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  1. Hi All Im looking for a JHB based company who can assist with Frame protection i see cycle lab sell frame protection kits etc, but i would like this applied by a proffesional any advice ? similar to this .. https://armour-ride.com/
  2. Hi Guys, I have a mate that recently got into MTB. He as an XC hard tail and is looking to go tubeless. Can anyone recommend a durable set of tubeless ready tyres on a tightish budget. I personally go for Maxxis UST. They're heavy but durable. But they're also not cheap. Continental-mountain-king is on special for R295 each but I also don't know how durable they are. I seem to remember them getting quite a few sidewall punctures. https://www.evobikes.co.za/continental-mountain-king-pure-grip-tl-26-x-2-2.html Any advice is welcome. I think R1000 or just over would be his max spend, and ideally less if something is a good compromise. Cheers!
  3. where did the good old days of being a 20 year old Wolverine go?......... I've never thought of myself as being a knee/elbow pad, body armour person.... I didn't think I ride hard enough to warrant wearing any.. Yesterday,I learned it's not how hard you ride but how hard you fall that justifies wearing said gear. a little drop off I've done dozens of times, AND did just prior to the incident caused me to be in a fair amount of discomfort yesterday and it's worse today. My elbow/forearm is like a healthy chicken breast, skinless. My hip/thigh got bashed and the side my chest/rib cage too, sneezing feels like being smacked with a sledgehammer on the chest. So, I've decided to invest in some protection. Knee and elbows to start... suggestions please, as to where to get good gear and not be ripped off because I've got no idea what this stuff should cost?
  4. So wheelsizes.... Just kidding. I went and did my introduction and here I am already with the first questions. I'm apparently tall and a 29" will fit me better. I'm 1.83m - i'm not too hung up on wheel sizes, at the moment looking at either a 27.5 Giant Talon 4 or a Silverback Spectra Comp 29" What I really want to know is the following: Helmets and protection. I mean I see some of the speeds you guys do and why the hell is full face helmets not recommended? I ride Enduro motorcycles and some places I see cyclist ride faster on rockier terrain. Esp downhill. I see that on the RedBull downhill stuff guys wear full face helmets and so on. Normal trail riding I guess at speed can also cause some havoc with your face? just the other day I read of a woman breaking both fron teeth off and popping her shoulder and that was on a regular mom and pop trail. Coming from the motorcycle where I wear helmet boddy protection knee pads elbow pads and neck brace and still had concussion, broken collarbone and cracked wrist etc. this is a little weird. I see no chin, face protection on those bike helmets, i see no one ride with elbow or shoulder guards, I would MAYBE see someone with knee guards but more often nothing but the little "top of the head only" helmet. Can you guys recommend some basics? Do you where any under shirt protection? Padded or otherwise? is this really only for extreme downhill? Shorts hirts and shoes These long briefs/onesies type stuff. http://img.myshopping.com.au/rsz400/cache/704/44/15FFE7A5D73BBEEBFF7465EB068CFB11DD74D3.jpg?aHR_cDovL1d1dy22bWFyay3jb0_uYXUvaW-hZ0VzL_NZQ_xJTkcvYmliMDAxLmpwZwkvNzA_LzQ_LzE-RkZFN_E-RDczQkJFRUJGRjc_NjVFQjA0OENGQjExREQ1NEQzLmpwZwAA I'm not gonna wear them. For the guys who have some manhood left.. <---Just little joke. ...do you wear padded shorts underneath then something like this over? http://d2nsgnoj157yga.cloudfront.net/images/product/None_2013_55005_001_OneIndustries_Black_Reactor_MtbShort_0--5e5ea-XL.jpg Or only the shorts. keep in mind my bike will be a Hard Tail I'm just wondering generally for XC riding what is the common preferred getup cosidering Western Cape weather , before I go to a LBS and walk out there looking like I belong in Boswell Wilky Circus as a trapeze artist. Shirt? Any shirt I guess will do as long as it's ,moisture wiking? Shoes, I don't want to get clips and those things now so will any good Merrell's or something do? Tyres. Do I go tubeless right away? I really dont want to be fixing flats by tube extraction and insertion. Do you get slime for tubes, is it only for tubeless. What do you guys roll with? Other I guess on a ride I need either a pump or bombs and a multitool? Hydration I got sorted with a camelback. Anything else I'm missing?
  5. With exaggerated rear cover, big vents and at least one model in the line up with bright colours, the 661 Evo AM fits squarely in the modern trail/ all-mountain helmet category. The Evo AM is also bang up to date on the spec sheet with features like the 360 BOA closure system, MIPS, and a magnetic buckle. Click here to view the article
  6. AestheticsThe 661 Evo AM is a chunky trail helmet. It features 15 vents, which managed to keep me sufficiently cool. The visor is impressively large but doesn’t obstruct your vision. Our test helmet weighed in at 387 grams, give or take a few grams to account for the dirt and sweat. Meaning that weight was never an issue out on the trails. As you can seen in the photos, I got my hands on the Le Mans colour scheme, which I think looks fantastic. A touch of peacocking but not too brash to cross the line of decency (if such a thing even exists in mountain biking). And yes, the racing colours giving this model its name helped me knock at least a few seconds off my Strava PBs. If your sense of style requires something not so loud, the Evo AM also comes in a sleek black design as well as black and yellow, and grey and white colourways. Safety featuresBeing a trail-oriented helmet, the Evo AM features additional protective foam which is most notable on the extended rear cover. The foam used is Contego EPS material, which is claimed to absorb up to 30% more energy than regular EPS foam found in many other bike helmets. The MIPS sticker. MIPS exposed with the padding removed. Elastic attachments that stretch on impact. The Evo AM features the Multi-directional Impact Protection System or MIPS. MIPS is designed to absorb rotational forces that cause twisting of the brain. The inspiration for MIPS is the cerebrospinal fluid found in your skull. This fluid allows the brain a small amount of movement to absorb shock. MIPS seeks to do the same by allowing the helmet to move slightly around the head on impact. Check out the video below for a simple explanation: Unfortunate for you, but great for me, I haven’t landed on my head for a quite a while. Meaning we’ll have to trust 661 on the safety merits of the Evo AM. For what it’s worth, I did get a good sense of safety when wearing this helmet. Fit and comfortFor me, the fit of the Medium/ Large was spot on. The helmet felt right from the first time I placed it on my head. The anti-microbial padding is a good quality and looks like it will last. It even extends to the adjustment mechanism. Each pad is firmly fixed by velcro to the MIPS system (I removed them to check), so they won’t be floating around in the helmet anytime soon. The 661 Evo AM features a 360 Boa fit system. As the name suggests, the 360 Boa adjusts the helmet liner around the circumference of the helmet, instead of only from the rear like many other helmets. The Boa system was very comfortable with no pressure points. It also allowed for decent adjustment and was a breeze to operate the dial with a single hand in full finger gloves. The adjustment dial on the 360 Boa fit system. Some of the internal workings of the Boa system. The chin straps appear to be the standard sort and simple enough to set up to my preference out of the box. The under chin clip system, however, is anything but ordinary. The Fidlock closure system uses magnets to pull the clip into place. All you have to do is get the two sides close enough and facing the right way, and the magnets do the rest. Unclipping is done by forcing the pieces apart, simple and easy. It might seem like a gimmick but once you get accustomed to the no effort clip system, anything else just seems like a bit of a hassle. The magnetic buckle allowed for one hand locking and release. Availability and PricingThe 661 Evo AM is available at the bike shops listed here or online from Dial’d Bikes. The 661 Evo AM is priced at R2,395 without MIPS and R3,095 when including MIPS. Top-end helmet prices are not for the weak of wallet, so the pricing of the Evo AM comes as little shock and is in-line with the asking prices similar trail helmets. A good fit is essential for the proper functioning of a helmet. So if you can’t find one of these to try on at your local bike shop, Dial’d Bikes are offering free returns on the 661 Evo AM taking out some of the risk of ordering the incorrect size. ConclusionThe 661 Evo AM ticks all the boxes for a all-mountain/ trail helmet, added protection and aggressive looks. The comfort and ease of use makes the Evo AM a fit and forget product. It’s right up to date with all the bells and whistles, such as MIPS, 360 Boa and a magnetic buckle. All together, an excellent helmet that I’d happily recommend.
  7. What's it made of?As my brother would say, 'It's all very scientific.' And it is. To go into the chemical and physical gizmos would not benefit anyone because I, myself have no idea how it could work. But I'm sure you all played with corn starch as a kid. Mix it with a bit of water, making a goo, then hit it hard and it stiffens like magic. Well, basically the same principle, except it is used to protect your flesh and isn't essentially a liquid.The material utilises Reactive Protection Technology, a composite blend of PORON® XRD™ material and proprietary G-Form materials and technology. See? Scientific. The pads are stitched to spandex sleeves that slip onto whatever body part they are meant for. They stay in place with elastics on either end with a silicon rubber lining the inside of the thicker end. Actual protectionWhilst messing about on the jumps at Delvera near Stellenbosch, I gave my mate the knee pads to try out, which turned out to be good and bad. While they saved his knees during a scuffle with the dirt, they weren't present during my subsequent meeting with the earth. The funny part, besides hindsight taking a swing at me, was that during his bail a little stone found its way in between the segregated pads and made a cute bruise on his knee. You wouldn't have gotten this with a hard-shelled pad or even a soft but solid pad. That being said, I think Murphy had a hand to play in that incident, that wise guy always popping up at the most inopportune moments.G-Form have made quite a bold claim with their pads, that they absorb over 90% of impact forces. That's huge, and certainly more than hard pads. Although it's actually hard to compare, as the softer G-Forms tackle the problem of impacts differently; rather than either deflecting or dispersing the impact's energies, the G-Forms absorb them. ComfortUndoubtably, the G-Form pads are some of the most comfortable pads out there. There's no hardness to them, and that's the trick: they can mould around your joints with no edges to catch anything and no excess bulk to get in the way. You can also wear them under your clothes without worrying about looking like Mr Universe.And it does an admirable job doing so. I got sent a pair of knee and a pair of shin pads and, while I specifically asked for shin pads because my platform pedals tend to get lodged in the front of my legs, I used the knee pads more often and just set them a bit lower on my legs. The shin pads I actually used as elbow pads. I've never been a fan of elbow pads, always finding that they restricted movement, and was also a bit afraid of this happening with the G-Forms because they sit fairly tight. But once on the move they were virtually unnoticeable. Because they weren't specifically elbow pads, the shin pads on my elbows had a small tendency to slide down. Not enough to impede my ride, but when I stopped i often had to hike them up into position. The sticky silicone inner lining keeps the G-Forms in place Now if I wore them on my shins it was a different story all together. Getting them on wasn't too much of a hassle if you had skinny ankles like myself. Getting them off was another story altogether. They reminded me of an old pair of incredibly tight jeans I had as a kid that were nearly impossible to take off without some literal elbow grease. Suffice it to say, they found their home on my elbows shortly after finding that out. And this wasn't a problem. Like I said above, because the G-Forms are soft and mould to an area I could easily use the shin pads on my elbows. In fact, it was as if they were meant for my elbows, showing just how flexible the pads can be. There was no issue with getting the knee guards on and off, but not nearly as easy as velcro-strapped pads can be. Whilst riding you don't even notice that you are wearing pads, even to someone who has never used padding before they became invisible, except for the fact that they inspired a bit of extra confidence. Once you stop riding, however, the latex material starts to show its downside. These pads get hot, and wet, and smelly. Thankfully, though, they are machine washable. Neat. Long-term durabilityThis is one of my main concerns with the G-Forms. While they can take a good knock straight on, I was always worried about scrapping them. They are meant to absorb impacts, not slide about like hard shelled pads. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I never got into a situation where I found out their capabilities regarding this, but seeing as they are also targeted towards downhill skateboarding, the sport that is king of the roasties, I'm sure they would hold up. The shin pads had no problem conforming to the bend of my elbows A viable option or some gizmo?As I'm sure you've read above, these pads do what they say on the box. The G-Forms performed admirably from the get-go. And while they did take a bit of getting used to from someone that typically wears hard-cased pads, they only became a nuisance when it was time to take them off.Having said that, though, there needs to be a balance between the ease of removing pads and not having them go anywhere when riding. So from this view, G-Form took the riding more into account. What I would highly recommend is for anyone considering these pads is to try them out at a local retailer to get the correct size. Nothing like opening a box to find a pair of knee pads that would fix better around your wrists, or waist. At R699 RRP for either pair of pads they are at the higher end of the body armour spectrum, and some might say that it is because they are more of a gimmick than a top-class product. But this is far from the truth. There are two main problems I have with the G-Forms, though: their colour and their heat retention. Thankfully, they do come in black, but for our purpose we were given a pair of yellow ones - easier to flaunt their unusual nature I suppose. And, to be honest, if you're wearing protective gear, chances are you're going to be hot anyway.
  8. A spongy, lightweight padding that can take a beating like proper hard-cased pads may seem far-fetched to say the least. But the time spent on G-Form's pads has been anything but painful and they have proved their resilience time and again. Click here to view the article
  9. Hi Hubbers So I just got my new carbon 29er (first 29er, first carbon - yes I am very happy) BMC Te02... But now all of a sudden I am terrified that when I crash (this is certain, it happens regularly), my handlebar will swing past 90 degrees and my shifters/brake levers will damage my toptube. Could any of the old hands please give me some advice on how to prevent this? The options I have thus far is: 1. http://www.acros.de/PRODUCTS/HEADSET/BLOCKLOCK:::3_91_145.html 2. Helicopter tape; 3. Loosening my shifters and brakes (tilting them upwards is too uncomfortable); or 4. Not crashing, at all, ever. Any thoughts?
  10. iPhone cases are a dime a dozen, but to find one that you can actually live with is like trying to find an avocado out of season. They are either too big, too flimsy, too sparkly or just don't fit right. G-Form has gone the protective route, as it would, and has produced a rugged looking item. Called the XTREME, it has foam pads in the shape of an 'X' on the back but with pads in-between the shape and also along the edges of the case. It consists of a relatively hard plastic case that the phone sits in with an outer case housing the foam that the hard case sits in. The inner case has the buttons for the volume control and power with holes for the silent switch, speaker, charger and headphone jack. The foam is soft to the touch and is very flexible but stiffens upon impact and is said to absorb more than 90% of the forces inflicted on it. As G-Form puts it, "it's a composite blend of PORON®XRD™ material and proprietary G-Form materials and technology". It is light, flexible and has a similar feel to memory foam, minus the memory. I use my phone for music as much as for phoning anyone, so a case absolutely needs to be able to take an Aux cable easily. I've had so many cases that Aux cables with thicker wires didn't fit into, but I am happy to say that it was no problem for the XTREME. The hard plastic buttons also worked well, although the power one wasn't very tactile as you couldn't always feel when it was pushed. The silent switch was accessible, though when fitting the case or removing it, the switch was often toggled. While it's not as bulky as other heavy duty iPhone cases, it's still far from a wafer-thin slip. What I did appreciate immensely is the fact that it didn't stick to my pockets every time I retrieved it or put it back. The foam slides nicely against fabric and it was refreshing compared to rubberised cases. Many cases of this size offer waterproof capabilities, though, and this is not a feature of the G-Form. So mountain bikers will have to take a waterproof bag with them if they venture into soggy places or get caught in the rain. The silent switch is nicely protected, as is the camera. The headphone jack is set deeply but still accepts thicker cables. While the plastic buttons for the volume are accurate, the power button is a little less tactile. There's no doubt that the G-Form XTREME case offers solid protection if it drops on the right places, which it does most of the time. I really didn't hold back testing this case and my iPhone 5 kind of took a bit of a toll for it. Because the padding is split up into 9 sections on the back and scattered on the edge and corners, there's still room for objects to hit the plastic under-lining cover, which doesn't have that stiffening feature as the foam. What I found after removing the case was a slightly squashed bevelling and a few sizeable dents at the top back of the phone, exactly where there wasn't padding. What impressed me most was how well the case allowed the iPhone to cartwheel if thrown properly. It may sound stupid that a case would cartwheel nicely, but it shows that it not only takes the impact well, but it displaces the forces across the case and not into the phone. Were it not for the case the phone would haver surely cracked. The outer case has a soft fabric inner lining to soften the load on the harder inner case. But here is where the problem lies. Do you want more protection with the price of bulkiness? Or do you want less heft and risk damage? I've always been a bit less is more when it comes to iPhone covers. It's one of the main reasons I got an iPhone because it's not the size of my laptop. So to add to the bulk I need a real good reason, especially considering the R599 price tag. And unfortunately, I don't care enough about my phone to warrant the excess space that the XTREME case takes up in my pocket. It's a great idea, though and will certainly serve very well for people who use their devices outdoors or in situations where dropping it is likely.
  11. Makers of protective padding for biking, skating and all types of action sports, G-Form have also produced covers for electronic devices using the same Reactive Protection Technology foam material used on their body pads. It's meant to absorb 90% of an impact but still be squishy to the touch. Click here to view the article
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