Check Out - April

Apr 7, 2017
by Paul Aston  
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Check-Out is an article that gives you a glimpse at items under $300 that have crossed the desks here at Pinkbike that we've not had a chance to review yet, but we feel that you may want to take a look at.





Ergon BE2 Enduro Pack

• Intended use: gravity, enduro, all mountain
• Material: nylon and polyester
• Sizes: S, L
• Colors: black, laser lemon, blue, red
• Includes BH150 bladder
• Volume approx: 6.5L
• Weight: 1010 grams
• Price: $149.99 USD / €149.90
ergon-bike.com

Ergon BE1 Enduro Pack


bigquotesThe BE2 is a highly compact 6.5-liter race pack for all enduro and gravity disciplines. Customize the perfect fit by using the 4-step back fitting, self-adjusting shoulder straps, and elastic hip-belt with single hand adjustment. The pack is available in two sizes to fit a variety of rider sizes. Two extra straps are located underneath the hydration compartment for carrying of knee protectors. A flexible lightweight formed foam middle section, acts as the base for the backpack, makes it possible to safely carry a full face helmet. A horizontal hydration bladder sits at the waist for a lower center of gravity. The BE2 is super light, weighing in at 1010 grams - size S. The BH150 bladder is included and a compartment exists for the addition of the BP100 back protector (not included).



76 Projects The Piggy

76 Projects - The Piggy

• Injection molded from tough glass filled nylon
• Fits beneath a bottle cage.
• Multiple mounting points enabling it fit many frame designs
• Secure, adjustable strap allows capacity up to 29er tube, levers, mid-size multi-tool and CO2 inflator
• Use your favorite water bottle cage and tools instead of being tied to a proprietary system


76 Projects - The Piggy

• Built in storage for chain quick links
• Includes silicone band for organizing your tools and making quick switches of tools between Piggy equipped bikes
• Keeps the weight off of your back, lowers center of gravity, doesn't foul dropper seat post
• Weight: 72 grams
• Made in the UK
• Price: £27.50 / $34 USD
76projects.com

bigquotesWhether they are going for a quick blast around their local woods or have entered an enduro race many mountain bikers have discovered the freedom of riding without hydration packs. The problem is that they still need somewhere to put their spare inner tube and tools. Saddle bags often rattle, catch on clothes, and are not always compatible with dropper posts. Also, nobody likes tools bouncing around in their jersey and digging into their back.




Source Dune X-Fit Pack

• X-Fit shoulder straps adjust to body movements
• Lightweight, high-performance Ripstop 70D Nylon
• Elasticated side & back pockets
• Contoured shoulder straps with low resistance to air flow
• Closed strapping system prevents loose ends
• Fast access hip pockets
• Storganizer™ internal multi-pocket system keeps tools separate and secure
• Source Widepac LP (Low Profile) 2L bladder
• Weight - 375 gr
• Price: $125 USD / €100 USD / £85
sourceoutdoor.com

Source Dune X-Fit pack


bigquotesLow profile hydration pack ideal for endurance and extreme sports fits perfectly to the natural movement of your body thanks to the unique 'X-fit' straps concept. Comes with a 2L Widepac LP Source Hydration System.







AMS All Mountain Style Frame Guards XL

• High impact and rub resistance honeycomb 380 microns semi-rigid PVC.
• Easy installation
• Cool look and feel
• Honeycomb construction
• 10-piece kit
• Clear, black, camo, red, orange, Ape, yellow, Cheetah, Zebra
• Minimum weight (28 grams / 0.98 ounces)
• Made in Spain
• €29.90 - €32.90
allmountainstyle.com

AMS All Mountain Style Frame Guards XL

bigquotesThe AMS Frame guards are designed to prevent frame chips and cable wear on the frame. We use automotive-grade materials that won't yellow over time - guaranteed. Our guards won't ruin the look of your bike, they will improve it. Super easy to install, even on the most difficult curves - fool proof and universal fitting. They will last longer than your bike!





Mucky Nutz Sticky Palms Grips

• 100% silicone grips
• Length: 129mm
• Diameter (not fitted): 28mm
• Wall thickness: 6mm (12mm overall)
• Eight bar plug colors
• Worldwide shipping: £3 / $3.73 USD
• £12.99 GBP / $16.15 USD
muckynutz.com

Mucky Nutz Sticky Palms Grips

bigquotesOK, so that's Sticky by name - not by nature! Our simple, 100% silicone grips offer fantastic rider comfort and err... well... grip. In fact, they stay grippy in all weather conditions and won't rub off on your hands! Chunky build which helps with shock absorption, and gives a comfortable contact point for long days on the trails. Easy to fit, and they stay put once on! Be sure to degrease the handlebars before fitting.





Mucky Nutz Face Fender and Face Fender XL

Mucky Nutz Fenders


• Nine Colours plus signature models
• Worldwide shipping: £3 / $3.73 USD
• Price: £8.99 / $11.18 USD

Mucky Nutz Fenders


• Nine Colours
• Worldwide shipping: £3 / $3.73 USD
• Price: £10.99 / $13.66 USD
muckynutz.com

bigquotesThe original design, the flexible front mudguard that started it all - improved and re-profiled since its inception back in 2009 - now used and endorsed by pro-DH and enduro riders worldwide. The Face Fender XL - an extended version of the original fork mounted flexible front mudguard for mountain bikes. It's larger size provides even greater muck protection, making it ideal for hard trail riding and suitable for all MTB wheel sizes including plus size tyres! 





Crankbrothers f15 Multi Tool

• Chain tool: 8/9/10/11/12 -speed compatible
• Spoke wrenches: #0, 1, 2, 3
• Hex wrenches: #2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
• Screwdrivers: Phillips #2, flat #1
• Torx: t-25
• Case: Magnetized w/ built in bottle-opener
• Weight: 164 grams
• Warranty: 5-years
• Price: $42.99 USD / £39.99 GBP
crankbrothers.com

2017 crank brothers f15 multi tool


bigquotesFolding flat to fit almost anywhere, the new f15 tool features ultra-fine finishing and fifteen fundamental tools fixed inside a magnetic case. It's f-ing fantastic.



Topeak Ratchet Rocket Lite NTX

2017 Topeak Ratchet Rocket Lite NTX


• Functions: 18
• Torque values: 4 / 5 / 6 Nm
• Allen bits: 2 / 2.5 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8 mm
• Torx bits:10 / T25
• Screw drivers: #2 Phillips
• Tire levers: x2 plastic
• Chrome vanadium steel ratchet

2017 Topeak Ratchet Rocket Lite NTX


• Nylon Bag
• Magnetic bit holder
• Patch pocket
• Size: 12 x 7.2 x 3 cm / 4.7” x 2.8” 1.2”
• Weight: 230 g / 8.11 oz
• Price: £72.99 GBP
topeak.com

bigquotesThe only thing missing is the kitchen sink! The Topeak Ratchet Rocket Lite NTX has everything you need to fix and make precise adjustments to your bike while on the road. Featuring a fine tooth ratchet mechanism with reverse lever and thumb wheel with Nano TorqBits for ease and torque accuracy in tight spots. Includes magnetic bit holder, hardened steel tools in 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8mm hex, T10, T25 Torx, #2 Phillips bits and two engineering grade plastic tire levers. The protective case keeps things organized and secure, and even has a pocket to carry glueless patches.




Hydro Flask 18 oz Standard Mouth Insulated Bottle

• Small enough to transport with ease
• Ideal for pairing with our Standard Mouth Insulated Sports Cap for one-handed refreshment
• TempShieldTM Protected
• Keeps cold up to 24 hours
• Keeps hot up to 12 hours
• 18/8 Pro Grade Stainless Steel
• BPA-Free
• Durable, sweat-free powder coat finish
• Lifetime Warranty
• Price: $29.95 USD / £22.95 GBP
hydroflask.com

2017 Hydro Flask 18 oz Srandard Mouth Insulated Bottle


bigquotesStaying hydrated is easy when you’ve got this portable thirst-quenching travel buddy. Whether you’re headed to the gym or a quick jaunt across town, you can easily take your refreshment with you.




Saxx Quest 2.0 Boxer

• 77% Nylon/ 14% Spandex/ 9% Polyester
• Ultra-light micromesh fabric for added breathability
• Fabric includes anti-odor and antimicrobial qualities
• Material is moisture-wicking and quick-drying for comfort
• BallPark pouch construction for contact-free support
Flat out seams provide smooth, against-the-skin contact
• Price: $33.95 CAD / $29.95 USD / £24.00 GBP
saxxunderwear.com

2017 Saxx Quest 2.0 Boxers

bigquotesNational Geographic named it the ultimate travel underwear. Now it’s even better. It's made from ultralight, quick-drying, pin-dot mesh fabric for wash-and-go wearability. The digitally printed graphic waistband adds personality to life on the road.





High Above Lookout Pack

High Above Lookout pack

• Waterproof and durable Dimension Polyant VX shell material.
• Dimensions: 9" x 3" x 5.25'"
• Heavy duty nylon webbing
• Water bottle interface has been redesigned with a focus on stabilizing the bottle while carried full.


High Above Lookout pack

• Extra-long paracord zipper pulls for ease of entry
• Additional weather resistant external zip pocket
• Wing and paracord colors can be customized
• Handmade in the USA
• Price: $90 USD
www.highabove.net

bigquotesThe Lookout Pack is the culmination of what we've learned in the past 2 years of making hip packs, and inspired by our 6+ year history of building great products. The Lookout is built to last with waterproof materials, invincible construction and smart, simple details.





72 Comments

  • + 96
 Dear Vernon Felton, it is your responsibility to bring us the ultimate sport underwear round up review. We need this. Thanks, Us
  • + 17
 The "Made in USA or Imported" on those is a feature that's hard to beat
  • + 40
 is there an option for those of us who need more than 150mm?
  • + 29
 then we'll know which undies climb like a XC and decends like a DH.
  • + 23
 @racerfacer: i prefer to ride with a rigid
  • + 7
 Take off the underwear for saxx
  • + 1
 No one commented on underwear called Sacs?
  • + 1
 As long as the undergarments crease up your bum while you pedal seated I think you're in the clear.
  • + 1
 I always ride Comando
  • + 39
 $34 ginch. $40 thing strap. $35 water bottle. $50 "protective" stickers. $100 fanny pack.

What is this world coming to?
  • + 11
 Maybe dentist's schools will start having competitive MTB teams?
  • + 6
 The high above is worth it...been riding one for a year and it's bullet proof works well and puts food on the table for a dude that loves bikes and lives in the gorgeous PNW...I am ok with paying an extra 20-30$ over a big name bag made in China
  • + 1
 The AMS guards are legit. Especially if you have a matte frame that literally no protective tape will match
  • + 19
 Jeezus, who pays $30 for underwear that's not a bike chamois?
  • + 4
 I get it. I know a guy who owns his own business and is loaded, he said switching to ultra luxury underwear is the #1 quality of life upgrade he's had. I just thinks its mean to put it up here to remind us normal people that this exists. Its like reviewing a entry level diamondback bike then adding an S works enduro to the list, reminding me of what I cant have.
  • + 4
 More like $20, but Duluth Trading Companies BuckNaked underwear is life changing.
  • + 4
 You should try these saxx underwear, since onfirst bought a pair i only buy saxx
  • + 3
 ExOfficio give-n-go boxers will change your life. Fancy choneys are worth the money.
  • + 15
 I'm out there Jerry, and I'm LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT!
  • + 4
 @adpeters82: word. I've rocked the exofficios for a long time. I made it through 9 months in Central America with 4 pairs. Wash them in the sink and air dry for a few hours. When I got back, I wouldn't go back to regular boxers/undies

They last forever and if these sax things are as good or better, I'm curious. It seems like a big investment but if you own more than 5 pair and do laundry once a week, you're all set for a long time. $150 is a small price to pay for years of neather region happiness.
  • + 0
 I rode with a group last week where one of the riders said he'd way rather ride a good pair of saxx than ride in a chami. Made me think about it.
  • + 1
 @ClaytonMarkin: Not sure what you mean by "ultra luxury", but I have bought a few different $40 pairs and I honestly prefer the $7 ones... Which is f*cking great, because if I really liked the expensive ones that is all I would buy.
  • + 1
 These saxx got a nice pocket for your junk, fit like a glove and keeps everything in place, no more bag tag with yer seat!
  • + 1
 'luxury' underwear is totally worth it - exofficio classic boxer briefs, personally. sure they're $30 but when it's something that improves almost every hour of your life...
  • + 11
 The Topeka ratchet set looks awesome.
  • + 1
 I've got one (sans the torque wrench parts), and it's a lovely piece of kit! Can get new bits anywhere (standard replacement sizes), really solid driver, pouch is lovely, got a velcro belt loop on it, everything snaps in great. I friggin' love it!
  • + 1
 It is the shit
  • + 2
 goes to canadian tire... buys ratchet set for 15 canadian...but in a hard plastic case. maybe its engineering plastic
  • + 6
 I've learned to love the SWAT feature on my new Stumpy, and the Piggy seems like the poor man's version. I'm gong to give one a whirl on my non-SWAT, Scott Spark XC rig. We'll see how it goes!
  • + 1
 once you see a picture of it on a bike it makes sense and looks good too Wink
  • + 9
 $34 boxer shorts...... (grabs popcorn)
  • + 5
 I was suprised to see that Pink Bike would promote underwear. I mean who wears underwear while riding it just gets in the way!
  • + 5
 The crankbros kit seems pretty slick though, may have to grab one.
  • + 5
 Love my High Above pack.
  • + 3
 Has any one tried that clear Gorrila tape for frame protection?
Cost a bit less but does it work well.
  • + 1
 I buy the protective film that goes on cars from my local auto shops. I've done 3 bikes for $15 and the stuff works great. Doesn't leave any reside and it's very flexible when putting it on.
  • + 2
 Yes i've used it, it's easy to cut and apply. I have it on my v10 and it's done a good job protecting it. Words of warning though, I had to take some of it off and it leaves a massive amount of glue on the frame.
  • + 1
 @COSrider: Thanks i have a fresh paint job on a project frame i want to keep it looking fresh.
Try using rubbing alcohol to remove the glue.
  • + 1
 @Sshredder: Rubbing alcohol and patience was the only thing that took it off. It took quite a while though, def would go with something else on a new paint job
  • + 1
 @COSrider: The best thing for removing most types of glue residue is Mineral spirits, also known as varsol or paint thinner. Pour alittle on a cloth and dab it on the area ,it will slowly soften the glue the in a few minutes wipe it off with a bit more varsol and you're done. It also works well for removing old wax from skis an snowboard,and it won't harm anything.
  • + 1
 @DJ-24: good to know. I was concerned about going with anything stronger because I didn't want to mess up the finish or carbon.
  • + 1
 www.invisiframe.co.uk
Everyone always talk about their, "do it yourself frame proctor." This is the real deal I've found.
  • + 1
 Shelter tape is what my local shop puts on thier demo bikes. You would be hard pressed to pick out a demo bike on the sales floor after they pull it off and put it up forsale
  • + 3
 That X-fit pack looks ready to keep you hydrated on long rides - in the bedroom.
  • + 1
 BallPark pouch??? Like as in....BallPark Frank's? The hot dogs that "Plump when ya cook em"?
Wow...........

.......against the skin contact??? Yeah I'll take summa that. These shorts sound magical.
  • + 4
 Rockshox should start selling those Boxers Smile
  • + 2
 Careful with those frame guards I’ve seen some pics where removing them took off the clear coat.
  • + 2
 You're missing something important. Jenson has 26" Nobby Nics and Hans Dampfs on sale for $10. The good ones, too.
  • + 3
 Also, what on earth is "travel underwear"?
  • + 1
 Its actually a pretty decent idea where you can wear them in the shower to wash them. So you take 2 pairs on a trip, shower in one, go to sleep in the other, then in the morning the first pair will be dry and so on. Its just quick dry really
  • + 3
 @ClaytonMarkin: So when you are in Mexico and get the shits you can throw out expensive underwear?
  • + 2
 All I need to completely become the person my teenage self would hate sooooo much is the BE2 Enduro Pack.
  • + 1
 I use gorilla grip clear for frame protection and tubless setup. $9 for the roll. Also not on here is Jenson has Hans Dampf tires 26`` and RT 66 rotors for $10.
  • + 3
 Place to parka yr balls, probably
  • + 2
 $50 for frame protection? you can get all that and more from crankskins for far less (& made in usa)
  • + 2
 So how does the face fender work..kinda like a chin strap/chin guard,
  • + 1
 Ratchet rocket is the shit, completely down sized the tools I carry when I got this
  • + 1
 I have a mini ratchet with bits from prestacycle that I really like but it was only $25!
  • + 2
 I thought there was only ONE April Fools day?
  • + 1
 76 piggy???? Wtf!!is going on!!
  • + 2
 Ballparka?
  • + 2
 I know, what is that supposed to be? ??? Its listed out like everyone should know what that feature is...
  • + 2
 Its where you park your balls.
  • + 1
 @acali: Ya, I think it's like a quadruple entendre or something... I figured it was like a parka. For your balls. And/or a ballpark. uh.
  • + 2
 Stickers!
  • + 1
 Sasquatch!
  • + 1
 "Torgue" Values for the Topeak Mini Ratchet
  • - 2
 All filler.
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