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david Mortimer

david Mortimer

Bronx, NY

david Mortimer

david Mortimerwrote a review of on July 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the only bike computer I've owned since some cateye product from the early 2000s so I can't really comment on this vs the relevant garmin products.

I bought the Wahoo because of its ability to play nicely with my phone, the extremely strong customer service, the frequent software updates, and the ability to have turn by turn directions when syncing a ridewithgps route.

I use it with wahoo speed, cadence, and HR sensors and it plays perfectly with all of them. I don't own a power meter so I can't comment there.

The battery life is great, the display is super readable. The interface is solid when out riding - the side buttons are a little firm, you have to give them a good press to switch the fields around. The front facing buttons are very reasonable, not too firm, not too squishy.

It is nice that it comes with three mounting options, I have two bikes so I used the out in front on my road bike and the stem mount on my CX bike. The mounts are fine, nothing to write home about but not inadequate.

I really have no complaints about this thing - it does exactly what it is advertised to do and Wahoo is a great company. Just yesterday they updated the live tracking option, yet another in a long long series of great updates. There are more updates I'm hoping for but the absence of certain niche features in no way diminishes my use of the Element.

I have at least 3000 miles with this computer and it is one of the better investments I've made for my bike.

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david Mortimerwrote a review of on July 21, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm always looking to get the best possible price on the best possible gear and I decided to try out this Santini Jersey, largely because it was affordable and had a ventilated back.

The jersey is of good quality, everything about it seems like it will hold up for a few seasons of 3-4 day a week riding. I was interested in the ventilated back and I can notice a difference between other less performance oriented jerseys I own.

The fit is pretty good but over all I find it a little long for a medium. I have an average build and there is just a bit too much jersey down by my waist. With the full length zip, I find that there is just a bit of bunching. Don't let that stop you, It doesn't bother me and it likely wouldn't bother you either. I wouldn't say it runs large, just a touch long.

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david Mortimerwrote a review of on July 21, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Of the 3 pairs of bibs I currently own, these are the ones I'd suggest to a friend... My other pairs are more expensive and cheaper - these are in the sweet spot of price and quality. The fabric is good, doesn't feel like I'm going to tear it when pulling them on in the early morning. The suspenders are solid and well ventilated - the chamois is high quality. Overall, I think this is what most 3-4 days per week cyclists should buy. Right amount of money, right amount of quality.

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david Mortimerwrote a review of on July 21, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these bib shorts purely because of the price and the fact that I needed some new shorts. They are noticeably less good than other pairs I have, admittedly, the other pairs were double the price. If you are a once a week rider, these bibs are fine. If you are going to wear/wash them a lot, I'd spend a little more money. I'm using them as a 1 hr recovery ride short and on my trainer. I'm intending to purchase a second pair for winter so I don't have to do as much laundry after trainer sessions.

The fabric feels a bit lower end, the chamois is not as nice, the stretch in the suspenders doesn't feel like it will hold up a long time, etc... Nothing wrong with them, just made to a lower spec, hence the fair lower price.

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david Mortimerwrote a review of on October 16, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the nicest bell money can buy and definately the least obtrusive choice out there. I live in NYC and technically you can get a 50 dollar ticket if you don't have a bell on your bike - the police rarely enforce it - but I'd rather not take the chance. I decided to buy this because of its size and appearance. It is very easy to ring and the ringing tone lasts a long time. Judging from people's reaction times, they can at least hear it when I'm about 40 yards away. The installation is really easy which is good because I take it off when I put my bike on my car's rear rack. Don't want someone stealing it at a service plaza. Otherwise, there isn't much to say. It is a bell. The way its built, it will last forever. It rings. Is it worth $50? As a product, probably not, but being the only worthy choice and being that it is made in America by a start up bunch, then yes. Plus, its so shiny.

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david Mortimerwrote a review of on June 24, 2016

Great bike
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got about 500 miles on my gts elite, purchased from competitive about a month ago. I've been riding primarily in the NYC area, but also in the Catskills and in Boston. I've even taken it on some doubletrack and single track that I found myself on by accident in Van Cortlandt park. The frame is responsive and the 105 5700 shifters are really smooth. I don't know that I can notice that the front derailleur is a tiagra model - it is just fine! I wish that it had come with slighty better brakes, the 105 model for example, but otherwise no complaints. The wheelset is surprisingly decent, although it will be my first major upgrade. After a few rides, I swapped out the saddle for a selle italia from my other bike. Nothing wrong with the initial saddle, just a little too narrow for me - I went to a 155mm. Competitive did a great job packaging it and the build was easy. This bike was the best I could afford (it was on a sale last month) and it was money well spent.

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