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Shimano PD-M545 Clipless Pedal

Featured Review

“Good standby”

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The Good: Adjustable tension, easy release.

The Bad: Do not work well in nasty conditions.

Overall Review: For the first timer with clipless pedals, something from Shimano is a must. Having the adjustable tension is key to getting really comfortable with getting in and out of the pedals. The price is reasonable, and they last pretty well. I've raced these on and off for DH for quite some time. I've been reasonably happy with the durability, and if you are not racing in the mud, they are really reliable.

TIME Z Strong Clipless Pedal

“Killer for Clipped DH”

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The Good: Love these pedals. I ride the TIME ATAC Z model which is slightly different with machined surfaces for more traction. Very durable. Long ride life!

The Bad: Heavy. Expensive. No tension adjust like the XC pedals have which kinda sucks 'cuz the spring develops play over time due to wear and tear.

Overall Review: Killer pedals if you wanna be clipped on a big bike. Far better than Mallets which constantly break...at least they used to before they fully revamped them.

TIME Time ATAC XS Pedals

“Great Pedal!”

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The Good: Very resiliant for a composite pedal. Great float and lateral play. 3 settings for the tension of the clip. Flip flop the cleats for different release points. Very versatile. I got 4 years out of 1 pair of these. Rode them on a LT hard tail, and 3 different 6 inch trail bikes. Raced SuperD and little bike DH courses. Love these pedals. Great in MUD though you wouldn't think so. Switched from Shimano because I wanted more float.

The Bad: Bearings get a little play over time. QUite expensive. Have gone up considerably in price over past 5 years for exact same pedals.

Overall Review: Love these pedals for XC/AM/Trail bikes! Also ride TIME DH pedals on the big bike. After 4 years they were still totally usable, but I upgraded to the ATAC XS Carbon pedals because I got them on blow out way below wholesale.

Shimano PD-M647 Pedals

“Excellent”

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The Good: The best clipless pedal out there on the market, easy to use, tension tightener for different level of tension on clipping out and in to the pedal.

The Bad: Have had problems with pedal coming loos and wobbly on the axle of the pedal but that was after one whole year of racing DH behind them.

Overall Review: Great pedal what i think is the best all rounded use clipless pedal for all types of riding and riders, and will with last every thing you throw at it.

Gamut P40 Chainguide

“Awsome peice of kit”

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The Good: Simple and effective.

The Bad: Only thing i can think of is the two screws that hold the top guide on are a little long if you don't use the spacers which could cause clearance issues with some frames. I'm running a tr450 and its fine though.

Overall Review: Well been running it for a year and a half without a single issue. Its been superb. Was the simplest chain device i've ever fitted which was brilliant. Overall, couldn't be happier, and to get it at the price i did i'm still smiling about it. :D

e*thirteen LS1 Chainguide

“Good, but...”

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The Good: Keeps the chain on your ring, most of the time! Installation is easy.

The Bad: The steel backplate. For serious riding you should opt for the more expensive version with the aluminum backplate. The steel one is not stiff enough. When you hit sth with the guide it tends to fley so much that everything gets out of shape.

Overall Review: This chainguide is good value if you are on a budget. I changed the backplate for an aluminum one and it works so much better in rough times.

e*thirteen LG1+ Chainguide

“Great for AM bike”

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The Good: Lightweight
Reliable
Strong
Easy to install
Low maintenance

The Bad: Too noisy for AM bikes but you can solve that by putting some duct tape (or velcro) inside the upper guide
Like the other E.13 guides I had, it cracks in the first couple months of use, but the cracks never get bigger and the guide works like a charm.

Overall Review: E.13 always makes some good guides and this is no exception. I'm running the guide in my AM bike and it is working pretty well. Never had a chain slip or any kind of issues with this guide. The adjustments to fit the chainring are so easy that even a monkey could install it. Cleaning is the only maintenance that is required for this guide, the roller has a sealed bearing and sometimes might be useful to grease it.

e*thirteen SRS+ Chainguide

“Reliable and simple”

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The Good: - Keeps the chain in place
- Easy to install (despite some adjustments)
- Reliable
- The N-R-W adjustments (for adjusting the guide according to your chainring) makes the installation much more easy than other models that you have a sliding adjustment (like the older models or MRP G2)

The Bad: My chain guide cracked in several places in the first couple months of use, but the cracks never got bigger. Despite the cracks the chain guide works like a charm and after almost 2 years of use the it was still going strong.
The pulley worn out and I couldn't find a replacement anywhere near me.

Overall Review: Definitely worth the money. Works like a charm even in disgusting mud conditions. At first I have thought that the guide would break really soon because of the cracks, but it never happened. I can't talk about the bash guard quality, because I was using a race face bash, but I suppose the bash is tough like the guide.

Gamut P30 Chainguide

Featured Review

“Simplicity at its finest”

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The Good: Light, good looking, easy to install, bombproof, reliable and maintenance free. Not China crap.

The Bad: It's not the most silent guide out there.

Overall Review: The main thing that I like in this chain guide is that it's simple. Simple to install, simple to adjust and basically maintenance free. Unless you manage to break some part it will last a loooong time. Never had any trouble with it. The bash guard also takes a beating. The only thing I noticed is that the nylon parts wears pretty quick in the beginning but stabilizes after some use. One thing that I really appreciate is that is exclusive for 35-36t chainring, it provides a exact fit without any adjustments