Why do you need a good pair of race BMX pedals?
When you’re out there on the BMX race track, you want to have the best possible contact between you race BMX bike pedals and your feet. This will ensure you, that you have better control over your race BMX bike and give you a super agile bike, which is important when you're racing through the sharp berms and jumping the tabletop jump.
Choose the right pedals for your BMX bike
Race BMX bike pedals are made of either steel, aluminium or plastic. Freestyle BMX bikes usually have steel or plastic pedals, while aluminium pedals are most common on BMX racing bikes since they provide an excellent grip while carrying minimal weight.
Plastic, steel or aluminium BMX pedals - what to choose?
Steel pedals: The advantage of steel pedals is the durability. A disadvantage of steel pedals is the weight, as they can be a bit heavy.
Plastic pedals: Plastic pedals are slightly lighter than steel pedals, but they are easily worn or even broken. However, most plastic pedals are easy and cheap to replace.
Aluminium pedals: Race BMX riders always tries to bring the weight of the bike down. So, of course, you can also get super light aluminium pedals for race BMX bikes. Many riders prefer aluminium Race BMX bike pedals because they are both lights as well as durable. Aluminium pedals are usually not as durable as steel pedals.
Should you choose clipless pedals?
Just like on road race bikes, many BMX racing bikes have clipless pedals. However, if you should fall off the bike, the shoe will loosen from the pedal. Clipless pedals are only used for race BMX, not for freestyle.
Clipless pedals are also for the serious BMX racers who are looking for that extra bit of acceleration with each crank and should not be used for street or skatepark use.
Like most other parts for BMX racing bikes, the BMX pedals are often made of aluminium as well.