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Stephen Novy

Stephen Novy

Maui, Hawaii

Stephen Novy

Stephen Novywrote a review of on June 5, 2019

4 5

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

Hawaii is hot and humid, I was definitely looking forward to having a breathable shell for mtb rides. My initial impression is are a tad cooler than my other TLD shorts but maybe not as much as I had hoped. I'm not returning them by any means and I'll still reach for these first on warm days. Just temper your expectations a bit. Everything in Hawaii is either up or down, so you may not feel much of a difference climbing (or I'm just not that fast). Once you get moving though, they'll definitely let a little air flow and cool you off a little. Being TLD, they fit well, have just enough length to reach my knees, seem well made, and comfortable all around. I appreciate the zippered pockets too over previous editions of Skyline shorts.

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Stephen Novywrote a review of on June 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had a few other freestanding bike racks and this is by far my favorite. Feels really solid on carpet with two bikes. Holds the bikes well. Setup is pretty reasonable even if the directions aren't extensive. I had someone hold bikes while I adjusted the arms to match the bikes sloping top tubes. Loading my road bike is very easy, my Hightower takes a little more time and wiggle. Looks great in my office too. I'd buy it again or suggest it to a friend.

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Stephen Novywrote a review of on February 22, 2018

5 5

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

I just returned from four weeks of flying and traveling with this bag and I'm quite happy with it. My Santa Cruz Hightower 29er survived the flights unharmed and I have just enough experience with it now to share with everyone. The initial setup is a little time consuming. If you're new to bike travel bags as I was, give yourself at least a few hours to clean your bike, setup the bag, and get everything packed. The instructions are minimal, but a quick trip to Youtube will get things moving along nicely. The 29er wheels are a tight fit but they'll go. The fabric, stitching, zippers are all strong, well-made, and nicely finished. Same for the packing straps and padding inside. All nicely done and perfectly placed for my bike. The bag's large rear wheels move great through an airport, it has lots of strategically placed handles as well.
My one complaint would be the bag's removable front wheel. While very useful making the bag super easy to pull and steer, it's too small to survive very long. Mine got twisted and mangled on the first airport's floor and I nursed it through the remainder of trip, including a long haul from a rental car drop-off to the airline counter. It made it but just barely.
Other notes - TSA inspected the bag behind the scenes, which is a great test for any bag, and everything was exactly where I left it - except - the bag of clothing I added to the bottom of the bag. Bike was perfect though. My bike mechanic suggested I remove the discs and derailleur, which I did. Very easy.
Overall, great bag.

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Stephen Novywrote a review of on January 30, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I finally pulled the trigger on these when CC put them on clearance to make way for the 2018s. I read all the glowing reviews but was still skeptical they would make a noticeable difference. I'm no longer skeptical and I'm so glad I invested in these awesome hoops.

I replaced the set of RaceFace Arc 40s / DT Swiss 350s that came with my 2017 Santa Cruz Hightower. I had no complaints with the Arc 40s at all, they felt super bomber - BUT - these M60 Fortys really give the bike such a lighter and improved feel. They climb better, they corner well, they feel so nicely balanced for all of my trail and cross country riding. I've pushed them up nasty loose stuff, through some classic cross country flow (my favorite), and down some rocky, nasty drops where I'm still finding my way with the new bike. The wheels have been pure goodness throughout. No pinches, no shots to the rims or tires, no problems at all. I feel no qualms taking them anywhere. Can't wait to push them even harder on race day or for anything like enduro or downhill.

No regrets. Not just bling for the trailhead, a great upgrade for your ride. Invest and enjoy. If you hate the matchy sticker trend as much as I do, take those decals off and ride with a wide smile on your face.

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Stephen Novywrote a review of on April 25, 2017

NOT A FAN
1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I mounted and remounted these twice on a like-new Mavic Ksyrium SLS wheelset. They were beyond difficult to mount / remove and eventually broke one of the tire levers due to the amount of force required to get them in place. Once seated, on both the front and rear wheel, the tire's bead began to immediately bulge away from the rim. I checked and rechecked the pressure and tube, both were set correctly. I refuse to take a chance on finding when and where that bead will let go - or - to be honest, change these beasts when I do have a flat tire. No thank you!!

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Stephen Novywrote a review of on January 19, 2017

4 5

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

They are still brand new. I've ridden with these a few times and so far they feel notably compressive, especially for the first 30 minutes, by then they settle in and feel comfortable for the duration of 60+ mile rides. They seem well made, nicely finished, and the chamois works great. The leg grippers are a nice touch, less grabby than the outdated elastics, and they keep the shorts at the proper length. Living in a hot climate, I can say that I haven't noticed them being too warm, so that seems in line with their expectations. Still getting used to the compression but I like them so far.

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