Sarah's Friday Randoms - Sea Otter 2019

Apr 13, 2019
by Sarah Moore  
Welcome to the United States and the Sea Otter Classic! Canadian company Louis Garneau has a comprehensive custom kit program that is available worldwide and designed and produced this kit for USA Cycling.

The Clif Pro team wears custom Louis Garneau kits.
As is Geoff Kabush's kit.

This new Sombrio kit will go over well with the 'No Dig, No Ride' crew.

Those who ride on Vancouver's North Shore will recognize the features on this Sombrio kit...

Louis Garneau acquired Sugoi and Sombrio a little under a year ago and the brands are already working together closely. A recent development is that Sombrio is moving back into the shoe space, leaning on Louis Garneau's expertise and 20 years in the cycling shoes category. Roost shoes are a flat pedal option that use a Vibram XS Trek Evo outsole and will retail for $169.99.

The four models of shoes that Sombrio is introducing are competitively priced at $99.99 for the clipless Float.
$99.99 for the Switchback clipless enduro shoe.

And $89.99 for the Sender flat pedal shoe. The shoes will be available starting in February 2020.

Ride Concepts is a relatively new player in the shoe product category. They introduced the Flow Series with the men's Powerline and the women's Skyline flat pedal shoes with D30 foam in the insole and on the inside of the ankles. They will be available shortly and will retail for $150 USD.

Ride Concepts is also working on a line of socks.

Lezyne came up with the concept for this tire plug/CO2 blaster combo a couple of weeks ago and, in record timing, expect it to be ready to purchase within the next month.

Lezyne machined their existing Tubeless kit repair to integrate seamlessly with their trigger drive CO2 inflation.
The kit has 5 plugs and a 16g CO2 canister. Use the tire plug and inflate all in one!

You may have seen brands with insulated bottles, but Hydrapak is the first brand with an insulated water reservoir. Get the reservoir with a standard tube for $38, add an insulated tube for $15.

Smith's new Attack MTB sunglasses use a super intuitive lens interchange system that allows you to easily swap between the bright and low light ChromaPop lenses. The glasses come with two lenses and a hard case and retail for $249 USD. There are 6 colors to choose from.

Well known for quality products on the road side, Swiss apparel brand ASSOS has made its first foray into mountain bike apparel.

The long sleeve trail jersey retails for $149, while the short sleeve retails for $119.
These are lightweight arm protectors that are abrasion resistant and lie somewhere between an elbow pad and a bare elbow.

Free agent @heimbilt had this regenerative braking mid-drive drivetrain at the show today. He says it has a 30% charge recovery compared to the 2-6% usually seen on hub motors.

The chain always has to move, so there are three freewheels and a heavily modified derailleur. It's basically a 9-speed fixed gear.
The throttle looks like a volume control. Spin indoors for 20 minutes, three times a week and the battery will be fully charged.

Dakine may just have thought of everything with their Descent Duffle. Tool holders, a shoe compartment, a mat to change on, a place for stinky clothes...

With progressive disclosure and showing you what you need to know in a step-by-step process, Peaty's new tubeless installation kit guides you through the process of setting up your tires tubeless. The kit comes with 120ml of the brand's new BioGlitter, enough to set up two 29er DH tires. The BioGlitter is made from eucalyptus starch so it's eco-friendly.

A new larger, 50-meter-roll rim tape from Peaty's for shops and team mechanics.
Get your tubeless valves in bulk now with 13 sets per bottle. That's 26 valves for those of you who are superstitious...

Steve Peat with the product and marketing team behind Peaty's. Design and innovation is headed up by Bryn Morgan and Tom Makin is the scientist behind the development of the products. Both raced enduro for the Steve Peat Syndicate.



70 Comments

  • + 88
 Really peaty, coors light?
  • + 4
 I’m not there to hook him up with Pliny this year so you can just blame me.
  • + 29
 It probably seals better than his signature sealant.
  • + 2
 Someone ought to import Duvel to the states...
  • + 5
 @veljko: you can get duvel here. by the time it gets here and sits on a shelf for 6 months it's awful. beer doesn't travel well...
  • + 1
 ahaha, came in to say the same!
  • + 6
 @ismasan: ha! over there, guiness, leffe, even estrella taste amazing. then it comes here and disappoints. nothing like sitting in a cargo container for a week waiting to clear customs...
  • + 11
 Pliney is one of the most overhyped Cali beers I’ve ever had.
  • + 6
 @flipoffthemonkeys: but you have Sierra Nevada, Rogue and a thoudand others.
Give me PBR before Coors light XD
  • + 11
 Coors light. The official “oh sh@t were out of beer” beer. Better than sobering up and gets you slightly more drunk than water.
  • + 2
 That was my first reaction.
  • + 10
 What Coors light and having sex in a canoe have in common?
  • + 2
 @veljko: it's already here.
  • + 3
 @ismasan: i'll give you that. coors sucks b@llz. i have no idea why anyone drinks lite beer.
  • + 1
 @flipoffthemonkeys: Its lager not beer.
  • + 1
 @flipoffthemonkeys: man Gatorade. It's more water than beer so its hydrating but its beer.... right?
  • + 1
 @poah: go try a decent craft lager, then come back
  • + 1
 @ismasan: eh?
  • - 1
 @veljko: I had fresh Duvel and Heineken in Amsterdam. Ruined what we get in the states for me.
  • + 3
 No matter how many shoes companies get in the flat game they still manage to keep them above the $100 price point.
  • + 0
 @ismasan: no suck bloody thing mate, craft lager haha
  • + 2
 @reverend27: Well with wage going up Across the board in a retails and service, Price can only go up! it just a start
  • + 4
 @fruitsd79: Heineken is what comes out after you drink Duvel,please don't use them in the same sentence.Thanks!
  • + 0
 Wow never thought I would see the day, Peaty and coors light. After a lap on the Cali DH track it's probably fitting. Sea Otter will be going the way of Interbike if that's the best they can do.
  • + 6
 @dutflip: They're both f*ckin close to water!
  • + 2
 Where are the products made from Hemp?
  • + 0
 Ballast point is the best beer out of the USA that I’ve had so far. Deschuttes a close second. You guys brew good beer down there.
  • - 1
 @flipoffthemonkeys: Duvel is a bottle-conditioned beer, so it only gets better with age. You clearly don't know what you're talking about.
www.duvel.com/en/the-beer/duvel
  • + 1
 @Extremmist: Welcome to America Comrade.
  • + 1
 @NoskillNotalent: Heineken was cheaper than coca cola. so I drank about fifteen of them.
  • + 1
 @Extremmist: it might get better with age if it was stored properly...the entire point of my comment is that these things get shipped across the atlantic and sit in a shipping container at a port somewhere for weeks at a time in, i don't know, baltimore harbor in june/july/august and the temperature probably hits 45 celsius and ruins the stuff. bottle condition my ass you f@cktard
  • + 2
 btw, afik, Guiness, Heineken, Corona and many other big brands are not imported in many cases, but brewed in each different country since is more convenient than shipping. Any difference in taste could be due to the local water used or whatever else
  • + 1
 @ismasan: "All U.S. Heineken beers are brewed and bottled in the Netherlands and shipped via sea to various demand points in the United States. ... Heineken USA's success has soared over the years, with over 60 million cases shipped to the United States per year." -source

www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&ei=xdy1XIzoAZCMsQXV7qv4Cw&q=is+heineken+brewed+in+usa&oq=is+heineken+brewed+in+usa&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i22i30l3.5142.7831..8095...0.0..0.133.1378.8j6....3..0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71j35i39j0i67j0j0i20i263.E0nhnSLwM2A

Guiness just opened it's first American brewery late 2018.

money.cnn.com/2018/06/28/news/companies/guinness-brewery-baltimore/index.html
  • + 2
 @fruitsd79: silly from Heineken, but what do I know...
Anyway, Heineken is alcoholic sparkling water, nevermind the country Wink
  • + 2
 @ismasan: hahahaha Skunk Flavored sparkling water
  • + 1
 @dutflip: nah, skunks would add some kind of flavor lol
  • + 13
 So that motor bike has a throttle? I thought "we" were pretending that E-mountain bikes were just "helping to pedal". Also, i sure hope that particular strain of vibram rubber on the sombrios with the lace cover is any good, cause i haven't been impressed with their offerings thus far but those look like a sweet Karver replacement.
  • + 5
 Man I wish FiveTen would bring out the karver again. I had to get some new impacts but can’t bring myself to throw the old ones out
  • + 3
 @mbell86: I hoarded like 3 sets a few years back, and they've now officially been retired after multiple sole gluings.

Only a couple companies out there now doing a full lace cover
  • + 1
 still not the stuff used for climbing shoes, so no, they won't grip as 5.10s
  • + 7
 Sombrio have done shoes for ages , I still use my Shazam's occasionally. They were underrated of their time for a flat pedal shoe.
  • + 1
 This ^^^
I still have my old Sombrio 'Bowling Shoes'
  • + 4
 Sombrio, I hope you return sole rubber from Shazam, Float, Loam shoes. They were very cool with a lot of greap. Still want one more pair
  • + 2
 Maybe HydraPak should rather focus on improving the "basics". Their bladders are literary the worst at making the water taste and smell after plastic after just a short time of being in there. It's worsen by the fact that many brands seem to use them as OEM for their bladders (Evoc, Osprey ...). I can leave water for a week in a Source pack and it would still be better than HydraPak after an hour.

Also, how is Peatys sealant still in the business? By all account and evidence it does not work as advertised.
  • + 1
 It doesn't work... Period. Forget about 'as advertised'
  • + 1
 I use a 2L Gregory water bladder and it tastes alright, even after a day or two. Camelbak is better for hydration, I wanted to get a different product, in the end I shoulda got another Camelbak!
  • + 1
 I’m seriously baffled by that heimbilt contraption. Mostly by the assumption that the thing actually moves and is not a bunch of parts put together by chance. So let’s see, once force is applied on the chain it will try to straighten itself. It’s not that puny spring that will prevent that, the pulley will just move as far as it is able to move, and when it reaches that point, if the whole thing doesn’t just fall apart the force from the chain will start compressing the shock like crazy. Think of the concentric BB pivot pedalling effect and amplify that 4 times. I would really like to see this nightmare in action.
  • + 4
 Those Roost shoes looks pretty nice. I hope the sole is good.
  • + 3
 that bum bike needed a can of bear spray zip tied to it.
  • + 3
 might be the worst beer ever to be in a pinkbike post
  • + 0
 It is all lovely. All this product are very cheap to produce and soled at extremely high profit. I wonder if we will ever see any one with the courage to let the end user vying it for a low rate.
  • + 2
 All time best grips in the world on that regen e-bike. Can’t beat a set of Yeti’s!
  • + 1
 Does it really matter if your product is "bio glitter" if its shipped in a plastic bottle?
  • + 1
 If only Lezyne floor pumps could stop desintegrating by themselves, I'd probably consider buying their products again ...
  • + 3
 I freaking love mine. Metal and wood with a nice chuck. Digital stuff is great
  • + 0
 @Svinyard: Around me, we've had 3 floor pumps that started leaking and made the plastic cover on the dial pop (quite violently I must say). Distributor basically told us to buy a new one ... Fair to say, none of us did Smile
  • + 0
 @Ploutre: Exactly the same thing happened to my Lyzyne floor pump. I was able to modify it and install an industrial pressure gauge. Works great now.
  • + 2
 Sette. pronounced Sh-it-ty
  • + 0
 Louis Garneau, that sounds like a brand that could do pinned vests and Vneck pullovers for Down Country. It could be Henri Lloyd of MTB
  • + 1
 When will rc actually bring the tnt to the market?
  • + 1
 you know Peaty is getting old when he drinks Coors Light..YECH!
  • + 1
 Which glasses is Peaty wearing?
  • + 2
 beer goggles Beer
  • + 1
 Can wenn have an article about the new X Fusion shock pleaaasee?
  • - 1
 If somebody cut me a check I’d hold a Coors Light with everybody else in a photo opp. Seams like product placement to me.
  • - 1
 America is the beer capital of the world now more breweries and styles then anywhere
  • + 0
 Except beer is a European/ Middle Eastern invention.

Sorry but Germany takes the beer capital crown, some Breweries there have been in operation for almost a millennium, about 4x longer than the US has existed.
  • + 1
 @Cammyd14: you are technically correct, but I would bet that there are more breweries in American than Germany at this point. Some cities have as many as 5 or 6 breweries alone.
  • + 2
 @seraph: Even Albuquerque, NM has like 30+ breweries, and several are amazing.
  • + 1
 @seraph:
The small city of Fargo ND (yes, THAT Fargo) currently has 6 small breweries in the metro area with a seventh being built. And where did the early settlers of the little town on the prairie come from? Mostly from Norway, Sweden, Germany, and Scotland. Then from the US.

The lack of old breweries in the US has two causes. The relative youth of the US and the draconian measures taken to "eliminate the scourge of alcohol". But we grow a lot of barley in the region, and InBev has a large malt producing facility in the area in Moorhead MN.

I believe that China is the number one market for beer and the US is second. The US produces about 40X as much beer as Germany. That said the beer I have liked best of the few I have tried was brewed on the Isle of Skye. I think it is the flavor of the peat in the water.

And lastly, let it be known that nobody in their right mind makes anything out of "eucalyptus starch".

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