Video: New Tires, Accessories & Apparel - Pond Beaver 2021

Apr 15, 2021
by Mike Kazimer  

Normally, we'd be reporting from Monterey, California, but once again it's virtual trade show time. There's still plenty to talk about, though, and in this video you'll see Kenda's Gran Mudda tire, Syncros' simple and effective tube holder, Lezyne's new mini-pump, Smith's new sunglasses, some snazzy pants from TLD, and Dynaplug's more affordable tire plugger.



Troy Lee Designs Skyline pants.
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Smith Shift Mag sunglasses.

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Kenda Gran Mudda Pro tires.
Fizik Gravita shoes.

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Syncros iS accessory mount.
Dynaplugger.







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81 Comments

  • 230 27
 Annnnd one more video that should have been photos.
  • 23 16
 I am longing for an official video for release of a tube strap where some dude shreds the woods... lots of slomo and after effects ala CSI
  • 4 3
 And it's not even timestamped.
  • 36 4
 Seriously. I'm not clicking this video.
  • 30 23
 Respectfully disagree. I love seeing the actual products in hand. Gives a much better sense of size and function. Frankly, i think more of the gear reviews need to be done in this style where a bunch are presented in succession. Good job Kaz
  • 18 2
 I rarely watch the videos unless the comments are raving about it
  • 1 1
 My thoughts exactly!
  • 177 11
 You’ll see many of these items featured in an upcoming article. Some people like videos, some like articles, and everyone loves to complain.
  • 2 5
 Why don't you write something up in the comments here? Should be easy enough.
  • 7 0
 I can't watch a video in class
  • 11 0
 @mikekazimer: I hate people that complain !... wait...
  • 6 2
 It's pretty simple, photos in this article don't give them anything, a video gets them Youtube money.
  • 13 0
 @mikekazimer: If I'm not complaining on pinkbike what else am I suppose to do with my time at work?
  • 2 1
 @mikekazimer: I enjoyed your video and liked it, literally and figuratively! However I would have also liked to have seen some version of your comment in the post itself, i. e., “You’ll see many of these items featured in an upcoming article.”
  • 2 0
 @NorCalNomad: Yeah. Working/school isn't for making money. That's specifically allotted PB time until I can get out and ride.
  • 1 3
 @mikekazimer: Wish we could post memes in the comments because this is a classic Principal Skinner "No, it's the children who are wrong." moment. Just picture it, we'll all get a good chuckle.
  • 2 4
 @mikekazimer: Some places of work block videos especially when they are also posted to youtube so it's not a matter of like or dislike, just access. I guess I'll just have to go back to work.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: as if you weren't clear..... hahahah
  • 7 6
 @mikekazimer: you are complaining about people complaining. There's nothing better than feedback from your customer.
  • 1 3
 @jmd07aa: lol that's awesome
  • 2 1
 Yeah, need prices, specs, and links of the products.
  • 2 0
 Gotta keep up with GMBN/GCN
  • 2 1
 @mikekazimer: It wouldn't be Pinkbike, without us (complainers) At our best, we do it with humor.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: Great vid, and I appreciate videos.......It looks like the cleat position is also offset to the inside? How does that affect the feel of the shoe?
  • 72 5
 I think pinkbike needs to realize most of us browse this site at work or university, so we cant watch videos as easily as reading an article. On the other hand, I think pinkbikers need to realize Pinkbike makes profits from youtube videos to fund the growth of the site. If there was at least a small write up with the videos, it would be very helpful for people like me that are going to completely skip this article. I'm willing to spend work time on pinkbike when works slow, but my freetime is more important than watching a youtube video.
  • 99 6
 No you are wrong

97% of pinkbike browsing is done on the shitter. I have researched this extensively

Years ago walking past toilets I would hear ‘damn 29ers’

Then it was ‘what is this boost nonsense’

Then ‘superboost? Really?’

Now it’s ‘another feckin video’
  • 2 1
 @rudymedea: Well said sir
  • 3 0
 @rudymedea: as long as you never heard "looks like a session"
  • 1 0
 @rudymedea: Think I read once that 95% of porn is watched while people are on the throne. Is your extensive research maybe a coincidence to this figure. Pinkbike before Pornhub.
  • 2 0
 @chillescarpe: PHub ain;t what it used to be....
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer mini shoe review with no mention of how stiff the soles are ?? Other than that, good video, F the haters.
PS - I watch every non-riding video at 1.5X speed or more. Can just listen while doing morning thing and no scrolling means hands-free for the important tasks. Reading is for 26" riders
  • 48 3
 Ahh the PB version of a meeting that should have been an email.
  • 3 1
 after Levy left, things...did not go well for a while, and it was hard to see... it just nice to win one
  • 2 0
 @Narro2: Levy left? How did I miss this?
  • 1 0
 @jaycubzz: Fake news.
  • 3 0
 Best comment in a while!
  • 2 0
 @jaycubzz: Levy didnt leave, i was just trying to finish the The Office reference. Levy is in one of his weird vacations.
  • 1 0
 @Narro2: ah. whoosh.
  • 41 2
 - Kenda Tires that look like Assegai or something
- A tinny Lezyne Pump
- Smith sunglasses they look like 100%
- Giro Shoes, looks like a alpine hiking shoe
- Some not so fancy tube/pump holder for your frame
- TLD bike pants
  • 10 0
 the true hero that we needed
  • 2 0
 Fizik Shoes, not Giro
  • 2 0
 @IluvRIDING:
Okey sorry xD
  • 8 1
 Thanks mate you took the bullet for us and wasted your precious time so we didn't have to. This type of articles should be just that and few pictures to illustrate. Seen enough gear in my life to not need a video for info that shouldn't use more than 2min of my life. Thanks to this chap I now have spare time to rant while still not wasting all the brain time PB wanted to sell to their advertisers.
  • 2 1
 Thanks for doing pinkbikes job. Smile
  • 1 0
 Stoked on the tube pump holder. I'd rather strap scratchy things to plastic things, rather than to my frame.
  • 12 0
 I am at the office with a cup of coffe on my left hand, I found the article very interesting, read Kaz as author of the article, and i was.... this is going to be a good morning read....(all of this with a Vince McMahon reaction meme face)

then the video popped up, sh#t, let me grab those headphones then.
  • 5 0
 The fact that the first word in the title is "video" should have been a giveaway Wink
  • 1 0
 @codfather1234: you are definitely right, i dont know if it was originally though...
  • 13 0
 I'm dying laughing at this comment section. I find everyone's passion against this video hilarious. To be fair though.......I didn't watch it.
  • 20 11
 videos suck
  • 7 0
 WHERE IS LEVY???
  • 1 0
 WE DON'T KNOW
  • 2 0
 IN THE SH1TTER!!!
  • 1 0
 It certainly is getting interesting. For this duration, something is up. Going out on a limb and wondering if there is negotiations in regards to manufacturing of Grim Donut and PB? Levy could be caught in the middle. Could be Levy is in Asia overseeing production (including quarantine time of course). Hope he is OK, whatever the case.
  • 3 0
 He's been given some time off so he can prepare for competing in rampage this year.
  • 3 2
 Working on a process to make a 32" Minion from bits of other Minions for the Grand Donut
  • 6 0
 where is Levy? we need answers.
  • 3 0
 brianpark MOD PLUS (Apr 8, 2021 at 19:57)
@neb636: 100% not true. Levy's taking some well deserved time off, but absolutely not off the team or going anywhere else.
  • 11 6
 Why the video for this ?????
  • 6 3
 I'd love to be able to read a transcript of this video with screen shots of each product, much quicker to parse that and see if there's anything worth my attention.
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer have your favourite tires you mention a few podcasts ago been released yet? I’ve been keeping an eye out, but haven’t seen any hints yet. Did I just miss the release?
  • 2 0
 Seriously do that many riders still not know about ski straps?? $7 they're rubber so they won't scratch or move around and you can put your tube and lever kit anywhere you want on your bike...
  • 1 0
 Who said they don't know?
  • 1 1
 that spare tube holder seems convenient, but how many bikes actually have mounts like that on the top tube though? Definitely wouldn't ever mount that on the outside of the downtube down by the bottom bracket where most bikes have mounts.
  • 2 1
 God the comment section on this site is as awful as youtube and twitter combined. So much complaining about content from people who should maybe actually be working or paying attention during class.
  • 6 7
 I understand the want to produce more videos now that things like YouTube can make you some good money with enough hits. Many younger demographics let's say 18-25 are not going to read a whole article but they will watch a video and more than likely will watch the video at the bike shop they work at, which means more eyes are on it and the computer they are watching it on is also the one they drop orders on. I understand why you guys are doing it.


But maybe we could ask for a like 50/50? Have the video be somewhat of a quick overview of each product and maybe like 1 or 2 key notes. Then just say at the end of the video that if you wanna learn more click the link below and have it bring you back to this page where's there is a full product specs list plus a little write up from the company. I don't even see having the write up be something PB has to put together, just have the companies send something In.
  • 1 2
 Sorry I should have mentioned this. I watched the video drinking coffee this morning. While watching I just lizard brained my way through my phone to PB website... PB! Literally low amounts of work for a better user experience for everyone!
  • 3 0
 That tube wrap is a great idea, nice price too!
  • 2 0
 $259 for them safety specs? Holy cow. Might as well post the prices in crypto.
  • 2 0
 Is it just me, or is camo kind of the clothing version of oil slick? Looks neat, but goes with nothing.
  • 1 0
 Haha thats a good comparison. I do think oil slick in very small amounts tho look good with anything
  • 5 2
 VIDEOS FTW!
  • 3 6
 Did PB not get the message that the whole engagement and social media industry lied about user preferences for video? Read the room. People just want an article with pictures.

Here's an article from three years ago that you guys and gals should read: slate.com/technology/2018/10/facebook-online-video-pivot-metrics-false.html
  • 3 0
 In the first 14 hours the video has had 39,000 views - roughly one every 1.29 seconds. I'm not sure if 20 or 30 vocal complainers are "the room."

And to be clear I do prefer articles myself
  • 1 0
 Don't they mean Smith Shift Mag safety glasses?
  • 1 0
 The syncros mount seems like such a gimmick but I am going to buy one.
  • 1 0
 That pump will keep you warm while inflating your 5.8 fatbike in January
  • 1 0
 TIL about tire cutters.
  • 3 3
 The homepage banner ad is for sram roadie stuff? On pinkbike... wtf

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