Randoms: New Clip-In Platform Pedals, Sustainable Clothing, Bikepacking Gear, and More - Pond Beaver 2021

Apr 9, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  

It's another year of not going to the Sea Otter Classic, so we're back with another round of Pond Beaver. Although Sea Otter is scheduled for this October, we don't quite have the tech here at Pinkbike to predict the future, so we can't say yet whether we're doubling up or being proactive. Either way, here are a few intriguing releases from several different corners of the bike industry.




Funn Mamba S Pedals

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Funn has slimmed down the original downhill-focused Mamba pedal, shaving off almost 10% of the pedal's weight for enduro and trail riders. The aluminum pedals aim to combine the best of both flats and flips, with sturdy pins and SPD clips. The pedals are available in both double- and single-sided versions.

At 465g for the double-sided pair and 405g for the single-sided version, the Funn Mamba S pedals are on par with most trail SPD pedals and are lighter than most downhill-oriented pedals, both flats and clips.

The pedals retail for $125 USD and $135 USD for the single- and double-sided versions, respectively. More information is available at FunnMTB.com.





7mesh Spring Lineup


7mesh has launched a spring collection, focusing on natural fiber tops, minimalist chamois, and functional accessories. The Squamish company's Elevate tech collection ($50-$60 USD) features polyester and lyocell (wood fiber) blended shirts, which 7mesh says are soft, anti-microbial, lightweight, and breathable. There are also new merino wool and polyester jerseys ($60-$170 USD), neck covers ($25-$35 USD), and some good-looking socks ($20 USD) that have what is described as a "reassuring" 7.5-inch cuff height. Whatever a reassuring cuff height is, I think I'm into it. The socks look awesome.

More information at 7mesh.com.






Tailfin Bikepacking Gear

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On-bike storage is cool. So more on-bike storage is cooler, right?

Tailfin has updated the alloy arches on all of the AeroPack, X, and S series racks with increased carrying capacity and side bosses to allow for bottle storage. The racks' off-road carrying capacity is now 15kg for models that don't fit panniers and 27kg for pannier-compatible versions. Tailfin also introduced a CNC-machined mount ($30) that adds bosses to the back of the Tailfin AeroPack for even more water, fuel, etc. storage.

The various racks range from $147 to $580 USD.

Tailfin has also introduced a thru-axle ($69 USD) that allows the racks to be mounted on any standard mountain bike without requiring rack mount eyelets and some custom Voile Straps ($20 USD).

Shop at tailfin.cc.

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Lindarets Frame Boss Mount

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While we're on the topic of bosses and mounts, Lindarets has a new ultra-lightweight option for attaching cylindrical objects -- like bike pumps -- to any extra bosses. While some riders have turned to tube holders to make the most of those two top-tube bolts that are popping up on frames nowadays, Lindarets has introduced an option for mounting a pump or another light-ish cylindrical object to those bosses. Also, they're made with lasers.

And if you just got one of those new Tailfin racks? Mounts on mounts on mounts.

A set of two weighs 12g and costs $14.95 USD at lindarets.com.

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Selle Italia Flite Boost Van der Poel Edition Saddle

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Mathieu Van der Poel joined forces with Selle Italia to develop a signature version of the 162g Flite Boost saddle, which he uses on both his cyclocross and road bikes. The collector's item comes in packaging that details Van der Poel's cycling achievements.

The saddle is expected to retail for $499 USD. More information is available at selleitalia.com.
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Mondraker / TLD Collaboration

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Mondraker and Troy Lee Designs have teamed up to create a full Mondraker-branded kit. The collection centers on the new A3 helmet, along with the long-sleeved Sprint jersey, the short-sleeved Skyline jersey, TLD's classic Skyline shorts, and Air gloves. Available in a few variations of red and blue designs, the kit seems particularly well-matched to Mondraker's Level RR "super-enduro" eMTB and F-Podium RR top-of-the-line full suspension XC bike.

Shop the collection on mondraker.com.

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Santini Eco-Friendly Jerseys

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Italian apparel company Santini Cycling Wear has increasingly focused on eco-friendliness, switching to local textile manufacturers as part of a "Zero Miles" commitment and making technical jerseys from recycled materials. As the kit manufacturer for the Trek Segafredo pro road teams and the company behind the UCI World Champion jerseys, this is no small feat.

This year, Santini launched an Eco line made of 100% recycled materials. The company has also replaced the standard packaging with completely biodegradable materials, taking 1.2 million garments' worth of plastic packaging out of circulation.

Learn more at santinicycling.com.

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80 Comments

  • 128 5
 A bike-packing pannier rack. Sorry but this is dangerously close to touring and touring is not bike-packing and must never be mentioned
  • 28 0
 Lol! Got to love the (re)marketing, (re)defining (of touring),
  • 37 1
 Bikepacking is clearly vastly different to off road bicycle touring! Why can't people understand this?! Big Grin
  • 8 0
 @BeardlessMarinRider: Does it change again if you use an mtb or a gravel bike?
  • 25 0
 All of these categories are clearly defined by the type of beard and bad tattoos you may have. A someone who started MTB on a Marin Mount Vision at a time when they were the go to choice for the middle aged gentleman with a beard rocking a sandal and socks combo I can tell you how painful it is to not fit the required beard aesthetic with your chosen bike type
  • 220 1
 Touring + (beard + flannel shirt + craft beer + Instagram) => Bikepacking
CX + (beard + flannel shirt + craft beer + Instagram) => Gravel
XC + (beard + flannel shirt + craft beer + Instagram) => Down-country
Freeride + (beard + flannel shirt + craft beer + Instagram) => Pinkbike
  • 17 13
 @IluvRIDING: Ok, ok, ok wait... I have a beard, I like craft beer, I don't really do the flannel shirts while riding though since it'd be mopping wet in about 2km, and I don't do the instagrams very often. What category should I be in? What if I ride a 25 year old bike on a gravel path, with bags and camping gear? (Craft beer is always involved) The 25 year old bike is an old Trek 730 hybrid (I added disc tabs to the frame so I'm not on rim brakes) I use a pannier to carry my gear (craft beer is heavy) I don't strava my rides and I don't make them into instagram stories either. Am I touring or bikepacking, or am I gravelpacking?
We just always called it a "Rolling Party" but then I'm not out here trying to define a marketing category. Where is the line drawn? My last "Rolling Party" trip I had a 35lb bike packed down with 37lb of gear of which 48oz was my large Nalgene of water and I had 144oz of beer and roughly 50oz of El Jimador Reposado and Evan Williams (Yeah I like cheap whiskey, what of it). Oh and some limes, but I don't know how much six limes weigh off the top of my head.
  • 18 1
 @IluvRIDING: It is as nuanced as you say. Many an inadvertent tourer has accidentally posted an instagram and had a craft beer mid-tour unwittingly ending up going bikepacking in the process. Likewise the above product makes the mistake of adding a strut to an otherwise floating seatpost bag which could instantly downgrade an unwitting bikepacker to tourer which would make all their social effectively useless and leave them archived alongside the 2000's and crazyguyonabike.com
  • 13 11
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: you jave categorised yourself by posting all that and thinking anyone gives a shit.
Im sure youd love a bit more instagram in your life
  • 7 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: I’m gonna take a punt and say you sound like a tourer
  • 3 0
 Honestly I hate to defend it but it works well on a hardtail. My friend used a rack in the Chilcotins (all 500+ Meter singletrack descents) on a hardtail and it was great. No extra weight bending seat rails or torsional movements on the dropper. No bouncy seat bag. Since you can strap everything down so well you can ride as hard as normal.
  • 5 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: So the equation is Touring + (backpacker / Trek^830 - {Strava x Insta} / rolling hangover) => Your Parents
  • 3 0
 @IluvRIDING: where does my aeropress fit into this equation?
  • 3 0
 @GravityCandy: \As long as your friend clipped a mug somewhere to the outside of all his bags, then this is acceptable.
  • 1 0
 @browner: from a marketing point of view, this is so true...
  • 1 0
 @IluvRIDING: you sir made my day..
  • 1 0
 @IluvRIDING: Artisanal Touring => Bikepacking
  • 52 0
 $499 for a saddle, that's normal right?
  • 6 0
 It's crazy...you can get a Berk for like half that and it weights 90g.
  • 9 11
 A saddle that you couldn't sit on for 30 seconds without getting a sore backside
  • 45 0
 @flymcg Welcome to the cycling industry, I see you're new here.
  • 7 0
 they didnt mentioned its handmade by him..
  • 4 0
 @iian: I wish I was new...but every now and again something pops up that makes you question everything. This is on par with those large ceramic jockey wheels that increase your power output by 2 watts. I would need a truck full to match MVDP sprint up those Flanders cobbled bergs.
  • 8 1
 And then they market it with a picture of the rider not using the saddle..
  • 3 0
 @L0rdTom: I would have had a photo of someone seated, with a big smile.
  • 2 0
 For such a fine piece of cycling art that will compliment any neo-poopoo design bike room, I think it is a bargain.
  • 4 0
 Well, I recently tried to sound casual while explaining my £300 seat post to somebody the other day so I’m gonna say we do it to ourselves...
  • 4 0
 @L0rdTom: Should have used a sweet picture of me sitting on the seat with my feet up in the air trying to keep my five tens dry during a stream crossing!
  • 4 0
 The Pantani saddle from ~20 years ago now sells for almost double what it cost. So this is an investment.
  • 1 0
 @flymcg: I read that it's a steal.......
  • 2 0
 I can't name a sport which has participants invested in commodities at a degree that it's outright fetishist, more than cycling.
  • 1 1
 Road biking blows my mind sometimes. Not to say mtb is that much better in terms of cost but at least you don't see mtbers lusting after $400 saddles. I've yet to change the stock ones that came on my bikes, they always seem fine after a week or two.
  • 16 1
 Good to see a Steel bike making it into the mainstream marketing of the Funn advert. The Starling looks Sweet!!
  • 14 0
 Carrying 1l of white gas in the most crash-vulnerable location on a bike... :O
  • 13 0
 at least when it goes off it'll be like a rocket propelled bike
  • 2 1
 Even carrying a whisperlight instead of a gas stove is just heavy and ineficcent.
  • 4 0
 Contrary to what I learned from nearly all 80's action movies and TV shows, hitting a bottle of gas with a rock rarely, if ever, creates a giant explosion.
  • 1 0
 @Minky4: depends how long you're gone for, and whether there are shops where you can restock on gas canisters.
  • 16 1
 Hi
  • 13 0
 Gh
  • 6 0
 Hi, have a nice Friday!
  • 4 0
 TFIF
  • 10 3
 So..... no one is saying anyrhing about the rack on a dual suspension bike that attaches to the seatpost and the rear axel... Gotta say I'm a little disappointed in the comments section this morning.
  • 10 0
 It has a pivot.
  • 1 0
 @chiroshi: how does it work? I went on their website and couldn’t see how it would fit on a dual suspension bike? I’d love one if it does!
  • 6 0
 Matching bike/kit made my life so much easier. Just pick the bike to ride that day and the rest has been decided for you. On throw back Thursdays I break out the Trek Y bike with cut off jeans and Reebok pumps.
  • 2 0
 Wait, cut off jeans are ‘throw back’?
  • 6 0
 Whoever gets those Funn pedals will win future Pinkbike flat vs clip polls — both!
  • 2 0
 They're actually really interesting. Potentially my dream pedal: shimano clipless with Crank Bros. style cages and pins.
  • 1 0
 I'm tempted, just don't know about the reliability of them. It's hard to pass up on Shimano's maintenance free pedals but they look well designed.
  • 1 0
 @bobthestapler: Funn has been around since the 90s. I'd gamble that they're reliable.
  • 2 0
 Tailfin: Nice rack! And I mean that. I love the idea of someone updating the rack from the same thing I used to take a basketball to the park when I was 8 years old, in the last century...... A thru-axle mount is a great idea.
  • 2 0
 I have a really hard time with $70 synthetic and $150-170 wool blend jerseys. I love wool jerseys and have several, but my goto has become Hind running shirts for $10 from Sierra. Crash and tear them, no problem. Stain them, no problem. They are comfortable and guild free.
  • 1 0
 I see pictures of those racks mounted on Rear Suspension bikes, yet there's no explanation on tailfin.cc's website as to the pivot points they have to accommodate the travel.................
  • 3 0
 Those 7Mesh undies look the ducks nuts...
  • 1 0
 I am a little bit upset that tailfin didn't change the geometry to fit a couple more water bottles... they need to talk to yeti.
  • 2 0
 Never mind all this stuff.....are those Funn pedals attached to MIDDLEBURN CRANKS?
  • 1 0
 7mesh puts double stitched seams inside the upper thigh... that ought to feel great on a saddle
  • 1 0
 Mambas look sweet. Love my saint SPD pedals, but they clog in mud/snow. These look like they could sh[r]ed better?
  • 1 0
 No handlebars this morning? Too bad. I've been enjoying the comments so much. It's like boost spacing all over again!
  • 1 0
 Really PB? You didnt show the linkage mounts for the tailfin on that suspended rear triangle?
/
  • 1 0
 I want that green jersey for trail use. Italian style. Fast.
  • 1 0
 Amazing how dated all that big logo Troy Lee Designs stuff looks nowadays.
  • 1 0
 Holy cow, my Norco is Pinkbike famous!
  • 1 0
 I can make my tidbits numb for a lot less than $500.
  • 1 0
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  • 1 0
 What size his palm is?
  • 1 0
 Approximately 1.5 velcros
  • 1 0
 @VtVolk: LoL, thanks!
  • 5 8
 Clipless
  • 4 4
 makes no sense.
  • 11 5
 @colincolin: No toe clip, makes it clipless, make sense now.
  • 16 3
 @imbiker: No toe clip on flats either. Are they clipless too?
  • 2 0
 @ApostrophePedant: Hmm, maybe clipless pedals are then clipless clip pedals compared to flats that are just flats, not clipless Smile
  • 2 0
 @ApostrophePedant: No, they're flat pedals.
  • 7 0
 More staby or less staby. I ride more staby pedals.
  • 7 0
 It’s time to move on.
  • 5 0
 @Blackhat: seriously
just go ride your bike
  • 3 0
 This is I assume only an issue in English. In my language we call them locking pedals.
  • 1 0
 @agul29: Same here in Finland. Lukkopolkimet = lock pedals.

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