- Flat Pedals- what sucks
I would recommend Wellgo MG-1’s. Bad things about them; The colour easily rubs off, doesn’t really notice if you buy them in grey. They don’t come with enough grease in them, fill them when you get them.
Will I be buying another pair…. Yes !
btw Liking the idea of recommending something and only listing the bad points, is this an STW first?Posted 6 years agohonourablegeorgeMember
Just spent three full days riding flats in Wales, normally ride clips for everything except DH. Found the superstar pedals very good in terms of grip and comfort – one bad point, there’s a worrying buildup of grease around the driveside pedal at the seals. For the amount of miles they’ve done, it’s not a great sign.Posted 6 years ago
MG1s are like V12s, only better and cheaper. Made by the same people too.
Nanos are decent… Not the grippiest out there, but reliable, well priced, thin too. The pins come out of the mag ones very easily though. if you’re a rider that feels like they must have ultimate grip, then they’re probably not for you but for everyone else they’re good.Posted 6 years agoscruffMember
Wellgos or Superstar nanos are best value IME. DMR V8/12s are kinda small but well made, depends if you know what you like yet. Bigger platforms can catch on the ground on rock/turns, thinner pedlas generally costs more.
The new Spesh one look good but not for sale yet.Posted 6 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
If you’re pedalling then I don’t think the Straitlines are great. You will frequently be replacing the bushings and I was regreasing every week. There is also a set of plastic washers which wear out quick.
Superstar Nano’s last for ages and are great. Bad points… there may be a bit of variation depending on what batch you get? (That’s based on a couple of comments from people having problems with them).
I’m also using a set of Nukeproof electrons which I find good (ish). Bad points… they’re not as grippy as the Nano’s.Posted 6 years ago
Atomblab AirCorp Pedals: Look great, great platform and very grippy but they run on bushes rather than bearings and when the bushes wear the pedal body develops a very annoying & noisy ‘play’ on the axle. Couldn’t find repalacement parts so keep them as ‘spare’.
Superstar Pedals: Found no technical issues but looks/branding and general appeal not to everyone’s tastes…
Nuke Proof Electron (plastic) pedal: Currently running 2 sets of these. I find you really have to screw the pins in fully to get a decent amount of grip (they come 50% into their screw-in limits). Other than that very light and I like the matt black looks too. Certainly seem plenty strong too.Posted 6 years ago
Nanos are decent… Not the grippiest out there, but reliable… if you’re a rider that feels like they must have ultimate grip, then they’re probably not for you but for everyone else they’re good
Not the case with 5.Tens though Northwind, I can’t imagine you’d want anymore grip than that provided by nano’s and a pair of 5.tens. Maybe not the case with your AM40s but grippy as hell with 5.Tens! 😉Posted 6 years ago
Perhaps you’ve misunderstood Neallyman? They have more than enough grip for me, but they have less grip than my MG1s (whether in my AM40s or my 5 10s, or in any other shoe). So someone who wants ridiculous amounts of grip wouldn’t be happy with them, but everyone else would.
Too much grip’s just annoying, I’ve taken pins out of the MG1s but the Nanos don’t need that as they’re not that grippy in the first place.
Sticky shoes- whether it’s Vans, Shimanos, 5 10s, whatever- all provide enough grip on pretty much any pedal, but some people like the confidence boost of too much grip, and others need it to make up for bad footwork.Posted 6 years agoI_AcheMember
Got some Straitline pedals in white and have had them for a couple of years now and they are really good. Only slight niggles as below.
I have had to strip them down and clean the bushings twice (I think) now, never greased them just left them dry. But they are really easy to strip you actually take them apart with a fork!
They are so much lower profile than my DX SPD’s that I actually have to drop my seatpost for the leg extension to be spot on!Posted 6 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
Burgtech Penthouse Flats MK2
Good – the best flat pedals ever meade? Insane levels of grip, indestructable body and pins, bearings ahve lasted 2 years and still feel slightly ‘not quite bedded in’.
Bad – MK2’s weigh 750g a pair! (but its at the BB so you dont notice it while riding)
Good – Mk3’s weigh a smidge under 500g/pair, significantly less with the Ti axle kit.Posted 6 years agoGWMember
I hate “too much grip” so 5:10s or long pins are out for me and a decent shaped pedal is far more important.
slimjims = shit mud clogging/slippy edge design if you ever ride in mud/wet conditions (fine for dirtjumping/street/park or dry weather mtb rides)
DMR V8/12= awkward shaped small (but tall) uncomfortable platform and weak axles.
Crank Bros = awful design/non concave shape and fall apart easily
MG1s = slightly better shape than a DMR and lighter but at the expense of weaker bodies (pins rip out even more easily)
HT/SS nanos = nice shape/size platform (as concave as possible really considering the thickness), surprisingly strong bodies and pretty cheap
if you are a pedal twatter all of the above have fairly weak axles (easy and cheap to replace on DMR/nano’s tho).Posted 6 years ago_tom_Member
Never had an issue with my Wellgo V12 copies, dunno why you’d need to spend more money on pedals – mine have been on various bikes for years and cost less than £20.
I had a go on a bike with those nukeproof plastic slimline pedals (think they’re the same shape as ss nanos etc) and it felt weird, they have a lump in the middle of the pedal where the axle is..Posted 6 years agowarpcowMember
I’ve just got some Outland CNC Slimlines. Changed from some, only very occasionally used, Shimanos. A couple of rides in and I’m quite impressed so far: light (370g), cheap, slim.
Cons: not ‘super’ grippy with my AM41s, but definitely grippy enough for me. I think they’d be ideal if they just had an extra pin on the outer edge. Can’t comment on longevity either, but I had a bit of a tinker before fitting them and they seem servicable enough.Posted 6 years agoPJayMember
I like Shimano MX30s but by today’s standards they’re probably unfashionably thick, the upside of the thickness though, is that they have a great concave shape that cups the ball of the foot.
I recently replaced them with much thinner Superstar Nanos. They’re nice pedals too but, imho, too thin in the sense that they seem absolutely flat with no concave shape and consequently more slippy. With 10mm pins fitted in place of the supplied 8mm ones they feel much better though.Posted 6 years agochrssmaleMember
Got a pair of both Wellgo’s MG-1, cheap & light and have lasted for about 5 years, yes the paint job doesn’t last that long though, but I havn’t had to do any maintainance at all. However my mate, who is a bit larger than me killed his bearings within about a year.Posted 6 years ago
My main steed has a pair of the Nanos, yeah they weight a bit more, but I much prefer the grip (coupled with 5-10’s). Also the wider profile supports the foot much better IMHO. Replacement axels are also nice and cheap should the need arise. My only grumble with the Nano’s is that the anodising is starting to rub off in the middle of the pedal around the logo.
A mate has some V12 copies, they are fine too, though have a very similar shape to the MG-1’s
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