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Sept. 15, 2016, 10:49 a.m. -  Cam McRae

#!markdown The products I've had trouble with lately were made by Shimano. My XTR pedal spindles cracked in six places where the 8mm Allen fits. Because it expanded when it cracked it also stripped so I couldn't remove it. And because it expanded it was fused into my Race Face Next SL crank. Shawn at Obsession Bikes took a grinder to make flats in the axle and then put it in a vice. And broke the vice. He eventually got it out (thanks again Shawn!). And I have a set of XT brakes in the shop because one won't hold a bleed and the other has some kind of blockage. And they are less than a year old. Shimano's warranty is excellent of course and I generally have good experiences with their products. One thing to consider yahs - when you suggest Andrew is 'going to bat for these guys' is that he is acting as a product tester rather than a consumer. He's not voting with his dollars or telling you how to behave; he's simply telling you about his experience with this product, and relaying that this experience makes him optimistic about the company. You've been burned and your future purchases are going to be guided by that - and that's understandable.

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