Bontrager has been quietly building up a deep line of bike components and apparel. Jerseys? Check. Carbon wheelsets? Check. Helmets? Check. Lighting systems? You know the drill. As the house brand for one of the biggest bike companies in the world, Bontrager gets a lot of investment from Trek. No surprise, then, they also produce flat pedals. The Line Pros take over where the brand’s long-deceased King Earl and Big Earl flat pedals left off. Like their predecessors, the Line Pros feature a decidedly burly aluminum platform. But, since this is 2017 and not 2007, the Line Pros are slimmer and lighter than their forebears.
Bontrager Line Pro Details
• 6061-T6 aluminum pedal body
• Durable chromoly axle/sealed cartridge bearings
• 10 pins per side
• 102mm x 99mm platform size
• Weight 420 grams
• Available in orange and black (tested)
• MSRP: $99.99 USD
The Line Pro features a 6061-T6 aluminum pedal body that measures 102mm x 99mm. Comparatively speaking, it’s not the biggest pedal body out there, but it still offers plenty of real estate for most riders. It’s certainly not undersized. Plenty of pedals are making a bid to be the lightest, thinnest things on the market. The Line Pros are not those pedals. At 420 grams, Bontrager's Line Pro is no lightweight (though, again, there are still heavier models out there). Similarly, it measures 17 millimeters, top-to-bottom, at the spindle….and about 19 millimeters at the leading and trailing edges. So, nope, these aren't paper-thin either.
So, why should you give a damn about these pedals? Well, if you must own the lightest, thinnest pedals out there, I guess you shouldn’t. That said, the Line Pros are still a solid choice for someone looking for a set of bomber flats with good traction. The Line Pros feature a chromoly axle and a set of cartridge bearings that haven’t gone griftty after more than a year of muddy rides.
The Line Pros feature a fairly uniform distribution of traction pins and a very open design that sheds mud like a champ.
Speaking of mud, the Line Pros offer outstanding traction when it’s sloppy outside. Some of the credit goes to the 10 traction pins, which have a fairly even distribution on the pedal’s perimeter. You can remove the washers on the pedal and make these things truly bite (a la a Meathook or similarly-scary pedal), but the mushroom-shaped pins are plenty grabby, even at the lower height.
Much of the pedal’s outstanding grip in goopy conditions, however, has to be credited to the pedal body’s very open architecture—mud simply has nowhere to collect. Nice. Of course, the pedal’s layout doesn’t provide room for traction pins on the center of the body, but I still found grip to be excellent without them and, again, if I was angling for even more traction, I could remove the pin washers. For the record, I wear FiveTen shoes, which also help when it comes to getting the most grip from any plat pedal.
The pins are easy to access. Amazingly, I haven’t broken or mangled any of them,…which is sorta surprising because the thicker pedal body does equal more pedal strikes out there on the trail. No way around that. The thicker pedal body also means that the Line Pros are a bit more prone to flipping than thinner pedals. That tendency to roll underfoot is not as pronounced as on some chunky pedals, but after spending a lot of time on thinner models, such as the Canfield Crampon Mountain, Race Face Atlas and Specialized Boomslang, it’s something I have definitely noticed.
The pedal gets bonus points from me for having both 15-mm pedal-wrench flats and a six-millimeter hex fitting and for not growing gritty, sloppy or measurably-shitty over the course of a year’s riding. If you’re a fan of durability, the Line Pros are worth taking a look at.