Discover: an air compressor to seat tubeless tires, stealth body protection, a giant bike computer and mule links

Lots of gear is coming to our desks here at Pinkbike. Check Out is a casual roundup of everything our tech writers have got their hands on. Sometimes they are products we do long-term testing on, other times they are products we are excited about but don’t have time to fully review. And, sometimes it’s crazy shit that someone sent us unsolicited and we laugh.

Viair TLC Pro Air Compressor

Features

• Tubeless tire seating capability – supports 150 PSI load
• Weight: 5.4 kg / 11.8 lbs
• $449.95

• 30 foot coiled hose, 8 foot wires
• Presta accessories (x2), Schrader, manometer and blow gun included
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Have you ever been stuck at the campsite or at the start of a trail, frustrated by a tubeless tire that just won’t inflate? Viair has an extensive fleet of compressors suitable for all types of work environments, but the TLC series is bike specific as it can hold a 150 PSI charge to blast that tire on the rim. Sure, there are pumps that can be recharged, but if you change tires frequently, you might find it useful to take advantage of the mechanical advantage of this compressor. Whether you’re outfitting a travel vehicle or investing in a race trailer, the TLC Pro could be the ticket to stubborn tires.

This unit runs on a 12 volt battery and comes with two wire harnesses; one for portable use and the other for a more permanent hard mount option, which draws 30 amps. A nifty carry bag kept the 30-foot coiled hose, 8-foot SAE battery clamp wires, and all the accessories neatly stored, like an inflation trigger with a built-in pressure gauge, Schrader and Presta chucks, plus a blow gun. Beneath the compressor, the baseplate uses a sandbox to significantly reduce vibration and up front is a threaded air filter to quickly change between the two included spares.

With the air filter attached, the TLC Pro is given an IP54 waterproof rating, which is suitable for outdoor use, protecting it against limited dust ingress and splashing water from all angles. It is also capable of inflating vehicle tires up to 37″. Lowering the pressure of these large boots adds more traction on unpaved roads, like washboards, but also much more comfort on rough terrain. long off-road rides.This allows the TLC Pro compressor to do double duty for a mountain biker who lands (cringe).


Fox Baseframe Pro SS Chest Protector

Features

• Flexible and removable D3O padding on chest, back and shoulders
• Sizes: S-XXL
• $199.95

• Extremely breathable fabric also keeps padding in place
• EN1621-1 level 1 certifications for the back and shoulders
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great quotes I once worked in a bike shop near a movie studio and often had stunt riders come in looking for body protection that was both low profile and strong enough to protect them from injury in a fall controlled. Fox Racing’s Baseframe Series is a collection of stealthy hip and torso-covering bodyguards specifically developed for mountain biking and motocross. This short-sleeved version is a go-to piece for enduro racing where staying skillful and managing your core temperature is crucial. There are also no bulky straps, buckles or velcro to hook onto your jersey – just slip it on like a t-shirt.

Proven D3O inserts dissipate impact energy in three key areas: sternum, spine and shoulders. In fact, they soften slightly with increasing body temperature to become even more flexible. Each piece of padding is removable to extend the life of the D3O material during washing machine cycles, or simply customize the amount of protection you’re looking for. The Baseframe Pro SS costs just under $200 and the D3O Viper spine protectors meet EN1621-1 Level 1 certification.


Giant M200 Bike Computer

Features

• IP57 dust and water protection rating
• Two sizes: M200 (), L200
• $279.95, $329.95

• GPS, accelerometer, barometer, thermometer
• Connections: BLE, ANT+, Wi-Fi
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great quotes Giant might not be the first brand you think of entering the world of bike computers, but they have partnered with Stages Cycling and have integrated their Dash M200/L200 units a lot. We could go on for days talking about what these two little devices can record and how you can customize your personal settings. By downloading the Stages Cycling app, you can play with even more settings, connect to third-party apps, create and download courses, workouts and, of course, sync power meters, heart rate monitors and smart lights .

As for the basic specs, the smaller M200 unit gets an IP57 waterproof rating, weighs 76 grams, and measures 81x51x22mm. The battery can last up to eleven hours with regular chart and sensor use and uses a standard mirco-B USB port, which is covered with a rubber plug. Included is a standard length Garmin style aluminum lockout mount, suitable for mountain bikes and fits 31.8 or 35mm bars.

Stages uses Everbrite technology which quickly adapts to ambient light conditions, although it is not a touchscreen. To me, physically feeling the buttons while riding makes more sense and keeps your eyes on the trail or road as much as possible. The main page is divided into four categories: a “Start Ride” selection, “files”, “connections”, then “settings”. Navigating through all the display pages is pretty intuitive, but basically the app is used for all pre or post ride information gathering, while interaction with the Dash unit is more about reading what’s going on during the trip.

Although bike computers are more often thought of as a training tool for measuring and tracking rides, the map functions come in handy for a heads-up display to stay on track with GPX file routes downloaded from Trailforks and others. Tracking location and showing SMS notifications are where I found the Dash M200 to be most useful for non-competitive rides.


William’s Racing Products MX Specialized Enduro Yoke

Features

• Accepts a 27.5” rear wheel for the 2020 Specialized Enduro
• Virtually identical geometry to stock configuration
• $295

• Maintains stock progression curve
• Enduro 6802 LLU MAX Black Oxide Full Complement Sealed Bearing
williamsracingproducts.com





great quotes Based just outside Melbourne, Mic Williams, who started WRP, has cooked up all sorts of components in his shop, from mule links to impressive innovative concepts like his final mechanical engineering project, the CentreHub. One of the products that first put the WRP on the map may have been their shock yoke that adapted the 2020-present Specialized Enduro to accommodate a 27.5-inch rear wheel.

By carefully altering the shock yoke measurements, Mic was able to maintain the almost identical leverage curve while using the low-BB setting. This increases the start and end rates slightly, meaning you may have to play with your current spring rate ever so slightly, but the yoke will bring a totally different ride that was otherwise confined to 29er dual wheels.

There are also a surprisingly large number of other bikes that WRP has successfully manufactured mule conversion kits for, including the Commencal Meta AM 29 and the Norco line. By fitting a longer 225 x 72.5mm shock to the range and using the mule yoke, you can also get 205mm of travel.


Wiley C. Thompson