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William M.

William M.

William M.

William M.wrote a review of on October 22, 2017

2 5

I think this is the best strap on the market, with one very important reservation. It's comfortable. It's accurate. It pairs easily with Garmin cycling computers. BUT . . . when the battery dies, it can be impossible to replace the battery. The four screws may or may not come out so that you can replace the battery. In my first strap, none of the four screws would come out. In my second strap, two would come out, two would not. I tried muscle, WD40, all sizes of screw drivers. Nothing worked. Replacing a heart rate strap every time the battery dies is not smart. So, I'm looking for a strap with replaceable batteries.

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William M.

William M.wrote a review of on December 12, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are my first full carbon clinchers. I've ridden Mavic's aluminum, non-aero Ksyrium series for 10 years, so my perspective naturally has these as a baseline. My rides with the ENVEs to this point have been in hilly areas with lots of 10+% grade and with one ride having 20 mph crosswinds. Nothing in the rain yet but, besides rain, I've ridden these wheels in all the situations where any weaknesses should show. So, what are my thoughts?

First, the wheels are very quiet. The DT Swiss 240 freehub is extremely quiet -- so quiet that one rider riding beside me commented that he couldn't hear the ratchet at all. The quietness means you get almost no vibration from the freehub, which contributes to . . .

Second, the wheels roll very smooth. Even at 90psi/100psi front/rear, the wheels seem to smooth out chipseal even riding winter training tires (Gatorskins). (I normally run 80psi front and rear.) I expected harshness, but these wheels are not harsh by any means and they roll smoother than my Ksyrium Pros on the same roads and even a little higher pressures.

Third, the braking. You get used to the jet engine sound on one ride. It's not loud. It's just different. (And it offers the added benefit of telling you when a brake is rubbing.) How good is the braking? It's not as good as with the aluminum Ksyriums but it's not bad. Certainly adequate. It's consistent. I never worried about lockup. (I have yet to ride these in the rain.)

Fourth, how about crosswinds? I rode these wheels on an extremely windy day with unpredictable crosswind gusts. I could feel the crosswinds push, but it was never uncontrollable or nervous. Not much more than it would have been with the low profile Ksyriums. I was pleasantly surprised. I wouldn't shy away from these wheels for fear of crosswinds. It's not an issue.

Fifth, how stiff are the wheels? Hmmmmm. Historically, I have adjusted my brakes to ride about 1mm from the rim. With these wheels, that was too close. On level ground, I flexed the rear wheel enough to cause brake rub at two points in the pedal stroke. I couldn't do it one-leg pedaling, but casual two-leg pedaling flexed the rear wheel 1mm. I adjusted the brakes to sit about 4 or 5mm from the rim. Problem solved. Pretty much. After the adjustment, I intentionally put a lot of power down, standing, on a steep climb. I wanted to see if I could flex the rear wheel. I weigh 174 lbs. and I was intentionally trying to flex the wheel. I did. Even at 4 or 5mm clearance, I could cause the brakes to rub going up that climb. Is that too much? You have to decide that for yourself. For me, it's not a big deal. I'm not a climber and I usually ride more steadily up climbs. This wasn't my normal climbing style. (But aren't dedicated climbing wheels pretty flexy anyway?)

But what about aero? This is the question everyone wants to know the answer to: Are they faster? The only answer I can give you is, "maybe." One a long, flat road where I normally ride at about zone 3.9 to 4.5 power at a given speed, I rode these wheels at low- to mid-zone 3 at the same speed. Was that due to differences in wind direction/speed that I didn't notice? Maybe. Was it due to differences in tire inflation pressure? Maybe. I don't know. These wheels seemed a little faster there. But at certain yaw angles, these wheels are measurably, noticeably faster than my Ksyriums. I don't know how often you can count on getting those beneficial yaw angles but, at those angles, these wheels are amazing. Startlingly fast. But straight into a 20 mph headwind? Not so much. I'm not sure there's much benefit straight into a headwind.

Bottom line: I'm glad I bought them. Great wheel.

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William M.

William M.wrote a review of on October 20, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Very nice fit, if you get the right size. (5'11" 41" chest is size XL for me). Nice collar -- not the ultra-tall collar Assos has installed on most of their other jerseys this year. Now for the bad news: FIRST, the fabric on the back of the jersey is very stretchy. If you load a water bottle into a back pocket, the fabric will stretch and sag and the water bottle (or other heavy item) will end up hanging below your backside or falling out on the ground. This is different than any Assos jersey I've owned in the past. In fact, I purchased Assos in the past because the supportive material made it possible to carry full water bottles in the rear pockets without any worries. This is disappointing. SECOND, Assos means it when they say this jersey is designed for use with a base layer. Even with a skintight fit, if you don't wear a base layer, you may fall prey to dreaded nipple chafing. I haven't had this problem with any jersey in a very long time -- and never with a well-fitted jersey -- but I've had the problem with this one. I won't wear it again without a base layer. That's a shame, because I bought the jersey for hot weather when I would rather not wear a base layer. Assos makes the best bib shorts in the industry. Jerseys, not so much.

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William M.

William M.wrote a review of on September 23, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I only tried the jersey on, but here are my impressions. I normally wear a size Large jersey, but the XL of this jersey fits me like a glove. (5'11, 174 lbs.) The jersey is beautifully made and extremely comfortable. I wonder about the durability of the ultra-light weight zipper, though. Also, the sleeves are elbow-length. But here's why I returned it: The fabric is very sheer. Wearing a baselayer, you would probably be okay, but that defeats the purpose of the ultralight fabric. Without a baselayer, nipples, moles, tattoos, labels, bib straps - even white bib straps - everything is clearly visible through the fabric. This is very much a see-thru jersey. Nothing left to the imagination. That's a shame because it's one of the most comfortable jerseys I've ever tried on.

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William M.

William M.wrote a review of on December 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the C17 over a year ago for my gravel racing bike. I wanted the comfort for ultra marathon events and the weather resistance for the rain and mud that seems to come with every race. I've put well over 10,000 miles on this saddle without any problems or discomfort -- ever. I rode the Dirty Kanza 200 on this saddle and, when I got off the bike, my backside was the only part of me that didn't hurt. My backside felt as if I hadn't been on the bike at all -- no pain, no numbness, no residual sense of having sat on a bike. And the saddle has been completely maintenance free. GREAT saddle!

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William M.

William M.wrote a review of on February 26, 2013

5 5

I could not be happier with my Team Machine. It is light. It is stiff. And it disappears beneath me. It's an amazingly quiet bike. Great, intuitive handling. Nothing negative draws attention to itself. Be careful to check out your fit -- I took a 53cm in this bike where I usually fit a 54cm or 55cm, depending on the maker. RealCyclist does a great job pre-assembling the bike, too. I've ridden S-Works Tarmacs for years and liked them - but the Team Machine is noticeably better for me. Great bike!

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