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Jason's Passions

Hiking & Camping
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JK wrote a review of on September 22, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Thought I'd share my thoughts on this bike for anyone looking to purchase one 2nd hand. I have 3 years and several thousand kilometers on it thus far. Not just a spin around the parking lot...the people that review something after a spin around the parking lot...what are they thinking?
The frame is stiff and responsive, yet rides smoother than my previous aluminum specialized allez. The geometry is racy, of course. I am 175cm tall with long arms and long legs and the fit is pretty good. For longer rides I would rather a 90mm stem perhaps, but most of my rides are short and punchy...28km, 700 meters climbing, just under an hour ride time. I feel this is a great bike for rides like this.
Shimano components are great, as usual.
The DT Swiss R1700 wheelset that came on these are awesome. Spin soooper smooth and fast. Just coasting along I pass everyone even with several thousand km's on them they are still going strong.
My only complaint about this bike is the aero seatpost. No flex at all and no possibility to swap for an aftermarket post.

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JK wrote a review of on November 13, 2008

2 5

I was excited to get these, but after trying them on, the excitement faded quickly. The crotch hangs down too low. Normally thats fine with me, but I wanted these for trail running and mtb'ing. If I pulled them up so the crotch was in the right spot (i.e. I could move my legs without resistance from the pants) the waist band was up to the bottom of my ribcage...I'm not 80 yet!!! Wish I could comment on the performance of these, but I sent them back as they were just not going to work for me. Instead I picked up a pair of the Gore Windstopper cycling tights (unpadded) and those are a 10x better fit.

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JK wrote a review of on November 13, 2008

5 5

I got these in the unpadded version for greater versatility. I've used these from 20 F - 45 F for biking (they fit well under baggy mtb shorts) and for trail running. For being windproof/breathable they stretch well, but they do offer some resistance, which is a negative. These could also be used under a pair of ski pants or for hiking. They have a small zippered pocket in the back for keys or a small mp3 player. Overall they can't be beat!

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JK wrote a review of on November 13, 2008

3 5

I sent it back as the back was too curved and it felt as though all the weight was on my waist. I constantly felt as if the pack was leaning back no matter how I adjusted it. I do have the Deuter Race X Air and love it, but wanted something bigger. I did like the rest of the design of the pack; pocket placement/organization, zippers, and the side compression straps are awesome as you can cinch them up and make this pack flat as a pancake, or open 'em up and haul a couple of days worth of clothes.

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