Mike Levy's Last Podcast

Dec 6, 2023 at 16:50
by Brian Park  
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The podcast will continue with Henry, Kaz, Sarah, and the rest of the PB editorial crew. Levy will drop in from time to time, but we'll have to finally change the cover art. Art by Taj Mihelich


I was hoping we wouldn't ever have to do this podcast, but as of a few weeks ago, Mike Levy has officially left the Pinkbike team. Kazimer and I sat down with Levy in my cold, cramped garage to reflect on his time at Pinkbike and read a bunch of Levy stories from coworkers and industry friends—including a chat with the venerable Richard Cunningham. There's a short detour about aliens, Bigfoot, and sim racing, before we talk about Levy's plans for the future and end the podcast to avoid getting emotional and weird. Apologies in advance for the strong language, this one is a bit raw.



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RC had some great stories about Levy at the Trek launch in Copper Canyon circa 2007.

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Freeride Levy in ~2008.

Mike levy at the BC Bike Race Photo by Margus Riga
The infamous post-crash photo from BC Bike Race. Photo: Margus Riga.

 mikelevy - this is as close to mama birding as things got. Levy was so tired he needed to be hand fed.
Levy's unpaid intern has had to hand feed occasionally him over the years.

Mike Levy s pinkmartian.com
Radek made pinkmartian.com in Levy's honour.

Thinking about gearboxes.
Strong opinions about gearboxes.

The Grim Donut video game
Levy will be forever immortalized in the Grim Donut Game.

Taiwan with Levy Crisp
Proving that eccentric hubbed side by side bikes are the future.

Taiwan with Levy Crisp
Scooters with Crisp and Levy in Taiwan.

Skidz w Levy
Skids are serious business.


Mike Levy's been a huge part of the Pinkbike team for many years, and has had a massive impact on the sport. We're gutted to see him go, but he'll still pop in from time to time as part of the extended Pinkbike family forever.

We joke about it in the podcast but, despite him being totally against the idea, I honestly believe he belongs in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.





Thanks for everything, Mike.

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603 Comments
  • 2010 6
 We didn’t even talk about linkage forks or bikes with not enough travel, and we definitely missed the comment section. I want to say that there’s zero chance I would have stuck around for so long if we didn’t have such an active and entertaining community, so my time here is mostly your fault rather than anything I’ve done.

I’ve heard bike industry folk talk shit about the PB comment section many times over the years. I would always think about how boring it must be to not have a load of people instantly telling you where you f*cked up, pointing out your (many) spelling mistakes and, if you managed not to bumble it up too badly, maybe even give you some praise. And so many laughs. Never change, Pinkers.

The comment section has made this Pinkbike journey about a thousand times more entertaining than it would have been otherwise, so thank you!

I could never have imagined where this whole thing would end up, that I’d ever be able to do this as a job, and that I’d be part of such an amazing community.
  • 179 4
 Thanks for your contributions. Enjoy your endless sabbatical.
  • 88 3
 Thank you so much. You are a large part of the reason why 15-year-old me joined this platform and even larger part of the reason I stuck around. Can't wait to see what you get up to next!
  • 67 4
 We'll miss you, Levy. Hopefully we'll see your name on a comment here every once in a while. Best wishes on whatever comes next for your life.
  • 25 3
 Thanks levy. All the best.
  • 47 1
 You’re wrong about climb switches but right about water bottle mounts.
See you in the next life.
  • 5 2
 Thank you! 3
  • 12 2
 All the best for the future Mike!
  • 20 1
 We are going to miss you man! I hope you find/found your next calling and its rad.
  • 14 7
 bye mike
  • 11 1
 Thanks for all the quality contents over the years and all the best for the future!

And Specialized thanks you as well when you made me buy a 21’ stumpy after reading your review Big Grin still have it still super stoked.

Any tribute poster planned !!??
  • 74 3
 Pinkbike comment section does a great job of holding brands to account.

Questionable performance claims, unreasonable pricing, cringey marketing spiel, elephants in the room that the brand is ignoring - Pinkbike comment section will tell you all about it. Rewards the brands that are doing it right and punishes the brands doing it wrong.

There may be some exceptions where brands get an unjustified beasting (Orange Bikes get a tough wrap) but most of the time the beastings are fully justified and often times there's very genuine praise on here. Long live Pinkbike comment section!
  • 13 1
 back to Pedalsport!
  • 23 2
 Always my favourite PB staffer, loved your reviews and thoughts!
  • 15 2
 This news has resulted in a void in the universe. I hope you will pop up somewhere that rewards you as much as you have rewarded us with your wit and insight. Best of luck and I look forward to seeing where the wind takes you next.
  • 25 2
 The PB comment section loves YOU. Always remember that.
  • 2 3
 You aren't bailing because I gave away your mini last Christmas are you?

13. Jason M, USA -- Pendle Bike Rack W2 and Mike Levy's mini

I'm sure I can get Jason to cough it up!

~~~

Thanks for years of great content and I hope where ever you land you bring the same engagement and passion to what ever that is.

Gonna drink a Back Country Lochness in your honor Sir!
  • 7 3
 Thanks for everything dude! Good luck to you on your future endeavors!
  • 51 3
 End of an era. You made this site so much fun! Your sense of humor, humility, and love of the sport has been a gift to all of us.
  • 7 0
 Dude's so pale you could tell he wasn’t an Outside guy anyway. Going to b a lot cheaper doing the impossible climbs on trails vs moon lander studio-style. Cheers for the awesome content over the years Levy
  • 9 2
 Thanks for all Mike. Will miss you.
  • 10 17
flag leftypumpkin (Dec 7, 2023 at 10:11) (Below Threshold)
 Good luck in whatever comes next for you. I'd like to note that Henry is no-Levy when it comes to the podcast, you were definitely a natural at keeping the podcast moving and making sure the relevant stuff was talked about.

I was worried that maybe you were 'institutionalized' often, hence your recurring sabbaticals (if true, sorry for outing you, mental health is a thing society needs to recognize and talk openly about more)!
  • 6 3
 Absolute legend, Keep on keeping on my man!
  • 32 1
 This new modern age version of PB doesn't deserve you anyway Levi. (or maybe you are needed now more then ever?). Sarcastic in the best way possible, knows what real freeride really is, pretty sure you know what being a dirtbag who can only afford their dumb hobby is, and most importantly I feel like you really understand the mtb world and its history better then most newer persons in the industry. The end of a PB era for sure. We all wish you the best. Stay muddy and lost sir.
  • 11 2
 And not a single Pic of that beautiful Honda powered mini.
  • 12 2
 Good luck! PB ain't going to the same with out you.
  • 5 2
 True legend. Happy trails sir!
  • 53 1
 Let me guess. You're going to Norco bikes?
  • 37 1
 To me, bike industry folk talking shit about the PB comment section shows a disconnect from reality. Many PR people have told me to not even look, perhaps they're trying to 'control the message' or feel threatened by feedback, but frankly I find this community to be enthusiastic, smart and good humored (on average, sucky outlier individuals are outliers).

Anyway, thanks for your contribution @mikelevy, it was a pleasure meeting you at Sea Otter last year. You're a special human with a gift for distilling and diseminating stories quickly, concisely and with a high entertainment factor.

Also thank you for "stankshuns".
  • 14 3
 No reason you can't troll with us in the future.
  • 11 1
 ha! typical AI generated answer and I almost believed the audio too. stay vigilante, citizens! Big Grin
  • 10 2
 Man, you got me into enjoying Podcasts as an entertainment format! Thanks for everything Mike and happy trails!!
  • 3 1
 @thinkbike: We should make an AI generated Mike Levy so we can talk to him about bikes.
  • 2 2
 Man, you are my sigma twin! Great podcast, thank's for being genuinely yourself.
  • 1 2
 Whoops, that was supposed to be a heart...
  • 4 3
 Cheers Mike
  • 4 1
 Thank you for the years of entertainment and information. Good luck to you in the future.
  • 4 2
 Chapeau Mike, you always did a great job reminding us at large that riding bikes is for fun and not to take things too seriously.
  • 3 2
 Thanks Mike, it's been great to read all the article over the years with your strong and honest opinions. Getting to know you a little when we road and hung out at the BC bigger race was awesome.
  • 3 0
 Gutted and this sucks!! But sometimes you just have to do some shit. Take care and may you be blessed on your journey.
  • 4 0
 Thx MIke , all the best . Hope to see you out on trails
  • 3 1
 Thanks for bringing a unique flavour to the PB landscape, we'll miss it. Godspeed in the next chapter.
  • 4 2
 @Chadimac22:
Except the one person who downvoted his comment. Who does that?
  • 3 2
 Thank you for all your fantastic work over the years Mike, you will be missed!
  • 2 1
 May the road rise with you.
  • 4 0
 Godspeed and hail S8N.
  • 4 1
 @andelinc: which seems more likely?: a) someone with fat/clumsy fingers, b) someone how hates Levy, c) someone having a bad day, d) aliens
  • 1 1
 We've already missed you. Now you might have time to stop by! Good luck for what's next
  • 4 1
 I liked it better when you were in Swollen Members. Best of luck - you will be missed at PB!
  • 3 0
 @andelinc: probably someone who mis-clicked. Somehow their interface doesn't let you change your vote so you just have to live in shame
  • 3 1
 So sorry to see you leave Mike. Good luck in your next new adventure.
  • 3 1
 Thanks for everything, you will be sorely missed
  • 6 3
 later numb nuts
  • 19 2
 Hearing my hero, @mikelevy, say my name and read my comment back when “comment gold” was still part of the podcast is one of my proudest bike-related moments. Still trying to figure out which section of my resume that goes on…
  • 6 1
 @VtVolk: I had a mention too in comment gold, although my reference was "some guy." lol
  • 5 1
 Levy, I’ve been a PB member since 2001(bought my first legit mtn bike off here) and have read many of your articles throughout the years. Even when I took a break for a decade and came back, during Covid, I was pleasantly surprised to still find your name on here. Thanks for your genuine and solid contribution to the game. You will be missed! Good luck on your future endeavors, and ride on!
  • 13 0
 @VtVolk: I too had a comment gold shout out! I remember telling my wife that I was mentioned on the podcast or at least my user name was. She just said "thats nice honey"......
  • 2 0
 @VtVolk: I got referenced as well! @mikelevy - the pandemic was a total shit time, and your work on the PB podcast definitely brought some much needed light and laughter for me every week. Thank you and wishing you all the best!
  • 2 0
 Thanks for all you have done for PB and mountain biking! Have fun out there!
  • 1 2
 all the best! hope to see you pop in from time to time
  • 3 4
 Mike, your post has encourage me to completely remove my filter in the comment section.

When people ask “why are you such an a-hole with your comments?”, I’ll say because Mikey likes it.
  • 1 1
 thanks levy! I liked you best in spandex!
  • 3 1
 Sad to see you go. You are always the most entertaining in the podcasts. Good luck with the future and whatever dreadful gravel ride you have planned.
  • 4 2
 Great work here, you will be missed and I'm sad you won't be here for the demise of the rear derailleur. Grim Donut was genius but still not sure about downcountry. My favorite video was your pumptrack race and favorite story was the bike park trip. Wish you the best.
  • 35 0
 I'd like to offer you the ultimate compliment used in Australia , one only bestowed upon those of the highest order, one that is said with utmost respect. Mike , you're a fucking good cunt.
  • 5 1
 No words. You are the reason I tuned into anything pinkbike related. I hope you have a platform for us to follow along!
  • 6 1
 As a retired radio guy it is obvious to me you are a natural broadcaster/presenter/ video host, what ever you want to call it. But what I appreciate most is that while you passed along reams and reams of cool info, you always kept it fun! And isn’t that what we love most about mountain biking? We do it to put a smile on our face. It’s all about having fun. You added to that experience for me. Thanks Mike. Best of luck.
  • 11 30
flag connriverdesign (Dec 7, 2023 at 16:02) (Below Threshold)
 Shittiest news I’ve heard all week… and it was a really shitty week. Now we’ll have to listen to even more of Henry’s crap. I’m gonna sign off too. Best wishes Mike!
  • 1 0
 I heard Tyler Maine got you a job at We Are One! First job to sign Minnaar?!?
  • 8 2
 A huge heartfelt seeya later from PB podcast #88 Comment Gold winner (about Henry eating shrooms) - me

Thanks for everything. You are legend, and you defined the pod for me & my buds, got us thru the pandemic with hope & smiles-for-miles, and its been amazing.

Heres to hoping you get abducted by aliens, solve all the conspiracies, shred all the gnar and enjoy a daily cup of steaming Monster Energy Drink on your favorite overpass while staring at streetlights thinking They Have Arrived.

Hard to imagine PB w/o your pod-hosting, articles & humor but the fans will survive, and we will have been better educated and humored to the tilt. Thank you so much my man!
  • 2 1
 Thanks for being you, and playing your role (roll) in making this place the awesome dumpster fire that it is/was.
  • 2 1
 Bye Mike!
  • 15 0
 Levy, my man. Really sad to see you move on, PB won't ever be the same without you. Thanks for being an original, thanks for staying true to yourself and thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for all the years of exactly "the right amount of stupid" Smile
  • 1 0
 @alwayslivingthedream: good one, beat me to it
  • 1 0
 All web pages that do not allow you to comment should be avoided. Thanks Mike I hope I still see you on our trails.
  • 12 0
 Roswell that Ends Well.
  • 13 14
 The podcasts have been terrible since you left. Very hard to listen. Shit was way better when your on. Good luck on your next adventure and I hope you f*ck some shit up!✌️
  • 4 0
 First Warner then Minnaar now Levy? I'll be huddled up in the corner working on a time machine, only needs to go back two years or so, this is too much
  • 3 0
 Wish you all the best, you will be missed Levy, def one of the voices of those of us (now aging) old guard of NWD/Red Bull/2000 era riders...been a treat seeing this site grow, and your tenure was a big part of that, don't forget that.
  • 2 1
 Pink Bike wont be the same without you Levy! Thanks for all the laughs and good luck on your future endeavors.
  • 4 1
 the christmas present that nobody wanted. Good luck in your next new adventure.
  • 2 1
 Thanks Levy. Ride on.
  • 3 1
 You will be missed @mikelevy !!
All the best with what is ahead...
As my high school English teacher always said: "When sliding down the bannister of life... may the splinters lie the other way..."
  • 4 2
 Met you once in whistler and you made fun of us being scared to go down blue line. Fun times lol. Enjoy the ride.
  • 4 0
 So now that you’re off pinkbike, can we count on you to run for office? Mike for president/prime minister. “I kinda like Mike” is a great campaign slogan, or “aliens are among us” works too.
  • 3 1
 You are a true legend. I remember waiting for your tech Tuesday videos to come out so I could learn to work on my bike. Years later and I'm fully independent with maintenance thanks in part to your tips and tricks. You're bike reviews kicked ass and helped me pick 3 new whips through the years. You were a corner stone on pinkbike and it will absolutely not be the same. I wish you all the success in the future, I will truly miss your contribution. p.s. disclosure is imminent.
  • 3 0
 Thank you for everyting Levy! Your passion and intensity comes second to none! You were my perfect podcast-host, with a entertaining mix of sensible and whacky comments, always with a smile. Going to miss all of your crazy ideas and entertaining productions!
  • 1 0
 Thanks Mike, you were the one who got me into Pinkbike and I absolutely loved the Grim Donut videos. I missed you for a good minute and it sucks to hear you now left. Hoping to see you elsewhere.
  • 2 2
 What a legend! What a podcast! What a triumvirate! Saddened to know this is the last, but I really enjoyed this episode. The OG Mikes and Brian chemistry is fantastic, super entertaining and sounds very natural. I loved the old stories, I loved the RC guest appearance, it was just like PB pods from 2020 and 2021. Best of luck in whatever comes next Levy!
  • 2 1
 sad youre heading off but wishing you all the best
  • 7 0
 I could listen to you read a newspaper.

You are one entertaining dude. Thanks for your contribution and Im sure the next chapter is great. All the best.

Just want to point out a missed opportunity of headline. "Mike officially Levy-ing"
  • 4 0
 @Mike as soon as you got in front of a camera it was obvious your charisma was wasted on a fringe sport. I expect you're off to mainstream TV.
  • 2 0
 May you live long and prosper
  • 1 0
 Good luck in the future!
  • 2 0
 I was late joining the Pinkbike community, but thank you for the countless laughs and quality content over the years. You will be missed, all the best in the future!
  • 1 0
 @Mptango: You want to go back to two years ago?
  • 2 0
 Damn, who else will talk about Drop In videos and make me feel nostalgic?

Articles from RC, photos from Mike Ferrentino, and stories from Levy. Whether or not you want it, you're a legend.

Thanks for always reminding me that bikes are supposed to be fun!
  • 1 0
 Peace out Mike! You're one of the good ones
  • 1 0
 I appreciate you, and wish you the best. You've been an integral part of what makes this place great, and it'll never be the same without you. We'll miss your voice, energy and enthusiasm. Forever grateful for contribution to the industry and culture. Cheers
  • 1 0
 Really talented podcaster/broadcaster. Wish there was a way to leave the field testing to Kaz and Dario and you stay on doing what you enjoy more. Best wishes on your next chapter.
  • 1 0
 Best wishes, you hall of famer!
  • 2 0
 Thank you Leavy, Come back and visit soon.
  • 1 0
 You will be missed you and Kay are pb
  • 4 0
 @mikelevy As all of these comments have said, you have been, and will continue to be missed here. Your sense of humor and attitude is one of a kind. I love that a legend like RC mentioned how your willingness to call out the industry led to many significant changes. To add onto that, I think it was your ability to deliver them in a humorous and self deprecating way that made the holy industry types listen and grow the pinkbike audience. For my own selfish reasons, I hope you find a way to share your unique perspectives and gift of gab with the world again...whether that's on non-human intelligent life forms, F1, Sim Racing or Linkage Driven Gravel Bike Forks.
  • 1 0
 You have really made Pinkbike enjoyable for me Mike! I valued your reviews (still on my ‘00 Optic and loving it) and looked forward to reading/hearing your take on all things here. Best of luck and happiness in the future!
  • 1 1
 Thanks for being a awsome Guy ever since I joined Pinkbike
  • 2 0
 Will definatlet missyou here! I've relistened the pb podcast so often, especially with you on as host!
Curious when you'll be on as a guest in future times Wink maybe for the Chudders on Feeding of Each Other? I'm sure you have a ton of fun and intresting storys to tell! F1,Aliens, Travel sure theres more Smile

Keep it up! Enjoy what ever you are doing! Wild life and a good start into a new year!
  • 1 0
 F**k, I hate goodbyes so much Frown Let the trails be friendly to you
  • 2 0
 Thank for all your contributions over the years Mike! Always a joy to listen to and watch. On that note the podcast has not been the same without you and TBH I have quit listening to it
  • 3 0
 r/mtb has nothing on the pb comment section.
  • 1 0
 The Podcasts were an absolute lifesaver over lockdown, especially when you were interacting with RC! The Dams run by dogs suggestion and instant RC shutdown still pops into my head and makes me laugh. Going to head over and listen again. Ep 35 'Things in the woods' approx 48mins in FYI. All the best for future adventures..
  • 1 0
 Thanks Mike. The podcast helped get me through the pandemic. Whatever you get up to next, I hope it works out for you. Don’t get lost or killed!
  • 2 0
 @quackfu: As much as I hate to admit it I was always checking to see when the next one would come out when he was on it. I honesty haven't listened to one in months except for this one. He was the podcast.
  • 1 16
flag tanders0797 (Dec 8, 2023 at 16:43) (Below Threshold)
 Don't leave us Mike. Just sell out like Kazimer.
  • 1 0
 A major part of why I fell in love with PB is Mike Levy and his entertaining perspectives on all things mountain biking. I will miss it a lot. Stay golden, Levy!
  • 3 0
 Levy is Levyng the building. Salute.
  • 3 0
 Levy, please start on podcast on aliens and mountain bikes.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: you will be missed!

Thanks for the great work, for the love for biking and the entertainment.
  • 1 0
 Thanks so much for the awesome ride! All the best for the trail ahead!
  • 2 0
 Took me a little to finish the whole podcast. Thanks for everything over the years. I’ve always enjoyed listening and reading your stuff on pinkbike. All the best in what’s to come and than you again! Feels a bit sad. Loosing Bike Mag and now pinkbike is entering a new phase.
  • 1 0
 Your work at Pinkbike was very important to me as I became immersed in the MTB community. Picking up the sport only a few years ago (at 40) your words "Just the right amount of stupid" capture the excitement and escape from normality that makes riding in the woods so appealing. You are and will continue to be missed as my favorite voice in the MTB landscape. Enjoy whatever comes to you next.
  • 1 0
 Thanks Mike, it wont be the same without you.

You should come back to the podcast cover these points. Maybe weekly.
@brianpark employ the man already!
  • 1 0
 What you brought to the podcast in terms of honesty, humanity, civility, and humor are sorely missed by this listener. And, your palpable friendships with the Pinkbike staffers come though in your presence on these now past podcasts. Safe travels, Levy, and thank you for your willingness to engage in bikes- we have all benefitted from your passion.
  • 1 0
 TY Levy, I have truly enjoyed hearing your take on bikes, the bike industry, aliens, taints, and everything in between. Ty, you will be missed.
  • 1 0
 A sincere thank you Mike! You are a Canadian treasure!!
  • 1 0
 Always enjoyed the banter Mike! I’m all in with you on this space odyssey, there HAS to be something out there, or maybe it’s already here! Thanks for all your not hard work
  • 1 0
 This is a sad day for all Pinkers, @mikelevy is one of my favourite PB people of all time....and I have been here since the OG Alberta days...lol. Thank you for all the amazing reviews, stories, and bullshittery over the years....I hope you find what you are looking for and get some much needed time for yourself.
  • 247 1
 GG Out of business, UCI Downhill changes, Greg Minaar leaving Santa Cruz, Nukeproof on the brink, and now Mike Levy gone...2023 sucked major a$$.
  • 532 0
 Not totally true, we gained headset cable routing.
  • 75 17
 Welcome to the corporate buyout of the MTB industry. THANK YOU OUTSIDE!
  • 13 3
 seriously... 2023 is up there with 2020 as one of the worst years for mtb
  • 22 0
 @SeanDRC: Every wave has it's highest peak, and it's lowest trough, young grasshopper.
  • 19 67
flag stravaismyracecourse (Dec 7, 2023 at 10:33) (Below Threshold)
 GG out of business is hardly a loss to anyone other than people who paid money to own a mediocre bike from a copmany with glaring mismanagement.
  • 5 0
 @AppleJack76: haha yeah, still sucks though
  • 7 3
 Still plenty of companies running race teams and releasing new bikes, the industry was becoming bloated, inefficient, and overpriced…time for a reset
  • 6 0
 @pinkbert: it’s not just pinkibike, corporate buyout is happening rampant in every sector the past year. It’s just the financial market that causes this to happen. Another and different “pinkbike” will emerge if it is “that bad”
  • 2 0
 @haroDJkid: 100%. Pinkbike, of course, doesn't make up the entirety of the MTB industry.
  • 18 1
 The semis are toast and riders will always change companies and companies will always be changing hands. But Levy's character was the essence of Pinkbike and it wont be the same without him.
  • 1 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: what evidence do you have that the semis are toast?
  • 2 1
 @NoahColorado: Thanks, I've now got coffee to clean up.
  • 3 0
 Good analogy. 2023 was really the 2020 for bikes & legends. Another one gone now...
  • 2 0
 Feels a bit like a delayed, slo-mo bitch slap from the pandemic. Bikes (and Mikes) got us through those days, but it’s all catching up now
  • 5 1
 @owl-X: Butting in here. Doesn't seem to be totally stated yet, but on numerous pods people like like Whitely and others in the know are saying semi's are done. Discovery took a bath last year on semis as well - twice as much to film, with no return so they're likely lobbying for it too. I don't think anyone's going to tolerate it. Anyway - it's piecemeal evidence but - some evidence.
  • 4 1
 @Mtn-Goat-13: I’ve heard the near-unanimous opinion that semis suck, but no indication that Warner Brothers / Discovery agree or are planning a change their format. Whiteley said he’d ditch semis, most riders who’ve voiced an opinion seem to agree, but I’ve not heard or read anything that indicates a change is going to happen. Tahnee Seagrave (on that latest Downtime) offered up her take and it sounds more likely than WBD deciding to finally listen to the riders/teams/brands: the organizers have pitched and sold their TV show, and it promises X amount of screen time to advertisers. That’s their format. They can more easily package it up, way easier to control showing 30 / 10 racers. And you know that thing when the new boss sticks with their shitty plan against all logic, simply because it’s their plan—not the old guys’? That’s big in the entertainment industry, that’s their favorite shit: oh yeah we cut that TV show, that movie was under tge old regime, we’re taking this in a better direction.
They haven’t listened to the riders or fans yet—why would they start now?
Go back and look at what Chris Ball said they were going to do. He’s 1-for-63. They made the race tape a little cleaner.
Hey, by the way, Chris Ball, where you at?—we still have some questions…or have you been absorbed into the very bullshit machine you were so excited to protect us from lol
  • 2 1
 @owl-X: Agreed mostly but also - evidence is evidence whether its from the actual source or not and you're right on all this for sure... I'm just willing to call it evidence but true, semis being gone is not evident. I'm 1000% hoping semi's die, but some of the gossipers probably know more about whats up than any of us even if they don't say so precisely. But ditto the cynacism. I have no formal / insider evidence and I don't think anyone does, but the lameness of semi's was obvious this year and I'll wager its gonna get nuked next year... but maybe yr right. Thinking for just a second - and knowing what c*nts UCI are - I can see them not budging.
  • 2 0
 @owl-X: you are right but with the amount of noise made from both riders and fans, I'll still be very surprised to see it included next season. We'll find out soon I guess.
  • 8 0
 Don't know man, I rode bikes, drank beers, partied with friends, traveled to bike parks, met a lot of new people, had intercourse, and rode more bikes.
  • 7 0
 Bikes are cheaper and I can get parts. I'm also not living in a war zone. It's all perspective. Life's great!
  • 4 8
flag mcfadden999 (Dec 8, 2023 at 12:04) (Below Threshold)
 @woofer2609: as a proud Lockheed Martin employee I concur, keep the wars in the shitholes and the missile money in my pocket
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 @Mtn-Goat-13 @tremeer023 semis were strange and seem against the spirit of DH (one run madness), and I would love to go back to the format that made me fall in love with the sport…but one thing WB Discovery have been consistent with from the start is that small final field…and unfortunately they can show we don’t need to know about a Denim Destroyer or an early Kolb—those guys never won so they don’t matter. I love the idea that crazy mofo can lay off the brakes, clear some psycho gap, go berserk and win…but that doesn’t happen. I want to believe, but it’ll be harder when it’s the same 30 dudes in the big brother house or whatever…I’m still going to watch…I’d watch Bruni tie his shoes…but arrrrgggghh make it BETTER with all that money!
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 @owl-X: Why would DCA start posting anything evidence-based now?
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 I finally listened to this podcast and Levy clearly has gone off the deep end with ufo nonsense, if you listen to the end of it. He wasted too much time on YouTube watching conspiracy videos instead of watching debunking videos, probably while on his lengthy hiatus. Still had a good career. Pinkbike has nobody to step in to fill the void and this site officially has zero charisma now.

@PACNW-MTB: Because I always do while you are burnt toast like the semis. It was in Whiteleys interview, but only for careful listeners so don't bother.

@owl-x: Warner Bros doesn't control race organization, Chris Ball does.
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: The debunk vids are better than the pro-ufo vids... always lights reflecting off windows, pranks, and made up junk. If true ufo's / aliens were here (which is physically impossible w/ fuel required and craft size) we'd have mindblowing video coverage of aliens instead of 1970's looking grainy, shaky videos that look like your sad uncle made them.

The whole thing perfectly corresponds to human flight - which speaking of... imagine yr a hunter gatherer or simple agrarian people when the 1st balloon zeppelin then planes and later space-craft were tested then ripped across the sky in vast "uncivilized" areas for decades. The people who lived there would have literally had "alien" or "ufo" experiences but with the aircraft actual other people on their planet - and would have no way whatsoever to distinguish airforce jets or spacecraft from "aliens"...which is another issue because it entirey discredit their actual experiences here with our modern flight tech. Hell, if any of these people had even seen cars or mountain bikes (and us in our helmets & gear) they'd say we were not from the planet.

Point: were the aliens on out own planet & the alien / ufo fascination is just creaming ourselves that someone has built a slightly better rocketship. Who knows less about their very own planet right now than humans? No other form of life is as alien here than we are so the whole alien / ufo thing is a sad jjoke of who we've become here at home.
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: You have a valid point I had never considered.

If there were aliens and they could put out the effort to get here they would either introduce themselves to us as friends or take our resources, they wouldn't just fly around and secretly watch us for decades. The whole UFO conspiracy simply lacks the most very basic logic. Only a simple minded dupe would believe that shit.
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: Pretty much - tho you said it better than me. My whole point was we've had millions (10s? 100s?) of (actually cool) people right here who have seen modern craft of all types and considered it "alien" - and yet that's' us. Its also modern snobbery over hunting/gathering / agrarian people who, compared to modern people, are "simple" - but also not. Complex knowledge of land & techniques - and just being happy vs. us.

You might have the better point tho: aliens secretly whipping around here for generations now: absurd. Especially with the resource they'd obviously need for anything: food, repairs, fuel. Technology is massively costly - even our "simple" bikes - massive teams of millions of people for resource extraction, founding/smelting/converting, transport, advanced assembly skills... people are not thinking through whatsoever what "aliens" would require to be here and it would be massively obvious.

To me the universe is teeming with life - possibliities for it in by the billions just in our solar system, not just on on Earth. But I'm also talking life, not just humanity (which is just a tiny blip of it) so I don't see anything wild at all thinking there's other forms of life anywhere. We know for a fact that fungal spores can pass in & out of the atmosphere & float around in space too so - there's your basic compound for life, probably scattered by the unthinking bajillions around the universe of billinon x billions of years. The "aliens" are in fact - not. Its just biological life, and (hey, I'm a scientist / biologist) - its a lot more intersting than the modern fantasy of humanoid aliens...that's just another projection of the parasites we've become (in my view).

PS - Im an opinionated a*shole btw.
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: zzz. Yeah I'm totally down with the idea of intelligent life on other planets and don't doubt it for a second. But they face all the same challenges we do in the impossible challenge of traveling through deep space. We live in a world of astrological numbnuts born from Star Trekkies who thought you could one day travel through space with the push of a button without even really considering the challenges. It's as if TV has broadened our horizons and made us complete idiots at the same time. Elon is the personification for me, although I respect Tesla as a company.

We are stuck here on this planet we've likely destroyed with nobody to help us and no escape. If aliens were hanging around to watch it go down without offering assistance that's not very humane and makes us better than them. Not happening in that advanced of a culture if they can travel through deep space. Are they gonna wait till the last minute to save us? Exponentially doubtful.

I wasted 15 minutes researching UFO's today, which is way too much to justify. But this is the most convincing article I found on it and actually very heartfelt, broad thinking, and realist.

www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2021/08/11/stop-ufo-mania-no-evidence-of-aliens
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: Astrological numbnuts - CLASSIC! I'm gonna use that one for the rest of my life now. Agreed, again - the modernization of all this has in fact made us dumber and not even thinking clearly about it. I'd say it probably is possible ''aliens'' could travel space, maybe, with some type of miracle fuel...but it seems highly unlikely and so much of all this fascination about them is just their freaking ride... the bike they're on. They wouldn't only be about the ride - they'd need to eat, shit, have some fun, chill out, settle down, copulate, tell some jokes and have a purpose in life other than waxing & fueling the badass ship... and all living things already do all that (minus the ship for most). I"ll check your vid though - much obliged. For me the all this is well intentioned but entirely misplaced...what could be more alien than massive 275 yr old deep luminescent sea creatures, tarsiers, any number of grasshoppers that can just 1000 times their body length in a split second - or even the final hunter/ gatherer peoples here who, mind you, are still here 4 million years later living the same hard / good / funny / sad / normal life we all do.

All that being said - I f*cking love my bikes.
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 @tremeer023: Don't have time to check a 23 min Cox vid (have watched hours of Cox tho & he's the man). You'lll have to filter out yr point or direct me to a couple mins section of the clip tho. As a 20-yr sci-papers editor & evolutionary biologist / ecologist, so far there is zero in "aliens" that would differ much from the various forms of life that exist here since the foundational DNA and physical basis of the universe would be identical). Cox fully supports the idea life is fully throughout the universe but doubts that physical fuel / machine travel, even from habitatal planets within just this universe exists or could exist (that I'm aware of). At least, he seems to know of zero actual evidence of it (again, maybe wrong...not a Cox expert).
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 @DoubleCrownAddict Read that WaPo article... I feel like I wrote this & many of the arguments I've thought of for yrs. its prob the single best synopsis / article on why ufos / aliens just don't exist. Is there hearsay evidence? A#1 - 95% of which is fabricated nonsense anyway. Actual evidence? Literally none. No ships. No DNA. Nothing. There are so many holes in the idea - all of this hyped up by media / tv shows / faulty sightings (lights relfectiing on windows, rural people seeing miltary experimental craft or even balloons at 70,000 feet, etc) --- not to mention insane levels of anthro-centric assumptions (why would aliens be so fascinate by humans vs. whales, monkeys or mega-herd wildlife, or forests) - clearly they can see we're destroying all of that.

All of the logic & factlessness makes it impossible to listen to alien-worshippers seriously. It's just more grasping for something "out there" when in fact, everything humans need is right here (tho we're choking the shit out of that daily, self included - I'm a resource gobbling orc too). Humans are the aliens here, in my view.

No other form among million on this planet is as out of place, stupid, smart but unable to change or stop itself, or unfocused on the point of even being here: living a good life, then giving it up and not trying to immortalize ones-self.
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: Do the math. It says there IS life beyond earth.
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: yeh that was basically my point. The scale of the universe is difficult to fathom. Even if there is other intelligent life out there (quite possible), the physics of visiting it (or vice versa) is virtually impossible. A vehicle that can travel faster than the speed of light is effectively a time machine.
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 @PACNW-MTB: Not any math to be done. Answer is we don't know, but as @tremeer023 pointed out - anything that could reach speed of light for travel = a time machine. Maybe that exists. Life is also not just humans, humanoid or beings that can travel in ships. Its billions more species that actually matter more, and which ultimately - get the last laugh. The universe is prob be teeming w/ life, the "math" shows that, but the fact is - the math and none of these commetns actually prove that. Its the best guess w/ the facts we think we know, and thus (scientifically speaking) - a theory and not a law.
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 @tremeer023: Well said. I'm sure Cox gets to that. Cox for years points out the massive meteor collision entirely shattering the earth, wiping out dinosaurs (though birds, reptiles & others are actually survivors) and setting life back a few 100 million years - thus leading to humans now - is brain-melting. No meteor and Minaar doesn't win shit, we don't buy cool helmets & bike gear. Ever, because we wouldn't exist.

From what I recall he says "we are alone" but that the liklihood of life universally (and even parallel) is very high. There's just not pure data whatsoever to show anyone else exists (or has a fancier intersteller downhill bike than we've built) yet. Ultimately the alien fasciantion is all about 1) how cool is the rig they came in on 2) what are the clearly-humanoid drivers like and 3) will they kill or save us and 4) "you're a sucker man...you've been lied to". Basically a weaker version of religion that religion already is.
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: Yep. That was alotta wurdz to agree with what I just said.
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 @PACNW-MTB: Except 1) this is a comment board, so "wurdz" are the norm, and plenty of them; 2) yr comment didn't span a very wide parameter of concepts, hence more "wurds" on my part. f you don't like reading more words, just move the f*ck on. X is 280, maybe better suited to simple points.
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 @PACNW-MTB: Keep working on those those reading skills.

@Mtn-Goat-13: It's almost as ridiculous as the people who actually believe there will be a zombie apocalypse someday. I'll pay attention when we're either attacked or if we see them come out of their spaceship. Humans are definitely the 'take over and destroy everthing' aliens on this planet.
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: No it didn't span a, "wide parameter...", It was very concise and didn't need any help from you.
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: LOL. Pot, meet the kettle.....
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: Since I did a little UFO research I've had some ufo articles pop up in my news stream, thanks @mikelevy
This is another great article that is extremely interesting, funny, and frustrating to read at the same time. UFO belief is just a cultural phenomenon that builds upon itself with the sensationalist feedback loop it creates, which is fueled by the conspiracy media which profits from it and the stupid people who believe in it. It ALL started in 47 and took off for awhile and died but then was recycled by stoner Vietnam protesters who didn't trust the government. That's what created the idea of the 'deep state', which has led to so much distrust of the government and media. The article also explains how Trump's stupid election lies and the Jan 6 insurrection wouldn't have happened without all this UFO belief nonsense. UFO believers deserve much worse than just being laughed at.

www.npr.org/transcripts/1215372533
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 @DoubleCrownAddict: Couldn't said it any better. UFOs, ghosts, bigfoot (and now the deepstate monster, which - if it existed, would've already cement-booted a certain conman long ago). It's all huckin' a buck. Gotta say I'm bummed Levy's falling for it and while its funny in a way, its a loss of actual reason, facts, science & such. Levy was the shit w/ bikes but I ain't following a popcorn trail to D&D gameboard junk. I believe you've nailed it succinctly in your last comment here. Well done.
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: wait, the dude is really talking about aliens like this? oof...

Conmen love it when you announce you're a mark...religious, conspiracy nut, any of that. Easy money (well, easier money than trying to get it from a non-believer)...it's not helpful to push any sort of BS, no matter how inconsequential it seems...all the little things add up and we end up with...what we have now...

the spiritual-to-fascist route seems to be the one I'm seeing most lately.

Snap out of it Levy!
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 Mike levy and Greg minnaar uci downcountry team 2024?
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 Subscribe.
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 E-Downcountry
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 Only if Jackson Goldstone is the team manager....
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 @dmackyaheard: This is the way lol
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 Will Greg be riding the GDv2.4?
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 Damn... I'm probably not the only one that thinks of Levy as the embodiment of Pinkbike. Thanks for all the great articles and podcasts, been hell of ride.

Curious what your next adventures will be... new host of Ancient Aliens?
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 Definitely the soul of PB for multiple eras. Mike and Mike were the perfect balance and it's going to be hard to get that back.
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 starting MikeBike is his clear next step. Attempts to lure Mike K away with offers of Monster and Timbits instead of a salary probably wont work, but it wont stop him from trying.
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 100% the soul of PB, and always was.
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 for me it was always about mike and mike but, especially about mike; and the podcasts were always about mike and his crazy addictive storytelling....; when he dissapeared at the beginning of the year, so were my frequent visits on pb; now that he is officially gone.. so will I as to me, without any disrespect, the new guys give me nothing I can relate with and their experiences and expectations of what mtb is, missed me out completely; basically, I cannot identify with and so, I cannot relate with and so, it feels like I am doing it for nothing(due to habbit)... and because I believe I'm no dv.mb kid, I will simply stop doing it. Thank you Mike Levy, it was a blast and I thoroughly enjoyed it!, ...and alsox, Fernando is still one of the goats, no matter what Peter Windsor says about his driving style!
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 @eugenux: Same - I'm finding myself not very interested in the latest field tests and most of the articles now. Mike and Mike is needed with some Jason Lucas thrown in as well. Best of luck Mike!
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 @eugenux: @eugenux: Also same here. The "new team" make some great articles and produce loads of content but since mike and rc left the vibe if definitly different. Good ride to you Mike
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 @eugenux: Agree 100%. No offense to the rest of the Pinkbike team but I stopped listening to the podcasts and come to the website much less frequently. Lifestyle "journalism" is about personality, style, and charisma... Those things drive relatability, return views, and engagement. Think about the initial lineup of "Top Gear", it was never the same after that.
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 @eugenux: As much as I enjoyed Levy, I always relate(d) more with Kaz's take on things. Loved both of them together. Kaz made me nod my head, Levy made me shake it, haha. Such a unique personality. Will miss Levy, but love what HQ brings to the table.
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 Pinkbike….you Fell Off , smh
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 Who?
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 Anybody downvoting @dratm's comment has ZERO sense of sarcastic wit.
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 @synchro: Too bad there's no Mike Levy winky emoji. Everyone would've gotten that!
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 @CSharp: Or the raised/lowered eyebrow emoji…
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 Mike Levy (TIL animated emoticons only work on the desktop version of PB... )
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 @mikekazimer: Trevor is fixing for mobile right now.
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 @brianpark: he fixed it!
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 @dflano: Mike Levy Mike Levy Mike Levy

: levy : with no spaces if you want to use it yourself
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 @mikekazimer: This is gonna go viral! Mike Levy
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 @mikekazimer: This is getting a bit WAKI. Better than pics of his feet, though IMHO.
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 :levy
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 This is just embarassing now
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 I feel like MTB has become a horror story. The UCI villain, RBTV murdered and now Levy kidnapped by aliens. This plot sucks.
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 Yeah 2023 has been rough for a lot of fans of DH and MTB. Definitely feels like an unpleasant changing of the guard is occurring. Best wishes to you and yours Mike!
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 I feel like they need to change the writers for this story they’re just aging out all the top guys
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 Go ride your bike.
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 Yeah, pretty much... It kinda feels like this is the bad timeline.
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 It occurs that the bike market crisis may have many faces and it touched even aliens.
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 I think the reason Levy is so popular in the MTB community is because he's like the boy who never grew up. That's basically what we're all seeking when we go out riding bicycles in the woods at the weekend; we're trying to rekindle the feeling of being 10 years old. Levy was and remains the embodiment of that spirit. All the best for the future Mike.
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 The Peter Pan of MTB
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 I may get thrashed for saying this, but with a rigid fatbike you kind of get that 10y.o. feeling, and still spare your bones a bit
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 The past year has been a classic examples of the five stages of grief:

denial. - Levy is just taking leave - he’ll be back

anger. - f*ck off and leave Levy alone he’s taking time off

bargaining. - trying to lure Levy and his alien overlords back to Squamish with Tim Hortons and monster

depression. - will pinkbike ever be the same? Who will argue with people now?

acceptance. Oh right - Henry he doing a fabulous job having good strong (incorrect) opinions and running a great podcast.

We’ll miss you Levy xx
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 I just figured he was in rehab. Or…. abducted by aliens.
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 @Cambot: nope - no advent this year and Levy leaving. Me thinks I know what happened to all of the prizes. Had to fund the next phase somehow.
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 @tiffe: I just want the trail forks update to less him back to us
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 Lead *
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 I'm pretty sure I'll just remain stuck in denial.
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 I didn’t care for the guy at first but he grew on me like like a bad fungal infection. All the best Mike, I hope the future is bright and the trails are long.
  • 3 2
 like a toe fungus that never ever goes away Smile

Mike is good people
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 #thelastofus
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 Honestly he was one of the few ppl on the Pinkbike editorial team I liked
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 @yoimaninja: On behalf of all the tossers that say stuff like “yo my ninja”, thank you for your honest endorsement.
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 For the cover art, please just paste Quinney's face over Levy's.

In all seriousness, this is bittersweet. Everyone should be able to move around and be flexible in their pursuit of what brings them joy and fulfillment, so for that, I am happy for Mike. Hope he (or you, if you read this) is able to find a new, "home."

But selfishly, for the PB crowd, darn this is bummer news. We'll miss you even more than we already did this year.

I dm'ed Brian when he posted on his IG story that you were in his garage something about how that was going to break the internet, and he replied, if memory serves me correctly, "lol."

Little did I know.

Happy trails, internet friend. I'll follow your journey wherever you end up next, and I'll be watching ADSBexchange at work to see if any bike manufacturers fly into Area 51... Smile
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 This sucks, although I felt like the writing was on the wall for a while. Levy was the best and most consistent part of PB, ever since he started there. More than that, it felt like he was the core soul of the operation. I've felt like PB has been on the decline since the Outside acquisition, but the fact that he remained meant that soul still existed, and that still shined through on the content he was involved with. No disrespect to anyone else holding their own on the PB staff, but it just won't be the same, or even close. Good luck with what's next Mike!!
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 I have faith. Henry is actually doing a fab job with podcast. The team its self is great - I’ll just miss Mike vs Mike arguing.
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 @MrRight: Mike and Mike still love to argue and I'm very confident we'll get some guest arguments from time to time.
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 I kind of feel the same, however Dario is a fantastic torchbearer.
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 @mkul7r4: Agree - however if I have one complaint though (a legal requirement in the comments here I know) - it’s that Dario’s laugh sounds a lot like Brians - or someone else who sounds like Brian's laughing in the back ground of a lot of podcasts. (Levy? Henry? Dario? kaz?)

I’m not asking them to change their laugh - it’s just one of the things I think about when I should be sleeping at night.

I kind of love it makes me think Brian is (mostly) silently creeping around in the background of episodes.
(?!?!?)
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 Best of luck with your future projects Mike.

FYI: I was also there from 2000 to 2008 with Radek, Tyler and Russ way before there was even a payroll. Mike, I'm pretty sure you came in around 2008 because you started attending all the media camps I used to attend. ha ha

Cool photo of us at Interbike 2003 I believe.
www.pinkbike.com/photo/125606
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 Ah man, I *knew* there were some more people we forgot to mention. Hope the world of watches and knives is treating you well these days Luc!
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 @brianpark: It's all good, I don't think many people remember those hay days, which I miss to be honest.

I'm well...biking is still the one thing that keeps me happy and sane - those other material things is just hobbies I enjoy (like you and 3d printing). Some days I dream of an "old school" PB reunion, although I did run into Tyler a few times when he worked at WeAreOne - that was nice! Love that human.

Keep up the good work - still enjoy reading daily content here.
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 That's awesome! Man, so much has changed in 20 friggen years!
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 @acadian Dang, I remember you and your Blue Subie and Turner DHR from the early MTBR days (or was it Ridemonkey or even Mudsluts?) Glad to see you're still kicking. I don't remember my username back them but they were rowdy times!! \m/
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 @FadingVentana: Right...and for the best IMO. Suspension alone was pretty bad back in those days, and bike geo - ick! Who would've thought 20 years ago that there would be a time when it would be difficult to pick a bad bike - back them it was all about trying to find a good one. ha ha
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 @suspended-flesh: OMG you remember my old bug eye WRX...miss that car. That DHR was also one of my favorite DH bike.

Yeah RideMonkey and do you also remember HCOR? and Dropmachine? ha ha those were fun days.

Thanks for bringing back great memories my friend - appreciate it.
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 @acadian: Luc, miss you man!

I would ask if this means there's an opening, but with new recent hires, maybe not...
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 @lumpy873: Ah thanks! Yeah his shoes probably already have been filled. Hope you are well!
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 @acadian: LUC!! HCOR! DROPMACHINE! OG! good times!
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 @flipfantasia: Toooooooooooooood!!! It's still good times right? :o)

Hope you're well buddy...I still have dreams or riding the Chilcotins with you, but the advent of more grizzly bears make me nervous about it. ha ha
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 @acadian: LIfe's a trip, have a son, own a business! In Squamish now, still love the Chiloctins, grizzlies still there but they're not so bad! come and I'll definitely show you around!
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 Did I miss the part where he starts his own site (MikeBike, Minkbike, Dinkbike??) where the forum is a total shitshow and the reviews are brutally honest knee slappers and every year a new frame comes out with geo by vote? He has a monthly fee of like 2 bucks, but he gets rich cause every goes there.
  • 34 1
 Mike Levy and Vernon Felton should start their own page. Two of the finest to ever do it.
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 Vernon would on occasion write things that convinced me he was my brother from another mother.
  • 6 1
 Didn’t Vernon move on to directing marketing at Specialized (and probably a much higher salary)? He was my favorite at Bike Mag, and I remember being thrilled about him joining PB, for the minute he was here
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 @VtVolk: I seem to recall hearing something about that and I echo your feelings. He was always one of my favorite bike writers.
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 When Outside took over and they were doing a podcast about the changes we could expect, I had a feeling — one of those moments — kinda like when a professor walks into a college classroom and says, “Look right. Look left. Half the people sitting next to you won’t finish this class.” That kind of change is inevitable in these types of takeovers in the corporate world. And I had a feeling Levy might not be the guy cut out for the corporate structure.

These things happen, I guess. We’re bummed. But thanks for all the great work over the years (Grim Donut, Downcountry, all of it!), and best of luck out there!
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 As soon as that first memo went out about the new cover sheet for the TPS reports, I knew Levy’s days were numbered.
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 @VtVolk: Would you blame him?
  • 2 1
 As pontificated here previously, there has to be more to the story than taking banked/vacation time. It’s an odd ending but no one has any reason to divulge the details if they don’t want.
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 @shredddr: Yeah. He might not be able to divulge any further details. Who knows? It is what it is, and we know all we are going to know. Nothing left to do but wish him the best.
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 @shredddr: Or maybe he really did just not want to do it anymore and the leave of absence was to really make sure it was the right decision.

Even though these jobs seem to us on the outside like the best jobs in the world, they are still jobs and alot of work for those who do them. People can get burned out doing even what seem like the most fun jobs in the world.
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 @sino428: A lot of what he said in the podcast makes me think he genuinely is just ready to move on. I’ve been there, and a lot of what he said is eerily familiar to what I’ve been through in the past. (Including the UFO encounter, but that’s a different story).
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 Take note Syndicate/SC. THIS is how you do a send off, for someone who's been among your most influential people, for the better part of the last two decades.

The writing's been on the wall for some time. But I'm honestly bummed that you're leaving @mikelevy, but I'm sure all of us here, wish you the best of luck ☺️
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 Cheers Mike, say hi to Cory's mom!

Mike Levy Mike Levy Mike Levy Mike Levy Mike Levy Mike Levy
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 It may be recency bias speaking here, but my favorite Levy moment is when Yoann Barelli gave him the news of his blistering lap time on the Grim Donut 2. So much childlike excitement (“Holy S***!”) I couldn’t stop smiling. You’ll be missed, Levy.
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 Good to hear from you Mike. While I've gotten used to your absence, now that it's official it's a hard pill. Been following what you have to say for over a decade at this point. Happy trails!
  • 26 1
 byeeeee leeevvvyyyyy.... hope you find your aliennns
  • 26 1
 Aw man! Now my username is going to make even less sense..!
  • 5 0
 Wayne needs to be inducted with Levy
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 @eyun: or at least give his induction speech...maybe with an intro from Kaz
  • 21 0
 Pre seeing Mike Levy Pinkbike content I didn’t know anything about Monster Energy drinks, now im addicted to that sht and Mike Levy left the chat.

Im confused
Im scared
Im energized
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 Tuning in to a podcast with Mike Levy always made me happier. Thank you for everything.
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 Agreed. Thanks for making my commutes more fun for a good couple of years Mike.
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 This is the news I knew was coming but never wanted to see. PB won't be the same.
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 All the answers to the Where's Levy? questions didn't age well.
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flag BiNARYBiKE (Dec 7, 2023 at 13:08) (Below Threshold)
 @suspended-flesh: It's the answers that didn't age well. "He's just taking a break." Anyone with any sense could tell that was hogwash.
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 RIP pinkbike
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 The main mission completed - bottle mounts on every bike nowadays!
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 lol
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 Except most DH bikes...
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 Damn, happy trails brother.
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 The content has been lacking enthusiasm and passion since you left. Hopefully everyone picks up their game and keeps it interesting and honest.
  • 15 0
 It was right there in the name the whole time, should have hired Mike Stayey instead
  • 12 0
 Levy was mostly why I've been listening to the PB Podcast since EP 1. Not that interested in the podcast these days. The podcast has lost most of it's soul. Gonna miss you Mike! Stankshuns 4 Life!
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 Take care Levy, you are one of the biggest personalities in the mountainbike world. Man, you even defined a own mtb niche. Downcountry forever ! Stay healthy and life long and prosper.
  • 15 4
 I am going to miss the vibe and content that Mike brought to the PB table. I've been finding myself less and less interested in the site and things are starting to make sense. Good luck and keep the rubber side down.
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 @brianpark might be cool to have a vote on our favourite Levy article and vid.
3 if my favs:
(1) Levy and Gee Atherton riding the Whistler bike park. Great show case of Gee's skill and Levy's unique riding style at the end.
youtu.be/nCxBeoE8EXY?si=QWC4cq8PhwgqBknM

(2) The Grim Donut vid with Yoann Barelli. Was always hoping to see Levy and Yoann do another vid.
youtu.be/-5cVPy2NbL4?si=JQiAB5cx8LUdW0MF

(3) Nino Schurter makes a tiny pile of rocks to sabotage Levy's climb, and it works beautifully.
youtu.be/IP90fFtO94c?si=SS01GRs2RjmZjZq4
  • 12 1
 This is pretty gutting, I've been patiently waiting/hoping he'd be back eventually. About to turn on the pod, I hope it's explained.

Good luck in your next endeavours Mike.
  • 13 0
 Psh, more like Mike LEAVE-y
  • 8 0
 @mikelevy thanks for 12ish years of entertainment and education. You will be missed, especially on the podcast!! All the best for your future endeavours. @Brianpark, I miss you on the podcast as well. Best episodes ever have been Levy, Kaz, Brian and RC.
  • 8 3
 Thank you! I'm trying to do more of them but always end up getting pulled into meetings etc... Henry, Alicia, Kaz, and Sarah are doing a great job with them!
  • 10 0
 This just in, Mike Levy to replace Greg Minnar on Santa Cruz! Gonna miss you! Best of luck for the future.
  • 8 0
 I'm going to miss the Mike v Mike. The opposing opinions, personalities, and perspectives you two had were fantastic. So, thanks for the good times, Levy. On to the next chapter...
  • 11 0
 I am posting for the first time ever to say thank you Levy!
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 This is heartbreaking. I'm hardly on this site anymore and I never laugh watching the videos over the last couple of months, and there used to be laughs in every video PB produced. It's the end of an era. Like Freestylin' going away and leaving us with just BMX Plus. In the footsteps of Andy Jenkins and Zap, Levy is legend and the lack of a free thinking contrarian (not just an opinionated but wholly conventional curmudgeon) will leave a noticeable void in our culture. Happy Trails, Levy - I'll be listening for your next bad idea.
  • 10 0
 I'm really gonna miss unfairly hating you Levy. happy trails hoser
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 @mikelevy you have always been someone I looked up to. One of the only reporters who loved this sport but, never took it too seriously. You perfected being a professional amateur, you wrote amazing articles, hosted rad video and even taught us about aliens. It is a sad day to see you leave, say hi to E.T. for me.
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 Mike, Mike & Brian. The first podcast I Followed. You were a must listen for me. Your chemistry, insight and banter was always entertaining and kept me coming back. Whenever I heard all 3 of your voices I knew I had something I could listen to for its entirety.

Levy thank you. You thoroughly entertained me for years. Every video or podcast you were in was a must watch/listen. Not saying every one was perfect (F1 ughh), but you helped make them worth my investment (time). Best wishes on your future and you wake up daily looking forward to the day…. and selfishly I hope that future somehow incorporates you entertaining the masses again.

PB. This was the first episode in months I have listened to from start to finish. I hope you can get there again.
  • 6 0
 Levy is starting a bike brand that only makes absurd bikes. Spy shots of the ALIEN cycles prototypes hand made by Levy drop Monday. Their first frame is a rigid downhill bike. You heard it here first.
  • 6 1
 Sorry to see you go Mike. I rarely comment, but avidly read and listen and you've always been a highlight, whether it's reading your work or listening to your interviews and stories. You bring a passion and honesty to your work that is genuine and endearing. Wishing you the very best in whatever you pursue next.
  • 9 0
 Levy is going to GMBN.. the trade for Quinney
  • 10 0
 "You get Quinney and 2 first round draft picks for Levy"
  • 8 0
 Then Outside buys GCN. He's back, baby.
  • 9 0
 I give this podcast 4 chilis.
  • 7 0
 Genuine, legit and funny as hell. You will be missed. PROPS for your approach and contributions.
  • 5 0
 Well there goes any hope of a comeback. Thanks for the fun Levy! Gonna miss your writing style and general vibe. Hopefully someone else will benefit nicely from your talents.
  • 9 0
 April fools?
  • 8 1
 I think this is the nicest pb comment section has ever been. I blame aliens. All the best .
  • 7 1
 There will never be another Mike Levy……. Will miss the humour and honesty and all the crap!
100% should be in the hall of fame ……
  • 7 2
 Turns out no company, business' or entity can maintain its roots and culture after becoming corporate. It's just impossible and a damn shame. It is happening daily and every market and sector. Good luck Levy and good on ya.
  • 4 0
 Levy taught me everything I know about mountain bikes. I got a late start and field tests gave way to the podcast... hell, I even learned my letters to read his articles. Thanks Mike, my bike and my life are better for you. Fairwell, we knew thee possibly too well.
  • 5 0
 Thank you Levy for your lighthearted spirit, grim donuts, down country segments and impossible climbs. We will miss you here but wish you all the best!
  • 7 0
 Get Frotha as a replacement!!
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 Ups and downs, strikes and gutters
We float through life, steering with rudders
Hope your vessel navigates its way through the sea like a porpoise
You’re a good guy that will excel with purpose

Take care - good luck on your journey
Follow your truth, otherwise you’ll end up on a gurney
Listen to the thoughts that arise from inside
Follow these rules and the Dude will abide

Thanks for your contribution, you’re a funny , quirky dude that made me laugh and made my life more interesting. I appreciate that.
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 Super helpful listen given the timing of the current industry fallout. Really great to hear such a positive forward thinking perspective and reminder that this industry no matter what side you work in takes a lot out of the people who work in it. Often underpaid under appreciated and worked to the point of burnout in risk of loosing the passion that brought them into the fold in the first place. It's about the people at the end of the day, products come and go, companies get purchased and stripped bare but there is always something else out there, even if other worldly. Thanks Levy!
  • 4 0
 Dang. I guess people will forever be asking where Levy is. F1 aside I always enjoyed Levy's content. He is a good egg and brought a different perspective to PB that I really appreciated.
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 Levy's Hellement is probably my favourite bike check of all time. Peak downcountry stupidity.

I also loved the opinion piece where he argued that the Ripley OG (69* HA & 406 reach) is better than the Ripley LS (67.5* HA & 428 reach) because the LS is too long to be fun. www.pinkbike.com/news/ibis-ripley-vs-ibis-ripley-ls-opinion-2016.html

Long live Levy!
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 i just subscribed to his onlyfans @pinkmike
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 @mikelevy ! It's been a while we don't talk about F1 and bikes.. I perfectly remember those first 2 riding shots of you as I was close when those happened... Even RC chose one of those Sterling Lorence's Trek's Copper Canyon Remedy launch pics and put me on MBA cover for March 2008 issue.. awesome times... also with Cam McRae and the rest of media crew those glorious days.. and we were not ever aware of how much fun we had together back then!!! ahhh... life goes by tooooo quickly... it's even unreal.. Hey.. all the best mate and for sure we'll talk soon Mr. DownCountry !!!! Best regards from your buddy from Spain... Wink
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 MUCHAS GRACIAS!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH !! Mike when I started mountain biking and was introduced to PB you became what i will now and judge Mountain bike journalism by. Your energy, Love for the sport, detail writing was the epitome of it, to me your "infamous post-crash photo from BC Bike Race" may as well be the other PB logo. Best of luck in whatever you, and thank you for the good times......
  • 3 0
 Forever gona remember Levy pulling me and my Marlboro painted bike aside at whismas for a shoot, then getting chatting about his mini ( of which I had dreamt of owning a vtec mini since I had my first mini almost 20 years ago) and subsequently buying it off him, literally making a dream a reality haha!
  • 3 0
 Helping Tyler package hundreds of PB calendars to mail out when he was working alone at PB HQ. Dude was doing everything there! Thanks for the the ride down memory lane Levy. Was always cool running into you on the trails testing some new bike or gadget.
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 Good for Mike. Sometimes ya gotta move on if ya wanna move up, ya know? But mannnnn..., I hope this won't create a big change in Pinkbike's "mood". Remember the old Motorcyclist magazine when Nick Ienatch & Mitch Boehm were making the waves? It was so light, irreverent & FUN!! Neither of those guys took themselves or their toys to seriously. And their journalism reflected the fun that motorbikes can be. Then they moved on, and the mag just fell on it's face. Total head plant. Mike has been for me, like Nick & Mitch were to M/C mag. Making it fun & a little irreverent. Just my style. To bring the smile. I don't do podcasts - but will be anxious to hear about Mike's new destinations & new opportunities. GO MAN GO!! Hope to see you again soon.
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 A lot of people don’t know this but Levy was once an understudy for the California Raisins. It didn’t pan out and I eventually met him working the drive through at Dairy Queen. Cool guy. Gods speed. Can you ride a tandem bike alone? Into the sunset. The Mike I know is probably sitting on some hill top, suckin on push up while pondering life’s mysteries. I wish you all the best sir.
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 I'm gonna miss the impossible climbs, and Levy in short shorts reviewing bikes with Alicia in Arizona, and the endless repartee with Kaz. Learned a ton in the podcast about PB's colourful history - here in the Wack no less! Godspeed Mike - we'll be looking for ya on the trails.
  • 9 2
 Dammit, Levy!
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 Bummer, Levy was the single reason I enjoyed this podcast over any other mtb podcast. You will be missed Mike!
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 Over the last couple of years, it seemed to me that his enthusiasm for the sport in general is not what it once was. That said, I am still sad to read what i suspected would happen. Things change and people change. Godspeed Mike Levy.
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 It's nice and sad to hear this one last podcast. Thank you Mike, it was always a pleasure! All the best for future Mike! Mike and the PB podcast was my introduction into the word of podcasts. Best episodes to me were the two with RC after his retirement. Highly recommend them!
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 Damn, pb will never be the same! But hey onwards and upwards. I still remember those Mike vs. Mike segments, Best regards Levy!
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 Thanks to @MikeLevey for THE BEST Pinkbike podcasts ever. I sooooooo miss my before work podcasts with the OG crew.
Hall of Fame - f*ck yeah!
THIS podcast = one of the best ever, made me feel like one of the crew. Just like old times.
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 I tried hard to cheers you with my best thigh-catch on top-tube near-bail while bobbling an under-biked decent skidding over roots on Transition’s Spur. To top it off in celebration I tried to drink to you by washing down a pink-frosted sprinkle-clad glistener of a donut with a White Pineapple Monster. While jittering back to the lot I shed an inner-mind tear staring at my van, for one shining moment I stared up into a partially cloud-laden sky hoping for a chrome glimmer of a UFO dropping down a BMC gravel bike, Hans Dampf’s mounted impossibly on front and back. I grab the bike in both hands, lift gently to attach the steed via SeaSucker grasp to the steep trunk angle of a teal blue Mini.
Poof, the vision is gone….and so are you. But hopefully not forever. Please check in from time to time.
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 Cheers mate, you are a very engaging bloke and could have a great career in the media if that's what you want. I loved watching the field tests on YouTube whilst drinking a post-ride coffee and devouring a donut or 3. My favourite is you and Kaz reviewing the 2021 (?) Kona Honzo (which I own) .... "Basically it's a aluminium hardtail mountain bike, go out and ride the f***kin thing!"
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 I’m amazed at all the comments, but just know you were always right. 27.5+ is the perfect tire size! I guarantee I’m not currently riding a 29er right now. I know I’m just a random commenter you’ll never know, but truly I wish the best for you in all future endeavors.
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 @mikelevy that first time we met maybe 20 years ago at Interbike in Vegas and Pinkbike welcomed me into your room and home was a camp bed for 5 days.

You were too young to party so whilst Karl, Radek, Tyler and myself went out, you snd Jordan stayed in.
I think the room got robbed by hookers, wallets and cash.
Those were the days dude! Enjoy and if you’re in the UK, we have a little party going on in August, the Malverns Classic, come and have fun dude!
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 Crazy Copper Canyon trip, I was one of the guides helping on this demo trip for the new Trek Remedy. So many memories. Funny, I work for Trek now. I remember when we got off the original course and we had to hike-a-bike back to the trail. A lot of unhappy people, good experience though. Good luck Levy on your next project.
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 Every ride with Mike is exactly as depicted. He will yell at you constantly and throw logs into your wheels at many points on the trail.
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 I won’t pretend to know Mike, but it seems like one of the big reasons for his success is that he was never afraid to be himself. We have appreciated his willingness to be wrong about things, stir the pot, make bad jokes, and everything else over the years. I remember being a grom 15ish years ago, watching Mike on tech Tuesday, being so full of stoke for the sport. The cool thing is that hopefully with this decision, he seems to be sticking with the trend, in doing what feels right and following his own path. Best of luck to ya Mike, see ya on the trails!
  • 4 0
 The real plot twist will be when PinkBike announce that Minnaar is joining the team and SC announce that they've signed Levy to the Syndicate!
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 You will be missed ! Always enjoyed your content , good luck on your future projects !
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 This could have been handled differently.

Thank you for your unvaluable contribuition to our sport,@mikelevy. You'll be missed.
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 Sorry for my spelling,I obviously meant invaluable.
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 Congrats on a presumed escape from the treadmill of content creation, and thanks for all the entertainment over the years.
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 Downcountry forever!
  • 5 0
 Does this mean Tim Horton's has pulled their sponsorship??
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 for those that cant listen to the podcast right now... what is he doing next?
[Reply]

AND thank you for your HUGE contribution to the sport!!!!!
  • 2 0
 So sad to see you actually leave! Times they are a-changin' and so does pink bike.

New Ventures: Start a podcast with RC- Richard Cunningham. We will all listen no matter the topic!
  • 1 0
 I have been loosely in and out of the industry most of my life, most of my income has come from outside of bikes. Some of the best 'bike' minds I know have left because it's just not a sustainable career path. Seems Levy is following suit and I wish him the best.
  • 4 1
 Gonna be honest I had kind of an emotional day today but I was keeping it together until I read this. Now my allergies are really flaring up.
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 @Mikelevy
End of an era. You have been the most entertaining person on the inter-web since I started tuning in around 17’. Very sad to see you go. Good luck in the future.
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 Thank you for keeping things entertaining and informational with fantastic opinions to boot. I have purchased a few bikes with your reviews in mind and have turned away from countless purchases thanks to information you provided. I hope you find success in your next adventure.
  • 2 0
 This — the breakup seen coming a mile away. Never wanting to hear the words that make it real — It’s over.

Will miss all the good times. Thanks for the lessons, stories, and laughs 3
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 I will never meet you Levy but this feels like losing a mate. You gave us all some great times. Hope we hear your squeaky voice on the airwaves some time, some place. Gunna miss ya.
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 Like most of Levy's content I ended this one with a smile. That says it all.
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 Just now diving into this podcast but my first reaction is that hearing Levy on the podcast was kind of like getting water after being lost in the desert for a few days. Slightly hyperbolic but he was missed by many.

The only thing missing from Mike's legacy is an interview with his buddy Wayne, who we are not sure exists…

It is loud and clear that Levy is just done with all of the ins and outs of online media so is there any chance Levy will guest-host the podcast here and there? A "five minutes of Mike" segment here & there... weekly Levy comment trolling maybe? Somehring?

i'm just being selfish – Levy defined PB and the podcast for me and a lot of people I know so it would just be cool to hear from him on the podcast every now and then but I realize thats peob not how things work...

I haven't heard in the pod yet where he's going after PB but best of luck to you @mikelevy - hopefully you can pop in on pot here and there with some funny shit, and thanks again for all of the years of laughs & input.

You have had an outsized influence on so many of us...
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 #MikeLeavey (sad face)
Man, I had already been missing him this year but from the start of his time away, it had always felt like this was coming.
We all wish you'd stay but that's just us being greedy. Enjoy your life man, you've earned it!
I am going to play "The Grim Donut" all day today in your honor sir.
Happy trails Mike, and good luck in whatever you decide to do next.
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 I’m looking forward to the comeback.
  • 3 0
 Thank you for putting this out! I could listen to all 3 of you all day. Mike Levy you will be missed - good luck and hope to hear from you soon!
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 as a 37yrs+ XC Rider (eat sleep shit MTB) I can honestly say that I have not been Entertained more by another Online Personality; (SarahN'Tuned, comes a close 2nd) To say that "You Will Be Missed" is a HUGE understatement! At first, I didn't like you, but I loved the way you and Kaz presented the stories, and then I realized that, I can really relate to you. people are ok, sometimes, but I typically ride Hard & alone 99% of the time. And I'm currently rocking a Double Down Country Bike here in Blue Mnt. ON; a 120mm Rear, 150mm Front with 2.5" rubber. Best of Luck to you in your future endeavors Mike! I hope to hear more from you in the future, if you choose to resurface. Live Long & Prosper
Glen D4ryl
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 Thanks for everything Mike. It’s been a pleasure listening, reading and watching all your work over the years. All the best for whatever you do next… And you gave all the pinkers their ideal Christmas gift with your parting; one more thing to complain about in the year that MTB became “Moan Till Bored”

What a guy!
  • 3 0
 This shit makes me depressed actually. I didn't realize I was secretly in love with Levy. I feel like I just got dumped for the first time. I wish I was joking.
  • 1 0
 Of course there are Aliens out there; we would be pretty f*ckin stupid to think that Humans are the most intelligent Beings in the Universe! Although it would be the human thing to think.
And where do I Send my Poop pics, I had a DANDY this morn!
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 oh no. first the pandemic, then putin...now you leaving PB. what will come next? :-(
good luck whatever you do now Mike, hope you stay somehow in the business. raelly sad news. i have really enjoyed your stuff here! Nothing and no one was more authentic and will never be more authentic than you!
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 Thanks Levy! I have greatly enjoyed your contributionsto the greater cycling community over the last two decades. I didn’t always agree with your takes on bikes, but respected the journalism, bike knowledge and Tim’s Hortons mastery that you always brought to the table.

Enjoy your new career, I do look forward to hearing you and RC doing some guest appearances every once in awhile.

Pinkbike will definitely be different without you, but you are doing what you need to do, for you. And thats a good thing…
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 damn @mikelevy you are the Rob warner of MTB podcast - simply the best to listen to. thanks for all these hours worthwile istening to your enthusiastic energetic, comforting voice and character. we will miss you but surely we are also happy for you to pursue whatever is on your mind, which is a great feeling! embrace it man!!
Cheers and farewell.
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 Mike Levy, a great character in the Pantheon of Great Mountain Bike Characters! Thanks for all in the infotainment over the years and all the best in your next chapter. Gonna miss your unique take on the world we ride and live in.
  • 1 0
 sweet ending to a great start in life. Next stop SETI, and its not run by the Govt folks. Last i interviewed them they were using radio signals from Arecibo that has since been taken by mother nature. Youd fit right in
www.seti.org
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 @mikelevy so what if you did some freelance work and the church of pinkbike got between one and five articles of your choosing - maybe sprinkle in some alien magic…. Idk, the void is dark man, the humans need something only the levyverse can offer.
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 Where’d he go?
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 Area 51.
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 Space camp.
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flag barbarosza (Dec 7, 2023 at 9:19) (Below Threshold)
 Hmn Asia ….. Hmn Mikey I love you but if you broke up with Sarah I’d be thrilled to date her oMg best girl out there
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 VitalMTB? NSMB?
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 GMBN
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 @danielomeara: Monte Sano has some good chunk for those pre- and post-space camp rides. If Levy goes, then I'll sign up, too.
www.rocketcenter.com/SpaceCamp/Adult/Academy
  • 1 0
 Think he made an agreement with UCI
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 @mikekazimer: Maybe he is searching for the lizard people under DIA?
  • 4 0
 Escape Collective
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 @dougfs: Would be amazing!
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 He just went a little further downcountry.
  • 5 1
 He's going to open up a bike shop with Amanda Batty. Or not...
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 @mikekazimer: The truth is out there!
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 @jray152 Not an answer to your question, however: If it were up to me, I would like to see @mikeLevy and a host of legit others, including some that were bumped from print, start whatever represents the next generation in the evolution of media/community. This place isn't what it used to be and it would be great to have something fresh that isn't owned/run by corporate overlords.
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 @Hyakian: that’s what Escape Collective is doing for the road and gravel scene. They are doing some xc stuff too. Hopefully they will add more and more mtb coverage.
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 We'll miss ya Mike. You were the face of PB forever and your on-camera persona changed mtb media! Enjoy the next stage of life.
  • 4 0
 How can one Mike be so Levy?
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 Damn, for some reason it felt like he would never Levy...
  • 4 0
 Hope you got custody of the Grim Donut in this divorce....
  • 3 0
 Really sad news. You're the best Levy! Hope you figure out what you're looking for and you find it.
  • 2 0
 Downcountry before Downcountry was Downcountry! My favorite reviews are ones that never steer me wrong, and those were Levy's.
  • 4 0
 So long Mike, and thanks for all the fish
  • 1 0
 I was hoping you would return! Pinkbike is not the same without you! Good luck on your next venture and I wish you the best! I hope it's somewhere we can read and hear your opinions.
  • 3 0
 can a chatGPT summarise that podcast quickly? Why is he leaving and where is he going? Is PB done now? Big Grin
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 You will be missed!

Thank you for giving us the closure. At least now Alicia won’t have to lecture everyone for asking questions.
  • 4 0
 Brodie 8 Ball videos are my fave Levy content
  • 1 0
 100%, Levy is right. Late night ride about a year ago. Those "drones" were dead silent and covered a good portion of a 180° night sky like nothing I've ever seen. ML is the man......
  • 2 0
 My favorite Levy memory is when he did the video with Gee Atherton and Gee told him "now that was good but you need a bit more pace"
  • 1 0
 The numbers of comments and number of responses to that poll, say just how much Levy has contributed to PinkBike and the mountain bike world. Enjoy your time, you're doing it right!
  • 1 0
 I feel like I would really love hanging out with Levy in real life but this podcast highlights the parts of Mike that come through on the videos that I really don't like. Hugely influential and important and will be missed.
  • 1 0
 It was great to hear Levy starting the podcast one last time. You’ll be missed for sure but good luck in whatever comes next. Maybe we hook up with Tom Delong for some epic alien discoveries!
  • 5 1
 Thanks Mike Levy , you have my vote for the downcountry eMTB hall of fame!
  • 1 0
 I think he's going to pull a Tom Delonge and leave the band for a bit, search for aliens, I have a couple side projects, then come back after a bunch of years for more good times.
  • 1 0
 This would be an ideal timeline.
  • 3 0
 Please tell me Richard Cunningham and levy are going to set up their own podcast. Those two are gold!
  • 1 0
 I wish Levy could just stick around to do the Podcast. He always made me laugh, and got me stoked to ride. Anyways, all the best Levy. Hope you drop into the pod more often than not.
  • 4 1
 To the moon! Thanks for everything.
  • 2 0
 To the moooonn!
  • 3 0
 Thanks for all the memories Levy, PB won't be the same without youFrown
  • 4 0
 Happy Trails!
  • 3 0
 The picture implies he's going to heaven
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 All the best, Levy! You will be missed
  • 4 1
 Close one door and many door open
  • 3 0
 It's been one helluva ride, Levy. Happy trails!
  • 1 0
 I'm really sad but also happy that I got into MTB during Levy's last few years. Thanks for everything and good luck with whatever comes next!
  • 3 0
 Thanks Levy and good luck with your next adventures!
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 Mike Levy? Never heard of him!



OK, ok... Best wishes Mike. Thanks for all the content, and your unique perspective. Your absence will be felt!
  • 2 0
 HEY!! Mike gets to take the Grim Donut with him, ya? Kind of a golden handshake kinda thing?
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 The Humbled Video with Gee Atherton is one of the best Mountainbike Videos ever recorded. I still link that to people.
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 I'm Genuinely sad. Such an entertaining dude. GL with everything.....
  • 2 0
 What ? Seriously ?
That's it ?
What's the interest in PB now ?
Should I just stop riding and go back to school ?
  • 2 0
 Thanks for the closure and all these cringe name puns. God speed martian man.
  • 1 0
 It's an alien conspiracy that his last episode is 214, and the name for my favorite trail head is '214' CONSPIRACY. Will miss Levy..
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 You will be missed Levy! One of the great MTB characters of all time. I hope we hear more from you in the future. Thanks for all the entertainment over the years. Amazing!
  • 1 0
 Figured this was coming but actually sad to see you go. Love your perspective and personality, thanks for all the laughs by myself listening to the podcast on my commute.
  • 2 1
 The bike world is filled with 'originals'. You are one of them, Mike. Thanks for keeping it interesting and entertaining. Best of luck to you with whatever comes next.
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 Since he's not an employee at Pinkbike any more, he's eligible for Pinkbike Academy. I see what's going on.
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 Also, just watched Cathro break down in tears and I am gutted for the lad and just scrolled further to see this news. What a day ... Damn ninjas cutting onions.
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 Super disappointed we didn’t get Levy’s unhinged takes on the mountain bike industry. We need him now more than ever!

He’ll be missed
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 I hope Mike joins the podcast every now and then to give an update and his take on the industry. Enjoy your next adventures Mike!
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 Bye
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 Well that answers that.
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 Legendary. MTB and Levy are eternally intertwined!
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 Truly a class act and is obviously a major contributor in the mountain bike world. Good luck to you and all you do.
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 You will be missed greatly Levy. Best of luck to you.
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 It’s like ya favorite band splitting!!! Good luck Mike!
  • 3 1
 happy trails and keep that climbing switch open!!!
  • 3 1
 You'll be missed, Mike - thanks for hanging around as long as you did.
  • 3 1
 Thanks for all the laughs Levy. Stay Golden.
  • 3 1
 I will also cherish getting a comment gold from @mikelevy
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 Wow I thought he was just going to disappear slowly off in to the future like these last months have been. Pinkbike will never be the same without you! All the best!
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 Thank you for the years of entertainment and great takes on topics
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 This week has been hard, first Minaar now Levy! I have been a big admirer if your work and wit for a decade. Sad news
  • 2 1
 Things may be ending but we’ll always have those two magical F1 podcasts.
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 I heard Levy is going to NSMB.
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 I heard that Levy and Ferrentino are teaming up for a "young curmudgeon vs. old curmudgeon" website, featuring the two of them riding wildly inappropriate bikes in wildly inappropriate locales.
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 @FatTonyNJ: Yessss!! Yesssss!!
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 @FatTonyNJ:
> I heard that Levy and Ferrentino are teaming up for a "young curmudgeon vs. old curmudgeon" website, featuring the two of them riding wildly inappropriate bikes in wildly inappropriate locales.

Shut up and take my money!!!
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 @FatTonyNJ: So...The Grand Tour but with bikes?
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 So @mikelevy, are the rumors true you're going to work for a gnarly donut company?
  • 3 0
 Bummer to see Mike Levy.
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 I Levy you, !.. Levy
  • 3 1
 Wtf noooooo!!! Happy trails Mr levy!
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 Loved reading, listening and watching Levy! All the best!
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 Tis the season that many GOATs are out to pastures new. Hope the new grass is greener and sweeter. Miss You Mike
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 BC Bike race 2015. Life highlight for sure. Unfortunately I wasn't a pinkbiker then.
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 All the best. I was sure you had been captured by aliens. Maybe next time!
  • 3 1
 Dang, Levy is Pinkbike! Going to miss that dude!
  • 2 0
 He really was the Michael Cera of mtb
  • 2 0
 more time to put a K24 in that Mini
  • 2 1
 Really poor form of Minaar to leak his team move before Levy's! Should of had some respect and delayed it till the new year.
  • 1 1
 Just as Greg minear leaves the syndicate levey leaves pinkbike
#racerunours lol
All the best levy in whatever and wherever you do
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 Best of luck with the future Mike. We will miss your stories.
  • 2 1
 I'm not sure why, but reading this headline gave me chills. I hope like hell we hear from Levy in some form and often.
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 Thanks a lot, Levy! All the best!
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 I guess we won't be getting anymore Mike: Humbled videos.
Best of luck to whatever you've got in the future.
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 May the trails rise to meet you Mr. Levy. Long live long rides.
  • 2 0
 ....Nooooo.....Can we get one last final Huck-to-Flat
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 Dang. No reason to tune in anymore.
  • 3 0
 Thank you Levy!!
  • 3 0
 Levy was over it.
  • 3 1
 Thanks for the laughs. You’ll be missed.
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 Going to miss your humour Levy, hope you’re still enjoying F1.
  • 1 1
 Thanks Mike Levy! I always enjoyed your articles, videos, and pods! You had a valuable perspective. I will be on the lookout for what you choose to do next.
  • 1 0
 Does this pod tell the real story of Outside/Pinkbike? or just a lot of niceties?
  • 1 0
 that UFO stuff is nuts, very entertaining. a little like the full gas no brakes show with ufo and bigfoot etc
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 Random old guy says thank you for the great great work. It is/was appreciated. Ralph
  • 1 0
 The turd photos are real. There is a whole folder dedicated to them in the gallery.
  • 1 0
 Thank you Levy! Your work brought so much joy and excitement to so many of us. Wishing you all the best!
  • 2 0
 How about a levy merch tshirt?
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 Please start a podcast. You were the only thing kept me listening to the podcast.
  • 1 0
 Your humor really made the pod an absolute pleasure to listen to! Good luck!
  • 1 0
 Thanks for all the impossible climbs and the grim dounut! MTB hall of fame for sure.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark would you be able to share Levy's spreadsheet for sim setup options?
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 God damn, I am gutted to see him leave Frown You will very much be missed!

Thank you for everything and all the best!
  • 1 0
 I just had a chance to listen to the podcast today. How does someone get on the @mikelevy mailing list of UFO information?
  • 3 1
 Bittersweet ; (
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 This is bs
  • 2 1
 Very sad. Have fun Mike.
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 Toadaso
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 Bye Levicia
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 Thanks Mike, I'll miss hearing from you! good luck
  • 2 2
 Thank you for all the mtb and definetely not mtb related articles and videos. Happy trails!
  • 1 0
 I think I saw a Levy Easter egg at Vital!
  • 2 2
 Going to miss you on the POD and in the Field Tests! Best of luck on your next adventure!
  • 1 0
 The History Channel awaits you.
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 Oh, my heart. Love you, Levy. Thanks for everything.
  • 2 1
 Levy on Santa Cruz for 24, it all makes sense now.
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 levy always kept it real
  • 1 0
 Fr fr
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 so long, cowboy
  • 1 0
 See you, space cowboy.
  • 2 1
 Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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 you'll be remembered!
  • 2 0
 No poop photos? Come on!
  • 11 4
 Not to brag but I got one this morning.
  • 2 0
 Thank You!
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy you still owe me foot pictures!

I am sad, will miss you
  • 1 0
 Sad news! Levy was always my favourite pinkbiker
  • 1 0
 Dude so sad you decided to Levy.

Mike you come back and visit?
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 Bummer! Can we thank Outside for this departure?
  • 2 0
 Grim Zero for PB.
  • 1 0
 Even as a PB noob cant help but love Levy for being the real deal.
  • 1 1
 Happy next endeavor Levy. One of my favorite people to listen to talking about bikes.
  • 2 0
 Rip in pieces Mike Levy
  • 2 1
 Long Live Levy.....You will be missed!!
  • 2 0
 Ride fast, take risks!
  • 1 1
 It’s been a run Levy! It may take me some time to feel ok on PB without your content but I’ll come around I’m sure.
  • 2 1
 I cannot believe a Pinkbike without Mike Levy. Thanks Mike.
  • 1 0
 Going to Escape Collective? They are lacking true mtb coverage!
  • 2 0
 Team rumours
  • 2 1
 More like Mike Leave-y...
  • 1 0
 I want to know what Vapido Scar has to think about this.
  • 2 0
 Best of luck mate.
  • 2 1
 Love Levy's spirit. Humble and willing to seek truth. Keep seeking pal!
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 At least keep Mike on the board of directors (as chairman of course) or some shit to keep the corporate "Outside" goons in check.
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 Inventing downcountry > inventing the piano key necktie
  • 1 0
 Lots of talk on the podcast about Levy themed t-shirts. I'll take one!
  • 1 0
 Please tell me you're leaving PB to work a joint the size of your forearm.
  • 1 0
 Hadn't noticed him not around. JK Will be missed forever.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: So goood! Legendary idea!
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 Thank you @mikelevy! It was a great session!!
  • 1 0
 Happy trails Mike, all the best
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 Mike Leavey
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 Thanks for everything Levy!
  • 1 0
 Last comment, Levy is having issues and leave it be!!
  • 1 0
 But how will this affect the Grim Donut’s legacy?
  • 1 0
 Such a good podcast. You will certainly be missed Levy!
  • 1 0
 LEGEND. Thanks Mike, happy trails!
  • 1 0
 Welp, I guess we can all go home now.
  • 1 0
 Soo many comments. Good luck Levy
  • 2 0
 Who is Mike Levy?
  • 1 0
 I'm not ready to listen to his last podcast just yet. All the best Mike
  • 1 0
 its pretty crazy the things you see when you spend a lot of time outside
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 No Levy No Pinkbike
  • 1 1
 Thanks Mike. Your work has given me a lot of joy over the years.
  • 1 1
 Levy is why I came here in the first place…dang!
  • 1 0
 wow so many comments
  • 1 1
 Your already missed Hall of fame!
  • 1 1
 Outside kills every thing it touches….. good luck levy
  • 1 1
 This year! What a year... Levy was the best! What's next? Onward!
  • 1 1
 Peace out, Levy. Well done!
  • 1 1
 Big loss for community Frown Hope we'll see you again.
  • 1 1
 No Levy?!!! Unsubscribed!
  • 1 1
 Thanks for being yourself mate, you're awesome!
  • 1 0
 bye
  • 1 0
 It was indeed a blast.
  • 1 0
 Thanks Levy.
  • 1 0
 Bye Levy
  • 1 0
 What is Levy's Strava?!
  • 1 2
 the 2023 bike industry carnage continues
  • 1 4
 Darn I dont see a Advent calendar for this year. Can the 12 days of Christmas guy chirp in on all of Levy's favorite toys as a advent calender?
  • 1 1
 3 you Levy!
  • 1 1
 Good luck Levy
  • 1 1
 Thank You Levy!
  • 1 2
 We're the sponsored ads in classifieds it for you?
  • 1 0
 Right, after years of sponsored "reviews"!!!! Like the "best bike of the year" with five entrants!!!!!!!
  • 15 17
 Where can i apply for his job???
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 www.pinkmartian.com
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 Hall of famer!!
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