FRESH DIRT: Enduro Spec, Fly, Moose, and Honey Stinger

These are the motocross and off-road products that swung through our HQ this week

Enduro Spec Suspension Build with MX-Tech Parts
Enduro Spec suspension mx-tech.comPhoto By Sean Klinger

With 2017 bikes around the corner, we had one last project for our 2016 Honda CRF250R. We’ve tried many different settings on the stock Showa SFF-Air TAC Fork to get both comfort and performance to no avail. This is where Enduro Spec comes in. They rebuilt our Honda’s fork and shock using MX-Tech’s proprietary parts – this suspension is now anything but stock.

We haven’t even put it on the bike yet but we can tell you what they changed and what it is supposed to do. At first we were looking for a spring conversion kit but Enduro Spec said that they have been working with MX-Tech to come up with a way of making an air fork work better. Their solution is the TAC-R fork, which actually adds another air chamber making it a four-chamber system. There are three filling caps on the top of the fork and still one at the bottom for the balance chamber.

It is a complicated system and here is the info from MX-Tech explaining how it works. “The new high pressure region is positioned above the main pressure region and is separated by a piston. As the main pressure region increases, it reaches a point at which the separation piston starts to compress. This effectively slows the rate at which the volume change accelerates. MXT engineered this to occur in the middle of the stroke which limits the progressive nature of the air fork. Finally, near the end of the stroke, the compensation effect of the high pressure region stops. At this point the pressure dramatically rises to the benefit of maintaining the original air spring effect which allows for excellent bottoming control.”

They also put in their Huck Valve system that adds a bunch of adjustability to the bottom of the stroke. They also revalved the shock and included Merge Racing’s Link Knuckle that is supposed to enhance balance and handling.

Fly Revel Race Roost Guard
Fly Revel Race Roost Guard
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Here is a cool new chest protector from Fly Racing. The Revel Race has a unique construction of soft plastics connected to a removable biofoam chassis. It seems that comfort and range of motion were focal points when Fly designed this protector. Also, it’s low overall profile means that it should be as comfortable under a jersey as it is over one. The shoulder and waist straps are adjustable and the front and rear sections have removable sections allowing room for neck braces. We like the simple design, minimalistic styling, and that it wraps around the flanks a little bit more than other protectors.

Moose Racing Rear Brake Caliper Cooler
Caliper Cooler Photo By Sean Klinger

In some situations, turning up the heat can be a good thing, but when it comes to brake performance, extra degrees equals a mushy brakes and nobody likes mushy. When racing, especially in tight, technical terrain where rapid changes in speed happen almost constantly, having consistent, powerful rear break action can mean the difference between making a turn and getting a great time, or blowing a corner and your chance at the podium.

This Rear Brake Caliper Cooler from Moose is like a radiator for your brakes. Not only is there a lot more surface area for heat to radiate out, it increases the brake fluid volume just a bit which also keeps the fluid cooler. But it’s not just for racers, aggressive trail riders need rear braking power as well, especially if they live in a very hot climate.

Honey Stinger Organic Energy Snacks
Honey Stinger
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By an off chance, we got our hands on these nutritional foods for exercise a while back and they turned out to be pretty darn good. For those who don’t know, Honey Stinger is a pretty big name in the running, cycling, mountain biking, and triathlon arenas and their products transfer over to off-road riding and motocross pretty well. Here is a test of the product that Associate Editor Sean Klinger did a month or so ago.

"Energy Gels: One of these saved my life. Okay, I'm exaggerating, but I will explain. Right before a long trail ride, I was called on to take some pictures, so at the last minute I grabbed my camera bag instead of my well-packed-with-food-and-water trail bag. Midway through the day I found one of these gels at the bottom of my camera bag that I'm sure fell in by accident. Surprisingly it was just enough to keep me going for another two hours and went down the hatch just like you'd expect a packet of honey to: very sweet but not unpleasant. They aren't too thick either. These are a great choice for when you have a very minimal amount of space since they have the highest calorie-to-package-size ratio.

Organic Waffles: These are delicious and best for a pre-ride or truck-side snack. The pluses are that they don't melt, they come in some tasty flavors, and they have a good balance of carbs to give you some energy now and some for later. The downside is that they don't pack well. They are pretty brittle, and after a long day of riding my chocolate waffle was nearly reduced to cookie crumbs.

Protein Bars: Compared to almost all other protein bars I've had, these take the cake (because they sort of taste like cake) in the flavor department. They do have 16 grams of sugar, but it is from the organic honey, and I think the honey makes it taste sweeter than just plain sugar. Ten grams of protein isn't bad, but it's not as much as a lot of bars on the market. These are light and fluffy, almost like a Milky Way, but way better for you.

Organic Chews: These are convenient take-along calories like the gels, but the chews are much less messy and better for gloved hands and helmeted faces. Just like the rest of the product line, these taste very much of honey and need a bit of water afterward to rinse out the mouth. The only downside to the chews is that they don't have any electrolytes like some other chews on the market—the Honey Stinger chews are for calorie replacement only. —Sean Klinger