I have both the Race Face Chesters and these Ride pedals. Both pedals are excellent. The Chesters are used on a road bike that like to take for shorter rides (10-15 miles). I am mostly on that road bike the entire time. I use the Race Face Ride pedals on a hybrid bike that I use for errands, super quick rides and commuting. The platform on bth pedals is excellent. The Ride pedal DOES NOT have the metal pins which makes it more pleasant on rides that are short and where you need to get on and off your bike frequently. The metal pins can catch your legs every now and then and scratch your legs. The metal pins on the Chesters are great when you plan to be on your bike for awhile and do not anticipate getting on and off your bike frequently. I think MTBers just learn to live with the occasional scratches from the metal pins of the Chesters. Both pedals are great. Your feet will stick to the Chesters better and the Rides are better when you are on and off th bike frequently.
I used clipless pedals for many years on XC bikes Then I was out of riding for quite a few years due to an injury. When I came back I found myself crashing a lot more than I remember doing years ago. Then
getting back into pedals on a downhill-off camber turn was enough to get me to quit. Several people told me to try flat pedals, at first I was kind of insulted...then I decided to give it a try. The Chesters were on sale so I decided to give them a try. They're big and grippy, and I'm getting in more ride time with them (and my riding
is improving) so I think they were well worth the investment.
Was looking for Carbon wheels to replace my Alloy Ibis wheels that I broke. Loved the wide 35s and was looking for something comparable. These work great although a bit expensive compared to the IBIS carbon which are of course out of stock for the next god knows how long. Last week had a huge stick get stuck between the spokes and the frame. Thought I ruined the wheel but when I finally was able to get it out the wheel was 100% true and the spokes were completely straight. Guess it was worth paying for. Was warned that these create a harsh ride. Felt fine to me. Would be 5 stars if they stickers would be more durable. Remove them before you start riding since they don't last and after a while it is hard to take them off.
Got these pedals as upgrades to the flats that came with my boys mountain bikes. They're great entry level pedals that are definitely a step up from the stock pedals. The replaceable studs have given my kids more confidence that their feet will stay on the pedals even when it's a little wet or muddy out. The composite body has held up well so far and the bearings continue to spin smoothly.