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Kyle M.

Kyle M.

Kyle M.

Kyle M.wrote a review of on August 15, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've ridden Giro for years and decided to try something else—glad I did. Like the previous reviewer said, they have a wide toe bed which is awesome for some of us. Giro has fit okay in the past, but these feel more comfortable from the get-go. The BOA placement is great—on top instead of on the side where it is vulnerable to damage. They do get a little warm if you're standing in the sun but once you start pedaling again they seem to get decent enough airflow. I've done a couple 35+ mile rides in these with very minor foot fatigue in the last few miles. Construction seems durable, only have had them for two months and maybe 300 miles. They are really comfortable and much more sure-footed to hike-a-bike in than other shoes I've had. All in all, super impressed. This is my first pair of Pearl Izumi's and I'll definitely get another once these blow out.

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Kyle M.

Kyle M.wrote a review of on May 24, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this for the fully mechanical aspect...my previous hydraulic post was just too finicky and needed too much attention. I've been riding with it for about 6 months now. Installing it was super simple. You can tune how much pressure needs to be applied to activate the post, a nice feature, but there is quite a bit of play and the action feels vague. Also, the underside of the lever is totally open and unfinished looking. Still getting used to the pre-determined 4 positions and I think I'd still prefer an infinite travel post. The way they have this set up, 3 positions would work better and the rider would able to distinguish more easily between low, middle, high. As it is, the second-to-highest position is only slightly lower than fully raised and there is no audible click once the post reaches it's highest point. That said, the other positions have very loud clicks when set, almost annoying. There is quite a bit of rotation on the seat as well, not super obvious when climbing but very apparent when taking a water break or on smoother fire roads. There was a period when I first installed it over the winter when the post wouldn't return from the down position without a good whack with the knee or something—super obnoxious in undulating terrain when trying to approach a climb. Also, aesthetically this post looks a little clunky and ugly to me...the head is blunt and unrefined. All in all I wish I would have spent a little more money for something else. I've had some other e.13 parts that have performed better. Looking for a 170mm drop now anyways and will probably be trying to sell this one.

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Kyle M.

Kyle M.wrote a review of on July 18, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this last season and have put considerable miles on it. Initial impressions were great—light, easy set-up, well made, and it looks awesome. The riding where I live is steep, so I love the 44t and rarely use the bottom range. However, the 9t on the low end definitely gives the pedal stroke a rough feel—almost like the cog is a hexagon instead of a circle. The only other critique I have is that you really need to stay on top of replacing your shifter cable. After a very minute amount of stretch, the shifting gets a little less reliable. I had an 11spd SRAM cassette prior and that seemed to be a lot more reliable and less sensitive. I don't know if it has something to do with the spacing of the cogs and if e13 didn't get the 1:1 ratio exactly right or what. All in all a solid component, although for the price it seems like sticking with SRAM may be a better way to go.

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