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ewwrote a review of on June 25, 2020

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I thought these gloves were great until they started falling apart.

One of the seams simply started failing. I've owned them for 11 months but didn't use them in the winter so it's really like 6 months of use.

Good fit, nice materials, just a little padding on the palm. I'd rather have no padding but that's tough to find since brands seem to want to always "add value" when sometimes the value add is really a detraction. Much nicer to not be additionally separated from the bars, IMO.

I like full figure more than short finger.

Hey Assos, if you're going to charge prices for products as if they were imbued with magical properties the quality should match the price. These gloves should last 3 years minimum given how much I use them.

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ewwrote a review of on December 12, 2019

5 5

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June 2020 Update.

I've never flatted on these tires after thousands of miles. I've yet to have one wear out (sets on 2 bikes). I've never had a better experience with a tire. I dropped back from a 28 to a 25 for most riding because the 25 is much faster and lighter (I prefer speed and climbing ability over plushness). Maybe rolling resistance is higher with a 25 but definitely faster to have less rotational mass.

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Original review below.

Excellent feel for the durability. I ride mine (28's) at 59psi on ENVE 3.4's and I weigh 147. The lower pressure is so nice.

I've had a nail and industrial staple in the front and the tire has survived both. The nail didn't even require additional air until I pulled it and the staple required some air but the tire sealed quickly after removal and has kept on rolling.

If you're having a hard time mounting it's your rims, not the tires.

I'm using Orange Seal Endurance.

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ewwrote a review of on July 17, 2019

2 5

The index finger is pretty much as long as the middle finger and thus like half an inch to long. Not sure why anyone would want a bunch of extra material coming off one of the most used riding fingers. Quality also way below PI standards, threads coming, etc.

Was hoping these would be good since they don't have any padding on the palm. Padding detaches the rider somewhat from the bike and IMO not in any way desirable except in some extreme conditions but I never ride with it no matter what.

I do like full finger gloves.

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ewwrote a review of on September 18, 2018

2 5

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

I've owned a few Bell helmets and find them to be the most comfortable and fit the best on my noggin.

This helmet is pretty sweet except there's no padding on the inside back so it's hard foam on your head. No bueno. Returned.

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ewwrote a review of on August 20, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

They have some strange floating ratchet system for holding the retention device in the back of the helmet.

This allows for the retention system to float a bit as your head moves. This is irritating and doesn't make any sense to me.

Helmet also came with very lame and cheap decals.

Otherwise very cool looking and fit me pretty well.

Thank goodness no MIPS.

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ewwrote a review of on August 20, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've ridden in a Volt for years, fits perfect.

Wanted to get something new, presumable safer, and Bell still fits me the best. Many helmets place the strap anchor high inside the helmet which digs into my head (Giro and Lazer are two).

I've always thought MIPS mostly makes the helmet uncomfortable so I've tried to avoid but Bell has gone whole hog into MIPS so I tried this helmet and it fits me well and is comfortable.

Part of the comfort comes from lots of material covering the MIPS skeleton. This material serves to store heat inside the helmet.

The helmet also vents poorly.

The MIPS also allows for the helmet to tilt to one side or the other on my head but I can't tell when I'm riding. Does this shave safety points from what otherwise might be the most protective helmet on the market?

The strap material is also like 4" too long so I'm almost out of room with being able to tighten the helmet as the buckle almost hits the end.

The buckle is also real stiff. Is this necessary?

Bell is real proud of this helmet with the dual density foam and the uber covered MIPS but I find myself thinking of how it's really not that great when I'm riding which is a sure sign of bad design, or poor execution. Or both.

Hopefully Bell will get off its high horse and come around to realizing this ain't the end all. Still work to do folks, especially at this price point.

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ewwrote a review of on July 23, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Pretty nice helmet. I have a POC MTB raceday, top of the line, whatever it's called. The MTB helmet is deep, maybe a bit too much as it occasionally bangs into my glasses but it's pretty comfortable and nice, and light and has a good retention system.

This helmet feels pretty shallow, I wanted to get the base-of-skull ratchet system as far down as possible. Comfort is good for a helmet with a rotational protection system (POC proprietary in this helmet I guess, not MIPS). I've yet to put on a MIPS helmet I would wear due to comfort issues.

This helmet seems like it would be relatively aero and vent well due to the relatively standard aero designs these days of vents in the front and solid plastic on much of the back so when your head is down air is mostly moving around instead of through the helmet.

Alas, I never tried this baby because it sticks out on the sides a ton and makes me look like a mushroom so I sent it back.

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ewwrote a review of on December 23, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

These seem pretty nice, didn't use them. Returned. Where the zipper is placed and the nature of the stretchy material, makes it impossible to zip these with one hand. It's a twist your back two handed yoga maneuver. I'd also prefer that they go higher. But they do seem well made, otherwise good design and materials.

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ewwrote a review of on March 23, 2017

3 5

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

If you want your hands to be warm don't buy these. I'd say these are good down to like 40. Down to 21 degrees as rated, absolutely no way.

No place to wipe snot that's comfortable to the nose. Inadequate material dedicated to the place where your hand wraps around the hood.

Otherwise nice, well made and good fit although I think the gripper material on the palms is a bit overkill, causes the gloves to move around on the hands a bit when it sticks to the bar tape. I do like the fact there's virtually no hand padding.

Hand padding on gloves. Why would you ever if you want a good feel of your bike.

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ewwrote a review of on March 14, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I thought I'd like these because of the simple styling and my past experience with PI stuff. I think the chamois is good. The straps, however, are tight, I thought they'd loosen a bit but they didn't. The strap design is also more overall like than most of the other brands where they run something up the middle of your back and then spread at the shoulders. I think the strap design on these bib shorts is inferior.

The stitching on the underside of the straps is also course, or the overlay of the red material is too blunt because they snagged on my base layer, not huge just irritating and poor execution.

The killer is that either through ineffective leg grippers or poor design, or the straps being too tight and unforgiving the legs on these ride up very quickly and then you get bunching where you need it least making them unusable for me.

This really shouldn't be that hard people. Straps should be smooth to the body and their job isn't to hold things up with force but to just keep the waist contacting your body.

Legs need to be long enough, tight enough and with sufficiently good gripper material so the legs stay in place.

My search goes on.

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ewwrote a review of on December 13, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

They look super bulky on the web site but I couldn't imagine they really are given how all other PI gloves look in pictures. Surprise, they are really bulky.

Pretty much as bulky as ski gloves, maybe really warm, I'll never know, returning. Priced like quality ski gloves but not as nice in my opinion.

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