Clipless Pedals VS Flat Pedals – Which is Better? 510 Mountain Biking Shoes | Crank Brothers Pedals

Clipless Pedals VS Flat Pedals – Which is Better? 510 Mountain Biking Shoes | Crank Brothers Pedals

Clipless Pedals VS Flat Pedals – Which is Better? 510 Mountain Biking Shoes | Crank Brothers Pedals: Join me as I unbox my new mountain bike shoes, 510 Freerider Canvas and my brand new Crank Brothers Pedals – Stamp 7. I will also interview the GM at Jax Bicycle Shop and mountain bike racer Jason Ganske as we discuss the pros & cons of going flat pedals or clipless pedals.

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  1. Mike Kobylasz on June 27, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    I thought it was really easy to switch to clipless I did it in about a month maybe 2 and it’s so nice now it’s all bout the shoes that fits the pedal that will make it clip out easy n faster I can dab no prob n hop right back in only down fall is another pair of pedals n some shoes also I have a pair of crankbros pedals I can send you if you want to try them out let me know or email me I can send ya a pic

  2. J Love on June 27, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Love that trail 👍🏻, right in my backyard

  3. BRAD MASON on June 27, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Bro your content really good only 11 k subs suprised

  4. Ryan Kelly on June 27, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    FIrst vid I have watched of yours and I had to sub

  5. thomas medeiros on June 27, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    I believe that the type of terrain and the style that you ride are important factors in determining you choice of pedal. Riding experience is another big factor. I started riding road and racing with toe clips and straps with a cleat that fit into the back of the pedal back in 1985. Started mountain biking in 1989 with toe clips and straps and hiking shoes. When Shimano introduced it’s first SPD clipless pedals I switched over and that what I have used. The SH56 M multi release cleat are on all my trail riding shoes. My local trail system is about 100 miles of natural single and double track with some fire roads to connect them. Lots of gnarly roots and rocks, loose rock and mud holes etc. There are fast and flowing trails but lots of tech riding that requires being able to pedal through with power. I been riding clipped in on these trails for more than 20 years and that is what makes me comfortable and confident. Yes I have tried flats with pins but personally I do not like the feeling. There is no right pedal but I think opinions should be based on real long term experience. Just SAYING 🚵🚵

  6. Grey M on June 27, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Depending on the person!
    My Clipless pedal history says, Clipless pedals help give you the benefit of the Full crank excercise, both up & down stroke! Pulling up, and push down motion! I will stay with my Clipless for my personal use! Great Vid tho🤙🏽

  7. Orcello D on June 27, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    In my opinion… it gives me better power transfer on difficult technical climbs plus I don’t have to worry about where my feet are. Not going to lie. It did take me a while to learn how to bail on scratchy sections.. and still learning. I do change to flats on long gnarly desents. I did a heli drop on Mt. Cartier in Revelstoke BC and changed to flats just before takeoff. Best decision ever. Top portion is super exposed and trying to do a switchback on a steep pitch is pretty scary. Way more confidence on flats. As some commented, personal preference or depending on what your riding. Cheers

  8. MTBdropIN on June 27, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    WARNING: SUBSCRIBE!!!!!….. Don’t forget!

     Looking forward to getting to know you guys!!!

  9. Emily Taerum on June 27, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    I recently upgraded my handlebars and pedals. I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to remove my old pedals (2010 bike). I ended up recruiting some friends to help me out. They were clever and used my old bars as a snipe to get more leverage out of my allen key. 😛

  10. clu4u on June 27, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    My Blur TR was $7500, my Wellgo flats $45. Light and good bearings.

  11. Kara Jones on June 27, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Kinda dark for a ride

  12. Kalsonic on June 27, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Dude, can’t you send the shoe to a cobbler and get it fixed?

  13. RGCastro7 on June 27, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Loved the changing your shoes trick! Hahaha. Well played, Sir.

    I’ve been both a clipless and a flat pedal user. I believe that riding flats is worth it for a great variety of reasons, especially as presented by James Wilson, from I hope you enjoy your new flats and shoes, and have lots of fun out there!

  14. ssmajoris on June 27, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Clips are for gays

  15. CallmeDude on June 27, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    I’ve got the same shoes and pedals but replaced the 8mm pins with crankbrothers Mallet/5050 Pin Kit 10mm….& added a cheap pair of shin guards. The grip is unreal, you can actually pull the pedal on the upstroke.The holes in my shin before I got the guards are very real, those pins can be nasty.

  16. MTNcorps on June 27, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    I’ve never run clipless so I have no clue what’s better. I will add that I’m hesitant to run them because I don’t want to lose any gravity/inertia related skills in my foot work.

  17. Adrian Garcia on June 27, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Weres that trail at ?

  18. RedWings-44 on June 27, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    I’ve only had my bike since April so I’m interested to see what that looks like after its year is up.

  19. ROCCO ESPARTANO on June 27, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    boa gostei! abraços do Brasil!

  20. Akmal Vlog on June 27, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    The only time i would use clipless when im riding on the road but not mtb

  21. Matt Budd on June 27, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Don’t do clipless! Way overrated! I rode flats as a kid playing with BMX and then switched to clipless for 10 years. Now I’m back on flats this year and I barely notice the difference between pedal technique and efficiency, but I gained a whole lot of control and now I can bail on a moments notice. I feel like I have more freedom then ever. I do think riding clipless did help me learn some pedaling technique. Bottom line: I wouldn’t recommend clipless. But to each their own. That’s just my experience.

  22. ppee92 on June 27, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    what grease did he use for the pedals?

  23. chevyironhead on June 27, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Pretty nice trail ride… I like both SPD and Flats. I ride SPD on my road or gravel rides and Flats on trails. I tried SPD for trail and just couldn’t keep my confidence up around sloppy corners and harder obstacles, maybe I could get used to it but it wasn’t worth it IMO.

  24. Outback Wack on June 27, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    If a branch hit you in the eye = NO GLASSES? 🙁 I run Chesters and XT clipless depending on the trails. Technical climb/descent = flats. Thanks!

  25. James Stoup on June 27, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    I stopped using clipless after they got worn enough that my foot would fly out of the pedal when jumping. Went flats and got really happy with the skills I learned. Now 3-4 years later I’m looking at using both depending on circumstances. I like flats for chunky stuff, ice, and mud. You just put your foot on and go. Planning on using clipless for longer days and situations where I want my feet locked in period.

  26. shredfreak83 on June 27, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    i prefer clipless, although i love the more hybrid like pedals such as mallet/doubleshot type clipcless over plain ones like shimano xt.

  27. Brad Vaughn on June 27, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    I rode clipless from the late 90’s to just a few months ago. I never get trapped in my pedals after so many years. I bought 510’s and chesters just out of curiosity to see if I could do it. I now have gone to DMR vaults on my main bike. I really just like the comfort more than anything so i probably won’t go back. No knee pain and shoes as comfy as regular running shoes.

  28. Akmal Vlog on June 27, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    I should watch this before i instal my new pedal cuz now i have to buy new crank arm!!!! Fk seriously im not lying im still waiting

  29. Cee Dubble on June 27, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    I’m glad I came across this channel 😎👌🏾

  30. Manolo Noriega on June 27, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    FLATS all day…. Clipless is just cheating

  31. Effie Lever on June 27, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Nice video, but you’re ready not comparing clip to clippless.

  32. MikeRides MTB on June 27, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    I really like both, which seems rare. I ride clips more often because local trails are flat and fast, but all winter and for bike park stuff I ride flats.

  33. RolenD2 on June 27, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Flat pedals it is! I only ride park.. lollll jk

  34. EXFIL123 on June 27, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    No way, clipless you can take full advantage of the crank rotation. Once you’ve tried climbing in clipless you won’t go back. The only way to get comfortable doing clipless is to ride clipless pedals.

  35. Only The Bold Project on June 27, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I am not sure 🤔 about which is better or worst. I ride both and do both ( pulling up & being able to bunny hop). Raced BMX we both too. Just got to put your skills to work in both ways. Been riding since the late 80’s though, I’m no Pro and I have put on 100lbs. since HS, but I think riding both and switching it up helps out.. just my two cents🤙🏽. Great topic to get people talking… lol 😂👍🏽

  36. AJ Timewell on June 27, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Clipless pedals will never go obsolete. You get a more full pedal stroke which flats can’t beat! But flats are a lot better for jumping around and descending.

  37. Eddie Parish on June 27, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    u shld feel loose and flowy

  38. Yaron MTB on June 27, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    I my self started flat, switched to spd m545 (really loved it), switched to crank brothers clipless malet 3 (loved it even more), tried to go back to flat raceface (like your old ones – forget the model name) (hated it), switched back to spd m530 loving it!!!
    So…🤔 i think spd is my thing. 😊

  39. Whiplash on June 27, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    My feet get tired and cramped in a couple of minutes of downhill.. What I wouldn’t give for a pair of 5 10’s! BTW did you see Biking with Bobo’s video of 5 10’s.. funnies review I’ve ever seen lol

  40. Daily MTB Rider on June 27, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Neither of them are better overall, but I always say flats are better for beginners, clips are better for winners! Haha, really flats help with technique and clips are great for hauling!

  41. marlon cordova on June 27, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Please need some help, I got clipless giro Chambers can I use clipless shoes with flats even thought they have that gap?

  42. Akmal Vlog on June 27, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    I think you dont know how to pump

  43. Mitch Culb on June 27, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Its really difficult to go from clipless to flat pedals when you run totally clipless. It really comes down to your comfort zone and what pedal you like. Some of the new generation flat pedals are awesome and much easier to get use too.

  44. Ghost0401 on June 27, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    I made the same switch. I felt the Chesters didnt have enough grip in bad situations and I ride in techy north east gnarly trails. The Stamps are amazing. Try the Raceface Atlas pedals too. Amazing as well.

  45. frontier outdoors on June 27, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    my last bike had basket pedals

  46. julian lobato on June 27, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    It’s the clipping back in that took the most time. Flats allow emergency spinning even if the foot isn’t perfect.

  47. skuport gaming on June 27, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    I found the pedals in a crazy cheap on ebay. its working very good!

  48. EL Jefeaz on June 27, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    I clipped in for the first time in 12 years, 2 weeks ago for an easy CC ride. I’ve been on crutches ever since, not from a crash but from straining the ligaments in my knee. Feels like someone put my leg in some medieval torture device. So yea, no more clipless for me, ever. Great video though, MTBdropIN keep up the good work!

  49. Jerome Segard on June 27, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    ride flats if you want to jump, if you need to bail last second you can and if your feet cant stay on the flat pedals for big jumps i would suggest going over your technique

  50. The Midnight Rider on June 27, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Cant wait to hear the results. I want to try clippless pedals but I just can’t commit to the switch. Im stoked to see the video.