FUNN Soljam Viper Pedals

Aug 25, 2009
by Simon Paton  
Look what Hensley's spotted! Not only has he big sensitive ears, eyes like a hawk and a tongue like an ant eater. I trust his senses and you know he's onto something once he starts licking his lips.

Get your tastes buds onto these all new FUNN Soljam Viper pedals...Now I've been a huge fan of Funn's Soljam Vipers for many a year and I know so did Nathan Rennie a few years ago. He was once sponsored by them and they paid him dollars to run them for the season. The next year, sponsorship was withdrawn and he liked them so much, instead of being endorsed by another pedal manufacturer and receiving a dollar contract. He called up Funn and said I'll run your Soljam Vipers if you send me half a dozen sets over for the season and the deal was done.

Rennie unfortunately has calmed down shall we say, unlike these bad boys from the guys at Funn: Just note these are the same as before, just new colors before any of you get too excited!

Joseph's coat wasn't as fancy as this.

Joseph's coat wasn't as fancy as this.


11 Allen keyed pins on each side that come factory fitted as standard to stop the awkward fumbling around come out of the box time. The extruding pins offer awesome grip but that's not it. The concave (think skateboards) pedals are dished out, this means the ball of your foot sits in there nicely and adds to grip and comfort.

The axle is well sunk in there, unlike the Crank Brothers 50/50s where the axle body itself protrudes, hence why Mr. Hill runs the extended pins.

Pedal manufacturers (Wellgo) and punters please note: Any decent pedal worth it's weight in Gold should have no pins in the center platform of the pedal. Funn have some fancy grip tape in there, think cycle speedway which all helps to keep your rubber on the metal.

Camodized

Camodized


The only downside to the above specs is the body height is not super slim , that said it's not fat and over weight either, would you say standard?

Lou Ferrigno is running these in 2010

Lou Ferrigno is running these in 2010


Any negatives?

When you do catch those pins on that inside rock the pins will bend into crazy shapes. How easy to replace? Not very, by the time you have wrangled them out, you will if you're like me wrecked the threads. Don't even think about getting an Allen key in there either. Those Allen key pin heads collect dirt like no other, the dirt then dries out and sets like concrete, nightmare.

Is there a way around this?

Funn does actually supply you with a full spare set of street pins. Tougher and way more durable, they fit by using the Worlds smallest socket set.

If I said,

If I said, "Tango", most of you wouldn't have a clue what on Earth I was going on about, would you?


All these shown here are the sealed bearing versions, you can tell this as they have the chrome silver axles. Funn do produce a loose ball bearing pedal, easily recognized by their black axles and a twenty spot price tag saving on the box.

Standard procedure, this is where it all began.

Standard procedure, this is where it all began.


Price? £64.99 of your Earth pounds for the sealed versions pictured here. Want to know more?, Then check out funnmtb.com.

263grams on the Pinkbike scales

263grams on the Pinkbike scales


Always clipped in.

Si Paton..
Descent-Gear.com
Free UK Postage.


60 Comments

  • 18 1
 in the end of your article it says always clipped in ...wt? lol but sick pedals.
  • 21 2
 dude, those pins are so long.. theye like over 9000...
  • 11 16
flag suicidedownhiller (Aug 25, 2009 at 0:24) (Below Threshold)
 Nice pedals, but not liking those colors at all. The green is too bland, the orange is too dark. Neon green is good, like Jeff Lenosky Special edition. Not really doing it for me, not sure why. And Si, why does it say clipped in? Have you gone to the dark side? Shame on you.
  • 4 0
 maybe he's referring to the grip on the pedals being equivalent to being clipped in? I hope so... I never thought he'd succumb to the evils of spd's =P
  • 5 0
 How did everybody miss the "over 9000" reference Blank Stare

I'm not really that drawn to them as pedals, they kinda look a bit bulky and the colours could be more imaginative.
  • 2 0
 ive had a pair... and i have a nice hole in my leg as proof... pins are too long...you rarely stand on pedals... more like standing on the pins..
  • 2 0
 They're like magic when combined with 5.10s, but what pedal isn't?
I'm going to order the canfield pedals to see what a much thinner, lighter pedal feels like however.
  • 2 0
 trust me these pedals are the f*cking bizz, they actualy have had me wondering can to much grip be a problem Smile
  • 3 0
 these pedals are terrible ive had 2 pairs and they both ripped off the spindle and Funn wouldnt replace them even though i hadnt owned them very long
  • 2 0
 man i love shinning myself on these pedals. it literally looks like ground beef, the threads on the pins are like razors.
  • 4 0
 hahaha this was off 1 pin!

www.pinkbike.com/photo/3379109
  • 2 0
 Great pedals, but for me the bearings wear out waaay too soon and the pedal body is just far too weak and gets easily destroyed on rocks.
  • 1 0
 its all down to personal pref, these pedals are fairly cheap and give alot more grip than 50/50 personal pref, but they the bearing go quicky
  • 2 0
 my buddy has been running a set of the ball bearing soljam vipers for 3 years, the same set.
  • 1 0
 good to hear cuz i just order my self an other set Smile
  • 2 0
 Funn is still in business? Their website was gone last time I checked and could not get in touch with them for some warranty issues. Good to see their site is up and the co. is back (if it was ever actually gone).
  • 1 0
 I've bought a pair of metallic orange ones (the anniversary limited edition ones from last year, not the ones here) and a pair of dark pink ones for the missus from Si @ Descent-Gear.com and they're epic (nice price too Si!). I've tried so many flats over the years and these are totally solid...especially with a pair of 5.10s! The pins are a touch fiddly to put in but are grippy as hell and the 3M grip tape is absolutely solid...and not peeling off even after fair bit or riding in all sorts of conditions. The platform is fairly wide, so maybe not suitable for those with smaller feet, but then again, my other half loves them, and she's got diddy girl feet (she was formerly on DMR v12 Mags). 10 out of 10! Now to get some yellow ones for my Yeti...
  • 2 0
 Excellent pedals but the pins rip out far too easily. 2 runs down Fort William and one side of the pedal was stripped of all but one pin. No longer any use as the threads had obviously been ruined.
  • 1 0
 My lady has had that problem on hers as well.
  • 1 0
 there sick pedals, but i often find that they have just a weee to much grip with 510s, i often find my feet on akward positions on the pedals. and it is a bit of a pain to readjust the foot to make it proper. as for the quality of bearings and the spindle, its kinda guessing game with FUNN, the first pair i had, the bearing blew up on one side, and thew spindle came mega loose on the other, but the second pair, perfect, i still run em with no issues.....
  • 2 0
 Welgo Mg-1's with the center pin taken out weigh less than a single Viper and have better grip... I ran the Vipers for a season. Switched to the Welgo's and never looked back!
  • 3 0
 "Not only has he big sensitive ears, eyes like a hawk and a tongue like an ant eater" lmao
  • 3 0
 yeah are those the only colours?
  • 2 0
 Those are nice!
  • 4 1
 there should be purple.
  • 1 0
 thats a good question thee brakes are mention on there site comeing in 2008. are they out or on their way out?
  • 1 0
 there are funn brakes out in britain maybe not in the us though
  • 1 0
 i used to have the black pair great idea wish they had been ovaler like to see them in white
  • 2 0
 the grippiest pedals I've ever owned.
  • 2 0
 i wish they made white pedals
  • 1 0
 great pedal, ran them for many years, but now run the nice thin NS pedals and like the feel more.
  • 1 0
 ya sick pedals i got some on my wildcard first day riding had to go get stiches and the sandpaper also hurts
  • 2 4
 This article is written like you are on crack. In the future maybe you could do us all a favor and try to write like you are somewhat sane? You've got half sentences all over the place, incorrect uses of the period and comma, and a veritable slew of misspelled and/or misplaced words.
  • 1 0
 So stoked on the orange! Defiantly going to get those in the future
  • 1 0
 nothing special, but still nice pedals
  • 1 0
 Always clipped in?? whats that about brosef!?
  • 1 0
 Best pedals i've ever owned hands down!
  • 1 0
 wow sick! i gonna buy one haha
  • 1 0
 they might make good paper weights. J/K! ...they're not my thing. =]
  • 1 0
 I run them too, they are awesome
  • 1 0
 they are super,super grippy. only problem was almost all the pins came out
  • 1 0
 Awesome looking pedals. Tango, like the drink! And I'm from Canada.
  • 1 0
 the best pedal i have ever used!
  • 1 0
 wat ever happened to the bright pink funn pedals?
  • 1 0
 orange, you know when you've been tango'd
  • 1 0
 Sick pedals, I have the black ones.
  • 3 3
 this is pinkbike not english class, who care if you missspell words or use commas and periods in the wrong spot
  • 3 2
 I care. It's a public website and its editors should be professional enough to type like normal human beings.
  • 1 2
 Sgt. Buzz Kill ^^
  • 1 0
 If you get a buzz from reading awfully-written articles I think you should probably talk to a doctor.
  • 1 0
 lighten up bud, its just words.
  • 1 0
 Tell that to an English teacher.
  • 1 0
 how much are the orange ones? (canadian)
  • 1 0
 not everyone who publishes articles on pinkbike are professiona writers.
  • 1 0
 Where can you find these in orange?
  • 1 1
 i like them , think i prefer them to my 50:50xx's - bit lighter to!
  • 1 0
 mmh on second look i dont like these as much , look really broad and bulky , and a bit tacky!
  • 1 0
 i neeeeeed these pedals
  • 1 0
 i'd run em'

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