Funn Ripper SPD Pedal Review

FUNN recently released their brand-new Ripper SPD pedal platform. The Rippers have been developed working closely with Downhill World Cup rider Phil Atwill so it would be reasonable to assume they are focused at the downhill market. I myself ride more all mountain/enduro but love to break off into some downhill descents where I can.

I decided that Cwmcarn in South Wales would be a good testing ground for the Rippers. The trails there allow for some tough climbing with technical sections on Twrch whilst allowing me to brake off onto the downhill section Y Mynydd. This would provide a good all-round test for the pedals to see what they are capable of.

Recently I have had the pleasure of riding DMRs Vaults (flats) and Crank Brothers Mallet E’s (clipless). From a platform perspective I love the size of the Vaults and found the Mallets E’s to be quite small but as they are clipless it is not relevant to staying connected with the bike. The point is I have always wanted the Mallets to have a slightly bigger platform so I have more shoe contact ultimately providing more confidence and feedback. When comparing the size of the Rippers to these pedals you can see that they sit nicely in the middle from a platform perspective which is definitely a pro for me!

he pleasure of riding DMRs Vaults (flats) and Crank Brothers Mallet E’s (clipless). From a platform perspective I love the size of the Vaults and found the Mallets E’s to be quite small but as they are clipless it is not relevant to staying connected with the bike. The point is I have always wanted the Mallets to have a slightly bigger platform so I have more shoe contact ultimately providing more confidence and feedback. When comparing the size of the Rippers to these pedals you can see that they sit nicely in the middle from a platform perspective which is definitely a pro for me!

The Rippers come with 16 pins to allow 4 per side of each platform. A small socket tool is included with the pedals so these are very easy to put in. Sadly, these pins are not adjustable so if you have any potential issues clipping or unclipping because of catching, your only option is to remove them completely. I am happy to say I did not encounter this myself but it could be an issue for others.

The clip mechanism is very similar to Shimano’s SPD so it is easy to get used to. FUNN say that their spring loaded Angular Engagement System significantly improves the smoothness of the SPD cleat engagement action. I agree as I had absolutely no issues clipping into the pedals when testing them. To engage your foot, you simply push forward on the pedal and it clips in seamlessly with little effort.

The Rippers do not spin well on the axle, well they didn’t really spin at all. I do believe that they will loosen up after a break in period but initially this seems excessive. Despite this the pedals felt good when climbing, mainly because of the extra shoe/pedal contact I have been looking for that provided me extra confidence over more technical rocky sections on the up. Unclipping was easy and I had no problems getting a foot down if needed. You can adjust the tension of the Rippers using an allen key so it is easy to do this on the trail with standard tools to get things dialled in.

The Rippers felt great descending, I felt good feedback through the pedals which boosted confidence. My feet felt firmly connected to the bike when getting air out of table tops, hitting large rocky sections at speed and large drops on the downhill sections. The FUNN cleats offer 6 degrees of angular float so things weren’t rigid and felt very natural. If I needed to drop a foot it was easy to get it out and easy to clip back in without fumbling.

Specs

MaterialAL6061 CNC
Axle SystemCrMo axle w/ DU and cartridge bearing
Platform SizeW93mm x L100mm x H21mm
CleatSPD Compatible
Weight570g/pair
ColourRed / Orange / Blue / Green / Black / Grey

 

Verdict

I really like the FUNN Rippers and bummed that FUNN sent me the colour they did, it simply doesn’t fit the colour scheme of my bike! They felt great climbing and descending which I put mainly down to the size of the platform and the clip mechanism. These pedals are great for downhill and enduro riders but the stiff axle could result in unwanted fatigue on long trail days. The non-adjustable pins may cause issues depending what clipless shoes you use.

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Rating
Looking for any excuse to hit the trails with my bike or the snow with my board.

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