Revamped budget-conscious flat pedal
Enter the ‘new’ DMR V8 V2. DMR claim this new pedal is more refined, more streamlined and more user friendly than the original V8.
DMR V8 V2 pedal
The original DMR V8 was based on the company’s iconic V12 pedal, probably one of THE most popular pedals to have ever been produced.
But when that was revamped a couple of years ago (to their own shape rather than a Wellgo open-mould), it was obvious the V8 would follow suit at some point.
Enter the DMR V8 V2. More refined, more streamlined and more user friendly than the original V8.
But are they any better?
The original V8 ran on unsealed bearings that felt rough from the off, and only had four adjustable pins for each surface. The new V8 now runs on serviceable DU bushings that feel infinitely smoother and now all of the pins are replaceable and adjustable.
The cast aluminium body shape has changed for the better. It’s now lighter by over 50 grams and has a larger surface area that offers a much better platform for the foot.
The downside to all this is the new V8 is no longer at the lower end of the price scale. All these new features now make it only twelve pounds cheaper than the lighter, sealed bearing running V12.
Also, the original V8 is still being produced, so this version is really more like a V10 (or V12 lite).
In terms of performance this new version has still got some way to go. The overall shape is much better on the foot and certainly works well for riders with slightly larger foot sizes. There is a little concavity to the design so the foot does feel like it sits into the pedal a little.
Get a grip
But where the V8 is lacking is in the ultimate grip. I like to feel almost locked in when using a flat pedal as it helps me control the bike a little more. With the V8 any release of downward pressure, say when popping off a lip or drop, can lead to your feet drifting around; not a great feeling.
Fitting DMR’s longer Terror Pins rectifies this but bumps the price up by another four pounds. If you prefer a pedal that gives you the ability to adjust foot positions easily then you should be fine with the V8.
Bushing life has been reliable so far and with bushings costing a minimal amount there’s no excuses not to keep them running for a long time.
Our super bright Infra Red painted versions are starting to look a little tired, rock strikes seem to chip the paint quite easily. The polished and anodised versions look a bit more appealing in this respect.
The 'new' DMR V8 pedal is a little vague as to its position in the DMR family. Certainly the shape and quality is infinitely better than the original V8. But with the price similar to the higher specced V12 it is difficult to see who would buy these and not stretch to the better pedal.