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Ryan M.

Ryan M.

boston, ma

Ryan M.

Ryan M.wrote a review of on March 3, 2018

Foolproof, convenient power
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using these for over a year now and they really are excellent.
What'™s to love:
1)The Powertap iPhone app makes zero offset a snap.
2) They integrate perfectly with my (now outdated) Garmin 510.
3) Power tracks within just a few watts of my Elite Direto smart trainer. Reliable.
3) The pedals take no more than a couple minutes to swap between bikes.
4) AAA batteries are easy to come by
Criticism:
1) They are pretty heavy, at least how pedals go. Probably not heavy as powermeters go. I'm sure the next generation will be more streamlined.
2) they really could have forgone the proprietary cleats. Just make them look keo compatible for crying out loud. While it'™s easy to swap the pedals from bike to bike (no torque wrench required), it would be nice to not have to and use whatever shoes I want. As it stands, I have 2 pair of shoes that are P1 compatible and a third pair dedicated to another set of pedals.

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Ryan M.

Ryan M.wrote a review of on March 23, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The vest itself fits very well (I'm 5'11, 170, 39in chest and ordered a L) however the one huge flaw is the size of the neck. I'm a 15 1/2 neck in dress shirts and this thing is probably 19 inches. It's ridiculous. If you were to wear this in the rain as designed, be prepared for water to breach from the top. Returning it.

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Ryan M.

Ryan M.wrote a review of on July 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't understand all the hate directed at this seatpost. Provided you have the correct, compatible seat rails (duh) and a shred of patience to set this up, it'll work beautifully. I have a Selle SMP Drakon with round rails and my set-up has been 100% creak free and solid for the last 3,000 miles of use and going strong. It looks beautiful in the stealth finish and the design is sleek, simple and elegant. What more could you ask for?

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Ryan M.

Ryan M.wrote a review of on December 18, 2015

5 5

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

Seems like a very durable material, includes a nice thick velcro strap that allows me to really snug the bag up against my seat and it's a perfect size that easily fits: a tube w/80mm valve, 2 CO2 cartridges, small CO2 inflator, multi-tool, tire lever and a small amount of room for a few bucks. This is replacing an Arundel Uno that I found to be of poor quality in terms of both material and closure strength.

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Ryan M.

Ryan M.wrote a review of on August 20, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You'd think that a bike computer would be at least resistant to some moisture. I don't ride in downpours, or go swimming with it in my back pocket but this is the 2nd Garmin (a 500 met the same fate) within 2 years that has allowed some moisture into the unit and fried it. Sweat, Southeast humidity and an occasional mist is all it sees. Now the touch screen is inoperable meaning the 510 is my new $300 paperweight. I'll likely get a 520 not because I'm a masochist but because Garmin has a corner on the market.....sorta like the cable company. If there was a single viable alternative out there, I would close the door on Garmin for good. Pissed.

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Ryan M.

Ryan M.wrote a review of on July 15, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Look, they are supple, they feel great, they corner as if on rails. But after just a few hundred miles they look trashed - the whitewalls are more like taupe-walls and there are splits and cuts everywhere. I bought them as race day only tires but even for that purpose, they are an expensive proposition for how quickly they degrade. As soon as they are unrideable (likely soon), I'll go back to the trusty GP4K S2 - the ride isn't quite as nice but it is still very good and the combination of performance, durability and puncture resistance really can't be beat.

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Ryan M.

Ryan M.wrote a review of on May 8, 2015

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After about 6 months of use, the skinny, weak velcro strap gave way mid-ride and I lost the bag and all its contents. Add up replacing the bag, tube, inflator, cartridge, multi-tool and emergency money and this little gem just cost me at least $75. Don't buy it - it may not be there for you when you need it. Which is kinda the point of a seat bag.

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Ryan M.

Ryan M.wrote a review of on March 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have about 1000 miles with this now and it's proving to be a big upgrade over the Giro Prolight I wore for years. It's easy to dial in the fit whether I'm wearing a winter layer on my head or not and comfort is further enhanced by the fact that it sits just slightly off the skull. This and the generous venting seem to provide efficient cooling, as I was perfectly comfortable on an odd early season 80 degree ride this week (and my head sweats a lot). We'll see how it holds up in the hot and humid Southeast summers. The looks is understated, especially in the white/silver colorway I went with. I can't attest to any measurable aero benefits, but I'll give Giro the benefit of the doubt and assume it's saving me a watt or two.

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Ryan M.

Ryan M.wrote a review of on December 29, 2014

A good everyday aero wheelset
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have about 4,000 miles on a set and really don't have many complaints. I've done about a dozen races on them and a lot of training miles.
PROS: They are stiff, fairly light, deep enough to offer some aero benefit (without being too deep to use as an everyday wheelset), sound good, look great, brake well, have stayed true and offer a pretty comfortable ride. Rear hub is easily adjusted with a simple cone wrench in about 3 seconds.

CONS: I will echo another reviewer - don't ride these in heavy rain - the hidden spoke nipples, while supposedly more "aero", allow a lot of water to enter into the rim and your 1600gram wheelset can turn into a 3000gram set in a hurry. There's no way to drain them unless you pull the tire. However, I've only found myself in this situation twice so not really a huge deal. Secondly, these don't offer wide rim technology that are found on most new wheelsets, so that's a trade-off.

In summary, I wouldn't hesitate recommending these to someone looking for a durable wheelset that looks the part if they acknowledge that they're making a few comprimises. I choose these over my other wheels (RS80 C24s) almost every time and plan to put several thousand more miles on them . If you can snag them for under $800 for the set like I did, you won't have any regrets.

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