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Pretty positive I'm making the switch from Clipless to flats.

Currently running XT SPD Trails with a claimed weight of 402g. I would like to stay around that weight on flats.

Gimme your cheers or jeers on brands/models to look for. Liking the looks of these Race Face but wouldn't mind a lower price...
 

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I have wellgo mg-1 pedals on both my SS and geared bike. They are pretty cheap, weigh in at around 380g and have been long lasting for me. I've lost a few pins over the years, but that's about it.


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I use the Performance Converts but they are 470g, Nashbar sells a very similar but lighter version, both usually can be had for ~$40.
 

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I have Diety Decoys on my SS and Canfield Crampon Ultimates on the geared bike.

Both very nice. I prefer the Canfields, but the Dietys are a better bargain at $80 compared to $150 for the Canfields.

My wife runs Diety Decoys on her geared bike and we're getting her some Diety Skyscrapers for her singlespeed...
 

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I have several sets of expensive flats but prefer my much cheaper Fyxation Mesa MP's at 351 grams. Sealed bearings, replaceable pins and such. Best of all they shed rocks. Where I rides you constantly pedal strike rocks! Been running them on two of my bikes for the last 6 months, zero problems. Don't be afraid of the nylon. It's strong and tough more so than alloy. The nylon glides over the rocks instead of sticking.
 

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I've got a pair of orange ultimates:

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I've also used the Wellgo mg-1. They are a fine pedal but the color is painted on and wears off- which may look cool depending on the look you are going for.

The Canfield pedals have mad spikes on them. I think I've probably donated a quart of blood to the mountain bike gods.
 

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I have mg1's on my geared bike. They're OK. I got the deity compounds for my wifes bike. They were solid so I got them for my SS. I love them. Nice and thin and great colors! I'm getting them for a new build too.

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Goodbye SPuDs, hello bloody shins! The swap has been made...
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I just purchased the Race Face Atlas you posted above for $123 shipped on BikeBling. Unfortunately I have not received them yet but should receive them on Monday.
 

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I ended up going with the Aeffects over the Atlas mostly because the 20gram weight difference wasn't worth the $50 price difference to me. I'm super stoked on the Aeffects. Been riding them with Vans (stick great, but flimsy sole), will be popping for some Five Tens soon I think.
 

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I ended up going with the Aeffects over the Atlas mostly because the 20gram weight difference wasn't worth the $50 price difference to me. I'm super stoked on the Aeffects. Been riding them with Vans (stick great, but flimsy sole), will be popping for some Five Tens soon I think.
5.10s will make a big difference, rode flats with lesser shoes for a long time before buying in, no looking back now. The shoes last a long time too.
 

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5.10s will make a big difference, rode flats with lesser shoes for a long time before buying in, no looking back now. The shoes last a long time too.
Awesome! Thanks for the endorsement.
 

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Picking this up because I recently developed a strange muscle pain in the backs of my legs. After talking to a friend of mine who is a colligate cycling coach, he indicated that 15 years of riding clipped in may have taken its toll on my pedaling technique. His recommendation was switch to flats.

The first thing I did was start looking into shoes - I knew my "barefoot" or "minimalist" or whatever you want to call them every day shoes (Merrell Trail Gloves, for the record) wouldn't cut it for mashing on pedals, and research seemed to indicate 5.10 was the way to go. I picked up a pair of Spitfires off Amazon directly from 5.10 for $49 - apparently they're 2012's but my feet don't seem to care.

I looked into pedals, and there were a lot of recommendations out there. A common theme I ran across was this is good, and replaceable pins or spikes is even better. Since I have a set of Xpedo Mountain Force (4?) clipless pedals I've been very impressed with (lighter than XT's, half the price, more durable) I figured I'd see if they had anything to offer that fit the theme of what other people are recommending - and they do, the $79 Spry, 11mm thick and 260g.

The Xpedo's will be going on the bike as soon as they get here, meanwhile, the 5.10's arrived, and I threw a set of cheap (honestly don't know what these things are) alloy flats on that I had bought for my son's old bike when he wore out the stock pedals. They weren't being used because he out grew that bike, and his sister hasn't grown into it yet.

First ride on flats yesterday in 15 years or so, and I managed fairly well. I still remember how to bunny hop without cheating, and was even able to take a small jump without coming off the pedals. I was for sure slower on some climbs, but on the whole, I had every bit as much fun on flats as I did clipless.
 

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Had Wellgo MG-1's and they are nice.
Switched to VP-001's and they are better all around.
Lighter, thinner, better traction, more color choices and better looking (IMO).

Can be bought on ebay for just under $50.

Just make sure you go through and tighten all the pins before using or you will start losing them.

vp-001 pedals | eBay
 
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