Slack Randoms: MTB B-Movies, Land Rover's 'Henrique Avancini' Special Edition, Laser Guided GPS & More

Oct 31, 2021 at 11:36
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.

Halloween MTB Flicks

If you're not planning on going out trick or treating tonight, why not settle down for a night in with a horror film on the TV? If you’re fed up of shuffling zombies or masked murderers, there are at least three horror films that feature mountain biking as a major plot point, don't expect masterpieces but for schlocky, fun B movies, you can't go too wrong.

Shadow - When a young soldier leaves for a mountain biking excursion, he meets the girl of his dreams as well as a group of violent locals who want to see them dead at any cost.

Downhill - After his best friend dies in a racing accident, biking star Joe agrees to go back on the wheels for an exhibition in Chile. On a test run with his girlfriend Stephanie, they stumble upon a badly injured man dying from a mysterious virus. That's the start of a very bad day for them as they become the target of relentless killers ready to do anything to keep their secret to go out of the mountains.

Blood Trails - Bike messenger Anne never imagined the horrific events that would unfold after her one-night-stand with stranger Chris.

If you want something no less intense but a bit less gory, you could also check out James Franco inventing mtb vlogging in 127 Hours:

Or Jason Statham defying physics on a BMX in Transporter 3:

Laser Guided GPS

Is looking down at your bars to see your GPS too distracting? Well, this laser projected GPS may be the solution to your issue. It is definitely a bit bulky in its current state but we'd love to see it developed into something more practical in future.

Henrique Avancini's Land Rover Special Edition

Following the success of the Rio Olympics in 2016, cross country mountain biking has picked up a large following in Brazil and spearheading it all is Henrique Avancini. To celebrate his achievements, Land Rover has launched a signature edition of its Discovery Sport that it calls, "the official vehicle for the adventurers on duty."

The limited edition basically boils down to an accessory pack which includes a bike rack with space for two bikes, rubber mats, a windscreen sun reflector and an accessories organizer, however, the car does also come with fitted side stirrups that don't come with a standard version of the vehicle. Just 50 of the special edition Land Rovers will be made and they will all be sold in Brazil. For more info, click here.

The Biggest Ever BMX Barspin

The bar has been raised at the legendary Lyon 25 stairset. First cleared by the skateboarder Jaws in 2016, it has become an iconic spot in action spots with freerunners, scooter riders and Fabio Wibmer all sending it in recent years. Now, Courage Adams has tricked it with this ginormous bar spin, the first-ever 25 stair barspin in BMX history.

Cyclist Cramps During an Interview

Zensystem's Slip Claims to Boost Cadence

Can a piece of plastic improve your cycling performance by 5%? That's what Zensystem is claiming with its new Slip invention. The plastic insert sits between your foot and your pedal and they claim it increases cadence and power without any extra effort. How? Well, they say, "ZENsystem SLIP design increases distance between pedal's axle and sole. It moves geometrically the inclination of the pedal's plane down forward. This optimizes legs and feet pushing force trajectory when pedal stroke is in the proximity of the lower dead spot." Breaking down the word salad, they believe it puts your foot at a more efficient angle in relation to the pedal and that increases performance.

If you want a full, animated breakdown of the what and why, head to their Kickstarter but for now we're going to file this with a healthy dose of skepticism alongside bent cranks and energy-generating wheels under Cycling Kickstarter Inventions that Probably Won't Revolutionise the Sport as Promised.


  • 175 3
 Henrique will need his bike to get home once his Land Rover breaks down.
  • 13 0
 True story.
  • 16 40
flag kcy4130 (Oct 31, 2021 at 13:43) (Below Threshold)
 Also, how did he get to this far as a mountain biker without knowing that when putting a bike in the back of a station wagon or suv it's way easier to put it in backwards so the bars and front wheel are at the back of car........... Oh wait he's an xc star, he's probably only ever ridden his bike to the trail head.
  • 9 6
 By which I mean, Henrique isn't like us lazy people who usually drive to the trail head.
  • 12 0
 ‘Land Rover Active Recovery Kit’ = mountain bike
  • 14 0
 A Land Rover and a Lefty8, killer combo, I hope his walking shoes can take him safely home
  • 3 1
 @entrecerros: at least the Lefty is dependable unlike any LR product. Speaking from personal experience and the general reputation of the brand. Great looking vehicles but not a brand I can trust ever again.
  • 25 1
 Is the bike rack just ornamental? Like recovery boards on Tacomas? Why is he putting the bike in the trunk?
  • 4 0
 @extratalldirtrider: I feel this way to hard. I loved my disco. Hated all the issues. So happy I got rid of it ... but i still miss it
  • 4 0
 @Hayek: Going by the pic, to prove that the bike is not going inside without 1 or both of the wheels off, so the rack is very necessary.
  • 7 0
 If there ain't oil under it, there ain't oil in it!
  • 1 0
 Indeed. Moreover, he’ll use that Laser projected GPS. It’ll help the would-be bike thief to watch where he’s going from a distance; allowing them to relax knowing they can steal that expensive bike and sell it in the high demand used bike market, with minimal effort.
  • 107 0
 While we sit here debating Boa vs Velcro vs laces, Courage Adams stomps 25 stairs to flat in fucking slip ons.
  • 6 0
 Exactly. Dude was solid on that one!
  • 7 1
  • 6 4
 Yeah, and doesn‘t bother wearing a helmet. Hit the deck, brake your neck, what the heck.
  • 20 0
 The 25 stair drop is insane. Strong ankles for sure!
  • 2 1
 Dom Tomato did a side flip down them, he's crazy!
  • 5 1
 Well ya but he didn’t land it
  • 1 0
 Would have to get a closer look and feel
  • 7 0
 Nothing beats Jaws on a skateboard though. Insane.
  • 5 0
 @Sethsg: That's cool and all but it's way easer to land when you don't have a bike or skateboard...

@Mike-Jay Jaws is a G but imagine being the first guy to look at that stair set and think, "Sure, I can make that..."
  • 5 0
  • 16 0
 I have watched that poor guy with the leg cramps 15 times… I sympathize but it is so funny.
  • 2 0
 It's even funnier when you understand norwegian Big Grin
Commentator saying: "Sverre rode on and finished top 1500 out of 6500 riders, but we're not bothered with showing you that, let us rather show you this again at risk of giving you the laughs."
  • 11 4
 Just like a Honda civic and a land Rover, both with the same miles and year, command different prices, the Civic being higher...
  • 8 5
 "The 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) trialled new Stealth Reconnaissance E-Bikes in conjunction with the Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle.

The electric bike allows reconnaissance soldiers to move quickly and quietly throughout the battlefield, covering large distances to gather vital information. The battery-powered motor enables the E-Bikes to travel at up to 90kmph, with a range of 100 kilometres.

Soldiers can travel further in a shorter time frame, with less noise and dust created by traditional motorcycles, avoiding detection by enemy forces."

source: Electric pushies finding role on battlefield

  • 4 20
flag BikesNRussets (Oct 31, 2021 at 14:05) (Below Threshold)
 That’s actually pretty cool! E bikes for life.
  • 3 0
 please send drone strike on my house ASAP I will provide what three words location
  • 3 0
 Deploy the jerry unit alpha!
  • 5 1
 That pedal insert thing though... you're supposed to keep your foot flat throughout the whole rotation. Making a wedge that helps you get more power out of pedaling badly is bad practice. lol
  • 4 0
 Good to know that after hundreds of years and millions of cyclists pedalling around, a piece of plastic can give 5% gains
  • 5 0
 TLDR but if it’s a static shim, can’t we get the same net effect from just changing saddle height and fore-aft cleat position?
I’m sure hinault figured this out decades ago…
  • 3 0
 it's such horse sh*t, changing the angle the pedal sits doesnt change the angle the forces from your legs act, even if it did all you would achieve is moving the dead spot from the bottom/top of the revolution to an angle off the bottom/top so you still have the same power and dead spots, just in a different position in the rotation.
  • 7 0
 It's worse than that. The pedal is free to rotate on the spindle. Putting a wedge between the pedal and your foot does nothing other than move your foot farther from the spindle. The pedal is at a different angle throughout the pedal stroke than it would be without the wedge, but that is irrelevant.
  • 3 0
 @recon311: No you can't. it effectively lengthen's the crank at the top and shortens it at the bottom. Worst of both worlds. Bike fitters everywhere are cringing.
  • 6 0
 BMXers are made differently
  • 3 0
 The cramping attack is all too familiar. In restaurants is always a good time too, for all those dining around me. One word - Endurolytes.
  • 13 9
 Hey Outside - Land Rover make cars. They have 4 wheels and are driven by engines. Stop trying to sneak them in here
  • 4 0
 They aren't even electric.
  • 5 0
 The Hocus Pocus mtb scene is pretty rad.
  • 2 0
 I want to watch this, but I don't want to watch the whole movie. Any idea where it is in the film?
  • 1 0
 I’d say the first 20 minutes In @swenzowski:
  • 3 0
 ZenSystem announces partnership with SuperWheel. They claim if you put both products on your ebike it will be easier to ride then an normally powered bike.
  • 5 0
 Jason Statham putting down some watts!! Definitely using the Zensystem.
  • 5 1
 That Leon 25 bar was so sick!
  • 2 0
 Does that baseball hat have a MIPS liner to help with crashes?
  • 9 10
 Why is there Land Rover advertising in the middle? At least slap an 'advertorial' label on it or something, sigh.
  • 5 0
 I don't think a bit of advertising on Pinkbike for a Brazil only JLR product of all things matters, if this even was advertising.
  • 2 0
 @xxinsert-name-herexx: ebikes and internal combustion vehicles are so triggering on PB. And yet most of us here have mobile phones, electric leaf blowers, laptops, gas-burning cars, live in suburbs, do shuttle runs in pickups, etc etc etc.
  • 2 1
 @sngltrkmnd: I have 0 issues with combustion vehicles, just seems weird they'd drop an obvious ad into the middle of a bunch of content without calling it an ad.
  • 1 0
 PinkBike is an internet combustion vehicle.
  • 7 8
 courage can bar 25 stairs on a rigid 20" BMX but you need 180mm travel front and rear to ride the north shore
  • 8 0
 So you can do it on 120mm then? Or perhaps a full rigid bike? Let us know!
  • 6 4
 Hed have needed suspension to ride down them-the fact he was rigid is what necessitated he huck the whole gap
  • 7 1
 Ok show us YOUR BMX down Mt Fromme edit
  • 3 1
 @recon311: what are you talking about? BMXers have been firecrackering down stairs forever. Nowadays there's people doing nosemanuals up stairsets and 15y ago Wicke was launching out of stairs ( )
  • 1 0
 @recon311: I bet a 29r rigid can make them feel like butter

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