Favorite things. Favorite, not because it sells well or is marketed well. This is stuff that we ride and like and ride and like some more. Because we like it, because it works like it's supposed to, and because we don't have to work on it any more.
Thing - the Shimano XT Trail Pedal. This is a new pedal, part of the
780 series XT. Shimano introduced the XTR trail pedal early in 2011(reviewed in Bicycling here)
with the new 980 group. By late summer, that had trickled down to XT
level and fortunately, XT price point. Enter my interest!
have to admit, being a loooooong term Shimano pedal guy, I'm more than a
bit biased. The very first click in pedals I got were some no float
havin' 525s back in 92. After having my knees get weird from no float, I
had a brief stint with Onza pedals (remember those?), but once Shimano
introduced float into their flagship 747 pedal I haven't looked back.
AND I still have my 747s going strong on a bike now for, holy cow, has
it really been 16 years?
This is the
"trail" version of Shimanos traditional XT pedal. I guess the
traditional design will henceforth be knows as the "race" model like the
XTR, but really, I couldn't be bothered to look that up.
Pearl Izumis X Alp series shoes
for several years now. They are excellent shoes for the type of off
roading we do - technical terrain with lots of rough hike a bikes. The
downside is that they don't have the stiffest sole in the world, and it
can be felt on long rides. The new XT Trail pedal took care of all of
that. I LOVE this pedal. It's got just enough platform for extra
support. That extra platform, although not huge, is also great for
those times when you're not quite clicked in. I've been running these
on my singlespeed for a while now. Sometimes on a SS, you've got to
step into it and give it all you got whether you're clicked in or not.
This pedal has helped my singlespeeding for sure.
the only drawback I've found was, so far, an isoloated incident.
Recently, we found ourselves riding in fresh wet snow on top of what was
a dry 2" powder dusty surface. Every time I'd step off the bike, the
cleat would attact all sorts of pine needles, mud, and ice. In that
instance, the XT Trail pedal packed up with a little more mud than the
race body, and it made it quite a bit harder to get into the pedal.
Once in, getting out was no biggie. If you're going to be riding in
significant amounts of mud, this is probably not the pedal.
Fortunately, we rarely ride in mud here on the front range of CO. This
is an outstanding pedal for this environment.
XT Trail pedals. Another thing we really, really, really like. Check 'em out.