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DMR V11 Nylon pedals review

DMR’s new V11s should perform as well as their legendary Vault lookalikes

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £50.00 RRP | USD $59.99 | EUR €49.99
DMR V11 Nylon mountain bike flat pedals

Our review

Top performing flats at a reasonable price
Pros: Great grip thanks to sharp pins; large platform creates stability; nylon body brushes off damage and rock strikes
Cons: More expensive than some other composite pedals
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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.

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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.

DMR V11 Nylon mountain bike flat pedals
They have a subtly concave shape.
Alex Evans

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.

DMR V11 Nylon mountain bike flat pedals
There’s no inboard lump on the pedal body to accommodate a bearing.
Alex Evans

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.

DMR V11 Nylon mountain bike flat pedals
The V11s bear the scars of plenty of use.
Alex Evans

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.

DMR V11 Nylon mountain bike flat pedals
I found the V11s to be impressively grippy, just like their more expensive Vault sibling.
Alex Evans

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

DMR V11 Nylon mountain bike flat pedals
The plastic body means they’re impressively light, weighing 442g on our scales.
Alex Evans

Despite being slightly more expensive than HT’s PA03A flat pedal, which I loved, the DMR V11’s performance rivals the PA03A.

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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.

Product Specifications

Product

Price EUR €49.99GBP £50.00USD $59.99
Weight 442g
What we tested DMR V11 Nylon pedals, red
Year 2021
Brand Dmr bikes

Features

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.