Check: Air Compressor to Seat Tubeless Tires, Stealthy Body Protection, Giant Bike Computer and Mullet Cables

A lot of equipment appears on our desks at Pinkbike. Check Out is an occasional summary of everything our technical editors got their hands on. Sometimes they’re products we do long-term testing on, other times they’re things we’re excited about but don’t have time to fully review. And sometimes it’s crazy shit that someone sent us uninvited and we laugh.

Viair TLC Pro air compressor


• Tubeless tire fitment – holds 150 PSI
• Weight: 5.4 kg / 11.8 lbs
• $ 449.95

• 30 ft hose coiled, 8 ft cable
• Includes Presta accessories (x2), Schrader, pressure gauge and syringe

Have you ever been stuck at a camping or trail, frustrated by a tubeless tire that just won’t inflate? Viair has a huge fleet of compressors to suit all types of working environment, but the TLC series is designed for motorcycles as it can hold a 150 PSI load to blow this tire onto the rim. Sure, there are rechargeable pumps out there, but if you change tires frequently you may find it worth splashing the mechanical advantage of this compressor. Whether you’re outfitting a road vehicle or investing in a racing trailer, the TLC Pro can be your ticket to tough tires.

This device runs on a 12 volt battery and has two harnesses; one for portable use and the other for a more permanent hard mount which draws 30 amps. A neat carrying bag stowed a 30m coiled hose, 8m SAE battery clamp cables, and all accessories such as an inflator trigger with built-in gauge, Schrader and Presta handles, and a blow gun. Underneath the compressor, the baseplate uses a sand tray to drastically reduce vibration, and there is a threaded air filter on the front for quick replacement of the two spare parts that are included.

When connected, the TLC Pro air filter is IP54 waterproof, which is suitable for outdoor use, protecting it from limited dust ingress and water jets at any angle. It is also able to inflate vehicle tires up to 37 inches. Reducing the pressure on such large boots provides better grip on unpaved, washing board-like roads, but also significantly greater comfort on long off-road journeys. This enables the TLC Pro compressor to serve a double duty for the mountain biker.

Breastplate Fox Baseframe Pro SS


• Flexible and removable D3O padding on the chest, back and shoulders
• Sizes: S-XXL
• $ 199.95

• Extremely breathable material keeps the lining in place
• EN1621-1 Level 1 Back and Shoulder Certifications

great quotes I used to work in a bike shop near a movie studio, and stunt actors often visited me in search of body protection that was both low-profile and sufficient to keep them from getting injured during a controlled fall. The Baseframe series by Fox Racing is a collection of stealthy bodyguards covering the hips and torso, specially developed for mountain biking and motocross. This short-sleeve version is the perfect kit for enduro racing where agility and core temperature control are essential. There are also no bulky straps, buckles or Velcro to hook over the T-shirt – just put it on like a T-shirt.

Proven D3O inserts dissipate impact energy in three key areas: the sternum, spine and shoulders. In fact, they slightly soften as body temperature increases to become even more supple. Each piece of lining is removable to extend the life of the D3O material during the wash cycles or simply to adjust the level of protection you are looking for. The Baseframe Pro SS costs just under $ 200 and the D3O Viper spine protectors meet EN1621-1 Level 1 certification.

Giant M200 bicycle computer


• Degree of dust protection and IP57 water resistance
• Two sizes: M200 (), L200
• $ 279.95, $ 329.95

• GPS, accelerometer, barometer, thermometer
• Connections: BLE, ANT +, WiFi

great quotes The Giant may not be the first brand you think of to enter the world of bike computing, but it has partnered with Stages Cycling and put a lot into its Dash M200 / L200 units. We could spend days and days talking about what these two little devices can record and how personal settings can be adjusted. By downloading the Stages Cycling app, you can play with even more settings, connect to third-party apps, create and upload courses, workouts and of course sync power meters, heart rate monitors and smart lights.

As for the base specs, the smaller M200 unit is IP57 waterproof, weighs 76 grams and measures 81x51x22mm. The battery lasts up to eleven hours with regular use of maps and sensors and uses the standard mirco-B USB port, which is covered with a rubber plug. Comes with a standard-length Garmin style aluminum mount that is suitable for mountain bikes and fits 31.8 or 35mm handlebars.

Stages uses Everbrite technology, which quickly adapts to ambient lighting conditions, although it is not a touchscreen. For me, physically sensing the buttons while driving makes more sense and allows my eyes to focus as much as possible on the trail or road. The home page is divided into four categories: selecting “Start Driving”, “files”, “connections” and then “settings”. Browsing all the pages displayed is quite intuitive, but basically the app is used to or collect information after the ride, while interacting with the Dash unit is more about reading what’s happening while driving.

While cycling computers are more commonly seen as a training tool for measuring and tracking performance, the map features are useful for a head-up display with routes in GPX files uploaded from Trailforks and the like. Tracking your location and viewing SMS notifications is where I find the Dash M200 to be most useful on out-of-competition rides.

William’s Racing Products MX Specialized Enduro Yoke


• Fits a 27.5 “rear wheel for the 2020 Specialized Enduro
• Virtually identical geometry to stock configuration
• $ 295

• Maintains the inventory progression curve
• Enduro 6802 LLU MAX fully sealed bearing in black oxide

great quotes Mic Williams, the creator of WRP, based on the outskirts of Melbourne, created all kinds of components in his workshop, from mullet connections to impressively innovative concepts such as his final mechanical engineering project, CentreHub. One of the products that first put the WRP on the map may have been their shock mount, which adapted the 2020’s Specialized Enduro to a 27.5 ”rear wheel.

By carefully varying the damper yoke measurements, Mic was able to maintain an almost identical lever curve with the Low BB setting. This slightly raises the starting and ending stakes, meaning you may have to play around with the current spring stiffness a bit, but the yoke will produce a completely different ride that would be limited to dual 29in wheels.

There are also a surprisingly large number of other bikes for which WRP has successfully made mullet conversion kits, including the Comencal Meta AM 29 and the Norco Range. By matching the longer 225 x 72.5mm shocks to the Range and using a mullet shackle, you can also achieve 205mm of travel.

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