It’s exactly a week until the big day, and aside from celebrating by means of our mini-giveaways this week, we’re also looking at doing a spot of last minute shopping.
In November we featured a ‘money no object’ wish-list, but we’re not too sure that Santa’s going to have the funds to make our dreams come true. We’re getting a little more realistic now, so here’s the Bike Magic wish-list/last-minute shopping guide of our ‘top of list’ items, stuff we want and you should too:
iON Air Pro CameraiON’s Air Pro camera dares to be different and it shapes up as one of the most exciting available. We want!
We reviewed the iON Air Pro camera earlier this year and were so impressed that we want one to keep. There seem to be so many cameras coming out that are aimed at sportspeople, but most of them are seemingly riding the coattails of one particular, very successful number. The iON dares to be different and we like it just for that reason alone. But it’s the camera’s superb build and recording quality that set it in a league of its own. Uploading video and photos couldn’t be simpler either – an iPhone App allows direct and instant data transfers to Facebook, Twitter or cloud storage.
Dirt Mag SubscriptionDirt Mag… Well, they’re in the office next door so we had to give them a shout!
We’ve moved into the same offices as the guys from Dirt Magazine, and we can’t help but pick up the mag and browse features… The fact that the entire office is overrun with back-copies of the 130+ issues so far ensures that!
Cube Bikes hatSome nice hats from Cube Bikes just came through the post – our heads are now warm! Yours may well be later this week when we give one away too…
It’s winter, we’re mountain bikers, we like hats. Cube have sent us some cool looking hats, if you want to get yourself one then stay tuned..
£Priceless, well that ‘look’ is anyway.
650b Tyres/wheelsShwalbe are the only brand currently making a full range of 650b tyres… Thankfully they’re very good.
We also want a bike that can take the big hoops. They’re all the rage in theory but just how many companies will be producing them and how many will stick to the ‘regular’ 26/29 in 2013?
Renthal Fatbar LiteRenthal’s Fatbar Lite: not your average XC/Trail bar but the 740mm width and laid-back shape improves the feel of any bike.
Renthal bars are all the rage, and for good reason. These Fatbar “Lite” bars are 740mm wide (what most trail riders cut bars down to anyway), and save 100g over the standard 780mm Fatbars.
Eclipse inner tubesEclipse tubes: they don’t come cheap, but they also reportedly don’t puncture all too easily… There’s nothing of them – lighter even than a tubeless set-up.
The world’s lightest inner tubes may seem expensive (because they are!), but if you add up the cost of going tubeless, they seem less ridiculous – and apparently this system is lighter than even tubeless. Add to that the fact that the guys from Fox suspension (who introduced us to them) say they’re incredibly resilient to punctures, and it’s a good deal! The only negative is that, as yet, they don’t have a UK importer…
RockShox Reverb StealthRockshox Reverb Stealth: for trail riding or really any sort of mountain biking, a dropper post is almost invaluable. Such a simple invention but it makes riding technical descents so much easier.
“You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” It’s true, and a Reverb is the perfect example – it crept up on us with a “why didn’t I think of that?!” kind of simplicity, and now any trail/all-mountain bike without one feels obsolete. The Stealth feature (internal routing in the frame) just tops it off.
A proper tool kitPedros tool kit: we featured this in the ‘Money No Object’ list last month, but if Santa’s budget won’t stretch then we’ll settle for any of its contents.
What tool kit depends on your personal preference, but they’re essential, unless you want to throw money around getting someone else to do your work at a premium price. Also, it’s less hassle to do it yourself, you don’t have waiting times, and you’ll actually understand how your bike works! Good news on all sides.
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Specialized Storm tyresSpecialized Storm tyre – they’re on the ‘aggressive’ end of the mud tyre spectrum, but perfect for the current horrendous trail conditions on our commute to work.
It’s winter in Britain. It’s muddy. And unless you want to spend half your ride on your back wondering where it went wrong, you need some good rubber underneath you. These tyres from Specialized can deal with a lot of mud, and aren’t too slow rolling in the 2.0” width…
DMR Vault pedalsDMR Vault flat pedals: flats aren’t to every trail rider’s tastes, but they’re a great way to improve skills and confidence in the winter gloop. Vaults are some of the best out there.
DMR Vaults are probably some of the best flat pedals out there – perfect for honing your skills in winter or simply to give you a little extra confidence over a set of SPDs. Light, thin, simple and colourful. Pair them with some 5:10 shoes and you’re onto an amazing combination.