Here at Mountain Bike Action SPD-style pedals are a favorite. Exustar is producing its own SPD-style pedals at a much more affordable price than many other companies without cutting quality. The bodies of both pedals are made from aluminum, while the spindles are chromoly steel to provide the greatest level of strength. Both pedals have bindings that are adjustable and dual bearings to ensure the pedals run smoothly for many rides. The PM213s weigh 324 grams per pair and cost $68, while the PM215s weigh 280 grams per pair and cost $85.
Love your old frame but bummed you can’t update it with a new fork that only comes with a tapered steerer? We’re here to tell you it will be okay. FSA makes its Orbit ITA headset to remedy these situations. As long as your head tube has an inner diameter of 44 millimeters, this headset will allow you to install a 1 1/8-inch to 1.5-inch tapered fork. We see this being relevant for riders who own first generation, rigid fat bikes with straight head tubes. It only weighs 129 grams and retails for $110.
KitBrix is designed to make the mountain biker’s life easier with organization. The individual “brix” are made from heavy-duty, double-lined, wipe-clean tarpaulin material, which is a strong and flexible material resistant to the elements, such as wind, rain or sunlight. KitBrix also features reflective stripes; an easy-grab, military-style handle; outer mesh pockets for quick dry and easy access; and an adjustable padded shoulder strap included with each bag. The best part of the KitBrix is that they zip together to keep all the necessary gear in one place but neatly separated. Nice.
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