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This helmet had the most secure and comfortable fit I have ever experienced. The Up and Down retention system really does live up to everything Kask says. I had absolutely no problem finding a perfect fit. Also, the quality of the helmet itself was some of the best I have every experienced.
BUT! There seems to be a glaring flaw with the retention systems design depending on your head size and sunglass choice. Of all my sunglasses that I tried *No-Name brand, Oakley, Smith* NOT A SINGLE ONE fit with this helmets retention system. The Up and Down comes quite low on the back of your head and as a result the ear stems clashed every single time. I was either forced to shove the stems under the retention and pinch my head or stretch them very far over where they then refused to move with my face.
As the title says this helmet was super light and essentially disappeared on my head. There was a decent amount of wind flow through it and the straps were very soft and unobtrusive. Also, my sunglasses *Oakley Radar's* worked well with it. HOWEVER, there is a limit to the adjustment with just 3 position holes. I found that I was between the middle and furthest back hole meaning the helmet was either too tight or too loose. There sadly wasn't a remedy for this unless a wore a cycling cap to make the largest hole fit however that compromised air flow and comfort
The shoe's have a very nice foot hugging fit, quite comfortable and easy to forget they are on. Also, the sole is very stiff and quite thin which really makes it feel like your transferring all of your power to the pedals. However, the build quality/strength of the shoes is poor. The material on the outside of the toe is very easy to tear/damage and the lack of replaceable heel pads is a downer. Basically, these shoes are fragile, these look more worn in a month than my 3 year old Sidi's.
The chamois is excellent, really comfortable with padding in all the right places. The bit of a relief channel down the middle does a great job of keeping things from getting too bunched up there as well.
The strap material seemed to be quite itchy as other reviewer stated. I found it to be ok for outdoor rides when your mind is preoccupied however indoors on the trainer is was quite maddening. Sweating seemed to make it itch worse. Also, the leg gripper as opposed to a thicker lycra compression band results in some uncomfortable skin pull.
Overall, great chamois however the other issues really put a damper on the bibs overall
This FD does a decent job of downshifting however I noticed some weakness on the upshift. I sometimes had trouble with it not moving the chain correctly in that it would skip along the big ring a few times before catching. I swapped my Shimano 105 FD back onto my bike, kept the SRAM shifters and all is well again. The upshifts are back to being lightning fast and very smooth.
The SRAM Rival FD works fine however the Shimano 105 was noticeably better
The Look Keo 2 Max pedals do an acceptable job as a clipless road pedal. They are easy to clip out of and provide a stable pedaling platform. However, I have found that while they are hard to fault, they don't really excel in anything like Speedplay's do. The Speedplay Zero's I also own are lighter, offer more float, great corner clearance and double sided entry. There really wasn't anything that the Look's were superior at which is why they got the rating they did.
All in all, they do a decent job as road pedal's but simply are not better than other equally priced options on the market *Speedplay*
Well as the title says this jersey is just simply excellent. The cut/fit is slim and tight but not skin tight. The gripper goes all the way around the bottom to keep the jersey in place and the full zip helps you dump heat if you really need it. I ordered this jersey in white and so far it has kept me cool on some very hot days, the fabric vents quite well. All in all, this jersey does and has everything I was looking for at a price that can't be beat.
I like the material of the jersey as well as the waist gripper and the design however the sizing seemed to be quite odd. I normally wear a small in all capo clothing and castelli however a small in this jersey felt like a tshirt. There was a bunch of extra material in the torso and overall it just seemed to be way too baggy/big.
Great look, nice light material and super strong gripper waist. However, ended up returning it because the fit was not really what I wanted, the Modena jersey I own has a more "tight" and form fitting cut to it which I prefer to this one. The Tomba fit is a bit looser and more spacious in the arms and shoulders which for a smaller guy like me makes it almost baggy.
Summary: Awesome jersey just not the fit I like
Well as the title eludes to this jersey was good. I enjoyed the fit, cut and styling. Also, the jersey helped keep me cool on warm days. However, I ended up returning it because the waist gripper elastic thing really does not do a good job at all of holding the jersey in place. I found that when moving from the drop back up the jersey tended to hike up which I found quite annoying. If this bothers you I would not recommend the jersey but to anyone else this should be a great product.
Hey I just bought this jersey in red but I was wondering if anyone has it in black and could comment on if they think the black is "hotter" outside? I understand that black as a color absorbs more than lighter color's meaning it tends to feel hotter, does this apply to this jersey as well or would I be safe in considering a black one as well? I mainly bought this jersey to be worn on really hot days to keep me cool so that is why the black is hotter thing is actually an important issue for me.