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    Pearl izum X-Alp launch 2 for flat and clipless?

    Just starting to get serious in MTBing. I just purchased a STumpjumper and but a set of good flat pedals on the bike for learning. I also have a set of M8020s for when Iím more comfortable and want to ride clipless. Iím looking and the Pearl Izumi x-alp shoe and kind of a do it all, flat pedal first then transition to clipless. Any feedback on that shoe?

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    Theres no such thing as a shoe that does both, clipless shoes are for clipless pedals only and make very poor flat pedal shoes. Looking at the x-alp it would be as useless as a hiking boot, the tread is too aggressive and its not a soft gummy rubber. I think the thing that screws into where the cleat goes is for decoration only or just to hold the cleat plate down so it doesnt fall out before sale, Shimano shoes have them as well and I dont know what purpose they serve, its not for flat pedal use.

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