Fresh Goods Friday 610: After The Heat Edition
We’re all going on summer vacation…no more worries for about seven weeks. Hannah is basically unbearable as she heads to the States with her kids for a mega trip as part of her sabbatical. Oscillating between extreme stress (flight shenanigans) and over-excitement (Utah, Colorado, Idaho…), everyone at Singletrack Towers will be delighted to see her again for a moment. Pray that all flights go as planned or she’ll be back here next week being all kinds of insufferable.
Already on his vacation is long-term forumite, TJ. If you need a dose of sweet, happy vibes, head over to his Recovery Ride thread, where he posts some great photos as he meanders across the country on his custom Shand, meets other forums, and does its best to avoid headwinds.
We hope you, your pets, plants, etc. have all survived the extreme heat this week, and if you have any school holidays, may they go well.
Garmin Forerunner 945
Garmin Techno Watch. Billed as a running watch but contains many sport specific options. What is this one about then? 10 hours of battery during GPS and music. Performance indicators. Contactless payment. Color mapping. Security monitoring functions.
Oakley Holbrook XL Sunglasses
- Price: £131
- From: Various Bike Shops
Charlie says… While half the mountain biking world relives their neon 80s youth with their huge wraparound sunglasses. I had, however, gone even further for a more classic Blue Brothers look. The Holbrook XL, is like their standard Holbrook but a few mm larger in most directions, for people who have large, full faces. The optics are Oakley’s usual impressive ones, and their Prizm lenses “enhance color, contrast, and detail for an optimized experience.” And who would tolerate a sub-optimized experience?
It’s great that people with bigger faces now have options. People with fewer faces have always been spoiled…they even had their own music.
They are light and flexible shoes designed to allow your foot to move naturally, as if you were barefoot. Made from post-consumer recycled and vegan-friendly materials, at the end of their life they can also be recycled or sent for repair and refresh as part of the Revivo setup. You also get a 100-day trial – if you just can’t keep up with them during that time, you send them back and get a refund. The tread on the bottom of this model provides off-road grip, so Hannah hopes they will work well as hiking shoes on her next mountain adventures.
Fox DHX Factory 2Pos-Adjust Shock
Another coil shock for our upcoming group test of cheap coil shocks. New chassis and shock absorber. High flow main piston. Tool-free adjusters. Up switch. Hydraulic filling control. Shock absorber noise reduction. Spring loaded preload collar with clicky detents (niice).
Road Trip Van Distressed Singletrack T-Shirt
Charlie says… we’ve taken our popular Road Trip Van turbo artwork and put it on a somewhat distressed organic shirt for the Singletrack world crunchers. Here’s Hannah, quite clean actually, in a size medium.
You know what? This shirt exemplifies a very lofty life purpose: dog, board, bike, van, lots of hair and adventures. If I had to draw my retirement plan… that’s it.
Distressed organic cotton creates the illusion that you’ve already been on a great adventure. It’s kind of like a bleached effect from the grunge era. Hannah is wearing a medium sized t-shirt and is not distressed.
Who knew that before Nirvana, before Mudhoney, even before Iggy and the Stooges, it was the legendary Kenneth Williams who invented Grunge?
Components Works -1.0° Helmet
Technically not Works components at all; this helmet came via Cotic and me [Benji] I glued in some SLT bearings that I got from CeramicSpeed.
The helmet (including normal bearings, not pictured) comes with the Cotic RocketMAX frame for mule-ization reasons. If you’re running a 27.5-inch rear wheel in a RocketMAX, Cotic recommends increasing the head angle by one degree. I use the helmet to reduce the head angle when running the bike in 29ers. I just like the 63° head angles. Soz!
What are SLT bearings? Solid bearings. There are still traditional metal ball bearings hidden inside the white stuff. It’s the white stuff that’s the thing here. The solid white matter acts both as a seal and as a lubrication.
They have a relatively limited range of suitable use on bikes (they’re too draggy for hubs and bottom brackets for example) but we’ve seen them used on Canyon Lux frame steerers. And, we think a lot of people will be interested in using them in helmets. Like here.
DJI Action 2
- Price: From £349 for DJI Action 2 Power Combo
- Of: DJI
We’ve used DJI’s clip-on cameras before (mainly the Osmo) and love them. So we have a good old bundle of things based on the new DJI Action 2 action camera.
Key Specs: Magnetic mount(s), 4K/120FPS, 155° file view (12.5mm equiv. in 35mm terms), 10m waterproof, horizon upgrade, editor “AI”, aluminum body, MANY accessories available.
Hammerhead Karoo 2 bike computer/GPS/much more
We have a new Hammerhead Karoo 2 for review. Hammerhead (recently acquired by SRAM, you don’t know) has certainly joined the Apple camp of beautiful cardboard packaging, but what is it? The Karoo 2 (or Karoo II if you’re Roman) is Hammerhead’s second bike computer (with screen) and it offers the usual GPS benefits of speed, height/elevation and knowing where you are. It’s also very smart in that it has the knowledge of millions of Suunto and Strava heatmaps to work out where you’re likely to go and it can predict how long you have to the top of the next hill. He also has access to live Strava segments and a whole host of things that are probably in the manual…
Most mountain bikers we know don’t really want to know where the next peak is, so we’ll see if that works out well in the real world. Either way, it’s a neat unit with a clear display and a reasonably easy-to-follow learning curve. It also gets the kind of ‘over the air’ Wi-Fi updates that only Tesla drivers can enjoy, so every time you turn it on it’s a little smarter… Review/first impressions here from Chipps soon!
Bum Butter Bottle Opener and Sticker
- Price: Invaluable. Literally.
- Of: Technically not available in the STW store but it kindly asks you when you order something…
Does anyone not already know Bum Butter chamois cream? In any event. We just received new BB stickers and keychain bottle openers inspired by Vision Street Wear. Get in line!
Islandbikes Creig 26
Children’s mountain bike test oh! And any test of proper kids mountain bikes just has to include Islabikes. This is the Creig MTB 26 inch wheel. Designed for children aged 9 and over or, more usefully, a minimum recommended height of 138cm.
The goodies of the Lezyne newsletter contest
- Price: Tubeless CO2 Blaster £55, Micro Floor Drive HV £52, Super SV23 £62, Multi-Chain Clamp £42
- Of: Upgrade bikes
For the past two weeks, we’ve been running contests for these people in our weekly newsletter. Next week’s prizes have been provided by the friendly collective of Lezyne.
Basically, if you sign up for our newsletter and correctly answer the question that will appear in the next newsletter, your name will be entered into the lucky draw to win all of the above.
Yarn of the week
Kudos this week to… highlandman, for this whisper-a-go-go post…
For a limited/unlimited time, we have decided to award an actual prize to TOTW. And it seems pretty obvious that it’s the Forum Bottle Opener that should be awarded.
Yo, highlandman, please email [email protected] to claim your opener.
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