If you scroll down the homepage now, there’s a good chance you’ll spot a whole bunch of trail and enduro bikes, maybe a few downhill bikes, and probably a few cross-country gear if that’s the case. is a World Cup weekend. But there is also a reasonable chance that none of them are a hardtail. Despite reviewing a few budget-conscious examples a few months ago for the Field Trip, our content ratio between hardtail and full suspension is definitely more geared towards the latter.

To (partially) address this imbalance, Episode 65 shows us the pros and cons of riding without a rear suspension, why there aren’t many hardtails reviewed on Pinkbike, and how to get the most out of your hardtail. We also have Pinkbike presenter Tom Bradshaw on today’s show to tell us what it was like to ride his hardtail all over Squamish and Whistler for the past ninety days.

THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 65 – THE HARDTAIL EPISODE
June 3, 2021

No back shox, no worries.

Levy rode his terrible Club Roost hardtail long before digital cameras and rear suspension were invented.

Mike Kazimer riding his hardtail in Fruita, Colorado, circa 2001.

Brian Park manages to land the always tricky hardtail-scorpion.

Featuring a rotating cast from 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 candid discussion of tech, racing and all the rest.


Previous Pinkbike Podcasts
Episode 1 – Why Are Bikes So Expensive?
Episode 2 – Where the Heck is the Grim Donut?
Episode 3 – Pond Beaver Technology
Episode 4 – Why is every bike a trail bike?
Episode 5 – Can You Trust the Bike Reviews?
Episode 6 – Overcycled or Undercycled?
Episode 7 – Wild Project Bikes
Episode 8 – Do we need an even bigger wheel size?
Episode 9 – Why are we doing a cross country field test?
Episode 10 – Getting Nerdy About Bike Setup
Episode 11 – Are we going to run this year?
Episode 12 – What future for bicycle shops?
Episode 13 – Are Bikes Too Regular Now?
Episode 14 – What Bikes Would Pinkbike Publishers Buy?
Episode 15 – What’s Holding Back ATV?
Episode 16 – Who is your mountain bike hero?
Episode 17 – XC Field Test Initiate
Episode 18 – Electronics on your ATV: good or bad?
Episode 19 – The Hardtail Episode
Episode 20 – ATV Conspiracy Theories
Episode 21 – Things We Were Wrong About
Episode 22 – Does Your Riding Style Match Your Personality?
Episode 23 – Grim Donut 2 is live!
Episode 24 – Why Even Buy a Downhill 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 – Do You Prefer?
Episode 31 – Rainy Driving Tips and Tricks
Episode 32 – What needs to change in the bicycle industry?
Episode 33 – Behind the Scenes at Pinkbike Academy
Episode 34 – Griller Levy on Field Test Track Bikes (and his Tournament)
Episode 35 – Story Time – Stranger Than Fiction
Episode 36 – Toasting Kazimer About Field Testing Enduro Bikes
Episode 37 – The Corsair Season 2020 with Ben Cathro
Episode 38 – Editors Defend Their Top Picks of 2020
Episode 39 – Predicting the Future of Mountain Biking
Episode 40 – The Pinkbike Awards!
Episode 41 – Race Rumors and Team Changes
Episode 42 – The guilty pleasures of mountain biking
Episode 43 – Dangerholm’s Craziest Custom Mountain Bikes
Episode 44 – ATV Suspension Decoded
Episode 45 – What Makes a Good Riding Buddy
Episode 46 – The RockShox Zeb vs. Fox 38 Deep Dive
Episode 47 – High Pivot Bikes: The Good, The Bad, and the Why?
Episode 48 – Rides Gone Terribly Wrong … and Why It Made Them So Good
Episode 49 – What’s the Best Downhill Bike?
Episode 50 – Are Bikes Really Getting Less Expensive? (Value bike field test preview)
Episode 51 – Should MTB Media Post Spy Photos?
Episode 52 – Our Most Embarrassing Mountain Biking Moments
Episode 53 – Should climbers still have the right of way?
Episode 54 – Best and Worst ATV Product Marketing
Episode 55 – Big Dumb Rides and Stay Motivated
Episode 56 – What Were the Most Important Inventions in Mountain Biking?
Episode 57 – What were the best (and worst) mountain biking trends?
Episode 58 – Debunking the Biggest MTB Myths
Episode 59 – Surprises and Spoilers on the Cycling Terrain
Episode 60 – What Kind of Mountain Biker Do You Want to Be?
Episode 61 – Athlete Compensation, Lycra, Tie and more from the State of Sport Survey
Episode 62 Editor’s Preferences and Why They Matter
Episode 63 – Our Best (and Worst) Bicycle Buying Tips
Episode 64 – Who’s on Your Mount Rushmore ATV?


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