In this article I’m going to give you my top picks for the best flat pedals for downhill mountain biking.
Considering the amount of abuse flat pedals have to endure for the dowhill mountain biking discipline, I place durability and serviceability high on my list of priorities. If you’re going to spend good money on a set of pedals, you simply don’t want them to fall apart at the first pedal strike or crash.
And after they have been through enough abuse and it is time to service them, you want a service kit to be both available and easy to use. The best of the best flat pedals set themselves apart from the competion because they run on more than a single bearing and/or bushing, to prevent the tremendous amount of pedal load to be distributed among a higher number of components.
Next up is the pedal design itself. Everybody who’s ever run a trail knows the difference between staying on the trail and landing somewhere else entirely is largely dependant on you staying in control of your bike. And one of the key elements of control, besides your handlebars, is your pedals.
And especially for flat pedals, which don’t clip your feet into position, you want the overall design and pin position to provide ample grip. And a concave design to move your foot in place and keep it there is not a nice to have, but an absolute requirement.
That’s enough talk for now, let’s see what overview of the best flat pedals for downhill I came up with.
Hopes F20 refers to the number of pins located on each pedal. They only offer a single pedal for adults. Why have more if you put your best effort in a single product? Makes sense.
They obviously look nice, with the best machining Ive ever seen on any pedal. But Hope also has an outstanding reputation for making superb-quality products and these pedals are no different. Both in the durability and serviceability department. And it doesnt hurt to get a best in test seal of approval in this regard.
They contain 3 sealed cartridge bearings and a single bushing that spin freely and are sealed of to prevent outside contamination from happening. The seals on this pedal feel incredibly tight and after many miles have not shown any signs of loosening.
I also was looking for a pedal with rear-loading pins. Not that I intend on crashing them into any obstacles, but it is the better option.
They are very pricey for a pair of pedals but I guess thats part of the allure as well. And the entire design, platform, bearings and bushing, seals, simply ooze high-quality. If you decide to spend money on buying the best the market has to offer, the Hope F20 simply will not disappoint.
The RaceFace Atlas looks kind of similar to the Crankbrothers Stamp 7.
But it has an asymmetric layout which enables the large 110 x 108 x 12 mm platform to use 20, rear-loading steel pins instead. And rear-loading pins are easier to remove when damaged so that’s a plus.
The biggest difference however is in the bearing setup. The Atlas flat pedal uses a whopping 4 sealed cartridge bearings; a huge one sitting near the crank and 3 further along the machined axle. This both increases the Q-factor and ensures the pedal can endure a tremendous amount of load, and is the perfect companion for a downhill beatdown.
It might be this incredible durable setup that has convinced the manufacturer to provide the pedal with a lifetime warranty. Either way this pedal coming in 9 different colors is built to last.
Burgtec Penthouse MK5
UK’s Burgtec Penthouse MK5 is a very high-quality premium mountain bike flat pedal.
The aluminium body with chromoly axle runs on 2 bushes, not one, and a single cartridge bearing. It means each rotating part gets a lesser amount of load from the pedal which ensures a longer lifespan. A characteristic offered only in the best pedals.
Personally I like the square design very much, and the CNC machined body is simply stunning. It hold 16, rear-loading pins, and weighs in at 379 grams for the pair. It dips at the axle enabling a concave design for more grip.
One of the best for sure.
The Chromag Dagga sits at the right side of the spectrum when it comes to mountain bike flat pedals in a number of ways.
It easily has the biggest platform of any premium flat pedal out there, with a body measuring 120 x 115 x 16 mm.
Chromag further complemented this in-your-face design by offering a staggering amount of 24, rear-loading pins with a height of 7 mm. It basically means that once you plant your feet, they simply won’t come of the pedal again without the use of a tire iron.
If that pin-height proves a bit too much, you can also get height-adjustable pins to further tune your needs.
The rest of the body proves to be industry standard premium pedal characteristics. A chromoly axle, single bearing and bushing, and CNC machined aluminium body with service kits available.
It’s such an angry-looking, aggressive pedal for people who’re very serious about grip.
Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Large
If my sources are correct, the Crankbrothers Stamp 7 pedals are probably the most used premium mountain bike flat pedals on the market.
It looks great. Crankbrothers offers two different sizes for all their pedals, with the Stamp 7 large aluminium pedal body measuring 114 x 111 x 13 mm.
The Stamp 7 works with two glide bearings on either side of the chromoly axle. These bearings are much wider than your average sealed cartridge bearing ensuring a flatter platform and a larger contact area. With proper maintenance it means the Stamp 7 could probably last you a lifetime (pedal strikes not included).
The pedal body has a very slightly concave shape, which aids in keeping your foot in place. And 20 front-loading pins enables a nice symmetric design.
The combination of design, color options, and bearing setup with service kits makes this flat pedal a winner among the competition.
Specifications best flat pedals for downhill
|Name||Price||Weight||Length||Width||Height||Body Material||Spindle||Bearings and Bushings||Pins||Service Kit||Buy at Amazon||Buy at Ebay|
|Hope F20||180.00 USD||390 g||110 mm||102 mm||14 mm||aluminium||Cr-Mo||3 cartridge bearings, 1 bushing||20, rear-loading||link||link|
|RaceFace Atlas||179.99 USD||386 g||110 mm||108 mm||12 mm||aluminium||Cr-Mo||4 cartridge bearings||20, rear-loading||link||link|
|Burgtec Penthouse MK5||99.99 pounds||379 g||102 mm||100 mm||15 mm||aluminium||Cr-Mo||1 cartridge bearing, 2 bushings||18, rear-loading||link||link|
|Chromag Dagga||161.95 euros||488 g||120 mm||115 mm||16 mm||aluminium||Cr-Mo||1 cartridge bearing, 1 bushing||24, rear-loading||link||link|
|Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Large||179.99 USD||375 g||114 mm||111 mm||13 mm||aluminium||Cr-Mo||2 glide bearings||20, front-loading||link||link|