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.
Outbound's Trail Evo is the handlebar complement to their helmet-mounted Hangover light. It has a lot of useful features in an easy to operate package and is made to throw a good spread of light from a small package.
The beam pattern on the light is designed to more broadly cover the trail. Outbound claim this helps with vision at night, and the light has over a two hour run time on its adaptive mode. This mode slowly adjusts the output as a riders' eyes adjust to the dark to get the maximum power and run time out of the light. Additionally, the light comes with mounts for 31.6 and 35mm bars, and the quick-release function is easy to use and extremely secure.
I feel that mountain bikers love few things more than fiddling with volume spacers to fine-tune their suspension. Andreani Group's ProImpact allows riders to easily tinker with reducing volume and controlling their fork's feel through the use of their polymer dampers. They claim that the polymers have a more constant functionality in the fork during high-intensity use. They also claim the polymers have a dampening effect that cancels vibrations riders may feel In the bars, which increases rider comfort and traction.
These polymers are inserted in the positive air chamber or inside (yes, I said inside) the spring on a coiled fork. This should theoretically allow riders to use lower air pressure in air forks or a softer spring on coil forks while maintaining the same static ride level. Interesting.
Acerbis X-Elite MTB Handguards
• Thermoplastic, crash-resistant construction • Protects against debris, cold, brush, trees • Works on eMTB, MTB, and Dirtbikes
These handguards are made to give a little more confidence in certain terrain, especially if you're riding a brushy trail where sticks or brush is abundant. The guards are lightweight and simple to install, sliding over any standard handlebar and tightening with a Phillips screw.
While they aren't designed to protect against a hard impact on a large tree at full-speed like the bark-busters on an enduro moto, they seem sturdy enough to deflect a lot of the smaller stuff that could leave you with bleeding knuckles, and they'll fend off the biting cold wind in wintry weather.
CeramicSpeed UFO Drip Chain Coating
• Unique blend of oils and waxes • Claimed decreased power loss in drivetrain • 300km per use
CeramicSpeed's new UFO Drip Chain Coating is said to offer extreme lubrication through a unique formula comprised of "waxes, trace oils, and friction modifiers" that aim to cut power loss in the drivetrain. With a claimed 35 coatings per bottle, each lasting 300km of whatever you throw at it, I fully plan on not needing any other chain lubrication for at least a season, plus CeramicSpeed claim it outperforms anything else available.
While the $45 USD price seems a bit steep, it's $30 less than the original formula and, at that many claimed uses, it's actually a pretty good deal.
Lizard Skins Cache Seat Bag
• Velcro attachments • Three sizes, medium pictured • Internal organizers
I really don't like strapping things to my bike but, it's better than wearing a backpack, and having a spare tube and a CO2 is mandatory on most rides. Lizard Skins' Cache saddlebag will work with some dropper posts if you don't mind losing just a touch of drop, and is extremely compact.
The bag comes in three sizes (medium pictured), and its low-profile design keeps it out of the way of tires, even with the seat dropped, and the velcro straps do a fine job of keeping things secure when the trail gets rough.