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Added a comment about photo 2015 Santa Cruz V10 27.5 9/2/2014 3:12 PM

Is that a new Saint crank on there?

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Added a product review for Easton Havoc Carbon Handlebar 6/21/2013 1:34 AM

Pure Quality


The Good: Subtle looks, damping, light weight, shape, width

The Bad: Expensive, I guess, but relative to other carbon bars, they're not so bad.


Love these bars - they're light, the graphics are subtle and not in our face, the shape, width, sweep, everything is just "right". Had them on the DH bike first, liked them so much I got the same setup for my trail bike. One unexpected benefit was the damping - I don't notice any flex in use, but on a holiday after four days uplift riding over rocky terrain, my hands weren't tired/cramped and I had no arm pump. Worth the money for that alone.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: 2013 Specialized S-Works Carbon Enduro 29 5/23/2013 9:00 AM

Wow. Front end really is insanely high in that last pic. I can see why it took some getting used to. Not sure I'd like that for climbing, although I'm pretty sure I won't be climbing on a nine grand bike any time soon.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: DMR Brendog Vault Pedals 5/22/2013 9:04 AM

I only have the Vault & Point One to hand, but the flat area of the Vault is definitely bigger front to back, before it starts to taper down (the Point one steps down, rather than tapers.) and the Vault is wider, even allowing for the taper - maybe it's just how you pace your foot as opposed to how I place mine -I'm guessing you tend to have your weight on the rear outside edge of the pedal and that's what your disliking and wanting a more square shape, which as you say, is a personal thing. (Maybe my foot placement is bad - wouldn't be the only problem with my technique if it was)

Either way, the review suggests that the platform on the vaults is smaller than other similar pedals, when the opposite is true.

Think it's also worth mentioning that they're significantly cheaper (even moreso in standard guise as opposed to the Brendogs) than the Point Ones/Burgtecs/Straitlines/Twenty6.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: DMR Brendog Vault Pedals 5/22/2013 1:10 AM

As a fellow sufferer of flat pedal addiction, I'm baffled by this review - the suggestion that the platform on the vaults is too small is just odd. I've been out to the shed to measure my Vaults, and also a set of Point Ones - the Vaults are both longer and wider than the Point Ones (I'd argue there's more usable space too, as the Point ones have a bulge by the crank). DMR measure them as 105mm*115mm - Point One say 100mm x 100mm for the Podiums, the Twenty6 are 110x100. I've used Flatboys and Holzfellers and there's no way either of those are bigger..

As for feel - the Vaults have a lovely concave shape, your foot sinks into the middle of them, I've found that really comfortable and secure - I sold my Straitlines (99x111, fact fans) because I preferred the feel of the Vaults.

Pedal choice has a lot to do with personal taste, and if the reviewer didn't feel comfortable on the pedals, then that's fair enough, but to criticise the Vaults for having too small a platform is just plain wrong.

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Added a comment about product review 2013 Test Sessions: Pivot Mach 5.7 Carbon 4/2/2013 4:04 AM

"Judging by the build kit, it's pretty obvious that the boys at Pivot ride test their components heavily before spec'ing a bike"

The fact that they stuck a 685 bar and 90mm stem on it would suggest they took no care at all in speccing it. Two of the most vital components.

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