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Old 12-30-06, 09:47 PM   #1
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Product reviews

Just wanted some reviews on:

Formula Hubs vs. Soma Hubs vs. Promax hubs

Sugino Bottom brackets

Sugino Cranksets

Izumi Chain

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Old 12-30-06, 09:55 PM   #2
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promax>never tried soma but heard good things>formula(very solid, use them on my current bike)

sugino drivetrain=RD(average, not anything to be amazed with), 75 (great cranks, stiff and really hard to wear out), and grand mighty=straight pimpin. all the BBs are same quality as their respective cranks\

cant go wrong with izumi chains
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promax>never tried soma but heard good things>formula(very solid, use them on my current bike)

sugino drivetrain=RD(average, not anything to be amazed with), 75 (great cranks, stiff and really hard to wear out), and grand mighty=straight pimpin. all the BBs are same quality as their respective cranks\

cant go wrong with izumi chains
Izumi chains: Their cheap model is not even made for bicycles - they are terrible. You are better off getting a wipperman or sram with the money. However, Izumi Esh or V are very nice.

I stripped my formula hub after 7 months. Used good stuff on it too. Had to replace bearings twice and the locknuts suck. They are nothing great. Personally I'd save up for a better hub. It will pay off in the not so long run.

Sugino track stuff is excellent - no idea about the RD stuff though.

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ive heard the grand mighty was nothing special compared to the 75's, it that true?
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I've heard the Grand Mighty's waaaaaay nicer, but definitely for the track. And the Soma hubs are re-badged Formulas, IIRC.
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ive heard the grand mighty was nothing special compared to the 75's, it that true?
You're mixing your Mightys.

Sugino Super Mighty (old Campy Super Record knockoff):



Sugino Grand Mighty (modern ultra-high-zoot version of the Sugino 75):



The Grand Mightys are superb cranks. Very very stiff. The Super Mightys are older tech and have a rep for being flexy.
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The Soma hubs are decent, but got them on the stock Somax wheelset and the spokes/build SUCKED. I have had zero problems since getting the wheels rebuilt though.

I have track and road Sugino 75s and they are very nice. I will probably be getting a second set of the track version eventually.
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cool... any more thoughts on the izumi chain? or just go with something else..
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Don't go with an expensive Izumi (ESH or V) track chain. Then cost 5-7 times as much as a decent KMC or SRAM chain, but they aren't 5-7 times as smooth, nor are you going to get much more mileage out of one.
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ain't nothin stronger than a izumi V, and you want (need) a strong chain.
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