Check Out: An Air Compressor To Accommodate Tubeless Tires, Stealth Body Protection, Giant’s Cycling Computer, & Mullet Links

Check Out: An Air Compressor To Accommodate Tubeless Tires, Stealth Body Protection, Giant’s Cycling Computer, & Mullet Links

Check Out: An Air Compressor To Accommodate Tubeless Tires, Stealth Body Protection, Giant’s Cycling Computer, & Mullet Links

There is a lot of equipment coming across our desks here at Pinkbike. Check Out is an occasional roundup of everything our tech editors have gotten their hands on. Sometimes it’s products we do long-term tests on, other times it’s stuff we’re excited about but don’t have time to fully review. And sometimes it’s crazy that someone sent us unsolicited and we laugh.

Viair TLC Pro air compressor

Functions

• Tubeless deck seats – hold a 150 PSI charge
• Weight: 5.4 kg / 11.8 lb
• $449.95

• 30 ft. coiled hose, 8 ft. cords
• Presta (x2), Schrader, pressure gauge and air gun accessories included
• viaaircorp.com

Check Out: An Air Compressor To Accommodate Tubeless Tires, Stealth Body Protection, Giant’s Cycling Computer, & Mullet LinksHave you ever been stuck at the campsite or trail, frustrated by a tubeless tire that just won’t inflate? Viair has a huge fleet of compressors to suit all kinds of work environments, but the TLC range is bike specific because it can hold a charge of 150 PSI to blow that tire on the rim. Sure, there are pumps out there that can be recharged, but if you change tires frequently, you may find it worth splashing out on the mechanical advantage of this supercharger. Whether you’re mounting a road trip vehicle or investing in a race trailer, the TLC Pro can be the ticket for stubborn tires.   This unit runs off a 12-volt battery and comes with two wiring harnesses; one for portable use and the other for a more permanent hard-mounted option, drawing 30 amps. A nifty carrying case kept the 30-foot coiled hose, 8-foot SAE battery clamp leads, and all the accessories neatly tucked away, like an inflation trigger with a built-in pressure gauge, Schrader and Presta chucks, plus a blow gun. Underneath the supercharger, the bottom plate uses a sand tray to dramatically reduce vibrations, and up front is a threaded air filter to quickly change between the two spares included. When the air filter is connected, the TLC Pro gets a waterproof rating of IP54, which is suitable for outdoor use, protecting it from limited dust ingress and water splashes from all angles. It’s also capable of inflating up to 37″ vehicle tires. Lowering the pressure on such big boots gives more traction on unpaved, washboard-like roads, but also so much more comfort on long off-road trips. It makes the TLC Pro Compressor to do double duty for an overlanding (cringe) mountain biker.  

Fox Baseframe Pro SS Chest Guard

Functions

• Flexible and removable D3O padding on the chest, back and shoulders
• Sizes: S-XXL
• $199.95

• Extremely breathable fabric also keeps the padding in place
• EN1621-1 level 1 back and shoulder certifications
• williamsracingproducts.com

Check Out: An Air Compressor To Accommodate Tubeless Tires, Stealth Body Protection, Giant’s Cycling Computer, & Mullet LinksI once worked in a bike shop near a movie studio, and stunt actors would often come in looking for body armor that was both low profile and had enough protection to save them from injury in a controlled fall. Fox Racing’s Baseframe range is a collection of stealth bodyguards that cover the hips and upper body, specifically designed for mountain biking and motocross. This short sleeve version is a choice kit for enduro racing where staying dexterous and managing your core temperature is essential. There are also no bulky straps, buckles or Velcro to catch on the jersey – just wear it like a T-shirt.   Proven D3O inserts disperse impact energy in three key areas: sternum, spine and shoulders. They actually soften slightly with the increase in body temperature to become even more flexible. Each piece of padding is removable to extend the life of the D3O material during washing machine cycles, or easily customize the amount of protection you’re looking for. The Baseframe Pro SS retails for just under $200, and the D3O Viper back protectors meet EN1621-1 Level 1 certification.  

Giant M200 bike computer

 

 

Functions

• IP57 dust and waterproof classification
• Two sizes: M200 (), L200
• $279.95, $329.95

• GPS, accelerometer, barometer, thermometer
• Connections: BLE, ANT+, WiFi
• giant-bicycles.com

 

Check Out: An Air Compressor To Accommodate Tubeless Tires, Stealth Body Protection, Giant’s Cycling Computer, & Mullet Links Giant might not be the first brand you’d think of to enter the cycling computer world, but they’ve partnered with Stages Cycling and packed a lot into their Dash M200/L200 units. We could go on for days talking about what these two little devices can record and how customizable you can make your personal settings. By downloading the Stages Cycling app, you can play with even more settings, connect to third-party apps, create and upload courses, training sessions and of course sync power meters, heart rate monitors and smart lights.

 

As for the basic specs, the smaller M200 gets a waterproof rating of IP57, weighs 76 grams and measures 81x51x22mm. The battery can last up to eleven hours with normal map and sensor use and uses a standard USB mirco-B port, which is covered by a rubber plug. Included is a standard length, Garmin-style aluminum lockout mount, suitable for mountain bikes and fits 31.8 or 35mm bars.

Stages uses Everbrite technology that quickly adapts to ambient lighting conditions, even though it’s not a touchscreen. To me it makes more sense to feel the buttons while riding and allows you to keep your eyes on the trail or road as much as possible. The main page is divided into four categories: a “Start Ride” selection, “files”, “connections” and then “settings”. Sifting through all the preview pages is pretty intuitive, but basically the app is used for all previews. or information gathering after the trip, while interacting with the Dash device is more about reading what is happening on the trip.

Although cycle computers are more often seen as a training tool for measuring and tracking results, the map functions come in handy with a heads-up display to keep you on track with GPX file routes uploaded from Trailforks and the like. Tracking your location and displaying text message alerts is when I’ve found the Dash M200 to be most useful on non-competitive rides.

 

 


William’s Racing Products MX Specialized Enduro Yoke

Functions

• Space for a 27.5″ rear wheel for the 2020 Specialized Enduro
• Virtually identical geometry to stock configuration
• AUD$295

• Maintains the stock progression curve
• Enduro 6802 LLU MAX Black Oxide Full Complement sealed stock
• williamsracingproducts.com

 

Check Out: An Air Compressor To Accommodate Tubeless Tires, Stealth Body Protection, Giant’s Cycling Computer, & Mullet Links Based just outside Melbourne, WRP creator Mic Williams has whipped up all manner of components in his shop from mullet tanks to impressively innovative concepts such as his mechanical engineering final project, the CentreHub. One of the products that first put WRP on the map may have been their shock yoke that adapted the 2020-present Specialized Enduro to accommodate a 27.5″ rear wheel.

 

By carefully changing the measurements of the shock yoke, Mic was able to keep the influence curve almost identical while using the low-BB setting. This slightly increases the starting and ending speeds, which means you may have to play with your current spring rate a bit, but the yoke will provide a completely different ride that was otherwise limited to the dual 29″ wheels.

There are also a surprisingly large number of other bikes that WRP have successfully made mullet conversion kits for, including the Commencal Meta AM 29 and the Norco Range. By fitting a longer 225 x 72.5mm shock to the Range and using a mullet yoke, you can also achieve 205mm of travel.

 

 


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