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Experts Tell Us the Best MTB XC Pedals

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This article showcases our top picks for the Best MTB XC Pedals. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Shimano PD-M520 Deore Pedal

This product was recommended by Stephen Curry from CocoSign

Shimano’s entry-level M520 can be purchased extremely cheap and is as expected to be indestructible as you’ll encounter. It might not have the decorative covers or thinner elements of more fine Shimano SPDs, but the actual on-trail performance is indistinguishable. From experience, they will last longer than their more close siblings too, and the bearings are completely serviceable if they do start to improve the play.

FOOKER MTB Pedals Mountain Bike Pedals

This product was recommended by Will Henry from Bike Smarts

FOOKER MTB Pedals are Single Toe Depress, which means they have a spring-loaded single release system that makes it easy to power up onto your pedal without really working at it. Fooker pedals also feature open platforms that are hexagon-shaped to promote rapid free-to-movement of the rider’s foot during use. The aluminum used is lightweight and corrosion-resistant, which helps contribute to the high strength benefit of this product over other models on the market. These pedals will accommodate all significant shoe types with an adjustable cleat mount design and a 6 mm ramped axle spindle assembly for tightening or loosening. Convenient crank arm mounting clip and loose ball bearings provide smooth rotation. The FOOKER MTB Pedals Mountain Bike Pedals 3 Bearing Non-Slip Lightweight is one of the nicest, smoothest pedals I have ever used. It makes you feel like a bicycle Gods. It also has three bearings and will make your bike faster (prepare to rip some faces!). You will not regret buying these!

Ritchey Comp Mountain XC Pedal

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

Comp version of Ritchey’s world’s beating Paradigm pedal has been upgraded from the ground up. A new engagement system gives the best in the class entry and freeing and excellent mud-shedding features. Revamped axle system for even higher bearing life and a wider body improves durability.

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