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T-Rexwrote a review of on October 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was on the fence for a long time about picking up a "smart" trainer and a) would it really benefit my training THAT much over my old fluid trainer, and b) would I actually ride it and justify the expense. I've ridden the Kickr and other products in lab/group class settings and enjoyed well enough but could never quite justify the expense.
I finally pulled the trigger on the Flux and have been very impressed. Of course any trainer is only as good as the software you use to drive it and the Tacx stuff is pretty decent. I've been using with Velo Reality and have been really happy with how it reacts to the video and GPS track of the rides I've paired it with.
I find there is a little dead spot in the gradient difficulty between 8-10% simulated, although this is likely software rather than the trainer. Overall the "road feel" is very genuine. My simulated speed and power output are very consistent with road data in the same gears at the same cadence and speed. The ability to run virtual training software is fantastic and makes boring sessions a bit more interesting and appealing.
If you're on the fence about the Flux, I'd recommend picking it up. It's every bit as good as the more expensive competitors and $400, or more, cheaper. Very happy.

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T-Rexwrote a review of on October 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Well designed, well built, and well thought out travel bag. The compartments are really nice. The bottom will easily fit a helmet, bike shoes etc and enough gear to travel light for a bike trip. Be careful how the top compartment expands as you cram stuff in as it will bulge enough to not fit in the overhead bin. The dimensions are exactly overhead size but the top half of the bag is not rigid, so if you cram it, it grows.

The structure is solid, the pull handle feels solid and durable and the wheels are indeed silent and roll very very nicely. The branding is subtle and stylish and it's easily recognizable on the baggage claim if you do check it.

I do wonder how long it will last - the internal zips and mesh compartment separators feel cheap and like they may burst with a hint of over packing. Likewise the outer textured canvas (?) fabric, while it looks great, scuffs really easily. This bag wouldn't survive a lot of checked travel - definitely designed as a carry on.

All-in-all, great bag, worth the price - but we'll see how well it stands up to heavy travel...

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T-Rexwrote a review of on September 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These wheels are fantastic, I have two pairs and about to pick up a third - light, stiff and durable. I frequently ride road, gravel, dirt and even some mellow CX trails on these wheels. I've done two, week-long tours in the European Alpes on them as my primary road wheel. They climb phenomenally well, descend with mega confidence and they are fast, responsive, light and stiff on flat land as well.
You must run a 28mm or wider tire, but that's what these wheels are made for. If you want a dedicated narrow-tire road wheel, this is not for you.
The tires they come with are rubbish but fit them out with a 28mm GP4k or a Compass 35mm Bon Jon Pass and you're away.
Fantastic wheelset for exploring.
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T-Rexwrote a review of on August 29, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this bag for about 4 years now - it's done 6 international/intercontinental trips and probably a dozen domestically within the USA, and it's due for retirement.

PROS:
- Decent protection for minimal bike disassembly. You do want more padding than what is provided but that's easy enough to do.
- Easy enough to carry around and jam into rental cars.
- Easy access to all areas for yourself and nosy TSA agents.
- Good protection between wheels and frame.
- Good handy pockets for stashing tools and parts.
- Plenty of space for packing other gear around it.
- Easily packed down to get out of the way in a car or hotel room.

CONS:
- It's heavy, but comparable to other products out there.
- It's FLIMSY. This version will lose its shape after the first trip or two, and just become a giant pile of jello when there is no bike in it. It becomes quite unruly to drag around and store and a real pain in the A to work with.
- It will start to fall apart - more the fault of the airline handlers than the manufacture of the bag.
- Almost no protection of rear mech - a decent whack at the rear of the bag and you're impacting right on the rear D, hanger, brake etc. I always remove it to keep it safe.

All in all, decent bag, you'll get a few years out of it and then need a new one, but it's priced accordingly. I'd spend the extra money and get the Pro version as that seems a bit stiffer and like it will hold its shape more over time.

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T-Rexwrote a review of on September 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is meant for latex tubes, not butyl rubber ones, which is probably why people are having bad experiences. Use it in road or CX tubulars and use the amount recommended and it's a fantastic product. Have had multiple tubular tires wear out before puncturing out with some good nicks and slices in them that cafelatex has kept from blowing out. Follow the instructions and use it on the right equipment and you should be good as gold.

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T-Rexwrote a review of on September 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Works fantastically well for its designed/recomended use - obviously with SP pedals. Also great just to have around for various other uses. I've used this in hubs, headsets, bottom brackets and all manner of other grease requiring places on the bike and other household items where an easy grease application is required.

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