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Are clipless pedals gaining any popularity in DH and park riding or is it still predominantly flats?
 

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depends on the track. Most of the racers i know use clipless. lots of pros in the right conditions too.
 

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Take a look at............

...........the Atomlab Quikstep's - been riding them for 3 years now. Heavy, but very durable and quick to release when you need to. :thumbsup:
 

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Alwayz clipped in & I prefer th old Shimano 646'z, which they quit makin & i only have one new set left after my current set blowz up....guess i'm gonna hafta look fer some new peds at some point......pffft :madman:
 

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man w/ one hand said:
Alwayz clipped in & I prefer th old Shimano 646'z, which they quit makin & i only have one new set left after my current set blowz up....guess i'm gonna hafta look fer some new peds at some point......pffft :madman:
Time freeride pedals are brilliant. They clip in and out so smoothly. No need to adjust the tension either. The cleats are softer but they are great pedals.
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=4739
 

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been sportin the same Time Z's for at least 5 years now (same pedals), transfer from bike to bike... they still roll smooth as butta' ---- very rare l pop out accidentally
 

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Are clipless pedals gaining any popularity in DH and park riding or is it still predominantly flats?
This question lacks a historical perspective. In the first decade of DH racing clipless dominated. Around 2000 we saw the slow move toward about 50% flats, 50% clips at races. Flats are move prevalent in the lower racing ranks and among "just for fun" park riders. Clips are more common in Cat 1 and Pro especially on dry, fast courses. On muddy days almost everyone goes to flats.
Most riders who can use both well will tell you that clips give more control, but flats allows you to ride closer to the edge when traction is an issue.

As my DH bike has gotten lighter (my 2011 bike is 10lbs less than my 2001 bike) I see flats as more viable, but still a little slower in most conditions.
 

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Lelandjt said:
This question lacks a historical perspective. In the first decade of DH racing clipless dominated. Around 2000 we saw the slow move toward about 50% flats, 50% clips at races. Flats are move prevalent in the lower racing ranks and among "just for fun" park riders. Clips are more common in Cat 1 and Pro especially on dry, fast courses. On muddy days almost everyone goes to flats.
Most riders who can use both well will tell you that clips give more control, but flats allows you to ride closer to the edge when traction is an issue.

As my DH bike has gotten lighter (my 2011 bike is 10lbs less than my 2001 bike) I see flats as more viable, but still a little slower in most conditions.
Perfect answer. Thanks:thumbsup:
 
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