Pinkbike Product Picks

Oct 2, 2012 at 14:11
by Alasdair MacLennan  

Sweet Protection Bearsuit Knees

Sweet are relative newcomers to the mountain bike market, but in their native world of kayaking they have a strong following. The Bearsuit knee encompasses all that a rider should want, with absorbent visco-elastic foam from Sas-Tec in primary impact areas, and with EVA padding in secondary areas. In use by several other manufacturers, Sas-Tec is a product we rate highly. In the construction, Sweet has been careful to ensure that areas susceptible to abrasion (the front and sides) are made from a stretchy, Aramid-reinforced material. A Lycra panel on the rear improves both breathability and flexibility. An inbuilt bend in the pad helps reduce creep when pedaling, as does the single Velcro-adjustable strap sited above the knee. Perforated neoprene panels above and below the joint further prevent slippage. MSRP: €89 (£79, USD TBD) Sweet Protection

Sweet Protection Bearsuit Knees
Featuring Sas-Tec protection the Bearsuit Knees from Sweet are a good looking piece of gear

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesIndividual physiology is going to have an impact on how well a product works for you, especially with something so personal as armour. There was an initial concern that the single strap would prove insufficient to prevent movement when pedaling, but this proved unfounded, as the combination of the pad's anatomical shape and tacky neoprene was so effective. Despite running large sized pads, the strap was noticeably tighter around my leg than ideal - to the point where, by the end of the test, the pads were run without the strap. Good length above and below the knee gives plenty of protection against both abrasion and impacts when wearing shorts, and the low-profile design also works well beneath race pants. We feel that there would be benefit in an extra large size, as my legs definitely aren’t the biggest out there, and evidently Sweet agrees, for there is an XL size due to be released soon! Despite the snug sizing they’re well thought out pads, which proved comfortable on trail rides despite my normal preference to ride without for reasons of mobility and all-day comfort. With the addition of the larger size to the range, we can definitely recommend Bearsuit Knees. -Alasdair MacLennan




Burgtec Titanium Offset Bushes

Offset bushes may have appeared only recently on the radar of those outside the racing world, but they've been an aid to geometry adjustment on the World Cup circuit for some years. Back in 2010, Marc Beaumont won the Val di Sole World Cup with a set manufactured by Burgtec, which was the first to offer offset bushes to the public. The titanium bushings replace the shock eyelet hardware and the offset mounting hole effectively reduces the eye to eye measurement of your shock. The shorter shock drops the bike through its travel range slightly, slackens the head angle and lowers the bottom bracket (or the same in reverse). Depending upon the bolt size of the eyelets, the bushings can add or subtract one to 1.5 degrees to the head angle and alter the bottom bracket height 5 to 13 millimeters. Burgtec bushes are manufactured from titanium to minimize weight and maximize endurance. Some may bemoan that they're unnecessary, however, Burgtec's offset bushes can be a very useful addition to your tool chest should your bike not have quite the angles or adjustment that you're looking for on an important day. MSRP: $74.99 USD (£46.99) Burgtec Components

 Burgtec Titanium Offset Bushes
These little pieces of titanium have won World Cups and are a more regular feature on race bikes than you'd perhaps imagine.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotes Burgtec were the first to bring the offset shock-eyelet bush to the public and with hard-wearing titanium, and the most accurate manufacturing, they still produce the best we've come across. Fitted to my race bike this season, they dropped the bottom bracket approximately one-half an inch and slackened the head angle. The adjustment created the geometry I wanted, but couldn't get from the standard frame and suspension to bring improved high-speed stability and cornering. As with other Burgtec products, the bushes are born from a racer's needs and that usually means 'function before price.' They’re not the cheapest and if you ride just a few times a year, they may not be worth the cost. However, if you're a regular, the longevity and adjustability they offer comes to the fore. Make sure to check that your frame has sufficient rotation and clearance to work with a shock that is effectively four millimeters shorter eye to eye (-2mm per bush). Most models should be OK, but you don't want a dent in your pride and joy because you failed to make a simple measurement. -Alasdair MacLennan




Endura Venturi II PTFE 3/4 Shorts

It's fairly probable that you're reading the title and thinking 'waterproof shorts, what a waste of time.' And if you rarely ride in the cold and wet you'd be right, but in many parts of the world (especially Scotland and the Pacific Northwest) they're a fantastic creation. The sort of weather that soaks you to the skin in seconds, followed by wind-chill as the gales gust around you. A three-quarter-length short, Venturi II shorts come past your knees and end with elastic cuffs, adjustable with Velcro tabs. A fixed belt keeps the waist in place, while a Cordura section between your legs prevents slippage - an improvement over older models which were 100-percent ripstop nylon and would get a little slippery on a wet saddle after a very short period of time. Deep pockets (which are also fully waterproof both on the inner surface and out) enable a phone and car keys to sit comfortably against your leg without banging about on rough sections of trail, and on the rare hot day, it protects against perspiration. The shorts feature a PTFE material that is not only extremely breathable, but highly waterproof too. You need only tumble dry or iron on a medium temperature to restore the 'proofing, rather than resort to special re-proofing sprays. We've done this a few times and on each occasion, despite heavy use, they continue to return to a virtually 'as new' state. MSRP: $159 USD (£100).Endura Clothing

 Endura Venturi II PTFE 3/4 Waterproof Shorts
Endura's waterproof shorts might not be considered essential for everyone, but if you ride regularly in inclement weather they're a worthy addition to your kit bag.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesIf you live in a part of the world where you never see cold and wet weather then firstly, lucky you. Secondly, you aren’t going to appreciate the amount of joy a dry backside can bring when you're out on one of those days, the ones where you dare not stop or slow for fear of hypothermia setting in or turning to a block of ice. For those who do ride in less than stellar conditions, Endura Venturi II PTFE shorts are great to have in your riding bag. Breathable and warm (not to mention dry), they work wonders for improving the enjoyment of a ride in the depths of winter when the trails are soaked to the core. Although worn on a few downhill rides, the knees are a little too tight for anything but the slimmest of knee pads (think 661 Evo pads) to be worn underneath, so Venturi II's are probably best kept to trail riding. At £100 there's also the element at the back of your mind telling you not to ruin them, as you surely would on a gravity bike. There's also no denying that £100 isn't cheap for 'just a pair of shorts,' but as with any waterproofs, good quality costs money. And if that means you ride more as a result, then surely it's worth it. Sir Rannulph Fiennes once said 'There's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing'. And you know what? He was right - winter won't stop me from riding, and I can't see myself riding trails in anything else. -Alasdair MacLennan


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59 Comments

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 LOUD NOISES
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 I like Sheep.. mehhh
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 I like wellies a size to big for the sheep's back legs to go in Wink
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 agghh what the f*ck? you sick bastard.. haha
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 those are some pretty great looking shorts, not, who comes up with this stuff f*cking Roadies or what?
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 I like for someone to give me a dh bike (demo carbon)
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 bears put the whole office in jeopardy!!!!
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 I like randomly flashing lights
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 i like the smell of markers
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 Pretty good idea I think unless you like you penis getting cold and wet and shrinking to the size of a pea nut!
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 /\ were you touched as a child? /\
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 Yes I was actually, by your mum. She used to love touching my cock with her tonge and then lapping up all the jizz.
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 cool story bro..
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 Very mature for a person almost twice my age
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 So I take it because your half my age it was ok got you to imply I was abused as a child? Seriously though if you don't like getting a reply like that then maybe you keep your own insulting comments to yourself. c*nt!
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 Get a life buddy, Matty was clearly joking, like he said your mature... You could tell from your choice of words you picked that you're retarded.
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 Your telling me to get I life when you are the one reading other people's comments and chipping you 2p's worth in! If you took time to read my first post it was about a pair of waterproof shorts, then this matty decided to insult me so he got an insult back. Oh we'll time to get on with the rest of my life.
  • + 1
 Well it was random because you replied to the comment of "I like markers" with "pretty good idea I think unless you like your penis getting cold and wet and shrinking to the size of a pea nut it is pretty random .
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 Well your uneducated comment popped up on my dashboard, I just couldn't resist - as you said.. Well tried to say 'oh well, time to get on with my life' try a little harder.
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 We'll , I'm not coming with you Big Grin lol
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 I'll take the waterproof shorts thank you, but can i have like 25 % discount since they're 3/4!
With all the rain coming down and the below zero temperatures I would like something a little better than a pair of old wornout denim shorts. But the price is like 2-3 new tyres... Damn.
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 Technically you should pay 25% more, because you're getting 25% more shorts, so its actually a pretty good deal haha.
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 Offset Bushings are a great idea.. but if you want some high quality bushes that are half the price of Burgtec, check out www.offsetbushings.com

£10 each with free UK postage, we can also ship internationally (to all you yanks out there).

We have hundreds of happy customers. Take a look!
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 Just what I was thinking when I read this article! Love your product!
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 Yep, highly recomend your brass ones at: offstebushings.com

They're a real bargain.
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 Brass has a hardness of 3-4 on Mohs Hardness Scale, Titanium has a hardness of 7 on Mohs Hardness Scale. I will spend more on a part that won't wear out as quick.
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 Anyone read Bearshit instead of suit?
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 Offset bushings are a fantastic product, but the hell with Burgtec, check this guy out.
www.ebay.com/itm/Offset-Shock-bushings-Mounting-Hardware-Mount-kit-All-frames-Proshox/300611150162?ssPageName=WDVW&rd=1&ih=020&category=158996&cmd=ViewItem

Quality is amazing, shipping was fast and at only a fraction of the price of most other offerings...
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 And they actually call them bushings...not "bushes", which is dumb. But not as dumb as the name "Sweet bearskin".....really? Who thinks up this stuff? 2nd grade students?

Those shorts look so baggy up top in the picture it looks like they might be on backwards. But ptfe is good stuff.
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 its actually 'reducer hardware'
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 Should there be a mention about the offset bushes possibly screwing up suspension curves/pedal platforms because the bike is effectively sitting in it's travel further than it would normally?

Might not be such an issue for a DH bike, where pedalling efficiency isn't paramount, but a lot of people are fitting these to AM/Trail bikes now where pedalling performance is a more important attribute.

Adjustable headsets/anglesets etc are a better option IMO, as they don't screw up suspension characteristics.

Also users should check the type of linkage the offset hardware is going into, because on a design where there is a lot of rotation around the linkage, the offset hardware will rotate in the shock bush due to the forces involved & end up in a different to optinal position. A lot of people with suspension designs of this nature (NP Mega/Nomad etc) have noticed on the rear offset it has moved anything up to 45° from where it started.
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 Im surprised that the bushings would twist. When you have a straight through bushing like this that is pressed into the shock eyelet that also has DU bushings to take the twisting forces off the offset bushing, it shouldnt move at all no matter what the suspension set up is. It could be down to a worn shock eyelet that isnt tight enough for the offset bushing in be held tightly in place.
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 HobNob, It's a small change in relation to the length of the shock, so any effect to a pedal platform will be negligible.
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 yep what you said hobnob is rubbish, all its going to do is make the suspension sag/sit lower
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 what stops the bush wearing a lot quicker? I made up a set of off set bushes and i went through them at least twice as quick!
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 I don't think hobnob means that the reducer hardware (called bushings in the article) will rotate relative to the linkage - it won't. He's saying that as the suspension compresses, the reducer hardware rotates within the brass bushing of the shock, and more so on something like a Mega or Nomad. So at the end of the shock stroke, the offset of the hardware is no longer parallel to the compression. Thats correct.

I'm sure there is some mathematical difference but I've got offset bushings in a Nomad and I don't notice any issue with weird suspension curves. I do notice the slight geometry change though.
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 Those bushings really work! As regards rotation, minimal on a supreme 6, even if they do, the short shock concept stays true. Rally worth it, if u want to tweak yr BB height, have a more low slung suspension. Be warned... The shock can easy hit the frame if u do both ends, experiment a little.
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 I recently purchased the Burgtech offset bushes for my 2009 Glory. Pretty stoked, a huge difference is easily noticeable and it was much cheaper than having to buy an expensive head angle adjusting headset. Living the dream.
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 who spends 160$ on shorts? kinda ridiculous
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 it's mountain biking - people spend crazy amounts of $$$$$$$$ on all sorts of stuff. I agree $160 is pretty steep for a pair of shorts
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 The ti shock bushings are cool but.... Go to realworldcycling.com and check out their needle bearing conversion kits for the shock eyelets... makes a world of difference and only half the price of the bushings shown here. Also you can customize the colors Wink
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 Different product for a different purpose, the offset bushes are an aid to geometry adjustment, the needle bearings are a good product but do not fulfil the same needs.
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 pretty sure the Burgtec bushings void the warranty of your frame too...
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 Those bushings are a good upgrade if the ti really lasts longer. The question is how much longer and is it really worth spending $75-100? Any gravity rider will tell you changing bushings suck every season. If ti bushings really last longer give us some real data on that. The adjustment a nice feature if you into that.
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 You'll probably still have to replace your brass shock bushing just as often. They're talking about reducer hardware here. The ti is harder wearing than aluminum versions, which are softer and can sometimes deform or even crack if the offset leaves too thin a wall on one side. With offset hardware like this you want either steel or ti, and always 3pc as opposed to 2. Some companies integrate little o-rings in the hardware, which helps keep water and grit out of the brass bushing. So that might help extend the life of the bushing.
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 For that price should come with reducer and bushing. Currently i not replacing bush that often but it used to be an issue. Avalanche bushs last 4-6 years, fox last 1-2 if you lucky. My old giant reign w/fox dhx needed bushings almost every year. Khs been running 4 years with no problems. I think it comes down to design of linkage and leverage ratio. Some bikes going to need alot of service and others nothing.
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 That price includes a pair of DU bushes and a set of the offset pins/spacers in the necessary size.
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 With the offset hardware, the amount of BB drop and HA change depends on your leverage ratio and also on the diameter of the bolt that your frame uses. The higher the leverage ratio, the more change you get. The smaller the bolt diameter, the more offset you can have, which also equates to more change.

I got about .25" bb drop on a nomad with probably less than .5 degree HA change.
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 I feel like product picks ALWAYS reviews a new pair of shorts... And there are only so many differences :/
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 wouldnt mind trying the knees or the shorts living on the shore is a wet ordeal so itd be sick to have them
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 How would offset bushings go with Session 88 2k11 frame? Anyone tested it?
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 I want to see some product picks for all styles of riding. Feels like its mostly on all mountain riding.
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 Hmmm kind of boring and dull product picks.. Nothing exciting here .
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