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OrbeaRider70 wrote a review of on August 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Can't understand the mid rank review of this tire. I have been running these for about a year and they are excellent in wear; grip; mixed road conditions; and super quick! The contact patch is great and the tires seem to be wearing uniformly and not so quick to boot. Not sure why others really dislike these because I am sold unless the next set proves me wrong.

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OrbeaRider70 wrote a review of on April 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been hard on my set from downhill cornering for sure! Living in the mountains that is where you tear them up for sure. The fronts went quicker than the rear but overall they work great even in wet conditions! So for the money I cannot bad mouth them or say they did not perform as expected.

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OrbeaRider70 wrote a review of on February 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Well I upgraded to these from the Time 4 Expresso's and they have not let me down yet! While I don't just mash it out or full out sprint alot these pedals when I do hold up with little to no flex! To be a carbon pedal they sure feel very stiff. I love the ease of entry and exit of these as well as the float. Hard to say if I would ever go to anything else after riding these. If you need a good platform with minimal weight these may be what your looking for. Not to mention they add some color to the ride for sure. My only issue is the plastic tension adjustment screw. WHy why why???? They should have used an all metal stainless for this. Such a small piece that the weight would have never been noticed. Oh well, as long as it holds I will not complain.

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OrbeaRider70 wrote a review of on January 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using this exclusively for years on my mountain and road bikes. I agree it leaves a waxy residue to a degree but the protection is invaluable. When applying which I do on a work stand by turning the crank it does sling a bit of the lube. But just as always as any good mechanic would have on a hand a shop rag to wipe off the frame. Great stuff and one should give it a try.

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OrbeaRider70 wrote a review of on January 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use these on my bike along the travel of the derailleur cables for protection. Now mind you my cables do not rub the frame but I wanted these just to be on the safe side. They stick on and after repeated washing have not gave a bit! I think anyone would benefit with these little patches for sure.

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OrbeaRider70 wrote a review of on January 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I put this adhesive protector on my Orbea Orca and it has been invaluable when taking the chain off as to not damage the carbon. Worth every penny and after repeated washing of the bike has not given one bit. So if you need a great chainstay protector this is your option that will not only work but actually looks good too.

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OrbeaRider70 wrote a review of on December 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I gotta say if you don't want to spend the extra bucks just to say you run Ultegra or Dur Ace then 105 gets a positive nod. I really can't say anything bad on this line of components. Very similar in looks as Ultegra but slightly heavier but works just as good. If I were to build up another bike 105 for the price point would get the nod over Ultegra unless I just lucked onto Ultegra for the same price. Great stuff folks so don't shy away.

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OrbeaRider70 wrote a review of on December 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great stuff for sure. I exclusively have ridden Shimano for over a decade and recently went with SRAM because it came on the new bike I bought here at CC. How does it compare.........very close but I believe Shimano is easier to dial in for sure. I just wish they labeled the High & Low limit screw like SRAM does. But no real big deal. You can't go wrong with Shimano for sure. Will I ever go back..............sure if the bike comes with it but I do have to say having a dedicated brake lever alone and that Double Tap system of SRAM is sweeeeet! But yes, don't hesitate to get Ultegra for sure............may be the best level of their lineup!

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OrbeaRider70 wrote a review of on December 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

But is quite a pain to get into the shell of course. The trick is putting the bearings in the freezer for a few hours to shrink them to slide in easier then as they heat back up they seat tightly. As far as performance................the system works. Nothing else to say here but if your bearings are worn then replace them. But have the right tools to make it easy.

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OrbeaRider70 wrote a review of on December 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Cable is cable is cable.......right? Well, maybe to a degree. The coated cable is a bit slicker and has better return position. Problem is with a derailleur you have to scuff off the coating where it is cinched down on the derailleur or in my experience it will slip slowly. Don't know why but it will. So just take a bit of the coating off by using a very light grit sandpaper or emory cloth.

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OrbeaRider70 wrote a review of on December 25, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hey.....it's cable and works. I like the stainless cables for their corrosion resistance over other cables. These even though are not coated work well. I do wish they came as a 2000mm length for play room or miscuts but run the cable.....get it set and then cut. So buy a few extras to have on hand at this price. Would have given a perfect 5 if they were longer but Shimano skimped on that and let's be honest you bean counters at Shimano......a few extra cents on your part.......C'mon Man!

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OrbeaRider70 wrote a review of on December 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Well I loved my Rival shifters and now with converting my whole drivetrain on my Orca to Force I had to get the Force shifters of course. Installed and adjusted the reach and I could not believe the how much more crisp the shifts are as compared to Rival which was good. More positive and tight than before! What a great upgrade this was for sure. I could go on and talk a bunch of tech talk but folks.............if your looking to upgrade your 10 speed drivetrain start here! Now I will admit it may just be the whole sync thing with it all being Force now but whatever it is the system runs great and we all know that gear changing is a must have to enjoy riding. So for the price of the Force as compared to Rival it is a no brainer. Now I got my set from a personal buy brand new they never installed or used. So I paid even less than what most businesses sell the set for. I got lucky I guess. But even at mid to high $300's it is worth it. Compliment it with the Force crankset and your in business. My setup is Force FD; medium cage WiFli RD; 2.2 Force crankset BB30 system; and now the shifters. Running a SRAM PC 1091R chain too. Shimano ss shift cable as well.

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OrbeaRider70 wrote a review of on December 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have this set on my Orca and they perform as they should. Crisp shifts with positive engagement of the internal pawl mechanism. The system is really simplistic and not much to say. The system unlike Shimano offers the ability to set the brake and shifter in toward the bar for shorter reach hands. But to be honest I cannot comment on how difficult this is since I use what the factory setting is. I really think you can't do much better on function; just maybe weight if you're a weight weenie.

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OrbeaRider70 wrote a review of on December 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Installed this as an upgrade from my Apex 50-34 compact. Noticeably beefier but not much in weight difference to say it was not worth it. The system works well and shifts easy. Some things to keep in mind is the system does not use the wide spacer from the Apex system. Uses the plastic shims instead. You really need a torque wrench to get this properly seated. Also when you change out go ahead and replace the bearing cartridges. I would buy again and replace a Apex in a hearteat. A little harder to clean than my Apex but adds a bit of better crank to your bike for sure.

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