Shimano M475 hubs long term revised review

Issues with fast freehub wear:

 

Fast wearing freehubs:

this causes shifting issues, and noise while coign trough the cassette, it only takes few days for me with light xc/commuting/pavement riding to wear it to the point of play so the cassette is dancing. TThis is hub I had Rebuilt new balls, new cones, new axle, everything was of course done correctly, it was only used few days, but I had already gone through one wobbly freehub after just a few days of riding, so I replaced it with this one, the same issue major wobble after just a few rides. I have also noticed Shimano has changed the design, there was a rubber seal visible, on this one there is not. after few short asphalt rides, the axle bent on the drive side, the cones were loose, the rotor was rubbing, and the cassette was dancing horribly, due to play in the freehub, which reduced the shifting performance significantly. I am done with these freehubs, I will get a new wheel. These hubs just can’t take me using them, I got heavier and heavier, I am an adult now and destroy all cheapness. ‘ The lack of points of engagement is also unbearable and awkward. The bent axle was not caused by jumping or loose QR or anything wrongdoing on my part, this is a flawed outdated hub.

The freehub has about 1 mm play when it’s new.

I had these hubs on several bikes since I was a teen boy, I have been using these freehubs until failure, and the freehubs lastest about 1 season before they failed, so I couldn’t pedal, but now as I am an adult, I wear them in few days so the play will be significant, which reduces shifting performance, and I can move the freehub in all direction with knocking sound, I Won’t would not take the chance of being many tens of kilometers away from my home, and needing to call a taxi, So I had to swap the freehub,

any play in the freehub will cause wear in the cassette and chain, I think I should upgrade the hubs.

With proper hubs with proper freehubs you will get zero play no with a lot of use and abuse and crashing, for example, Hope pro 4, It has been problem free, and has not shown any signs of wear after a whole year of use.

 

Frequent Service interval king:

No proper seals, causing contaminants like water, cat hair, and to come inside the hub, so if riding in the winter you would have to service them every week to 2 weeks intervals.

This is now the hub will look like after a winter ride, the grease comes out and will attract dirt, cat hair.

The deore h bs have rubber seals, instead of steel covers, buttjey are compatible with the m475 hubs Shimano Bl-M525 L.H.Lid Unit – Y8S49801

http://forums.mtbr.com/shimano/worst-shimano-hubs-ever-shimano-hb-m475-viam-http://forums.mtbr.com/shimano/worst-shimano-hubs-ever-shimano-hb-m475-viam-370908.html

To service these freehand, you need a special tool, which is difficult to get, or you have to make one your self, This is not acceptable.

RJ The Bike Guy made a great video showing you how to service Shimano hubs:

Annoying low engagement:

The freehub has a horrible engagement, so you have a big dead zone before you actuate freehub, making technical climbs harder.

 

Verdict:

because of the outdated design, and reliability issues and the extreme service intervals, even if you swap to the seals for deore, as the freehubs wear out so fast, that it’s pointless to fix it.  I can’t recommend these hubs, these hubs are a nightmare.
There are far better options out there, I recommend getting Hubs with sealed cartridge bearings, and more bearings, and an easier more modern design, Hope and Industry nine, Chris king, are a perfect example of this, are more on that list of course.

 

 

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Race Face Turbine X1 Dropper post remote Revised Long term review

The remote has a well-designed clamp, there are 2 threaded holes for inward-outward adjustment to get the lever positioned perfectly.

The lever is ergonomic feels great feels to use it. The lever diagonal groover, for improved grip, I have not experienced any issues with my finger slipping along the lever, but it can slip down or up the lever, so holes or multidirectional grooves would work better, But So far I have not experienced any issues with this, the grooves in the lever are helpful.

 

 

 

Taken apart:

here you can see the 2 bearings.

The barrel adjuster is very fragile, it can easily be bent or kinked, It’s likely this will happen in a crash if the housing forces it to bend, but it’s so weak you don’t need a crash for it to fail, I never crashed so badly that the barrel adjuster would bend.

Check out Peter Verdone’s post about remote:

the barrel adjuster on his remote snapped.

https://www.peterverdone.com/bullshit-engineering/

 

A closer look at the lever:

The bearing measurements:

Outer 10mm

Height 3mm

Inner6

Flickr album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm6h8Mih

So far I’ve not had a crash where there was an impact on hte lever, So I can’t comment on this at this point.

 

 

Park Tool 105 Work Tray Review

The holes are great for axles.

 

 

Installed on the PRS 2 repair stand, this tray is useful when I take the fork off, I can put bolts and adapters and small parts in it.

 

 

 

The degreaser holder works great for degreaser cans, but not for lube bottles, as because will eventually fall out and could make a mess,

 

 

Zefal Deflector FM20 long term updated

Easily misaligned if you use Velcro straps:

Using the provided Velcro straps, there will be significant movement which will cause the mudguard to move into the tyre, technical trails. I have of course had them as snug as possible, when it’s moving there is a risk of getting small branches stuck between the tyre and the mudguard.

See videos below:

But going for zip ties instead, will make it more secure, But there will still cane move if you hit it, so In a crash, it might misalign, So far I have not had issues with it misaligning, or tyre rub. I have ridden pretty fast and hard without any issues, but who knows what will happen later, But I think it will stay on ok.

This mudguard is much better than RRP Enduro guard, more coverage, and more durable, but still not perfect.

For my fork & wheel size combo(29er Fox 32 Evo), I had to use the holes further back, other wise the guard would move hit the tyre when it was moving.

The provided stickers are pointless as they will not fit the style of every bike, and they just wear out.

here you can see if you use the front holes the fender is too low & will hit the tyre.

The mud guard does definitely make a difference less mud on my goggles, it did not eliminate it completely, but no fender/guard will.

How the bike looked like after riding in some muddy sections, as you can see it’s stopped allot of mud from coming at my face, which is the most important thing, and some on the stansions, but it did not stop all the mud, and as this mud guard is short there will still be some mud thrown on the mudguard and downtube.

Since september, I have used the mudguard soem more, but I upgraded to Mudhugger.

I swapped the guard over to the hardtail, But when i did it I noticed the plastic has cracked in the gfork leg mountign holes.

Video of the muddies ride of 2017:

Verdict:

it gives some protection but not perfect, I have used Mudhugger FR which does a much better job, it trows the dirt back down in the f ront,and has more mounting holes.

2017 Five Ten Freerider EPS Updated Review 01.11.2017

I have used these shoes for one winter and few wet summer & spring days.

The shoe is  flexible the right way(up) but not too flexible, but won’t bend down(very important if you ride hard & ride on  gnarly trails and jump, this result in a shoe that is very comfortable to walk in, the Impact  shoes much stiffer, but they are still quite comfortable to walk in, I even played soccer with them once, but definitely not ideal for that use, obvious reasons.

Feel & comfort.

But the Freerider ESP is comfortable when running, the sole bends as much as running shoes upwards, I think the Freerider shoe is a well thought out shoe.

I can feel the surface I walk on & the pedals, without any discomfort, which gives me a good feel of what the bike is doing & this is a good thing for walking up things you can’t ride over/on.

Winter use:

I have seen reviews of this shoe, saying that they will not be so warm on very cold days, but I assume they did not wear wool sock, Like I do, I have not had any issues with cold feet with these shoes. of course there is a limit to the isolation,I wear size 44, and there is room for 2 pairs of wool socks.

I have used the Freerider esp down to -11 Celsius, with 2 pairs wool socks, I stayed warm.

 

 

Pros:

  • The laces don’t wear out after months of use they are like new, unlike the 2015 Impact shoes.
  • The long tongue that extends higher than the shoe itself.
  • Very easy to tie and untie, when tying the laces, i bend my legs down and tie the shoe, with few millimetre of room between the laces and the tongue, which gives perfect tightness,without Hurting , and when doing it this way I know it’s going to be right, if I do it this way, I can tuck the laces on to the side.
  • the shoelaces don’t untie if you tighten them properly.
  • Easy to take off, the tongue won’t restricts you from taking the shoes on and off fast.
  • The Tongue stays in place.
  • waterproof,  water won’t come in, unless it gets in the upper part of the shoe or your socks.
  • the tip of the shoe is stiff, I hit some hard surfaces, few times and I did not even feel it.
  • But there was no big wear or damage on the shoe, the outer sole failed before this would happen, but FiveTen offer replacement soles, on their site, but I have not seen it in any shop yet. http://www.fiveten.com/us/accessories?___SID=U

Cons:

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    Water can come in where the fabric mesh is. friction damage caused by shoe touching the crankarm.

    maybe reinforcing the shoe lace holes for more durability, other than this I can’t think of anything else, Time will tell how long this will last. But so far I did not have any issues with the holes for the laces.

  • could be as high as the summer version with leather higher up on the ankles, to provide better protection.

Wear update July 2017:

After 1 winter plus some wet summer weeks the outer sole gave up.

 

There is a hole in the outer sole, but water did not come trough but this mgiht change,
The damage in this area already began in the winter but got bit worse, you will see the same type of wear in the the same place on the standard/summer version of the Freerider.

The inner sole was in pretty good condition, but the was a bit of wear in the big toe area, but once the soles wear out you can buy new ones.

autumn of 2017 I noticed some changes:

Five Ten claims the whole front of the shoe is Leather, but the brown stuff is clearly not leather, it’s  most likely latex cover, the inner layer looks to be leather though. the outer sole started to separate from the rest of the shoe, but the stitching stopped it from going any further. the tips of the shoes are stiffer for added protection.

 

 

Verdict: Recommended

The shoes will outlast the outer soles, so getting replacement soles might be a good idea.

The Freerider ESP is the most comfortable winter shoes I have ever used, I have used winter boots and winter shoes from several brands, none of them can compare to Five Ten.

If you replace the outer sole & repair the wear on the fabric, you should be able to use these shoes at least 1 more winter, But I think they will last even longer if not abused too much.

So far it’s the only proper winter cycling flat/platform shoe.

I think the Freerider shoe is a well thought out shoe.

 

Some stores you can buy it from:

Kan kjøpes her:

Norwegian stores:,Norske butikker.

https://bikeshop.no/WebPages/Produkt/ProduktInfo.aspx?plid=88271&WebSiteMapNodeID=1000001

 

Can be bought here:

https://www.rosesykler.no/article/five-ten-freerider-eps-high-flat-pedal-shoes/aid:878545

https://www.bike-components.de/en/Five-Ten/Freerider-EPS-High-MTB-Winterschuhe-Modell-2017-p51077/

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/no/en/five-ten-freerider-eps-high-mtb-shoes-2017/rp-prod152877

https://www.amazon.ca/Five-Ten-Freerider-High-Mountain/dp/B01LX6PB2J

AUBURN:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Five-Ten-Freerider-Winter-Mountain/dp/B01KA7VTG6/ref=cts_sp_1_vtp?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_p=1212178027&pf_rd_r=636NW0KFH22CJ2XETPTZ&pd_rd_wg=74luu&pf_rd_s=desktop-detail-softlines&pf_rd_t=40701&pd_rd_i=B01KA7VTG6&pd_rd_w=JngdN&pf_rd_i=desktop-detail-softlines&pd_rd_r=636NW0KFH22CJ2XETPTZ&_encoding=UTF8

Midnight

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Five-Ten-Freerider-Winter-Mountain/dp/B01AU87SHO/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1487459969&sr=8-4-fkmr0&keywords=2017+Five+Ten+Freerider+ESP

http://www.zappos.com/p/five-ten-freerider-eps-high/product/8731570

https://www.bike24.de/1.php?content=8;product=185863;menu=1000,18,58 (does not ship to all countries)

Core black:

https://www.bike24.de/p1185877.html (does not ship to all countries)