Bits 'n Pieces - Crankworx Whistler 2015

Aug 14, 2015
by Paul Aston  

GoPro Session Camera

GoPro Session camera
The GoPro Session is their smallest and lightest camera to date. It uses a one button mode to turn the camera on and start filming instantly, when you stop filming it also powers down. Image quality is 1080p60 video and 8mega-pixels for photos. Other features include Auto Image Rotation so you can mount the camera any way up, and dual microphone system which chooses the mic on the front or the back automatically for the least wind noise at high speed. Available now for $399 USD

Race Face Love Handle Grips

Race Face Love Handle grips
Race Face's latest grip, the Love Handle, is available now. The grip is dual lock-on with a low profile directional design. The soft and tacky silicone compound should last longer than a regular grip and provide good grip when wet. It weighs 98 grams and there are seven colors to choose from. $24.99 USD

e*thirteen Cassette

e thirteen cassette
E*thirteen's EXP wide range cassette is closer to production and targeted for 2016 delivery.

The EXP cassette we spotted back at Sea Otter is looking closer to production, with black anodizing and laser-etched graphics. E*thirteen say it should be available around next spring in 10 or 11-speed versions, and will be suitably priced against those of its two Big-S competitors.

e thirteen cassette

Brendan Fairclough's Rampage Gambler

Brendan Fairclough s Rampage Gambler
This Brendan Fairclough's Red Bull Rampage Gambler. The camouflage graphics match his Troy Lee race kit that he will be wearing for the huck-fest.

Garmin Virb XE Action Camera

Garmin Virb XE
The new Garmin Virb XE's construction means its waterproof down to 50 meters underwater, meaning you won't lose microphone quality by encasing it in a protective case. It's packed with features like image stabilization, lens distortion correction and GPS. Image Quality is 1080p/60fps for video and 12 megapixel photos up to 30fps. The G-Metrix system means that you can overlay any data you have collected on to your video playback including speed, heart rate, velocity, and even g-force! It can even be linked with maps to show your location and altitude on the trail. It's been arriving in shops this week for $399 USD.

Specialized P.Series Giveaway

Specialized custom painted frame giveaway
Specialized custom painted frame giveaway
Specialized are running a competition to win these custom painted P.Series frames in the same colorways and glittered graphics as the bikes ridden by Nicolai Rogatkin and Martin Soderstrom. Get your cameras out around Whistler and start hash-tagging!

Specialized custom painted frame giveaway

WPL Lubricants

WPL Lubricants

bigquotesOur challenge was to develop a petroleum free and additive free suspension oils, fork seal lubricants and chain lubricant. The chain lube is a wet lube that can be removed with high pressure water or a wet rag, you don't get any black goop, and you get the advantage of a wet lube - the durability of it compared to a dry lube. Vorsprung suspension in Function Junction now uses our fluids exclusively. The fork seal lubricant has been very popular with people who want to plasticise their fork seals and get the dirt that's stuck in there out of there and maybe eliminate some stiction of some seals. - Alex Maringoni, WPL Lubricants

WPL Lubricants
All of WPL products feature their signature "No Caution" symbol, which comically points out that their products do not require danger or caution symbols, because they are completely non-toxic, biodegradable and safe to the human touch.

Bontrager Flare R Tail Light

Bontrager Flare R Tail Light

bigquotesWe found that 80% of accidents for cyclists happen during the day time, so we wanted to develop a light to give better visibility, as well as having night time functions. You can see it from six kilometers away, it is rechargeable by a USB port and it clips on easily to your seat post. We think everybody should have a light like this to be seen at all times. - Sam Fuss, Bontrager

Dusty Bike Park

Dusty bike park
The bike park is dusty as hell right now. Course workers were hosing down the Joyride course and occasionally blasting passing riders.

MENTIONS: @trek, @ethirteen-components, @SCOTT-Sports, @raceface


  • 23 2
 E13 will be "suitably priced against those of its two Big-S competitors".
And it had so much promise...
  • 20 6
 Please then, develop a cassette that is as good as those, for less money. I can't wait.
  • 11 0
 It would be a cold day in hell if the word "suitably" actually meant "cheaper".
  • 2 2
 I think the idea is that you get a wide range cassette without having to buy a 10sp cassette AND the extender cog .... making it a cheaper option, and giving you better spacing.
  • 10 1
 OneUp Components sprockets?
  • 10 2
 I'd really like to see an 11-42 10 speed cassette that fits on a standard free hub for under $100.
  • 9 0
 @tkrug My 11-36 cassette costs $40 and a 42t plus 16t from Wolftooth costs 90. If this E13 cassette costs less that $130 I'll eat my hat.
  • 2 0
 I'm interested, but seems like the e-thirteen range expanders get the most negative comments, so I'll be waiting for reviews & reports from real users. FWIW, almost every other full cassette option coming to the market is $100+, so if this makes it in less than that, they'd be undercutting the rest of the market.
  • 5 0
 I've been riding the Praxis works cassette it is 10 speed 11-40 and works really well (around 120.00)
  • 2 0
 Indeed, their expander cog was well priced, decently made but terrible performance. I hope this one fares better. For starters, the teeth look different on the big cog relative to their own extender.
  • 2 1
 The new shimano xt 10-42 11 speed casserole can be had from the German websites for 65 euros. Tough to beat that.
  • 4 0
 You mean 11-42?
  • 20 0
 Yes. 11-42. My bad. And also it's a cassette. Not a casserole. Would be pricey for a casserole.
  • 6 0
 Must be a tasty casserole. Anyways, that one is still an 11 speed. I'd like to see an 11-42 10 speed casserole.
  • 4 0
 Thanks guys, now I want casserole instead of this cassette.
  • 1 0
 Actually made me lol about the casserole! It would be a pricey one that's for sure! But what are the ingredients! Will SRAM make a new casserole soon too?????
  • 10 0
 Sram have a casserole in pre production testing,but it will only be compatable with a sram oven so you will have to buy a whole new kitchen to accommodate the 3 mm different size casserole dish.but hey, it'll be worth it.
  • 6 0
 In the meantime, Shimano decided that you actually didn't want a casserole, you wanted a lassanga & a bunt cake, & will only be offering a square pan & a bunt cake pan. One Up industries announces they have an adapter that will allow you to make a casserole in the square pan, & not use the bunt cake pan at all.
  • 3 0
 Oh man,your telling me ive just converted my kitchen to fit the sram pan,and now its obsolete? Thank God they dont mess around with bike specifications as much.
  • 1 0
 just bought an ebay 42t and 16t for $42, and a wolftooth is $60 on there, just saying
  • 14 0
 Could be nice to have a review from this Garmin Virb ! I think we speak to much about go pro (not a bad thing, I've got one, and they are the best camera I never see before for our sport) but I 'm pretty sure that this Garmin will do the same for a better price ? That was the problem with the contour, same as the go pro for a highest price
  • 4 0
 hopefully the competition between them will push things forwards even more!
  • 1 0
 Advertising the crap out of it would help, that's for sure. The main reason GoPro is so ubiquitous is the sheer amount of advertising, sponsorship etc that they do. Other companies make some damn fine pov cameras, but nobody ever hears much about them.
  • 14 2
 Petroleum free oil sounds like a winner to me. Let's hope it works.
  • 4 0
 It does work, I use their oils in my FIT cartridge (fox 40), charger damper (pike), and will soon be servicing my CCDB with one of their oils as well. No complaints so far and my forks feel amazing.
  • 2 0
 Works great! I've been using both the Fork and Chain Boost for the last year. Good stuff, and Alex throws down too!
  • 6 0
 If it is as you say, then it may be one of the most important "bike innovations" recently. Take that
  • 7 0
 Take that Boost 148*
  • 6 23
flag scottrallye (Aug 14, 2015 at 14:57) (Below Threshold)
 Ummm... who is going through so much suspension fluid that they are concerned that their waste fluids are ruining the environment? I mean, it's a nice thought, and there is no reason to needlessly pollute, but biodegradability isn't at the top of list for reasons to buy suspension oil.
  • 21 3
 you're right its not the top priority, but its a close second. Why even bother right? just throw garbage out your window. In grand scheme of things it doesn't matter.
  • 5 1
 It really isn't that big of an innovation as it is mostly a feel good product. Yes, I endorse it as its environmentally better than a petroleum product (presumably), but the fact of the matter is that the consumer doesn't see the production of the bike where a majority of the environmental issues are happening. A lot of oil is used for making the aluminum or carbon or steel frames too. That would need to be resolved as well for a true innovation to occur.

Nevertheless, great product.
  • 15 0
 It never ceases to amaze me how many people follow the, "well the whole world isn't going to change if I *insert an action that would help the environment in a small way*" train of thought. No, you switching your fork fluid will not single-handedly save the world. No, that does not justify you never searching out ways to make your footprint smaller.

The way we're going, every bit helps. Cool that a company saw a way to make our world better and pursued it.
  • 4 1
 @scottrallye good thing not every mt biker looks at things the same way you do! If you add all the oil being used by all bikers then that's an ass load! Now do you get it?
  • 10 5
 @scottrallye Said like a true oil burning American
  • 1 0
 I've got some petrol free grease, watch out though, my dog tried to eat it.
  • 2 0
 I strongly agree with the feds.
  • 1 0
 Petroleum free everything would be a winner.
  • 1 1
 Yup, if we could do petroleum free everything we could do away with almost every mode of modern transportation (except bikes, score!) carbon, plastics, bike tires, grips, grease, upholstery, cable housing, shifters, all the machines that make bicycle components, helmets, shoes, cycling clothes, weather-resistant fabrics, sun glasses, riding pads, and about 107,345 more things.

So as you go out and mount up on your trusty steed, smug with the knowledge you are using your petrol-free suspension fluid, rest easy in your ignorance that almost every single part on the bike you are out enjoying (and the gear you are wearing) in the great outdoors is either made of, or made by, petroleum based products.

Ah, shit, I blew my cover. I mean, "Death to oil companies!"
  • 1 1
 Awww, c'mon guys, tell me more about how I'm a "true oil burning" American! All I did was point out how truly minor petroleum-free suspension oil is in the big picture (even though I didn't say anything about it being a bad idea). I'd LOVE to hear more about what a horrible oil-guzzling person I am, while you choose to ignore how much of the sport we love is dependent on petroleum.
  • 1 1
 Scott, not sure what you're on about but the fact is petrol is unnecessary and only continues due to a monopoly.
  • 1 0
 ^^lol^^ Obviously you're not sure what I'm on about if you are so dumb you'll call petroleum "unnecessary". Only a wildly ignorant, uninformed person could state that. You can say a LOT of things about the petroleum industry and a lot of it would be awful. Pretending that your life and this hobby we do called "mountain biking" isn't heavily dependent on the petroleum you claim is "unnecessary" is just plain ignorant and straight-up WRONG.
  • 1 0
 Do you understand a monopoly? Okay, so, let's start with where it's necessary? I did not say we weren't riddled with it, and being a little child on my pics is a bit sad. Dependence is not neccessity. Maybe you should keep dumb slinging out of it till you've explained what you mean.
  • 1 0
 I'm not sure YOU understand what a monopoly is. "Petrol is unnecessary and only continues due to a monopoly." That's what you said. Petrol has a monopoly on what? A single (or very few) big companies having total control over an industry is a monopoly. An oil company can have a monopoly on the oil industry, but what does petrol itself have a monopoly on? Cars? Products? Bicycle parts? Petrol itself, but definition, can't have a monopoly on anything, it's technically just a chemical. You can argue that our world's dependence on petroleum products is due to monopolistic domination of the oil industry by a couple of huge companies (which is what I think you are trying to argue), but discussing "necessity" is completely subjective. Really, all I technically need to survive is food, water, and enough clothing/shelter to prevent me from dying of exposure. So from that standpoint, you are absolutely correct. Petroleum is unnecessary. For the human race to carry on existing in it's current state (and for us to enjoy mountain biking), then you are incorrect, it's absolutely a necessity. Unless you want to take a huge leap back to the bronze age, live on a plot of land and cultivate your own food and live in a tiny shack made of local resources, then you are incorrect buddy. Hate to break it to you.
  • 1 0
 You haven't broken anything to me buddy, but it was fun to read anyhow. What I'd like you to break to me is the petrol products that don't have safer, cheaper and cleaner alternatives? Best of luck. Maybe we just have a confusion about what each other is getting at. I'll try once more... The human race does not need to be digging up gazillion year old vegetation in order to manufacture and fuel things. In that sense, it's unneccesary.. By definition. Not neccecasary. How else can I put that? What you're saying, is that we are dependant on it. This is because certain groups (four horsemen) make ASS f*ck TONS OF MONEY by making sure nothing threatens their monopoly. I'm actually amazed I'm explaining these basics in 2015.
Why does the money generated by huge industries always seem to bypass people's minds when considering said industries?
P.s we could have had a perfectly respectful conversation. But you couldn't manage that. I'll resist the temptation to call you dumb, perhaps just uninformed.
  • 2 0
 You have helped me decide to not discuss contentious non-bike issues on here. I apologise if I offended you at any point, not my intention. This in no way affects my position on the subject, I just don't want to be responsible for bringing out the worst in people. I.e. you calling someone dumb, who you don't know or presently understand. And I would rather go forward thinking that you're a good dude. InLaKesh
  • 9 0
 anyone else notice that the e13 cassette has a 9tooth lower ring???????
  • 2 0
 Yep. It's designed for XD drivers.
  • 2 0
 Why is a 9t ring significant?
  • 3 1
 10% harder than a 10t which I think is the smallest you can get from SRAM.
  • 3 1
 So, it's the equivalent of "these go to 11." Sweet!
  • 3 0
 Yes, 9 tooth!!!!! Awesome to not compromise top end.
  • 3 0
 not just 9......9X42
  • 1 0
 I've heard mixed reviews from people who used Canfield micro-drive stuff though, & this won't be getting the benefits of the 11 speed derailleurs that are made for the huge gear spans in the back, just like those didn't. people complained that the 9t cogs were just too small & got chewed up & started skipping.
  • 1 0
  • 2 0
 10% fewer teeth not gear ratio. on a typical bike setup its more like 11.1% harder
  • 2 0
 So 80% of accidents happen to cyclists in the daytime. Not surprising but is that really down to visibility? I bet a large % of these accidents are down to rider errors and bad drivers (we don't really need rear lights off road). I'm not saying don't use lights, just that stats can be misleading and used to sell anything.
  • 1 1
 Those lights are marketed way more toward roadies...not sure why that was even included on here, but for road riding it is a sweet light
  • 2 0
 Cane Creek has a DB Coil CS here, but I wasn't allowed to take a photo of it. With coil shocks making a comeback on trail bikes, I'm pretty stoked about this product!
  • 2 0
 make a sneaky photo then come on do it for pinkbike
  • 1 0
 There's a photo of one on the the new Knolly in this post:

but I suspect my comment about it is getting neg propped because people think it's a joke. lol

Look at the head of the Knolly's shock—it's bigger than a DBCoil. The shock I saw here had concentric HSC/LSC and HSR/LSR adjusters identical to a DBCoil, but an added climb switch on top like the DBAir CS.
  • 1 0
 Hahah cool thanks
  • 3 2
 Only 1 button, that starts the camera AND filming immediately, yet there is a photo mode on that GoPro ?! Magic ?
  • 2 1
 Planet Bike's had such a tail light now for about six years.
  • 1 0
 Really want to win that p slope frame. Sooo smexy
  • 4 6
 is fairclough joining the fest series now?
  • 13 1
 "Brendan Fairclough's Red Bull Rampage Gambler"
  • 8 9
 "..match his Troy Lee race kit that he will be wearing for the HUCK-FEST."
  • 15 1
 They're describing rampage as a huck-fest
  • 5 2
 oh i was thinking of last years hillbilly huckfest
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