The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 60 - What Kind of Mountain Biker Do You Want to Be?

May 5, 2021 at 11:22
by Mike Levy  
Pinkbike Podcast
Art by Taj Mihelich

While it may feel like you're never going to stop riding downhill bikes, or cross-country is your one and only true calling in life, the reality is that most life-long mountain bikers won't stick to a single discipline. Whether it's the result of conscious decisions or adapting to new circumstances, like moving to a new city with vastly different terrain or realizing that no amount of intervals will make you neighborhood champion, the majority of us will cycle through different versions of our riding selves.

Today's podcast sees Mike Kazimer, Alicia Leggett, Brian Park, and I talk about being a certain type of rider, why we used to think focusing on a single discipline was key, and the factors that cause most of us to evolve into different types of mountain bikers as the years go by.

May 6th, 2021

Shoutout to that one guy in the comment section who'll be a shuttle rat forever.

Featuring a rotating cast of the editorial team and other guests, the Pinkbike podcast is a weekly update on all the latest stories from around the world of mountain biking, as well as some frank discussion about tech, racing, and everything in between.

Previous Pinkbike Podcasts
Episode 1 - Why Are Bikes So Expensive?
Episode 2 - Where the Hell is the Grim Donut?
Episode 3 - Pond Beaver Tech
Episode 4 - Why is Every Bike a Trail Bike?
Episode 5 - Can You Trust Bike Reviews?
Episode 6 - Over Biked Or Under Biked?
Episode 7 - Wild Project Bikes
Episode 8 - Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?
Episode 9 - Why Are We Doing a Cross-Country Field Test?
Episode 10 - Getting Nerdy About Bike Setup
Episode 11 - Are We Going Racing This Year?
Episode 12 - What's the Future of Bike Shops?
Episode 13 - Are Bikes Too Regular Now?
Episode 14 - What Bikes Would Pinkbike Editors Buy?
Episode 15 - What's Holding Mountain Biking Back?
Episode 16 - Who's Your Mountain Biking Hero?
Episode 17 - XC Field Test Insider
Episode 18 - Electronics on your Mountain Bike: Good or Bad?
Episode 19 - The Hardtail Episode
Episode 20 - MTB Conspiracy Theories
Episode 21 - Stuff We Were Wrong About
Episode 22 - Does Your Riding Style Match Your Personality?
Episode 23 - Grim Donut 2 is Live!
Episode 24 - Why Even Buy a DH Bike?
Episode 25 - Fall Field Test Preview
Episode 26 - The Three Most Important Mountain Bikes
Episode 27 - The World Champs Special
Episode 28 - All About Women's Bikes
Episode 29 - Freeride or Die
Episode 30 - Would You Rather?
Episode 31 - Wet Weather Riding Tips & Tricks
Episode 32 - What Needs to Change in the Bike Industry?
Episode 33 - Behind the Scenes at Pinkbike Academy
Episode 34 - Grilling Levy About Field Test Trail Bikes (and His Bonspiel)
Episode 35 - Story Time - Stranger Than Fiction
Episode 36 - Grilling Kazimer about Field Test Enduro Bikes
Episode 37 - The 2020 Privateer Season with Ben Cathro
Episode 38 - Editors Defend Their 2020 Best-Of Picks
Episode 39 - Predicting the Future of Mountain Biking
Episode 40 - The Pinkbike Awards!
Episode 41 - Racing Rumours and Team Changes
Episode 42 - Mountain Biking's Guilty Pleasures
Episode 43 - Dangerholm's Wildest Custom Mountain Bikes
Episode 44 - Mountain Bike Suspension Decoded
Episode 45 - What Makes a Good Riding Buddy
Episode 46 - The RockShox Zeb vs Fox 38 Deep Dive
Episode 47 - High Pivot Bikes: The Good, The Bad, and The Why?
Episode 48 - Rides That Went Horribly Wrong... & Why That Made Them So Good
Episode 49 - What's the Best DH Bike?
Episode 50 - Are Bikes Actually Getting Less Expensive? (Value Bike Field Test Preview)
Episode 51 - Should MTB Media Post Spy Shots?
Episode 52 - Our Most Embarrassing MTB Moments
Episode 53 - Should Climbers Still Have the Right of Way?
Episode 54 - Best and Worst MTB Product Marketing
Episode 55 - Big Dumb Rides & Staying Motivated
Episode 56 - What Were the Most Important Inventions in Mountain Biking?
Episode 57 - What Were the Best (and Worst) Trends in Mountain Biking?
Episode 58 - Debunking Mountain Biking's Biggest Myths
Episode 59 - Value Bike Field Trip Surprises & Spoilers

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 I want to make it to an old mountain biker.
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 it hurts dude, trust me
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 @Dlakusta: Dude, you're like 6 years older than him!
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 It can get frustrating because you can hurt some things you've never had to think about before pretty easily and they can take months to heal. If you hurt them at the beginning of the season you have to choose whether to suffer the pain all season and rest at the end or just take care of it now and miss half the season. Everyone is different, of course, but hips and shoulders seem to be some of the hardest hit parts. My neighbor is 65 and still rides a good amount, but he can't do rough terrain anymore because his joints can't take it. His mountain bike rides are now limited to fire road type stuff.
  • 6 0
 I want to be Yoann Barelli! But even more sexy Big Grin
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 @pakleni: Not possible. Yoann is in a tier by himself at the top of the sexy pyramid.
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 @DirkMcClerkin: True, true.. However, I'll continue to work on my French accent. You never know
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 I am an old mountain biker already. You are going to feel it, and not in a good way. Trust me.
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 “I think it’s nice to develop skills on a freeride or downhill side of things. Then use those skills on a shorter travel bikes and be able to go on a 10,000 vert ride that has alot of difficult sections/features on it”

Kaz, I think you may have just discovered a new sub-sub category of riding; Gnarcountry
  • 13 0
 I like it. Now let's see which bike company decides to use that term in their marketing copy first...
  • 4 0
 Weren’t the words “hardcore all mountain” used so maybe it could be “Hard Mountain” or “All Hard”
  • 1 0
 Thanks. I finally know what type of mountain biker I am !
  • 1 0
 Hardcore all mountain, HCAM tattoo? Naw, should be AM AF.
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 A grim donut riding, e-bike hating, session loving and all around straight to the comments mountain biker... I. AM. PINKBIKE.
  • 8 0
 Don't forget press fit BB hatin', quadruple waterbottle mount advocate
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 I want to be the mountain biker that stays healthy, always is positive and enjoys every ride, consistently rides with a good group of friends, takes joy in finding small things to improve upon, has decent enough fitness to commit to a suffer-fest within short notice, and always friendly to anyone on the trails. I'd like to think I'm close to this now and try to remember how grateful I am.
  • 3 0
 Best answer
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 Amazing answer, I’m definitely channeling that.
  • 11 0
 there are always these type of guys, that BMXed most of their childhood but barely mountain bike nowadays that they are on their 20s or 30s even 40s, but whenever they grab any MTB they just shred it... jumps, drops, KOMs, gaps, tricks, anything... that was my goal for some years. Today a bar turn and a 3 meter wheelie is good enough for me.
  • 5 0
 My mate is like that. Used to bmx then had 12-15 years off. I persuaded him to buy an enduro bike which he barely comes out on but still throws 360s etc! I’m with you though as long as I’m riding I’m happy
  • 1 0
 Gawd, back in the day (early 90's) I had a friend that was a pro BMXer in his youth. I stuck him on a borrowed MTB and he just made everything look easy. He wheelied all the way from the dirt we were riding, back through town 2-3 miles of streets and sidewalks, to our house. I was sketched out by everything, and he'd just throw that full-rigid 72HTA thing straight down small cliffs, ride up stairs...
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 there is another type, I will come off a bit negative but i rode with 2 kids like this yesterday... the rich kid who is an amazing rider but has been mountain biking for only 1 or 2 years tops. That kid who never cared about cycling his entire life, but somehow discovered what whistler is, and with his parents money is able to spend an entire summer in the resort and stack up thousands and thousand of miles of chairlift assisted biking making them pretty descent riders, and with Instagram help they turn into local quasicelebrities.
  • 16 2
 To be goatee free until death. This is the way.
  • 6 0
 This is the way
  • 1 1
 But stache all the way, at least name checks out. Meanwhile, VanCan is watching you
  • 6 0
 I'm 52, and still a relatively pain free rider, except for the odd mishap(separated shoulder, fractured ankle, broken tibial plateau,.... LOL). I just want to keep it going like this for as long as I can.
  • 4 0
 I'd place the following in a more severe category than "odd mishap" lol:

"separated shoulder, fractured ankle, broken tibial plateau"
  • 10 2
 Levy you said this episode would be about aliens!!
  • 8 0
 Still working on a three-part UAP podcast Smile
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 @mikelevy: don’t forget Brian’s ad read
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If you wanted to start a separate podcast I’d subscribe.
  • 6 1
 For the brake question guy in the Shimano lineup:

BR-MT420 is the lowest/cheapest 4 piston Shimano brakes.
BR-MT520 Servo Wave + 4 piston --- you want to be here or above

BR-M6xxx and above is Deore.
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 I happen to really like the dual piston version of the BR-MT420. I'm sure I would like the 4 piston version as well. I do not like Servo Wave.
  • 2 0
 @Endurahbrah: notorious spy shot leaker “NSMB” likes low end Shimano also
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 I'm fairly sure M6000 simply replaced M520, since M520 was basically non-series Deore for e-bikes that ended up being repurposed since it was such good value.

Agreed on "you want to be here or above" but from riding M520 for a couple of years and more recently M8120, I would even say "as much as most riders ever need". Throw some metallic pads at them and they're rock solid, (almost) all the power just none of the frills.
  • 8 1
 I like big jumps. I would like to look good doing big jumps…
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 I’d like to look at big jumps and think maybe I could hit that rather than thinking woah that’s big, won’t come down here again
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 @toad321: its all relative to how your feeling on the bike, entry speed, and working your way up to the big ones. After a few days of lift served park terrain I'm feeling good enough for the big lines at our local jump spot.
Follow someone in..
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 @Chonky13: haha yea I used to hit the big ones, stopped riding for a few years and the frontal lobe developed and lost it all. worked back up to jumping to a decent standard, with technique rather than hucking, but sadly I think my 20ft+ gap days are over, never know though...
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 Question for the panel: How has where you grew up riding played a role in what sorts of skills you excel in? Growing up in Connecticut (sidebar: Kaz, where in CT did you ride and were you around for the 2000s freeride glory days of Meshomasic and Trumbull?) I've always found that tight awkward corners and flat chunky tech were a relative strength and still what I enjoy most. While I've travelled and gotten better at other aspects of riding I definitely believe my environment shaped the type of rider I've become. Do other regions have these types of specialties or is it just "mountain biking".
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 not on the panel obviously, but while listening to the podcast had a thought that is somewhat related to this question IMO...Growing up in corn country Illinois, there was little to no mountain biking but we had a small scene. My buddies and me always were bagging on our hometown and the lack of biking. One day another rider we all looked up to basically told us to quit bitching. He said if you ride the stuff we find around here to ride, little drops and jumps, short steeps, flat corners...and get good/comfortable on them, those skills will transfer to wherever you travel/move to in the future. Well he was right, my hometown scene ended up providing the basic skills that have allowed me to become a well rounded rider on different types of terrain and features.

I am also curious what the panel can say about this as well...
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 @ruskyskier27, I'd say growing up in CT gave me an appreciation for technical trails - I still love rocky, awkward puzzles that make you really think about the best line. I grew up in Glastonbury, but moved away in 2000, right before the freeride era kicked in. Case Mountain and the Meshomasic were still great places to learn how to ride, though.
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 @mikekazimer: Ahhh no way! Glastonbury here as well. Not sure if you've been back recently but Mesh's time has come and gone. Case is thriving though, the trail riding is pretty phenomenal there now.
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 @ruskyskier27: Burlington, CT here. The fun technical trails around here back in the day were always hiking trails. Now all the new MTB trails are unfortunately dumbed down and not as exciting to ride. Still some good stuff around though.
  • 3 0
 Question/rant for the podcast team:

Why do we talk about seat tube angle (or effective seat tube angle) so much when discussing geo vs effective top tube? As someone who recently got into mountain biking and spent probably a little too much time looking at geo charts all the talk about seat angle makes no sense. I am aware it is usually used in the context of seating pedaling position and that for two bikes with the same reach the one with the steeper ESA will feel smaller/more upright - generally to make a longer reach more manageable. The thing is ESA doesn’t make sense for the following reasons:

1. You also need to combine it with the reach to determine how the bike will feel. ETT tells you with one number.
1.5. ETT is linear and easier for smooth brains like me to understand. All ESA does is let you calculate ETT by yourself. (I know most geo charts have ETT on them. I just don’t understand the focus on ESA.)
2. Many bikes have kinked seat tubes or seat tubes that do not start at the bottom bracket. To understand how much worse off taller riders may be or how much drop you may need to get the seat out of the way (something Kaz is fond of talking about) you also need the actual seat angle.

I think riders would be better served by talking about ETT and (and actual seat angle if you want more info). Is talking about ETT just not cool anymore?
  • 2 0
 I'm fairly tall so ETT isn't very useful to me, since I sit so far above it. I wish they'd publish ESA and ETT over a range of seat heights.
  • 3 0
 I want to be supportive of the MTB community, but also fit and injury-free. Hoping to ride until I'm 80 and don't want crashes to limit that.

Current goals are weight loss and mental health maintenance. And to stay fit enough that I can go for a longer ride with folks 20yrs younger and not get left too far behind (I haven't tested this proposition yet lol).
  • 4 0
 I'm an urban down free country all mountain-ish MX rider. After I get my son though college maybe I can add "e" to the front of that list.
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 Hey PB team, one of the many users claiming to be trained as a scientist checking in. Hi. A suggestion I offer yall as you roll out more of the State of the Sport content: the line 'the data speak for themselves' isn't true. Evidence supports a story. If you don't at least try to provide the story, some loudmouth in the comments or 75k users' preconceived notions will fit the data to the preconceptions and provide the story, or 75k different stories. If PB is going to tread into analyses like the gender pay gap, I think you have a responsibility to know the state of that debate and to present your new data with some respect for those who've come before you. I think you have a responsibility not to roll over to some goobers in the comments who spout off pseudo intellectual whaarrblgarble that gets 50 upvotes for pushing the story "aCtuAlLy, there's nothing to see here because eConOnOmIcs" or "EvErYoNe agreed to to everything that's ever happened to them, so it's fine!"
  • 3 0
 More importantly, pie charts suck and 0.01% percentage accuracy isn’t needed when there’s less than 100 responses
  • 4 2
 Question for the group:

Do you ever get tired of needing to be diplomatic in the bike industry? Do you ever wish you could just call out a brand for mediocre engineering masquerading behind great marketing or talented riders? For example: do you ever want to ask Trek what in the world they're doing with their R&D budget because they haven't done anything since they released ABP in 2007?
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 Farley. 27.5 x 4.8 Gnarwhal
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 RIP, TEAR, SHRED!!!... but also chill enough to enjoy & protect the environment - not so much I'm considered apart of Greenpeace, but still not blow-up an old lady pushing her shopping cart across the trail and break her fresh dozen eggs either. Something like that... full heavy metal headbanger chilling at a classical concert
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 It's funny listening to your thoughts on the shoddy brakes on entry level bikes. Your perspectives are all the same and I feel like you've forgotten who is likely buying those bikes. For me, a noob, upgrading from 100 dollar craigslist bikes trying to get into the sport for less than 1500, that entry level hardtail was the first bike I ever rode with disc brakes and I raved on and on about how amazing they were having only had v-brakes up to that point. Now a few years later I finally notice I could use some more stopping power, but most people getting entry level bikes don't know what they are missing out on. I'm guessing that's why manufacturers slap those on there to save their budgets.
  • 6 2
 We’re all trail riders that strive to make the ups easier and the downs faster. Fact.
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 That includes roadies they’re just taking it to the logical extreme by riding paved trails. Lazy bastards.
  • 6 1
 Exception, some want to make the ups faster...but not easier.
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 @UtahBrent: yeah. I'm happy with the amount of pain I exert on a climb. Wish I could do it faster, or do it for more hours of the day though.
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 @UtahBrent: yeah but the better you are the faster you’ll go because the easier you’ll find it. Easier is relative here.
  • 7 1
 I want to be a good dad
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 I want to be the balance bike world champion
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 Your totally right about wanting to be Fabio. I always wanted to be like him and ride bikes like his. Then I finally got to meet him at crankworx. I would also classify myself as an enduro rider/ kid that rides a 170mm enduro on trails with 5m vert up and down.
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 seat angle have evolved a lot. the reach is not as relevant with those steep seat angles. The suspension have changed a lot too, the rider is way more centered on the bike and on suspension (better balance front and rear), the center gravity on the system (rider+bike) is better, and therefore, slack headangles and long wheelbase are not like feeling like they were before.
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 I like to call myself a semi-rad rider. After starting mountain biking in Florida where there is very little elevation, our local trails focused mainly on building large jumps, drops, and features that eventually led to me braking my neck and taking a multiple year hiatus from the sport to recover. Fast forward to today, I currently live in California around the Monterey and Santa Cruz area where I ride some of the best trails around without my wheels ever having to leave the ground. I only ride a hardtail because my semi-rad philosophy says that if I can't ride a trail comfortably on my hardtail, I probably shouldn't be riding it.
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 Downcountry/ aggressive cross country for life. I have 110mm rear, 120mm front and 2.8's. I can hit reasonable drops, cruise through mud and rocks, and pedal all day. I think about a longer travel bike all the time. Maybe 140-150 but in my mid atlantic area, whats the point? I would rather have my travel set up and tuned and use all of it than just hover around the mid stroke for every ride.
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 I guess I would be called an xc/trail rider. I’ve moved to the more fitness side of riding. I’m the example of what people do when they get older, at 51 I’m not “old” but I have moved to different desires than I had at 25. I started racing BMX 40 years ago and moved to the MTB in 1988 and then physically moved to Missoula MT in 1990 for the back country and riding. I’m still here and still riding. Now I ride every day with commuting and have longer rides on the week ends and in the summer after work with the late sunsets. I love to get 40-50 mile rides in and still like to go up and down black trails but now I keep the wheels on the ground and take way less risks. Biking has kept my weight the same since I was 18 and want that to stay. I ride a ‘21 Epic Evo “down country” bike and imo they are the perfect bike for someone like me that has the ability to go on technical terrain but isn’t looking to bomb down or hit the big jumps and will probably never go to a bike park. I basically ride “all mountain” with a XC attack.
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 Another geometry question: I'm wondering if I should keep worrying that I'm missing out on the whole long reach thing. I'm 6'6", and I'm on an XL ripmo AF with 495mm reach. Bumping up to 510mm doesn't seem worth it considering that I do like my bike, but maybe 525mm+ XXL bike is worth making a move? Is it really that noticeable? I ride in western WA, plenty of steep and technical. I do find myself hanging off the rear of the bike a fair amount.
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 I'm 6'4". Used to prefer shorter bikes for maneuverability, but switched to really long bikes now for optimum stability at speed. It takes some getting used to, timing wheel lifts and wider radius cornering but for progressing my riding it has been pretty amazing. 2014, Enduro 29 size M. 2017 Scott Spark 27+ size L. 2018 Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol Large>GG revved Smash XL>GG Gnarvana 2020 Scott Gambler 29
  • 1 0
 Question for the podcast for discussion, what's the prediction for new bike model year/release cycles with the continued effect of all things Covid now that a year has passed

Will we see brands sticking with models for a number of years, has already been talk of upcoming new models being delayed.

maybe reduced margins wont sustain previous levels of R&D and new models anymore

Bonus would be your current model stays current longer
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 I am a Trail Mountain biker, in that I like to head out on my bike and ride trails. What gives me joy when riding my bike on trails are the places I can get to, the flow of the trail, the conquest of technical sections, and the high achieved from finishing a ride or demanding section. I embrace climbing on a trail as payment for the joy and an investment in making me a better all around rider. I just really enjoy riding trails whether they be flat, steep, flowy, janky, technical or double track.

How I got to this point; started out on BMX when I was preteen, even did some BMX racing. Than got a kuwhara MTB when i was 12, followed by a rigid rocky mountain fusion that i had from 14 - 19. Would ride flat rooty trails in my surrounding hood and some hills. Than borrowed my brothers XC hardtail with front suspension at 23 and started riding with some buddies, our original focus was cleaning sections going up than we graduated to trying to clean rock rolls going down. Eventually, i crumpled the XC frame as i was a heavy fellow. Got a Kona Chute and up my rock roll game while neglecting the fitness.

Eventually I moved onto a RM7 with a Monster T and we became big stunt hunters pushing our bike from stunt to stunt and only riding descents when available. Entered one DH race and finished 10th or so from last after suffering 3 crashes during my run, most likely because i really didn't study the trail i was riding and was not very fit. At this time I complained alot about climbing or having to climb. Basically i was a shuttle bro who didn't shuttle as I had a lack of access to shuttle able hills and frankly didn't have the stamina for more than 1.5 runs down any substantial hill. But I had a pretty freakish ability to send what were considered crazy lines at the time.

Stopped biking for about 5 years, sold the RM7 got a Norco Range than proceeded to discover that i actually liked riding trails both up and down. Did that for about 9 years and find myself back on a hardtail with modern geo riding the heck out of my bike both up and down, flowy and janky trails in Vancouver's northshore and loving every minute of whatever green, blue, black or double black i find myself on.

The biggest difference between than and now is that i embrace the climb and this has made every aspect of my trail riding better and more enjoyable.
  • 1 0
 I was pondering taking up real live praying to ensure the return of The Stankshuns Podcast. Here it is, and I didn’t hear the word once.

No matter; 5 stars from OTB_TripAdvisor. Thanks, I love the good-humoured banter. Maybe lockdowns will ease up in December 2021, and this podcast series won’t be essential listening for the half the planet that is on suicide watch.

Comment Gold! What a treat. Good luck to all.
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 @mikekazimer Re riding whatever bike we have is fun, regardless of geo and modern tech. I started on a 1981 Stumpjumper and my last bike (2020) had a HTA of 71.5 deg. We adapt to what we have.

@alicialeggett Modern geo and tech has opened up trails and capabilities we couldn't do on our old bikes. So it does move us into new riding territory.
  • 7 3
 I want to be the one turns his own pedals.
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 Question for the Pinkbike Podcast team: For those that ride clips, do any of you install the extra tread near the toes on your shoes? Does anyone in the biking world do that?
  • 1 0
 No, I never put the two studs in. I mean, you shouldn't be walking anyway...
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 Yes, I know I'm not part of the Podcast team, but I've NEVER seen someone using thread in toe cleats before, so am unsure of why the soles have threads in them. Some of the Shimano shoes even have fake thread-in studs already installed. Not sure why.....sort of like the fake tire trunk-hump on old Lincoln Continentals. Sounds like an idea for a Pinkbike Podcast or article...
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 @mikelevy: Maybe @brianpark can print up a bad trend to occupy those holes? Bottle opener anyone?!
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 @Joscience: Actually, I'm looking at mine now. Maybe turn them into a multi-tool attachment point?!
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 @woofer2609: Itty-bitty stash box for a master link or puncture bacon?
  • 3 0
 the studs were originally for cross racing so you can run up steep muddy inclines without slipping.
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 @Joecx: I wish they still did them for disgusting push ups in winter!
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 They are very practical for cyclocross where you need to run in muddy and/or snowy conditions. The metal cleats don't help at all when walking on rocks (they actually make shoes more slippery on slabs) so you aren't likely to see them used nearly as much in the mtb world.
  • 3 0
 I've never felt closer to you guys than hearing about how you just love riding and would do it no matter what.
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 “ the years go bye.” Levy, it caused me pain to see you send those two paragraphs so hard and crash at the finish tape. If you were trying to write in baby talk, please disregard the comment. Smile
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 I'm a 'Harduro' rider. Riding a hardtail on enduro trails and freeride style lines. (I.e Where they aren't designed to be ridden).

Why spend more on rear-sus when you can mess up your own joints instead!
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 never go full enduro
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 Yeah steezy jumps, smooth corners, float over gnar...above all, I want to be a happy mountain biker.
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 Polite to other trail users (yes, even E(vil) bikers) and not a slave to whatever the current "fashion" is.
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 @brianpark Haha, betting Wade Simmons has completely shaped the trajectory of a LOT of MTB'ers interests
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 There are worse role models.
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 I want to continue getting better without getting so injured I can’t continue getting better.
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 I'm with you there - I started trail riding 3 years ago at age 46, and have really enjoyed getting better/faster, and have been free of serious crashes/injuries. I sometimes wonder how much a serious injury would affect my approach to riding, but I guess you can't waste your energy thinking too much about that stuff.
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 Brian Park: worlds most successful internet troll. I knew I remembered that name from somewhere! You really used to stir some things up on nsmb
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 “As the years go bye” That’s deep, maaaan.
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 That I have some kind of God power, I would made gigantic mountain then I would gather all mountain-bikers from whole world that we all together ride on it at the same time !
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 Sorry, I’m busy that day.
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 All of us solo riders might not really dig that unless your mountain is so big we don't have to deal with traffic.
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 Mega mega avelanch!!!
*Some xc trails too, for the pedalheads.
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 Just want to be a mountain biker for many more happy knee pain free years.
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 An OLD one
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 All Mountain, All The Time.
Bury me with my bike(s.)
  • 2 4
 Unfortunately, I can't be a mountain biker at all right now: apparently @ethirteen-components doesn't return emails regarding their 9-46 TRS cassettes breaking in half or having teeth fly off of their flimsy cogs.

Apparently computers don't function during a pandemic for customer service.

PNW responds within a day and we're on week 2 and waiting...
  • 6 1
 Dude, lighten up.
  • 5 0
 Sounds like you should buy a new cassette and ride your bike
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 You probably don't want their crap on ur bike anyways... I'd go for another brand. sell the e*13 cassette if they do ever replace it.
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 I want to be as good as my bike is
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 When will the HC/AM tshirts hit the pink bike shop?

@mikekazimer @mikelevy @brianpark
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Bikes are the answer.
First its fun, then it can hurt!
All trails, till I'm old~
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 I want to be a better mountain biker.
  • 2 1
 Is this available in Braille?
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 I want to be the balance bike world champion!!!
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 I want to be an ebike XC rider......
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 The type that is better than I am
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