It runs on a chromoly steel axle with a bearing and DU bushing combination that’s user-serviceable.
There are eight replaceable pins per side that screw in from the back of the platform.
Race Face Chester details and specifications
The Chester’s 99(W)x103mm(L) platform (at its widest point) features chamfering on its front and rear edges and sides to help ward off rock or ground strikes.
While the 8mm-deep ribs that connect the 15mm-deep trailing and leading edges create what could be a concave platform, the central axle housing bulges to 18mm, giving an overall convex shape.
The pins protrude from the platform’s surface by 5mm, making them slightly higher than the central bulge, however.
My pair of test pedals weighed 369g.
Race Face Chester performance
On paper, the Chester’s platform appears large, but it feels much smaller than its numbers suggest because the sweet spot for foot placement is small, necessitating accurate positioning.
Outside this area, stability is reduced, and I had to work hard to keep my feet on the pedals. It was possible to feel the central axle bulge through my feet, rather than just the front and rear pins digging in.
This reduced grip and meant my feet could rotate on the pedals compared to more concave designs, but also allowed me to reposition them on the pedals without too much bother.
However, the pins are sharp and grippy, and penetrated the soles of my shoes well, recuperating some lost performance.
Their chunky depth meant they contacted the ground regularly, but the nylon body brushed off ground strikes well thanks to their chamfered edges, remaining undamaged for the duration of the test period.
How we tested
We’ve tested 13 flat pedals for mountain bikes in some of the harshest conditions on a host of terrain types – from bumpy on-the-gas sections through to flat-out rough and worn downhill tracks – to see how much grip they offer and help you find the perfect companion.
You can also find our top-rated reviews in BikeRadar’s guide to the best mountain bike pedals.
Also on test:
- Crankbrothers Stamp 7 review
- Deity TMAC review
- DMR Vault review
- DMR V12 review
- Gusset Slim Jim CNC review
- Hope F20 review
- HT ME03 review
- Nukeproof Neutron EVO review
- OneUp Composite Pedals review
- PINND CS2 review
- PNW Components Loam Pedal review
- Shimano PD-GR500 review
Race Face Chester bottom line
The Chester’s sharp, long pins do a good job of increasing grip lost to its slightly convex platform profile created by the large axle bulge. They are reasonably light and have proven to be robust during the test period.
For performance and price, they’re very close to the OneUp Composite pedals, and it would be virtually impossible to pick a clear winner.