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Old 2007-04-13, 02:13 AM   #1
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Love at first sight: T 7 meets 29'er!

They were meant for each other!

The T7 is an amazing addition to the 29'er. I first got it with the idea that it would allow more options for weight transfer on long rides. But after a 21 km test ride today I discovered a few other wicked aspects of using the handle. Riding hills if sooooo much more powerful, both up and down, when grabbing the T7. Also, the handle has opened up a whole new world of possibility for increasing my speed. Clutching the grips in my excited paws I could immediately pedal faster...pulling up, pushing down...it all made a big difference.

Can't wait for the long weekend ride with my unipal, Slugbath who is way ahead of me when it comes to the T 7, she's had hers for a whole two weeks already. :-)
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Old 2007-04-13, 02:20 AM   #2
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Old 2007-04-13, 02:50 AM   #3
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looks like it would be a good addition to my 24, i can just imagine...

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Old 2007-04-13, 03:02 AM   #4
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I like the handlebar tape wrap to cover the excessive blueness. The tape ads character.
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Old 2007-04-13, 03:31 AM   #5
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I also like the tape lol. It looks really nice...I think i'll get one for my 29, when i get my 29 lol. Did you get those grips off of udc too?
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Old 2007-04-13, 04:37 AM   #6
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Thanks guys.

Yeah, too true John, the intense blue was a bit much for me and my deep purple powder coated 29'er hence the tape.

I actually ordered the handle through our LBS which happens to be a dealer for uni.com.

The grips are from the bargin bin at the bike shop. They are simple as far as bike grips go but perfect for this application.
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Old 2007-04-13, 04:44 AM   #7
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Oh okay, cool. What kind of uni is that anyway? The purple is sharp looking.
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Old 2007-04-13, 09:40 AM   #8
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Beautiful. Not overkill at all.
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Old 2007-04-13, 11:42 AM   #9
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its beautiful do the grips come with?
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Old 2007-04-13, 12:44 PM   #10
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Erin;

That handle and set-up looks great. I am glad you got it. The blend of black tape and black grips helps cover the blue powder coating very nicely. (that is the only feature that I do not prefer)

I am going to have mine powder black coated to match my uni next winter. (Which of course will make this a very expensive handle!

Perhaps the manufacturer will start making this handle in other colours, now that it seems to be catching on.

It is a great handle for touring. Highly recommended!

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Old 2007-04-13, 05:11 PM   #11
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Looks awesome. I have a T7 on my 36er; keep thinking about putting one on 29er muni as well, but it is a bit pricey for that...

Has anyone had experience offroading with the T7? Does it get in the way? Is it any use for hopping etc? (I've tried it on the 36 but that's a pain to hop anyway).
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Old 2007-04-13, 05:19 PM   #12
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That looks great. Maybe one of these days I won't need my arms flailing away for balance and I'll be able to make use of a handle . I love riding my homebuilt 29er. It's such a great size. What saddle is that you're using?
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Old 2007-04-13, 06:33 PM   #13
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Underdog: I'm just using a original KH seat. I have tried the Freeride and found that its flat profile didn't work for me. And yes, I know what you mean about hands flailing, I find that often just using one hand on the handle is great as it still allows the other for 'reach for balance' or flail, in not so many words.

Mark: I was sort of wondering about the MUni application for the T 7 myself but at this point I think it would be more than what's necessary. Hopping seems easier with the grip in close to the body which is best achieved using the seat handle. But then again on a cross country type of route the T 7 would probably be an awesome aid in hill climbing and during descents.

Rob: I thought of having the T 7 powder coated too but, as you mentioned, it would be expensive. On the other hand, handlebar tape is cheap.

skianduniaddict: The grips are just inexpensive bike grips that I dug out of a bargin bin at my local bike shop. They work great!

cathwood: thanks Cathy, cool that you remembered my previous post.

Chexjc: The frame is from Bedford as is the custom purple powder coat. It was a xmas present a few years ago from my best pal.
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Old 2007-04-13, 08:11 PM   #14
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On the other hand, handlebar tape is cheap.
And you can change colors or style of tape to suit your mood or whims.

Cork tape would look neat. I always liked the Off The Front tape back when I was road biking. Especially the skull and crossbones version for the novelty of turning my handlebar into death grips. The Off The Front tape is removable and washable. A neat way to personalize a ride.
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Old 2007-04-14, 12:12 AM   #15
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Lookin very very nice. Thanks for the review. Will def be goin on my soon to come 29.

DO the water cage holders actauly seem like they will be handy?
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