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galavoxxwrote a review of on June 9, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I own the road version of this shoe in a size 48. I normally wear a 13.5 to 14 U.S. The road shoe fits like a glove and I've had them for about two years with very little wear. I ride about 6,000 miles a year in all kinds of weather so I am impressed with how they are holding up. The kangaroo leather is really amazing. So when I saw the mountain version of the same shoe, I assumed it would fit similarly and wear well over time. I was wrong. In a size 48, the M1 Uomo fits more like a 12 or 12.5 and is even more narrow than my road shoe. The quality of the M1 looks to be amazing but I never got to ride them. Holding it in my hand, it seems very well made, just like the road shoe. It's too bad the sizing is so off. There aren't many kangaroo options around for those who want their shoes to fit better and last longer. I'm going to give Lake's larger sizes a try.

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galavoxxwrote a review of on October 26, 2015

Great all-rounder tub!!!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off, for those complaining of valve leaking issues, I have run four of these tires with no issues. I don't think the other comments here are because of a bad batch. I am going to cite user error. Sorry guys. Your valve may not have been tightened down enough or the black o-ring in the valve not seated or lubed correctly. See image of a similar Vittoria valve. These XMs have the same function. They do come off and they need to be tight and in my opinion, the o-ring greased.

Review:

I am in the middle of my second season on this set of tubs. 8 races last year and I am planning to do 12 this year (6 done already). Courses have ranged all over the place. I have run them on dry grass, wet grass, full on rainy mud bogs, tree roots, gopher holes, clay, sand pits and sand beaches, rocky singletrack pavement sections, jumps, etc. You get the picture. I have really tested them! I can only afford one pair of tub rims at the moment and these XM tires have worked incredibly well. They may not have as much grip as some other tread patterns but for an all-rounder, they work great. The rubber compound is super soft and supple with plenty of grip in all conditions. In a soggy race I did last year, they accumulated so little mud compared to other riders on the course that I never had to stop and clear my drive-chain once. Other racers were caked and baked! I was cruising and I thank these tires for their mud shedding ability. Overall, at this price, I recommend you buy these. If they leak air and it cannot be fixed by tightening the valve, then return them and try another pair. They are awesome.

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galavoxxwrote a review of on November 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I read a lot about tubeless specific CX tires before making this purchase. I was looking for a tire I could use for racing and for training. The Vittoria Cross XG Pro TNT kept coming up as the best choice. The all-around chevron clement style tread pattern, the durability and the quality of construction are all reasons why I chose this tire. It is meant to be run tubeless (Vittoria’s TubeNoTube [TNT] system). The tire bead is thicker and more squared off than other CX tires I’ve run, which allows for better seating/sealing on the rim hook. The sidewalls of the tire are coated with rubber inside and out and although the 150 tpi casing is compliant enough to fold, it is also somewhat stiffer than higher tpi tires. This may sound like an issue, lack of sidewall compliance, but it’s not. Although it does not feel as supple as a nice tubular, this tire can be run at very low pressure without burping and with great compliance, feedback and control. The grip for me has been predictable and awesome. I've raced it and trained it for about 1000 miles now with pressures down to 28psi and I think it could go lower, if needed. Apart from a sidewall puncture, which was my fault, the tire has performed flawlessly. After successfully patching the sidewall puncture, I am again running that same tire tubeless with no issues.

My advice is to buy these tires if you are looking for a really good, true tubeless, CX setup. They provide awesome performance and reliability for both racing and for training. For reference, I am a 160lb intermediate rider. I am doing about 10 CX races this season (2014) with 5 of them out of the way. I am running these tires on a wide-for-CX custom Pacenti TL28 wheel set.

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