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    Hi all,

    Newer member here and been lurking while researching a new bike. Just picked up a leftover 2010 Rumblefish ll and am excited to get out riding again. Did some searching for platform pedals and came up with alot of choices so I am going to ask what people are happy with. I will be doing mostly XC/Singletrack, nothing too extreme to start. Live in Phoenix so it will be alot of rocky desert type of terrain.

    Some of the ones I have looked up are...
    Crank Bros
    Canfield Bros
    Shimano
    Straitline
    Blackspire
    Speedplay
    Xpedo
    Point one


    What are your favorites and why?

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    ditch the platforms and go clipless. you won't regret it!

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    I am on my second set of Azonic 420 and love them. They are great bike bling. Pricepoint has a good price on them.

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    Some big differences in price points there...better start with something affordable & go from there. If you find that they're your thing, you can always upgrade if necessary.

    I prefer the lo-profile ones (I ride the Point1) and feel everyone should learn to ride platforms before supplementing their riding with clipless pedals.


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    I've had the Azonic 420 and Answer Rove and they were ok. Currently on the Blackspire Sub4 and the only thing I can see "upgrading" to would be the Point1. The Blackspires are fantastic

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    For the price and reviews, I ordered some of these (in white): http://www.mtbr.com/cat/drivetrain/p...77_135crx.aspx . Haven't rode them yet, they are arriving tomorrow. A friend that has them on a DH 26er really likes them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vertible
    What are your favorites and why?
    From your list, I would comment that the Canfield Bros crampons are awesome, and that I personally find the Crank Brothers 50/50s very underwhelming in terms of grip.

    I would add the Twenty6 Prerunners to your list - http://www.twenty6products.com/products/
    Super spendy, but incredibly light and the stickiest pedal I've ridden. I've got a pair of both the CroMo and Ti spindles, and have ridden the hell out of both. The replicable traction pins are a double edges sword - you will have to eventually replace some of them, but in doing so your pedals are always uber-sticky. I've come to love this feature.

    Also, I would throw in the Brooklyn Machine Works Vegiburgers - http://www.brooklynmachineworks.com/parts.html
    They're heavy, but indestructible and also we-todd-edly sticky. Really indestructible.

    either way, I would also strongly advise that you tee up some shin guards, becauce hamburger-shin sucks.

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    Ringle zuzu.
    Traditional open design, sealed bearings, lightweight, replaceable pins roughly $60 msrp.
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    +1 for the Wellgo MG-1's , Large,Light and plenty of traction. Sealed bearings and can be had for under $50. Or if you want really light the also come with Ti spindles for $75

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    i use sunringle zuzu's on my xc ride, love em.

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    Ringles and zuzus and wellgos along with a few others zuse the same pedal casting, it's a traditional design where the patent ran out and worked so well other companies picked it up n ran with it..
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    get the 5-ten footwear first.

    then any of them are better
    wherever you go, there you are

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    In both the All Mountain forum and the Clydesdale forum, I think I remember seeing long threads on platform pedals. Tons of great info. Go search because I'm too lazy to find the links.

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    Sunline V-1s on my bikes. I've tried Wellgo MG-1 and CB 50/50 and like the Sunlines MUCH MUCH better, though when I had the Sunlines without 5.10s and on my hardtail, just wearing skate shoes, I didn't like them (nor any other platforms). My feet would just be jarred right off from all the bumps. The Sunlines have a nice balance of pyramid shapes combined with pins for the best grip on platforms I ever had and a wide stable platform. Their only downside is the weight, being over 500g/pr. The wide platform might be a downside too, if you ride narrow spaces between rocks at speed, as they can clip and throw you off balance (np if you have a strong core and balance--I just ride it through).

    Five Ten shoes are virtually a must. You appreciate them when you try to climb up steep technical rock faces and get hung up or pedal strike and need to hop off. I would hesitate riding the same thing on clipless. I'm talking steep... so steep if you fell off, you'd be tumbling down until it got flat.

    The combination of platforms and 5.10s is where it's at. It made me give up clipless, which I used to promote as well. I've no regrets. I tried clipless again and my ankles just couldn't handle being locked into place and bothered me for the first 15 minutes. Unlimited float and feet positions is a very nice feeling. I don't miss the pedaling efficiency and the 300g isn't a big deal. The only thing I really miss is the ability to lift the rear with a little more extra force--it really did feel like cheating and I haven't been able to skill up enough yet to do it spontaneously while riding, though in practice I do well. Relying on that can be disastrous though... a majority of times I accidentally unclipped and my foot flew, I ended up in a bad situation. Clipless is a double edged sword, it seems. I have them on my HT, but I'll only take my HT on smooth tame trails and XC courses and use my FS for everything else.

    BTW, I like your taste in bikes. I was after the Rumblefish, but got a deal on an used Superfly 100 instead and basically have 2 sets of components for it. One for trail (includes an adj seatpost and heavier tires) and one for XC. I had a new set of Sunlines for sale, but I am considering putting them on my HT or replace the 50/50s on my AM bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayboyd
    I am on my second set of Azonic 420 and love them. They are great bike bling. Pricepoint has a good price on them.

    That looks like a salsa la cruz fork with a big apple 28 x 2.0 in it, to me. Is it??

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    The crown jewel -- a Straitline platform. This thing is HUGE. The peanut headed moron that sold 'em to me (never buy bike stuff from a woman) put the pins on for free 2 days ago. You can see that two have come out.


    The beater that works and works well: Specialized Lo Pro Mag 2. I've dropped the chain tons of times and my leg has stayed on. No crotch boinks, yet, in 3 years. Feet stay planted.

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    Covered at length on MTBR in the DH forums: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=607155
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    I just got a pair of Azonic 420's, they work well, and aren't as tall as some other pedals.

    I rode a bike with a set of Canfield Crampons last week. They are awesome - light, thin, and grippy. They lower your riding height while improving ground clearance. I ride a 4x rig with a low BB - I am going to pick up a set of Crampons for it.

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    Thanks for the responses!

    Wow, there is a pedal to fit every price point and aesthetic. I do know I want to start off with platforms while I work on my riding skills. May look into clipless later on.
    The pedals with more aggressive pins look like the way to go and the suggestion of shin pads makes sense to avoid getting ripped up.

    The Five Ten shoes sound like a no brainer. I will be in Long Beach next week and see there is a Five Ten dealer near there. Will have to stop in and try some on.

    Really do like a thinner profile and weight is not a big issue as I need to lose a few pounds anyway. :-)
    Did some more reading based on some suggestions and am narrowing down to ...

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    Blackspire sub4
    Twenty6 Prerunners

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    There's someting to be said for taking a few shinburgers up front and getting trained right, no pads needed after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vertible
    Thanks for the responses!

    Wow, there is a pedal to fit every price point and aesthetic. I do know I want to start off with platforms while I work on my riding skills. May look into clipless later on.
    The pedals with more aggressive pins look like the way to go and the suggestion of shin pads makes sense to avoid getting ripped up.

    The Five Ten shoes sound like a no brainer. I will be in Long Beach next week and see there is a Five Ten dealer near there. Will have to stop in and try some on.

    Really do like a thinner profile and weight is not a big issue as I need to lose a few pounds anyway. :-)
    Did some more reading based on some suggestions and am narrowing down to ...

    Point 1 Podium
    Canfield Brothers Crampons
    Blackspire sub4
    Twenty6 Prerunners
    Well, shee-it, since you are getting all Gucci on your first pair, add the Burgtec Penthouse Mk3 and Brooklyn Machine Works Vegi Burgers to your list.
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    I'm running the Twenty6 Prerunners in Ti/Mag - stick like glue, light and pretty but they'll bleed you. The 2011s with the hollow pins are not quite as pointy I think.

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    Just switched back to platforms after riding clipless for a few years and taking a few spills that scared the crap out of me...

    I picked up some 5-10 Karver's and a set of Forte Converts which seem to be working well for me. Haven't tried any of the others, but the Azonics were the other set on my radar, but I ended up going local and picked up the Fortes at Performance for under $60 on sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buddhak
    Well, shee-it, since you are getting all Gucci on your first pair......
    Thought I might get some riding shoes and luggage to go along as well....






    As I am a sucker for functional bling, I did end up ordering a pair of Twenty6 Prerunners in urban camo. Thanks for the heads up on the shin protectors, I also ordered a pair of Lizard skins shin protectors and a pair of 5/10's. Now I have to find more time to go out and ride!



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    +ve: Shimano MX30s all the way! I have long and XL pins in mine to work with the deep tread on the TNF Hedgehog shoes I use. Plenty of grip even compared to my SBC / Time ATAC combo and easier to walk in!

    Silky smooth amazingly well sealed proper bearings (not disposable designed-to-grind-to-death cartridge units!). My friend has a pair on his BMX that he has serviced once in 10 years and are still running super smooth despite pedal-taps, crashes and some failed back-flips!

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    Holy crap! Those are some dangerously sharp pins on that set of Prerunners! I hope your shin pads cover your whole shin. I have Race Face Flank knee/shin pads and have my lower shin exposed and my calves are also really exposed, which also gets scraped up by my pedals. That's going to be a painful experience getting used to flats.

    Anyways, I'm likely not going back to clipless. Powergrips maybe though.

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    The 2011 Prerunners are not as sharp, at least to my fingers.

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    I have a ton of miles on my Straitline pedals and they are flawless. The platform is bigger than most and you notice it. I can completely rebuild them both in 10 min. with just a flat head screwdriver but rarely ever need to. They are made in BC ( matters to some, me included) by guys that ride. Customer service is top notch.



    If your really concerned with weight/price, you cant beat the wellgo-mg1 ti.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varaxis
    Holy crap! Those are some dangerously sharp pins on that set of Prerunners!
    I looked into these a little more and the new pins are hollow and not as sharp as the generic pic I posted. I hope that is what comes on mine.


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    Ah, that's cool. I never had any pins break yet on my Sunline V-1s and pedal strike a lot, but I like the flanges. That should help them from snapping off. I forgot to say that I like the urban camo look.

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    Love the Straitlines! A little pricey but your feet stay put on 'em big and stable - just don't have the slip like some cheaper platforms I've run. Therefore, no cheesegrater effect on the shins either. The one freak time I did have slip, only minimal damage to the shin unlike the cheap platforms that ripped me up bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vertible
    As I am a sucker for functional bling, I did end up ordering a pair of Twenty6 Prerunners in urban camo. Thanks for the heads up on the shin protectors, I also ordered a pair of Lizard skins shin protectors and a pair of 5/10's. Now I have to find more time to go out and ride!
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    Everyones comments are appreciated. I ended up getting a pair of 5-10 low impact shoes and the Twenty6 prerunners. Went for a couple of rides now and love the combination!

    Started out with a pair of Specialized Atlas shorts, but the crotch hung low and would catch the seat. Did a little reading on here and ended up with a pair of TLD Ace shorts and they rock!

    On a side note.... I ordered the Prerunners from www.ride-this.com and 2 weeks went by without any contact. I called and emailed them without getting any response. According to their website they will ship within 5 days (kinda slow these days) and notify you if there is any delay. Since they did not respond I went to a lbs (Rage Cycles ) who was able to get them in three days. I am currently disputing the charge from ride-this.com. Of course I did a search after the fact and found a number of bad reviews on different sites for the same reasons I experienced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LandSpeed
    The crown jewel -- a Straitline platform. This thing is HUGE. The peanut headed moron that sold 'em to me (never buy bike stuff from a woman) put the pins on for free 2 days ago. You can see that two have come out.


    The beater that works and works well: Specialized Lo Pro Mag 2. I've dropped the chain tons of times and my leg has stayed on. No crotch boinks, yet, in 3 years. Feet stay planted.
    Funny! A guy who waited on me at a LBS looked puzzled when I asked if he carried five-ten shoes.
    I have the Straitlines ordered in red also. Just trying something new. I have only used SPD's in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyMt
    Funny! A guy who waited on me at a LBS looked puzzled when I asked if he carried five-ten shoes.
    I have the Straitlines ordered in red also. Just trying something new. I have only used SPD's in the past.
    hahaha yeah about the woman thing. Now, if Straitline only made x0 levers and an x0 2x10 compatible bash guard, then we'd all be better off. 5 10 shoes I keep seeing mentioned on here, I usually wear certain types of running shoes... I'll look into that.

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    apologies and all, but i'll probably just disregard the whole "never buy a bike from a woman" advice. seems pretty suspect.
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    I agree with the Wellgo MG-1's ... I purchased a pair of ebay for $13, spent $5 on new pins and my running shoes stick to them like I am in clipless (ok maybe not but damn I dont come off those things). They can be had for pretty cheap on ebay or amazon.

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    I'm diggin' my Wellgo B 67's. 2nd season on them and aside from some busted pins they're in decent shape. Nice and wide with lots concave and grip. They are considerably grippier than the Welgo MG 1. I rode them for a season but wanted something with more pins and more concave. I rock a pair of Airwalks with flat soles and they work just fine.
    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/131...p=240%20WELB64

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