Chromag are a component brand from Whistler with an iconic status in the region. The Dagga pedals were developed in collaboration with team rider Chris “The Karver” Kovarik. The downhill legend is known as a flat pedal advocate and drift king. Can the pedals deliver like the Australian rider?
Chromag market the Daggas as their DH pedals and they make quite the impression with their aggressive design. Your shins will shake at the sight of the large platforms with 12 pins per side. The pins all screw in from below and can be easily replaced with the included spare pins if they get damaged. Chromag also ship the pedals with small spacers installed under the pins. So, if you want even more grip, you can simply remove the spacers, making the pins protrude another 1.5 mm – ouch. With a weight of 486 g per pair, however, they’re the heaviest pedals in the test field. The platforms are slightly concave, though there is a slight bulge near the cranks where the bearings are housed. To open the pedals, you’ll need a 6 mm Allen key and a skinny 8 mm socket. The € 165.95 Daggas have very long axles, which gives them a wider stance than all other pedals in the test field.
The Chromag Dagga pedals on the trail
When you place your feet on the Daggas, you can immediately feel that the pedals won’t let you go without putting up a fight. The 24 pins drill into the soles of your shoes and provide maximum grip in all situations. No matter how rough the track or how rooted the trail, the Daggas will keep your feet planted. Only the Nukeproof Horizon pedals managed to keep up with this level of grip. Of course, the other side of this is that you can’t just reposition your feet, which is why you should make sure that you position them correctly when you step on the pedals. The long axles of the pedals also put you in a wide stance, which can be a bit uncomfortable for riders with short legs or narrow hips. The open design of the platforms, on the other hand, ensures excellent self-cleaning, as mud has nowhere to get stuck.
The Chromag Dagga pedals don’t just look aggressive – they are aggressive. True to their name, the pins of the Daggas literally pierce the soles of your shoes, making them the grippiest pedals on test. Chromag combine this with easily replaceable pins, the length of which can also be adjusted with the help of spacers, as well as a very good self-cleaning. The Dagga flat pedals offer a complete package that leaves nothing to be desired. A clear Best in Test!
- insane grip
- excellent self-cleaning
- easily replaceable, adjustable pins
- stance might be too wide for small riders
You can find out more about at chromagbikes.com.
Click here for an overview: The best pedals for mountain bikers
all pedals in Review: Acros Clipless Pedal | Crankbrothers Mallet E LS | Hope Union | HT T2 | Shimano XT PD-M8120 | TIME SPECIALE 12 | Chromag Dagga | Crankbrothers Stamp 7 | Hope F22 | Look Trail Fusion | Nukeproof Horizon Pro Sam Hill | OneUp Composite Pedal | Race Face Atlas | Sixpack Kamikaze RA | SQ Lab 50X | Tatze Link Composite |
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Words: Simon Kohler Photos: Jan Richter