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CRC Tech Session: Flats vs Clips

CRC Nukeproof Mechanic Dave Garland talks through bike setup for flat pedals vs SPD's. Also featuring UCI Technical Delegate and Dirtschool coach Chris Ball.


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 Thumbs up if you ride FLATS!
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 It's not youtube. We use props.
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flag kinglewi (Aug 21, 2011 at 4:05) (Below Threshold)
 same thing :L
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 Flats FTW!
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 Behind a good Flat there is a good sole shoe!
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 All the flats are negg proping the clips and vise versa..they're both "better" it just comes down to personal preference and comfortability. Everyone has a different feel on their bikes and reason to hate
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 i run both. theyre both awesome for different reasons. slowly veering towards spd's though, feels quicker. but thats all personal preference.
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 Agreed and i mean when you feels the same, its not like there's a worse pain lol
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 ...all this arguing...chaps, just do what I do...spd on the left, flat on the right...can't go wrong
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 No, no, no... That's all wrong. It's spd on the right and flat on the left!
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 this comment may cause some mad negative props but oh well, i think clips are better and make more sense, with a clip, once your foot is on the pedal and in the clip, its on, not going to blow off or slip off the pedal, with a flat, you buy pedals with lots of pins in to keep your foot on, and buy shoes with realy grippy soles, to keep your feet on. so in my oppinion clips are better and make more sense, obs there will be times when flats are better, minging muddy tracks.
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 And when I rode with flats I always nail my shin when my foot blows off the pedal, hate that.
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 But that isn't always true , i run 5.10s on good pedals and don't suffer with pedal slip at all , and i find more confidence from flats. That said i run clipless on my Xc bike as it is more efficient for that style of riding i believe , it may also be better for Downhill , but i find i have more confidence with flats on loose wet tracks
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flag hair164 (Aug 21, 2011 at 4:40) (Below Threshold)
 i love nothing pedal!
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 i supose its like saying 'wanking with your left hand is better than the right' its personal preference and what your used to, there is no right or wrong pedal
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 haha wat a nice comparrason...
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 When I deciding to go to spd's i started counting how many times my foot came off the pedal when I ran flats on a standard DH tracks with dry conditions. Most of the time it was when my foot got blow of or if i was hitting a corner far to aggressive so i now decide to run clips but in saying that if its super wet, just going riding or super steep ill run flats.
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 no way flat pedal flat more agressive and on the edge, SPD ride smarter, and smooter, SPD lover
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 go ahead and neg prop me but im callin this vid total BS
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 this video is so stupid.
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 anyone know the background music?
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 Flats are shit clips all the way
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