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Craig O.

Craig O.

Craig O.

Craig O.wrote a review of on September 23, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the white color on sale. For the money I'm happy. I feel like they fit true to size and they have plenty to room in the foot bed for comfortable toes. I frequently wear Louis Garneau and these fit the same. My top complaints would be that the "tongue" doesn't sit well when you tighten the BOA. You have to smooth it out while doing so or else it bunches. The TechLaces are also not very functional. It takes some time for the shoes to break in so that it feels like you can tighten the TechLaces. Once they are broken in, you can only get them so snug. These do have a nice sturdy footbed. The color white looks interesting without being too white. I would say there is a bit of form over function happening here though.

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Craig O.wrote a review of on May 9, 2019

2 5

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

I have the Dynamic on my road racing bike and I have the Hell (Well) on my gravel bike. I bought this to try on my endurance bike. A lot of the reviews I've read on blogs mention that they thought this was more comfortable and easier to set up vs. the dynamic I didn't fin this to be the case. It is rock hard and my butt hurt after only 10 miles. A solid chamois isn't enough to make a difference. I'm going to go with another dynamic instead. I was hoping to like the Forma b/c it's a lighter saddle than the others. Doesn't matter how light it is if it's too uncomfortable to ride. I'm 6'0" 185. Maybe too big for this saddle.

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Craig O.wrote a review of on April 22, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are quiet, reliable and offer great stopping pour in all conditions. The look might not be for everyone. They look like hub caps vs. traditional rotors. The larger the rotor, the more pronounced that look. I originally bought them bc I thought they look cool...I keep them because they work well but look just ok on my 2019 Roubaix.

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Craig O.wrote a review of on March 26, 2019

1 5

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

Put 28's on a Roval 24 wheelset. I'd never run tubless before. Took a few extra minutes to get the tire on the wheel but this was no different than most of my clinchers. I used a CO2 cartridge to seat them. Took 2 attempts on the first and one on the second. Overall I spent about 45 minutes putting on two tires. Very reasonable for a first time.

Update: 2nd ride out, tread slashed by some loose gravel in the road. Shot sealant EVERYWHERE. Finally sealed itself after using two CO2 cartridges. Rode 5 miles to a bike shop and had a tube inserted. Good news.....tubeless allowed me to keep on riding after some repairs. Bad news....brand new tire is shot. Surprised it was the tread that was cut though. Generally it's the sidewall. No protection here whatsoever.

Update 3: Won't re-seat. 5 CO2 cartridges later and a friend compressor. The inner tube must have stretched the tire out too much. I'm pretty much done w/ Schwalbe at this point and remounted GP400's clinchers. That was fun.

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Craig O.wrote a review of on February 27, 2019

3 5

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

These socks are build like a glorified pair of nylon stockings. No padding, just enough structure and stretch out of for pretty quickly. I bought the L/XL and they are too tight around the calf while remaining a decent fit everywhere else. They are a 7 inch crew but wear shorter than that when they stretch out. The "bling" on the back is interesting, but for the money..the rest of the sock is not. I'd stick to a higher performance sock (Swiftwick) next time. Was looking to try something else, save a couple bucks. Also, I ordered one color and they ran out apparently. I had to choose a backup color instead. Maybe that adds to my disappointment.

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Craig O.wrote a review of on September 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my third SMP saddle. I had a Pro and a Hell model. This is thinner and has less padding than both but is much more comfortable. I'm 6'0. 180 and medium build. This saddle hits my sit bones just right. It took a ride or two to get used to, but now I don't even notice it's there. I have it on an aero racing bike.

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Craig O.wrote a review of on August 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have this on my gravel bike where weight isn't a big deal. It's thick, it's heavy, it's comfortable and it looks good. It's a little more difficult to apply as it doesn't have any backing and the finishing tape it comes with isn't fantastic. I also have this on my wife's tri-bike where I only need to apply a few pieces vs. doing the entire bars. There probably enough tape in a pack for 3 or 4 tri-bikes. At the current sale price, get this stuff while you can. It also cleans up nicely, especially the white.

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Craig O.wrote a review of on August 9, 2018

2 5

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

I'll start by saying I've been disappointed by every POC cycling item i've every used. They need to sort it out. These gloves fit in that category. I found that they are harder to get on vs. get off. You have to really stretch the wrist band which isn't stretchy. I don't see these as lasting very long. The are relatively large in terms of covering the entire hand, yet they don't have very much padding at all. The are a touch baggy yet they started to cut off circulation in my thumb after about 20 miles. Worth the $13 I paid for them....not much more.

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Craig O.wrote a review of on April 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had the Pro and the Well in the past. I feel like this saddle is a better combination of weight and comfort and much more race oriented. It's pretty comfortable out of the gate and didn't need a lot of adjusting to feel right. I'm 6'0, 180. This is probably a smaller, more appropriate fit versus the other two saddles as well. I've tried other saddles but keep coming back to SMP. I've specifically tried less expensive options. I can't find anything better though.

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Craig O.wrote a review of on February 15, 2018

1 5

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

Just got done wrapping my bars and my opinion is that this stuff is junk. If you have a 6 inch space to cover...this is probably good stuff...but it didn't cover my full bars very well. It doesn't stretch whatsoever...so it leaves baggy gaps around turns. Every next wrap was fixing an issue from the previous rotation. I had to re-wrap 3 or 4 times. The bar ends don't fit in my bars either. I had to use the bar ends from my last wrap. Also, the picture representing this product is terrible. The finish is velvety...not rubber. Not happy at all with this product. No wonder it's on sale. For this money...go with Nashbar. I also don't know how someone can describe this tape as tacky? Did I get sent the wrong tape???

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Craig O.wrote a review of on June 9, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased these during a 25% off sale and couldn't be happier. There are very light and make a solid platform for peddling. They fit well. I''m a 10 1/2. The BOA system is just ok on these. I have a pair of less expensive Pearl's I like better in that sense. They are easy to put on but not so much to take off. The BOA knobs also seem to want to turn in the less intuitive direction for whatever reason. Happy with my purchase overall.

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