A lot of gear comes across our desks here at Pinkbike. Check Out is a monthly 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.
Fabric Magic Grips
The packaging is inspired by 50to01's wacky adventures.
The bulged profile should fit the contours of your hands.
• 31mm diameter • 135mm long • 108g / pair • One-ended lock-on ring • 30a durometer compound
• Nylon bar-end plug • Mushroom texture for good grip and comfort • 4 colour options (black, red, blue & green) • £16.99 • fabric.cc
Designed in collaboration with the 50to01 crew, the mushroom-inspired Magic Grip feels soft to touch and textured enough to help combat even the moistest of palms. From the carpark test, it's hard to tell if they'll topple Renthal's ultra-tacky lock-on grips, but they're in with a fighting chance.—Alex Evans
100% Speedtrap Sunglasses
The lenses can easily be swapped by pulling on the top and bottom portion of the Speedtrap's frame.
Vents in the frame and lens are intended to keep fog at bay.
• Shatterproof and lightweight Grilamid TR90 frame • 6 frame color options • Comes with hard case, clear replacement lens • $165 - $205 USD
Want to channel your inner Peter Sagan, or pretend you're a cyclist from outer space? The 100% Speedtrap sunglasses could be just the ticket. Designed for road or mountain biking, there's plenty of coverage to keep flying objects out of your eyes, and multiple lens tints and frame colors to choose from. There are also air scoops on the bottom and side of the frame, along with cutouts in the lens to keep things from steaming over when you're in the middle of a hill interval workout.— Mike Kazimer
Prologo Dimension NDR Saddle
Available with Nack (carbon), Tirox (ti), or chromoly rails.
The NDR ("enduro") version of Prologo's Dimension saddle gets some additional padding.
• Shorter and wider than traditional saddles • 143mm wide • 153g with Nack (carbon) rails • 182g with Tirox (ti) rails • 205g with chromoly rails
• Wide "PAS" channel along its central axis is designed to reduce compression of soft tissues • Pricing hasn't been officially announced but we expect to see them in the $135-$195 USD range • prologotouch.com
The theory behind Prologo's Dimension lineup comes from road/TT, and is designed for an aggressive position that exposes your sit bones to a wider saddle with a shorter nose. They've adapted it to the needs of trail riders with added padding, a more rounded profile, and a bit of side protection. On first impression it still has a few sharper edges that I'm not keen feeling during unscheduled offs, but for riders that like to slam their stem this could be an interesting option.—Brian Park
Bontrager SE2 Team Issue Tire
• Designed for loose-over-hardpack and firm conditions • Tubeless ready • Core Strength sidewall and sub-tread protection • www.trekbikes.com/bontrager
It's officially summer in the Northern Hemisphere, which hopefully means it's time to break out the speed demons, the tires you wouldn't want to run when the trails are mucky and muddy, but that provide tons of fast-rolling fun on those dry and dusty summer days. Bontrager's new 2.6" SE2 tires have a low profile tread pattern for reduced rolling resistance, but the extra width should help keep them gripping in the corners. Pair it with a meatier tire like the SE5 or SE4 up front and you've got a recipe for a good time.— Mike Kazimer