In this segment of Our Five Favorites, we are taking a closer look at some of the top mountain bike flat pedals on the market. With rad companies like Crank Brothers, RaceFace, Deity, and DMR topping this list, we have some great platform pedals to choose from. Everyone is searching for something different in their flat pedals. No matter if you are looking for something with maximum grip, increased shoe feel, great versatility, or is cost friendly, our five favorites meet all of those needs.
The first pedal on our list today is a new pedal for 2017 and has quickly become a favorite for all skill levels of riders out there. The new flat pedals from Crank Brothers have set the bar for quality in a platform pedal. The Stamp flat pedals have a thin profile, use 10 replaceable traction pins per side and have a concave shape to cup your feet to the pedal. One feature unique to the Stamp pedals is that they are available in two different sizes, small and large. The larger size platform is designed for shoe sizes 10 and up, while the small model is intended for shoe sizes 10 and below. Both sizes are available in anodized black and anodized red.
The entire Raceface Atlas line of products is designed around style and performance. The Atlas pedals are just that! These pedals are relatively thin and use a slightly concave profile. One feature unique to the Atlas pedal is that the traction pins on the leading edge and trailing edge are slightly angled towards the center of the pedal body. This is an effort to lock your grippy flat pedal shoes to the pedals. That's pretty sweet! The Atlas pedals use replaceable hex shaped traction pins and are available in six different colors: black, orange, purple, blue, green, and red.
Next on our list are the Deity Compound Platform Pedals. For 2017, Deity revamped around 90% of their entire product line and the Compound pedal was one product that remained unchanged. The Compound pedals are one of the top-selling pedals we have and for good reason. The Nylon fiber composite pedal is incredibly durable and the replacement is easy to get to from the back side of the pedal. The most impressive thing about these pedals is that they retail for less than $50. You can't beat that! The Compound pedals are highly versatile and will fit right in at both your technical trails and local dirt jumps. Deity offers the Compound pedals in five colors: black, orange, red, green, and blue.
DMR has made a name for themselves with their Vault pedals. With riders like Brendan Fairclough and Andreu Lacondeguy riding Vault pedals, these flats are being pushed to the limits. The Vault pedals feature a traditional shape, have a tunable grip with 11 replaceable traction pins per side, and are easily serviceable. They are some of the most durable pedals out there and are among the best on this list. The Vault pedals utilize a 6061 aluminum pedal body and a 4041 chromoly steel spindle. DMR offers the Vault pedals in many color options including the oil slick Lacondeguy signature model.
The Race Face Chester Pedals have a great value. The nylon composite body is durable and will glance right off of rocks and roots on the trail. The Chester pedal was Raceface's attempt to compete with the Deity Compound pedals. And they did just that! With a $50 price tag, replaceable traction pins, and replaceable sealed bearings, the Chester pedals check all the boxes. Now all you have to do is choose the color that matches your style the best! Read up on our review of these extremely affordable pedals.
With hundreds of options on the market, it is always hard to find exactly what might fit your exact needs when looking for a Flat Pedal. Having to factor in price, weight, sizing; you may have a hard time finding that perfect pedal. Fortunately, there are some cheaper options that perform really well, as well as a variety of sizes to fit almost any size shoe. These five pedals work incredibly well for us and fit perfectly into a category for grippy, light and wide pedals that don't necessarily require you to empty your wallet.