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The top 7 best flat pedals for small feet

In this article I’m going to cover the best flat pedals for small feet. It means you’ll find pedals on this list with a maximum width of 102 millimeters.

Obviously you could ride larger pedals, but you run the risk of incorrect pin placement and more frequent pedal strikes if you do. Just as you can run the risk of using larger size shoes increases the risk of tripping so to speak.

Except for Crankbrothers, manufacturers choose to size their pedals in different models, instead of the same model in different sizes. Unfortunately that means that some of the best pedals aren’t all that good for female riders, who usually have small feet, or people with small sizes in general.

That being said, if you look hard enough there are still a number of incredible flat pedals out there, who’ll support your trail riding skills for many, many miles to come.

So without further ado, here’s my list of the best flat pedals for small feet.

Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small

Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small flat pedal
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small flat pedal
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small flat pedal
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small flat pedal
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small flat pedal
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small flat pedal

The Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small is the nylon composite version of their aluminum 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.

Expert Experience

85 | Obé Swinney – 44028

My local bike park in the southeast of England is rock heaven, so it’s Inevitable I’m going to scrape them on rocks. An advantage of composite pedals is you don’t get the paint scrapes like you do on a metal pedal.

As I received these back in December they had to put up with a lot of wet weather abuse. With the bearing setup I was pretty confident they would take winter as a breeze, and they did. With three months of on and off wet weather I had no problems what so ever. With my previous pedals I had an issue of pins constantly falling out but with the stamps I haven’t lost one.

Pros and Cons

Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Small

Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Small flat pedal
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Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Small flat pedal
Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Small flat pedal
Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Small flat pedal
Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Small flat pedal

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 pedals 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.

Expert Experience

43 | Logan Watts – 42779

Reports of long-term durability encouraged us to spec them for my ~900 mile Cuba trip. The large platform size and shape made for a comfortable ride over long days and offered an additional level control that was immediately noticeable. While we only put a third of the miles on them that Dave reported, they were really hard miles, and they still feel solid and are showing no signs of play or wear. If you are looking for a pair of comfy flats for a big trip, or to use for many years to come, the Crankbrothers Stamp pedals are highly recommended.

Pros and Cons

Burgtec Penthouse MK5

Burgtec Penthouse MK5 flat pedal
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Burgtec Penthouse MK5 flat pedal
Burgtec Penthouse MK5 flat pedal
Burgtec Penthouse MK5 flat pedal
Burgtec Penthouse MK5 flat pedal

UK’s Burgtec Penthouse MK5 is a very high-quality premium mountain bike flat pedal.

The aluminum 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.

Expert Experience

89 | Robert Johnston – 44714

The Penthouse MK5 isn’t the grippiest pedal out there but provides dependable performance that’ll give most riders the sweet-spot of grip they desire while withstanding a huge amount of abuse – both from rowdy riding and woeful weather. For riders who don’t demand the biggest and most stuck-fast pedal out there, the fifth generation of Burgtec’s Penthouse is pretty damn hard to beat for build quality and rider confidence.

Pros and Cons

HT ME03T

HT ME03T flat pedal
HT ME03T flat pedal
HT ME03T flat pedal
HT ME03T flat pedal
HT ME03T flat pedal
HT ME03T flat pedal

The lightest entry on this list, by far, is the HT ME03T. They are made of magnesium (hence the “M”) and a titanium spindle, which lowers the weight to a mere 218 grams. This is extraordinary considering the fact that the next lightest entry is 35 percent heavier.

The pedals are extremely thin. 11mm So if you like your pedals to be anorexic, and absolutely minimize the risk of pedal strikes, this is the setup for you.

HT (which stands for Hsing Ta) is a brand that only manufactures bicycle pedals (or it seems that way) and these are both their lightest and most expensive flat pedals. And with a price almost nearing 300 euros they are wallet-draining indeed.

The pedal makes use of HT’s proprietary EVO+ bearing system, which includes ball bearings within a container between two separate races, and 2 bushings.

The platform is relatively small and incredibly thin at 102 x 96 x 11 mm. The platform does provide ample amounts of grip with 20, rear-loading pins made from aluminum to further reduce the weight.

There’s something special about any bike component that caters to weight weenies, and this is truly a gorgeous piece of engineering for those who’re willing to spend the money.

Expert Experience

81 | Alex Evans – 44627

I had high hopes for the ME03 pedals given their super-slim profile and light weight, but the wedge-shaped platform and inner-bearing bulge scuppered grip, focusing my foot’s pressure away from the grippy, sharp pins.

The platform’s shape also canted my foot outwards slightly and pressured my arches, which felt unnatural until I’d got used to it.

Their slim profile meant rock and ground strikes were few and far between, and the pedals proved to be robust during the test period. Their low weight will appeal to plenty of riders out there, too.

Pros and Cons

HT AE03

HT AE03 flat pedal
HT AE03 flat pedal
HT AE03 flat pedal
HT AE03 flat pedal
HT AE03 flat pedal
HT AE03 flat pedal

The HT AE03 is the aluminum version of HT’s high-end ME03 pedal.

In all other respects it’s basically the same, which means you get an incredibly thin pedal measuring 102 x 96 x 11 mm, which promises the lowest risk of pedal strikes of all pedals out there.

It offers a chromoly instead of titanium axle and the aforementioned aluminum body with 20, rear-loading pins.

A beautiful thin pedal in many anodized colors to pimp your ride.

Expert Experience

80 | Paul Burwell – 45066

The HT AE03 pedals are a high-performance option for the rider or racer looking for a well-designed pedal that is durable and gets the job done in all conditions. Aside from riders with larger feet searching for a wider platform, there aren’t many flaws to these pedals. They’re light, thin, and made with high-quality materials and their low-profile design keeps ground strikes to a minimum.

Pros and Cons

HT AE05

HT AE05 flat pedal
HT AE05 flat pedal
HT AE05 flat pedal
HT AE05 flat pedal
HT AE05 flat pedal
HT AE05 flat pedal

The HT AE05 flat pedal is one of HT’s premium offerings in the pedal department.

The aluminum platform measuring 100 x 96 x 17 mm dips to 12 millimeters 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.

Expert Experience

56 | Rachel Sokal – 42489

The key of the EVO is its thinness at the centre of the pedal and at 11mm, the AE05 is pretty thin. The mechanical theory of a thinner body is that it puts your foot closer to the axle and thus improves pedalling efficiency. Certainly there seemed to be much less of a wallowy feel with these pedals than my thicker DMRs. A thinner body also improves ground clearance although a few millimetres are unlikely to make a big difference in practice. Despite its thinness I haven’t perceived any flex on either pedalling or landing my full weight off jumps and drops.

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.

Pros and Cons

Specifications flat pedals for small feet

Name
Price
Weight
Size
Length
Width
Height
Body
Spindle
Bearings and bushings
Pins
Service kit
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Small
49.99 USD
299
100 x 100 x 13 mm
100 mm
100 mm
13 mm
nylon composite
Cr-Mo
1 glide bearing, 1 cartridge bearing
18, rear-loading
available
Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Small
179.99 USD
345
100 x 100 x 13 mm
100 mm
100 mm
13 mm
magnesium
Cr-Mo
2 glide bearings
20, front-loading
available
Burgtec Penthouse MK5
99.99 pounds
379
102 x 100 x 15 mm
102 mm
100 mm
15 mm
aluminium
Cr-Mo
1 cartridge bearing, 2 bushings
18, rear-loading
available
HT ME03T
285 USD
218
102 x 96 x 11 mm
102 mm
96 mm
11 mm
magnesium
titanium
EVO+ bearing, 2 bushings
20, rear-loading
HT AE03
160 USD
352
102 x 96 x 11 mm
102 mm
96 mm
11 mm
aluminium
Cr-Mo
EVO+ bearing, 1 bushing
20, rear-loading
HT AE05
160 USD
360
100 x 96 x 17 mm
100 mm
96 mm
17 mm
aluminium
Cr-Mo
EVO+ bearing, 1 bushing
20, rear-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

85, Crank Brothers Stamp 1 Pedals, Pinkbike, 44028
89, Burgtec Penthouse MK5 Flat Pedal Review, The Loam Wolf, 44714
81, HT ME03 flat pedals review, Bikeradar, 44627
80, HT Components AE03 Evo Review, Outdoorgearlab, 45066
56, Review: HT AE05 Alloy Pedals, Singletrack World, 42489
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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