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Jameswrote a review of on February 25, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got a pair of these tires for my first foray into road tubeless. I have been tubeless on my mountain bike for years, so I am well versed into the process. Initially they were great, supple riding, fast and comfortable, but after about 500 miles one of the tires split on a seam in the tire. I fixed it temporarily with a tube and some patch work to get home, but then while limping back the other tire got a bubble on the tread. Both tires failed on the same ride. I contacted Hutchinson and their support was great. They sent me 2 new tires within the week. Unfortunately after about 200 miles one of those new tires blew with another split on the seam. Luckily I wasn't going fast or it could have been really bad. Maybe it's justly my bad luck, but I can't ride a tire I don't trust and I don't trust these tires. Hutchinson support was great, otherwise this would be 1 star review, but I am moving on to another tire brand.

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Jameswrote a review of on November 21, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

All my bikes are tubeless setup now. That's road, mountain and tri-bike. Getting tires seated is the biggest hurdle for riding tubeless. Typically a hand or foot pump won't do it. I bought a cheap $45 compressor at Home Depot, which works great BTW, but is also loud as all heck and isn't something you can take to the trail with you. I tried the Bontrager Turbo Boost Pump, but it did not work on the MTN bike tire.

This Airshot works on all tires, and 95% of the time on the first shot. From 23mm road tires to 2.4 inch MTN, all seated easily with this. It's quiet, simple and you take it with you. I was worried about the top stem breaking off until I realized I can remove it when not in use. I put an old (clean) sock over it so that it doesn't clang around too. It's everything it needs to be.

I reluctantly must remove a star for the $99 price though. No reason this should be that much, when I got an actual compressor with tank for literally less than half that.

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Jameswrote a review of on August 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was skeptical this would work as well as advertised, but it does. I live in an arid and hot part of the southwest, with temps going into the 90's regularly. I even wore this on a ride that was 110 degrees at parts, and it definitely helped keep me cooler. Typical for Castelli, be sure size up to fit.

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Jameswrote a review of on December 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I installed this to replace a super creaky Shimano bottom bracket. I had upgraded my cranks to XTR 9020s, so I decided to upgrade my bottom bracket as well. Fit right into my 2013 Scott Spark 89.5mm bottom bracket shell with the included 2.5mm spacer. Super smooth and easy to maintain. Chris King makes bomb proof kit. Probably weighs a few more grams than the Shimano BB, but it is really negligible when compared to the level of quality.

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Jameswrote a review of on November 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This jersey is very comfortable and fits nicely. The fit is what you would call a "club fit", as it is a bit looser, but not too loose. I've worn it on a couple of 50 mile MTB rides, with a hydration pack, and it was comfortable and cool. The graphics are nice (I got the red) and matched well with my Scott bike. I am a little over 6 feet tall, about 195 lbs and the X-Large fit me nicely. Not quite the tight "European" sizing of Castelli or Capo, but still not "American" sizing where I would wear a large. The stitching is secure and the fabric feels durable and should be able to handle a spill without ripping.

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Jameswrote a review of on November 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ride in southern California with frequent summertime rides through the desert at temperatures reaching 100 degrees. Nothing worse than reaching down and taking a drink of hot water. In a standard bottle the cold water will get pretty hot in less than an hour, but with the insulated bottle the water stays cooler much longer. Quality construction and leak proof spout are great as well. One of these lasts me a long time, as long as I don't lose it ;)

Due to the insulation they do hold a bit less water than a standard bottle, so keep that in mind on potentially longer rides.

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Jameswrote a review of on June 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using a set of these wheels for about 2 years now and I love them. For the price they are very durable and fairly light, and the brake track still has tons of life. I have fluctuated between 205 and 195 pounds while owning these and they have never gone out of true or even loosened a spoke. Just a solid everyday wheel. The tires are okay, but a little narrow for me, I prefer a 25mm or more tire, which these wheels easily accommodate. When I finally decide to take the plunge and upgrade my wheels, Mavic has me sold on their quality for sure.

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Jameswrote a review of on May 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Whether it's a small spill or a big spill, my knees are always a point of impact in some way, so I decided it was time to invest in protecting them. I have enough scars on them already, why add more.

I actually bought another, cheaper, brand first, but I wasn't satisfied with the fit and comfort level. I have a POC helmet that is very high quality so I went with their knee pads, figuring the same. What a good choice! They fit really well, don't slide down my leg, don't get overly hot and aren't too bulky. Most importantly they keep my knees safe. I really forget they are on after a few minutes of riding. I ride mostly XC and some all-mountain, so I spend a lot of time in the saddle, and I love climbing, so bulky hot knee pads weren't going to work for me. After the ride they are of course soaked with sweat, but dry out pretty quickly and do not stink up my gear bag.

I really can't recommend them enough. Very high quality materials and fit you'd expect from POC, very much worth the few extra bucks you'll have to spend to get them. I am about 6'1" and 200 lbs. and the large fit me great.

Update: Over 1 year later and I can say these are very durable. I have had a few spills with them on in the last year, including one that probably would have destroyed my knee had I not been wearing them. I walked away unscathed (well, my knee anyway). I wear them on every ride now, since you can never anticipate when you'll need them, and frankly I forget they're there.

I did a 6-hour endurance race recently and I as the only guy wearing knee protection. When the race was over a bunch of guys had bloody knees. Not me!

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Jameswrote a review of on May 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was a little apprehensive spending this much on a helmet, but I have to say it is very comfortable and nicely fitting. I have a fairly big head (7 1/2 hat size) and the XL/XXL fits perfect. The MIPS is supposed to be good for impact, and feels very durable, but I thankfully haven't had to impact test it yet. My old helmet was just a road helmet and I wanted to get something more mountain specific. Took a bit to get used to the larger size compared to the road helmet, but I do feel more protected. It also vents nicely. My old helmet would heat up a lot on long hot climbs, but the POC doesn't at all. All in all I am very happy with the purchase, and I may get a road biking specific POC helmet as well, I just have to save up a while ;)

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