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    Onza -- we owe thee much

    I found some Onza pedals at one of our stores today and put them in the case with the brakes and grips in our "shrine" to Onza. We have some sweet purple bar ends too that were not in the case today.

    I have some good memories of the brand (now just trials bikes). One broken wrist in '92 from not being able to clip out of the pedals, and plenty of lust when their sweet brakes came out in '94. The pedals sucked compared to what we have now. but back then they were the only alternative to 525's and 737's from Shimano which were no better. But the bar ends, brakes and other products were the bomb for the times.

    Who else has memories of this brand?
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    Hahahahaha - I have a whole BAG full of old Onza pedals and elastomers. I rocked those damned things for YEARS before switching to ATACs.

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    Onza chill pills! Loved putting these on my canti-brake bikes years ago. Came in a plastic case with their own L-wrench! Use to like the Rip and Rail tire combo too.

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    Still have a pair of bar ends on my old '92 Bridgestone MB-2 sitting in the shed. A customer stripped the bolt and I drove a slightly longer one in and rode them for about 8 years.

    Thanks for the flashback I'd forgotten about those elastomer pedal "springs."

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    the brakes can still fetch a pretty good price on flea bay. Pretty popular with the retro touring and crossing crowd.

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    i've got a set of these Onza OZ-170s sitting in my junk closet...

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    I used to work with a guy who loved the onZa pedals. He had a stockpile of cleats, elastomers, etc. I ran the bar-ends way back when, and had onZa canti's on my Cdale Super-V full squish.
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    I think those were my first mountain bike clipless pedals.

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    Those were my first clipless pedals, and I took a long time to quit them as well. Still have at least 3 pairs and a bunch of spare parts in my garage. Think I still have a set of the brakes too, which I bought from the Cannondale guys at velo swap but were missing a spring, so were never installed...
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    I still have some Onza bar ends somewhere. I was using them until very recently on a retro bike. Seems like that was the brand in the early 90s.

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    Great memories indeed! Fairly certain they were my first clipless pedals and I even rocked the H.O. brakes for awhile.

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    I loved my old bar ends, wish I still had them. I do still have the pedals however!

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    Chromo Bar Ends

    Quote Originally Posted by Guyechka View Post
    I still have some Onza bar ends somewhere. I was using them until very recently on a retro bike. Seems like that was the brand in the early 90s.
    I had their Chromoly bar ends. Lost the plugs and ran them as core samplers for quite a while back in the day. I had a set of the aluminum ones too. When I was getting divorced I found the steel ones in a box of junk I was cleaning out. Cracked me up because I swear they weighed MORE than a modern handlebar. I gave them over to the Absolute Bikes museum.

    I found a sticker that came with something of theirs I bought back in the 90's. Slapped it onto my beat-about pickup truck. I'll try to remember to get a photo of the sticker cluster...
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    My good friend back California still runs Onza pedals on his 25 year old santa cruz..

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    I think I still have some Onza stickers. I may also have a silver Onza water bottle cage stashed somewhere, but I think I lost the little L-bracket that kept the bottle from sliding out the bottom.

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    I still use the Onza pedals on my Ibis Mojo...........and on my road bike.

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    My 1st clipless pedals were the Onzas.....also gave the barends a shot.

    The only Onza product left in my possession:
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    Quote Originally Posted by topmounter View Post
    I may also have a silver Onza water bottle cage stashed somewhere, but I think I lost the little L-bracket that kept the bottle from sliding out the bottom.
    Likely a Ringle... just sayin


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    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook View Post
    Likely a Ringle... just sayin
    Agreed, still have a purple Ringle cage. Had to make my own L bracket and put it on my townie.

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    One Ring to rule them all

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    ...The only Onza product left in my possession:
    Oh yeah, the inner rings. I loved those things. Wore out two or three of them before they became extinct. I was stuck on the old standard 110 74 bcd cranks and rings for a really long time, like until '99 or so. Had to have an onza ring in the inside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook View Post
    Likely a Ringle... just sayin
    Oh right... just the stickers then.

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    Onza bar ends "back in the day". I was on the cutting edge back then, though, as I usually cut them down in length to save a few precious grams.

    I eventually boxed them and a ton of other swag and sent it all to a soldier in Iraq who was the base bike mechanic. I bet my bar ends can be seen in Kirkuk at this very moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaj View Post
    We have some sweet purple bar ends too that were not in the case today.

    One broken wrist in '92 from not being able to clip out of the pedals, and plenty of lust when their sweet brakes came out in '94.
    thanks for tha lulz

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    And where do you guys find the elastomers for those pedals nowadays? I remember ordering and re-ordering those things constantly for guys who rode those pedals when they were new.

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