Acadian's June fresh new Products

Jun 14, 2005
by Luc 'Acadian' Albert  
Well it's been a while since I've posted about fresh products features. Well summer is here, which means time great riding and more new goodies – Enjoy!
TroyLeeDesigns D2 Black Top

The D2 Composite is less expensive than the carbon D2 – but shares the same great features. For 2005 the D2 composite comes in a wide range of colors with superb graphics. You have the D2 composite Hardtop and D2 composite Bomber – so plenty of colors to choose from.

The Composite D2 is made out of a blend of 50% fiberglass, 20% Arimid and 30% carbon for added stiffness. The Carbon version is made out of 60% carbon, 20% Arimid and 20% fiberglass.

The D2 fits like no other helmet I’ve ever worn – it’s like a slipper for your head! The inner padding is completely removable and also washable. The small vents on the top are surprisingly effective in cooling your noggin down during those hot days on the hill.

The mouth guard has this little “flap” that prevents mud and debris coming off your front wheel from flying in your mouth. The chin strap is also equipped with a nice layer of padding for added comfort.

I personally think TLD lids are some of the best looking and performing helmets out on the market today. Although pricey, you really get what you pay for!

SE Helmet Bag

Protect Troy Lee Design lid with the SE helmet bag. Whether you’re frequent traveler, going local hill or simply storing your helmet - this bag will help protect your D2 from damage. Sooner or later you’ll drop your helmet – you know the scenario: Open the door or your car, just to hear the noise of plastic coming in contact with the ground – doh! Well the SE might help prevent that. The inside of the SE bad is line with this soft micro fleece that will help keep your lid looking like new -smart way to protect your investment in my opinion.

TLD Combat Guards

What can I say – these are the best shin pads I’ve ever used. You might recall the small review I did on them last year? Well I love these pads so much, I decided to get a new pair for this season. If you’re currently in the market for new shin pads I highly recommend the Combat guards – check out the review here

SDG Bel-Air S*T and SL saddles

New for 2005 are the new S*T and SL Bel-Air saddles: Both share the same great features other than the different base material. The SL uses a fiber composite base to keep the weight down while the S*T uses what SDG calls “SUPER TOUGH”. You can differentiate the bases by their color – the SL has a matte carbon finish while the S*T is stealth grey. They both have the comfort cleavage down the center with soothingly smooth curves. I always been a fan of SDG’s railed saddles, and these I-Beam ones are no different. I recently retired my old Satellite Saddle on my trail bike and replaced it with the Bel-Air SL and also mounted the S*T on my DH bike. Great saddles!!

PUSH Industries

Most of you probably already heard of Push Industries. They recently moved from the LA area to beautiful Loveland Colorado. If you want to take the suspension on your bike to the next level – these are the guys that will do it for you. You tell them your weight, bike you ride, style of riding, any other info; ant they will send you a custom tuned works shock suited to your riding style/needs. Last year I rode on of their Vanilla RC and loved it. So recently I decided to send them my AVA, which I rode stock for the longest time, to get tuned. After a quick ride I can tell you that it never felt so smooth! The rebound control, compression and small bump sensitivity/absorption has dramatically improved. Heck, I had just recently upgraded to an RP3, which I though was the best air shock I had ever ridden – but I think it just got out classed. I just had to send my RP3 in to get pushed as well. Once you’ve ridden a Pushed shock, you can’t settle for anything less – reason why I’m also working on getting a Pushed shock for my DH bike.

RockShox Pike Team Air fork

The Pike Air Team has all the same great features as the Pike Team Coil which I wrote about HERE a while back. I decided to get mine with the crown mount, but you can also get the Pike Team air with a PopLoc handlebar lockout (separate kit available). The Pike Team Air also uses MotionControl oil damping with external compression lockout, rebound, and floodgate adjustments. The fork comes set at 140mm of plush travel, but you can easily convert between 130/140mm travel with an All-Travel spacers which is supplied with the fork. 1-1/8" threadless aluminum steerer with 32mm Easton-EA70 aluminum stanchions pressed into a hollow, forged 7050-aluminum (black) crown with integrated PopLoc cable stop. One piece magnesium lower leg: disc brake mounts and will fit a 2.7" tire no problem.

I’m REALLY digging the Pike Air thus fat. It's one of the nicest trail fork I have ever used. It has a nice ramp up at the end of its travel and you can really dial it to your riding preference using the + and - air chambers. I highly recommend it.


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