The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 32 – What needs to change in the bike industry?

Being a mountain biker in 2020 is pretty cool. But like most good recipes, mountain biking also requires a little salt. So this week, with a nod to Ryan Palmer, we went straight to the salt mine.

Kaz, Sarah, James and I discussed some of the things we would like to see changed in the world of mountain biking. It’s true that we have so good these days, and many of our frustrations are the epitome of first world problems, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement! As always, we also discussed the latest mountain biking news and answered some questions from listeners.

October 5, 2020

Mountain biking is pretty good right now, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement.

Presented by Pinkbike Shop

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Hosted by Mike Levy (usually except when he’s at curling camp) and featuring a rotating cast of the editorial team and other guests, the Pinkbike Podcast is a weekly update on all the latest stories from the world of mountain biking, as well as a frank discussion of technology, racing and everything in between.

Previous Pinkbike Podcasts
Episode 1 – Why are bicycles 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 the bike reviews?
Episode 6 – On-bikes or under-bikes?
Episode 7 – Wild Project Bikes
Episode 8 – Do we need an even bigger wheel size?
Episode 9 – Why are we doing a field trial in multiple countries?
Episode 10 – Getting Nerdy About Bike Setup
Episode 11 – Are We Going to Run This Year?
Episode 12 – What future for bike shops?
Episode 13 – Are the 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 MTB Hero?
Episode 17 – Insider to XC Field Testing
Episode 18 – The electronics on your mountain bike: good or bad?
Episode 19 – The episode of the semi-rigid
Episode 20 – Mountain Biking Conspiracy Theories
Episode 21 – Things We Got Wrong About
Episode 22 – Does Your Riding Style Match Your Personality?
Episode 23 – Grim Donut 2 is online!
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 Champions Special
Episode 28 – All About Women’s Bikes
Episode 29 – Freeride or Die
Episode 30 – Would You Rather?
Episode 31 – Tips and tricks for riding in wet weather