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5 5

I bought these mostly for the chamois, the X2 being the top of Castelli's line, and that they're from the Rossa Corsa line which has the best aero fit. I bought XL at 6'2" 185lbs and they are just a tad short at the ankles but not bad. The straps are a nice medium width elastic with no seams and grippy underside. One small gripe is that the backside of the zipper pull at the bottom can dig into the ankle if you don't put your longer socks on/underneath the tights, especially if you have them a bit twisted and the zipper is more in the back of the leg (it kind of gnashes a bit on the achilles as you pedal). The tights themselves are more of a fall/early winter or early spring model as they don't have any wind protection or substantial insulation. Temperature is pretty subjective as it depends a lot on personal preference, wind, how fast you are going, etc. but these are definitely not going to keep your legs warm going 20mph in 0F weather even with no other wind. For the low temps and top Castelli Rossa Corsa brand you have to go with the Fulmine Bib Tight which I don't think they make anymore, at least not imported to the US. I have one pair of those and they are very nice tights as well. The Castelli's are on par with DeMarchi's that I also have (Contour Plus Ultra) and a step below Assos (any of the LL) which are the tops in just about anything clothes-wise in cycling.

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5 5

Awesome saddle. Handmade. The Fizik Arione shape is basically a classic at this point. Pretty light, although not the lightest. Good combination of lightweight and strength so it should last a while. I've got a couple thousand road miles on mine on my Colnago EPS. I usually ride about 25 miles per weekday and 50 on one or two weekend days. Not too many long rides in the 75+ mile range, so I can't really comment on comfort on that ride length. Definitely more comfortable than I thought it would be. Very well-designed with flex zones on the side (that's the white lines in the picture) and a thin gel layer on top of the carbon fiber. The carbon fiber itself does seem to work almost as a suspension. The rails are covered with an additional layer of rougher carbon tape along the seatpost fastening area which helps hold it in place securely. This area also perfectly shows you where it is safe and not safe to position the saddle in your seatpost. Be careful of course with the torque specs because carbon fiber doesn't respond well to being overtightened. It's not a saddle for someone who is just starting out cycling to try but once you are used to thin road saddles I highly recommend moving up to this guy vs. any others in this price range. Great looks with the "nude" carbon earns a high "ooh-aah" factor from the pack as well.

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5 5

Nice pump, seems well-made with solid construction and great looks. Pumps up to 180psi (haven't tried higher yet) with no problems so far. Over 120 psi getting about 10 psi per pump so moves a good amount of air. The screw-on valve head is very secure but as is usually the case with this type of valve if you have deep dish rims with valve extenders (I have the Vittoria ones where you take out the valve core and put it in the extender) you have to be careful not to unscrew the valve extenders/valve cores when you are trying to unscrew the pump. If your extenders are only peaking out of the rim a little and you can't hold the extender with your other hand to prevent it from turning when loosening the pump you might have problems.

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4 5

Picked these up on bonktown, 2 greys and 1 white. Overall, they are favorably comparable to other top shelf jerseys such as DeMarchi Contour EVO, Contour Racing & Giordana Forma that I also use. This one has a bit more technical features such as the vent holes in the armpits, and a side iPod pocket that some others don't have. Fit is great, sleeves are nice and tight while body is a bit looser and bottom is also tight with rubberized cinchers. Zipper has a panel style instead of more hidden/minimalist style and can be a little stiff and cause a bit of puckering out when bent over the bars, but it works better than a lot of the hidden zippers that get snagged on every little thread. Zipper garage on top is a welcome feature. Only gets 4/5 because the white one I bought had the black panels bleed onto the white when washed in cold water-which gives a bit more of a dirty effect than I would like from biking in it one time in the garage on rollers. If it does come out in subsequent washings, I would give it a solid 5/5.

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5 5

This stand holds my MTB securely without it being anchored to it. It easily releases to take the bike out for a ride but still prevents falling over in the garage. While you could lean your bike against the wall, etc. this stand is a little more secure because a bump from the side or snagging the bar end on a shirt when walking by will not cause the bike to fall over with it (I have some experience with this). Looks great too and is easily portable. If you are worried about carbon fiber components getting banged by a potential walk-by snag causing the bike to fall over, this is the perfect stand at a nice price.

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5 5

Very accurate, from weighing individual components (can tare it to hold a platter/bowl to put them in or just hang a derailleur,etc. from the hook) to putting your entire ride on it. Easy to use, easily coordinates with my Ultimate/FBS Pro Elite stand. It also should work with just about any clamping stand with little problem as long as the clamp can be rotated (even if it can't you can hang the scale off the stand although there will be more "swaying"). It's very satisfying to actually see in black and white that your is bike shedding weight when you spend $$ on new & lighter parts.

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