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    Platform Pedal Choice?

    Hello All, I've been a big roadie for 15+ years and started MTBing 2 years ago. I have been riding a full suspension Mongoose Canaan Elite 26 with candy clipless and just this year picked up a Specialized Rockhopper Hardtail 29er

    I'm looking to experiment with platforms and based on reviews, comments etc from this forum and the web I've narrowed it down to Kona WahWah, Azonic 420 or Deity Decoy pedals

    I live in San Antonio Texas (edge of Hill Country) so the terrain can vary from Rocks, single track etc. I am going to Moab in July (love the heat)

    Any suggestions or comments would be great for my first platform. I already have a pair of five ten freeriders so the last piece is the pedal!

    Thanks!

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    All the padals in your list will do good job paires with the five ten shoes.

    That said the latest trend is to go with the thinest pedals you can get(wide is also very important IMO).and its not just a trend, it works really well, better than would ever thought personnaly.
    So out of the 3 sets you mentionned the deity decoy seem to be the thinnest, they are wide at a good price and have very good reputation...i would go with them.

    I use canfield bros crampons and love them. But they are expensive.

    There are lots of choices on the market, most of them are good, i would just stay away from crank bros flats.

    Search the all mountain forum, there a big thread about flat pedals...
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    Platform Pedal Choice?

    Just my opinion, here.

    Tier 1 - thinnest, lightest, best grip, most expensive:
    Point One Podium
    Crampon Ultimates
    Spank Spike
    HT AE01, AE03
    .... a few others

    Tier 2 - thin-ish, not too heavy, more affordable:
    Deity Decoy
    Deity Compound
    VP Vice
    Azonic 420
    Kona Wah Wah
    .... many others

    Check out that gigantic platform pedal thread in the DH forum if you want more details/opinions.
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    Thanks!, I'm going to check out the DH forum, the Crampon Ultimates look great, not worried about price just looking for best all around "starter" platform that will challenge me!

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    If cost isn't a concern, then I'd say go for the Crampon Ultimates. I had the Decoys for a while and got all kinds of pedal strikes. I switched to the CU and had virtually none in about 6 months. That bike was stolen, and I got a killer deal on some Spanks so I'm gonna give those a shot too.

    LOVED the Crampons, though.

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    Agreeed with scvkurt03...go with the crampons ulimate you will love them
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    Azonic has a thin pedal the Flatiron. It comes with two sets of pins. thin sharps for 5.10s and stubbies for runners. If you aren't riding dh trailrunners are a lot cooler when it gets warm out. The stubs are shown. Use Fabien Barel's low heels technique to stick. Short learning curve.
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    Re: Platform Pedal Choice?

    Those aren't threaded pins are they?

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    My first choice, and the pedals I use, are the Crampon Ultimates. A bit more budget friendly, and my second favorite, is the Spank Spikes. They're thin enough and the angled edges really do reduce rock strikes. They're 4mm thicker than the Canfields but they're $50 cheaper and bombproof. My ONE caveat with the Spanks? I use X0 carbon cranks and like to use the rubber crank end protectors and the Spike's flush mount design binds on the rubber guards. I don't know that I ever would have even tried the Canfields had it not been for the pedal/guard issue. If you run "normal" alloy cranks, I can't say anything bad about them

    One more thing about the Canfields: their customer service is AWESOME! It's hard to find a better company or a better bunch of guys in the bike business.

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    Platform Pedal Choice?

    Dang it...I'll be using X0 cranks and Spanks. Any way to cut those crank boots to fit the Spanks?
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    Well, I have a set of the RaceFace crank arm protectors. Short answer, no. I couldn't shave enough out of the protectors without causing them to become flimsy and ultimately useless. Does X0 have their own yet? If so, maybe they'll be more easily modified? I guess you'll find out

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    Spank Spikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by GelatiCruiser View Post
    Those aren't threaded pins are they?
    Yes and the sharp longer ones are supplied and thread in too. Two choices.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    I went with Tier 3,
    mine are green,
    great traction,
    perfect size,
    cheap, $20
    nylon and that means they weigh noting,
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    They work great..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osco View Post
    I went with Tier 3,
    mine are green,
    great traction,
    perfect size,
    cheap, $20
    nylon and that means they weigh noting,
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    They work great..
    Won't those be a bit Bon Jovi? i.e. Slippery when wet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi_GR_Biker View Post
    Won't those be a bit Bon Jovi? i.e. Slippery when wet?
    Nice. Those might work out just great for you, but I prefer metal pins. I wouldn't trust my feet to stay on those... Maybe I have shitty technique or something. If I was going to go plastic, I would get the deity compounds at $48. Metal pins, fully rebuildable - $8 for a spindle, $12 for a brand new body with pins...
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    I just got some Nashbar pedals. Platforms with threaded pins on one side, with SPD cleats on the other.

    Best of both worlds. I mainly use the cleated side, being unclipped just feels funny to me.

    They come in handy in really technical terrain though, I unclip and get on the flats when it gets rough and I think I may need to either dab or eject from the bike in a hurry.

    They were on sale for 35 bucks, I think they're great for the money. I like that they're made out of medal, I already have them all scraped up from pedal strikes, but other than chipped paint they're no worse for wear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StuntmanMike View Post
    I just got some Nashbar pedals. Platforms with threaded pins on one side, with SPD cleats on the other.

    Best of both worlds. I mainly use the cleated side, being unclipped just feels funny to me.

    They come in handy in really technical terrain though, I unclip and get on the flats when it gets rough and I think I may need to either dab or eject from the bike in a hurry.

    They were on sale for 35 bucks, I think they're great for the money. I like that they're made out of medal, I already have them all scraped up from pedal strikes, but other than chipped paint they're no worse for wear.
    Funny, I absolutely HATED mine. I bought some Wellgo pedals thinking "cool! Best of both worlds!" I found both applications to be awful. I couldn't unclip for the life of me, nor could I find solid grip on the flat side because of the cleat on my shoe. My shin met the pedal more times in a month than I could even imagine in a year on the crampons. And the clip side paled in comparison to the time atac and eggbeaters I've used over the years.

    I'm starting to think the reason I spend so much money on pedals is because I've had such bad experiences with cheap ones, and good experiences with expensive ones.
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    DMR V12 Magnesium are my vote. Not too expensive compared to some others posted above. Light, replaceable pins, great all around platform IMO.

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    i have been running these so far with no problems. i have used them at walnut, city park,pace bend, and even just riding the road and brushy creek trail they are comfortable and grip well with any shoe i have tried.
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    i just ordered Shimano Pd-Mx80 Platform Pedals. It looks like they come in tomorrow!!! I can't wait! They do have adjusted pins, and platform style.

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    Platform Pedal Choice?

    +1 for the Decoys. I love them! The only gripe I have is on the older models(mine) the pins are not removable from under the contact area so if they crack off you're screwed. Pun intended! But they're thin enough that I rarely get pedal strikes and stick like glue with my 5.10s.
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    Another nod to the Straitline Defacto!

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    I have these Forte and I really like them.

    Often, you can use a coupon or find them on sale.

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    I ride in Central Texas also and LOVE my Spike Spanks.

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