Video: Behind the Scenes at the 2020 Field Test

Jan 20, 2020
by Mike Levy  


Behind the Scenes

The 2020 Field Test saw fourteen of the newest and most relevant bikes go up against each other and the mountains, all on the rowdy trails of Pemberton and a sleepy little mountain town called Whistler that you might have heard of before. No amount of planning could ever ensure that it'd be hiccup-free, and it certainly wasn't, but what a hell of a good time. Of course, an operation like that doesn't happen without a whole bunch of people doing a whole bunch of work, most of them behind the camera rather than in front of it.

The final video from the 2020 Field Test is a look behind the scenes at how it all went down.

The mid-lap beer hand-off didn't go quite as planned.

Out of all the things Brian Park (our boss) organized for this year's Field Test, he really did drop the ball with the wet and chilly weather. That said, he gets a pass because it made for ideal trail conditions.

An operation this big required a lot of help. James Huang (left) is from Colorado and a tech editor at our sister website, CyclingTips. He was often heard saying, ''Holy shit! This trail isn't like the ones in Boulder.'' Videographer Ohad Nir (right) calls Israel home and was nearing the end of a multi-month stay in Whistler. He wouldn't stop smiling and ended every sentence with, ''Best summer of my life!'' Preach it, Ohad.

Pete: "Go!' Kazimer: "Did you say go or no?" Our video and photo team had the patience of saints for two weeks straight.

Big mountains, plenty of rowdy trails, and fourte... Thirteen bikes to ride for two weeks. Another day in paradise.

Hail Whistler. Yeah, there was plenty to be happy about at this year's Field Test.

The 2020 Pinkbike Field Test was made possible by support from
Race Face apparel & pads, Giro helmets, & Sierra Nevada beer.

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 Grim Donut huck to flat.
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 Where is part 2????

More anticipation than the last Star Wars film...
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 I'm scared
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 @mikelevy: Yeah, I would be too!!!
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 @mikelevy: Well, you started it!
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 I mean aren't minis always broken?
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 If it isn't leaking oil, there isn't any left in it...
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 @blackbirdworks: it's a Honda so all good there.
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 @watchtower: Ok..then if it isn't burning oil there isn't any left. Also..if it's a k20 it probably is leaking oil..
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 and they are really geeky
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 All I want to know is what it cost Levy to fix the car.
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 Zero dollars for once. Electrical fml
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 @mikelevy: is it k swapped
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 @derpiton: B18c
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 three sticks of TNT
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 Kudos for stopping to help the grom on DM. That was a cool move. But gotta use *empty* beers for the whips. I don't cry over spilled milk, but spilling beer like that is like breaking the 11th commandment.
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 I Know! Since these edits started coming out, I've been cringing.
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 and here i thought i was the only one. Noooooo!! not a Sierra Nevada pale ale!!!!!!!...................
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 Don’t call that swill beer...
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 James Huang does not look impressed.
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 Guess that's why his twitter handle isn't @happyasian
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 I liked the violins in the end as Levy sat somewhat slumped over in his dead little car.
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 I actually quite enjoy behind the scenes vids like this. More please!
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 The Ferda Girls road ride recreation comes up short of Micayla Gatto's masterpiece. I bet Tracy Hannah could tailwhip open that can.
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 Get a good old french 2CV next time for your field test, for fun!.. or a VW Beetle. The Mini is cute I admit...
Thanks so much to the Pinkbike team for the involvement you put in what you`re doing.
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 I'm just trying to figure out why Jason felt the need for goggles in the parking lot.
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 I feel like eye protection should be mandatory in the presence of Levy's Mini.
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 This is actually better than the reviews
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 Jason's beer-smashing whip was this year's field test highlight
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 wasting beer
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 Miiiilking this Field Test thing
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 I know, next up we're re-posting them all in slow-mo Wink
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 @mikelevy: LOL ya got me!
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 Super fun. More please!! Smile
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 The takeaway. Working for PinkBike, has major perks of free bike swag. Tons of tires just for the field test.
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 When will we get a full tour of the mini! The people have spoken!
  • 1 1
 The next time one of those “i’m an underpaid bike mechanic” threads starts up, I am going to point them to this circle jerk rodeo of a video.
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 Just when the intro song finally got out of my head...
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 I'm telling you, it's like Pavlov's dog. I start smiling inside as soon as I hear it.
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 Better than most MOVIES FOR YOUR MONDAY! Delightful.
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 When it's january and your fresh out of content! lol
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 More of this!!
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