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Hey Rob,

There should be no issue running the 4130mm BB86 converter, but you might be also check out the FSA BB86/386EVO Adapter. Although the Rotor product would work, in my experience it is best to keep components that work in unison such as a crankset/bb from the same manufacturer since the tolerances can vary to a small degree from brand to brand.

Hi Carlos,

These shoes would definitely be appropriate for spinning. The biggest factor in choosing a shoe for spin cycling is to make sure you have the right pedal system. Most Spin bikes use a 2-sided "SPD" or Mountain bike style of pedal. In that case you are good to go. There are a few spin bikes that use "Delta" or "Look-style" cleats, and for that type of spin bike/pedal, this shoe would not fit.

Pearl Izumi does make these same bib tights in a version with an 8" zipper at the cuff of each leg, but unfortunately that is not something we typically carry. Due to the variety of brands that we carry, we tend to carry some of our favorites and the most popular items from each collection. For a bib tight of similar temparature range, the Gore Bike Wear ALP-X is another one to check out, although it doesn't have the zippers. The Castelli Sorpasso Bib tights are great, but restricted to the 30-40 degree range for most riders.

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I bought this stem to pair with my Enve Handlebar, and both have proven to be great purchases. The finish on the stem is immaculate, and has a beautifully understated look to it. The clamping area of the stem affords a snug fit for the Enve bar, but not so tight that it mars the paint. It is as stiff a stem as I will ever need, and respectably light.


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I've been fortunate enough to own several carbon bars, and several really good ones at that. Previously, ZIPP Countour SL bars were probably my favorite. That all changed when I got my hands on an Enve handlebar and stem. Before even riding the setup, I couldn't help but notice that the finish was far superior to any other cockpit I've seen. The paint work is immaculate, and the tolerances for the stem/bar interface is snug but not tight. In terms of the ride, the bars are stiff and efficient, but dissipate road chatter fantastically well. There is a lot of buzz about deflection in bicycle magazine product reviews, and in most cases you are forced to choose between a more compliant bar with greater deflection to absorb bumps, and a stiffer bar with better power transfer. This is a no compromise option, which I suppose should be expected at that price point. The cable routing is nicely done, and the bar end caps are a nice flourish.


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I picked up the lobo few weeks back before a weekend in Moab, and so far have been impressed with the product. I love the minimalist design, and the pockets have enough space for a cell phone, tools, wallet, sunscreen, and a spare tube. If I'm careful, I can even fit my flask o' whiskey. The straps are not terribly padded, but afford great mobility on the bike, and I have been able to do some pretty technical descending without needing to buckle the waistband. My only gripe is that the pack doesn't possess the cool factor of something like a Poc or Ergon pack, but then again neither do I.


Hi Fritz,

The way those straps are configured, it might be tough to fit the saddle bag anywhere other than under the saddle. The straps are designed to wrap around the saddle rails, and although there is a second Velcro strap for the seatpost, I wouldn't necessarily rely on that strap alone to secure the bag. We do have a "bento box" by Timbuk2 that would be mounted on top of the top tube just behind the stem that might be worth checking out for a little extra storage capacity.

Jamis is one of the brands that actually has a great archives of catalogs on their site and, surprisingly, they list specifications down to the exact details of the frame. It looks like that Jamis Ventura Elite '07 used a 10 speed shimano 31.8 clamp on front derailleur. You can use a 31/8/28.6 front derailleur from Shimano, or a clamp band adapter from Shimano to run a braze-on front derailleur. Feel free to call or chat with one of our bike experts if you might have any other questions or concerns.

Hi Rachel,

I have to admit that I haven't worn this jacket myself, but the sizing should be consistent with their other women's' jackets. The Castelli sizing tends to be smaller than most (for example, Hincapie, Louis Garneau, Pearl Izumi,). but if you've worn a size small in other Castelli items, that is my recommendation. Although it's great to get the size right the first go around, we've go a great return policy should we need to go with another size.

Hi Andy,

Unfortunately I don't have a weight for that bike, but I would expect that to be in the low 19 lbs range depending on the size. This is admittedly just an estimate, but should be fairly close. The 105 groupset is a fantastic way to go, but its strengths are more in the durability and consistency of shifting than in weight.

Technically, the two are not compatible. Changes in specifications are small, but the 22 components were designed to be used exclusively with SRAM's 11 speed drivetrains. You may be able to get by with using it, but the shifting will likely not be spot on. We do have some great deals on SRAM Force 10 speed cranksets right now that you might check out.

Hi Mark,

HED has a claimed weight of 1620 for these wheels, and I would say that 1600 should be more accurate from what I've seen for the FR Ardennes disc wheels. These are definitely a light, strong wheel, but they are not tubeless compatible, and are designed to be run with tubes. I would certainly run these for clincher gravel road racing, but would recommend a tubeless specific wheel for cyclocross with tubeless tires/sealant.

Our return policy is for bikes is the same as our other products. If the bike is in new condition, unused, and with original packaging, we can take it back for a full refund. In this way, if you are working with a fitter and they decide that it just wont work, you're covered. Even if you ride the bike, we accept returns upto 90 days from the date of purchase for a store credit. In both cases, the customer is responsible for the return shipping, but you certainly do have some recourse if it's not exactly what you need.

Hi Henry,

These are a thicker grip, but do have a slight taper/increased diameter to them toward the end of the grip. They are definitely a little thicker than most grips, but what sort of grips are you used to, or perhaps looking to replace? I'd be happy to help narrow things down a bit since we do have a rather large selection of grips on the site. You can email me at atierney@backcountry.com, and I'm in Monday through Friday evenings at Competitive Cyclist

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