Pinkbike Digest: The Side of DH We Don’t Talk About, How Temperature Affects Suspension, and More

Pinkbike Digest: The Side of DH We Don’t Talk About, How Temperature Affects Suspension, and More


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The Side of DH We Don’t Talk About

By: Pinkbike Originals

After her 4th place finish at World Champs, Aimi begins to question whether or not she belongs in World Cup racing. With only a few races left to impress factory teams, it is imperative she finish her final year in Juniors strong. Can she dig deep and find the intensity needed to finish off the year on top?

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Nerding Out: How Temperature Affects Your Suspension

By: Seb Stott

As summer turns to winter here in the Northern Hemisphere – and visa-versa down south – you may be wondering how the changing temperature affects your suspension. You might have noticed that your suspension feels softer and more sluggish when you go out in chilly conditions. This article is about why that is and how much of a difference seasonal temperature changes make to air-sprung suspension.

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Video: Tech Tuesday – Brake Alignment & Maximizing Performance

By: Pinkbike Originals


First Ride: Raaw Madonna V3 – Better Than Ever

By: Mike Kazimer

It’s been seven years since Raaw first presented the aluminum-framed Madonna to the mountain bike world. Version 2.0 was released back in 2020, and now it’s time to introduce the third iteration of this no-frills, high performance machine.

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First Look: Transition TransAM Steel Hardtail

By: Jessie-May Morgan

After a seven year hiatus, Transition has reinstated the TransAM hardtail. Respecting the bike’s history, this latest iteration materializes with a chromoly steel frameset, but with a geometry that positions it as a thoroughly modern example of the hardcore hardtail. There are four sizes to choose from (S-XL) and, thanks to the addition of sliding dropouts, the rear-center length can be set anywhere between 425mm and 437mm, equipping the rider with the means to meaningfully alter the bike’s balance and character.

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Review: 11 of the Best Women’s Riding Pants Ridden & Rated

By: Nikki Rohan

With colder weather blowing in to many parts in the Northern Hemisphere as fall comes to a close, it’s time to pack away the riding shorts and tank tops and pull out the ever-expanding supply of pants. Since my previous review of pants in 2020, pretty much every company in the biking apparel market has released a riding pant, or “trouser” as some say. With that in mind, I have put together a compilation of 11 worthy options, including first impressions after hitting the trails. Note this is short-term testing with a focus on fit, comfort, style, initial durability, and function. Additionally, not every pant touched on here is cold weather or foul weather specific; rather these run the gamut from fair to foul weather. I also had a couple extra local testers (of different shapes and sizes) on hand to ensure each pair got ample ride time.

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From the Top: Darren Kinnaird Talks Women in Slopestyle, Crankworx’s Beginnings, DH racing in 2024, & More

By: Alicia Leggett 

Crankworx announced yesterday that the Crankworx slopestyle events – including Joyride – will have women competing alongside the men going forward. After watching the Joyride course ladies’ jump jam this summer, I’m all for it. The women riding today are doing things many of us never even imagined possible, and the future just looks brighter.

Upon hearing the news, Brian Park and I caught up with the person who knows it best: Crankworx Managing Director Darren Kinnaird has been involved with Crankworx since the early days so he’s seen almost the whole progression and clearly wants to help the sport be the best it can be.

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Review: 2023 Transition Smuggler – The Little Ripper

By: Dario DiGiulio 

The newest addition to the Transition Bikes catalog comes in the form of a long-awaited refresh, breathing new life into the Smuggler name. With 10mm more rear travel than the prior model, as well as a host of frame and geometry updates, the 2023 Smuggler fits squarely into the trail bike shaped hole none of us knew was in Transition’s lineup. With 13 unique models now filling out their range, Transition seems to offer something that caters to every niche in the sport, but the Smuggler might just be the bike with the widest reach of the bunch.

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Reader Story: Making a Custom Bike By Recycling Old Frames

By: Jackson Green

Many Pinkbike readers may have a few, cracked, out of warranty, or out of date frames frames lying around. They no longer have a use, but you remember the good times you had and you can’t bear to throw them away. Well, how about turning them into something you really want?

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First Look: The Aper KOMPace Has “Rising Pivot Technology”

By: Seb Stott

High-pivot bikes continue to prove popular, but most only provide a truly rearward axle path (their main selling point) during the first part of the travel. As the suspension gets deeper into its stroke, the axle starts to move vertically, and then often forwards slightly towards bottom-out. In theory, this reduces the ability to absorb square edge hits when already deep in the travel.

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First Look: 2024 Santa Cruz V10 & Suspension Chat with ‘The Human Dyno’

By: Matt Beer

Continually improving products is no simple task, especially when they’re as sought after as the Santa Cruz V10. The Santa Cruz Syndicate has been testing this platform for nearly two years and raced the entire 2023 season aboard the bike, however, it wasn’t available to the public. Across the team, riders are diverse in height and the tallest of the bunch, Greg Minnaar, has been sticking with a full 29er, while the others preferred a mixed-wheel setup.

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Mondraker Launch Full Range of MTBs and eMTBs for Kids

By: Jessie-May Morgan

Mondraker has overhauled its range of mountain bikes for children, adding five new models across multiple wheel sizes for kids as young as 3 years old, up to 14 years old (or 165cm tall). Included is an electric balance bike, a hardtail, a full suspension bike, as well as eMTB versions thereof.

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Staff Rides: Henry Quinney’s Cannondale Habit

By: Henry Quinney

I tested the Cannondale Habit LT earlier this year and was very much impressed. I liked how extra-regular it was and it had a lot of the things I wanted in a modern trail bike. That said, it wasn’t absolutely perfect. The LT (long-travel) version had, for instance, 140 mm of travel at the back and a 150 mm fork. Whereas the standard version had a reduced stroke and 130mm of rear travel, paired to a similarly shortened 140 mm fork. With all the trail-bike-parts I had in to test over the summer, Cannondale kindly let me extend the loan of the bike and I also got to bring it more in line with how I’d want it.

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