Tech Briefing: Flashy Apparel, Fresh Rubber, Tons of New Bikes & More - March 2019

Mar 13, 2019
by Sarah Moore  



Tech Briefing is a feature for the new stuff that we spot every month but haven't gotten our hands on yet. An eclectic serving of tech, from revolutionary products to novel traditional gear, with some wacky stuff thrown in for good measure.





Afton Shoes Spring 2019 Line
$99.99 - $119.99 USD


In 2019 the Keegan and Vectal feature Afton’s Second Generation Intact rubber outsole and a redesigned heel cup to eliminate heel lift when walking. (Learn more.)
The Vectal is a clipless shoe that has enough flex in the toe and heel to make walking bearable yet is rigid enough to perform excellent on the pedals. Mix that with our second generation Intact Rubber 35mm clip adjustment generous clip box and a protective cage and the Vectal is not a MTB shoe that can be ignored. Available in Mens sizes 7-13





100% Protection Line
£43.99 - £115.00


100% expands its offerings with knee and elbow protection for those days when your talent runs thin... (Learn more.)





RockyMounts SplitRail LS Platform Hitch Rack
$549.95 USD


The Rocky Mounts LS Platform gets an anti-wobble upgrade. (Learn more.)





Morvelo Apparel in Collaboration with Death Spray
Various prices


A limited edition collection of apparel in collaboration between artist Death Spray Custom and Morvelo... (Learn more.)





Mission Workshop Axis: VX Waist Pack
$185 USD


The 2.5L volume pack is optimal for carrying everyday essentials. (Learn more.)





Zirbel Bikes 'Twister' Electronic Shifter
Various prices


The slender twist shifter replaces your Shimano Di2 or AXS buttons. (Learn more.)
Wisent cockpit riser bar assembled with two twisters in red and iron grey color. Twister ring design large single ridge.





Revonte's E-bike Motor with Stepless Gearing
TBD


Is this the future of eMTB? New e-motor replaces the need for the rear derailleur and cassette with an internal CVT transmission. (Learn more.)





PNW Components Bachelor Dropper Post
$299 USD


The PNW Components Bachelor dropper now comes with the brand's Loam Lever and is available in a 34.9 diameter. (Learn more.)





NS Bikes Fuzz 29er DH Bike
5599 € / 5599 USD


NS's new downhill bike aims to go from a bike park ripper to a proper racer. (Learn more.)





SDG Radar Mountain Saddle
$49.99, $69.99 and $99.99


SDG says the new saddle's shape has been optimized for aggressive trail riders with all-day comfort in mind. (Learn more.)
Paired with the TELLIS Dropper the RADAR MTN is the ultimate combo for any Trail rider





Forbidden Bikes Druid
TBD


The brand isn't officially launching sales just yet but has production frames on schedule to be delivered to customers this spring. (Learn more.)





Lone Bicycles Parabellum Adjustable Frame
€3499 - €4899


Eccentric bottom bracket adapts 27.5, 27.5+ and 29-inch wheels without changing the geometry of the bike. (Learn more.)
Parabellum frame black background





Revel Bikes Rail & Rascal
Complete bikes from $4999 USD, framesets for $2599 USD.


Industry veterans team up to form a new bike brand utilizing the Canfield Balance suspension design. (Learn more.)
The Rail





Pirelli Scorpion Tire Range
€49.90 to €52.90 / $69.99 to 79.99 USD


One of the world's most successful racing tire makers sets its sights on the mountain bike market. (Learn more.)
Pirelli Scorpion tire





DirtySixer's Custom 36"-Wheeled Mountain Bike for NBA Star LeBron James
$6,999 USD and up


Where do you shop for a mountain bike when you're tall enough to make Paul Aston look like your middle school brother? (Learn more.)





FLY Racing's 2019 MTB Collection
Various prices


A fully revamped line of mountain bike jerseys, shorts, and protection. (Learn more.)





Pole Bushmaster
4,028.23€ - 7,584.68€ (Frameset - 2,580.65€)


Pole claim to have boosted the fun factor on their new trail bike. (Learn more.)
Pole Bushmaster render





Orbea 2019 Enduro Team Bikes


The bikes that Thomas Lapeyrie, Becky Cook, Gabriel Torralba, and Vid Peršak will be riding this season. (Learn more.)





Marin Mount Vision
From $5,299.99 USD


A new Naild R3ACT 150mm 27.5 bike from Marin. (Learn more.)





Maxxis Limited Edition Taiaha
TBD


The Assegai gets a facelift for a limited edition Rotorua run. (Learn more.)



MENTIONS: @pnwcomponents / @ns-bikes / @SDG-COMPONENTS / @ForbiddenBike / @LoneBicycles / @RevelBikes / @morvelo / @zirbelofficial / @nickechos / @FlyRacing / @polebicycles / @orbea / @MarinBikes / @Maxxis / @RockyMounts / @aftonshoes / @Revonte



114 Comments

  • + 465
 Did i really just see a f**cking fanny pack for $185?! Get the F**k out of town
  • + 8
 Eek I hadn't noticed that price the first time...dang
  • + 69
 I think that's how much they'll pay you to wear it.
  • + 60
 I thought $18.50 is quite reasonable..
  • + 35
 In australia some guys pay a bit more for a fanny ............. pack. Slightly different meaning here.
  • + 1
 Photographer's Visa and all the other crap in the photo comes with it probably...
  • + 15
 "is optimal for carrying everyday essentials."..........So there..........But in seriousness, they were straight up giving away fanny packs in the 1990's.
  • + 2
 what a steal...not.
  • + 4
 Surely it is leather bro!
  • + 4
 I knew this would be the first comment!
  • + 7
 And it’s ugly too
  • + 7
 I still have mine from the '80s.
  • + 19
 This is it. We have reached peak bike, time to take up another sport.
  • + 8
 @thatshowiroll:

fanny packs should don't need to come back, and need to stay in the 80's they were bad enough then.
  • + 9
 It's only $74USD per liter of storage.
  • + 6
 Which is basically $250 in Canadian dollars... that's insane!
  • + 2
 @jonnycrash: Jiu Jitsu is an option.
  • + 32
 I presume the cost reflects that it's "artisanally" "crafted" from "carefully curated," "locally sourced," "environmentally conscious" materials.

Listen up millenial/hipster, d-bag, marketers (looking at you Acre), not everything is some kind of hand-made, Amish, rocking chair. Most of it is just sh*t you buy.
  • + 10
 @BadgerBacker: But does it match my Kitsbow gloves?
  • + 9
 Half the time I feel PB is trolling when they include these ridiculous, high-priced products.
  • - 9
flag rnayel (Mar 13, 2019 at 7:44) (Below Threshold)
 The price is steep, but to their credit, Mission Workshop manufactures in the USA and has a lifetime warranty. So if you ever break the zipper on your fanny pack, it will be replaced without much fuss. Also, cheaper than a Gucci fanny pack.
  • + 2
 For this price it better inflate like an avy bag to save my fanny on big crashes.
  • + 14
 @kileydelvalle: Oh for sure...

"Hey, throw that stupid expensive hip pack on the tech briefing and lets watch everyone go nuts hahahaha!"

Why wouldn't you?
  • + 4
 @rnayel: there are a bunch of USA made hip packs for way cheaper, and at that price I could buy 3 of the competitors and not have to ever send my gear away.
  • + 2
 It's Mission Workshop dude...everything they make is horrendously expensive, but they have their market.
  • + 3
 @rnayel: Alternatively, you (or your mom) could replace the zipper roughly 90 times on the fanny pack you picked up for free in the lost and found.
  • + 1
 BUT MAGNETIC BUCKLE!!
  • + 2
 @thatshowiroll: yeah the one that came with my nintendo game boy in 89
  • + 5
 I'm still using a $10.00 fanny pack I bought in 91'. It's a bit fadded but still carries my needed banana and extra 26" tube.
  • + 2
 The sad thing was I saw that and didn’t even flinch until this comment reminded of me of how rediculous that price point is. The joys of mountain biking!
  • + 5
 This is Enve of Fanny Packs!

Hey Mission Workshop, don’t put it over Pauls butt crack for a review...
  • + 0
 @islandforlife: "with some wacky stuff thrown in for good measure." Ah there we go, that explains it. Razz
  • + 5
 Guys,

In their defence, it does come with
FidlockⓇ magnetic buckle and Laser cut ArkivⓇ

It’s like bearings for your car muffler. Good deal.
  • + 1
 sewn by hipsters in San Fran, that's why.
  • + 0
 Looking forward to NSMB justifying the price by saying it's better than no bum bag.
  • + 2
 "Made by hand in small batches in the USA. Built to endure. Guaranteed Forever."

freedum isn't free.
  • + 2
 April fools is next month lol... but seriously wtf
  • + 4
 I wanted to see everything in this list but stopped as soon as I got to $185 Fannypack then went straight to comments
  • + 0
 All the dentists are wearing them!
  • + 3
 Saw a way cooler looking Fanny Pack (please excuse the oxymoron) at Marshalls for $10.00. "Optimal for carrying everyday essentials" - like home brewed Kombucha in a Mason jar, and the latest Mumford and Sons LP. Pa-lease!
  • + 3
 @Nagrom77: Kombucha must be from hand picked tea leaves - single bush origin. Social Justice Proof marked
  • + 1
 I'm thinking that comes with the backpack as well.
  • + 2
 @jb2mntbike: it doesn’t
  • + 4
 Its so when you smash your enve rims you can pack up all the pieces to carry out #leavenotrace
  • + 1
 mtbikeaddict: not a fanny pack, its a "waist" pack????????????????
  • + 24
 The bike industry needs more Canfield Brothers. Amazing guys with great ideas that walk the walk.
  • + 4
 Thought about a Revel. Will wait for news from Canfield.
  • + 10
 The Taiaha? I allways thought an important rule of Mau rākau was not letting your Taiaha touch the ground? correct me if I'm wrong. Seems a bit of a cultrally insensitive name choice for a tire, good word play though.
  • + 2
 I hope it has a Taniwha face for a tread though...
  • + 2
 I think all they did was rename the tire based on the original. The Assegai (spear) is a traditional South African weapon. The Taiaha is the equivalent Maori weapon.
  • + 7
 @TheBikeKings: essentially a cheap marketing trick..
  • + 2
 @TheBikeKings: The last thing I want when riding is to "spear" anything.
  • - 2
 How many of these will sell in Australia? Is’at da’ Kiwi taya’mate?
  • + 2
 @TheBikeKings: The latest weapon down there seems to be the BXP uzi.
  • + 6
 Anyone who ever tried the "automatic" derailleur from 30 years ago will know that it is a very very bad idea. Pedal torque is absolutely necessary in mountain biking. You don't even realize how often you use it until you've tried a bike that shifts gears the moment you put a few more newtons on the pedals.
  • + 8
 Veron's picture is class! ...I love the face shes pulling Razz
  • + 9
 Have to admit, she makes the bike look good! Smile
  • + 3
 @stiingya: that's saying something...
  • + 6
 Looking at all these stuffs I realize that I don`t need anyone of them and I kind of like that peaceful feeling Smile
  • + 1
 exactly, especially those Rallons. Total waste.
  • + 1
 Here, here!
  • + 3
 +1 for PNW dropper posts. I bought one a few months back and it has been great. I've ridden a bunch of other way more expensive posts and I feel like they did a great job. Plus it's nice supporting the little guy!!
  • + 2
 @EnduroFan84: i find that having banged up elbows limits my movement a whole lot more. As for 'being comfortable on the bike' i've never really noticed as i'm having fun cos i know im not gonna smash up my elbows..
But of course, there are times for them and times for not wearing them. I certainly dont all the time.
Maybe you so just so skilled that you have transcended the rest of us. Good for you!
  • + 2
 Over priced bags make me glad my dad is such a gifted leather worker. My fanny pack is bulletproof and totally customizable! DM me if you're interested my dad always needs another project!
  • + 3
 DM you if we are interested in your dad?
  • + 1
 @Ososmash: hahah goddamnit that made my day. No i was gonna say DM if you want to see a leather fanny riding pack but my dad just broke his hand so he's out for a bit
  • + 5
 Pole Bushmaster , could be a good porn star name!
  • + 1
 I'm glad it wasn't just me who enjoyed the name "bushmaster", hadn't even put the Pole in...
  • + 2
 My pole is a bushmaster
  • + 4
 $550 for a bike rack and can't fit a downhill bike
  • + 2
 Yeah what in the f*ck is that?
  • + 1
 Listen up, you people making this motor/transmission stuff... if you're gonna make an electric MX bike, make an electric MX bike. But don't take pedal bikes and slowly turn them into motocross bikes
  • + 4
 $185 fanny pack!? Yeah OK.
PB slipping in a ebike motor..
  • + 3
 What tons of bikes? no but this is tons of bikes
www.pinkbike.com/photo/16959539
  • + 3
 At an average bike weight of 30lbs and tons being plural the amount of bikes would be 132 for a 2 ton minimum
  • + 1
 @catweasel: OK did not think of bikes being bought by the ton with just go too the supermarket and buy a ton of bikes is this how manufacturers buy bikes like these?
  • + 4
 @aljoburr: Your example was without question tons of bikes, PB article contains 8 bikes (including frames) which falls well short of the 132 minimum. Not sure about how the bikes in the image were bought, but I question the storage method.
  • + 4
 Sorry, more-bikes-than-the-average-tech-briefing just didn't have the same ring to it!
  • + 1
 @sarahmoore: Did you like the pic on China solution too making crappy bikes make a mountain out of them?
  • + 2
 Is it the Dirty Sixer that puts the bike weight total to over 4,000 pounds?
  • + 2
 I love it. Protect your knees while ensuring that your elbows get hamburgered in a crash. Not 100% protection.
  • + 1
 "100% expands its offerings with knee and elbow protection for those days when your talent runs thin..."

Just wrap me in 100%.
  • + 2
 @sarahmoore are you guys/gals also going to the Taipei Cycle show at the end of the month?
  • + 2
 @mikelevy and @jamessmurthwaite are on tap for Taipei!
  • + 6
 @sarahmoore: is it true that Taipei is the place of premiere of Mike Levys upcoming book:

“Gravel upforked”
  • + 2
 Theres something about that dirty sixer that makes you shudder and scroll past very quickly...
  • + 3
 Too much to get angry about. One at a time please.
  • + 2
 Just what MTB shoes need: a white midsole.
  • + 1
 If anyone's going to rotorua i need those maxxis tires i'll pay full price for shipping and for the tires message me plz
  • + 2
 VX waist pack looks like an Aldi speacial.....
  • + 2
 An e-bike motor with a transmission... now I've seen everything. Rolleyes
  • + 1
 Wait untill we get 29 front 27.5+ rear, double cown fork and 100mm cranks ... nearly there ... where ? well 70 years ago with noisy motors I think ...
  • + 10
 Really? Have you seen a man eat his own head?
  • + 0
 "100% expands its offerings with knee and elbow protection..." with accompanying picture. Funny, I only see knee protection... Wink
  • - 26
flag EnduroFan84 (Mar 13, 2019 at 0:12) (Below Threshold)
 Because real riders don’t wear them because they limit your movement.
  • + 8
 @EnduroFan84: is that right? ????
  • - 7
flag ryanandrewrogers (Mar 13, 2019 at 8:17) (Below Threshold)
 @EnduroFan84: i dont think they limit your movement per say... i think most people dont wear them because a) if you crash in a way to reduce bodily harm there is no way your elbows will bear the brunt of any significant impact and b) because on the low they look pretty lame
  • + 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: this is pretty spot on. I always wear my knee pads because they are comfortable and don't make me look like a dork. I have never found elbow pads comfortable and they just don't look good. I know looks are a dumb reason to not wear protective gear but its the reality.
  • - 9
flag EnduroFan84 (Mar 13, 2019 at 10:40) (Below Threshold)
 @Boxxer1990: yes there is no advantage and they might not change how much you can bend your elbow but they add tension which makes them uncomfortable, and when you’re uncomfortable on the bike you are not going to be able to ride to your full potential. They are for dentists who wear their detachable chin bar helmets on XC trails because they don’t want to risk injury. If you feel the need for elbow guards then you’re in the wrong sport.
  • + 8
 @EnduroFan84: Go away troll.
  • + 0
 @mtbikeaddict: I’m just stating facts and people are just butthurt that I’m describing them. Prove me wrong and show me one Top 20 rider on the wc circuit or freerider that wears them.
  • + 0
 @EnduroFan84: I was just going to swallow my incredulity and leave it at go away, since there were too many time consuming absurd things to address and educate, but you asked, and now I have time, so here goes...
  • + 7
 @EnduroFan84: "I’m just stating facts". I'm pretty sure that "there is no advantage" isn't a fact. Offering an advantage (in protection) is sort of the whole point, no? If there weren't an advantage, they wouldn't make them.
Prove ME wrong. Prove pads have no benefit. Pads have saved me from some painful stuff. I'm pretty sure Adrien Dailly's elbow agrees that no pads are no fun. Mcgazza himself said smart people wear pads. Have you SEEN pics of high speed "road rash" or something like Dailly's elbow? Even if pads were slightly uncomfortable or movement restricting, a hamburgered/broken joint is going to be *slightly* (about a googolplex times) more restricting and uncomfortable! And saying pads are only for detachable chinbar xc dentists? Also not a fact. Absolutely laughable, in fact. "If you feel the need for elbow guards then you’re in the wrong sport." Still not a fact. Thanks for playing, try harder next time. Actually, I'd go so far as to argue that if you have never ridden to the point that you've considered pads, YOU might be in the wrong sport. Smile
  • + 5
 @mtbikeaddict: : well said - I have always loved the MTB communities insistence that all they need to stay safe is magic knee pads and a helmet - there is this pure blinkered view on anything else, no elbow protection, no back protection, or torso and rib protection, what about shoulder protection .. but no .. we only need knee pads - as mentioned above, anything else just aint cool - no one want to look like the storm trooper of old, hence why such strong defence of the ultimate magic knee pads ....

on a side note, not just about being cool really - it truly is so restrictive wearing all that gear, we all kinda know this, I am as bad, if not worse, i dont even wear magic knee pads .... !!!!!!!!!!! .. but just bugs me when MTB community always bitch about knee pads ... crazy
  • - 1
 @mtbikeaddict: lol I grew up on a bike and raced xc for three years then raced DH for three years and then a full season of the California enduro series and I wear knee pads for enduro and DH, trust me I’ve ridden to the point of needing pads. I’ve also dislocated my elbow and tore the ligament and needed surgery and I can tell you that wearing elbow pads would not of helped. I’m a full supporter of knee pads because nothing’s worse than hitting your knee on the top tube but I’m a strong believer that if you dress for falling and getting hurt and it is on your mind than it will happen. when you learn to let go and truely believe 100% that you won’t fall or get hurt than you will learn how to truly push your self and progress. You’re like a doomsday prepper preparing for the worst when you should learn to not give a f*ck and have fun and deal with the consequences later. Pain is temporary.
  • + 0
 @EnduroFan84: I don't constantly think of crashing, and I don't crash. I just like to be prepared. The last time I can remember crashing was at least a good year ago when I built a stupid sketchy jump and it collapsed underneath me after I hit it several times. If you can't see how injuries can have lasting effects, the benefit of not getting those injuries in the first place, and how body armor can help, I'm done here. Cheers.
  • - 3
 @mtbikeaddict: Lol I’m just happy that I got so inside your head that you had to come back and get worked up, shoulda listened to yourself and left it at “go away troll” but Sure injury’s suck, and sure body armor can help sometimes, but is it worth it to me and 98% of pros? No. Plus the fact that you are putting on the body armor IS thinking about crashing and if you can’t see that then I’m done here. Cheers.
  • + 1
 What is this ?where it s going to stop ?
  • + 1
 Anyone ridden those Afton shoes?
  • + 1
 I actually bought a pair of the clipless vectal on closeout for $70 bucks. Fit is a bit strange alteast for my wide-ish feet had to size up then felt too big in other areas and the heel lift was majorly annoying on any hike a bike (non issue pedaling). I got some other shoes but am happy with these for any rides i know no hiking is involved. Also sounds like they fixed the heel lift issue with these new ones id definitely recommend especially if you can try them on.
  • + 1
 Double Post
  • - 1
 Great... as if MTB media isn't 99% product reviews/placement we get a post covering the missed 1%

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