Check Out: Enduro Goggles, Flat Pedals, Oil Slick Gloves, & More

Feb 7, 2020
by Mike Kazimer  



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.



Kona Wah Wah 2 Small Pedals



Features

• 110 x 108mm platform
• 7 pins per side
• $59.99 USD
• Weight: 342 gram
• Colors: black, slime green, more colors on the way
konaworld.com

bigquotesWe're starting to see more and more companies offer multiple flat pedal sizes in order to accommodate all sizes of feet. Pint-sized pedalers don't need a gigantic platform to stand on, just like most riders with big feet don't want to be perched on a postage stamp. That's why Kona has released the Wah Wah 2 Small, a scaled down version of the Wah Wah 2 pedals that were released a couple of years ago.

Personally, I think this version should have been called the Wee Wah... maybe next time. In any case, the pedals are 13mm thick, and the platform measures 110 x 108mm (the standard version measure 118 x 110mm). It's still a good-sized platform to aim for, with seven tall pins on each side for traction, and a composite body. Those pins all thread in from the opposite side, and can easily be removed to fine-tune the level of grip or shin-scraping potential.



Spank Oozy 220 Saddle




Features

• Tuned flex points and contact edges
• Hollow chromoly rails
spank-ind.com
• 144 x 265mm
• Weight: 272 grams
• $74.90 USD




bigquotesI wonder if Geoff Gulevich ever imagined he'd have his own signature edition saddle back when he was a little grom riding skinnies for the North Shore Extreme videos? Well, he has one now, in the form of this all-black Spank Oozy 220. Designed for trail riding, the saddle has enough padding to provide comfort without being overly bulky, and the profile is free of any sharp edges that could potentially poke thighs or other body parts.

According to Spank, the saddle has 'tuned flex points' – in other words, it's designed to give a little underneath a rider's weight, instead of remaining rigid like a 2x4. There's a slight depression in the center to relieve unwanted pressure, and the back end of the saddle is raised slightly to create a comfortable position for climbing.



100% Accuri Enduro Goggles




Features

• Triple layer foam
• 45mm silicone coated strap
• Urethane frame
• Anti-fog, scratch resistant Lexan lens
• $60 USD
100percent.com




bigquotesThe Accuri goggles receive the Enduro designation thanks to the double pane, ventilated lens that's intended to prevent fogging. There's also generous ventilation at the top and bottom of the frame to keep that air flowing and your vision unobstructed

The three layers of foam help keep sweat from getting to the lens on hot days, although that white foam isn't going to stay white for very long. The frame is quite flexible, which allows the goggles to contour nicely to a rider's face. The raised center portion of the frame does mean that the goggles may not fit entirely seamlessly with all helmets – as always, it's best to try before you buy to make sure that everything lines up the way it should.





Specialized Flux 800 Headlight




Features

• Cree XPG2 and XPL LEDs
• 300 to 800 lumens LED output
• 90% fast charge in 1.5 hours, full charge in 3 hours.
• USB rechargeable
• $90 USD
specialized.com




bigquotesLight technology has progressed dramatically over the last decade – the days of batteries the size of water bottles and lights that barely illuminate the trail are long gone. If you can only afford one light, a helmet mounted one is the way to go, since it lets you see where you're looking, not just where you're bike is pointing. Of course, the ideal setup is one on the helmet and one on the handlebar in order to cover all the bases.

Specialized's Flux 800 headlight has a dual beam pattern helps shine light on more of the trail, rather than just spotlighting one narrow section. At 185 grams it's relatively light, although due to the way that rectangular shape distributes the weight it was a little more noticeable on my head compared to a more traditionally shaped single-beam light. This version comes with a helmet mount, but Specialized does offer handlebar mounts, as well as more powerful (and more expensive) versions.

The run time ranges from 1.3 hour on high, 6 hours on low, and 20 hours if you use it as a flashing daytime running light. I typically use the low beam setting for climbing and the high setting for descending, and the run time has been more than enough for my typical winter night rides.



Dirt Gloves




Features

• Machine-washable, Velcro-free design
• Microfiber thumb
• Four-way stretch material, synthetic leather palm
• Sizes: S - XXL, six design options
• $24.95 USD
dirtgloves.com




bigquotesDirt Gloves is a relatively new brand that sells, you guessed it, mountain bike gloves, with a wide variety of color patterns, including oil slick - now you can match all those oil slick components that keep popping up everywhere. The gloves have a simple, just the basics design, with a padding-free synthetic leather palm and a stretchy mesh material over the back of the hand. There are silicone grippers on the thumb and first two fingers, and the company name is printed from the same material in the center of the palm. There's also the all-important microfiber fabric on the thumb for wiping away sweat and boogers.

The $25 price is fairly typical for this style of glove, and 1% of Dirt Gloves sales goes to Can'd Aid, the non-profit organization that helps get more kids outside and on bikes.





105 Comments

  • 100 4
 When i read oil slick gloves i had something else in mind
  • 21 65
flag mokydot (Feb 7, 2020 at 1:44) (Below Threshold)
 u mean jerkoff?
  • 28 0
 I expected full foil holographic glory
  • 15 0
 @mokydot: Welp that's putting it bluntly..
  • 13 2
 @stumphumper92:

Unless you’re over 40.

Then it’s annual prostate checks.
  • 55 8
 I think you're confusing oil slick with tie dye.
  • 20 26
flag dingus (Feb 7, 2020 at 3:39) (Below Threshold)
 I think you're talking to yourself.
  • 22 1
 Attaching a tredy moniker to something which isn't new at all is what's it's all about. A bit like making a goggle that's like every other goggle then calling it an "enduro" goggle.
  • 4 5
 @redrook: trendy*?
  • 4 4
 @redrook: Naw you're just being cynical, dude. These are double-paned - most are single. They do stay unfoggy. I used them for DS last year and it was hot and sweaty. 60$ is a fair price and I will buy more.
  • 2 0
 @endlessblockades: When warm (face) meets cold (air) is the real test for fogginess, not when it’s hot out
  • 3 1
 @endlessblockades: and yeah, double pane and a shltload of foam isn’t anything new. Wow
  • 3 3
 @redrook: oh well Double Lens being perforated at the top being called Enduro go way back, before All Mountain changed to Enduro MTB. This solution has been uses long time ago by many MX goggle makers, for folks riding Enduro motos. They simply fog up much less. Modern solution to this (and better than this MX Enduro solution) for mountain bike riding is simply removing the foam from the top of the goggles. You may eventually get some Dirt falling in but it is quite unlikely while lenses fog up much much less. Antifog coatings have limited effectivity, at some point you need to be able to Regulate temperature between your face and lenses
  • 1 0
 I know, I was hoping to see SHINY!!
  • 1 0
 @Rageingdh: As in something which is currently a trend (i.e. sticking the word "enduro" onto anything).

@endlessblockades: Dual layer lenses have been around for quite a while. Don't fall for their spiel, there's nothing enduro-specific about them.
  • 2 0
 @redrook: again, vented dual mx lens were called enduro lens In MX world already around 2006 or even earlier. It had nothing to do with MTB enduro. It had everything to do with Enduro MX. It just happens it is also very suitable to sell them for Enduro MtB market now and in my experience they are far superior on colder days riding than single lens
  • 1 0
 @emptybe-er: they've had them for years. Nothing new.
  • 22 1
 Are those gloves wireless too? Or do they have the cable that goes through the sleeves?
  • 15 0
 Looking a lot like Handup gloves.
  • 5 0
 The patterns, the cut, writing on the palm, heck even the pull tab....
  • 10 0
 Gotta be the same Chinese supplier
  • 2 1
 Which begs the question - are there gloves not made in China?
  • 7 24
flag beanandcheeseburrito (Feb 7, 2020 at 6:40) (Below Threshold)
 @PHeller: their
  • 1 0
 @PHeller: some of Hestra's gloves are made in Hungary
  • 5 5
 Handup gloves are the best MTB gloves known to mankind
  • 9 1
 headlamp looks good on the face of it but:

Whats the battery capacity?
What size/format battery does it take?
is the battery user accessible?

Im a big fan of a user accessible 18650, looking at the size of the light it wouldn't surprise me if that's what was hiding inside. is thats 2.5mm allen key bolt holding the lens on? time to start doing tear downs PB!
  • 3 0
 By user accessible, you mean like a little door or clamshell that allows you to swap the cell without tools? I doubt it.

While I’m sure it’s possible- ‘Permanently sealed’ is definitely the way to go if you want a durable, water resistant product, in a small/light form factor.

Those are definitely bolts though- no doubt the light comes apart, and the battery can be replaced.
  • 10 3
 Also how many devices can I connect it to at once? And will it sync with Strava to let my friends know how many lumens I was using at different sections of the trail? What discipline is it for? Can I use it whilst going downhill, or in town?
  • 7 0
 Nah, leave the tear downs to AvE. PB can't explain what does the choochin like he can
  • 1 0
 I like swappable 18650 units as well. I have a boatload on hand and am always looking for new uses for them. Sealed units may be better, until the battery goes bad or stops charging. If flashlight manufacturers can figure out shock and water proofing someone should be able to translate that into bike lights as well.
  • 11 6
 Have to say that in my experience the 100% dual pane lense are a product to avoid.

They lenses are glued together at the edges, but the air in between the two lenses isn't actually sealed. So by about ride #2 mine had sweat on the inside of the lenses, making them super blurry. You can't then separate the lenses to clean the inner surfaces. Good googles, but avoid these lenses imho.
  • 10 0
 Never had that issue with mine...
  • 11 25
flag JimmyWeir (Feb 7, 2020 at 6:20) (Below Threshold)
 what kind of riding were you doing, were you using them for their intended purpose? DH goggles don't work for FR/AM/Trail riding. What made you think you could get them wet?
;>
  • 26 3
 @JimmyWeir: You have entirely too much tolerance for sh!tty product hiding behind the guise of "purpose-made." Does riding DH cause the skies to clear and the ground to dry where you live? (if so, please let us all know where you reside Smile And do you not sweat when you ride DH? Do you even DH bro?

We all pay a lot of scratch for our gear and it ought not be fussy beyond reason in how it's used, is all I'm sayin. Avoiding goggles that cannot be exposed to sweat, moisture, or dirt sounds like a bad buy and reason to complain, not an opportunity to tolerate overly-finicky expensive gear.
  • 4 2
 That's generally how dual pane goggles are designed. Look at the top of the outside of the lense. That vent is goes into the void between the 2 panes to let water/humid air out. Getting water between the lenses can and does happen in super wet conditions with any dual pane goggles. Just aim a fan at them.
  • 9 1
 @JimmyWeir:
you're being sarcastic right? You are. I'm sure of it. And everyone didn't get the joke...cause all goggles are supposed to be able to get wet....
  • 2 4
 @JimmyWeir: stuuupid
  • 14 1
 @blowmyfuse: nooo I was being souper cereal. You have to have goggles for each discipline otherwise they will blow up on your face. Or just use diving goggles like I do, those were designed to get wet (;
  • 1 0
 Not my experience.
  • 6 0
 @JimmyWeir: I had to spell it out for the peanut gallery.
  • 2 0
 @Abacall: me neither. These are the only. Ones I've used... That said, I've not gone to higher higher end Google in the +100usd range
  • 4 3
 @ewikpark: so funny how often sarcasm fails with Americans on PB
  • 12 2
 @Chilliwacker: It's not our fault we don't fund our education system, and at least half the population are complete morons.

Oh shit, that is actually our fault.

Anyways. Carry on.
  • 3 0
 What you all need is Ronnie Mac's 69% goggles
  • 8 0
 That saddle looks great but there's just something about sitting on a seat that says "Spank" on it.
  • 2 0
 Well, the oil slick gloves suit the set perfectly if you think of it the right way.
  • 1 2
 Some about it....like positive or negative? I wont judge Smile
  • 1 0
 Worse than Entity Assault?
  • 9 1
 I guess tie dye mtb gear is coming next.
  • 19 1
 Loose Riders is already there
  • 2 0
 Also CP Gang has been doing it. They tie dye mane
  • 8 0
 wah wah wee wah...pedals for borat
  • 4 1
 "The Accuri goggles receive the Enduro designation thanks to the double pane, ventilated lens that's intended to prevent fogging"

So anti-fog technology would not be useful for DH? Only enduro riders sweat when its hot out?
  • 5 3
 Enduro riders go uphill more than DH riders during a race run, so they require even more ventilation due to the lack of high speed air flow. But yes, anti-fog technology is useful for everyone.
  • 1 1
 Enduro, don’t they get shuttled up or take a lift? That was the whole marketing for them to begin with, now they have to climb like XC? So enduro is just watered down XC.
  • 1 0
 @drivereight: @drivereight: what?

they whole point of enduro is they pedal themselves to the start of each stage, with multiple stages in a day....

and how is it watered down xc? enduro is 10x rowdier than xc
  • 5 4
 I have a pair of Raceface aeffect pedals that have been bombproof. Only scratches from bad pedal strikes and I only just rebuilt them after 3 solid seasons of riding. They had more life left in the bearings. They just started to have a little play so I went with a rebuild.
  • 1 0
 I bought a pair of used aeffects and they are smooth. Probably 3 years in at this point.
  • 3 0
 That spank saddle feels like a big office chair in the absolute best way possible!
  • 2 0
 I want to know if that light can operate whilst it is being charged. Then I could extend its burn time with a cheap usb powerbank.
  • 2 0
 @LarusFuscus: Try Cygolites. I know for a fact their Expilion series lights can run from a usb battery. I ran one for like 12 hours straight one time. I've had one for over five years. Still works great. I like the helmet mount better than my Niterider lights that I use as bar lights.
  • 2 0
 what about squidworx pedals - finally someone pushing innovation with pedals - i love mine and i think rider owned ??? PB do we have anything
  • 5 2
 Is it just me, or are the pedals a lot like Raceface Chesters
  • 2 1
 But smaller and pricier
  • 1 0
 Luv these new compact lighting systems. But I won't buy one unless I can replace the batteries. So when the battery cant hold a charge you throw the light away. ?
  • 1 0
 Worst case scenario, there’s an 18650 cell in there, soldered to leads going to the PCB. Nothing stopping anyone from taking it apart once the cell dies, and putting in a new one.
  • 3 1
 Strong, cheap, light. Pick two.
  • 1 1
 Comfortable and durable.
  • 22 0
 unless you buy a strong and cheap light...
  • 1 0
 Hahaha, I have a feeling my bicycle weighs as much as a horse, but no way to check.
  • 3 0
 WEE WEE
  • 1 1
 I tried those exact goggles, even that color. They fogged half through first stage of CDC Tiger Mountain last year. Not PNW approved.
  • 2 0
 If you find goggles that don't fog in the PNW, let me know. Have had some success with anti fog spray, but it wears off partway through ride.
  • 1 0
 Where are the gloves with padding in the palm? Giro makes a full finger like that but where else can I find one?
  • 1 0
 Mechanix makes gloves with padding in the palm, the look better and cost less Smile
  • 2 0
 Have you tried softer or maybe just larger grip rather than padded gloves? Padded gloves make you grab the grip harder, increasing forearm pump more than providing comfort for most people
  • 2 0
 @emptybe-er: i agree, padded palm gloves are no bueno
  • 2 0
 Why Spank don't use Vibrocore in their seat rails?
  • 1 0
 becasue they dont resonate like bars and rims do
  • 1 0
 @Civicowner: what causes them to not resonate like bars and rims? What's different about seat rails?
  • 1 0
 @danielfeary: much much smaller and are clamped by a rather large clamp... they still do resonate, but its so minimal there will be no comfore gains
  • 2 1
 Kona Wah Wah, more like wah dont you just ride clipless pedals, lmao, got em
  • 1 0
 I have a pair of Fox googles, but to my dismay they severely fog up in the winter. They were perfect until that came about.
  • 4 7
 The cloned Wahwahs seem to have inferior bearings, but my clone Chester pedals are very good, no issues after 1.5yrs so far. Buying copied stuff is one thing, but knowing how little brands really do pay for what they sell for quadruple is another thing. This is really low tech, compared to rims handlebars and frame. So what.
  • 1 0
 $60 for resin pedals hahaha, Mona has jokes.
  • 1 0
 Some good looking products there tup
  • 5 5
 Those gloves are horrible looking and a year behind trend.
  • 1 1
 Not that small though are they.
  • 1 1
 I don’t need any of this crap
  • 1 0
 More commercials!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Not for DH, no thanks!
  • 1 0
 Where's the lycra?
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