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Daniel L.

Daniel L.

Daniel L.

Daniel L.wrote a review of on July 15, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm super hard on shoes. But I really like stiff shoes and at the prices of high end shoes, I demand comfort and durability.

Out of the box, these shoes fit like gloves. The only random hot spot was right on the top of my right foot under one of the PUSH dials. This got better with time and slightly thicker socks. But I do question the utility of the PUSH dials in the middle of the shoe as opposed to off to one side.

In terms of performance, I race cat 1 XC, some marathon and cat 1 cyclocross. One thing I struggle with in terms of stiff shoes, is obtaining a bit of compliance/softness for running in the CX game. I've been through top-level shimano, BONT and specialized shoes. Of these, the sidi's are hands down the most complaint and best for running.

The one caveat is that these are pretty narrow and they do compress the toes a bit, as opposed to letting the forefoot spread out.

Overall, an amazing shoe, but the jury is still out in terms of durability. I've been known to destroy S-works shoes in a month and I'm on month 3 of the sidis with no major signs of wear.

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Daniel L.

Daniel L.wrote a review of on November 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This saves your tire, has a great feel and seamlessly connects to Zwift and other training apps. The connectivity is what makes this a simply essential piece of equipment for busy cyclists. I have 2 kids and am a resident physician; so work 50-80/hrs per week. But this trainer allows indoor riding to be both fun (via connectivity to racing on Zwift) and gentle on my equipment. I purchased in late August and have ridden this trainer consistently 3-4 mornings per week for 45-120min each.

Does it make a little noise? Yeah, but it is more quiet that the Lemond and other trainers I've owned.
Is it 'loud'? No
Heavy? Yes
Sturdy? Extremely (although I weigh 144-150lbs)
Portable? No (it REQUIRES a power source) (I brought it to a CX race to warm up and spun out in my hardest gear). It is portable in the sense that it easily folds up and could be ridden in a hotel room or on a work trip. But it needs a power source.

What about the power accuracy? Honestly, I'm not really sure about this one. My current set up is to use this trainer as a 'controllable trainer' on Zwift, but to use my Stages power meter for cadence and power. I also have my stages connected to a garmin so monitor Avg power outputs as Zwift doesn't do this. With this set-up, yes--riding indoors is actually extremely motivating and fun. I look forward to racing on Zwift and riding the trainer.

That actual power meter is quite accurate though; I just found that it was not very steady and jumping around a bit. The caveat here is that Wahoo is frequently providing firmware updates and I was riding an older version. I have heard that some people have higher FTPs on this trainer. I do not. In fact, if you're a number/power geek like me, you should know that I actually use an outdoor FTP with my stages meter and an indoor FTP; the latter is ~20watts LOWER than the outdoor zones. Does that bother me? No. Once I figured it out, no. I don't care what my numbers are as long as they're consistent and over time, they increase. But I also could not ride the same interval wattages on this trainer as I do outside. No way. (3x15min at 315w which I do outside would be 3x15min at 290w on the trainer).

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