Check Out - February

Feb 5, 2016
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.


Wolf Tooth Elliptical 110 BCD 5-Bolt Drop-Stop® Chainrings

• Elliptical chainring shape and clocking (rotational orientation) optimized for increased traction and acceleration
• Featuring Wolf Tooth's patent pending Drop-Stop® tooth profile
• 7075-T6 aluminum
• Compatible with standard 5-bolt 110 BCD road cranksets, other mounting types available too.
• 38t, 40t, and 42t
• Made in Minneapolis, USA out of
• Price: $78.95 (Free worldwide shipping)
www.wolftoothcomponents.com
Wolf Tooth rings
From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesWolf Tooth continues to lead the Elliptical chainring charge with our ever expanding line-up, which now stands at 8 different Elliptical chainring mounting types. This recent addition of 110 5-bolt Elliptical chainrings brings the Elliptical advantages of increased acceleration and traction to the CX and Adventure Road crowd. Like our other chainrings, these are beautifully machined in the USA and take advantage of Wolf Tooth's Drop-Stop tooth profile for unrivaled chain retention and mud shedding.




GoMacro Macrobar


• Available in 11 ingredient combinations including peanut butter chocolate chip, granola + coconut, apples + walnuts, and cashew caramel.
• USDA organic
• Non-GMO
• Gluten free
• Soy free
• Vegan
• $2.89 USD each
www.gomacro.com

GoMacro bars

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesWe are a family owned company that puts our heart and soul into a natural, whole foods based lifestyle.




Vaude Minaki Jacket and Shorts

Vaude coat and shorts

Jacket:

• Slim, sportive cut, articulated sleeves, low cut back
• Hem in the back with silicon gripper
• 60 g padding
• PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Eco
• 2 zipped chest pockets
• Lycra cuffs
• Drawcord adjustment at the collar
• Reflective piping at the back
• Weight: 481 G
• Price: £135
www.vaude.com


Vaude Coat

Shorts:

• Articulated knees
• Cut higher at the back
• 60g padding
• PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Eco
• Stretch inserts
• Soft, brushed material on the inside of the waistband
• Adjustable with velcro
• Zips with 2 sliders for ventilation and leg enlargement
• Weight: 317 grams
• Price: £135

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesPerfect mix for mountain bikers: An ecologically manufactured hybrid jacket that comes with PrimaLoft Eco padding at the front and over the shoulders for warmth where it really counts, and yet weighs close to nothing. Combined with water resistant stretch inserts at the back and under the arms, it's the ideal material mix for mountain bikers who enjoy touring no matter what the weather is like.

These lightweight hybrid shorts made from ecologically manufactured material can be worn as an extra layer of warmth over a pair of cycling tights. Insulating PrimaLoft padding at the upper thighs is combined with water resistant stretch inserts at the knees and back of legs for best riding performance. Side zips ease the on and off process while doubling as ventilation when necessary. This product was manufactured with Eco-Finish and is eco-friendly, water repellent and fluorocarbon-free (PFC-free).






Weatherneck



• The world's first magnetic, quick releasing bandana.
• Double knit, moisture wicking spandex and a mesh stretch middle section for easier breathing
• Made in the USA
• USA Shipping is free and Intl is $5-$9 depending on qty per order
• Price: $20 USD(Kickstarter and pre-order pricing) MSRP: $25 USD
www.theweatherneck.com
Weatherneck

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesAfter many spring training rides bundling up I finally discovered the power of the neck gaiter a few years ago. The issue I had with typical tube designs is that once I got warmed up, or once the sun came out I would often overheat. Being in a race, or fast group ride is not the place to ask for a break in the action so you can adjust your temperature. I played around with a few designs and finally ended up with magnets. After using magnets in Fix It Sticks' manufacturing I learned their pros and cons. The Weatherneck is excellent at what it does. Keeps you just warm enough without using thick fabric. It allows you to adjust your temp by removing the item (and if you misjudged putting it back on is easy too without having to remove your helmet).



Beaverguard


• Guards are designed from weather resistant, high-impact & flexible polyethylene material
• Includes top quality zip ties
• Longer design for extra coverage and protection
• Sits close to the wheel to maintain a sleek look
• Worldwide shipping
• MSRP: $15 CDN / $10.50 USD
www.beaverguard.ca
Beaverguard

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesBeaver Guard Mudguards were originally designed for fat bikes. From there, the product evolved from Bluto, Rigid & Rear mudguard versions into custom designed 27.5 (650B), 29er & +Plus bike format guards. The guards are offered in five different decal colors and can also be customized for Manitou's inverted arch design. All guards are made in Canada, home of the original beaver.




Endura Coat

Endura Urban Flipjak jacket

• Reversible construction with in your face hi-vis option
• Lightweight windproof, showerproof shell with PrimaLoft® insulation
• Highly reflective print details and logos
• Zipped handwarmer and chest pockets
• The Jekyll and Hyde of jackets!
• Sizes: S-XXL (women’s XS-L)
• Colours: Black/high-viz green, Ocean blue/ high-viz yellow (Women’s black/ high-viz pink, aquamarine/ high-viz green)
• Price: $184.99 / £99.99 / €134.99
www.endurasport.com
Endura Coat

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe Urban FlipJak Reversible Jacket with its innovative "Jekyll and Hyde" design looks great on or off the bike. This reversible, warm, yet lightweight jacket features a Primaloft fill for insulation contained within a windproof and showerproof shell which combines an in your face hi-vis option with a more stealthy' dark side. Be visible and stay safe in traffic wearing the hi-vis color on the outside and then simply reverse the jacket to the understated side to walk around town or into the office! Available in a men's and in a women's fit.




Renthal Quick Bond Grip Glue

• Specifically formulated to permanently bond grips.
• Compatible with aluminium and carbon handlebars
• Bonds securely in under three minutes
• 20g, resealable bottle
• Price: £6.99 / $8.95 USD
www.renthalcycling.com
Renthal Glue


From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesRenthal Quick Bond Grip Glue is a fast acting liquid adhesive, chemically engineered to bond Renthal grips to all handlebars in a matter of minutes. Specially formulated to allow users to apply glue to the handlebar and grip, fit the grip and position into the best position before rapidly creating a safe and secure bond. Renthal Quick Bond Grip Glue allows you to quickly fit Push-On grips, in a similar time to Lock-On's, giving a permanent bond which can withstand all conditions.







DHarCO Tech Tee Dri Release

• Feels like a cotton t-shirt but doesn't sweat like one
• Freshguard – odour control
• Relaxed Trail Fit – it looks like a normal t-shirt yet is pimped for riding with a longer back and slightly longer sleeves
• Superior comfort – soft, natural feel
• Moisture wicking – regulates skin temperature
• Permanent performance – won't wash or wear out
• Fast drying – 4 x faster than cotton
• Premium quality – easy care and holds shape
• Price: $59.95 AUD
www.dharco.com
DHarCO Tech Tee Dri-Release


From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesFor those days when you feel like wearing your favorite t-shirt - but still want something quick drying so it won't stay wet (like cotton does) when you are ripping up your local trail.




ONE Vapor Jersey

ONE Kit

• Engineered chassis built from quick dry materials
• Additional material treatments include moisture-wicking, anti-microbial and 30SPF UV protection treatments
• Exceptional cooling through large open-pore mesh sleeves
• Decreased weight and improved fit from tailored athletic cut
• Elongated tail keeps jersey tucked in
• Slip on design for a minimalist feel
• Sizes: S-XXL
• Price: $69.99 USD
www.oneindustries.com
ONE kit

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThree years ago we introduced the bike / motocross world to the ultra-light, full stretch Vapor race wear and we've been continuing to test and improve since day one. With a refined chassis and fit our Vapor jersey is a top choice whether riding World level DH, enduro or just general trail duties. We're continuing to push the boundaries of what's possible with Vapor.




661 Comp Vortex Glove

661 glove



• Single layer palm for ultimate grip control
• Backhand stretch mesh contributes to the glove feeling light and airy
• Silicone printed finger tips for lever traction
• Thumb overlay for added protection and comfort
• Slip on design for a minimalist feel
• Sizes: XS-XXL
• Price: $22 USD
www.sixsixone.com


661 glove

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe 2016 SixSixOne Comp glove lineup has the perfect balance of fit, comfort and style. Historically the Comp range has been some of the best value gloves on the market with no compromise on comfort or durability. We've continued this legacy for 2016 with both the Comp Vortex and Slice gloves in a variety of colors and designs.


MENTIONS: @one-industries / @Endura / @renthalcycling / @DHaRCO




105 Comments

  • 119 1
 Beaver Guard...will this work for men?
  • 83 0
 Sounds like a cock blocker
  • 39 0
 It's semi permeable, guards against beavers on the trail but let's chipmunks get through. This is for places with a high beaver-on-trail population.
  • 13 0
 I ran over a rat once, wounder if it would of helped then...
  • 35 0
 I just gonna buy it because it has a high quality zip tie...
  • 31 1
 Good to see the ONE Vapour jersey is man bun compatible.
  • 7 0
 unlike his helmet...
  • 10 0
 @mudmandhbrazil High quality zip ties is what its all about. You don't even need spokes if you have high quality zip ties...
  • 10 12
 Please, no Man Buns on PB. (One Vapor)
They're just sickening to look at.
Men, if you want all other men to look at you with disgust, put your hair into a Man Bun.
  • 11 0
 I'm here for the beaver guard jokes.
  • 12 0
 @kubaner personally, I'm more interested in women checking me out than men.
  • 1 0
 Comes with top quality zip tie.
  • 5 0
 Beaver guard, dam that's some kit
  • 6 0
 Muff Master
  • 6 0
 Cherry Defender
  • 6 0
 everyone's comb over side part trendy cut grew out and is now tied into the trendy man buns...the simoans have been doing this for ever but lmao how folks think its new. at least were past the beanie halfway on the head like a condom look.
  • 1 0
 ...your doing it wrong
  • 6 0
 @paulaston while women are looking at you men are laughing at you
  • 5 0
 If a woman looks at you it doesn't mean she isn't laughing inside.
  • 1 0
 Beaver Guards along the power of the neck gaiter (weatherneck bandana) = invincible
  • 3 0
 As soon as I saw the beaver guard, I knew how this was gonna play out
  • 79 0
 Holy shit, insulated shorts. I can think of absolutely no application in where I need my crotch and thighs to be on fire while my calves and shins are colder than the arctic.
  • 1 0
 Agreed, on top of that I don't really see that either the shorts or the jacket look very good. Maybe they were just taken out of the box? There all wrinkled.
  • 6 0
 Crotch on fire...not good
  • 1 0
 Ass, crotch, and thighs. Don't forget the ass.
  • 2 0
 And £135? They better tug me off while I'm riding for that money. And I still don't want them.
  • 52 0
 My giant helmet and clipless shoes are the best beaver guard there is
  • 34 0
 Superglue, a magnetic bandana and $3 snack bars..... My god, this is what is has come to
  • 34 0
 Why would you want to permanently attach a wear item (grips)?
  • 3 0
 No more carbon bars I guess.
  • 8 1
 You can still cut them off.
  • 31 5
 Am I the only one who has never had a grip fall off?

This strikes me as a solution to a problem that doesn't exist
  • 12 1
 Yes, non locking grips can, and do, slip!
I use Aquanet (hairspray) on non-locking grips. Works great.Thats what we did in the old days before locking grips came mainstream. Yes, cut them off when work out, or sometimes you can use compressed air to get them off.

Another tip from the old days, baby powder in your tire before you put the tube in. Keeps the two from sticking together.
  • 11 3
 why not just use locking grips....
  • 1 0
 it is for dirt bike grips in moto not many people use lock on grips
  • 6 1
 @bikekrieg Because non-locking grips can be more comfortable.
  • 29 1
 I think the best solution is to glue those gloves straight to some bars. Skip grips in general.
  • 2 0
 @bikekrieg, I've been using the Renthal slide on grips, and I'll be hard pressed to go back to lock on. Incredibly comfy, grippy, and arm pump has noticeably decreased.
  • 1 0
 @oregonryder I never understood whatever happened to talcum powder. it used to be a first necesity article at the races, now is a trick from the past yet nothing has changed; yeah there is tubeless, but a lot of people still use tubes.
  • 1 0
 Talcum powder is gone because nobody uses tubes anymore. And by nobody I mean very few people outside of road biking.
  • 4 0
 Talcum in your shorts for the crotch on fire.
  • 23 0
 3 dollar gronola bars, wow...
  • 13 1
 Too be fair.. They're very, very good granola bars!
  • 15 0
 clif bars cost around $2.50 a piece in california
  • 3 0
 I like Power Bar protein bars that are like $20 for a 15 pack for after riding when I won't be home for a while (driving to trailhead).

Fig newtons, Honey Stinger gels, bananas for mid ride and real food afterwards if I'm riding from my front door.
  • 11 0
 Buy fillet mignon, its cheaper per ounce!
  • 11 0
 Cliff bars are $1/per in CA. They're in every supermarket, and are always on sale.
  • 3 1
 Try Costco for the cliff bars, or just buy an oh henry
  • 3 0
 I actually tried one of those bars, and I must say it was probably the worst I've ever eaten (I think some sort of apricot flavour). I could only finish about half even though I was starving - It was dry (needed about 1/2 my water to eat it) and tasted unusually terrible. Stick with honey stinger, or GU or Cliff or really anything else.
  • 3 0
 one of the few items that should be heavier as the price goes up
  • 5 2
 Does that filet mignon come in a vegan version? Like grain fed grain?
  • 6 0
 How bout don't buy a beaver guard or energy bar and just eat the beaver you run over on trial. Maybe have a man bun for dessert.
  • 1 0
 @kabanosipyvo My god. What animal did that come from?
  • 2 0
 I gotta agree with ratedgg13, I picked up a couple of those bars, part because I was starving and part as they are new and the list of ingredients is pretty good... and to be honest I think I can scrape up the woodshavings in my workshop, add a glue/honey mixture and a couple raisins and that would probably go down better. I can't say what happened to the other bars we bought but I know I did not eat them.
  • 2 1
 Those GoMacro bars are tasty! I buy them semi regularly
  • 2 0
 Totally love those GoMacro Macrobar Barmacro Macrogo bars. Okay maybe not, I'll stick to $1 Clif bars.
  • 2 0
 I'm seeing a gap in the market here for Enduro specific $10 bars...
  • 14 1
 Mmm I love vegan, gluten free boutique granola bars...hold my wine cooler while I do a yoga pose
  • 3 0
 OK. Have you mastered the Lion pose?
  • 11 1
 Why is there CX stuff on here?? Unless that motor is under $300 and fits my bike I dont want to hear about it.
  • 10 2
 So now it's $300 so that Vaude can get a plug? Also, why does that "Specially formulated" Renthal glue come in exactly the same bottle as RC tire glue?
  • 1 0
 It's also the same as their moto/atv grip glue. Which is fine with me. That stuff is awesome. Although hairspray is just as good if you're wiring the grips on.
  • 8 0
 I just wish there were more expensive items shown.
  • 7 0
 i take 661 gloves if i had to pick one
  • 7 0
 I cut my beaver guards out of a old binder work awesome.
  • 2 0
 Yep. Binder Fenders FTW. Available in all sorts of colours. Make 2 for $1.79 plus zip ties.
  • 1 0
 I doubt they will be "top quality zip ties" thought that will have been fully Enduro tested in a wind tunnel.
  • 1 0
 ^^^this, i have blue red yellow black and green all for under $5 Smile
  • 5 0
 Primaloft + shell = sweat... Not good for cycling!
  • 1 0
 No kidding. Maybe to stay warm on rest stops, but not for riding.
  • 6 0
 $300 now? FML
  • 5 0
 was $200. inflation
  • 9 0
 $(whatever number fits all the items we have to show)
  • 2 0
 The Flipjack jacket is great for cold weather, but not waterproof enough for anything other than the lightest drizzle. Any chance of a waterproof version? Mine would get used everyday.
  • 5 1
 Beaverguard. Have I seen that before?
  • 4 0
 Many times over. Gotta wonder why someone would need 27.5 or 29er specific fenders...
  • 4 1
 " Weatherneck" Magnets that close to your head will mess with your brainwaves!
  • 3 0
 A tinfoil hat seems to work for me.
  • 3 0
 Does anybody have input on how riding with an oval ring actually feels? I'm curious if it's better/worse or just different
  • 7 0
 It is pretty noticeable when riding uphill - better traction and the pedal stroke feels smoother. Other than that, no difference.
  • 2 0
 I'm going to have to give it a shot. Thanks for the input!
  • 2 0
 Definitely beneficial, I've been using an absolute black oval for a while now and love it. More traction on steep hills. I also had a knee injury last year and used to get soreness when I ride, Not any more.
  • 3 0
 im gna try one. currently spinning a 30T on my 29r and have been expending too much effort in the 42. Im in good shape but Im a high cadence spinner and have been thinkn bot goin 28T to more closely match the 30T I had on 27.5 bike. So ill have to figure out which size oval...research prev write-ups etc
  • 2 0
 @jrocksdh they say a 32 will feel like a 30, 30 will feel like 28 etc. I ran a 34 round ring and got a 34 oval, it does feel slightly smaller and I don't run out of gears any faster.
  • 2 1
 @steelpolish "It is pretty noticeable when riding uphill". So you mean I wont notice it when riding downhill? Teehee, too funny Big Grin
  • 2 0
 @friendlyfoe - Nope! You will not notice anything when you are bombing downhill with a shit eating grin plastered on your face. True story!
  • 3 0
 did 661 just use the word 'durability' to describe their comp gloves? those things are just hand socks
  • 2 0
 Gloves! I need more reviews and suggestions on which ones to buy. Please, more coverage on gloves please...Oh and grips!!
  • 2 0
 Wolf Tooth, Absolute Black, or Oneup? They all have elliptical chainrings, which one is best?
  • 1 0
 I like absolute black because they look really the nicest. I've also smacked mine against a few rocks and it has held up fine. But really you can't go wrong with any of those companies
  • 3 0
 Does Donny wear DHarCO?
  • 13 11
 Wow another let down!
  • 1 0
 Lol there is stuff I would actually buy this time. Huh.....
  • 1 0
 I didn't know that shirts had a "chassis"
  • 1 0
 Curious about the Woolf tooth, the rest tho.... Meh.
  • 3 4
 Glad I didn't hold my breath for this one.
  • 3 0
 I was rather hoping you would
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