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New bike kit purchased recently

Posted by Matt, June 4, 2018 There are 4 comments so far

Specialized 2FO Cliplite Lace shoes
Well, I did say I’d been buying a few bits here and there didn’t I? Which means my Spreadsheet of Doom is living up to its name..!

First up, as you can clearly see, are a pair of Specialized 2FO Cliplite lace up shoes. To be honest, my Specialized Sport MTB shoes which I’ve had for a few years now had developed a tear in one of the velcro straps, plus I wanted something a bit more trail focused and a bit less XC racy. And these were on offer at Evans for only £40 when they normally retail for £100. Perhaps the red colourway was putting people off?

All that brings me onto these:

Funn Mamba one Side clipless platform pedals

They are Funn Mamba one-sided clipless/flat pedals in Lime green. Originally £120, I picked them up for £60 which felt like a bargain. To go on my YT Jeffsy and interface with my new shoes, I thought the combination would give me a bit more assurance on sketchy, no-quite-clipped-in moments. Plus, it means my son (who is now taller than me) can ride the Jeffsy in his trainers without us faffing with pedals. All in all I think this is a sensible couple of buys.

Then there’s these neat little grips.

Ergon GA3 grips in blue

I’ve been meaning to try these for a while after multiple recommendations from Elliot, Kev and Jem so decided to take the plunge. Again, they’re going on my YT which came with Race Face grips as standard.

Other bits of kit are more for utility rather than curiousity, including the Ravemen PR1200 LED light.

Ravemen PR1200 Light

This light covers both my on and off-road needs as it comes with a spot lens and a dipped lens. For the first time I can ride on road without blinding oncoming traffic and it also has a remote switch that lets you toggle between high and low outputs nice and quickly. So far I’ve been very pleased with this light.

Now then, what else is in my ‘new stuff’ pile? Oh yes, a 2017 Camelbak Rogue.

Camelbak Rogue

Suddenly my red shoes don’t seem so much of an outlier eh? My thinking here was limiting the amount of kit I carry. With modern bikes, tubeless tyres and for rides of less than two or three hours I was starting to think I was just carrying too much stuff. The easiest way to cut it down is to reduce the amount of space you have to carry it with, so this is a lightweight, short-ride backpack with a couple of litres of water capacity and pockets for the essentials. Should be ideal over the next few weeks.

Last but not least, there’s this:

Beto CJA-001s Tubeless Air Tank Inflator

Coincidentally it’s also red (btw, I hate red!!).

It a Beto CJA-001s Tubeless Air tank which you charge with a track pump and then release in one go to help seat recalcitrant tubeless tyres onto rims. Strictly workshop garage only, I finally decided to get something like this when trying to seat a tubeless road tyre at 10 o’clock at night while hoping I’d be able to commute the following day. Inevitably it never happened and after yet another subsequent shame visit to see Creaky Dave™ and his air compressor, I decided enough was enough. This one is only about £40 from Tredz by the way, which I thought was a sensible investment.

There you have it. A collection of interesting bits of new kit which I will review more fully over the next few weeks. Another way of looking at it is approximately £200 on my Spreadsheet of Doom, which is recording this years annual bike spend…

Matt

About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years he's now switched to a YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, alongside a 2016 Marin Pine Mountain.

Lurking in the back of the stable, waiting for it's next chapter is a Kona Big Unit 29er hardtail, while an early On-One Inbred still whispers sweet things to him. You can even find him on road bikes - a Specialized Secteur and a Trek District 1 so far.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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  1. Elliot says:

    Looking forward to finding out how you get on with the grips. Must be said I’m not convinced the GA3 model gives the full benefit delivered by the GS/GX/GP range. Looks as though the pretty colours have enticed a few moles!

    I’ve been trying to find a pair of 2FO Boa shoes but every time my size and preferred colour is unavailable 🙁

    • Matt says:

      Hi Elliot, well trying these grips is a first for me. I’ve never had to try anything remotely posturepaedic before but the combination of thin Race Face grips and an alloy 35mm bar was too much. Plus you are correct, blue!! Can’t go wrong with a funky colour.

      Talking of which, I take it those shoes you are looking for are size ginormous in lime – or is it the red camo? The boa models are slightly different in fit to the lace version – but I’m quite pleased with mine so far.

      • Elliot says:

        It seems paradoxical that you know a word like posturepedic, yet claim never to have needed to try anything like that! 😉

        Was hoping for ginormous in black for the shoes. That way it won’t clash with the rest of my carefully colour themed riding wardrobe. Suppose the ‘Acid Mint’ doesn’t look too awful in some photos…

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