Review: Liquid Exhaust

Product Tested:
Liquid Exhaust


Website’s MSRP:
$120

Specs:
Liquid Exhaust Sunglasses – Rumor has it you’re looking for not only a killer pair of shades, but one that provides functionality as well. Liquid Eyewear is all about lifestyle, YOUR LIFESTYLE. Sunglasses that provide protection from ANY element and still come out looking stylish. Product that is durable yet fashionable. The Exhaust offers a rugged hingeless design, no more looses screws or arms falling off. Made of Billet Aluminum, the Exhaust screams STYLE.
Features:
All Billet Construction
Durable Hingeless Design
Replaceable Rubber Nose Piece
Designed & Built in the USA
1 Year Limited Warranty*

About Me:
6’1” 210lbs, 30 year old male. I’m a mountain biking enthusiast who enjoys rocking the 29er wheels.

Testing Grounds:
All over the Southern California Trails, Sea Otter 2010


The hingeless Exhaust make for a very comfortable fit and durable pair of shades

First Impressions:
Unique. The hinge-less design was something I had not seen before and I was a little concerned about the usefulness of this feature. They were also quite tight on my face. I immediately adjusted them outward, which was very easy to do. I was a little concerned that it would break as I did this, but the Exhaust has held up fine.

Strengths:
Style. The Liquid Exhaust are some styling shades. They worked very well on and off the trail. I was not afraid to take them off the trail and wear them as everyday wear type shades. Some sunglasses should remain as “active” wear, but these Exhaust shades moved from mountain biking to outings with the wife or family ease.

The Exhaust frame is a solid piece of metal. It is not wimpy and will not break apart if you take a bad fall. When I put them on my face, I knew that this frame could take some serious abuse. What surprised me though was the ease of adjustability built into this frame while still being a stout frame.



Out on the trail, the Liquid Exhaust does a great job staying on the face
When I received the sunglasses, I immediately had to widen the frame to accommodate my large noggin. After reading the directions on how to go about doing this, I was indubitably concerned that I might over widen the frame and snap it. After preparing myself for what might be a short review period, I realized that my concerns were unfounded. The Exhaust were easy to widen but had enough resistance which gave me the assurance that it would not widen on its own. Over a few months of use, it has continued to stay in the same shape.

Because of the adjust-ability, the frame can really stay tight to your face. Add to it the comfortable nose pad and the sunglasses stay on your face when you’re riding. Over the course of testing, I did not notice them moving around on my face as I rode.


Rolling with the Liquid Exhaust at Sea Otter 2010

Because of the hingeless nature, you take out a major failing point for glasses/sunglasses. I should know as I’ve worn glasses since grade school. Many glasses will fail here due to a variety of factors, but mainly neglect. Without a hinge, you take away that chance to fail and, in turn, make a more durable pair of sunglasses.

Weakness:
I got a chance to bring the Liquid Exhaust on a trip to Japan for a week. While there, I had them on and wore them constantly. The hingeless design began to show a flaw during this time. The flaw was that the sunglasses were hard to store. Without hinges, the glasses would not fold compactly and this limited where I could stash my shades when they were not in use. Normally, they had to go in the large pocket of my backpack where as hinged sunglasses could fold and be tucked into my shirt pocket or into smaller pockets of my backpack.

Summary:
The Liquid Exhaust is a styling pair of shades that work very well on the trail. They stay on your face, are easily adjustable and the metal billet aluminum is durable. When wearing the Exhaust, these sunglasses do all that you want them to do but taking them off and storing them is a bit of a hassle due to their hingeless nature.

For more information about the Liquid Exhaust, click here.

Review Disclaimer

Sea Otter 2010: Voodoo Cycles

Voodoo has a new bike that they are pretty proud of and I would be too. Voodoo Cycles is making their first foray into mini-link frames. Normally a 4-bar linkage company Voodoo worked with Joe Murray in designing a Floating Pivot Point (FPP) that exhibits anti-squat tendencies in this full suspension frame. Introducing the Zobop FPP:


Voodoo Zobop FPP… bell not included

The Voodoo is made out of 7005 butted aluminum tubing and has a stiff rear triangle. It has a zero stack headtube and Rock Shox Monarch rear shock. Voodoo recommends a 120-140mm fork. Frame MSRP: $935. Yes, you read that right: $935.


The red rockers are a great contrast to the gray/black frame


Close up of the lower linkage and shock mount to frame

Also, being introduced is the Soukri 29″. The Soukri 29 is a Reynolds 631 hardtail frame designed around a 100mm fork. The frame weighs in at 4.7lbs for a size 18″ and is priced at $575.


The Soukri 29″ is really a beautiful bike with the classic panels done up “Voodoo” style


20mm sliding aluminum vertical dropouts have built-in tensioners

Neither bike is on the Voodoo cycles site yet.

Sea Otter 2010: Santa Cruz Nomad

Santa Cruz has gone carbon with their new Nomad. With the success of their Blur & Tallboy models, it should be no surprise that the Nomad was next. Some pictures for you.


Sana Cruz Nomad Carbon

One current Nomad rider was oggling this beauty. I was too. Check out the compression molded carbon links.


upper link


lower link

Sea Otter 20 Ten: Titus Carbon X

Sea Otter Twenty Ten presented Jer and I with a world of carbon framed bikes. One striking design was the Titus Racer X Carbon with its “X” shaped frame and its modified four bar suspension design. Designed as a pure XC race bike designed for those racers not looking to get beat up by the common Scandium framed hard tail and still looking for a stiff, efficient frame that can take the edge off the rough stuff. Titus was represented in a big way with lots of demo bikes available to the public and media to ride on the buff trails of Monterey.

Playing in the grass of Sea Otter...

I demo’d the Carbon “X” with a mid level build kit. As with any bike, set up is quite a personalized thing. The cockpit was certainly not set up for me and the tire choice did not suit me at all. The demo bike came set up with a negative rise stem and a riser bar, weird. Tire choice on the demo were Continental Mountain King, I’ve ridden these tires before and do not like them. These are all personalized items and I will focus just on the frame and its qualities.

The bike was extremely light, no official figures were available but if I had to guess I would say it was around 24-25 lbs. First thing I noticed was how it accelerated. The bike would move forward with no hesitation with each pedal stroke. Climbing was easily accomplished with the rear suspension maintaining traction at all times even with the very worn Mountain Kings. While climbing I did notice the front wheel was very light and would easily lose contact with the ground. Could be the frame was slightly to small for me or just the overall set up. Descending scared me with the cockpit setup, negative rise stem and riser bar; I was too far over the front wheel. One section we took was a very sandy descent with many stair steps; Ya I took it slow.

The X from the X

Overall the bike was very stiff, light and efficient with very little bobing but it was there. The trails around Sea Otter are pretty smooth with very little rocks; unlike what I am use to with our very rocky San Gabriel / So Cal trails. I really need to get a long term demo and set it up for me and my riding preferences. I wouldn’t recommend running out and buying this bike w/o first demoing it and having it set up for you. This bike is race specific and shouldn’t be the only bike you own unless you are a racer only and have no need for a trail bike. In my opinion, there are bikes out there can hang with the “X” on the race course and be allot more versatile on the trails with your buddies.

Sea Otter 2010: Niner Bikes

I stopped by Niner bikes booth for a few minutes to mainly check out two things: how wide is the downtube on the Air 9 carbon and to see in person the new Jet 9.

What I got was a bit of a surprise, and I’ll put it out there at the top so you can’t call me a tease: Niner is coming out with a Carbon Jet 9. This is sort of expected, but the dates are quite surprising: Now Niner is notorious for over-promising and under-delivering on dates so take this with a grain of salt: prototype: Interbike 2010 and shipping maybe Spring 2011.

The AIR9 Carbon downtube:


Yeah, its wide. I didn’t have my ruler with me, so I broke out a dollar and folded it in half. A dollar is about 6 1/8 inches in length. Folded in half, the dollar is just over 3 inches. The downtube is about that width, which doesn’t seem that wide until you’re down at it from above. It’s wide. For reference, the new Jet9’s downtube is 48mm wide or just under 2inches in diameter at the widest point.

Niner Jet9, the non-carbon version. Good news: Steve is saying the replacement Jets are on the boat and will be shipped once it clears customs. The frames are fully assembled with rockers and shocks in place. Niner is estimating 3 weeks starting Saturday. See above disclaimer regarding Niner’s delivery dates.


Niner’s New Jet9… is it a 2011


Single Pass Flat welds. Used only for connecting tube to tube, not tube to forged material such as in the rear triangle. Steve Domahidy says its stiffer than tig welds.


Of course, all the rage: tapered headtube


Old links on a new body. I can’t wait.


And just for kicks: I tell ya, Niners get great treatment out at Sea Otter. Here is the bike stand for my Niner Air9


and yes, “pedal damn it”