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Zach Bontewrote a review of on October 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My hardtail doesn't have a dropper post, so a good seatpost collar is imperative. This does the trick. The anodization is attractive and some of the available colors match nicely with Chris King's anodization if you're coordinating with a fancy headset and/or bottom bracket.

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Zach Bontewrote a review of on October 18, 2017

warm enough, not too hot
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these bib tights. With tights I've used oriented toward colder winter cycling, I've had the issue of overheating, poor moisture wicking, and material bunching. With the LW, all of these problems are absent.

Here in the dry Utah air, I've ridden in temperatures ranging from the high 30's (about 3 C) up to the high 50's (14 C or so), and have found the sweet spot for these bibs to be anywhere between 40-55 degrees F (about 4-13 C).

The chamois used here is Castelli's best chamois, the Progetto X2. Very impressive at this price, and this piece doesn't feel like a pricepoint-oriented garment at all. If I have one small complaint, it's the printing that serves as a tag sometimes sticking to my back, right between my shoulder blades, when a lot of sweat is present. That being said, it's not enough for me to deduct a star.

Sizing is pretty true to most Castelli bottoms. The XL fits me well at 6'3

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Zach Bontewrote a review of on October 16, 2017

shoulder season / fake winter piece
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sizing: let's face it, that's probably what you're most concerned with so I'll start there. I'm about 6'3" (190 cm) and 200 lbs (91 kg) and I like the fit of my XL. My arms are longer than I am tall, and the sleeves are plenty long enough to have adequate overlap between cuff and glove. You'll notice in my picture that the jersey isn't tight on my torso, nor is it baggy. If you prefer a more loose fit, size up. If you like a more race fit that won't sag with full jersey pockets, size down from your normal Castelli size.

I really enjoy the Puro 2 for rides in the 50's to low 60's as a standalone piece, and use it in lower temperatures with an appropriate base layer. As you'd expect from Castelli the hand feel on this piece is very supple and feels quite comfortable against bare skin. My favorite features of the jersey are its balance of warmth and breathability, which is key in times like October when you're freezing in the morning and ready to hit the pool in the afternoon.

I really don't have any substantial complaints about this jersey. If I'm being really picky, though, the text that says "You know you're getting an unfair advantage" on the zipper cover on the pocket on the wearer's right is a bit much. Thankfully for me, that text is small and not noticeable.

For those interested, the other pieces of clothing I'm wearing in the picture are the following:
-Castelli Scalda glove (CST00E4)
-Castell LW bib tight (CST00IU)
-Giro Empire ACC shoes (GIR003E)
-Castelli Quindici 15 socks (CST0352)

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Zach Bontewrote a review of on September 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This cassette performs just how it should. I can make my chain slip on a PG-1150 cassette if I try hard enough, but I cannot do that with the PG-1170 using the same chain.

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Zach Bontewrote a review of on September 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been lucky enough to put a few hundred miles on a demo set of these wheels and I've been nothing but pleased. To indentify where I'm coming from, the wheelset usually on my bike is a pair of Reynolds Assault clinchers, so my comparisons will largely be based on that frame of reference.

The Zipps feel stiff, and I am able to run my brake pads a few mm away from the braking surface without any contact between those parts under heavy sprinting loads. I weigh about 200 pounds (91 kg) and put out about 1300 watts for my five second power last time I rode with a power meter, so I tend to notice when wheels are flexy.

The braking on these wheels has been the biggest surprise; it's excellent for carbon. I've ridden these wheels in a wide variety of conditions, including a 10k descent in the rain, and not once did I feel a lack of confidence under braking. Additionally, there are no disconcerting sounds under heavy braking, which is sometimes the case with carbon clinchers.

The 302's come with J bend spokes, which in my experience work just fine and are easier to service/replace if necessary, and do not have the dimpled surface found on Zipp's top end offerings. I'm sure that in a wind tunnel this would be a measurable difference, but in the real world, I was completely content with the smooth rim surface.

I will say that the seam between between carbon sheets on the inner lip of the rim (the portion closest to the hub, where the spoke nipples are) could be a little bit cleaner, but bearing in mind the price of this wheelset relative to other carbon clinchers from trusted brands, it's not enough for me to knock a star off the review.

All things considered, this is one of my favorite wheelsets that we carry. For the sake of comparison, For $1,500 you get Zipp reliability, noticable aerodynamic improvements, and braking that you'll feel confident with on prolonged descents. Going up in price beyond $1,500 will yield a wheel with some more features and very similar performance; what it really comes down to is whether those relatively diminished returns are worth it to you.





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Zach Bontewrote a review of on September 11, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can easily say that this is the most fashionable road jersey I own and my favorite jersey for rides that fall within its wheelhouse.

As for the fit, it is definitely a race fit. The jersey is not particularly stretchy, so pay attention to sizing. Refer to the following link on size (not the chart on this page): https://attaquercycling.com/pages/attaquer-sizing-charts. I'm 6'3", 200 lbs, and prefer a snug jersey that doesn't flap in the wind or sag when I stuff my jersey pockets for a long day in the saddle. I'm definitely at the upper limit of the XL size and the sleeves are particularly tight if I bring my wrists to my shoulders as if I were doing a curl with a dumbbell. But to be fair, I don't really care about elbow flexion while riding. For sizing reference, my arms are about 15.5" around (that's flexed, of course) at the girthiest point of my biceps.

Additionally, this jersey is best suited for cooler days; riding in the mid-80's F (about 30 C) was a little too hot. On the other hand, I got caught in a downpour in this jersey and it did a lot better than the vast majority of short-sleeved jerseys out there. I consider this to be a shoulder season jersey, best for rides on which you might also bring a vest and arm warmers.

At this point, you may be asking why I gave this 4 stars given what I've said so far. The rating is based on the fact that although this jersey is only suited for certain builds and rides of an admittedly narrow temperature range; it is a great jersey when those criteria are met.


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Zach Bontewrote a review of on September 11, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this saddle roll because I was tired of post-mounted saddle bags wearing out my shorts and liked the looks of this bag. The waxed canvas is really durable and the color complements my gumwall tires quite nicely. I can pretty easily fit a road tube, two C02 cannisters, a small multitool, and my air chuck and still have a reasonably compact set-up. Setting up the roll securely takes a bit of figuring out initially, but if you place the contents of the roll mindfully, it will stay put and look good.

I recommend this for road use only; just for fun I tried using this on my hardtail on a rocky ride and it kept coming undone. No surprise there, as the roll is held on with one robust but relatively small leather strap, which is essentially a toe strap that one might see used in conjunction with an old school pedal cage.

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Zach Bontewrote a review of on September 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Here is my preferred chainwhip for use on my bikes. This isn't a tool that I use all that often, but it's a must-have for those times when I need to remove and install a cassette. The handle on the SR-2.2 is more comfortable, but the price is right on this SR-11 for occasional use.

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Zach Bontewrote a review of on August 30, 2017

4 5

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

I have a pretty large head - about 61 cm around - and the cap didn't fit me. So a friend got a nice cap. Can't really fault the cap for that, being that it's one size fits most.

Aside from that, the design is smart and the cause is worthy. Check out thrivor.com to see what it's all about.

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Zach Bontewrote a review of on August 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Prior to this, I've never really cared all that much about what grips I ran on my MTB. I ride a steel hardtail with 100mm of travel, so this cushy grip is perfect for me. Even previously on full suspension bikes, I would get that weird itchy/tingly sensation in my hands on descents using other grips, but that has not been an issue for me with ESI. I prefer to not wear gloves when the weather allows, and this grip is great for that.

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Zach Bontewrote a review of on August 30, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I rode this saddle for about a year before I finally decided it wasn't right for me. Despite this, the quality is spot-on and the aesthetics are clean. I did like that this saddle affords many positions to sit in (sliding forward on climbs, etc.).

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Zach Bontewrote a review of on August 30, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the saddle that comes stock on a lot of bikes for good reason. It won't blow you away with light weight or fancy features, but it tends to be comfortable for most people and is solid quality. One of my MTB's came with this saddle and I was never amazed nor annoyed by it. No complaints here.

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Zach Bontewrote a review of on August 30, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's never a good thing if you have to use one of these, but you'll be glad it's there. I've never had an issue with these that was attributable to the cannister itself. If you're new to using these or your fine motor skills aren't all that they could be, bring two when you go out just in case you screw up the first time.

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Zach Bontewrote a review of on August 23, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These socks are thin, breathable, and comfortable. I of course bought these for road cycling, but have also used them as a liner sock on a through-hike because of the qualities I mentioned. I agree with John that they'd look a little better if the cuff was a bit longer.

I wear a 47 EU cycling shoe / US 12 casual shoe and the XXL feel just right.

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Zach Bontewrote a review of on July 6, 2017

great ventilation, classic style
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My other jerseys get worn a lot less since I've purchased this one.

The material on the Volatta 2 breathes exceptionally well, and I'm as comfortable as I can reasonably wish to be on days up to 100 degrees, even with the anthracite color. The large mesh cuffs on the arm are even more breathable than the main body of the jersey, and do a nice job of not lying flat on your arm, as opposed to cutting into it. Additionally, the sleeves come down low on the arm, which of course looks very pro.

The right rear pocket has a nice zipper pocket that hold my house key and cards securely.

Regarding sizing, it's typical Castelli. I'm 6'3" (189 cm) and about 200 lbs (91 kg) and the XL fits me pretty well. For me, fitting my arms in the sleeves is the limiting factor for fit (as you can see in the picture, my arms are nothing to write home about).

I will likely buy another one of these jerseys in the near future.

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