Press Release (ePRNews.com) - CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Feb 03, 2017 - OutdoorGearLab, an industry leading gear review website, has just wrapped up investigating and reviewing the top mountain bike flat pedals of 2017. Ten popular pairs were sought and selected to take part in the review process. Over the course of three months, the products were tested at ski resorts, bike parks, backyard jumps, local Tahoe trails, and on trips to Oregon and Nevada. Each model was analyzed across a multitude of riding disciplines and conditions and a variable mix of downhill, enduro and dirt jumpers were included in the testing process to cover all possible scenarios. In addition to the riding analysis, each model was run through a battery of objective tests such as calculating the platform widths and profiles with calipers, adjusting the traction pins to varying heights, and measuring the actual weight of each pair to compare with the manufacturer’s claimed weight. After months of weighing the pros and cons, each contender was scrutinized across the following criteria: mobility, grip, weight, maintenance/service, and platform.
The winners are as follows:
Editors’ Choice – Deity Bladerunner
According to the review team, the Bladerunner, “Stole the show throughout our entire test period earning it the prestigious Editors’ Choice award.” The design is snazzy with its purple anodized coating and unbelievably thin, 11mm leading and trailing edges. Furthermore, testers were pleased to find that they perform just as well as they look, excelling across all disciplines of riding, even dirt jumps and free riding. Ten grub screw traction pins on each side keep feet planted and the front and rear pins are configured to create a foot-cradling concave shape. Overall, these show stoppers are just as functional as they are flashy.
Top pick – Race Face Atlas
The Atlas won Top Pick for enduro racing because it combined all of the features reviewers liked about the other models and rolled them into one awesome product. Lead tester, Sean Cronin explains, “Everything good was made better. Concave? How about we make it double-concave? Are these traction pins grippy? Yeah, but they’d be grippier if we slanted them inwards. Hey, a hidden grease port would be pretty sweet. Let’s add on of those.” The Atlas were among the largest of the models tested and they came out just shy of being the lightest.
Best Buy – VP Components VP-Vice
As the underdog of the competition, the VP-Vice pulled out from behind the pegged front runners of the pack and earned its title of Best Buy award fair and square. Testers were surprised to find that time after time, they continued to choose this model over some of the more established industry favorites. This product is manufactured to be strong and durable while staying relatively light. Additionally, it’s highly adaptable and according to gear editor Sean Cronin, “The ability to micro-adjust our foot position while not feeling overly loosey-goosey on the pins made this contender incredibly versatile. Adequate enough for downhill and enduro use and we could also maneuver about the platform while dirt jumping, freeriding, and when hitting park jumps.”
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