Check Out: Fiber Enhanced Sealant, Gloves, Shoes, Packs, Books, & Frame Protection

Oct 19, 2020 at 7:07
by Daniel Sapp  



A lot of gear comes across our desks here at Pinkbike. Check Out is a monthly round-up of everything our tech editors have gotten their hands on. Sometimes it's products we're doing long-term tests on, other times it's stuff we're stoked on but don't have time to fully review. And, sometimes it's crazy shit someone sent us unsolicited and we're having a laugh.



Black Ox Sealant

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Features

• Sealant enhanced with carbon fibers
• CO2 friendly
• $17.99 USD - 16oz.
• Seals holes up to 9mm
• Installs through the valve stem
blackoxsealant.com

bigquotesBlack Ox Sealant is a latex sealant with added carbon fibers which are said to aid in plugging larger holes. The sealant was developed out of frustration with the current options available not working well enough to prevent a flat at US Collegiate National Championships.

The sealant is available in three different sizes and can be used at temperatures below freezing. It's compatible with CushCore, mixes well with most other sealants, and the carbon fibers in the sealant are sourced off of products destined for the landfill.



Cognative MTB Gloves

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Features

• Minimalist glove
• Touch screen compatible
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• Soft thumb wiper material
• Pre-curved fingers for better comfort and control while holding bars
• $29.95 USD




bigquotesCognative MTB's updated gloves have a host of features for a minimalist gripper. There is a stretch panel on the cuff for easy off/on. The glove is touch screen compatible, and there is a reinforcement patch between the index finger and thumb to prevent common seam blowouts.

The thumb has a soft material that won't chafe your face when you're wiping your nose, and the fingers of the gloves are pre-curved to give more control and comfort when gripping the handlebars. Cognative also donates 2% of their sales back to various trail organizations.



UST Swerve Hip/Handlebar Pack

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Features

• Convertable hip/handlebar pack
• 4 ways to wear pack as hip pack or sling
• Fleece-lined padded pocket for valuables
• Handlebar attachment system
• $69.99 USD
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bigquotesUST's Swerve Hip Pack packs a lot of features into one package with an emphasis on versatility. The pack can be used as a standard fanny pack, slimmed down to be more minimalist, split to have essentials on the hip and on the handlebars, or just mounted on the bars of your bike.

There are pockets for organizing your gear and plenty of straps to lash a little extra on. The pack could offer a solution for those who shred some days and do more of a party ride on others, where having something attached to the handlebars is more acceptable.





Etnies Camber Crank Shoe

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Features

• Inspired by skate shoes but, for mountain bikers
• Michelin OCX-3 rubber
• Lugged pattern on toe and heel for hiking
• Stiff molded TPU for pedaling
• $99.99 USD
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bigquotesEtnies is well known for their classic flat soled shoes. We were using them for years before the advent of stickier rubber options, but they went a bit by the wayside. Now, they're back with the Camber Crank, designed for mountain biking with a stiff sole, Michelin rubber, and traction on the toe and heel for hiking up and down.

The shoes come in three different color options and sizes 5-14 (US).



Ground Keeper's Frame Keeper Frame Protection

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Features

• 6 piece kit
• 10 mil thickness
• Available in transparent or opaque, matte or gloss
• Custom Options
• $48 - 79 USD
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bigquotesIf you spend thousands on a bike frame, then it makes sense to add some protection to it. Ground Keeper have launched their Frame Keeper frame protection, which includes six 10 mil thick pieces to protect your frame in key areas. The kit is available with their stock designs for $48 or, riders can go fully custom for $79.

With custom options, riders can have a transparent decal or make whatever design they want and re-graphic their frame which could be a much more affordable option than a fully custom paint job. The kit has large trim-to-size pieces so riders don't end up with weird gaps in the graphics or holes in their protection.



Shred Til Bed - The Mountain Bike Animal Alphabet

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Features

• Written by Dan Necklen
• Illustrated by Mike Hearsey
• Hardcover




bigquotesShred Til Bed is an alphabet book aimed a mountain bikers young and old. Each letter of the alphabet has an illustration of a mountain biking animal to accompany it, everything from a pair of bikepacking antelopes to a sleepy zebra duo that are resting after a busy day of zooming around.

The book is produced by Kids Ride Shotgun, but there's only a mention on the cover and title page - thankfully there aren't any hidden advertisements in the colorful illustrations. It's a clever way to make learning entertaining and interesting - where else can you learn about roosting, hucking, and numbats all in one place?





171 Comments

  • 137 3
 As a new father to an 8-month old, I've never gone from awareness to purchase as fast as I just did with that Shred Til Bed book.
  • 34 0
 My 15-month old just started saying bike. Had to buy it.
  • 6 0
 Yep, just did the same
  • 169 0
 As a 384-month old, I wish someone would buy it for me
  • 7 0
 It's my 4yr olds daughters favorite book, the illustrations are amazing
  • 4 0
 I have a 1 year old and while it is a little steep for a kids book. I am in as well.
  • 1 0
 Same! I have a 2.5 year old, he has a strider but isn’t really interested in it, and I don’t want to force it on him. But maybe this will spark some interest!
  • 2 0
 My son LOVES that book. It can grow with them too. The illustrations are great and funny for little ones, then the alphabet is introduced for toddlers, and then the readability is easy and fun for older kids.
  • 4 0
 @Milko3D: just cracked up over that
  • 1 0
 Just got my three year old riding pedal bike with no training wheels! He/I cannot wait until I have him on a mountain bike.
  • 2 0
 Just ordered for my nephew. He's gonna be stoked!
  • 8 0
 No milk bottle option on that book? Unreadable.
  • 1 0
 I wish this book was around a few years ago cause all of my nieces and nephews would have loved it!
  • 5 0
 Stoked to hear that! Thanks heaps
  • 1 0
 Absolutely love taking my kids on the kidsrideshotgun seat. Buying this book now!
  • 1 0
 The poopies get easier to deal with but are never forgotten.
  • 3 0
 Looks like I'm going to have to do the same for my almost 3 year old daughter. She loves animals, and loves bikes.
  • 3 0
 Ha! Same lol have a 4yo learning alphabet now that loves riding, I went straight to website and bought it immediately.
  • 1 0
 @BigLips93: same.. my kids are now 12y and 16y.. no chance they wanna read that... maybe I buy it for myself =)
  • 1 0
 I'd say, "hop on that train ASAP". Jesus Christ had kids, and he never had sex. May as well giv'r the old heave ho.
  • 4 0
 I swear this book reinvigorated my 3 year old to get back into riding her bike. Her interest had waned, and the day after we read it she was ready to ride. Also note that there are a bunch of female animals/riders in the book which is great from a male dominated sport.
  • 1 0
 @chriskneeland: My 2 year old kept saying "nice, bike" when she see my bikes, so I got her the Shot Gun seat instead. Was tempted by the book at check out though.
  • 1 0
 @Heiril: Nice man. You'll have to let me know what you think of it. My daughter turns two next June so it would be a perfect time to ad the Shot Gun seat to the bike.
  • 1 0
 @chriskneeland: The seat is great, but don't rush getting it, till your daughter understands the danger of doing a no-hander when she's not the one in control of the bike. I was horrified yet at the same time fighting hard not to follow my instincts to pull my brakes in order for me to slow down and stop. Looking around for a child harness now to tether her to me while riding, safer no-handers training.
  • 112 4
 How nice of Blockox to save the landfills of that horrible carbon fiber waste, by dispersing it throughout our forests instead!
  • 14 0
 Might as well skip straight to the nanoplastic step
  • 11 0
 My thoughts exactly, cut out the middle man!
  • 53 4
 How the F did someone think a name that sounds like "BLACK C*CKS" for a white liquid product was a good idea?!
  • 3 0
 Reminds me of a Key & Peele episode
  • 48 0
 Nothing fills your holes faster or tighter than blackox!
  • 6 0
 Don't mention this to any white hockey fans from Chicago.
  • 46 2
 I get the utility of carbon fibers in the sealant, but judging by the spray that comes out of my tires with a pinch flat, I'm concerned about leaving all those fibers in the woods. Heck, regular sealant is bad enough.
  • 21 0
 I know "carbon fiber" is supposed to symbolize bike performance in people's minds so strongly that it's automatic and almost beyond question, but for real there was something in the phrase carbon fibers that made me think asbestosis or microplastic pollution before my brain got to "oh, cool, does that work?"
  • 7 1
 @Snfoilhat: Y'all know what carbon is, right?
  • 4 0
 Man, one of the best ideas I found was using some Ground pepper in my sealant. Friendlier to the environment and Did a great job on a few tire punctures/slashes that regular sealant would not have plugged.
  • 1 0
 @teenwolf: never heard of this. where did you? super clever.
  • 1 0
 @teenwolf: that’s a great idea. I’ve heard of glitter before, but not pepper.
  • 1 0
 In the old days they used to put horse hair in plaster and other building products to gain strength from the fibers. It seems like maybe there could be a more natural alternative to carbon fibers in sealant. Might try chopping up some of my dogs hair after a brushing and throw it in the tires.
  • 2 0
 @atwyrrk: I remember seeing it somewhere as an easy and cheap alternative to Stan’s “Race” formula, which had plastic little bits in it...I can say that it was proved to work well and once my “pepper” sealant plugged a borderline slash on the sidewall of a tire that never should have survived! Never had to replace it until worn from regular use. Def a good solution - cheap, enviro friendly, and easy to find in your cupboard!
  • 37 4
 Skip a few pages ahead in that book:

Pp

Pinkbikers

A Posse of middle aged dorky dudes
Who think they riding skill is similar to Richie Rudes
  • 6 1
 *Pinkers
  • 29 0
 call me cheap but im tired of 30,40,50 dollar gloves that are lower quality than my mechanix gloves .. like c'mon man profit margins must be crazzzyyyyy... i dont know im sure im gonna get roasted but i feel like summer gloves you be 10-20 and winter gloves 20-30 anything after that and the glove better have a specific gimmick
  • 1 1
 Shimano gloves are pretty bang for buck ime
  • 3 0
 Mechanix Vents are easily my favorite glove for just about everything. They last a crazy long time, especially compared to my TLD Ace gloves that lasted all of 3 months before the stitching came undone on one.
  • 2 0
 Fly racing dirt bike (mx) gloves are my go to... often get them for 10aud.. (7usd)
  • 1 0
 I paid more for the Fox Kevlar defend but they are worth it. D30 padding in the knuckles and they are holding up well.
  • 1 1
 If I'm going to pay top dollar for gloves, they're either going to be in a fresh design from fist (like their hot chips I'm currently using), or say troy lee designs on them. Otherwise it's Thor or O'Neal for sfa.
  • 1 0
 @Ajirruti if you feel left out of the expensive gloves group but still want that Mechanix build, the Kitsbow gloves are just rebranded Mechanix but people in pubs will let you chat them up
  • 1 0
 @blowmyfuse: no i have tld, fox, and dikine pairs my current favorites are bad touch gloves nechanix gloves are more winter gloves for me ... im just tired of spending 30-60 on shit gloves with big names
  • 3 0
 FINALLY someone else uses Mechanix gloves instead of crappy and expensive MTB ones. None of my MTB gloves lasted very long, usually a year, but currently I'm on 4th year with my Mechanix MPact without any issues. It can be a bit warm at summer, but who cares.
A soldier friend told me about it, he said, if it works out for the army in the desert, guess it can handle your MTB riding... Big Grin
  • 1 0
 I ordered some Mechanix gloves after reading many comments like this. The problem is that the seams on the gloves are placed in ways that rub when holding handlebars, making them very uncomfortable. I got two pairs to try, but neither really worked for riding for me.
  • 2 0
 @mtb-sf: Try the Vents, easily the best for riding.
  • 25 0
 Do you or a bike mechanic you know suffer from mesothelioma from inhaling carbon fiber particles from an overinflated tire or a pinch flat due to BlackCox? If you or your friendly neighborhood mechanic was diagnosed with Mesothelioma you may be entitled to financial compensation. Please don't wait, call 1-800-99 LAW USA today for a free legal consultation and financial information packet. Mesothelioma patients call now! 1-800-99 LAW USA"
  • 6 0
 When I was riding through the deserts of south western USA I did some climbs to the tops of some plateaus where I caught mesathelioma.
  • 1 0
 How do I know if I have contracted BlackCox?

I only typed that because no punch line I could think up was funny enough. Best to just let the the word marinate for a bit in the juvenile mind of the readers and let the PB gallery take aim.
  • 16 0
 That etnies shoe looks all warm & cosy (you know your getting on a bit when your heart skips at 3M insulate)
  • 7 0
 I'm currently wearing the exact shoes in the picture. I must say they are great for plain 'ol walking around. Build quality is high and the soles are stiffer than they appear. Not had a chance to ride with em however (f_cking work getting in the way of fun).
  • 2 0
 @LOTCP: I'd really like to hear about the grip once you do, and, of course, their grip compared to 5.10s.
  • 2 0
 I've got some ernie's with the same michelin sole. Shoe is super comfy, but the grip isn't where it needs to be. Less grip than vans, way less grip than five tens. Great shoes otherwise, but grip is king in the flat pedal world.
  • 1 0
 @hardtailparty: apparntly they updated the rubber in both marana crank and this new shoe for 2021 to be grippier
  • 1 0
 @Civicowner: that's great to hear. Its an interesting sole pattern. Sometimes my pins sink right into good grooves and it locks in, and sometimes it doesn't. I'm glad to hear it's grippier.
  • 2 0
 @hardtailparty: Yeah, i have some of the non mtb ones for casual wear and they work surprisingly well on DMR vaults

Love the channel btw, from one slack hardtail enthusiast to another Big Grin
  • 1 0
 I would wear them if they were breathier. It's hot in Australia.
  • 1 2
 You gotta love the fact that they throw the mtb tag on it and can charge quite a bit more... A normal pair of etnies would cost you $60.
  • 1 1
 @stumphumper92: yeah, its awesome, epeicially the part where they use a diff mudsole, diff upper and diff outsole... Facepalm
  • 1 1
 @Civicowner: Ok? Do you think every pair of Etnies is the same? Go ahead and ride in a normal pair of etnies. Guarantee you they don't ride any different........ I ride in vans and they're just as good (if not better) than five ten's. Throwing an mtb label on something does not mean it's superior. It's marketing bud..
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 @Civicowner: thanks for the kind words and for watching!
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 @stumphumper92: dafuq? of course they feel different, theyre a different shoe?? not sure what youre getting at here mate, just buy the non mtb ones?
Vans are all cool and good, apart from the fact the sole has no stiffness and th upper falls apart Big Grin
Etnies didn't just throw an mtb label on, pretty much the whole shoe is different. i am wearing the non mtb maranas right now BTW. and i do ride in them when my other shoes are wet... night and day. (oh wow.. the mtb labelled ones are better for mtb?? who would have thought?)

Ez solution.. if you're so woke just buy vans, no one is forcing you to buy mtb specific shoes
  • 11 0
 all I see is that blue Transition...... just wow.
Sealant=those fibres will be part of the inside skin wall that forms with every sealant I have used over 2 decades. Every time I take a tire off the 3 cups of sealant is non existent or hardly there. I can collect it by pealing off the inside walls of my Minions and Marys every 3 months. It will be a forever problem I put up with sealants work great but it's a messy clean up unless the rims are UST along with the tyres. I have weighed the inside skins that are extracted and some have been over 60 grams of rotational weight I notice with a new fitting. It also seems that somehow the formed skin protects the inside rubber from degradation. Happy monday. lol.
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 Out of curiosity, any advice on how to make the removal easier?
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 @Mr-Gilsch: latex paint remover for the rims, you should be able to get it at a hardware or paint store. Use it and then wipe down with isopropyl alcohol. I believe that latex paint remover will break down natural rubber as well so best to avoid getting it on your tires
  • 2 0
 @sjma: Marys and Minions is referring to tires.
  • 4 0
 @sjma: thanks, although I'm more curious about removing the sealant from the inside of the tires. Any suggestions there?
  • 2 0
 @Mr-Gilsch: 3M scotch brite pad and some time is all I've been able to find that's safe for the tires. Warm soapy water might help but I think it just makes a mess.
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 @Mr-Gilsch: I use a dull knife and scrape at the sidewalls while pulling the skin like removing a new window protection layer
  • 1 0
 Wait, you run 3 cups of sealant in each tire? Like 24oz?

I think I found the source of your build up problem.
  • 1 0
 @mtb-sf: I start with 2 and after a month I open up examine and add a cup so there is some floating fluid to seal a hole. I ride half the year in thorn, corral, lava and nasty terrain in Jamaica and the ride demands no tech issues you might have at home with a shop around every corner. In normal conditions I use half an Orange squeezer roughly 2 cups per tire or one mustard container. I switched to blue Bontrager sealant this year and still use the Orange injector kit. The 5 or 6 bikes working Jamaica bikes use up a collective 2 full jugs a season and that is 4-5 months. Any less and i am screwed there is no bike store in Negril and no sealant, 27.5 tubes and other useful items we take for granted like an allen key set or torx bits and NO PRESTA mountain bike tubes and no tyres.
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 My Jamaican Tubeless conversion under 20 bucks cause there are no valves let alone guerrilla tape www.facebook.com/groups/MADMANTOURS/permalink/1651309445046652
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 @madmon: Aha. I see we have another international unit of measurement issue. 3 cups/24oz would be about 1.5 jugs of sealant. You must be referring to some scoop that came with a sealant when you say 3 cups. I usually use about 2 oz of sealant per tire, which is about 60ml. Never had a flat on my MTB tubeless, although I've had a few on my gravel bike.
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 @mtb-sf: no confusion one Orange Seal container=2 tyres
  • 1 0
 I use tune one-shot, has a long life and is CO2 compatible. Super happy with it.
  • 7 0
 Those etnies look dope. There’s a massive opportunity in the flat pedal shoes market in my opinion for companies to take advantage of. I love my Five Tens Trailcross high tops, but heading in to the cold season I know my feet are going to be freezing and wet. We need more high tops with insulation, waterproofing, and other features like boa, D30 ankle protection, and lace covers.
  • 4 0
 I have been happy with them. Good shoes.
  • 1 0
 I had surprisingly good grip on some 45NRTH pedals my friend had on his fat bike when I was messing around wearing well broken-in LL Bean boots. The rubber on them is basically chewing gum so they might not stand up long term to aggressive flat pedals well.
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 Agreed. Especially for those of us in northern climates. I'm not big on clipping in in the winter as i tend to wipe out more due to ice or deep snow, but i have to get creative to get grip on flats. waterproof hiking boots are about as good as i can get but i'd be all in on a set of mid top or high top flats with gortex and a boa
  • 1 0
 Been using a thin neoprene toe sock inside my shoes with my 5.10 EPS hightops for NorCal winters and RC's in fall/spring conditions, works really good if your toes get cold and helps semi-water proof the toe box.
  • 6 0
 I signed up for the pre-order of Shred Til Bed. Received my copy last week. It is rad... Also the illustrator is definitely a mountain bike tech geek like me. Though none of the bikes are labelled it's pretty clear to tell what they are, like the T-rex is definitely on a Yeti SB165 and the bear is on a new Santa Cruz.
  • 4 0
 That sealant is a write off straight out of the gate. Any product like this should be mandatory biodegradable. We're supposed to be environment friendly and take care of places where we ride. Some of us pick any trash find on our way and then there are companies like that. Slow spreading of carbon land fill around the globe is not a solution.
Pinkbike, I know you're private company/marketing agency, but honestly - shame on you for promoting this crap.
  • 6 0
 Ah yes, I definitely do not want holes in my protection. Learned that one the hard way.
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 Cant speak to the environmental friendliness of it, but ive found that a roughly 2 parts to 1 part mixture of Flatout Sportsman Formula and Stan's sealant will actually seal puncture holes fast and stays liquid in the tire rather than forming the dried up skin. Been experimenting with most of the off the shelf offerings, both bike industry and otherwise, as well as homebrew. this works best out of all ive tried. Last ride i landed a jump short and cased the rear tire direct on a sharp rock. Instant hiss and deflate to about half the previous pressure, but when i stopped to inspect, it had already sealed a classic pinch puncture in the tread and at the rim bed. Pumped up and kept rolling.
  • 6 0
 10mm thick? Is that right?!
  • 16 1
 No, mils and millimeters are different. A mil is one-thousandth of an inch, or .0254 mm.
  • 9 0
 No, I think that's "mil", which is Americanese for 1/1000th of an inch
  • 15 0
 @pinhead907: equivalent to 14 fluid ounces
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 @mikekazimer: ahhh gotcha....thanks!
  • 5 0
 @mikekazimer: I’ve always thought “mil” and “micron” we’re interchangeable and I’m just now realizing it’s a good thing I’m not an engineer.
  • 4 0
 @mikekazimer: too bad. While 1cm sounds like ridiculous overkill on protection, 1/4 millimeter does nothing for rock strikes and will only protect against scratches.
  • 5 0
 @mikekazimer: it's bad enough when we have to convert from pounds to kilos, but at least they aren't called the same thing! 2 mil thick steel is very different on either side of the Atlantic...
  • 8 0
 Yeah, I've only ever heard it referred to as a 'thou', short for thousandth
  • 8 0
 @pinhead907: I have to use mils at work and I f*cking hate it. It seems purpose made to be confused with mm.
  • 10 0
 I've always wondered how the countries using imperial units ever achieved any technological progress. Still puzzled.
  • 4 0
 @mountainsofsussex: Let us not forget tonnes, tons, long tons, short tons, and tuns.
  • 2 0
 @mtmc99: I know. My specific job is entirely metric, but some of the people that I work with do use mils in some of their parameters, which has got to be annoying.
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 @Slabrung: Countries? I think they're only using it in USA, no?!
  • 4 0
 @Timo82: Don't forget Liberia and Myanmar.

And your Canadian. Y'all don't even know which system you use!
  • 4 0
 @mikekazimer: This is how Spinal Tap ended up with the tiny Stonehenge.
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 @Slabrung: its cause those of us making the progress use metric!
  • 2 0
 Holy crap. I just now learned this...and I'm an engineer for a living.
At my work we have always referred to "mils" as mm (e.g. 4-mil Hardox) and thousandths of an inch as "thou" (e.g. 10-thou clearance). As a competitive shooter, I also use "mils" to refer to milliradians, which is an angular measurement. Ha!
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 @mtmc99: I'm with you. We work with engineering teams that use both systems and that has in the past, lead to some extremely rushed parts and modifications in the on site machine shops.

We've since clarified our communication protocols but still it's impossible to train out 30 or so years of habits from some people.
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 @iamamodel: All appropriate units of measurement for a good 'your mom' joke.
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 @mtmc99: I can easily believe that. And I guess that companies that only use metric have some competitive advantage.
  • 5 1
 I want to shoot different caliber guns at tires filled with Black Ox. But I'm low on extra tires.
  • 10 0
 If it works you can just keep shooting the same tire.
  • 5 0
 Apparently you’re going to need more than a 9mm so keep that in mind
  • 5 0
 Shooting tires with these ammo prices?! You must be a dentist.
  • 2 0
 @crazyXCsquirrel: true. I've considered buying a fancy reloader kit, but who am I kidding? I won't even bleed my own brakes.
  • 2 0
 Just a heads up that the UST Swerve Bag appears to be for sale to US residents only. There's no option for shipping to Canada.
  • 7 0
 Oh no. What a shame. Maybe they are withholding it until we open our borders? That will teach us eh?
  • 9 0
 We’re making fanny packs great again down here.
  • 1 2
 Canucks can s a d.
  • 1 0
 I am surprised anyone would even consider that.. it just looks too much like a traditional fanny pack?
  • 2 2
 @garrisond5: You know we would... but that 'D' is currently being kept deep inside the U.S public by the Trump administration. Sorry.
  • 4 0
 Etnies where have you been?
  • 2 0
 They've been putting out MTB shoes pretty consistently for a while now, though more aimed at slope/DJ riding. I've been riding the Marana Crank for the last year.
  • 20 0
 hanging out at the food court in the mall... then covid... so now they have a mtb like everyone else
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 Been my go to for the last couple of seasons. No more one-and-done FiveTens.
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 @chriskneeland: How's the fit compared to 510?
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 @brytar: Thanks for the memory trip.
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 @drunknride: A bit narrower. Which is why I like them. I have a narrow foot so I've always felt like a lot of other companies were too roomy. Although, I went from the Marana Crank to the Marana skate version. The Crank version is reinforced, but I don't think it needs to be. The skate version sole is the same rubber and the shoe feels broken in right out of the box. But disclaimer, I don't pedal in them...they're my park/dj shoe only. I run clips on the trail bike.
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 @chriskneeland: Thanks! If you could elaborate; a bit narrower like a normal athletic shoe or narrow like the new style vans that squeeze the sheet outta your feet? The 510 freeriders have more toe box then I need but feel good otherwise.
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 @drunknride: I was riding the Fiveten Freeriders before I went to the Etnies. The Freerider sole at the ball of the foot is pretty wide so I always had some movement in that area when squeezing the cranks. The Marana sole is narrower so it fits like a glove for me. Might not be for everyone but if you find the Freeriders a bit wide, the Etnies are a good option.
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 @chriskneeland: Thanks again
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 I’ve given up on Five Ten, but there’s still hope that Etnies might make high tops someday!
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 they already do, etnies marana mid crank Big Grin

(high enough?)
  • 1 0
 Five Ten make the Freerider EPS High, or at least used to. I've got them myself and they make a decent winter/mud shoe.
  • 1 0
 The new fiventens are actually really quite good. I'm impressed by the look of the etnies.... But I'd want to know that they grip as well.
  • 2 0
 I wonder how that sealant got environmental clearance, putting out small "plastic" must not be very helpful to the creatures that might ear it.
  • 1 1
 Black Ox is pretty amazing sealant. All the local bike shops around here use it because they're a local vendor being out of Oxford, NC. I'm a big dude, and I always lose PSI overnight in my tires, but this stuff holds the PSI so much better than the other sealants I've used in the past.
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 Book ordered!! Thanks for sharing that!
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 I had pre-ordered it for my little one. It is great.
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 Blk Ox semen tire sealant
  • 4 0
 Call of duty black ox 2
  • 2 0
 Excited to see a review on those Etnies, rode BMX on some old Etnies all the time.
  • 3 1
 just what we need, carbon fibres floating around down your drain and into the ocean...jeez
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 What does CO2 friendly mean? Do they just mean they've diverted some carbon fibre from landfill. I'm pretty sure that wouldn't have ended up in the atmosphere.
  • 2 0
 It may be a reference to using CO2 tire inflators, which can cause some sealants to solidify instantly.
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 @thekaiser: Yeah that does make a lot more sense.
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 Damn, got the blue, and black Etnies, but the red, and gum look better now that I'm looking. Too bad no blue, and gum, or blue, and something like brown, with gum.
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 They're very nice, very happy with them so far.
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 Those Etnies Camber Crank Shoes do not look like mountain bike shoes. The sole pattern is all wrong. That won't grip for crap on studded flat pedals. They basically look like skate shoes with hiking compound sticky rubber and a stiffer sole. Almost their Etnies. Still needs some kind of lace protection device (to keep them out of the chainring) and will certainly need a different sole pattern. Etnies, bring forth a clip-less option, I might just try them since Adidas just screwed up the 5.10 Hellcat Pros and my Velcro strap is starting to crap-out.
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 I'm definitely not down with the black ox sealant. I'd rather use Orange seal or Muc-off sealant which is safer for our environment.
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 BIG BLACK OX
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 Shred Til Bed - that'll be my coffee table book. Definitely centerpiece as a chick magnet Wink
  • 6 0
 How old are the chicks you're dating bro??
  • 1 0
 @garrisond5: Obviously anything older than the jailbaitsBig Grin
  • 3 0
 That hip pack looks dumb
  • 1 0
 I will say that the Groundkeeper protection comes in some super rad color/design options and holds up well.
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 "Seals holes up to 9mm". Reaches for Glock 19...
  • 1 0
 But what about the exit wound?
  • 2 0
 I've you have ever seen a hairier arm, please let me know.
  • 1 0
 That Black Ox sealant looks interesting! Mixed with carbon to plug holes up to 9mm is impressive tup
  • 2 1
 Hey what does that white liquid look like in a tire okay cool thanks
  • 1 0
 Cognative Gloves looks like they ripped off Handup Gloves.
  • 1 0
 They probably did. Original work and designs these days is uncommon.
  • 1 0
 Ya'll take dirtnaps.
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 I have never used sealant in my wheels. Never had a flat.
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 Skateboarder?
  • 4 0
 So are you planning on riding your bike, or?

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