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5 5

I put just under 2000 miles on this bottom bracket on a Single Speed Mountain bike in mixed conditioned, including a good amount of muddy days. There is no creaking, and the bearings still spin well. I've noticed single speeding kills bottom brackets pretty quick but this one so far has fared well. Only heads up is to make sure you have 2 bottom bracket tools on hand, as well as make sure you get the right bottom bracket for your application. Shimano uses a 24 mm spindle on both sides, however, Sram/GXP is slightly smaller on the non drive side. The one sold here is for Shimano cranks. If you want to run Sram, either call up Competitive Cyclist and have them get you the Sram version or call up Praxis and buy it directly. The other option is to run a small shim. Not the best solution, but they are available (BEER components sells one).

Although not advertised directly, the bearings are replaceable with a professional press. The downside is. Praxis will void your warranty if you do this. If your okay with nixing your warranty, Praxis has the actual part number for the bearings in their FAQs for the bottom bracket.

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1 5

Besides being ridiculously cheap, there are not many other good attributes about this chain. I bought 3 or 4 on a killer sale on chainlove. I think these are made of lead because they are extremely heavy and stretch like none other. If you get 200 miles on this chain your lucky. I'm not a big guy (150 lbs) but I do ride hard. I threw a new chain on my bike before a 100 mile race. By the time I finished the race, the chain was starting to pop and skip because it had stretched so much. After the race, I kept with the chain, and just retensioned it. At least one a week, almost before each ride, I would have to retension the chain. After about a total of 200 miles, I had almost maxed out my sliders. Spend a little more money and buy a higher quality 8 speed chain. I will be MUCH lighter and stretch at a much more manageable rate.

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4 5

I've used this for mountain and dirt road (CX bike) and carry it on the road. The durability is very good, the hideable hose is nice and convenient and makes pumping vigorously less un-nevring as you are less concerned of ripping the valve stem out of the tube. I have the "medium" size one and its slightly longer then your average jersey pocket length. If I pack my pockets with food and stuff, I don't have to worry about having the thing fall out. For mountain and cross the volume is sufficient. I have not had any flats on the road, so I can't speak of how it does at road pressures.

Now the downside. The hose screws onto the valve stem, making a nice and tight seal. You pump it up and life is good. However, the seal is almost too good and grips the valve core. When you screw the hose off, if the valve core is not extremely tight, you take the core with it, having all your hard work air fly out followed by a long list of course words. I'm giving this 4 stars as it works fine IF you use a small valve core wench (sold with some brands of stems) and stench the thing down.

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4 5

These are pretty nice bibs for those cool fall and early spring rides. Chamois is on par with higher end Louis Garneau, as its on the thicker side (compared to Castelli's thinner chamois). Only gripe with them is the sizing is on the American/Vanity side. I wear a medium in LG, Castelli, Mavic, Sugoi, and Endura. I followed my normal medium rule and these are slightly on the large side. Its not enough for me to return them or not wear them as having slightly looser fit is better for staying warm. I've done one 130 mile ride and numerous sub 50 mile rides and have never complained about the comfort of these bibs.

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5 5

In most gloves, I wear a large. I bought these on a bike trip after shredding some other pair. Bought large as normal. I really liked them, but eventually they stretched and they were on the almost too big side after about a month of use. When these showed up on chain love, I bought a bunch of pairs in mediums. Just slightly tight when I first got them, but fit great after a few rides. Probably one of my favorite gloves. They are very breathable and are great for mid summer.

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4 5

I wear a medium in Giro, Bell, and Lazer, and figured this helmet would be the same. This helmet just barely fits. I pretty much max out the think. I actually bought it for my little brother who has a slightly smaller head, so it works out. Besides the fit, its a pretty nice helmet.

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3 5

I've had these gloves for about a year now and have ridden with them on the road and mountain in temps ranging from the 20's up to around 40's-50's in the rain. They will keep your hands warm, even after they get soaking wet (neoprene retains insulation properties while wet) however, your hands will not be dry. Even on drier days, due to the lack of breath-ability, after an hour or 2 your hands turn all pruney, making your tough leather hands into soft delicate flowers. In a couple of the 2-3 hour races where I've ridden these, I had some pretty nasty blisters on my pointer fingers from chaffing I guess when standing up and rocking the bike. I've done several NUE 100 mile races and never had to deal with blisters (albeit it's the summer)

Now the temp range. At the lower temp ranges (20's) they are not very good. Make sure they are dry when you put them on, and you'll be able to make it through a quick cyclocross race and thats about it. Past that, and they will leave you with cold hands. Also because they are neoprene, chemical hand warmers will not work because no oxygen will get into the gloves.

The final tip is if you do get these, make sure you pull these thing inside out to dry if you want to use them a day or 2 apart. If not, since they trap moisture, your finger tips will start off wet.

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4 5

They look great in person. The sole has no flex what so ever, and the carbon weave looks great. Ventilation looks very good, and the abrasive (by design) heel fibers seem like a good idea for keeping your feet in place. Unfortunately, I am returning these because they are too big. I'm a 44 in Sidi's higher end stuff (I've noticed some of there lower end stuff fits different) and ordered a 44.5 based upon the provided sizing chart. They were just too big. I probably could have went down a half if not a whole size.

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4 5

These are very nice shoes. The carbon soles are as stiff as my highest end road shoes. These are as good as Sidi's highest end shoes for a third of the cost. I race single speed mountain bikes, so I need a stiff shoe with all the standing I end up doing. With Sidi Spider shoes, I could feel the soles flex around the pedal body. The carbon soles on these Mavics do not flex at all. For sizing, I wear a 10.5 US street shoe, and ride 44's in sidi's newer sizing (Sidi's got bigger in 2007ish, and I went from a 45 to a 44) In these shoes, I ordered a size 10 and they fit perfect. The toe box is a bit wider then sidi's making them a little bit more comfortable.

The only issue I have with these shoes are the upper material. With sidi's, they use a stiff leather like material, so there is very little movement resulting from material stretching. These shoes use a more breathable material that stretches quite a bit more, so when you pull up on the pedals, you do notice a little bit of movement. The other thing I'm a little weary of these shoes is the toe region. In Sidi's and Times that I've worn in the past, there is a little bit of a reinforcement in the toe area to give a little bit of protection when off the bike. This is a nice feature if you cyclocross. These shoes do not have much in that department. Would I buy again? The answer is Yes.

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2 5

I was not impressed with the palms at all on these glove. They are just one piece of padding across 90% of the palm/fingers, without any stiching or other measures to varry the thickness of the padding at joints. Because of this, when you grip your bars, it bunches up at the folds of the plams. The little hooks to remove the gloves are nice, as is just lycra on the knuckle side, however, these features don't overcome their shortcomings.

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5 5

Bought on Bonktown. These are extremely airy socks with just a thin layer of mesh like fabric over the top of the foot. They provide just the right amount of compression, and after a couple weeks of riding, do not seem to show any signs of stretching. Material is a high quality wicking fabric and keeps your feet cool and dry. Would buy again.

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5 5

Wind output is incredible, and the resistance is out of this world. With the flap all the way open, even with 4.5 inch rollers, you'll never run out of gears. I can do steady state 400 watt intervals with this thing and never get out of my 38 ring. The amount of air it spits at you will keep you cool, even through your hardest workouts. Resistance feels exactly like the road. With the amount of CFM's it puts out, if your watching TV, your going to have to up the volume. One thing to note, is if your putting out too much power and the flap is barely open, the flap will make a loud rattling sound. Just open the flap up a bit, and you'll be fine.

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3 5

I really like Castelli's stuff. The construction is nice, and the chamois is top notch. As everyone says, size runs small. Its kinda ridiculous that a 30inch waist, 150lb rider requires a large, but it is what it is. If you size up one, you'll be good.

Instead of typical leg grippers, it has some very stretch material in its place which is very nice for longer rides (no super constricting stuff around your legs). Much like higher end Louis Garneau Stuff. They do have some silicone grippers on the outside bottom cuff which makes them nice for throwing them under a pair of tights in the winter. Another plus is the big patches of reflective material on each leg. Great if you do any night riding.

Now the explanation to the title. The length of the shorts, are well...short. Once I put them on, I checked the tag to see if someone screwed up and sent me womens. Nope, just short. I have a 30 inch inseam, and they are about half way down my thighs. I have a pair of Castelli Dome Due Bib Short which are much more traditional length. If these were the length of those, these bibs would be perfect.

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5 5

Nice that you can use just about any co2 cartridge. It is the EXACT same as the Pedro's pump, except the red parts on this are yellow. I have the Pedro's one for one bike, and this one for the other one. To save money, go to walmart or any place that sells paintballs and buy a case of cartridges. I get them for 15 for ~$10

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