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The only mountain bike pedal I've found that doesn't have spring recentering are Speedplay Frog Pedals.

I've tried Shimano SPD pedals and Crank Bros Eggbeaters/Candy and both have spring recentering in the angular float. It appears most pedals have a spring or other retention system that increases the tension as you twist your foot away from center until you've unclipped.

Are there any pedals similar to Speedplay X/Zero and Frog for mountain biking that have free float through its full range of angular motion?

  • Are you also concerned with lateral float, or only angular float? – Emyr Dec 30 '13 at 8:40
  • Have you tried the eggbeaters with the cleats the other way around? That should give you 20 degrees before unclipping, and a fair chunk in the middle that's unsprung. – alex Dec 30 '13 at 9:06
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    @Emyr Mainly concerned with angular. Updated question to mention that. – James Schek Dec 30 '13 at 16:30
  • @alex Yes. Spring centering seems to kick in if I exceed 1 degree and gets stronger as I move further from center. – James Schek Dec 30 '13 at 16:33