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Added a product review for ODI Ruffian Lock-On Grips 8/23/2012 12:38 PM
The Good: 1. Very thin 2. No grip movement 3. Grippy
The Bad: Not so cheap
I am a huge fan of ODI grips. Buy a bike, get ODI's. I recently reviewed the ODI TLD grips and had nothing but good things to say. Those are great for me but these are a tough competitor. This review will mainly be a compare/ contrast between the two.
The TLD lock on grips are great for riders with larger hands cause they are wider than these. In my opinion, the TLD's are more comfortable due to the flanges and the ramped texture but I'm sure I'll get some hate for that. If the Ruffians had flanges (apart from the BMX model which don't play well with shifters), they would be the best grips ever. The locking system is pretty much the same so nothing to talk about there except they both don't move at all. As far as grippiness goes, both are great. The Ruffians have vertical knobs so forward and backward motion is very limited. The TLD's have ramped knobs so there is no backward motion but forward motion is more so than the Ruffians.
All in all, both are very similar. Ruffians for smaller handed users, TLD's for larger handed users. They weigh about the same. They also both cost about the so price shouldn't be a deciding factor. It's just that simple. I've tried many grips but I've narrowed it down to these two. However, if I had to choose a pair for forever, I would go with the Ruffians for the slimmer design but I would miss the flanges and impressive looks of the TLD's.
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Added a product review for Panaracer Rampage Tire 8/14/2012 7:55 AM
The Good: 1. Very little rolling resistance 2. Grippy shoulder knobs 3. Can be run at either end of the bike 4. Supportive sidewalls 5. No punctures 6. Wears slowly even on the road
The Bad: 1. Slightly heavy for its class
The Rampage resembles the Kenda Nevegals in many ways. This is a good thing because the tread design on the Nevegals is one of the best. However, unlike the Nevegals, the sidewalls are very supportive which allows you to run it at lower air pressures which is a true boon on hardtails. The supportive sidewalls have added a bit of weight to the equation. At 730 grams for the Rampage PR, it is in the ball park of the weight of the Nevegals. The PR (PunctureResistant), ASB (Anti Snakebite), and ZSG (Panaracers Natural Compound) all add up to a that has no flats. I have had these tires for almost 1.5 years and not a single flat despite riding through stuff that should've punctured. Grip is comparable to the Nevegals but add Kendas DTC or Stick-E and the Nevegals win. Also, the Nevegals are designed to roll in one direction but the Rampage can be turned around to see duty in the rear or in the front. Nice.
All in all, the Rampages are very similar to the Nevegals. I would run the PR/ASB Rampage in the rear where it would be more prone to Punctures and Snakebites but it's up to you. The Rampage PR in the rear and a Nevegal DTC in the front truly make an incredible trail/all mountain tire set.
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Added a product review for ODI Troy Lee Designs Lock On Grip 8/13/2012 4:27 PM
The Good: 1. Very, very grippy 2. Comfortable 3. Stylish
The Bad: 1. Not the cheapest grips out there
I've been eyeing these grips for a while mainly because they look amazing. Leave it to Troy Lee Designs to create something stylish out of something not intended to be. However, when I finally shelled out the money, I entered a whole new world. These are much more than eye candy. The flanges provide a very comfortable feel and prevent slippage. I have larger than thou mitts but the fairly thin grip was just perfect. The ramped knobs provide incredible grip (when pointed in the right direction), so much in fact that I didn't find myself needing gloves when my hands got sweaty. However, when used with gloves, be ready for grip grip grip and more grip.
I've swapped these out on all of my bikes. I've even thrown them on my cruiser because they are that comfortable. The only problem is that these are not your bargain-basement grips. At almost $30, these are some of the most expensive grips out there. Whatever, these grips are worth every penny. By the way, did I mention that they're comfortable.
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Added a product review for Answer Protaper 720 Am Riser Bar 8/13/2012 4:08 PM
The Good: 1. Incredible rise height, backs weep, width, and up sweep 2. Lightweight for an aluminum bar 3. Strong 4. Price
The Bad: Absolutely nothing
When I first saw the ProTapers, I loved the looks and all of the angles seemed to add up to a madcomfortable bar. The first thing that is noticeable is how strong the bars are. I've ridden off of large drops and over scary rock gardens and there is no flex at all. The ProTaper technology really does make the bar stronger. The weight is respectable but if you are a weight weenie and you need under 250 grams, you might want to opp for the lighter but pricier carbon model (205-225 grams). All of the angles provide a comfortable and confidence inspiring bar. I have the 1" risers combined with a 60mm stem make for the ultimate all-mountain cockpit that I have dreamed of.
The ProTaper 720 is the quintessential all-mountain bar. Incredibly comfortable, strong, and fairly lightweight at a very reasonable price. What more do you want?
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Added a product review for Kenda Nevegal Tire 8/13/2012 2:43 PM
The Good: 1. Grippy knobs 2. Fast rolling 3. Durable middle knobs 4. Good protection from punctures
The Bad: 1. Somewhat unstable sidewalls 2. Slightly heavy for its class
I have had the Nevegal DTC for a few months now and I can say, it is one of the versatile tires I have ridden. I recently switched from a much lower profile tire and the larger blocks dig into the loose dirt very nicely. Despite having such good dirt penetrating abilities, the Nevegals roll very well on hard-pack dirt due to its L3R (Low Rolling Resistance Rubber) and tightly spaced center knobs. When that dirt becomes sticky mud, it clears it out just fine but not as well as purpose built wet tires. The Stick-E compound provides amazing grip which provides confidence in the corners. It is actually the best cornering grip I have experienced but i have not yet ridden the Maxxis Minion 3c tire.
Despite being so versatile, the Nevegal does have its flaws. The tire weighs in at around 700 grams so while it isn't necessarily DH heavy, you could go lighter. Also, the sidewalls are very flexible which leads to tire roll. While it is necessary, to much is not a good thing. However, this only occurred while running the tire on my thinner rims at low air pressures. I then slapped them on my friends wider rims and put them at 45 psi and that excessive roll was gone.
All in all, the tire is extremely versatile and can be run at either end of the bike. The biggest flaw can easily be fixed and at 2.35 width, it holds its own weight wise. If you are looking for a versatile trail/ all-mountain tire, you would be hard pressed to find a better tire.
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