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DMR V-Twin Review

Large, heavy and adjustable, this pedal will find its audience, but its price to performance ratio isn't in line with its competitors.
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Price:  $140 List | $137.98 at Amazon
Pros:  Adjustable, excellent performance, available in an array of colors
Cons:  Hefty, expensive, pins don't provide much traction
Manufacturer:   DMR Bikes
By Joshua Hutchens ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 29, 2018
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  • Ease of Exit - 25% 9
  • Ease of Entry - 20% 9
  • Adjustability - 20% 9
  • Weight - 15% 1
  • Platform - 10% 6
  • Mud Shedding Ability - 10% 5

Our Verdict

A solid pedal offering a broad array of grip and traction adjustments, the DMR V-Twin is large and feature packed. The pedal's mechanism performed exceptionally well, and the pedal felt very consistent. They license the SPD cleat design from Shimano, so it works very similarly. With a weight of 610 grams, these pedals will likely find their market on gravity-oriented bikes. Offering a more customizable interface than any other pedal in the test, the DMR lets you build the pedal just the way you want it. Pair these pedals with the Giro Chamber II and attack the downhills with confidence. Still, we'd rather have the Shimano Saint M820 pedal for a few dollars less.


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Pros Adjustable, excellent performance, available in an array of colorsLightweight, adjustable, low profile, inexpensive, available in many colors.Lightweight, low profile, available in 2 different axle lengthsSilky smooth float, lightweight, great mud shedding, additional platform widthPlatform feel, proven durability, good value
Cons Hefty, expensive, pins don't provide much tractionHeavier cleats, float isn't as smooth as ShimanoNarrow platform, expensive, not recommended for trail or all-mountain ridingExpensive, rear platform is under utilized, questionable durabilityHigher stack than the XTR, lower mud clearance
Bottom Line Large, heavy and adjustable, this pedal will find its audience, but its price to performance ratio isn't in line with its competitors.Thinner, lighter, and less expensive than the Shimano XTR Trail with more usable platform and more adjustability.A highly evolved, race proven pedal that provides exceptional stability for its size.Top of the line offering from Shimano, they're silky smooth, adjustable and renowned for their consistency.This do it all pedal for most riders it renown for its durability and value.
Rating Categories DMR V-Twin HT Components T1 Shimano XTR M9100 Race Shimano XTR M9120 Trail Shimano Deore XT M8020
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Specs DMR V-Twin HT Components T1 Shimano XTR M9100... Shimano XTR M9120... Shimano Deore XT...
Weight per Pair (grams) 610g 372g 314g 397g 404g
Weight of Cleats and Bolts (grams) 54g 62g 51g 51g 50g
Cleat Type SPD style mountain replica HT X1 or HT X1F SPD mountain SPD mountain SPD mountain
Style mini-cage mini-cage no cage no cage mini-cage
Platform Dimensions (lxw) 107 x 82mm 68mm x 83.5mm 71 x 68 mm 100 x 71 mm 96 x 64 mm
profile height 20mm 16.8mm 17mm 17mm 21mm
Q-Factor 55mm 56mm 56mm 56mm 56mm
Total Width from Crank Arm 95mm 90mm 84mm 84mm 89mm
Entry 2-sided 2-sided 2-sided 2-sided 2-sided
Adjustable Tension yes yes yes yes yes
Traction Pins 7/side 4grubpins 0 0 0
Bearings sealed and serviceable EVO+ dual angular contact, metal retainer dual angular contact, metal retainer dual angular contact, metal retainer
Cage Material extruded / machined aluminum extruded/CNC machined aluminum annodized aluminum annodized aluminum annodized aluminum
Pedal Wrench Type 6mm allen 8mm allen 8mm allen 8mm allen 8mm alllen

Our Analysis and Test Results

The DMR V-Twin brings a unique form of adjustability, promising more variations for grip and feel. Unboxing this pedal is interesting. There are more parts than we're used to seeing. Included with the pedals are, of course, cleats and pins. But they also come with steel shims that raise and lower the nylon pin platforms. The pin platforms feel a bit cheap and slippery, but the pedals' machining and anodizing look top notch. The pedals feel large and a little bulky, even before adding pins and shims.

The 4140 Chromoly steel axle sports a 6mm recess, there is no 15mm wrench flat. Similar to the Xpedo GFX, they use a spring-loaded cage to hold the engagement mechanism in an optimal position, ready to go.

Performance Comparison


The V-Twin is an excellent choice for the ride down
The V-Twin is an excellent choice for the ride down

Ease of Entry


With or without pins installed, the V-Twin allows rapid ease of entry. The cleat mechanism is open and highly polished, and the body does nothing to obstruct entry. It scores very well against its competitors as a result.


Although based on an SPD design, the engagement doesn't have the lock and load feeling of an authentic Shimano SPD pedal. The traction pins, which can impede entry, are not an issue on this pedal. The DMR pins are slightly larger in diameter and less sharp than others we've tested.

Crank Brothers Double Shot 2  HT D1  Shimano Saint M820 and the V-Twin
Crank Brothers Double Shot 2, HT D1, Shimano Saint M820 and the V-Twin

Ease of Exit


The upside of less aggressive pins is that these pedals are incredibly easy to exit. They scored well in this metric as a result.


Unclipping is quick, smooth, and consistent, requiring less effort than the Saint M820.

Adjustability


DMR set out to make the V-Twin customizable in its engagement, grip, and traction. The engagement mechanism is based on SPD and offers 15 clicks from low to high tension. It works well.


The ends of the platform have nylon bumpers that you can raise using the included steel shims. Seven bolts hold the bumpers in on each side. You can also swap each bolt for traction pins.

Weight


At 558 grams, they're some of the heaviest clipless pedals we've ever tested.


There's plenty to love about the V-Twin but the weight isn't one of those things. If you bolt on the steel shims that raise the nylon pin platforms,you're at a whopping 610 grams!

Whoa! 568 grams is before we bolt on 8 steel shims to raise the nylon bumpers
Whoa! 568 grams is before we bolt on 8 steel shims to raise the nylon bumpers

Platform


The larger DMR pins provide a bit less bite than the narrower ones used by HT and Shimano.


Regardless of shoe choice, we never felt like the pins engaged as well as they deflected, pushing back on the sole rather than cutting in.

The DMR pedals feel large but also a bit tall  especially with shims installed.
The DMR pedals feel large but also a bit tall, especially with shims installed.

Mud Shedding


We preferred the DMR over the Saint M820 on dry days. Putting the pedals in the mud changed our opinions a bit.


The DMR held on to the muck that prevented us from getting in a couple of times. More surface area on this pedal meant more places for mud to catch a ride.

The DMR enduring a mud trial
The DMR enduring a mud trial

Best Applications


If you're finicky about the feel of your pedals and want the ability to fine-tune your fit, these could be your ticket. They'd be right at home on a downhill or enduro bike but maybe a bit much for smaller bikes when weight is a consideration.

Value


They're big and bulky and highly adjustable, a combination that will work very well for some, but they cost too much to spend much time rationalizing their cons. The Shimano Saint M820 is a far better value.

Conclusion


Big, bad and bold, the DMR provides excellent performance and industry-leading adjustability. We found the pedal to be stable, capable, and confidence inspiring. If weight isn't a concern of yours, you'll appreciate these pedals more.


Joshua Hutchens