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DanW

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DanWwrote a review of on June 9, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I read a ton of reviews and comparisons and these seemed like the wheel to go with. When they arrived, both wheels were out of true, spokes were not tensioned appropriately, and the front wheel has already started to come out of true after a little over 500 miles of riding. They are also not that laterally stiff. When ever I stand I get brake rub. These replaced my 404 Firestrikes. In over 15k of riding on those I have had none of these issues. I do like the tubeless, and maybe I just got a bad build, but I can only give these a solid but not great rating.

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DanWwrote a review of on July 28, 2018

5 5

These shorts are awesome, with the chamois being the real standout. The best way I can describe the chamois is bottomless. You feel nice and connected to the saddle, but you never get the feeling where your sit bones end up compressing through the chamois.

It does take a good 30 to 40 seconds extra to get them on and situated correctly. As said in earlier reviews, the legs are long. You need to pull the legs up and work with the leg band to get them up a bit. If you just pull them on they will sit behind your knee. They will still sit a hair lower than most, but other than seeming aesthetically unusual compared to normal, there are no adverse effects. There is also a nice pouch up front for Alvin and the Chipmunks that works quite well.

I have ridden Louis Garner, Pearl, Capo (my close second favorite), Catella, Assos, etc., but these are the best bibs I have ever worn.

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DanWwrote a review of on October 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These shorts are my new favorites. I have ridden LG, Assos, Many Capos, and recently tried out Catella bibs (their Welded Skin Jerseys are awesome btw). I was really drawn to the Catellas, Great fit, chaois, no seams what-so-ever (bonded vice sewn). Then I started having issues with the bonding failing.

So I went back to my old faithful, Capo, and picked up a pair of these. I love them. They are identical in cut to my Capo GS, and seem to have the same chamois. I really like my GS shorts, but the fabaric in these is more compressive and makes them just about perfect.

When putting them on I kind of feel like a girl in the 80's squeezing into her Jordache jeans (may of just aged myself), but the compression is perfect. It is the type of compression that you feel the entire ride, supportive but not restricting.

Definatley need to pick up another pair.

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DanWwrote a review of on December 16, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is by far my favorite Jersey. As said before it is euro cut, so you do need to size up. I wear a meduim in typical American cut stuff, but this jersey fits perfectly in a large (still very snug race fit). I have both a black and a white one. Both look great and have not faded after numerous washes. One of my favorite parts of the jersey is the low-to-non-existent collar. The jersey is aero cut and is well ventilated. The rear pocket flaps can be irritating at time, but it does keep your stuff from falling out. I don't use any type of saddle bag and I stuff a ton of stuff in my jersey pockets, so I guess it does help if you're amad jersey packer like me.

Considering buying another before they are all snapped up. They are a steal at this price.

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DanWwrote a review of on July 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First two rides in these were 70 miles followed by a 100 mile ride. I love these. Chamios is great. They are compressive, but not really compressive (wish they were a hari more compressive), and overall fit is great. I don't notice the straps, and the legs bands have a perfect amount of grip without feeling grabby. I have many Capo bibs, some Garneaus, and a new pair of Assos s7 t.equipes. These are better than all of them.

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DanWwrote a review of on July 17, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These bibs are really good in every way, and just not great in any way. The chamois is really nice, but I find it a little to thick along the edge. It does provide really good padding for long rides, but kinda feels like an adult diaper. I have Capos that give as good padding, but don't make me feel geriatric. The straps are really nice, but a hair to snug. I am 5'7 and do not have a long torso. They are truly uncomfortable, but I feel them pulling down on the shoulder. The compression is snug, but not firm. I prefer firm in my distance Shorts. For this price point I will stick to Capo GS's.

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DanWwrote a review of on May 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My Lake experince started with the MXZ 303 Boots for Fat-Biking. They were stupid comfortable. I have had comfortable mountain biking shoes but these boots are plush. So I next bought some MX 237 for mountain biking. Not as plush but still super comfortable. I have NEVER found a pair of road shoes even mildly comfortable. I tried the Northwave Extreme Techs...after a full season I literally could not stand them, they actually got worse the more they broke in. Last year I picked up a pair of the Sidi Wire Push. They were better, but they serrated tongue top was a evil little ankle biter, and I would get some hotspots. So I picked up a pair of the 402's about a month ago. I have about 500 or so miles in them, and just did the NYC Gran Fondo in them. They are awesome. They aren't a shoe you put on and forget they are there. You know they are there because of how comfortable they feel. I have a medium width foot, with a medium arch. The toe box is perfect. Not to narrow (Italian fit), and not to wide. The arch is rather high. The carbon sole has a pre-formed high arch. Due to this I put in some low arch insoles (low arch + Lake built-in arch = medium arch) and they are perfect. Once you form the heal it's like wearing perfectly fitted, stiff soled bunny slippers. These things rock. I am not brand-loyalist typically, but when it come to Lake cycling shoes, I am now one through-and-through. I normally wear a 43, but got these in a 42.5 and they fit perfect, so they run a hair large.

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DanWwrote a review of on May 4, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Overall I like the shoes. I have about 1500 miles in there. A little narrow up front and I will still get some numb spots on the outside of my foot on 50+ mile reides, but nothing to really cry about. My issue is with the tongue. The toungue has started to roll under over time, and with the serrations, the tongue has become like a little saw into the top of my foot. I liked these shoes if not loved them.

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DanWwrote a review of on January 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The first thing I noticed is how comfortable they are. They are like having supprtive pillows on your feet. I have ridden through tons of mountin bike shoes, nothing comes close n terms of comfort. These are more comfortable than most regular shoes I have. They are not sized like regular Lakes, which I find to run large. I wear a 9 which typically equates to a 43. These were a perfec fit at size 43. So consisteant with shimano sizing. I have had these on rides down to 11 degree F, with wind chills down in the negertives, and the feet were still great. At that point they aren't warm, but they aren't cold either. 30 degrees and up and these are actally kind of hot. They are keep the water out and just work. Love these. Highly recommended.

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DanWwrote a review of on January 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Was going to take a long time for my warranty on the Alm to be fulfilled so Fabric gave me one of these as a fill in. I am not Craigs-listing my Alm. This is teh best saddle I have ever ridden. I run the flat, and it is just pefect. As said below, you don't realize it is there, which means it is doing exactly what it is supposed to do. Can recommend this saddle highly enough.

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DanWwrote a review of on January 6, 2016

5 5

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

They keep your hands warm, and did the job on a recent 25 degree ride. I could tell that they were right at the edge of what they can handle at that point. If it had gotten colder I would of started to have at least a few cold digits. I ordered a large by mistake, typically wear a medium, and they fit perfect. So I believe that they run a little small. The one thing I noticed is that I was getting less numbness that teh Castelli Estremo gloves I had. I only have about three rides into these, but so far really like them.

Update: Took these down to 11 degrees this week. Digits were still good to go. Not toasty, but not cold at all. The ring and pinky were a bit cold initially, but were fine 10 minutes in after everything warmed up.

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DanWwrote a review of on January 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love these things. I don't know how I feel about five star reviews, but these are just about perfect for me. My previous favorites were a previous years mano visos by capo. These have a similar fabric. It is a bit unusual in appearance, but gives nice compression, without too much. The chamois is what I love. I have some LG that were my most comfortable over long distance, but they were a bit bulky (not the 4 or 5 motion). These are as comfortable as my LGs with none of the bulk. Absolutely love this chamois. The colors, not my favorite, but I don't mind being a little garish when the price is right.

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DanWwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these to replace a pair of Louis Garneau Vorrtice Gloves (which are awesome) that I tore up in a crash. These actually run a little large. I am usually pushing it when I wear a medium glove. They will typically run tight on me, but will stretch out after awhile. These are just loose. There is no added padding in this glove. I am a hood rider and this isn't typically an issue, however, I do prefer the very minimal padding of teh Vorttice when I spend a long time in the drops. Overall a decent glove, but wouldn't buy again.

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DanWwrote a review of on August 18, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this saddle back in early May. It is extremey light, very tech, and has decent comfort (notteh best, but not the worst). As stated in the product description, the saddle works like a leaf spring This is also what caused it to fail. It cracked on both side, at the flex point, where the nose of the saddle meets the front rails. I have now been informed that my warrany saddle will not come in until September. So pulling out the old Concor. Hopefully the second one will be better.

Update: Replacement gopt pushed to January. In the meantime Fabric gave me a Carbon Rail Scoop to fill in while I waited for my Alm. The Scoop is AWESOME. Possibly the best saddle I have ever put my butt on. I have my replacement Alm now and am Craigslisting it. Unless you are an insane-no weight weenie, skip the Alm and get the Scoop.

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DanWwrote a review of on August 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are really nice gloves. Very minimal padding that is just enough. I crashed and ripped out the palms of both of them. Rode them for another 300 miles or so, that's how much i liked them. Picked up some Capos to replace them. Only one ride so far, but I'm thinking I should of gotten another set of these.

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DanWwrote a review of on August 5, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I actually like the older version of the Chamois in these shorts better. This is a solid Chamois, and has done fine (if not great) on 100 milers, the older version just did a little better. The chamios just a little soft beneathe the sit bones. These fit really well. I prefer a bit higher compression, but these are great if you just like something that has a snug yet not firm fit. The leg holders work, and you can get the shorts on without having to roll the cuffs up. I bought a second pair, so I do like them. They just aren't quite perfect for me.

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DanWwrote a review of on June 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Fit is subjective, and is the main reason i bought this helmet. The S-Works previal just didn't fit right. Th POC fit nicely but I couldn't wear my glasses with them due to the length of the arms. Anyhow, I have you average regular old round melon, and this helmet fits it great. I had a Plasma and actually didn't like it that much. I was looking for another brand but ended up back at Mavic due to fit. The retention system is nice and minimal. It is extremely light, and the vents really do their job.

This bring me to the only CON i have noticed. The vents are huge. So you will experince some high-speed bug to mellon collisions. A little freaky when they live through it and are going nuts on you head. Otherwise, this is a great peice of gear.

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DanWwrote a review of on June 17, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

i have sucked these up for almost 3000 miles. always get numb spots and have to loosen them way up to even wear them. now they have deformed around the right boa, and it make the the shoe bite onto the top front of my foot. i loosen them up more till they are barely on. i have been sucking this up to make up for what i paid, but maybe time to break down and buy some Sidi wires. on the plus side the are light and cool.

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DanWwrote a review of on December 11, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Almost perfect. I love the fit and love the chamois. I really like the leg grippers, though I don't shave, so no idea how they work on clean legs. Have used them on at least 10+ rides of 60 to 100+ miles. Only issue I have with them is that they can give a chamios wedgie on occasion when mixed with chamois butter.

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