Best Value MTB Parts 2022 | 2022 Pinkbike Value Field Test Editors' Choice

Best Value MTB Parts 2022 | 2022 Pinkbike Value Field Test Editors' Choice

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50 Comments

  1. Zadius895 on September 11, 2022 at 1:24 am

    great picks, definitely looking to try some of these parts out myself with my next build. the reminder is the best value parts are the ones that are on your bike already…so just ride what ya brought.

  2. Brian Koepke on September 11, 2022 at 1:27 am

    The Vitus Sentier VRS hardtail has alot of these parts. I’m happy with it.

  3. L Ja on September 11, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Who’s making more profit per bike? the bike brands or component makers.

  4. Pete Blades on September 11, 2022 at 1:29 am

    Levy upgraded to Legett

  5. LCNismo on September 11, 2022 at 1:29 am

    Who uses anything below xtr or even axs x01? Peasants…

  6. Finch on September 11, 2022 at 1:30 am

    I just had the Shimano 12x Part in Hand and the 1275 520% GX Cassette. The big klump of shimano so only the big 1set gears are more heavy than the whole GX Cassette.
    Also the tooth looks much more strong on the GX than the leaf thin version of shimano.
    Only down draw at GX version isa that you can not change the smallest tooth seperat.

  7. bici mx on September 11, 2022 at 1:35 am

    @4:08 😅😅

  8. ed torres on September 11, 2022 at 1:35 am

    I would add the PNW Coast dropper/suspension seat post that has 40mm of air suspension. This dropper is the ONLY one to consider for a hard tail. It bridges the comfort gap between a hard tail to a full suspension bike.

  9. Ga biou on September 11, 2022 at 1:39 am

    Deore and SLX is > GX ???!? Asking for Meshka

  10. Sarthak Kokane on September 11, 2022 at 1:40 am

    4:07 Wow this field test was rough on Alicia 😂

  11. Balint Sofalvi on September 11, 2022 at 1:41 am

    Those shimano brakes are really good, especially the 4 piston version with the same lever. I also run the Deore 11 speed 11-51 cassette and 11 speed shifter on my ebike, this combo works amazingly well, it shifts perfectly crisp and it is super durable.

  12. Hazmat0 on September 11, 2022 at 1:47 am

    @2:20 I’d love to support Beta without supporting Outside’s decision to push into NFTs. Got anything for that?

  13. J B on September 11, 2022 at 1:49 am

    For the price of one Sram GX cassette I was able to buy a Shimano Deore cassette, a derailleur and a chain… with 20$ to spare lol

  14. Stir It Up on September 11, 2022 at 1:50 am

    SRAM needs to kill SX and NX and create something that works.

  15. Noe Gomez on September 11, 2022 at 1:50 am

    When I got back into riding I didn’t know anything about drivetrains 3 years later I prefer shimano

  16. Slide Drexler on September 11, 2022 at 1:52 am

    Alicia is kinda like Aubrey Plaza: a bit awkward but super hot.

  17. Jacques du Plessis on September 11, 2022 at 1:52 am

    Universal Mech hangers, I absolutely love that!!!
    OK, new bike tech is very good. I’ve been riding a modern hardtail for a few weeks, and it’s leagues beyond my earlier bikes. Like not even worth mentioning!

  18. Dylan Kale on September 11, 2022 at 1:52 am

    I love these bikes! But unfortunately the NX/SLX Drive trains tend to loose the stiffness after a month or so… it’s better to invest for a GX Eagle or a Deorext drive set which have lasted me years…
    Just put the obvious out there…Great video though!

  19. playgroundchooser on September 11, 2022 at 1:53 am

    Again, the Polygon Sisku T8 for the win.
    Shimano SLX drivetrain. ✅
    TransX dropper. ✅
    Fox 36? Fox 34 with the Grip damper. Close enough.
    And $1,000 cheaper than lots of these bikes.

  20. Matthew Sailor on September 11, 2022 at 1:55 am

    Why didn’t pinkbike use these budget components for high/low?

  21. クラウドシルバー on September 11, 2022 at 1:55 am

    Sram=Trash
    I Hate sram Brakes
    and Drivetrain

  22. Winkler Tribe on September 11, 2022 at 1:56 am

    Great episode as always! Thanks Pinkbije!

  23. paul muad' dib on September 11, 2022 at 1:56 am

    Im running a Butcher on front of my Tallboy. Little heavy but its got all kinds of grip.

  24. Robert Rodriguez on September 11, 2022 at 1:57 am

    What bike is the best for climbing

  25. Олександр Костюченко on September 11, 2022 at 1:57 am

    "for around 60 to 70 dollars"

    US prices for tires are horrendous: ordered Schwalbe Rock Razor Super Trail 29 from German online store r2-bike for 35 Euros + 10-11 Euros to deliver it to Ukraine.

    For those, who live in Germany, the delivery is like 3.5 Euros.

  26. Dennis & Dennis on September 11, 2022 at 1:58 am

    My YT came with Sram SX and wow it sucked. I couldn’t even get it to shift properly on the stand right out of the box. Eventually it broke off on a rock (sram sticks out almost an inch further than the Shimano) I put on a Shimano Deore derailleur and xt shifter. It shifts great now. Still using the sx cassette

  27. scotter sandman on September 11, 2022 at 1:59 am

    $2100 hardtail is value. LOL

  28. wulery on September 11, 2022 at 2:00 am

    So how do we get this "$24" beta membership? The link you provide wants $36.

  29. Oscar Dige on September 11, 2022 at 2:01 am

    Man Said hardtails topping at 2.100 i have one that costs 12.000

  30. Paul Brenneman on September 11, 2022 at 2:02 am

    I noticed a substantial improvement going from Rythem 36 and adding a grip2 damper. Riding the rythem damper fast, I found I just couldn’t push as hard as the damper just wouldn’t track the ground as well and be as supportive.

  31. Shakur Yotiiv on September 11, 2022 at 2:04 am

    I have a Specialized Bridge saddle on my Izzo. The SDG saddle that comes with the Izzo looks cool but was pure pain for me. Jealous of anyone it fits tbh.

  32. flyfreak23 on September 11, 2022 at 2:04 am

    4:07 wow Alicia changed her look 😂😂

  33. honeydewbunson on September 11, 2022 at 2:05 am

    Just a reminder, a brand new Kawasaki ninja 400cc sport bike costs 5500 dollars off the showroom floor. We are getting gouged relentlessly by companies like fox and Santa Cruz. There’s absolutely no reason that mountain bikes should be this expensive.

  34. Morgan Bikes on September 11, 2022 at 2:06 am

    I’ve ridden shimano SLX on previous bikes and I wasn’t impressed…

  35. Andrew on September 11, 2022 at 2:07 am

    I love the funny ad read hahaha

  36. Mel Westlake on September 11, 2022 at 2:07 am

    My Norco came with Sram SX drivetrain and I just upgraded to GX mech and shifter. So Sram can be upgraded without the XD driver but you have to stick with the SX or NX cassette then put any other components you want on the bike. Performance should be the same if you don’t mind a slightly heavier cassette.

  37. Wes Macaulay on September 11, 2022 at 2:08 am

    Shimano drivetrain and SRAM brakes FTW

  38. Taylor Nichol on September 11, 2022 at 2:09 am

    hmm I’ve already got butcher tires and a meta ht so I guess I have good instincts, now I just need a fox 36 to round it out

  39. TheGantryman on September 11, 2022 at 2:09 am

    Great video and Levy’s "and now a word from our sponsors" ad read is gold. I would be interested to know which wheelset you thought was the best out of the bikes tested. Which were house brands and which were name brands etc. Arguably upgrading the wheelset/rear hub will deliver bigger gains than swapping out the drivetrain…

  40. Brian Burdett on September 11, 2022 at 2:09 am

    "Includes paid promotion" lmafo

  41. Paul Brenneman on September 11, 2022 at 2:11 am

    I’ll never use specialized tires again, brand new set had dried out and cracked sidewalls well before the tread was showing any wear. Why not just run Maxxis at that price point

  42. Michael Avery on September 11, 2022 at 2:11 am

    Two liters of horchata LMFAO! Much good info! Finally something positive about the Sync’r! Apparently stopping IS a thing! 🤣

  43. ARMYFREAK13 on September 11, 2022 at 2:12 am

    I gag everytime i hear budget like bro that bush behind you isnt even budget

  44. ed torres on September 11, 2022 at 2:12 am

    Have you tried the PNW Coast Dropper? It has 40mm air suspension. Perfect for a hardtail. IMO

  45. Joel Jordet on September 11, 2022 at 2:14 am

    It’s me. I eat $h1t. 🤣😇

  46. Ian Kovac on September 11, 2022 at 2:15 am

    I run 2 butcher’s on my bike. Great tires, 2 tires are just a bit more than one 110 usd Maxxis lol.

  47. Digital Gangster on September 11, 2022 at 2:15 am

    And I thought they would actually give some credit to something else for a change like Microsoft drivetrain or Magura brakes. Silly me!

    EDIT: The title does read value bike components, not value bikes’ components.

  48. Andrew on September 11, 2022 at 2:17 am

    Thanks for riding my local trails!

  49. Andy M on September 11, 2022 at 2:17 am

    One of the most useful MTB vids I’ve ever watched – nice 👍

  50. degrease darkfoot on September 11, 2022 at 2:17 am

    A titanium hardtail with gx and pike for under 2k is the best value, but pinkbike was too ignorant to consider motobecane.

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