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Since I'm not ready to go clipless yet, I bought a set of these for general trail and mountain riding. I am not a DHer, by any means. Am I going to cut the crap out if my legs by using these? Would I have been better off with the Crank Mallet's? Also, what's up with the reverse threading on the left pedal only? TIA for any suggestions!
 

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Some (most) pedals are different left/right, so the left/right threading means you can only put the left pedal into the left crank. Just be aware of it and don't strip the crank threads - think - tighten - forward, loosen - backwards for either pedal.

I do occasionally get bit by my platforms (when I don't have my leg armor on). It's worth getting some armor, Roach or 661 make affordable pads that are light enough to pack easily on long climbs.
 

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If you want to try clipless for the first time, sometimes it's good going with pedals that have the release tension adjustment. This way, you can set the tension to the loosest setting for quick releases while you are learning.

As for the Konas, I had those pedals on my playbike. They are light for platforms and spin smoothly. I was never bitten by them and I did alot of rough ridden on 'em. The pins seem to be weaker than other platform pedal pins. I broke many of the pins just hitting rocks.

I ride the Shimano 324 pedals (spd on one side, flat platform on the other)
Some people make fun of me for ridin' these, but I dig them and think they work so well.

 
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