MTB Pedal Recommendations
With all that in mind, here are the best mountain bike pedals. as rated by Singletracks members and our editors.
- CrankBrothers 5050 xx: Singletracks members rated these platform pedals the highest for their grip, adjustability, light weight, and ease of maintenance.
- Twenty6 Predator: These pedals have a huge platform and tons of grip, but you might want leg protection for the sharp pins that provide such great traction.
- Canfield Brothers Crampon Ultimate: Aaron really liked these. Read his review here!
- Nukeproof Electron: These things are awesome for the money!
- Shimano Saint MX 80: A little heavier than some others on this list, but very durable, grippy, and easily serviceable and adjustable.
- Kore Elite Platform: Very sturdy, very grippy, and great for “aggressive riding of all types,” according to Singletracks users.
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- Shimano XT Trail M785: Durable, with decent mud-shedding abilities.
- Shimano PD-M530: Excellent entry-level clipless pedal that uses the most popular clipless system (SPD).
- Shimano M780 XT Race: Lighter, smaller version of the Shimano pedal. Durable and easily adjustable.
- Shimano PD-M520: This pedal has been around forever, and for good reason: great value!
- Crank Brothers Mallet 3: Best of both worlds! Clipless pedal with a huge platform, so you don’t need to clip in.
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To view all the pedals singletracks members have rated, head over to the MTB pedal review pages where you can read detailed reviews, view photos, and even videos. Also, check out these articles about different types of pedals: Fleetwood’s journey from flats to clipless and back to flats, and Greg’s tips on how to transition from flats to clipless.
Also, check out your local bike shop and see if the staff there can offer any insight or recommendations. Some shops even offer demo pedals so that you can try some out before committing. Choosing the best mountain bike pedals isn’t rocket science, it just takes a little research.
Last updated by Helena Kotala on 07/12/2016 at 7:41am MDT.