What should I look for in flat pedals?

Lots of people have been asking this one. Let’s hope they Google this post before they send emails.

Basic criteria

• They are decent pedals with large flat areas.

• Do not use pedals that are made for toe straps. Some of you kids have no idea what I’m talking about.

• You can afford them. I have ridden pedals ranging from $30 to $100+, and they all work. Do the expensive ones work better? Yes, but you can get a great pedal for around $70.

Answer Rove FR. I’ve been running this $70 pedal all season, and I like it very much.

Pro criteria

• Traction pins. These really dig into your soles. Bonus points if these pins are replaceable.

• Concave platform. Better grip than a flat platform.

• Round or angled leading edges. Less disruptive in the rocks.

• Low profile. Improves pedaling and reduces pedal strikes.

• A color you like.

• Super rad pro style.

The $180 Point One Racing Podium Pedal is pure sexiness. Does it work 2.5 times as well as a $70 pedal? Probably not, but it has super rad pro style. No, I have not ridden this pedal.

Bottom line

• Get some pedals. Ride your bike.



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2 replies
  1. Serge says:

    Actually, you can get a great pedal for $50. Check out Wellgo’s offerings. I ride the b030. The body is a smidge smaller than the Answer pedal pictured here, but it works just fine. It’s light, has a bomb-proof pin design, and cost me $53 delivered to my door. Hard to beat. The Answer pedal is a great design, too. Watch out for set-screw style pins if you live near rocks.

  2. Walt says:

    Azonic 420s are good. I ride them AM/XC and DH. They about that at 420grams. I can tell you firsthand that they can survive some amazing hits and keep on going.

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