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Eugenewrote a question about on September 14, 2017

Does anyone know what the changes are in the Z20 over the Zephyr? I heard there was some issue with moisture causing shell separation around the occipital area. I also know some of the colors showed extreme fading after exposure to sunlight.

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Eugenewrote a review of on April 14, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I bought these hoping they'd fit just like my size 45 Empire SLXes. Unfortunately they feel roomier all around and I had to winch down the Boa dial to the point where barely any wire was showing to lock down my heel. I'm not sure sizing down to a 44.5 would have helped either. Otherwise the Factor Techlace seem like well made shoes with a novelty that mostly works as advertised. My only question is where does one buy replacement or shorter techlaces? I haven't seen listings for them anywhere.

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Eugenewrote a review of on April 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is more unstructured rambling than a conherent review...

I purchased a white pair of EU45 Empire SLX shoes in August of 2015 and have used them as my primary cycling shoe until last week. In the spirit of full disclosure, it's because the upper on my left shoe is coming unglued from the carbon outsole. It's a very small bit of separation, and I've temporarily mended it with Krazy Glue... I don't baby my shoes at all, so I'm inclined to believe this is an isolated case.

In terms of sizing, I typically wear US 10.5 dress shoes or US 11/11.5 athletic shoes. My feet are 273mm (10.7") long and 99mm (3.9") wide. This translates well to the Empire SLX in EU 45 sizing with a little less than a centimeter between my big toe and the end of the toebox. In many other brands like Shimano, fi'zi:k and Gaerne I usually go with EU 44.5. I have to wear 44 in Bontrager.

The overall fit is very good. With laces I can leave the forefoot/toebox a little looser while still getting the midfoot and heel nice and tight. This is somewhat necessary because the upper is very flexible. When I bought my shoes, they came with one pair of plain footbeds and also one pair of their SuperNatural footbeds with adjustable arch support. Both are a bit too thin for my tastes. I use fully custom orthotics with my shoes, but would settle for Specialized Body Geometry SL footbeds as an off-the-shelf option. The last on the Empire SLX is very flat otherwise.

Another thing I like about the Empires is how far back cleats can be mounted. I generally like my pedal spindles to be almost a centimeter behind the balls of my feet and this isn't possible with some shoes without adapters.

In terms of accessories, the shoes came with a fancy zippered, rectangular shoe bag, one extra pair of black laces, the SuperNatural footbeds and low profile titanium cleat bolts. The black laces were appreciated because eventually my white laces started to look a bit disgusting. After 1.5 years, my white shoes have yellowed a tiny bit. It's only noticeable when the shoes are placed next to something else truly white.

Performancewise, the outsole seemed plenty stiff. I don't think I'd be able to tell a difference between the stiffness of most high-end cycling shoes. All I know is that my power comes easiest in a shoe that fits. Ventilation is good, but my feet usually aren't bothered by feeling a little hot anyway. The shoes are very easily to wipe clean of grime and grease. And yeah these shoes are very light and that's something I did notice right away.

Would I go back to these shoes? Yes, definitely. I know they work well with my feet. It's just a matter of convenience and wanting to switch things up a bit. One weird thing I learned recently while shoe shopping is that the Giro Factor Techlace feels larger despite being built on the same last.

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Eugenewrote a question about on August 25, 2016

Is this really an upgrade or just marketing? Seems more like they are cost cutting by getting rid of the strain gauges. Now they are relying on speculative power rather than actual measurements. I guess the resistance goes up to 2000W and the simulated grades up to 20% now, so that's good...

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Eugenewrote a review of on May 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First thing you notice when you handle these bib shorts is how thin the straps/suspenders are. They're not stitched at all, but rather a single cut of fabric. I am 5'10" 145lbs and the medium fits lengthwise, but for me there is a little extra room in the leg/groin. I guess I'll have to bulk up. One thing I've noticed is a weird extra flap glued into the inside of the right thigh. I have no idea what it's for...

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Eugenewrote a review of on March 13, 2016

Lives up to the hype!
5 5

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

I pre-ordered my groupset in mid-January. Initially the shipping date was listed as Feb 5th, but it got pushed back to the 12th. Two days later I had eTap in my hands. I didn't have my bike built until last week and the weather's been foul, so I've done only a couple rides so far. Initial impressions are very favorable. Shifts are smooth and immediate. I love the ergonomics of the hoods and the positive/tactile click from every shift. It's those details along with the groupset's wireless nature that really set it apart from Di2.

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Eugenewrote a review of on September 24, 2015

4 5

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

I'm giving this four stars because it has a quality feel even though it runs a size small. I'm 5'10" with a skinny build and the medium is pretty short. I can live with the tightness around the chest and sleeves since it's an aero jersey, but it could have used a full inch of extra length. The zipper that mates with matching bib shorts is a little bulky and the back pockets are small. I'm hoping these will stretch a bit with extended use.

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Eugenewrote a review of on September 24, 2015

4 5

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

Overall a good bib short. The integral zipper that connects to its matching jersey is surprisingly bulky and it does run small. I'm 5'10" with a 31" waist and the medium is a very, very tight fit. Mental note, buy a size up in Santini apparel.

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