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More and more bikers want to travel quickly on the road, but don’t want to be restricted by gravel, gravel and forest paths. No wonder that gravel bikes are the new star in cycling heaven. No matter whether you’re commuting in everyday life, in the forest or on a relaxed tour on the road – with the right gravel bike pedals you’ll always be optimally on the road.
But which gravel bike pedals are the right ones? What about clipless pedals on the gravel bike? And what should you consider when buying gravel bike pedals?
WHAT TYPES OF PEDALS CAN BE USED ON A GRAVEL BIKE?
Gravel bike is another name for living freedom. This also applies to the choice of pedals, because you can basically mount any pedal on your gravel bike. Starting with simple flat pedals, pin pedals and combination pedals , right up to classic MTB clipless pedals and racing bike pedals , everything is theoretically possible. Which gravel bike pedals are right for you depends on your preferences and your biking area.
Lightweight combination pedals or flat pedals with and without screw pins are most commonly used. This means you benefit from efficient power transmission for high speeds both off-road and on the road. At the same time, you always have the necessary grip, even in mud. The option of equipping a bike with magnetic pedals is also exciting. They offer you good grip in wet and muddy conditions, but also allow you to get off the pedal quickly in tricky situations.
CAN CLIPLESS PEDALS ALSO BE USED ON A GRAVEL BIKE?
We can answer this question with a clear “yes”. Gravel bikes are classified in the bike family as a hybrid between mountain bikes and cyclocross bikes or racing bikes and are therefore predestined for clipless pedals. Whether you want to take advantage of the advantages of click systems depends on what you plan to do with your gravel bike. If you use your gravel bike as the only bike for sports, leisure and commuting, then flat and pin pedals are certainly the best choice.
On the other hand, if you like it sporty, you can easily install clipless pedals. We recommend installing a mountain bike click system, such as the Shimano SPD system. This has a self-cleaning mechanism, large tolerances and low trigger hardness. This means you can ride smoothly even on difficult terrain with optimal power transfer. At the same time, you benefit from clicking in and out quickly under adverse conditions.
WHAT SHOULD YOU CONSIDER WHEN BUYING GRAVEL PEDALS?
Remember that you can also travel off-road with the gravel bike. The most important thing is the shoe-pedal combination. Especially with clipless pedals, your shoe should be designed so that you can walk a few meters off-road. For example, to overcome obstacles or walk a few meters to a viewpoint that cannot be reached by bike. Apart from that, the same principle applies when buying gravel bike pedals : the pedal must fit you and your foot.
If you choose a platform or pin pedal, the platform size depends on your shoe size. The bigger your foot, the bigger the gravel pedal – it’s that simple. If you have big feet, you should also choose a pedal with a large Q factor. The Q factor describes the horizontal distance between the two pedals of the bike. If you have large feet, a high Q factor prevents your cycling shoes from rubbing on the crank or chainstay.
Tip : With many click systems you can adjust the Q factor a little using the cleats.