OURY’s Glow-in-the-Dark Grips

From the makers of one of the most comfortable grips comes something super cool… GlowInTheDark grips.  This is new for 2009 in their standard Mountain style grips (non lockons). 

 

IMG_9722 copy by you.

 

I’ve been using Oury Grips (standard & lockons) for many years now. I can’t say it enough that they are comfortable! They fit very well in my hands. 

 

I used these on a night ride last week and they got a lot of attention and compliments.  Just like my other Oury grips, these are comfortable as always.  Now there is something extra on the visual side for night rides. 

 

IMG_9815 copy by you. 

Give your night ride a little pizzazz!!!

 

Here is a description from OURY:

 

  • Antivibration
  • Large pad design eliminates numbness and slipping
  • The extremely soft rubber will give excellent control and maximum comfort
  • MSRP $9.75

IMG9210 by you.

The normal color is a translucent off-white.

 

These are limited edition grips, so get them while they are still available.  For more information, visit www.ourygrips.com.

I don’t give a Shift!!! (Rigid SingleSpeed Complete)

That’s my new motto for 2009 as I ride my Rigid Single Speed.  Finishing touches on my rigid singlespeed were done over the holidays.  Last component needed on this project were the disc brakes.  I found a killer deal on Avid Juicy 5s right before Christmas.  Top it off it was free shipping and arrived on Christmas Eve.  Other components added to this beauty are:

    ·       Ashima Air-rotors.  160mm in the front and 140mm in the rear.  Weight on these are 85 grams (f) and 67 grams (r) – Sweet!

IMG_9734 by you.                                                 160mm Front rotors

IMG_9726 by you.                                                              140mm Rear rotors

           ·       SASO Carbon Seat post

IMG_9729 by you. 

    ·    Salsa Seat Clamp (non QR)
    ·       WTB Pure V, w/Ti rails
    ·    Bebop pedals

IMG_9732 by you.

Finishing up I hit several road bumps.  First was the Eccentric Bottom Bracket adjustment.  Fairly simple to adjust however unfamiliar to me I didn’t want to take a chance of ruining it before I could even ride it.  Second was play in my fork/headset/stem.  I’ve tightened all necessary bolts however there was still a little bit of play.  Turns out that there are two screws that need tightening on the compression plug (in-place of the star nut).  First a 5mm on the inner screw then a 6mm on the top-cap. 

These were both simple issues but new to me.  I went to my LBS – JensonUSA for assistance.  Props to Luis w/JensonUSA’s Corona store.  He is one of the most helpful guys I’ve ever met at a bike shop.  Very knowledgeable as well…

IMG_9731 by you.

Here is the complete spec:

Frame:                ZION EBB
Fork:                   SASO Carbon fork
Spacers:              Carbon
Headset:             Woodman Axis SL COMP
Stem:                 B52s 
Handlebars:         KORE Torsion bars 
Grips:                  Red OURY Lock-ons
Brakes:               Avid Juicy 5s
Rotors:         Ashima Air Rotors 160mm(f) and 140mm(r)
Seat Post:           SASO Carbon Seat post
Seat Post Clamp:  Salsa
Saddle:               WTB Pure V Ti rails
Crankset:            Race Face Deus, silver
Bash Guard:        Race Face
BB:                     Race Face ISIS spline
Chain:                 SRAM PC991
Wheelset:           Sun Ringle laced to XT hubs
Single speed cog: 16t Wheels Mfg SSK-3
Skewers:             SASO Carbon levers
Tires:                  Maxxis Larsen TTs 2.1(f)/1.9(r)
Tubes:                 various brands
Pedals:               Bebop
Misc:                   FSA Compression plug
H2O Cage:           WOOdman Carbon Comp
Weight:              23.54 lbs

IMG9738 by you.

I’m sure adjustments or changes will be made after I ride this bike, but for now it’s ready to hit the dirt.IMG_9728 by you.

Rigid Single Speed Update, Right-Sizing

This week I worked on right-sizing the steerer tube on my carbon fork and the width of my handlebars.  On my last update (#1) I wasn’t quite sure which handlebar/stem to use.  I’ve decided to give the KORE Torsion Bar and B52 stem a try.  Stock length of the Torsion Bar was at 800mm, so I’ve got some work to do in shortening it.

IMG_9660 by you.

The FORK: I finally got the courage to cut the steerer tube myself.  As I mentioned on the last post, the steerer is also carbon fiber.  Not having cut a steerer tube in the past I was hesitant in doing so.  For awhile I was debating on whether I should do it or take to my LBS.  Always trying to be self-sufficient I did a little research then bought a hack saw at Home Depot.  Following Richard Cunningham’s (Mountain Bike Action, issue July 2007) instructions, I measured the desired length then taped a spare aluminum spacer to use as a cutting guide.  I added an extra 10mm spacer to my desired length to give myself a little room for error.  Fortunately all worked well and the steerer tube was cut evenly.  I reinstalled the fork, added my carbon spacers, tightened the stem then installed the compression plug. 

IMG_9678 by you.                            Spacer taped on as a cutting guide.

NOTE: do not use the regular star-nut with carbon steerers; it will damage the insides. Use a compression plug which will expand inside the steerer tube.

The HANDLEBARS: Using the same method above, I proceeded to shorten the Torsion bars.  Original length is 800mm.  I decided to take off 3/4” on each end.  After measuring the desired length, I marked the handlebar, clamped on an old set of ODI Lock-on rings for a guide, tightened the screws then cut away.  Final length is 30.25″.

Once I’ve mounted the stem and handlebars to the appropriate position, I installed the red Oury grips.

IMG_9681 by you.                          ODI Lock-on rings as a guide.

IMG_9703 by you.

Above is the end result.  Not bad ehhh?  Here is where I’m at w/the build.  Almost there…

Frame:                 ZION EBB
Fork:                   SASO Carbon fork
Skewers:              SASO Carbon Levers
Single speed cog:   16t Wheels Mfg SSK-3
Stem:                   B52s 
Handlebars:           KORE Torsion bars
Grips:                   Red OURY Lock-ons
Wheelset:             Sun Ringle laced to XT hubs
Crankset:              Race Face Deus, silver
BB:                      Race Face ISIS spline
Tires:                   Maxxis Larsen TTs 2.1(f)/1.9(r)
Headset:              Woodman Axis SL COMP 
Tubes:                 various brands
Spacers:               Carbon
Misc:                    FSA Compression plug

Current weight: 19.74 lbs

Interbike 2008: OURY Red Lock-on Grips

New from OURY is the color RED lock-on grips.  They’ve had a lock-on grip in their product line, however it was just limited to one color – black.  New for 2009 is a red grip coupled with the ODI Lock Jaw clamps. 

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I’ve been a fan of OURY grips for many years.  I’ve used their regular Mountain Grip on several of my bikes as well as the black lock-on grips on my DH bike.  I have to say first hand from experience – they are comfortable! 

IMG_9055 by you.                                       Check out these huge pads! Comfort for your hands…

Here is a description from OURY: 

  • Anti-vibration
  • Large pad design eliminates numbness and slipping
  • The extremely soft rubber will give excellent control and maximum comfort
  • Package includes grips and ODI lock Jaw clamps
  • MSRP $25.00

Per my conversation with OURY at Interbike, they will come out with a new color each year;  however only for a limited time.  So once they run out of RED… that’s it.  Go get ’em while supplies last.  For more information visit www.ourygrips.com