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    Suggestions for best all-mountain pedal, handlebar,and seat post

    I'm ordering a new 5-spot tomorrow! I'm so excited wooohoWhoooowoooOOOOOHOO

    I've got to decide on pedals, handlebar/stem, and a seat post. Any recommendations on the best all-mountain pedal/handlebar/&seat post for the value?

    Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tribune
    I'm ordering a new 5-spot tomorrow! I'm so excited wooohoWhoooowoooOOOOOHOO

    I've got to decide on pedals, handlebar/stem, and a seat post. Any recommendations on the best all-mountain pedal/handlebar/&seat post for the value?

    Thanks!!
    This or this, this and this. Unless you need a longer stem, then something else.

    Patrick

    Edit: I just realized you said for the value. Please disregard my suggestions.
    Last edited by PCinSC; 06-24-2006 at 09:09 PM.

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    Answer ProTaper bars, Easton Flat Boys pedals, Race Face stem & post.

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    Between various stems me and my buddies have used, we found the Thomson to be the most dependable and the stiffest. The new style, X4, has a better steerer clamp design, although I've never had issues with the standard, you just have to grease up the threads on the pinch screws.

    I ran the CNT MonkeyLite XC. Perfect width, good up and back sweep. Light, strong. I went of some good sized drops, in the 4 foot range, with those bars and had no issues.

    Seat post. Don't even try to consider a rigid post. You've gotta get the Gravity Dropped, simply gotta.

    Pedals are tough. I love a lot of things about my Mallets, but I've broken the wings, the bearings haven't been reliable, and the metal pieces that bolt on to front and rear are totally mangled and the screws have always come loose. The ejection mechanism, inherent to the egg beater design, is very frustrating, especially when your cleats are not new. I ran Time Z platforms for a while and found the retention mechanism a lot better. I have a lot of bikes with crank brother pedals on them, so for the time being I am sticking to the Mallets, but they are far from perfect.

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    I would have to agree with _MK and say that the Thomson post and stem would work very well. I too have the standard stem and have used it for 4 years with no problems what so ever. No creaks, cracks, pings, __________ (insert sound here) at all. As far as the bar goes I think you will have a little more work ahead of you here. There are many variations here with rise, sweep, width, carbon, alu. etc. Sometimes it takes messing around with a few to see what works best with your setup and personal style.
    Pedals can also be tricky. I really like the Time ATACs. They shed mud really well and hold up to a fair amount or abuse. But, others have their favorites too which proves that your personal preference plays a large role in what you use.

    Good luck.

    And look at a lot of the bike setups in the forums. You will see reoccuring themes which gives you an idea what is working for others. Resist the herd mentality though. Pick what works for YOU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tribune
    I'm ordering a new 5-spot tomorrow! I'm so excited wooohoWhoooowoooOOOOOHOO

    I've got to decide on pedals, handlebar/stem, and a seat post. Any recommendations on the best all-mountain pedal/handlebar/&seat post for the value?

    Thanks!!
    Stem - really doesn't matter. Thomson if you want bling. Any other brand if you want to save $$

    Handlebars - Any Easton EA70 modle will do. They're light and strong. I'm totally against any carbon on the Spot.

    Pedals - Totally a personal choice (as are the others ). I use speedplay Frogs on all my bikes. They are the best for my knees with free float. Exiting them is about the easiest of all clipless pedals since there is no spring holding your feet in place. Just twist your foot and you're out. The do suck in mud, btw

    Seatpost - Gravity Dropper (agree with MK). Get one if you can afford it. It's without a doubt the most useful accessory you can buy for your bike.


    edit: oops. I missed the word "value", too.

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    Seatpost/Stem = Thomson
    Handlebars = Easton Monkey bars
    Pedals = CB Mallets

    Are there other options? Really?

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    ... and if we just ... 5 Spot Setup

    Congrats on the 5 Spot. I ride a 2003 & couldn't be happier the bike rocks!!!

    Anyway, I suggest SRAM shifters & reard derailleur, I originally set up my 5 Spot with XT components & despite regular adjustments...cable replacements...I could never get the thinkg to shift right for more than 3-4 rides. Swapped out to SRAM x9 & haven't had a problem in two years - it's just amazing stuff.

    Other than that I have been real happy with my Thompson seat post & King Headset, virtually maintenance free. I have an '03 Z1 up front but I am looking to install a new '07 Fox 32 (either TALAS or Vanilla). I also have Hope Mono Mini disks which seem to work well.

    Happy Trails...

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    Thomson X4 stem, Elite post.I totally agree about the SRAM X.9. With the cost of the X.0 stuff now, the X.9 is a great value.
    For pedals I like Times. The ATAC system is easy to get in and out of, they're durable, and you have to be riding in horrific slop to have any mud issues.

    Enjoy the Spot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dogonfr
    Answer ProTaper bars

    Quote Originally Posted by dogonfr
    Easton Flat Boys pedals

    Quote Originally Posted by dogonfr
    Race Face stem & post.



    Nice Bar

    Use clipless. Crank Bros Mallets

    Thompson, fool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tribune
    I'm ordering a new 5-spot tomorrow! I'm so excited wooohoWhoooowoooOOOOOHOO

    I've got to decide on pedals, handlebar/stem, and a seat post. Any recommendations on the best all-mountain pedal/handlebar/&seat post for the value?

    Thanks!!

    Time, Easton carbon, Thomson Elite. What else is a dirt lover to use. Anything else you crazy, watsa matter yoo.

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    Frizzle-fry said it....

    I found Crank Bros are good in mud but release on jumps ouch!, so over to Time...

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    I have never had a problem with my mallets releasing improperly. If this is a problem, check to see if your cleats need to be replaced.

    I'll second the people who vote for crank brothers pedals, the candy seems to be the choice of most spot owners, but I choose mallets for my am bike.

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    Easton EA70 Monkeybar - light & strong, not much heavier than a carbon bar
    Thomson Elite stem - strong & pretty
    Gravity dropper post (3" version) - proper AM utility tool, not pretty but who cares when it turns your bike into a DH rig at the flick of a switch?
    Crank Brothers Mallet pedals (Mag version) - lighter than other equivalent semi-platforms

    Keep the pedal bearings well greased and replace them once a year (10 min $10 task) and you'll have no issues. Carbon and AM don't mix well for me, leave it to the XC weight weenies!
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    Thomson X4 (although lately they keep swiveling on me mid-downhill-run), maybe look at the Easton Havoc
    Answer ProTaper or EA70.. The ProTapers have a very comfy sweep to them.
    GravityDropper/SpeedBall post (a big must....)

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    My choice

    I've gone through many,
    my personal choice:
    1. Thomson elite seatpost for sure. They're light and reliable.
    2. Monkeylite carbon DH bar (I love the wide length and the sweep if perfect), if you want to go cheaper then EA70. Other carbon bars are just too short.
    3. Race face diabolus stem or Thomson if you want longer. The weight difference is unnoticeable.
    4. Mallet M's, perfect for platform and clipped.

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    Thomson Elite seatpost...... why bother getting anything else its clearly the best.

    Stem + Bars are a personal choice really.... i went for easton EA70 Bars and a Easton Vice Stem.

    Pedals? DMR V12's.....friend wants to buy em... so should i get the magnesiums next? They seem alot lighter... dunno are they weaker?

    Anyway they are grippy as hell.

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    Thomson Elite post, very durable, not the lightest in the market but very dependable/ same with Thomson Stem...
    FSA K xc handlebar, very light....

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