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John P.

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John P.

John P.wrote a review of on August 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are stiff, light, fast, super comfortable wheels. There is much written about their width and its effect on tire performance and bike handling--in my experience it's all true. I weigh 145 and run these at 70 psi with 25 mm GP 4000s. At that setup I'm a bit faster than I was at 95 psi on narrower rims, and the ride is definitely gentler. If anything, 70 psi may be a bit too much. The wider tire profile coupled with the wheels' stiffness also boosts cornering grip, a lot. Throw the bike into a curve and you just get solid response and a smooth transition in and out. I haven't found an uncomfortable depth for a turn on these wheels.

I only have about 400 miles on them now, but they've stayed true through several mishaps with crappy pavement, steel plates, bridge seams, etc. The hubs seem to still be breaking in and rolling faster and smoother, but maybe that's just my imagination.

I had no issues with packaging or setting them up. HED's Youtube videos on the wheels are useful, particularly as to appropriate pressure. I haven't tried tubeless tires on them yet. I did have to replace the brake cables (with slightly longer cables) to let the brakes accommodate the wider rims. I also notice a little thump, thump at a certain braking pressure, which I think is diminishing as the braking surface gets broken in.

Tommy at CC was a great help in selecting these.

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John P.

John P.wrote a review of on August 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have about 600 miles on this bike and love it more with every ride. It's smooth riding but stiff under pressure, and handles adroitly in city traffic, on hills, and on all types of rough roads. It climbs beautifully, either in a measured pace or under a real push. Tommy at CC helped get me a set of HED Ardennes+ for it, which is a great pairing. The 4ZA wheels that come with the setup will carry you for a while but they mute a lot of the frame's power. My mileage so far is lower than in the comments below but I have not had any frame noise at all.

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John P.wrote a review of on October 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

The Gabba lives up to the hype. My first ride with it was 23 miles in the rain at 52 degrees F, and I was entirely comfortable. Subsequent rides have been just as good. It is wind and water proof, without making you feel like you're in a plastic bag. It fits snugly all over, but I think it's generally true to size. I'm 5'8" 150lb, and I wear large Castelli shorts, but the M jersey fits exactly, with just enough room for a thin base layer. If you are on the line, probably order up a size.

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John P.wrote a review of on July 13, 2011

4 5

I have worn these shorts for about three months on my 23 mile commute. They are very comfortable, durable, and the chamois is excellent. These shorts eliminated a nagging saddle sore that I've had with several other pairs of shorts. I'm long in the torso, and the bib straps are very comfortable. Minor demerits for a bit of fabric fraying near the knee (cosmetic only), and the Sugoi logos are also beginning to peel off (ditto). Great shorts at a very fair price.

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John P.wrote a review of on March 15, 2011

4 5

These are super-comfortable knickers. Above-the-calf length, good knee coverage without any sense of restriction. They're not insulated, but the fabric is substantial and they did me right on a 38-50 degree ride. Wel padded, lo-pro chamois, no issues. The bib is very flexible, more comfortable than other bib tights I own. Only one ride so far, but they feel very well made, like all my other PI stuff, and the stitching is smooth and feels strong. They hiked up my junk a bit more than I'd prefer, but in my experience bib tights loosen up a bit as you wear them and that stops being an issue. The site says that there's a rear pocket, but there isn't (or it's extremely well hidden).

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John P.

John P.wrote a review of on March 15, 2011

4 5

These are very good arm warmers. Cozy interior, tight enough to stay put but not so tight as to bother you. I'm 5'9" with average (i.e., non-workout) arms, and the mediums fit just right. The seam is noticeable when you put them on, and may leave a mark after you take them off, but it didn't bother me when riding. In fact, I basically forgot I was wearing them, which is to me the hallmark of good gear.

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