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    Flat pedals with inboard bearing instead of bushing

    So I'm looking for a flat pedal with real bearings for XC use that also has a low platform height, if that's possible.

    Race Face Chester uses inboard bushing with very small outboard bearings. Normal XC use caused the tiny outboard loose ball bearings to be ground to putty which allowed the pedal body to fall from spindle.

    Low pedal spindle height is desirable, the composite platform has worked well. Now that the Chester body fell off however, I've seen the internals, and am reminded of the inefficiency of bushing pedals. I've had trouble with these in the past, including snapped spindles, I would guess from binding on the bushing. For contrast, inexpensive flat pedals will often have ball bearings inboard and outboard, causing high platform height, but I've not had trouble with those. They also roll easier than bushings. I've also used high end road pedals which have ball or cartridge bearings in a larger inboard housing.

    It might make sense to push proper bearings as far inboard as possible, like the Oozy Spank Trail. But that is aluminum, and expensive, I'd like it to be closer to $50 or $60. There is the Kona Wah Wah 2 that appears to have an inboard bearing, but I can't find specifications that show how it is built. Maybe I have to give up low platform height and go with a BMX type pedal.

    The advice I've received on these forums for other questions has been excellent, I appreciate any direction you can give for this one.

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    Bucksaw, Farley, and a Sturgis....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcriverjunky View Post
    Thank you for the link. The Kona Wah Wah 2 will be my next performance pedal. With cartridge and needle bearings instead of "DU" bushings, it should perform well for XC. It's a match for my spec, but I need to save up for it.

    As a test, I bought

    https://en.wellgopedal.com/products_detail_7_319.htm

    or Wellgo B109 for $15 delivered. Another option is Odyssey Twisted PC Pro. The plastic pins will wear out fast, it's dry here so not concerned with slipping off when wet. I'm trying this out to feel the difference of being further from the spindle, and to see how the loose ball bearings hold up. If that's OK, I've read good reviews of the Sun-Ringle ZuZu.

    On original WPD-823 SPD clipless, I am able to regularly inject grease through a hole poked in the dust cover. I've used those for years, including single speed steep climbs where the only way to turn over the gear is to yank on the upstroke and smash the down. Those loose ball bearing pedals just keep working. I tried WPD-801 for a while, until the right side snapped at the DU bushing.

    [B109 arrived - it is a good budget pedal. Low end pedals, however, do not have a round flange at the crank - the two wrench flats create stress at the interface, so these are not for performance cranks. So they've gone on the car bike.]
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    I like the Wah Wah but composites break. Went back to Xpedo Spry.
    Bucksaw, Farley, and a Sturgis....

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