Product Review: Mt Zoom – Lightweight
Written by: Shannon Boffeli
Over the years longtime endurance mountain bike racer and
admitted "weight-weenie” Ant White has struggled to find quality lightweight
components capable of handling the endless hours of abuse he dishes out racing
and training as an ultra-endurance racer.
Frustrated by the lack of quality components that meet his
specific needs, Ant started Mt Zoom (pronounced – mount zoom), a company that
specializes in producing just that: high-end, lightweight, durable mountain
Mt Zoom molds and weaves carbon and titanium into some of
the sleekest products on the market following exacting engineering standards
removing the slightest excess in the products we already use.
Using quality materials and innovation Mt Zoom created an
entire line of interesting and useful mountain bike components.
MTB Race News were lucky enough to test a handful of Mt Zoom
products and after 6 months of rigorous testing and abuse we were happily
surprised with the performance of all our Mt Zoom gear. Here are some specifics
on our test products:
Carbon Riser Bar – weight
165 grams: Pros - Available with 15 and 20mm rise, Fantastic light weight bar at
740mm width, Excellent ride and feel, Burly construction for a feather weight
component, no rider weight limit means it’s perfect for XC or all-mountain
Ultra Light Weight Carbon Flat Bar – weight
94 & 110 grams: Pros – Crazy light, Stood up to our abuse, Bar end
friendly Cons – Only available in
580 and 640mm widths, We would like a longer option (Mt Zoom offers a 740mm flat bar at 165 grams)
Headset Cap and Bolt – weight
4 grams: Pros – Great innovation & beautiful design, Saves significant weight. Easy to use Cons – We haven’t found one yet
Skewers – weight 37
grams (front and rear): Super trimmed-down skewer, You won’t find any
excesses on these wheel binders, clamping power similar to much heavier skewer
options, titanium axle
Ti Rotor Bolts – weight
7 grams (for 5 bolts): Pros - Saves significant weight over traditional alloy
bolts, Even saves weight over other ti rotor bolts, Proved to be sturdy under
tough riding conditions Cons – Shallow head, Need to be very
careful not to strip engagement
Ti Bottle Cage – weight
19 grams: Pros – Light, durable, easy to install, holds bottles tight! Not
a single dropped bottle in 6 months Cons
– More expensive than plastic or aluminum models.
Derailleur Pulleys (Jockey Wheels): Durable aluminum
construction for significantly decreased wear compared to plastic pulleys (especially
in muddy or wet conditions), ceramic bearings for smooth rolling and longer
life, fits most modern derailleurs, available in 8 different colors, a great
upgrade for any derailleur.
For more information on the full line of Mt Zoom products and
the most current pricing visit www.mtzoom.com.