Pedal feel underfoot is superb
Designed with hardcore Canadian brand the Chromag Contact is Brandon Semenuk‘s very own pedal, universally acclaimed as the world’s most stylish mountain biker.
They’re presumably made tough enough for Brandon’s routine launches off huge jumps or even sixty-foot cliffs at events like Red Bull Rampage.
Mr Semenuk is renowned as a stickler for details and there’s a lot of attention evident in the Contact’s shape and design. At just 13mm tall, the platform is very thin, but still packs enough concavity to cradle the foot securely so you know exactly where it is every time you reposition.
The pedal body doesn’t have any awkward protruding inboard bearing housing or lumps to achieve this height either, and gains extra foot space by extending the inner edges towards the crank arm (similar to the Nukeproof Horizon). This shape also keeps feet closer to the bike for more efficient pedalling and better ground clearance.
Chromag’s steel pins strike the perfect balance between thinness for good bite, and being tough enough not to smash off on rock strikes. They can be shifted around multiple hole positions to customise grip too and also thread in underneath and replace easily if they do break.
Pedal feel underfoot is superb on the Contact; the slimness means you really stay planted and stable, and the traction levels are superb, striking the perfect balance between locked-on and shuffle-able in sticky Five Ten shoes.
Chromag’s Contact pedal is competitively light, grippy and comfortable and comes at a decent price too, making it one of the best flat pedals we’ve tested.