BMX pegs are a very important addition to a BMX bike for many riders. Many bikes actually coming accompanied by two or four pegs. If you’re getting into BMX, with the exception of maybe BMX jump riders, at some point you will probably have a quick ride on a bike with some pegs. It’s a great addition to a bike and can open your riding up to a whole new world of tricks and skills. I started riding with two pegs when I rode in a park. I did this mainly to learn stalls though it was a great experience to learn how to grind. Doing this definitely advanced my balancing ability, further progressing my skills in other areas of riding.
Currently, I am riding a very simple set of metal pegs, though I have ridden plastic pegs before and I love the advantages they offer over metal.
Plastic BMX Pegs vs Metal PegsPlastic and metal BMX pegs are actually rather different from each other considering how simple the bike part is. If you take a look at a plastic bike peg and a metal one, you will easily see the complexity difference. Plastic pegs often come as sleeves that are placed over a metal inner shell. This metal inner is used for the strength and rigidity needed to attach to the axle. The greatest advantage of using sleeves in such a way is that they’re replaceable. After a few months of hard use on any peg, they’re going to wear down and it will probably start affecting your grinds and stalls. All you have to do with plastic pegs is replace the plastic sleeve for a new one. I don’t think this should be a decider for you to buy a plastic peg over a metal one as the price difference is negligible and unless you’re a top rider I doubt the difference will affect you.
Many people make the argument that plastic is inherently more slippery than metal. I would agree that the plastic used in bike pegs is a very good material to use although plastic pegs are a more complicated structure, possibly resulting in being heavier and easier to break.
Shadow S.O.D Peg System
Shadow are one of my favourite BMX manufacturers on the market. Obviously, their plastic peg systems are also some of the best and highest quality. We have discussed shadow conspiracy BMX parts in quite a few other posts and I don’t think we’ve ever written a bad word about them and we definitely aren’t going to start now.
Shadow have five different products on their bike pegs page on their site. A couple of these products are the sleeves that can be used to replace the ones on your pegs you’ve previously bought.
I really like the S.O.D peg system It’s a classic design with an amazing texture and colour. A simple small logo will suffice without drawing any unwanted attention. The reason for producing this peg further makes me want to use it. It’s is a signature peg of Scott Ditchburn.
Scott is on the Shadow and Subrosa teams, riding a signature BMX with a Balum frame from Subrosa, a Villicus fork, Bitchin’ cranks, four-piece bars, shadow grips, bar ends, headset, seat, sprocket and pedals. He is a great street rider, winning a great number of jams here in the UK. Ditchburn has a great ride-anything style of street riding and has good features in a great number of videos.
This Shadow peg system, made from a proven nylon/ fibreglass material is great for pegs and grinding. The tough plastic greatly extends the life of the peg and makes it strong enough to not wear out or break on the first couple of big hits. As you can see on the images above Shadow has used a proprietary sleeve lock design that prevents the sleeve from spinning around the metal inner.
Cult Butter BMX Pegs
Cult is a very high-quality brand, specialised in BMX products. Many people, when buying plastic BMX pegs only look at the plastic and how strong they think that is, but it’s as important, if not more to make sure the inner core is strong and durable too, that’s the part that will stay with you a lot longer than the plastic. Cult Butter Pegs feature an inner core made from 4130 heat-treated Chromoly.
Cult has designed and produced a few different lengths of the Butter pegs, most recently debuting the 4.5-inch long peg. Other sizes are often smaller at around 4 inches. Obviously, it should go without saying that when you are buying the inner core and the sleeve separately you need to make sure that they’re the same size.
Just like every other BMX product you can buy, there are a few little things that riders aren’t so keen on. Firstly there’s the thickness of the sleeves. If you take a look at the Butter peg sleeves you will notice it’s a LOT thinner than many other sleeves. I am not sure of the reasoning behind this but it can result in a few really annoying issues. Overusing or exerting additional stress on a thin peg can result in you either wearing straight through the plastic and starting to bend or wear through the metal inner core, or you could badly damage your dropouts and axles by bending them. If this does happen it can become very hard to get your wheels off. Since the sleeves are so thin, the dropouts can ‘dangle’ out the bottom and will become very easy to hit when you’re jumping into a grind, if you do this repetitively your dropouts will start to bend and close onto each other. You don’t want to have to try and bend them back out to slide your wheel out.
BSD Rude Tube Plastic BMX Peg
This peg is part of the signature series for Dan Paley AKA The Donny Soulja. Dan notoriously loves to get rude with his riding. In other words, he loves a good grind and likes to cause as much damage to his pegs as possible. If you’re a rider that grinds a lot or seems to just breeze through multiple plastic sleeves then this might be a good peg for you. The peg is available in two lengths, the 4.2-inch version and the larger 4.5-inch version. I know some people want to know the weight of every part of their bike before they can decide to fit it, so for you people, the Rude Tube pegs weigh approximately 170 grams.
If you take a closer look at the image you’ll notice the high-density plastic sleeve is a little thicker than others, giving you an immediate sense it’s going to last much longer than some other sleeves you could use. If you’ve ever seen Paley’s videos before you will notice he can link a grind combo together with ease, switching from a quick stall on a quarter to a long ass nose pick along a rail. All of this could easily constitute enough abuse to bend some metal but with these BSD pegs, I can’t see that happening very fast.
As well as the regular version and sizes, BSD have released a lighter version named the LT. This version is 33% lighter than the original, meaning you can run four pegs while maintaining virtually the same weight of two regular pegs. I expect you’re wondering what BSD have done to be able to lighten this peg up so much. Well, they’ve stuck with the durable, high-density plastic around the outside while using a tough chromo adapter at the dropout interface. It’s this adapter that sets it apart from the rest of the plastic BMX pegs in the field. This will maintain enable the user to catch uprights or overtighten while still staying straight and strong.
Odyssey G-Sport Pleg 2 BMX Pegs
G-Sport is another one of my favourite BMX brands. The craftsmanship and quality of these products are top notch, I would happily run my bike exclusively G-Sport parts. After a successful release of the OG Pleg, G-Sport has redesigned the plastic peg to be even better. This version features a brand new 7075 aluminium core and a proprietary plastic sleeve. The two main working points of this new peg seem to have been stiffness and damage prevention. Firstly they have a smaller overall peg diameter due to the new plastic sleeving. The inner cores length has also been decreased to approximately ¾ of the length of the plastic sleeve. If you have ever ridden plastic pegs for an extended period of time before you will know that after your sleeve stars wearing thin or when you hit the ends of your pegs, the metal will start to roughen, bend and degrade. This length adjustment has enabled riders to be just as rough with their bikes as normal and not have to worry about replacing the inner core.
Odyssey Graduate BMX Peg
The Odyssey Graduate peg is a very regular plastic peg. Unlike others, there’s no state of the art blended plastic or a special hardened inner core to drive up the price. The only distinguishing feature of the Graduate peg is the Odyssey BMX logo on the face. The peg is made from a 4130 Chromoly core with an outside diameter of 1.5 inches and a length of 4.5. Unlike the pleg 2 above, the inner core and outer sleeve are pretty much the same sizes, which drives up the weight slightly to 127 grams per peg but I wouldn’t expect that to make much of a difference.
Fiend Belmont PC Pegs
By far one of my favourite BMX riders is Garrett Reynolds, a long time rider for Fiend BMX. His extremely technical street riding style fits perfectly with the parts Fiend produce. Now, this peg isn’t a signature Reynolds one and I’m not even sure he rides it but I know it has been reviewed by many brilliant riders. The outer sleeve is a nylon sleeve that is wrapped in a 40mm OD sleeve in order to reduce dropout drag.
If you haven’t read this whole article, dropout drag is where you hit, scrape or slide your dropouts into a rail or ledge. Doing this extensively to your dropouts will firstly ruin the paintwork, making them harder to sell; secondly your dropouts will start to bend inwards toward each other, this can cause you a lot of problems when trying to remove wheels. The worst thing that could happen if you badly smash up your dropouts is they could break off. If this happens to you then you’ll either need to buy a new frame/forks or find a really skilled welder to weld it back on. If you go for the welding option be warned that it’ll be even more likely that it’ll break again.
This sleeve attempts to thicken up the peg to the point of there only being a slight protrusion or none at all. Manufacturers that attempt to rectify the dropout drag problem will still need to bear in mind the weight any extra metal will add and the strength issues that are likely to occur if the core of the peg is given a larger diameter.
Written By Michael Scott from Tresna Clothing
I do not take any credit for the photographs in this article. All credit to original photographers
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