Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Austin, TX
Bikes: Giant XTC Team Custom XC bike, Nashbar tourer custom commuter
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If you have to bail or mess with your feet frequently, then you basically just go with platforms and let it be. For more XC style riding clipless is certainly an option, and plenty of people ride clipless on mountain bikes, but there's a huge difference from dirt jumping to downhill to cross country in terms of pedal needs.
Since I'm mostly an XC and commuter rider, I've got a pair of SPD shoes and clipless pedals, but I went with clipless platforms all the same because when I'm off the beaten path I don't want to be strapped into my bike at all times.
Some folk ride eggbeaters, but I'd stay away from them if you want to throw your foot down or stomp on the pedals as needed.