4 New Flat Pedals - Taipei Cycle Show 2019

Mar 28, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

Funn Funndamental


Funn's new pedal combined rider feedback with the desire to create a pedal at an accessible price. The updated Fundamental is the result and it features a revised pin layout with two different types of pins for the greatest possible grip. The pedals weigh 415 grams for a pair and are expected to retail at $90USD, give or take 10 dollars.

Longer pins should mean more purchase on shoe soles.

There are also different pins in different parts of the pedals to maximise grip.

Xpedo Trident


The Trident is a totally new pedal platform for Xpedo and takes up the mantle from where the Spry left off. It's also Xpedo's thinnest ever platform as it shave 1mm off the Spry to come in at 10mm. The forged body pedal has dimensions of 114x109 and weighs 342 grams/pair. The pedals will retail at $119 but an upgrade to this mmermaid colour scheme will incur an extra $30 cost.

Xpedo's thinnest ever platform

No need for an alan key, anything that can fit through the hole in the top cap will be able to undo the pedal.

Da Bomb Blastr


Running on a larger platform for 2019, the Da Bomb Blastr pedals also have three bearings for smoother operation. The pedals weigh 430 grams for a pair and will cost $100USD.


Also new from Da Bomb was an updated, full CNC Grenade stem. It weighs 138 grams and will cost $95USD.


VP

Taipei Cycle Show 2019

Details are fairly thin on the ground for the new VP but it's a large, solid fleeing platform and will no doubt be a good budget option for those wanting a solid, gravity pedal.

Taipei Cycle Show 2019



85 Comments

  • + 55
 $100 platform pedals are accessibly priced? That seems a bit out of touch. Equally good pedals can be had for 1/3 to 1/2 of that price. People needing "accessibly" priced pedals aren't buying $100 pedals.
  • + 6
 A good solid platform like the DMR vault which is up there around 100 is a great value really. Buy one pair that will last possibly 10 plus years or a bunch of 30 and 50 dollar pedals that crap out every few years
  • + 15
 @mkotowski1: DMRs have terrible sealing, you need to take them apart several times a year to keep them running well.
  • - 6
flag mkotowski1 (Mar 28, 2019 at 15:59) (Below Threshold)
 @Konyp: yeah but you can keep them running
  • - 3
 100$ for metal pedals isnt a bad price. i was literally looking at 400$ pedals for a bmx bike in the past. lets consider a basic plastic option. 25$ but you can go through a pair in like a week to a month. or less. pedals thatll hold up a seaon or multiple seasons.

depends on what exactly you want. these are all in that sub 400-sub 450 grams category. shit a basic set of bmx aluminium pedals with sealed bearings will cost you that and mtb pedals tend to be better.
  • + 2
 @core-macneil-rider: yah man stronger parts equals less money in the long run!
  • + 2
 @Konyp: been on a set of v12mag for just under a year & all thru winter, absolutely no problems still feel like they are new.
  • + 3
 Pedals are made for less, everyone (consumers) have been accepted the $100 price tag.
  • + 7
 Yeah that "accessibility" is bullshit.

Welgo MG-1 $35 on Amazon 366g
Welgo MG-5 $30 on Amazon 300g

I smashed the shit of out a pair of mg-1s for years swapping them between my bmx and fr bike. No slop in them, and you can even get Ti spindles for another $30 and still be lighter, stronger, and cheaper than those FUNNS
  • + 2
 Best flat pedal every made was the Kona Wah Wah pedal for $80 Sealed

www.bikemag.com/gear/review-kona-wah-wah-pedals
  • + 0
 @mkotowski1: needed new pedals this year and I did try the DMR Vault. I was concerned that the platform is to small and it is intended to small but that doesn't matter because after the first sprint the left pedal was dead, bearing's where done. Sorry for that price I can not accept that. Even if I get the bad one out of 100.000 the platform is to small and I am on 5.10 size 45,5 .

Now I am on composite One ups for just 40 bugs. Better platform and no problems so far.
  • + 3
 @Serpentras: Vaults have too small a platform for you? What are you size 15 shoe?
  • + 2
 @mkotowski1: Euro size 45,5 would be US 11,5
I can not put my foot straight on pedals. Toes need to be more outwards away from the frame and the heels more towards the chainstays/frame. I don't like it but that's how it is. I had larger pedals before I tried the DMR. The One Up is also larger.
  • + 1
 @Serpentras: damn I am size 11.5 US size and I feel the vaults are massive, guess it’s all personal preference, you like those one ups?
  • + 2
 @mkotowski1: Well they are not that much bigger then the vaults but I like them so far and for 40 bugs I can't complain. They are also light but I had no big impact on the pedals it self so far, time will tell if they are good.


I had the VP Harrier's before and those are really nice, also cheap and really light. Never broken but the bushings are to are weak. Or let's say it is a shame they stopped making replacement kits. 60 for pedals, 20 for the whole kit with new axles.
  • + 3
 @NorCalNomad:
I totally agree.I've been running Wellgo MG-1's for years with ZERO issues.
No point spending more on overpriced fancy flats.
  • + 23
 All of these pedals are currently available in many different guises, these is nothing really new to see here. They are allalso available on theChinese trade sites for you to put your own logo's on.
  • - 8
flag mkotowski1 (Mar 28, 2019 at 14:17) (Below Threshold)
 Who buys from Chinese trade sites?
  • + 5
 @mkotowski1: wythall1 does lol
  • + 19
 @pigman65: And so do all of the big brand names that we all like to buy! lol
  • + 9
 @mkotowski1: More people than you would believe. Plenty of not-so-rich people around the world like this sport, but can't afford spending what the big brands want.
  • + 5
 What are the sites called?
  • + 5
 You get what you pay for. I've tried buying stuff from these sites and it's 90% crap that is broken within a day. I did get about 6mo of riding out of a chinese dt-swiss start ratchet, until it exploded in the middle of a sprint. Got a nice pedal bite from that one.

One exception is clothes. Knock-off jerseys and wool socks
  • + 1
 @speed10: i would also like to know
  • + 0
 @nozes: trust me I don’t have money I just wouldn’t have the slightest clue where to start buying of these sites, I mean I’m poor but I’m not trying to die when my offbrand handlebars snap in half
  • + 3
 @speed10: Alibaba is a good start. It's like Amazon on steroids
  • + 2
 @makripper: so I’ve checked out Ali baba but I’m like is it even legit, will these parts even meet the specs stated?
  • + 2
 @youann2170: You can find a lot of this stuff on amazon or ebay and with much faster shipping. Otherwise aliexpress and dhgate.
  • + 5
 @mkotowski1: hey there! Some little tips for chinese shopping :
Only buy things that are simple to produce, things that if found malfunctioning would not harm you or spoil your ride badly, or things that are very unlikely to broke.
Also look at other buyers reviews and don't buy the cheapest of all options.
Examples
T shirt : ok
Mtb grips: ok, what could go wrong?
Brake rotor : difficult for a piece of metal like that to snap if not poorly designed, so ok but check it every now and then
Brushcutter whit rotating blades : i wouldn't buy that
  • + 1
 @Code98: totally approve. What about brake pads?
  • + 9
 you know what they say... flat pedals are made of metals
  • + 9
 I still don’t get how these flat pedals MSRP for $100
  • + 6
 Bike brand buys cheap pedals from manufacturer($), puts their brand on it($$), writes bullshit marketing article telling you why their pedals are better(they're not)($$$), pedals go to us, the consumer($$$$) - That's how.
  • + 6
 Is anyone proof reading these articles?
  • + 10
 This is Pinkbike, so no.
All jokes aside they put out amazing content for free, so I can deal with the odd spelling/ factual mistake.
  • + 3
 @HardtailsAreGnarly: "Factual mistake", well said.
  • + 2
 @HardtailsAreGnarly: I expect way more out of something completely free
  • + 1
 @HardtailsAreGnarly: it's not really free. You are being bombarded by adverts.
  • + 0
 @husstler: Give them a break. They've spent full days at a busy cycle show (maybe still jetlagged), only spoke not-native English speakers, tried to make sense of the brochures and user manuals (in similar English) and then when completely destroyed in the hotel managed to piece this article together. Sometimes mistakes creep in there. I'm sure they're glad you did the proofreading and kindly sent them a list of things to fix before you wrote your comment.
  • + 2
 The blue Nylon Pedal kinda looks like a Bikein Flat pedal sold on Aliexpress in different colors for a good price.
tinyurl.com/y6ysswzw
I have one of those. Pedals are gripy, weight is about 340g, lots of grease inside. Bearings looking good.
Only downside are the soft metal pins which you can replace.
  • + 42
 Why didn't you get two?
  • + 7
 @MTBrent: you don't ride one for flat and one foot clipless? Newb...
  • + 3
 @MTBrent:
Sadly I only have one leg Frown
The other one had to be replaced with a rocket luncher.......for science!
  • + 1
 @OneTrustMan: damn, one legged and riding flat pedals. baller Wink
  • + 1
 Yeah they can handle big drops too I have a couple in my bikes
  • + 1
 Those pins do look easy to replace, with just plain allen screws.
  • + 1
 Yeah or Superstar, or Nukeproof - I think they are rebranded from HT. I have the SS ones, cheap, grippy and still working great.
  • + 1
 I'm just surprised that even injection moulded plastic pedals look like extruded aluminium pedals. Aluminium extruded pedals look the way they look because they've been machined out of an extruded profile, which is much more efficient than machining it out of a solid billet. Companies who machine, cast or forge their pedals usually take advantage of the additional freedom this gives them. Why they chose not to here is beyond me. That said, it does look like a nice pedal. Having the pins thread in from below without damaging the pedal thread when you take a damaged pin out is a plus. Until the nut reams up the hexagonal slot during use and spins freely when you want to take the pin out.
  • + 1
 Lol- people who pay these exorbitant prices for name brands are morons... these are all made in Taiwan or China for less than 5 bucks. There are hundreds of pedals out there for a third of the cost that are lighter and better looking and just as strong, people just need their brand names... hilarious Go take a look at sites like Aliexpress- you can buy 3 pairs for the price of one, all made in the same factories, or feel free to pay an extra 70 bucks for someones branding... funny
  • + 5
 I wanted a Da Bomb bike so bad 20 years ago.
  • + 4
 Making the thinnest pedal is still a thing?
  • + 3
 fuck yeah!
  • + 3
 VP looks a bit like Diety compounds....and several other plastic pedals found all over the internet...lol
  • + 1
 I had 3 VP Harrier's and they are great but I am tired of dead bushings/bearing's.
Best grip so far for any pedals because they also have a larger platform then most others.
The new form of this VP is indeed stupid. Rock strikes will affect it more.
  • + 2
 Those Blastr pedals look very much inspired from the Straitline Amp, with an inboard bearing. Even the stepped milling on the inside is there. Amazing.
  • + 1
 Kona Wah Wah 2 pedals as well.
  • + 4
 I'll just stick to my Nukeproof Horizons, literally.
  • + 4
 Funn really missed an opportunity with "FunndaMETAL"
  • + 4
 No Pedal of Honor here.
  • + 2
 Great name for a race!
  • + 1
 I wonder why pedals use these type of pins instead of regular grub screws. If they get bent you can't get these out without damaging the tread in the pedal.
  • + 4
 Because when they do get bent, you can just dremel the top off and unthread them, instead of them tearing out when you hit them on rocks and rendering the hole unusable?
  • + 1
 Different but the same, apart from extremely thin pedals most are pretty similar. Deity Bladerunners are my current favourites, love 'em, thin enough , well made and durable.
  • + 2
 The VP looks very similar to Superstar El- plastique, second best pedal I have ever owned and by far best bang for buck
  • + 1
 The pins look like they are up a size from m3 like on most plastic pedals (sixpack, Nukeproof, Superstar etc.) to m4 (like DMR Vault).
  • + 3
 Funn ??? You mean DMR right ? ... Smile
  • + 2
 Trident = 3 prongs. I dont know about you but i count 2 or 4 depends on how you look at it.
  • + 1
 VP harrier is so good!...... a little disappointed to see a very familiar design (from others) on their new piece.
  • + 1
 Xpedo Trident - Raceface Atlas Funn Funndamental - DMR Vault VP plastic - Every cheap plastic pedal ever
  • + 1
 3 pedals..all around 100 bucks...nothing new because they are pedals...moving on.
  • + 1
 Could we get some halfway decent clipless platforms
  • + 1
 $100 for a bushing pedal?? No way!!
  • + 2
 Fucking bollocks.
  • + 2
 all are bad.
  • + 1
 I've broken 3 VP Harriers. I bet plastic VPs can't last one ride....
  • + 1
 The Funn pedals look ok. The others look shit.
  • + 4
 Those Funn pedals sure look similar to the Dmr Vaults...which isn't a bad thing.
  • + 1
 I am not English, but can I say "f*cking bullocks"?
  • + 1
 it's "bollocks"...
  • + 2
 You can, but Sandra might ask why...
  • + 1
 Great....pedals.....as if the mountain bike world needs anymore pedals!!
  • + 0
 Top cap on Xpedos pedals is brilliant.
  • + 1
 X Pedo....really??
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