Varied stuff in on test this week from fancy suspension kit upgrades to brand new waterproof gear from Endura. There's also more 'on-bike' tools, plus a newly launched multi-tool with a nifty way to keep your tyre plugs close at hand from Crankbrohters. Dig in....
Vorsprung Secus Spring System
Buying yourself a new suspension fork is usually an eye-wateringly expensive affair, so it's unsurprising a cottage industry of suspension tweakers, tuners and upgraders has sprung up to boost the performance of stock or older forks and shocks.
Canada's Vorsprung Suspension has a great reputation for making add on bits and pieces for everything from shocks to forks and this Secus is their latest invention. Basically, it fits on to the air-spring side lower leg of 2018 onwards Fox 36, 34, 32 forks and selected RockShox Lyrik, Pike, Revelation and Zeb forks and acts as an external air reservoir for both the negative air spring and the lower leg air volume.
This is claimed to make the fork's initial response much more supple while giving better support in the midstroke, without running into excess amounts of ramp-up at the end of the fork's travel, which you can still tune with volume spacers if you do require more support. Vorsprung says that this basically gives you all the benefits of a coil spring's linear initial travel with the adjustable bottom out of an air spring in the last 1/3 of the travel; the best of both worlds without all the weight of a coil conversion.
If it works as planned, it'll be rather exciting. We can't wait to give it a spin. The Secus is being brought into the UK by BaseCamp Suspension, who also offer a full range of Vorsprung's other shock and fork tuning products.
New Endura MT500 kit
£100 - £230
Women's 2021 MT500 waterproof jacket
For the Autumn and Winter months for 2020 Endura has updated the MT500 range, refining all products and choosing a new fabric to make the already well-established range that bit better while making construction more environmentally friendly. We've got the men's and women's waterproof jackets in for test plus the updated waterproof short. All the news is here, plus we have a recent review of the latest women's MT500 Spray Short II as well.
Crankbrothers M13 multitool
Crankbrothers launched two new multitools last week, the M13 that we have here and the M20. The M13 gets 13 (who'd have thought it) tools, plus an integrated tyre plug tool and a useful plastic case attached containing 5 tyre plugs which can also store a chain link.
The M20 will be incoming for test soon, that one is slightly more expensive (£39.99) and gets additional tools in the form of a chain tool, a rotor straightener and a valve core remover.
Spank Spoon 35 handlebar
Listed on the Spank website as cost-effective, this is a £65 alloy bar that comes in at 800mm wide (you can cut down to 740mm). Our's is in 35mm diameter but you can get this in 31.8mm too, both with a 5º up and 8º backsweep and a choice of 25 / 40 / 60mm rises.
Granite Designs Stash RCX tool
Available through Amazon, the Granite Designs Stash RCX tool is another take on the 'on-bike' storage fitting into the steerer tube and replacing the star nut. The inserted tool features an 8-piece Multi-tool (2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, T25, Flathead) a spoke key with valve core remover all in a neat 167g package.
FUNN Equalizer Stem
Short and stumpy for enduro and trail bikes, the CNC'd FUNN equalizer stem is available for 31.8 and 35mm bars and with 35mm, 42mm and 50mm lengths. Plus you can get it in Black, Grey, Red, Blue, Orange and Green. Luckily ours is black on black.....
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