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    Default Re: The what did the postman bring today thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon White View Post
    It's an Open Tubular, not a Clincher!

    "Open Tubular" is almost as bad as "Mechanical Doping"
    It's like non alcoholic beer.
    I came here for the socks.

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    Default Re: The what did the postman bring today thread.

    My name is Matt, and I have a sneaker problem.

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    3 just-about-new MSS setups.

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    Default Re: The what did the postman bring today thread.

    On. It's. Way.*



    *Not those wheels, though.
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    woah5
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    A pair of Giro Factors brand new from a shop in Canuckia for a very nice price. I am proud of myself because several times I nearly spent much much more for a pair because I am always worried that when I shoe fits my foot, that's a 100% guarantee the company will change their sizing or stop making the shoe or go out of business entirely. Because no one has a foot shaped like my hockey blades. So yay for me.

    Besides, you can never have too many cycling shoes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Strongin View Post
    On. It's. Way.*



    *Not those wheels, though.
    I suspected! Wow Matt just wow!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    ....

    Besides, you can never have too many cycling shoes.
    There is a remote possibility that my wife may disagree with you on this point.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by matthew strongin View Post
    on. It's. Way.*

    *snip*
    daaaaaaaayummm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TMB View Post
    There is a remote possibility that my wife may disagree with you on this point.
    My wife definitely disagrees with me, but she can't tell them apart. Yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    My wife definitely disagrees with me, but she can't tell them apart. Yet.
    All the same colour?
     

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    A small gift from Sasha White at The Vanilla Workshop for filling out a survey. Much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WMdeR View Post
    A Silca Impero Ultimate nightstick. Okay, it is a pump.

    It works. The synthetic chuck gasket is great. It has a check valve, which makes it practicable to loan to those younger than I am (or, really, anybody uninitiated into the joys and cares of Impero ownership). It has the same high-volume high-effort action as an Impero, which is a big win. It fits a frame securely, and doesn't rattle in initial testing. It doesn't have any weird lockouts to gum up with grit like the Master Blaster or the HPx, nor does it attempt to work with Schraeder valves, so no thumb lock.

    So basically, it is an Impero that isn't thirty-five year-old plastic, won't explode if misused, and won't punch the clueless in the gut. Super. In fact, the pump works really, really well--better than their floor pump with the standard chuck, actually.

    Now, the other side.

    It is heavy. My Ultimate weighs 312 grams. A plastic Silca of the same (XL) size with a chrome-steel campy pump head weighs 155g. An HPx comes in at 248g, the original overdesigned frame pump. The Topeak Master Blaster weighs 260-265g in the same size.

    The main barrel of the Ultimate is over twice the gauge (thickness) of an HPx at 1.7mm--why? I've dented one HP/HPx in thirty years, and it got run over.

    I understand that the ends of the barrel need to be built up to handle the threading at the head and the retention circlip at the top, and the bore diameter and all the guts are great, but the body could be externally butted. It is already turned on a lathe, right? There is no reason the handle needs to be as stout as it is, either. It serves no functional purpose to have that piece be heavier-duty than an Alan top tube. Onward.

    It is matte black with red ano. I don't really have a yen for a murdered-out Honda Civics and ground effects lighting, and the purple ano craze of the early 1990's missed me entirely. This thing would look great in brushed or polished silver, clear ano, and black ano accents; however, the current scheme is and probably is kinda inobtrusive on a CAAD10, or a Cervelo. A choice that looked good with brushed Ti or painted steel would be nice.

    It has the color palate and basic agricultural aesthetic of an HPx (though it does have cleaner lines), the heft of a night stick, and, should it come out to play this year on tour, a date with easy-off to take all the red ano off of it. It works. It really works well, it doesn't rattle, and it is currently just as rebuildable as an HPx or an old Silca.

    Given its design, heft, and aesthetic, its ideal function seems to be as the the communal pump for a group of self-contained trekking cyclists, or for the rider who really misses his old custom pool cue when dealing with angry strangers on the road.

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    Agreed. I was quite surprised by the heft when I checked these out, it is obvious.

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    Good review. The black with red ano color scheme was a huge strike against me being interested (aside from a price approaching the asinine even for a confirmed fancy bike stuff dorko like me). God forbid they do the same red bits in polished silver.
     

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    I think I mentioned above , but I agree that the heft is immediately noticeable and pretty significant an issue for what is supposed to be a premier product. I'll just throw it out here and it goes against the prevailing orthodoxy, but the floor pump (i have one) is good, but has some flaws that I would argue should not be present n a product at that price point and hype point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Strongin View Post
    On. It's. Way.*



    *Not those wheels, though.
    What a beauty. Is the frame built for wireless only (i.e. no braze on, etc..)
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lionel View Post
    What a beauty. Is the frame built for wireless only (i.e. no braze on, etc..)
    if it isnt, i dont see them. stunning!

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    A new to me treat that had been hanging around here and across the hall for awhile. It should be just perfect, even down to the length of the ISP, for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htwoopup View Post
    A new to me treat that had been hanging around here and across the hall for awhile. It should be just perfect, even down to the length of the ISP, for me.

    Gaulzetti Corsa by Jon Mandel, on Flickr
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lionel View Post
    What a beauty. Is the frame built for wireless only (i.e. no braze on, etc..)
    Quote Originally Posted by adriano View Post
    if it isnt, i dont see them. stunning!
    Thanks, guys. Yep, wireless only. Super clean. It gets here Tuesday and I can't wait to get it in my hands.
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