1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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    Upgrading Pedals

    My Karakoram has regular platform pedals that suck. Upgrading Pedals is a priority for me right now... however I am a bit confused whether to go Clipless or higher performance platform. I live in GA and mainly ride general singletrack

    Based on my research most XC /single track guys rock clipless pedals with the appropriate footwear.

    Are Platform pedals mainly for freeride/all mtn/dh riding?

    Would it be appropriate to mount a pair of Easton Flatboys on my karakoram for the type of riding I am doing? Or Do I need to go clipless?

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    Technique is actually useful for riding flats successfully. A short learning curve and then for your riding pedals will become much less important.
    Straight Lines with Fabien Barel - YouTube
    Fewer and fewer riders use clips.
    Stubby or short rounded pin pedals and runners are all you need once you use the low heels technique.

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    Re: Upgrading Pedals

    Great video. I've been practicing this technique and at first it feels a little weird because I feel like I'm going to slip off and shred my shins... But once you start to trust tour pedals/shoes/form, it really works.
    I'm a big platform fan, but mainly because I feel like I don't have to take any special shoes with me to ride. I can ride almost anywhere at anytime with just about any piece of footwear.

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    The benefits of clipless pedals are always grossly overstated. At best, they are a slight improvement in efficiency due to the stiff soles but for the vast majority of riders it's a wash. I would say that unless you are very comfortable with the trails you typically ride, keep the platform pedals.

    Now if you're riding the pedals that come stock with your bike then get rid of them and buy some decent pinned platforms. Pair them with a flat soled shoe or a cycling specific platform shoe and there is nothing you can't do on platforms that you can do on clipless.

    Clipless make a lot of people happy, but they aren't for beginners. Until you have very solid intermediate or advanced skills, stick with flats.
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    Im sort of new to mtn biking or biking in general. My wife and I both started (about 5 weeks ago) with a duel pedal one side you can clip into the other was flat. They sucked, and after watching how others were riding on the single track it looked to me that the people ride with platform pedals were having more fun. I kind of get the feeling that a lot of the equipment is throw back from road bikers, the pedals, spandex.... Anyway we went with Wellgo MG-1 Mag Pedal Reviews and love them so does my wife.

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    It really depends on the types of trails/terrain you are going to ride and your comfort level.

    However, I have encouraged 2 of my buddies who just got into mtn biking this year to switch to SPD clipless and they love it(so does their shins).

    I highly doubt platforms make people have more fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    I highly doubt platforms make people have more fun.
    It do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post

    I highly doubt platforms make people have more fun.
    lol, if you don't they spank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post

    I highly doubt platforms make people have more fun.
    Stubby pin platforms and regular trailrunners and baggies. We're having fun
    Clips, cycling shoes and spandex that can be enjoyable for a certain personality type.
    There's plenty of room on the trail.

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    Its personal preference if you want to ride more efficiently or ride with a bit more comfort knowing you can put your foot down at a moments notice.

    Clipless pedals are going to be a larger investment because you need to buy clipless shoes to go with.

    Upgrading platform pedals will likely do wonders over your stock pedals.

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    BTW I really have know idea what Im talking about I also just started.

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