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Bikes & Big Ideas is the weekly podcast from BLISTER (blisterreview.com) that's dedicated to the most interesting conversations and ideas from the bike world — and beyond.
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Bikes & Big Ideas is the weekly podcast from BLISTER (blisterreview.com) that's dedicated to the most interesting conversations and ideas from the bike world — and beyond.
Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Geoff Kabush on Longevity, Having Fun, & Career Evolution

    Geoff Kabush on Longevity, Having Fun, & Career Evolution

    Geoff Kabush has been racing bikes professionally for longer than just about anyone — and at 45, he’s still going strong. So we sat down with Geoff to hear about his unconventional beginnings in mountain biking; how the sport has changed over the course of his career; what’s kept him motivated nearly three decades into his career; skiing; social media; and much, much more. 
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Starting “mountain” biking on a 10-speed (3:25)Social media & athletes (11:01)World Cup XC to a more varied schedule (20:41)Geoff’s favorite events (26:44)Underbiking (29:32)The evolution of XC racing (34:53)Product development (38:55)Longevity (43:17)Skiing (46:08)RELATED LINKS:
    Blister + Spot InsuranceDavid’s Spot TestimonialBlister Summit 2023Become a Blister MemberBlister LabsThis Week’s Gear GiveawayBlister Mountain Bike Buyer’s GuideOUR OTHER PODCASTS
    Off The CouchGEAR:30Blister PodcastCRAFTED
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    • 50 min
    Pivot Factory Racing’s Newest Member, Jakob Jewett

    Pivot Factory Racing’s Newest Member, Jakob Jewett

    Just a few years ago, Jakob Jewett thought he wanted to be a professional skier — and was racking up strong results in freeride competitions. But fast forward to 2023, and he’s now got his first season of Elite World Cup Downhill racing under his belt, and has just signed on as the newest member of Pivot Factory Racing. So we sat down to chat with Jakob about his move to racing bikes and what flipped that switch for him; his approach to racing & learning consistency from the one and only Troy Brosnan; the upcoming 2023 season, including the new qualification rules and race format; and a whole lot more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Joining Pivot Factory Racing (2:53)Jakob’s 2022 season (4:17)Race Weekend Prep (7:40)Offseason prep, training, and mental resets (12:24)Bike setup (14:49)Track preferences (16:17)2023 season changes (18:18)Evaluating risk and achieving consistent race results (19:46)Jakob’s 2023 goals (26:48)Racing DH vs. branching out (28:29)Freeride skiing (32:58)RELATED LINKS:
    Blister + Spot InsuranceDavid’s Spot TestimonialBlister Summit 2023Become a Blister MemberBlister LabsThis Week’s Gear GiveawayBlister Mountain Bike Buyer’s GuideOUR OTHER PODCASTS
    Off The CouchGEAR:30Blister PodcastCRAFTED
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    • 37 min
    Gamux on Doing Everything Differently

    Gamux on Doing Everything Differently

    Most small bike manufacturers don’t dive straight into running a World Cup race team, but Gamux isn’t most companies. So we sat down with their founder Pascal Tinner to talk about all the ways that Gamux is doing things differently — from putting such a strong emphasis on racing, to building a fully-machined DH frame, with a Pinion gearbox and a belt drive to boot. And along the way, we get into frame geometry, mullet bikes, some teasers of upcoming Gamux models, and a whole lot more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Pascal’s lifetime in racing (3:10)Frame development (7:40)Andreas Kolb & working with athletes (12:08)2021 Prototype (16:09)Pascal’s engineering background (28:03)Belt drives & gearboxes (35:49)Mullets (43:15)Frame geometry (46:28)Running a race team (51:12)Upcoming production bikes (57:11)RELATED LINKS:
    Blister + Spot InsuranceBlister Summit 2023Become a Blister MemberBlister LabsThis Week’s Gear GiveawayBlister Mountain Bike Buyer’s GuideOUR OTHER PODCASTS
    Off The CouchGEAR:30Blister PodcastCRAFTED
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Gear of the Year, 2022

    Gear of the Year, 2022

    2022 was Blister’s busiest ever year for bike reviews, and we’ll have even more coming your way in 2023. But before we dive headlong into the new year, we wanted to sit down and recap a bunch of our favorite bikes and gear that we tested last year, including suspension, brakes, tires, and more. And along the way, we chat about bike versatility vs. specificity, tease some upcoming reviews, and a bunch more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Orbea Rallon (6:30)Revel Rail 29 (9:37)Pivot Shadowcat (11:56)Kavenx VHP 16 & Canfield Jedi 29 (16:50)TRP DH-R Evo (23:59)Hope Tech 4 V4 (28:43)SRAM GX AXS (31:44)RockShox ZEB (35:53)Ride Concepts Tallac Boa (39:10)Rimpact Pro (43:49)Continental Kryptotals (48:00)RELATED LINKS:
    Eric Olsen (Ep.126)Matthew Fairbrother (Ep139)Blister + Spot InsuranceBlister Summit 2023Become a Blister MemberBlister LabsThis Week’s Gear GiveawayBlister Mountain Bike Buyer’s GuideOUR OTHER PODCASTS
    Off The CouchGEAR:30Blister PodcastCRAFTED
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    • 55 min
    Andrew Gardner on Open-Mindedness, Gravel Riding, Velocio, & More

    Andrew Gardner on Open-Mindedness, Gravel Riding, Velocio, & More

    Velocio co-founder Andrew Gardner enjoys biking in many different forms, and earlier this fall, he and Jonathan Ellsworth went on a gravel ride through New England — which Jonathan, something of a gravel biking skeptic, found to be delightful. So Andrew, Jonathan, and David Golay sat down to talk about gravel riding and how / why mountain bikers might find it to be more enjoyable than we think; the ways that the various biking communities silo themselves off, and how that serves many people poorly; why “gravel” riding is a lousy term; and a whole lot more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Jonathan’s introduction to gravel riding (4:50)David’s (lack of) gravel experience (9:58)Andrew’s background in all bike disciplines (12:11)Why the term “gravel” isn’t very accurate (20:36)Gravel as a race discipline vs. just a way people ride bikes (24:35)Identity as a bike rider & siloed cliques (31:22)Re-defining the term “gravel” (35:17)The case for mountain bikers trying gravel riding (44:17)Velocio (54:53)RELATED LINKS:
    Blister + Spot InsuranceBlister Summit 2023Become a Blister MemberBlister LabsThis Week’s Gear GiveawayBlister Mountain Bike Buyer’s GuideOUR OTHER PODCASTS
    Off The CouchGEAR:30Blister PodcastCRAFTED
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ed Masters on The 2022 Season, Team Dynamics, Rule Changes, & More

    Ed Masters on The 2022 Season, Team Dynamics, Rule Changes, & More

    Ed Masters is always good for an entertaining story — and his recap of his extremely wild Vallnord race run from earlier this year is reason enough to tune into this episode. But Ed also has a whole lot of insights to offer into what makes a race season come together; how he approaches race day — on both the Enduro and DH bikes; the delicate balance of risk vs. reward and where to push the limit; and the importance of consistency and stability for a successful team. So we get into all of that, plus the upcoming management of World Cup DH by ESO and the pending rule changes; some of our favorite moments from the 2022 season; mentoring up-and-coming talent; and much more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Hitting the reset button after 2021Goal setting for 2022Finn Iles’ Mont Sainte Anne runBernard Kerr & Pivot Factory RacingThe “extra 0.5%”Race tacticsFearEd’s wild Vallnord runRisk vs. reward & taking chancesESO & the 2023 seasonUp-and-coming riders on PivotTeam dynamics & staying looseRELATED LINKS:
    Blister + Spot InsuranceBlister Summit 2023Become a Blister MemberBlister LabsThis Week’s Gear GiveawayBlister Mountain Bike Buyer’s GuideOUR OTHER PODCASTS
    Off The CouchGEAR:30Blister PodcastCRAFTED
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    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

T$unami Papi ,

Thoughtful

Thoughtful, interesting podcast. Not repetitive like some other MTB podcasts, but still gives me my MTB fix. Bravo!

Penultimate Conjecture ,

Breadth of bike stoke

David is an awesome guy, always open minded and realistic about the industry. He’s also great at interviewing guests. The whole team is great and they don’t hype stuff up, just report their experience, perceptions and such with the mindset of aficionado, nothing pretentious.

HeloCoastie ,

Good Listen

I just started listening to the Podcast and have enjoyed the discussions and guests. I really like the variety that is offered.

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