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Thinking of buying the Whyte t129s, but not sure what flat pedals would be most suited for the xc / trail riding I'll be using it for. I looked at Nukeproof Neutrons and DMR V8s - prefer the look of the Saints, but worried they might be more DH/FR-focused and heavy on the climbs.

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The saints are 500g and a most of the super light clipless ones on weight weenies are ~120g. For 380g, it's not worth worrying about. Your body weight fluctuates by more than this. (Says the man who just bought a carbon seatpost). – alex Dec 27 '13 at 23:51
@alex: But (hopefully) your body weight is not going round and round :)...... – mattnz Dec 28 '13 at 7:24
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In the shortest way of answering this, yes, they will be suitable for trail/xc use.

All flat pedals are relatively the same. They only differ in the amount of pins, contact area, weight and their thickness.

You'll want something on the thin side for trail use, as you'll be pedaling quite a bit more than if you were on a downhill bike. This will help to reduce the amount of pedal strikes.

The weight is probably the biggest difference between all of the flat pedals. It is totally up to you as to what you find acceptable. For everyday trail use, the Saints should be fine and they should last quite a long while.

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I think he is worried about the bearings being stickier than a trail specific pedal would be.

if he wants buttery smoothe pedals, downhill pedals are the wrong thing.

If you can handle losing a little energy/power to the bearings of a pedal, then the downhill pedals will be ok.

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yes- that's certainly one concern. Would you recommend anything in particular over the Saints for trail use? – Rich Ashworth Jan 7 '14 at 21:39
I can't recommend anything since I run clip pedals on my mtb. The best would be to go to a shop that has extensive pedal selection (or at least two different style of platform pedal, such as DH and a regular flat pedal) feel how east/difficult it would be to turn the pedal. – Jeff Wurz Jan 14 '14 at 20:39

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