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Spencer Phillips wrote a review of on October 2, 2011

5 5

This jersey is the Hincapie Velocity custom jersey but with Hincapie graphics. Team BMC will tell you that this is the jersey they wear but a close inspection of big race photos shows that they actually wear the Emergence jersey. However, it is still a top notch jersey. I own several of these jerseys of different vintages and all have proven to be extremely well made and very comfortable for the average (i.e. not 125 lb) rider.

The fit on this jersey is a “race” cut but you don’t have to be 6’ 4” and 145 lbs for the jersey to fit correctly. What I really like about the jersey is the longer sleeves. I have tried a number of jerseys with a standard length sleeve that rides up into your armpit when the body of the jersey fits correctly. The sleeves in this jersey do not do that.

Unlike the Equipe version of this kit – the same garment but with different graphics – there are no reflective logos or piping which has become a trademark of Hincapie Sportswear.

The graphics on this kit are sharp! The stock pictures that accompany the description here do not do them justice! They look much better in person. The reds are very rich – more like a crimson – and look good even when wet. These kits are much better looking than the Equipe graphics which are an identical garment. My only complaint is that there isn’t a version that is primarily white for those of us who live in warmer climates.

Overall, a very comfortable, well made kit.

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Spencer Phillips wrote a review of on October 2, 2011

5 5

These bib shorts are essentially the Hincapie Velocity custom shorts but with some stock graphics. Team BMC will tell you that these are the shorts they wear but a close inspection of big race photos shows that they actually wear the Emergence kit. However, it is still a top notch kit. I own several of these kits of different vintages and all have proven to be extremely well made and very comfortable for the average (i.e. not 125 lb) rider.

This year, they took a few steps forward. The shorts are almost exactly like last year although the reflective logos have been removed - it would have been nice to have those. The chamois is very nice and is very comfortable for long rides. The big step forward is the availability of multiple colors. Last year, only one color was available – fire/grey – and it doesn’t look very pretty when the sweating starts. However, they could take an even bigger step forward with the introduction of a version of the Equipe kit that is primarily white for those of us who live in warmer climates.

RealCyclist offers more versions of this very same kit but with very sharp looking red (my favorite) and (mostly) black graphics.

Overall, a very comfortable, well made kit.

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Spencer Phillips wrote a review of on October 2, 2011

5 5

This jersey is essentially the Hincapie Velocity custom jersey but with some stock graphics. Team BMC will tell you that this is the jersey they wear but a close inspection of big race photos shows that they actually wear the Emergence jersey. However, it is still a top notch jersey. I own several of these jerseys of different vintages and all have proven to be extremely well made and very comfortable for the average (i.e. not 125 lb) rider.

The fit on this jersey is a “race” cut but you don’t have to be 6’ 4” and 145 lbs for the jersey to fit correctly. What I really like about the jersey is the longer sleeves. I have tried a number of jerseys with a standard length sleeve that rides up into your armpit when the body of the jersey fits correctly. The sleeves in this jersey do not do that.

This year, they took several steps forward. The jersey is almost exactly like last year although the reflective logos (but not the piping – it remains) have been removed - it would have been nice to have those. The zipper has also been improved with a beefier body and more versatile tab. They have also added a new sleeve cuff to match the leg opening in the bib shorts. While there was nothing wrong with the old cuff, this one is a dramatic improvement – very comfortable and an improved look. The other big step forward is the availability of multiple colors. Last year, only one color was available – grey – and it doesn’t look very pretty when the sweating starts. However, they could take an even bigger step forward with the introduction of a version that is primarily white for those of us who live in warmer climates.

RealCyclist offers more versions of this very same jersey (actually a complete kit) but with very sharp looking red (my favorite) and (mostly) black graphics.

Overall, a very comfortable, well made kit.

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Spencer Phillips wrote a review of on October 2, 2011

5 5

These bib shorts are the Hincapie Velocity custom bib shorts with Hincapie graphics. Team BMC will tell you that this is the kit they wear but a close inspection of big race photos shows that they actually wear the Emergence kit. However, it is still a top notch kit. I own several of these kits of different vintages and all have proven to be extremely well made and very comfortable.

The graphics on this kit are sharp! The stock pictures that accompany the description here do not do them justice! They look much better in person. The reds are very rich – more like a crimson – and look good even when wet. These kits are much better looking than the Equipe graphics which are an identical garment. My only complaint is that there isn’t a version that is primarily white for those of us who live in warmer climates.

Overall, a very comfortable, well made kit.

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Spencer Phillips wrote a review of on October 2, 2011

2 5

Hincapie makes top shelf products with innovative improvements and products that last a long time. One of the innovations in this jersey is the laser cut edges and gripping finish. While the edges are very flat and grippy, they are not very elastic.

The fit on this jersey is a “club” fit so it is meant for those with a fuller build. I normally wear a Large size in the Hincapie “race” cut. I tried the large and medium in this jersey and had a hard time getting a good fit. Apparently, I am in between sizes in the club range.

Because of the inelasticity of the cuffs and waist in this jersey, I could not get a jersey with a good fit. The large version was too loose and would have flapped in the wind, and the medium version (in white anyway) made me look like the Michelin Man (even though the body was very comfortable) when the cuffs and waist didn’t stretch.

I was disappointed that the jersey didn’t fit because there few Hincapie jerseys available in white.

Overall, the jersey seems to be of very high quality but if it doesn’t fit you perfectly; you probably won’t like it.

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Spencer Phillips wrote a review of on September 9, 2010

5 5

I bought this stem along with the carbon version (EC90) to perform a side-by-side, Pepsi challenge styled comparison (remember those?). I liked this one better. Dimensionally and weight-wise they were identical. "They" say that 4-bolt patterns are better (I am not convinced one way or the other) and this one is 4-bolt. I think the two things that made me choose aluminum was price and style - the white stem looks much better than the black carbon with the upside down logo (when mounted 10 degrees up).

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Spencer Phillips wrote a review of on September 9, 2010

5 5

These (along with all of the other Hincapie socks) are great socks. They are not the thinnest socks on the market so you should take that into account when buying them. In other words, if your shoes fit tight; you may want to buy something else that is thinner. Even though they are thicker - they are still good for warm weather riding. They also run a little small - if you normally wear a large sock you may want to order extra large. I use them both for running and cycling and they last much longer than other socks I have used (Descente and Sock Guy).

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