Check Out - February

Feb 3, 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.

Giro Chamber Shoes

• Skate-style upper
• Internal bootie retention system
• Dual-density, Vibram rubber outsole
• Molded, SPD-compatible shank
• Aegis single-density footbed
• Colors: Black/Gum, Blue Jewel/Gum
• Weight: 536 grams (size 42)
• Price: $140 USD
Giro Chamber shoes

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe perfect downhill shoe—that was the goal when we collaborated with Aaron Gwin to develop the Chamber. It has a skate-inspired, street shoe look with a low-profile upper and an internal bootie that secures the foot and keeps mud, rocks and other debris out.

Endura MT500 Backpack

• Vented, adjustable, stretch waist strap
• CE 1621-2 Level 2 Koroyd back protector
• Mesh-covered, 3D foam back panel construction
• Lightweight, perforated foam shoulder strap
• Easy access, waterproof, zipped pocket
• Removable tool roll
• Hydration compatible
• Splash-proof base
• Quick-release pad carry straps
• Carry system for full face and standard helmets
• 15-litre capacity
• Price: $164.99 USD / £99.99
Endura MT500 pack

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesLike the rest of the MT500 collection, the backpack is built tough and burly enough to withstand a load of trail abuse but light and comfortable enough to ride all day without hindering enjoyment. The helmet holder/stuff pouch, various zipped compartments and removable tool roll provide organized storage for all your trail essentials and more. It's also the first MTB pack to integrate the Koroyd EOP1.0 spine protector which leads the market in weight, breathability and protection meeting the EN1621-2, standard to the higher level 2 rating.

MPM Tech Bolt Thru Axles

• 5mm hex-key thru axles
• 7075-T6 aluminium
• Available in all common sizes
• Available in customs specs
• 100% Made in Italy
• Weight: 40-50g
• Price: €45.00
MPM Tech bolt-thru axles

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesReplace your unwieldy quick release thru-axles with our lightweight, low profile, 5mm hex versions. 100% made in Italy.

The Haywire Heart Book

• The first book to examine heart conditions in athletes.
• Written by Chris Case, Dr. John Mandrola, and Lennard Zinn.
• Intended for anyone who competes in endurance sports like cycling, triathlon, running races of all distances, and cross-country skiing.
• Includes a frank discussion of exercise addiction and the mental habits that prevent athletes from seeking medical help when they need it.
• 320 pages
• Price: $24.95 USD
Haywire Heart book

About the Book:
bigquotesThe Haywire Heart shares the developing research into a group of conditions known as "athlete's heart", starting with a wide-ranging look at the warning signs, symptoms, and how to recognize your potential risk.

Backcountry Research Super 8 Strap

Backcountry Research Super 8 strap
Backcountry Research Super 8 strap

• Sewn with industrial UV and rot-resistant, bonded polyester thread
• Bartacks used on all shockcord stress points
• Velcro closure
• At-the-ready design
• Built in Bozeman USA
• Constructed with "thick sliced" Hypalon
• Price: $16 USD

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe Super 8 Strap was designed to be a practical and simple solution. Made to be left on the bike, the self-adjusting shock cords allow for ample, on-the-fly storage of your excess gear. You will now be able to handily stash spare layers or gear without slowing down. A light jacket, arm warmers, vest, battery...even a spare tube you hastily grabbed at the last aid station, all tucked away in seconds.

Mavic Deemax Pro Shoes

• Energy Grip AM Outsole
• Asymmetric construction
• Ergo 3D tongue and Ergo Fit cushioned insole
• Additional heel and toe protection
• Colors: Black/yellow
• Price: €180 / $199.95 USD
Check Out February 2017 - Mavic Deemax Pro Shoe

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesWe've developed the new Deemax Pro with none other than Fabien Barel. Our mission was to raise the game in enduro-specific footwear, and 10 prototypes later the result is our groundbreaking new Energy Grip AM outsole.

661 EVO II Gloves

Check Out February 2017 - Six Six One 661 EVOII gloves

• Comfortable and breathable construction from multiple panel-specific materials
• Pre-curved D3O® knuckle piece for maximum mobility and impact resistance
• Additional abrasion resistance from direct-inject knuckle embellishments

Check Out February 2017 - Six Six One 661 EVOII gloves

• Increased comfort and durability from Clarino® palm
• Micro-fiber thumb sweat wipe
• Index finger and thumb feature touchscreen compatible silicone ink
• Black/gray, blue/red, white/teal
• Price: $49.99 USD

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesTop line glove featuring a protective direct knuckle injection backed by D30, which hardens on impact, a clarino palm with printed finger tips provides great grip and traction

661 Filter Shoes

• Skate style grip rubber sole
• Lace coverage and adjustability from lace keeper design
• Durability from synthetic upper
• Black/red, Gray
• Price: $109.99 USD
Check Out February 2017 - Six Six One 661 Filter Shoes

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe Filter Flat shoe was designed to provide comfort and performance in a casual package. A softer rubber compound on the outsole provides great grip when walking. Stiff enough for great power transfer good flex to grip the pedals.

Scott Soldier 2 Knee Guards

• Extra lightweight protection
• SCOTT exclusive ergonomic, flexible and shock-absorbing D3O pad with side extensions
• Strapless construction with silicone printing retaining system
• Stretch mesh sleeve main body with pre curved chassis
• Abrasion resistant front and side printing
• Internal side protective EVA foam padding
• Available in sizes: S, M, L, XL
• Price: £54.99 GBP
Scott Sports Soldier 2 knee guards 2017

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe SCOTT Soldier II Knee Guards are our lightest knee pads yet—perfect for those searching for amazing comfort without sacrificing protection. Our engineers have re-designed the standard malleable, shock-absorbing D3O material used by numerous competitors and paired this with abrasion resistant fabric to ensure an unmatched level of protection. The strapless construction with a silicone printed retention system combined with a highly breathable mesh material provide ultimate comfort.

Nukeproof Horizon CL CroMo Pedals

• Available in 2 body sizes CL (Larger) CS (smaller)
• Available in Black, Red, Blue and Copper
• Proven axle system- 2 x high quality DU bushings & 4 x sealed cartridge bearings (Per Pair)
• Cold forged T1- 6061 alloy body with CNC finishing
• Low profile contoured chassis with optimised leading edge
• Side Support Platform
• Dual Engagement Mechanism
• SPD compatible
• Ti Axle option available
• Price: £99.99 GBP
Nukeproof Horizon clipless pedals 2017

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesDesigned and developed to meet our exacting standards. Taking input and influence from our elite athletes including; Matti Lehikoinen and Mike Jones. The New CL and CS take inspiration from our ultra successful Horizon Pro pedal. Developed featuring our unique platform, offering confidence inspiring feel with a secure easy engagement mechanism. The cleat system is unique to Nukeproof but does support SPD devices. Pedals will be supplied with a cleat offering +4 degrees, with a +8 degrees cleat available separately.

Specialized SWAT Mountain Bandit

• Uniquely designed to bolt directly under a saddle with SWAT compatible mounts.
• Individual compartments for a CO2 valve head, mountain tube, two-sided tire lever (included), and a 25g CO2 cartridge for compact and secure storage.
• Tough, lightweight, water-resistant Velcro strap.
• Tube, CO2 cartridge, and nozzle not included.
• Price: $25.00 USD / £17.00 GBP
Specialised SWAT Mountain Bandit 2017

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesSo you like to keep your rig running minimalist but practical? Maybe you prefer to tape a spare tube and CO2 to your frame to keep the profile and weight low? The Mountain Bandit is the best of both worlds in terms of simplicity and utility for mountain riders. Its compact form bolts under your SWAT compatible saddle and features a simple, Velcro strap with individual compartments for a tube, CO2, and a tire lever. One rip of the strap and you're in, with easy to access everything you need to fix a flat in the middle of a race when time is of the essence.

YT Industries THIRSTMASTER 3000

• Carbon water bottle holder for right handers
• Delivered as a set of two water bottles, air pump mount and cable routing components
• Large diameter mouthpiece
• Easy to clean and toxin free
• The only bottle holder that fits JEFFSY frame
• Without plasticizer (LGA tested), Bisphenol A (BPA), wash before use (in dishwasher)
• Suitable for hot drinks up to 70°C
• Suitable for cold drinks down to -10°C
• Completely recyclable and free of smell and taste
• Price: $59.00 USD / £41.90 GBP
YT Industries Thirstmaster 3000

About the Book:
bigquotesWhether it's a waterbottle or a beer can, with the THIRSTMASTER 3000 you always have suitable refreshments onboard. As ever, our designers worked hard to develop the perfect solution. The THIRSTMASTER 3000 fits all JEFFSY frame sizes, is made of 100% carbon and only adds 33 grams on the scales. The matching 0.5L waterbottle is made of BPA-free plastic—so you don't run out of juice on the last meters.

Muc-Off Cassette Brush and Detailing Brush

Much-Off Brushes 2017
Much-Off Brushes 2017

• High-quality nylon bristles
• Moulded silicon insets for a comfortable and steady grip
• Matt black finish
• Specialist shape allows for easy application of cleaning product
• Paintbrush-like shape allows for easy application of cleaning product
• Price: £7.00 GBP (Each)

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesScrubbing dirt from your tyre's and cassette after a long ride can be a chore, so we designed a specific brush to help make the job a little easier. Stiffer-than-average nylon bristles make short work of any grime your bike has picked up from the road or trail. Simply spray some of our pink Nano Tech Bike Cleaner on the affected areas, agitate with the Tyre & Cassette Brush and rinse.

Shovel One25 Downhill Chainguide

• Carbon fiber guides
• Aluminum backplate 7075-T6 (4 mm thick)
• Reversed C shape for quick installation
• ISCG05
• 32-36T
• 6 Titanium bolts
• Made in Croatia
• Weight: 115 grams
• Colors: Black, Red, Blue
• Price: €130
Shovel One25 DH chainguide

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThis raging gravity oriented beast is enclosed in 115 grams of pure simplicity. Used in World Cup races and everyday shredding. The space grade alloy backplate is used to take the ultimate impacts that occur in downhill riding. The taco is made of hard and durable PA plastic that is resistant to impact, with three points of stress relief connected to the backplate. Titanium hardware is used to tighten all the parts of chain guide with the minimum amount of weight.

MENTIONS: @GiroSportDesign / @mavic / @SCOTT-Sports / @YTIndustries


  • 86 0
 Finally, a proper toothbrush for my big ass teeth. And it works on my bike too.
  • 81 0
 I've never heard of someone having teeth there but I'm glad you got it taken care of.
  • 10 10
 Aoneal: you a Brit in disguise??
  • 7 0
 @WaterBear: You know what it feels like when you bite your lip right?

Imagine how my balls feel...
  • 56 6
 $200 for a pair of shoes? What is this, a road bike website?
  • 7 0
 I feel like at some point we are gonna end up seeing the Rapha shoe trees in here. only 50 usd but they are aromatic cedar and have the rapha logo.
  • 4 3
 @hamncheez those are top of the line shoes. You're paying a premium for a very good quality product.
  • 5 14
flag whitebullit (Feb 3, 2017 at 17:16) (Below Threshold)
 close enough, their are more 29er reviews lately than downhill bikes, pinkbike took a turn for the worse.
  • 1 0
 they should call them Dee(ar)Max
  • 3 1
 @whitebullit: oooooooh the sheer horror eh!
  • 26 0
 Good quality brushes sound nice as does the $16 strap. I know you can have a cheaper strap rigged up but something that requires no thinky is worth $16
  • 10 0
 The BR strap is 300% awesome. Versatile and stays where you strap it, top or seat tube. Their saddle mounts are bomber too.
  • 4 1
 I second the strap. Not having to take my pack off to stuff my jacket in it is a win.
  • 5 0
 I have an original BR strap I found on the trail. Something I never would have considered now it's something I couldn't ride without.
  • 4 1
 yeah their straps are awesome not to mention you can get them on a dia de los muertos pattern.
  • 38 0
You had to take your pack off to take your jacket off, no?
  • 10 0
 @cookerq: I once had one...but I lost it out on the's hard to ride without it.
  • 7 0
 @SJP: damn, i feel dumb. But i do wear a hip pack a lot of the time!
  • 2 1
 @gooutsidetoday: don't you have to take your pack off to take your jacket off?!
  • 2 0
 @SJP @bogey @gooutsidetoday Not necessary if playing as Batman..
  • 1 0
  • 2 0
 @SJP: nah, he doesn't need to. He learnt some tricks off Derek Zoolander.
  • 2 0
 Does anyone have experience with the Super 8 strap holding a water bottle? Thinking about using it inside the frame on the downtube on my Wreckoning (space available, but no cage mounts????).
  • 2 0
 @JDFF: I am curious as well...I have an old nomad that I would love to be able to access a water bottle while riding, but no cage mounts. So hoping someone gets back to u/us!
  • 13 0
 €45.00 (about 9 000 000$ CAD) for a Axel ? Right..
  • 4 2
 I know it is expensive, but the Kabolt is more expensive in Europe, so the price is not crazy.
  • 1 0
 And when has anyone ever said " I need to replace these quick release axles because they are so unwieldy.. plus I'd rather just carry an Allen key in my pocket so I can lose it.."
  • 1 0
 @TheDoctoRR: Whilst I agree with the sentiment (and sort of think I could knock some out for half the price) Maxles are neither cheap nor particularly long-lasting, these are lighter, simpler and more reliable (you'd hope!) As anyone who's taken a Maxle apart for servicing will attest, they don't work well when the internals are all gunked up, and servicing a set takes an hour or so.

I also reckon the vast majority of riders who would consider one of these would have a multitool somewhere on their person.
  • 1 0
 tapered axles are a great way to break hubs that have bearings in the middle.
  • 11 0
 Someone at Mavic loves STRYPER.!
  • 9 0
 I like how that 300+ pages book probably full of knowledge is less expensive than that Endura backpack
  • 6 0
 I feel like those Mavic shoes can only be worn when you have Deemax wheels!!! Why would the company be stupid enough to name two products in their lineup the exact same. Why not name the shoes something else like DeeStupid or DeeWeDontKnowIfYouWantToBuyRimsOrShoes Whip
  • 4 2
  • 4 0
 That specialized bandit is garbage. The aluminum mount fatigued and dropped my tube into my rear wheel while flying down a chattery descent. Shop I got it from just accused me of crashing on it even though I never did. I'm pretty sure it's because the weight of the tube is at the end of the piece of aluminum just bending itself back and forth on every bump.
  • 8 1
 661 thanks for continuing to keep it real and in reach w your pricing
  • 7 1
 People are addicted to exercising? If I had an addiction, it would be the exact opposite of that.
  • 3 1
 There was a great article in Bicycling magazine recently about all the compounds our brain produces when exercising at peak performance. "The flow state" or something like that. I am very much addicted to mountain biking for the healthy high I get when ripping with riders of similar ability, or even trying to keep up with a more skilled rider and experiencing their take on how to ride a certain trail. I used to tap in to it at skate parks before getting in to MTB, but nothing compares to the all day trail ride with good friends and the feeling of 6" of "freshy" suspension under you at speed.
  • 6 0
 Man, the review on those detailing brushes is going to be amazing!!
  • 4 0
 well played YT. make your frame so it doesn't take a standard waterbottle, then sell "the only one that fits" the frame for $60…
  • 1 0
 It's just a side loading cage, would be a great fit in bikes like the Nomad that have similarly cramped bottle mount locations.
  • 1 0
 you know what's weird with the "giro chamber shoes" is that in most of the pics we see of aaron gwin he is rocking black shoes with a white sole color scheme, which is the color scheme they offer with their flat pedal shoe, "the giro jacket" (but we all know he runs clipless) yet their chamber shoe is only available as "Black/Gum, Blue Jewel/Gum". yes aaron you are special.
  • 4 0
 wow, nothing i would even consider buying. excellent, good month.
  • 1 0
 +1 for the Giro shoes.

Have used them for 2 years almost daily for commuting and trail riding. Worth the bucks and comfortable walking around.
  • 2 0
 Actually the best check out in a while. The 661 gear looks awesome albeit a bit overpriced
  • 1 0
 "The Haywire Heart"- how too much exercise can kill you..........oh great................"The Not Breathing Thing"- how suffocating yourself can kill........yourself
  • 1 0
 The Super 8 strap is a simple design that truly works like a champ. One of the least expensive, yet helpful additions to my bike.
  • 3 0
 Shovel chainguide are the best , i use them Snoc two years
  • 12 11
 Those YT bottles.... what a joke! Proprietary mount and bottle size.. yet another reason I'm glad I went Hightower.
  • 9 12
 If that was a Specialized product, there would be. I end to the outrage on Pinkbike. But because it's YT, negative props to you.
  • 3 0
 Gotta give props of the name at least.
  • 3 2
 Not really a big deal to be honest, think of it more along the lines of being astehically pleasing rather the "proprietary" garbage.

Plus it holds a beer can! What more do you want bud?! You don't like it buy a $5 dollar bottle cage from your local bike shop bud.

Take her for a rip eh
  • 5 1
 Doesn't say it'll only fit the Jeffsy. I just says "it's the only bottle holder that will fit the Jeffsy frame"
  • 1 0
 @tigerteeuwen: I don't think the words Only mount that fits got to you
  • 3 0
 Chainguide looks solid
  • 2 0
 under 300 LOL
  • 1 0
 Course I guess $109 for a shoe is competitive these days
  • 1 0
 Love the strap idea. Perfect for cold morning starts.
  • 1 0
 Shovel chainguides are like a fine vintage wine.
  • 6 9
 Of all the cool stuff back country research does you pick the most stupid one? had me seriously wondering why? till I saw the retarded specialized strap. #definitelynotpaidbybigbrotherS
  • 1 0
 yeah, i have the backcountry research strap- it's well made, but otherwise nothing to write home about. everything that can fit in a shorts pocket, goes in my pockets because its easier. everything bigger, if you put it in the strap, it just ends up rubbing your legs while you pedal
  • 2 4
 Where are the flat pedal shoes ?
  • 9 1
 661 Filter Shoes - it's right above. Black and red things. Stick out quite obviously.
  • 1 0
 innovative ones then.
  • 2 0
 @oneplanka: how inovative can a flat shoe be?
  • 2 0
 @Paul7189: something other than a 'skate shoe' retread, something that is NOT 5 10. something with a lace cover to keep the elements outs. etc etc.. A shoe with ankle protection that is light and not clunky like 5 10's My only choice is 5 10 or Shimano? wrf ? how about a shoe with a integrated gaitor to keep the rain and trail detritus out... how about some flat shoe innovation ? much needed in the industry IMHO Not enough choice.
  • 1 0
 @oneplanka: shimano and 5 10 have a huge range of different shoes. Also you can use mountaineering shoes or any other outdoor shoe for winter riding. Skate shoes are brilliant in dry weather and most features on a clipless shoe are available on flat shoes. Also a lot of clipless shoes work on flats without the cleats fitted.
  • 2 0
 @Paul7189: Preaching to the choir mate... I have ridden heaps of different shoes. I currently ride Shimano. Been there, done that. Former 5 10 Freerider devotee.
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