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Wanted Thicker than usual MTB pedals (yes thicker, not thinner)

Category
Cross Country & Trail
Price
1
Size
27mm +
Location
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)

Santiago

Chimp
Jan 19, 2018
7
2
Hi everyone!

Due to health issues (had cancer at age 12) I have a shorter leg (38mm shorter to be precise). PLEASE I NEED SOME ASSINSTANCE ON THIS PROBLEM: I'm looking for two kinds of MTB flat pedals

a. some ultra thin like the MT ZERO form TIOGA (7mm)
b some EVEN thicker than 27mm (like the STRAITLINE DEFACTO has).

Finding thin pedals seems easy nowadays since its fashionable and trendy for downhill riders, but thick or super thick ones... is hard. They dont even show on google.
PLEASE could you help me and tell me of any THICK PEDALS? (40mm or less)

THANKS A BUNCH AND HOPE TO HEAR FORM YOU SOON

SANTIAGO GARCIA
ARGENTINA
 

Santiago

Chimp
Jan 19, 2018
7
2
Modify your shoe instead.
Well... modifying my shoes costs about 100 U$S each pair... and they don't last since they have to be rebuilt. Pedals last longer, and are cheaper.
Note: rebuilt sports shoes have to be good to be modifyed... thus expensive. We are talking 200 bucks for shoes that wont last 8 months of mud and dirt.
Thats the problem. But thanks for your idea, in theory is the way to go, but in practice the numbers dont add up
 

Santiago

Chimp
Jan 19, 2018
7
2
Dont think Ive ever seen pedals that big... But how about welding or even just bolting some thin pedals onto both sides of a normal flat pedal?
That should be in the 40mm range and last a good while Id think...
Welding sounds fine.
What about those pins that come as grip in the pedal, could those be used to join two pedals using a drill and large screws for extra strenght?
 

Kevin

Turbo Monkey
If you could get the bolt holes to align im sure that could work pretty but finding pedals that match could prove difficult.
Id probably try some burly ass bolts and a small metal plate or something to keep the pedals together.

Id go for the toughest pedal in the middle and then sandwich it between two of these with the axles sawed off or something.



Keep everything together with said bolt, plate and nut combo and I think it should probably hold up fine as long as youre not smashing them on gnarly downhill trails.

Suerte Che!
 

Santiago

Chimp
Jan 19, 2018
7
2
Thanks!
Will try see what happens. Now is all about finding the pedals whose holes match. Like cinderella pedals one could say. :D

Muchas gracias mi amigo y suerte 4U as well!
 

4130biker

PM me about Tantrum Cycles!
May 24, 2007
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Lizard Town
You need a Primo Super Tenderizer:

Through a quick google search it appears that they can still be found. After riding lots of these in my youth, I would probably drill and tap for longer screw pins for mountain biking. I believe they may have made a sealed bearing version, but most of them are loose ball with almost no sealing, so you’d want to solve that as well. Good luck!
 

Santiago

Chimp
Jan 19, 2018
7
2
You need a Primo Super Tenderizer:

Through a quick google search it appears that they can still be found. After riding lots of these in my youth, I would probably drill and tap for longer screw pins for mountain biking. I believe they may have made a sealed bearing version, but most of them are loose ball with almost no sealing, so you’d want to solve that as well. Good luck!
You wont believe it! I was just looking at those when I saw your reply!
Thanks! I even have an idea: seems they have a plastic counterpart that fits perfect since they are a plastic copy of the primos but with real metal pins. Could make a better sandwich pedal, lighter and cheaper with an alloy centre and plastic edges.
What do you think?

I also found these https://shop.odysseybmx.com/collections/odyssey-og-pc

they have separate plates made of high tech stuff I dont get. Anyone has tried those for MTB? they are bmx but could do the trick.
 

rockofullr

confused
Jun 11, 2009
7,345
922
East Bay, Cali
Another solution could be shorter cranks. It would decrease your leverage a bit, but might feel less goofy than having extra tall pedals.
I remember reading that after CG wrecked up his hip and leg one leg was a few cm shorter than the other and he would run two different length crank arms to compensate.
 

Santiago

Chimp
Jan 19, 2018
7
2
I remember reading that after CG wrecked up his hip and leg one leg was a few cm shorter than the other and he would run two different length crank arms to compensate.
Sure! there are cracks available with a 165mm and the standard 175mm, some even longer at 180mm. Never seen longer or shorter.
They seem a good choice, I'll buy some to try em out since they are cheap.
But I see a problem in the ergonomics in theory that your friend might very well never experienced in practice...

... lets say that pedaling creates an imaginary circle on each revolution of the cranks, and cracks make a cross like shape when perfectly vertical or horizontal. One leg's circle might have a different diameter than the other, thus making the movement of the legs uneven: on the vertical axis thing are compensated and ballanced, but when the crank sits horizontally one legs gets 2 cm further away (or behind) than the other.
Has your friend had any aches on the knees? Any problems with ballance when dealing roots or rocks standing in the pedals?

according to my doctor a 7mm difference is tolerable, more might bring consequences in the long run.

PS I'm happy to see you guys taking so much interest in this topic! Is great for me to see your ideas and sharing mine as well. Together we might find a better solution and, who knows, maybe help some other guys looking for answers later on.
 

4130biker

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May 24, 2007
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I think the crank arm is a nice solution. Never tried, but I imagine you’d adapt to it as quickly as offset pedal heights, as long as you can avoid over-thinking it :)
 

Santiago

Chimp
Jan 19, 2018
7
2
I think the crank arm is a nice solution. Never tried, but I imagine you’d adapt to it as quickly as offset pedal heights, as long as you can avoid over-thinking it :)
LOL! yeah overthinking the problem seems like obsessive behavior doesn't it? :crazy:
But there's is a reason: pedals and pedal parts are not as available here in Argentina. For instance all bike shops I've asked here only have the 175mm cranks, not shorter ones (they say is the standard and they don't bring or buy others). The local Odyssey retailer here says the JC/PC pedals are no longer in production, but didn't know of the new OGs existence... :bonk: A retailer that doesn't look at the catalog... uhmm.
That's my problem. I guess in America customer service and options are better. Since my sister is travelling in march, I intend on buying there. Seems like the only way for now. Even if it makes me nuts in the process...