After a visit to Core Bike 2016 trade show yesterday I saw the full set of DMR pedals including the V12 that I’ve used for over 8 years and the little brother V6 made in hard plastic. So I thought it was time for a product review.
I got a pair of V6 pedals in light blue
First of all, these flat pedals are quite large as do all the V series, which means your feet will be well supported when riding. The silhouette of these are the same size as the V8 and V12.
So as soon as I put my blue pair on, using my trusty pedal wrench, I was off riding using my trainers. What I lose in power transfer of my usual Shimano SPD, I gain in simplicity and easy of use.
There are obvious differences between these V6 and the V12 that I use on my Scott Yecora MTB. The weight is a little lighter than the V12 at 327g for the pair. The Nylon hard plastic means colour is mixed throughout the body, scratches will not show up so easily. There are no bearings, DMR opting to use their new DU bush system instead.
The studs are injected as part of the whole structure, on the V12 the studs are screwed in by Allen key (wrench). Overall they provide good grip when I plant my foot they don’t feel loose. However, over time as you scrape them against pavements, rocks and other hard surfaces they will wear off quicker than the metal studs on the V12.
The past few post day rides I have done were wet and windy days and they have performed admirably, not once have I slipped whilst riding. But overall they don’t spin as smoothly compared to the V12 as those have nice bearings compared to the V6 bush system.
But comparing the price of £17-19 for the V6 compared to the V12 of £48-50. What you lose in rigidity, longevity and smoothness, you gain weight, colour choice and value for money.
These may wear out quicker, but then it gives you the chance to go for a new pair in different colour.
I must admit though they get dirty easily, but can be cleaned easily too. Also they do look better on a MTB rather than a road bike, but they serve a good purpose for me on these winter post rides.