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Jake Burby

Jake Burby

Utah

Jake Burby's Passions

Road Biking
Cyclocross

Jake Burby's Bio

Bike racer. Secret geek. Palette of a 12 year old.

Jake Burby

Jake Burbywrote a review of on July 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I rode with Northwave. I rode with Mavic, and I rode with the Sidi Drako, all carbon soles, high-end, and pricey, stiff, race cleats, used for CX.
Problem is, the carbon was just too stiff for cyclocross. They were great for power transfer yes, and not 'horrible' when running (never had heel lift probs really, except in the Mavic's just a bit-lower volume shoes IMO) but getting back into the pedals when your in the red zone and flexing that stiff stiff stiff carbon sole filled with mud and grass and sweat and blood and sand was killing me....I spent all last season fighting with that, and then tried a slightly softer sole, something with a bit of flex to it: nylon rather than carbon.
Bingo.
Thought it would be a step down, but these are BRILLIANT!!!
Not too stiff, not too soft...but just right.
Plenty of cleat space (I use Crank Bros.) for grass and mud clearance, and add a pair of Sidi toe cleats (the Sidi stock steel spikes are big suckers..) and they grip just about anything.
The Lorica finish wipes clean and sheds water and mud wonderfully leaving these looking brand new ride after ride after ride.
I was skeptical of just one Sidi wire fastener, but didn't want velcro (water and mud and sand and flex ate my velcro at Cross Vegas) and this seems to be again...just right.
Only interesting (bad?) thing, they run a bit larger than other Sidi's I've worn (road) over the past couple decades, but maybe only a 1/2-1 size? But they are a dream to run in.
Well done Sidi.
Perfect Cross shoe. Just enough bling, just enough stiffness, and not a bad price.

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Jake Burby

Jake Burbywrote a review of on March 22, 2017

Not the bottle pictured....
1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Elite makes some dang nice Castelli bidons.
The bottle you receive is from a manufacturer that does not.
Probably just a mistake, but the replacements CC are sending in place of the one pictured here are cheap garbage.

Until this gets remedied, don't bother.

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Jake Burby

Jake Burbywrote a review of on April 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm not a commuter.
I ride my bike in the mornings and afternoons, and sometimes have to "take a break between rides" to work...but I'm not a "commuter."
So I did not want a bag that looked like one.
Waterproof: Check. Low profile: Check. Sleek, Castelli branding, waterproof zippers, functional pockets, and the best darn compression and suspension system of any pack this side of alpine ascents: check, check, and check again.
The shoulder straps perfectly cradle the upper shoulders and neck, so you know its a bag made for racers. Its not a casual fit by any means, so expect it to be snug around the upper. Its meant for riding in an aggressive position. The tuck away feature at the back allows extra straps to be neatly hidden away behind the back, and the airflow through the ventilated back panels is outstanding. The zippers, while thick, strong, and waterproof, have amazingly stable and smooth action, and the seal is fantastic. So good in fact, that this pack went from my daily Commuter...err..."riding bag"...to my go-to theme park hauler. Not only did it hold a plethora of various child-silencing snacks and liquids, but it resisted the spit of Harry Potter Spiders, Giant genetic dinosaurs, and inebriated animatronic Pirates. Not a drop of re-circulated ride water infiltrated its sleek black walls...all the while, sending the cool, quiet message to the masses lined up behind that this was a piece of racing gear, not just a cycling backpack.
Well done Castelli...well done.

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Jake Burby

Jake Burbywrote a review of on April 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Keeps the cleats clean, mud and dirt out of your screws and engagement cleat, and provides more traction, less drag. Rubberized covers hug the zero cleats while riding, and provide a stable base while/if walking. Streamlined shape with dimpled surface improves aerodynamics of the zero pedals, with the same ultra-lightweight, adjustability, and fast entry of the zero pedals. As a weight conscious climber, the weight gain is so marginal that it fails in comparison with their benefit. The perfect addition to the Sidi Wire Speedplay Carbons as well.

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