Check Out - May

Apr 26, 2016 at 6:28
by Paul Aston  

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.


• All day relief
• Resists perspiration, chlorine, salt water, and urine
• Creates a friction barrier
• Helps Prevents Chafing & blisters
• No stain formula
• Compact .8 oz Travel Size
• Price: $9.99 USD
Chafe Zone cream
From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesChafeZone was developed in 2001 to answer the need by the US military for a high performance, moisture resistant ointment that will prevent skin irritations caused by carrying heavy packs and wearing body armour for countless hours a day. ChafeZone has since gone on to be used extensively by amateur and professional athletes from many different sports to help prevent painful skin irritations, allowing them to ride, swim, run and train for longer. ChafeZone is easy to apply and is perfect for riders looking to prevent saddle sores and annoying body armour chafing from long days in the park and on the trails.

Ass-Savers Mudder

• Deflectors increase efficiency
• Superlight - 18 grams
• Easy to install with standard zip ties
• No tools required
• Suitable for all wheel sizes
• Sturdy and durable material
• Fits all suspension forks with a fork bridge
• 100% recyclable
• Made in Sweden
• Price: USD $11.00 / €9.00
Ass saver fender
From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesIn true Ass Savers spirit, we've taken the minimalist approach with some added clever thinking. The result is a fork mounted front mudguard with an unobtrusive design and unsurpassed efficiency when it comes to keeping your face free from dirt. The design features innovative tire-hugging deflectors that can be adjusted so virtually no mud will pass.

Burgtec MK2 Enduro Stem

• Colours: Burgtec Black, Race Red and Deep Blue
• 31.8 bar clamp
• 0º rise
• Stack height: 40mm
• Reaches: 35mm and 50mm
• Weight (claimed): 120g / 135g
• Super stiff design
• Fully CNC machined
• Price: £79.99 GBP
Burgtec Enduro Stem

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesFully CNC Machined it is the new benchmark in stiffness and lightness. Maintaining all of the rigidity of the MK1 stem but shaving off a significant amount of weight to bring you precision steering and control where you need it most. We have machined out every conceivable piece on the stem to make it as light as possible without compromising any strength or stiffness. Anything more would be too much, anything less wouldn't be enough.

Burgtec Ride Wide Carbon DH Bars

• Colours: Black carbon UD finish
• 800mm wide, end to end
• Only available in oversized 31.8
• Available in 20mm rise
• 9 degree back sweep
• 4 degree upsweep
• Suggested cut down marks
• Made from Carbon UD composite
• Weight (claimed): 280g
• Price: $189.99 USD / £124.99 GBP
Burgtec Ride Wide Carbon DH Bar

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesDesigned for DH and Enduro riders who are pushing the limits of riding bikes downhill. The 800mm width bar is designed with ultimate control and comfort in mind. Perfect for sessioning a local track or spending hours in the saddle going from stage-to-stage at the Trans-Provence.

Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Gloves

• Perforated neoprene top hand with TPR knuckle guard
• Ax suede® palm with an emboss pattern and synthetic leather 2nd layer
• Touch screen compatibility at fingertip
• Silicone print on braking fingers
• Shock absorbent outside palm pad
• Seamless rolled fingertips increase comfort
• Available in Red, Yellow and Black
• Price: $42 USD
2016 Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Gloves

MarshGuards 275 Fenders

• A more durable ink gives logo a glossy finish
• Available in 8 colours
• As used by the majority of World Cup professionals
• Designed by Greg Minnaar's mechanic, Jason Marsh
• Lightweight solution for a front fender
• Appropriately stiff and durable plastic
• Price: €12.00 - 15.50 EU
From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesOur re-design for 27.5 wheels has made the new MarshGuard even more effective for all wheel sizes.

Dumonde Tech Pro X Regular Chain Oil

• MRCC technology creates an extremely low friction bond
• A dry lubricant that does not attract dust and dirt
• Waterproof which will not wash off
• Drivetrain stays clean, lasts longer, and runs silently
• Extremely durable, outlasts all other chain lubes in any condition
• Applied sparingly for the best results and increased value
• Price: $12.95 USD / €14.50 EU
Pro X Oil

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesPro X Regular is the heavier version to our Pro X Lite chain lubricant. Pro X Regular is ideal for Mountain Bike, Cyclocross, and all extreme conditions while maintaining a clean drive train. Pro X Regular can be used on all cables, pivots points and seals. Safe on plastic, rubber, and all seal materials. The product is designed to not harm your components. Our products are engineered to perform with a minimal "carbon footprint" by not washing off in water, to use sparingly, lasts longer between applications, your drive train lasts longer. Pro X Regular is also a very good performer in the extreme cold conditions.

Wolf Tooth Drop-Stop Chainring and Direct Mount Bashring

Wolf Tooth direct mount stainless steel chainring for SRAM left - http collections chainrings products stainless-steel-direct-mount-for-sram-gxp-cranks-and-long-spindle-bb30 Wolf Tooth Direct Mount Bashring for Stainless Steel Chainrings Right - http collections chainrings products direct-mount-bashring-for-stainless-steel-chainrings

Drop-Stop Chainring

• Patent pending Drop-Stop® wide/narrow tooth profile
• Material: hardened and electropolished 416 stainless steel.
• Stainless steel rings will last 5x or more longer than Aluminum rings.
• Colors - silver
• Chainline - 49mm
• Weight - 24T-106g, 26T-123g, 28T-137g, 30T-155g
• Price: $99.95 USD

Direct Mount Bashring

• Material: 7075-T6 aluminum
• Mounting hardware included
• Can ONLY be mounted to Wolf Tooth stainless steel, direct mount chainrings.
• Mounting hardware is provided with the bash ring.
• Bash ring weights: 24/26 - 48g, 28/30 -58g
• Color: Silver, Black, and maybe more!
• Price: $45.95 USD
• Design and manufactured in the Minneapolis, MN USA
• Free shipping on all orders over $50 USD
From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesIt is exciting to be a part of the recent Enduro, All Mountain and Trail fueled trend that is shifting mountain bike and component design focus from "weight weenie" to "fun, functional, and DURABLE". Made from 416 stainless steel and heat-treated for hardness and strength, these chainrings are not only beautifully machined but they will stand up to whatever you can dish out. If you plan to ride in very muddy conditions, we recommend a chain guide or chain keeper in addition to a clutch-type rear derailleur! Without these precautions, you may experience chain drops and/or chain suck.

Ortlieb Micro Saddle Bag

• Ideal for a spare tube and tools
• Roll closure with elastics
• PU-coated nylon fabric
• Colors: lime green, blue, red, slate
• Weight: 140 grams
• Price: $26.00 USD
Ortlieb saddle bag

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesIf all you need are the bare essentials, then grab the Micro Saddle Bag and get on your bike. The roll closure with elastic bungees makes it completely waterproof. An ultralight saddle bag with minimal dimensions. With the click closure, it's a breeze to quickly add or remove from under the seat with just one hand.

MET Lupo Helmet

• Kevlar straps
• Gel O 2 pad does not absorb perspiration and offers a much longer life span than traditional foam pads.
• Micro-metric adjustable visor
• Integrated ventilation on the visor
• Safe-T Advanced contact points have a larger cradle surface increasing comfort and are also designed to keep weight low and allow perspiration at the back of the head.
• Can be used with glasses or goggles
• Available in 5 different colours
• Weight: 270 - 340 grams dependant on size
• Price: $190 USD
MET Helmet

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe perfect balance between aggressive styling, ventilation and comfort. The LUPO gives great protection to the rear and sides of the head and is ideal for many hours in the saddle. Weighing only 270 grams the LUPO is one of the lightest all-mountain helmets on the market.

MENTIONS: @Burgtec2004 / @methelmets / @troyleedesigns


  • 129 1
 So the product is called ass-saver, yet it goes on the front of the bike. Guess they think peeps be riding backwards on thier bikes? Or they are insulting everyone by saying we have asses for faces. lol

  • 24 2
 Never heard of the term "Ass backwards"? Wink
  • 21 97
flag jaycubzz (May 5, 2016 at 21:54) (Below Threshold)
 or they actually produce fenders that go on the back of the bike, and that was the original product?

did you even bother to look at their other products?

  • 36 2
 @jaycubzz: sarcasm bro
  • 9 2
 'Efficent fender.' Dafuq?
  • 12 9
 you get what you pay for in anti-chafe cream and under $300 taint gonna do it! Only thing that really works is if it has at least 20% unicorn blood. How much you might ask? You thought your carbon 650b 'duro frame was expensive!
  • 8 1
  • 4 20
flag jaycubzz (May 6, 2016 at 6:43) (Below Threshold)
 @Gassymagee: definitely wasn't
  • 1 0
 @jaycubzz: @jaycubzz: If your brand name is that much of a tiny "niche", and you can't come up with a clever way to brand other products around your niche name then you deserve all the negative feedback that you get...

Big font at top, "grill guard", line below that, by Ass savers... or any number of about a million other ways to put a logo on a front fender that's made by a company that started out with rear fenders...
  • 1 0
 and what about going downhill with a girl sat on your handlebar??? AJA! and stopping your bike to anothe biker standing ass in tights? TOUCHE!

It's an ASS SAVER, just not yours Razz ja

PD: I also thought the name is a Sh1t!
  • 1 0
 Their original product was a little lightweight foldable plastic rear fender for road bikes which clips onto your saddle rails. I have one and it works really wel in the wet. The company name is appropriate for that product at least.
  • 1 0
 I was thinking it could also be mounted on a seat stay to protect suspension linkage. That might save your banks ass from a rock or two
  • 92 1
 "Resists perspiration, chlorine, salt water, and urine"

Finally I can piss myself with no downsides!
  • 8 1
 This is good news for me too cause I always make sure to lube up before i go swimming in my poolSmile
  • 19 0
 @S-nicholas: Remind me to stay outta that pool.
  • 2 1
 @lubb1: Shhhh. It's a secretWink
  • 34 0
 "Perspiration, chlorine, salt water, and urine", sounds like my kind of party.
  • 11 0
 @Kramz: On another note, its been a long time since I've seen anyone do the gangnam style dance. But troy lee has no shame
  • 2 4
 If it resists, it doesn't retain bro, you might have a messy situation down there XD
  • 2 1
 @Kramz: you had me at perspiration.
  • 27 0
 my buddy used to do triathlons/ long road races and said people just piss them selves to save time. I could never understand a sport where people ride $10 000 ridged bikes on flat roads wearing spandex, covered in anti chafe cream pissing them selves.
  • 3 0
 I'l cover myself entirely with it and never ever shover again.
  • 3 0
 @nismo325: Now that's a sport I'd watch!...
  • 1 0
 @nismo325: just need to rethink your priorities, man. Life is all about pissing oneself!
  • 56 1
 I need the Chaf-Zone creme and that vagina-looking helmet.
  • 1 0
All day relief

I bet you on that
  • 22 0
 That helmet's perfect if you're a real, ya know, d**khead.
  • 10 1
 Morning meeting has been interrupted by coffee coming out of my nose. That was funny
  • 3 0
 I had the same thought about the helmet hahaha
  • 1 0
 yeah that thing is quite the hatchet wound
  • 16 0
 Won't be needing the Ass saver as my ass will already be saved by the ChafeZone.
  • 17 0
 So that bar is 800mm end to end? What other way would you messure it?
  • 28 0
 800mm from right here to almost over there.
  • 3 0
 Talking of the bar, can someone explain me what a "OVERSIZED" 31.8 clamp means?
  • 1 0
 @Somacatere: it's oversized because the standard size used to be 25.4mm years ago.
  • 18 2
 That helmets got a bit of an axe wound
  • 24 0
 You think that's bad you should see the one that's black with pink surrounds on that vent
  • 5 0
 Perfect spot for tree branches
  • 6 0
 @DJR9000: I thought you were having a laugh but I can't believe they actually do that colour. You think the designer was having a laugh on his last day or something and the boss never actually noticed? Lmao
  • 13 0
 What makes a stem Enduro? Sometimes I feel like the "Check Out" posts are really just PB editors having a little fun winding people up.
  • 6 0
 Thought the exact same thing, it's not an enduro stem, its a fucking STEM!
  • 34 0
 No no no it's not just marketing. The Enduro stem is lighter than a DH stem but just as strong and stronger than a trail stem but just as light. It's perfect for everyone unless you do DH in which case you might be interested in their DH stem which is much stronger and only a little heavier or if you do a lot of climbing in which case you might want the XC/trail stem which is much lighter and almost as strong.
  • 7 0
 These are literally ad's. . . Not an editors making, literally says "sponsored"
  • 3 0
 Maybe it's their way of saying that it's not a direct mount stem?
  • 12 1
 Oh man, I love these articles!
  • 9 7
 Said no one ever!
  • 14 0
 @fercho25: and yet here you are ;-)
  • 1 0
 @passw: You need to love them to read them.
  • 2 0
 It doesn't matter what the article is about, i'm just here for the comments.
  • 2 0
 @scottzg: haha, i literally scanned through the latest articles and picked the one with the most comments! Glad I'm not alone
  • 6 1
 Hydration packs are great, but if, like me, you prefer to keep your gear on the bike, I can't recommend the Ortlieb enough. Since it only attaches to the saddle rails, it works fine with droppers, and it's stayed quite secure on my hardtail through rough terrain. It's waterproof and fits my Sony Z5 Compact, a 26" tube, my wallet, and some tire levers and snacks. Larger phones might be too long to fit, though, and rear wheel clearance could be an issue on bike with a long dropper/full suspension.
  • 1 0
 How much would you say is the distance from the saddle to the bottom of the bag?

Ive been looking for ways to fit a saddle bag on my ds bike. That one looks compact but i dont know if it would be enough.
  • 3 0
 Agree that the Ortlieb Micro is great. But without a twig jammed into the plastic release clip it will jettison off the side of a rough trail. Based of both mine and my friends experience. Find the right sized twig though and problem solved One other issue is if you have a long travel bike upon bottom out the tire might be too close to the seat and rip the bag off. Happened on my Medium Specialized Enduro.
  • 1 0
 I've been looking to go packless too after a few rides without one. Has anyone had experience with Backcountry Research and their tube strap systems? I see a lot of people really like them. I'm looking at this model:

I think I would like to see my stuff on the top tube in case there is a problem. Also, it has to be easier to deal with than using it on a dropper post, especially if you have a few different bikes and want to swap the pack from one to another.
  • 1 0
 @Vwise: I'm using this one on my med spec E29. It rubs the tire slightly at full compression, hasn't been a problem yet. Can just fit a lightweight tube, a lever, and two C02s.
  • 1 0
 @Vwise: they should include twigs with every purchase.
  • 1 0
 @barcolounger: That Lezyne bag looks great. I'll keep that in mind if I end up rocketing the Ortlieb into oblivion

@pancakeflatted They at least need to note it on the packaging "Safety twig not included. Source locally form your favorite woods."
  • 10 1
 275 specific marsh guard!!!! MUST BUY
  • 4 0
 but does it work with 27.5+ ?????
  • 1 0
 @build-n-ride: I literally just fitted a "standard" size marsh guard to my 27.5 bike.... immediately irrelevant lol
  • 8 0
 Hey wolf tooth- I'll take one of those stainless chainrings... In a 32 tooth...
  • 7 0
 Chafezone for zee boyz? Oh please, Assos chamois creme has the slidin for the ridin.
  • 6 3
 I do not want the front of my bike to look like a Texas Longhorn. I can see that it might be nice to have 800mm bars on an extra large bike if you are 6'4" and have long arms. But are we going to see an 850mm bar next year? Just curious.
  • 7 0
 Huh? 800mm bars have been around for a minute. All the cool kids have em.
  • 2 0
 @therealtylerdurden: no, the cool kids realised 800mm is way too big unless you're on an "extra large bike if you are 6'4" and have long arms" Razz
  • 2 0
 Naw, those aren't the cool kids. Those are, uh.. probably hipsters. Were they riding fixies?
  • 1 0
 @therealtylerdurden: What's the current widest bar? 820mm?
  • 3 0
 "800mm wide, end to end.". How the eff else are you going to measure width??
  • 1 0
 @bishopsmike: duh, center to center. I just can't wait for the new metric standard in bars. Game changer!
  • 2 0
 @SintraFreeride: Not a damn clue. I use a broomstick handle, so probably that.
  • 1 0
 @therealtylerdurden: I thought my 780mm 1 1/2" rise bars were big. Them my dad ordered some 800mm 3 1/2" rise bars... Talk about f*ckin Texas Longhorns...
  • 1 0
 @SintraFreeride: no, Superstar makes the yardstick at a lane giving 930mm.
  • 1 0
 @freeriderayward: Man that is MASSIVE!!!
  • 1 0
 @freeriderayward: Pretty sure that the yardstick is a novelty, and nothing.more.
  • 1 0
 Syncros did a 1000mm bar just for shits and giggles a while back?

800mm bars are too wide if you ride anything with trees IMO like our trails here
  • 2 1
 pinkbike definitley has a new marketing director… or editor… or creative director...
you guys rised up the top of the classy style in mountain biking web sites.
this is next generation right now.
well done, cheers!
  • 4 0
 Squirt chain lube. The best.
  • 1 0
 Dumonde is actually fantastic. My pops swears by squirt, I swear by Dumonde!
  • 4 0
 Anyone wanna buy my old 26" specific mud guard?
  • 4 0
 That helmet needs to be renamed The Met Edsel.
  • 1 0
 I have the burgtec stem it looks nice and it is light but I would not recommed as it doesn't function well as a stem as every time u have a crash it will move on the steerer tube
  • 2 0
 I've put ChafeZone on my saddle three times now and it doesn't seem to be working. Razz
  • 2 1
 Patent pending wide/narrow tooth profile.
Quickly get it patented rather than letting greedy SRAM which already have narrow/wide
  • 2 0
 I like how they highlight the thing that looks like a vag on the Met helmet.
  • 2 0
 Haha, you guys all made my Friday morning with these comments. Keep up the good work PB'ers
  • 1 0
 What's the word on that ass savers? I'm in the market to keep mud off my face, but there are a ton of options...
  • 1 0
 Well than an ass saver is not what you need.

Maybe mucky nutz instead?
  • 2 1
 Why cant they make 104 bcd chain rings in stainless steel? Is 104 bcd dead as well?
  • 3 0
 ON ONE makes them and for less than half the price.
  • 1 0
 I went to their website and they do have stainless steel chain rings except it doesn't come with the narrow-wide tooth profile, just the regular and meant for single speed. thanks anyways!
  • 2 0
 if it doesn't come in carbon and Enduro approved i ain't buying it
  • 2 0
 I do like those Wolf Tooth rings.
  • 2 0
 im sorry, usd180 for a handlebar is stupid
  • 1 0
 Why buy a Marsh Guard when you can get a Krazy Karpet for 3$ and cut 30 custom guards of your own?
  • 1 0
 Girlfriend won't ride with you? No problem, Meet Lupo:
  • 1 0
 I like how the Burgtec bar says, "only available in OVERSIZE"... when 31.8 is now MIDDLESIZE... Smile
  • 3 2
 When did 31.8 become oversized?
  • 11 1
 When it was bigger than 25.4. So, always.
  • 2 4
 @therealtylerdurden: you've gone all metric?
  • 3 1
 @Earthmotherfu: no we went back to standard. The stiffness and compliance characteristics can be tuned much more independently when they're done in inches
  • 1 0
 @trialsracer: ah an inch then?
  • 1 0
 My Marsh Guard wasn't 27.5 compatible? Wait, what...?
  • 1 1
 $99 dollar n/w chainring and it says a chainguide and clutch derailleur is recommended to prevent chain drop...
  • 1 0
 You mean under $387.63 CAD
  • 1 0
 @pinkbike no fails of the month?
  • 2 3
 Funny, I would have expected to see these on the side bar not the news feed.
  • 1 0
 Oops, measure.
  • 2 2
 This is all weird shit that no one will ever buy, once again.
  • 4 1
 Those crazy handlebars and wacky helmets. What will they think of next.
  • 1 0
 @nickkk: A new standard maybe? Vagina helmets, and no name 31.8 X 800mm carbon bars are outdated last week.

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