Randoms - Bike Place 2019

Jul 1, 2019
by Ed Spratt  
From yellow to green and from rings to a lattice.

Kali's New Low Density Layer Impact System

Kali were showing off a new version of their low-density layer that is set to be fitted to some 2020 helmets. The designers at Kali believe that a hard helmet only serves to transfer the impact directly to your head. The Low-Density Layer allows Kali to pass all the relevant accreditation, thanks to the use of EPS foam, and it provides a soft layer between the head and the EPS foam that should further cushion impacts.


The layer feels like flexible rubber and the idea is that it will crumple to protect against linear impacts, while also being able to twist to reduce the forces incurred by a rotational impact. The new layer is functionally similar to the old LDL but it’s the new material it's constructed with that makes the real difference. Kali claim that this new material performs the same as the old LDL but will allow them to bring the price down, meaning even their cheaper helmets will be able to offer greater protection. Kali only had this one helmet with the new LDL fitted on display. It will retail for £54.99 ($70 USD).




Maxalami Tire Plug Kit

The Maxalami tyre plug kit is another option to carry tyre plugs in case of a tear in your tubeless tire. The Maxalami kit will fit into either a bar end or a Shimano Hollow-tech crankset and offers tyre plugs that are sticky enough to not need any additional glue.



76 Projects Garmin Mount

Top tube mounted Garmins are the latest trend in the Enduro World Series and 76 already have a dedicated mount in production. This is currently being used by Leigh Johnson and allows him and other racers to take their computer away from a vulnerable position on the bars but still be viewable as they head up the transitions.


They also had their bottle cage extender on show. This is fitted below the bottle cage and adds space for a spare tube, multi-tool, or whatever else you need to strap to your frame.




Pipedream Moxie

It wouldn't be a UK trade show without some sort of hardtail. This time it's the hardcore Pipedream Moxie fully decked in bike packing kit.



Pepi’s Tire Noodle

Pepi's Tire Noodle is a bit different to the more enduro and downhill focussed products on offer out there. This one is designed to be lighter. A testament to its design are the World Championship titles it has earned in the tyres of Nino Schurter. Like most inserts, it is designed to allow the rider to ride with lower pressure, protect the rim, and it can be run flat in a race situation. Each insert weighs about 100 grams (depending on size) and costs €35.


The Bow model has retractable wires that hook behind the ears to stop the glasses moving around.


Red Bull Spect Sunglasses

Red Bull has teamed up with an Austrian eyewear company Spect to produce a range of sunglasses for athletes. The entire range features polarized lenses but the two models that caught our eyes, in particular, were the Ultraflex and the Bow.

The Ultraflex does what it says on the tin. A super bendable pair of shades that should stand up to abuse, the lenses won't bend but are designed to pop out easily in a crash to prevent breakage.





Sunrace Cassettes

Budget 12-speed cassettes from Sun Race for Shimano and SRAM drivetrains were on display.




Rock N Roll Extreme

The 'Extreme' lubricant from Rock N Roll ditches oil and goes with a unique formula that needs to be applied with water. The result is that when out on a muddy ride your chain should pick up far less if any of the trail muck than a normal oil-based lubricant would making maintenance and cleaning easier.




Burgtec Titanium Bolts and Anodized Through Axles

Burgtec were showing off a couple of new bits and bobs including a thru axle available in their 8 different colours and titanium shock mount hardware.





IRC Tanken Tire

Available only in 29x2.6” or 29x2.8” this is a tire that has truly earned its “Tank” moniker.


52 Comments

  • + 74
 Anodized colored thru axles...because only you will know, and knowing is half the battle. (GI-JOE).
  • + 6
 It's the finer details that matter dude!
  • + 4
 The ends of the TA will still be visible.
  • + 4
 Get it in a bright colour then you won’t forget it if you have to put the bike in the car ;-)
  • + 1
 Its a bit like colored valve caps. Only other people who do that will notice you have them.
(Still, your comment made my day)
  • + 2
 @RecklessJack: I love tiny bling. Valve caps and cable ends ftw.
  • + 15
 Whoever buys the Garmin out make sure you give enough clearance for your stem to swing around unless you have lots of spacers for the stem to rotate over it.
  • + 21
 #knockblock
  • + 4
 thank god i own a Trek!
  • + 2
 I use Velcro. If anything happens it comes off.
  • + 2
 @jaame: well then I guess buy several garmins?
  • + 4
 @TylerG96: said no one ever
  • + 1
 @jjcrawley: yeah I use a garmin watch on my wrist, and a drc x-monitor for interval timing. It’s wired to the start stop button. Probably not a good idea to use Velcro with a free floating head unit now you mention it
  • + 12
 Lenses that pop out easily in a crash. Well someone at Red Bull solved the wrong problem there!
  • + 9
 For riders looking for better protection from concussions, that new Kali helmet looks awesome. Cheaper is nice, but to me the exciting part his how much more of the inner shell is covered by the new LDL. My biggest concern with Kali's first-gen LDL helmets has always been LDL coverage -- what if the spot where your head jams into your helmet in a crash isn't one of the spots covered by LDL? That concern was the #1 reason to consider dual-shell designs like 6D's or Mips spherical, despite the greater mass and size. The new-gen LDL looks like it puts that concern to rest. Plus, bonus, it doesn't look like squid tentacles. Promising design, can't wait to find out more.
  • + 9
 RocknRoll blue. My favourite lube since forever
  • + 2
 I'm a little confused by their inclusion in this post. Did Rock N Roll change their formula, or is the same lube that's been around for decades?
  • + 4
 @Fresh1: Yeah, are you referring to that "needs to be applied with water" bit? I don't remember ever reading anything about that part. Blue has been my go-to for about 6 years now...would be hilarious to find out I've been doing it wrong for such a long time!
  • + 4
 Top tip - buy the refill bottle. 4 regular bottles for the price of 3.
  • + 2
 @mikealive: Same! Pinkbike, explain pls!! Have we been all doing it wrong or did they release a new formula?
  • + 4
 Great job @KaliProtectives - love what you're doing with helmet tech right now - one big gripe is sorting out distro in the UK though - really hard to get hold of here, especially in a bricks and mortar shop to try for size! Trying to find a Maya 2.0 at the mo to try on and it's proving a mission!
  • + 2
 Hit up Oxford Products for UK distribution
  • + 1
 A proper threaded in bolt through axle instead of whatever Maxle varient makes a big difference to the stiffness of the fork. I have the One Up version but I'm sure this one is as good.
On the Pikes it's great but I have an older set of Revs (15x100) on a hardtail and it makes an even bigger difference as they aren't as stiff sideways in the first place. If you don't want to splash out on a new fork.

Anodisation just makes the rider happier Smile
  • + 1
 I'm addicted to that blue rock and roll. A self cleaning wax Lube that keeps my chain squeak free and Shining like it's brand new. My lube of choice for dry Dusty conditions. I've been using it now for about 15 years without issue. Keeping my chain shifting crisp and like new. I buy the large bottle kit and it lasts the wife and I about two seasons riding 4 to 7 times a week
  • + 1
 The blue is cleaner than most lubes, but you should try the red! I have red, gold, and blue and use red for most conditions.
  • + 2
 @R-M-R: I will try it. I got on the blue years ago and literally have tried nothing else. Other than swag in race bags. Now I just stick with what I know works and give the schwag away. Rock on!
  • + 2
 @pinnityafairy: And they certainly do work. The red is the cleanest lube I've used, drivetrain life has increased, and it always ranks near the top in instrumented testing among drip-on (vs. immersion) products. And the prices are less than average. Love this company.
  • + 3
 Well done in the marketing department.

German / English
Tanken = to refuel
  • + 2
 Have any of you guys used the tubeless plugs??? I don't know anyone that has ever used em.
  • + 15
 Yeah, they're a godsend.
  • + 6
 In the past 3 months I’ve gone through half a dozen between myself and friends. I love them.
  • + 6
 I've used them quite a few times. They've always survived the lifespan of the tire.
  • + 8
 I've got three in my rear tire right now.
  • + 3
 Dynaplugs are still the best. I've used so many helping friends out. I've yet to need one for myself yet thanks to Cushcore..knock on wood.
  • + 1
 @H3RESQ: try ryders slugplug. It comes with larger plugs as well.
  • + 1
 ohhh yeah, i dont use them often but when i need them they are life savers! i've had 7 in one tire at one point, they hold REALLY well.
  • + 2
 I didn't ever think I'd need any but some came with my oneup edc and I used them three times this weekend.
  • + 1
 They can make the difference between a great and a really bad day out there, mate!
You will need them one day, and you will be really happy if you have them with you then. Wink
  • + 1
 Just ordered the Maxalami thing to go in my crank axle. I currently carry a plug set in a frame bag but always worried about losing all the air before getting the plug set-up and ready to go. Haven't needed to put it to the test yet though (cue multiple punctures).
  • + 3
 Step 1: Purchase Genuine Innovations tubeless repair kit
Step 2: Modify the crudely made tool to make it smoother and enlarge the spacing between the tines
Step 3: Purchase more plugs from eBay or Aliexpress, including larger sizes, which the modified tool can now accommodate

Total price: under US$20
  • + 1
 @R-M-R: I have the Genuine innovations kit. I haven't had any issues with it. Give your plug a turn or two before you back the tool out and it shouldn't be an issue.
  • + 1
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: I've owned two of them and given three as gifts. The older ones had fairly smooth tines; the new ones usually have a large burr that has to be removed for improved functioning. New and old versions are too small to accept larger plugs, which are handy for anything more than a very small casing hole.
  • + 3
 That tire looks too much like a specialized Butcher
  • + 3
 8 colors to increase the stoke level of your hub
  • + 1
 Can Sunrace make us some 11 speed cassettes that go on the microspline hub? I'm making new wheels but still on Shimani 11.
  • + 4
 Use DT Swiss 350 hubs, not only are they amazing, but you can get a micro spline freehub body win-win
  • + 2
 How about XTR 9110 10-45t? It's 310g claimed. Weight weenies rejoice.
  • + 1
 Piles of them, you’d be surprised how big of a cut you can plug. Dynaplugs are the ticket.
  • + 2
 The Tanken looks like a worn out DHR2
  • + 1
 Tanken means refuel in German. Weird name choice for a tire.
  • + 1
 I'm running that SunRace Cassette now. Works great and only paid $60 for it.
  • + 2
 Through axle looks sweet, shame you won’t see it lol

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