By Vernon Felton
Kona Wah Wah
The flat-pedal market is awash is fancy, wafer-thin models that'll cost you a mint...and then there are the decidedly blue-collar Kona Wah Wahs. Kona first issued these flats back in 2007 and what you see here is basically the original recipe. At 17-millimeters, the Wah Wahs are plenty thin and they sport a nicely concave body. Traction comes courtesy of 10 replaceable M3 pins (per side) and the whole shebang weighs in at 491 grams.
The pedals you see here are basically brand new (we've been using them on our downhill runs, here at the Bible of Bike Tests), but I've got four years of completely irresponsible abuse on a pair of Wahs Wahs back home in Bellingham, Washington and the things keep on spinning smoothly and offering outstanding traction. Given my eight months of constantly shitty weather (thank you very much, Pacific Northwest weather gods), that's saying something. I also lack any kind of riding finesse and my personal bikes all sport low bottom brackets, as a result, I've smacked countless rocks with these things. The Wah Wah's 6061-aluminum body, 4150-chromoly axle and double cartridge bearings and bushings just keep on taking a lickin'.
Should you wear the Wahs Wahs out, you can rebuild them with a $20 kit. I bought a rebuild package a few years ago, but have yet to find any need to employ it.
Are there lighter pedals out there? Sure. Thinner? A few.
I, however, would probably wind up buying these pedals right here every single time. What they lack in overt sex appeal, they more than make up for in sheer performance and durability.