If the riders in your life are anything like the ones in ours, they've already bought the latest gadgets & accessories they thought would make them faster on the trails.

So, with that in mind, we've worked with some of our partners to present a few gift ideas that any mountain biker would be happy to wake up to! If this page just happened to be left open on your loved one’s computer, we’re sure they would appreciate the hint.

Sponsored: this article is supported by Pinkbike's advertisers.





Trail Helmet


100% Altec

What better way to show someone you care about them than with a new lid?

Aimed at the all-mountain crowd, the 100% Altec features extended rear coverage to keep more of your head safe. The helmet is also equipped with 100%'s new ‘Smartshock’ rotational protective system, which features elastomers attached to the helmet's EPS foam and removable padding. There is no shortage of vents on the Altec with 24 of them placed strategically positioned around the entire helmet. There's also a multi-position visor and a channel on the side of the helmet that can be used to hold sunglasses when they're not in use.

Details:

• Multi-density EPS foam
• Rotational impact protection: Smartshock elastomers
• Sunglasses storage, multi-position visor
• Ratcheting fit adjustment dial
• Sizes: XS/S, S/M, L/XL
• Weight: 369 grams (size SM/MD)
• MSRP: $165 USD

Learn more at ride100percent.com







Fresh Riding Kit

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Chromag Dominion Jersey and Feint Shorts

Winter and spring mean wet, muddy riding and fresh kit becomes a necessity.

Chromag has a cult following in mountain biking and for good reason. On show here is the BC-based brand's Dominion jersey, Feint short and Pace socks. The Dominion jersey features a mid-weight antibacterial and moisture-wicking fabric perfect for those cooler trail rides. The Feint short is made of a 4-way stretch fabric and the two zipped pockets are vital for snacks and a multi-tool. Unwrapping a full Chromag riding kit is sure to make anyone's day brighter.


Details:

Dominion Jersey

•Antibacterial, moisture-wicking & EPA certified fabric
•Mesh back & underarm panels for breathability.
•Hidden stash zip pocket
•$75 USD

Feint Short
• Durable 4 Way Stretch Fabric
• Laser Cut Venting
• Ratchet Waist
• Two main zip pockets
• Hidden Pass Pocket
• $115 USD

Learn more at chromagbikes.com


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Trail Shoes


Ride Concepts Livewire

Shoes are the workhorse of any rider’s kit. Used day in, day out with some serious abuse, any rider would appreciate a fresh pair.

Ride Concepts are newcomers to the MTB scene but have already made a splash. The Livewire is billed as the do-it-all model, a flat pedal shoe that can be used for everything from dirt jumping to trail riding. The shoe features a synthetic upper and doesn’t go overboard with the padding, meaning your shoes won’t act like sponges on a wet ride. The sole features a hexagonal pattern keeping your feet in place and D30 protection in the footbed for those big hits.


Details:

• Rubber Kinetics DST 6.0 high grip rubber outsole
• D3O incorporated into insole
• Gusseted tongue
• Molded toe and heel protection
• Colors: charcoal/red, charcoal/orange, black/charcoal
• Weight: 525 grams (size 12, per shoe)
• $100 USD


Learn more at rideconcepts.com







Riding Glasses


Rudy Project's Defender

It's no fun ruining a fast descent to pick mud and grit out of your eyes. The goggles and half lid look isn’t for everyone and the trail rider in your life will appreciate new riding glasses.

Rudy Project’s Defender glasses are definitely in line with the current trend of ‘Aggressive Racer’ style glasses. With a one-piece lens that's 50mm at its deepest point, these glasses provide ample protection from water, mud and any other flying debris you might face. Plenty of vents stop fogging and with an adjustable nose piece and arms, it’s unlikely you will find these a bad fit. The Defender also has a party trick up its sleeve. The lens is clear to keep vision sharp on dark rides, but photochromic technology allows them to quickly darken in bright light.

Details:

• 50mm deep one-piece lens
• Adjustable nose piece and arms
• Interchangeable photochromic lenses
• Weight: 28g
• $225 USD

Learn more at rudyprojectna.com








Trail Gloves


Racer Factory

A good pair of gloves makes it easier to get through the winter months.

Racer’s Factory glove features a tight-fitting lycra panel at the back of the hand which eliminates the need for a strap. It also helps lessen the drying time after wet rides. The palm of the glove is made from real leather and although it's thin, it's designed to offer maximum grip. If they’re good enough for EWS champ Isabeau Courdurier, anyone would be stoked to receive a pair!


Details:

• Premium leather palm
• Lycra back
• $41.00 USD


Learn more at racergloves.com






Lightweight Tires

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e*thirteen TRSR Tires

There’s no better time to get your bike some new rubber than when the trails get wet and you’re seeking that extra grip.

This new tire from e*thirteen may be the breath of fresh air your bike needs. The new A/T tire is designed with big side lugs to keep things planted when laying it over, while the tighter packed center lugs help keep rolling resistance low. The tires on show here feature e*thirteen’s MoPo compound which is a super tacky and slow rebound rubber, perfect for winter conditions. We chose the single ply option to keep weight down for a trail bike.


Details:

• Tubeless Ready
• Soft MoPo compound
• Protective Apex sidewall inserts
• Folding bead
• 27.5” or 29”
• 2.4” width
• Weight: 960g (27.5”) 1015g (29”)
• $71.95 USD


Learn more at ethirteen.com


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Lightweight Tire Inserts

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Cush Core XC

Flat tires suck, plain and simple, but especially so when it's cold out.

Over the last few years, foam tire inserts have become all the rage for those looking for extra puncture protection. Originally aimed at DH riders, they have proven so popular that multiple brands now make lightweight inserts aimed at trail riders. Cush Core was one of the first brands to truly perfect the current tire insert system and they now offer an XC version. The system allows you to run lower pressures for extra grip while gaining increased puncture resistance to avoid flats. Weighing just 140g for a 27.5” insert (150g for 29"), this is the perfect gift for the trail rider in your life.


Details:

• Includes 2 inserts and 2 valves
• Inner Rim Width: 22mm-32mm
• Tire Widths: 1.8″-2.4″
• Weight: 140g (27.5”) 150g (29”)
• $149 USD


Learn more at cushcore.com


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What's on your wish list this festive season? Let us know in the comments below!

Stay tuned for our Gifts Under $100 Guide next week



155 Comments

  • 266 5
 Lightweight tires, for less rolling resistance!
now that you're flatting every 4 feet, get an insert!
Too heavy? Time for carbon rims!
  • 66 3
 Carbon rims breaking? Get alloy rims. Alloy rims too heavy? And so on it goes.

I think you've uncovered one of the bike industry's marketing secrets there. Not that it's exactly a secret to begin with anyway...
  • 20 2
 My bike came stock with those tires... I certainly wouldn't be describing them as lightweight. Maxxis makes a variety of meaty options that, even in wider sizes with sidewall protection, are STILL lighter.

Tires: yes.

Those tires: Maybe not if the criteria is the best blend of weight, grip, and durability.
  • 35 3
 @AD4M: Lighter spokes, for lighter wheels! now you are folding the wheels, get a smaller diameter wheel! It's lighter, it's stronger, the tire has less mass!! Now we're back at 26"!!
  • 1 0
 My thoughts exactly
  • 3 0
 over 2 pounds is considered BEEFY
  • 2 3
 Had this thought the other day. Cushcore inside tubeless tires...I get that you can run lower pressure and that's an advantage, but for maintaining your own bike it's so much easier to just use a tube.
  • 6 1
 @WaterBear: as a former member of the Cushcore-Haters club, let me be the first to tell you theyre worth every penny. comparing them to tubes is not a valid comparison at all. yes, they are a pain to get on and theyre stupid expensive for what they are, but its totally worth it.
  • 4 0
 @WaterBear: Cush core is not mandatory for tubeless and you're missing out on a bunch of other perks that tubeless brings. First of all if you run tubeless without an insert you just run a bit more pressure, but still significantly less than if you had tubes. I run 25 up front and 27 or so out back and have had zero issues. Tubeless removes a considerable amount of mass from your wheels which is a huge perk. Not to mention I've put 2 massive dents in my rear wheel off rocks without going flat either time. With a tube in that's a guaranteed flat. Yes after bending the lip of my rim back I had to take it to a shop and spend like 20 bucks to get them to remount it with a new rim strip, but well worth it for all the perks above.
  • 4 8
flag MidnightFatty (2 days ago) (Below Threshold)
 @sooner518: Just curious, and to be honest your post sounds like a shill post. Have you tried removing and remounting your $149 cush cores (worth every penny!) with different tires yet? How did all that caked sealant do for you? How much do they weigh now with a year's worth of caked sealant added? How much more difficult did the caked sealant make the re-install? How good did you feel about your $149 purchase (worth every penny!) at that point?
  • 1 1
 I've been trying to sell the same carbon wheelset that is pictured....fair price too. Nobody apparently wants carbon rims Frown
  • 7 0
 @MidnightFatty: first off. I only have it on the rear. I never flat front tires. So it cost me like $70.

I don’t find too much caked sealant on them. I don’t know. Never really had that as a consideration. Quick wipe off with a paper towel and you can get any appreciable amount of sealant off if that’s an issue. In my experience, the old sealant generally sticks more to the inside of the old tire than anything.

I don’t see old sealant an issue in installing a new tire. As I mentioned, it is harder to install a tire with cushcore. In fact, it can be a pain in the ass. A bit of old sealant stuck to it is not really an issue.

How much do they weigh with old sealant? Who the f*ck cares? I don’t know. Maybe an extra ounce....

I don’t know what a “shill post” is. I’m certainly not sponsored by them (Or anyone else for that matter) if that’s what you’re implying.

All I know is that I went from getting rear flats a lot, and killing rims a lot, to never flatting and not denting any rims. I probably went through 3 rims last year without cushcore. Since I got it, I’ve been on the same Rear rim for basically a year, running much lower pressure. For me, as someone who rides pretty aggressively through some pretty rocky terrain, it is a no brainer. And definitely worth every penny (it’s certainly saved me money from having to buy new rims and building new wheels)
  • 1 0
 Carbon and alloy, with todays technology at least, vary very little in weight. Carbon rims offer more stiffness
  • 3 0
 @MidnightFatty: Just curious, have you tried them and dealt with these issues? Your post sounds like a typical uninformed emotionally charged "hater post".
  • 3 0
 and the funny thing is 960g and 1015g is lightweight
  • 1 0
 @kjc81: Took the words out of my key board! I love my CushCores. Never going back. And I never had a single issue with them or re-installation?
  • 1 0
 @Quinn-39: True, but Maxxis EXO sidewalls tear if you look at them wrong (and a ton of them wobble with defect casings). The EXO+ is the starting point if you want a tire that has a rideable sidewall, and those are the same weight as these TRS. The new 2019 TRS pictured have pretty burly (EXO+ style) sidewalls at a reasonable weight, and the Mopo grips like crazy. I found them rounder than the 2018 tires too, which is more to my liking...I'm over Maxxis. E13, WTB, and Schwalbe are now making better tires IMO...
  • 45 3
 those glasses are way too expensive, especially for a brand named after a dude named Rudy that gave away free sunglasses in issues of Mountain Bike Action
  • 16 3
 Gifts under $100 coming next week...maybe there are some glasses in there...
  • 77 3
 $225 for safety glasses. Hard pass.
  • 13 0
 I remember when the free offers for those glasses were in Mags. I think I was 10 or something. Yellow lenses. I sold them to my stepdad for $20 because I didn't think they were "cool" then he started using them as shooting glasses. I thought they were then cool but he wouldn't give them back.
  • 26 1
 @fruitsd79: to be fair...to be faiiiiiiiir... to be FAAIIIIIIIIR they are very well vented and I'm sure every guy named Rudy will be sued by them soon..
  • 11 2
 @H3RESQ: Up-vote? Thats a Texas Sized 10-4.
  • 21 3
 $16 3M glasses from Home Depot are the best riding glasses I've ever owned.
  • 17 0
 @tbubier: These look pretty enduro if you ask me

www.uline.com/BL_8951/Visitor-Specs
  • 6 0
 @me2menow: those LED glasses are awesome for wrenching on vehicles!
  • 9 8
 Good glasses cost money but they are absolutely worth it - you don't want to jeopardize your eyesight exposing it to UV rays, mud, or even a crash where cheap ones normally wreck your face (just google it). The lenses quality and confort makes a world of difference. The trick is to get the last year model at a cheap price.
Now the big problem: photochromatic lenses mean rainy weather, mud and the need to clean them mid ride. What normally happens is that this type of lenses scratch really easy and you destroy them fast.
it sucks.
  • 10 0
 @t-stoff:
Australian standards state that all glasses sold in oz must comply with fairly strict UV ratings. Additional protection is of course welcome but none are unsafe. Best riding glasses I've found are the $15 safety specs at the local hardware shop.

www.arpansa.gov.au/understanding-radiation/radiation-sources/more-radiation-sources/sun-protection-sunglasses
  • 1 0
 @tbubier: Funny, thats what I’ve ended up using after a few “mtb” specific glasses. The Ride Concept Livewires are great shoes at a good price
  • 7 3
 @t-stoff: Rudy Project has a Replacement Lens Guarantee that covers all lens damage (e.g., scratching) from use or activity on all RP Optic, Polar 3FX or ImpactX Lenses.
  • 3 0
 @H3RESQ: Canadian gooses are cool.
  • 5 0
 @RudyProject: this is actually a pretty big selling point
  • 3 2
 @dirtyburger: I know, that's the same in the EU, but that doesn't prevent people from buying "cheap" ones on ebay or aliexpress on the basis that the "real" ones are to expensive. :\
@RudyProject that's excellent!!! you'll have a new fan soon;D
  • 2 1
 @H3RESQ: pitter patter, lets get at’er
  • 4 0
 @RudyProject: Hold on it still costs $25
  • 10 0
 @t-stoff: UV rays are there all the time and clear lenses w/o UV protection are not an issue, is just like not wearing glasse, human eye can deal with that. The problem is with tinted lenses that make your pupils to open up, that's when you need the protection so you don't get more exposure than you would without glasses.

As a myopic and clear vision freak who also hates wasting money these are my conclussions:
-For snow sports you need real protection. many brands are fine, but Oakley and Smith mirror coating are the best and won't go off easily if stored wet or whatever, like other brands. Spheric lenses look cool but they always get scratched in the center when you leave then in the table for lunch,a so I pass.
-For bike goolgles buy whatever, but transparent ones with cheap and available replacements, and replace often, cause $60 lenses will turn into shit at the same pace. Also, mirror lenses are cool and ok for a sunny mx track with uniform light (where the trend came from) but for mtb'ing in the woods they're silly.
-For bike glasses just use whatever clear lenses that doesn't cause too much distortion and stay put. I used safety glasses for a while too. $100 clear lens glasses are a placebo, anti fog coatings go away just by looking at them.
  • 2 0
 @dirtyburger: Home Depot for clear, yellow, and lighly shaded glasses. Cheap, protective, durable.

For the good stuff, I ride Tifosi, my glasses of choice for over twenty years!
  • 4 1
 Wish.com has POC glasses for $20. They work great and come with 5 lenses for different situations.
  • 1 0
 @ismasan: I agree with everything as I was speaking about sunglasses (the tinted ones) in general, and in the last paragraph my experience with photocromic in particular. Maybe I should have said that by living in a sunny country "clear lenses" are not the issue here, but the overuse of "replica" and cheap fakes from china.
That's where the core "ohh it's so expensive vs I prefer the alternative - they look the same!" comes from.
  • 2 0
 @t-stoff: Yeah but still- manufacturing cost about 5-15€- and they sell for 20x times


No wonder Luxotica is buying more and more brands.
  • 2 0
 @me2menow: Question is ... will they fit with my full face?? I'm thinking so!
  • 1 0
 @me2menow: Get a Mohawk haircut and you're guaranteed to scare the shit out of Austin Powers!!!
  • 4 0
 @PtDiddy: I’m sure those are actual POC glasses...
  • 1 0
 @wibblywobbly: they may not be. I’ve had them for two years though and they have been great. Certainly don’t seem cheap.
  • 2 0
 @mitchgulliver: $225.....YEEEESH
  • 1 0
 @tbubier: Those are my go to.
  • 2 0
 Swallow your brand-name only pride and rock some safety glasses with actual ANSI ratings that cost $25.
  • 2 0
 @lpat1717: someone get this guy a puppers...
  • 1 0
 @SacAssassin: That's what I was wondering. I really like 5-10 freeride but the durability has gone done as the price keeps going up. Are this a comparable shoe?
  • 1 0
 @plyawn: I can’t compare directly to the 5:10 freerides, but I’ve had my livewires for a few months and they’ve been comfortable, grippy and solid during times I’ve tagged rocks. I’ve yet to be bucked from my flats
  • 22 1
 Paid sponsor shopping list.....
  • 21 1
 those gloves are... are they really for biking? wtf?!
  • 4 0
 Straight from dungeon Eek
  • 2 0
 I actually really like them and will get a pair to use as every day winter gloves.
  • 10 0
 @Dropthedebt: so i ordered a pair, next i need a leather mask.
  • 2 0
 Stopped using bike gloves and went on with the Mechanix "military" line. Best gloves I ever had. My TLD, Fox gloves lasted for a year average, and usually the fabric just ripped at the sides. I got my Mechanix M-Pact for two years now, no tears, no visible damage... Yes, they can be a little warm at summer, and they are not the lightest gloves, but if its good for the army, will work perfectly on the trails... Big Grin
  • 3 0
 I think those are OJ Simpson's gloves!
  • 1 0
 I'm pretty sure I saw a MIME @ the Fringe Festival wearing a pair of those gloves....

.....when questioned, he had NO COMMENT
  • 1 0
 I thought they were driving gloves for my jag-ew-wire...
  • 18 4
 Thanks for this. Can you do a Cush Core XC review? I have the original Cush Core and it rad. I'd like to get more real world insight on the XC version for trail and light enduro riding.
  • 57 1
 @garrettstories: Is “light enduro” similar to down country or is that an entirely different sub-sub genre?
  • 11 1
 Can we also get a bartlett review? Cheers
  • 5 1
 @MaN-oF-STeEL: Endurish. Get ready to open the wallet up in 2021.
  • 2 0
 I'd be interested in a comparison of OG vs XC Cush core as well. I talked to one of their reps at Northstar, and he said that their EWS riders will switch between OG and XC inserts between stages sometimes, so there are definitely applications for both. His argument was that the XC insert is really a compromise in terms of the benefits you get from running an insert, but some of their riders still prefer that setup to keep the weight down while maintaining some level of protection. He also said some of their riders will run an XC up front and OG in the rear and that lighter riders like ALN will stay on an XC insert front and rear.
  • 3 0
 @garrettstories I bought some XC versions to try, i find the non XC better, better dampening and sidewall support.
I was running magic mary SG casing. When changing to try the XC i found it not as supportive or offer the dampening. So next i tried same tires but in snakeskin and full weight cushcore, it still offers the support as with the SG and still no punctures, just saving 250g or so per wheel so offsetting the insert weight totally.
  • 5 0
 @Quinn-39: Is that for "short travel enduro bikes" or "long travel XC bikes"?
  • 1 0
 Thank you @tobyb. That answers my question for my spare rear DH wheel. Going with the original Cushcore for the dampening and tyre roll resistance.
  • 5 0
 @boozed: for small mountain only
  • 16 0
 We’ll be doing an insert review/shootout very soon.
  • 6 0
 What kind of insert do I need for upcountry in the downback?
  • 3 0
 @brianpark: Including the Vittoria Airliners?
  • 1 0
 I run regular Cush core on rear wheel and xc on front wheel (traded with friend) and it's rad! Lower pressure, no flats, no more rim shots and front end little lighter than with full weight cush core.
Cush core mullet for the win!
  • 1 0
 I rode the OG cushcore for quite some time but I prefer the XC now. The dampening isn’t as good but it’s still there, otherwise it still does the trick preventing flats around the bead/sidewall of the tire. Still can get tread flats but that’s what plugs are for anyway.
  • 6 0
 @breakerb: dude, you have been this close to get sued by backcountry
  • 1 0
 @Chuckolicious: The Vittoria Airliners were easy to install and has a lot of squish because they're so tall. However, I had to run higher air pressure compared to other liners because I still got a couple dings from side rocks that shoved the floating liner over. The other minor gripe is that since the liner does not hug the rim, I could hear the whole liner spin with each climbing surge making a "swish, swish, swish" noise. I think the insides of my tires are polished now.
  • 3 0
 my RECIPE....og Kushcore + Exo plus casing 2.6 minions + WAO carbon rims + 18/20 psi = very fun combo for aggresive trail riding here in BC coast. Also quite heavy. I would highly recommend. CUSHCORE actually blew my mind, and now old tire setup seem like bouncy balls to me.
  • 15 1
 I have a different idea on what is a lightweight tire
  • 4 0
 Same weighs over 100grams more the my Magic Mary soft. Which has never failed me.
  • 2 0
 Ya I thought that was hilarious. Used to race a whole season of east coast DH on 1100g tires.
  • 13 0
 Lightweight tires... then PB shows 1 kg tires... In my book, that's called heavy, but to each his own, I guess.
  • 1 0
 My Maxxis HR2 27x2.8 came at 900grams and the 27x2.8 DHR2 came at 970grams, both MaxTerra 3c EXO TR. Now they seem pretty light weight for decent plus tyres
  • 2 0
 I have E*thirteen rims. The matching graphics appeal to me, but not the weight.

I was in NW Arkansas (Back Forty) when BOTH my Rock Razor and Nobby Nic punctured. Neither sealant nor bacon strips stemmed the flow. On the recommendation of local bike shop personnel, I purchased a set of Bontrager XR-4 Team Issue 29x2.4 tires (Phat Tire Bikes installed then for free while we had lunch near by). They are about 750 g each, but seem very tough (so far so good). Traction is massive, but they roll a bit slow. The XR-3/XR-2 is much faster, a little lighter, and works well in dry conditions. Also, the Team Issues are a bit cheaper than Schwaxxis.
  • 1 0
 lightweight tires suck anyways, dh casing for the win
  • 1 0
 Yea. The Michelin competition tires are pretty decent value/weight, the Enduro tires are about 800gr in 29 2.35
  • 12 0
 Ahhh a Festivus for the rest of us!
  • 8 0
 No need to try and buy me something I haven't spend hours picking out my self. I'll just take a coupon book kids with a ride with Dad coupons in it. It's free and we'll both have a great year cashing in. Thanks
  • 8 1
 How about some more realistic gift ideas next time? Like actual affordable things?!
  • 4 0
 Never understood the price of Rudy Project glasses till I owned a pair...they must be about 15 years old now and are in the same shape the day I got them...multiple crashes later..no scratches..scuffs ...fit perfect.incredible product..Smile
  • 7 0
 Holy crappy gifts article.
  • 5 0
 All I want for Christmas is a cordless impact and a pair of mechanix gloves.
Also: surprised the Christmas buy buy buy stuff didn't start in September.
  • 6 0
 How can these people charge 240 dollars for a pair of glasses?! CRAZY
  • 6 0
 Uh, because they make you faster. Duh.
  • 3 0
 People spend 800€ and upwards on stupid Chanel glasses made from Luxotica.

Just gotta do everything to be better than the others
  • 2 0
 I've owned a pair of rudy project defenders and have been using them for a year now. I wouldn't recommend them because the ventilation is bad, they're a relatively small fit and the frame is flimsy, save your money for some 100%'s or smith wildcats. the photochromic lenses are nice to be fair but they're better for roadbiking
  • 5 0
 At $225, those glasses better be ANZI rated.
  • 7 2
 I did ANZI that coming....
  • 4 0
 I want a fur coat to ride in , and those $225 clear euroglasses or we are finished baby.
  • 1 0
 Googles far superior for the trail riding over the glasses from safety perspective, even if you consider glasses, most of the does not offer easily accessible spare lenses which is stupid, sine with mtb dirt destroys lenses fairly quick;


On the tire insert side - i have flats once in a while at the rockiest area’s such as vallnord using exo tires, still did not find use case for them, racing aside
  • 1 0
 I just got some feint shorts for fall riding and I love them. They are heavier weight than the ambits and so comfortable. I pair them with my pads and a long jersey and I'm good down to around 7 or 8c. Only con is they are only available in two colours.
  • 4 0
 Who is spending $41 for lightweight gloves??
  • 2 0
 Family, Friends and partner, don't you go buying me any of this shit, save your money, i'll take a nitted jumber and you leave me to make the choices in funding my hobby.
  • 1 0
 True that!
  • 2 1
 nice RC shoes with D3O in the sole and the Rudy glasses but yeah lets ride single ply rubber to put the weight down and to make pinchflat all the time thats amazing! who rides single ply? Downcountry?
  • 1 0
 Maybe another headlamp with lots of Lumens, to use every free minute to ride! Some proper wet or cold weather riding gear would be great too! Please Santa bring me a Dirtlej suit!
  • 1 0
 The Cush Core XC is all but lightweight though...have a look at Tubolight! They only weigh 44g (size M) or 65g (size L). That's lightweight and they work perfect
  • 1 0
 There's no way they wouldn't absorb all your sealant... pass
  • 1 0
 @stiingya: actually they don't. not one drop
  • 2 0
 @prevail: My bad, looks like open cell foam from the pic I saw. But looks like CAD mock up now that I look.
Hopefully PB will include this in their upcoming test.

tubolight.bike/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Tubolight-exploded-view.jpg
  • 1 0
 Better include installation at a good bike shop for those Cush cores. Makes my hands hurt just thinking of installing ‘em...
  • 2 0
 Its not that difficult as long as you follow instructional video and are working in a warm environment. In cold temps, its not as easy, in warm temps the insert and tires are easier to install. If you are still having difficulties you may not even need Cush Core.
  • 2 0
 First time is hard, once you know what you're doing it's not much harder than a normal tire install really..
  • 1 0
 The stiffer, heavier version of Pepi's tire noodle weighs 110 grams (29"). Would like to see an objective, data based comparison between it and cushcore "XC".
  • 1 0
 I installed a pair of Pepi's tire noodles for a customer who thought they couldn't. Much easier than a brand new set of cushcore, but after a few rides the CC relaxed and wasn't so hard to change a tire. They really feel like help suspension like a bottom out bumper.
  • 1 0
 @Chonky13: After having done it a few times, installing is easy. Breaking the tire bead for removal can still be difficult although I also have to blame the rim for that. I have Pepi's rokkline, I hoped it would give a more damped feel to the tire, which it does, but it still couldn't keep me from cracking a carbon rim, even with 30 psi at the rear. But then again, not sure if miracle rims or miracle inserts exist.
  • 1 0
 @DavidGuerra: Breaking the tire bead with CC after being on for a few months is definitely the hardest part agreed!
  • 1 0
 I found the e13 rubber to do very well but didn’t last as long as I’d hope for in any tire.safety glasses at Home Depot are under $10
  • 1 0
 Pinkbike presents "How to spend over $400 on 4 articles of clothing from brands that definitely didn't pay to be in the this article for Christmas"
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 Is it just me or do those vents on the helmet just scream - "insert stick here"?
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 You headbutting a lot of bushes?

A stick giving you a scratch on the top of your head isn't really the biggest concern mid-crash.
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 Kits....I'm that dude that still rides in basketball shorts and a Tshirt. I do wear good MTB shoes. My new balance weren't working for me ????
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 Good light setup is just the right price point for gift time! $150 can go a long way into illuminated trail rides!
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 Does cush core help with wheel burping?? I rarely puncture flat but burp my tires flat mostly.
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 Speaking for standard (original) Cush Core, they do help from burping. They offer sidewall support and keep the bead pressed into the rim. In theory the XC version would do the same.
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 @JDFF: thanks
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 Also works as a run flat if you take such a stupid line like I did after feeling invincible on porcupine rim. Cracked a carbon wheel but was able to ride out on the flat quite well! (Until getting to the pavement, where I put a tube in)
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 Dang that’s some ugly shit!
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 "Rudy Project's Defender - 225 bucks" STFU AND TAKE MY MONEY !
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 $721 to get kitted out in a lid, pair of shoes, specs, gloves, shorts and a shirt for riding about in the woods. f*ck me.
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 f*ck off. It’s early November.
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 Cush Core is a joke. Hard to mount, paint in the ass if you have a flat, more rotating weight...NO ADVANTAGE...learn to ride with a little finesse. How much did they pay PB to be in this article?
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 I have had and raced with cushcore for 2 years and since then not a single flat or damaged wheel..before then fairly frequent flats and damaged wheels. If you do have a flat, you can likely finish your race stage on the flat and not completely destroy your wheel. The ride characteristics are notably different with cushcore, the bike has sort of quieted below you and rolls over square edges with less impact.. Other than the increase in weight, which doesn't bother me I would say there are several advantages. Maybe it's not for you, but that certainly doesn't rule out its advantages.
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 cushcore really is a bit of a joke. its hard, heavy, pain, expensive and noodlish and yet i am so stoked to have it on my bike. the fact that this pool noodle thing improves the hard charging ride of my bike so much is hilarious and awesome.
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 I'll take these jagwire.com/products/inner-wire Practical, awesome performance and much cheaper then stuff listed here.
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 In more interesting news....https://www.bikeradar.com/news/shimano-gearbox/

Begin discussion now...
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 *Cue the industry now acting like gearboxes are the best thing ever and pretending that Pinion and EFFI never existed*
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 It took this long for xtr 12 speed to become available, I wouldn't hold my breath for a gearbox!
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 @trialsracer: after reading the article it sounds like the real deal.
Maybe the most efficient multiple speed gearing ever seen on a bicycle.
Almost drag free gearbox less then we have with current derailuer systems.

And the form factor of their steps ebike motor. So they could have them in frames very quickly.
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 @reverend27: you had me right up until ebike motor.
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 @OnkleJoachim: what I'm saying is any frame that will fit a Shimano motor would fit this gearbox.
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 @reverend27: Yeah I'm wondering if they are actually not pursuing this as something to integrate into the ebike segment primarily as it is hard to imagine too much gain over a conventional system with the proposed model. Still has a few cassettes, a chain, lots of machinery inside- perhaps the goal is to integrate their ebike motor with this and take over the segment as drag and weight are less of an issue. (Please don't hurt me... I don't ride an ebike... just a guess at the timing of this)
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 @trialsracer: If it can shift under load...
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 Can you even get Racer’s Factory glove in North America yet ?
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 ad
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 These would be gifts for myself.
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 Ryders sunglasses on sale good north shore brand and not stupid $$.
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 Ahem it literally says "Supported by pink bikes advertisers"

its not 100% legit
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 By ek...i'd never spend that much on anyone than myself....
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 Anything from Broken Riders! brokenridersuk.com
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 Is there something for broke riders too?
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 @Upduro:

18 pack of Cliff -Bars is about $15
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 @Ironchefjon: I would just eat all of them by myself. Also what are those prices, here they are ~2,50€ per bar

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