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Michael M.

Michael M.

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Michael M.

Michael M.wrote a review of on July 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

70mm is a perfect depth for most road/crit racing, wind over 20mph will cause some instability. Braking is quite good but not as refined as Zipps new brake tracks. Hubs are easy to service and issue free. The build quality was exceptional. One full season of racing so far, around 1500 miles, and no issues to report. If you are considering different depths i did not see a considerable difference between 60 and 70mm wheels. If wind is a concern i would suggest a 50mm wheel.

One word of warning, my pair i received were significantly scratched on both rims, this was clearly done at the factory as it was quite substantial. Competitive cyclist failed to inspect the wheels upon shipment. I have spoken with them and resolved the issue but ensure you inspect your wheels upon arrival. That is a serious issues to sell and ship damaged 2100 dollar wheels.

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Michael M.

Michael M.wrote a review of on July 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For carbon wheels the black prince pads are king, hands down the best pads on the market. This stopping power comes at a cost, they wear down quickly. These yellow pads have a much better lifespan and can be used on an aluminum wheel if needed (though always check for metal shavings). The brake shoes are well made and perfect for quick changes between aluminum and carbon brake pads.

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Michael M.

Michael M.wrote a review of on July 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great hot weather training jersey. The fit is quite standard, possibly large compared to some brands in my opinion. I am 5'6'', 150, and ordered a small. Perfect fit, almost a bit too large which is rare for a small jersey. My favorite aspect is the sleeve length, not too long, which seems to be the new trend with overly long sleeves.

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Michael M.

Michael M.wrote a review of on July 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been a long time lizard skins user and finally decided to try a bar tape that would be less slick in wet conditions. This has not only filled that void but has surprising longevity. Taping is quite easy and overall for the price this is my new go to bartape.

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Michael M.

Michael M.wrote a review of on March 13, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pro
- perfect sizing
- leg length is not too long
- less robust chamois, but still very comfortable
- great in hot weather
- sticking holds up very well (one pair has gone two seasons with zero issues)
- leg gripping is absolutely perfect

Con
- Sun will fade them after one season
- some will find the pad to be inadequate, it is thin, essentially the opposite of Assos, both of which i like.

Sizing: i am 5'6'' and 155 in the off season, 145 in season, i could wear a small at 145, but at 150 the small is too small. I would err on the side of caution and get a medium, even at 145 the medium is very comfortable and the legs are not too long.

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Michael M.

Michael M.wrote a review of on March 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

- Low rolling resistance (something i have to trust from other sources)
- Easy to put on and align properly
- Great handling in wet and dry condition
- No issues in the gluing process
- Typical puncture protection to previous versions
- Expected racing lifespan around 500-600 miles, 600-1000 with an increased risk for a puncture, beyond 1000 miles i would not race the tire.
- As always with latex tubes you will bleed air more quickly when compared to a buty tube. Typical air loss is around 2-4 psi per hour, specific conditions can alter this rate.

Overall i would argue this is the go to racing tubular on the market.

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Michael M.

Michael M.wrote a review of on August 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A few little things sets this apart. Firstly the screws are very high quality. Secondly the faceplate is narrower and perfect for aero road bars with a limited clamp space. Bar fly has a great garmin mount that allows for the Garmin to be perfectly centered.

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Michael M.

Michael M.wrote a review of on August 18, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Long time Assos user, through s5 were my favorite all time bibs. These have several issues.

1. Legs are too long
2. Quality seems lower on the stitching and after 2 rides some wear is clearly visible on the inside of the leg that took an entire year to develop with the old generation Assos bibs.
3. Pad is bunching in spots and less comfortable than the S5 bibs. Could be due to the sizing being larger with this pair.
4. Medium is larger than normal, needed a small when I normally wear a medium.

The good:

1. Great leg grippers
2. Good straps
3. Great material feel and cooling on hot days.

Overall not worth 250 in my opinion. If they come down in price I might try a small and see if this solves some of the problems.

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Michael M.

Michael M.wrote a review of on September 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Really amazing tire for most conditions other than heavy mud or slick grass. I am 150lbs and use these on Williams 25mm rims and can easily get the pressure down to 30psi and no pinch flatting with latex tubes. In general for most races i run around 40PSI and they are phenomenal. They mount easily, a bit wide, and seem to have good tread life.

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Michael M.

Michael M.wrote a review of on May 23, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pro-
-very fast clip in, great for racing
-float is easy to set up and tune for each foot
-easier in my opinion to replicate cleat position from shoe to shoe
-great locked in feel, no slop.

Con
-must lube these every month of they will die around 15-20k miles
-cleat will wear down quickly and at 40 bucks a piece i spend 80 bucks a year on cleats.
-new cleats will be very tight, with float feeling very unnatural and the clip in very tight, it will take 500 miles to break in at least.
-the least bit of dirt on the cleat can cause significant issues, i had a TT where i unclipped for 1 minute and could not clip in at the start because a bit of mid got on the cleat.
-most shoes are not speedplay specific

Overall i have mixed opinions, for one the easy to clip in is so nice it is hard to leave that behind. But the constant need for new cleats every year can get expensive if you ride a lot and you have to be careful if it is muddy or dirty. Right now i am trying to decide if i want to continue with speedplay long term or switch back to dura ace.

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Michael M.

Michael M.wrote a review of on March 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been playing around with different bars for several years and wanted a bar that had several options in the drops and allowed for extended time in the drops. The reach is perfect, the longer bottom portion in the drops makes riding their for hours extremely comfortable and sprinting is great. The flatter top is quite comfortable. Overall this bar is the best proportioned bar i have found.

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Michael M.

Michael M.wrote a review of on March 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use the 25mm tubular for crit's, TT's, and road races, seems to be the best all around blend.

Pro-
- Tests well in rolling resistance as one of the best including clinchers (which often tests extremely well with latex tubes). The only tubular to come close appears to be the new Zipp tubular or the Vittoria SC (smooth tread).
- Latex tube, unlike continental
-Easy to mount and get on straight, no real pre stretching required
- very good cornering (had problems with conti tires and sliding out)
- I have run really low pressures for some crits with no issues (75-80 psi)
- never flatted on one before after several years using these tires (knock on wood)



Con-
- Poor wear, assuming you do not use them on a trainer i tend to get around 600mi front and 400-600 rear before they become somewhat suspect for racing. Around 800 miles they really start to loose their tread and flatten, by 1000-1200 i would 100% not race on them but they can be ridden for everyday use for another 2k miles before they are just totally gone.
- Price can be a bit expensive depending on your comparison point. Yes they are much more expensive than conti comps but that is not a fair comparison and compared to FMB's they are middle of the road. I will say that due to their early wear they are on the pricier side.

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Michael M.

Michael M.wrote a review of on February 19, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The size is as usual a bit off. I am a small in Assos/PI/Capo but a medium was pretty snug. The leg grippers were my primary sticking point as they are just too tight compared to the rest of the product. Overall though it does exactly what it is supposed to and is comfortable. The pad is one of the better ones on the market and the temperature tolerance is incredible. I use this for races in the single digits with tights or for spring rides when it starts at 45 and ends at 60. The legs are longer but that is a nice addition since it is a colder weather option, actually i liked the length after a few rides.

Overall just make sure to get your sizing right, but it will expand after a few rides so give it some time after the first try on.

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Michael M.

Michael M.wrote a review of on January 31, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For the last 7-8 years every person has told me to run a ultegra or DA chain, but never run a Sram chain because they "suck" "loud" "poor shifting" etc. So that is what i did for many years and experimented with KMC, KCNC, Wipperman etc to try others as well. The best was always the DA chain until now. This chain is spot on and delivers perfect shifts. There is not more noise than a DA chain, light, great shifting, and i have zero complaints.

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Michael M.

Michael M.wrote a review of on January 31, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For me this is perfection, as close to DI2 as you can get in a mechanical system. Install is easy, shift paddles are bigger, more comfortable, and as always they deliver accurate quick shifts with minimal lever throw.

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Michael M.

Michael M.wrote a review of on January 31, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Don't play with the factory set limits on the initial install, or it is a serious bear to get right. Honestly not better than the 4 trim options that DA 9000 came out with, but it does work better than the 10 speed previous gen FD. Sram red 22 is dead on perfect except for the FD.

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