Can you get stunt pegs for a mountain bike?


When you look at pegs for a bicycle, why would you put it on a mountain bike frame in the first place? Before answering the question, you need to know what you use the pegs for, as you do not find it on all bicycles.

For the frame, it adds useless weight leaving with one more obstacle to deal with. You find the peg attached to the rear shaft or the front wheel.

The primary use is to perform acts or tricks with BMX or motocross bikes. With the stunt peg, it helps to do different types of aerial maneuvers from double peg grinds to front wheelies.

So now, you wonder do you want to do tricks with your MTB. Now many riders feel that the peg can serve other purposes as well, and we are not saying it is not possible.

But read a bit further to find out if they can go on any bike.

The peg offers a rider a place for their feet and weight over the middle of the wheel. You get a stable platform than using your pedals.

On the other hand, you get more control in your movement using specifically motocross bikes. With the position of the axles, it would make balancing on one wheel more straightforward, providing you with a pivot point to move or rotate your bike.

You find the stunt pegs on BMXs and would help to grind along a surface on a concrete bench, rail, curb, to keep the rider balanced.

Features

While most bicycle motocross bike pegs have a free-spinning design on the axles, many have a fixed and rigid structure reducing the risk of slipping in tricks. Furthermore, the frame can carry the burden.

You get it with rubber or metal surfaces and depend on the type of grip you need while others have flatter tops that would provide the best shoe grip.

On the other hand, the width varies and would depend on your needs and the space needed to place the feet like while performing stunts. In most cases, the rider would like metal as they do loads of grinding tricks.

Function

The pins are styled according to the rider’s needs, and you can find it painted or without covering. For this reason, style is not always high on the list. The pin is optional, as not all bikes have it pre-fixed, not even the motocross bike.

Having the option to choose the bolt would help when it comes to feeling and performance when doing tricks. The BMX frame designed for racing does not have pegs, as it would be useless when racing and adds mass holding you back.

For this reason, it will not make you quick on the track and hold you back. But if you do plan on using your bicycle for stunts, get yourself pins like the performance pegs.

Factors to Consider Choosing Pegs

Choosing a peg for the rear of your bicycle comes down to the material used, length, diameter, and shaft size. You can find cheaper pins made with Chromoly steel, while others have an aluminum alloy structure to strengthen and would provide a lightweight design for balancing.

On the other hand, you find it in nylon or plastic, that would offer a slicker surface for making smoother grinds. The latter will still have an alloy insert for strength. The majority of pins fit 14mm axles found on the park and street bike than a race bike that you get a ⅜ inch shaft.

However, you would find it available with an adapter to fit a ⅜ inch if you want to try some stunts with the race rig. The other factor is the length and available in 4-inch, but you would find more extended versions up to 4.4-inches. Lastly is the diameter and is typically 1.5-inches, but you would find it available like in a skinny peg that is lightweight.

How do you fit them?

Now, if you like to try putting a peg on the MTB frame, here is how you can fit one. As you can see, it is not impossible.

However, it works on an MTB frame with a semi-horizontal dropout. You will need a ⅜ inch solid-shaft rod, two 10mm wrenches, a hacksaw, and some automotive grease. Further, you need two steel BMX styled pegs.

Procedure to follow:

Take the hacksaw and saw off both the peg lips, which is the overhanging part that screws on so that it is flush to the frame when screwed onto the shaft. The stunt peg needs to be thick and heavy to handle the load. It needs to be flush, or it will bend the rear axis with time.

Now, most MTBs come with a quick release, and if you do find one with a solid rear axis, it has no exposed space to mount pegs. Therefore, you need a ⅜ inch axles to make your screw on pegs are cut into proper lengths. Another thing is you need to re-build the rear hub of the mountain bike.

Remove the back wheel using the two wrenches and unscrew the nuts to loosen the bearings and repeat on both sides. Place the threaded axle through, repack the bearings into both sides with the grease, and screw back the nuts and retighten, preventing it from moving.

Furthermore, if your bicycle has a bearing cartridge, greases the area and place the axle through it without the need to repack the bearings. But still, make sure to retighten the wheel nuts. Fit the tire to your MTB and hook up the chain, screw on the peg to the frame.

On the inside of the peg, mount the washers and nuts to the axle and tighten. Make sure it is on the inside of the peg, and not the axle or the wheel will fall out.

Final thoughts

As you can see, many MTB riders say you cannot equip your ride with pegs. To some extent, it is true, but still possible and may work out well for you.

However, these days, you can find them made with a universal design to buy online to use with different bikes, including your mountain bike and well-suited design. On the other hand, you need to get the right one that works well with your ride and axle.

The critical thing would be to remember is that the BMX has a strong frame to carry a passenger compared to the mountain bike. The MTB is more suitable for off-road riding than carrying passengers as the frame is solid but not the same as a motocross bicycle.

If you do decide to equip your mountain bike with pegs, you will only be able to use it to rest your feet and not made to carry the burden of your body or any other person’s load.

Using stunt pegs all depends on what you plan to use your bike for.

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