In this article I’m going to give you my top picks for the best flat pedals for heavy riders. And to be a bit more specific, with heavy I assume a weight crossing roughly 200 pounds or 100 kilograms.
I assume that people looking for these type of flat pedals have had their fair share of pedal failures in the past. And even it that’s not the case with you, you might simply be looking for something sturdy to get you safely down your next trail.
When it comes to weight, there are indeed flat pedals that do have a limit set to them. In a never-ending search to create the lightest bicycle products, flat pedals have become thinner and thinner with each passing iteration.
But no matter how you slice it, a pedal have to have a certain amount of substance to it. And it seems that where flat pedals are concerned, we’ve achieved that delicate balance of very light pedals and a certain level of longevity.
In general, I believe that a rider’s weight is not the limiting factor of a pedal’s lifespan, but how many times you smack those pedals into the ground, a branch, rock or some other immovable object you might encounter on the trail. And how you maintain your pedals and service them if they start to show signs of play.
With that being said, I’m not going to recommend any of those magnesium and titanium, very expensive, pedal offerings that bear weight limits of around 175 pounds. Instead I’m going to provide a list of pedals that have a proven track record and can be easily serviced.
So without further ado, here’s my list of the best flat pedals for heavy riders.
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 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.
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 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 heavy riders
|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||available||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||available||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|
|Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Small||179.99 USD||345 g||100 mm||100 mm||13 mm||magnesium||Cr-Mo||2 glide bearings||20, front-loading||available||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||available||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||available||link||link|
|RaceFace Atlas||179.99 USD||386 g||110 mm||108 mm||12 mm||aluminium||Cr-Mo||4 cartridge bearings||20, rear-loading||available||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||available||link||link|