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IS IT REALLY BENEFICIAL USING CLIPLESS PEDALS WHILE RIDING A HARDTAIL?

BLAKE SAMSON SCRUTINIZE WHETHER BEING CLIPPED IN IMPROVES THE RIDE OF A HARDTAIL

Blake Samson is more on flat pedals while riding on his mountain bike until Doddy introduced it to him to test clipless pedals on rocky, climby, techy, tourney and jumpy. When he tested being clipped on rocky type of trail, he found out that he was letting a lot more weight off that rear tire unlike on flat pedals he will be putting a lot more pressure down to stop him from being bouncing. While being clipped, he was able to control his bike a lot more and find his lines through rocky section. When it comes to technical ride, it’s quite alarming being clipped in especially when it gets a bit slower, tight and nimbly. In contrast, it is also helpful when it gets a little bit rough on a climb and you can control it by lifting you back wheel up and still pedaling. Blake feels more connected to the bike and get a lot more powered down.

“Dottie introduced need to being clipped into my bike and he gave me few tips on how to do that out on the trail and to be honest it’s quite scary I kind of reserved it for my road bike where I think it’s a little bit beneficial.”- Blake Samson

Blake tested being clipped in while on rocky, climby and techy ride of a hardtail at 2:46

Blake trying out being clipped while on turny section at 4:31

“I don’t like rock gardens to be honest when I want a full suspension bike I still don’t like riding here my feet  bouncing everywhere let alone doing on a hardtail. I’m definitely gonna be going through that slowly or potentially pushing through.” – Blake Samson

Blake Samson find it useful being clipped in while riding on a flowy turns because he feels like riding flats and when he was about to move his feet in pedal he was like floating. Henceforth, riding a jumpy hardtail while being clipped in was a little bit scary because whenever you feel like to move, come off the pedal like whip hung and unclip, you can’t just move it easily because you were being stuck. And when Blake’s mountain bike got punctured, he was able to fix it right away for he is a true professional mountain bike rider.

Blake trying out jumpy hardtail at 5:54.

“I can let my feet bounce around and let the bike bounce a lot more I can manipulate my bike as well I can manipulate that real way I can put it where I want and guide myself through this section.” – Blake Samson

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