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Old 01-20-18, 04:23 AM
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What style of pedals?

I pick up my new fatbike next week. It comes without pedals and I'd like to know what style those of you with fat bikes use. My road fleet has SPD-SL, the MTBs have SPD. One set of Crank Brothers Candy pedals in the junk drawer. I was thinking of getting dual-sided pedals. SPD on one side, studs on the other. I expect to use the bike on the mountain firebreaks/trails of North Idaho, groomed trails in state parks, and with a bit of just futzing around in town and on the paved bike trails.
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Old 01-20-18, 08:58 AM
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With out getting all spammy on you, I think the Forte Campus pedals are what you are looking for.

Forté Campus Pedals - Performance Bike
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Old 01-20-18, 09:29 AM
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I’m a fan of dual-platform mtb pedals, and I use the SH-56 cleats on most of my shoes for easier release. I just like the versatility of being able to ride clipped or not, with cycling shoes or boots or just street shoes. I have those exact Forte pedals on a couple of my bikes, and I really like them, the platform is bigger than some of the Shimano dual pedals I have, so less slippage when in street shoes. And the price is good.
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Old 01-20-18, 10:24 AM
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I bought flat Race Face Chesters for my fat bike, have been quite happy with them. Was planning on switching to SPD when the snow melted, but I really see no point.

I have Deore XT PD-T8000 dual sided pedals on my touring bike, I really like them, if you aren't looking to be in snow on the bike. Didn't really find any flat sided dual pedals that inspired confidence in slippery conditions.
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Old 01-20-18, 11:10 AM
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I use platforms, because I do a lot of off-trail stuff, river beds and such. If you are accustomed to SPD, that might be the way to go. Or try platforms to see if you like them.
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Old 01-20-18, 12:25 PM
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Traction Pinned platform.. Out here, one use; beach riding with razor clam harvesting gear..
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Old 01-20-18, 03:57 PM
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SPD "Multi-release" SM-SH56

I'm probably in the minority! I really tried to effectively use platform pedals for several weeks when started with a fat bike 1 year ago. Unfortunately, 50 years of spinning with my feet attached to the pedals in various ways (cleats & straps, SPD-SL, SPD, etc) leaves me ingrained with a circular stroke and the platforms just didn't work for me.

However, straight SPD wasn't the answer as I kept falling over when I was trying to pedal through some rough stuff, up a really steep section, etc. If I kept my mind on thinking of when to disengage I wasn't "committed" enough to getting through the section so I wouldn't make it and found myself giving up too easily. Then I tried the SM-SH56 SPD cleats - the ones that claim they'll release at any angle - and I haven't fallen since and find myself cleaning sections I couldn't get through without a dab or walking. So. for me, SPD pedals (XT M8020's) with the SH-SM56 cleats mounted on a pair of shoes that walk well (for those hike-a-bike sections of canyons with pour-offs etc.) are perfect.

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Old 01-20-18, 07:17 PM
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Problem with clipless pedals on a fatbike is that you also have to get footwear that will keep your feet warm.

And while there are several options available now, none of them are cheap.

I also haven't found any hybrid (one side flat, one side clipless) pedals that inspired confidence on the platform side. So I'd recommend either full on clipless or platforms.
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Old 01-22-18, 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by volosong View Post
I pick up my new fatbike next week. It comes without pedals and I'd like to know what style those of you with fat bikes use. My road fleet has SPD-SL, the MTBs have SPD. One set of Crank Brothers Candy pedals in the junk drawer. I was thinking of getting dual-sided pedals. SPD on one side, studs on the other. I expect to use the bike on the mountain firebreaks/trails of North Idaho, groomed trails in state parks, and with a bit of just futzing around in town and on the paved bike trails.
If you like the Crank Brothers type pedals, you might want to consider one their double shot pedals. I have the Double Shot 2 and love them: great in the winter with the nice, boot-sole biting points on the pedals and great in the summer with their cleats and I can use the same shoes with my MTB with these pedals on it as well as my touring bike and road bike with eggbeaters on them.

Unlike some dual sided pedals, the flat side of these pedals is truly flat, no bulge from the cleat (and if you feel a bulge, flip the pedal over, you've got it facing the wrong way).
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Old 01-22-18, 09:22 AM
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For snowy riding, I like the Crank Bros pedals, the design never gets clogged with snow. I'm currently riding the MalletE pedals, I like a platform big enough that I can pedal without getting clipped in. As @jrickards pointed out, the Double-Shot is a good option, I'm looking to add a set of them to my toolbox this year.
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Old 01-22-18, 02:38 PM
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Flat, pinned pedals and boots of some sort seem to work fine. Using race face chesters in wicked green right now.
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Old 01-22-18, 03:41 PM
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FWIW, here is a link to the only pedals that I found that I would be encouraged to ride in snowy conditions on the flat side: Funn Mamba One Side Clip MTB Pedals | Chain Reaction Cycles
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Old 01-23-18, 02:50 AM
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All of my bikes have Shimano MX80 flat pedals fitted to them. I recently purchased Five Ten Freerider Elements shoes for cycling and these work great with the MX80 pedals. The shoes also look good and can be used as everyday casual shoes.

I'm not sure the MX80s would be great in snow/slippery conditions though, but I tend to ride in good weather conditions.
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
FWIW, here is a link to the only pedals that I found that I would be encouraged to ride in snowy conditions on the flat side: Funn Mamba One Side Clip MTB Pedals | Chain Reaction Cycles
Those are really nice and much cheaper than my DoubleShot 2 which I paid about $160CDN (CRC is listing these Funn Mambas at $100). For me though, the only downside to the Funn Mambas is that my Crank Brothers cleats won't work in these Funn pedals.
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Old 01-23-18, 08:15 PM
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Old 01-24-18, 08:45 PM
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Run SPD's on my Fat Bike and love 'em.*





*albeit i've been running SPD's on all my MTN bikes and commuters for decades
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Old 01-25-18, 12:22 PM
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I like flat pinned and not metal. I have felt the cold come up through my hiking boots on aluminum platforms. Once that happens you feet might not get warm until you get off the bike. Odyssey if you dont like the Chester price.
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I'm using Eggbeaters, same as my cyclocross bike. Seems fine so far.
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I use platform pedals on all my bikes and I am very happy with them.
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