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Christian V.

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Christian V.wrote a review of on August 8, 2019

2 5

These are as light if not lighter than most carbon cages and come in a bunch of nice colors, but they are extremely flimsy and bend way too easily. Once bent it can be very tough to get them reshaped in a way that will hold your bottle tightly without digging into it and creating marks or depressions.

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Christian V.wrote a review of on January 2, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

High quality vest, best suited for colder rides (30's-50's).

This vest is race fit. People have complained about the sizing, but know that it's truly designed to be form-fitting for someone with a bike racer's build. I'm usually a large in Castelli and I got an XL, which fits as it's supposed to. If you want a casual vest or something that will hide your beer belly, look elsewhere.

The zipper is high quality and easy to get up and down with one hand while you're riding. I do wish it had three pockets rather than two, as the pocket placement is slightly harder to access while moving than 3-pocket designs.

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Christian V.wrote a review of on September 12, 2017

5 5

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

I've been exclusively riding in Giro road helmets for the past 10+ years, but the Octal seems superior in just about every respect to my Aeon and the various helmets I've had before that. Super light, fits perfectly (obviously subjective), holds my glasses securely (Oakley Racing Jackets) and seems a bit safer with the extra coverage and MIPS. Hands down the best helmet I've owned.

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Christian V.wrote a review of on May 31, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Seems solidly built and holds both by road and mtn bikes very securely. It does require a small amount of assembly - probably took me 20 mins to put the wheel trays on. It's nice that it comes with locks for the rack and bikes, but I wouldn't call them very elegantly integrated and the plastic lock housing doesn't inspire great confidence. I'd use a separate cable or u lock if you're leaving it parked anywhere iffy.

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Christian V.wrote a review of on May 25, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Very comfy yet stiff and true to size. I did end up a size larger than my past Shimano shoes (46 versus 45 in the past) but the American equivalent sizing appears to be right on. I personally prefer buckles to boa because of the shape of my foot. One boa has also already broken in a crash but it was cheap and very easy to replace.

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Christian V.wrote a review of on May 9, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This mount is pretty flimsy and does not clamp very securely on a 31.8 handlebar. It will hold your computer in place so I can't say it doesn't work, but it feels very flimsy compared to Barfly or K-Edge mounts. At the recommended torque setting it still doesn't feel completely secure on your bar but torquing any further will snap the clamp. If you have a Lezyne computer I would recommend getting a Barfly Garmin mount and then purchasing an adapter.

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Christian V.wrote a review of on February 27, 2017

4 5

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

I've used these a couple times now. They are comfortable and stiff enough. Buckles and straps feel high quality and have a nice feel when ratcheting tight.

These run small. I'm a 45 in almost every other brand, occasionally a 44. I had to order a 46 after several returns. I'd order at least one full size up from normal.

The "glowing red" really looks orange in person. It does not look like the picture on the site.

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Christian V.wrote a review of on September 28, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bibs are okay. At the current sale price ($60) they're a good deal for an extra pair, but I mainly like them because they were cheap. The chamois is fine and the same as most Capo bibs. These fit a little larger than the many other Capo bibs I've had. I am always a large and realize I'd probably be a little better off in a medium. They run a bit long and the gripper on the lower leg doesn't always stay skin tight above the knee. In general the compression on these is also on the soft side which makes them feel large. On the plus side, they're cheap and the design is easy to match with whatever jersey.

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Christian V.wrote a review of on March 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been wearing the custom-fit Shimano's since the r300's came out. They keep getting better. Out of the box the fit is amazing. Supple upper, great support and nice adjustable arch. Great ventilation. Nice stiff sole. No hot spots on your feet during long rides. I highly recommend spending the extra $50 or so a shop will charge to have these heat molded to your foot. They are unbelievably comfortable after this process. In my opinion (and for my feet) better than anything else I've tried. I've tried Sidi 6.6's, high end Diadora's and a few other brands but Shimano's are consistently the best.

They also last a really long time.

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Christian V.wrote a review of on January 13, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Agree with the poster below - the leg bands are really tight the first few times you wear these, but they break in nicely and don't get loose like some shorts without actual grippers.

Chamois is good - comfortable on 4+ hr rides. Overall construction seems high quality.

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Christian V.wrote a review of on January 13, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These were a bit larger than comparable shorts form Castelli, Capo, etc... I'm 6', 175 lbs and usually wear a large in euro gear. The large almost fit, but compression wasn't great. I could have gone medium, but the material on the side is so thin I think that would have stretched these to the point of being see-through. The inseam also seemed to be on the long side.

The leg cuff has no gripper. That's usually not a big deal if bibs are designed well, but the cuff on these started getting too stretched after 2 rides.

The chamois in these is awesome. It's the same one as the mondo evo. I think it's probably the best chamois I've used, but the rest of the shorts didn't measure up in my opinion.

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