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Without it I've always had the same issue as you with the fuselage bunching up. I can usually get about 24-26oz of water into it when installed.
similar to the suggestion below...I use a piece of "pex" plumbing tube to guide it in. It's stiff enough to hold the form, but it is bendable. You can buy a piece of this at Lowes/Home Depot for less than $5. I then use the same piece to hold the fuselage when I'm not using it, allowing it to hang upside down and dry out completely.
It seems like it won't fit, but it does. It is just tricky until you get the hang of it. There are a few youtube videos that help. Also, I forgot my tube for my last race so I had to do it without at the race site. I was having trouble so I put it in part way and then would lean down and actually blow on it periodically (when you would pour the water in) to inflate the bladder some to straighten it out. Eventually, I started putting water in it until it was "full" and then would reach my finger into it and spread out the bladder enough so the water would find it's way to the bottom. It took a bit of working with it, but I was able to get it filled and it wasn't as big of a hassle as it sounds. For me...even though it's a bit tricky, I've found it to be worth the trouble.
The only thing different from the video that I find works better for me is starting with the bag angled about 30 degrees backward and the straightening the bag up and going straight down after inserting a couple of inches.
I am 5'11" or 179 centimeters and have ridden a Shiv the last two seasons and will get the new one when it is released shortly.
Both years I have ridden a size Medium with my saddle height at 770mm.
The question is just whether I should be riding a Small or a Medium.
All the pro's that are my height seem to be riding a Small but I wondered if they would be setup more aggressively or have better flexibility to adapt to it?
My local bike shop has said a Medium is correct but that is based more off how it looks rather than specific measurements. I've never sat on a small as the shop orders he bikes in as required so will need to know my size before ordering.
Any thoughts on this?
Interesting question, but I'll give you a hard time about your wording. The current SC and the IA series are both new in 2013 and the Shiv has been around longer than that...so perhaps the question should be....what do these do that the Shiv didn't already do? I can't think of much.
IMO, all are good bikes. The SC (I believe) would claim a wind tunnel aero advantage. I would guess the IA would too, but I haven't seen any numbers. The Shiv offers the integrated fueling option as well as storage with the fuel cell. When you add on accessories to those other bikes, I am guessing you would lose some of those aero advantages. But I'm not sure. The SC has the draft box and some aero accessories, but I believe you would still need a bottle: BTA, behind seat, or an aero bottle solution of some sort, sacrificing some of that advantage.
The fit is going to be different across those bikes as well. I'm very comfortable on my Shiv. I could not fit an IA (I would be in their B-series which I think Shiv is a better bike top to bottom). I could fit a SC. A big difference also is your dealer contact. To be honest, I live 1 mile from a Trek dealer, but those guys are a**holes. I hate it, but I won't buy from them. I'm a newer triathlete and they make it seem like I'm not worthy to buy their stuff. I drive 25 miles across town for a Specialized dealer that is very professional and easy to deal with. I'm sure every manufacturer has dealers that fit in both categories.
I have the Omega SV just on the front and it works great. Haven't dropped the dough on the second one for the rear yet.
What size stem are you using on the medium? If you move to a small, how much longer stem will you need to active your position? I *think* that if your stem is 120 or longer, your frame is too small and you may be overweighting the front wheel. This likely isn't a problem unless the course has descents with switchbacks.
What is that part called so I know what to order? It is small. Flat on the bottom with two screw threads, and it's oval on top with ticks marks denoting aerobar angles. Are left and right parts identical? (Looks like it.)
No idea how this happened. I use a torque wrench. I even travel with it for assembly at the race.
I´d like to convert my Shiv Pro frame I bought in 01/2013 to de Magura RTT brakes. I have the adapters, the screw set and the actual brakes here. Unfortunately I can´t remove the brake bosses holding the old brake arms on the fork and frame. So my question is whether someone was successful removing these bosses ( are the actually bonded in the carbon? or did the just use some form of übernasty loctite?) without damaging anything and HOW he did so.