Fresh Dirt: Xtrig, LS2, Gaerne, Mika Metals, Klim

Five cool new off-road and motocross products that came through the Dirt Rider office this week.

This week we are taking a look at the Xtrig ROCS Triple Clamps, Klim Krew Pak, LS2 Pioneer MX436 Helmet, Mika Metals Hybrid Bar, Gaerne SG-12s. Some of these products we have use while others are brand new to us. Take a look at what we think.

XTRIG ROCS Triple Clamp

Triple clamps
$899.99 (including PHDS bar mounts) xtrig.comPhoto By Kris Keefer

These clamps were one of our Products Of The Year in 2015. Here is an excerpt from that article explaining how these puppies work.

“Technical Touch USA, the North and South American Importer of XTRIG products, worked closely with Chad Reed when fine tuning the ROCS design, and a major problem they were trying to address was that after a few flat landings on a supercross track, Chad’s fork tubes would slide up in his works triple clamps he was running. As you probably know, one can’t just tighten the clamps more because the pinch bolts (on both the upper and lower clamp) will start to affect the way the fork internals work and could possibly cause damage. Therefore, the split clamp system was devised to offer more clamping surface without extra weight and rigidity, allowing for a normal torque spec that would not damage or inhibit the natural function of the fork, yet still keep the fork from sliding. Secondly, the split clamping surfaces are tightened on opposite sides of the fork, which is designed to reduce the chance of a fork tube twisting in the clamp.

Another way that the ROCS clamps offer better performance than solid clamps is that they were designed to flex, which in turn allow the forks to flex. Technical Touch explains that a normal clamp’s design only allows the fork to flex from the bottom of the triple clamp to the axle, where the ROCS, with each of the split clamping surfaces allowing flex, gives each fork tube the full length of the fork to flex how it was designed.

Not only do all of these features really help a guy like Reedy on the supercross track, but also it is well worth a look from serious off-road riders. That extra controlled flex creates more comfort up front and changes the way the bike feels slamming into logs, rocks, G-outs and against square edges. We know that they aren’t cheap, but the fact that the ROCS clamps come with two offset choices in the same clamp, it is sort of like getting two clamps for the price of one.”

Klim Krew Pak

hydration pack
$139.99 klim.comPhoto By Sean Klinger

Klim is known for outrageously tough motorcycle gear, that typically come at a hefty price. But some of the best deals on Klim gear is their bags. They have a range of bags that are made and designed with Klim ingenuity and quality, yet cost about the same as comparable bags on the market. This bag is the Krew Pak, the largest that Klim makes and is for multi-day riding trips, trail maintenance days, or pretty much any time you need to ride with a bunch of stuff.

There is a separate compartment for the 3-liter hydration bladder which can be removed and that same pocket makes for the perfect place for a laptop computer if you are commuting or a traveling journo. The main compartment is huge and there is a segmented tool roll, external big tool storage (like a shovel), separate top-opening goggle compartment, and multiple smaller quick access sections all over the bag. There is a chest securing strap and a waste closer to keep the bag secure and the section that makes contact with your back has ventilation channels so you don’t get sweaty-back.

This is a great solution to needing to carry quick-access water as well as tons of gear and if you have any other outdoor hobbies, this pack would be perfect for hiking, mountain biking, camping, etc.

LS2 Pioneer MX436 Helmet

ADV helmet
$174.95 ls2helmets.usPhoto By Sean Klinger

Having a dedicated adventure-style helmet might not make sense for off-road guys, but having a face shield for any kind of street riding is very convenient. We’ve rode the last couple days in the LS2 Pioneer and there are some really cool features that we’d like to share.

The shell is what LS2 calls their Kinetic Polymer Alloy and the foam inside is a dual density design. The visor is long and looks like it would wrench your neck in the wind but it actually does a great job of keeping buffeting to a minimum. You definitely notice it is there but it isn’t as bad as a full moto helmet. The face shield opens all the way and is unnoticeable when off-roading. The lever actuated drop-down sun shield is a really cool feature so you don’t have to bring sunglasses with you but looking through to different shields that are far from your face can be a little optically weird for those of us used to goggles.

We absolutely love the ratcheting chinstrap the Pioneer uses in place of the usual double D ring. It is super simple to close and take off and can be done easily with gloves on. We’ll be putting more time in this lid and you’ll see a full test soon in the magazine.

Mika Metals Hybrid Bar

$109.99 mikametals.comPhoto By Sean Klinger

The two different standard sizes for handlebars have their own pros and cons. Bars that are the smaller 7/8 inch have more flex, typically, yet are a little more prone to bending in a crash. The larger 1 1/8 inch bars are stiffer and stronger, but have less flex and require oversize bar mounts. Mika has a new bar that is 7/8 inch in the bar mounting area, then tappers up to 1 1/8 inch around the bend then tapers back down to 7/8 inch to accommodate grips, levers, and other controls.

According to Mika, the goal is to have the strength of an over size bar, the flexibility of a 7/8 bar with the added benefit of not having to use oversize bar mounts if your bike came stock with a 7/8 bar. Seems logical to us, but we will mount this up on one of our bikes to let you know how they work.

Gaerne SG-12 Boots

$639.95 gaerneusa.comPhoto By Kris Keefer

Lately, it seems the brighter the better when it comes to boots, and these new Limited Edition SG-12s are no different. There are no difference in technical features, just the colorway. We’ve been a fan of the SG-12 for a while but the newer years seem to run big. We would recommend trying them on or starting with a size smaller than you normally wear. For a full write up on these from a performance stand point, keep your eye out for the July issue of Dirt Rider, which features our Boot Personality Test where we take a look at 13 pairs of boots to see which matches which kind of rider best.