- Pedal strikes are foookin anoying!
If they are 5mm shorter, about that much. I get them a fair bit as well on my EX but less since I started seeing them coming and tried to get around them, miss half a pedal stroke or do half strokes to keep a bit of momentum. Currently just hoping to destroy my pedals with strikes so I can get some of the new Crank Brothers Candy 3 pedals.Posted 7 years agoNaranjadaMember
Very few things are absolute or constant. I was on Cutgate yesterday, bits of it definitely can be pumped, pretty much like 99% of all trails. I too had pedal strike but insufficient to report on here, just a normal amount that I'd expect on rocky Black Peak trails.
I'm not sure how shorter cranks would affect the pedalling input and feel for you. I'd be tempted to play with fork and shock pressure / preload / compression damping (whatever settings you can play with) and really concentrate on setting your speed on approach to large rocks that you have to get over. If you've got speed you might get away with a manual to put the front wheel on the rock, keeping body weight forwards and then a shove on the bars to bring the bike up underneath you, all coupled with a stab at the pedals at an opportune moment. Easy! 😉Posted 7 years agobuzz-lightyearMember
Longer fork. Bit less sag in the fork. Taller tyres. Thinner pedals. SPD pedals. Bit less sag in the shock. Look ahead and plan pedal strokes a bit better. Half pedals. All of the above.
I have a TranceX and the low BB can be a bit of a bind when pedalling rutty or very lumpy trails, or when rolling over drops (2 ring plus back solved that). But the low BB pays off in high speed stability and corners.Posted 7 years ago
Look ahead and plan pedal strokes a bit better……Um, yes….
All the way up/down Cut Gate you can actually see the rocks that people hit with their pedals, they are scored/scratched; look ahead more, plan your pedalling, it's mountain biking and it's meant to be challenging!Posted 7 years agostumpy01Member
I used to get lots of pedal strikes on my old Stumpy fsr, replaced my cranks when they were past it with 170mm XT cranks and it made a massive difference.
I wouldn't go out of my way to replace them just for this, but when the time comes it might be worth getting 170mm instead of 175mm.Posted 7 years agoepicsteveMember
I've got one of those '04 Enduro SX's coming and have seen quite a few comments about pedal strikes. I've got a set of 170mm cranks spare and am hoping that those and Pikes will sort it out.
My Epic is prone to pedal strikes anyway so I'm used to riding around the issue.Posted 7 years ago
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