The Best Mountain Bike Pedal Review

Pedals make up two of your 5 contact points with a bike. Choosing the right pair of pedals (coupled with the right shoes) for your bike and riding style will enhance your confidence and can help you build your skills. Here the Crankbrothers Mallet 3 and the Five Ten Hellcat go for a test spin at the bike park.
What is the best clipless pedal for your mountain bike? We evaluated eight pairs of mountain bike pedals on a whole fleet of bikes to find that answer. We had multiple riders with differing abilities and riding styles test these pedals on downhill, cross-country, and enduro bikes, and tried each pedal with a variety of shoes to test for compatibility. We tested these in cross-country races, local downhill races, while riding bike parks in California, and taking afternoon laps on local trails. We evaluated each pair for ease of entry, ease of exit, adjustability, weight, durability, platform, and mud shedding ability. Read on below to learn which ones we think are the best.

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Analysis and Award Winners


Review by:
and Luke Lydiard

Last Updated:
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August 7, 2015

Best Overall Mountain Bike Pedal


Shimano M530


Editors' Choice Award

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The Shimano M530 quickly became the favorite of several of our testers. The common cleat and inexpensive price are attractive features right off the bat. A set of these pedals won't set you back much and it is likely that you might already have a pair of shoes set-up with the correct cleats. Additionally, this pedal has adjustable tension that allows a rider to choose how difficult it is to get in and out of the pedals, which is a clear advantage over any of the Crankbrothers pedals, which do not have adjustable tension. This pedal is incredibly versatile and can work on any trail bike, from a hardtail to a six-inch bike, so we feel it will be the best choice for the most riders.

Best Bang for the Buck


Shimano M520


Best Buy Award

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The Shimano M520 is perhaps the most common and most easily recognizable SPD pedal. It does not have a cage or platform but still has twice as much surface area as the platform-less models from Crankbrothers. Even this simple model has adjustable tension, and it is overall easy to use and welcoming to those new to clipless pedals. Plus this pedal is inexpensive. It is by far the least expensive pedal in our review, but it is far from the worst performer. For the money, you can't get anything better.

Top Pick for Enduro and Downhill Riding


Crankbrothers Mallet 3


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If your preferred style of mountain biking is more gravity oriented, and you prefer either downhill or enduro riding and riding shuttles and lifts more than pedaling, then we think you can't go wrong with the Crankbrothers Mallet 3. It is a full platform pedal with 6 adjustable traction pins per side. This platform guides your foot to make for quick engagement with the spring and also provides a place for your foot to rest and balance if you don't clip in immediately. We prefer the Mallet 3 to its close competitor, the Mallet DH Race, because it weighs 42 grams less per pair, and we think it is plenty of pedal, even for aggressive downhill riding.

Top Pick for Weight Savings


Crankbrothers Eggbeater 2


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For those racers and riders who obsess about how to reduce weight on their bikes, the Crankbrothers Eggbeater 2 is the most likely choice for you. It is the lightest weight pedal in our review, weighing in at only 278 grams per pair. With no platform or cage at all, this pedal is minimal and utilitarian. It can be difficult to clip into, requiring very precise aim, but that is a technique that can be learned with practice. The Eggbeater is also the best at shedding mud of any of the pedals we tested, and we highly ecommend this model for cyclocross racers for that reason alone.



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Analysis and Test Results


There are few things as exciting as buying a brand new bike. However, even if you buy a complete bike from the floor of your local bike shop, it typically will not come with pedals. Even though this is a seemingly minor part of a bicycle, you cannot ride your new bike without them. We recommend thinking ahead and getting your mountain bike pedals at the same time as your new full suspension, if not before, so you won't have the painful experience of looking at your shiny new bike sitting in your garage but not being able to ride it for lack of pedals.

The large platform on the Mallet DH race makes these pedals quick to get into  and allows for a stable place to stand if you don't get clipped in right away.
The large platform on the Mallet DH race makes these pedals quick to get into, and allows for a stable place to stand if you don't get clipped in right away.

Types of Pedals


As it turns out, there are a lot of things to consider when buying a pair of bike pedals. There are different types of pedals for different styles of bikes, and you have to decide if you want to clip in to clipless pedals (yes, that name is misleading) or ride on flats. This review is comprised completely of clipless mountain bike pedals. However, first let's make sure that is what you are looking for.

Clip vs. Clipless


A clip pedal. The outer part is sometimes referred to as a cage  but it is actually what clips the foot into the pedal.
First thing is first, why the heck are the pedals that you clip into called clipless pedals?? Though this seems counterintuitive to most people, it has to do with how pedals have evolved over the years. Before the clipless pedals that are common today, where a cleat on the bottom of the shoe clicks into a spring on the pedal, there were pedals with toe cages that locked the foot in place. These pedals made it impossible to take your foot out if you needed to step down for a moment.
So with the advent of modern pedals, in comparison to the clip-in pedals with a full cage, they were "clipless." To the right you can see a clip pedal on the top and a clipless pedal on the bottom. Only the occasional commuter bike will still have a clip pedal with a cage. Do not try and ride your mountain bike with your foot locked into an old-school clip.

Road Pedals vs. Mountain Bike Pedals


There are two primary styles of clipless pedals, road bike pedals and mountain bike pedals. These styles differ in terms of what type of bike they should be used on, and also with what type of shoes pair with them.

Shimano SPD R550 Resin Road Pedal
Road bike pedals tend to be one-sided, meaning you can only clip into one side of the pedal. This also makes them a good deal lighter than mountain pedals. Road bike shoes have stiff, smooth, and slippery soles, and they are difficult to walk in, mostly only functioning while on the bike. The advantage of this smoother pedal and shoe combo on a road bike set-up is that it gives you a touch less wind resistance.

Mountain bike pedals can be clipped into on 2 or even 4 sides. They have a more open design in order to shed mud and dirt more easily. MTB shoes have some type of rubber on the soles, are easy to walk in, and can be quite versatile if you want to wear them into a coffee shop occasionally or hike up a section of trail. They are also usually a bit more flexible in the toe.

Road shoes also usually have 3 holes on the bottom to be compatible with standard road bike pedal cleats, where mountain bike shoes have 2 sliders for the attachment of common mountain bike cleats. This means that you can't run road cleats on a mountain bike shoe and vice versa. However, there isn't anything wrong with using mountain bike pedals on a road bike. (Though you won't want to do it the other way around, with road pedals on your trail bike!) It is fairly common for people who have more than one bike to use SPD (Shimano Pedaling Dynamics) mountain pedals on their road bikes to that they do not need to purchase a new pair of shoes, and can have the same pedals on both a mountain and road bike. The only thing to take note of is that a road and mountain bike typically have a different Q-Factor, so your stance may feel a little different with mountain pedals on your road bike.

On the left is a road bike shoe with a road bike cleat and on the right is mountain bike shoe with a Crankbrothers brass cleat. Notice how road shoes use three screws and mountain shoes use two. Also  note how the road shoe has a smooth sole in order to be more aerodynamic while the mountain shoe is designed for more traction.
On the left is a road bike shoe with a road bike cleat and on the right is mountain bike shoe with a Crankbrothers brass cleat. Notice how road shoes use three screws and mountain shoes use two. Also, note how the road shoe has a smooth sole in order to be more aerodynamic while the mountain shoe is designed for more traction.

Clipless vs. Flats


Now that you have settled on mountain bike pedals, the question is, do you want flats or clipless pedals where you will attach to the pedal? This is a much debated topic and there is not a definitive answer, but there is no lack of opinions on the matter. There are pros and cons to each method. Most certainly you should try out both styles of pedals and see what works best for you. Whatever makes you the most comfortable and lets you have the most fun is what you should choose. Maybe you even want a pair of each and will want to go back and forth between both styles.

We will say that this is a review composed entirely of clipless pedals, and all of our testers prefer this style and ride them on a daily basis. Many people seem to think that clipless pedals are scarier, but they are easy to get used to. Yes, you will probably fall over the very first time you try them (try and find some soft grass) but once you get the hang of them you can get out them incredibly quickly and without thinking about it.

Here is a brief list of some of the pros and cons to both styles:

Flats:
Shimano Saint Flat Pedal
Pros
  • Can be best for learning bike handling skills and trying new techniques and terrain.
  • Forces you to learn appropriate pedal pressure with your feet.
  • Allows you to bail from your bike quicker.
  • There is no learning curve, you install them and go.

Cons
  • Feet can be bounced of the pedals accidentally and in rough terrain.
  • You cannot use your feet to pull upwards on the pedals when climbing and jumping, which reduces efficiency.

Clipless
Pros
  • Overall more efficient.
  • Can give you more control of your bike.
  • Can give you more power with each pedal stroke.
  • Allows you to get your foot in the same position on the pedal every time.

Cons
  • There is a learning curve to using clipless pedals.
  • Can slightly delay putting a foot on the ground.
  • Can take slightly longer to correctly position your foot when starting the bike.

The eight clipless mountain bike pedals in our comparative review.
The eight clipless mountain bike pedals in our comparative review.

Other Pedal Considerations


If you have decided that you are interested in a clipless mountain bike pedal, then you are in the correct place. There are just a few other details that are important to consider before you start selecting a specific pedal to buy.

Cleats


Cleats come with your clipless pedals, so no need to worry about searching out and buying the compatible ones.

On the left you can see a Shimano SPD mountain cleat and on the right is a Crankbrothers Brass cleat.
On the left you can see a Shimano SPD mountain cleat and on the right is a Crankbrothers Brass cleat.

Shoe Compatibility


Certain pedals are designed to work better with certain shoes, so it would be wise for you to consider your shoe and pedal purchase simultaneously. (Stay tuned for our upcoming mountain bike shoe review!) Soft soled, sticky rubber shoes like the Five Ten Hellcat that are targeted towards more gravity-oriented riding work better with wider platforms and traction pins. Hard soled, stiffer cross-country shoes such as the Giro Privateer work better with mini-platform pedals or ones with no platform at all. Whenever you get new pedals and install new cleats on your shoes, we always recommend testing clipping in and out before you head out on a ride just to make sure everything works together.

Q-Factor


Alright, are you ready for some minutia? We are about to get pretty techy, and the average biker may not need to know or care about Q-factor, so if you aren't interested, skip ahead to meaty parts of this review.

Q-factor is the width of your stance side-to-side on the bike from the center of one pedal cleat to the center of the other pedal cleat. This is affected by the crank and the pedal dimensions. You may notice that road bikes have a narrower Q-factor than mountain bikes, which are typically wider.

For the sake of this review, we measured the distance between where the pedal meets the outside edge of the crank arm to the center of the clip-in mechanism with calipers on each pedal. What we found was that this distance varies by a few millimeters on several of the pedals, most notably on the Crankbrothers Mallet DH Race, which measured 58 mm. This is 5 mm wider than the similar Crankbrothers Mallet 3, and results in a 10 mm wider stance width when on the bike than if you were using the Mallet 3.

Advantages to this wider Q-factor is that it gives you more leverage from side-to-side when cornering. On a mountain bike, especially a downhill bike, this can be advantageous. Also, this allows for increased room for your foot to unclip without contacting the crank arm, especially when wearing bulky shoes like the Five Ten Hellcat. Sometimes soft and bulky shoes such as these, which are often worn when downhill riding, can hit the crank arm on a pedal with a narrower Q-factor, making unclipping more difficult.

Disadvantages to a wider Q-Factor are that you may find increased pedal strikes with the ground and obstacles such as rocks, and a decreased pedal efficiency. It is widely agreed upon that a narrower Q-factor is more efficient, even Sheldon Brown thought so.

Criteria for Evaluation


All eight pedals in our clipless mountain bike pedal test. Top row all of the full platform pedals (l to r): CB Mallet 3  Shimano Dx  HT X1  CB Mallet DH Race. Bottom row  all of the mini-platform and no platform pedals (l to r): CB Eggbeater 2  Shimano M520  CB Candy 2  Shimano M530.
All eight pedals in our clipless mountain bike pedal test. Top row all of the full platform pedals (l to r): CB Mallet 3, Shimano Dx, HT X1, CB Mallet DH Race. Bottom row, all of the mini-platform and no platform pedals (l to r): CB Eggbeater 2, Shimano M520, CB Candy 2, Shimano M530.
This review evaluates eight different pairs of clipless mountain bike pedals. Keep reading to learn which ones we loved, which ones we didn't care for, and which ones work best for certain types of bikes.

Ease of Entry


This metric assesses how quickly and easily a rider can get clipped into a pair of pedals. This is important because it determines how quickly you can start your bike. You want it to be a simple process that doesn't require too much thinking or effort so you can focus on the trail.

In general, entering the Shimano SPD pedals ends in a hard and satisfying click. You can feel it and hear it. By contrast, the Crankbrothers pedals feel much softer and smoother. Though there is still an audible click, it isn't quite as hard or loud, and the sensation is more that of your cleat sliding gently into the pedal rather than the clicking into place feel you get with SPD pedals. Both styles of pedals are easy to get into, and this observation isn't good or bad for either style, but just a noticeable difference between the two. Can you hear what we mean?

SPD Pedals:


Crankbrothers Pedals:


Overall, pedals with some type of platform are easier to get into. We scored the Shimano M530 and the Crankbrothers Mallet 3 and Mallet DH the highest. The platform guides the foot to the correct place, whereas the lack of platform, such as on the Eggbeater 2, requires precise aim to get engaged with the pedal.

The notably worst performer in the ease of entry category is the HT X1. The cleats, which look incredibly similar to SPD cleats, are hooky. They grab other parts of the pedal and are tricky to line up in the correct place. Our testers found the HT to be the most difficult to get in, and this resulted in a longer time to get started on the bike than with other pedals. If you don't believe us, check out the photo of Sam Blenkinsop's HT pedals from the Lenzerheide World Cup on that other bike website. His mechanics modified his pedals to make them easier to get back in, should he have to take a foot out on the course.

Ease of Exit


Ease of exit assesses how well and how quickly a rider can disengage from the pedals. This is important because this is what prevents you from falling over, and is how you separate yourself from your bike in a crash.

Here a tester unclips before a rocky section of trail. Notice how she turns her heel outwards at an angle to disengage from the pedal. All clipless pedals require a similar motion to exit.
Here a tester unclips before a rocky section of trail. Notice how she turns her heel outwards at an angle to disengage from the pedal. All clipless pedals require a similar motion to exit.
Ease of exit is important. You want to be able to put your foot down if the terrain gets tough or if you want to inspect a section of trail before riding it  and you don't want anything to make that take longer than it has to so you can stay upright while dismounting your bike. Here a tester puts a foot down before riding a rocky section.
Ease of exit is important. You want to be able to put your foot down if the terrain gets tough or if you want to inspect a section of trail before riding it, and you don't want anything to make that take longer than it has to so you can stay upright while dismounting your bike. Here a tester puts a foot down before riding a rocky section.

The easiest pedals to get out of are ones with no platform because there isn't anything to get hung up on as your foot leaves the pedal. The ones that are the hardest to exit are the full platform pedals because the traction pins grip the sole of your shoe and provide additional friction.

One advantage to the HT X1 is that you can adjust the tension on the clip-in mechanism  which you can't do with Crankbrothers pedals. Note the traction pins  which grip the soles of the shoes and can make exiting the pedal a little trickier.
One advantage to the HT X1 is that you can adjust the tension on the clip-in mechanism, which you can't do with Crankbrothers pedals. Note the traction pins, which grip the soles of the shoes and can make exiting the pedal a little trickier.

Adjustability


We evaluated each pedal to see how many different types of adjustments could be made. Here one brand stands out over another. On all Shimano pedals you can adjust the tension of spring with a 3 mm allen. This allows you to customize how hard or soft the engagement is on the spring. If you are just starting out with clipless pedals, it can be looser and easier to get into, but this also makes it easier for your foot to come out, and it could unclip when you don't want it to. Or it can be tighter and stiffer so it doesn't disengage as easily, but it will be harder to get into. Keep in mind that when you adjust the tension it only adjusts one side at a time. You will want to also adjust the other side (since there is two-sided entry) and also both sides of the other foot so that the tension feels similar for every possible clip-in configuration. None of the Crankbrothers pedals have adjustable tension. They come with a preset tension and all feel fairly similar across the board.

One of the biggest benefits to the Shimano pedals is that the tension of the clip-in mechanism can be adjusted from very firm to very soft. The hole on top of the pedal is where this adjustment is made with a 3mm allen.
One of the biggest benefits to the Shimano pedals is that the tension of the clip-in mechanism can be adjusted from very firm to very soft. The hole on top of the pedal is where this adjustment is made with a 3mm allen.

One way that Crankbrothers pedals are adjustable is that you can choose between a 15 or 20 degree release angle based on how you install the cleats on your shoes. There is a small indented dot on just one cleat. If you put the one with this dot on your right shoe you will have a 15 degree release angle, and if the cleat with the dot goes on your left shoe you will get a 20 degree release angle.

These are the brass cleats that come with Crankbrothers pedals. Note that the tips are asymmetric and only one cleat has an indented dot on it. You can choose your release angle by how you install the cleats on your shoes: if the one with the dot is on the right you will have a 15 degree release angle and if the dot is on the left foot you will have a 20 degree release.
These are the brass cleats that come with Crankbrothers pedals. Note that the tips are asymmetric and only one cleat has an indented dot on it. You can choose your release angle by how you install the cleats on your shoes: if the one with the dot is on the right you will have a 15 degree release angle and if the dot is on the left foot you will have a 20 degree release.

Another way that some of the pedals are adjustable is traction pins. All of the full platform models in our test except the Shimano DX have removable traction pins. The Crankbrothers pins can also be dialed up for more grip and screwed in tighter for less grip on your shoes, depending on your taste. The HT X1 does have adjustable tension for the clip-n mechanism, but the traction pins cannot be lowered enough to make the friction very customizable, though they can be removed altogether.

Weight


Weight is an important metric for certain styles of riding. While you may not mind another pound being added to your 40 lb downhill tank, cross-country riders tend to go to great lengths to keep their bikes lightweight. The lightest pedal in our review is the Crankbrothers Eggbeater 2 at 278 grams per pair. The heaviest is the Shimano DX at 574 per pair.

The most surprising result in the weight category is that the CB Mallet 3 (442 g per pair) actually weighs less than the Shimano M530 (450 g per pair), even though the Mallet 3 has more surface area. We found that overall the Shimano pedals weigh more than expected for the size.

Mud Shedding Ability


This metric evaluates how likely it is for mud to clump onto the pedal and prevent the rider from clipping in. This is especially important for cyclocross racers who are hopping on and off bikes in muddy terrain all the time.

Just as with adjustability where one brand outshone another, here one brand takes the lead as well. All Crankbrothers pedals seem to shed mud a little easier than the Shimano SPD pedals. The spring mechanism is more open with the trademark Eggbeater design, and mud is less likely to clump in a way that prevents you from clipping into the pedal.

Platform


This metric rates the platform size on the models in this review. Not every style of mountain biking needs a full platform pedal, however there are some advantages to a wider surface area. The platform allows you to ride a short distance without being clipped in, and gives you a little time to get your feet in the right place. It also helps you to find the pedal blindly. A platform also prevents the clipping mechanism from rolling underfoot as you try to engage with the pedal, making for faster and more comfortable entry. Lastly, a platform provides a little extra support with certain shoes and can be more comfortable if your shoes are softer.

No Platform
The two pedals in our test without a platform: the Crankbrothers Eggbeater 2 on the left and the Shimano M520 on the right. Note that even without a platform the M520 provides twice the amount of surface to stand on as the Eggbeater.
The two pedals in our test without a platform: the Crankbrothers Eggbeater 2 on the left and the Shimano M520 on the right. Note that even without a platform the M520 provides twice the amount of surface to stand on as the Eggbeater.
We tested two models with no platform at all, the Shimano M520 and the Eggbeater 2. Of the two, the Shimano pedal provides twice as much surface area even without a platform. We found the Eggbeater to require the most precise aim of any pedal because it is so tiny. Pedals with no platform are favored by cross-country riders and racers who value weight savings and don't take their feet out very often.

Mini-Platform
The two mini-platform pedals in our review  the Shimano M530 in the left and the Crankbrothers Candy 2 on the right. Note that the Shimano model provides more surface area for the foot to stand on  even in this mini-platform design.
The two mini-platform pedals in our review, the Shimano M530 in the left and the Crankbrothers Candy 2 on the right. Note that the Shimano model provides more surface area for the foot to stand on, even in this mini-platform design.
We tested two mini-platform models, the Shimano M530, which is essentially the M520 with a small metal platform around it, and the Crankbrothers Candy 2, which is essentially the Eggbeater with a small metal platform around it. Of these two we prefer the larger platform of the M530, but both work well. Throughout our testing we determined that the mini-platform pedals are the most versatile and widely appealing because they are easy to use, can go on almost any bike, and are very user friendly. They are typically lighter weight than full platform pedals but are easier to clip into than pedals that lack a platform.

Full Platform
The full platform pedals in our test (plus a pair of flats) for size comparison. From left to right: Shimano DX  Crankbrothers Mallet 3  Crankbrothers Mallet DH Race  HT X1  Shimano Saint flats.
The full platform pedals in our test (plus a pair of flats) for size comparison. From left to right: Shimano DX, Crankbrothers Mallet 3, Crankbrothers Mallet DH Race, HT X1, Shimano Saint flats.
We tested four full platform pedals, the Ht X1, Shimano DX M647, Crankbrothers Mallet 3 and Mallet DH Race. All but one of these also come with traction pins on the platform to increase the grip between pedal and shoe. Our opinion is that Crankbrothers does full platform pedals better than anyone else so far. This style is the favorite of enduro racers and downhill riders who spend more time focused on the down than on the up.

Durability


Throughout our review we rode hard, nailed rocks and trees with pedals, and we swapped them on different bikes with many different riders. Overall, very few durability issues came to light. We did notice that the bearings in one of our Mallet DH pedals began to grind. It didn't fail, but it feels slightly crunchy when the pedal turns. Our testers have noticed that eventually Crankbothers pedals need to have the bearings replaced (they sell a kit for this) but we have never had to touch a Shimano pedal, even after years of use. In fact, the Shimano M530 and M520 seem impossible to kill. After many seasons of use and lots of dings and scratches, they just keep on working.

How We Tested


We tested these eight pairs of clipless mountain bike pedals in conjunction with eleven mountain bikes and eight pairs of mountain bike shoes, and we had a whole team of testers use them. We set up multiple pairs of shoes with different style cleats, and swapped pedals out for different testers on different bikes throughout the summer. This gave us a unique perspective on pedals. We were able to go above and beyond by having men and women riders with different riding styles and preferences as well was different ability levels try each pair. The pedals made it onto enduro bikes, cross-country bikes, and downhill bikes. They were used with downhill oriented shoes like like the Five Ten Hellcat, cross-country style shoes like the Sidi Dominator 5 Fit, and even pairs of bike shoes that we got for $20 at the thrift store. Our Editors' Choice winning pair was even used on a cross-country National Championship winning ride on Mammoth Mountain.

A bike and pedal tester's warehouse: a pile of pedals for any type of cleat  a pump  and chain lube. Featured in this photo are the HT X1 (blue) the Crankbrothers Mallet DH Race  Shimano DX  2 pairs of the Shimano M530  and a pair of flats (for those occasional testers who don't clip-in).
A bike and pedal tester's warehouse: a pile of pedals for any type of cleat, a pump, and chain lube. Featured in this photo are the HT X1 (blue) the Crankbrothers Mallet DH Race, Shimano DX, 2 pairs of the Shimano M530, and a pair of flats (for those occasional testers who don't clip-in).

We weighed each pedal and each set of cleats, and compared these weights with claimed manufacturer weights. We measured the dimensions of each platform ourselves with calipers, and we based this measurement off of what we thought was a reasonable surface to stand on (which did not include the tapered edges or sloped sides of the pedals). We also measured the Q-factor of each pedal with calipers, and this is the distance between where the edge of the pedal would meet the crank arm and the center of the clip-in mechanism. We clipped in and out of each pair, nailed rocks, and rode hard.

Going for perfect aim on the platform-less Eggbeater pedal while testing ease of entry and exit.
Going for perfect aim on the platform-less Eggbeater pedal while testing ease of entry and exit.

After spending a summer swapping pedals on different bikes, let's just say we got really good with a pedal wrench and used up almost an entire tube of grease. Hopefully our information is helpful to you when making a purchasing decision about what pedals to run on your precious new bike.

Conclusion


Pedals make up two of your 5 contact points with a bike. Choosing the right pair of pedals (coupled with the right shoes) for your bike and riding style will enhance your confidence and can help you build your skills. Here the Crankbrothers Mallet 3 and the Five Ten Hellcat go for a test spin at the bike park.
Pedals make up two of your 5 contact points with a bike. Choosing the right pair of pedals (coupled with the right shoes) for your bike and riding style will enhance your confidence and can help you build your skills. Here the Crankbrothers Mallet 3 and the Five Ten Hellcat go for a test spin at the bike park.

There are many things to consider when buying a pair of bike pedals. Depending on the style of bike you have, and whether you are wanting clipless or flat pedals, the best pair may vary to meet your individual needs. Using our tests and ratings, this review is intended to help you make that decision with ease.
McKenzie Long and Luke Lydiard
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