Trail Karma Month, XC Field Test, MTB on a budget and more: Pinkbike Digest Cycling Expert 01/08/2020 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.Trail Karma Month surpasses $100k in donations: there’s still time to donate & win!By: TrailforksTrail associations are spread thin as trail maintenance costs increase and access to resources decreases. Due to COVID-19, funding is being cut, while more and more people are outside using the trails. There is a large gap between current funding and what is required to build and maintain the trails that bring us so much joy. Which got us thinking…For the month of July, we’re giving you more reason to give back to the trails you love with Trail Karma Month. Trail Karma Month is a campaign to raise awareness and increase funding for trail associations around the world.Trail Karma Month has already raised over US$100,000 and there’s still a week left to donate and win!Read more.Welcome to the 2020 Pinkbike Field Test – Cross-Country Bike EditionBy: Mike LevyThere are days when, if your only view of mountain biking was through Pinkbike, you might think that no one has less than 160 mm of travel or ever hits the trails without kneepads. We all know that’s not the case, though, and the truth is that cross-country bikes vastly outsell all other types, despite what it might look like around these parts.And if you’re thinking, “But Levy, why would I buy a bike that tries to kill me on the downhills just because it’s faster on the uphills,” I’m right there with you. Thing is, the latest generation of cross-country bikes aren’t anything like the old skittery flyweights synonymous with the fitness-focused slice of our sport.Read more.MTB on a budget: where to spend and where to save on mountain bike clothingBy: Brian ParkThe MTB industry is seeing a major uptick in new riders right now. Whether it’s ‘rona related or just a general trend, the bottom line is that nobody can keep bikes in stock. That’s great for the industry, and we’re excited to see so many new riders out enjoying the trails.If you’re new to the sport, we’re concerned that you’re coming to Pinkbike and only seeing $8,000 bikes and $450 jackets being reviewed. Mountain biking is expensive, but it doesn’t need to be that expensive.Read more.MTB on a budget: where to spend and where to save on bike partsBy: Mike KazimerThis article goes over the pros and cons of spending or saving on various components and on the bike frame itself. It’s worth noting that the main focus of this article is on where to spend (or save) on new parts. Going used is obviously the best way to save even more money.Read more.Shimano brings back the SPD sandal for its 25th anniversaryBy: Ed SprattSome 25 years since they first debuted, Shimano has decided to release an updated version of its SPD sandals, giving a whole new generation of riders the chance to feel the breeze between their toes as they hit the trails. If that’s really something people want.Read more.Photo story: exploring the most gorgeous landscape in TurkeyBy: Paula Zibasa If you ever find yourself thinking about which destination you would like to visit whenever the leaves turn brown and the days get colder and shorter, it’s usually Italy, Spain, Portugal or New Zealand. Those countries always come to mind in the first place, maybe because they are well known for mountain biking or maybe because you’ve already visited them two, three or 10 times. You might even find yourself booking the same hotel, eating the same food, seeing the same views, and riding the same trails you’ve already ridden for years in a row. But why wouldn’t you once in a while step out of your comfort zone and take a risk, travel to a country that you’ve never explored with bikes before?Read more.Pipedream launches limited edition Ti Moxie HardtailBy: Ed SprattUK-based bike brand Pipedream has announced a limited edition Titanium version of its Moxie hardtail that will be limited to just 24 frames. The frame will share the geometry of the new MK3 version of the standard Moxie but it also feature a new custom-butted tubeset using an ovalised down tube and top tube. Pipedream says its mission with the updated MK3 Moxie was to “create the most aesthetically beautiful and highest performance steel and titanium bicycle frames.”Read more.