Best Overall Flat Pedal for Mountain Biking
From first impression to last, the Deity Bladerunner
stole the show throughout our entire test period. The flashy purple anodized coating and incredibly thin 11 mm leading and trailing edges had us rushing to see if their performance could keep pace with their good looks. Though they proved to be a little less grippy than the Blackspire Robusto
or the Top Pick Race Face Atlas
, being able to make minor foot adjustments increased the versatility of this mountain bike flat pedal. Not only did it prove plenty capable for downhill or enduro use, it was equally at home on dirt jumps, freeriding, or in the bike park. Ten grub screw traction pins per side kept our feet just where we wanted them. The 11 mm pedal profile fattened to 14 mm at the axle and a lack of traction pins in that area allowed some freedom of foot movement. Though this gave the platform itself a convex shape, the front and rear pins were made taller than the more central pins to give an overall foot cradling concave shape. While the Bladerunners were not the lightest of the test at 380 grams, they are still very light and plenty strong to hold up to the demands of any style of riding. Be prepared to have strangers ogling, as the coolness factor of these pedals is off the charts.
Top Pick for Enduro Racing
Race Face Atlas
The Race Face Atlas
took all the things we liked about various other mountain bike pedals and put them together into some sort of awesome Franken-pedal. Don't be mislead. This was not a slammed together, mish-mash of random pieces, and the R&D team seemingly stopped at nothing shy of creating a masterpiece. Everything good was made better. "Concave? How about we make it double-concave? Are these traction pins grippy? Yeah, but they'd be grippier if we slanted them inwards. Hey, a hidden grease port would be pretty sweet. Let's add one of those." How in the heck was the biggest pedal in the test also just grams away from being the lightest? We'll leave the science to the engineers, but the fact is this pedal delivers with low weight, a huge platform, and insane grip.
Best Bang for the Buck
VP Components VP-Vice
This was a heated battle with stiff competition. Honestly, we were surprised at our results with the ever-popular Spank Spike
and crankbrothers 5050 3
in the running. Ride after ride however, it was impossible to deny our preference for this mountain bike flat pedal, the VP Components VP-Vice
ahead of it's nearest competitors. It was lighter than both the Spank and the crank brothers contenders. We felt the Vice's construction was superior, having experienced problems with both of the aforementioned pedals early into our test period. By contrast, we could have used these pedals as a hammer. The traction pins are bottom loading and protected from damaging pedal strikes and there are four height adjustable grub screw pins around the axle that allow the rider to fine tune grip. The ability to micro-adjust our foot position while not feeling overly loosey-goosey on the pins made this pedal incredibly versatile. Adequate enough for downhill and enduro use, we could also maneuver about the platform while dirt jumping, freeriding, and when hitting bike park jumps. Rebuild is done with regular tools that you probably already own, and pin kits are available, although not included.