Advice on Pedals
I am a roadie who is taking up mountain biking. I am used to speedplay pedals. The entry level bike I bought is a cannondale F5. Can anyone give me advice? Should I go to a similar cleat system or not use cleats at first? It seems that I lose connection with the pedals without the cleat system. Any advice would be appreciated
I use Time XS Carbon. Great mud clearing,and easy in/out.
They all operate pretty much the same way. The guts are different and some will work in mud (Time, Egg Beaters, AtomLab) while others will not (Shimano and pretty much everybody else).
More importantly is getting a decent pair of shoes. If you're used to those roadie slippers with cleats, you should ditch these off road. Get something with a deep tread pattern that will grab onto the side of the hill you're trying to walk up after you bailed. Cleats should be recessed BELOW the tread. Sette 7 (available at Pricepoint.com) has some cheapo shoes that can get you started.
I was in a very similar situation about a year and a half ago. First, don't ditch the clipless idea. You've already gotten used to them on your road bike. The benefits are amplified when you're grinding up a steep climb on a MTB. I have Look pedals on my road bike and put a pair of Shimano 520s on my MTB. The double-sided entry was a blessing. I know you're already aware of this from the Speedplays. If you like Speedplays, go with the Frog. But, as said earlier go with a low profile cleat, easier to walk in, and you will be walking. For shoes, I picked up a pair of SixoneSix at Pricepoint for $30. Still working great. I liked the 520s so much, that I'm thinking about putting a pair on my road bike. Road shoes are stiff enough, that I don't expect to notice any change with the smaller platform. As far as mud issues, I have yet to notice any problems with the Shimano/SPD setup. If you want to try the Time ATAC style, without the price check out this knock-off at Nashbar. Free shipping until the 15th and only $25 for the pedals.
And here's a pretty good shoe for $30.
Thanks sounds like good advice
Don't forget Speedplay Frogs. Completely different from the rest. They work in all but the stickiest of mud and there's no spring force to hold your feet in any particular place. They feel a bit funny at first, but once you get used to them - just a couple of rides - they're awesome!
Originally Posted by willtsmith_nwi
You twist your foot away from the bike to disengage. They all operate (referring to the method of use) the same way. The mechanics underneath vary.
Originally Posted by R. Danneskj÷ld
Please point out the portion that is incorrect. Some pedals gum up with mud in the mud. Shimano is notorious for this as is all the Shimano knockoffs. Time and Egg Beaters are most definitely noted for their mud clearing ability. As wide opens as the AtomLab Quickstep is, I can't imagine it possible clogging with mud. I have read VERY mixed reviews on the Frogs.
Originally Posted by willtsmith