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DMR V12 pedals



Great quality flat pedals with tunable grip and fully rebuildable internals

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If you've got a bike for shorter rides that runs with flat pedals then DMR's V12s may seem like overkill but they're a great pair of flats for everyday riding and well sealed against the elements.

Weighing in at 430g a pair (there's a magnesium-bodied version that's 80g lighter) the V12s have a big platform and 10 studs on each side to give your shoes something to grab on to.

The screws are tunable in that you can wind them in (they're just grub screws) to make the pedals less aggressive. That's probably a good idea for town riding as it doesn't take much of a pedal/shin incident to leave you bloodied when they're fully out, and you don't need the kind of grip they provide at full extension when you're nipping to the shops. That's more for backflips down the local jump spot. Having them extend just a millimetre or so above the pedal body was the sweet spot for me: enough to grip a bit on your shoes without knocking lumps out of you if you're careless.

The V12s are very solidly built, with a one-piece forged alloy platform running on a chromoly axle and two sealed cartridge bearings. The axle is well-sealed and fully rebuildable, should the need arise; DMR offer an axle kit that has everything you need to replace it. The bearings are smooth and there's no hint of play in the pedals at all, they've run silently and smoothly from day one and are still going strong.

Our silver pedals would probably look good on any town bike but if you're into colour matching you can have black, white, red or fluoro yellow instead. They're easy to fit with both a 6mm Allen key or a standard pedal spanner.

Fifty quid is a solid outlay for some town pedals, but shop around and you can have them for under forty and they're designed to take much more abuse than you're likely to mete out on your commute. If you want good quality flat pedals that'll last, then these should be somewhere near the top of the list.


Great quality flat pedals with tunable grip and fully rebuildable internals test report

Make and model: DMR V12 pedals

Size tested: n/a

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Over its 18 years of production the V12 has become recognized as the benchmark for flat pedal performance. For 2014 we took our iconic V12 body design and redefined it. Here's how it's better than before:

LARGER PLATFORM AREA The new V12 offers 10% more surface area than the classic shape. This means better grip and also support for rougher conditions and bigger hits.

LOWER PROFILE At just 16mm deep the V12 is as slim as we could go whilst still retaining our legendary concave feel.

LIGHTER WEIGHT There is a 20% weight saving from the last V12 with the standard version weighing under 430g per pair and the Magnesium at just 350g.

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Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Great flats for any riding.

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Well made, rebuildable, durable.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 189cm  Weight: 91kg

I usually ride: whatever I'm testing...  My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track


Dave is a founding father of, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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kil0ran | 4 years ago
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My V12s have got a lovely patina after years of service on my gravel/tourer. Never serviced them, still rock solid, no graunchiness or odd sounds. Brilliant platform with flat shoes, including trainers.

If you do get painted ones the finish does eventually wear down, but I quite like that. 

My shins and calves also have a similar patina from countless hike-a-bike moments - it's a good point about winding them in if you're just commuting/popping down the shops.

UrbanBushman | 9 years ago

I have had DMR Pedals that have out lasted bikes. If the price offends check out the V8s. Had a pair that my wife used for the daly commute for 6 years.

paulrbarnard replied to UrbanBushman | 9 years ago
UrbanBushman wrote:

I have had DMR Pedals that have out lasted bikes. If the price offends check out the V8s. Had a pair that my wife used for the daly commute for 6 years.

I'm running V8's on my commute bike and they are solid as a rock. Love the big flat contact area. The V12 looks like a great upgrade but hey the V8's will keep going longer than I will I'm sure

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