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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

    Thanks

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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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    cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by freeskihp
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by gargiulo.mike
    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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