Check Out: Fresh Shoes, Lights, Tools, Snacks & More

Mar 18, 2020
by Daniel Sapp  



A lot of gear comes across our desks here at Pinkbike. Check Out is a 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.



Silca Ypsilon Home Kit



Features

• Y-Wrench with fixed 4mm and 5mm hex
• 1/4" bit collet with magnetic bit attachment
• $108.00 USD
• S2 steel Hex bits: 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3 and 6mm
• S2 steel Torx® bits: T8, T10, T15, T20, T25 and T30, Screw Bits
silca.cc

bigquotesA $108 Y-wrench is undoubtedly a little over the top, but Silca's Ypsilon wrench is as versatile as one could get. The tool is constructed with soft over-mold grips and is able to be tailored to a mechanic's preference. In addition to the 4mm and 5mm hex that are fixed, there's a 1/4" magnetic bit collet that allows other bits to be interchanged. A variety of other bits are included in the fancy birch case, and any 1/4" bit should fit.

While it's incredibly pricey, Silca have a reputation for tools and pumps that can last a lifetime. The Y-wrench is surely one of the more practical tools available, the trouble is that many times is that it doesn't offer every bit that you may need. Silca have made a good move towards adding versatility to a mechanic's favorite.



Bontrager GR2 Shoe




Features

• Roomy high-performance fit
• Nylon composite sole is stiff but walkable
trekbikes.com
• Tachyon rubber outsole
• Weight: 720g (Pair, size 43.5)
• $139.99 USD




bigquotesGravel shoes are XC shoes in my mind and Bontrager's GR2 gravel shoe is one of the better-looking lace-ups I've seen lately. Laces allow for a little more fine-tuning in the fit department, and for an all-day XC romp that's always welcome. The upper is synthetic and the sole is a nylon composite that is made to be stiff when pedaling yet still retain some walkability. The shoes measure a 6 on Bontrager's stiffness scale, which goes up to 14.

The toe and heel have Bontrager's "GnarGuard" rubberized coating to protect feet from flying rocks and the tread is a Tachyon rubber that should have some grip even on rough terrain and slippery surfaces, according to Bontrager.



Trail Butter




Features

• Whole foods, plant-based, nut butter blend
• No refined sugars or corn syrup
trailbutter.com
• Dark Chocolate & Coffee, Maple Syrup & Sea Salt, Original
• 3 sizes - Single, big, jar
• $2-$15 USD




bigquotesTrail Butter is one of the best snacks I've had on the bike, off the bike, and sitting at my desk with a jar and a spoon. It's high-calorie, high-fat, and high-protein - all things that are good to have for a long day in the woods - and it's made of trail mix and nut butter blended together.

The flavors are easy on the stomach during exercise and provide a huge dose of energy that tastes a lot better than any gel or bar I've sampled. There are small individual serving sizes and then larger "big squeeze" bags with a screw-top cap that fit nicely in the pocket for longer outings.



Magicshine Allty 1000 Light




Features

• 1000 lumen max output
• 25-lumen daytime running safe mode
magicshine.us
• Garmin computer-style mount
• Weight: 132g
• $84.99 USD




bigquotesMagicshine's Allty 1000 light is designed to put out 1000 lumens of light in its maximum power mode. It also has lower power modes including a 25-lumen daytime running option. The light uses a CREE LED main light and can run for 1.8 hours on full brightness mode. In the low power safety mode, the light is said to run up to 28.5 hours.

The light is USB rechargeable and housed in a CNC alloy housing. The standard mount fits most handlebar sizes, including 35mm bars. The optional TTA out front mount allows users to mount a computer on top and a light on the bottom. It also fits most handlebars, including 35mm.



Saris H3 Direct Drive Smart Trainer



Features

• Quiet electromagnetic resistance
• Measures speed, power, cadence with no external sensors
• $999.99 USD
• Thru-axle compatible
• Compatible with training apps such as Zwift or TrainerRoad
saris.com

bigquotesIf you're stuck indoors due to rainy weather or other factors, a trainer is one way to maintain and build fitness so that getting back on the trail is a seamless transition. Saris' H3 smart trainer is their top-of-the-line option. The trainer is compatible with road and mountain bikes and links up to computers or phones for those who want to use an app such as Strava or TrainerRoad for a workout.

The trainer provides resistance that can adjust on the fly with apps or a steady resistance that Saris claim is similar to their fluid trainer. The trainer legs collapse for storage and there's a built in carrying handle to make moving the nearly 50-lb machine easier. Saris claim the H3 is one of the quietest trainers available, outputting only 59 decibels at 20mph.





105 Comments

  • 106 2
 Sorry, I’m looking for toilet paper in SuperBoost Spacing. I want to be the end user of a product with SuperHighProfitMargins (TM)
  • 7 0
 Imagine having toilet paper holder in that spacing. Get on the bike, pedal to turn the toilet paper, get back on the toilet and use the paper
  • 31 0
 I'm selling "slightly used, like new" toilet paper on craigslist with much success.
  • 8 0
 Threaded or Pressfit?
  • 3 3
 Two words: use water
  • 8 8
 Are you guys stock piling tubes yet?
  • 4 0
 @BillyBoy0519: Rube Goldberg Potty Process?
  • 4 0
 @Jacquers: this is one of those instances when press fit is preferred.
  • 27 4
 I ordered meself a dual ply, soft compound, semi slick paper roll. Got it delivered so I am wasting no time getting into the "suite", ready to mind my business, singing ta, ta, tadaaa! Removing the old roll, trying to slide that new baby onto the holder... WON'T FIT! Too small inside diameter! God damn it Jenson USA, I know these are hard times, but make it clearer it's the 12mm roadie axle! How will I fit it on my 20mm Saniflo Boxxer ?! I'm blowing my seal off any moment now!
  • 12 0
 For the best unrolling, you'll need my new Kashima-coated roll-holder. The frame is hand made carbonfiber and the mounting bolts are ofc made of the highest grade titanium. Yours for only $1999. (No toilet paper included)
  • 8 0
 I thought this month there’d be a fancy cutting guide so we could cut Shop Towel cleanly and at the right width to fit in the TP holder.
  • 4 14
flag RoadStain (Mar 18, 2020 at 5:31) (Below Threshold)
 @KiwiXC: Naaaaa... Just left Publix. I got my allocation ot two packs to TP (48 rolls), plus paid two others to get me more (another 48 rolls). Plus, I already had a boatload at home. This is an investment into my future (cleanliness, for sale at the right price).
  • 17 3
 @RoadStain: that’s a weird way to brag. Is this how we attract females these days?
  • 1 1
 Best tap dancing shoes ever!
  • 3 0
 @jorgeposada: Or bowling shoes.
  • 3 8
flag RoadStain (Mar 18, 2020 at 7:19) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: I had to get extra. A staff member at a clinic thought it would be a good idea to "borrow" about 15 rolls from the office over the weekend. Now, well, the clinic is restocked for the time being, the woman no longer has a job and the police will be knocking on her door at some point (there was video).

Crap thing, now we need to hire another person.
  • 5 0
 If anyone needs another username for their troll account. I had a eureka moment while on the pot....DINGLEBOBBY...or DINGLEBARRY...
  • 11 1
 @RoadStain: I feel like that reaction may have been a bit harsh...I dunno...I mean you kind of have to expect the worst of people in situations like these. Unless this alerted you to her having been swiping rolls for a long time, I feel pressing charges over TP is a shitty move.
  • 5 4
 @takeiteasyridehard: DingleWaki?
@RoadStain: sounds as harsh from Employer as stupid from Employee... 15 toilet rolls. My 4 person family uses no more than 4 per week... are we weird? Should we be more full of sht?

People have a hard time controlling their fear. By average we have incredibly low understanding of, or rather limited relation with our reptile brains. It is visible enough on bikes, when hearing people talk about taking risks. Some people will tell you they are afraid of hitting something and then they go full bananas on something else, completely out of their skill and talent, with luck holding it together. We still live in stigma that admitting being scared is a sign of weakness, hell I do it with my son sometimes, I have to remind myself to not get pissed off when he does something because he is scared. Sure we can't live in society of sissies, but to be honest? We have no idea when are we too harsh. Huge portions of irrational behaviors come from repressed fear and when people get anxious, the mother effing - bullsht - please get a head check - holistic community tells them to meditate and find inner peace by listening to some ridiculous music. There's diminishing returns to everything, even seeing a shrink, but hell we got to be able to face the inner shit. yes, there's some awful scary stuff inside! That is because we can become monsters! We can flip out in the middle of a crowd and cry. Yes we are capable of truly genuinely hate another person, we can be in great relationshiop with our spouse and then shag someone random in a weirdest way. Yes we can. And that's the effect: We are capable of losing all dignity because we are scare we will have to crouch in the bathtub or under the shower and wash our ass there until we get a hold of a roll of toilet paper. Or we are that lazy to steal from work.
  • 5 4
 @takeiteasyridehard: Required in our environment. We had to fire the person, period. From there, our insurance company (unemployment) requires a police report as well (thus, we will not have to pay unemployment insurance for the terminated staff member). Simply, that is life. Life is full of options. Unfortunately, this woman who was trusted with a key to the building and access to the alarm code broke that trust.

We now have a number of staff members who claim that they are not required to go to work for their own well being and "Trump is mailing checks to cover their lost wages and rest" (sic), Took us less than an hour to have per diem CNA and MA staff on site from a staffing company (that will replace any staff member who opted to not come into work).

If we did not fire a person for theft of toilet paper, where do we draw a line? Meds (samples)? Schedule 3 meds? Schedule 2 meds? Petty cash? It is a simple situation - steal anything, you will not have a job.
  • 5 3
 @WAKIdesigns: Is this how we attract females these days?


Hey baby, I got the TWO PLY!!!! Know what else.....Depends........ :-)
  • 3 2
 @RoadStain: Keep it easy for now. Sure some people are milking the system, but that is usually a low number. Some people can be genuinely scared, no matter how founded these worries are. We had a few people I could really see were cracking, again, no matter how founded it was. And they are home now, mostly workign from home

Psychedelics... legalization, education and treatments under suspervision. So many people to train, it will take years. It can't go on like this. There may be better ways to look within, just like there can be a better way to do a suspension fork or drive train, but psychedelics is what we know that we have, there's developed science behind it. It's the greatest tool we have for introspection. Covid19 is still mild. It is. What a stroke of unbelievable luck it doesn't affect kids. It would be a fkng nightmare if it did. it would be a social and economical game over, end of the world as we know it, somethign so contageous that affects kids. parental instinct would turn us into fkng killing machines. There's surely plenty of worse stuff out there... so we fkng need to get demons on the leash.
  • 4 3
 @WAKIdesigns: I am oddly comfortable with my own mortality. When it is my time, it just is. The facts are, in general, the deaths that I see are secondary to other conditions. While Italy has it bad, Italy also has more smokers (by percentage) than any other western nation (certainly more than the US).

While I think that any person with a congenital condition, heart/lung failure etc. needt o maintain their safe zones (as they should every other day of the year). The rest of us should simply be business as usual. But, instead, I was at a store this AM as they opened so that I could get toilet paper. In a mass of people also getting.....toilet paper. Partly due to the stolen supply, partly because a staff member at another clinic had none in her home. Sigh....so, so many lemmings.
  • 1 2
 @RoadStain: it doesn’t have to be mortality, that’s the problem. “Just in case” can also be an echo of being subjected to judgmental and condescending parenting or some sort of trauma where something was in shortage.
  • 3 0
 @RoadStain: A good lawyer will get her off.They will claim that she was raised in a poor household where they couldn't afford toilet paper, and when they could, it was only single ply. Case dismissed.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Rubbers? Nahhh
  • 2 0
 Toilet Paper Challenge! How fast can you eat a roll of toilet paper!!!
  • 1 1
 @DJ-24: I am not positive, but I am pretty darn sure that for that she can get a college fund.
  • 2 2
 @blcpdx: pfff... the real challenge should be whether you can eat it without tearing it so that it can come out unbroken on the other end. That's some 10th Chakran Thetan Yogi shit!

What is going on with the world, what have we succumbed to... oh the depravation!
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: It is official, eveyone I know is going to call it ChineeseFlu and on occasion KungFlu.
  • 1 1
 @RoadStain: "Mexican Beer Cold" - the MBC
  • 1 0
 Oh man I really gotta me some of that Trail Butter!
  • 14 2
 That'd be the day I spend $15 on a jar of peanut butter...
  • 18 0
 Peanut butter? Isn't Trail Butter for your chamois?
  • 5 1
 It's really unfortunate. Too easy to eat an entire jar in a couple sessions...I'd opt for the individual packs and use it as ride food.
  • 6 0
 @danielsapp: single use disposable waste is the bane of our society (well....that and a global appetite for toilet paper that beggars belief).
  • 10 0
 @rrolly: no that's Tail butter...
  • 3 0
 The Nutrition Information search on their site is drastically absent. They tout how many grams of protein it has & list the fats in the FAQ, but skip that a 2 tablespoon serving (had to do the math) has 65 calories of carbs/sugar. Or if you just shoved that "maple syrup" in your mouth in it's basic form.... FOUR TEASPOONS OF SUGAR.

No wonder it tastes good. hah..
  • 7 0
 Everyone knows a bacon sandwich is the ultimate (and tastiest) pre-ride snack.

Everyone should also know that a bacon sandwich is the ultimate (and tastiest) post-ride snack.

I also find that if you make a bacon sandwich and wrap it foil to put in your backpack, it makes for the ultimate (and tastiest) mid-ride snack.
  • 3 0
 It's expensive, but it's the best thing I've found for the oh-man-I-might-actually-die-out-here big days on backcountry skis or on the bike.
  • 2 0
 I happen to be a big fan of Nutzo. Peanut free, yet with a little more salt added, tastes better than PB. Super expensive at whole foods, but reasonable at Costco
  • 3 0
 @laksboy: I will try this Nutzo as we share a name.
  • 3 0
 @shotouthoods: Feels like a line straight out of Jay & Silent Bob:

"Laks boy: I WILL try this NUTZO as we share a name."
  • 8 1
 “or other factors”??!??!!?

You mean the COVID-19 global pandemic?

Just say it.
  • 10 2
 Submit your POVVID-19
  • 6 0
 Gravel shoes that matches my tire's tan wall ! #fashionvictim
  • 2 0
 Also keep them on for golfing session afterwards
  • 3 1
 Park makes a basic Y tool for decades that's simple, reliable, and allows a mechanic to do 80% of their bike assembly with one tool. Then Silca makes a fancy version with bits you'll lose.......for over 100 bucks. The whole point of the Y tool is to have the most common hex sizes in one tool you can grab off your tool tray or bench without fidgeting with bits or individual hex wrenches. The ratchet on this version totally defeats the functionality and elegant simplicity of the Y tool.

I get that good tools are worth the extra cash, from a good dead blow hammer to high end socket wrench. But this.......should be the official shop tool of dentists who ride Yetis (but not very often or very hard).
  • 2 0
 I'm not saying that I'd send those bits flying off the work bench (which I don't have), but yeah...I would. Just shot a tubeless valve core & the brass air valve for my compressor across the porch at lunch.
  • 4 0
 I thought you were overstating the price difference, since Park's stuff always seems pricy to me.

Nope.

Park's 3-way Hex Wrench: $12.
Foundation (no-name discount brand from Jenson) 3-way Hex Wrench: $3
Silca's version: $108

It's a pretty sweet box though.

I'm going to start an Etsy store where I spraypaint the Foundation wrenches in Yeti's new 2020 "Storm" colorway, build some awesome plywood boxes and sell them for $216/ea.
  • 1 0
 Buy the Silca travel version. Way cheaper, no bits to loose. The quality difference is night and day with park. I actually felt cheated by Park that I had been using crap tools on my bikes. Silca’s hex tools are great too.
  • 4 0
 With a name like trail butter, I thought it was going to be chamois cream.
  • 14 0
 Be brave and use it for what you want
  • 5 0
 100% If you use it as chamois cream it'll make you a faster rider for sure: Trail butter is a bear attractant.
  • 1 0
 Oh...I thought it was a bit too sticky for chamois cream.
  • 2 0
 Why can't it be both? If we're trying to move all our hydration needs in to frame mounted water bottles, why not move all our fuel needs in to body mounted nut butter? (Ha, ha, nut butter...)
  • 4 1
 Trail butter looks mega tasty but we need to stop saying or thinking that nut butter is high protein.
  • 1 0
 More like high fat. Or let's just say in a much longer sentence you'll get fat if you got your trail butter around when you're high.
  • 1 0
 Exceptionally high fat and really low protein. Peanut butter tastes awesome, but is not a low calorie snack.
  • 4 0
 I'd say 25-30% protein is pretty high,compared to usual energy products. Unless your scooping pure whey protein of the jar mid ride..
  • 2 0
 yah i just ransacked 11 different stores for toilet paper, i got ten 48 packs. i also had my supplier pick me up two 12 packs
  • 8 5
 Those Silca tools are drool orthy!
  • 3 0
 The travel version is significantly cheaper. No box, no extra bits. Great for pulling fork off bike ,with one tool for far to frequent service. There hex keys are great. Make parktools look like parktools
  • 2 1
 @gcrider: And people have made fun of my Campagnolo wine bottle opener....and I do not drink..........
  • 1 0
 @RoadStain: I also got one old campy bottle opener, it was of my grandad, it's not different from any bottle opener, but what a masterpiece!! Sometimes it's not the tool itself...
  • 1 1
 @RoadStain: also I don't drink except one cup Christmas and birthday..
  • 6 0
 Get outta here roadies!!!
  • 3 0
 @Alexh1983: I have a Ti, Dirtrag bottle opener that has been on my keychain for 25 years.
  • 2 0
 @titaniumcrank: LOL, I think I have the exact same one!
  • 1 0
 Why would you eat high fat high protein snacks on rides? Can't figure out why would that be better than complex carbs or sugars.
  • 3 1
 Every winter i keep riding my bike on trails unless the snow is too deep
  • 7 0
 Could you give me your address so I can send you a medal?
  • 8 10
 Might just be my opinion, but if you can buy an entire bike for the price of a piece of training equipment, something's wrong. Unless you're really serious about racing, seems unnecessary. Just get out and ride road bike! Or go to the gym..
  • 1 0
 Agreed. I just saw Rouge is making a freewheeling fully adjustable trainer bike for $999 also. Hopefully with more competition for Wahoo and others prices will start to drop like they did for conventional tire based rollers and trainers.
  • 10 0
 Definitely depends on where you live. In the winter time here, it's dark before I get home from work. Not to mention the roads and trails are all covered in snow and ice. So it would be very hard to get a good quality workout in during the winter without a trainer. I started with a cheaper dumb trainer, but now have a Kickr and it's really improved the quality and enjoyment of riding indoors for me. Sure, I could skip the trainer all together, but I prefer to stay fit and healthy all year rather than only during mountain bike season. I've setup a home gym in my basement and the trainer is a vital component of that setup.
  • 2 0
 Gyms are closed my friend. How about a ride in the woods thats what I'm doing right after this brake bleed.
  • 4 0
 That's, like, your opinion, man.
  • 1 0
 Have you seen the Wahoo kickr bike yet? $3200 usd for a trainer bike to use with Zwift, trainer road, etc. Makes that Saris look cheap. But a gym could cost more per year so if you only go to the gym to ride a bike you run on a treadmill buying would make sense.
  • 1 0
 @Thisisbenji90: You're right... There for a minute I forgot about the long winter months of not being able to ride ever because its dark when I leave for work, and dark when I get home... Probably why I am 10 pounds heavier than I was in the fall.
  • 1 0
 I don't know why but if I could I'd buy everything. Being poor is shitty Big Grin
  • 1 0
 *pacelining*

Dude off the back: Hey! Does someone up there have new chamois butter? Smells weird.
  • 1 0
 $108 dollars for a Y wrench and nobody is losing their s#*t? Wow, we are all going to hell.
  • 1 0
 What's up with these new shoes I have seen from bontrager and specialized?
They look like old people shoes.
  • 4 4
 Bandaid shoe, not a fan. Unless my feet were bleeding. Then maybe. Good luck out there people.
  • 2 0
 It’s so you can ride naked and look like you’re not wearing shoes...
  • 1 0
 Hot take: Trail butter can also be used as Chamois butter
  • 1 0
 Nice job on the shoes Bontrager. You're on my shoe radar now.
  • 1 0
 Do those shoes look very much like Giro's, or is it just me?
  • 1 0
 Trail Butter gets our stamp of approval.
  • 1 0
 Why is mountain bike footwear Abit "special"?
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