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Old 08-11-07, 08:55 PM   #1
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High end bikes and platform pedals?

I'm looking at a specialized epic comp disc(high end to me). It's an 07 for around 2k and comes with some clipless pedals. I currently run platform pedals and never ran clipless, I have ran the power grips before. My question is how dumb will I look running flat pedals on this rig? also will this cause any additional pedal bob?

I just don't want to change bikes and the type of pedals at once. I was eyeing a 08 giant trance 1 or 2 it came with platforms, but I think this specialized is more of what I am looking for.
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Old 08-11-07, 08:57 PM   #2
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i dont think anyone will notice or care...preference is personal
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Old 08-11-07, 09:30 PM   #3
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I asked a similar question a month or 2 ago and it seemed like it was almost 50/50 with a slight bias toward clipless. I bought some dh platforms that have spd on one side. Pricepoint, $35. They work. Another bike has Performance Campus pedals. For me, best of both worlds. I can't be bothered with what others think. I was falling too much clipped in all the time. Kept forgetting to unclip when I was about to fall.
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I agree, personal preference. I have gone clipless, and I don't think I could go back.
I do have a friend that rides a local singletrack trail every day after work for about 8 miles. He has a really nice bike and uses ~$30 platform pedals and old sneakers. He even tried to talk me into getting them instead of more clipless....
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Run flats. Don't worry about it. You'll get the occasional lecture about clipless. Just ignore the lectures. Ride the pedals that you want to ride.

I'm sure I look pretty dumb all the time on my bike. Today I rode wearing jean shorts, a t-shirt, using flat pedals, and I had crew socks on too. Oh my! I probably looked like a complete dork. How in the world I ever made it through two+ hours of woods-riding without spandex is beyond me. I made it though. And the only "people" who saw me were Mr. and Mrs. Bear, and Mrs. Deer, and a chipmunk. So it was all good.
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If you prefer platforms, run platforms. I run Wellgo plats on my bike. If I was going to do long XC rides with lots of climbing, I'd use clipless. Road bike, I'd use clipless. Whatever you prefer for the bike you ride.
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ride what you want, but the epic is a xc machine and so it would make sense to have an efficent pedal platform on that machine. i'd run clipless for sure. but it's not like anyone is going to laugh at you for having platforms on it, at least not to your face. i would think platforms would not be as asthetically pleasing on an epic. and if your spending 2000 bones on a bike you shoul dat least wnat it to look good. you know what i mean?
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If this question was asked about 8 years ago, platforms would be unheard of. It seemed like if you weren't riding clipless, you were no one. Today . . . platforms are the new clipless. Ok, just kiding but there are more and more riders using platforms again. I used to race xc and would use nothing but clipless. Now, I went back to platforms and haven't regretted it. Sure clipless will give you more pedal power, but they can also form bad cycling habits because you tend to loose focus on that circular pedal motion, not just the push down motion. I also like not having to always be sure I have my cleats on and can just jump on with any shoe and go.
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Who cares what anyone thinks ride how you want to ride, however you like to do it.
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Thanks for all the replies .. I believe I'm going to get the bike ..Terrapin Ben as for xc bikes needing clipless to look good i'm not sure on that .. I see alot of xc bikes that come with platforms the fsr xc and the trance both do .. or maybe they are just lower end.. Te epic pretty much looks like a hardtail anyway with the suspension al in the rear triangle.

I really like the way it looks, i'm planning to try the test bike they have it's an epic expert, but should be about the same. The comp disc is a large which is what I think I need and the test bike is as well.
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Old 08-12-07, 05:44 PM   #11
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[QUOTE=DirtPedalerB;5054139]..Terrapin Ben as for xc bikes needing clipless to look good i'm not sure on that .. QUOTE]


This is true. I guess when you say platform i imagine a pair of cheap plastic platform pedals with reflectors on them. Or a pair or big burly downhill flats come to mind. But now when i think about it, my girlfriend has a pair of nice looking platforms with cages on her stumpjumper. So whatever i guess. If i were buying a $2000 bike, i would want to have some nice pedals on it. So just as long as you don't put the plastic ones with reflectors on your bike, ride what you like! Happy trails!
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i currently roll on these ..
http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/115...uzu-Pedals.htm

I still may get a giant.. kinda undecided... I'm not sold on the brain shock.. I'd prefer something that uses a standard shock in case I need to replace it in the future.
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i would think platforms would not be as asthetically pleasing on an epic.
I think these pedals are a work of art

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I would say you can run any pedal you want to run on any bike.

my question would be why are you getting an EPIC if you don't want to run clipless pedals. The EPIC is a no nonsense xc racing rig. To that end, the best and most efficient pedaling platform are clipless pedals. period.

There are better bikes to get at that pricepoint if you are just going to be tooling around, etc.. hitting a few jumps and taking fun rides or riding freeride and downhill

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I would say you can run any pedal you want to run on any bike.

my question would be why are you getting an EPIC if you don't want to run clipless pedals. The EPIC is a no nonsense xc racing rig. To that end, the best and most efficient pedaling platform are clipless pedals. period.

There are better bikes to get at that pricepoint if you are just going to be tooling around, etc.. hitting a few jumps and taking fun rides or riding freeride and downhill
Mostly just XC terrain around here,, but yeah just getting it to ride for fun.. I like the stretched out position of the epic as some bikes have you sitting up too much.. think I may check out a giant trance. it looks like a fun bike.
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I would say you can run any pedal you want to run on any bike.

my question would be why are you getting an EPIC if you don't want to run clipless pedals. The EPIC is a no nonsense xc racing rig. To that end, the best and most efficient pedaling platform are clipless pedals. period.

There are better bikes to get at that pricepoint if you are just going to be tooling around, etc.. hitting a few jumps and taking fun rides or riding freeride and downhill
Perhaps because he doesn't like clipless or simply prefers platforms over them. I run Zu-Zus on a Jamis Dragon and don't see any contradiction between the two. Clipless might be the best pedaling platform for you.
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while I agree that you should pedal what you want to pedal, you should also try the clipless if you've never tried before. That way, you can make an educated decision about whether to run them or not
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Perhaps because he doesn't like clipless or simply prefers platforms over them. I run Zu-Zus on a Jamis Dragon and don't see any contradiction between the two. Clipless might be the best pedaling platform for you.
My point was that the EPIC is a xc racing bike. If he isn't using the bike for racing, then there may be better bikes out there for him

If you are doing XC races on platform pedals, you either a extreme novice or a fool.

If you are just riding around, then like I posted before, ride whatever pedal you want to ride

Clipless pedals improve pedalling efficiency for EVERYONE
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Perhaps because he doesn't like clipless or simply prefers platforms over them. I run Zu-Zus on a Jamis Dragon and don't see any contradiction between the two. Clipless might be the best pedaling platform for you.
he hasn't ever tried clipless. How could he prefer platforms over them?
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The answer is "rather."
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clipless sucks! burn it in hell!
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Now tell us how you REALLY feel about clipless pedals.
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hmmmm my old thread is alive ... I ended up with a 06 trek fuel because it was a deal.. also I'm a clipless user now.. still ride flats on occasion on the street or goofing around etc. what a difference a year makes.
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I use flats if im going to do anything more aggressive in terms of jumping or when I ride trails that have a lot of hike-a-bike but for the most part I find that after one long day of riding clipless you can get pretty used to them.
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clipless sucks! burn it in hell!
Couldn't get out of yours and fell over, eh?
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