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Finish Line Sealant review


The sealant made bold claims of lasting ‘forever’ or at least the life of the tire. Did it measure up or even last one flat? Read on and find out.

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  • Justin says:

    I wonder if an engineer somewhere is crying because they watered down his original creation to hit the $15 pricepoint. No way a company can make such bold claims and have such a garbage product. There must be a finish line sealant somewhere that never saw mass production that actually worked close to what they say. And I agree with the above comment that 2 peppers is too generous, what would you rate a tube that doesn’t hold air?

  • Mike says:

    Sh*tty chain lubes’ company gave us a sh*tty sealant. What a surprise…

  • Matt says:

    I have 110 rough trail miles so far with Finish Line in 27.5 x 3.0″ and no issues so far. Needed almost 2/3 of the liter bottle for both tires. Still a believer.

  • Plusbike Nerd says:

    Seemed to good to be true! I had it installed in my new bike and I’ve had no trouble. However, the real test of a sealant is how well it performs on an old worn-out tire. I was just hoping for something that was easier to clean up than the sticky gummy mess of Stan’s. Glad I didn’t switch all my bikes to it.

  • jeph says:

    Yeah,my LBS sold me a bottle w/ my new tire. Kinda was skeptical, he said he would refund me if I didn’t like it. so far no issues but only about 50 miles on it.
    BTW, it’s polypropylene glycol, You can drink it if you have to. So if your lost in Moab ….

  • BrianU says:

    For those that have used this with good results, have you had a puncture that was sealed by the Finish Line sealant?

  • Michael says:

    I have been using this sealant for about one month. My older back tire is a Maxxis Minon DHR. I do have a small 2mm cut in my sidewall. Two days after my last bike ride, there is still some oozing of liquid out of the cut, but the tire is holding pressure.

  • Will says:

    I put this in 2 maxxis 29 tires and picked up a goathead on the first ride. I pulled the goathead thinking it would seal as I rode. Within 2 miles tire goes flat, I pump it up again and it held and continues to hold a month later. Problem being any other sealant would have sealed the hole within a minute or less. Not very effective, much better options out there.

  • BK says:

    Really disappointing. There was a good pre-launch marketing campaign that got people excited about the prospect of it lasting longer, but the instructions suggesting about double the amount of sealant compared to other brands was needed raised a few eyebrows.

    A few early reports on the forums suggested it wasn’t working well with holes not sealing up on rides. This review confirms similar findings.

    Too bad. I bought into the hype and have a few bottles now. Looks like I’ll be needing to suck it out of the tires I placed it in and go back to Orange Seal Endurance for the time being.

  • David says:

    I bought into the pre-launch hype too. Today, riding my plus size 27.5 down water bars and rocks I suffered a puncture on my Maxxis Minion DHR. Sealant was spewing out. I could see the fibers attempting to seal it to no avail. Finally added in a bacon strip and that worked. Then I suffered a pinch flat and the sealant did nothing for that. Wasted 2 co2 cartridges and the tire still when flat. Got home and gave the sealant another chance, no success. I dumped the sealant (only plus is that it’s very easy to clean out) and threw Stans in. The Stans instantly plugged and sealed both the puncture and sidewall/bead pinch flat. Back to the tried and true.

  • YoMamma says:

    Sounds like they should include a free trash bag with every order so you can throw it away when you get it!

  • James says:

    Bought the large bottle thinking I would achieve sealant nirvana only to be disappointed and stuck with a lot of sealant. I think the problem here is that without latex this sealant relies on air pressure to seal. once the pressure dissipates, there’s nothing holding the sealant in place. Used this on WTB Resolute 42s on my gravel bike in the rocky pacific northwest gravel. punctured on the first ride and was really excited to watch this stuff work only to spend the whole ride adding air as it didn’t seal. Not only that, but i burped some air at the bead and it wouldn’t reseal at the bead either. I doubled down with more sealant only to find flat tires prior to rides and spend another two rides doing the add air dance. Went back to Orange seal which has been excellent and got another small puncture which sealed immediately and is still holding air weeks later.
    I really wanted this stuff to work and bought into all the hype after watching the promo video only to be disappointed and out 30 bucks. Anyone want to try it, i’ll send you the bottle because i’m not putting this nasty jizz in my tires anymore.

  • Steve says:

    I too bought some of this early on. Would not seal on two different rim/tire combinations that I had no problem in past with Stan’s. I just put the balance of the bottle into the lawn tractor tires.

  • John says:

    The jury is still out for me. I have converted four sets of tires that were easy and trouble free; and one set of new (not tubeless ready) LiteSkin Addix speed Schwalbe RaRa’s where the rear tire around the valve that wasn’t tight enough and was leaking on my first trail ride, but has since been holding strong. We will see how they hold up to punctures. So far, I am impressed but I don’t have significant tire damage or a ton of miles in yet. I think its cleaner and easier to work with than Stans. If it seals punctures on my tires, I’m not going back to Stans.

  • WhipSnap says:

    I had 500+ miles on a set of Maxxis Minion DHF and DHR II with the Finish Line sealant and it did really well for small goat head type punctures. I would see small “wet” spots where the puncture occurred with minimal pressure loss. I will say it wept through the sidewalls of those tires, but I suspect it may be a thing with the Maxxis tire construction.
    I switched over to my summer/XC racing tire setup this past weekend on a set of Vittoria Mezcals and suffered a 1/4-3/8″ cut near the center of the tread. Needless to say the bike and myself were covered in sealant splatter as the Finish Line product ultimately failed to seal. This was a fairly catastrophic and large cut so I’m not too surprised that it couldn’t seal.
    Ultimately, I’m not done with their product and will see how the reason of the season goes.

  • Dave Vollbach says:

    Hi Jordan.

    We’re sorry to hear about your experience with our sealant. Getting 2 pinch/sidewall punctures that wouldn’t seal in rapid succession sounds like some pretty bad luck. In our extensive and thorough testing our sealant performed at least as well as all of our competitors’ latex based offerings when sealing punctures.

    There are obviously many factors that can contribute to why any sealant will or will not successfully seal a puncture. I would love to get some more details about the specifics of your testing if you would like to respond to me off-line.

    Thanks!
    -Dave from Finish Line.

  • Max says:

    I hate seeing such a negative review after seeing such a positive video review from another site. Makes me feel like I’m flipping channels between Fox and CNN. I’m hoping the Finishline works as I’ve switched over three bikes so far…

    https://youtu.be/_s4QmrRrH4U

  • Dan says:

    I’m sorry but this review seems to be too biased, full of flaws and has too many unanswered questions. The fact the review itself doesn’t match the final score says a lot about it’s credibility. I myself have been using the sealant since it came out and have yet to get a flat….. and its easy to get a flat with the sharp coral rocks down here.

  • Sam says:

    This review could not be more wrong. I have been using this sealant for about
    a month now in my Surly Dirt Wizards (Not actually a tubeless tire) and have not had any issues.

    Further, this review is not very thorough. There are many factors here that we simply don’t know about. What PSI was being used? What rim model? What trail conditions? How specifically did the flat occur?

    The photo of the sidewall cut also shows the threads of the tire casing, usually an indication that the tire is dried out or worn out. Further, getting a snake bite style flat while running tubeless is no easy feat. I have bottomed out against my rims several times and never had this happen before.

    “Messy when installing tube after failing to seal” I am still waiting for a bottle of sealant that is magically clean to work with and doesn’t go everywhere.

    This review seems hasty, poorly detailed and is no surprise with all of the Stan’s advertising on this website. I think I’ll be going to back to Pink Bike for unbiased product reviews.

    10/10, will keep using Finish Line.

    • Dan says:

      Agree 100%. It seems the tester was riding at a much lower psi than any tire is intended to be ridden in. The sidewall cut / snake bite comment is also spot on. I also felt the “messy” comment sounded like it came from someone who has no experience setting up tubeless tires. News flash…. the product is supposed to be in liquid form and not dry out. If it got messy its because you were unable to manipulate your tire properly while removing it from the rim.

  • Dan says:

    And by the way….. that is not a 2mm slice on the picture above. Its much longer than that. I mean look at it… its almost the length of a knob.

  • alfman says:

    I had a screw puncture on a ride home and it sealed just fine.

  • metrotuneeeeeed says:

    New to tubeless after trying it unsuccessfully a long time ago. I had done 2 wheelsets (29×2.25, 2.35) with Schwalbe tires and then read this review and thought I had made a mistake. Then I had a tire that wouldn’t seal. If the tear is in the center of the tire where you roll over it every time, you will have sealant spray onto your seattube every once in a while. That said, even with 1 oz. it held air enough to get home (1hr ride). However, I had only put in 1oz of sealant when the bottle instructs 4-5oz for 29er tire. As soon as I put in 4oz, the tire sealed up and has maintained air. I’m going to try the sealant in 40c 700 gravel tires Maxxis Ramblers tubeless ready. I like that the sealant is water soluble and doesn’t need “topping off” or refilling (dried out boogers)… also, I recommend stan’s style packaging tape in yellow, blue colors rather than the Gorilla tape that ENVE chooses. That’s because gorilla tape is a PITA to remove with all the residue.

  • Kiteboardkid says:

    I bought a 240mm (8oz) bottle yesterday as I’ve been itching to try this new sealant. It is utterley useless!!! The tyre is a Schwalbe Furious Fred, which is a few years old and on my full rigid MTB. I removed the tyre and removed all the Stans latex that had been sealing well. I cleaned the tyre to point where there was no dried latex remaining on the inside of the tyre what so ever. Refitted and added half the bottle (120mm) of Finishline Sealant. Rolled it around and pumped up to 30psi to start with. I got it to seal eventually, put the wheel back on the bike and pumped up to 40psi, straight away it started to leak fast again. I managed to get it to seal again. repressurised to 40psi it leaked again. I repeated this several times, it kept leaking from small thorn holes (not around the rim). I tried ridding the bike and everything I would normally do when using latex. I have now inflated the tyre at least 15 times and every time the tyre leaks through a small thorn hole. I wouldn’t dare to try and ride the bike anywhere, I have absolutely NO confidence in this product what so ever! I will be demanding my £14.99 back when I go to the bike shop next. Stick to latex! I never had an issue with this same tyre with the same small holes whilst using latex.

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EVOC rolling out new riding packs


In the EVOC development pipeline are three new products: Hip Pack Pro 3L, Hip Pouch 1L, and the FR Lite Race 10L pack. Here’s a sneak peek.

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Sea Otter Goodies: Five products that caught our eye


Here are five intriguing goodies that we happened upon during our time in California: new pedals, tires, sealant, a hitch rack, and a bunch of carbon wheels.

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milKit Booster tire inflator — and water bottle


The milKit Booster is a new spin on the tubeless tire canister idea that also doubles as a water bottle when not needed to inflate tires.

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Lezyne Tubeless Repair Kit debuts – video


Lezyne has added to their line of tools with a host of new problem solvers.

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Topeak JoeBlow Twin Turbo pump unveiled


Topeak was showing off their new JoeBlow Twin Turbo floor pump model featuring TurboBoost technology at the Sea Otter Classic.

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RockyMounts MonoRail Solo and BackStage – video


Boulder Colorado’s RockyMounts has rolled out new hitch rack options with the addition of the MonoRail Solo and BackStage. Details here.

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Yakima HoldUp EVO and BackSwing – video


The first gen HoldUp rack introduced nifty features but the EVO + BackSwing deserves a mic drop.

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Henty Enduro Backpack – video


The Henty Enduro Backpack provides the benefits of a hip pack with the stability of a backpack.

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MTBguru changes name, expands app


Free social media app aimed at connecting riders with local knowledge and services, is changing its name to JAGZ.

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Spurcycle Tool review


Slim enough to fit in most any jersey pocket or seat pack, Spurcycle’s Tool has a machined titanium socket and arm accompanied by 10, chrome-coated bits.

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GÜP KWIKI sealant and inflator


GÜP KWIKI is light weight, eco-friendly and is said to seal up-to a 4mm puncture, read more to find out if it’s too good to be true.

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  • Gman says:

    I’ve had a can of Güp strapped to my frame for a few months, and last week I got to use it to repair a flat on a tubeless 27.5 x 2.4 tire. I was back up and running in about 60 seconds. Is it worth $15? To me, it is.

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In search of the most secure bottle cage


How many water bottles have you lost while charging through gnar? Too many is likely the answer. So what’s the best bottle cage for keeping your water secure?

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  • Tom says:

    Hilarious and useful video, but most of us bottle snobs have bikes that allow cages inside the front triangle. Absent that, it’s hard to argue with the strap approach.

  • frank says:

    The velcro strap thing is a good idea except for one small problem…you’re going to have to stop the bike to put the water bottle back into the cage because the strap will close the empty cage so the the bottle won’t go back in.

    King cages won’t work for this test either, remember commentators, this is a test for harsh MTB riding conditions not riding a road bike, or a MTB down relatively smooth dirt paths, I know the King Cage won’t work because I tried it for those conditions and tossed bottles (I do like the cage though just not for rough offroading), after I tried a bunch of cages I resorted to my Camelbak instead, no more problems. I normally don’t like stuff on my back when riding but with MTBing I don’t ride as long as I do riding on the road so it’s not as much of an issue.

    • Frank H says:

      King Cages hold a bottle much better than an Al cage. I have never lost a bottle from one, at least from the Ti model, even from under the downtube on an MTB.

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Cush Core – What is it and what do users think about it?


But does it work? Is the extra weight noticeable? Does it make the bike feel differently when out on the trail? All of these questions and more have been answered by Skills with Phil.

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  • Justin says:

    How do they justify $160/pair? It’s foam. Hopefully a competitor will come out and undercut this nonsense.

    • MTB4me says:

      And hopefully you are pleased with your 1997 Huffy that you found “undercutting” the “nonsense” bike you should have paid for….What nonsense it right!

    • Phil Kmetz says:

      Justin, Economies of scales. Let’s say a mould for this product costs $100,000 (100% wild guess). If 100,000 people were to buy it, the cost of the mould across all the customers and would come down to $1 each (assuming they buy one single CushCore). 100,000 customers is most likely unrealistic, CushCore a very niche product for a specific group of riders willing. A more realistic estimation is that ~5,000 people will buy this product. That would bring the cost up to 20 dollars per person. This doesn’t factor in extra valves, raw material costs, office space, operating expenses, labor, R&D, distribution, marketing, and profit margin. Hopefully that helps clarify why a “piece of foam” can be so expensive.

  • Steve says:

    Phil,
    How long did it take to install the cushcore in real time not including adding Stan’s and airing up ?

    • Phil Kmetz says:

      Steve, the first time it took nearly 40 minutes because it was a new procedure. Now it takes me 10-15 minutes, it’s bit more involved than a standard tubeless tire install.

  • Kenny Roberts says:

    MSRP is actually $149 before tax.

  • Joe says:

    I agree, they are expensive — this is a small company and it seems they are attempting to recover their development costs.
    Same questions apply: How does Apple justify $1000 for a phone? How does Cromag justify $4400 for a Steel Hardtail? It is dictated by what the market will allow. Is it worth $160 to protect your $2000 carbon wheelset? Some people might think so.

  • EyeKickBooty says:

    Here is a concept: run this stuff called air in your tires instead of $150 worth of pipe insulation.

  • Josh Robinson says:

    After seeing this I’m tempted to cut a pool noodle in half and put it in my tires to see if I can save $160.

  • Troy says:

    FFS, people, keep your mouth shut (including me now). No one cares about your opinion unless you’ve used them. STFU already, whiny cheap skates.

  • Bill says:

    I have been running Cush Core for about one year. It definitely does mellow out the harsh hits your wheelset would normally be taking. You get a nice soft thud instead of a high pitched smack. I agree that these will definitely help people from ruining rims (both carbon and aluminum) and will save you money on cut tires. Im definitely not having as many sliced tires as before.
    The big thing everyone is talking about…. price. And weight to a lesser degree.
    yes, seemingly expensive for what it is. I do believe they will save the aggressive rider $160 in equipment, but should that be the determiner of price? Im sure there are up-front design and production expenses that are being recouped. I wonder if when those expenses are recovered we might see a more reasonable price for the average consumer.
    I am disappointed they added 1lb to the rotating weight of my bike at the very outer edge of the rotation. I can absolutely feel it. It now makes me want to build a lighter weight all mountain bike for the real “pedaly” days.
    Obviously the trade off is price and weight for more ease of mind and less money in repairs. If you ride aggressive and shuttle more than you pedal, Id say you’ll find this a very good addition to your bike.

  • Brian says:

    I do like it as it helps with cornering, smooths out harder hits, and protects the rim well but I just wish it were like 30 or so grams lighter per insert. Going from Schwalbe ProCore to CushCore, I could really notice the weight difference which makes the bike less playful. Surely they can find away to chisel away some extra weight? Make it a bit lighter and it’ll be perfect!

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VEE Tire Co. going green with eco-friendly enterprise


As part of their new 2018 Responsible for Recycling Program, VEE Tire Co. has collaborated with Tube Thailand to create unique key rings made solely from recycled tires.

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Frostbike 2018: Finish Line’s new sealant that never dries out


With groundbreaking Fiberlink Technology, Finish Line is confident that its new sealant will never dry out and won’t clog up your valve cores.

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  • Ben says:

    Can it be used in a tire that was previously running latex or other sealant or does it have to be a new tire?

    • Simon says:

      Hi – I’m a roadie (sorry), but can answer that. I recently tried to prolong the life of my Mavic UST yksion tubeless – my rear tyre had picked up a load of flint cuts through a bad winter and over about 2k miles. It had a number of slow punctures, some of which I could see and were sealing themselves with the Mavic own brand latex sealant, and others weren’t. I wasn’t sure what volume was left given they tyres had been on the wheel for about 5 months, so I added some of the Finish Line Kevlar stuff. If anything, I think this made the air loss worse (still nothing that would instantly kill a ride, but deflation over a 12hr+ period). So I removed tyre, removed the obvious traces of latex and hosed it off. Reinstalled with Finish Line Kevlar stuff. More difficult to seat the tyre this time round (probably because it was having to re-fill all the re-opened holes), but with a shot at c.140psi it was fine. The next two rides it spat a few mls of the fluid out over my seatpost, but no kevlar bits emerged, and no noticeable air loss. So thus far it looks like a) the Finish Line stuff is working, and b) you definitely need to make sure your tyres are a latex-free zone before you use it. I’m now certain to gain a catastrophic blowout / valve leak on the way home having said all that…

  • Joseph Graf says:

    Looks like it is probably the same stuff. This is from the Amazon questions and answers section: For off-road motorcycle tires you can use our MULTI SEAL Sportsman Formula.
    For mountain bike tubeless tires, pick up MULTI SEAL’s bicycle formula. Ask your local bike shop for Finish Line Tubeless Tire Sealant.
    If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call 1-800-577-3353 to talk with someone on our technical team or send an email to tech@multiseal.us

  • Nick says:

    Just spoke to the guys at Multi Seal and apparently they worked with Finish Line to develop the product for Mountain Bike use. They stated that the ratios of the fibers are different than their Sportsman products (e.g. ATV’s, etc…). He said that the biggest challenge was the air volume of MTB tires being so different than their other applications. He recommended using the Finish Line product for MTB use and not to purchase the Multi Seal product.

  • BK says:

    Very cool. Along with all my mountain bike tires, this may get me to switch over to tubeless on my road bike as well.

  • DWM says:

    I like FlexSeal. I can use it in my gutters too…

  • Coyote W.E. says:

    Got it a week ago.
    Got it on Race King (rear) and Schwalbe Racing Ralph (front).
    A large screw was removed, lost 50% of the sealant but got back on the bike for another 15 miles. (in 10 minutes. No pump or any action was requiered. Tyer pressure remains)
    No issues, clean and works perfectly.
    Highly recommended.

  • willie goat says:

    I tied the stuff today on a new Nobby Nic and it never held air completely. Thought maybe riding would help, but 10 miles in, flatted, re=inflated, was almost flat at the end of the ride. Going back to Stan’s.

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Skydio R1 self-flying drone first look


Skydio R1 aims to break the mold of failed follow-me drones that capture your rad mountain biking shred-fests.

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  • Christopher says:

    Hmm, last time I rode down a mountain I hit speeds over 50 MPH – I guess this drone is ready for following people doing tough climbs, but not not much else (at least bike related).

    I mean, any serious cyclist will reach speeds over 25MPH either on road or off, right?

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      Getting video footage of a person going 50mph downhill on a fire road is not the most interesting content.

      Most of the interesting footage happens in slower, technical, tighter trails.

    • jim says:

      Christopher, yes agreed downhill can be a speed thing, but also think about straight line vs up and down a hilly downhill. Id be happy with the jump trails, and technical steep down hill types. BUTTTTT only 15min of flight time, is short. that would be like 1 run.

  • Alex says:

    But for slower technical riding it could awesome. A lot of riding in Southern BC is slow and techy so it could be a great option here. I’d be more concerned about collision avoidance in denser forest. And then there’s that price tag to consider.

  • myke says:

    this is not what needs promoting in cycling world.

  • Michael says:

    I’m excited for the day a real product comes out that lives up to the claims here. Maybe Skydio is the one, but I’ll be waiting for reviews.

  • Abe says:

    Tried it! If your near trees and the trail in not straight, then this generation drone is not the one.
    ** you always have to look over your shoulder to make sure the drone is following. It looses its subject very quickly if your riding at bike speed.
    ** drone makes super wide turns, thus if your in an area with lots of trees, you need to slow down to a CRAWL.
    It does great in open area where there are no trees. But 15min. of a rider down a dirt road or trail……….. is probably not the best 15min. of a youtube segment.
    ** its about 12×18″ which is big to carry around for 15min. of footage
    Its an expensive toy $2500 for what it films. This is silicon valley and plenty of early adapters with $ burning in their pockets.
    Maybe the next generation will fit the bill?

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Lezyne Enhanced Super GPS Review


Riders looking for clean and straightforward tracking look no further. The Lezyne Enhanced Super GPS offers much for a low asking price.

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  • RB says:

    I’m most interested in the nav features. So I tried using their web app (Lezyne Root) to upload a gpx from TrailForks and create a route. Buggy, confusing, feels like it was built for Windows Vista. The device itself looks nice.

  • Cole Trickle says:

    Can someone, anyone, please come in and disrupt this archaic market? Oh wow, another blocky piece of crap GPS computer with a monochrome LCD screen that picks up GPS signals reasonably well (they all do, because SIRF chips).

    Although it would never happen, this is definitely where a Nest-like company would come in and shake up a moribund thermostat market.

    This device has nothing, absolutely nothing, that would make me switch from my other moribund, boring, nondescript GPS device with a horrible capacitive-resistance touchscreen, a UI designed by one of the Golden Girls, and the industrial design of the power steering pump on my 1997 Toyota Corolla.

    • GrumpyOldPizza says:

      The GNSS is based upon a MTK3333, not SiRF … chip antenna.

      I do love the monochrome screen. Less junk to be confused about when the sun shines in at a bad angle, or your glasses are dripping wet.

      Use it really as a simple bike computer, no real navigation on my daily routes. The killer feature for me (at this price) is that I see who is calling me while I am on the bike. I can now ignore certains calls (aka “Wife’s where are you” …). Also I can see e-mails (“Boss wants to know how long the lunch break still takes”).

  • Gonzo says:

    I’ve been using one for a few months and I love it. Battery life is fantastic. I can customize the screen to show what I want, where I want. Easily connects to third party HR monitor as well as Speed/Cadence monitor. For the price, you can’t beat it. I love that it syncs to Strava automatically, but will allow me to set the ride to auto-privacy. So, if you want a do-it-all and not have to pay $200+, this is the best thing in town.

  • Mars says:

    I bought one of these last year and have been very disappointed.

    The user interface is just awful and the most annoying thing is that you have to remember to set it to record because turning it on does not actually completely turn it on.

    I ended up going back to my Garmin GPSMAP 64.

  • Leaway2 says:

    This is all about price. I picked one up for £80 (unit only) and for that it is great value. The nearest rival probably being the Garmin 25. This has much more. Most of the heavy lifting being done by the phone. The Lezyne web site looks as though it was a high school project and the navigation is unusable. Just use Ride with GPS and upload a GPX,TCX. I Recommend this a cheap stand alone unit to record rides, with the option of connecting a phone for the odd occasion if needed.

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Most annoying, irrational, counterintuitive things about mountain biking


Most bike maintenance is fairly straightforward, involving whatever wrench and lube you have handy. But some things are just plain silly. Like all these things…

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  • Matthew says:

    Clip-less makes a ton of sense if you are familiar with what a “Toe-Clip” pedal setup looked like. Before Clipless the only way to “secure” ones feet to the pedals and allow for up-stroke power pull was via a toe-clip that strapped around the toe of ones shoe.

  • Al Tinti says:

    From the title, I thought it was going to talk about really annoying features of modern mountain bikes, like internal brake hose routing, press fit bottom brackets, etc. I do concur about derailleur limit screw confusion, but the rest is just trivial.

  • Nomad says:

    … spending 10X more watching vids & trolling than riding —> Me ! And everyone else reading
    … riders yelping “Hell yea”, “Sick bro !”, “Yup”, etc etc Arrghhh —> Nate Hills
    … bike reviews too long yak yak specs yak “great value” Yawn… –> Clint Gibbs , BKXC
    … Youtubers handing out stickers on their trail rides –> Seth Hack, BKXC

  • Plusbike Nerd says:

    Let’s change clipless pedals to clip-in pedals and then change toeclips to toe-cages. That’s how I keep it straight.

  • joules says:

    I agree with the slow news week comment. Every thing in this list is stupid, and if that’s all the author can complain about modern bikes, they must be amazing.

    Author has clearly never designed anything or even looked hard at a bike and tried to understand why things are the way they are.

    Major missed point about rapid rise: magazines loved it, everyone else hated it. No one bought it. Remember Sram was in their infancy back then – if it hadn’t been for rapid rise and shimano trying to cram it down our throats, they probably never would have gotten off the ground, cashing in on people desperately wanting anything not rapid rise.

    • juan_speeder says:

      I loved Rapid Rise. It actually worked better because the spring tension alone allowed the derailleur to shift at the proper points on the cog during downshifts. I could pull the trigger plenty fast to downshift just fine in any scenario.

    • steve says:

      I still have a bike with rapid rise, and it is the best shifting system that I have ridden. Fast shifts and both levers going the same way for up or down. Now that the ETSX70 is a one by, the rear der still shifts like a dream. I bought it and still love it.

  • brian tunney says:

    There is little to complain about on this stuff IMO (sure, I used to).
    Now I’ve discovered the time it takes me to adjust, realize I went the wrong way, re-adjust and check the set points, it’s about the time it takes to enjoy one beer properly. If the engineers hadn’t tricked us in these clever blunders, I’d have to find other hobbies to inflict profanity-laden beer breath.
    * And NO, beer won’t help you remember which way to turn the screws next time EITHER !! 😀

  • Philo says:

    Lamest article ever. Wow. Bitching about left-hand threads and headset caps! WTF? Oh and by the way, if you don’t know how something works, take it to a shop! You never need to adjust the derailleur high and low screws once they are set for your bike….so don’t touch them.

  • Chris Pincetich says:

    and it endlessly frustrating the frequency that special tools are required for maintenance
    – chainring bolt requires special tool
    – cassette nut requires special tool
    and there’s more, but these are the two I am dealing with lately

  • Aaron Sherwood says:

    Ignorant article.

  • russell says:

    I think Paul meant this whole article as tongue in cheek..

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Salsa introduces new EXP Series Hardtail and Fat Bike framepacks


Whether you’re on a fat bike or a hardtail, Salsa has you and your gear covered with new EXP Series Framepacks.

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Top 5 reasons why GoPro is exiting the drone business


Entering the drone market in Sept of 2016, GoPro abruptly announced that it was abandoning the effort as of Jan, 2018. Here’s why we think it happened.

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  • Oleksii says:

    Who gives a s…t about some drone…

  • Cameron says:

    I traveling back in 2012 and bought a GoPro while overseas. I was stoked to finally have the camera everyone raved about. What was originally excitement turned to disappointment as experience after experience I failed to capture due to malfunction of the batteries and the camera itself.

    GoPro was never and still is not a camera company. They took some BS Chinese made camera that was not fit for purpose and which they charged a fortune for. All but the very latest (I’m going by their marketing material) model had extremely poor low light performance, overheated, destroyed memory cards or discharged the battery even while switched off. In their defence they made some decent cases but their major factor for their success was the marketing material which their users provided for free. On that topic, I call bulls##t on the early crystal clear underwater footage used in their videos. If those videos were taken with a GoPro, I’m a monkey’s uncle!

    GoPro is the epitome of everything that’s wrong with marketing driven companies who don’t place enough importance in engineering. I had this argument so many times with people who seemed to believe that marketing was the most important thing. It’s not and it shouldn’t be. Producing a great product with great support should be front and foremost. Instead GoPro’s gift to early adopters was to ignore the existing problems and move on to the next absurdly expensive replacement which had many of the same problems.

    Yeah, you fool people for a time, but eventually it’ll go full circle and people will start calling you on your BS and unfortunately people will lose their jobs and investors will lose their capital. I thought I was going mad back when no one could see GoPro for what they were – a bunch of camera charlatans.

  • Cholla says:

    Wellsaid Cameron, totally agree with your statement…

  • Sean says:

    Well written, Cameron, I too was always underwhelmed by the product returned from a VERY expensive kids movie camera with NO preview screen (or at least a laser that pointed to the center of the frame.) Gotta change with the times, GoPro, you kind of rode your initial success too long I think.

  • Lou says:

    Why are you NOT BANKRUPT ALREADY LOL LOL JUNK JUNK JUNK

  • Lou says:

    Just like at their 6.00 share stock a JOKE GOPRO finally had people catch on to them
    as a JOKE OF A COMPANY HEY GOPRO Ill be there when you sell all you junk for scrap LMAO

  • Jim says:

    Since you guys are bashing the GoPro….what do you recommend instead?

  • John Mathew says:

    gopro karma was the worst drone I ever got, since DJI and parrot are in the market. gopro karma is nothing but waste of money. You could get a lot of better drones is same price with better camera and flight time.

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Crankbrothers Double Shot 1 pedal launched


Featuring molded traction pins for grip, wide 57mm q-factor for clearance and control, and durable stamped-steel wings, the Double Shot 1 gives riders the option to ride flat or clipped-in. Price is just $60 per set.

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Wolf Tooth’s Master Link Combo Pliers unveiled


The latest product in Wolf Tooth’s new Pack Tools series, the 38g Master Link Combo Pliers pick up where most compact multi-tools leave off.

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Best of 2017: Paul’s Top Gear Picks


Here’s another in Mtbr’s series of Best Gear picks for 2017, this time coming from Seattle-based contributor Paul Andrews. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments section.

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Best of 2017: Jason’s Top Gear Picks


Here’s another Best Gear of 2017 list, this time from Mtbr features editor Jason Sumner. Let us know what you think of his selections in the comments section.

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  • Jimbo says:

    Nice picks. On the Hightower, did you get an XL because the XXL hadn’t been released yet, or did the XL feel better to you? I’m a similar height and between sizes, can’t decide which one I’d like more.

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