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It's time to try clipless pedals again. I hate to be clipped in, but the benefits are huge. I'm looking at the Crank Bros. Mallet C and other similar pedals. What have you tried? Any recommendations?
 

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It's time to try clipless pedals again. I hate to be clipped in, but the benefits are huge. I'm looking at the Crank Bros. Mallet C and other similar pedals. What have you tried? Any recommendations?
ive never tried clip in pedals and i dont plan on it... why do you want them for freeriding? what types of benefits are you talking about?
 

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Mallet C's are way sweet!

Go with the Mallet C's. Sturdy platform, easy clip in and out. I had trouble getting the cleats to work with my old Axo filters, too much rubber on the sole, I could have cut some of it off, but I just picked up a cheap pair of 661 shoes instead. I still switch back and forth between platforms and the Mallets. Depends what I'm doing. If I am mostly jumping, I use the platforms, more trail oriented stuff where you need to really pedal then I run the Mallets.
 

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if you ride anything that resembles a freeride bike you'll look like a queer with clipin pedals. There are no benfits aside from hill climbing using clipins.. i have them on my XC bike and they ONLY belong on a XC bike/road. If you want to gain hill climbing ablity do squats and squat thrusts... lift a weight and eat a hamburger.
 

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I agree...

Mallets are well worth to try. I've been riding a month with Mallet Cs on my freeride bike and I am suprised. Not a long time ago I could have sworn that I never ride clipped on, how wrong was I ...
Clipless pedals feels now very comfortable and gives me a lot better control on my bike than platforms. Sure I still like to use platforms when doing jumps or trails that are not familiar to me.
 

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Whatever.

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if you ride anything that resembles a freeride bike you'll look like a queer with clipin pedals. There are no benfits aside from hill climbing using clipins.. i have them on my XC bike and they ONLY belong on a XC bike/road. If you want to gain hill climbing ablity do squats and squat thrusts... lift a weight and eat a hamburger.
I ride platforms but many top riders use clipless for DH and for FR when there is a lot of pedalling involved.
 

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dukeblaster said:
if you ride anything that resembles a freeride bike you'll look like a queer with clipin pedals. There are no benfits aside from hill climbing using clipins.. i have them on my XC bike and they ONLY belong on a XC bike/road. If you want to gain hill climbing ablity do squats and squat thrusts... lift a weight and eat a hamburger.
Except downhill racers wear them all the time...

edit: Let me sum that up for you: You're wrong.

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Notice that he says "Light Freeriding" not Joe-hucking-jumpin'-Bender-nofooted-cancan-superman-seatgrab-jib-grind-triplecrown-monsterT-avalanche-888-marzøcchigirl-garbanzo-redbull-virginutah-Freeride.

I suspect that he means mountain biking with some climbing and descending and some drops and jumps and some fire road and some technical climbs, probably front derailler-70mmstem-singlecrown riding.

I use ol' shimÃno red 636 clip ins, they suck actually, compared to the mallet C. My wife just got them and they pretty much kick tuckus. Got an o-ring on the axle to keep 'em from spinnin' when draggin' a foot around corners and jumps and such. Got 6º o' float for those knees and come with replaceable traction plates so you can mung 'em up and then get new traction later. I am thinkin' about replacin' the ol' shimÃno ones now too. Get 'em they are cheap (supergo's got 'em for $69.99 and adrenaline's got 'em for $59.99) Good luck.
 

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Notice that he says "Light Freeriding" not Joe-hucking-jumpin'-Bender-nofooted-cancan-superman-seatgrab-jib-grind-triplecrown-monsterT-avalanche-888-marzøcchigirl-garbanzo-redbull-virginutah-Freeride.
Although, that would be impressive to do with clip-ins. You could start a whole new variation of tricks. Starting with a "clipless no-footer", where you pull a no-footer and manage to clip back in before you hit the ground. The possibilities are endless. Eventually one day people would be doing "clipless supermans".
 

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Huh?

rockcrusher said:
Notice that he says "Light Freeriding" not Joe-hucking-jumpin'-Bender-nofooted-cancan-superman-seatgrab-jib-grind-triplecrown-monsterT-avalanche-888-marzøcchigirl-garbanzo-redbull-virginutah-Freeride.

I suspect that he means mountain biking with some climbing and descending and some drops and jumps and some fire road and some technical climbs, probably front derailler-70mmstem-singlecrown riding.

I use ol' shimÃno red 636 clip ins, they suck actually, compared to the mallet C. My wife just got them and they pretty much kick tuckus. Got an o-ring on the axle to keep 'em from spinnin' when draggin' a foot around corners and jumps and such. Got 6º o' float for those knees and come with replaceable traction plates so you can mung 'em up and then get new traction later. I am thinkin' about replacin' the ol' shimÃno ones now too. Get 'em they are cheap (supergo's got 'em for $69.99 and adrenaline's got 'em for $59.99) Good luck.
I haven't found those prices on either site....
 

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if he was doing downhill than its not quite freeride.... freeriding is more jumps, hops, drops, spins, and trick orianted (no good with clipless). Downhill is exactly that ... DOWNHILL going retardedly fast and balls to the wall. I don't consider downhill and freeride the same. Downhill is blasting down a hill, freeriding is a range of things (trail riding (which has some downhill), drops, dirt jumps, urban, skatepark type crap, logrides/northshore type sh#t, and trials type crap). 90% of "freeride stuff" clipin's would not be useful. so i guess you're wrong since he asked about "freeriding" and not downhill racing.

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Except downhill racers wear them all the time...

edit: Let me sum that up for you: You're wrong.

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I've had Mallets for about 8 months

LNeilB2 said:
I'm looking at the Crank Bros. Mallet C and other similar pedals. What have you tried? Any recommendations?
I love the pedals but I'm already on my second set of cleats--they wear faster than any other pedals I've tried (Shimano, Time). I only use them if I'm on a trail with technical climbs which is probably about 50% of the time so basically that means I wore through a set of cleats in 4 months.

They are far better in the mud than Shimanos and I think their construction is better. I get more accidental releases on them than I do on Times but fewer than with Shimanos. Overall, I think they are the best compromise in terms of clipless--I just wish they would make better cleats!
 

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dukeblaster said:
if you ride anything that resembles a freeride bike you'll look like a queer with clipin pedals. There are no benfits aside from hill climbing using clipins.. i have them on my XC bike and they ONLY belong on a XC bike/road. If you want to gain hill climbing ablity do squats and squat thrusts... lift a weight and eat a hamburger.
Brilliant.....
 

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dukeblaster said:
if he was doing downhill than its not quite freeride.... freeriding is more jumps, hops, drops, spins, and trick orianted (no good with clipless). Downhill is exactly that ... DOWNHILL going retardedly fast and balls to the wall. I don't consider downhill and freeride the same. Downhill is blasting down a hill, freeriding is a range of things (trail riding (which has some downhill), drops, dirt jumps, urban, skatepark type crap, logrides/northshore type sh#t, and trials type crap). 90% of "freeride stuff" clipin's would not be useful. so i guess you're wrong since he asked about "freeriding" and not downhill racing.
Alright, you technical mofo. He said, "i have them on my XC bike and they ONLY belong on a XC bike/road."

Now tell me how a downhill bike fits into the XC bike/road category.
 

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I wonder how you know...

Exactly what does a queer look like?? Are they wearing signs now?

dukeblaster said:
if you ride anything that resembles a freeride bike you'll look like a queer with clipin pedals. There are no benfits aside from hill climbing using clipins.. i have them on my XC bike and they ONLY belong on a XC bike/road. If you want to gain hill climbing ablity do squats and squat thrusts... lift a weight and eat a hamburger.
 
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