Round up: Best flat pedals

Best tech and innovation in new flat pedals

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Canfield Crampon Ultimate

Canfield Crampon Ultimate

The Canfield Crampon Ultimate offers a thin 10mm thickness at the axle and it tapers out to 6mm at the front and trailing ends of the pedal. This gives it an convex shape instead of the concave shape found in most pedals. The platform is not huge at 106 x 106 and high pins provide plenty of grip. The pedals come in a variety of lightweight versions and a multitude of anodized colors.

Weight: 342 grams
Platform size: 106 x 106mm
Thickness: 10mm
Price: $150
More info: canfieldbrothers.com

Fyxation Mesa 61

Fyxation Mesa 61

Fyxation doesn’t wow you with technology and anodized materials. Rather, it delivers with a simple design and good value. The Mesa 61 is the alloy version of the Mesa and its longer than it is wide at 106 x 100mm. The design is nothing fancy but we’ve been using this pedal for the past season and it works.

Weight: 380 grams
Platform size: 106 x 100mm
Thickness: 14mm
Price: $97
More info: www.fyxation.com

Point One Racing Podium 2

Point One Racing Podium 2 – Now discontinued and purchased by Gamut

Point One Racing seems to be the ‘Chris King of pedals’ with American innovation and quality. This pedal is thin and light at 8mm and flaring out to 10mm at the ends. Shaping is very well conceived with scalloped surfaces for traction and beveled and angled edges for impact deflection. The inboard bearing size too is minimized to reduce interference with the shoe.

Weight: 302 grams
Platform size: 100 x 100mm
Thickness: 8mm and concave shape to 10mm
Price: $189
More info: pointoneracing.myshopify.com

We’re sure we didn’t get them all. What are your favorite new flat pedals?

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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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