Tech Briefing: Titanium Hardtails, Angle Headsets, Hitch Racks & More - December 2021

Dec 8, 2021 at 18:21
by Sarah Moore  

Tech Briefing is a feature for new stuff that we spot every month, but haven't gotten our hands on yet. An eclectic serving of tech, from revolutionary products to traditional novel gear, with some wacky stuff thrown in for good measure.

PNW Components MTB Apparel Line
$59 - $149 USD

The brand better known for dropper posts, handlebars, and stems has launched an apparel collection for Fall 2021. (Learn more.)

Wolf Tooth GeoShift 2º Performance Angle Headset
$104.95 USD

Want to change your bike's head angle by + or - 2 degrees? (Learn more.)
Wolf Tooth GeoShift 2 Performance Angle Headset

Reverse Components Travel & Sag Indicator 2.0
€26.90 - €33.90

The travel and sag indicator 2.0 is updated to work on non-standard/non-piggy-back shocks. (Learn more.)

Cotic Droplink Mullet

By using a Works Components 1º angleset, you can now run a 27.5 wheel on all Cotic's droplink frames. (Learn more.)

Pässilä Bicycles Juntu Titanium Hardtail
1612.10 € / ~1866.50 USD

The Juntu is designed to be the downcountry option in the Finnish brand's titanium hardtail lineup. (Learn more.)

Dyedbro eMTB Frame Protection Kits

Dyedbro launches dedicated eMTB protection kits to account for the larger frame profiles. (Learn more.)

Yakima Hitch Racks
$749 - $999 USD

Yakima will offer a new two-bike tray rack and new four- and six-bike hanging hitch rack options. (Learn more.)

RedSide Custom Tools MTB Helping Hand Portable Bike Stand
$28.99 USD

The MTB Helping Hand allows any rider to keep their bike standing steady and safely at the trailhead. (Learn more.)

PNW Components Rover Hip Pack
$69 USD

The Rover Hip Pack joins PNW Components' expanding range of products. (Learn more.)
Meet the newest member of the PNW Components family the Rover Hip Pack. A booster shot of trail storage with plenty of pockets to keep your items organized paired with a cozy back panel that supports the ol lumbar and a smart adjustment system that feels like the type of embrace you never want to leave.

Racer 'E-Glove 4' Heated Gloves
329.99$ CAD / $269.99 USD / €199.99 EUR

You can now handle the heating stages and monitor the battery through a new button. (Learn more.)

SDG Adjustable Dropper Lever
$49.99 USD

SDG has launched a new adjustable premium lever to complement its Tellis dropper. (Learn more.)

Funn Holeshot Grip
$16.99 USD

Funn says that the compound on the Holeshot absorbs vibrations and reduces fatigue while the grip pattern keeps you locked-in whatever the weather. (Learn more.)

RSD Bikes 2022 Range
Complete bikes from $2199 USD

2022 sees the introduction of a slightly updated Wildcat full-suspension trail bike and fresh new colorways. (Learn more.)

Melon Optics Kingpin Riding Glasses

Melon has taken the ZEISS Trail Performance Lenses and built them into a trail-ready full frame design. (Learn more.)
Kingpin emerald with Amber lens

Sombrio Artist Series
$114.99 CDN

Drawing inspiration form Central American mythology, metal music, local flora and fauna and mountain biking - each element of the jersey speaks to a portion Tom's personality and creativity. (Learn more.)
Artist Series 2021 - Liam Wallace Photo

Kids Ride Shotgun Kids Pogies for Winter Rides
$55 USD

Inspired by a home-made oven-mitt glove that Kids Ride Shotgun team member Trev Worsey hacked together. (Learn more.)

MET Announces 2022 Mountain Bike Line
From 120€ | £110 | US$159

All the colours and models from the Italian brand. (Learn more.)

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 I eat paste
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 Finally a good fucking comment I can get behind
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flag EvoRidge (Dec 10, 2021 at 3:17) (Below Threshold)
 Hey how about featuring Kyle Warner’s testimony in Washington D.C. about his very serious vaccine injury he sustained..? Go look on his Instagram..he said he’s never going to race pro again. Let alone be able to ride a bike he’s so damaged by this new DNA-altering vaccine (according to the CEO of Pfizer).

PS shame on you pinkbike
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 @EvoRidge: idiot
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 I like turtles
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flag EvoRidge (Dec 10, 2021 at 3:49) (Below Threshold)
 @scamp123: a beloved and very fast Kyle Warner was telling his story about a life changing adverse reaction to the vaccine. Him and and a whole lot of other people.

We will fight you’re supposed to report the news. Kyle freaking Warner for gods sake! Open your eyes!!
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 @EvoRidge: The CEO of Pfizer did not call it DNA altering because it's not. It's an important subject to address, but nobody will listen to you if you write bullsh*t
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flag OswaldWeissbescheid (Dec 10, 2021 at 4:27) (Below Threshold)
 @blackpudding: Are you freakin' serious?!
You actually believe that piece of "joy" aka CEO of Pfizer.
Have you ever looked into the history of Pfizer?
Or are you just parroting shite you've heard on TV?

What else do you believe in?
Egg-laying bunnies and fat guys with white beards in red costumes who, if you're good and gullible, will bring you a massive present?

Believing is not knowing.
You only believe.
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 People, don't feed the troll (unless it's with some paste). Geez.
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 @EvoRidge: you know he’ll recover 100 percent from his ‘vaccine injury’ don’t you?
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Here's my proposal: every anti vaxer needs to sign a contract, that they will not make use of insentive care in case of a bad case of Covid. Shouldn't be a big deal for you since it's nothing but a flue, right? That would really sort out lots of problems for everyone. Are you in?
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Look, I'm as suspicious of big pharma as anyone (ok maybe not the tin foil hat wearing crazies), but myocarditis and pericarditis (what warner had) are both well documented (but extremely rare) adverse reactions to the COVID vaccine.

The critical point here is that myocarditis and pericarditis are much more common after actual infection with COVID in unvaccinated individuals. You just don't hear as much about it as it is usually accompanied by other severe issues such as death from respiratory failure.

Vaccines are not perfect, and as with any medication there is a risk of harm. However, on a population basis far fewer people will suffer career (and life) ending complications from the vaccine than from the actual disease.

Get vaccinated please,

PS I do know I am primarily responding to trolls here... but have to say something
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flag OswaldWeissbescheid (Dec 10, 2021 at 5:30) (Below Threshold)
 Double post.
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flag OswaldWeissbescheid (Dec 10, 2021 at 5:35) (Below Threshold)
 @Muckal: @Muckal: Don't be so modest, demand c-camps for all anti-vaxxers who threaten you with their health.
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flag OswaldWeissbescheid (Dec 10, 2021 at 5:38) (Below Threshold)
 @wilsondaj: First of all, you should PLEASE stop defaming others who have a completely different opinion as tin foil hat wearing crazies. That would be a step in the right direction. The tin foil argument is also used to denigrate experts who are very familiar with the subject matter.

I am sorry to put it so bluntly, but your argument is merely the reproduction of the mainstream narrative. The fact is that such side effects are not rare but far too common. And calling this crap a vaccine is a mockery. The stuff is a gene therapy, not a vaccination. Where are the usual long-term tests etc.? I have seen several cases of severe side effects (facial paralysis, heart problems, etc.).

What about the fact that many normally fit and healthy professional and amateur athletes keel over and die? Oh, I forgot, it's the hamster-made climate change. Anyone who forges this chain of arguments in their head is apparently suffering from cognitive dissonance.

I'm out. Anyone who hasn't seen through this shitshow (featuring now the Moronic variant) after TWO YEARS will soon notice it in a different way.

Cheers and have a nice weekend.
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 @OswaldWeissbescheid: How do you feel about the oxford astrazeneca vaccine - Its not the mrna type, is this still bad bad?

On the subject of the encredibly rare side effects - do you realise 8.4billion and counting covid vaccines have been given now? Thats right 8.4 billion.

If you gave 8.4billion apples out to people there would be hundreds of thousands of deaths attributed to apple consumption (or pick any other random item in daily consumption) - My point is, literally anything enacted by that many people or that many times will give side effects, including death.

This isnt diminishing the reality that some have had to deal with life changing side effects or even death of family etc - thats of course terrible, but get some perspective on the situation.
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 @wilsondaj: yeah you're not going to change any opinions, but very well said nonetheless
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 @EvoRidge: Can we stay on topic and only discuss conspiracy theories surrounding Pinkbike advertorials and pay walls?
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 @jimoxbox: I'd like to believe you, but no one knows if Kyle will fully recover.

A agree with EvoRidge, it is shameful how Pinkbike, and most other cycling sites, post injury updates on some riders, but when a rider has a serious life changing adverse reaction to the covid shot they are silent. You don't have to be pro or anti vax to see this.
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 @OswaldWeissbescheid: well, this post pretty much sums up your way of thinking. Thank you for clearifing.
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 Just like there are keyboard engineers, there are keyboard doctors, scientist, and politicians.. If it was on the internet it must be true. Right??? Just get out and ride and be happy. ssshhhh!!!!
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 @OswaldWeissbescheid: bro you know there's no DNA in the vaccine, right? The mainstream media won't tell you this, but it's a 5G chip that turns your body into an antenna. Ever since I got the vaccine the government (not sure which one) has been shifting my AXS by beaming energy waves through my eyeballs. Hope all the sheep wake up before we live in a world where some bureaucrat decides what gear we should be riding in!
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 @Portland-maine: btw, the user name is german for oswaldknowsbest
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flag copylatte FL (Dec 10, 2021 at 9:23) (Below Threshold)
 @wilsondaj: So, if someone contracts covid then gets the vaccine at a later time they have a higher risk of myocarditis or pericarditis or death??

Sounds pretty foolish to be naturally immune and forced to take a vaccine if your risk is higher of serious side effects or death. Just doesn't look logical to me unless I missed something (especially with immune system efficacy).

So my deal is: please don't force anyone to take a vaccine when they've already had covid or any other sickness that is never going to be eradicated by vaccines (flu, etc). Their body is winning the battle naturally as it should be....

not trying to troll but had to share those questions/thoughts....
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 @road-n-dirt: I went riding and came back already. This shiz isn't worth reading. Gonna go eat some paste or something more fun. Wink
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 I like how this managed to go from eating paste to debating the efficacy of vaccinations.
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flag TheUnknownMTBR (Dec 10, 2021 at 10:11) (Below Threshold)
 @Muckal: the media has no problem labeling somebody an anti-vaxxer and making their death by covid a front page story, yet it’s crickets when vaxxed people die by covid or from the jab itself

vaccinated people still catch and spread the virus, some even still die after being vaccinated. Therefore an unvaccinated person is possibly only endangering their self, but then maybe not. Because obviously there are many unvaxxed people who cannot have been in contact with the virus after two years, but they are not having any issues or causing any either. It’s just people like you with a Borg hive mindset trying to force assimilation.

riding a bike down a mountain is a person making a choice to possibly endanger their self, or maybe not. Should the people not riding bikes down mountains attempt to force people not to ride bikes down mountains because they might get injured or die?

So again, two years later I’m unvaxxed, went against all the rules by going out, never wearing a mask unless absolutely forced to, hung out at unmasked parties, take no precautions to use sanitizer, and all that stuff, while living in a major metroplex city area. There’s not any way I have not been in contact with the virus. Yet I’ve never been sick in any substantial way. I’m not saying it’s the flu by pointing this out, but I haven’t had a flu shot since the early 1990s either and rarely ever get sick beyond some sneezing and sniffles.

Even though I’m unvaxxed, I’m not an antivaxxer. That’s a choice for every person to make. There’s a risk in everything; to take a vaccine and not know the long term side effects or not take it and not know if you’ll survive by natural immunity. The thing is, the unvaxxed person poses no different risk to others than a vaxxed person, or vice versa. They only choose to pose a risk for their self.

They should be able to take that risk, no different than deciding to ride a bike down a mountain. That’s how I see it any way. :shrug:
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flag Shaunaydo (Dec 10, 2021 at 11:23) (Below Threshold)
 @TheUnknownMTBR: Well said mate.
Anybody who is for mandatory vaccines is a c*nt.
Freedom of choice.
I’ve had 3 jabs stupidly thinking it would help in my freedom. What a load off bollocks that turned out to be.
More bullshit pedalled by governments than any Anti Vaxer.
Average age of death still 82.
Life expectancy 81.
99 odd percent still survive.
f*ck you anybody who wants a two tier society … f*ck you!!!
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 @Shaunaydo: @Shaunaydo: I'm all for freedom of choice as long as those that don't get vaccinated pay their own healthcare costs when they get covid.
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 @wilsondaj: can you provide a link for myo/pericarditis following unvaccinated infection please? I can't find it.
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flag gmoss (Dec 10, 2021 at 15:32) (Below Threshold)
 @ACree: being vaxxed makes no difference in you getting or transmitting the virus. It is also no guarantee you won't end up in the hospital.
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 And, this is how silly your logic is. Since no one has control whether they catch this virus, nor control whether they end up with a bad case, vaxxed people in the hospital should pay their own way too. I guess the same can be said for us chooaing to risk life and limb to ride. Maybe you should pay your own medical bill if you break your leg while riding...
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 Shout. Shout. Let it all out. These are the things I can do without. Come on. I'm talking to you. Come on.
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 @OswaldWeissbescheid: no your missing the truth.

- The government's funded vaccine research with our tax money
- big pharma profited from those vaccines and gave use back nothing
- big pharma used the money to buy the media.

Now half the people think big pharma are the good guys and the other half believe crazy theories about it. The only good news is the planet might put a stop to all of it. You'll never be full vaxxed you'r
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 @EvoRidge: you actually believe this stuff? Im so sad for the future of our country
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 @Torbo24: not only yours...
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 @noapathy: up next the Safety Dance?
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 @ACree: So by your reasoning they pay for there own care. Ok are you gonna do the same if you get cancer from smoking. Falling over and breaking your leg if your drunk. By having a heart attack cos your a fat bastard.
Pay if you fall off your bike and need treatment Are you f*ck!!!
What you gonna do if god forbid an unvaccinated doctor or medical person comes to treat you when your in an medical emergency . Tell them no mate I will wait for a vaccinated medic. When it f*cking suits for people like you.
You can probably blame each individual for any medical treatment if you look back at their actions or lifestyle.
Exactly how far are you willing to succumb to government mandates etc. I will tell how far…. until it f*cking doesn’t suit you and c*nts like you that’s how far.You decide what you do so let others do the same.
f*cking hate this Covid world decisive bullshit.
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 @egourdin67: So maybe we can agree that both natural infection and the shot have very real risks and the decision to get or not get the shot should be a personal choice. That's all I'd like to see along with some open debate in the science community without doctors and scientists losing the jobs or funding for expressing a finding or opinion counter to the narrative being pushed by those in power.
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 @egourdin67: seems legit. Will wait to see it peer reviewed. Does the 6 plus injections in that age period (every year from 12-17) add to the chances though? Because the disease seems to be getting more mild, but the injections remain the same?
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 @matwilliams: you linked to the reviewer responses. The article is here.

Really low risk indeed. I think the focus should be on the risk of death from covid, which is a hell of a lot higher than the risk of myocarditis either from vaccination or covid. But it's important to be transparent I guess and if people are hesitant to get vaccinated for such a rare event then it doesn't hurt to point out that 2 in 100000 get it.
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 @blackpudding: cardiac issues following the shots is not as rare as you think:

And transparency is absolutely important. Oddly though, the pharmaceutical companies making billions with zero liability have been anything but transparent.
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 @westeast: thanks for sharing. I didn't realize the rate of sub clinical injury was anywhere near that high following vaccination tbh. Still a fraction of that for covid though:
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 @blackpudding: From what I can tell the paper you linked to says cardiac issues were most common in older people who had co-morbidities such as… cardiac issues. After the shots rolled out you saw these issues increase in young people, especially males. Prasad addressed this in the video. Additionally, how accurate is any of this data? Most health professionals were told the shots are safe so are reluctant or out right dismissive of acknowledging any adverse events to the shots. To prove this all you have to do is listen to some of those that were injured and hear their experiences of being gaslighted and so on.
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 When do things go from apparel to clothes? Can't remember the last time I went apparel shopping.
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 No more eyeglasses, only eyewear. Everything is also an "experience" now.
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 @Konyp: And you must have a cool selection of colourways.
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 It's a paradigm shift
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 @Konyp: looool, the experience thing, so true. Who the hell started it, Apple?
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 Happened the same day all-mountain bikes became downcountry bikes. I used to mountain bike a lot, but I'm mostly down-countrying nowadays.
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 Apparel is more expensive. Now, if we are done discussing garments, I need to shop for some new hosiery.
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 Im here for the new NFTs..
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 Dyepbro. Do you even pedal bro??
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 That portable bike stand is going to be a huge hit……
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