Tech Briefing: Clever Little Gadgets, MTB Jeans, Colourful Brakes & More

Jan 29, 2024 at 8:23
by Christie Fitzpatrick  





WTB Announces Their First Fat Bike Tire

Available with or without carbide studs pre-installed, all versions of the Bailiff are 4.5" wide and feature 312 stud pockets. (Learn more.)
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Pace Cycles New 2024 RC529
Complete bikes from $5,745.83 CAD

The bike is the older sibling to the RC429. (Learn more.)
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RiDE Creatives' Gearbox DH Bike Concept

Their caps-lock key might be broken, but the bike looks interesting. (Learn more.)
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Handup's Adventure-Ready MTB Jeans
$69 USD

After the success of their jorts, Handup decided "it was time to leave a little material below the knee." (Learn more.)
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YT Industries; Capra Core 5
From $6499 US / $8999 CAN

All the nicest components and a full Öhlins suspension package, all on the current Capra frame. (Learn more.)
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OneUp's V3 Dropper Post
Post Only: $269.99 USD / $364.99 CAD | Post & Remote: $299.99 USD / $399.99 CAD

V3 is significantly lighter with a ton of other claimed improvements. V2 is one of our favourite posts, so we're interested to see how V3 stacks up. (Learn more.)
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Hope's XCR Pro Brake Options
XCR PRO X2: £200.00 / €250.00 / $253.00 USD | XCR PRO E4: £225.00 / €285.00 / $285.00 USD

Hope's lightest brakes now come in more colors, and can be configured with the E4 caliper for more power. (Learn more.)
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Wolf Tooth's 8 Colours for The ReMote Pro Lever
ReMote Pro Colors in 22.2 Clamp Fitments are $69.95 USD

You can now choose from 8 different colours. (Learn more.)
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Ibis Ripmo AF & Ripley AF Receive UDH Hangers, New Colors, & New Price
Complete builds start at $2,999 USD⁠

Both the Ripmo AF and Ripley AF models now feature SRAM’s Universal Derailleur Hanger. (Learn more.)
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E*thirteen Components' New MTB Wheels for 2024
Various

The new line of MTB wheels includes the Optimus Trail, Sylvan All Mountain, and Grappler Gravity lines. (Learn more.)
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SCOR's AI-Designed Frame Protectors
From €35 EUR / $51 CAD

SCOR's intern went wild with AI and created a limited edition run of frame protectors. (Learn more.)
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Tonton Fat Bike
Frame from $2200 CAD / completes from$5200 CAD

The Alberta-built Tonton was tested by the legendary Reg Mullet. (Learn more.)
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Jank Components Steel Idler Pulley, Chain Guides, & Beer Holders
From $19

All sorts of clever little gadgets. (Learn more.)
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Pace RC429

This model has a range of applications and builds from trail to bikepacking, flat bar to drops. (Learn more.)
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82 Comments
  • 100 11
 Can we still say fat bike in '24?
  • 76 2
 Food Attracted Bicycle
  • 39 1
 it's not the bikes fault it's fat.
  • 26 3
 HATESPEECH
  • 12 21
flag MaxGuerette (Jan 30, 2024 at 6:59) (Below Threshold)
 Call them what ever you want... They are bucket loads of fun in the east coast when there's 3+ feet of snow and you can't really ride your summer bike LOL. I just don't run around yelling it like some people..... It can also be called the Clown bike..
  • 9 3
 Is Tonton not the greatest name ever for a fat bike? Genius! I wish I had thought of that! Star Wars nerds (like me!) rejoice!
  • 4 2
 @MaxGuerette: I was in Banff last December and my buddy and I went for a hike. Saw two dudes riding fat bikes and we were jealous. Looked like a blast!
  • 7 1
 In places that still have winter, a fattie makes for a nice addition to the quiver.
  • 7 0
 @workingclasswhore: grossly obese biking? Big boned biking? No, no, its Plus Size Biking.
  • 3 0
 @sledMXer: two ton of fun. I like big tires and I cannot lie. Snowbike
  • 15 7
 Be careful, it may identify as a 29+.
  • 11 2
 We call them Murican Bikes
  • 1 1
 @kennyE: hahahhahaha
  • 8 0
 Yes, so long as you don't suggest Ozempic as the sealant.
  • 1 0
 Well, you can say DEI bike, just to not offend anyone and cover all bases.
  • 1 0
 Yes, but you cannot recommend me one.
  • 1 0
 Big boned bike
  • 1 0
 @kennyE: Nutritionally Aligned Bicycle
  • 1 0
 Yes, but it must be spelled with a ph instead of an f
  • 1 0
 @vandall: there's already Plus Sized...
  • 2 0
 Horizontally Endowed Bike
  • 1 0
 Horizontally challenged bike
  • 28 3
 The One Up DPs are significantly more expensive than I remember them being! - grumpy old man
  • 3 0
 yah thats like a $60 increase over the original cost of the V2, which is now nicely discounted though.
  • 10 11
 they are but they honestly have been the most reliable post in the game hands down. I have yet to see another post survive subzero temperatures without loosing charge.
  • 7 1
 @BoneDog: PNW Seat posts have entered the chat! Not saying the One Ups aren't good, but the PNW posts are a reliable post as well.
  • 3 3
 @BoneDog: I've had a couple xfusion manics that have been more reliable than my V2 oneup. Including one on my fatbike that exclusively sees cold temps. The oneup isn't bad and is super easy to service. In my experience, however, I haven't had to service the xfusion manic. Where my V2 oneup requires 2-3 services per season. I'm curious to see how the V3 is compared to the V2.
  • 1 0
 anyone have a good reccomendation for a remote for this post? I got the V3 the day it came out and swapped out my transfer. my lever (fox) now feels like garbage, super notchy
all new cables, ends, ferrules etc, confirmed no cable bind.

seems fox linkage (at the bottom of post) is better? i took apart 1up and greased pushrod which helped a ton but still meh....
  • 3 0
 @collintimmermans: on my V2 I used a PNW loam lever and it worked pretty well. I think one up posts generally have a shorter actuation system at the post making them feel a bit stiffer at the lever. The bearing in the loam lever definitely helped but I can see a lever like the Wolftooth light action working really well due due to its longer lever arm.
  • 4 0
 @Bman7649: I was also impressed by the performance of the XFusion Manic that came stock on my bike - until it needed a rebuild. The PNW Loam I have takes about 10 minutes to service and doesn't require anything other than tools and some grease. The Manic requires a $70 replacement cartridge and the process is significantly more complicated.
  • 1 0
 @heze: dialed! thank you. I would assume the linkage on the post is the same from the v2 to the v3... i remember the v1 was treacherous, it pulled the housing instead of the cable itself, with a dinky o ring to hold er in. ha...
  • 1 0
 They’re twice the fun
  • 4 0
 @collintimmermans: OneUp also makes a V3 lever that works great.
  • 1 0
 @Weare138: good to hear on the PNW Dropper. My most recent bike came with one and I've heard good things. Maybe I lucked out on the Manic but I haven't had to rebuild either one I have and they have a lot of time on them.
  • 4 1
 @Bman7649: yea not sure what all the hype is over one up droppers. They dry out and need a service within 2 months of UK use. Where as my bike yoke has had its first service after 6 years…
  • 2 0
 @heze: I had a wolftooth with my transfer post and it was perfect. Then I got a new bike and transferred it onto that which has a One up post, but it felt horrible, so I put the one up lever back on.
  • 2 1
 @rich-2000: totally agree, my one up is way less reliable than my old transfer post that worked for many years without needing maintenance.
  • 2 1
 @Bman7649: I'm wondering if the V1 dropper is the most reliable of the oneup iterations. I've seen issues with my buddies who have the V2 with much less usage while my V1 has been flawless for 5 straight years of heavy winter and summer riding... with like zero maintenance other than slapping some grease under the collar once a year and wiping the stanchion down between rides.
  • 3 1
 @Bman7649: same for me, never maintenanced my xfusion dropper for 3 years, still runs smoothly - my OneUp dropper on the other hand, while just being used very rarely, had problems pretty early
  • 2 0
 @Bman7649: Same here, I curently run a OneUp DP on my main Bike and had to service it twice (in about 5000km, so thats pretty good) but I didn't service my XFusion Maniac on my second Bike once in over 4 Years ( about 8000km on that one).
  • 6 0
 Heads up on the Handup jeans- they are very comfy and appear to be quality for the price, but are not really compatible with biker legs. Unless you are going for the jeggings look. 32/32 was perfect length and waist, but felt like I was taking up 50% of the stretch everywhere else. I excitedly tried them on when they showed up yesterday, and was mocked by my wife :'(
  • 2 2
 desirable feature, I don't like my pant legs flapping around and getting caught up in the chain
  • 3 0
 She knows the only reason we buy them is the $69 price and because our pants say "Handup" (hand up my pants?). Otherwise, they're just overpriced stretch jeans.
  • 2 0
 @jdkellogg: I'm not advocating baggy pants. The thighs are the real problem anyway. Ankles were actually the loosest part of the pants, and I have pretty burly ankles.
  • 3 0
 @noapathy: I was looking forward to pairing them with my old metal shirts and the "69/420" geo graphic on my ESD that seems to offend a surprising amount of people.
  • 3 0
 “Handup pants” was my nickname in high school
  • 2 0
 Also: The handup jeans feel heavily on the synthetic side of jeans, and so feel a little warm (to me) for how thin they are. I think the fit is slim, so is now safely out of fashion
  • 3 0
 @anomalouspixels: Burly ankles, amazing! From one burly ankle human to another, cheers.
  • 1 0
 So you kept them to taunt her back Smile
  • 2 0
 Yes on tight thigh fit. Also, mine smell SO bad. Nasty chemical, mothbally odor. The smell even leaked out onto other clothes that I washed with the jeans.
  • 1 0
 Ion do very good bike friendly jeans. Nice fit for yer average cyclists malformed legs
  • 2 0
 @jdkellogg: go with Old Navy skinnies and save 50 bucks at the same time!
  • 1 0
 @coachzed: Same with me with the blue but not so with the black. Not sure the story.
  • 1 0
 @anomalouspixels: 36/32 here and the wife suggested I buy another…
  • 11 1
 Whats with the fries? I don´t get it.
  • 4 0
 Click on the link for SCOR.
  • 4 0
 @ceedub72: I did that, I still don't get it.
  • 9 0
 @gabiusmaximus: An intern's sense of "random" humour couple with AI's propensity to hallucinate.

There's nothing to "get"
  • 4 0
 If you click through and look closely, the top tube decal is hamburgers. Burgers and fries (not defending it, just explaining it).
  • 7 0
 It's probably something to do with fat bikes
  • 2 0
 Chips on the frame...
  • 1 0
 @korev: Thatr would make at least some sense. But do they call them Chips in Canada/US?
  • 1 0
 @brainbckt: Not only the burgers on the top tube, this is the downtube protector: m.pinkbike.com/photo/26147113

So, a burger with fries theme, don’t really know what it is, that people don’t “get”.
  • 6 1
 random fact of the day...Tonton spelled backwards is Notnot. You're welcome.
  • 2 0
 I really hope E13 has fixed all the reliability issues. The carbon downhill rims are among some of the most indestructible rims ever exist. Now the hubs are absolutely awful and chew up bearings like no other. And for some reason, they spec cross country sized tiny, really crappy, all aluminum nipples break when you look at them. Don’t even get me started on the Rams but I really hope that they fix this because those rims really are good.
  • 3 0
 The RiDE bike has the funniest little wheels I've ever seen.
  • 1 0
 It corners like it's on rails, but the bb clearance might be an issue for some riders.
  • 3 0
 And they're on backwards
  • 1 0
 @gtill9000: Good catch; those rotors are indeed backwards. Here's hoping they're better at building bikes than editing photos!
  • 1 0
 That Scor Ai-Designed Frame Protector is already giving me some silly ideas
  • 1 0
 Endurance racers normally have those on the handlebars...
  • 1 0
 Props for "Tonton"...surprised no one had garnered that name for a fat bike yet.
  • 1 0
 In a world of half priced bikes, find something expensive, and pay full price for it.... Be a man.
  • 1 0
 I survived Northern Ostrobothnia and all I got was this crumby tech brief
  • 1 0
 Scor - eat fast, die young
  • 1 0
 Halston inversion post coming soon!
  • 1 0
 Both the RC529 and the RC429, how are they going to keep this Pace up?
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