Platform pedals are great for beginner mountain bikers, and Freeride/Drit Jump guys use them all the time. The main advantage is that just just easier to bail, but platforms also allow you to concentrate more on you foot and body position without having to worry about clipping in.
Now that you know the advantages, here's why the Spank Spike Pedals are a cut above the rest of the platform pedals out there. The Spank Spike features an ultra thin platform that increases pedal efficiency by placing the rider''s foot closer to the center of the pedal spindle. The lower profile also eliminates platform pedals tendency to want to flip your feet off of them while climbing.
12mm thin profile
Scandium enriched pedal spindle
Inboard bearing with outboard bushings
20 pins per pedal
Cold-forged pedal body
BMX, Fat Bike, Mountain
Large Platform (2),
Elegant Design (3)
Any Level of MTB (3),
Dirt Jump (1)
5.0 GEARS 4 reviews
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I switched back to platforms from clips because I was sick of worrying about having to unclip, especially in rock gardens and obstacles... who is really comfortable having their feet clipped in for that? I LOVE THESE PEDALS! They are really thin and lightweight, the grip really well, and I have yet to slip off. I bought some Teva Links shoes so that helps with holding the pins. I have my confidence back and can now tackle the rocks again. I have the orange version and they are a lot more anodized looking than the pictures let on. Perfect, reliable pedals!
Like the previous reviewer, I switched back from clip pedals so I could be more confident and aggressive hitting obstacles. I have about 6-10 rides and the pedals have helped me up my abilities already. The thin large platforms make pedaling not that much more difficult. I did opt to not use the inner grub screws for several reasons though and the grip is ok with my 5.10 chase shoes. First the grub screws could be a real pain to replace if bent or broken, second, it helps get that concave shape to your shoes contact points. Thirdly, it makes it a little easier to reposition my foot on the pedal. The down side is I occasionally get that squeak even with the new bearing design. So far the slight increase in pedal strikes have not damaged the pins.