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    Pedal upgrade?

    So on my new Trek Marlin, what pedals should I upgrade to? Also I have been reading in other post that the saddle will be another upgrade that will be done, any suggestions? I know the shock will be ordered on next payday. The only other upgrades that may take place after wear will be grips and brakes.

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    Clipless or Flats? Search there are some very long threads on this.

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    Shimano XT for clipless, Shimano Saint for flats.

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    I dunno about the XT recommendation, depends on the OP's needs- I have Shimano PD-M520's that are a silly good value and are seemingly indestructable and never in need of maintenance.

    I do, however, also have Shimano XT PD-M785's, and those are very nice- but here again, if I had to do it over, I may just rock the PD M530 SLX instead, depending on sale prices.

    For platforms, whatever. I have a few sets of Deity pedals that seem to work just fine. I think as long as they have removable pins, use whatever, but then again, I'm not picky.
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    I got XT 780 when they were on sale for around $60. They seem to be always on sale somewhere for around $80 though. Keep in mind that with clipless pedals, you have to buy shoes as well.

    Shimano XT PD-M780 Clipless Pedals > Components > Pedals, Cleats, Toe Clips, Straps > Pedals | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop

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    I think the Marlin comes with plastic platforms, I would definitely swap those out ASAP
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    Pedal upgrade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    Shimano XT for clipless, Shimano Saint for flats.
    +1 on this

    Best ones I ever tried...

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    I recently put Fyxation Mesa MP pedals on my bike. It's a plastic pedal with metal pins(similar to the Deity Compound pedals). I'm curious as to how durable the plastic will be. If it doesn't hold up well, I'll probably switch to Deity Decoy pedals.

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    I ride and suggest platforms. This video by Fabien Barel shows the technique of 'low heels' necessary to stick to platforms like glue. Keep your heels low and a bump pushes you into not off of the pedals.
    Straight Lines with Fabien Barel - YouTube
    You can use trailrunners and short or stubby pin flats to ride in most all conditions except DH, you don't need 5.10s.
    You can find pedals with stubby pins on ebay for $20-40.
    And you can't hurt your shins.
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    After destroying my shins a couple times I switched to clip less in 1996 and haven't looked back.

    Another nice thing about clip less is they force you to put your foot in the most optimal position on the pedal.

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