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    Forte Carve pedal exit issues

    I recently got some Forte Carve Pedals which are my first MTB clipless pedals. I previously have used speedplay pedals on my road bike and never had any entry and exit issues with with them.
    I ride a ridgid single speed bike but I am not all that buff yet.

    I used the pedals on my road bike because I wanted more mobility when off the bike, they seem to be just fine for that purpose.

    I used them for the first time on a hard MTB ride and had some serious exit issues with them. I would some to a stop, rotate out but the cleat would get jammed in the pedal anyway with my falling over. This happened about 4 times over the fairly short ride. The only different is that while mountain riding I am pussing down with more force and trying to get out faster than on the road bike. I usually ride up a hill to a spot that I cant clear with a lot of downward force on the pedal and need to get out faster causing the jam. If I am paying attention I can flick out and up and the shoe comes out just fine.

    Is this a problem with just these cheap Forte Carve pedals or all SPD style pedals?

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    SPD type pedals are going to feel a huge bit difference than Speedplay pedals. Make sure you have the tension set as low as possible starting off and just practice. If you wanted a bargain pedal that would be easier to get out and feel more like a Speedplay you should look at Crank Bros. Otherwise I'd pay up and get Speedplay Frogs and you'll feel right at home.

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    Actually I am not a big fan of all the float on the speedplays. Don't think I would enjoy that on the mountain bike. Also, again, on the road I can get in and out of SPD's just fine. I already have the muscle memory to twist out and everything.

    The problem is, when I twist out, my foot is 45-50 degrees out, well enough to be able to unclip, but the cleat gets jammed in the mechanism even though it's un clipped.

    I can replicate it with the shoe off tiwsting the pedal out while pushing down. I know part of the trick is to flick up and out instead of just out, but it's not as intuitive while under a lot of torque.

    On the reviews for the Carve pedals on the performance site, somebody mentioned the same problem I am experiencing and that shimano pedals have a different shape ramp or tab that help prevent this. Just wondering if anybody else can confirm.

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    Had the same issue on some Performance brand mtn pedals. I played around and really watched what was happening and they did unclip but often got bound up like you say and I too was unable to exit. I have 959's, XTR's and XT SPD's on my other bikes and they all work perfectly. Gave up on the cheapo pedals. Wanted cheapo pedals for a specific build but bad place to scrimp on price. You can get genuine Shimano pedals on sale cheap. Even better deals on last years models. Good luck.

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    Interesting. Thanks for some sort of confirmation. I dug that they are light for the price, but looks like they will be returned for something safer.

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