Review: Spank Spike Flat Pedals

Update: August 20.

We’ve been using the the Spank Spike pedals for almost a year now and figured it’s a good time for a long-term update.

The pedals are as good now as the day we installed them. In fact, they’re working a little better now since they spin more freely as the bearings and bushings have broken in. They’re not the most free-spinning flats out there but they are well suited for trail and all-mountain riding.

The pedals have taken several hits but they still look good, as rock blows are deflected off by the beveled edges. Also, there’s not much paint on the exposed areas so there’s not much to scratch off. The pins are still straight and not deformed as with other pedals.

Also, spinning pedals, it still spins dead-on true exhibiting with no bend in the axle at all. It is surprising to see our other brand flat pedals have a slight bend in them right near the crank.

And finally, this pedal just looks good and works well on a variety of bikes. It works well on our dirt jumper and the variety of trail and all-mountain bikes in the stable.

Have you tried them? How’s it working out and how does it compare to other flat pedals you’ve tried?

The Spank Spike pedal is part of a new generation of flat pedals we’ve been seeing lately. The new trend is growing towards flatter, wider, prettier pedals that are ready to meet the increasing demands of riders.

Riders want pedals that are low-profile and thin to aid in handling for low CG. Also, they are less likely to get in the way and hit rocks if they are lower profile. Spank accomplishes this with a 12mm pedal height not including the pins. At the same time, strength can not be compromised as this kind of pedal will be subject to a severe beating throughout its lifespan. The body itself is cold-forged for strength. Cold forging has proven itself over the years as the best way to mold metal into a shape that flexes the least and exhibits the most durability.

The pedal body is beveled and polished toward the edges to give a nice look and to provide a finish that will survive the countless rock hits that it will encounter. Most pedals with an anodized finish look like a war zone of color and bare metal after just one season of riding. The outer edge of the pedal is chamfered as well so there is no 90 degree outer corner that will hit a rock obstacle head on. The angle of the outside edge helps deflect the blow away from the bike. Now it still is a big pedal at 90 sqcm of surface area. This will help the rider avoid shoe hotspots and the dreaded ‘pedal flip’ when the foot is not in the ideal position upon landing or impact.

There’s an inboard sealed bearing and a larger standard bearing as the 12mm body flares out to the axle. The body encases the axle all the way to the crank arm and we found this a bit bothersome as it always required a washer and sometimes two washers on each side to avoid locking up against the crank arm. But further use of the pedals showed us there is almost no thin axle exposed between the pedal and the crank. This is usually a weak spot and susceptible to bending for heavier or more active riders.

There are 20 pins per pedal to hold the shoe in place. These pins seem to be made of high quality material and they are shaped on the ends to give the best grip possible without being overly sharp.

Q-Factor on these pedals  is low as it allows the rider to position his/her shoes close to the cranks comfortable. This improves pedaling efficiency as the legs are not bowed out.

At the end of the day, we have to give these pedals our highest recommendation. They are light, low profile, durable and efficient pedalers. Plus they offer good value at $125.

Overall Rating:
5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers 

Value Rating:
4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers 

Spike Flat Pedal

  • 12mm Thin – Massive Platform
  • 400g per pair
  • Cold Forged Alloy Pedal Body
  • Hollow Taper Scandium Enriched Steel Axle
  • Chamfered Leading Edges for Improved Clearance and Reduced Impact Forces
  • Chamfered Side Edges for Improved Cornering Clearance
  • Oversized Sealed Full Compliment Inboard Industrial Bearing
  • Sealed Outboard IGUS Bushing
  • 20 Adjustable Pins per Pedal
  • Full Sized Hex Head Pins Improve Durability and Maintenence
  • Inboard Friction Seal Prevents Contamination and Reduces Unwanted Pedal Spin
  • Color: Zesty Orange / Ti-Grey / Black / Race Blue / Race Red
  • MSRP: $125

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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  • MissedThePoint says:

    Did you have any issues with creaking? Do the pedals spin free, or do they stop rotating after 1-2 rotations? LxW of the usable platform surface for shoes?

  • duggus says:

    @Missedthepoint I have been running these heavily since May and have never had a creak or noise. They don’t spin out of control at all… they stop smoothly after you take your foot off. I use the Teva links shoes and have never slipped a pedal. A+

  • frank says:

    these pedals are awesome i swear but them if it wasn’t for them my placing at BC cup would have been shit thank you guys at spank for making the best pedal i have ever road on

  • Francis says:

    >>I use the Teva links shoes and have never slipped a pedal. A+

    That’s what I use!! They mate perfectly with the many holes in the Teva sole.

  • kipp says:

    @CraigHarris on facebook. 400g’s is pretty darn good for platform pedals, especially since the new shimano xt spds weigh in around 350g’s. Plus I’ve never knew any company to make uber light flat pedals for the xc/trail market… These pedals will most likely appeal to the DH and DJ crowd, just saying.

  • JimmyDee says:

    I know Mike (the owner of Spank) personally and I can tell you that he is one of the craziest, fearless riders I know (and I come from the North Shore). And he’s specific and unyielding with his demands when he has stuff made. There is a reason for *everything* he has designed and given the amount of time he spends on the trail (and in the hospital), you can damn well believe that the stuff makes sense on paper and on the bike. He’s one of the most sincere, dedicated individuals I have met in my 6 years in the industry in Taiwan.

    He’s tirelessly raising the bar.

  • Jase says:

    Couldn’t agree more JimmyDee! The guy puts his parts through the paces, and when he can’t do it, his gear makes it out to plenty of others who give his parts a hard time.

    I have been on Spike flats for over 2 years now and they are still spinning, still in the right shape – just have a few cosmetic scratches. I’ll be using these for a long time to come still.

  • Grant Parker says:

    I’ve owned these pedals for 8 months now the bearings and bushes are shot. Fair to say they don’t like uk Lake District riding.
    Pedals will be great for downhill in California

  • DT says:

    These pedals are bad ass! Got them when the first came out, kept hearing a speaking, creaking noise, thought it was the pedals and I sent Spank a note and they were quick to reply. It was the flat bottoms on my 5.10s. Took a sheet of wax paper and rubbed it around the flat areas and it was gonzo. Anyway if you’re creaking, it might not be the pedals. Their still on my Nomad now and they are by far the best flat pedals I have. Now if they weren’t over $100 I’d have them on all my rigs, the large platform and grip is so amazing. Their customer service is top notch too, would not hesitate to buy anything from them again.

  • JW says:

    I am buying my son these for Christmas. He has tried to research the shoes to go with them and thinks he wants the Five Ten Karvers. Does anyone have any opinion on these or other shoes I should look at buying, or reasons not to at all? Thank you!

  • Kent Hood says:

    I have really used and enjoyed these pedals over the past two years. I have three sets on three different bikes, including a fat bike and a titanium road bike (don’t like clipping in). Anyway, all three pair will begin tweeting like a bird if I don’t add a drop of oil to the o-ring about every 10th ride. Since this happens with all three pair in completely different conditions, I’m surprised no one else has ever experienced this. Other than that annoyance (and hoping the oil and the o-ring material are compatible), I can hardily recommend these pedals.

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