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flat pedals/shoes for trail?

Discussion in 'Cross Country, All Mountain & Trail Riding' started by DH Dad, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. DH Dad

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    Probably not a common practice among trail riders but after an unfortunate slow speed endo on granite that broke my wrist (straight over, neither foot unclipped) requiring surgery I think I'll go back to flats for tech trails and leave the clips for xc racing. I have 5-10 impact shoes for DH that work fine but not enough sole support for climbing. Any thoughts on good pedaling flat shoes with decent grip?
     

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  2. kail

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    Flats 100% of the time, all the time. Clipless pedals are for noobs.
     
  3. kidwoo

    kidwoo Celebrating No-Pants Day

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    Well dh dad, you certainly know who NOT to listen to now :rofl:




    Any thin pedal coupled with some 5.10s will be about the best you can do. What do you mean by not enough sole support for climbing though? If you're on flats you're not pulling straight up like you are with clips. It's more of a foot angled down/back pressure thing on your pedals. Throw some superfeet insoles in them and impacts are damn solid shoes.
     
  4. kail

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    What, can't a guy be sarcastic every now and then? But seriously, I threw all my clipless pedals away a long time ago and I haven't looked back. Though I don't race anymore, either.
     
  5. DH Dad

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    I'm guessing a concave pedal may be more ideal. My impact shoes seem to provide very little support, old Vans had more.
     
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    HardtailHack used an iron once

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    Surely you can put a stiffer orthotic in your 5-10's,
     
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    You might want to do a head to head with some vans these days. Impacts are WAY more solid shoes.
     
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    do we own the same shoes? The impact and rennies I have are the stiffest "sneaker" type shoe I've ever owned. I'm a pretty regular white guy though, so maybe "kids these days" are running around with plastic soles.

    Either way, you won't get better than 5.10 impacts and a good set of flat pedals with thin pins. I like HT or Deity plastic ones.

    I personally really like clipless pedals, but I think you don't give up a whole lot with sticky shoes and good flat pedals.
     
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    How old are your 5.10s? Seems to me like they get a bit more flexible after lots of use. Maybe a fresh pair?
     
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    If you are wanting something stiffer you could go with a 5.10 Hellcat or other 5.10 clipless shoe and just leave the cover over the spot where you bolt in the cleats. That way you get the stiffness of a clipless shoe but the stealth rubber like the impacts.
     
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    I always had good results with 5.10's but recently went back to clipless. I still use flats and 5.10's when I ride tech trails
     
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    that 5.10 minnaar and the all black version, stiff soles, can go cliped in if you want or leave them as flats.
     
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    Just for sh1tes and giggles, I switched back to flats & 5-10's for trail riding over the last 3 months. Your intuition (and advice here) is right - put some orthodic insoles in and ride some flat concave pedals. I slapped my Atomlab Aircorps on and have been having a ball.
     
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    Teva Links paired with Answer pedals have been a winning combo for me this season. The Teva shoes have excellent grip but not the sticky grip of 5.10's. Now they have a mid-top for more ankle support.
     
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    Also you may find the 5-10's that have the fully moulded one piece sole to be stiffer than the normal ones.

    I had the original freerides and they were pretty stiff but they only lasted about five rides before falling apart, the new ones look the goods.