Looking for flat pedal suggestions


#1

I’ve ridden clipless for 20 years now, but I’m finding it difficult to unclip on some of the rockier/techier trails here. It might be time to try flats, but I don’t know much about them. I don’t really want to spend a lot, since I don’t know if I’ll stick with them. Anyone have suggestions?


#2

I hear good things about Raceface Chesters and five ten shoes.


#3

Make sure they are big and have studs. Cyclesmith has some cheap plastic ones for less than $20 I think. Kona brand. Might be good to try. If you like them get the Kona Wah Wah 2. great pedal! Thin, wide, grippy.


#4

I went with the chesters for my new bike, very similar to my Chromag Synth pedals but far more reliable and longer lofe span. (Dont buy chromag pedals, trust me)


#5

I recently picked up the Raceface Chester for winter and mucky riding. They are $65 at Mec and some lbs carry them as well. YouTube reviews claim they are the best pedal for $50US. I’m not sure I would go as far as the reviews but so far no complaints.


#6

I run a pair of DMR V12’s and love them, if you can get them on sale I would recommend. I have heard the Chester’s are good too along with the Kona ones.


#7

Currently using the raceface chesters and they are excellent. Previously had the 1st gen kona wahwahs and they were great too.

A flat pedal is wasted though on a hiking or running shoe. You need something with a flat, stiff, grippy sole that the pins can really grab onto. FiveTen shoes are worth the money in my opinion. I usually get mine end of season when they go on sale.


#8

Thanks for the tips. I was thinking about the chesters, but I just went to MEC and they were sold out. If I don’t want to wait 9 days for free shipping, I might pop up to cyclesmith and check out the wah wahs.

I did manage to get a pair of Giro shoes at cyclesmith sale today. Only $60!


#9

BP in dartmouth carries the Chester.


#10

One Up. Bigger platform and thinner than Chesters.


#11

The OneUps look awesome until you see the price. I could say the same for my EDC tool I guess.


#12

They’re the same price as the Chesters for the composite version. A better pedal, IMO.


#13

I was thinking of their aluminum ones. Forgot about the composite ones.


#14

Another vote for RaceFace Chester, I have 2 pair and love them, tons of grip and I find them more comfortable than metal pedals that I found gave me hot spots sometimes. Bonus that they don’t seem to freeze and collect ice like metal can in winter conditions. They just side off pedal strikes, 2000km+ on one set and no problems at all. I use them with Shimano flat pedal shoes.


#15

I’m curious… how are both the one ups and chesters for pin replaceability? Are the beat up pins hard to remove?


#16

Thanks for the tip. I got the last pair at BP… guess they’re popular


#17

Excellent news, glad you were able to find a pair quickly. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Jeff as for replacement of the spikes. I am unsure as everything is still in tip top shape, despite a few rock strikes. They screw in for the underside of the pedal so I suspect it is a simple swap when required.