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veg3486963wrote a review of on May 7, 2015

Overall, a good deal if this sale price
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Overall, it's a good deal if this sale price is permanent or if there will be more discounts in the future. As you can see from the photo, there's already a small tear after going through a few wash cycles. It's very small and does not affect performance of the bib, so I'm still giving it four stars. Most importantly, the chamois is quite well made, and comfortable on long rides lasting about 5+ hours. I should have waited a month more before purchasing mine though, because this product is now $10 cheaper than what I paid for.
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veg3486963wrote a review of on December 20, 2014

5 5

These shoes are very light. I think they are about 200g lighter than higher end Shimano shoes at triple the cost. The Mavic's sole is also very stiff without being uncomfortable. The toe box is a bit narrow, and consequently the fit is a bit snug. I like this style of fit though, because the velcro straps does not cover the entire soft velcro area. There's about 1 cm of exposed unconnected velcro "loop." This means that, as the fabric stretches a little over time, the velcro straps-the "hook" side-will eventually cover the entire loop side with a well broken in fit. It may take anywhere from 1-3 years for this to happen depending on how much one rides and in which climate. Therefore, I would not need to replace these shoes so soon. The toe box will appear a little pointy though, and some people may not like that look or slightly tight feel in that area. The ratcheting strap is very secure, which is important if you're a racer.

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veg3486963wrote a review of on December 18, 2014

Interesting concept, but questionable QC
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Mid December 2014:
I love the idea of a single chainring, but I lost my confidence in SRAM's quality control. As I was installing the chainring, one of the bolts broke off before reaching the torque requirement. The other 4 bolts were fine, which includes the heavier steel bolt that fit under the crank arm. The durability of the non-steel bolts is questionable. The photo shows the broken bolts, and also appear to be an abstraction of my facial expression at the moment of the brake. There are two bolts and a washer that join each chainring-hole. I probably just had bad luck and received a defective unit. I hope I will get an exchange, because I like the concept of a single chainring crank for a multi-speed drive-train. Please advise; I already tried calling SRAM.

Update January 2015:
First and foremost, special thanks to Competitive Cyclist for their superb customer service. They sent me a replacement crank, and it arrived in just one day from their shipping date. I completed the joining of the chainring to the crank, and put it through a few hundred miles so far. It performs flawlessly even without a chain catcher, but keep in mind that I am only using it on the road. I am sold on the single chainring system. I only need to adjust my gear ratio one cog at a time when climbing instead of readjusting my ratio after downshifting to the smaller chainring if I still had my old standard 2x crankset.

Needless to say, others on the club rides are intrigued by my 1x drive-train, and some have even mused that they may convert as well. One cyclo-cross friend is definitely sold on the idea. I will gladly refer them to competitiveCyclist, because they have the best prices on the SRAM CX grouppo. The excellent customer service and proximity to Las Vegas are a big plus as well, and as a result I changed my overall rating to 4 stars.

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veg3486963wrote a review of on October 28, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The fabric and weaving is top notch, and the replica graphics look almost identical to what the pros actually wear. Unfortunately, the fit runs slightly big in a strange manner for a European company. I usually fit perfectly into a size Small in Santini's, which was the maker for Orica's previous kit, and I was hoping for a similar fit with this Jersey made by Craft, which is Swiss I believe; however, the pro-style neck is too big, the chest and armpits are snug, which is okay, but the stomach and shoulder areas are a bit relaxed. These are strange specs. Was craft expecting consumers to be small chested with big shoulders and a beer belly?!? As a replica Jersey of a pro-team, I was expecting a racing-cut, as in slim, but it turned out to be a strange club-cut.

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veg3486963wrote a review of on April 1, 2013

5 5

I use these as liners for mountaineering, and they are the best so far. They are not the warmest, but they are thin enough to fit inside the inner liner mittens of my OR Alti-Mits. Because the Gore Bike Wear Universal Gloves also have silicone pads on all the fingers, I can grip my water bottles without worries of dropping while pouring in the melted snow when I snow camp. I can't recommend these pair if your hands get cold easily, but they work for me very well. They also dry quickly even in freezing temperatures, so if I get them a little wet from the snow melting process they don't turn into popsicles. I also bought a pair of Giordana's over and under liner gloves to compare, and I will use them for their intended purpose, which is cycling only, because those pair do not have silicone pads on the thumbs.

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veg3486963wrote a review of on April 1, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought them to possibly use for mountaineering as well, but it appears that they're best only as liners for cycling. They do not have silicone pads on the thumbs, which makes them slippery for gripping water bottles during the snow melting process. They are thin enough though to fit inside my Pearl Izumi Cyclone gloves, so I will combine them for really cold days on the bike. For multi-sport liners, such as in mountaineering, the Gore Bike Wear Universal Gloves work great due to the silicone pads on the thumbs as well as the other fingers.

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