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    Help this noob pick out some pedals!!

    So im buying a 2012 Spec Stumpjumper on ebay and need to buy pedals for it. Im going to be riding on trails and on the road with it. What pedals do you suggest?

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    if you want clipless go with shimano SPD very beginner friendly, i'm on my 4th ride and i'm glad i made the switch no more slipping

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    Pedals have pins small diameter and sharp or fat and stubby. Use short small diameter pins(3mm) or fat ones with trailrunners or tennis shoes so the shoe bottom doesn't get torn up. Use the longer 7mm+ with 5.10 harder stealth rubber shoes for fast dh trail riding. This vid shows the low heels technique for riding flats. Small learning curve then you will stick through anything.
    Straight Lines with Fabien Barel - YouTube
    Forte at Performance bike is a good option. Wellgo B124 is an example of fat pins
    Ebay pedals like these will work.
    AEST Bike MTB BMX Platform Flat Pedals CNC Titanium Spindle TI Axle 170g Red | eBay
    This guys rides flats with 5.10s When he gets his skill level up he probably will want to go "clipless"
    .Chris Akrigg - A Hill in Spain - YouTube

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    Re: Help this noob pick out some pedals!!

    Buy a pair of Time pedals and they will last longer than the bike.

    Get some with platforms if you plan on riding around town.

    Make some thing better happen on the trail.
    He/she who works the trails does so in their own image, NOT YOURS.

    Speed just slows me down...

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    Shimano M520 are about the least expensive clipless pedal you can buy. They also offer adjustable tension. So you can start out loose and dial up the tension as your confidence improves. If you look around you can find decent pair of beginner MTB shoes for around $50.

    I have the M540 pedals and some kind of sette shoe from price point. I think I paid around $110 for the combo. Speaking of pricepoint, they also offer actual shoe/pedal combos. I bought cheap as I wasn't sure I'd like it. now over a year later and I can't see myself ever riding platform pedals again! The pedals are solid. Take rock hit's no problem. The shoes...I'll need to replace those by next season it's looking like.
    SS ==> Nut up or Shut up!

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    I liked my CB Mallets for being able to clip in on trails and ride in normal tennis shoes on gravel trails/roads.

    I'll sell you my old set, I've actually gone back to flats, clipless do tend to make you lazy.
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    The Shimano M520 is a solid, reliable pedal. I just bought a second pair for the beater. $26.99 through Nashbar currently.

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    Re: Help this noob pick out some pedals!!

    If platform, Wellgo mg1 $40 eBay or amazon

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    I have the Forte Converts. Nice and wide. Relatively cheap at around $40. They're not light and the color selection is non-existent, but I love the threaded, replaceable pins. Your shins won't like them, however.

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    Wellgo MG-1s

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    +1 for the converts

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    i have been running the straitline defacto on my bikes and i like them they grip really well with any shoes here is a link
    Amazon.com: Straitline Platform Bike Pedals, Black, 9/16-Inch: Sports & Outdoors
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    I just picked up a pair of Nasbar Highlanders. They have SPD cleats on one side and a platform with posts on the other. I've ridden them twice, and I love them! They're super easy to get out of, and having the ability to unclip and ride the flats when it gets really technical is great and gives peace of mind, especially for someone new to clip less. It also means you can west regular shoes for short rides if you like. For just clip less, the Shimano M520's are great, I have them on my CX bike and my beater.

    Personally I love being clipped in, I couldn't imagine riding flats for any length of time. I only ride them now when I think I may fall, as I'm not always quick enough to get out of the clip less if I have to dab in a real technical spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoTone View Post
    clipless do tend to make you lazy.
    Explain?

    For bombproof inexpensive easy to use, my vote is for Time ATAC Aliums.

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    No, YOU don't understand. You're making an ass of yourself for all of eternity.

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    I love these. They're lighter than most pedals posted above, including the clipless. The grip is insane, especially if you pair it with a good pair of shoes like Five Tens.

    Wellgo B103 Platform Pedals | Wellgo | Brand | www.PricePoint.com

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    Awesome! Thank you all for your responses!

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