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Shimano XTR M9020 Clipless Pedal

“9.5 out of 10”

The Good:

Definitive Clip-in Feel, Durable, Easy to enter and exit, adjustable clip in tension, Longevity, Set it and Forget it. I never accidentally come un-clipped

The Bad:

Expensive, Less Float and less mud/ice shedding ability than Crank Brothers, No replaceable pins, Platform not as good as Mallet or Mallet E when un-clipped.

Overall Review:

I have just switched over to Shimano XTR trail pedals after having been on Crank Brothers Mallets and Mallets E s for the last 8 years or so. The Good: Light, A very Definitive Clip-in Feel, They are Durable, Easy to enter and exit, adjustable clip in tension, Price, Longevity, Set it and Forget it. I never accidentally come un-clipped like I used to with Crank Bros. The cleats are steel and last much longer than the Crank Bros Cleats.  I have not had to do ANY maintenance on them.  They seem to last forever. The Bad: High Price, they have Less Float and less mud/ice shedding ability than Crank Brothers, No replaceable pins, Platform not as good as Mallet or Mallet E when un-clipped.

Shimano M8020 Clipless Pedal

“9 out of 10”

The Good:

Definitive Clip-in Feel, Durable, Ease of entry and exit, adjustable clip in tension, Price, Longevity, Set it and Forget it.

The Bad:

Less Float and less mud/ice shedding ability than Crank Brothers, No replaceable pins, Platform not as good as Mallet or Mallet E when un-clipped.

Overall Review:

I have just switched over to Shimano XT and XTR trail pedals after having been on Crank Brothers Mallets and Mallets E s for the last 8 years or so. The Good: A very Definitive Clip-in Feel, They are Durable, Easy to enter and exit, adjustable clip in tension, Price, Longevity, Set it and Forget it. I never accidentally come un-clipped like I used to with Crank Bros. The cleats are steel and last much longer than the Crank Bros Cleats.  I have not had to do ANY maintenance on them.  They seem to last forever. The Bad: They have Less Float and less mud/ice shedding ability than Crank Brothers, No replaceable pins, Platform not as good as Mallet or Mallet E when un-clipped.

Crankbrothers Mallet E Clipless Pedal

“8.5 out of 10”

The Good:

Float, Mud & Ice shedding, great for messing around with regular shoes or when you come un-clipped and need a platform until you can get clipped back in

The Bad:

Clip -in is more ambiguous than Shimano SPD, the brass cleats wear out way too quickly.

Overall Review:

I have been on these pedals and the Mallets for the last 8 years or so. The Good: Float for people with knee problems or who like to move around on the bike a lot, Mud & Ice shedding, great for messing around with regular shoes or when you come un-clipped and need a platform until you can get clipped back in. The Bad: The Clip-in is more ambiguous than Shimano SPD, the brass cleats wear out way too quickly.  Some people have had durability issues.  I usually rebuild them every 2,000 miles or so.  Supposedly Shimano SPDs can go a lot longer with less mainteneance.

100% Trajecta Full Face Helmet

Vital Review

“Tested: 100% Trajecta Full Face Helmet”

Something funny happened a while back. People started shredding mid-travel, single-crown bikes pretty hard, right around the same time as the enduro racing discipline was making a name for itself on the world stage. As these bikes became ever more capable, we started going faster and harder on rougher and more difficult trails – but since we were now on single-crown bikes that can pedal, how about we ditch the full-face helmet and the armor? Makes sense, right? NOT. But nobody wants to pedal around in a hot and heavy full-face helmet, so we need something else – the lightweight, breathable full-face helmet was born. Read More »

2020 Rocky Mountain Slayer Carbon 90 29 Bike

Vital Review

“Tested: 2020 Rocky Mountain Slayer – Ready for Action”

The Rocky Mountain Slayer has been a mainstay for the Canadian brand for nearly 20 years. Throughout that time it has played the role of Rocky Mountain’s heavy-hitting trail bike, however in recent years it has fallen out of favor with many and the Altitude BC Edition became the brand's flagship enduro bike. In an effort to rekindle the magic of old, Rocky started from the ground aiming to modernize the Slayer for enduro, freeride, and park duties without sacrificing all-day endurance. To see what the new ride is capable of, we have been punishing our test rig for a few months in Squamish, BC - just up the Read More »

2019 BMC Agonist 01 One Bike

“Nice looking but Fragile”

The Good:

Middle ground geometry, good for climbing, comfortable going down hill

The Bad:

Very fragile frame, it cracked after only 5 months of use

Overall Review:

After close to 12 year using Specialized carbon frames I decided to switch to BMC as the dealer I used to buy my bikes from didn't carry Specialized anymore. He convinced me to try the Agonist One 01 and I got into it because I was looking for something in between the master climber Epic and the comfy SJ. The 110 travel both front and rear called my attention plus a more decent price than Specialized got my to try BMC for the first time this year in June. i was quite happy with my new Agonist until just few weeks ago when my mechanic spotted an ugly crack in the frame. I hadn’t had any big crashes so he said I must have came Read More »

Shimano XTR M9020 Clipless Pedal

“Shimano M9120 review”

The Good:

Great platform, with added support compared to the old version. Lightweight, nice bearings, spins great!

The Bad:

The sealing at the inner side of the spindle comes out very easy. Even when positioned back it makes it's way out.

Overall Review:

The pedal function and performance is best in class. Very nice and thoughtful design that just works all the time. The increased contact surface is really tangible, I exeperiece way less foot numbness if any despite I use it on a road bike which is more of a static load on the body and on the feet. My only complaint is the seals on the spindle that never stays in it's place. For a pedal that cost this much and being a flagship model of Shimano this is not acceptable!

2020 Airborne Plague 27.5

Vital Review

“At $2,699, Is the Airborne Plague Really *Sick*?”

Airborne Bicycles, the direct-to-consumer bike brand out of Ohio, has been in the game for over twenty years and for 2020, they have a new, 27.5-inch-wheeled enduro bike dubbed the Plague. Airborne has always focused on affordable two-wheelers and considering the $2,699 price tag of the Plague, they've kept their eye on the budget-minded prize. We wanted to see what a bike that looked fun on paper, with minimal impact to our stack of paper, could do. Airborne Plague Highlights 160mm rear travel with RockShox Monarch RT Debonair 170mm front travel with RockShox Lyrik Select Charger RC Ultimate Debonair SRAM NX Eagle 1x12 Read More »

Zipp 3ZERO MOTO Wheelset

Vital Review

“Through the Wringer: Vital's Long-Term Test of Zipp's 3Zero Moto Wheelset”

Earlier this year we had the opportunity to spend some time aboard Zipp’s 3ZERO MOTO wheelset. While our initial impressions were mostly positive, we knew that a more thorough test was required to offer an educated opinion on whether or not Zipp’s claims of compliance and traction were marketing jargon or legitimate improvements over traditional wheelsets. Since our initial piece, our 3ZERO MOTO wheels have been used and abused throughout the Sea to Sky corridor of British Columbia and made the trip to World Championships at Monte Sainte Anne. They have put in miles on a short-travel Norco Fluid where bottom outs are Read More »

Crankbrothers Mallet DH Clipless Pedals

“Excellent overall with one or two minuses”

The Good:

Durable, flat pedal feel, with the added benefit of being clipped in.

The Bad:

a bit tricky to set up, clicking in not as positive as other pedals

Overall Review:

I've been running the same pair for 2+ years on my DH bike doing about 25 or so days of riding a year. That is probably closing in on 400 runs for about 800,000k of vertical. The pedals are still working flawlessly without any servicing. These perform excellently in the mud and the wet. We have very clay like soil here and I can clip in, even with gunk all over my shoes, though I do have to take a bit more care. What I really like about them is the way they feel like flats. I feel solidly connected to the bike and feel I can really push into the pedals in the corners, in the air, everywhere. None of that Read More »