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Eric Poole

Eric Poole

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Eric Poole

Eric Poolewrote a review of on October 2, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Let's face it, aero is in when it comes to features that are desired on new bikes nowadays. I made up my mind a while ago that a few watts saved here or there based exclusively on aerodynamics doesn't mean a whole lot to me, especially if it comes at a cost of comfort in the saddle. That is, until I spent some time on the S3..

Upon picking up the bike, it felt a little weighty, probably on the side of 8.6 (ish) Kg. that's a rough estimate, not weighed on a scale.
Hopping on the bike was a whole other story. Saddle & geo felt extremely comfortable - carbon layup felt stiff in the pedal strokes, with not a major difference from other carbon bikes when going over harsh(er) gravel. No complaints about cockpit or touchpoints on the build - aero bars were fine when my hands were on the tops during climbs. nothing fussy with the internal seatpost. Internal wiring makes the bike look exceptionally clean, and not having floppy wires aids to its' aero claims.

Ride quality was pretty fantastic overall. I found myself grinning ear-to-ear on flat sections, as I was riding 2 - 3 mph faster without notice. Descents felt extremely fast & confident through corners, disc brakes only accentuating that confidence in late braking. Build kit was stellar, Ultegra Di2 NEVER failed in all shifting - even when testing some front shifts under load. I didn't necessarily feel like I could "dance" up climbs as well, but every pedal stroke provided excellent power transfer - making it a candidate for hilly or even mountainous terrain/climbs.

I'm 6'3" weigh 170 (ish) - rode a 61cm build. Felt very comfortable and could probably take some spacers out if I wanted. If I wanted to go full race mode, I would size down to 58cm.

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Eric Poolewrote a review of on September 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Inital Review with roughly 850 miles put on the wheelset, rode tubeless setup.

- Great looking wheelset, made in the USA.
- Aero AF - you can feel the difference especially when riding flats & descents, while feeling lightweight & stiff when climbing. True All-around performance.
- great hub engagement, snappy, loud (though not as loud as I9).
- braking performance is phenomenal; quiet, extremely effective braking, never burned the brake track on steep & windy mountain descents.
- As mentioned before: PR's be damned, these are fast as hell.
- Tubeless performance was great, haven't had a single puncture or de-beading occur.

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Eric Poolewrote a review of on July 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'll cut to the chase here; this jersey really surpassed my initial expectations. I believe this is shimano's first foray into the road apparel, as they had made some MTB apparel previously. I had tapered my expectations of fit & performance accordingly.

I was looking for an all-black jersey with minimal branding and a solid fit, which is usually fairly difficult for someone who is 6'3" and weighs around 177 - 180 lbs. Turns out - I ended up really loving this jersey for those reasons stated, and more.

Fit is really great - tad larger than a traditional Euro fit, (I find myself wearing a M in Euro-cut). Went for a Large and it's a great fit in the body/stomach - tight in the arms, and arm length was spot on - not capped sleeves, coming to slightly above tru mid bicep. no rubbing or hot spots, no bulky zippers, neck/collar fit great.

Material used is a huge plus - it's not see-through thin, but still feels lighter than traditional lyrca for, say, training jerseys. The jersey also feels very waterproof, while retaining stretch - almost feeling like a more robust fabric overall.

I have been using this jersey for almost any temps, wore it in the fall, used it last year in the heat of summer - and now I've been riding in it during spring. Legit all-around jersey, couldn't be happier with the purchase.

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Eric Poolewrote a review of on March 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These shoe covers are exactly what I was looking for. Stylish, effective in keeping your shoes clean of dirt & grim (especially helpful in winter riding weather/general shoulder season riding).

Being made of Latex/rubber - I figured that warming properties would be an added benefit, surely not expected. To my surprise, these have kept my feet from becoming numb on windy rides, and extra cold rides (<32 F).

I love that these come in a variety of colors, look great on the feet, and are totally minimal (aka not bulky/stiff waterproof material).

Some may complain about having these stick together in storage (haven't had a problem) and getting these on your feet (give yourself an extra 5 min before you ride out and be patient)

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