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Race Face Chester flat pedals review

Affordable performance from Race Face’s hardcore nylon pedals

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £53.00 RRP | USD $60.00 | AUD $90.00
Race Face Chester mountain bike flat pedals

Our review

Grip lost to a convex platform is made up by sharp pins, with performance sweetened by a reasonable price tag
Pros: Relatively inexpensive; grippy pins; robust
Cons: Convex platform could be larger; axle bulge is too fat
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The Race Face Chester is the brand’s more hardcore nylon composite flat pedal designed for trail riding.

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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.

Race Face Chester mountain bike flat pedals
Although the pins are sharp, their profile isn’t concave enough.
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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.

Race Face Chester mountain bike flat pedals
The platform could be larger.
Ian Linton / Our Media

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:

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.

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For performance and price, they’re very close to the OneUp Composite pedals, and it would be virtually impossible to pick a clear winner.

Product Specifications

Product

Price AUD $90.00GBP £53.00USD $60.00
Weight 369g (99(W)x103(L)x18(D)mm) – as tested
Brand Race face

Features

Features Body material: Nylon Composite
Axle material: Chromoly Steel
Pins: 16 SHCS hex traction pins per pedal (8 per side)