Review: Spiked Grip Kings
During our visit to Rivendell, Mark spiked our pedals. I have written about the Grip Kings before and compared them to the MKS Touring Pedals. A short recap is that the G.K. pedals are overall, for me, the better pedal when comapred with the touring pedals – primarily because of the wide and long platform that provides tons of support and is almost impossible to miss when you are dabbing for the pedal on a steep hill.
My only complaint with the G.K’s were wet weather performance. They seemed a touch slick compared to the touring pedals in inclement conditions. The touring pedals performed better because of the serrated teeth on them.
I’ve been riding with spiked G.K’s for a few weeks in both wet and dry weather and the spikes are a game changer. They turn a good pedal into a great pedal. When Laura and I rolled away from Rivendell, the skies were grey and everything was wet. The second we got on the bikes and flipped the pedals to the spiked side we both let out a “whoa!”
The spikes are grippy. So much so, that whatever doubts I had for choosing platform instead of clipless are now gone. The spikes give your pedal stroke good traction all the way through the circle. The spikes also infinitely help with wet weather performance. You can stand with confidence knowning you’re not going to slip off of them.
Even Laura, who by no means is as much a gear geek as I am, has remarked on several occasions how much better the pedals are.
I didn’t install them myself, you’ll have to contact them for what size drill bit to choose etc., But if you have the Grip Kings and want to turn them into Grip Emperors (or some other terrible pun), I’d highly recommend spiking yours too!