The best flat pedals offer a great platform, with increased grip for your foot, while still giving you the ability to take your foot on and off easily. Flat pedals are becoming increasingly popular with mountain bikers and combined with specific flat pedal cycling shoes keep your foot in place even in the muddiest of conditions.
With a wide platform and pins to grip your shoes, all the best flat pedals give you great support while you ride. Replaceable pins offer better grip than fixed pins and you can usually swap them out for longer ones if you want even more grip. As you move up the price points you will find adjustable pins so you don’t need to buy new ones to get the right amount of grip. Thinner platforms make it less likely that you will hit the pedal on a rock as you ride. Loose ball bearings are easy to service but cartridge bearings are longer lasting.
As well as mountain biking, flat pedals are also great for other types of bikes like BMXs and even hybrids. We have picked out a range of flat pedals that offer dependable performance at different price points so you are sure to find a pair to suit your budget.
Bearings Ball Bearings
Pins 12 fitted + 8 replaceable
Colours Black, Red, Silver, White, Blue, Lime, Orange
The DMR V8s have a lot going for them as a long-term investment in flat pedals – they’re totally serviceable, they just keep going and going. DMR has used loose ball bearings rather than sealed cartridges and included a grease syringe, making maintenance a doddle.
As for riding, they’re wide and grippy with a mixture of fitted and replaceable pins to keep your foot in place. As they come in a massive range of colours, these are an appealing choice for colour conscious mountain bikers as well as dirt jumpers and BMXers.
A range of colours, removable pins and totally serviceable – these pedals are built for life.
Bearings DU bushing & sealed cartridge bearings
Pins 14 replaceable
Colours Black, White, Green, Yellow, Orange, Blue
Don’t let the plastic feel of these pedals put you off, the Nylon-reinforced composite platform is both tough & lightweight and with the replaceable pins you get the same level of grip as you would with an alloy platform. The pins screw through from the back of the pedal so they will stay in place even if you bash them.
Available in a wide range of bright colours, with CroMo axles running on sealed cartridge bearings and weighing in at just 354 grams for the pair the Nukeproof Neutron Evo pedals are hard to beat at this price point.
Lightweight and reliable with a great feel, the performance of the Neutrons is outstanding for the money.
Bearings Ball Bearings
Pins 18 replaceable
Colours Black/Raw alloy
The distinctive Shimano Saint pedals are long term favourites of many mountain bikers. While they aren’t the lightest or the thinnest the Saints offer a rugged dependability that is hard to match. Running on loose ball bearings it is easy to service the Saints so you can keep them running smoothly for years.
The extra wide platform holds your foot snugly even in the harshest conditions. Screwed through from the back the replaceable pins are height adjustable so you can choose how much grip you want the Saints to deliver.
Legendary Shimano reliability combined with height adjustable pins and a wide platform make the Saints a great choice for all types of riding
Bearings Sealed cartridge bearings and DU bushes
Pins 22 replaceable FlipPins
Colours Black, Blue, Orange, Red, Silver, White, Show Chrome, Sandblast Black, Nickle Grey
The DMR Vaults show that that pedals can be beautiful, even though they’re small. The range of anodised colours are, quite simply, mouth-watering – just check out the apple green with blue studs, or ‘snow chrome’ – silver with ice blue.
It’s not just about looks though and the Vaults have the awesome extra feature of being able to adjust the pins to fit them long or short – effectively tailoring the level of grip to your preference. To top it off, they’re really light too at just 410g/pair, plus you can shed even more weight with an optional titanium axle upgrade.
Blending quality design with reliability and a wide range of colours the Vaults are worth every penny
Bearings Sealed cartridge bearings and Norglide bushes
Pins 20 replaceable
Colours Black, Silver, Red, Blue, Purple, Orange
The Hope F20s might not have the showmanship and audacity of the DMR Vaults, but their quality is just undeniable. Besides, there’s still a more than adequate choice of six colours. The sloping edging shape shows Hope’s years of off-road expertise – they tend to rebound from rocks rather than catching and jarring, plus they’re tough enough to withstand impacts.
As ever with Hope, seal quality and quantity is above and beyond, so these enduring pedals will give years of hard riding, making the higher cost much more viable.
You get the best of British pedals from component masters Hope