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James Griffin

James Griffinwrote a review of on January 18, 2020

5 5

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

Haven't tested it out in the real world just yet since it's snowing non stop here in Utah this winter. Very excited to see Giordana jump into the world of triathlon though, hopefully their sock sales don't drop off too much.
The fit is exactly what I expected which is fantastic. I'm 6' 175# and went with a Large. It provides great coverage and UV protection for a ghostly white human like myself. The slight compression should come in handy for those long efforts in the hot sun. Silicone grippers on the sleeves and legs keep it in place.
The chamois worked great from what I can tell thus far on just a quick trainer ride and treadmill run. Substantially better than other brands that I have used who have been making tri gear for far longer.

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James Griffinwrote a review of on December 27, 2019

5 5

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

The Savage is hands down the best bike travel bag I have used. The internal frame provides structure and gives you peace of mind. I recently flew with Delta and had zero trouble with the size or weight restrictions.
The case comfortably held my tri bike, helmet and shoes. Separate pocket is perfect for your pedals, skewers and hex keys. I did not bring a pump with me on the trip but could have fit one in if needed.
The carry handles and larger wheels make it breeze to get in and out of the airport.
The price tag can be a little difficult to swallow but when you consider the price of the bike you're putting in it, why take the chance on a cheap travel case?

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James Griffinwrote a review of on October 22, 2019

5 5

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

This is a fantastic button down that can be worn on the bike or at the bar. Being lightweight and ventilated it breathes incredibly well without looking like a very technically piece. The snap buttons are solid and secure nicely. The size and fit are true. I am 6' 175# and wear a Large.

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James Griffinwrote a review of on September 23, 2019

4 5

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

Bryton may be a little smaller than some of the giants of the GPS world but they definitely belong in the conversation with the likes of Garmin and Wahoo. While the Aero 60 doesn't look sexy it more than gets the job done at half the price of some of its counterparts.
It may lack some features like color display and touchscreen (not a negative in my mind), but this also gives it incredible battery life. The app allows you to personalize the display relatively easily as well as upload data to Strava. Distance and elevation matches up with what my Garmin Edge reads.
This unit is also used by one of the World Tour teams at the highest level if that tells you anything.

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James Griffinwrote a review of on September 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently spent a couple of weeks riding the Fenix SL disc with Ultegra Di2 groupset and must say I was really impressed. Here in Salt Lake we have a variety of terrain to ride and the Fenix Sl performed really well across the board. My first time out I put 5K of climbing in which for me is a stretch but the Fenix had no problem going uphill even if I did. The R8070 brakes are up to the task and give you plenty of confidence on high speed descents. Overall great ride at a far more appealing price point than some of its Italian rivals.

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James Griffinwrote a review of on August 11, 2019

3 5

I wasn't overly impressed but it did get the job done. The issue I had is that the side without the wheels didn't hold it's shape very well and sort of flopped over to one side. This made rolling it with my left hand a nightmare. It kept the bike protected though and made it to Europe and back.

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James Griffinwrote a review of on July 8, 2019

All-Round perfection
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Cervelo for years has been known for their aerodynamics and going fast. The R-Series takes things to the next level with its all-round ability. While 6K is no small chunk of change, what you get with the R3 rivals that of any top end offering. Sure you can find a stiffer or lighter bike but you'll be hard pressed to find a bike that gives you a measurable advantage over the R3 for under 10K. Or even over 10K for that matter.
Riding out here in Salt Lake, I had the opportunity to test this bike out on all sorts of terrain, and I must say, I was impressed every time. Climbing steep canyons while never easy for me, the R3 handled great both in and out of the saddle. The 8070 drivetrain shifts under load without issue. Descending the Cottonwoods is always exciting and you can do it with confidence on board the R3. The Hydraulic disc brakes allow you to scrub speed as needed as well as enter corners without fear. Strong crosswinds can be terrifying and while they did move me around a little, I never found myself out of control.
When it comes time to put some power down you will be impressed by how quickly it responds. Whether you are trying to catch the breakaway or simply trying to pass another rider in the bike lane you will have no trouble accelerating.
At 6' with a 32 inseam I fit perfectly on the 56
The R3 will also look great at your local Cafe Stop!

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James Griffinwrote a review of on June 20, 2019

Aero
5 5

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

If you are in the market for a stiff aero race steed you owe it to yourself to checkout Cervelo's S3 disc. The fully internal wiring setup of the Shimano Di2 R8070 drivetrain gives this bike a super clean cockpit free of wires and housing. Impressive stopping power gives you confidence heading into the turns as well as helping you avoid that careless driver (which I discovered firsthand on my first ride).
Your can really put some power through this bike. It accelerates on command and handles better than I would have expected. Descending the steep canyons here in Utah is a breeze and you can hold your line in cross winds without too much trouble.
Sizing for Cervelo is based on Stack and Reach which makes it easy to get you on the right frame size. The 56 fit me perfectly at 6' and a 32" inseam.

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James Griffinwrote a review of on June 17, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are easily my favorite warm weather bib. The perforated fabric helps keep me cool both in the dry Utah summers and the muggy Florida weather. The length is a little longer than others but fits me great and provides a nice amount of compression.
The straps are also perforated and wide enough to rest comfortably on your shoulders without cutting in or rolling up.
Sizing is a lot more realistic than other Italian made cycling apparel and I have not seen any issues in workmanship.

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