Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I’m Awesome Again

It’s been a little while since I mentioned the fine company that is Backcountry Research.  You know, the makers of the Awesome Strap.  The truth is, when their new designs came out I didn’t think to get any.  “My old stuff is fine,” I kept telling myself.

Maybe, but the new stuff is moar awesome-er.  When I finally got around to trying to acquire some new straps, they were in the middle of a move from Washington State to Montana and I had to wait.  Well, I haz no more waiting.

These are some assorted colors of the 2015 Race MTB Saddle Mount.  To quote the official product description, “Our most popular strap series has taken an evolutionary leap that’s equivalent to an eagle flying straight out of the primordial ooze.”

So true.  I mean, the new design is a big improvement.  I’m not even sure how they keep improving on a product that’s so awesome to begin with (pun intended.)  The setup is way easier this time around, it holds everything much better, and I feel like it’s a helluva lot more secure than previous model.  What does that mean for you? 

No more losing your shit on the trail. 

It’s so easy that anyone can use it.  I can, so yes, that does mean anyone.  I’ll give you the step by step just in case.

Since it’s been a little while since I checked the tube in my old setup, I used a brand new Maxxis tube for my new awesomeness. 

 Step one is to lay out the strap on a flat surface.

The next step is to grab your tube, get all of the air out of it, and roll it up nice and tight (and even.)  Don’t worry too much about this step as long as you’re close though.  Once that’s done, place the tube on the color side of the strap and pull each of the two shock cords over the tube to hold it in place.

The next step is easy too.  Grab your air cartridge and tire lever and stuff it in behind the tube on the Velcro side.

That’s it.  Now you just have to mount it to the saddle rails.  Feed the ring side of the strap all the way through the saddle rails, slide the other end through, and pull tight.  Connect the Velcro and check to make sure it’s secure.

It sure is.

The installation is much easier than previous models, and it stays on there better than a tick on a fat dog.  If my instructions still confuse you, check out the video created by Dicky:

Got it?  Good.  Now you won’t lose your shit.

Just as before, there are several models of these straps to choose from.  For instance, the Hypalon Mutherload Frame Mount:

Think of this one as an “extra”, since it goes on your frame when you need moar stuff.  You know, like when you’re endurance racing or out for a long ride in the hills or something.  Installation is the same, so no worries there.

Once again, I’m awesome.  And once again, thanks to Backcountry Research for taking care of me again. 

Why don’t you have some in your life (or on your bike)?


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