Raceface Aeffect Pedal review - a little chunky but an accessible entry to full metal flat pedals

For what they lack in elegance they make up for with robust, dependable durability

Image shows the Raceface Aeffect Flat Pedals
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Raceface Aeffect Pedal is reasonably priced and has proved highly robust, putting up with rock strikes and the odd clang with some errant street furniture. The pedals feature a full metal construction with replaceable pins and a fully serviceable axle for long term use. There are slimmer and more attractive alternatives, but these are more expensive. Likewise, there are cheaper options, but these utilise a plastic body and aren’t as durable. In all, the Raceface Aeffect Pedal is a dependable mid-market option that gets the job done.

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Raceface’s Aeffect Pedal sits at around the middle of the brand’s range. It offers much of the adjustability and the durability of more expensive models, but at a mid-market price and with a slight weight penalty. 

Whether it’s gravel riding and bikepacking you have in mind or simply spinning around the city streets, the Aeffect Pedal is a robust and dependable option. Although if it is urban riding you’re planning on, you will probably want to wind in the pins a little so as to preserve the soles of your shoes - as is the case with the majority of the best flat pedals for gravel and urban cycling.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg