Alpine Grade Apparel, a New Suspension System, an Integrated GoPro Mount, and More - Tech Briefing, September 2017

Oct 9, 2017
by Pinkbike Staff  



Tech Briefing is a feature for the new stuff that we spot every month but haven't gotten our hands on yet. An eclectic serving of tech, from revolutionary products to novel traditional gear, with some wacky stuff thrown in for good measure.





Kitsbow Alpine Grade Apparel
$150–$395 USD

Kitsbow has partnered with Polartec, Schoeller, and Pendleton to develop a new technical garment line aimed squarely at colder season rides. (Learn more.)
Kitsbow Introduces Alpine-Grade Technical Apparel for Fall 2017


Kellys Bikes Think Link
Pricing to be announced

Kellys Bikes launched their new "Think Link" system on their Noid and Swag line of bikes. They make the highly original claim of fully independent suspension and no pedal kickback, as well as a frustrating lack of non-driveside photos. (Learn more.)
Kellys - Eurobike 2018


GoPro Hero 6 and Fusion 360-Degree Camera
$499 and $699 USD

GoPro has released the latest version of their popular POV camera's that changed how many people share their adventures. They also introduced a brand new, spherical camera option to the lineup and more. (Learn more.)
GoPro Fusion Camera


RAW MTB App
Free in the iTunes App Store

Loic Bruni's has been working with an app that lets you pit yourself against the world's best riders. Tracks and locations are a little limited at the moment, but RAW MTB claim they are steadily adding more. (Learn more.)
Tech Briefing September 2017


Limited Edition Knolly Delirium
$2,595 USD

Knolly has released a collaboration with artist Kate Zessel for a limited run of Knolly Delirium frames. Kate has worked with brands like Patagonia and Lululemon in the past, and was chosen by Knolly to help them celebrate their unofficial 10 year anniversary. (Learn more.)
Limited Edition Knolly Delirium


Flaér Revo Terra Chain Lube System
£250

For people who wish their bike looked like an eMTB and are obsessive about lubing their chain, the Revo Terra system "micro-doses" chainlube onto your chain via a battery powered system. Yeah, we're not sure about this one either. (Learn more.)
Revo Terra the world s first chain performance system for Mountain Bikes.


Leatt's New DBX 3.0 Convertable Full Face Helmet
$239.99 USD

All of the same safety technology of the other Leatt helmets packed into a new certified and tested to EN1078 and CPSC 1203 standards, convertible helmet from Leatt. (Learn more.)
Leatt 3.0 Enduro 2018


PNW Components Range Stem with GoPro/Garmin Faceplate Mount
$89–$94 USD

Systems integration nerds rejoice and mount your Garmin or GoPro directly onto your stem without the need for third-party mounts. (Learn more.)
Introducing the PNW Components Range Stem w GoPro or Garmin faceplate mount


Trailforks Mobile App Exceeds 500,000 Downloads
Free in the iTunes and Android App Stores

A year after the mobile app was released it has exceeded half a million downloads. The app has over 90,000 registered trails, over 1.6 million ride logs and more than 170,000 trail reports. (Learn more.)
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61 Comments

  • + 104
 Terra Chain Lube System.......the £250 solution to a problem nobody has
  • + 13
 Maybe good for 24 hour races?
  • + 4
 Anybody that has raced XC in thick mud might be in the market. Other than that a few drops of triflow at the bottom of the chair will do you fine.
  • + 8
 Back in the 90's (yeah, the dark ages) we used to hook up some Pedro's to the seatstay with a small tube going down to the rear mech when it was wet, muddy, and boggy. You'd be surprised how much a quick little squeeze of the bottle kept your gears working when covered in clay.
  • + 2
 @specialized499 would definitely use it
  • + 4
 @handynzl: I remember in the 2000's a guy near us used to have a set up with a little rubber pump on the bars to lube the chain as easy as shifting gears! Funny old thing!
  • + 11
 If im riding in conditions where i need that,Ill be back at the condo sipping cocoa.
  • + 1
 seems like one of those cheap "made in china" gadgets that you find at a swap meet - and only about 10 exist.

"sonic" insect repeller for example.
  • + 2
 @scary1: even as a desert rat, riding in slop is fun as hell.
  • + 2
 I wouldn't spend that kind of money on a chain lube system for MTBs. That said I was always happy with the Scottoiler system that I had on my street motorbike for years.
  • + 2
 @therealtylerdurden: its the cleaning after im not a fan of
  • + 1
 @FuzzyL: that's the one I was thinking of!!!
  • + 2
 @Levelheadsteve: Not £250 good!
  • + 0
 @Levelheadsteve: Do you even enduro bro?
  • + 29
 Kitsbow pricing is worse than Patagucci
  • + 3
 Patagonia ain't too bad if you don't need the latest and greatest. You can get the Torrentshell as low as $60.
  • + 10
 Kitsbow is Rapha for dirt. Fuck them and their stupid prices.
  • + 1
 They gave me a very good laugh looking at their prices Big Grin
  • + 15
 I'm unsure which is worse, the company that thought an automatic chain luber was a good idea, or the inevitable few people that will splash out £250.
  • + 21
 I'd have to be microdosing myself before I could see me buying that. And I carry chain lube on every ride.
  • + 3
 it makes sense for things like time trials. Its proven to reduce drivetrain inefficiency by a watt or two. Pretty sure that doesn't translate to mountain biking.

If it did make sense on a mtb, you could probably build one for $10 using a small squeezy bottle and some tubing
  • + 13
 we make fun of it, but really the only thing missing is the enduro specific label
  • + 8
 @adrennan: Just needs to be day-glow green and be called #Endurflo Wink
  • + 4
 @Dropthedebt: alright i think we nailed the business plan. we should do a kickstarter on this.
  • + 4
 @adrennan: I'm in.. if we can incorporate a chain clean device to operate just before the #Endurflo lubes I think it's a nailed on success Wink
  • + 3
 @Dropthedebt: maybe a degreaser when the chain is leaving the derailleur so the customer has to buy more #endurflo specific lube?
  • + 3
 @adrennan: I like your thinking. If we can make the #Endurflo Self Lubrication Interface Connector® (SLIC® #E-SLIC®) a certain size people will be tied into the system. After all we know how much mountain bikers love a new standard to get behind, not to mention an acronym. With the inclusion of an E prefix the market gets opened up even further.
  • + 1
 Fla'er Revo Teeth Cleaner. Invented By Dentists For Dentists
  • + 1
 "...Their Irish rider Greg Callaghan has been using the system for a while now and described it as “a deadly bit of kit”..."

Got some photographs of this, Fla'er?

And too bad so sad if you don't have a water bottle mount.
  • + 2
 @hamncheez: Or we can take apart our chainsaws.
  • + 17
 the $200 riding sweatshirt from Kitsbow...
$200.
For a sweatshirt.
  • + 30
 Their $400 jacket will look great covering it
  • + 3
 @bmoore34: you win the internet for the day.
  • + 9
 @preach: What, you mean you can ride a mountain bike without $1.3k worth of apparel? Right.
  • + 5
 Try Bogner skiing clothes, they are just extra expensive just for overly rich twats to go waste money on, they look hideous and have no redeeming features. They're not overly technical either. Never seen extortion like it!
  • + 5
 Plus the British connotations with Bognor is that it's a shytehole for pikeys to vacate to.
  • + 2
 @cunning-linguist: didn't some king or other once exclaim "bugger Bognor?"
  • + 0
 @pinhead907: $10K bike $100 worth of riding apparel
  • + 1
 @Kiwiplague: no idea, but I'll ask all of my royal connections to find out for you. (I haven't got any). Wink
  • + 11
 Ill strap a gerbil feeder full of lube to my seat stay and save myself $$$.
  • + 11
 Man, I'm sure glad you didn't omit the word "feeder". . . .
  • + 10
 That stem is clever but will just result in more poor quality shaky footage. Good idea though
  • + 4
 Girvin Pro-flex stem may make a comeback with go-pro users.
  • + 2
 I like the idea as an integrated Garmin mount a lot better than a GoPro mount.
  • + 8
 Dat chain-luber doe!!
Could it be modded to attach to my nose, and be filled with absinthe?
  • + 5
 Gopro stem mount:
"Systems integration nerds rejoice and mount your Garmin or GoPro directly onto your stem without the need for third-party mounts." Despite the fact that the stem is a third-party mount.
???
  • + 5
 Limited Edition Knolly Delirium frame: still more reasonably priced that many big brand frame-only options.
  • + 3
 Give me 5 minutes, $5, and a sharpie and I'll make any Delirium a special edition
  • + 1
 I think a special stem plate is how bike packing front suspension front racks should start. Makes no sense to put the weight on a proprietary fork that will just twist sideways unless you overtorque your steerer bolts on your stem.
  • + 4
 nice how Knolly took artwork from a 2008 sx trail and applied it to their 2017 frames.
  • + 4
 That stem is a pain in the ass for the rider in front of you if he brakes too much!!
  • + 4
 Trek used the same language to sell the Y bike....
  • + 1
 Judging by the ONE non-driveside shot I found on Kelly's instagram of the new Think Link, what sets it apart from basically every single other short, dual-link, rear suspension system on the market?
  • + 1
 I had to look twice at the date. Nope... It´s actually not the 1st of april.
  • + 1
 The "free" thing is the only one priced right...and even it has a limited use, ha ha
  • + 1
 Ahhh man.....I though we were getting a new wheel spacing??
  • + 0
 isn't the kellys bike just a demo 8
  • + 1
 RAW MTB App : wrong link
  • + 1
 :-)
  • + 1
 Kellys bike so sexy

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