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. Hosted by Mike Levy and featuring a rotating cast of the Pinkbike editorial team and other guests.
Episode 85 - Is the Red Bull Rampage Too Slopestyle?
Our sport is full of gnarly people doing gnarly things, be it cross-country racers pushing their bodies to the limit, downhillers finding the limits of traction and handling, or just that local rider going so damn hard, far, or huge without having to tell the world about it. Everyone town has a few, don't they? But I don't think it's out of line to say that the Red Bull Rampage is, without a doubt, the rowdiest, scariest, most intense riding out there.
Episode 84 - Explaining RockShox's Computer Controlled Suspension
Rather than you reaching down to flip the pedal-assist switch, Flight Attendant manages the fork and shock's compression in real-time, constantly adding or subtracting damping as required. If all that sounds complicated, that's because it is. There's a lot to unpack, which is what today's episode is all about; Mike Kazimer, Sarah Moore, Henry Quinney, and I talk about what Flight Attendant is like on the trail.
Episode 83 - Does Carbon Fiber Belong On Mountain Bikes?
Given that our needs can vary from having to survive being tossed aside mid-air at the dirt jumps all day, meeting some cross-country racer's fetish for being the lightest such and such on the market, having to withstand a season of downhill racing at Bootleg Canyon, or hopefully just survive a couple years of abuse on your over-taxed trail bike.
Episode 82 - Behind the Scenes at Field Test
This Field Test was all about comparing test bikes to each other and the fleet included some of the most interesting bikes on the market. Of course, the pickings were a bit slim this year given the lack of bikes anywhere, but our goal was to represent a spectrum of what's available, from the efficient We Are One to the heavy-hitting Norco Range. And the same goes for the eMTBs, with the relatively lightweight Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL contrasting the chunky Range VLT and its 900Wh battery.
Episode 81 - You've Got Questions, We've (Maybe) Got Answers
Today's episode sees Mike Kazimer, Henry Quinney, RC, and I get through around half of the questions I had originally planned on answering. There'll be another Q&A podcast in the near future, but this one covers everything from high-end aftermarket shocks, hardest challenges, explaining World Cup downhill racing, suction cup bike racks, standards, interviews with CEOs, our favorite underdog brands, and a ton of other questions. Did we answer yours?
Episode 80 - The Best Vehicles for Mountain Bikers
While we all love riding bikes, sometimes our vehicles go hand-in-glove with our sport. Today's podcast sees Alica Legget, Mike Kazimer, James Smurthwaite, and I talk about the vehicles that make sense for mountain bikers, vehicles that don't make any sense but that we want anyway, trucks versus vans, tips for good van living, and what kind of bike racks make the most sense.
The only podcast I look forward to!
Thanks! No other podcast compares! I rarely write reviews. I would hate to not hear you anymore and only blame myself for not telling you how much you mean to me. Keep it coming!
Thanks guys and gals, for bringing a fun and entertaining show built around the sport I love.
Always stoked for the new episodes.
I always know when a new episode drops cause I start feeling a warm-hot tingling in my groin. Pretty funny when it happens at work digging trenches or running conduit.
Nah but for real though. Great podcast dudes and dudets, always good content. Serious question though; why no love for Commencal?