Straitline Goodies – First Look

Image We take a look at Strailine’s Spilt Steer Stem and Pedals

Straitline have been round for some time now, producing some of the most drool worth components on the market, Today we are taking at a look at their super bling pedals and the Split Steer Stem courtesy of their UK distributor Hotlines
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Two very expensive boxes!
 
The boxes arrived looking very smart with a very clear description of what you are getting. However I was a little confused that the pedals are aimed at All Mountain riders and Freeriders, after they have been taking the downhill scene by storm due to their monstrous size and phenomenal grip (more on that later)
 
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dont worry you do get two
 
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Xray Colour 
 
Out of the box the first thing you notice is the SIZE of these pedals, they dwarf most flats out there and certainly suit the big footed pedal mashers amongst you.  The pins provided (14 per side)  require a small socket for installation, we recommend using locktite as we had a few loose pins after the first ride or two. 
 
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They look far to good to abuse
 
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No Allen Key socket to save weight, make sure you’ve got your pedal spanner
 
The level of machining and finish on the pedals are pretty close to the best I’ve ever seen, our sample set were the “Xray” colour which is sort of a lightning strike effect over a bluey black. Each pedal is different as well.
 
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Pattented Double Redundant Retention System
 
One thing I like about the axle retention system is that the end cap is well away from rocks and mud, as with other flats (think DMR V8/12) the end cap gets jammed with mud or so badly mashed that you are unable to perform basic maintenance on them without cracking out the hacksaw to make a slit in the end cap for a screwdriver. Thanks to the unique retention system and use of bushings they pedals spin a lot slower than their bearing equipped competition which is no bad thing when you are trying to find your footing after a dab.
 
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Not a bearing in sight, just smooth running IGlide Bushings
 
As I mentioned before the huge size and large number of pins actually presented a slight problem… to much grip! yes we’ve had to remove the inner set of pins as we found that when used with a pair of 5:10’s you couldn’t adjust your foot position on the pedals during a ride. You have to physically take your foot off the pedal and replace it in the new position, not good when you are flying through trees.
 

Stems are often over looked, most people just picking their desired length and rise within their budget. However I challenge you to look at this stem and not fall in love with it.

 
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Lovely Curves
 

Out of the box I couldn’t decide if it was a stem or a piece of bike jewellery ours was the 35mm 1 1/8th version in gloss black.

 
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Torque figues for the ham fisted
 
Everything about this stem was been refined and refined leaving just a stunning yet extremely functional and light weight stem.
 
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Wide and stiff clamping face
 
The very wide clamping face of the stem makes for a very secure bar/stem interface, we’ve only had the stem fitted for a few weeks, but its certainly one of the stiffest we’ve ever tried. Despite its light weight structure the stem doesn’t look or feel weak in any way and I would be happy fitting it on any bike that is going to see some abuse. 
 
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Beautiful machine work, can a stem look fast sitting still? 
 
I dread to think how many hours of CNC work go into each of these stems but its certainly worth it. The stem uses a split clamp to hang onto the steer tube, despite there being less material in contact with the steer tube we haven’t had a problem with any slippage. All the tolerances are fantastic so much so that the entire face plate sits totally flush with the rest of the stem when the bars are fitted. The stem in its standard form only accepts 31.8 bars, but adaptors are available for around £10. At around £80 its far from cheap, but having seen the quality of these parts I would not hesitate to spec my own personal bike with straitline components.
 
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You even get a bling stem cap to top it off
 
We shall give the components a good testing over winter and get back to you with how they hold up, I have a feeling we might get a little squeaking from the bushings in proper slopy mud (something we will have plenty of this year) But only time will tell. Thanks to Pete@hotlines-uk.com for sending the samples over.
 
 
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