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Old 01-13-12, 06:46 PM   #1
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Review: Ergon PC2 Flat Pedals

I use my hybrid bike as a utility bike and I ride a variety of surfaces, including gravel, dirt, ratty pavement and chipseal. I was looking for replacement flat road pedals because the pedals that came with the bike are too slippery. I have been using bmx pedals with Powergrips and liked them a lot but I needed something for riding around the state park where I volunteer. I get on and off a lot and often am wearing hiking boots, which were awkward in the powergrips. Plus, Crocs are about impossible in the Powergrips.

So, I thought that I would try the Ergon "contoured" flat pedal. From the Ergon site:

Ergon introduces the first flat pedal (or Contour Pedal as we call it) to provide an ergonomic and positive connection between bike and user. The first pedal designed with biomechanics and correct foot position in mind. Advantages are increased power transfer, more control and fewer hot spots and knee complaints. The Ergon PC2 is the first non SPD-type pedal constructed with the ergonomic biomechanical demands of the user as a priority.

http://www.ergon-bike.com/us/en/product/pc2

The Ergon has a 3M designed surface which is a bit grippy. It comes in two sizes, small and large. Small is pretty big, for shoes up to size 42. Though pretty big, the pedals are surprisingly light weight. They were easy to put on, going on with a number 8 Allen wrench.

Here are pictures of the pedals on my bike and for an idea of the size, next to my hand (my hand is small, but man, these are big pedals!).





I rode about 20 miles on them today, about 10 miles in tennis shoes, 5 miles in hiking boots, and 5 miles in Crocs, as a test for all the shoes. The pedals were comfortable and your foot finds the right place on the pedal. They were especially nice with the hiking boots, which is what I wanted. No slipping on the grippy surface but then again, in is a dry day They seem to spin well enough without my feet flying all over the place. No hot spots, but then again I wasn't on them with the same shoes for that long of a ride.

I do like the major reflectors in the pedals.

I think they are a step up from standard flat pedals and good for just about any footwear. But, it isn't like suddenly I am a better biker or faster or anything. I'll be interested in trying them more miles and trying them when it is wet.

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Old 01-13-12, 08:17 PM   #2
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Thanks for the quick review of these pedals. I've been interested in getting a pair but because of the price I'm waiting to see if reviews are favorable. Please keep us updated on your impressions.
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I've had a pair since they came out. I like em. They're huge but light. In the wet grip greatly depends on the shoes you're wearing. Some shoes I have make them as slick as ice. Those with more tacky soles are fine. I have less soreness and foot issues than with the mks lambdas that I've got. The shape really is great, I've worn everything from vibram five fingers to hiking boots and they all sit in the sweet spot.

Will I be changing the pedals on my other bikes? No, or at least not in the immediate future, but I'm not changing the ergons out but I would buy them again. If I don't go clipless and do some touring next year, they'll be on the bike I take.
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* waves arms in front of self like a necromancer *

I'd like to resurrect this thread and see if anyone using these pedals has an update. I'm probably going to buy a pair Friday, but I'd like to hear how they are holding up since I'll be putting over 2,000 miles a year on them on my commuter.

Thanks in advance for any updates!
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I have about 2000 miles on these pedals. I ride this bike quite a bit. I rarely ride in bad weather but I do ride in dusty or sandy conditions. I took them off this fall when I replaced my bottom bracket and crank. All I did was lube up the threads and put them back on again. It took me a while to get used to them and I almost went back to my powergrips. But now I wouldn't change as they are very nice for just about any shoes that I can wear and the large flat surface provides support so I don't need any kind of special shoe with the bike.

Because I don't ride in the rain I never tested them to see if there was any slippage.

EDIT: Thinking back, last winter I did get caught in the rain a few times and remember riding close to 10 miles in the rain on one ride. I do not recall any pedal issues.

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I have about 2000 miles on these pedals. I ride this bike quite a bit. I rarely ride in bad weather but I do ride in dusty or sandy conditions. I took them off this fall when I replaced my bottom bracket and crank. All I did was lube up the threads and put them back on again. It took me a while to get used to them and I almost went back to my powergrips. But now I wouldn't change as they are very nice for just about any shoes that I can wear and the large flat surface provides support so I don't need any kind of special shoe with the bike.

Because I don't ride in the rain I never tested them to see if there was any slippage.

EDIT: Thinking back, last winter I did get caught in the rain a few times and remember riding close to 10 miles in the rain on one ride. I do not recall any pedal issues.
Excellent! Thanks so much for sharing!
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There is one bad point on these pedals that goes to design.

That "sandpaper" tape on the pedal will quickly wear off leaving a slick surface.

That "sandpaper" is a stick on tape that can be replaced if a source can be found.

Here is one online source for replacement tape. (some can be found in colors!!!)

http://www.antisliptapeshop.com/Prod...p-Tape-Rolls/2
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The sandpaper surface on my pedals has not worn at all in 2000 miles.
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There is one bad point on these pedals that goes to design.

That "sandpaper" tape on the pedal will quickly wear off leaving a slick surface.

That "sandpaper" is a stick on tape that can be replaced if a source can be found.

Here is one online source for replacement tape. (some can be found in colors!!!)

http://www.antisliptapeshop.com/Prod...p-Tape-Rolls/2
Can you provide any more information about the pedals? How long you've been using them, how the bearings (or equivalent) are holding up (is there any play in the pedals?) etc..?

I'm not worried about the surface, I'm sure it could be replaced with skateboard grip tape, and there are a couple of skate shops near me.
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Can you provide any more information about the pedals? How long you've been using them, how the bearings (or equivalent) are holding up (is there any play in the pedals?) etc..?

I'm not worried about the surface, I'm sure it could be replaced with skateboard grip tape, and there are a couple of skate shops near me.
They are Ergon pedals which means good products. How good? As good or better than the competition so there's little to worry about.

That is all I will say about these pedals since I don't want to get in another pissing contest.
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I rode these on tour for 1700 miles on a Surly LHT and pulling a 50Lbs Bob trailer. Full rig near 350Lbs.

Bearings loosened and had issues. LBS in Santa Barbara managed grease and adjust.

Second pair on my city bike in PDX axel snapped and they are in for warranty.
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Oh and somewhat slippery when wet.
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Oh and somewhat slippery when wet.
I did find that they were slippery when wet with one pair of my shoes, my Chacos, which have no tread to speak of. Too bad you have had issues with the bearings in one and an axle in the other. So far, mine are fine.
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