Funn Ripper Pedals - Review

Feb 9, 2018
by Richard Cunningham  
Funn Ripper pedal
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Funn adds a second clip-in gravity pedal to its range with the debut of the Ripper. Billed as a downhill pedal, it should cross over to all-mountain riders as well, because it has a smaller, scaled down platform, similar to their original Mamba. Rippers feature optional pins, and a mud-shedding profile. Funn designed it to accept Shimano-style SPD cleats, which means that replacements can be found worldwide.

The Ripper's major claim to fame is its angular engagement. The spring-loaded clip-in mechanism isn't a new trick, but Funn's execution of the concept works beautifully. Ripper pedals are sold in six anodized colors and weigh a claimed, 570 grams for the pair. MSRP is $140 USD.
Ripper Details

• Aluminum platform, 4130 steel shaft.
• DU bushing inside, cartridge bearing outside.
• Platform: Width - 93mm, length - 102mm, thickness - 21mm
• Cleat: SPD (Shimano compatible)
• Four replaceable pins, each side
• Red / Orange / Blue / Green / Black / Grey
• Weight (actual): 560 grams
• MSRP: $140 USD
• Contact: Funn


Funn Ripper pedal
Funn Ripper pedal


Features and Performance

Funn chose the tried and true combination of a thin, DU bushing on the inside end of the pedal axle, paired with a small cartridge bearing at the outer end. As delivered, there was a considerable amount of friction in the DU bushing. Some gravity riders prefer that, especially flat-pedal types. I think the friction was excessive and, while it's commonplace for similarly equipped pedals to spin poorly, the better explanation is that designers set the tolerances tight as a hedge against accelerated wear. Put a few months of riding on them and most DU pedals will spin acceptably well, but why wait? I simulated the break-in period by chucking up the pedal axles in my drill press and spinning them at 3,000 rpm for a few minutes. Worked great.

Ripper pedals are drilled to accept four pins (one at each corner) on each side of the platform. The pins are sturdy and are threaded into place with a special socket wrench that is included with the kit. The height cannot be adjusted and the pins are quite aggressive, so the choice is "either/or." With the pins in, I had issues unclipping, so they disappeared shortly after the beginning of our first ride together and I never reinstalled them. Funn does not include spare pins. They do offer a full range of replacement parts, but if you shear one off, removing the stub will be a chore, because the hex part will be long gone.
Funn Ripper pedal
Optional pins are installed with a small socket wrench.

As mentioned, the joy of the Ripper pedal is its angular engagement. I usually ride Shimano SPD trail pedals, which work best when I center my foot over the pedal and let the cleat find its own way to engage. It's hassle-free, but it requires some faith. Funn's engagement snaps in with a quick forward thrust. I quickly learned that I could trust the engagement, and never gave the pedals a thought from then on. The spring keeps the catch mechanism at the ready, and if you miss it, the tension of the spring is not going to be noticeable - just like Shimano - if your foot is near centered, your cleat will find its way into position.


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I found that Funn's tension adjustment is quite soft, and even when I ran the set-screws most of the way in, the release tension was noticeably less than that of my Shimano pedals. I'd estimate the Rippers' release tension in the final third of the adjustment range is on par with Crankbrothers Mallets. Lighter-than-I'd-like release tension was never an issue, however, because the platforms did much to keep my feet in position.

Overall, I liked the Rippers more than I anticipated. I rarely fumbled an entry and never an exit. The thickness is a little more (21mm compared to 16mm for Shimano 9020 pedals, and the width was much wider (93mm compared to 63mm for Shimano) The difference was dramatic in the rocks and while pedaling out of corners. I experienced a number of pedal strikes due to the Funn pedal's extra width and squared-off profile.

We have not had much rain, but the mud tends to glob up on everything when it does. The one opportunity I had to test the clearing ability of Funn's new DH pedal demonstrated that the Rippers do clear well - a bit better than my Shimano XTR pedals do. The moving clip-in mechanism seems to assist that process too.
Funn Ripper pedal
The Ripper's engagement and axle centerlines are the same as Shimano's SPD trail pedals. The platform, however, is much larger.

Funn Ripper pedal
The Ripper's wider, thicker profile is much more prone to pedal strikes, but the angular engagement is easier to find in most cases.

Bash all you want, however, because the Rippers are built to take the punishment. I was sure I had hit rocks that bent the shafts, but they still run true. Finally, Funn's inboard axle width and cleat location are the same as XTR, which is narrower than some DH pedals (The position is also similar to a Crankbrothers Mallet with the short axle option if you are not an SPD fan.)


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesFunn's new DH pedal is a strong addition to its range. The Ripper offers easier engagement, and an intelligently sized platform that is wide enough to give the rider an easy target to find in a pinch, and tough enough to survive in the rocks. It should be popular with gravity riders searching for a more compact option, as well as all-mountain riders who may want a platform that offers a little more security.RC



65 Comments

  • + 87
 I was expecting him to compare them to ski bindings.
  • + 26
 That would just be a slippery slope.
  • + 16
 @bigtim: pow pow, shots fired
  • + 25
 In order to progress, we need DIN settings.
  • + 8
 The review would have really gone downhill then...
  • + 27
 Richard, I am sure you have developed a thick skin over the years. It seems that there is always a faction that will jump on you for your reviews and the threshold seems to be getting lower every single thing you write. Please do not be dissuaded from continuing. To me its NOT that people disagree with you - its how they choose to disagree in these forums. Lets try to keep our comments to fact folks and not put personnel insults in your comments!
  • + 3
 maybe he'll be encouraged by your comment to compare future DH items with other DH items, we can only hope.
  • + 4
 @dldewar - I don't see why you got down voted. I don't read RC's stuff because I agree with every word, I read it because he's lived MTB since the beginning and there's no one I can think of that has the experience and perspective that he does, *AND is still regularly writing about it. KEEP IT UP RC! *If anyone can point me to anyone else with RCs background and credentials, please do - I'll be interested in what they have to say too.
  • + 4
 We love RC, idk what the fuss is about.
  • - 3
 @gtill9000: sure, Zapata Espinoza. mtb hall of famer. editor of mba from 1986 to 1993, then of mountain bike magazine until 2004. However, as things changed he is the editor now at Road Bike Action. It's almost as if as he became less relevant he found somewhere where his skills were still relevant.
  • + 2
 @johncee: I'm familiar with Zap - he's awesome but as far as I'm aware he didn't also own a very influential bike company where he designed a series of ahead-of-their-time MTBs. All prior to his career as a journalist.
  • + 1
 @Thustlewhumber : Agree, I think most of the community at PB love RC - but I'm still usually baffled at the hate he gets. We're probably having this conversation on the wrong thread - go check out his article about DH Bike progression, also published today to see what dldewar is talking about.
  • - 6
flag johncee (Feb 9, 2018 at 13:16) (Below Threshold)
 @gtill9000: So you're saying you aren't really looking for someone similar, you're looking for someone who is RC.

Here's a great article by RC www.pinkbike.com/news/now-that-was-a-bike-1990-mantis-valkyrie.html . This stuff is great, it's what he's relevant to and he does a good job of it. But he's long gone from doing proper reviews for DH. Pinkbike is sometimes doing a goodjob with having him on staff but they really need to use that "Rejected" button more often so that when a company gets their products reviewed by the site it's an actual relevant review.
  • + 6
 Ever heard of the phrase "angry idiots click more"?

I'm sure PB is well aware of this.
One might even say they write articles to provoke angry reactions, because clicks = cash
  • + 1
 @johncee: hah it wasnt evem a good article. RC toots his own horn and you guys line up to choke on his scrotum. BAH
  • + 7
 A better comparison would have been the ht x2 or new saint clipless pedal
  • + 1
 This.
Or Nukeproof Horizon, or (of particular interest to me) DMR V-twin.
How about it @richardcunningham?
  • + 4
 I don't get the comparison with the XTR pedals (of course they are smaller but they have a different intended use).
Instead, they should have been compared to DX instead.
  • + 11
 RC doesn't ride DH so cannot do what you're asking for
  • - 7
flag scottzg (Feb 9, 2018 at 8:54) (Below Threshold)
 They're not that different. In practice XTR trails are better for sliding over/through rocks, this style is better at keeping connected on jumps. Nobody uses DX pedals any more.
  • + 3
 @scottzg: 1) I use them (and I am happy with them)
2) They are not that different?! The size of the platform on the xtr is so much smaller. Huge diference in the feel IMO.
  • + 4
 @scottzg: wrong. Way different and lots of DH bikes still sport the dx
  • - 5
flag scottzg (Feb 9, 2018 at 9:15) (Below Threshold)
 @IluvRIDING: You're a rarity. Those nylon cages are too flexy to offer any support, they're delicate, and they hang down in harms way. DX pedals feel like pd-m520s, nothing like these pedals or Mallets.
  • - 1
 @scottzg: The real comparison is in the comments... Smile
  • + 4
 @scottzg: thank goodness they dont feel like mallets, I would rather have some solid cleat retention
  • + 2
 @scottzg: BTW. the point was not the DX pedals, but that XTR are just very different. He could compare to anything else like the saints or mallets or anything similar.
  • - 2
 @IluvRIDING: Yeah, they're really different, but for clipless DH riding the shimano Trail series is the standard to beat. Shimano DX are more similar, but they're no longer relevant. Mallets are similar to this pedal, but they suck. HT has some direct competitors, but they're rare- readers won't have context.

RC compared these pedals to the most popular alternative at a similar price point. PB doesn't tend to do in-depth comparisons, so it was a sensible choice. Ya, i agree that comparing them to Trails and also to other clipless-flats would have been better.
  • + 3
 @scottzg: Shimano DX's no longer relevant?! Sorry but that's rubbish. I'd say at least over 50% of DH clipped riders use Shimano DX's, if not more. One of the main reasons being the cages, coz if they do break they are cheap to replace. They're a great, strong and reliable SPD pedal with a good platform, no flex at all.
  • + 2
 @Freakyjon: Same here. I have seen loads, not rare at all (probably the most common spd pedal for DH). And I must confirm they are very durable indeed.
  • + 0
 Just buy the M424 for a fraction of the price and live happily ever after.
  • + 1
 DMRs sprung loaded clip ins for the win for me... same concept, lighter, thinner, not stiff out of the box, replacement pins included.. variable height plates.. range of disengagement massively variable... I now ride clipped in ( flats for a decade before) on all types of rides.. incl DH / jumps etc.. I'm amazed the whole internet isnt gushing over them tbh.. oh.. and they are DMR.. aka bullet proof.
  • + 5
 Well, it should be Funn then
  • + 2
 Wow, it's like they took the design from the old Shimano 646 DH pedals from 20 years ago!
  • + 1
 This is exactly what I have been waiting for someone to do. I need to replace my old ones. I was going to go with the new plastic DX, but maybe I'll find some of these.
  • + 1
 You could always just file the pins, but you still have the problem that you are filing off the hex head.
  • + 1
 I find it hard to believe that there is a viable market for so many brands and styles of pedals..
  • + 2
 I agree. In fact, why stop at pedals? One could say the same about a whole host of bike parts. Only derailleurs and shifters are underrepresented.
  • + 2
 When are the Funn-E-bike pedals dropping?
  • + 1
 Wouldn't it rather be a Funn-Y-bike bike then?
  • + 1
 They look good but I could never give up my mallets
  • + 1
 my FUNN flat pedals have been quality so far, and a friend runs the clips.
  • + 0
 man you ride clipless and have the nerve to compare skiing to dh??
  • - 2
 Weird, my F20s don't seem to have that funky gizmo in the center?
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