Pinkbike Product Picks

Nov 25, 2011
by Richard Cunningham  
Motorex Wet Lube

Motorex is an environmentally-friendly chemical company that hails from Switzerland with roots deep into motorsports. Bikeline Wet Lube is said to be biodegradable, which is a good thing, and Motorex states (well, we are actually paraphrasing here) that the lubricant is designed to penetrate deep into the moving bits within the links and stay there while you happily shred through the sloppy Winter and Spring months. With Winter upon us and wet weather ahead, a decent wet lube should be well received among our brethren in the northern hemisphere. Wet Lube runs around $10.00 USD in the 100ml squeeze bottle. Larger sizes and an aerosol bottle are also available. Motorex


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Motorex goes everywhere we do. The up-side of Wet Lube is that the product keeps the chain silent and running smoothly for epic-length rides in snowy and rainy conditions. The bad news is that the lube builds up over time and attracts grime on the drivetrain.


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesMotorex's Wet Lube may seem a bit pricey, but you'll use less of the stuff because it stays put and keeps the drivetrain purring along in sloppy weather (although, the unsophisticated applicator tip makes it difficult to put just the right amount of lube on each link). Be sure to clean your derailleur pulleys and wipe the chain and cassette sprockets regularly, because Motorex Wet Lube's tenacious grip on your bike's moving parts will eventually invite grime to join up with the lubricant. That said, although our drivetrains looked crusty, they still spun silently while non-motorex-equipped bikes in the same conditions sounded like they were typewriters operated by mating rodents. - RC





Scott Vanish XC/Trail Helmet


Scott is a self-proclaimed community of weight weenies, so if Scott decided to make a lightweight XC helmet, it stands to reason that it would be among the world-record holders for etherial-weight safety devices. Meet the Vanish - a 230-gram helmet (ours weighed a bit less) that passes European CE EN 1078:1997/A1 standards and looks a measure better than the up-turned carnival cruise ships that most XC racers are rocking these days. Protection comes in the form of a dual-layer EPS foam core that employs "Cone Head" technology. The term refers to a series of cone-shaped nubs molded into the stiffer higher-density outer layer of the shell. The multiple cones dissipate energy into the second, softer layer and create a momentary deceleration to protect the head. Scott simplifies the strap system with a non-adjustable ear loop and a single tension adjustment at the chin clasp. A one-hand dial called MRAS (Micro Rotary Adjustment Strap) in the rear snugs the lid around your head. The Vanish incorporates a small, removable visor, and the thin padding can be removed for cleaning. Vanish helmets come in black/red. black/white and white/yellow colorways, for about $145 USD. Scot USA and the Vanish Video.


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Lots of ventilation, a reasonably unobtrusive profile, and its 190-gram weight figure make Scott's Vanish helmet a consideration for trail riders. The tension strap in the rear of the helmet can easily be adjusted with one hand on the fly.


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesScott's Vanish helmet is probably a bit too XC styled for most of the Pinkbike Community, but its well ventilated, super-lightweight shell can make a world of difference while you are climbing for an extended period, or riding in hot conditions. The advantage of a lightweight XC helmet is that you can forget that it is there and enjoy the ride, and this is the benefit that Scott Vanish owners will be laying down 145 dollars for. Concessions to achieve the Vanish's 230-gram (medium size) weight, however, may have eroded its potential to be perfectly comfortable, however, because the single adjustment for the chin strap restricts the angle of the helmet to one position on the head and thin, internal padding reminds the wearer that all heads are not shaped like those of Team Swisspower. With all grievances aired, Scott's Vanish helmet has become our go-to when we expect a lot of climbing or hot conditions on the trail. - RC





Jagwire Space Age 2.0 Brake Hose Cutter


Jagwire sells high-performance cables, housings and hoses to the cycling world, so it should follow that it would offer proper tools to install them. The Space Age 2.0 brake hose cutter was developed by Jagwire to allow home mechanics to cut hydraulic brake hoses squarely and cleanly to ensure that the installation process will go smoothly and produce professional results. (The same cutter appears in Avid's professional brake kits.) The cutter's blade is replaceable with off-the-shelf hobby blades, so it can be maintained in perfect working order, and the ergonomics allow for one-handed operation, so mechanics can clip the hoses in place while setting up the bike. Jagwire's Space Age brake hose cutter sells for about $22 USD. Jagwire USA


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Well-designed ergonomics make it possible to accurately cut brake hoses with one hand. The cut is beautifully done every time.


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesJagwire's home-shop version of its more expensive pro hose cutter is one of those tools that we didn't think we needed until we actually tried it. Sure, you can cut a brake hose with a sharp knife, cable-cutting pliers, or a camp axe, but none of those hacker options can promise a perfect cut every time. If you do your own brake setups, get one. If you are too cheap to spend the 25 bucks, then put a Space Age brake hose cutter on your Christmas list. - RC





Mavic Notch H20 Jacket


Mavic answers the lengthening nights and stormy skies of Winter with an ultra-comfortable, versatile jacket. The Notch H2O uses a dual-layer fabric construction that passes moisture, yet beats off raindrops. A low-cut back keeps water and grit out of the plumber's crack, and a vertical pocket half-way up the front conceals electronic gear or a wallet. All zippers are waterproof and every seam is sealed. Knowing that off-road cyclists most often wear hydration packs, Mavic adds a pair of vertical zippers in the rear of the garment that, when deployed, create a bulge that allows the jacket to be donned quickly and worn over the pack. The hydration tube can be routed through a port sewn into the upper right-hand panel of the Notch H2O. The Notch H2O is available in red or black and retails for about $100 USD. Mavic


RC on the San Juan Trail
Mountain bike rain jackets need to breathe well and expel moisture because on the dirt, riders crank out a lot of watts at low speeds, where air flow is minimal. Mavic's Notch jacket passes the test.


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesNo surprise here. Mavic is silently building a reputation among top riders for its technical riding gear. The Notch is a good looking rain shell that manages to keep the rider dry when it's pelting down, while maintaining a livable temperature that encourages a hard-charging riding style. Mavic's Notch is cool enough to double as a winter windbreaker, and could prove handy for those who live in high mountain passes, where freak Summer snows encourage back-country riders to pack a compact, winter-weight rain shell. The Notch fits close to the body, so buy one size up if you plan on wearing it over a substantial hydration pack. - RC






58 Comments

  • + 44
 dedicated brake hose cutter - for when the cable cutters dont quite cut it
  • + 6
 Cable cutters don't make a perfectly straight, clean cut like a hose cutter makes. I have used Jagwire hose cutters in the past and I am very impressed with the quality of their cut. Cable cutters, not so much.
  • - 10
flag georgy291 (Nov 25, 2011 at 12:37) (Below Threshold)
 then you clearly have more money than skills.

if your a bike shop and doing this on daily basis then sure id allow that, but in the house?
  • + 9
 If you're going to do something, why not do it right the first time? A hose cutter is designed to cut hose, a cable cutter is not. Using the latter just allows for a higher percentage of error.
  • + 5
 I'm not going to lie, the average rider doesn't need a brake house cutter. Even if they regularly bleed their brakes (which is an oxymoron since you shouldn't have to do it regularly if its done right) Most shops don't mind cutting them to length for you to install yourself. So unless you are buying everything bulk online for yourself yo probably don't need this tool.

that said, for shop use yeah I can see it. I mean, you get pretty good with the cable cutters after a few brakes and it's probably just another tool to misplace but that doesn't stop it from being a handy little fella to add to a work bench.
  • + 4
 It's not really about how often you'll use them. They're cheap and effective. Get one and use it every now and then. Buy a new bike, use it to cut the hose down on new brakes after an upgrade, etc. Also put your tools away when you're done with them and they will never get lost. Drawers help a lot.
  • + 4
 Seraph is right, those cutters are cheap and make cutting hose easy. If you lose stuff like this, you need to work on your attention span a little. If you don't see the use for it, you've never had to clean up a cut end of hose before with braided filaments interfering with the barbed insert fit.
  • + 2
 hahah georgy nice pun
  • + 2
 Georgy, there's nothing wrong with technological advancements, especially given that you're staring at one now. Sorry, typewriters just don't do the trick anymore.
  • + 2
 I wish I had one of those cutters when I went to shorten my jagwire... thing looked like a werewolf chewed on it after I cut it. Ill be looking for one of these next time I install new brakes.
  • + 24
 Richard really looks like he needs a rain jacket in that pic Wink
  • + 4
 He looks like he might need a new pair of glasses, staring at what's on the trail 2ft in front of him...
  • + 3
 Richard looks depressed.
  • + 2
 HAHA! Yeah, it's been raining quite often down in Southern California. The only difference between here and the Northwest, is that is stops raining quite often too. RC
  • + 6
 Jagwire's Space Age2.0 Brake Hose Cutter looks Absolutely like ones from Avid, 25 b's

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  • + 4
 but its orange instead of red, huge difference!!! it almost like using a different tool!!!
  • + 2
 Clearly the orange one will not only make you a better rider, but also a better human being. it's so obvious that it's not even worth arguing.
  • + 4
 no offense, but all i see in pinkbike nowadays is PRODUCTS,
f*ck, i can ride with my bike for my whole life without changing parts, without having the best lube, the best cable cutter, and the best jacket in the world.....

Let`s all stop spending money in shit!
  • + 1
 Hey RC,
I live in northwest Washington where it's known to rain just a little this time of year. After reading your review on the Notch, I'm ready to buy one online. Couple of questions; Does it breathe at all or do you end up just as wet from sweating inside of it? Is the sizing "true" or do I need to buy one size up? And, most importantly, if you were living on a budget, would you buy this jacket? Thanks man, and happy trails!
  • + 1
 Richard Cunningham was only a name to me a few months ago. I then spent a week with him at Eurobike and learned more about mountainbikes in that week than I have done in ten years! Plus his skills at catching massive wasps by hand was truly impressive along with his rewiring electrical skills when no adapter was available were unreal. Keep up the good work fella and start using moisturiser on those tired hands..
  • + 1
 Here's a fun fact from a shop mechanic who has been demoing the motorex lube. It has a very pungent odor, that kinda smells like burnt differential fluid. It also blacked up a racers drivetrain within one week of using it. Not even the industrial parts washer can get the smell out of the chain.
  • + 1
 Motorex wet lube - Pretty long lasting lube but applicator is sht - you allways spill out more that you need. It is way easier to work with Finish Line bottles nad lube quality is comparable I think
  • + 5
 The little red applicator tubes that you get with spray cans of WD40 or GT85 fit right into the nozzle of the Motorex lubes. Problem fixed!
  • + 3
 That hose snipper is pretty neat. I like little inexpensive gizmos that produce professional grade results.
  • + 0
 Honestly i wouldn't use any of this crap, my bike is fine, none of us really need any of this, all you need is a bottle of WD-40 and an alen wrench, and your bike should last for 10 years. Lets stop spending money on this stuff
  • + 1
 umm, if you put wd-40 on your chain or any part of your bike you'll be lucky if it lasts 2 years, let alone 10. wd-40 is a degreaser, and with bikes, grease is a good thing.
  • + 1
 what ever, I actually use tri-flo but what ever... before i was into biking, thats the only thing i used
  • + 2
 richard cunningham is a joke and is going to make pinkbike a joke, just like mountain bike action
  • + 1
 Why not just use a cigar cutter? Never tried it, but if I ever needed to cut a brake hose I wouldnt be game to drop 20$ just to do it.
  • + 1
 Use a cigar cutter if it can take a finger off it can sure cut a hose... (Note: no humans were harmed in the making of this comment)
  • + 1
 thats exactly what i was thinking!
  • + 3
 what a rubbish selction!!
  • + 2
 Has Pinkbike time travelled back to 2005, or is this a retro Product Pick?
  • + 2
 wonder if RC used the wet lube in the desert too... Send this stuff up to Mike, he rides in the wet!
  • + 1
 x2 on Mike Levy. RC has little credibility.
  • - 1
 1. Your drivetrain looks worked and terrible. Wet lube obviously isn't designed for the places you ride. Just because you get a new drivetrain every 2 months doesn't make it ok to recommend a product to everyone. 2. You went to a Scott product launch and got a freebie. Just because you got a free helmet it doesn't mean you should recommend it. 3. No one needs a hose cutter except a bike shop. 4. That Mavic jacket would be more at home in a JC Penny catalog.
  • + 1
 and this is all coming from someone whose name is the name of a company that makes mac and cheese.
  • + 1
 umm, if you put wd-40 on your chain or any part of your bike you'll be lucky if it lasts 2 years, let alone 10. wd-40 is a degreaser, and with bikes, grease is a good thing.
  • + 2
 guys it would be really handy to put the prices in £££ as well please
  • + 1
 Sorry, but what the f*ck warrants a $150 pricetag for 140 grams worth of styrofoam on that helmet?
  • + 1
 the 140 grams part
  • + 1
 it actually doesn't weigh 190 gram like stated, it's 230g (from the scott website).
  • + 1
 Sorry, My bad on the weight. Mine weighs a bit over 224g. I left that in as a place holder and forgot to update it when I found my scale. I fixed it. Thanks for the catch regene. BTW, I truly enjoy working at PB - it's the good kind of hate. HA! RC
  • + 0
 sucks that pinkbike's reviews now sound exactly like mba reviews. hiring richard cunninham wasn't a good idea. same tone to everything as that crap mba mag.
  • + 3
 I like my lube wet.
  • - 7
flag lexx (Nov 25, 2011 at 0:26) (Below Threshold)
 OHHHH

That's what he said!

Dry lube ain't so good for the skin, but I like having the excess grime not stick when I'm done with the riding.

Anyone know the advantages and disadvantages of either?
  • + 1
 Pretty poor, "That's what she/he said joke" mate.. Isn't wet lube for wet conditions and dry lube for drier conditions...? I always thought that the wet lube was supposed to stick to the chain better when the trails got wet compared to dry lube.
  • + 9
 Wet lube is for the U.K.
  • + 2
 or for Belgium... But I guess scientific meteorological percentages will make U.K. winner Razz
  • + 2
 Man I got whipped. I gotta be more witty next time.... or just more punny
  • + 2
 Rain jacket in the desert? come on up to BC For a real test! geesh.
  • + 1
 RC, Looks like San Juan trail on the jacket shot. Nice layout.
  • + 1
 Was San Juan. Rained almost an inch the night before, cleared up by noon. The trail was almost dusty in spots by the late afternoon when this pic was taken. Good call. RC
  • + 1
 but can the hose cutter alsow cut a braided hose?
  • + 0
 would it also cut through a outer gear cable?
  • + 1
 Don't Superstar make a hose cutter pretty similar to this for like £3 or £4?
  • + 1
 the Jagwire space age 2.0 cutter only does normal style brake hose, no braided or cable housing. if you want to do cable housing or other crazy cutting job, there is a tool for that. jagwireusa.com/index.php/products/category/tools something for everybody here

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