April 8, 2011
Nemo Tuo Standard mat
The Tuo is a 4cm thick inflatable mummy style camping mat which has two air chambers so you can tweak the squidge until you’re happy. It weighs a smidgen over 1kg but they do make a 3/4 length version called the Cub if that’s too much heft.
One valve controls the upper ‘comfort’ layer…
…and the lower layer should iron out rocks, tufts and any peas you may have set up camp on.
From: Beyond Hope
Mavic Crosstrail wheelset
The Crosstrail wheelset is a disc-specific wheelset that uses a load of Mavic’s advanced construction features at a more affordable price. The rim has a non-drilled UST type spoke bed, is welded as well as pinned and then machined inbetween spokes to reduce the weight.
There are 24 tangential pull, bladed steel spokes on the sealed cartridge bearing hubs. They’re fitted for Centrelock rotors and they use quick releases front and rear. They’re a decent weight too, at 1,820g for the pair.
Catlike Kompact Pro helmet
This is the Spanish brand’s more affordable helmet. The basic design of the Kompact has been around for eight years, with eyecatching looks and 21 massive vents but it’s been brought up to date with a in-moulded shell plus new and improved retention system and padding. There’s a little vestigal peak which can be removed if you fancy too…
From: Nemesis Active
Renthal SR4 chainrings
The advent of ten speed and wider ratio cassettes means using a single ring setup is becoming more of an option for trail riding. Renthal have kindly sent us a pair of their Single Ring 4 chainrings in 32 and 36T flavours so we can try it out on a couple of our Long Termer bikes. They’re 8, 9 and 10spd compatible and are made in the UK from 7075 T6 aluminium, which is CNC machined and hard anodised.
They come in a four arm, 104mm BCD pattern and sizes from 32 to 44T. Weight is 38g for the 32T and 50g for the 36T, so they’re nice and light too.
Renthal Kevlar BMX grips and glue
Lock on grips have may have become the flavour of the month but it’s hard to get a really thin grip as they need a solid plastic base. Renthal have come up with these push on grips which use a sticky material reinforced with tiny particles of Kevlar. Renthal say that these last up to three times as long as their soft compound versions while being just as grippy, if you excuse the pun. As they’re used, more Kevlar is exposed so they should get grippier the more they’re used.
To keep them in place we’ve got this special grip glue, which holds the grips in place without reacting with and damaging the rubber.
Price: Kelvar grips: £11.99 Grip glue: £3.99