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    01 November 2011
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The Balaclava is warm, soft, lightweight and insulating offering protection for the ears, neck and forehead. It fits perfectly under a helmet making it ideal for cycling but also great for running and other activities in cold climates.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
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Good but with a flaw.
Posted30 January 2018
laager
"This runs small(ish). It fits the head well but is very tight across the nose. Lifted up as a full balaclava, on the bridge of the nose it is tight but tolerable. Glasses still fog up but that happens with all masks that do not have a formable metal/plastic nose bridge to hold the material down under the eyes.
However, a bit more material is needed in the cut to stop the front section from compressing the end of your nose beyond comfort level.
Nice and warm but the cut needs a major improvement to justify the price."
Pros: High Quality, Versatile
Cons: small noses only
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A super fast tubular tyre engineered for pure speed events and profiled to benefit from the latest wide-aero rims. By using Graphene, Vittoria have created a tyre that has incredible grip but low rolling resistance.
 
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1 / 5
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No better than the previous Corsa SC.
Posted05 January 2018
laager
"A fancy rubber compound and a ridiculous increase in price because of it. They don't wear any better. They don't have any better puncture resistance. They don't have any better flexibility. All they have is a higher price. Not worth it."
Pros: High Quality
Cons: Expensive, no better thanprevious models
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 Mavic Open Pro Tubular Road Rim
Mavic Open Pro Tubular Road Rim
There's no need to be second best with the Mavic Open Pro Tubular Road Rim. Providing the finest road race tubular rim available, these lightweight hoops are engineered right from the heart of Mavic's creative genius.
 
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4 / 5
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Good, but in need of updating.
Posted24 December 2017
laager
"These are probably the best and lowest profile silver alloy tubular rims you can get. Outstanding aesthetics on a steel build and pretty sharp on a modern carbon build. The machined brake track is a major plus. The only way to get lighter alloy rims is to go old school with something like a NOS Wolber 18, which does not have a brake track per se. They will take whatever size tubular you want on them but if you're headed for cyclocross, they are not the rims for you as they are simply not strong enough. Velocity Major Tom is the choice there.
In road use, their light weight and subsequent lesser strength can be an issue. If your hubs have nice wide flanges then you can keep the tension down. If you run narrow flange hubs like Campagnolo or DT Swiss DT240 and put out a LOT of power then the increased tension can result in cracking around the DS rear eyelets. This is not terminal as the rims have double eyelets so the load is shared between inner and outer portions of the rim.
They are simply a rebadge of the older Reflex rims of a few years ago. Seems Mavic wants to capitalise upon the market awareness of the Open Pro branding to sell more rims (and confuse people).
The only other rim in this class is the Velocity Escape and they are discontinued. Plus, the Escape is a slightly higher profile and does not look anywhere near as good as the Reflex / Open Pro T.
If Mavic would release a slightly wider and stronger version of these rims while keeping the weight lower than everyone else (like they currently are) then these would be the ultimate alloy road tubular rim."
Pros: Attractive, Lightweight
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The GripGrab Arctic Overshoes are ideal for very cold winter days due to the combination of 4 mm waterproof neoprene and a hollow fibre lining resulting in maximum thermal insulation. The 4mm Neoprene also provides outstanding wet weather protection.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
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Extremely good overshoes.
Posted14 December 2017
laager
"I had my doubts about the zipperless design. I had my doubts about the potential fit. I had my doubts about their cold weather performance.
On all counts my doubts were unfounded.
A few minutes is all it takes to determine that the fitting technique is simple and effective. Faster than a zippered overshoes by far.
A few minutes is all it takes to see that the fit is really good. These overshoes are not flabby balloons that cover your shoes.
Then, at around 0 to -3,it became instantly apparent that one's feet were enjoying a warm Spanish spring day. Toasty. Warm. No more sore feet in the cold. Yay.
Sizing is confusing but the XL over a Sidi 45.5, Lake 45.5 and even a Sidi 46 seems perfect."
Pros: Comfortable, Good Fit, High Quality
Cons: Expensive
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The GripGrap Optimus Gloves utilise Waterproof and Windproof OutDry® Technology to offer the best protection against wet and cold conditions. The design, characterized by simplicity and subtle details, ensures warm and cosy hands all winter.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
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A step DOWN from the Polaris
Posted29 November 2017
laager
"Seems GriGgrab has chosen to cut costs on their premier gloves. The Optimus is supposed to be a direct replacement and upgrade to the Polaris.
Rubbish.
The Optimus only has 180 degrees of elastic at the cuff (inside only) so it doesn't seal as well as the Polaris. The lack of articulation on middle and ring finger is minor but noticeable. Most noticeable is the cuff. It's smaller. Tighter. This gives less room to get a jacket cuff under it before being maxxed out. Plus, the expansion gusset is unlined (so is now a cold entry point). The Polaris has a fully lined cuff, including the expansion gusset.
One must also note that GripGrab's sizing is not small (length and width), but uncomfortably accurate. This means that their maximum measurements indicate the absolute maximum size that will physically fit in the glove. They do not mean that the size is actually comfortable t that size. Fingertips right at the end of a full finger glove receive compression which adds up to discomfort over time, even if they feel comfortable off the bars. Plus, in winter, that also means cold finger tips. A person at the outer limits of size (within a cm) is far better off sizing up. A glove marginally large is usable. A glove on the limit or too small is useless.
If it's going to be really, really cold there is no way you can run a liner inside without sizing up again. They are a close fitting glove at the best of times.
That said, they are absolutely wind and waterproof plus being pretty bloody warm. They have been soaking wet outside and not a drop making it inside. Above 5 degrees you will sweat. Below -3 and you should probably go for the Nordic lobsters (which are utterly sensational).."
Pros: Attractive, High Quality
Cons: Expensive, Poor Fit
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The new Centuro is a stylish revision of the standard 860 Steel-o-flex. Abus have combined it with the very flexible 19mm thick Steel-o-flex cable that's also impressively resistant to sawing attack.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
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Heavy but seems good.
Posted05 May 2013
laager
"One would need to be keen to carry this as it's quite heavy. Flexibility is good. Seems sturdy. Only time will tell if it defeats a theft attempt."
Pros: Rugged
Cons: Expensive, Bulky
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 Cork Gel Bar Tape
Cork Gel Bar Tape
The highest quality, Italian-made cork tape with a integral Gel layer for extra shock absorption.
 
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5 / 5
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Cheap but not nasty.
Posted05 May 2013
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"Good tape. The white is easy to clean and it lasts very well indeed. Over 5,000 miles on each set of tape on current bikes with no signs of needing to be replaced."
Pros: Comfortable, High Quality, Rugged
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Cassette combinations of 12-25 and 12-27. Eleven sprockets to win. All sprockets in steel with Nickel-Chrome treatment.
 
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Good value mountain cassette.
Posted05 May 2013
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"Beats chewing out an SR cassette on a trainer, especially at around a third the price of SR."
Pros: Great Value
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 Camelbak Podium 710ml Water Bottle
Camelbak Podium 710ml Water Bottle
The revolutionary Podium is the squeezable bottle for the 21st century.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
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Tight fit in many cages.
Posted05 May 2013
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Width
Narrow
Wide
Wide
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"Fits fine in cages that have the ability to expand a little. Bottle diameter is fractionally larger than standard water bottles."
Pros: Durable, High Quality
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 Vittoria Pair of Tyre Covers
Vittoria Pair of Tyre Covers
In order to prevent damage and premature aging, Vittoria have developed a special "UV shield" material (cover) that blocks 100% of harmful UV rays, thus protecting the tyre. Hook and loop fastening makes installation and removal quick and easy.
 
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3 / 5
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Useful for protecting tan sidewalls from UV.
Posted05 May 2013
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"Handy if you run multiple tubular wheelsets. Tan sidewalls degrade with UV exposure."
Pros: Adjustable, Good Fit
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Shimano compatible freehub body for the Fulcrum Racing 3, Racing 1, Racing Zero, Racing Speed, Racing Light and Red Wind XLR only; 17mm axles.
 

Are these compatible with Fulcrum Racing Zero Limited Edition?

I plan to upgrade my groupset from Shimano tiagra 10 speed to SRAM force 22 with 11 speed.
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Yes, it will fit.
3 years, 8 months ago
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Shimano compatible freehub body for the Fulcrum Racing 3, Racing 1, Racing Zero, Racing Speed, Racing Light and Red Wind XLR only; 17mm axles.
 

will this suit a 2011 fulcrum zero?

Hi just seeing if this suits a 2011 fulcrum zero wheel?
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Yes, it will fit.
3 years, 8 months ago
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Shimano compatible freehub body for the Fulcrum Racing 3, Racing 1, Racing Zero, Racing Speed, Racing Light and Red Wind XLR only; 17mm axles.
 

Swap over racing 1 2012 hub with these to be compatible with 11 sp

I currently have the 2012 Racing 1 wheel. I'm moving across to 11 sp and understand that the 2012 Racing 1 wheel is not compatible. Do I simply swap over existing hub with this to run with 11 sp?
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It will fit a Racing 1 perfectly.
3 years, 8 months ago
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Shimano compatible freehub body for the Fulcrum Racing 3, Racing 1, Racing Zero, Racing Speed, Racing Light and Red Wind XLR only; 17mm axles.
 

Fit Campagnolo Bora 80s

Will this fit a Campagnolo Bora Ultra 80 rear wheel and then be able to run a Shimano 11s cassette on it please?
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Yes. Campagnolo now only makes one HG freehub for the OS axles and it fits Fulcrum and Campagnolo wheels.
3 years, 8 months ago
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Black Ultra Torque bottom bracket cups for the new 11 speed Super Record Ultra Torque chainsets.
 

Can these Super Record cups be used with the Fulcrum R Torq RRS double chainset?

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Yes. Same part, just different printing.
4 years, 8 months ago
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Black Ultra Torque bottom bracket cups for the new 11 speed Super Record Ultra Torque chainsets.
 

Are these compatible with Super Record 11s 2010 crankset?

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Yes.
4 years, 8 months ago
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 Park Tool SR11 Chain Whip
Park Tool SR11 Chain Whip
A handy combination of chain whip and sprocket remover that is heat treated body to minimise bending and flexing.
 

Can i use this to remove my Miche fixed track sprocket?

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No. Chain on whip is too narrow.
5 years ago
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Genuine Campagnolo Ultrashift Ergo brake lever hoods available in two colours: Red, White.
 

Will these hoods fit 2010 10 speed veloce?

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If the shifters are Ultra-Shift the hoods will fit.
5 years, 3 months ago
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Park's chain whips hold the cassette/freewheel in place while you remove the lockring.
 

does it fit with campy 11s?

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Si.
5 years, 10 months ago
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 Vittoria Removable Valve
Vittoria Removable Valve
Full removable alloy valve, red anodised in colour with the Vittoria logo. Designed for 320 TPI tubulars, Rubino Pro and latex inner tubes.
 

What do I require for 101mm deep section wheels?

Have just bought a set of Vittoria Corsa evo's to go with a set of planet X 80/101 wheels. The 110mm extension does't seem quite long enough for the rear wheel, leaving only 10mm sticking out.
Can I put a short extension on in addition to the 110mm extension?

thanks
Stu
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Yes, but underneath as the Vittoria extensions do not have a removable core.
5 years, 10 months ago
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