5 cool things from Ergon, Michelin, Birzman, Amplifi and Green Oil
It's Friday and you know exactly what that means. It's time for 5 cool things where we showcase the coolest kit that we've had come into the office ripe for testing. This week, we've got sticky rubber, plenty of bags, and some eco-friendly bike maintenance kit. Get stuck in.
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Amplifi's Hipster4 is a bum bag that's designed to be slim, light and small enough for the bare essentials. It comes with a heap of features such as the brand's AIRFLOW back ventilation system, a self-fixing hip belt, and space for a hydration bladder.
This particular model comes from Amplifi's Glacier series which uses 100% recycled PET fabric for the outer.
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Michelin Force AM2 tyres
The Michelin Force AM2 is the brand's fast rolling tyre that's been designed to remain grippy in hardpack to mixed terrain, or even trail centre conditions. They come built with a lower profile centre tread to aid rolling and the shoulder knobs are larger to retain grip while cornering.
Our test tyres come with the brand's GUM-X compound that features a harder rubber on the centre tread and a softer compound making up the shoulder knobs. Then, there's Gravity Shield tech which is a high-density bead-to-bead fibre that should hopefully shrug away sidewall cuts and punctures.
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Ergon GFR1 Factory grips
£38 - £41
The GFR1 is Ergon's freshest grip having been designed alongside Tahnee Seagrave and her racing team pals. These grips come with a slim shape for maximum feedback but the ribbed palm section should hopefully offer some good damping. Around the finger section, the grips get a pronounced rubber bits with the aim of keeping grip forces as low as possible when lifting the front wheel.
This grip comes with either a black or an oil slick colour, with the former costing £38 and the latter £41.
Green Oil Eco Rider Deluxe Set
We love an eco-friendly product here at Off-road.cc and hopefully, that'll be the case with Green Oil's Eco Rider Deluxe Set.
In its reusable box, you'll get a bottle of wet chain lube, a bottle of Green Clean, some Degreaser Jelly, an EcoRag, a wooden brush, a couple of bike armour stickers and the icing on the cake, a pack of seeds so you can turn that leftover box into a little planter.
Birzman Packman bike bags
£33 - £65
Going off to Ty is a number of bags from Birzman and the Packman lineup. He'll be testing the saddle pack, handlebar pack and frame pack.
The saddle pack features a saddle rail rack and adjustable side compression straps to make it as stable and rattle-free as possible. There's then a waterproof roll-top carrier and velcro fasteners.
The frame pack comes as part of a modular frame pack system from Birzman. Pair it with the Planet frame pack and you'll be rewarded with a full 5L of carrying capacity. This bag comes with velcro fasteners including an extra strap, enhancing attachment possibilities
Finally, the handlebar bag is designed with a three-point attachment method for greater stability on the bike. Then, it employs EVA foam pads to avoid any damage to your bike's frame. It then comes with a roll-top carrier, allowing for flexible capacity.