Best Platform style pedal I have used
I have a 2006 Raleigh Highway 66 "flat-bar" bike that came with Shimano SPD pedals. Since I do not like being clipped in (too much traffic), and wear sandals a lot due to the summer heat here in Miami, I quickly looked for something else. I tried and discarded the large aluminum platform pedals designed for mountain biking (heavy, flat, can't stand the aggressive pins) and have been reluctantly riding on WTB Momentum flat pedals. When I recently saw that Ergon was making "ergonomic contour pedals" I thought that I would give them a try. My original intention was to use the Ergon PC2 pedals on my "shopping bike" which is rigged to haul max groceries, but since I dislike the WTB pedals on my "faster" bike so much, I mounted the Ergon pedals on the flat-bar bike instead. What a difference! I could never go back. Your foot falls perfectly on the Ergon pedal every time (I bought the large PC2 for my size 11 shoe). The ergonomic position is as they say "intuitively correct". My legs are much less tired after a long ride. The pedal's shape is actually somewhat complex with an inclined surface and a "6-degree twist". End story - it really works. I couldn't be happier. Well actually, the pedal "looks" big on the bike due to it's length. Once you get over the cosmetic change, you will love the pedal. I like the pedals enough that I am ordering two more for our grocery haulers. Since the Ergon PC2 pedals install with just an 8mm Allen key, you might see my somewhat expensive Park PW-3 pedal tool on [@] soon.
Great pedals except with some shoes
I wasnt sure on these pedals at first. But they have proven themselves to be very good. The large platform is easy to find and foot placement is very comfortable.
The only issue I have with them is that my Keen clearwater sandals dont get a good grip. When I am wearing the sandals the grip is barely acceptable when it is dry but very slippery when it is wet. I dont have that issue with any of my other footwear so it is something specific to the Keen sandals. I have even worn my dress shoes on these pedals and they were able to grip well.
I have been using these on my commuter in the winter and they do fine with snow and slush. Even when I have crud on the bottom of my boot it still grips well. The large platform is great for winter boots. I frequently wear my mukluks which have a soft sole and I havent had any issues with my feet getting fatigued. I bought a second pair for my other bike.
Redefines the concept of platform pedals
In addition to the usual weekend warrior stuff, I commute by bike 3 days a week. The ride to the office is a pancake flat 6 miles each way- a good little ride but not quite long enough to justify schlepping an extra pair of shoes for the sake of being able to "clip in." I've used Ergon grips on my mountain bike for years so trying the pedals was a no-brainer.
All it took was one ride to realize these are light years ahead of a traditional BMX style pedal. They're way more comfortable- the concave shape puts your feet right where they belong and the amount of support gives them an SPD-like feel. Their style is definitely unique but it's grown on me.
Worth noting is that the pedals install with an 8mm Allen wrench- not with a traditional pedal wrench. I don't think it's too big of a deal to put it down as a "con" but I did have to spend some time scouring the garage to find the right sized wrench.
Really like these
I am 66 and got back into riding about 5 years ago. A couple of painful falls while trying the so called 'clipless' pedals (due to failure to remember to unclip) have kept me on platform pedals while wondering if I am the only road bike rider who uses platform pedals.
These Ergon pedals however cured me of any desire to ever again try 'clipless' pedals. The large pad area spreads the pedal effort over a larger area and without the grip ridges or spikes of BMX pedals. I bought a set after reading about them in a bike magazine for my commuter/errand bike. After installing them on my bike, it only took a short ride to prompt me to order another set for my road bike.
The slight concave fit makes it easy to position my feet and the non-slip surface really seems to keep them in place. If you want to reposition your foot, you have to actually take pressure off the pedal to move, sliding while pedaling just doesn't work. Definitely non-slip
Better than you think they are.
Thought I would hate my Long Haul Trucker, but I was wrong.
Thought I would hate these Pedals, but I was wrong.
Got these to test for touring, but have ridden some kind of clip or SPD all my life, and I am 59, so it has been a long life and I knew I could return these later when I was tired of them.
Well this weekend I did an 80 mile ride on these and enjoyed them very much. They are comfortable and stable, did not scrape in corners (I thought they would) and allowed my changing foot position on the go.
Very good grip in dry weather and for downtown with constant stops they are fantastic. I liked being in running shoes so it was easy to walk around and mounting and dismounting the bike was effortless.
These are well worth a try and I may get another pair to try on my racer out on the bike trail here in Sacramento.
Possibly My Favorite Bicycling Gear Item
These pedals make my daily commute SO much nicer!
I love riding my bike to work, but I don't like bicycle shoes. I had "rat-trap" pedals on my bike for the longest time and after longer rides, even in hard-soled shoes or boots, I'd develop hot-spots. No more! These pedals have eliminated that problem. I can wear any shoes I like now! I've even worn Croc thongs with no problems!
Another benefit, no more scraped legs after carrying my bike up to my second floor apartment! It would be nice if they were less expensive like other platform pedals, but these aren't like any other platform pedals! And if you compare to the price of going "clipless", they aren't so expensive after all!
Gotta love these pedals
I'm back into cycling after a total knee replacement. My local REI, after doing a bike fitting, recommended that I avoid clips or toe cages to avoid injuring the replaced knee. That started my search for a good platform pedal.
These pedals really fit the bill. I can wear any shoe I want. The 3M material is remarkably good at avoiding pedal slippage. I feel like I'm able to deliver good power to the pedals and am confident that I can keep my pedal grip.
I also like that reflectors are built in. Sure, they're a little heavier than clips, but overall, I think they're worth it.
This is another great Ergon product.
I like these pedals
I now have these on three of my bikes. This set went on my high speed commuter. Very easy to use, a bit hard to install, comfortable more than any other pedal I have used.
I hate clips for most of my riding because I am not racing or hard off road. Tennis shoes and even my five fingers feel great on these, off and on quick in traffic or emergency.
On my fixie today a woman cut me off, on these pedals I skidded for a bit, then jammed down my foot to pivot away. On clips I would have rode right into her.
I do highly recommend these.
Marketing Hype or Great Design!?
I've been riding on the PC2 for about 3 months now and I believe that Ergon has come out with a good commuter/recreations pedal.
Compared to my cheap Welgo they inspire confidence when riding in sandals, chucks, soft flat shoes. I have less foot fatigue 10 mile one way trips to work.
I found out they have good Wet weather traction, I was able to start sprinting when I was caught in a major down pour. I look forward to riding them in the winter.
Price is high, but if you believe in the design & engineering went it them they are worth it
These are a great concept from Ergon, like all their products they are made extremely well, I think for the road biker if you just want to go out and hop on the bike for a leisurely cruise these are great, but they are a challenge for out of the saddle climbing because you can't pull up and dance on the pedals. I think they would be great for the cross country mountain biker, proper foot placement they do provide along with a large platform for the in the saddle power stroke.