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Dave Ruben

Dave Ruben

Dave Ruben

Dave Rubenwrote a review of on June 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this saddle. I'm sorry I waited so long to replace the stock Bontrager saddle that came with my Madone 5.2.

The Bontrager Affinity 3 saddle seemed to "jam my junk" back into my body, creating an uncomfortable ride after an hour our so (and that's being kind). <Your mileage/junk may vary>

The Fizik Aliante saddle just seems to fit right. It has less padding than the stock saddle, but as it turns out, that's a good thing. I feel I can ride all day on this saddle and virtually not notice it - which in my book, is what a saddle should do - just disappear.

There may be lighter, sexier saddles out there - and I would encourage you to look - but if you're looking for a good basic "bull" (mid to low flexibility) saddle, I highly recommend this saddle.

PS - life's too short to wait for 1K miles to break in, in my humble opinion. I'll grant there is a break in period, but 1,000 miles? Sheesh. That's 3 months of riding for me. I can't suffer that long. Yeah, yeah, I know. HTFU. But not down there... at least not while I'm on my bike. :)

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Dave Rubenwrote a review of on May 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a very nice jersey. Nice fit (assuming you get it right), nice colors.

I must say that after several rides in high (90f+) heat, these aren't all that great. While i think they look/feel great, especially, in the bathroom mirror, they are *somewhat* less than great in actual use. They seem a tad heavy/sweaty in actual use... but of course that depends on where you live/weather.

I don't mean to sound like such a toad, but i feel as though there are many $50 choices (on sale!) that are equal to/or greater than this ~$70 jersey. That said, I don't know about you, but i gladly paid the extra ~$20-ish because these simply LOOK GREAT.

If you're looking for a good level jersey, with GREAT level looks, Buy It!

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Dave Rubenwrote a review of on May 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These bibs have virtually everything I look for in a bib: 1) comfortable chamois 2) comfortable in the legs (length, mostly) and shoulders (again, length), and 3) overall fit and "lightness" (I tend to ride in mostly dry, hot weather).

For the record, I'm 6'2", 200 lbs and have ordered/received XXL sized bibs (not just with these, but with Castelli, Capo, and others - see my other reviews) . So, take this with a grain of salt if your size is significantly different.

For the most part, I absolutely LOVE these bibs. They are long in the leg and fit like a glove. If you're looking for a nice tight fit, this is your ticket. If you're looking for super compression in your core/legs, maybe not.

I do find these bibs *slightly* small in length in the shoulders (ie straps). And they do seem a bit heavy. Overall, the material and shoulder width seems a bit on the wide/heavy side. It's not like they're winter-weight... just a tad too heavy for me - and remember I ride mostly in the desert.

All that said, these are still my #2 choice for bibs on virtually ANY ride. If you can get them for < $100 like I did, you'd be a fool to pass up the chance. Even though they seem a bit heavy when you first put them on, during a ride, because of the materials/ventilation, they wear like MUCH lighter bibs. Just be aware that the straps will seem "super" wide at first, then disappear during your ride.

My $0.02.

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Dave Rubenwrote a review of on May 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I realize there's not much point reviewing a jersey that's no longer available, but I LOVE this jersey. I have several different jerseys from Castelli, Capo and others, and I must say this is by far my favorite. It's cool, comfortable and has a very complimentary fit (ie it trims 10 pounds off my fat ass... errr, gut :))

I'm only sorry I didn't buy more when they were available.

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Dave Rubenwrote a review of on May 9, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I don't doubt the other reviewers who've reported that they got a lime green rather than high vis yellow. All I can say is that I got high vis yellow and this jersey is excellent quality, especially at the sales price.

The only concern I have is the GIGANTIC lions that adorn the jersey. I didn't realize that the back was dominated by a lion graphic - although this is clearly shown in the pictures, if you take the time to look. Frankly, this is not a big deal to me.

The actual jersey is VERY soft, breathes well and seems to be of excellent construction. I couldn't be happier, particularly at this price.

Winner!

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Dave Rubenwrote a review of on May 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm sure all lubes are equally good, but after using this for a couple of months, I don't think i'll try anything else. After a good cleaning, applying this lube really seems to make a difference. It seems to last "forever" (in dry conditions) and is noticeably slicker after it's applied (and given a chance to dry).

I love it.

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Dave Rubenwrote a review of on May 9, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Update 5/15/2014

I just wanted to mention that the "fatal" flaw, after several uses, isn't all that fatal. This is a very nice jersey, especially for those who are ambidextrous. I've learned to zip it (and other jerseys) left handed. And it seems fine.

At the current price, $44 (more than I paid), these are a steal.

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This is actually a fairly nice jersey, especially for the $55 price. However, there is one fatal flaw that I can't seem to get past.

The zipper on these jerseys is on the left (female) side. I've been zipping things up on the opposite (right) side for 50+ years, so this arrangement is very awkward to me.

It's really a shame, because other than that, this is a pretty nice jersey. If you're female or European, this may not bother you. If not, I'd suggest finding something else that zips up "correctly".

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Dave Rubenwrote a review of on May 9, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I think the basic idea of these bibs is great. No seams on the shoulder straps and form fitting legs, without sweaty silicone, around the bottom (at the knees).

My biggest gripe with these bibs is that they are (seemingly) made for Very short people. I'm 6'2", 200 lbs. The XXL size are still way too short in the legs and the straps really dig into my shoulders at the end of a 2 hour ride - gawd forbid I was in shape for a 4 or 6 hour ride. The XXL Capo's I've been using don't have either of these issues.

On the flip side, the chamois is nice in that you really don't notice it. Enough padding, but not too much to feel diaper-y. The fabric is first rate and seems like it'll last for many rides (as long as i don't mind creases in my shoulders). Great, except for the vertical fit mentioned above.

I guess if I was 5'8", these would be ideal.

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Dave Rubenwrote a review of on May 9, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Update 5/15/2014
I'm still disappointed with these bibs. However, truth be told, these are 3 star, not one star bibs. I am not going to change my rating, because, in my opinion, there are WAY too many 5 star reviews. On the other hand, I realize I shouldn't be trying to balance other reviews with my review, but I can't help myself.

--- original review (still applies) ---


I guess I'll be the first to say that these bibs are not what they're cracked up to be. Are they $90 bib? Yes, probably. Are they $180 bibs, being sold at $90? Definitely NOT!

To begin with, the chamois is not as advertised. It's a cheap, low level chamois that may work for some folks, but didn't work for me on long rides. It's definitely NOT the chamois described in the description above. This is really a case of false advertising. Boo!

In addition, the length in the legs is definitely shorter than other Capo bibs. And unfortunately, they include a really annoying (read sweaty) silicone grip. Yuk!

The bottom line is that they are probably Ok for $90 bibs. But just don't make the mistake in thinking you're getting $180 bibs. You're not. The Capo Pursuit bibs, for $170, are far superior... but you have to pay $170. Ironically, they supposedly have the same chamois ( Capo's Anatomic-L HD Carbon Elastic Interface Technology (EIT) Insert), but the Adriatico's definitely do not. All of my comments below still apply, but if you're considering these bibs, they're ok (ie 3 ***).

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Big let down.

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Dave Rubenwrote a review of on March 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are simply great bibs. I have several other bibs of similar price but nothing else even comes close.

There are 3 things that set these apart from the other mid-range bibs I've tried.

1 - The straps are wide and don't bunch/ball up. This coupled with the fact that they are long enough (I'm 6'2") means they don't pinch at all in the shoulders.

2 - The fabric of the bib itself is made with very few pieces of material. Other bibs in this price range seem to piece/sew together smaller pieces of material, making for lots of seams. This Capo bib uses larger pieces of material resulting in very few seams. Are the others terrible? No, but the Capo is noticeably more comfortable on long rides.

3 - The chamois is just right, padded where it needs to be but not obtrusive. You basically forget that it's there.

My only complaint about Capo Pursuit is that it never seems to go on sale. :)

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