Slack Randoms: Spokeless e-Bikes, XC Carnage & Faked Bike Flips?

Sep 18, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
Reevo's Spokeless ebike


"Spokes are so last year," says Beno Technologies as it launches its new Reevo ebike. The bike is aimed at commuters and urban cyclists and was apparently the result of four years of R+D and prototyping. Its hubless wheels are currently patent pending so details are thin on the ground, but they are claimed to be built around a strong, lightweight core with "triple sealed technology."

On top of driving the bike, the rims also have built-in headlights and brake lights and can be used for storage thanks to a custom bag from Reevo. Of course, there's one big drawback to this design... rim brakes only.

Reevo boasts of several other features on the bike including an 'invisible' kickstand that sits flush with the frame, a fingerprint lock on the handlebars and a removable battery. More info, here.



"Do a Kickflip!"


This is fake, right? Surely?

XC Slip 'n' Slide Carnage


It wasn't just Zermatt that ended up being washed out last weekend, the Zanzenbergrennen cross country race in Dornbirn, Austria was also hit by a deluge of rain. The open, grassy turns quickly became unrideable and carnage ensued. It proved too much for some riders who opted to walk or slide down on their bums, even Jolanda Neff was forced to abandon as she was unable to grip the handlebars after a crash.

It reminded us of the greatest XC carnage video of all time, this footage shot by Steel City Media at the UK BUCS race in 2011.


James May's Bike Maintenance Tips


In a move that nobody saw coming, it turns out James May from Top Gear is actually a big cycling fan. Here's a hilarious and surprisingly in-depth tutorial on adjusting rim brakes from the Drive Tribe YouTube channel. He's come a long way from his efforts trying to advertise cycling while working for the BBC:


51 Clips in 51 Days for 50 Year Old Chris Moeller


Proof that you're never too old to send it.

bigquotesMoeller is bouncing back from hip surgery but still put up 51 clips in 51 days for 50 with some very special guests. Here's to 50 more years of killing it!S&M

Mathieu Van Der Poel's Thermonuclear Attack in Tirreno Adriatico


Mathieu Van Der Poel may not have been able to prove himself against the very best in cycling at the Tour de France this year but he still showed some great form in the Italian race that also took place recently, the Tirreno Adriatico. Van Der Poel wasn't able to go for the race overall but took this powerful win on Stage 7 where he blasted past Matteo Fabbro within sight of the line. Unfortunately, it looks like Van Der Poel won't be racing any mountain biking this year but if this clip is anything to go by he'll be back strong for his Olympics challenge next year.

Chainslap news has my number


Unsexy Cyclists

Cycling has been named as the 3rd least sexy sport according to research carried out by Golf Support. The golf shop set up 12 identical Tinder profiles with the only difference being the sports kit that the person in the picture was wearing. They then swiped right on 300 profiles and based the results on how many matches they got back.

Cycling came 10th out of 12 with just 70 matches but at least it wasn't as bad as cricket that only managed 49. On the other end of the scale, rugby was the most popular with 208 matches, soccer second with 195 and golf was third with 168. Further research indicated that putting your favourite sports team in your bio is a big turn off, so maybe keep your love for Commencal Vallnord under wraps for now.



92 Comments

  • 61 0
 That Tinder thing refers to roadies, obviously.
  • 5 3
 Nah, I reckon it’s because all the rugby meat heads spend more time on the apps.
  • 21 4
 Wtf is "netball"
  • 9 0
 @me2menow: basketball without the backboard and you can't move with ball in hand. Played traditionally by women
  • 1 0
 ABSOLUTEY !!
  • 4 1
 My biggest question is how the f is golf third...
  • 7 0
 @93EXCivic: Possibly because golf attire just looks like casual Friday wear and not really a uniform. Or they are just swiping right because golf is associated with having money. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • 5 3
 The rugby guys have an advantage in that gay guys swipe right more often
  • 28 0
 Funny stuff. That bike looks like a Cannondale Raven. I liked the Raven. My friends thought I was an early adopter type silly person. Turns out I am. Just like your mother, Trebek.
  • 2 0
 "Sean, you're in time out!"
  • 21 2
 A hubless wheel needs at least 3 bearings to locate the rim. Those bearings rotate many times per wheel revolution, rather than once. The mechanical advantage working against the frictional resistance in the bearing is *much* worse. All reasons why hubless wheels are massively more inefficient than a conventional hub.
Looks flash though, which is why people keep trying...
  • 2 0
 Not only that, the rotational mass is much closer to the bearing, so any friction in the bearings has a much larger affect on the rotation of the rim and momentum of the rolling wheel.
  • 1 1
 how the heck do these breakes work and if these old canti brakes is it a joke?!
  • 2 0
 @megatryn: maybe I didn’t phrase it very well. That’s what I meant by the “mechanical advantage” bit.
  • 14 0
 What if, I’m just spitballing here, they ran a disc around the entire outside of the rim and dropped a brake caliper from the fork down onto it? Obviously it’s be a massive disc, the same size as the rim, but you’d have stopping power for days
  • 5 0
 But then the rotor would be subject to impacts and getting completely covered in mud
  • 6 0
 @RonSauce: What if they ran the rotor inside the hub?
  • 19 15
 There is no difference between that and a rim brake.
  • 9 0
 Didnt Buell motorcycles do that several years back (early 2010s iirc) to less than stellar results? I feel like they fell from favor really quickly, but I dont remember why. I'll have to do some interneting andnsee.
  • 2 1
 Eastvan chopcycles. www.longboarderlabs.com/east-van-chopcycle-e-bikes-power-style Guy has a fat ecruiser with a rim mounted disc on it. ok, ecruiser. I know but they are all custom, look great and the 72v is claimed to do 85kmh. Thats questionable but I can get my 52v 09 Trance XO up to 71kmh if I pedal hard enough and the battery has a fullish charge.
  • 1 0
 Check out the ultra-sexy TM Black Dream. I wouldn’t care if the brakes don’t work as long as my bike looked that sick.
  • 6 0
 @Trudeez: Buell did indeed have outer rim mounted discs and they worked fine. It was every other fecking part of the bikes that kept falling off. Getiing spare discs now is a nightmare though.
  • 1 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: It was alright at best. The rotor floats on these little sprung bolts that get gunked up and cause lever pulsing at slow speed. It was hella annoying around town (used to own an XB12). Rest of the bike ironically was great!
  • 1 0
 @Trudeez: I can't comment on how they worked, but they did look cool:

pt.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficheiro:Buell_disk_brake.jpg
  • 4 0
 @SJP: *whoosh*
  • 1 0
 @Trudeez: More Love likely due to closing production as Buell brand.
  • 2 0
 @boozed: was going to post same, beat me to it
  • 2 0
 @alexhyland: for real, I regret giving a sarcastic response in the first place.
  • 1 0
 @HaggeredShins: did you notice slower turn in or more effort needed with that added weight pushed to the extreme edge of the wheel?
  • 2 0
 @MattyBoyR6: didn't feel any different--I never rode that bike on the track so maybe pushing you could notice something. The weight is pretty close to the same spot of a normal big brake, its just the mounting that's out on the perimeter
  • 1 0
 @RonSauce: such is the internet
  • 9 0
 Are those...walmart center mount rim brakes on an e-bike? Not to mention the lump on the rim. And I thought the $10 tektro mechanical bikes on the ever-popular rad power bikes were a liability.
  • 3 0
 That isn't the rim. That doesn't move. The rim is inside there.
  • 3 0
 @SJP: Sorry, rim faring**. Wouldn't trust those brakes on a $50 fake chrome bmx bike for a kid, let alone anything adult-sized.
  • 2 0
 @parkourfan: Agreed, about the brakes.
  • 8 0
 that BUCS carnage, is this the famous sticky dense UK mud reducing rolling resistance to zero?
  • 4 0
 There was apparently plenty of grip on the front tyre at least!
  • 3 0
 One of my favorite carnage videos of all time!
  • 1 0
 I always enjoy watching fully kitted out racers fail miserably to negotiate sections. Especially when a bit of technique could have got them through it. Imagine how bad bucs would have been if it was actually muddy like dornbirn? ????
  • 1 0
 Curious what that race was. Appeared to contain everyone from serious looking XC racers in spandex, trail riders with huge backpacks ready for an overnight trip, dudes with t-shirts and elbow pads, at least one CX bike, a few DH bikes, and even some people in costumes all on the same course at the same time.
  • 7 0
 @dthomp325: it was the student cross country national championship. There was one race a year and it was run the day after the DH and at the same venue (until someone from British Cycling saw that video and said it was inappropriate).

There are to categories- sport and elite level. Loads of the riders who had done the DH the day before would do the Sport XC for a laugh, a lot of riders will have just taken up cycling when they joined the club that year and be doing the Sport XC for fun and everyone in Elite would have spent the whole year racing seriously. A lot of riders of all abilities in two categories riding the same course fifteen minutes apart whilst being heckled by a bunch of drunk DHers. It was amazing.

(I'm in that video, and got loads of girls that weekend because not only am I in full lycra, with my seat way up and taking it way too seriously, but I also ride it out. Direct fanmail to my secretary)
  • 2 0
 @lukeb: looks like a fun event
  • 8 3
 Lol football. nothing more sexy than over weight middle aged men all hanging out together, drinking beer and watching young men in skimpy shorts running around a field kissing and hugging each other or rolling around on the floor having a little cry.
  • 7 1
 Football players and football fans are very different people.
  • 4 0
 @littleskull99: true, one likes to roll around on the ground whimpering, and one likes to watch people roll around whimpering.

Yin and yang
  • 10 6
 In all fairness Mountain Biking and Cycling are not the same thing. I'm certain (and biased) in saying that mountain biking is way cooler and sexier than cycling (i.e. roadies). The more hardcore the more sexy.
FR>Slopestyle/Dirt Jumping>DH>Enduro>Trail>Cross Country

FR here being the likes of Redbull Rampage
and Slopestyle being the likes of Crankworx

Not quite sure where Trials fits in, but likely in the top three.
  • 4 0
 Soccer was second? Have they ever seen a soccer fight?
  • 1 1
 downhill might be cool and intense to watch but enduro is much harder, i would put that in front of DH
  • 1 0
 Tour cyclists have pretty much the worst body shape of any professional athletes (excluding darts). It’s not surprising girls aren’t digging it. Golfers may not look cool, but at least they tend to drive at least a BMW.
  • 1 0
 @DJ-24: Right?? As a female, let me just say, all the flopping lands soccer waaaaaaaay down the list in attractiveness. Some soccer players are closer to actors than athletes.
  • 2 0
 @sarahallen: I don't think there are any who are going to be winning the Oscars any time soon!
  • 6 0
 im into rugby and cycling! wheres my 278 chicks??
  • 2 0
 Hi, stats police here: I wonder if rugby gets the most tinder swipes by volume or as a percentage of all rugby profiles? Would make a big difference if for example there were twice as many rugby profiles as cycling profiles. Could you please clarify James Smurthwaite.
  • 4 1
 That bike flip looks fake as hell, but I am 99 percent sure that has been done on a number of occasions in the flatland world.
  • 2 1
 Look closely and the wheels go straight through his legs lol
  • 3 0
 Half flips have been done (bike upside down, flipped to right side up), but not a full flip. I can't believe this is even being discussed its so clearly fake.
Go to 2:00 (or a little earlier to see his skills) in and see it done, this guy is a very competent flatlander learning to do a half flip.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MHX0JXbjhY
  • 1 0
 There is a video of a guy doing it for real that's already a few years old.
  • 4 0
 OK, but if I pose holding a fish while wearing biking gear, I am back to being peak sexy on Tinder, right?
  • 1 0
 For the bike roll .......A good deep fake is still a fake though. Thumbs Down I watched it slow mo and visually it is done right but ......No waaaay the bike could rotate so perfectly on that axis from the flick of hand. #mythbusted
  • 1 0
 If you look closely, you can see:
1. He just pulls his legs up into the air
2. His left hand comes of the bar and doesn't do anything else
3. His right hand stays onto the bar but he masked that out, so you see a roundish light come through his hand (where the bar used to be)
#mythbusted
  • 2 0
 @MountainOfTwigs: Danny Macaskill did that knee slide 1,300 times before he nailed it. This flip could be done - it just might take a similar number of attempts.
  • 1 0
 I love the fact that the Reevo e-bike has to use rim brakes.
Their website doesn't mention the brakes anywhere from what I can tell.
Spokes might be "so last year" but so are rim brakes.
Good luck replacing that proprietary rim when it finally wears out.
  • 2 0
 How is golf 3rd? Golf fashion is like battenburg in clothing form.

Cycling needs to have a word with itself. Its marginaly sexier than cricket.

Cricket.

I'm furious about this.
  • 2 0
 Hunnid dollar bills, yo
  • 3 0
 Loved the Top Gear presenter links. Great show and great personalities.
  • 3 0
 Okay, we don’t want to reinvent the.... Ah forget it
  • 3 0
 "Spokes are so last year," and then they go with rim brakes lol.
  • 3 1
 Cyclist are so freaking sexy, they don't even need Tinder to have dates. Change my mind.
  • 1 0
 That kick flip isn't fake because that's an easy trick to do but THAT back-flip now that was super fake. Definitely edited in MS Paint on Windows 98
  • 1 0
 Looking at the pic, I still can't figure out how the wheels connect to the frame and still allow them to spin.
  • 2 0
 Studying the picture I think the thing that looks like a rim doesn't spin?? Only the wheel bit of it does
  • 2 0
 @Curse-of-the-foot-long-sub: I think you are right. The rims are static and the wheels move. Now it brings up the question of how the wheels produce force from the pedals. Is there a gearing system in the rims or a friction wheel that spins the tire? It is an interesting concept.
  • 1 0
 Yeah, I don't miss high posting with a 70+ degree head angle. You forget how easy it used to be to go OTB.
  • 1 0
 We've come so far in less than 10 years thankfully. As far as I recall, 2011 was droppers didn't exist, only 26" existed and HTA/STA were still pretty steep :-D
  • 1 0
 This guy made the rim disk "risk" work on his trials bike... youtu.be/KkgTrYKpqZ8
  • 1 0
 The BUCS crash video will always be one of the best mtb vids ever! Crash tastic!
  • 1 0
 Slip'n Slide Carnage - what a stupid sport! Do these guys even get back onto the bikes afterwards?
  • 1 0
 "Ride like a twat, it's more fun that way!" Razz
  • 1 0
 How long till some one tries to jump thru the wheel while its riding.
  • 1 0
 Heading in to have a beer and lather up my balls with Colgate.
  • 1 0
 Was that a world cup XC event or the start of Megavalanche?
  • 1 0
 Looks like a raven
  • 1 1
 Harry potter gives up his Nimbus for....
  • 1 2
 I tried to watch the TDF stage 7 highlights but got bored in 1.2 milliseconds.
  • 5 0
 Ahh you should have watched the Tirrano Adriatico Stage 7 instead.
  • 1 1
 Spokeless wheels say what !!!!! Eek That is cool !!!!!!
  • 1 1
 #crossishere
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