Round up: Best flat pedals

Best tech and innovation in new flat pedals

Pedals

Specialized Boomslang

Specialized Boomslang

The Specialized Boomslang was a pet project of Jason Chamberlain as he toiled for four years to produce a better flat pedal. What he came up with is an innovative axle bearing retention system that minimizes height so the pedal can achieve 10mm thickness at the axle. For better shaping and control with the shoe, the surface is concave shaped as it rises to 15mm thickness at the edges. New pins were designed to better grip the shoe as the pins flare out at the end to get a better angle at gripping the shoe sole.

Weight: 440 grams
Platform size: 110 x 108mm
Thickness: 10mm at the axle and 15mm at the ends for a concave shape
Price: $180
More info: www.specialized.com

Syntace Flats

Syntace NumberNine Titan

The Syntace pedal from Germany is well designed and constructed witha full complement of three stainless bearings. It is reasonably thin at 15.4mm throughout. A unique design element of this pedal is it comes in three different sizes with S, M, L. And why not right? Shoes and riders come in all shapes and sizes anyway to Syntace’s tout is one pedal size does not have to fit all.

Weight: 288 grams for size Medium
Platform size: Small – 85mm x 95mm; Med – 93mm x 100mm; Large – 97mm x 110mm
Thickness: 15.4mm
Price: $299
More info: www.syntaceusa.com

Tioga ZEROaxle MT-ZERO

Tioga MT-Zero

We know the title of this round-up says ‘best’ and although the Tioga is not quite at that category, we wanted to include it since it is quite the groundbreaker when it comes to pedal thickness. 7mm is its width and it illustrates the design ideas that pedal manufacturers have to go through to achieve such a thin pedal. Basically, it has to use a massive bearing and the pedal platform is pushed out to the outside. Foot positions are a bit compromised and the pedaling Q-Factor is increase. But it is interesting as some variation of this design is used in the thinnest pedals. The 92×96 platform size is not big and the weight is a bit portly at 520 grams. The large outboard bearing pushes the foot out about 13 mm from the crank.

Weight: 520 grams
Platform size: 92 x 96mm
Thickness: 7mm
Price: $110
More info: www.tiogausa.com

VP Harrier

VP Components Harrier

The VP Components Harrier is huge at 120 x 110mm of platform size. It is light at 362 grams and the price is right at $120. The 12mm thickness is a winner as well. If you have a wide foot and don’t ride in rock-strewn trails where side clearance is an issue, this is a good option.

Weight: 362 grams
Platform size: 120 x 110mm
Thickness: 12mm
Price: $120
More info: www.vp-usa.com

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • Aleks Ellis says:

    Are you sure about that weight for the Boomslang? I read somewhere that they were a much heavier 500g or so. Pic on scale would be great.

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      >>Are you sure about that weight for the Boomslang? I read somewhere that they were a much heavier 500g or so. Pic on scale would be great.

      We corrected to 440 grams. We’ll put on a gram scale tonight.

  • Aesop says:

    “These systems haven’t changed much in the last decade.”

    Perhaps that is because they work…?

  • itmightbepizza says:

    150-300 bucks for flat pedals? who cares.

    • Mark says:

      Rich people who don’t ride hard and want bling, or a racer that gets them kicked for either testing or sponsorship.

      I bent my 2013 Spank Spikes hitting jumps on the trail. I’ve also bent NP neutrons and protons hitting jumps on trail. I bent a Wellgo B150 on a rock. For now I’ve gone back to NP Electrons. I’ve been jumping on them for two months now and have smashed several rocks, and the pedals are still true.

      To add, this is all within two years. During this time I’ve found that the NP series takes a beating better than the Spikes did. One bad foot placement with the spikes and the left axle bent.

      At least for now the NP’s feel like the better middle ground when comparing weight to strength.

      I had the B150′s for about four months, hit them on several rocks and lots of jumping. The Wellgo’s I’d have to say are the stronger of the pedals I’ve had so far, but they were heavier than anything else.

    • Ramslam says:

      I care but then again I made the right decisions in life so I can drop 300.00 for a set of pedals without even blinking an eye!

  • Kurt Kurtz says:

    RSP slimlines, $40- 65 365 grams, several flavours. RSP SLIMLINE CNC MTB ALLOY PLATFORM PEDALS PURPLE 9/16. Using them for the past 6 months and they work very well.

  • Mark Adamson says:

    Point1 podium??
    Had these for three years had to service bearings/seals
    But still going strong, recommend them to anyone.

  • Mike says:

    Thanks for the looks. I’m surprised there’s no coverage of HT and Canfield Bros offerings.

  • Jim says:

    How about the Moove Components (out of Ireland) Torque Thru-Pins, inexpensive…$64.00 shipped to US, decent weight…470g with thru pins and fully rebuild-able.

  • Gully says:

    +1 Canfield Crampons. Low weight, low profile, low maintenance.

  • Denny says:

    What about Straitline pedals? At under $110.. I have been wanting a set but would like to hear other opinions…

    • Matt says:

      Straitline flats are excellent. De Facto is beefier and bomb-proof. Amp is lighter with a thinner profile. Both run in the same bushing system (no bearings). Both use the same hex-shaped spikes. Super grippy. All around just works without trouble. My DeFactos have survived many rock strikes with only cosmetic scratches. Company support and service is phenomenal. Best company. I’ve run other flats and keep coming back to Straitline.

    • Matt says:

      Straitness are great. The pedals run on a simple, really well-running set of bushings. DeFacto is bombproof. Amp is a lighter version. Both have the same bushing system (no bearings). Super grippy hex shaped pins. I’ve run DeFactos for years now. Despite a number of rock strikes the pedals and pins show no damage other than cosmetic scratches. The company itself is awesome with outstanding customer service and information. The bushing system is not for everyone; some people complain its stiffer than bearings. It’s not noticeable when you pedal.

    • Will says:

      Don’t bother. Virtually impossible to stop them squeaking and they don’t spin freely due to the bushings.

  • rob says:

    I have the point one podium 2. They come with aluminum pins which shear off easily. You have to buy the steel ones for $20. They give you a lot though. Otherwise great pedal.

  • fatlip says:

    Been riding the Spank Spikes for about a year for trail use. I like them but they need to be taken apart and greased on a regular basis or they start squeaking. Annoying… other than that they are tough as nails and offer a great platform for my feets.

  • jiw71 says:

    why review $100.00+ pedals only? I’m sure they’re good but there are pedals for under $100.00 that are also good. The Xpedo spry is but one example. Check it out.

  • Mark Andrews says:

    WOW Something as seemingly innocent as a pedal shoot-out becomes some serious stuff !I have Truvativ Holzfellas I picked up through MTBRs’ classified for 22.00 including shipping and am very happy!

  • stratosrally says:

    Wellgo B103′s for me, less than $50, 24 replaceable pins, 374g.
    Never lost or broke a pin, love ‘em. Smaller platform than many – 107mmx100mm.

  • Gelati says:

    What about sub-$100 pedals? The Forte Converts are a bit heavy with little-to-no color selection, but they’re really durable, have a nice surface area, are pretty thin and come with replaceable threaded pins. And for about $40 on sale, you can’t go wrong.

  • stw says:

    I have the Xpedo Spry. Terrific. Light. Thin. Not too expensive. I’ve had no problems with damage/durability but I don’t am not doing nasty DH runs. Just normal trails. They offer some different options for pins. I’ve installed some sharper ones to replace the originals just to get a bit more bite. not sure why anyone would pay twice as much to get a heavier pedal…

  • WyoRacer says:

    No Twenty6 Components Predator Ti pedals? Made in Montana USA

  • ron says:

    E13 LG1+??? Big platform, concave shape, and easy to remove pins when they get damaged?

  • Banjo says:

    The fact that you dont have Diety’s Compound pedal makes this entire review irrelevant. A fully rebuildable, strong, light, and grippy pedal for $50… cant beat that.

  • tb says:

    Another vote for the Deity Compund/Nukeproof Electron/Fyxation Mesa MP/Fire Eye Hot Candy, etc. I have several pairs and they have been used and abused with excellent results.

  • JD Dallager says:

    VP Vices. Thin, durable, rebuildable, cost ~$65 on sale.

  • ah says:

    no mention of the Straitlines? weaksauce.

  • Larro says:

    Azonic 420 these can take a beating !

  • BoatMike says:

    Like some other comments, I too use and love my Forte’s.
    The price and quality is great, and talk about sticking to a pedal, what a grip!

  • Nick says:

    The pins on the Diety’s are too weak, and the threads pull out with the pins. Been running Spikes on the rocks here in Grand Junction and they’re awesome!

  • Robert Crevar says:

    Canfield Brothers Cramp Ons +

  • BenH says:

    Chromag Scarabs

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