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Oury Mountain Grip

“Great Company, Prime Grip”

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The Good: Thick N' Sticky

The Bad: Air Bubblez

Overall Review: These are tested-tried-n-true grips. Oury makes grips for all kinds of handlebars.  Their bike grip is dialed.  I picked up 2 sets of these at Sea Otter 2012, they had a tent their and were charging 5$ a set of grips.  No brainer!  I bought a set for my flat bar that is on my road bike, they are nice and sticky and thick.  The thickness really helps absorb some of the road harshness transferred from my stiff road bike.  I would recommend these especially if you have large hands.  Also they will never wear down because of how huge each section of the grip is. When you put the grip on it naturally traps air between the inside of your handlebar, so you have to stick a pin at the end of the grip or it will bubble up a bit.

SixSixOne Raji Glove

“Lightweight, Lite Quality”

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The Good: Very Breathable

The Bad: Rip Easily

Overall Review: These gloves are super lightweight and almost feel like wearing nothing. The wick any sweat you may have great, but they are super thin everywhere.  The lightweight makes sections of contact thin and eventually the gloves wore thru in the palm and thumb area.  Had them for about 1 season and they were toast.  Wouldn't recommend them as a everyday glove, especially if you crash, you could tear them very easily

ODI Ruffian Lock-On Grips

“Simple and Tacky”

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The Good: Tacky Grips, Slightly Smaller so you can squeeze the life out of your bar

The Bad: Will wear quickly

Overall Review: These grips are the best ones from ODI in my opinion, I'm running them on 2 different bikes, allows you to feel the handlebar that much tighter especially if you don't wear gloves. The lock-ons are always a bonus and never fail.  The small diamond cuts into the grip add for a great amount of traction, but over a year or two, they can wear down and your rubber grip can get quite thin.  Be prepared to get new ones after a few seasons.  My friend had a set on a bighit for years and wore them down to the plastic/metal insides.

SRAM Team GXP Bottom Bracket

“BB Tech at its Finest”

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The Good: Simple and Sturdy

The Bad: Moveable washer outside easy to loose

Overall Review: I've run this same BB on two different sets of Truvativ Descendant cranks. This BB came stock with the crankset and its worked great.  I haven't had to mess with them since the original install.  Sometimes the washer on the outside ends of the BB can slip off when installing, and its easy to loose if you not paying attention.

Easton Flatboy Pedal

“Super Wide, Let it Slide”

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The Good: Wide Body, Tacky Pins

The Bad: Weak Axles

Overall Review: These are great wide pedals, I have a big foot and these are very study feeling under my feet. The pins add great traction and are replaceable with the included spare pins. I've seen these for upwards of $100, but I think I got my set for like $40 somewhere, great price if you can find it. I ran these pedals on a Turner DHR, I had one instance when I was riding thru a rock garden and I smashed one of them on a step down, and when I rode away it felt funny. I finished the trail and when I got home that night to take a look, the axle had cleanly broken inside. Not exactly sure how, but I took the pedal to a bike shop and Read More »

Gamut P30 Chainguide

“Decent Guide...Sometimes”

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The Good: Super Light and easy to install

The Bad: Sometime Drops Chain

Overall Review: I had this chain guide on a 2008 Turner DHR, it was a lightweight option to the E.13, and looked sturdy out of the box. It ran flawlessly for a few months, then I had to adjust it a few times, because it would drop a chain especially when things got muddy. When back-pedaling in some trail sections that were muddy the chain could get stuck and cause a real issue. Luckily I've never used this guide in a race, but I have seen it fail under race conditions on friends bikes.... Also, on my particualr guide, other than dropping the chain a sometimes it was fine. The guide is a strong plastic, and the black color comes from Read More »

e*thirteen LG1+ Chainguide

“Solid Strong Guide”

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The Good: Never dropped a chain, easy to install

The Bad: The white color will turn brown/grey from the chain quick

Overall Review: I've used this guide on my 2009 specialized demo, and never had any issue dropping a chain riding in the northern California area including Northstar. The chain guide has great hardware included and you'll never have an issue with striping anything due to the production value.  The gold bits are a nice touch, but when I bought white, should of got black because the white will fade when your greasy chain runs thru the dirt and back thru the guide. I've never had a bammer product from e.13, and this latest guide is wayyyy ahead of the older style clunkier DRS that I ran on my AM bike a few years ago.  The new LG1+ is much smoother and quieter.

Easton Havoc Carbon Handlebar

“Strong and Style”

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The Good: Wide, Strong, Lightweight

The Bad: Expensive compared to Non-Carbon

Overall Review: When comparing the price of these bars to other companies carbon models, these are relatively good price. Also you can find great deals on these bars because the latest 35mm bar is Easton's new flagship handlebar.  I picked these up at Sea Otter in April of 2012, they've worked great on my XC bike.  Really strong and are very lightweight especially when combined with Easton Havoc stem. One thing to note, not sure if other carbon bars are this way.  But I've had trouble putting bar end plugs into the ends of the bars.  I'm currently using ODI Lock-ons to clamp the ends of the bars.  But ya, when I've tried to put in several models of ODI plugs they are too big, Easton must have their own brand or something.

Park Tool BB Install Spanner & Tool HollowTech II

“Solid Tool from ParkTools”

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The Good: Quality Made + Good Price

The Bad: Hollowtech at bottom sort of unnecessary

Overall Review: Must have tool for anyone with external bb. The hollowtech tool at the bottom end I've never needed, mainly because I haven't had shimano type hollowtech bottom brackets.  Also, most of the time, that hollowtech tool is included with Shimano Cranks anyways, kinda an extra not needed.  However gotta give credit to Park Tools for adding a combo to the end of the spanner.Quality Product and a must have if you ride near mud and water, helps uninstall the bb and clean out of your bottom bracket area to regrease.

Troy Lee Designs Air Gloves

“Awesome Gloves!”

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The Good: Durable, Great Fit, Velcro Lastssss

The Bad: Not sure I've found one

Overall Review: These gloves are awesome. I've had many pairs of gloves blow thru in the thumbs, index fingers, or palm area...Mostly due to crashing or extended use.  But I've had this same pair for 2 years now....The velcro still works fine, no holes are apparent anywhere, and the white lettering on the inside of the index and middle finger is still sticky!  That sticky index finger + middle finger grab brake levers primo. Like I said, I've blown thru a ton of gloves. After going bike shop one time and explaining how I've had many gloves tear the thumb and finger areas when I crash, the shop recommended these.  He even claimed I could keep my receipt and if they torn thru on me I could bring them back to get new ones.  I left thinking I would be back in 6 months or so, but not the case at all.  They last forever!