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Scott Justesen

Scott Justesen

Scott Justesen

Scott Justesenwrote a review of on July 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I previously owned a POC Octal. Last year I was in a collision with an inattentive driver. My GPS stopped at 25 mph on impact. My head hit and demolished the drivers side steel mirror and roof pillar. The impact side of the helmet was cracked and one of the retention straps snapped. No concussion. When I ordered a replacement helmet there was no debate in my mind what brand I was going to go with.

I ordered the Ventral Air Spin as a replacement and it fit out of the box. I live in Phoenix and was very impressed with the Octals ventilation. The Ventral Air Spins ventilation is as good but this one seems to fit better. While I hope no one has to test the protective properties of any helmet I assure you a POC will do its job and do it well at the moment of truth.

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Scott Justesen

Scott Justesenwrote a review of on July 5, 2019

Suburb!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The fit is like no cycling shoe Ive ever owned. “Custom fitting” the shoes is simple. I did find that I had to do the right shoe 3 times to get it right. Got the left one on the first try.

They bare not designed for walking and will not feel fitted until you get on your bike. Then they virtually disappear. AMAZING. In my case I mounted Speedplay cleats on the 3 holed soles although they make a Speedplay specific 4 hole sole. The Speedplay Zero cleats mounted flawlessly as expected. I have regular width size 11 feet. When you “fit” the shoe you form the carbon soles while seated. Once you stand they will feel too narrow. Once on the bike and clipped in they virtually disappear! I live in Phoenix and it is now July. Daytime temps routinely exceed 115. My feet do not bake during rides. Natural uppers (Kangaroo leather) I believe makes a significant difference as opposed to synthetic material.

Are they worth the price of admission? That is an individual choice and very subjective. For me a very well built shoe that eliminates all of the usual complaints, fits to perfection, and works as advertised is worth it. I cant say enough about them.

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Scott Justesenwrote a review of on August 12, 2014

Hoooo Waaaa! <br/> Hooo Waaa!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Upgraded to a set of Reynolds 58 Aero's on a 2-13 Trek Madone 5.2. I'm Running 700 x 23 Continental Gatorskins because I primarily ride in the west Phoenix desert and deal with cactus spikes. The Gatorskins have been flawless. A pure race tire will shave a tad more weight and add some performance at race speeds but Ill take the trade in outright flat protection.

The bike and ride have been totally transformed. In addition to a noticeable significant weight savings from the already decent stock wheels, there is also a noticeable difference in speed. Although these are are very deep wheels cross winds seem to affect them less than the stock ones. The stock Reynolds free hub on this set is set up for SRAM/Shimano 11 speed cassette. My particular 2013 Madone 5.2 runs a 10 speed. I am running an 11/25. This set up requires the use of a 1mm spacer. All carbon wheels require carbon specific brake pads. After changing out the brake pads both calipers required readjusting to accommodate the 58 Aero's slightly different dimensions. The whole process took 30 minutes. Carbon wheels are not a necessity and are likely the most expensive upgrade one does for a bike. But if you are serious about your riding and bike regardless, this is the one upgrade that will do more for your bikes outright performance than anything else. Wether you race or not these wheels are worth every dime!

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