The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 120 – Gee Atherton on Titanium Additive Manufacturing, Million Dollar Machines and 3 New Bikes

Art by Taj Mihelich

From value-conscious hardtails to steel trail bikes with idler pulleys, CNC aluminum frames bonded together to ultra-lightweight carbon creations, mountain bikes these days come in nearly endless flavors. . But one of the most interesting has to be those from Atherton Bikes, a British brand that bonds New Zealand carbon fiber tubing into additive-made titanium lugs while offering a dizzying array of custom geometry choices. Oh, and its founders are a two-time world champion and a two-time overall World Cup champion with numerous World Cup wins and a second-place finish at the Rampage to his name, a six-time world champion with thirty -nine (39!) World Cup victories. , and a World Cup racer turned trail builder behind the Red Bull Hardline and Dyfi Bike Park.

May 5, 2022

I’m about to order my own titanium dust bucket from Amazon. Who’s in?

Episode 120 saw Brian Park and I sit down with lead designer Rob Gow, engineer Ben Farmer and a guy named Gee who I hear is pretty quick on a bike to talk about the benefits and challenges of additive manufacturing, why they need titanium dust buckets and a million dollar hopper machine, and the three new bikes that are slated for release in 2022.

Is this the future of frame manufacturing? Will a local shop ever be able to print your frame from an expensive dust bag?

Gee Atherton – Director

Rob Gow – Lead Designer

Ben Farmer – Chief Engineer

Calling them “lugs” might not do these titanium parts justice.

The additive manufacturing process makes the titanium frame components feel like they are growing from scratch.

With a rotating cast of 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 candid discussions of technology, racing and everything rest.

Previous Pinkbike Podcasts
Episode 1 – Why are bicycles so expensive?
Episode 2 – Where the hell is the Grim Donut?
Episode 3 – Pond Beaver Tech
Episode 4 – Why is every bike a trail bike?
Episode 5 – Can you trust the bike reviews?
Episode 6 – On-bikes or under-bikes?
Episode 7 – Wild Project Bikes
Episode 8 – Do we need an even bigger wheel size?
Episode 9 – Why are we doing a field trial in multiple countries?
Episode 10 – Getting Nerdy About Bike Setup
Episode 11 – Are We Going to Run This Year?
Episode 12 – What future for bike shops?
Episode 13 – Are the Bikes Too Regular Now?
Episode 14 – What Bikes Would Pinkbike Editors Buy?
Episode 15 – What’s Holding Mountain Biking Back?
Episode 16 – Who’s Your MTB Hero?
Episode 17 – Insider to XC Field Testing
Episode 18 – The electronics on your mountain bike: good or bad?
Episode 19 – The episode of the semi-rigid
Episode 20 – Mountain Biking Conspiracy Theories
Episode 21 – Things We Got Wrong About
Episode 22 – Does Your Riding Style Match Your Personality?
Episode 23 – Grim Donut 2 is online!
Episode 24 – Why even buy a DH 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 – Would You Rather?
Episode 31 – Tips and tricks for riding in wet weather
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 – Griller Kazimer on Field Test Enduro Bikes
Episode 37 – The privateer 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 – Mountain Bike Suspension Decoded
Episode 45 – What Makes a Good Traveling Companion
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 That Gone Terribly Wrong…and Why It Made Them So Good
Episode 49 – What’s the best DH bike?
Episode 50 – Are Bikes Really Getting Cheaper? (Value Bike Field Test Preview)
Episode 51 – Should MTB Media Release Spy Photos?
Episode 52 – Our Most Embarrassing ATV Moments
Episode 53 – Should Climbers Always Have the Right of Way?
Episode 54 – The Best and Worst ATV Product Marketing
Episode 55 – Big Dumb Rides & Stay Motivated
Episode 56 – What were the most important mountain bike inventions?
Episode 57 – What were the best (and worst) trends in mountain biking?
Episode 58 – Busting Mountain Biking’s Biggest Myths
Episode 59 – Surprises and Spoilers on a Bike Tour
Episode 60 – What Kind of Mountain Biker Do You Want to Be?
Episode 61 – Athlete Pay, Lycra, Equality and More from the State of Sport Survey
Episode 62 – Editor Preferences and Why They Matter
Episode 63 – Our Best (and Worst) Bike Buying Advice
Episode 64 – Who’s on Your Rushmore MTB Mount?
Episode 65 – The episode of the semi-rigid
Episode 66 – The Best and Worst of Bike Repair
Episode 67 – The Story of Mountain Biking’s Most Interesting Man: Richard Cunningham
Episode 68 – Who Are the Unsung Heroes of Mountain Biking?
Episode 69 – The Good, Bad, and Weird Bikes We Own – Part 1
Episode 70 – The Good, Bad, and Weird Bikes We Own – Part 2
Episode 71 – The Story of Mountain Biking’s Most Interesting Man: Richard Cunningham – A Special Pinkbike Podcast Part 2
Episode 72 – Hey Outers!
Episode 73 – Details That Matter…and Others That Shouldn’t
Episode 74 – The Best Trails We’ve Walked and What Makes Them So Special
Episode 75 – ATV brands waste money
Episode 76 – ATV Originals and Imitations
Episode 77 – Interview with Outside CEO Robin Thurston
Episode 78 – Modern geometry explained
Episode 79 – What is the future of eMTBs?
Episode 80 – The best vehicles for mountain bikers
Episode 81 – You Have Questions, We (Maybe) Have Answers
Episode 82 – Behind the Scenes of the Field Test
Episode 83 – Is carbon fiber part of your mountain bike?
Episode 84 – RockShox Computer Controlled Suspension Explained
Episode 85 – Is Red Bull Rampage Too Slopestyle?
Episode 86 – Greg Minnaar on the Honda DH Bike, World Cup Races and Staying Fast Forever
Episode 87 – How to Love Riding When It’s Cold and Wet
Episode 88 – Mountain Biking on a Budget
Episode 89 – The Derailleur Pickle
Episode 90 – Is Supre the future of trouble-free transmissions? (with Cédric Eveleigh of Lal Bikes)
Episode 91 – Riding Every Double Black in the Whistler Bike Park with Christina Chappetta
Episode 92 – Does the Weight of the Bike Really Matter?
Episode 93 – Staying Motivated and Overcoming Burnout
Episode 94 – PBA Competitor Tori Wood on Her First Race and Finding the Right Mindset
Episode 95 – Downhill Bike Debrief in the Field
Episode 96 – PBA competitor Israel Carrillo talks about riding in Mexico and why it’s not always about speed
Episode 97 – Can we predict the future of mountain biking?
Episode 98 – Field Test Track Bike Debrief
Episode 99 – New Year, New You?
Episode 100 – Q&A with PB Editors
Episode 101 – Mountain Bike Shows Explained
Episode 102 – Should MTB Media Go to Press Camps?
Episode 103 – Secrets of the World Cup Pits with Henry Quinney
Episode 104 – Lachlan Morton explains how to be a happy bike racer and the world’s longest climb
Episode 105 – The 3-bike budget challenge
Episode 106 – What does your ideal route look like?
Episode 107 – How (and why) did you start mountain biking?
Episode 108 – Behind the Scenes of the Value Bike Field Test
Episode 109 – Seth Alvo from Berm Peak talks about making 24/7 videos, Soul Rides and building a bike park
Episode 110 – Trying (and failing) to reinvent mountain biking
Episode 111 – The Pinkbike Racing Podcast: Episode #1 – It’s all downhill from here
Episode 112 – The Pinkbike Racing Podcast: Episode #2 – The post-race summary of the Lourdes World Cup
Episode 113 – PB editors answer your questions (again)
Episode 114 – The Placebo Effect and Your New Mountain Bike
Episode 115 – We Are One CEO talks about future DH bike, e-bikes and domestic manufacturing
Episode 116 – Sea Otter’s New Bikes and Gear
Episode 117 – ATV’s worst (or best) cliché crimes
Episode 118 – Music and mountain biking
Episode 119 – Road Trips Go Horribly Wrong

Wiley C. Thompson