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Zachwrote a review of on May 4, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've paired this SL-70 Aero bar with Zipp's new SL Speed stem and together they combine to create a very stiff yet reasonably comfortable ride. The deeper drops on this bar are a change for me, they are slightly deeper than my old Zipp Contour SL bars but I feel like with this bar aero is paramount and this set up helps to achieve a flatter back. The tops are a bit unnerving to ride dirt roads on as it feels like you can just slip straight off if you are not holding on tight. To augment this I've ordered some Vuka grip tape and it is definately helping to reduce that feeling.
Note- I've been able to mount my SRM PC-8 next to this stem clamp without any issues.
All in all an incredible bar/stem set up that feels and is faster than the competition!

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Zachwrote a review of on November 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using this bar tape for the last couple years and it is great. It wipes clean again and again, even if I get grease and road grime on it. It feels tacky with wet hands/gloves yet your hands flow overit without being too sticky. I recommend to anyone wanting a "pro" bike look that lasts.

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Zachwrote a review of on September 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used these tires for two years in a row at Leadville and they have served me right each time with no cuts/tears or flats. These tires are very fast, light and they are exactly what you want to have under you when you train all year for a single day. These are pretty soft rubber, so they do wear quickly which is why I clasify them as an event only tire but these are also the reasons for their high performance and light weight.

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Zachwrote a review of on August 31, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've put this helmet through the wringer with Leadville and training for the event. My wife liked the bright color so she could see me from the feedzone. It fits as expected of a GIRO product, pressure points match up to my other Giro's through the years, so no issues with fit or sizing.

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Zachwrote a review of on February 16, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've only been able to get out on this new powermeter a couple times as it is Feb but the initial set up and apparent accuracy of the system is great. I paired this system with a Garmin Edge 500 and the system picket the cranks right up and have not given me any troubles. I love how I do not need to mount a magnet on my frame to capture cadence! I have a PF30 Ti frame and I do not have an easy mount for a magnet without pulling the PF shell. I also use an SRM on my road bike and based on my percieved exertion the systems mirror eachother very closely.

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Zachwrote a review of on February 16, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've only been able to get out on these for a couple rides as it is still winter where I live but my initial impressions are that this shifter has a solid, positive throw that makes for a confidence inspiring shifter. After riding on XX1 for the last 2-3 years I appreciate the lever feel these provide and the ergonomics of the push/pull levers is incredible.

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Zachwrote a review of on February 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's winter here but I've been able to put a couple good rides on these brakes in combination with the RT-99 Freeza rotors. First impressions are that these are very powerful, with a consistent power that does not fade under heavy braking- 20-30minutes with rock drops and decreasing radius switchbacks. My last pair of XTR 985 race brakes worked flawlessly for over 3 years with the only maintenance being changing the brake pads a couple times per season!

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Zachwrote a review of on February 4, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

My nephew is springing up like a weed these days, so when he needed some new long underwear I asked my parent friends what I should get him and Capilene was immediately recommended. So far so good, it fits him well and is nice and warm.

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Zachwrote a review of on February 4, 2015

Great frame for every day hammering!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've tested this frame off and on for over 2 years and I keep coming back to it for its smooth ride quality, efficient power transfer and stable geometry. I finished Leadville 100 last year in under 9 hours and I have to say this bike was a dream to ride on all day due to its comfort and power transfer. But dont just trust me, take a look at this review as well- http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-shed/cycle-life/The-Six-Month-Test-Merlin-XLM-29.html

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