Slack Randoms: Adidas' New Gravel Shoe, The UCI's MTB Goof, Road Rage, & More

Sep 19, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  
We use Slack as our workplace communication tool at Pinkbike and we have a #randoms channel which we use to share an assortment of videos and stories from all corners of the cycling world and beyond... We thought a couple of the moments from the past week were too good not to share with a wider audience, so here are some of the highlights.

Adidas' Off-Road Shoe


Hot on the heels of its soccer/commuter Velosamba shoe released in March this year, Adidas has now revealed an off-road cycling shoe for the first time. As it's name suggests, The Gravel Cycling Shoe is more aimed at fireroad mile munchers than out-and-out mountain bikers but this does show Adidas is willing to offer footwear for a wide variety of riders. Who knows, maybe an iconic, sticky flat pedal shoe is on the way next? /s


Cycling Tips reports that like pretty much every other shoe of the category, Adidas’s offering features a two-bolt SPD pattern on the sole. The upper is made of Primegreen recycled materials, and Adidas promises “no virgin polyester” has been used in the construction of them. The sole is synthetic with TPU ‘walking pods’ and there's also a cuff to keep out trail debris.

The shoes are available in a number of markets and priced at $170 / €180 but given they were released a short while back, there's probably not much chance of you hunting down a pair now.

Road Rage in Australia

Here's one of the more shocking road rage videos we've seen in a while. We don't know what lead up to the incident but there's no justification for this driver driving into a cyclist and crushing his bike in the process. At the risk of our bias showing, this seems closer to assault or attempted murder than the "moment of madness" described by the local news reporter.

BMW's Overpowered Concept eBike


BMW has released a concept ebike that makes most of its competitors look anemic by comparison. The i Vision AMBY features a number of top-level mountain bike components (including Intend suspension) and a whopping 2,000Wh battery that give a range of 300km. Of course, it's not exactly legal in its current form.

Using an accompanying smartphone app, riders can choose between the European legal 25 km/h (15.5 mph) speed, a second speed-pedelec mode that reaches 45 km/h (28 mph), and a new high-speed-pedelec mode that ups the ante to 60 km/h (37 mph).

So why have BMW made an ebike that needs to be licensed and insured to be legal anywhere in the world? Well, this is more about legislation than a viable product. The German car manufacturer said, “In the absence of any existing legal framework for a vehicle of this kind with a modular speed concept, the “AMBY” Vision Vehicles set out to prompt the introduction of such legislation and, by consequence, developments of this nature.”

Basically, the car industry has seen the success of ebikes and wants a slice of that pie too but it knows that the bike industry already has a decent head start under the current rules, so instead it’s jockeying to change them. For a deeper dive into this legislation battle, there's an in-dept piece on, here.


The UCI's Funny Looking Mountain Bikes


The UCI revealed a swanky-looking new website recently and it has made life much easier for us covering the events at Snowshoe but they didn't quite get everything right. The 'Mountain Bike' section link definitely features bikes being ridden in the mountains but looks a bit closer and...



Messing About on Boards in the Woods

Bikes aren't the only tool to get rad on in the woods as these two videos show. Firstly 50to01's Max Nerukar got on the homepage of Thrasher with this ATV skateboard part, then there's Benny Milam's Summer Dream snowboard part in the thawed woods of Wisconsin.

Travis Pastrana's Terrifying POV

From World Cup Downhill winning runs to huge Rampage drops, we watch a lot of POV videos here at Pinkbike but not many are as terrifying as Travis Pastrana's record time up Mount Washington.

Ecuadorian Soapbox Racing

Speaking of scary POVs, this one is from a soapbox race on the streets of Ecuador and sees the rider launching off speed bumps and hitting 50mph. THere's a great deep dive into the racing culture on The Drive, here.

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  • 81 0
 I wonder I Travis is available to drive shuttles?
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 I'd be motion sick after the shuttle.
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 NASA hiring?
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 faster than a chairlift for shure
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 4:28 um he's scared, i'm scared, meh bike is it rattling a bit, ummm let's just pullover and check, hmm k.
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flag dldewar (Sep 19, 2021 at 21:11) (Below Threshold)
 you are on to something - for the 24 hour downhill record - I would hire him!
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 @TH3MACK: There's very few race runs I wouldn't be perfectly happy to sit shotgun for but that's one of them. The steering input corrections he's making at those speeds on the edge of a precipice is insane.
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 @dldewar: excuse me what the f*ck

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 @theoskar57: oh, you hadn't heard?...commenters are retaliating by increasing site engagement

Get the led out, Smurthwaite
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy Get iRacing yet? He trained for this on iRacing with the new Mt Washington track
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 @heatproofgenie: No, not yet. I'm going to end up spending $8k+ on a SIM setup at some point, but haven't convinced myself yet haha
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 @mikelevy: Ha! Yes it's a slippery slope but pretty amazing for any gearhead. I've just upgraded to a direct drive base and must say that some of the races I've done on iRacing are among the most intense things I've done. Also just being able to blast around on the Nordschleife with your car of choice at a time of your choosing is pretty satisfying. Not cheap though for sure, I've got probably $3k US in my setup.
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 @heatproofgenie: I'm also nervous about never leaving my sim room and gaining 300lb. Worth it tho
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 @mikelevy: Legit worry but unfounded, this isn't World of Warcraft. Look up Dan Suzuki on Youtube, he runs my setup basically at full force feedback which is 20nm. You'll be sweating after any stint.
  • 1 0
 Acted like he was driving a shuttle. He gave a thumbs up to someone he knows during the run.
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 @mikelevy: Like others have said, you won't gain any weight. You'll actually burn some calories between using the steering wheel with force feedback and perhaps some elevated heart rate during an iRacing official race.
  • 52 12
 I dunno. Kinda looks like the roadies had the car trapped in that parking spot both with themselves and placing the bike in front. The driver then panicked and fled, with one roadie intentionally jumping on the hood. No way to really know, but as a life long cyclist myself I can say they don’t look good here.
  • 46 0
 It looks like the kind of situation that arises from everyone involved making multiple poor decisions
  • 13 1
 I agree, not a good look from the road toads here. As a Melburnian/Australian its these sorts of news stories that unfortunately do the rounds on social media and only serve to fuel the flames of the cyclist vs motorist culture wars down under.
  • 16 1
 If the cyclist in the Planex Kit is who I think this is then we know there’s at least one giant, self entitled arse hat involed
  • 52 0
 Is thet yo woifs caa
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 I don't know about other parts of the world, but the entitlement and arrogance of many road riders in Melbourne is out of control. I'm a rider, yet I want to run half of them over when I am driving.
  • 5 3
 @mrsquiggle: great name Mr Squiggle.

Yeah, especially along the esplanade
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 @DJ-24: underrated comment ! LOL
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 @mrsquiggle: yeah pretty much the same everywhere.
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 @hasteTHEday: Exactly. Sun Tzu said "Give your enemy a golden bridge to retreat across." If cyclists surround a car and are threatening the occupants, then the driver will get to the point where the accelerator is their only option, regardless of who or what is in front. Stupid on the cyclists part. Obviously the altercation was going on long and loud enough for all the neighbours to come out to watch. And they seem to agree with you.
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flag delicious46 (Sep 19, 2021 at 23:06) (Below Threshold)
 @mrsquiggle: You're just an arshole.
Any person that seeks to run over anyone with a car, is a complete f*ckwit...end of story.
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 Yes the rider was an a*hole but he only attacked verbally. This doesn't justify the drivers beaviour at all.
Stepping on the gas if a person is in front of your 3000 lbs death machine is attempted manslaughter.
I really hope the driver got charged.
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 @delicious46: I try. I will keep a special eye out for you when I'm driving. And I'm not sure he tried to run him over. Looks like the guy pretty much threw himself on the bonnet to me. And if so many road riders were not such dicks, there might be less aggro toward them on the roads.
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 @heinous: it is who you think it is. Never short of a word regardless of the situation.
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 @Chuckolicious Someone yelling "you've got no money" doesn't sound like someone in panic. Also, at the moment that the car drove over the bike, no one was near the driver or directly threatening him. The road biker in white/red was in front of the car. If he didn't jump in the hood he could've probably broken his legs or get dragged by the car.
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 @linkl8r: he’s been nothing but an entitled, offensive piece of work for years. He’s a terrible ambassador for cycling and I’m amazed giant still sponsor him.
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flag delicious46 (Sep 20, 2021 at 1:04) (Below Threshold)
 @mrsquiggle: How could you possibly know who I am, or what I look like, to be able to keep an eye out for me?
You're just a coward. It's such a cowardly act to run someone over with a car, and you've premeditated it, publicly.
Arseholes like you only threaten such things because you know that your victim will end up crippled or dead, and unable to fight back.
If you weren't such a coward, you'd run a person over with your bicycle.
At least they might survive.
  • 3 0
 I’ve been negative propped for referencing the original Mr Squiggle TV show, and for mentioning the Esplanade along Albert Park.

Have to be a pretty sour Joe if either of those offended you.
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 @DJ-24: Oive got Moonay, mate!
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 Lock my doors and call the police or.... run someone over? hmmm.
  • 4 0
 this would never have happened if everyone was out on the trails... last I checked, deer cannot drive
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 Looks like roid rage from both parties
  • 33 0
 If only they had a company under their umbrella that made cycling shoes already...
  • 14 0
 I think Adidas is slowly shutting down fiveten. They probably bought it for some patent. And now they tries to move the customers over to adidas.
  • 17 0
 Oh man can you imagine the foaming mouths and gnashing teeth if Five Ten released an XC or road shoe?!

I think it's much better this way.
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 @Startgas: I noticed the newer models have adidas on the tongue rather Five Ten.
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 I used to buy 5.10 rock climbing shoes before the company was sold to adidas. Since then quality has dropped significantly. The last one I tried started to fall apart after a single day of climbing. Really disappointing. Now I use scarpa again - a company that basically makes shoes and only shoes.
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 @kingtut87: yep Adidas on the tongue. And the least grippy tread under the Five Ten name...
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 @ Startgas - Yeah I’ve been steadily buying older model 5-10 flats in my size for this reason.
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 @paulcgn: yeah there is a big difference between stitching and glueing and Adidas is going the second way. Too bad
  • 2 0
 Yep. Had to replace my older Wildcats this year. The updated Adidas/5.10 Wildcats are totally different. The sizing is different, the sole is a totally different (less sticky) rubber, but they are waaay lighter.
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 @paulcgn: even their name is "shoes" (in italian)
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 Also "Adidas has now revealed an off-road cycling shoe for the first time"? I rode Adidas MTB shoes (though mostly commuting) 20+ years ago. Whippersnappers got no respect for the old days!
  • 23 0
 Can’t wait for the yeezy five10
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 Pastrana is insanely talented. How the hell do you learn a road like that and be able to drive it inch perfect at speeds where the outcome of a crash is likely very, very bad?
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 @ChazzMichaelMichaels: Allen Iverson begs to disagree
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 Check out the Schumacher doc, some people have a need to be perfect when it comes to the things they love doing, Travis no doubt has that same 100% drive. @bigdood AI was a freak and put in the practice while growing up, I doubt he would have competed in the current nba.
  • 4 0
 Disappointed his team mate Semenuk didn't rally up with a bike on the roof and then shred down.. that'd have been a sick edit Smile
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This video explains how he used the iRacing game to help. They just released a laser scanned version of the track. iRacing isn't going to make him faster, but it does help to learn the track when limited track time is available.
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 I dont think you can. He has full Loic Bruni focus, which doesnt mean no mistakes, it just means he corrects and adapts better than everyone else.

Also modern safety equipment in these cars is the real deal. Even back in 2012, Jeremy Foley almost had a worst case scenario crash. Probably lucky he had slowed slightly for a corner before going off. That is as oppose to...

Ott Tanak's crash inn Monte Carlo, that was a big oopsie at almost 90mph.
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 Pastrana's run is nuts, there's no doubt. My favourite (and every bit as crazy) is Ari Vatanen in the Peugeot at Pike Peak back when it was still a dirt track. Travis gets close to the edge, Ari hangs the wheel clean off it
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 The UCI web developer must be a pinkbike member
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 Outside+ to boot.
  • 9 0
 How was no one shouting "feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, its pushcart time!"
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 This is not the first time Adidas has had offroad cycling shoes as the article states. I have a pair from about 13 years ago, clipless shoes. Search for Adidas Voltage 2008. Adidas had a cycling line in the early 2000s.
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 Yup. I had a set of Adidas Adistar XC shoes around the same time. Rode them for years till the carbon sole started to delaminate after 6-7 seasons.
  • 7 0
 Rough diy edits > redbull hyper-cheese
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 We need a new race series, road bike downhill on pavement. Courses where riders can exceed 120 km/hr. Maybe gravel bikes on wide slicks, better brakes. Maybe longer wheelbases, suspension too.

Hill climb like excitement but downhill.
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 I don't get what BMW hope to achieve with that waste of a beautiful fork. Trying to blur the lines between MX and MTB might open up markets for them, but only if it's recognisable as a product in the eyes of their established customer base; no one here would look at a BMW mtb and think it'll be any good. Have you seen the badged-up open-mould crap they have in the car showrooms?
And BMW bike owners are pissing themselves laughing at this from astride their GSs
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 As the article they link to, and the spin here points out, it seems that BMW et al are trying to get ebikes part of a regulated market with type approval etc. This is an approach that could put boutique or niche bike builders out of business, due to costs needed to be compliant, and allow car manufacturers to takeover.

Why try and produce a cargo bike free from insurance or a driving license, and limit yourself to 25kmph with a range of maybe 80-100 miles on a charge as a result, when BMW will do one that goes up to 60-70kmph with a 300+ mile range that is available for lease?
  • 2 0
 Thought I saw Sammy G rocking some clipless Adidas shoes in one of Kerr's recent LSD's. Looked like decent skate kicks but showed the sole with cleats. Either brilliant DIY or something coming soon...
  • 2 0
 That's the Samba/Velosamba model mentioned in the blurb above and they're still available to buy on the Adidas website (in the UK at least).
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 @NeilMackie: I know a 13 year old who would love Adidas to release a Velosuperstar.
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 @NeilMackie: cheers. Look similar to my Adidas Busenitz skate shoes - which are way grippier than my Leatt ride shoes which I can't wait to replace.
  • 1 0
 "3 stripes on my shoes make me feel real nice" - Tommy Ca$h
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 Ecuador's soap box race is crazy, it goes on for ages! Same goes for the gnarly DH trails we have
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 I just learned about the samba cycling shoes from this....all sold out of my size.
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 And this is exactly why I have no interest in road riding. The riders tend to be a**sholes and the motorists are sketchy. I very seldom run into an MTBer who isn’t decent.
  • 2 0
 Roadies looking pretty aggressive to me. I wonder what would have happened if the driver hadn't fled?
  • 1 0
 That Travis video is EXACTLY how I feel driving my Crosstrek Sport around town....
*Looks down at speedometer.... 30 miles an hour.... Smile
  • 2 0
 I'm think I'm gonna go try out for the soccer team after my gravel century
  • 2 1
 just my thoughts…but i think Adidas could put a bit more effort into designing an ugly bike shoe
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 As an armchair engineer, it seems odd to have a state of the art car designed to go uphill at ridiculous speeds, but have to change gear by pressing something the size of a horse's c0ck. Is that the best solution?
  • 3 1
 It’s a sequential transmission. That’s how they shift.
  • 1 0
 always cool to see veronique hanging out with the waves guys. that leon bridges joint hits
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 So for the UCI webpage, maybe, just out of frame, there's a mountain biker about to jump over the peloton?
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 Super Mario kart DH is cool af
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 Is mountain skating a thing or are these guys some sort of pioneers? Looks really cool!
Skateboarders should make peace with helmets, though.
  • 1 0
 GPS-controlled-Speedlimitation - would be fine when BMW put it in their cars. Not try to change the legislation for ebikes.
  • 1 1
 Ive always thoughtof "mountain boards" as being analagous to longboards, and wondered why there were no off-road shortboards. This looks great fun. Cool tunes too.
  • 1 0
 Last time i checked, Mavic Aksiums do not run you $3,000.
Maybe they meant $300 wheels?
  • 2 0
 It’s hard to be intimidated by people wearing head to toe spandex.
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 the pastrana video was great, the bmw ebike looks like garage art, he snowboard video was fantastic, the pushcarts are awesome and something tells me the roadie who's bike got hit provoked the driver.
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 The point of the BMW bike is to test the legislation, which was always bound to happen at some point. Be interesting to see where it goes.
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 @brass-munky: An unjustified assumption but regardless, assault with a deadly weapon is still assault with a deadly weapon.
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 Make the samba with sticky rubber sole
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 Now I want some of those XT Wheelz for one of my skates
  • 2 1
 Those shoes are horrid even compared to normal (ugly) mtb gear
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Search trike Passo S blood
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 Like the shoes.....hffffm money wasted.
  • 1 0
 "I've got money"...I don't see your Yeti ebike
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 MTB according to UCI: riding your bicycle on a mountain road
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 Hard to look tough in tights. Enraged roadies are funny as hell.
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 FiA wants to saction ebike races too. Watch out UCI theres someone out there greedier than you.
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 Entitled roadies.
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