Straitline Pedals

Feb 18, 2009
by Simon Paton  
Straitline Pedal's £89.99rrp is on the expensive side you'll say, and I'd agree. That's considerably more than the Funn Soljam Vipers and a set of the top AtomLabs, though they are a lot less than a set of Burgtecs.

This is what makes up a pair of Straitline pedals

This is what makes up a pair of Straitline pedals


So why spend the best part of a hundred on a set of pedals? Let's find out why...

Design wise these are probably the cleanest flowing design I have seen since the re-incarnation of the all time classic Shimano DX. The huge snow plow shovel front plate does not catch any mud, how good is that? This will do you IronHorse Sunday riders a favor when they help you skim over rocks rather than digging in and sending you OTB (Over the bars).

Every corner and edge of these platforms looks like they have been smoothed off by hand, meaning super model looks and mud clearing ease.

Pins, 14 of them as sharp as crocodile teeth.

Pins, 14 of them as sharp as crocodile teeth.


The only downside? Having to fit them. Couldn't they get some 8 year old kid to do it and pay them $3 a month?

I can also hear all the Devil Pedal crew saying, "What happens when you slip and they cut into your leg, who will kiss it better"? Well for starters they are that grippy when combined with a set of 5.10s that, that will never, ever happen. Secondly this article isn't for you so go back to your knitting.

The cro-mo spindles ride on polymer bearings that weigh a load less than your conventional bearings. They require no lube or grease and are double sealed at both ends. This means they are impervious to water and dust with the added bonus of running silent and smoother than the Cadbury's Caramel Bunny.

Paper, Rock, Scissors and it's that easy to work on these:
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Technical specs:
• 12mm CrMo or Ti spindles
• 14 stainless steel traction pins per side
• 9/16-20 thread (MTB standard you dummies)

Available in: Anodized Black, Grey, Pink, X-Ray, Red, Bronze White, (BLUE for 09) and a super trick Jeff Lenoski Signature Model Lime Green!

Pedal pins are available separately in packs of ten at £7.99rrp and there are two options: Sharp or Standard.

Nice and clean!

Nice and clean!


Handling? Well these are low profile pedals which is definitely the way forward, less metal means lighter and less depth means less chance of catching your pedals on those rocks. The axle still sticks up a fraction, though the tough steel pins keep your rubber soles away from feeling that axle (Unlike the Crank Brothers 50/50s). A slight concave (think dished out like a skateboard) to help keep your trotters in place.

Verdict? If you've got £90 to blow on pedals then these are the ones, a bling factor of 10 and bearings/seals that will last an age.

Only downside will be trying to replace those pins after you have twanged them off a rock. Would insertion from underneath of the pins be the only improvement? You decide.

Available in the U.K from www.Hotlines-uk.com
Everyone else go here: www.straitlinecomponents.com

Never, ever, clip in!

Si Paton.
www.Descent-Gear.com


87 Comments

  • + 5
 woa...I ride both SPD's and flats and each one has its advantages, but the "Secondly this article isn't for you so go back to your knitting" part for the SPD followers.....I mean,come on, even Steve Peat uses them (and many more). Anyway, really nice pedals though
  • - 3
 learn to bunny hop clipless pedals are gay
  • + 0
 That was the best line in the article. Dialled article tho, spot on writings, I have the white and they're just killer.
  • + 6
 Good write up, and they seem really good. Great range of colours too but tht price tag sucks.
  • + 3
 Straitlines are the best pedals ever. I have beaten them with rocks and all and have not even lost a pin. They are are grippy and reliable unlike my cb 5050's.100% worth the money. Straitline ftw.
  • + 2
 Straitline pedals are the best, :FACT:

To the haters, maybe you should actually try a pair rather than base your opinion on something you haven't tried, don't know about, or a distant rumour you might of heard on a forum somewhere....
  • - 2
 Exactly! I agree! Everyone should try a pair so they can see for themselves what an overpriced overhyped perfectly average/no better than anything Taiwanese pedals they truly are!
  • + 0
 I'm guessing your complaints are regarding the first gen Straitlines that had issues, 2nd gen are more durable. Way better than Wellgos...
  • + 4
 www.pinkbike.com/photo/2857665 i have them in x-ray i love them there super grippy and look super clean !!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 I have been running a set of Straitline pedals for over 2 years, and have not had any mashed or missing pins, axles still are perfectly straight, only had to rebuild them twice, which took less then 10 min and one flat screwdriver, finish is still white, 10/10
  • + 0
 The article forgets to mention that the spindles break! And on top of that the bushings they use for bearings last about six weeks if you ride everyday on the wet coast Razz And thats with regular lubrication! The quality does not justify the price... buy yourself some ching chong wellgo's for a fraction of the cost and they'll be just as light and do the same job!
  • - 1
 wellgos suck, my shins can prove it.
  • + 1
 No! Your shin armor sucks!
  • + 0
 have these for DH .. no problems there.. it is true they will not let go easy even when you want to.. (clip in idea)but awesome for the bumpy trail that is.. tup
i can NOT understand the 5050 complaints.. take the middle screws out.. that will help for some grip..for some..and use locktite like a proper mechanic ! i run 5050xx's for trial.. you must understand they get very hard abuse by bailing out ..catching ledges..and so on.. they have in 2-3 years little to nothing > NO play and less land less anodising lol
  • + 0
 I absoultely love these pedals! I also wear 5.10's and they are very grippy with the pedals. I agree though if your foot slips your shin takes a beating. I give them a 10/10. Both my husband and I have them and no complaints!
  • + 0
 I lov emy straitlines. best pedal ive ever used and the best company to deal with by far. and the pins when smashed on a rock are still easy to get out since they use a 5mm socket instead of an allen key.
verdict absolutely awesome I swear by these now
only downside is Im hooked to them and I wouldnt be able to ride anythign else. ....or is that agood thing?
  • + 0
 "The only downside? Having to fit them. Couldn't they get some 8 year old kid to do it and pay them $3 a month"

I agree, it took me nearly 2 hours to get those buggers in, and I won't even try and get them out, at least you know once they are in that they will stay, nor will they wear or snap.

Oh, yeah. P.S, never, ever try no foot style tricks with those, unless of course you have the ultimate precision with your feet. Once you get caught with these you will be taking a prompt trip to the hospital for stitches. Also, with 5.10's you may experience a clipped in style feeling, so beware! Clips suck.
  • + 3
 Plus they are like the greatest pedal to hit biking!
  • + 0
 hahaha, u could wear shin pads when learning no foot tricks. but i just got mine and even tho i lost a bunch of pins already due to my stupidtiy in putting them in fast cuz i wanted to ride, they still have like better grip than anypedals ive felt. theyre totally worth the money, and theyre drop dead gorgeuos:P
  • + 0
 As to the don't do no foot tricks, i disagree. I have had one toe catch one peg and my foot did not slip off on more than one occasion. I run 5.10s
  • + 1
 Why would it take you 2 hours to install pedals?
  • + 1
 First off Retention clips are garbage, threaded seals are much better, doesn't matter if the bushings are lighter, bearings work better and if you get sealed magnesium pedals they will be lighter. Sounds like a trendy review to me
  • + 0
 Borgschulze, if you do not have the correct tools, these pedals take a while to assemble. But with a 5mm socket, it takes mere minutes. The pedal pins are not installed initially, that is left for you to do so you can choose pin positions to suit your requirements and personal taste. NorCalNomad, the 'poodle clips' used on Straitline pedals are far from garbage. They are lighter than threaded seals and run no risk of you over-tightening them. They also have what Greg calls 'double redundancy'. Which is a secondary 'poodle clip' in the massively unlikely chance that the other clips is lost mid ride. Bushings work much better for pedals, they last just as long, need less maintenance, provide the right resistance, are lighter, and tend to be less prone to breaking. Magnesium has a tendency to break easily. Straitlines are made to last. Not to be light.
  • - 1
 Sad if it takes you 2 hours to thread in pins... even by hand it should only take you a few minutes. I still love my Wellgo MG-1's more than any other pedal.
  • - 1
 My original pair had an extra heavy cot of paint, you couldn't thread them in by hand unless you had hardened steel fingers and internal mole grips. I broke my Wellgo's, and have seen many others go. I'll stick to Straitlines. I now have 2 sets, one 08 set in JL green, and another set in White, drilled and tapped to fit toe straps. The white one's are on my fixed gear. I find it hard to ride on any other pedal, all others just feel too slippy and intolerable when compared.
  • + 0
 dh- pete....oh you own a pair of them...no wonder.

Retention clips, and I'm not even talking about them falling off. The are a pain to work w/ and have a shorter lifespan than threaded fasteners, and are a pain in the ass to work with. Never heard of mag pedals breaking. And "the right resistance" is different for everyone and bearings allow you to tune that in better
  • + 1
 I have no problems working with the poodle clips. You just stick a rag around the other side of the pedals, then push the poodle clip off. As long as the rag has some slack in it the clip will be caught in there. You simply slide the rag away and pick the poodle clips from it.

You've never heard of magnesium pedals breaking? I sure have. Dozens in fact. My MG-1's broke on the connecting support when they clipped a rock, and 2 sets of Specialized Lo Pro Mag 2's met their end by rock's too.

You can tweak the resistance with bushings, by using different types & viscosity grease/lubes.

Straitline use 'poodle clips' because they tend to last much longer than any other clips (circlip, e-clip, c-clip etc...) And by the time you actually need to get new clips, it'll be time for new bushings, in which new clips come with new bushings.
  • + 0
 took me 2mins to put mine in, do love them though, although they are scratched as after catching rocks etc
  • + 0
 took me about 15 mins max to put all the pins in tight? Apart from having to put in your own pins these pedals are awesome, only slipped off 2-3 times in the whole 6 mounth iv had them, and that was from trying no footed tricks which went rong! Definatly worth the money and i got them at £60 in a sale! Big Grin
  • + 0
 one of the best upgrades by far that i have done! no slip even when i am wearing just skate shores. no need to worry about blowing bearings cuz of the bushings and the pegs can take beatings! i have had a few encounters with rocks on the shore and you couldn't even tell i hit them after a look at them. 10/10!!
plus the anno/paint they use lasts a long time i have the white and they just stay white it never wears down (as of yet)
  • + 0
 Guys, one slight amendment to the above “They require no lube or grease”, is not entirely true. Greg @ Straitline says, and I quote “We just use Shimano white grease and or Manitou shock grease just make sure whatever you use just be sure it is seal friendly or rubber safe for that base o-ring.” Not a major issue but the bushings last a lot longer if you give them a bit of lube..
  • + 4
 Think i will stick with my Funn pedals!
  • + 0
 I rode straitlines for a couple years, one of the best pedals i've ever had, little to no slip, even riding street in the rain, or trails with muddy shoes, for the guy talking about "no foot style tricks" thats what shin pads are for, last time I checked, any metal pegged pedal will give your shin a good rippin, there light, look nice, they stay bolted in, the pins are real easy to change, nice wide platform makes it easy to find them when you're putting your feet back down, smooth, solid, great warranty.
deffinately give them a 9/10
  • + 1
 he forgets to mention they are super slippery, and he bent the spindle
  • + 0
 I have straitlines in xray and absolutely love them i have bash them off the frozen manitoulin rocks plenty this winter and haven't even chipped a pin. they are super smooth too. but mine have froze up once when i hit some deep powder. soo worth the money
  • + 0
 They look ace but 90 notes, bit much, would rather get funn vipers for 60, or if i was spending silly money on pedals cough up the extra 30 quid for burgtecs like dwlinkage mentioned above. nice lookin pedals but a bit too pricey for my taste
  • + 0
 im soo gettin me a pair of these in pink to match my pink straitline stem and limited edition pink chris king headset on my demo... www.pinkbike.com/photo/2607656

would look pimp:P
  • + 0
 I got a pair of these a few months ago in red ano and they're just like no other pedal I've used. Quite amazing. Not sure what all the fitting jibes are about though, mine were a piece of piss.
  • + 0
 Amazing pedals, I got some a year ago and my tricks haven't been better! It took me a hell of a time to get them on, eventually I got them but had to do it again a week later. Don't rush it, get it done right!
  • + 2
 i love mine! just great easy and sexy pedals! didn't have any issues fitting them too...
  • + 4
 what bearings^^^^
  • + 0
 I bought a set not long ago...great pedals, super grip but I think its an overkill for park-dj use...I put them on my DH rig and got something less dangerous for my hardtail...my shins are glad I did...
  • + 2
 i am more than happy with my Shimano DX. Why spend 95L when you can spend $95?
  • + 1
 My Shimano DX's are 7 years old and still spin smooth as the day I got em and I've NEVER repacked them!
  • - 1
 One of the best riders in the Hood area let me try a pair last year and I love them.So I went and got a pair and it onlt took me a few momentes to put them on.I race downhill and freeride so I want a pedal to grip and no-footers are no-problem. Thanks straitline.
  • + 0
 i live down the road from where they make um. they are a custom extrusion made on a sweet horizontal machine. the pins are made on a swiss auto cnc.
  • + 0
 Rad- I did a Straitlines post about a year ago. Return to the past here! These pedals kick ass........
  • + 1
 i have a pair of these and $170 later and 2 weeks of riding and they are as good as garbage.
  • + 0
 i got these for 50 bucks in the CRC flood sale, absolutely nothing wrong with them Big Grin altho they are still sitting on my shelf lol
  • + 0
 excellent pedals...only thing i would like to see changed is a bit of a weight reduction....somewhere around 430g ish would be reasonable
  • + 1
 Secondly this article isn't for you so go back to your knitting, that made me laugh so much!
  • + 0
 they the shit, imma get em on my next bike fosho! i think they are the most efficient, lightest, best looking pedal out there, besides the twenty 6 rallyes
  • + 2
 those r nice pdls!
  • + 0
 best pedals ever. riding in slipons with them is easy. you never slip a pedal no matter the conditions
  • - 1
 nah 50/50s relly are gd i love them i dont kno y everyone hates them there actuly amazing and there not over priced as everyone says
  • + 0
 i know what you mean mine are exerlant ok the plates are a bit of an ass to get off if you grind it against a rock or some thing but thats the only prob i have with mine
  • + 0
 They work 50% of the time. HA
  • + 0
 or 50% of the time they work everytime.
  • - 1
 no u add 50and50 togher u get 100 only ive ever sliped once off them wen i took out the pins to clean the the plates and i rode pinless lol
  • + 0
 I've heard there really good, but I'd rather pay the extra 30 odd pounds and get butgtecs there so much better
  • + 0
 Disagree, i have straightlines and have had no problems with them, they're simple and look cooler! why pay extra for burgtecs (the name)?
  • + 0
 yeh ive got them on all my bikes best pedals ive ever owned + they look sick
  • + 1
 i was actually gonna pick up a pair of these this summer to replace my 50s
  • + 0
 You should.
  • + 0
 Don't waste your cash! Get something that works good instead of JUST looking good.
  • + 0
 im not a street rider and im tired of gettin wabble in my pedals these will do great
  • + 1
 exactly
  • + 0
 owwwwwwwwwwwwwwww that would hurt if it hit ur leg
  • + 0
 i have 2 pair one on my trek and one on my transition
  • + 0
 maaaaaaaaaaaaan i wouldnt like to fail a no foot in those.....
  • + 0
 they look super and am sure they are really good ,but the price is high
  • + 0
 best pedels iv ever run..... no probblems, just pure class........
  • - 2
 What's with the UK pricing on a Canadian website for a product made here in BC?
  • + 1
 It's written by someone in the UK... Canadian website? I'd say otherwise, they are based in Canada yes, but have users from all over the world posting on it.
  • - 2
 so overrated, heavy, expensive, axles bend too easy, bla bla bla, wellgo mg1s are the way to go
  • + 0
 and their weigh?
  • - 1
 lenosky is spelled with a y not an i
  • + 0
 such sick pedals
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