Randoms: Sam Hill Flat Pedals, New Five Ten Shoes, Muc Off Technical Clothing & More - Pond Beaver 2020

Apr 9, 2020
by Ed Spratt  
Nukeproof Horizon Sam Hill Flat Pedals




For 2020, Nukeproof has released an updated version of Sam Hill's signature Horizon pedal that has gone through a few changes compared to the older models. The biggest update is the slightly new shape that's been developed from Sam's mechanic shaving down the edges of the old pedal. With some areas being slimmed down, they also had to reinforce other areas to keep the same level of stiffness, although the new version does still save 23-grams over the old design.

Despite the slight change in aesthetics, the pedal mostly stays the same as the popular original version and even includes near-identical pin placement and concave platform, making it hard to tell the two models apart at times. The pedals are available now for £84.99. A version with a titanium axle is also available for £159.99. Find out more here.



Nukeproof Spring/Summer 2020 Clothing Range


Blackline 'Angry Banana' Ltd edition: £50 SRP

Outland Shorts: £50 SRP

Outland Long Sleeve Jersey: £30 SRP

Outland Short Sleeve Jersey: £27.50 SRP

Another new lineup of products from Nukeproof is their updated clothing range that's now being used by the CRC race team. The standout product from the range is definitely the limited edition version of the Blackline group that comes in their custom 'Angry Banana' design. The unique design is available now as short sleeve and long sleeve jerseys, but they have gloves and storage bibs featuring the design coming soon.

Nukeproof also sent us through some of their 'Outland' clothing options featuring a more subtle look than their 'Angry Banana' offering. The jerseys sport Nukeproof's DriRelease® technology which is designed to keep "riders cool, dry, fresh and comfortable while retaining a casual touch and look." The 'Outland' shorts also have a more casual appearance, although they still have a handful of useful features like multiple decent size pockets, adjustable waistband, and high-quality popper buttons and zips. Find out more here.



Endura Singletrack II Shorts and MT500 Gloves/Jerseys

Endura Singletrack II RRP: $94.99




2020 has seen Endura stick with their formula for their baggy shorts lineup and instead refining their already established designs. The 'Singletrack II' shorts that we were sent by Endura have mostly stayed the same as their 2019 counterparts, but they have been updated for this year to include a new pocket layout and stretch front panels.

Endura also makes sure that you can fully color coordinate your outfit if you desire, with plenty of color combinations, including the forest and lime green mix seen above. Find out more here.




Muc Off Technical Apparel Range



Technical Riders Jacket RRP: £174.99, $249.99
Technical Riders Shorts RRP: £79.99, $119.99



Riders Gloves RRP: £29.99, $34.99

Muc Off has decided to expand into ride wear for 2020 with their technical clothing range. The lineup includes a waterproof jacket, waterproof shorts, short & long sleeve jersey and gloves. Both the waterproof jacket and shorts feature Muc Off's own 'M.O.D 94 fabric', which they have developed themselves as a "proprietary 3-layer waterproof, hydrophobic and breathable" fabric. We were sent these products from Muc Off back in February and, with plenty of rain and muddy trails in the UK, the Jacket and shorts have held up well against some pretty horrible conditions.

The only notes I would make against the jacket is the lack of adjustability on the cuffs, which are quite loose, and if you prefer a more subtle look, then the large and bright graphics may not be for you. Find out more here.




Adidas Five Ten Trail Cross Shoes

adidas Five Ten Trail Cross LT RRP: £110


adidas Five Ten Trail Cross Mid Pro RRP: £130



In a big departure for Five Ten, the latest addition to their lineup ditches their normal skate style shoes for something that looks closer to the trainers normally made by their parent company Adidas. The 'Trail Cross' range comes in two versions, with a trainer style low-top option and a gaitered high-top version. Both pairs feature a slightly redesigned stealth rubber sole that retains their usual non-marking Phantom compound but adds in new tread patterns at the heel and toe to assist with walking. The high-top offering also features a thin layer of D30 protection on the ankles.



Pinkbike Pond Beaver 2020






123 Comments

  • 78 5
 Those trailcross shoes actually look really good. I'm aesthetically impressed.

Could we get a shootout vs more traditional offerings?
  • 40 35
 I give it a month and they fall apart
  • 6 1
 Yeah, I'm eyeing them for bikepacking. I switch back and forth between clips and flats throughout the year, but flats are nice for bikepacking as the shoes tend to be more comfortable and versatile off the bike. I did the CT last summer and had my crank break 40 miles out from Durango, so I decided to finish out the trip on a push bike. The freerider pros were not my favorite shoe to hike 20-30 miles in.
  • 7 0
 I rode the 2019 BCBR in a pair of Adidas Trail Cross hi tops (bought 6 months before the race). They performed well. Feet stayed dry when not in water over my ankles, gripped well on my pedals and were plenty comfortable for the many miles I had to walk. I would buy another pair as soon as I can wear these out.
  • 17 2
 @cyberoptixs: Really? I've owned several 5ten shoes and they've all been rock solid. I switch due to 2 main reasons: I like the new style/color or the rubber sole wears down after several years of riding.

I've never had an issue with 5ten shoes ever.
  • 13 2
 @LiquidSpin: same here mine have all lasted ages.
  • 5 1
 @LiquidSpin: Agree, My first pair (2017ish) went through soles pretty quickly. I had them resoled with Vibram rubber and relegated them to commuter duty. My second pair (2019) has been rock solid and way lighter than the older pair. I'd be very keen to give these Trail Crosses a try.

I ordered a pair of these back in the day:
www.adidasoutdoor.com/terrex-trail-cross-sl-men%27s-mountain-bike-shoe/EFW52.html

But my narrow heel slipped around in them too much.
  • 2 0
 @thenotoriousmic: Those Trailcross are also on sale now. $40 off retail.
  • 1 0
 @cyberoptixs: I've had them for 3 months now, has been great for wet weather
  • 3 0
 I've been rocking the high top versions all spring. They're awesome.
  • 1 0
 @RobKong: Do you think the high tops would be too warm in the summer?
  • 3 0
 I just bought Adidas approach shoes a couple years back with stealth soles. They've been great commuter and summer mtb shoes.
  • 4 2
 They look good, but looks can be deceiving. The proof is in the durability. I need proof before I buy another Five Ten or Adidas product.
  • 2 0
 @pmhobson: they are pretty warm during the summer due to the neoprene
  • 2 0
 i have the mid's and love them so far. i can see where they might fail early, but as long as its within a year, i can return/exchange them. i normally wear an 11 with 5.10's. these seem to run a bit big. hope this helps. side note, they give no ankle stability, however the neoprene ankle sleeve keeps dirt out nicely.
  • 2 0
 I still have the Adidas version of the trailcross from a few years back. I love those shoes and their only real downside was grip that left a bit to be desired. Well, now that they have the 5-10 soles, these shoes are just about perfect. In terms of reliability, they've been borderline bombproof. I wore the shit out of them, first on the trail and then as just a knockaround casual shoe and commuter. Once broken in they were super comfy and still look good after many years of hard use. Really quality kit.
  • 6 1
 Those shoes are.......not for me.
  • 2 0
 I've been riding the high ones for like a week now, they feel great and i much prefer them to more traditional ones, but we'll see if the durability is the same as my two year old freeriders
  • 7 7
 I give permission to whoever is modeling this stuff to breach their local social distancing mandates and hit the trails hard for a bit.
  • 3 1
 if only it had a boa option, i hate laces!!
  • 4 3
 @scary1: I would love to be out on the trails right now but it's just not the responsible thing for us to be doing at the moment. Hopefully, we will all be out riding bikes again soon.
  • 1 0
 I think they're ugly as hell, but I'm still buying a pair. Nothing as sticky as 5.10's, and the gators will be perfect for not getting dirt in my shoes when I'm building.
  • 1 4
 The previous version of the trail cross SL shoes looked far better and more protective also...in stealth they were the best and the pairs I had lasted me ages...I can see that little wavy detail on the sole being a very weak point. Overall, this is a step back imo
  • 1 1
 @cyberoptixs: I Give it 5 minutes before the laces come undone.
  • 2 0
 Not in love with that particular shoe, but high tops make a lot of sense in that they offer some protection to your ankles. Ankles never get the love that knees do... I've broken both of my ankles and have hardware protruding that always seem to get banged against things....very painful. The additional padding in that area seems like a good idea IMHO.
  • 3 0
 @johntaylorphotos: I started using this knot years ago and boom, no more undone laces! www.fieggen.com/shoelace/secureknot.htm
  • 1 0
 @TylerG96: I bet you could swap in something like Salomon Quicklaces
  • 1 1
 Where the hell is the spd version? I have metal plates in both ankles, all I want is a high top spd shoe!!!
  • 1 0
 @cyberoptixs: they are glued, so like my impact which will probably fall apart after few rides.. But, my 5.10 freeride are realy cool, one year and no problem!!
  • 1 0
 I heard these were not as stiff as ideal for enduro stuff/racing. Fine for party laps, maybe not good for longer days in the saddle.
  • 1 0
 was thinking the same !
  • 1 0
 I've been riding the original adidas trailcross hightop for two years now. Switched over from 5.10 freeriders and I love them! Ankle protection, just as good of grip, better for hike a bikes, surprisingly light and they don't take 3 days to dry out if you dunk them, the hightop keeps sand and loam from spitting into your shoes when your shredding, and they have lace retainers so they don't come untied. Plus they look a lot cooler! I'm stoked they have an updated version, definitely my favorite flat pedal shoe.
  • 1 1
 @scary1: and the dog lol
  • 1 0
 @cyberoptixs: Every pair of 510's I have bought in the past decade has lasted pretty good. Maybe you got a "bad" pair.
  • 1 0
 @lance-h: yea my soles lasted a month and ripped apart I wasn't impressed
  • 1 0
 @cyberoptixs: I have the gen1 adidas trailcross mids and they have been rock solid for 2-3 years now and I wear them weekly. My favorite mtb shoe by far. I just ordered the 5 10 mid, haven't got them yet so no comment.
  • 1 0
 If the high tops were water resistant or waterproof I'd be all over them. Does no one else ride in cold, wet weather?
  • 2 0
 @MikerJ: I've ridden in the cold, snow, rain, and puddles. Feet were dry. Though I've never stood in a puddle with them on. They do have drain holes so I probably won't advise that. Other than that, the neoprene has shed water and kept my foot warm, almost too warm. My new go to winter /wet shoe.
  • 1 0
 @MikerJ: If they had a gore tex liner, that would be killer!
  • 52 7
 Why all the ridiculous design and branding in MTB gear and clothing. Haven’t they learned anything from brands like Patagonia who have been around forever. I suspect clean and classy is what people want. Same goes for frames.. one colour frames please.
  • 27 1
 For real. All of this apparel is embarrassing.
  • 5 0
 They're still stuck in 2008
  • 20 1
 @me2menow: you mean you don't want massive muc-off logos on your shorts? Lol
  • 5 2
 @privateer-wheels: funny enough, I think the muc-off kit is the least ugly one of the bunch. Im sure the pinstripe shirt looks decent but the model sure isnt helping sell it.
  • 3 1
 @me2menow: can't say i'm a fan of the prints either. Maybe I just find large brand logos offensive.
  • 1 1
 Yo! You’re hired.
  • 4 0
 @me2menow: I find the logos helpful. Once I was wiping my bike down post ride near a trail head. Ranger pulled up and asked what I was doing. I looked him right in the eye and said “Muc-Off”. Apparently he wasn't a fan of the product.
  • 1 2
 Or you could buy custom wear from manufacturers like dirtyrides mtb apparel and have whatever you want
  • 10 0
 Who actually see's this crap attire, like $90 board shorts, and says, " oh yeah, ...I gotta have that!!!!!"Ohhhhhhhh! (DICE)
  • 11 1
 I appreciate that Nukeproof got somebody built like me to model the banana shirt, but wearing one is equivalent to a vow of celibacy
  • 13 10
 It's crazy how poor 5.10's quality has gotten. It seems like on end the more frequent conversations we engage in on the trail with other people is about how crappy 5.10s are and how quickly they fall apart, with everyone querying others about alternatives. Sadly, the consensus also seems to be that no other shoes grip as well. We (my son and I) will be trying Aftons or Ride Concepts next.
  • 7 1
 I switched to Ride Concepts early last year and have nothing but good things to say. Went with the Livewires because I am a cheap fuck and they have held up better than the Freerider and Freerider Pro's I ran before. I've literally had a fresh new pair of them sitting around my house for the past 3 months waiting for something fatal to happen to the pair I am running.
  • 3 2
 They are like GoPro. Flaws will be ignored.
  • 18 0
 Literally have never had a bad pair currently riding in freeriders or impacts and they both look new after a couple of years.
  • 11 0
 We appreciate that...and bet RC does too.
  • 5 0
 TrailCrocs
  • 9 0
 @aftonshoes: Second that. Hope you guys are well down your way!
  • 4 0
 I'm still riding Sam hill v2 impacts (2012, I think?) and there isn't anything wrong with the uppers. I have a feeling the new ones can't compete with that.
  • 4 0
 I'm on my first pair of 5.10s so nothing to compare them to except a defunct Teva mtb show, but I love my Freerider Pros and the durability has been rock solid. It's good to have other players in the mix though, competition is a beautiful thing.
  • 1 0
 Funny, I've got a pair for flats that I've had for close to ten years (I don't ride flats a ton and I've got a pair of clipless I've had for five years without any issues with either of them. I ride about 50 miles of trail a week during the season.
  • 3 0
 Ive had a pair of RC Hellions coming up 5 months riding every other day. The sole seems to be wearing quicker than my last freeriders, more the pedal pins are chipping the stiffer rubber away.
  • 2 0
 Ride my RideConcepts twice before I gave up. The grip isn't even the same league as Five tens. Which is a shame, as they look great and are far more comfortable. Just wear them as casuals now.
  • 1 0
 In the same boat here! I’m 5’11 and 180lbs and the soles last me about 3 weeks of daily bike park laps (Trestle).
I have actually become a bit of a 510 shoe cobbler!
  • 1 3
 5-10 changed the compound of the rubber (since they're part of Adidas) to meet EU regulations. Since then, the soles are crap. I thrashed a new pair of Freerider Pro after 10 rides. Bought the Sam Hill model. They're not as good as the old Impacts but at least way better than the Freerider Pro ones
  • 1 0
 Freerider pros seem to hold up really well for me at least. I was going through tons of pairs of regular freeriders before I tried the pros I'm never going back
  • 2 0
 @pizzaiolo: I tried RCs and while they're pretty good in the dry the grip goes to absolutely 0 at the slightest hint of wetness
  • 3 0
 Whats happened to the blokes that sold 510? Heard they went on to make more shoes under another brand or is this just a rumor?
  • 2 1
 is that the dudes who started Ride concepts? i duno. their shoes look promising but I have yet to own a pair myself. My friends and wife have been liking theirs so far.
  • 3 0
 The factory that previously made 5.10 climbing shoes in the US was ditched by adidas after the purchase. They went on to start Unparallel Sports. They now make climbing shoes for themselves, and for at least one other company. The also make MTB shoes which according to Pinkbike might be the same as the old Teva shoes. www.unparallelsports.com/product-category/mountain-biking
www.pinkbike.com/news/sunday-randoms-sea-otter-2019.html
  • 1 0
 @pcarrier: Thanks for that link. Those shoes definitely look like old school 5-10 quality. I’ve got a pair of 2012 cyclones that I’ll never give up.
  • 5 4
 Apparently glove designers never actually ride in gloves. Do they not realize that thermal weld crap gets slippery AF the minute you begin sweating in the glove? Give me a plain old palm anytime. Form follows function, not vice versa.
  • 4 0
 @tcmtnbikr that "thermal weld" on both of the gloves shown is actually silicone. And it's definitely still sticky when wet, same sort of stuff you would seal a tub with. You might be thinking of another material.
  • 1 0
 Have always loved 510s but have heard a lot about 510 quality going downhill lately. Picked up my Freerider Pros from REI which has their 1 year return policy.

We shall see. . .

Still, if I can get them on discount, the soles are worth it even if they don't last long. Maybe that's what they're banking on?
  • 1 0
 All these clothes look like they were at the bottom of the idea list. Better to wait than to launch IMO.

The Adidas 5.10 trail shoes work well; I have the mids and they keep the dirt and micro pieces of twigs, thorns, and leaves out while gripping like, well, 5.10s. LT testing is underway
  • 5 5
 I don't think 5-10 are doing themselves any favors. Where is the cover for the laces on flat shoes. There is competition now and my next pair of shoes are definitely not these. I have 3 different pairs and the soles are wearing really quickly
  • 3 4
 I think you can buy these with a goretex membrane, 'technically' negating the need for lace covers.
Also, 5.10 soles have always worn out fast even from the original Marzocchi/fice tens, but thats the price you pay for ultra grip.
Why don't you take your 5.10's somewhere and get a vibram sole glued on? It's cheaper than buying new shoes, but Vibram soles are far harder than 5.10.

So if you want grip, deal with the stealth
If you want long lasting, glue some wood so the bottom or ride clipless.
  • 2 0
 @Waldon83: And here I thought lace covers were to prevent the laces getting caught on things.
  • 11 0
 @boozed: in my 20 plus years riding as an adult, I've never once caught my laces on anything while riding. Is the art of tying shoes really that hard?
  • 4 1
 Yes, I want a freerider pro w/ lace covers. My laces end up covered in burrs that are a bitch to remove!
  • 2 1
 I've bought and immediately returned two pairs of Adidas/FiveTen shoes in the last 12 months. For years I could count on FiveTen's sizing and fit from SPD riding shoes to hiking boots. Not any more. Thoroughly disappointed.
  • 1 2
 @jpcars10s yeah their spd shoes are clown shoes compared to the other companies that have been doing clipless for a WAY longer time.
  • 2 0
 @NorCalNomad: District SPD + Saint pedals and I couldn't be happier
  • 5 3
 Ok - angry banana comment. Either angry banana makes you look fat or ... that dude's kinda fat.. Not that there's anything wrong with that
  • 3 1
 I'm kind of fat, and as soon as I saw it, pointed and my screen and said 'yep'
  • 3 3
 CoronaBod.
  • 1 0
 I love the banana shirt .... Guess I'm on my own Frown
for 5-10's im still using the Sam hill DH ones for Enduro. no durability issues or grip issues with them. not sure what everyone is complaining about.
  • 3 0
 Those pedals kinda look like saints.
  • 1 0
 They sure do. My old horizons have been fantastic
  • 7 5
 The guy modelling the clothes isn't really selling it either. Dad bod or drunk hipster....Either way he's been paid...
  • 4 1
 Jeebus that Banana shirt is horrible...
  • 2 0
 Still can’t work out why Muc-Off are trying to punt their Sales Rep gear to the public
  • 2 0
 What's up with the velcro patch on the mucoff shorts???
  • 15 0
 It's so you can stick a patch from your local army surplus store on it and rep some stolen valour on the trails.
  • 4 0
 @dingus: pretty f*cken useless then????
  • 3 1
 lol, pretty sure it's for wiping your glasses.
  • 2 1
 Lol. What's up with the muc-off shorts I'm general Razz
  • 4 0
 @rockhammer: yeah, who need those expensive coatings Razz
  • 1 0
 @rockhammer: must have to be some flexible????
  • 1 0
 @rubenmasi
I'm really curious as well. I actually like the pink contrast stitching on the shorts, but that velcro patch just seems weird. Is there some function there that we're missing? And evidently you put a patch over it that says "Search and Destroy"?
  • 1 0
 @Hogfly: I like em too, feel like they've ruined them a little bit with the patch
  • 1 0
 @Hogfly: you can stick some hooked velcro on an energy gel for quick access.
  • 1 0
 @dingus:

Oh! I get it now. The possibilities are endless. Why didn't I see the genius of this design? It's up there with the underside of downtube bottle cage for elegant solutions. Smile
  • 1 0
 Gore wear has a lifetime guarantee. Have a hard time buying anyone else proprietary 3 laying waterproof system.
  • 2 1
 Correct me if I’m wrong? But I thought the guys at RC used to work and/or own 5.10? And sold them to Addis’s?
  • 2 0
 Unparallel is the original 5 10 guys
  • 1 0
 You can get the trail cross high for £97 on the Adidas (UK) store at the moment
  • 2 0
 Endura with the Australia 2024 MTB team kit
  • 1 0
 RIP Five Ten... and RIP Adidas as sport brand as well... now just commodity items
  • 1 0
 Not one angry banana comment? Disappointing.
  • 1 0
 The posture of the apparel model is positively dynamic!!
  • 3 0
 Yep, I have perfected the 'arms awkwardly down at your sides' pose.
  • 1 0
 @edspratt: Haha no hard feelngs
  • 2 1
 The clothing model looks like they've on lockdown a while
  • 1 0
 El único fruto del amor,
Es la Banana, es la Banana !!!!
.... Big Grin
  • 1 4
 I think people should be out and about, everyone’s acting like this reality is the bees.. let the old and weak perish. And then we won’t have to worry that the virus hits hard in the winter ❄️ when it’s really easy to get sick
  • 1 2
 Late April fools
  • 1 0
 Is that a patch for wiping your glasses? on the outside?
  • 2 0
 #shitmountainbikerswear
  • 1 0
 Why are MTB kits so cringe these days
  • 1 3
 Yuck. Adidas makes good shoes but keep the runners for running. If I wanted to ride in trail runners/hiking shoes I’d buy a cheap pair of hikers from Walmart.
  • 1 1
 Ughh Endura stuck in the past with desing and colors
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