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January / February 2018 Review Preview

Welcome to a new feature on EverydayMTB.com. Today I’ll give you a sneak peek at some of the products you’ll see reviewed on the site soon! Consider this an ultra fast unboxing video of some of the stuff we’ll be checking out! If you want to check out any of the products right away, use the links below. Crank Brothers Stamp 3 Pedals These flat pedals will be replacing my Imrider pedals that bit the dust. They feature and all metal construction, 5 year warranty and a very large platform. Camelbak Podium Water Bottle I’ve never been a big water bottle user, but I had a hunch that might be partially due to using bad water bottles. I’m giving this higher quality water bottle a try. It feature a unique locking valve and flow system. Lezyne Side Load Flow Bottle Cage To go along with that new Camelbak Podium Water Bottle I’m trying out a side loading water bottle cage that will (hopefully) fit in my Stumpjumper front triangle. Skratch Labs Drink Mix More hydration …

Topeak HEXUS™ II Review

A good multi-tool is one of the most essential pieces of equipment in any mountain bikers pack. I have been testing the Topeak HEXUS™ II for this past season and I have been impressed. Features The Topeak HEXUS II has a folding design with two sides that store 18 different tools. The 18 chosen tools are very thoughtfully selected. In making trailside repairs and adjustments this last year I never found myself lacking the correct tool. The function list itself is impressive. Added Features Secondary chain link fence, Air release button Self-tightening tool Allen Wrenches 2 / 2.5 / 3 / 4 (2 pcs) / 5 / 6 / 8mm Body Engineering grade plastic Chain Hook Steel wire Chain Tool CrMo steel Functions 18 Screw Drivers #2 Phillips / Flat Head Size 9.5 x 4.4 x 2.6 cm / 3.7” x 1.7” x 1” Spoke Wrenches 14G / 15G Tire Levers Two engineering grade plastic levers Tool Material Chrome vanadium steel Torx® Bit T25 In addition to the shear number of functions, Topeak has thoughtfully …

ESI Chunky Grips Installation and First Impressions

I’ve always had the impression that twist-on type grips were only for weight-weeny xc riders who ride bikes that I would be afraid to snap in half. However, my friend recently showed up to the trails with a set of ESI grips on his new Trek Fuel 140mm travel trail bike. I was curious. After giving them the parking lot test I was convinced enough to pick up a pair to put on my trail bike. Installation One concern many people have with twist on grips is actually getting them properly installed on the handlebars. ESI recommends using rubbing alcohol as lubricant to ease installation. This actually worked like a charm. After installing the somewhat chintzy looking barend plugs the grips twisted on with ease. You can watch the full installation and my thoughts below. Initial Riding Impression I was replacing the stock specialized lock-on grips on my stumpjumper that seemed to have almost no cushion and transferred every vibration up into my arms. The ESI grips have much more damping. They are also bigger …

Imrider Polyamide Flat Pedal Review

The internet has opened us up to a world of products that you would never find in your local bike shop. Some of these products that come from no-name companies are admittedly, crap. Others however can a really good deal and allow you to save money to spend elsewhere. A product that I discovered recently falls into the latter category. The Imrider Polyamide Flat Pedals come from “Imrider” who I have been unable to locate a website, phone number or other contact information for. However these pedals are available on Amazon.com for about $20 so I’m not too concerned about making any warranty claims. Flat pedals need to have a few features. They need a well shaped platform and grippy pins that will hold onto your shoes. They also need to be durable yet light and have bearings that will allow them to spin freely. The Imrider pedals really check all of these boxes. The Imrider feature a plastic (polyamide) body with metal, screw in studs. These screw in studs do an excellent job of gripping …

Platypus Hoser 3.0L Hydration Bladder Review

Like many mountain bikers I wear a backpack with a hydration bladder on almost every ride. I find backpacks with water to be the most comfortable and convenient way to stay hydrated on the trail. A bonus is I never need to worry about how many water bottle holders I have on a given frame. The Platypus Hoser 3.0L has been serving as my hydration bladder in my Osprey Daylight pack that I most often ride with. At around $25, it’s an extremely affordable system. So I kept that in mind while testing. The Hoser has a very simple bladder construction with a handle on the closed end for easy carrying and easy to read measurements along the bladder itself. This handle has come in handy many times when lugging water round while it is out of the pack and I’ve even hung the bladder up in my van during long road trips for easy access. The opposite end features a screw top closure that has proven very durable and leak free. This screw top …

Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance

Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance

When your bike breaks you have two options. Fix it or take it to the shop. We all know the most cost-effective solution is to fix it yourself, however, if you’ve never worked on a mountain bike you may not know where to start. “Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance” by Lennard Zinn is a paperback book that is a perfect companion for your garage. Lennard Zinn’s expert advice makes quick work of mountain bike repair. Newcomers and experienced mechanics alike will benefit from the hundreds of illustrations, the exploded views of how components go together, and Zinn’s practical, time-saving tips. Zinn’s friendly advice and years of experience make tackling even the most daunting task fun and easy. The book covers everything from the basics with instructions for regular maintenance and all the way through advanced repair with instructions on: Integrated-spindle cranks, clipless pedals, suspension forks, internal headsets, hydraulic brakes, hub and cassette overhaul, and much more Problem-solving for frozen parts, stripped threads, missing pieces Tubeless tires, sealant systems, flat repair, tire sizing …

Club Ride Mountain Surf Short Review

Let’s face it, we aren’t all downhill speed demons or xc nerds. There’s a huge segment of mountain bikers that just love to ride their bike. Unfortunately, a lot of the clothing options available move toward the extremes of mountain biking instead of taking a middle road. The Mountain Surf Shorts for Club Ride however nail the balance perfectly. Club Ride Mountain Surf Shorts: Fit and Quality The Mountain Surf Shorts are made from a high performance blend of 95% Polyester / 5% Spandex. This gives the fabric a very nice stretch / tech feel. They fit true to size and also feature a WR finish for water and dirt repellency. I’ve really appreciated having the WR finish and I have noticed that they dry out much more quickly after crossing creeks or weathering some light rain. These baggies fit tighter against the legs than a normal hiking or athletic short but they left plenty of room to fit my chamois underneath. I will note that these shorts don’t come with a chamois, but this does mean …

Apple AirPods

Apple AirPods for Mountain Biking

Having trails near your house is a huge advantage for getting it a lot of miles each week, but it can get mundane because you know them so well that you can almost ride them on auto pilot. When this happened to me I almost wanted to stop riding because I knew it would be the same. This year I decided to try something different and that was listening to music and Audible books while I ride. We all do it in the car and I feel more comfortable on the trail than having to worry about being a defensive driver and watching out for the crazies on the road. The first few times I tried to use headphones they either kept falling out or starting hurting my ears after 30 minutes. When I heard about Apple’s new AirPods and had some friends using them that absolutely loved them. I ordered a pair hoping they would work and to my surprise, they have not only worked but work flawlessly. One of the neat features of …

Review: Fox Racing Sergeant Shorts

Having a nice pair of riding shorts is one of the best investments you can make as you start mountain biking and the Fox Racing Sergeant Shorts is a mid-range priced pair that will last you many years. The Sergeant Shorts are a good mid range pair of shorts. It includes two primary features, an outer short that is relatively thick and made of cotton and polyester. It’s sturdy enough to support going through overgrown trails, or falls. Then inside is a liner with thick high-density padding for optimum protection in the areas where you need it. Fox Sergeant Shorts Fit and Quality The shorts are made of great quality, and they feel like they can stand up to everything you throw at them. I’ve gone on a half a dozen rides already, and they feel just as good as they did when they arrived. Another advantage is the number of pockets in the shorts. It has six different pockets so you can hold anything you’d ever need for an average ride. The side pockets …

Fox Ranger Glove Review

The Fox Ranger glove is a no-nonsense minimalist full-fingered glove from one of the most iconic brands in the mountain biking industry. I decided to give these gloves a try after hearing several riders sing the praises of riding with a minimally padded glove. Construction The Fox Ranger glove features a polyester palm and fingers that is minimally padded. The little padding that is added to the palms is provided by a simple double layer of the same material sewn on in strategic locations on the palm. The fingers feature mesh side panels to improve the breathability of the glove. The back continues a slightly rougher polyester fabric that seems a bit tougher than the palms. The gloves do not provide any kind of armor and are intended for riders looking for some basic protection and enhanced grip.  The back of these gloves also feature great graphics and I find them quite good-looking. The latest model of the fox ranger also features conductive thread on the thumb and index finger for touch screen compatibility. While …