Privateer to Pinkbike – Paul Aston – Part Two


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Paul Aston is someone who's dedicated his life to bikes. From the early days of dirt jumping in the Midlands of the UK, all the way to racing Downhill World Cups as a privateer. Paul is probably best known for his time as European Technical Editor for Pinkbike, and that infamous ENVE wheel review. In part two we chat about his role at Pinkbike, and what goes into being a good tester/reviewer. Paul shares some details on his Nicolai build and why he thinks all bikes should have at least 200mm travel. He also shares some setup tips and has a great answer to the £150 question! So hit play above and give part two of this episode with Paul Aston a listen. You can follow Paul on Instagram @astonmtb. Find Paul's Nicolai build information here. Yvon Chouinard's book 'Let My People Go Surfing' can be bought here. Supporting Partners Dialed Health Dialed Health head coach, Derek Teel, appeared on the podcast earlier in the year to help you optimise your riding and training. Check it out here. Dialed Health provide strength training for Cyclists, and are starting 2021 with the Dialed Health Shred. A 30 day fat loss challenge specifically for cyclists. Derek will provide the information on how many calories to eat, how to track your food, and the relevant strength training to go alongside it. There are prizes for a male and female winner, including a $250 bike shop gift card, and nutrition supplies. The Dialed Health Shred starts on 4th Jan 2021, and to take part you need to be a member of There are monthly and annual memberships, and as a Downtime listener you can get $30 of an annual membership using the code 'DTP30'. Once you've signed up, just click the banner at the top of the page to join the 2021 Dialed Health Shred. Head to now to get signed up. Podcast Stuff If you want to support the podcast, and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that's using renewable energy. So check it out now over at The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. We've got sweatshirts and hoodies too! For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free and means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. You'll find all the links you need at You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. While you're there, why not join our newsletter, to get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday, full of interesting bike-related stuff, competitions, product recommendations and more. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at Photo - Ben Winder

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