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Mark wrote a review of on October 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

Got this helmet a while ago and it saved my life when a car hit me making an illegal left turn and sent me flying. The helmet cracked, but not my head. Got another one. It looks as good as a helmet can; not a mushroom like POC. And it fits perfect just as MET's sizing recommends.
Don't understand the two "reviews" above mine; a guy buys a helmet to buy him speed. Really? Maybe when you're a pro a second matters, but if you're buying your own helmet, you're not a pro so GTFO. Get on the bike to "buy" you speed. Too hot? Dude, you have a piece of thick plastic over your head to protect you, not to cool you down. What do you expect. Really? And it's VERY light compared to other helmets such as Specialized or Smith. I have no noise problems with it, whatsoever. The wind blowing while riding makes way more noise so I have no idea what the guy is talking about. It's an amazing helmet and I'm glad CC finally carries MET.

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Mark wrote a review of on December 1, 2018

5 5

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

I'm 5'9" and 150 pounds; got a medium. This jacket is well, perfect. I did 65 miles today in it with a sleeveless base layer only, and the temperature ranged from 45 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. It worked like a charm. Great wind protection, but also great breathability. I was never cold or too warm. I'd say once it gets to 65 with a sun out, it's getting probably a bit too much, but between 45 and 60, it was absolutely perfect. You also can remove the sleeves once it gets too warm, which I never felt the need to. The jacket also feels more like a long sleeve jersey than a jacket. Absolutely love it.

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Mark wrote a review of on April 28, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I initially purchased medium, but they were a bit loose around the hips so I got a pair of small. They fit perfectly - very snug, but perfectly comfortable other than the band around the calf, which I'd prefer a tiny bit looser. However, I do have rather muscular calves so it won't be a problem for most cyclists. They definitely run big in comparison with Giordana or Assos, but true to the chart.

Chamois is not the best I've tried, but quite good for the price. Panel stitching around the quads looks really cool and gives a more fitted and athletic appearance to the knickers.

Overall, highly recommended for the price.

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Mark wrote a review of on December 30, 2017

5 5

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

First of all, sizing: the product chart is spot on. They run large and are pretty much American, not European, sizing. I'm 5'9, 155 lbs and I am routinely large in Giordana and Assos, but these in small fit like a glove.

As far as the weather, they are indeed perfect for when you start out on a chilly morning and the temperature rises as you ride. I found them perfect when the temperature was 43 degrees when I took off, and rose to 67 after a few hours.

The chamois is quite good as well. I'd rate is just below Assos (any) and Giordana FRC.

Overall, a great product from Mavic.

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Mark wrote a review of on December 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've had this bib for months now and love it every time I wear it. The chamois is up there with the best my butt has experienced. The bib fits tight for the size so I'd definitely say it's race cut. I personally love how simple and understated it is as I've grown to dislike flashy outfits for amateur riders. I find the compression perfect and I have pretty muscular legs for my size so I disagree with Jonathan; it just may be a function of personal fit and anatomy.

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Mark wrote a review of on November 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I wore these bib tights today for the first time for a 65-mile ride in 50-70 degree weather. They were superb, just like any Giordana product I have tried.. Fit like a glove, no restriction anywhere, the chamois it top notch. Minor complaints: (1) The zipper on the back of the calf doesn't stay zipped all the way down, but possibly because they fit very snug on my calves. If you have skinny calves, you'll likely not experience this problem. (2) The black/red suspenders bled red on my white base layer. I haven't washed it yet so we'll see if it's permanent. (3) The chamois goes up quite high up front, and gives you a bit of a moose knuckle look. All in all, minor gripes.

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Mark wrote a review of on September 30, 2017

As good as it gets
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I first saw these at a granfondo in the Assos truck. I tried them on, and really liked that the carbon sole extended around the heel, which felt very stable and good for power transfer. Assos actually offered a pretty good deal on them, which I subsequently wished I had taken. Fast forward several weeks, during which I dealt with some serious delay on a pair of Vittoria shoes I had already bought at a huge discount from Europe. A CC rep told me that the Lake CX402 shoe is virtually the same as the Slipper at a lower price so I bought the Lakes. They were definitely not the same shoe - felt and fit much bigger and bulkier than the Assos, and the quality was not of a $500 shoe - so I returned them, and decided to just get the Assos.

The shoes have a slightly bulky look to them from the top compared to Sidis for example, but look quite "slim" from the side. The carbon sole wrapping around the heel makes the shoe very profiled from the back.

The shoes are probably best for narrow to medium width feet. The toe box is quite generous, but the midfoot, and especially the backfoot, are rather narrow. That part of the sole is moldable, but I'm not sure whether it would widen enough to accommodate very wide feet. My pair fit me perfectly right out of the box so I have not messed with "cooking" them in the oven.

The shoes are very stiff, which is great for power transfer, but can make the shoe a bit uncomfortable when unclipping at a red light and putting your body weight on it since the sides are made of carbon. I believe some of the internet reviews I have seen complaining about the shoe being uncomfortable have something to do with the fact that the sole wraps around half of the foot. I personally certainly feel the shoes are supremely comfortable.

The boa closure system is the best I have ever used. I finally got the Vittoria La Tecnica shoes also with a boa closure system, and the Assos' closure is far superior to the Vittoria's.

Cons: the leather around the ankles had yellowed for some reason. It's a pure cosmetic gripe, not functional, but it certainly warrants criticism for a $500 shoe.

Verdict: Top of the line shoe that's as good as it gets in terms if looks, functionality, and technology. If you can afford it, you won't regret it.

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Mark wrote a review of on September 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I saw it was on sale, and always wanted to try a wool jersey for cooler mornings so I got the Italia/black color. The jersey is a combination of wool and synthetic fabrics, which is great for retaining shape and fit. I'm just about 5'9", 155 lbs, with an about 40 inch chest. The jersey fits perfectly. I disagree it fits way too small. Perhaps it doesn't fit well people who are out of shape and carry extra pounds around their torsos or waists, but if you're lean, it fits custom made.

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Mark wrote a review of on September 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

If you're looking for a black, no thrills jersey, this one fits the bill perfectly. It's rather understated so it may not be everyone's taste, but I personally love the design. The material is not fancy or high tech, but neither the rough, cheap-looking polyester many cycling jerseys are made of. It has a slight shine to it, and feels quite smooth. I'm just about 5'9, 155 lbs, with a 40 inch chest, and medium fits perfectly. At the current price, it's a great deal in my personal opinion.

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Mark wrote a review of on January 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

As most, if not all, Assos gear it's a very high quality, great looking jersey. My only gripe would be that the sleeves are very tight. I got an XL, and the sleeves are tighter than another Assos jersey designed for the same weather I own in size L. It works great for temperature between 50-60 degrees with a base layer, and as a single piece over 60.
Sizing is typical of European gear: runs small. I got an XL to be able to wear it with another layer underneath without struggling to to get it on. I'm 5'9", 160 lbs, 40' chest. XL leaves enough room in the chest to wear another layer. My other Assos jersey in size L is very tight in the chest and it's difficult to put a base layer underneath it.
A word of caution with all white cycling jerseys: try not to get them dirty as the stains are virtually impossible to remove. My advice is wear them in dry weather only unless you don't care to get them permanently stained.

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Mark wrote a review of on November 26, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: 45.5

I personally think they are amazing looking cycling shoes, and I was super stoked to get them on sale since they were originally $400. They fit great, and true to size, but I was completely dumbfounded when I could not clip them into my Dura Ace SPD-SL pedals using the blue cleats. They would clip in, quietly, but then pop right out. I experimented with the cleat angle and got them to work somewhat better, but they still don't clip in with a convincing loud click that every other shoe I had did. They also clip out extremely easily, regardless of the cleat tension, which I assume is because they don't clip in tight. That may not necessarily be a problem as long as they don't unclip when climbing...I have used them on four long rides so far, and knock on wood, they have stayed clipped in just fine.

I called Competitive Cyclist and reported the issue, and was told they had never heard of this problem. Well, my girlfriend bought a pair of the Fizik R5 shoes today, and guess what? She's having exactly the same problem, this time with the Shimano Ultegra SPD-SL pedals and yellow cleats. Clearly this is something to do with the sole shape. I'm surprised more cyclists don't report this problem. Seems like a design defect of some sort, even if slight, and should be corrected, especially at this price point.

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Mark wrote a review of on May 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got my bike last week and can't stop riding it and looking at it. What a deal at the price and what a beautiful bicycle. The customer service during and post-purchase has been first class from Competitive Cyclist as well. These guys know their bikes and how to deliver 5-star customer service. I'm a fan.

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