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Eric C.

Eric C.

Eric C.

Eric C.wrote a review of on April 10, 2018

Dogma F10 -it goes up to 11
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Well, it looks like this is the first non-employee review.... and I can say without hesitation, unequivocally, this is the best bike I have ever ridden. Purchased this bike in December 2017 after my Dogma K8-S got smoked in a crash on a club ride. In the 3.5-4 months of ownership I've ridden just under 4k miles and I've dropped 9 hundos on it.
Too be candid, I'm not wealthy so spending this much money on a bike is a bit of a stretch purchase. And for me, when the price goes up, the expectations go up. The Dogma F10 has exceeded my lofty expectations.
It may sound superficial, but I care what my bike looks like. This bike is *gorgeous!* The design language is sexy, the lines flow, and the one I got is red magma. This supermodel looks like it is dripping red lipstick everywhere. If you get one of these, be prepared to talk about it, you're going to get a lot of questions. This is also an antidote for bike envy, if you've ever had it. You aren't going to experience that on the F10... I mean, I am aware of the concept of bike envy, but I don't have any personal experience with that since I ride Pinarello.
So the 10k question is how does it ride? In a word: friggin amazing. This bike is perfectly dialed-in and intuitive. Your thoughts had best be pure, because as soon as you start thinking it, the bike is going to be doing it. Turn-in is sharp without being twitchy and the rear end is predictable, stable, and responds well to trail braking. Power transfer is instant. But what really surprises me, especially coming from the Dogma K8-S, is how comfortable this bike is. I was expecting an ultra-stiff and possibly painful ride and that is not the case at all. I get off the bike after 100-115 miles and it is not an issue. The K8-S does a little better on mitigating the washboard, chatter type stuff, as you would expect -it does have a shock, afterall, but the gap on comfort is a lot closer than I would have thought. I have a bad back which led to the K8-S, so this may sound ridiculous when considering a superbike, but all day rideability was a concern, but not anymore.
I assembled the bike myself and I do my own maintenance as well. This may seem trivial, but I refuse to buy a bike with a pressfit BB. Thankfully, the Dogmas still have/use threaded BBs. And while the cables are routed internally through the frame, the cables are exposed at the bar/stem and brakes/derailleurs which makes the bike really easy to assemble and maintain, unlike a lot of other superbikes.

Overall, I'm very pleased with the bike. Every time I see my bike, I smile. Zero regrets. Oh, I live in Florida so aero is much more important than weight. Weight was not really a concern when I selected this bike or the parts on it (I went with mechanical DA 9100). But I know you roadies are going to ask, how much does it weigh. I'm small, so my bike is a 46.5cm. With Reynolds RZR92s as shown, the bike is in the 13 pound range. Aero and light. And red and Italian.
And wicked fast. I said fast, right? Did I mention that his bike is fast? Like when I'm in a group of cyclists coming off a steep bridge or hill, I'm coasting away from people who are pedaling like mad. Its true.

In closing, thank you to the Competitive Cycling staff, and especially my gear guru/account manager Greg Celentano. He patiently answered all my questions, helped with the build sheet, and helped me stay on target with the budget. I could not be happier with the bike or the overall experience.

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Eric C.

Eric C.wrote a review of on November 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

living in florida im able to ride year round, which i consistently do. prior to this, i was riding the precursor to the dogma-K, the pinarello KOBH. after putting 15,000 miles on my KOBH the last two years, i was ready to make a change.
the KOBH was a fixture in the european classics pro scene in 2013 and 2014. and the dogma k8-s was launched in 2015 and has made appearances in the classics and le tour. what a difference a year makes.
it took less than one hundred yards on the K8-S to realize that it is a very special bike. the KOBH is a really, really good bike. the K8-s is greatness.
the marriage of an essentially F8 front triangle with a softail is utterly brilliant. and the rear shock is not noticeable under load but it really soaks up the chatter and road imperfections. handling is razor sharp and incredibly precise. yet the bike is also more comfortable and less fatiguing. it is noted that i have a very bad back, which led to the purchase of the KOBH in the first place due to its more relaxed geometry and less stiff fiber than the dogma. Now i have nearly all the performance of an F8 with a bike that is even more comfortable than my old KOBH.
lighter, more aero, and more forgiving. tangentially, i got more comments and questions in the first two weeks that i rode the dogma K8-s than in the two years and hundreds of hours i spent on the KOBH.
the bike is astounding. i'm a harsh critic and have been labeled a chronic malcontent. i do not have a single negative thing to say about the k8-s. it is worth every penny. i smile every time i look at it and there are times when i am literally laughing when i am riding it, the experience is so wonderful. it's motivating. it's emotive.
i'm faster than a lot of people i ride with, most of which i attribute to this bike and the sick reynolds wheelset i have attached to it.

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Eric C.

Eric C.wrote a review of on November 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

i was having serious issues with chronic saddle sores and lessor shorts weren't getting it done. so i purchased these bibs and two pair of assos bibs and the saddle sores vanished within weeks.
the build quality of these bibs (made by giordano) is every bit as good as the build quality on the assos s7. i'm 5'6" and weigh 140 pounds, with a robust backyard. i got mediums in the assos and these, and the pinarello bibs are notably more snug, providing more compression than the assos. on a scale of 1 to 10 i give the assos bib's chamois a ten, these a solid 9, and the LG fit sensors a 4.
considering these bibs cost $50 less than the assos im comparing them to, theyre a great value imo.
and did i mention that they look *fantastic.* they look painted on and the red band on one leg and the Italian tab on the back of the left is noticeable without being gaudy.
luckily my amazing girlfriend is a cyclist and she waxes poetic about how great these bibs look and fit. so i ensure these are ready to go for my weekend rides with her.
thank you pinarello and thank you CC

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Eric C.wrote a review of on November 9, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

i ride 6 days (or more) a week, year round. saddle sores were becoming a major issue for me, impacting not only my ability to sit on a bike, but sit anywhere.
not having made any changes to my saddle or position, i attributed the problem to aging cycling shorts. i tried some less expensive shorts but i wasn't getting any relief. based on recommendations on this site, I purchased these bibs, the assos S5s from another site, and the pinarello pro tour bibs (made by giordano) also on CC. i also began handwashing my bibs in woolite after each ride. the saddle sores that had plagued me for months went away within 2 weeks rotating the 3 new bibs.
the S5s were cheaper and have a notably better build quality than the N7s. that's why i gave the N7s a mere four stars. with that said, i like the N7s better because the cut on the S5s is too short for me. The S5s are an easy inch shorter than the N7s and they ride up another inch when cycling. frankly, i feel like i am wearing booty shorts when i am wearing the S5s. I much prefer the length and grippers of the N7s. the chamois on both is outstanding.
the assos size charts are pretty useless. i'm 5'6", usually weigh around 140 pounds, and have a short torso, slight upper body, with most of my weight in my hips, thighs and glutes. although i'm pretty lean, most of my jeans have a 32 inch waist and 30 inch inseam.
the medium assos bibs fit me snuggly but not uncomfortably. the tan line on the N7s hits at the same spot as another pair of shorts i wear which the manufacturer cites as a 9.25 inch inseam (not a stat provided by assos). the girordanos also hit the at the same line. the S5s measure a lot closer when they are sitting on my kitchen counter, but when riding the tan line is 2 inches shorter. So I am extrapolating a bit here but S5s would be listed as an 8 inch inseam but ride like a 7.

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Eric C.wrote a review of on November 9, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

living in florida i'm able to ride year round, which i do. my weekly average is 6 rides and 190 miles a week. saddle sores had been an on-and-off issue, but unfortunately were becoming a chronic problem and impacting other facets of my life, not just cycling enjoyment. having made no changes to my saddle or saddle position i attributed the problem to aging cycling shorts.
so i purchased these and i really like the cut, feel, and workmanship. the spandex part of the shorts feels amazing, they look great, and i also like the drawstring. the length is also perfect.
do you sense a butt coming here? unfortunately the chamois doesn't work for me. and its totally subjective so i don't know how helpful this review is going to be.
after getting these shorts and not getting any relief i took a bigger swing at it and bought two pair of assos bibs and some pinarello bibs (made by giordano). after wearing those bibs and handwashing them in woolite after riding my saddle sores went away. then i returned to these LGs again, and washed them by hand in woolite too, and the saddle sores came back.
in short, they're great shorts for the money but the chamois doesnt work for me. i keep them for backups only.
If the chamois works for you i think these could be a real homerun for the money.

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Eric C.

Eric C.wrote a review of on March 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like my jerseys tight but not constricting. This one fits perfectly. Fabric wicks well and is high quality. Full zipper works well. All three pockets are useful and are easy to get objects in and out. While I have jerseys that cost a lot more than this one, I do not have any that I like better. This jersey is at the top of my jersey rotation. By far the best Pearl Izumi product I have ever purchased. I like it more than my jerseys from ASSOS and Santini. A+

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Eric C.wrote a review of on March 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased four jerseys from CC and this was the most affordable of them in price. This is a phenomenal jersey and outperforms other jerseys costing much more.
It fits great, looks great, wicks sweat like a mutha. Quality fabric, zipper, construction. Has useful, decent sized pockets that are easy to use. This is an A+ jersey.

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Eric C.

Eric C.wrote a review of on March 3, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I think I am more enamored with the packaging than the jersey itself. For me this is a "C" grade product. I'm fairly lean and cycle frequently (500-700 miles a month). This jersey bunches-up in the front and, ahem, makes me feel fat. I work pretty hard to look as mediocre as I do and don't need need any unflattering gear.
Barely shown in the pics, the number "131" is basically under the torso flanks, under the armpit. The stars on the back.. I have spots on my back from uneven tanning due to wearing this jersey.
It's pollen season in my Florida locale. I don't know if it is my skin, sunscreen, or pollen, or a combination, but this white jersey has turned green-yellow at the neck and down the zipper line. I have to soak it in my utility sink immediately after riding. Kind of annoying.
The top of the pockets are kind of high making it a little difficult getting items in-and-out on the move.
This jersey is at the back of my rotation and I seriously considered returning it. I purchased 4 jerseys from CC at the same time. I got two jerseys for around $30 less that perform much better (and one that I returned without wearing).
Not impressed with the Assos. The challenge of keeping it clean is the primary reason I do not wear it more frequently.

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Eric C.wrote a review of on March 3, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I'm 5'6" and usually weigh between 137-140 pounds. Depending on cut, many size small jerseys are a little baggy on me. Not in this case. This jersey was so tight it impaired my breathing. The fabric is of high quality but it is very thin. I would be concerned about longevity with it ripping at a seam or zipper based on how tight this was stretched.
Three pockets in the back. You might be able to get a tire lever or a key in the center pocket and little else; it would be difficult to get a large smart phone in/ out of the two flanking pockets.
Returned this item without having ridden with it on.

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Eric C.wrote a review of on February 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Cold weather is my kryptonite. So I moved to Florida and I can ride year round. It gets cool here and i have issues with my toes going numb. But it doesn't get cold enough to go with full blown booties or winter cycling shoes.
These are perfect for my needs. They keep my toes warm; i use them when cycling in the 30s and 40s.
I wear mountain bike shoes and use Egg Beaters on all my bikes, to include road. Currently I'm wearing Sidi Drako's in size 42.5. The L/XL fits perfectly and they do not interfere with pedal engagement. I am very happy with this purchase.
It is tangentially noted that I have been caught in the rain wearing these and they offer no meaningful protection in that regard. But they only cover the top and sides of the toe box, not the entire shoe. Since I did not buy these for rain protection I am not downgrading them for their lack of rain protection.
They're great toe warmers.

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Eric C.wrote a review of on February 24, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's a decent cap. The colors and quality are good. When flipped up, the bottom of the bill is red (the cap body is black). The red discolored due to perspiration after the first ride. At least it isn't white. In any event, the reason I am not giving it 5 stars is that it is a little on the baggy side, the top is loose, the elastic band is snug. And i have a large head. I just measured the circumference of my melon and it is 22.5 inches. But i have not had any issues with it blowing off; i just prefer my cycljng gear to be very tight.

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Eric C.wrote a review of on February 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is easily the best Castelli article i have owned. Is it a winter jersey or a light jacket? I wear it as a winter jersey -it wears like one- and it is perfect for me from high 30s to low 50s. Since i live in Florida it pretty much has me covered through the winter months. I'm 5'6" and 140lbs and the small fits perfectly. It is snug but not uncomfortable. I can get a thin base layer under it but not a normal summer jersey. The quality of the fabric, zipper, and stiching is great. This is an A+ product.

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Eric C.wrote a review of on February 17, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So i saved a mint by buying a reynolds wheelset off ePrey that had a campy 11spd freehub installed. The urban legend that says a shimano/sram cassette will fit on a campy freehub is patently false. I ordered this item from CC and had the freehubs swapped quickly. As i was moving from 11spd to 11spd i had no issues with end caps. The only reason I'm not giving it a perfect score is because the pawls do not feel perfectly smooth in their engagement. Overall, B+

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Eric C.wrote a review of on February 12, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

like some of the other reviewers, i have not been able to get too many miles out of these. i weigh 140 pounds and ride 500-700 miles per month -I see thread by 1100 miles on the rear and they are completely unsafe by 1200 miles. I've burned through 3 pairs of these tires and the wear-out point is consistent.
On a positive note, they are very round and it is quite easy to get the center line of the tire installed correctly (they are snug to get mounted though). And I have not had any issues with flats. I've been using them on carbon rims at around 120psi.

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Eric C.wrote a review of on June 3, 2015

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Cartoonishly bad fit. If you have a miniature sized neck and gigantic arms you will like this jersey. If you resemble a normal human I suspect you will be disappointed. I?m 5?6 and a slightly muscular/lean build at 145 pounds. I wear 16 � dress shirts. I purchased the medium. I cannot zip the neck all the way up without being choked; however, the jersey was loose in the chest, upper back, and has cavernous arm holes. If you look at the photo, the shoulder fabric pieces that have "castelli" written on them -those flapped annoyingly in the wind. I cut them off which only exacerbated the disproportionately large arm holes such that the back would balloon with air. I wore this a handful of times and it never broke-in. This is the 2nd worst cycling garment I?ve ever worn, the worst being the Castelli Core Mesh Men's Sleeveless Base Layer. Both are in my local landfill.

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Eric C.wrote a review of on June 3, 2015

1 5

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

I should have paid closer attention to the negative reviews. Not only is this the worst cycling garment I?ve ever owned, it is the probably the worst cycling product I?ve ever owned. The fit is cartoonishly bad. It?s like Castelli confuses neck holes for arm holes; however, both are tight on this product. The neck hole is so incredibly tight I literally felt like I was being choked. Additionally, the fishnet fabric really irritated my nipples. I wore this garment one time, on a 50-mile ride. My nipples were so sensitive afterwards I had to wear band aids for several days afterwards. I?m 5?6 and a slightly muscular/lean build at 145 pounds. I wear 16 � dress shirts. The S/M was incredibly tight in the neck. The fit was such a distraction I was unable to evaluate the efficacy of the alleged cooling effect. 1 star is one star too many. Deserves a negative rating.

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