Ahh, don’t you just love content systems that put the pictures in the reverse order… Anyway, we were going to finish here for the moment, but we’ll start here instead.
Race Face's cunningly named 'DH 3/4' shorts which are, as you might guess, 3/4s downhill shorts. They're made of thicker than usual fabric and now come with belt loops to hold them up when sodden. Ideal for the UK then.
Race Face's Decadence crank - an offshoot of their Cadence road crank (geddit?) - this is a two piece crank intended for the fixie boys. A clever chainring arrangement allows four different fixie chainlines from the same bolts and ring.
Not that people seem to cut bars down any longer, but if you want to, Race Face's cutting guide also tells you how much weight you're saving. 40mm = 20g
No longer Deus XC, it's just Deus, OK? And it's still a top-end group from Race Face, just that you might want to use it for more than XC.
That's how they do it? Mark quizzing Jon from Race Face with his Star Trek Tricorder.
If you've not heard of D3o, it's the hot new flubber-like material that's used in everything from tennis rackets to military armour. If you move it slowly, it's pliant and soft, but hit the ground hard and it immediately (though not permanently) hardens into a shell to take the impact. Race Face has been quick to adopt it and here is their new knee and upper-shin pad in D3o
This Race Face glove features D3o on the outer two fingers for tree-protection and back of the hand for flying branches.
One of the most interesting bits so far - a chainring saver/bash guard from Race Face. It's called the 'Half Bash Bash' and you bolt it on whichever side is your favourite descending 'chocolate' foot. This saves your expensive outer ring from rocks while still letting you run a triple and front mech. We like. Oh, and that's their new 'Sixc' (pronounced 'Six') carbon freeride crank. Only 30g lighter than their NEXT Carbon crank - so right on XTR weight then.
Like them or not, colours are coming back and Race Face are bravely out there. Non-80s colours are also available.
Giro DJ Glove. Affordable, relatively crash resistant and out now.
More proof that girls get all the good colours - the women-only Xena glove from Giro, the parther to their men's Xen glove.
Chipps is currently regretting taking his hat off in the desert sun to try on some new Giro glasses. It was hot out there.
WTB are showing a brand new Wierwolf which Mark Weir refers to at the 'Receding Hairwolf' due to the redisigned, staggered side knobs which give extra traction in hard corners. It's available soon.
Chris King (the company) has been quietly making 'Cielo' road bikes for many years. There's now so much demand they're having a play with 'cross bikes and mountain bikes. This fork crown is completely machined, not cast...
Even the little (untapered - nice!) seatstays are capped with machined mojos.
The front of the Cielo mountain bike - how about that Inset headset and the polished ring reinforcements?
If you're a Sycip fan, you'll probably recognise some of this handiwork.
And which mountain biker has been running a SRAM Red road cassette on his bolt-through downhill bike? The current DH World Champ, that's who. More of this obsessively tuned bike later.