The phrase, “Money well spent” comes to mind when I think about the purchase for this review. I even ended up buying a second set for my 12 year old ripper.
Being a long-time clipless pedal user, I was skeptical at first about flat pedals in general. However, these Xpedo Spry pedals have made me a flat pedal convert and I am never going back to my old riding habits.
About these pedals…
The fact that there isn’t much marketing hype about these pedals is a bit refreshing. The main mention about the Spry is that they have a sleek and super low-profile design. Along with the 270 gram weight per set, this is the extent of main selling points mentioned on the Xpedo website.
Xpedo Spry Mountain Bike Pedals
Available in black, white, silver, gold and red.
Available in oil slick.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5) Comfort
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5) Grip
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5) Durability
Overall Rating: 5.0
These pedals are designed for all-mountain trail riding and park riding with flat pedal shoes. They have the perfect mix of comfort, grip and durability.
The Spry is a go-anywhere, flat pedal, with an impressive amount of technical capability.
The first thing I noticed about these pedals was the build quality when I pulled them out of the box. I noticed that they were lightweight, yet felt very strong and durable. On the trail, they proved to take a beating too.
The pedals have a sleek, slim design at 11mm thin with plenty of space for auto cleaning dirt, debris and mud while pedaling.
As I took my first ride on these pedals, I noticed right away that they gave my feet a solid, comfortable platform. There was no slippage and they were the perfect width for my foot. I did’t experience any foot fatigue, even after long, downhill rides.
I thought that I would be slipping off the pedals and hurting myself occasionally, but that simply was not the case. I even felt like both my pedal down stroke AND my upstroke were more efficient than my old clip-less setup. I honestly was amazed at how well they performed.
After riding the Xpedo Spry in variable conditions over the past few months, I haven’t seen much in the way of damage. They have held up well, even after multiple pedal strikes on rocks, roots and tree stumps.
Bunny hopping and launching off small features have also proved to be just fine with these flat pedals. My feet have stayed ‘glued’ to the pins the entire time. I also found that after placing my feet on the pedals, my shoes would ‘tighten’ their grip with a slight back-and-forth motion of my heels.
Although the oil slick colorway is freaking cool, they are made out of aluminium and weigh 50 grams more than the other color offings. If weight is important to you, avoid the temptation of paying an additional $10 for more weight and good looks.
Here’s a quick list of specs on the Xpedo Spry:
- Weight | 270g / pair; 320g for oil slick
- Body | Magnesium; Aluminum for oil slick
- Spindle is Cromoly
- 2 Cartridge Bearings
- 1 DU Bushings
- 28 Straight Pins Per Pair
- Size | 101x106x11 mm
Pros & Cons:
- Comfortable under foot.
- Pins provide great grip.
- Light and durable material.
- Ouch! Those pins hurt when they scrape against skin.
Xpedo Spry Mountain Bike Pedals. They get the job done in a variety of conditions and keep your feet ‘on’ for great pedaling efficiency. I highly recommend these pedals. They made me a believer in exclusively riding flats from here on out.
Visit your local shop or order online. For more information, head on over to their site now and check ’em out.
➳ I purchased the equipment and associated materials for this review. Unless otherwise noted in captions, all photos are a courtesy of LaGuardia Adventure Photography (that’s me).