Riding with flat pedals can help you maneuver your body and adjust your riding position on aggressive terrain. Another benefit: While clip-in pedals allow you to “cheat” a little when trying to jump, hop or maneuver your way over trail obstacles, riding with flats helps you develop better skills without the aid of being clipped in.
The XA Flex is designed with a Carbitex internal plate that produces a stiff pedaling platform for efficiency and power, but also has just enough flex in the forefoot area to keep your feet comfortable, especially when walking. This is important because trail riding is about more than just pedaling. Adventurous rides often require you to hike up steep hills, climb slippery rocks, or carry your bike across flowing streams.
The XA Flex sole is designed with specific zones, featuring soft, grippy Contagrip lugs on the toe and heel areas for walking traction. The midsole has a flat bottom for maximum pedal grip, along with an added layer of vibration-damping material that adds compliance and minimizes the shocks that come up through the pedals.
The shoe is constructed with a lightweight, anti-rip material that can stand up to the abuses of trail riding. It has a molded toe cap to keep your toes protected from rocks, roots and other trail debris. The tough, lightweight upper sheds mud, dirt and water and is easy to clean. It all adds up to the ultimate flat-pedal connection.