Fly Racing, 7iDP, and Ergon - Interbike 2013

Sep 20, 2013
by Mike Kazimer  
Fly Racing Freestone Helmet

Although Fly Racing's Freestone helmet may look similar to the growing number of helmets with extra coverage intended for all-mountain usage, there are several features that help it stand out from the crowd. One such feature is the addition of dual density foam in strategic places along the inside of the helmet for added impact protection. The helmet also has a retention system that's adjustable with a simple ratcheting dial, and a detachable visor that uses mounting system similar to what is typically found on full face helmets, allowing it to be set in a wide range of positions. The helmet's inner liner even has a mesh portion to keep bugs from flying in through the front vents, a useful perk, one that anyone who's ever been stung by a wayward bee will appreciate. The Freestone helmet is expected to be available in January of 2014, with multiple color options, including black, fluorescent yellow/black, red/white, white, and blue (shown). The claimed weight is 317 grams, and the MSRP is $109.99 USD.

www.flyracing.com



7iDP Covert Knee Guard

7iDP (iDP stands for Intelligent Design Protection) is a newcomer to the world of protective mountain bike wear, but their upcoming products have already been tested by the likes of Steve Peat, Brook MacDonald, and Kurt Sorge. The Covert knee guard (top) has three removable layers of protection: two foam pads, and a plastic shell. Users can decide what level of impact resistance they're looking for and then slide the pads they want to use into a sleeve found inside the abrasion resistant, pull-on outer portion. This gives the pads the versatility to be thick and robust enough for use in the bike park or DH racing, where hard impacts are more common, as well as being low profile and thin for longer rides that have more pedaling and less chance of knee smashing. The Covert pads will retail for $89.95 USD and should be available in March of 2014.

7iDP Control Knee Guard

The Control knee guards are 7iDP's highest end offering, with a Boa closure system that uses a thin steel cable to customize the fit of the pads, and a floating internal knee cup to keep the pads from sliding out of place. The Control knee pad is a slip on affair, but the Control knee/shin pads have a slightly different design that lets them be removed without the user needing to take off their shoes. The pads' hard outer shell is made from a material called Curv that's similar to carbon fiber, but is more flexible, which makes it better for pedalling. The knee/shin pads will be $199.95, and the knee pads will be $169.95. Elbow guards will also be offered for $149.95 USD, with March 2014 availability.



Ergon SME3 Saddle, GE1 Grips

Ergon recently launched their Enduro Series, a line of grips, saddles and packs intended for, you guessed it 'enduro riding'. We're starting to develop a twitch every time we hear mountain biking's latest buzzword, but trendy catchphrases aside, Ergon has worked hard to ensure their new products meet the needs of the modern mountain biker. The SME3 saddle has a flat rear portion and rounded edges combined with a shorter nose section, a shape intended to make it easier for riders to shift their body position on technical sections of trail. There are three versions available with different rail constructions, with prices ranging from $70-200 USD. The GE1 grips are designed to work best with wide bars, with ergonomics based around the elbows out riding style that comes with the use of wider handlebars. The GE1 uses two different rubber compounds for vibration damping, and the lock on grip is located inboard, letting riders use their whole handlebar without needing to deal with any uncomfortable protrusions on the outside of the grip. Colors: blue, red, black, grey. MSRP: $34.95

Ergon BA3 Pack and BP100 Back Protector

We've had good luck with Ergon's BA3 backpack, and for 2014 the pack is updated with a slot to accept Ergon's new back protector that can be installed for use at races that require spine protection. Constructed from three layers of foam/EPS, the BP100 weighs only 140 grams, and is articulated to conform to the contours of the wearer's body. Plus, the BP100 will fit in most hydration packs that take a 100oz bladder, not just Ergon packs. At only $32, the BP100 is an inexpensive piece of insurance for riders seeking additional spine protection without donning a protective shirt or vest, and a huge improvement over the contrived cardboard and duct tape contraptions we've seen riders use to skirt the rules during races.


www.ergon-bike.com





77 Comments

  • 87 2
 Love the look of that Fly Racing helmet!
  • 11 14
 Don't normally think helmets are particularly nice but this is...
  • 30 0
 ...Pretty fly for a white guy?
  • 11 166
flag JejQ (Sep 20, 2013 at 3:21) (Below Threshold)
 That kind of helmet offer no protection. The most important part of the head is face, and also face is the most vulnerable, therefore it should have priority in protection. I have never had anything else than full face, and I will never have. You would need to be some kind of acrobat to land on the top of your head, its obvious.. that in the crash you land with your chin first, nose etc.
  • 87 2
 Who is this guy? ^^^
  • 45 2
 He's from Hawaii so hopefully he's just drunk typing as its about 1:30 am over there...^^^
  • 17 1
 JejQ - do you throw yourself off deliberately? I guess you have never gone on a long ride ever?

I hope you protect your body with a suit of armour too.
  • 23 4
 Apparently a troll who crashes face first.
  • 9 1
 @JejQ... Actually the weakest point of your head is just above the nape of your neck, which this helmet covers. It also covers the temples so all in all you are pretty safe. The only disadvantage is you could break your jaw easier and scrape your face. Even with a full face you could still break your jaw and things can go through them.
  • 63 1
 "The most important part of the head is face" lol lol lol

obviously the brain counts for nothing! well i suppose in this case it doesnt.
  • 6 0
 looks good - a lot of 'enduro' helmets seem to miss the point that an enduro race usually has a minimum time to reach stages spread over a longish trail, so you end up having to pedal at a reasonable pace for several hours and yet they have poor venting eg giro feature, basically im a sweaty mofo by the end of an enduro race this one looks to be quite nicely vented
  • 2 1
 looks like the fox half shell
  • 9 1
 I'm sure JejQ didn't get why everybody laughed watching the "I only ride park" video.
  • 1 0
 In the two most recent serious offs I have had I hit the temple (broke collar bone too) & 2nd time the top of my head. In both episodes the helmet(s) (giro features, good kit that) were dented and cracked, but not my head. I haven't hit my face yet. Still time.
  • 2 0
 seriously good looking helmet and that mesh guard for bugs is just genious I was stung by a bee that passed trough the helmet once, and will never want that episode to be repeated ever again.
  • 2 0
 Fly racing has amazing stuff. Had a chance of using their gloves and jersey and I must say the gloves were one of the best I have ever used. Light, comfortable with a lot of protection. Amazing quality considering they were the entry level ones. And that helmet looks pretty amazing. I'd buy their stuff again without thinking.
  • 5 1
 @JejQ Broken noses heal, smashed teeth can be replaced... fractured skulls and brain hemorrhages are a slightly different kettle of fish....
  • 3 1
 @JejQ Do some research before you pipe up man, the weakest point of your head is just above the top of your neck where the occipital plate sits and this helmet covers that. And who would wear a full face to go on a long trail ride? Wind ya neck in and jog on.....
  • 7 0
 It is the face. If you are zoolander and happening to make your money from being really really really goodlooking.
  • 3 0
 Not that I fully agree with what he is saying but I was wearing a half shell when I landed on my face. Ended up with a broken nose that got torn and 30 stiches to my nose, lips and chin. With that said, I wear a fullface for everything but xc and road. Simply because I would die from the heat. So yes, the face is vonareble when wearing a half shell but it still protected my skull. I would of had a far worse injury then a concussion with out one.
  • 2 1
 Idiot
  • 1 0
 Aaaaaaand sold.
  • 1 1
 why would they not have this helmet and further info on their website?
  • 2 0
 ^maybe it's to new, probably not on retail shelves yet either.
  • 1 0
 @JejQ - Is your bike clean and your kit brand new?? Do you ride with a mirror and a brush to check your looking good mid ride??? The most important part of your head, is your head!!
  • 1 0
 dat lid...poc or fly now. damn too many options!
  • 17 0
 I wear a darth vader helmet when I ride. Complete protection from crashes and from rebel scum.
  • 3 0
 “The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face” -Jack Handy
  • 18 2
 The most important part of the head is the face ? ....... Tell that to someone with brain damage ..dickhead !
  • 2 0
 obviously your brain doesnt matter in this situation. EVERYONE always crashes chin first. ive only ever contacted my chin to the ground..teeeeeeeehe
  • 1 0
 Maybe JejQ is a really good looking dumb guy? Probably just the dumb part.
  • 15 1
 Everyone seems to have forgotten that the weakest part of the head/ face is the eyes! Why has no one designed a helmet that covers your eyes?!
  • 1 0
 Any integrated eye protection would look goofy for sure but I'd totally consider it. I have yet to try glasses or goggles that work well (by work well I mean don't fog up) on the AM bike on the Shore, especially in winter.
  • 9 0
 This one has been around for a while (and boasts in-built eye protection, anti-fog and chin protection for models/enduro riders): www.pinkbike.com/photo/10118401
  • 1 0
 Most goggles are designed for MX and fog way too much since we don't always ride fast enough to get some good airflow going. I'm currently ordering some Ryder shore goggles, apparently specifically designed for MTB. I'll see how that goes...
  • 2 0
 hillatopa that was way to funny.
  • 2 0
 Thank you hillatoppa! Smile
  • 11 0
 Holy smokes almost $200 for a pair of knee/shin guards Eek
  • 2 2
 yeah i noticed that too.. Whip seems so far we are the only 2 ?
i think they want to take this sport to a level that only the rich can participate in the future.,. and take out the common people..
and the stupid closure thing i copied from reebok ? shoes.. and within the first couple of falls it will break i "assume" !!
as they did with the shoes..
  • 3 1
 Those 7idp Controls are top of the range the other stuff is priced inline with the market. (around 60-80 pounds for pads.) You mentioned this sport it turning into something only the rich can participate itn - doesn't stop with pads who realistically has 7k to drop on a session or v10c. Give it a few months when no one is buying the control range it will soon be in the sales.

ride.io/news/new-brand-seven-idp
  • 2 0
 I want to say $200 is a lot but I spent $175 on my RF Flanks, which have been amazing protection.
  • 1 0
 Exactly get what you pay for. I have some nukeproof knee and shin combo pads right now which are on the way out. I am pretty sure come feb (when these are supposed to drop) I will be picking up a set of the control knee and shin guards.
  • 6 1
 Oh shut up. They don't "want to take this sport to a level that only the rich can participate in the future" It's a top of the line product with a lot of features you won't find on other low-mid range products. There are ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS affordable options available to us. ALWAYS. You guys just think you should be able to get everything the pros get for discount bin prices. That's not how this sport, or any sport for that matter, works.

Be reasonable and intelligent, I'm fairly sure you're all capable of it.
  • 2 4
 Calm down.... I did not say anything about bin prices.. BUT it has to be reasonable.. for 200 .. you can buy armour... Sure the new carbon like plates cost the most prob. But still.. its a little over the top in my HONEST opnion.. ? Sorry....
  • 1 0
 This sport is getting expensive!!! $200 for just knee/shin pads.... R they really better than my old FOX LAUNCH.
  • 3 1
 I hope there's a set breaking strain or snag release system on those steel wires in the knee pads. imagine snagging one on a on a brake or shifter lever in an OTB moment or something and nicely amputating a leg, It would be even easier if it slid down to the knee joint. Freaky shit happens or is it just my demented mind from watching too many horror flicks.
  • 1 0
 I was definitely thinking about that too haha. the idea is cool but yeah just a little sketchy haha
  • 1 0
 those boa systems will fail under that stress way before it broke through the padding, much less, the skin.
  • 2 1
 @Minotro
Exactly, and when it breaks, Boa has your back.
  • 1 0
 Just found this article that explains and shows the fitting system in finer detail than simply saying " A Boa closure system that uses a thin steel cable to customize the fit of the pads" because that makes it sound like it's just a piece of wire around the leg circumference you can tighten up. You might have to copy and paste if the hyperlink doesn't work

www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/First-Look-7-Protection,6359/Slideshow,0/bturman,109
  • 1 1
 Check out the date too , it was up over a week ago. PB can't get the scoop every time.
  • 6 0
 Enough of these little nibbles, hit us with more content!
  • 4 0
 And Pinkbike please head to the BOX components booth
  • 1 0
 Fouriers to, curious about them they seem new
  • 3 0
 Can grips be listed with a diameter from now on? It would be nice to know how thick they are. It's surprising how few manufacturers do this. Not necessarily here but on their own sites.
  • 4 0
 Are all 2014 products only offered in the standard "Enduro Cyan Blue and Bright Yellow/Green" colorway? Wink
  • 1 0
 A good year for people who like that kind of blue, like me. Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Honestly surprised why there aren't more BOA knee pads out there. The system seems like it would keep them in place so much better than stretchy velcro straps. I've seen one other company who made them but I can't remember who and I've never seen a pair in person.
  • 1 0
 Fly Helmet is different enough and looks good, but wonder if the peak design is a bit low on the sides for googles to sit and fit comfortably? A1 not as low and it has issues!
  • 2 0
 Does the way the peaks mounted on that fly helmet mean you can put it on backwards for an aerodynamic advantage ?
  • 3 0
 Nice helmet for nice price, hooray.
  • 1 1
 Good luck with the boa system when you have mud, dust and water in it! Not to forget the impact when you're crashing on that boa button. still a nice gimmick to create some media attention...
  • 2 0
 Aren't you sponsored by ION!. You can trash other companies publicly but you have to remember the nice gimmick used on the ION Knee Shin that does exactly the same as a seperate knee shin would, not to mention the fact its probably hotter than wearing a wetsuit, oh hang on don't ION make wetsuits anyway!! At least Seven is a MTB specific company and not just jumping on the bandwagon. As a upstanding consumer I like to see innovation and with Seven it looks like its not just the boa but the lightweight materials and fit that they have thought about. Pretty sure Boa is used for Horse boots so mud and grit shouldn't be an issue i'm guessing
  • 1 0
 Would it be possible to see more photos from that Canyon bike? Smile www.pinkbike.com/photo/10116640
  • 2 0
 yes said no photographer ever!
  • 2 0
 That helmet looks sickk!!!!
  • 2 0
 Curious about ergonomic seat and grips. Fabien knows his sh*t.
  • 1 0
 Ergon.
  • 1 0
 Wow, all these products look good. The helmet is only thing I hadn't seen b4, its great-looking!
  • 2 0
 THAT HELMET IS DOPE! Cant wait to see the other colors......
  • 2 1
 Likeing the helmet not sure about the ROBO COP pads lol
  • 1 0
 What happens when you fall on the Boa?
  • 3 1
 dangmtb thanks for submitting your question to 'What happens when you fall on snakes'.

Falling on a Boa will usually result in the snake wrapping itself tightly around you and constricting you (hence the full name Boa Constrictor) until you cannot breathe and die.
Next time on 'What happens when you fall on snakes' we talk about the deadly King Cobra!

Hope you can join us!
  • 1 0
 Good one
  • 1 0
 Yeah, sorry sometimes the crazy thoughts in my head escape.
  • 1 3
 IS it everyone at Interbike or WHAT? WHere are the WC reports??? Poor coverage from Leogang!
  • 5 0
 Have you watched the course walk video (www.pinkbike.com/news/Video-Course-Preview-Leogang-DH-World-Cup-2013.html), read about Steve Smith's workout regime (www.pinkbike.com/news/Carpet-Sweat-and-Brainwaves.html), or looked at the amazing photos in the course walk? (www.pinkbike.com/news/Summers-End-DHWorldCup6-Leogang.html). Racing starts tomorrow, so stay tuned.

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