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Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft

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    Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft


    Woodcraft has a killer deal on their lever guards this week, thinking about picking up a pair as I lost one of my vortex guards in a crash last season.
    Any experience with either that anyone cares to share?
    Does the Woodcraft plastic hold up as well as the Vortex metal? That's my main concern, they seem pretty identical besides that

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    Re: Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft

    Woodcraft all day. Local, good company, plastic, replacement parts available, killer deal now... need I say more.

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    Re: Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft

    There's Woodcraft, Vortex, Rizoma, Dion Device, Driven, GPTech, Graves, Sato and Performance Cycleworx out there, plus a metric boatload of no name brand ones on eBay. Most follow the same basic design except for the Dion Device that attaches inboard of the brake master instead of on the bar end.

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    Re: Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft

    Quote Originally Posted by Philkinson View Post
    Does the Woodcraft plastic hold up as well as the Vortex metal?
    The Woodcraft has replaceable plastic arms that are a whole lot cheaper than replacing a full guard from any other company. Not sure how vulnerable the short piece of metal the plastic attaches to is though, but knowing Woodcraft it should be pretty stout.

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    Re: Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft

    I've crash tested the woodcraft ones. It's really nice to just be able to replace the plastic part.

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    I have the woodcraft guards on two bikes, have crashed one of them and I rate their guard/bar end slider very highly.

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    Re: Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft

    I have the same feelings and experiences with Woodcraft guards that everyone has already stated. I rashed/crashed the clutch side. Just changed out the plastic guard and all was new again. I really didn’t have to change the plastic guard but i couldn’t have one rashed and one new guard. I’d be unbalanced!

    With the brake guard being mandatory for next year you’d be crazy not to get 2 for the price of one.

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    Re: Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft

    Thanks guys!
    I think I'll get the pair and keep my vortex brake guard as a spare.

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    Re: Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft

    Quote Originally Posted by Tas View Post
    I have the same feelings and experiences with Woodcraft guards that everyone has already stated. I rashed/crashed the clutch side. Just changed out the plastic guard and all was new again. I really didn’t have to change the plastic guard but i couldn’t have one rashed and one new guard. I’d be unbalanced!

    With the brake guard being mandatory for next year you’d be crazy not to get 2 for the price of one.
    I like it this way. It gives the bike character.

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    Re: Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft

    Quote Originally Posted by Tas View Post
    I have the same feelings and experiences with Woodcraft guards that everyone has already stated. I rashed/crashed the clutch side. Just changed out the plastic guard and all was new again. I really didn’t have to change the plastic guard but i couldn’t have one rashed and one new guard. I’d be unbalanced!

    With the brake guard being mandatory for next year you’d be crazy not to get 2 for the price of one.

    What about street credit though?

    Another vote for Woodcraft

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    Re: Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft

    I used the woodcraft guards as well. I was happy with how they worked except I lost the clutch side lever on track.. not in a crash.. it just fell off somewhere and I was not able to retrieve it. I tightened it pretty damn tight and used mid-strength thread lock.. but off she went. So I would wire it on somehow if you can.

    My only other compliant is the price. Feel like they've raised the prices too.

    When this twofer deal I strongly considered a set for my street/track SV. But that bike has bars-not clipons-and I do not think the guards would work well for that application.

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    Re: Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft

    Quote Originally Posted by Tas View Post
    I have the same feelings and experiences with Woodcraft guards that everyone has already stated. I rashed/crashed the clutch side. Just changed out the plastic guard and all was new again. I really didn’t have to change the plastic guard but i couldn’t have one rashed and one new guard. I’d be unbalanced!

    With the brake guard being mandatory for next year you’d be crazy not to get 2 for the price of one.
    Err. They are mandatory next year?

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    Re: Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft

    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    Err. They are mandatory next year?
    That's the current theory, no rulebook yet so it's not written in stone but we were all told it's coming by LRRS reps.

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    Re: Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft

    Quote Originally Posted by Kurlon View Post
    That's the current theory, no rulebook yet so it's not written in stone but we were all told it's coming by LRRS reps.
    Really? I mean what's the point? Brakes on an EX500 don't work anyways.

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    Re: Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft

    There have been incidents in LRRS that could have been prevented, and many other orgs are going this route as well. (MotoGP was the first, now you've got local orgs like CMRA doing so as well IIRC.)

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    Re: Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft

    Decent deal. Just ordered a spare set.

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    Re: Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft

    It's a government conspiracy.

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    Re: Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft

    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    It's a government conspiracy.
    Fake news!
    What's next? Frame sliders are going to be required!?


    Kidding...

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    Re: Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft

    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    Really? I mean what's the point? Brakes on an EX500 don't work anyways.
    Ex500's have brakes?

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    Re: Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnpewpew View Post
    Ex500's have brakes?
    That's why they're so fast.

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    Re: Lever guards: Vortex vs Woodcraft

    Since this is nesr/lrrs and everyone runs woodcraft i will be the only one that can say anything about the vortex guards. I have crash tested them ALOT �� and they have heald up great. They are metal not plastic so im sure it will be more expensive to replace then woodcraft plastic BUT they dont break. 5 crashes in one season and they heald up every time. Maybe a slight bend but they never broke or wore through. They also protected my bike and my hand in all crashes. Vortex all the way for me ��

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