Common Questions

What is the difference between the Fort Knox pedals and the Stealth pedals?

The Fort Knox pedals were our first design - they're what started it all! The pedal body is made of aluminum, they weigh 2.15 pounds per pair, and they are designed for aggressive mountain biking (enduro, downhill, dirt jumping, freeriding, etc.). They have a hefty magnetic connection of approximately 70 pounds per pedal.

The Stealth pedals were our second design - the pedal body is made of a durable composite nylon plastic. They weigh 1.41 pounds per pair, and are excellent for cross country biking, beginner-to-intermediate trail rides, commuting, road cycling, etc. They have a significant magnetic connection of approximately 55 pounds per pedal.

What type of shoes do I need for your pedals? Do you have any recommendations?

You will need shoes that have a 2-bolt, or 2-hole, setup (originally designed for SPD, or "clipless" pedals). 3-bolt (or 3-hole) shoes - also called "Look" style or "SPD-SL" style shoes - are not compatible with our pedals.

We also recommend that you use mountain biking shoes - not road biking shoes - for any style of riding. This is because the soles of mountain biking shoes are generally flatter than road cycling shoes. 2-hole road cycling shoes do exist, but the geometry on the soles of road cycling shoes tends to interfere with the pedal connection. Flat soles work best.

Recommended Shoes for Adults:

Recommended Shoes for Kids:

These are just a few of our recommendations - there are lots of options available. Here are a few recommended things to look for when shopping for shoes:

  • Flat soles – shoes with flat soles will work best with the flat surface of our pedals. Contoured soles will make connection to the pedal difficult.
  • Rubbery/soft soles – helps with gripping the pedal.
  • Slightly recessed cleat area on the underside – helps keep your feet closer to the pedal, giving you more points of contact and better grip.

 Will the MagLOCK bike pedals fit on my bike?

Our pedals will fit on crank arms that have 9/16" x 20 tpi (threads per inch) pedal holes (see image below for reference). 9/16” x 20 tpi is the most common pedal hole size on adult bikes today.

The crank arms on some bikes (mostly children's bikes, some older adult bikes, as well as some bikes sold in department store like Target, Walmart, etc.) are manufactured with smaller diameter pedal holes (1/2” x 20 TPI) - our pedals will not fit with this size (unless you change out the crank arm or buy an adapter like this on Amazon). The easiest way to find the size of your bike’s pedal holes is just to measure them yourself (unless you want to dig deep into the internet to find the info on your bike model). To measure them, just leave your pedals on your bike and just measure the diameter of the pedal hole from the other side of where the pedals screw in.

Crank arm labeled

Do your pedals work for amputees?

Yes! We have had a large number of customers who are amputees, and we haven’t received a complaint from any of them as far as we’re aware! Here's a video we made of a below-the-knee amputee using our pedals. You can see him unclip with his prosthetic leg around 1:34-1:37.

Can kids use MagLOCK pedals?

Yes* (see note below for exception); for younger kids, however, we strongly recommend starting with only a few magnets per pedal (magnets can easily be removed from the insides of the pedals), because when all the magnets are used, the connection may be too strong for kids to be able to disconnect.

* BMX USA (the governing body for BMX racing in USA and Canada) prohibits the use of any type of pedal binding technology for kids ages 12 and younger in any race - unfortunately, this includes MagLOCK bike pedals.

Do you have a money back guarantee?   

No, but we do offer a limited 30-day return policy. To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused (or have very few signs of use) and in the same condition that you received it. After 30 days have gone by since you received your order, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange. It must also be in the original packaging.

Please see our full return policy here (should say we accept returns until 30 days after you receive your order, instead of “30 days after purchase”).

What is the purpose of the Toe Stops?

The Toe Stops were designed to reduce the amount of side-to-side and forward-backward movement that occurs on the surface of the pedal. Some people get the feeling that they are "ice skating" on the surface of the pedal - the toe stops help reduce this by about 60-70%.

Will the Toe Stops prevent me from getting out of my pedals?

No, they were designed to reduce the amount of side-to-side movement that occurs on the surface of the pedal (although the steel plates attract to the magnets inside the pedals, some people get the feeling that they are "ice skating" on the surface of the pedal, and the toe/heel stops help reduce this by about 60%). You will still be able to detach from your bike easily if you need to.