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  • Premier Icon GrahamA
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    Singletrack have had their awards and the last issue of the magazine had the staff choice; so what are the forum dwellers favroite bits of kit from 2008.

    It start by nominating home brew lights – Night riding is fantastic and what is better then doing it on the cheep with a light from Tesco and some plumbing bits from B&Q.

    Rules: Must be something you own or use regularly.

    Avid Matchmakers.

    Pointlessly pimp, but they really do make my bars look lovely!

    solamanda
    Member

    Not 2008 gear but my product of the year is a pair of 2006 Marzocchi 66SLs I bought in Autumn. Performance close to 888 dh forks but only approx 6lbs!

    simonralli2
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    I am getting a lot of satisfaction from my camelback bottle – love it!

    forge197
    Member

    For me it’s the Dialled Bikes Alpine, fantastic bike that just get’s better and better.

    soma_rich
    Member

    Not sure if its kit but Nuun tablets are a great invention. I drink/sweat loads so being able to energy powder in an nice little packt with me on rides is a massive bonus.

    Premier Icon ton
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    wingnut hyper 3
    recommended by ssstu
    top bit of gear.

    nodrog2
    Member

    Best performing kit for me has been an old XTR rear mech and a Vanilla RC coil shock, neither of them new but they just keep on working year after year.

    As for new kit, the Hope led 4 has been very good.

    theboatman
    Member

    Fulcrum 5 road wheels – used as my general training/ riding wheel all year, hit every pot hole in Derbyshire and never moaned once – great because I never even think about them.

    racing_ralph
    Member

    Pikes again

    chvck
    Member

    My 10 quid waterproof I got from sportsworld!

    woffle
    Member

    Best kit for me this year – hard to choose 1 thing so it’s a toss-up between the Ergon BD1 backpack, Exposure Maxx-D and my Garmin 705. I’d recommend all of them…

    kinda666
    Member

    My tesco torch :o)when my dinotte light went t1ts up and had to go back to the US

    Premier Icon coolhandluke
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    Pikes here too but Motor Tabs work for me.

    Long service award has to go to my LX shifters. Came to me on a s/h bike and have been on my bars ever since. That was 3 years ago!

    gtkid
    Member

    Shimano MT51 boots, got them in a sale for £19.99 and love them.

    slowmedown
    Member

    Bought a 456 frame to hang all the bits lurking in my workshop on, hardly ever ride anything else now…

    …but seem to have upgraded many of the parts and now seem to have almost enough stuff to hang on another frame!

    Premier Icon cinnamon_girl
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    Gore Alp waterproof shorts.

    Premier Icon gamo
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    Endura stealth jacket is fantastic.
    TI456 out of this world!

    Premier Icon gamo
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    Endura stealth jacket is fantastic.
    TI456 out of this world!

    inbred853
    Member

    Sombrio Vapour jacket
    16″ 853 Black Inbred

    Trampus
    Member

    Lidl waterproof winter gloves. They do what it says on the tin!

    wildrnes
    Member

    bionicon eddison
    and prince albert…

    Premier Icon allyharp
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    Fox Sergeant shorts.

    Nothing spectacular performance wise but they look great.

    Premier Icon singlespeedstu
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    Wingnut Hyper 3 and Endura Stealth Jacket.

    They’ve both made a real difference to comfort while riding.

    Bike wise the Singular Gryphon prototype. Never had so much fun on drop bars.

    Swayndo
    Member

    I’ve built up 2 Dialled Bikes’ bikes this year and think they are both wonderful. The Alpine sneaks it over the Mk1 PA as I’ve been places with it that I have never been confident taking a HT before. Strange thing is, I’ve just sacrificed its bits to build up a 5 Spot, but I’ve no intention of selling it.

    Hairychested
    Member

    456 Summer Edition – the frame that’s kept my Prophet indoors a lot.
    SLX discs – cheap, great, pretty.
    Bonty CF Risers – a great blend of looks, function and width.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Endura eVent waterproof 3/4 length shorts.

    They keep my bum dry without making me boil. Haven’t tried any other waterproof shorts, but I don’t need to.

    Premier Icon Simon
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    Aldi windproof softshell jacket, worn it loads since I got it earlier this year.

    Premier Icon househusband
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    Gore Phantom; especially as I managed to get it for only £50.
    Shimano SLX shifters and rear mech; after several years with SRAM I’m now back to Shimano and grateful for the far more robust rear mech and minimal profile.

    Premier Icon nickc
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    Forks that are properly good. This year we’ve seen 20mm axle’d 140mm travel lightweight XC forks that work brilliantly, in all sorts of flavours and prices…

    pantsonfire
    Member

    My xmas pressie last year was a headset press what a joy to use and it has been used quite a lot. Once word gets round you have a headset press its surprising the number of people who want you to fit a new headset I have done 6 in the last year. 🙂

    atlaz
    Member

    My Rebas, 661 evo knee pads and the Fox shorts I got in the Evans sale.

    RudeBoy
    Member

    Pair of £15 LiDL MTB shoes. Taken a right battering, so far, and show no signs of giving up. Proof that a lot of other branded kit is a rip-off.

    Oh, and the £9 Tesco 3W torch. Proof that other, far more expensive lights are a rip-off.

    And just to show I’m not a total skinflint; Sealskins waterproof socks. Sooo nice to have nice warm, dry feet!

    Premier Icon nickc
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    Rudeboy, that’s not a rip off, that’s called choice…

    Tracker1972
    Member

    My AyUp lights, just work with ace customer service, opened a new facet of riding for me.

    RudeBoy
    Member

    nickc; yeah, I suppose you’re right. You can CHOOSE to be ripped-off, or not!

    I’ve bought top-branded ‘mtb’ kit, and much cheaper non-specific stuff, and there’s very little difference in quality, if any at all, with most of it. I appreciate some things are made by smaller companies, and are always going to cost a bit more than stuff that’s made in huge volume in huge factories staffed by people on very low wages, but there is still a lot of stuff that is simply over-priced.

    For balance, for example; I’ve bought Hope hubs, which cost a good bit more than other equivalents, and been glad of the investment in quality. So, as you say, ‘choice’…

    bear-uk
    Member

    All the Superstar gear that I own.

    iRideSpesh
    Member

    My Castelli Espresso windstopper jacket.

    Premier Icon snowslave
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    Dirtworker. End of ride, squirt off the mud, bike goes home clean, no rows about destroying the house, etc etc. Genius kit.

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