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Andrew T wrote a review of on July 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I recently picked one of these up after riding home from work on my scooter in a trashbag. While certainly cheap, and kinda-sorta effective, I decided it was time to buy a raincoat for the first time in my adult life. When this new challenge arose, I invested several hours perusing the offerings of Backcountry.com because, frankly, where else would you turn in a time of crisis and opportunity such as this. My criteria was simple; fit my 6'3" frame ,look better than a trash bag, fit better than a trashbag, and repel rain. Needless to say, this jacket checked all of those boxes and more. The styling heralds back to that of Gordon the Fisherman, and the material is heavy, but in a good way. The hood is sufficiently large for the dreadlocks of an angsty teenage rastafarian, but slim and stylish enough that it won't blow off with a gust of wind on the set of HBO's Mad Men. The details, including buttons on the sleeves to tighten up the wrist, are a nice touch to an otherwise bare essentials rain coat. The jacket seems to be just as appropriate dodging rain from your car to the bar door as it would manning the helm of an 18th century schooner in the north Atlantic, albeit a bit more comfortable than the Grundens of yore. Next time a storms a brewin', I'll don my southwest rain hat, slip into my boots, and head out into the weather with the confidence of an old, salty, seaman. Best of all, apparently Helly Hansen is a cool brand, and the purchase garnered a resounding "yes" from my super attractive and stylish fiance. I can't wait for the first time it rains so I can update the review once I've actually used the product, but for now, I can only dream of what adventures we'll share together.

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Andrew T wrote an answer about on June 29, 2014

The BBright standard is something that is somewhat unique to Cervelo. This crankset is compatible with frames equipped with bbright bottom brackets, and can be run on a threaded 68mm frame with the proper bottom bracket from Rotor. It is not possible to run it on an 86mm press fit bottom bracket.

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Andrew T wrote an answer about on June 25, 2014

Sorry that it is not more clearly labeled, but the one-size does refer to the short cage option. This should take care of cassettes upto a 28 tooth cassette, and you would need to go with a medium cage for anything larger. Feel free to email at Atierney@backcountry.com with any other questions that you might have.

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Andrew T wrote a review of on June 1, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these shorts based upon my great experience with the commuter jeans and commuter trousers. The full length pants from the Levi's commuter series are awesome, and I wear 511's in a 34 and they have always fit well. For some reason, these shorts fit surprisingly tight in the leg. As one reviewer said, most cyclists with developed quads will probably find these to fit poorly. The waist and seat of the pants is not bad, they are just very skinny legs. Levi's just came out with some redesigned commuter trousers, and those look to be a little better cut. That said, the quality and craftsmanship is just what you'd expect (in a good way), and for cruising on the townie or fixie to a bar, you'll fit in right alongside the rest of the hipsters. For the sale price, I'd buy again.

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Andrew T wrote a review of on May 11, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have to admit that when it comes to bib shorts that you are going to sit in for hours on end, I'm not usually looking for the best bang for the buck. I'm typically interested in the best pad for my butt. That said, these De Marchi bib shorts definitely delivered, particularly given their price point. The Italian striping is classic, and the lazer cut leg grippers do their job well. Fit wise, they are not exceptionally compressive, and fit more in line with Louis Garneau than Capo or Giordana. I'm about 6'3", and 180 in race form but closer to 195 right now, and the large worked well. If and when these wear out, I might well pick up another pair for rides when I know my apparel is likely to get thrashed. Three stars only because these are admittedly not on the same level as the higher end De Marchi offerings.

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Andrew T wrote a review of on May 11, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recent picked up this jersey because I really liked the different styling of the hounds tooth sort of aesthetic. Fit wise, it is looser than a race cut jersey, but not as boxy as you might see with some of the club-cut options out there. The zippered pocket on the back is a nice touch for stashing your ID or credit card in a secure spot since they won't likely be removed mid-ride. My inaugural ride was a 106 mile gravel road race with temps in the low 80's and the jersey preformed well, although something like the Castelli Aero or Giordana FormaRed jerseys would have been a more breathable option. I was not entirely in podium contention, and figured the "Turismo" moniker was more in line with my ambitions for the event. I gave it 4 stars only because there are a small number of cooler looking jerseys and several more technical jerseys, but this is a great option for the price and purpose.

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Andrew T wrote an answer about on May 7, 2014

Hey Chris,

I'm not sure why that non-tubeless, previous generation of that wheel is shown in one of the pictures above, but the wheelset being offered on this page is the tubeless variety as shown in most of the pictures. It will be a completely UST Sealed rim and will be shipping with the corresponding tubeless valve as well.

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Andrew T wrote an answer about on May 6, 2014

Hi Steve N.,

These would be compatible with a 10 speed SRAM/Shimano cassette with the appropriate spacer. The 11 speed freehub body has the same spline pattern as the 10 speed, it has just been elongated to accomodate the extra cog. Feel free to email me directly at atierney@Backcountry.com if you might have any other questions or concerns.

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Andrew T wrote an answer about on May 6, 2014

This case is designed to accommodate a downhill bike. The inside dimensions are 128 x 78 x 25cm, so as long as you can pack the bike down to that size you should be set. Typically, this means removing the front and rear wheels, seat post, and handlebars. Feel free to call us at 801-736-6396 xt 8686, or chat online with one of our bike experts for more information.

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Andrew T wrote an answer about on May 6, 2014

Hi Rich,

You could certainly replace the 6600 shifters with 6700 shifters, and there would be no compatibility issues with the existing derailleurs, crankset, or brakes. Unfortunately, with the introduction of the 6800 11 speed Ultegra components, we are stocking less and less of the 6700 components, and it looks like these are no longer available (at least for the time being). We do have a shipment of 105 shifters on the way, and these would also be compatible.

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Andrew T wrote an answer about on April 27, 2014

These would certainly work on non-Zipp training wheels. They are compatible with just about any road cycling quick release wheel, and are a great upgrade from the bulky, heavy stock skewers that come on many OE wheels. If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to contact me directly at atierney@backcountry.com

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Andrew T wrote an answer about on April 27, 2014

Hi Bill,

These wheels would indeed work on a Hakalugi Disc cyclocross bike. The Hakkalugi uses a rear spacing of 135, and so these wheels work work great with a standard 9mm QR configuration. If you are running SRAM 22 or 11 Speed Shimano, you would need to look at another option, as the freehub is only capable of running 10 speeds, but otherwise you should be set. Feel free to email me directly at atierney@Backcountry.com if you have any other questions or concerns.

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Andrew T wrote an answer about on April 27, 2014

These are designed to be worn under a pair of baggy mountain biking shorts. They weren't really designed to be used in conjunction with a pair of bibs, but if you were looking to pair them with a bib short with a chamois, I would wear them over the bibs. This may affect the sizing somewhat with the extra layer, but I have to admit that I haven't tried that myself. If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to shoot me an email directly to atierney@backcountry.com

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Andrew T wrote an answer about on April 24, 2014

The rear spacing on this bike is 135, which has become somewhat of a standard for quick release (non-thru axle) disc cyclocross wheels. The frame has external brake routing designed for mechanical brakes with full length housing, but that would be compatible with hydraulic brakes. There are some exciting new Hydraulic road brake systems coming out, but if you were to set it up as a flat bar bike that would certainly work as well. Feel free to shoot me an email at atierney@backcountry.com with any other questions or concerns that you might have.

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Andrew T wrote an answer about on April 24, 2014

Hi Kevin,

It looks like we do have quite a few of these in stock in a variety of sizes and colors. The way this bike is configured, the components are drawn from our own inventory rather than shipped as a package from Yeti, but you can email me directly at atierney@backcountry.com and I'd be happy to double check the particular size/color that you were looking to order.

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Andrew T wrote an answer about on April 24, 2014

Hi Gina, <br/>  <br/> The Short can be removed from...

Hi Gina,

The Short can be removed from the skirt and worn separately. There are some better pictures on Pearl Izumi's site of the two pieces separated. I have included a picture of the liner/short by itself below, but let me us know if you might have any other questions or concerns. You can call us directly at 801-736-6396

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Andrew T wrote an answer about on April 24, 2014

Hey Mr. Marvelous,

Both the 2.2 and 2.4 widths have the Black Chili Compound. It looks like we are awaiting a shipment of the 2.4 version of that tire, but placing and order will set up a backorder in our system to send that out as soon as it is available. If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to give us a call at (888) 276-7130.

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