Check Out: Magnesium Pedals, Slim Stash Packs, Fancy Tube Holders, & More

Jul 27, 2020
by Mike Kazimer  



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



Occam Designs Apex Strap




Features

• X-Pac fabric
• BOA L6 Fit System
• $34.99 USD
• Weight: 28 grams
• Colors: black, checkered
occamdesigns.com




bigquotesThere are all sots of ways to attach a tube, tire lever and a CO2 cartridge to your frame, but Occam Design's Apex strap takes things to the next level. It's constructed from a light and tough material called X-Pac, which was originally developed for use as a sail material for racing sailboats. Attached to the fabric is a Boa dial, which makes installation and removal quick and easy, and allows the strap to work with almost any frame shape. At 28 grams it won't weigh you down, and the clever design is an easy way to stand out from the ski strap and electrical tape crowd.




Camelbak Stash Belt



Features

• 3D ventilated mesh
• Weight: 93 grams
• $35 USD
• 2 zippered pockets, 4 mesh pockets
• Secure phone pocket
camelbak.com

bigquotesI try to go as light as possible when I head out for a ride on a hot summer day, and for the last few weeks Camelbak's Stash Belt has been my go-to gear holder. It's super low profile, with just enough room to hold a phone, energy bar, multi-tool, and maybe a couple other smaller accessories. I'll admit, it feels a little strange stepping through it and pulling it up over my shoes and shorts, sort of like I'm putting on underwear when I'm already dressed, but once it's on it's barely noticeable. It works best if it's positioned in the same spot that a belt would be, a little lower than where you'd wear a hip pack.

It also works well for lift served riding, a minimalist way to hold the bare essentials that doesn't put you in a weird position when you're sitting on the chairlift. For the fast (or slow) and light crowd, the Stash Belt is a handy accessory.



Crankbrothers Stamp 3 V2 Pedals




Features

• Magnesium body
• 10 pins per side
• 5 year warranty
• $119 USD
• 114mm x 111mm (L), 100mm x 100mm (S)
• 386g per pair
crankbrothers.com




bigquotesCrankbrothers' Stamp 3 pedals received an update this season, switching from an aluminum body to a magnesium one, a move that saved 100 grams over the original. The pedals spin on an igus bushing and two cartridge bearings, with 10 adjustable pins per side. There are two platform sizes available, allowing riders to pick the dimensions that work best with their foot size. There's also a 5 year warranty, which is impressive for a product that's going to be smashed into rocks and roots over and over again.




Dirt Gloves




Features

• Four way stretch material
• Microfiber thumb
• $24.95 USD
• Sizes: S - XXL
• Colors: red camo, black
dirtgloves.com




bigquotesIt's easy to want to leave the gloves at home when the mercury climbs, but somehow whenever I do that I seem to end up off the bike, sliding with my hands on the ground, so I usually go with the lightest gloves I can find instead.

Dirt Gloves' new summer gloves fit the bill, with a synthetic leather palm and mesh fabric over the back of the hand to keep the air flowing. There's no velcro to wear out, or any padding to speak of, and the microfiber material on the thumb is handy for dealing with sweat and snot.





Polar Sport Insulated Bottle




Features

• BPA-free
• Tri-layer insulation
• $11 USD
• 20- and 24-oz versions
• Made in USA
polarbottle.com




bigquotesTaking a big swig of warm water isn't all that refreshing, which is why Polar has a whole line of insulated water bottles that are designed to keep liquids cool on those sweltering days. The version shown here is the all-around option, with a handle to make it easy to grab and go. The bite valve works, but I'd pay a little more to get the Surge Valve found on the more bike-specific Breakaway models. Those bottles ditch the handle and get a softer bite valve that's easier to drink from while riding.





Ergon GD1 Evo Factory Lock-On Grips




Features

• Colors: orange, stealth, moss / oil slick
• 144mm overall length, 120mm usable area
• $39.99 USD
• Slim and standard options
• Weight: 145 grams
ergonbike.com




bigquotesErgon recently updated the downhill-oriented GD1 grip, tweaking the pattern to provide more cushioning around the thumb. I have a handful of rides in on the slim Factory edition (no pun intended), and so far they've been treating my hands just right. I liked the previous version too, but the new profile feels even more comfortable. I'm also a fan of the wider aluminum clamp and the 3mm hex key bolt for extra assurance that they won't ever slip.





136 Comments

  • 107 1
 Camelbak makes a girdle for Dad Bods..... SWEET!!!!
  • 38 30
 I can't unsee the image of a typical e-biker trying to put this on. I imagine would look like Eddie Masters trying to fit the fatbike to the uplift trailer. A recipe for frustration.
  • 13 2
 "Camelback makes fanny pack, calls it a Stash Belt to try and hide reality."
FTFY
  • 3 0
 Bontrager Rapid Pack checked all my boxes.
  • 24 0
 I'd call it a "chastity belt"... ain't no way you gettin' action wearin' that thing.
  • 2 9
flag JimmyWeir (Jul 27, 2020 at 21:14) (Below Threshold)
 @Muckal: all of what you just is filth
  • 8 0
 @MikerJ: any tips for getting action during / after a ride ? never happened to me even without that belt. I guess beeing alone in the woods does not help either.
  • 6 0
 @optimumnotmaximum: youve just got to know the 'call'.. Kakahhh
  • 2 0
 “I’m not fat, just big boned” -Eric Cartman after unbuckling his camelbak stash
  • 60 12
 Fist rule of buying Componets,never buy anything from CB that rotates
  • 36 1
 Not sure why you're so specific. Did you forget about their dropper posts?
  • 39 0
 @paja-tousek: Maybe their dropper posts rotate too? Wink
  • 5 0
 @cool3: Oh, right.
  • 13 0
 They rotate when they're not supposed to and don't rotate when they are supposed to.
  • 3 1
 @Trudeez: my 10 yr old Joplin has never had a problem, it cost $150. And both my RockShox droppers have failed within 2 seasons
  • 6 0
 Loving mine so far, and it's hard to argue with a 5 year warranty. My last pedals (comparable expensive ones) snapped in half after two years; those only had a one year warranty. Not doing that again
  • 4 0
 Truth. My dh bike has Stamp 7 pedals. One spins almost normally for a trail pedal, the other one is perfect for no-footers!
  • 10 0
 love my Mallet E pedals... they spin, no problems, easy to refresh if needed. the 12 year old Candys on my other bike still work, too, without ever seeing any maintenance or even slight care.
  • 10 0
 @deadtime: To be fair, "better than RockShox dropper" is a pretty low bar to clear
  • 1 1
 Lol I have 2 pairs of CrankBrothers Stamp pedals that CB says are "vapor locked". WTF does that mean? Long story short, they don't spin anymore. Useless!
  • 1 0
 @brodude: I think that means, that the secon Pedal is packed in a airtight bag
  • 1 0
 @danimaniac: yeah, they say CB are the new Shimanos
  • 29 1
 BOA adjuster on a tube strap that never needs to be adjusted, and no adjuster on a fanny pack that will regularly need to be adjusted. Got it.
  • 5 2
 There are elastic drawstrings on each side of the Stash Belt to adjust the fit.
  • 7 0
 Seems you've been corrected. Apparently it's not called a fanny pack. LOL
  • 19 0
 The Boa tube strap looks nice. I wonder how it works with a normal sized tube.
  • 40 9
 What's a tube?
  • 165 1
 @themostnate: The thing you'll be trying to bum from someone when you cut a sidewall in the middle of nowhere.
  • 4 0
 @Drew-O: LOL - brilliant
  • 11 1
 It does. $35 for a strap though.. wow
  • 6 0
 @alexpistachio, it works great - you should be able to fit pretty much any sized tube.
  • 17 1
 @Jamesb15uk: wow is right, seems to me that BOA is overkill for this application.
  • 3 1
 @themostnate: I looked it up in the dictionary and they say its something resembling wait for it "A Tube"
  • 5 0
 @Drew-O: Bingo. We have a friend in our group nicked named 'Tube Slayer' due to the fact two years ago at Moab on Whole Enchilada he went thru like 6 tubes. His spare and all of the remaining groups spares. He is THAT GUY Haha.
  • 13 0
 @kingbike2: I don't know. Having velcro wear out over the years kinda sucks when it won't stick to itself the way it should. Boa doesn't loosen up since it ratchets closed. and BOA warranties their stuff for the lifetime of the product it's attached to. I would get it for the security of never coming loose.
  • 12 0
 Ski strap
  • 4 1
 BOA always seems like a good idea...
  • 1 0
 @bman33: That happens to at leave one person in every group for that trail. It puts like 2 seasons worth of wear on your bike in a single ride.
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: Agree. That said, our particular group that day consisted of seasoned vets of that trail. I think the 'least' experience on that trail was on their second ride. Most of us were on our sixth or more. We all lived within driving distance of Moab at the time so it was a secret to him. Either way, his nickname has stuck for the good and he actually owns it pretty well now.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: Good to know! Thanks.
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: How did your frame hold up with those small boa straps? frame protector necessary where its attached?
  • 1 2
 @Jsmoke, I wouldn't worry much about it on an an aluminum frame, but some protection wouldn't hurt with carbon, just in case.
  • 1 0
 @Drew-O: fishing line goes a long way.
  • 2 0
 @Spencermon: Velcro wears when you open and close, no wear if just left in place closed. So unless you swap between bikes no worries.
  • 1 1
 @kingbike2: unless it was boa from recycled shoes/shorts..torn sails
  • 6 3
 @Jamesb15uk: When a couple wraps of tape cost pennies, yeah, more dentistware.
  • 1 0
 @Drew-O: I'd suggest these instead. If a sidewall slash is so bad that these would not be enough, no way a tube isn't going to just bulge through: www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-TB-2-Emergency-Tire/dp/B000YBGJRS/ref=sr_1_3
  • 3 0
 @Chuckolicious: out of stock and cost more than using a $5.00 bill.
  • 1 1
 @fabwizard: Hmm... my screen shows in stock? And hey, costs even more than using a $1 bill. :-D (plus, what is a "bill" anyway?)
  • 1 1
 @fabwizard: Ahh crap, just realized they are not what I think they are. I somehow thought they were big ass patches you could patch up a slash from the inside with. Oh well, gotta up my reading for comprehension skilz.
  • 2 0
 @Spencermon: try the edc straps. rubber with a hook. seems solid to me. doesn't absorb water like a sponge, doesn't sratch your frame, naturally sticky....
  • 1 0
 @Chuckolicious: make one using the plastic that tyres come threaded through
  • 1 0
 @Jamesb15uk: I use 2 reusable zip ties, cost less than a buck
  • 1 1
 @Jsmoke: I would never put something that straps to the frame without frame protection, dirt will make its way between the frame and strap and wear away the finish over time, aluminum or carbon.
  • 1 1
 @Drew-O: .... in which case a tube would do nothing but pop out through the hole and pop...
  • 14 0
 I'm 5.7, 150 pounds, gravity orientated rider, just wondering if anybody knows how much clicks my tube need to be perfect setup on my bike..
  • 1 0
 4 in the front 6 in the rear but I ride mostly green and some techy blue trails with lots of flow.
  • 2 0
 @MattyBoyR6: If you really hammer and ride in the desert, you may need an extra click, just saying...
  • 1 1
 are you talking compression or rebound?
  • 14 1
 so you're saying the Boa can hold a big wad of "fruit by the foot" to your frame...good stuff...
  • 8 0
 I always hear stories or "urban legends" of pedal strikes causing fires. And, there have been news articles of such things happening (a quick search has an article near Mammoth a few years back claiming that was the cause). Always been a bit of a skeptic when I hear this. However, i think with magnesium pedals that's a definite plausibility. Almost like riding on a set of striking flints.

Anyone have any first hand experience with such a thing happening?
  • 8 0
 I used to have magnesium BMX pedals. They would spark but only on certain cement/brick/stone combinations.

They were brittle as hell though and would break constantly when bikes were dropped, crashed or if you just hit your pedal wrong.

Primo magnesium tenderizers.
  • 1 0
 Magnesium flint and a piece of steel are a survival kit.
  • 4 0
 @Paddock22: primo meat tenderizers... Classics. I never had the mags, but I had nylon, low end and high end AL versions.
  • 6 0
 A lot of us used to ride Wellgo MG-1 pedals back in the day, and we did a lot of night riding. Can confirm that sparks fly when rocks are hit. But not sure about it being enough to start a fire.

Mags are soft, so the traction pins bend the pedal body when they take a hit. That was my main beef with the old MG-1's. But good lord those cheap old Wellgos kept spinning a lot longer than most fancier pedals (that were probably made by Wellgo). I wonder if these Stamps are a different magnesium alloy and a bit stronger?
  • 5 0
 I have personally put out a fire for which the only plausible explanation was a pedal strike. I was riding along during a race in New Mexico and came across a grass fire that was maybe two square feet that was centered on a rock jutting into the singletrack. Some water bottle and furious stomping action put it out. It was the first lap of the race and I was hammering hard towards the front of the field so it's not like there was someone in front of me that had stopped for a smoke break and somehow started it. So, yeah, amplifying what is a small but real risk seems dumb, particularly for riding in dry places.
  • 1 0
 @JustinVP: I still have Welgo MG1s as my back up pedal or for when I want to ride flats on my trail bike. The bearings have absolutely 0 play and the pedal itself has out lasted multiple frames. Sure they have some chunks out the side and a pin or two missing but I can't justify buying new flats when these things still rock. Never noticed any sparking on rock strikes.
  • 1 0
 Never seen a fire started. But seen sparks and with how dry it is in my area, I can totally believe it as being possible.
  • 14 9
 That BOA strap tube is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. One crash or lay your bike down wrong and the wheel will snap off. It's called a ski strap folks.
  • 7 1
 BOA sux!
  • 2 0
 Yeah, the love for BOA is weird. The greatest advantage according to most users I've heard is that they have great customer service and lifetime guarantee. Which is great, cos you're really gonna need it the number of times I've seen them break.
  • 3 0
 @warpcow: BOA - when you're willing to sacrifice days on the hill to save seconds doing up your laces, accept no substitute.
  • 5 1
 Might have to get that stash belt. I hate having to wear a backpack on a short ride to carry my phone when I'm not wearing lycra.
  • 6 0
 I use Dakine hot laps stealth and it's great, this one looks good too, but it's a bit weird to have one-piece belt. Great idea. I can even keep it below my POC back protector which is very neat fot bikeparks days.
  • 3 8
flag Ryan2949 (Jul 27, 2020 at 13:50) (Below Threshold)
 Quadlock. Best purchase I've made in a while LOL. I always had my phone in my pack/pocket and now it's always on my bars. Now I ride without a pack and just a water bottle for short rides.
  • 3 1
 @lkubica: yeah, the one piece belt is what is going to keep me from buying it.
  • 1 1
 @Ryan2949: might have to try that.
  • 4 0
 I got one of the super cheap REI fanny packs. Holds key, wallet, phone and a snack super easy. Think i spent maybe like $15
  • 2 0
 @Ryan2949: Tried it on my mountain bike, but after two crashes and having my phone detach both times, I now only use it on my city bike. I couldn't figure out how it could possibly become "unlocked," but it was only temporary anyways until I got a new Garmin.
  • 2 0
 @bobthestapler: Finally! Someone on PB who is honest about what they buy! Cracks me up that all these bro packs are just fanny packs with extras, but don't call them that....
  • 1 0
 @mookmeister: I use it on my mountain bike, but no crashes yet on my end (knock on wood lol).
  • 2 0
 Camelback makes some pretty low key fannies that home a bottle. Without the bottle they are barely noticable.
  • 1 0
 @mookmeister: how's that Garmin working for you now?
  • 1 0
 @JimmyWeir: Still works. Fortunately, I don't need to connect before or after every ride, which is pretty much every day. Sounds like they're sorting things out. That said, their lack of transparency is really sad.
  • 4 0
 How hard is it to just put shit in your fucking pockets. Wear a proper cycling jersey, it has pockets. No need for a fat man cummerbund.
  • 5 0
 Just got the Occam Designs Apex Strap. Looks like a cool system
  • 1 0
 Are there any summer gloves that include a bit more protection, like some knuckle padding and a longer cuff? I'm having a hard time finding the right glove. The tougher gloves all appear to use heavier fabric all over and not breathe well. I've had Fox Dirtpaws in the past, but most summer days by me are around or over 100°F and those gloves were a bit much in the heat

I'm just getting back to riding after a month off due to stitches at the bottom of my palm. My gloves were cuff-less like the ones in this article, and the bottom end of the glove just lifted out of the way when my hand slid over a rock and provided no protection to that part of my hand. And the knuckles on my other hand were sliced up too, because a thin layer of lycra does very little.
  • 7 2
 Mechanix MPACT gloves. Not made for biking but are better than any bike specific glove.
  • 4 0
 Check out motocross gloves. They usually have more protection on the top.
  • 1 0
 @Endurahbrah: I updated my post a bit to clarify. I have had moto gloves (Fox Dirtpaw) but I am looking for something lighter. Something with a thin, breathable back but that still includes at least a little knuckle padding. A proper cuff to keep them in place would be nice too. It going to be over 100°F every day this week and moto gloves are just too sweaty for me
  • 2 0
 @Kitejumping: Those definitely look tough, but way too sweaty! I'm looking for summer gloves that are good for 100°F days, but with a little more protection
  • 2 0
 @showmethemountains: I use Giro Remedy X2 here in socal, works great for me. Check those out.
  • 1 0
 @chrischandra: Thanks! Those do look like a good possibility
  • 1 0
 Yes. Just go look at Fox and Troy Lee catalogs there are tons of options.
  • 1 0
 @lognar: I guess I just need to convince the local shops to carry more options. I haven't seen anything in the middle-ground in a long time, but those sites do show one or two potential options each
  • 1 0
 I've been looking at cut resistant gloves for industrial work. Made with kevlar or dyneema woven in. The palm material may be a little too plasti dip though.
  • 2 0
 @showmethemountains: My hands sweat like crazy. I had been carrying two pairs and swapping to the second when they get so sweaty I couldn't hold on anymore. Since they mostly sweat on the climb though, I started take my gloves off then put them back on at the top. Seems to be working.
  • 2 1
 If the Dirtpaw is too heavy for you, then you might want to consider adding brush guards to your bars.

If it's crashes that are shredding your hands, then heavy gloves are the only answer.

Most MTB gloves don't have much of a gauntlet because it makes them hot Wink
  • 1 0
 @showmethemountains: Another less known, but as good or better quality brand of workgloves is IRONCLAD. I bought a pair in 2014, haven't killed them yet!! The palms of mine have gel pads (cuzz carpal tunnel), the knuckles have similar protection to MW Impact gloves, and the back of the hand is a woven synthetic. They're machine washable,** NO DRYER though, just let them air dry!!
Also recently got an email from Milwaukee, they have a new IMPACT Demolition Glove, they looked pretty stout, but a bit spendy, so I picked up a pair, from a local Tool place when they were on saleSmile
But haven't worn them yet, cuzz the Ironclads have a bunch of miles left in themSmile

www.ironclad.com **have a look around, there are many styles to choose from

www.milwaukeetool.com/Products/Work-Gear/Gloves/Gloves/Impact-Demolition-Gloves

**Too bad the Milwaukee's don't come in all black, the red on the backside is kind of loudSmile For me at least, but that's what sharpies are for
  • 2 0
 @MattyBoyR6: check out HexArmor - they undoubtedly have a product that would work very well for you.
  • 1 0
 @nurseben: my recent crash messed up my hands a bit because there is basically no knuckle padding besides the fabric in the lightweight summer gloves I wore, and because my glove didn't stay on my hand because there was no cuff.
In my experience a standard glove palm is enough protection for me, as long as it stays on. And just a bit of knuckle padding has been enough. Dirtpaws are great, but lesser gloves have been enough protection for me
I once had a pair of Specialized Enduro gloves that were the perfect balance of summer comfort and protection for me, but I recently found out they were discontinued. I did some more searching since I posted and found that Specialized has a new Ridge model to effectively replace the Enduro, and it looks pretty good
  • 1 0
 @chrischandra: yeah a 2nd for the Giro X2 gloves. Its more than just knuckle protection. Trees arent near your knuckles but they are near your outer palm area. These cover that too and are light enough for summer. Very nice glove.
  • 1 0
 G-form make a glove with good knuckle protection , an cool airy fabric on the tops and thin perforated palms. I found them on amazon after pinching my little finger between bar and tree. I ordered them with the Giro x2 as well and prefered the G-forms..
  • 1 0
 @showmethemountains: I was exactly in your position a couple months ago and found Leatt makes a pair that meets the criteria. No padding on the palm the back is lightweight knit and it has flexible padding on the knuckles and fingers: www.leatt.com/shop/bike/riding-apparel/gloves/glove-dbx-4-0-lite-ink.html
  • 1 0
 @showmethemountains: There isn't a cuff though and they are a bit steep. I know 100% and fox both make gloves with d30 on the knuckles and it looks like they have a cuff. Not sure how warm they are.
  • 1 0
 @ABhardtail: That's one of the sites that got me going down this path. I was checking out some fabrics with Dyneema woven in and thought how great not cutting a new glove in the first week.
  • 1 0
 @mtb-sf: I carry a 2nd paid with me that I switch into when I get to the top of the climb. It can get pretty hot and nasty here and having that 2nd pair is like a luxury.
  • 5 0
 Magnesium pedals? Are we trying to make a fire?
  • 2 0
 Wait till you hear about alloys.
  • 2 0
 Wouldn’t want to get them wet... ;P
  • 3 0
 i'm currently working on pure sodium pedals. it's going to set the mountain biking world on fire
  • 2 0
 BOA tube strap?? Dumbest......thing.....ever. It's called a Voile strap, and you can use it to strap stuff together if something breaks.
  • 3 0
 Do they make it in a double wide to cover my love handles?
  • 2 0
 I wish Stamp Bros made a goldilocks pedal. The large is too big, the small too small.
  • 1 0
 The strap is boss. I must get one. looks like it would squash down the tube so it does not look like a bulging mess on the bike....
  • 1 0
 Anyone know if the camelbak belt would fit a 0.5l platypus softbottle (12"x5")? one of these: www.platy.com/ca/bottles/softbottle-.5l-1.0l/softbottle.html
  • 6 4
 Came just for the BOA comments, so far, disappointed
  • 5 1
 BOA Sucks!
  • 3 0
 I, for one, am very excited for a BOA strap. Velcro wears out after the 1,000th or so use, so in like 450 years when I have finally removed it from my bike that many times, I'll be picking up one of these BOA straps to replace it.
  • 2 0
 @xeren: how often you getting flats these days??? Where dou you live Cacrocktistan?
  • 1 0
 @unrooted: eh, i remove it from my bike a couple times a year to wash it. i never get flats
  • 2 0
 Up next: BOA socks, watch, helmet straps, and backpacks.
  • 1 0
 I have BOA on my trail helmet already
  • 1 0
 The last magnesium pedals I had cracked pretty badly. Curious on the 5 year warranty.
  • 1 0
 I got a waterproof hip bag the same size as that Camelback one for 2,5€.
  • 1 0
 Crankbrothers have really made a sweet comeback!
  • 1 0
 Crankbros Stamp: no concave, no good, no buy.
  • 1 1
 damn these grips look technical ! keen to give these a try!
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