Slightly Revised Long term review: Straitline DeFacto pedals

I have revised this one before 14 june, But I added some info about issues with the O-rings. I have also ordered Catalyst pedals, SO I will see how much difference they will make.

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Straightline Components flickr group

I was so impressed with grip of these pedals that I ordered more sets so now I got 4 in total.

I run these with all pins, and the grip can’t even compare to normal cheap pedals they are on a whole new level, But They are not perfect, the short standard size platform is rideable but it’s too short for me.

I have jumped and landed with the pedal on the end of a stair end and no damage not bend no play. but they are now on my fuel ex and the left crank arm failed and the left pedal fell off, the threads for the pin failed few days later, which is probably caused by loosened pin, and damage to threads was probably done wheel the pedal fell off,I have Used Loctite 243 all of my pedals,the thread locker on the pins are will no do the job properly, So you have to apply some more.

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No damage to the threads

 

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No I did not overtighten them, it as a bike mechanic in the store that switched the pedals from my trek 6300 to the fuel ex.good they had a spare crank.I have used the pedal with the xt crank arm I got and the pedal did not fall of, so I assume it was just a faulty crank arm that caused this.

After about 2 season of use the metal rings and the locking clips will show sings of wear, I had to bend the clips with pliers to make them tight again, the O rings stretch after few months or weeks, causing the pedal to move from side to side and making knocking & creaking sounds.

But straight line provides spare parts, which can be bought directly from their site, or from online shops.

Winter Use:

After riding few days in freezing conditions& rapid changing conditions, the service intervals changed to servicing them quite often.

I had to use grease instead of lube, and apply so much grease it hindered water from coming on the inside, but the harsh conditions I rode in, still required the pedals to be serviced often. To Prevent Rust This is necessary, This is normal you will have to service any component more often in the winter.

I  did go trough several bushings in a year,about 1- 2 depending on use , as In got got several bikes & ride a lot.

Cons:

  • The platform is too short, for my 44 size feet, a longer platform would be nice. But riding with the five ten impact shoes definitely help.
  • The o-rings were problematic,f ew times as they stretched in a short time, and in hot weather the stretched O ring slid up from the spindle to the pedal wrench slots,after changing the shims, few times the o-rings start to wear. my experience was that I had to change them after few months or weeks,they cracked and stretched way too much way too fast, So if you got these pedals, toy need to stock these Orings.After having these issues I found on MTBR.com forum that others have the same issues. http://forums.mtbr.com/all-mountain/straitline-all-mountain-amp-pedals-727035.html

Pros:

  • Very durable, can take some abuse.
  • excellent construction
  • excellent grip, the pins amount of pins & the sharp shape provide excellent grip, combined with Five Ten shoes it gives perfect grip.
  • easy to replace pins
  • easy to service, one of the easiest on the market right now
  • The pedal has plastic shim, which allows the pedal to stay in place in the same position when you remove your foot from the pedal.

Conclusion

If it was not for the ”standard” size platform I could recommend these pedals,But for smaller feet these will do the job. but as I have big feet, these feel too short.

IF you decide to get these, you will lave to get better O-rings

DeFfacto are not the lightest pedals with good grip on the market, but if you want to save weight go for the Syntace nine nine titan instead, but the Straightline de facto are much cheaper, But in my opinion a longer platform medal would be better, I don’t care about some tiny weight gains.

I have wanted a longer platform pedals for years, and I wanted to buy some buy never got around to do it, but I think my next pedals will be Pedal innovations catalyst,I think I will buy them to try them out for myself, The Straitline defacto and many other pedals are too short for me, but this does not stop me from using riding well, but I can definitely feel the disadvantages of the standard platform size.

http://www.straitlinecomponents.com/products/defacto-pedals

Kjøp Straightline komponenter i Norge/buying straightline components in Norway:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/no/en/straitline-defacto-platform-flat-pedal/rp-prod92591

eller: http://www.sykkelbutikken.no/komponenter/pedaler/mtb/straitline-defacto/

https://www.worldwidecyclery.com/pages/search-results?page_num=1&q=straightline

 

 

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Demo of mountain bikes in Norway & demo days/Demo av terrengsykler 11.03.2017

So far this is what I found.

http://www.stavangerbikecompany.no/demo/

Offers Demo bikes from Santa Cruz & Ibis & Enve wheels

If you decide to buy the bike that you paid for the domo/rent of the bike will be reduced in the price when you buy it.

Star Motor

Transition

Moonraker

Trek

Santa Cruz (2017 demo bikes just in being built)

Star Motor sitt bilde.
https://www.facebook.com/starmotoras/photos/a.319309739041.186467.313210264041/10155059017664042/?type=3&theater

http://spinn.no/SYKKEL/Demosykler (the demo bikes that are for sale) Norco

http://friksjon-sykkel.no/ Saracen,Genesis bikes

http://sykkelboden.no/ Trek,WTP bmx

http://www.jbssport.no/ Yt industries which are sold for 20% off later.

https://bull-ski-kajakk.no/ :Giant,Specialized,Bianchi

http://utflukt.terrengsykkel.no/ https://www.facebook.com/utflukt/

On utflukt you have to buy a festival pass. the brands vary from year to year,but canyon has been demoing there for few years.

http://utflukt.terrengsykkel.no/Praktisk-info/Paamelding

Bike Parks:

Demo days In Trysil in June 2017

Trysil 22-25. Juni 2017

Program: https://utflukt.terrengsykkel.no/Praktisk-info/Program-Utflukt-2017

https://utflukt.terrengsykkel.no/Nyheter/Paameldingen-er-i-gang

Check if a bike park got current models of bikes,but you are lucky if they do,and usually they have the cheapest models, and after few years they replace them with more current bikes.

Some biek parks got demo days:

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Picture taken from https://www.facebook.com/pg/kjerringaasendownhill

https://www.facebook.com/pg/kjerringaasendownhill

Kjerringåsen alpin senter had demo days in the past,and will probably have more.

Review: 2015 AlpineStars Drop 2 Enduro jersey

Sizing:

I use size L for Alpine Stars jerseys, with Fox I use XL, Mavic Size L, Swix base layer I use Medium

Pros:

  • No itching labels or stitching
  • good fit works well with protectors underneath, the sleeves are long enough, good size of collar, the jersey stay in place how it should no sliding or twisting of the sleeves or any other part of the jersey
  • the collar is not too open,so it works well , it keeps the buff in place,I wear a Swix  Race X base layer underneath & a buff/neck warmer(s), for those colder times where you don’t have to wear a jacket to stay warm, as the neck is one of the places I get cold fast, this is a big plus for me.
  • the pockets do not interfere with my Evoc backpack, the pockets are perfectly placed.
  • the pockets are so big you can have lunch or some energy bars in them, or 2 buffs or 2 sets of gloves.
  • easy to take things out or put in the pockets,because of the Velcro straps,which makes a secure pocket to keep stuff in,but I would not keep small or tiny stuff in it because they could come out, on rough rides, because the Velcro straps are only in the middle and not on the whole length.

Cons:

  • the stitched part of the pocket rolls down on the Velcro strap some times, but this is not a big deal, there is more than enough Velcro to keep the pocket secure.

Verdict: recommended

you can buy it here:

http://www.ridestore.no/alpinestars-drop-2-bike-shirt-black-white

Ridestore got good photos of Clothing, so check it out,(more in the link above)

Alpinestars Drop 2 Trøyer
Picture by Ridestore.com

Some of the best Kids/small person MTB bikes November 2016

Note that this article is work in progress, at least now you know some more brands or bikes.

These bikes are in no particular order.

If any of you have found more bikes or child specific stuff, be so kind to comment below to share with us.

I have no experience with these bikes, So I will say my opinion, and my experiences with the components used,I will not decide for you.

This article will be update when I find more good bikes
order and title of article might change but I publish this right ow so you can see it, sorry if there are mistakes and typos.

there are few kids bike brands that make good bikes for kids,and there are even fewer adult bike brands that make kids good kids bikes,and there are not many kids brand that make good kids bikes for 24 and 20 inch wheel size.

Some facts:

Kids should have as safe,light,strong,and as well performing bikes as adults.

for the kids to enjoy riding the bikes for a long time the bikes must be light.

Fit is very important,Adjustable reach for brake levers, right crank arm length,saddle that fit kids,I have seen kids riding on saddles that are painful to sit on,the shape of the saddle the length of the saddle the height/depth of it,Its all very important,a flexible saddle is a must In my opinion for optimal comfort.

When you want to buy a bike please ignore the silly marketing tricks, like using using A celebrity or pro riders name, or a company’s name..

this is a good example of what I mean: Hyper Cam Zink Edition is a good example:http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Hyper-Cam-Zink-Edition-Now-Available-at-Walmart.html

I see many kids got awful bikes, and jump and ride downstairs jump off walls, and they do it on awful and dangerous bikes. the kids I saw ridden like Seth does in this video.

Shame so many kids ride on bikes that is junk,and they don’t know how dangerous it is,and the parents got no clue.

but in this guide I will show some the best kids bike I have found on the internet.(custom builds only commercial products will be listed here)

In my opinion bikes like these should be illegal to sell, but sadly they are not.

And then there are the fake dirt jump bikes that are marketed as bikes that can withstand abuse. which they can’t do at all, bikes with Sr Suntour xct and xcm forks,the plastic adjustment, pops out, flexing, knocking sounds, or almost no rebound, depending on the model.

Some bikes have warning stickers on that say the opposite of what the ad say.

I see many kids got awful bikes, and jump and ride downstairs jump off walls, and they do it on awful and dangerous bikes. the kids I saw ridden like Seth does in this video.

If you are a beginner and want to do advanced riding I you need to subscribe to this channel.

Most of the world-wide big bicycles brands,only make cheap awful bikes for the kids, or really basic hard tails.

Many of the Kids MTB guides, are misleading, many of the bikes got awful components.

Many of the kids bikes I have seen are absolutely awful junk.

Almost every thing is wrong with these 100 dollar bikes.

Just some of the things that are wrong with them:

  • they are very heavy,a too heavy bike can be dangerous, the bike was glued to the ground I could no jump it.
  • suspension that does not do the job,the most common fork on these cheap bikes are ZOOM.
  • mechanical disk brakes that are hard to brake with for kids.
  • saddles that is torture to sit on.
  • tyres with no grip

Example of kids bikes that are marketed as mountain bikes, but they are to they are garbage, they are not made for Drop-Offs and jumps, and shredding in the woods.

http://images.biltema.com/PAXToImageService.svc/article/xlarge/271353
this is junk 14 KG for a kids bike is  stupid.

There are many choices on the market right now,

but If you want the best speed bike without spending too much I recommend buying from Direct Sale brands.
This video shows me jumping a 24 inch fat bike that is way too heavy:

The List:

Here are some real mountain bikes for kids. all from XC to freeride,downhill

Lil Shredder Prodigy
http://lilshredder.com/

freeride,downhill,trail

Lil Shredder Phenom
24″ WheelsRace face narrow wide ring make sure the chain stays on.(unless you pedal at extreme speed oride down 40-50 degrees steep strairs) so A chain guide would be nice.
As you can see, Shimano ZEE RD, which can take a beating,short cage is excellent, specially for kid’s bike so now they get clearance too. http://lilshredder.com/lil-shredder-phenom

http://kaniabikes.eu/

Full suspension 26er trail bikes:

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10 speed 1 by drive trail with shimano Deore shadow plus, and Rock Shox fork  & shock & hydraulic mineral oil disk brakes from shimano. I think this is a nice package,but  a chain guide would be nice

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this model got 11 speed 11 speed Sram drive trail and high end fork.
https://i2.wp.com/www.konaworld.com/images/bike/med/stinky_24.jpg
This kona has a budget is a budget built, but no clutch on the rear derailleur not good,I think the extra you would pay for a clutch is worth it.

https://i0.wp.com/www.transitionbikes.com/images/Bike2016_Main_Ripcord.jpg
Transition Ripcord
http://trek.scene7.com/is/image/TrekBicycleProducts/1530000_2016_A_1_Fuel_EX_Jr?wid=3000&hei=2454&fmt=jpg&qlt=50,1&op_usm=0,0,0,0&iccEmbed=0&cache=on,on&bgc=247,247,247

2016 Trek Fuel EX Jr

$1,889.99
So far this is the only high -end bike for kids from trek.
X-Fusion Performance Suspension is tuned for lighter riders
10×2 setup makes sure that the kid got all the gear range he or she needs. the bike got Deore shifters which are lighter to push, than the Deore XT M8000, so shifting should not be a issue for kids.

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/bikes/mountain-bikes/trail-mountain-bikes/fuel-ex-jr/fuel-ex-jr/p/1530000-2016
MONDRAKER Factor 24 http://www.mondraker.com/16/eng/bikes/factor-24/500 
https://www.propain-bikes.com/cms_client/cms_image.aspx?path=/upload/PROPAIN_Bicycles_GmbH/Dateien_fuer_Homepage/Bilder_Bikes/Titelbilder/Propain_Yuma_Titel.jpg&size=100&Unit=0&quality=100
Propain Yuma this bike got good components
Propain Frechdax   Its a shame they put Acera RD, would be nice with Shimano Zee instead,but if the kid crash a lot and ruin RD’s this is not a issue.
https://www.norco.com/img/bikes/064719-1-full.png
http://www.norco.com/bikes/youth/24-inch/fluid-24/fluid-42/
Shame they did not spec it with clutch Rd instead.Not as well speed as the other bike in this guide,but this is a Store/bike shop bike, so you can expect it to,not many kids bikes come with a dropper post,I think Norco made the right choice wit this bike by doing so. smaller ring that a adult would so the low gear wont be too hard.As most kids wont ride as fast as adults anyway.
https://i1.wp.com/spawncycles.com/media/catalog/product/cache/3/thumbnail/956x525/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/9/3/93232-web_1.pnghttp://spawncycles.com/bikes/spawn-cycles-rokkusuta-24-us
Shimano Zee gives ground clearance.

http://spawncycles.com/bikes/spawn-cycles-rokkusuta-20-us

This bike got no clutch Rd.

Hardtails

Trailcraft Titanium Pineridge 24

http://www.islabikes.co.uk/

16 inch and below:

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Cnoc 16 Pro Series Age 4+ / £799.99

 

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Beinn 20 Pro Series
Age 5+ / £999.99
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Creig 26 Pro Series Age 9+ / £1499.99
https://i0.wp.com/kaniabikes.eu/img/PRODUKTE%202016/PYRO_B15_18.jpg
KANIA PYRO X.13 / B.15 / B.18

Dirt jump bikes:

Kotori – 24″

this is a dirt jump bike with decent specs, but it got no front brake so it’s not street legal,at least not in Norway.Fyoutub

 

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https://www.pinkbike.com/news/canyon-launches-range-of-childrens-bikes-2017.html

 

Review: 2015 Giro DND gloves

the durability, and wear resistance of these gloves are much better than then Remedy X gloves,because there is no horrible hook & loop strap that wears out.

I have used these gloves about the same time as the remedy x gloves but these gloves will last much longer.

my knuckle size is 21cm,  and i used size large.

Depending on your hand these might be a con or a pro: if you got abnormal big wrist bone and thick thumps these gloves are for you.

  • the thumb is bit too big for me
  • the wrist is too big for me.

 

Pros:

  • elastic part on side wrist to help with fit.
  • durable
  • very breathable
  • sweat wipe material on the side of the thumbs

Cons:

  • The seams inside,result in less comfort than Poc’s gloves,but nto so bad that I would not wear them.
  • no Velcro strap for the best fit
  • no touch screen support

Giro DND Mil Spec Olive / Highlight Yellow  2015 Gloves

Review: BBB ULTRABASE DTL Road & MTB saddle

the saddle is harder than the Bontrager race saddle on the 2010 trek 6300,saddles is a personal thing,not every one will find every saddle comfortable, this saddle was not the most comfortable one I had.

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Pros:

  • durability is acceptable, it did not wear out or bend og any screws that fell out, so this is good,i got few holes on the sides from few crashes.

cons:

  • becomes slippery after at  least 1 year of use
  • the black stripes that go on the sides ,top of the saddle wear out after much riding.
  • only 3 colour options
  • bit hard,not as flexy as I would like.

http://bbbcycling.com/

long term review: Mavic Stratos gloves

if you are used to Shimano or Giro gloves, get a size smaller,atleast if you are in europe.

i got these in large but they are too big for me,hopefully i get these in medium.

this is a well made glove.

these gloves do not have padding,this might be a negative thing to you, but if you use ESI grips, or another silicone grip, you wont regret having this glove.

i use ESI Chunky green grips with these gloves its a good combo.

but on hard grips like those that came with all my trek bikes, it will be uncomfortable and you will get fatigue

afther a crash the stitching on the left thumb ripped, but nothing that you cant fix with soem sewing.

cons: 

the price,but its was worth it for me i did not wear it out just in few weeks.

rubber on finger tips will eventually wear out,(the the glue will be worn out)

pros:

  • good feel, you feel every thing you touch the glove is not restricting your movement.
  • Breathable perfect for hot weather
  • easy to take & off
  • material used for the palm is strong, my experience wit hthis material is that it last a very long time.
  • come in 2 color choises
  • grips well i have tried them on Easton mtb grip,bontrager grips, and esi grips.
  • rubber on the finger tips for extra grip, they actually work, not like on Shimano gloves that make it slippery.
  • only wear is the rubber grips that are gloves on the finger tips.but just one of those loosened,
  • the materials used are strong,
  • will fit very thick hands

42,00 €*

http://www.mavic.com/accessories-gloves-stratos-glove

bikeradar’s review:

http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/category/clothing/gloves/product/review-mavic-stratos-gloves-13-47543/

anmeldelse av C4 Sportsbrille

 Disse brillene er ser ut som Limar, F60 (bilde nedenfor) &Endura Mullet(som kom i 6 farger)

These glasses look Like Limar, F60 (Picture below) & Endura Mullet(which comes in 6 colors)

 

 

Limar F60

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Endura Mullet(photochromic glass(blir mørkere når det blir lyser og omvendt))

http://media.chainreactioncycles.com/is/image/ChainReactionCycles/prod51325_Glossy%20Black_NE_01?id=lqNrx2&scl=4&req=tile&rect=0,0,231,225&fmt=jpg

 

men etui/futeral er ikke det samme,ikke innpakningen heller Jeg har brukt brillene i mer enn (husker ikek nøyaktig)2 år i varmt vær syklet i kalde og varme dager, ingen tind har knekt , det følger med et futeral med blrillepose, men det stemmer ikke,men den har 4 glass brilene sitter på min nase ok,men problemet at jeg får fluer somkrasjer i panna mi rett i øynene.men formen på panna har jo mye å si ,de kan kansje for deg og ikke meg.

 

det som ikke er bra

  • ikke Photocromatisk linse på gsport sin side stod det at det er det. men lenger ned sto det at det følger med 4 glass.
  • Den svarte lakken flasser av

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  •  gummi strømpa på brille armene faller av og limen smelter, gummien revner så brillene blir ekkle å ha på seg når dette skjer. jeg måtyte vaske vekk limen
  • 599,- prisen er for høy
  • bare et farge valg
  • bare en størrrelse

Den svarte lakken farler av, og smelte så man får svarte merker på huden. gummi strømpa på brille armene faller av limen smelter, det sklir av, gummien revener. så brillene blir ekle å ha på seg når dette skjer.

det som er bra

  • futteral/etui og brillepose
  • brille glassene er i en pose for å ungå riper.
    du får kjøpt disse brillene hos gsport, intersport eller på nett på

https://www.gsport.no Konklusjon jeg ambefaler ikke disse brillene http://www.gsport.no/produkt/214315/c4-sportsbrille-re-2-7 noen vil vite mer om c4 komponenter http://www.terrengsykkel.no/ubb/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1126977&page=2

Konklusjon: ikke kjøp disse brillene

flickr bilde album:
Gresvig sport C4 brille/rebranded Limar F60

Review: Bontrager evoke 2015 mountainbike glove

i purschased these in size Large,they fit well,but shimano the shimano gloves i had were size Medium

i have used these gloves for mtb.

there is a womens version in light blue only difference is the color realy.

afther few days of riding:

natural and confortable fit.

inForm design reduses the  fatigue,but not as mutch as gloves with gel inserts but gel inserts have a big con they wear out fastcan feel the stiching but still confortable.

afhter few days the bontrager logos start to wear off.

pros:

  • Excellent brake lever feel
  • the bontrager logos on the fingers give you extra grip
  • Simple pull-on design makes it easy to take them on and off
  • very breathable in the heat
  • decent price

cons: 

  • no touch screen support o nthe fingertips
  • afther few months the sides of the fingers ripped apart.
  • the gloves will rip apart easier because of no strong material on the fingertips

price  $34.99 Buy Now: Bontrager.com or Your Local Trek Dealer

only review of the glove i foudn was this one:http://www.feedthehabit.com/mountain-biking/bontrager-evoke-gloves/