The MKS Sylvan pedals are great pedals. While they might look like the cheap pedals that were on 1970's clunker bikes, these pedals are made out of strong lightweight alloy and are completely rebuildable. They are super nice and will last a really long time. These pedals are great for touring or commuting and because of the larger platform they are really comforatable for long rides.
Body dimensions: 94 x 63mm
Pedal Body Material
Large Platform (10),
Works with all shoes (10)
4.9 GEARS 16 reviews
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I like these pedals. For the price you can't really go wrong, but I was still happy with these. I have them on my Trek 620 so I wanted something that looked classic. Most of the time I use these for commuting so I don't have any toeclips on them. They work great for what I wanted them for and the finish and look is really nice. Just a good classic pedal at a cheap price.
Looks good, breaks-in after a few rides and is now very smooth. The pedal is also serviceable, I tried my Campagnolo pedal end-cap wrench and it fits perfectly. Bearings can now be periodically repacked; it should last forever. I can now use it with my running shoes for a quick ride without having to change my clothes and shoes.
After a lot of comparative shopping, I recently replaced the original rat-trap style pedals on my commuter (re-purposed boom-era racing Batavus) with these - they are the same basic shape, but much higher quality. The ride is so much smoother, and they look fantastic. For the money you won't find a better basic platform in my opinion, and if you are refurbishing an older bike these are perfect.
I'm a recent convert from Shimano clipless pedals. I was curious to find out how pedaling in running shoes free of clips or straps would feel. After a month, I'm sold on "pedaling free" and will never go back to clips. I'm amazed at how much more comfortable I am, and I'm still able to spin at my fast 100 rpms and still ride my courses at the same average speed. Amazing. I was really convinced that I would lose a bit of torque by going to platforms. Also, I prefer these to the MKS road pedals that feel too narrow and are one-sided. THESE are the ones!
I received these pedals as a Christmas gift and replaced the "cheapy" stock pedals on my hybrid with them. They have a nice, wide platform that provides comfort over a long ride. They've definitely improved my cycling experience and will allow me to ride more miles, more frequently.
I really like these pedals after trying a couple other brands of this classic style. Tree Fort had the best price I could find could find and delivery was quick. Glad to support a Michigan business. Will shop there again.
I bought these for use on my Surly LHT. I've tried most pedal systems on bikes ranging from a Cervelo R3 to the Surly. For touring and commuting, I prefer using pedal systems that do not require any kind of special shoes. I coupled these with power grip straps and they work very, very well. I like the extra width and find them comfortable for the long haul.
Likes: Works with all shoes, Large Platform, Lightweight
Works for: Commuting, Touring
June 24, 2012
reviewed by: jma...@ny...r.com
Purchased 2 pairs of these pedals, one for my Surly LHT that I installed with toe clips, the other for a Fuji CrossTown that I use as my commuter and installed those without toe clips for easier starts/stops in city traffic. Pedals are noticably smoother than the pedals they replaced. My search for touring pedal recommendations pointed me to the MKS Sylvan Touring, with about 100 miles on them so far am very happy with them.
These are some fine pedals. They were slightly noisy/crunchy at first, but they smoothed out after about 5 miles. Hooked them up with some toe clips and straps for a classic combo. I'll definitely buy another pair!