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    Scalpel or other Dually C'dale pedal strikes ?

    Does anyone experiance a lot of pedal strikes?
    I do on my 2012 Scalpel and wondered about others .
    I ride with others folks on different brands and they rarely do.
    I test rode an Spec Epic for 2 hrs and had only one ,in a rock garden.
    Lots of rocks here in N Y.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RIDESLOW View Post
    Does anyone experiance a lot of pedal strikes?
    I do on my 2012 Scalpel and wondered about others .
    I ride with others folks on different brands and they rarely do.
    I test rode an Spec Epic for 2 hrs and had only one ,in a rock garden.
    Lots of rocks here in N Y.
    Thanks .
    Epic and Scalpel have the same BB height, check to make sure your SAG is correct on the shock.

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    I had a lot of pedal strikes. I then flipped the spacer on the headset to the bottom. I likely need to air up my front fork a bit more as well.

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    What pedals are you using ?
    I use the minimalist Eggbeaters and never had any pedal strikes...
    Flash29C2
    Scalpel 29C1
    Niner One9 SingleSpeed RDO fork
    Supersix Evo 1 Hi Mod D/A

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    My first bike, a hardtail stumpjumper M2, circa 1998, has a ridiculously low BB. I was young and impressionable and someone told me 175mm cranks were the way to go.

    I learned to pre-plan my cadence to avoid pedal strikes very quickly.

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    The bike is fine... just remember, mountain biking is a skill-based sport. Picking lines, timing your pedaling, using momentum, flow and finesse can do wonders through rocky sections!

    Bikes are now incredibly good compared to a few years ago, too many people just expect to plow through anything without much effort or skills...

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    I strike a pedal on my Hardrock now and then. More frequently now that I have a shiny new bike with a higher bottom bracket.

    Like everyone else is saying, you need to have some idea of where your feet are. I figure if I strike every now and then, I'm not being too conservative, but I'm also not being too unconscious of what I'm doing with my feet.

    All life is compromise. I think the low BB makes for quicker handling, better low-speed stability, and less of a change in weight distribution with changing grades. But as you're noticing, the lack of clearance is annoying.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Low BB means better handling bikes

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    I did get them frequently on my Scalpel, the BB is rather low. As others have already said: Timing is key. A high quality rear hub with lots of points of engagement would also help.
    I am riding a Jekyll now and have effectively none...

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    I recently switched from a Flash 29er to 2014 Scalpel, same thing for me. I couldn't figure it out at first as the BB is higher on the scalpel. The sag on the rear shock needed to be pumped up far more than I had it, once I had the correct sag I no longer hit

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