Not too long ago, if you wanted to buy a decent, dependable, high quality downhill or freeride bike, your options were pretty limited.
If you wanted some burly part or indestructible component you were basically out of luck. Things broke all the time, square tapered bottom brackets, Manitou X-Vert forks (carbon and mango), RockShox disc brakes (3 bolt), Cook Brothers cranks (every color). These were products being produced by companies at the cutting edge of our sport. Those of you that have fond memories of these bits and pieces wore the red badge of courage on a weekly basis back then. Sure, our riding got better but the product quality has taken huge leaps giving us more bang for the buck and dropping Band-Aid’s stock almost overnight. Lets face it people, we have some diverse options these days. With some shiny coin in the pocket you can wander in to most local shops or the Worldwide Web and buy some earth shattering, mind blowing components filled to the brim with all kinds of science. Now, riders are trying to keep up with the advances and are able to push themselves even farther and even faster. That’s great, really it is.
With our sport growing at this speed it presents a problem to the small, rider-owned style company though. How do we set ourselves apart, create a unique voice and not get lost in all the hoop-la. The Internet is a valuable tool for companies like these. They can create some identity for themselves and with proper marketing, drive potential customers to the site.
is one of those small companies. Based in Bozeman, Montana this small outfit is churning out some clever options for riders. Brake lever upgrades, bar ends and Gucci flavored pedals are all on the menu at Twenty6. They are some highly intelligent fellas who definitely paid attention in science class. The high precision and attention to detail can be seen in the 6foe pedals. You have the option of a titanium or cromoly spindle, they have a plethora of pin positions are low profile and come in 10 different colors.
The Dualie Brake levers give you yet another option from the standard stock setup of your current brake levers. Replacements are offered for Hayes, Avid, Shimano and Formula. GasCap barends give your bars some protection when you drop, I mean, when you gently lay your bike on its side. They replace the outer ODI clamp that most of us run.
For this American made quality the price tag can seem a bit steep. Take in to consideration a US based company with overhead costs of basic operations, payroll, engineering, design, equipment leasing and materials cost and you find yourself getting quite a deal. Yeah, I know there are cheaper alternatives but founder Tyler Jarosz has committed himself to making high quality durable products so mooks like you and me can have what we always wanted, options. If that is not being part of the solution I don’t know what is.
GasCap Barend: 34.95
Dualie Levers: 69-74.99
6foe Pedal Cr: 175.50
6foe Pedal Ti: 264.99
Well try to have a formal product review soon. Stay tuned. Check em out if you got questions.Twenty6Products Website
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