Top 5 Pedals

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Looks like you lot liked the whole fanzine-style ‘top 5 tyres’ thing I did last week so once again I teamed up with old school racer Chris Coutts and sad pegless guy Greg Pearson to briefly discuss our favourite pedal options available out there today.  As much as I try to keep things as balanced as possible there aren’t any aluminium pedals on the list, simply because cheap alloy pedals are rarer now and if you still ride them you probably know what you like already.  This isn’t a nostalgia-fest ‘top 5 pedals EVER’ kinda thing, it’s more of an ‘independent buyer’s guide’ so don’t go losing your shit over OG Cielinski’s not making the list like you did last week…  Just be thankful you’re not bolting on Crupi beartraps.

Odyssey JCPC

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Greg Pearson: Odyssey JCPC‘s look sick, tempted to try them so I can pedal grind…

Chris Coutts: Yakob is a fan, I’m not keen on them as they don’t have an end cap and look kooky.

My personal choice for the last few years; when these first came out I was a little bewildered by the slight resistance you got from the bushings/ lack of bearings while pedaling but if taking your feet off is your thing they’ll provide you with a more static platform to aim your feet at.  The large dual concaved body and steel pins keep your feet in place just as effectively as any aluminium pedal and being able to customise your pin placement on either side (great for you pedal grinders) make these a pedals a real treat.

Weight: 484 grams pair

Eclat AK

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CC: I want to try the AK ones…

GP: They look good but I’m not a fan of the ‘faux concave’ by having lumps where the bushings are…. They’re beefy though.

Despite none of us being able to get hold of a set to try yet, I think it’s fair to say at least 2 thirds of this particular panel of roachy BMXers will probably get on with this pedal rather well.  Many people called copycat on these for being ‘similar to JCPC’s’ but other than the steel pins they couldn’t be further from the truth.  The bodies of the Eclat AK pedal are one-piece and ambidextrous (left and right side compatible- again, great for pedal grinders…) in design which saves a bunch in waste and bike shop SKU’s when carrying replacements.  Among all that the spindles have a lifetime guarantee and the resistance can apparently be adjusted via the end cap.  Goody gumdrops.  I personally can’t wait to try them.

Weight: 613g per pair

Colony Plastic Fantastic

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My favourite budget pedal.  With it’s own unique shape and look, not to mention it’s superior grip for a pedal with no steel pins; it’d be hard to leave Colony‘s little gem out.  You wouldn’t wanna grind down an unwaxed ledge too often with them but they’ll do very nicely for well under twenty quid and are the lightest pedal in the line up.

Weight: 376 grams per pair

Eclat Contra

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The Eclat Contra is another great budget pedal, designed in the same vein as the Slash pedal but with 4 steel pins on one side of each pedal.  They wont bite to the soles of your feet quite like the AK’s (might) or JCPC’s do but they certainly give you a good edge over pedals of the same price.  The bearing cages are designed to be low profile to make the spindle larger and the body kept super thin- the thinnest in this selection of pedals.

Weight: 389g per pair

Primo JJ Palmere

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GP: At the moment I run Primo JJ Palmere pedals, they’re the best plastics I’ve run personally. They’re cheap (unsealed) have thick, wide, meaty pedal bodies, concaved shape, a good pin count and layout so great grip overall.

Gotta admit I didn’t figure these for a spot at first as they’re kinda generic but looking at the large simplified body and the consistent feel they give, I can definitely see the appeal- there is a lot worse out there for exactly the same price.  It was a toss up between these and Federal Contact pedals in case you’re wondering.

Weight: 385 grams per pair

Next week I might do grips.  Or pegs.  But only if I pull my finger out and get some peg thugs on the panel.

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