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Dianoda

Dianoda

Based in Chi-town, IL.

Dianoda's Bio

Most of my outdoor pursuits are driven by my hobby as a photographer with great enthusiasm for wildlife and nature. I currently shoot Canon - my go to gear includes a 7D body with 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS lenses. I romp around nature parks and forest preserves year-round looking for that next great shot. Backcountry has the non-photo gear I need/want for my pursuits.

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Dianoda wrote a review of on July 20, 2012

5 5

It doesn't get much lighter than this, and these bars are pretty darn stiff, too. Admittedly, the Ergosum LTD does have maybe a bit more flex in it at the very tips compared to the 7000 series aluminum bar that came stock on my Fuji, but I can forgive that because it weighs about 120g less. And I can't really notice any difference in stiffness in the drops, which is where I spend most of my time anyways. Being carbon, it does ride noticeably smoother.

If I was doing it all over again, I'd probably opt for the team edition over the LTD - weight is about 25g more, but you gain the option of mounting clip-ons (ie, tri-bars, etc.), and the price is slightly more reasonable.

All in all, there really isn't anything wrong with the ergosum LTD, and I love the shape of the drop - fairly shallow, but ergonomic. It's a great bar if you typically ride in an aggressive position and want weight as low as possible. But the trade off for not being about to mount tri-bars is a small mark against it IMO, as is the normally sky high asking price (on that note, thanks, bonktown/chainlove!). It looks great, too - I almost feel bad about covering that glossy carbon finish with bar tape.

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Dianoda wrote a review of on July 12, 2012

5 5

These could not be any better for their intended purpose - hiking/walking anywhere a lightweight breathable pant is desired.

In all honesty, these are pretty much flawless in design and execution and leave me with nothing to be desired. They are remarkably durable for the weight (which is minimal - my 30x32's weigh 9.2oz), and the material is thin enough to roll up into shorts without looking goofy (not that I care about what I look like in the backcountry) or compromising breathability (ie, they still vent well at the leg openings). The thinner fabric means they retain very little moisture and dry quickly when they do get wet, and being tight-woven nylon, they are rather water resistant to begin with. The pockets are numerous, well-placed and functional. They look great, fit great, move well.

I'd buy these again in a heartbeat.

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Dianoda wrote a review of on March 27, 2012

5 5

Takes the mystery out of tightening down your fancy bike bits and the included 4/5/6mm hex heads should be all you need to take care of 90% of the screws on most bikes. As soon as I got it out of the package I re-tensioned all the relevant fancy bits of my bike and the cleats to my carbon-soled road shoes. The wrench works like a charm, fits nicely in hand, and was a great deal off bonktown.

One caveat - I did manage to destroy a set of supposedly 7000 series aluminum screws with this wrench while installing a CF bottle cage. Given the nature of the failure - the heads of each screw simultaneously popped off while I was tightening one down at or near the 5NM limit - I think it has a lot more to do with cheap screws and less with this wrench - so go nuts, just try not to lose sight of common sense (for example, bottle cages don't need to be crazy tight).

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