Friday, September 16, 2005

Custom Hydrapak

I just recently finished my review of the AS-Team, a custom Hydrapak hydration pack. This is such a fantastic pack. I honestly look forward to wearing it on my back, that's how nice it feels. We at GearReview have considered ordering more to sell on the site. Would anyone be interested in a GearReview custom Hydrapak?

Trail-side Repairs

After reading this post, I'm really bothered by what seems like a trend. Complicated components. As once you were able to tweak with disc brake rotors carrying only a T-25 torx, now you might need a cassette lockring tool and wrench. Here's another example. We just finished reviewing three high-end cranksets. In that review, you'll read that the FSA crankset uses torx bolts for the chainrings. Overall, I think this is a great idea. However, when I got out my T-25 (that I carry for my disc brake rotors), I found it wasn't the right size. As it states in the review, FSA uses a T-30. My old mult-tool doesn't have a T-25, and I'm certain that most, if not all, new multi-tools (that have a T-25), don't have a T-30. So, there's another wrench to carry.

Now, I know that most trail-side repairs can be avoided by checking your bike BEFORE a ride--and I highly recommend it--but, that won't always prevent trail-side problems. It might be nice, when you're 15 miles from the trailhead, to be able to fix your bike, rather than drag it out.