The Final Randoms: Cranks, Bars, Shades, Bells, & More - Pond Beaver 2020

Apr 15, 2020
by Daniel Sapp  

Vee Tire Co.

Mike Levy spent a bit of time on Vee Tire's Flow Snap WCE last year and was impressed by how well they performed, but was looking for something wider than a 2.35" width. Enter the new 2.5" wide version that's available in both 27.5" and 29" diameters. The latter weighs 1,340-grams, and both diameters cost $76 USD.

Vee Tire has used the same slow rebounding 'Top 40 compound' that helped make the skinnier version so sticky, along with their Gravity Core construction and added sidewall protection.





Rudy Project's Skytrail casual glasses put a modern spin on the classic Aviator style. $259.99 USD

Rudy Project

Rudy Project have a couple new casual glasses, the Skytrail and Spinair 59 as well as their Cutline, which is made for cycling. The Cutline is available with several different lenses including a photochromatic option. I've been riding these for a couple of weeks now and they're one of the most comfortable pairs of glasses I've worn on the bike. Helmet fit and interface is great and there are no pressure points whatsoever. rudyprojectna.com

The Cutline glasses have easily interchangeable lenses and can be fine-tuned to fit your face by swapping nose pieces or bending the pliable arms.

Their Protera+ helmet also looks good. There's even a net in the front of it that seems as if it'll do a stellar job in minimizing bee strikes. $149.99 USD





Spurcycle

Spurcycle's new Compact bell fits mountain bike bars well and leaves plenty of room for your controls. More useful and appropriate than coughing to alert other greenway users as you safely ride to your local trails. spurcycle.com



Handup

Handup have several new gloves in their line. handupgloves.com

There are also some new Hawaiian prints, along with standard jerseys.

And socks...
Along with women's floral prints.




ilabb Clothing

ilabb is a clothing company based in New Zealand that make all sorts of clothing, everything from more performance-oriented trail gear to around-town shred and dine attire. I've been wearing their don race short a good bit over the last few weeks. The fabric is very light and comfortable, the shorts are well ventilated and dry fast. $109.99 USD

The don race shirt is a wider cut and constructed of polyester and mesh. $60 USD
The impromptu ride T is also made out of polyester material and has a very long cut - great for tall or really tall/skinny riders. $40 USD

The LWB short is made for everyday use as well as riding. There is some stretch built-in and the fabric is plenty durable to take on the wear and tear of every day life. $60 USD



NOCS

Alright, imagine this, you’re at a World Cup final as a fan, but you’re stuck in the back and can’t see...or you're an amateur photographer scouting locations and want to see across the valley...or, you've reached the end of the internet and decided it's time to take up a new hobby, like bird watching. The solution? NOCS. Small enough to put in your pocket but with a high-quality lens. $89 USD. Nocsprovisions.com




Pearl Izumi

Pearl Izumi have several new shoes that will launch later this year. Their X-Alp Launch, X-Al Launch SPD, and the X-Alp Launch Mid WRX are all really good looking options for both flat and clipless pedals.








Hope

Hope is rolling out their first 35mm handlebar. After a lot of research, they decided that many of the current 35mm bar options were possibly too stiff. Hope claim their new manufacturing process has netted a handlebar that is more compliant than their existing 31.8mm bar with no compromise in strength.

The bar is designed with all-mountain riding in mind, but Hope claim that it's stronger than many DH bars. The bar is 800mm wide, uses a new laminate construction and manufacturing technique, and has a better feel and reduced vibration compared to bars they have made before.






Rotor
Rotors new Kapic Carbon crank weighs only 420g and the INspider is a spider-based power meter that is compatible with any Rotor brand crank, MTB or road. Rotor also have a Fazua crank system upgrade now available for Isis-compatible e-bikes.

A 420g crank in the 4th month of 2020? The light weight aside, pretty cool if you ask me.


This diagram shows how the INspider power meter ties into Rotor's cranks.





Pinkbike Pond Beaver 2020






149 Comments

  • 156 2
 Wait wait wait, flat pedal shoes without laces???
  • 37 1
 I'm waiting for the slip on version with the sheepskin insole.
  • 76 1
 I've been waiting forever! Give me a black shoe, BOA lace system with a Grippy AF sole and I'll buy 4 pairs now!
  • 11 0
 If these have as good a grip as 510 they might get my money. I would love to have something like a Kestrel lace with the velcro strap over the laces for a flat pedal shoe. I tried Shimano's flat shoes because their clipless pedal shoes last forever and I love the way they fit. However, the Michelin rubber just does not grip like 510
  • 4 0
 The future is now!
  • 13 4
 @bman33: 510 should make mountain bike tires!!!
  • 12 0
 Suplest makes some great flat pedal shoes with boa instead of laces as well:

www.suplest.ch/euen/products/all-shoes/offroad/offroad-pro-03038

Hard to find in the US, but I ordered them from overseas and they are incredible shoes. Soles are as tacky as my old 510s, and the most comfy bike shoes I’ve worn. Worth checking out, best shoes I’ve found by far since switching to flats. And they do look better in person than some of the camera angles...
  • 2 0
 @Betacygni: Nice! Thanks for the input. How is the sizing on these?
  • 2 0
 @bman33: Ride Concepts Wildcat or TNT. Like the Kestral lace for flats. Git em!
  • 3 0
 @kmag76: length wise I went off the suplest sizing chart after measuring my foot per their instructions and it was spot on to the 47 I normally wear. Width wise I have pretty average feet, so haven’t noticed much about that, but I will say they seem a bit more roomy than my old 510s, but again I’m not super sensitive to that.
  • 1 0
 @uberstein: I have heard good things about RC shoes. I will check them out
  • 1 0
 What are the softest, most flexible flat shoes you have tried?
I recently bought some Ion Raid Amp shoes, and they are stiff as a board. I'm back in skate shoes for the time being.
I am interested to hear what others have used, and found to be almost vans-like in sole compliance.
  • 6 0
 FINALLY! Someone knows I cant have my mom and dad with me all the time.
  • 2 0
 @nurseben: I am riding 5.10 Sleuth slip on some very short rides, they are great, one can actually ride in them, ridiculous!
  • 3 0
 @curendero: The first Intense tyres were made by/with five 10 rubber if I recall correctly.
  • 4 1
 I'm really looking for something with a crepe sole or a cuban heel
  • 1 0
 @Betacygni: Thanks!
I just ordered a pair. A bit pricey, but if they work well, then money well spent!
  • 3 0
 @curendero: the bike would not move or steer would just stick to the floor!
  • 4 0
 @jaame: I’m not the expert on flats, but the plain ol’ 510 freeriders are way softer than the pro model and much like a casual shoe.
Softest and most flexible that I’ve found.
  • 1 0
 @Betacygni: thanks for the link these look really good! Its about time the industry is paying attn to flat pedal shoe design. Im wearing specialized 2fos now and honestly they are terrible stiff af so im ready to try something new as the shimano am7 is discontinued and Im not a fan of 510.
  • 1 0
 But look at the sole... no one has ever come close to the softness of Stealth rubber and that shallow tread pattern wont grip the pins at all. I dont care how nice the upper is if my feet dont stay on the pedals. The only time non-stealth soles have worked is when the tread pattern has lots of little crannies for the pins to fit into, these have basically nothing for the pins to grab. Im really skeptical.
  • 1 2
 If only there was a shoe pedal combination, possibly with a small retention device, that solved non grippy shoe issues. I dunno, maybe Im ridiculous
  • 1 0
 @enis: There is and no amount of snark will change the real life difference between clipless vs. platform and most folks' preference for one or the other. Neither is wrong. Both have pros and cons
  • 1 0
 @curendero: They did...sort of. The OG sticky rubber Intense tires seemed to be made of very similar rubber. Unfortunately they weighed a TON and lost knobs faster than Schwalbes. They were very sticky but not very durable. Definitely FRO
  • 1 0
 @curendero: they would last a day!
  • 44 1
 Finally a Flat shoe with a boa system!!! Been bugging each shoe rep that came through the shop about this for years!
  • 5 25
flag unrooted (Apr 15, 2020 at 15:34) (Below Threshold)
 Why?
  • 20 3
 @unrooted: ever had a shoelace get wrapped around the crank? It leads to a pretty spectacular crash
  • 18 0
 Those Pearl Izumi shoes look nice. Both the SPD and flats
  • 4 1
 These came out not too long ago. I have had mine for about 4 months and they are fantastic! www.scott-sports.com/us/en/product/scott-sport-volt-shoe?article=2759056338024
  • 4 0
 @mtmc99: On or off the bike, try those adult shoes with the 3 velcro straps ????
  • 6 0
 @mtmc99: ever learn how to move the knot to the outside edge?
  • 2 0
 Pearl Izumi used to have shoes with the BOA up on the top of the tongue, where it's fairly well protected against impacts. I wonder why they've moved it back out to where it can get ripped off in a fall.

@unrooted: BOAs are very convenient if, for various reasons, you need to be able to adjust the tension on the fly.
  • 2 0
 @mtmc99:

Never even considered that laces could wrap around the crank

My argument against laces is I hate having to undo them when they’re covered in actual shite
  • 1 0
 @frontrangefreeridemtb @richsmithytfc: Thanks for the info on the Volts, just ordered a pair.
  • 25 0
 I am confused... How can a helmet cost a whole third less than a pair of sunnies...? Are sunglasses cooler than helmets so you can charge more? Please enlighten me in the way...
  • 40 0
 Because after The Pope, Football and Ferraris sunglasses are the religion of Italy.
  • 5 90
flag RoadStain (Apr 15, 2020 at 18:15) (Below Threshold)
 @Fix-the-Spade: Football? Is that the game with the large black kneeling criminals and the oblong ball?
  • 66 1
 @RoadStain: being an underachieving white guy in America must be hard for you.
  • 3 4
 You can basically mold the majority of the helmet foam section in two molds. Then the strap and band pieces all come out of a molds that are used on a ton of other things. Both of those = lower cost.

Sunglass molds are small, complex, have a left and right, have to have a higher degree of precision, often have overmolding on them, then you have an assembly cost of arms to frames. And that's before you even get to the lenses which require much higher grades of plastic to get the optical clarity needed, Perfectly polished molds + their upkeep cost, then those cut outs you normally see in RP stuff is another process. Oh yeah and you have the cost of coating the lenses too.
  • 15 0
 @NorCalNomad: Come on dude, sunglasses have a HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE markup. Sure they "may" be harder to make than helmets? I don't know. But lets not pretend we aren't all getting bent over the rails every time we shell out for new shades...
  • 3 1
 @packfill: Just block him. Life's too short.
  • 3 1
 @RoadStain: SkidStain
  • 4 0
 Even though there are many brands of sunglasses, a large number of them (Ray Ban, Oakley, Sun Hut) are owned by one company, Luxottica, which has created a monopoly situation which drives up the prices.
  • 4 13
flag RoadStain (Apr 16, 2020 at 0:46) (Below Threshold)
 @stiingya: I have seen sunglasses at gas stations for $5. I have seen mountain bikes for $200 new. Just because they do not meet your criteria does not mean that those that do are a rip off. Dont like the price? Dont buy them.
  • 1 1
 @Aptlynamed: This^^^ same for glasses, it's total bullshit in the US at least.
  • 1 0
 @RoadStain: It does not require $250 dollars to make a fair profit on high end sunglasses. You want change, you make your decision to buy or not buy, complain or not complain. As mentioned above, sunglasses don't have much price competition because the same company makes a huge percentage of them and it drives up the industry pricing as a whole.

From there the problem is way to many of us are just brand whores... (and lets face it, there isn't much choice in stores. You got cheap sunglasses or over priced sunglasses and few middle ground options. OR you can roll the dice and order something hoping to get quality and a fair price. But once you get screwed and find out you paid 50 bucks for 5 dollar gas station sunglasses that kind puts an end to that... been there!)
  • 2 0
 I have had my best luck with the cheapest glasses. I am okay spending money on things that are worth it, but sunglasses don't qualify. I was GIVEN a pair of Oakley's, and I barely ever wear them.

My cycling glasses are $20 transitionals I buy on Amazon. I need to find another source though (prefer to avoid Amazon when I can).
  • 2 1
 @JSTootell: Costal dot Com has done a great job for my RX stuff. But, my day to day on the bike are RX and for that Oakley are just better (no dual lenses like Bolle and others) - $900
  • 1 0
 @RoadStain: I, fortunately, do not need corrective lenses. My eyes are light sensitive, so I do need some sun shading, but I primarily just protect my eyes with glasses.
  • 1 0
 @RoadStain: $900 for Rx Oakleys? If those are with Oakley own brand lenses you are getting hosed.
  • 1 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: my understanding is that Oakley stopped making Rx and you have to go to 3rd party/affiliate optical to get lenses now? My dad skipped buying the whole package, ordered lenses from someone and hit the mall for the Oakley frames and saved a good chunk of change.
  • 1 1
 @Fix-the-Spade: For full frame Oakley lenses I can get a pair for $100 with my RX as I know a few Optoms (such as the Cross Link). For a Half Jacket 2.w/Prisim lenses - 900.
  • 2 0
 @stiingya: I know I'm getting my information from the actual people who make those products, and I work in an adjacent field with the same style of molds.

But again people can downvote me for saying the truth, just like that commencal that was green in the front with a blue hint to the paint.
  • 2 1
 @NorCalNomad: Just because you work in the industry and know the process? Oh, now you think you know something? Jerk!

I do love down votes for reality....my god, people really need to get lives.
  • 1 0
 @stiingya: Oakley still do Rx lenses, they are good quality but over the years since Luxottica took over the range of powers they do has gone down and down. Until about 2010 all my specs were Oakleys but they started balking at my incredibly blind eyes.
  • 1 0
 @RoadStain: You guys really do get hosed over spectales. I wouldn't dream of charging someone more than £400 (about $500) for Oakley Rx anything, a set of Half Jackets or Flaks would knock another £50 off that, even more off if I was fitting Essilor lenses instead of Oakleys. Even my extremely hipstery hand made titanium frames with the thinnest Zeiss lenses available didn't cost me that much.
  • 1 0
 @RoadStain: oh the irony!
  • 1 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: That is with the normal non-mirror lens, yes?
  • 1 0
 @RoadStain: To Clarify, for a set of HJ2's with Varifocal (Progressive) lenses in Prizm Deep Water Polarized the full SRP over here is $520. That was the most expensive combination I could come up with, photochromic would cost the same. Single vision clear lenses would be $330. Using Essilor lenses instead of Oakley gets it down to $250 for clear lenses single vision. The bonded insert lens for a Jawbreaker would cost more but I try to steer people away from those as RX shield lenses tend to be delicate and finicky to look after.
  • 1 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: hmmm... I know mine were right at the limits of their curve. I have had both lenses replaced for the "tabs" in the corners snapping off for no good reason.
  • 20 0
 OMG Pearl Izumi freaking did it, the flat pedal with BOA laces. Holy. Ten years of hard, hard internet trolling breaking through to real life.
  • 18 1
 Hope's new bar is "more compliant than their existing 31.8mm bar"? Excuse me if I'm just being stupid, but what's the point of 35mm bars now? Did the mountain bike community just go too long without a new standard?
  • 8 0
 35mm bars exist because we all already own a selection of 35-60mm 31.8 stems. Gotta manufacture some new demand. TBH i like how they're so transparent about striving to hit the benchmarks established by stuff we already own.
  • 2 1
 35mm bars are lighter for the same stiffness, extra diameter lets them use thinner walls.... Or at least I think that was the marketing
  • 18 1
 Damn those glasses are hideous. And those midtops with a boa seem rad. Until your boa breaks.
  • 3 0
 2 boas would've been better. But Boa has a lifetime warranty so least you have that in the event of a broken one.
  • 2 0
 Agree. 2 boa are way more comfortable .the modern boa way outlast the shoes in my experience @golfman1:
  • 4 0
 They're actually pretty easy to repair yourself, too
  • 6 0
 @golfman1: no use, if you tear out the whole Boa mechanism.
  • 3 0
 Yeah those mids look sweet and Pearl Izumi fits me. I tried on dozens of shoes before settling on some x-alps.

I have never had an issue with boa. Are failures actually common or is it one of those forum things where the few people it's happened to all come out to bitch?

Vans dropped their sk8-hi with boa before I had a chance to get some. Wonder if they were problematic or just not popular.
  • 1 0
 @griffa: well yeah thats true. My boa cable broke on my 2fo shoes so I jerry-rigged it to still work. Modern boa works great! You find them in winter sports gear a lot.
  • 11 0
 Why don't more helmets have an insect net in them? My daughter's $20 Giro has one but none of mine do. Last summer I was commuting in the morning and heard something wack into my helmet, it was dark since it was like 0530 and I didn't see what it was. About 300m later something starts stinging the hell out of my head, probably four or five rapid painful stings. I ripped my helmet off without even stopping and a gigantic hornet, roughly 3/4 the length of my pinky finger (I wear a 2xl glove) drops to the ground. I finish my commute, about six more miles, get to work and start having a serious reaction. My head starts going numb, I turn red and puffy, the entire right side of my body from my head to my waist starts to get inflamed. Fortunately I have Benadryl at my desk and take two immediately. About 30 min later the swelling starts to subside and the itching and irritation begins to reduce.
It was miserable. I've never had adverse reactions to insect stings prior, but this was pretty serious... Maybe a net would have saved me the discomfort.
  • 2 0
 I've had several early morning bee strikes this year. down the jersey, in the helmet, behind my tight fitting safety glasses (wtf?!?)... Gas station benedryl saved me on that last one.
  • 5 0
 Sounds nasty, but I can't imagine a net like the one shown here making any difference, no?
  • 1 0
 I'm also prone to bee stings. The net deflects the bee before it gets trapped in the helmet. You only need net on the front, like a windshield.
  • 1 0
 @BiNARYBiKE: honey bee or small hornet? Maybe not. The monster that got me... Yes
  • 1 0
 I’m also for nets. My brother woke up in the ambulance helicopter after collapsing on the roadside. He neither knew that he got stung by a bee that got stuck in his helmet, nor that he was allergic.
  • 1 15
flag RoadStain (Apr 16, 2020 at 0:51) (Below Threshold)
 @mitochris: So, we and manufacturers need to alter our products because some rare person may have some rare reaction to some even more rare incident?

God bless the nanny state. Heck, he -could- have been hit by a glitter orange Lamborghini driven by nun on the same day.....
  • 1 14
flag RoadStain (Apr 16, 2020 at 0:53) (Below Threshold)
 @husstler: don't wear a helmet and bugs won't get stuck.
  • 5 0
 @RoadStain: who said anything about requiring it? I said I was surprised more manufacturers didn't offer it.
Freedom of choice, its what we've got.

Also it was a bishop in a Subaru. Not a Nunn in a Lambo.

www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-heather-cook-sentencing-20151027-story.html
  • 9 0
 @RoadStain: Hmm. I know you are a stain in the pants at the best of times, but where did I say all helmets must have nets? Before going all boomer-shit on me, how about you rail your rage in and see that increased choice would be a good thing for the customer?
  • 4 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: It's honestly hilarious how dudes who claim to fear the "nanny state" clearly have no idea how free market product development works. A company thinks people might find a bug net valuable. If you buy it, they were right! If not, they probably won't make a bug net anymore. It really isn't that complicated.
  • 2 0
 @RoadStain: man, you’re a piece of work.
  • 12 0
 Doodie Project: throw some mastic on the nose pieces of those gas station aviators and you’ll have $240 for beer and tires.
  • 15 0
 Why did I read “beer and tiddies”?
  • 3 1
 Respect my authority!!
  • 4 0
 I used to have grip shift. It was very loud when you shift it sounded like I was cocking the hammer on a hand gun. Was delightful for riding up to clueless hikers and getting them to move out of the way. I have used a trail bell. The hikers would hear it and look up in the trees to see where the sound was coming from .
  • 2 0
 It's like the downtube shifters on my old steel road bike. Those Dura Ace units are so loud they make people jump.
  • 1 0
 I miss the GS on my XC bike (my replacement XC will get one). But...never thought of that sound. Then again, the sound of pulling the hammer back on my Barreta sounds very different than in the movies.
  • 5 0
 As a professional birder, binos that fit in your pocket are the best thing you never knew you needed. Also critical supercross equipment
  • 1 0
 Those ones look massively over-designed, which has me wondering whether they've skimped on the optics...
  • 12 0
 Question: how many other professional birders are also supercross fans? That cannot be a large demographic.
  • 5 0
 @ReformedRoadie: they're are dozens of us, dozens!
  • 3 0
 @boozed: You may be right, or simply they haven’t realized there is a mtb market where they can offer the same build but “mtb-specific” for 3x the price.
  • 1 1
 Holy shit, and I thought I was a weird one for liking road AND mountain bikes! Yet, here you are, raising the bar.
  • 2 0
 I probably am more disappointed by the cancellation of the SX season than any other non-bike sport.
  • 1 0
 @ReformedRoadie: I don't know, when I'm at moto events everyone always talks about birds.
  • 3 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: sometimes when I'm birding I make moto sounds
  • 1 0
 @Jimmy0: Ahh... allow me introduce you to the Lyrebird, no need!
  • 2 0
 Just want to update everyone. I found 2 nests this week, braaaaap
  • 3 0
 Yes! Boa flat pedal shoes! If they fixed the grip issue of the last model, I'm getting a pair. I've got lock laces on my freeriders, but I wear boa equipped asics trail running shoes for daily wear stuff, and the boa system is just better.
  • 5 0
 Those blue pearl izumis are looking slick af, will likely have a ridiculous price point though.
  • 2 0
 Agreed, I'd rock it casually
  • 2 0
 late to the party but:

Not sure I would ever trust a tire named "Flow Snap". Kinda like I wouldn't want to climb with a rope named "Free Fall". Or, trust a condom named "Leaky Larry".

Apparently there's (or isn't?) a difference between Hawaiian prints and women's floral prints.

I thought ISIS was defeated only to learn they're making eBikes.
  • 5 0
 Those jorts are only $60?
  • 3 0
 The Jort Lord will not be pleased.
  • 4 0
 "More useful and appropriate than coughing to alert other greenway users". Are farmer blows still OK?
  • 4 0
 Those shoes are sexy AF. If they have even close to the grip of five tens then I’m fee buying a pair.
  • 1 0
 Finally some mtb clothing that looks like it won't fall apart on the second ride. And I politely disagree on the looks of the glasses, they're way more cool looking then my bolle sg, and my Oakley mainlinks. Price points to match. To bad there are no dealers in my area Frown , because if there were, they'd be my next pair. Helmet looks sick also. To bad I didn't find out about them till just now Frown .
Oh well, next time...
Can't agree more on the shoes, they're a win in my book.
  • 1 0
 There's $180 helmet. Does it protect your head $100 better than one I can grab at the LBS? I feel pretty scammed by these things. They don't change a whole lot. Once in awhile an innovation comes along, but bee nets already are a thing, and mips had been around for a while now.
  • 1 0
 My POC was crazy expensive, even with my discount, but I like it better than any other helmet I've owned. I had a Rudy Project back in the day, it had some nice features, but the padding didn't hold up well. They did replace all the adjustment buckles for free when my puppy chewed them off. So there was a tiny amount of value there.
  • 1 1
 A motorcycle magazine did a huge test on various helmets, probably 15 years ago.

TL;DR version:
Expensive helmet were more comfortable and cooler looking. Safety was not improved. One of the cheapest helmets had the best test results.
  • 1 0
 @JSTootell: yeah yeah yeah I remember that. I still own a Shoei. That test was also was using the ol' style of impact testing that has proven to be archaic. Let's see which helmet survives sliding across the pavement at 120kph longest, the cheap Chinese ABS plastic one or one made of fiberglass and with the super high quality control standards. I'll put my head in the latter every time. I know Two people who survived nasty high speed motorcycle crashes. One in a Shoei had a violent high speed high side on a track and his helmet looked like it had be in a wood chipper but was completely intact The other was wearing an Arai and was hit in an intersection and he head was wedged under the front end of an oncoming car his helmet caught a crossmember and he was pushed about 50 ft before he stopped. Helmet was also still intact.. Try that with plastic.
  • 1 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: Meh, I use the cheap ones at track days. I know people who have died with fancy lids. We all get to make our own choices.
  • 1 0
 What's the point of SPD compatible shoes with a completely flat and rubbery sole? I get the move towards putting rubber on the bottom of SPD shoes (mine have it but in a still cleatey sort of tread), but isn't a sole like that sorta slick on loose dirt or rocks?
  • 1 0
 The best thing about Pearl Izumi shoes is that they have a lifetime warranty for when your boa cord wears throught the loop of the shoe. I had a few warrantied pairs of X-project elites, and then they sent me the x-alp elevate as a warranty. I like the sole much better on the X-alp Elevate than the X-Project Elites. Bought a pair of Pearl Izumi shoes in 2017 on sale at a Pearl Izumi Outlet and I get a fresh warranty pair about every six months due to loop wearing through. These have longer loops that will probably last longer, but nice to know you have a warranty backup. Just make sure you have a backup pair for in between waranties.
  • 2 0
 I'm digging those Pearl Izumi shoes. I quite like the concept of the Boa without a finicky Velcro strap. I think would work really well, and hey it still looks like a street shoe.
  • 4 0
 Those Shoes are Fye!!! In getting them.
  • 2 0
 look at miss mirabell being the goodest girl in the reflection of those skytrails! @danielsapp you better get her a more comfy outside chair!
  • 2 0
 That ilabb jersey looks like the old goalie cut ones I wore when I played ice hockey
  • 1 0
 At the price it costs, you`d better place that Spur Cycle ring another way. Otherwise, as soon as you`ll put your bike upside down for any reason, you`ll say: shiiiiiit
  • 3 0
 Boa flats is where is ats
  • 2 0
 Are those Rudy Project aviator glasses for mtb or to summit Everest?
  • 3 1
 Yes.
  • 2 0
 There are bikes that still have the ISIS BB's???
  • 1 0
 What is an ISIS bottom bracket?
  • 2 0
 @WheelieNut: Old school splined mounting interface with the axle and bearing inside the BB shell.
  • 1 0
 e-bikes for the motor drive interface
  • 1 0
 @WheelieNut: theyre radical
  • 2 0
 I’m sold, boa flat pedal shoe this is the win
  • 2 0
 Nice dog pic hidden in there. Pure brilliance.
  • 2 0
 Those low top Pearls look awesome especially the red!
  • 2 0
 That Vee Tire looks like a Trek Se... I mean Maxxis Minion DHF.
  • 1 0
 With more weight, why bother?
  • 1 0
 Alright, imagine this... RAMPAGE...binoculars...sold.
  • 1 0
 Anybody saw that RD? Can anybody tell me what brand/model is that?
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 Its a rotor hydraulic rear mech
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 Pearl Izumi sounds like the name of an Asian American would be art school drop out roaming the streets of LA on her espadrilles holding a java chip chocolate frappucino looking to score some meth to numb the pain of her over-achieving parents who own a coffee bar three blocks from Venice Beach where she's actually a waitress but she's telling everyone she's going for the big break through and telling all of her would be friends and her white anime loving neck heard boy friend that she will be opening an art gallery soon in downtown LA but it's really not true and everyone knows she's obviously lying. In other words, those shoes like comfortable.
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 I would never have had the Rotor guys down as stoners...
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 WHY ARE THE CRANKS ALL SO FUCKING LONG
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 Those pearl izumi look sick!
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 Do people really put 1,300+g tires on their trail bikes?
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 I do. But, I'm abnormal.
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 Smash all the rocks. God will sort them out. I find for my hard tail its unnecessary, but my all mountain bike benefits from heavy duty tires. I never have to worry about my rear wheel in rock gardens, and the rear always feels super precise during corners. Honestly I wish I went for the DH casing on the front too.
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 @4thflowkage: I've got a 2.5 Assagei and 2.3 DHRII DD ready to go on once I wear out the 2.6 Black DIamond Eliminator and 2.35 Hans Dampf (which I have punctured both). And one carbon, two aluminum rear wheels in the past couple of years Smile
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