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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.

Pinkbike’s Top 10 Stories of 2019
By: James Smurthwaite

In a year that has seen Pinkbike post nearly 5,000 stories from the world of mountain biking, some of them grabbed our reader’s attention more than others. Based on page views, here are the ten top stories from Pinkbike’s news feed this year.

Let’s revisit some of them.

Levy’s 2020 Tech Predictions: More Integration, More Coils, More Aluminum, Less Suspension, Leaner eMTBs
By: Mike Levy

Here we are, rolling into 2020 and we’re not even riding hoverbikes yet. Disappointing, I know, but there’s plenty of slightly more realistic new tech and gear to look forward to (or maybe dread, depending on your point of view) in the coming year. If I was forced to write down my predictions for what we’ll see more of in 2020, which is exactly what this is, I’d put my Canadian pesos on more integration for bikes and components, a lot more aluminum, a handful of slightly larger suspension forks, and further e-bike development that will hopefully mean my eyes won’t bleed every time I see one.

Does your crystal ball match mine, or is there no future in my career as a psychic?

Look into Levy’s crystal ball.

RC Retires: A Tribute to Richard Cunningham
By: Brian Park

January 1st, 2020, was the first day in many years that Pinkbike didn’t have Richard Cunningham on as a full time technical editor. No more trade shows or bike test deadlines, but his insights and storytelling will always have a home here.

RC’s contributions to our sport can’t be understated, but many have been made quietly, under the radar. We hope this tribute gives a sense of the many less public things that RC has accomplished in his life.

We are grateful to Cynthia Ward for sharing with us her account of Richard’s life, in his own words, that she recorded in 2004. Much of this biography is based on her work. We’re also grateful to RC’s wife Justine for her help in sneaking us old photos and filling in a lot of blanks, as well as the many people who contributed photos and stories and ideas. And finally, we’re grateful to RC for his many contributions to our sport. This story only scratches the surface of all he’s done, but it’s been a hell of a ride.

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Video: We Went to Taiwan & Made a Bike from the Future – The Grim Donut
By: Pinkbike Originals

What happens when a joke becomes reality?

It took tens of millions of years for the opposable thumb to show up, and only slightly less time for mountain bike geometry to get to the point where our bikes aren’t actively trying to kill us. This whole evolution thing is a long, slow process.

Just one ride on a machine from a decade ago is all it takes to realize that development hasn’t been standing still—bikes these days are damn good. But it sure does seem unhurried sometimes.

Brands design bikes to sell them, shocking I know. From a business perspective there’s just not a lot of upside to taking huge risks in the geometry department. So for all their talk of “game-changing” and “revolutionary,” it makes sense for many brands to design bikes to be on-trend next year rather than roll the dice on what might be the future. Something risky may not win over customers, even if it’s the future.

Watch the development of the Grim Donut here.

Pinkbike Editors’ New Years Resolutions for 2020
By: Ed Spratt

It’s always good to have a great big lofty goal to aim for, even if your resolution ends up being abandoned by mid-January. If you could accomplish anything in 2020, what would it be? Pinkbike put that question to each member of Pinkbike’s editorial crew.

Read their resolutions here.

Cyclists’ Access Revoked to Parts of The Kingdom Trails
By: Ed Spratt

Access to parts of The Kingdom Trails in Vermont has been put in jeopardy as three major landowners have revoked access to the bike trails.

The network of trails, which is one of the biggest in the Northeast of the USA, has been established for 25 years but in December three of the landowners that control some of the private lands that the trails are built upon decided they would no longer allow cyclists to have access to the land.

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