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Joseph C.

Joseph C.

Austin TX

Joseph C.'s Passions

Road Biking

Joseph C.'s Bio

Two kids and a wife came, now I just have fancy bikes with zero miles. Im the old(er) guy you probably pass now with little effort, but I had my day and enjoyed it :)

Joseph C.

Joseph C.wrote a review of on April 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Are you turning into a gravel cyclist? Do wider tires get you off? Are you ditching the inner-tube shackles that oppress the spares bag under the bike seat? If you are converting to tubeless & this craze is new to you (it is for me), the Airshot has taken a lot of the frustrations out of setting tubeless tires up.
Everything you need is included for a quick burst of air (1.15L @ 160 Max PSI) to set just about any tubeless tire width. I just broke my tubeless cherry setting up 700c x 40mm Clements (yes , I was a 40yr virgin), it happened so fast when I used Airshot , just connected using the supplied adapter , opened the valve and POP. Done. Beads seated on the rim. No hassle.

The Airshot is sexy, it’s well-constructed and the blue speaks to me. After it performed so well on my tires, I brought it into the bedroom and it sleeps next to me and my wife. Yes you can buy a compressor, but why not just buy an electric bike? Airshot does not need to be plugged in, can work in any environment and all you need is standard bike pump to set it up. Its slick.

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Joseph C.wrote a review of on February 16, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I own multiple 3T components across several bikes; they have a great product offering that spans multiple biking disciplines. However, this seat-post seems to take the product design back a generation.
The seat post is a carbon tube with an aluminum head/ mount. The graphics on the seat post are subtle and understated "stealth", I like this approach because when you insert a black post with painted white graphics into frame tubing the white will eventually get scratched off. These black on black graphics avoid that issue, and they appear laminated on the carbon – not painted, so they may be more resilient. The aluminum has an intuitive / very easy system for mounting a seat. Note, it will only accept a round rail system and the required clamping force on each rail is 7nm. The inside mounting assembly is also anodized red with Ti mounting bolts, so corrosion on the head assembly probably won’t be an issue.
Now for the not so good, the aluminum head feels really top heavy on the carbon post, if you are buying this solely for weight you may want to look at other options. Here is the outlying concern; depending on your seat tube angle and type of seat, you may never be able to install the seat perfectly horizontal to the ground. The mounting assembly has an indexed fitting inside that only allows seat inclines in fixed degrees; let’s call it 0.5 degree increments. So if the seat tube angle ends with a 0.25 degree (or whatever), then it’s difficult to mount the seat flat. I was able to get mine close to perfect with a lot of trial and error.

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Joseph C.wrote a review of on February 16, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I fit these on a newer cross bike with all of the cables externally mounted. First, they work well- the new stopping power is so instantaneous, I can’t feel any slack from the lever to the brake (and I really didn’t play with the fine tune adjustments like lever-reach), they are fun to ride with and take gravel bike riding to a new level. They are a bit heavy, but its new technology for the most part.
Now for the not so good, the hoods- they are made of almost a hard plastic, a less flexible material than the silicone rubber you find on Ultegra and Dura Ace. Additionally the hoods have about 8 inside contact press points that must be mated perfectly to the shifter chassis itself or the hood won’t sit right. To complicate this, the hood almost needs to come off in order to clamp it to the bar and install the hydraulic lines / shift lines. We are all detailed when putting together our bikes- these hoods will eat your time up and it won’t get perfect.
Another detail is the hydraulic and shift cable housing come into the shifter at a rough angle, if you are using these with non-traditional road bars (i.e shallow drop or ergo) there will be a gap of 5mm-8mm from the connection of the gear/brake lines to the inside handlebar. It covers with bar tape- but you will know it is there.
Additionally these were shipped without outer shift housing and a Shimano bleed kit. Plan accordingly, if you want to buy the recommended SIS-SP41 Shimano shift housing, I could not find it without buying a whole new inner cable set as well. The Shimano bleed kit is 100% needed as well to bleed these brakes properly; don’t even attempt to do it without the kit (lessons learned).
Despite these minor flaws, I would still buy these again. The shifters feel very solid under your hands. When you remove the hoods and expose the inner mechanical assembly, you get the feeling Shimano over engineered these for reliability reasons as a first-gen product.

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Joseph C.wrote a review of on October 24, 2015

Road Disc  Adapter for 140MM to 160MM
4 5

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

Its a small package from Shimano, all of the proper fittings are included.
There is a bit of confusion at the moment if you are installing a 160MM rotor on a disc equipped road bike. If you are stepping from a 140MM to a 160MM on your road fork, this is the most likely the part you need. Its simply a 20MM step that mounts inline post -to post on your fork, works if you are originating from a 140MM or 160MM. I used this with a Shimano RS785S setup and an ICE centerlock rotor. Works like a charm, no hassle.

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