24k gold fat bike, Pinkbike Academy launch, MTB tech and more: Pinkbike Digest

by Sarah Lukas


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



The official teaser for Pinkbike Academy is LIVE!
By: Pinkbike Originals

We’re looking for the next mountain biking superstar! The first episode of our reality TV show drops October 15, 2020. Follow along as Pinkbike Academy puts 10 aspiring professional riders through a series of 10 gruelling elimination challenges designed to see if they have what it takes to make it at the top.

The Pinkbike Academy champion will take home $25,000 cash and a one-year professional contract with Orbea Bikes.

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MTB tech we spotted at the 2020 Tour de France
By: James Smurthwaite

While top-level racing is a hotbed of new technology and fresh ideas in mountain biking, that doesn’t tend to be the case in professional road cycling. With a combination of UCI rules, traditions and riders fearing the price of failure of an experimental setup, it’s a slow-moving world.

Comparing the mountain bikes of 20 years ago to today would make you think you’re looking at a different sport, whereas in road cycling you’d probably just notice the seatstays now meet the down tube a bit lower.

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Rose Bikes stops selling bikes in the UK due to brake lever laws
By: James Smurthwaite

Germany’s Rose Bikes has announced it will stop selling bikes in the UK market due to laws dictating which side brake levers must be fitted on complete bikes.

The news was initially broken by road.cc earlier this week who saw an email sent to a potential customer announcing the changes. Today, Rose Bikes has released a statement confirming the news and explaining the reasons for it exiting the UK market.

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What does Tesla’s Battery Day mean for eMTBs?
By: James Smurthwaite

Tesla’s recent Battery Day was one of the most highly anticipated moments on the tech calendar, and CEO Elon Musk used it to lay out his vision for more sustainable technologies, in-house battery production and, most interestingly, huge advances in battery technology.

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Spotted: New SRAM AXS paddle in Finale Ligure
By: James Smurthwaite

While we know it isn’t for everyone, we’re huge fans of the SRAM AXS groupset. Mountain biking’s first wireless groupset may cost as much as some bikes, but it’s a great option for those who can afford it, and we now see it on every SRAM-sponsored rider’s bike at the EWS.

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So you got a new bike, now what? – Setup tips & tricks with Christina Chappetta
By: Pinkbike Originals

Bikes are pretty dialed these days but incorrect setup can lead to issues on the trail.

Christina Chappetta runs us through some tips and tricks to remember when setting up a new bike.

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Bike Checks: Nino Schurter & Kate Courtney’s ‘Supersonic’ Scott Sparks
By: James Smurthwaite

Nino Schurter and Kate Courtney have come into the 2020 World Cup season with a pair of custom painted bikes that are sure to make them unmissable, even in the gloomy weather of Nove Mesto.

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That 24k gold-plated fat bike is back on sale for US$1 million for charity
By: James Smurthwaite

Back in 2013, the world’s most expensive mountain bike was unveiled. First spotted by MTBR, the 24k gold-plated mountain bike was a monument to excess and valued at US$1 million.

The base frame is a Salsa Mukluk fat bike (current MSRP US$2,799) that is overlaid with 24k gold. On top of the frame, you get a menagerie of finishing details including Italian red leather in the rim, brown chocolate alligator skin on the seat, brown chocolate cowhide grips, and a stingray skin water bottle.

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