|You should definitely not buy that Novara for him, and not only because it's from 2008 and has likely seen better days. The real issue is that it's a relatively inexpensive full-suspension bike that likely weighs more than a duffel bag full of cinder blocks. Not only does he not need a full-suspension bike at this point in time, the extra heft from everything associated with it is going to cause him more difficulty than any added performance from bike's rear shock might be worth. And on that note, it's highly unlikely that the Novara's shock will help at all, let alone prove to be reliable - good luck getting parts. I can see him wanting the full-suspension bike, but pick up that Marlin hardtail and pretend you never saw the Novara. - Mike Levy|
|Mondraker made a "zero" stem that you should be able to source in the UK by contacting shops that handle the range. I would not suggest using it though. After speaking at length on the subject with Mondraker's Forward Geometry designer Fabien Barel, he said that after testing stems from zero to 30-millimeter extensions, anything shorter than 10mm would cause the bike's steering to feel unstable. Mondraker's 10mm Forward Geometry stems run about 89.00GBP in the UK, which is not hugely affordable, but the price is in line with any good stem. - RC|
|I spent a lot of time on the Spank Spike pedals this year and PB's Mike Kazimer reviewed a set of the very similar Oozy pedal last October - they have a very low profile and deflect well off objects, which is good thing on rutted-out downhill tracks. They are wide, at 110mm, but the angled outside edge of the platform make them feel narrower than the number suggests, and I found my foot would roll outwards if not placed well on the platform. At 420g, the $119 pedals are the heaviest of your options.|
I have used the DMR Vault pedal's in the past with some success. For downhill, they have a good width and concave to the platform, and long, replaceable pins which can be removed with an Allen key. I had trouble, however, with the bushing and seal closest to the crank arm working out of the pedal. That, and the fact that they are the most expensive choice ($155.99) is a fail.
Personally, I have never tried the Deity Bladerunner, but Mike Kazimer has and he gave them an average review marking them down on grip levels.
Another option that you may consider is the new Nukeproof Horizon Pro pedal which I have been using recently. It has a similar size and shape to the Vault, with a large platform and adjustable pins. The Sam Hill Signature Ti version might cost a month's rent, but consider moving down the range to the nylon-composite 'Comp' version for half the price of any other pedals discussed here. - Paul Aston
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