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cdubwrote a review of on February 23, 2014

5 5

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

Just built one of these up for my girlfriend. It's a beefy little frame that looks like it can take a lot of abuse. I really like the hydoformed top and down tube shapes. The quality is top notch for any price point, especially the paint. It does not give the impression that its a budget model. The chain stays clear a Shimano road triple no problem. But I do wish it was built for full derailleur housing.

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cdubwrote a review of on February 13, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used these in an extended rain ride. The water beads off like it is supposed to. The nanoflex stuff does not stretch like normal warmers do. I ordered a size L, but really need an XL. Like another reviewer here, the seam rubbed the back of my knee raw. In this case the seam was not in the middle of my leg, while the warmer on the other leg was and did not experience rubbing. The seam needs to be exactly in the middle to avoid the rubbing. At least with my legs.

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cdubwrote a review of on February 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used these on a couple extended rain rides. There is nothing worse on a rain ride than a soggy wet crotchular area with a soaked pad that feels like a wet diaper. Glad to report no soggy diaperness occurred. Water beads off like it is supposed to. Fits true to size. I am a size large in Castelli bibs, and a large was perfect here.

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cdubwrote a review of on February 13, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used these a couple times in extended rain rides. Basically works like a wetsuit. Your feet will eventually get wet, but will stay on the warm side of cold. I was conservative and ordered XXL for size 45.5 Sidi Spiders. This works fine, but I think XL would have worked as well. So they are pretty true to size.

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cdubwrote a review of on February 13, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this jersey a couple times now in extended rain rides. Works as advertised, the water beads off and you stay dry. I normally wear a size L Castelli with their race cut. Size medium in their club cut. For this jersey, I needed a medium. The large was way too baggy in the chest and gut with a single thin base layer.

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cdubwrote a review of on February 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not sure what is up with people losing bottles. I have used these for years on various road, cross, and mountain bikes with no issue. For example, I used these cages for racing the Tahoe Trail 100k on a hard tail 29er, and no bottles were lost that day.

I suspect bottle ejection is related to the brand of bottles used, since bottle diameter can very significantly between brands. I use Clean water bottles.

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cdubwrote a review of on February 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Tested this cap in a 3.5 hour rain ride last weekend. My head stayed dry and did not overheat. I was apprehensive about the sizing because I had to return a size II fuguCap_S7 a while back because it was too tight on my big melon. No problems with fit this time. Great cap.

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cdubwrote a review of on December 13, 2011

5 5

I use the big ones for cyclocross since they are almost as large as the challenge tubes. I think they work better than the larger challenge tubes, which can be cumbersome to install. I run 35 psi and think 30-32 is doable. I weigh 160 lbs. I am amazed I haven't pinch flatted considering the abuse I've put these through. But the tubes have nice thick and supple walls and seem to take the hits in stride.

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cdubwrote a review of on June 8, 2011

3 5

I've used these for some training rides and 4 crits. About 500 miles. They roll really fast. In my normal training ride, rolling at 28 mph is the same effort as 25mph on standard rims, if not more. I have them set up with schwalbe R.1 tires and latex tubes, pressures ranging from 110-125psi. I weigh 160lbs.

The wheels do not ride very well compared to varous alloy rims that I have used (mavic, easton, sram), which is expected. But it's enough to experience a loss of control in some situations. The worst for me was a fast left-right transition in a crit where I hit some very bad rutts. Almost ripped the bars from my hands and caused me to lose the lead pack. I would avoid using these for decents on poor quality roads-the loss of confidence in the front end does not warrant the increase in speed.

Windy conditions can be a big issue. If the wind is steady then it's OK and controllable. Gusty conditions however can be down right nasty. I've been moved over about 10ft in a couple of situations.

Some of the terrain I've used these in has been pretty rough and both wheels are now noticably out of true. Removing the tires is required to access the nipples. For this reason, I would avoid the tubular version unless you are prepared to baby them.

Braking is marginal, I equate it to installing the cheapest hardest pads you can find, age them 5 years in the sun, and use them on your std alloys. My flat bar commutter with apex calipers and cheap alloy wheels has astoundingly better braking capability than my racer with red calipers and reynolds. Not really an issue for most racing imo, but relevant in training conditions and emergency stops. I've used swissstop yellows and the stock blue pads. Blues are better.

Overall the wheels are good, but have limited use. I'd stick to races with good terrain and weather, and the very last ride before a race. You can use them for everyday training, but it's not worth the hassle.

They make cool noises at high speeds too. Like tron.

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