Recommendations for pedals?

bikeman242

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What are good recommendations for mountain bike pedals in the $40-$80 range?

I do like the pedals with the little spikes that help keep traction with your shoe.

I am not looking for anything that clips onto your shoe.

This is my first time buying pedals and I am not sure what to look for!
 

linklemming

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As mentioned by others, chesters are a popular choice. They dont work well for larger feet though. I have size 13 feet and get alot of foot pain when using the chesters.

Other popular choices are OneUp Pedals and Crank Brothers Stamp1.

I have 2 bikes with the OneUp pedals and two bikes with the Stamp1, I prefer the Oneup more for offroad due to their insane grip. I like the Stamp1 for more street oriented riding.

You can easily change the feel of these pedals by swapping out the pins/screws. Just buy m3 screws cheaply on amazon or ebay

 
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linklemming

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You said $40-$80...the Saint is $100 ;)

I assume composites are a tad lighter, they also dont show marks when hitting rocks and such.

The Oneup and Stamp1 are not an all ball bearing design, both use a bushing for the outer bearing.

I ran aluminum shimano SPD pedals for 20+ years before recently converting to flat pedals on 5 bikes. Composite pedals seemed like a no brainer to me at 1/2 the cost.
 
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Stefan Mikes

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I use Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Large, which are by no means inexpensive ($159) but probably the best you can find for platform pedals. However @bikeman242 you might try Stamp 1 Large or Stamp 3 Large, which are in your price range.
 

rich c

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I use Crankbrothers 5050 2 pedals. Officially discontinued, but still new ones on eBay. Available for a great price that way, under $60. They have been very reliable for me.
 

Dewey

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I don't have an MTB but I found the VP website helpful as you can limit the selection to a particular type then look up the price on Amazon or ebay
 

Alaskan

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Catalyst Pedals are a little over your budget but I have them on both of my bikes and love them. Their increased length makes pedaling so much more efficient and strong. Because of the length you place your foot so that both your heel and the ball of the foot on on the pedal. Having your heel on the pedal more fully engaees your hamstrings and glutes making for a stronger stroke. I ride mine with Salomon Gore Tex Trail Runner shoes, no need for still cycling shoes.

 

jaizon

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Catalyst Pedals are a little over your budget but I have them on both of my bikes and love them. Their increased length makes pedaling so much more efficient and strong. Because of the length you place your foot so that both your heel and the ball of the foot on on the pedal. Having your heel on the pedal more fully engaees your hamstrings and glutes making for a stronger stroke. I ride mine with Salomon Gore Tex Trail Runner shoes, no need for still cycling shoes.

Would those pedals work on an Addmotor M-360??? Would I get the same advantages?
 

indianajo

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I have 3 sizes of pedal shaft in my bike inventory. 1/2" fine, 9/16" fine, and 15 mm?. Vendors such as modernbike and thebikeshopstore don't find it worth their time to say what shaft the pedals they are selling have. Measure your bike, then buy with fear. As the bikeshopstore sent all sizes of random hex shaped pieces of junk when I ordered specific sized nuts, I don't think they are capable of measuring what they do have. They did refund my money, but that didn't repair my bike.
 
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LeftyS7

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Catalyst Pedals are a little over your budget but I have them on both of my bikes and love them. Their increased length makes pedaling so much more efficient and strong. Because of the length you place your foot so that both your heel and the ball of the foot on on the pedal. Having your heel on the pedal more fully engaees your hamstrings and glutes making for a stronger stroke. I ride mine with Salomon Gore Tex Trail Runner shoes, no need for still cycling shoes.

Did you have to lower the height of your seat?
 

fooferdoggie

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Catalyst Pedals are a little over your budget but I have them on both of my bikes and love them. Their increased length makes pedaling so much more efficient and strong. Because of the length you place your foot so that both your heel and the ball of the foot on on the pedal. Having your heel on the pedal more fully engaees your hamstrings and glutes making for a stronger stroke. I ride mine with Salomon Gore Tex Trail Runner shoes, no need for still cycling shoes.

I was hoping they would get their larger ones in but they took them off their site I have see 13 feet the larger size would be good.
 

Asher

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I just did a comprehensive search for pedals. I liked the idea of catalyst pedals but didn't like the price or weight.

The biggest plastic (aka composite, because they're cheaper) pedals I could find otherwise were 120mm long - Kona Wah Wahs and Issi Thump.

I came across several disturbing reports of the Konas breaking, while the Issi got good reviews about it's convex hammock shape. $50 for the replaceable pin version. It's from a big bike parts distributor so should be available locally.

 

fooferdoggie

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taking about pedals my bild wife now on our tandem sometimes her feet slip off. but I am afraid metal spike pedals will get her shins so she needs some grippy pedals without metal spikes ideas?
 

Asher

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taking about pedals my bild wife now on our tandem sometimes her feet slip off. but I am afraid metal spike pedals will get her shins so she needs some grippy pedals without metal spikes ideas?
Check out toe cages or pedal straps.

Would not recommend clipless for most casual riders. I tried clipless but found it far more trouble than it was worth, especially for urban riding.