kazimer/Cunningham/etc talking about industry trends, best bikes of the year, etc... Maybe the Pinkbike guys could do some trail centre reviews? (squamish, abbotsford, bellingham, cali?)
  • + 2
 I think this idea carries much water, but I nominate Felton as host-was really good in bible of bike test videos, set a good tone.
  • + 6
 I only want the Tech Tuesday back!
  • + 1
 I agree with you on just about everything. Case in point!
  • + 2
 Photo epics with the full screen photos, so I can save them in a high enough resolution... On that note, a decent site improvement would probably be fixing the size selection option when you view photos... small, large, x large, nothing changes.
  • + 2
 I second GeeHad. Riders/Writers explaining their take on things from professional/weekend warrior/washed-up has-been perspective. Guys like Felton, Cunningham, and Randolph have a unique perspective and a witty writing style. But I also value the articles by guys like Lars Sternberg, Luke Strobel, and Casey Northern can give valuable opinion on how something rides, even if they aren't professional writers.
  • + 6
 As long as it is not electric...please feature it here Smile
  • + 2
 Trip idea/trail review articles with lots of pictures from everyday riders. There's too much focus on exotic locations that most people cannot and will not ever be able to ride/afford. I live in a small city and there are cool areas to ride that have a lot of history and some fun trail networks. A lot of the excellent East Coast treasures such as Kingdom Trails and Allegrippis are known, so I'd love to see some other not as well known areas to make a trip out of.
  • + 2
 Yet another vote for meaningful comparisons. Roundups for a given class of product in a given price range. Contrast different products in the same review and explain how they're different in feel and performance.

For example, there are almost a dozen seemingly-competitive trail/AM/enduro forks out there. You could buy a 140mm-160mm 34mm to 36mm 27.5" fork from Fox, Rockshox, Manitou, X-Fusion, Suntour, Magura, BOS, MRP, DVO, Formula, and maybe even throw in Marzocchi, Cannondale, Ohlins/Specialized, and DT Swiss. You'll be lucky to meet someone outside bike journalism who's ridden more than three recent-year fork models and can speak intelligently about them. That's your role - something PB riders can tell me that my riding/drinking buddies can't.

And, roughly 70% of fork reviews say the same vague junk about a given fork being "supple and controlled" or "stiff enough" without drawing a comparison to anything else. So I dig up a review of another fork to compare, only to find that it's "smooth and confidence-inspiring". If I'm going to drop anywhere from $500 to $1500, I want to make sure I get the one that's right for me any my terrain, even if all of them are high quality in general.

I want to hear specific observations, things like:
"Among the five forks, our riders agreed only this one felt noticeably less stiff than the others, and we couldn't feel a difference among all the others."
"These two really impressed us with their small-bump sensitivity, most others were pretty good but nothing exceptional, and this last one was consistently chattery and kind of sucked.."
"This fork's damper struggled more with repeated square hits, compared to forks B, C, D."

Rinse and repeat with all sorts of products. Tires in a variety of conditions, aftermarket shocks on a variety of frames, hubs, pre-made wheelsets, aftermarket chainrings, chain lube, bike racks, knee pads, pedals, hydration packs, shoes, breathable waterproof riding gear, etc.
  • + 6
 Less fucking race info! More Photo Epics, those are sick!
  • + 5
 Free shit! That's what we want, lots of free shit!
  • + 3
 It may be me, but better gear and bike reviews that don't come across as if a cheesy salesman is trying to get me to buy something.
  • + 1
 I'd love to see something along the lines of ground up bike builds, detailing the purpose of the bike and how you came to the choices of components that you did. It's great to see all these new bikes coming on the market that have great spec's from the factory. But the pleasure of building a bike from the ground up and getting to hand select every component is one of the most enjoyable parts of bike ownership for me (aside actually getting to ride it!!)
  • + 1
 Why is there never an option for adventure videos. Like Huayhuash, Matt Hunter stuff, etc. I want to see more videos that include biking, camping, and maybe some fishing all in one ride. Matt Hunter's 'Lone Wolfe' is a perfect example.
  • + 1
 I can't get enough gear and bike reviews myself. It's unlikely I'll ever get to ride most of it so it's nice learning how they perform and not just what the marketing dept says. And bring on all the expensive wonder bikes and gear. I'll never drive a Koenigsegg or McLaren but I still love reading about all the engineering and how they perform.
  • + 1
 I'm surprised people are after more product reviews. PB already seems to review pretty much anything out there! I can't think of anything I would want more from PB which isn't already there. Anything else good and mtb related is the actual riding, so that would be without the computer.
  • + 1
 Lyme Disease is REAL. Do you know anyone that has it and do we fully recover ? I say lets get Pink Bike, IMBA and all the local Bike Clubs to start speaking out about this disease so that the Canadian Government will see it as a medical condition. I'm hoping that I will have enough energy and be pain free to even ride a bike this summer. I thank the United States doctors for treating me for Lyme Disease since my Canadian Government did not. Thank you
  • + 1
 @its9Rtime I was treated for Lyme though I had it for five years before diagnosis. You must be having a local issue.
  • + 1
 1. Bike reviews, with video!!! Some fireside talk, bike ripping down the trail, comparison chat to a similar bike etc. For those of us that are illiterate/too lazy to read. Also, I wanna see stava/trailfork pb's on the test track for @mikelevy vs @mikekazimer vs @vernonfelton - throw down the gauntlet.
2. More interviews from the support staff in and around races. How they got there, life history and the like. Might be inspiring for up and comers to figure out where to focus. E.g. that one with the race mechanics.
3. The forum needs a HUGE overhaul with it's search engine. Seriously, I can't find a thing using the search, so I often don't even bother with the pb forum, despite it's huge catalogue of information. It's stuck in the 90's using some AOL search engine or something made by a coop student. In the event that I'm both reading and computer illiterate, a how-to-use-the-archaic-forum VIDEO (what, is pinkbike bandwidth eco-friendly???)
  • + 2
 1. I like the Mtb specific stretches and workout routines. 2. Deals or products of the month, like a groupon available only to pink bike subscribers. 3. And yes the side by side product comparisons.
  • + 1
 I know I love the features on local advocacy groups and trail builders, they make the dream of decompressing from the built environment a reality for all of us. A more united front of sustainable, but rugged trails will ensure our continued harmony in this pursuit. This is where you can help! Press and most notably Pinkbike have the opportunity to fuel the desire to build, maintain and foster the partnerships with locals, forests and land managers that provide these rad opportunities. Let us know where we can take our shovels.
  • + 4
 More 'Are you for real?' articles. Not sure if I am for real. Issue needs to be explored further.
  • + 4
 More polls asking what we don't want to to see more often on pinkbike.

*camouflaged ads
  • + 1
 I'd like to see a more scientific approach to bike/component reviews. I suggest using a rating system for each of the following categories (0-16 this year, and upping the scale one point per year to allow future model years to compete against the same scale, but exceed the best products of the previous year):

Bike:
- Pedaling efficiency (measured)
- Climbing handling (subjective)
- Climbing traction (subjective)
- Mellow terrain (subjective)
- Descending handling (subjective)
- Braking performance (subjective)
- Small bump compliance (subjective opinion backed up by linkage design science)
- Big hit performance (subjective opinion backed up by linkage design science)
- Mid Stroke Performance (subjective opinion backed up by linkage design science)
- Climbing speed on a set test track (measured)
- Descending speed on a set test track (measured)
- Quality/Reliability

Tires:
- Rolling resistance on hardpack (measured)
- Rolling resistance on soft/ rough (measured)
1 category of each for braking, climbing, cornering traction
- Traction wet roots (subjective)
- Traction dry (subjective)
- Traction loam (subjective)
- Traction hardpack (subjective)
- Predictability (subjective)
- Longevity

The rankings should be the same scale across all bike disciplines. This way I could tell how the AM bike climbs compared to my XC bike, and descends compared to my DH bike. Only the best XC bike should get top marks for climbing, and the best DH bike would get top marks for descending. Those two would also set the bar for bottom marks in the opposite categories.

Perhaps for bikes, it would be useful to break out frames and complete bikes when ranking them.

This style of ranking would allow readers to compare to other products and compare their old bike to the current stuff and see if it's worth upgrading. Or perhaps decide between buying top end used bike or a mid-range new bike for the same price.

Develop a tool to take all that data and allow users to compare products on their own. Or for technical people like myself, just make the raw data available.

I'd also like to see reviews covering multiple price ranges of the same bike. The $12,000 super bike may be awesome, but is the frame completely relying on top end components to make it great? How much will the ride quality suffer if I purchase the SLX/X-Fusion version of the same bike?

Furthermore, perhaps the high end build from manufacturer "A" gets a 9/10 while similar build from manufacturer "B" gets an 8/10. Does this result in the budget build reflecting a 6/10 from "A" and a 5/10 from "B", or does "B" actually perform better than "A" with a budget build.

I'd like to see reviewers comment on the best users for specific product. Perhaps it sucks for a pro racer on smooth terrain, but it's just the ticket for a beginner/intermediate rider looking for some extra confidence on technical terrain (classic 27.5+ example).

Comment on sizing. Don't just insert the usual complaint about the reach being too short. Compare the reach against the top tube length. Comment on what body types might be better suited to a certain design. Two 6' tall people, one with long legs and the other with short legs will likely find different geometries comfortable.

I'd also like to see more info on bike setup (with input from industry professionals) to answer the following questions:
- If raising/lowering my bar height is supposed to affect the weight bias on my front wheel (and thus affecting handling), what exactly should the target weight bias be, and what's the most effective way to measure it?
- How will adding a Fox Evol sleeve vs Vorsprung Corset affect my suspension feel?
- Review a Pushe'd shock/fork vs an Avalanche'd shock/fork. Who's tuning is the best? In what circumstances?
- In individual bike reviews, suggest ways to overcome any shortcomings that would be cheaper than the alternative of buying the more expensive model. (For example Avalanche tuning on a sub par shock for $250 vs $2000 for the higher end bike)
  • + 6
 REVIEW BAZOOKA
  • + 1
 Articles about life riding and sick stories. My english teacher who surfs and rites surfing articles was saying that bike websites are all a little too corporate with reviews deals and that stuff. I would like to see some riding stories from your average joe riders.
  • + 2
 Show your teacher a copy of Bike (bikemag.com)
  • + 5
 less complaining would be nice.
  • + 1
 unbiased reviews...tell it like it is not just every new review claiming everything now has forward geometry when the dimensions dont add up to anything over some much older bikes eg recent diamondback release 3 which hardly has a "longer front end" than anything im use to seeing.
Less of the everything new is awesome and everything made last year is now rubbish attitude please.
and quit making out that every new standard was needed to push the sport further.
Praise a good idea not just hype new revenue spinning standards. It was only a couple of years back that i was led to believe that i should be binning my chainguide for narrow wide and now i have read articles stating a small chain device is now a good idea again?
lots of negs i know but i do love the vids and the race info and the helpful forum sections too.
  • + 3
 I would like to see more head to head reviews. That way we can get a sense of what is better for what style of riding, terrain, etc.
  • + 2
 What I'd really love more of it more Shoot Out articles. Bike and equipment like you next for the dropper posts a few weeks ago. Need more comparisons in general to other gear out there.
  • + 5
 I (really) want to see more LESS SPONSORED reviews for whatever it is.
  • + 1
 Video's of the person(s) who's reviewing the bike riding the bike in all sorts of conditions. This makes it entertaining and gives an insight into how and why the review came with their opinions.

Side by side comparisons as already mentioned.

However, why do I think this will never happen? Cost of filming and editing? Fear of pissing off any sponsored company?

It would be great for us readers though.
  • + 1
 TIRE REVIEWS! It's the one thing that affects our bikes more than almost any other component change..... yet we hardly ever see them.

There should be boatloads of tire reviews. like WEEKLY.

Just my $.02.
  • + 3
 POD's from a wider variety of photographers, to give more exposure to the more unkown but talented photographers.
  • + 1
 More about trail building and advocacy (we're lucky in BC that we have so much trail access), more about the privateer racer, more about women riding (written by women... #bringbackamandabatty)!
  • + 0
 The "do's" and "don'ts" of trail building. Building trails with flow. why do people build corners that you have to white knuckle on? I ride mtn bikes mabey 5 times a year and every year I do less and less because of pour trail lay out.
  • + 5
 FAILS FOR YOUR FRIDAY
  • + 5
 Friday F-ups.
  • + 0
 I'd like to see better facilitation of discussion between users. How comments and the forum are done need to be redesigned. Why can't we respond to specific comments rather than just the original parent? It makes discussion in the comments section way more difficult and confusing than it should be. I never use the forum because its such a terrible user experience. One fix-- of many that need to be done if you want users to participate-- is sorting threads from newest to oldest. When you look at someones facebook do you see their posts from oldest to newest? No, because it doesn't make sense.

Pinkbike: please revamp how you facilitate user discussion.
  • + 0
 More sneak peeks and articles on smaller companies that are pushing the boundaries of what you can do when looking out side the box (or wheel) sort of like bikerumour but just Mtb and less articles that seem like a paid for marketing pitch..
  • + 1
 Call me a saddest, but I love watching the Fails of the Month. Every single I time hope and pray in my own way that the poor bloke is OK, but can't help myself from rewinding it a couple more times.
  • + 4
 Saddest? Oh, sadist! Right..... that enough pain for you, getting pulled up by the 'grammar police' on PB?
  • + 0
 Oops. Me sorry masta. Y'all much smarter then me masta. And dat high horse you rode in on masta.
  • + 1
 More local coverage would be very appealing to the average Joe rider. Videos are loosing it's appeal for me, not eliminate but to much of a good thing can get stale over time.
  • + 3
 More local community articles from around the world. Trails, riders and local personalities.
  • + 1
 More inclusive content. We're not all 26-year-old white guys. More pieces aimed at women, older riders, outta shape riders, African American riders, kids. PB does pretty good with this, and it can do better.
  • + 2
 Need non-bias, technical, mechanical videos not promoting a tool but just showing the the easiest way to get Technical jobs done.
  • + 1
 I want to see pro rider bike checks. Shouldn't be hard as I imagine their sponsors would love it! Along with the bike check an interview with the mechanic. I like dorking out over that stuff
  • + 3
 Pinkbike should add a new category to their buy/sell with fork or frame travel options
  • + 2
 I would like to see more articles on how pros setup their bikes, I thought the comparison of Neko Mulallly and Brendan Fairclough's bike setup was very interesting.
  • + 3
 More Claudio track previews, DH, XCO, Rampage...
  • + 1
 yes, MORE CLAUDIO!!
  • + 1
 More tech articles on suspension, dropper post rebuilds...... Also more articles on trails in the US, less articles on stupid racing
  • + 4
 Journalism.
  • + 1
 More of everything, except.... BMX, buffed out, sterilized park, stunt jumping. Sure, that stuff is neat, but it ain't mountainbiking.
  • + 1
 - C O M P A R I S O N S ! stand-alone bike and gear reviews are masturbation . . . and there are other 'pink' sites with content for that . . .
  • + 1
 I must bebe the only one who's sick of pics and videos of people riding. Same old thing repeated to death. ( Crash of the month not Inc)
  • - 1
 More insights into the lifestyles of athletes - bike checks, training plans, nutrition, bike checks etc. I know they may not all be willing to share this info but still. Maybe even a column written by a pro athlete once a week, like for example how Lewis Hamilton writes an article for BBC Sport once a week during the F1 season.
  • + 3
 Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand I ticked everything...
  • + 1
 Videos, proper race coverage, helmet cams, raw video clips from races that are going on, and more stuff that reminds us bikes are fun.
  • + 2
 You have Vernon Felton now. More bible of bikes if not better bible of bikes shootouts.
  • + 3
 Bike park reviews, including action cam footage.
  • + 1
 Yea bike park review and travel ideas / tips would be ideal.
  • + 1
 oh, and tricks and tips about bike set up and ways to get around/adapt to different standards.How to build from frame up would be nice!
  • + 2
 I click on anything tagged Pinkbike Tech. I also like the factory tours and interviews with engineers.
  • + 1
 I guess I'm more of an engineer type. The bike porn pics I love most are cut-aways or anything that shows the guts of the products we ride, and what makes these all contribute to a finer ride and ownership experience. If there were a renewed focus on "how it's made" style content, I'd be absolutely thrilled.
  • + 1
 Trail building. Even breaking it down to the type of dirt and terrain. Rocks roots,dry clay, my favorite loam! Please start with Santa Cruz loam please!!!
  • + 0
 Less polls. Ironically id have to submit my opinion regarding less polls by use of a poll. But seeing as it wasn't an option in this particular poll, I'll have to assume its some twisted sick joke.
  • + 4
 More Vernon.
  • + 3
 Buyer/Seller feedback would be dope.
  • + 2
 A rating system or something like that would be good
  • + 1
 Unbiased reviews of products, products comparisons are always a great read Race coverage always entertaining New product , and technology releases are always welcome
  • - 1
 Agree with other posters, more comparisons between similar products.. more 'gangsta' set-ups, how to go tubeless on the cheap, extending your gear set-up by mashing an old XT cassette etc etc and then testing it and finding the problems (if any)... test to destruction of wheel sets, drive-trains, in fact all components (that seem to fail for us 2 rides out)....
  • + 1
 more 26 dh bike action fest series huckage! less Enduro, boost,fat bikes, e bikes & the rest of the bs new standards that is spewed upon us
  • + 2
 Yees please
  • + 1
 i used to like Movies for Monday, but now they all try to load at the same time and my lame computer can't handle it.. can we revert back to only the ones you click on load?
  • + 3
 Riding destinationstories and photos
  • + 1
 Be great to have more reviews like dirt magazine does theirs. Get real technical, how a bike is across the ground, Speed, ect....
  • + 2
 A comment section i can read without actually getting pissed off at the world. Legit truth.
  • + 2
 Moderation in all things.
  • + 1
 You'd miss it once it's gone :-P
  • + 3
 I love the factory tours so much. They really interest me!
  • + 0
 I think you need a poll of what people want to see LESS of on PinkBike. Like the gay article just before this one about the guys problems with Facebooks and normal human interaction.
  • + 2
 We love you Pinkbike! Keep doin what your doing.
  • + 1
 How about a Pinkbike travel series. With info on accommodations, nearby campgrounds, restaurants, prices, etc....
  • + 3
 And I don't just mean exotic bike trips. I mean local travel for everyone worldwide.
  • + 2
 More Brice Shirbach.
  • + 3
 NOT that last article!
  • + 0
 I Liked it
  • + 0
 Had nothing to do with biking, was drawn out and was about a different social media platform...
  • + 1
 Photo epics and the written stories (like the Nepal articles) capture the true essance of mountain biking. more please!
  • + 1
 Better coverage of what brands are changing on their bikes/gear for the following season.
  • + 1
 More RC articles deconstructing the MTB industry and cutting through the marketing BS.
  • + 1
 Epic backcountry MTB adventures. Backcountry survival tips. Backcountry photo epics. You get the idea.
  • + 1
 I really liked the write-ups, details /photos of the pro's bikes. More X-County bike details/ would be great!
  • + 1
 Formatting that works across all platforms, even, you know, on the most popular mobile device in the world.
  • + 2
 I just want more of everything!
  • + 1
 more DH bike revs, Tech Tuesday and eng/physics detailed articles. feed the nerds.
  • + 2
 More articles about how to choose Facebook friends.
  • + 2
 Trail builders!!!! These dudes need more coverage
  • + 0
 Interviews with people who are not famous, but work in the industry. Trail builders, coaches. The people who work seasonally for the mountains.
  • + 0
 Oh! And spiders, at least Tarantulas are much better wrapped in a banana leaf and cooked over coals. Tastes like smoked oysters.
  • + 1
 How about Trail Reviews? That seems to be missing from the list.Or is that what 'Photo Epics' means?
  • + 0
 More XC stuff: XC bikes and bike parts, XC athlete interviews, XCO race coverage, bike checks, and XC videos. This maybe unlikely for PinkBike, but that's what I want to see.
  • + 1
 You will see exactly that.
  • + 1
 Nah, they've got that covered with all the enduro stuff they do now. More DH please. Yes I know you do a lot of DH already, but more can only be a good thing right?
  • + 1
 more advocacy coverage, without trails and those who advocate and lobby for riders/trails, we have no sport.
  • + 1
 apologies, that was my comment, didn't realize I had the club account active!
  • + 2
 More reviews and cool vids.
  • + 1
 If there was no DH race coverage, I would spend a lot less time on this website.
  • + 1
 a more specific, bike travelling diary
  • + 1
 I'll just leave this here:

youtu.be/sjIoNK7l2PA

Yeah.
  • + 1
 Canfield Riot review please
  • + 1
 New top secret tech you arent supposed to show us! Oops, double post
  • + 1
 What happened to the polls?? That's what I miss from last year Frown
  • - 1
 old bikes as well.
and old races.
custom builders.


less ( 0 ) specialized and sram.
less googles over 3/4 helmet cheesballs.
less RAMPAGE and other kiddo stuff.
  • + 2
 A PinkBike App
  • + 1
 where's the option for "more matt Macduff"?
  • + 2
 Drama!
  • + 1
 New top secret tech you arent supposed to show us!
  • + 1
 Lets see, more of... yes, and some yes, oh and ill have more of that, yes!
  • + 1
 you guys can edit the views?
  • + 2
 Mobile app?
  • + 1
 I know there is more, but Vernon Felton!
  • + 1
 More @vernonfelton rants !!!!
  • + 0
 Also More deals. Deals from across the web. Mountain Bike related preferably!
  • + 0
 I want more pics of (whoever it was)'s mom from years ago.
You remember, the titties!
  • + 1
 When are we getting an app?
  • + 2
 More Pure Downhill !!!!
  • + 2
 grammar
  • + 1
 I would like to see more of the "one question to industry insiders"
  • + 1
 Who else clicked them all?
  • + 1
 ultramontane.ca
More of this kind of stuff
  • + 2
 Hope pro 4 vs Dt 350
  • + 2
 Is this sarcasm?
  • + 0
 I would like to see more XC racing and local racing too. Would good to see racers who aren't all pros.
  • + 0
 Few people want opinion pieces, but the colume in the comments sections of such articles would suggest otherwise
  • + 1
 How about more shootouts... More head to head comparison...
  • + 1
 Skill tutorials, how to teach little kids to ride .
  • + 2
 Better mobile format.
  • + 1
 Or an app would be amazing
  • + 1
 True, but the former is probably a little easier to implement. Not that I'm an expert on the matter.
  • + 0
 Less video. I can not watch videos at work ...
  • + 1
 Shootouts.
  • + 1
 Make an app.
  • + 0
 pro bikes, with detailed shots.
  • + 1
 more XC
  • + 0
 FOOD SECTION BRULE!!! I KNOW YOUE THERE!!!
  • + 1
 Giveaways!
  • + 1
 More xc coverage please.
  • + 1
 Review bazooka!!!!
  • + 1
 A picture of Waki
  • + 0
 Like the one in his bedroom?
  • + 1
 More sarcasm.
  • + 1
 Wheelies
  • + 0
 Detailed pro bike articles again please! @paulaston, you've been summoned.
  • + 1
 I've got a monster in the works! Hopefully next week, maybe June.
  • + 1
 Nice one, pal! Look forward to it.
  • + 1
 Crystal meth
  • - 1
 More comment moderation. All the juvenile misogyny hurts the growth of the site and the sport.
  • + 1
 more subtitles !!
  • + 1
 Behind the Lens.
  • + 1
 video interviews
  • + 1
 More yoga!
  • + 1
 29 inch carbon fat bikes
  • + 5
 Correction: video of 29 inch electric carbon fatbikes in slowmo, with gangsta rap backing track.
  • + 0
 A pinkbike YouTube channel- so I can watch all the videos on chromecast
  • + 0
 MORE EMILY BATTY????
  • - 1
 recipes. and articles about Facebook
  • - 3
 27.5+?
  • - 3
 more nice naked women!.. oh, whait, there are another websites for it
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