Tech Briefing: UK-Made Pedals, 2022 Bikes, Clipless Crocs & More - November 2021

Nov 10, 2021
by Sarah Moore  

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

BikeStow Freestanding, Vertical Bike Storage

A student-designed storage solution. (Learn more.)

DHaRCO Commencal Muc Off Team Replica Race Kits
$51 - 158 USD

Inspired by its partnership with Commencal Muc Off Team, DHaRCO has launched replica Maribor and Snowshoe kits. (Learn more.)

Commencal 2022 Meta SX & Meta Power SX

The Meta SX and the Meta Power SX have updated geometry, flip chips, a 29 front wheel and a 27.5" rear wheel. (Learn more.)

Downtime Podcast Print Journal

Teaming up with print specialists Misspent Summers, publisher of downhill World Cup and Enduro World Series yearbooks, Downtime is now offering the EP, a biannual journal. (Learn more.)
The Downtime EP 1

Pinnd CS2 Pedal

The UK-made pedal comes with a 5 year warranty against manufacturing defects. (Learn more.)

ZOLEO Satellite Communicator Device
$199 USD

The ZOLEO satellite communicator device will keep you connected and secure when venturing beyond cell coverage. Purchase between Nov 12-30 is discounted to $149 USD and includes a free 6-month premium membership of our sister company Gaia GPS. (Learn more.)

Cane Creek Helm Fender
$39.99 USD

The Helm Fender was developed for all generations and all travel of Helm forks and include custom-designed stainless steel 5mm shoulder bolts for easy snap-on installation. (Learn more.)

Commencal 2022 Range

Commencal reveals its 2022 range of bikes. (Learn more.)

Bicycle Nightmares Streetwear Collection
13€ - 70€

After the experience with the Giro collaboration, the media outlet decided to start selling clothing. (Learn more.)

Clipless Crocs

For real. (Learn more.)

Commencal Clash Kids Range

The new Clash Kids features options for 20, 24, 26 and 27" wheels. (Learn more.)

Rapha Autumn/Winter Line
$75 - $180 USD

Rapha have added pants, a lightweight jacket, and more jerseys to their MTB clothing catalog. (Learn more.)

Remote Version of Magicshine Monteer 8000S Lights
$419.99 USD

Following up on its Monteer 8000S Galaxy, Magicshine has released a new remote version. (Learn more.)

Commencal Updated 2022 RMNS Kids Bikes

Everything from the 12" balance bikes to the 24" pedal bikes have been updated. (Learn more.)

Atelier Suji 'Hardcore' Wooden Hardtail

The Atelier Suji Drop is a 160mm hardtail made from ash. (Learn more.)

Leatt Eco-Friendly Product Range & Plastic Free Packaging on 2022 Products

Leatt's new range uses materials made from excess tree pulp and recycled coffee grounds. (Learn more.)
Richard Kurowski

DJI Action 2 Camera with Magnetic Mounting
$399 - $519 USD

DJI reveals the Action 2 camera with 4K/120fps filming, image stabilization and a modular magnetic accessory system. (Learn more.)

Canyon 2022 Stitched Dirt Jump Bikes
€1099 - €1999

Canyon has launched its 2022 Stitched range with two hardtails and a full-suspension dirt jump bike. (Learn more.)

SixSixOne Recon Advance Protection Range
$94.99 - $109.99

3 new hardshell options from SixSixOne. (Learn more.)


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 "includes a free 6-month premium membership of our sister company Gaia GPS."

While PB has never been exactly transparent with their "Tech Briefings", this is a new low. Maybe time to rethink the title to something more appropriate, like "Do you like paid links?"
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 Guess who owns Gaia gps (and therefore zoleo)? Pretty sure Outside isn't paying to advertise on PB. Now the fact that commencal gets so much coverage is a different story.
  • 6 1
 I guess I like paid links...I am interested in this for mountaineering or backcountry skiing. Unfortunately the link took me to some kneepads. So, if they are interested in proceeds from links, it will be Google getting my share...
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 I'm confused. There is a "Gaia GPS" link at the top of the page which immediately prompts you to either make an account or log in, but doesn't explain what it actually is let alone why someone would want an account. Is it just the same as what Trailforks is: a navigation app for outdoor activities? If so, considering the Outside thing, it seems like it will only be a matter of time before the two merge.
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 @takeiteasyridehard: Monthly plans starting at $20US, $25CAD, $32AUD, according to A bit up from SPOT, but from what it looks like much easier to send custom messages.
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 @vinay: Click the "resources" links on the same page? Google it?

I use CalTopo, but Gaia is honestly a fantastic mapping app for backcountry adventures & route planning. And better UI than most of its competitors (BCNav, OnX, CalTopo, etc)... at least back when I was trying it out.
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 @lostlunchbox: Could it be that Commencal just happened to drop a bunch of new product and that's why they have a bunch above?
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 @dmackyaheard: But they could all be bundled into one article, and yet they are all seperate.
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 @xxinsert-name-herexx: released recently? I doubt it's a conspiracy lol
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 @bkm303: Yeah, I did click resources but that is what got my wondering how it is different from what Trailforks claims to be. The only thing I see that isn't in Trailforks (currently) is the weather forecast. But Trailforks also claims to have features that I don't see mentioned in Gaia (indigenous map layer, light pollution etc) but overall, there seems to be a lot of overlap.
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 Obviously we want to know more about the tech behind Leatt's recycled coffee grain helmets. Are they dual density; coarse and espresso grind? Is there a mips layer formulated from kope-luak beans? Which wood pulps make the best composite shell?
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 @vinay: FWIW Gaia is much more powerful than Trailforks for serious backcountry use. I don't use it for mountain biking at all but for backpacking and overlapping it's been amazing. You can download Forest Service maps, MVUM maps, and others and then layer them all on top of each other -- then create routes, waypoints, tag locations, etc. I don't know who said it's intuitive because it's pretty damn clunky, but it's a robust tool. (Paid for it way before the Outside acquisition)
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 @vinay: Click on the resources link to backcountry skiing or hunting and you'll see what we're talking about. A 'serious' mapping app like Gaia/Caltopo/etc is super overkill for mtb trail riding. But if you were doing some kind of remote bikepacking trip, scout likely campsites, etc it would be helpful. Trailforks is much more similar to an app like Strava than something like Gaia. They're very different tools.

For backcountry skiing/snowmobiling/hunting Gaia is amazing. You can overlay layers like slope angle shading (to assess avalanche risk), snowpack depth, satellite imagery, topo, public/private land boundaries, etc. But generally speaking the more you're staying on a trail the less you need all that capability.
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 @bkm303: @ozarksagd: Ok, thanks for clearing that up. I can still imagine to see the two merge though, considering they're now owned by the same company and they could build it into one package that has it all. That said, of course brands like Cannondale and Santa Cruz (currently owned by PON) won't merge either and I can surely foresee a bit more uproar from those who were already upset by the paid subscription options for Trailforks. If TF would merge with Gaia and subscription prices would rise accordingly, we'd need a separate website with a comment section just for that.
  • 23 6
 Does Levy actually write anything anymore? Honestly, of all the PB writers, contributors, reviewers...his content is actually the biggest draw that might have me consider paying for...which you know is coming.
  • 32 0
 ...that will be the day I stop visiting PB
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 @ReformedRoadie I already pay a yearly fee for “Outside+” but I really only want “PinkBike+”! I want more product reviews verses “paid” product reviews. The bias is getting a bit too one sided.
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 @rivercitycycles: I'd willing to pay (big!) for two-sided bias.
  • 8 0
 @rivercitycycles: just remember that Pinkbike's original pitch was "unbiased" reviews without all the typical hyperbole every other site has. And now that's almost entirely what they post
  • 1 3
 At this point I would pay a reasonable fee to get Pinkbike back to how it used to be...
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 While I can cedar may be a small splinter group of cyclists that wooden bikes wood be poplar with, personally, I think it would take balsa steel to huck one to flat ! But I can't be-leave that the size larch frameset weighs 4.8kg? (that's 10.58 lbs!!)
It's sure knot as light as carbon, or even steel for that matter. And I hope the €2,700 price is a complete bike, because that's aspen a lot for just a frameset.................
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 I saw what you did there, and gave yew an upvote just for sheer persistence in punning. It was veneerly too many, but I bough to your effirts.
  • 1 0
 Mate that's some quality punning! Comment gold Levy
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 Did everyone see that Commencal has new bikes? In case you lost count that was 4 advertisements in the same "article".
  • 4 0
 Looking at the Commencal 2022 range on their website and several models say "Third Quarter 2022". Why even have a 2022 model at that point? They won't be available for most of 2022 until the 2023s are about to be released.
  • 2 0
 And you should count in a month or two of delays as per usual..
  • 3 0
 I have noticed the same with some other bike companies, and for that matter, other product categories. Supply chains are jacked.
  • 2 0
 My favorite was how they didn't even have pictures of the new completes, only renderings.
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 @4thflowkage: Noticed that too. Even photoshopped the reservoir from a Fox Float X onto the DPX2 damper body. Got a good chuckle out of that.
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 Mountain bikes
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 Clipless crocs.... what the actual f***
  • 3 0
 So ridiculous! Wouldn't your heels just pop out if you rode with these as intended?
  • 5 1
 First crocs I might actually wear
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 @BenLow2019: Pretty sure the PB clipped-in reviewers are on it now and every bike test from now on will be done with them wearing these. According to these upcoming reviews, all bikes from now on will be pretty bad. Which, from a sustainabilty point of view, is great news. Keep riding the bike you have now and keep riding the Crocs you have now with flat pedals.
  • 1 0
 They also missed the opportunity to cool them clip crocs
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 @BenLow2019: Straps down, put them in sport mode!
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 @Jules15: croclips (pronounced croc-lips)
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 *Those without a man bun need not apply.
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 The best thing about them is that you can just slip your feet out and walk around...consider them huge shit-durability pedals.
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 Seems like the link to (learn more) on the ZOLEO Satellite Communicator Device is going to sixsixone?
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 I've fixed that now!
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 @PINKBIKE the Zoleo link takes you to some kneepads...not the satellite device
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 Fixed, thank you!
  • 2 0
 Lucky he has a remote switch for that light, no chance he would be able to reach a switch on the light itself…
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 Why do I ALWAYS read the articles about wooden bikes? I'll never buy one. I click every damn time though.
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 We need a wooden bike filter.
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  • 1 0
 satelite communicator seems like a no brainer. like picking up something on floor before it gets kicked or smashed
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 All high end forks should come with a fender, not make you pay $40 bucks for it on top of the actual fork
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 They somehow mixed up the headings with bicycle nightmares and clipless crocs.
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 I don’t know…if I am going to wear clogs, they are going to be made in Sweden by craftspeople.
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 Slopestyle ain't dead! Jus look at dat Canyon Stitched....

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