December 12, 2012
Back last winter when I decided to take the plunge into the flat pedal/flat shoe world, I did alot of research on which were the best shoes and best pedals to make that transition. For shoes, I decided on the Five Ten brand (I have two reviews on two of their shoes) but could not decide on a pedal. For confidence, I know I needed something that felt stable and wide under my feet, since I was worried about slipping off all the time after riding clipped in for so long. I also wanted something that looked good to go with my new full suspension bike. Many of the flat pedals I was looking at seemed a bit too thick and looked heavy. When I came across the SPANK brand, I was totally blown away by how cool they looked. They were thinner than most (12 mm to be exact) and definitely seemed like they had a wider platform to put my foot on. I read all the other positive reviews on these pedals and decided to order a red pair. Definitely a great decision on buying this product. They were super easy to install, and look great on the bike. They are super durable and hardly show any wear and tear even after a year of bashing the pedals against many rocks. I have not lost any of the pegs or broken any of them for that matter, which adds to the durability factor. With my new shoes and the feel of these pedals, I made the transition from clipped in, to flat pedals and shoes within minutes. I can safely say that I now ride with MORE confidence and better skills after going this route and steering away from clipped in for sure.
I also have had the squeaky noise on the pedal from time to time while pedaling, but it does not bother me at all, and usually seems to subside the longer the ride.
I highly recommend these pedals. The colors are cool, the feel is great, durability is a plus, and for the 120 dollars I paid, I feel they were well worth the money.