Four Pint-Sized Components - Eurobike 2017

Aug 31, 2017
by Mike Levy  
Eurobike 2017


Eurobike


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.
Eurobike





Eurobike


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.


Eurobike
Eurobike


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.





Eurobike


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.
Eurobike



31 Comments

  • + 62
 can we get this Tomo Ichikawa cat on the project to making un-flat-able tires...I think he's up to the task.
  • + 18
 I went to college with Tomo, super rad dude and has been working on clever fixes forever.
  • + 1
 This tool is a brilliant idea but my bar ends always seem to fall out (especially on crashes) and get lost. What then? TT
  • + 6
 @richierocket: dont crash Smile
  • + 2
 @Camspage: Don't crash? Aint pushing my limits.
  • + 10
 MORE PINT SIZED SNIPPETS! I like seeing this little offerings that might otherwise go unseen. And also i'm British so naturally it takes way more than 4 pints for me to be satisfied.
  • + 1
 This man speaks the truth, somone get him another pint or three quick!
  • + 7
 Ultramide is just the BASF trade name for polyamide (Nylon). And carbon fiber reinforced PA has been used in the bike industry for about a decade. Magura brake masters and lever, Shimano road levers, Suspension links on Trek and Cannondale, I think there were even BMX mag wheels.
  • + 2
 True, but as I'm sure you know, not all nylon/polyamide are created equal. Nylon 6,6 being stronger than standard nylon, as just one example.
  • + 0
 Just what we need. A more expensive chainguide.
  • + 2
 True, the bike industry is full of hype. Decent looking product though.
  • + 1
 Great demonstration of bicycle industry bullshit. take an existing concept or material, give it a new name and here we go, we have a new badass technology. Well done, you made a product with PA66, one of the most common technical polymer out there. It's not a bad material but the 2 parts combined made in PA66 GF30 would cost around 0,6$ to make.

Same goes for the "revolutionary" suspension systems that at the end of the day pretty much all revolve around a four bar system (short link, long link, pivot on the chainstay, pivot on the seat stay...)
  • + 2
 Man - I am looking at my one up EDC tool and wondering if there was a way to put this thing in series with it on the bottom. Mounting this and a co2 inflator on the bottom of the one up tool would be amazing. Their EDC chain tool is pretty finicky but this looks perfect for tired stressed hands when you chain breaks at the worse time in the middle of no where. As a gear weenie I see this as my next impulse tool purchase................
  • + 3
 Ultramide....when absalutley have to have the lightest bike in the mutha fkkng room.
  • + 1
 This being PB, why not?
  • + 3
 Tires go bigger, pedals go smaller, grips go softer. Innovation!
  • + 3
 Handlebar attached, inside keeping utility. Clever Standard.
  • - 1
 I'll buy these grips just because of the name. Not a Fairclough fan but definitely a deathgrip addict. Once you tried, you'd do it (almost) everywhere, or try to, as long as possible
  • + 3
 Not a Fairclough fan? GTFO
  • + 2
 @mrniceguy42: there is better freerider and better racer and better both, so no, not a fan
  • + 1
 4 pint sized things and not ONE of them was a malty, caramel colored beverage. Shame on you Mikey.
  • + 1
 +++1 on Deathgrips! Favorite set of grips I've owned thus far.
  • + 1
 That chain tool is pretty rad.
  • + 1
 bandaids
Below threshold threads are hidden

Post a Comment



Copyright © 2000 - 2019. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv65 0.024213
Mobile Version of Website