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Liked a comment about video Are Flat Pedals Less Efficient? 6/23/2020 6:45 PM

Real world it goes back to the old school thing with Ned Overend & Tinker Juarez on stand up climbing versus seated. Your heartrate while seated climing is an average of 10 beats slower and efficiency over distance is not just cumulative, but has an exponential effect where you're less fatigued at the same speed. I equate flats and clips to that, but with something in the range of 100,000 variables that can raise your heart beat once you throw in a trail. If you're clipped in, you're using entirely different muscle group firings than on flats. You're running your seat at a different height with both you actually have a variation in your center of mass depending on seat raised or lowered. In turns, clips can give you confidence being able to relax over chatter but can penalize you if you're on off camber and "want" to ride your unnatural downside heel (since most of us clipped in have a specific foot back). On flats, we all can turn both ways easily on off camber because we can slide the inside foot off and on easily, so you may make up time ON flats if the majority of time on a course is toward the camber of your front foot in clipless.

We cannot have a clear cut answer between the 2 efficiencies because you have to spend YEARS setting your bike's suspension up for one or the other pedal type, training your body to be at an optimum stance & physical strength for clipless racing or flats and THEN you can get your performance gains or losses measured.

There is ZERO way to evidence one better than the other without starting at the exact same timepoint in your career, training for that type of shoe and racing. Then...rewind time back to your same date in time and start the training for the other.

Hill is the best on flats. He is the best because he has NEVER waivered and went to clips. When he, Rennie & Kovarik all raced on flats full time, the MTB world was flipped on it's head. Sure, he didn't win Sea Otter on flats. He lost badly, but he also was on a very specific fitness plan that week and it wasn't his goal.

But Rennie won Sea Otter on flats. People forget that.

I run both just to change up riding and keep things from getting stale 365 days a year. But I'll always RACE clipped in because it's what I programmed myself to race all those years ago. But boy, do I love modern day flat pedals and Freerider Pros too. Party time in the woods on that combo!!!

If you're a racer and you want to race flats, put them on, don't doubt yourself...and NEVER LOOK BACK. The instant you "try" to race in clips again, you've already defeated yourself for a lifetime.

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Liked a comment about video Are Flat Pedals Less Efficient? 6/23/2020 8:56 AM

From what I have read in studies so far over the years, flat pedals are either the same or more efficient (when mountain biking).

I think there is some misguided opinions on this Just like when high pressures in tyres was thought to be a good thing when mountain biking (because it worked in road biking). In comes Pro Core and then everyone else...

The reason low pressure tyres work so well in mountain biking is because it has exactly the conditions that road biking or a static bike do not have.

Need a test that is done in the woods on real trails.

Like your video. At least it shows that even in non real world conditions (for mountain biking) flat pedals are basically the same as clips.

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Liked a comment about video Can Danny MacAskill Break the New Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels? 10/3/2017 1:54 PM

Doesn't prove anything. It simply illustrates one case scenario. Science is needed for proving. A good experiment raises more questions than it answers, but gives enough info to form a hypothesis. The hypothesis that Danny came to is, how much more it'd take with a properly inflated tire.

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Liked a comment about video Can Danny MacAskill Break the New Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels? 10/3/2017 1:54 PM

So the main points are that Santa Cruz's new wheels will eventually break, but riding with a tire will make it take longer??? unsure

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Liked a comment about feature How in the Hell Does Kirt Voreis Not Have a Bike Sponsor? 11/11/2016 2:57 PM
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Spomer, thank you for always having my back!

The story is, I haven't had a bike sponsor for about 3 years. When budgets cuts hit Specialized marketing in 2013, my AllRide tour and Allride Jr development got dropped. I was super bummed but wanted to stay on the brand so I got a frame from friends that worked there in hopes budget would come back. I sent out proposals but teams were filled and I was branded. It was really no prob because I have great sponsors like Sram, FOXMTB, Clif Bar, and Camelbak that stepped up and kept me going. I do feel obligated to have a bike sponsor to finish that circle of sharing content and promoting my brands together, so a frame sponsor was needed. This past year Drew from Declinemag had a Canyon laying around so I figure I try something new and kept the shred alive! Season is done and I had fun. No pity for me tho, I've been dreaming for 22years, and will keep dreaming sponsors or not! I love this shit!

Thanks for kind words everyone and thank you Spomer for watching out for Homies!!

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Rest in peace Sender. You were taken way too soon. We will miss you : (

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