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    Pedal suggestions please..

    Need advice:

    Need pedals that are clipless for my XC needs, yet platform for those FR occasions on the trail. I know they make clipless platforms, but I'm not exactly sure if that's what I need-- I need to be able to be clipless, see a TTF, unclip and ride 'em like flats, then clip back in to resume XC. In other words, I need a platform that can be ridden with cleated shoes. Does this make sense???

    Maybe the Mallets? Or there are a few Shimano mutli purpose pedals?

    I think this will realllllly help my riding as fear results from clipless on TTFs. Fear results in tentativeness. Tentativeness results in crash.

    Any help is apprec'd!!
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    I like the Time Z-Control but mainly becuase I am partial to Time pedals. I've ridden Time Z-controls for the past six months (replaced a set of Time ATAC's which I rode for 3 years prior) and love the extra platform of the Z's.

    The Mallets and Shimano (424, 545, or 647 depending on your price point) are also good choices.

    Keep in mind these pedals work best as a clipless and give you a some platform to ride unclipped. They will never be as good as a full flat pedal when not clipped in.

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    I like my Mallets because of the huge amount of float CB pedals allow. Now you can get the Cs for something like $50. Man, I had to pay $90, and even then they were "on sale". Just be sure to get a nice color!

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    I am getting a pair of time Zs after trying out some atac pedals my freind had, they have a largish platform around them.
    The mallets would be a good choice, and if you really wanted half & half, wellgo+shimano both make a pedal with a clippless retention system on one side and a platform on the other...well I think they do.

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    No clipless pedal really works well as a platform. I use Mallets and they are good for those moments when it can be difficult to get clipped in quickly. I do not ever clip out to ride a section. I have better control being attached.
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    Maybe this?

    Performance.com sells these.
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    I would say stick with the same brand you have now. If you're running Times, get the Time Z. If Shimanos, get the 545 or 647 (not the 424, the plastic cage is too flimsy). If Eggs, get the Mallets. Then you don't have to learn a new way of getting in/out of the pedal.

    Also make sure you have/get a shoe with more of a hiking sole on it, as the wide grippy rubber sole really helps when running unclipped. My girlfriend unclips for tech sections like you do, and prefers her cheap Cannondale shoes to her Sidis. I always stay clipped in with my slippery Sidis and standard Shimano clipless pedals.

    Another option is to ride the trail with flat pedals and skate shoes until you're comfortable with the tech sections, then switch back to clipless.

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    pedals

    I rode Wellgos for years. They are flat with pegs on one side and clipless on the other. I'd ride the flat on the dh sections and clip in on climbs. I recently replaced them with mallet C's and now these are my fav. Just use the larger cage and they'll ride almost like flats. It's just harder to clip in with the large cage.

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    Great responses! RE staying clipped in for technical stuff...I'm not sure about that...maybe some of it...but I can't seem to use the same english with my feet and legs when i'm clipped in. good suggestions...and it seems that i was right on with mallets and shimanos...good point about not having to learn how to unclip with the same brand pedal. will also research the atacs! thanks folks..keep the replies coming if you're into it...i could use the input.

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    I have the mallets brand new in the box still waiting for my darn shoes from nashbar (they are being ungodly slow, I have already ordered and recieved 2 shipments from performance before they have even shiped out my nashbar order)

    I wanted the Launch 611' shoes but it was a no go for my size, so I got some decent looking shoes similar to the 5 10's

    I think with the right shoes and the right attitude the mallets can be ridden pretty well as platforms, but I also have very soft shoes that form to the center of the pedal so that I have my foot on the full platform still.

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    I love my time's, but I have never tryed anything else, so I can't give a comparison for the other brands.

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