Grippiest Pedals for Mountain Unicycling

I started mountain unicycling last year and I love it! I have tried both Fyxation and Blackspire bike pedals, but both left something to be desired. I spent about $30 on the Fyxation and $90 on the Blackspire. I am looking for the grippiest pedals so my feet don’t fall off the pedal, which then causes me to fall off.

Any suggestions would be welcomed! Thanks!

I find those pedals with metal pins grippy enough for me. Maybe try a pair of shoes specifically designed for mountain cycling, like the Five Ten?

If that’s still not grippy enough for you, I guess you’ll have to go clipless, which I definitely won’t try for myself!


You could try these for $26. If your feet don’t stick to these, then your shoes must be made from a combination of ice and oil.

I have to warn you, the pins are long. They definitely stick to your shoes. They will also do the same to your shins.

I don’t know how bomb-proof the bearings are, but I haven’t worn mine out yet, and the entire set of pedals is $26.

MZYRH Road/Mountain Bike Pedals MTB Pedals Bicycle Flat Pedals 3 Bearings 9/16” Aluminum Alloy Bicycle Platform Pedals for BMX MTB

I wouldn’t advise @pink4141 to do so. After one year of muni, that could be dangerous.
Magnetic pedals would be better to start.

On the flat pedals side, you could also have a look at Crankbrothers. Stamp 2 are affordable while providing a really good grip. I bought a pair of them 2 weeks ago but didn’t have time to give them a try (well, I have ridden only my clipless these last weeks). However, they are now on my G29 and I’ll test them next week. If your interested, I can let you know how great they are :slight_smile:

Thanks for all the suggestions. I do have a pair of five ten shoes that I wear when I ride.

Maxence - can you let me know how those Crankbrothers pedals work?

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Sure! I’m not home until Monday, but I’ll definitely try them on Tuesday. Maybe I’ll go for some light muni as well. Please note I’m not used to flat pedals and I usually find that my feet slip when I use them. So the test will be as simple as: if my feet hold on the pedals, they are great :slight_smile:

In general, pedals with pins that have visible threads are the ones with the most grip (from my experience). Aluminium pins can get polished by your shoes and loose their edge and grip. So ideally, you want threaded steel pins, they don’t need to be long, they just need to be good.

I’m a big fan of DMR Vault pedals, I’ve been riding the same for over 5 years (they do need a complete rebuild now), but the grip is very good, the size is good and they are at a good weight.

That being said, you could have the grippiest pedals out there, but if you ride with bad shoes, you’ll have bad grip.

Cycling specific shoes are a good choice usually. I ride with 5.10 Freerider Pro shoes. There’s a couple brands making shoes for flat pedals, I’ve been happy with 5.10 so I haven’t tried the other choices.

That combo gives me plenty of grip for all my techy riding :slight_smile: