Two of Team Chain Reaction Cycles PayPal riders are advocates of flat pedals over clips. Sam Hill has won several World Cups on flats, and not long ago, his team mate, Joe Smith converted to them too. Although Sam has missed much of this season so far due to injury, Joe recently won back-to-back races in the British Downhill Series, the last race being in Rhyd Y Felin in Wales, and the previous race at Llangollen, arguably the steepest and most technical track in the UK. Unlike the majority of his competitors at these races, Joe ran flat pedals and managed to cross the line two and a half seconds up from his nearest rival.
So, what is it about flats that makes our riders want to keep using them? The science suggests that riding with clips ensures you can pedal faster, and along with a range of other factors, like bike set-up, the steepness of the track, and riding style. Why is it that riding flats or clipless is seen as a key factor for a rider?
With downhill tracks increasing in their difficulty thanks to more rock gardens, stump sections and root-infested loam corridors, it is arguable that riders are tackling the features at a greater speed compared to a few years ago. That's probably why more and more riders are turning to riding flats as it provides them with more control and the opportunity to easily correct mistakes or have more confidence going into difficult sections, knowing that they are able to eject themselves from their bikes faster if things go wrong.
|Because clipless ain't cool and flat pedals are. So go back to school. - Sam Hill, Team Chain Reaction Cycles PayPal|
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|I always ride flats now as I found I couldn't commit as much with my riding while running clipless. There are advantages of both pedals, but I find flat pedals suit my style better and I can't handle the disappointment in my team manager's face when I run clipless. - Joe Smith, Team Chain Reaction Cycles PayPal|