Revised Review: 2015 Poc Index DH Vpd 2.0

I have updated the review on Dec 16, 2015, I have improved the review.

Pros

  • very comfy
  • lightweight
  • they cost the same as the giro remedy X  gloves and are way better when it comes to comfort & Poc offers protection padding but Giro does not.

Cons:

  • the impact protection is too thin, they won’t help on a proper impact, I tested it with hitting my hand harder and harder on a stem
  • The adjustment strap is twisting and keeps getting undone.

because these gloves were actually bit too big(size large) I changed to 2016 Resistance strong gloves(size medium),the palm on some of the gloves worn out, I think this is caused by the material used & the venting holes in them, so far the Index Dh has been holding up OK,but I guess over long period of time they will eventually wear too.

 

This is how the gloves look like inside out.

Flickr album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskpkGhn6

Winter use:

I have used the gloves my two pairs for the whole winter of 2017-2018 I managed to wear out the stitching in the long finger due to braking, but that is easy to fix.

I use these gloves in the winter, with fleece gloves and Nitrile gloves,  for colder days with -5c and below I use two pairs of fleece gloves, and nitrile gloves for waterproofing, which has worked great.

I recommend doing something similar.

I get good to feel a and control over the cockpit with this setup,  but with Ski gloves, I Lack control and feel.

because these gloves are one size to big, I had to get them sewn in where the gap with the elastic is, which results in no need for the Velcro strap. So the glove fits securely, and I can take it on and off easily.

this is the exact set up I use:

www.gsport.no/produkt/212512/aretti-fleece-hanske#001

Park Tool Nitrile gloves Size L, I just stretch them out a little bit for better fit on top of the fleece gloves.

www.parktool.com/product/nitrile-mechanics-gloves-mg-2

Verdict:

more durable palm than the Resistance Strong gloves due to no venting holes.

I am looking for maximum protection, for fingers & knuckles which this one does not do properly.

I will be looking at other gloves, like Mechanix for example, they got full finger protection.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/POC-Downhill-Cycling-Gloves-Uranium/dp/B00FWRJDH2/ref=sr_1_17?srs=2179656031&ie=UTF8&qid=1465624641&sr=8-17

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=85527;menu=1000,18,56;mid%5B456%5D=1;page=3

Advertisements

Revised Review: 2016 POC Resistance Strong Gloves

Since I first wrote this review in 2016 I have improved this review, more & better pictures, improved text, and more details.

Pros:

  •  no more twisted strap, like on 2015 Index DH glove
  • more air flow than the DH index glove provided by the holes in the palm
  • I stay cool even in 25 deg. Celsius
  • comfortable
  • true to size, I have 21cm knuckle size, and the medium fits me perfectly. I went from Index DH gloves in large which was a bit too bit too big, to this glove.
  • Durable ceramic-coated SuperFabric® with abrasion-resistant properties, this actually works.

Cons:

  • the impact protection is silly thin, they won’t help on a proper impact, I tested it with hitting my hand harder and harder on a stem.
  • Because of the holes on the palm, the durability suffers when you get something (pedal pins for example) stuck in the holes you can tear the fabric, but this is also caused by the fabric’s weakness.but if you do it can easily be fixed if you got some sewing skills.
  • the triple dots on the fingers wear off fast because they are glued on.

    Holes got bigger.
  • The Stitching failed on one pair, They were Only used one day, I put these on today and the stitching came loose.

 

  • the glue holding the Velcro to the rubber strap failed of some pairs of gloves, but you can easily fix this with a sewing kit. Sadly I got an inconsistent quality of the stitching on these gloves with the gloves I got.
  • after many months of use, the glove stretched and had to be sewn in the palm to fit me properly.
  • the picture below shows a new glove:

Verdict: 

But if you want longer lasting palm to get the Index DH glove instead, but it will of course not be as cool as the Resistance glove, but the durability of the palm must be improved.

I still use my Index DH gloves in size L, for colder days, I wear them over fleece gloves in size M, which works well.

I will look into other gloves, like Mechanix for example, they got full finger padding and knuckle padding.

Product page: http://www.pocsports.com/en/product/2556/resistance-strong-glove

Kan kjøpes her/can be bought here:

https://www.amazon.com/Resistance-Strong-Black-Gloves-2016/dp/B01F1H7FGS

Norge/Norway:

https://www.prisjakt.no/raw.php?query=POC+Resistance+Strong+glove&pris_min=&pris_max=&ftg=0

https://www.oslosportslager.no/produkt/resistance-strong-glove-sykkelhanske-herre-40061.aspx

 

TRP Spyke Dual piston mechanical caliper 7 months review

For maximum leverage mount the wire on the inside, as shown in this picture.

Assembly:

When attaching the housing to chainstay make sure to account for housing movement, when going through travel, I had to only use one zip hook, and use a zip tie halfway on the chainstay to avoid the linkage movement to case braking.

Pros:

  • Easy pad adjustment
  • The Spyke brakes offer one finger braking, as powerful as the Shimano m615 brake, but without the issues of leaks and impossible to get seals(without contacting Shimano).The Pad mud gives protection against stones and dirt, so stores can’t interfere the pad/piston movement, So this is a great feature.But like all brakes they only give protection for this, rotors and the inside caliper is exposed, so I still get sand &dirt in there in wet conditions, there is no way to protect the pad surface, things will get in the rotor and can get stuck and make noises, so to prevent crunchy brakes after ride, spray water on the in to the caliper, I do this in shower.
  • The pads are held in place by a threaded pin, with a clip, which makes maintenance easier.
  • Smart bolt  & pin hold the pads securely in place.

Cons:

  • With the Spyke caliper, the lever is noticeably harder to press than with hydraulics, than a hydraulic brake, due to the stiff return spring. I noticed I my fingers got fatigued from braking after an ca 4-hour ride, but I rode so hard that I could not even pull a manual. After 7 months in March 2018, I Noticed my fingers got very fatigued by braking, I think this was due to braking a lot when riding on grosery rounds between several shops, and to home, a lot of stopping for traffic and,  but I went back to hydraulic brake, and I was less fatigued.
    But I am pretty sure most people will get used to the heavier lever feel.

I found a video showing how to reduce the pull force:

I haven’t tried this, but it’s a pretty easy fix, but it will void the warranty.

  • can’t remove brake pads from the top or without removing the wheel.
  • The barrel adjuster snapped on one of the brakes, I touched accidentally hit my hand on the barrel adjuster and it just snapped off, none of the other snapped off yet. Good, I had spares brakes. but the barrel adjuster is clearly weak, it was quite soft, A crash could probably damage it snap it.

 

TRP Spyke Snapped Barrel adjuster_0001_DxO

The bolts rounded off, but the tolerances are not perfect, which is important, I used fresh park tool Allen keys, which also don’t have good tolerances, if the fit was tighter it would wear slower, but this might also be a material issue, I don’t know which alloy is used for the bolts. the bolt was loosened and tightened over 20+ times over from the end of summer of 2017 to March 2018.

 

 

Verdict:

If the spring is modified or a lighter spring is installed, but the way it comes stock, quite firm, for really long trips and causes fatigue, So I recommend these, if don’t have too weak fingers, But more you use them strong you will get, just don’t overdo it.

You really have to look after these brakes, you have to check if the pad adjustment is too loose, and add Loctite 243(or similar) if it is, which is easy to do, and does not take long to do, I check every single week, for some this might be too much hassle, for me it’s not a dealbreaker.

 

Revised Long-term review: ESI Chunky extra chunky silicone grips

Here is an improved review, since the last time I posted a review on these,

I have used Esi grips since 11.2015 until January 2018, so I am very familiar with them.  But now finally I revised the review, new pictures, improved text.  I wish I did it sooner but did not get around to doing I until now.

I put them thru its paces, I rode with them in -11c to summer heat, in most weather conditions.

I went from hard and too small diameter grips to Easton MTB grips, which was torture to ride with so I had to get something better, but ESI Grisp were just a temporary solution.

I went for the 34mm diameter grips, they fit me perfectly.

I have been using these grips since 2015, they definitely work, but not for long, So I had to swap them out for a fresh set after few weeks.

Pros:

  • Shock absorbing
  • feels great without gloves
  • 10 colour choices, I got green fits my fuel-ex perfectly.
  • stays in place, does not slide off.
  • reduces hand numbness – fatigue- arm pump
  • easy to clean with a hard brush
  • not effected much by the subzero temperatures, they work in the summer heat and in the freezing winter.
  • they can be used in the winter, I have ridden few days with -10  and more, with the grips, without any issues.

Cons:

  • not as grippy as rubber grips.
  • but they only last me 4 weeks, they become too soft and lose the shock absorption, and at that point, they are torture to ride, so they are expensive in longterm. In the  In the winter I use 2.1 Suomi Gazza Extrem studded tyres with 4psi higher pressure than my summer setup with Maxxis 2.3 tyres, which becomes torture to ride with once the grips lose the shock absorption feature, first comes the loss of shock absobtion then the grip becoems more fragile and gets ripped apart easier and easier, then they begin to spin slowly, but this happens over the course of smany weeks, with higher wolume tyres I could ride them for bit longer, but not with my current winter setup, it’s torture, so I had to swap to fresh grips every 4th week, which cost way too much.
  • birds can damage the grips like here, after riding with them more than a week after the bird attacking them there are holes so deep I can see the handlebar, so if you crash hard you will rip the grips part.

 

Verdict:

I can’t recommend these grips.

I recommend looking into other options instead.

http://www.esigrips.com/Silicone_Grips_Shock_Absorbing.htm

The end caps are junk,  you can replace them with proper alloy end caps instead.

 

 

Putting them on & off:

The best way to install the grips is by using a compressor.

here are some great videos:

 

I put the grip under running hot tap water to heat expand it or fill the sink up with hot tap water, but a using compressor instead is much easier.

What you should NOT do:

DON’T USE A SCREWDRIVER TO PUT THEM ON AND OFF!!! It will damage the grips on the inside and the grip can rip apart.

Don’t use hairspray, even if the bike mechanic tells you to, it might stink, and make the grip slipperier on the inside.  it’s dangerous stuff to breathe in.