I think Joe Merrill covered the strong points of the handle very well. I can only add that it is very stiff and the length gives added control when cleaning rocks in the trail. I find the finger hole exemplary in it’s design. It is big and easily accomodates all three longest fingers. You can even get all four in there if you have to. That means some control.
Joe had emailed me before I rode with the handle that what was readily apparent was his ability to really push down on the handle before hopping up. In that it helped to set up the spring from the tire. i am still timing my hops, so I can’t agree or disagre with that.
It really is an awesome handle. The kinport handle is, I think of the same material, but I don’t think you will get the smooth “fits your hand feel” from that. I haven’t ridden a kInport, but that’s just a guess. The Kinport has it’s place as a replacement handle and the Wilder CNC handle does as well.
The only thing that you might notice for a while are blisters from the finger hole. The edges are not round, but are filed smooth and that just takes some time to build up calases. I still don’t have blisters, but I do have some worn skin in places, but that is disappearing.
It’s pricey, no doubt, but once you get one, I don’t think you will ride with anything else.
In regards to Scott’s comment:
You have said that you don’t play the waiting game very well. This time you didn’t, I think you can admit that. You have posted enough times to MUniac.com BB, so you also realize that it’s really slow. You were right to post there for a responce, initially, but I think it’s unfair to think that Scott or anyone else would be able to help you quickly. You read this board frequently, but others don’t. Your sarcastic comment to Scott obviously set him off. He talks straight about what’s on his mind, that I have found out. He responded with the same tone as your comment.
It was a good idea to post your question here. And you got what you wanted right away. Lesson learned.
Get the handle even if your pissed off when things calm down.