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    Clipless Pedals

    I have no idea what kind of pedals to get, I've been thinking about Crank Bro's. Any help? I'm looking in the under $70 range... Thanks!

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    I cant remember the brand but i got some nice hybrid (one side platform the other clip) for around 75, go to your LBS and ask around.

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    Crankbrothers Candy C pedals are great. You can get them on performance for $49 plus shipping.

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    Crank Bros Mallet C pedals are in that price range and are great transition pedals because they have a platform aspect for the dicey parts of the trail. I have them and like them a lot. Make sure to practice at least 3 hrs in your driveway before daring to hit a trail and wear pads. Yes, I speak from experience!!

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    Shimano 520's and they will last you a very long time.

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    Crank bros makes the best, lightest pedals in this price range, in my opinion. The cheaper shimano's are very heavy, and I don't really like the release.

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    yeah, cheaper shimano is heavier but, here is the funny part that I realise, no matter how expensive you pay on your Shimano pedals, it could not be as light a Crank Bros eggies. But Shimano does look stronger though

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    The Crank Bros are nice and are a cool looking product but it's hard to beat an M520 for $37 here. They may be slightly heavier but the stupid things work...Damn you, Shimano! I hate Shimano, really, but their stuff just plain works. And at $37 they compete with cheaper (and less reliable) Wellgo, etc.
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    agreed

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    I had a pair of Shimano that came stock on my Kona Caldera. I hated them. They clogged with mud easily... one time while riding in January the mud froze and I couldn't get out. I fell onto my right knee during a planned stop on a fireroad. I landed on a rock. This sucked because I had completely dislocated my right knee in May (7 months earlier) and took up cycling - mostly mountain biking - because I had to give up running due to the knee injury. At the time of the pedal freezing I was still recovering: I had a limited range of motion, the MCL was still a little sloppy, and I still had some pain. Biking was the answer.

    I immediately ordered a pair of Eggbeaters and haven't looked back since. I gave away my Shimanos and will never go back.
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    M540 Spd's - These are almost idenical to the 959's but at a reasonable price. I've put many miles on them and they are great. Only $70-75 bucks instead of the $120 for the 959's. I had the 520's on a bike for a couple of years, but found the 540's much nicer and worth a few extra bucks. The 520's seemed heavy for me even though I dont care about weight on my bike.

    http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-PD-M54.../dp/B000G7SR8E

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    Quote Originally Posted by probable556
    M540 Spd's - These are almost idenical to the 959's but at a reasonable price. I've put many miles on them and they are great. Only $70-75 bucks instead of the $120 for the 959's. I had the 520's on a bike for a couple of years, but found the 540's much nicer and worth a few extra bucks. The 520's seemed heavy for me even though I dont care about weight on my bike.

    http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-PD-M54.../dp/B000G7SR8E

    Cambria lists the weight on the 520 as 370g and the 540 as 320g. Personally, having wrench flats on the pedals is much more important than saving 20g. I dislike installing pedals with an allen wrench
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute
    Cambria lists the weight on the 520 as 370g and the 540 as 320g. Personally, having wrench flats on the pedals is much more important than saving 20g. I dislike installing pedals with an allen wrench

    Good point about the allen install on those. My 520's are a few years old and were of a different design than the newer ones. The had to be a lot heavier than the new 520's and felt like they had twice the float (too much is bad). Now that I think about it- maybe I meant to say 515. They are collecting dust on the road bike right now waiting for better weather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ichor
    Crank Bros Mallet C pedals are in that price range and are great transition pedals because they have a platform aspect for the dicey parts of the trail. I have them and like them a lot. Make sure to practice at least 3 hrs in your driveway before daring to hit a trail and wear pads. Yes, I speak from experience!!
    Pricepoint.com currently has orange Mallet-Ms (ligher magnesium platform) on sale for $60 a pair. You can always paint the pedal body ;-)

    BTW, I greatly enjoy my Mallet-Cs. When things get rough, it's nice to have a nice plaform to stomp your foot onto and still be able to give a decent push.

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    I just bought some slightly used CB Candy SL's for $48 w/ new cleats, is that a good deal?
    Why is going slower harder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quick_Torch C5
    I just bought some slightly used CB Candy SL's for $48 w/ new cleats, is that a good deal?

    Sweet deal. Used pedals will still last forever. Cha-ching $$
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    Quote Originally Posted by probable556
    Sweet deal. Used pedals will still last forever. Cha-ching $$
    coool, I will post a pic when they come in!
    Why is going slower harder?

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    i'm surprised no one has mentioned the time atac. take a look at those as well. perform well in the mud, easy in and out.
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    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    Quote Originally Posted by ichor
    Make sure to practice at least 3 hrs in your driveway before daring to hit a trail and wear pads. Yes, I speak from experience!!
    This is unnecessary. Try the pedals out before hitting a trail, but to say that you need 3 hours to get used to them is ridiculous. You may adapt quickly or it may take you longer. My first experience on clipless was on my second ride ever. I had 10 minutes in the lot to get used to them and then we hit some singletrack. I won't lie, I had some tumbles and falls that were in part due to the pedals on that ride and subsequent rides. But, you learn to get out of them fast when you're put in a position where you need to get out of them fast. It soon becomes second nature.

    Additionally, I'm not a believer in the clipless/platform combo. Often the platform on these combos is not very grippy. Additionally, many clipless shoes do not have a sole that is very useful on a platform. You've got to commit to the clipless system. If you have the option to clip out when the trail gets a little rough, you probably will. This will hinder your progress on using the clipless system.
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    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard

    Additionally, I'm not a believer in the clipless/platform combo. Often the platform on these combos is not very grippy. Additionally, many clipless shoes do not have a sole that is very useful on a platform. You've got to commit to the clipless system. If you have the option to clip out when the trail gets a little rough, you probably will. This will hinder your progress on using the clipless system.
    I'd rather walk than use clipless / platform combos
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    Quote Originally Posted by probable556
    I'd rather walk than use clipless / platform combos
    right on
    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    Quote Originally Posted by R. Danneskj÷ld
    You obviously have no experience with the right clipless platform pedal/shoe combo.

    I haven't had any of the issues that you describe.
    True. I was speaking from my own experience. Maybe you can provide some info on the clipless/platform pedal combo that you have used. I'm sure this would help the OP in making their decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R. Danneskj÷ld
    Shimano 646/647 with Adidas Hematoma or Specialized BG TRAIL 120 SL shoes.
    excellent. i may also look into those when i'm in the market for a new set of pedals/shoes. thanks.
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    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    I love my eggbeaters, but there are some places where I am scared for my life being clipped in. Not having the platform on there makes it pretty much impossible to ride without clipping in (which I'd much rather do on some downhill sections I go through).

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    slip, slip

    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard
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    Additionally, I'm not a believer in the clipless/platform combo. Often the platform on these combos is not very grippy.
    They're never grippy using flat shoes. If they were grippy you would be unable to pivot out of the clip.

    Additionally, many clipless shoes do not have a sole that is very useful on a platform.
    Well, that's not really the point of most combo systems (the AtomLab Quickstep being the exception). The platform is just there to get started and allow an emergency spot after dabs. Plus it allow for casual use without shoes.

    For the combo systems, in order to have any real grip without cleats, you need to have a deep and sparse rubber tread that literally "envelops" all of the pedal surface.

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