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WiscoSkip

WiscoSkip

Wauwatosa, WI

WiscoSkip's Passions

Road Biking
Cyclocross
Snow Skiing
Mountain Biking

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WiscoSkipwrote a review of on April 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This just hit the mark so well. They're made from the same fleecy goodness as the Thermoflex line of warmers, but in a more enveloping package. At 6', 175lbs, 32" inseam these fit absolutely perfect in "XL". Living in Wisconsin there are years were these are normal wear for 7 months of the year, so I have a certain appreciation and affection for tights and knickers. On days when it's 40-60's with light wind, this tight is the ticket. When things do get chillier it's wise to grab a pair of Sorpasso's or even better yet the Polare (which unfortunately Comp doesn't carry).

Surprisingly the fit on the Ergo's is the best of all Castelli's tights fits. In a dream world a Windstopper crotch, and a Progetto X2 pad would make this undoubtedly the best tights, period.

I have noticed that Castelli has removed the Ergo from their web site so probably not a bad idea to stock up, especially when they're on an absolute fire sale!

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WiscoSkipwrote a review of on April 15, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love me some Castelli but these fell short. The weight/fabric is really nice, warm when you need it without loosing any dexterity. The grippers on the palm hold up excellent in wet, muddy, CX conditions. I really like the longer cuff, something often overlooked on a lot of gloves. The touchscreen thumb/pointer work well also. However, for me there is one major flaw in these gloves. The actual gloves finger length. I could use at least an extra 1"-2" in the fingers. Oddly this is the only pair of Castelli gloves that I've ever had this problem with. I got them in "L" and even tried an "XL" I found while recently on a trip. In my opinion it seemed like there was only extra material in the palm, with the same problem again in finger length.

There is great potential for this glove, unfortunately it just doesn't work out for me. It is worth noting that according to the Castelli size chart I'm supposed to be on the small side of a "M"....eh no.

At the end of the day these just fall short for me, literally.

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WiscoSkipwrote a review of on April 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The smell is what hits you first, fir, wintergreen, very fresh. Not overpowering, I really enjoy it. The viscosity as some others have stated is similar to mayo. I appreciate the fact that it is less chemical and more natural. It does it's job very well and holds up through summer, winter, fall and every discipline I've put it through. I would put it on par with DZ-Nuts but with a better aroma factor.

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WiscoSkipwrote a review of on April 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these through my LBS (sorry Comp) and I don't even know where to start with them. Aesthetically they're stunning, the stealthy black, on black, on black, on black is low profile, yet will definitely catch the eye of the trained enthusiast. The hubs are the usual HED silkiness, and spin up and roll for days. But here's what makes these wheels and puts them completely in a class of their own, the braking. The surface, it has a half moon ))))))))) texture to it that feels like the grittiest sandpaper or nail file you can find. Really unique, and even just feeling and seeing it makes sense that you're gonna be stopping in a hurry with these wheels. My first thought was a bit of concern (alongside awesomeness) that these would literally just eat my pads to shreds. I have 400+ miles on them so far with SwissStop FlashPro BXP's and although there is more than the usual wear (as expected) I can probably get another couple hundred out of them. I imagine someone living more mountainous will go through these quicker. Now the actual braking. Holy. Mother. I was genuinely intimidated to pull the lever on these the first time out so I played with them in the driveway for a bit and all I will say is, wow. Literally you can stop on a dime with these, they are glorious in rain with absolutely zero loss of power. Truly confidence and awe inspiring. I'm really interested where this technology will (or maybe won't) go. I know Zipp is playing around with a motorsport inspired SiC (Showstopper) braking surface but I have yet to hear anything about that anywhere, or, from anyone who has actually used it. These would have been incredible on trips in the mountains to Colorado and Arizona I have previously taken, I can only imagine their performance for someone who lives there is without equal. I'm also going to throw canti brakes back on my CX bike and test these out, from what I've experienced on the road these may have me going backwards from discs come CX season.

Enough raving though, you just have to experience these for yourself. They're on the very high end of the Alu wheel price bracket, true. But I've found it a worthwhile investment, and have no worries these will last me a good long while...as long as the braking surface does.

One note: HED, Comp, and my LBS all mentioned to me to pay extra attention to keeping the pads clean, and check for metal
bits. Metal fragments could damage the braking surface, and ruin the )))))) pattern. I've been checking the pads post every ride. I'm waiting on a word back from HED if they recommend a specific pad, or changing interval.

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