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    Good job! Straitline Components

    What a nice treat to come home to, after a killer early summer weeknight of building and riding!


    Now that I've been running flats %100 for a few months, I figured I'd treat myself to some real (i.e. slop-free) pedals.

    Having picked up some straitline levers last year, I knew to expect the absolute best. I put all 56 pins in, and everyone went in straight and perfect (yes, even after a ride and 4-5 beers)- looks like all threads were chased and prepped. The bushing system is also very cool- igus bushings similar to Turner's, no grease required. Double "poodle clips" holding them together with aluminum races in between... topped off with quality instructions and extra pins.

    I'll thrash them this weekend and report back
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    wow..those look sweet indeed!

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    thumbs up FM, i like theirs and the sunline stuff as well. could they be one and the same? the brand names sure are close...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHAHEEB
    thumbs up FM, i like theirs and the sunline stuff as well. could they be one and the same? the brand names sure are close...

    well..sunline belongs to the same company as 661

    and straitline:

    "Straitline Components is a versatile division of Straightline Precision Industries Inc. (SPI), a family owned precision manufacturing firm in Sidney BC, Canada."


    ....so I guess different

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    The Sunline pedals don't have any concaveness in the pedal itself - just in the pins, while the straitlines seem to have a nice concavity in the pedals according to FM's pics above. I wonder if the lack of body concavity results in less grip or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crisillo
    well..sunline belongs to the same company as 661
    Yep - Valencia Sports Group. 661, Sunline, Royal clothing.
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    Speaking on Sunline, I took my fork off yesterday to do an oil change, and gave my Sunline headset the once over. After 8 months, the bearings are shot! It's the V-1 with reducer cups, and the bearings are crunchy like a twix bar. Very disappointing. Looks like I'll be getting a King 1.5 now.
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    speaking of Sunline...I picked up a new stem for the Spot yesterday, getting ready to install it in a few...
    I hope it works better than Chingy's HS....

    Not sure if it's kinda 'sexy industrial' or just a bit ugly...we'll see what it looks like on the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tald
    The Sunline pedals don't have any concaveness in the pedal itself - just in the pins, while the straitlines seem to have a nice concavity in the pedals according to FM's pics above. I wonder if the lack of body concavity results in less grip or not.
    I've noticed two design approaches around this-
    one is to make the pedals flat, and only have pins at the front and back, thus creating the concave feel. The other is to make the pedal concave and have pins all over it. Either way seems like you can make it more or less concave by removing pins or putting shorter ones in the middle.

    Sunlines nice stuff too, I am running V-1 OS bars and their DH stem. I have the AM stem too but the 50mm DH works better for me. The straitline stuff looks better made, but their stem is like $150!

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    Thinking about this as well

    Quote Originally Posted by xjbebop
    speaking of Sunline...I picked up a new stem for the Spot yesterday, getting ready to install it in a few...
    I hope it works better than Chingy's HS....

    Not sure if it's kinda 'sexy industrial' or just a bit ugly...we'll see what it looks like on the bike.

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    Give it a bashing and let us know the results.

    FM - Nice pair of flats you got there. But what happened to the Syncros?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmallAirAndy
    FM - Nice pair of flats you got there. But what happened to the Syncros?
    Never had the syncros, I had some specialized lo-pros, which I've been fairly happy with but the bushings aren't very durable and specialized does not sell replacement parts.

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    I've been eyeing those pedals to replace my 3 year old and ready to rebuilt again AirCorps.
    Is that the 'bronze' color?

    Didn't I sell you those levers? I still have my dangerboys on my old 755s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FM
    Never had the syncros, I had some specialized lo-pros, which I've been fairly happy with but the bushings aren't very durable and specialized does not sell replacement parts.
    Oh. Could have sworn that was you.

    Well, carry on then. Nothing to see here. Move along, people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick.
    Is that the 'bronze' color?

    Didn't I sell you those levers? I still have my dangerboys on my old 755s.
    Yeah they're the bronze. schweeeeet....

    You can get them for $108 through universal cycles ($120-%10 discount coupon code)

    I got my levers off eBay, impulse buy, last minute $30 bid won them

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    Be sure to lock-tite the pins: I lost one almost imeadiatlely. I ended up taking out the center pins anyway to make them a little more concave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtbag
    Be sure to lock-tite the pins: I lost one almost imeadiatlely. I ended up taking out the center pins anyway to make them a little more concave.
    Damn! I wondered about that but skipped it.
    removing and re-installing 56 pins is gonna take a while

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    what's the 10% off discount code?

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    Quote Originally Posted by forester
    what's the 10% off discount code?
    • For 10% off orders over $100.00, use coupon code vip10
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    thanks - just ordered the last in stock pair of red pedals - they're gonna look sick on my new highline - cheers!

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    I popped for one of their stems too
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    Very nice FM, look forward to hearing the ride reviews, Ive wondered why they haven't been on more Turners allot sooner, alwasy looked sweet, Ive long had my eyes on them, supposedly available here now bummer
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    FM, how are you liking these pedals?
    I'm in the market for a new pair. I like the pin style that the straitline's use; it's similar to the syncros. My Syncros magnesiums have shown their weakness: threaded holes in magnesium have little strength. Just saturday I ripped two pins out of one pedal; when the pins rip out, they take the threaded portion of the magnesium hole with them, making it impossible to put a replacement pin back in the hole.
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    I've got that problem with one of my Wellgo MG-1's, two pins ripped straight out tearing the threaded hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement
    I've got that problem with one of my Wellgo MG-1's, two pins ripped straight out tearing the threaded hole.
    This happens with every pedal I've owned (including the MG-1's which I also currently run) and the reason why I just buy Wellgo's and don't sweat it when it happens. If you ride with speed through nasty rocks enough, you're going to clip a pedal and those pins are going to rip out regardless of brand......it's just a matter of life. I go through a pair a season usually.

    I suppose the Syncros, BMW or the Dark's would hold up better, but my shins would look even worse than they already do.

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    well the syncros stainless pedals do hold up fantastically to the abuse; ripping a pin out of stainless threads is much harder. The weight penalty is a killer if you climb regularly; that is why I gave up on the stainless version and sold them.
    I would believe from my experience with metals that threads in 6061-T6 aluminum are slightly more stout than magnesium threads. Not much, but more. It would be sweet if you could put helicoils in pedals, but most pedals don't even have a 1D thickness for the threaded insert.
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    I'm perfectly happy with the MG-1's. Just looking at them you can tell what a pounding I've given them, so to have only lost 2 pins is probably pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renegade
    FM, how are you liking these pedals?
    So far, loving them! I've got 20+ great summer rides in on them including a week in whistler which included some very wet conditions. The bushings have been quiet, slop free and free spinning. I've not lost any pins despite a few rock strikes (I did install them with lock-tite). still the pedals look like new, so I can't really say they've been thoroughly trashed yet.

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    I have the same pedals on my Highline and love them. Their only drawback is that if you slip and hit something non-armored on them, you are definitely gonna bleed. They are very stable and grippy though.

    Mine have been beat on the rocks quite a bit and are holding up great. No lost pins, no play in the bearings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabberwocky
    Their only drawback is that if you slip and hit something non-armored on them, you are definitely gonna bleed. .
    Any good flat pedal is gonna do that too ya
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    Quote Originally Posted by trailadvent
    Any good flat pedal is gonna do that too ya
    The Straitlines are definitely worse in that respect than most flats. The Straitline pins taper to more of a "point" than normal hex pins do.

    Their build quality is insane though. I have several other pairs of flats (Animal Hamiltons, Atomlab Aircorp, Eastons, Wellgos) and nothing else comes close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabberwocky
    The Straitlines are definitely worse in that respect than most flats. The Straitline pins taper to more of a "point" than normal hex pins do.

    Their build quality is insane though. I have several other pairs of flats (Animal Hamiltons, Atomlab Aircorp, Eastons, Wellgos) and nothing else comes close.
    Yeah not seen em up close, is that the latest version as they made some changes huh!

    Dangerboys [who are no longer it seems] had pointy pins as well looked like a torture rack dam sexy pedal too though!

    yeah I seen some nasty shins and pedals, still why I like my RF FRs they go right down to the shoe tongue
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    This happens with every pedal I've owned (including the MG-1's which I also currently run) and the reason why I just buy Wellgo's and don't sweat it when it happens. If you ride with speed through nasty rocks enough, you're going to clip a pedal and those pins are going to rip out regardless of brand......it's just a matter of life. I go through a pair a season usually.
    Same experience here. Wellgos are cheap, a pair a season is NBD.

    And holy crzap, those Straitlines are teh s3xx. I want some! Though I doubt that they chased the threads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TLL
    Same experience here. Wellgos are cheap, a pair a season is NBD.

    And holy crzap, those Straitlines are teh s3xx. I want some!
    Yes they are sexy baby oh yeah sexy!

    I just wish they made levers for Magura Louise

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    They are sweet, but...

    I have two pairs of these pedals, one set for the 6 pack an the other for my Highline. The profile and surface area are perfect and the zillion options for pin placement are great too. I have noticed, however that my older pair (4 months old) have developed a significant amount of side to side play and spin without any resistance. I called and spoke with Greg at Sraitline yesterday and he was very helpful, sending me to his blog entry from June that has a video of a complete tear down and rebuild of the pedal in like 3 minutes and noting that sometimes a small application of grease to the inside of the bushing will take care of the play. I have yet to confirm this, but will likely dive into it over the weekend and report back. My other pair is spot on perfect, but I thought since my other ones are a little off, I thought I would post this as an FYI. Go to Straitline components.com and click on blog entries for June and it is in there. If I was more computer literate I would post the link, but I'm lame and have to finish packing for tomorrow's Whistler trip. Peace out.

    Ok, my wife just told me how to add the link (should I admit that?!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easyskankin'
    ...but I'm lame and have to finish packing for tomorrow's Whistler trip. Peace out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geolover
    Whistler is lame.
    You guys should come here! Damit I can't edit the vids ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh my bad sorry
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    Quote Originally Posted by trailadvent
    You guys should come here!


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    Quote Originally Posted by geolover
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    Quote Originally Posted by trailadvent
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    Quote Originally Posted by geolover
    You like to watch, huh? What are you...some kinda prevert?
    Why do you think they call it passing the kool aid, its 1st in the Homer rule book
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    This happens with every pedal I've owned (including the MG-1's which I also currently run) and the reason why I just buy Wellgo's and don't sweat it when it happens.
    So important factor here, magnesium vs. aluminum. Magnesium is much softer so the pins will rip out easier, and any internal surfaces will wear sooner too. The upside is magnesium saves a lot of weight, maybe 200+ grams.

    My previous pedals were magnesium, they were real soft for sure.... and light too..

    Anyways, losing pins has never bothered me with my previous pedals. What did bother me was crappy bearings/bushings that break down after just a few weeks of riding, and no replacement parts available! Personally I'll happily spend the extra money, when it's reasonable to expect the mfg to stand behind their product, something which seems to be rare these days... sad I think....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    I suppose the Syncros, BMW or the Dark's would hold up better, but my shins would look even worse than they already do.
    Having pins ripping out of my platforms is the reason I went with the Syncros Chromoly Mentals with "molded" pins. They are not nearly as sharp as standard replaceable pins, but still grip insanely well with my 5.10's (almost too well). It's still not pleasant when they smack against my shins.

    They are heavy as hell (800g+) and expensive ($180) if you can't find them on sale, but check Pricepoint...the current sale is the Chromoly molded pin version which is shown, not the Stainless as listed. Pedal bodies have a lifetime warranty and the bearings are easily replaceable (so I've heard).

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    as heavy as these are; I do miss them:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renegade
    as heavy as these are; I do miss them:

    Dang they look brutal
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    FM, those are definitely nice looking pedals--nice low profile. I was tempted by the Specialized, but you and too many others had probs with the bearings so I stuck with the Wellgo MG-1s. The Straightlines will be on my list when my current pedals finally die (shouldn't be long on the dirt jumper).

    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement
    I'm perfectly happy with the MG-1's. Just looking at them you can tell what a pounding I've given them, so to have only lost 2 pins is probably pretty good.
    This happens, especially riding the Shore or any rocky techy area on any decently light pedal. I've got a pair of 3 year old MG-1s on my big bike and love 'em. The bearings/bushings are still great! When a pin rips out I drill the hole all the way through, screw in a stainless pan-head wood screw from the underside, hacksaw off the extra screw to the right height, and call it good. They're fugly (like my bikes), but really light, grippy and still running strong!

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    What are some good tricks to getting pins back into an otherwise good pedal?

    My pedals Stomps have great bearings and are solid (even after 3 seasons of use) except that they're missing a lot of pins.

    Anyone ever tried dumping some JB into there or something?

    I saw one guy had drilled them smooth all the way through and then used a nut and bolt to place it on from behind. I would try that, but mine doesn't have room.


    I have a new set of MG-1s, but I think being 200lbs I should keep those to the AM bike.

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