Spank Spike Pedal

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Spank Spike Pedals

Rating: Featured Member Review
The Good:

Huge platform, but close to the cranks so they don't stick out too far. They are the most comfortable flat pedals I have ridden. Grip is amazing! Low profile and the the shape of the edges and the platform deflect hits on rocks and roots.

The Bad:

Tiny bit of a squeak on the first 10 minutes of the first ride. Apparently some of the very first batch had this problem. I have not had a problem since that first ride. Spank has built a reputation of excellent customer service, so if it turns into a problem I'm sure they will take care of it.

Overall Review:

Well worth the money! I have been using zuzu's, used wellgo, old school tioga, funn, and tried some 5050's, and these pedals are the best thing I have ever put under my feet. I ride only in flats and my feet have never been so happy. The grip is amazing, and the size and low profile make mashing on the pedals standing, or ginding in the saddle way safer feeling since they don't flip. They look super cool too and I have been getting compliments every time I ride. Very confidence -inspiring pedals!

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10/31/2012

After riding these pedals for a year I can honestly say they live up to their reputation. I have hit these pedals HARD on rocks, roots, logs, you name it and have only lost ONE (!) pin.

Overall Review:

Well worth the money! I have been using zuzu's, used wellgo, old school tioga, funn, and tried some 5050's, and these pedals are the best thing I have ever put under my feet. I ride only in flats and my feet have never been so happy. The grip is amazing, and the size and low profile make mashing on the pedals standing, or ginding in the saddle way safer feeling since they don't flip. They look super cool too and I have been getting compliments every time I ride. Very confidence -inspiring pedals!

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10/31/2012

After riding these pedals for a year I can honestly say they live up to their reputation. I have hit these pedals HARD on rocks, roots, logs, you name it and have only lost ONE (!) pin.  After the latest crash ( a hard impact after sliding out on sandstone going pretty fast) some play developed in the left pedal.  I contacted SPANK for a rebuild and they got me taken care of promptly. 

The squeak mentioned in my first review was caused by spacer at the end of the axle that would rub against the sole of my 5Ten soles.  Spank has since switched to a smaller spacer (included in the rebuild kit), but it wasn't even a problem after I switched to Teva Links. 

I should also mention that I weigh in at 220 lbs and tend to destroy pedals.  These have held up so well during many rock impacts where I was sure I would have bent the axle or at the very least killed some pins, but aside from some deep gouges in the chamfered edges they are no worse for wear.

Great pedals!

OK in dry, seizes up in wet

Rating:
The Good:

Thin, easy to service, good pin design, look good.

The Bad:

Bearing life in wet weather. Inside bulge makes them feel even narrower.

Overall Review:

These are a decent, but not great, pedal in the dry, but unusable in wet and sloppy due to bearings seizing. I usually get up to a month riding fairly hard 2-3 times a week in soggy wet season (8 months) Cascadia weather before the big bearing seizes up and needs a rebuild or replacement. But I've also had it seize after a single particularly sloppy ride. The bearing needs a better seal system. As context, back when I clipped in more my XT SPDs lasted 2+ years, and old Wellgo MG1 bearings also lasted 2 years (though the pedals looked haggard and spindle bent).

They have an annoying squeak wearing Impacts in certain weather conditions. It's the end nut rubbing against the sticky rubber. Final complaint is the bearing bulge makes then feel a bit narrower, and my foot always rubs up against

Overall Review:

These are a decent, but not great, pedal in the dry, but unusable in wet and sloppy due to bearings seizing. I usually get up to a month riding fairly hard 2-3 times a week in soggy wet season (8 months) Cascadia weather before the big bearing seizes up and needs a rebuild or replacement. But I've also had it seize after a single particularly sloppy ride.  The bearing needs a better seal system. As context, back when I clipped in more my XT SPDs lasted 2+ years, and old Wellgo MG1 bearings also lasted 2 years (though the pedals looked haggard and spindle bent).

They have an annoying squeak wearing Impacts in certain weather conditions. It's the end nut rubbing against the sticky rubber.  Final complaint is the bearing bulge makes then feel a bit narrower, and my foot always rubs up against it. I'm going to slightly thicker pedals next time around that don't have this bulge. 

Pedal is nice and thin, has decent feel for a thin pedal, and reasonable grip. Pins are a good design and easy to replace.

If it weren't for the bearing issue, I'd still be riding these. If you only ride in the dry, these are OK, but there are better out there.  Avoid if you ride in slop.

Spank Spike 2015

Rating:
The Good:

Chamfered platform, low profile, no axle bulge, pins removable from underside

The Bad:

Bearing situation (on 2015 model) - they need a yearly rebuild (well, a rebuild every half a year, but i somehow survive the squeaky bushing for another half a year).

Overall Review:

While these are a good set of pedals overall, they eat through bearings and bushings. I've never had bearing/bushing problems in my previous 15 years of riding, riding Shimano SPDs, up to and including the XT level while racing XC, then riding the same set of Syncros Meathooks for 7 seasons, and they are still used now by the new owner. Sure, the Meathooks had play and worn bushings, but they didn't squeak and wouldn't spin that much when packed with grease.

The Spikes need a yearly rebuild - the bearing and bushing develop play after about half a year, it's tolerable for up to a year, if you do a rebuild in the spring and ride a squeaky set over the winter.

I've had to superglue the main bearing to the axle in order to unseize it twice after a really wet ride (this was on two different

Overall Review:

While these are a good set of pedals overall, they eat through bearings and bushings. I've never had bearing/bushing problems in my previous 15 years of riding, riding Shimano SPDs, up to and including the XT level while racing XC, then riding the same set of Syncros Meathooks for 7 seasons, and they are still used now by the new owner. Sure, the Meathooks had play and worn bushings, but they didn't squeak and wouldn't spin that much when packed with grease.

The Spikes need a yearly rebuild - the bearing and bushing develop play after about half a year, it's tolerable for up to a year, if you do a rebuild in the spring and ride a squeaky set over the winter.

I've had to superglue the main bearing to the axle in order to unseize it twice after a really wet ride (this was on two different bearings, one before and one after a bearing swap). Plus i'm told they have a custom bearing size, which is also currently out of stock in Europe. If they fixed the bearing situation after the 2015 model year or if they add a grease port (and change the Igus bushing to something else, like a small needle bearing in combination with the grease port) these sure can be damn good pedals. But given the situation i'll be getting something else for my next bike.

They would be getting 4 to 5 stars if the bearings were OK.

Great for DH or Enduro

Rating:
The Good:

Large platform, colors, grip

The Bad:

Weight (a little on the heavier side for an all mountain/trail pedal)

Overall Review:

I used these for 6 months prior to picking up a different pair of pedals and really liked them. Loads of grip and big platform. They aren't the lightest pedal out there if you are looking to save weight. The colors look great too. Would recommend for any enduro or DH build, survived a summer season of thrashing on my DH bike.

Spank spike pedals

Rating:
The Good:

Large platform, good for my size 12 feet. Strong as hell. Grip is spot on. Looks absolutely wicked

The Bad:

Hard to take them apart.

Overall Review:

I found these pedals to be absolutely brilliant, more than worth the money I paid. I bought them to well try them out really after reading some positive reviews.

The amount of grip is perfect, not so much that it's too hard to move your foot when you get your footing wrong, but more than enough to keep your foot in place if you get me. Sooo good when matched up with 5.10's

Not only do they look amazing, but they're also bombproof. I've smashed mine into a fair amount of rocks and just the ground in general and only lost 2 pins. The body has a couple of scratches on but that's it.

The only possible niggle with them is that they don't spin freely. I don't mind this because they won't spin when you take a foot off but some people might not like this.

All in all, an amazing pedal that has

Overall Review:

I found these pedals to be absolutely brilliant, more than worth the money I paid. I bought them to well try them out really after reading some positive reviews.

The amount of grip is perfect, not so much that it's too hard to move your foot when you get your footing wrong, but more than enough to keep your foot in place if you get me. Sooo good when matched up with 5.10's

Not only do they look amazing, but they're also bombproof. I've smashed mine into a fair amount of rocks and just the ground in general and only lost 2 pins. The body has a couple of scratches on but that's it.

The only possible niggle with them is that they don't spin freely. I don't mind this because they won't spin when you take a foot off but some people might not like this.

All in all, an amazing pedal that has proven itself brilliantly in my eyes

Specifications

Product Spank Spike Pedal
Riding Type Trail, Freeride / Bike Park, Downhill, Dirt Jump / Slopestyle, Other
Body Material Aluminum
Body Material Details Forged MGR Alloy Body, CNC Optimized, 100mm x 100mm Platform Size, 12mm Platform Profile, Chamfered Leading Edges
Bearing Type Full Complement Industrial Sealed Bearing, IGUS Bushing
Spindle Spec Cold Forged Chromoly Steel Axle, Industrial Grade Axle Assembly
Pin Spec 20 Steel Pins (per Pedal), Virtual Concavity Configuration
Colors Shotpeen Anodized with CNC Logos: Red, Blue, Black, Green, Orange
Weight 0 lb 14.8 oz (420 g)
Miscellaneous The original game changer! SPANK Industries' SPIKE Pedals changed the world's concept of the benefits a flat pedal can offer and set the benchmark for top of the line value. THE SPIKE Pedal's svelte 12mm thin forged alloy body not only maximizes pedaling clearance, but also grip and stability, by placing the rider's foot closer to the pedal axle. Equipped with forged hollow taper chromoly steel axles, SPIKE Pedals offer unmatched ultimate strength at just 420g per set. 20 steel pins in a virtual concavity configuration offer supreme grip without compromising platform thickness. Oversized industrial, sealed bearings and IGUS bushings guarantee exceptional durability and performance. Often imitated, the SPIKE's CNC chamfered leading edges deflect impact forces and bring and instantly recognizable edgy aesthetic that always turns heads.
Price $119
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