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Old 01-13-05, 05:42 AM
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So I finally got both my new stem and my new levers... I'm going to try and have them put on Friday... Yes, I say have them put on because I really don't feel like finding a way to get my grips off and back on. That's more work than I care for. Hence, I'll pay the $10 to have it done. Easton EA70 stem 110mm length, 0 degree rise (replaces a 90mm, 5deg rise)... and Avid Speed Dial Ti levers (replacing my FR-5's). Excuse the horrible quality. My old school Quickcam 3000 takes some awful pics. My nicer one doesn't work in Linux and I'm not rebooting into windows just to take 2 stinkin' pics.



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Old 01-13-05, 08:21 AM
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Those are gonna look nice...will the stem give you any better ride?? Will it put you more upright or what?
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Originally Posted by PWRDbyTRD
Those are gonna look nice...will the stem give you any better ride?? Will it put you more upright or what?
Stem will get him lower and slightly more stretched out due to increased length and a lower angle stem. Though you probably should just wait for his answer

Those Ti SD levers are nice, if I switch to BB7 discs, those will be my levers.
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Grips????


Insert thin screwdriver between grip and handlebar. Spray with water, or hairspray. Twist grip. Spray more water or hairspray. Twist a bit more.

Slide grip OFF!

Seriously, 30 second job!

Water works, but hairspray is better since it'll stick better once it dries.
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Old 01-13-05, 10:58 AM
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Or better yet, but some ODI grips with the aluminum clamps. Two little screws and the grips slide OFF!
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Old 01-13-05, 03:17 PM
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For me, it's worth the $10 to pay someone to go through that trouble. The ODI's are a good option, I've seen everyone raving about them to no end. Outside of the fact that they're easily removable, are they any more comfortable? Also, that's correct that the stem will put me lower and more stretched out. I have pretty long arms and often find myself riding on the heels of my hands and hunching over a bit more so I'm lower. As it stands, my bike has me WAY too upright. My last bike had a 100mm 0deg rise stem and a flat bar with bar ends.
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Old 01-13-05, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by cryogenic
The ODI's are a good option, I've seen everyone raving about them to no end. Outside of the fact that they're easily removable, are they any more comfortable?
Well I like mine, and they're a bit more comfortable than the grips I took off. I switched primarily due to the fact that I didn't want to adhere my grips via chemical means while using a CF bar.
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Old 01-13-05, 03:25 PM
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The ones that came on my Specialized are just rubber... no cushion, nothing.. just sticky rubber, basically. I have to wear gloves or my hands hurt like mad after 8 or 10 miles.
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Originally Posted by cryogenic
The ones that came on my Specialized are just rubber... no cushion, nothing.. just sticky rubber, basically. I have to wear gloves or my hands hurt like mad after 8 or 10 miles.
You should be wearing gloves to begin with. Road rash on the hands SUCKS

The one's I use are called the "Rogue" pattern
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Yeah, that's the other advantage to wearing gloves... I crashed coming down some stairs once and put my hands down.. My gloves saved me road rash in that case for sure.
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Those levers look cool!
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Old 01-13-05, 07:46 PM
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yeah.. and they're speed dials so they're more adjustable than my non-adjustable FR-5's. While admittedly the FR-5's are good levers (no flex or play at all), I wanted the adjustability of the Speed Dials. I also wanted a less upright position and I thought $20 for that stem was a great deal. The levers cost me $30, so including shipping and all I got a nice stem and nice levers for $60-ish.
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Old 01-13-05, 08:10 PM
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the cool thing about all avid v-brake levers is that they can be used for their mechanical disks as well.
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Old 01-13-05, 08:50 PM
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Yup... That's exactly what I'm doing... the SD Ti's are technically V-brake levers.. I have BB7's and that's what I'm going to be using them with.
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Old 01-14-05, 12:41 AM
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Originally Posted by hebrew_rider
the cool thing about all avid v-brake levers is that they can be used for their mechanical disks as well.
The even more cool thing is the fact that you don't have to have Avid levers to operate Avid Mechs. You can use an generic lever you wish.

Of course I like my Avid levers (both pairs) and wouldn't ride without them.
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which Avid levers do you have, Raiyn?
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which Avid levers do you have, Raiyn?
  • Avid AD-3 on the trailbike (They work and I'm all for not messing with success)
  • Avid SD 2.0L on the commuter (Sure I could get the new flashy ones but I got these for a song brand new)
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Originally Posted by Raiyn
  • Avid AD-3 on the trailbike (They work and I'm all for not messing with success)
  • Avid SD 2.0L on the commuter (Sure I could get the new flashy ones but I got these for a song brand new)
Raiyn is just being cheap
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Originally Posted by PWRDbyTRD
Raiyn is just being cheap
<shrug> The set on the trailbike are one of maybe six stock components they felt perfect as is so I left them.

The set on the commuter ... it's a commuter bike for cryin out loud! You don't run top end stuff on a commuter. sheesh

All kidding aside, I've used the higher end Avid's and really liked them, the only reason I left the stockers on the trailbike is like I said. They felt perfect as they were.
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I actually got them put on today.. the levers made a very slight difference and the stem actually made a bigger difference. I like the new stem as it stretches me out a bit more and I don't feel so cramped. Plus the stem is long enough so that my entire hand fits on it and walking my bike holding the stem is easier.
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