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Sure, some do. There's a bunch of polls on the subject. Depends on what riding you do to get a good recommendation for you, though.....so, what type of riding do you do? What kind of pedals do you have now?
 

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I do not use clipless for mountain biking. I ride AM/Downhill and i personally havent met anyone in downhill that wears them. For my road bike i use them though
 

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I have clipless on my singlespeed hardtails: it definitely helps me up some hills and stabilizes me over washboard roots and rocks.

My heavy FS bike has flat pedals: 9 gears help me up and down the hills and the suspension keeps me steady over the bumps.
 

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I do not use clipless for mountain biking. I ride AM/Downhill and i personally havent met anyone in downhill that wears them. For my road bike i use them though
i ride DH and i use clipless. i know a bunch of guys who do as well.

just giving the other side of the spectrum
 

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Many top DH racers do use clipless pedals, mainly for sprinting power, I guess. Many use flats.
 

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Steve Peat is known to use clipless pedals, and he rocks!!
 

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Bikinfoolferlife said:
Sure, some do. There's a bunch of polls on the subject. Depends on what riding you do to get a good recommendation for you, though.....so, what type of riding do you do? What kind of pedals do you have now?
Im still new and I ride trails in the woods and singletrack (not sure if they are the same). I m currently using the Crank Brothers 5050 pedals and really like them. I think I made the decision to go ahead and try them but put them on my road bike and switch them over if I like them or when I feel ready. I know some who say just go ahead and do it but I went out today and ran into some spots where I was happy I didnt have them. Im in no hurry I just want to make sure I develop some skills first.
 

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That's totally a preference call.

I have been riding for over 7 years and have tried all types of pedals. Clipless, platform, even baskets. I ride mostly trails between XC and AM. Clipless are the best and most efficient pedals for climbing and overall stability over rough terrain. That being said, I don't use them. Not because I don't think they work, but I can't get comfortable with the fact that I can't get off and on the pedals as easily and quickly. Sure- after time you get to where you don't even think about it and it's 2nd nature, but they still take longer. I tend to take my feet off the pedals a lot, and I like the total freedom of having platforms for that reason. However, they are heavier than clipless, and don't climb as well. So there are drawbacks to both. As others have said, it depends on what type of riding you do, and what you are comfortable with. I wear clipless on my roadbike and they are awesome. But I will be sticking with my platforms for the real stuff. You'll just have to try them for yourself. Hope this gave you some idea though. :thumbsup:
 

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I use flats and a good sticky rubbered skate shoe. I ride mostly technical trails and prefer to be able to bail in any direction anytime i want. But then again i also like to jump and try any stunt i see too.
 

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I just went clipless last week. Its like night and day. Give it a month or two and it will become second nature to clip out. If you are not bombing down a DH course then there is really nothing better in my opinion. clipless is the way to go, best 100 bucks i have spent on my bike (shoes/peddles). Give you way more efficiency and control over the bike, it is much easier to keep your momentum up.
 

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If you're clipless curious, try Crank Bros. Mallet series. It's a platform with an eggbeater core which gives you the option of clipping in or not. Personally, I like being able to unclip for downhill sections of some XC trails.
 

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puckdaddy said:
Im still deliberating and Im curious if anybody has made a long term choice not to do so. thanks
Look around on the general and AM boards. Been discussed at length at least once a week for several years.
 

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Im still deliberating and Im curious if anybody has made a long term choice not to do so. thanks
Honestly ?? Yeah, I still ride with toe clips and straps - looks odd on a Fuel, but .... works for me, and dirt cheap :cool:
 

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I've been riding XC for 5-6 years. 1st year I tried clipless-next 3 years cages-last year clipless again...finally said EF that and went back to toe cages for good.

Check the bike. $5,000+ Commencal Meta 6 with $20 Wellgo toe cages. I also run flats on my DH bike. I can't ride clipped in on anything, freaks me out.
 

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Nothing wrong with toe cages - significantly cheaper and lighter than clipless. I used them for years with good success on mostly XC and AM riding. I finally made the switch to clipless and am liking them for the most part. However I've concluded that if I set them loosely enough that I can exit quickly in a panic situation, they're too loose for jumping. That lesson cost me a separated shoulder.
 
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