Pinkbike Awards 2014
So you’ve been riding your fixed gear or road bike for a while now and with the winter approaching you’ve even put fatter tires on it. Maybe you’ve also read about mountain bikes on this site or have looked at nice galleries of CX races. In any way, the fat tire is starting to appeal to you, but you don’t really know where to start.
Of course, there’s a couple of MTB-centered bike shops in Montreal and most will deal with all types of bikes. Some shops like Maglia Rosa will have a huge collection of CX bikes, Cycle Technique will focus on TT and road, iBike on fixed gears, Dumoulin on all things related to commuters, ABC doing most if not all types, and Le Yeti or Le Grand Cycle on MTBs. But you can also learn a lot and watch the pros on a very nice forum/blog called Pinkbike. With 700,000+ members, Pinkbike is the largest Mountain Bike community. It’s got a full blown blog with editors, writers and photographers. It posts hundreds of cool videos a year, hosts a great marketplace (not only dedicated to MTB stuff), and is all free.
This year, like every year, they’re doing a Pinkbike awards. The nominees for the Trail / All-Mountain Bike of the Year category are unveiled here.
” If you were to choose a single adjective that could be used to describe all of the finalists for this year’s Trail / All-Mountain Bike of the Year category, ‘capable’ would be a good choice. Any one of these bikes is capable of taking on properly rowdy terrain, and in fact, every single one of them has seen action at Enduro World Series events, in many cases helping to deliver their riders to the podium. As amusing as it is to poke fun at the ‘e’ word, the growing popularity of the enduro race format has helped push companies to create bikes that absolutely shred on the downhills while also climbing reasonably well, a trend that ends up benefiting all riders, regardless of whether or not they ever plan on rolling up to a starting line. ” – Mike Kazimer
The remaining categories can be seen here and are separated in 5 types : Racing/Events, Tech/Products, Company, Media and General.
I myself am sort of new to the world of Mountain Biking (since I haven’t done any for a while now, because you know, my damn bike was stolen), so I will do my best to follow that stuff because I am most definitely be having my legs around a dual-suspension bike Next Year, and I hope Camille will have something too to follow me down the trails (and, maybe one, day down the legal trails of Mount-Royal).