DMR’s new V11 Nylon pedal uses the same shape as the popular and highly regarded Vault but does away with its medal body, replacing it with a composite version and thereby slashing the Vault’s retail price from £100 to £50.
The V11 uses a glass-reinforced nylon body – which measures 105 x 105mm, although tapers down to 85mm at the pedal’s edges and is 20mm deep at its widest – that’s built around a 4140 CroMo steel axle which runs on a cartridge sealed bearing (686ZZ) and bushing.
The pedals have 11 height adjustable pins secured with captive nuts, rather than threaded into the pedal body, and DMR’s specced its Moto Pins with a sharper head on the pedals’ edges.
According to DMR, their internals are fully rebuildable with spare parts widely available from shops.
Like the Vault, the V11’s body is concave, which should improve grip. They also have tapered edges to help brush off rock strikes.
My test sample weighed 442g, slightly less than DMR’s 450g claims, and they’re available in eight colours.
DMR V11 Nylon pedals performance
The V11’s generous size provided a stable and comfortable platform that was large enough to easily and repeatedly place my feet in a comfortable position.
The outer, sharper Moto Pins provided excellent and secure traction when I was unable to centrally locate my feet over the pedal’s body.
Because there are no bearing bulges with smooth, traction-free surfaces at either end of the pedal’s body, if my feet weren’t accurately placed on its centre, grip wasn’t compromised.
The body sits 10mm away from the pedal crank, so there’s space for further erroneous foot placement without losing grip or control.
These high levels of traction and a large margin of error for foot placement provided brilliant confidence to ride technical and demanding terrain. I never felt like my feet were clawing around the pedals trying to hold on or slipping around on the surface.
The V11’s plastic body brushed off rock strikes well, suffering only minor cosmetic damage during the testing period. I didn’t manage to bend the CroMo axle, despite the pedals hitting the floor and rocks multiple times.
The V11’s bearings and bushings are yet to show any signs of deterioration, play or roughness despite being ridden in horrendous conditions and not cared for particularly well.
The pins have also remained tight and in place, suffering only a few scuffs. The generous cutaways inside the pedal’s body helped mud clear well, too.
DMR V11 Nylon pedals bottom line
Despite being slightly more expensive than HT’s PA03A flat pedal, which I loved, the DMR V11’s performance rivals the PA03A.
They’ve got plenty of grip, resist bashes well and have the same shape and design as the more expensive Vault. If you’re on a budget and want some top performing flats, these should be high up your list.
|Price||EUR €49.99GBP £50.00USD $59.99|
|What we tested||DMR V11 Nylon pedals, red|
|Features||Durable glass reinforced nylon body. Large platform area 105mm x 105mm. Low profile body with concave foot bed. Tuneable pins with outer Moto Pins for serious grip. Strong 4140 Cro-mo black steel axles (9/16") with 6mm hex key fitting. Fully serviceable for long life.|