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3 5

Second set of XT pedals in the past 2 years (2 bikes) and I love everything about them except both sets had to have at one of the pedal spindle bearings replaced after only a few rides. That upped the cost of the pedals by about $30...so I am not happy about that. Where is the quality control...?

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5 5

I use these for aggressive trail and park riding and they have held up after several months of use and some hard crashes. Snug but comfortable fit. Some of the best gloves I've tried. Only downside: hot in the summer.

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2 5

I regret buying these. The coverage is adequate but not great. There is very little padding in the event of a crash. The worst part is that they slide if you crash hard--even if they are cinched tight--so you'll get road/trail rash even if they are pretty snug. You can find much better pads for the money.

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5 5

I don't think you can buy a better pedal for the money. Solid. My only complaint is that the factory grease is too gummy, and you are likely to have trouble getting out of them if you ride in dry dirt a lot after the first 10 rides. I degreased both pair that I own in WD40 then re-lubed them myself, and they work like a charm.

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5 5

I have tried several of Schwalbe tires, and this is the only one I'm using from now on. It has more traction than the Nobby Nics, but lasts a LOT longer. Sidewall protection is excellent. They are on the heavy side at 850ish grams, but a relatively lightweight AM tire that is burly enough to handle rough terrain for "enduro" style riding. I put a new one on the rear recently, and they are really grabby, so if you like a tire that gives way in the rear, this isn't the tire for you. They are a perfect front tire though for almost any terrain.

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3 5

First of all, I love POC stuff, but I also admit the fit can be tricky. I ordered a large consider myself at 5'10" and 195 to have Med-Large arms. These were snug..real snug, and I felt like I was a robot when I put them on. I could bend my arms, but the pads felt stiff. I know, I know...they are armor. But I own a lot of armor..and I just felt like these were not made well. The quality is high, but the band is too tight and the strap for the forearm is not comfortable on bare skin. Also, I don't like that I ordered "Uranium Black" and the pads are snow white...

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5 5

I've owned one of these for about a year and set it up with an all RDO cockpit and an XX1 drivetrain. It is an amazing bike: light, snappy, nimble in the air, and a fast climber. I love this on long climbs, but you do have to pick your lines carefully downhill on technical descents with a 100mm course. It is, after all, and XC bike, but rides more capable than that. Love it.

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2 5

I have run the 29in version for the past 2 seasons in Colorado and they are excellent tires but they wear out REALLY fast, after 15-20 rides actually. I had to replace them mid season both years after the center tread disintegrated and they started leaking Stans everywhere. Actually, they will leak Stans in 8-12 places after just a couple of rides (all 8 of my tires did this) so be prepared to refresh. I would give the ride quality 5 stars, but because of the durability and cost I am knocking them all of the way down to 2 stars.

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2 5

I used these several times last season and 2-3 times this season and have not had good luck keeping my feet warm. If it gets down below 50 degrees or so, my feet start getting chilly even with thick socks. Below 40F and I can't keep my feet warm at all even with fleece sock and toasty toes. I think they are good for fall riding or cross maybe, but biking in the cold, and especially the snow, is a no go for me...which I do a lot.

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2 5

I think if I wore these for a season I would probably break them in, but I would barely be able to walk. The fabric was very stiff and I could not imagine pedaling in these for very long. Maybe a great downhill short...because you could slide on concrete and not feel it in these shorts...but I returned them because I earn my turns and there is no amount of chamoid butt'r that could soothe my loins if I took them on a single ride.

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5 5

At first glance these thin stretchy shorts feel fragile and dainty, but they are really durable. The stretchy fabric and thigh vents are awesome...I didn't know what a real short was until I put these babies between my legs and went out for some all day churnin'-n-burnin'. I have used these now for 2 months or so on 25 rides or so. NO signs of wear. NO chaffing. No tears after a few respectable falls. I bought two...and I will definitely buy these again if they ever wear out.

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4 5

POC makes great stuff. This is one of them, despite a few things that might throw you off guard if you are not expecting them. First of all, read carefully, because this does not come with a bladder or hose...supply your own choice. Secondly, the backpack is colossal compared to most hydration packs. It has a system/pocket to hold a full faced helmet on the outside of the pack, but you could almost put one on the inside. And a jacket. And food. And an SLR. An a chihuahua. Bottom line: if you want a lightweight streamlined bag, this vacuous baby isn't for you. It's for real men who like the ability to haul 30lbs on their back for an all day epic should they choose. The material seems really tough; I think I would prefer this as a carry-on that I use as a hydration pack..but not one I grab for an hour long ride.

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3 5

First off, I've ridden SPDs for almost 15 years, exclusively Shimano, and mostly XT. These pedals were a pain when I first got them...the factory grease was too thick when I first started using them and I could not get out of them even with the adjuster ratcheted to the easiest setting. I fell over on the road before a ride, couldn't unclip, broke my wrist...so yeah, I'm a little bitter. But I still got up and rode dadgummit. Thankfully Google was invented, because I learned if you soak these in WD40 and degrease them overnight, then apply your own light lubrican (Shimano greased these with lubrican't) and ride the heck out of them, they loosen up. I use them now, but still would not recommend them because after a few hundred miles I see very little benefit to the wide platform. They are just heavier, and catch rocks on techy terrain. I'd recommend these same pedals (over all other pedals) without the platform. Want a wider platform? Get a good set o' flats like Spike Spanks. Want SPDs? Avoid these.

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The Renaissance 29er
5 5

I have ridden this bike now for a few hundred miles now since April and can honestly say it is the best bike I have ever ridden. I demo'ed about 20 bikes last year, including the venerable Bronson, but I felt this was a great fit for me. With the sag dialed in (20-25% depending on your preference) it climbs really well. Downhill, it floats over everything, and I have yet to push this bike to it's limits before it scared me and I backed off. Recenlty I was racing friends who normally drop me down Porcupine Rim in Moab, and I had to stop several times and wait on them. I honestly thought one of them had a mechanical. No, this bike just eats chunder like I eat ice cream. Compared to the the Jet 9 RDO and even the 2012 RIP 9...it is night and day. Super stiff. Takes hits very well. Nimble in the air. Plush over bumps. Good mid-stroke compliance. Surprisingly maneuverable through the techy bits (for any wheel size). The XX1 is awesome. There are a few drawbacks: it still has a longish wheelbase, which requires me to use more body english in tight switchbacks. And, it takes a little getting used to because it sits high if you have a longer fork. I recommend upgrading to the Fox 34 140mm fork...it is SO much better than the RS 32 130mm fork. I also recommend the KS LEV seatpost, which you can now internally route with the XX1. I opted for a shorter 50mm stem...and this bike is good to go. One more suggestion: lose the Nobby Nics. The front has poor traction (I recommend a Hans Dampf), and although it is perfect on the rear, it will wear out in 12-15 rides. Not cool. I would go with a Conti Mountain King or Maxxis High Roller II if you don't mind the weight. I would STRONGLY recommend this bike..but if you are smaller rider or don't like 29ers...choose the SC 5010. I'm keeping mine though...

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3 5

I have used 4 different sets of XO trail brakes in the past 2 seasons, and they have multiple consistent problems. Usually, out of the box they need to be bled again. After 2-3 months of riding, all of mine had to be bled again. I personally feel the lever is too long, and doesn't allow for good modulation until the lever is close to the bar; by that time, I am slamming on the brakes because it took so long to catch up with my attempt to modulate. Ran Avid Elixir 5s last year as well, no problems. I am now using Shimano XTs and feel they are the best bang for the buck.

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