Do Clipless Pedals Improve Riding A Hardtail? | MTB Skills

Do Clipless Pedals Improve Riding A Hardtail? | MTB Skills


– Welcome back you beautiful people and today’s your lucky
day, it’s not my lucky day, to be honest. See, ’cause I’ve
built my career on a Hardtail. I’m all about the flat pedals as well. But, a few weeks ago, Doddy introduced me to being clipped into my bike. And he gave me a few
tips on how to do that out on the trail and to be
honest it’s quite scary. I kinda reserve it for my road bike where I think it’s a little beneficial. So with all that bouncing, bubbling and blowing my feet off out on the trail while riding Hardtail, got me thinking. Being clipped in, could be beneficial. Yeah, so I five tests that
I’m gonna put to the test. And that is rocky, climby,
techy, turny and jumpy. So, Let’s go. (music plays) (exhales deeply) (music plays) Right, look at that rock gardens. I don’t like rock gardens to be honest, when I wanna full suspension bike, I still don’t like riding ’em. My feet are bouncing everywhere, let alone doing on a Hardtail. I’ll definitely gonna be
going through that slowly, or potentially pushing through. But, I thought this would
be a good place to test out me being clipped in on a Hardtail because with a Hardtail,
you gotta pick your line very wisely ’cause you
don’t wanna get a puncture. So you don’t wanna just point and shoot and hope for the best
when you get through it. You’ll pick that wisely,
and being clipped in, what I found was, I’m
leaning a lot more weight off that rear tire so
I’m letting that tire bounce around a lot. Whereas if was not clipped
in and I was on flats, I’d be putting a lot more
pressure down on my pedals to keep my feet on those pedals to stop them from bouncing off. So being clipped in has
helped me a lot through here. And I was quite surprised to be honest, I quite enjoyed it because
it was a bit more fun and I could dance the bike around. So being clipped in, I can
manipulate my bike a lot more and find my line through a rocky section such like this. (music plays) Right, when it comes to technical climbs, to be honest it’s quite
scary being clipped in especially when it gets
a little bit slower and tight and nimbly. I feel like… Oh no, I need to get my foot of it just in case I’m gonna topple over ’cause I’m going too slow but, If you get over that,
’cause I’m not so used to riding clipped in, but
if you get over that it is super beneficial because when it gets a little bit rough in a techy section on a climb
you can still be pedaling. By being clipped in, you can manipulate by lifting your back wheel up and
still be pedaling like this. But, I find it way better
than if I was running flats because when I’m running flats, I have to dip my toes and lift up my heels to lift up and try and pedal like this just to get that back wheel
up and over some obstacles. I quite enjoy riding it,
clips on technical climbs Makes it a lot more technical. I’m scared I’m gonna fall over. Right, keep climbing to the top. (music plays) I can relate to riding clipped in on fire roads to my road bike ’cause I feel like I’m a bit
more connected to the bike. I get a lot more power
down. I feel efficient. After a long day of riding on a road bike, I don’t feel as tired. If I
was to ride flats on the road, so, being flat pedaled on a mountain bike Whew. A wee tired because
I’ve been tryin use my, to lift up ’cause I feel
I can get more power down so I can lift and push,
lift, push, lift, push Way better to be honest
for climbing, clipped in. You heard that from a guy
loves flat pedals too much. I’m starting to like clips. Anyway, see you at the top. (music plays) Right, enough of climbing, I’m at the top. Now it’s time to hit some
turns and some jumps. Whew whew whew whew, ooh
I’m scared of the jumps. (music plays) Wow man, flowy turns are so much fun. I don’t actually see the
benefits of being clipped in when you’re riding flowy turns because my feet are planted and
i keep going through I feel like riding flats in flowy turns is a little bit better ’cause
I like my feet to move around. I like to push into the turns, when my feet start to move in my pedal, I feel like I can unclip which is scary ’cause I
do float my feet around in flowy turns just to feel
a little bit more flowy with in my body position on the bike. I think riding techy
turns on single trail, clipped in with a little
bit rougher terrain, I think clipped ins gonna help a lot more so let’s move on and find some of that. I think there’s some more
at the end of this trail Some more flow and into some tech. A ha (music plays) I’m all about jumping, I’m
all about doing some stunts Let my legs flail about. Do some whips and to be honest, I hate
being clipped in jumping. It’s scary, it’s horrible.
I can’t move my feet around. I like them to move. I like them to just come off
the pedal and go back down. I am stuck to my bike. I feel
like if I’m gonna do a whip, I’m gonna unclip, it’s scary. Even though the clip can
give you enough movability within your foot on the pedal. I still feel unclipped,
it’s scary, it’s not for me but I can see how easy
it is to go over the bars when people rely on tryna
get their back wheel up into the air when
jumping by just pulling up on your pedals when you’re clipped in. I did it just now, I
nearly went over the bars ’cause I though I could boost this thing Pull up and pull up with my legs and I went like this. It’s scary . So, no, climbing, technical stuff, hundred percent with clips on a Hardtail but jumping, hell no. Let’s move on. (music plays) Oh no, I got punctured guys.
I actually got a puncture. I think it’s that one, or
that, or that. No it’s that. Let’s watch the replay again (dirt crunching) Yes. I think it’s that one. You sss… It’s not your fault, it’s my fault. I went there, I can’t blame the rock I think because of the clips dude. Nah. (music plays) Right, techy sections. Hmmm. K. Now I feel the benefit of
being clipped into my bike. Look how rough this section is, it’s full of roots, it’s on a corner. I’ll be coming in with
quite a bit of speed coming through this thing, tryin to navigate my way through whereas if I was riding flats, my feet would be bouncing
all over the place. I’d be putting a lot of
pressure on my pedals if I was running flats, to
keep my feet on those pedals like I keep saying, but, running clips, I could let my feet bounce around, I could let the bike
bounce around a lot more I can manipulate my bike as well, I can manipulate that rear wheel, I can put it where I want and guide myself through this section until
I get to where you are and that’s quite rough and very techy And I’ll be going a little bit
slower there that’s for sure. Whew. But I find, clipped
on this section, It’s on. So there you go. Riding
clips on a Hardtail I found it quite beneficial riding clips. Especially when it was rough,
especially when I’m climbing. When it’s rough, my feet
are stuck to my bike, especially on a Hardtail, the
bike is bouncing everywhere. When I’m riding flats on a Hardtail going through rough stuff, I
feel very, very uncomfortable. My feet are bouncing off everywhere. Do I just feel…just sketchy, but being clipped in on that is perfect. Climbing – perfect, jumping – not perfect It’s not one for me. I don’t like to be clipped in when I’m jumping ’cause I like my feet to move around. That’s just me. I come
from a jumping back ground. Would I be running clips
on my Hardtail again? Yes I will be. I think they
will be staying on my Hardtail but when it comes to a little
bit of a jumpy section, or feel a bit nervous, I
think I would change to flats But everyday I reckon,
I’ll be running clips so that’s changed me a lot,
running clips on a Hardtail. Would I be doing it on
my endura bike? Hell no I don’t think so ’cause I got suspension. My feet can stay there a lot more but if I was actually riding a terrain that was constantly rough,
then maybe I’ll run to Maybe I’ll put those clip pedals back on. If you wanna see another RAD video and actually this video helped you out. Let me know in the comments down below. But if you wanna see another RAD video, click up here with
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