- Bike Checks
Every 30 days, we award the Top User Reviewer with a little prize. This month Jenson USA pitched in a $100 gift card! Vital MTB member SaddleRags put in 15 solid reviews during the past 30 days, and we'd like to highlight some of the ones that earned him the Top Reviewer spot.
Shimano XT PD-M785 Clipless Pedals - "If you ride clipless pedals and do the Shimano thing, these are where it's at! Like many Shimano products, nearly the same quality and durability found in the highest level pedals (XTR) is also incorporated here in a more economical version. Overall you get great function and years of solid use with the XT trail pedals..."
SixSixOne Sub Gear SS Shirt - "I really like the idea of having some protection for the chest and shoulders that fits nicely under a jersey and that doesn't restrict movement but I hope that future iterations of this product will take the next step and offer a bit more protection (slightly thicker padding) plus add sections for the lower chest and ribs while still keeping a slim package to tuck under your regular riding jersey..."
Lezyne CRV 12 Multi Tool - "The first multi-tool I had growing up was twice as big and heavy as this and still only had half the tools the CRV-12 has. Thankfully tools like this have improved over time. This one functions fine and is easy to use with the exception of the size 2 and 8 allen keys. The 2 is just hard to twist around due to the crooked end of it and the 8 is hard to get enough torque on, but maybe that's my own weakness and not the tool's fault!"
Fox DHX RC4 Rear Shock - "As far as the performance goes, the reason I love coil suspension so much is that it eats up small chatter and yet doesn't blow through to the bottom on big hits. The times I've maxed out the travel haven't felt too rough - with a couple of notable exceptions The suspension seems to track rough terrain better than my DHX 5 from a few years ago, but they were different bikes too so that may be part of the difference I'm feeling..."
Marzocchi 55 RC3 Ti Fork - "The strong 35mm stanctions were enough to keep things from being noodly in rough terrain and the feel of the coil spring was nice and buttery smooth. The weight of a coil fork is usually a bit of a penalty, but in this case Marzocchi has done a good job of keeping it relatively close to other air forks with the same travel..."
Big congrats to SaddleRags! Thanks for helping out the riding scene with your thoughts on these products.