Weaknesses: A little too wide at outside corners, bearing bushings fell apart within weeks
I like these pedals with my Five Tens. They won't slip and the thin profile feels great. I've smacked them hard on some rocks and even though they scuff easily, they take beatings just fine. The protective bearing bushings fell apart quickly, but it hasn't effected performance. Bearings provide a smooth, reliable spin. I like how the inside corners provide more surface area, but the outside corners seem to protrude a little too far in my opinion. Solid all-around pedal.
Got these to replace my 50/50 pedals which i thought were pretty good until I took my first rip in the Wah Wahs. It was night and day. I love these pedals, especially when combined with 5Ten pedals. They feel like a clipless setup.
Bike Setup: Freeride dually with single crown with 5Ten shoes
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: March 10, 2009
Strengths: Thin, low-profile, durable, grippy, not too heavy, rebuildable. Large surface area to move my feet around on, I like to be able to move my feet without feeling like I'm at the edge and about to slip off the pedals....not too large though. Good ground/rock clearance in technical sections due to their shape and thin profile.
Weaknesses: None really, but I have scraped my calves and shins on them a couple times...none too bad though.
Great flat pedals, that work great and last a long time. I have over 600 miles on them in all conditions from raining and sandy gritty mud, to dry silt powder over hardpack, rockgardens, etc and they are still going strong. I've taken some hard pedal strikes in rock gardens at speed and didn't damage these pedals other than adding another scrape mark.
Even the anodizing is very quality and has just begun to wear through in some places from contact with my shoe soles. Alot of my riding the past several months has been in rain and mud and they still spin smooth and free.
Similar Products Used: Stock pedals....junk, some cheapo flat pedals with the screw in traction spikes, they were alot thicker and not as large an area to move my feet around on.
Bike Setup: Specialized Rockhopper Disc and Rockhopper Disc 29er (now my main bike.)
a Weekend Warrior
from houston, tx
Date Reviewed: January 25, 2009
Strengths: Very thin. Very gripy. Big platform. Rebuild kits avail. Double cartridge bearings. Solid.
Weaknesses: they will mutilate your flesh if you aren't careful.
Great pedals at a good price. The little hump in the middle is not noticeable to me when riding...ever. Whether I'm wearing flip-flops or trail shoes, I don't ever feel the hump. Get these pedals. Now.
Similar Products Used: Kona Jacksh@t Primos, all sorts of Wellgo's, and lots of others
Bike Setup: Free Ride Machine
a Cross Country Rider
from Ames, IA
Date Reviewed: October 1, 2008
Strengths: Smooth bearings that will probably last a long time with nice rubber seal.
Rebuild kits available.
Weaknesses: Too thin actually.
Because these pedal bodies are so thin there is a bulge in the center where the spindle goes through the body. Unfortunately the bulge sits almost as high as the screws so the ball of your foot tends to rest too much on the bulge or hump in the center which creates less than adequate grip sometimes. Basically if the bodies where thicker there would be no bulge in the center to make your foot slip.
The standard steel black oxide screws that came with the pedals began to rust the first time I rode this past winter so I replaced all of them with stainless steel screws. If you decide to replace the screws do so immediately as the threads can get damaged/flattened/bent by rocks or pavement once that happens removing the screws can rip out the softer aluminum threads in the pedal body upon exit.
Not enough screws to provide grip.
Bigger diameter screws would be better for grip maybe an M4 instead of the M3 screws that are in the pedals.
Would look better in a black powder coat finish instead of the gray.
Not too bad of a pedal for the right person.
I didn't notice the performance gains of the thinner profile that they claim but it did attribute to its low weight.
Similar Products Used: Triple Traps, Bear claws, Wellgo platforms, knarly looking silver Nashbar platforms that were cheap and still going strong even with cheap regular ball bearings.
a Weekend Warrior
from dallas, texas, usa
Date Reviewed: June 10, 2008
Strengths: Sweet looking, Grips like crazy, bearings are resistant so the pedals wont spin much, lightweight, large surface area
Weaknesses: Bolts rust after first wash, they will sting your shins and leave you bleeding in a heartbeat, on the expensive side, will ruin the bottom of your shoes over time.
These pedals look great, lots of surface area and are great for urban stuff, as for trails once again they perform great but dont let the cranks spin because these pedals will remind your shins that they are there and you will have scars for months. They are super light for their size. Even when your shoes get wet they still grab like crazy. I was disappointed after I washed the bike the first time I had the pedals on only to find all of the bolts had rust on them like you would see on your discs brakes on your car after it has sat for a few days after a rain. I had to take a rust converter that turns into a black primer to take care of the rust.
i know some of you guys are platform fans. i am almost about to get these pedals, but i see that the forte convert pedals look nearly the same.
my issue is, i currently have lo pro mags, and i wish the pins were a tad longer, but it would involve getting alternate pins, and probably trimming t ... Read More »
I need some new flats.
Currently using Kona Wah Wahs' and love them. But need new pedals for a bike I'm building.
I'm having a hard time finding wah wahs...again.
1. Thin like the wah wah's
2. Pins that go all the way through, so they can be cut/removed like the wah wahs.
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I am looking to replace the pins on my Kona Wah Wah pedals but I would like to replace them with a colored pin rather than just black. I am looking for the size of the pin that fits in the Kona Wah Wah pedals. Thanks in advance for the help and information.Read More »