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    New question here. SPD Cleats: Standard vs. Multi Release

    I recently switched to clipless because the terrain I am riding is super rough. If I start out with the Multi Release Clips, to help boost my confidence, will it teach me bad habits for when I want a stronger hold and go back to the Standard release?

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    No , the only habit you need to get into is to unclip before you fall over . Good luck .

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS
    No , the only habit you need to get into is to unclip before you fall over . Good luck .
    I am having trouble with my foot on the opposite side of the fall.

    I start to fall LEFT, which means I am pulling up on the RIGHT. With the design of SPD's, the harder you pull up the harder to unclip, which makes perfect sense for adding pedaling power.

    The other day I travelled for some distance with one foot clipped, the other foot running/hopping down the trail, and my top tube pounding me in the junk. Eventually I overbalanced and fell. The other pedal let go right about the time that my hip/shoulder hit the dirt.

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    I tried this when I first went clipless and switched to the single release after about 5 minutes. I had ZERO confidence in the multi-release to hold when I would need to pull up either to stroke or pull the rear over something. IMO for the multis to work you need the tension way up which sort of defeats the purpose. I recommend using the single release with the tension way down to start...

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    I haven't ridden with the multi-release, so I can't say in particular why you are having release problems; but I would recommend taking a look at the angle of your cleat. Wind the spring tension down on the pedal and clip in the shoe off your foot. Make sure the shoe is pointing nice and straight (heel not really far away from the bike or really close. A degree or two can throw off the release of the shoe from the pedal. Worth checking out.

    You'll have plenty of crashes still clipped into your bike, it takes some time to get used to the panic bail, but you'll get it eventually.

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    Well I'm the opposite of most people then i guess. I didn't feel comfortable at all with the single release cleats since i couldnt get out quick enough and couldn't really loosen them more without coming out all the time. I bought the multi-release cleats (sh56) and even with them tighter i am a ton more confident. I can get out during the OH CRAP moments. Worth a try in my opinion.

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    I often recommend the multi-release cleats to people just starting out with clipless. For most, knowing they can get out easily gives them more confidence than the occasional accidental pop-out loses. Once used to the clipless with the multi-release cleats, most will want to switch back to the standard cleats, because the multis do tend to accidentally release sometimes. I started with multis, then switched back to the standards on one set of shoes, but I have the multis still on another set of shoes. I use the shoes with the multis on my full-suspension--can get out more easily, and foot doesn't accidentally pop out on the fs bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elhungarian
    Well I'm the opposite of most people then i guess. I didn't feel comfortable at all with the single release cleats since i couldnt get out quick enough and couldn't really loosen them more without coming out all the time. I bought the multi-release cleats (sh56) and even with them tighter i am a ton more confident. I can get out during the OH CRAP moments. Worth a try in my opinion.
    +1

    This is the setup I use on my Motolite for really rocky Arizona trails. Works great riding here, Gooseberry Mesa, and Moab. Power to climb, but I can dab when I need to.

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