First Look: Tsuga Gear's Pisgah Pad - Pond Beaver 2021

Apr 9, 2021 at 13:46
by Daniel Sapp  

Tsuga Gear have debuted a different take on the shuttle pad. Instead of attaching to and covering the entirety of a truck's tailgate, the handmade Pisgah Pad attaches to the bike, protecting it and the truck. Tsuga views it as a good solution for those who frequently have to take their truck pads off and on, dislike many of the bulkier systems currently on the market, or don't want to cover up backup cameras.

The team at Tsuga claim that the static contact point of the pad being fixed to the bike helps minimize wear that often occurs from traditional tailgate pad designs on bikes. It also protects vehicles by not being affixed to them, except when a bike is in the bed of the truck.

The pad is constructed from burly materials and features a soft 60A rubber to keep the pad from compressing and a GripTech material on the outside to provide a grippy and durable surface. There are hooks to attach the pad to the frame and fork, and then a strap to loop up and hold the handlebars at a 90-degree angle. There's a strong magnet to help keep the pad compact and folded when not in use.

The Pisgah Pad can be used by itself or with Tsuga's entire system which features straps to help securely tie down bikes and keep them from colliding with one another in the bed of the truck. Pisgah Pads start at $125 for the pad and feature a variety of options for purchase. There are three different color options.

Additionally, Tsuga makes The Pisgah Mini - a smaller single-loop downtube protector for riders looking to beef up their current pad situation and better protect their bikes. The mini sells for $40.



bigquotesThe Pisgah Pad is a really interesting and functional take on a shuttle pad. While a lot of riders will prefer the simplicity of a pad they can just leave on their trucks, this could be a valuable solution for those who are traveling and renting a truck at their riding destination or for those using their trucks for more than just driving to the trailhead on a Saturday morning.

The pads are well-made, easy to use, and plenty compact to toss in a bike bag or even a backpack if the need to carry the pad down a shuttle run ever exists.
Daniel Sapp

Pads are available for pre-order now and more details can be found at tsugagear.us.


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105 Comments

  • 117 15
 Or you can just put a folded moving blanket on the tailgate...
  • 45 1
 Psh, only the Pendleton blankets are allow to touch my car and bike.
  • 14 2
 Padded moving blanket and a ratchet strap costs less then $25 and you can use it to help a buddy move when you're not headed to the trails.
  • 23 1
 I have a $10 yoga mat from Sierra. I can go through 12 of those before I have spent the amount of the cheapest tailgate pad out there. Also, I don't like the idea of advertising that I have a garage of bikes with a traditional tailgate pad.
  • 54 4
 I DID THAT!!! and on the way down the highway the blanket flapped and flapped and flapped and some dust got in there and rubbed and rubbed and rubbed and NOW I have this cool pattern on my tailgate! it's like a really cool swirly dull spot. Kinda neat. and fucking annoying, and expensive, and embarrassing, but most of all pretty stupid!
  • 16 0
 Which ends up being a big muddy soggy mess in the PNW.
  • 16 10
 I enjoy seeing solutions to problems that do not really exist or can be solved for $20 or less.
  • 4 2
 Moving blankets FTW! I get coupons from Harbor Freight all that time so that blanket costs like $5 and if it gets too dirty? I just buy another and use the old one for various things. Plus I don't have to worry about someone steeling an expensive tailgate pad.
  • 10 1
 Pfft.... cut pipe insulation/pool noodles, one for the downtube, one for the fork. Way cheaper....
  • 13 2
 Tailgate pad = diaper for your $80k Raptor
  • 2 0
 Secret of the pros!
  • 92 3
 Yeah, just let me strap up all of these to each bike every time we go up for shuttle laps.........just give me a minute here..............just onto the second one now......................almost there..................................anybody got any water?.......................Just about done.........................guys, these are way superior to a tailgate pad, what are you talking about?.............................last ooooooonnnnnnnnnnnneeeeeeeeeeeGOT IT. Ok, lets go guys. Guys? *everyone died of heatstroke/boredom*
  • 3 2
 yup, makes no sense. What if someone loses one?
  • 3 1
 @jaydawg69: 100% chance a buddy drives to fast on the shuttle road and all of them get blown out of the truck.....
  • 56 2
 Do they call it the Pisgah pad because all the Florida bros wouldn't dare wreck their TRD Pros with a real pad but when they need to head up to Brevard for some PisGah GnAr brah they gotta protect their $9k megatower that normally sees service as a glorified XC bike cruising alafia and santos?
  • 34 0
 Tell us how you really feel
  • 44 1
 Damn, this has to be one of the most specific rips on FL mtb that I've seen on here. Gave me a chuckle.
  • 11 0
 that cuts deep
  • 1 2
 cackling
  • 6 0
 Don't forget the part where they ride Dupont the whole time and then talk about how great the riding in Pisgah is when they get home.
  • 49 14
 5-6 bikes with a regular tailgate pad = ~$150
5-6 bikes with these = ~$625

I'll stick with my 1up...
  • 58 2
 1up 1 bike = ~$395??
  • 93 8
 @TooManyBikess: Don't try using logic with the 1up fanbois
  • 12 2
 @TooManyBikess: 1up are the best rack out there but nowhere cheap that's for sure.
  • 10 0
 @ybsurf: agree. I want one but my kuat works just fine. No disrespect to 1up.
  • 3 0
 replaced a 1up with a 50 dollar tailgate pad. biggest stonks ever
  • 3 0
 @TooManyBikess: heheh. I have 3 trays. got it back when I was driving a wagon. now I can haul 2 dirtbikes in the bed and 2 mtb on the rack.
  • 1 0
 @antikid: sounds like a rad setup. Dirt bikes are a dream at this point. But username checks out and I do in fact have too many bikes. Cheers.
  • 27 1
 LETS GOOOOO
  • 7 0
 lol ur a convertible
  • 24 0
 $125 each? Yeah, no.
  • 28 0
 The dentist pads
  • 19 1
 The ultimate excuse to get out of driving your friends to the trails. "Sorry dude, only got one pad"
  • 56 1
 better hope it's not a heavy flow day
  • 4 2
 @bdub5696:
That has to be in the running for Comment of the Year.
  • 20 9
 Props to those guys for shooting for a different approach to this idea. Many don't realize how bad tailgate pads are for the paint on their trucks.
  • 24 2
 My tailgate pad has saved my truck from piles of rockchips. When you use your truck for actual work and towing, paint is the least of your concern.
  • 6 0
 Pff paintwork, leaving it outside in a hailstorm did for the paintwork on mine... and the windscreen... and a wing mirror.
  • 9 0
 under my tailgate pad in the least messed up part of my truck. just make sure the tailgate and underside of the pad are clean and you should be good.
  • 9 0
 @BMXJJ327 you're doing it wrong
  • 11 0
 There's supposed to be paint on my truck?
  • 3 0
 tight shuttle roads with overgrown undergrowth and my buddies get in and out of the bed has fucked my trucks paint up more then a tailgate pad.... also i use my truck like a truck..... its gonna get fucked up in a job site or in the woods.
  • 14 1
 In the bed of the truck, not on the tailgate.. Anyone, anyone???
  • 5 0
 17 years ago I bought my first truck. I then bought two pressure treated 10’ 2x6s, a few cuts, screws and a can of paint later I had a 4 bike bed rack that stands bikes up, no rubbing, easy loading (can wheel up over closed tailgate) and has lasted to this day. It’s on my bed all season long parked outside and is just now showing rot, not sure if it’ll make 20yrs, but I’m holding out as long as I can.
  • 1 0
 @pourquois-pas: Could you share a photo? So far I’ve always gone the moving blanket route, but I’m pretty intrigued with your idea. Thanks.
  • 2 0
 Not if you want a crew cab truck and the ability to fit it in the garage.

My short bed midsized truck aint holding any enduro/DH bikes in the bed.

Team packing blanket/pool noodle 4 life.
  • 1 0
 @lalondep: There are oodles of ways to go about it.

I don't have a pic available. Mine is just two 2x6 the width of the truck bed between the wheel wells, connected by 4 pairs of perpendicular 2x6s spaced evenly across the assembly and each pair far enough apart for your tires.

www.google.com/search?q=2x6%20bike%20rack&tbm=isch&tbs=rimg:CZm26uV4OsivYewxeApuluib&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CAIQrnZqFwoTCPC5_IrJ_e8CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAJ&biw=1245&bih=633
  • 1 0
 @y0bailey: MY DH Bike fit in my Colorado Crew with tailgate up, just had to face backward with bars turned. Required a bit of a cutout to keep the derailleur from being bashed, but worked fine.

Besides, trucks deserve to live outside in the wild Smile
  • 13 1
 BAHAHAAHAHAAHAHAHA!
  • 9 0
 ENDURO SHUTTLE FRAME FANNY!
  • 6 0
 Before tailgate pads and in the Roach days, we would use our knee/shin pads that would come off each run, and strapped to the down tube and fork. Funny how 15+yrs later it makes a “revised” comeback
  • 6 0
 One more thing to store between use? Hard no.
Also, my Dakine pad was $100 and it's going on 5 years of heavy use with zero fail.
  • 2 0
 Same...
  • 7 0
 You'll need more padding than that. Those square tailgate edges on carbon frames and stanchions = no bueno
  • 4 0
 Black furniture pad FTW. Cheap and multifunctional.
I can use it to cover up my bike and gear if it's locked in my truck to avoid unwanted attention.
I've also used it as a changing blanket, beach blanket, added insulation under my mattress when sleeping in my truck and a way to keep muddy kids and dogs off the seats.

The downside is that I don't get to immediately identify as a "shuttle bro" at the trailhead/ overpriced coffee shop.
  • 7 0
 Or get a van. That way neither the criminals or @Tonkatruck can see your bikes. And you can sleep in it as well
  • 3 0
 While I love my shuttle pad, I have always thought of it as just an over-engineered blanket. Good job with the design, it looks well thought out, I just don't know if it is needed.. Especially not at the price of a new 5 bike shuttle pad.
  • 4 1
 This is great! I love the ease of a tailgate pad but I have a shell on my truck (always have always will) and the tailgate pads make it so the window doesn't close. This is an easy way to transport bikes while keeping both truck and bike safe. They are a bit pricey but I still preordered.
  • 7 0
 A banana hammock for a bike
  • 5 0
 looking forward for the merino wool sweaters for the main frame and scarfs for the head tubes.
  • 3 0
 The main thing I don't like about tailgate pads is that they are super abrasive and my 1000$ fork stanchion is rubbing like hell on them as I bump down the severely potholed road. Maybe this solves that?
  • 2 0
 A microfiber cloth wrapped around the stanchion and a piece of pipe insulation under the frame are good pro moves if you use a shuttle pad.
  • 1 0
 @evostumpy: Roger that, thanks
  • 3 2
 These things bring tears to my eyes every time I see one, zero mechanical sympathy for bike or truck. I'd actually like a tab on pinkbike that let's me block all tailgate pad content.
  • 2 0
 This is a great idea as tail gate pads scratch up the paint. I have an F150 I bought brand new. The tail gate is scratched up and has a few spots where the pad rubbed the paint off right to the metal. Definitely hurts to have paint damage on a 40k truck. Best solution would be to get the tail gate wrapped in 3M clear but the Pisgah pad seems like a good option too.
  • 6 0
 You taking the pis gah?
  • 1 0
 In the photos, it looks like they have some other devices holding the bikes in place? Looks quality and functional; also looks like a lot of work. Can't see myself wanting to go through the work to install that each time I go for a ride.
  • 4 0
 LATCH IT RACK......look it up
  • 1 0
 Wait a second - - never heard of that Latch It but it looks kind of awesome. You use one?
  • 2 0
 @AckshunW: One of my riding buddies has one for his Ranger. He stopped using it though as you have to put the tailgate down so you loose the back up camera and you can not really store stuff in the bed without another storage solution. We were kinda used to just tossing all the post ride pads and helmets in a tub or loose in the back and you can't with it installed. If it works for you though, it was a good product.
  • 1 0
 @AckshunW: Yeah...I saw it on a Ford Ranger Youtube video and contacted the guy (pre-pandemic)...haha. I have it just for my friends 2012 F150 as I still am rocking my 1998 F150. We've been using it for road trips to Rays and what not. I live 2-6 hours from fun so It doesn't bother us to take it on and off...It's super light. Everybody likes the way it locks to the tailgate and a cable lock goes through all of the bikes...That way we can go inside restaurants and not worry. When I'm not using it--it folds up pretty flat. I like it. It's more of a bike rack than a tailgate pad...but It's easier than hooking up a hitch rack--especially if you use your truck as a truck.
  • 4 0
 that's not @danielsapp 's truck. I'm calling BS.
  • 3 2
 IMHO gate pads are totally ghetto. They not only look ghetto, but they destroy your bling paint both truck and rides! This idea would be like double bagging it when you go to slumming in Thailand, for triple the price! Nope!
  • 1 1
 Has anyone considered that an entire replacement tailgate could be found for just about any truck for under $300.00? Buy a shuttle-dedicated tailgate and have it rhino-lined, or some other shuttle-friendly somethin' somethin'.
  • 1 0
 Their website is so hard to see what it does. Lots of super dark images that don't convey what it is. Thank god for that video! Had no idea.
  • 2 0
 My thoughts exactly! Did you look at "The Nugget"? Talk about cryptic - a secret awaiting an official unveiling? Is it a back pack, hydration pack, baby or puppy carrier?
  • 3 0
 I’ll stick with my tailgate pad. Faster and easier
  • 3 0
 This has to be one of the most worthless things I have ever seen.
  • 3 1
 Is this what they put on horses to collect their poops when riding in town???
  • 1 0
 I like the idea if you just want to haul one bike and not drag out the whole tailgate pad. I would be interested at 1/3 of the cost Smile
  • 2 0
 Check out our racks at www.exodux.com Definitely a lot better than a tailgate pad or one of these.
  • 1 0
 Are those bars on your racks 1inch bars? I have a rack w/ 1inch round bars that a few of those steer tube mounts would be freaking amazing on if they fit.
  • 1 0
 @y0bailey: Nope...1,25" crossbars.
  • 1 1
 As someone "who frequently have to take their truck pads off and on", I can assure you this is way more effort and cost than just taking the hole 2 secs to take my pad off and on. No thanks.
  • 3 0
 $125!
  • 3 0
 Uhhhh... nope.
  • 2 0
 Well at least you’re only wrecking the bike
  • 5 2
 Fuck sakes
  • 1 0
 Anybody have a recommendation for a shuttle pad for a truck with a utility bed and a short height “tailgate”
  • 1 1
 Another brilliant product for the folks that joined cycling because of Covid. Wait until all these bros find out they can have a front derailleur for double the gears.
  • 1 1
 What's the point? They also appear to lose out on the ability of the tailgate pad to not only protect bike and truck but also secure bike to truck.
  • 1 0
 2 weeks late on this one guys
  • 1 2
 A large subset of the MTB buying public are monied yuppies. These will sell, People love going into debt chasing trust fund kids' Instagram lives.
  • 3 1
 That price is absurd.
  • 1 0
 Ha I thought I was the only one who used a furny pad.
  • 1 0
 "Tsuga! Tsuga! Tsuga!" -Froggy
  • 1 0
 No Europeans on this thread..
  • 2 1
 Nice truck. I have one that is nearly identical
  • 1 0
 Isn't that a for sale sign in the rear window of the truck?
  • 1 0
 Legit thought this article was about some sick trailside house in Pisgah
  • 1 0
 Pool noodle , and some ball bungees. Dollar store special.
  • 2 1
 Insane pricing!
  • 2 2
 Hard no.

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