Check Out - October

Oct 5, 2016
by Paul Aston  
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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.

Burgtec Cloud Saddle

• Colours: Burgtec Black w/ white decals
• Hollow Ti rails
• Moulded Carbon base
• Sloping nose design
• Wide padded foam
• Price: £64.99 GBP
Burgtec The Cloud saddle

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesIt seems of late that riding just seems to get bigger and bigger. More mile means more time spent in the saddle. That's why at Burgtec we wanted a seat that could keep up with the demands of the modern day trail rider. Plus nobody likes a sore arse!

Switchback Tailgate Pad

• Fit to standard small and mid-sized truck tailgate (54" width)
• Opening to allow access to tailgate latch
• Internal foam padding adequate to protect tailgate and form comfortable seat
• Fold out seating feature with straps to adjust angle
• Price: $195 USD
Switchback pad
From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe SwitchBack adds an integrated seat that flips up when the tailgate is down, providing a comfortable post ride, pre-game, or anytime sitting place on the back of the truck.

Specialized Air Tool Blast Tubeless Tire Setter


• Inflate with a floor pump that has a pressure gauge, operating range of 100–140 PSI (7–9.5 BAR)
• Safety valve protects canister from over inflation
• Price: $55 USD
• Portable design blasts air into your tubeless tires for fast and easy set-up.
• Work with mountain and road tubeless tires

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe Air Tool Blast Tubeless Tire Setter features a high-pressure tank that dumps a high volume of air into a road or mountain tubeless tires. This enables you to quickly and easily lock the beads into the rim for a proper seal. Now, setting up tubeless tires at home can be done without a pricey air compressor.

Five Ten Freerider EPS

• Colours: Core Black, Midnight, Utility Ivy (shown here)
• Available in both low and high-top versions
• PrimaLoft insulation from the instep forward, including the tongue
• Single piece leather on forefoot to reduce seams and water intake, keeping feet warm and dry
• Fully gusseted tongue prevents water and mud intake
• Additional foam insulation in the sock liner and vamp plus and insulated, heat-reflective footboard
• Price: $140 USD
Five Ten Freerider EPS Vernon Felton

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe Freerider EPS with Primaloft was designed for winter use, protecting riders from the elements and delivering the classic performance of the Freerider's Stealth S1 rubber outsole in even the coldest of conditions.

Fix It Sticks Original w/bike mount

• Extremely lightweight — only 55 grams
• Anodized aluminum construction
• Permanently attached bits
• Available in six different bit configurations, including the Mountain (4, 5 and 6-mm hex, T25)
• Maximum torque: 15 Nm
• Price: $25 USD, bracket and tools (Bracket alone, $6)
Fix It Sticks Check Out October

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesLight, durable and convenient. Fix It Sticks nest together to form a T-handle wrench. Now those sticks also snap securely into a handy bracket that can be affixed to any water bottle mount. One less thing to forget on your next ride.

Trail Tips App

• Learn new riding skills with the help of the app
• Step by step skill breakdowns
• Narrated instructional videos
• Works completely offline
• Android or Apple App
• Price: Free, Full version $3.99
Trail Tips riding app

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesWith over 20 skills to choose from, riders can progress in all areas of the sport. From Downhill Stance to Uphill Climbing, the choice is yours. Through slow motion instructional videos, you can follow a step-by-step guide to ensure you're learning the right technique to make you a stronger, safer and more confident rider. Practicing on your own? Upload a photo or video and tag trail tips for a chance to have your image shared on our Instagram along with a free technique analysis by the Trail Tips team!

POC Resistance Strong Pant

POC Resistance Strong Pants
POC Resistance Strong Pants

• VPD System pads at hips for impact protection
• Durable ceramic-coated SuperFabric® with abrasion resistant properties
• Durable and comfortable stretch nylon fabric.
• Velcro waist adjustment
• Rear waistband card pocket
• Zip pocket at leg
• Designed to fit with knee pads
• Amine Grey, Uranium Black
• Sizes XS - XXL
• Price: €200 / $175 USD

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesOffering a unique combination of comfort, protection, and support, the Resistance Strong Pants are constructed from a mix of technical fabrics, strategically integrated for maximum flexibility, breathability and durability. The pants incorporate VPD System and have impact-absorbing pads on the hips. The side and knee panels are made from durable and low friction ceramic-coated SuperFabric with abrasion resistant properties. Resistance Strong Pants are ergonomically designed and have an articulated fit, which allows for full freedom of movement and flexibility.

MENTIONS: @Burgtec2004 / @Specialized / @FiveTen


  • 42 2
 Spec blast looks legit at a great price point. I don't care if you can make one out of a 2 liter. I'm not doing that.
  • 19 0
 thought people moved up from a soda bottle to a fire extinguisher..
  • 7 2
 Really liking my Bontrager Flash Charger TLR. Not as portable as this though I would think that carrying around both a pump and an external tank would be a little more troublesome than a single unit. Would be pretty useful to stash this somehow with a frame pump though.
  • 6 0
 As someone who made one out of a 2-liter, this pricepoint certainly changes the game. were I to need a new one $55(especially if you can find cheaper on sale) means I'd just spend the cash instead.

Not cheap enough to buy to replace my fully working 2-liter solution, however.
  • 4 1
 @millpill: I regret I bought the bontrager flash pump. For over 100$ it has plastic bottom and handle, and the hose broke when it tipped over. Works decent for tubeless, but blows as a regular pump. For some reason it takes a long time for air to go through it
  • 8 4
 I don't understand the frustration around setting up tubeless. Maybe it's just that i choose the right tire/rim combo (minion TR and Easton ARC27) but i had zero issues inflating the tires at a slow and steady pace with a track pump and getting it to seat. Also did it with those tires on WTBi25 rims with practically zero effort. What am i doing wrong (right?) here...
  • 6 0
 @Bikeordie1: Nothing, you're just getting lucky. WTBs are a good choice in that respect as well, I've had good luck with them. But sometimes things just don't play nicely, & that's where these come in.
  • 1 0
 @Bikeordie1: I'm the same way, and I think it has to do with Maxxis tires. Before installing new tires tubeless, I always unfold and shape them and wait like a day to put them on. Always able to seat my maxxis rubber with a floor pump on my wtb and I9 wheels!
  • 6 0
 @groghunter: Fair enough. I'm always down with gettin' lucky so let's hope that continues the next time.
  • 3 0
 @PsychoT: Yea i forgot to mention that. I mounted them up with a tube overnight and then mounted them tubeless. Must have been a big part of it
  • 1 0
 @Bikeordie1: Ive done all my setups with the handpump I use in my pack. I find if you use a tire lever to pull the tire onto the bead and biunce the wheel lightly on the ground it seal pretty easily.
  • 2 0
 @Bikeordie1: It helps a lot to use a tube to seat one bead, so that only one is broken when you add sealant. But I've had cheaper tires, especially ones that aren't tubeless rated, be quite frustrating. another thing is wire beads: heavier, so they require more air pressure to push outwards.

Normally, I always buy a tubeless casing, but sometimes you don't have the option. One of the first 27.5+ tires with decent side knobs was the Panaracers, but they're thin walled, loose fitting tires, with big volume. had to pull every trick(seat one bead with a tube, tie strap around the middle, & soda bottle pressure) to get them to seat.
  • 1 0
 I've always been able to seat a tubeless tire with just a hand pump and the only times you cant are if there are cuts in the sidewall but nothing fixes that. My pump just died on me though so I bought a new one not the flash pump because it was so expensive. This looks like a decent alternative.
  • 2 0
 @Airfreak: sidewall cuts can be fixed. old school rubber patches, rubber cement, & a C clamp. Slime makes a kit, it's like $4 at harbor freight.
  • 1 0
 @groghunter: I was more referring to sidewall cuts on the bead. Those are hard to fix without altering the shape of the bead yes?
  • 7 4
 Is gay to set tubeless by just blowing air into the valve with my mouth?
  • 6 0
 Decent compressor for the garage is under $100. Unless you're looking to change tires at the trailhead and want it to be portable, why would you bother with a floor pump that does the reservoir thing? Cuz in your garage, that compressor has about a zillion other uses.
  • 1 0
 @g-42: lol I'm sure there are plenty of us who will never understand
  • 1 0
 @Airfreak: If the actual bead is cut, that's a problem. most of the time, though, it's right above the bead. I've successfully fixed those. You may not get every one, & sometimes it will have a wobble, but hey, sometimes that's better than having to shell out for a new tire.
  • 2 1
 @SeaJay: @g-42

Some people live in apartments. & honestly, I find this less of a pain to use than a compressor.
  • 3 0
 @groghunter: understood. But a pump is less of a pain to use than an air compressor? Lol plugging a cord in and hitting a switch is harder than pushing a handle up and down 50 times?
  • 3 0
 @g-42: yup, my compressor was less than $75 and works like charm with the added benefit of working with air tools and high pressure air nozzle for cleaning. However this is the first reasonable priced system not using a compressor for seating tubeless tires and I'm all for getting one for road trips
  • 1 1
 @passwordpinkbike: What a lame comment.
  • 1 0
 @g-42: Your post assumes the existence of a garage. Not everyone can afford such accommodations.
  • 3 0
 @g-42: I wouldn't say a decent compressor. Id prefer a large type compressor over a small compressor that you see in the range of 100 bucks. Those seem to always be on because if you use the slightest air it needs to fill the small reservoir back up. I had one and had to pump up some truck tires and it took literally a half hour for one.

The floor pump reservoir thing never crossed my mind to get, but this offering from specialized is pretty nice. You'd only need it a handful of times a year so your not lugging around a huge floor pump with reservoir all the time.

And also as someone mentioned it would be good for road trips. But to each his own. I own a small compressor but never use it because it sucks.
  • 3 1
 @SeaJay: Yep, less of a pain. with the compressor, If you have to move it, it's a heavy PoS to move around. If it's stationary, you're giving up shop space for it. Use it enough that the air pressure goes down, & it kicks on & you can't hear yourself think. & chucks that work with presta are expensive(more than this tool, actually,) & the schrader chucks usually want you to have pressure at the valve core to open, which you don't have when dealing with an uninflated tire with a presta valve.

& the bottle doesn't take 50 strokes, unless your pump takes 50 strokes to inflate a tire. I might put 15 into mine before it's ready, tops. & often, I can go with a smaller bottle & use even less. seating beads is 90% pressure, 10% volume, so unless it's a big tire, the 1l bottle can move enough air at the 60 or so PSI I need to seat a bead.
  • 1 0
 @Jimmy0: It's also saved my ass plenty of times, so that's pretty neat.
  • 2 0
 @gmcgurk: your ass is pretty neat
  • 2 0
 Absolutely! I paid the full retail price for this thing and it's totally worth it. It's easy to use and made of sturdy materials. I wasn't able to seat some tire combos, but perhaps it's because they weren't tubeless tires? Really glad I didn't spend $100 on Air Shot or even more for the Bonty Flash Charger.
  • 1 0
 Somebody better tell me how to make one out of a 2 litre now...
  • 1 0
 @wolf-amongst-lambs: here's the simplest & cheapest version:,2/Joe-Barnes-DIY-Coke-Bottle-Tubeless-Compressor-Hack,8450

I'm working on a blog entry for my design, which is something I've been meaning to do for a while. I made mine with some brass pipe fittings to make it a little easier to use. Basically comes down to a male/male/male brass tee, a ball valve, a NPT nut, a NPT to 1/4" tubing barb & tubing, & a shrader/NPT valve. I made mine out of all 1/4" NPT, but I'd use 1/8" if I were to do it again(1/8" NPT has the same internal diameter as 1/4" tubing.) My pump doesn't require me to do anything to switch between schraeder & presta, but if yours does, get a tee with a 1/4" compression fitting on one end, & put a tubeless presta valve on that side, it'll seal with just the nut, no olive needed.
  • 17 3
 Yes, thank you Switchback for making a tailgate easy-chair. I'm sure I'll use it while I'm out on my bike. And at the slim price of less than $200? A steal for sure. My old comforter just wasn't cutting it—and of course the floral pattern was too flashy.
  • 15 3
 And those seats inside the truck? Always were useless.
  • 6 0
 @Lookinforit: You don't want to sit inside when you're muddy...although you can always just drop the tailgate...
  • 3 1
 @russthedog: sitting on the truck box edge is so old fashioned.
  • 4 1
 origanal dakine pad was around $80-$100 so for a extra $100 you get a back rest.....i would understand if it was the same price as the og. $100 is a carbon bar or new rubber.
what the hell are people thinking?
  • 2 0
 More passengers now! I'm the man W the office carpool crowd. Cindy from accounting didn't like how her hair got a little messy at highway speeds though.
  • 6 0
 Those 5.10 EPS shoes look like they will be excellent for fat biking this winter.
  • 3 0
 I was thinking the same thing. Does anyone have any experienve on how waterproof they are and how warm theyour stay?
  • 2 0
 You wouldn't rather have a high top shoe for winter/snow riding?
  • 4 0
 @powderturns: they make a high top EPS version.
  • 2 0
 @Kitejumping: Yup. High top Freerider EPS sells for $150
  • 1 0
 @vernonfelton: excellent. Riding in the cold, damp NE I've got no use for mesh shoes.
  • 5 0
 If anyone has any questions regarding Trail Tips feel free to fire them my way or check us out on Facebook or Instagram @trailtips

Stay safe on the trails!
  • 1 0
 Don't know how much I will use it, but I like what you are doing. $4 is an easy price to throw your way to keep it going!
  • 1 0
 @FlawlessCowboy: I've downloaded it about 2 month ago and I've used it a lot!
  • 1 0
 you should put a link to your fb/instagram in this thread. It doesn't show up´on google (at least not on the very first places)
  • 5 1
 That switchback pad actually looks awesome. But come on $195! That's crazy for a little extra pad and some straps.
  • 3 3
 Memory foam ain't cheap, if it has it...i imagine this will be $150 range on sale soon enough.
Very cool design
  • 1 0
 My first reaction - that's pretty cool. Then saw the price, then thought about all the dust and mud mine sees, then that nice rain-catcher channel when I leave it on year round...
  • 6 0
 I've seen the best solution ever... An old dirty blanket with "DAKINE" spray painted on it. Classic.
  • 2 0
 @danny611: I use cardboard, it is easier to paint.
  • 2 1
 The Switchback pad looks pretty sweet. Why not, if you are going to have a haul pad on your truck all the time it might as well have a bonus feature. I don't think $195 is too crazy as long as the quality is good. Looking forward to seeing how these guys do.
  • 2 0
 how much money do you have? $195 seems a lot to me
  • 1 0
 I use those 2 piece e-thirteen tubeless valves and they've never leaked around the valve hole, it's best to not overtighten them as the description says, just finger tight.
The only problem with those is that you can't use a screw on brass adapter so you can use a car pump. I found removing the core and using the Speed Chuck that comes with Lezyne pumps works great. You have to hold it on as it's just a press fit and pushing down on top of the tyre helps the tyre bead to catch. Then once the bead has caught just replace the valve core and use the regular screw on pump head. Using a HV Lezyne Dirt Floor pump here...Obviously always seat the beads first with a tube..

Hope tech rims and Schwalbe or Maxxis tubeless ready tyres go up and seal good and easy....

Gorrila tape is better than yellow tape. Don't worry about the sticky left behind from Gorilla tape if you replace it as it's easy to remove. Just roll the sticky into a ball and work your way around..
Poke hole through the valve with a slim rounded blade/tip screwdriver rather than an X slit with a knife. Then push the valve through. Gets you a better valve seal.
  • 3 2
 Let me guess: the term "Air Tool" will now be copyrighted and/or patented. Yep, Special Ed.
  • 1 0
 Think it possibly already was...
  • 3 0
 Fix it stick yes please
  • 1 0
 Been riding with the same inner tubes for two years not on puncture cant complain at that
  • 1 0
 thanks specialized I've been looking for a new method of propulsion for my potato cannon
  • 1 0
 Give us clipless freerider shoes... do you hear 5/10?
  • 1 0
 The hellcat is virtually a clipless freerider with a velcro band.
  • 2 0
 I'm thinking a smaller surface area of the clips wouldn't be a good idea with how flexy the free riders are. It works well with flats because the bigger surface area distributes the weight better.
  • 1 0
 @LeoDh9: .. now count the colour choices and ... I do not like velcro.
  • 1 0
 I ride with a pair of high top cyclones the 5-10 used to make. Great shoe it is. Clipless, stealth rubber leather high top. Don't know why they stopped making them.
  • 2 1
 Switchback Tailgate Pads are the future of tailgate pads. I'm stoked.
  • 1 0
 They should do these twice a month
  • 1 0
 they are struggling to find anything under $200, this used to be an under $100 article. If they start doing it twice a month we might hit the 500$ bargains before 2017
  • 1 0
 @JoseBravo: lmao good point
  • 4 5
 Cant beat a good old inner tube
  • 4 0
 Yes you can.
  • 14 1
 @LucWicklund: no sir, an inner-tube is like a sore dick. you can't beat it.
  • 1 0
 @h-beck83: haha well said.
  • 3 0
 @h-beck83: not with that attitude

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