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    Noob question about pedals..

    Hello all!

    New here and just had a question about what to look for in a pedal...specifically for a mtb/freeride style. Weight is of little concern to me, with all of the sets weighing within a hundred grams or so, it seems negligible. Durability is everything from my point of view, for a part that seemingly takes the most direct, constant stress.

    Not too many pedals come in green, and not wanting to sacrifice quality for bling factor, I've narrowed it down to a handful of candidates:

    -KCNC Steady
    -Straitline AMP or DeFacto
    -Azonic 420
    -Mosso Pedal 2
    -XPEDO Face Off XMX 13

    Can anyone offer their input? The KCNC pedals seemed good because of their Titanium Nitride coated spindle. The selling point of the Straitline models seems to be what they refer to as "Igus iglide bushings". Has anyone had any experience with these that can vouch for them? I have heard mixed reviews here and there about Azonic 420's being solid, but their axles breaking. As for the last two, the Mosso and XPEDO, I have not heard much about at all. I assume because of their low price and two-piece design, that they are crap, but I could be wrong. Any and all input is welcomed and appreciated!

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    There's a long pedal thread in All Mountain. I like Azonic Flatirons.



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    Have you considered shimano saints. Very sturdly built, great grip, good looks and at about $75, cheaper than most of the pedals on your list.

    Cheers

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    Forte Converts for <$50. Not the lightest out there, and NO color options, but come with replacement threaded pins and work really well. Just a thought.

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    Straitline Components does not mess around. The DeFactos are not the thinnest pedal around but they are monsters of grip and monsters of durability. The bushings are brilliant, easy to service (haven't had to replace mine in 3 years) and you can service them in the field with only a screwdriver if you had to for whatever reason.

    There's some great pedals out there and there are tons of threads about good flat pedals in the DH and AM sections of the forum.
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    I just ordered a pair of the new Race Face Aeffect platform pedals ($119) for my wife's Superfly FS 6. I may give them a try myself sometime, although I run Shimano XT trail SPDs myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum View Post
    Straitline Components does not mess around. The DeFactos are not the thinnest pedal around but they are monsters of grip and monsters of durability. The bushings are brilliant, easy to service (haven't had to replace mine in 3 years) and you can service them in the field with only a screwdriver if you had to for whatever reason.

    There's some great pedals out there and there are tons of threads about good flat pedals in the DH and AM sections of the forum.
    i run the strait line defacto pedels i think zebrahum pretty much summed it up
    definitely an awesome pedal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by abelfonseca View Post
    Have you considered shimano saints. Very sturdly built, great grip, good looks and at about $75, cheaper than most of the pedals on your list.

    Cheers
    Second on the Shimano Saints. I just ordered a pair for myself. I've read some good reviews and they look sick, plus I was in need of some good flats. Here's a link to get a pair for $56: Shimano Saint MX80 Flat Pedals | Chain Reaction Cycles
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    At first, I wanted green pedals to match the colors on my bike.
    I got orange canfield crampons and couldn't be happier!
    Consider alternatives...

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