Deity is bringing premium nylon to the flat pedal market.
When mountain bikers are offered the option of metal or nylon flat pedals, the latter is often chosen for those on a budget, whilst metal is favoured for its overall riding feel and stiffness.
Many experienced flat pedal riders prefer metal construction, despite the cost, for reasons of durability. Extracting metal pins from an aluminium pedal body can also be easier than a nylon structure, especially if the pins have slightly deformed with repeated pedal strikes.
Despite a traditional bias from committed flat pedal mountain bikers towards aluminium, new materials offer greater benefits in the realm of nylon pedal construction.
Deity believes that not all nylon source material is equal. With its new Deftrap pedals, the American component brand is using a more sophisticated nylon fibre, which has 28% better impact resistance than nylon composite.
Using its TMAC metal pedal as design inspiration, Deity has shaped a 113mm x 103mm platform for the Deftrap, which is 18mm thick at its centre. This new nylon pedal has a concave profile of 5mm per side and spins on two sealed bearings, supported by oversized DU bushings.
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Providing traction underfoot are ten pins per side. Eight of those being replaceable steel pins, buoyed by two fixed nylon pins, which protrude from the pedal’s structure.
Deity claims that its Deftrap pedals are less given to stalling on rocks, in technical terrain, due to the nylon fibre material’s friction coefficient.
Available in a range of ten colours, these new Deftrap nylon pedals weigh 391g per pair and are priced at $49.99.
With a similar shape and mechanical features to Deity’s best metal pedals, at a slightly lower weight and a very reasonable price, the Deftrap is a compelling blend of function and affordability.