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 Christian Peper put in three solid reviews during the past 30 days, and we'd like to highlight the ones that earned him the Top Reviewer spot. As his top spot on the reviewer ranking proves, sometimes quality is better than quantity.

Troy Lee Designs XC Gloves - "Great value and feel. If you hit the ground these have just enough to keep your hands happy. Lightweight feel makes them perfect for summer riding. They are true to size.  I can operate my galaxy smartphone with them on. I'm going five stars as this is my 5th+ pair of them and never flinch on buying another set..."

TIME Z Clipless Pedals - "I imagined the Time Z to be the be-all-end-all pedal, but they unfortunately ended up in my stash and are nearly new still. I was really looking forward to the nice platform and extra support but the retention system just didn't cut it. The pedal itself is strong, entry easy, and release is very similar to Shimano with the single release cleat. I prefer adjustable tension which Time does not offer. The rest of the pedal is really nice and built to take a pounding..."

Shimano M520 Clipless Pedals - "Ok, if you want something with a platform this is not it. However, if you can put your feet on the pedals properly they are the way to go. This is the flagship Shimano pedal. Check out the DX or M545 - they are running this same retention system. It's adjustable, zero maintenance, chromo axle, easy to clean if you have to and easy to install and remove with all the clearance. All these great things will come at a price, though! You have to get the proper cleat separately. This pedal comes with a #51 single release cleat from Shimano and to really enjoy this pedal for what it is, you need to spend an additional $17-$23 for the multi-release Shimano cleat..."

Big congrats to Christian Peper! Thanks for helping out the riding scene with your thoughts on these products.

Want to be in the running for next month's award? Start reviewing the parts you use in the Vital MTB Product Guide and keep an eye on the Top Reviewer leaderboard. We'll announce the next winner in early June.

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