Pinkbike Editors' Wildest Claims - April Fools Round Up 2021

Apr 1, 2021
by Sarah Moore  

Last year Google canceled its plans for its infamous April Fools' pranks. This year, we saw at least double as many pranks as usual. James has a roundup of all the best ones from the mountain bike industry, and here are a couple the Pinkbike editors wrote as well. We hope these pranks brightened your day...

Nimbus Unicycles Announces New, Slacker mUNI-X Enduro Model
Alicia Leggett

This one goes to eleven. (Read Here.)

WhatsApp Data Suggests NSMB Editor is Notorious Leaker Tonkatruck
Henry Quinney

It’s unclear whether Tonkatruck and McRae share the same phone, or indeed if they are the same person. (Read Here.)
Photo by Deniz Merdano https blackbird works

The Schindelhauer Wilhelm has 252 Gears and 3350% Range
James Smurthwaite

When you combine a Pinion and a Rohloff, chaos ensues. (Read Here.)

Pivot Cycles to Produce the Grim Donut V2
Brian Park

There will be a very limited number of production Grim Donut bikes made available for the public to purchase. (Read Here.)

Video: Jandal Co's "Clip-Flop" Will Revolutionize Your Riding - First Look
Tom Bradshaw

The dropper post, disc brakes, and the Specialized Big Hit have all been credited as "game-changers". Well, today you can now add Jandal Co's "Clip-Flop" to that list. (Read Here.)

New Enduro Race Format Announced
Sarah Moore

2022 will bring a whole new level of competition and skill to the discipline. (Read Here.)
Isabeau Courdurier on her way to yet another win in what has been a stellar season.

First Look: Maxxis' New 'NotPatch' Tires
Daniel Sapp

Time to retire that Sharpie - here comes the NotPatch. (Read Here.)

Quiz: Can You Guess These DH Bikes From Their Silhouettes?
Ed Spratt

Looks like a... (Read Here.)

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  • 57 3
 the biggest gag would be not posting any gags
  • 17 1
 And write the articles to make PBers really question if it is real or not. Just like the media.
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flag DoubleCrownAddict (Apr 1, 2021 at 13:28) (Below Threshold)
 @tacklingdummy: My derailleur hater blog was the perfect example of that, but came a couple days too early:
  • 3 0
 I guess I don’t get why anyone would be butthurt about a thing that happens once a year on a website that no one is forced to look at.
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: ...what did I just read
  • 2 0
 Ze German Nonsens satire newsmagazine Postillon did just that.
Signal against false reports: The Postillon boycotts April 1
Fürth (dpo) - False reports? Not with us! As in every year since its foundation (1845), the Postillon boycotts the extremely shameful April 1. Germany largest daily and night newspaper of the world sets thereby straight in these heavy times a sign against the silly lies and April fool jokes, which are spread in many less respectable media on this day.

As part of the boycott, no new stories will be published on throughout Thursday, April 1. The print edition of Postillon will also not be delivered to its more than 83 million subscribers in Germany alone.

A Postillon spokesman explained that the paper wanted to send a signal against the institutionalized clamor of April 1: "Those who take people for a ride with targeted false reports are thereby shaking confidence in a critical press," the spokesman said. "But we don't go along with that! Postillon readers don't want tall tales, they want honest, independent and fast news - and have since 1845."

However, there are also unconfirmed rumors that the editor-in-chief is simply using April 1 as an excuse to take a day off.
  • 1 0
 @Wheeeliemann: 83 million subscribers ? that's almost the entire population of Deutschland !
  • 29 1
 The April fools pricing on the new S-Works Turbo Levo got released a week early.
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 Their video was mint
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 @sarahmoore: I wonder the total amount of marketing and sales $$$ the industry spent!
  • 9 1
 This was funnier when PB would put one or two clever articles in the mix. When the entire front page is littered with [April Fools] before every article it loses it's effect.
  • 7 0
 It’s a shame there was so many cause vhs was actually funny and it kind of got buried
  • 9 1
 Biggest circle-jerk of 2021
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 This was amazing
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 They forgot to mention the Fort Williams cup prank... right???
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 Now you've gone and made myself sad.
  • 9 4
 @DoubleCrownAddict I think you're the new Waki
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flag DoubleCrownAddict (Apr 1, 2021 at 16:32) (Below Threshold)
 No, I actually ride a bike and am not a cynical half-retard.
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 Nah, Waki was actually clever, witty, articulate, and (for the most part) well-liked. DCA is what you get when your order Waki on Wish
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 @ahauck: lol, are these Waki quotes from the past your definition of "clever, witty, and articulate"?

WAKIdesigns (Feb 21, 2020 at 8:01)
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I would love that with Chinese accent... Maxxis taya wong way on the weaw of dat owenge

April 2, 2020 "You only get a few voices of sympathy from SJW lunatic camp. Who are also a-holes!"

WAKIdesigns (May 20, 2020 at 2:19)
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@mitochris: because that would go so well with principles of journalism. Like mentioning source of information. Typical stupid liberitarian leftists, social justice warriors approach to "freedom of speech" - paranoia caused by treating yourself as woke enlightened, and seeing general population as bunch of idiots who could get corrupted by a right wing propaganda, and could put you and your convenient set of values in question. Fkng bike site, fkg simple string of information and some fkng idiots needed to politicize it. Get fkd. Get fkd, you are as stupid as those two grannies, this is what you will become. Sour old pricks believing in greater order of the universe, seeing world as place invaded by awful people stopping you from reaching your Elysium. GET FKD.
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 @ahauck: no he is a sexist and a racist
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: Yeah, trying to prove your point with 3 selected quotes out of thousands he posted- way to go.
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: Have you considered starting a forum thread about his posts?
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You lost any validation when you called him a retard. Not cool, man. Plus cherry picking 3’re grasping at straws here.
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: you're a cynical full-retard
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 My favourite one was the April Fools joke that tried to tell us that carbon bikes and components was stronger than metal ones. Then I realized it wasn't an April fools joke, we have actually been fed that bollox for decades!
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 I'm amazed you've never posted your thoughts about this before.
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 @commental: I usually like to keeps these things to myself.
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 The Onion boycotted April Fools Day by printing an article that seemed to be real and in fact was .
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 Anyone else remember the Shimano SPD sandals from the late 90s?
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 Campagnolo Smart Disc?
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 Shhh, you'll be accused of wearing lycra.
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 I guess you folks missed Specialized's helium-filled bike, the Enduro He2.
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 Sorry guys,confused on the grim donut thing. what the hell is a grim donut/grim donut bike?
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 this better be an april fools. basiclly, 2 years ago, pinkbike made a "futuristic" bike by taking geo advances from the last 10 years and applying them to current geo. a year later, the bike was name and its called the grim donut. they re working on v2.
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 Dang it
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