"Can't really fault these. I would imagine light enough for all but the most elite rider and with excellent, and easily serviceable, bearings. Whilst it is possible to spend many times as much on a set of wheels I doubt that most riders would notice the difference. Of course, longevity still TBD but other Shimano kit has lasted well."
Pros: Great Value, High Quality, Lightweight, serviceable
Supercharged shifting with bulletproof precision. Sacrifice nothing: not durability, dependability, or performance. The SRAM Rival Rear Derailleur matches SRAM's Exact Actuation with tried-and-true competition proven design and construction.
"Perhaps I have a rogue example but the alignment of the mech isn't very good. Viewed from above the cage looks to be slightly twisted and viewed from the rear the idlers are not vertically in-line. The drop-out on my frame is fine and a short-cage SRAM I have aligns spot-on. I do wonder if the body of the mech is sufficiently engineered to take a long cage? This said, it works OK but the adjustment is more critical than with the short mech. I'm forever having to make small adjustment to the cable tension (tightening) to take-up slack and keep the chain centred on the sprockets otherwise I get the occasional, but regular, slip. By comparison, the well aligned short-cage SRAM I have is very tolerant of adjustment."
The VEGA is a low-profile rear carrier. An extremely minimalist approach to carriers; it is based on the design principles of the popular LOGO model, but without the lower side-tubes, it´s a carrier made for daily use and weekend trips.
"OK, so it's not cheap (but Wiggle was the best price I could find inc. p&p) but you must expect to pay for (German) quality - just look at the welds, better than many frames. Weight is fine unless your bike's on a supermodel diet - in which case you won't be using a rack+panniers anyway! For me, the 'clincher' is the neat and fully adjustable stays. Nothing worse than the flat-metal strips that even many high-end racks provide and which, however carefully you bend them, always look plain ugly. If you use panniers fitted with plastic hooks wear of the paint finish need not be a major problem. My only complaint is that Tubus do not seem to make this model in SS or Ti."
Pros: Adjustable, Durable, Good Fit, High Quality, Rugged