Pinkbike Product Picks

Feb 15, 2013
by Mike Kazimer  
Dakine Oakridge flannel shirt

Dakine pays tribute to their Pacific Northwest roots with the Oakridge flannel shirt, a new addition to their bike wear line. Constructed from 100% polyester, the Oakridge flannel can be used as a riding shirt or for casual wear. The woven polyester construction lets the shirt dry more quickly than a typical cotton button up, yet it still has the soft feel usually associated with a non-synthetic fabric. Available in sizes S-XXL. MSRP: $75 USD. www.dakine.com

The Oakridge flannel is Dakine's take on a Pacific Northwest staple.


Pinkbike's take:
bigquotesFor many residents of the Pacific Northwest the flannel shirt is considered a wardrobe mainstay. While Nirvana may be no more, and Pearl Jam's radio prominence has turned to static, the grunge look hasn't faded. There's something comforting about wearing a flannel shirt, and Dakine's Oakridge flannel is no exception. The texture of the fabric is supple enough that we wore this shirt as a casual piece a few times before ever realizing it was made from polyester, not cotton. We took the Oakridge flannel on a number of winter rides where the temperature hovered around freezing, and came away impressed with how warm of a layer it was. Depending on the temperature, riders may find themselves overheating during sustained high-intensity efforts (like grinding up a long climb) - it doesn't breathe as well as a better ventilated, more technical jersey would. Plus, there's no way to regulate temperature except the old-fashioned way - roll up the sleeves, or unbutton a few buttons. For these reasons the Oakridge flannel wouldn't be our first choice for a long XC ride, but that's not its intended use. The cut of the Oakridge is generous - even at 5'11" the size medium was on the long side. This shirt would make an excellent layer for fall days in the bike park, evening shuttle laps, or for tossing in your pack to use on the downhill portion of a ride. Comfortable, warm, and simple, just like a good flannel should be. - Mike Kazimer




Spank Spike 777 EVO handlebar

Spank makes a wide range of mountain bike products, with each line categorized based on the products' intended usage. The Spike line of products includes handlebars, pedals, stems, rims, and even a wheelset, that are intended for freeride or downhill usage. Spank's Spike 777 EVO handlebar is made using what the company calls “Dual Extreme Gradual Taper with Impact Ends.” This means the handlebar has been reinforced with additional material where it is most needed, like the ends of the bar, which normally receive the brunt of any crash-induced impacts. The Spank Spike 777 EVO handlebar is available in a myriad of color and rise options. 5, 15, 30, and 50mm of rise are available to go along with the bar's 4° upsweep and 8° backsweep. Color choices include white, black, red, blue and chrome. As the name indicates, the Spike 777 EVO is 777mm long, with markings on the bar should you decide to cut them down. For a behind-the-scenes look at how the Spike EVO is made, take a look at Aaron Larocque's short film. MSRP: $75.50 USD. www.spank-ind.com.

Spank 777 EVO bars
With five different colors and four available rise options, there's a version of the Spank Spike 777 EVO bar to fit nearly every rider's tastes.


Pinkbike's take:
bigquotesAs with any component that affects the feel of a bike, handlebars are a matter of personal preference. What works for one rider may not work for another, often due to physical differences. That being said, there is a reason mountain bike handlebars have gotten wider over the last few years - it's not just a passing fad. Wide bars give the rider more control, particularly over rough terrain. Still skeptical? Try this: Imagine pushing a lawnmower over a bumpy lawn with your hands only a few inches apart. Now imagine the same scenario, but with your hands shoulder width apart. The same principle can be applied to mountain biking, although mountain biking is infinitely more enjoyable than mowing a lawn. The wider position gives the rider more steering leverage, which translates to more control over the bike. Sure, smaller riders may still need to trim wide bars down, but that's why Spank includes handy guide lines on the Spike 777 EVO to facilitate this. We found the 777mm width to be our preferred width - no trimming necessary. The 777 EVO mainly saw action aboard a downhill rig, banging out laps in the bike park, and then on rowdy, non-lift assisted terrain once winter arrived. Luckily, there were no major crashes that would have fully tested the bar's Impact Ends, but we did find the Spike 777 EVO to be plenty stiff, with no noticeable flexing, even on rock strewn, blown out trails. As an added bonus, these bars are also light enough that we wouldn't hesitate to use them on an all-mountain or trail bike. - Mike Kazimer




Race Face Canuck jersey

The Race Face Canuck short-sleeve jersey is made with 51% Repreve polyester (a fabric made from recycled plastic bottles), 38% CoolDry polyester, and 11% Spandex. The upper back and underarm panels are a stretchy, breathable mesh, to allow for maximum ventilation. There is a credit card sized zippered pocket on the lower right side that is backed with a soft fabric suitable for wiping goggles or glasses. Available in red or black in sizes S-XXL. MSRP: $59.99. www.raceface.com

Airy and comfortable, the Canuck jersey is a good choice for when the temperatures climb.

Pinkbike's take:
bigquotesThe Canuck jersey can be worn alone on hot summer rides, or as a base layer when the temperatures drop. It breathes exceptionally well due to the mesh venting - we found it to be noticeably cooler than other non-vented jerseys we've worn. The fact that there are no zippers on the back of this jersey means it remains comfortable even when wearing a hydration pack. Plus, the back of the jersey is slightly lower than the front, which helps prevent it from riding up and offering those behind you an unwanted view. Riders used to wearing baggy DH jerseys will find the cut of the Canuck jersey to be on the slim side - this jersey is designed more for riders who earn their turns by pedalling. Riders seeking a simple jersey that will keep them cool and dry without looking like a roadie will find that the Canuck jersey does the trick. - Mike Kazimer





96 Comments

  • + 95
 I wear my flannel shirt only when dressing up for a hot date or an important interview. Don't want to get any mud on this baby.
  • + 25
 But when you got plenty of flannel and no hot date, you gotta go with second best... Come HERE SPIKE 777 bars!!
  • + 37
 But if your a canadian and don't have a hot date nor do you need spank bars cause your reping chromag you can always use a canuck jersey!
  • + 25
 or if your sat at your computer all day (so dont have a hot date, no need for bars or a jersey) the answer is 'none of the above'
  • + 4
 @Kinsey Thanks now I know what to buy ;-) lmao these pinkbike picks kill me.
  • - 13
flag Ciaras (Feb 15, 2013 at 6:55) (Below Threshold)
 @Kinsey You're
  • + 11
 Dude, I could buy 5 flannel shirts for the price of that one!! #Lovethemthriftshops
  • + 50
 This isn't twitter.
  • + 21
 #orinstagram
  • - 2
 I got a Animal flannel shirt the other day. It's too nice to go riding in and get ripped and muddy. I agree with you guys.
  • - 3
 goto: www.lavanapparel.com/hoodies.html way cooler flannel and way better deal!
  • - 1
 ampa i would wear that biking, if it was under 20 dollars. i agree makripperi , but still, i would wear that biking, if it was under 20 dollars.
  • + 1
 mines lasted 2 years of abuse and still looks mint. so comfortable too!
  • - 6
flag mfbeast12 (Feb 16, 2013 at 11:27) (Below Threshold)
 You also say none of the above when you are perfectly happy with your ENVE carbon bar and already have too many jerseys. #ballinonpinkbike
  • + 3
 Truth^
  • + 4
 About the Lavan flannel *
  • + 43
 Call me cheap or whatever you want, but clothing is too expensive these days hah.

$75 for a flannel shirt seems outrageous. Same thing for a $60 jersey that will probably eventually get ripped on a tree or something...
  • + 28
 There is no such thing as a $75 flannel shirt. All you pay for is the logo, I agree with you there.
  • - 4
flag TheFlyingYorkshiremen (Feb 15, 2013 at 3:33) (Below Threshold)
 And ive never even heard of oakridge
  • + 16
 flanel shirts 20$ at wal-mart
  • + 7
 Come on guys. Its a flannel shirt... with a dakine tag stitched on to it. Totally worth the $75.
  • - 11
flag deeeight (Feb 15, 2013 at 8:10) (Below Threshold)
 Did nobody actually READ the whole review ? Unlike your traditional flannel shirt made from cotton, these are 100% polyester, so they dry out faster when you get them wet.
  • + 15
 www.rei.com/product/836664/the-north-face-take-flannel-shirt-mens

BOOM $45 flannel shirt made from polyester! Google shopping is your friend!

And it's not like the north face is a no name brand either.
  • + 11
 You can find polyester flannel at Goodwill for a fraction of the price, this isn't some new technological breakthrough in the fashion industry.
  • + 6
 I have that exact same flannel but from target for only $15, and it's made from wool not plastic.
The 777 bars are a good pick, I love mine.
  • + 2
 I agree $75 for a shirt i can get at a thrift shop...and the old shirt would probably last 10 times longer too haha
  • + 4
 Flannel Shirt at Value Village for $4.95
  • - 3
 Seriously get over it children. You want to wear dakine or raceface or whichever brand then you pay the price they ask. If you just want a flannel shirt, go to walmart. But enough with this apples and oranges price comparisons.
  • + 2
 TheFlyingYorkshiremen^^^^^ its dakine.
  • + 5
 Flannel shirts: $10. Flannel shirts advertised to bikers as "performance" wear: $60. That special feeling that something has "performance" just because you paid a ridiculous price for it: $priceless
  • + 1
 what the fucks a flannel shirt ... ITS A FLANNO haha
  • + 2
 PROTOUR!
  • + 2
 I think when comparing prices, apples and oranges actually come pretty close.
  • + 1
 google shop, goto goodwill, pop some tags, just whatever you do, don't pay 75$ for a flannel
  • + 2
 Because only Dakine does that... tons of companies throw their logo on Simple stuff and up the price. Im one for paying an extra few bucks when it comes to local brands or bike shops. Fox and Oakley and all that don't need my support , companies like Sombrio and such do in my opinion.
  • + 1
 theres a old logging town outside of eugene oakridge full of hicks and rednecks that happens to have some epic trails
  • + 5
 Is it just me, or am I the only one get bored/sick of seeing flanel?

(Also, if you REALLY need a flanel shirt? Hit up your local thrift store. TONS of them there, various colours, $5-7 each. Just wash and wear. They're going to get wrecked anyway!)
  • + 8
 Spank Spike 777 EVO bars, you say?

www.pinkbike.com/photo/8640765
  • + 3
 Spank 596!
  • + 3
 Next week Oakley introduces their own line of underwear, made to look just like the kind you get in any used junk store with authentic racing stripes in the back, but for $50 a pair instead of the $1 you would pay at the thrift store.
  • + 6
 You buy underwear at a thrift store?
  • + 6
 any tips where to get unlabelled high quality but not 75$ quality flanell shirts?
  • + 3
 New Yorker.... at times they have them for about 4-5Euro Big Grin
  • + 3
 Bought an AE flannel on 75% clearance for $7.50.... Target has great flannels, and thrift shops have great flannels too!!
  • + 1
 Long live thrift shops! Got me some Fox jerseys, North Face jacket, Burton Jacket.... the usual stuff Big Grin
  • + 3
 I actually put a Spank Spike bar on my single speed, expecting to cut it down. But after a couple rides I found that 777mm was actually really comfortable. Now I still have that on my singlespeed and a Loaded AMX handlebar on my AM bike, both at their stock width.
  • + 4
 I agree with clothing being overpriced you re all right $75 for a flannel shirt and 60 for a jersey come on Race Face, Dakine give us all a break..
  • + 7
 AdidasFace?
  • + 6
 Dakine fannel = Prince George dinner jacket.
  • + 2
 when i saw canuck jersey i was thinking something more along the lines of this:
www.icejerseys.com/images/products/33/Vancouver-Canucks-Vintage-Replica-Jersey-1994-(Away)-N6914_XL.jpgAway
  • + 0
 Spanksnis really hin it hard lately! Nice job..especially the wheel set. Clothes are expensive. ..most of it goes to marketing recoup. Not to mention most usa based companies are being hit hard by obummercare and small biz taxation!
  • + 1
 I'll spend thousands on a top flight bike, but damned if I am going to spend $75 on a plain old fashioned flannel shirt, brand name or not. But I guess there is a sucker born every minute.
  • + 2
 Got to love an Oregon company paying homage to one of the best mountain biking towns in Oregon! I love Dakine, and I love Oakridge!
  • + 2
 Whats the go with flannel shirts being so expensive because they have a logo on them wow big deal, here in australia you can pick one up for $5 and just shred!
  • + 1
 I love those names... Jersey- it looks like a tshirt to me. Flannel shirt- it looks like a blanket to me. Well those bars- they look like bars to me. I shall go with the bars...
  • + 2
 SHIT! Didn't read the price and ticked the flannel shirt box. Can't believe how expensive it is
  • + 2
 nice flannel, but id rather by one thats$65 dollars cheaper from vallew village
  • + 2
 Dude my new RF jersey makes me look huge...NOT. MTBin' become a fashion show, I ride in a cheap/old t shirt.
  • + 2
 Pearl Jam's radio prominence has turned to static? They have thier own station on Sirius! Long live Pearl Jam!!
  • + 2
 why does the race face jersey remind me of the addidas logo? whoops just saw someone posted the same thoughts!
  • + 1
 god bless... will we see flannel jerseys in WC this year? And for the price its like to piss in a forrest for 10 USD, just onto a dakine sticker
  • + 2
 why 75 dollars for a flannel and just get destroyed in a crash
  • - 1
 I want to know why the mens raceface jerseys get a little zippered pouch for something, but the gals get nothing but a plain jersey. Is it too hard to give them a pouch to put their lady products ?
  • + 2
 The women's Khyber jersey has a stash pocket similar to the one on the men's Canuck jersey.
  • + 1
 2013 RF Piper Jersey has stash pocket as well. Shops should be seeing them by early March.
  • + 2
 The sweep on those bars feels wonderful
  • + 2
 dakine means good marijuana in hawaii
  • + 2
 Now try mowing your lawn with your hands 4' apart. Now go cut your bars
  • + 1
 Those flannel shirt ... takes me into my childhood in 80`s when i was wearing them and one was no more than 10-20USD Wink
  • + 1
 Is it because we are close to the Valentine's day that all the products are red today ???Big Grin
  • + 1
 Its because you touch yourself at night.
  • + 2
 whaaat?
  • + 1
 @ the flyingYorkshireman - Look up MTB Oregon, All you need to know about Oakridge.
  • + 1
 finely, a biking specific flannel shirt!Smile
  • + 1
 love the Zee brakes. they are the best
  • + 1
 flannel shirt fisherman riding style :s
  • + 2
 Likeing those bars
  • + 1
 Where'd my comment from this afternoon go? Hmmm?
  • + 1
 have broken two 777´s...crashing obviously.
  • + 1
 Paying for the brand name thats for sure.
  • + 1
 i love this logo... its so familier ... oh wait, I remember -- www.mmm.ca
  • + 0
 I really like that Dakine Shirt but I would not use it in the wet only greasy and dusty conditions for this banger
  • + 1
 is it just me or do i see crumbs on the front of that flannel pic?
  • + 2
 That's mud. Although it could be crumbs - I get hungry after a long ride.
  • + 1
 haha nice
  • - 1
 Everybody drooling about the flannel shirt ever realized that you look like a doush in it ?? I think not lol ....they are sooo last friday.
  • + 0
 grunge = mtb
  • - 2
 Personally I think the Canuck Jersey looks a lot like the Adidas symbol. Not very good marketing in my opinion
  • + 0
 Yea not too original
  • + 1
 its not, its a ripoff of an engineering firms. mmm.ca
  • + 3
 Thanks for the comments on the logo on the Canuck jersey....definitely not us 'ripping' anyone off ninesix...we have many calls from our European customers to have a jersey with a strong 'Canadian' theme to it. For this design we took some inspiration from the Team Canada hockey jerseys from the 1970's for some Canuck flavor - since Canada and hockey go hand in hand. This is just one jersey in our full line of riding gear www.raceface.com/apparel/for-him/jerseys ....we thank all of you for you opinions on this particular design though.

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  • + 1
 Still resembles Adidas more than hockey I think, but hey I'm an American. And I don't watch too much hockey either....
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