- 1 What size pedals do I need for my mountain bike?
- 2 Are my pedals 9/16 or 1 2?
- 3 How do I know what size my pedals are?
- 4 Do all pedals fit all mountain bikes?
- 5 Are wider pedals better?
- 6 Can MTB pedals be too big?
- 7 Are all pedals 15mm?
- 8 What is standard pedal thread size?
- 9 Why are 3 piece cranks better?
- 10 How do I know what size axle I need for my bike?
- 11 Are all bike chains the same size?
- 12 Do you need pedal wrench?
- 13 What should I look for in a flat mountain bike pedal?
- 14 How do I choose a flat bike pedal?
What size pedals do I need for my mountain bike?
When it comes to pedal sizes, there are two sizes: ½” and 9/16”. ½” pedals are only used on very basic bikes with a one piece crank. A one piece crank is just that, it’s one piece of steel that is bent/forged to run from one pedal, through the frame, to the other pedal.
Are my pedals 9/16 or 1 2?
If the cranks are THREE PIECES, meaning two crank arms bolted to a spindle, it will be 9/16 thread on the pedals. If the crank is ONE piece through a large bottom bracket housing, it’s 1/2 thread.
How do I know what size my pedals are?
Check the Cranks on the Bike If your cranks are made up of three separate sections, two separate crank arms and the spindle that goes through the frame then your pedals will be size 9/16” x 20 tpi.
Do all pedals fit all mountain bikes?
Yes, pedals are universal for mountain bikes. A 1-piece crankset uses 1/2′ inch in diameter pedals. Two piece and three piece cranksets use a 9/16′ inch in diameter pedals.
Are wider pedals better?
However, bigger is not better for everybody! As the pedal gets wider, the likelihood of ground clearance concerns increases — you’ve got a greater chance of striking obstacles or dragging your pedal in the dirt around tight turns.
Can MTB pedals be too big?
A bigger pedal gives a mountain biker added confidence when jumping and also provides more foot placement adjustment as compared to clipless pedals. A small MTB pedal for a bigger shoe size guy or gal can be uncomfortable.
Are all pedals 15mm?
The flats on almost all modern pedals take a 15mm spanner, though many pedal spanners also have a 9/16-inch jaw for older pedals.
What is standard pedal thread size?
Bicycle pedals are commonly a 9/16″ x 20 threads per inch. The inside diameter of the internal thread (the “nut”) must be smaller. Measured in millimeters, the OD of the pedal is typically 14.2mm. For cranks the internal thread is nominally 13mm.
Why are 3 piece cranks better?
One-piece cranks have non-sealed bottom bracket bearings that get contaminated easily. In different, 3 piece cranks come with sealed bearings protected from the elements. The result is smoother pedaling.
How do I know what size axle I need for my bike?
Measure the straight length of your axle shaft. Do not include the axle head or tapered spacer, if there is one. Axle length is not the same as hub length. A bike with a 12×142 hub standard will have a significantly longer axle since it will have to go through the frame on both sides of the 142mm wide hub.
Are all bike chains the same size?
All modern bicycle chains are made to the “one-half inch pitch” standard, meaning from rivet to rivet is nominally 0.5 inches. However, this does not mean all makes and models of chains are interchangeable. There are two basic types of bicycle chains: “one-speed” chains, and derailleur chains.
Do you need pedal wrench?
All modern pedals will screw into the crank arm using either one of two tools. Most pedals (like our reliable Thump flat pedals) require a pedal wrench, which is a long, thin tool specifically designed to fit the external spindle flats between the pedal and the crank leg (fig. 3).
What should I look for in a flat mountain bike pedal?
Flat Pedal Pins In short, the more pins in the bike pedal, and the longer the pins, the better grip you will get between your shoes and your pedals. We recommend that mountain bikers look for flat pedals with 10-12 pins per side.
How do I choose a flat bike pedal?
flat pedals: Choose clipless pedals if you want more efficiency and control; with your shoes connected to your pedals, you transfer power when you pull up and push down. Choose flat pedals if you need to quickly take your feet off the pedals or want comfort while walking in the shoes that don’t have cleats.