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What’s going on in the mountain bike world? The Pinkbike Digest showcases the top dirt articles from our mountain bike sister-site, You’ll get coverage from racing, tech, and some fun storytelling along the way.

Layoffs at Bell, Giro, Blackburn While Vista Announces It Will Hold Onto the Brands
By: Richard Cunningham

In a recent post, Bicycle Retailer announced that Vista Outdoor reduced the workforce at Bell Sports, Giro and Blackburn headquarters in Scotts Valley, California, by 14 employees from a range of positions including engineering, design, testing and marketing. Layoffs included longstanding managers, which suggests that the positions will be permanently closed. Reportedly, the explanation was that Vista was downsizing the brands to better fit the current landscape. (Read more.)

Photo Epic: Gone to the Dogs – Crankworx Whistler 2019
By: Trevor Lyden

Woof. (Woof more.)

European Carbon Manufacturer Rein4ced Aims to Replace Workers With Robots
By: Richard Cunningham

Rein4ced, a European start-up carbon manufacturer, hopes to employ automation and a new material process to put an end to the carbon industry’s vicious cycle of cheap Asian labor, problematic end-of-use recycling, and to the parade of smoke-belching container ships that deliver bicycles by the millions to affluent Westerners located halfway around the globe. (Read more.)

(Photo by clint trahan/

Vail Resorts to Acquire 17 Mountains in North America
By: Daniel Sapp

Vail Resorts, Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire 100% of Peak Resorts, Inc. at a purchase price of $11.00 per share, subject to certain conditions, including regulatory review and the approval of Peak Resorts’ shareholders.

This adds 17 U.S. ski areas to Vail’s network of resorts, doubling the current 17 to 34. All of these resorts are located near major metropolitan areas, including New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Columbus, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Louisville. (Read more.)

BMC’s Autodrop Dropper Post Lowers On Its Own – Lenzerheide World Cup XC 2019
By: Mike Levy

We’ve probably all talked about it at some point during a ride: Why the heck can’t someone make a dropper post that lowers without needing your butt to push it down? Pinkbike photographer Andy Vathis spotted BMC’s prototype Autodrop post at this weekend’s Lenzerheide World Cup, which looks like it does exactly that. (Read more.)

7 Protective Frame Tapes Ridden & Rated
By: Colin Meagher

Soooooo … you just bought a new bike. It wasn’t cheap. And it looks sweet as! But a month of shuttles and aggressive trail riding will make any bike look as if it’d been flogged with a chain. Applying some protection to that new ride will help keep it looking shiny and new a lot longer than just plain old paint.

Maybe it’s a vanity thing, but when some people are forking out anywhere from $7k to $10k for a complete bike these days, investing in some kind of protective tape or film to keep it looking fresh just seems like common sense. (Read more.)

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