flat pedals and shoes
Budget? It's largely dependant on what to recommend…
Some pedals are £150, some £15. No point recommending mega expensive ones if you can't afford them!
But if your budget can stretch, I can't recommend Easton Flatboy's (£65) enough… They're bombproof and mega grippy.
Trainers wise, get some Vans with a waffle sole… For about £40-45… Or if you're made of money, get some 5-10's. But if you buy Flatboy's, you won't need 5-10's, Vans are more than grippy enough on the Flatboys.Posted 7 years agobeefyMember
I use DMR v12's, have done for years, really grippy, bearings last forever, I have never changed them and I have been running this pair for about 9 years. Shoes wise, I am not a fan of 5.10's, they are grippy, but not that good for our weather (IMO). I use Shimano AM40's they are terrific, really grippy, stiff and incredibly weather proof, they feel like proper riding shoes and they have a big velcro strap over the laces, which makes them really secure.Posted 7 years agostevedeMember
Superstar nano techs/kona wah wah's (pretty much the same pedal), shimano am40 shoes if you can handle the dodgy design – had 5.10's before these and found they had too much grip (difficult repositioning feet if they happened to end up in the wrong position) and were too bulky.Posted 7 years agocooganMember
Wellgo B54's are awesome pedals. Have two sets, one nearly 4yrs old and never had to take them apart. A bargain at £25 too.Posted 7 years ago
BTW, the people who use DMR V8's or V12's that recommend them highly, in my experience, have usually never tried anything else!
Sorry to sound condescending, but there are a whole host of MUCH better pedals out there than the DMR's. Sure, at £20 the V8's are a great beginner level flat pedal, but if you want something grippier and ultimately a lot stronger, then look elsewhere…
The Flatboys above being sold for £35 cos he prefers clipless… Well, if I needed another set of flatties I'd snap em up myself right now! Mine I've had for about 6 years now, they've been smashed into all sorts of things on alpine descents, they've been smacked so hard that a crank arm bent! The pedals barely look like they've had any use at all… BEST FLAT PEDALS PERIOD!Posted 7 years ago
mboy may have a point!
I have a pair of v12's and recently bought a pair of mag12's for my second bike because i like them so much. I haven't tried many other pedals as i simply have not found the need.
Try out some proper grippy/tough pedals… You'll put your V12's up on the classifieds in no time!Posted 7 years agoooOOooMember
What do people think are the best out of those for weather-proof-ness-ability/long life?
Exhibit A – my nearly 2 year old five ten sam hills
I love the fit, love the grip, but they've been battered now, and thinking maybe the shimano ones with the flap would take bad weather a bit better.
Or do 510 do a more waterproof version?Posted 7 years agoooOOooMember
just checked em out steve, yes as ugly as you say they are
Actually the body of mine are not too bad, the leather is in OK shape
It's the sole that has worn out real quick. I guess that's sticky rubber for you. I don't know if all the bits of rubber on the side help at all – it seems they've just helped them break quicker. Past the point of being resoled I reckon 🙁
These look slightly less ugly though, for spec ops desert mountain bikersPosted 7 years ago
The shimano shoes are amazing. grippy, light and they dry quickly. They get wet fast too but no more so than my 5:10 hi's, the difference is that the AM40's don't take a week to dry back out. They're lasting a lot better than the 5:10's too. The flap is great, I always got my laces coming loose on my 5:10's (despite being a sailor all my days) but not with the AM40's. I love them. So much so that I bought a second pair!
I use Straitline pedals and have very mixed feelings about them. They work well, look great and the company is fantastic to deal with. (Seriously, I'll always consider their stuff first given their customer service). They make for a great DH pedal for sure. I've found though that with (a lot of) pedalling they wear out and maybe the bushing design isn't the best for XC use. I find it really hard to be negative about them because everything else is great with them but there you go!Posted 7 years agoMunqe-chickMember
(Mr MC posting)
I'm a recent convert to flatties so have been thru similar conundrum.
I currently use DMR v12s on one bike, and Wellgo MG1 Ti's on the other. DMR (and a bunch of others including Deity I believe) are made by Wellgo and share mechanical features (such as 12mm bush inboard, sealed bearing outboard).
Wellgo MG1s are light and stonking value for money (30 quid ish) and even with the Ti axles come in at 55ish quid, less than half the price another poster paid for DMR V12 Mag Ti which is essentially the same pedal.
I havent noticed any difference in performance between the V12s and the MG1s- MC had some V12s that she didnt use so I blagged them and then bought the wellgos. If I as doing it again I'd prob go for the basic MG1 as its cheaper and much lighter than the V12, and the weight loss of the Ti axle is not really worth the cost.
One negative Ive heard is that the MG1 (and poss other soft magnesium pedals) can have pins torn from them in rock strikes, but I havent experienced this yet.
I wear knackered old Vans when weather is grim, 5.10 impact lows when its dry. Havent been blown away by the supposed extra grip of 5.10s and possibly prefer the more flexible sole of Vans where I can feel the pedal. Only ridden the 5.10s a couple of times but am currently underwhelmed and wondering what I'm missing.
As others have said Vans (and etnies etc) can be had for 20 quid from the likes of TK Maxx, but I wear Vans as casual shoes anyway so they become my biking shoes when theyre past their best.
ended up writing a bit of an essay, so in summary Wellgo MG1 and Vans. 🙂Posted 7 years ago
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