In this article I’m going to provide an overview of the best flat pedals for gravel bikes.
My initial observance would be that putting flat pedals on a gravel bike is not often seen. Then again, who am I to argue with the fact that not everybody likes the clipped-in feel of SPD-type pedals. I for one doesn’t.
When doing gravel riding you probably don’t need the characteristics that come with a flat pedal designed specifically for enduro or downhill purposes. And I certainly hope that pedal strikes are an uncommon sight for gravel riders.
If my assumptions are correct, it doesn’t really make sense to add on really heavy duty pedals, with huge amounts of grip for the most difficult and technical trails. That’s the reason I’ve chosen both budget-friendly and high-quality offerings.
The items on this list have dual bearing and bushing setups for longevity. If not, it’s reflected in a cheaper price. And most are offered with durable aluminium bodies and service kits.
Either way, this list of the best flat pedals for gravel bikes will prove to have a pedal that suits your specific needs.
The HT AE05 flat pedal is one of HT’s premium offerings in the pedal department.
The aluminium platform measuring 100 x 96 x 17 mm dips to 12 millimetes at the axle, which makes for a 2.5 mm concave platform to seat your foot. E.g. a very grippy pedal, which is also one of the smaller on the market.
Deviating from industry standards, HT offers their proprietary EVO+ bearing setup, which is a single bushing and bearings seated between two races. It all spins on a chromoly axle.
The HT AN14A is a high-quality platform pedal with a rather small body.
That means the 94 x 95 x 17 mm CNC’ed 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 smathering 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.
The HT PA03A is a premium nylon composite MTB flat pedal.
It’s the most expensive on this list 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 ensures a longer lifespan, because the load get’s spread out.
The concave design and relative large platform is simple but very effective in keeping your foot in place.
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small
The Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small is the nylon composite version of their aluminium counterpart.
It measures 100 x 100 x 13 mm and offers a chromoly axle with both a glide and cartridge bearing.
Slightly concave with 18, rear-loading pins, it’s one of the best-looking and lightest nylon offerings out there, weighing only 299 grams.
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Large
The Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Large is the larger version measuring 114 x 111 x 13 mm.
This makes this pedal more suitable for riders with size 10-15 (us) or 43-49 (eu).
The large version is slightly heavier, but still very light, sitting at 329 grams.
Crankbrothers Stamp 2 Small
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 aluminium, 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 slichtly concave 439 gram platform to add a firm grip and keep your foot into place. And all Crankbrother pedals including this one is fully serviceable.
Crankbrothers Stamp 2 Large
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.
Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Small
I don’t know why, but Crankbrothers is the only company offering their pedals in two separate sizes.
The Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Small is obviously the smaller version of their most popular Stamp 7, which for years has been one of the best-selling flat pedal in the market.
It makes sense, because many riders have found the 100 x 100 x 13 mm body to fit their feet perfectly and hold just enough grip with 20, front-loading pins.
The easy-to-service chromoly spindle with 2 glide bearings ensures a long-lasting life and is very durable.
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.
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 RaceFace Aeffect is a premium high-quality performance pedal.
Measuring 101 x 100 x 16.9 mm with 20, rear-loading pins, it offers dual cartridge bearings and dual bushings on a chromoly spindle.
That means many miles with this sturdy, great-looking pedal weighing a decent 375 grams.
The aluminium pedal body is available in a number of colors, as is a service kit, should you need one.
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.
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 of 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 aluminium body, running on a CNC machined chromoly axle with a classic setup of bearings and a single bushing.
Once Reverse starts offering service kit, this pedal could truly be one of the best sub-100 USD offerings.
The VP Vice is one of the best budget mountain flat pedals on the market.
For less than 50 USD you get a CNC machined aluminium body measuring 105 x 96 x 13 mm, with a total of 24, front and rear-loading steel pins.
The pedal is finished with a chromoly axle running inside 2 cartridge bearings and a single bushing, and weighs 406 grams.
It means this pedal has no equal within its price category.
The VP Aim is another great product from this Taiwanese giant.
A barrel-polished aluminium body weighing in a 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.
Specifications best flat pedals for gravel bike
|Name||Price||Weight||Length||Width||Height||Body Material||Spindle||Bearings and Bushings||Pins||Service Kit||Buy at Amazon||Buy at Ebay|
|HT AE05||160.00 USD||360 g||100 mm||96 mm||17 mm||aluminium||Cr-Mo||EVO+ bearing, 1 bushing||20, rear-loading||link||link|
|HT AN14A||80.00 USD||475 g||94 mm||95 mm||17 mm||aluminium||Cr-Mo||2 cartridge bearings, 1 bushing||20, rear-loading||available||link||link|
|HT PA03A||69.00 USD||345 g||105 mm||107 mm||18 mm||nylon composite||Cr-Mo||2 cartridge bearings, 1 bushing||16, rear-loading||available||link||link|
|Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small||49.99 USD||299 g||100 mm||100 mm||13 mm||nylon composite||Cr-Mo||1 glide bearing, 1 cartridge bearing||18, rear-loading||available||link||link|
|Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Large||49.99 USD||329 g||114 mm||111 mm||13 mm||nylon composite||Cr-Mo||1 glide bearing, 1 cartridge bearing||18, rear-loading||available||link||link|
|Crankbrothers Stamp 2 Small||99.99 USD||439 g||100 mm||100 mm||16 mm||aluminium||Cr-Mo||2 cartridge bearings, 1 bushing||20, front-loading||available||link||link|
|Crankbrothers Stamp 2 Large||99.99 USD||494 g||114 mm||111 mm||16 mm||aluminium||Cr-Mo||2 cartridge bearings, 1 bushing||20, front-loading||available||link||link|
|Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Small||179.99 USD||345 g||100 mm||100 mm||13 mm||magnesium||Cr-Mo||2 glide bearings||20, front-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|
|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|
|RaceFace Aeffect||119.99 USD||375 g||101 mm||100 mm||16.9 mm||aluminium||Cr-Mo||2 cartridge bearing, 2 bushing||20, rear-loading||link||link|
|RaceFace Chester||59.99 USD||360 g||110 mm||101 mm||18.4 mm||nylon composite||Cr-Mo||1 cartridge bearing, 1 bushing||18, rear-loading||available||link||link|
|Reverse Escape||79.90 euros||405 g||100 mm||100 mm||16 mm||aluminium||Cr-Mo||2 cartridge bearings, 1 bushing||20, front and rear-loading||not available||link||link|
|VP Vice||44.99 USD||406 g||105 mm||96 mm||13 mm||aluminium||Cr-Mo||2 cartridge bearings, 1 bushing||24, front and rear-loading||link||link|
|VP Aim||60.00 USD||445 g||105 mm||105 mm||18 mm||aluminium||Cr-Mo||2 cartridge bearings, 1 bushing||20, front-loading||link||link|