TIME for change. I’ve always ridden mountain bikes clipped-in ever since the early 90’s with those horrible toe-straps. Since my second mountain biking life I’ve been using Shimano’s SPD system to attach myself to my bike. With various different pedals. Settling on the Shimano’s M530 Trail pedals for the last couple of seasons.
But I’ve noticed that the majority of riders over here use the Crank Brothers system and what’s that they say about change?
So it’s a case of – out with old, tried and tested and in with the new, shiny and different.
Above : Out with the old (left) and in with the new (right)
A 10 minute test ride and I think I can safely say that I prefer them to the old pedals and the old system. It seems easier to engage the cleat and if it doesn’t engage you have a decent platform with 6 grippy little pins on each side to put down a couple of pedal strokes until you can clip in.
It also seems easier to unclip too – which can be good or bad depending on if you mean to unclip or not!
Think I might put a set of these on the downhill bike (currently ride flats on the DH bike) when the lifts open and see how I get on. The other thing I like is that it looks as though you could jump on the bike with normal trainers on without too much fuss something that the SPD system really doesn’t let you get away with.
Will report back when I’ve really tested them out…but for now, happy 🙂