A selection of flat pedals tested, just in time for the season of slip sliding in the filth...
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Posted on: October 11, 2010
No Straitline pedals tested?
No Burgtec either?
My mate Jim the wrecker has point one pedals and they are lovely but……….
tiny bearings in there and not as well sealed as you suggest, it’s like an ISIS bb, nice idea but you need to leave space for the bearings somewhere
Canfield Crampons were reviewed here;
Burgtecs we couldn’t get hold of – possibly because they’re so popular they have no trouble selling them and therefore no desire to get them reviewed.
With regards to the Point Ones, they’ve been going happily on my bike for a good few months now. The outer bearings are dinky but the design allows for fat inner bearings to be used to spread the load. We’ll follow up with a Long Term Grinder to see how they’re going in another few months though…
if you batter your pedals more than rely on the weight saving then wellgo v8 copies at 12 quid are hard to say no to
Glad to see the Straitlines have now suddenly appeared at the end! Were not there when you first posted the review.
Worth adding that the Wellgo MG-1s are available for £30, and also come in black or white.
So basically they all work about the same, the main difference being the price?
Only a complete fashion victim would pay £100 for some flats.
Can you diss some pedals please, just for a bit of balance ? :oI
Still think im gonna stick with the good ol DMR v8, cant really go wrong for £25
I’m sick of spending ££s on flat pedal to have the bearings give out after a few months’ use. If Shimano’s most basic SPD pedals can have indestructible pedal bearings, then why can’t everyone else?
“wellgo v8 copies at 12 quid” – oh yes! When the bearings go you just chuck ‘em in recycling and buy some more. And the platforms are not too big so they don’t catch on every rut.
The BMX world has a lot of very good pedals too, we need them to do very similar things and they are tough as you like. Gusset slim Jims are great. They’re £20ish black or white, big and grippy. I think sealed and/or magnesium versions are available too (maybe more colours with the elite pedals). P.S. I know Gusset make mtb stuff too!
Regarding Straitlines. I’ve had them for a year or two and they are very grippy but they stiffen up and need a clean/lube on the axles/bush after wet rides.
Also, as they run on bushes, these do wear and create play/movement. I’m on my second spare bush/washers kit and they’re about £18 each. You’ll only need the nylon bushes but have to buy complete kit with ali washers and circlips etc. Bit naff really at the price.
Superstar nano techs all the way. Awesome grip, good looking and less than forty qiud. Best pedals ive ever had.
Wellgo MG1s for me and I got them for £30.
no easton flatboys? As much a classic/staple as the DMR’s.
Nothing special to add, except that this is a great article – love it and the format!
Wellgo MG1s for me.I have had them for more than 2 years and they are still running smooooooth.Cheap and brilliant.What a combination!!
Wellgo V12 copies for me, £22 – half the price of the DMR, and 1/3rd the price of the mags for no discernable difference.
“only an idiot would spend £100 on flat pedals”
Try some £150 burgtechs and re-assess that oppinion
Regardless of being flat or not – £170 for pedals?!?! Give over.
What’s wrong with the normal Superstar ones? Seems odd to review the £70 odd ones and call them good value, when there is a much cheaper option that is really good.
Funn Soljam and Shimano DX need to be added.
My Straitlines are now 3 years old and still run on their original bushings and they’ve been strathpuffered twice, plus all the other wet weather riding.
Have to say the best i’ve used, not cheap though.
Ok singletrack testers, here’s the question;
If it were your money and you were going to buy some (not get given some!), which would you buy?
I’d get Kona Wah-Wahs
I still see no reason to buy anyhting better than a V8 or a V8 copy….
Benji, aren’t the wah-wahs the same as the nanos?
for people saying they dont know whats wrong with v8′s . its not worth explaining why others are better.
Backhander: I’d go for a set of the Point Ones. Like lots of you say, they are expensive (and if it was my own cash I probably wouldn’t have shortlisted them in the first place) but having tried them they’re superb – the greater performance is worth the cash IMO.
It would be nice to know which pedals are cast, and which ones are machined out of billet material, and which ones are made somewhere besides China? Then maybe the price would not be as big of a factor.
Might be interesting if reviews like this were prefaced/or rather before the review..you had a ‘readers poll’ to see just how many readers were riding..what..
Otherwise great article, and premier user status is well worth the extra bucks…
Bought a bike with some Crank Brothers 50/50x pedals,the plates soon came off,held on with ridicously small grub screws,they are also expensive,fill with mud,heavy,and i think your foot sits on, rather than in them.Blueadvocate where did u get your MG1 wellgos from?.
My Crampons were dead in 5 months.
DMR V8s and V12s last about a year in Chiltern mud. Easton Flatboys are reliable but I don’t think they are serviceable and I get axle play after a while. Crank Bros 5050 seized on me once so I’m not going back to them. Sunline two pedals have lasted for a couple of years and show no signs of deteriorating, so they get my vote.
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