9 Products I (Mostly) Loved In 2020: Mike Levy

Dec 22, 2020
by Mike Levy  
This year, Pinkbike's editors decided to take a page from the CyclingTips playbook and put together a few “Some Stuff I Loved” lists of our own. Think of it as a more personalized version of the Pinkbike Awards, a place to recognize the bikes and equipment that left a lasting impression on us over the last 12 months.

While Mike Kazimer's list will probably have all sorts of boring things on it like tube straps, funny looking shoes (what time is the space-ball game, @Mikekazimer?), and platform pedals, my 2020 best-of list is a bit more eclectic... For better or worse.








The Grim Donut

This year, it's the Grim Donut that's right at the top of my list. You know when someone comes up with an idea that sounds too good to be true and then that's exactly what happens? Me too, but that's actually not what happened this time, which was a surprise to all of us involved.

When we started the Donut project, the plan was to make a tongue-in-cheek video poking fun at the idea that if long, low, and slack is good, then surely longer, lower, and more slacker must be more good, right? So why not just jump ahead a decade and skip all the humming and hawing? To underline how serious this undertaking was, we came up with a foolproof way to figure out the geometry we'd obviously be using in 2030; we looked at the difference in geo between 2010 and 2020, then just applied that to today's numbers! I thought this was supposed to be difficult...


The Grim Donut
The right amount of stupid, or is a little more needed for the next Donut prototype?


Our joke of an enduro bike popped out with a 57-degree head angle, 83-degree seat angle, 500mm of reach (ugh, way too conservative), and a bottom bracket height that tried to kill me every few minutes. Did it work? Of course not; it rode like total shit everywhere I wasn't pointing straight down while off the brakes with my eyes closed. But then Yoann Barelli got on it and, well, the Donut sure worked okay for him - he set his quickest-ever time down our test track! The right amount of stupid? Maybe. Honestly, I thought he'd either be comically slower on the Donut or walk out of the forest with it in two pieces.

What's next? Who knows, but it won't happen anytime soon.

Price: TBA?
More information: Video: We Went to Taiwan & Made a Bike from the Future - The Grim Donut





What does the Mini have in common with the Donut? Both are clearly the right amount of stupid.


The Mini

This one's also a no-brainer: It can't be all bikes all the time and when it's not, it's cars. I picked up my blue Mini a few years ago and it's been in various states of fun since then, with it now sporting a modern Honda engine in place of the original A-series, welded-in roll cage, upgraded suspension all around, and this not-so-quiet voice that's constantly saying, ''Let's go to the twisties!''

Like a lot of you, one of the many reasons I love mountain biking is that I don't think about much else besides riding while I'm doing it, and that's the exact same thing I like about my otherwise useless little car. I can head out for 30-minutes and only think about rev-matching, how amazing those last few corners (were despite my crappy line), and maybe what the hell was that scary noise? It's also a relatively unfamiliar thing to me, having not grown up completely immersed in car culture as I was with cycling. That means I'm always learning something, be it behind the wheel, with some wrenches in my hands, or hours deep researching something I probably shouldn't buy but definitely will buy.

Next up: Some lessons on the track and maybe a black wrap so it's a bit more discreet. Oh yeah, it sounds like an angry chainsaw with a megaphone, which I loved at first but now I (predictably) find it to be a bit much. Same goes for the can't-miss-it blue paint job that needs to be covered; it's a much better strategy to blend in.

Price: Who cares?
More information: Steveston Motor Co





The URS hooligan road bike takes me on all sorts of fun adventures that I wouldn't bother with on a mountain bike.


The BMC URS Gravel Bike

While mountain bikes have filled all of my days (both spare and paid) for the last few decades, there was a time before that when all I did was spend endless hours exploring pavement and gravel on my road bike. I didn't own much cycling clothing that wasn't skin tight, and the quill stem on my blue and silver Lemond Zurich was slammed as low as it'd go. While that was twenty-something years ago now, that curly-bar mindset from my teenage years won't ever disappear; I'll always love (ish) training, being fit (ish), and long, hard climbs.

Thankfully, the curly-bar riding these days is way more fun than when I was aboard my old Zurich and Giant TCR road bikes with 23mmm wide tires inflated to 120 PSI. What were even doing back then?


The little bumper is said to provide 10mm of squish. It ain't suspension, but it works.
I've been liking Vittoria's Terreno Wet tire for my mixed-use adventures.


Earlier this year, both Pinkbike and CycingTips converged on Sedona, Arizona, for a semi-joint Field Test; we were evaluating mountain bikes, of course, and they were on gravel bikes. That's where I first saw the BMC URS Three, a very blue, $4,299 USD machine based on a carbon frame that looks like it's from the future - here's Dave Rome's review on CyclingTips. The least expensive URS gets the same frame as the fancy version, including the Pro-Flex-ish 'MTT' elastomer softtail rear-end that's said to supply 10mm of squish. That's not a new idea by any means, nor is it meant to be rear-suspension, but rather just to take some edge off choppy gravel roads, especially when you're six hours deep into some soul-searching death march.

Another reason I've gelled with Big Blue is that BMC has combined a longer reach number with a shorter than usual stem (for a gravel bike) to move the rider's center of gravity farther behind the front axle. Sound familiar? That means that I don't feel like I'm about to get tossed out the front door as often, and it makes for a much more confident ride.


The SRAM AXS/eTap drivetrain combo was bolted on for the single-ring wide range (no front derailleur allowed), and the wireless system makes for an ultra-clean look on the BMC that also hides the brake hoses quite well.


One thing I see many riders do, especially around here, is to try to turn their gravel bike into a shitty mountain bike by using huge tires and a dropper post... I have a mountain bike that I can crash for that, so why do it on my curly-bar rig? Instead, I plan on keeping the BMC in speedy-ish gravel mode. Has anyone seen my white bib shorts around here?

Price: $4,299 USD
More information: www.bmc-switzerland.com





They cost a lot, but a 1,283-gram wheelset with rims that have a 29mm internal width? Yes, please.


The Roval Control SL Team Issue Wheelset

I know they're not inexpensive, and they surely don't make much sense for the large majority of us, but damn, Roval's 1,283-gram Control SL Team Issue wheels have blown my mind since they arrived last April. I mean, not only are they impossibly light, but they're also 29mm wide internally rather than some piddly size to save more grams, and they've been nothing but faultless for the last months of abuse on terrain and bikes that are probably a bit rowdier than they were made for. Not only have they been reliable, the 4mm wide rim beads have surely saved me from wrecking a tire or two by being too wide (and therefore dull) to slice through a casing when I run straight into some rock I should have seen but didn't.


DT Swiss hubs and crazy light rims.


The price makes them ultra-chic and completely unneeded in any way whatsoever, but there's no feeling like a super lightweight wheelset, especially if they're also reliable and compatible with wide trail bike tires as the Rovals are. A luxury item, for sure, but impressive nonetheless.

Price: $2,650 USD
More information: www.specialized.com





Structure Cycleworks SCW 1
Structure's SCW 1 obviously won't be for most of us, but it was a highlight of 2020 for me.


The Crazy Looking Structure SCW 1

I bet that fancy telescoping fork on the front of your bike works really, really well. How often do you find yourself saying, ''There's gotta be a better way to do this whole front suspension thing?'' Me neither, but there are definitely some clever folks out there who've been thinking about precisely that. Case in point: Structure's wild-looking SCW 1, a full-on production mountain bike that integrates an anti-dive linkage fork (with increasing trail) into its front triangle, all made using carbon fiber.


Structure Cycleworks SCW 1
The linkage arms are mounted in offset inserts to allow for adjustable anti-dive.
Structure Cycleworks SCW 1


Because the SCW 1's fork requires such long linkage arms and provides a whopping 7-degrees of head angle change when the fork and shock are both bottomed, Structure needed the real estate that only their own frame could provide. In other words, no, it probably couldn't be made to look less strange. The carbon contraption seems to be half praying mantis, half mountain bike... And it works exactly like they say it does. The funky linkage practically eliminates small impacts in a way that made me think it was drastically under-sprung, but it wasn't. It stands high in its travel like it was over-sprung, but it wasn't.

The most notable advantage, however, is how the bike's handling feels like it remains constant regardless of where the fork is in its travel. More control means more speed, which might be enough for some of us to look past the bike's, er, odd appearance.


Structure Cycleworks SCW 1 Photo by Max Barron
The SCW 1 was far from perfect, but the performance of the fork proved to me that there are other ways to get the job done.


The SCW 1's proprietary front-end was impressive, but its 27.5" wheels (#294lyfe), chunky weight, odd looks, and high-end price tag mean that's it'll likely always be sold in relatively small numbers. Regardless, throw a leg over one if you get a chance - it might not be for you, but you'll be glad someone is thinking differently. While we're here, shoutout to Moorhuhn, AcotFive, Pole (I'm still dreaming of a 120mm Stamina), and anyone else out there doing something different and not obvious.

Price: $6,995 - $9,250.00 USD
More information: www.structure.bike





If I ride a bike, I use one of these pressure gauges first.


Topeak Shuttle Digital Pressure Gauge

Tire pressure is the single most important thing that you're not checking often enough, especially as it has a massive effect on your bike's performance, and even more so now that most of us are running quite low pressures. Let's say, just as an example, that your weight, tire, and terrain mean that 25 psi would be an ideal pressure. So you usually prefer it at 25 psi, but now let's say that you don't ride your bike for a few days... Can you actually just go for another ride without checking it? I hope not, because you could have a very different experience if your tires have lost as little as just a few psi, let alone way more. The heavier the rider, or if they're relatively lightweight tires, the more the pressure differential will matter; it's especially important if you're using low-volume rubber with flexible sidewalls.

Am I crazy? Maybe a little, but there hasn't been a single ride over the last decade or more where I haven't checked or adjusted my tire pressure before heading out. To do that, I use Topeak's $65 USD Shuttle Digital (there's an analog version as well) gauge. This little guy has a rotating head, air bleed button, a valve lock to help hold it on, and you can even connect your pump (which I never do) for an inline system. I keep one in my gear bag that comes with me on road trips, another in the car, another in the Jeep, one by the front door, one in my shop, and one in the washroom.

Price: $65 USD
More information: www.topeak.com






My favorite Hans Dampf fact: It's impossible to put on backward.


The Hans Dampf Tire

Yeah, I know your WT Minions are really, really good. And yeah, I know the Assegai is stickier than hot glue. But I also know that when it comes to trail bikes, you might be better served choosing something that offers a more fitting balance of weight, rolling speed, and traction. I'd also argue that putting too much tire on a bike is one way to ruin its character; picture 1,300-gram rubber on your 120mm bike that never sees worthy terrain or speed to make the most of your tractor tires. Congrats, your bike is not only slower pretty much everywhere, but also more difficult to get off the ground. There are exceptions (reliability, of course), but it's kinda like how you don't want to over-tire your sports car. Or like how putting 2.0" cross-country tires on your downhill bike would end badly.


This is about a fifth of my tire collection, not including the twenty I just gave away, and I still prefer Hans.


Aaaaaanyway, my go-to 29" tire for doing all the things on my trail bike is Schwalbe's Hans Dampf, preferably in a 2.35" width (because that's all you need) and in the softest compound. I'm always thinking about versatility, especially when it comes to tires, and Hans gives me the right mix of weight, rolling speed, and traction for where I ride. I can put on a set in the middle of a torrentially wet spring season and not be let down, or I can run them through the summer as a mid-weight all 'rounder. The casing is also versatile enough for me to run low psi when it's slow and slippery, or up too high without them feeling terrible. There are better tires when it's muddy, or if you're going mach-enduro over pointy rocks, or if you only care about descending, but that's not how I think.

Thing is, tires have to be the component that gets in our head the most; I've had riders much slower than myself ask how I'm even still alive, meanwhile they haven't checked the pressure in their bald-ass whatevers for six months. The cons list is short, but there's no getting around the fact that I tend to slice 'em more often than those Maxxis tires I joke about. And both brand's tires cost too much. Also, not being more of a specialist tire means they're not the best at anything.

Price: $89 USD
More information: www.schwalbetires.com






The Forefront 2 with its green Koroyd inserts.


Smith's Attack Max Glasses and Forefront 2 Helmet

Okay, a disclaimer here: Smith sponsors the Field Tests and supplies us with helmets and glasses, including the ones I'm about to gush about. But if I lost my Forefront 2 and Attack Max glasses tomorrow, I'd head down to Corsa, my local shop here in Squamish, to buy them.

To be honest, while I'd rather not wear glasses at all, I'd also prefer to not lose an eye. While I'm not hot on the name - is it supposed to be inspiring? - these are one of the few glasses that don't make me feel like either a total jackass named Chad (sorry Chad) or someone who exclusively drinks tiny, expensive coffees and wants you to know it. Instead, I just look like a dorky cyclist wearing functional, dorky glasses. I'm cool with that because of the functional part; they barely ever fog and quickly clear if they do, it takes seconds to swap lenses, and the adjustable fit is, umm adjustable.


The Attack Max.
They're not broken! The arms and nose piece pop off in seconds for when you need a different lens.


There are lighter and windier helmets than the Forefront 2, but as long as I'm not in the middle of a cross-country race on a hot day, I'm probably wearing a black and green Forefront with MIPS. First and foremost, it's comfy and provides more protection than the visor-less lid race lid @brianpark prefers me not to wear to photoshoots (''It looks like a bird on your head.'') He's not wrong. Speaking of that, I like that the Forefront doesn't look like a typical bike helmet, with more edges than curves and that strange 'Koroyd' stuff in the vents. Downsides: That's over $500 USD on a helmet and glasses when there are plenty of more economical choices out there that are just as effective.

Price: $259 USD (Attack Max), $230 USD (Forefront 2)
More information: www.smithoptics.com





F1 fans new and old will love The Race's podcasts.


The Race's Podcasts

Much like everyone else out there, we started our own podcast this year and it's been fun seeing it grow, so I'm going to shout-out one of my personal favorites. One of my preferred things to do is an early morning Monday walk after a Grand Prix weekend, rain or shine, because that's when I listen to The Race's (confusing website name, I know) post-race podcast. There are a bunch of different F1 podcasts out there (including F1's own that records three times each event) that all offer some sort of insight, but it's hard to beat the boots-on-the-ground coverage from Mark Hughes and the rest of their team. I've been following F1 since my early teens and haven't missed a race in over twenty years, and I devour any and all English-speaking coverage that I can find, but there are still times when I'm thinking, ''Wait, what in the F-duct just happened?'' The crew at The Race always sorts it out without further confusing me, though, which isn't an easy feat.

They also do a great job of non-race podcasts covering tech, rules, politics, and anything else going on, as well as also doing the tech-focused Gary Anderson Show and retro-minded Bring Back V10s podcasts. If you're an F1 fan new or old, you'll enjoy The Race's podcasts.

Price: $0 USD
More information: www.the-race.com


247 Comments

  • 235 2
 Impossible to put on backwards? Nah, give it to me. Ill figure out a way. Ill probably put the knobby part on the inside......
  • 485 2
 I will send you a Grim Donut shirt if you send me a photo of a Hans Dampf mounted inside out.
  • 51 0
 @mikelevy: I do not have a hans dampf. But will trade a video of me riding my bike with inside-out tires for a grim donut tshirt
  • 26 1
 @dexterfawkes: No need, Sam Pilgrim already did that Smile And it ends badly for the tire surprisingly fast.
youtu.be/tgrLCIuHhLw?t=248
  • 27 0
 @rarerider: (shh, I want the tshirt)
  • 7 0
 @mikelevy:
You guys clearly don't watch enough of Sam Pilgrim's Youtube channel...
  • 4 0
 @rarerider:

...should we go tireless? I'm sure Halo won't mind.
  • 5 0
 @mikelevy: I will buy him a grim donut shirt and send it to him if shows me he successfully got the tire off the rim after mounting it inside out. LOL
  • 3 2
 @vjunior21: do you solemnly swear to do this?
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: me "scratches head while thinking"
  • 6 0
 @mikelevy: no one saying "hold my beer" is quite a surprise
  • 1 0
 O my god, I have to know if this is possible now!
  • 4 1
 @big-red: we call it "Spokane tubeless" here in the states.
  • 7 0
 "Ahhhh......That's the way your mother likes it Trebek"
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: I hope you have seen the F1 Drive to Survive series on Netflix!? Awesome or any F1 fan!
One of my favourite things lately has been the PB podcasts tbh...waiting for a Forefront 2...you should try the Smith Wildcat’s...look so much cooler!
  • 2 0
 Sam Pilgrim drift tire
  • 8 1
 I love the Hans Dampf too! ... for the whole 2 weeks it has grip. Then knobs fall off and it goes to shit
  • 1 0
 @rarerider: “...free wood to take home in a van”....”20’ drop”. Classic.
  • 12 0
 @mikelevy: Challenge accepted and completed Mike !! Check out my photos and the Album Hans. I will need a 2xl shirt as I am big boned.
  • 2 0
 @rarerider: That's cause it's a continental tire...
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy: The addix colour strip needs to be on the left hand side, to match the other directional tyres
  • 2 0
 Hans Dampf side knobs are still dying after 3 months of use?
  • 2 0
 @zoobab2: they don't rip off like the old ones, but they do completely round over after a few rides. This is on the rear, might fare better on the front, but not enough cornering grip for me up there.
  • 1 0
 @vjunior21: hahaha. you're on bucko.
  • 5 0
 @stymiecat: You absolute madlad. I can't believe it.
  • 1 0
 I love this man @stymiecat: . Now hold my beer @smartfartbart:
  • 1 0
 @rarerider:

That’s hysterical !! ????????????
  • 51 1
 Guess which of these products injured Levy this year? At least one...
  • 85 0
 It's clearly the tire pressure gauge, they claim millions of lives every year.
  • 6 0
 The grinduro Bike!

Also the "Pinker" (TM) term
  • 6 0
 Hmm...
Curling Camp = IR?
  • 5 0
 @rodeoJ: That sets a high bar...
  • 8 0
 Wrenching on the Mini. That’s a given.
  • 3 1
 Are you going to give us your products of the year too? Please do!
  • 69 1
 When measuring the tyre pressure on his hans dampf, Levy - distracted by an F1 podcast - slipped on a misplaced sunglasses arm and fell through the front fork of his SCW, buckling his weak Roval front wheel, with his entire upper body becoming trapped in the front suspension linkage!

He realised quickly that he was in danger of a 3rd degree nipple chaffing, so he reached for the saddle bag on his road, sorry, gravel bike. He grabbed his faithful chamois cream and slathered it all over his torso...he was able to wriggle free but as he writhed he kicked the grim donut off its work stand, it fell on his head which was protected only by a smith helmet.

The last thing he saw as he blacked out was his mini, slowly rusting in the corner of his garage as all mini’s must. The car seemed to laugh at him for his childish belief in permanence, “all will decay, all will perish” it seemed to say...
  • 2 0
 @rodeoJ:

“ one in the washroom. ”
  • 1 0
 I’m hoping @mikelevy didn’t get his head caught in the SCW-1 fork.
  • 4 0
 @Altron5000: You win
  • 37 0
 Mike, which Casing was your reference in the article for the Hans Dampf?

Super Gravity?

Super Trail?

Super donut? (soon to be released...)


BTW, your mini is spectacular, please leave it blue as it beg to be seen so Big Grin Big Grin
  • 16 0
 Mach-enduro is one of the greatest Levy-isms ever. I’m going to use it in sentences as often as I possibly can.

“You can credit my ability to go mach-enduro in the gnar in part to the nimbility of my bike. But mostly because I run Hans Dampfs”
  • 16 1
 I'll add Tire Gauge on the list of things I can afford next to Ice Cream Cone.

  • 12 0
 I'd love to test ride the SCW 1, telescoping forks cause your precious slack head angle to get steeper when your are getting into the travel, you know like when you actually need a slack head angle. With how expensive long travel telescoping forks cost to actually work well and not creak, I'd like to think that money could be used to develop a long travel linkage fork that would hopefully weigh less, be easier to service and doesn't screw up your head angle. . .
  • 4 0
 It wouldn't be hard to make a fork that affects the trail in a deliberate way - the stanchions could be non-parallel with the head tube. I'd love to see someone with a CNC machine make a few sets of crowns up and try it steeper or slacker than standard (you can keep the static axle position fixed by offsetting the stanchion forwards and backwards)
  • 4 0
 Same here, esp since I have extensive ride time on a Message and a Shout, a real comparsion woudl be nice. I'd also like to try that other linkage fork, which is apparently still being sold. I'd like to see Trust get resurrected...
  • 2 0
 @mountainsofsussex: If you send some designs as well as a pitch as to why its worth his time over to AvE there's a chance he'll make them
  • 7 0
 YASSSS to all of that.
That's a whole bunch of our impetus at Structure. that bike starts at a 66º and ends at a 58º
Interestingly enough we did a demo day at Coast Gravity Park and had a guy swap his Shiny V10 for a few laps. (keeping in mind we're 153mm of travel fr and rr) and he came back believing he bottomed out the front, but never felt it. The lower crown path coming up and back makes it more like170mm by the end of the travel. It's a unique experience. If you're ever in Texas or Cali we've got demos there!
Dave - Structure Marketing guy
  • 1 0
 @messydesk: I live 45 minutes from Mammoth..
  • 1 0
 @unrooted: WURD! Check out and reach out to our Cali Regional Ambassador on IG @trailsmithdave He can sort out something (covid depending)
  • 13 0
 Mike, Vettel talked about being an avid MTB'er in the latest Beyond The Grid. Time for a bike check...
  • 4 0
 @Smoke4ndmears @boozed Just imagine getting of of them on the Podcast and having them say, "HEYYYYY PINKERS!" A guy can dream...
  • 11 1
 Great to hear Mr Levy is an F1 fan... I have been going to the Grand Prix in Montreal for 14 years. It is utterly sad just how completely boring/predictable it has become. Maybe 2022 rule changes will help.
I remember sitting in the cold rain for 4 hours at the F1 on Montreal when Jenson Button went from last to first (on the last lap). The sound of the NA engines was truly otherworldly.
  • 14 0
 As if we didn’t just see checo go from last to first mate....
  • 5 1
 @mariomtblt: yoyu mean the same race some kid gets in Hamiltons car and makes the whole thing look easy??? No practice, the seat did not fit his much taller frame.... Sure George is a solid driver... but boy did he make it look easy if given Hamiltons car.
  • 3 0
 @Mermar: yeah that’s the one lol
  • 5 0
 @Mermar: F1 is 90% car and 10% driver. Moto GP is the opposite.
  • 1 0
 @Mermar: yeah... said that when it was Red Bull, before that it was Ferrari. Germans have a way of killing my interest in F1 lol
  • 1 0
 @haen: Moto GP is where all the action is now. Last season was off the charts for competitive racing.
  • 1 0
 @Mermar: where was MM93?
  • 3 0
 @Mermar Oh man, how can you say that after the season we had? After watching F1 through all the red years that were even more predictable, the last 7 have been anything but Smile

But yes, Jenson's win in 2011 was possibly the most best F1 race I've ever watched. I can still see that Red Bull spinning just a few corners from the finish line! I'm a big Jenson fan for how he is in mixed conditions.
  • 10 0
 @mikelevy Of all things, i would never have expected a pinkbike endorsement for the Hans Dampf! Still not entirely sure if you are joking. Big Grin Could you add a line which casing option you are running?
  • 74 2
 That's a Levy-only endorsement. I don't know why he still likes those tires.
  • 25 20
 There are only very few components I will never put on my bike again. Schwalbe tires are one of them.
  • 12 0
 @mikekazimer: you know how you journos are accused of writing reviews to match the product name ................... well hans dampf in german means jack of all trades and master of none ! id say Mr levy has hit the nail on the head unintentionaly top marks
  • 6 0
 It's a very good rear tyre IME. I'd not be brave enough to try it on the front though.
  • 2 0
 It's just a small step from Hans Dampf to Conti MK as best do-it-all tire
  • 11 0
 Do the knobs still fall off if you just look at them?
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: it's a good rear tire, fast rolling and durable, perhaps not ideal for firm though it is consistently skittery Wink
  • 2 0
 @chakaping: @chakaping: My Ripley came with a Nobby Nic in the rear and Hans Dampf in the front. I've heard people like that combo, they must be really good at drifting the whole trail. I slid around every corner, it was unsettling to say the least.
  • 1 0
 @Zorlac: What a strange combo. I'd at least put them the other way round, but wasn't mad keen on the Nic myself.
  • 1 0
 @chakaping: I do. It's fine.

Sure, it's not a DHF or Assegai, but you can still get down proper downhill stuff, just not as aggressively.

Key point is it is a trail tyre. So if you ride mixed, undulating terrain it is perfect.
  • 3 0
 Yeah, why not run MM in the front and HD in the back? MM is superior to the HD in the front in most conditions.
  • 1 0
 @tabletop84: MM is better for downhill, HD is better for pushing around all day. As the article points out, MM is over doing it for most trail riding.
  • 1 0
 @tabletop84: That’s the combo that I’ve been running this year (MM front/HD rear) and it’s nice on a do-it-all bike in Southern Canada. My Trek Fuel came with NN Speedgrips. Speed...yes. Grip...no.

Schwalbes have been absolutely durable for me as well (Snakeskin models).
  • 8 0
 @mikelevy Keep the Mini blue, it's looks awesome the way it is, but I would recommend subduing the exhaust system. If you must subdue the blue a little do a black vinyl racing stripe or some other graphic to partially cover the blue/white.

Your mention of the Structure SCW 1 compelled me to look at their website because I found the all black bike you showed here to kind of mute the uniqueness of this rig. Low and behold the SCW1 is actually available in a whole host of colors and graphic arrangments that are IMO way better than the murdered out version you showed here. I was also surprised by the range of pricing on that rig...there are some fairly reasonable and competitive prices listed for it and then there is of course of the $10,000 version.
  • 5 0
 WOot!
The bike Mike rode was our prototype that the Production model was based on. Pretty much identical with some tiny tweaks that don't really effect the performance or ride.If you ever get the chance let's get you out on it for a demo ride. You can see what @mikelevy saw in us.
Stoked to have this honor.
Dave - Structure's Marketing guy.
  • 1 0
 @messydesk: I'd love to demo the SCW 1 if you ever venture to Anchorage, AK with your bikes.Otherwise it'll just have to wait until I can pay a biking visit to BC.
  • 1 0
 Vinyl racing stripe is more like blanding out rather than blending in imo. Heinous
  • 2 0
 @emptybe-er: Vinyl would be heinous for sure. The Structure SCW1 is fully painted anywhere you see colour.
  • 1 0
 @structuredesign: Nice. Just checked the painted version out, very tasteful imo. I also just noticed the lower legs and crown are one piece, with a triple clamp not far above that. Can’t imagine how consistent that front-end tracks! Very cool.
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 Big thumbs up on the MINI @mikelevy. I have a more modern version that while slightly more practical (and much larger) makes it so I never have to drive any tall friends on a road trip. They are always a blast to drive and makes even the most mundane commute an adventure. The only downside is that my friends that may join me on a ride have a high probability of vomiting on any mountain back roads.
  • 2 0
 Fun on the way to the trail head, fun on your bike, and fun on the drive home - perfect! One of my favourite things to do is drive up to Whistler in the Mini with the bike on the back.
  • 4 0
 Another ‘Chad’ here...
Just wanted to chime in about the little green straws (or black in my case as I’m running the matte gravy lid) actually work and have saved my skull on two occasions. Sure, it’s a dorky setup, but I’m not really Karen about the looks. We can’t all be cool like @mikelevy
  • 6 0
 Hey Mike, would a 29" rear wheel raise the bottom bracket enough to make a difference?
  • 67 1
 Yup, it would. We're planning Donut V2 right now.
  • 4 0
 @mikelevy: Sweet!! I can't wait to read all the carpal tunnel causing rage full caps lock comments that are coming from that one as well! April fool us once...blah blah blah.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: nice try but we don't believe you anymore. That April fool is still in my mind!
  • 4 0
 26 to 29 to 32. The v2 should have those 32" wheels.
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 @mikelevy: the Jos Louis!
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 @mikelevy: to be released sometime in early April, right?
  • 1 0
 I hear they have a variable-height bb (climb mode/descend mode) in the works. Should be a game changer.
  • 1 0
 @bishopsmike: The Grim BAGEL ??
  • 5 1
 I love how the Grim Donut sums up how most of us ride. Tongue in cheek, having fun in the woods, messing around and high fives. Keep this train going PB. Keep the ridiculous coming.
  • 6 0
 More pics of the Mini please. Suspension, engine & interior would be great!
Stay well everyone.
  • 3 0
 So Mike, about the "chainsaw" embedded in the front of the Mini. If you are in the market for a great flowing drone killing muffler, look into the Solo Performance Stealth series.

I fought this same battle with an EJ25 Subie swap in my 1990 Vanagon and this did the trick without hurting performance & now the only time I hear the banshee wail is around 6500 RPM and the rev limiter bump.
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 Thanks, I'll look into it!
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 Interesting... I checked the weight on the Hans Dampf expecting ~900g or so.... but Schwalbe lists them at 1080g for the ‘super-trail’ version in 2.35x29

That puts them right in line with DHF 2.5 exo + ... or a dissector/assegai combo

And 100g heavier than the e-13 TRS trail tire, which I’ve been really happy with on my Tallboy v4 lately.
  • 5 4
 New Schwalbe tyres are all 200g or so heavier. Old ones were slightly lighter than an Exo Maxxis, but so easy to punctcure that the weight saving was worthless. Not to mention the lack of grip.
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 Also keep in mind 2.35 inches in schwalbe measurements is 2.35 inches. 2.5 inches in maxxis is like 2.25 in real life.
  • 3 2
 Those new Schwalbes in SuperTrail are exactly like EXO+, BB and MM even have apex added to that. Very robust tires.
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 @honourablegeorge: lack of grip Schwalbes soft and supersoft do not suffer from.
New NN soft is bang on for greasy N Shore winters. Just tested them in snow and went really well. They don't harden up in cold like Maxxis.
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 Yeah, SuperTrail are a big, big step-up in terms of sidewall stiffness over the old "SnakeSkin" version, but adds around 200 g of weight.

Anecdotally: had the Magic Mary 27.5x2.6" of the previous version (Addix Soft Apex), weighting in at just over 1000 g and measured a true 2.6" (on a 34 mm IW rim). The new "SuperTrail" 27.5x2.6" came in at 1217 g AND measures much narrower when inflated at around 2.5" on the same 34 mm IW rim. The thread pattern is also reworked: the old 2.6 looked like they had just magnified a 2.35" with bigger knobs and bigger spacing between the knobs, whereas the new one looks more like a 2.35" but perhaps with more knobs. All in all, I like the new version better.
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 @Crossmaxx: It's true, previous MM 2.35 is 2.4, and the new 2.4 is 2.35, which is a bit ironic Wink
And one warning, if you plan to use Super Trail with Cush Core, better buy two of those green dildos, a sixpack of beer and get away of places where you could hang a rope Wink
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 I'm pretty sure that Levy is referring to the old Hans Dampf, which was roughly 900g.

The new 2020 Schwalbe tyres are boat-anchors. The lightest 29er Magic Mary was measured at ~1300g, about the same as a DD Assegai and more than the previous Super Gravity Mary. Then there are two even heavier versions.....

Its fine to make a tough+heavy version, but making three extra heavy ones and zero light and grippy tires is just silly.
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 @Ttimer: isn't super ground pretty much snake skin? I always thought mm snakeskin was the worst thing ever, aggressive knobs and no sidewall support.
I personally wouldn't consider any sub 1kg tire for my rides. Everything below either bounces or squirms under my riding.
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 @kanasasa: But there is no Super Ground Magic Mary. Lightest is now Super trail.
You might not have liked the MM Snakeskin, but a lot of people did. Do you also consider Exo Maxxis Minions the worst thing ever? Their sidewalls are no better than Magic Mary Snakeskin if you actually compare them side by side.
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 @Ttimer: yes, exo are the most common sidetrail flat fixes around here.
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 @Ttimer: i loved the snakeskin MM too. never flatted and enjoyed the lighter weight (~900g). I've changed to Michelin wild enduro now that the new MM is so heavy. It's been great so far
  • 2 0
 That's strange. I've just bought a black Mini and plan to change it to blue! Black is so boring and a pain in the arse to keep clean and scratch-free. I can even show you what blue I want: grab a blue Sharpie out of the standard packs. That blue the lid is. Not too shouty but not a shrinking violet either.

Sticking with the A-Series though, putting a Stage 1 head, inlet and exhaust with machined billet brake calipers and a short shift gearstick. Roll on the summer!
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 Yes! Post a photo.
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 @mikelevy: www.pinkbike.com/u/DaMilkyBarKid/album/Mini Pictures from the listing when I bought it. It's currently tucked away in my parent's garage with no engine in it as I'm working on that ready for the summer. Plan is to get the mechanicals sorted in 2021 and in the winter sort out some minor bits of bodywork ready for a full respray!
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 @DaMilkyBarKid: Looks awesome!
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 @mikelevy: It's a Mini, guaranteed to be awesome!
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 I didn't even think it was legal to ride anything but Maxxis in Squamish.

@mikelevy How do you find the Hans Dampf for reliability? I rode one up front for the last year here and did enjoy it, but it bled fluid from the sidewalls like a stuck pig so I was always worried it was going to let me down (but never did). Switched to a Der Baron which I also think is great for here.

(I of course cover up all the sidewall logos with black shoe polish so I am not questioned for not riding Maxxis).
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 I never have any issues with sealant bleeding out, but there's no denying that they're a bit more fragile than an EXO or EXO+ tire. The Der Baron is UNREAL in the wet and mud - good choice.
  • 2 0
 Donut 2.0. Keep the progressive geometry, except raise the bottom bracket enough to avoid pedal strikes all day. If that makes it work okay uphill and on flats-it’s the future.
  • 1 0
 Hey mike, is that Topeak pressure gauge easy to use and get on? I have the older one and it totally sucks getting it JUST RIGHT over the tip of the presta vavle head so I'm not accidentally bleeding air or bending the thing. I hate it. Is this much better? I have so many tires to get at the right pressure, including my grom's bikes (which are always needing more grip but destroying everything).
  • 2 0
 I don't have any issues, and neither does Kazimer. I'd recommend!
  • 1 0
 Fully agree on people putting too much tire on their gravel bike to try to make it more mountain bike like. The dropper though is still totally worth it. At least in the middle of the US were the roads are an endless stream of rollers, dropping the seat lets you get lower out of the wind as you come down the backside of a hill and try to carry as much speed as possible up the next.
  • 1 0
 Those Smiths are great until those little plastic tabs break off the lenses. I’ve killed 4 sets. They can sometimes be repaired with superglue. At least Smith keeps warrantying them.

Oh, the magnets also rust until the arms will no longer come off.
  • 1 0
 Mine haven't broken yet and I break most things. I'll keep an eye on those - thanks!
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: It’s possible they’ve improved them since I got my set shortly after they came out. It seemed like they could have fixed the tab-breaking problem with some gap fill or adhesive, rather than just a mechanical interlock with some little plastic tabs. The rusty magnets also might be fixed with better passivation.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy I'd love to see a feature on the Roval wheelset stripped down. Would be fascinating to see what each component weighs and costs. Wheelsets are the sum of all parts, so what are the parts and why do they fit well together in this case?
  • 1 0
 Hans damph has been my tire of choice front and rear for 3 years, until I tried Maxxis DHR II (2.3") and DHF (2.5"). I seem to get a little more traction but most importantly more sidewall stability/support when aggressively taking turns. This allowed me to drop 2 psi in front and rear (16/18psi currently, Pivot mach 4, 27.5" wheels). I weigh 185lbs. more traction and support.
  • 1 0
 Yes, roval wheelsets are light, and as somebody who has enjoyed that for quite a while, that's a nice thing.

BUT - straight pull spokes are evil, straight from the devil himself. Full stop!

I tried to replace a broken spoke in Saalbach Hinterglemm. That's not exactly nomansland in mtb-world. And I couldn't get one in ANY shop!!!
So there can't be anything good about a wheelset that contains them.

Yes, I get tempted again from time to time too. That is just how it is with your Ex. BUT then I go back in my memory to that day and remember there was a reason to break up.

Levy - wake up. That day will come. And not all of us have that 2nd choice waiting for us. ;-)
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy If it were me I would be showing more clips and pics of the mini to give things some variety Wink
a little feature maybe..wink wink
In my mind (maybe just my upbringing) cars and bikes are a natural progression.. whether you bike first and then drive/tinker/build a rad ride, or the other way around, it's all very similar in execution and overall satisfaction when you do a new mod or finish the next project. There's great satisfaction in building your own car project.

I'm not talking about driving an appliance either... strictly unrealistic, fun, maybe noisy, little twisty rockets Smile
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy maybe rethink the rollcage in the Mini, at least the front part. Chris Harris answered a question on this topic in the Whisky Files (the whole shebang: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF801c8UuDA - sorry, don't have a timestamp currently, I think it's in the last half an hour) and the gist of it is that in case of an accident, on the road, not wearing a helmet, it's instant bodybag. And even for track use including a helmet, racing series demand all parts of the cage within x cm of the head to be padded. Apparently the seat and the belts can move quite a bit in the case of a big shunt...
  • 1 0
 Yeah, not the last half an hour exactly... It's 1:15:20-ish: youtu.be/zF801c8UuDA?t=4518
  • 1 0
 Yup, that's all stuff I took into consideration. The cage is a long way from my head and padded. The thing with the Mini is that all of them were made with basically the same tin can body, from the very first to the last one in 2000. I think I could kick my foot through the door, and crumple zones? Not so much. It's an incredibly unsafe car IMO, but I feel 1000x safer with the cage welded in, especially the door bars - I would have vaporized if someone had T-boned me.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: ah OK. I went back to the Grim Donut video where there was no padding and remembered about this after hearing the Chris Harris whisky files and seeing your love for the Mini now...

But yeah, the cages are a wonderful thing, looking at the stuff rally drivers walk away from is insane. Then there's this shunt at 300 kph down in the bottom of Fuchsröhre that Toto Wolff (team principal of the wee small F1 team that is Mercedes) more or less walked away from 11 years ago. He needed some mending, but still.
www.espn.com/f1/story/_/id/30063600/the-stupidest-thing-ever-done-story-toto-wolff-lap-record-huge-crash-nurburgring
www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOQ_6TM_3Ac

But yeah, even wonderful cages don't help much if you smash your head against one :/
  • 1 0
 I had a Honda swapped Mini as well. Crazy fun car but could never get along with driving position, the steering wheel was like driving a bus. Before the swap yours the 998c or 1275c?
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 It was a 1275. Steering column has a drop bracket on it that helps but yeah, wheel position isn't ideal.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: it is possible to drop the wheel lower. There used to be a couple of brackets available(been a long ass time since I played with minis so not sure what’s available now) could always do a custom one and loosen off the bolts holding the steering rack to rotate it slightly. All depends on how much room you’ve got before hitting your knees with the wheel or how your vtec has been fitted.
I think a wrap with an old skool racing twist would be ideal for yours. Black and gold John player special would look the biz.....
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: yeah, for ye of normal height. At 6.3'' the Mini (not the Moo Ninny/BINI) is still one of the few cars that I can sit comfortably in, and even see out of the windscreen. Gentlemen wore hats back then. Never mind the Lotus pose, it's comfy.

And you steer with your right foot and butt, providing you run a LSD, so the wheel is there more or less just to have something to hold on to.

If you think it's loud - ever try running the A-series with a straight cut box, dropgears and diff? The last proper Minis ran a stupid final drive to get noise levels down to the demands of the EU at motorway speeds - and that's probably the only option.

Spot on with the Mini experience & comparison to MTB!
  • 3 0
 @mikelevy: hey Mike, the safest, fastest way to learn your car is to autocross with it. Way safer than finding the limits on a track or public roads.
  • 2 0
 I want to see the engine now. B16A1/2/3? B16B? B18CR?
  • 1 0
 @collaborativetrails: I couldn't agree more. I'm an old autocrosser myself, and I learned a TON about each of my cars out there weaving through the cones.
  • 1 0
 @ChazzMichaelMichaels: same here. I at least want to know which one is in it now. I've been looking at those swaps for years. They were in the back of Grassroots magazines a long time ago.
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 @collaborativetrails: Yeah, go find a local autocross club. The serious guys can be a little dorky about following all the rules and such, but you usually end up with a group of guys that all have immersed themselves in car culture in one way or another. I autocross with four of the guys that I ride with.
  • 2 0
 You’ll be got to make your mini mr bean green, the complete opposite of your stealth idea, but I’m sure it would look great, black or lime
  • 3 0
 Wait @MikeLevy, I thought Downcountry was all about putting DH Minions on cross country bikes? I'm so confused...
  • 4 0
 Need a sub $50 eyewear shootout
  • 5 0
 Your wording is problematic.
  • 2 0
 Just buy a 3 pack of clear safety glasses for like $8.
  • 1 0
 @TwoNGlenn: ballistic test, ha.
But ya, best amazon cheapeez list
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy Do you run Hans F&R? What do you run on the front with Hans on the back? I've been running a Mary, but find it a bit slow for 'all round' riding
  • 1 0
 Yup, front and rear. I (obviously) use a ton of different tires here, but those are some of my faves.
  • 1 0
 Totally agree on the pressure gauge. Maybe I'm crazy like Levy but checking (and adjusting) my tyre pressures is just part of going for a ride, so a digital gauge is super useful.
  • 2 0
 Yup, every single ride. I don't know how some people don't!
  • 1 0
 Can we get all these in PB advent calendar? I promise ill make as many fake accounts as possible if I can get my hands on VTEC mini or grim donut! You Mr. Levy living some good life! Respect!
  • 2 0
 Hans Dampf is a really awful tyre for winter conditions.
Anyone recommend decent eye protection glasses that cost less than $100?
  • 1 0
 Accu-gage fat bike presta low pressure gauge 30psi. $20 on amazon. I ride once per week and always check tire pressure before every ride. Usually lose about 1.4 psi in a week between rides which is very noticeable.
  • 1 0
 I swapped my Hans Dampf to a 2.4 Der Kaiser. Maybe Hans Dampf 2.35 was 130gr lighter and better on climps, but Der Kaiser is bomb proof especially on sharp rocks. In front I prefer Magic Mary. Cheers!
  • 3 0
 Wow that is an old school Aliante. #nostalgia
  • 6 0
 Nice eye! It's literally my favourite bike-related possession and I've owned it for maybe 15+ years. Carbon shell and rails, with the rails wrapped in titanium... drool!
  • 1 0
 I still have at least five Aliante saddles, they just worked so good and look so great. Moving onto better shapes now but I'll always have a spot for these.
  • 2 0
 Sure likes some weird looking stuff but makes up for it with the mini which is tidy.
  • 3 0
 Us Chad’s always take a beating
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 At least you aren't a Karen.
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 @snowfiend: lol
  • 1 0
 How can you afford to make all those mods to your car on an internet journalist salary? Are you crack dealer with rich parents?
  • 2 0
 It's not an expensive car in the slightest. And it'd be even less expensive if I was just happy with it as is hahaha Smile
  • 3 0
 Product I loved this year... My bike.
  • 2 0
 Pressure gauge - yes. But I’m a bit troubled by the one in the bathroom. What are you doing in there? @mikelevy
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 Check'n pressures.
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy is the title a hidden shoutout to 11th product? freakonomics.com/pima
  • 1 0
 I like the praying mantiss - a lot - since day 1. Love the mini. Even like the Hanz Dampf, though I find they feel very slow in winter. Do not care about the others at all.
  • 1 0
 Definitely agree on the Hans Dampfs - they're a great all-round trail tyre that is pretty much ok at everything. Maybe even a good downcountry tyre, dare I say it
  • 2 0
 Take the mini up some canadian mountains
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 I often do. There aren't a ton of great paved roads (besides the S2S) near Squamish, but you can find some if you get out a bit.
  • 1 0
 I think if Levy didn't work at PB he would be a dentist so he could afford all this crazy stuff. Or maybe a drug dealer.
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 I'm not motivated enough to be a dentist or anything like that.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: And not good with meth...I mean math...either.
  • 1 0
 Tempted to get a set of those Rovals and try to break them on trails they're (probably?) not designed for
  • 4 2
 $259+$230=over $500 to Levy.


stay in school kids!
  • 3 1
 Taxes, yo!
  • 4 1
 Wait, Canada STILL doesn't display the actual price on the tag.... ???

What is this, 1962 ?
  • 3 0
 @wpplayer18: not everywhere has sales taxes
  • 1 0
 @conoat: fair point
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 @conoat Ugh, people like you... It was a general statement meant to imply how pricey the stuff is, and it's well over $500 after taxes. Waste of time comment and waste of my time replying.
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 @mikelevy: your Canadian is showing. lol it was a joke. grow a sense of humor ffs.

also, let's be honest, 99% of the comments on PB are a waste of time. But here we all are and here you are making money from it. So exactly how much of a waste of time is it, really? so I guess what I am saying is....you're welcome. Smile
  • 2 0
 Levy I love your articles. Always good for a chuckle.
  • 2 1
 @mikelevy Well now I have to know who your drivers and teams are for the 2021 F1 season!?
  • 1 0
 ..
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 I don't really have a driver than I specifically root for, but obviously Max is on that list. I'm a big fan of Danny Ric as well, so it should be good once he's in there with Lando and a Mercedes engine. I grew up watching Michael, so it's all goosebumps for me to watch his son now - fingers crossed he gets on well in that shitty Haas.
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy You forgot the new Stumpy.-
  • 1 0
 MMMMMmmm
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 @mikelevy:

I have a heavily tuned one. Loving it..!!
  • 1 0
 Love the list. Make sure you've got some good foam around the mini's cage to protect your head!
  • 1 1
 Where do you stand on Lance Stroll?

He's Canadian but... well... you know.

Me? I'm just pleased Perez put him in his place and then got a Redbull seat.
  • 2 0
 I'm so conflicted TBH. Troll arguably cost Racing Point 3rd overall, but he's obviously mega talented - look what he does in the rain or on street circuits, two places where skill can overcome. And I'm usually a fan of the underdog, or someone who isn't well liked - I want him to kill it and prove everyone wrong. His attitude on camera, consistency, and eyebrows all make him hard to like, though.
  • 1 0
 I spent too long searching for "HTA" on the geometry list beneath the diagram... Frown
  • 1 0
 Hey @mikelevy - What's your favorite rear tire to pair with the Hans Dampf? Another HD?
  • 2 0
 If there's a HD on the front, it's likely a trail bike where an HD on the back would make sense as well. Just my 2c Smile
  • 2 1
 That Darth Vader bike is literally the ugliest thing I've ever seen on two wheels.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy is that a non-semi slick e13 fast-rolling rear tire I see in your lineup (2nd from left)?
  • 2 0
 They've got some great, fast-rolling trail tires now! Check 'em out.
  • 1 0
 This is why i don't have a high level trust with pb, it seems like trolling the comment section is high on their agenda.
  • 1 1
 So? Trust yourself. And maybe your dog.
  • 3 0
 This is why I don't have a high level of trust with people, it seems like they only like stuff that they're supposed to like
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: I'm sad for you. You have no trust in humanity, i have trust with most human being,
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy can you share more details of the engine swap in your Mini? I'm assuming K24, but would love to hear the details.
  • 2 0
 It's a lightly tuned B18c in a Mini-Tec sub-frame. I had originally wanted to bolt on a silly turbo right away... that would have been really stupid haha
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: Thanks for the info. I hope you find a way to work the Mini into a few more videos. I've rewatched the GD vids more than a few times just to see footage of it.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy Isn't 30mm of BB drop normal? I think that is what the new Sentinel and the Mega 290 both have.
  • 1 0
 George Russell is going to be terrifyingly fast when he gets in a decent car. I think he's the next Hamilton or Schumacher.
  • 3 0
 I hope Schumacher is the next Schumacher!
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: Dynasties are boring. Gimme a supremely talented and only sort of rich&privileged kid like Russell over a Schumacher any day.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: I think Mick and George are going to be fun to watch battle provided they both get in a good car. There are a couple of teams that are eyeballing both of them. i think Russell is going to Merc in 2022 and Ferarri is obviously watching Schumy. It's going to be interesting, but I hope Russell does well.
  • 1 0
 Every time I see the side profile of the GRIMDONUT it reminds me of the short run of HOTWHEELS HARDNOZE concept cars.
  • 1 1
 The SCW 1 even outdoes the Pontiac Aztek. Agree that Schwalbe's Hans Dampf is a tacky tire. It climbs well on my Optic.
  • 7 0
 OOOOOoooooououuuuucchhh...
I mean... we're okay with burn it with fire.... But the Aztek!! Ouuuucchhh...
Although we admit that our wheels are 27.5 and not 29ers... the Azteks stock 13"ers were waaaayyy to small. Wink
Dave
Marketing guy at Structure.
  • 3 0
 That's a low blow! The Pontiac Aztek was poorly designed, ugly, and unreliable. The structure might look odd, but it also looks quite well designed and thought out from an engineering point of view. Unlike the trust linkage fork.
  • 2 0
 @kcy4130: hey but the aztek was good enough for walther white
  • 1 0
 @messydesk: Is there any plan to make a 29er version of your bikes? Also, dream bike- your bike with custom valved coil shocks front and rear. Is that possible?
  • 1 0
 @Insectoid: 29er in the works with hints of 2021 (covid depending [ugh])
We've got a proto Mullet right now for more descent oriented racing... starts at a 63º and hits 54º under full compression... I've had it out on the trail and it enables INSANE line choices.
As far as custom valved coil, possibly... not with the current setup. But because everything is on standard 30mm bearings instead of bushings and seals and there's little to no effect of lateral torsion on the suspension action, you'd be stunned how smooth the DVO Topaz feels.

That being said, we want to make sure our future appeals to every rider's custom choices. Except esthetics... you just gotta get used to it there. Wink
  • 3 0
 Currently looking for Azteks on Autotrader... what's wrong with me?
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: Hmmm. lol
  • 1 0
 The Grim Donut rides like a Raked Ape!
  • 3 0
 Great, now I want to ride a Raked Ape..... Thanks
  • 2 1
 The Parc Ferme is a favourite F1 podcast (and blog) for me.
  • 1 0
 That's a good one!
  • 1 0
 What about pets, do they count as products?
  • 1 0
 If so, I have three more products for me list.
  • 1 0
 The Gravel Bike can go up in a ball of flames!!
  • 2 0
 Hans "No Way" Dampf!
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy - please don’t ever change ! I love you
  • 1 0
 Sunglasses cost more than your helmet? Could lead to problems..
  • 1 0
 So it's official. The grim donut is a product
  • 1 0
 Nice gravel bike !!
  • 1 0
 2020 beer preference?
  • 2 0
 Yes
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 $259 sunglasses. lol
  • 2 0
 No f'ing way.
  • 1 0
 "$259 USD"

LOL
  • 1 0
 Nice bike
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