There’s always some cool stuff lurking around in the booths at Crankworx. In this article we’ll check out a few noteworthy items including POC’s new Ora Goggles, and a base-level chain guide from E-Thirteen.
We also got an update on when Maxxis’ latest treads should hit the market and pics of a sweet custom painted helmet that some lucky person won from the Fox booth…
POC Ora Goggle
Aimed at enduro or DH riders, The Ora is POC’s first MTB specific goggle. The Oras feature soft, flexible frames for comfort and safety, and a widened nose so you can breathe easy. They also provide a large field-of-view, and come equipped with POC’s new Clarity lenses (developed in collaboration with Zeiss). The Clarity lenses feature a base tint that enhances definition and contrast, and they’re not only in the Ora goggles, they’ll also be used in POC’s Crave and Do Half Blade cycling eyewear.
The Ora also comes in a DH model that has foam over the vents and tear-off posts on the lens. If you also ride POC’s Tectal Race or Coron Air helmet, you’ll enjoy how the air channels in the goggles line up with the helmet’s ports. MSRP for the Ora goggle is $90 USD, and color options are Green/Orange or Black.
E-Thirteen TRS Base chain guide
E-Thirteen had one new piece of hardware on display; Their TRS Base chain guide is a simple, price-point option for riders who want a top guide without a bash guard. This guide uses a stamped steel back plate and mounts to ISCG05 tabs. It can accommodate chainrings between 28-38t, and the compact upper slider pops open without tools. The TRS Base chain guides will retail for $35 USD.
Back in March, Bikerumor’s Tyler Benedict first checked out Maxxis’ tubeless ready, wide tread Minion downhill tires and even caught word of the forthcoming Rekon 29×2.6” rubbers.
So if you’ve been waiting to grab a set of tubeless Minions or some mid-fat 29er treads, here’s the scoop; We were told at Crankworx the Minions are three months away from hitting the market, and the Rekon 29×2.6” is apparently just going into production and will be available in about two months.
Fox’s Custom Helmet Giveaway
And just for a little eye candy, check out this lid! Fox has been bringing some awesome looking custom painted helmets to Crankworx every year, which are given away to one lucky contest winner. This year they had a Proframe with this sweet graphic job up for grabs.
The stone-look paint included a textured surface, with Fox’s logos and the names of several Whistler Bike Park trails etched in around the back collar. A Canadian flag is featured under the visor, so I hope a fellow Canuck won it (sadly, I didn’t)!