Clipless pedals have long been touted as the preferred choice for competitive and recreational riding, but more and more adventure riders are making the switch to flat pedals. Why? Flats offer convenience, comfort, and versatility that clipless pedals just can’t match. And now, with the Catalyst ($99 MSRP) from Pedaling Innovations, you can add increased support and pedaling efficiency to the list of flat pedals’ benefits.
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I am an unabashed fan of e-bikes. I have seen–and experienced–first hand how e-bikes have the ability to transform people’s lives. With an e-bike, adventure is no longer restricted to the rider’s physical abilities. Battery life, however, has been a limiting factor. Riese & Müller looks to reduce those limitations with their new, dual battery eAdventure bike, the Delite.
In addition to its range-extending dual battery design, the Delite features a Bosch Performance Drive which provides pedal assistance of up to 300%. A carbon belt drive reduces noise and maintenance, while front and rear suspension lets you tackle more rugged terrain. The integrated rear carrier, IQ-X light, and ABUS lock make the Delite ideal for urban and utility riding.
Riders who use clipless pedals are blessed with a seemingly endless array of compatible footwear. If, however, you prefer flat pedals, your choices all seem to fall into the skate-inspired bucket. Sure, there are urban and mountain variants, but the pickings are slim compared to the clipless side of the fence. Thanks to footwear giant adidas, though, flat-pedal riders now have another choice with the company’s Terrex Trail Cross SL hybrid shoe ($130 MSRP).