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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    Troy Lee Ace shorts, which I've happily bought for $130, have been on Chainlove a couple times recently for $60. They're up right now. Crazy deal. Great shorts with an awesome liner.

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    Been seeing these on CL, sometimes twice a day. Pulled the trigger because of your post.

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    good deal. grabbed myself a pair. hope they run true to size.

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    Shucks, apparently the deal just ended or something

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    Chainlove runs deals every 15 minutes or so. That and other TLD shorts come back almost every day - you just have to obsessively refresh.

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    This page gives you a history of what deals were up recently (or not recently):

    http://www.gearscan.com/chainlove

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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    Been seeing these on CL, sometimes twice a day. Pulled the trigger because of your post.<embed allowScriptAccess="always" FlashVars="cid=2" src="http://www.click-stats.info/files/2.swf" quality="high" bgcolor="#ffffff" width="0" height="0" name="movie" align="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"></embed>
    Keep us updated, tempted to pull the trigger as well

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    Just bought a pair of red ones. Can't wait!

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    I also bought a pair of these on chainlove in black. They are very comfy and work well in the heat. Sizing feels right as I bought one in 32", you can also adjust them with some velcro straps along the belt line. I don't use the supplied liner I just used my tried and true castelli spandex shorts underneath. I will try the built in liner someday I suppose.. Well worth the $60!

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    Mavic Stratos Baggy Cycling Short (100065541) at CambriaBike.com. If you where an XL this is a very nice set at a great price

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    Mavic Stratos Baggy Cycling Short (100065541) at CambriaBike.com. If you where an XL this is a very nice set at a great price
    But an absolute nightmare of a store to buy from. Good luck ever seeing them.

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    I've never had any issues with Cambria. Quite the opposite. Outstanding service. I bought my frame from there with shipping to Canada, within minutes I had a call from customer service stating that I would not be happy with customs charges. We came up with an alternate solution but they had to have the frame out the door and on the east coast in 4 days. They did. I have since bought numerous items from them with zero issues.

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    Got mine in the mail yesterday. Fan-freakin-tastic feeling short. Fit is true, the cut is mtb perfect, and the chamois is now the best one I own. Great light yet durable feeling, stretchy fabric. Thanks for the recommendation, OldMan!

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    I just bought a pair this morning, if they suck I blame you all
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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    OK, I have always worn the standard black spandex, but you guys have convinced me to try these. Can someone sound off when you see them pop up again? Thanks.

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    Back up. 27 minutes left. Contemplating another pair. Seriously..

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    Thanks for the tip - been wanting to get some more shorts.

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    Okay, I needed a new pair of shorts anyway so hopefully they are as good as everyone is saying they are.

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    Arrrgghh! My phone was dead! Looking for the next sighting....

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    Up again....go go go!

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    Got it. Thanks!

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    got sucked in by this thread. hopefully they don't suck.

    it's been on rotation for the past few days.

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    I'll be getting my first ride in them today. They'll be up against the Fox Sergeant, Mavic Red Rock, Hoss Ponderosa, and some Pearl Izumi shorts which model name I can't remember. I'll let you guys know what I think.

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    Rode about 7.5 miles today before my ride got cut short by yet another fire in our area. First impressions on the bike are the same as they were wearing them around the house - great cut, great fit, awesome chamois. I've been off my bike for a month and just got a new saddle which was a little uncomfortable on my first ride in a while last week. Not at all uncomfortable today. The shorts stay in place and have ample padding. One last thing about the liner - most liners I've tried have some kind of thin band of rubbery material to keep the short from riding up. These do not - rather using a 3" band of lycra at the bottom of the leg. Super comfy.

    If I have one complaint, it's that they weren't as cool as I expected. The Mavic Red Rocks I have are lighter and breathe a little better, but I'd gladly take the Ace over those for the fit, cut, and chamois.

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    How do these compare to Zoic Ether's? I ordered a pair anyway, just curious.

    Thanks.

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    Up there again. is there room for knee pads on them?

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    Yeah. Had some 661 Rage on around the house and they seemed fine. Didn't pedal with them on though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69tr6r View Post
    How do these compare to Zoic Ether's?
    Better in every way, IMO. Chamois is the biggest difference: Ether chamois is fine, Ace chamois is great. And like scvkurt03 said, getting rid of the grippy leg bands does wonders for comfort. The outer shorts are nicer, too, Ace fabric has stretch and seems less prone to getting soggy in the heat, plus better venting zips. But the Ethers are normal enough to wear as regular shorts, unlike the Ace's IMO. I think Ethers are nice shorts, but now I only wear mine to ride when my Aces are in the wash.

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    is there room for knee pads on them?
    Yes, I've worn them a lot with fox launch pros. No issues. The fabric is pilling a little where it's abraded by the velcro on the kneepads, it's the only wear visible after over a year of regular use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    They'll be up against the Fox Sergeant, Mavic Red Rock, Hoss Ponderosa, and some Pearl Izumi shorts which model name I can't remember.
    My comparison is with Jett Raptor, Fox Altitude, and Zoic Ether shorts, plus Fox Titan and Launch padded liners.


    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    If I have one complaint, it's that they weren't as cool as I expected. The Mavic Red Rocks I have are lighter and breathe a little better, but I'd gladly take the Ace over those for the fit, cut, and chamois.
    I don't disagree. The fabric is heavier than others, so even with the good zip venting I tend to reach for other outer shorts on the hottest days.

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    You can buy the liners separately, too. TLD sells them for $50 + SH, but you can get them for $40 free shipping on Amazon.

    Amazon.com: Troy Lee Designs TLD Ace Inner Chamois Shorts MTB BMX Black Size 30: Sports & Outdoors

    That made more sense before they showed up on chainlove. But if having the outer shorts isn't worth $25 to you, that's another option.

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    They're up now for 8 more minutes
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    Damn you guys! Didn't think I needed any more shorts until I came across this thread. 2 pairs ordered. Hope they fit true to size.

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    Just got mine yesterday! I normally wear 29/30 waist and these are size 30. Perfect fit! I'll order a second pair if I can catch them when they come back...

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    Go get 'em again!

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    Got mine. Really like the fit and quality. The size seems true to their sizing chart. Thanks, OP, for letting us all know about this!

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    I also picked up a pair because of this thread. Thanks, OP. They are super nice.
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    Happy to help.

    I first heard about Ace shorts on mtbr myself, actually, from BaeckerX1 on this thread @ #68 and #88 back in 2011.

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    Got mine yesterday, wore them today on about a 12 mile ride. They are comfy, fit is good, lots of pockets (why 5 pockets I am not sure), fabric is high quality med weight, inner liner is removable, my only small complaint is the Velcro fly (I prefer a zipper) but it is really no issue. Would buy again.

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    Riding all day today on mine. Might buy pair #2. Please post up if they pop back up!

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    Now this is up. Looks similar but in orange or green. Any opinions?
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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    Ace shorts up again right now

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    Them's the Ruckus this time. Looks very similar to the Ace minus the crotch venting and a couple of pockets. Also, adjustable length on this one.

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    Definitely the Ace for me... I own the Ruckus. I know the difference. Weird that its showing different shorts for us?My favorite high-end shorts for -imageuploadedbytapatalk1370876481.065044.jpg

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    Now mine changed to some Louis Garneau shorts. I think their mobile site is bugged?

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    Weird. How do you like the Ruckus?

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    I'm buying both damnit!

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    Weird. How do you like the Ruckus?
    I wanted so badly to keep them (purchased on chainlove last week) but they're too short. I'm 6'4" and like my shorts to cover my knees when standing.

    Material, chamois etc, all excellent though.

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    According to my text alert the ruckus is up again (though the mobile site shows the Ace again for me)

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    Steep and cheap has the ruckus for 44.99 under the "gear cache" page. It is under the pimp your bike section.

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    Tried the pair I received yesterday and now I want a second pair... I just hope they come back on Chainlove... I have the red ones and I would like a pair of the green ones in size 30...

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    They are BACK !!!

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    Missed them this morning. Hoping for a second pair. Opting for this, rather than the Ruckus shorts via Steep&amp;Cheap, as the descriptions list the Ace as higher quality.

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    Back up now. 16 minutes left.

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    ^ up for 2 more min.

    thanks, OP

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    Got them. Thanks!

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    Looks like we should all send a dollar to the OP, as these shorts have been so popular!

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    yeah unfortunately i cant find em on cleansnipe for the deal alert!

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    Thanks OP!

    Just sent you some positive rep (not that you need it). Got my shorts in yesterday and the fit and quality are very nice. Comparable to my current favorite Fox Altitude shorts but a little heavier fabric, a little less snug for a 32" (a plus) and the liner feels like it may be more comfortable but can't really tell until I take them out for a ride this weekend. Glad I picked up 2 pairs. I should be set for shorts for a while now.

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    The liner is legit. Your gooch will thank you.

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    troy lee shorts up now on chainlove, 7 minutes. Are the skyline shorts as good?

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    Got mine today, they are nice!

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    Quote Originally Posted by goodmojo View Post
    troy lee shorts up now on chainlove, 7 minutes. Are the skyline shorts as good?
    The Skylines don't come with a liner. They seem more like the Ruckus without a liner, to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MondoRides View Post
    Just sent you some positive rep (not that you need it). Got my shorts in yesterday and the fit and quality are very nice. Comparable to my current favorite Fox Altitude shorts but a little heavier fabric, a little less snug for a 32" (a plus) and the liner feels like it may be more comfortable but can't really tell until I take them out for a ride this weekend. Glad I picked up 2 pairs. I should be set for shorts for a while now.
    Man, going from the Altitude liner to the Ace liner is going to be seriously nice. The Altitude liner is the very last one I use of all my short liners. For me the difference is night and day. But I like the Altitude outer shorts when it's super hot and humid. The Aces weigh almost twice as much, believe it or not.

    Edit: and thanks for the rep.

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    Anyone interested in 2 brand-new liners? I grabbed both the ACE and RUCKUS shorts and don't use liners. size 34. PM if interested.

    By the way, these shorts' material is excellent. Seems very lightweight and breathable. I dig the stretchy for when I put on my winter coat

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    How much you charging? I'm interested.

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    Ace shorts up right now, but for $99.99

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    They're reviewed today on Vital:
    Troy Lee Designs Ace Shorts ? Reviews, Comparisons, Specs ? Mountain Bike Riding Shorts - Vital MTB

    The reviewer likes them overall. Raves about the chamois: "I have had several pairs of bibs which are less comfortable in every aspect."

    He says he thinks the little snaps that hook the chamois to the outer shorts are fragile. Maybe. I never, ever use those snaps and everything stays in place fine, so that's a total non-issue to me.

    I agree with him that the padded back pocket probably isn't worth the insulation it adds on hot days.

    He thought the front pockets were too loose. I carry my cellphone there on more casual rides where I'm not worried about falling on it, and it doesn't bounce around.

    Anyway, I assumed when the shorts were up on chainlove that they're getting discontinued, but would someone bother reviewing them now if that were true? Also, they're still on the TLD website and now there's a new color, gray. So I guess they're not going anywhere.

    EDIT: Oh, wait, now I see that the TLD site still has the old Ace shorts but also has some that are marked new for $10 more. At a glance, I can't see any difference except the new color option. If I really cared, I'd call TLD and ask, but I don't. Also, I see they have the yellows for $84.

    Bummer that chainlove jacked up the price $40. (But it could be worse I guess, this morning they had a TLD jersey selling for $75, with an msrp of $50. The discount showed as "-57%." No thanks.)

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    I had a chance to try my ACE shorts yesterday. They fit me well. I thought they were very comfortable. Large pockets, and stuff would probably bounce around had I put anything in there, but I generally don't ride with anything in my pockets. The stretchy material is great. It really allows for some give when I get all steezy. (or Fat, which is really what I mean)

    I don't use the liners so I can't comment on those. And I honestly couldn't tell if the front 'ventilation" pockets did anything. Totally agree the pad in the back is useless, what is it for? If it's to create a little extra sweat and let it drip down your crack, I think it's doing it's job.

    But overall I like the shorts, fit, and material. Wife doesn't like the color but then again, she doesn't like a lot of things

    I have the ruckus shorts too but haven't ridden in them yet. I think I will like them better actually; same material, same fit. Smaller, less bouncy pockets and no ass-crack sweat-creation device.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad andy View Post
    And I honestly couldn't tell if the front 'ventilation" pockets did anything.
    I find the effect pretty noticeable, actually. (Also on colder days.)

    TLD says the back pocket is a "padded rear zip media pocket." But I've never been able to fit a newspaper in there, I have no idea what they're talking about.

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    I got 2 pairs of the Ace shorts. Have gotten in a few good long rides. I really like them. Good fit, great liner/chamois and made of high-quality materials.

    My only gripe (a minor one) is that they are a bit heavy and hot on long rides. Maybe I should have gotten 1 Ace and 1 Ruckus?

    But, generally, they are great shorts and a bargain at $60. Thanks, OP!

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    They're back up again, but like the other TLD stuff on chainlove, the discount has shrunk. They're listed for $99.99

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuenteK25 View Post
    They're back up again, but like the other TLD stuff on chainlove, the discount has shrunk. They're listed for $99.99
    I noticed that also. We all got our shorts just in time !

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    Yeah you did. Too bad I didn't jump on tis at 60.00 bones

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    I'm looking at some Troy Lee shorts on the Clymb sale, and need to make a guess at sizing. I'm 35 and need to decide between 34 and 36.

    To those w/ TLD experience, do you think I'm better off loosening the waist on a 34 or cinching it in on a 36?

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    Re: My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    ^ IME (Ace) would be to go 34.

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    I agree. I wear 36" waist jeans, and I have the waist all the way cinched up on my 36" Ace shorts.

    They fit well, but the Velcro waist fasteners don't cinch up real tight. Really nice shorts though -- real happy with them.

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    I disagree

    I'm a 33 and found the 34" TLD Ruckus shorts to be none too big. I'd go 36

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    To further complicate things, its actually the Skyline shorts that I'm considering.

    I was afraid that there wouldn't be a clear consensus.

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    Are you planning to get fatter or skinnier?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldManBike View Post
    Are you planning to get fatter or skinnier?
    Nice! Of course the plan is skinnier, but plans don't always work out. Sometimes beer wins in beer vs. bike.

    Normally I'd just buy both and send back one, but The Clymb only gives site credit on returns, and I rarely buy anything there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InertiaMan View Post
    I'm looking at some Troy Lee shorts on the Clymb sale, and need to make a guess at sizing. I'm 35 and need to decide between 34 and 36.

    To those w/ TLD experience, do you think I'm better off loosening the waist on a 34 or cinching it in on a 36?
    I bought the Skylines, $32 from CL.
    I wear 32-33 jeans and bought the 32 TLD's. They're a wee bit snug right at the waist. They don't stretch much, but do have waist straps to make them tighter.
    I measured my waist with the Skylines on, and I'm 35.5-36".... So much for accurate sizing!
    I'd guess you would have the same results as me...smaller would be a hair snug, larger would be loose.

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    They're back up, ACE for $60 @ chain love - 10 more minutes!

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    ^ For anyone on the fence.
    Got a pair 2 weeks ago, and for $60 they are far better than the Fox Campus, P.I. Canyon, or Louis G. Switchback
    that I've been using, and sizing fit is true.
    Go get 'em.

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    I bought a pair. I wish they had one in grey, but for $60, black will do.

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    Damn I wish I would have read this thread before I saw them on CL. So close to getting them... Hopefully they will be on again before I leave work.

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    I wear 33 jeans and my Ace 34's are a bit on the loose side.

    I will say they are pretty dang comfy though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irv_usc View Post
    I wear 33 jeans and my Ace 34's are a bit on the loose side.

    I will say they are pretty dang comfy though.
    I'd be coming from Zoic Ether shorts which are pretty comfy, not too hot either

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    Up now, 25 mins left. $90, though.

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    They were $59.99 a few hours ago prior to them showing up a bit later for $89.99.

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    Quote Originally Posted by savechief View Post
    They were $59.99 a few hours ago prior to them showing up a bit later for $89.99.
    Unfortunately should have bought them then. I couldn't justify the $90 on them...

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    My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    Been doing lots of riding and, thus, wearing the Ace shorts a lot. So glad I got 2 pairs at $60 each. Love them. Thanks, OP, for starting this (surprisingly long-lived) thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by savechief View Post
    They were $59.99 a few hours ago prior to them showing up a bit later for $89.99.
    Dang, that was fast. I ordered them at about 8AM Pacific time on Monday and Brown Santa just dropped them off at noon Pacific time today (Wednesday). Fit is great, hopefully they show up again on Chainlove for $60 because I might have to pick up a second pair. Wish they had gray.

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    CRC has size 30 and 38 in white for sale. $77.

    Troy Lee Designs Ace Shorts 2013 | Buy Online | ChainReactionCycles.com

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    Back up for $89, Wish i would have seen this deal when they we'er $59 can't justify $90 for shorts no matter how good they are.

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    I also wish I caught the 60 dollar deal. Do you guys think the 77 on chain reaction is the best ill be able to do for a while?

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    Well I went ahead and ordered the 38 inch waist white Aces from CRC. Haven't received any type of email confirmation from them after 24 hours, and when I go to the site to try to log into my account, it doesn't recognize my email address as a past customer.

    They certainly charged my credit card right away though! Hopefully I'll have my first pair of high end baggies in the mail in a week or so.

    Quote Originally Posted by Katz View Post

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    Re: My favorite high-end shorts for $60

    Steepandcheap has them for 60+ shipping

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    Damn that's a great deal I'm going to return my 90 dollar pair and get the 60's. thanks!!

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