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kwo848496250wrote a review of on August 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my third (or fourth?) set of XT trail pedals so I'm obviously a fan based on the design, functionality and price ... which when taken together can't be beat. Whenever anyone asks me which SPD pedal I recommend for MTB this is the one. So after recently purchasing a set of the new M8020s I was interested to see how they compared with the previous model.

The weight is a couple grams heavier than the 785s and why you won't see it mentioned a lot in the specs, but don't let that discourage you. If it does, then spend $15-$20 more for the XTRs. That said, there were a couple noticeable differences for me during my initial ride on some local single-track that included a few small jumps, berms, large log roll-overs and tight turns.

First, during a spin up and down the driveway after mounting they felt a little loose when I clicked in so immediately thought about tightening, It seemed almost too easy to get in and out, if you know what I mean. However I had no problems whatsoever on the dirt and never came close to an unintended exit. In my own personal experience the 785s occasionally released at some inopportune moments and could be difficult to re-engage under stress. Can't tell you why but I don't anticipate that happening with the 8020s.

Second, Shimano specifically mentions the 8020s are a little wider and provide more surface area and shoe contact ... approximately 10 percent or so. That did not seem like much to me yet it was something I definitely noticed right away. Shoe contact feels more solid, especially when you drop your heels or during a bunny hop.

Bottom line: The XT trail pedals are another quality component from Shimano, better than ever, and worthy of a 5-star rating IMHO. Would definitely recommend to anyone considering a purchase. (On top of that, at the time of this writing they are already selling at a 10 percent discount off SRP on average due to the strong dollar.) Happy trails!

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kwo848496250wrote a review of on October 3, 2014

Can't go wrong with Alpinestars jersey
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have two Alpinestars jerseys and they fit great, are comfortable, last forever, and are basically bomb proof. It is almost to the point that I don't care about the color or the design, if it is AS that is good enough for me. At $35 this jersey is a steal. Oh, and if it makes any difference, have worn both on A-Line at Whistler, too ... bwah ha-ha.

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kwo848496250wrote a review of on August 20, 2012

5 5

If you can afford a nice bike you can afford this stand. Top of the line construction and design. Sooooo plush it seems like it should cost twice as much as it does, seriously. It folds up easy and nice to have on weekend trips. Hard to think anyone could possibly be disappointed in this stand ... simply awesome. Don't know why I waited so long to get one.

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kwo848496250wrote a review of on August 19, 2012

5 5

At $50 these are definitely on the high end in terms of cost, but if you ever wondered why anyone would pay that much for a pair of MTB gloves one ride in these should convince you. The design is perfect, with attention to the little things. If you hesitate at the price, wait for a 20-percent off coupon and go for it. If you pay $4K-$5K for a bike then you can afford to wear the best equipment, right? The XL were a bit tight on me, but the XXL were perfect. They grip like glue and give you more than enough control with three fingers on the bar and one on your hydro brakes. My only complaint is the name. Hey Fox, the Unabomber was a serial killer. Real people died, you know? Get a clue and change the name.

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kwo848496250wrote a review of on February 5, 2012

5 5

Gore has always stood for quality, design and style and this jacket is no exception. Even the little things you don't expect are perfect, like the cuffs, the pockets, the collar. I usually wear an XL so had to exchange for an XXL and suggest you order one size up yourself. This is a little more than I usually spend for bike gear, although I never sacrifice quality, and even at $200 this jacket represents significant value. I stopped by REI after a long ride today and a worker there started asking me about it, so I let him try it on and he was impressed. Bought this as an MTB jacket and it fits the bill, but great for road, running, backpacking, whatever. No neon colors or gaudy logos so you don't have to worry about scaring the wildlife. Highly recommended ... Gore FTW!

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