10 great upgrades for your bike — and more

Instead of buying a completely new bike, give one of these products a try

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The Park Tool TS-4 is a truing stand designed to have plenty of clearance for fat bike and plus bike wheels.

The Park Tool TS-4 is a truing stand designed to have plenty of clearance for fat bike and plus bike wheels.

Park TS-4 Fatbike and Plus Wheel Truing Stand

The new Park Tool TS-4 is a professional grade wheel truing stand that is designed for fat and plus size wheels. Both of the truing guides move simultaneously to assure that the wheel stays centered. It can fit axle widths from 75mm to 215mm. The caliper arm adjusts for wheel sizes from 16″ to 29+. The Park TS-4 can accommodate tire widths up to 5″ with or without the brake rotor mounted. There are built in thru-axle adaptors. And best of all, like many Park Tools, the TS-4 is fabricated and calibrated in their factory in St. Paul, MN. Price is $350. To learn more, visit www.parktool.com.

Change your car or SUV into a campsite with this rooftop popup tent. Great for concerts and festivals as well as bike packing trips.

Change your car or SUV into a campsite with this rooftop popup tent.

Yakima SkyRise Rooftop Tent

Yakima has long been known for their roof racks and bicycle hauling solutions. For 2017, they are expanding their offerings to include innovative products such as the SkyRise, a rooftop mounted pop-up tent. The SkyRise comes in two sizes. The smaller size sleeps two adults and can be fitted to a multitude of cars and sedans. The medium size sleeps three adults and works with many SUVs, crossovers and trucks.

The SkyRise is lightweight and easy to install and the tent even features a skylight for clear night time star gazing. Of course, like any good tent, the SkyRise is waterproof and is made from durable 210D nylon. Attaching the SkyRise to your vehicle is easy, no tools required and it features universal crossbar compatibility.

The Yakima SkyRise will be available in two sizes. The small size (48”x84”x42” expanded) will sell for $999 and the medium size (56”x96”x48” expanded) will sell for $1,349. Both will be available Spring 2017. To learn more, visit explore.yakima.com.

Upgrade your hydration pack – CamelBak has released the new Crux reservoir that will retrofit to almost any CamelBak model and provides 20% increased water flow.

CamelBak has released the new Crux reservoir that will retrofit to most CamelBak models and provides 20% increased water flow.

CamelBak Crux Reservoir

CamelBak has completely redesigned their product from the inside out and this includes a new reservoir. The new Quick Link system lets you easily disconnect the drink tube and remove it from your pack. There is also an auto shutoff valve to prevent leaks. The Crux has a low profile for easy pack loading and less water sloshing. CamelBak’s Hydroguard antimicrobial technology inhibits the growth of bacteria in the reservoir and tube. The big bite valve seals itself after each drink and is easy to use. The leak proof on-off lever at the bike valve makes sure you don’t have unwanted leaks during travel. The Crux’s large access port makes it easy to clean and fill and the ergonomic handle makes one-handed filling possible. The CamelBak Crux is available in a 3 liter (100 oz.) size for $35 and is available now. To learn more, visit www. camelbak.com.

The SKS RideAir is a portable compressor tank that you can fill with your floor pump to help inflate tubeless tires.

The SKS RideAir is a portable compressor tank that you can fill with your floor pump to help inflate tubeless tires.

SKS RideAir Compressor Tank

The RideAir is an air canister that can be filled by use of a standard floor pump and used to seat tubeless tires with its consistent flow of air. It can also be easily transported and used in place of CO2 systems as it is more environmentally friendly and can be refilled. The RideAir can be pumped up to 230 psi so it can inflate a 29er tire to 25psi. It sells for $70 and is available now. To see more of the latest products from SKS, visit the SKS Interbike Virtual Trade Show Booth.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2016 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.


About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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Comments:

  • Lloyd says:

    Most of these make no sense at all. Many aren’t even bike upgrades. Only the tires upgrade and dropper post here makes any sense for an owner of an older bike. For a drivetrain upgrade, I’d say consider one of the 1×11 offerings that are now dropping in price. Wheels? Sure, that makes sense. Get a set of Stans or Easton Arcs laced to Hope hubs.

  • gg says:

    Agree high priced non-compatible upgrades not worth it for the most part.
    Really new Camelbak bladder anything wrong with version -1 ?
    Maybe a 1 x Shimano, but Gregg are you getting too much free stuff to be based in reality anymore ?
    How about talking to Park and get a retro kit so old truing stands can be used for new wheel sizes – NOT buying a whole darn stand !!!

  • Chicken_Rider says:

    If you doing an upgrade, you most likely do not have a 27.5 bike, but a 26, so why not focus on parts for a 26er?

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