In mountain biking, flat pedals are not comparable to lock pedals in terms of pedalling efficiency, but they are also loved by many riders because they provide a stable pedalling platform while being relatively sensitive and easy to use. The flat pedals are also necessary for those who do not feel comfortable with locks. As one of the three main contact points, the choice of pedals is very important.
So, what do you need to focus on when choosing mountain bike pedals?
The original footpegs on the whole bike are usually relatively small. The size of the pedals directly affects the contact area of the foot. Around 100mm is the right size for a pedal. Wide pedals will also help the rider to change his body weight more sensitively and feel more comfortable on his feet, so that he can adapt to the different terrain in the mountains and be more stable during the ride.
For a long time, most of the pedals consumed by manufacturers were evenly sized and did not take into account the different sizes of riders’ shoes and the reasonable matching of pedals. In order to better fit the size of riders, some pedal brands have introduced sizeable pedals in recent years.
The pedals have been developed over the years, adding more fashionability to the original functionality. There are many different pedal shapes – X-shaped bridges, ‘butterfly pedals’, streamlined designs, wavy stripes and so on.
The colour of the paint is also the centre of the pedal play personality, the current market pedal ordinary baking paint, spray paint, electroplating, anodizing and other different processes, low price pedal using baking paint, spray paint and other technically mature low cost way coloring, in mountain riding inevitably bump, with a long time will show the phenomenon of paint off the colour, not beautiful. High-priced pedals, on the other hand, use anodising, electroplating and other higher-cost processes to make them more attractive and less likely to lose colour.
Like the major components of a bicycle, pedals are also lightweight. Some pedals are of high quality and very grippy, but the weight is so real that they drag the feet during the ride and can only be abandoned. In order to reduce the weight of pedals, all major brands use skeletonised pedals. Aluminium, magnesium and titanium alloy axles are used to reduce the weight of the pedals.
The participation of anti-slip spikes greatly improves the grip of the flat pedals, and with the right pattern of flat shoes, you can bite your feet firmly without worrying about slipping on smooth hills or taking off your feet when leaping over obstacles.
The long, pointed spikes are more grippy and bite firmly into the sole, while the blunt, short spikes provide a good anti-slip effect when the screws are well spread out. The blunt screws can also reduce the damage to the calf if the foot is accidentally removed.
Post time: Dec-10-2021