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Old 09-12-09, 11:30 AM   #1
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Power grips vs. "traditional" toe strap & cage

I'm don't want to go clipless (I'm not that hard core - usually do easy trails). But I want to get some straps... which are better for mountain bikes? Traditional toe cages and straps or the Power Grips?
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Old 09-12-09, 11:55 AM   #2
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a year ago I felt the same way so i got the mtb power grips set, they're sweet, you can get a snug fit w/ them. but a few months ago I went clipless w/ wellgo's and find that they are (IMO) better, you feel more connected w/ the bike and in control on sketchy downhills.

Try going w/ the pwr grips first, they are made tough and can handle abuse, the mtb cages have great traction. I got a set for ~$40.
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I haven't used Power Grips, but my experience with cages is that it's hard to get out of them fast enough. I tried not strapping them tightly, so I could get out, and I'd just end up popping out and they'd flip upside down and get caught on stuff on the trail. Now I run either SPD's or platforms, depending on the bike.
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Yup, traditional cages or Power Grips are a pain in the ass, like Zephyr says. Compared to clipless they can't hold a candle.

My very first MTB experiences in '93 included a cyclocross race (yes, on a MTB back then). With all the dismounts and run-ups I quickly discovered that toe clips were absolutely wrong for me. As soon as possible I went out and bought clipless (Onza's). I never looked back.

I have used the Power Grips, and they are indeed a step above traditional cages. They will hold your foot in tighter, and they are easier to exit. If you MUST have toe clips type, I'd get 'em.
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For the love...he already said "I'm don't wanna go clipless."
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For the love...he already said "I'm don't wanna go clipless."
So, are you gonna share your own experience with toe clips or Power Straps?
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i have ridden a friends bike with cages multiple times and didn't have any problems getting out when i needed to.
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Good set of platforms and a pair of five-ten impacts. I like them better than clipless on all but the least technical of trails. Give it a try., waaaay better than cages.
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I used power grips back in th eday 1980's.....I luved them but if you are going down tha road just getreal pedals.....get a nice shoe combo an dbe done with it...If you like the power straps you'll want the clip ins.....Far more comfy...
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So, are you gonna share your own experience with toe clips or Power Straps?
Yes...both suck hard and the OP should go with clipless. (since you asked)
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Dang, Ed, you certainly can be relied upon to keep passing the ball and to keep the plates spinning.
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Not a real mountain biker although I spend quite a lot of time rambling about the critter trails and two tracks here in the Wyoming Rockies. Mostly off road transit through the natural world for photography, kayaking, and wildlife observation.

Used to use toe straps and never quite got along with them. Recently purchased a pair of Power Grips and their sealed bearing pedals for my FX.

Love 'em! Definite power improvement and ingess/egress is easily accomplished. Fiddly to install and get adjusted but once done all is well. I can adjust the strap size/tension for whatever footwear I need for a particular trip as well as the changing seasons.

I've no interest whatsoever in being clipped in for my style of cycling and the Power Grips have proved a valuable asset in my reality.

Hope this helps and good luck to you.

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