Randoms: Grips, Goggles, Bib Shorts, & Bike Racks - Across the Pond Beaver

Sep 9, 2020
by Mike Kazimer  
Across the Pond Beaver 2020

Across the Pond Beaver 2020
Across the Pond Beaver 2020

Leatt Velocity 4.0 MTB Goggle

Leatt's newest addition to their goggle lineup is the Velocity 4.0. It's slightly smaller than their more DH-oriented offerings, with generous ventilation and a permanent anti-fog coating to keep the lens from steaming up during hard efforts. One clever feature is the ventilated strap - sometimes goggle straps end up positioned right over a helmet's rear vents; this should help keep air moving. There will be four frame colors available when the goggles officially launch in mid-October with a retail price of $44.99 USD.


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Across the Pond Beaver 2020

Tineli Enduro Bib Liner

Tineli's bib shorts have a sleeve on the back that can be used to hold their CE Level 2-certified back protector and a hydration bladder, items that are both nice to have on a long race day. There are also stretchy pockets on the back and on each leg for stashing a tube and snacks, and a clip that's designed to hold a helmet's removable chin bar. The mesh fabric is well ventilated, and there's a double stitched chamois to help make those big rides more comfortable. The bib shorts on their own are $129.95, and the back protector is an additional $39.95



Across the Pond Beaver 2020
Across the Pond Beaver 2020

Ergon GFR1 Grips

Ergon's new GFR1 lock-on grips were developed to meet the requests of Tahnée Seagrave and her teammates on FMD Racing. The grips are thin and comfortable, even without gloves, thanks to the ribbed portion on the top side that conforms to a rider's hand. On the underside, pronounced ridges provide extra traction to prevent any slippage. There are two rubber compounds available - Gravity Control ($34.95) or Factory ($39.95). The Factory rubber is the softer of the two compounds for the maximum level of grip and comfort.


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Kuat HiLo Pro Hitch Extension

Kuat's HiLo Pro may not be the most exciting piece of technology, but it could come in handy for owners of a Kuat rack that are looking to move their receiver's position up or down by 2". The $98 HiLo Pro has a 250 lb weight limit and also provides 10" of hitch extension. A hitch lock is included, and the extension uses Kuat's Flat-Lock hitch cam to snug it down and prevent any unwanted wobbling.


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Kuat NV 2.0 Add-On

Have you added a new riding buddy (or two) to your crew recently? Kuat has add-ons that can be used to quickly expand the capacity of an NV 2.0 rack - they attach to an existing rack via two long bolts. The one bike add-on retails for $298, while the two bike add-on goes for $489. The rack can accommodate bikes with wheelbases of up to 50", and tires up to 5" wide.




Across the Pond Beaver 2020
Across the Pond Beaver 2020

BN3TH North Shore Bike Chamois

BN3TH's take on chamois design is a little different from the norm. Rather than using a pad that ends up holding a male's delicate bits right up against their body, the North Shore Bike Chamois has 'MyPakage Pouch Technology' built in. In other words, there's a compartment up front that holds the twig and berries, and a shortened chamois that sits between the wearer's rear end and saddle. That pad is 12mm thick under the sit bones, with a thinner channel down the middle to help improve blood flow. Available in sizes XXS - XXL, the North Shore Bike Chamois retails for $65.




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104 Comments

  • 78 0
 The Tineli Enduro Bib liner can hold a back protector, a bladder, with small pockets for snacks, tools, a small child, a Whistler bear cub, an E-Bike motor, Mike Levy's left leg, or Mike Kazimer's homemade granola bars.
  • 38 0
 Only one of Kazimer's granola bars though, two are way too heavy and 3 are so heavy they distort time and space. 4 Kazimer granola bars in one place at one time will create a singularity.
  • 19 1
 Must've also been used to store the missing letters from "BN3TH".
  • 9 0
 But can you install the back protector with an explosion?
  • 26 0
 I just realized you could wear this on the plane and not have to check any bags
  • 10 1
 And a welder for when the Grim Donut headtube snaps off
  • 5 1
 @matt-15: We all saw the Huck to Flat test... the Grim Donut isn't a Pole
  • 1 0
 ii almost bought the Trailer tineli bib liner but dam thank you for your message
  • 1 0
 @GregorHayes: it's made from one though
  • 46 0
 I really like the mesh at the top of those Leatt goggle, my current goggles are open, which is nice for ventilation, but last ride I had two full size flies fly into my goggles at the same time while I was doing a downhill run. Took me a bit to slow down and stop to remove them. I am no expert in how flies reproduce, but they were in a position together that I can only describe as "doggy style"
  • 4 0
 Haha that’s why I no longer run the smith mtb goggles. Huge open vents at the top, had a wasp flying millimetres to my eyes once.
  • 1 0
 @nateisgrate: Those are the ones I have, I saw they have vent covers on their website, but there's no place to click add to cart
  • 1 0
 @nateisgrate: my smith goggles are covered on the vents. My proframe helmet works like funnel pumping flying insects into my ears nose and throat though, so i guess its good that my goggles are covering 2 holes in my face.
  • 3 0
 @RonSauce: My Proframe loves feeding me bugs while I'm riding
  • 1 0
 @matt-15: I had a bee sucked into my hair and get angry on a practice stage for an enduro race, what an adventure....
  • 1 0
 @matt-15: I'm used to my mid ride snacks now, and if I go fast enough any uneaten bugs usually blow at that back after a short struggle.
  • 22 1
 $98 for two pieces of box section welded together?
Think I'm in the wrong line of work...
  • 6 1
 Yeah, good welders make money.
  • 3 1
 And the rust already added for you!
  • 2 0
 Came here to post this.
  • 2 1
 Ya, I thought the same thing! I would bet you could likely get an expensive custom fab shop to make one of those out of titanium for you with a laser etched portrait of yourself on the side for that price if you really wanted to spend $98USD on one.
  • 16 1
 @Jordansemailaddress: no if you go to an expensive fab shop I would charge $130 for that 1 part. If they mass produced Off tube stock, $98 is still a little low as there is no guarantee a customer will buy it. Most people stick with 2 racks. Or they say f*ck it and buy a 1 up USA rack.

Saw / mitre / machine
Weld (if human welded you’ll get the a true flare bevel) and then ground flush.
Wash and OV process for black oxide. Though based on that rust spec, it should just be powder coated or if you want to get fancy zinc plated.

If you are making it yourself, it’s cheap, but your cheap asses keep forgetting you need to make and sell it at a profit.
  • 2 0
 @pdxkid: yeah, my brother got something similar from harbor freight for about $15.
  • 4 0
 @pdxkid: I've got the Curt one, it works flawlessly but it's not that enduro
  • 1 0
 Anti wobble is key. It's a lot to pay for sure, but the cheap extensions attached to your $800 One Up make it wobble.
  • 1 0
 @rewob: they must use 1.99" square tube instead of the same 2" square everone else uses. I promise you, it wobbles the same.
  • 3 0
 @RonSauce: “the extension uses Kuat's Flat-Lock hitch cam to snug it down and prevent any unwanted wobbling”

If it’s got a cam or a wedge or something that makes it not wobble then $98 is pretty good. That’s a decent chunk more parts and precision than a towing extension.
  • 13 0
 $500 to add two bikes onto a two bike rack that costs $700 already. so it's a $1200 rack to carry 4 bikes and have them back into each other b/c the trays aren't vertically offset. oOoooooook Kuat. go home. you're drunk.
  • 1 2
 www.isi-carriers.com
Arrived only one month ago and I love it!
  • 3 0
 But its "only a 500 dollar upgrade" instead of buying a $800 rack and obsoleting your your $700 rack.
  • 3 2
 Having that much weight cantilevered out will tip the car. I recommend a North Shore Rack, carries 4 bikes vertically.
  • 4 0
 @kingbike2: Not tip the car, just make it wheelie and can you imagine how cool you'll look in your hot ride wheelie'ing up your street with 4 bitchin' bikes on the back. You'd be the envy of the neighborhood.
  • 3 0
 @kingbike2: North Shore racks also bring plenty of leverage to the table, had to weld up a mates hitch after using a 4 bike rack for about three months.
Still, vertical racks are better to load and park
  • 3 0
 @h82crash: but you'd look dumb as hell if you have front wheel drive
  • 1 0
 To be fair, they are vertically offset. You can even adjust the offset. Clearly, you've never owned one. Let's hammer on stuff we don't know anything about, ra ra ra!
  • 10 0
 I have Specialized SWAT bibs and they are one of the best, ride-changing products I've found in my thirty years of riding. The Tineli product looks interesting, but the pockets look like things are going to move around.
  • 2 0
 Agree. those Spec SWAT bibs are nice. I only have 1 pair and I reach for them more than whatever else I own even if the chamois pad isn't that great.
  • 2 0
 @AndrewFleming: Giro makes some too, and their Chamois is fantastic. They don't have the leg pockets, but they do have the back pockets
  • 3 0
 I love my SWAT bibs. I've had two on rotation for the last few years and have only great things to say about them.
  • 9 3
 If you think that's great, just wait until you ditch the diaper and wear synthetic boxer briefs!
  • 2 0
 @rickybobby18, that's the truth.
  • 1 0
 @AndrewFleming: I like the version from Voler. Good chamois and good price too
  • 3 0
 I'm pretty happy with the Spesh chamois. I have high and low end versions.
  • 2 0
 I've got Swat bibs, Pearl Izumi and Alpinestars. I'd say the Swat's are my least favourite, only because of the chamois, it's very short and is really just under the tush. The Alpinestars are the best but are just for rowdier days as they have hip protection (they are Paragon V2, they also have removable back protection). Alpinestars' chamois is the business. The Pearl Izumi MTB bib shorts liner are the all rounder. The Pearl Izumis also have cargo pockets (though not as well made as the Swats
  • 2 0
 @iamamodel: having a high end while riding is awkward, and uncomfortable.
  • 3 0
 +1 for the SWAT bibs; I have the Tinellis as well and they seem on par at the very least.

A word of warning though: the currently available SWAT bibs have a weird half-chamois across your butt, but a plain brief-style front with a toilet break opening (wtf, how hard is it just to pull the front of the bibs down...?). The problem is the chamois seam and stitching ends EXACTLY where you DON'T want a seam - yup, there. They're terrible. The full chamois ones are great though.
  • 2 0
 @danielfeary: ahh, yes see my comment. The previous SWATs had a full chamois.
  • 4 0
 @rickybobby18: Tried them, padded shorts or bibs are still way more comfortable for me on long rides.
  • 1 0
 Anyone use Patagonia's Endless Ride bibs? Thought they looked good and I've read a decent review or two.
  • 2 0
 @krystianj: Haven't tried, but from looking at them the very high waist is going to make a nature stop harder than necessary. a few reviews also note the leg elastic is a little loose. i'd be a bit wary...
  • 7 0
 That tineli thing looks like you’re riding in a bag of dirty laundry.
  • 7 0
 Gotta rock that BN4N4 H4MK.
  • 2 0
 that mesh on top (and I assume, bottom) of the goggles and holes in the lens look like they are gonna let stuff in, including too much airflow. Ventilation is nice, but too much and the goggles won't keep your eyes from watering or in my case, contact lenses from drying, which is even worse.
  • 5 0
 How is Kuat still in business?
  • 2 0
 I'm pretty sure they're profitable, so that could be a reason they're still in business. Seriously though, I see a MILLION of those racks around my place. My brother owns one and so do my folks. They seem to like them well enough.
  • 5 0
 Everyone I know that has a Kuat rack, has a broken rack. I've found this hitch receiver extender to be pretty handy www.texashunterproducts.com/receiver-extension
  • 1 0
 My original NV rack is ~9 years old now. Some small plastic bits have been replaced for free by Kuat. Even some larger metal parts were replaced free of charge years after purchase just by asking. Great customer service, although, if I had to buy a new one today, I'd probably go with 1up rack for the functional, simple, low profile design....The Kuat wheel clamp always rubs paint off my fork lowers :/
  • 2 0
 I see mostly Kuat racks at my trails.
  • 3 0
 I saw a Cayenne rolling through my neighborhood (he had to have been lost) with a Kuat 4-pack hitch rack AND 2 roof mounted racks. I'm sure he was bankrolling their entire operation for a solid week.


Yes, I'm as confused as you are as to why he felt the need to carry 6 bikes in a 5-passenger vehicle.
  • 3 3
 Because the racks are awesome. Ask people who actually own them(like meee).
  • 2 0
 @freeinpg: have you never seen a 1up??? Hopefully you get some type of discount on Kuat.
  • 3 0
 Got a brand new kuat 20% off. Strap that attached rear wheel broke. Bike miraculously not harmed b\c of the way it fell and because it was locked on at the time. Sold and bought 1up. Should have never been suckered in by the deal.
  • 3 0
 @sjma: same reason he installed a 12-burner cook top in his kitchen.
  • 1 0
 @freeinpg: North Shore Rack or similar design are just safer and more durable than any tray rack.
  • 1 0
 I’m amazed that people have had issues with their Kuat racks. Mine has been indestructible and the one time when I lost a part, they sent If for free next day!

I’d never run a North Shore rack. Paint worn fork crowns don’t look great IMO.
  • 2 0
 @sjma: you're a mtber, you should know why he needs 6 bikes...
  • 1 0
 @sjma: spare bike! Seriously, when I stayed at SilverStar bike park I brought a back-up bike with me in case I had a mechanical.
  • 1 0
 @chacou: How is a 14" rising extension similar to the kuat offering?
  • 1 0
 @rewob: ok you’re right, it’s a bit much for most but if you need the angle to not drag your tray rack and bikes it’s great. That kuat offering is more like this $30 dual receiver from harbor freight www.harborfreight.com/dual-hitch-extender-69881.html
  • 2 0
 @muscogeemasler: I’ll bet he really appreciates the 3-ply All-Clad cooking set when he makes kraft mac and cheese
  • 1 0
 @jclnv: no doubt they are good racks despite some isolated issues and I’d definitely keep what you’ve got and spend the $ on bikes, but if 1up sold thru bike shops and online retailers they would totally dominate the high-end rack market for mountain bikers.
  • 1 0
 @sjma: what's the point of owning a quiver of bikes if you can't even show them off?
  • 1 2
 All these 1up fanboys have surely never compared the two.

If you do the math on a 4 person 1up, It's basically the same price. Thule and Yakima also have $1000+ 4 bike premier models. Also, Kuat doesn't just make the NV 2.0, btw.
  • 2 0
 @DwaynePeters: the 1up fanboys prefer quality and good design...something the Kuat does not have..
  • 1 1
 @unrooted: That's an empty rebuttal, care to explain? If you doubt the quality of Kuat's products, you probably haven't owned any.

I don't see how you can say the kuat NV design isn't good. My friend's 1up has to have something unthreaded just to lift the rack up or down, and his arm hinges bind constantly. I can flip my NV up or down with both of my hands full, in half a second. Design is a matter of preference I suppose, but I prefer ease of use and solidity.

*Edit* Let's not forget that the prices are the same, even though 1up is made out of hardware store scrap.
  • 1 0
 Integrating a spine pad into a bib is a cool idea, but why has no one thought to integrate knee pads into a pair of bib shorts? They'd never fall down and if done right would be pretty comfy. C'mon, bike industry!
  • 1 0
 it would be near impossible to get the kneepad in the right place every time. I wouldn't even bother trying them on personally. I think it would be something better off to have custom done. I've thought about this and tried doing it myself and I couldn't get the fit right.
  • 1 0
 Better would be kneepad built into dh pants but that definitely wouldn't work...
  • 3 0
 Wonder how Assos feels about the pouch technology.
  • 1 0
 Does Assos do something similar?
  • 3 0
 Someone gonna look like Master Chief in those goggles
  • 3 0
 Nice to see that Ergon's new grips are ribbed for her pleasure.
  • 1 0
 Ya that huge Leatt batch over the ventilated strap will help a lot with the ventilation. Well done.
  • 2 2
 Might give those Leatt goggles a try. Not feeling the nutt hugger small package compartment technology.
  • 27 1
 My guess is the front would be a bit baggy for you anyway.
  • 2 11
flag ReeferSouthrland (Sep 9, 2020 at 16:31) (Below Threshold)
 When are you 2 fanny packs getting married?
  • 7 2
 @ReeferSouthrland: do you get all homophobic to everyone who busts your balls? Sorry I hurt your feelings but that’s no excuse to be a bigot....
  • 1 8
flag ReeferSouthrland (Sep 9, 2020 at 19:37) (Below Threshold)
 @Mattysville: Why are you obssessed with my genitals though. Trying to ride here keep it in your pants.
  • 1 0
 @ReeferSouthrland: the answer to your question is pronounced: joke
  • 1 0
 @Bikerdude137: You type but you make no sense, don't think about it.
  • 1 0
 @ReeferSouthrland: you're an idiot
  • 1 0
 @Bikerdude137: Duh no you are lady
  • 1 0
 @ReeferSouthrland: you missed an incredibly obvious joke and i point out that it's a joke and somehow you still don't understand the original joke from @Mattysville ? Yeah, you're an idiot
  • 1 0
 South shore happy ending shorts
  • 9 0
 Sounds like prom night in Weymouth, MA
  • 1 0
 @sjma: is it necessary to have lived in Boston to understand this joke? Is that why there are currently only 5 up votes?
  • 2 0
 @Sscottt: i think we need a link
  • 1 0
 Where's your sweater, Bill Gates?
  • 1 0
 B3NTH, or rather BN3TH, sister company of 45NRTH?
  • 1 0
 Are they really random though, or is it just a mix of products? Smile

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