Pinkbike Product Picks

Dec 9, 2011
by Mike Levy  
Chromag Seat QR

Chromag's Seat QR follows the same ethos as the rest of their component lineup: strong, simple and different for a reason. The CNC polished and hard anodized clamp uses a long QR lever that supplies plenty of leverage, and features rounded edges that won't bite into your hand. It's clamping force is directed through a machined brass bushing that contacts the entire surface area of the lever's cam, allowing it to pivot smoothly without any binding. Holding everything together is a burly 6mm bolt (most clamps use a 4 or 5mm bolt) that should resist any bending. The 50 gram clamp is available in 30, 32, 35 and 36.5mm (Trek) sizes, as well as black, pewter, red, gold, blue and green colours. It retails for $49 USD. www.chromagbikes.com


Chromag Seat QR
Chromag's Seat QR is a small, and not inexpensive, piece of kit that we're big fans of.


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesA seat post quick release is a rather simple thing, which is why it's so strange that many companies seem to muck it up. Chromag certainly does not, though, with their strapping QR. It likely weighs a touch more than some of the featherweight options out there, but anyone who has had a QR lever bend or snap on them would gladly make that tradeoff any day. We now have four seasons of riding on the original, bushing-less design and don't have a single complaint, with it functioning flawlessly throughout that time. The QR's tension adjust bolt is still straight, as is the lever itself, and cam mechanism has yet to show any appreciable wear. Sure the finish has faded some, but what component's wouldn't after four years of use? With many riders making the move to telescoping seat posts you'll likely see less QR clamps around, but if you are still fighting that movement you'll want to have a look at the Chromag Seat QR. Those who have jumped to a dropper post should check out Chromag's NQR clamp. No, a $30 seat post clamp isn't going to be for everyone, especially if your's is working just fine, but the Seat QR is a nice bit of kit that we'll continue to use and be stoked with. - Mike Levy




OtterBox Defender iPhone 4 case

With the iPhone 4's greatly improved camera and video capabilities, not to mention the combined convenience of having a phone and a decent point-and-shoot camera in one, more and more riders are taking theirs on rides to document their adventures. Taking your fancy phone into the bush means that you'll have to splurge on some serious protection for it, though, with OtterBox's Defender series case being one of the more popular options. The Defender consists of three different elements: an inner, rigid polycarbonate shell with a felt liner on the back side, a soft silicone outer layer for shock absorption and better grip, and a thick, clear screen protector that is far more rigid than the cheaper stick-on jobs that you see everywhere. It also comes with a belt clip if you want to get your nerd on. All of the phones buttons and ports can be accessed without removing the case, and it comes from OtterBox with a one year warranty against defects. There are many different color combinations of rubber and plastic to choose from. The OtterBox Defender retails for $49.95 USD on their website. www.otterbox.com


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The OtterBox Defender case provides a lot of protection, but it's also massive and the silicone cover is prone to tearing.


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesInstalling the Defender case around your phone is a simple job, with the plastic pieces snapping together easily and the rubber stretching over top. The amount of protection provided by the Defender puts all of those simple (and less expensive) plastic cases to shame, with my iPhone not receiving a single scratch, dent or crack during the eight months that it spent in its plastic and rubber cocoon. The thicker than average screen protector had me questioning if it would deaden the touchscreen's abilities, but that wasn't the case, with it carrying on like it wasn't even there. The phone's hold, volume, power and home buttons are all easily reached, but the case won't play nice with most stereos that use an iPhone dock to play music, with the Defender's body keeping the phone's bottom port from fully engaging. There is plenty of room for the regular Apple power cord. The Defender has some drawbacks, with its 123 x 68 x 17mm dimensions making it quite a bit less convenient to slip the phone into your pocket, and the rubber coating making it far harder to get back out, often pulling the pocket inside out as you do so. The outer silicone cover also fits quite poorly over top of the plastic shell, with it constantly peeling off at the corners. In fact, both of our Defender test cases are now sporting torn corners where it has constantly pulled free from use, as well as missing port covers. Glare is also quite high, but we've had that same complaint about any screen coverings that we've tried. We can't argue the fact that the Defender provides a massive amount of protection, something that is key if you plan on taking your iPhone on rides with you, but we expected more from a $49.95 USD chunk of plastic and rubber. We've now found ourselves putting the phone into the Defender case before heading out on a ride, even if the phone is just going into a backpack, and then taking it back out once we get home. It's a bit of an inconvenience, but one that we're willing to deal with to protect a phone worth hundreds of dollars. - Mike Levy




Oakley Jawbone glasses

The Jawbone features Oakley's distinctive frame styling, as well as their Switchlock™ system that allows for quick and easy changing of the lens'. Simply pivot out the nose piece to allow the lower portion of the frame to swing away, letting you slip one lens out and the other in. The nose piece itself can also be swapped out for different shapes to let you find the best fit for your face, and the frame has been designed to allow for a degree of flex so as not to incur any pressure points over time. Rubberized sleeves on the arms help to hold them in place. The Jawbone is available in many different frame and lens color combinations (as well as Oakley prescription lenses), and comes with a protective Oakley Soft Vault case to keep them safe when they are not being worn. Prices start at $250.00 USD. www.oakley.com


Oakley Jawbone glasses
The Jawbones cleared fog very quickly once moving, but we wish the arms stayed put.


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesWe put our Jawbones together using Oakley's custom eyewear program that allows you to choose frame color, lens tint, and even have custom etching done on the lens itself, with the finished black and blue product looking great. Although fit will vary from rider to rider due to different head shapes, we found the Jawbone to be both quite comfortable and steady on our face, even over rough terrain. Swapping out the lens' takes only a minute, with the new ones clicking into place firmly, and the system never developed play over time. While they fogged up as quickly as anything else when stopped on the trail (our wet and cold Southwestern B.C. weather makes this nearly instantaneous), the venting on the lens' did wonders to help them clear quickly once we starting moving again. After a full year's worth of use we've discovered that both arms now have a tendency to easily detach from the frame, not in use, but when they are in their bag. Reattaching them only takes a few seconds, and it's probably better that they detach rather than snapping, but it does seem like an odd thing to have to put up with. - Mike Levy






123 Comments

  • + 83
 My Specialized QR took a dump while riding, rubbed, caused a huge chip in my seat tube! I Ebay'd a 5$ one that works like a charm and is obviously sturdier. I Don't see the point in spending nearly 50.00 for a seat post clamp...The mountain bike industry is full ridiculously priced products and continues to get more expensive. What's next $100.00 chain ring bolts, give me a break UGH.
  • + 22
 I paid £15 for some short chainring bolts to go to double to triple. Sorry, £15 (about $25) for 5 small anodised nuts and bolts? That's a big rip off! Sadly I had no option but to buy them, but seriously, way over priced!

I know its not $100, but still...
  • + 3
 my soloution is just go to a nuts and bolts shop i got 10 for ti ones for a fiver Smile
  • + 1
 yeah, just got to find the right places for the things you need!
  • + 1
 I've got a great hardware store near home that supplies much of my bike hardware needs. Stuff that would cost $10+ costs me about a buck. Maybe a little more for aluminum. Most hardware is not bike specific.
  • + 60
 If you guys want a cheap hobby, borrowing books from the library might work. Nobody is making you get a nice QR - like you see with wine, cars, and women the cheap stuff for bikes is rarely the best. The machinists that make that QR for Chromag are craftsmen, not just some guys in the bowels of a forging factory in Taiwan cranking out millions of these things ...
  • + 4
 Hahaha awesome. Props
  • + 2
 Hustlers right.. If you don't want to drop 50$ on a seat clamp than don't and buy a cheap one off eBay... Btw that was supposed to be a pos prop
  • + 0
 i have a hope seat clamp, which is pretty bling, but it takes so much force to clamp my seat tube that its very stiff to open and close. i'm quite disappointed by it actually! i think salsa do a mean clamp for fewer notes than either my hope or this chromag
  • + 1
 One of these things came on a frame I bought so I didn't order it directly and don't think I'd ever immediately spend that much on a seat clamp by itself. When I looked up the price online, I was taken aback. It's pricey! The clamp works well with its substantially sized lever that I don't have pry so hard with my fingers that I'd have to wear gloves to avoid pressure pain. After some riding however my clamp started to squeak whenever the lever was pulled, but some teflon spray cured it and now it's back to smooth action again. The little brass bushing along with some tight tolerances seem like what works the magic in this little part. Higher clamp forces can be produced with lower lever forces. It's really a nice touch and well thought out and made life for me a little bit easier (I change my seat height at least twice every ride). As for aesthetics and having the black color, I can't say it looks pretty, but it does look quality. If you change your seat high frequently and ride often and don't own a telescoping post, consider one of these gems.
  • + 3
 If you are looking for an iPhone 4/4s case I would suggest a LifeProof case ( www.lifeproof.com ). sure it is a little pricey but in my opinion it is worth it. The whole phone is covered, buttons, camera etc. you can still use the camera front and back. The best part about the case it is 100% waterproof, it has the ability to go under water up to 2 meters. I myself dont own one of these but I will hopefully be ordering one soon. Also I have heard they are making a helmet mount for a helmet cam, they also have a bike mount. The only one bad thing I have heard about these cases is making calls are a little muffled because of the coverage
  • + 2
 As Hustler noted, if buy one for $5 and you're supporting some overseas corporation making garbage. If you spend $50 you're supporting a rider owned and operated company in Whistler that is making some of the finest products on the market. I doubt you've ever held a Chromag product in your hands, it's as nice as it gets. Just saying why there's a price difference on these parts.

I do agree that there are several products on the market that are expensive without justification. CR bolts are a great example.
  • + 0
 30$ seat post clamp are you kidding me lmao. thanks for the laugh pinkbike
  • + 2
 Seriously? What, do you want a $4 one? Cool man. Have fun with your shitty Summit or ManOwar one.
  • + 2
 I pick the iPhone case, Ironic how I don't own a iPhone but its fun throwing my friends around like its nothing with that case on.
  • + 2
 Awesome Hustler.
support local when you can, if you can't buy taiwan. but admittedly most shitty qr clamps coming from taiwan last about 6 months. If oiled sometimes, the chromag one will last forever. the real problem is the shitty frames made in taiwan that the clamp is mounted too. the seat tube O.D, and seat post I.D. diameters are never consistent enough to allow the qr to do a good job of clamping. the solution being pop can shims. or buying a good quality frame not made in taiwan. And if they can't get the diameter of the seat tube consistent, how good do you thing the important pats of the frames are? like the headset bore, or the bearing press i'd's?
if we want to save our world. we're all gonna have to realize we can't rely on shitty cheap stuff from taiwan forever.
Support local business, Save the world.
this means companies too. we all know lots of North American companies get lots of stuff made in Taiwan. This will have to change some way someday soon.
  • + 1
 As the US dollar gets weaker the cost of doing business with Taiwan will grow and stuff made locally will become more competitive. I will buy the crappy clamp for now since six months of riding til it breaks beats none, which is how much I would do if every little thing costed me $30. The wife would never approve of dropping that much on something so little. If I would only buy north american stuff I couldn't ride. Most of us couldn't. Only the self righteous people with lots of money or no kids could shred it.
  • + 2
 I don't think self righteousness has anything to do with it. But anyway, like I said. Buy it if you can afford it. Don't if you can't.
  • + 1
 I used iphone 4 for recording movies on the trails with nc-17 mount bar or saddle,i dont use iphone for this anymore i recomend to use gopro2 Big Grin
  • + 1
 @ bigtard: yeah I know it isn't about being self righteous. I just feel guilty when I buy sweatshop stuff and get defensive.
  • - 2
 @ hustler, i think that someone who cranks out thousands of these a day definitely has more experience than one who makes 10 a day.
  • + 1
 @dom69foco

I also had no luck with the Hope seatclamp...or their QR skewers either!

lack of clamping torque, nasty lever shape and difficult closure action, with a tendency for the bolt to "banana" and snap over time

Hope make fantastic products like their hubs and lights, but their clamping hardware isn't something I could recommend Frown


the Cromag QR looks solid, and its always great to pimp your ride with some domestically made bling, some riders like to support local production and pay the price premium, its their choice Smile


another great seatclamp in both QR and Bolt is SALSA who designed theirs with a pivoting barrel for the bolt to screw into, which prevents the bolt bending and snapping over time - lots of other seatclamp makers copied this feature
  • + 4
 @ Downtoearth, Toyota makes thousands of cars a day, so does that mean that there stuff is better than say Buggatti who makes like one car every so often??? i think your reasoning is backwards.
  • + 1
 My Salsa QR was $5 and is so buttery smooth and well made that if I was considering spending $30 on a QR it would make more sense to buy every colour Salsa makes instead.
  • - 1
 @ Ned Fred. Toyotas probably are better than Bugatti's in most ways. You still are right that making thousands doesn't make them better. It just means they use the assembly line.
  • + 1
 u all need to make ur own shit its WAY cheeper !!!!!! 4 bolts 4 nuts 2 bucks at als supply house in chilliwack works the same as chain ring bolts
  • + 2
 Downtoearth you're definitely not down to earth. That was a retarted comment and i don't feel like you deserve a reason as to why it was.
  • + 1
 Downtoearth. its definitely not all about experience. its about quality control and giving a shit about making a good product. i could make millions of something shittily and it would be shit even though i have loads of experience.
i've dealt with taiwan. they're only interested in sending you boat loads of crap and getting you to pay for it before you realize its been made poorly. this happens to every company that deals with overseas production. it doesn't matter much with shoes or tv sets. but it sure does with handlebars, seatposts, or fork crowns and steerers.
unfortunately a north american product can fall subject to the same problems when the sales department needs to sell shit too.
the most important thing?
buy legitimately, if you can afford to. have spares, and warranty everything thats fails. buying shit on credit cards that have extended purchase protection is sweet too.
  • + 1
 Some of you are missing the point. It's only a seatclamp and not the cheapest one for sure, I give you that. But the day your cheap ass stem unsuspectedly breaks when you smoothly land a gap and you find yourself eating shit pretty bad, you will want to reconsider your "why pay more when you can pay less for the same part" logic.

When people drop 50$ on a seatclamp they don't just buy a seatclamp, they also buy peace of mind.
  • + 1
 @sniggled....i ride a twofifty...mines inergrated,i just think its funny that people are gonna pay that much forone..honestly that seems to be the least worrisome part youd have to buy,and yes id deffinatly take a 4$ one over a 30$ one if i wanna make it look cool ill paint it.
  • + 13
 These product picks are fantastic. You are picking up on all the little things that riders like to hear about. Great move pinkbike.
  • + 10
 what?! 49USD is now considered cheap?! im sorry GET OUT!

i ebayed a cheap £3 thing and it lasted me for 3 years now, without any issues. Now what do i get for the additional cost that justifies it to be that much?
  • + 1
 However long it takes your $3 QR to break, this will last 3 times as long, and close smoothly the entire time. and it just looks sick. Still very much a luxury item, but a purchase I've never regretted making.
  • + 2
 Same I had a cheap QR that came on my hardtail, it did the job but didnt even last 12 months.. I then bought a Hope QR clamp and it has worked like a dream ever since I got it with the occasional disassemble, clean, and regrease it has lasted years, still looks the dogs, and is showing no signs of wear.
  • + 18
 so you either pay $49 and get something that will last 3 times as long as the $3 one when you could just buy 3 of The $3 ones and in total you have saved $40
  • + 2
 I understand this but I would prefer to pay £20 for a clamp designed and made in England than pay for some cheap peice of tat that makes a nice bike look like crap.
  • + 2
 The chromag QR just feels good to use. It never rotates so it always clamps directly in line, has the smoothest action I've ever used, and quite frankly on my morewood a $3 clamp just would look out of place. Once again, its a luxury item, not a necessity by any means.
  • + 0
 If I wasn't planning on getting a reverb post then the chromag qr would be top of my list. In fact I may get one for my next hardtail build. Buy cheap buy thrice. Nowt wrong with quality long lasting parts.
  • + 8
 If we all only bought what we absolutely needed for bikes, we wouldn't have the toys we do.
  • + 4
 @swearmouth, Im sorry but "qutie frankly on my morewood a $3 clamp would look out of place" its a seat clamp. were not talking about forks or frame its a SEAT clamp. you know that tiny little thing that you cant see that holds that pole thing in your frame. Sorry let me just say one more time, its a SEAT CLAMP. How wannabe snobby can you get saying it will look out of place. Ride your bike, its not got looking good!
  • + 6
 I never said I needed it, or that its good value, or whatever. What I mean is that when my bike is damn near $10k, spending $50 on a seatpost clamp isn't exactly that expensive, and is in line with what everything else on it costs. Its my choice to support a local business and buy something that works really well and looks good too, instead of some cheap piece crap made in taiwan by the lowest bidder. And really, I don't give a f*ck what you think, you aren't me and telling me what I should think and value is just stupid.
  • + 1
 Bought the chromag clamp after i snapped the oem unit,couldn't see the point in spending 10 quid for another oem unit for it to snap again so invested in a chromag.


www.pinkbike.com/photo/7083732
  • + 3
 @swearmouth I couldnt have said it better myself. Its not about having the cheapest product possible that is just going to do the job, its about justifying a nice bike by having quality components on it. It is purely a luxery.
  • + 0
 Most of the people hating on said 50 dollar seat qr run a 170 quid xo rear mech lol oh the irony.
  • + 3
 you all missed my original point, what do you get for the additional cost? and its not reliability as my one hasnt broken.

And looking out of place?! its a seat clamp, you know that little thing that no one looks and pays attention to? I mean yes i like to have decent and luxury components, but i also apply common sense when buying this stuff, Something ride crucial could be spent a little more on. But seat clamp, i ride a DH bike i barely sit down anyway.
  • + 0
 Quality.
  • + 3
 i dont care if a $50 clamp lasts 3 times as long as a $3 clamp, $9 is still cheaper than $50!
  • + 2
 There are obviously two completely different ways that people are looking at this so I dont think that it is going to get resloved in less than 500 comments.
  • + 3
 I'm not trying to justify it as being better value, because it isn't. What I am saying is that like all luxury products, whether or not you think its worthwhile is completely subjective, depending on what you value and what you're willing to spend. Faulting me or anyone else for choosing to spend my money the way I want to is dumb, because its their money to spend.
  • + 2
 This is true.... I'd buy that clamp if it was carbon
  • + 1
 The Chromag is the BEST seat clamp in the UNIVERSE!!! AND I own one! Muuuuuuaaaaaah hahahahahahaaha....!!!
  • + 1
 A carbon seat clamp??? then youll spend twice as much for it and all youll save is probably 0.001 grams... some peoples children
  • - 1
 NedFred im pretty sure he is taking the piss lol
  • + 1
 ???
  • + 2
 A seat clamp is where you can go cheap on. Put the money in other areas of the bike where you will notice like brakes, suspensions, wheels and a few other places.
  • + 2
 If you break a cheap oem unit there is no point in replacing it with more cheap oem stuff though.
  • + 0
 Making a proper qr seatclamp shouldn't really be too hard, but too many companies mess up. You just need a long strong lever. You might be able to handle the shorter ones on your regular ride, but if you're already knackered and about to raise the seat for that climb after Alpe d'Huez halfway the Megavalanche, you'll really struggle. Both to open it (get your fingers between the clamp and the lever to open it) as well as to apply enough force to close it. For me, that was what made me decide to get another one back home. The other thing is to make sure it is strong. You won't believe it maybe, but someone actually managed to brake the stock qr that came with the bike he was riding (on a nightride on the Willingen freeride track) and stung it in his hand. Having just climbed all the way just about to hit the fun part, he had to have his hand nursed and take it easy on the way down (with a loose seatpost).

I now have the (older type) Hope on my hardtail and the NC17 (which, to me, is the best) on the fully. It isn't too hard really. If it looks like it might snap, it will. And you will get hurt when it does. If the lever is long, it will be easier to operate so there is less holding you back from doing so. It will revolutionize your riding, or whatever they are currently saying about those adjustable seatposts nowadays.
  • + 1
 Nedfred (not nesters damn you autocorrect) I was joking I apologize for not catering to your lack of humour. But hey carbon looks pretty cool so why not? (that's a joke too btw)
  • + 7
 I own all three of these things, and they all kick ass...although I find the jawbones do steam up on those colder spring and fall, or wet, days, especially while climbing. I tend to end up leaving them in the pack for the climbs and put them on for the descents. Otterbox has definitely saved my iphone from bad things more than a few times, and the chromag seat clamp just is the best, I've used cheap ones before and they're so frustrating, inconsistent clamping force, coming loose, etc, the Chromag collar stays tight, stays straight and is easy on the hands.
  • + 1
 My thing with my Jawbones is that they are heavy compared to the Flak Jackets. I love riding with both sunglasses but my Jawbones, heavy, yet stronger than the Flak Jackets fall too much off my face because of the weight. I have run them over about 5 times already, but...they snap right back together. I need to do some small mods to it, but it's basically good as new.
  • + 6
 $50 seatpost clamp? I can get an entire bike for that much at walmart! Oh wait, I boycott walmart and I've ridden real bikes so I know the difference between a bike and a bike shaped turd. Maybe this is the same deal. Maybe this cromag clamp will hold a seatpost like no other. I'm sure its a great value for anyone who adjusts her/his seat daily. After a few years it averages out to just pennies per smooth, stylish, ergonomic adjustment.
Keep up the banter. Its hilarious to read these comments by folks irate over the $50 price tag. I can only imagine that cromag employees are holding tazers to their nuts, ready to hit the switch if they don't shell out for the clamp. Why else would they be so upset?
  • + 2
 Awesome!
  • + 5
 just thought id say i have the otter box defender and a crashed and landed on in it, also raged at it and drop kicked my phone and theres not even a scratch on it Salute
  • + 3
 I hit a car while I was on my Cyclocross turned urban attack bike.. My Cateye had me at 27mph when the car pulled out in front of me from a parking lot and my Droid X was in my pocket with a OtterBox Defender case on it.. My phone was in my front pocket and that was the first thing to hit the car right at the hood and I then rolled up and over the hood of the car and landed on my back.. To my amazement my phone was just fine.. the car needed a new Door and mirror along with a bunch of paint and body work but my the phone was fine and never gave me any trouble.. after over a year of XC rides, Dirtjumping, shooting photos in shitty weather, and all around rough life, my Droid X still looks like brand new once I take my case off. My phone looks huge with the case, but is pretty much unbreakable.. After a year My first case was starting to flex and wasnt clipping closed all the time and I sent them an email and they sent me a new case in 3 days.. I will always support Otterbox after how it has protected my phone and the service they have provided me..
  • + 0
 yeah otterbox commuter for blackberry makes it near invincible.
  • - 1
 I'm sorry but it's only because of shitty iphones that there's a market for this, my unprotected nokia n73 got ran over a car no joke and suffered only a bit of cosmetic damage to the side that was facing the road.
  • + 2
 I don't see how it's because of iPhones. I don't even own a smartphone, but lots of people I know with one (BB, iPhone, Android, whatever else) use Otterbox because they work in settings where their phone is likely to get wrecked (i.e. construction, farming, landscaping).
  • + 1
 Obviously you do need a case gor an iphone, but only because they're made to break, that's the problem
  • + 2
 I have an otterbox for my samsung S, its great, does double the size of the phone but its worth it for the protection. The Jawbones are too big for women IMO. I have the Split jacket and they are just as great, great oakley optics but a smaller frame. I also have the flak jackets which are even lower profile and prefer them for biking and ski touring. The Split Jacket has the same interchangeable system as the Jawbone, the flak jacket is a bit more hokey. Oakely now has the fast jacket which apparently has a better interchangeable system then the Flak's but similar profile.
  • + 2
 The glasses are sweet, i have the prescription version and they are even clearer than my normal glasses. Durability wise, I ran over them once on a trail with my mtb (they were in my jersey not on my face) and only the lens popped out, which due to the switchlock system was super easy to put back in!
  • + 2
 The Otterbox is great for all platforms, I have one on my Atrix and it has saved my ass no question. Likewise, my headphone jack cover is starting to tear off but I play with it non-stop, which is my fault. One quibble, however - If you aren't using the belt clip, you can get one without it and save $15. Same case, no clip, $15 cheaper. I don't know how much that saved cash would change your verdict, but it's worth putting out there.
  • + 2
 I honestly use that goofy clip all the time.. I throw it on my messenger bag strap, hook it onto my shoulder strap of my backpack and If I am doing a short ride that I want to use my phone as a GPS, I just take the clip and clip my phone to the back of my riding shorts and I never notice its there.. It looks funny but I use that clip all the time..
  • + 2
 I own a pair of the Jawbones, and they are the best riding glasses ever, full stop. Worth the big money, they are clear, un-distorted, don't steam up with vented lenses, comfortable, stay on when wet, don't dry your eyes out/make eyes water with the air as they have great coverage, come in great colours, loads of different lenses (I have dark, yellow and clear ones), dont break when you fall on them either (within reason). To top it off, you dont look and utter cock with them on like a lot of other cycling glasses, but I don't recommend wearing them off the bike, they dont look good, thats what Ray-Ban's were invented for!

Expensive, but without the doubt the coolest and best working riding glasses out there!
  • + 1
 They're just so damn big. Kind of clumsy to stuff in a pocket when you get into dark sections
  • + 1
 ca.oakley.com/products/6482/25146

exactly the same, but skinnier lense.
  • + 2
 50$ for the only QR clamp i have ever used that wont move,that being said thats the price,if you like it buy it,if you dont than go somewhere else,you get what you pay for,as for the otterbox i have one and its saved my phone on multiple occasions,again 50$ well spent .
  • + 4
 i have the Otterbox Defender phone case and i close my car hood TWICE on it!! and still work very well! that a big case but it worth it !
  • + 1
 They kick a lot of ass, and the new cases have a different kind of rubber outer piece that's waaaaaaay better than that old bunch of bullshit.
  • + 1
 I read on stumbleupon that an iPhone in an otterbox can be dropped like 13 thousand feet and it will be alright. I don't know if that is valid, but it would be sick if it was!!
  • + 4
 seeing as its fairly light, it would hit terminal velocity pretty quickly, meaning that dropping it from 100 feet would be the same as dropping it from 13 thousand feet, meaning its probably legit
  • + 1
 HCTerror> I thought I was the only idiot that had done that to my iPhone! lol

Also, I left my iPhone 4 on the roof of my car and drove off at all sorts of speeds. To be fair, it came off my roof (VW Golf) at about 60km/h and once I collected the remains of the completely destroyed otter box Defender, the phone only had a smashed front screen. The back didn't even have a scratch; *HOWEVER* the iphone was 'bent' about 1mm which caused me to not be able to hear anyone speaking to me, and they could not hear me. Even with a replaced mic and ear speaker, but otherwise it worked fine. So it turned out to be a really sweet iphone 4 iPod basically. Got a refurbished one from apple for $220 though
  • + 3
 You can get the otterbox case on amazon for $20 shipped. I have gone through a couple of them over a year and a half, if I didn't have it my phone would be a busted up POS. With it, I don't have a scratch. Smile
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 I'm surprised people are choking on the $50 seat clamp. Expensive yes, but bullet proof CNC goodness...and when compared to $250 for plastic glasses??? Please. Are the Oakleys ANSI Z87.1 impact resistant? Do they have any attributes, besides being made by Oakley and perhaps aesthetically pleasing, that can come any where near justifying the price? The best kept secret in eyewear are Uvex industrial safety glasses. They are Z87.1 impact resistant, shatter proof, cost a whopping $1.50 at a industrial safety supply house, and are basically disposable. No you won't be Oakley cool, but you will have $248.50 left to spend on perhaps a Hope or Hadley rear hub, whatever.
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 The Iphone case is cool but I think itd be cool to see pinkbike review the POM created by Andrew Taylor? It would be cool to see how the POM preforms as its created by a rider in the industry as opposed to this one shown here.
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 YEAH wheres the POM?
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 I take my iPhone on EVERY ride! its my camera, GPS, commuter computer, music box and so much more! BUT the Otterbox Defender case WILL NOT FIT iPhone 4S! Well.... it fits but it covers the light sensor in the front by the ear piece, which if you want to use the auto dim and bright, you cant. For some reason Apple moved the sensor away from the ear piece a few millimeters from the iPhone 4. just FYI.
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 You should make sure you're trying to fit the new iPhone 4S OtterBox products. Apple changed the light sensor from the 4 to the 4S, so OtterBox redesigned that part of their case. At a glance it looks the same, but for the 4S, there is more open near the speaker/light sensor. This should fix the exact issue you are having.
  • + 1
 My otterbox annoys the shit out of me. But i have to ride with my phone and it seemed like the only option at the time. Hard to get in and out of my pockets and always pulls other shit out with it. i suppose it won't go flying out of my pocket when i ride which is good. but sometimes my wallet or cash comes out too. its trained me to put the right shit in the right pockets though. apparently theres another option made my andrew taylors company? tell us about this one Pinkbike.
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 I use the Griffin Defender for my iPhone 4. Much better case. Same concept as the Otter but tougher, fits perfect, and is made nicer. Taken a couple spills on DH runs with no issues. If I'm really freaking on keeping my phone safe from impacts and water, I stick it in a small Pelican Case that's made for the iPhone...kinda thick to carry in a pocket, but you could run over it with a car.
  • + 1
 The defender case is built really well for the iPhone but not for other phones. I had one for the HTC Desire and the thing was huge and bulky, also had to warranty the silicone outer. The seams weren't as clean so they snagged on everything, fingers, pockets. The plastic screen scratches easily as does the plastic cover for the camera lens. All that said, the defender cases really are bomproof but go with the commuter case for more practical day to day use.
  • + 1
 The only thing here I would be vaguely tempted by is the seat QR, but I already have a real nice SantaCruz one
... so again I have to tick the non existent "None of the above" box!
Smile
  • + 2
 The phone case is a must if anyone knows what it's like to have your phone fall out while ripping, only to see it smashed to pieces up the trail :/
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 that is why u keep ur phone in the backpack. or if u riding in a group leave it behind u don't need no phone while riding in a group. but if u are riding solo of course u need it
  • + 5
 Chromage Seat QR
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 I agree with Broso, the world's gone mountain biking pricing daft !! You wouldn't pay 50.00 for a small piece of metal for a snooker cue ??
Because its for the mountain biking market "Lets rip 'em off and charge what we like"

I bet this item is mass produced at a cost of about £0.50p an item !

I'm getting fed up with it, especially in the UK !!
  • + 1
 Not sure how to vote in the poll, considering I own a pair of jawbones and a Chromag QR, both of which I love to pieces. Never had that issue with the arms detaching with my jawbones, they've been flawless thus far.
  • + 2
 Why did they have to say otterbox for Iphone.. why couldnt they just said otterbox! pshhhhhhh.. I got an otterbox on my droid x.. shit is the bomb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 Already got oakley sunglasses, already have the otter box commuter, the chromag parts look super sick though !!
  • + 1
 I have the otter box and it works great. No problems with tearing. I am a contractor and my phones get abused. This case has been great. I recommend it.
  • + 2
 With cromag you get style and performance!
  • + 3
 Style with a seat clamp? how stylish can a seat clamp be?
  • + 1
 buy a Life proof case for your iphone, its waterproof and nearly unbreakable.
  • + 0
 There should be the fourth choice - "none of above". This and last week it's difficult to find anything that i would like to have (even for free). ;-)
  • + 2
 There is no substitution for an otterbox case
  • - 2
 Behind this new products is the same old BIG company like Shimano, SRAM etc... they are just competing with their own products but they all know at the end of the day buyers will be amazed how cheaper the other one... but money goes none other than their own pockets. nothing escape they got them all! that's the fact of marketing..
  • + 2
 Are you saying Chromag, Otterbox, and Oakley are owned by Shimano or SRAM?
  • + 1
 He could just be telling us he's a moron? Not sure.
  • + 1
 haha...you did not get the point!
  • + 1
 Hope and Salsa make some of the best seat clamp.
  • + 1
 Another choice would be Griffin case for iphone.Tough cookie too!
  • + 1
 Sorry, It's the Griffin SURVIVOR.. my bad.
  • + 0
 personallly, i think that shiny clamp isnt expensive enough. atleast $450 dollars. id pay easily that.
  • + 1
 I have nothing constructive to say about these products...
  • + 2
 Love the product picks!
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  • + 1
 $50 for a seat clamp? Thats just taking the piss now!
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 Oakely is the shizzle, that phone case belongs in the toilet and $50 seatpost clamp already been flushed.
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 lol^^^^G
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 $50 for a seat clamp isn't cheap for the everyday rider..
  • + 2
 Where does it say that it is cheap?
  • - 2
 I have had multiple iPhone cases and the one brand I hate is Otterbox, those things aren't built for durability at all.
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