In this article I’m going to provide a list of the best flat pedals for grip.
Mountain bike flat pedals have a number of advantages over clipless pedals except in one area, which is grip. When configured correctly clipless pedals will stay connected to your feet at all times. That means that the occassional jarring nature of a trail won’t end up in an accidental foot slip on the pedals, with possible disastrous results.
To prevent these foot slips, flat pedals offer concave platforms with pins. The concave nature of a pedal helps get the ball of your foot into the correct position of the pedal, and the pins bite in the soles of your shoes to keep them there.
If you’re looking for grip you’re looking for flat pedals specifically designed for mountain biking, since these pedals tend to offer the most grip. And it’s the characteristics just mentioned, concave platform and pins, that will offer a greater amount of grip. With a more concave structure, more pins and longer pins naturally increasing grip.
These characteristics are not necessarily related to price. Cheaper flat pedals can demonstrate such traits with equal effectiveness as premium ones. So you’ll find both budget-friendly and premium offerings on my list.
So with that being said, let’s head over to my top picks for the best flat pedals for grip.
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.
The Chromag Synth is not a carbon copy, but (almost) a nylon composite copy of the Chromag Synth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Specifications best flat pedals for grip
|Name||Price||Weight||Length||Width||Height||Body Material||Spindle||Bearings and Bushings||Pins||Service Kit||Buy at Amazon||Buy at Ebay|
|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|
|Chromag Synth||56.95 euros||380 g||107 mm||100 mm||13 mm||nylon composite||Cr-Mo||1 cartridge bearing, 1 bushing||18, rear-loading||available||link||link|
|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|
|RaceFace Atlas||179.99 USD||386 g||110 mm||108 mm||12 mm||aluminium||Cr-Mo||4 cartridge bearings||20, 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|