from san jose, ca
Date Reviewed: June 16, 2010
Strengths: versatile. i just wanted a clipless platform pedal that you can use flat shoes for sketchy obstacles or big jumps. these fit the bill. great platform with removable pins on one side, clipless on the other. the platform side is very grippy. clipless side is dependable. cromoly spindle with smooth sealed bearings. i was a little skeptical of the clipless mechanism but i have found it is solid. good release and secure. some people may gripe about the clipless only on one side and difficulty finding the clipless side but i found it is very easy and not a problem.
Weaknesses: i would like to see them in anodized milled aluminum.
solid pedals for the money. great platform side that is grippy. clipless side release is good and also secure.
Ride D Shore
a Cross Country Rider
from North Vancouver, BC
Date Reviewed: April 17, 2010
Strengths: I have had these pedals for a few years and they are great. I am an all mountain rider on the Shore and it is great to clip in for the climbs and have the ease of platforms for the descents. I bought my first two pairs form MEC but they don't carry them anymore. I just ordered 2 more pairs (2 bikes) from Pricepoint.com at a screaming deal. One pair on my '06 Stumpy Expert have more than 15,000 km on them and they're still great (but a bit squeaky).
Weaknesses: I did have one pair where the SPD side broke but MEC replaced them and they have not failed since.
I would really recommend these and thanks to GoremanX and mtbr for showing me where to find them again.
a Cross Country Rider
from Ile-Aux-Noix, QC
Date Reviewed: April 4, 2010
Strengths: Large, wide platform. Super-easy to clip into. Hold well on both sides. Strongest, most resilient bearings I've ever used. Dirt cheap compared to the competition.
Weaknesses: Finish chips off easy.
I used to consider the Wellgo brand to be synonymous with cheap Asian crap. Many forum members panned the fact that these pedals are single-sided SPD. But the Shimano M545's hurt my feet when I ride with normal shoes and the Time Z Controls turned into a complete nightmare meltdown, so I was desperate to find something that was comparable to my favourite Bontrager Big Earl platform pedals yet still included some kind of SPD (or similar) mechanism.
I was a bit concerned about these pedals. They were cheap, and they were made by Wellgo. Turns out they're the best damn pedal for my needs. My feet click right in on a whim. If I'm on the non-SPD side, I can tell immediately by the feel of the pedal. A quick lift of my foot for half a crank rotation and the SPD side ends up right where it should be. I don't even have to look down to do this, it's just become second-nature. Stepping out is even easier, a quick twist of my ankle and my foot is released. I never click out by accident, but I never fail to click out either. The resistance is perfect. Plus, it's infinitely adjustable with a single screw on each pedal. I'm currently using the factory default setting.
The platform side of the pedal doesn't quite compare to my old Bontrager Big Earls as far as grip is concerned, but it's still way better than any other SPD pedal or entry-level platform. Thanks to its width, it's very comfortable for long rides with any shoes/boots you want to wear. My giant Caterpillar safety boots are no problem on these pedals.
The most important aspect for me is toughness, the pedals need to be seriously resilient. I weigh 250 pounds, and I beat the crap out of my pedals. I completely destroyed a pair of Time Z Controls within a month. I've put 1400 hard miles on these things since last year, even through a cold, snowy winter, and they're still going strong. The bearings continue to spin smooth as silk, and theres no play whatsoever. Everything feels even better than it did when they were new. The SPD mechanism hasn't suffered at all despite the salty roads and wet snow that I jammed into it with my cleated winter boots. These pedals have yet to fail me, they're the longest-lasting pedals I've ever owned.
Other people have stated that these are a great "learner" pedal. I submit that they're a perfect pedal for the advanced rider who uses his bike for everything and anything. I intend to put at least another 2000 miles on these this year, and I'm not worried about a failure. I may buy another set "just in case", before they're no longer available. At $40, why not?
Weaknesses: did manage to rip one of the replaceable pins off in an altercation with a rock, but i did hit it hard so not really a weakness.
If you're used to downhill or bmx, prefer baggy clothes to lycra and are trying x country and want to clip in - these are the peddles for you. Don't bother with any of the others, i've tried most of them and they don't match up. I use these peddles with 661 filter shoes and the flat side grips like glue. Your foot guides itself into the clips on the other side - you don't even have to think about it. A twist of your ankle and you're free to put your foot down. The ONLY peddle that truly offers the benefits of a really good flat peddle with the option of clipping in. I've already bought another pair becuase i can't stand the thought of using anything else (should i manage to damage the pair i have on now). Well done Wellgo!
a Weekend Warrior
from Ridge, NY
Date Reviewed: October 4, 2007
Strengths: super rugged!! one side platform for beginners like me!
Weaknesses: little heavy for XC but I beleive they are really for DH so that's not a big deal
great learner to clipless. very rugged!! beaten then on rocks, stumps, mud, trees, dirt, etc... scratch the hell out of them but still fine. don't think I'll use them for ever. but for a cheap intro to clipless you can't beat it. I have looked at other dual side but most are the steel band outer style and I think the way I always am wacking the pedels on stuff that I'd just bend the things.
Robbie The Dog
a Weekend Warrior
from Boulder, CO, USA
Date Reviewed: August 22, 2007
Strengths: Great sneaker grip, good mud clearance & clipping. Cheap
Weaknesses: Maybe heavy, if you care about that sort of thing. A bit chunky, so you'll scrape them on rocks when clipped in, sometimes. BFD.. Almost too grippy with some shoes on the platform side (no float feels weird after years of clipless).
These are great. The platform side grabs my sneaks, mtb shoes, whatever, with no slip. They have replaceable teeth (really set/grub screws). The clip side works fine, too. These help me on the scary tippy tech uphills, and scary tippy tech downhills--pop a foot out, and you are good to go, no falling off the trail, down a hill, into a bush, say. hypothetically.
These are also great on my commuter--any shoe I happen to put on my foot that morning hooks up well. Almost a perfect commuter/beater pedal.
What I like is that, unlike the shimano dual-side pop-up clip-in with weird surround cage, they are actually very comfortable (read flat and non-slippy) to use with a sneaker. And the platform side is beffy, unlike the quill-style-clipless hybrids I have used.
You can bash them pretty well, too.
I have both the aluminum and magnesium pedals. They seem pretty equivalent (though I didn't weigh them).