Trying flat pedals (sort of)
I’ve entered my first ever DH race, if you don’t count the DH bit of the Classic Weekender or the prolouge of the Transvesubienne, and I don’t think either of them do count really. I’m doing the Mega in July.Posted 4 years ago
Looking at the videos from the Mega it would appear that my usual XTR SPDs and carbon race shoes might not ideal. I have therefore bought some new shoes, Shimano something or others, big ones which work fine on flats but also have space for a recessed cleat. Now I need to choose some pedals.
I don’t want actual flat pedals, I really don’t feel safe on them after 15yrs of SPDs. What I would really like is something like the XTR Trail pedal, an SPD centre (both sides) with a cage around, so I don’t have to clip in on the bits I don’t want to. However, £100+ does seem a lot to spend on some pedals I might only use once and the pickings are a bit slim on fleabay and in the classifieds on here. There are a few XT ones on fleabay a bit cheaper, they look tempting.
What others would people recommend that I look at? It must be SPD, rather than any other system, and the clip must be on both sides, (I’ve seen a few with clips on one side and proper flat on the other) Do the XT/XTR ones offer enough ‘flat bit’ to be able to ride not clipped in?
My mates who race dh mostly use these combined with the 5.10 spd shoes:
I’m looking at getting some for the alps this summer…Posted 4 years agorobinlaidlawMember
Either use SPDs, or use flats. There is no in between
+1 Don’t imagine that trying to ride in flat SPD shoes, unclipped on a platform SPD pedal is, in anyway similar to riding on flats. It’s not something you’d do by choice. The platforms do provide a bit more support if you miss the clip in but you’ll still want to get back in ASAP.Posted 4 years agomactheknifeSubscriber
Andrewh, i get your problem completely. The Shimano PD-M454’s are a pretty bombproof pedal and cage combo and you won’t go wrong with them TBH.
As with everything its getting a set up that you feel comfortable with, i have always used SPD’s until recently. I have started playing about on flats and it has made me very aware of my pedalling technique and where i am relying on the clipped in feeling to get me through techy climbs. But i still switch back to SPD’s for long xc and mountain days along with the Enduro races ill be doing. I think its way more efficient when racing to be clipped in BUT that’s my opinion only 🙂
Good luck with the Mega, looks awesome 🙂Posted 4 years agoandrewhMember
Cheers guys, just bought some 545s off fleabay as per Spicer’s recomendation.Posted 4 years ago
I would like to do the whole race clipped in obviously but looking at the race I don’t think this is likely and am just trying to build in some margin for error with getting in/out and being able to ride not clipped in with one or both feet if required. Like Mac says clipped would be best for racing, but I don’t know if will be possible, especially at the start.
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