Core Rat Crash Pad Armor and Pads

5/5 (18 Reviews)
MSRP : $15.00


Product Description

  • top tube protection, saves you and your bike
  • cordura outer, high density foam inner
  • velcro on, to fit any size top tube


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by smdubovsky a Weekend Warrior from Maryland

    Date Reviewed: June 13, 2008

    Strengths:    It fits well and really works.

    Weaknesses:    Doesn't show pictures of the colors on her site (but will email you one if you ask.)

    Bottom Line:   
    I have the stem pads on both my and wifes bike. Angie made an extra long custom strap length for the top tube crash pad on the wifes bike. (Its a small frame w/ huge 7005 tubes. The top and down tube merge together well before the head tube, so a pad has to wrap around both at the front.) Angie was great to deal with.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jerome a Weekend Warrior from Brooklyn

    Date Reviewed: October 28, 2007

    Strengths:    Built to last, Heavy duty cover with dense 1/4" thick evs? padding under it which is water and rip proof. Works even with a bent top tube and 3 cables running underneath it.

    Weaknesses:    none, shipping from Canada ?

    Bottom Line:   
    If you want to reduce the risk of permanent injury and ride hard you won't regret buying this.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $28.00

    Purchased At:   Corerat.com

    Similar Products Used:   I also use the stem pad, wish I had bought three to cover the tops of my double crown Jr.T

    Bike Setup:   2001 Santa Cruz Bullit

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dave a Downhiller from Mississauga

    Date Reviewed: July 15, 2005

    Weaknesses:    NONE

    Bottom Line:   
    Buy this product. I ordered it online through the web site . Cheapest protection you can buy, and the best. Ordered it on tuesday, had it friday morning. This padding is awsome.. I have put it on my bike, and one will go one the GF's soon.

    ANGIE ROCKS and that's the bottom line.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $22.00

    Purchased At:   Core Rat online

    Similar Products Used:   NONE

    Bike Setup:   Brodie 9-ball, Kona Stab, .243 HT DH

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Justin a Downhiller from Kelowna

    Date Reviewed: August 27, 2004

    Strengths:    Fits my fat frame, looks cool with the camo. I bought two one for top tube and one for the down tube to protect it from dents. Fit's around all my suspension and cables.

    Weaknesses:    NONE

    Bottom Line:   
    Buy this product. I ordered it online through the web site, all charges were good on the visa. Cheapest protection you can buy, and the best. Ordered it on saturday on the site and had it in my mail box by that friday, and she was apologing about being slow.

    ANGIE ROCKS and that's the bottom line.

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    Favorite Trail:   powers creek

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   core rat

    Similar Products Used:   NONE

    Bike Setup:   2004 Devinci Ollie

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dusty Parr from Toronto, Ontario

    Date Reviewed: July 13, 2004

    Strengths:    -doesn't bind brake/shifting cable.
    -fits really fat frame tubing as well as really skinny (sits on my cove handjob no problem).
    -looks pimp (camo).
    -great customer service
    -fast shipping
    -cheap, it'll pay for itself REALLY quickly.


    Bottom Line:   
    it does what it's intended to do.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Bike Setup:   2002 cove handjob, z1 wedge, avid discs, lx/xt mixto.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Stephen Sturges a Racer from Chalmette, LA USA

    Date Reviewed: June 26, 2003

    Strengths:    Durable, Stylish, Functional. I use them on the slalom bike which is used just for BMX (cruiser class). It's ABA legal. Thanks

    Bottom Line:   
    If you need some sort of pad protection for you ATB, look no further.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   Core Rat


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Chris a Downhiller from Louisville

    Date Reviewed: February 14, 2003

    Strengths:    Very well made. Looks good.

    Weaknesses:    None for what it is.

    Bottom Line:   
    This pad serves it's purpose very well. I have been bruising the inside of my legs when i goof up a drop or jump an i just got fed up. After looking around on the net i could not find anything that would fit the Easton tube set on my bike. I finally found out about Core Rat and ordered right away. I am very pleased w/ the fit and quality of the pad. It fits my massive top tube with room to spare. It has yet to move at all even during a crash. Now, if you go do a no-footer of a drop 12' and miss the pedals it is still going to hurt but for anything else where your boys are in harms way it should do fine.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   www.corerat.com

    Bike Setup:   Banshee Scream w/ 2003 Jr.T

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jeff Olson a Downhiller from Tacoma, Wa USA

    Date Reviewed: January 28, 2003

    Strengths:    this pad has saved my Jacobs more times than I can count!!!! the velcro is secure,and doesn't shift around while pedaling or riding low on the bike, and doesn't bind shift cables.

    Weaknesses:    uh, none, it is a simple set-up that that can't go wrong.

    Bottom Line:   
    if you care to save your boys then this is what you need for any and all freeride applications!!!!!!!!

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    Favorite Trail:   can't say

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   corerat.com

    Bike Setup:   Kona stab with jr t's

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Can't w8 a Weekend Warrior from Snow Lake, MB, Canada

    Date Reviewed: November 11, 2002

    Strengths:    -Fits various top tubes
    -Can wrap a pump and a spare tube in it
    -Durable construction (much like stem pad)
    -Had Deep Cove Bike Shop skull and crossbones logo sewn on it!
    -Protects you and the bike


    Weaknesses:    -I wish the padding was a bit thicker but would probably make pedalling too obstructing after putting in a pump and all
    -a little bit of foam has worn off at the cable stop on top tube - no big deal though
    -Would have liked an orange or red one but when I bought it 3+ years ago, Corerat was only making them in black, black, and I think a dark blue(?)


    Bottom Line:   
    Durable product that I'm glad I purchased. Was considering the Roach one but the thought of being able to put my pump in it and the tighter fit really did it for me. I guess the Cove logo helped too!!

    It's been on both bikes and throughout the 'Shore, UBC, Delta Watershed, Moab, Washington and northern Canada. Still performing like the day I bought it. In fact, keeps my bike warm at -45 deg C here in northern Manitoba!! Hahahahahahaha!!!!

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    Favorite Trail:   Suntop AND River Runs Through It

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   Cove Bike Shop

    Similar Products Used:   No need to - this is THE definitive top tube pad!

    Bike Setup:   '01 Aeon/Ells Joker and '96 Kona Cindee Cones

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Pistol Pete a Weekend Warrior from London

    Date Reviewed: July 9, 2002

    Strengths:    Versatile (will fit most any bike and you can pop a bar or pump in it).
    Bombproof (so it should be).


    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    These pads do the job for a decent price. Nothing else even fits fat tubed bikes so they are the best available.
    Stop beating your knees up on your cable stops every time you go over.

    The price was CAD including postage.

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    Favorite Trail:   Kill Me Thrill Me

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $27.00

    Purchased At:   Web site

    Similar Products Used:   Roach - but they won't fit my Stiffee.

    Bike Setup:   Cove Stiffee, Z1 Freeride, flatties, risers, rock ring etc.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Angus Lemon from Anaheim, CA, USA

    Date Reviewed: April 21, 2002

    Strengths:    Tough, durable, wide velcro straps keep it in place. I started using top tube pads for BMX and now use on my MTB. This one have saved me and the bike more than once! Have used this pad on multiple bikes, fits well.

    Weaknesses:    None.

    Bottom Line:   
    Best product of this type I have tried. It has outlasts my bikes!

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   www.corerat.com

    Similar Products Used:   Several less durable products.

    Bike Setup:   SantaCruz bullit.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Gwen Andersen a Cross Country Rider from Rockville MD

    Date Reviewed: December 5, 2001

    Strengths:    Fits all bikes. Attractive. Well made.

    Weaknesses:    None noticed yet.

    Bottom Line:   
    FANTASTIC customer service. I got responses to my questions almost immediately. Angie figured out what my correct email address was even though I typed it in incorrectly.

    I also got the stem guard and the chainstay guard. They are also well-designed, attractive, and fit.

    Everyone should have a top tube pad - male and female alike (but esp. male!).

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   web site

    Similar Products Used:   Tried to fit another top tube pad on at the bike shop but it didn't fit.

    Bike Setup:   Specialized Expedition.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Tom C from VT

    Date Reviewed: October 10, 2001

    Strengths:    Burly, easy to put on/take off, yet stays on after many a wreck. Has saved my top tube and my sack on too many occasions to mention.

    Weaknesses:    None.

    Bottom Line:   
    Another excellent piece of gear from Angie Ho. Rider-designed, and it shows in the quality and durability of all of her products. This top tube pad (crash pad) is a junk saver that protects your top tube from all but the most heinous dents from wrecks. The price is right, the looks are stylie yet low-key, and Angie understands what riders need from their gear.
    Great for jumpin', freeridin', and dh'in', I never take mine off.

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    Favorite Trail:   any

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $13.00

    Purchased At:   www.corerat.com

    Similar Products Used:   Home-made jobbies.

    Bike Setup:   Planet X, Stratos. 'nuff said.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Andrew from Ontario

    Date Reviewed: October 2, 2001

    Strengths:    Four wide velcro straps let you adjust the pad to fit properly. It is the only top tube pad that fits the Easton RAD tubeset.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    Finally I can have some confidence about not cutting my knees open on the cable stops on my top tube. The Core Rat seems to have the bast crash pad out there. If you get one, fitting it on your bike properly, and securely will never be a problem. I now use the Roach and Kona pads to protect the paint on my bikes, when I pile more than one in at a time.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $22.00

    Purchased At:   Direct

    Similar Products Used:   Roach, Kona

    Bike Setup:   Brodie Bigshot

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Brad a Weekend Warrior from Port Hardy, BC, Canada

    Date Reviewed: September 12, 2001

    Strengths:    With all those velcro straps you can lash anything from bear spray to pumps. In the event of a crash its nice to the boyz as well.

    Weaknesses:    Absolutely none

    Bottom Line:   
    This thing has lasted me over 4 different frames over the last 5 years. Has had everything lashed to it at one point: busted parts, machettes, trail maps, etc. Being a bony rider, its no problem shouldering the bike for any hike-a-bikes. It's lasted so long I really can't remember how much I paid for it, but whatever it was it's worth it.

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    Favorite Trail:   Boogieman

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   McBike - Prince George

    Similar Products Used:   Roach

    Bike Setup:   Stinky-D, blah blah blah.

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