Around Christmas time, I bought a Santa Cruz Bronson. It’s my dream bike and was something I was set on. I weighed up other options, including the amazing bikes from Airdrop, Bird and Orange. I almost went for a British brand just out of principle, but something kept me returning to the Santa Cruz website and drooling over a Bronson. So that’s what I bought.

As you’ll know, new bikes don’t come with pedals. I’ve never ridden clipped in, and it wasn’t something I wanted to get into (not yet at any rate) so I pondered a few pedal options. After a bit of reading, watching some review videos, and a lot of comparisons I settled on DMR Vaults.

On my Camber, I’ve run DMR V8s and never had any major issues. They’ve been grippy even in some of the muddiest, wettest and iciest conditions I’ve ridden in. So I had high expectations for the Vaults, even before they arrived.