electrical bike Video: We Truly Examined Our Bike From The Future – The Grim Donut Half 2
THE GRIM DONUT 2
Half 2: The Proper Quantity of Silly
Phrases by Mike Levy
The Grim Donut wasn’t imagined to work. It needs to be near-unrideable, a joke of a motorcycle taken too far, and a punchline that took lengthy to achieve. However in case you’ve already watched the video, you may know that solely the final a part of that’s true. The Donut was meant to be silly, however may it’s the correct amount of silly?
Okay, tremendous, it won’t work in all places, however its 57-degree head angle, 83-degree seat angle, and Winnebago-like wheelbase aren’t fairly so humorous now that we have executed timed testing with Yoann Barelli…
How’d We Get Right here?
The thought behind the Grim Donut was to skip the drawn-out strategy of manufacturers attending to the geometry we’ll clearly be utilizing in 2030. I imply, if that is the place we’re going, why do not we simply go there now? To try this, we regarded on the distinction between the numbers we utilized in 2010 and people we’re utilizing at this time, then we merely utilized the distinction. To be sincere, I am unsure why nobody’s executed this earlier than.
We’re much better at misguided strategies than welding, although, so we reached out to Genio, a comparatively small however high-end Taiwanese manufacturing unit.
The 160mm-travel body is called ‘GF7-1-160A’ in Genio’s catalog, however after welding two downtubes collectively to get the required size and making use of our future-proofed geometry, it is higher generally known as the Grim Donut. If it’s essential to catch up, here’s the first part of the story.
The one factor left to do was experience it, which brings us to the subsequent chapter within the Donut’s protracted life.
Timed Testing Aboard the Grim Donut
It isn’t that I wasn’t excited to experience the Donut, it is simply that I had some reservations. Certain, I’ve to get used to a new-to-me bike each few weeks, however I am often not questioning if the headtube will determine to take the time without work. And the bikes often aren’t seven or eight levels slacker and a couple of foot nearer to the bottom. So yeah, I used to be apprehensive.
I survived, regardless of having extra pedal strikes in three-hundred-feet than I’ve over the past three-years, and the Donut’s headtube continues to be on obligation to this present day. But it surely was apparent that my cautious method and the less-than steep path had been, um, lower than perfect for the geometry we’ll be utilizing in 2030. Fortunately, we all know a man who won’t even know what ‘cautious’ means in English…
It obtained critical as quickly as I handed the Donut over to Yoann Barelli. In spite of everything, it is one factor for me to exit and have some laughs whereas using our wacky bike, but it surely grew to become apparent that Barelli wasn’t joking round. Off the bike, sure. On the bike, not a lot. The Frenchman was putting properly within the Enduro World Sequence just a few years in the past, and judging by his latest movies I am unsure he is slowed down one bit since.
The check observe was round two-minutes lengthy, stuffed with sharp rocks, steep slabs and, fortunately for the Donut, not a lot pedaling. It is also a path that Yoann was very conversant in, having used it to judge his bikes over time. That is essential as a result of it means he may take constant traces at a constant effort through the timed laps relatively than having to study the path. And talking of studying, Yoann spent all of some minutes getting used to the Donut, his solely adjustments from my setup being to lift tire pressures a nip and to rotate the brake levers as much as near-level.
After posting a 2:09 aboard his personal bike, itself practically twenty-seconds faster than the prevailing KOM, it was the Donut’s flip to go up towards the Freelap clock. And in case you thought Yoann can be a bit apprehensive given its odd geometry and unfamiliar parts, his GoPro footage says in any other case…
Yoann went six-seconds faster aboard the Donut over the span of a brief, two-minute descent. On his first timed lap. Utilizing utterly unfamiliar brakes, tires, and cockpit. My response within the video is real – I did not assume the Donut can be a lot slower, however I actually did not anticipate Yoann to go sooner. Quite a bit sooner.
Is it a coincidence that the Donut is about six-degrees slacker than Yoann’s private bike and he additionally shaved about six-seconds off his time? Given the Donut’s rigorous improvement and groundbreaking method to picking geometry, I would say there’s zero likelihood of that being the case.
Yoann clearly made the Donut work for him, however that may not imply it is smart as a every day driver for these of us with out a professional racing license. ”No, I do not assume so. As a race perspective, I believe sure. And I believe that perhaps this check would possibly make manufacturers see just a little out of the field, and if they need racers to be sooner, perhaps they must make correct bikes for the racers.”
”Would I experience this bike day by day? Completely not,” stated Yoann after his run on the Grim Donut. ”The best way it’s proper now, the geometry is not nice. If you pedal, you are going to hit them on the bottom. And it would not nook correctly, but it surely works while you go tremendous quick.” Having executed some tentative check laps of my very own on the Donut, I can verify that it is a handful while you’re not at ten-tenths. ”However on one thing like that,” he stated of the rocky, high-speed path, ”the place it is kinda quick with lengthy corners, you simply must be fairly centered on the bike and also you simply go for it!”
It is smart to listen to Barelli say that the Donut’s lengthy, slack, and maybe-a-bit-too-low geometry most closely fits eye-watering speeds, and there is no doubt that its overly-active suspension only helps that cause. Stability and traction equal pace, and that is even more true when each are arduous to return by.
“The EWS in Chile? This bike wins by a minute,” Yoann stated of the dusty, free South American occasion the place racers usually say they discover solely anti-grip.
What Do We Do Now?
What do the microwave, Put up-It notes, chocolate chip cookies, and the Grim Donut all have in widespread? They had been all lucky accidents. This was initially meant to be a two-part sequence and the joke was imagined to be on us; the Donut was imagined to be horrible and we had been imagined to study some sort of lesson. As a substitute, we could have stumbled onto one thing promising. Too promising too ignore.
So we’re gonna do the one factor we are able to, which is to start work on the subsequent Grim Donut prototype. Anticipated launch date: 2030.
Brian Park & Jason Lucas
Produced & Directed by
Mike Levy, Yoann Barelli
Chris Cocalis, Aaron Gwin
Further Footage by
Max Barron, Cole Nelson & Chris Ricci
Mike Levy & Brian Park
Particular Because of
Yoann Barelli, Aaron Gwin, Calvin Lin at Genio Bikes, SRAM, Connor Bondlow at e*13
Sam Richards at OneUp, Cody Philips,
TRP Brakes, Chris Cocalis at Pivot, Nick Morgan at
Corsa Cycles, Karl & Radek Burkat