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Kenneth L.

Kenneth L.

Kenneth L.

Kenneth L.wrote a review of on September 14, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have had it for more than a year and it has had no issues. I got it over the more expensive Neo that is supposedly quieter and can simulate tougher gradients. The Flux is rock stable even when sprinting, although I am not Sagan... It makes almost no noise. It is also Campy compatible, as some of my friends have complained that their Wahoo Kickr's were finicky/noisy with Campy cassettes and didn't shift well. I used a worn cassette, did not replace my chain and can't say I have noticed any shifting problems. There have been ZERO mechanical or connection issues with Zwift. Power calculation seems accurate enough.
One downside is it only simulates gradients up to 10%. The more expensive Neo goes to 20%. The Neo also simulates cobbles and gravel while this trainer makes no attempt at such gimickery. It is heavy and doesn't fold up as other reviewers have stated, but that it why it is stable.
The trainer is sold worldwide, so if used in 220V countries just a different power cord is needed, which Tacx sells online I believe. I have not used the Tacx online training software.

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Kenneth L.wrote a review of on August 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use it on a variety of cars, including a Porsche 911 with a sunroof. Sad to admit it, but I crashed into a garage door using it on another car. The carbon bike frame snapped in half, the garage door was bent, and the Seasucker and attached parts didn't move a millimeter. I left it attached for the entire winter in the unheated garage in Central PA and it was still holding strong in March. Mine is 4 years old and has no signs of wear. It takes about 30 seconds to set up so if security is an issue just take it off and stash it in the car while you ride.

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Kenneth L.wrote a review of on November 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This saddle is based on the same chassis as the Avant, made for the exceptionally wide pelvis. Because it has less padding it is narrower both front and rear. Still moderately padded by SMP standards. It is neither Lite nor does it weigh 209 grams. They make a carbon railed version not carried by CC that doesn't weigh 209 grams either. That said it fits me and my 136 mm sit bones really well. The tilted nose is just right when on the rivet. I don't notice the cutout which is a good thing. It tends to retain its width and not slope as aggressively as the SMP Pro which is probably why it fit me better despite my measurements. Most importantly the rails are anchored really well suggesting it will be a long lasting saddle. If you are a weight weenie this is not your perch, but SMP seems to be the choice of my local bike fitter and other more well know gurus such as Steve Hogg mentioned below.

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Kenneth L.wrote a review of on November 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had the previous version that used the old 851 fabric. These are lighter and equally as warm. I have used them as cold as 30 F and as warm as 58 without issue. Assos says 40-60 is ideal (climate range 5). They are not warm enough to wear down below 30 F if wind chill is substantial for me, but others may be more hearty. Minimal reflective details on the back of the tight. Zipper allows for nature calls with moderate bending over. I bought a medium because of my generous "saddle pad", and they fit like all other Assos products IMHO. Fit is sublime on the bike but constricting in the upper body when standing. As usual with Assos you are paying for fit, quality materials and construction, and these deliver. I am currently on my fourth season and there is no sign of wear in the usual locations. My PI thermal bibs made it 3 seasons before I had a hole worn through the crotch.

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Kenneth L.wrote a review of on December 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Older product that has been replaced with Assos Skin Foil designs that are apparently cheaper to produce. I haven't tried those yet but this base layer is VERY warm. I use it below freezing only. It is not windproof but the thicker material around the neck allows you to unzip when climbing and still not let in any cold wind. Very high quality durable fabric and construction as you would expect from Assos. The most expensive base layer I have ever bought, even when it was on sale. This layer extended the comfort range of my winter jacket another 5-8 degrees F compared to my heaviest Craft base layer.

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Kenneth L.wrote a review of on September 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This was my first Catlike and I have had it 2 summers and 1 winter season. I buy a new helmet every 4 years or so. I have ridden various Lazer, LAS, Bell and Giro models over the years. The helmets that sit closer to the head seem to be poorly ventilated and hotter, regardless of what the helmet makers offer as far as hype. This helmet was/is the coolest and most well ventilated helmet I have ever owned. It does leave a little more space between the scalp and ventilation channels so it appears a little larger than some when worn. In winter it will fit my helmet liner with no trouble if I loosen the rear retention system slightly. Would definitely buy it again. Can't comment much more than the others on crash protection or fit (mine was great but I have never had a poorly fitting helmet).

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Kenneth L.wrote a review of on December 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

12/2013: I got this to replace an 11? year old 851 Airjack. It is slightly warmer, and I have already gone down to 20 degrees F with 2 baselayers. Above freezing I ride with one Craft layer only. I am 66.5 inches, 38 inch chest, and 150 pounds and went with the small Mille cut over the Cento. My old 851 was more of a Cento cut. This jacket has some extra room across the chest and arms while standing but is perfect on the bike. No flapping in the wind. I probably still could have gone with the Cento without issue.
Better windproofing seems to be the biggest change from older desighs. I have not used it above 45 degrees and suspect it would be too warm for me at that temperature. I have yet to get clammy or wet despite very hard efforts. It breathes perfectly whether riding tempo or freewheeling home after a long winter slog. I haven't needed to pull out the emergency built in balaclava yet but its nice to know its there. Wish it came in more color choices is my only complaint.

12/2015: 2 years later still greatest winter jacket ever. Looks new without stains and all stitching intact. Very durable. Wash in Woolite, completely drip dry in 10 hours. Sadly it is now Team Assos on group rides, it is a go to piece for everyone in the know.

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Kenneth L.wrote a review of on December 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a pair of older 607's that were "warm enough" down to temps around 28-30 degrees F. These tights are quite a bit warmer. Extra insulation covers the bladder area and the fit is sublime while riding, as with all Assos kit. I use these tights down to 20 degrees F with howling winds and noticed at most a slight chill at the end of a 2 hour ride. Assos makes an even warmer tight that incorporates a vest but I can't see how my legs would be any warmer. The fabric is windproof in the right places and breathable where it needs to be. They were much lighter than I expected. Going on my second season with them and have no complaints. Fit is exactly per the Assos sizing guide as far as I can tell (I am 66.5 inches and wear medium tights, but could probably go with a small as well when in summer race shape). Every single piece of Assos gear I have bought starts off with a conversation about it being too expensive, but I am never disappointed. They replaced a pair of worn out PI Amfib tights and there is no comparison. If I hand wash after a ride and let drip dry, they are ready to go the next morning.

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Kenneth L.wrote a review of on November 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using this cap for > 3 seasons. I use it for temps below 40 degrees F generally. It is much warmer than any other skullcap or helmet liner I have used. It breathes so well in fact that my head is still dry even when riding if unexpectedly warm temps arrive suddenly. It is way more comfortable, (and warmer) than adding a balaclava, at least for me. The brim is just long enough to keep early AM low winter sun at bay and fold up to help evaporate moisture a little faster. Is it worth the extra money compared to others? If your earlobes don't freeze, you can hear oncoming traffic despite the ear flaps on your current hat, your fingers and toes aren't cold, and you have no complaints after a winter ride at 25 degrees you don't need to spend the extra for this hat. Otherwise, worth every penny!

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