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    worst things ive purchasd.

    xo brakes (never again - shimano all the way)
    ardent tyres (faceplant a-go-go)
    crank brother candy pedals (two weeks and then in the bin)

    not bad considering how much stuff ive bought over the years - my wife would kill me if she knew the 'truth'. i just dont buy anything our than music and bike things.

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    Once, a long time ago, I paid MSRP for a bike related purchase.
    Sad but true.



    Stuff I've bought that ended up sucking:

    Time Alium pedals - I've seen potato chips handle more abuse than those things. Shattered 3 of them in a season, but have had SPDs last for years on end under the same riding.

    THE pinch-flat-proof rims - single suckiest component I've ever owned. There no way to remove a tire from them short of cutting either the tire or rim. Never even rode them before hacksawing them apart to save my tires.

    Manitou suspension.

    Grip Shift.

    Goretex cable/housing kits.

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    2003 Specialised epic, hated that bike so much.
    2012 Cannondale Synapse Carbon roadie, seems there is a reason for the cracknfail tag...
    Flexstem, yeah not so good.
    All the gear and no idea.

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    The new trek x-cals are marked e2 on the headset, so I bought a tapered fork upgrade... Only to find that it was an error on the part of the factory. I paid tax, import duty etc that I couldn't claim back when I returned the fork.

    Other than that, a set of clipless pedals after having been on flats forever... A dangerous mistake until I saw sense 4 weeks and 4 falls later...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    Flexstem, yeah not so good.
    Oh man, how could I have forgotten that...
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    Kenda klimax tires.

    I was seduced by the light weight... Never mind that they had the grip of an octagenerian. Several falls later and I was eager for a grippier, heavier tire.

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    I got talked into buying the $300 pair of shoes that I kept saying was too big, instead of the $150 pair that felt really great. My feet hurt so much from sharp pains that would end my rides early, that I had to go and buy another pair that actually fit my feet.

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    One word to fix your problem: Stan's!
    "There are those who would say there's something pathological about the need to ride, and they're probably on to something. I'd wager though that most of the society-approved compulsions leave deeper scars in the psyche than a need to go and ride a bicycle on a mountain." Cam McRea

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    I got a knockoff WTB saddle from a now defunct internet retailer. The seam where the Kevlar corners were sewn to the "leather" were raised about a millimeter. The first ride I did on the saddle was 30 miles. By the time we finished I could hardly sit. Have had issues with saddle sores ever since.
    "There are those who would say there's something pathological about the need to ride, and they're probably on to something. I'd wager though that most of the society-approved compulsions leave deeper scars in the psyche than a need to go and ride a bicycle on a mountain." Cam McRea

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    Usually the biggest mistake is buying a cheaper bike or bike version and then spending more money upgrading. For example I have bought a Trek Fuel Ex 7 and then changed the wheels, the tires, the brakes, the drivetrain, the seat, the stem and the handlebars! So almost everything except for the frame and the fork and rear shock were upgraded.

    The positive however is that I have chosen the parts I wanted during upgrading rather the parts that would have been stock with a higher version. Alternatively I could have just bought the frame and built it up from scratch and save some money.

    Two more mistakes that I have done in the past was buying the wrong size (XL instead of L and M instead of L in two different bicycles) and also buying a 100mm FS 29er just because I liked how it looked when I really needed a 140mm FS 26er.

    Anyway. All these mistakes made me wiser and poorer !

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    Not knowing that I would get addicted I bought a decent starter bike. Since then I've upgraded everything except the frame and wheels. I guess it's been a learning process. I know what I want in my next bike.

    Oh, buying a kenda nevergo (nevegal) tire ranks up there too. Way more knob than I need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wild Wassa View Post
    Acrylic inner tubes from Foss. All three that I've had have exploded when the tyres heated up while the bike was in the sun. The sunlight can be somewhat intense here in Oz, far too intense for the Russian made Foss inners. Also, they were advertised as being one of the lightest inner tubes going, the Foss acrylic inners were actually the heaviest inner tubes that I've ever used.

    I had a Giant XTC hardtail with Kenda Small Block 8s and Avid squealing pigs on it. The person/s who stole the bike, a few years ago now, did me a huge favour, although it didn't feel like it on the day ... I feel that got my own back on them, although indirectly of course, knowing that they stole an extremely uncomfortable bike and it would be only a matter of time with the Small Block 8s, before the thief washed out on it ... and hopefully now has an acquired brain injury.

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    That's some good information, thanks for that. Rivendell is pushing those tubes and I wondered about them. They looked heavy, but for a time I had serious problems with flats so I was considering them. Now glad I haven't tried them.

    I should have a bunch of mistakes to relate, but off the top of my head only a few come to mind:

    * after taking a hiatus from riding for about 7 years I'm at a well known local shop that specializes in used parts and get a knobby tire. How was I supposed to know that the kids these days had gone to 27" knobbies?

    * Buying a bike a little too small for me from a Craigslist seller. Hopefully I'll get a little bit out of it when I put it on Craigslist this spring. Part perceived peer pressure (arranged the meeting, costing them time), part hopefullness (it's pretty close to the right size...), part feeling committed already (I took two buses to get here and would prefer to ride home...).

    * Buying a pair of 700C fenders from a Craigslist seller because I felt bad arranging the meet up with him and didn't realize they weren't my size until I got there (brand/size seems much more common in 26"). Gave them to a friend of mine who actually has a 700C city bike that needs to get out and ride and we live in Seattle...so all to the good in the end, and I was only out $15 and my time.

    * I'm tempted to include my snow tires. I'm sure they're great tires, but I'm starting to think I'll never need them in Seattle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hey_poolboy View Post
    Not knowing that I would get addicted I bought a decent starter bike. Since then I've upgraded everything except the frame and wheels. I guess it's been a learning process. I know what I want in my next bike.

    Oh, buying a kenda nevergo (nevegal) tire ranks up there too. Way more knob than I need.

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    Just wait it out, those knobs will fall off within a year. :P

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    Transition klunker .....
    Those videos sold me, I'm too old and fat and responsible for that kind of caper

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    trek rig 2011, igorned the reviews on the rear wheel moving, although there weren't as many bad reviews when I bought mine. What an awful turd of a bike.

    Klein Palomino with the original ill-designed Maverick Monolink, again ignoring the wealth of bad reviews since I bought it used...nothing like an unexpected down shift into the granny ring while flying downhill, or unexpected shift and chain suck at the most difficult part of a technical uphill climb. I still can't believe Maverick charged $225 to replace their POS design...what a sorry company.

    So when I finally jumped into the waters on the dropper post last month and my GD Classic wouldn't work right, I just returned it for a refund...And with the GD purchase I learned from the volumes of negative reviews on RS,KS,Crank Bros., and Specialized, that I wasn't going to ignore the negative feedback...

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    Re: What are the MTB purchasing mistakes you have made?

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    Just wait it out, those knobs will fall off within a year. :P
    It's currently sitting in the garage waiting for a DIY studded tire job. Those things just don't roll! :-)

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    What are the MTB purchasing mistakes you have made?

    For you old timers out there... First buying a Manitou II elastomer fork then "upgrading" it with Arlo Englund Total Air cartridges. Most dangerous bike component I ever rode.

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    FREE kitten. She chewed a hole in my nice wool jersey. I have to make sure my wool socks go straight from the dryer to the drawer now. But, my daughter loves her cat and I love my daughter, so the cat has been allowed to live.
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    Avid BB5s. Brakes are supposed to make the bike stop right? Not force me to try and break the brake lever while wide-eyed and white knuckled.

    I got them for free and they stayed on my bike for about 10 miles, one terror filled ride of doom. My old busted Hayes Nines went right back on. Im ordering Shimano Deore Hydros tomorrow.
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    Avid BB7 brakes - I had them on a commuter, no way in hell I'd ever use them on a real mountain bike.
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    Hylix Cheap ass chinese carbon bars.

    Stated to allow bar ends, max tightening 6nm. They cracked under half of that torque before I even got to ride them. Then an ordeal to try and get a refund.

    Should spent $25 more and gotten something from a US seller with legit parts..

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    Avid BB7 brakes - I had them on a commuter, no way in hell I'd ever use them on a real mountain bike.
    You must have had a set off BB7 roads, a properly set up bb7 Will run with most hydros

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin_Federline View Post
    You must have had a set off BB7 roads, a properly set up bb7 Will run with most hydros
    No sir, the craptastic chunks of plastic and EZCorrode alloys [patent pending] were the much-vaunted BB7 standard "brakes". Metal pads, compressionless housing, SD Ultimate levers, aftermarket rotors collectively helped a little, but not enough to turn the set I had into anything other than a step down from a Tektro v-brake. YMMV
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    What are the MTB purchasing mistakes you have made?

    Weird, my BB7s are great when I'm flying down the side of a hill.

    The only regretful purchases I've made are gear choices - bought a few wrong sizes and low quality pieces, but I made it all work.

    I'm starting to question my choice of bike (wish I would've gone hardtail vs. rigid), but I by no means regret my purchase.

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    Re: What are the MTB purchasing mistakes you have made?

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkrobe View Post
    No sir, the craptastic chunks of plastic and EZCorrode alloys [patent pending] were the much-vaunted BB7 standard "brakes". Metal pads, compressionless housing, SD Ultimate levers, aftermarket rotors collectively helped a little, but not enough to turn the set I had into anything other than a step down from a Tektro v-brake. YMMV
    Well, officially never listening to the internet again

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    Sram brakes, XX and XO specifically

    Kenda Slant Six tires
    Maxxis Ardent tires

    those two tires go down as worst tires I've ever ridden.

    Crank Brothers Candy pedals. I am head over heels for my eggbeaters, and have never had an issue with them, but the Candy pedals are the worst pedals I've ever used

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    Avid bb7's, twice.
    Shimano xtr 965 wheel set, super noodles
    Ti black sheep bar...it broke
    Easton carbon bars, they broke
    Cannondale headshok, locked up while compressed
    Caffe
    Cafe latter tire sealant, boo
    Jaguar Marta brakes. Lever bolt rattled loose while in pigsgah, NC. had no rear brake the whole day.
    Pace rc31 carbon rigid fork. Joke. Broke that.

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    Back in 2001 I lived in Mammoth CA, and I bought a 4" travel Heckler when i should have gotten the original freeride machine SC Bullitt, since all I wanted to do was jump off stuff and ride the DH trails.

    Buying numerous cheap wheels over the years, when I should have just ponied up and gotten a set with really good hubs in the first place.

    Buying stuff cheap on sale because it's a good deal even though it isn't really exactly what you wanted...

    Buying a singlespeed when I live in the Rockies and already was good friends with my granny gear. So dumb. put about 80 miles total on that experiment.

    Running cycling shoes that were too tight for a number of years before I tried on some that actually had toe room and realized it. Incredibly, also I did the same thing with snowboard boots. Why did I think tight footwear=the way it was supposed to be?!?!

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    Hmmm been a few over the years, onza porcupine tires, scott shocks early 90's, ali derailleur cogs even now I am fighting buying red ones for my bike, I need an intervention.
    Oh I bought the wrong size headset, most I say is tire choices, with the forums though that has gotten better with real rider reviews not some BS mag saying these rock when they don't. Shimano shoes uggg I hate them and would never buy them again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gouda Cheez View Post
    Weird, my BB7s are great when I'm flying down the side of a hill.
    Im very happy with mine. Ive been running some pretty nice Formula hydros the past couple years but just put a set of BB7's with Speed Dial levers on my hardtail. They lack the modulation of the hydros but the power is great. Every bit as powerful as any high end brake Ive used, and considering you can get the whole set with levers, cables and rotors for $120 bucks they're a great option for a low budget build.


    Mistakes - spending big $ on high end hydro brakes when BB7's are up to the job.

    My first mountain bike, a Gary Fisher Marlin. Hated that bike. It tried to throw me over the bars every ride. Sometimes it succeeded. Turns out the fork was way under sprung for my weight, but I didnt know about that stuff at the time and the LBS was no help.

    Ive regretted pretty much every lightweight tire Ive bought. They just dont hold up to every day riding for me.

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    On top of the mistakes I already made I am preparing to make another. I have a 2013 Fuel Ex 7 fully upgraded to XT and Fulcrum Red Zone and eventhough it is great for 90% of my ride I plan to buy another one 160+mm AM bike that I really don't need it but I want it!

    Still resisting though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobine View Post
    For you old timers out there... First buying a Manitou II elastomer fork then "upgrading" it with Arlo Englund Total Air cartridges. Most dangerous bike component I ever rode.
    on that note, I had a quadra 5 that shot it's PLASTIC top cap right into my chest on a big compression. It hit me square in the breastbone, if I hadn't been so well positioned, I would have lost an eye. Those cockbags recalled it shortly thereafter with stronger PLASTIC top caps.

    I have had zero luck with RS forks (Three shitty boxers, and a shitty Reba, and a slowly leaking pike).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ifrider2 View Post
    Avid bb7's, twice.
    Shimano xtr 965 wheel set, super noodles
    Ti black sheep bar...it broke
    Easton carbon bars, they broke
    Cannondale headshok, locked up while compressed
    Caffe
    Cafe latter tire sealant, boo
    Jaguar Marta brakes. Lever bolt rattled loose while in pigsgah, NC. had no rear brake the whole day.
    Pace rc31 carbon rigid fork. Joke. Broke that.
    WOW that is one impressive list of broken stuff! Well done

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarkrw3 View Post
    WOW that is one impressive list of broken stuff! Well done
    Yeah, and the one constant is the rider...

    Just saying

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    1) Blur LTc - I don't know what people are talking about when they say this bike is great riding uphill...
    2) FSA compression plug - Tried using it in an aluminum steer tube to replace hammering in a star nut. Plug kept slipping and I couldn't pre-load the bearing properly.
    3) Speedplay zeros - They're not Look's.
    4) WTB Volt saddle - great for numbing

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    Shocked at the BB7 comments...If set up properly will stop as good as hydros.

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    Those MachineTech silent/clutch hubs. Didn't take long before threy would freewheel in both directions.

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    I loved my BB7's. They take a little bit of fiddling every now and then but were incredibly reliable for me. I upgraded to XT's and will never look back, but I still love and recommend BB7s for those on a tight budget.

    As far as regrettable purchases:
    1. "Ritchey" Bar ends - they snapped within seconds of just putting weight on them. They were obviously fake - didn't know at the time, and no, I did not buy them on eBay.
    2. Jagwire Ripcord cables - $30, didn't notice the slightest difference in performance. Money down the drain.
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    My #1 disappointment was a fully rigid bike that I bought around 1991 or so. Bent the bars, cranks, and the fork before getting a suspension fork. Suddenly stuff stopped failing. I blows my mind to see people jumping rigid bikes these days, that did not work out well for me at all.

    AEST magnesium pedals. They're light, and cheap, so of course they're not strong. It turns out that they are just as fragile as they look. Not strong enough for a very light pedal strike - as I was coming to a stop to catch my breath, on my second day riding them. I've never damaged a pedal with a strike before or since. Busted a couple pins, but never hurt the pedal itself.



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    I was also mildly disappointed in my Transition Double, because even the large size was too cramped for my 6 foot self. But if you're less tall I'm sure it's a fine bike.

    Also very mildly disappointed in my Avalanche Woodie shock. It's great but the guy from Avalanche was pretty adamant that it should be revalved (not just turning the knobs) if I go from a 400# spring to a 450. I said I like to experiment with different settings while I figure out what I want, he said I'm not the sort of customer they want. They want customers who already know what they want (or who buy what they're told they want). I later found something on their web site that says they can offer a valving with a broad range of adjustability but that never came up in the phone conversation. All of that said, it rides great - I have no complaints about that. Another good product that just isn't for me.

    Also, every fender I've ever tried, except for a THE front that has worked out really well. I've been through about 4 rears though and they all sucked for one reason or another. Usually it's the terrible mounting mechanism that ultimately makes me chuck them (or, in one case, it just fell off and was never seen again). I do have one that mounts securely but it is so flimsy that it drags on the rear tire every time I land a jump.

    And Surly single-speed cogs. So much chain skip. I think it's the rounded tips of the teeth - I've had much better luck with cogs that have square(er) teeth.

    On the flip side: Hope brakes (V2, X2), Canfield Jedi, Transition Rev32 wheelset, Azonic Outlaw wheelset, Kindshock adjustable seatposts, Specialized Fasttrack tires... all have been fantastic. I really haven't got much to complain about.

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    Built my first mountain wheel set with Stan's Crest ZTR rims. Bad plan for a 195 lb rider that likes to charge rock gardens.

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    Those lasted half a season and cost me a race. rebuilt with Flow EX rims, much stiffer and a better match for my size and riding style.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc2211 View Post
    The new trek x-cals are marked e2 on the headset, so I bought a tapered fork upgrade... Only to find that it was an error on the part of the factory. I paid tax, import duty etc that I couldn't claim back when I returned the fork.

    Other than that, a set of clipless pedals after having been on flats forever... A dangerous mistake until I saw sense 4 weeks and 4 falls later...
    As an update. I'd like to add a PlanetX SLX carbon CX bike I bought in January. I went by the sizing chart on their website and didn't 100% check the geo. Turns out it was tiny with a super short ETT length. I think that even 2 sizes up would have been to small.

    Not learning from my previous clipless woes, I thought I could live with 10+ cm of toe overlap. My broken wrist and continuing pain 6 months later tells me otherwise...

    I found their CS was kind of lacking too (they were initially really cool and offered by email to exchange the frame, then when I accepted they ignored all my emails and calls until I gave up and sold the bike privately).
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    Nokion segmented cable housing kit for the bling. It stated it was lighter than regular housing, but what a PITA to install and service. All those nipple segments was like stringing bead necklaces. And you'd drop them all over the place. And the thing would wear into the frame like a saw. And the bling would flake off after a few months and you'd have ugly ass corroded looking fishing lead look.
    Hiking is good for you, especially with a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc2211 View Post
    As an update. I'd like to add a PlanetX SLX carbon CX bike I bought in January. I went by the sizing chart on their website and didn't 100% check the geo. Turns out it was tiny with a super short ETT length. I think that even 2 sizes up would have been to small.
    That reminds me... I ordered "G-Form Pro-B Compression Shorts" a couple weeks ago, and the sizing chart said that "Medium" would fit 30-35". I assumed that meant a 30-35" waist but apparently it really meant height. I've been wearing 33" and 34" jeans for years (in fact I'm wearing 34" jeans as I write this) and these shorts were much too small. Not just tight-fitting. Way too small.

    Thankfully, Universal Cycles has a good exchange policy.

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    Profile Design Aero bars. Bought before they had anything that bolted to regular bars. None of the stems had split caps, so I had to remove the handlebar tape to install for triathalons. They'd stay on for months after the season before I'd get fed up and remove them. My back never did like that low riding position, and I'm paying for it now.

    Not really a regret, I bought a titanium rear derailler swing bolt from a bargain bin just years after titanium hit the market. Didn't fit, never returned it. Also bought some aluminum derailler cogs, one didn't have the bearing centered properly. Never fixed or returned. Coolest pieces in my toolbox.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    Shocked at the BB7 comments...If set up properly will stop as good as hydros.

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    Shocked at your comment... As good as BB7's are, they can't produce stopping power like a low-end hydro. The Elixir 1's that replaced my BB7's are good for 20-30% more torque, even though I broke the BB7's down to apply a better lubricant, AND lubed the lined cables.
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    Recent mistakes would be following the "reviews" on components that are personal preference. Bought a really wide, like 800 MM Atlas Flat Bar, because I "needed" this for my 29er for all that leverage and better handling and cornering. WTF!!!! It was like doing a super-wide push-up on a crow-bar. It seemed to amplify every thing I hit on the trail and jar my hands and wrists. I gave it 4 weeks and then went back to a 710 mm mid-riser bar. of course it sat in my bing for nearly 2 months before I installed it so I couldn't return it, at least I got 2/3 on Craigslist.

    The other was Vans Odi waffle grips. Inspiring ads in the magazines, excellent reviews, but epic fail for me compared to both my Lizard Skins North Shores and renthal grips. To be fair, the Vans Odi grips are great grips in general, not a thing wrong with them and you should try them, but they just weren't close to the type of grip that I prefer. I only list it here because I fell for advertising, something like "A Socal tradition..." and I was hooked. In retorpsect, had I just looked at the material and the design I would have said "Great look, but probably not for me."

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    Buying a number of POS used bikes and spending a fortune upgrading parts on each one. Why didnt I just buy a premium bike with a premium build in the beginning? Then again, if I did, I would have ended up stuck with a 26" 100mm travel XC bike. Maybe a lesson well learned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamingtaco View Post
    Shocked at your comment... As good as BB7's are, they can't produce stopping power like a low-end hydro. The Elixir 1's that replaced my BB7's are good for 20-30% more torque, even though I broke the BB7's down to apply a better lubricant, AND lubed the lined cables.
    Weird. Im a 200 lb guy and my BB7's are as good as any hydro's Ive used.
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