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Shanks

Shanks

Boston MA

Shanks's Passions

Road Biking

Shanks's Bio

Software engineer, motorcycle racer, cycling enthusiast and an advocate of healthy eating.

Shanks

Shankswrote a review of on December 4, 2013

Comfortable and responsive
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought the 42cm shallow model and it fits me great! Here are my impressions from 200miles of usage:
1. Stiff - They are very stiff race bars and don't cut out a lot of road chatter. Not a good option for those looking for comfort.
2. The ovalized top adds to the comfort.
3. The shallow drop has a more ergonomic (short) reach that makes moving from hoods to drops and back easy!
4. Slightly more expensive than other comparable bars, but well worth it!

One thing to remember with Zipp handlebars - Unlike other manufacturers, Zipp measures their handlebars from outside edge to outside edge, as opposed to center-to-center. So if your current bar is 40cm, then you need to buy 42cm in Zipp (go up one size).

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Shankswrote a review of on December 4, 2013

The best price-performance ratio!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my first carbon road frame and having test ridden several at local shops, I zereod upon this one mainly due to geometry and price. Here are my impressions from about 200miles of riding that I have done:
1. Stiff, very stiff! The first time I rode the bike I felt it had turbos!
2. Great fit and finish.
3. Very smooth ride with high precision.
4. Electronic gruppo compatible with internal cabling.
5. German quality and engineering!
6. Extremely light - under 1100gms. My bike weighs 17.0lbs.
7. Most importantly...its is available here at CC for a great price!
8. The white, black and blue is a pretty unique paint scheme and attracts lots of eyeballs on the road.

This frame should be high on your list if you like precision, speed, German quality and you don't want to spend $3-5k on a frame that offers similar qualities.

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Shankswrote a review of on December 4, 2013

Good looking high performance sea tpost
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my first carbon fiber seatpost, so I can't compare it with others, but here is my opinion based on about 200 miles of usage and 5 demo saddles.

1. Very clean looking with hidden recessed bolts.
2. Very light weight.
3. Takes some practice to install a saddle. The bolting mechanism is tricky and when installing a saddle, it often causes the nut on the seatpost clamp to rotate, which causes the bolt to not seat into the nut. Thankfully my saddle has a huge cut out, though which I could use a small screw driver to orient the nut correctly and tighten the bolt with the other hand.
4. After some practice, you'll realize that (3) can be prevented by loosening the bolts 95% (allowing them to be still threaded to the nut, just a little bit) and sliding the lower half of the clamp out, when removing/installing a saddle.

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Shankswrote a review of on November 29, 2013

5 5

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

I am 5'6", 150lbs and I ordered the MD size. The fit was good, wasn't super tight and wasn't loose either, just perfect. In winter, my fingers and legs usually get cold really fast, no matter how hard I pedal. I tried a few tights from other brands and finally zeroed upon these. I tested these tights in 28-32F weather and they kept me warm. I wouldn't say I was toasty, since the back panels of the bib tights have minimal insulation for extra breath ability.

Pros
1. The fleece lining ensures that they keep your legs warm.
2. Very light weight
3. Extremely comfortable and very "european fit".
4. Shoulder straps are wide and don't dig into your skin.
5. Ankle zippers make it easy to put them on.
6. Very small strip of reflective fabric next to the ankle zippers.
7. Unbelievably comfortable chamois.

Cons:
1. Wind breaker fabric blocks wind, but it is only in the shin area. This could have been expanded to the other area on the front.

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Shankswrote a review of on November 29, 2013

3 5

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

I am 5'6", 150lbs and I ordered the MD size. The fit was good, wasn't super tight and wasn't loose either, just perfect. In winter, my fingers and legs usually get cold really fast, no matter how hard I pedal. I tested these tights in 28-32F weather and they kept me warm. I wouldn't say I was toasty, since the back panels of the bib tights have minimal insulation for extra breath ability. If you are looking for an inexpensive pair of bib tights to keep you warm between 20-40F weather, then you won't go wrong with these.

Pros
1. The fleece lining ensures that they keep your legs warm.
2. The wind breaker softshell fabric is all over the front, which helps on windy days.
3. The wind breaker softshell also resists water.
4. Foot stirrups keep the tights in position without letting them run up.

Cons:
1. Heavy - due to the heavy fleece and softshell fabric, they are heavier than most other tights.
2. The fabric has rubbery feel to it, almost like a light weight wet-suit.
3. No ankle zippers - makes it hard to put them on.

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