10 MTB Products I actually use

10 MTB Products I actually use


We’ve taken a look at hundreds of products
on this channel, many of which were tested over a relatively short period of time. Today, we’re going to revisit 10 of those
products, all of which I’ve continued using to this day. The first product is the Fidlock water bottle
system which is a bottle and cage combo that latches magnetically and stays in place mechanically. I continued using this for two main reasons. One, it’s amazingly secure. My water bottle mount is on the underside
of the down tube and even there the Fidlock holds up to jumps, drops, chunky rock gardens,
and anything else I throw at it. The only way to get this thing off is to twist
it. Reason number 2 is how low profile the so
called cage is. When I’m not using a water bottle all that’s
left is this little bracket. You do need to use a Fidlock water bottle
to make it work, but they do sell this adapter which you can strap to any bottle and use
it just the same. You can also use their banana adapter, which
I got this year at Sea Otter. In any case, this product has stood the test
of time for me and I’ll continue using it. The second product we’ll revisit today is
the Tubolito inner tube, which is an amazingly compact and lightweight tube that costs $30. This is a lot, however those of us with tubeless
tires may only carry inner tubes for emergencies making them all but dead weight. Here it is compared to a standard inner tube
and you can see that the difference is massive. Since reviewing the tubolito I bought more
of them to keep strapped to other bikes and leave in packs. Next, we have this Raceface tailgate pad. This thing has been across the country and
back, left in the rain, covered in mud, and loaded up with many more bikes than it was
designed for. I’ve continued using it because it’s continued
serving me well. It fits under my rear seat very neatly, holds
bikes very securely, and to this day shows very few signs of wear. These padded blocks do a great job of cradling
bikes into place, making these straps largely unnecessary. All in all, I’d buy this over again if it
were to get stolen or damaged. And speaking of automotive items, these seat
covers have performed flawlessly. They pack up small, unroll easily, and then
hook over the headrest of your seats to keep from falling down. On the inside are these little rubber grips
that hold the cover in place, so that your filthy sweaty friends don’t ruin your vehicle. Alexander bought these same seat covers for
his van, and I have two more on order for my back seats. Since I first reviewed these, I’ve probably
put them through the washer and dryer ten times. In the past I’ve used a towel, but these
are a lot more secure and I’m always relieved to find them in my rear compartment when a
ride gets messy,. Next we have the Kali Protectives Strike Knee
pads. These are so comfortable that I sometimes
forget I’m wearing them, and for that reason I wear them. The bigger pads I use for downhill are just
too cumbersome to wear on long climbs without constantly being aware of their presence. And so, in the past, I’ve actually left
my knee pads at home on rides I deemed not gnarly enough. So although the Strikes are not quite downhill
rated, and could use a bit more side protection, they’re the pads I can actually commit to
wearing every time I ride singletrack. For that reason, they’ve taken a lot of
impacts, and probably saved me from getting stitches a few times. Next we have the famed helmetor mounts, which
are quirky looking helmet hooks for your wall. These will work on any helmet by either clipping
into a vent like this, or just hooking on like this. We used these on Alexander’s van since they
do such a great job of keeping helmets in place while the vehicle is in motion. And since they’re fun and come in different
colors, they look a lot more interesting than wooden dowels or rubberized metal hooks. Since reviewing the helmetor mounts, I set
up this gear corner in my shop, and used four of them to keep my lids organized. In my next shop, I could very well be using
helmetor mounts again. Next we have the Befree by Katadyn, which
is a collapsible water filter. What makes the BeFree unique, besides its
small size, is the fact that you can force water out of it to fill other vessels. It’s this feature in particular that has
given me reason to continue using the BeFree. Not only can I refill my own water bottle
and my friends’ bottles, but I can also leave some in the BeFree and stash it in my
lumbar pack. Heck you can even roll this up and put it
in your pocket. A few of my friends have bought this same
product after seeing it in action, and I actually picked up a second one to leave in another
pack. Moving on to an actual bike part, we have
the MRP ramp control cartridge. This can be installed in the air chamber of
your fork, and used to control the fork’s progression. In other words if you want more support on
big bumps, just turn the knob to the right. If you want the fork to compress in a more
linear fashion, turn it to the left. It’s worth noting that this is exactly what
volume reducers do, however the Ramp Control Cartridge allows you to do it on the fly. I’ve come to use this as a sort of gnar
volume knob, and it’s actually one of the only suspension settings I routinely mess
with now. In an age where suspension forks can have
5 or 6 different adjustments, it’s refreshing to see such a simple product. Next, we have the oneup EDC, which is a multitool
that lives inside of your steerer tube. To install it in your steerer you need to
thread your fork, which voids the warranty. So oneup has since begun offering a special
stem that makes your fork compatible with it. I love the fact that the EDC is always with
me, and for that very reason it has bailed me out many times. Another thing I like about it is how capable
it is. It comes with a tire lever and a quick link
remover, which is notably absent from a lot of multi tools. It also has a thread on the bottom so you
can stash an additional CO2. All in all, I now take for granted that the
EDC is always with me, and would feel somewhat vulnerable without it. Speaking of multi tools, the Crankbrothers
F15 is my favorite standalone multi tool, period. The chain tool is extremely usable, and it
pops out to reveal some really great spoke wrenches. The whole package fits inside of this extremely
satisfying magnetic cover, which in addition to storing everything and opening bottles,
works as leverage for the wrenches. In fact you can crack stubborn pedals and
thru axles loose with this thing. If I have a pack with me, the F15 is in it,
and I’ll even use it over my EDC if both are available. Whenever I hand this to someone who’s never
seen it, they always remark at what a great tool it is, and many have gone on to buy one
themselves. So there you have it. A look back at 10 products that I’ve continued
using long term. If you want to know where to get any of these,
I left links in the description, and if you just found this video entertaining please
give it a like. In meantime, I’m going to grab my helmet
off my helmetor mount, throw my bike on my race face tailgate pad, sit on one of these
seat covers, take a drink from my fidlock bottle, and….well I think you get the idea. Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll
see you next time.