Pinkbike Product Picks

Apr 27, 2012
by Brad Walton  
Dakine Sentinel Glove

For comfort plus impact protection, Dakine offers the Sentinel glove with flexible D3O armor on the palm and knuckle. One-piece synthetic suede seamless palm construction for maximum feel. Adjustable hook and loop closure. Two year warranty. Sizes XS-XL (XL tested). Colors: Black, Red, White (white tested). MSRP: $42.Dakine

Dakine Sentinel Glove
The Sentinel glove offers flexible D3O armor at the knuckle and palm. A one-piece seamless palm provides maximum handlebar feel.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesThe Sentinel puts comfort first. A one-piece seamless palm offers a feel that is as close to naked as one's hands can get without going gloveless. Eliminating palm seams helps to prevent bunching of any fabric against handlebar grips. Strategically placed D3O armor on the palm doesn't interfere with hand position, and D3O on top of the knuckle is a welcome addition for those sporting wide bars in close proximity with trees. The flexible nature of D3O makes it unnoticeable while riding, but the "intelligent molecules" bind together on impact to absorb impact energy. Grazing a few saplings at mach speed left us happy to have a little protection on those outside knuckles. Articulating finger joints allow for optimal mobility. Sticky rubber bits on the trigger fingers help with brake lever traction in the wet. To us, the one-piece palm construction is clearly a winner for maximum ergonomics, and a bit of impact protection can't hurt (any worse, that is). - Brad Walton



Straitline Components Race Ring

When it comes to bike parts, function should always overrule fashion, which is why Straitline Components' chainring only comes in a single color. The Race Ring is hard anodized for extreme wear resistance in harsh environments. Machined from 7075-T6 aluminum to fit 4-bolt 104 BCD crank patterns, the Race Ring is available in 32, 34, 36, 38, or 40 tooth configurations. Weight: 36 grams (32-tooth tested). MSRP: $30. Straitline Components

Straitline Components Race Ring
Straitline's ring is built with longevity in mind. Hard ano finish reduces wear.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesIncreasing the lifespan of a bike's drivetrain is something we take seriously. As the cassette, chain, and chainring all sing harmoniously and wear in unison, each gear basically serves to destroy the next. While the rear cluster changes throughout a variety of gear sizes, a front single ring never really gets any relief. Straitline's Race Ring has a straightforward fashion sense to increase drivetrain wear resistance with a hard anodized finish. You won't find a rainbow of colors to choose from; currently the added boost in durability is available in only the color you see here. Our 32-tooth test ring may seem small to some, but with a 1x10 setup ranging 11-36 in the back, it makes for a great all-mountain package. The only flaw we found in the Race Ring is the single-sided layout of the intricate machine work and laser etched graphics. Having recessed bolt holes on the same side of the ring as the graphics means that in most single-ring setups the back of the ring becomes the front once mounted on the crank, not that this matters for the budget conscious rider. Increasing wear life to the front chainring means less wear to the chain, and therefore the cassette, making us happy to have the Race Ring on our single-ringed bikes. - Brad Walton



Deity Black Label Handlebar

For those who like to get low, Deity's Black Label handlebar does just that. Gradient butted 7075-T6 aluminum offers the strength needed for riders to spread their wings to a wide 787mm. Two-tone bead blast black and mirror polished anodized finish. 787mm length (31 inch). 15mm rise. 9 degree bend x 5 degree upsweep. 31.8mm clamping diameter. Weight: 306 grams. MSRP: $75. Deity Components

Deity Black Label Handlebar
Wanna get low? Deity's Black Label bar puts riders in control of the bike's front end.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesHandlebar trends seem to change with the seasons, but rather than revising a perfectly good product annually, Deity offers a variety of sizes to fit nearly every style of riding. The Black Label bar is stiff, light, and pushes the limits of tire traction when oriented downhill. In combination with the massive width, the Black Label bar moves body weight over top of the front end, offering unparalleled control on all but the steepest of terrain. While wide and low offers supreme cornering control, the Black Label bar isn't for everyone. Riders that earn their turns may want to look elsewhere, as a low, wide bar could lend to an uncomfortable body position on the climb. For exclusively downhill applications, we're betting the low-rise Black Label bar will put riders in full control of the competition. - Brad Walton


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41 Comments

  • 61 3
 Design super sweet looking chainring, to mount BACKWARDS?!?
  • 6 1
 The machining around the bolts look weird on hte ring ... and you might have to actually mount it backwards to fit some cranks ?
  • 3 0
 I have the Deity Black label bars and highly recommend them. Stiff and not to much rise.
  • 2 0
 When run with a Straitline Silent Guide the ring is covered so having it "backwards" allows you to at least see the laser cut from the non drive side.
  • 11 0
 Very nice products picks this time around. A two year warranty on gloves really speaks to me. If I can find those gloves at a reasonable price I'll definitely pick some up. Already own and enjoy the black label bar. I can't believe Straitline produced the ring that way though. I'll stick with my silver G-ring.
  • 5 0
 2 year warranty on gloves is unreal. i'd like to get one for myself.
  • 2 8
flag WAKIdesigns (Apr 27, 2012 at 7:26) (Below Threshold)
 heh me too, had Dakine's like 4 years ago and they were the crappiest of all I've ever had, they started falling apart after 3 months or so. It is actualy their gloves that made me go for cheap ass 661 which I buy every year and still hold up better than those Dakines I had.
  • 1 0
 The best pair of winter bike gloves I ever owned were actually Dakine snowboard gloves. They are just starting to blow out after 7 years, and I've worn them alot.

I don't see anything special about the anodizing treatment for the ring, most quality rings are anodized, right? What's different about this anodizing?
  • 1 4
 its hard anodized. its not just done for colour it makes the aluminium much harder. could be wrong but i think hard anodizing is one of the hardest things known to man
  • 11 0
 lol, "hardest things known to man" good one...
  • 1 0
 I own a pair of these gloves and they are nothing short of amazing. Perfect fit and great feel with great knuckle protection. I bought them because I had, and still have a pair of Dakine Highwire gloves. They were great too but offered less protection.
  • 6 0
 ^^ "Straitline Components Race Ring MSRP: $30"
Where can I buy this chainring so cheap? It costs more than 60USD / 40 GBP... Razz
  • 3 2
 touche
  • 2 0
 Same!
  • 3 0
 All the stuff is mint! But Single rings are much of a muchness now, the are all the same weight, price, material, function...
  • 5 1
 Will it be your fault if the chain slips because you weren't using a NASA spec chain and chain retention system?
  • 8 0
 Nasa only uses the best chain retention to pedal their shuttles into orbit Big Grin
  • 2 1
 Why is nearly EVERY handlebar 9/5* bends now?... I was almost ridiculed for staying true to my Easton Monkeylite DH bars for years... noting they had the perfect bends, and not too wide. Now almost every bar has the same bends as that bar.. is it THAT perfect of a geometry? Or are people just lacking creativity?

Sunline, Race Face, Gravity, Kore, Truvativ, FSA, NS, Deity, all have a bar with that 9/5* setup... I'm sure there is more too.
  • 2 0
 RF is 8/4* and Chromag is 8/5* so not everyone is the same!
  • 2 1
 Deity's new CZ38 is actually not either. Believe 8x4 or something along those lines
  • 1 0
 I thought Race Face was 9/5 for some reason.. but all the other brands I listed do make a 9/5 bar.
  • 2 1
 I just bought these Dakine gloves a month ago and so far I like them. They're comfy, have good grip and the rubber on the tips of the fingers for the brake levers are nice. As for durability, we'll see. I had some Specialized half-finger gloves that started tearing before I even fell on them so I'll never buy them again. I've also been riding with Black Label bars for the past year and they are nice. They've been through a number of crashes and come through the other end fine. They are super wide at first so it leaves room to cut them down and see what lengths you like.
  • 4 0
 Really good selection of products this time! I like the chainring a lot.
  • 5 1
 "Straitline's ring is built with longevity in mind"

I lold
  • 2 2
 i have one question regarding that chain ring, what is its bash resistance like?

I mean on my dirt cheap chain ring that i been running for 3 years now, its not worn out at all for me to replace it, BUT i have had it at questionable angles when it hit some rocks number of time. This being aluminium, is it just going to snap?
  • 3 1
 A valid point. Most single ring setups will warrant either a bash ring on the outside or a bash plate on the chainguide. I don't think this would survive bare rock smashing due to all the intricate machine work.
  • 1 0
 Those Bars fit my requirements, maybe trim them a little. The Dakine gloves do too, i must note they have a padded Ulna nerve part on the palm. This is critical to me as i suffer big time with out any padding.
  • 1 0
 i recently got the spank chainring...similar design but instead of fitting backwards i put it on the outside of the mounting holes...chainline seems fine...still silly though
  • 1 0
 The Dakine Sentinels are great. Picked up a pair a month ago. The d3o saved my knuckles from a tree hit, and they seem to be holding up well.
  • 2 0
 I have been running black labels for a year now and I love em, big support for straitline stuff too
  • 2 1
 I've just bought some renthal bars and chainring, but that glove looks sweet!
  • 1 0
 My Dakine XC gloves fit perfectly, I'll give these a try for rougher rides.
  • 1 0
 If someone should ever come back to this: My Dakine Covert in L feel like custom tailored. Now I tried the Dakine Sentinel in L and they were clearly wider with longer fingers. No consistence :-(
  • 1 0
 nice parts especially the deity bars,i just wanna know about that saddle though on the cove,looks sweet!
  • 1 0
 I've got that ring and didnt have to mount it backwards on my saints....interesting
  • 1 0
 Interesting picks.. Gloves look real good.. Anyone tried any of them out as yet??
  • 1 0
 I've had them for over a year now. They've held up pretty good through a mix of AM, DH, and moto. The palm is starting to separate at the seam at the outside of the hand though. They are also very warm to climb in. I usually climb glove-less and then slap them on at the top. I had no clue about the warranty, maybe I'll see if mine qualify!
  • 1 0
 2 year warranty on some gloves. haven't seen that before.
  • 1 3
 keep thinking about getting new gloves.....but my oakley si and pilot gloves do the job brilliantly and with carbon kuckle armour too. ill stick to oakleys thanks.

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