Day One Randoms: Grips Made From Grips, Affordable Cockpits, & More - Pond Beaver 2020

Apr 7, 2020
by Mike Levy  
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Bjorn's recycled grips are manufactured by ODI from rubber leftover from making other grips.

Bjorn's grips made from grips

If you've just treated yourself to some expensive, carbon fiber bike jewelry and are feeling a bit gluttonous, how about a set of recycled grips to balance things out? ''We at Bjorn Bikes are as passionate about riding as we are about producing an environmentally sustainable bike,'' they say on their website, and their gravel frame is manufactured using 60% recycled stainless steel. Their new grips come from 100-percent recycled materials, though, and are made using "post-industrial rubber" in the United States by ODI.

Other details include a 31mm diameter, an offset center for a bit more cushion under your palms, and there's a single inboard lock-on collar that's nice for riders who tend to rest their hands on the outer edges. I have only one very important question: Why is there no "We heard you like grips so we put grips in your grips!" tagline? Talk about missed opportunities.

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The $549 USD SuperClamp HD is all about carrying heavy bikes securely.
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Saris SuperClamp HD RV-ready rack

Statistics show that every e-bike rider also owns a large RV, so it makes complete sense that Saris' SuperClamp HD can carry two bikes that each weigh up to 60lb. The design is based on the SuperClamp EX, so it gets the same dual clamping arms and folding/tilting mechanism, but it's all mounted to a burlier base with a 2" receiver to support that girth. Bikes with a wheelbase as long as 50" will fit (that rules out the Grim Donut), and a set of integrated cable locks pulls out of the base when needed.

The $549 USD SuperClamp HD is manufactured in Wisconsin, and it comes with a lifetime warranty.

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The Equalizer stem can add some color to your ride.

Funn's Equalizer stem and Soljam goggle

While most component brands have gone the all-black-everything route, Funn seems to always offer a load of colors to pick from. Your murdered-out ride falling a bit short of the required 37 pieces of flair? Their new Equalizer stem can be had in black, gray, red, blue, green, and even orange, and its flip-flop design means that you can run it either way without it looking odd; there's 10mm rise or 10mm drop. There are versions for 31.8mm and 35mm handlebars, both with relatively wide clamping zones, and you can choose between 35mm, 42mm, and 50mm lengths.

Weights start as low as 135-grams for the shorty, and all versions go for $79.99 USD.

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The Soljam goggle is named after Funn's popular Soljam pedal.
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If you're like me and want your goggles to match your stem, you're in luck: Funn's new Soljam goggle can also be had in a bunch of different colors. They cost $74.99 USD, which gets you one transparent lens, one tinted lens, and five tear-offs. They say that the Soljam "has been built in partnership with Funn’s world-leading optics manufacturer,'' although there are no further details, and it uses an anti-fog lens, multi-layer foam applied to the frame, and a silicone-backed strap.

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FSA's new Comet range is all about being burly without breaking the wallet.

FSA's wallet-friendly Comet components

The Comet crankset, handlebar, and stem are the latest additions to FSA's catalog, and all three components are said to be enduro-ready and wallet-friendly. The cranks are burly looking things that appear to be ready for anything, and there's a MegaExo 24mm Chromoly spindle between the arms. Here are lot more numbers: Their Q-factor is 169mm, chainline is 50mm and 53mm, and you can get them in either 170mm or 175mm lengths. FSA says they weigh 750-grams with their aluminum chainring (add another 104-grams for the steel version), and they cost $104.99 USD.

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The Comet stem and handlebar cost $39.99 and $49.99 USD
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If you want to complete the package, the matching Comet 35 stem and 35 handlebar go for $39.99 and $49.99 USD. You get one guess as to the size of the clamping zone... Stem length options include 35mm or a more traditional 50mm, with the former weighing 123-grams. The double-butted aluminum handlebar sports an 8-degree backsweep and 5-degree upsweep, and there are 760mm and big boi 800mm width options, along with either 15mm or 25mm of rise. The lightest version weighs 320-grams.

Pinkbike Pond Beaver 2020


  • 314 2
 So the grips are Bjorn again, or is it re-Bjorn?
  • 36 0
 You win. Everyone else go home.
  • 80 0
 Ugh, why didn't I think of that...
  • 11 0
 @mikelevy: HaHa! (in the voice of Nelson Muntz)
  • 19 0
 I wonder if they have a smaller version, a Baby Bjorn?
  • 5 1
 Bjorn to be wild, you know what I mean...
  • 10 1
 Cool, they’re Bjorn in the USA like the rest of ODIs grips
  • 11 0
 These puns are unbearable. Scandis will get it.
  • 1 1
 @mikelevy: A little less lip, a little more grip

mmmm donuts.
  • 3 1
 @leifgren: nice one
  • 1 1
 Bjorn freeeeee, as free as the wind blows..
  • 3 1
 Downcountry model coming soon...Johnny Bjorn
  • 2 1
  • 1 1
 the door is wide open....
  • 2 1
 What about rubber leftover from re-Bjorn grips? Do they plan to make re-re-Bjorn grips of that?
  • 1 1
 As free as the grips hoooooold..
  • 160 3
 Grips made from other grips. Novel idea. I like bikes built from other bikes. It's the only way I can afford this hobby.
  • 40 1
 I resemble this comment
  • 40 0
 They're like all your favorite grips rolled into one.
  • 11 1
 I heard you like grips...
  • 23 2
 @Ttimer: I put grips in your grips so you can grip grips while you grip grippy grips.
  • 10 0
 At least you're coming to grips with your predicament.
  • 47 0
 Y'all should sell Pond Beaver joke passes and shirts and put the profit towards community relief. I'd certainly buy them.
  • 14 1
 I survived the Beaver Pond 2020 Pandemic T-shirt!
  • 5 1
 That's a killer idea, I would buy one!
  • 3 1
 I'd buy one!
  • 4 4
 @ridestuff: what would be required for one to "survive" a fictional online trade show?
  • 12 2
 @rippersub: who cares, shut up and buy a shirt then move because I’m next in line.
  • 3 1
Immunity to stupid comments could be one requirement.
  • 8 1
 We need a virtual t-shirt cannon.
  • 23 0
 Get your 37 pieces of flair and see that O face!
  • 2 0
 I wonder if anyone gets the reference
  • 7 0
 @Renzo415: at least 13 of us did
  • 3 0
 @OnkleJoachim: 14 and counting
  • 21 1
 If you like the look of our recycled grips check out our Instagram page @ bjornbikes to enter to win one of the first 20 sets produced.
  • 3 1
 I'm gripped!
  • 1 0
 mmmm can i have some?
  • 4 1
 Then after you've used them for one ride you have to send them back so they can make the next 20 sets.
  • 1 1
 @rrolly: trade in program could be good, minus postage issues.
  • 1 1
 crap i try'd to find that page but then i realized i dont have instagram
  • 20 0
 "Statistics show that every e-bike rider also owns a large RV"
lol perfect
  • 1 0
 Ha Ha, Living Large and heavy
  • 9 1
 I have a funn funnduro stem. It has a short stack and is about the same weight as a Renthal Apex for less than half the price.
  • 7 1
 Pond beaver?? Did I miss something?
  • 103 0
 Sea Otter's socially distant cousin
  • 8 0
 They can call it whatever they want. I'm just glad it's available for us to see new products.
  • 11 6
 Pound Beaver, get it right PB
  • 1 1
 @lumpy873: No, I won't click
  • 3 1
 @jasonlucas: the only thing I don't like about Pond Beaver is that I didnt come up with it myself. Brilliant. Bravo, bravo!
  • 2 1
 @fracasnoxteam: LOL

I promise nothing that will get you in trouble with a significant other while on quarantine at home...
  • 2 1
 @nurseben: Dick Pound
  • 6 0
 Comet 35 is a nice offering, weight less than CNC stems, cost less as well
  • 7 1
 Thanks @nickmalysh! The Comet family is super versatile too!
  • 5 0
 $25 direct mount steel rings. Hallelujah!
  • 2 0
 FUNN is awesome, especially lately. I've had a few of their parts over the past 7 years or so. But last year and this year are definitely the best yet. That Stem and Goggles are tops. I ride the new-ish Funndamental pedals and they're great. Nice to see Funn in the news here.
  • 1 0
 "Statistics show that every e-bike rider also owns a large RV"

I can say that nowdays "statistics" (and "dada") up to 10 years ago would fail validation test.

That said who owns RV? People in their 50s... so this statistics may be right lol
  • 3 0
 It's not a very flashy stat, but that 169 mm width on the FSA Comet cranks is quite narrow. Good choice, FSA!
  • 2 3
 I will have one 69. See what I did there?
  • 4 4
 Recycled grips still wont make you as cool as jason bjorn but at least if each grip is ever so slightly different then yours will have their own identity (if you’ll Pardon the pun)... i guess helping the environment must be their ultimatum! (Geddit?) This kind of eco friendly ethic will surely leave a legacy (see what i did their?) and will give you supremacy (thats the last i promise) at the trailhead!
  • 4 0
 A short stem with rise, yay for tall folks on modern bikes!
  • 1 0
 So if we can get recycled grips then can I specify grips from Bernard Kerr, Greg Minnaar, Sam Blenkinsop, Brandon Semenuk, Sam Hill and a bit from Ratboy just to finish them off!
  • 1 1
 Those grips are the only thing worth mentioning. The rest is just more shit adding to the shit show. I once said e-bikes were fine, but I have officially changed my mind.. Fuck those futuristic earth killing bike escalators!
  • 3 0
 Those goggles are sick!
  • 6 4
 We need something to be named “Dick Pound” for our bikes
  • 33 1
 An undamped dropper post?
  • 5 0
 Been calling the tip tube that since I first missed a no-footer
  • 24 0
 @SacAssassin: Name checks out
  • 2 1
 The Dick Poundnot. A future Downcountry bike from pinkbike.
  • 1 2
 @SacAssassin: Username checks out...
  • 5 1
 @Telebikes: Ah crud! Didn’t see this, sorry for joke redundancy.
  • 2 1
 I have a Gravity Dropper that could be re-branded. It's had a lot of use, but never fails to rise!
  • 4 0
 I have a proposal...having Strava on when riding with friends is from now on called "Dick Pounding"
  • 1 0
At one point a fellow employee related talking about ones Strava times, to bragging about masturbating.... So another fellow employee started doing just that.

I think I see where you're coming from on the naming proposal.
  • 1 1
 The problem with FSA, is that you can’t find their stuff anywhere. Just now, I start to see on eBay the products they presented in 2018.
  • 3 0
 Here you go.

You can buy everything straight from FSA.
  • 8 0
 Any bike shop can order FSA direct or through most distributors. If your local shop doesn't carry what you are after you can find us on our pro-shop for the USA and Canada. We are running a special 20% off discount to all customers now through April 12th!
  • 1 2

Yes, I can but from your site or order from bike shop. But this the European way of doing things. It very limited here. Both options I am paying full MSRP anyhow.

People are incented to buy because they find deals. Finding a deal is part of the shop experience and reason itself why people shop. Entertainment.

i.e. your beautiful SL-K Modular 360EVO and Race Face next have similar MSRP.

If I buy your cranks, I just fork over $450.
If I buy their cranks, I can wait and get it for $200 from some random online store.

"I got a $450 crank for $200".
Not only I have an amazing crankset, but there is a sense of accomplishment that makes it even more valuable. And makes people want to shop more.

Unless you are doing the Sarms approach – let's list our stuff for insane prices – so it will boost the EOM sales. Hey look! It comes with Sarms DUM 13 Pigeon that cost $550! (without knowing they only sold 3).
  • 2 1
 Does the Saris rack include a crane option for those of us who can't lift a 60 lbs e-sled that high?
  • 1 1
 The irony to me is that the best thing about the Saris Freedom and Superclamp racks is how light their 4-bike configurations are compared to many others on the market. Great if you don't leave your rack on your car all the time.
  • 2 2
 Recycled grips dont "balance out" buying carbon. Carbon finre is terrible for the environment, there is no way to balance this out.
  • 1 1
 Especially since it's just leftover rubber from regular grip manufacturing. Taken to it's conclusion if Bjorn came to dominate the market, they'd basically just add an extra rubber chipper step to the manufacturing process.
  • 1 1
 I like the look of that funny stem, but I'm not seeing it on their website yet. Can anyone comment on the quality of their products?
  • 3 0
 @thegoodflow It will be available mid of May is we can get it across amid the pandemic situation. Cheers! Funn MTB Crew.
  • 2 0
 I have one of their stems on my bike and I love it. Super low stack height, nice color and details for a really reasonable price
  • 2 1
 Is there an official release date for the Funn stem?
  • 2 1
 Best comment thread in a while!
  • 3 3
 I keep reading "Pound Beaver". Too much social distancing!
  • 1 1
 can someone make it into beer?
  • 1 1
 Wait ODI makes green grips?
  • 1 1
 The Comet stem in 31.8 would be of interest to me.
  • 4 6
 Statistics show that every e biker is also likely a virgin
  • 1 4
 Virgin is a good thing, depending on the point of view Wink

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