10 MTB Product Reviews – Tailgate covers to torque wrenches

10 MTB Product Reviews – Tailgate covers to torque wrenches


Last time, we took a look at 10 outdoor and
mountain bike products, and you guys wanted to see more. So today, we’ll look at another ten—for
better or worse. Let’s get started. First, the Osprey Talon lumbar pack. It’s a fanny pack for mountain biking. The main advantage to these packs is that
they eliminate the back sweat problem that you get with hydration packs. This one comes with two water bottles, which
hold about 18oz each. I find that this is enough for a 10 mile ride
in hot weather. As far as storage goes, it’s pretty impressive. It’s enough for the tools and supplies that
any rider would carry, and even enough for a fair bit of my camera gear. Because it’s so comfortable and easy to
get stuff out of, the Talon is now my pack of choice when I can get away with it. However, lumbar packs aren’t for everyone. If you have a small ass, it’s going to shift
around and get annoying. I don’t have that problem, so it fits great
and stays put. For what it is this was pretty expensive,
but I’d have to say it was worth every penny. Next are my Fiveten Freeriders. This is my second pair, which I didn’t actually
need. These work fine, but they’re permanently
filthy. So, they’re now my bad weather shoes. Now you’ll notice these don’t have cleats,
and that’s because they’re designed for flat pedals. A lot of people ask if they grip pedals any
better than a pair of Vans, and the answer is no, not that I can tell. But a mountain bike shoe should also be splash
resistant, and be good for hiking. It should have thick padding for protection,
and super tough soles that don’t wear out catching the chainstay or mashing on pedal
spikes. I’ve totally demolished skate shoes in the
past, but haven’t done a lick of damage to either pair of Fivetens. They’re amazingly comfortable, practically
indestructible, and I honestly don’t have anything negative to say about them. And that’s where our positive review streak
ends. Meet Formy grips. The concept is that you send your measurements
to Formy and they make you a pair of 3D printed grips that perfectly match the contours of
your hands. Indeed, they do fit nice and are made of really
good quality materials. The only problem is that they’re no good
for mountain biking. With gloves on they just aren’t grippy enough,
and with sweaty hands I’d imagine they’d be worse. I found these to be terrifying to ride with,
and I think it’s mainly because their diameter is so large, much more so than a pair of ODI
grips. The shape reminds me of what you’d find
on a hybrid commuter bike, with palm pads and an overall short length. In fact, these might be great for commuting,
but the company told me they can be used for mountain biking which I strongly disagree
with. So only check these out if you’re struggling
to find a comfy commuter grip. Let’s take a look at my Smith Rover helmet. I hesitated to get this helmet because so
many people already have it, and now I see why. The ventilation is great and the straps lie
perfectly flat on your face. Twisted straps are a huge pet peeve of mine. Another pet peeve is this stupid mechanism
that never tightens up evenly. The Rover uses the rotary variety, which is
superior in my opinion. Generally the rover is really comfortable,
but I find that you need to tighten the back a lot to get it secure. So I’m usually messing with this depending
on the intensity of my ride. I don’t know if these honeycomb vents are
for stiffness, or style points, but they’re certainly innovative. I’ve tried on a lot of helmets in a search
for one I don’t hate, and I think the Rover comes the closest, for now. And here we have some more Crankbrother’s
tools, which I’m only counting as one product since we reviewed the bigger versions of these
tools last time. Let’s recap, starting with the F15 multitool
and it’s counterpart, the F10+. Last time we saw how the F15’s cover can
be used for leverage, enough even for pedals. With that leverage, a high quality finish,
a nice chain tool, and detachable spoke wrenches, it’s one of the best multi tools you can
get. The F10+ is exactly the same tool except it
doesn’t come with the spoke wrenches or chain tool. So, we’re left with a nice compact multi
tool with a cover that can be used for leverage, and other things. In my opinion, any multitool without a chain
breaker should be super compact, super inexpensive, or both. I think the F10+ falls short of that, and
so I’d recommend looking for something else or going with the F15, which is hands down
the best multi tool I’ve ever used. On to the pump, the Klic HV. Last time we looked at the Klic HV Gauge,
which comes with a pressure gauge. The tube comes out of the handle and screws
on separately, attaching to the pump body magnetically. The result is a high volume pump that doesn’t
put strain on your valve. It’s as good as hand pumps get, but it won’t
fit in my lumbar pack. By shedding the gauge, the smaller Klic HV
fits perfectly and still has all the other features. Even without the gauge, I think it’s an
exceptional pump, so it’ll be coming with me whenever I rock the fanny pack. Now let’s look at my Raceface tailgate cover,
an expensive replacement for a piece of cardboard or carpet. We’re not going to discuss the merits of
tailgate covers in this video. We’ll just assume that you do see the value
in a good tailgate cover, like I do. In terms of protecting your tailgate, I’d
have to say this does the job. The inside is a velour type material, which
might even be overkill. Speaking of overkill, there will come a day
where I don’t even bother with these straps. Between gravity and these big foam blocks,
it would take a rollover for a bike to come loose. If you don’t feel like using them, the straps
are removable. What’s great about carrying bikes this way
is that you could probably cram 6 or 7 on a midsized pickup, The Raceface pad comes
with 5 straps, with an extra block on each side for a 6th and 7th bike. There’s a velcro cover on it to access the
tailgate handle, although it’s probably measured out for a Tacoma, not a Ridgeline. When it’s not in use, I’m able to fit
this pad under my back seats, so it’s always with me ready to go. I haven’t used any other pads at length
so my review is based on relative ignorance of the subject. Still I paid full retail for this thing and
still feel I got my money’s worth. Of course, you may not have a pickup. Before I did, I used a Saris Superclamp 2
hitch rack, which I can’t give you a fair review on. You see my dad had a Saris rack when I was
a kid, my first rack was a Saris, and when I started my channel Saris was the first company
to reach out to me. They send me cards around the holidays. So I’m a bit biased, but having used a lot
of other people’s racks I always find my Superclamp to be faster and easier. From experience, I can also tell you it’s
the most versatile. Here’s a tall fat bike I brought all the
way to Key West. If it can carry that, I’m pretty sure it
can carry anything. On the rack itself you’ll also have access
to two cable locks for pit stops. The actual bike scoops are made to fit wide
tires right out of the box, so it’s obvious Saris is focusing on mountain bikers. My one complaint about this rack is that the
clamps can freely hit the mechanism at the top of the arm, which you then need to pop
back in. A simple metal stop would prevent this. Another way to prevent it is to not carelessly
fling the clamp up, but I’m a careless person and tend to do it anyway. Even though I don’t need it now, I’m keeping
my superclamp around for when my pickup bed is full of stuff, or for lugging bikes on
my wife’s car. Speaking of things that hold bikes, I have
extensive experience with wall racks, having built, bought, and installed at least 5 different
types. The one I’m sticking with is the Rubbermaid
Fasttrack. I had this at my last house, and got another
one for here. These are sold at The Home Depot. The 48” rail is $8.99, but then each bike
hook is $10 bucks. You can fit 4 on this rail, so you’re almost
at $50 for that setup. The metal piece has a bunch of holes in it
so you just catch some beams and then slide the plastic cover over it. Having used normal rubber hooks to hold bikes
I can say they’re not as secure, and the rubber eventually wears through. These are more durable, and the modular design
makes the whole thing more flexible. My only complaint is that the bike hooks don’t
have any sort of wheel scoop to keep it off the wall. For $10 it seems like they could have put
some kind of a piece there. Next is my Park ADT-1 torque driver. Many parts of your bike are designed to be
fastened with a torque wrench, which allows you to tighten a nut or bolt to a given torque. When you reach the proper torque, it slips
to prevent over tightening. The Park ADT-1 is just a baby torque wrench. Included in the handle are all the bits you’ll
need for your cockpit or disc brakes. The handle itself feels really solid, and
the tool has some significant weight to it. My only complaint about this tool is that
you need an allen key to actually change the torque value. This is a minor inconvenience. In some lighting conditions it’s also hard
to read the numbers, but I solved that problem with a magic marker. Still, the convenience of having a compact
torque driver around has caused me to actually use it, which is probably smart for the sake
of my parts and safety. Finally we have the DJI Mavic, aerial videography
drone. It’s not mountain bike related, but I’ll
review it as it would apply to mountain bike video making. The Mavic, like other copters, is great for
getting an establishing shot, or giving the viewer a sense of scale. The video quality on this thing is a little
better than a cell phone, but with the built in gimbal it’s super smooth. The remote lets you see the video feed through
a smart phone, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it does this through an actual
cable, not bluetooth or wifi. You can see the the video and control the
aircraft for miles in any direction, and the battery gives you a solid 30 minutes of flight
time. Enough, I find, for 3 short flights. The great thing about the Mavic is that it
folds up small enough to fit in a hydration pack. This makes it practical to actually take with
you to get shots, assuming you have legal clearance or don’t care. A lot of you have asked me about the follow
feature, which is supposed to lock on to a target and follow it. It’s useless for mountain biking I assure
you. I’m able to use the follow feature for really
tame stuff like this at most. Because it’s compact, easy to fly, and useful,
I give the Mavic really high marks. My only complaint is that it’s buggy—and
I don’t mean the software. Hundreds of ants moved into my Mavic somehow. I ain’t bringing it home inside the car. Now, how to get these ants out. By putting it in a bag and leaving it in the
sun, it seems that all of the ants have evacuated and died, with no damage to the unit. The end. So there you go, 10 mountain bike product
reviews, for better or worse. Let me know what you think in the comments,
and do check out my last video for more reviews like these. I’m gonna get started on making a new list
of reviews, so until then: Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll see you next time.

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  1. Great sense of humor. Seth could pretty much make a video about anything, and as long as he edits and narrates it, I'd watch.

  2. Bought the High freeriders, hoping that it will save my ankle if a fall, at least to lessen the damage, two fractures are enough 😢

  3. I just wanna say that I've used vans old skools for years, and have never had any problems. They do the job just fine, and are durable and cheaper.

  4. I was mostly surprised in that I've never seen anyone dry off their bike with a leaf blower. Very clever, though I do wonder about forcing water into bearings/grease out – similar to using too much water pressure…

  5. for the fasttrack i dont think its supposed to be a bike rack im not sure though because i saw it holding harnesses at a zip lining place

  6. I ruined a pair of vans with my pedals before I got some five tens. They work, but like Seth said they’re not at all as durable as purpose built mtb shoes.

  7. I wish I had a saris. My dad has this sh!t rack made by thule that makes you lift up your bike, and feed 2 poles through your frame, which I think would be impossible on a full squish, and your bike is secured by rubber straps, which have actually fallen off and broken, even once letting a bike fall off onto the highway.

  8. Try using ND filters and Manually setting your camera settings. It'll make your drone footage 10 times better. Noticed you weren't using it when you showed your screen. It'll make all the difference, for less then 30$.

  9. With the Saris bike rack, it looks like it has a wheel strap connection, do you need to strap the wheel down as well as the clamps over the tire?

  10. thanks man! i think i will pick up some of those freeride shoes! i wear redwings to work and vans after work but was looking for a bike shoe! Cheers!

  11. I have the same exact race face tail gate cover. It’s great!! I’m stoked to see you Store it under the back seat!! What a great idea lol I’m gonna put mine there too

  12. whats the problem with over-torqing bolts? wouldnt you want them as tight as possible so they dont come loose?

  13. He said about the tightening system that never tightens evenly, I have a muddyfox helmet that has the same system and mine works fine, however muddyfox is the only brand so far that I have seen that system well executed on.

  14. The straps on the tailgate cover help to stop against vibrations and bumbs that can create dents in you frame

  15. Love the orange bike on the video can you provide me the brand and model, and off course your opinion on the bike

  16. “If you have a small ass it’s going to shift around a lot…. I don’t have that problem”

    Biggest flex of 2019

  17. Hey there first I'd like to start by saying man you are truly 1 badass biker love the videos keep them comingbut the question I have is I'm looking at the fight end you truly inspired me on that one was debating if it's worth putting the money into them yes yes I know there's going to be folks out there who are going to probablyput comment about how I was doing the wrong thing or whatever but anyhowI am now writing with a pair of wolverine insulated steel toed boots that I use on my farmquestion I have though is I saw a couple of videos and read some stuff online about folks saying you needed to go about a size larger than what your size is is this true and if so how far would I have to go I'm a size 11look forward to your response thanks keep them videos coming that's the highlight of my day when you when you have a new 1 oh and as an added note love the new bike garage heck I'd love to have something like that to work on my farm machinery LOL

  18. I ripped the sole of my dc ken block signature shoes and my old Tony hawk skate shoes. Nothing like walking home 2 miles with one shoe missing the sole

  19. but..the gauge is connected to the tube right? Since both pumps are made by the same company and have the same attachment mechanism, can't you use the gauged tube with the non gauge pump?

  20. Your tailgate pad is sitting too low, thats why its not in line with your handle. those velcro straps go around your down tube, not your stanchion!

  21. Seth, I’m an old school BMX’er from the 80’s that just got into mountain biking. Your videos are awesome and I’ve learned so much! I watch your videos over and over. My 13 year old son is now going out with me on his MTB.

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