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willinwrote a review of on December 3, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bottom line: Wahoo delivers a good product, and if not, they take care of you.

I used the Core for about a month and had numerous problems immediately out of the box. First there were loud knocking sounds. Also, when using Zwift I had a hard time drafting other riders and the fine control of resistance seemed to be lacking.

I opened up the belt cover and discovered that the main pulley that attaches the belt to the lower drive shaft was loose. I tightened the set screw and things improved for a while.

Then, the resistance unit and its axle literally slid laterally off the frame making the trainer inoperable. I tried fixing but I was worried it would slide all the way off and careen through my house like a wrecking ball of pure kinetic energy.

As you can understand, it's disappointing to buy a 900-dollar trainer and have it fall apart on you after a dozen rides...

Fortunately, I contacted Wahoo and they quickly responded. I determined that the unit I received was not assembled properly at the factory. The main bolt that keeps the axle attached to the frame was not installed. All that was holding the ~200rpm resistance unit on the frame was the friction of a 2mm set screw. Yeesh.

Wahoo offered to send me a replacement via 2nd day air, free of charge.

The new unit is very quiet--the drivetrain noise is more than the trainer itself---and the resistance control is greatly enhanced on Zwift--drafting works now and those 15% hills feel like they're supposed to... ouch. It's a great trainer that will make riding fun all Winter.

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willinwrote a review of on March 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Its strange to have an affection to a coffee mug. I've owned many types of these things over the years and never gave any much thought to any of them until I got this one.

My thoughts:

(1) It keeps it warm for a long time. All thermal mugs do this, so its not too surprising but it is a requirement to be a good mug.

(2) Its easy to clean and has no moving parts. This makes the mug truly exceptional. Most thermos mugs get gunk in them and have lots of parts that you don't want to clean all the time but residue builds up on all those parts and makes your coffee gross. This mug has some sort of lining and a very simple lid design that makes every sip perfect and cleaning it is as easy as a quick rinse.

(3) The shape of the lid is somehow *just right*. If you're a coffee drinker like me its the little things like this that matter. I can't explain it.

(4) It looks sleek and refined.

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willinwrote a review of on May 22, 2017

Good for very rough gravel and light mtb
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Its not great at rolling the tarmac, but for rough roads with embedded sharp rocks, this tire will hold up and roll well. At 1.75 inches (45mm, true to size on a 17.5mm internal width rim) its very nearly a mtb tire. You can climb stuff like an mtb, out of the saddle.

I trained for and rode The Wild Horse 75-mile gravel race with the Riddlers and they were a very good choice--the course is very rough and its competitive on for both proper mtbs, and those who chose a cross bike with large-ish volume tires. There were lots of embedded sharp rocks, deep sand, and hardened clay ruts/potholes that you hit at full speed. The Riddlers held up to the abuse with no flats or cuts, but I sure did try. There were many who got flats on narrower, lighter tires.

I was able to fit the 45s front and rear into a Niner BSB9 frame: front has plenty of room but the back has exactly 2-inches of clearance width, so there was only .12 inches on either side.

I have no complaints. They are perfect or their specific application. I'll give 5 stars, but I don't know their durability yet. I've only rode them about 200 miles.

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willinwrote a review of on January 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I've used this jersey for cycling in Salt Lake City from November through January thus far. I usually find temps from 35-45F to ride in with this piece. I've been in several snow/hail and cold rain storms with it so far and I can tell you that its not what its made for, but, you can get home with it. Its made for temp regulation on cold and clear riding days, but it will shed light rain and soak with heavy rain.

Like any euro-sized bike wear, it runs small. I'm 6' and 190 lbs, normal build, and I usually run USA size L, but this felt good in a XL. Even if I lost 20lbs I'd still go with the XL just for the shoulder fit. Its fitted, not baggy, and a little stretchy, but there's still room for a capelene base layer and an undershirt. If its 45F or warmer just a thin undershirt is fine, and I layer thicker for temps down to 32F. The rear pockets are big and once I rode when it was 50-ish and was getting hot, so I stashed the zip-off sleeves and the rest of my kit no problem.

I've never had a cycling-specific riding jacket and I have to say it makes a huge difference. The wind stopper fabric is the perfect tool for the job of keeping the cold wind off without getting too clammy inside. I think its because its right by your skin. Whenever I tried to winter ride with my regular soft-shell jacket, which is baggier, I always ended up too sweaty.

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willinwrote a review of on July 17, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

This is great for casual riding. I've got many compliments at the style. I would not say its slim fitting. I'm 6' and 190 lbs and the large size was loose. The medium fit well but was not super tight.

The fabric stretches too much to put much of anything in the back jersey pockets. I can get my phone in there, but if its too loaded down (e.g., energy bars, tube, tools, wallet, etc) then the fabric would stretch down to my knees. I once loaded it down with my entire kit and the mass of it just bobbed below my saddle and was comical looking.

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willinwrote a review of on July 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've gone without them for years and I fair better than my tail-attachment friends. The tail attachment tends to catch on things and get pried off, and if its tight enough to stay on, it tends to pop the skin glue of the ski's camber, causing worse problems. It's better to just let the glue do its job. In the rare event that the glue pops, one can usually get it to re-stick, but if the glue is a season old, I keep a roll of athletic tape in my kit to tape the tails down to get me through the day.

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willinwrote a question about on October 22, 2012

Does anyone have experience with these relative to the TLT 5 performance? They seem like they have similar purposes. The differences appear to be that the spitfire is slightly lighter, without a flex toe, and they seem less cluttered visually. But the TLT has the great reputation of being light AND skis half-decent. Can anyone comment on how the Spitfire skis?

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willinwrote a review of on September 18, 2012

Versatile, functional
4 5

I've used it for a couple of months now and it works great. The design is perfect if you go into the backcountry and need a full fishing rig.

You can set it up as a messenger bag-style as a hip pack that won't cam into your waist like a "fanny" pack style will, or set it up as a chest pack if I am wading deep and need to set it up high.

Its great for backpacking because you can have it on your chest, or with the smart application of a few straps, have it mounted on your big pack nicely.

I'm able to stash all tools, flies, extra reel, camera (for the trophy picture), even food and a small volume of water in it.

The only thing it lacks is the fold-out table for tying on flies that some more expensive packs have. However, I have not found that I really need that kind of thing myself.

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willinwrote a review of on August 23, 2012

5 5

I bike commute to work everyday and this piece is perfect. This piece looks very PRO. The fabric does not look overtly like a soft-shell, but more like a canvas, but it sheds moisture, and has a PRO styling that's very un-conservative and un-frumpy. The lapels are actually functional: you can turn the collar up and button it all down to keep out the elements. I'm 6'0" and 170lbs, and my measurements were all on the upper boundary for a Small on the supplied sizing chart. The small jacket fit sort of, but was too constricting, so I took it back for a Medium and it looks and fits great.

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willinwrote a review of on August 23, 2012

4 5

I believe this shirt is AT's slimfit lineup. I'm 6'0" and 170lbs and the medium fits perfect. The fabric feels nice and its perfect for looking PRO in the office. I'm not sure why the product description mentions it being nice for "a long day on the trail"... this shirt has no outdoor pretenses, save that the fabric *might* be sort-of techy, but really its just a nice shirt.

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willinwrote a review of on February 5, 2012

Love them, true to size
4 5

I wear 32X32 jeans and I find the Mediums fit perfect, like a 33 or 34in waist jean and are cut exactly like a nice pair of jeans. I can fit a baselayer under if cold. They are a thin fabric so cold winter activities I'd wear the base, but for high activity and mild temps (25 F ish) I'd go sans baselayer with these.

They are a slender cut though. I use these for backcountry skiing and they barely stretch over my boots. At first I found this a pain, but now I like it since there are no drafts and they seemed to have stretched a tiny amount and go over more easily. The attached photo shows how they go over boots. And with the thin cut they don't feel too floppy and baggy for going out on nordic gear, so now I use this pant for all types of human-powered skiing where i generate the heat and I need something light but snug.

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