We all need a bit of levity given the nightmare that has been the past 12 months. Thankfully, the cycling industry turning up the troll-o-meter and cranked out some quality gags to cheer us all up in this weird time. Here are all the best ones we've spotted:
Guerilla Gravity’s -10 degree headset
Sam Pilgrim launches a new shoe brand
IFHT's Once-Daily Bikes by Trek
Ruckus Composites to retail new 'Space Adventure Shovel'
Today, Ruckus Composites, a highly reputed carbon fiber repair company, announced that they will be starting sales of their new “Space Adventure Shovel” After years of extensive research and development Ruckus is excited to release a product that will serve adventurous terranauts traveling to our rusty red neighbor, Mars. Made from aerospace-grade titanium and designed with input from renowned mad engineers the “Space Adventure Shovel” will be able to stand up to the rigors of space travel and planetary exploration.
Commenting on the product release, founder and lead designer Shawn Small said, “With travel increasing to Mars we saw a need for products that help adventurers follow Leave No Trace practices while out recreating their favorite scenes from the Martian or visiting early rover landing sites. Our hope is that SAS will help keep our cosmic neighborhood clean and free of human contaminants long into the future. Today we are elated to be at the forefront of space exploration and furthering the cause to make humans interplanetary!”
The Space Adventure Shovel features:
- Grade 9 aerospace titanium
- A compact, slim profile that fits in most retail space suit pockets
- Antimicrobial coating to facilitate sanitary storage
- Weighted at exactly 42 grams
- Sold in a variety of colors and washes to compliment your space travel fashion themes
- “Leave No Trace In Outer Space!” ™
Available at SEI (Space Equipment, Inc) and select retailers today!
Cane Creek Announces eeWings DIY Titanium Crankset
Cane Creek Cycling Components is proud to announce the latest addition to our lineup of acclaimed eeWings Titanium cranks - the eeWings DIY. The eeWings DIY arrives in 9 individual unwelded pieces consisting of the same 3AL-2.5V and 6AL-4V titanium as the original eeWings crankset. The kit can then be assembled and welded by the rider - at home or wherever you have advanced welding equipment.
Assembly of the eeWings DIY is simple. All that is required is a tig welder, a tank of argon gas, a titanium fill rod, protective equipment and advanced knowledge of technical welding.
"It's really straightforward,” said Brandon Blakely, Design Engineer at Cane Creek. “You just tig weld the joints using a titanium filler rod while purging Argon gas through the torch and back purging through the individual part to the backside of the weld. You do that to all of the joints ensuring a strong weld and then - bam - you’ve got a set of eeWings cranks."
The eeWings DIY are available for order on April 1 for $1499 with shipments expected to arrive to customers between June and August 2022.
*10-year warranty not available on eeWings DIYDisclaimer:
Welding just like mountain biking, is inherently dangerous. Failure to properly weld may result in injury then death. The durability, strength, appearance, and compatibility of eeWings DIY cranks will vary greatly depending on welding experience, patience, and tools available. Side effects of impersonating an expert welder include but are not limited to 1st thru 3rd degree burns, fire, oxygen deprivation, trouble breathing, loss of eyesight, blindness, and difficulty seeing. Be sure to protect yourself from yourself. Cane Creek is not responsible or liable for any eeWings DIY customer dissatisfaction – this one is on you. Instructions are sold separately but are currently unavailable. Ask your local bike shop if eeWings DIY are right for you... If you don’t have a proper or accurate source of information on bicycle products, consult the comment section on Pinkbike.com.
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Nukeproof's First-Ever Pedal Assisted Bike - The Scouter
The darkest winter nights have been encouraging the darkest of thoughts. The “slog“ of lapping heavy going British trails, brought on a new anger and envy at the electrical powered brethren’s. If you can’t beat them, join them?
"But how" you cry? Nukeproof don’t have an electrically powered bicycle… and we still don’t. We’ve bypassed electricity and gone straight back a bygone era. Please welcome our latest addition to the Nukeproof range; the Scout(er).
Designed and developed deep in the Black Country, UK. With over 3 months of tinkering, engineering and refining in the garden shed, it’s almost ready for the trails. Harnessing the power of an E-Bike, but with technology from a lost generation technology, a 2-stroke 80cc engine 3BHP motor. As with any new bike, you’ve got to bring in a new standard, so we’re pleased to introduce Super Mega Whopper Boost 168mm spacing (box ticked!).
Spec: A high performance fully compromised build resurrected from the scrap heap and spare parts box:
- Scout 275 XL Frame
- Rockshox Lyrik 170mm
- Nukeproof Finishing kit Inc. Custom Saddle (As unwanted by Sam Hill)
- Sam Hill Signature Super Throttle grip
- Hybrid No Hope Wheelset (Hope Pro 4 27.5 Rear/ Mavic Deemax Front)
- Tyres: Semi Slick Michelins
- Sram Code/ Guide mix ‘n match brakes
- Sam Hill Day of the Dead Hand Guards
- Super Mega Whopper Boost: 168mm Hub Spacing
- X01 11 Speed Drivetrain
- Fully customised plumbing
- Top Tube Mounted Hydration for incredible range
- 80cc eBay motor, creating 3bhp
- A LOT of re-engineering
- Near certain death.
Ninja Mount presents Ninja Disc in all-new Shrimanux Standard
So far, bikers have had to be content with the banal assembly of the brake disc with six M5 screws. Now the Ninja Disc comes with a completely new and well-thought-out fastening concept: the Shrimanux standard.
The brake disc of the future is attached using three M4 screws (inner bolt circle 33 mm), which saves a lot of weight. However, to ensure the usual stability and reliability, three M5 screws are used in the outer bolt circle (52mm). Here it becomes clear that the new standard was developed with a focus on sustainability because when changing to the new standard, the biker only has to purchase half of the screws and can fall back on existing M5 screws.
After a long puzzling over whether 220mm diameter is not too much of a good thing and whether 200mm is really enough, the Ninja Disc now comes with the optimal diameter of 213.8 mm. This diameter has proven to be the optimum between weight, air resistance and heat dissipation in the laboratory.
Advantages of the Shrimanux standard:
• Less arm pump
• Bike stays higher in the suspension travel
• Greater rigidity with less weight
• Modern geometry
Note: The corresponding brake adapter and the hubs with the Shrimanux standard can only be delivered at the end of April, as these parts were shipped with the Ever Given.
More information about Ninja Mount
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Robert Axle Project Launches an Electronic Thru Axle
The Robert Axle Project has eliminated the need for tools with the press of a button. Enter, the eRap Thru Axle, the world’s first self-threading and ejecting thru axle.
Simply line up the wheel, slide the axle into place and press the LED lit button. The axle will immediately come to life as the threads begin to spin and pull the axle the rest of the way into the frame, securing the axle to a precise 12nm (+/- 1%) thanks to the built-in torque sensor.
In addition to the increased convenience, RAP is touting an aerodynamic benefit of 0.5 watts due to the hex hole being replaced with a smooth button. For those riding at night, the orange LED ring increases side visibility.
eRap axles will retail for $420 for a pair. Orders are open now at robertaxleproject.com
. Axles will begin shipping on 4/1/2021.
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Neutron Components launches alternative healing kits for mountain bikers
When we launched our ultralight first aid kit last year we thought we had everything covered… until we read the Pinkbike comments section. It turns out we'd got it all wrong! After literally hours of YouTube research we're happy to reveal two new first aid kits to carry with you on the trail.
To ensure our customers are covered for any type of injury, we’ve developed an ultralight homeopathy kit for the open-minded adventure junkie. To use the homeopathic first aid kit, simply take a sample of whatever has caused your injury (eg. rock, tree, bear) and add it to a vial of water. Dilute twice for minor grazes or up to four times for life-threatening injuries, then apply to the affected area.
The kit includes all of your homeopathic essentials:
• 2x glass vials for potion preparation
• 1 pair tweezers for sample collection
• 1 eye dropper to measure dosage
RRP $199. Water not included.
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VHS Tape's Silent 'Stealth Max' Tires
You ride bikes not only to have fun but to escape the world and get away from the hustle and bustle of day to day life, why ruin that with loud shralps? Get a grip in 2021 with our all new silent tyres! Kill fears not ears!
Certified ear level protection by all leading ear doctors. A rubber so silent the Government doesn't want you to have it!
- Sizes: 24, 26, 27.5, 29 and the all new 32er.
- Decibels: all tyres are -9.4 decibels.
- Compound: Full grip, Half Grip and No Grip options available.
- Bead: Yes
- Application: Best suited for mountain bikes
- Weight: 3-4 months.
- Max PSI: 69
- Tread: Never wares out, its a tyre for life.
- Only Tubeless Ready - Try our all new 'Silent Sealant' (tyres not compatible with tubes)
More info, here
Versus Bicycle Tires Announces the Recycled Roadie Jersey Rubber (RRJR) collection
Versus Bicycle Tires is proud to announce our Recycled Roadie Jersey Rubber (RRJR) collection.
We challenged ourselves to help rid the world of disgraced roadie jerseys. Working with international authorities, we searched pawn shops, the collections of questionable doctors, HGH facilities and backstreet dealers to acquire an assortment of disgraced roadie kits for our process.
"We're really excited about this" says Versus founder, Scott Hultgren, "we squeezed any excess chemicals from the garments before grinding them with premium quality rubber to create an optimal mix of roadie jersey & rubber worthy of our RRJR collection."
"These tires roll dope, it's like I can feel my segment wins inside them when I ride" said a famous roadie (speaking under condition of anonymity).
The PNW Winter Dig Jacket and Bellingham Sombrero will be ready to rock next digging season.
Furthering the collection is Versus x Grundéns RRJR coated digging apparel. Made for the harshness of the PNW by harnessing the power of the roadie's KOMs.
For more information about the RRJR line of products or Versus Tires in general, visit versustires.com
or follow them on instagram @versustires.com
GPX - Galloping Pedal Xtreme
On a mission to make mountain bikes even more efficient, we stumbled across a solution that was there all along!
The GPX. Nature developed it, SRAM manufactured it, Gira Sykkel, a small bike shop in Asker, Norway perfected it.
The brainchild of, Gavin Steder, GXP redefines pedaling performance.
Want to see how it performs? Click the video below.
Rider: Gavin Steder
Inventor: Gavin Steder
Bike: Revel Rascal - GPX Edition
Photo: Barbora Hollan
Production Assistant: Martin Vinje (Makes the best coffee)
Naturewalker 1: Martin Vinje
YT Reveals Rampage Ready Tues Corn Balance Bike
Reeb Cycles Solves Handlebar Alignment Problems Once And For All
Unior Launches Left-Handed Screwdrivers
Left is the new right.
A problem that has been around since the invention of the screwdriver is now solved – thanks to latest improvement from Unior. Specific left-handed screwdrivers are made for all left-handed people that just couldn’t get the right grip with the standard screwdrivers.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Joins Olly Wilkins on The Lockdown Companion Podcast
Somehow and someway Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson joins Olly Wilkins and Davi for the latest episode of The Lockdown Companion. We get into chatting all things WWE, RedBull Rampage and his secrets to success. There's also a new feature, listener questions, a HUGE giveaway and the usual nonsense...
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Stay safe and thanks for listening!
PNW Components Launches Range of Bakeable Components to Solve Product Shortages
Well, it seems trite to say it has been a year since last April. No one really could have predicted the challenges, changes, and hardships that have occurred. Lack of bike product has been the main struggle for our team, and we decided after a year of out-of-stock notifications, shipping delays, and product launch push backs that it was time to take things into our own hands (and kitchens). What could our team do with the skills we’ve learned in lockdown to get our customers bike products? One fateful Saturday, while sending each other pics of our latest sourdough creations, it dawned on the team. Bike parts and bread: a match made in Paul Hollywood’s dreams.
Get your components and carbohydrates in one place with the PNW Components
Bakeables, made fresh to order in the kitchens of PNW employees. Complete your cockpit with the best-in-class Loaf Lever for smooth dropper actuation, the extra wide, extra thick Baguette Bars for reduced vibrations, and the Garlic Bread Grips so you always have a snack in the palm of your hands.
Avoid dings and scratches with the French Bread Frame Protectors, which are easily altered to fit any sized frame.
Get your climb on with the doughy Dinner Roll Dropper Post and pair it with some cured meats and cheese for a mid-ride boost of protein.
And finally, save your shins and feel particularly grounded with the Pita Pedals.
Obviously, we aren’t making bike parts out of bread. And although we are still dealing with stock challenges and shortages, we’re making progress and updating the way we work regularly. Thanks for all the support through 2020 and into 2021. We could not be here without you all.
Tifosi Optics launches Mood Sunnies That Show The World How You Really Feel
Dunbar Cycles Attempts to sell Edible Chamois Cream
Dunbar Cycles attempts to sell Edible Chamois Cream to the masses and Fast Eddie poses for the 2017 World's Strongest Man contest
Muc-Off Launches New Deep Scrubber Glove
Muc-Off, the global leaders in bicycle and motorcycle care and maintenance, are proud to launch the Deep Scrubber Glove as an extension to their innovative cleaning armory.
Made from durable and high-strength silicone, the Muc-Off Deep Scrubber Gloves make cleaning tight spots on your hardware easier than ever. The glove has flexible bristles that covers all the fingers as well as the palm, so you can get completely 'hands-on' with your cleaning. The bristles also allow you to tackle hard-to-reach grime, so you can spend less time cleaning and more time riding.
Easton Cycling announces STFF - The Easton Supertuck Fine Fund™️
Industry Nine Launches N-1 Conversion Service
Words: Industry Nine
Reams of credit card statements weighing you down? No more!
Are outdated geometry, a noodle of a fork, and your antiquated 3x9 drivetrain holding you back from being the envy of all your friends on the trail? Look no further than the Industry Nine N -1 (N MINUS ONE) service - a paradigm-shattering, proprietary bike conversion process. N-1 is designed to transform your current beater to “Pinkbike Staff Ride” approved or conversely, take your new whip and dress it down as your old bike - keeping you out of hot water with your S.O.
Keep your relationship as rosy as the honeymoon phase with our N-1 replication service that hides the fact that your bike truly does now cost more than your car! We’ll even provide tips on off-shore bank accounts and a “Jelly of the Month Club” membership certificate to prove your extra income has been eliminated!
Or perhaps the new bike project is still floundering because of parts availability (sorry!) and you need a kickstart to motivate you into the riding season - we got you covered with our other carefully curated N-1 service options!
The new bike will soon look old, courtesy of N-1.
Not only does N-1 offer bolt for bolt replication, we also offer a variety of subterfuge services intended on punking your riding buddies. Whether it be an exact copy of your older rusty frame, the ubiquitous and indistinguishable “looks like a Session,” or the tax-bracket hopping titanium and carbon laden “Dentist’s Dream,” rest easy with your new (or is it old?) bike in the hands of our overqualified and underpaid team of bikestheticians.
With a dedicated team of engineers, our patent-pending 1:1 N-1 replication technology is proven to evade the eagle eye of even the most perceptive penny-pinching partner. Or mix it up and “de-e” your new e-bike to befuddle your riding buddies as you smoke them up the tech.
Down to the details
Courtesy of our in-house machine shop, hand over your wallet at peace knowing your dollars are spent supporting American-made manufacturing. With a manageable 10-12 month lead time on any conversion service, you’ll be on your new bike just in time for the latest and greatest axle or bottom bracket spec to render your dream build obsolete.
With arms like Popeye, Gabriel, the i9 polisher, has seen every bike from Durango-built Schwinn Homegrowns to AMP Research B2’s
Our only in-class N-1 wheel building table outfits your bike with custom builds designed to withstand the most demanding ride conditions while retaining the look of a 26” wheel with an inner tube and a 1.95” tire.
Another satisfied customer! Anna is “look and look again” bike check ready while keeping her relationship stable, while expanding, yet oddly maintaining equilibrium of her bike stable. For more information visit www.industrynine.com/N-1
Boost Your Instagram Likes With Kona's New Instant Trail DogsSICK OF YOUR BIKING PHOTOS ON INSTAGRAM NOT GETTING ENOUGH LIKES?
You’ve eliminated thigh-gap from all of your riding kits…
You’ve purchased the latest iPhone with portrait mode…
You’re constantly late for work because you insist on shooting at sunrise…
You even purchased a trendy enduro helmet and ultra-fast glasses…
Damn you look good! And, to top it all off, every tool, pump and tube is now attached to your bike with the latest straps and gadgets.
Does it seem like no matter what you try, nothing seems to boost those numbers? Well, we have a scientifically proven solution for you!INTRODUCING THE ALL-NEW KONA INSTANT TRAIL DOG!
We’ve taken the latest non-Darwinian principles and created a new paper technology we’ve dubbed E40. In its raw form, E40’s molecules flow freely, allowing it to be a soft and flexible paper, but when shaken, they lock together to form a rigid, cardboard-like state. Now, thanks to Kona, you can have all the benefits of dog ownership without any of the poo!
Kona’s Instant Trail Dog fits in your pocket or trendy-hand-made-hip-pack and simply unfolds trailside to give you all the social media benefits of dog ownership on the spot!
“Before my foldable trail dog, I had to rely on my real trail dog for attention. He’s great and all, but picking up his poop was stressing me out and making me smell so bad! Now I can just use the foldable Roscoe version and there’s no cleanup! I get great photos and smell awesome! Thanks, Kona Instant Trail Dogs!”
“Before using my instant foldable trail dog, I was so busy trying to get Fluffy to scrub jumps like a pro. But it turns out a Basset Hound is just not that good at jumping. Or running. Or doing anything quickly. My Kona Foldable Olive makes me feel like I have a real trail dog and gives Fluffy the rest she deserves. No more tired, squatty legs for her. My last photo got 3,141.5 likes! We both win!”
Kona Instant Trail Dog tester Seb tests out a prototype model.No more friends with dogs getting way more likes than you on social media!
No more pretending like you’re gonna pick up your dog poo when you really just flick it into the bushes!
No more getting dog hair on absolutely everything!
No more wet dog smell!
No more having to be responsible for another creature’s safety and well-being!
Order your instant trail dog NOW
and become the influencer you’ve always dreamed of!
Outbound Lighting Revolutionizes Open-Source COVID-Safe Night Riding Technology