- 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 JamesSavage put in 11 solid reviews during the past 30 days, and we'd like to highlight the ones that helped earned him the Top Reviewer spot.
Truvativ Descendant DH Crankset - "Really great crank from Truvativ. If their World Cup Team riders ride these, they must be good. I ride them on my Morewood Makulu and they really make the bike. You barely notice them - they just do their job. Don't know if it was just me, but I had to take the BB apart and clean in the first two weeks to stop an annoying creek, but once put back together I have had absolutely no trouble. Another thing I noticed is that because they have a flat outside surface with no ribs, your ankles rarely get hit or hurt. Overall, a reliable, strong, lightweight crank worthy of any build..."
Vans Warner SPD Shoes - "Extremely good looking compared to the other clipless shoes on the market. The strap is great and gives it a sturdy feel. Reliable, strong, and stiff waffle sole. No lace protection, although I haven't had a problem. Somewhat awkward cleat position although you do get used to it. Strange having to cut the sole when you first get them. Had a problem with the sole breaking, but glued it back and no problems. Quite heavy. No ankle protection..."
SixSixOne Rage Knee Guards - "Good protection from 661, but they don't seem to do their job. My first proper fall resulted in a big roastie on my knee and the pad around my ankle. Don't know if it's just me, but they don't really work when they need to most. My friends with the same pad say that the bunching around the sides and behind the knee also happens to them - it gets pretty annoying and results in you needing to adjust them pretty often. Having said this, the side protection really helps a lot if your knees hit the frame. They do work for light uses like trail riding, but I'm not sure if they're quiet up to handling DH spills..."
Big congrats to JamesSavage! Thanks for helping out the riding scene with your thoughts on these products.