2 Types of Mountain Bike Pedals

The main parts of a bicycle are wheels, frame, saddle, handlebars and components. Helmets can also be considered an important safety factor. Wheels provide basic functionality for bicycles
The main parts of a bicycle are wheels, frame, saddle, handlebars and components. Helmets can also be considered an important safety factor. Wheels provide basic functionality for bicycles

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There are two main types of mountain bike pedals. Both clipless and flat/platform pedals are available. Most people are familiar with flat pedals or platform pedals. These are found on countless bicycles. Conversely, clipless pedals are functional “clip-in” bike pedals that attach your shoes to the pedals using cleats. This makes them a little confusing.

Clipless vs Flat Mountain Bike Pedals

There are many things to consider when choosing flat or clipless pedals for mountain biking. It’s not that one style is objectively better than the other. Both have advantages and disadvantages. In general, flat pedals are good for beginner riders, those who do a lot of tricks and jumps and don’t want to get pinched. Clipless pedals, on the other hand, are great for everyday riders who want the security of not slipping off their pedals, or for riders who want maximum pedalling efficiency. Here are some pros and cons of flat and clipless pedals. 

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