DMR's Vault platform pedals have been around since 2010 and have proven themselves to be a solid option for riders who don't want to have their feet locked in place, and now the UK company is offering a new version: the Vault Midi. The standard Vault is still going to be in DMR's catalog, but the new Midi model features a slightly smaller platform and revised pin positioning that they say is better suited to riders with smaller feet or those who want to be able to move their feet around a little easier.
The normal Vault pedal sports a 105mm x 105mm platform, whereas the Midi comes in at 95mm x 104mm, making them basically the same width but not as long. Profile height is the same 17mm, and the exact same axle and internals are used. The Midi comes in at 410-grams, which is 20-grams less than the full-sized Vault.
There was also a new version of the Deathgrip on display in the DMR booth, this one being their flangeless Deathgrip Race Edition that features a ''Super Soft 'RACE DAY' Compound'' instead of the standard rubber compound. DMR's Olly Wilkins said that while they were expecting the soft compound to wear relatively quickly compared to their other grips, it's actually been holding up very well over the long haul.
You'll also find the same ''waffle and knurl'' used, as well as a single inboard locking collar and tapered core, as on DMR's standard Deathgrips.
Mozartt has a new version of their mega-light Piano guide, this one manufactured by combining carbon with Ultramide, a BASF product that is essentially a type of sturdy plastic. Ultramid is said to have relatively high mechanical strength, especially when reinforced with glass fibers, and Mozartt's Mateusz Domagala explained that the pairing of carbon and Ultramid results in a very strong product that is also easier to manufacture than if it was made entirely out of carbon fiber.
Domagala believes that he's among the first in the mountain bike industry to employ Ultramid, with the material seeing a fair bit of use in the aerospace and high-end automotive worlds.
The Piano guide can weigh as little as 25-grams, depending on the configurations, and there are mounting options for pretty much any type of bike out there, as well as specific setups for round and oval chain rings.
Clever Standard is a small outfit that seems to come up with the most, er, clever, little items just when you think that it's all been thought of. Tomo Ichikawa, the brain behind Clever Standard, is responsible for those nifty stepped adjustable headset spacers, and the tire levers that double as a quick-link tool
, and now he's back with a pint-sized chain tool. The small tool, which is about an inch and a half long, is designed to be 100-percent foolproof and can be stored inside the end of your handlebar.
The chain fits down into the chain tool's slot, which eliminates any chance of it not being aligned, and then the cap is threaded down onto the tool to hold everything in place. Next, you use a 5mm hex key to drive the tool, with the 15mm wrench flats on the opposite end being held by a slot on the back side of Ichikawa's tire lever. Unlike most small chain tools, it looks like it's virtually impossible for the chain to move under load or for the job to be messed up.
The tool can also be stored inside the end of a handlebar by attaching it to one of Ichikawa's corresponding handlebar plugs, although it's small enough that I can see most riders just throwing it in their pocket or backpack.