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DMR Versa pedal review

DMR’s Versa pedals promise the ideal split personality for both the ‘grind up’ and the ‘bomb down’, but do they actually deliver this, or are they just flipping irritating?

DMR Versa pedal with Bikeperfect recommends review badge
(Image: © Guy Kesteven)

Our Verdict

DMR’s Versa does exactly what it says it does, giving a clean release, big platform DH style clipless performance on one side, and a mid-size full grip BMX style flattie on the other. That inevitably means occasional miss-flips but when it’s the right way round, it’s awesome.

For

  • Proven, serviceable axle set up
  • Premium materials and detailing
  • Grippy mid/compact platform
  • Easy location/release clipless mechanism
  • Multiple color options
  • Replaceable grip pins

Against

  • 'Wrong-siding' is an inevitable issue
  • Clipless mechanism exposed to impact
  • Not cheap

DMR’s flat pedals have a legendary reputation for keeping the feet of radical riders firmly attached to their bikes, with the V-Twin being one of our favorites when choosing the best mountain bike pedals for clipless DH/hardcore riding. 

The DMR Versa combines both flat and clipless styles together for those who want a different footing for different parts of their ride, though the clipless side isn’t quite as sorted as the V-Twin.

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DMR Versa pedal showing the "grind up" etching on the clipless side of the pedal body

"Grind up" on the clipless side (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)
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DMR Versa pedal showing the "bomb down" etching on the platform side of the pedal body

"Bomb down" on the flat platform side (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

Design and performance

As the $140.49 / £135.00 price suggests, the Versa is a top-spec pedal, and it runs on a similar 4140 CroMo axle and DU bushing and cartridge bearing set up to the Vault. All parts are fully replaceable too so the high price is a good long-term investment. 

The angular CNC-machined platform side is similar to the Vault Midi but slightly smaller and fractionally more inboard. You get the same removable/replaceable ten-pin layout though, and grip levels with a flat sole SPD shoe is on par with the best MTB flat pedals.

The clipless side also has screw holes for pins at the corners if you want to increase grip, but it doesn’t have the adjustable spacer/bumper plates of the V-Twin, so the shoe to pedal distance is fixed. Given that most flat style clipless shoes are relatively flexible, we didn’t find it to be an issue with the Giro, Ion or Specialized shoes we tried. The raised two-piece mechanism is easy to locate and release from too, and while we have dented the replaceable front catch plate on V-Twins in the past, we’ve had no issues with rock damage on the Versa pedals, despite their exposed position. The 14mm depth and more inboard positioning give a lot of pedal clearance if you want to get on the power early out of turns.

SPD compatible cleats are included along with extra grip pins, and it comes in five anodized color options. The etched “grind up” and “bomb down” slogans are also a nice touch, however it doesn’t stop you from getting the ‘wrong’ side up occasionally, which can be irritating and potentially slippery if you’ve not added pins to the clipless side.

DMR Versa pedal showing the non-clipless platform side

The 10 pin layout of the Versa platform is similar to DMR's Vault Midi flat pedal (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

Verdict

The Versa pedals aren’t cheap but they’re of excellent quality. If you want both ways to connect your feet to your bike in a single pedal, they do a great job. Platform size and clipless side support are both compromised compared to DMR’s fully committed options though, and accidental ‘wrong siding’ is always going to be an issue with split personality pedals. 

Tech Specs: DMR Versa

  • Price: $140.49 / £135
  • Weight: 478g
  • Colors: Black, red, blue, orange and silver
Guy Kesteven

Guy Kesteven is Bike Perfect and Cyclingnews’ contributing tech editor. Hatched in Yorkshire he's been hardened by riding round it in all weathers since he was a kid. He got an archaeology degree out of Exeter University, spent a few years digging about in medieval cattle markets, working in bike shops and warehouses before starting writing and testing for bike mags in 1996. Since then he’s written several million words about several thousand test bikes and a ridiculous amount of riding gear. To make sure he rarely sleeps and to fund his custom tandem habit he’s also coughed out a handful of bike-related books and talks to a GoPro for YouTube, too. We trust Guy's opinion and think you should, too.


Rides: Pace RC295, Cotic FlareMax, Specialized Chisel Ltd MTBs, Vielo V+1 gravel bike, Cannondale Supersix Evo Dura-Ace Di2 Disc road bike, Nicolai FS Enduro, Landescape custom gravel tandem

Height: 180cm

Weight: 69kg