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- 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.

25 YEARS OF SEA OTTER!!

Yes it has been 25 years of one of the biggest cycling events to ever be on the west coast and one of the fun things about coming to Sea Otter is the dive up. If you are fortunate enough to be able to ride along the coast, this makes for one beautiful ride up. Again the MtnBikeRider.com crew was able to bum a ride up wit the fabulous D-Crew from Dainese, thank you guys.
If you have never been to the Sea Otter Classic, this is an event so big that it spans four days of racing that covers mountain biking, road biking, and one of the biggest consumer expos ever.
Fun for the whole family, cycling enthusiast, as well as the competitor, Sea Otter has made itself a staple when it comes to cycling events. You will see many aspects of this weeks happening to come.
Here is the first day part 1.

ALWAYS A NICE DRIVE UP. YOU HAVE TO LOVE CALIFORNIA.
ALWAYS A NICE DRIVE UP. YOU HAVE TO LOVE CALIFORNIA.

 

THE TIME WHEN YOUR HEART STARTS TO FLUTTER. YOU KNOW YOU HAVE ARRIVED.
THE TIME WHEN YOUR HEART STARTS TO FLUTTER. YOU KNOW YOU HAVE ARRIVED.

 

THE CITY COMES ALIVE AS THE BIKE INDUSTRY READIES FOR THE CROWDS TO COME.
THE CITY COMES ALIVE AS THE BIKE INDUSTRY READIES FOR THE CROWDS TO COME.

 

DAINESE TEAM GETTING READY FOR THE FIRST DAY.
DAINESE TEAM GETTING READY FOR THE FIRST DAY.

 

NEW FAZZARI
NEW FAZZARI

 

FUN FOR THE KIDS
FUN FOR THE KIDS

 

I DON'T THINK WE ARE GOING TO NEED THE LIGHT HOUSE. SUNNY DAY AHEAD.
I DON’T THINK WE ARE GOING TO NEED THE LIGHT HOUSE. SUNNY DAYS AHEAD.

 

A BRAT FROM THE PAST WITH TWO HARDPACK BIKES
A BRAT FROM THE PAST WITH TWO REPACK BIKES

 

MAGURA's PIMP RIDE.
MAGURA’s PIMP RIDE.

DAINESE PROTECTION: SEA OTTER

DAINESE 2014
Dainese is back at Sea Otter this year and they have some new gear. If you don’t know this Dainese has always been at the forefront of protection, and they have brought innovation to the mountain biking market for decades.
Dainese hhas been a part of mountain biking since the early 90’s. They have sponsored some of the greatest and biggest downhill racers around. Currently you could see the Lapeirre DH Team taking the World Cups, as well as seeing yours truly [The MtnBikeRiders.com Team] taking on local events in our area. Yeah I had to plug us in this article, after all we are sponsored by the D-Store OC.

TRAIL SKINS
This year they have came out with a light weight trail pad that we showed you at Interbike last year. They are a memory based foam pad that absorbs impact energy at the pad in a way that it hardens up. Yes we know this isn’t new on the market, but what is nice about these pads are the thickness, they are only a 1/4 ” thick (not many out there do pads this thick). Dainese uses a technology know as “PRO SHAPE”. This is a product that was developed by Dainese for the growing need of light weight pads for Enduro racers. They have breath holes on the face of the pads for cooling, use a light weight breathable materiel all around, and durable where you need them.

RIDING GEAR TRAIL OR ENDURO

Not to be out done in the market Dainese has also come out with light weight riding shorts and jersey for the trail or enduro racer in mind. They are called the DRIFTER Short ($109.95) and DRIFTER jersey S/S ($59.95). Wicking away materials as well breathable, ease access pockets on the shorts as well as pull out liner.

Dainese also has nice gloves called the Rock Solid-C ($29.99). Made thinner to give you better feel from the handle bars to the bike motion while you ride. A great fitting glove that fits snug to the hand.

DH GEAR

This year Dainese has changed up their DH gear a little with new color ways that let everyone know your coming down the mountain. They are called the Hucker Short ($99.95) and Basanite Jersey in long or short sleeve ($69.95 or $59.95 S/S). Nice big logos don each side of the jersey and shorts, but its not all looks, The jersey is also made to breath as efficiently as possible to keep your cool under pressure in a race or ride.
Shorts are made of a nice light materiel, but durable nylon to protect that tush of yours. Nice big panels are placed on the shorts to assure quality air flow for comfort while racing. Pants are also available for $129.95.
Glove that we haven’t seen as of yet look like the Rock solid -C, but with one exception, they incorporate Dainese’s Pro Shape technology on the knuckle area, still giving you great breath-ability, with protection to the top of the hand ($39.95).

WHERE DO THEY THINK UP ALL THESE WONDERFUL THINGS


Where does Dainese come up with all their ideas? Well a picture is worth as they say ‘A thousand words.”
For Dainese products go to Dainese.com, your local bike store near you, or you can contact one of three Dainese D-Stores D-Store Orange County, D-Store San Francisco, and D-Store Chicago.

INTERBIKE 2013: DAINESE 2014

DAINESE FULL OF INNOVATION>BOA retention system (what you see on ski boots and road cycling shoes) in their new line of knee and elbow pads, they also added aluminum sliders ( this from the roadracing suits) on the knee and elbows to the OAK PRO Guards, and to top off the last of it DAINESE developed a new padding to absorb impact better to go with their newest pads.

Made with the synergyc use of two innovative materials: Pro-Shape and Crash Absorb materials. A sandwich composed of an outer layer in polymer derived from F1 racing with the highest shock absorption capacity and remarkable elasticity is bonded to an inner layer of polyethylene foam of the highest thickness and visco elastic nitrile rubber to create an extremely flexible pad. (as quoted from Dainese)

2014 PROTECTION AND GEAR
With the popularity of Enduro Racing most companies have come out with lighter pads as well as gear and DAINESE has done the same.

For the Enduro Racer or weekend worrier the new light weight TRAIL SKINS Knee and Elbow Guards incorporate the same PRO-SHAPE materials as the OAK series of pads, but lighter.IMG_9250
Highly breathable as well as flexible one could only feel the air flow through them. You will also see side impact protection as well.
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The new RHYOLITE JACKET SOFT has been updated for 2014 with added shoulder and elbow protected sleeves that can be removed. Back protection is the flexible Crash Absorb shape memory retention material (water-repellent elastic-visco nitrile rubber), along with PRO-SHAPE and Crash Absorb that is positioned in the front chest, side and abdomen areas.IMG_9252
The jacket like the pads is fully breathable.
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If your just looking for the back protection DAINESE has you covered with the BACK PROTECTOR SOFT
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The new Downhill Freeride line has changed as well. BASANITE jersey and HUCKER shorts are made with lighter materials and have more breath ability. If you look at the photo of the jersey from the back side you can see through it.
The shorts have nice big air panels to allow flow and comfort
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The new ROCK SOLID-D gloves caught my eye. They look like the ROCK SOLIDS, but have a added PRO-SHAPE panel to the knuckle area. They were quite comfortable on the hand and as you can see in the photo the PRO-SHAPE flexes nice to the hand.
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I don’t know what RL was trying to do here, but he made a nice hand model, plus his tux shirt matched the gloves.
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DAINESE also has a new PERFORMANCE Jacket as well as PERFORMANCE ARMOR that uses the new MANIS Back Protector, also DAINESE has their new Enduro/Trail jersey and short called the DRIFTER. More on this later.
Look for DAINESE new gear soon.

Thanks to DAINESE guys for the time.

Interbike 2013 Coverage Proudly Sponsored by Black Tiger Jerky
Black Tiger Jerky

Thank you Dainese of Costa Mesa

Last Saturday Dainese hosted the Freedom Riders Video Showing. With the help of the kind folks of SDG, Sette, Pricepoint.com, and ODI, we had tons of stuff to raffle. MtnBikeRiders.com also donated about a dozen shirts for the event. DB Media Group provided the audio visual support by setting up a projector and screen for our viewing pleasure.

We had about 20 mountain bikers of all levels and backgrounds at the showing. Art Aguilar, the coolest guy at Dainese, was instrumental in getting this showing to take off. He pulled some strings at the D-Store and made a few calls and was able to secure our spot in the store for the movie.
D-Store in Costa Mesa
After the movie, we held a raffle for all the goodies we received. These items included grips from Sette, and ODI, saddles from SDG, a Hydration Pack from Sette, T-Shirts from MtnBikeRiders.com. Dainese threw in some gloves, knee/shin guard and the grand prize for the event was a Dainese Raptor Full Face Helmet.

Max “Sam Hill” Russo winning something cool!

Art Aguilar won a pair grips, woohoo!

Priscilla won the grand prize, Dainese Full Face Raptor Helmet. She’s begging me to take her downhill riding ASAP!
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In closing, MtnBikeRiders.com would like to thank all those who showed up, and the kind folks that donated products for the showing. I can’t forget about our friends at Dainese, Art Aguilar and Tom Monroe (Big Boss Man at the D-Store ). Thanks again guys for making this happen. So if you didn’t make it, here’s what you missed.

Interbike 2009 – Dainese’s 2010 gear

Last month I posted a preview of Dainese’s new gear for 2010. At Interbike 2009 I got to preview them first hand. Below are a pictures of the upcoming protective gear. Check back in a few months as we’ll have more information directly from the D-Store.  Dainese gear is available through BTI.

2E8J0185 by you.

2E8J0189 by you. 

2E8J0188 by you. 

2E8J0187 by you. 

2E8J0186 by you. 

2E8J0184 by you.

Dainese 2010

DAINESE Italy, has provided us with a small glimps of their new gear for 2010.  Makers of one of the best mountain bike protective gear has new products for next year.  Below are photos of some of their upcoming products:  new back protector made of a memory foam, updated knee pads with better breathablity, new race wear for men and women.
Dainese Bike 2010_3 by you.

Dainese Bike 2010 by you.

 

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From the 2nd to the 5th of September, in the exhibition centre in Friedrichshafen, Germany, Dainese will present a preview of its new 2010 collection, which marks the start of a new and ambitious project for the Italian company in the biking world.

Dainese is launching an exclusive line of clothing and protectors, for all categories of cyclist and terrain, designed to guarantee the correct balance between safety and comfort and to offer the most in terms of performance. This is the concept behind the new Velocity and Freeride-Downhill projects: ergonomic and breathable hard protectors for extreme off-road use and garments in technical and innovative fabrics, integrated with the latest generation of soft protectors.

 

The best place for the new Dainese Bike project to debut could only have been at the most important international trade show for this sector: at Eurobike Dainese will receive its customers at a functional stand, in which the full range of protectors and accessories for the 2010 season will be on display.

 

Dainese will also participate in the important Eurobike Award, the competition organized by the Trade Show in collaboration with the International Forum Design, which awards the most innovative, functional and eco-sustainable products and ideas presented by companies in the sector.

 

During the Demo Day dedicated to the international press Dainese will allow any journalist to tests its products personally on circuits set up by the fair in the Ällgau region.

 

From a commercial point of view Dainese already made significant changes in order to empower their distribution. Last July the company signed with the most important distributors in the European market : Shimano will be exclusive partner of the Dainese Bike collection for France, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Poland, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg and the German Paul Lange & Co will take care of Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Ukraine. Switzerland and Lichtenstein will be managed by Fuchs – Movesa.

 

The company from Molvena, Vicenza, which specializes in the production of protective clothing for dynamic sports, has been present in the mountain bike sector since 1992, when, on the strength of its know-how and experience gained in the motorcycle sector, it first introduced the back protector and system of integrated protectors in the Downhill racing category, through fruitful collaboration with the Swiss champion Philippe Perakis.

Product Review: Dainese Airflux Bike Shorts

Dainese air flux shorts

What:
Dainese Air Flux Shorts

MSRP: Around $159

Cordura Soft gives the Dainese Men’s Airflux Bike Short the balls to go huge, without the chafe that most abrasion-resistant fabrics bring to the table. Hook and loop tabs let you adjust the Airflux Short’s waistband without needing a belt, and a rear center zip pocket holds precious accessories close by.

Tech Specs:

Material: Cordura Soft, stretch polyester
Chamois: None
Venting: Side elastic mesh
Pockets: 2 Hand, 1 rear zip
Recommended Use: Mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty: Lifetime

Pros:
First and fore most, the Dainese Air Flux shorts have to be one of the toughest pieces of mountain biking garment I have ever owned. Not sure what it is, but ever since I started riding DH, I’ve crashed more in the 10 months while riding/racing DH than I have in all the years that I’ve been riding XC in mountain biking. Anyhow, these crashes are not limited to soft, pillowy dirt or grassy landing spots, nope, I’ve spent time on rock gardens, loose gravel, super dry and even rainy conditions. With the various terrain that my body and gear have sampled, the Dainese Air Flux shorts proved to be the most rugged out out of any of them. I’ve had jerseys tear, gloves rip, shoes get poked at, but the shorts seemed to have seen the brunt of the abuse. Why? It’s simple really, I’ve worn them in about 80% of the time that I’ve ridden.

Photo taken after a crash.

On the podium

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about the features of the shorts. Did I tell you it has a nice reflective Dainese logo on the legs. On the left is the name, and on the right is a smaller symbol of the brand.

Dainese has some deep pockets! It has two deep pockets to keep your keys and snacks in. In the back there is also a zippered compartment that could be useful in storing a gel pack. But I never chanced getting sticky stuff on my butt so I left it to be used as vent for my rear end.

Rear vent.

One of my favorite features of the shorts would be the adjustable straps. Racing in the 200 club means I have to maintain a weight of…200lbs or more. Well unfortunately my weight fluctuated from 203-210 through out the season. I’m giving that one up to the massive amounts of muscle I gained through training. Anyhow, with my gut getting bigger and smaller on a week to week basis, the adjustable straps allowed me to custom fit my shorts to my immediate needs.

Adjustable straps

Cons:
OK so let’s get down to the lows of the shorts. To be honest with you, the price tag is what got me. $150 is a bit high for shorts. But then again I’ve crashed about a good 5-8 times in the past few months and I know if I were riding with a pair of $50 shorts, they probably wouldn’t survive.

Though a nice chamois liner would have made these shorts even better, they do not come with tights. However, it is lined with a mesh material that allows for breathing room and comfort. I normally wore a pair of tights or bibs when I had these shorts on. If that’s not your style, then wear some boxers or briefs to suit your man needs.

Another con for me is that I can’t just throw them in the washer once I’m done wearing them. Directions on the tag state the shorts have to be handwashed. Though there is a good work around on this issue. What I do is I’ll wear them in the shower with me…voila! Then I hang dry them and they’re ready to roll

Summary:
So lets get down to the nitty gritty. Would I recommend these shorts? Well if I didn’t like them, I wouldn’t be wearing them at the races or any time I rode. So the answer to that question is yes. I’ve seen how Dainese’s quality really exceeded my expectations. I’ve yet to tear or even bust a stitch on these shorts. Sure the price tag can be high, but just think of it as an investment, you won’t have to buy another pair of DH style shorts ever again.

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For more info about Dainese and its products, you can visit their website or check out the D-STORE ORANGE COUNTY 1645 Superior Avenue 92663 – COSTA MESA – USA Phone: 949.645.9500

Dainese Mountain Bike Gear

Founded in 1972, Dainese (pronounced dienehzeh) is the leading manufacturer of motorcycle protective wear.  Dainese has a complete line of motorcycle gear from head to toe.  From helmets, protective leathers, right down to boots.  With their top sponsored motorcycle athletes they are well known around the world.

 

One of Dainese’s other product line that’s making its way to the mainstream is their mountain biking gear.  It was in 1992, 20 yrs after they had began, when downhill mountain biker Philippe Perakis first used motorcycle protective gear for mountain biking.  Shortly after, a specific division was created to apply Dainese technology towards mountain biking (and others sports such as snowboarding/skiing and water sports). 

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                 Nicolas Vouilloz (’99) wearing the Dainese Pressure Suit

 

The demands of a DH course has changed through the years and progressed to a much greater technical challenge, thus requiring more protection for the riders.  Dainese was there with state of the art technology.  In 1999, Nicolas Vouilloz, a multiUCI Champion was the first Dainese mountain bike athlete to win a title.  Since then we saw many downhillers, Pro and recreational, wear the Dainese pressure suit. 

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Ten years later, Dainese has expanded their product line for mountain biking. Products range from helmets, gloves, pressure suits (full body and jacket type), elbow/knee pads and apparel. 

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         Impact Jacket Race

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D-Raptor helmet.

 

You can find the complete line of products by visiting online at www.dainese.com or walk in the DStore.  Dainese has two DStores in the United States.  Both are located in California, one in San Francisco and the other in Costa Mesa.

 

For our international readers, there are DStores located around the world.  Check their site for locations.

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D-Store in Costa Mesa, CA

 

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Mountain bike and snow gear displayed at the D-Store.

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Note the smaller sizes. Dainese has gear for the young riders.

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               Art Aguilar, 3rd place Expert MEN-Nat’ls, in full Dainese gear.

 

You may also be lucky enough to see Dainese at a race venue.  Most recently they were at Fontana, CA for the 2009 Kenda Cup West (XC & SD)/Fontana City Nationals (DH & 4X), showcasing their mountain bike products. Next stop should be at Sea Otter in Monterey, CA later this month.

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Dainese at Fontana City Nationals

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