Frostbike 2018: Pedals, Apparel, Fat Bikes, and a Golden Fork

Feb 20, 2018
by Zach White  
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Issi's Stomp XL pedals retail for $100, are suggested for size 9 shoes and bigger, and weigh in at 460-grams. A true concave platform, there's a claimed 7.5mm of effective curvature. Each side of the pedal points 11 pins toward your feet, and grip can be adjusted by flip-flopping or removing the pins with a 2mm allen key or 6mm wrench. Available in the colors you see here. There's also a polished, limited edition version that will sell for $115.


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Cane Creek's limited run Helm Conrad will probably be something you'll just read about, unless you're one of 150 people who gets to the right shop at the right time - which is anytime between now and within a few weeks. Named after a North Carolina family that found a gold brick and used it as a doorstop for years before finally realizing they were tripping over a fortune, the gold-colored 27.5-inch, 160mm fork's stock internals should work just as well as any other Helm at hucking off mine trestles or nose-bonking motherlodes. Cane Creek keeps pricing on their limited run fork the exact same as stock versions, which is $1100 in this case.


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A trip to Minnesota in February to visit QBP, and it'd be almost rude to not mention at least one fat bike. Surly's new Pugsley brings back an offset fork with 135mm spacing so you can run a "spare" rear wheel up front on those epic adventures, and it gets a bit longer and slacker in the name of stability, as well as added room for panniers. It also now accepts 5-inch tires so there's a better chance of keeping this fatty afloat in the soft stuff. $599 USD for the frameset, and $1849 for a complete build.


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One of the Surly employee's personal Pugsley, fresh off the Arrowhead 135 racecourse.


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Ketl Mountain Apparel is relatively new to the game, but is offering up some high-tech and low-flash kit to ride in. Stating they're a 100% gender parity company, they strive to offer the same colors, options, and quality materials in their line for both men and women. Their bib-liners looked the most interesting, as each had IPF(I pee freely) technology, back pockets licensed by Specialized so they won't get sued for having them hang over short waists, and mountain bike specific Cytech Italian chamois.

The women's version is either sheer genius, or a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. In theory, a 3-panel system and zipper hold a floating chamois in place while riding. But when nature calls, the chamois can be unzipped and flipped towards the back, leaving just a warm summer breeze between you and where you're aiming. It's female designed and tested, so chances are it works well. The men's version has a much more traditional brief style panel to access your assets through. Both bib shorts retail for $150 and will be available this April.

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Ketl's women's bibshort, with chamois deployed.
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Ketl's women's bibshort, in ride mode.

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An easily accessible zipper holds the loose end of the chamois in place while riding.
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The men's bibshort features a much less original IPF technology.


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While the men's bibshort gets three back pockets that are each big enough to fit a water bottle in, the women's version only has two of the same sized pockets due to smaller sizing.


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100%'s new Speedcraft Air glasses were the buzz of their booth. Similar to the old Breathe Right strips racers used to run around with across their face to open up their nasal passages for better breathing, the Speedcraft Air comes with metal studs attached to adhesive strips that stick to your nose. Once those are in place, the magnets pull your nose out via the metal studs, creating a wider nasal passage. I just checked, and it's not April 1st yet, so these should be an actual product that 100% says will retail for $300. Before you say too much, apparently Peter Sagan is all about these.

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The Speedcraft Air comes with a case and enough nose studs to get you through the Tour.


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Though probably not by design, it was interesting to see how much more popular Skratch's three new bar flavors were by comparison to the other brands on the same snack tables throughout Frostbike. While there was never a shortage of the competition's bars, Skratch bars disappeared almost the instant they were restocked throughout the day.

Chocolate Chips and Almonds, Miso and Ginger(my personal new favorite), and Cherries and Pistachios all retail for $2.65 a bar, and are made with what Skratch claim to be "real" ingredients. It would seem crack cocaine just might be considered "real" and "natural," judging by the popularity of all three flavors - keep in mind there were free donuts, popcorn, and brownies, along with an all-you-can-eat breakfast and lunch. AND, there were giant boxes of leftover donuts left behind at the end of the show, while the Skratch bars had long since all been swiped.


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ODI has two new F-1 Series grips, the Float and Vapor, which retail for $17.99. Both versions use a new air infused reactive elastomer (AIRE), which is a fancy way to say that they added air to the grip. The result is a comfortable, lightweight grip that's more shock absorbing than their other grips. Currently, the Vapor and Float are only available in slip-ons, but look for a lock-on version to be introduced at Sea Otter.


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It seemed like there were just as many products we couldn't talk about at this year's Frostbike as ones we could. QBP's philosophy is not to launch a product to the public until it's ready to ship to dealers, which seems like a good plan. Keep an eye out for new bike models, wheels, tires, clothing, etc. to pop up from their house brands over the next few months.


81 Comments

  • + 65
 ISIS are making pedals! Infidels.
  • + 27
 Give Nukeproof a run for their money.
  • + 21
 They are trying to destroy our shins
  • + 2
 I was hoping to see the ones on the thumbnail. Looks like SPD with pins on the other side?
  • + 1
 @Mattin: Yes that's the Issi Flip III. Platform side with 4 replaceable metal pins, and an SPD side. They look really nice, and come in all the fun colors. Should be available now.
  • + 6
 At least they’ve quit making bottom brackets.
  • + 3
 be weary their clipless pedals are actually trash
  • + 0
 @Mattin: Funn make a set of pedals like that as well with a larger platform www.funnmtb.com/products_detail.php?id=152
  • + 4
 @deathgrip01: As a life long Flat pedal rider...anything less than Sharp Pins of Mass Destruction is, well, useless .....Death to Shins!!! It's worth it Razz
  • + 1
 They wanted to get away form a bad bottom bracket design that put their terroristic plots on hold for a few years because it didn't do super well.
  • + 2
 Nah a couple years ago they were rebranding WELGO pedals or having them make them for them. It's probably decent as it's a QBP product. Since the Q doesn't have Shimano.
  • + 3
 You confuse terrorist bottom brackets with a value pedal brand. "aaah" vs "meh"
  • + 25
 'Scuse me, gotta go check the brick I use to prop open my workshop door.
  • + 9
 I originally bought the iSSi clipless pedals because they matched my bike and I wanted a non-shimano alternative to crank brothers, that wasn't some new cleat standard. I really like how much tighter you can adjust the release on these pedals than a comparable Shimano pedal. they are still holding up after two years of riding on them
  • + 4
 Glad you got a good pair... I've had to send two of their trail pedals back, and their warranty team has been mostly non-responsive. My shop finally gave up trying to get in touch with them and just gave me one of the pairs they had on the shop floor.
  • + 2
 We had a pair that the spring assembly blew apart under light adjustment and the spec showed how to fix...stripped one bolt, stripped the other and never heard a peep from their tech/warranty department after multiple attempts. 2 rides, then in the bin. Shame.
  • + 1
 @stevemokan:

I blew through two sets very quickly and because they obviously had rock strikes they made it clear that they were joining me up because it was not warranty. Well a pedal hits rocks and I’m back to Shimano. Haven’t ever broken those. I liked the extra spindle width though.
  • + 0
 @andrewfif: I have similar experiences. First rock I hit with ISSI Trail 3 (this happened at first downhill segment I did with them and it even didn't feel like a hard hit that would send me over the bars) the steel hook rotated over the stopper on the alloy body. After that I couldn't connect with the pedals anymore. Clearly wasn't going to go under warranty so I just binned them and went with Shimano. Even with the cheapest Shimano you can find the stopper for the locking mechanism is on the steel wear plate on top of the pedals. It's hundred times more durable and even if you manage to destroy it some how it is replaceable unlike with ISSI.

So unless one doesn't mind buying a new pair of pedals every time they hit rocks I advise stay away from ISSI.
  • + 12
 There were donuts left over? Mike Levy probably wasn't there, was he?
  • + 4
 Okay, $300 for glasses? Well, thats not too bad considering a pir of Oakleys will cost you maybe close to $200? Also these help you breath. Id be down for that. But then again, how often do I breath through my nose while riding?.. Wait a second... these kinda are pointless! Or am I missing something in the breathing community?
  • + 11
 You're probably joking, but you should try to breathe in through your nose if possible, particularly in cold weather. The nose conditions air en route to the lungs whereas the mouth does not.
  • + 2
 Change "sunglasses" to "oxygen mask" and I'm all over it.
  • + 9
 @rezrov: nose hairs also provide filtration in dusty conditions, which in turn provides awesome brown boogers!!!
  • + 6
 No way they come close to Oakley’s prisms either.
  • + 4
 Prepping for their new 2019 model the RideApnea
  • + 2
 @rezrov: Oh I was not.. I cant breath through my nose too good to begin with. Deviated Sectums:/ I know to breath through my nose casually. But like when my body requires more oxygen for like downhill or sprinting I go to my mouth. Am I not suppose to?
  • + 1
 I used to use adhesive nose strips when racing XC. They let me breathe through both my mouth and my nose at the same time, which helped a lot. They cost about $5 for a pack of 20 and you don't need a pair of glasses to go with them.
  • + 2
 Issi's Stomp XL pedals size 9 shoes and bigger?! You must be joking. You call this a XL pedal?! Dude, I'm wearing US 16. The only real XL pedals are the Crankbrothers stamp XL. Trust me I know what I'm talking about. I'm running 165 mm cranks and I still touch the ground with my toes when my feet are on my pedals.
  • + 1
 I am in the same boat. Harder to find any shoes that are stiff enough with good grip. What shoes do you use? I just run clips.
  • + 5
 @Telebikes: Must be a big boat
  • + 2
 @Telebikes: Mostly I use flat old school basketball kickz. I will buy the new Giro riddance. I will try 'em but I think they are great. They offer US 16 size. GMBN said they are great and they have lots of grip. I need them. I don't wanna slip when I ride my downhill bike. If you're a big guy like me and need help I would love to give you some tips. There are a bunch of companies. They have stuff for big guys. Ride on mate!
  • + 1
 @brunse: ha, ha
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 @Telebikes: Yeah :-)
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 @DemoN8: Thanks for the info. I had not heard about the good, riddance. They are not on their site yet in the US, but I will pick a pair up if I can find them. This is the first size 50 flat shoe I have found. I used to ride the vans BMX show when they made them, they were stiff and strong, now they just make junk.
  • + 2
 @Telebikes: Yeah, Five Ten makes the Freerider in US 15 (49.5). A friend of mine told me they are bigger. I think they only produce them in few colours but who gives a damn. :-)
  • + 4
 VP harriers are huge as well and cheaper than CB stamp. I’ve had a great experience with mine. Two years and still spinning freely.
  • + 1
 @jfkusa: They look good. Thank you!
  • + 2
 @Telebikes: No problem mate. I think we should try them.
  • + 1
 @jfkusa: VP-HARRIER ALTITUDE Damn, they look nice! Saw them on their page. Wow! 286g per pair. 120x110x12mm
  • + 1
 I got a chance to test these out and have ridden the Stamp. These feel more stable, pin pattern is better and are basically the same size if not feeling a bit bigger.
  • + 1
 @creed27: Really? Okay, thank you! :-)
  • + 1
 @DemoN8: as a very tall man who struggles to fit most XXL bikes, I have had this same advice given to me multiple times: Maybe try a different sport.

Ever heard of barefoot water skiing? Sounds like its right up your alley.
  • + 2
 @MortifiedPenguin: I used to play basketball. It's been 27 years but I've always been riding bikes. My cousin is 7 feet 1 inches tall and wears size US 20 (54.5).When I was 18 years old I had a huge accident with my bike. I could have died. I broke so many bones and one of them was a growth bone. Although all this happened I never wanted to stop riding my bike because I really LOVE it. I usually don't really care what other people say. Life is short and I want to live my life how I want.
  • + 2
 @DemoN8: Not judging man, just making a joke.

I will never give up mountain biking either even though I look like a bear riding a tricycle.
  • + 1
 @jfkusa: +1 on Harriers

(I have small feet, but sold over a dozen harriers to the monster foot crowd and heard multiple "Oh THIS is what a pedal big enough for my foot feels like!" from happy customers, no anecdotal breakage or warranties)
  • + 3
 The douchetastic, 90s nose-bandaid makes a comeback via $300 glasses, & the comments section is not a wall of scorching flame? Can someone tell me where I am? I thought this was Pinkbike...
  • + 6
 i think someone needs to trade mark WHO GIVES A SHIT technology
  • + 4
 I was gunna, but too apathetic
  • + 4
 wonder how much the production cost of that 100% glasses is. my guess is $50 or less.
  • + 13
 I’d guess $18
  • + 3
 @surfhard987: think of the R and D costs!
  • + 4
 @surfhard987: Make it $23. $5 shipping from China to 100%'s Warehouse in CA.
  • + 2
 di jakarta jual Rp.5.000,-

cengdem: "Goceng Adem"
  • + 2
 @mokydot: Rp 50.000,- kali. Harga segitu KW 5 Vietnam, bro.
  • + 4
 @indotrails: how do you polish Guys speak such good Indonesian?
  • + 2
 @speed10: buying a competitors pedal and reverse engineering it?
  • + 2
 @surfhard987: but the molds! Surely the cost to build the mold can not be lowered any further. It’s not greed. It’s production costs.
  • + 2
 dont worry, you will be able to find them on aliexpress branded as 200% for 30$ shipped
  • + 1
 @BenPea: Bahasa is easy to learn. Probably the easiest.
  • + 4
 I Pee Freely technology... So a hole.
  • + 10
 They better have a Boost version for the lucky ones amongst us
  • + 3
 I must not have Eagle vision.
  • + 1
 I thought the same thing. Maybe some sort of x-ray vision is what's really needed.
  • + 1
 I searched all over the internet for the story of the North Carolina family who had the gold brick and couldn't find a thing.
  • - 1
 Long live offset pedal platforms. I love how nobody actually rides bicycles, they either produce them, or talk about them. To me they're an idealist tool, "wouldn't it be wonderful if.......................?BUT..................................................................................................................."
  • + 2
 respect the embargo. pffft. its a media show, why even show up!
  • + 4
 its an industry show
  • + 1
 Haha nasal strip glasses! You got me, happy April fools.
  • - 1
 Finally someone brings the lock on version of those foam grips. thank you odi. the slip ons from esi are a pain in the ... to mount or dismount.
  • + 1
 They go on and off very easy with compressed air.
  • + 1
 They go on and off very easy with brake cleaner and I cut them off when I've worn a hole in them.
  • + 1
 +1 compressed air , or rubbing alcohol, slide right on or off
  • + 1
 Specialized has cornered the hanging bib pocket???
  • + 1
 Probably have a patent for it and if it is anything like their swat bib they will sue the pockets off of them unless it has their name on it.
  • + 1
 Sombrio Smuggle bibs also hang over. I believe they were first with the concept.
  • + 0
 revenge of the nerds sunglasses...pass .
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