If you’ve ever walked the tent city that is the Sea Otter Classic’s product expo, you’ll notice a wide popularity gap among the exhibitors. On one end is the guy pushing, for example, lactic-acid muscle rollers or bicycle theft insurance or elliptical exercisers or some such nonsense. You walk by and try not to make Read More The post Ride Concepts Expands its Flat-Pedal Lineup and Finally Clips In appeared first on BIKE Magazine.
Today, e*thirteen unveiled an all new tire dubbed the AT, which is short for all terrain. It should surprise precisely no one that it’s aimed at being a versatile all around trail tire that works well in a wide array of conditions. They were nice enough to send us home from Sea Otter with one of the new tires for testing in advance of their release. We’ve also been riding their SS (semi slick) tire, which was released in the fall, for a few months now. You can find our thoughts on that tire here. Details All Terrain TRS 27.5″ or 29″ (tested) 2.4″ width Plus, Race and Mopo (tested) compounds available 1 ply 120 tpi Aramid side protection Nylon breaker top protection 1015 grams claimed – 1062 grams on our scale On first glance, the AT looks a bit like the offspring of a Specialized Butcher and a Maxxis Minion DHR2, and that’s just fine with us as both of those tires are quite good. In terms of profile, compared to most of e*thirteen’s tires, the All Terrain is much more round and the side knobs are a substantially lower. Much of the brand’s prior offerings have featured a relatively square shape with rather tall side knobs and fairly low profile center lugs. The claimed (1015g.) and actual weight (1062g.) varied slightly, but for a big wheeled, 2.4″ wide single ply trail tire, the AT comes in at a very respectable weight. A very interesting feature from e*thirteen is the Aramid protection on the sidewalls. They’ve used the material under the tread for some time, but now visible, it sports a distinct look. Synonymous with Kevlar, it’s a material that’s known for its resistance to cutting and tearing and a great strength to weight ratio. Despite the fact that they are already lower in height, the side knobs have horizontal siping and a vertical relief channel to encourage some flex. We’re testing the single ply casing version of this tire, but it’s also available as a dual ply in both a mid weight Enduro tire as well a DH tire. On the trail It’s always exciting testing out new compounds, and the AT tire features e*thirteen’s new “Mopo” compound. According to their description of the new rubber, it is an “ultra high-tack, slow rebound tread, with a harder base for better tread wear and faster rolling”. Upon first feel, the rubber doesn’t seem all that soft and squishy, but that’s likely due to the firmer compound supporting it from below. That support lends a hand in keeping things faster rolling and certainly seemed to help improve durability. It also meant that under heavy weighting in the corners, the knobs didn’t give way and fold over which eventually leads to tears and degradation. Credit is also due to the slow rebound nature of the compound, which helps prevent the tire from feeling erratic. As mentioned earlier, the tread pattern was reminiscent of a mix of a Butcher and a Minion DHR2. It’s worth noting that the AT seemed to roll faster than both of those tires and while it didn’t quite have as much of a savage cornering bite as a (new) Butcher, its side knobs held up better and deformed less due to its slower rebound rubber. Braking power was par for the course for a tire of this stature – it was just the right amount. In short, the AT sports a very well rounded (no pun intended) tread pattern. As far as the casing is concerned, no flats occurred during my testing, but part of that time frame was spent with Cushcore’s new XC inserts installed. While it’s hard to make any bold claims about the effectiveness of the Aramid reinforcement, it seemed to do a good job and put the puncture resistance:weight ratio at a good place for a mid duty trail tire. The sidewalls also resisted folding over in the corners fairly nicely whether inserts were installed, or not. Their thickness sort of split the middle between the average lightweight and heavy duty casing, which is nice. Overall In summary, the new AT is an excellent tire and I think that e*thirteen is definitely on to something with the new Mopo compound. With that in mind, I tend to prefer a well supported, slow rebound rubber. Cornering and braking were all very impressive, but best of all it rolled very quickly and efficiently – far better than any other e*thirteen tire models out there, and better than the two tires that it bears resemblance to. Basically it’s just a damn good all arounder that should suit most riders in most conditions. I also applaud the new, rounder profile – at the end of the day, despite how stacked the tire market is, these are definitely worth consideration. www.bythehive.com
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Smith sent us home from Sea Otter with a fairly new set of glasses, dubbed the “Attack MTB”, for testing. Based around a fairly large coverage lens, they take advantage of Smith’s genius PivLock system and each pair come with an additional “Low Light Amber” lens, which is fairly light in tint and good at dealing with shadows. As things go from cool, foggy and loamy to hot dry and dusty here in the Santa Cruz area, we’ve had enough time to summarize our thoughts on them. Read on for the full review… Details Two ChromaPop lenses Hydroleophobic lens coating Extra ChromaPop Low Light Amber lens Performance case and microfiber bag Smith MAG interchangeable technology Medium fit / large coverage Two-position adjustable nose pads Hydrophilic megol temple & nose pads for a secure fit Auto-lock hinges 7×4 toric lens curvature TR90 frame material $249 USD Perhaps the coolest feature on a set of performance glasses to date, FidLock means fast, tool free lens swaps in a matter of seconds. You simply hold your thumb down behind the hinge, then pull the arms off. Putting them back onto the lens is even easier…Slide them on until they click into place. Clockwise from left: The Attack MTB glasses come in a nice padded case with a cleaning bag and laser cut foam padding. The arms are straight and low in profile with soft, grippy material on the inside and the underside. The nose piece is adjustable between two different positions vertically, to fit a variety of faces, which is key as the lens is rather large. Lastly, despite being removable with no tools, you can still tighten their actual hinge with a standard eyewear screwdriver. This is the whole kit with the arms removed. The nose fitting pops off with a simple tug and snaps into place rather easily with an audible click. The Amber colored option is included with each set of Attack glasses. It’s great for riding in the woods, provided there isn’t too much canopy and a lack of light. The Chromapop black lens is ideal for bright, mid day riding out in the open. It cuts a great deal of glare. It’s worth noting that Smith also offers a photochromic (read: transition) lens option that changes depending on light. On the trail Since most of the testing occurred in the Santa Cruz area, we mainly used the rose colored lenses as the woods here are in fact quite dark. In terms of tint, they were just right for the majority of our riding, outside of very early mornings and late evenings where a clear lens would be ideal. With that in mind, we’ll be reaching out to Smith to test out the photochromic transition lens out of curiosity. Optically, the lenses are both razor sharp, offering incredibly good clarity with zero distortion. Since the trails here are either quite loamy, dusty or some combination of both, the expansive coverage of the Attack’s proved to be an excellent alternative to goggles. They offered better protection than the average glasses, but weren’t as cumbersome or annoying as a set of goggles. On our testers rather average sized head there were no quirks in terms of fit – the lenses didn’t butt up against cheek bones, and the top didn’t butt up against his forehead or helmet. It’s always interesting to see how well a set of glasses (particularly their arms) play(s) with a helmet, and while there’s no doubt that the Attack would work quite nicely with a Smith helmet, they also worked admirably with the Bell Sixer and Troy Lee Designs A2 that they were mainly paired with. The actually arms seemed best tucked under the retention system, not below it. Their soft material and low profile nature made them an afterthought on the trail. The Attack managed fog fairly well – at least on par with anything else, which is impressive given how much more they cover your face, leaving less room for air flow (and less room for dirt to squeak through and spackle your eyes). Although in stock form the glasses worked well, a bit of Cat Crap is the best thing you can do to prevent fogging. As you’ll see at the link, it’s not actual cat crap, but rather a genius anti-fog that skiers have using for ages. Overall At the end of the day, the Attack are truly excellent glasses – it’s hard to find a single flaw in them. Like anything, you may want to try them on first to ensure they work with your facial profile. That said, if you’re looking for set of glasses that give you near goggle level protection without the hassle and complication that comes along with combining goggles and half lids, you’d be foolish to not give these a look. They are a touch on the pricey side, but the fact that they come with a second lens to help cover a broader range of light conditions helps. That it’s stunningly easy to switch out lenses is the cherry on top. www.smithoptics.com