Tech Randoms: New Racks, Bars, Shades, & Shoes - Crankworx Whistler 2018

Aug 17, 2018
by Daniel Sapp  
Crankworx 2018
The future is kids and there are more grom shredders now than ever before. Maxxis have been making the DHF in a 24" size for a while now, but we'll soon see a new 24" DHR II. (not pictured here)


Crankworx 2018

Crankworx 2018
Crankworx 2018
Oakley had their new Field Jacket glasses with Prism lenses on display. The glasses feature what they call "the advancer" - a mechanism riders can engage when their glasses start to fog up on climbs to push them away from the face and allow more air to circulate.


Crankworx 2018

Crankworx 2018
Crankworx 2018
Yakima is bringing their Hangover rack to market in the first quarter of 2019. The rack will be available as a four or six bike set-up. It has two height settings so it can accommodate low and high clearance vehicles, has built-in loops to aid with locking bikes, integrated bottle openers, and tilts to allow access to the rear of the vehicle. It will sell for $549/ $699 USD four/six bike, respectively.



Crankworx 2018

Crankworx 2018
Crankworx 2018
FSA's new Gradient bar comes in a 20mm or 30mm rise, is 800mm wide, and has a 8-deg backsweep with a 5-deg upsweep. The bar is only being made in a 31.8mm clamp diameter and is designed to be really stout in the middle with an amount of compliance built into the ends to smooth out the trail. Pricing is not yet available, but weights are 220g for the 20mm rise and 230g for the 30mm.


Crankworx 2018

Crankworx 2018
Crankworx 2018
Saris had their new MTR (Modular Tray Rack) on display. The rack will be available for a 1 1/4" or 2" receiver and in 1 and 2 bike versions with the option to add 1 or 2 additional trays on. The rack is all aluminum. Trays swivel to allow access to the bikes further in the rear and for folding the rack up when bikes aren't in transport. There's no exact availability date or pricing as of yet but Saris say that it's a 2019 product.


Crankworx 2018

Crankworx Whistler 2018
Crankworx 2018
Five Ten's new Sleuth Deluxe is a collab with parent brand Adidas. The shoe has elements of a classic sport cut Adidas shoe, but it's built to be ready to ride. There's a non-marking Stealth rubber sole, reinforced toe box, and fully synthetic tongue. The shoe has a wider heel for stability along with reflective accents for safety.


Crankworx 2018

Crankworx 2018
Crankworx 2018
The Gradient is FSA's new carbon wheel. It has a 29mm inner width and 35mm outer. It is 30mm in height and has a 4mm offset on the asymmetrical design. It utilizes 24 spokes both front and back and is boost only. Final weights haven'v been verified, but the wheels are going to sell for $1349 USD when they're available.


MENTIONS: @officialcrankworx



132 Comments

  • + 124
 Travel adjustable glasses, how enduro is that ?
  • + 75
 It could be even more enduro if it had a bar-mounted remote option.
  • + 10
 @Ron-C: Oakleys now with DI2!
  • + 78
 Now all they have to do is make it sync with bluetooth to your DI2 setup so that on climbs your fork goes to short travel mode, your shock goes into pedal mode, your seatpost goes up to climb mode and your glasses go away form your face. All that is missing is the camelback water hose up the ass for extra hydration!!
  • + 12
 I tape my glasses to my frame. Am I cool now?
  • + 12
 No water bottle mount = not enduro enough
  • + 25
 Need the boost version for my fat head.....
  • + 6
 @dirtypants: So I've been 'extra hydrating' this whole time!?
  • + 3
 @Waldon83: No I wouldnt call it extra hydration I would call it ultra Enduro!!
  • + 16
 Reminds me of the Opti Grab from The Jerk. Oakley better be careful, or they’ll be making out a whole lotta checks for $1.09.
  • + 4
 Enemaduro brah!
  • + 1
 They are super cheap and gimmicky when you see them in person. I was astonished by how shitty they were.
  • + 2
 I used to take my glasses off for Uphill. Thank god these days are gone now. It was horrible being so not-duro.
  • - 2
 Those FSA bars are steezy in rust/poop brown, the Oakley glasses can kiss my ass and addida tens look like fresh Prince of Bel Aire.
  • + 2
 @dirtypants: you made my morning. Cheers
  • + 1
 @feldybikes: Fantastic! I was thinking of the movie just yesterday! LoL
  • + 66
 I bet one up USA is just so flattered by Saris and their take on their bike rack.
  • + 27
 As is North Shore Racks with the new crappy plastic Yakima version... guess the patent ran out? www.northshoreracks.com
  • + 5
 I’ve used my friend’s Northshore and the steel/welds far exceed anything I’ve seen from Yakima. However, with the sales channels and manufacturering expertise (cheaper prices) I imagine they will sell plenty to uninformed consumers.
  • + 9
 @islandforlife: If Yakima can deliver better customer service than NSR, I'm all for it. I had a purchasing nightmare from start to finish and beyond with NSR.
  • + 1
 edit: nvm
  • + 1
 @me2menow: No link needed, just scroll up.
  • + 7
 @pdxkid: That's a shame. I got my NSR shipped to Australia with about three emails.
  • + 13
 The recon rack is the hanging rack of choice!
  • + 5
 @pdxkid: I had the opposite. Got the guy's wife to help with all my issues immediately. Very accomodating.
  • + 7
 @pdxkid: Yeah I've got no time for a company who threatened a guy with legal action who was just building a similar rack for himself that didn't rub the paint off fork crowns.
  • + 3
 Damn. OneUp must be pissed.
  • + 3
 @drpheta: saris looks very fugly compared to the 1up.
Flattering when ur copied tho.
  • + 1
 @jrocksdh: it is ugly, but they still took a lot from 1up.
  • + 2
 recon-racks.com has the only hanging rack one to buy
  • + 3
 @pdxkid: whatev. They replied to my emailed question within an hour and I ordered right away. The rack showed up within a week. Now I've got a rack that will outlast the couple vehicles I plan on mounting it to.
  • + 1
 @Mister-Lost-Bike-Shop: that thing is a beast for sure. it would look like a sherman tank on the back of my hatchback.
  • + 3
 My guess is the Saris rack is licensing the latest design from Cal Phillips, the original designer of the 1Up. He and his partner sued each other and then he designed the "Mach 2" that he's been promoting but fumbling to launch.
  • + 2
 @TheFunkyMonkey: Latest update is now Spring 2019. I'd call that more of a flop than a fumble.
  • + 1
 @Waldon83: how much did it end up with shipping to Oz? i'm seriously wanting one
  • + 1
 @TheFunkyMonkey: Saris had a prototype of this rack on display Outerbike in Fall 2017. It is not Cal’s rack.
  • + 1
 @ryan83: And people who are hoping to buy a vertical rack and don't like wait times.
  • + 38
 All y’all still hanging on to your 2004 Big Hits will be stoked about that 24” minion
  • + 4
 Haha had that exact thought. Sold my big hit a few years ago sadly.
  • + 7
 @westsideloc: never sell the big hit
  • - 12
flag fracasnoxteam (Aug 17, 2018 at 15:28) (Below Threshold)
 How can you be stoked on a dhr?
  • + 4
 @westsideloc: I feel you sir. I sold mine a while back too

m.pinkbike.com/photo/11380870
  • + 3
 See I was thinking perfect for my 2001 RM9
  • + 2
 Big Tit
  • + 22
 Someone at Saris loved their 1up rack.... www.1up-usa.com
  • + 1
 Haha yep!
  • + 21
 Front tire on backwards there bud.
  • + 14
 Hate getting rubber marks on my trails.
  • + 12
 Handy for a mid ride game of squash though
  • - 6
flag Waldon83 (Aug 17, 2018 at 15:04) (Below Threshold)
 We are in a world with Nuclear weapons, famine, wars, poverty and shit modern music , but we still think having a non marking sole is worthwhile . . . . .
  • + 3
 For outdoor trails in the morning and indoor soccer in the evening.
  • + 4
 You know most cycling is done by commuters? Useful for those who don't want to change after every short ride.
  • + 0
 @djm35: Cos that’s where that insane grip of stealth rubber really comes in handy, right?
  • + 1
 @OrangeGoblin: Do you know how many commuters have spds?
  • + 0
 @djm35: But thats not the choice, is it? The vast majority just wear 'shoes'. I don't know ANYONE that has/would pay for commuter specific cycling shoes. There's just not really much need.
  • + 1
 @OrangeGoblin: You are missing my point which is that these are designed for people who don't want to sacrifice pedal grip and don't want to look goofy the moment they get off their bike. Or are you saying that short distance riders don't bother to change footwear?
  • + 1
 @djm35: Yeah, exactly^^^ I get the aim, I just don't think there's a demand. I either where specific MTB shoes because I'm going on an MTB ride, or I wear SPDs on my commute and road rides. If I had a clunker/pub bike for commuting (I have to use my road bike) I'd just wear normal footwear - no way I'm dropping £100 on commuter specific flat pedal shoes cos I wanna them all day - they're way too grim looking for that. ;-)
  • + 5
 Can I just get some damn Addidas Sambas with a Stealth sole already? I like my 5-10s, but sometimes I just want something that doesn’t look like a skate shoe. I kinda like the new kicks, byt some Addidas classics with Steakth would be sweet, maybe some classic Run DMC kicks?
  • + 1
 Yes!
  • + 5
 24 spokes?! Mountain bike wheels should have 32....always. The minimal extra weight (50 grams or so) is totally offset by the added security that the extra load dispersal provides.

I'm sure these wheels are adequately strong, but if a stick, rock, dropped chain (or whatever) weakens/breaks a spoke, it'll be waaaaay out of true and marginally rideable (if at all).

Break one of 32 spokes 20 miles from the car? Get the broken ends out of the way and finish your ride-maybe even send a drop or two.

On a road bike, low spoke counts make at least some sense-aerodynamics are the principal cause of drag at higher speed. On a mountain bike, the air is "dirty" from the fat, knobby tires on wheels and speeds are lower. The decision to go for 28 or fewer spokes per wheel on MTB wheels is purely driven by marketing hype and (inaccurate) consumer perception. Lower spoke count wheels apparently look faster, or more premium or something.

Good thing I know how to lace my own....
  • + 21
 Thats true for soft alu rims, but a stiff carbon wheel could almost still roll with no spokes at all. Nice useless rant!
  • + 7
 @mollow: Yeah, I've broken spokes on my 28h light bike rims and did just fine the rest of the day at the park
  • + 4
 @half-man-half-scab: pfff, i broke a spoke on 28h ex471 and it stayed fairly true. took me a ride or 2 to realize what's that cling-ting sound from behind, wheel was rolling just fine (not in a park tho) #truestorybro #properrimdoesntcareaboutspokecount
  • + 4
 @mollow: Carbon rims that stiff don't ride well, and the spokes tend to come unwound on hard hits because the rim doesn't deflect enough to dissipate the impact force. And.....why not run 4 extra spokes? The weight and cost are negligible.
  • + 2
 @kanasasa: I've broken spokes on a 32h wheel and it didn't come out of true.....at all. I get that modern rims are strong, but a few extra spokes still make for a stronger wheel.
  • + 3
 Whatever old man. Mavic Deemax's back in the day had 28..and straight pull spokes. I also rode a 28 hole alum wheel for about a year with a missing spoke, eventually replaced it and got it back to true.
  • + 1
 Designed by (70kg) cyclists
For (70kg) cyclists
  • + 1
 Yeah, those 24 or 28 spoke wheels are also really annoying to true, especially if the rim has a dent or two. 32 (at least) is the way to go for MTB:s. What I wonder, why there are not any 36 hole rims available (in 27,5 or 29) anymore? I used to have 26" wheels I built with super cheap Dartmoor 36h rims and Hope hubs that lasted for like three seasons with no problem. Now I've destroyed four 32h 27,5" rims (Easton Arc and Stans Flow) in only 1,5 seasons! Ok, I might be a bit rough to the rims, but still...
  • + 1
 @abiotic: my friend just ordered some 27.5 dartmoor rims in 36
  • + 1
 @nojzilla: Aa, they still do those. Thanks, I'll check it out.
  • + 9
 Yakima blew it on that backwards DHF.
  • + 1
 Yeah, but they remembered the bottle opener...
  • + 9
 I'll take those 510s! Looks like NSR and 1Up have some close competition
  • + 4
 I dont fully understand that Yakima rack. Am I really seeing that green bikes crown resting on the top piece of the rack? What if its a DH bike? NO matter what you do to protect that, its going to rub the shit out of any stanchion. No matter what, if you have contact, your going to mark the shit outta whatever is contacting it (Stanchions). Even on the highway, what if it gets even a little rougher on a dirt road? What the heck!?

Unless that green bike is mounted completely incorrectly...?? I hope im totally incorrect.
  • + 2
 no doubt, just buy a recon-racks.com, secured on only the tires, not you $$$$ fork or frame
  • + 1
 @allsk8sno: Recon Racks for life.
  • + 5
 I came here to look at photos of Bryn Atkinsons snake paintjob bike. I am fairly disappointed
  • + 4
 The advancer!?!? That is amazing. We need a button to move our glasss 1/2” away from our face. Innovation is great but wow.
  • + 1
 The Prizm lens works great on the trail, the advancer works great too but then so does just moving the glasses forward a 1/4" or pulling them off shaking the shit out of them and putting them back on.
  • + 11
 I find my glasses are more than capable of advancing all on their own. Do they have one that walks itself back up my nose automatically? Cause I'd buy that
  • + 1
 I feel a little dumber just reading about "The Advancer".
Will the ad say, "My glasses used to fog but now with The Advancer(tm) , that's no longer an issue!!"
FML
Just get some Ryders and be done with it.
  • + 2
 If your classes are foggin',you know you're laggin'.
  • + 2
 @Bailey100: Same company now lol!
  • + 2
 But most importantly, is the advancer compatible with my opti-grab?
  • + 1
 @kzink: awesome!
  • + 4
 That Yakira rack is really hanging the bike on the fork's stanchions? Do they also offer a solution for greasing disc brakes?
  • + 5
 No, its cradling the for crown, similar style to how northshore racks have done now for many successful years just a slightly different design of cradle.
  • + 2
 Not the stanchions - the crowns, just like a North Shore rack.
  • + 1
 North shore had the nicest rack in the 800-1200 range for sure! Hooray for Yakima for bringing a reasonably priced one to the market. I’m sure it’ll be bomber. It’s yakima. They’ve forgotten more about racks than most companies will ever know.
  • + 0
 1up piss on NSR.
  • + 4
 i will disagree and suggest recon-racks.com
  • + 1
 Those certainly look nice! Super expensive though. @allsk8sno:
  • + 3
 Do those Saris bike racks fit modern-length bikes in large sizes?
ie those with 1250mm+ wheelbase

(because Thule ones don't)
  • + 1
 Want to know as well
  • + 1
 Considering that's at least a 19.5 slash with a wheelbase of about 1210mm and has some more room on the rack it should be fine I reckon
  • + 1
 @felimocl: My Thule fits 50in, 1270mm. Unless you're on a 29" DH bike that's at least a size L or XL you're probably fine.
  • + 1
 @felimocl: That's a Remedy.
  • + 2
 @jmusuperman: Sure about that? Looks like a session to me.
  • + 1
 Yes, it will fit wheel bases up to 1320mm.
  • + 2
 @sspiff: Well played.

But, the Remedy currently sports the floating shock (like the one in the pic). 2019 won't, but we're not supposed to be talking about that...
  • + 1
 My OneUp holds my XL ‘18 Slash no prob for those that want the original.
  • + 3
 Still waiting for more f*cking high top options c'mon guys... Lace covers would be nice on some non clipless versions too.
  • + 4
 They really need to demo those hanging racks with a XXL Nicolai.
  • + 5
 Shoes....
  • + 1
 ...for bowling.
  • + 1
 @Someoldfart: or futsal
  • + 3
 Non-marking Stealth means non-gripping Stealth.
  • + 3
 This entire post would work for April 1.
  • + 2
 Buying those Five Tens! Not for riding though, don’t want to get made fun of...
  • + 2
 This is excellent patter
  • + 1
 I see a lot of bikes testing their warranties here soon after bouncing off the roads. I wonder if the bike manufacturers are going to start requiring proper racks LMAO.
  • + 2
 Hope the green bike owner mounts the rest of his bike not backwards #tirefail
  • + 1
 ha that's the first thing I noticed too
  • + 3
 when you have a ride at 2 but pickup soccer at 3
  • + 1
 Yakima rack looks cool but seems like there’s to many moving parts compared to a North Shore Rack
  • + 2
 Recon Racks. Fuck the world
  • + 0
 I will repeat. Recon Racks. Fuck the world. Last rack you will have to buy. He keeps improving them, and I still have the bomb proof gen1.
  • + 0
 Amen. Once you have one, you wonder how you ever lived without.
  • + 2
 That carpet tho..somebody got paid to choose that..?
  • + 1
 ...all I've got is this here piece of hard rocky candy. But it ain't for eating. Its just for looking through.
  • + 2
 Five Ten gets a little worse each year after the Adidas takeover.
  • + 3
 Freerider Pro's are the shit
  • + 4
 @arrowheadrush: currently bought a pair of Sam Hill 3... little bit hot but damn the grip is even better than on my old Freeriders.
  • + 1
 @NotNamed: I believe the Sam Hill 3 shoe and actual Sam Hill are made out of the same material...UNBEATABLE
  • + 1
 they look sweet imo
  • + 2
 Those 5.10s are sick
  • + 1
 Think I'll try those Five10s as my next shoe
  • + 1
 What sold ya? I bet it's the no rubber marks feature!
  • + 1
 So Five Ten released a futsal shoe?
  • + 1
 Is that saris rack legal in the eu?
  • + 1
 April Fools?
  • + 0
 I ride with a fanny pack

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