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Best MTB Flat Pedals – Our Top 7 for 2022

Best MTB Flat Pedals - Our Top 7 for 2022

One of only three contact points you have with your bike – MTB flat pedals are a vital part of ensuring you can feel confident when blasting down the trails.

There are some brilliant MTB flat pedals on the market right now and we’ve handpicked seven of our favourite so you don’t have to trawl through pages of products or reams of reviews for the best to buy.

Best MTB Flat Pedals – Tried and Tested

We’ve pulled together a list of the best MTB flat pedals for 2022! We have tested a range based on price and performance!

Best Composite Pedals 2022 – Tried and Tested

What are MTB Flat Pedals?

What are MTB Flat Pedals?

Mountain bike flat pedals are simple in design but a lot of engineering has went into them in recent years that means there’s a lot to choose from. Simply they are often made from composite or aluminium and feature a number of pins that almost stick to the sole of your shoe to help provide the grip. Offering a larger platform to place your foot on compared to clipless they are the chosen pedals of choice for professionals like Sam Hill.

A debate that can long separate a mountain biker, should I go for flats or clipless pedals? This really comes down to preference, a case is always put that clipless pedals is said to be more efficient as your foot is always attached to the pedal. On the other hand some riders will say that the perfect shoe and pedal combination will do just as good a job if not better!

Flat pedals do have the added benefit of inspiring confidence. With your foot easily lifted off the pedal, if you need that bit of extra balance or to put your foot down quickly. The bigger platform on a flat pedal also provides extra confidence and is said that you can get better feedback on the terrain (ie – more power needed).

We’ve complied a list of the best mountain bike flat pedals based on our experiences with them on the trails along with price and grip! Helping you make your decision easier.

e.thirteen Base MTB Flat Pedal

e.thirteen Base MTB Flat Pedal
e.thirteen Base MTB Flat Pedal

e.thirteen have recently announced brand new base composite pedals using the exact same 22-pin pattern in order to achieve the same biting traction as their first ever pedals – LG1 Plus and LG1 Race.

Despite being viewed as a less expensive alternative, plastic pedals have the advantage of being lighter and more easily grazing over obstructions than their aluminium counterparts. This pair has a manageable weight of 390g.

The 100x110mm composite platform contains a steel axle, an inboard bushing and outboard bearing and 22 pins (11 on each side). This mixture has a smooth spin and is made to be more durable.

  • Weight: 388g
  • Price: £40.00
✅ Maintenance and pin replacement is easy
✅ Generous size pedal platform
🔧 Could do with longer pins

Verdict: Best cheap MTB Flat Pedals

Look Trail Grip Flat Pedals

Look Trail Grip Flat Pedals

The most unusual looking pedals within our guide, the Look Trail Grip Flat MTB pedals were developed for all the challenges of mountain bike trail riding. During the creation of the Trail Grip pedals, Look worked with mountain boot grip brand Vibram to create a game-changing bike-to-shoe connection.

The innovative design features developed inserts that use a rubber compound and composite studs for excellent all-weather and all-terrain grip. The composite studs will also not shred your shoes or your shins in the same way metal pins might.

  • Weight: 530g
  • Price: £59.99
✅ Uses extreme grip thanks to Vibram
✅ Race-winning bearing and bushing system
🔧 Fairly heavy

Verdict: Best MTB Flat Pedals for all round riding

Shimano EF202 MTB Flat Pedals

Shimano EF202 MTB Flat Pedals

A solid and durable MTB pedal made from a tough alloy platform construction, which makes them superb at handling all them off-road adventures. Designed by Shimano to have an extra wide platform with a low profile, you can feel confidence under foot and reassured that you won’t clip many rocks on the downhill sections.

One lacking feature of these pedals is the grip, the pins are moulded into the pedal and cannot be removed or lengthened. They still do provide a reasonable level of grip but wouldn’t be advised for those downhill blasts at Megavalanche.

  • Weight: 512g
  • Price: £39.99
✅ Well built and durable
✅ Reasonable price
🔧 Lacking the grip of others

Verdict: Best MTB Flat Pedals for E-Bikes

DMR V12 MTB Flat Pedals

The V12’s are one of DMR most popular flat pedals, featuring an aluminium body with 10 removable pins and coming in a wide selection of colours so you can ensure you look the part. Built on a smaller platform compared to other brands, they might be more suited to people with smaller feet.

In the most recent version of the DMR V12’s they have managed to save almost 20% on weight with the standard version weighing just 430g a pair. The V12 pedals run on fully sealed bearings and a cromoly axle. The grip on these pedals are excellent and allows for a more confidence inspiring ride!

  • Weight: 430g
  • Price: £60.00
✅ Impressive stability considering platform size
✅ Pins are well-placed
🔧 Paint gets damaged easily

Verdict: Best MTB Flat Pedals for price and performance

Nukeproof Horizon Pro Sam Hill Enduro Pedals

Nukeproof Horizon Pro Sam Hill Enduro Pedals

Labelled by BikeRadar as ‘easily some of the best flat pedals out there‘, the Nukeproof Horizon Pro Sam Hill Enduro pedals offer a serious amount of traction and a great level of support. Ridden by the likes of Sam Hill during his epic Enduro World Series victories, the pedals are crafted from 6061-T6 aluminium and make you look and feel more confident.

The Horizon Pro are certainly not the lightest or cheapest on the market but the grip and feeling they offer is next to none. The 10 pins positioned on each side of the pedal dig well into the sole of your shoe. It is worth getting accustomed to just how grippy they are.

  • Weight: 407g
  • Price: £99.99
✅ Extremely grippy with healthy amount of concavity
✅ Built to last
🔧 Could be a bit lighter

Verdict: Best all round MTB Flat Pedals

Hope F20 Pedals

Hope F20 Pedals

A super-grippy pedal by Hope – the F20 MTB flat pedals are machined out of T6 aluminium and finished with an anodised coating. The shiny finish along with the range of six colours – black, silver, red, blue, purple and orange make these pedals look impressive.

After shelling out £140 on a new pair of pedals you might expect the pins to be put into place already – however the F20’s require you to install the pins yourself. Once installed however the grip from the pins are incredible, your feet feel glued to the pedals.

  • Weight: 390g
  • Price: £140.00
✅ Amazing level of grip
✅ A great looking pedal
🔧 Have to screw the pins in yourself

Verdict: Best MTB Flat Pedals for grip

crankbrothers Stamp 7 Pedals

crankbrothers Stamp 7 Pedals

A favourite with the professional riders, the crankbrothers Stamp 7 pedals are optimised to give you a stable and high grip interface with your mountain bike shoe. Available in two sizes – small (100mmx100mm) and large 114mm x 111mm) both with 10 pins strategically placed to ensure the maximum grip.

The small pedals are ideal for those more rocky adventures, coming in at profile thickness of only 11-13mm you have plenty of clearance on the downstroke and don’t find yourself scrapping off rocks on the tighter turns. The small pedals however do lack that little bit extra in confidence and grip compared to the wider footprint of the large; so it is careful consideration as to the size you want to opt for.

  • Weight: 375g (Large, pair), 345g (Small, pair)
  • Price: £149.99
✅ Great weight, platform size and depth
✅ Superb grip
🔧 Not a budget friendly option

Verdict: Best MTB Flat Pedals for weight conscience MTBers

The Best MTB Flat Pedals – Round Up

e.thirteen Base 388g£40.00100mm x 110mm15mm
Look Trail Grip530g£59.99107mm x 103mm30mm
Shimano EF202512g£39.99120mm x 110mm20mm
DMR V12430g£60.00100mm x 95mm16mm
Nukeproof Horizon Pro Sam Hill Enduro 407g£99.99111mm x 99mm18mm
Hope F20390g£140.0099mm x 101mm15mm
crankbrothers Stamp 7375g (Large)
345g (Small)
£149.99114mm x 111mm (L)
100mmx100mm (S)

Best Composite Pedals 2022

There are some brilliant composite flat pedals on the market right now, and we’ve handpicked four of our favourite so you don’t have to trawl through pages of product or reams of reviews for the best to buy.

Race Face Ride MTB Flat Pedal

Race Face Ride MTB Flat Pedal

The Race Face Ride MTB Flat pedals that are ideal for beginners, with 18 moulded traction studs for a secure grip on the pedal and a strong nylon composite body that is less harsh on the shins if you fall.

Their Chromoly steel axle’s make them amazingly robust when handling the most aggressive of trails. They feature 18 pins per pedal which means you can enjoy the benefits of added grip as you blast across the forest floor and down the slopes with precision and style.

  • Weigh: 345g
  • Price: £34.95

Nukeproof Neutron EVO Flat Pedals

Nukeproof Neutron EVO Flat Pedals

These Nukeproof Neutron EVO Flat Pedals are lightweight with a nylon-reinforced composite body and sealed cartridge bearings. Super-tough, smooth-spinning and rock-solid underfoot, the Nukeproof Neutron Evo pedals have been designed to offer a lightweight platform that isn’t going to break the bank.

They help spread the stress load from heavy impacts, while rubber lip seals between the axle end and pedal body minimise water and dirt getting in.

They have seven replaceable and adjustable alloy pins per side that allow you to customise the level of grip to meet your own requirements. There are also three moulded pins on each side of the pedal for added grip.

  • Weigh: 348g
  • Price: £34.99

DMR V11 Pedals

DMR V11 Pedals

The DMR V11 pedals that adopt the same large and stable platform as seen on DMR’s award-winning vault pedals. The V11 model will keep your foot locked in place as you smash down the descents.

 Made from a tough reinforced nylon composite and a strong chromoly axle, they have 11 pins on each side so you can stay in control and get the power down when it’s time to accelerate.

With their concave shape, these pedals allow your feet to sit deep into the centre for supreme stability. V11’s durable glass-reinforced nylon body features eleven replaceable steel pins each side for rock-solid grip.

All pins are secured with captive locknuts for ultimate durability and the outer pins are Vault Moto pins that sink deep into your shoe, keeping your feet well and truly planted.

  • Weigh: 450g
  • Price: £55.00

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Tom Adams

Tom is a bike enthusiast! Originally a mountain biker, Tom enjoys going fast on two wheels, whether it's on the road or on the gravel, mountain bike or commuting! Tom has been riding bikes for almost 18 years and loves nothing more than getting out on the roads or trails and testing out the newest and most innovative things on the Chain Reaction website!

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