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Mark C.

Mark C.

Mark C.wrote a review of on December 16, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a Look 695, fully SRAM equipped. Since 2012 I have had 7, yes 7 SRAM Red rear derailleurs blow apart while I was riding. Number 7 was today; I was riding my rollers and the unit shot cage parts across the room. The cage was actually broken into several parts by the guiltless chain. So: The pivot pin that holds the cage on the derailleur body uses a primitive "mushroom" flange that is retained by a long screw. Over a few thousand miles the screw wears down the flange; then the cage erupts from the bike, often destroying the chain, etc. I don't want to replace all my parts, so I'm ordering a Force 22. At least when IT explodes, I won't be watching $250 + dollars lying on the road/floor/etc.

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Mark C.

Mark C.wrote a review of on December 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have one of the Bodykit and one Total Comfort bib. I've only owned them for a few months, so I can't comment on longevity, but I'm impressed with the fit, the chamois, and the overall quality. These bibs fit tight. I wouldn't say they are small, but they require a fit body for a given size. I am ~5'8" and around 145 pounds. I have large thighs, and the medium bibs create a very race fit. I find them a bit hard to get into, and they feel really tight until I arrange all body parts in order. After a few minutes of riding, however, the bibs disappear. I don't notice them even after three hours on the bike. I consider them as desirable as the best Assos or Giordana, and they don't share Giordano's ridiculous clam-digger leg lengths. Short people don't need a 25" inseam on their cycling shorts. Overall, I'd rate these as highly as anything I've worn. In six months or so, I'll comment on wear and reliability.

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Mark C.

Mark C.wrote a review of on November 25, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Okay, first the good stuff. They roll so smoothly that I jumped off the bike twice to make sure they weren't going flat. At those times, they weren't. Now the bad: Four days; five flats. I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, otherwise known as the Southwest Goathead Sanctuary. Even with liquid flat-fighter, these poor tires don't stand a chance. Tomorrow I'm going to install some Panaracer kevlar liners. They weigh only 25 grams and don't influence the ride. If that doesn't work, then I'll admit Vittoria is not suited for desert climates and lumpy roads. Too bad. They really do ride and roll beautifully.

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Mark C.

Mark C.wrote a review of on November 22, 2017

4 5

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

My POC disappears on my head when I wear it. What greater praise can I offer? I am recovering from a bicycle accident that caused four broken cervical vertebrae, six broken ribs, a broken hand, two skull fractures, and a lost tooth, etc. My helmet, a Smith, saved my life. I'm counting on the POC to do the same. It is lighter and more comfortable than the Smith (which was a good helmet). My only complaint about the POC is the chin strap material. It is so light and thin that it can slip through the adjustment clip. I'll adjust it to a good tension, and by the end of a long ride it's noticeably looser. Not a major problem, but. Anyone have ideas for improving this? I really like this helmet and I'd like it to be perfect.

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Mark C.

Mark C.wrote a review of on November 15, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What is with Giordana? I used to love their bibs, but I'm 5'7.5", not 6'11". Their leg lengths are beyond ridiculous. The gripper material cuts across mid-knee, making for diaper rash at the back. I don't want to return to Eddy Merckx short-shorts, but this trend to cycling clam-diggers (capris) and goofy redneck Christmas-stocking socks (18" long) is both funny and pathetic.

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Mark C.

Mark C.wrote a review of on May 8, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 142 lbs
Size Purchased: 44

Last year I gave these shoes a rave review. They are comfortable, heat moldable, fit my wide feet, AND Speedplay-ready. A year later I must reconsider. After eight months the upper Boa system on the right shoe began tearing out of the upper. Competitive Cyclist replaced the shoes in December. It's now early May and the upper Boa system on the right shoe is again tearing out of the upper in the replacement pair. I do not have feet of steel; I'm not clamping down to 200 pounds of force (ouch). The shoes still have many great features, but I cannot recommend them. Competitive Cyclist has honored the warranty, but it's now just over a year and two pairs down. I'll be looking elsewhere for shoes. Very disappointed.

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Mark C.

Mark C.wrote a review of on April 16, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: 44.5 european

I have had the Lake Speedplay 402s for almost two weeks and have put over 500 miles on them including long mountain climbs, interval training, and tempo rides. The fit from the box was painful in the heel cups, but heat molding solved that. I've molded the left shoe once and the right four times. My right foot is a more difficult fit, and I'm trying to match the extraordinary fit of the left shoe as closely as I can. Right now both shoes fit, transfer power, and "disappear" on my feet far better than any shoe I've used. The only remaining question is whether the shoes will hold their shape and retain their great look for several years. I don't believe in spending a lot of money just to impress myself, but these shoes are money well spent.

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Mark C.

Mark C.wrote a review of on August 1, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Overall a good helmet. However, I've owned three of these, and the adjustment knob has broken off each one within 3-4 months of use. I never adjust the fit while riding, and I am understandably cautious when I do turn the knob. Mechanics at my local bike shop say that manufacturers discount longevity in order to make low weight claims. Come on, people. A stronger knob might add 3-6 grams. It's worth the weight.

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