Are clipless pedals or flats better for mountain biking? As with so many things in life, the answer is “it depends.”
Riders in our All-Mountain forum are debating the pros and cons of clipless and flat pedals. Some riders point out that they’re able to tackle more technical climbs when clipped in, thanks to the ability to generate power while pulling up as well as pushing down on the pedals. Other mountain bikers countered that their worst crashes occurred in low-speed situations when they were not able to unclip before falling over.
Some folks mix it up depending on the discipline—flats for trail riding and jumping and clipless pedals for cross-country racing.