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willinwrote a review of on December 3, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bottom line: Wahoo delivers a good product, and if not, they take care of you.

I used the Core for about a month and had numerous problems immediately out of the box. First there were loud knocking sounds. Also, when using Zwift I had a hard time drafting other riders and the fine control of resistance seemed to be lacking.

I opened up the belt cover and discovered that the main pulley that attaches the belt to the lower drive shaft was loose. I tightened the set screw and things improved for a while.

Then, the resistance unit and its axle literally slid laterally off the frame making the trainer inoperable. I tried fixing but I was worried it would slide all the way off and careen through my house like a wrecking ball of pure kinetic energy.

As you can understand, it's disappointing to buy a 900-dollar trainer and have it fall apart on you after a dozen rides...

Fortunately, I contacted Wahoo and they quickly responded. I determined that the unit I received was not assembled properly at the factory. The main bolt that keeps the axle attached to the frame was not installed. All that was holding the ~200rpm resistance unit on the frame was the friction of a 2mm set screw. Yeesh.

Wahoo offered to send me a replacement via 2nd day air, free of charge.

The new unit is very quiet--the drivetrain noise is more than the trainer itself---and the resistance control is greatly enhanced on Zwift--drafting works now and those 15% hills feel like they're supposed to... ouch. It's a great trainer that will make riding fun all Winter.

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willinwrote a review of on May 22, 2017

Good for very rough gravel and light mtb
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Its not great at rolling the tarmac, but for rough roads with embedded sharp rocks, this tire will hold up and roll well. At 1.75 inches (45mm, true to size on a 17.5mm internal width rim) its very nearly a mtb tire. You can climb stuff like an mtb, out of the saddle.

I trained for and rode The Wild Horse 75-mile gravel race with the Riddlers and they were a very good choice--the course is very rough and its competitive on for both proper mtbs, and those who chose a cross bike with large-ish volume tires. There were lots of embedded sharp rocks, deep sand, and hardened clay ruts/potholes that you hit at full speed. The Riddlers held up to the abuse with no flats or cuts, but I sure did try. There were many who got flats on narrower, lighter tires.

I was able to fit the 45s front and rear into a Niner BSB9 frame: front has plenty of room but the back has exactly 2-inches of clearance width, so there was only .12 inches on either side.

I have no complaints. They are perfect or their specific application. I'll give 5 stars, but I don't know their durability yet. I've only rode them about 200 miles.

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willinwrote a review of on January 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this jersey for cycling in Salt Lake City from November through January thus far. I usually find temps from 35-45F to ride in with this piece. I've been in several snow/hail and cold rain storms with it so far and I can tell you that its not what its made for, but, you can get home with it. Its made for temp regulation on cold and clear riding days, but it will shed light rain and soak with heavy rain.

Like any euro-sized bike wear, it runs small. I'm 6' and 190 lbs, normal build, and I usually run USA size L, but this felt good in a XL. Even if I lost 20lbs I'd still go with the XL just for the shoulder fit. Its fitted, not baggy, and a little stretchy, but there's still room for a capelene base layer and an undershirt. If its 45F or warmer just a thin undershirt is fine, and I layer thicker for temps down to 32F. The rear pockets are big and once I rode when it was 50-ish and was getting hot, so I stashed the zip-off sleeves and the rest of my kit no problem.

I've never had a cycling-specific riding jacket and I have to say it makes a huge difference. The wind stopper fabric is the perfect tool for the job of keeping the cold wind off without getting too clammy inside. I think its because its right by your skin. Whenever I tried to winter ride with my regular soft-shell jacket, which is baggier, I always ended up too sweaty.

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willinwrote a review of on July 17, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is great for casual riding. I've got many compliments at the style. I would not say its slim fitting. I'm 6' and 190 lbs and the large size was loose. The medium fit well but was not super tight.

The fabric stretches too much to put much of anything in the back jersey pockets. I can get my phone in there, but if its too loaded down (e.g., energy bars, tube, tools, wallet, etc) then the fabric would stretch down to my knees. I once loaded it down with my entire kit and the mass of it just bobbed below my saddle and was comical looking.

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