Fresh Meat

Aug 6, 2009
by Jordan Holmes  
Everyone has come across some "hairy" meat in their travels before, so obviously the best before date has been passed. However, at Pinkbike we like to keep things fresh, and fun. Hairy meat is neither. This fresh meat article is both, fresh, and fun and will cover a handlebar from Sunline, grips from Deity, a light from Cat Eye, Knee pads from POC and valve caps from Trik Topz.

Click here for more info on these fresh goods...POC is a Sweden based protection company, they have a strong Snow standing, and are slowly developing a bike side. Recently they launched their line up of leg protection and it consists of two models, Bone, and VPD. Bone, obviously is a hard shell protector, designed for sheer protection. VPD stands for Visco-Eslastic Polymer Dough, which fits perfectly to your body while still providing an excellent degree of shock absorption.

We recently picked up the VPD knee armor. It's a light weight, spandex based knee pad with a minimalist build. It features an single upper Velcro enclosure system, and the lower portion features the same gummy rubber material you find on the inside of your goggle band, designed to not move around on your leg. We do want to address the fact that when putting these knee pads on, and pulling them off after a sweaty ride, you will probably end up loosing some hair on your legs from this rubber band. Anyone who has ever worn their goggles without a helmet knows how great that super gummy rubber matches up with hair.

The VPD knee has a very nice design, all seams are double stitched, and the pads feature a simple POC logo on the outside of each clearly labeled left and right knee pad. For those of you who are confused, the POC is to the outside of your knee. These knee pads are actually designed around fitting to your knee properly, so they will feel very awkward if you put them on the wrong leg.

The VPD Knee pad comes with a fancy carrying bag made out of white silk. Who knows the logic behind this, but I'm guessing this bag won't stay clean for very long, and will probably end up in the bottom of your gear bag regardless of how hard you try to keep it clean. Either way, it's a nice addition to have something to carry your pads in, and match them up when you're done riding. That way they are always where you last left them!

We were unsure of the sizing on our pads, but they were labeled with a K on the inside of them. I am going to be safe and say that stands for kids, because they barely fit anyone's legs around here! We've seen a ton of riders wearing them this year, and they are obviously not all kids. So, if you're going to buy some of the VPD knee pads, find someone else who has a pair to figure out sizing, or message POC about correct sizing for your leg. For more information you can contact POC through their site, or you should be able to get a hold of them through your local shop. In Canada POC is distributed by KMI.

In this Fresh Meat installment we're going to have a look at the Sunline V-ONE OS Bar. It's offered in two different heights, 19mm and 38mm, and two different widths, 711mm and 745mm. We picked up a set of the 19mm x 745mm, or better known as a low rise, 29.5" wide bar. Sunline started 30 years ago as a moto component company, before they were purchased by the Valencia group, and made the transition to a cycling component manufacturer.

Starting with 7075-T6 aluminum, Sunline gives it a triple-butted design, a bead blasted finish for added strength, and polished grip area's for better grip adhesion. Butting refers to the process of tapering. A triple-butted handlebar means it gets thicker, and thinner, 3 times in different areas. Sunline then laser etches their logos in for durability, and puts cut marks on the end of the bars for equal cut lengths.

The Sunline V-ONE Bars feature 5 degrees of upsweep, and 9 degrees of backsweep. The feel is based on bend location as well, not just degree of the bend.

Claimed weights on the Sunline V-ONE Bar goes as follows: "Lightweight DH strength at 260g (19mm rise) and 277g (38mm rise) in 711mm width and 311g (19mm rise) and 357g (38mm rise) in 745mm widths". The V-ONE bars should run you $120, and you can get ahold of Sunline through your local bike shop, or through their website. In Canada, Sunline is distributed by Norco Products.

Deity is a small component company that recently re-located to Idaho. Consisting of a couple of sick riders who are interested in making components easier to use, and better in the long run. Deity has come out with a number of products recently that are unique, or just feature a really smart design. We got our mittens on a couple different sets of Deity's new lock on grips.

Enkoi Grips

Enkoi Grips

Lean Grips

Lean Grips

Deity recently launched 3 new grip offerings. The Enoki, the Lean, and the Classic. The classic is a simple, classic design, so we didn't get a pair of them. However, the Enkoi and the Lean both have unique features that make them very comfortable, and functional grips. First, let's start with the Enoki grips. The Enoki grips are based off the old school mushroom grip. They are flanged, lock on style grips that measure 130mm wide.

Designed around the classic BMX Mushroom style grip the Enoki features 0.8mm wide ribs (not for her pleasure). These ribs help with grip, but also help with shock absorption, and the added width on them adds to grip life. The Enoki grips have a 12 sided profile which allows you to rotate your Enokis when they start to wear funny. They feature Deity's own super tacky rubber compound, and weigh in at 113 grams with Deity's own T-Clamps.

The other design we went with was the Lean Grip. The Lean grip is exactly what it says, Lean. Designed around being minimalist, the Lean grip has a thin profile, and soft rubber. It features 43mm flanges for shifter clearance, an issue some people were presented with when running flanged grips and shifters. The Lean also features oversized 3mm Allen bolt heads on the T-Clamps. The Lean grips weigh in at 102 grams.

Both grips are offered with Black or White T-Clamps. The T-Clamp is special to Deity because it punctures the grip's plastic sheath to create a much tighter, secure method of mounting your grips. Deity's new grip line up all sell for $20, and you can get them through their online store or have your local bike shop bring them in for you.

People have claimed that cats are super human since the Egyptian times, since they praised them higher than their own wives. They have been claimed to have 9 lives, be the souls of old pharaohs, or have dragged that dead bird in the house. That being said the one thing people say the most is that cats can see at night. This is in fact not a lie, because humans can see at night too! Cats can just see better at night, due to the design of their eye.

Cat Eye has been making lights for all applications for a while now. The Cat Eye Uno represents the perfect light for every day around-town riding, or an emergency light for when you stay out late on the town. Originally designed as a multi battery, multi LED light, the Uno has been boiled down to a single Led, single AA battery light that is one bright light!

Claimed at 400+ candlepower the Uno puts out a strong beam of light out of the OptiCube lens. OptiCube is Cat Eye's own technology that maximizes the lens and reflectors brightness. This means you put out the most bang for your buck, or light for your battery. The Uno has 2 different settings, flashing and constant beam mode. On a single AA battery the Uno is claimed to provide 15 hours of run time in constant mode, and 60 hours of run time in flashing mode.

The Cat Eye Uno comes with a FlexTight mounting bracket. The FlexTight mounting bracket is a simple way of mounting the Uno to your bars. It features a simple tightening mechanism with a release for quick on and off application if need be. The Uno is also water resistant, so if you take a dipper in a puddle or a pond just let it dry out first!

One thing that struck us as funny, and we totally missed this note on Cat Eye's site, but you have to hold the on button for 5 seconds to turn the light on. It is a simple single click after that to change it between modes, and the same 5 second hold to turn it off. Cat Eye notes this is longer than their other lights.

The Uno is an extremely functional light that has an excellent burn time, light weight, and a well thought out design. The Uno has an MSRP of $54.90. Cat Eye is available through your local shop and distributed in Canada through Cycles Lambert.

This next bit of kit will neither improve nor hinder your riding ability, but it will add a little bling to your bike. Your bike most likely came with two black valve caps, but why not add some plastic weight to those wheels, and add something fancy to your wheels?

Valve caps come in many different variations, but all have the same functionality. To keep water, dirt, and mud out of the valve stem, which could cause jamming or clog the valve. There are many manufacturers of after market valve caps guaranteed to keep the crap out, while offering a more unique design or shape to them. In my recent travels I got a pair of valve caps that go hand in hand with my nick name, "Dolla Bill". Shaped as money symbols these valve caps are sure to show your rich side (even if you only have a one Dolla Bill) while rocking out on the trails on your blinged out bike.

So if you want to add that smidge of pizazz to your bike without adding a ton of weight, or custom painting your complete rig, look at after market options, such as valve caps, or bar ends! Trik Topz is an aftermarket valve cover company that's distributed through Norco in Canada. The Trik Topz I picked up ran me $6.50 for the pair, so I am sold on them.


  • + 7
 $120 for bars, give your head a shake.....unless of course they have the reach around feature! Thats more money than the majority of motocross bars which have way more material and way more strength. Sorry to piss on your fresh meat but prices are getting out of control.
  • + 1
 i agree with you probablly only cost like 5 bucks to make them
  • + 3
 Mtb handlebars shouldnt cost more than $50 on the high side.....there just isnt the technology to justify it.
  • + 3
 I got my last set of bars direct from a manufacturer. He asked $3 for them at first, then just gave them to me. Less hassle. I didn't know him and we weren't friends. I just asked.

Bead blasted 31.8mm tapered. They are a bit heavier than my Easton Monkey light for sure, but not at all flexy and very strong.

Every handlebar out there is very similar in tech.

Even factoring in 2 middlemen and a shipper, 20-30 bucks is what I would expect for an average bar. I'd pay 50-70 for something extremely nice.

What I call extremely nice would include very light, very strong and probably significantly higher. The lower the rise in a bar, the lighter it can be to accomplish a certain level of strength.

Since all bars are roughly identical for (low) rise these days, my expectations for lightness and stiffness are *much* higher and my tolerance for ridiculous pricing is much lower.

Get over yourselves 'bar manufacturers'. I don't understand why we the consumers would have to pay extra because you want your own logo to be laser etched. Your logo is your logo and it is advertising for you. I don't care if your logo looks sweet in laser etching on my bike because your logo is not the same as 'bling'. It matters exactly naught whether a company's logo is shown painted, as a decal, imprinted or etched.

My pedals are laser etched with the Chinese word that means power and speed. That's extra bling.
  • + 9
 damn are those grips nice
  • + 10
 they look sweet, but i've been running the deity lean grips for about a month and they've already worn to the plastic in places, and they're not very wide either.
  • + 3
 sunline now offers a flat-bar option as well!!
  • + 6
 "Designed around the classic BMX Mushroom style grip the Enoki features 0.8mm wide ribs (not for her pleasure)."

Lmao! lol
  • + 6
 poc will be the next trend-whore thing well, IMO
  • + 3
 I'll stick with my Race Face rally pads,they're the most comfortable i've owned and I like not having my limb entirely wrapped in material,it helps with my striped tan effect I got going on.
  • + 2
 Ive got the deity lean grips on my stinky and I was riding silverstar and my hands were blistering even with gloves on the have no cush,I know theyre probably more dirtjump,street oriented but im just sayin,also they wear out super fast
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 flag kambc (1 days ago) (Below Threshold) show comment
allied beadlocks, interco iroks....and bling bling caps....yeeeeaaa

haha I was thinking the exact same thing
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 allied beadlocks, interco iroks....and bling bling caps....yeeeeaaa
  • + 2
 the pock kneepads are awesome
  • + 2
 D30> VPD
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 Actually VPD tested D30 type products for 2 yrs before bringing out VPD, they found that D3O type products are great for initial hits which might break a bone but that they still transfer a huge amount of energy to the muscle, tendon and ligament tissue, thereby allowing injury at this level to occur. The VPD however diffuses the energy of a hit over the entire surface are of the VPD pad, thereby stopping the bone from breaking AND preventing the often more serious soft tissue damage. This is how POC was able to develop the first and only VPD back armour long before D30 thought it was even possible. You can read about it on the POC site or their catalogs.
  • + 1
 you have to have a pimp bike for that valve cap lol
  • + 1
 that bikes fickin raked
  • + 1
 those kneepads look sick!
  • + 1
 those sunline bars rock!!!!!
  • + 1
 that $ valve cap is PimpPimp
  • + 0
 i have gold spike ones
  • + 0
 I want some of those grips, good stuff.
  • + 1
 love the pads
  • + 2
 yeah, the pads are sick Big Grin

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