The Weekly Dirt

It’s been a busy week in the world of bikes. First and foremost it is Red Bull Rampage week and with that comes all the excitement of the big day which you can watch live on Friday Oct. 25th on Red Bull TV. Outside of the cliffs of Virgin, Utah, there has been a bunch of new products popping up so without further delay here is the Weekly Dirt.

POC and MIPS have teamed up to help keep our melons a bit safer. POC, which has built an international reputation on safety, innovation, and design, and MIPS, the Swedish safety technology company partnering with many helmet brands with its world-leading Brain Protection System, are announcing a deeper partnership. The new collaboration will see POC implement MIPS systems in many of its helmets starting with a new POCito Crane which will be released in late summer 2020. In addition, the new partnership will consider new, enhanced rotational protection systems, which will be developed specifically for a number of POC performance helmets to be released in 2021.

Safety notice: Surly 8-Pack and 24-Pack Racks
In other safety news, it seems that Surly is having some issues with its 8 and 12 pack racks. On September 20th Surly notified retailers about a safety issue with Surly 8-Pack and 24-Pack front racks, and our Pack Rat bicycles equipped with a front rack. Surly received reports of the racks loosening, contacting the front wheel and causing accidents. We also made this information available on the Surly website. If you have one of these racks please visit Surly for more information.

Pivot LES Fat
Fat bike season is already here in some parts of the North, and the LES Fat is back with a stunning new Midnight Blue color. Riding fat bikes in a winter wonderland is a cycling experience like no other, and nothing will take your further or faster than the LES Fat. A new build kit features Shimano’s incredible 12-speed drivetrain, with the option of either a rigid carbon or color-matched Manitou Mastodon suspension fork. The LES Fat is the ultimate four-season, do anything, go-anywhere bike. To learn more about build options and new features visit Pivot online or stop by your local Pivot dealer.

Blackburn Pro Plugger and Bigswitch Ratchet Set

Big Switch Ratchet Set – $45
Just as the name implies, this new toolset takes the popular Big Switch Toolset to a next level by incorporating a bi-directional ratchet. It all fits in a compact nylon carrying case and comes with a chain breaker and common Allen and Torx bits.
Pro Plugger – $40
A more compact iteration of the original plugger tubeless tire repair kit that incorporates a valve tool. Made from lightweight, durable aluminum that can mount easily to the top-tube or pack.
Pro Plugger CO2 Kit – $60
All the above with the addition of a the CO2’fer inflator, threaded 25g CO2 cartridge and mounting plate that riders can place below the water bottle cage.
Moon Fabrications Launches Debut Product with MoonShade Portable Awning
This new product from the people at Moon Fabrications looks pretty slick. A super portable awning for the vanlife, carlife, hammocklife, heck just about any life. They have a special Kickstarter deal going which you can check out here. Check out the video below to get the details on the all-new MoonShade.

Thanks for checking out this installment of the Weekly Dirt, stay tuned into Dirt Rag for all things mountain biking and have a great weekend on two wheels! See you on the trails!