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bianchi10 12-17-14 12:59 PM

Lol a lot of the Bont shoes are not my cup of tea, but I really like the vaypor and vaypor +. But I agree they may not appeal to everyone I guess. Personally I think the vaypor + is one of the sexiest shoes on the market, but that's just my opinion.
@bmcphx I got some things coming that I have a feeling you like....

bmcphx 12-17-14 01:01 PM

I think the low/long heel opening makes them look like a canoe.

bianchi10 12-17-14 01:08 PM

It's cool. It's ok to disagree. I think it not only makes them look sleek, they are comfortable. I was just looking at the Rapha giro edition shoes and all I could see was how high the heel opening was. Seeing that I've owned and hated the Giro shoe, it doesn't interest me one bit, but based on looks alone I found them to be sinfully ugly.

bmcphx 12-17-14 01:12 PM

I like the rapha shoe designs and colors, but I could never buy them because they are giro.

bianchi10 12-17-14 01:25 PM

I actually don't like the design at all and the fact that they are giro makes it even worse. Being that Rapha is considered such a top shelf company, I'm surprised they didn't partner with a different brand. Not saying giro is garbage, but I definitely don't view them as the same tier as Rapha. I love the Rapha that I have but much like Bont, there are only certain lines from Rapha that I like. If it wasn't for their pro team line, I'm not sure I would have ever tried it.

gc3 12-17-14 01:31 PM


Originally Posted by bmcphx (Post 17396077)
Which did you get? I have my float dialed down to almost nothing, and after a couple thousand miles they always get really floaty. I hate that feeling.

One of the reasons I switched to Look last year....

KLiNCK 12-17-14 01:36 PM

"Picked up at set of Shimano RS81 C35 clinchers for my hybrid".


Originally Posted by dtrain (Post 17396219)
for your hybrid?

Yes, I know that this is "the road related" purchases thread, but I figured that because these are basically road style wheels it would be OK to post them here. (What can I say ... it's winter lol!)
Last winter I purchased a set of Zipp 30 clinchers for my road bike and the OEM Axis 3.0 wheelset was "handed down" to the hybrid. The Shimano RS81 C35's weigh the same as the Zipp 30's and are supposed to be very robust and comfortable. I'm going to put a set of Continental GP4000s2's, in the new 28 mm size, on them and hopefully experience the same improvement in acceleration/climbing that I did on my road bike.
The other nice thing about the RS81 C35 wheelset is that they will accommodate everything from an 8 to 11 speed cassette which makes them very "swappable", between my bikes, if the need arises. It took this past season to realize how mediocre the stock Axis 3.0 wheels are. I only wish that the graphics of the RS81 C35's weren't under a layer of clear coat, and can't be removed, as I would like to have them a little more stealthy in appearance. My hybrid is a sleeper lol! (I did mention that it is winter, didn't I?)

dtrain 12-17-14 01:45 PM

^ no problem with you listing a 'hybrid' purchase of RS 81's here...I'm just suprised at the purchase itself. RS21's or so would have made more sense (IMO). But it sounds like you ride that bike with a pretty serious intent - rather than more of an 'around town' ride like some of us use a hardtail MTB, hybrid, or older roadie. They should liven up your ride for sure. Enjoy 'em!

robbyville 12-17-14 03:16 PM


Originally Posted by bianchi10 (Post 17396146)
Look into Bont vaypor or Bont Vaypor +

Coming from 2 years of riding mainly S works and thinking they were the best shoe bar none for me, I stand corrected after riding both pair of my Bont vaypor +. They have narrow, standard and wide widths available, the entire sole (not just the insole) is moldable (infinite amount of times to get that perfect fit), but the best part of this shoe is the shape of the toe box.

Not saying I have it so you should also, just recommending yiu look into them considering you liked the sworks shoes as did i.

Interesting. I was thinking of some white shoes (I won't get rid of the S-works just yet), and I can get the Bont Vaypor + for about $250 +/- I've heard from some about the comfort, I'm incredibly flatfooted (practically convex), so can't handle much of an arch in any footbed. The thing that always put me off was the appearance of a really fat toebox. Do they look pretty bulbous? I have average width feet.


Originally Posted by bmcphx (Post 17396244)
I found them to have a substantially better construction quality, made of higher grade materials and have an overall more high end feel, and they feel more solid on the foot as well. I find the closure system to feel more secure, and then the big kicker for me is the speedplay sole which Specialized does not offer at all.

I'll liken it to someone owning a Lexus for 5 years and thinking they had a great car (it is a really good car) and one day upgrading to a Rolls Royce. You could never go back to that (relative) POS Lexus again, right?

also, I usually think @bianchi10 has great taste, but really dude? Bont? those shoes are so hideous, they look like tri shoes from performance bike, even though I know they aren't.

Makes sense, I do have to admit to really liking the looks of the Sidi's, plus when I was a teenager in the early-mid 80's they were essentially made of un-obtaineum. I've also heard that fit can be hit or miss based on the individual's foot (which I understand is the same for all shoes but seem to be a more pronounced criticism of Sidi's). That's why I was wanting to get impressions from those who liked the fit overall of the S-Works. I was toying with the idea of changing to Speedplay but frankly there seems to be no point, my Dura Ace pedals have been flawless for a decade and now that they are wearing down I expect to replace them with the same. Those Wire Vent's sure are sweet looking.

Regardless of Bont or Sidi, my challenge will be ordering and hoping they fit since there is no place within a 2 hour drive for me to demo. Were the sizes for you two the same as your S-Works? 42.5 fits me perfectly in those.

bianchi10 12-17-14 03:44 PM

@robbyville-i don't think so. They do a wider toe box than sworks. If you have a smaller (40 or smaller) and wide foot I can see how they would look that was, but standard width and "normal sizes" don't look that way to me.

As for flat feet, I find that the Bont shoe has less arch than the sworks, plus the entire footed can be molded infinitely.
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u...27_1726502.jpg
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robbyville 12-17-14 04:00 PM

Thanks! I do like that yellow. Plus with the new Harley hobby, paying retail for the Sidi's may be a little out there for me

LarRig 12-17-14 04:11 PM


Originally Posted by bmcphx (Post 17396077)
Which did you get? I have my float dialed down to almost nothing, and after a couple thousand miles they always get really floaty. I hate that feeling.

I have the zeros, it took several rides to dial in the amount of float but once l did it hasn't changed.

bianchi10 12-17-14 04:14 PM


Originally Posted by robbyville (Post 17396719)
Thanks! I do like that yellow. Plus with the new Harley hobby, paying retail for the Sidi's may be a little out there for me

Well the stock colors for Bont are white OR black. ANYTHING else is considered a custom color. These yellow Vaypors are $529 but I got a deal from the local guy who deals with them directly. He is the only dealer/Distributor in Oregon.

robbyville 12-17-14 04:34 PM

yeah, just looked at my supplier and noticed that. I'll see. Right now Christmas funds (for me) have been taken up with a new tool set for the motorcycle along with Cams, and various other drive train changes. So other than some new clothes and saddle recently the bike gets less (although to be fair to my favorite sport, I did replace my last set of tubeless wheels with a new set of Industry 9's a couple of months ago).

KarlC 12-17-14 05:35 PM

Got a steal on used Scott CR1 Team Edition / Dura Ace that I am changing up, it started off at 16.03 lbs and as I change a few things it will come down a bit .....

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps74e22ce4.jpg


CL find - Williams Aurora SLC carbon saddle with carbon rails 149g

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps88c62a44.jpg

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps00785c23.jpg

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps8a3db103.jpg

D2 Custom shoes dirt cheep off of ebay, they fit and ride well so far .....

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps2c711ee7.jpg

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bmcphx 12-17-14 06:25 PM

@robbyville 43.5 in s works = 43.5 in sidi for me.

coppercook62 12-18-14 12:39 AM

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got back from Jure. 269 grams. Turned out awesome. Dropped the weight on my bike to 5.77 Kilos

bianchi10 12-18-14 06:16 AM

Cant wait to see my custom painted oakleys in person. Color matched Specifically to the Rapha chartreuse
@bmcphx check em out...


I bought the frames from a forum member on slowtwitch. They were a clear crystal brown frame, now black and color matched chartreuse.
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u...8923134885.jpg
Got my buddies painted for xmas
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u...8907782333.jpg

rangerdavid 12-18-14 06:55 AM

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the latest Sufferfest video, Nine Hammers. Sometimes you're the hammer, sometimes you're the nail. I have a feeling I'll be the nail when this one is finished!!

bianchi10 12-18-14 11:11 PM


Originally Posted by rangerdavid (Post 17398173)
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the latest Sufferfest video, Nine Hammers. Sometimes you're the hammer, sometimes you're the nail. I have a feeling I'll be the nail when this one is finished!!

I've had my harbor freight hammer for almost 8 years! What in the world are you doing to go through them so fast!? ;)

rick458 12-19-14 01:41 AM

Bought an Under Armor long sleeve shirt for under a wind breaker, A Canari Long sleeve wind breaker, and ordered a quad lock for my S5 Active.

VwFix 12-19-14 09:46 AM

Some new riding gear as christmas present to myself:
I have only used shorts so far for riding so decided to give Bib a try
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Some new gloves
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51z34Mpt85L.jpg
California version of a winter jersey
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...L._SL1500_.jpg
And a light for dark trail rides on the mountain bike
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41SmPHBE-AL.jpg

LGHT 12-19-14 10:25 AM


Originally Posted by VwFix (Post 17401262)
Some new riding gear as christmas present to myself:
I have only used shorts so far for riding so decided to give Bib a try
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...L._SL1200_.jpg



Wow I only ride bibs now. They are just so much more comfortable and the fit just feel's better. It's like they say once you go bib you never go back!

VwFix 12-19-14 10:27 AM


Wow I only ride bibs now. They are just so much more comfortable and the fit just feel's better. It's like they say once you go bib you never go back!
Thats what I keep hearing and hopefully find out for myself next weekend.

rekmeyata 12-19-14 10:36 AM


Originally Posted by bianchi10 (Post 17400666)
I've had my harbor freight hammer for almost 8 years! What in the world are you doing to go through them so fast!? ;)

In todays world with all the consumer level tools being built in China, it doesn't matter any more if you get a hammer or some hand tool from Sears, Lowes, Home Depot etc it will be the same quality as the far cheaper Harbor Freight stuff and you get a lifetime no hassle warranty as well. Also in todays world stay away from those shiny chrome sockets, they use to be really well made but not anymore, you're better off buying impact strength sockets these days in order to keep the strength high.


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