Atac-pedalsSometimes when visiting an advertiser you learn stuff; normally for me it’s that they do a bunch of brands I had no idea they were doing. The other day when I swung by the Bikes International offices in Auckland I learned a few things. First up was that they did Time pedals. Now I’ve never owned a pair, but Spoke’s founder Emma Gee loves them, Leif Roy, contributor since issue one of Spoke does as well and one of Spoke’s original contributing photographers, Simeon Patience has never used anything else, in fact neither has our editor Brett. Problem was though that after their longtime Wellington based distributor stopped selling bike stuff, they got nigh on impossible to find. That’s all changed now with almost every Bike Barn across New Zealand stocking them as well as a tonne of others.

Atac-pedalThe ATAC platform’s retention system has gone pretty much unchanged over the years and offers amazing mud shedding capabilities, plus consistent and easy entry and exit every time. Float is adjustable by swapping cleat placement. The pedals themselves range from the XC end of the spectrum with minimal lightweight composite bodies all the way to burlier large All Mountain and DH orientated platforms. The ATAC XC 6 pictured is the middle of the road XC pedal and weighs in at a respectable 292 grams per pair. Mavic recently licensed the ATAC design as well so you’ll be seeing even more ATAC pedals available New Zealand wide shortly. We grabbed this pair for review and will be bringing you our thoughts in issue 58!

birzman-abstractNow I knew they did Birzman and I’d seen some freaky photos of this crazy Damselfly chain tool but I never quite “got it”. I mean really, did the chain tool need this type of art treatment? Well the answer is yes! Now I’m not saying I got excited about a chain tool but this thing is pretty rad. The first thing you notice is just how balanced it is; it’s like a Grand Prix kitchen knife, it just sits there perfectly and does its job.

island-bay-gears-8632The texture is grippy and large enough to hold and not fiddle with and the action is solid and straight and the large winged handle makes breaking the chain effortless.

birzmanLook it even comes with a replaceable pin in case you bend or break the first! It’s a shop tool; it’s too large and heavy to ride with but for your garage I don’t think once you have held this in your hands that it’s possible to pass this tool up.northwave-shoes

And I may be a slow pedaller but I had no idea that Northwave mountain bike shoes were available here either. They had a huge marketing campaign back in the day, albeit a little risque. The hotness that is/was Paola Pezzo wore them as did road god Mario Cipollini. These days Cannondale rider Marco Fontana is riding them and his baggy shorts to World Cup XC podiums.  northwave-cleats-and-sprigs

The Hammer SRS is a mid to high end XC shoe from Northwave and features a pretty cool minimal upper with very little stitching to snag. The sole is a nylon/fibreglass mix for stiffness without the carbon price.northwave-buckle

The buckle is pretty damn cool. We haven’t given them a good thrashing just yet but it’s super low profile and real easy to undo. northwave-strap

Instead of having an adjustable and moveable buckle the Hammer SRS features an adjustable Velcro strap, which is a pretty cool way to save that problem and the weight of having multiple screw holes for different buckle positions.northwave-sole

The sole confirms the shoe’s XC origins and intended purpose but it’s comfortable enough for all day trail riding. It just wouldn’t be my pick for heading in to the Kaimanawas for a hike a bike.

As with everything in this post, it’s all available now at your local bike shop (try the Bike Barn first).


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