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    Clipless pedals

    What clipless pedals do you fellow clydes use. I was thinking about getting the crank brothers Acid's. Would these be a good pedal for me? im 245lbs and a size 15 shoe. Also, is it nice to have a little platform with a bigger foot? First time Clipless for me.

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    I am using Time ATAC XS pedals and they are good: easy and durable. Time Z is pretty similar but with a platform.

    I got a bit wary about CB after I saw a plastic tray full of broken Eggbeater bearings at the LBS, but I think all CB pedals are not created equal, and many are using their pedals without problems.

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    My son is on Mallets for the past year and a half. He can keep a foot out when it gets to technincal for him and pedal just fine. He loves them for the downhills. I have had various SPDs for the past twenty years and have not had a problem.

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    Time Atac XS and XE's. Work flawlessly. No problems

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    Shimano 545's here, very happy with them.

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    I use Crupi pro pedals for platforms and inexpensive wellgo pedals for clipless. I weigh around 230 so I don't really expect any clipless pedal to last through aggressive all-mountain riding. I use the Crupis mostly, but would like a solid, light clipless set to use at times. So far the wellgos have held up though I don't have many miles on them. I would consider Crank Bros, though I hear they have a max weight limit of 180 lbs.

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    Another vote for Time atac z's

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    Only the VERY highest end crank brothers pedal, the eggbeater 4Ti has a max weightlimit. All others are unrestricted because they all use steel or chromoly spindles.

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    Shimano 647's.

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    I have been on riding CB eggbeaters since 03, first the Candy's and the stainless eggbeaters since 05, no problems that I did not introduce myself, I broke two "wings" by striking a rock with the pedal.
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    I run Shimano SPDs (cheap 520 model, 10 grams heavier and 1/3 the price of the top 959). Time ATACs are also good. I HATE Crank Bros pedals - they like to put BUSHINGS in their pedals instead of bearings - really stupid but cheap and light - tried them when they first came out and wore out the bushings in 3 months. By contrast, Shimano and Time bearings last several years.

    Platforms are a personal preference. I rode with the Shimano 545s for a season, but found the noticeable additional weight wasn't worth the marginal increase in stability. It is easier for someone learning, though, as the larger surface helps you find the cleat instead of rolling under your foot.

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    200# size 12 shoe, Shimano 520's

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    250 lbs, size 14 (49 eur)

    I currently have old VP pedals with clipless and a resin platform around the outside. I do find the platform helps me feel more stable, especially if I am not wearing super stiff shoes.

    Sidi Dominator (which is one of your few choices for shoes in your size) are very stiff and you will probably not notice much a difference between platform/non-platform.

    The other advantage of platform is an allowable margin of error when trying to clip in in a hurry - if you miss the mechanism on the first try you still have a bit of pedal to crank on until you have a chance to try again to clip in.
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    I found Sidi Dominators VERY flexy, especially after 6 months of use. Plus, on long rides, 4 hours plus...I developed so much pain, I couldn't pedal while clipped in. Last April, I had to ride the last 10 miles of the Cohutta 100 with my arch on my pedal because I had so much pain under the ball of my foot.

    I've since discovered that Specialized makes their Comp mtn shoe in size 49, which fits similar to Sidi's 50...they are much much stiffer and I no longer have foot pain. The Body Geometry kicks butt too for the knees etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Padre
    I found Sidi Dominators VERY flexy, especially after 6 months of use. Plus, on long rides, 4 hours plus...I developed so much pain, I couldn't pedal while clipped in. Last April, I had to ride the last 10 miles of the Cohutta 100 with my arch on my pedal because I had so much pain under the ball of my foot.

    I've since discovered that Specialized makes their Comp mtn shoe in size 49, which fits similar to Sidi's 50...they are much much stiffer and I no longer have foot pain. The Body Geometry kicks butt too for the knees etc.
    My mistake - I don't have the dominators, but I have the Genius (road) shoe and assumed they were similar. I guess I was wrong.
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    Nice! I might reconsider the 3 ti Crank Bros egg beaters for my full squish. I weigh 230, but possibly the cro-mo spindles can take it?

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    I'm 235-ish these days but started riding clipless when I was in the 250 range, size 13 shoe. Ran 520's to start with and they did okay except for the mud and snow I need to deal with.

    Currently running eggbeater C's (base model until they introduced the MXR this year). No issues to date (3000+ km / 2000+ miles) but, as a caveat, I do regular maintenance on them at regular intervals (when I rotate between chains) to keep them in top shape.
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    I broke 5 CB Eggbeater/Candies in 6 months last summer. Switched to Time ATAC's and managed to mangle one in 18mo's. ****mano last about 2 months by comparison. I'm 250lbs, 6'1" and love to ride. Size 12 shoe and Dominators are over rated.

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    I have been riding crankbrothers for a long time I have, I only broke one pair last year after 3 years of use and no maintance whatsoever. The SLs have always been good to me, have them now on my 26 racer and my 29 single rigid

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    I've ran just about all makes and models. Time Atac is where it's at..

    I would stay away from crank brothers, unless you like busted pedals.
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    I ran CB for a few years with no problems, then in a matter of months I went thru three pairs!
    I jumped away after the third one and got a set of ATAC's. Now all my bikes run Time pedals. No problems what-so-ever.

    Time ATAC, you can't go wrong.

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    I have the "original" release of the Crankbrothers stainless steel peds, They have been through 5 , 24 hour races, (Clydesdale team), countless trail rides, training sessions, 10 sets of shoe clips , mud, snow, deep creeks, and intimate contact with sneaky rocks. I Know these are the ONLY peds I will use, ever. My weight is 220 lbs, and I have no mercy on my bikes.

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    NOTE: I would only recomend the full stainless versions of CB's, I've seen others fall short on longeveity.

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    I am about 230 lbs. size 12 shoe and have had Time ATACs for about 3 years with no problems... I bang 'em on everything and put a lot of weight on them. They are great. I'll probably need new cleats soon but that's no big deal.

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    Another vote for Time ATAC's I have them on three bikes and have never had any problems for 7+yrs.
    I started out clipless with Shimano XT when they first came out and hated them, then went thru Ritchey's, Shim.LX, and original Look mtn. pedals (the big red ones) and out of all those the Looks worked best for me. Then switched to Times and haven't really even thought about changing.
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    Size 14 (what's that, 50 in europe?) and I like my ATACs. I have Time Z on one bike, and although they are comfortable, I don't think they are as easy in/out as the ATAC.

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    Well thanks For all the replies. I was set on the CB Acids. But now i think i am going to get the Time Atac Zpedals. I kinda wanted a little bit of platform for when i ride to work. Then i dont have to pack a seprate pair of shoes. Mabey later on i will go for the regular atac's to save some weight.

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    You can use clipless pedals with platform with "normal" shoes but it is not ideal: the clipless mechanism protrudes from the platform, so you do not have a flat plarform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowdrifter
    I've ran just about all makes and models. Time Atac is where it's at..

    I would stay away from crank brothers, unless you like busted pedals.
    Out of interest- you broke the CroMos, SS or Ti version?

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    I'm 220 and I have a few bikes. I got an old pair of shimano 737, shimano pd-m970, and crank bros egg beaters sl. I use the 737s the most. Its kind of hard getting out of the pedals when they get muddy, but here in Los Angeles I usually on fire roads and its usually dry. When I ride on trails where I go into mud and streams, I use the 970s. They are just easier to get out of. The Crank Bros are OK but, just hard to get into when I am riding uphill and if traction is hard and I have to get off the bike for a bit. Its really hard clicking into the pedals. Its just hard syncing the cleats and pedals.

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    I use shimano 959, my shoe size 14 (49) Specialize comp mtb shoe. I am over 250. No problems with my 959, but from what I understand the new 970 have hallow spindle so my next pedal are going to be the new XT's since they are the same as the 959.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSFA
    Another vote for Time ATAC's I have them on three bikes and have never had any problems for 7+yrs.
    I started out clipless with Shimano XT when they first came out and hated them, then went thru Ritchey's, Shim.LX, and original Look mtn. pedals (the big red ones) and out of all those the Looks worked best for me. Then switched to Times and haven't really even thought about changing.

    Time ATAC's Rock!!

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    Dear Sundowner,
    Sorry that I'm getting back to you so late. I've been very busy this last few weeks because of the Holidays and I having relatives over.
    As far as the spindle being hollow on the 970? Yes they are hollow. I would not have known that they were like that because when they are in the box you cannot see the spindles. I only heard great reviews on the pedals so I got them. I don't race anymore so I am just contempt with a reliable and relatively trouble free components. Hollow axles don't really bother me. They do feel rather fragile though. Maybe thats why I love my old 737s. I got a pair of Crank Brothers Egg Beaters. I don't really love them because they are just a hassle to use on steep hills. Its hard to get my cleated shoe on to them so they don't get high marks from me. I am 220 pounds and my shoe size are 10.5 (45) Shimano. When I bought the 970s the XTs haven't come out yet. Had I known that there were was gong to be the XTs and the only difference between the two was the hollow or solid axles, I would have gotten the XTs instead of the 970s. Yes, seems like if you love your 959s the XTs are a good bet. Also, maybe you just need to overhaul your 959s with synthetic grease and new bearings. Nah, new XTs sound good.

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    CB Mallet C's, 215lbs, 13 shoe. Been riding these for over a year on my Nomad and they are starting to get some small shaft play, but not enough to make me take them apart and see whats going on yet. Maybe in a week or so. They've been great, very solid and stable platform. The spring took a week or two to break in and I've been happy ever since. They have taken a heavy beating from me to say the least.
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    shimano 545 and I,m 220 lb

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    Lowball,
    Wow, You're bigger than me. 215 and size 13 shoes. I haven't tried out the CB Mallet Cs. I dunno, with my CBs I try to put new grease in the pedals about every week that I use the pedals. I'm really lazy, maybe thats why I use the old 737s. Also, you use yor bike for downhilling. I have an old Fuji titanium that when it was newer I use it for rougher trails. I got some dents in the downtube so, since I'm so fat now and out of shape I mainly use my bikes for fire roads. If I were you I'd try to get the red platform pedals that Shimano have, the ones with the aluminum cage. I'm pretty sure that you can get new ones on Ebay.

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    Hi,

    I have two set of peddles depending on the terrain.
    For full clipless Time ATAC is the only one I trust, other peddles seem to flex and pre-release when I put the power in.

    One other thing to consider is new sticky rubber shoes and flat peddles.
    A lot of people get confused on this because every manufacturer says their rubber is sticky, either get a rock climber to advicse what works or just buy the shoes made by 5.10 no other cycling shoes has proper sticky rubber to my knowledge. I can circular peddle for 270 degs and have all the advantages of flats.

    It has to be 5.10 shoes, five ten, and aggresivly spiked shoes to work.

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    The Shimano 545s? Are those the new Shimano platforms that were red a few years ago? I don't use platforms, maybe I should. just don't like my shins getting grinded by the cages. I like Shimano pedals because CB uses nylon bushings in their pedals on the inside bearings instead of ball or roller bearings. Maybe that's why I'm trying to see if the pedals have enough grease to keep them from grinding up and need to be overhauled with new nylon bearings.

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    Yeah, a few of my friends really love Time ATAC. I would too but, i just love the noise that Shimanos make when you clip in. I dunno, maybe I'm just used to the Shimanos and the noise that they make.

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    I'm 220lbs and been running the CB's candys and have yet to have a problem with them, plus they have a small platform you can pedal on(I'm size 14 shoe).
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    235#, size 15.
    My first CB EggBeater was the oh so cheap MXR. It didn't take long for the axle to snap.
    I liked them while they worked, so I already ordered a pair of SLs. If they break too, I will definitely go for Time ATAC, it seems the only way to go.

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    My $20 wellgo's turned out not to be such a great deal...surprise I know.

    Time ATAC next build

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    One of the local "normal weight" guys recently snapped the spindle of his titanium eggbeaters. (... he has snapped a bar too, while climbing ... )

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    One of the local "normal weight" guys recently snapped the spindle of his titanium eggbeaters. (... he has snapped a bar too, while climbing ... )
    makes you wonder if all that extra $ is worth it to save a couple grams

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    Titanium? My frame is titanium, bottom bracket axle, almost all bolts, saddle rails and skewers are titanium. I got these stuff, but no pedal axles. Titanium flexes like a spring. Though its light, its not the magic stuff, that everyone can use for everything. Actually, I used to ride on rollers to smooth my spin. I did it so I would not gnash my pedaling so I could use a titanium bottom bracket.

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    Broke 2 sets of the eggbeater candy sl's in the past 3 months. Went back to my flats till I find something that wont fold like tinfoil.

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    Breaking CBs, I love my Eggbeaters, but, I use them for pretty mild stuff. With more insane stuff, I use Shimano. They use hardened cleats and I think they use extensive testing for they're components that most component manufactures don't or cannot afford.

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