Randoms Day 2 - Core Bike 2020

Jan 30, 2020 at 9:44
by James Smurthwaite  

After seeing its athletes cover half of their helmets with another brand's goggles, Bell has released its first line of eyewear with the Descender. Rather than start with a premium goggle, these are actually aimed at the mass market, however Bell have plans for more models in future that will fill up that space too.

The Descender has a polyurethane frame and elasticated strap with a silicon grip. They should be compatible with any helmet, full or open face.

Protection wise, you get CE EN 1938 Certification and UVA/UVB/UVC protection up to 400nm. The mirrored version will cost £49.99 and the clear version will be £36.99, replacement lenses are also available.

Cane Creek

Cane Creek have partnered with SKF to release these bearings for mountain bikes that use MTRX's Solid Oil filling for lubrication. The technology is is often used in dirty environments where ingress could drastically shorten the life of bearings. In these bearings, the lubricant fills the space between the balls so there is very little chance of contamination, even if you're using a jet washer.

Cane Creek acknowledge that this won't be for everyone, especially as there is an apparently significant efficiency penalty to pay, but if you live in sandy terrain or jet wash your bike a lot and go through a lot of bearings, you may be willing to take that trade off.

Currently, Cane Creek are offering a version of their 30mm axle bottom brackets with the bearings but have plans to broaden the range soon. The price is from £120 for a bottom bracket.

Brand X

Brand X's range of simple yet effective droppers continues to grow and they have now added a 200mm version to their line up. Best of all, it will be selling for the same price at the 170mm version at £169.99. If you need to replace your current dropper for a longer stroke or because it's faulty, this could be one of the more cost-effective ways to do it.


Last year Leatt released a new goggle range and this season they are looking to introduce shoes, making them a full head to toe mountain bike brand. We are still waiting to learn more about their new footwear range but we have been told they will be available for consumers at the start of this season, so watch this space.


2020 looks like it may be the year of bike packing at mountain bike shows and Evoc are out of the traps early with their range of bags. They say these bags are more for 'credit card bikepacking', where you ride from hotel to hotel rather than wild camp. This style of adventure means you can cut down on your luggage and weight so you can enjoy the riding in between stops a bit more.

As such, these packs are relatively small in volume but have a number of MTB specific features such as frame bags sized to work with shocks and narrow straps on seat post bags that don't interfere with dropper seat posts. A mock-up of how they may look on a bike is below:

Micro Spline Hubs

Now that Shimano has relaxed its licensing of Micro Spline hubs, brands are able to offer their own aftermarket hubs compatible with the Japanese brand's 12 speed set ups. Here are Hope's and Halo's.

Halo is also working on a conversion kit so that riders with older hubs can update them to Micro Spline:


SixSixOne continue to work on their Recon knee pads that have a removable plastic knee piece (that won't be white in the final version). This padding around the side of the knee has been repositioned for this prototype. The final version of the pad should be done by Core Bike next year.


There were a few new tools from Birzman including an internal cable routing tool and a rotor wear indicator.

No need for a micrometer, if your rotor fits in the slot, it's time for a new one.
This tool uses magnets to drag your cables through your frame. It comes with fitments for housings, hoses, cables and Di2 so should take the stress out of any internal routing jobs.


Inspired by MotoGP and, presumably, camels, the Rival Pro Vest is a set of body armour with a difference. Instead of a traditional back protector, this comes with a hard shell hydration reservoir built in.

In motorcycle racing, this piece fits behind the helmet to help airflow while also protecting the rider and providing a water source. The mountain bike version only fulfills the latter 2 goals but provides 700ml of hydration and improves the certification of the jacket from CE Level 1 to CE Level 2, the level required by the EU for motorcycle riders. The vest can be run without the hydration pads or even the shoulder packs if you want. Price: £199.95.


  • 86 2
 What if there was a pinkbike article and no one commented ..
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 HELL would freeze over!!!
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 Ik right, like what's the purpose of this site?
  • 9 0
 Cruise back to Pinkbike 2005 and your “what if” would be answered.
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 It would be called Vitalmtb
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 @rtclark: or dirtrag....too soon??
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 Like ice cream that doesn’t melt...
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 @WAKIdesigns: You mean one would read it without enjoyment?
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 @rtclark: That was RAW.
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 Then you would be on vitalmtb...
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 Imagine there's no WAKIdesigns It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no 29ers, too
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 that birzman tool looks like a bad idea. Usually the rotor wears in a concave manner, this tool doesnt appear to account for that.
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flag freeridejerk888 (Jan 30, 2020 at 17:30) (Below Threshold)
 Why would it?
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 @freeridejerk888: Because more pressure tends to get put in the middle of the pad, and rotor. check any worn disc, most of the time they're concave.
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 I knew a bike shop owner that messed with his chain tool to make most chains be worn. I see a new business model here. @spaceofades:
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 Not only that, but the outer edge of the rotor isn't supposed to be used because your pads should never be above the rotors for safety measures, so most brands have your pads hang 1mm or more bellows the rotor edge.
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 Well I meant that more sarcastic like why would they miss something like that haha @spaceofades:
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 (nearly) All rotors have indents on the outer edge of the rotor. Whenever you measure the rotor thickness - either with this or calipers - you need to measure at one of these indents to account for misaligned calipers
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 Those EVOC bags look like brown paper bags
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 right, looks like someone was stashing bags for drinking beers in public
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 I thought the same thing except padded mailing envelopes.
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 They're from Munich, of course those bags are intended to store beer.
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 Perfect to carry booze around the hood !
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 @JonFlow: fair enough hahah
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 My 150mm BrandX dropper has been a dream to own, would upgrade to the 200mm long boi without hesitation.
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 Have the 170mm version. Can’t beat Brand-x in terms of value for dollar!
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 Hopefully they'll also have a 34,9mm version
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 @derekr: Have the same. You know if they can be user-serviced?
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 @Arierep: Is that to fit on the outside of the seat tube?

I think you mean 31.6mm to go along with the other two sizes of 27.2mm and 30.9mm

34.9mm is the clamp ID
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 @handynzl: nopes, 34,9mm dropper diameter, is increasingly common
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 @Arierep: I've seen it only on Specialized. Use a shim and will save a little bit of weight as well.
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 @Vyckinis: Pole does as well, and I'm sure there are more. Not interested on weight savings, I actually see the larger diameter as a feature
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 @booked-for-simulation: I don't own one but I asked the question a while back.. I think the answer is that it can be just serviced to a point but the cartridge is sealed and needs replacing every so often. But the cost makes it viable. I havnt bought yet because I think I want something completely user serviceable
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 @booked-for-simulation: my brother has one, he's quite happy with it.
AFAIK, you can adjust air pressure (duh) lube the seal foam doughnut and replace the cartridge unit if it dies
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 If brake pads weren't set up to rub out to the edge of the rotor, a ridge would be still at original disc thickness... Micrometer ftw!
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flag nixgame22 (Jan 30, 2020 at 19:28) (Below Threshold)
 Micrometer still wouldn’t help you in this case.
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 Why not just feel if is there’s an edge on the inside of the disc?
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 I would bet that thing is going to cost more than twice what a basic, accurate micrometer costs.
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 @bonkywonky: Because that would make too much sense.
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 I use a micrometer to check at a few spots around the rotor and it works well. I guess if you could get a oblique enough angle (and miss the untouched-by-pad rotor edge) , you could use vernier/digital calipers too.
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 (nearly) All rotors have indents on the outer edge of the rotor. Whenever you measure the rotor thickness - either with this or calipers - you need to measure at one of these indents to account for misaligned calipers
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 I’m just perplexed about how day 2 is somehow 5 days after day 1.
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 Anything will fit in the slot if you are brave enough.
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 That brake wear tool could more accurately be described as a "rotor selling tool".
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 Replace rotors and chain often. Or you might die.
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 Grip wear tool.

Pedal pin wear tool.

Tire knob wear tool (front and rear specific)

Saddle foam deformation tool.

You're welcome, consumers.
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 @PinkyScar: you are a bad man. Or a mad man. Not sure which.
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 Having seen more then one cracked ceramic caliper piston due to over extension, I'd rather change discs a bit more often. But as mentioned in the comments before, the design of the tool is flawed as discs wear less towards the edge.
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 @friendlyfoe Or a keychain?
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Yep, you got it.
People just can use common sense anymore, its sick.
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 @NickBosshard: EVO 2 of this tool will be -- micro-wait for it-meter :-D
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 @RobbieBrighton: this will measure just Bontrager tires as in specs. I need different tool for Maxxis... Oh, i forgot, maxxis never wore Smile
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 @PinkyScar: Rotors can last like 10k plus... do people forget that they're literally chunks of steel and only tasked with stopping 150-200lbs? I've never had to replace a rotor due to wear, always solely due to contamination or getting bashed.
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 @cgreaseman: they can get pretty thin. I've seen one wear all the way through center of pad contact space.
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 "The Descender has a polyurethane frame and elasticated strap with a silicon grip."

So futuristic and different!
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 Is cane creek going to do those solid lube bearings for headsets? Anything less than the stainless steel 110 bearings from them sucks, and the "efficiency loss" doesn't really matter for a headset. In fact, their Hellbender super-sealed headset bearings have so much drag that it's like a steering damper, so hopefully this new thing is better than that.
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 I think the Hellbender has this Solid Lube in side, but im not 100% sure about that.
Maybe dont overtighten your headset so it still rotates. In one Bike i also have a Hellbender Headset, you can feel a tiny bit more drag while instaling, but on the trail i did not notice it anymore.
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 I thought the same thing,. I wouldn't want that for a BB or a suspension pivot but for a headset (especially the fork crown bearing) it seems brilliant.
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 @Loris123: Hellbender is just extra seals or extra contact on the seals or both. I understand how to adjust a headset: even loose enough to easily feel the knock when riding, they still had noticeable drag compared to a normal CC40 bearing set tighten properly.
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 birzman rotor tool might not work if the theres a lip on the rotor, which there should be if your rotor sweeps the full pad properly.
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 Are people using the carwash to clean bikes? Wouldn't that high pressure hose force water into fork seals and bearings?
I just discovered a foaming spray bottle (made for car tires) that coats the bike in a mixture of water and dish soap. Melts off mud.
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 There's nothing wrong with cheap droppers... Its the flimsy thumb-lever that fries my brain!!! The one doing the OEM Rounds that's got a horrible 3mm bolt and bends all over the shop at the pivot.. Erghh!!
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 Pro tip- if you ant non fog goggles, get snow sport goggles that have doudle lenses; they rarely fog up. I've been using Bolle brand goggles and they are the bees knees for dirt biking and mountain biking.
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 "CE EN 1938" doesn't make sense. "BS EN 1938 Personal eye protection. Goggles for motorcycle and moped users" maybe?
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 Canfield is selling fill suspension bikes again. Aluminum ones. Did I miss the pictures of those?
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 Can’t wait for next year to how 661 is coming along with that knee pad!
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 Are you sure the rocky mountain can take all that abuse I mean bikepacking?
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flag RoadStain (Jan 31, 2020 at 2:35) (Below Threshold)
 If you mean the Rocky Mountains, and if they can support bike packing? Well, let me email Greta Thunburg and verify just how damaging to the earth this behavior actually is (world ending I am sure).
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 @RoadStain: the rocky mountains are big boys, I'm sure they can take it.
I meant the rocky mountain bike in the evoc bag pic.
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 @RoadStain: lol wtf is this comment
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 @cgreaseman: Question was can the Rocky Mountains handle it...well, I immediately go to "protect mother earth" and look to Greta....forgetting about the bikes...... :-)
  • 3 0
 Why do all MTB shoes look like you work at a fast food joint?
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 Because Vans is too busy making urban douche nozzle hiking skids to bother slapping a climbing rubber sole on their Half Cabs or Chukkas
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 200mm dropper fuck yes
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210mm dropper that can be shortened to 190, fruck yeah
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If pnw has it, most likely brandx has it as well.

It looks they both use the same oem.
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 Tranzx (JD Components Co.) manufacturers quite a few oem dropper posts
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 not saying a damn thing
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 Me too.
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 Has anyone see the hope microspline freehubs for sale online anywhere?
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 Yep. A couple places in Europe and at least one in the US. Not much stock that I can see unless you're still running QR (so far).
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 I got mine directly from Hope USA via phone very quickly. Give them a call as they mentioned they were running low on stock a week ago. 832-663-9708
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 @zyoungson: I have one on order but about to get an automatic refund because they're taking so long to ship it. Between Chinese New year and corona virus who knows it might be awhile
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 @jazzawil: Id be interested to know if they are any good. Tried a 30mm bb from them a while ago & it chewed out its bearings within a few rides. but it got the bike going at the time and for $9 you cant complain.
  • 1 0
 i bought it like a 2 weeks ago at r2-bike pretty much immediately as they appeared on their website they still have them in stock and they ship worldwide iirc
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 Shimano x12 works with an eagle cassette.
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 Postman Pat rides Rocky Mountain
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 Saddle bag on a dropper...
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 Meh, nothing new to see here! I don’t need this crap lol
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 I don’t need any of this crap
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 That internal routing tool... needs to be 3ft long.
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 I’m guessing you run it on the outside of the frame?
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