ipsenatorwrote a question about Asolo TPS 535 Lth V Evo Backpacking Boot - Men's on February 16, 2017
I don't think this boot has goretex....Does it?
I don't think this boot has goretex....Does it?
This bike is sooooo nice.
I built this up with Dura Ace Di2, Shimano 785 shifters/brakes, 3T bar and stem, and both Zipp 303 and HED Ardennes Plus for a spare wheelset. I also included Vittoria Open Corsa CX 700x25. The 25mm profile is perfect for the wide stance of both wheelsets. The bike has tons of clearance and could actually take a wider tire if desired.
Unpacking, i was super impressed. The bike was built and packaged very well. I only had to reassemble a small amount of parts. The detail work on the bike is fantastic. Pinarello did a great job on the paint, and making sure all the details are taken care of. The bike is a bit heavy which is something I had heard about Pinarello. It weighs 18.5 lbs which is a couple of pounds more than my friends Specialized Tarmac with similar components.
Once on the road, I found this bike to be very responsive. It corners really well. I felt a very big difference in cornering and in lateral stiffness compared to my 5 year old Cannondale Super Six that this is replacing. The bike is also a little harsher than the old bike. It is built like a sports car and you feel the road a little bit more than the super cushioned bikes that the other big names are pumping out.
One note of warning. You need to register your frame with Pinarello within 10 days of purchase to extend the warranty and crash replacement for an additional year. The bike took over 10 days to arrive, so I didn't have a serial number to register. Pinarello is very rigid on the extension policy. I really wish Competitive Cyclist would be aware of the warranty policies of the bikes they are selling. It would have been great for them to send me the serial number ahead of delivery, so I could get the extra year. An extra year is a big deal, especially when you consider it also extends the crash replacement protections. A total bummer for sure. If you buy a pinarello, get someone at Comp Cyclist to send you the info.
these tubes are great. the right stem length and removable cores in case that is important to you. I know it is just a tube, but conti makes them good consistently.
These bottle cages are very secure, and the glossy carbon weave is a nice match to a lot of bikes.
Not sure these are totally needed if you are careful with other plastic levers, but this lever is very smooth and flat so it will not hurt your wheels. I have used them 4 or 5 times and they were very easy to use. Like some other levers I like, these do not flex too much. If you have carbon clinchers, you should probably own something like this.
Very nice pedal. I like them much better than the first generation of KEOs I had been using. The carbon spring is a bit gimmicky but it works.
I think nutrition is a personal thing, but I really don't get all the hype about Skratch. I have followed Alan Lim since the beginning (Floyd Years) and his science is right on. The taste is amazing, but I just don't feel as good on Skratch as I do on cytomax. Giving 4 stars because the quality is good, but I just don't like it as much as some other things.
I think a good vest is the most important piece of clothing to have in the closet, and this particular vest is hard to beat. I am 6'0", 165lbs and a large fits well. I only wish it was easier to get into my pockets.
Living in Florida, I don't get to use these often. I have only used them a few times on trips to Utah. They are well made and perfect for the rides I did in the 40's and 50's. Fit is in line with most other gloves. I wear medium in almost every brand of glove and these also fit well in a medium.
A saddle is a very personal choice, and for me this one fits well. It is well constructed and gets even more comfortable after a break-in period. I have put over 1,000 miles on it and it doesn't even look like it has worn at all.
I tried one in my kitchen and liked it. But, on the bike they are a little to dry for me and hard to get down. Just a preference thing. Giving 4 stars because it is a good product, just a little dry.
What can you say? It is a cassette. Shimano makes good stuff. This is nice. Not the lightest, but it gets the job done and done well. I am using the 11x25 11 spd version of this on my 2nd wheelset.
If I had the choice, I would not use a saddle bag at all. This is a nice option for when I am going long distances and need my jersey pockets for food. Easy to mount right into the Fizik saddle. I like that it does not attach with Velcro. I had problems with Velcro from other bags catching on my shorts eventually leading to holes. I can fit a tube, a few tools, co2 and a tire lever with room to spare.