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Old 12-03-11, 08:03 AM
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we've had squadra for a couple of years. basically castelli stuff. good to work with. we have speed/skin suits, not sure that thye're the specific ones you want. we have "team issue". maybe the "pro issue" is the actual speedsuit. no complaints except the knickers are too short (very short on me at 6'6" and a little short on my normal-sized teammates).
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Old 12-03-11, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
Not sure about the Casetelli link, but I tried on a speed suit and have one on order.
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we've had squadra for a couple of years. basically castelli stuff. good to work with. we have speed/skin suits, not sure that thye're the specific ones you want.
This is what I was going on about. It's not a conventional skin suit. They're a little spendy, but damn, their cool looking and fast. It doesn't surprise me that Ex is already ahead of the curve. http://velonews.competitor.com/2011/...ed-suit_166187
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Old 12-03-11, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by carpediemracing View Post
Our team is going with Verge for 2012. They're my favorite company; they sell good product but they also get involved. Currently they sponsor the Bethel Spring Series (provide leader's jerseys, and, at a less obvious level, shorts and shoe covers) For a few years the VP and some others showed up at Bethel, worked hard for 3-4-5 hours, then left. Due to their schedule they couldn't race the Bethel Sundays but they could show up Saturdays to help sweep. They didn't ask for anything. For me that's incredible.
In Southern CA, that's the Voler reps. They put on the local CX series and put in a crazy amount of work on it. They've grown it from strictly fringe weirdos to fringe weirdos plus a whole lot of roadies in just a few years. We put on a race with them, so I've help tape the course and worked with them. They're good people. It makes a difference when your supplier is actually involved in the sport on a personal level instead of just business.

The kit is OK. They get it to us on time and for a good price. The pocket seams on my 2008 jersey are starting to unravel a bit. I kinda feel as though I've gotten my money out of that one.
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Old 12-03-11, 09:03 PM
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Going back to champsys.....**** me

After a year of hincapie, i cant imagine racing in champsys again.
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Old 12-04-11, 10:22 AM
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We had Castelli for a few years and it was good enough for me.

But not good enough for some, at least in terms of fit & turnaround, so now we're going with some place called JL Velo?

They supposedly do custom stuff (e.g. sizing) but I'm not that special, I just make **** work. But apparently our team is filled with velociraptors and other strangely-shaped animals that need special sizing.

Oh well, as long as the zippers don't bust it should be ok.
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Old 12-04-11, 09:09 PM
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Our team uses Biemme. I've been a Sugoi and Giordana guy, but I'm really happy with the Biemme stuff. Prices are reasonable and the fit is great.
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Old 12-05-11, 08:04 AM
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Sfatto for us the past two years. The owner is local and the turn around time from money paid to receipt is 6 weeks. The stuff is made in Columbia and made very well. Two layer paneling in the back of the shorts is nice.

The downside is ordering has to be done all at once and there's no online tool for members to place orders individually. Due to this and the growth of the team we're switching to LG, but it was not my decision. I would have stayed with Sfatto.
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Old 12-05-11, 03:10 PM
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Going from ChampSys to Voler this year. Hoping the Voler has a better fit.
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Old 12-05-11, 03:22 PM
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We've used Giordana the last several years and haven't heard any complaints.
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Old 12-05-11, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
We've used Giordana the last several years and haven't heard any complaints.
Same here.

Except the women's shorts are crazy long, so we all have hilarious tan lines in awkward places. This year we're getting shorter bibs though so it should be fine.
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Old 12-06-11, 08:20 AM
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ChampSys fits horribly.

Voler is ok. The fit is pretty good. Quality isn't bad, so long as you do not buy the fancier elite fabric - that lasts about two rides. IIRC, jerseys cost about $60 and bibs about $80.

Hincapie is nice, fits well and costs less than Voler, but it doesn't last - I wore through four kits this season. (Jerseys and bibs cost about $60 each, IIRC)

My wife has Garneau and it has held up really well. The jerseys are very light weight, but the bibs seem really well made. She has been very happy with them. That said, the Garneau stuff is expensive. (Jerseys cost about $80 and bibs $90, IIRC.)
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Old 12-06-11, 08:27 AM
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I've been in clubs that used Canari, Capo, Pactimo & Squadra.

By far, the Capo clothing had the best fit and seemed the most well made (it was also the most expensive). Canari stuff was always good quality, but they screwed up orders on two different teams that I've been with causing delays. Getting the arm/knee warmers and jacket that you ordered in November at the end of May isn't much help, especially when the club changes its colors & sponsors for the following season.
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Old 12-06-11, 01:08 PM
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We use Hincapie and it's really nice, though pretty expensive. I'd suggest getting your order in early and keeping on top of them. One of our orders got lost in the shuffle and we didn't get our kits until late May (ordered in January) and a second order just took forever to come without getting lost.
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Old 12-06-11, 06:59 PM
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Squadra for my USAC team last year - great stuff except for the way the bibs fit. Part of the problem is my optimum cycling size (being only 5'6'') but the inseam was wayyyyyyyy to long. I had to roll twice and pull them up to get them to where I like them. Secondly if I wasn't careful there was sometimes too much bulge (not necessarily bad, just don't want to give the ladies the wrong impression on first meeting ).

Podium for collegiate team. I can't really comment as I know they've gotten a lot better in the past year.

Probably my favorite manufacturer that I've ridden in is Giordana or Santini.
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Old 12-18-11, 03:32 PM
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Love love love Curve's stuff, based in Boulder. I wear their stuff a lot. http://www.curveinc.com/
Their Proline stuff is made at the MOA factory. Their more affordable Team Custom is made at different factory in Europe.

Also second Podium. One of the owners is Kenda/5 Hour Energy pro rider Phil Gaimon. He's a hell of a good guy. http://www.podiumcycling.com/

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Old 12-18-11, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by topflightpro View Post
ChampSys fits horribly.

Voler is ok. The fit is pretty good. Quality isn't bad, so long as you do not buy the fancier elite fabric - that lasts about two rides. IIRC, jerseys cost about $60 and bibs about $80.

Hincapie is nice, fits well and costs less than Voler, but it doesn't last - I wore through four kits this season. (Jerseys and bibs cost about $60 each, IIRC)

My wife has Garneau and it has held up really well. The jerseys are very light weight, but the bibs seem really well made. She has been very happy with them. That said, the Garneau stuff is expensive. (Jerseys cost about $80 and bibs $90, IIRC.)
Completly true. every single pair of my bibs are ripped in someway. Either from a a crash or just the bib's stitching coming undone,
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Old 12-19-11, 08:04 AM
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Update - we ended up going with Verge. Very fast turnaround to get the fitting kit to us (days from initial contact), and based on the samples I tried on, very good quality. Order placed last Monday Dec 12, expecting delivery before New Year's. Pricing reasonable, no setup fees, very flexible with graphics that some other suppliers said could not be done.

Will keep you posted.
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Old 12-19-11, 08:20 AM
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Originally Posted by GirlAnachronism View Post
Same here.

Except the women's shorts are crazy long, so we all have hilarious tan lines in awkward places. This year we're getting shorter bibs though so it should be fine.
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Old 12-19-11, 08:38 AM
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hincapie is super good quality but is cut on the longer side which is an issue for guys like me :/
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Old 12-19-11, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by jsutkeepspining View Post
Completly true. every single pair of my bibs are ripped in someway. Either from a a crash or just the bib's stitching coming undone,
I had two sets of Hincapie bibs that outlasted everything else I've ever owned. Most durable stuff I've seen in my 20 years in the saddle. I crashed in one pair and slid a bit on the pavement, and it barely scratched them.

Garneau was horrible when it came to durability, in my experience. Shorts elasticity was blown out in three months, and they were sagging.
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Old 12-19-11, 09:32 AM
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Update - we ended up going with Verge.
Nice stuff.
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Old 12-26-11, 03:19 PM
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I've used Sugoi, Champsys, Nalini, and ImpSport custom.

I think ChampSys has been covered, though the improved chamois you can pay extra for is certainly an improvement.

ImpSport is kind of like Champsys, but seems to have held up a bit better for me - and the cut suited me quite well. The zipper pulls were annoyingly large.

Nalini was a while ago, though their stuff seemed really dated (like a really old-school chamoix) for the time. GBP-to-Euros conversion was a hassle, though maybe buying in Euros these days would be good?

Sugoi is great stuff. Very happy with it, though this past season they changed the cut of the jerseys and that didn't suit me so well. Maybe the shorts stretch out faster than some brands... or maybe it just seems that way because I wear them more... US$-to-Can$ has been a hassle.
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Old 12-26-11, 04:50 PM
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I got a case of monkey butt while mountain biking in a champsys bib today. Just saying.
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Old 12-26-11, 05:13 PM
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I have been impressed with the overall quality and durability of the Verge shorts. On the other hand, the zippers on the jerseys have all failed.
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Pactimo.

It's been ok, but the lower grade bibs do not hold up very well. The Summit ones are nice.
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