Pinkbike Product Picks

May 18, 2012
by Alasdair MacLennan  
SDG Lock-On Grips by ODI

There may be other grips on the market, but it’s fair to say that ODI makes some of the very best, especially if you look to their Lock-On grips which transformed the market when they first became available and they banished throttle grip to the history books. Not only do they make their grips but also that of numerous other companies, so much so, that they seem to be the standard choice for those wanting signature grips. These here are from SDG and feature the obvious Lock On clamps as well as the SDG logo entwined into the design which provide all important bite against your gloves, vital in the wet weather of Scotland all year round. Logo’s on the upper side of the grip are wrapped in a circular border while the underside uses half the logo, set at an angle to produce a smooth edge and a ridged edge with which to bite into gloved fingertips with ease. The rubber that ODI use manages a balance of lasting far better than cheaper offerings, which goes some way to offsetting the somewhat high asking price, and they grip in all conditions, no matter which grip you go for. Since the clamps are still the best out there for longevity, and are easily re-used with a fresh set of grips when the time comes for replacement, this further adds to the offset against the initial high cost. These SDG offerings also include snap in end caps that utilize the clamp to hold them in place. Expect to pay around $30.00 for a set of lock on grips. ODI

Copyright Ian MacLennan

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesODI are almost without rival in the grip market and these SDG signature grips continue that trend. I've got two sets in action just now, one on my downhill bike, and another on my trail bike. They're comfortable and offer enough padding to dull trail buzz effectively without feeling too fat, a fine line to tread. Traction is good in all conditions, even with mud covered gloves, and the ramped blocks on the underside give good grip against fingers when hanging off the back of the bike. Despite no shortage of grips available I will almost always sway towards ODI when building up my own bikes because they never fail to impress. My last set on the downhill bike lasted nearly two years, and on my trail bike have had five years out of a single set. I see no reason that these won't last the same distance. - Alasdair MacLennan


Five Ten Line King

Flat pedals are what started off the whole 5Ten revolution in mountain biking and the Line King here is one of the many offerings in their range. A high top design, it features thin soles and several colours, some gaudy, some less (we think the Burnt Earth/Black shown here is the lesser). So what do they feature? Well firstly, and most noticeable is that big ol' high top to protect your ankles and provide support. But to prevent restricted movement on the bike and when walking there is a cut out on the back to clear your Achilles tendon. Marketed as a highly versatile shoe that caters to all in the extreme sports fraternity, it covers many bases, from skate to BMX and of course MTB in its many forms.

The second defining feature of these are the pair of Stealth Rubber soles to keep you stuck to your pedals. Slightly thinner and more flexible than the soles found on the Impacts they allow for more feel. Stealth comes in several iterations, each with their own unique features. The Phantom used here on both the Line King and the Minnaar is slightly softer on the Shore scale than the S1 Stealth seen on the original Impacts. It’s non-marking and features a durometer rating of 59-63 versus the 67-71 of the S1.Combined with the thinner sole this gives a more direct sensation with greater feel for the pedal underneath the sole. Now whether that's what you're after or not isn't for us to say but what we can say is that they're comfortable, supportive and provide levels of grip that the majority of the competition still struggles to match. Relative to earlier offerings, they also look pretty good. Certainly to the extent that you could wear them to the pub post-ride and not be laughed at by your mates. In fact, we've spent most of our time wearing these as shoes for scoping out trails in dirty conditions, the stealth rubber providing sure footed grip in the most slippery of conditions. The obvious trips to the pub post ride have also been an essential testing ground and on even the wettest of bar room floors they keep you upright and in control of your pint, an essential test for any shoe. MSRP: $120.00 Five Ten


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesIf you're in the flat pedal fraternity you can't fail to have noticed that the vast majority of riders choose Five Ten shoes, or stick Five Ten sticky rubber soles onto the base of their sponsors shoes. All this is for good reason for they stick to pedals like leaches. The Impact is still the standard go to but these Line Kings have a more direct feel thanks to their thinner soles. If you have large feet on small pedals then they may feel a little too flexy but on a large pedal such as those from Burgtec they provide maximum grip and feel without any unwanted pedal edges biting into your foot. The high top also provides increased ankle protection against rocks and crank arms. If you're in the market for a new flat pedal shoe then these are well worth looking at. - Alasdair MacLennan



SDG Ti-Fly

The Ti-Fly from SDG has been around for years but that doesn't dull its appeal one iota in the gravity market. Aimed at the higher end of the game, ours was the top dog with solid titanium rails which comes in at a respectable 185g. SDG market the saddle at a fairly broad spectrum but our experiences centre around it being fitted to our downhill bike and more aggressive rides on the trail bike. Those strong titanium rails may not keep the price down but they do help to keep the weight low and strength high whilst enabling it to cater for riders looking for a tough and minimal saddle. That minimal shape is great for moving about without it hooking up on riding gear yet the good nose length enables you to grip it when you need to in the corners. Our saddle here also features Cordura side panels which we felt really improved grip in the mud and wet as it provides to bite against race pants and shorts. Comfort wasn't up there with the more copiously padded or more shapely offerings on the market but on the gravity bike that’s hardly an issue and on the trail bike it was tolerable on rides up to the 20km mark. MSRP: $130.00 SDG

Copyright Ian MacLennan.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesIn the past four years I've used the Ti-Fly and its OEM Cr-Mo railed siblings on every one of my bikes. As a trail saddle it's a little flat and uncomfortable for longer rides but as a downhill and gravity saddle it's pretty much unbeatable. The shape is minimal so it stays out of your way when you want to move around but has sufficient length that you can still lean in on it with your thighs in corners. Available in both railed and SDG patented I-Beam options there are also the extreme weather condition versions available with aggressive rubber patterning to improve grip when the going gets tough. It all adds up to make for a very good gravity saddle for those who want something tough yet minimal. - Alasdair MacLennan



81 Comments

  • + 32
 line kings on sale at CRC for £58.99 BARGAIN!
  • + 5
 oooooo me gusta those shoes Smile
  • + 1
 Te gustan esos zapatos? bueno, aprovecha la oferta en CRC amigo y no la dejes pasar! Wink
  • + 1
 ahaha, estuve bromeando pero si me encantan, tengo un otro par de los five tens, son los mejores zapatos del mundo Wink
  • + 1
 haha estuve a punto de comprar unos.. pero me decidi por unos shimano am.. desgraciadamente las restricciones de importacion de mi pais aun no dejan entrar ciertos productos. Frown
  • + 38
 What they said^
  • + 1
 dice que tenemos las importaciones cerradas para comprar cosas extranjeras!! jk, we cant buy things from other countries...
  • + 5
 yeah! are we like Cuba in the 60' but whitout comunists and our governement it's a strange kind of capitalism with socialism tendencies.. hahahaha
  • + 9
 me gusta tortugas! donde es la biblioteca?..
  • + 11
 Damn... why did I take German in High School?
  • + 10
 ich weiss nicht...
  • + 4
 hahahaha hablar español es muy facil gringos, aprendan que no solo el ingles es el lenguaje de américa Wink hhahahahah or use google translator, that it's pretty badass with conjugations
  • + 3
 That's why I love google translate Wink
  • + 4
 Manteca, bigotes, gigante, pequeño, la cabeza es nieve, cerveza es bueno
  • + 4
 Buenos dias, me gusta papas frías, los bigotes de la cabra Es Cameron Diaz.
  • + 3
 um, no. thats not spanish. why'd everyone neg prop the spanish comments?
que maes, estos gringillos y canadienses no saben nada de espanol. da risa verlos hacer feo! jajaja. achara eso de su pais, en costa rica no se podian importar productos, solo esas mierdas chinas que se quiebran a cada rato.

oh, and actually google translate translates literally, so it comes out as gibberish on the other end. your besty bet would be to learn spanish, that way you'd actually understand it.
  • + 4
 they neg prop the spanish comments because they dont understand, kinda like racists. Los que hablan Espanol: a mi tambien me encantan esos zapatos, y para los que usan google translate: mejor no intente ok?
  • + 8
 People negative prop when they don't like something, they don't like to not understand, so ya know...and btw google translate isn't the best option...take some lessons, english isn't the only language out there..
  • + 1
 @joslatapi tienes demasiada razon, ingles no es el unico lenguaje, rednecks Wink
  • + 4
 Haha you guys are legends. I love Community
  • + 6
 Hola.... That's it. I got nothin more......
  • + 2
 Implying Spanish is relevant enough for people to actually want to learn it.
  • - 2
 latvian is one of the more useless languages I know....
  • + 3
 so spanglish is the best choice? xD
  • + 1
 por supuesto!
  • - 2
 no lads, learn mongolian. now stop commenting.
  • + 5
 better use 5.10 Ten Impact or Sam Hill edition, they have had the best grip and durability (lasted 5-6months till pedals bite holes through the bottoms) I also used 5.10 Ten Barron's Freeride, they had a good grip BUT, cos the bottoms where so thin they lasted less then a month! maybe better whit bmx pedals whit short pins? Line Kings have the same bottom as Ten Barron's freeride shoes?
  • + 5
 I just stopped using a pair because the grip had actually worn out that I got from a friend after he grew out of them. 6 months of use from him and then 2 years of use from me and I s'pose someone could still ride in them now! Not a bad investment if you ask me
  • + 1
 Yeah i have been riding my current pair for over 2 years now. I have no idea how you could wear them out in 6 months to the point where there are holes in the sole.
  • + 1
 Right? I've been rocking the same set of Impact High's for 3 seasons. I also have a set of Sam Hills. My feet sweat alot, and I ride DH every day in the summer, so I alternate shoes each day. The sole is beat up on the Impact Highs, but there are no holes all the way through, and they still grip like hell. The Sam Hills look like new. Do you have razors for pins in your pedals?

I definitely think the Impacts last much longer than the Barons, Freeriders, or Line Kings due to the burlier sole, and all around better construction. I wouldn't buy Sam Hill's again; the sole is too stiff. I will buy another set of Impact Highs soon though. They are the best shoes I have ever owned of any type.
  • + 1
 i have used them on dh, dirt jumping and park riding. just got new ones week ago. I have straitline pedals on my bikes, guess the pins are just a bit too sharp for them? and i ride EVERY day.
  • + 1
 Actually... I bought a pair December 2010 and now have worn almost completely through the bottom and have holes in both sides. But that's not because they aren't awesome shoes, it's because i ride hard and build in them. Either way they are still super grippy and for the future i'd buy two pairs.
  • + 1
 Anyone try the Desert Enforcers? I love the Impacts High (gone through several pairs but I use them for work boots too). I'd like to try something else but I don't think i'd like the Line King based on some of the above comments.
  • + 2
 My Impacts early 'suede' version have outlasted two pairs of the new fake leather version. The leather version cracked across the sole very quickly. Twice. Unfortunately I had the two on rotation so they were out of warranty by the time they cracked. Frown

The Sam Hills are my pick at the moment, but they are not as good as the suede version unless you want a stiffer sole. I'll re-sole my old suede ones and keep them for special occasions.
Regardless of my beef - Five Tens are the best. They are on of the greatest things to happen to MTB ever.
  • + 4
 I now have two pairs of Line Kings and love them. One pair is two years old and still just as comfy and functional as my brand new pair. Neither pair has the soles wearing out, none of the stictching has come undone, even the laces havent frayed! Wicked shoes. I find them a little lighter and offer far more support than the Impacts or other 5.10 shoes. As for the SDG grips, I thought for sure after ODI unleashed their TLD grips on the world i would never use anything else, but after picking up a pair of the new SDG grips and putting them on my DJ bike, I went right back to my LBS and bought another set for my DH bike. They are comfy, offer unbelievable shock protection, and don't feel too fat in your hands. Another wicked product. Glad to see Pinkbike trying some of my favourite products out!
  • + 1
 Can i recommend a pair of Cam Zink signature Sensus grips. They cost $13 with postage and are seriously the best grip i have ever ridden with. I bought 4 pairs because they felt so amazing when i tested them. Its not just Cam Zink though, Cam McCaul, Anthony Massere, Brandon Semenuk, Kyle Jamerson, Kyle Strait and Tyler McCaul as well as other ride them. A lock on version is being tested currently and is coming onto the market soon!

thesensus.com
  • + 8
 No lock on - no Me. ODI for life.

And whatever you do: Do not buy Sunline grips. Their lock-on system is a joke.
  • + 3
 ODI invented the lock-on grip which changed the grip market over night

and also have the best rubber blend which no one else has come close to

I have tried all the cheaper offerings offered under many "brand names" including Sunline, and they don't compare to ODI

we were getting "deals" on Sunline from the UK Distrib. their grips were being blown out super cheap to trade customers, but there was a reason for that as we soon found out, and now Sunline has pulled out of the MTB market completely!

I always come back to ODI for grips Wink
  • + 7
 If you get those grips youll ride like Sam Hill
  • + 1
 I've had my line kings for pretty much exactly a year and they have worn out to the point where there is a hole in the sole all the way into the insole, but they are still good and grip well though thaey do hurt your feet on small pedals.
  • + 1
 I've had my Line King 5 10's for ages! They are a sweet shoe, don't die, stick like leeches, and can even be rocked to social occasions! The only thing they didn't mention is that they were originally made for the sport of 'slack-lining', hence the name 'Line King'.
  • + 1
 i have been wearing 5.10s freerider shoe for the past year. awesome shoes! i wear them every day when i walk to school (3km both ways), when i go riding and everything else and they are still holding up just fine. best shoe brand in my opinion.
  • + 1
 The 5 10'S are great. I think as a mountain biker I will never buy anything else again. So its new 5 10's and dress shoes. The 5 10's Are looking better, with better color choice. Iv'e learned to keep them out of the water or they melt down faster...
  • + 1
 "Pinkbike's Take: ODI are almost without rival in the grip market"...

sorry but this comment is totally subjective. Lizard Skins have been around for ages with a solid range of product fit for any MTB purpose you desire. check out AME - a new brand on the scene. also Racer's Edge, innovative foam based product proven in XC.

keep it real
  • + 1
 I've had my line kings for the better part of a year, with a full season of the whistler bike park on them. Still no sign of the sole wearing out, and the rest of the shoe is in just as good of shape.
  • + 1
 I've been using the I-fly and Ti fly on all my bikes for the last 5 years and I love it. Xc/all mountain and dh I find it very comfortable. Seats are very subjective do to people's body shapes etc.
  • + 1
 i got teva links and im never going back, these shoes look on the too stylish side and dont look durable enough to last through the wet like the links can
  • + 1
 what about the superstar grips? how do they compare to those ODI ones? Because they are a bit cheaper and i havent found anything wrong with them yet.
  • + 1
 Could of used those kicks two weeks ago thrashin my ankle on a narly frame tangle.....really wishing for the added support at that time....could be picking these up!!
  • + 1
 love my ti fly but agree that it's not the best for long rides, it can be an ass hatchet. needs to be paired with the proper shorts.
  • + 1
 Couldn't agree more , I have the I beam version and its even worse.
  • + 2
 SDG makes great seats but the Fly is so uncomfortable its crazy. For DH sure but don't even think about it for trail riding.
  • + 3
 I have the beam Fly one, and it is downright violating. You need to use puppets to admit what it does to you. Padded shorts make it tolerable for DH.
  • + 1
 There's a vast gulf in comfort between I-Beam and their railed brethren as they loses so much of the compliance that the rails offer, even against the stiffest railed offerings such as the Ti-Fly.
  • + 1
 Good to know, I wondered about that.
  • - 2
 I laugh at the fact they had to advertise the rails as solid titanium.... a very duh moment since if its titanium saddle rails, that's already what it is 95% of the time. Hollow titanium rails are the rare thing that needs being advertised.
  • + 1
 And... The thing is the more u ride the more tolerant your body becomes to harder seats. Get out and ride more!
  • + 0
 I want me a pair of line kings... And the SDG grips are pathetic, the TLD grips are tonnes better, last longer and prettier to look at
  • + 1
 And yet they still dont make them in big sizes. Fark you Five Ten.
  • + 1
 get the AM47's mate
  • - 5
flag hoolydooly (May 18, 2012 at 3:36) (Below Threshold)
 Size 17?
  • + 1
 To be fair no mtb company makes shoes in that size
  • + 1
 And in smaller sizes too! Try being a lady and getting some like this Frown
  • + 1
 Im us shoe size 15 and all the 5-10's go to 13 so i got teva links they go to 14 and they fit fine
  • + 1
 Why am i getting neg props? My feet are that f*cking big and you don't know if you don't ask...

The other option you have is to get some shoes that fit you Tuftii and also get a "Resole Kit" and just apply the resole kit to those shoes. Vans would work well because of the flat sole.

fiveten.com/products/accessories/resole
  • + 1
 I know that's an option, but I'd like the real deal!

I have a pair of Freeriders (as they do go down to a UK 5) and they are amazing, I love 5.10 shoes but I just wish they'd make more of their styles available in smaller sizes Frown The hightops are so good looking!
  • + 1
 know what they say about guys with big feet Wink

They need big shoes.
  • + 1
 I have a pair of those line kings, they are the best shoes ever
  • + 1
 those grips look pretty wicked
  • + 1
 i have that seat. cool.
  • + 1
 Sexy saddle, I'd have one
  • + 1
 Line kings are £60 on chain reaction Smile
  • + 1
 Minaars or freeriders?? I need input!!
  • + 3
 minaars is a clipped pedal shoe and freeriders aren't, so decide by which pedals you run.
  • + 1
 Those 5.10's are a bit stylish Smile
  • + 1
 They've got more 14s this year than they did last year, but still not coverage of the entire line up. It isn't that long ago all they had was the low impact in 14. Movin' in the right direction...
  • + 1
 no vote again! i actually really liked the items this weekFrown
  • - 1
 Ti fly literally bruised my legs its so uncomfortable.
  • + 2
 Ever sat on one of their I-Beam saddles? The only use I can fathom for those is birth control!
  • + 1
 man up, ladies - I ride one (Ti fly I-beam)
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