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This is my primary helmet now and, for me atleast, it fit likes like a helmet that costs much more. The back of the head coverage is great and, for someone with a large head like myself, it's nice to have a helmet that doesn't look like something out of Space Balls. It is definitely a helmet that will fit best for people with more round head shapes, similar to Bell and Louis Garneau Helmets.
What Alex wheelset comes on this bike?
I have this set up with my 10 speed Rival shifters and Force crankset. No chainrub and great shifting. Far better than the usual SRAM shifting.
While I wasn't impressed with them as a front tire, run "backwards" on the rear, the have good grip yet will break away early enough that the back tire will still be the first one to go.
On the front , it was quick to wash out. I have read that they can be modified by cutting off the round knobs on the edge, but I never tried it.
I don't really want to run a full quiver of tires for cyclocross so I picked this up as a great "do it all" tire. It isn't the fastest rolling tire, but as an all around combo of speed, grip, and mud clearing ability, it really can't be beat. Don't be fooled by the 30c definition. This tire runs very wide, as wide as some 35c tires.
Going from 9mm to 15mm takes all of 5 min with these. It does take a good set of pliers or a vise to remove the 9mm caps to install these though.
Be sure that the gaskets on these are properly set or they will shred under normal riding.
I've been riding this for 2 seasons now and it is without a doubt the most comfortable saddle I've put on any bike. I pedal mostly seated and I don't feel it after a long ride, even on the rockier trails. I would recommend against the white model , which they currently don't carry. It was only white for about a month, but honestly I am more worried about utility than looks.
This saddle will be on any MTB I own.
I put a few thousand miles on this saddle, and wish that I would have spent the extra money to go to Carbon Kium version. This saddle has the same shape, but the ride just isn't as comfortable as a broken in version of the Carbon Kium Version. It may take a thousand miles or so, but the Carbon version feels like it was molded for you once broken in.
I just put a set of these on my 'cross bike. All of my road bikes are running the similar Wing Pro Compact. It is a great shape, especially for those with smaller hands as it makes reaching the brakes very easy.
This older Competitive Cyclist review does a great job of showing how the bars fit.
Before buying a pair of these, I heard from multiple people how they weren't durable and don't hold up. If my experience and the experience of those I usually ride with is typical, those people were wrong. I have had no issues with them, even with multiple hard rock strikes. The only slight quibble is that a rock strike will sometimes eject your foot from the pedal, but that is the price to pay for 4 sided entry. I have these on all my mountain bikes and they will stay there.
I picked this up mostly just because I wanted to change from a standard crankset to a compact, but it ended up being a pretty nice upgrade from what came stock. Shifting is great and it is as stiff as anything I have ridden.