6 Mistakes To Avoid With Clip In Pedals | MTB Skills

6 Mistakes To Avoid With Clip In Pedals | MTB Skills

Using clipless or clip in pedals when mountain biking can be intimidating for those who haven’t used them before. But don’t let that put you off, they will soon become an intuitive part of your MTB rides, allowing you better pedalling efficiency and security. Neil shows you a few mistakes to avoid when using them, from unclipping to poor technique.

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If you’re starting out with cleats and pedals it’s important to practise twisting your ankle to unclip. Don’t worry about falling off, we’ve all done it.
Try and get pedals and shoes that work well together, with matching interfaces that allow you to clip in and out easily. The same goes for the type of riding that you do, lightweight narrow pedals are great for racing cross country, but won’t offer the same sort of stability and engagement that a larger downhill or enduro pedal does. Cleat placement for MTB shoes is a matter of personal preference but the general rule is to not have them too far forward on your shoe so that the ball of your foot is in line with the pedal axle.
Finally it can be easy to let your clip in pedals develop poor MTB technique, we’ve all done it. Learning the correct rear wheel lift technique will enable you to ride much more safely over jumps and drops, whilst also enabling you to lift the rear wheel much higher than you can otherwise by just lifting with your legs.

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  1. thomas medeiros on July 30, 2019 at 1:13 am

    One of the best videos to analyze riding clipped in. This is the first GMBN Crank Brothers sponsored video that has talked about Shimano pedals ability to adjust tension and use a multi release cleat to assist those riders learning to ride while clipped in. I have been riding clipped in for about 25 years so I have some experience with the subject. I came from a road riding and racing background and eventually raced mountain bike cross country.Recently I tried riding flats with pins but just could not get use to not being connected. The only advantage I had was bailing out when I failed to clear an obstacle or tech section that I always clear when I am clipped in and able to keep pedaling because my feet haven’t bounced up and off.

  2. robert benassai on July 30, 2019 at 1:14 am

    The new canyon looks freaking insane

  3. TheGib74 on July 30, 2019 at 1:15 am

    I’ve rode clips for years and thought of riding flats scares me, I used to slip off my pedals on flats on rocky terrain, clips stopped this and as a result I became more confident, I don’t even think about most rocky stuff anymore, I realise now though that I could of achieved the same result with a grippier pedal and shoe combination, might give it a try as clips has definitely caused me some bad habits, great vid 😁👍🏻

  4. RSD_MtnBiker on July 30, 2019 at 1:15 am

    The DEVILS PAWS! Knocking on hells door with these things.

  5. Yannis Pop on July 30, 2019 at 1:16 am

    And that’s why I wear flats!🤣

  6. pyromaniac1207 on July 30, 2019 at 1:17 am

    I actually drilled extra holes in my shoes to put the cleats even further back.

  7. Lisa Rogers on July 30, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Must have hard work carrying the crash mat for Neil fall on at the start.

  8. Jonathan Matthews on July 30, 2019 at 1:18 am

    I’m a simple person. I see GBMN video, I click.

  9. Matthew Rollinson on July 30, 2019 at 1:19 am

    I’m trying hard to learn to ride flats properly, and forget all about clipless! Just starting out MTB, I’ve been a die hard roadie for years, so clipless is pretty well ingrained, I find it easy to use them, but zero point on a mountain bike. Flats are way more fun.

  10. Rick B on July 30, 2019 at 1:20 am

    15, 20 deg, not % (percent)?

  11. Bakteria on July 30, 2019 at 1:24 am

    The music during talk scenes are so annoying

  12. Global Mountain Bike Network on July 30, 2019 at 1:25 am

    Do you have any tips for mountain biking with clip in pedals? Share them in the comments below 👇

  13. Your Favorite Cyclist on July 30, 2019 at 1:26 am

    Been riding clipless for a long time. Really it’s just practice makes perfect. Just got new shoes and still working on finding the sweet spot for my cleats on them!

  14. Максим Никитин on July 30, 2019 at 1:30 am

    (edgy music) …?

  15. Flex LCS on July 30, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Grip shifter?

  16. 321 and me on July 30, 2019 at 1:33 am

    I’ve ridden SPD clipped for more than 5 years. You have such good tips. I fucking love riding clipped and would recommend it to anyone into biking. For me it’s like the difference of driving an automatic or manual transmission. No comparison.

  17. SB Sailing on July 30, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Hi Neil can you do a bike check on that canyon you have

  18. Carbon suicide mtb on July 30, 2019 at 1:36 am

    People give up too early to get used to using clipless, it takes at least 10 good long rides to get used to them, you will crash, just man up and get used to the pedals to gain the huge advantage they offer

  19. The Dude on July 30, 2019 at 1:36 am

    The GMBN outfit looks sick!

  20. ALL ROUNDER BØY on July 30, 2019 at 1:36 am

    like for SHIMANO!

  21. Heinrich Broodryk on July 30, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Now if only CrankBrothers were as bombproof as Shimano

  22. cain who? on July 30, 2019 at 1:37 am

    If you have good technique riding in clips just feels a little more solid

  23. Jayseal ENDURO on July 30, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Multi release cleats are not just for beginners i start riding mtbikes seriously when i was 14 and i was using shimano standard cleats when i mastered using cleats on Clipless pedals when i was 16 i switch to multi release so i can unclip anytime and easier ti unclip if i crash..its like a combined foot out technique of flats with a strength of a Clipless #justsaying☺✌👍

  24. Peter Duncan on July 30, 2019 at 1:45 am

    If using Shimano SPD pedals, use the SILVER multi release cleats. Way easier to unclip as you can unclip at an angle.

  25. Davis Clark on July 30, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Get Clipless, they are so worth it. I’m a X-Country Race for my High school team & They seriously give 2x the power! I was getting between 25-30th using flats during races. But after I switched, I jumped up to top 15 out of 108 JV.

    It takes practice, getting Clipper in & Clipping our but after it’s prime🤙🏼

  26. E Kelp on July 30, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Crank Brothers does have the easy release cleats now. I think it’s a six degree release

  27. rockandtrails mtb on July 30, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Jajaj siempre los mismos errores, uno de los motivos por lo que uso plataformas, saludos desde chile 🇨🇱

  28. orangeorphan on July 30, 2019 at 1:48 am

    I still don’t understand how moving your hips will pick up the back wheel. Is it that you’re pushing with your arms to drive the front end down? It just doesn’t make sense to me yet.

  29. ABD360G on July 30, 2019 at 1:48 am

    I’m worried about crashing when your clipped in, it’s a problem that your stuck to your bike. I’ll just stay with flat pedals

  30. 또기의 일땽 on July 30, 2019 at 1:51 am


  31. demoanddestroy on July 30, 2019 at 1:51 am

    I went over a jump and my pedal ripped out of the crank and was stuck on my shoe. I had to walk about a mile with a spd pedal on my shoe. I started riding clipless back when look pedals came out. I was riding road pedals and shoes off-road. I have never looked back. I can’t ride flats. They feel weird.

  32. Barry Walker on July 30, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Seen you wearing those jackets a few times now, are they coming to the store soon?

  33. Louis Low on July 30, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Is the bin liner vest good?

  34. Roman Medina on July 30, 2019 at 1:55 am

    You forgot falling. Avoid falling when using clipless pedals should be number one.

  35. Tim Jefferson on July 30, 2019 at 1:56 am

    Please: their “clips” and “flats”. No more “clipless” #stopthemadness

  36. budycelyn on July 30, 2019 at 1:57 am

    i use flats on my mountain bikes but i recently bought a gravel/adventure bike and decided to go clipless with that,, oh the funny falling over moments, like when the back wheel starts to wheelspin on a patch of mud while going up a steep rough climb and panic sets in so the feet don’t release,, oh how we all laughed at that one, hohoho…

  37. Bagballz on July 30, 2019 at 1:58 am

    The could quite literally be the worst possible cleat placement, or your shoes are way too big for you.
    The cleats should be positioned such that the ball of your foot is in line with the pedal axle

  38. Oscar Sands on July 30, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Well normal Bikers don’t need to worry about making mistakes as we use norma flatl pedals

  39. Fabian Dolcean on July 30, 2019 at 2:01 am

    Live your bike!

  40. wes4runner on July 30, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Can anyone reommend a trail and light enduro shoe that has a deep cleat pocket that mimics the feel of a flat?

  41. sultanabran1 on July 30, 2019 at 2:04 am

    best technique tip is to ride flats

  42. Bikes And Coffee on July 30, 2019 at 2:04 am

    To all you people saying clipless pedals are mistakes then consider how much more control you would be able to achieve once you learn them. If your still whining then you’re a wussy.

  43. Jason Major on July 30, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Forgetting your clipped in when doing a weelie and overshooting it :D…in front of all your friends. back to flats we go 😀

  44. parman01 on July 30, 2019 at 2:06 am

    I’m looking to switch to clipless. Correct me if I’m wrong here….I understand that the only contact surface with the bike is that part of a pedal that clips into cleats on your shoes? Then what is the purpose of a cage around a pedal. Why XC pedals have no cage at all and something like Mallet have huge flats-like one? If you’re clipped in it shouldn’t matter should it?

  45. Peter Toth on July 30, 2019 at 2:07 am

    Broke my left ankle with a clipped pedal and the fun part of it I was using clips (SPD) for years before that. For me the preferred setting is really low tension, so it hardly holds my feet. My main purpose of it anyhow, so my leg doe not slide off.

  46. EV animations on July 30, 2019 at 2:08 am

    Mistake: Not maintaining cleats…

  47. Waffeey on July 30, 2019 at 2:08 am

    I love clips coming from my bmx racing background but on the trails at least the local ones hear in modesto next to the river i couldn’t imaging riding or hitting the jumps i do on clips!

  48. Noah Parnaby on July 30, 2019 at 2:09 am

    I haven’t ever got stuck in my pedals… I don’t have clipless pedals

  49. Andy H on July 30, 2019 at 2:09 am

    +1 for the Shimano SPD multi-release cleats (SH-56 if you want a part number). As well as the normal twist to release, they also let you pull out up/sideways… which is the natural direction to pull out when you’re about to fall sideways. Saved my bacon a number of times now.

  50. Finn Clarkson on July 30, 2019 at 2:09 am

    First mistake: not using flats