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    Large, Lightish Platform/Flat Pedal XC/Trail Riding

    I'm going to be trying out flat pedals, already got some 5.10's. I have size 13 feet so I'm looking for a pedal that's got a large platform. I'd like something thin too. I'm not going to be riding any crazy downhill/freeride stuff, I ride xc/trail but I do want something durable. I would like to be under 400g, a little over would be ok, no titanium. Right now I'm looking at some Diety SkyScrapers, Canfield Ultimates, Spank Spikes or perhaps Blackspire Sub4. So whats a good, large, lightish pedal for xc/trail riding?

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    Scrap all the others on the list..DMR Vault is the only choice
    Nice large platform, very light(for the size) and thin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalray View Post
    Scrap all the others on the list..DMR Vault is the only choice
    Nice large platform, very light(for the size) and thin.
    Green is a bonus, going on a Cannondale Trigger29er1

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALS650L View Post
    I'm going to be trying out flat pedals, already got some 5.10's. I have size 13 feet so I'm looking for a pedal that's got a large platform. I'd like something thin too. I'm not going to be riding any crazy downhill/freeride stuff, I ride xc/trail but I do want something durable. I would like to be under 400g, a little over would be ok, no titanium. Right now I'm looking at some Diety SkyScrapers, Canfield Ultimates, Spank Spikes or perhaps Blackspire Sub4. So whats a good, large, lightish pedal for xc/trail riding?
    Im 6"2 210

    For some weird reason im blowing through pedal axles. I bent one after the next.

    Im not crashing or hitting anything.

    I bent wellgo b117 , deity decoys.

    So i ended up with wellgo 117 and ti spindals. So far so good.

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    I have 2 sets of Spanks. Red for the Jamis XAM 2 and titanium color for the Goblin XO.

    Coming from clipless I cannot say enough good things about Spank.

    These pedals coupled with my 5 10 shoes is just an amazing experience.

    As far as durability i am a big guy and have on a few occasions slammed into rocks. The pedals are built like a tank.

    Need I say more?

    Best price i have found is Jenson.

    Oh yes, be careful. Never having gone platform before I have several nice cuts on my legs from the pins .

    Thats the price you pay for secure grip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalray View Post
    Scrap all the others on the list..DMR Vault is the only choice
    Nice large platform, very light(for the size) and thin.
    Quote Originally Posted by ALS650L View Post
    Green is a bonus, going on a Cannondale Trigger29er1
    The Apple Green Vaults are sick. I have them in regular silver and the platform is massive. Can't wait for the first ride this season and hopefully they blow my last year's Point1 Podiums out of the water.
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    Canfield Ultimates (green ) work for me. I use them with size 13 5.10 Freeriders and they are just wide enough. With wider Impacts you might want something even wider. I have replaced Canfield supplied pins with much shorter ones. For pedally bikes it all works very well in minimizing pedal strikes - for downhill bike I might try those DMR Vaults...

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    Is the only way to get Canfields straight from them? I'd like more of lime green than apple green. The Spanks are still really appealing to me.

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    Another vote for the Canfield pedals. Super thin so you don't snag rocks easily, but feel super burly underfoot. I wear a 12 and it feels like I've got tons of real estate to stand on. They also have very low maintenance du bushings. Some might say that bearings are better, but where do most pedals fail? The bearings. The du bushings are super smooth rotating (feels like needle bearings) and will last for a long long time.

    One last benefit deals again with the thin pedal design. You are basically standing at the pivot axis of the pedal, and that makes the pedaling feel, at least to me, very easy on my knees. Natural and easy to pedal. Excellent design from an excellent company

    And they come with an extra set of pins and free loctite.
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    I'm running in to this too. I've been on my VP Vices for about six months now. They are great pedals and a great price, but I'm finding myself wanting more room for my size 12 Freeriders. I'm getting some pain in my right foot and hoping a bigger pedal might fix it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALS650L View Post
    Is the only way to get Canfields straight from them? I'd like more of lime green than apple green. The Spanks are still really appealing to me.
    I bought my Canfields direct. No reason not to. If you want ask your favorite local shop to order them for you. I have the previous generation pedals but they are very nice. Been using them for over a year now and I have been very happy. Can't talk about how well size 13's fit as I ride 12's but I can say that my pedals have been very durable and are still spinning smoothly after many snags and strikes. They are pedals so don't expect the finish to stay pretty for very long. My white ones are starting to look silver in many spots
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRedMantra View Post
    I bought my Canfields direct. No reason not to. If you want ask your favorite local shop to order them for you. I have the previous generation pedals but they are very nice. Been using them for over a year now and I have been very happy. Can't talk about how well size 13's fit as I ride 12's but I can say that my pedals have been very durable and are still spinning smoothly after many snags and strikes. They are pedals so don't expect the finish to stay pretty for very long. My white ones are starting to look silver in many spots
    I would have no problem ordering from Canfield, just saw on their website black was out of stock, the green is too dark. I'm interested in the Deity Skyscrapers. Anybody have experience with the Deity pedals?

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    I fondled a pair of deity skyscrapers at the lbs and they look very nice. I've been on Deity decoys for probably a 1.5 years and I'm still on the same set. I do a lot of medium drops, rock garden riding, and riding in PNW mud/rain. So far no problems to speak of. One thing I will note is that the skyscraper pedal appears to use smaller diameter pins that are a little longer than the decoy. I'm sure Deity did their homework and they're still just as durable, but the pins in the decoys have been strong for me.

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    Do the Deity pedals have a large platform, I didn't see dimensions on their website?

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    I think the skyscraper looked slightly bigger than the decoy but I didn't do a side by side. The decoy is large enough for my size 10.5 impacts, but it's not a massive platform compared to some offerings.

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    I was able to compare a Deity Decoy and the Crampon Ultimate today. The platform size is very similar so I would assume the Skyscraper is close too. I did like the thinness of the Canfield though. Wish I knew somewhere local to checkout the Spank Spikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALS650L View Post
    I was able to compare a Deity Decoy and the Crampon Ultimate today. The platform size is very similar so I would assume the Skyscraper is close too. I did like the thinness of the Canfield though. Wish I knew somewhere local to checkout the Spank Spikes.
    in Fl. by any chance ?

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    Nope, in VT

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    well that won't work.

    Nice up there. Spent alot of time at Killington and Stowe. All in the winter. Must be great biking this time of year.

    I'd venture to say your downhill is a bit more extreme than mine .

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillharman View Post
    I'm running in to this too. I've been on my VP Vices for about six months now. They are great pedals and a great price, but I'm finding myself wanting more room for my size 12 Freeriders. I'm getting some pain in my right foot and hoping a bigger pedal might fix it.
    I have tried a few clipless combos but all the shoes make my toes hurt for days. I need a size D wide shoe and by then clipless seem combersome.

    Flat pedals seemed like the logical solution for me. My neighbor picked up some answer rove pedals and they seem realy sturdy but they are super heavy with the steele axles.


    Question, why are manufactures using du bushings with sealed cart bearings, why not just use sealed ?

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    Im in palm beach gardens

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    Fxyation Mesa MP. Nylon body deflects instead of breaking. 390g. Work really good with my 5.10 freerides. Plus they are cheap so you wont feel bad if you break them.

    Mesa MP Pedal - Online bike shop for commuter, fixed gear, single speed and urban cyclists

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillharman View Post
    I'm running in to this too. I've been on my VP Vices for about six months now. They are great pedals and a great price, but I'm finding myself wanting more room for my size 12 Freeriders. I'm getting some pain in my right foot and hoping a bigger pedal might fix it.
    Really? Vices are supposed to be 105x105 and one of the larger platforms. I think only the DMR Vault and Twenty6 Predator are larger.

    I'll find out tonight, Vice pedals should be in the mail to go on my new bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTscoob View Post
    Really? Vices are supposed to be 105x105 and one of the larger platforms. I think only the DMR Vault and Twenty6 Predator are larger.

    I'll find out tonight, Vice pedals should be in the mail to go on my new bike
    It's possible that the pain isn't related to the size of the pedal. It's just one thing I'm exploring. The Vice's are great pedals, especially for the price.

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    not had good luck with spank spike bearings. love the profile and grip but got rid of them after a few months and 2 rebuilds later in bone dry conditions. perhaps just a bad pair machining/tolerances...don't know. pretty straight forward to replace so i did but had no luck with a warranty request after replcement set went south with zero pedal strikes and bmx track like conditions
    bought a pair of spesh bennies on sale for 60 bucks and haven't looked back. been running deity decoys on a 4X set up (that has stacked plenty!) for 2yrs now and they're perfect.

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    I think I've narrowed it down to the Canfields or Deity. I'd like to see the SkyScrapers in person.

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    Skyscrapers are SEXY in person. I'm building up a new knolly chilcotin frame and decided to go with deity compounds with this bike. They are practically identical to the decoys that I've loved for so long and extremely light weight.

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    I ended up getting a set of Canfield Ultimates in white. Local shop had them, which satisfied my impulsive side. White doesn't look too bad on my Trigger 29er1 either. No rides on them yet, miserable weather here in VT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honns View Post
    Fxyation Mesa MP. Nylon body deflects instead of breaking. 390g. Work really good with my 5.10 freerides. Plus they are cheap so you wont feel bad if you break them.

    Mesa MP Pedal - Online bike shop for commuter, fixed gear, single speed and urban cyclists
    Thanks for pointing these out. I have been using Deity Compounds and really like the value and performance. But, I have always wished that there were three pins each front and back instead of the Compound's two.

    The Mesa MPs look almost identical to the Compounds but have the extra pins front and rear and they have a better seal where the axle enters the pedal body. I swapped in some longer spare Deity Compound pins and the grip on the Mesas is incredible.

    So...Mesa MPs and Compounds are very similar plastic pedals but: Mesas have better pin placement (my opinion) and they have a better axle seal (I had to use zip ties on the Compound seals to keep them from sliding up the axle away from the pedal body). Compound pins are interchangeable with the Mesa pedals.

    Also the Mesa MPs cost $12 more than the Compounds. I'm not sure if the extra pins front and rear and the better axle seal is enough to justify the 25% higher price but I decided to try the Mesas out.

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