to BMX heaven. Whether your clearing the doubles
at your local dirt jumps or just looking for a stable platform for cruising
around town, you'll appreciate the grippy platforms and removable traction pins
of the Wellgo MG-1 magnesium platform pedals.
I lent my bike to a non-riding buddy while ripping around the Whistler Valley. The cranks on it are a little long, and he was hitting the pedals on rocks, roots, and the like fairly often. When I looked at them afterwards, there were at least 4 pins ripped right out. I went home, tried to put some new ones in, but when they came out, they had stripped the threads, too.
I'm all for solid cheap pedals, and I'm okay with them getting a little banged up, but I'd want them to be able to sustain a little more. Sure, maybe it was my buddy's riding technique, but from what I could see they still should have held up to more abuse.
Good if you're in a tight financial situation, but be ready to know you'll lose some performance and have to replace again fairly soon.
After reading the reviews here I had some seriously high expectations of these mid level pedals. First impressions were great, weight was very light, performance was fantastic on the grip BUT today.....just a few days over 3 months of owning and being used one of the pedals separated from the spindle while out on a ride. Separated in a non-repairable fashion. When I got home I ordered a set of Straitlines like I should have to start with. At least they can be rebuilt and serviced.
Date Reviewed: August 23, 2013
Strengths: awesome traction with my fiveten freeriders. only left the pedal when i wanted to. the pedals look thicker than they are in person. they are relatively thin. about as thick as my thumb. i struck the pedals pretty hard on the side of a rock bed and it only left some scratches in the paint
Weaknesses: the paint is cheap but who honestly cares?
for 39.99 with free shipping i thought this was an awesome deal on amazon. keep in mind i have about 5 hours of ride time on this. 3.5 hours of rugged beat down and it worked out great. hopefully i can get a good season or 2 out of these before i get deeper into this sport. im a noob and these are a must have if youre looking for flats under 50. pick up a pair of fivetens and get these. you wont be let down
Strengths: Cheap, lightweight and look nice with my all white Altitude!
Weaknesses: If you get a pedal strike...watch out! i rode these pedals for one season, i am now missing 4 pins on each pedal..and since the pedals are magnesium, the holes were ripped out along with the pins.
Its a great pedal for light riding..but if you are doing medium to hard trails, beware, durability is an issue. Ran these pedals for a full season and i ended up ordering a set of VP1's..which arent too far off weight.
Strengths: Light, inexpensive, grip like nobody's business and durable.
Weaknesses: Paint can chip easily due to soft metal.
Received these pedals as a gift, and have loved them ever since. They weigh next to nothing and have taken some big hits without much happening to them at all, besides some scratches. I've even pulled a large rock out of the ground when the pedal bit into it on a downstroke.
Best of all you can find them online for less than $40. Best value there is!
Fit: Pedals are personal, but these work great for me. I couldn't get comfortable on my 29er 'til I strapped on a set of Wellgo's magnesium marvels. My stupidly long (Euro 47) feet find the sweet spot every time, no fuss, no muss. Once there, they stick like glue thanks to those 9 sharp little shin biters.
Weight: I've been riding off-road for 20+ years, and wrenched in bicycle shops for most of those, so I've screwed a lot of pedals onto a lot of bikes. When I picked up these, they felt surprisingly light.
Price & Durability: I've never liked spending big bucks on pedals given that they spend their entire working life hanging around mud, dirt, ugly great rocks and such like. For the same reason, I didn't go for any of Wellgo's M&M colors - Basic black MG-1s don't draw undue attention when they get the inevitable scratches and dings.
Durability: Regardless of the price, the MG-1s take a beating. I can't see me wearing them out anytime soon, and any hit big enough to break 'em is likely to do damage to other bits and pieces - rider included.
Date Reviewed: April 15, 2012
Strengths: Grip, weight, cost, easy maintenance, longevity, slightly concave body
Weaknesses: Not the lowest profile pedal. Sometimes seize up a bit, although that can be rectified by stripping them down and re-greasing
12,000 kilometres: still going strong.
Says it all really.
I do 10 footers on a hard tail and regularly case landings hard, also land heavily on 5-6 foot drop offs, strike rocks all the time, generally abuse these pedals, and they still function perfectly. Just lost my first pin last month, after two solid years of use. As everyone else says, you can get fancier pedals, but these just work, without needing to rob a bank if you need to replace them.
a All Mountain Rider
from asheville, NC, USA
Date Reviewed: February 13, 2012
Strengths: lightweight at 376grams a set. I actually have the MG-1 Ti flavor of the pedal, which isn't listed by mtbr. They are on ebay for around $80 inc shipping. these are very light weight (280 grams a set), and are identical to the MG-1 except for instead of cro-moly spindale it's titanium. Grip well.
Weaknesses: one extra pin or two on the inboard side would be nice.
pins all need locktite. (but most pedals do)
I would have typically thought durability might be an issue, but I haven't seen one thing to dog them here. They've seen rocks at speed many times but just scratches and scars are on them, no cracks.
Speaking of the TI version of these, these are awesome and well worth the purchase. They grip well with five-ten's. I got these pedals and then traded my 5-10 impacts for the 5-10 freeriders to get a lighter shoe and found a very noticable difference while riding.
I'm usually pretty critical but these pedals are flat awesome.
The lightest by far in this price range, reasonably low in profile and grippy as all get out. The best is the platform size, my biggest gripe with the DMR V8's was the pedal was just too small for my 5.10 Sam Hills. The Wellgos made a big difference in my last ride, previously had to carefully center my shoes on the DMR's but these you just stomp and go. Nice.
Haven't had them long enough to say how they'll hold up but you kick the crap out of pedals anyway. At $40.00 a pair, tear them up and get new as needed.
Use: Trail riding on full suspension bike, average rider.
a Weekend Warrior
from Nantou County Taiwan
Date Reviewed: November 24, 2011
Strengths: Wide, major grip, cheap, light, looks cool
Weaknesses: My tech said sometimes the little cleats can break, so he gave me a box of replacements. I guess if more than a couple of them broke off, this pedal would start to behave like a slip and slide.
I didn't think pedals could make this much difference, but this has seriously improved my positive grip when riding through serious terrain or crucial situations. I pass some mean farm dogs from time to time and falling off my pedals was always a bit of a fear for me. Now I feel more confident!
It even helped my ride noticeably because these spin in the cranks better and give a more positive energy transfer than the crummy pedals that came with my bike. My tech showed me that they have actual bearings inside them. Of course, having a wider platform to stand on and the feeling that these things were digging into my shoes and not letting go forever helped my groove too. I had not expected the change in feeling that I got from these pedals. It was more dramatic than some seat changes I've done. Overall, I will never own or set up another bike without these or something similar. I need them like I need a good seat, good grips, and big bar ends.
By the way, when I went into the shop, I found these were the widest and lightest, and also the CHEAPEST of big premium pedals he had. Win, win, and win.
Similar Products Used: The stock pedals that came with my last two mountain bikes.
Bike Setup: SLX Shifting, Juicy 3 brakes, Kenda Rear and Holy Roller front tyres, Brooks Saddle, Marzocchi 44 RCI ti Suspension, Custom OEM ALU/Carbon frame by local export manufacturer.
from Bellingham, WA
Date Reviewed: November 22, 2011
Strengths: Cheap, sturdy, grip seems great.
Weaknesses: Seems to get a little slick when the rain starts falling, but that could be my Nike 6.0 skate shoes, so take with a grain of salt. Also, the bling factor is a bit low.
You get more than what you pay for with these. Great price point. Straitline and twenty6 pedals are sexier, but these do just fine, even after a few rock strikes. No rebuilding, I just drop some Triflow oil on the bearings here and there and spin them, and then they're smoooth again.
a Cross Country Rider
from Cold Spring, Ny, Putnam
Date Reviewed: September 23, 2011
Strengths: Great Durabilty, Wide Platform, Glues to your feet, Strong material, cool colors
Weaknesses: colors chip away easily
These pedals are awesome! They glue to your feet and are the absolute best platform pedals on the market. You can get them for cheap off ebay and come in many cool colors. If you are looking for some pedals to do everything in and one that are super grippy, these are the ones.
Bike Setup: Kona Fire Mountain w/ upgraded crank and tires
a Cross Country Rider
from San Francisco, CA
Date Reviewed: September 9, 2011
Strengths: Cheap. Light. 360g pair. Super grip.
Has extra stud pin in the center of the pedal for even more grip. Most other platforms do not have the center stud pin. High end pedals like Easton Flatboys and Point One Racing Podium do not have the extra stud pin.
The sides of the pedals are more rounded than other platforms. They don't grab or snag the ground while pedaling/carving a tight turn or the side of rocks like more squared pedals causing you to fall over. Easton Flatboys knows this problem and has curved their pedals almost round. Point One Racing Podium look awesome, but the squarish edges snag more easily than these Wellgo MG-1.
Best pedals I've used.
Cheap and they work.
They are not the lightest pedals or best looking, but they are the grippiest and most solid feeling pedals I've used.