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June 20, 2022, 6:45 a.m. -  cheapondirt

I agree, because to the person buying the entry level "real" MTB, they just spent a LOT of money. Being recommended to spend $65 more on a pair of pedals can feel like a total rip off to the newcomer. I've been there twice, once in high school when my $950 hardtail cost half my life savings, and once fresh out of college, when I still had no business spending $1200. Both bikes got pedal upgrades pretty quick but just to whatever the most basic shelf model was. At that time all it took to please me was metal pins, and having to spend more to get them was salt in the wound - in the actual shin gouges. My experience in both of those cases could have also been improved by someone simply setting my expectations.

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