Update: The Ever Given is Free, But Experts Say Catching Up May Take Time

Mar 29, 2021 at 12:00
by Alicia Leggett  
She floats!

The Suez Canal ship saga that captivated social media and stymied global trade seems to be ending, though the shipping backlog will likely continue to affect bike part lead times.

The Ever Given was finally freed after six days of dredging and tugging. While the canal will soon be reopened (after it passes a safety inspection), experts estimate that it may take at least 10 days to clear the traffic jam on either side of the thoroughfare, according to the Associated Press release.

Canyon Bikes said last week that there are several Canyon shipments trapped in the bottleneck (including on the Ever Given) and mentioned the ripple effect that will likely occur as a result of the hundreds of ships that are now behind schedule. In the context of the COVID-induced bike parts shortage, companies that have been assembling and shipping bikes as soon as the parts are delivered will suffer from the sudden halt to shipments.

Nonetheless, things are looking up again for those patiently waiting for bikes as the fragile supply chain is reassembled.


  • 643 9
 EverGiven give you up. EverGiven let you down EverGiven run and around desert you EverGiven make you cry Evergiven say goodbye Evergiven tell a lie and hurt you
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 Never thinked i would get rickrolled here
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 We should make this a comment of the year
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 Anyone that didn't sing that aloud in their head is to young for me to hang out with.
  • 4 0
 @powderhoundbrr: i might actually be too old...
  • 4 0
 @marinlmasher: I miss the Bri'ish invasion days!
  • 3 0
 @powderhoundbrr: I sang it so damn loud
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  • 6 9
 Evergive a shit about first world problems...
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  • 50 0
 Should be:

Ever Given run a-Ground and desert you
  • 22 0
 @Noeserd: 5 downvotes to OP are from the Capitain, Chief Engineer, First Mate, Second Mate and Navigator of the Ever Given.
  • 3 0
 @thedirtyburritto: This is the last straw for them.
  • 6 0
 @marinlmasher: Oh shit, its up to 6 now...it seems the Machinist is not having it either!
  • 4 0
 @thedirtyburritto: Or it's the under 25 PB demographic who have no freakin' idea what it means, so they down vote.
  • 1 0
 holy f..ck! hahahahaha!
  • 1 0
 @marinlmasher Best comment I've seen in a long time...sorry I accidentally downvoted you.
  • 1 0
 @jb2mntbike: Little bit of humour in these dark days.
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flag ReeferSouthrland (Mar 30, 2021 at 9:58) (Below Threshold)
 Thanks for nothing Slow Joe, Trump would have sent the marine core of engineers to fix that in minutes not days, butthole.
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 @ReeferSouthrland: Who's Trump?
  • 10 5
 @ReeferSouthrland: First, I think you mean Army Corp of Engineers.
Second, if Trump had his tiny baby hands in it, it would have capsized.

Exhibit A: vaccinations before and after 1/21. Get a clue.
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flag ReeferSouthrland (Mar 30, 2021 at 14:44) (Below Threshold)
 @ReformedRoadie: I just wear a condom, much safer snow flake!
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 @CSharp: he goes by a new alias now: Defendant
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flag jesses-g (Mar 30, 2021 at 16:55) (Below Threshold)
 Um, the ship is called the EVERGREEN.
  • 4 0
 @jesses-g: Evergreen is the company name..
  • 178 2
 Not bad for one guy in an excavator!
  • 66 0
 Hope someone gave that guy a beer when he was done!
  • 22 1
 @rumblefish255: I agree but it is Egypt so likely a soda.
  • 3 1
 @rumblefish255: Not just one beer. Give him a 2-4!
  • 32 0
 See ya later, excavator!
  • 13 0
 @rumblefish255: He got Corona light
  • 6 0
 It’s not the size of the boat but the digger near the ocean
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 @ptrcarson: Might as well go for a soda...
  • 25 1
 In 2000 years people will completely forget the amazing effort Egyptians put into saving that ship and would just say that Aliens did it!
  • 4 0
 @DirtyDee: After a while,
Nile crocodile.
  • 5 4
 @winko: yeah except that Egyptians had to call in the Dutch and Japanese engineers to instruct them on wha to do . Well i guess they are aliens of sorts .
  • 2 0
 That one guy is related to Chuck Norris
  • 3 0
 @rumblefish255: they would have, but the evergiven captain drank all the beer a week ago.
  • 48 2
 Now that ship with all the bikes is going to fall off the edge of the flat earth or some sh*t.

We all should have flown to the middle east swam out and climbed up the side to get a bike while it was still grounded.

Would've been the easier option compared to hunting one down one locally.
  • 30 1
 "Looking for a different way to import a bike to the UK, Josh Reid picked one up off a production line in Shanghai, riding 9,300 miles home through 15 countries, sleeping at the side of the road and being taken in by strangers along the way" cyclingweekly.com
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 @dolores: cool solution if you have the vast reserves of time and cash to bankroll such an operation. Less than feasible for most people though I guess.
  • 33 1
 If the earth were flat cats would have certainly pushed everything off the edge by this time...
  • 2 0
 Don't worry, I'm sure someone's bike will just fall into the ocean. Container loss wreckords being broken this year.

  • 3 0
 @dolores: Which upon reaching home he had to replace everything he'd worn out getting it there! LOL
Sounds like on heck of an adventure and has to be the longest "Break In" ride in history.
Thanks for the link D.
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 @dolores: Thanks for the link. Good read.
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 @dolores: Wow. That dude is awesome!
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 @dark-o: Awesome! I wonder if the Canyons' are in that one!
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 @RayDolor: The missing chainstay's
  • 1 0
 @dark-o: I didn't even notice those! One of the few I did get, of course, was that bloody Slingshot. I remember, back in the day, think just how kool it would be to be the first kid on the block to rock one of those Slingshots.
What was I even thinking. Or smoking...I did get a pretty nice slingshot a HUNTING slingshot. I became the long distance terror of every skunk in the canyon behind our building!
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 I never realized I could come to Pinkbike and read actual news...
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flag DoubleCrownAddict (Mar 29, 2021 at 21:44) (Below Threshold)
 It would be great to see more pinkbike updates on actual news and political stuff, just to make things interesting and get some good debate going.
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: nice try buddy
  • 20 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: presumably you're just trolling, but if anyone did sincerely want politics content on this website the are a few factors I'd want them to consider:
1. There are plenty of political news sites already
2. The PB community is international and most of us are not going to care about the politics of any particular country
3. The field of politics exists to make space for people to enjoy the good things in life. It's a means, not an end. Mountain biking is one of those good things, and it relates to others: health, the outdoors, spending time with friends and family. The fact that so many of us - from around the world and with a variety of perspectives - can relate to each other over this sport we love is beautiful and it stands as a silent witness to the proper priority of politics. Introducing political content on here would divide us and we'd lose all that.
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: nope thank you very much, there's way too many divisive social media-news sites out there already.
A news section that has pinkbike readers as a target group, combined with the popularity contest that up and downvotes is, well I see no way in what that could hurt society at all.
  • 12 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: go back to your lame 60 pounds double crown ebike and leave us alone.
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: bad idea. Bad idea.
  • 35 1
 Santa Cruz increases prices another 10% ('cuz Ever Given'r)
  • 27 0
 Component Shortage 2 The Sequel
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 Coming to an LBS near you this summer...
  • 4 0
 The original Component Shortage is still showing online and in most bike shops...
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 @bob-oso: *next summer
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 We have long way to go until "Normal"
  • 20 0
 All those 12 speed parts stuck on that boat will be absolete by the time they get to us. We'll be riding 15 speed bikes by then.
  • 1 0
 so its not just Austin thats sold out of 12sp SRAM chains for the past month?
  • 6 0
 @TylerG96: My name is Austin and I was so confused by this comment for a minute lmao
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 @AustinsHardtail: Damn it, Austin! Where are the chains!?!?
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 @JonnyTheWeasel: I don't know!!! My shipment doesn't come in until next week! Please don't tell the boss, he's evil!
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 Honestly, they got it out faster than I expected.
  • 12 0
 Put it back, I need to make more jokes about it
  • 8 0
 I can barely container my joy at this news. This has really floated my spirits during what has been a pretty ship week so far, I got in trouble for being late to work because I couldn’t make the car-go, and I had someone barge in while I was having a tug later that day. I’ve been hoping to sea this headline for days, it feels like the best news you guys have ever given me.
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 Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious !
  • 9 0
 So Nico Vink decided to build some massive gaps ..... hmn cant wait for the Vid to come out !
  • 9 0
 If the Chinese invade Taiwan, like the US government believes it’s preparing to do, things could get really bad.
  • 7 0
 I'm starting to think bike part prices are like fuel prices; shoot up instantly at any adverse events, but never quite drop down again with the same vigour.
  • 8 0
 News is going to be so boring now...
  • 1 4
 Has been ever since Trump FINALLY left office and it’s SOOOOO nice!
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 @lightsgetdimmer: been really enjoying that myself.
  • 5 0
 Yay! The component shortage is over! Wait...
  • 3 0
 *glances down at Treks 2023 back-order dates*
  • 4 0
 I'm surprised no "just the tip" jokes made it in.
  • 2 1
 its easy just stay away from made in china brands.
in other way someone must support slave labour
at least now all mass produced in china "boutiques" can rise price even more.
  • 2 0
 The industry was already way behind on their supply chains before the boat was beached, so ya this is not gonna make a huge difference.
  • 4 0
 New model now available from Sick Bikes: the Never Given.
  • 3 0
 "Rocky Mountain Bikes!"
...*made in over seas
  • 2 0
 Crazy how much sand and muck they had to dredge out. Might be time to do some maintenance over there...
  • 10 0
 Nah, it's like any infrastructure. It's always someone else's problem until it completely fails.
  • 3 0
 Dang 1 guy in an excavator works quicker than I thought!
  • 2 0
 " may take time".. yeah, just like last year when companies got behind and are now even further behind on orders
  • 1 0
 A high price to pay by everybody in this f***ing planet.
This industry needs to be controlled.
You must watch: vimeo.com/162357846
  • 4 1
 sobered up and it's on it's way again
  • 1 0
 Hopefully this spawns a new phenomenon of Ever Givening, where you try to climb 1,312' in one ride. Much more manageable than Everesting.
  • 1 0
 Or casing a landing so bad that your friends need to drag you to safety.
  • 2 0
 Oh thank You!!!! I will finally get my long awaited saddle!!
  • 1 0
 pro freeriders clearly missed this opportunity to send it over a container ship
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 yeeeyy...another 300 euros for the new bike !
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 Why has it written Ever green on the Sides thou Its name is Ever Given ??
  • 4 0
 Evergreen is the name of the shipping company. That boat is named Ever Given.
  • 2 0
 Evergreen is the shipping company, Ever Given is the name of the vessel
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 C'mon, sing it again everyone! Evergreen is the name of the shipping company. That boat is named Ever Given. Evergreen is the shipping company, Ever Given is the name of the vessel
  • 1 0
 Ever Given up on a muddy thread?
  • 2 1
 As usual, the Italians arrived and the problem is solved Wink
  • 1 0
 anyone else read : ''Ever GivER'' at first glance?
  • 1 0
 im so glad i over consumed that i dont need anything... ever
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 not a bad effort given the 'weeks' estimate..
  • 2 0
 China fucked us all.
  • 1 0
 Throw in a couple of twin turbskies and hit warp speed....
  • 1 0
 I guess ETA's will be shorter now, instead of December it'll be September.
  • 1 0
 WTF is THIS on PB!!!
  • 8 10
 Just one other reason to be glad I don't buy brand new bikes lol
  • 10 2
 it still affects you
  • 2 4
 @tiagomano: care to elaborate?
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 @seismicninja: muchhhhhhhh pricier used bikes. like... much much pricier.
  • 5 2
 @TylerG96: True. But the benefit of used is you get to pick and choose til you find the right one. Even in the middle of the Covid tax, I still come across great deals. And you have the advantage of negotiating and bartering. New bikes are just plain overpriced and lose their value too quickly for my taste. I don't see it as affecting me since I am perfectly happy searching for that sweet deal and I always find it no matter what the market is like. Plus I don't have to wait months and months for a new bike.
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 @seismicninja: still tiakes time to find the right one though, even now with the lack of new bikes more will go used. i sold my SC for 2k more than i would have two years ago, and a 6 year old remedy for 1k more than i would have sold it for two years ago. great times to be selling bikes, the demand is high which means the price goes high too
  • 4 2
 Are you actually laughing out loud?
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 @woofer2609: I let some air out through the nose slightly vigorously after your comment if that counts for anything.
  • 1 0
 Ya better than being in a global pan ..... dohh!
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