I was so impressed with 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.
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.
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.
The platform is too short, for my 44 size feet, a longer platform would be nice. But riding with the five ten impact shoes defenitly help.
Bushings are not as reliable as bearings
Very durable, can take some abuse.
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.
If it was not for the ”standard” size platform I could recommend these pedals.
Defacto 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This jacket is perfect for any use, in my opinion, no matter if you run, ride, or ski.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zip pocket at leg works well as phone pocket
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
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 VPD padding does not compromise comfort.
the VPD padding could be wider and longer.
only 2 colour choices
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
the nose guard sits snugly and won’t just fall off.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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 havefaster 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.
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.
recommended Motorex’ cleaner,definitely worth a it.
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.
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
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
Conclusion, if you want durability, the POC flow jersey is a good choice.
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,
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.
none so far.
Recommended well made base layer that will fit many shapes of bodies and is very comfortable,wit seams in the right places.
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.
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.
does pretty well on wet asphalt too,not like the LT 3 that gave no grip on asphalt
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.
Good tyre,not too expensive.
Good lightweight tyre,fast rolling excellent tyre not matter if you use it for commuting or riding on trails
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.
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.
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.
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.