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PKTucson

PKTucsonwrote a review of on October 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was told to try these by a bike shop mechanic who swore by them. I bought them for $450 as demos. That was almost five years ago. I have never looked back. Their weight is comparable to carbon clinchers which cost over four times as much. There is nothing close to these for the money and durability. I ride these on rough roads all the time.

Several spokes did blow on me soon after I purchased them, but Shimano promptly replaced the wheels entirely because they determined there was an issue and I have never had a problem with the new set. I have only had the back wheel trued just recently. I weigh from 190-210.

I run them tubeless which costs more because the tires don't last as long as my previous Gatorskins, but the ride is so much better. I run Hutchinson Fusion 3 in the 23mm width which is as comfortable as a 25mm with tubes. (25mm Hutchinson tubeless fail consistently for me).

I have the LBS replace tires every six months because it is easier to mount with a compressor and replace the latex. I never get flats unless I slice a tire and then it is easy to throw in a tube. I'm going to try the Specialized Tubeless tires next because of the great reviews they got in Velo.

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PKTucsonwrote a review of on July 31, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

They roll incredibly smooth and grip incredibly well even descending fast on mountain curves. While others get pinch flats, I always keep rolling. Incredible system. That said, I get six months out of these tires in the desert southwest. My previous set up was Continental Gatorskins and those would last over a year, but when you compare the ride, there simply is no comparison. They end up costing almost twice as much but I get the return in comfort, handling and speed. Never had the defects they describe in over four sets so far. Won't go back to tubes.

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PKTucsonwrote a review of on December 2, 2011

5 5

The reviewers are right. These may not be the lightest shoes out there but they are amazingly comfortable. Like a good pair of comfy slippers. I have to check that I have them on! They are a bit flashy and may draw a few comments, but those in the know respect them for what they are! I swapped these for my regular shoes right before El Tour de Tucson's 111 miles without a real chance to test them and had no regrets. They performed flawlessly. I won't name my previous brand of shoes but it is history for me now. Sidis from here on out!

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PKTucsonwrote a review of on October 11, 2011

4 5

They work incredibly well keeping me warm in 50s until it warms up. Surprising how these alone keep me warm without the need for a vest or jacket - at least for now. Really warm because of inner fleece lining.

But there lies my only issue. Before I used them I washed them with my jerseys. I had no idea that fleece like lining inside would bleed dye. I spent at least 90 minutes hand washing my favorite jerseys to get all the black out. Luckily it came out but only after repeated washing by hand. There is no warning on the label. Now I just wash them separately.

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