We didn't know much about Loaded Components — but we really loved this pedal
Loaded makes a comprehensive range of bike components, including this AMX Signature Flat Pedal. We’ve tested this pedal before, but the new V2 version here is a tad lighter and is now available in seven colours.
It still has the same large (100x110mm) cutaway platform, 12.5mm profile and cro-mo steel axle, which runs on six sealed bearings and two DU bushings. There are 10 pins per side, which screw in from the opposite surface — they’re a thicker design but they also have pretty sharp edges, so dug easily into my soft-soled Five Tens.
Loaded makes a big deal about the reduced Q-factor (this is the distance between the pedal axles) on this pedal, and it’s able to achieve this by eliminating the spanner flats from the axle – the AMX has a single 6mm Allen socket on the end for installation.
Pedalling masterclass with Brendan Fairclough
Apparently the narrower Q-factor increases cornering clearance and creates more consistent pedal engagement. I’m not so sure about the latter, but I’ve yet to see any significant scuffing on
The AMX platform has a nice shape — it’s slightly concave, so there’s something to push against when riding technical trails, and you can reposition your feet easily if you have to dab or steady yourself in a turn.
Compared to my favourite DMR Vault, the Loaded Flat AMX Signature V2 is a tad smaller but has a lower profile. It’s also slightly cheaper and has better quality bearings, which felt smooth out of the box, and have stayed that way since.
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