Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Deity Compound Pedals: Tested by Trish Bromley

Assumptions. They make an ass out of you and me. Under the assumption that plastic pedals aren't durable, and offer little grip, I've always ridden metal pedals. Deity’s Compound pedals changed that. With a nylon composite body and cro-mo pins, they've proven durable, lightweight, and budget friendly.

My intention was to put them on my dirt jump bike. Ridden mainly indoors, and at relatively smooth pump tracks and dirt jumps, the pedals offered comparable traction to my previous metal pedals. At 339 grams (11.95 ounces) this pedal keeps the build light.

On my slope bike, I was impressed with their durability in all conditions. These pedals kept me sure-footed and confident - even across slimy roots. I did notice my skate shoes dance on the pedals through the end of summer brake bumps. As a result, I did switch them out for the Bladerunner from my DH bike, but I’m looking forward to trying the Compounds again this summer while in 5.10’s.

The pedals wore well outdoors. Blemishes blended in, as the colour is not just a superficial paint/ anodized coating. They’re offered in black, green, red, light blue, white, and purple,

Finally, the Compounds ended up on a BMX. The pedals took that beating well. Offering more traction than the stock plastic pedals, the Compounds were a welcome change. I'm far from smooth on a BMX, but through countless cases, and clunking around skate parks, they stayed strong. They’re advertised as rebuildable, but in the year I've been riding them, I've had to do nothing more than grease the threads when changing bikes. The replaceable pins stayed tight, and the two inner plastic pins showed little signs of wear.

Deity’s Compounds are listed online around $65CAD and can be found in the Boiler Room at Joyride150. They’re a great purchase for someone who’s looking for a lightweight, budget friendly flat pedal.

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