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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.
    ...Be careful what you're looking at because it might be looking back...

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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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    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
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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprocking Crail View Post
    I'll give my wife your number...
    Damn, that's generous. There are other ways to thank a brotha.

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    I send the price match from jenson and got my Spanks for $99.93. I think it was Outside Outfitters.

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    Spank Spikes
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    Thinner pedals would help on the trails I ride, with my current crap pedals I make contact with rocks, roots, stumps etc several times every time I hit the trails. I wish I could find the Crampons for a decent price! That would help with the swing from $50 pedals up to $150 pedals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by worrptangl View Post
    I send the price match from jenson and got my Spanks for $99.93. I think it was Outside Outfitters.
    Thanks! I will check them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neumonic View Post
    Thinner pedals would help on the trails I ride, with my current crap pedals I make contact with rocks, roots, stumps etc several times every time I hit the trails. I wish I could find the Crampons for a decent price! That would help with the swing from $50 pedals up to $150 pedals.
    After having them for a few months now, I'd easily spent that $150 again without hesitation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    Damn, that's generous. There are other ways to thank a brotha.
    Haha, nice one

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    I will say I almost went with the crampon ultimates.

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    I just ordered the the spank Spikes, I will have them before the weekend and will update this post with my impressions after install and my first ride.

    Thanks to all for the feedback!
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    I have been riding these Xpedo flats for years:

    Universal Cycles -- Xpedo MX Force Platform Pedals

    However, I have now switched to these which I love:

    Universal Cycles -- Xpedo XMX-02 Platform Pedals

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    Quote Originally Posted by renderedtoast View Post
    I have been riding these Xpedo flats for years:

    Universal Cycles -- Xpedo MX Force Platform Pedals

    However, I have now switched to these which I love:

    Universal Cycles -- Xpedo XMX-02 Platform Pedals
    Your new pedals look like a great choice, I hope you put up a post with your impressions/feedback after you get some time with them.
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    Edit I didn't read all the way thru and see you ordered some lol

    I run Diety Skyscrapers, they were $135. Savage pedals, they get the job done. I'd recommend their heavy duty pins as the tall pins they ship with on the ends grip like a mofo but also break easy IMO.

    For trying out more affordable flats the Magnesium MG1's held up very well for me in nearly 1000 miles with no service and no broken pins. Good luck.

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    Spank Spike Pedals

    No worries Alberto, I almost went with the Mag MG 1's, too many positive Spank Spike comments and testimonials to ignore so I went for it.

    Just installed the pins
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    Here they are on the bike
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    Re: Good Single Track Flat Pedals

    I like my Forte Converts. The color selection SUCKS, the price is good, the weight is decent, the threaded pins are awesome (and come with replacements)... Overall a nice set of pedals, but I'd like to upgrade to something comparable but more aesthetically pleasing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GelatiCruiser View Post
    I like my Forte Converts. The color selection SUCKS, the price is good, the weight is decent, the threaded pins are awesome (and come with replacements)... Overall a nice set of pedals, but I'd like to upgrade to something comparable but more aesthetically pleasing.
    Your Forte Converts look like a good pedal and good value!
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    Did you blue loctite the pins?

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Alberto_ View Post
    Did you blue loctite the pins?
    I did not, the two pins that don't tighten to the pedal body had loctite on them already, I will check the rest of the pins in between rides to see if they loosen. If I find they are coming loose I will put a very small amount on the threads otherwise I would rather not so if I need to change any damaged pins out I won't have any issues...
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    Wow, I didn't realize those spank pins screw in from the rear. The way I've bent and mangled pins before in the rocks on my pedals, I can't imagine getting them out from the back side again without a dremel cutoff or something.

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    Good Single Track Flat Pedals

    I've been on the new XpŽdo Spry pedals for two weeks and feel that they could be the new value leader for wide, thin, LIGHT (260g / PAIR) pedals. At $85 shipped direct from XpŽdo I'm extremely satisfied, they are far more secure feeling than my Welgo B103's.

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    Did I mention how ridiculously light these things are?!

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    I got my wife a set of Blackspire Sub 4's (in purple to match her headset) recently, and she's pretty happy with them. I scored a set of Kona Wah-Wahs at a bike fest raffle last week. I plan to put them on my commute bike (upgrade from cheap plastic BMX platforms) for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by socal_jack View Post
    Wow, I didn't realize those spank pins screw in from the rear. The way I've bent and mangled pins before in the rocks on my pedals, I can't imagine getting them out from the back side again without a dremel cutoff or something.
    I've had that problem before. It's something I avoid now, and another feature I appreciate in the Crampon Ultimates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by socal_jack View Post
    Wow, I didn't realize those spank pins screw in from the rear. The way I've bent and mangled pins before in the rocks on my pedals, I can't imagine getting them out from the back side again without a dremel cutoff or something.
    I actually wanted that setup, you get more grip from the threaded screw vs the top of a smooth head of a screw or bolt, I have a dremel so getting them out won't be an issue.
    At the same time, I could understand a person not wanting to mess with it though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ufdah View Post
    I've been on the new XpŽdo Spry pedals for two weeks and feel that they could be the new value leader for wide, thin, LIGHT (260g / PAIR) pedals. At $85 shipped direct from XpŽdo I'm extremely satisfied, they are far more secure feeling than my Welgo B103's.
    http://www.xpedo.com/products/pedals...spry-%5Bnew%5D
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    Did I mention how ridiculously light these things are?!
    Those pedals look good and wow are they light! My neighbor wants to try a different pedal than he is currently using (I think they are MG-1's) so I am giving him all the feedback and input from this thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    I got my wife a set of Blackspire Sub 4's (in purple to match her headset) recently, and she's pretty happy with them. I scored a set of Kona Wah-Wahs at a bike fest raffle last week. I plan to put them on my commute bike (upgrade from cheap plastic BMX platforms) for now.
    Those are nice, light as well. I wondered if they would pack in dirt or mud so I tried the Spanks over these type of pedal designs.

    Quote Originally Posted by evasive View Post
    I've had that problem before. It's something I avoid now, and another feature I appreciate in the Crampon Ultimates.
    Crampon Ultimates have the same setup as the Spank Spikes regarding how the studs screw in unless they have an optional stud or a newer design?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neumonic View Post
    Crampon Ultimates have the same setup as the Spank Spikes regarding how the studs screw in unless they have an optional stud or a newer design?
    The pedals are drilled all the way through the body so you can advance the pins out from the other side. There's no head preventing the pin passing through as there is with the Spanks and the first-gen twenty6 pedals.

    I also have yet to bend one of these pins.

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    I understand now, I could have a very similar setup with my Spanks simply by using the same type of pins used with the Crampons.

    The pins with the Crampons even look almost pointed at the top, that would have even better grip than the pins that came with my Spanks I would think?
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    Good Single Track Flat Pedals

    They are pointed, but mine are from the first run. The currently available pedals don't have pointed pins.

    The points aren't sharp or even all that pointy. One of the brothers or maybe Sean posted a while back that the hex head side is actually grippier, since it digs into your soles a bit more. The points do mesh with my Sombrio soles pretty well, though. No complaints on grip.

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    +1 for Forte Converts

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    Quote Originally Posted by hankscorpio View Post
    +1 for Forte Converts

    I have to second that. I rode on the converts from 2 years from single track trails to AM and must say I never had issues with them.

    there was no color selection but they are thin, concave, and large footprint with great pins. Mine took abuse and really never had an issue with them. Paid $49.

    I eventually replace them with Saints flats. THe saints are awesome but the price different did not increase performance...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neumonic View Post
    I actually wanted that setup, you get more grip from the threaded screw vs the top of a smooth head of a screw or bolt, I have a dremel so getting them out won't be an issue.
    At the same time, I could understand a person not wanting to mess with it though.
    Nothing smooth about the screws on my pedals(converts) and I've got the scars to prove it, those set screw tips are great for meat removal and traction

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    love my Xpedo Faceoffs
    paired with FiveTen FreeRider shoes

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    Wellgo B181. 10mm thick, 324g pr

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    Azionic 420's with 5.10 freerider. Great pedals, no broken pins (yet). But they do take meat on occasion. They grip great, even when using running shoes. I looked at the spank spikes as well, after talking to the lbs local riders i choose the 420's. Couldn't be happier.

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    My Canf Crampon Ultimate should be here in a few days. Can't wait! Anno orange looked good to me.

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    I've used VP-69 for about a year and just bought another set to throw on my new bike. They're grippy as hell and take some nasty strikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hidperf View Post
    Wellgo B181. 10mm thick, 324g pr
    Nice looking pedal and light!

    Quote Originally Posted by Trail_Blazer View Post
    My Canf Crampon Ultimate should be here in a few days. Can't wait! Anno orange looked good to me.
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    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8532/8...e73e79ce_o.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neumonic View Post
    Nice looking pedal and light!
    post a pic here of those anno orange Crampons when you get'em!
    GOT EM! AWESOME LOOKING!!!


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    LOVE THESE PEDALS = OMG THE GRIP!!

    Light weight at 320grams and are a good 10mm thinner than my old pedal.

    Dropped 1 LB off my bike just now.

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    On a budget: Welgo MG-1
    Ridiculously light, bomb proof. Mine got over 1000 miles of rock smashing and dirt jumping (on a few bikes) with many battle scars and still going strong, spinning as smooth and slack free like the day I got them. The only downside is that they are thick and more prone to rolling under your foot than thinner designs.

    ~$100: Spank Spike
    Hard to beat at that price, thin, relatively light, very strong, big, the works.

    Forte I could not find around here anymore, it seems that mikes bikes turned into a specialized only shop.

    Either way:
    Don't get anything with platform size less that 90x90, unless you are a tiny guy with small shoes. Many companies get low weight by making a tiny pedal. Good maybe for your kids bike.

    Stay away from pedals with thin outside. Some pedals like VP have a big round hole on the outside to get a socket into the end of the axle. If the edges around it are thin they will get smashed in no time.

    Welgo is a solid company, I would look at other models too other than the extremely popular MG1

    Expect blood and dirt mixed on your shins, even just walking the bike. I use shin guards always, no matter where I ride. Soccer shin guards are available everywhere and cheap. Seem to work better than MTB guards since they get all the way to the shoe, while many MTB guards do not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail_Blazer View Post
    GOT EM! AWESOME LOOKING!!!

    Thanks for posting the pic, pedals look bad a$$ in orange!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Trail_Blazer View Post
    LOVE THESE PEDALS = OMG THE GRIP!!

    Light weight at 320grams and are a good 10mm thinner than my old pedal.

    Dropped 1 LB off my bike just now.
    Thanks for your feedback, that is awesome!
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    Great insight CrozCountry!
    Really appreciate you taking the time to share your knowledge in this post, my goal was to talk about quality options with flat pedals regardless of price, which model or brand people decide to go with. Everyone has there own personal preference or needs based on a variety of things (budget, type of riding, type of bike, goals etc) I hope people are going to read this thread and have more confidence in choosing a pedal they feel is the right fit for them!

    My neighbor has the MG-1's and after 6 years he has decided to retire them, he just pulled the trigger on a set of Spank Spikes, I hope he likes them as much as I do. We ride pretty technical/challenging terrain so the thinner pedal and extra grip should be noticeable in his first ride.
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    Thought I would post back here on my impressions of the Spank Spike pedals I bought now that I have had plenty of ride time with them.

    I am very happy with these pedals and have recommended them to a couple other riders already. The pedals not only have a nice large platform, they are also very durable and have excellent grip and feel...I would say overall that they are a very well built product.

    All for now!

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    Good Single Track Flat Pedals

    Quote Originally Posted by Neumonic View Post
    Thought I would post back here on my impressions of the Spank Spike pedals I bought now that I have had plenty of ride time with them.

    I am very happy with these pedals and have recommended them to a couple other riders already. The pedals not only have a nice large platform, they are also very durable and have excellent grip and feel...I would say overall that they are a very well built product.

    All for now!

    John
    One of the best on the market. Glad you like em.

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