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5 5

First, let me say that I understand where some of these negative reviews are coming from. Honestly, these aren't bib shorts for heavier set riders. The fit is definitely race-intensive, but it's a bit larger than some of the pure Italian sizing that I've encountered before.

Personally, i really love the bib straps and uppers in general — they're wide, airy, and hardly noticeable in the ride position. And as far as what the bib shorts are designed for, riding in the heat, I really couldn't ask for more. This philosophy really extends itself well to the shorts portion as well, given that the outer-leg panels are basically mesh.

As for the chamois, I can see how some might not go for it. If your preference is for something a bit more minimal, however, I guarantee that you'll love it.

Feel free to read my full review here:

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/learn/reviewed-santini-bcool-bib-shorts

Up There with the Best I've Used

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5 5

If you're looking for a bike with every bit of new tech on the market, you came to the right place. 15mm thru-axle, hydraulic brakes, full carbon fiber, seatpost-mounted Di2 compatibility — check, check, and so on. Along these lines, it's basically fail-proof through any dirt condition, albeit with the right tires. This is furthered through its handling characteristics. It's geometry lends itself to being snappy and agile, while its wheelbase keeps things just smooth enough for the rough stuff.

The frame is relatively light, but if you're a complete weight weenie, the 17.6lb (size 53cm) weight out of the box might be a little off putting. In my view, though, in the dirt, it doesn't take away from the overall speed that's on display when this bike hits the dirt.

You Won't be Disappointed

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4 5

The first thing that caught me with the DMT Lynx is that they look incredible, striking really. Next, was that their claimed weight was really low, like Empire MTB kind of low. In fact, I only found one or two pairs of mountain shoes that are actually lighter than these, and the weight difference was negligible at that.

I'm using these primarily for 'cross and gravel riding, albeit I'm riding a good deal of singletrack on the 'cross bike. They've been very stiff, but the little fangs on the toe box have already fallen off. These are replaceable anyhow, but honestly, I never really felt them to be useful in the first place.

If I were to register a complaint, it's the sizing. There's no have size (I'm normally a 42.5), so I opted for the 43 over the 42. If I had it to do over again, I would have gone down a size. Overall, though, the rigidity, look, and weight of these shoes rival just about anything on the market.

Read my full review:

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/learn/dmt-lynx-mountain-shoes-product-review

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4 5

If you're riding in low-light conditions, and you're looking to pair safety with performance, you've come to the right place. The high-vis technology works impeccably well, and the fit and feel of the shorts is nearly identical to the standard Padrone bib shorts. However, if were to register a complaint, it's that the high-vis material is a tad bit stuffy. It's not nearly as breathable as the rest of the fabrics, leaving you a little sweaty, or clammy if you're riding in cold weather.

For this reason, I wouldn't recommend wearing these on all-day rides, but for evening riding & training, it's hardly a compromise.

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4 5

OK, there's no doubt that Capo's new high-vis technology works. It works incredibly well, actually. So, if your intention is to have a high-vis jersey for low-light riding & training, this is the right, and only, jersey for you. However, it's worth noting that this isn't the most breathable piece that you're going to have in your wardrobe. The points of high-vis fabric application are a little heavy, and these panels don't breathe as well as the rest of the jersey. But if you're riding in low-light conditions, you'll be riding in lower temperatures, so it all balances out.

The fit is standard Capo - somewhere between race & club, but at 5'10" 140lbs, I found it a little boxy in the chest. However, it's completely fine given it's application, low-light riding & training. Overall, this is an interesting piece, but I wouldn't consider it a "go-to" jersey for hot conditions.

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4 5

There's no doubt that the high-vis aspect of this jacket is astounding. Even in the sunlight, it's possible to see the effects of the technology. The fit is standard Capo - somewhere between race & club, but at 5'10" 140lbs, I found it a little boxy in the chest. However, it's completely fine given it's application, low-light riding & training.

If I were to have a gripe about this jacket, it would be that it's not the most breathable piece in my wardrobe. The points of the jacket where the high-vis fabrics are applied are tad bit heavy and propagate sweat a little more than I'd prefer. However, the venting system is quite nice, so it nearly cancels out. I'd recommend this for anyone that rides in low-light conditions in a temperature range of 45-65 degrees F.

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5 5

I've been riding in these since December of 2013, and if you're wondering what they replaced, I was riding in Northwave Extreme Techs prior to these. First off, the aesthetic is obviously awesome - it doesn't get more "pro" than an all white shoe. But secondly, and more importantly, the performance of the LS-100 stands toe-to-toe with shoes that are far more expensive. They breathe very well, the stiffness of the outsole is totally on point, and the BOA L4 retention is quite nice. If you pair these with some heat-molded insoles, you have a shoe that feels truly expensive, only at half of the price. I highly recommend these, even if you're running a more "spendy" shoe.

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5 5

With most bikes, you're sure to make some compromises - descending for climbing, climbing for instability, stiffness for comfort, etc.. This is not the case with the Merlin Empire, however. It climbs better than the BH Ultralight and descends with confidence, not far off of the TMR01. In other words, it's sprightly up the mountain and fast as hell coming down.

The construction is flawless, and the possibilities of making this into a weight weenie bike is super high, considering that this featured bike build 14.30 pounds without pedals or cages (size 52cm). Seriously, do yourself a favor and check this one out ? it's carbon with soul.

Read my full review here:

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/learn/reviewed-the-merlin-empire

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5 5

With most bikes, you're sure to make some compromises - descending for climbing, climbing for instability, stiffness for comfort, etc.. This is not the case with the Merlin Empire, however. It climbs better than the BH Ultralight and descends with confidence, not far off of the TMR01. In other words, it's sprightly up the mountain and fast as hell coming down.

The construction is flawless, and the possibilities of making this into a weight weenie bike is super high, considering that the current build that I'm on is 14.11 pounds without pedals or cages. Seriously, do yourself a favor and check this one out ? it's carbon with soul.

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From the Pro’s Perspective -Michael Barry For ages, cyclists assumed that narrower tires were better. Time trial bikes were fitted with 19mm tires, as we thought that they would slice through the air better than a 23mm. The rider cautiously rode to the start line, avoiding any bumps or road grit, for the fear that the tires might be punctured. We’d pump them rock hard, as we thought that harder tires created less rolling resistance. We also thought that narrower and harder tires were more aerodynamic, rolled faster, and were more responsive. Well, they aren’t. In the last five years, [...]

25 VS. 23mm: Are Wider Tires Really Faster?

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the adjective form of “fat” is defined as “(of a person or animal) having a large amount of excess flesh”—not quite a fitting description for a bike. In my experience, referring to something as “fat” has always been less than flattering, even if the “f” is dropped in favor of a “ph” for a positive affirmation. However, I’ve never been a fan of pigeonholing, either, which is what the term “snow bike” truly does. The Borealis Yampa is far more than that, and as my time with the Yampa has proved, powder conditions are [...]

An In-Depth Review: The Borealis Yampa Fat Bike

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Make no mistake about it—the Nordic bug is spreading throughout our office. Perhaps it’s because we’re buried in snow for five months out of the year, or maybe it’s because skate skiing provides one of the best damn workouts on the planet. Regardless, though, we’ve grown accustomed to Bill Demong being part of Park City’s surrounding landscape—that is if he’s not competing on the other side of the globe. For some background, Billy Demong is a four-time Olympian, a Cat.1 road racer, and the first American to win Gold in the Nordic Combined in over 86 years. On top of all [...]

Sochi Bound: An Interview with Olympic Gold Medalist, Billy Demong

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4 5

I bought this bag right before Interbike 2013, and I've been using it ever since. The shape is low-profile and unassuming, which is good, and the strap design is pretty comfortable under load. Honestly, it has a few more bells and whistles than a really needed, but after using the same Citizen Metropolis bag since 2001, it was time to change it up.

The roll top feature is pretty good to have in a pinch when you need some added volume, which brings me to a couple of drawbacks. This bag doesn't expand very much considering it's maximum height, which can make packing for an international trip a little difficult. When fully-loaded, the inside can be a bit like a pit of despair. But for everyday trips, it's no big deal. My other complaint is that the internal Velcro closure strap for the laptop compartment is a little too long. A weird complaint, sure, but when it hangs, it's chewed up a few expensive jerseys in my bag.

Overall, this isn't the be-all-to-end-all bag, but it's perfect for the slightly-demanding commuter.

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5 5

If your winter consists of only a few days below 45 degrees, these aren't for you. However, if you're like me, and half of your year is below 40 degrees, it's hard to do any better these tights. The fit is exceptional, especially behind the knees, and the uppers provide a nice added touch of warmth. I agree with the comment below that the FI.Mille chamois is a bit overkill for those of us who prefer a more minimal feel on the saddle, but regardless, it's still really comfortable.

My only complaint would be that the stomach zipper is a little finicky, and admittedly, it has run off of the teeth a couple of times. This is me looking for a fault, though. So, if you refuse to let the cold confine you to the trainer, I highly recommend these tights.

Perfect for Real Winters

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5 5

The Yeti SB-75 represents the latest iteration of the Colorado brand's Superbike platform. Intended to be the ultimate mountain bike, the 27.5-inch wheeled SB-75 employs five-inches of Yeti's Switch Link suspension in order to create the ideal blend of small bump compliance and pedaling efficiency. The burly aluminum construction keeps the SB-75 stiff when cornering, and helps it stick to lines on rough, high-speed sections. As with the rest of the SB lineup, the geometry is characterized as progressive, given its low bottom bracket, roomy cockpit, and relaxed head tube angle. A tapered head tube is compatible with the latest forks, and Yeti's replaceable dropouts allow the use of either a 12x142mm thru-axle or a 9x135mm QR. Meanwhile, the 30.9mm seat tube accommodates just about every dropper seatpost on the market. In other words, whether you opt for a complete bike, or choose to go with a custom build, the SB-75 accepts the latest components, which enhances its character as a premier new-school trail bike.

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4 5

My winter consists of five months of wet, freezing temperatures. Accordingly, my preference for covers is that they're waterproof, windproof, and slightly insulated. However, when the temperature gets between about 45 and 60, the DeFeet Slipstreams are awesome. The cut-your-own cleat opening makes them compatible with nearly every cleat configuration, and the fluoro colorways are bold to say the least. If I lived in a more temperate area, these would get five stars, but given that I need a little more UMPH, these will get four.

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5 5

In terms of construction, these are the same as the standard DeFeet DuraGloves. However, where the standard fare features a more predictable composition, these are made from Merino wool. Accordingly, they're warm, highly breathable, and quite efficient at managing moisture. On runs, I've been wearing them independently, and on rides this winter, I've been using them as a base layer with the DuraGlove ET gloves on top. These have quickly become my go-to for all things cold?shoveling snow, running errands, and of course, riding. A long story short, you need these in your life.

Amazing as a liner or solo glove

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5 5

Initially, I bought the Pink DeFeet DuraGloves to support breast cancer and to support my habit of loud colors. These are the same gloves, only they're compatible with touch screen electronic devices.
I've found them to be both durable and highly functional. The grip is exceptional, the lever feel at the fingers is reliable, and the glove as a whole will take a beating. In the spring, I wear these on their own, and in the winter, I've been layering them with the DuraGlove Wool Gloves - another awesome product. With the correct liner, you can easily wear these into the 20s, but I wouldn't wear them alone below 45 degrees. Overall, these are an awesome product, and the little extra coin in order to use your phone without freezing is a no-brainer.

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