Check Out - May

May 4, 2015
by Paul Aston  
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Wisecracker Twinduro Bottle Opener

• 1-1/8" Headset Spacer
• Material: 6/4 Titanium
• Finish: Bead Blast Finish
• Stack Height: 1.8mm
• Weight: 22 g
• Price: $28 USD
WiseCracker LTD

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesDouble your drinking pleasure with the Twinduro and open two bottles at the same time. It neatly fits as a headset spacer under your handlebars and can be installed in just 5 minutes. This opener has no coating, just the natural titanium colour, and features the Twinduro script.

Zefal Z Box

• Waterproof
• Compact and practical
• Fits in bottle cage
• Adjustable compartment, can be divided into two parts for a better storage
• Material: Polypropylene
• Height: 250 mm
• Weight: 130g
• Capacity: 0,8 L / 26 oz
• Price: / € 8,90

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesLarge capacity tool holder, the Z Box L responds to your needs thanks to the two available compartments. It is waterproof to keep your belongings dry.

High Five Race Pack

• State-of-the-art nutrition for a 4-hour endurance event
• Award winning EnergySource Sports Drink
• Race proven EnergyGel and IsoGel
• Provides a scientific dose of caffeine
• Step-by-step nutrition guide for your sport, distance and bodyweight
• Price: $23.49 USD
High Five

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesHigh5 Event & Race Pack contains enough award-winning products for a 4-hour Cycle/MTB/Triathlon event, including EnergyGel, IsoGel, EnergySource and Protein Recovery. It will demonstrate what can be achieved using the latest generation of nutrition products and a scientific nutrition strategy for your sport, distance and bodyweight. It contains an assortment of best selling flavours.

Bliss ARG Comp Knee Pad

• Pre-shaped, flexible, super shock absorbing Armourgel® knee & shin pad
• Ergonomic cut for a perfect fit
• Flatlock stitching
• Additional EVA padding at the sides and above the knee
• Adjustable elastic strap on upper and lower leg
• Siliconprint inside upper leg opening for additional hold
• Comfortable lycra-material
• Kevlar® at knee area
• Mesh fabric at hollow of knee
• Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
• CE EN-1621-2:2012 K+L certified

• Price: $129.90 USD
Bliss Camp

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe Bliss ARG Vertical Extended Knee Pads are designed for the new styles of mountain riding these days. We took the benefits of our Cross Country/All Mountain Minimalist Knee Pads and added a pre shaped Level 2 certified 3D cap with the maximum protection where it's necessary. Simultaneously, we tried to keep them as light as possible. The knee pads are made out of super light Lycra, a mesh fabric at the hollow of knee, flat lock stitching, an ergonomic cut for a perfect fit, a compression strap at the top and silicon dots on the inside. To round this package out, the whole knee area is boosted with Kevlar. For us it's important to provide you with protection at it's best, so the knee pad is certified with CE EN-1621-2:2012 K.

One Industries Sector Glove

• Hicom mesh and ribbed spandex chassis construction
• Single layered Clarino palm, Direct inject finger design
• Micro fibre thumb panel wipe
• Lycra finger gussets
• Adjustable TPR hook and loop wrist closure system
• Tacky silicone finger print
• 40% Synthetic Leather, 35% Nylon, 15% Leather, 10% PVC Rubber
• Colours: Red, Gray or Black
• Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
• Price: $35.99 USD
One Industries

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe Sector Glover in Red is a bomb proof glove that will give you great protection while pushing hard through the track or fighting the brush while trail riding.

Skratch Labs Hydration Mix

• Match Green Tea + Lemons, Pineapples, Apple and Cinnamon, Lemons and Limes, Oranges, Raspberries,
• Resealable Bag contains ~20 16oz (500mL) servings
• Price: $19.50 USD
Skratch Labsl

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThis is an all natural sports drink. It replaces both the fluid and electrolytes you lose in your sweat while providing just enough calories to help fuel your working muscles. Flavoured with only real fruit and containing no artificial colours or preservatives, our drink mix won't upset your stomach, leave a bad taste in your mouth, or challenge your IQ with tongue twisting chem-lab ingredients. It just works better. Maybe that's why, for years, top athletes have been secretly replacing their sponsors' products with drink mix made from Skratch. You Sweat. We Hydrate.

Hostile Bicycles DM Stem

• UK Design
• CNC machined, Billet 6061 T6 aluminum
• Grade 5 Titanium bolts (machined taper heads)
• 45mm or 50mm reach
• 31.8mm bar diameter
• 65mm bar clamp width
• Compatible with FOX 40 (2009 onwards), All Rock Shox BoXXer, Marzocchi (2009 onwards)
• Colour: Black
• Weight: 107.5g (Including bolts)
• Price: €90.15 / $96.10 USD
Hostile Bicycles

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesWith so many direct-mount stems on the market, Hostile wanted to develop a simple, ground up solution that would set our stem apart from the competition. Developed and extensively tested over the past year, the innovative two part design removes any un-required bolts and material resulting in a stem that weighs in at 107.5 grams, making it one of the lightest direct-mount stems on the market and maintaining a high level of strength and rigidity that matches any other stem on the market

Check-Out is an article that gives you a glimpse at items under $200 that have crossed the desks here at Pinkbike that we've not had a chance to review yet, but feel that you may want to take a look at.

MENTIONS: @blissprotection


  • 148 1
 Sometimes I slip while climbing and bash me knee on my stem. In those moments, all I can think is "wouldn't it be great if there was something sticking out of here to cut me?". Now, for only $28, I can have that. Wonderful.
  • 33 0
 Plus, you can stop and double fist beers at some point during your ride so you will be even more likely to slip and bash your knee.
  • 9 1
 I thought the beers were for after the knee bash?
  • 3 0
 My thoughts exactly!
  • 2 0
 Bring cans of bear. Fall on your Enduro pack. Break the bottles and glass in your back. Right Dr Evil
  • 5 0
 @tinfoil looks like Bliss might have a product you need to go with your twinduro cap popper.
  • 5 0
 @tinfoil ...also handy for those pesky occasions when you have just too many fingers.

This is possibly the most retarded, trendy, hipster, redundant product yet -_-
  • 2 3
 How the hell are you riding a bike then when you're climbing?
  • 1 0
 @tinfoil it should just come with the knee pads shown below it...
  • 82 1
 Already have twin bottle openers on my bike. Called SPD pedals.
  • 36 0
 Wouldn't that be quadruple? Two openers per pedal?
  • 15 0
 And @28 spokes!
  • 9 0
 What ? You guys don't use your teeth? Razz
  • 36 1
 I've used my teeth before. 1st bottle worked great, 2nd bottle...just don't use your teeth. Wink
  • 4 2
 The Wisecracker Twinduro Bottle Opener looks like it would do a number on your knees or other body parts during a crash
  • 5 10
flag RedBurn (May 4, 2015 at 17:25) (Below Threshold)
 you (in general) must be really c*nt today to use your teeth: your teeth enamel leaves your mouth and don't come back
  • 9 0
 I dont get people who have bottle openers on their bikes. Like, are you carrying class bottles in your pack while riding, to be consumed while riding? At best your beer will be foamy, and at worst you'll fall onto a hard glass object in your backpack.
  • 8 0
 I have a 2004 Santa Cruz Heckler with a built in bottle opener on rear triagle, as mentioned in the original brochure, still comes in handy.
  • 19 0
 Sometimes on the whole beer craze my thought is "man-up... Bourbon has a twist top."
  • 10 31
flag chasehiggins (May 4, 2015 at 18:51) (Below Threshold)
 Anybody else think its bad there promoting drinking and riding?
  • 5 1
 drinking and riding maybe, but riding and drinking definitely no, it's not bad Wink
  • 3 1
 Don't forget how well the rotors can open bottles as well!
  • 3 0
 @chasehiggins Denfinatley. such a terrible idea. you should never know the excruciating pain of a few beers after a long ride
  • 2 0
 How about a growler sized bottle cage?
  • 2 0
 I just moved within 5 miles of a great brewery, I may NEED a growlercage Smile
  • 51 2
 What could I possibly put in that Zegal z box That would need to stay dry and possibly be separated from other belongings.....cough
  • 6 0
 hot box?
  • 2 0
 @norcal77 Brilliant! Comment made me laugh.
  • 14 0
 Zeed is Wegal in some places you know!
  • 4 1
 You mean "the in my Zegal". it's not legal everywhere though. So if it isn't legal...bring it in your Zegal.
  • 47 0
 you know what else is waterproof and fits in a water bottle holder? a water bottle.
  • 2 0
 Vaporizer yeah!
  • 4 0
 @murrdogg - made me laugh! Loud. I have a few waterproof water bottles too!
  • 1 2
 second on the vape. Then your waterbottle holder is for the water bottle, you can put a nard guard on your stem, and whether the zeed is wegal won't matter cos you'll be vaping and no need for the Zegal.
  • 47 1
 hahaha 28$ for a beer opener joke right ? it s not even carbon
  • 18 0
 it's titanium bro come on
  • 10 0
 I hear it's 27.5+ and Enduro approved... You should be so lucky to only pay $28!
  • 21 0
 I was hoping for a $189 Fox t Shirt...

Just me?
  • 4 0
 I have one for you. Half price.
  • 18 0
 $73.49 for enough gels and drink mix for a four hour endurance event? That's ludicrous!
  • 1 0
 Just got exactly the same pack for 10£ in local outdoor shop in Scotland
  • 19 1
 For $73 I expect to see a syringe and a vial of performance enhancing somethingorother!
  • 4 0
 @whitebirdfeathers price amended, rrp is actually $23.49 - bit more reasonable!
  • 14 1
 How about some more components that are actually vital to making a bike function properly like brakes or drivetrains or suspension products instead of this $28 bottle opener crap
  • 27 2
 Beer is vital to making my bike function properly.
  • 13 8
 I designed a stem like that Hostile Bicycles stem a while back in a sketch book. Then I realised it had a HUGE design flaw. Like so huge that actually making one would be dangerous and irresponsible. It is impossible to effectively clamp the stem to the top crown of the bike. Your handlebars become a structural part of the stem, which they were not designed to be. This would seriously worry me if combined with carbon bars. I'd be fairly unhappy to run it on an ali bar tbh. This is frankly a horrible design. It can be fixed relatively easily however, with 1 small modification
  • 9 6
 Oh for fucks sake, they've made it adjustable reach as well. That things a bloody death trap.
  • 20 0
 *grabs popcorn and waits for armchair engineer battle*
  • 1 0
 I'm not sure the bars are a structural element, when both halves are bolted onto the crown. It looks like a v poor rip off of the Thomson dm stem
  • 2 0
 they are a structural part of the stem. The rear two direct mount bolts are used to clamp the stem to the crown, just like normal. The front two direct mount bolts however are used to close the stem clamp around the bars. The bars then push down on the lower part of the stem. It is this pressure exerted by the bars onto the stem that holds the stem clamped against the top crown. If your bars were to deform at all, your stem would suddenly become loose on the crown. The other side of the coin to this is that every time your stem tries to twist or flex at all, the amount of pressure on the bars goes up. If you torque your bars to the recommended 5nm, then every time you exert any pressure on the bars, you exceed the 5nm torque rating and risk damaging the bars. This also exerts a huge pressure on the excessively long clamp bolts, and the very small direct mount threads in the crown. None of these parts were designed to take the forces this stem exerts. I'll say it again. This stem is an awful design, and should not be sold as anything more than a decoration.
  • 1 2
 If your bars are deforming... you've got bigger problems than how things are bolted together...
  • 2 0
 This stem is far more likely to deform your bars. Thats exactly the problem. That and snap the two front clamp bolts, twist your crown and rip out all its threads.
  • 1 2
 There are several other DM stems currently on the market that use a very similar system including the 77 Designz direct mount stem and the Mortop DMS-43. Both of these stems have received rave reviews from the mountain bike press. Unless you can back your comments up with engineering principals and fatigue analysis comments like "dangerous and irresponsible" aren't helpful to anyone.
  • 4 2
 It’s shame to see this negative feedback. We have developed this direct mount stem over the last few years and the final design has been tested on the trails all year round with well over 500 hours of riding and destructive lab testing. There has been no sign of fatigue and we certainly haven’t had any of the stems or bars fail regardless of what handle bar has been used.

As a responsible manufacturer we take every precaution to prove our designs. As an additional measure, the Hostile Direct Mount Stem is currently being independently bench mark tested against some of the leading direct mount stems on the market to get comparative failure rates. We expect the results in 1 weeks’ time.
  • 6 0
 *pops another bag of popcorn and continues watching*
  • 1 2
 There has been no sign of fatigue even after destructive lab testing?
In this destructive testing was it almost always the two forward bolts that failed? And was the stem mounted to a big steel block or an actual aluminium top crown?
Do you know how Sram feel about using the mounts on their crown in this manner? Will they warranty a crown that has failed in some way while the front two stem mounts are improperly torqued?
  • 2 1
 lets have a bit of that popcorn? @MortifiedPenguin
  • 3 0
 There's a HUGE flaw with the popcorn you're eating! If any of the kernels deform while in your throat, it could be disastrous! It's a bit irresponsible eating it!
  • 1 0
 Good thing I'm not trying to sell it to an unsuspecting public then eh? Certainly not advertising it as "as safe as any similar product on the market" or "tested to destrucion with no sign of fatigue whatsoever"

That would be irresponsible
  • 2 0
  • 1 0
 Anyone got any tumbleweed?
  • 1 0
 Ugliest knee pads ever! Look like fricken clown shoe stupid. Rock that with that new Troy Lee clown gear!

Trust me, it sucks to say that because I like Troy lee quality, but those new prints are wack as F#CK!!!
  • 2 0
 @whitebirdfeathers-I was thinking the same, high five for not buying this product and saving $80..
  • 2 0
 Most of the time i wish i had money for cool new bike stuff.....mmmm not so much tday.
  • 3 0
 mmmmm, Skratch Labs
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