Dartmoor Fever Pedals Review

Oct 17, 2011
by Mike Levy  
What is it: Dartmoor's Fever platform pedals use a minimalist open body design that keeps the weight down to 375 grams without resorting to a titanium axle, along with a dual concave shape and sixteen pins per pedal to keep your feet in place. Their 16mm body height may not be the thinnest available, but the Fever's 90 x 100mm platform sits in closer to the crank arm than any other platform we've tested, improving clearance and lowering their Q factor (the width between each pedal measured parallel to the bottom bracket axle) . They are available in green, blue, red, black, graphite, white, gold and violet, and sell for $95 USD.

Dartmoor Fever pedals
Dartmoor's Fever pedals are about as minimal as a platform pedal can get.

Dartmoor Fever pedal details:

- CNC'd aluminum body
- 90 x 100mm platform size
- 16mm body height
- Dual concave body
- Cr-mo steel axle
- Twin sealed bearings, single DU bushing per pedal
- Eight replaceable pins per side
- Spare parts available (pins, bearings, axle)
- Available in green, blue, red, black, graphite, white, gold and violet
- MSRP $95 USD

The details: The Fever pedals may look like a standard platform pedal from afar, but a closer look reveals that they are actually quite different from the run of the mill catalog platforms out there. Instead of making use of a flat pedal body, or even a concave shape that has been proven to help hold your foot in place, the Fever's body features a pronounced double concave to each side, both forward and aft of the pedal axle. Further helping to hold your feet in place are eight hex head traction pins per side, with the leading and trailing three being threaded in from the opposing face.

If you were to take the Fevers apart you'll find a tapered steel axle (there is no titanium option) and a combination of two sealed bearings at the outer end, along with an inboard DU bushing. Dartmoor offers rebuild kits, something that we'd like to see from more companies, and performing maintenance is about as easy as you could hope for.

One of the Fever's most obvious features, or lack thereof, is the absence of wrench flats on the pedal axle. Dartmoor designed the pedals to use an 8mm hex wrench at the inner end of the axle for installation and removal, but unlike a lof of pedals that employ a large inboard sealed bearing in place of the wrench flats, the Fever pedal bodies have been shifted in slightly to take up that space. At 90 x 100mm, the size of the pedal body is similar to other options out there, but they certainly do sit in tighter to the bike, lowering their Q factor by roughly 10mm per side. Is this a good thing? It really does depend on the rider, but it will improve pedal clearance no matter who you are.

Dartmoor Fever pedals
Sturdy hex head pins (left) thread in from the opposite side. Dartmoor uses a sturdy steel axle inside the Fever pedals (right).

Performance: Traction is the name of the game when talking about platform pedals. A properly designed set of platforms will not only never have you wishing for more grip, but also allow you to reposition your feet without feeling as if you need to lift them completely off of the pedal body. The Fever pedals perform well in this regard, striking a good balance between the two, even though the traction provided by the pins and body shape may not rival that of some other designs. The open body shape allowed mud and debris to clear quite well, although we haven't really had this be a problem on any other pedals either, but we did find ourselves wishing for a wider body than the 90mm wide platform - it was easy to position your feet so that the outer edge of the shoes overhung the pedal by too much for our liking. We can't say that we suffered from less pedal strikes thanks to the lowered Q factor of the Fever pedals, but the bodies have held up well despite the few that we have had.

Where the Fever pedals may be ideal is on an all-mountain bike. How so? At 375 grams, despite not using a titanium axle or magnesium body trickery, they are light enough to keep the gram counters happy. But even more important than that is how easy they spin - much smoother and easier than the majority of other pedals out there. Just one flick with your finger will have them turn a number of times, and there feels to be next to no seal drag in the design. We may love the lack of resistance, but our Fevers do have a slight bit of play in them already, possibly down to the same reason. While some riders prefer pedals with a bit of resistance for dirt jumping or on their downhill rig, we'll choose a set that turn free of resistance any day.

Dartmoor Fever pedals
The dual concave body may look novel, but it didn't seem to improve the pedal's traction.

We do take one major issue with the Fever pedals that we couldn't get seem to get past. Their low Q factor is nice, possibly helping to lessen the amount of pedal strikes, but that same tight Q factor had us hitting the heels of our shoes on both the crank arms and the chainstays of any bike that we tried them on. It would happen while climbing, descending and while just spinning on flat ground unless we made a conscious effort to move our feet out slightly from where they seemed to want to come to rest naturally on the Fever pedals. This ended up bothering us enough in the long run that we ended up removing them from the bike, a shame considering their relatively light weight, how easy they spin and the reasonable amount of grip that they provide.

Pinkbike's take:
bigquotesDartmoor's Fever pedals are so very close to being at the top of our list of favorite platform pedals, but get taken out of the running by their low Q factor that had us catching our heels while pedalling. While this may not be the case for every bike and rider (we tried our Fever pedals on multiple bikes and under different riders with the same results), be sure to give them a try before putting down the cash. These are a great option if you don't have the same issue that we suffered from. - Mike levy


www.dartmoor-bikes.com


99 Comments

  • + 22
 To be honest the Q factor is the main advantage to this type of design. For gearbox bikes for instance where extra width to the design of the system would be beneficial. The rear chain stays would still be in the same place but means you could make the BB area wider i.e. to 100mm instead of 83mm and mean the Q factor would remain the same assuming the use of the same crank arms. This would also mean that the chain line would be out slightly though so would only ideally be suited to 150mm or larger rear axle spacing.

The double concave design on the other hand I think is an awful idea. The axle is where the optimum position of a person’s foot sits on the pedal and where most grip is required, thus meaning that the concave area should be positioned here as per 90% of designs today. Add to the fact that they are wider than most pedals now out means that the edge of the pedal is more likely to clip rocks/roots on runs is not good. The end of the pedal should be kept as narrow as possible. The play in the pedals would bug me loads. As soon as I get any play in my pedals I have to strip them and rebuild them to stop the play.

As the article states they don't mind the play for free spin but I don't think this is optimum either. A slow and smooth control of spin is what is required for pedals. As long as friction is reduced to a minimum and you can turn the pedals smoothly as you crank then it should not have to rotate any faster. Easiest way to do this is to heavily pack your pedals with high viscosity grease. Although this is creating a greater friction it is ‘internal friction’ which means the energy you use to turn the pedals is only slightly greater and for this application would not be noticeable.

Dartmoor frames I really like the design of but I feel that these pedals let the company down. They retail at £69 and within this price range there are a few other designs that offer the same weight with better benefits and designs.
  • + 66
 I bet nobody read this^^^
  • + 6
 Do you mean to say that no young Americans such as yourself will read it, because they have difficulty reading anything technical beyond two sentences? I read it and liked what he had to say. When you diss on someone's post because it is too long without actually criticizing anything they say, you really just make yourself look stupid. The more informative and intelligent posts in this forum are the longer ones, while the shorter ones can usually be ignored because they are often essentially repeating what others have already said.
  • + 29
 pretty sure he just made a joke, calm down :p
  • + 1
 They raised the price on the pedals. They used to be $80, which was a fair price. I do like that they jacked up the prices on their components, yet I see no change at all. If there was some improvement, maybe a $50 increase wouldn't seem so ridiculous.
  • - 16
flag Protour (Oct 17, 2011 at 9:01) (Below Threshold)
 Sam96, Anti-intellectual humor? I don't think so, but whether he was joking or not, he got blasted.
  • + 1
 haha, i read it like, although just after i read it i seen his comment and laughed at it!
  • + 13
 Regardless, you still made an ass of yourself by making a stereotype of young Americans based off of one kid.
  • - 20
flag Protour (Oct 17, 2011 at 10:22) (Below Threshold)
 It's actually a fairly common stereotype of young Americans, and even Americans in general, but one that many Americans seem to be clueless about. To understand the ignorance of Americans, you have to look no further than the current state of politics in America, where the liberals rarely accomplish anything progressive because the republicans have everyone so dumbed down with religious stupidity. That's your culture.

What are you gonna do now, diss on my free "socialist" healthcare?
  • + 5
 i said it was funny, get over it :p
  • + 14
 Protour - It sounds like you are implying the state of politics in Canada is better and/or more progressive? Surely an intellectual as condescending as yourself wouldn't make that mistake.

More like ProTool. Did you at least pick up on that joke?
  • + 7
 This is PinkBike. Calm down. Not everyone in the U.S. is as dumbed down as you say. I'd say the true ignorance shines through when you demonstrate that you can't think beyond a simple stereotype to realize that it's possible that not everyone fits your mold.
  • + 6
 ProTool, you may not want to make a statement about poor education when your country is no better in that arena, and really any other aside from actual physical landscape. As for politics, the mess in this country is no worse than yours. The biggest mess is really created from Democrats and Republicans blaming everything on each other instead of doing anything. We are Americans, and should not even put ourselves in seperate groups. Nothing will ever get done without people working together. Oh, one other thing.... your "free" healthcare is not even remotely "free".
  • + 7
 Protour -- man, you really nailed it. Your analysis of American culture and politics is so sophisticated, and it makes you appear to be very well read.
  • + 4
 araines1, dualsuspensiondave, and jodaro. Thank you for handling that. Saved me the headache.
  • + 5
 Actually, Protour, the point I was trying to make before you "blasted" me (haha) was that we Americans have better things to do, like ride a bike which you've obviously never done according to your profile, than take our sweet time to read a 4 paragraph essay. And since your a 37 year old virgin that likes to make fun of little kids, I don't think pinkbike is the right website for you. Try www.eharmony.com, or www.perfectmatch.com
  • + 3
 HA this keeps getting funnier.
  • - 1
 lol the funny thing is that I live here and I mostly agree with him...
  • + 2
 I've been to every continent on this planet, save for Antarctica. I've traveled to hundreds of cities and countries, and one thing is for certain; ignorance is everywhere. Not one group of people or nationality is less ignorant about their fellow man than the other. If you wish to deflect your own lack of knowledge and immaturity to another group, especially one that shares your interest in riding, then I can only say I feel sorry for you.
  • + 1
 yeah gang up on protool!
  • + 1
 PENALTY DOOSH!
  • + 2
 curlyriff, very well put!
  • + 1
 I ordered mine the day before this article came out, they came in he mail today. I put them on right away to check for Heel-Catching-Problems on my SLX cranks, it seems fine. Good write up nonetheless, I really appreciate the consumer advice.
  • + 3
 Cheers banshee-ripper.

AustenB23 I don't mind if it was a joke or you was being serious. I am sure loads of people will ignore it for rambling. I was just providing some personal experience along with engineering thought. In regards to riding, I am sure allot of us have the time to ride and read. If you read the article which is a great deal longer than my comments you can't state that we as ‘Americans’ would rather ride. You clearly read through all the posts to respond.

Personally I can ride my bike all day every day if I so wish. Spending five minutes reading through something that is more than 3 sentences long (maybe it takes you longer as you’re a slow reader) to educate yourself is time well spent. You enjoy bikes. Most people enjoy the products too and how things work. It is the nature of this sport.

Anyways now I am just rambling. Glad some of the users found it informative anyways.
  • + 1
 Thank you for clearing things up and ending this pointless conversation. I respect your opinion and agree with you on some points. Cheers
  • - 4
flag Protour (Oct 19, 2011 at 19:53) (Below Threshold)
 Jv, speak for yourself, but I think we are in way better shape than the states. At least we haven't spent trillions of dollars fighting counter-productive wars for no reason other than to make people hate us and put money in the hands of the military-industrial complex. America is in much worse shape in the long run, especially if they elect another republican who will only look after the interests of the rich and screw the poor dumb Christians who elected him. Dual suspension daves comments are revealing, so many Americans don't even realize who is screwing them out of their future, they just blame it on both political sides. Not all dems are good, but it the strong influence that republicans have because of religious manipulation that completely skews every thing to the right and forces liberals to compromise. I like pedals that spin freely but hate pedals that have even a little play in them after they break in. it's a tough balancing act. Still searching for the perfect pedal...
  • + 1
 You're trolling right? It was convincing for a minute, but then your open biggotry made it clear that you MUST be trolling.
  • + 1
 I agree with him about the counter productive wars bit... if we spent even a 10th of the war budget on infrastructure we'd be in much better shape
  • + 1
 Wars were and are a mess. I am ashamed of my government deeply on a vast number of subjects. BUT were there Canadian soldiers involved in said wars? If our hopeless economy tanks who is going to buy the 80% of Canadian exports that the US currently does? His open bigotry makes enganging him any further pointless. He can continue to espouse his overly simplified political view on a mountain bike site. And I will laugh reading his posts.
  • - 2
 There is no bigotry in my posts and it is not oversimplified. It is a summary of the main cause of what went wrong in the once great US of A. Maybe if gearbox bikes go mainstream one day, and I hope they do, narrow pedals will be the way to go.
  • + 2
 hahahaha.
  • + 2
 The USA cant keep denying it has problems... We need to accept it and work on resolving them rather than just yelling at anyone who criticizes us, as a country we are pretty fucked up right now. We need to stop feeding wall street and fix the country.
  • + 2
 go join an "occupy" protest.
  • + 3
 But seriously nobble. I am not defending our wars. I'm not saying our economy isn't in the tank, and that we haven't screwed the pooch big time. I'm simply stating that the "democrats are the good guys and republicans are the bad guys" bullshit Protour is spewing is a joke. For example the Democrat led Senate approved the Iraq War. And now to you Protour..... Would you consider the phrase "the poor dumb Christians" bigoted if you replace the word Christians with "Muslims" or "Jews" or "blacks"? You're either a hypocrite and a bigot, or a somewhat effective troll.

here is the definition of bigot incase you are struggling.
dictionary.reference.com/browse/bigot
  • + 2
 10 points for a political debate on a cycling site. Almost forgot this was an article about pedals...
  • + 1
 I apologize for saying that to describe Christians, my bad. I never said the democrats were good, I was making the point that the Republicans are downright evil in the way they have used religious manipulation, mainly by Bush, Rove, et.al.
  • + 3
 The politicians all should wear NASCAR type race suits with the emblems of all the special interests that feed them money with the amount they get and what they be pushing. Then we would know who is really running things. Reps and Dems are the same this way, only difference is whether your going to get a smile when they're screwing you. It all just makes me want to build a cabin in the mountains in the middle of no-where ala Jeremiah Johnson..........don't worry, there would be a slew on dirt jumps next to the cabin.
  • + 3
 Protour, again incorrect. I am waaaaaay different on my politics than 99% of the people in the U.S. I completely understand who is screwing who here. In fact, I have lived here for most of my life (imagine that, I understand it from actually experiencing it first hand).

So you know, there are a ton of Democrats that are Christians. You prove my point actually, instead of doing anything, point fingers instead. Draggon has got his head straight though!
  • + 2
 If I could up prop Draggon and Dualsuspensiondave more than once I would spend hours doing so. Cheers gentlemen. It's good to see some rational thinking adults on this site. PS a cabin in the mountain with huge jumps in the yard is my life dream.
  • + 2
 Session603 my brother cousin, so we meet again haha. Who was supposed to remember the brain this time? Since the first time I saw the movie Jeremiah Johnson when I was 9 I too had the goal of leaving the chaos that society creates, living off the land and letting the beard grow free to flap in the wind when sending it off massive kickers. Alas, John Lennon's prophecy came true and here I am talking politics on PB......kinda like eating a vegetarian taco, what's the point. Session, you sir are the David Letterman of PB, always entertaining and never too serious, always seems like the best quotes I come across here on PB are authored by you.

Dualsuspensiondave, thanks and you are correct. When you live here and realize what's really going on it's a helpless feeling because of the power and monopoly that has been created by the handful that throws the the rest just enough scraps to divert the attention from what the other hand is doing. The inmates are running the asylum and they are the ones that need to be reigned back but when politicians are in their pockets, who's going to police the police.

Oh and for the rest of the PBers that didn't want or need to hear political talk, ummmm...........Fap, Braaaap and Konas suck.
  • + 1
 Brother Draggon. I knew I remembered your name from somewhere. Let me know when you get that cabin.. I'm down to build some booters..
  • + 2
 Cool, but you would have to stay away from the farm animals, haha.
  • + 2
 haha I guess I could abstain, but some goats are just so damn sexy.
  • + 2
 UK FTW! ^_^
  • + 1
 good call boardman, I got mad UK love.
  • + 17
 Dartmoor is an exceptionally good company wheels and components, this is my personal opinion. So these pedals do not remain the exception. Smile
  • + 22
 Somebody needs to come out with a pair of pedals and name them 'Shin Smashers'.
  • + 4
 Wellgo make a pair called "Shin Eaters" I think.
  • + 18
 Brooklyn made the 'Shinburgers', as they made your shins look like ground beef.
  • + 16
 mmmmmm shinburgers
  • + 2
 Syncros had the infamous meat hooks
  • + 1
 I remember bk in the day, Odyssey had some called the shark bites. They were mean as f**k. Smile
  • + 1
 whats a low Q factor?
  • + 1
 @NorthEasternDH - It's in the review =)

"... improving clearance and lowering their Q factor (the width between each pedal measured parallel to the bottom bracket axle)"
  • - 1
 dood alexhoss that link u posted isnt just a shill killer, that is a shin rapist who kils its victims
  • + 2
 I'm sure you'd like to test out the 'shin-smashers' then?
  • + 1
 The low Q-factor idea seems problematic from the start, if you ask me. Am I the only person who gets crank-rub, where if I move my feet in too far, then my shoes simply rub my cranks?
  • + 1
 The old Truvativ Hozlefellers used to have pins like knives, they scared you into keeping your feet on the pedals. They also made your leg look like it had been on the receiving end of a recent zombie attack if you crashed. Not nice.
  • + 4
 They are the most popular selling item we have, their on dh bikes to street bikes to bmx's. They also rock on every single bike I own, their bloody comfortable, grip well with 5 10s ( you can still move your foot if need be unlike others).

Q factor wise: one of the lads here in Aus, put a deity Ti axle in, put them out another 10mm.
  • + 14
 If you can still move your foot, it could be argued that they don't grip that well. Wink
  • - 38
flag csermonet (Oct 17, 2011 at 1:12) (Below Threshold)
 It's all preference jack ass. i dont like having to pull my foot completely off the pedal to adjust my stance, much more comfortable to me to be able to slide my feet around. that being said i wouldnt buy the pedals.
  • + 14
 now now..no need to be mean
  • + 8
 Don't wear 5 10s if you want to slide your feet around. Razz
  • + 3
 ht pedals strike again!
  • + 3
 having bolts that screw in from the back hmmm the allen head never gets clogged or damaged which is good but once the stud side takes a good hard rock hit and bends over it will never come out without taking out the threads. but they do look cool and that is half of it right?
  • + 1
 You can cut the thread on the top of the stud where it is bent and shock the bolt. It should come out fine after that assuming you cut the bolt as close to the platform as possible. This design wise is fine. Does mean you need to have spares but there is no problem with that. I don't personally think they look that nice either but that's just preference and not really an argument in anything.
  • + 1
 i like the outer bolt design. there are no threads exposed. this makes it a sinch to replace them. as for the inner hex pins....looks to me like the one on the bottom side of the pic is bent!!!!
  • + 1
 Yes the one in the picture is bent so in theory any other pin type would be bent too?

With regards to external bolt design, when a pin bends from impact the nature of the design means it is likely to strip the thread or snap the pin of where the stress riser is thus meaning you can take the pin out say 75% of the time the other 25% you may have to drill out the thread (when it snaps). With the other bolt design regardless you should not need to drill out any thread left in the pedal body.

The other advantage of having threads shown is greater grip due to the friction against shoe soles. This is the same for grub screws which is why most people end up replacing missing pins with them instead of a replacement pin kit (assuming they are flat/spike pins to start with).
  • + 1
 I've been using those pedals for quite long now, and I must say, that I'm amazed. they are classes above all the previous I've been using. a little bit more expensive, but far more durable.
  • + 1
 I've been running these pedals for a while and they're awesome. You just need to put a washer or two between the crank and the pedal. Ideally, they should make that part of the spindle longer.
  • + 1
 That's a great tip. One or two thin pedal washers could really help. Thanks!
  • + 1
 Wonder how long they last for. I've personally seen quite of bit of dartmoor's stuff break due to poor quality. This was even true of some crank axle spacers which I thought were impossible to badly.
  • + 3
 I've had those in my leg... they gRIP well.
  • + 2
 very similar to the VP-59s which are already out
  • + 1
 Similar? They are VP-59s. They're just pre-redesign 59s.
  • + 2
 There is a mistake in MSRP price showed in this article. The official MSRP price published by current US/Canadian distributor is 95 USD or 97 CDN. You can check at dartmoor-bikes.ca. We are in contact with PB and we hope that this wrong price info will be corrected soon.
We know many riders loving these pedals but certainly you can expect that we will make them even better for 2013 Smile .
  • + 1
 ^^^^ HUH?!?!?!
  • + 0
 Saw these at Interbike with KHE bmx Branding. Perhaps they are actually another catalogue pedal.... But even so, they're nice. Smile
  • + 2
 Apologies, had a look at my photos. The KHE are slightly different. Same wavy side on profile though.
  • + 2
 Fevers were catalog or close to one a few years ago but that has changed over the years. From what I gather they are an orginal project now.
  • + 7
 If they aren't catalog pedals, Dartmoor probably owes VP Components (VP-59) an explanation.
  • + 1
 Word.
  • + 1
 They are different than 59s. They were 59s a few years ago.
  • + 1
 I have these in green on my bike Big Grin
  • + 1
 Well done.
  • + 1
 where do you buy them?
  • + 1
 From a shop where I live :d
  • + 1
 i think there ok but you can get something like superstars for cheeper Smile
  • + 1
 where can I buy these?
  • + 0
 I would pay up to £15 for them.
  • + 7
 pedals are bloody expensive its not fair! considering i mangle a pair every few months
  • + 2
 yep!
  • + 1
 $130? i will pass
  • + 0
 Huh 130$? In here those pedals cost 59 euros=81dollahz Smile
  • + 0
 130.- ? ^^
  • - 2
 so pretty much their shit... hahah

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