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Ron R.

Ron R.

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Cyclocross
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Ron R.

Ron R.wrote a review of on September 15, 2019

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This grip seems plenty tough, feels good in the hand, looks great as far as the design and look of the material itself, and is, by far, the hardest tape to wrap smoothly that I've ever used. Ridiculously so. It’s an almost unusable product, so any claims that it merely “takes additional care to wrap” should be taken with a very large grain of salt. It is also the noisiest tape I’ve ever used - since I ride over rough terrain frequently the slight jiggling of cables against the tape as potholes, curbs, rocks etc are traversed produces an audible ‘wap’ sound, which is quite annoying.

I'll leave it on for a while due to its good qualities, but I won't get it again. I like a nice wrap. I can get a much better wrap on every other tape I've used, and there are lots of good ones out there. The ZIPP CX tape that wore out after 2.5 years of constant, hard use was a better tape in every way, and that’s what’s going back on the bike.

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Ron R.wrote a review of on September 9, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I was intrigued by the claims made by this product and thought I’d give it a try. I mounted one on my rear wheel yesterday, pumped it up, started putting on my shoes, etc and then, getting ready to ride, noticed that the tire had gone flat. Ouch. Putting the tube underwater showed a steady stream of bubbles from the join of the stem and tube. Manufacturing defect. I contacted the manufacturer and they apologized profusely and immediately sent me a replacement at no charge. Let's see if the new one actually works!

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Ron R.wrote a review of on September 1, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This post looks good and feels really good. It’s nice and light. The bolts tend to come loose easily, however, which is a real pain, and the material is surprisingly soft so they might start to deform if you then have to constantly tighten them. I’ve thought of dumping it for something else on my hardtail but have been too lazy. I’d recommend using lock-tite or similar on the bolts or else this quite expensive post may prove to be annoying even in the short term.

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Ron R.wrote a review of on September 1, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a decent but not spectacular seatpost. It is quite light but not class-leading light. It adjusts reasonably well, but grit from the road can make the adjustment process a bit, well, gritty even if you’ve tried to clean it beforehand. It is most definitely not designed to be, nor is it marketed as, particularly bump absorbing, vertically compliant, etc etc. Neither is it particularly harsh, however. All in all, it’s pretty nice without standing out in any one area. It’s OK.

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Ron R.wrote a review of on April 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A solid and yet not harsh ride, low maintenance and light weight. Lovely to look at. Unlike with some of their other parts, Campagnolo is always extremely conservative in their weight estimates of wheels, so it’s no surprise that my dark label, Campagnolo freehub pair weighs 1476 grams on a digital scale.

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Ron R.wrote a review of on November 30, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These have a nice stiff sole for CX, gravel, and XC: not too stiff to walk/run in but still plenty stiff. They are a hard-wearing shoe and will last a good long time. The combination of a BOA dial and the traditional SIDI ratchet buckle works well and reliably. For me, the toe box is a bit too narrow. I do not have wide feet but even so, my smaller toes brush up against the side of the foot compartment. I could remedy this by going larger but that creates other problems. Also, I have to really cinch the shoes down pretty tight to make sure that my heels don't lift out of the shoe, so a better, more gripping heel cup would be welcome there. All in all, I respect these shoes but the fit isn't ideal for my particular feet so in the medium to long term I'll replace them with something with a wider front, like a NorthWave perhaps.

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Ron R.wrote a review of on November 27, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This a powerful light for those wanting to see easily in the dark and avoid being run over, but it has some obvious flaws.

It is very well made and unbelievably bright. It’s ‘car headlight’ bright, so if that’s what you’re looking for this is a great option. I notice that the claim is made for quite a bit longer runtime on full blast than I’m getting. Within 20 minutes the battery is already into the ‘red’ zone, which is disappointing. Even at the second tier, 1000 lumens of brightness, it lasts only about an hour before hitting red - about 60% of the lifespan of the Knog PWR Trail. Despite claims made elsewhere, battery life is quite poor.

The mounting mechanism is not that great when mounted on a modern cross bike’s 31.4 mm handlebar. It’s not craptastically shabby like the Knog PWR’s, but it simply does not keep the light from inevitably pointing downward in just a few minutes of riding on typically rough American roads. I can't imagine it doing well on trails. I got around this by cutting a small section of old inner tube and wrapping it around the provided rubbery grip section that I had already stuck on the handlebar. This made it stay put but now it is extremely hard to pull the belt-buckle-like strap of fastening-mechanism rubber far enough to catch on the first hole. Usable, but no one will ever say ‘hooray’ when it comes time to put it on the bike.

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Ron R.wrote a review of on November 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this tail light and the Lezyne Strip Drive Pro 300 for myself and my wife, who is a fledgling cyclist. I let her pick which one she wanted. I put them side by side in a dimly lit room and we observed them. I bought the Lezyne because it goes to 300 lumens - this only goes to 260 but the unique design looked really intriguing.
She chose this one; it was obviously better in every way. Every single flash is 260 lumens, and the deep wedge shape means that unlike a simple strip of lights or whatever, you have this big surface area that shoots an enormous amount of light out to the sides as well. The Lezyne, on the other hand, has the usual strip configuration and only every 3rd or 4th blink gives you the big 300 lumens. Not bad at all but not as good as this. This thing is also light and compact, and attaches easily with a simple rubber thingy. It turns out that it's reliable, charges quickly and we have not discovered a downside to it. I might get one for myself as well, since I absolutely do not skimp on light when having to constantly deal with large numbers of hostile and/or distracted urban drivers. Brighter is better!

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Ron R.wrote a review of on October 30, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are well made, very warm and because of the Zapp material, 100 times more reflective than anything you've ever seen before. Crazy reflective, seriously reflective. The downside is that the design seems to inhibit movement around the knees more than one would want or expect. I usually pull them up a bit so that they are still below the knee but only right below it, to minimize the drag on my leg movements. I can still feel it even then, however. Hopefully this will mellow out as they loosen up a bit over time.

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Ron R.wrote a review of on October 16, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These have a nice feel when you're clicked in; they have some knee-friendly rotation. Entry doesn't require a 'toe-in' like modern Shimano-style pedals. You can just push down. Release is extremely easy. The design is super clean and doesn't get clogged up at all. The pedals are extremely light, and also extremely durable, unlike some of the earliest models from years ago. The cleats are brass and wear out but for me that is a negligible cost.

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Ron R.wrote a review of on October 9, 2018

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The KNOG PWR TRAIL light is awesome. It's sturdy, sleek, solid, well-designed and super bright. This attachment clamp, however, is pure crap. The little wheel mechanism that cinches it down is far too flimsy and these things break in short order, after coming loose over and over again on the trail. I'll buy another one or so before throwing the Knog light in the drawer for discarded lights and looking elsewhere. It's a great light, but if you can't attach it to your bike it's worthless.

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Ron R.wrote a review of on August 16, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The sheer astonishing reflectivity of this jacket makes it uniquely valuable as a piece of cycling gear. It is also highly windproof and modestly waterproof. For daily commuting in the rainy, dark Pacific NW winters it is a lifesaver. Do I wish it was a bit less of a bulky cut? Yes. Do I wish it breathed a bit better? Yes. Do the reflective beads wear off, to some degree, after years of heavy use with a pack? Yes. Do I wish it had a smoother zipper for one-handed operation, like my Rapha winter jersey does? Yes. In conclusion though, when this one wears out I'll just get another one. The little reflective accents on most pieces of gear are a joke compared to the incredible reflectivity that this jacket produces.

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Ron R.wrote a review of on June 21, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This functions as you'd expect - it's basically a nice jersey, no complaints overall. The one odd thing is that here is an extra bulge of cloth over the belly - the belly of the shirt balloons out oddly. It's not too bad and if I had a gut it would fit me just fine, I suppose.

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