Guerrilla Gravity Announces New 'Municipal Haste' Townhill Bike [April Fools]

Apr 1, 2020
by Guerrilla Gravity  

PRESS RELEASE: Guerrilla Gravity

From the same team of Guerrilla Gravity mad scientists that brought you the four-bikes-in-one Modular Frame Platform comes the Municipal Haste, a category-defying townhill bike.

This made-in-Colorado frameset was born to party and encourages rowdy riding straight out of your front door. And if you’re saying to yourself, “This looks just like a Pedalhead with an old road bike group on it,” you should finish your drink and take another look, because that’s the only way you’ll be seeing double chainrings on this path-thrashin’ machine.


If you’ve ever eyed a loading dock drop or 6-stair gap on your way to the dive bar, the Municipal Haste is there as your own personal beer-pressure support system. Think of it as your own little shotgun-riding devil, pointing out every curb-cut huck or speed bump jump. Embrace every two-wheeled bad decision with gleeful abandon and an adolescent disregard for safety.

The Municipal Haste has some big shoes to fill given our rich history of Secret Menu mutations made possible by various combinations of shocks, wheels, and Seatstay Tuning Kits on our Modular Frame Platform.

You may have heard of their MegaSmash mullet-thrasher or Pistola sniper-line-finder. When assembling these wild mutants, we encourage you to customize your new bike and put together the ultimate expression of who you want to be as a bike, personified. Especially if your idea of expression is that of a debauched pirate raiding your roadie friend’s treasure trove of old parts. Eye patches are encouraged.


While some of you think this is an elaborate April Fool’s joke, we encourage you to spin the dial back to April 1, 2017 when the Shred Dogg was first announced with their game changing ideas, like Laid Back™ geometry and Ass Drop™ technology. Three years later, it’s one of our most popular bikes!

We are so convinced that you’ll have 11% better shreds that they are now offering 11% off all Municipal Haste frames and complete bikes, plus free shipping inside the US and Canada. Framesets and complete bikes set sail within 4 weeks, customized to your component specifications.


Build your own Municipal Haste!

Learn more about the Guerrilla Gravity Modular Frame Platform.


121 Comments

  • 152 0
 Municipal Haste is probably the best name for an urban bike ever conceived, seems a shame to waste it on a gag. Hat tip and an e-beer to whoever came up with that one!
  • 22 47
flag ReformedRoadie (Apr 1, 2020 at 6:18) (Below Threshold)
 I think Evil's Chamois Hagar has it beat.
  • 3 5
 @ReformedRoadie:
I kindof agree. It's a great name. The problem I think is that many people that know a bit of french pronounce "chamois" the french way and have to correct ourselves with the american pronunciation to get the joke. It's still good, but that takes a bit away from it.

BTW, the french pronunciation would sound something like "sham-wah"
  • 9 0
 @big-red: wait, USians pronounce "chamois" wrong by default? How are you guys saying it and what joke are the rest of the world (or is it just me?) missing out on?
  • 15 2
 @secondtimeuser: I'm American and didn't get the wordplay on "Shammy" Hagar. I read it with French pronunciation in my head. I better go have a double cheeseburger and tear the sleeves off my shirt.
  • 8 1
 @secondtimeuser: In the US (and intermittently throughout the English parts of Canada), it's pronounced "shamee." So the bike is called the "Shamee Hagar" as a play on Sammy Hagar of Van Halen fame.
  • 3 1
 @cliff-huckstable: don't forget the Freedom Fries with your burger!
  • 13 2
 @big-red: thanks for the explainer. I think the fact that the pun only works if you pronounce the word incorrectly disqualifies the Evil from the best name comp!
  • 6 0
 How drunk do you have to be to buy, ride, and crash that into a police car?
  • 4 1
 @secondtimeuser: Other weird US pronunciations that drive me crazy include clique as "click" instead of "cleek" and foyer as "foi-yur" instead of "foi-yay."
  • 5 0
 It's a Crossover Thrash Bike!
  • 3 0
 how long will it take before we see reviews for a group test of "Townhill" bikes?

And then "Townduro" shortly thereafter.
  • 1 0
 @Planetx888: Here in Ontario we don't have a lot of elevation so unless you're into racing, you're more likely getting into Towncountry.
  • 2 0
 It’s a better looking rig than many too. Reminds of a skinny girl with a big rack.
  • 3 0
 @secondtimeuser: Just imagine Sean Connery saying it.
  • 60 0
 John Tomac vigorously approves.
  • 3 0
 this comment made my day... Kaprun dude!
  • 2 0
 Do you have to wear the Tomac Attack skin suit, while riding the M.H.
  • 6 0
 @lake-st:
Yes and run a Tioga tension Disk.
  • 29 0
 Municipal Haste is gonna huck you up!
  • 5 2
 Why isn’t this the first comment?
  • 5 0
 @Unrealityshow:

I agree but I don't think a lot of dentists know about MW

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LBjPKTwHwU
  • 1 0
 ????????????????????
  • 2 0
 @Jsroy: If you have to ask...

youtu.be/I5giWtPkRaY
  • 2 0
 @Gowing: Those ???? are Smile Smile Smile Smile from a mobile device.
  • 18 2
 Chamois Hagar owners everywhere turn up their nose in disgust for they cannot accept the One True God of gravhydurocity bikes, for he is Steel, and Steel is Real, man.
  • 6 0
 Thulsa Doom has something to say about that.
  • 2 0
 @Ian713: Flesh is stronger than steel.
  • 2 0
 @imbiker: boy!
  • 15 0
 Gravel cyclist has entered the pre order room.
  • 10 0
 This is no April fools joke where I live. The continuation of our trails being turned into sandy sidewalks has led to many dentists thinking this type of monstrosity actually makes sense. I can think of two which I've seen in the flesh in the last month. Its appalling. Our trail management association have turned our trails into what many of you would consider the real April fools joke....
  • 9 0
 It’s sad when I already know you’re talking about Boise before I even check your profile
  • 4 0
 Perhaps the earthquake was the earth making Boise trails great again?

On a serious note hope y'all over there are okay and didn't suffer too much damage.
  • 2 0
 Where are you that this is happening? Genuinely curious. I've heard a lot about trail sanitation, but haven't seen it much where I live (In Vermont). Many of the new trails being built are flow trails and "sanitary" but all of the old gnarly east coast singletrack still remains.
  • 5 0
 @bikekrieg: Boise Idaho. We're run by hikers here. "Don't want to roll your ankle on that rock, better take it out!"
  • 2 0
 @pandafoo: Oh I've ridden in Boise! I don't think you had very many rocks to begin with... a drop bar 29er would definitely be the way to go out there. It's lovely scenery but as you said, mostly sandy flow trails!

Coming from the east coast it was a total shock! We did ride table-rock which had a few fun tech sections, but everything else we rode was smooth as butter.

I think my favorite ride was Watchman's. So gorgeous and fast! Hard-guy to dry creek was a fun adventure from town as well.
  • 3 0
 @bikekrieg: The trails around Boulder, CO are suffering this fate, usually with the rationale of trail sustainability.
  • 4 0
 @muumuu: i cant wait until they pave over the Hall Ranch rock garden. its just too dang hard
  • 2 0
 Sorry to hear that. I think we're pretty lucky here in Washington. Evergreen is big on making well-built sustainable trails, but still mixes it up with natural tech trails that are unsanitized besides a few well-placed berms to maintain speed into a new section. Good example is NOTG at Tiger. Some say it's getting worse with bigger bombholes and exposed roots the more it gets ridden, but I love it. When i can ride it smooth and fast top to bottom in the wet without getting hung up anywhere, feels like I'm doing something right and my suspension is dialed.
  • 2 0
 @muumuu: It's a tough balance! With so many folks riding out in CO, I am sure the trail networks are having a tough time coping.

We are lucky out east in a way... the icy ski hills, brutal winters, and incredibly technical trails keep a lot of folks away. The best trails are left for the few hearty souls who stick it out, and I don't see this changing too much in the near future. Though I have noticed an up-tick in use around me in the past year or so as more folks get into the sport.

I feel like instead of sanitizing old trails around here (which would pretty much be impossible) they are building new ones to fit the needs of newer riders. Which is fine by me!
  • 1 0
 @bikekrieg: This is why I love it here on the east coast! Not going to claim to be great at navigating them, but I love rocks and loose corners! I hope we'll end up like the English scene who seems to embrace mud and rutted corners, rather than trying to be a landscape we're not by building buff flow trails everywhere. Those trails require a ton of maintenance and I find they don't often drain well. Nothing wrong with a few flow trails, as long as its in serious moderation.
  • 7 0
 They spent so much time thinking about if they could, they didnt stop to think if they should. Totes forgot what day it was for a second.
  • 5 0
 Joke or not...I'd ride it. My next build will be some sort of gravel/cyclocross/road/xc hybrid that is more fun riding around paved/gravel surfaces with my kids than my all mountain bike. I enjoy taking them on easier trails, so why not have something that makes those trails and paths a little more challenging/fun/lively? Now that I see this thing, maybe a short travel dirtjumperish fork should be considered.
  • 2 0
 Do it, I have been riding my "franken bike" mashup for around 4 years now and its awesome! Took an old 26" mtb frame, put 622 mtb wheels with cyclocross tires and a 29" fork, drop bars and you have a fun, fast, kill you in corners monster ????????
  • 7 0
 Flip the bars and you can carry a 24
  • 2 0
 This may be an April Fool, but they've not invented a category any dafter than some of the real categories out there. Mildly progressive xc geometry, drop bars, disks, 1x, 29er/700c compatible, would actually be an ideal "everybike" for a lot of riders. Someone just needs to make a dropper remote for the left lever and we're there.
  • 1 0
 This thing properly built up doesn't have mildly progressive XC geo though, it has gnarly hardtail geo Wink
  • 3 0
 They actually do make dropper remotes for the left brake in the GRX group. Crazy times!
  • 2 0
 @devasolomon22: true! But a drop-barred down country hard tail on gravel tyres could be a fun opposite to my slightly too burly enduro bike
  • 1 0
 @Rammet: you learn something every day. At least being able to drop the saddle would stop roadies teetering like toddlers as they try to manoeuvre into the coffee shop...
  • 1 0
 PNW makes a drop bar remote. And 27.2 droppers if youre converting something older.
  • 1 0
 It needs to be FS with 100mm of rear travel and fully lockable shock, and have wider bars. The long/slack front end means you can be in an aero position for pedaling, but still not go OTB when you hit some gnarly trails.
  • 1 0
 Honestly I think something like this with a rigid fork and faster wheels and tires would be really fun - you can go on gravel riders with your roadie friends, and still have some fun on side features and stuff that might break most gravel bikes.
  • 3 0
 I know a great stair case at Iowa & Santa Fe that @Jstrohl could send on this.
  • 1 0
 Funny thing is GG seemed to be teasing a new metal frame bike a few months ago that never happened? (Or at least I missed what the tease was about?)

SO... there was a second there
  • 1 1
 @swansejack22: Don`t know what a gravel`s made for? You should try mine to check how fast and fun it is when you don`t like to ride on tarmac or don`t feel like going to muddy carnages in winter. Gravel paths, river single tracks, etc... are a bliss with that. And you can go further with that, distances are expandable...
Here it is: www.pinkbike.com/photo/18396246/#cid10382778
  • 1 1
 What's the rationalization for bass-ackwards mullet setup? Low rolling resistance on the rear?
  • 1 1
 @swenzowski: That mullet gravel I did is a `happy spooky experience`. When I mounted it, I took a spare frame from my bike shop which didn`t have fork anymore. Later I finally found one in Germany, but which was 2cm longer from axle to crown. To stick to the geometry and to have fun, I choose to put a smaller front wheel. I crafted a pair of wheels with 650B and 29inches Spank rims, a 295mm wide front, and a 260mm rear - Oozy Trail series.
The 650B front wheel with a 584x50 tyre is stiffer yet confortable, grippy and nimble.
The rear wheel with a 622x40 tyre provides more dynamic with less rolling resistance and is confortable as well.
Both wheels have an excellent inertia. Tyres only get 2 bars front and 2,5 bars rear - I weight 70kg.
Tubeless mount of course.
This bike is super fast, secure, confortable and versatile. The other gravelers I meet sometimes can`t go almost everywhere as I can, and their bikes are much less confortable and playful.
Compared to a Genesis Croix de Fer, which is a bike I know well, that Day Two is bliss Smile
  • 3 0
 I was expecting a rigid fork though. Wink
Loving my Pedalhead, thanks @GuerrillaGravity
  • 3 0
 somewhere, john tomac is smiling.
  • 3 0
 CX tire on the rear required to complete the look,
  • 3 0
 Wait... this ISN'T a joke?
  • 1 0
 An overpriced joke. Not an affordable GG bike... must be a joke!
  • 2 0
 Awesome! Monstercross for the masses! Add a few more bottle-bosses for the adventure/bike-packing crowd.
  • 3 0
 But does it come equipped with the "Hawk" clip in saddle?
  • 1 0
 Yes!
  • 1 1
 This would be funnier if the world we live in didn't mean that Evil is only 2 models years away from launching this very bike in carbon featuring drop bars so flared they've actually become flat again.
  • 1 0
 @big-red: ummm he was the frontman for Van Hagar... Everyone know the only true Van Halen frontman was David Lee Roth.
He was the true frontman for Montrose back in the 70s.
  • 1 0
 It's not even a joke. I'm considering making one with 120mm and 2.2 tires, drop bars 29er to comute. It's freaking lunar craters in brazil.
  • 2 0
 This has to be an April Fool's day prank
  • 1 0
 I’d ride ‘er! But first I need them bars and wheels to get Revved for the staircase smashing that’s about to happen!
  • 1 1
 Tomorrow's review: Chamois Hagar vs Municipal Haste.....
@mikelevy - whats the name for the genre of bikes? gravel inspired, rocker musician misspelling...
  • 2 0
 Put 650b wheels on it and it's a Fred Dogg
  • 1 0
 Another Frankenstein bike. It is very functional, however, I'd opt for a light XC bike with bar ends.
  • 2 0
 I don't ever wanna see stupid dropbars on this site.
  • 1 0
 Shit, i'm stuck in groundhog day and didn't realize it was april 1st
  • 1 0
 This bike needs some of those Yoshimura pedals and It's probably got some tire inserts from Atmospheric Solutions!
  • 2 0
 Honestly, I would ride this.
  • 2 0
 Which lever actuates the Drop Bars?
  • 1 0
 Uh, posted on April 1st? I wonder how many people called/emailed to place an order. LOL
  • 2 0
 Needs Tri-bars...
  • 2 5
 So a genuine question here that I'm interested to hear answers on: what is the point of gravel bikes?

I just don't see them providing any advantage in either road or mtb capability, and they essentially seem like a compromise in both directions.

I love riding bikes, and riding any bike is "fun" but they smell of marketing BS to me.
  • 2 0
 Little more cushion for the pushin on fire and gravel roads than a true road bike but with geometry and weight much more suited to high speed and long distance than an XC mountain bike. They make good city bikes too if your city's roads are crappy and you need to go faster than a cruiser bike but don't want the weight penalty of a super tough "city" build. That's how I see them, at least.
  • 5 0
 I ride a cyclocross/gravel bike, and a lot recently. It is essential where I am from, as road biking is not really an option (car drivers being dicks/narrow roads/poor conditions of cycling ways), and you can still ride all seasons on gravel and forest roads! There are some fun trails that I wouldn't ride with a proper MTB as it is to flat to hop on a proper MTB but are still a challenge with a gravel bike Smile
Another point for me is riding in the wet/mud in autumn and winter is not really an option with a road bike, whereas with a cyclocross or gravel bike it is actually quite fun.
  • 2 0
 Forest tracks, gravel roads, anywhere that basically doesnt need a trail bike (as lets be honest, most folk wont own a dedicated XC bike) but that would trash or be uncomfortable on a road bike with 25mm tyres.
  • 3 0
 Never, never sniff the saddle.
  • 4 0
 An Enduro bike sucks for riding cross country, and it's nowhere near what a real downhill bike is for riding DH. But for a certain type of trails, they're really fun and have their place.

Gravel bikes occupy a similar spot at a different end of the spectrum. You can go out for 10 miles on the road, hit up a 10 mile fireroad/singletrack loop, and then ride back on the road and do it all on the same bike. It lets you get out into the woods and on the road, on a true "do everything" bike.

People use to use cyclocross bikes for this, and then some companies developed something better, and now people use gravel bikes.

They're not for everybody. I don't see myself ever owning an XC bike, for instance, because it's not my riding style, and I'm less interested in the physical challenge of mountain biking and more interested in the technical,speed, and jumps side of things - the . But I don't begrudge anybody who likes to ride XC.

The people I know with Gravel bikes are all millennials that used to go out riding in the woods when they were kids, road bmx and mountain bikes and dirt jumpers in college, and then got full time jobs, kids, responsibilities, and didn't have as much time to ride during the days. So having a bike you can spend some time on dirt on, spend some time on the road on, and not have to waste time driving for is pretty cool.

A lot of people hate on them for marketing wank, but the reality is that it's just a new subset of people who like spending time riding bikes and this fits their budget/schedule/riding desires the best at the moment. Will it be around in 20 years? Who knows. Is it pretty fun right now? Probably, I don't have a gravel bike though so who the hell knows.
  • 3 0
 @William42: "The people I know with Gravel bikes are all millennials that used to go out riding in the woods when they were kids, road bmx and mountain bikes and dirt jumpers in college, and then got full time jobs, kids, responsibilities, and didn't have as much time to ride during the days. So having a bike you can spend some time on dirt on, spend some time on the road on, and not have to waste time driving for is pretty cool."

You just described me. I'd still rather ride my mountain bike, but in just the 2ish hours round trip of driving to the nearest legitimately good trails, I can go put in 30 miles of a mix of mellow single track and dirt/gravel roads.

Especially in the middle of the U.S. gravel bikes make WAY more sense than true road bikes, plus the bulk of serious racing in this region is on gravel/dirt roads.
  • 2 0
 @William42: Appreciate the detailed reply, thank you.

I'm totally on board with anyone riding anything they want; I'm no bike snob. But I guess I just never ride fire roads or gravel trails on any bike, so gravel bikes appeared a redundant concept to me, but that's just my subjective at work.
  • 1 0
 Long wheelbase, stable, tire clearance for comfort and the ability to ride light XC where a normal race or endurance road bike would be a pain. So, there’s definitely mtb capability.

On gravel and fire roads there’s no cars to boot. I always said that the kind of easy XC you did on your first hardtail, a couple years in you can handle it on a gravel bike and it’s fun again.

Compared to a CX bike, I have clearance for basically a 29x1.9” tire, a lower bb, slacker ha, longer wheelbase, and space to carry all kinds of stuff.

Assuming the same mid-tier general price point, my past race bike w/ semi aero wheels is 16lbs, endurance 17, cx is 18, gravel is 19 - assuming stock tires and all. It’s just a continuum, the same way an XC to a DH bike is, and the gravel bike is the most versatile and definitely the most fun/useful for someone who came from mtb.

It’s purpose built to be a jack of all trades, and with most roadie customers in my area moving to endurance bikes with 32mm tires stock from how shit the roads are, a gravel bike with 38’s stock but clearance for mtb tires is a much more fun option.

I’ve had roadie customers get a gravel bike with two wheelsets, as the gravel frames aren’t a ton heavier than an endurance road bike as well.
  • 2 0
 @swansejack22: There are so many new fire roads around South Wales with all the wind farm projects! perfect for riding from the house in these lock-down times. Stay safe.
  • 2 0
 This better be real!
  • 2 3
 But, but, but, we are all supposed to be living in padded clean rooms...............
  • 2 0
 @RoadStain: Not forever, hopefully.
  • 2 0
 The art of partying!!!!
  • 3 1
 Looks like an Evil
  • 1 0
 Jokes aside, i would totally ride that haha
  • 1 0
 Somehow still looks like a session
  • 1 0
 so basically drop bars on a hardtail? nice
  • 1 0
 Did someone build this bike just for April Fools?
  • 1 0
 wait - i actually want one
  • 1 0
 I kind of wish this was real
  • 2 0
 Boss Country
  • 1 0
 The real joke is that X-9 derailleur. Pure trash.
  • 1 0
 I would absolutely buy this
  • 1 0
 ninerbikes.com/products/mcr-9-rdo

This one is not April Fools
  • 1 0
 A real April Fools joke would be GG launching a DH bike.
  • 1 0
 They are a little late to the game... been rocking my 2011 setup, lol
  • 1 1
 RELEASE THE DONUT NOTHING ELSE MATTERS
  • 2 1
 Full review tomorrow.
  • 1 1
 So that's what a honzo with drop bars looks like.
  • 1 0
 What the hell ?
  • 1 0
 It needs
  • 1 0
 A ridiculous bike.
  • 2 3
 As test ridden by Dick Pound.
  • 1 2
 Dick Pound would have been the best name of all!
  • 1 3
 KILL IT WITH FIRE
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