10 Products I Loved In 2020: Sarah Moore

Dec 22, 2020
by Sarah Moore  
This year, Pinkbike's editors decided to take a page from the CyclingTips playbook and put together “10 Things I Loved” lists of our own. Think of it as a more personalized version of the Pinkbike Awards, a place to recognize the bikes and equipment that left a lasting impression over the last 12 months.

This year, I didn't fly anywhere with my bike, but I ended up riding almost 400 hours on some of my favourite trails in British Columbia. Being able to spend so much time riding, and some of the ten things below, made a chaotic year a bit brighter, more comfortable, and interesting.






Home Gym

Until Covid hit, I went to the gym a couple of times a week. I find it very motivating to see how week after week there is noticeable progress that can be made in the gym, unlike when you're out on the trails in variable conditions with different bikes, components, and gear. The first week you do a new exercise the DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) is real, but the next time you do it you can usually add weight to it or do more reps without it being any harder. I like to track the exercises I do, what weights I use, and how many reps I can eke out before failure. Adding a couple pounds to an overhead press or another push-up in a max set always feels like a win.

When gyms closed, I started off with no gear at home and quickly got bored and strained my wrist from doing too many push ups. I then purchased two kettlebells, a couple resistance bands, a slam ball, a stability ball, and a couple small dumbbells from Fitness Town, before finding a squat rack with integrated chin-up bar, 300lbs of weights and adjustable dumbbells on Facebook Marketplace for $1000. Score! Then I bought the mirror for $15 at the Squamish Rebuild It Centre which really ties everything together and helps me think about form.

One plus side of the space is that it's usually about 12°C / 54°F so I don't overheat during my workouts. The downside is that the garage also doubles as mountain bike storage so I almost always have to run the shop vac before working out so that I'm not doing sit-ups, push-ups and TGUs in the loam and pine needles that come in with the bikes.

I'm thinking of adding a TRX and maybe a bosu ball, but for now, I can do enough exercises that I don't get bored. It also helps to have a plan to follow. I've been doing the Everathlete strength program with handy follow-along videos for the past couple months, and I also really like the Dialed Health programming. Both do a good job of keeping it interesting, progressing the exercises, and throwing in mobility and foam rolling on recovery days. Turns out you can foam roll more than just your IT bands!

Price: Probably about $1400 CDN at this point (not including Wahoo Kickr or Salsa Warbird) plus memberships are $20-$25 USD / month.
More information: everathlete.vhx.tv & dialedhealth.com






Endur Ice Cream Socks

My brother got these for me for my birthday this year and they just make me happy every time I put them on. Plus, whenever I wear them, I usually end my ride at Alice & Brohm Ice Cream. They're also comfortable, come up just the right height, somehow wash clean after muddy rides despite their light colour, and I always get way more compliments out on the trail on them than any of my other riding gear.

If you want to meet strangers and eat lots of ice-cream, I highly recommend these. I also have a pair with donuts on them...

Price: $20 CDN
More information: endurapparel.com






Specialized Women's Trail-Series Thermal Jersey

In the summer, it's easy to throw on any old jersey and shorts before heading out on a ride, but as soon as the leaves start to change and the rainy season settles in it's a lot harder to make apparel choices. Will I be too hot on the climb? Will I be too cold on the descent? Anyone who has ridden with me also knows that I sweat a lot, which usually means I end up getting chilled on the descents after a sweaty climb in cool weather.

Before the first couple of rides where the thermometer dips below below 10°C (50°F), it always takes me three times as long to get dressed as it does in the summer. I end up second guessing myself and changing my outfit every time I check the Weather Network hourly forecast and look out the window. Or that was the case until Specialized sent me their Trail-Series Thermal Jersey.

Now, if it's anywhere between 0°C (32°F) and 10°C (50°F), I find myself gravitating to it. I have a hard time with the "Be Bold, Start Cold," motto, even though it makes a whole lot of sense. Instead, I like to put on the cozy Trail-Series Thermal Jersey with the Specialized Trail-Series Wind Jacket over top when I head out and then stuff the jacket in my hip pack for the climbs. The Polar Grid fabric wicks really well which helps keep the chills at bay, although I still like to throw on a jacket for longer descents.

The only downside I can see? I have to do laundry every time I go out these days since I don't want to wear anything else!


Price: $150 USD
More information: specialized.com






SRAM AXS Drivetrain + Dropper Post

Mike Levy spent 6 months on SRAM AXS before I actually tried it. I got my first shifts on the electronic drivetrain this year and then rode it a lot during the XC Field Test in June since half of the bikes I was testing came with it installed. Since September, I've had it installed on my personal bike as well.

I liked how easy it was to install the wireless set up, the pleasant 'zoop, zoop' sounds that makes me think of a baby robot whenever I gear up or down, and that I have the cleanest handlebars in history with just the brake lines sticking out the front. The old AXS paddle didn't work well for me ergonomically, but the new AXS paddle stays out of the way and was easy to set up to make shifting feel natural.

I'm not going to say it works better than mechanical gears, and yes, I have run out of battery before, but there's still just something inherently cool about having electronic shifting. Also, I can see how many times I've shifted when I pair it with my Garmin Edge 530 and how much time I've spent in each gear if I so choose. Why not, right?


Price: $800 USD (dropper) + $1000 (AXS upgrade kit)
More information: sram.com







Specialized Power Saddle Expert with Mimic

I'd argue that a good saddle is one of the most important touch points on your bike. If your saddle is uncomfortable, you're going to be less efficient pedalling, and you're not going to enjoy long days in the saddle very much. Sure, for the first couple rides when you switch to a new saddle you might experience some discomfort, but you don't need to suffer day after day on your saddle.

A lot of the time, what's comfortable to you might not be comfortable to me. Especially when it comes to saddles. However, a lot the people who have told me they have issues with their saddle have been happy once they switched to the Specialized Power saddle with Mimic. It's impressive how comfortable it is for so many riders I know.

Specialized launched the Power saddle with Mimic as a women's saddle but quickly found that it works well for men as well. So if you have a hard time finding a comfortable saddle, male or female, I'd recommend trying the Mimic Power. Keep in mind that there are three sizes, so make sure you get your local shop to measure your sit bones before you purchase it to make sure you get the right size.


Price: $160 USD
More information: specialized.com






Root Beer Limited Edition Heritage Collection Fox 36

The limited edition 2021 Heritage Collection "draws inspiration from the original 36 and 40 forks from 15 years ago." Okay, honestly, I had just started mountain biking then and I still hadn't discovered forks that had more than 100mm of travel yet, so I probably don't have the same nostalgia that others have about the Heritage Collection forks.

Nostalgia aside, there are other things that I like about this fork. There are air bleed buttons so that you don't have to slide a zip-tie down past your seals anymore to release the pressure that builds up in the lowers, the GRIP2 damper is fantastic, and overall the fork is buttery smooth. Even with all the adjustments, it's easy to set up the fork and Fox's recommendations are spot on.

Plus, the root beer colour with Kashima coated stanchions is a great look on any bike...


Price: $1,099 USD
More information: ridefox.com





Photo by Jason Thomas

Fox Speedframe Pro

I tried more helmets than ever in 2020, but I kept coming back to the Fox Speedframe. It's comfortable, goggle compatible with its visor's three positions, and it's easy to dial in the fit. As I mentioned above, I'm one very sweaty mountain biker and I found that the liner of this helmet does a good job of wicking the moisture away from my head so I don't get sweat dripping in my eyes. And while it keeps sweat from going in my eyes, it doesn't seem to hold in the moisture in the pads, meaning that it dries much faster than my previous go-to helmet, the Smith Forefront 2. In addition, since the liner is antimicrobial, it never seems to smell bad.

I also really like the Fidlock magnetic buckle which is just so easy to use. It also means you can do it up with one hand if you need to (this has come in handy before, but I'm struggling to remember why). Plus it has MIPS and earned Virginia Tech’s highest rating in its Bicycle Helmet Ratings program, so that's reassuring. Although I'm really hoping I don't have to test it myself.

Price: $159.95 USD
More information: foxracing.com





Across the Pond Beaver

Camelbak Chase 8 Vest

The pack that doesn't feel like a pack. Of course, I'd rather ride without a pack as much as the next person, but I've found that I really notice the effects of dehydration when I ride more than a couple of hours on one bottle. Plus, snacks! Not everyone has snack storage in their downtube...

In the summer, I like to wear the Chase Vest with its 1.5L reservoir and two pockets on the front, but in the winter, I like to carry an extra layer and gloves with me. Plus a headlight, 100g SOL Emergency bivvy, a miniature first aid kit, and an inReach. The minimalist Chase Vest is a bit small for all my gear in the cooler months, but luckily Camelbak released a larger version of the Chase Vest with the same harness but six litres of storage, so that I can continue to have that "vest-like" feeling year-round.


Price: $125 USD
More information: camelbak.ca






Deity Lockjaw Grips

Grips made your list? Seriously? In a word, yes!

I'm pretty picky these days when it comes to grips, what with double arms breaks in 2018 and the blisters that I got during the 2019 BC Bike Race. This year, I started riding Deity's Lockjaw grips and they quickly became my favourites. The rubber is comfortable without being mushy or oversized and they're tacky so I never feel like I'm going to slip off them.

I'm impressed with their durability as well as I've been riding them for several months now and they're only just starting to show their wear.


Price: $21.99USD
More information: deitycomponents.com






Run Fast Cook Slow Cookbooks

I got into making sourdough this year as so many others did, and made more than a few sweet treats, but my go-to recipes for daily meals were from these two cookbooks by four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and her friend, chef Elyse Kopecky. They have easy recipes with great taste, have great snacks to take out on the bike, use good ingredients, and overall have an amazing philosophy about food.

I also got a farm basket this summer for the first time from Four Beat Farm in Pemberton and I really enjoyed seeing how many different vegetables can be grown locally, supporting a local farm, and experimenting with different recipes when I received vegetables I'd never cooked with before. The weekly farm pick-up became a highlight of the week!


Price: $24.99 each
More information: runfasteatslow.com


152 Comments

  • 146 12
 "Why not, right?
Price: $800 USD (dropper) + $1000 (AXS upgrade kit)"
Oh yeah, that's why not.
  • 38 5
 After reading that it doesnt shift better than mechanical gears, this is probably something I'll never buy.
  • 48 22
 @aug7hallak: but it does shift better. maybe not in the first 1000 or so shifts, but ever shift with AXS is like the first shift. even the 10,000th. you can't say that about an analog shifter/derailleur.
  • 43 6
 @conoat: I can't honestly say I've ever noticed a long term degrade in feel with my mechanical setups. Replace and adjust the cable once a season and nothing should really change.
  • 35 3
 @conoat: The axs still has the same pivots/linkage that will, over time, inevitably become worn / loose and develop play. Why would being driven by a wireless servo, as opposed to a wire, change it's ultimate lifespan? I understand that the AXS can "recalibrate" itself, but once the pivots are sloppy it will inevitably lead to lower shifting quality, and ultimately the need for a new derailleur, no? Seem like someone who knows how to properly tune their own shifing should be able to acheive the same performance, but that can only take you so far. Mehcanical components all wear out. No way around it.

This also assumes you don't smash it on a rock before then. I'd take my chances with 10 XT''s or 15 SLX's before I got an AXS. I don't mind tweaking a barrel adjuster or replacing a cable every now and then
  • 60 16
 Killing the world, one small battery at a time
  • 3 0
 @rory: With mechanical springs in the parallelogram can wear out and then shifting to the higher gears will be less snappy.
  • 7 2
 @ninjatarian: that's my point! zero cable maintainence. no adjusting, cleaning, replacing of housing or cable.
  • 9 5
 @rory: the AXS mech has much higherend roller bearings in al the pivots, so they will stay tighter much longer. also the AXS mech has a breakaway feature that helps to prevent damage from rock strikes. I have tested this and can confirm it works well. Obviously won't save it from every impact but it's pretty good for light to medium impacts.
  • 19 21
 @diarrhea-geyser: please throw your phone, laptop, electric razor/buttplug in the trash immediately and never replace it!
  • 8 2
 @conoat: but it’s still like 1000 f*cking whatever currancy
  • 18 3
 @conoat: @conoat: Zero maintenance? You never have to do a battery check or charge it? What's that eTap cradle all about? Not familiar since mechanical setups don't require me to fiddle with extra gadgets plugged into a wall to keep it working on a regular basis.

I am not saying your points aren't without merit, but you are selectively glazing over facts in your defense of AXS.
  • 3 3
 @ninjatarian: oh yeah also to store your bike on a wall you’ll have to have new sockets put in so add like 300 quid
  • 8 16
 "Why not.... cause it is free to me - Sarah Moore." She'll prob moderate / delete this comment. That's what she's done before when she didn't agree with something i said... even tho it broke no Pinkbike agreement rules.
  • 4 0
 Most people want to win the lottery to buy a Ferrari, I want to win so I don't have to deal with internal cables anymore!! Seriously though, I have gotten pretty good at internal cables, but still have anxiety when it is time to replace a cable.
  • 7 1
 @conoat: Good addition, it is easier to maintain. The derailleur is also less likely to bend or break if you smash it taking the inside line Wink
  • 9 9
 @ninjatarian: I ride about 4x a week. 2.5-3 hours each with 3000ft of climbing over 13 ish miles. I charge the derailleur battery about 1x a month. it takes 90min to charge from fully dead.

if you can't meet that infintessimally small amount of "maintainence" then i feeel super sorry for your bike...lol
  • 4 0
 @diarrhea-geyser: AXS farm-to-table. Wireless dynamo hub will save us
  • 2 1
 @rideitall-bmx-dh-road-unicycle: that isn’t a review that’s her personal bike I’m pretty sure she paid for it herself
  • 7 0
 @Ooofff: what? you think an editor for PB pays for bike components....ever? wheeeeeeeeeeeew lad! you got some catchin' up to do about the bike industry!
  • 1 3
 @conoat: wait so your telling me pinkbike is corrupt
  • 5 1
 @Ooofff: No, they get their stuff from companies, review it, and keep it for themselves. No sane human would spend that much on a drivetrain + dropper, when Deore 10 speed and a transX dropper does the same thing for 6x less.
  • 2 0
 @rory: actaully its the only derailleur I've smashed on a rock and was able to keep riding with no adjusting thanks to its servos letting it move away and then return.
Alas, ive honestly only one real world complaint with AXS. When filming, pushing my bike uphill, fiddling around before dropping it for next shot I have accidently bumped the shift button and not realized I had changed gears till I dropped in for next shot. On the opposite end of that complaint,, the buttons are easy to push, a god sent on long enduro stages if hands are cramping and deep throws of a cable shift or dropper lever are needed. Silver NAEC top to bottom stages are a great example of this buttons being amazing.
  • 3 0
 @GilesSTurner: I like easy setups, clean cockpits and ultra smooth shifting, they must have just let me out of the asylum.
  • 3 2
 Buddy smashed his AXS derailleur within the first 2 weeks of buying it. I was like "how much did you pay for that again, and what are the advantages?"
  • 8 1
 AXS does shift better. It doesn't take a thousand shifts. It has an immediately noticable consistency and crispness to the the shifting. It's hard to describe, I guess its because it takes your thumb strength and housing flex completely out of the equation. So there is no 'lever feel' - it's just this super light 'snick'

I know alot of people don't want to believe that because it's expensive- but it's true.

I can't afford AXS myself, and I'm not saying the difference in shifting is worth the money (it's not 'transformative'). It is clearly a premium system though, so cheers if you can afford it.
  • 7 0
 LOL at "maintenance". I ride my 29er with XT drivetrain like 4 days a week for 1-2 hours at a time. I've had the same derailleur and cable for like 5 years. I've never touched it. Its never come out of alignment. It doesn't ever miss shifts. I do the chain/ring/cassette every season, and clean/lube the chain/derailleur regularly. I don't know how that could possibly get any easier, but remembering to charge my bike or change a battery (while minuscule) is definitely MORE maintenance, not less. It damn sure didn't cost $1000 to buy haha. To each their own man.
  • 2 1
 @conoat: honestly, I think the majority of folks to whom this appeals are used to having to take their bike to the shop for adjustments vs doing it ones self.
  • 2 0
 @Ooofff: that's not corruption. that's how industries work. when I bartended, I never paid for alcohol. ever. distributors would hand me all the bottles I could possibly drink just to get one on my back bar.

it happens in every industry.
  • 3 0
 @GilesSTurner: people spend that much all the time. don't be mistaken. I sell people $2000 AXS kits at full MSRP every week. You have to remember that $2000 is 2 weeks wages to some people and 1 day to others.
  • 2 0
 @ninjatarian: On my hardtail I have a Deore that is over 20 years old (taken form an old GF Tassajara) and have been using the same cable for at least 4 years, thing shifts like its brand new even with original shifter. Couldn't agree with you more
  • 1 0
 @jgainey: I just picked up an AXS kit on sale as a X-mas present to myself. Now both of our bikes will buzz while we're exploring SBH.
  • 1 0
 Vital decided to give Shimano Deore the award as best part of 2020. 300 bucks for the whole drivetrain. Best value, flawless performance. Nuff said.
  • 1 0
 @Lasse2000: I have it on one of my bikes and it works flawlessly slightly less smooth than a gx eagle but it just works goes into gear every time quickly but it just a little clunky
  • 1 0
 @conoat:
If only they could do that for a cable mech...
  • 45 0
 I like the Indiana Jones meets Home Alone ladder security system in the gym.
  • 45 1
 Home Aloam
  • 7 0
 how the hell high are the ceilings in Sarah's garage??
  • 6 0
 Patent pending burglar deterrent system.
  • 4 0
 @gtill9000: It's just a 6 foot ladder... And the other half of the garage you can't see in the picture is a regular 8 foot ceiling!
  • 23 0
 I love that the first comment is people hating on someone else liking something expensive. If that's not peak Pinkbike, I don't know what is.
  • 24 0
 Must.. consooooom
  • 2 0
 Specialized braaaaiiins.
  • 17 17
 Starting with a spell checker?
  • 5 0
 @sarahmoore: thank you i will consoom that as well
  • 17 0
 Home gym...and Kaz thought DHR2's were hard to get a hold of!
  • 17 1
 Expensive taste. But hey, can’t take it with ya! May as well spend it on a battery operated butt lowering apparatus
  • 4 0
 Butt lowering device, ha going to have to start calling it that. Yes, highly recommend.
  • 15 1
 150 bucks for a jersey?
Nah
  • 2 0
 That is a ton of money but if it works, it works and that is what you need in the cold. I have a way cheaper (like half, from a legit running store and not close out) and less pocketed Brooks cold weather running shirt that is awesome for just below ) to about 5-7 Celsius. The materials look similar. After that it gets too hot. That said, running is no fun so what gets the most use is a Chromag Veldt wool jersey. I can run that thing from just above freezing to 15 C or a bit above as a solo layer and as a base under a normal long sleeve jersey down to -4ish C. Under that a heavier Smartwool base goes on. The Chromag and Smartwool were both $100+ but indispensable for cool to cold weather riding. I feel like I am still riding light.
  • 5 1
 @fly4130: I understand that you pay a premium price for e.g. merino wool jerseys, but for a shirt that is 91% PE and 9% Spandex, it is simply way too expensive. I can get great results with thermal jerseys for skiing or running out of similiar fabric from Decathlon for 20 bucks. This stuff here might work slightly better, but not 7,5 times as well.
  • 2 0
 @bashhard: Fair point, some sport specific features and cuts should not take prices that high.
  • 3 0
 @bashhard: That may work for you, but I completely understand what Sarah is saying here. It doesn't need to work 5 or 7 times better for it to be worth that to her (or me). Having something work really well is worth the extra $.
  • 1 0
 For the past few years companies like Mons Royale, and Sombrio offer substantial discounts on gear at the end of the season. I just wait until then and pick up some gear for next season.
  • 1 1
 I saw that price and thought it must be made by Italian tailors from fancy hand combed merino wool or something like that. But no, just normal plastic made somewhere in the Far East with no environmental or social standards. That’s just taking the piss.
  • 2 0
 I have a 7Mesh Gryphon jersey ($120) made of the same fabric and so far it's better than merino for mtb. I love merino, but I hate the fact it rips and tears so easily and it also can hold a lot of moisture. I haven't had the jersey long enough to say much about durability, but it does wick and evaporate sweat better and I do expect it to handle snags and crashes better as well. Price... well yes it sucks and it's about the same as merino, but if it's better, it's better.
  • 6 0
 @bashhard: Not all merino wool is created equal and neither is all polyester... The Polartec Grid fabric on the Specialized jersey works better for me than merino for wicking sweat + keeping me warm on cold winter rides!
  • 1 0
 @bashhard: not all synthetic fibers are equal. Advanced, high performance fibers and weave types can be very sophisticated and involve lots of research. You could as well argue that shearing some wool and spinning it into a thread shouldn't be so expensive. It all depends. I personally find it very difficult to find really good functional fabrics and those I like are invariably expensive, so I understand Sarah very well.

For the record, cheap Specialized garments are useless, but their high-end products are excellent. You get what you pay for.
  • 12 0
 +1 Deity grips. Running the SupraCush on all bikes now. Their rubber compound is phenomenal.
  • 3 0
 Good tip
  • 3 0
 Wait, Lockjaw and Supracush are different models...and there's a couple others too.
Lost in the choices. Very confused
  • 1 0
 @Trudeez Me too! Love them.
  • 2 0
 @50percentsure: Supracush is larger diameter for bigger hands. Not good if you’re without gloves and got wet/sweaty hands I’ve found so far.
  • 11 0
 Tell me about that ice cream cone. It might be the only thing I can afford.
  • 16 0
 You'll probably say I have expensive taste in ice cream if I tell you...
  • 2 0
 @sarahmoore: Ah, gotta be Alice and Brohm...
  • 3 0
 Alice and Brohm is freaking amazing and worth every penny post-ride. Ice cream at Alice & Brohm, then roll easy to Howe Sound Brew Pub.
  • 2 0
 @sarahmoore: I just hope it is cheaper than the grips. Because they just don't look as tasty!
  • 7 1
 That ripmo v2 should be in the list !! Lol. I know it’s my fav purchase if the year! Sensible build, ( for east coast ) reasonable price relatively to class competition , great peddler and nothing holding you back on the downs !! What’s your opinion ?
  • 5 0
 genuine question: what line of forks inspired the 38 shown above? It's pretty unique looking but don't remember fox forks looking anything like the 38 back in 2005 ish if they were indeed inspired by that period. I Remember that time biking pretty clearly but weren't they all grey and black back then?
  • 3 0
 I remember 06ish, a few of my riding buddies had a Talas 36 that looked a lot like that color. Or maybe it was a float, but I remember that colorsish, I think. Man that was long time ago.
  • 3 0
 Specialized had a dual crown pile of fork that was that color
  • 2 0
 I had brown 36's
  • 16 0
 @diarrhea-geyser: I had a rootbeer coloured Specialized SX Trail in ~2006 and IIRC it came stock with a rootbeer Fox fork as well. That bike was so good...

also dear lord that username.
  • 1 0
 I had a brown Talas 36 on an '05 Heckler I bought in 2013. It was kinda junked out but I was poor. Still loved that bike though.
  • 3 0
 The Talas 36 came in a brown color. It's a 36 shown above and that's the fork color that inspired this one. Inspired doesn't necessarily mean exact copy. New color is better... especially in the sunlight.
  • 7 1
 What's up with the women on the left and her noodle? Smile ON the right, clearly looks to be engaged in slurping that noodle up. On the left...???
  • 5 2
 also, what's up with the terrifying Alien meat puppy thing on the plate?
  • 2 0
 Its like watching Zuckerberg testify before congress in his human skin suit.
  • 4 0
 She's thinking, "Ugh, carbs! I am totally spitting this out the second this photo is taken!"
  • 2 0
 It's that moment of realisation - "Ohhhhh crap I forgot to..."
  • 7 0
 Do you guys really release the pressure in the lowers of your fork with a zip-tie?
  • 6 0
 Not often but yes, it works
  • 1 0
 Where does the zip tie attach?
  • 1 0
 @SuperHighBeam: take a thin zip tie and slip it in to the stanchion seal if your fork feels funny yet the pressure is normal
  • 2 0
 I live at sea level and sometimes I travel up to the mountains to ride. The atmospheric pressure difference is significant. I always recheck all of my air pressures when I get to the trail when I travel. This year I learned that I needed to do this as well in order to correctly set the sag on my fork again.
  • 1 0
 @Staktup: Does this serve the same purpose as the O-ring that typically sits on one of the stanchions?
  • 2 0
 @SuperHighBeam: nope it release the pressure built up in the fork that can cause it to be sucked down and not rebound to full travel.
  • 1 0
 @DeLaRosaMTB @Staktup I presume you only install a ziptie on the airspring side, right? Or is it one on each stantion? This is the first I've heard of this.
  • 1 0
 @SuperHighBeam: You don't install it, you clean the dust wiper area first. Then slip in a small zip tie (thin tapered end of course) into the wiper and you may hear trapped air being released. You can use some other plastic sliver but zip ties are always in the shop or toolbag, and soft & flexible to not damage the stanchion.
  • 1 0
 @Staktup: Interesting. Do you do this to both sides of the fork, I presume yes. Thank you for the clarification.
  • 5 2
 i also like very expensive things but i'm not about to waste money on items which have large diminishing returns over there cheaper and very capable lower priced offerings. but if you've money enough to not care (or are into paid advertisements ) then go for it.
  • 4 0
 Wow... Seems like Sarah's article is the FIRST time some guys have ever seen pricey MTB gear! Because if not, they must surely be complaining, all over the internet, all the time! (how exhausting!)
  • 2 0
 Why are so many people mad that some of the products are expensive? It's her favorites, take it or leave it. I found it interesting. I'm in the market for a new helmet and have been looking at that one, might give it a try after reading this.
  • 2 1
 Im jealous of that home gym. With barbells that top out at 80kg and no bench or squat rack it’s hard to make any progress. That said, my overhead press has improved significantly because that’s one of the few big exercises I can carry over from the gym.
  • 1 0
 Floor press Wink
  • 4 0
 Power cleans, snatches, thrusters.

Look up olympic weightlifting workouts, 90% of the lifts will be off the floor, and 80kg is way better than nothing.
  • 1 0
 That saddle looks nice. If I hadn't just found a saddle from Ergon that fits me perfectly the power mimic was going to be the next one I tried. A comfortable saddle allowed me to leave the diaper club, and as a bonus my partner likes it too, so we can trade bikes back and forth if we're riding together.
  • 1 0
 I will not go back to any other saddle. Its the best.
  • 1 0
 @chachmonkey JFYI, There are two different versions of the Power Saddles. The Power and the Power Arc. The Power is flatter and the Arc is more rounded on the outside edges. I personally like the flatter version but it will depend on your sit bones as to which is best for you. I have not ridden the Mimic or Elaston versions and I'm not certain if they even make the Arc version with Mimic. If you're set on Mimic the original Power version may be your only option.

I suggest a visit to an LBS to get your sit bone measured and try both versions before plopping down your hard earned $$$. My Specialized LBS has been very good about allowing me to try different saddles before deciding.
I have 3 different Power Saddles from the S-Works down to the base Comp model. IMPO, The Comp model has the best paddling for riding without a chamois. Good luck with your saddle hunt.
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 "10 Products I Loved In 2020: Sarah Moore"
While we all love Sarah, it's a bit strange to call her a product, Pinkbike! And who are the other 9 products you love?
It might also be a rally strange declaration of love by Mike though...
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 Couldn't agree more with the paragraph about a home gym. In the beginning of the pandemic when gyms first closed, I didn't think much of it. I thought I was just gonna go on more runs and rides and focus on my cardio and riding technique this year. But lately I'm realizing that I've been missing the gym as a means of stress compensation. Nothing beats a good workout when you want to get away from the real world for a couple of hours, not even a bike ride.
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 nothing beats a good bike ride when you want to get away from the real world for a couple of hours for me. only me, myself and my bicycle.
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 Sorry to hear that! Should be vice versa...
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 sorry to hear that, maybe head to our friends at pinkgym.com Razz
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 @likehell: What the hell...?
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 @BenTheSwabian: oh sorry, didn't actually check if that website exists haha
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 @BenTheSwabian: I can not agree with you. A night ride is the real thing you should look into.
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 @Serpentras: I was about to try that! Really intriguing thought to have the trails to myself. Could you maybe recommend some lights?
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 Adjustable dumbells for home use, are surprisingly a very good value for your money. Although you can do a full body weight training routine just using your own bodyweight I've found you can do just about everything with a pullup bar ($50 USD), an adjustable folding bench ($150), 1-2 resistance bands ($40), and a pair of adjustable dumbbells ($350-$500). If you have the space a power tower in lieu of a pullup bar would be even better ($200). All said that's a pretty full gym, at home, where you don't have to deal with or tolerate meatheads or other personalities at the gym, for a mere ($600-$900). Throw in a professionally arranged subscription to trainer ($150/yr) and you've got a steal of a deal. I'm going to be apprehensive about selling my home gym off once we're past COVID times and returning to the local gym.
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 A Google compatible helmet ? Wow
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 Whoops, edited now. Although that would be pretty cool.
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 My wife bought me a few more pairs of the Endur socks after buying the Jordie socks. I love them all. Great quality, so far lasting well. Great breathability. I even wear them to work on a regular basis.
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 I bought a bunch of the stealth north and stealth for work specifically - high quality, comfortable and in good shape after 6 months regular use. Will buy again.
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 Those DEITY grips are awesome. I use the supracush instead of the lockjaws, but they are really thick. I find them to be easier on my hands after bike park riding.
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 @sarahmoore Nice list. Those Spesh saddles are really good for sure. Have you checked out the Supracush grips from Deity? They're great too!
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 I'm somewhat amazed that I can disagree with the stated opinions on every one of these products. What are the odds?
I might politely suggest the author consider not feeding the monster(s). SRAM, Specialized, and on and on..
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 I'm pretty anti-Specialized (because of their aggressive litigiousness, and a little bit the bro-fanboi following they have here in the Bay Area), but their clothes are flat-out great. Not cheap, no, but functionally really work, and hold up well.
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 +1 for Deity grips and pedals! I run Deftrap + Supracush which is immaculate for big feet/hands.
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 Much love for the support!
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 Same!
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 I just got the speedframe and its soooo good! Wet west coast climbs with goggles on the helmet never fog up. Only wish my proframe had the same goggle feature
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 shoeless single leg calf raises on the bosu ball are awesome for foot and ankle strength, when u get one. low pressure is better.
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 Thanks for the info..good article
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 I like Sarah, but is she spending her own money on this stuff? $150 for a thermal from Specialized no less?
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 "Or that was the case until Specialized sent me their Trail-Series Thermal Jersey." I'm guessing "no".
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 Like I said, it's all I wear these days when I go out riding... I did receive it for free, but I also received other things for free that didn't make this list. In short yes, I would now purchase it I damaged it or happened to lose it. It makes cold-weather riding that much more bearable!
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 The entire list screams “free bike media perks”.
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 @Ttimer: Your post screams: "I'm an idiot"
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 @sarahmoore: INHO doesn't matter if you paid for it or not... if it's good it's good. And quality riding gear is critical, especially in harsher weather situations.
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 The mirror is clearly the most important component of the home gym. Or the real gym, for that matter.
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 What kind of Garmin mount are you using on your Ripmo in the Diety grips pic there?
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 @sarahmoore Grateful to be a part of your top 10 list! #DIALEDFAM Your garage set up is legit!
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 An actual list, compared to levys lame ass gushing about expensive junk he likes.
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 Just bought a Specialized Trail-Series Thermal Jersey on your recommendation and really like it. Thanks!
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 What?? another Ibis in Squamish, impossible.
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 Of you look hard enough into the mirror may find an embargoed bike.......
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 I'll have some of that, Ice Cream... XD
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 Dialed Health is amazing! Good Choice Sarah!
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 #11 this Rockshox Pike
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 Its that time of year that Pinkbike articles turn into Buzzfeed.
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 Sounds like I should go checkout Buzzfeed. I found this useful.
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 @FrederickJ: Knock yourself out, I aint stopping you.
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 What do you have against listicles?
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 @sino428: how they enforce the impoverishment of war torn nations
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