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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Revised Long Term review of Poc Joint VPD 2.0 Dh Long Knee & shin pads

I have used these pads for a really long time now, over 2 year,The whole year, and I put them trough some hard crashes, and they protected me every time.

I was so satisfied with these, that I bought second pair as spare,So I always have clean protection, or if I damage one the other can be repaired.

When fabric has stretched:

When the rear fabric has stretched make sure you fix it, get it back to the correct measurements again so the pads fit as intended,which is important so they don’t slide around,So they give you maximum protection.

You have to use the right technique to put them on:

if the pad slides up its because you did not use the right technique to put them on,You should hold the top part with 2 hands and pull them up so all the fabric slides upwards keeping the pad low, and have to top part with the adjustment strap as high as possible, this way they say in place, I have the typical muscle legs and thighs, And I use size Medium and have worked perfectly, as long as I did put them on right. I also noticed that they will make noises as the pads are against each other, as for the discomfort,you should have the upper part as far up as you can,if it’s right under the knee it will not be comfy.

The wear you see between the plastic plate and the Velcro strap is caused by friction from bending your knees, which causes friction.
The stitching should be close to the end of the pad,thigh pad and leg pad should be overlapping,slightly. The strap should NOT be way on the top,the rubberised material on the in side of the pad should be on the end  near the end,there should be about 0,5cm  space between the Velcro and the end of the pad, but as you use it it move little bit,as seen in this picture,few millimetres of change will happen as you have the knee in a different position.

Pros:

  • comfortable(if worn & put on correctly)
  • good fit, the upper is made like a joint, so the upper part stays n palace while the rest moves with your leg and knee. this work very well.
  • does not slide down
  • good protection on the side of the knee
  • good Velcro straps
  • no movement restrictions
  • size matches the size guide, not like 2015 products from Bliss

Cons:

  • But of course you are gonna get bit warm, but the protection Poc’s pads give you is definitely worth it, but in the fall, winter this is not a con:-)
  • the weight,but I don’t care, if they protect me.
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some signs of wear, but this is unavoidable,the way its made, but the way its made gives you good protection, and the wear you see here developed slowly.

 

After few crashes & branches, ,but this is easy to fix,  if you know how to sew

Verdict:

I think these pads are one of the best on the market right now

if you want durable,heavy duty protection these are a good option,if you ignore the fact they are sweaty to wear.

Sickline.com video in the Poc stand at Interbike 2014:

 

 

You can buy it here:

Knee pads:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/POC-Joint-Shinpads-uranium-black/dp/B00A9ERQ0E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487381326&sr=8-1&keywords=poc+joint+dh

https://www.amazon.com/POC-Joint-Uranium-Black-Small/dp/B00A9ERQ2W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487381397&sr=8-1&keywords=POC+Joint+Vpd+2.0+Dh

Shin pads:

https://www.amazon.com/POC-Joint-Shins-Armor-Black/dp/B006L25ZRO/ref=pd_sim_468_9?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B006L25ZRO&pd_rd_r=79TZQSCFM1N5H5KDV000&pd_rd_w=bfGPU&pd_rd_wg=MPWY0&psc=1&refRID=79TZQSCFM1N5H5KDV000

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Sports-Outdoors/POC-Joint-Shin-Protector-black/B006L1QLSC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487381598&sr=8-1&keywords=POC+Joint+VPD+2.0+Shins

Pris:1.249,-

Kan kjøpes her:

Kneepad:

http://www.sykkelkomponenter.no/products/poc-vpd-20-dh-long-knee-knebeskyttere

http://www.fjellsport.no/poc-joint-vpd-2-0-dh-long-knee-uranium-black.html

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=54180;menu=1000,18,216;mid%5B456%5D=1;page=1

Shin:

read the view of POC Joint VPD Air Elbow pads here: https://mtbboy1993.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/review-poc-joint-vpd-air-elbow-pads/

Review: Weldtite TF2 Extreme Wet Lube

Time tested:  1 winter & many summer days

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Make sure you wipe off access because this lube creates ”spider webs”.

Pros:

  • No matter if it was wet or dry it worked great.
  • works great in all conditions, I have ridden in -9 Degrees Celsius, the lube does not attract dirt, and if there will be dirt it wipes off easily.
  • The long tip makes it easy to lube the rear dérailleur.

Cons:

So far none

Conclusion:

recommended

 

 

 

22.02.2017 updated 2 years review: Bergans Airojohka Mens jacket

I have used this jacket for about 2 years.

This is not a cycling specific jacket, but a sports jacket, but I think it its good for cycling.

The arm zippers:

To close them while riding, you have to do the bicep bodybuilder move, which will hold the jacket in the sleeve in place while you zip it up, do it carefully of course.

Pros:

  • excellent fit, which you can see in the video above.
  • Good coverage. I went with size XL, size L could fit me, for walking, but I went with the XL so I had full coverage, so the when my arms are down my hands are inside the jacket, but when having it on when riding and moving in all directions and stretching my arms and moving my upper body backwards, the jacket covers everything, and I don’t get wet.26429134494_b9afe8dc82_b
  • well placed venting zippers, so when I began to be too hot, I just unzipped them and I stayed the perfect temperature.but when wearing a backpack you can’t fully unzip the zippers, but that is not a big deal.26429093764_582e974c2a_b
  • the hood fit perfectly under the helmet, and it has adjustment i the back head and 2 in the front, but it is not in the way of the helmet adjustment which is great.25540285094_bae8fc92a8_b
  • Excellent fit, perfect for mountain biking.
  • the adjustments are placed in the perfect spots.
  • 2 big front pockets
  • I can wear the POC elbow pads without any fit issues.
  • the front of the hood is stiffer than the rest
  • you can roll it and put it in your backpack, it takes little space. so its perfect for me, as the weather can change from warm summer weather to cold and rain weather the same day.
  • I have ridden in -9 Celsius with only Swix base layer and a jersey under this jacket, I stayed warm, but I also did a ride in -11 Celsius I stayed warm but if I was still too long I felt bit colder, so if I am very active, I won’t get cold in -11 degrees, but, if your activity is not intense, another jersey should do fine.

Cons:

so far none

Durability: Updated 22.02.2017

 

The jacket fabric:

I crashed few times, but the latest crash, loogI jumped a root over a root and landed and my back twisted and I lost control, and my bike went to the left I went on the right and, the jacket’s sleeve landed on the gravel covered asphalt, I got a small hole, on the left sleeve.

The Zippers:

2 of the lower pins in the zipper, bent so I had to bend it back, but it came back to being bent few times, I don’t know why this happened, maybe in one of the few crashes I had.

Conclusion:

This jacket is perfect for any use, in my opinion, no matter if you run, ride, or ski.

 

Flickr album

Product pages: http://catalog.bergans.us/clothing/jackets/shell/Airojohka-Jkt-Green-Tea-Lime-Navy-L-163309-p0001052230

http://nettbutikk.bergans.no/kl%C3%A6r/jakker/Skall1/Airojohka-Jkt-MidnightBlue-Yellowgr-XL-163315-p0001052346

I found this German review: http://ich-liebe-berge.ch/test-bergans-airojohka-jacket/

Updated Review: 2015 Poc Index DH Vpd 2.0

Post originally posted Dec 16, 2015& Updated 12.01.2017

POC is well known for their protection product.

I have several POC products now and I recommend checking them out.

This glove is my favorite glove so far.

Pros

  • very comfy
  • light weight
  • Velcro strap
  • perfect fit.
  • Excellent padding
  • 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 adjustment strap is twisting.

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.

Flickr album:https://www.flickr.com/photos/mtbboy1993/albums/72157661219836311

Conclusion: Recommended, for durability I recommend getting Index DH over the newer 2016 Resistance Strong gloves.

In my opinion, they are currently the best MTB gloves on the market right now.

Product page: http://www.pocsports.com/en/product/1888/index-dh

https://www.sykkelkomponenter.no/search_result?keywords=poc (12.02.2017 er borte/ it’s gone)

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

review: Fox 180 MX jersey

Size comparison:

Mavic int L/EU, GER M

Alpinestars L

FOX XL

My size for this jersey is XL, L will be too short arms.

Pros

  • very cool jersey, it’s so cool I can almost not feel that I’m wearing it, So its cooler than the Mavic Crossmax jerseys I have.
  • Wearing protection is not an issue, because of the perfect fit.
  • True to size Fit
  • Perfect with elbow pads.
  • not too baggy
  • The collar is not too big, which I think Mavic Crossmax had.

Cons

  • None if you are careful, something can get hooked on it and pull the threads, but this is going to happen with all thin clothing.

 

Verdict: Recommended

It’s a jersey, so there is not much to say about

 

https://www.foxracing.com/

Review: POC Resistance Strong shorts

New closing system:

These shorts use 2 buttons instead of one button through a hole.

The pockets are smaller than in the trail vent shorts, a small wallet or keys will fit perfectly.

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Zip pocket at leg works well as phone pocket
  • light weight
  • True to size fit
  • good breathability, the short is made of a thin material in the thigh and front area, and with SuperFabric on the sides. these shorts are a huge improvement in terms of cooling over the trail vent shorts.
  • perfect with knee pads

    As you can see the Cat s 50 phone hits perfectly inside the pocket.
  • good adjustment & sizing, the sizing is perfect for me, I am 32 in waist and 26 in the hips, and I use the adjustment straps to the max both on the Poc Trail vent and Resistance shorts.
  • smooth YKK zippers

    the material with stripes is the stretch material
  • The VPD padding does not compromise comfort.
  • strong threads/stitching

Cons:

  • the VPD padding could be wider and longer.
  • only 2 colour choices
  • And of course white will look dirty

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Conclusion

Because of the fit, comfort, and protection, I recommend these shorts.

These shorts are one of the best shorts you can get.

In my opinion, these 2016 shorts are the best shorts for use.

 

http://www.pocsports.com/en/product/2629/resistance-strong-shorts

Kan kjøpes her/can be bought here:

Norge/Norway:

https://www.fjellsport.no/ (utsolgt nå jeg skrev dette/sold out at the time of writing)

https://www.x-life.no/ (utsolgt nå jeg skrev dette/sold out at the time of writing)

http://www.outnorth.no/ (utsolgt nå jeg skrev dette/sold out at the time of writing)

https://no.coolshop.com/produkt/poc-resistance-strong-shorts-cycling-clothes/AF4E6P

https://no.coolshop.com/produkt/poc-resistance-strong-shorts-cycling-clothes/AK4ZT5

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=150827;menu=1000,18,12

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=150831;menu=1000,18,12;page=203

https://www.amazon.co.uk/POC-Resistance-Strong-Shorts-MTB-Grey/dp/B01BK21IO8/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1486922524&sr=8-6&keywords=poc+resistance

https://www.amazon.co.uk/POC-Resistance-Strong-Shorts-technical/dp/B01BK21H12/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1486922524&sr=8-5&keywords=poc+resistance

https://www.amazon.co.uk/POC-Resistance-Strong-MTB-black/dp/B01BK21D2U/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1486922524&sr=8-7&keywords=poc+resistance

Review: 2016 POC Resistance Strong Gloves

 

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, and I don’t regret it.
  • Durable ceramic-coated SuperFabric® with abrasion resistant properties

Cons:

  • 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 glue holding the Velcro to the rubber strap failed of some pairs of gloves.

Verdict: Recommended, because of the protection and ventilation they provide.

If you want Gloves with protective padding, and good air flow/ventilation these gloves are the best gloves you can get,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 the Resistance gloves in size M, which works well.

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

Kan kjøpes her/can be bought here:

 

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=150879;menu=1000,18,56;mid%5B456%5D=1;page=2

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://no.coolshop.com/produkt/poc-resistance-strong-cycling-gloves/AE87SG

https://www.fjellsport.no/poc-resistance-strong-glove-pentose-grey.html

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

https://www.skistar.com//no/Shop/Klar/Hansker/Sykkelhansker/resistance-strong-glove-uranium-black-178785/

 

Review: 100% Racecraft MX Goggles

Some words about the brand:

100% is a well-known brand in the motocross community, and the past years more and more know in the Mountain bike community.These goggles are made FullFace helmets like used in downhill and motocross.

I have been using these goggles for about 1 season, and there are no signs of wear.

If you use the tear-offs, in rain or humid weather, there will be fog between the lens and the tear-off. So in rain or humid conditions, I don’t use the tear offs, I only use them in dry condition to protect the lens.

After riding in 1 Celsius

Pros:

  • Comfortable.
  • I think it’s easy to change lenses, but not too easy like with Adidas Pinner googles.
  • It to change lenses in in a hurry while out riding because they are so secured so well, but for me this is this is not a con, you do not wave to worry about the lenses falling off.
  • the triple layer foam & the vents makes sure you don’t overhead and/or get soaked of sweat.The difference between the Adidas Pinner and 100% Racecraft is huge, soaked versus dry or almost dry to slightly moist foam in 25 Celsius, and soaked vs slight moist in not so hot days.But the sweat travels trough to the Grey layer and if its much it can drip some.
    triple layer foam is a must for me.

    100% Racecraft goggle vs Adidas Pinner goggle
  • even after 4 weeks of summer riding the foam did not stink.
  • The foam is well glued, and the durability of the foam is much better than the Adidas Pinner google has, none of the foam peeled off.
  • good FOV/field of view
  • the lens will stay on even if you are rough with the goggles.
  • The rubberised strap works well, I use a 2015 Mavic notch & Fox Rampage Pro Carbon helmet, and it never slipped off.
  • The tear off system actually work, unlike on the  Adidas Pinner goggles.,the plugs are the correct size, and the tear-fit tight so they won’t fall off.
  • Nose guard
  • good ventilation

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  • the nose guard sits snugly and won’t just fall off.
  • 2 lenses
  • comfy fit
  • several color choices.
  • the lens stays in place well.
  • the perfect shape on the top which will not leave a big gap between the goggle and the helmet which some goggles do, Adidas Pinner for example.

Cons:

  • no replacement foam.
  • you can lose the nose guard without even noticing it, which I did with one of the goggles, mine probably snapped out when I took them off or a branch hit them, who knows.
  • the extra lens got an anti-scratch sticker on it which needs to be removed, but one of the lenses that came with one of the 2 goggles I got left glue residue, so you should clean it off.

Flickr album

Verdict: Recommended

So far it is the best goggle I have seen to a decent price.

The goggle offers excellent ventilation and comfort at a excellent price.

it cost about the online same as I paid for one Adidas Pinner in the local bikes store

Product page: http://www.ride100percent.com/mountainbike/goggles/

You can buy them here:

http://www.ridestore.no/100-racecraft-goggle-mx-airstr-s-w-mr-silver?q=100%25%20%22Racecraft%22%20Goggles%20MX&p=16&gclid=CjwKEAjw-r27BRCzsNyzrMrM-j0SJACp2TiBIXc9tSoPPVdzX-4JUsDzY7aYRhmcczPYGx0H3nqZXxoCDc_w_wcB

http://www.freestylextreme.com/user/searchresults.aspx?q=100%25%20racecraft

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=13&search=100%25+Racecraft+

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/no/en/100-racecraft-goggles/rp-prod77022

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=100%25+RACECRAFT+Goggles

everything from 100% on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/100/b/ref=bl_dp_s_web_15592588011?ie=UTF8&node=15592588011&field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=100%25

Review: Shimano Deore XT M8000 with Race Face Narrow wide

On 10speed Formula/Bontrager Freehub:

If I use the 42T cog on the cassette the chain will fall off when back-pedalling, but when I shift up to 37T cog the chain stays in place no matter how hard I pack pedal.

On Hope Pro 4 freehub:

the Pro 4 free hub, is 11 speed compatible, which means it’s wider, and comes with a spacer,and with 11speed cassette, the  cassette is closer to the frame/more outwards to the right, which gives a better chain line, so the backpedalling issues is gone,Unless you backpedal at unrealistic speed,then it will fall off,but I have done 180 U turns in 1stgear(42T) and the chain never fell off.

So if your rear hub is compatible with a wider freehub,you should get one.

Huge noise reduction when riding:

The first thing I noticed after I upgraded to 1×11 is that all the slapping ,banging and scraping noises are gone from my bike.25185797391_0cfdb76e37_o

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The narrow wide chain-ring will make more sound than the triple chain-ring,  but when ring in rough terrain or jumping, the noise is a lot less than a conventional triple ring set-up would make.

With this set up i used uncut CN-HG701-11 chain.

Shimano Deore XT M8000 I-Spec B shifter:

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There is big  difference in the force needed to press to press the small trigger(up shift),but I got used to it after days ,and it did not feel as hard to press, and I like the shifter feel,I get less accidental shifts this way.

The change in gear is instant like promised.

The possibility to shift by bending you finger and do a finger kick motion,which you can’t do with Sram shifters.

(like this(https://youtu.be/7HvJma35fZA) to push the lever/trigger is gone, as the Shimano Deore 10 Spd had.But for me this is a acceptable compromise.

But there will be no accidental shifts

Down shifting:

  • smooth lever-action.
  • There is huge difference in the force required to push the triggers between SL-M610 &  M8000 , so if you plan to upgrade a kids bike you might want to let the kid try it out first,but for the youngest I recommend getting SL-M610 or something similar.
  • you can shift down 4 gears

The I-Spec B shifter will have rotational play,because of the pin system, it’s not avoidable.

The screw came with a lot of  Blue thread-locker,so needed to try few times until I finally got it tight without loose shifter.

But the adjustment screws did not,so you have to buy thread locker for them, I used Loctite 243.

The rear Derailleur:

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11-26T M8000 Cassette  & RD m8000 with original link & trek ABP hanger 

 

Pros:

  • A lot stiffer Clutch system, which is good.
  • Very smooth,fast shifting movement.
  • Esy to service, as long as you got magnetic bowl, and are careful with the round seal fo the spring assambly.

 

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Race Face Narrow wide:

The chain will not fall off no matter how hard I ride, if it falls off you must be crashing really hard.

There is some drag when pedalling but this is not noticeable when riding, the chain still wants to be on the ring for about a half of a second, but this is impossible to avoid with Narrow Wide.

If you want video proof that narrow wide works watch this video by Seth’s Bike Hacks

Me unboxing the 36T chainring

Down 50 degrees stairs test:

Steep stairs

set up used in test: 2010 trek 6300 1 x10 36-11T cassette Shimano SLX Shadow Plus, with 36T Race Face Narrow Wide chain ring.The chain dropped when it was in 24 Tooth cog, but when I tried in 21 cog it stayed on. Even on stairs that were not that steep probably 40 degrees,the chain fell off.

Pros of 1×11:

  • You get all the gears you need if you just select the right chairing for you.
  • a lot quieter drive train
  • dropping the chain is rare unless you ride in low gears down steep stairs.
  • No front chain rigns to deal with
  • easier to clean the drive train,less dirt & mud on the drive train
  • if you want to sue a chain guide, you can use a single ring chain guide which will be more secure,and look better
  • if you use a wide range cassette with a 9T cog you can get the a pretty high gear as you could with triple rings,but with 11-42 with 36T cassette I get a pretty good range,but once I get on the 1km flat straights I will run out of gears

Cons of 1×11: There are no real cons riding 1×11 it will have faster wearing cassette and chain of course,but that’s not a reason to not upgrade. the 37 and 42 cogs are the fastest wearing cogs, because of the bigger chain angle.

the cassette & chainring wore out at the end of the season like it did with 10×3, maybe few weeks sooner wear. I don’t have to shift as often and skip so many gear so often,so I get less side to side wear on the chain,by using 1×11,so the chain growth will be less.

If i changed the chain,a lot earlier, the cassette and ring would have lasted longer,but I had no spare chains,but I have a stock of chains now.

The Rear derailleur cage will have visible wear, with 1x  setup,because of the chain line the chain will hit the plates,but its not a big deal.

 

I absolutely recommend Both the Xt m8000 drivetrain and the Race Face Narrow Wide single chaining.

If you are not sure which gear ratio you need:http://gears.mtbcrosscountry.com/

Flickr Album: Shimano DeoreXT M8000

Flickr Album: Race Face

Short term review: Jagwire WST028 Pro Wire & Housing Cutter

Pros:

  • The cutting is excellent, as good as its show in their video, no matter if it’s Shimano or Jagwire cable or wire.
  • The spring never falls out unless, you drop the tool.
  • integrated awl

Cons:

  • If you like the cable to be short at the end, you can’t use the wire end cap criper,unless you want to take the wheel off if you do it on the Rear Derailleur.
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To be able to use it,you got to have the cable really long , which is not nice to have

I recommend using Slip-joint pliers ,which i do.

Conclusion:

I absolutely recommend this this tool because it’s 4 tools in one.

Official product video

 

Jagwire Pro Housing Cutter:

 

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=54359;menu=1000,185,191

https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/jagwire-pro-housing-cutter-457859/wg_id-11

 

Rebranded Jagwire cutter with SRAM branding:00 7915 073 010 Sram  Sram Kabel Kutter Til Wire og strømper

https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/sram-cable-housing-cutter-tool-54199/wg_id-11

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=29247;menu=1000,185,191;mid=0;pgc=0;page=10

 

januar 2017 updated review: MOTOREX – BIKE CLEAN

Motorex is really as good as Motorex claims.

Removes dirt that no dish soap, I use it all over the my bikes

Cleans off Muc off dry and wet lubes.

I had no issues with cleaning dirty chain with Muc off wet lube on, wuith  Finish line Grunge Brush with Motorex bike clean  the chain was sparkly clean,but Muc off lubes are easy to clean off,with proper cleaners.

It feels dish washing soap or lube, so its important to rinse it off before a ride, if you use it on your brake pads or discs you will reduce the braking power if you don’t rinse it off.

I have used it Motorex bike clean to clean the brake discs and brake pads, but I rinsed it off well.

I can clean the whole bike with this product.(if there is not extremely sticky stuff on it)

no matter how dirt it was,mud,lube,and other things it removed it with no issue.

But If you want to remove good grease, you can’t with this product, you will have to use a a degreaser.

it works faster than finish line’s cleaner,I can use less of it.

it got a mild smell, does not stink extremely like some other stuff can do.

washing the drive train works well, compared to finish line cleaner,with finish line I had to use their degreaser which stink/smell horrible and still would not remove as well as Motorex’s bike cleaner.

Some stuff even the good cleaners and degreasers struggle with:

but it can’t clean the sticky shimano lube that has been my second fuel ex that has been indoors most of the time,and has been only ridden 3 times, and standing indoors for the rest of the time. but I tried re lubing it with Finish Line Dry lube, and that loosened up the chain and it now works like new.

Conclusion:

recommended Motorex’ cleaner,definitely worth a it.

 

(updated)One season review:Suomi Tyres Extreme 294 26″

Yes, they cost more than normal tyres, and more than cheap winter tyres but, the extra grip is worth it.using tyres with no spikes in the midsection is pointless.

These tires give excellent grip, but they, of course, don’t stop you from sliding on very slippery ice when you turn too fast or brake too hard.

the strong stink goes away after few weeks of use so the stink will not irritate you when you got the bike indoors.

after about 4 months of use there were some cracks in the tyres, which might have been caused by broken glass,I don’t know,some studs fell out some snapped in half,but studs can be replaced.

Pros:

  • sticky well gripping tyre
  • good pattern, that helps with getting the mud away and gripping the surface.
  • Does not lose studs easily
  • fast rolling
  • they are not as loud as WXC 300

Cons:

  • they got a strong stink to them when they are new, which last few weeks.

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Verdict: Recommended

I recommend these because of the durability.

Check out Tommi Kivimäki‘s review & set up of  Suomi Tyres Gazza Extremes 294:

Suomi Stud tool:

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=73184;menu=1000,185,191;mid=0;pgc=0;page=3

https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/nokian-tool-for-installing-replacement-spikes-51301/wg_id-11

 

2015 Mavic Crossmax Jersey long & short sleaves

I have not crash tested it yet:-), but I assume its quite durable.

the sizes are about 1 cm difference each way, so I can use International medium and International large.

Pros

  • very comfortable against your skin soft and stretches, much more comfortable than a normal cotton t shirt., quite smooth.
  • stretches so easy to take on & off elbow pads when wearing the jersey
  • will fit every type of body armor, I use POC VPD Air elbow pads
  • excellent fit
  • the collar could be a bit higher in the front.

Cons

  • the size label  in the rear/ neck is not comfortable against your skin
  • size label in the neck is uncomfortable
  • The yellow jersey attract bees

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Because I can use base layer and jersey but still feel cold in this area, use use a buff but I pull the jersey down fro the rear and on the sleeves so I get full coverage in the neck-chest area.

as you can see there is no issue wearing the Poc VPD AIR elbow pads underneath.

 

Conclusion:

good fitting and comfy jersey,so I recommend it

Review: 2015 POC Flow jersey

If  you crash a lot, and need a durable jersey, POC Flow is a good choice.

if you want soft and super comfortable jersey i would go for the Trail jersey instead, biut for me this is OK.

Pros

  • confortable, the jersey is smoother inside than outside, so it will not be as unconfortable as you might think.
  • Very Durable,i crashed 2 tiomnmes ( on concrete stairs and on asphalt) with this jersey on and it still looks like new,but i assume if you crash very bad the POC logo might get some scrapes.
  • no itchy size label

 

cons

  • None yet

i ordered wrong size but i kept it did not have time to deal with it so i just used it, but one size too small  was wearable but not so comfy to put it on, but hopefully i can get some more of these in the right size

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Conclusion, if you want durability, the POC flow jersey is a good choice.

2015 Swix RaceX base layer jersey high neck

I got this underwear jersey in medium.

Pros

  • very comfortable against the skin
  • the sleeves are long and go past he wrist so your gloves go over them, witch is perfect for me as a rider.The wrist area of the sleeve can fit 2 of my hands but still leave room, when fully stretched.
  • it stretches in all directions so when you get bigger muscles it will still fit,as you can wearing padding underneath is not a issue, or if you are muscular it won’t be a issue either,but I wear the pads over the base layer,so you don’t have to take off the base layer to take off the pads,

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  • no seams in the armpit, so its very confortable.
  • Strong propper seams( with cheaper underwear from other brands i had issue with hte thred breaking the first time i got it on, but not with these.

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cons:

  • none so far.

 

Verdict:

Recommended well made base layer that will fit many shapes of bodies and is very comfortable,wit seams in the right places.

 

Pris 499 NOK

http://www.swixsport.com/Products/Apparel/Bodywear/RaceX-bodyw-halfzip-Mens

https://www.gsport.no/produkt/216285/swix-racex-superundertoey-hoey-hals-herre

Long term REVIEW: 2015 Bontrager xr1 team issue 26×2.20

I used these tyres more than 5 months. I have done some mountain-biking with these tyres,but since I now use a full suspension-bike i have not recently done any MTB with this tyres. But I have done a lot of commuting.

Pros:

  • Excellent cornering grip. the side knobs provide good grip when turning,the closer pattern middle knobs gives you the fast rolling.
  • fast rolling well gripping tyre for asphalt and hard-pact trails.
  • very easy to put on off the rim,no tyre lever needed.
  • low weight
  • does pretty well on wet asphalt too,not like the LT 3 that gave no grip on asphalt

Cons:

  • I am between 70 and 80 kg and I need to run minimum 40 psi or I will puncture on riding stairs or  of side walks.
  • punctures easily on glass,this is cause by how thin the tyre is, it’s a about 3 mm I think.
  • bit too loose when putting them on the rim.

 

1 rear tyre got a puncture lost all air,other rear tyre on a other bike exploded in the bike shop, with a loud bang, the hole was pretty big like some one  stabbed the tyre with a knife.and this was with just normal commute riding to stores,but i got them replaced i the store, and  the 6300 bike now got these tyres both on rear and front and they are holding up well as long as i run 40 psi on the rear.2 tyres failed with normal commute use,fut that was probably faulty tyres,

I have used the Bontrager xr1 team issue for a long time, without any issues.

 

Conclusion:

Recommended

Good tyre,not too expensive.

Good lightweight tyre,fast rolling excellent tyre not matter if you use it for commuting or riding on trails

price $69.99

 

 

 

 

 

REVIEW: 2015 ESI Chunky & extra chunky silicone grips

I have ridden with these few months now.

I heard the lizard skins are way too hard,since i already got ESI grips and they are much better than rubber grips,I ordered the extra chunky grips too.the chunky feel much better than any cheap rubber grip or lock on grip I ever had.

i need little bit more shock absorption,I can compress the grip so i can feel the handle bar,i will change them out for Extra Chunky’s hopefully they will be better.

But that said they are a big improvement, my hands hurt less,and its more comfortable to ride.

After almost one season the grips began to wear,and became ruff and started to peal off small flakes.26307676250_68f1a4b4fd_b

Pros:

  • absorbs shock
  • feels great without gloves
  • good grip,even when wet
  • 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
  • they can be used in the winter, I have ridden few days with -10  and more, with the grips, with out any issues.

Cons:

  • if you crash hard into a tree or something or similar, there is a big chance that they rip.
  • wear out faster than rubber grips,but for me its definitely worth getting more Esi grips,at least for mountain biking its a must for me.
  • birds can damage the grips like here,after more than a week there are holes so deep i can see the handle bar.

Putting them on and off:

What you should NOT do:

My method is better than the recommended method by ESI.

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

Don’t use hair spray, even the bike mechanic tells you to, it will stink, and make the grip slipperier on the inside. no dangerous stuff to breathe that way. and no stinky grips and handlebar.

Don’t use a screwdriver

The best way to put them on or of is to use hot water!!!

I use this method below to fit my silicone grips. Hot tap water method: by doing it the way I do will ensure easy installation of grips. Let turn the use hot side only,to the high pressure,let the sink fill up with hot water keep most of the grip in in the water,to avoid pain don’t dip the while grip with your hands in the water, flip the grip to the other side do the same, the just push it on and and and for final step spin it into place.

 

conclusion:

good grips no matte if its wet or dry you get one of the most conformable grips on the market,and the price is not bad either.

I got Extra Chunky grips on all of my bikes now.

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

and remeber:Install ESI MTB grips by using Rubbing Alcohol, Compressed Air or Window cleaner ONLY!

Review: 2015 POC Chamois Underwear

Poc Chamois Underwear Tungsten Blue

this is a excellent product form Poc.

i can tell that these are good just by looking at them.

PROS

  • comfortable
  • they come in 2 colors
  • Perfect fit
  • good padding,the thickness and the size of the chamois makes this a perfect chamois for mountain biking.

Cons: none of importance

  • the thigh part of the underwear slides up slightly,but  no a big issue,but they are comfortable.

Product page:http://www.pocsports.com/en/product/2147/chamois-underwear

 

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=105822;menu=1000,18,62;mid%5B456%5D=1

http://www.moosejaw.com/moosejaw/shop/product_POC-Sports-Men-s-Chamois-Underwear_10294300_10208_10000001_-1_

http://www.outsidesports.co.nz/inspire-me/highlights/new-in/poc-cycle-shorts-wipc630701#.V33re6L8u00

https://www.bikester.no/471860.html?c=816&cid=22-1220_239105_239135_239306_763158_0_kelkoo.no&utm_term=POC+Chamois+Undert%C3%B8y+Herre+Gr%C3%B8nn+XL+Unde&utm_campaign=kelkooclick&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=kelkoono