Mountain Biking - platform pedals
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03-08-06, 10:55 PM
Hey guys, i've been riding a specialized stumjumper fsr for 2 years now. My previous bike before that was a rockhopper fs. I've now decided to try to get into freeriding. I'm planning on getting an ironhorse 7point5 this summer. I was just wondering how common is it for people to use clipless pedals while freeriding. I switched over to clipless a couple years back and i love them. I can see how you'd want regular platforms if you want to bail, but i can also see the advantage of having clipless. Is there anyone here who has any advice on which kind to use?
03-09-06, 12:24 AM
If you are used to them I'd think it fine.
The advice is usually for non -users to worry. The wipeout with the foot clipped may twist the ankle. Things happen fast when it goes awry.
I climb steep rocks and hop an -XC frame, I prefer the quick jump off.
Climbing XC, I miss 'em.
Do what you feel comfortable with\with your skill level.
New to freeride, or new bike? Maybe run platforms 'till you get settled.
03-09-06, 08:06 AM
I would use platforms.
As mentioned above, things happen fast when it goes awry.
Most people I race DH against go clipless, but I just can't get the hang of doing something requiring that much body english clipped in. I have to feel like I can tweak my feet around on the pedals more than any amount of float will let me. Platforms with a good traction pin placement are a must, though, since freeriding is going to put you in situations where your feet will get rattled off poor pedals. And like the other folks said, things happen pretty fast and a dab of the foot might save the day.
03-09-06, 02:50 PM
a dab of the foot might save the day.
Saved many of days for me.
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