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Michael N.

Michael N.

Michael N.

Michael N.wrote a review of on August 4, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Caught these during the TDF sale in mid July for a good deal. The chamois is wider than any other chamois i've ever used and its a bit thick. Why is that worth mention? if you have very narrow sit bones, it slightly bunches up between your legs and can cause a hot spot in mid crotch, even after it gets broken in, after 6 to 8, 30-50 mile rides. The bib straps are wide and have no stitching, they're very comfortable however, they are about 1 inch too short. When standing off of the bike you really notice this, when on bike and crouched over, not a big deal but I do get minor warm/red spots on top of traps where the bib straps are after 2-3 hr. rides. Fit is dead on, seemed slightly snug at first but these broke in an relaxed after 6-8 rides, give them a chance, the first 2-3 rides I was questioning my purchase.
Got size L and they are right on w/ length, waist, etc.
FYI - If you "pull" your bibs from the back, at the chamois pad stitching to move them a bit for fit, be warned, I tore both sides of the chamois pad (right & left) about 1 inch inside the stitching, between the layers of fabric. Surprisingly, the chamois didn't wad up or bunch, it stayed in place, even with a 1-2 inch tear in the chamois foam, that is in between the outer bib fabric and the inner chamois cover that's against your skin. Speaks to Giordana's quality in a good way.

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Michael N.

Michael N.wrote a review of on August 4, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like the jersey, particularly in hot, humid weather of South FL however, at 5'11" and 190lbs. the size L was super snug, as in tighter than any other normal "race fit" jersey and about 2 inches shorter than any jersey I've ever owned from any manufacturer. The grey color is also "see through" once you sweat or get rained on, hence the 4 stars. This jersey's L is right in between a true Large and a true Medium.
Just FYI, you may need to size up or down depending on your height & weight.

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Michael N.

Michael N.wrote a review of on August 4, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Got as a gift for my wife, she tried several other brands and didn't like them. As a male, I have used the DZNuts chamois cream for men for a few years and it's one my two "Go To's.
I saw this specific formula they also make for women, so I read up on it and, the only difference from the men's formula is that, this women's formula doesn't have menthol in it. After a few uses she loves it and asked me where I got it, right here at Comp.Cyclist. Any men reading this, if your wife or lady in your life rides a lot, surprise her with a gift of this.

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Michael N.wrote a review of on June 12, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What most folks don't know is...
the Shimano Blue and Red cleats have a 'round' toe cleat, as compared to the Yellow cleats 'straight' toe piece, look carefully on the sides of the toe cleat, just down from the tip and you can see the difference. That's mainly why the Blue cleats have so much less float than the Yellow cleats, and the Red basically have no float. Look at video's of current Pro riders, many use yellow, some use blue, everyone likes what they like. If you're a bit older, not necessarily just a 'beginner, the yellow offer a bit more float for your knee joints...I used Yellow cleats since they came out, swapped to blue for a few years, going back to yellow now that I'm an "Age group" rider & racer, over 49 yrs. old...
and nearly all newer Shimano SPD-SL road cleats work in all their road SPD-SL pedals (Dura-Ace R9100, 9000, & 7810, Ultegra R8000 & 6620, 105 R7000, Tiagra R550, even the Shimano PD-R540...).

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Michael N.

Michael N.wrote a review of on June 12, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought two, to have one on the indoor trainer rear wheel and, one for road rides rear wheel setup. Hard to beat for the price and the mid level weight, compared to dura-ace or Sram XD at three times the cost for only 50-70 grams less, save those for race day! Can usually get 2-3 chains worth of life out of one rear cassette and set of front chain rings, then again, I clean my drive line after every ride and lube it, makes a huge difference in life of chain, gears, and how bike shifts.

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Michael N.

Michael N.wrote a review of on June 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you live at any altitude above 3,500 ft. and want something to warm (not heat or burn) your calves and thighs during a cold or very cool, spring or fall ride, this is the ticket. I take a wet cloth, rub my legs to get the skin moist, then I put some Mad Alchemy Embro in my hands and rub it into my leg muscles (top of ankle to just above knee). It'll kick in about the time it takes you to get warmed up on the bike, 15 mins or so, then it provides a warming sensation for about 45mins to 1.5 hrs. It does pick up dust, dirt, etc. but not too badly, just wash it off after riding, comes off easy with soap & water.
Many other Embro creams, gels, etc. are way too hot, like rubbing "Heat" or cayenne/capsacian cream on your legs, they can burn for a a good 1-2 days. Not this one, it's just right

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Michael N.

Michael N.wrote a review of on June 12, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Primary use is for bad weather in winter to train, once I upgraded the sensor on the back of the trainer (from old black one to new green one), I discovered I could use this trainer in Zwift and also for my Garmin 520 plus, they both pickup power and speed, using either ANT+ or bluetooth. This doe not have an "ERG" mode, it's a manual, fluid trainer, so it can only get 4 stars. Cheap when on sale and it does the job, if you want 5 stars, get a Top level trainer that has ERG mode (TACX, etc.). After 6+ months of use and over 1,000+ miles, one worn out road tire (these eat regular tires!), and one worn out trainer tire, I can say from experience, ensure you get a high quality, trainer specific tire. They last way longer than regular road use tires. Glad I got this Kinetic trainer, worth it and Zwift is better than just grinding out miles looking at your Garmin bike computer!

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Michael N.

Michael N.wrote a review of on October 22, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have gone through a container, from easy training rides (10-20 miles) and on 50 to 100 mile rides (centuries, fondos, grans, etc.) Works fantastic, keeps your skin well lubricated, no chafing, and no issues post ride or long term, it won't clog pores or cause saddle sores. Great quality ingredients, very easy to wash off of skin and just as important, washes right out of chamois in shorts, bibs, or cold weather tights. This is my go to, most often used chamois cream now.

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Michael N.

Michael N.wrote a review of on October 22, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Moderate menthol scent, mellow (lower than 'Medium') on actual menthol effect on your chamois application skin regions. Mild to mellow menthol sensation on crotch skin during rides over 50 miles, just right, even in late fall and winter. Imagine this will be best in heat of summer! Have used on 50, 60 and 70 mile rides, works great, no issues on skin, washes off easily (no double scrubbing needed) and also easily washes out of chamois in bibs or tights. Highly recommend trying, great value for an excellent product, this is the third MA product i've used, been happy with all of them.

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Michael N.

Michael N.wrote a review of on October 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

No joke, bought this saddle, the SMC3 Pro, and ended up trading it in directly to Ergon, for the SMA3-Comp and that is one bad ass saddle. Did not even ride the SMC3 Pro, an Ergon Rep at a major SW MTB Festival (in AZ...) allowed me to straight trade for the other one, so in all fairness, I will review the SMA3 Comp in its proper place.

*** Addition to the above review, after finding out Backcountry does not sell the SMA3 Comp model (that was designed by old school Canadian Pro MTB'er - Richie Schley), I hope Backcountry realizes how excellent the SMA3 Comp is. I rode both during a festival over three days ( the SMA3-S and SMA3-Comp) and they both are super cush, shaped superbly, so you can move all around, off the back and back on, with no snaggin', hangn' up, etc. and after using it for the last year, it is the most comfortable saddle I've owned in many years. Being an older MTB'er, who 10 and 15 years ago used to put road race and tri saddles on XC bikes to race with in the original "24hrs of Endurance series" races, now that i'm older (mid 40's), comfort is king, but too much cushion is no good. The SMA3-Comp broke in nicely, the inner thigh area of this saddle flexes very nicely, not at all stiff, so you don't get chaffing, after longer rides of 15-20 miles or more. Super solid saddle, check one out if you get the chance.

Just in case you live in Colorado or California (yes, you Mr. Spicoli...), this review is NOT for the SMC3-Pro, it IS for the SMA3-Comp

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Michael N.

Michael N.wrote a review of on October 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have used these for many trail rides in north central AZ, on very hardpacked terrain, lots of red rock and sandstone, all plants here are like barbwire, they shred clothes. These shorts have been beat and used as every day wear shorts, they are that good. Besides MTB, they have been used hiking, running, swimming, hot tubs, pools, creeks, lakes, taken several good spills, the shorts saved my upper thighs and rear end from getting seriously abraded. They have faded after a hard spring. summer, & fall and many washings (got the brown & yellow ones) but, the buttons, zippers and vents still work flawlessly. Medium'ish sized pockets, can hold cell in one, wallet and blade in other, or 4-6 gels in one pocket, two bars in the other.
Best MTB shorts I have owned in the last 10 years, lots of cheap quality stuff out there today, these are the real deal and can take heavy usage. They have a nice adjustment system (waist tabs, small webbing and friction buckles in front waist on both sides) and a no slip strip around the inside waist (3 silicone tacky strips), if you tuck in a baggier sized jersey, so its not flappin' and gettin' caught on cactus, junipers, or the worst out here...mesquite!, have "butt burned" these over a dozen times on my rear tire hard, and the shorts do not have nylon burn, no tear, no frays. The front vents (across top of inner thigh) are awesome for ventilation when its hot out. They also dry quickly if used as board shorts, well done Yeti! Getting more as daily wear, for beater shorts if they ever go back on sale. I'm a 34-35 waist and got the XL size, perfect fit. These are not hipster, 'too tight' shorts...these are man shorts.
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