Slack Randoms: The Grim Donut II Survives its First Huck to Flat, Bike Dancing & More

Nov 5, 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.



The Grim Donut Gets Tested at Pivot's Factory


bigquotesIs the Grim Donut able to turn? Can it be wheelied? Will the head tube be sheered off on a huck to flat? Normally you would want to test these things on a trail, but Jordi Bago chose to combine testing with a tour of the Pivot factory instead.Pivot Cycles

Indoor Cycling Championships

Last week saw the return of the indoor championships in Stuttgart. If you aren't familiar, these Championships feature disciplines that are all about slow-speed bike control and are usually won by Germany. While it's undeniably a massively skilled and diverse discipline of cycling, it's also a bit, well, odd. Some of the highlights from the UCI are below.




A Dreamy Ski Run


Meet Markus Eder, skiing's answer to Fabio Wibmer.

bigquotesWhat if you could link every powder turn, every rail, every cliff drop, every comp run and every kicker nailed into one ultimate run? Well, Markus Eder did just that in ‘The Ultimate Run’!

This is Markus’ Opus Magnum, a medley of face shots, massive tricks and even bigger drops, which was documented by Innsbruck based production company Legs of Steel over the past two years.

Markus has been visualizing the ultimate run since 2015. It may look like a simple undertaking in the final edit, but for arguably the most versatile skier on the planet, it meant taking his skill levels in every form and style of contemporary freeskiing to the next level.

“All aspects of freeskiing have fascinated me since the beginning”, states Markus.

The Ultimate Run kicks off on the lofty extremities of Zermatt as Markus drops into a sheer expanse of powder, before shredding his way through glacial blocks the size of buses, jumping off ice cliffs and then slips into the belly of the glacier, only to reappear above his home resort of Klausberg. Carving fields of fresh powder he joins a session with his buddies at his local snowpark, before boosting back off into the backcountry for some more face shots. The firecrackers keep on popping as he enters the snow covered architecture of Taufer castle and a mining museum. As the sun sets over the mountains Markus slides out onto the valley floor, six years of dream skiing condensed into ten minutes of pure joy and adrenaline.

This edit took over 90 days to film, entirely in the Alps in Markus’ home region. “The Ultimate Run is Markus’ dream project,” says Tobi Reindl from Legs of Steel, “and it also became one of the biggest and most thrilling projects we have done so far.”

With the first snow falling in the Alps, ‘The Ultimate Run’ is a must watch for all winter sports enthusiasts. It will reignite the passion for winter in even the most laid back snow fans for the coming season.

Click play in the video above and find the answer to the question, “what if?”...
Red Bull Snow

BMX braking in Paris Roubaix


When you ride a BMX once...

Invisible bikes


The Alt Tour


Ok, this one's a bit long but if you want to watch a documentary that will remind you of everything that's great about cycling, this is at. Lachlan Morton's ride ahead of the Tour de France, covering more than 5,000km in 17 days, is miles apart from what most of us will ever ride, but his love for the sport translates anywhere.


95 Comments

  • 237 18
 Unpopular take. Grim Donut got less fun when it was handed to Pivot. Now it seems like the poor rig is just being used as a marketing tool instead of the exciting science project it was imagined as.
  • 27 2
 Yep
  • 16 2
 I agree for sure, but in exchange for helping PB with the project they definitely expected something in return.

The tradeoff becomes how much are you willing to dilute the Grim Donuts name with corporate marketing and activity in exchange for build and design support?
  • 17 0
 Pivot is recruiting a new designer... Clearly their previous designer quit in protest after being assigned this project
  • 15 0
 It's always been a marketing tool. Now they capitalizing off it
  • 14 1
 When was it ever not used as a marketing tool?
  • 26 8
 Is that really so surprising?

Pinkbike was fun and loosely run, then it gets purchased by an organization and it gets more structured.

Pinkbike is less fun these days, kinda sad, but it is what it is.

Do any of you old folks remember Outside from before it became an advertisement insert? Forty years ago, Outside was actually pretty cool, one of the first outdoor sports rags. These days it's only good for wiping.
  • 27 2
 Why do people always say "unpopular opinion" before making a completely reasonable and usually popular statement. People never preface an actually unpopular opinion by saying it'll be unpopular. No one ever says: I know it's a unpopular opinion, but in my view genocide can have some beneficial outcomes.
  • 8 0
 Science? Lol, it was a social media stunt from the get go.
  • 1 1
 *Rightfully unpopular and unlikable take.
  • 2 0
 @kcy4130: a vaccine against negprops.

*not Pivot's factory
  • 15 4
 Somebody's always gotta find something to whine about... I think its awesome they made the bike! Go Pivot!
  • 3 1
 @kcy4130: Honestly I genuinely thought I would get downvoted to hell and back for saying a single bad things about the Grim Donut....
  • 5 0
 Yeah, I totally don’t understand this one. The original was covered up and down in articles and videos from Levy with his initial concept, going to Taiwan, etc. etc. This one was surprise unveiled at Sea Otter and just……here it is. No in depth info of what they wanted to change, thinking behind it, nothing. Unless I missed that somehow.
  • 1 0
 They clearly bought out the Grim Donut so that it wouldn't beat them all at their own game. I suspect other brands are involved in this skullduggery too.
  • 72 0
 EVERYBODY WATCH "MARKUS EDER/ ULTIMATE RUN"
  • 5 0
 That was insane. Madman!
  • 8 1
 Candice Thovex gets jealous. Amazing!
  • 3 0
 That was entertaining! Such creative line choices combined with commitment and speed
  • 3 0
 90 days of filming. Clearly also the longest ever run!
  • 2 0
 That was amazing! A lot of fun to watch.
  • 9 0
 @Lousyrider: I reckon Candide is probably okay with it, he spent the last 25 years proving this is possible. And imitation is flattery!
  • 2 0
 Should win an award for editing and foley...
  • 15 1
 I've had exactly one Red Bull in my life and I hated it, but I'm sure glad enough people buy that swill to fund stuff like this. Absolutely stunning and totally deserving to be on this bike site.
  • 6 1
 I know nothing about skiing…

Half way through I was like this guy is the Snemuck of skiing. Now I am thinking this Snemuck is the Eder of mountain biking.

Mind blown!
  • 2 0
 Don’t watch the behind the scenes. Just believe that it was a single run.
  • 1 0
 Mind melting! I loved it.
  • 4 0
 East Coast keyboard warriors are silent after he nor problem grinded the ice.
  • 2 0
 @Altron5000: Candide is the literal OG of hucking cliffs. Showed up on the Freeride World Tour and sent lines that no one thought was even possible. Also won the FWT in his first season competing. There is a great documentary about how he was basically the first person to progress skiing in the direction that we see today. Also the FWT is worth watching for anyone who doesn't follow. Also covered by Red Bull and available as a replay on their website.

@initforthedonuts: The behind the scenes just makes it that much more impressive IMO! Took some huge slams to put this piece together. I appreciate the reminder that I don't actually aspire to be able to do any of the things in the video lol.
  • 3 0
 I've got the same skis; that means I can also do those lines, right? Razz Insane skiing
  • 3 0
 @friendlyfoe: I think you are mistaken. Candide didn’t do anything unique on the FWT and definitely didn’t huck cliffs no one thought were possible. He skied really well and consistently. The real amazing part was that he was not known for skiing big mountain and had just recovered from a career ending injury. He is an unreal skier, but you missed the point of it all.
  • 1 0
 Try mixing the Rebull with some tequila & vodka - a TVR (like the sports car!)
  • 1 0
 @Marquis: Try mixing the Rebull with some tequila & vodka - a TVR (like the sports car!)
  • 2 0
 @Altron5000: Candides stuff is timeless.
  • 58 0
 I think pb should send the grim donut to vital for a review. Pb can't write an unbiased review of their own joke product.
  • 39 2
 I think DH can learn a thing or two from the women's indoor cycling to attract a larger and more sophisticated audience...I'd advocate for a curtsy before their run and wearing a 1-piece uni-suit over some tights....we gotta evolve folks.
  • 28 0
 Seconded, lets add mandatory hand holding at the start gates as well
  • 15 0
 its baffling, weird, and impressive, all at once
  • 3 0
 @DomDH: as it stands its compulsory but I do it anyway
  • 8 4
 Didn't we all agree that Pinkbike should not be sharing dangerous riding being done with out helmets. Shame on you pinkbike. Shame.
  • 12 7
 I recognize these ladies likely all have BMX backgrounds, but please wear helmets! Countless children look up to you and will want to emulate your steeze
  • 5 2
 @VtVolk: how do the skaters in the Olympics (of all things) get away without wearing helmets!?
  • 1 0
 @RadBartTaylor: it's madness
  • 4 0
 I think they need to evolve their bikes a bit, I'm not seeing any suspension, and their minds will be blown when they hear about longer lower slacker.
  • 6 8
 @VtVolk: OMG. Are you their mom? It is a sport that doesn't require helmets. If that is what you got out of these young woman and the amazing skill they have, get a clue to life.
  • 2 0
 @Esmond: Its a joke about the pinkbike academy thing
  • 1 0
 @RadBartTaylor: it would mess up their hair.
  • 2 3
 @Esmond: But helmets should clearly be required. Easy to get hurt in that sport. They're setting a terrible example this way.
  • 2 0
 @VtVolk: Classic application and execution of a meme.
  • 22 2
 Is it just me, or is the Grim Donut looking more and more like a viable product? It even has the appeal of being that "Pinkbike Bike" that gives it a cult status, cycling history vibe. I bet it's makes Pivot's marketing team moist.
  • 12 0
 If this is at all successful, I firmly believe the corporate heads at Outside will immediately release another version to exploit Pinkbike's brand before it's totally destroyed, yet simultaneously reaching a much broader share of the outdoor market.

"The Pinkbike Microfeece is an Shimano Acera-equipped mountain resort town bike path slayer. Inspired by the legendary North Shore and designed in Boulder, the Microfleece comes with nine gears, a comfy seat, and rugged 26" tires, keeping things playful to the EXTREME! Brian Park signature vegan suede hand grips give the rider a hug of confidence and help keep things rubber side down, no matter what the weekend throws at you! Only $999 with your membership to Outside+ Premium Select."
  • 2 0
 The thing about the Grim Donut these days is that it doesn't even look all that outrageous anymore. Maybe 1/2 a notch different than a few product bikes out there.
  • 13 0
 I wonder why cycle ball isn't more mainstream.
  • 9 0
 Bad move by the Swiss coach to leave Nino off the team.
  • 4 0
 @mi-bike: I heard Danny Mac was gonna be on the Scottish team next year.
  • 1 1
 Because there is way enough ball things already mainstream. Talking about sport.
  • 8 0
 Observations:

* Bike dancing (aka flatland bmx) never disappeared it was just sleeping off a hangover from Oktoberfest
* Cycle ball looks even cooler than quidditch
* Can you name all the tricks being pulled on an invisibile bike?
* Where are all the mad comments about lack of helmets?
  • 12 2
 Danny Macaskill: out
German Girls: In

ok now downvote me right next to satan!!
  • 6 0
 Danny Macaskill: Still in
Markus Eder: Also In
  • 9 1
 I WILL learn to manual one day...
  • 6 0
 Now that Germany made me feel bad for not knowing how to ride a bike, I'm off to Friday Fails to feel better about myself.
  • 4 0
 Don't know wether it's just my problem, but i don't get shown every thing in this article. Pivot and Ivisible Bike is completely missing.
  • 5 0
 Cycle ball is a simple game: 4 men chase a ball for 14 minutes and, in the end, the Germans always win.
  • 3 0
 Markus Eder is one of the most stylish and versatile men on skis ever. Watch the edit above and then go down the rabbit hole of his past edits.
  • 2 1
 Interesting that Pivot is wondering if head tube will be sheered off during a huck-to-flat. I'd like to see the individual with skills enough to sheer a headtube while the bike is in flight, let along the size of the scissors...
  • 4 0
 That ski video is awesome. The part in the beginning where he lands on and slides down the slab of ice looks terrifying.
  • 2 0
 That ain't some nice smooth groomer ice either.
  • 4 0
 That indoor cycling somehow straddles the line of one of the most ridiculous and impressive things I have seen.
  • 4 0
 I think it's in the same family as ski ballet: cultivate a mind-boggling amount of skill and strength and use it for something totally dorky. I respect that.
  • 1 0
 I think the wierdest thing about the UCI indoor cycling world championship isn't the event itself, though it is unquestionably wierd, is the bizarre commentary trying to induce some tension and excitement into the whole spectacle!
  • 4 0
 i can huck off this massive hill....german woman ...hold my beerstein
  • 2 2
 The whole thing with rubbing your foot on the tire...when you live someplace with tons of goats head thorns you get good at that. Where I used to live it was normal to get 40 or so per tire per ride. They knock out easily with a shoe rub while riding before they get pressed in too far.
  • 1 0
 But what if you're riding in sandals?
  • 3 0
 @drunknride: You use the bottom.
  • 4 0
 @Explodo: Dang I've been doing it wrong
  • 3 1
 don't ever disrespect the huck to flat video!!!! no slow-mo, no go video... man Pinkbike sold their souls for loose change and bubble gum...
  • 4 1
 Oh so thats why there's a 10 week backlog...
  • 3 0
 Indoor cycling is “Wery impressive”!
  • 3 0
 Ze Vorld Championships!
  • 3 0
 Grim donut link not working?
  • 2 0
 German women providing further evidence that I have very little idea how to ride a bicycle. Bonkers stuff there.
  • 3 0
 I’m a simple man. I see Grim Donut, I click.
  • 2 0
 Germany pair women's video @ 0:22 "A wweeeerry good execution" had me rolling
  • 1 0
 Why don't they do the routines on unicycles? I mean the front wheel never touches the ground. It never even moves, is it just ornamental?
  • 1 0
 No handed backwards wheelie with another person standing on your shoulders... how the heck??..Also that ski video is the best thing Ive ever seen! Crazy!!
  • 1 0
 The second song froM Markus Eder’s vid brought me back to the MFM segment from Optimistic. So good!
  • 1 0
 We need a stand-alone write up on this cycle ball madness. I was laughing at first but that turned to intrigue quick!
  • 2 0
 There we go! Se Germans are dominating the weird saddle game.
  • 3 2
 I really hope the donut gets mass produced.
  • 1 0
 please ma'm let me buy a grim doughnut ma'm please
  • 1 0
 Who knew that fixie futbol was a thing?
  • 2 0
 Grimkhana
  • 1 0
 Call it "Slack Jack" instead of Grimm Donut!
  • 1 0
 Skidding on the factory floor makes my piss boil!
  • 1 1
 I kind of hate Germans now.

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