WHERE WE WERE AND WHERE WE ARE; THE TRAIL HELMET

MY TROY LEE EDGE COMP. IT SERVED ME WELL.
MY TROY LEE EDGE COMP.
IT SERVED ME WELL.

When I look back at all my years of mountain bike riding and racing I have done, then come across something I have kept as a memento from my early days, it makes me think just how far we have progressed with bikes, parts, and riding gear.
While reorganizing my mountain bike area of my garage I came across my first DH helmet. This was one of Troy Lee Designs first helmets that he brought out, sort of, but he did and it was the “Sh_t to have” (read on).
After strolling through memory lane in my mind of those fun DH days, it made me think about what this helmet resembles or more about what it represents today. There’s no way this would be close to a DH helmet by today’s standard. Then it hits me! It’s more like an Enduro or All-Mountain helmet.

THE FUTURE IN THE PAST
It was called the EDGE Comp, but what most of you out there may not know is, the Edge Comp started life with a well-known helmet company. My guess is they thought their name would make the sales in mountain biking, but as we all know this may not be the case and back in the early days of mountain biking this really didn’t work to often by name and reputation alone.

FULL REMOVABLE CHINBAR PROTECTION WITH ONLY FOUR SCREWS
FULL REMOVABLE CHINBAR PROTECTION WITH ONLY FOUR SCREWS

Shoei Helmets brought out their first mountain bike helmet with no chin bar at the time, it was a new cool style XC helmet. Something way different then the traditional XC helmet (which had about as much style as an all foam helmet from KMART).
We go back to 1990, Shoei helmets (big in the moto market) thought to break into the MTB market, calling the new helmet the RC3 it came with no removable chin bar (like the TLD Comp) and looking to capture the XC crowd by storm Shoei was heading in the right direction, or so they thought.
Shoei knowing Troy Lee for being a leading graphics painter in Moto race circles, thought Troy Lee could do something with it, spice it up a bit, make it look COOOOOL.
Troy Lee recognized the potential with the helmet. He tweaked the peak, added a decal graphics package with it so you could make it cool and “BAM” you have a seller.
BIG VENTS KEPT YOU COOL UNDER PRESSURE.
BIG VENTS KEPT YOU COOL UNDER PRESSURE.

Next you have some of the top pro riders at the time wear it, BAM!! Pros loved this helmet, Troy Lee eventually acquired the rights to the RC3 and Troy Lee called it the Edge Comp.
With Downhill becoming more and more popular in the mid 90’s, Troy Lee saw the need for more protection. At this point he added a chinbar that could be removed simply by unscrewing the four screws. suddenly you have the best of both worlds, a DH helmet or an open face XC helmet.
Something we call All-Mountain, Trail, or Enduro helmets today.

THE FUTURE NOW
I started noticing what made this helmet so unique in itself is that when you look at all the features it has, you see what a lot of the newer helmets have in them. The DNA of the Troy Lee EDGE Comp is evident with the new designs out there from Its full rear / side head coverage, removable chinbar, large venting and overall fit, not to mention cool style.

TROY LEE STILL MAKING COOL HELMETS. LOOK AT THE GREAT REAR PROTECTION
TROY LEE STILL MAKING COOL HELMETS.
LOOK AT THE GREAT REAR PROTECTION

I found it funny to look at it and think, “Wow, the new helmets out there today are not that much different in the style and design structure (OK structure is different, but you know what I’m talking about).
FOX ALL MOUNTAIN TRAIL HELMET
FOX ALL MOUNTAIN TRAIL HELMET

GIANT BICYCLES RAIL HELMET MIPS.
GIANT BICYCLES RAIL HELMET MIPS.

THE BELL AND THEIR SUPER 2R CHINBAR REMOVED.
THE BELL AND THEIR SUPER 2R CHINBAR REMOVED.

Just look at the Bell Super 2R, Giro Switchblade, Leatt DBX 3.0., 6D, Fox and so many more. When you compare the look of these helmets in full-face or All-Mountain mode to the older Troy Lee Edge [RC3] they share the same general DNA features. Some may be a full-face helmet with removable chinbar, big venting, or All-Mountain / trail helmets like 6D, FOX, and others. In other words you get great coverage and comfort for long rides all in one.
THE LEATT DBX 3.0 LIKE THE BELL HAS A SIMPLE REMOVAL SYSTEM
THE LEATT DBX 3.0 LIKE THE BELL HAS A SIMPLE REMOVAL SYSTEM

GIRO SWITCHBLADE LOOKS LIKE A DH HELMET, BUT NOT RATED FOR THE HARDCORE STUFF
GIRO SWITCHBLADE LOOKS LIKE A DH HELMET, BUT NOT RATED FOR THE HARDCORE STUFF

QUICK CHINBAR REMOVAL ON THE GIRO.
QUICK CHINBAR REMOVAL ON THE GIRO.

LEATT'S DBX3.0 IS A CLEAN HELMET FROM THE GUYS THAT INVENTED THE SAFETY NECK BRACE. YEAH THEY KNOW THEIR STUFF
LEATT’S DBX3.0 IS A CLEAN HELMET FROM THE GUYS THAT INVENTED THE SAFETY NECK BRACE.
YEAH THEY KNOW THEIR STUFF

LOOKING AT THE NEW
With the advent to new technologies, better materials, and better understandings of head trauma, cycling helmets have become far better safety wise these days.
Style is everything to most of us, I mean really, we have to look good on the trail. From the moment you pull up to the trail and unload your bike the style points are starting with your peers, Lol.
All kidding aside we do care about safety and the manufactures care as well, especially to the head.
You will find many companies out there using the regular old EPS designs still and there is nothing wrong with that at all, but if you have the chance to help save your head with a bit more safety, why not be smart and do this for yourself.

We may all know someone that may have had a head injury from mountain biking, I know I have and with what’s out there now makes me wonder if it would have made a difference had my friend been wearing one of these new helmets today.

THE NEW MOUSE TRAP
These new designs come in many acronyms. The most well-known of them all and I believe one of the first was MIPS. You have 360Deg Turbine Technology by Leatt, and 6D has ODS.
These new technologies have been the big game changer for off-road cycling helmets today. Manufactures are making helmets that will help the rider to better survive a nasty shot to the old noddle. Even if you may not have a whole lot up in that area, let’s keep what you do have intact, shell we.
What do these safety features do? There are two things that are being achieved here, one is the reduction of rotational acceleration to the head and brain and number two is the absorption of energy during impact at concussion level.
So, let me give a brief explanation of what these do for you, told by the companies that make them.

MIPS

GIANT SHOWS HOW THE MIPS SYSTEM WORKS WITHIN THEIR HELMETS
GIANT SHOWS HOW THE MIPS SYSTEM WORKS WITHIN THEIR HELMETS

Most of you out there may know or have heard of what MIPS is. The MIPS system is used widely by many companies.
Some will simply add this to their helmets EPS liners, while other companies will design it into their helmets for better fit with your head.
Bell uses it in their Super 2R, Giro in the new Switchblade, and many bicycle manufactures like GIANT use the MIPS systems with their MTB helmets.
MIPS PLACEMENT WITHIN THE BELL SUPER 2R HELMET
MIPS PLACEMENT WITHIN THE BELL SUPER 2R HELMET

BELL SUPER 2R WITH MIPS INCORPORATED. YOU CAN SEE IT WITHIN THE HELMET
BELL SUPER 2R WITH MIPS
INCORPORATED. YOU CAN SEE IT WITHIN THE HELMET

MIPS stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, this is a leading slip-plane system placed within the helmet to help reduce the rotational forces that result from impact.
Kind of like having a floating layer the will move when hit.

360Deg Turbine Technology

LEATT TURBINE 360 WITHIN THE EPS.
LEATT TURBINE 360 WITHIN THE EPS.

LEATT, a leading safety company known for the development of neck brace protection has developed their own system called 360Deg Turbine Technology. Turbines made of 3D molded energy absorbing material.
The best way to describe this is they look like small rubber disc that are placed within the EPS liner around the helmet.
The two advantages to this are the reduction of rotational acceleration to the head and brain and the absorption of energy upon impact at concussion level.

ODS

THE 6D ODS IN THE EPS
THE 6D ODS IN THE EPS

6D helmets is another company that takes their helmet safety seriously. They have developed their system called Omni-Directional Suspension technology (ODS for short).
What make their helmet safety unique is how it works. You will notice the word Suspension in their description of the technology.
That’s right, suspension in a nut shell or brain bucket in this case. 6D has dual EPS liners with Elastomeric Isolation Dampers in between. What this does is allow for downward and upward, rotational, and side to side impact safety.

UP CLOSE AT 6D SUSPENSION FOR YOUR HEAD
UP CLOSE AT 6D SUSPENSION FOR YOUR HEAD

SAFETY AT ITS BEST FOR THE HEAD
SAFETY AT ITS BEST FOR THE HEAD

If you look at one of their cut-away, it seems like it would be free floating within the two EPS liners with little rubber shocks so to speak. Very cool.

PICK YOU POISON
This is just the tip of what is out there when it come to new helmet safety. It blows me away to look at my old Troy Lee and see what we have today versus what we have now. It makes me think, “WOW, I rode in that thing and took a killer hit to my head in it while racing a Big Bear AM-CUP. I rang my bell for sure and it saved my head, but how would that hit have differed to my head while using one of the new helmets with this new safety technology in.
With all research in head trauma, new technology and materials, it has made one thing clear.
Companies care about their customers well-being, not just making a buck off of us.
So, when you are out there and you are ready to make that next helmet purchase give a little thanks to guys like Troy Lee and Shoei for seeing the future, pushing the envelope and making us safe.
And give thanks to all the new guys that are pushing forward on how to keep us riding everyday.

GIANT RAIL MIPS IN ACTION
GIANT RAIL MIPS IN ACTION

Ride safe and ride on….

HOLIDAY RIDES

Well its that time of the season again, where the holidays are fast approaching. The days are getting shorter, the trees are changing color, and its getting colder outside. Well maybe not so much in Southern California where we have cool 68 to 75 degree days during fall and winter most of the time.
Who am I kidding, anything under 68 can be down right COLD!! I’m talking the tundra here.

So what can one do to spice up that ride around your local area trails. How about dressing up for the occasion and have a little fun on your ride with a group of friends.
I’m not talking about your riding gear your wearing here and I’m not saying go out and buy some all new gear ( well that is always fun to do, right).
No what I’m talking about is getting together with your buddies and dress for the holidays on your group ride. Its always fun to see a group of people dressed in costume for Halloween, fall Thanksgiving, or Christmas.

Being creative with your costume is great to see when your on the trail, its always a pleasure to see a group of riders dressed up on a ride having fun, I just don’t suggest the crazy clown suits this year if you know what I mean. Man those things freak me out.

So get out there and have a great time dong the Halloween ride this weekend, Christmas get out that Santa hat, or elf cap, maybe some antlers for your helmet perhaps. Have fun and be safe, unless you decide to go with the crazy clown thing, I say good luck on that one.

Halloween Fun
Halloween Fun
Skulls OK, Crazy Clowns maybe not
Skulls OK, Crazy Clowns maybe not
Christmas Ride
Christmas Ride

Have fun and dress up that ride this weekend or during the next couple of months.

MtnBikeRiders.com Staff wishes you a safe fun Halloween.

MILES WIDE INDUSTRIES

ROAMING THE AISLE WAYS OF INTERBIKE

When you are at Interbike there is so much to see you just can’t help but look at or try to look at everything.
You will see some cool stuff and some stuff that makes you wonder what one was thinking when they came up with it in the first place.
You’ll see old friends and make new ones. One of the best experiences I like when going to Interbike is meeting some of the small guys that are driven by their passion and belief in what they are doing for and in the industry.
One of those such people is Miles Schwartz, founder and owner of MilesWide Industries. Just talking to Miles for the first ten minutes you feel his love for the sport of mountain biking when he explains all his products he sells, designs and manufactures.

MilesWide is located in Asheville NC where Miles himself can test his product designs first hand. MilesWide manufactures six items. Below I will talk about each one and their function.

BOTTLE POD & STICKY POD

The first up are this really great organizers for our bottle cage, hydration pack, or jersey pocket.
The pods are made to be water resistant and carry the essentials you need when on the trail. Made to be light weight they look to be perfect to fit in your pack. the Bottle Pod is a made to fit snug in the water bottle cage.

THE STICKY POD ORGANIZER FOR YOUR STUFF
THE STICKY POD ORGANIZER FOR YOUR STUFF

BOTTLE POD WATER BOTTLE CAGE ORGANIZER
BOTTLE POD WATER BOTTLE CAGE ORGANIZER

STICKY FINGERS-BRAKE GRIPS

If you have ever slipped a finger off your brake levers at that crucial moment of truth, maybe you were riding in the rain and couldn’t keep your fingers on the levers if your life depended on it, well worry no more. The STICKY FINGERS will make you worry no more. Designed from a durable soft rubber that slips over your brake levers, they will do the trick for you when you grip the binders.

STICKY FINGERS BRAKE GRIPS
STICKY FINGERS BRAKE GRIPS

DUCK FLAP-MUD FLAPS

I’m sure you have seen these before and they are a life saver when in the mud. Specifically designed to fit the fork or the rear area of your bike, you simply zip tie them on and go. The perfect item to have in the wet or that Enduro race these should be a part of any ride gear.

EASY ON AND OFF WITH ZIP TIES
EASY ON AND OFF WITH ZIP TIES

THE DUCK FLAP MUD GUARD, JUST PICK YOUR COLOR
THE DUCK FLAP MUD GUARD, JUST PICK YOUR COLOR

PANOWRAPS BIKE GOGGLES

These unique goggles are made to be super light weight and durable. Miles was so excited to show us these, that when he did I was blown away by them, yes they don’t look like the main stream goggle, but who says you have to wear what everyone else is.
I had mentioned they look like the old World War II goggles you would see the German tankers wear, they were super light and they did feel comfortable on the face. You could roll them up and literally put them into your pocket.
They come in clear, amber, and smoke tint.

PANOWRAPS BIKE GOGGLES, SUPER LIGHT AND DURABLE
PANOWRAPS BIKE GOGGLES, SUPER LIGHT AND DURABLE

NORTHERN LIGHTS LED BIKE LIGHT

Miles even make a cool bike light that produces 1200 lumens with a range of 1950 feet. The body is finned to keep the aluminum body cool, powered by 4 Cell Lithium Ion rechargeable batteries, and pack with holder you can either mount the NORTHERN LIGHT on your handle bars or your helmet, mounts are provided for both.

NORTHERN LIGHT, A SMALL PACKAGE EQUALS ONE LIGHT WEIGHT HEADLAMP
NORTHERN LIGHT,
A SMALL PACKAGE EQUALS ONE LIGHT WEIGHT HEADLAMP

THE NORTHERN LIGHT HANDLE BAR MOUNT
THE NORTHERN LIGHT HANDLE BAR MOUNT

THE MAN BEHIND THE PASSION

FOUNDER OF MILESWIDE INDUSTRIES, MILES SCHWARTZ ONE COOL GUY
FOUNDER OF MILESWIDE INDUSTRIES,
MILES SCHWARTZ
ONE COOL GUY

Here he is Miles Schwartz a super nice guy that I see putting out some great gear for mountain bikes. Another great thing about Miles’ products is they won’t break the bank. MilesWide product start at $10.99 for the STICKY FINGERS and go up to $80.00 range for the NORTHERN LIGHTS. Not bad for being the little guy on the block.

HERE IS THE MILESWIDE INDUSTRIES TEST CENTER
HERE IS THE MILESWIDE INDUSTRIES TEST CENTER

If you would like to contact MILESWIDE INDUSTRIES you can go to their website at miles-wide.com
Thanks for the time Miles.

INTERBIKE 2015

READY TO ROCK AND ROLL INTERBIKE
READY TO ROCK AND ROLL INTERBIKE

Well the door are open and we came for the whole week, so I hope you will find what we saw as cool as we did.

CTS FAT TIRES
CTS FAT TIRES

THE BFT, NO ITS NOT WHAT YOU THINK. IT STANDS FOR "BIG FAT TIRE"
THE BFT, NO ITS NOT WHAT YOU THINK.
IT STANDS FOR “BIG FAT TIRE”

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COOL MOUNT

While walking In the Taiwan area I spotted a company called Juin Tech, they had this cool suspension mount for your phone, GPS, or POV cameras. I just had to get this and they were selling them, so I pick it up.
Stay tuned for a review.

THE JUIN SUSPENSION MOUNT
THE JUIN SUSPENSION MOUNT

A SUSPENSION MOUNT FOR YOUR PHONE, GPS, OR POV CAMERA.
A SUSPENSION MOUNT FOR YOUR PHONE, GPS, OR POV CAMERA.

HYDRATION FOR THE BODY IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT

PICKLE JUICE, fight the cramps of muscle fatigue?

HERE'S A DIFFERENT KIND OF ELECTROLYTE TO BEAT MUSCLE CRAMPS
HERE’S A DIFFERENT KIND OF ELECTROLYTE TO BEAT MUSCLE CPAMPS

IF THIS WORKS, I HAVE TO SAY IT THIS WOULD BE THE BEST TASTING HYDRATION DRINK
IF THIS WORKS, I HAVE TO SAY IT WOULD BE THE BEST TASTING HYDRATION DRINK

QORE PERFORMANCE

Wearable Hydration that will increase hydration by 40%, could this be? QORE PERFORMANCE says it will.
This is a whole different way of hydrating the body by wearing cool packs on the body.

QORE EXPLAINING HOW IT WORKS.
QORE EXPLAINING HOW IT WORKS.

WEARABLE HYDRATION
WEARABLE HYDRATION

THIS IS WHERE THE MAGIC COMES FROM. A COLD PACK INSERTED INTO QORE'S CHOICE AREA POCKETS ON THEIR GARMENTS.
THIS IS WHERE THE MAGIC COMES FROM. A COLD PACK INSERTED INTO QORE’S CHOICE AREA POCKETS ON THEIR GARMENTS.

ISORIDE bars, tabs and hydration drinks for your sport needs.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR BODY GOING.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR BODY GOING.

GUTR sweatbands for when you are dehydrating.

If you sweat a lot and your goggles don’t hold the seat back or your on that long XC/trail ride and you hate when the sweat hits your eyes, this could be your ticket.

GUTR SWEATBANDS FOR DEHYDRATION.
GUTR SWEATBANDS FOR DEHYDRATION.

GUTTER FOR YOUR SWEAT KEEPS IT OUT OF THE EYES
GUTTER FOR YOUR SWEAT KEEPS IT OUT OF THE EYES

CAMELBAK GEAR AND HYDRATION DRINKS

CAMELBAK ISN'T ABOUT HYDRATION PACKS ANYMORE
CAMELBAK ISN’T ABOUT HYDRATION PACKS ANYMORE

HYDRAPAK BOTTLES

Some of these may not be practical for ordinary mountain biking, but if you a a trekker with your mountain bike, Fat Tire bike, or you just want to pedal out somewhere for an overnight, HYDRAPAK bottles may have what your looking for.
A super tough collapsible water bottles will fit perfect in your pack or saddlebags.

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GEAR & PROTECTION QUICKIE

LEATT was in the house showing off their new helmet and of course all there gear. From their well known neckbrace to their pads, body armor, hydration pack, and new helmet. Its clear to see LEATT is in the game for the long haul.

YOU NEED A PAD LEATT HAS IT
YOU NEED A PAD LEATT HAS IT
NEW LEATT DBX V12 HLEMET HAS COOL STYLING
NEW LEATT DBX V12 HLEMET HAS COOL STYLING
LEATT'S BLUE CUSHIONS ARE PART OF THE SAFETY FOR YOU HEAD
LEATT’S BLUE CUSHIONS ARE PART OF THE SAFETY FOR YOU HEAD
LARGE VENTING BRING IN THE AIR
LARGE VENTING BRING IN THE AIR
CHOOSE YOUR COLOR AND LOOK BADASS
CHOOSE YOUR COLOR AND LOOK BADASS
LEATT BODY ARMOR ALLOWS GREAT PROTECTION FRONT AND BACK AS WELL AS ACCEPTING THEIR NECKBRACE
LEATT BODY ARMOR ALLOWS GREAT PROTECTION FRONT AND BACK AS WELL AS ACCEPTING THEIR NECKBRACE

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POC

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ALPINESTARS

NEW ENDURO GEAR
NEW ENDURO GEAR
ASTARS ENDURO TYPE SHORTS LOOK LIKE A GREAT SHORT
ASTARS ENDURO TYPE SHORTS LOOK LIKE A GREAT SHORT
COOL GLOVES HAVE A SMOOTH LOOK ON THE HAND
COOL GLOVES HAVE A SMOOTH LOOK ON THE HAND
ASTARS DH GEAR WILL DISTRACT THE OTHER RACERS
ASTARS DH GEAR WILL DISTRACT THE OTHER RACERS
THE WOMEN ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
THE WOMEN ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
ALPINESTARS MEMORY FOAM ELBOW LOOK TO HAVE GREAT COVERAGE
ALPINESTARS MEMORY FOAM ELBOW LOOK TO HAVE GREAT COVERAGE
KNEE USES SAME FOAM AS ELBOW, BUT THE KNEE LOOKS A LITTLE SMALL IN THE COVERAGE
KNEE USES SAME FOAM AS ELBOW, BUT THE KNEE LOOKS A LITTLE SMALL IN THE COVERAGE

100% “AWESOME”!!!

100% goggles, sunglasses, Aircraft helmet, and gloves are definitely cool as cool.

New color coming out for 2016 and I have to say chrome is cool.
New color coming out for 2016 and I have to say chrome is cool.
The other new chrome helmet coming out is this cool red, black, and chrome. Now I wanr one with blue chrome and I'm in.
The other new chrome helmet coming out is this cool red, black, and chrome.
Now I wanr one with blue chrome and I’m in.
The old red, white, and blue baby.
The old red, white, and blue baby.
100% sunglasses are made for the rider, they are also ultra cool too.
100% sunglasses are made for the rider, they are also ultra cool too.
100% has thrown a lot of time into design and function in mind when it comes to the rider and racer. If they don't have a color or style to meet your needs, well you my be to cool to wear them.  I'm sure you can find one in the bunch though.
100% has thrown a lot of time into design and function in mind when it comes to the rider and racer. If they don’t have a color or style to meet your needs, well you my be to cool to wear them.
I’m sure you can find one in the bunch though.
100% has your hand covered for your riding.
100% has your hand covered for your riding.

G-FORM PROTECTION

G-FORM had a great booth at INTERBIKE this year. With their pads being one of the lightest pads out there they have become one of the popular elbow and knee pads on the market.

G-FORM had a big booth this year and they were hopping.
G-FORM had a big booth this year and they were hopping.

G-FORM full shirt and shorts with protection
G-FORM full shirt and shorts with protection

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Well here is just some of the products we saw at INTERBIKE 2015. There was so much to see and do, it was and hard to put it all on here for you to see.
Next we will be posting those products that deserve a little more time and explanation.

INTERBIKE 2015: BELL HELMETS & STAR WARS??

OK ITS TIME TO GEEK OUT, YEAH I'M A STAR WARS FAN.
OK ITS TIME TO GEEK OUT, YEAH I’M A STAR WARS FAN.

GEEK TIME

Allow me to geek out for a minute OK. “YES, YES, YES!!! Limited edition Star Wars helmets!!! Yeah!!!”
Now that I got that out of my system, Bell helmets will be offering two Super 2R MIPS equipped helmets, plus the Segment and Segment Jr with Star Wars graphics on them for a limited time.
Now you can have the SUPER 2R MIPS BOBA FETT helmet and go collect your bounty at the Enduro races or trails.
Why not be STORM TROOPER TK-421. You remember him don’t you, the Trooper that HAN SOLO and LUKE called into the Falcon to get his armor while on the Death Star. I’m pretty sure HAN shot first on that one, but we will never know.
You also have the SEGMENT Darth Vader black helmet with Imperial Cog on the side and for that Jr shredder check out the BOBA FETT BOUNTY HUNTER SEGMENT JR, or Millennium Falcon SEGMENT JR.
I have to say this is a first time I have ever seen something like this before and find it very cool for all the SW fan boys.

The BOBA FETT SUPER 2R
The BOBA FETT SUPER 2R

The mark of the Mandalorian
The mark of the Mandalorian

The cool STORM TROOPER SUPER 2R helmet
The cool STORM TROOPER SUPER 2R helmet

Chinbar complete with TROOPER breathing ports
Chinbar complete with TROOPER breathing ports

"STORM TROOPER!!" "Your designation is TK-421!!"  "DO YOU HEAR ME TROOPER!!"
“STORM TROOPER!!” “Your designation is TK-421!!”
“DO YOU HEAR ME TROOPER!!”

SEGMENT & SEGMENT JR

SEGMENT DARTH VADER
SEGMENT DARTH VADER

BOUNTY HUNTER JR
BOUNTY HUNTER JR

MILLENNIUM FALCON SEGMENT JR
MILLENNIUM FALCON SEGMENT JR

SUPER & SUPER 2R MIPS

Some cool colors for the 2016 Super 2R and Super will pop out at you. Aggression Blue, Matte Kryptonite, and Matte White/ Glacier Blue.
Bell is also doing the Joy Ride Women’s collection which will have the Super and Super 2R with a cool color.
Here’s a look at what you can expect from BELL HELMETS.

BELL's cool colors
BELL’s cool colors

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JOY RIDE WOMEN’S HELMETS

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I love the Super helmet we reviewed when they came out and with the new SUPER 2R’s added quick release chinbar it makes for one versatile trail/Enduro helmet. Another thing that’s great, BELL did update the SUPER to allow you to purchase the chinbar separately if you want later.
Look for the BELL STAR WARS Limited Edition helmets other Bell Helmets at your local dealers near you.

INTERBIKE DIRTDEMO 2015

Well as I descend upon Las Vegas and make my way to the 2015 Inter bike Dirtdemo, I saw fat tire bikes, cool bikes from the past, Mountain E-Bikes, and products galore.
The weather was windy, sunny, and just enough rain to make it just right, so here are some pics of the 2015 DirtDemo.

Canopy city, now let the games began.
Canopy city, now let the games begin.

 

Welcome, but you need a pass. Don't worry we got you covered.
Welcome, but you need a pass. Don’t worry we got you covered.

FAT TIRE

Fat tire bikes seemed to be the cool thing again this year.

The Surly Fat tire brigade.
The Surly Fat tire brigade.

 

Oh please no tight shorts on a Fat tire bike.
Oh please no tight shorts on a Fat tire bike.

 

9:ZERO:7 Carbon framed Fat Tires were very cool.
9:ZERO:7 Carbon framed Fat Tires were very cool.

 

Full Carbon, 1x9
Full Carbon, 1×9

 

Carbon fork with thru axle
Carbon fork with thru axle
Belt Drive made to last
Belt Drive made to last

 

KHS Fat Tire
KHS Fat Tire

Best way to travel goes to this guy.

Now this is plain cool.
Now this is plain cool.

 

Got all your gear.
Got all your gear.

 

Now there no trail you can't get to with this setup.
Now there no trail you can’t get to with this setup.

OLD SCHOOL BIKES IN THE DEMO

Nothing like seeing an old KLEIN. These still look cool in my book.
Nothing like seeing an old KLEIN. These still look cool in my book.

 

Elastomer Manitou OG.
Elastomer Manitou OG.

 

Repack cruisers, where it all began.
Repack cruisers, where it all began.

 

The start of MTBing
The start of MTBing

 

Early suspension fork, yeah!!
Early suspension fork, yeah!!

DAINESE DEMOING THEIR GEAR

You won’t see to many safety companies doing a demo of their protection and I have to say it was great to see them out there. From what I gathered it was a hit and you can tell with most of their popular sizes checked out for most of the day.

The Dainese Crew was busy both days demoing the newest knee and elbow protection.
The Dainese Crew was busy both days demoing the newest knee and elbow protection.

 

"DO IT!" "JUST DOOO IT!"
“DO IT!” “JUST DOOO IT!”

 

The newest protection from the best.
The newest protection from the best.

MISHAPS & ODD BALLS

When at a DirtDemo you will have injury and that one guy that will reinvent the wheel.

The boo boo brothers were out having a good time, I think.
The boo boo brothers were out having a good time, I think.

 

Suck it up Buttercup.
Suck it up Buttercup.

 

I don't know which guy looks better off, the guy on the right or the guy on the left.
I don’t know which guy looks better off, the guy on the right or the guy on the left.

 

"I just know this tire size will be a way bigger hit then 29er guys."
“I just know this tire size will be a way bigger hit then 29er guys.”

 

So far this one took the overboard award.
So far this one took the overboard award.

 

With great big tires you need great big stopping power, obviously.
With great big tires you need great big stopping power, obviously.

 

Dual spring seat is the rear suspension on this baby.
Dual spring seat is the rear suspension on this baby.

 

As Doc Brown has forsaken his greatest invention of the time machine and his Flux Capacitor (due to mishaps in time) he moves on in search of another tire company to pitch his do all tire size. Good luck Doc.
As Doc Brown has forsaken his greatest invention of the time machine and his Flux Capacitor (due to mishaps in time) he moves on in search of another tire company to pitch his do all tire size.
Good luck Doc.

HARD WORKING CREWS

When at a Interbike DirtDemo there is a no harder working staff then that of the bike companies. They are constantly moving bike in and out of there tents, adjusting bikes to fit their customers and hopefully potential new customers. For two days in any weather condition they are cranking.
A quick look at the hardest working people. Thanks guys.
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LAST LOOKS

Finish Line lubes and cleaners for your bike.
Finish Line lubes and cleaners for your bike.

 

GT CARBON SENSOR 27.5
GT CARBON SENSOR 27.5

 

Cannondale bikes looking cool and fast even on a rack.
Cannondale bikes looking cool and fast even on a rack.

 

Giant's Woman LIV line.
Giant’s Woman LIV line.

 

Good crowds made it easy to see and try it all.
Good crowds made it easy to see and try it all.

 

G-Form always at the Demo.
G-Form always at the Demo.

 

Take one out for a try.
Take one out for a try.

 

Alpinestars at the demo.
Alpinestars at the demo.

 

HARO Hardtail 27.5
HARO Hardtail 27.5

 

Great product for all to see.
Great product for all to see.

 

New Deuter Hydro pack.
New Deuter Hydro pack.

 

Back protection insert new for Attack 20.
Back protection insert new for Attack 20.

Well there can be so much more, but we have Interbike to go see next. Hope you enjoyed.

REVIEW: MORSA DESIGNS MOUNTS FOR YOUR DEVICES

MORSA DESIGNS DEVICE MOUNTING SYSTEM
MORSA DESIGNS DEVICE MOUNTING SYSTEM

We ran into the MORSA Company while out at Sea Otter this year and they were kind enough to give us some product to review. Now I’m a sucker for mounting kits when it comes to letting me put my POV camera, phone, GPS, or lighting systems on my bike in the best way possible.
The first thing we think about taking on a ride is our GoPro’s right, phones come in second (or first if you are a selfie addict), maybe lights third for that night ride, and if you’re on a long ride or say racing a point to point race like an Enduro you’ll need a GPS too.
Could it be the start of your bike’s handle bar area looking like that of an F-18 jet fighter cockpit? Clutter could be a bad thing, but we need our devices, can’t do without them, right?
So in walks MORSA a company out of Irvine CA. that designs, engineered, and manufactures their mount and adapters here in the USA.
An unusual name MORSA, it’s Italian for clamp or vise and the mounting arm does just that.
MORSA has made it simple by making the Mounting Arm which will mount on a 31.8 road or mountain bike bar, with four mounts available to you, you can mount a phone, camera, lights, or computer, the combinations you choose are almost endless.
The MORSA system is well thought out that it allows you to mount up to three items. I don’t think anyone can boast this. All the mounts are made from a strong CARBON composite nylon which this makes them light weight, durable, and shock absorbing.

SYSTEM MOUNTS

PHONE CASE ADAPTER- If you’re familiar with ROKFORM phone cases for your iPhone, iPad, and Samsung Galaxy phones MORSA makes the mount to use the ROKFORM cases.
A nice solid twist and lock mount case which is outstanding when mounted.
It will let you mount your Phone or tablet out front or in the center in either horizontal or vertical.
Of course the ROKFORM case is not included, but the great thing is the phone case adapter is only $10.00 retail.

CARBON COMPOSITE NYLON IS WHAT MAKES THE MORSA DESIGNS MOUNTING SYSTEM STRONG
CARBON COMPOSITE NYLON IS WHAT MAKES THE MORSA DESIGNS MOUNTING SYSTEM STRONG


CAMERA ADAPTER- MORSA went with what works or should I say the most sold POV camera on the market for a simple mount, the GoPro quick release buckle that makes on and off fast. Shimano CM1000 and Garmin VIRB can also be used with the purchase of a GoPro Camera buckle.
Like the phone adapter it allows you to put the camera center and out front, face the camera forwards or backwards, rotate and slide the camera to get different positions, and mount it upside down or right side up. It’s all up to you.
Retail price for the camera adapter is $10.00.

CYCLING COMPUTER ADAPTER- Much like the phone adapter the mounting is about the same. Twist and lock. It will work with the GARMIN EDGE 200, 500, 800, 1000 Touring series, also with the MAGELLAN CYCLO computers.
Retail is $10.00, you kind of seeing where this is going…

UNIVERSAL MOUNT- This is the simplest of mounts because its round at a size of 31.8 like a handle bar, so it will mount just about all lighting systems or band type systems, even the CATEYE or POLAR computer can be mounted.
The Universal Mount allows you to put the lighting systems out front and center.
Retail price, yup you guessed it $10.00

MOUNTING ARM FOR ALL YOUR DEVICES
MOUNTING ARM FOR ALL YOUR DEVICES

MOUNTING ARM- This is the main part that is for all the adapters. A swing hinge mount goes around you handle bar where it’s clamped on. The arm will allow mounting one to two adapters cleanly for your devices in what position you need them to be.
Price for the Mounting Arm is not $10.00, but $20.00. Still a deal for sure.

WILL IT WORK FOR YOU

Why wouldn’t it, whether you are a mountain biker or a road biker the MORSA Mounting system is one of the most versatile systems out there that we have come across. It’s easy to use with your device placements. It’s all up to where and how you want your electronic toys mounted. I love that the MORSA system allows you to put your phone or GPS right in front of you so you can see the screen without taking your eyes off the trail or road.
The Camera and Universal mounts allow you just as much adjustment.

HITTING THE TRAIL

We were given one Mounting Arm, one Camera mount, and one Universal mount. I opted out testing the GPS or Phone mounts because I didnt have a GPS at this time or the type of phone required for the MORSA system.
Mounting the arm was a breeze, the whole system’s mounting is great and super easy to mount. The slots on the Mounting Arm allow you to slide your mount back and forth no problem and give you room for at least three items with ease.
Once on the trail I didn’t see any movement what so ever. This whole system was rock solid on the bars.
Once I found my sweet spot for the Camera mount it was a no brainier finding the optimum position I wanted for the GoPro, after all I do have to look good when on camera, a requirement in my contract.
You will notice in the photos that I moved the Mounting Arm down more than you would if you had a phone or GPS on you bike. I wanted to get a lower angel for the GoPro which worked great for me, the only time I had a problem was when my GoPro came loose, but that was me not tightening it down enough, not due to the mount.

SOLID ON THE TRAIL IN THE ROUGH
SOLID ON THE TRAIL IN THE ROUGH

Next was the Universal mount for my lighting systems. The Universal mount works great with either a clamp type light or light with an O-ring style setup, just like some bike computers.
The lighting system I chose to use was the GEMINI DUO because it has the O-Ring mount system. While going through the rough my DUO light would be the one to move under these conditions. The verdict, it didn’t move an inch. With all the vibration and hits my lights stayed on target at all times and I just love this.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

When you look at a lot of the device systems out there that are made with machined aluminum or basic plastics you will see and find some great ones, but none that will give you the capability to have multiple devices and versatility at once with clean mounting.
I give MORSA high marks for this; the other thing that puts MORSA on my list of “a company for the cyclist” is the cost. You won’t feel set back an arm and a leg in the pocket book with the prices setting yourself up. All the adapters are $10.00 and the Mounting Arm $20.00, this is amazing.
Solid engineering, made in the USA, excellent materials, and cost that won’t break the bank, MORSA got it right.

We wish to thank MORSA for the opportunity to review their products, if you wish to contact MORSA you can by going to info@morsadesigns.com or their website www.morsadesigns.com .

REVIEW- DAINESE BASANITE S/S JERSEY, HUCKER SHORTS, AND ROCK SOLID-D GLOVES

DAINESE 2015 DH / ENDURO GREAR
DAINESE 2015 DH / ENDURO GEAR

Well here I am again having spent a long amount of test time with some new gear and this time MtnBikeRider.com is putting some of Dainese new 2015 gear through the ringer.
Now we all know Dainese as the innovators of protection and in the last few years Dainese is trying to make a come back in the mountain bike arena. They’ve been upping their game with new pad designs, innovative Enduro packs and clothing designs.
When it comes to the protection side of things they have in my opinion done it better than anyone out there. After all they are the one’s who started it all and others fallowed, so when it comes to say jerseys, shorts, or gloves, can they stack up to the others who have been making the advancements in new innovative wicking materials or tough Ripstop nylons, will have to see.

THE GEAR

I have always loved any gear I have received to test or even purchased for myself from Dainese.
For 2015 they pulled out the stops and really brought their game, so much so that in 2014 the Lapierre Gravity World Cup team was fully outfitted for DH battle as well as the Enduro team by Dainese.
I have to tell you it was great to see Dainese out there in a big way on the World Cup circuit like it used to be.
So what are we going to review, well why not review what the Lapierre team used.
Dan Walczewski of Dainese USA heads the Multi-Sport division and after a few conversations we were off to test.
Dan set us up with the BASANITE S/S JERSEY, HACKER SHORTS, and ROCK SOLID-D GLOVES.
The first thing you will notice is the color I chose, the neon yellow pops. All the colors in the three items stick out good, besides I figure why not look ultra-cool and go a little Valentino Rossi (for those who don’t fallow Moto GP road racing, he is the MAN on the track for Dainese and AGV).


BASANITE SHORT SLEEVE JERSEY

BASANITE S/S JERSEY
BASANITE S/S JERSEY

The BASANITE Jersey comes in short sleeve as well as long. There are four colors, red/black, neon yellow/black, white/black, and white/green, with sizing of XS – XXL.
The jersey is made of light weight polyester that is a technical fit. The BASANITE jersey has such a light feel that you wonder if you are wearing a jersey at all. I love the fit, not super baggy and not too tight. Great air flow due in part from the micro-mesh area panels on the sides of the jersey which really allow for maximum heat dissipation from the body which is a super plus on hot days.
I have worn this jersey on long hot rides climbing and descending, if it wasn’t for my hydration pack on my back cutting the air flow around to my back I would no doubt have been very cool all the way around.
I have to give the BASANITE Jersey high marks for its ultra-light feel, air flow, and great looks.
This is a great jersey to use for DH racing as well as an all-day Enduro race.
The retail price is $69.99

HUCKER SHORT

HUCKER SHORT WITH LARGE AIR FLOW FRONT PANELS
HUCKER SHORT WITH LARGE AIR FLOW FRONT PANELS

The HUCKER is the new DH short for 2015. The first thing I notice was the light weight feel to them, lighter then past Dainese DH shorts we have tested.
Now I don’t mind a heavy short because it makes me feel safer in the event of going down, but will they hold up to a fall in the rocks or gravel, read on.
So what makes these DH- FR (Freeride) shorts tough and light, well Dainese uses a tear-resistant Duratex Fabric that’s for comfort and ergonomics, elasticated inserts on the crotch and lumbar allow for greater movement of freedom while riding DH, Enduro, or your favorite trail.

REAR LUMBAR STRETCH PANEL ALLOWS FOR GREATER MOVEMENT
REAR LUMBAR STRETCH PANEL ALLOWS FOR GREATER MOVEMENT

The HUCKER doesn’t come with any padded liner as these are a DH racing type shorts which allows you to tailor the under short to your ride, for example DH I run the Dainese Performance Short that has hard shell protection on the thigh and tail bone and a soft protection Dainese short for light protection.

COOL ZIPPER STASH POCKET FOR THAT BEER MONEY
COOL ZIPPER STASH POCKET FOR THAT BEER MONEY

The best part about the new HUCKER Shorts is their breathability; four large panels bring in the air to cool off those privates. This is a super comfort when beating the heat and I give Dainese top notch marks for that.
Finish off the great attention to detail with the clean colors and logos, nice waste adjustment straps and a nifty little zip pocket for keys, beer money, or whatever tickles your fancy.
These are a great DH short or Enduro race short, Light weight to beat the heat and tough enough to save the tushy.
Sizes range from XS –XXL at a retail price of $109.99

ROCK SOLID-D GLOVES

ROCK SOLID-D PRO SHAPE KNUCKLE PROTECTION
ROCK SOLID-D PRO SHAPE KNUCKLE PROTECTION

Gloves have changed quite a bit from when I started racing DH and I’m a firm believer in knuckle, finger, and palm protection. Dainese has always made a superb glove of this type in the past, but even Dainese has gone the way of the thin racing glove. Riders seen to want that connection from the bike to the ground, sorry but I’m not buying it. Having some sort of protection is important if you’re doing a DH race or tackle a killer Enduro race and that being said Dainese delivered by adding PRO SHAPE to the ROCK SOLID –D, along with tech materials for breathability and toughness .
First let’s start with the obvious; Dainese is using their new proprietary protection that’s found on their new TRAIL SKINS knee and elbow guards called PRO SHAPE.
This is a unique honeycomb flexible structure that is made of Polynorbornene, a polymer that has remarkable shock-absorbing qualities for only being 6mm thick. The perforated structure allows it to breathe and ventilate heat and sweating.

AIRPRENE UPPER, TOUGH HIGH STRENGTH SYNTHETIC PALM, AND TOUCH SCREEN FINGER TIP COMPATIBLE
AIRPRENE UPPER, TOUGH HIGH STRENGTH SYNTHETIC PALM, AND TOUCH SCREEN FINGER TIP COMPATIBLE

You have roughly a 1” x 4” patch set across the knuckle area of the glove that will bend with the hand and offer that knuckle protection. It’s so good it has satisfied the EN 1621 standards.
A high strength synthetic fabric on the palm, an Airprene upper cuff that’s light and breathable, silicone printing on the palm for added grip contact, and the last great touch is that the finger tips are touch screen compatible to stop and take that great selfie of yourself on the trail or after the race.
Sizes range from XXS-XXL and the retail is $54.99.

OVERALL

WITH GREAT COMFORT AND FIT OVERALL DAINESE HAS HIT THE MARK WITH THE BASANITE JERSEY, HUCKER SHORT, AND ROCK SOLID-D GLOVES
WITH GREAT COMFORT AND FIT OVERALL DAINESE HAS HIT THE MARK WITH THE BASANITE JERSEY, HUCKER SHORT, AND ROCK SOLID-D GLOVES

While wearing the BASANITE S/S jersey and HUCKER shorts I really didn’t find any fault at all, I have to say they seemed rather perfect. All the technical features of both work great. Air flow, light weight fabrics, and great quality make these two products shine, however the one hurdle Dainese has to overcome is to be competitive with their pricing, especially with their jersey price. Other companies range start at $40.00 up to $50.00 bucks.
I have no complaints with the HUCKER shorts as the pricing is close to other competitors.
I did get to ground test these babies, though it was a small spill the fabric held up well, I just love the air panels as they really let the air flow in great.
With gloves I wear a medium, but after a previous test from another company I went to a small size for the ROCK SOLID –D, now for the most part they fit better when I dropped a size. My fingers were all the way to the tips of the gloves. This is a good thing; it offers a snug feel with no loose material on the hand.
Now the one issue I found was that the PRO SHAPE padding was positioned just a hair behind my knuckles and this could be due to the smaller size glove.
The PRO SHAPE molded well on my knuckle area, bending and moving on my hand well under riding conditions, however I did notice that my right gloves feel put a strain on the top of my knuckles after some time, but as I said this could be due to the size gloves I was wearing. I didn’t experience this on my left hand so much.
I would have like to have seen the protection moved closer to the fingers and run over the knuckles down each finger say ½” to 1” stopping before the first knuckle of each finger for that added protection.
The rest of the gloves materials were spot on in the comfort department and breathability.
Price wise I’m a firm believer in protection and if I have to pay a little more I’m OK with that.
Overall I would recommend the BASANITE jersey, HUCKER shorts, and ROCK SOLID-D gloves (check your sizing with them first). They look great, breath great, and wick the heat away great.
The other thing that puts Dainese on high marks is the “One Year Warranty” they have against material and manufacturing defects on all their products (of course barring crash damage). You can’t beat that.
If you’re looking for Dainese products ask your local bicycle retailer, visit one of three D-Store in the US, or go to Dainese.com to shop.

Thanks to Dan Walczewski , Multi-Sports Manager and Dainese USA.

Mountain Bike Drinking Game

One of my buddies at Mybookie.com suggested I try a drinking game catered for mountain biking. Anyone can do this and all you need is some booze and a mountain bike race. If you’re not a betting kinda of guy/gal, take a look of some tips to help you to understand the Sportsbetting Lines. Now that you’ve got a clear understanding, let’s begin. Go to your local mountain bike race and then start taking bets on winners/losers/crashes/kits/types of bikes and etc.

A perfect place for that would be Fontana where the folks at Southridge Racing Company put on Super D, Downhill and XC. So you’ve got a whole weekend of drinking games.

Super D you can take a shot for each rider that comes by with goggles, 2 shots for a rider with a full face helmet and 3 shots for a rider with no pads what so ever.

DH games would be 1 shot for a Troy Lee Designs jersey. 2 shots for clipess pedals and 3 shots for Converse shoes or for Specialized/Giant bikes.

XC racing could be played with the colors of the kits worn. 1 shot for green, 2 shots for pink and 3 shots for animal print.

You can include a variation of the games by adding crashes to the drinks or having a shot of whiskey for mechanical brake downs, a shot of tequila for blood drawn. You basically get the idea right?

I’m a big fan of drinking and mountain biking. Spectating races is pretty fun and when you add drinking to the mix, it makes it way more interesting. Mind you most race venues may not allow drinking, so make sure that the place you’re going to do this game at is cool with boozing. If not, brown bag your stuff so no one will see your boozey goods.

If there are no races near you, consider watching them online. VitalMTB or Redbull is always broadcasting big events like the Redbull Rampage or World Cup. Those races cold make for some really interesting reasons to drink. From back flips, crashes to time they cross the finish line.

If you’ve got a few weak sauce drinkers in your group, you may want to start off with beer. If your buddy is a guy with a vagina, then O’Douls…For each offense you guys take a swig. Eventually you’ll catch a great buzz and the whole day becomes more fun. Hard liquor could become expensive and after a few shots most people will probably pass out or throw up. So pick yer’ poison and see which is more fun for you and your buddies.

You basically could do this game for just about any racing or sporting events. From BMX, fishing and even figure skating. The possibilities are endless! Heck you could even do this for little league games, pop warner football and your church’s flag football games.

SEA OTTER : BELL HELMETS

If you recall we did a review on the BELL super helmet last year as a part of our Enduro product reviews. At that time BELL had not yet released the Super 2R or Super 2R MIPS. These are the latest in the All-Mountain / Enduro type line up for BELL Helmets along with the Super 2.
The Super 2R come as a standard foam type EPS liner with a In-Mold Polycarbonate Shell, while the Super 2R equipped MIPS steps up the protection in the shell. MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. This allows for better protection to the head.
The key feature to both Super 2R helmets is that they use a detachable chinbar. This is great because it allows you to remove the chinbar while say climbing, put it in your pack, and then allowing you to simply reattach it back to the helmet with three clips.
The other cool thing is the fact that you get not just a CPSC Bicycle safety rating, but also a CE EN1078 rating.

BELL Helmets was quite busy at the Sea Otter Classic showing off the good.

BELL Helmets showing off the goods.
BELL Helmets showing off the goods.

The new BELL SUPER 2R helmet
The new BELL SUPER 2R helmet

Notice the quick release on the back of the helmet. You also have two more on the left and right sides of the helmet. Easy as 1, 2, 3.
Notice the quick release on the back of the helmet. You also have two more on the left and right sides of the helmet. Easy as 1, 2, 3.

Inside the MIPS equipped SUPER 2R.
Inside the MIPS equipped SUPER 2R.

Retail for the SUPER 2R is $200, while the MIPS equipped SUPER 2R retails for $220.