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.
Audi's $10,000 eMTB
Audi has joined the eMTB market with its memorably named Electric Mountain Bike Powered by Fantic, yes this really is its official name.
The limited edition eMTB is built by the Italian electric bike and scooter brand Fantic and uses an alloy/carbon frame with 180mm of travel. For the high price tag of £8,499, you get 180mm of travel from an Ohlins fork and shock with a Brose S-MAG 250W motor with 90Nm torque. The drivetrain is SRAM GX with FSA cranks and an 11-51 SunRace cassette.
you can find out more here
A Top Gun Musical Bike Build
|Dream Bike Builds, eine eigene Kategorie an Bike Video Format, die es immer wieder schafft weitreichende Klicks zu erzielen. Brands, Sportler, Content Creator, immer wieder sieht man schön inszenierte Aufbauten eines Mountainbikes aus vielen Einzelteilen. Wenn etwas zum Trend wird, muss man sich absetzen. Peter Kaiser mit Stopmotion, einige Youtuber in Live Streams, und diesmal Jasper Jauch im Trio, sogar mit Gesang.|
Aufwendig produziert in Zusammenarbeit mit Navafilms aus Rosenheim, wurde der ehemalige Downhill Racer, jetzige MTB Youtuber gleich dreimal abgelichtet, sodass ein Trio das Bike symbiotisch zusammenbaut. Dabei darf der Spaß natürlich nicht zu kurz kommen, sodass die Thematik von Top Gun passend zum Song „Danger Zone“, gesangvoll aufgegriffen worden ist.
Wer genau hinhört wird im Text die Passung zum Aufbau des Bikes wiederfinden.
Song Credits: Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
Akteur: https://www.jasper-jauch.de/— Jasper Jauch
|Dream Bike Builds, a dedicated category of bike video format that consistently manages to get wide-ranging clicks. Brands, athletes, content creators, again and again you see beautifully staged structures of a mountain bike made up of many individual parts. If something becomes a trend, you have to stand out. Peter Kaiser with stop motion, some Youtubers in live streams, and this time Jasper Jauch in a trio, even with vocals. |
Elaborately produced in cooperation with Navafilms from Rosenheim, the former downhill racer, now MTB Youtuber, was photographed three times, so that a trio symbiotically assembles the bike. Of course, the fun shouldn't be neglected, so that the topic of Top Gun has been taken up with singing to match the song "Danger Zone". If you listen carefully, you will find that the text matches the structure of the bike.
Song Credits: Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
Actor: https://www.jasper-jauch.de/— Jasper Jauch Translated
Bike & Rally: Brandon Semenuk's Journey
|For Brandon Semenuk, it was never about winning, it was about pursuing his passions as a multi-sport athlete. Growing up biking on Canadian logging roads with his friends as a hobby, he often saw the Subaru rally team racing and heard them echoing through the mountains. |
His passion for motorsports led him to join a local rally club, where his zeal for rally has transformed into professional rally driving.— Subaru
Queenstown Heli Lap POV with Brett Rheeder
|Epic day with Heli Bike NZ on Peak Vert. Trains with @brookmacdonald7151 @jacksongoldstone6453 @finniles9204 @CaseyBrown1 @corbinselfe Georgia Astle, Jack Clark, Charlie Makea, Henry & Fraser. Epic day. Thanks crew!— Brett Rheeder|
Sam Pilgrim Unofficially Attempts MTB World Records
|Breaking 4 MTB world records in one day! I break 4 mountain biking Guinness world records back to back on my Canyon Spectral and unofficially become a new world record holder! Could you beat my records? |
I found that the Guinness world record website has a load of MTB world records just sat there waiting to be beaten so that's exactly what I did! After a quick search I found 5 records that I wanted to beat, starting with a ridiculous wall ride that might have been the easiest bike challenge in the world, but that didn't stop my excitement! The rest of the challenges were harder and one of them was impossible but I will try to complete it in the future. The bike I chose for the job was the Canyon Spectral enduro mountain bike as this thing can be used for all kinds of riding. How many of these world records could you beat?— Sam Pilgrim
Best of Swampfest
Red Bull Heavy Metal 2023
|Returning after last year’s contest revival, Red Bull Heavy Metal saw Detroit’s iconic Hart Plaza transformed into a street snowboarding arena unlike any other. Over 40 of the world’s top rail riders descended upon the city to take turns in the day-long rail jam that took place across three designated zones, each feature heavier than the next. |
First up: The Wall, a 20 ft slab of concrete that played host to those looking to send it to the top. Next, The Kink Rail, the contest’s most technical section featuring a flat down kink rail descending a steep set of stairs, wedged between the walls of Hart Plaza. Riders ended at The Down Rail, a 50 ft down rail straight into the depths of Hart Plaza amphitheater, where things got heavy and riders put it all on the line for the contest finale.— Red Bull
Why Rollerblading Died...
All he needs is some cargo shorts and I could relate 100% to that picture
I'm pretty sure that every time somebody calls a bike an 'analog' bike, a baby seal dies somewhere.
I know why all of you decided to go here and pour this bucket of shit your comments are - you are small people and this shit talk made you feel better
and where is the Quattro sticker??
Bike companies: lol. Aw cute, look at the new guy. Better double those numbers.
I’d like to offer my armchair expertise to literally any (German) automaker to assist in the design of an inoffensive if not outright attractive e-machine. The current offerings are inexcusably AWFUL. (Spare me the anti-ebike rhetoric. They’re here to stay.)
Also, why isn’t the Audi bike called “e-Tron”? That’s the four-wheeled branding, and it even appears on the battery pack/downtube of that monstrosity.
Aviator sunglasses? Check
Lululemon t-shirt and shorts? Check
Roadie helmet? Check
Heading to the Audi dealership to pick up my new mountain bike.
My $10 to their $10000 says that dirt spray is photoshopped in
Because all the rollerbladers became e-bikers.
You're the man Sam! Keep breaking these world records!
1. hates themself
2. had to be explained to, what roost looks like because that definitely looks like roost as if it was imagined by somebody who's only just heard about it
Fond memories if my brumby! Wish i could jistify buying another
There was a bloke in Adelaide (south australia) some years ago running a wrx twin turbo conversion in his brumby/brat.
I think inline skating is valid and doesn't necessarily compete with these other sports, just like the existence of snowboarding doesn't necessarily imply ski sports don't make sense. The hucks and gaps we've seen in that video were impressive and will be hard to beat on a skateboard, simply because it will be pretty hard to get up to the speed required. They can do stuff different to skateboarding. Mountainbikes will never be as impressive in the skatepark as the BMX bikes yet I don't expect BMX bikes to surpass the mountainbikes at Rampage or Hardline anytime soon.
What we did learn from the video is how sports can suffer from egos, images (cool/uncool), envy and an over-reliance on corporate money. It is kinda weird how the butthurt skateboarders would actively try to discredit the inline skaters and how that clicked with the big audience. People can be influenced that easily, apparently. As The Offspring said: It is cool to hate.
What is a bigger thing I see is that often something is declared "dead" by people who like to talk, just because it is no longer in the spotlight. Rock is dead, metal is dead (music, not the materials), inline skating is dead too apparently. Yet maybe, this "dead" stage is maybe the best stage. Those who really love it will keep doing it anyway. It is way more genuine and it will develop at a much more healthy pace. People get into it because they love to ride, not because they want to fit into something. Mountainbiking may have never seen those extreme highs in popularity but therefore it has also not seen such a dip. We now seem to be on a bit of a rise in terms of coorporations taking over. Discovery money into DH racing, yet riders have to stick to clothes that are officially marketed as DH or BMX specific. I can't wait for this shit to balloon, burst and to be back to the riders to develop the sport and their image.
Possessed. Similar to children on scooters dropping in on ramps. It’s annoying . I ant saying don’t do it , but it’s not in the same league of prestige because it is very easy to ride a rail on inline skates , risky yes , but a lot easier.
It is not about "counterculture kudos" really, more about sustainable growth or just sustainability full stop. Did you watch the video in the article (and I'm often guilty of not bothering with videos so no shame there)? What happened with inline skating is that it got picked up by the corporations, hyped, pushed into the mainstream before it got a chance to find its feet. Then when the hate campaign turned out to strike a note with the general public, the corporations dropped them cold turkey. And that's harder for everyone than if it just thrives on people and companies who rely on the sport and actually love it. Seen the huge inflow of German car companies sponsoring the sport and even bringing out (branded) bikes? Yes money is money but I wouldn't be too surprised if this is just to support a loophole. As quite a while ago I read something that car companies were supposed to produce vehicles which on average produce a certain max CO2 emission per kilometer. So you can make your gasguzzler, but then you also have to make a super efficient car to offset that. German cars typically are fast and heavy. So I wouldn't be too surprised that they're just pumping out e-bikes to compensate. They may not even become popular or do well on the trail, they don't care. Yes it is money into the sport. Until the loophole gets plumbed and they drop the sport, Discovery pulls out too, non-bike-related sponsors pull out as they worry they may not get the promised exposure and where are we then?
From my perspective, the sport often looks healthier when "dead" than hyped. Lots of kids and people are on inline skates and unlike during the boom, they can actually ride safely. There's been this local shop called This is Soul since early this century and even though the owner still seems to be dreaming about the nineties, they're doing just fine. He always used to have loads of skates ready for the local kids to just borrow and ride. As unlike e-bikes, the target audience can't just buy the gear and then learn whether they like it or not. He has only one shop so it is not like this thing is growing fast, yet at the same time he seems more than busy enough. Which is what I call a healthy scene. Heck, I can't think of a sport where a sudden influx of outside money had a sustainable and good effect.
TL;DR: Yeah sorry I appended one post to the other.
Did some of the athletes at the top do some things that took some skill? Sure. And does it require some skill for what athletes at the top of scootering now are doing? Sure. But is it even close to the same amount of skill or dedication as is required to do the same trick on a skateboard? Not even close.
Less risk, less talent, less cool.
Audi put his name on a Fantic ebike, 10k...i thinks this is really poor marketing
Every ebike marketed as car producer are a complete scum.. waste of money.
I don't think that audi buyers are dumb people, just with a bigger income, but who rides a bike and can buy a RS6... know the ebike market will never buy this ebike.
Old audi owner will do? Don't think so, they just don't ride a bike.
And now, if the clunky shifting and lurching lately is any indication, the transmission is about to go.
Never again. This was my first, and *last*, Subaru.
Subaru need to make some form of ute/truck again!
The Liteville 301 being honed throughout the years is kinda like the 911
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