August Harvest - Fresh Goodies!

Aug 28, 2009
by Simon Paton  
Picked fresh from the August Harvest. The latest produce from the MTB Tree...

Seems the mongrel that is Hensley just can't stop watering the local trees. Good job as the fresh produce they are producing is definitely fit for the captain's table. To see what the pickers have harvested from Schwalbe tires, Cube bikes, Fox clothes, Bloc Eyewear, and MTB Britain this month, open wide..First in from Schwalbe:

Now there really is an alternative to Maxxis. I've been running Geax tyres with no qualms for most of the summer and they are holding up fine. That said I've also been on the new Continentals and have nothing but praise for them, more about that next month.

Today is all about Schwalbe.

Keep the rubber side down

Keep the rubber side down


Now for the surprise, you always have to weigh stuff you test or you lot start moaning. Well this is what the Descent-Gear scales of truth tells you:

Schwalbe Dirty Dan 2.35 1,407grams
Maxxis WetScreams 2.2 963grams
Maxxis WetScreams 2.5 1,125grams

Why so heavy for the Schwalbe? Personally the sidewall feels super thick and heavy duty to touch, no pinch puncturing here me thinks. Now the weight is definitely a negative, especially in the mud. The balance is re-addressed by the super low pressures you can run. Weigh around 11stone/67kilos? Then 15psi in the tubes held up fine and gripped like sh1t on a blanket.

Schwalbe

Schwalbe


Also maybe only a small note, but the knobs are bigger now, that may mean a few things for you. Firstly will they dig into the mud as well? Seeing as the WetScream has a smaller "Spike".

Almost Michelin Muds IIs?

Almost Michelin Muds IIs?


Secondly as the Schwalbe spikes are thicker there maybe no need to cut them down! Thus saving you 30 minutes of your time and a pair of blisters, your tyre will last longer than a cut WetScream as there is more tread and more importantly the tyre will be more predictable in corners. The reason we cut WetScreams is because those long spikes roll over on the roots and in corners making the ride sketchy.

Find out more at Schwalbe Tyres. Before Loganflores goes for the title again of MTB Keyboard World Champion, please note in England we spell Tires with the letter "Y".



Just note this Kermit color is a press only demo model, expect something fancier for 2010 fresher than the 2009 current models:
In the flesh

In the flesh


I've known Dan White for too many years. In fact was it really 1990 or there abouts when we all headed over to the legendary Droitwhich Banks after the demo at Birmingham Wheels for the Powell Peraltra Team? Lance Mountain was right at home.

Linkages

Linkages


What has that got to do with the price of Fish? Well Dan is Mr. Cube U.K, an old skool skater that can still throw out a mean frontside, smith grind on any mini ramp. Therefore when he got hold of this he popped on over to show me his wares. Once it's done the rounds I'll be cocking my leg to give you guys a full review of the beast.

Rear End

Rear End


The Fritzz 2010 The One - Super efficient Dual Trail Control Bike from Cube with 160mm of travel and under 14KG for the complete build.

Initial top marks for:
-The One brake from Formula.
-RP23 with Boost Valve.
-Fox 36’s FIT 2010
-Syntace P6 Carbon post.

2009 Colors, 2010 promises to be even better

2009 Colors, 2010 promises to be even better


Pinkbike test coming soon, I wonder if I could keep hold of it until the Mega next year?
It's all about Cube, right here



If you want to get ahead get a hat, bag!

If you want to get ahead get a hat, bag!

Fox Helmet Bag £24.99rrp

You spend all your hard earned cash on your new lid and in most cases you get a helmet bag that resembles a pillow case with a shoe lace welded into it. Times are hard so asking you to throw another twenty five spots out your rocket has to be justified. A quality helmet bag like this Fox one will help keep that bin lid in tip top condition, save your peak from being squashed and cracked in the boot of your car, that alone will cost you another £25.00 so you know it makes sense. Plus you know it looks cool as hell...

Imagine if you saw a bird walking around town on Saturday night running this Fox Bag instead of the usual Louis Vuitton Mary Poppins debarcle, how fit would she be?

Imagine if you saw a bird walking around town on Saturday night running this Fox Bag instead of the usual Louis Vuitton Mary Poppins debarcle, how fit would she be?


Fox Europe for all things tasty



Bloc Scorpion Shiny White Frame with Vermillion Lens VE5

Bloc Scorpion Shiny White Frame with Vermillion Lens VE5

A unique design inspired by originals like the Stoat and Stingray. This new design utilizes harder edged sculpturing, for a streamlined look. The soft temples hug the contours of the head enhancing comfort and performance.

Frame: The hand finished frames are super light and comfortable and grip the side of your head a treat. Hopefully you will like the super soft and more importantly comfortable nose pads that stop them moving around, even when the going gets tough. How do I know? I used these extensively at the Megavalanche and they stayed on my hooter no problems.

Available Colors: Matt White Camo, Shiny Black, Shiny Tortoise or Shiny White.

Just need it to be sunny again.

Just need it to be sunny again.


The Vermillion lens:
Well I'm no window technician so I kind of have to go with the PR blurb on this one. "The unique hue of this lens makes it a true all rounder, at home in the brightest conditions, whether on mountain, street or beach. The grey content ensures natural color transmission and the vermilion enhances red, green and yellow, whilst eliminating a high degree of blue light. This increases perception of detail and dramatically reduces eye fatigue". Hopefully that all means something to you?


Now we all know how much those other brands charge for a pair of shades, enough to feed an African family for a year. These beauties tick every box for function, style and most importantly the price:

£44.99rrp and no, you don't need another pair of glasses, that ain't no misprint guys..
Thanks to Fisher Outdoor Leisure for sending these through.

For more info on Bloc click this.



You can judge a book by its cover, especially when Bryceland is on it.

You can judge a book by its cover, especially when Bryceland is on it.


Mountain Biking Britain
288 pages of the ins and outs of anywhere that is worth riding in the U.K by Chris Moran.
£14.99UK / $24.95US
ISBN 978 906098 53 7

Birmingham, the center of the MTB universe.

Birmingham, the center of the MTB universe.


What have we here book worms? Definitely one to take out of the library for the most concise and detailed and damn useful guide to all things dirt. Whether you are into XC, Downhill, 4x, Freeride, BMX, Dirt Jump, Northshore or Foam pits, the list goes on.

It's all in there, the tall and short of it.

It's all in there, the tall and short of it.



Then the full details of what the locals do and don't is a great insight for you the reader along with what facilities are available. If that is not enough, you also get the post/zip code for the sat nav, trick! This would be a great present for any rider out there who either lives this side of the pond or is planning a big road trip.

A little birdy tells me to checkout Amazon for this one.

Always clip in.

Si Paton..
Descent-Gear.com
Free 1st Class Postage on Everything!


35 Comments

  • 14 1
 The shocks on those cube bikes are going to get mudded up good, probably not the best. . . probably
  • 5 0
 1st thing i thought...
  • 2 3
 I was more concerned about the swing arm contacting the shock!
  • 1 0
 mudflap is your answer, not really for the cube, but for the tire roost on the shock, a mudflap is what you need.
  • 2 0
 Mudflaps are so hot right now!
  • 2 0
 haha. very nice MooMoo2323
  • 1 0
 if your worried about the shock getting dirty and damned just buy a £5 shock cover and then just take it off wand put it in the washingmachine when it needs a clean simple
  • 1 0
 whats with "always clip in" from paton, his ending is normally "stay unclipped" has he gone to the dark side?
  • 2 1
 Daaamn, those new Fritzz's look so sweet! Big Grin Could be a potential bike for '10 season! Wink

@Waldon: Yeah, the shock is pretty exposed, but Cube makes special fenders to cover them, and after all, it isn't that bad - The superb pro's of Dual Trail Control suspension system totally makes it worth the extra cleaning! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 how much do you reckon it costs
  • 1 0
 Fender or the bikes? Big Grin
  • 1 0
 bike
  • 2 0
 Those bikes look sweet, but I am totally with Waldon about the shock location, all it would take is for the rear wheel to pick up a stone and damage the shock. I hope they are adding the fenders of as stock
  • 1 0
 I have that book, it's extremely detailed and very clear. It has so many tracks in it, even one of the local ones near me that no one really knows about. Recomend it for people looking to ride lots in the UK.
  • 1 0
 I thought the Cube bikes had no canadian distributor. Coming from a canadian bike site I find it weird to see them promoted here. But please somebody prove me wrong and tell me where I can see them in Montreal!
  • 2 0
 The internet is Global, so please don't think that where someone is based should restrict what content they promote. At this time I do not believe that there is a Cube Dist in Canada, but contact them as they will get back to you.
  • 1 0
 I just expressed my surprise of seeing Cube promoted. And yeah, lucky us the internet is global which means I can order one on the net.
  • 2 0
 Pinkbike may be canadian but look at the veiewers there are likely 40 countries a day looking at this site, lots of people over the pond use pinkbike.com as the definitive MTB resource
  • 1 0
 If you look at the first pict next to the title youll see that there holes drilled into the little link between the tire and the shock. Probably to add a small fender to protect the shock " V10 style"
  • 1 1
 those tires sound like they have a great review but honestly these tires are going to be almost exclusively used by racers and NO racer is going to give up 600grams of rolling weight to try a new tire, not if they want to win anyways Wink
  • 1 0
 Yeti factory team runs schwalbe's anyone else out there? just wanna hear some feed back
  • 1 0
 i love the way the shock works as a mud guard too on the bike lol
  • 2 0
 * I WANT THAT BOOK *
  • 1 0
 Always clip in?

Have you gone to the darkside?
  • 1 0
 I know! That's more than one time that he's said that now. We demand an answer!
  • 1 0
 nice idea to leave the rear shock area unprotected from the mud
  • 1 0
 FARMVILLE.
  • 1 0
 that game is awsome
  • 1 0
 Schwalbe tyres rock
  • 1 2
 is that a horst link suspension from specialized?
  • 1 0
 spec only has the patent in the US, in the rest of the world its free to use by anyone...
  • 1 0
 US and CAN
  • 1 0
 Specialized does not have patent rights in Canada, devinci and brodie use the horst link without having to pay. Only Canadian companies that are branching into the US market pay the fee.
  • 1 0
 Oh I see, that's why Norco has to pay.
  • 1 1
 tihis is fucking laite

Post a Comment



Copyright © 2000 - 2019. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv65 0.016678
Mobile Version of Website