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Anonymouswrote a review of on August 31, 2018

5 5

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

I don't usually review items the day after I receive them, but with tubeless tires ease of set-up and air retention is a huge aspect of the tires overall usefulness.

Vittoria really did it right with the Terreno line. The bead on these is tight, but not unreasonably so, and seems to stretch ever so slightly to allow installation without breaking a knuckle. The tires snapped into place on the first try with a compressor with a loud and confidence inspiring pop. My favorite part as a bigger guy is that they immediately held air without multiple times pumping them up, adding more Stans, shaking and spinning them around, etc. After the very first time they were pumped up the tires each held 85 psi for 12 hours without losing hardly any pressure. This is a big deal to me after dealing with other brands.

Relative to others, I've had very good luck with Schwalbe but they are a b&tch to get on, and also positive results from Hutchinson, Donnelly and Panaracers. On the other end, the new Challenge Gravel Grinder tubeless were a little disappointing and do not hold air well. Great riding tire, but tubeless performance did not stack up.

I'll post a full review soon, but my initial impression was positive enough to merit posting already.

FOLLOW UP:

These are the real deal. Fast on pavement and flat roads, grippy enough on punchy gravel climbs, confident on descents. I really am psyched about these. I had resigned myself to running slicks on gravel in the summer to keep up on fast mixed surface rides with friends but these are much better. I still like my Sector 32s but the Vittorias are just as fast on flats, and miles better climbing and on gravel descents. I've also tried the G Ones which I have nothing bad to say about, but the extra grip seemed nominal to me over slicks and the G One has a little bit of a weight penalty (obviously if its wet and muddy anything is better than slicks, including the G One). The Vittorias, though, provide everything I am looking for with limited compromise. I even set a PR on a tough rolling sprint climb chasing down the local club group ride on my cross bike just to see if I could. These tires really roll exceptionally well on pavement for the grip you get on more variable surfaces.

Oh, and they still hold a TON of PSI without leaking. Easily the best tubeless performance I've experienced.

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Anonymouswrote a review of on April 22, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These tires are exceptional. Fast rolling, supple feel, easy to set up tubeless. I love everything about these tire. I've run a dozen different gravel tires but find these Hutchinsons to be the best. They are light, tough and fast. Everyone is obsessed with 40c gravel tires, but a 32 slick is so much faster. These are best of all the slicks I have tried.
I like them so much I got some 28s for my road bike for off season.

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Anonymouswrote a review of on December 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm on my second set of x-ones and I have to say I am left wondering if "standard" cross tires are underrated in the era of all this gravel and 40c when it comes to tires. First, I'll say that like other Schwalbe tires I've used these are a joy to set up tubeless and hold air extremely well once set up.

Beyond the basics, I really am pleased to have this tires back on my bike. I'm a tire junky and have run the Flintridge, Clement MSO, G-One and Sector 32 just this year. I have to say I am completely in love with the Sector 32 but took them off for winter/urban/ghetto cross riding. Making the change from slicks I love, I was pleasantly surprised when I went back to the X-One. The G One is a great tire, and fast, but lacks some bite. The MSO is also a great tire. However, The X-one is both grippy and surprisingly fast. I really feel like my friend with 40c tires are working much harder than they need to be!

Great tire and more than just for cross racing.

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Anonymouswrote a review of on November 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not a lot to say really, but these have worked as intended. The fit is snug at first, but after taking them off once or twice they are reasonably easy to get on and off but still fit nice and tight as intended.

I wear these not so much for the aero benefits, but for a little added warmth when its in the 40s.

My only gripe is that they don't work well with my mountain bike shoes and my preferred cleat position. Granted, I run my cleats nearly as far back as my shoe allows, but the material from these covers on the sole interfere with the cleat. That said, they work fine with my road cleats and that was my intended use so I'm happy.

For reference, I wear a size 43 (Diadora Vortex Pro) and the size L fits well.

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Anonymouswrote a review of on November 15, 2017

5 5

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

I must admit, my review is based only on my initial impressions. However, not much will change unless I run into durability issues. My Pro Ones are 28s mounted tubeless on DT Swiss R32 rims.
My first experience with Schwalbes was a total dud. That was with Rocket Ron MTB tires. However, since then I've used Racing Ralph MTB tires, X Ones, G Ones and now the Pro One. I've had great luck with all of them and, so far, the Pro One is no different.
Classic Schwalbe these really are "tubeless easy." Just like installing the G Ones, these can be fitted on a rim with just enough tightness to have confidence without being unreasonable to get on. Once they are installed the bead is easy to set and they hold well.
My baseline for road tires is the Conti GP 4000 25m which is an all around excellent tire. I have also run Corsa 25s this year. I've read reviews that suggest the Pro One rolls better than these tires; my initial impression is that the Pro One certainly isn't slower.
As for durability, only time will tell, but after reading that this might be a question mark with the Pro Ones, I was pleased to see that the sidewalls seem solid and far from paper thin. By contrast, the sidewall of a tire like the Corsa feels more like a thick t-shirt than a bike tire (although, I have to admit those handled some rough dirt road riding without a puncture and only failed when the tread was cut.)
I will report back once I've really but these to the test as far as durability. For now, my impression is that they set up easily, look good and roll fast!



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Anonymouswrote a review of on October 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the G-Ones looking for a fast rolling gravel tire and these absolutely deliver. They roll very fast on pavement and give me all the grip and confidence I need on gravel, except for a few extreme situations. Over the last two years I have also run the Clement MSO and the Kenda Flint Ridge, all in 35c (or 36C for the MSO). (It's just too tempting not to experiment with gravel tires. The MSO was my previous favorite and is a bit grippier than the G-One. The Flintridge, even in 35c is definitely the most confidence inspiring but I hated riding them on pavement. I'd be curious to do a side-by-side with the MSO and the G-One, but nothing about the G-One has left me wanting to re-mount the MSO.

One thing I really like about the G-One is their speed and versatility. There is nothing more frustrating than going out for a group "gravel" ride and having a few guys in the group on road bikes hammer everyone on the unavoidable pavement sections of the ride.

The only area in which the G-Ones give anything up is when you are hauling on a downhill and need to slow down quickly. Due to the limited tread profile they tend to lock up and skid. Not a huge deal, you just have to keep it in mind when going over 35mph. Also, I've had a few moments during gravel races on really steep stuff (I'm in VT) when I wish I could get a little more grip when really trying to put down the power. That said, I am stretching for negatives here. Tire choice is all about trade-offs and for me the trade-offs of running G-Ones are just fine by me

Finally, the G-Ones were absolutely the easiest tire to set up tubeless I have every mounted. Let's face it, usually something goes wrong or needs a little extra attention when you are mounting a tubeless set-up. Not the G-Ones. It was literally too easy - took maybe 15 minutes to swap out my old tires and have these up and running!

Very pleased with these tires.

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Anonymouswrote a review of on August 28, 2017

5 5

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

I avoid wearing gloves when riding at all costs. However, the last gravel event I rode made it clear I couldn't get away with not wearing gloves all the time. I picked these up for the Vermont Overland race and was happy to have fresh hands all day over some very rough terrain. As someone who doesn't like gloves, I wanted a glove that protected my hands from vibration and fatigue but that wouldn't be annoying, for lack of a better word. These did exactly that and held up very well. They were also very breathable so my hands didn't sweat excessively throughout the day.. I am very happy with this product.

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Anonymouswrote a review of on August 27, 2017

5 5

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

I picked this up in desperation after having issues with my existing saddle just a few days before the Vermont Overland gravel race. I took a flyer after reading some reviews and went out for 50 miles of hurt (not from the saddle) with just a few test miles on the Antares. What can I say, it was perfect, and by perfect I mean I never once thought about my saddle the entire day. No pain, no problems. I'm very psyched with my purchase.

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Anonymouswrote a review of on June 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This stem is a major upgrade to any bike. Although I've bought more than my share of items here, I actually acquired this stem on a used bike I purchased a year or so ago. I never liked the look of the stem and didn't really care to have a carbon stem anyway. After considering selling the stem, I put it on my old gravel bike and really liked it. Then I moved it to a few other bikes and continued to be blow away by the improvement in stiffness, ride feel, and dampening on rough terrain.

Recently I did a few side by side rides on my road bike going back and from my usual Service Course SL and this stem. Both are great, but the way in which the SL Sprint smooths things out on anything from rough pavement, to pave, to gnarlier gravel is really amazing.

Great product.

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Anonymouswrote a review of on October 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I replaced some Schwalbe X-Ones with these MSPs on my gravel bike. I liked the X-One a great deal, but for general gravel riding as compared to racing cross, the MSP is a big improvement in rolling resistance without giving up much in the traction department.

Also, these set up tubeless extremely easy. They have a tight bead and require nothing more than a good floor pump to set the bead.

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Anonymouswrote a review of on October 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I ordered this and Giro at the same time- kept the Laser. It's a very well thought helmet. Excellent fit, maybe one of the best fitting helmets I have ever owned. It also has a very clever adjustment system with a "roller" on the top of the helmet that can be adjusted while wearing the helmet.

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Anonymouswrote a review of on October 15, 2016

5 5

Very happy with these arm warmers. I ordered the POC offering at the same time and kept these. They fit well, are appropriately warm and generally comfortable. I found these to fit well throughout the arm, unlike the POC that was narrow in the bicep and wide in the wrist - no good.

I did have a seam pop the first day I owned these, but BC.com is taking care of it. Notwithstanding that issue, I'd buy many more pairs of these in the future.

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Anonymouswrote a review of on October 15, 2016

3 5

I was very excited to give this shirt a try for cold fall riding. I'll give it another chance but my initial impression is so-so. The shirt is warm and blocks wind well. However, if you put in a strong effort on your ride and break a sweat, this shirt doesn't breath. Yes, it's a clever idea to have the back breathable, and the front wind resistant. However, I had a puddle of sweat on my chest after 10 miles. As a backcountry skier I understand the importance of base layers and sweat management. My initial impression is that this shirt is off in that area and maybe better for casual riding than a vigorous ride.

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Anonymouswrote a review of on November 2, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am sure there are worse products out there, but I really did not like these tires. I have run Racing Ralphs and get along with them pretty well so no Schwable hate here, I just couldn't get comfortable with the Rons. My big issue was extremely sketchy cornering from the rear tire on a pretty wide variety of surfaces from firm to wet and loose.

I replaced mine with Maxxis Ikons the difference was immediately noticeable. The traction and cornering with the Ikons is on a different level.

I gave up on the Rons before durability became an issue, but I did flat on my second ride ever...

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