They contain the same d3o material as 661’s Evo pads, which is soft to allow easy pedalling but immediately hardens upon impact.
The Flanks are made from 3mm-thick perforated neoprene, with abrasion-resistant 600D nylon over the armoured sections and additional foam padding on the sides. RRP is £89.95.
If you don’t want the shin protection, the new £79.95 Ambush pad covers just the knee but still contains the shock-absorbing d3o – the orange goo seen in the picture below.
d3o: d3oJeff Jones/BikeRadar
Six C components
Six C is Race Face’s new ‘lightweight all-mountain’ line. Of particular note are the hollow carbon cranks – Race Face say they’re for 6in-travel bikes and riders taking on 6ft drops, but are lighter than Shimano XTR at 760g for a triple chainset.
Race face six c triple chainset:Jeff Jones/BikeRadar
Made in Canada, they’re also available in a double-plus-bashguard configuration (22,32T or 24,36T) and there’s a choice of 170mm or 175mm arms. RRP is £549.
The Six C 3/4 riser bar is apparently “the widest carbon bar in the world right now” at 725mm, and weight is none too shabby at a claimed 225g. RRP is £119.
Race face six c kit:Jeff Jones/BikeRadar
Much of Race Face’s existing kit has had a makeover for 2010, with the Deus cross-country bars (£64.95) now available in seven colours, a new pink option for the Atlas FR cranks (£269) and bar (£64.95), and the Atlas stem (£79.95) now available in blue and red as well as black. There are also two new sets on lock-on grips, named Strafe and Sniper, but they’re not cheap at £26.95.