Pinkbike Product Picks

Nov 5, 2012 at 13:07
by Brad Walton  

Race Face SIXC carbon handlebar

The SIXC handlebar has been designed for DH race and light freeride use, with Race Face claiming that it is the world's lightest and strongest bar for these intentions. The 785mm wide SIXC bar can be cut down to a minimum of 710mm, and Race Face has incorporated cut marks to make trimming simple. It also employs reinforced zones where lock-on grips are clamped in place to prevent damage from over-eager mechanics, and features a 8° rearward, 4° upward sweep, with ¾" rise. Weight: 220g. Available colors: Matte Carbon, Red, Green, Blue, Turquoise. MSRP: $159.99 Race Face

Race Face SIXC carbon handlebar
The SIXC handlebar is aimed toward aggressive riders looking to keep bike weight to a minimum.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesIt's only recently that carbon parts have made their way onto big travel rigs, and while we have our reservations about the use of carbon for aggressive riding, Race Face promises every batch of bars is tested to ensure they meet the exacting standards set by their engineers. The SIXC bar drops about 1/3 of the weight of a similarly spec'd alloy bar, but the stiffness feels identical. One thing that is very different, though, is the bar's improved vibration damping characteristics - the contrast is especially remarkable on a short-travel bike. The shape feels very comfortable, and the 3/4" rise is versatile for all types of riding. Race Face is certainly stepping up the game, and as usual doing it in style, with the bars available in a variety of colors.
- Brad Walton



Shimano Saint MX80 pedal

Shimano's third generation of rugged Saint components now includes its own signature flat pedal that is 3mm wider than the older DX pedal, with a profile that is 8.5mm thinner. With a low profile design, serviceable roller and needle bearing internals, and replaceable pins in two lengths with torx heads on the non-exposed side of the pedal, Shimano looks to have put durability at the top of the priority list when designing the MX80 pedal. Weight: 500g (set). MSRP: $119.99 Saint

Shimano Saint MX80 pedal
The Saint pedal is beefy and built with user-serviceability in mind.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesThe 2012 Shimano media camp in Whistler was just the beginning of our time on the new Saint equipment. Out of all the components, our pedals have seen the most abuse, yet have remained unscathed despite close encounters of every kind. This isn't surprising considering the attention to detail present in the new Saint pedals. Rock smashing, pedal grinding, and crashes resulting in the bike sliding down every type of naturally abrasive surface the woods have to offer has left them with nothing beyond some minor cosmetic damage. We haven't lost a pin yet either. Some pins are ground down a bit from pedaling into rocks on occasion, and the pedal bodies are a little scarred, but they both spin as smoothly as when they were new. If a pin does need to be replaced, having torx heads on the non-exposed side of the pedal guarantees ease of removal without grinding off or stripping out the pin heads. The stock pin height works great with sticky rubber shoes, and longer pins are available for traditional soled shoes as well. The concave design and ample body size keep the rider's feet planted securely. Additionally, the pedal body sits slightly farther from the crank than most pedals out there, offering more freedom of movement with less crank arm/shoe contact, as well as a feeling of added stance width to the bike. There are tons of pedal options out there, but we have to admit that with a name like Saint attached to these, we feel totally confident we'll be ready for whatever the trail throws our way.
- Brad Walton



Io/Bio Contact 1 LS Merino wool crew jersey

With autumn's arrival, it's time to start thinking about layers. For next-to-skin comfort in a variety of conditions, it's hard to beat the performance of wool. From its excellent moisture management and thermal control when wet to its natural odor prevention, wool is the natural, sustainable, renewable fiber that keeps us comfortable in the cold season. Io/Bio's yarn technology has created some of the softest Merino wool available that also provides long-lasting wear and superior washability. I/o Bio claims to be the only Merino wool brand to quality control the entire production process from raw fiber to finished garment. The Contact 1 LS crew top is form-fitted with flat-lock stitching throughout and stretches to move with the body. Thumb holes in the sleeves make it easy to add layers on top. Available in charcoal melange, navy, or smoke pine color. Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL. Also available in women's colors and sizes. MSRP: $90 Io/Bio

Io/Bio Contact 1 LS Merino wool crew jersey
The Contact 1 LS is an amazing personal thermostat when conditions get chilly.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesA combination of next-to-skin fit and Merino wool fiber makes the Contact 1 LS our go-to base layer top for crisp morning rides this time of year. Moisture and heat management is phenomenal with Io/Bio's wool apparel. Even on long, rainy rides the Contact 1 LS manages sweat and keeps body temperature at a happy medium. Contrary to many other wool garments we have tried, Io/Bio's fabric is not itchy and doesn't fall apart in the wash. Io/Bio's style is very form fitting, and while it works well as a solo layer, some riders may want to wear a favorite short sleeve polyester top to add an element of fashion and comfort that works especially well for biking. The super-soft fabric is subject to pilling and tearing under hard use such as negotiating briars or crashing, which is an even better reason to use it as a layer underneath a jersey or jacket. The generous sleeve length ensured we remained covered even with our arms fully outstretched. We're betting once you've tried this stuff you'll wear it all winter long.
- Brad Walton


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135 Comments

  • + 444
 I couldn't take the review of the shirt seriously after seeing that picture, and those nipples.. Yikes!
  • + 5
 hhahah
  • + 1
 LOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLL
  • + 93
 Haha those could cut glass
  • + 9
 beat me to it! those things are just scary!
  • + 1
 nice nips haha
  • + 1
 He must have been a little 'excited'
  • + 46
 Smuggling peanuts
  • + 4
 You could put an eye out with those
  • + 33
 as a guy with pointy nipples, i can sympathise with the picture dude Frown
  • + 0
 @hobbnobs "Smuggling peanuts" wtf ....Amazing! Wink
  • + 125
 I'm buying one for my girlfriend......
  • - 16
flag BertRoot (Nov 9, 2012 at 2:47) (Below Threshold)
 Like pygmies c0cks.
  • + 3
 In Hungary, we called it glass-cutter! Big Grin
  • + 1
 I guess there be must 2 pistols hidden in there, like those James Bond things.
  • + 4
 that guy needs a bro!
  • + 15
 could hang a wet duffle coat on those !!
  • + 6
 fedz, that reply is so Scotish! Smile
  • + 2
 Crazy mannips! Couldn't even read the jersey review.
  • + 3
 Better watch it with the nip comments on a PB product write up. I've been censored for commenting on Dakine man boobs :-o
  • + 4
 Diamond Cutters for days....
  • + 8
 Must've been a little nippy outside
  • + 1
 Must have been a bit cold during the photo shoot.
  • + 4
 "The Contact 1 LS is an amazing personal thermostat when conditions get chilly.".. apparently not!
  • + 3
 You could have clothes on those nipples!
  • + 6
 If I was the photographer I would have taped those things down to remove a distraction. And yes it does make it hard to believe the top is warm doesn't it! Apologies to the model.
  • + 3
 If I was the photographer, I would have asked him to rub his nipples with vaselin to soften it up. And it works very well when your nipples are so hard.
  • + 12
 HAHAHA, I knew the first comment would be about the nipples!!!
  • + 3
 headlights are beaming
  • + 16
 yea, saw that and instantly scrolled to the comments. didn't disappoint!
  • - 8
flag Spicy-Mike (Nov 9, 2012 at 13:22) (Below Threshold)
 @BikeTrials

Weird thing, I do the same thing but put the Vaseline somewhere lower and it soften things up pretty quick...............................
  • + 1
 the guy has cold hahaha
  • + 7
 doesnt really look to warm in that shirt
  • + 1
 Mmmmm twin peaks look kinda swole bro... Big Grin
  • + 6
 damn some mtn bike chicks only dream of nice titties like those... well, me, I prefer these:
hottiehotthot.tumblr.com/post/34995898968
  • + 2
 looks like was cold in there
  • + 4
 You could hang cheerios from those glass cutters
  • + 2
 i thought it was a girl without a bra hahaha
  • + 1
 haahahahahah i was gonna say am i the only one to notice that? haha hes nippin hard
  • + 1
 Tittley bit nipply out eh?
  • + 2
 It doesnt look that warm..
  • + 3
 I lost it at "smuggling peanuts" :-D
  • + 1
 The new glass cutters
  • + 2
 Turkey's done!!
  • + 1
 What is a wet duffle coat?
  • + 29
 hey shimano, wanna release a saint clipless pedal? dx's are good (still a mallets guy) but itd be nice to see saint clipless if theyre ditching the dx flats for saint flats
  • + 3
 Yeah it would be awesome if Shimano would come out with something that has a metal cage and some adjustable traction pins and has the same look of the Saint flat pedals.
  • + 3
 I am really surprised shimano doesn't make a clipless saint pedal with a medal cage and pins. Especially, since their top 3 riders (in the video posted today) all ride clipless. Think Minnaar rides mallets. I like the mallets, but I think that shimano SPD pedals work way better thank crankbros pedals. I'd definitely give a saint clipless pedal a try.
  • - 4
flag nuttypoolog (Nov 9, 2012 at 9:24) (Below Threshold)
 Check out the new XTR Trail pedal. That's about what a Saint Clipless would be. XT is a bit cheaper, and there's an SLX version too.

bike.shimano.com/publish/content/global_cycle/en/us/index/products/pedals/mountain/product.-code-PD-M647.-type-.pd_mountain.html

These suck for DH.That's a BMX pedal. Before the new Trail pedals came out I had to keep three sets of these. One always in transit to/from shimano for new (free) cages, one set on my bike getting cracked, and one set with fresh cages in my toolbox ready to go. That resin cage wears faster than my rear tire.
  • + 4
 nutty- read the previous posts before putting exactly the same link up, please?
  • + 1
 also, reading comprehension: "dx's are good (still a mallets guy) but..." so the OP already knows about the DX's. we are talking about potential Saint spd pedals that might be missing in their lineup. lets get back on track Big Grin
  • + 2
 I want more float and adjustable traction pins, I have DX's so I already know about how well the plastic cage slides over rocks but I want crankbros feel with shimano quality, I'd gladly ditch the plastic cage for metal platform with traction pins even if they caught on rocks a bit more, spd's are good but I just have way more confidence with mallets due to their feel under foot (clipped in, you shouldnt have your foot not clipped in on the pedal thats not what platforms are for)
  • + 1
 Well, I thought he may not know about them because in his last sentence he says "ditching the dx flats for saint flats". So I wasn't sure if he was talking about the same thing.
  • + 1
 nutty how the hell do you break those cages? they're indestructible! and I apologize for that bolmaing I probs could've made it more clear
  • + 27
 Why didn´t they put a nice Lady in that shirt??
  • + 8
 Carbon bars are not a recent thing on big bikes, Easton carbon Dh bars have been around for a long time.
Mine are still going strong many years on, now relegated to the cycle to work bike (still cycle on trails), as width and not strength became the issue, sucker for fashion and 711mm is now XC Smile .
This SIXC bar does look very nice. Currently riding Easton Carbon Dh, Enve Carbon Dh and Kineses R750 carbon bars.
  • + 2
 Another user on here told me he doesn't like the Sixc bar because because he feels it doesn't dampen vibrations as well as a Carbon bar should. Now he has made me doubt my Sixc's :'(
  • + 4
 "Baah" said the little sheep. Dont base your opinion of parts off other peoples experiences.
  • + 1
 I bought them because carbon dampens vibrations better as everyone knows, this guy had tried a few different carbon bars and felt the sixc was more similar to the feel of an alloy bar than the other carbon bars he had tried (Enve & Easton)... All I am saying is it has made me want to try others. Don't plan on buying them but the curiosity is there in my head now.
  • + 1
 It also depends on which carbon bar you try. Even in the Easton lineup, the Havocs don't dampen the vibrations as well as the Havens. It is very obviously on a hardtail. That being said, the bars that are wider and meant for more abusive riding should be stiffer and stronger.
  • + 8
 Try and get some of Thomson's new handlebars to test, please!
  • - 1
 Whimper!!
  • + 3
 I am confused. I googled I/O and found this: www.io-merino.com, but the link under the article goes to this: www.io-bio.ca

They are so similar I thought they might be the same, but I couldn't find the shirt on the Australian website, and the Canadian site has no real info about the company.

In any case, if you are considering merino products, you can't go past Ibex: shop.ibex.com. I have a whole bunch of their stuff which I use all the time for riding, hiking and wearing around the house. It's comfortable, the quality is better than some other brands I could mention (Icebreaker) which are made in China and still have a hefty price tag, and best of all, Ibex has huge line of stuff which is made in the USA.
  • + 1
 I own some merino wool pieces for wearing out but I've never had them for riding... From my casual pieces I know they're rather care intensive (i.e. dryclean only)... How do those ibex pieces hold up to washing?
  • + 2
 Machine wash. Warm water, gentle detergent, front loader preferred, no tumble dry. Easy. They dry really quickly, and like all wool products, being naturally anti-microbial, don't require regular washing anyway. I wash my tops every couple of weeks, and just hang them up to air out between wearing. Also, you know how wool tops have a tendency to twist? (The side seams end up winding their way around you). These don't. They don't shrink either =]

Also I couldn't recommend them more for riding. They don't get that cold damp feeling when you sweat and they don't smell. Plus they're super lightweight and pack down really small.
  • + 4
 I expect more from a review. Brad is presenting opinion that carbon bars are somehow suspect. In real world conditions and in the test lab, carbon bars far outperform aluminum. He's simply propogating myths here.
  • + 2
 Yep. All these peeps on here are well and truely sold too by these companies and don't like people rage against the machine of PR. good luck to the lot of them. At the end of the day it's our choice to dislike carbon and our choice to not ride it.
  • + 1
 My hardtail trail bike has a Whisky carbon bar (720mm wide I think).

The bars flex so much that I'm seriously considering getting a different brand despite having spent over $150 on these. If they're strong enough, the flex would be fine. The question is, are they strong enough? "Probably" just doesn't cut it when it comes to not breaking bars.

On rough downhills, they feel like they're flexing about an inch. The bike hits a hole in the trail and my momentum is put straight into the bars. Muscling through this type of heavy impact still makes me nervous despite having ridden these bars for about 3 months.

Maybe I should switch soon... prior to needing jaw reconstruction surgery.
  • + 2
 I think you should mate by the sounds of it. Not worth the risk for saving a few grams.
  • + 4
 That sounds weird. Carbon is supposed to be less flexy. Sounds like a bunk bar my friend. I picked up the Havoc bar and it's ridiculous. So stiff and as the review stated, less vibrational. So your hands won't be killing you at the end of the day. These bars look great too. Just get your ass to a shop soon and take care of that or you might be deepthroating some steer tube man.
  • + 1
 The Enve DH bar I just got is insane, so stiff! I'd recommend it.
  • + 1
 I run the SIXC bar on my AM bike. They're awesome. They're not to good for all day rides or bike park days. The way in which the carbon damps out vibrations is in such a way that it hurts your finger joints at the end of the day. Other than that these bars are awesome. Also: jersey guy: nice tits.
  • + 1
 You know what it amazes me that people mark you down on here for having a valid opinion. Just because its all new and shiny and all the manufacturers pushing for sales are saying its the next best thing doesn't mean that it is! Carbon shatters and splinters when it's pushed past its breaking point...fact! I for one do not want that stuck in my legs or arms. Good luck to those who do!
  • + 1
 alloy fails better? not really.
  • + 1
 Is that comment down to personal experience of you having both carbon and alloy bars failing on you?
  • + 1
 yep both road bars but id rather have carbon, it stayed barely in one piece while alloy just snapped off and left a sharp end
  • + 1
 That's doesn't sound good!
  • + 1
 If you reach the breaking point of your carbon bars, your doing some thing wrong.
  • + 1
 carbon: t boned by a car that was running a red light, alloy i guess could be tho had my head down sprinting and caught a huge pothole
  • + 1
 I just put a pair of the Saint platforms on my Cannondale Claymore 2. Very good pedals. I have a pair of Easton Flatboys on my other bike and the Saints compare to those in regards to sticking to your shoes except the Saints feel lighter and much thinner. Got them a lot cheaper than the list price, so shop around.
  • + 4
 I'm buying that shirt. Hopefully it makes my nips look that awesome.
  • + 3
 love the whole look of the saint family products, sooo original and elegant
  • - 6
flag Protour (Nov 9, 2012 at 5:41) (Below Threshold)
 So do I but these pedals are simply too thick to be considered a top choice, since that's one of the most important things about pedals these days. The rest of the line rules but Shimano missed the boat on the pedal. The Canfields are the best pedals, Saints aren't even in my top ten.
  • + 2
 Agreed. Love my HT AE01s for the same reason. Those Saints basically look like every other thick platform pedal out there.
  • + 4
 Protour, you're back!
  • + 2
 saints arent that thick... ive seen them in person, way thinner than straitlines anyway
  • + 2
 I'm a big fan of Merino wool but not if they blast your nips like that. I like this old school wool jersey a lot. teamalchemist.com/shop/wool.html
  • + 1
 Been using those saint pedals since the summer and there wicked. Removed the spacers from the pins so there longer, loads of grip Big Grin
  • + 1
 Agreed, they're great ;-)

I found the longer pins weren't needed with 5.10's, only (minor) negative thing I can say about these pedals is that holes on the opposing side of the pins gets clogged up with mud and gunk pretty easily. It bakes in hard if you don't wash your bike after a ride.

Oh, and they cost $75AUD (delivered) from tbsm.com.au.
  • + 1
 "The Contact 1 LS is an amazing personal thermostat when conditions get chilly"

....My guess is the Nipples do a better job for less money hahahaha
  • + 1
 MArginal weightsaving over atlas freeride bars on the sixc, and they only come in black, why even bother producing them, spend your canuckydollars elsewhere raceface!
  • + 2
 When you just suddenly look at the photo it looks like a girl with small breasts!!! :-)
  • + 1
 I absolutely love those details in the picture number 3- those leaves behind him are awesome and I guess everyone noticed that white piece of rubbish on the right, right?
  • + 2
 Phot shoot in Nipal? He must be Nipalese...
  • + 1
 Austin Powers: Machine gun jubblies? How did I miss those, baby?

Tis' a tad bit nippily outside.

-CF-
  • + 2
 I am glad they offer a full color range, Raceface bars are art!
  • + 1
 those bars are nice but to expensive. pedals preform well but look ugly. and the shirt... no comment
  • + 1
 i've been using the sixc bar along with a renthal stem for a year and a bit and the pairing is pure dope
  • + 1
 I have the raceface bars... They are awesome. Ride all day and never get that hand cramping from trail vibration.
  • + 1
 Pedals on the new dj, And hot damn that shirt would make my nips look good!
  • + 2
 refreshing to see more big bike oriented parts this week
  • + 1
 Carbon bars love em I weigh 120 kg and haven't had any complaints running Easton havoc carbon
  • + 2
 at least they could put a chick with that shirt... would be way better...
  • + 1
 I have a set of Sixc's bars and cranks my self and what I can say is they are the best bars I ever had Beer
  • + 1
 Saint pedals. Awesome enough said!
  • + 1
 ...and for $90 you too can cut diamonds...
  • + 1
 It must have been a cold day when the shirt pictures were taken.
  • + 1
 or the guy thought th photographer was hotSmile
  • + 1
 Just bought my self some saint pedals......they're awesome!!
  • + 1
 saint pedals are so heavy 490g
  • + 1
 Those bars look pretty cool
  • + 1
 That's good you left the adam's apple in the last pic
  • + 1
 Yeah, I'd say his personal thermostat is a tad off.
  • + 1
 thats nipples is topic of the day!
  • + 1
 Wow look at those fembot nipples....
  • + 2
 Nice Chesticles bro!
  • + 1
 It's cold I guess...again those nipples Big Grin
  • + 1
 The flat pedals look very cool. A riser bar is nothing for me.
  • + 1
 It's a tit nipply eh?
  • + 1
 sick nipples
  • + 1
 Oi! Tis chilly!! LOL
  • + 0
 Those saint pedals are fking expensivee!
  • + 1
 That dude looks cold Wink
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