Slack Randoms: A High Pivot, Integrated Shock Scott Gambler Concept, Stick Shift Transmission & More

Dec 10, 2021 at 8:24
by James Smurthwaite  
We use Slack as our workplace communication tool at Pinkbike and we have a #randoms channel which 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.

Ubike's Weird and Wonderful Bike Concepts

No, these aren't leaked renders of a new Scott Gambler but concept bikes dreamed up in the head of Cesar Gonzalez, a Communication student from Spain studying in Rotterdam.

The integrated shock Gambler was one of Cesar's own creations but he also creates user-submitted designs.

Cesar runs the Ubike Instagram that allows followers to submit their dream bikes which he then turns into semi-reality, completely free of charge. The 19-year-old has been designing bikes since he was 14, when he drew a Ghost Kato FS on his phone in a doctor's waiting room, and now uses those skills to help him gain some technical skills and learn about the Instagram algorithm for his degree.

Cesar also designs custom colourways

Cesar acknowledges that most of these designs probably wouldn't work if they were ever made into real bikes but instead he wants to foster a creative community who are just happy to let their minds run wild. For this reason, he also doesn't charge for his designs. He says, "I don't want this to be a business, but a community. That means that I don't want to sell my designs to the community, but to offer them a tool with which we can all share and visualize bicycles that could never be real. I also think that money at the end of the day is just another incentive, but after doing all this for pure passion, having fun in the process, gaining experience and reaching the most important brands in the industry, I don't think I need money to feel motivated to keep doing it." However, Cesar says he carefully tailors his posts to reach the right people and is hoping he could one day take the skills he learned into an industry job.

The designs aren't necessarily meant to be functional to encourage creativity.

For more designs and to find out how to submit your own design for Cesar to create, head to @Ubike.Designs.

Stick Shift

Here's a great find from Dave Rome at Cycling Tips. One of CT's forum members, known as Inoue, has converted his shifter to resemble stick shift gears or, as we call them outside of North America, car gears. Based on a similar component to that used for the analog joystick in a Sony Playstation controller, Inoue has successfully made this mini H-pattern shifter work with both Shimano Di2 and SRAM eTap derailleurs.

For something a bit more old school, Inoue also made some electronic downtube shifters:

Head to Cycling Tips for more information on Inoue's creations.

MTB on a Waterslide

From streets to summits, we've seen mountain bikes ridden in lots of places but rarely in a waterpark before. Check out this trippy run from Aurielien Fontenoy down a waterslide.

Watch Auriel's full vlog here.

The 10-year-old MTBer advocating for equality

10-year-old Bel Capie has made headlines in New Zealand for trying to make mountain biking a more equal sport. reports that Bel regularly gets mistaken for a boy when she's riding, which is annoying as she tends to beat them. She said, “It means people assume girls aren't very good at this stuff. That it’s a boys sport. At races, if they haven’t been seeded, they just put the boys in front and that’s frustrating because I have to overtake all of them.”

Bel has recently given talks to her class about gender equality and participated in women's riding events. She said, "No matter how much you've been told you can't do or be what you want because of your gender, always continue with the belief that what you want to achieve is possible."

Read more on Bel's story, here.


  • 240 4
 Scott must be a cool place to work, since you get to be drunk all the time.
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 honestly that comment made me laugh out loud at home for a minute or two!
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 Being mistaken for a boy because you're crushing them all is not gender inequality. And being unseeded means there is no order so you can put yourself where ever you want unless there's a call up. If the boys are in front because there is a men's category and a ladies category this is different and still not gender inequality. No 10 year old talks like this either, that elephant story was obviously fed to her by an adult with an agenda.
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 To be fair from a distance she could be mistaken for a boy. Much ado about nothing.
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 @kingbike2: I feel very strangely about all the adults around her... Leaning into this kind of thought process at 10 years old.

15? Maybe. 20. That's a good time to start diving into the political landscape based on all the experiences you've had and context you've gathered. But 10 is not a good age to be worrying about complex concepts such as gender inequality. All the 10 year old kids I see at skateparks or out surfing are just having fun, not worrying about the amount of penis-clad human beings waiting for the next wave -_-
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 I remember when gender inequality meant that there were things that boys or girls just simply weren’t allowed to it means that people are just surprised when a female enjoys or excels at an activity that boys have historically been more interested in (and obviously vice-versa for boys who enjoy and excel and activities typically enjoyed by females).... can someone show me a western society that is currently stopping males or females from doing a sport or activity that they want to do????

I’d also love to see all of these activists do a world tour of all the countries in the world that don’t hold western values to see what gender inequality really looks like.
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 @unrooted: That is definitely still what gender inequality means. Not that you mistook a girl who's riding really well for a boy and not that you named a trail Bro Zone.
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 If my daughter decides to start racing bikes and she’s a crusher, then I’ll attempt to teach her that it’s better in the long run to start at the back of the pack and overtake everyone else then to egotistically start at the from of the group.
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 Spot on, that's exactly what it is. A sick agenda.
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 woweee! you aren't kidding. lmao. that entire thing was cringe af. people, stop feeding your kids your woke bullshit and let them be kids. they aren't an equality bludgeon for you to use!
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 Fun fact: genders are not equal.
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 @thustlewhumber: "equality is a myth. no one is equal to anyone else. in fact, a man is not equal to himself on different days"-Thomas Sowell
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 Published by Stuff, arguably NZ's most woke, agenda driven, factless news outlet. I wouldn't expect anything different from them.
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 @unrooted: well said...
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 I want everything to be equal! In order to do this, we need to get rid of gender in sports, everyone rides the same CAT regardless of age, color or gender. That is equal as it gets/
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 @conoat: Dang, I just read a Thomas Sowell quote in the comment section on Pinkbike. For the first time in a long time I have hope for the future of our world. Carry on and be well.
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 Glad @warmerdamj beat me to it.
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 @conoat: this is very deep and I will have to marinate on it for awhile.
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 @conoat: It's a bullshit absolutist take by a nonagenarian partisan hack. The truth hidden in his blanket dismissal of human rights doesn't mean it mean we throw the baby out with the bathwater and endorse shitheels like Ted Cruz in 2016 and Donald Trump in 2020 (Sowell did).
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 @graham2017: he said that in his 60s you dork.

also, please explain where Sowell dismisses human rights. I will wait...
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 @conoat: Since we're both apparently familiar with Sowell, you should understand the quote you shared undergirds virtually everything he's said and published through his whole career. Hell, he supports Donald Trump to this day. What's your point? Has he since disavowed his stance on equality? The basis of all human rights is equality. "Equality is a myth" is a sentiment misconstrued by reactionary republicans to mean "since equality is impossible, we won't pursue it at all" or establishing a pseudo-intellectual basis for lowering taxes on the rich (via dated Laffer/supply side jesus economics) and cruel, ineffectual immigration policy for example.
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 @graham2017: Do you not believe that we are currently (in the USA) living in the most “equal” time in all of history? Do you really think that things will one do be equal for every person???? If we end up in the socialist world you are working towards their won’t be “haves” and “have nots”??????
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 @unrooted: That's both extremely presumptuous and a very high question mark-to-question ratio, lol. No, I do not think it's possible to purge all evil from human nature, but again, it doesn't mean we don't continue working towards that end. Certainly you understand the difference between equality of outcome vs. equality of opportunity, right?
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 @graham2017: very much so, and the only way to ensure equality of opportunity is to fight towards a society built on meritocracy.
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 @unrooted: All meritocracy is in a capitalist society is ignoring the sheer luck and external factors attributing to one's success. However, it certainly helps the successful feel more proud of their accomplishments, so that's nice. The downside is it breeds indifference and selfishness towards the less fortunate.
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 @graham2017: compassion is not the highest value.
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 @graham2017: so, to you, supporting a particular president is reason for dismissal of all views?

do I have you read correctly here?
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 @conoat: All views? Certainly not. Equality as it pertains to the Trump presidency? If that is not clear to you, either you haven't paid attention or have similar tendencies as Sowell to post-rationalize terrible domestic policy by the party you've shackled yourself to for whatever reason (for most people in the USA, merely an aesthetic choice).
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 @graham2017: I’m no fan of trump, but I guarantee he’s knowwhere near as bad as the corporate media has brainwashed, I mean tricked you into believing he is. But just continue being a cog in their machine.
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 @unrooted: Okay cool, but what the f*ck are you even talking about at this point, lol? Each of your responses so far have been generic and tangential to what's being talked about. "Hurr durr socialism/crooked media bad, meritocracy good!!" What are you, my f*cking uncle at Thanksgiving?
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 @graham2017: just make sure you never question your authorities, the woke cult, or your intellect.
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 @unrooted: Can you & @graham2017 just lube up and touch each other already I'm trying to sleep and my PB notifications are starting to bog down my wifi...
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 @lepigpen: I CALL BOTTOM!!!
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 @unrooted: (grabs dropper post with no seat installed) "now you're gonna feel a LITTLE pinch..."
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 @lepigpen: put some elbow grease into it, I’m pretty numb back there.
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 @lepigpen: But imagine being mistaken for a boy if you're a girl. I can only imagine it would be very annoying. because it's so simple to not assume someone's gender based on their looks or physical traits. Yet I have friends that experience this a lot. Also, everybody is different so some might not be worried about this, while others do. and rightfully so. To say that they shouldn't be worrying about topics that are just becoming a normal part of society, I think it's awesome that kids are becoming aware of who they are at such ages.
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 @prmtb04: I can’t imagine a higher compliment for a girl to be mistaken for a boy.
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 @prmtb04: Meh, all I know is teenage years are awful for just about everyone and instilling a defensive, victim-playing mentality into a pre-teen is almost certainly not going to pay off in those teen years where identity often gets way harder than things like "i dress and ride like a boy so people accidentally call me a boy now and then".

The best thing you can do for a human is teach them how to value themselves, how to ignore toxicity in the world because there will never be no toxicity (in the form of words of course, not physical abuse), and how to move forward after negative experiences.

I think just because we are painting her as on the right side of history, does not justify the parents signing her up for a lifetime of social justice. That's a HEAVY task for any human. And it should be one you make under your full cognition and adult reasoning. Ideally post-teen experience. (to put it in simplistic terms, I know many abnormal teens who got through school just by cruisin along and not painting targets on their back. and we all know people who were outspoken and passionate and it ended up to their detriment in one way or another).

It's really just the age that bothers me. Mostly because I think of all the stupid things adults told me as a child. And I've effectively had to spend time erasing indoctrination that I do not welcome in my adult cognition... And as far as I'm concerned that's just less time and space for me to effectively develop who I truly want to be.

I'd keep these type of topics off the table until high school, because that's when it suddenly all rushes in with sexuality, preparing for post-HS education/work, lots of changing of friends groups and personalities, and ultimately a LOT of struggles. High School is a great time to LEARN about these concepts. College (age) is a great time to enact on the beliefs you developed as a teen. Pre teen years simply isn't. Should never be.
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 @unrooted: Did you watch the video? it said that she gets mistaken for a boy as a girl in a sport that's considered to be something only boys do
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 @lepigpen: Fair enough. Personally, as someone who's in their last year of HS, you are right in saying that "where identity often gets way harder than things like "I dress and ride like a boy so people accidentally call me a boy now and then".". I wouldn't say that she's playing the victim mentality. she could change her gender identity, what if people don't bother to ask her pronouns? in modern culture, that's just the norm. Just my two cents.
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 @prmtb04: The problem is that it's not really considered something only boys do to people who actually do it. It's only portrayed in this light so that the people angry about all this can use this twisted fact to further their own agenda. Making the sport out to be this boys only club just makes this all seem worse then it actually is.
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 @prmtb04: Asking for pronouns is not a modern norm yet. Maybe we'll get there one day, but it simply isn't. You may be from an area where people your age are doing so. Possibly. The other 99.9999% of the world isn't doing that, not to mention areas where women basically don't have rights and gay/trans people will be jailed or murdered. I don't want to bring that up in so far as being goal posts for how to approach this context. But... It's maybe worth mentioning. It seems this is more an issue with girls, whereas if I were a feminine looking boy who wore long hair and did ballet and liked dolls... There would probably be a bit less public outcry to fight for a world in which people aren't accidentally referring to me as she/her. It's a bit disingenuous as you push the problem further and further.

But yeah, on the point of the difference between 10 and 15 years old, it's massive. And I would be LESS inclined to moan about the parents if it was a 15 year old, and have ZERO inclination to have a moan about it if it was an adult aged individual. Like... Literally they can still do all this stuff! IF they want... But just wait 5-10 years. It's realistically not all that different from raising a 10 year old to be a Qanon believer or a Scientologist or pushing them to play hockey at an elite level when they're maybe on the fence about it. I will never relativize the indoctrination of children in these more subjective contexts. 10 year olds should be learning fundamentals and let's be honest most kids don't really grasp the fundamentals of emotional control, mutual respect, working with others and understanding their point of view, until the late teen years depending on their home life. Our prefrontal cortex is scientifically said to not be fully developed until around age 25! And it seems pretty obvious that's the case when people think of the emotional difference between a 20 year old and a 30 year old.
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 You've got to feel bad for kids like this, I can only imagine what else her parents are putting in her head.
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 @warmerdamj: totally. I want to clarify that I 100% support inclusion and diversity in riding. It's just that things like this aren't what we've adjusted to as a society
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 Just because an event is "unseeded" doesn't mean there's no start order - the quote specifically says they're putting the boys in front [presumably meaning in front of the girls], which is absolutely gender discrimination.
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 @DylanH93: Probably whacko things like "you can be whoever you want and do whatever you want, and anyone who treats you otherwise based on your gender is an a*shole that needs to be called out".
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 @dsut4392: Well what event are they talking about? I mean the WORLD CUP races have men practice before women. Only recently have they taken the 'top 10/15' women and put them in A practice. Which was probably made as an observation of their speed and importance of the top 10 racers in that class. That is to say, I'm sure plenty of people know a lot of male racers who are finishing as bad as 50th but for the average mtb race fan they really may not be able to name many women below the top 10 overall standings.

So they are just structuring things off of the world class events. And there's no easy solution. If you flip the gender roles for practice/seeing... Then it biased against women. If you want to seed people by time for TT or qualis... You have no data to seed with. World Cup has the benefit of being able to seed from last year and then wild cards or juniors entering elite will have to go first/be seeded last.

In a perfect world... We would handle this a bit more like surfing. Which has FEMALE ONLY events and they typically run on their own time schedule and aren't affected by the mens event which is separate. And if you want something close to fairness, that's it right there. BUT... Where's the problem? In the promotion. That could be detrimental to the women's events, as they draw less eyes and advertisers and money. And MTB racers across the board are underpaid for the talent they exude. Our sport just isn't on the level of football or hockey. It's a bit like MMA, to be honest. You get paid pretty shit from the organizer themselves... It's all about your self promotion through endorsements and your personal brand.

So the real question to female athletes would be... Do you want fairness if it means a separate event? (assuming its logistically possible for teams, which it probly isnt as large adjustments would have to be made) Or do they want the seemingly inevitable lack of fairness of dual gender events? Because again... You can't seed by gender, it's biased. To avoid bias you can seed by speed... But some of the worst men still beat the womens times. So again, you're really getting maybe 10-15 women in A practice. And that's at a WORLD CUP level... Not some beer league XC/enduro races at the local lift access
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 @lepigpen: wtf did I just read
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 @kingbike2: That's ok I usually smoke myself out in the evenings too. I'll summarize.

Gender bias will always exist. Because genders do things differently.

One of the best ways to make event schedules fair is to have separate events for genders.

However, the reason that will never happen is due to advertising/logistics/money.

Basketball is massive, of course, and that allows it to have a WNBA... Even though I can't imagine what fraction of money that organization generates compared to the NBA.

When you scale things down to MTB's level of money/advertising, it would be a serious detriment to women's riding and events. It's better that they ride the same events same time as the men and be a part of the overall media and advertising of world cup events.
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 @lepigpen: WNBA does not generate any money, it loses large amounts each year. The NBA is the only thing propping it up.
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 @lepigpen how is WC DH or surfing relevant to the scenario of a mass start event?
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 @dsut4392: Separate gender events. So that men dont practice before women and then cringe people on the internet don't have to complain about equality in a sport where equality is nearly impossible.

And then we don't have to have cringe comment sections as drawn out and poorly thought out as this one.

It's a win-win. (Well aside from advertisers/companies, which is why it won't happen.)
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 That'd be a Bold Gamble by Scott.
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 Lets see if it pays off for them Cotton
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 maybe DH riders can start carrying 3 water bottles too
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 That would be nice for longer tracks.
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 @BikesNRussets: yeah man do the oldschool Mega Avalanche with it!!
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 Only if they are filled with beer
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 @BikesNRussets: yeah, just find me a DH track with a water break spot!
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 > The 19-year-old has been designing bikes since he was 14, when he drew a Ghost Kato FS on his phone in a doctor's waiting room

Good to know where Ghost get their frame designs from.
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 It’s more like he didn’t draw A Ghost Kato FS, he drew THE Ghost Kato FS lol
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 I don't wanna be that asshole especially because I think people making concepts like that is awesome ... but there is no way that a 200 mm shock fits in that frame ! I would be cool to see though !
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 I’d like to see that one opened up haha.
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 Ya, most of those designs are not mechanically viable. He uses photo-editing software, not CAD software, to produce his images.
  • 2 1
 you *would* be cool to see!!!
  • 3 0
 @asapyohanes hold my beer
  • 5 2
 As they say.. enough lube and it'll fit....
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 Maybe is a short travel Gamber with a 165 mm shock , a new category : Cross Downhill Bike (R 100mm/F180mm)
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 Wow... 10 year-old indoctrinated into modern gender bullshit makes the homepage. Rolleyes

It's virtue signaling about someone else's virtue signaling... inception.
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 Sad times.
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 You can't just label everything you dislike as virtue signaling, Pop Pop. Words have meaning.
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 Huh? I don't think a 10 year old needs to be "indoctrinated" to be annoyed at being mistaken for the opposite sex, let alone being put behind slower riders at race start lines because of having the "wrong" genitals. Not everyone is a pushover who just takes any shit without complaints. Some people have a spine even at that age.
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 @bananowy: No... but they need to be indoctrinated to be sooking about "equality" while they're receiving no inequality.

She's not being excluded from races or treated differently. She's being assumed to be a boy because she's performing well in an activity that's, surprise, dominated by boys. Being a "tom boy" doing boy shit and getting mistaken for a boy isn't inequality. Now, if they were telling her she wasn't allowed to race because she's not a boy, she'd have a point, but that's not the case.

So yes, it's just virtue signaling bullshit because she's got liberal loons influencing her to think a harmless mistake in gender assumption is really some nefarious systemic inequality... and that's a shitty thing to put on a 10 year-old who should just be enjoying riding her bike.
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flag bananowy (Dec 10, 2021 at 10:59) (Below Threshold)
 @badbadleroybrown: "receiving no inequality"

According to the article she's literally being forced to start races behind slower riders based on sex instead of performance.

"being a "tom boy" doing boy shit"

She's riding a bike. Riding a bike is not "boy shit". 99% (number straight outta my arse but you get the point) western kids her age ride bicycles regardless of gender. "Tom boy" haha dude, you're 43, not 83 Smile

"if they were telling her she wasn't allowed to race"

Argumentum ad absurdum at its finest. Even if she was indeed not allowed, you would find an even more absurd point to move the goal posts to. We both know that.
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 so gross.
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 Greta thundberg is their blueprint. liberalism is a mental disorder.
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 @Pinemtn: "Liberalism is a political and moral philosophy based on liberty, consent of the governed and equality before the law. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but they generally support individual rights (including civil rights and human rights), democracy, secularism, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion and a market economy."

Tell me more about how common sense, personal freedom, market freedom and democracy are signs of a mental disorder.
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 @badbadleroybrown: slow down and try to understand
It should only require a little thinking.
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 @bananowy: If she's not being slotted in with the seeded riders then she's not seeded herself and the word of a 10 year-old looking for gender drama presuming that every boy in front of her is also not seeded is hardly evidentiary of inequality. Did they put 3 boys out of 10 ahead of her, did they put every boy ahead and stick her in the back row alone? These are factual details that matter more than a 10 year-old who's obviously been conditioned by adult influences to look for inequality wherever possible assuming she's being treated unfairly without any supporting information.

And yes, 10 year old mountain bike racing or bike racing in general is very much "boy shit." In general, cycling is male dominated in terms of participation, and more specifically, competitive cycling participation is even more male dominant, and to drill down even further, competitive mountain biking is even more predominantly male.

Saying if she was being disallowed from racing isn't an argumentum ad absurdum, let alone "at its finest"... it's an example of what actual inequality would look like and if she were being disallowed, unlike you I wouldn't make strawman arguments to defend my point, I'd acknowledge that inequality as inequality.

Come on lil guy, you're 36 not 16... time to start using your brain.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Dec 10, 2021 at 11:33) (Below Threshold)
 @bananowy: Tell me more about how you can't grapple with the facts of modern reality and hide behind blatantly inaccurate definitions from wikipedia instead.
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 What do you call your 'signaling'? You must be trying to let somebody know what you think. Most people would name her edit here a call for thoughtful consideration.
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 @badbadleroybrown: "lil guy" haha here we go Smile Tell me I struck a nerve without telling me I struck a nerve. I'm not the one who's taking his frustrations out on a 10yo for having a backbone, big man. It's really not her fault you never had the guts to stand up for yourself. No need to try and put her down.

I have zero intention of going round in circles with you. I've made my point once and that's enough. If you want to repeat the same crap another 10 times be my guest. Happy trolling.
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 @flaflow: I call my signaling "reality." I haven't based my opinions on what "most people" thought since I was in junior high, I deal with the facts irrespective of how they make me feel or what you lot think about the facts. Maybe you did a lil too much slowing down and missed the understanding part but popular opinion isn't the same as logically coherent.

A girl is racing, with boys, and doing well, while people watching the racing are applauding her performance and telling her dad how good she's doing... but mistakenly assuming she's a he because most of the competitors are he's and not she's. There's nothing about that objectively representative of inequality.

Complaining about that being an equality issue or attempt to discourage girls from participating isn't a "call for thoughtful consideration" by any objective measure, it's nothing more than a kid who's been indoctrinated into believing that she's being treated inequally looking for issues where there are none. As I already said, that's a shit burden to put on a little kid regardless of gender. The only people who are really treating her differently because she's a girl are her parents or teachers or whomever is putting this shit in her head.
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 @bananowy: It's cute that you think you I care enough about you for you to be able to hit a nerve, or that you think you've made a point. As for backbone... I'm here defending an unpopular opinion against an angry flock of lemmings like you, while you're so afraid to step outside the herd and think for yourself that you're relying on rhetorical pedophrastic propaganda to make your point. Grow up... if you can't make a point without exploiting ten year-olds to do it, then your point is bullshit.
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 @badbadleroybrown: why do you even try?..

Seriously, that modern bullshit just should pass by without our - normal people - attention, that's all..
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 @bananowy: I don’t think you understand what liberalism means
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 @ka81: Words of Wisdom...this shit is dividing all of us...hate that this shit is discussed on a bike forum.Smile
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 @bananowy: can you please introduce me to a person who proudly calls themself a liberal and also believes in personal freedoms and free markets??? Every person I know and hear from nowadays who calls themself a liberal believes in socialists markets and “social responsibility” over personal freedom.
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 @unrooted: And he was attempting to define classical liberalism without distinguishing the difference from modern day conservativism. Modern conservatives are the equivalent to traditional liberals and modern liberals are fascists
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 @bananowy: is name calling your idea of have an argument?
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 @bananowy: I hope my daughter learns that it’s okay to stand up for herself…but also that it’s better in the long run to show her abilities through hard work than to bitch and moan on social media about every (perceived) slight she received.
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 @badbadleroybrown: biking is boy shit? What are you 90? I'm 34 and have been riding with girls since I was as young as 10. I ride with women now that are better than I'll ever be. You're really sheltered if you think women don't have a large presence in biking.
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 @ThunderChunk: oh no, a millennial's been offended by facts... Rolleyes

The reality is that depending upon where you are, 2-5x more men ride than women, and that gap only grows in terms of mountain biking vs cycling as a whole, and then grows even more for racing as opposed to just riding.

Who you ride with doesn't change that and recognizing it doesn't mean I'm 90, it only means I'm old enough to have been educated in the era of facts meaning more than feelings.
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 @ThunderChunk: yeah dude there’s loads of women cyclist in my area too but still the majority of cyclist are men.
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Hey now, not all of us millennials have learning disabilities, some of us understand, and also know that are small bubble doesn’t reflect the world as a whole.

When I use to work in a bike shop I’d say about 75% of the riders coming through the doors were women, does that mean 75% of cyclist in my area are women, no it means the same thing it’s always meant, women do most of the shopping in a house hold.
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 @badbadleroybrown: Look around, you're hardly defending an "unpopular opinion" here on the PB forum.

Just like the "Bro-zone" article, it's those on your side of the 'argument' who are partaking in the virtue-signalling circle jerk.
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 @dsut4392: you went to all the effort of reading the comments and then responding and that was the best rebuttal you could muster? You were unable to come up with anything remotely intelligent to say?

Weird way to tell us all that you're triggered but can't make a point in defense of your emotive nonsense but ok... you do you champ.
  • 1 1
 @badbadleroybrown: All I want to know is if she can make a sandwich?
  • 2 1
 @badbadleroybrown: is reading forum comments an effort for you? I would say “that explains things”, but I know plenty of people who struggle with literacy but have no trouble with not being a*sholes, so I’ll refrain from insulting them with that falsehood.
  • 1 2
 @dsut4392: Imagine demonstrating grammar and composition as poorly as you just did while talking about people who struggle with literacy all in the same sentence, and doing so without even a hint of irony... lol

You're 0-2 lil buddy, but by all means carry on.
  • 15 0
 That brownish U Bike looks like a Yeti that swallowed a Knolly and was sipping a root beer on top of it.
  • 3 0
 "The designs aren't necessarily meant to be functional to encourage creativity"

Under a bike that looks suspiciously like the Grim Donut!
  • 2 0
 Its also got a santa cruz rear triangle, so I don't know where that fits in there
  • 1 0
 ahahahha, nailed!
  • 8 1
 There is no brand I hate and love more than Scott..... Good looking designs, doing things differently, but an absolute pain in the butt to replace or service any of their proprietary stuff. Just realized it was just some joe shmo's design idea.... I like it though, and still stand by my previous comment.
  • 5 1
 I think the H pattern shifter is cool. Since @mikelevy loves cars talk, in the early days of the automobile (1920s and 30s), there was a type of gearbox called the preselector. It was a manual trans with a small shifter H pattern mounted on a stalk by the steering wheel. You would pull away and select the next gear you want to shift to. It would not, however, shift until you kicked the clutch. That would be cool to have on a bike. Select the gear you know you will need and it does not shift until you hit a paddle or something.
  • 3 0
 Jay Leno has one of those cars, it is a Cord I think. He reviewed the car and talked about the transmission. Lovely car.
  • 1 0
 I’m pretty sure some Mercedes Unimogs in the early-mid 2000s used a transmission like that
  • 1 0
 @homerjm: They were pretty common on the higher end American and British stuff. Kind of like the DCT we have now. The next gear is selected and loaded so that when the clutch is hit, the change is very fast.
  • 6 0
 Looking throiyh the comments section, it's obvious majority of the people on pinkbike don't actually read the article before commenting.
  • 6 0
 Great now I can stall my bike at the top of a trail and have all my friends laugh at me there too
  • 6 0
 What were they thinking, it’ll never look like a session and nobody will accidentally buy it
  • 6 0
 I want to flaunt my Ohlins not hide it Wink
  • 6 0
 Yeah, I want to flex that I ride a coil.
  • 3 1
 You people clearly did not read "Cesar acknowledges that most of these designs probably wouldn't work if they were ever made into real bikes but instead he wants to foster a creative community who are just happy to let their minds run wild."

If you check out the ubike instragram he shows the submission that he renders and you can tell they are drawings by like middle schoolers.
  • 6 0
 I like the E-DH bike.
  • 4 0
 The creativity and dedication of the DIYers out there blows me away. Do it "just because". It's inspiring.
  • 4 0
 I want a bike with integrated forks. Scott please, you are the only one wo can deliver! Pleaseee!
  • 1 0
 Has anybody mentioned how incredibly impractical that micro H shifter is? Why do people have to provide solutions to problems that don’t exist? Can you see trying to work that thing for real on a trail??? Well setup shifters on MTB are almost an extension of your body.
  • 4 0
 What in the actual F@#$!
  • 3 0
 2025 grim donut
  • 2 0
 I know it's not meant to be functional, but still, what the hell is that idler on the Gambler for, literally a massive pedal bob creator, nothing else.
  • 3 0
 Am I the only person left who likes the way a long travel coil shock looks????????
  • 11 11
 The bullshit gender agenda of the usual suspects now permeates all areas of life, including mountain biking. It is noticeable that this dirt is propagated in recent years. What disgusts me is that this mindfck pollutes areas (yes, PB, I mean this side) that were usually agenda-free.

And to the tolerance princesses out there:
There are only two genders.
Men and woman are extremely different.
Men are usually physically stronger than women.
However, both genders are equal.
  • 3 0
 “There are only two genders” : not true as I identify as a session.
  • 1 1
 I hate that stick shift thing so much. I mean, i get it. Why not, if you can, its fine i suppose. But its so pointless, looks so awkward to use, and completly misses how or why an H box works! Looks like a block shift would lunch it. Its rustled my Jimmies more than it should
  • 3 1
 I don't really understand why putting the shock in the frame, just for a more difficult adjustment?
  • 2 0
 the front triangle from the gambler is taken directly from the prime rocket
  • 3 0
 i want a dh bike now
  • 2 0
 that scott looks a lot like the prime dh bike
  • 2 0
 That looks inexpensive...
  • 1 2
 I feel like if the gambler was designed like that the suspension would be way too linear. You probably couldn’t run a coil on it if that were the case, which would be a shame.
  • 2 0
 Oh another high pivot copy
  • 1 2
 "Integrating" shocks into the frame is worryingly taking us in a totally wrong direction, as many other things in the bike industry. Makes me really question the future direction of our sport.
  • 2 0
 at least it dosent look like a session
  • 1 0
 Gambler, youre looking good. What is this DH good for?
  • 2 0
 DH? Throw an AXS 10-52 and a 200mm AXS dropper on there and it goes anywhere.
  • 1 0
 Tip: first gear is usually on top left.
  • 1 0
 Looked like he was biking in Mario kart
  • 1 0
 Those designs do not have backgrounds in bmx
  • 1 0
 i will kill someone if that scott gambler concept happens
  • 1 0
 These are wild
  • 1 0
 Bel for UCI President!!
  • 1 2
 Its missing it's shock, strange.
  • 1 1
 Does U stand for Ugly?
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