Check Out - July

Jul 13, 2016
by Paul Aston  

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.

SKS Anywhere Top Cage Mounts Two position side-access Slidecage can be adjusted for right or left-hand entry.

SKS Anywhere Top Cage Mount

• Mount a water bottle cage anywhere that it will fit on your bike.
• Super-strength Velcro straps and rubber "V" blocks mount bottles securely to any tube up to 80mm.
• Stand-off design can mount bottles above existing mounts, cables or cable guides.
• Screw two together and use it to hold anything to the frame: tools, tubes, craft beer, or a mini-pump.
• Price: $13.99 USD
SKS Anywhere Top Cage Mounts screwed together can hold just about anything to a bike frame

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesSKS made this thing to allow you to put a water bottle on a bike that may have no, or only a single bottle mount. Two of them can be screwed together to hold just about anything, just about anywhere on your frame. The Velcro we use is super strong, so once you install the mounts, you can leave them there permanently if you want.

Trickstuff Deckele star nut

Trickstuff Deckele 'Star Nut'

• Re-usable expanding star nut
• Suitable for carbon or alloy steerer tubes from 23mm - 24.7mm
• Total Weight: 12 grams
• Available in 8 colors: ivory, black, red, blue, purple, gunmetal-gray, orange and gold
• Price: €29.90
Trickstuff Ringli spacers

Trickstuff Ringli Headset spacers

• Set includes a 3mm, 6mm, 9mm and 13mm spacer
• Outside diameter: 33 mm
• Total Weight: 8.97 grams
• Available in 8 colors: ivory, black, red, blue, purple, gunmetal-gray, orange and gold
• Price: €24.90

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThis system really works, unlike many other 'too light' products. The lightest combination of expander/star nut and ahead cap, we can't find a lighter combination. Of course, you have to remove your old star nut before using our system. What to say about spacers? Hmmm... they are really light! Lighter than most carbon spacers as they are machined out internally

Azonic World Force Pedals

• 6061 T6 CNC machined alloy body
• 101mm x 107mm platform
• Strong 4130 chromo axle
• 20 replaceable pins
• Spare pins and tool included
• 2x sealed bearings and 1x bushing
• Weight: 380g
• Price: Price: €109.95 / $99.99 USD

Azonic World Force pedals
From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesWith these pedals we wanted to create a product that was worthy of the hallowed 'World Force' name. With a fully CNC'd body, a truly concave profile (exaggerated further by using different sized and shaped pins) and 3 sealed bearings/bushes we feel we've done the job. The pins and design used also mean they don't come loose under hard riding. 18 months of working with our top riders and we're happy with the result. Matt MacDuff is rocking them this year along with our other Azonic riders.

O Neal Revolution Gloves

O'Neal Revolution Gloves

• Single layer vented Nanofront® palm
• Pre-curved tailoring for best fit
• Simple, slip-on design
• Black, red or green
• Sizes: S - XXL
• Price: $29.99 USD / €29.95
O Neal Revolution Gloves

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe Revolution has resurrected one of our favorite gloves from a few seasons ago and given it a fresh lease of life. Simple slip on design and no padding for the rider who wants maximum feel. This is helped with the Nanofront palm material which is the comfiest material we've ever used, staying soft and supple even after months of abuse.

Sunrace MX8 Cassette 11-46 Cassette

• 11-speed with standard driver
• 11-13-15-18-21-24-28-32-36-40-46t
• 6 Sprockets on 2 Alloy Spider Carriers
• A7075 Largest Sprocket
• Alloy Lockring and Spacers.
• Weight: 465g
• Finish: Champagne or Black Chrome.
• Price: Champagne £74.99 / Blk Chrome £84.99
Sunrace MX8 11-46t Cassette

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotes11-speed Wide Ratio Cassette offering great value and performance. This 11-speed cassette is the perfect solution for riders that don't want to resort to an expensive expander sprocket and those who want an even and smooth shift between all sprockets.

iXS XACT helmet - Checkout July 2016. Photo Paul Aston.

iXS Xact Full Face

• EN1078, C.P.S.C. & ASTM certified
• Colors: black-fluo blue, black-lime, black-fluo red, black-gun metal, white-black
• Weight: +/- 990g
iXS XACT helmet - Checkout July 2016. Photo Paul Aston.

• Sizes: SM, ML & LXL, Youth XS
• Available: July 2016
• Price: $159 USD / €159

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesA cross over full face made of absorbent ABS shell material. It features a VORTEXTM molded aeration system that provides consistent airflow through the helmet and therefore crosses over towards the needs of enduro style riding and racing. The rail-based design and reinforced form increases structural integrity where additional strength is needed. A 'stubby' visor design allows for the best possible visual field during competition or dirt jumpers performing tricks. It reduces the risk of injuries when falling. An ergonomic padding ensures a perfect fit while also using the EPRTM - emergency release pad system to allow for easy removability in the event of an emergency. The Xact helmet series meets the European EN1078 and American ASTM DH as well as C.P.S.C standards.

Oakley Airbrake Prizm Goggles

• Prizm lens technology - Jade Iridium pictured
• High impact Plutonite lens with Anti-Fog coating
• Switch-Lock lens technology for fast and easy lens changing
• Outrigger system for a balanced fit
• Injection Molded Polycarbonate construction
• Frame is composed of ultra-strong, yet lightweight, 'O Matter' combined with flexible urethane
• Price: $220 USD
Oakley Airbrake PRIZM goggles - Checkout July 2016. Photo Olly Forster.

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesPrizm MX lenses help you see subtle transitions in dirt conditions so you can master all those split-second decisions. With high-impact resistance that makes you invincible, this landmark of technology is the first even MX design with a lens of pure Plutonite. It's the new standard of protection and it lets you take the adapt-and-conquer approach with Oakley Switchlock Technology, the secret to fast and easy lens changing. The view is wide open, the comfort is beyond reason and the performance leaves other goggles scrambling for second place.

Altura Attack Three60 Shield Shorts

• Altura Shield technology, ErgoFit and Snap technology
• Cordura seat panel, seam sealed at critical areas
• Metal button fly closure
• Zipped leg vents for added ventilation
• 2 front pockets with protective storm flap
• Adjustable waistband
• Relaxed Fit
• Sizes: S - XXL
• Price: £99.99 GBP

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThis bad boy offers comfort and protection through Altura Shield fabric, which is a lightweight 2 layer shell fabric, engineered to provide protection from wind and water, whilst still offering high levels of breathability with added seat protection through the addition of Cordura seat panels.

WTB Convict Tire

• 27.5 x 2.5"
• Intended use: DH / Enduro
• Conditions: Dry to Wet / Sand to Loam
• Multiple casing and compound options
• Weight: 1042 - 1253 grams
• Price: $67.95 - $76.95 USD

WTB Convict

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe Convict epitomizes the toothy tread and robust features of truly aggressive gravity tires. Making easy work of the gnarliest lines, the Convict chews through a wide range of terrain while standing up to every rock and drop it meets along the way. Tall, meaty knobs with multidirectional channels provide steadfast traction whether braking hard or decimating corners. This is not your everyday, run-of-the-mill, let's-take-it-easy kind of tire.

100 Forecast Goggles - Checkout July 2016. Photo Olly Forster.
100% Forecast Film System

• Transparent canisters provide an easy view of remaining film.
• Smooth rolling drawstring
• Embossed lens with integrated clear mud visor keeps out the elements.
• Self-cleaning canister with integrated film wipe reduces mud build up.
• Compatible with 100% Racecraft, Accuri, and Strata goggles.
• 45mm wide film
• Price: $59.95 USD

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThis revolutionary new film system offers the largest field of clear vision. The Forecast is a complete system comprised of working parts that function seamlessly together resulting in the smoothest operating film system available today.

MENTIONS: @oneal / @iXSsports / @oakley / @ride100percent / @wilderness-trail-bikes


  • 43 1
 Kind of a boring component but I'm really liking these third party cassettes. Extended range, lightweight, cheap and near identical performance to the "factory" version (vs expander cogs). Who needs an eagle when you can have a 11 speed 10-46 range? Or who needs an 11 speed when you can have a 10 speed 10-42? I'm calling it right now the next big thing is going to be 5 speed 9-60 cassette.
  • 27 3
 3 speed 9-21-40. Save that unsprung weight Smile
  • 34 1
 @ibishreddin: Can they make a wide-range single speed?
  • 4 1
 Sram has already the EX-1 groupset, which might be targeted to e-mtbs, but if you have the legs to push efficiently an 11-48t 8-speed cassette on a standard driver, you don't have to wait for an aftermarket option
  • 6 0
 I've been running the Sunrace 11-42 for a few months. It works as well as any other cassette I've used.
  • 4 0
 I've been running a 10 speed sunrace 11-42 for the past few months with a shimano shifter and 11 speed derailleur. works great!
  • 1 0
 @ibishreddin: Right on. Use your old front triple shifters, we all have kicking around.
  • 3 4
 I too would like to think a $100(+/-) cassette that has 'identical performance to the "factory" version', but
lets face facts here. For this kind of money, the machining just isn't gonna be as precise as it is on the $300+ cassettes made by the likes of SRAM, Shimano, or e13( I own one, and can vouch for it).
It takes lotsa time and many steps to precisely machine a modern 11spd cassette, and it's highly unlikely this thing is gonna shift anywhere near as tight as the SRAM/Shimano/e13's
  • 2 1
 I've been running a praxis 10 speed 11-40 cassette for 500 miles.. shifts flawlessly and has plenty of range. I don't notice any real difference between it and my 11spd XTR set up on my other bike!
  • 1 1
 I recently bought a 10spd 11-40 sunrace cassette which i run with a 36T NW, saint shifter and zee fr mech, shits all over the sram cassettes performance wise as it has a large amount of ramps and pickups but has better ratios than a shimano 11spd casssette, and i can use an inexpensive short cage mech, so no horifically expensive huge sram mechs to replace when it enevitebly gets smashed on a rock. Best set up out there IMO!
  • 1 0
 @studers: I had a 10 speed 11-42 Sunrace on my old bike (which ended up getting stolen), and put one on my fiancee's bike. With a standard SLX rear mech, the thing worked really well - not quite as smooth around the lowest gears as the Shimano cassette it replaced, but then the jumps were a bit bigger, so you'd expect that. My new bike has SRAM X1. Shifts a bit more smoothly. I've ridden GX - also smoother than the old SLX/Sunrace combo. I don't think that it's better to the point where I'd spend serious money upgrading her 10sp drivetrain to 11sp with XD driver and all that. But... with the new NX cassette going on a standard driver, and being about the same weight as the Sunrace, and the rear mech and shifter being downright inexpensive - next time her cassette is due, or next time her derailleur gets smashed, that would be a pretty viable conversion.
  • 3 0
 @bridgermurray: @ibishreddin

Chain tensioner & a front triple. 22/32/44. i almost want to run this on a commuter or something just for the pure ridiculous idiocy
  • 1 0
 @g-42: agreed. was surprised how smooth GX is. sometimes I don't know for sure that I shifted.

Also agree that it's nice, but not something I'd spend buttloads of money to have. Rode just fine with angry loud 7 speed back in the day, could live with it now.
  • 2 0
 Actually I got it for $60 from LBS, and it shifts as good as the XT level stuff I usually run.
  • 1 0
 @BigballmcCall: FWIW: came from XT 10 speed, got GX on new bike. GX is smoother, noticeably so. Can't comment on 11 speed XT.

Really miss multi-shift though. seriously considering Di2 XT if retail prices shake out low enough.
  • 1 0
 @groghunter: basically a gearbox!! lol lol
  • 1 0
 @bridgermurray: why not? it can run from 0 - 40 technically.
  • 1 0
 @YoKev: Its true. The one piece x-domes are awesome. The shimano's shift great. The e.13 was disappointing in shifting and creaking. I tried some cheaper ones. The best deal in 11 speed xd is the Sram XG-1195 X01 cassette can be had for about $260, if you shop around. I shoulda stayed with the XT though, its really great especially for the price.
  • 2 3
 f*ck 11spd demeod a devinci troy with a gx set up on it and was the only time i ever broke a chain through shifting, what they dont tell u is that if u add more gears the chains get thinner and coincidently weaker whilst also being more expensive and more sensitive to adjustment, f*cking needless progression! If u need a 10-42+ your better off with a 2×10!
  • 2 0
 I run the 10-42 and it's great and cheap.
  • 24 1
 Gloves looked great till I saw the topside, not so much.
  • 16 1
 They look like gardening glove
  • 25 4
 $220USD for a some goggles....! That's like a price of a car in Canada!
  • 3 5
 Not going to neg or pos this. $220 is a fair amount but having used them it's worth it. A little gripe and side note however the goggle used to come with lens protectors included in the price. Now with prism to keep the cost relative I imagine they do not come with them. You can order a 2 pack of protective film (not the tear offs) for about $20. I suggest picking em up. Both the goggle and the films. Great investment if you ride all day and have mixed light.
  • 2 0
 @AJ420: They don't... Disappointing not to see those in the box as I remember getting them when the Airbrakes first launched. We'll have a review of these Prizm editions up soon! So far, we're (me) rather impressed!
  • 1 0
 @ollyforster: how much does the leans only cost?
if i'm not mistaken and from what i remember the normal version of this googles cost like half of this one no?
i'm all for eye protection, and a good set of leans is a great investment for your riding expirience and for your vision overall, but i would stugle to buy a lens that cost 100 ans something $ when even with all the car a guy can have they still end up scratched in some way, like it was magic
  • 1 0
 @tiagomano: Without looking via the magic of Google, I don't know. There's a lot to be said for taking a run of the mill tear-off, cutting the flap off (kinda redundant for MTB IMO) and using that to protect your lens. They cost peanuts and do a great job. Just don't leave them on the trails.
  • 2 0
 @ollyforster: yes, i know that trick, but you end up with worst vision than without that, making the expensive lens even more absurde for the price
  • 1 0
 @tiagomano: Not really the 'worst vision' - moto boys use a handful at a time!
  • 1 0
 @ollyforster: worst then without than, not the worst vision, only said that because if you buy the best lens and then put plastic in front of it to protect it(but at the same time it makes a litle bit worst) might as well have the normal ones, but then again, is way bether than the leans full of dirt, or when you se on AMA motocross then when the tear off run out they resort to the and and taking them out witch is far worst
  • 4 0
 @ollyforster: be interesting to see how the bike crowd get on with the prism sense, there's been a lot of people getting motion sickness using them on snow, me included, I've never ever been sea sick, tested these out and ended up stopping and throwing up, the most horrible riding experience ever.. as soon as i swapped them for a different goggle i was immediately better. talking to other shop guys it seems to be pretty common side effect.. to the point that one very good shop i know refuses to sell them..

test them before you buy them boys and girls..
  • 2 1
 I don't have any Oakley goggles but I have 3 pairs of sunglasses and they're worth every cent and the reviews of Prizm lenses I've read were positive too. Currently using the first generation of Radar with fire iridium, but if I need to replace them, I'll go for Prizm trail for sure.
  • 1 0
 @ad15: that's odd. I have been sea sick (although I think I've become much more resilient over time), and amusement park rides make me feel dizzy and nauseous, but I have nothing but love for my prism lenses in the snow (I have the rose ones and the dark grey ones). Maybe it's the iridescent ones that do it?
  • 1 0
 @bderricks: actually it was the rose lense that got me. on the grand scheme of things it's a tiny % of people that get affected like i did, and i think its more of an eye/ brain not liking the prism effect. to quote one person in the snow industry "this things should come with a f+++ing health warning"....

I literally couldn't see anything apart from white, ( it was a fairly low light day) I usually use a rose lense a lot anyway so was expecting the only difference to be the "prism effect".. i lost all definition of snow/ sky, couldn't see bumps at all. then i just felt bloody awful, got a splitting head ache and started throwing up. swapped to a pair of anon goggles with rose lenses and immediately could see fine and felt fine... someone riding with us commented that she wondered how i'd ever worked in the snowboard industry as she genuinely thought i couldn't ride it was that bad..

I'd imagine that this issue won't be so prevalent on bikes as the colours are stronger contrast, i.e. green brown blue rather than white on white..
  • 2 0
 @ad15: that sounds like a shitty experience, haha. Man, I would have been choked if my brand new $275 goggles gave me a migraine and made me throw up on the first day. I'm glad I don't experience that.
  • 11 0
 That Sunrace cassette is so cheap, I might put it on my single speed!
  • 11 1
 300 bucks is a new 100...
  • 3 0
 Ixs exult- 990g is lighter than most of carbon full face helmets. I really wonder how it would hold up in a crash. Great price though
  • 3 0
 Just put the cash saved into your medical bills after, it all equals out
  • 1 0
 +/- so some will feel like it's lifting your head
  • 1 0
 i really like the look of it, normaly i don't like on the other collors. but i think read somewhere when they came out the although they offer aceptable level's of protection, they arn't as high as a normal helmet like a D3 or a rampage. just don't spare money with your well beeing, you are going to crash and it your head, at least be with the best you can so you don't regret after. a few year's ago had a crash and broke my d3, i only find out it had broken whem a was cleaning it day's after, as it absorved most of the impact
  • 2 0
 Was just riding my 10s 11-40t Sunrace Cassette on Tuesday - and realized that is has really treated me very well this season. Been riding with shimano mech and a KMC chain. I bought it just before the XT 11s came out.
  • 2 0
 The nose bridge on those Oakley's look like they could span the Atlantic, yet your eyes still need to be touching in order to get a good field of view out of them. Like their sunglasses though
  • 2 0
 I love the idea of a reusable star nut, but curious if they hold as well as press-ins. Installation must be a breeze.
  • 1 0
 I am using it since two months and I did not have any problem so far. I am riding a Kona Explosif and a few components gave in to the abuse already. The Deckele nevere loosend though.
  • 3 0
 I'm loving the "New" WTB.... Minion DHR

  • 1 0
 I want the surface cassette, after trying a 1x setup on a bike trade want to convert my hardtail to 1x as well.
  • 1 0
 Is the SKS Anywhere Top Cage Mount compatible with Carbon frames?

Would be a great solution for my AM bike.

  • 1 0
 Anybody tried that Trickstuff Deckele 'Star Nut'? It does look pretty trick.
  • 1 0
 Who's going to spend 220 on goggles for biking or moto....this advertising you force feed us is getting old
  • 1 0
 30 bucks to look like Minnaar! Done and done.
  • 1 0
 My wife's azonic pedals are garbage.
  • 1 0
 Was the price always 300? I thought it used to be lower...
  • 1 0
 Wow, WTB sure does make a decent Minion DHF.....
  • 2 5
 weak line up

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