Straitline Pedals Saved My Family Jewels

May 16, 2008
by Mike Estes  
"Pedal Slipping" sucks!

That's the theme of this review. As a DH Racer nothing is more aggravating than "slipping a pedal" while trying to post a quick time. I decided to search the world of MTB'ing and hunt down the best pedals made for my problem - I found Straitline's Jeff Lenosky Signature Pedal to be exactly what I needed and it's saved my precious family jewels more than once this season already. I bet they can save yours too!Once I discovered the Straitline Components website after seeing a great ad in a magazine. I sought out a pair of the visually stunning pedals, the best part is the "GraveDigger" lime green color. Having a superior pedal of this color is fine considering most of my race runs are based on that theme of barely pulling it off and not crashing. Although that is a fun part of racing, I wanted to limit the unwanted "dabs" to zero and have full pedal power to the finish line.


This is what the Straitline website says:

"We set out to design a superior pedal, and we delivered!

Our pedals are produced from a custom extruded aluminum alloy, to provide a very high strength-to-weight ratio. We machine them to exacting standards to improve both the feel and the life expectancy of the bearings. We cut no corners, or should I say we cut all corners. All edges are chamfered to allow mud to push through more easily, as well as adding to the outstanding aesthetics.

The spindles ride in widely spaced proprietary polymer bearings that not only weigh less, but run smoother, quieter, and longer than typical bearings. The bearings require no lube, are impervious to water, and are double-sealed at both ends to prevent dust from infiltrating.


Weighing in at 518 grams for a complete set with the CroMo Spindle reduced my pedal weight down a whole 12 grams. Lastly each side of the pedal has 14 shoe grabbing pins, that is 28 pins per pedal. If you ever round the pins off or wear them down to worth-less stubbs- contact Straitline for a fresh new set of new pins- it's that easy.

I personally have found confidence, power and more control by using these pedals- hope this inspires (motivates) you to get a set as well. Good Racing!

-Mike Estes aka PostCanyonLoc


76 Comments

  • 6 1
 Nice review man, Im definately getting those now.

Youre up on the straitline web here - straitline.blogspot.com/2008/05/this-kid-is-not-on-payroll-i-swear.html
  • 3 1
 Nice pedals.. but 518 grams is about 150g too heavy for a decent set of race flats. I understand the whole function aspect should overtake a weight aspect.. you can still find a wicked set of pedals that are lighter.
  • 1 1
 Hey Estes
Too bad about breaking your elbow. Remember... Hit face first. Ha Ha, At least your feet were still on your pedals. Did you get a set of the COC edition levers from Straitline?
  • 0 0
 I'm fixed and I can still make babies! Thanks......oh, I did not get a set of the levers, but I know Ach will hook it up for me at the end of summer when I return.
  • 3 1
 Want to limit unwanted dabs and deliver full pedal power to the finish line? Clipless might be for you.
  • 0 0
 Nope. I race flats..510's and these beloved pedals work great for me.
  • 0 0
 Solid review and a very good example of a privateer trying to get noticed. Take note 'wanna-get-sponsored' racers, pro biking is a business and there's no harm in self-promotion.
  • 0 0
 These pedals are so sick! The peg are incredible for riders with crappy shoes, you dont need 5-ten rubber to stay glued in. Everyone needs a pair. Thanks for the help at the last fluid ride cup Mike, heal quick buddy.
  • 0 0
 Can you believe they only sent 10 of those JL Green ltd edition pedals to the uk, I was the lucky person to het the last one. That is unless Straitline send a second shipment.
  • 0 0
 They are hard to get and they become most discussed on a ride- Enjoy!
  • 2 1
 sweet pedals....the company also makes some sweet ass levers i want......nothing like functional bling
  • 2 2
 they look really nice and the options for colors is awesome, but its a bummer they cost $150!!!!

i think i'll get some Wah-Wahs for $70
  • 2 0
 just seeing "pedal slipping sucks" made me almost throw up
  • 2 2
 Tried them, but the Crank Brothers 50/50 is a better peeal. Lighter and stronger with changeable colour inserts. Nice review but time will tell for you.
  • 0 0
 Funny- I just got a set and they were loose and noisey. They needed to be re-built and tightened up- they break pretty easy too. Good pedal for XC or Beach Cruisers.
  • 3 1
 They are quite sexy Smile
  • 2 2
 Nice shin killers. Still not as nice as Dark Cycles Arachnid pedals but then again nothing is.
  • 1 1
 the levers are sick i want them to but 50 for just the pull part and the would proberbly get nicked of the bike
  • 2 2
 damn those r sick it's just hard to find a bike that has the same kinda colors
  • 1 1
 best part about em is that you even have to put the pins in ur self when u first get em!
  • 1 1
 yea they are amazing, hard to find tho, only one bike shop i know carries them
  • 1 1
 go to their site, the have a list of distributers, only 2 in Canada :O
  • 1 1
 im gonna pick some up, hopefully in time to get the JL signatures. Sweet pedals man!
  • 0 0
 for the guy who asked if they only come in green they dont theres loads of colours.
  • 0 0
 sweet i like the bulky ness and the rectangle shape. could you lime green instead of pea green.
  • 2 0
 mike nice review on the pedals through information which would help any rider make an informed decision on their next pedal choice. straight line or other
  • 0 0
 maybe its just me, but i dont really see what makes them super special for the money. what ever happened to shinburgers?
  • 0 0
 Once you feel them...you'll know.
  • 1 0
 how are those different from any other pedal
  • 2 2
 big ones, looks realy nice
  • 1 1
 yeah they look and sound siick i defenitly might have toget them~!~
  • 1 2
 are these the ones on the new norco shore? the brown and lime greenbike? chhers.
  • 1 1
 ... wow those are amazing
  • 2 2
 Some of the sickest pedals ever...too bad they're made with child labor!
  • 0 0
 Hahahaha I heard the same thing about that east coast frame company BMW Smile
  • 0 0
 ^ hard to belive you ^! the new models are much better then the 06
  • 2 2
 tired of slipping pedals while trying to get a good time? clipless...
  • 2 1
 cliples is for fags^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
  • 0 0
 Nope. I race flats..510's and these beloved pedals work great for me.
  • 0 0
 those look like some sweet peddles and pretty close to my woodman spikeys
  • 0 0
 do they only come in green?
  • 0 0
 super cycle paddles are better then these
  • 3 0
 By paddles are you talking about going out in a boat, because if that's the case, then you are right, Super Cycle paddles would be way better.
  • 0 0
 I`m liking them. I may pick up a set!
  • 0 0
 thats sick, how much are they?
  • 1 1
 get drive pedals just as lite and and only 60 bucks!!
  • 1 1
 Solid review
  • 0 0
 nice pedal
  • 1 1
 How much?
  • 1 0
 $180 is suggested retail - most good bike shops will get them to you for $160 to $175 CND
  • 1 3
 cool but I prefer the X-Pedo's....
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