Pinkbike Product Picks

Nov 2, 2012 at 1:22
by Richard Cunningham  

Lizard Skins Bearclaw Lock-On Grip

Riders who want the thinnest lock-on grip possible will want to take a look at Lizard Skins' Darren Berrecloth signature model. The Bearclaw grip comes in black or white and measures 29.5 millimeters in diameter. The Claw's grippy diamond pattern surface is designed to feel good with gloved or bare hands. The minimalist-looking, low-profile grip is secured to the bar by two Allen screws that clamp sweet-looking red-anodized aluminum rings Bearclaw grips sell for $29.99 USD.
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Lizard Skins Bearclaw grip

Bearclaw signature grips measure only 29.5 millimeters in diameter and are intended for riders who want a firm, tactile feel at the bars, Lizard Skins' plastic end-caps snap into the locking aluminum collars.



Pinkbike's take:
bigquotesRiders who use thin gloves or opt for bare hands will need to toughen up to enjoy the Claw's favorite grips on extended rides. The minimally padded grips do little to mute the sensation between the front tire's contact patch and the rider's hands - which is a good thing for those who want to know exactly what their tires are doing and where they want the front wheel to go at any given moment.The grip's surface feels super secure with gloved hands and surprisingly, the diamond pattern doesn't tend to chafe unprotected hands.That said, however, the thinly padded grip can beat your hands up on a long, rocky descent.- RC



Syntace Vector Carbon High 10 handlebar

Few component makers are as innovative as Syntace - even fewer still sweat the details as thoroughly as the designers and engineers do at the small German manufacturing facility. Syntace's Vector Carbon High 10 handlebar is designed around the oversize, 31.8-millimeter center section and is reportedly constructed with a number of exotic carbon fiber blends that give the low-rise design bar downhill strength at a weight that comes close to cross country. At 219 grams, the 740-millimeter-width bar passes Syntace's VR-3 downhill stress and fatigue testing, which, in keeping with its laboratory-of-pain reputation, is more rigorous than the industry's baseline standards. Vector Carbon High 10 handlebars feature a low, 10-millimeter rise, with either an eight or a 12-degree sweep-back angle. The slightly unusual rise and sweep-back gives the user a greater range of adjustment. The bar's clamping area is reinforced with titanium webbing, primarily to protect the bar from galling and also to provide more grip for the stem. Syntace insists that the Vector Carbon High 10 handlebar be paired with a four-bolt stem, and a graphic in the center section reminds users of this. A lighter, 680-millimeter bar is also offered (189-grams). Vector Carbon High 10 handlebars are sold in natural carbon with an MSRP of $220 USD.
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Syntace Vector Carbon High 10 handlebar

Syntace's Vector Carbon High 10 handlebar in the 12-degree sweep-back angle takes a little getting used to, but once you get the bar rotation right, it is quite comfortable.



Pinkbike's take:
bigquotesSome may complain that the Vector Carbon's 740-millimeter width is far too narrow for their manly needs, but those who can live with a mid-width bar will be pleased to discover that Syntace has found a sweet balance between low-vibration comfort and big-hit rigidity. Most commercially available handlebars use a sweep-back between five and eight degrees and we'd expect that many Syntace customers will be ordering the eight-degree option of the Vector Carbon High 10 bar. Paired with a 60-millimeter Syntace stem, the 12-degree bar feels a bit weird at first, but after experimenting with different angles, we found that a bit more upward angle produced a good feel for technical riding without giving up climbing comfort. The test bar in the pics is the second Vector Carbon High 10 bar we've ridden. The first was baptized by boulders on the first weekend and it's still looking good. The up-side of a more swept-back bar is that it releases tension on the wrists and arms while descending. The possible downside is that the grips are farther back in relation to the stem, so a 60-degree stem feels more like a 40 on the bike. Bottom line is that Syntace's Vector Carbon High 10 handlebar is a good call for aggressive AM/trail riders searching for a lightweight carbon bar designed and manufactured by people who understand what aggressive riding actually means.- RC



Syntace Megaforce 2 Stem

Big and boxy-looking, Syntace's Megaforce 2 stem began life as an experiment to see if it would be possible to make a lightweight stem that could flourish in the freeride environment. Forged from aluminum alloy, the Megaforce 2 stem is rectangular in profile to put the most metal along the Vertical axis without reducing its torsional strength. On the subject of torsion, the clamp is 31.8-millimeters, and its two slim clamping arches are widely spaced to counter stress at the most optimum points on the stem. Turn the stem to the side and notice that the handlebar is supported well beyond 180-degrees by the body of the stem, so the centerline of the bar is actually inside of the strongest part of the structure. The bar pops into place as the stem is tightened. A look down the hollow stem extension reveals that the steerer-clamping area is not drilled, so that the stem makes nearly 100-percent contact with the fork's steerer tube at the clamping area. Syntace makes the Megaforce 2 stem in an impossibly short, 30-millimeter extension and in ten millimeter increments from there to 80 millimeters. Presently, only the 28.6-millimeter (1 1/8 inch) steerer size is supported. Weights range from 107 grams to 145 grams (our 60mm stem weighed 126 grams), and the MSRP is $97 USD.
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Syntace Megaforce 2 31.8mm stem

Syntace's Megaforce 2 stem employs a wide stance at the clamp area to maximize lateral rigidity without giving up an excessive weight penalty. A close look at the stem's profile (lower right) reveals that the handlebar's centerline is inset in order to direct more force into the body of the stem.

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Pinkbike's take:
bigquotesSyntace's products are on the expensive side, but for those who ride hard and are chasing grams, the Megaforce 2 stem represents a trustworthy purchase. The feel at the handlebar is rigid and precise and the fact that Syntace offers five extensions between 30 and 80 millimeters offers riders a lot of tuning options. Syntace was one of the first stem and handlebar makers to jump to the oversize 31.8-millimeter standard, and the Megaforce 2 offers those who are considering the big-handlebar upgrade a lab-tested and ride-proven lightweight alternative to the colorful CNC-machined aluminum bricks that proliferate the present marketplace.- RC



Continental Mountain King 29er - 2.2-inch Tire

With Winter closing in, The spiky pattern of Continental's 2.2-inch Mountain King II tire promises 29er riders a grippy tread that can find traction in sloppy terrain without getting weighed down with mud and crud. The Mountain King wears a 2.2 inch badge, but it looks to be on the narrow side of the 2.2-inch scale. While the Mountain King may appear to be wimpy, its tall tread blocks are grouped nearer to the crown of the tire to take advantage of the 29er's longer contact patch. Continental blessed the Mountain King with its Pro Tection layer - an armor ply of densely woven cloth that wards of punctures and gashes, and the sidewall is checkered to add some abrasion resistance there. If you don't like tubes, the carcass and beads are designed to be run tubeless with the addition of sealant. The tread rubber is Conti's 'Black Chili' compound, which has proven to be quite durable while retaining excellent flexibility. Those who like the Mountain King tread pattern should know that 2.4 inch version is also made and both the 2.2 and 2.4-inch carcasses are offered in 29 and 26-inch wheel sizes. Surprisingly, our 2.2 -inch test tires weighed in almost 40 grams lighter than Continental's stated weight (740 grams, claimed). Expect to pay around $65 USD per tire.
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Continental MountainKing 29er tire 2.2 inch with Pro Tection

Conti's 29er Mountain King II is not intended specifically to be a mud tire, but it has all the right features to keep a big wheel bike moving in the slop. We mounted them tubeless with little effort.



Pinkbike's take:
bigquotesBig wheel bikes already suffer from heavy rolling stock, so any weight one can remove from the tires pays huge dividends. Continental's Mountain King 2.2 inch tires are quite capable of scratching their way up technical climbs in both dry and wet conditions, and the reverse is true on the downs, where the Black Chili rubber and long-fingered tread pattern kept the bike under control when braking. Cornering on slick dry surfaces was good, but not as predictable as we experienced running larger-volume tires with similar-sized tread blocks, and hitting big rocks with small tires proved to be hard on the rims. Conti' bills the Mountain King as an all-'rounder, capable of thriving on hardpack, loose and loamy soil, and this proved to be the case. While its competitors may offer an advantage in a narrow range of conditions, the 'King could survive a Summer on Southern California hardpack as easily as it could manage a winter of slug-popping in the forests of the Northwest. Where the Trail King did best, though, was when we were rained out for a week. The 'King's grippy tread and relatively narrow profile tore through the soft sections, stuck in the corners, and rarely collected any mud. Given the fact that the Contis were on a big-wheel bike, loading the tires up with mud would have made those days unhappy slogs instead of celebrations of Autumn's first thunderstorm.- RC


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104 Comments

  • + 71
 I don't understand why most of the product picks have been on xc products when like 90% of pinkbike users are either freeriders, downhillers or dirt jumpers
  • + 160
 @dhorgan

I understand where you are coming from...but you may be surprised at the number of bike riders on Pinkbike who are heavily into all-mountain, trail, cross country and even road cycling

its all about the bikes really, whatever kind of bikes we ride Smile
  • - 51
 exactly. there aren't many people around that care for 29 tires.
(just saying that the proportion according to other riders is much bigger)
  • + 11
 i agree the spread should be more balanced
have 1 xc part and 2 dh/fr parts
  • + 12
 I don't really recall seeing any dirt jump write ups? Other then pedals or grips, and those are just universal. At any rate I do enjoy most of the part write ups.
  • + 20
 Ok, I'll give you that 29er MK are XC - Trail product, but what else is? Claw grips? Syntace carbon bar can be used for DH, stem is AM. You people are overreacting, like 29er's are cryptonite.
  • - 5
 I only do all mountain because the DH season is only 6 months... so I alternate between AM and dirt jumping in the winter. Worst part of it is climbing a mountain after spending 6 month on my DH bike only
  • + 44
 That's a wierd assertion. Which of the above is an XC product?

Grips - Is Bearclaw an XC rider now?
Bars - Too wide for XC and "is a good call for aggressive AM/trail riders"
Stem - "stem that could flourish in the freeride environment"
Tyres - Ok could be used for muddy XC but by no means a race tyre and "Conti' bills the Mountain King as an all-'rounder" - trail/not XC?
  • + 34
 it is kryptonite. that fact is indisputable. i have a friend with a 29er trek and its even the same colour as kryptonite. it has the same properties too because when i ride near him i cant do half the shit he's doing, so its powers must be drawing energy away from me. like i said - INDISPUTABLE!!!! must destroy with fire!!!
  • + 4
 MK II for XC ??!!?? I rode it on 29er 140mm Enduro bike - MDE Bikes Bolder 9 - and This 29x2.25 tires are definitelly for AM/enduro !
  • + 6
 90%, really? I don't know how many of people in pinkbike are downhiller or freerider or a dirt jumper, but I am sure some of them are silly.
  • - 7
 I agree they should be more focused on downhill/freeride!!!!!
  • + 18
 we need to be fair guys....or perhaps some of the people on this site should broaden their horizons and realize that just because they ride downhill doesn't mean that you're the be all and end all of mountain biking. and I'm saying this as someone who loves dh...and i probably would've thought the same way a few years ago, until i realised how great xc, dirt jumping, street, and everything in between are....
  • + 8
 typically people that ride XC/AM are a little bit older. Everyone loves DH, but in reality how many people have lift access riding other than riders from B.C. or near a WC mountain? After years that a small group of us have been building at our hill, the local government started funding shuttles and paid for trails built with machinery. They host shuttle days on the weekend and it still doesn't make sense to have a bike that only can be ridden down. They are trying to market to a demographic that doesn't understand what they really want. I think 75% of the pinkbike users are people that would be happier with an All Mountain style bike then a Race machine or freeride bike. I know I would
  • + 4
 I would like DH where I live... That is if we had hills big enough to be called down hill. We are on the very starting edge of some all-mountian but 90% XC here. 29er are huge here with short climbs and short descends they play a big advantage. I have a 26er and I get smoked by 29ers. They have there place just like DH has it's place. I am thankful that the industry is growing so fast they can put out so many different sizes of wheels for each persons riding style and geological area. Just keep riding!!!
  • + 10
 I don't know about everyone else, but I enjoy riding all off-road disciplines. So, I appreciate the variety of reviews when I look at the large amount of products Pinkbike has tested.
  • + 3
 not too many parts to review for dirt jumping.. other than forks and wheels.. different types off brakeless?
  • - 3
 90% eh? That's a bold statement grounded in the same sort of illogic that has republicans saying rape is ok and no excuse for having an abortion. Because you and a few people you know think something, doesn't make it what the majority thinks. If 90% of the membership fit those three categories of riding exclusively, then basically every dirt jumper, downhiller and freerider on the planet is a pinkbike member... because you guys don't represent more than 1% of the sport's actual riders.
  • + 9
 A lot of us emjoy all aspects of riding, I don't know why anyone has to fit into one category. I have a DH bike, AM bike, XC bike, DJ/Pump bike... hell even a road bike that admittedly never gets used.

If you're too lazy to ever ride UP a hill, I feel sorry for you because you're missing a lot of what mountain biking has to offer. DH and Freeride is so new it's only the youngest and laziest of riders that don't appreciate a trail that you actually have to ride up to enjoy. That's the only unfortunate thing about some of the riders here in whistler that think riding starts May 20th and ends Oct 8th. And man do they bitch when they have to pedal.

Oh, and I like those bars.
  • + 6
 Why the h*ll did you bring politics into this....Freakin' A, can we at least leave it off a bike website?! I see it everywhere else...
  • + 7
 @hampsteadbandit .. I think you just posted the nicest and least-offensive Pinkbike comment ever. Good day to you sir.
  • + 5
 I don't know what to make of this claim: do you have stats to back up your numbers?

Here is what I do know : I am a mountain biker. I show up , I ride.

Sometimes there are miles of climbing, other days I let a shuttle van climb for me. Some times I have have push the bike up the mountain.

I have a Hard tail, flat pedal and clip less pedal bike.

I have ridden all types of trails, and at the end of the day, I pride myself on being able to ride with all types of riders . That's what mountain biking is to me.

So I think I am a 100% rider...
Not DH(45%?)
Not freeride(45%?)
Not XC(10%?)
  • - 7
 its cuz xc'ers have more money because they dont get hurt so they can work.
  • + 2
 I don't see too many DH reviews from that particular reviewer. Maybe he doesn't do much riding on those types of products?
  • + 2
 Didn't realise I was gonna stir up that much shit. Lol
  • + 1
 LOL you survived, you must have a good flame suit.
  • + 1
 I would go with the majority on here are downhill freeride and all mountain...
  • + 2
 I think pink bike has a better idea then any of you who think you know how many riders ride what, and what kind of products should be reviewed. And I must say, those of you who think xc is lame, or all xc riders are weight weenies, or all xc riders are rich, you need to open up your minds and get out and try it. You don't here anyone saying that all DH'ers/Freeriders are stupid, ride like hack's, couldn't pedal up a hill, ect.

Just because you do a certain type of mountain biking does't mean everyone else does.

Point is, don't hate on something, just because you don't like it. Oh yea, and pink bike knows their stuff better then you!
  • + 1
 They've also said countless times, though the PB kids never seen to acknowledge or comprehend it, that they test and review WHAT manufacturers send them to test. They can't review products they're not provided, and there simply aren't enough interesting DH/FR/DJ specific products made to make for many reviews if that was all they did.
  • - 2
 I like that other people like XC. Keeps slow riders who don't charge off the DH trails. I don't like to climb because it's boring and unnecessary, not because I'm lazy. Maybe I'll ride XC when I'm an old man, but until then I want to have fun all the time on my bike instead of 1/2 the time.
  • + 3
 @tetonlarry

shame we are on different continents, would be awesome to take you out for an XC ride on my local trails, but I doubt you'd keep up and I don't mean that in an arrogant way so no offense meant Smile


XC riding is certainly not slow for many of us, its flat out and punishing....climbing fast up steep terrain, blasting along the singletracks, and then charging down the hills

many of us older guys (I am 40 next year) riding XC and All-Mtn are from DH and FR and those skills don't fade overnight, but what we have developed is our fitness and power

climbing is part of the ride, because regular climbing generates awesome aerobic fitness and muscle strength, which can be used to great advantage to ride faster down the hills, especially when you already have the technical ability
  • + 4
 I like that other people on Pinkbike make stupid, ill-informed comments... makes me feel better about myself...
  • + 4
 Some people are so single minded. I'm with hampstead bandit on this one and I'm only 19 years old. I ENJOY climbing and it makes you a well rounded and stronger rider. I would much rather ride my bike fast up and down than just go fast down and walk up or wait for a lift. Personally I think pink bike is very DH orientated- particularly if you look at featured videos and riders etc. But I really don't mind. So long as there is something for everyone it's all good!
  • + 5
 @ tetonlarry That's probably one of the most ignorant statements I've read on here, I'd expect it from a 14 year old kid, but not a 30 year old. Boring and unnecessary? It's pretty damn necessary if you want to access trails that can't be reached by lifts or shuttles. I'm sorry but it's sounds like laziness to me. And a quick look at your profile says you want to ride with your dog, XC/AM riding is the best way to wear them out, get your ass in shape and have some fun.

I would love to see you out here in Whis getting your ass kicked both up AND downhill by the old slow XC guys that don't charge while riding gnarly shit in half helmets and no armour. My XC/AM rides are sketchier than days in the park! Wink
  • + 2
 Tetonlarry probably isn't much older then 14 in the head J Scott. I sleep well knowing that darwin's theory will take care of fools like him. And no Tetonlarry, you don't ride up hills because you are lazy. Stay off the xc trails, I don't like to be slowed down up the hills or down.
  • - 2
 haha i was the 69th like
  • + 3
 FYI , that particular reviewer is a mountain biking legend. He is an original frame builder , has written for numerous magazines and judging by his profile( favorite trail : A-line ) has plenty of experience riding DH...
  • + 1
 @Saidrick

great to see someone else knows their history

RC was the founder of Mantis Bicycles, and went on to be editor-in-chief of MBA (Mountain Bike Action) magazine in the USA

back in the early 90's, I used to love getting my copy of MBA every month from a specialist newsagent, and finding out the latest bikes and parts coming out of the USA Smile
  • + 1
 And a lot of these people don't understand is that back in the early 90's 3-4 inch suspension bikes WERE considered downhill/freeride. Wink
  • + 0
 Just because some of you enjoy climbing does not mean I should too. I don't. It sucks. I like to ride downhill and I live in an area where I have enough access that I don't see any need to ride XC. You all need to chill out, and cool it with the personal insults. I don't like sports that are not 100% charging adrenaline all the time. XC does not meet that need for me. That does not make me ignorant or 14 years old does it?
  • + 0
 with dh you'll still be in shape, tetonlarry is right dh is an all out sprint (if you want it to be, the riders that sit down mid run without slipping a pedal annoy the crap out of me) and xc while most parts are you cant charge all the time (techy uphill anyone?) but tetonlarry shouldve at least mentioned all mountain, im generally going pretty hard up the hill on fromme most days to get the most rides in one day, so while I dont agree with tetonlarry, in some parts he is still right.
  • + 1
 @tetonlarry

I am sorry for any comments posters have made here on PB, that you feel have insulted you in this thread.

I understand where you are coming from, but I'd still like to take you out for one of my XC rides (on the appropriate bike of course)

and get you stoked going upwards and along the singletracks, as well as down the hills, because my riding is an adrenalin filled buzz...its why I do it (and to be out of the City soaking in the awesome woodland scenery)

some of the technical climbs I ride are so steep if you stall you are probably going to flip out and fall back down the hill...good buzz for sure

I have ridden bikes all over the World since starting in 1981, and have certainly done more than my fair share of gravity riding as a sponsored bmx racer, then professional freerider (Banshee / Da Kine and then Devinci) and as an amateur downhill racer, including yearly vacations to B.C.

but I've got to say that I just love riding bikes, and XC riding is as big a buzz as DH riding, and the buzz in XC can come from the endorphins your body produces when really taken to its aerobic / power limits as well as in the stoke from the riding experience itself Wink
  • + 1
 @ tetonlarry maybe instead of crying over being insulted you should be more open to others style of riding. I also live in an area with enough access to lift accessed terrain that I don't NEED to ride XC, but I still do. And your original comment stated that those that ride XC are slow and don't charge. That's just not true. A lot of the top riders at our local XC races are also the top riders in our DH races, because in the end, you still need to pedal and be in shape.

I will concede that maybe I'm sounding bitchy myself because I ride pretty much all styles of mtn biking, and I'm just sick of these whiny little pricks when I'm in the park constantly talking about "gay" xc riders when they don't realize these guys they're insulting are ex DH pro's, built most of the trails they now enjoy, lobbied for Bike parks and do all the work fundraising, organizing the races and donating the prizes at our events. They consider anything with less than 7" suspension "gay" (popular word among these douchebags) even though a lot of us started riding full rigid bikes on trails they need a DH bike to ride nowadays.
  • + 1
 I am 100% open to others styles of riding. Just like I originally said, it keeps them away from my trails. I agree that some XC riders do fit your description. However, there are also XC riders that fit my description. I think my statement that MOST XC riders are slow and don't charge is very true. You may not fall into this group, but you must pass these types constantly then.

I am not crying about anything. I couldn't care less about what some people I don't know in real life say about me on the internet. I have not personally insulted any specific person in these posts. You have. Does that make you feel good?
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  • + 28
 XC, FR, DH, AM. 24", 26" or 29", 700C and even 16" for the little ones, its all riding and its all on two wheels!
  • + 3
 could not have said it better my self, I enjoy it all from my DH days to riding my chopper style cruiser around town
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  • + 1
 I'm interested in those Syntace bars. I feel a little more backsweep might just be a little more comfortable. But a quick google search did not reveal any of the major on-line dealers selling them, and a visit to Syntace's website didn't yield a distributor in Canada... Any info on where we can get these guys? After all, this is a Canadian site... so if you could try and review products we can get in Canada, that'd be great....
  • + 0
 Um. I googled "harder" and I really don't think I require any of those products. Maybe in a few years.
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  • + 1
 Anyone go to the Syntace test page? www.syntace.com/misc/pic/pic_popup_last.cfm?pkimg=3736 They only test the bars for 4 cycles at 750 newtons (168 lbs) for jump impact... I hope the expected life cycle is longer than 4 botched landings!
  • + 6
 The graphic in the testing procedure is one cycle. To reproduce a more riding-based lab test, Syntace designed a cycle that emulates all aspects of a typical shuttle run and then repeats that sequence over and over until the part fails. If you read the notes below the graphic, it explains this. Syntace's testing is quite thorough. RC
  • + 1
 Well they DID kinda have to develop better testing standards for a reason... twenty years ago, their first mtb bars SUCKED bigtime... bicycling magazine was the first to conduct university run independant lab testing of bars after Jimi killen's bar destructo endo at the reebok eliminator in an article on whether bars had gotten stupid light or not. Syntace's bar did the worst in testing, something like 1200 cycles to failure on their test machine, where the Answer Hyperlite bar did nearly 50,000 cycles.
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  • + 5
 Sounds like they should do a poll and see how many ppl ride what...
  • + 1
 it seems i don't know how to link but there's the poll you asked for
  • - 4
 we don need no stinkin poles!
  • + 5
 well girls do need poles to do that sexy dancing
  • + 1
 madmon, that was a very offensive comment to polish people. i think you may have meant "polls"
  • + 2
 Moloch thank you for that
  • + 1
 its awkward when the only thing you dont click is trials and fixie, (tho wouldnt track cycling still be fixie?)
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  • + 1
 I have the Syntace F109 stem on my SC Nickel and I must say that it is a fine component. Comes stock with titanium hardware and a low-profile matching headset/stem cap. Light weight, subtle graphics, multiple length options, and decent price make it a good choice for any XC/AM bike. I can only imagine that the Megaforce stem is of the same caliber.
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  • + 1
 I have the Mountain King Protection for my 26er. The traction is great and it is light. The UST version is quite a bit heavier so I was hopeful that I could run it tubeless. However, no matter how much stans I add or how long I lay it on its side, it still leaks slowly through the side wall. It seems that every time I ride it, it opens new little holes to leak through the "protection" side wall. This is strange because I have the Trail King non-UST on the front which has worked great tubeless. I believe it is the Black Chilly folding version without "protection". Perhaps that is the difference.
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  • + 1
 I currently own the Syntace MegaForce2 stem (30mm) and love it. You label it as expensive but I bought mine brand new from Germany for less than a Thomson costs here in the UK, it's bombproof as are most of Syntaces products so calling it an xc stem as some of the commenters are is a bit silly, it could be used for anything, DJ, Street, Park, Trials, AM, FR, DH. Also it's lighter than a Thomson, possibly stronger and comes with ti bolts. I don't like the clamping interface with carbon bars though, it's a wee bit scary "clipping" your bar into the stem, requires a slight amount of force, but once it's in place it's all good.

Would like to try some Syntace bars too but I am more than happy with my Sixc bars so no need for thm.
  • + 1
 How much did you have to torque the bolts at the steerer to keep it from slipping? 5nm wasn't enough for mine. Returned it instead of over torquing it. I also have Sixc bars and compared to Easton Haven and Enve DH carbon bars, I'd rate them far on the non-compliant side of bars, maybe even rivaling the amount of feedback transmit by the more compliant alloy bars.
  • + 1
 5nm has been fine for mine. Not really had any instances where I have crashed the bike at such an angle of impact where I would roll the bars, I am also fairly light so that could be a factor in things too. Interesting about the bar feedback, in layman's terms are you saying you feel they don't dampen vibrations as well as the Easton and Enve equivalents? I just like the sweep and rise of the bar, would go as far as saying as it's perfect for me.
  • + 1
 Was looking for Syntace Megaforce 30mm stem but at the end i went for Kore Repute 35mm 124g stem for 1/3 of price and i am really happy with it.
  • + 1
 I just use a primitive test for bars. I had the bars laying around, since I've been swapping them around, and I just smacked them together like drumsticks, and clearly noticed the jarring feel in the RaceFace bars. They are really hard and metal like. They even give off a high pitched ding, when hit on something, rather than a lower deadened hollow thud. Better than metal, but... I want to say it's like a hard brittle plastic, but it's hard to describe in simple terms. You tend to notice hours into a ride, how you get wrist fatigue, since the feedback is making you grip your bars harder and the vibrations are transmitting through. It's like a wood handled shovel vs fiberglass... after 30 minutes of digging, the fiberglass ones will make you want to rest, maybe since your forearms are getting sore from fatigue, while an ash handled one will let you dig far longer.
  • + 1
 Yeah I get you, I did a sort of primitive test this summer by accident where I pung my bottle cage and the vibrations went all the way through the bars to my grips, I was surprised at how noticeable the vibrations were considering the bars were carbon!
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 I have a MK 2.4, moved it to the back because the new tread pattern isn't that great. I used the old style front and back and loved them esp in soft and loamy soil (not on rocks)
  • + 2
 If you liked the old Mountain King design, the newer Conti X-King might be more up your street. The Mountain King II pushes more towards trail (and fills the gap between that and the Rubber Queen, which is pretty much an Enduro-FR Tyre) and away from XC as the name suggests and as such is more grippy and rolls less well. The X-King fills the gap left by the Mountain King I and I found that it hit the sweet spot between grip and rolling performance.
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 +1 for the old style. I just slapped a used MK 2.4 (tubeless w/ Stan's) on the rear of my SS for some rocky, rooty and wet climbing this weekend. It did surprisingly well and I'm going to keep it on there! I must say that it looks slightly anemic compared to a Racing Ralph 2.4 but I got two MK 2.4's free with a hard tail I bought a while ago and figured I'd put one to use.
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 easton haven carbon is half the price of that sintace and at 170 grams im not seeing the competition. my haven has also stood up to brutal wrecks and big impacts on cased jumps. 10 feet plus to flat
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 @deeight: i can manufacture a lot of STFU back at you at no cost. so, STFU and get inline to buy that $220 syntace vector! punkass!
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 the grips look like they would be painfull on the inside and outside wrist after a few hours of rubbing uneven surfaces.. I realy like lizard skins that don't have bumps on the grip.
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 I had Syntace before, I will surely aim for it's products with my next bike. When you use Syntace, you can tell it's worth its money.
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 Mountain 'Kings' - really unimpressed with mine. Only (repeat only) used for dry summer XC. The moment they are put under any pressure they fail. They are light tho',
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 Yet another ODi ripoff grip.... lol


I wonder why nobody can make a better grip than ODI.
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 This is why: the new KS lev seat post dropper has a remote lever that integrates into an ODI lock on grip.

That is why nobody can make better grip: they continue to make the best better.

Perfection is an ODI with oury grips.
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 I agree ODI are the best, but Oury's arent for me, I'm a crosstrainer or TLD guy.
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 Would you mind doing a review of a folding saw and a small shovel for trail maintenance?
Preferably one that fits in a camelback.
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 Again 740mm is too narrow? And at $220 they are pricy! get some carbon easton Havocs instead Smile
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 what idiot pays $29.99 for grips?
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 The same 'idiots' that have to pay £1.45 for a Litre of fuel ... Its called Rip Off Britain and we'll have to pay the equivalent of $29.99 for grips like that !
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 No but I sure as hell can find the same quality bar for half the price. Get off this site deeight, you're too old.
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 so 740mm is now "far too narrow" ...
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 Hey mountain King II thish ish Hans Dampf! you better transform into whatever will become the MK III. Dooo't nau cuz I'm better!
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 I run the Conti tires on my 29er XC bike. I love them.
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 I find them slippery and squirly and don't offer the continuity I have with Schwalbes especially in wet leafy conditions. All the contis I have used rip on the sidewall to easily
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 The side knobs on the conti look like they could get very drifty when leaned right over. Like the way that a 2.35 minion Dhf does, especially when run on the rear. I used the minions solely for this reason but i would suspect the conti would be more drifty due to every side knob being a siped ear as the dhf has siped on every 2nd side knob.
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 Siped block, not ear!
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 the g4 thin grips seems thinner than these ones...... and nicer too.... check it out, peace
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 Problem with white grips, they never stay white....
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 so if I get these grips will I be as good as the claw....... if only
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 SHutYourFaaaceMaveritwentycents! (Maveri20)
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 I'll take more mountain kings but try a 26"
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 THE SYNTACE VECTOR BAR IS ONLY $220. EVERYONE PUT IN YOUR ORDERS NOW!
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 You get what you pay for.
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 Its hardly syntace's fault the US dollar is in the toilet... or that the US government slaps extra import duties on stuff coming from europe...
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 marked up 500% over actual cost to manufacture. worth it.
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 Can you manufacture one for $40 ? If not, then STFU.
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 none of the above !
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