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Old 01-26-13, 11:43 PM
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Voler Bibs vs Performance Ultra

I currently own two Performance Ultra shorts and one Ultra bib, looking to try some other bibs in the $150 dollar range. Are the Voler with trilogy pad an upgrade or same level?
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Old 01-27-13, 12:29 AM
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I have both and I find the the chamois pretty similar. I'm in the minority in that I don't like rubber leg grippers so I actually prefer the Ultra.
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I'm not a fan of the chamois in the Performance Ultra - too dense/thick for me. I prefer thin/flexible, like the Giordana Silverlines - at full price they're usually around $120, but you can often find them for less.
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Ultras were my first short/bib, so I can't really compare to others. The pad is really thick, just have a feeling better is out there
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I have both. Ultras are not what they used to be (I think they changed manufacturer).
Voler = better IMO.
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You didn't ask, but the Pearl Izumi Elite are very good, long lasting and comfy. The price is in the same range as the others you mentioned.
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Depends on which Voler bibs you want. I prefer the Voler bibs with the Trilogy pad over anything Performance has. Actually I prefer those over everything except Castelli Progetto X2 pads. The Voler trilogy pad shorts have good compression, and the pad fits me just right. Not so big it feels like a diaper, and not so thin my ass hurts on rides over 60 miles.
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If you like Voler, you might want to look into Hammer's Bergamo line. I have both their Voler and Bergamo bibs, and the Bergarmos are substantially more comfortable IMO. Plus they are only about $80.
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Was thinking Elite FS with Trilogy
http://voler.com/browse/product/li/1110266BLKXSM

The new bibs use Chrono SLM, havent seent reviews on them
http://voler.com/browse/product/li/1110503BORSML
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Originally Posted by Gluteus View Post
I have both. Ultras are not what they used to be (I think they changed manufacturer).
Voler = better IMO.
Agree with this. Have owned both. I returned the Ultras. I thought they were horrible. No comparison to me.
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Try the Castelli Endurance bibs
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Voler with the Trilogy Pad... Done...
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
You didn't ask, but the Pearl Izumi Elite are very good, long lasting and comfy. The price is in the same range as the others you mentioned.
Tried many, and these are my favorites.
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Voler with the Trilogy pad are nice, but I like these more, especially for longer rides.
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Originally Posted by rangerdavid View Post
Depends on which Voler bibs you want. I prefer the Voler bibs with the Trilogy pad over anything Performance has. Actually I prefer those over everything except Castelli Progetto X2 pads. The Voler trilogy pad shorts have good compression, and the pad fits me just right. Not so big it feels like a diaper, and not so thin my ass hurts on rides over 60 miles.
Take a close look. Notice anything?

Voler Trilogy:

Performance Ultra:

And no, it's not just the mold that's the same. As I said earlier, I have both in 2012 models. Same thickness, same density. The only thing that is different is the color of the face fabric and the logo at the back.
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Originally Posted by RedVVing19 View Post
Was thinking Elite FS with Trilogy
http://voler.com/browse/product/li/1110266BLKXSM

The new bibs use Chrono SLM, havent seent reviews on them
http://voler.com/browse/product/li/1110503BORSML
I have the Elite FS in red and black and love them. Would love to try the Estrella but have purchased the Elite on sale and purchased the entire 2011 Voler team kit for less than a $100 and another kit, Forte?, that is out of production also for around $100 so I have plenty of bibshorts for quite awhile. I am buying USA Voler exclusively from now on. Just watch for sales and closeouts and can usually get free shipping.
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I have been very impressed with the Voler bibs. I had been riding high end Assos bibs but decided to try the Voler bibs and find them every bit as comfortable at less than 1/2 the price of the Assos bibs. Also, as WhyFi mentioned the Giordana bibs are very comfortable / high quality at a similar price point.
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I have the Elite FS in red and black and love them. Would love to try the Estrella but have purchased the Elite on sale and purchased the entire 2011 Voler team kit for less than a $100 and another kit, Forte?, that is out of production also for around $100 so I have plenty of bibshorts for quite awhile. I am buying USA Voler exclusively from now on. Just watch for sales and closeouts and can usually get free shipping.
I bought a few bibs with the Estrella pad and they are now my favorites for longer rides.
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Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
Take a close look. Notice anything?

Voler Trilogy:

Performance Ultra:

And no, it's not just the mold that's the same. As I said earlier, I have both in 2012 models. Same thickness, same density. The only thing that is different is the color of the face fabric and the logo at the back.
That was one of the reason for my post, looked awful similar minus the color
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I like the Ultras, especially given the cost. Tyhe waffle fabric is very durable and low friction. The PB Ultra Max shorts have silicone grippers and superior fabric/construction to the Ultra 2s. They're usually on sale for ~$70 (as they are right now). These are great shorts for the money.
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I liike the voler bib with the trilogy pad, but I tend to favor a thicker pad. I've never tried the ultras though.
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I second the reccomendation for Pearl Izumi Elite. I have been using PI bibs for a long time and have no complaints on price or performance. I also have/use Performance bibs but perfer PI.
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Originally Posted by RedVVing19 View Post
I currently own two Performance Ultra shorts and one Ultra bib, looking to try some other bibs in the $150 dollar range.
I've owned 4 sets of Ultra bibs and they were ok. I have found that I don't prefer the thicker chamois because it tends to chafe at the edges.

For my money there is no better bib in the price range you are looking at than the Louis Garneau Neo Power Bib Short. These are comparable to much more expensive bibs yet their price comes in under your $150 price point. Way, way, way better than the Ultras IMO.

You can check out the reviews on REALCYCLIST REVIEW LINK

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