Answer Products

May 18, 2010 at 22:52
by Dave Mackie  

Answer has made a resurgence into the mountain bike industry as of late. Their Pro Taper bars have long been a favourite amongst many riders, but the company seemed more occupied with their MX division. This has changed.

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Answer Products is part of the Hayes Bicycle Group along with Hayes Brakes, Manitou, Sun Ringle and Wheelsmith and is jumping back in to mountain biking and taking no prisoners. I spoke with Tom Porter, Product Manager for Answer Products. His goal is to produce 20 components under $100. That's a pretty refreshing outlook in today's economy where the "spare money" is at a minimum.

We're going to have a look at the DH/Freeride component group this time, but rest assured Answer isn't ignoring the more lightweight market. There's a new line of AM component due to be unleashed on the public this summer.

I'll start with the Pro Taper DH bar. Mike Levy previously introduced this bar and the direct mount stem so I'll spare you the technical details. What I'd like to point out is that it's designed to be able to be cut down to whatever size you prefer. This seems to be a common misconception among the wide bar trend critics, that a wide bar is a wide bar. I look at a 780mm bar as a starting point. If you like it that wide...great, but I choose a bar for its angles and comfort, then cut it down to a width that suits me.


The bar/hand interface is one of the most important parts of your bike's cockpit. If it doesn't feel right, it will bother you the entire time you're on your bike. Answer has 2 styles of grips to offer. The XC grip has thick rubber and the DH is thin. This choice is pretty much a personal preference, I've always favoured thinner grips, but I tried the thicker XC ones and found them to be quite comfortable. The ends are colour matched to the rest of the components. These grips are like gluing your hands to the bars, no matter how disgusting the conditions are you don't have to worry about your hands slipping on the grips. Combine them with Answer's gloves and you're good to go in all conditions.



Next up is the Rove DJ stem. This is a burly machined piece of 7075 series alloy. It's available in 35mm or 50mm lengths and 4 colours to match the Protaper bars (red, white, gold and black.) The stem weighs in at 240 grams. I've taken multiple off trail excursions (some people call them cartwheels) and this stem has not budged. It's nicely machined and has a wide clamping surface.



The stem was made to be bombproof and comes with a 10mm starnut and stem cap so you can route your brake cable through it.


Last, but not least, pedals.


I find that my pedals can make or break the ride. If you're feet are slipping around and you're always having to break your concentration to move your foot back into place, you're not able to focus on what you need to be doing...shredding the crap out of the trail in front of you. I could easily sum up this pedal review with the following conversation, but I'll give you guys more because this pedal deserves more praise. The first ride on these pedals was on a local DH training run on a muddy day. After a few runs, my buddy asked me how the new pedals were. I looked down, looked back at him and said "I didn't even notice them." I think those 5 words speak volumes. I've been riding these for a month now and have nothing but good things to say about them. The bearings are smooth, the grip is good and the finish is quality. They tip the scales at 460 grams.

This is my first experience using Answer components and I have to say I'm impressed. The fit and finish is top quality and the ergonomics of the components matches that. If I had to give one critique of the stem is the weight. I'd like to see the stem in the 165-180g range, word has it there's something in the works that will fill that requirement though. There are lighter pedals out there these days, but for a part that commonly comes into contact with rocks and such, I don't mind a little extra beef there.

I'll leave you with a shot of Hayes Bicycle Group test rider Taylor Bloy taking the fast line over a rooty section on the Arduum race course.


For more information visit Answer's website.
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51 Comments

  • + 4
 but they are ALL made by superstar and re-branded


incorrect - Superstar don't actually "manufacture" anything, they are a marketing / distribution company Wink


like many of the other bike companies, they take parts manufactured by Taiwanese and Chinese factories, and have the "superstar" logo put onto them
  • + 5
 Most pedals are made by Wellgo or VP in Taiwan.
  • - 3
 okay my mistake, just checked, must have read it wrong first time round.
  • + 2
 the pedals are almost the same as the prodigy tinkie winkies

they could at least try to make them a little bit different
www.ando.com.pl/images/d7a6dd50022bbe1869b1ac5e751e7d75.jpg
  • + 2
 same as the kona wa wa's and the nuke-proof pedals, but they are ALL made by superstar and re-branded
superstar.tibolts.co.uk/index.php?cPath=42
  • + 1
 and deity!
  • - 2
 well, put it this way superstar sells to loads of different company's, can keep track of em all!
  • + 3
 You're so un-educated on this topic it hurts.
  • - 2
 try again.....
  • + 2
 Try what? I think it's you that needs to try learning your stuff again.
  • + 1
 have you actually researched it? obviously not.
  • + 4
 Superstar don't make any products at all. It is obviously you that hasn't researched. They buy their products from Taiwanese and Chinese factories.
  • + 3
 I'm with timlake on this one, superstar even say it on their website
  • + 1
 Welgo. Check out their product pages.
  • + 3
 I want that stem. Whole range looks good though. Within days every 11 year olds everywhere will be recomending answer parts to everyone who brings up the subject of upgrades.
  • + 1
 hampsteadbandit is right - Superstar dont design or manufacture a single item - they are all catalogue taiwanese parts with their logo laser-etched on, nothing more.

The manfuacturer of the pedals is HTI Components from Taiwan - they also make for deity, kona, etc etc.

I saw them for sale here: www.readytoridecycles.co.uk and on ebay in various countries
  • + 1
 my brother has pro tapers on his dirt bike and they are bomb proof would buy these in a second but i thought the stem looked pretty plain to me pedals are dope as well. answer is a good brand for sure and who cares about weight i want the biggest bar but i weigh 215
  • + 1
 Those flat bars look odd to me. I use the ProTaper Riser bars, love them great bars, but the trend now just makes our rigs look a little scary. I want to snag one of those stems for my AM right though.
  • + 1
 ive got the carbon all mountain protaper and they are awesome. at 720 wide some of you guys might need wider bars but im short so it works for meSmile
  • + 4
 That stem is so sick...
  • + 3
 Team Geronimo is a proud supporter of Answer products. Stop by our race pits to get an up close look at the complete line of Answer products.
  • - 2
 I have the boxxer direct mount stem Smile
  • + 4
 i have those bars.. and they are damm light !
  • + 0
 C'mon cyberhawk, they are average when it comes to weight, 330g don't make the spring. Though at least they don't lie and their claimed weights are almost the same as real ones. Sunline for example has some certain problems with that... Still those bars are damn fantastic, angled feel great, have'em, love'em. Answer has also pretty good customer service for sure.
  • + 0
 i did not weigh them.. i felt them.. that was enough for me Wink
lightest bar so far.. @ least lighter than my deity bars..
  • - 5
flag WAKIdesigns (May 26, 2010 at 5:10) (Below Threshold)
 heh, most Diety components are not diety. Always wondered what's the name coming from Razz Feels kinda strange that no one produced so far around 250g +740mm wide carbon bars. At the same time for me 330g is absolutely fine as for wide bars.
  • + 1
 the guy from deity has an account on PB too you know.. they're customer service is pretty darn good for products you claim arent theirs ?
but anywayzz. i would never ride carbon bars since my mate torn one in two.. FSA dh bar..riding 4x..(no crash)
no carbon for me.. Cool
a for the weight.. i really dont care.. your whole body weight is held by the bars..
i would gladly ride heavier bars ..as long as they last.. tup
it just felt kinda scary how light this bar felt... ?
  • - 2
 I meant diety -> on diet -> light. At least to me the name suggests components done with focus on low weight while they are not more than just ok with that. But that's just mine braincells looking for resemblances. I don't know about their customer service, never bought anything from them, but I believe you Smile
  • + 1
 haha i collect them bars so it seems 4 bikes all white deity bars except the demo has a spike bar..

one guy here on PB had a bent bar.. deity sent him a post for PB for warranty claim.. reason > they should not bent = awesome Big Grin
  • + 0
 i can't talk much about it but Answer is no worse Smile
  • + 2
 I'm going to be a dick here and say that those pedals retail for £75, they're EXACTLY THE SAME pedal as the Superstar NanoTech Flats which are £40 and a whole lot more colour choices.

superstar.tibolts.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=42&products_id=127


Oh, and I will just point out, before someone picks up on it, that the Answer pedals are the same as the previous gen Nano Techs, the current ones dont have the middle support bits at the end cut-out and are a tad lighter.

Just so you guys know not to waste £35...
  • + 1
 Bunkey the pins are diffrent and easier to get out if bent but i agree not worth that much more especially when superstars other pedal has pins removable from the other side for 43 quid
  • + 0
 They're also expensive and less grippy. You can get a bag of 100 grup pins from the local hardware store for a few quid. Just use mole grips to take them out if they get minced.
  • - 2
 Deity does all their manufacturing in house retard, get your facts straight before making comments like that
  • + 3
 Wrong.
  • + 1
 does the stem come with headset spacers
  • + 1
 dont think so ..
  • + 1
 lots of potential here for sure, the stem is ugly but everything else looks sick.
  • + 1
 The parts look beautiful - the photographer did a nice job feeding the gear frenzy with such nice shots
  • + 1
 Ive been running Pro - Tapers for the better part of a decade. Best bars around. Hands down.
  • + 1
 anyone know the stack height on that stem? I can't find the information anywhere
  • + 1
 Stack height is 35mm. Just measured the one on my DJ bike.
  • + 1
 thanks man!
  • + 1
 what bike is that in the first picutre.
  • + 1
 Intense Uzzi
  • + 2
 sweet stuff!
  • + 1
 i got a set of the 780 bars and they are regodamndiculos!!!!
  • + 1
 nice article dave i hope you are at arduum this year taking sick photos
  • + 1
 only liked them pedals
  • + 0
 look amazing, do the stems fit 888s?
  • + 0
 iv got a answer bars

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