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billy mcmahon

billy mcmahonwrote a review of on November 22, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I really wanted to like these shoes, but Hoka's design simply gave me nothing but painful blisters on my outer toes. These shoes are essentially cone-shaped around the front of the foot and very narrow at your arch, thereby creating a terrible shoe shape for distance running. I've used multiple shoe brands before (Saucony, New Balance, Newton, + other Hoka's) and have never experienced anything like the bad design of the Tracer. I switched to the Clifton 3 and have no problems... that model makes for a much better fit!

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billy mcmahonwrote a review of on April 7, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a good jersey. I especially like the zippered pocket on the right back side. My biggest problem with it is that it seems to be bell-shaped (tight at the top but looser by the torso). I don't have too broad of shoulders, but I've noticed this while running--you're better off wearing a water belt or tucking the jersey into your tri shorts.

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billy mcmahonwrote a review of on April 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm nearly 1,000 miles into riding this bike and absolutely love it so far. This is a great price to get a carbon fiber bike with decent components. Given the specs and testimonies of friends, I think it would actually outperform other bikes a few hundred dollars more expensive. If you want something substantially better, you'll have to pay quite a bit more. This bargain price-point is great because it frees up additional money to get aero bars, repair kit, etc.
This bike provides a smooth ride. I've noticed such a difference from my previous aluminum bike. It handles well and is pretty light weight. The farthest I've ridden has been just over 50 miles and I was pleased with the comfort level for a continuous amount of time.
The Shimano 105 components are great, but not the best for aggressive shifting, so it's important to keep this in mind and go easy at times.

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