Check Out - January

Jan 1, 2015
by Paul Aston  
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Superstar Homegrown NW Chainrings

•7075 T6 aluminium
• 9, 10 or 11 speed compatible
• Suitable for 104mm PCD crankset
• Sizes: 30, 32, 34, 36, 38tooth
• Weight: 34t = 48grams
• Colours: Black, Blue, Gold, Gunmetal, Lime, Orange, Purple, Red, Silver
• Price: $40/£26.99

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe long awaited, UK manufactured chainring range from Superstar Components is finally available. Alternating profile teeth help reduce sideways movement in rough terrain which derails chains. Precision machined debris gullies help evacuate mud for all weather performance.

Source D|Vide Hydration Bladder

• Widepac™ closure
• 2/3 litre options
• BPA and Phthalate free.
• Anti-bacterial
• Silicon bite valve mouthpiece
• Price: $44.99 USD

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesOur brand new Dvide bladder provides two sources of hydration (water/isotonic drink) in one hydration system with two flexible compartments and two drinking valves. The size of the compartments is flexible and both of the compartments add up to the full capacity of the bladder. Meaning it gives you maximum flexibility to split the capacity according to your needs.

Vee Tire Co. Crown F/R Tyres

• Dual Compound, Tackee
• 27.5×2.35 / 29×3.0
• 120TPI
• Folding
• Price: $55 USD each.

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe Crown F's pattern features side knobs aggressive enough that the tire can hook up in all conditions, but it also eliminates the tire from pushing when you go through a corner. The elongated tread and spacing was designed to clear mud from the tire so that it doesn't pack on. This tire is incredibly versatile in all kinds of terrain. The Crown R gives you great manoeuvrability without sacrificing speed. The center knobs are shorter than the rest to enable faster rolling over both wet and dry terrain, while the the rest of the tread is more aggressive on the sides for traction and cornering.

7iDP Control Ankle

•Multi density foam to protect ankle bone
• Stirrup strap to secure ankle pad in place
• Rear padding to prevent injury from pedal hits
• 4-Way stretch mesh for breathability and ventilation
• Sizes – S/M-L/XL
• Price: $24.95 USD Each

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesIf you've ever been 'bitten' by your chain rings or pedals you'll know the value of a good ankle support.

Smith Forefront mount kit

• Available for Light in Motion® lights and GoPro® cameras
• Black only
• Mount kit sold separately
• Price: $15.00 USD

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesCompatible with the Forefront Integrated light and POV camera mount, suited for adhesive or mechanical attachment.

Blackburn Central Front Smart Light

• 18-500 Lumens
• Intensity auto adjusts to ambient light
• Runtime ≤ 12.5 hrs Smart, 1.5 hrs High, 3 hrs Low and Strobe
• USB ≤ 4 hr Recharge
• Illuminated fuel gauge levels: Green=100-75%, Orange=75-25%, Red=25=0%
• 195 grams
• Price: $119.99 USD

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThere's dark, and then there's dark. Plus the varying shades of night in between. The Central Front Smart Light lets you ride through it all, auto adjusting its focused beam for the conditions you are experiencing right now. So you can focus on what matters

Ti-Springs DH World Cup Top Trumps

• Full Colour Plastic Coated Playing Cards
• Top 30 Overall 2014 UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup Ranked Riders
• x2 Bonus Joker Cards
• Clear Plastic Storage Box
• Price: $7.75 USD (approx)

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesPass the time and learn who are the best riders in the world with these trump cards. Perfect gift for any mountain bike fan!

Check-Out is an article that gives you a glimpse at items under $200 that have crossed the desks here at Pinkbike that we've not had a chance to review yet, but feel that you may want to take a look at.

MENTIONS @SuperstarComponents @SourceHydration @SmithOptics


  • 121 0
 Hydration / Beer Bladder? Hell yes.
  • 15 1
 It's a good idea! Just wonder why I haven't seen one of these before..
  • 50 1
 Jack & Coke
  • 14 33
flag BinChaser (Jan 1, 2015 at 23:45) (Below Threshold)
 I had that idea a few years ago and I didn't do anything with it.
  • 11 0
 They totally knew what they were doing when they made that. "Water/isotonic drink". For mountain bikers. Yeah, that's what's going in the second reservoir.
  • 6 1
 Kind of silly the mouth pieces are the same color though but great idea.
  • 2 0
 I think it is a great idea! I ordered one...Ships from Israel, for $5, and they are on sale, and you get a 10% coupon for signing up to email list. 38$ shipped is pretty steep for a bladder, but whatever.
  • 4 0
 Yes, however the hoses are different colors!!
  • 4 0
 danrowe, you just made Idaho sign up for a free eye test :O)
  • 26 5
 Sam Hill has way more swag than 9.
  • 77 1
 Sam Hill has 0 swag. He has class.
  • 24 0
 eyebrows : 9000
  • 18 2
 mtb playing cards? weird
  • 38 1
 I agree. Why is "Swag" one of the categories?
  • 46 1
 "Nothing can trump my steve peat!"

"How bout.. DANNY HART!!"

"You sunk my battleship!"
  • 20 0
 I'm still not sure what swag is?
  • 23 0
 I'm not sure either, but I feel like Ratboy would have the highest.
  • 2 3
 That would be swagGER
  • 3 0
 When I was in the lighting industry, swag meant Something We All Get, don't ask me, just repeating what I was told.
  • 5 0
 I just checked on their website and yes Ratboy has got 10 SWAG
  • 1 0
 Ace of Spades?
  • 10 0
 Seems like the Divide bladder will be just as hard to clean as any other bladder that carries something other than water...
  • 7 0
 True, but at least you won't have to worry about a drink mix tainting your water bladder permanently.
  • 2 0
 Or your water bladder tasting like taint Wink .
  • 8 0
 These are much better this month.
  • 4 0
 Cool concept. Would be cool to lump together a few items to showcase certain mtb buying categories.... Ex putting together a riding pack with a $200 budget for all items.
  • 4 0
 Lol fill one half with tequila other with margarita mix i'll be shredding my way to the ER.
  • 3 1
 Just got a Forefront helmet and was somewhat disappointed that a $220 helmet doesn't already come with that gopro/light mount
  • 2 0
 Superstar NW chainrings don't exist in 30th, they were listed once but always out-of-stock. That's a pity, my 32th is perfect and want a little brother.
  • 2 0
 Well they didn't ( because we couldn't keep up with demand on the normal type rings) but they will be released in the next couple of weeks. Keep an eye on our Facebook for news!

Regards superstar
  • 1 0
 Good news, my 30t RF is almost worn out and start to drop chains on jumps.
  • 3 0
 Both of those vee tyres look like rears
  • 2 0
 Yeh I do about 3 times a wee you'll need way more than 500 lumens if you want to go high speeds
  • 4 0
 playing cards? GTFO...
  • 2 2
 Last time I made a comment about this article the author literally threw a bitch fit and took his bike and went home. I can tell he hasn't really improved much by the products he is writing about this time.
  • 1 0
 I think that was a different author that time. I remember the bitch fit
  • 5 0
 Here is my problem. There are literally so many other products in the under $200 range that are way more useful. But we get reviews on Water bladders, wrist watches, and playing cards. Is this mountain biking or are we going to REI?
  • 3 1
 @riggadon take a scientific wild ass guess...
  • 2 0
 still contemplating a night ride...anyone do this routinely?
  • 1 0
 See above comment
  • 1 0
  • 2 0
 I work night shifts and with my schedule it's often the only way I get to ride during fall/winter since the sun sets sooner. It's better than not riding at all but I much prefere riding during the day to be honest. If I could avoid it I would.
  • 2 0
 I hear ya talk about devotion though going out at night has to have a cool side to out being out in the woods alone in the dark. I used to hunt before I got into mtb and I actually gave it up for riding because I could go into the woods without having to kill something. I used to love going up in the woods while it was still dark out though there is something magical about how the woods come alive at night!
  • 1 0
 Night riding is fantastic! Where I live it doesn't get extremely cold (stays above 20 most nights) . But night riding is awesome fun, really cool to see the forest at night in pitch black. However that light would not be the best as a single light. Look for something with around 1000 lumens, the higher the better. Magic shine makes lights that are pretty cheap but mounting isn't good. If your willing to spend some extra cash I highly recommend night rider lights!
  • 2 0
 Don't get me wrong, it is still fun to ride at night and it is always filled with stories when you do it with a bunch of goofy friends. It adds a little spooky touch too as the woods are filled with unknown noises and you can't see where/what they're coming from. If you have nocturnal predators in your area though you might want to be extra careful.

The thing is, even with great lights, you don't see as good as during the day. Your perception of the track itself changes, as your peripheral vision and "depth of field" is greatly diminished. It's hard to explain but when you can see far ahead or deeper in the woods, your subconscious kind of get a good idea of what's coming ahead but you don't get that during the night so unless you know the trail by heart, twisty trails will often feel like you're getting caught with your pants down in most corners. You're always going to be slower no matter what, even though you'll feel you're going super fast.

So if you're a night owl like me and enjoy solo rides, night rides have a spooky zen side that is hard to describe and I love it. If you want to ride hard and hone your skills, it is not happening so before you splurge 600$ on a night riding kit think about what use you're going to get out of your kit. If you only want to go a few times for shit and giggles, just get a cheap, decent headlamp.
  • 2 0
 Pro tip: 2 lights are better, one on the bars and one on the helmet but if you only want to buy one, go with the helmet. The reason is that 1 beam won't be wide/deep enough to cover all the angles, so let's say you take a berm, your bike will always point ahead of itself so the exit of the berm won't be lit up, so you won't know where you're going. You need a head light to always see where you're looking at, regardless of where your bike is pointing. The thing is that you're supposed to always be looking far ahead, so a headlamp that is pointing ahead with a significant downward angle will light the ground closer you, which will help a lot in filling the gap between you and between where you're looking. Riding with only a headlight will have you looking mostly right in front of your tire, which is something you would advise someone to avoid when riding during the day.

Bonus tip: Night riding when there is a light snow coming down on windless winter nights is very special. The reflection from your lights on the nearly hovering snowflakes makes them glow so it feels like its raining crystal powder on you. It adds a little magic to an otherwise regular, cold winter night ride.
  • 2 0
 thanks for taking the time to post I really appreciate it!
  • 3 0
 1 bladder 2 nipples
  • 2 0
 29x 3.0.
Did I read that right?! Sounds mental. In a good way.
  • 3 2
 Its all fked

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