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FuelForThought wrote a review of on June 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The best part is the incredible breathability. With a (super duper sweat evaporating) base layer (Outwet) and a regular Jersey, I have to open up the Jersey on long climbs. With this one, I keep everything zipped up and never feel too warm (or too cold at the beginning of a ride). The mesh on the back is superb.

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FuelForThought wrote a review of on June 12, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love Gore products. Finish and quality are top notch and so far I have had good luck with fit. This is one item that I have to return though.

Firstly, I found the chamois to be irritating. Literally; as in scratchy. Things got a little better if I was very careful when I put those on.
Second, the straps are too short. Before someone suggests I got the wrong size, I am 187cm and got the M. I went with waist size (mine is 31in). The result is that I have to keep pulling on the back of the shorts to keep them nicely in place.

Maybe that those sorts are not for my anatomical make-up. Best fitting shorts for me are the Louis Garneau (Evo Mondo or Lazer, size M).

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FuelForThought wrote a review of on June 12, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pros: very strong GPS. Gets reception where other devices (500, 800) fail. Hardware quality is solid, everything works nicely on the bike.

Cons: Garmin Connect iOS app is a freaking joke. Why is a company like Garmin trying to corner their customers into using this non-functioning app is beyond me. I have updating firmwares regularly and ride uploads over BT have only worked ~25% of the time. Garmin should just concentrate on making great hardware and let users upload to Strava app over BT.

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FuelForThought wrote a review of on May 21, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a long term review of the product. I purchased mine 2 years ago. The large fit my 187cm/73kg frame nicely for the first year. But the Lycra started to stretch and now they are so loose that the chamois is not held in place properly.
I should add that I always wash cold and hang dry and have had no problem with bibs from PI, Voler, Assos and LG.
I am a little disappointed by Capo products after another pair of bibs started disintegrating (GS-13) and a couple of items were off in term of fit (Capo Volta). Their stuff looks great but long term durability is questionable.

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FuelForThought wrote a review of on April 28, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Stem looks nice and seems to function just as well as the other 3T ARX I have had (six of them), which means great.
BUT why make the stem with Torx Bolts??? This takes away from the convenience of the previous version which only required the rider to carry a 4mm hex to fix roadside. I am replacing all the bolts with Hex heads. BTW, the steerer bolt is not M6, it is M7x16. Good luck find a replacement

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FuelForThought wrote a review of on February 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have tried top of the line Michelin, Conti and Vittoria and always come back to the Veloflex because of the road feel. Now, *feel* is highly subjective but these tires *feel* fast and inspire confidence under hard cornering.
Durability is low but life it too short to ride crappy tires. I get 1500km from the rear and 5000km from the front. Changing tires at these intervals has kept me flat free for the quite some time.

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FuelForThought wrote a review of on February 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

And it works perfectly. Laced a 28h to archetype rims with CX-Rays makes a rock solid 972.5g wheel (with Stan rim tape) for the 162 lb rider.
The power readings are stable, the calibration is easy and rapid with the Garmin and I just forget that the hub is not a standard hub on all rides.

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FuelForThought wrote a review of on February 12, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pros:
- Excellent fabric, highly breathable, some slight stretch to it.
- Cut is OK, not race fit but not baggy either.
- Looks classy, not ridiculously like a cycling jacket. The advantage is that the jacket can be worn on the street without screaming "cycling jacket".
-362g

Cons:
- As others have noted, the zippers blow. The rear zippers are unusable on the bike and require some serious wrestling with off the bike. The front zipper is a tad better but still very hard to operate while on the bike.
-Jacket is dark with one small reflective rectangle of reflective material on the back. THIS IS DANGEROUS. I had a close call with a car that did not see me at night coming from the side.

I give it 3 stars but this might be too generous. Seriously considering sending the jacket back.

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FuelForThought wrote a review of on February 9, 2014

5 5

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

My only prior experience is with a Minoura Mag trainer so any trainer would be a significant improvement. With this disclaimer out of the way, I love the trainer. It is very stable and set up is a breeze. Take wheel off, put bike in drop outs of trainer. Same effort as swapping a rear wheel.
As every review says, the feel of the trainer is spot on. Your body feels like it is riding on the road. No choppiness whatsoever, just perfect buttery smoothness. This is the selling point of this trainer.
I moved my Bontrager speed/cadence sensor all the way to the back of the chain stay and can capture speed through the flywheel magnet.
The noise level is substantial but the noise spectrum is (just like the road feel) "natural". It sounds like a strong wind, not some appliance going in overdrive.

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FuelForThought wrote a review of on January 10, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not very durable and I am wondering about the whole sticky thing. Do you need sticky bar tape? I ride in the rain with the Fizik Glossy tape and have never felt my hand slip. Maybe because I wear gloves?
Durability of the Arundael tape is not high.

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FuelForThought wrote a review of on December 15, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Those Capo gloves are just not performing. WHile the fit was OK initially, after wearing them ~10 times during the past 3 weeks, they have stretched to a point where I am running out of velcro overlap to close the wrist and where the thumb is loose by 1/2 in. My previsous experiences with Capo have been stellar but this glove is a stinker. My educated guess is that the fabric that covers the back of the thumb and extends to the wrist stretches very rapidly.

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FuelForThought wrote a review of on December 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Only 6g heavier than the carbon version and just as good. Has all the tools you'll ever need on a typical road ride. For more remote riding, I pack a chain breaker.

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