Pinkbike Product Picks

Oct 14, 2011
by Richard Cunningham  
Mavic Single Track Glove

Mavic is on fire with its clothing line, both on and off the road. The Single Track long-finger glove is a good example. Its palm is minimally padded, with an extra soft spot where the outer edge of the hand pounds against the grip. Rubber tacky strips are applied near the tips ot the first two fingers to assist shifting and braking in wet weather. The palm is Clarino leather and the back side is reinforced with a Cordura-like fabric over the high-wear areas. Vented micro-mesh covers perforated high-density foam to protect the knuckles while keeping the hand cool and ventilated. Tiny rubber inserts at strategic points on the fingers act to deflect brush. Mavic uses a stretch material at the wrist in addition to a small hook and loop closure to make a snug enough fit to keep dust and weeds out without restricting movement. Mavic sells the Single Track glove in basic black or with a dun colored accent. A women's version is also available. Sizes are XS, SM MED, LG and XL and the price is $49. Mavic

Mavic Single Track gloves 2
Mavic Single Track gloves fit snugly without binding. The feel is that of a tough glove that thankfully lacks the bulk of an over-reinforced motocross-style mitt.


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotes Thin, long-finger gloves are the top choice for PB test riders, so Mavic Single Track gloves caught our attention right away. The thumb is slightly short for me, but this is typical with most gloves, so you may be fine. The snug fit seems too tight at first, but when the gloves break in, the sensation switches to 'just right' for a tactile feel on the grips and the controls without binding. I also liked the contour cut at the wrist, which combined with the soft and stretchy wrist band, made for all-day comfort. Thumbs up for Mavic's Single Track Glove. - RC



WTB Weirwolf AM TCS Tire

Wilderness Trailbikes has been in the high-performance tire biz longer than some PB riders have been alive. The Weirwolf AM TCS 2.3-inch tire is the latest rendition of the collaboration between WTB and Mark Weir. The latest tread pattern uses a tougher, more rigid edging pattern for the side blocks and the edging tread is staggered in groups of three to make the transition from straight-line to a full lean as trouble free as possible while cornering. Softer, more flexible tread blocks populate the center crown of the WTB all-mountain design for climbing and braking traction. The two-compound tread is named DNA. A filler in the bead area of the sidewall called 'Inner Peace' reportedly resists pinch flatting. The folding bead is designed to seal in true tubeless fashion (that's the TCS part) and the tire is easily converted to tubeless with the addition of a liquid sealant - giving the owner a lighter-weight tire with the tubeless advantage. WTB's Weirwolf AM TCS tires weigh 930 grams with the Inner Peace bead, and in the 'Race' configuration without the reinforcement, a reported 712 grams. We rode the heavier AM tire for this test. Expect to pay around $60 for the AM version. WTB.

WTB Weirwolf Multi
WTB's Weirwolf AM TCS tire delivers for all-around trail use, but feels a bit small in the company of larger-volume 2.35 knobbies.


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotes With a designer who crushes high-speed singletrack descents, one would expect the latest WTB Weirwolf to shred anything that requires repeated braking and quick cornering. We rode the latest Weirwolf tubeless and it does both - and it climbs technical terrain quite well too. Where it can bite an aggressive rider is over a mix of hardpack and gravel, where the rigid-rolling sidewall tends to hunt for traction - and often breaks into a two-wheel drift. Sliders will love the Weirwolf AM TCS, because it drifts with a degree of control, but those who want a tire to stick tight and carve corners might search for a different tread pattern similar to the Maxxis Hi Roller. The WTB measuring system seems to err on the slim side of the volume curve, as the Weirwolf AM TCS feels and looks like one category smaller tire when the bike is really bouncing through the rough stuff. Bottom line: WTB's Weirwolf AM TCS is a super-fast XC trail shredder that edges into the all-mountain arena, but needs a bit more muscle to own it. - RC




Park Tool DT-2 Rotor Alignment Fork

This one is a no brainer. Park Tool makes a slotted lever that slips over brake rotors to assist professional and home mechanics to true a wiggly disc with a degree of precision. The laser-cut steel DT-2 tool has a short slot on one end for two-piece rotors with rigid aluminum spiders, and a long slot on the other to true conventional all-steel rotors. Park Tool's DT-2 wrench costs around $18 at good bike shops. Park Tool

Park Tool DT-2 rotor straightener
Simple as it looks, Park's rotor truing fork can make short work of the often-frustrating task of getting a wiggly rotor running drag free. Eddie Rea Photo


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotes In our rotor truing feature on Tech Tuesday, we said that most disc brake rotors can be trued by hand with finger pressure - which is true. That said, Park Tool's rotor truing fork is a mechanic's helper because its long lever gives a visual reference to how far the user is flexing the rotor with each pull, so you can repeat or increase the effort as needed. Keep the DT-2 fork tool clean and you can quickly tweak wiggly rotors back without contaminating them - which could come in handy between practice runs at the races. - RC



Drift 1080P POV Camera

Drift Innovation recently released its lightweight, compact POV camera, the HD 1080P, which is a bit longer than four inches and about an inch wide (105 x 50 x 33 millimeters). Drift Innovations packed a lot of features that POV users might use to expand the options for edits, like a remote record button, a small video display on the side of the camera, and a replay option so you can chimp your video after each take. Drift supplies the HD 1080 with a remote button, a memory card, a goggle mount and two stick-on mounts, as well as a USB cord that interfaces with your computers. Add a VGA cord and the camera will interface with TV diaplays The rubber-coated and sealed body can be used to shoot under water, but will not survive diving. The bayonet camera mount clips in securely and an indexed wheel securely sets the camera angle on the mount. The rotating camera and its replaceable lens cap can be set to the horizon easily and at 4.3 ounces, the new Drift is sufficiently lightweight to use all day as a helmet cam. resolution is 9MP and it will film in 1080 @ 30fps or 720 at 60fps. The remote button will sync with one or a number of cameras, and for better sound quality, the Drift HD 1080P can operate with a remote Mic. Battery life is up to three hours. Price for the camera and basic accessory kit is $375. Drift Innovation

Drift 1080P camera
Drift Innovation took its detractors to heart and boosted the features of its newest POV camera. Better still, It shrank the body over an inch and cut the weight almost in half. The Drift HD has pro features like remote control, an external microphone plug, manual exposure control and a useful video display built into the side. The handlebar mount shown is new and not included in the basic kit.


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotes Drift Innovation prereleased the HD 1080, so I had a chance to play with it for a while. The video display is quite useful for framing your shots, and also for setting up the camera, as there is no need to consult with a laptop, or guess how many times one must push a mode button and hope for results. The remote button was not so reliable, so one had to listen to the audio beeps to be sure that recording was actually occurring, but it was still way better than fumbling atop a helmet, searching for a tiny button in full-finger gloves. The super wide-angle lens is annoying at times because it distorts the horizon and most straight lines in close proximity. The up-side is that everything beyond a half meter is in sharp focus. The HD 1080 shoots sharp color and gets from light to dark quickly, which makes filming in the trees look good. One suggestion that everyone who used it mentioned was that Drift needs to make a decent helmet-top mount. We used the goggle mount with hook and loop straps to improvise. So far, the Drift HD 1080P has been a very versatile and rugged POV to work with. - RC

If you have used any of the products featured in Pinkbike's Product Picks, please share your impressions below.


49 Comments

  • 39 0
 "Chimp your Video"....what does that mean?...do I sit in a cage and hurl my faeces at it...?
  • 16 2
 "Chimping" is a term referring to photographers who check their photos after each shot. They take the photo, look down at their camera's LCD and go "Oooh oooh oooh ah ah ah" Smile
  • 7 7
 Perhaps u are joking Smile But "chimping" is the art of looking at the lcd screen of your camera each time you take a shot. Apparently only relevant in the digital camera age! Smile
  • 1 0
 I know someone who accidentally dropped one of those drift cameras off one of the biggest trestles in the myra canyon in Kelowna and found it and it was working like nothing happened! the only problem is they are bigger than a brick!
  • 1 1
 TIL!
I love the term... though is there a different term when the photog comes running over to The Talent to show of the pic? Chimping sounds like what I'd do if I wanted to bug the cameraman for a peek. Smile
  • 24 4
 GoPro all the way for me Smile
  • 2 1
 this one has a screen though
  • 6 1
 Pretty quick turn around time regarding the opinion of rotor tools since the rotor truing tech Tuesday. I seem to remember a good portion on that thread was spent bashing tools just like the one mentioned above, highlighting how useless and ineffective they often are. Causing more harm than good and what not. Glad to see you didn't completely blow sunshine up are asses with the review and say it was the best thing you'd ever used...but it would have been nice to see you stick to your guns and back up what was said about them a few weeks ago.
  • 4 1
 That Tech Tuesday was written by me, while this Product Picks was put together by RC. While we all would still much prefer to use your fingers to straighten a rotor, the job does sometimes require a tool (kinks instead of bends). We're sticking to our guns - we don't like using rotor truing tools - but many people out there do, which is why one is reviewed in today's Product Picks. Pretty simple...
  • 4 0
 Mikey is right. Most rotors can be fixed by hand, and the hand technique won't scratch the rotor. If you are a mechanic, however, your hands are always greasy, so you can grab the clean DT-2 tool, fix the rotor and get on with the rest of the bike without fussing with brake cleaning spray or a three-minute hand wash. Makes it cost and time effective. RC
  • 3 0
 Why not just use a crescent wrench instead of this tool and spend the 18$ on beers?
  • 1 0
 Because the thicker jaw of the Crescent Wrench often won't allow you a clear shot to bend the rotor far enough inwards to get it straight. It'll work in a pinch though. Also, do you keep your wrenches squeaky clean? I don't.
RC
  • 1 0
 just a comment, I use a crescent wrench most of the time to do rotor straightening and it work, but the park tool and the new JagWire multi-rotor/brake tool are really valuable. has anybody bent rotors in the same way in the same place every time? no, sometimes its a small bend that goes a good way around the rotor, sometimes its a big bend in one spot close to the outer ring of the rotor and sometimes its a medium bend that comes from deep near the center of the rotor. each situation requires a different tool. As I said before I use a crescent wrench but it doesn't have the depth to do the low bends. more of a comment than I have ever written but felt it was being overlooked. great articles, keep them up!!!
  • 1 0
 The right tool for the right job. My DT-2 gets a good workout. It's clean, it's handy, althou it does take a soft touch and a sharp eye, if your not in a hurry, it's like truing a wheel.
  • 3 0
 Park's DT-2 is an excellent tool for rotor truing

just the right shape, ideal slot depth and useful leverage for getting those wobbly rotors true again..

a good tip is to use a black marker pen whilst examining the rotor (spinning the wheel to determine the wobbles) and mark the rotor where the wobble is

this makes it much easier to use the DT-2 effectively, once you spin the wheel a little further to clear the caliper so you can use the tool and hit the exact spot where the rotor is bent
  • 1 0
 I used that rotor truing tool today on a Fuel EX8 that I was building. I use it constantly.
  • 3 0
 Ive used a gopro and a drift, and part from chest mount drift destroys gopro. It has all the same features plus the remote and the screen which is brilliant! Also the adjustable lens helps a lot. As said before you don't need to use the remote and there are easily positioned buttons near the screen if you don't want to use the remote. You even get a nice loud beep to tell you that its recording.
  • 2 0
 OT: How many of you guys have used the chest mount?

I used it for DH riding and I had to configure my own mount (removing the stock mount, and using 4 of the straight pieces), in order to get the camera pointed high enough to actually see where the bike is going. The end result was a camera that weighed double what the GoPro does on its own in the case... I'd hate to use that for trail/XC riding.

Helmet mount is still the best way.
  • 1 0
 why don't you just use it in upside down mode? always works for me.
  • 3 2
 "thankfully lacks the bulk of an over-reinforced motocross-style mitt." ...REEALLY PINKBIKE ? Come on , as much as I love Mavic products , moto gloves ARE , for the most part , mtb gloves(aside from maybe something like the 661 Raji glove).Ive stopped buying MTB specific gloves years ago only because they are way over priced and are the exact same thing as moto gloves...
  • 2 0
 A lot of moto gloves feature more protection for the top of the hand than what we'd like to see on an mtb glove.
  • 1 0
 I use the rotor truing tool everyday at the shop. It allows you to true rotors with a greater level of accuracy. I can grab just the brake track or I can grab a spoke of the rotor and bend it. Neither a cresent wrench nor your hands can do that. When you get good at using it, it can be your best friend. Using just your hands works well, but the tool just simply works better.
  • 1 0
 ^^ this...
  • 1 0
 Buying overpriced mountain bike gloves that fall apart as soon as you slip your hands into them...reminds of that time i was gang raped in the pen. Buy a moto glove, no gloves or even mechanics gloves. I'm done with 'em. Fug em all those corporate bastards.
  • 1 0
 Gloves: The only mountain bike specific gloves I've used were Fox's Mojave gloves back in the mid 90's. They were cute, but the emphasis was on tactile feel versus durability. Since then, I've used motorcycle specific street gloves (black, thin leather, non-gauntlet, good) and currently am on what I think is unbeatable: the mesh-backed deerskin gloves that you can get from Home Depot or Lowe's. The pair I currently have are the first pair I've tried and are going on four years old. You can throw them in the washing machine, they are incredibly tough, and while the feel is not the greatest it's sufficient. Four years. I've been down on them a good half-dozen times, too (Mojave's, one crash and they were done). Argue that.

Tires: WTB was an idiot for discontinuing their old Weirwolf 2.3, which was supposedly very highly rated. This new tire sounds like a total loser, i.e., not worth considering.
  • 1 0
 On the Drift handlebar mount: That same bar mount has been included with the Drift 170X for several years. It works very well.
  • 2 1
 wish i had £200 just spare for one of them helmet cams :/ but no i had to buy a set of saint cranks and new wheels.
  • 1 0
 i like the camera, i want! I wonder if it has gps...
  • 10 10
 looks like a good contender for gopro!
  • 11 5
 Try chest mounting that!! :\ GoPro all the way for me! Smile
  • 2 0
 Been using my drift for ages, and yeah if you want chest mount it sucks, but then it doesnt stick out a mile from the side of your head like a go pro would. I've got the most basic version and its cheap, user friendly, has a fair few options, and shoots pretty good video, real happy with mine, the remote is brilliant!
  • 3 3
 go pro or countour still seem to be ahead i terms of cameras. while i appreciate the effort. their cameras a much more simple to use which is a big bonus. also their simple on/record one button idea is a lot better than all the remote rubbish. because you can feel the nicely positioned switch and you know once its clicked its on.
  • 3 0
 you don't have to use the remote.. besides i've had the joy of using a drifts a few times.. the screen, despite the size is a huge bonus, there's no second guessing the viewing angle. I also feel they produce a nicer image. I own two GoPros myself, if i was to get another headcam I'd get a Drift.
  • 2 1
 Check out the Replay XD (www.replayxd.com) if you want some innovation in cameras. Yeah, no chest mount, but finally a camera that doesn't feel like a toy. Doesn't shoot ridiculous fish eye either - just the right amound of wide angle.
  • 3 1
 GoPro - people forget how good these are for still shots too. Super wide angle makes scenery look amazing.
  • 1 0
 plus you wont need to spend like another $700+ (i think) on a fish eye lens Big Grin only problems i find with my gopro are its awkward on the side of head and the chest mount never works because when you stand and lean over the camera is pointed down too much
  • 3 0
 THE GOPRO is still in it's infancy stage.......bulky, odd to use...extra add on viewfinder???
My old Gopro has the silver paint falling off and they still have battery issues with ALL models.
The means of charging batteries in the wild still puzzels me...why make them only usb chargable????
  • 1 0
 ^ I think it's also a case of function over form , but yeah no doubt they will probably bring a more modern sleek version some time , but the Go-Pro is still ahead of the rest to me.
  • 1 0
 Here's a set of Drift videos which compares Drift video vs GoPro and Contour. The article never made the cut for Pinkbike but I had uploaded the videos in any event so enjoy and look at the differences. This was the older generation DriftHD btw. The newer gen is still in pre-release so I'm not at liberty to show video but per the marketing blurb the video codecs are new and improved blah blah.

Here are the videos - leelau.pinkbike.com/channel/DriftHD170

Here's the full writeups for the DriftHD with impressions and mount angles. Like most say - no practical chest mount though.

reviews.mtbr.com/blog/drift-innovations-hd170-review

reviews.mtbr.com/blog/drift-hd170-point-of-view-camera-videos-lee-lau



It takes fisheye still photos too - same as the GoPro as someone here mentioned
  • 3 0
 To everyone out there that thinks you can't chest mount the Drift HD, you are wrong. Give me about an hour and I'll post up some footage from a Drift HD chest mount along with links on where to get it. Because this new Drift HD is a lot smaller than the HD170 it's easy to chest mount and doesn't stick out any further than the GoPro.
  • 1 0
 We're going to hold you to that ^^ Launchcanada ^^ you have 40 minutes left.
  • 4 0
 Hah ha, nothing like putting yourself under pressure - damn iMovie just ate 20 minutes of my time.

In the meantime, here are some photos of the GoPro and Drift side by side on chest mounts in the orientation that you would use them for MTB:

www.pinkbike.com/photo/7265781
www.pinkbike.com/photo/7265780
www.pinkbike.com/photo/7265791
  • 1 0
 Sweet! Thanks launchcanada. You the man!
  • 2 0
 Didn't quite make the one hour cut-off, but here is a short bit of demo footage shot with the Drift HD on our chest mount which is basically a GoPro chest mount with an adaptor:

www.pinkbike.com/video/222875

And here is the Drift Chest Mount:

www.launchhelmetcams.ca/accessories/drift-chest-mount
  • 2 0
 In my opinion these cameras are totally overpriced.
  • 1 0
 I like the smaller size, but is the onboard mic any better?
  • 1 0
 Forgot to hit reply..
  • 1 1
 go pro is so much better just saying

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