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Scottwrote a review of on October 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It goes without saying to never buy a bike based on advertising and hype. Test ride it, compare it and make sure it's what you are looking for. What this bike does is combine great climbing prowess with excellent descending. Flickable for a big wheel bike with confident manners. I demo'd an Ibis Ripley ( full disclosure, I owned a Mojo sl and loved it) and could not shake the short top tube forward feel on downhills, (100mm stem on a large and I'm 5"11). I demo'd a SC tallboy Carbon, and could not get past the feel of the suspension both climbing and descending. I demo'd a Trek Sfly100, great climber, but the long history of breaking dissuaded me. I demo'd the Pivot... Ahhh Goldilocks! For me...YMMV, it was the sweet-spot. Long top tube, short chain-stays, DW link. If you want a full on trail machine you should look for more suspension and give up the climbing ability of the 429C. If you want a cross country racer there are shorter travel and lighter bikes out there. The reality is that there is no one bike to rule them all. You always give up something. The 429carbon seemed to give up less than others I tried.




Scottwrote a review of on December 12, 2011

4 5

This is well designed jacket that with some base layers could be taken down to the mid 30's. It looks great and the cut is form fitting without being restricting. For reference I'm 5'11", 175 with a 41 chest and the XL is a bit large while the L is more race fit but with room for a base layer or two. The fold up rear collar works well and the arms are nice and long. The front zip chest vents help you to keep cool on climbs and the rear pockets are in the right place, no arm cramps contorting to get things out of or into them. However, a few design flaws keep the Mortirolo WS from getting an A. The front zip chest vents have no draft flap so even closed they create cold spots. Below 40 f. you can feel it. No zipper garage. Castelli has no excuse for this when even mid range cycling jackets have it featured. When your face is freezing and getting wind burned and the hard plastic zipper is rubbing your neck and chin raw you wonder how they could have omitted it. I'd love to see a double zipper but no points off for not having one. So overall I give it a B+. The lack of the zipper garage and cold spots at the vents are minor issues I agree but at $200 they shouldn't be missing.