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    Good Single Track Flat Pedals

    I had my LBS put a set of crap pedals on so I could get a few rides on my new bike, they already feel bent (plastic) so I want to get a decent lightweight pedal with good grip.
    I did allot of searching here but most types of riding were not talking about single track which is what I do 99% of the time.

    Looking for platform style pedals and would like them to weigh 500g or less. Not going clipless at this time, so please consider that when sharing your experiences/recommendations.

    I read allot about thinner pedals and wondered if anyone could elaborate on the pro's and con's between the fatter pedals vs thinner pedals other than weight.

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    Re: Good Single Track Flat Pedals

    Wellgo MG-1. Very light, available in different colors, serviceable but also inexpensive. The bodies are magnesium, though, so the will scrape up a bit. Something like 380g/pair but you can get the titanium spindle version and then, I think they're around 290 grams.

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    Do you need a lot of clearance in your area related to pedal strike? This is the main difference in the current offerings for platforms. Thinner (height of the pedal material) with a good angle on the leading edge helps reduce the risk of pedals hitting things below you and if they do hit, if the leading edge has a nice profile they deflect better rather than getting hung up.

    Lots of options in the area you are asking about but I would be inclined to get the thinnest pedals with the best leading edge profile to gain clearance.

    Canfield Bros Crampon, Azonic Flat Iron, Deity and a lot of other manufacturers are build quality pedals. They are all in the $150 range. What I like about the canfield bro.'s is that they sell service parts for bearings etc. which ARE a wear item on a pedal, so you can keep the platform and simply service them if necessary.

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    I went back to flats after years on clipless. I tried Shimano Saints and on the first ride they felt like they wanted to roll under my feet. Took them off after that ride.
    Found a good deal on some Canfields so I bought them, never had that feeling with them.
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    If you keep an eye on Chain Love dot com they post Azonic's for like 50% off IIRC.
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    I got some Wellgo B-1-something, IO don't think they are Mag bodied. They look really nice, and their weight is under 400 grams, I think it was listed as 362 for the pair. And they were CHEAP in comparison to other flats. For flats, I like 'em just fine, but I wouldn't want to use flats exclusively for long 29er trail rides. I'm just too used to my cheapo CB Eggs. On long rides, I need all the help I can get.
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    These are Azonic Flatirons. They come with stubby pins like in the bottom picture for use with trailrunners and longer sharp pins for 5.10s.
    Thin pedals means less strikes.

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    I was a flat pedal whore til I bought the Crampon Ultimates. Aside from a bit of maintenance every few months, they have been problem-free. They have somewhat of a smaller platform than some, and they're super thin. They never roll over, and the pins are placed perfectly.
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    Re: Good Single Track Flat Pedals

    I've been using the Spank Spike pedals for 2 seasons now. No maintenance and still as good as the day I got them. The orange ano finish hasn't faded either other than from some shoe rub.

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    I just started using Spank Spikes and really like them so far. I still have my Straitline Defacto pedals but I like the Spanks a little more.

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    I've had my Canfield Crampons for a little over a year. I have had practically no pedal strikes since putting them on and I run 175mm cranks on my SS 29er.

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    Aside from less pedal strikes thin pedals also get your foot closer to the spindle- more efficient and better ergonomically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duggus View Post
    I've been using the Spank Spike pedals for 2 seasons now. No maintenance and still as good as the day I got them. The orange ano finish hasn't faded either other than from some shoe rub.
    I use the same. Love them
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    +1 on Spank Spikes. Wide, thin and it don't give a f*ck on rock strike =awesome bike control!

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    Good Single Track Flat Pedals

    My 2 cents on the Spikes - great looking pedal, thin, but stout, spins super smooth. The pins, however, aren't as grippy as the Crampons. I rode the Spanks for about 2 months (after my bike with Crampons was stolen) and tenderized my shins repeatedly. It got better the more I learned that I couldn't treat then like the crampons, but I swapped them out as soon as I got my Crampons back. With my 510 Freeriders, the Canfields were far superior for me.
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    I use Performance Converts, 470gm/pair and a fairly thin profile with a bit of concave which I like plus a good amount of pins, with nice placement. Have these on both my rigid SS 29er and RIP9 and use with 510s, usually get them for $50 or so depending on sale.


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    I use both MG-1s and Canfields. Keep in mind you don't have to be in a crash to cut yourself to shreds on flat pedals with threaded pins. All it takes is to bump into them accidentally and you're bleeding if they hit skin.
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    There's something about those long grueling climbs that gets my front end all stiff... And I'm not talking about lockout...

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    Nukeproof Electron 340g, very light, very strong and thin pedals.

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    Thanks for all the helpful feedback everyone, also thanks for the additional information regarding the flat pedals!

    I couldn't find much information on Cannondale pedals so I am guessing they are made by another company?

    Otherwise I have a rundown that looks like this:

    Recommended pedals between $40-$70
    Nukeproof Electron
    Wellgo MG-1
    Deity Compounds
    Performance Converts
    Wellgo Platform B124 or B143

    Recommended pedals between $110-$160
    Spank Spike Pedals
    Canfield Bros Crampon Ultimates
    Azonic Flat Iron

    Based on all the great recommendations from everyone I am leaning towards either the Wellgo MG-1 based on price and good reviews or the Spank Spike Pedals based on performance and I found a set on sale for $110

    Really appreciate everyone taking the time to share your experiences and feedback!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob View Post
    I use both MG-1s and Canfields. Keep in mind you don't have to be in a crash to cut yourself to shreds on flat pedals with threaded pins. All it takes is to bump into them accidentally and you're bleeding if they hit skin.
    I get more cuts walking my bike from my house to my car than on the trail...
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    I love my Spikes, but my foot does bounce off of them from time to time (five ten freeriders). I want the Crampons but couldnt justify the extra 50 bones, I'm reconsidering....

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    Good Single Track Flat Pedals

    Quote Originally Posted by Sprocking Crail View Post
    I love my Spikes, but my foot does bounce off of them from time to time (five ten freeriders). I want the Crampons but couldnt justify the extra 50 bones, I'm reconsidering....
    I've come to terms with who I am when it comes to bike parts. Within $100 or so, if there's something better, I'll eventually wind up buying it. The question was always how many inferior versions of said item will I waste my money on before buying the real deal. Luckily, the market for lightly used bike parts is quite healthy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    I've come to terms with who I am when it comes to bike parts. Within $100 or so, if there's something better, I'll eventually wind up buying it. The question was always how many inferior versions of said item will I waste my money on before buying the real deal. Luckily, the market for lightly used bike parts is quite healthy.
    Damn you, I think you just forced me to sell my brand new Spank's and get the Crampons. I'll give my wife your number...

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    Good Single Track Flat Pedals

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