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The top 9 best flat mountain bike pedals under 100

In this article I’m going to provide an overview of the best flat mountain bike pedals under 100 dollars.

Flat pedals up to 100 dollars are about the sweet spot where this product is concerned. There’s a mixture of nylon composite and aluminum versions available at the price point.

And a handful of entries offer more than what seems to be the industry standard of a single cartridge bearing and single bushing on a chromoly spindle.

Either way, whether you choose a single cartridge or dual setup, these pedals are all great products that will assuredly last you a long time with the proper care.

And if they do show signs of wear and/or play, the majority offer service kits to renew them.

So without further ado, here’s my list of the best flat mountain bike pedals under 100 dollars.

Crankbrothers Stamp 2 Small

Crankbrothers Stamp 2 Small flat pedal
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Crankbrothers Stamp 2 Small flat pedal
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The Crankbrothers Stamp 2 Small is one of the best sub-100 dollar flat pedals you can buy.

The reason is that they come in two sizes with this small one measuring 100 x 100 x 16 mm, perfect for feet up to size 10 (43).

The body is made from durable aluminum, with a chromoly axle holding not 1 but 2 cartridge bearings, and a single bushing to spread the load.

20, front-loading pins are used on a slightly concave 439 gram platform to add a firm grip and keep your foot into place. And all Crankbrother pedals including this one are fully serviceable.

Expert Experience

86 | Rachael Wight – 43719

The platform of the small pedal is pretty small compared to favourite flats I usually ride on; take the OneUp Components pedal at 115 x105mm and Hope F20’s at 110 x 102mm for example. There aren’t any bearing housings obstructing the inboard side so the Stamp does provide a useable space but it’s still pretty small and I felt I missed the support near the midsole of my foot when riding downhill. On longer rides, this led to fatigue and some aching over the footbed with both stiffer and more flexible shoes.

Pros and Cons

Crankbrothers Stamp 2 Large

Crankbrothers Stamp 2 Large flat pedal
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Crankbrothers Stamp 2 Large flat pedal
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The Crankbrothers Stamp 2 Large is the larger version with a platform measuring 114 x 111 x 16 mm. It’s perfect for size 11 (44 EU) and up.

The pedals weigh a total of 494 grams.

Pros and Cons

RaceFace Chester

RaceFace Chester flat pedal
RaceFace Chester flat pedal
RaceFace Chester flat pedal
RaceFace Chester flat pedal
RaceFace Chester flat pedal
RaceFace Chester flat pedal

We at least know that the design of the RaceFace Chester was deemed nice enough to be copied. And it’s a nice-looking mountain bike flat pedal.

It has a big non-concave shape measuring 110 x 101 x 18.4 mm, with 18, rear-loading pins.

The weight is average, sitting at 360 grams.

It offers the same single cartridge bearing and bushing on a steel axle as many of the competitors.

Expert Experience

80 | Paul Burwell – 45066

The Race Face Chester offers outstanding value for the flat pedal rider, especially for those who are newer to the sport, don’t ride frequently, or are more mindful of how they spend their dollar. The Chester provides a supportive platform, and fairly good grip, although they don’t perform as well in mud or as pedals in our review with more pins. The straightforward serviceability adds value to these pedals, making them a great choice.

Pros and Cons

Chromag Synth

Chromag Synth flat pedal
Chromag Synth flat pedal
Chromag Synth flat pedal
Chromag Synth flat pedal
Chromag Synth flat pedal
Chromag Synth flat pedal

The Chromag Synth is not a carbon copy, but (almost) a nylon composite copy of the Chromag Scarab.

It means that where the Scarab sits far above a hundred dollars, the Synth is half that price.

For that price you get an 18-pin, front- and rear-loading, nylon composite MTB flat pedal measuring 100 x 107 x 13 mm, sitting at 380 grams.

Probably one of the biggest advantages of this nylon composite pedal is that you can buy a replacement pedal body should you smash it. If you ask me, every other pedal manufacturer should follow this, because it makes it much more attractive to choose a certain brand.

Expert Experience

80 | Paul Burwell – 44864

Grip with the stock pins is not bad, but like most nylon platforms I’ve tested, I can feel the plastic surface. It just feels a little bit more slippery compared to aluminium, especially in the wet. However, a lot depends on the flat shoes you’re running; it’s stable wearing a Five Ten Freerider, but with something slightly harder – like a Bontrager Flatline or Crankbrothers Stamp – I just didn’t feel as engaged.

Pros and Cons

HT AN14A

HT AN14A flat pedal
HT AN14A flat pedal
HT AN14A flat pedal
HT AN14A flat pedal
HT AN14A flat pedal
HT AN14A flat pedal

The HT AN14A is a high-quality platform pedal with a rather small body.

That means the 94 x 95 x 17 mm CNC’d body is better suited for smaller feet up to size 10.

If you fall into that category the 20 pinned, rear-loading body will prove to have ample grip in a smattering of anodized colors.

On top of that you’ll also get a CNC machined chromoly axle with dual cartridge bearings and a single bushing, which is above the industry standard of a single cartridge and bushing setup.

For its size it’s not the lightest, weighing 475 grams.

Expert Experience

82 | MBA Action – 43067

I installed the AN14A pedals on my favorite enduro bike, strapped on our Five Ten flat shoes and took off for the trails. These pedals are a tad smaller than other pedals I’ve ridden but are far from the smallest. I combined stealth rubber-soled shoes with these pedals and found they mated extremely well. It was almost as if I glued my shoes to the pedals. Once I applied pressure, my feet felt secure and movement-free.

The pins came pre-installed on our pedals, and the height was perfect right out of the box. I beat up these pedals ride after ride, and they showed no sign of slowing down, other than the inevitable cosmetic damage from smashing rocks and other trail debris. Overall, I had nothing to complain about when it came to HT’s AN14A pedals. They appeared to be bulletproof and provided me with comfort and support when ripping around my local trails.

Pros and Cons

HT PA03A

HT PA03A flat pedal
HT PA03A flat pedal
HT PA03A flat pedal
HT PA03A flat pedal
HT PA03A flat pedal
HT PA03A flat pedal

The HT PA03A is a premium nylon composite MTB flat pedal.

Even though composite pedals are very affordable, this pedal is a bit more expensive but for good reasons. It has a big concave platform measuring 105 x 107 x 18 mm.

Weighing 345 grams, the platform has 16 rear-loading pins, and 4 nylon ones sitting at the axle.

The machined chromoly axle holds dual cartridge bearings and a single bushing, which sets these pedals apart from the rest of the competition. These dual bearings ensure a longer lifespan, because the load get’s spread out.

The concave design and relatively large platform is simple but very effective in keeping your foot in place.

Expert Experience

83 | Mick Kirkman – 43116

Even sized with similar dimensions to plenty others here, the PA03A parallelogram feels really big, and the combination of a traditional, extended axle design, good concavity and well spread pins, means the HT is absolutely planted underfoot.

In dry weather the HT’s are a total winner, but in the worst mud and slime, the inner, fatter plastic studs offer little purchase and the overall grip levels are reduced to marginally less than the best aluminium pedals on test.

Pros and Cons

DMR V12

DMR V12 flat pedal
DMR V12 flat pedal
DMR V12 flat pedal
DMR V12 flat pedal
DMR V12 flat pedal
DMR V12 flat pedal

The DMR V12 is a modern flat pedal with the tried and true sealed cartridge and bushing running on a chromoly axle.

It’s not the lightest pedal sitting at 430 grams, but you do get a fully serviceable pedal with 20, rear-loading pins in a body measuring 100 x 95 x 16 mm.

But for a retail price of 60 pounds, there are more budget-friendly options.

Expert Experience

81 | Alex Evans – 44636

The V12’s fairly diminutive platform meant foot placement needed to be accurate to get the most traction from the pins and improve stability. When my feet were placed off-centre, stability was reduced because they can pivot off the pedal, and I found myself regularly repositioning them on the platform. This proved to be tricky because pin grip was impressive. However, if my feet were located centrally on the platform, there was no twisting or movement.

The bonus of a small platform is the pedals are less likely to hit the sides of ruts, but I found my feet hit the edges of the trail before the pedals did, which could be problematic for some. Although the gloss paint looks good out of the box, it’s quick to chip, making the V12s look scruffy.

Pros and Cons

VP Aim

VP Aim flat pedal
VP Aim flat pedal
VP Aim flat pedal
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The VP Aim is another great product from this Taiwanese giant.

A barrel-polished aluminum body weighing 445 grams, comes equipped with 20, front-loading steel pins.

Just like many other MTB flat pedals from this brand, 2 cartridge bearings and a single bushing spin around a CNC machined chromoly axle.

A very durable pedal for people who don’t mind the extra bit of weight.

Expert Experience

95 | Nick Zuzelski – 42541

The VP Aim pedals have proven to be a decent set of flats with good durability. It’s rare to see a set of metal pedals with sealed bearings slot in at $60 or less per pair, which may offset shortcomings in weight and grip for less discerning riders. The Aims don’t redefine the pedal market or set any new benchmarks, but instead give budget-minded riders a trusty set of flats without breaking the bank.

Pros and Cons

Reverse Escape

Reverse Escape flat pedal
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Reverse Escape flat pedal
Reverse Escape flat pedal
Reverse Escape flat pedal
Reverse Escape flat pedal

I like the Reverse Escape very, very much, if not for the fact that it seems they don’t offer service kits. They should get that in order. You can get it serviced for 25 euros, but it means sending it off to Germany.

Apart from the lack of service kit, the Escape flat pedal has a lot going for it. Great design in a 100 x 100 x 16 mm aluminum body, running on a CNC machined chromoly axle with a classic setup of bearings and a single bushing.

Once Reverse starts offering a service kit, this pedal could truly be one of the best sub-100 USD offerings.

Expert Experience

94 | Nikki Stafford – 42405

The pedals were tested in a range of different conditions. I found they offered a good amount of grip in all the conditions they were tested in, although they definitely aren’t the grippiest pedals I have ridden on. However there was still sufficient enough grip and I definitely felt comfortable & in control of the bike. These Reverse pedals were also the first flats that I had ridden in a long time that didn’t lose any pins within the first few rides. The pedals are a lot thicker than some of the leading competitors so I found they were more susceptible to hitting off the ground and low lying debris & rocks underneath the pedals.

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Specifications flat mountain bike pedals under 100

Name
Price
Weight
Size
Length
Width
Height
Body
Spindle
Bearings and bushings
Pins
Service kit
Crankbrothers Stamp 2 Small
99.99 USD
439
100 x 100 x 16 mm
100 mm
100 mm
16 mm
aluminium
Cr-Mo
2 cartridge bearings, 1 bushing
20, front-loading
available
Crankbrothers Stamp 2 Large
99.99 USD
494
114 x 111 x 16 mm
114 mm
111 mm
16 mm
aluminium
Cr-Mo
2 cartridge bearings, 1 bushing
20, front-loading
available
RaceFace Chester
59.99 USD
360
110 x 101 x 18.4 mm
110 mm
101 mm
18.4 mm
nylon composite
Cr-Mo
1 cartridge bearing, 1 bushing
18, rear-loading
available
Chromag Synth
56.95 euros
380
107 x 100 x 13 mm
107 mm
100 mm
13 mm
nylon composite
Cr-Mo
1 cartridge bearing, 1 bushing
18, rear-loading
available
HT AN14A
80 USD
475
94 x 95 x 17 mm
94 mm
95 mm
17 mm
aluminium
Cr-Mo
2 cartridge bearings, 1 bushing
20, rear-loading
available
HT PA03A
69 USD
345
105 x 107 x 18 mm
105 mm
107 mm
18 mm
nylon composite
Cr-Mo
2 cartridge bearings, 1 bushing
16, rear-loading
available
DMR V12
60 pounds
430
100 x 95 x 16 mm
100 mm
95 mm
16 mm
aluminium
Cr-Mo
1 cartridge bearing, 1 bushing
20, rear-loading
available
VP Aim
60 USD
445
105 x 105 x 18 mm
105 mm
105 mm
18 mm
aluminium
Cr-Mo
2 cartridge bearings, 1 bushing
20, front-loading
Reverse Escape
79.9 euros
405
100 x 100 x 16 mm
100 mm
100 mm
16 mm
aluminium
Cr-Mo
2 cartridge bearings, 1 bushing
20, front and rear-loading
not available

Sources

80, Race Face Chester Review, Outdoorgearlab, 45066
82, Review – HT Nano AN14A Pedals, Mountain Bike Action, 43067
83, HT PA03A flat pedal review, MBR, 43116
81, DMR V12 flat pedals review, Bikeradar, 44636
95, VP Components VP-Aim Flat Pedal, Vital MTB, 42541
94, Reverse Components Escape Pedals – Review, MTB Girls Ride, 42405
bio vanseijen

Johan van Seijen

Founder Restoration.bike

Johan van Seijen is the founder of restoration.bike. His cycling career has seen him at the starting line of classics such as the Amstel Gold Race and Liege Bastogne Liege. Realizing his racing capacity would fall short of what was needed he obtained a MS from the University of Amsterdam in engineering. His love for cycling changed into riding in an amateur capacity with his local cycling club TFC Weesp as a roadie and supporting MTB Noordwest as a mountain biker. He repairs, restores, and builds bicycles and shares his knowledge on YouTube, Facebook and this website. 

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