Best Mountain Bike Gifts: Flat Pedals

Components Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to the Mtbr Holiday Gift Guide! In this economy, money is tight so you will want to be sure that you spend wisely. Our suggestions below are designed to save you time and let you know everything you need to about the different products on the market vying for your hard earned cash. Below is today’s list of top rated picks, and be sure to head back to the Mtbr Holiday Gift Guide main page to see the rest of the gift suggestions to help you this holiday season.

Ahh flat pedals… we all started with them but now some us us can’t ride them.  A survey of mtbr users says that only 20% ride flat pedals. The rest have been caught up in the world of clip-in pedals, usually associated with cross-country riding.


But Mtbr says you have to try flat pedals again. Flat pedals are heavier and slower but they are more fun and safer. Flat pedals make you feel like a kid again and you can ride your bike at any time using any kind of shoes or footwear.  More importantly, flat pedals will again teach you how to ride a bike. You will learn to balance and control your bike using actual physics. Instead of being locked in a bike and pulling up with your feet, you will learn to launch your bike and be one with it in the air.  And if anything goes wrong, you can eject more safely out of harms way.

The other exciting development is flat pedals and flat shoes have been the area of huge development over the last few years.  Super thin pedals and sticky rubber shoes have catapulted the performance of flat pedals over the last couple years. It really is starting to be the best of both worlds.

Here’s a few of our choices:

Canfield Brothers Crampon

With the new Crampon Pedals from Canfield Brothers, you effectively lower your bottom bracket by 8mm/.25″ while raising your pedal clearance by the same. It allows for more efficient pedaling by allowing you to lean back and push through the normal “dead spots” at the top and bottom of your pedal stroke. Canfield Brothers Crampon User Reviews

Key Features:
• 1 – DU bushing, 2 – sealed cartridge bearings each
• 6-17mm thin
• 101mm wide x 106mm platform
• 395 grams

MSRP: $150.00

Website: www.canfieldbrothers.com

e*thirteen LG1R

The e*thirteen LG1R are probably the most eye catching pedals we saw at Interbike. The clear polycarb body looks super sick and this pedal comes in both CroMo and Ti spindle versions. The attention to detail on these pedals is bar none! e*thirteen LG1 Pedals with full specs from Interbike

Key Features:
• CroMo or Ti Spindle
• 4mm & 7mm included pin height
• Impact absorbing polycarbonate wearplates
• Adjustable spin control
• 380 g

MSRP: $199.95

Website: www.e13components.com

Funn Funndamental Platform

New Funndamental Platform pedal. Super Slim Funndamental pedals arriving just in time for Christmas. 320g per pair. Grease port injection holes to service bearings. Look for them in your local bike shop soon. More photos here.

Key Features:
• 14.3mm low profile
• Grease port for easier servicing of bearings
• 320g per pair

MSRP: $TBD

Website: funnmtb.com

Loaded Precision Signature AmX Ti

Light, Thin, Strong… These are the 3 words that describe our 2012 AmX Signature Ti Pedal best. This pedal is remarkably only 12.9mm at its ‘thickest’ point. Featuring a Titanium Axle machined out of Grade 5 6AL-4V Titanium, this pedal puts your bike on a diet at only 254g!  Close-up Photo>>

Key Features:
• Weight: 254g
• Material: Alloy Body, Titanium Spindle
• Spindle: Grade 5 6AL-4V Titanium
• Bearings: 6x Sealed Bearings 2x DU Bushings

MSRP: $269.99

Website: loadedusa.com

Tioga MT-Zero

An impossibly thin pedal made possible by Tioga’s ZEROaxle bearing system. The MT-ZERO’s body measures no more than 7mm thin (4mm at the thinnest), helping it to amplify ground clearance, increase foot stability and improve pedaling efficiency over conventional pedals. Read the Official Press Release here.

Key Features:
• Investment cast 1-piece Chromoly body
• ZEROaxle over-size bearing system
• Dual-concave platform with replaceable pins
• 480g per pair

MSRP: $99

Website: www.tiogausa.com

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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