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Lissa W.

Lissa W.

Lissa W.

Lissa W.wrote a review of on August 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wanted a glove with extra padding for gravel rides and crappy pavement. These work well at the base of the thumb and at the joints where the fingers meet the palm. Both areas were getting beat up with my previous gloves and are great with these. Only complaint is the removal tab is insufficient.

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Lissa W.

Lissa W.wrote a review of on August 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wanted a glove with extra padding for gravel rides and crappy pavement. These work well at the base of the thumb and at the joints where the fingers meet the palm. Both areas were getting beat up with my previous gloves and are great with these. Only complaint is the removal tab is insufficient.

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Lissa W.

Lissa W.wrote a review of on August 12, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wanted a glove with extra padding for gravel rides and crappy pavement. These work well at the base of the thumb and at the joints where the fingers meet the palm. Both areas were getting beat up with my previous gloves and are fine with these. Only complaint is the removal tab is insufficient.

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Lissa W.

Lissa W.wrote a review of on March 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I now have 5 pairs of these shorts. I will buy FRC exclusively until Giordana discontinues them. After that, I will try whatever they introduce to replace the FormaRed Carbon.

As others have said, the Cirro OmniForm chamois is fantastic - the foam provides the "right" amount of cushioning without being super thick AND it doesn't break-down after use. I've tried other shorts that ride well for up to one thousand miles but the chamois gets compressed and becomes useless for long rides. The first two pairs of FRC I bought have been ridden several thousand miles each and are going to hit the dust bin soon, but not because the chamois (or any other part) is worn out but just because I replace my shorts regularly as a precaution against saddle sores. In fact, the shorts still look new.

The rest of the features live up to the quality of the chamois. I think they look great (or, as great as a ridiculous patch of skin-tight polyester can look). The leg grippers are perfect. Once I put these shorts on, I never think about them again. Boom!

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Lissa W.

Lissa W.wrote a review of on October 16, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These tires are pretty nice on the road considering that they are heavy and bullet proof. They feel smooth although you never forget that you are pushing around thick, rigid bricks of rubber. That sounds like a contradiction, but that's how these Sector 28's roll.

I bought them for flat-free winter riding and didn't expect them to disappear under the bike. So that isn't where they disappoint.

Where these fall short is in the tubeless setup. As with anything tubeless, this might be rim specific - I installed these on DT Swiss R460 rims. For me, with these rims and a good compressor, I couldn't get the tires to seat without sealant. This was a first for me. I usually install the tire, seat without sealant, add sealant through the valve, reinflate with floor pump (or hand pump or compressor). This approach saves me the mess of sealant leaking/spraying everywhere while the bead snaps into place.

The Hutchinson Sector 28's did not seat without sealant. They didn't even come close. To get the tires to seat I had to add sealant, spin/twist/finesse the wheel while inflating with compressor. Before the bead started to snap into the rim, sealant was everywhere.

Since so much of the sealant was on my hands, the sidewalls of the tires and the floor, the tires went soft overnight. I had to add more sealant and reinflate. Though the second round of sealant has held, I am concerned that I had to use the compressor to reinflate after topping off the sealant. My worry is that if I get a puncture, even if the sealant stops the leak, the tire bead my become unseated and the advantage of tubeless will be lost. I also have no idea how much sealant is sloshing around in the tire - which might contribute to the ok/not great ride they give.

I'll keep these on for the winter - unless they come unseated on a ride and I'm stuck on the side of the road in freezing weather adding a tube to a tire full of messy sealant - and get rid of them as soon as possible in the spring.

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Lissa W.

Lissa W.wrote a review of on June 14, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've yet to find an Assos product that is as good as, much less superior to, less pretentious options. This is laundry soap. It hasn't worked any miracles in getting the funk out of my cycling clothing. And, it seems to make stuff itchy. I've never had a problem with itchy cycling clothes and was shocked at how uncomfortable I was after the first wash with this stuff. An extra rinse cycle mitigated this a bit but isn't necessary with other products. Sometimes I think Assos just brands stuff so they can make fun of the people who buy it.

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