Check Out - March

Mar 7, 2018 at 5:59
by Paul Aston  
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Check Out is an article that gives you a glimpse at items under $300 that have crossed the desks here at Pinkbike that we've not had a chance to review yet, but we feel that you may want to take a look at.

Renthal Fatbar Alu

Renthal FatBar 2

• Material: 7050 T6 Aluminium
• Weight: 315g
• Width: 800mm
• Colours: AluGold or Black
• Rises: 10, 20, 30, 40mm
• $84.95 USD / £69.95 GBP

From the manufacturer:
bigquotesThis updated version of the Fatbar has undergone a full structural re-design. In keeping with the demand for wider, gravity oriented handlebars, we have increased the width to 800mm. Our proven high grade 7050 T6 aluminium, variable gauge, taper wall tubing is the key ingredient of the Fatbar. With careful and efficient use of material, we have massively reduced the weight to a trail-worthy 315g. At the same time, performance levels retain the same legendary DH strength and durability and match the flex characteristics of the original Fatbar.

Ottolock Cinch

• 18mm wide multi-layer steel and Kevlar bands
• Chip-resistant Cerakote paint and Santoprene plastic that will not scuff
• Resettable 3-dial combination lock
• Coils to a diameter under 3"
• 18", 30", and 60" lengths
• Three colors
• Weight: 120g - 235g
• Available for 125, 150 and 170mm
• $65 USD

From the manufacturer:
bigquotesOttolock is designed for short-stop security and protecting against theft opportunists. It’s more secure than a cable lock and much lighter than a U-Lock. Starting weight at just 120g and coiling to a compact 3" diameter, Ottolock is truly portable and always there when you need it..

SixSixOne Reset Helmet

• Super Lightweight ABS shell
• Large angular vents increase cold air intake and heat exhaust flow through
• Large sculpted eyeport for great vision and goggle fitment

• Complies to standards: CPSC, CE: 1078, AS/NZS 2064
• Four colors
• €99EUR

From the manufacturer:
bigquotesEvolution of a classic. A future industry staple, the 661 Reset helmet has been carefully crafted and developed from the ground up to become the highlight of our 2018 range. Recognisable from any angle, the all-new Reset has been created with bold, dramatic features, aggressive angles and strong lead lines while maintaining core ventilation and maximum protection to offer riders a performance, lightweight helmet at an affordable price point.

The Reset features 10+ ventilation ports, enlarged eyeport and specific goggle fitment. The end result of working closely with our product team, athletes, and sales force to truly deliver the next step of progression for 661 in the full face helmet market. Designed as a “lightweight” helmet... we’ve refused to tag the Reset with a specific genre, its versatility to perform for all disciplines a modern rider tackles.

Blade Fender for Dropper Posts

• 3D printed Reverb Blade mudguard
• 20 grams (150mm length)
• Ten colors
• Available for 125, 150 and 170mm
• €22.64EUR (excl. VAT)

From the manufacturer:
bigquotesThe Reverb Blade protects your RockShox Reverb from mud and stones and is fixed with one cable tie. As a result, the Reverb will need less maintenance and will always operate smoothly.

Ion Softshell Shelter Pants

Ion Softshell Shelter Pant

• 4-way stretch fabric
• Zipped vents for cooling
• The fabric is DWR treated to help with water-repellency

Ion Softshell Shelter Pant

• Available in black and dark blue
• €159.95

From the manufacturer:
bigquotesLightweight, flexible and durable bike pants.The perfect combination of very flexible fabrics and non-flex materials for maximum comfort and durability. Non-flex materials on bottom, inner leg and hem for protection. 4-way stretch fabric where you need it most, for a perfect freedom of movement. Triple-stitched seams in all stressed areas. The special DWR (Durable Water Repellency) treatment and the coating of the non-flex material makes these pants comfortable and easy to clean on those wet days in the dirt. Two zip front pockets, right one with phone pouch, a neoprene pocket to protect your mobile device from light impacts. Adjustable waistband for an individual fit. Zipped ventilation slots on outer thigh.

MENTIONS: @sixsixone @renthalcycling


  • 213 3
 A fender for the f*cking dropper post? Is this for real? Where does this shit stop?
  • 63 2
 Hahah~ Shoulda went with the rubber condom that expands going up or down!
  • 18 31
flag nawasaki (Mar 27, 2018 at 15:18) (Below Threshold)
 It stops the dirt.
  • 19 10
 It may look dorky, but over the winter months when bikes get baked in mud every ride this is a brilliant idea. My dropper post ( 1 month old 9Point8 ) feels noticeably worse by the end of a particularly muddy ride..
  • 33 0
 I think the editors are straight up trolling us.
  • 12 2
 @i-ride-on-dirt: That's because while the 9.8 dropper is awesome, the wiper seal is a joke. It's the Achilles heel of the design that leads to grease loss and eventual X ring wear and air loss
  • 56 2
 Wipe down the dropper with a rag after the ride, spend 22.64EUR on beer...
  • 4 3
 @theteaser: or just d.I. Y pretty easy to make yourself with a piece of plastic and a zip tie.
  • 10 2
 I made a thin, lightweight sleeve for mine with ripstop nylong (tent material).

Totally worth it - in the winter I used to cringe every time I dropped the seat and felt the gritty sludge grinding the stanchion of the post. Now I can go multiple seasons between service and it looks brand new when I open it.
  • 11 0
 When it hits the fender probably.
  • 42 0
 Dropper posts here are like $500.00 or more, shit should be shrouded in museum plexiglass.
  • 2 4
 Saran wrap works just as well and costs about a penny.
  • 5 4
 Gravity Dropper...
  • 47 1
 "As a result, the Reverb will need less maintenance and will always operate smoothly." BOLD CLAIM COTTON LETS SEE IF IT PAYS OFF FOR HIM
  • 3 0
 I just bought you one as a gift! You are going to be the coolest dewd on the trail, bro.
  • 3 1
 @theteaser: it is to prevent mud accumulation on the seal DURING the ride, as the post gets cleaned by it everytime you lower the seat. Not for when you get home..
  • 6 0
 @Kramz: not the giant dropper Wink now ships with 1 of each trigger and just a hair over 200$ I've had mine for over a year on the wet coast and not one issue.
  • 3 0
 April Fools a few days early
  • 4 2
 At the $200 pants. If I ever think about buying those, someone please slap me. HARD.
  • 4 0
 @mtbikeaddict: Will do, if you'll explain where that fender goes when you put the seat down. Can't get my head around it.
  • 2 0
 "As a result, the Reverb will need less maintenance and will always operate smoothly." Will they give me a new Reverb if this doesn't happen?
  • 4 0
 @chadgmail: Why would you want another one?
  • 2 0
 @Geochemistry: I use a strip of old inner tube with zip ties
  • 1 0
 Early post for April 1st.
  • 2 0
 @scottay2hottay: hahaahaaha, this may separate the "awkwardly feminine from the possibly canadian"
  • 1 0
 It stops just below your ass, that's what the fenders for
  • 1 0
 @Geochemistry: Are you trolling? Can't really read tone... But If you are dead serious, I would hazard that if you were to saran wrap your dropper post, you run the risk of it dragging some of the plastic through the seal head. This could become partially lodged between the seals and the post and lead to premature wear.
  • 2 1
 yes its kinda ugly and just doesnt fit in, but if it keeps the stanchion from getting mud on it why wouldnt you want it? no i dont want your ridiculous answers, im just stunned at how ridiculous some people can be with these comments.
  • 1 0
 @whitebullit: "Oh, I don't think I'm a lot dumber than you think that I thought that I thought I was once."
  • 40 3
 When are they coming out with a fender for the shifter or brakes? Or a fender for the fork? Or a fender for the front fender??
  • 47 2
 Fender for the front fender? "Yo dog I heard you like fenders, so I put a fender on your fender"
  • 6 0
 That’s been done!
  • 4 0
 I want my bicycle fully enclosed by fenders
  • 2 0
 @bicycle019: imma call it a fenfenderder
  • 2 2
 You do realize that fork fenders already exist (and are super common), right? Smile
  • 31 5
 or maybe make the reverb work better to start with? (suck less)
  • 19 1
 Blade fender is soooooooo motoooo broooooo.... Oooooohhhhh
  • 10 1
 I'm still amazed that the Pinkbike computer nerds haven't figured out how to make a link open in a separate window... Can't be too hard... vital figured it out.
  • 2 0
 It is as easy as target="_blank" on each of the link elements.
  • 10 0
 just click on the link with scroll wheel, problem solved
  • 1 0
 Thanks @Asmodai!
  • 1 0
 @Asmodai: you made my day.
  • 2 0
 @ninesix: you can also do the old "ctrl+left click"
  • 9 0
 They should do bolt cutter tests on all reviewed locks!!!
  • 2 1
 yeah, what exactly makes that thing secure? It looks like a fat ziptie?
  • 2 1
 I don't think that "lock" could even survive your average pair of scissors.
  • 1 1
 @huntstyle: I actually went to their website after posting that comment, and they claim kevlar and steel bands are inside the plastic.. but idk I just don't quite buy it...
  • 2 0
 I first saw this lock when I met this lady that was riding her bike across the US. I was pretty impressed in that she claimed it was unbreakable. I mean, nothing is unbreakable if you have the right tools but I was still intrigued. Watching this YouTube video sold me. Bought one and have never looked back.
  • 1 0
 @defineindecline: interesting! thanks for linking that video. I'm less skeptical now, but have still seen some pretty resourceful thieves..
  • 3 0
 @laxguy: me too, man. I am actually questioning his bolt cutter method. Kinda looks like he's not trying too hard. Either way it's just a little insurance for that quick post shred beer. I always try my hardest to keep my bike within eye sight.
  • 3 0
 @defineindecline: I think it's more for what you say, something like stopping off at a pub or cafe. I don't think it's intended to be used as a full lock your bike for hours unattended kind of lock.
  • 2 0
 @cottoneyedjoe: I whole heartedly agree.
  • 2 0
 And also--the best part is not fumbling with keys.
  • 9 1
 couldnt you just slide over a old inner tube to protect your dropper?
  • 5 1
 Lizard Skin Reverb protector coming up!
  • 1 0
 I do this already, never had an issue with my dropper
  • 3 0
 Did anyone else think that the guy in the Ion trousers picture was taking a quick piss against the wall when they saw the photo?
  • 1 0
 If you see me with a fender on my seat get to give my head a slap! After spending $ should take a splash just like the rest of the bike. If I choose a fender it’s to keep me dry...not my seatpost! Will we see this company buck up enough cash to a top 10 EWS rider to actually mount THAT by this weekend in Columbia. Likely won’t fit my 26er anyway.
  • 5 1
 The reset helmet needs an ASTM F1952 rating, then I'd be all in.
  • 5 4
 Exactly.. without that it's a piece of shit. Just like most if their helmets
  • 3 0
 @BeerGuzlinFool: You literally sound like a beer guzzling fool.
  • 1 0
 @cdmbmw: they still look great, are super comfortable, good looking. I agree POS is maybe a little much.
  • 1 0
 @LoganKM1982: I've seen to many 661 helmets break over the years. I've seen chinguards completely snap off.
  • 2 0
 @cdmbmw: I am at times.. But when I'm sober I'm smart enough to wear a helmet with proper protection.
  • 3 1
 The Ottolock Cinch says “Available for 125, 150, and 170.”

What? Is it specific to my dropper post? Or can I lock up my new dropper fender so no one rips it off?
  • 2 1
 You cannot select the black color Fatbar 35 on the Renthal site. I wonder if it's a supply issue or a shopping card widget issue. Asking for a friend.
  • 2 1
 May not be released yet would be my guess.
  • 2 1
 Can't seem to edit my reply on mobile. Seems you can buy them from UK sites but some variations arent available for 9 days it says, might just be supply problems
  • 1 0
 @hairy-g: Thanks, I think you're right. I'd rather order from a site over here anyway.
  • 1 0
 @endlessblockades: true, by the time they arrive from over here they'll probably be in stock in the US
  • 3 0
 April fools is Sunday, I think that dropper guard got posted prematurely.
  • 1 0
 Slide a piece of innertube on your dropper and fasten with zipties, voilà!
  • 1 0
 Is that second picture of the pants illustrateing there's a front opening for removing one's self?
  • 2 0
 I want to stab bike thieves. Assholes
  • 4 0
 If you rid of the period, that sounds pretty sexual
  • 1 0
 "your reverb will need less maintenance and will always operate smoothly" SAID NO ONE EVER
  • 1 0
 I actually really like that lock, but priced too high
  • 3 0
 It's cheaper than a new bike
  • 1 0
 @LukeBurgie: but not cheaper than just a standard lock. I was thinking about getting a more robust one that what I currently have for when the bikes are on the rack behind my car, but I there are far cheaper options out there. This is cool though.
  • 2 1
 661 keeping it affordable... right on
  • 3 4
 Affordable Garbage.
  • 5 0
 @BeerGuzlinFool: affordable means people will buy it and wear it. If all full face helmets were the price of a carbon Troy lee one then nobody would bother wearing one at all.
  • 1 0
 Speaking of the Reset, I'm looking for a new helmet, and this is now on my radar. My other choice is a Bell Transfer 9. These are my options due simply to my XXL head. The Bell is on sale, so it's about the same price as the Reset. According to the sizing charts, the 661's a little bigger though. Anyone got thoughts (on that) for me? Personal experience a plus.
  • 2 0
 @Paul7189: You don't need to spend a ton of money for a good helmet. There are plenty of affordable helmets with the proper ratings out there.
  • 2 1
 I am waiting for GX Eagle @ $299
  • 1 2
 Who knew that all you needed to do to make arecerb seatpost “always operate smoothly” was to simply zip tie a piece of plastic on to it? Does that make it 28.99% better?
  • 1 0
 I wouldn’t wear that helmet on my butthole.
  • 1 0
 Seriously a fender for your dropper lol what a waste of money!!!
  • 1 0
 Mudguard for what?
  • 1 0
 Damn typos
  • 1 1
 Black Fatbar, I can dig it!
  • 7 10
 why do I need that lock when I can bring a big zip tie and a pair of scissors #sethsbikehacks
  • 11 0
 Coz other people can also bring scissors...
  • 4 0
 @AshLol: shuuush.... Don't tell everyone.
  • 1 0
 @AshLol: Or even bigger zip ties, (cue Beavis and But laughter)
  • 2 5
 Guess I’m the only one that thinks the fender is genius. Wish I’d thought of it. Sure would save a lot of time.

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