Check Out - January

Dec 29, 2016 at 1:45
by Paul Aston  
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Check-Out is an article that gives you a glimpse at items under $300 that have crossed the desks here at Pinkbike that we've not had a chance to review yet, but we feel that you may want to take a look at.

Chickadeehill AWK System

• Coil spring feel – air spring weight
• Adds a second positive air chamber
• Nearly linear spring characteristics
• Increased mid stroke support
• Fully adjustable characteristics
• Plug and play
• Weight: 64g
• Available for: Pike, Boxxer WC, Lyrik and Yari
• Price: €190 (Lyrik model), €130 (Pike model)
AWK Chickadeehill dual air spring for Lyrik

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe AWK-supported air spring offers coil spring feel at air spring weight. Because of the almost linear characteristics the fork can be ridden at a lower pressure level. This remarkably increases sensitivity at fast track sections and improves feedback on berms and takeoffs.

Foothill Products - The Offset Hook

• Machined aluminum wheel storage hook
• Accommodates any kind of wheel
• Colors: Raw (silver), Rouge, and Black.
• Price: $25 USD
The Offset Hook

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe hanger we've designed is better than existing wheel hanging options for a number of reasons. First, it offsets the wheels so the hubs and skewers are out of one another's way, which means they can lie parallel to the wall, out of the way. It protects your wheels by getting them up off the ground, and the wheels rest on a soft pad to guard against possible scratches. It also looks, well, good. Way better than a hook from the hardware store - which won't even work if you've got deep dish, aero wheels. The Offset looks at home whether it's mounted in a hallway, office, or a garage. It's made of sturdy aluminum, and is super easy to install (it even fits on pegboard).

Happy Bottom Vegan Bum Butter

• Totally chemical free,100% natural ingredients
• Pain relief from clove oil - pretty clever eh?
• Vegetable glycerine and Egyptian geranium oil
• Antiseptic and antibacterial tea tree oil
• PET recyclable containers
• Tested on @rseholes and not on animals
• Vegan as hell
• Female friendly, it won't make your girly bits zing
• 100ml jar goes a very long way, around 7,000 miles
• Used by Lance Bumstrong, the best fake cycling messiah we could find
• Price: £17.99
Bikemonger s Happy Bottom Bumm Butter

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesCharlie says... This is a wonderful locally produced vegan chamois balm/bum butter. It's not really made from vegans but simply does not offend them. However, if you like being offended, just ask and we will look after that for you.

Dee-Dar Peaty's Push On's

• Silicone material
• No screwing involved
• Six colors
• Price: £4.99
Dee Dar Peaty s Push On s

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesSheffield born and bred, Steve Peat needs no introduction. 'Peaty's Push On's' in association with Uberbike are designed by the man himself and are a universal silicone push on valve cap for both Presta and Schraeder valve types. Just give it a pull, and feel the snug fit come off in your fingers! No more lost caps or fiddly screwing! Stick em on your bike, car, shock valve, wheelbarrow, caravan, mobility scooter, BMX, motorbike, no application unheard of!

Five Ten Freerider Pro

• Good for everything from all-mountain to light downhill
• Full S1™ dotty outsole
• Synthetic, light-weight, weather-resistant upper
• Impact-resistant toe box
• Compression-molded EVA midsole
• Removable Ortholite molded sock liner
• Colors: Men - black/red, night navy, EQT blue and granite. Women - black/pink and grey/teal
• Price: $150 USD
FiveTen Freerider Pro

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesA completely updated version of our legendary Freerider, the Freerider Pro touts superior toe protection and quicker drying than its predecessor while still utilizing a full, S1 dotty outsole for proven grip and durability. Chris Kovarik is quoted as saying, "The Freerider Pro is my favorite shoe to date".

Vaude Cardo Gloves

• Cushioning elements in the palm
• Narrow velcro closure on the palm
• Knuckle protection
• Fleece on the thumb
• Neoprene cuff
• Mesh inserts
• Silicon prints for grip
• Sizes: 5-11
• Colors: black or hydro blue
• Price: €40
Vaude Cardo gloves

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesFingers itching to get started? The durable MTB long finger glove is ready to blaze down that trail. Neoprene inserts protect the back of the hand, ergonomic padding absorbs vibrations and silicone prints on the palm provide a great grip. With flexible mesh inserts and elastic pleats at the fingers, you can keep a firm grip on your bars and brakes.

TSG Tahoe D30 and Tahoe Cap D30

TSG Tahoe d3o
TSG Tahoe Cap d3o

• Shock Absorbing D30 foam
• Removeable pierce-proof insert
• Lateral padding
• Pre-shaped design
• Colors: black, denim, black orange
• Sizes: S-XL
• Price: €94.95
• Shock Absorbing D30 foam
• Anti-slip NBR
• Injection molded hardcap
• Horseshoe shape
• Pullover design
• Colors: black
• Sizes: S-XL
• Price: €129.95

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesFull-coverage knee guard in a pre-shaped sleeve with a true anti-slip fit. The removable soft D3O impact-foam adapts to your body and offers high-performance shock absorption. Covered with a removable, elastic, pierce-proof insert for superior protection. The pro-choice for every action-sport athlete. The Tahoe Cap features an injection-molded hardcap seamlessly integrated into the knee pad. It ensures easy sliding action in case of a bail.


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  • 101 5
 are you kidding me "vegan bum butter" wtf?
  • 61 2
 you know vegan's poops are much softer compared to carnivore and omnivore counterparts. that is why it makes better chamoix cream
  • 65 0
 that's ~ $50 CAD for Bum Butter. My wife would have questions about that credit card statement...
  • 23 9
 @plyawn: it's for lubing each others vegan hippie arse holes when on animal rights protests. It sure gets cold out there. It's like pulp fiction , minus the action scenes
  • 13 0
 @sellcrackcocainetofundhobby: bring out the gimp..........and the bumbutter
  • 9 0
 @plyawn: respond...about your wife thinking it's money well spent (ah, I lost the fight in the end!)
  • 13 0
 I usually like my vegan bums plain, but hey I'll try a little butter on it next time.
  • 23 1
 We got bum butter and miniature butt plugs. Paul is your wife out of town or something??
  • 7 1
 Charlie is an absolute hero down on the south coast of the UK. His is the only MTB shop in a region that has some great riding. He bends over backwards (pun intended) to keep people riding and has helped me on numerous occasions with various mechanicals. 3 Charlie
  • 3 0
 @kubaner: dry bummage hardcore, man don't need no butter
  • 2 0
 @snax001: liked just for the pun
  • 14 0
 And considering it's "totally chemical free", it's actually just an empty tub.
  • 2 0
 @h-beck83: lmfao
  • 2 0
 @BoneDog: Me too.
  • 2 0
 @sellcrackcocainetofundhobby: i fuggin' snorted out loud to this one mate haha...
  • 3 0
 would you prefer the animal-product-based bum butter any more?
  • 1 0
 @snax001: cheers and thanks
  • 1 0
 @plyawn: we can also supply the bum butter with "wife-proof" alibis
  • 47 0
 Bunch of really weird stuff
  • 5 1
 Shift stuff might I add seen plenty bargain fox and troy Lee armour and clobber out there that fails to get a mention let alone one industries full face helmets on for £27!!!! reduced from £109!!!
  • 1 0
 Nice changes
  • 39 0
 Without a size comparison them Peaty Push-on's look mighty X-rated.
  • 44 0
 We've got butt butter and butt plugs. I think pinkbike wants to do something to my butt
  • 19 0

Looks like the bike industry is being more upfront and honest
  • 14 0
  • 2 0
 @UtahBikeMike: if there is a year or poll, you've got a hell a start on the Comment of the Year Award
  • 3 0
 @UtahBikeMike: they will f##k anyone for the $
  • 1 1
 @garb0: Yeah, when one dies, they'll use your butt for a bike stand ;-). Choose the vegan butter and the bike wheel will not stick.
  • 1 0
 @properp: but it's easier to do with bumbutter.
  • 26 1
 Knee pads, Vegan Bum Butter and a silicone spear that resembles something familiar..... This is getting weird!
  • 1 0
 Ironic that they make the bum butter vegan, even though you might be putting some meat up there...
  • 20 1
 Bum Butter, Peaty's Push Ons, and Knee Pads....there's a lot going on at PB we don't know about!
  • 6 0
 Sounds like a dogging kit!
  • 2 1
 can`t stop laughing !
  • 2 1
 I jut imagined what the person who buys all 3 things (Bum Butter, Peaty's Push Ons, and Knee Pads) looks like...
  • 14 1
 Yeah, AWK. Everybody who owns one, appreciates it big time. Best thing that has happened to air springs since...the invention of air springs...
  • 9 1
 can someone explain the AWK to me? it looks like it creates a 2nd air chamber, i'm assuming with different air pressure than the main chamber, but i'm not sure. how does this help with small bump compliance and midstroke support?
  • 4 0
 @xeren: it looks the same as the irt that Manitou uses on the mattoc. It is indeed a second air chamber that you can use to tune mid stroke support - it works really well on the mattoc.
  • 3 3

I assume it has a check valve that once the initial pressure builds under compression, the check valve opens, and releases into the AWK.

But....that's just a guess.
  • 5 1
 @powaymatt: exactly ... its for all those riders who want to have a good mid support but dont want the hard ramp up at the end if achieve it with tokens. The closest to coil that you can get. This is now the 3th generation and its pretty dam good machined.
  • 4 0
 @powaymatt: Not quite, it is just a floating piston. You can run it softer until sag point and beyond sag the spring rate is higher compared to solo air, because the second chamber (higher pressure) comes into play. Beside the german forum, where the man behind the project (user Chickadeehill) explains it, Antonio was kind enough to visualize it on his blog:
  • 1 0
 Thanks guys, that linkage design blog keeps getting better. i love how much work that guy puts in

onemind123, as you pointed out, it looks similar to the mattoc's IRT system, i found the manitou guide on it here (PDF):

which also looks similar to Manitou's MARS air (which i think they're discountinuing this or last year along with the Manitou Minute Fork), where you had both a spring and a coil. the coil engaged first, and then once there was enough pressure on the air chamber, it began to compress as well. though i believe that system is more progressive, and designed more for coil-like small bump compliance.
  • 1 0
 Very interesting. Does anyone have a link that explains how it works in English?
  • 1 0
 @Raffe: copy and paste into google translate works pretty well
  • 14 1
 since when are $150 USD shoes a good deal? wtf
  • 3 0
 Great deal! Buy now!
  • 3 0
 Do the soles de-laminate after a month like their other models?
  • 1 2
 Who said is a good deal?
  • 12 0
 The bum-butter with Peaty-nobs? Late Christmas-gift for roadies perhaps?
  • 8 0
 Or an early Valentines Day gift?
  • 13 1
 Knee pads+bum butter+ Valve plugs= 50 Shades of Pinkbike.
  • 6 0
 Who is running one of these ramp control 2nd air chamber set ups on their Pike?? Input please. Heard some people say the MRP needed higher speeds to activate? Slow speed was harsh? This replaces tokens right? Would like some pros and cons
  • 1 0
 There is a series of comments about half a page up that goes over a little more of the info about it.
  • 6 0
 Chickadeehill AWK System looks awesome. The MRP ramp control was on my shopping list, but I'd rather have this.
  • 6 0
 Now awaiting the AWK Pinkbike review (and hopeful comparison with other similar systems), and a north american distributor.
  • 6 0
 Bum butter and butt cherries!!!!!!
  • 5 1
 $25 for a hook with a bit of padding. I'm sure they'll sell in the millions.
  • 5 1
 Mmmmmm Vegan Bum Butter! Organic and GMO free!
  • 19 0
 You're prolly going to try and combine the bum butter and Peaty's push ons into something gross!!
  • 11 0
 @whattheheel: nah, it clearly states "No screwing involved" so no fun....
  • 3 0
 Finally, a bum butter for me
  • 2 1
 Well played Macross. Well played.
  • 3 0
 @theminsta I'm liking the Chickadeehill AWK System a lot! This would make your Lyrik that much better tup
  • 3 0
 Whole lot of 'meh' this month...
  • 2 0
 So we got butt butter and butt plugs. I think pinkbike wants to put something up our butts guys.
  • 3 1
 wouldn't the AWK let you run higher presssure? (not lower, like it says)

Because it's not going to ramp up as much.
  • 1 0
 Hahaha bum butter! Lance bumstrong the tester bet the vegans love him the tenancy of bump butter is with you Lance the force is in you.hahaha
  • 2 0
 just after I got my freeriders for Christmas
  • 2 0
 Vegan Bum Butter promo by Lance, April 1st, is it that time already?
  • 1 0
 What's the difference between the Lyrik and Pike cartridges? Aren't they basically the same fork lol
  • 1 0
 we forgot to mention that Happy Bottom Bum Butter is TESTED ON ARSEHOLES NOT ANIMALS.
  • 1 1
 The double wheel hook - who are you kidding. those hooks could bare hold a modern mountain bike wheel with semi wide tires.
  • 4 0
 I bought some of these hooks from their Kickstarter campaign. They hold wheels with 29x2.35s with room to spare.
  • 1 1
 1 hook = $25!?!
  • 1 0
 @brianl: yeah but its a nice looking hook and for 2 wheels. $25 to hang a $1k plus wheelset...just to put things in perspective.
  • 1 0
 This is the worst selection ever
  • 1 1
 Vegan Bum Butter hahahahah wtf vegan for your butt lol
  • 15 1
 Yeah, you don't want meat in there..
  • 1 0
 Lol nice
  • 13 15
 That was the worst check out I've ever seen. Throw all that stuff in the trash.
  • 15 1
 You clearly have never shopped at an Adult video store.
  • 5 0
 its winter, might as well be lard and hairball

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