Park Tool PF4 Track Pump
The PF4 is Park Tool's beefy, professional track pump. It's built a bit bigger and stronger than the rest of their range to stand up to more abuse and to survive longer. Its universal head fits Presta, Schrader and Woods/Dunlop valves. Sturdy steel foot-plates are set into the pump's plastic base and the handles have big, comfortable rubber grips. The pump cylinder is slightly larger in diameter to increase the output volume, and the hose is a little bit longer than most other track pumps to make it easier to inflate tires when the bike is in the work-stand. MSRP $55.00Park Tool
It's definitely an impressive-looking pump.
|'Solid' is the only word you need to know about this pump. It's got an engineered feeling to it and you can easily believe that it's going to stand up to a world of abuse. We especially like the larger volume of the cylinder, as this made it better for seating tubeless tires. The only niggle is that it can be a bit of a fiddle sealing the head onto a valve - at least until you're used to the pump, but once you have the knack down it's problem-free. - Matt Wragg|
Onza Ibex Tires
Onza is a name that fell off the face of the tire world. They were one of the big brands in the late '90s, but failed to keep up when gravity riders moved on towards larger, more substantial tires like the Tioga DH. Recently, Onza decided to set this right and re-enter the world of high-end tires for aggressive riding. Their flagship of the moment is the Ibex. It is an all-round offering, much in the same vein as Maxxis' ever-popular High Roller (in fact, both tires are made by CST in Taiwan). We tested a pre-production 2.25-inch version (even though the graphics say 2.4) in a soft, 45A compound for the front and a harder, 55A for the rear - both feature a sturdy dual-ply casing. MSRP TBDOnza Tires
The similarity to the High Roller is immediately apparent, but the subtle differences are welcome.
|Onza's new Ibex looks very similar to one of the most popular trail tires out there, so it should be no surprise that it is a good one. The side profile performs slightly more consistently than the High Roller it mimics, which means it breaks sideways in a more pleasant, predictable fashion. The 55A rubber on the rear tire has lasted well and we are struggling to tell the difference between that and the slightly harder, 60A, compound that Maxxis uses. Despite the tire only weighing around 900 grams, the sidewalls were strong. We had no problems with pinch flats and they mounted tubeless with no issues. The problem with the Ibex is the size. Because the casing has been shrunk from it's original 2.4-inch size down to 2.25, the tread blocks are relatively small and hard. This gives the feeling that you're riding on top of the tread, not in it. What this translates to is a nervous feeling, particularly on wet rock. That said; as a return to form, this is a solid showing from Onza. The Ibex still needs some work to be great, but it's closer than much of the competition. - Matt Wragg|
Selle San Marco Concor Racing Protek Saddle
Sitting in the middle of the range, the Selle San Marco Concor Racing saddle is rated for "XC and enduro racing." A carbon-reinforced hull sits on titanium-alloy rails and the whole package weighs in at 190 grams. Edges of the saddle that are prone to damage are protected by their proprietary Protek technology, where a silicone coating is sublimated into the material to make it much tougher. MSRP $149USD (£89.99)Selle San Marco
You can immediately see the road heritage in the Concor saddle's design. The rippling effect around the edges is the Protek anti-abrasion technology.
|We chose the ti-railed option from the Concor's range of options, as we felt this would be the one that enduro riders would go for. The more-expensive carbon version was a bit too XC and the softer trail model was too heavy (a saddle is a great place to save weight without compromising the bike's performance). The first thing we noticed about the saddle was the sharp wings - they dug painfully into our inner thigh when the saddle was dropped down for descending. This meant we spent time trying to move the saddle on the rails to get the wings out of the way. It then committed the cardinal sin for any saddle: it left us with numb balls on a long road climb. Sure, saddles are personal things. Maybe this was a very individual problem, as many road riders swear by Selle San Marco, but yeah... there's no forgiveness from this corner for that one. - Matt Wragg|