Deity has had quite a year. The Idaho company has launched a pile of new products and moved into a newer, shinier office. On the top of that pile of new stuff from the company with the satanically inspired logo are these flat pedals–the Bladerunners.
The Bladerunners’ 6061 T6-aluminum platform is fairly large at 103 by 100 millimeters, providing enough real estate for 10 threaded pins on each side. The platform spins on multi-sealed bearings and DU bushing internals, and the pedal can be tightened to the crank with either an 8-millimeter allen key or a standard pedal wrench. The pedal is fully serviceable without removing the polished chromoly axle from the crank. The platforms themselves are not concave, but the center pins are shorter than the outer ones, creating a concave profile.
Details: Deity Bladerunner Pedals
– Machined from 6061 T6 aluminum
– 11mm profile at the exterior edges
– 103mm x 100mm footprint
– 10 allen bolt pins per side
– Include extra set of pins
– Colors: Polished Black, Red, Green, Blue, and Purple Ano with laser logos
– Weight: 370 grams (pair)
– MSRP: $144
I’ve been on a set of Bladerunners pretty much since they came out. They’ve travelled with me all season, having been handled suspiciously by any number of TSA agents and ridden in snow, rain, mud, loam and dust. Despite some hard use the Bladerunners are still functioning flawlessly: There’s no play in the body and they still spin as smoothly as they did originally.
The thin profile minimizes the chance of pedal strikes, a feature I noticed most when I switched to a set of pedals with a taller profile. I’ve still bashed the Bladerunners up quite a bit, and while the bodies have some battle wounds, the pins have somehow all remained intact. Deity wisely specced pins that thread in from the opposite side of the pedal, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with a disfigured allen key interface when it comes time to replace one.
I don’t know how much the “traction gooves” machined into the platform add to the Bladerunners’ grip, but I’ve rarely slipped off these, and those few occasions have been when my foot was slightly unweighted while climbing. The 103 by 100-millimeter footprint contributes to the traction, but isn’t so large that I found myself hitting the outsides of the pedals much. The pins create a concave profile, but the shape wasn’t all that noticeable once my shoes had settled onto the pins. If I could change anything about the Bladerunners, I’d give them a concave platform for better feel. Ultimately, the Bladerunners aren’t the least expensive pedals you can buy, or the thinnest, or the lightest, but they strike the right balance between all those factors–and that’s reason enough to throw up the devil horns.