Shimano

  • The Good:

    Low price, works well, adjustable clip tension, large platform

    The Bad:

    Weight (maybe🤷🏻‍♂️)

    Overall Review: I’ve had these pedals for five years now and have put them on several different bikes. They are currently on my gravel bike where they’re likely to stay. These pedals have a solid design, spin well and haven’t developed any creaks. They clear mud with no problem and just work.  I’ve switc...

    Posted by ripdogg1 on 1/1/2020 8:11 AM

  • The Good:

    Ultra Durable
    Rebuildable (cup and cone loose ball system)
    Proven SPD system
    Composite Platform

    The Bad:

    Weight
    Composite platform more slippery than metal
    Composite platform can get a little loose
    Cup and cone bearing system if you don't like adjusting your bike

    Overall Review: In the world of products being updated every couple years, especially in the biking world, the M647/ DX hasn't been touched in a long time since it was designed so well to start. I've used these DHing, 4x/DS, and as my general trail bike pedal for years. Positives Ultra Durable Design:I...

    Posted by NorCalNomad on 12/25/2019 9:08 PM

  • 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 Forg...

    Posted by _Neo on 12/23/2019 3:15 PM

  • 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 Forg...

    Posted by _Neo on 12/23/2019 3:12 PM

  • 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 ...

    Posted by jezso on 12/15/2019 9:51 PM

  • The Good:

    Almost everything

    The Bad:

    minimal cleat/spring adjustment

    Overall Review: I love most all Shimano pedals and my only complaint is the lack of cleat options and low usable spring tension. A wider range of float option would be nice or at least a 6 degree float option cleat. I also find myself cranking the spring tension to the max. A bit more high adjustable spring ten...

    Posted by curtondisleblonest on 12/3/2019 10:17 AM

  • The Good:

    As durable as one could ask for. The adjustable tension is handy for wearing cleats.

    The Bad:

    After many moons and zero maintenance they need pulled apart and greased and adjusted. I wouldn't call it a bad thing, just general maintenance. Can't expect pedals to last forever without any love.

    Overall Review: I've had these pedals for years and on multiple bikes and used them for everything from XC to DH shuttle laps to everyday trail riding on a Giant Reign and now a Santa Cruz Hightower. I am not the hardest charger, but I am also not the lightest rider at 270lbs with a high score of almost 30lbs m...

    Posted by Amart1500 on 12/3/2019 3:36 AM

  • The Good:

    Full season of enduro racing on them and holding strong. Toe box is tough helping with blasting through loose rocks

    The Bad:

    Laces could be made of a thicker material. they are sometimes hard to tie with gloves on.

    Overall Review: The sole of the shoe is stiff enough to transfer power to the pedals while still flexible enough to hike and maintain feeling through the pedals. The overall durability is great. After a full season of racing they are still in amazing shape. If these ever wear out I am buying them again.

    Posted by ZuniD00 on 11/13/2019 12:30 PM

  • The Good:

    Breathability is awesome. Firm sole is great.

    The Bad:

    Narrow. Using thick wool socks for colder weather will not be possible. Feel a bit disconnected from the pedal.

    Overall Review: I'm generally stoked with this shoe for late Spring/Summer/early Fall use in warm SoCal. The breathability is amazing. You're feet will feel the cooling from breezes which is wonderful.  However, they run a little narrow for my liking.  I've worn them for 15-20 rides thinking they woul...

    Posted by Armando Montalvo on 11/13/2019 11:35 AM

  • The Good:

    Well ventilated. Achieves a very good fit with the top ratchet.

    The Bad:

    Sole has noticeable flex when you put the hammer down. No toe spikes.

    Overall Review: The M087 is one of Shimano's lower priced XC shoes that have a top ratchet closure... and that ratchet makes the shoes look like they mean serious business! On your feet, the solid constructions combined with the well placed straps provide a glove fit. The stitching and build quality rivals t...

    Posted by thinkbike on 6/27/2018 3:19 PM

  • The Good:

    Grippy, Lace Covers, Ankle Guard, Comfortable, Vibram sole

    The Bad:

    Aesthetics are polarizing

    Overall Review: I recently made the switch from clipless to flats. I already had a pair of the Shimano AM9 clipless shoe, which are identical to these other than the sole, so I decided to give the AM7 flat pedal shoes a try. I hear so much talk about the Five Ten shoes, but they're very expensive, I've heard th...

    Posted by JasonALap on 6/7/2018 4:13 AM

  • The Good:

    Strong and relatively lightweight front wheel with 20mm axle.

    The Bad:

    Narrow rim width and large sized cone wrench needed for disassembly.

    Overall Review: I could dive right in and start labelling all the things that are wrong with this wheel set by today's standards. "26 inch, 21mm wide, 20mm axle, aluminum" are all the wrong words. But you aren't using these wheels if you are worried about following the cutting edge trends. You are using this...

    Posted by thinkbike on 5/31/2018 6:59 AM

  • The Good:

    Easy to maintain. Easy to adjust. Spare parts easily available. Good price. The lever is extremely comfortable. Power is good enough but....

    The Bad:

    Temperature management could be improved under long descents. Could have a little bit more power.

    Overall Review: I use these brakes in my Yeti Sb5.5 for all mountain / enduro type of rides. They are pretty well tested in some very gnarly conditions, from fast trails, to technical to long descents in Costa Rica where conditions are tropical. They have proven to be easy to maintain, easy to get spare parts...

    Posted by lonchera on 5/24/2018 10:56 AM

  • The Good:

    Price
    Power
    Long Lasting
    Easy to Service

    The Bad:

    Bleed Often

    Overall Review: I've been running Zee's for 4 or 5 years and on two different bikes(same set of brakes, just swapped them over). The stopping power is great, maybe not the very best available, but I've never been left wanting more during a steep descent. I ride mostly enduro/DH type trails in Laguna Beach, Ca a...

    Posted by MTBeerz on 5/24/2018 8:14 AM

  • The Good:

    The online discounted price.
    The components (lever, caliper, hose) are all compatible with every Shimano brake of the last 20 years.
    They're piss to bleed and if you're stuck in the middle of nowhere you can use literally ANY oil, eg Olive oil works fine (tested in the Alps!)
    They work fine - power is average
    Pads are available everywhere

    The Bad:

    They're probably more reliable than anything, but they're still not exempt from the "master cylinder lottery" (ie they will eventually start to go wrong)
    The levers are flexier than the previous version (M785)
    They're only safe to use for 12 months before you should get rid and get some (identical) new ones
    The finned pads are a waste of time and offer no noticeable "real" benefit

    Overall Review: It's impossible to review these brakes without first mentioning that they're heavily discounted all over the internet, so the "real" price is closer to £100/pair (not including rotors). That makes them by far the best value performance brake available, from any brand before you even mention that...

    Posted by Tristan_Mayor on 5/24/2018 6:30 AM

  • The Good:

    Gobs of stopping power. Consistent braking. Tough as nails. Excellent lever shape and feel. Parts are easy to come by. Ease of maintenance, Shimano's are by far my favourite brake to bleed.

    The Bad:

    Some times the lever requires a couple pumps to get things feeling right and the brakes grabbing. I was told this is an issue with the lever but I couldn't be bothered to send the brakes back and not ride and now I am just used to it. I did have an issue with a rear caliper leaking after 2 years of abuse and crashes, but I grabbed a new caliper on Jenson USA and tossed it on, gave it a quick bleed, and good to go.

    Overall Review: These have been my go to brakes for years. I am a big fan of the way they grab. I couldn't care less about modulation, when I pull my levers I want the brakes to grab. I have used these brakes for everything from a 6 hour endurance event to trail riding to enduro racing and have no complaints. I...

    Posted by Amart1500 on 5/24/2018 5:58 AM

  • The Good:

    Unrivalled breaking power, Shimano reliability, easy bleeding, well built, good cooling, great one finger levers

    The Bad:

    Poor modulation, wondering bite point

    Overall Review: This break has saved my life so many times. However, due to the wondering bite point it has also put me in some scary situations. Absolutely some the reliability, easy bleeding, power and cooling this break offers. Hands down destroyed the competition until the new Code came along in 2017. ...

    Posted by hostforaxenomorph on 5/24/2018 4:38 AM

  • The Good:

    Power - Enough to use on DH, Enduro or long descending trail rides.
    Reliability - Through several crashes and hits, these brakes continue to perform like they did on day one of purchase.
    Availability - Replacement parts and pads are available at most if not all bike shops even in the most remote locations.
    Ease of Maintenance - These are by far the easiest brakes to bleed, repair, and replace by using simple hand tools.

    The Bad:

    The only bad thing is that there always seems to be a need to pump the brakes a few times before they grab at the correct location, like there is an air bubble in the line no matter how good you bleed the brakes.

    Overall Review: These are the standard, no matter what company you prefer, they will always need to compete with Shimano for power andreliability.  There is nothing more consistent than the Shimano XT and the price point is good enough to cover most if not all aspects of Mountain Biking.  With the int...

    Posted by fueledbyAlex on 5/23/2018 4:11 PM

  • Flat pedal shoes are tricky business. Not only do they need to deliver good grip on the pedals, but we also want them to look like shoes we’d wear on the town, not take on water, be stiff enough for pedaling but comfortable enough for walking around in all day. Needless to say, us flat pedal rid...

    Posted by iceman2058 on 2/15/2018 11:24 AM

  • The Good:

    Tons of power, set and forget, no fade

    The Bad:

    Off/On feel, not a ton of modulation

    Overall Review: I've run Saints on both the DH and Trail bikes for the past 2 seasons. Takes getting a little use to as there isn't a ton of modulation but loads of power. I personally have had zero problems other than the very occasional bleed which is also super easy. Mineral oil is a bonus so I'm not wreckin...

    Posted by danielhfranks on 1/29/2018 8:40 AM

  • The Good:

    Class leading power
    Good heat management at the disk
    Great looking

    The Bad:

    Variable bite point
    Pump up
    Poor adjustability
    I spec b only shifter mounts

    Overall Review: After a couple of seasons on zee's on another bike and a bad experience with guides I dicided to take the plunge and buy the saints. The zee's were flawless in terms of power and modulation, so the saints became the natural choice for a high end build. After installation I bleed as per all my Sh...

    Posted by dig-with-Al on 1/27/2018 6:39 AM

  • The Good:

    price is great, you can find a set for around $60 online
    the performance is as expected from a flat pedal with pins and bearings
    good size, not the thinest but its strong enough

    The Bad:

    nothing bad, I think some flat pedals are overhyped and overpriced.

    Overall Review: overall, I enjoy this pedals, flats are flats, and these are pretty descent and strong. there are no flashy colors or cuts, it does have a concave platform and they are not huge. I like these pedals because they are not as ridiculously priced as some, but to each its own.

    Posted by leondelmonte on 1/26/2018 4:57 PM

  • The Good:

    Grip, price and performance

    The Bad:

    Weight, thickness

    Overall Review: The MX80 are the old trusty pedals that always deliver, with no flashiness or bling. Sure they aren't the thinnest, lightest, or best looking option, but time and time again I find myself happy when they meet a pair of 5.10s or even Vans. If you are on a budget for pedals and can't or don't want...

    Posted by danielhfranks on 1/25/2018 5:26 PM

  • The Good:

    Burly design with trouble-free SPD pedal body

    The Bad:

    Very heavy and extra pivot point is prone to fail

    Overall Review: As a regularuser of minimalist SPD pedals for many years, I purchased the M545 pedals because I wanted the extra protection and security of the larger platform and didn't mind the trade-off for heavier weight. A pair of these will add about 567 grams (1 1/4 pounds) to the weigh-in total for y...

    Posted by thinkbike on 11/30/2017 3:06 PM

  • The Good:

    Long-lasting and durable design

    The Bad:

    Collar nut can loosen, Allen bolt is only option to tighten

    Overall Review: This is one in a long line of Shimano's classic minimalist SPD pedals and a similar design as the M520, M540, and M980. Although it is a discontinued XT model (replaced by the M8000 series), you can still find this pedal among old stock or it can be picked up for a song in used condition onli...

    Posted by thinkbike on 11/30/2017 1:42 PM

  • The Good:

    - The XTR Race levers do away with Shimano's "Servo Wave" lever movement, which is found on most of their products. This keeps the Race levers super smooth and much more predictable than Shimano's other brakes.
    - Surprisingly durable; I've wrecked a few times and thought "there goes my expensive levers..." but the carbon levers have been just fine!
    - XTR Race mate up with XT calipers for a budget-friendly, predictable combo.

    The Bad:

    - Less adjustability than XT levers
    - I wish Shimano would offer non-servo-wave in more of their products, for easier brake feathering and better overall feel.

    Overall Review: Shimano is known for their precise movement and super reliability. The newest XTR Race levers are just that. I've ridden numerous races (Kamikaze, Sea Otter, Northstar, etc...) with these and they never let me down. I got these XTR levers mainly because of the linear lever feel, allowing me to...

    Posted by SCgShoeCo on 9/16/2017 10:18 AM

  • The Good:

    Reliable, Easy to bleed, Inexpensive, looks cool, Durable, Easy Adjustments

    The Bad:

    Can come with too long of a cable at the start but better than too short!

    Overall Review: I almost always am riding these brakes, they are my standard option on all my bikes for the last 5-6 years. If I get a new bike that has another brake on there or even if it's a shimano brake that is NOT an XT; I will upgrade knowing that it will be worth it everytime. Online stores are selling ...

    Posted by astrizzle on 7/10/2017 11:39 PM

  • The Good:

    Look Great, Durable, Spin Great, Low Maint Req, Adjustable

    The Bad:

    It would be cool of the accent pieces came in a variety of colors but that his Shimano for you, once you go black....

    Overall Review: I have had these pedals for over a a year now. I switch between platforms and clipless depending on what and where I am riding.  I love these pedals though, I have had Crankbros in the past and while those were good these are just better.  They inspire confidence (no fear of falling ou...

    Posted by conlysm on 7/5/2017 5:21 AM

  • The Good:

    Light weight
    Good stopping power (within reason)
    Highly reliable (especially compared to early XT M8000 series brakes)
    Easy to install and bleed
    I-SPEC II compatibility
    Nice looking

    The Bad:

    Soft lever feel (due to flex in mount/reservoir and plastic feel of lever)
    Poor modulation (typical Shimano on/off)
    Spongy feeling in rear (low fluid volume, length of rear line, and use of thin walled plastic)
    Cost (They will lighten your wallet too)

    Overall Review: XTR for All Mountain and Enduro Riding M9020 The new XTR Trail M9020 brakes are billed as Shimano's higher end enduro/trail rated brake. The M9020s now have servo wave technology with a shorter lever throw, better modulation, and improved ergonomics. Do these improvements make them a good choi...

    Posted by VonR on 6/20/2017 6:02 PM

  • The Good:

    Very small, light weight, and cost effective tool.

    The Bad:

    Made from plastic means it's not indestructible

    Overall Review: When looking for a solid quality crankset at a reasonable price, Shimano's Hollow Tech II crank line-up is pretty hard to beat. When picking up your first Shimano Hollow Tech II crankset however, many people don't understand that the tensioning bolt has a very unique interface which requires a s...

    Posted by dirtworks911 on 2/23/2017 7:15 AM