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
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.
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:
• 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!
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
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