Slack Randoms: Ways to Improve Enduro Racing, Radek in a KTM Ad, Crushing Propane Cylinders & More

Dec 10, 2023 at 8:10
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.

Dean Lucas & Simon French Talk About Ways to Improve the Experience at Enduro Races

You can watch the full podcast here.

Radek Burkat & Chris Birch in Utah

bigquotesChris Birch pushes his KTM 890 ADVENTURE R to the limit as he and a friend take on the infamous trails of Utah in the United States.

Huge rock formations, sandy tracks, and some seriously extreme terrain prove no problem for Chris and his machine. Even when riding at night, the KTM 890 ADVENTURE R doesn’t miss a beat. It proves once again – it’s not the destination, it’s the journey that counts!

World Cup Drone Shots from the 2023 Season

bigquotesThe 2023 UCI Mountain Bike World Series season saw some incredible racing across the world! Here are some of the best action shots from the eyes of the drones following the riders as they lay it all on the line! UCI Mountain Bike World Series

How a Torque Wrench Works

Puck Pieterse Battles Snow at the Val di Sole CX World Cup

Abstract: A Freeski Exhibition

bigquotesSkiing is not art, and skiers are not artists. Unless, of course, skiing is art and skiers are artists? Faction's fourth feature film exhibits pure creativity through a series of freeski sequences—from the vibrant streets of Japan, to the powdery pillows of British Columbia, to the finely-manicured terrain parks of Switzerland and Italy. Each location provides a blank canvas for the team’s artistic expression. Because nothing screams “artist” like sending large cliffs and grinding the side of buildings. In co-production with Red Bull Media House.

Alex Hall, Koga Hoshino, Antti Ollila, Mac Forehand, Vasu Sojitra, Micah Evangelista, Sophia Rouches, Brooklyn Bell, Mathilde Gremaud, Sarah Hoefflin, Margaux Hackett, Giulia Tanno, Tim McChesney, Duncan Adams, Blake Wilson, Elias Syrjä, Kadi Gomis, Tormod Frostad, Matěj Švancer, Štěpán Hudeček, Gianni Biello, Dan Hanka, Dylan Deschamps

Directed and edited by Etienne Mérel
Produced by Hanne Davis and Tim Harty
A Production by Bluemax Media
Executive Producers: Alex Hoye, Galen Knowles, Florian Moser
Script by Paddy O’Connell
Colour: Michael Putz

Supported by: Red Bull Media House, Spyder, CAST Touring, GoPro

Shot on location: Japan, USA, Canada, Italy, Switzerland
Red Bull Snow

Dakar Rally Car VS Dirt Bike

bigquotesWhich vehicle is fastest, 2 wheels or 4? We put Giniel Devillier's Toyota Hilux DKR T1 car up against Wade Young's Sherco 300cc 2 stroke Hard Enduro dirt bike to see who is fastest up South Africa's Sani Pass. See who comes out on top. Red Bull

Crushing Propane Cylinders with Hydraulic Press

bigquotesCrushing propane cylinders with hydraulic press! In this video we use our 40 ton press since we don't want to burn our workshop so we had to take the stunt to outdoors. Don't try this at home! All stunts were performed by trained professionals and shouldn't tried to be replicated. Hydraulic Press Channel

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 Thumbnail looks like an X2 failing in real time.
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 Does the newer generation of Pinkers even know who Radek is?
  • 4 2
 I didn’t till the Mike Leavey podcast the other day. They mentioned his name so many times I had to google him
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 Radek? Wasn’t he the father of the pinkbink advent calendar that we do each year to honor him and the PB legacy?
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flag Mac1987 (Dec 10, 2023 at 10:10) (Below Threshold)
 @speed10: is he then the one that hates foreigners with a passion, and excluded them from all contests?
  • 2 0
 They'll just google him, and then forget him.
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 @Mac1987: based solely off your flag, I’d say you already won. But that’s just my personal opinion. Happy holidays!
  • 5 1
 @speed10: been to the US myself twice. Loved it both times, although both out countries have their pros and cons.
Happy holidays to you too!
  • 4 5
 Is that the guy who sold pinkbike to an american company?
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 I'm old. I had to google him. Riding big ADV motorcycles like that in Moab is not easy.
  • 25 2
 How to fix Enduro. Put it back the way it was , Stand alone events in great locations. F*ck live coverage , get the 30 minute highlight show and the world media producing great shots for pinkbike ect .

Anybody that knows anything about Enduro will understand the challenge of trying to get live coverage and the cost of it is huge . No bike parks just natural trails.

Let DH be DH. Let XC be XC , Let Enduro be Enduro
  • 4 1
 The manufacturers need coverage to sell bikes, and the riders need it to get sponsorship and earn a crust.
If nobody's watching, it didn't happen.
If you limit Enduro to natural trails on remote mountainsides, it's going to be amateur hour. If you're content with that, so be it - but I'm sure the top riders aren't.
Geez, what's so hard to understand about this?
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 I like the idea of full coverage for the last leg, but maybe choose a couple of additional spots to give highlights leading up to the final leg. Then get the crowds going etc. It needs to become more of an event to draw the people and $$$/
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 THIS, this is the way imo. I miss the EWS post-race coverage and awesome venues. Ever since the the UCI took ahold and then Discovery ran with it, any post-video coverage has been lacking and venues have gotten more bike-park oriented. At the last race of last year, I actually felt like the highlight show and post-practice coverage was much better, so hopefully it keeps moving in this direction.

I think you summarized it perfectly @Ireland2017, let Enduro be Enduro.
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 I personally would like to see the hard enduro (moto) series replicated.

Multiple rounds that blur disciplines, like an urban DH type round, a point to point rally like the Sone King etc. A mix of multi and single day events.

Hopefully it wouldn't come across as gimmicky but instead would showcase what very talented people are capable of on bikes.
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 @tigerfish50: Does anyone follow enduro after UCI took over?
I certainly don't, and I don't know anyone else that do either.
I was hooked on EWS, loved the highlights and features, followed it almost religiously, and I know many others who did.
Now, not so much.
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 @cycle-laine: Hear what you're saying, but I have zero interest in urban dh. I ride bikes to get away from the city.
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 Ha - I’d forgotten about Eben Weiss aka bike snob NYC.
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 What a horrible article.
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 I don't think cannibalizing is fair - I mean we're allowed to have our own voices and I don't think we should dissuade editors or journos from offering their opinions, even if they go against other people in sister-titles. I'm sure some of them have read or listened to me and winced, and that's fine too. But who knows? Maybe somebody from the PB team might offer a rebuttal.
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 @henryquinney: open dialogue and different opinions= Good
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 @henryquinney: I think Henry and Eben are more alike than they are different. But maybe I'm wrong, and this should be settled with a cage match?
  • 4 0
 I thought this quote was bang on

"Okay, so if bike reviews are useless, then what are you supposed to do? Well, the media is like a bag of Kirkland trail mix, and the bike media is no exception, so all you can do is pick through it and try to extract the healthy stuff. You can also seek out people who do the sort of riding you do, or at least are interested in doing, and learn from them".

If a reviewer has the same preferences as you, then you (the discerning reader) can probably get what you want out of the review
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 @leelau: wtf, no. You are eating trail mix wrong.
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 @krhaack: haha. Good point. I usually high grade the chocolate
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 @henryquinney: From his own words: "The idea that we all need one-finger braking makes about as much sense as saying we all need one-legged pedaling. "
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 @Notmeatall: Yeah, and I think that's nonsense, personally. What's your point? Haha.
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 @Notmeatall: In fairness if I have to use more than one finger to use my brakes then my brakes are not working properly. I'll use two fingers sometimes, but very rarely. Maybe my fingers are just strong or maybe my brakes just work well?
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 @krhaack: I mean the dude has a point. By now, if there's nothing blatantly wrong with the bike, you're gonna have a good time.

I read bike reviews for entertainment, not because I'm in the market. When I buy a 'new' bike, I just try to find a dope frame second hand and build it up the way I want.
  • 1 0
 Funny how the author pretty much described (some) NSMB reviews when listing what a decent review should consist of.
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 @henryquinney: He's not a reviwer with unbiased opinion. When I search for a review, I expect facts, a professional description of what the product is, not what it should be. If opinion is expressed, let it be clear that it is the writer's opinion, not an order to what we all shoudl be striving for.
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 @ohbmxer: I have a road bike with 105 calipers and aluminium wheels, and I use only one finger. works like a charm.

My trail bike has 26" wheels and 203mm rotors with 4 pot calipers, It's one finger only, and I'm gonna get 223mm rotors, because less pressure on the hands equals to less arm pump.
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 Not a motorbike guy, genuine question: would the Ktms not have been much more appropriate in the fireroad climb video, and the 300cc way more fun in Utah?
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 Super impressive riding on those big bikes, but crashing them on rocks repeatedly can get really expensive compared to a lightweight dirt bike.
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 Also Not a motorbike guy and didn't either bother to watch the videos.
These motorbikes should stay on a motorbike track.
I think motor sport should be prohibited in wild areas : it creates unbearable noise and soil destruction for the wildlife and any people passing kms around. And that's just for one "pilot" having fun.
Its like these a*sholes doing urban rodeo, I dream I could magically crush them like cockroach.
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 @xalt: 95% of the trails in Moab (where they are riding) were build by uranium miners, jeepers, and dirt bikers. The famous "Slick Rock" trail was created by motorcyclists.
Stay away from Moab if you have a problem with motorized trail users.
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 @axleworthington: Ah, "Tradition": The best way to justify something when you have no real argument.
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 @barp: Yeah, um you don't just get to just take away trails from the people who built them.

Also, if you don't like motos, maybe stay off PinkBike which was created by the guy riding motos in the video.
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 @axleworthington: "If you don't like it, then get out!" --another perfectly healthy argument.
  • 10 0
 Imagine the Christmas piss up at the hydraulic press workshop.
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 Dean and Simon's solutions to fix Enduro are just tinkering. Televising the last stage and trying to seduce DH spectators isn't going to fix anything. Situation calls for a radical re-think. I'm sure others have alternative answers, but I'd like to see riders doing laps with techy uphill sections along with DH elements. That kind of course would demand genuine do-it-all bikes as well as super-tough athletes
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 "laps with techy uphill sections along with DH elements" - if only there was an already existing mtb discipline which does exactly that haha
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 @bananowy: Haha, yes - and it's the most watched of MTB sports
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 Best drone action shots of the entire season, clearly from all disciplines? In under a minute and a half. Ouch
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 i'll bet there's more
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 Nothing sucks harder than a 700c bike in the snow, never let Instagram fool you. That CX video was brutal.
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 That was painful to watch... I know CX people are gluttons for punishment but that doesn't even seem like a bike race. You'd be better off strapping the bike to your back and just running the whole thing.
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 @OCSunDevil: Glad I didn't waste my time watching that. lol

CX is still ... CX
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 Are drones and operators still that expensive to hire for events? I figure you'd have two operators at exciting to broadcast sections and have them switch every rider. Rinse, recycle, repeat per stage. Constant media streams and with good announcers and modern split timing I don't think you'd be lacking excitement.
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 Scheduling nightmare aside for Enduro/DH overlaps- what if they sent the enduro racers down the DH course as the premier stage?- already have the cameras, etc and be cool to see a bit of comparisons
  • 1 0
 Great podcast from Dean and nice to learn more about Simon and that bloody awesome place called Maydena. I can't wait to fly down there for Hardline.
  • 3 0
 Good to see Radek enjoy retirement!
  • 3 0
 well deserved... perfect timing on his part.
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 @jaydawg69: yes! Valuations were close to a generational high!
  • 3 0
 Wade would have been better equipped on a Thumper.
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 Ktm 890 is probably a beast , would love to ride one in Utah !
  • 1 0
 You have $10,000.00USD, do you buy a mountain bike or the KTM?
  • 4 0
 I’d buy a used 200xcw & a hardcore ht. Good times ahead!
  • 9 0
 $5,000 on the MTB. The rest on airfare (or gas), lodging and meals for MTB trips.
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 MTB. I can hear the birds when I'm riding through the forest. Serenity now.
  • 5 0
 Trick question you buy three mountain bikes: a really nice trail bike ($5k), a solid used enduro rig ($3.5k), and a cheap(ish) fatbike for winter ($1.5k)

(Or sub in DH or XC bikes for one of those options depending on your local terrain, weather, and riding preferences)
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 Radek is the ‘Godfather’.
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 Two motorcycles, and a truck, videos? As if moped-MTB were not enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 9 0
 those new KTM 890 ebikes look pretty epic tho
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 And trucks
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 Why do torque wrenches even HAVE a reverse lever on the tool? Very stupid. I broke one not knowing this.
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 For torquing things that are reverse threaded, or normally threaded but installed from the opposite end as usual.
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 No ebikes please..KTM coming through
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