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Parts Find Detailed Trail Descriptions, Trail Maps, Photos and Reviews. Plus we have local club information for Orlando and the entire central Florida area. If your looking for information on a product we have that too! With detailed reviews on all types cycling products! http://otowncycling.com Sat, 19 Aug 2017 01:37:50 -0400 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Specialized Romin Comp Gel Saddle http://otowncycling.com/reviews/parts/saddles/item/195-specialized-romin-comp-gel-saddle-review http://otowncycling.com/reviews/parts/saddles/item/195-specialized-romin-comp-gel-saddle-review Specialized Romin Comp Gel Saddle

 

This stiff, competitive road/tri saddle has a uniquely contoured shape to position the rider for optimal power transfer and comfort; its extra-wide BG channel maximizes blood flow and keeps you comfortable even on all day rides.

 

oTown Cycling's Rating:


4 Stars

The Specs:

  • Retail Price: $90.00
  • Patented BG design is lab tested to assure blood flow to sensitive arteries
  • Stiff carbon-reinforced shell tuned for ride compliance
  • Gel padding added to lightweight PU foam for increased comfort over longer rides
  • Light and super durable hollow chro-moly rails
  • Tough, light and water resistant Micromatrix cover
 

The Good: 

  • Large center channel re-leaves all the pressure in the "under carriage"
  • Gel padding adds just enough cushion without to much weight
  • Flared/Contoured rear section allows you to keep contact with the saddle through your stroke
  • Multiple sizes to suite riders with different seat bone widths
  • Very affordable
 

The Bad:

  • Design takes getting used to
  • Leather cover is a bit slick
 

My 2¢:

This is a great saddle. After riding on the stock saddle for quite a long time I was excited about this one. As with most of Specialized's Body Geometry equipment, it does take a little getting used to. But once your accustom to the feel of it, you'll never want to be with out it again. The curved back is very comfortable and allows you to keep in contact with the saddle through your entire pedal rotation. With a price point at only $90.00 you can't not try it out!

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spam@otowncycling.com (JDC) Saddles Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:24:09 -0400
Shimano SPD-SL "105's" PD-5700-S http://otowncycling.com/reviews/parts/pedals/item/151-shimano-spd-sl-105s-pd-5700-s-review http://otowncycling.com/reviews/parts/pedals/item/151-shimano-spd-sl-105s-pd-5700-s-review Shimano SPD-SL

 

SPD-SL features designs proven in Pro Tour racing. Extra-wide platforms, wide bearing placements, quick entry bindings and low profile designs transfer your power directly to the pedals.

 

oTown Cycling's Rating:

 The Specs:

  • Model:
  • Material:
  • Weight:
  • Retail Price:

The Good:

  • Strong and Durable
  • Affordable
  • Durable stainless steel body cover
  • The body cover is replaceable
  • Adjustable entry and release tension
  • Extra-wide platform for efficient power transfer
  • Low maintenance sealed cartridge axle unit

The Bad:

  • Heavier than the more expensive Ultegra & Dura Ace models
  • Entry and exit tension adjustment is still very tight even at the lowest setting

My 2¢:

After months of riding 3 to 5 times a week the pedals have finally broken in and become easier to clip in and out of. It would be nice if Shimano modified the adjustment screw to allow for a few more turns in the negative direction. For those of us that are smaller riders it would help considerably.

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spam@otowncycling.com (JDC) Pedals Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:54:52 -0400
Easton EC90 Carbon Fiber Seat Post http://otowncycling.com/reviews/parts/seatposts/item/149-easton-ec90-carbon-fiber-seat-post-review http://otowncycling.com/reviews/parts/seatposts/item/149-easton-ec90-carbon-fiber-seat-post-review Easton EC90 Carbon Fiber Seat Post

Not the lightest carbon fiber seat post available, the EC90 is still a solid upgrade choice for those looking to shed a few pounds...

oTown Cycling's Rating:

3 Stars

Specs:

Weight: 153g
Tube Diameter: 27.2
Tube Length: 350mm
Setback:

My 2¢:

Easton is known for making solid products, made in the good'ole US of A and the EC90 is no departure. A solid carbon fiber tube provides plenty of strength so as not to snap during a hard ride and surprise you with a poke in the under carriage. It's 100% carbon, the post, the cap and the rocker adjustment for the saddle angle.

The EC90 has a setback of 30mm to 50mm which is quite helpful for the rider with a longer torso. It utilizes a single bolt adjustment for the saddle angle. It is quite a common method but something I'd rather not see on a carbon fiber post. The reason for this is the "softness" of the carbon fiber material does not hold up well should the seat adjustment slip. After only one or two slips, depending on the severity, your left with a useless post. (see pictures in the gallery below for examples). Posts with two bolt adjustment are really required for carbon fiber posts, and defiantly nice to have on any setup.

It does an O.K. job at absorbing road vibrations, all in all this is a decent post. Not the lightest, not the heaviest.

UPDATE: The newer models of the EC90 have corrected a LOT of the issues mentioned in this review. I am trying to get my hands on one and will update you all with a new review so stay tuned!

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spam@otowncycling.com (JDC) Seatposts Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:52:27 -0400
Icon Graphite Seat Post http://otowncycling.com/reviews/parts/seatposts/item/116-icon-graphite-seat-post-review http://otowncycling.com/reviews/parts/seatposts/item/116-icon-graphite-seat-post-review Icon Graphite Seat Post

Don't let the name fool you, the Icon Graphite series seat post is not really graphite, its made of T6 Aluminum. Even still this seat post, at the right length, is strong competition for its carbon fiber competitors.

oTown Cycling's Rating:

3 Stars

Specifics:

  • Weight: 195g
  • Length: 250mm
  • Diameter: 27.2

My 2¢:

Measuring in at a trim 27.2mm and only 250mm in length, its no surprise the weight on this post is below 200g. The average carbon fiber post at 350mm is around 50g less, so if you don't need the additional length, this is a great option.

This stem has a single bolt rocker adjustment with a small set back of 30mm.

As you can expect with most posts in this category it's very stiff, with no perceivable flex. That also equates to significant transference of road vibrations. But that is to be expected with a stiff aluminum post.

The single bolt adjustment is standard in its function, but I found that the teeth on the bracket of this post to be to fine. So fine, that you have to use a LOT of force to tighten the bolt down to prevent the bracket from "jumping" when you go over a bump in the road.

To sum it up, this post is best for those who wants an aluminum post that is moderate in weight and price. But do not require any of the fine adjustments and features of the more expensive models.

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spam@otowncycling.com (JDC) Seatposts Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:49:58 -0400
Selle San Marco - New Millennium Saddle http://otowncycling.com/reviews/parts/saddles/item/115-selle-san-marco-new-millenium-saddle-review http://otowncycling.com/reviews/parts/saddles/item/115-selle-san-marco-new-millenium-saddle-review Selle San Marco - New Millennium Saddle

 

Lots of padding, affordable price, and average weight make this entry level saddle a good choice for beginning cyclists...

 

oTown Cycling's Rating:

3 Stars

The Specs:

Weight: 264g
Width: 130mm
Length: ??mm
Materials: leather cover, plastic base, aluminum rails

My 2¢:

The Selle San Marco New Millennium is a decent beginner saddle. It sports a leather cover, lots of padding and the cost is quite reasonable averaging around $25 to $30 on eBay

After spending about 400 miles on this saddle I can say honestly that this is an O.K. if you are going on short rides... an hour or so it is perfectly comfortable. After the hour mark however it will start to become uncomfortable. I attribute this to a few features of the saddle...

First: The shallow center channel, after an hour or so of riding the amount of pressure in that area starts to cause discomfort.

Next: The steep, sweeping sides. Selle is known for having more contoured sides to their saddles. But for me personally, even with my narrow hips (130mm) the angle on sides is just to steep.

Finally: The smooth supple leather, while nice and comfy, it results in a bit of slippage. So again, for the shorter rides it is not a problem. But after a while, it just causes to much discomfort and contributes to additional pressure on the "undercarriage". The simple addition of some stitching would have helped to prevent you from constantly sliding forward on the saddle.

To sum it up; If your just getting started and this saddle is on your ride you will be happy. The additional padding helps ease your butt into getting used to sitting on a saddle for hours at a time.
If you are a weekend rider or only ride for shorter periods, this is a perfectly worth while saddle. But if you ever find yourself progressing beyond this point, You will want to start researching something more advanced.

Check out our How To Video on removing and installing your saddle

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spam@otowncycling.com (JDC) Saddles Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:48:18 -0400