Slack Randoms: Artistic Cycling World Champs, Rideable Human Bike Sculptures & More

Aug 20, 2023 at 6:38
by Ed Spratt  
We use Slack as our workplace communication tool at Pinkbike and we have a #randoms channel that we use to share an assortment of videos and stories from all corners of the cycling world and beyond... We thought a couple of the moments from the past week were too good not to share with a wider audience, so here are some of the highlights.

Jeremy Barzic's Rideable Human Bike Sculpture

Artistic Indoor Cycling World Champs

bigquotesWatch the highlights from the Women and Open Artistic Pair at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow and across Scotland. UCI

bigquotesWatch the highlights from the Women and Men Elite Artistic Single at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow and across Scotland. UCI

Cycle-ball World Champs

bigquotesWatch the highlights from the Cycle-ball Indoor Cycling at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow and across Scotland. UCI

Sleeper Podcast: Tahnee Seagrave

bigquotesTahnee is one of the top athletes in the sport of Downhill Racing. She is an 8-time World Cup winner who is pushing the sport forward with progressive ideas and has inspired an entire generation of female riders to get into mountain biking. Sleeper Podcast

Hand-cycling the new Vivid Air 10,157 times to see if it would explode

bigquotesThe Vivid is back and RockShox claims it's better than ever, but we wanted to know, will it blow up on your first ride? To find out, we set Dan off on a mission to cycle it as many times as he could on our dyno. Why not just ride it on trail? Cause that's too easy! Fanatik

Geoff Gulevich: Trail To Recovery

bigquotesI am back in action!
After five and half months since I shattered my femur in an avalanche, while skiing...... I am back!
I documented a lot of the progress from the incident to today.
It has been a heck of a ride.
Geoff Gulevich

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 Everybody raves about having a BMX background but I think having an artistic cycling background would yield some pretty ridiculous bike handling skills.
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 Back in the day (I grew up in Germany) a neighbor saw me doing wheelies and he always wanted me to get into artistic cycling. All I knew it lacked speed and that these guys had mad skills I didn’t have…
  • 6 0
 sounds like a love storyWink
  • 14 1
 If only you had a BMX background, the sky would have been the limit for your artistic cycling career.
  • 19 0
 Fox x2 and vivid air the only two available option for a “ gravity” air shock! Are you guys living under a rock?
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flag Shitass (Aug 20, 2023 at 7:21) (Below Threshold)
 What are the other options
  • 26 0
 @Shitass: EXT Aria, CC DB Air, RockShox SDU DH, some others.
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flag Shitass (Aug 20, 2023 at 8:39) (Below Threshold)
 @ThatOneGuyInTheComments: all but the sdu are trail or enduro shocks. The sdu is a trail shock without a lockout and a longer stroke
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 @Shitass: OHlins TTX m and air ? SR suntour , X-fuxion , DVO ??????
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 @Shitass: What is your definition of a gravity shock? How does this definition contain the X2 but not the EXT Aria?
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flag Shitass (Aug 20, 2023 at 12:44) (Below Threshold)
 @ThatOneGuyInTheComments: because thats how theyre marketed, and designed to be used? You only have to look at the website
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 @Shitass: after a quick look at their websites it looks like the shocks I cited are indeed DH-marketed.
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 That's a @Shitass comment to say !
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 @Shitass: you seen how the enduro guys ride lately? It’s a freaking DH-race on longer distances, those enduro-bikes go over gnar better than DH-bikes from 3-4 years ago. Enduro and DH have never been as close as they are now, the Float X2 is being sold as enduro/DH shock, the first Vivid examples showed up on enduro bikes.
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 I was curious how the Vivid compared to the RS's own Super Deluxe Air... just more linear air spring curve? (i.e. more coil like?). Seems like some product overlap given that world cup DH riders were (seemingly) on super deluxes.
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 @iduckett: may be most Super Deluxes require more often service and aftermarket tuning to stay competitive on the WC circuit, and a more DH-friendly shock is a better solution. Smile
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 @hitarpotar: Sounds good to me Smile
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 fakie no hander wheelie with someone on your shoulders wtfff
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 Pffft, lame, they couldn't even do that simple trick no footed.
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 ...Please slow-mo Huck-to-Flat Man-Bike asap?
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 But only if you dress like a lord since your bike looks like a medieval serf.
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 UCI: "The peak tip of the saddle shall be a minimum of 50 mm to the rear of a vertical plane passing through the bottom bracket spindle. The peak tip of the saddle can be moved forward until the vertical line passing through the bottom bracket spindle where necessary for morphological reasons as a part of an exemption."

Also UCI: You want to stand on another guy's shoulders while that guy does a wheelie while he's sitting on the head tube but neither of you want to wear a helmet? That's fine.
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 Fanatik making some bucks from SRAM again apparently
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 Yeah, good on Fanatik but what information other than number of lab tested cycles does it give us? Number of cycles under consistent load = numbers of cycles under consistent load. Try to extrapolate beyond that and you'll run into issues and probably unfulfilled expectations.

Was a comparison to other shocks under the same conditions tested?

Real world implications involves a lot of contaminants and possible egress into the shock. Cycling a shock in real world has different velocities, how would this change the outcome?

What effect(s) would temperature differences in the shocks environment produce?

So many other questions. In the end this type of testing is thinly veiled marketing. Cool marketing, I like to see the tests but with added rigour and controls.

Save your hands, have a piston perform the labour, have comparison studies add a simulated trail environments for the test rig. If you want bonus points introduce different vectors and cross loading the shock. Ooooor we all go ride our bikes and find out how the 1000 dollar plus shock does.

Cool Sram commercial though.
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 Slight correction to the last statement: or we let a couple thousand early adopters ride their bikes and see if we spend a grand on this or we wait for the 2.0 version.
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 All you have to know about the new Vivid is that it is "coil-like." Lol.
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 @tacklingdummy: Fox Float DP X2 feels much more like a coil shock.

Better and easier way to stress test a shock is run it at half air volume and bottom the hell out of it all day at Whistler.
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 So happy for the legend Geoff Gulevich to be back in the saddle after such a terrible accident! I can't believe this was the first i heard of it!
  • 6 0
 Soccer Ball gets longer highlights than the bloody downhill world champs. That being said, I didn't expect soccer ball to be that bad ass
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 That human bike gave me a chuckle and holy hell those art cyclists are actually gnarly lol
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 Levy and Kazimer, men's pairs bike dancing. #bikesofglory
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 Just casually repurposing Escape Collective content without the actual content are we?
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 Whoa, memory of “quicksilver” unlocked.
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 How’s the recovery for the fanatik guy going?
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 dramatic and static
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 "Can you wheelie bro?"....."Get on my shoulders and I'll show you"
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 Hope they’re using condoms
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