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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on July 3, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The "hard" mount is undersized and will not fit any oversize handlebars - ridiculous and useless. The quick release mount is similar to the Edge quick release, therefore not a true quick release since you would have difficulty mounting this in the dark. The whole unit seems unnecessarily large and bulky, taking a lot of precious handlebar space for a little convenience. The configuration as a large thick disc limits reasonable mounting options as you could not for example place on or near the brake hoods. A small rectangle would be better. I bought two - one works fine, one will not sync and is being returned.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on June 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am a firm believer in the nitrate - vasodilatation benefits of beet products and have tried many and have something essentially every day. usually one of the powders or crystals in a protein drink, which tastes marginal - and I like beets.

This is far more convenient and really does taste good. even beet haters should be able to tolerate this and may even like it, since it has a very predominant cherry flavor rather than beet. Although the company advertises it as being exponentially stronger then beet juice or beet powder, that has not been my experience. Seems the same effect as 2 tablespoons of powder or 5-6 oz.of straight juice. In any event a great product.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on June 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

DISCLOSURE - I could not get it to sync with my iPhone but could not care less about the phone features.

I bought for 2 reasons - my 800 has many poor features and needed an upgrade, and I want to be able to see the screen without reading glasses. Seemed senseless to spend $600 on the incremental upgrade of the 810 and still need reading glasses.
So I mostly love the 1000. The slightly larger, noticeably clearer screen is a huge huge huge plus for me. I will not list features but many are great and are extremely useful. GPS + Glonass burns through battery life but extremely accurate. Build quality seems high. Even just on GPS it did not lose satellite in heavy woods as my 800 often did. It did seem to burn through battery pretty fast just on GPS so if you have 12 hour epics in mind that could be a big problem.
And candidly, I am happy with Garmin having released a BETA version I can use all summer and then hopefully have software updates resolve issues rather than working out all the glitches and not releasing until September.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on May 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Magical handling at all speeds. The roads in Eastern PA are totally shot after the winter and this bike gives me the confidence to go downhill fast and know I can change my line and stay planted and upright. Reasonably compliant ride for a race bike. Handling a half notch better than my Zero 7 and ride is similarly not brutal. My favorite bike ever.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on December 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

OMG these feel good. No seams and perfect leg grippers - none - the material is just a bit thicker and stays in place. Very lightweight so best for warm to hot days, although compression is pretty good despite thin material. Runs slightly small. I am 5'6" 29" waist 139 lbs and the small works for me. The straps are a bit flimsy and tight but I always wear a baselayer and I am on short side so not a problem for me. If you are tall they might dig in a bit. Superb chamois. Have held up well to repeated use but would not call these everyday bibs.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on November 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is basically a very nice mid-level summer shoe with a Gore-Tex lightly insulated body and upper. Nylon sole, standard straps. Call it a $180 shoe with a goretex and insulation upgrade, which do not in my view justify a $150 price increase, although there are not many decent winter road shoes on the market so these could be the best alternative if you do not want summer shoes and heavy booties.
Pros - fit is right-on for Sidi and despite the non-carbon sole has a very nice road feel. Straps allow easy on-bike adjustment with heavy gloves. Fairly warm but not winter-warm for most folks. Top neoprene ankle band does seal pretty tight and well.
Con - price and not nearly insulated enough to be a true winter shoe.
Fit - Has a bit more volume than same size Sidi road shoe, BUT has a very thin cheap insole so if you replace that with a supportive insole you have less room for thick socks. I am very comfortable in my Ergo 41's and got these in a 42 and am glad I did - I think most people will need to upgrade a size if they will wear heavy socks and/or insole replacement.
Bottom line - great $250 shoe that retails for $330.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on October 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Beautifully made, as light weight as advertised, very bright, nice beam pattern. The basic issue is whether for the high cost it gives enough light or if you should get the Diablo (or similar higher-output light) instead, perhaps with a back-up battery since the Diablo burns through battery life really fast. This has much better battery life, perhaps since it is a single LED v. 3 LED's for Diablo. I tend to think that most folks will want more light or settle for a bit less light at a far lower cost from one of the very nice 2014 lights from various brands that are coming out. Also, the "flash" setting is fairly ineffective - it only "blips" slightly so is just not very noticeable as a daytime warning light. The $79 Tracer is actually far more effective for that. Bottom line - a great light with a very narrow niche.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on October 14, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Both lights are extremely bright. Both highly effective for day-time bright sunshine safety visibility. Wrap-around design of lenses provide very good side visibility. Buttons are very small and I expect hard to use with winter gloves but you would only very rarely need to change a setting while riding. Front mounts easily and is unobtrusive - front gets 5+ stars. Rear, however, is designed ONLY to mount onto round seatposts (?!??!) so is very difficult to mount to a saddle bag, backpack, chainstay or to an aero seatpost. so unless you have a round seatpost with a bit of room this may be impossible to mount securely. Hard to fathom why such an expensive and well-made item does not have a more adaptable mounting system. Rear gets 5 stars for visibility 1 star for mounting - how can you make a rear light that does not effectively mount to a backpack or courier pack?

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on July 12, 2012

5 5

Really nice, high wicking and high airflow material. Allows much more air through the jersey material itself than anything else I have worn. 5'6" 142 and the medium is perfect for me. Only thing it lacks is a zippered key pocket. Back panel material does not stretch so does not sag when pockets are full. NOTE - the material is so thin it is translucent so you can see through this jersey pretty easily. I wish it came in more colors.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on July 12, 2012

2 5

I have Mavic's Helium jersey and love it - perfect fit, really well made, etc. so I got this in the same size. Big (pun intended) mistake. This jersey is at least a size larger. 3-4 inches longer in back. The back panel of the Helium is material that does not stretch up/down so jersey does not sag if pockets are loaded. This does not, and the fabric is very light and stretchy so it sags dramatically with anything in the pockets. Esp. at this price, there are better choices out there.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on May 1, 2012

5 5

Fits me perfectly (Medium helmets all fit me well) but not a lot of stretch so careful buying if you have a large head or a lot of hair. Very thin and comfortable with flat seams that do not dig into your forehead as many bands do.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on February 4, 2012

5 5

Nice mid-weight roubaix fabric which is moderately compressive. Excellent, very comfortable leg grippers. 5' 6 1/2" 145 lbs and medium fit perfectly. Legs are slightly on the short side. Chamois extremely comfortable but very large and quite thick so those who like minimal chamois will not like these. Makes dynamite combination with any fleece knee or leg warmer. For this price should have flat-locked stitching throughout and better shoulder straps since these are pretty ordinary. Also, the thick rubber DeMarchi name tag on the right leg which you can see in the picture sticks out a half inch and is immensely strange and just begs to be cut off. Overall I really like these.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on January 26, 2012

3 5

The pictures do not really show it but this jersey has many separate pieces of fabric, meaning many seams. Way too many seams. Polar opposite of Castelli Boby Paint which has zero seams. All those seams are uncomfortable and pucker, etc. so despite high quality materials, nice features and careful construction, it does not look or feel so good when wearing it.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on January 26, 2012

5 5

Every other headband I have ever used has seams at least at top and bottom resulting in severe "dent" marks in my forehead which look mighty dorky for several hours after the ride. This has none. Very thin, stretchy and comfortable. I found quite warm, in part because it is so wide so has significant coverage. Looks really good, too.

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