Mountain bike pedals: Clipless or flat pedals?
MTB pedals probably offer the greatest variety, as flat pedals and clipless pedals are common here. Flat pedal users swear by the ease of installation and removal, especially when things get tricky. You will find particularly good grip on pedals with many pins and as large a surface as possible. These "paw" pedals should be used with the right shoes – normal trainers do not provide enough support for the feet and wear out quickly. There are usually replacements for the pins if they break. Popular manufacturers of platform pedals include DMR, OneUp, crankbrothers and Hope. Fans of clipless pedals, on the other hand, like the constant position of the foot on the pedal and the firm connection with the bike. But the mechanics also need some care, especially in dirt and snow, and you have to replace the cleats from time to time. The market leader in MTB clipless pedals is Shimano with the SPD system; under this category, there are also compatible pedals from Ritchey, Xpedo, Look and HT. However, clipless systems from crankbrothers, time and Hope are also very popular. MTB clipless pedals are available with and without a cage – the larger contact surface affords the foot even more stability and helps you if you accidentally disengage your pedals.