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Jason S.

Jason S.

Jason S.

Jason S.wrote a review of on May 9, 2019

2 5

This tool is well constructed and attractive. I picked it up to install a Wheels Manufacturing inboard bearing T47 BB in my new frame. I've used BB tools of a similar design (i.e. a cup-like splined tool to be used with a socket or torque wrench) before, with mixed results. While these type tools fit the splines on the BB cups just fine, the flaw is that when it comes to applying final torque with a wrench attached, it's very difficult to keep the tool aligned with the splines without it rotating off. Unless you're careful (and have enough strength to simultaneously hold the tool aligned with the splines while applying torque) the BB cups are scarred by the tool and the edges of the splines rounded off. It's just not a good design. That said, part of the fault also lies in the design of the BB, as well, since the splines are only about 1.5mm deep--just not enough material to facilitate good engagement. Regardless, I think tools like the BBT-9 are much easier to keep in place while applying torque because you don't need to simultaneously apply force in two directions. I found out after ordering this that Wheels Manufacturing makes such a tool (double ended BB tool), which is also half the price of this one. I would recommend going that route--if I'd found it earlier, I certainly would have.

My install resulted in a marred BB cup and a big paint chip on my downtube from the tool flying off the BB because I was unable to keep the splines engaged while applying torque. Real bummer.

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Jason S.wrote a review of on December 26, 2018

2 5

I'm a big fan of Rapha's stuff and highly rate most of the items I've owned. I bought this jersey for my wife, though, and have to say it misses the mark. Like other Rapha jerseys I've owned the styling and fabric is top notch. But the sizing was off on this one. My wife is an athletic 5'0" and 110lbs and fits squarely in the XS range per the size chart. The jersey fits well through the shoulders and torso, but the length is cut for someone much taller (if she was 5'5" or so, I'd say this would have fit much better. Hence, the body length was long such that it hung awkwardly low and the sleeves were baggy and extended nearly to her elbows. A rider height range would be a helpful addition to Rapha size charts. So, I guess the takeway there is the size chart could be more informative--size of the jersey isn't really a flaw, it just didn't fit my wife's height. The real flaw is the pockets. Despite the long-ish length of the jersey, there was simply no way my wife could bend her arm enough to reach the top of the pockets, as they extend well up the back of the jersey. The only way to get into them would be to take the jersey off, which of course is nonsense.

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Jason S.wrote a review of on December 18, 2018

2 5

I've ridden in Castelli and Assos for years, but decided to try a pair of these. I have to say they are the most comfortable bibs I've ever ridden. I'd say they are just slightly larger than indicated on the size chart (I'm 5'10" 145lbs with a 31" waist and chose the small size), but the fit is first rate provided you select the right size. I love the understated styling and soft material, too. However, the soft material has a cost in terms of durability. I went to wash them in the sink yesterday and was alarmed to find that the material on the seat has badly eroded where my sit bones contact the saddle. I have ridden these on four rides of about 2 hours each. At this rate, I expect there will be holes worn it them shortly. So, I'm giving them 2 stars. I would rate it 5 stars based on the positive points described above, but I feel it should be significantly discounted for the flimsy material on the seat, which is resulting in unacceptable wear. Bottom line is I can't recommend a pair of shorts for this price that get holes in the seat after a month or so of riding.

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Jason S.wrote a review of on December 13, 2016

5 5

Wanted something that rolls a little faster than Nates for summer hardpacked trails on my Pugsley. The lower-profile tread and tightly-spaced center knobs made me think this might fit the bill. It hasn't disappointed. These are the fastest-rolling fat bike tires I've ridden and still provide plenty of grip at 8-9 psi. I've had great luck in rocky terrain with other Maxxis EXO-sidewall tires and I like that feature in this tire, especially given the profile on 80mm rims. As you might expect, these are not mud-worthy tires. However, at 3-4 psi, they grip better than expected on firm packed snow. These will likely be my summer/fall go-to tires.

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Jason S.wrote a review of on December 13, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought the 9mm version for my Trio rack to use with my Pugsley, which has a 10x135mm QR fork. It installed easily and mated up with my fork just fine. Swapping this out for the 15mm adapter to use with my other bike takes about 2 minutes. I only gave it 4 stars because the strap that's included is just another regular-size strap. You can slip it into your existing strap and extend the length to fit around a fat tire, but the added hardware rubs either the tire or the rim. It's functional, but just seems like a shoddy compliment to an otherwise well-designed and well-built roof rack system. Simply providing a longer plastic strap would be a welcome improvement.

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