Drift Products' $299 Carbon Flat Pedal

Feb 7, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

Trade shows are no strangers to unusual products and spotted at the halls of ISPO were these flat pedals with a difference... they're made from carbon.

Drift was co-founded by David Rupp, a former ENVE design engineer, but is best known for its snow products, in particular its Boards that combine splits and snowshoes. The company has just made its first foray into the mountain bike market with the Drift flat pedal that is made in the USA and on sale now for US$299 (CA$435.50, €290.12, £255).

We've never seen carbon used as a flat pedal material before, probably because if you're riding flat pedals weight isn't generally your biggest concern and because rock strikes are an ever present danger. But regardless, Drift ploughed on and claim these pedals tip the scales at 262 grams for a pair, and that's with brass pins, a chromoly axle and stainless steel hardware. For comparison, a pair of DMR Vault MG Superlights weigh in 290 grams and cost £220 (roughly $285).

Drift claims that carbon allows for a "concave shape for grip in both the pin layout and the shape of the carbon," something that it believes is not easy to achieve in machined aluminium. As for the rocks, Drift claims that "the pedal is specifically designed with minimal sharp edges to help deflect rock strikes", how this holds up in real world conditions is yet to be seen.

We're not sure why Drift didn't fit Ti axle at this price, we can only assume that it is related to the carbon construction. The platform also seems a bit small compared to most high-end flat pedals, which generally stack up above the 100mm x 100mm mark.

Specs

Construction Ultra-lightweight carbon fiber, handmade in the USA.
Weight 262 grams per pair
Pins 4mm brass, replaceable
Dimensions 95mm X 95mm platform
Axle Chromoly
Bearings Sealed, Igus bushing
Q Factor 9mm to platform spacing
Hardware Stainless steel
Price $299
drift-products.com

The pedals were displayed at the ISPO sports fair in Munich this week along with a new silicone grip, keep an eye out for them coming soon. For more information, click here.

What do you think? Could you ever see yourself fitting carbon flat pedals to your bike?


292 Comments

  • + 462
 Jesus Christ
  • + 134
 Does he ride clips or flats?
  • + 212
 I think this pedal was funded by Pinkbike to generate clicks and comments. It's just too much.
  • + 43
 Doesn't look very flat to me. They didn't list how thick they are so I think I'm right.
  • + 61
 Good idea or not, at $300 I don't think you should see pinholes/voids in the layup or a ragged edge that looks like someone cut it with a butter knife.
  • + 10
 @BobbyLite: haha wtf that’s great
  • + 20
 @pwn1: his bike never gets wet at stream crossings
  • + 149
 These will go nicely on my Unno with Eagle AXS drivetrain and dropper, Livevalve shock, Message fork and Enve wheels. I don't ride a lot but when I do I want the peasants to swoon.
  • + 8
 @BobbyLite: I can't believe this is real haha
  • + 5
 @pwn1:
He doesn’t need to ride. He hovers.
  • - 2
 Haha came here to write that
  • + 15
 For Sam Hills Dentist?
  • + 7
 Jesus is sending you a 9.99$ discount on these pedals. Go my son.
  • + 1
 @Konyp: the women and children need sustenance
  • + 4
 Wow...why is this a thing right?
  • + 1
 Certainly not Sam pilgrim’s.- he doesn’t have one!@scary1:
  • - 1
 Whoosh. That was for me. I'm still whooshed out. I just dont see, I mean, WTF? Whoosh. Can someone unwhoosh this for me?
  • + 1
 @smithcreek:hahahahaha. no kidding.
  • + 0
 @BobbyLite: jesuschrist rode toe clips
  • + 5
 Pssh, talk to me when you have carbon pins and axles. Until then, not interested.
  • + 3
 @smithcreek: This pedals should go perfectly with the $800 Electronoic Reverb Dropper.
  • + 1
 @endurocat: No kidding, add this to that stupid opulent bike build thread we've got going on there... what the heck? @WestwardHo 's explanation is the only possible thing that makes sense
  • + 4
 @pwn1: Water. His pedals are made of water; he can walk on that stuff, so standing on it doesn't present any real problem...
  • + 25
 I think everyone has (badly) missed the point with a lot of these expensive new "innovative" products. They're clearly meant to be paired all together so you have a $20K bike that you never ride. Trust fork, e-dropper post, e-drivetrain, Unno frame, carbon pedals, carbon rotors, carbon mag wheels, etc...In short, think of the hedge fund managers...they need this sort of thing to hang off the back of their Land Rover when parking in front of the faux rustic coffee shop. Think of it as the $700 puffy technical jacket for people who spend less time in the woods than Elton John.
  • + 9
 This is a perfect match for the Spengle 3 spoke wheels...
  • + 1
 +1
  • + 5
 "the pedal is specifically designed with minimal sharp edges to help deflect rock strikes"

And yet nothing about guaranteeing them when the inevitable rock strike happens and they shatter....
  • + 1
 @endurocat: And Spengles.
  • + 0
 Ef jebis cry st! em dare er sew ped!
  • + 1
 @smithcreek:I like totally thought the same thing like, really, Ya know!
Shitty craftsmanship for sure.
  • + 2
 Why do we need super light pedals? Put the innovations in other parts...they look stupid as heck too. I thought this article was about those cheap Walmart plastic ones of a minute.
  • + 1
 @FunctionalMayhem: ...I know you you can walk on water, but Jesus, can you walk on this much beer?
  • + 4
 or XPEDO SPRY MAG 260g $69
Amen
  • + 0
 Been riding these pedals for a few months now and I could never go back to aluminum. The feel and performance is too good Smile
  • + 2
 @pwn1: flats, he wears sandals, at least in the pictures I saw as a kid at church. He kinda looks like Eddie Vedder too
  • + 1
 @swartzwerk: nah man look at the link @pwn1 posted
  • + 5
 These remind me of the plastic molded packaging that comes with pedals that you throw away immediately.
  • + 2
 @RollinFoSho: care to elaborate?
  • + 1
 @blackthorne: I was just messing around Smile
  • + 1
 @RollinFoSho: are they stiffer than alloy pedals?
  • + 2
 @pwn1: He was nailed to a cross so maybe clipped in?
  • + 2
 @pwn1: He really doesnt like spikes in his feet.
  • + 1
 @Konyp: you made my day Sir Big Grin
  • + 1
 Jesus rode these with Spengle wheels, the holy trinity of spokes.
  • + 1
 @polarflux: lmao well done on the beat farmers reference.
  • + 2
 @mountaincross: I’m glad someone else called out the 260g Spry pedals.

Funny that the article pointed out the $285 Vaults and totally glazed over the $60 Spry.
  • + 2
 @butters1996: Stiffer yet they dampen the vibrations, my ankles and knees feel much better on longer rides Wink
  • + 2
 Ugly and F*cking expensive
  • + 1
 @RollinFoSho: SPRY MAG pros light and thin, cons pins not as grippy as screws, not fot DH use. XPEDO upgrade your design to screws. Everybody wins.
  • + 1
 I'm actually riding HT AE03 and they are just OK, I need more grip. I think I'm going to try OneUp Composite pedals next. If still not good with OneUps, going to try switching from 2FO shoe to 5Ten
  • + 2
 that's hella overkill. Raceface Chester pedals weigh in at 340 grams, and they're only 40 bucks. So save 78 grams (450 grams is about a pound) and pay an extra $260 dollars to save less than a quarter of a pound. Why?
  • + 1
 @DarrellW:
man i had to look at that like,..3 times to confirm,..what i was seeing,..WAS what i was seeing,..vert de ferk?
  • + 2
 @BobbyLite: My dad is 60 and still rocks these on XC rides in the SC mountains hahah
  • + 1
 @Konyp: Bahahaha...
  • + 0
 @ewalton20: Color me jealous. I want them so bad.
  • + 1
 He’d ride saints!
  • + 1
 Oh my Dad
  • + 156
 Would smash.

But really, only 80g lighter than composite Chesters? I’ve probably shaved 80g from my pedals with normal use.
  • + 18
 ^^^Haha. I'm taking the composite plunge this year to give em a go. OneUp for me though, excited to see how they work out!
  • + 1
 I ride vaults and have been thinking about getting a lighter option. I know you can get a pair of Chesters for like 50 bucks, you like yours?
  • + 2
 @krashDH85: I have heard great things about oneup. I am have run cheap ebay composite for years now. I want oneup composite but the oneup aluminum looks so good. I think I am going to get a pair of each
  • + 3
 I used to run HT Ae03 pedals and switched to OneUp composite. I'm loving the grip and even hitting a bunch of rocks through the last 6 months, the pedal is running like new and without any fissure.
  • + 5
 @krashDH85: isn’t composite just a fancy name for plastic? Seriously don’t know but thought it was the same as stock pedals you don’t actually use?
  • + 5
 @krashDH85: love my oneups
  • - 5
flag jzPV (Feb 7, 2019 at 8:34) (Below Threshold)
 @Gasket-Jeff: you have to remember that the impact resistance isn't comparable to aluminium. A friend of mine hooked his OneUp right into a root and went over the bars directly in front of me and the axle bent. The plastic body is just too bendy for stuff like that... and they are not that cheap actually
  • + 8
 @Grosey: Composite is a technical term that implies the end material is made up of multiple components. Fiberglass being made from the polyurethane resin and fiberglass cloth is a common example. Carbon layups are also composites. Plastic is brittle but by adding the cloth fibers the tensile strength is improved dramatically.
  • + 1
 @jzPV: so what you are saying is the plastic was so flexy that it caused him to hook a pedal? Would it not have been the force of the impact that bent the axle, or was the composite pedal also bent out of shape.
  • + 5
 @mkotowski1: Not the guy you asked, but I had Chesters... were good pedals, they I switched to the OneUp comps. Like the OneUps better, more grip, more pins, bit larger platform, thinner and the shape doesn't hold onto as much mud and crap. Plus I think they just look a little better. Still both are great pedals. Smashed both very hard on multiple rocks... comps just seem to not even notice when you accidentally try and destroy them.
  • + 5
 @Gasket-Jeff: I had the OneUp Al pedals on my Jedi. I liked them but there was one flaw with them I'm not sure they remedied. If you impacted a pin or broke one, or hit a rock and it mushroomed a bit, when you unthreaded it from the backside it would damage the threads on the way out. OneUp only had a couple threads in the material at their pin locations so you couldn't re-tap the hole. It made a couple pin locations on my aluminum set useless. A pin design meant to shear off cleanly would fix that situation (IE small groove in the pin to concentrate any forces taken by the pin)

Other than that one of the best pedals I've had. Serviceability on the aluminum ones was so easy and I liked that they used all bearings. Plus their customer service is awesome.

I wanted to give the OneUp composites a go because they use a standard SHCS (which are grippy as hell because of the sharp threads...I came from Twenty6 pedals prior, so I like grip!) AND they use a nyloc nut to capture it. If you damage, bend, break a pin (SHCS) unthread it out and replace the nut and screw cheap instead of damaging your pedal body or having a proprietary pin. I bought a pack of 100 stainless steel screws and stainless nyloc nuts from McMaster for under $10. I'll be switching to those when I get the pedals (today).

Also, composites will glide off rock strikes better. Hanging up your aluminum pedals on rocks/etc can be pretty sketchy (think blind steep rollovers in techy rock gardens rather than wide open monster trucking in rock gardens)

@jzPV: If he hooked his composite platforms up without breaking the platform and bent the axle, he would have bent the axle for sure on an aluminum platform equivalent. The composite body probably did flex, taking some of the impact/bending forces rather than acting like aluminum and transferring it all to the axle.

@andreko: Good to hear some real-life cases of rock smashing and having them hold up!
  • + 0
 @jzPV: would have been nice if the plastic body was a bit less sturdy in that case. It could have just broke instead of taking your friend out.
  • + 6
 @jzPV: I've found the impact resistance better with comps. I've cracked aluminum pedals in the past, where I've never had an issue with comps. Comps seem to absorb and dissipate impact better which is also noticable during rock strikes... you just feel them less... and they tend to slide vs hang up on rocks.

Your example of the pedal getting hooked and bending is very anecdotal. Pretty sure the same would have happened to an aluminum pedal as well. If it was hard enough to bend the axle, it was probably hard enough to bend or more likely crack an aluminum pedal.

As for price... OneUp Comp = $49.00 vs OneUp Aluminum = $125.00 (Which are some of the best value aluminum pedals, many others are much more expensive.)
  • + 3
 @islandforlife: I've got One Ups and chesters (and the $24 Fooker chester knockoff). I like 'em all. The one ups are bigger and give a more "relaxed" feel on the bike to me. When I'm on the chesters or the fookers I spend a little more time to get my feet just right, but I feel like I have a bit more bike control with them over the one ups. Either way, all 3 are great pedals.
  • + 9
 Or why not have the best of both worlds Alloy and Composite... coming soon. www.squidworx.bike (please forgive the self advertising)
  • + 1
 @squidworx: Intuitive idea there I like. If I'm thinking/seeing correctly, there is an aluminum sleeve within the composite that's a slip fit (or floats) in a bore and the pins from each side thread into the small sleeve basically capturing each other or each set of pins against the composite body? Clever if so. Or is the composite body molded around those threaded sleeves (no float...bonded)? Either way interesting spin on the idea.

I'd give them a shot but TBH the pins don't look like they'd have the grip that I'm looking for, but I'm really a stickler about it just from the past pedals I've had
  • + 3
 @mkotowski1: Having riden Chester's and crankbrothers as well as the vaults. I like the wide platform of the crank-b and how thin they are. The vaults are by far the most hard wearing grippy flats and you can replace everything on them. The chesters rip apart and have no replaceable parts. Chester's lack grip as well and the crankbrothers are less durable than vaults.
  • + 3
 @krashDH85: thanks for the feedback. the alloy inserts are pressed in but can be removed and replaced should you damage the thread, so no threads on the pedal to damage. Also eventually you'll be able to custom build your pedal, so choose the shape, size color and even pin size you want.
  • + 1
 @squidworx: Pretty cool I like the out of the box thinking. I may have to pay you guys a visit when I'm up there this summer (which is almost every weekend!)
  • + 0
 @krashDH85: actually, I did the exact same thing on the exact same root the next run and my Hope F20s were fine (I didn't go over the bars though...), just like after every other root/rock strike they had during the last 7 years. The axle bent because of the flexy body and I suspect other pedals can take such a hit without bending or breaking the crank. This is the only bent pedal axle I've seen, and I've seen worse crashes... Now he runs some average Sixpack Aluminium pedal which cost about 5€ more.
  • + 4
 @krashDH85: send us an email when your coming and we can give you a pair to demo. Rich
  • + 3
 @jzPV: "The axle bent because of the flexy body..."

From an engineering and materials standpoint, this argument does not hold up. But I will digress on that. The two situations which you and your buddy encountered the root was not identical. Too many factors to list.

On another note though, I have a pair of F20's as well. Very nice, but they also lacked grip for me, even with their taller, hollow pin. I did a bunch of research though and found that E13's old gold pins were the same thread (and ironically same bore pitch) and holy hell do they grip now. Totally transformed that pedal for me. If you find they lack grip and want to supercharge them look into those pins. Except the pins are getting hard to come by now a days since E13 no longer makes that pedal. I feel like I did see the pins on their site though.
  • + 2
 @krashDH85: My son's got composite Wah Wahs on his trial bike (as does my wife), Chesters on his DJ, . They've been great.
  • + 1
 @g-42: Awesome great to hear! I just picked mine up out of the mail. Gonna swap to over to stainless pins now!
  • + 1
 @squidworx: nice product and a good website, I wish you every success.
  • + 2
 @ermoldaker: Thanks for the support Smile
  • + 1
 I typically gouge the same weight from my legs with my alloy pedals
  • + 1
 On the local granite, I cracked a set of Chesters in a few months. Then again, one of the pinholes for the Scarabs I upgraded to is shot now too. Late in life I've come to dig flats, but SPDs are more durable.
  • + 2
 @mkotowski1: I used to ride vaults but needed some cash and sold them and replaced them with chesters. chesters are great. wish they were a little bigger but i never needed to replace them. If i do, Im going atlas. Those things are big and ridiculously light for a metal pedal.
  • + 1
 @kikoraa: Watch out on RF metal pedals. The bodies have a habit of coming off the axle.
  • + 1
 @mkotowski1: Or a pair of Fookers for 26.
  • + 2
 @squidworx: Pedal looks good, but may I suggest something? Replacement cages that match the colour of components actually available on the market? Keep them simple, like red, blue, etc...
  • + 1
 @squidworx: Pretty cool idea. I'll check you out at the Van Bike Show. It'll be interesting to see!
  • + 2
 Xpedo Spry - 250g, $59.

Funny how they left that pedal out of the article.
  • + 2
 @krashDH85: i'm riding oneup composites and they are slightly larger of a platform vs. the chesters, which is why i bought them. im liking them so far. nothing wrong with chesters either, i just feel more stable on a wider platform. someone with a smaller shoe size would feel the same way as i do on oneup on their chesters. i wear size 11. the oneup do feel really well made.
  • + 1
 @LumberJake: Hey thanks for the reply! I had the Al version and really liked the size, I'm used to a pretty wide platform coming off Twenty6 Predators. I also wear size 11. I got my OneUp's yesterday and fitted them with stainless steel pins. Figured out here in the NW they'd be better for all the wet weather, and if I have to replace one I don't want to fight a rusty and bent pin. I posted a couple photos in my albums
  • + 1
 Love my chesters
  • + 1
 @mkotowski1: nah buy some of those oneup Composite pedals...currently rocking a pair of those, they´re awesome and a whole lot better than the Chesters, although they ain´t bad also
  • + 1
 Could just pre ride dump to shed that 80.
  • + 69
 SRAM: Our new dropper post is $800

Drift Products: Hold my beer....
  • - 37
flag jlawie (Feb 7, 2019 at 8:54) (Below Threshold)
 I see what you did there..... But it's a big FAIL
  • + 68
 "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should."
  • + 47
 "We're not sure why Drift didn't fit Ti axle at this price..." should read "...We're not sure why these were designed in the first place..."
  • + 1
 Ti axle will come out in summer for only 500€!
  • + 31
 These look like total trash... minimal sharp edges? But the leading and trailing edge of the pedal looks like its about 3mm thick??
The quality of the carbon layup looks like the lowest tier of chinese manufacturing that is available..
Amazed at this trash.
  • + 16
 It appears like the leading and trailing edges are just trimmed. So you'll have delamination due to pedaling alone (as the weave will shear near the free edges), no need to smash into anything in order to destroy these.

Just looked again. The nut for the grub screws rests directly against the laminate so it will already damage the fibres from tightening alone. Obviously actually demanding grip from those pins will cause them to tilt slightly and one of the pointy ends of the pin as well as the opposite pointy end of the nut will dig into the laminate too. I don't dare to look another time, afraid of what I'll notice then.

That said, this a very effective to burn some excess cash for those with zeroth world problems. Especially as you still need to buy some proper pedals for riding.
  • + 9
 @vinay: i'm with you, as someone in the carbon industry, my face was screwing up with ever further glance at these monstrosities.
  • + 0
 This is typical of an engineer wanting to make something without consulting a designer first. What is the problem you’re trying to solve? Clearly this kind of execution is a wasted opportunity. They could have made tons more money with an spd retrofit product for the weight weenies that doesn’t take a freaking design exercise to figure out will be way more profitable.
  • + 5
 @blackthorne: Nah this is more like a workshop employee with some spare carbon weave (and resin, peel ply etc), some idle time on the CNC machine and something to machine the mould out of. I expect an engineer with any knowledge of composites would be quite anal and not drill holes in a laminate, not have free edges and I wouldn't even dare to think of how they decided to support the bearings. That said, it would be interesting if PB would hire Johnny Knoxville to do a test ride for them. No one else would dare to.
  • + 30
 They’re called Drift because thats what your feet will be doing on a tiny pedal with 6 little pins.
  • + 4
 My thoughts exactly...at a sz 12 wide feet these don't seem like they would make the cut.
  • + 4
 oh they make the cut alright...on your shins
  • + 29
 $300 bucks for thick, slippery, carbon pedals with too few pins? Please review these Pinkbike, I could use a good laugh!
  • + 4
 I’m sure they climb surprisingly enough like a goat and decend even more shockingly like a Raped Ape
  • + 26
 Can someone explain... who are these aimed at?
  • + 13
 Dentists
  • + 6
 Rich people.
  • + 81
 Idiots
  • + 7
 The person who designed them, and nobody else, ever.
  • + 17
 RC and Levy. Comment traffic don't drive itself, bruh.
  • + 24
 sharp rocks, mostly
  • + 2
 Carbon fiber fitness bikes
  • + 2
 rocks&roots
  • + 0
 people in utah
  • + 5
 Whoever's unlucky enough to be nearby after the first rock strike.
  • + 20
 Saw this article and was interested. In looking at comment section, of course.
  • + 21
 they're fucking hideous.
  • + 12
 They'd look great paired with some of those New Balance velcro walking shoes that you run across at retirement communities
  • + 14
 I'd be afraid to leave the carpet of my living room.

Sorry...not spending $300 on something that likes to headbutt rocks all day. Catch my DRIFT...
  • + 9
 Are we april 1st already?
  • + 9
 YES! FINALLY SOMETHING NO ONE ASKED FOR!!!
  • + 2
 The Segway?
  • + 1
 @woofer2609: Fat people and security guards
  • + 8
 So they're the same wright as Xpedo Sprys, which go for about $60 and are much thinner. I think I'll pass
  • + 1
 Seconded. Very happy with them.
  • + 1
 Agreed. Came here to post the exact same thing.
  • + 2
 What are those HT magnesium ones? Ae03 or me03 something like that. 220g or so, thin, and metal.
  • + 6
 Not the most expensive Frown , or the lightest. Reset Racing pedals are 220 grams and 681 dollars. And they’ve got Ti axles.
  • + 1
 That’s if you cut them down, of course
  • + 1
 The eggbeater 11s are a 179 grams per pair, and $450.
  • + 4
 These bloody things make me angry. What a total waste of resources to make a completely unnecessary, overpriced and poorly designed product that is destined for the garbage pile.

The one component that's guaranteed to get banged up on rocks? Yeah, better make it carbon ffs.

In a week of appalling "Malibu Stacey's new hat" type accessories, this is a truly awful by-product of our insatiable desire for one-upmanship.

Meanwhile, the Northern hemisphere freezes and the southern hemisphere burns and floods. I weep for this planet.
  • + 7
 Why? why does this exist?
  • + 6
 Why would dentists ride flat pedals?
  • + 2
 Seriously wtf!! Bike companies decided they're not making enough money or what?? $2700 linkage forks, $2000 electronic drivetrains - when what we really want is a viable gearbox. $4000 for electronically valves suspension systems, $700 one piece stem and bar combos and now these ridiculous pedals. . .

To clarify I fully understand the whole, "you dont need to buy them if you dont want to," however when does it start to feel like the companies are now just trying to take advantage of us?
  • + 2
 I believe a good flat pedal should be low profile, accessible, cost effective, and easily accessorized. This pedal meets none of those criteria; it is thick, costs at least 3 times as much as pedals of similar caliber, and only comes in carbon, thus there are not many options for different bikes and colorways.
  • + 1
 Exactly demonstrating they did zero user research before making it, but then again, how much does it ACTUALLY cost to make a carbon pedal?
  • + 6
 Yep, they sure do look handmade.... by a child.
  • + 2
 They could be the thinnest flats ever made, but being carbon fiber the second they impact a rock, say goodnight Gracie.
And these things are a foot thick for crissake.
Is there really THAT many people with loads of cash and no common sense out there in MTB land?
  • + 6
 Construction: Ultra lightweight carbon fiber
Axle: Chromoly :O
  • + 6
 One born every minute. These days it seems one is born every second.
  • + 2
 A buck cheaper than a www.crankbrothers.com/products/stamp-11-large

Bargain!

Although, at that price, I would expect a titanium spindle at least?
Has me wondering who dentists bitch about for having too much money tho.
  • + 1
 Yeah lots of magnesium platform, titanium spindled options for more money have popped up over the years
  • - 2
 lawyers and Trump
  • + 1
 I ride flats on my road bike these would be great for that.

I'm probably one of 100 who rides flats on a roadie though and I sure as shit wouldn't spend $300 on these when Oneup composites are 80% of the product for 20% of the price.
  • + 2
 HAHAHA! Those pins look like I don't trust em & the shape of the body is not appealing. The day I buy $300 pedals is the same day I buy hookers & heroin!?! Maybe if I make it to 70 yrs old...just sayin!!!
  • + 1
 It's amazing to me that companies that make stuff like this are actually staying in business. These pedals are so boutique I can't imagine they sell many at all. I'll take my $30 OneUp plastic things and spend the rest on concert tickets, thank you.
  • + 2
 No mention of the thickness, carbon, a small platform, brass pins going into tiny nuts, i reckon these would be near on useless in the real world of riding. Perfect for a rich dad building his kid a dream bike.
  • + 1
 The tiny nuts are laughable
  • + 5
 They look like coffee cup lids
  • + 1
 I’ve worked with composites for over 15 years. Those look like crap. To have holes for the pins that close to the edge is absolutely nuts. To have the 0/90 ply cloth take turns and hard angles like that is absolutely nuts. To let those smack a rock and keep riding is nuts. Those have failure written all over them. Not to mention the finish looks like crap.
  • + 1
 Not to mention nuts holding in the pins? Those nuts are screaming to come off even in the photos
  • + 6
 they look shit
  • + 1
 These pedals are for the bikers that wrap their bikes and decal their wheels to match their underpants!
Crazy crazy price - you wouldn’t want to chip these pedals.
I’d use them for my cruiser as they seem to be cruiser look.....
  • + 1
 designed by someone who has one eye, a tiny Beadle hand and a hook for their other hand, webbed toes and a tefal spam. and has only ever seen a bike once. in a picture. from a great distance. Through some bog roll binoculars. nope
  • + 5
 Go f@ck yourself with a cactus. Seriously.
  • + 2
 If Im going to pay this much they need to work and they need to look good. Im not sure im convinced on the former and the latter.....they look like they have been made out of forest gumps leg braces
  • + 3
 Those will percectly fit on my bike with Sram wireless sestpost and derailleur. Can‘t wait for summer to show off at my local icecream shop.
  • + 3
 Come on, we are only 300$ short for 20000$ bike. Use 24k gold for pins it should good for it
  • + 2
 ok..... so compare the price of those ski boards to the price of these pedals an the amount of carbon in both......................
  • + 4
 What the fuck is that piece of shit lmaoooo
  • + 1
 Look like an egg carton. Can't really fault them, the design looks like a good idea. Makes me think of someone flying to outer space in a bajillion dollar yogurt container or something.
  • + 1
 Good to see people innovating. Impressive know how that everybody would like to have. Haters are ridiculous with their expensive anodized pieces of alloy that they paid a lot to do tunning on their bikes.
  • + 4
 Coffee cup lids from Starbucks?
  • + 4
 What is this? A pedal for ants?
  • + 1
 it needs to be at least 3 times bigger!
  • + 2
 I wonder how many product managers just say screw it after their product gets ripped in the PB comments section? I can't imagine who actually wants or asked for this product.
  • + 2
 They look terrible. Xspedo spry weighs like 8 grams more and they're about a third the thickness
  • + 1
 Why compare these to the standard Vaults weight? would it not have been better to compare them to the DMR Vault Mag TI pedals which weigh in at 290g and has an RRP £220.
  • + 1
 Well, if the adage "Any news is good news" is true, then the sheer number of shitty comments just made these pedals famous! LOL
  • + 2
 I will be buying this for the Peloton spin bike that is overlooking the New York skyline.
  • + 2
 Next up: composite pedal covers for your carbon pedals. Great for protection!
  • + 2
 Be sure to look out for tomorrow's article, "5 Things You Don't Know About Drift Carbon Pedals".
  • + 4
 nice trolling pinkbike.
  • + 1
 Ha ha first rock strike and that skinny lip will just snap off losing your pins and making it an expensive paperweight, is it April fools yet or something???
  • + 3
 Alas, I just spent my last $800 on that AXS dropper post.
  • + 2
 I clicked the icon of this article just to come here and say NOPE. Super ugly too!
  • + 1
 the shape of the carbon," something that it believes is not easy to achieve in machined aluminium.....How the hell did he make the mold then?
  • + 2
 We all know you post overviews like this just to get the comment section firing. I will not be manipulated.
  • + 1
 Think they're fine as an exercise on design, testing material capabilities, and manufacturing processes. Buuut the just don't make any sense and are fugly.
  • + 2
 Ill stick with my race face chesters which are probably made from melted down milk crates
  • + 1
 Can I have a pair of these bricks in carbon please? Sure, here you are!

btw have you tried the compozite OneUp? Got them for mum and they look pretty good
  • + 1
 My HT ME05T pedals on my DH-bike weighs 242g/pair and hasn't exploded on impact yet.
Lighter by 20g and costs $14 less.

www.ht-components.com/product/productDetail/11
  • + 7
 found the dentist
  • + 1
 @colincolin: Lol! Well, I work in the bike industry, so I get substansial deals Wink
  • + 2
 @megatryn: what's your take on the carbon hype? it can't be dented so you might lose your job!
  • + 1
 I’ve seen one of those pedals snap in half under my buddy haha
  • + 1
 @colincolin: Carbon and titanuium everything man! Bring it! Seeing the "hype" has been going for well over 2 decades now and the technology keeps on progressing I see no reason not to jump on it.

Just check out what the guys at Gorilla Gravity and Robot (Atherton) Bikes are doing. Things are definitly looking up. In a few years when the two technologies become more commonplace, we might see customisable carbon/titanium frames made to order for under £3000 and delivered within a few weeks.
  • + 1
 I’m not a fan to be honest, o don’t like the shape and the fact that its only six pins per side. That being said, its a good start
  • + 2
 IGES bushings??? Really?? Doesn't anybody proof-reads these press releases, at any level?
  • + 3
 *proofread
  • + 2
 @noapathy: Sorry for not proofreading my proofreading complain :-D.
  • + 1
 @noapathy: yeah, I should think before hitting "Submit". Thanks for the free lessons!
  • + 1
 @southoftheborder: Thanks for the entertainment. Stupid freezing rain here. Frown
  • + 2
 This must be a joke. Why am I even bothering to read this? Comment section probably.
  • + 2
 More 'innovation' we don't need, MTB is becoming more and more like roadie territory by the day in 2019 Frown
  • + 0
 I Cant imagine these surviving many rock strikes but I ride flats even in endurance races so if I ever have enough money this might be a good option for a cross country racer looking to rock flats.
  • + 1
 Horrible idea and from the pics, execution. How do you make a $300 pedal look so cheap?
  • + 1
 Hahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahaha
  • + 1
 How about making carbon fiber dilboes. Saves weight when you take one on a ride.
  • + 2
 Waiting until its 300% stronger
  • + 0
 Скоро вам буржуям будут байки по сто тыщ баксов продавать, а вы хаваете
  • + 2
 I think it must be Dentist day on PB
  • + 1
 Actually it’s dentist week tomorrow is a lightweight carbon grip
  • + 2
 I use these instead of egg beaters, seriously the fluffyiest muffins ever!
  • + 1
 For another $50, you can buy some custom rubber protectors for them! Sorta like carbon crank protectors, but more expensive!
  • + 2
 Drift you just got wrecked by the people
  • + 2
 Laughing my wallet off.... again. MOAR CARBANZ!!!
  • + 0
 I guess carbon really isn't the answer to everything, or at least this aint it.
  • + 2
 what stupid pedals.
  • + 0
 Between this and UCI DH snow biking, the bar has really been raised for April 1.
  • + 1
 daaaaamn those things are uuuuuglyy!!
  • + 1
 potential to be a cracking pair of pedals
  • + 1
 Probably easier to sell 10 pedals for $200 in revenue than 40 for $50
  • + 0
 Gravity Gorilla will release them for a quarter of the price and 300 times stronger, just wait.
  • + 1
 looks like the packaging that a real pedal comes in
  • + 1
 Imagine the scuffs on these when you bash some rocks :/
  • + 2
 gross
  • + 1
 and who is buying this i mean honestly
  • + 1
 These look like cup holders
  • + 1
 I was holding out for a set of super-magnesiums' but these!
  • + 1
 I just came to write this: XDDDDDDD
  • + 1
 That is a $300 bad idea right there.....
  • + 1
 Just what I needed for my eewings cranks!
  • + 1
 VP001, for $45 at 350 grams, it makes anything like this seem crazy.
  • + 0
 Those pedals are so ugly. They look like pedals you would get on a department store bike just not in carbon fiber.
  • + 1
 sooo ... +/-500$ cad to save 20g off of a pair of wellgo's
  • + 2
 Are they high?
  • + 0
 Me thinks David Rupp is headed down the list downvoting err'one. Dont forget me. Seems to tall for a MTB pedal.
  • + 2
 LOL. WHAT?
  • + 2
 Xpedo Spry, $60
  • + 2
 Just discovered now that my 280 gram, 19€ Aliexpress pedals are a exact copy of Xpedo Sprys.
  • + 2
 @nozes: Yea there's a few out there that are very similar. I bought another pair for my fat bike that were only like 300 grams and were like $40, forget the brand but I have about 10 rides on them and they seem great. I'm all about spending big money on carbon, but I don't get this one.
  • + 2
 Just ugly.
  • + 0
 With the amount of rock strikes i get on my pedals these things would be wrecked in one ride.
  • + 1
 Those would get smashed to bits after just one rock strike.
  • + 2
 Ugly and useless.
  • + 2
 Needs more pins.
  • + 1
 Red more pins means more holes drilled. More risk of failure. Those pedals are crap
  • + 1
 Add 300g for the plastic rock ding protection...............
  • + 2
 smashed to shit
  • + 0
 "Could you ever see yourself fitting carbon flat pedals to your bike?"

No, Wahwah 2's or Vaults for me
  • + 0
 Canfield Brothers Crampon Ultimate for me but i'd NEVER EVER get Carbon Pedals....
  • + 2
 hahahahaha
  • + 1
 this pedal with the new RS wireless post and shifting or buy a car????
  • + 1
 This is very silly and unnecessary. I want it.
  • + 0
 At the same price DMR makes a mag petal thats just a tad heavier and actually has enough pins to hold you in place
  • + 1
 Speed play frogs or GTFO.
  • + 0
 Useless.... Not that much weight saving and they seem too small, too thick and too fragile..
  • + 1
 carbon blarbon starvin marvin
  • + 1
 I was all in until I saw that the pins weren't made of carbon.
  • + 1
 Carbon pedals mounted to aluminium cranks, go figure
  • + 1
 Does the warranty include JRA related breakage?
  • + 1
 April´s fool is now in February???
  • + 1
 Buy now and they'll include a carbon hammer.
  • + 2
 shitty and stupid
  • + 1
 ugly carbon fiber soap-dish ))
  • + 2
 Oh, fuck off already
  • + 1
 I got a thing like that at the end of my tub to fix the plug
  • + 1
 Can’t LOL enough about this one!
  • + 2
 Stupid.
  • + 2
 These are hideous!
  • + 2
 Is it April 1st already?
  • + 1
 Can we already nominate these for Product Of The Year??
  • + 0
 This is crazy. Let's see more reviews of inexpensive but still awesome products pls!
  • + 1
 Maybe for BMX racers who don't want to clip in.........
  • + 1
 Why? have fun bashing your $300 pedals on rocks.
  • + 1
 I’ll have some fancy carbon pedals to go with my aluminum cranks please
  • + 1
 Bruh!
  • + 0
 What the hell??? A carbon pedal!!!!!
  • - 1
 these are utter shite. Syntace Number Nine Titan are the most expensive flat pedals too.
  • + 1
 these cost more than the syntace
reset-racing.de/product/pedal3
  • + 2
 @loganskis: Love this pedals will never try them.
  • + 1
 @loganskis: WTF! €599 for pedals, they look like they would tear your leg off.
  • + 0
 t-macs or fucking die
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