Tech Briefing: Signature Pedals, A Long-Travel Dropper Post, New Tires & More - May 2018

May 7, 2018
by Alex Evans  

Tech Briefing is a feature for the new stuff that we spot every month but haven't gotten our hands on yet. An eclectic serving of tech, from revolutionary products to novel traditional gear, with some wacky stuff thrown in for good measure.

Ride 100% S2 and Sportcoupe
Starting at $135 USD

100% introduces two new frames to their line of performance and active lifestyle eyewear.
(Learn more.)
Ride 100

OneUp Components Dropper
€221 / US $248 / CAD $323

The OneUp dropper post claims to have the shortest stack height of any dropper which means that you'll be able to get your seat lower and descend harder. (Learn more.)
OneUp Components 170mm Dropper Post

Crankbrothers Mallet DH
£149.99 / €169 / US $169

Loic Bruni's brand new signature pedal is based on the design of the loved Mallet DH. With custom colours and Super Bruni logo, these are a must-have for any super fan. (Learn more.)
PC Boris Beyer

Spherik SMT
From CAD $2849.99

SMT's new Spherik is compatible with 29 and 275+ inch wheels and tyres, has super boost rear axle spacing and touts a variable seat tube angle across its range of sizes. (Learn more.)

Sender Magazine

Issue three of Olly Forster's independent magazine is out now, featuring Sam Hill, Steve Peat, Cam Zink and loads more. (Learn more.)

Terrene Tires Chunk
US $75

The new Chunk 2.6 tire comes in a variety of casing volumes that are designed around the popular wider internal rim widths. The new tyre comes in both 29-inch and 27.5-inch variants. (Learn more.)
Terrene tires

Black Mountain Bikes

Black Mountain's new range of kid's bikes grow at the same rate your child does so you won't need to replace their bike as they grow up. All of their bike's componentry is scaled to fit kids, too. (Learn more.)
09.11.17. Black Mountain PIC Andy Lloyd SKOG

Tngnt Ski Bikes
US $1299.99

Designed with the intention of bringing the same sensations of shredding dirt to snow, Tngnt's ski bikes look like they'll give you hours of snowy fun. (Learn more.)

Ryders Eyewear 2018 Collection
From US $49.99

Casual styles with plenty of technical features – if you're looking for a pair of sunnies that'll protect your eyes whilst riding and look good at the pub after a ride, then Ryders Eyewear might have the answer. (Learn more.)

Puls Wear Customisable Kit
From €129

Customise your riding kit with help from Puls Wear's online designer. (Learn more.)

HxR Components Boost Adaptors
€28 - €43

With HxR Components Boost adaptors, you shouldn't need to splash out on a new set of hubs when you change your frame or fork for a model with Boost spacing. (Learn more.)
Universal Rear Boost Kit

From US $389

Take your bike further on bigger, different and more exciting adventures without the worry of getting stranded in snow in the depths of winter.
(Learn more.)

From €5.80

Give your bike a 5-star cleaning treatment with Mudbud's microfibre cloth. (Learn more.)

Showers Pass Summer Riding Collection
From US $69

Showers Pass has a new summer collection of Merino Wool blend shirts and mountain bike shorts built to take you from the trail to town. (Learn more.)

MENTIONS: @OneUpComponents @crankbrothers @SpherikBike @RidgelineMediaCo @terrenetires @BlackMountainBikes @stevelloyd @RydersEyewear @pulswear @HxRComponents @mmatthews @WeederHexx


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 Pinkbike seriously: what is this sh!t?
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 Tech Briefing is a feature for the new stuff that we spot every month but haven't gotten our hands on yet. An eclectic serving of tech, from revolutionary products to novel traditional gear, with some wacky stuff thrown in for good measure.
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 Advertisements are the content.
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 I'm wearing my showers gass shirt with matching Ryder die sunglasses on my new bike board whip,,, douching hard at a pub near you.
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 @Mngnt: crushed it
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 i only kind of agree, some of these ads are actually cool
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 @Mngnt: that's shit. They did and royally screwed up the terrene chunk tire review a few days ago lol. This is just a bunch of random crap they googled?
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 @makripper: Its just an overview of all the new stuff that's recently come out / is coming out, all in one article. Things to look out for.
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 Ski bikes are the new boost.
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 @bishopsmike we’re always nerding out on new tech. Depending on interest, timing, availability, etc we do that through Tech Briefing, Check Out, First Looks, and full Reviews, in increasing amounts of detail. How would you like us to cover this stuff?
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 @vikb: just to be clear, nobody pays to be featured in Tech Briefing. When we do run sponsored stories or contests they’re labeled. Cheers!
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 @brianpark: gotta respect that policy. There's a lot of content creators who fail to disclose sponsored content (twitch, youtube have several examples) despite it being illegal in some jurisdictions. Thank you for holding yourselves to a high standard and acknowledging your responsibility as influencers to label such things. Your honesty is appreciated..
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 the sooner that oneup dropper is reviewed, the better!
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 Just installed mine and really happy with it. Granted I’m changing from a 100mm ancient reverb to new 150mm one up. Initial impressions are good and much prefer the lever, which matches where the downshift is on my shifter on the other side. I could have actually got away with the bigger drop.
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 Have mine installed as well, I can finally run a 150mm dropper in my Scout. The post is much shorter, action is smooth and fast, and the lever feels excellent.
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 Yup, smoother as butter for me too. I love it!
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 Coming soon!
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 OneUp dropper is awesome, 170 didn't fit my Scout but is spot on in my Patrol, buy one ,
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 @brianpark: RC already done it
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 @pigman65: he did a First Look. He's working on a more detailed long-term test. @sarahmoore is also putting one on her Canyon.
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 "Performance and active lifestyle eyewear". I like that. Marketing minds never cease to amaze me.
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 And I bet they'd still work they're way off my face during a ride.
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 Those terms have been used by many sunglass companies for a while. "Performance" are the dorky looking glasses that are good for riding (like the wrap-arounds pictured), and active lifestyle" are the cool looking ones that aren't so great for riding (not pictured).
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 I'm about to release my hybrid natural/man-made fiber eyewear retention device. Just finished the R&D today. I now have an old pair of shoes that are missing a lace.
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 Why is the SMT rider pushing up that small hill????
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 Pedals not included?
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 Those new 100% glasses.... for when you want to look like Melania Trump on a GQ shoot.
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 Check out Shockcrafts screwfit bottom brackets for press fit frame, best thing that’s come out this month by far....
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 Hope came a couple years early with their PF BBs, love mine.
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 My Praxis Works has been fine and creak free for a couple of years now.
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 mud bud
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 It’s just a rag that comes with a bag. What a concept! I should start selling my old T-shirts.
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 @Aengis: Yeah, but do your old T-shirts provide a 5-star cleaning treatment or are they just 3.43-star rated?
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 @Aengis: Plus your old tee shirt, will not destroy the enviroment like microfibre does?
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 someone please just let ski bikes die out...
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 Please elaborate on how a Ski Bike is negatively affecting lives. Thx
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 @loopie: There is always some resistance against a new wheelsize (and shape).
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 @loopie: They haunt my dreams at night...
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 Super boost spacing??? Just when I was getting used to regular boost
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 super roost
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 I'm not used to regular boost and not planning to get used to super boost either. Right now I'm trying to get used to ultra boost before it hits the market. To go with the Ultra Bruni pedals, before they hit the market too. I like to be ahead of things.
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 They're already working on super duper mega boost launch wheels that are 3 feet wide and increase wheel stiffness by 1,000,000%!!!
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 @MoonboyMTB: Glad I can stack a bunch of these HxR adaptors so that I can stick to my current wheelset.
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 Super boost is where the boost spacing should have ended up.
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 $10 for a rag haha? You can get 15 Microfiber rags for $5 at Family Dollar. EAD pinkbike.
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 Snow has just about all melted.
Time for a ski bike?
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 Is that a Jay n Dan reference?
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 oh wow golly gee

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