This week the interesting kit come from ODI in the form of Aaron Gwin's new signature grips. We have Crank Brothers' impressively compact Sterling SG mini pump. 661 bring in their lightweight Recon knee pads and we have Pirellis new line of Scorpion tyres in for testing.
Peaty's XXX Solvent degreaser and disc brake cleaner
Peaty's have expanded their range of bike care products with the addition of their new XXX solvent degreaser and their disc brake cleaner. The degreaser promises the complete removal of bearing greases, waxes, and oils. It's bio degradable and safe for carbon frames, along with a range of plastics and paint finishes.
The disc brake cleaner is also bio degradable and it claims to be capable of reconditioning part used brake pads while getting rid of unwanted oils and contaminants. It's rapidly drying solvent is suitable for all braking components and the spray is also carbon safe.
Pirelli Scorpion S, M and R Tyres
Pirelli makes tyre choice easy with their Scorpion tyres. The brand does this by naming the tyres exactly after their intended terrains. The S model is the most aggressive of the line with taller knobs and wider spacing making it suitable for loose or soft terrain however it's meant to be equally as grippy in dry or wet conditions.. Similarly named, the R version is designed to be used as a rear tyre with it's evenly spread and moderately sized knobs. Pirelli claims that it offers more traction and durability without compromising grip over mixed terrain.
Finally, the M is designed for mixed surfaces. Its tread profile is similar to the R with a medium profile and tread spacing but it's intended to be used on either the front or rear wheels.
All tyres use the brands SmartGRIP compound which is a chemical modification in the rubber itself meaning that Pirelli can get away with using only one compound for maximum grip in wet or dry conditions.
Crank Brothers Sterling SG mini pump
Crank Brothers' rather classy Sterling SG is built from CNCed 6061-T6 aluminium with a tactile plastic head with grippy strips placed around it. It's valve automatically connects to either Schrader or Presta valves and its dual-action piston has a high volume/high-pressure modes. It's also super small. At only 198mm in length it weighs 141 grams.
661 Recon knee pad
The Recon is 661's lightweight and minimalist pad design aimed at trail and all-mountain riders. The pads are constructed of lycra and stretch mesh for weight, breathability and comfort. There are bands of elastic around the top, bottom and calf areas of the pad for maximum security and it features 661's PADLOCK connection system, so they can be connected to the brands Evo shorts. The pad uses XRD foam which stays flexible while pedalling but firms up when it's needed the most.
ODI AG-2 Aaron Gwin v2.1 grips
From ODI we have the updated Aaron Gwin signature grips. This iteration of the grip sees in a softer compound, alloy end cap to prevent grip blow out and a redesigned surface pattern for improved tractions. ODI has opted for an offset design and has increased the diameter, placing more material towards the palm for reduced vibration and greater rider comfort. They come in loads of colours for ultimate bike colour matching.
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