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FunkyFaulc

Rancho Cordova, CA

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FunkyFaulcwrote a review of on August 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The styling is great on these bibs. They fit like Castelli ... so SNUG. If you are going for a bib with the X2 chamois I would take a look at the Aero Race. I have a sprinters build and I prefer the Aero Race. They are both snug, but I find the Aero Race more comfortable. The front is cut a bit lower on these Endurance X2s and sometimes just feels weird. I prefer the Aero Race because it just keeps more compression on the core.

The bibs are well made and have stood up to 2-3 washes a week since the spring. I purchased during the spring sale and these were completely worth the price I paid them.

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FunkyFaulcwrote a review of on May 23, 2016

Great jersey, Classic Look
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

You can't really go wrong with this jersey at the $50 price point. It looks great, has good pocket space, and the zippered pocket is a nice addition since barely any castelli jerseys seem to have them these days. The material is a bit thicker than say the entrata, climbers, or aero race jerseys but with that said it's not bulky. I've been riding it in the 70s-80s with a core mesh base layer and the body temperature is staying constant.

I can tell it is a previous years model though as the zipper pull is very "classic" and not as long as the one on this seasons models. But that doesn't take away from the aesthetic or functionality.

Pairs nice with an Free Aero Race and Endurance X2 bibs.

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FunkyFaulcwrote a review of on April 13, 2016

Great Lightweight Jersey!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I received this jersey recently as a promotional item when I purchased a Free-Aero Race bib.

It is a great looking jersey and I like the fit (not as snug as Aero Race jersey, but no where near as loose as my Castelli custom team training jerseys). So I will say that it is a pretty true fit and comfortable.

Just fair warning ... it is also pretty see through. I always wear a core mesh so this was no problem for me ... but you might feel kind of odd without some type of base layer.

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FunkyFaulcwrote a review of on February 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

They run tight like all Castelli, but I've worn these for 3+ hours without any discomfort. Right out of the bag you can tell these are a different class of material and they feel much more like the Gabba exterior than your typical warmers. The bags they come in are classy as well and can be used as a wallet for storing CO2, Levers, money, etc. Nice touch for the price you are paying.

They do not disappoint. On a typical 3 hour ride here in Northern California, the leg warmers perform excellently in temperatures ranging from a low of 30F to a high of 55F. They are quick to dry after the ride as well.

I do wish that the ankle zippers were "locking zipper" but it works just fine when tucked into my overshoes. But even without overshoes I didn't really notice anything once I got going.

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FunkyFaulcwrote a review of on January 16, 2016

Holy Wow!  This thing rocks.
5 5

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

I just used the Gabba 2 convertible jacket for 3 hours in constant rain. I am really impressed. The phrase "You get what you pay for" really applies to this piece of clothing. I had a shortsleeve thermal base layer on because the weather was supposed to be in the 40s, and I actually was a little bit warm and had to unzip the top a few inches. I think I would have been ok with nothing, or maybe just a summer base layer.

After the ride I just walked right into the house and the jacket looked nearly as good as it did when I put in on 3 hours earlier. I am a believer in this piece of clothing.

It is "aero" so I was worried about the XL as that the size I would normally order, but in all honesty it works. I might have a bit more room in the chest area if I ordered a XXL, but once you start riding and lean forward everything just fits.

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FunkyFaulcwrote a review of on January 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This was my first power tap wheel set. I decided to go with this wheel set over a stages crank arm + Mavic wheel set. I am very, very pleased. The braking surface is good, the wheels just slice through the air. I'm going an extra 1-2 mph with the increased rim depth of the wheels.

The power tap takes care of speed/cadence/power and it's nice not to have to worry about the extra sensors. Works flawlessly with my Garmin Edge 500 and Trainer Road via an ant+ adapter.

I realize that not everyone wants different rim sizes front/back, but for the price you can't beat these. Plus you get a free cassette!

I imagine these were so deeply discounted because power tap is releasing a dual ant+/bluetooth cap in the coming weeks, but honestly I will pay the extra $100 or so when they start shipping those dual broadcast units.

Going with a power tap has made training with power a cinch.

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