Shimano

  • 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

  • Mongoose is a household name in our two-wheeled culture. Their history in BMX is as versed as their involvement in mountain biking, and they've made sure smiles can be had in the dirt for nearly 40 years. Mongoose continues to focus on value and accessibility with their products. The brand's ...

    Posted by sspomer on 10/24/2016 3:09 PM

  • The Good:

    No brake fade, quality, bling factor is high

    The Bad:

    They ain't cheap

    Overall Review: I can't say for sure these are better than a regular non ice tech rotor but I can for sure say that I have never experienced any brake fade using Shimano XT brakes (both M8000 and M785) down full-on DH trails, enduro races, bike park laps, or monster 1500 meter shuttle descents. I have used them...

    Posted by NMK183 on 10/11/2016 10:28 PM

  • The Good:

    Stopping power, no brake fade, easy to bleed, ergonomic lever

    The Bad:

    Leaky levers.

    Overall Review: On two different bikes I've owned, the brakes leaked oil from the master cylinder near the lever. Its not anything that really is catastrophic, the brakes still work, but need to be bled more often. Thankfully, this is an extremely easy endeavor, especially compared to Sram brakes. I love the "o...

    Posted by NMK183 on 10/11/2016 10:22 PM

  • The Good:

    Smooth shifting
    Light weight
    Fits on 9 Speed drive hub
    Disassembles for easy upgrades
    Good gear range

    The Bad:

    Range could be a little taller

    Overall Review: I made the switch to 10 speed a little over a year ago ( I know a bit behind) and purchased the XT cassette for a couple of reasons; fits on 9 speed hubs, light weight, and is upgradeble with extender cogs. Installing the cassette was quick and easy and only required a chain whip and the correct...

    Posted by awol12 on 7/20/2016 9:46 AM

  • Review by Brandon Turman // Photos by Courtney Steen and Brandon Turman Maybe it was our hangover from the launch party the night before, but we were overwhelmed the first time we laid eyes on our Santa Cruz Bronson test bike equipped with Shimano's electronic XTR Di2 drivetrain. "What the ...

    Posted by bturman on 6/29/2016 7:22 PM

  • The Good:

    Good value, robust, wide platform

    The Bad:

    None so far

    Overall Review: It is a good pedal with a good value for money. I got this pair of M530 with $28, compared to the upper XT and XTR level pedal. Spring tension is easy to adjust . For the first time, I used the weakest spring tension with SM-SH51 single release cleat (cleats included with the pedal). The...

    Posted by Marshal Satria on 5/16/2016 4:08 AM

  • The Good:

    Fits 9 speed cassette body
    Smooth shifting
    Lighter weight

    The Bad:

    only goes up to 36 teeth
    not as compatible with expander ring upgrades (Oneup Wolf Tooth)

    Overall Review: Picked up this cassette as part of a 10 speed conversion and have been pleasantly surprised with it. Shimano's SLX group set has gotten great praise overall, but personally I wasn't in love with their 9 speed group set that I was upgrade from, but due to an ordering error on my part the SLX cass...

    Posted by awol12 on 7/31/2015 4:29 PM

  • The Good:

    Ispec compatible
    10 speed
    Multiple gear shifter - go through multiple gears with one push
    2-way release on upper shifter trigger

    The Bad:

    Ispec Doesn't come with ispec mount and handle bar mount

    Overall Review: ​The XT shifter is a great choice if you are switching to a 10 speed setup or upgrading a lower tier 10 speed drivetrain. I picked up this shifter as part of a 9 speed to 10 speed conversion and have been very happy with my purchase. This XT shifter comes in a few different configurations; bar...

    Posted by awol12 on 7/31/2015 3:52 PM

  • The Good:

    Solid build
    Split bar clamp
    Good modulation
    Comfortable lever

    The Bad:

    Reach adjustment
    Sucks to bleed

    Overall Review: Got these as a replacement for some Hayes and have always had good luck with Shimano and the Deore line. These brakes stay true to the Shimano way of Deore being a great price point match to great quality. Feel of these are the bar is sport on. The angle of the master cyclinder puts the levers...

    Posted by awol12 on 4/20/2015 6:27 PM