A lot of gear comes across our desks here at Pinkbike. Check Out is a monthly round-up of everything our tech editors have gotten their hands on. Sometimes it's products we're doing long-term tests on, other times it's stuff we're stoked on but don't have time to fully review. And, sometimes it's crazy shit someone sent us unsolicited and we're having a laugh.
Bontrager XR Trail Comp Grips
The grips are held in place by a nylon lockring and a 3mm bolt.
There are five color choices, including olive green and fluorescent yellow.
• Single clamp design, 3mm M4 bolt • Colors: black, blue, olive green, orange, Volt • www.trekbikes.com
Bontrager's new XR Trail Comp grips are extra-affordable thanks to the use of a nylon rather than aluminum clamp. They clamp down securely, and the 31mm diameter gives them a 'just right' feel - they're not too thick and not too thin. The finned pattern is very comfortable with or without gloves, although they can get a little a little slippery in the rain compared to options with a more aggressive design. The five different colors facilitate that next level color coordination, and the reasonable price tag makes it easy to justify buying more than one pair at a time.— Mike Kazimer
Alien Bizness Man
Double Dog Dare
• Color combinations only an alien ginger could come up with • Long-wearing nylon, polypropylene and Spandex blend • Small/med or large/XL sizes
• Seven different alien dioramas to chose from • Perfect holiday gifts • Buy 3 pairs, get one free! • $9.95 USD • Shop for Alien Socks Here
Gregg Bagni has forgotten more about the bicycle industry than most of us will ever know. He's known for bestowing odd gifts to his many friends. The most coveted are stickers and socks adorned by alien creatures. Eventually, this led Bagni to spring forth from retirement and launch Aliensocks.com. The socks featured here, Alien Bizness Man and Double Dog Dare, are a few examples. Colors are unsympathetic to the human race, but the fit and quality will make us happy.— RC
• Microinjected 3D Brush Guard reinforced pinky and knuckles • Sweat / snot wiper on thumbs • www.leatt.com
I don't like frozen fingers, but I also can't stand gloves that are overly thick and bulky. That's where the DBX 2.0 gloves come in. The palm is super thin, but the softshell fabric on the other side keeps the wind out, and your hands a little warmer on those cool fall or winter days.— Mike Kazimer
Specialized S-Works Recon Shoe
Removable traction pins, titanium hardware, and a hearty rubber grip on the carbon sole.
Dyneema mesh is integrated into the uppers to keep the shoes from stretching and blowing out.
Yes, they're very expensive, but the previous generation Recon shoes from Specialized stood up to three years of my walking through rivers and doing hike-a-bikes and don't look any worse for the wear. The Recon is a good all-rounder that is a little more versatile than an XC race shoe, and a little stiffer than most all-mountain/trail shoes. Specialized call it the evolution of their XC shoe.
The OG has been my go-to for a number of trips, and what I have worn more than any other shoe in the last several years. The new S-Works Recon takes everything that was good and adds some performance, plus a BOA closure system, making them easier to get off and on.— Daniel Sapp
Rev Grips Race Series Shock Absorbing Grip System
• Shock Absorbing Insert • Soft goods (Grip, Inserts, etc.) are replaceable • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee • $59.95 USD
• All parts are upgradeable and interchangeable between Race and Pro Series • Available in: Small (31mm), Half-Waffle (31mm), Medium (32.5mm), Large (34mm) • www.revgrips.com
If you thought that the concept behind the Rev Suspension Grips that Mike Levy tested back in 2016 was interesting, but weren't willing to shell out over $100, you're in luck. Basically, the new Race Series grips are a bare-bones version of Rev's Shock Absorbing Grip System. The more budget-friendly version foregoes the fancy CNC'ed locking collars and comes with only the most commonly used medium stiffness bushing. Sure, they still cost four times more than the aforementioned Bontrager grips, but with the same tech and damping benefits as their more expensive siblings in the Pro Series, it sounds like a fair price to pay to ward off arm pump.—Sarah Moore