First Impressions: Deity Deftrap Pedals

If you’ve spent the past decade designing industry-leading flat pedals, what do you do for an encore? Well, if you’re Deity Components, you up the ante by developing a nylon composite pedal loaded with features typically reserved for pricier, metal-bodied models. Dubbed the Deftrap, Deity’s latest pedal aims to blend world cup performance with a wallet-friendly $49.99 pricetag.

 

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Drawing inspiration from their popular TMAC Signature pedal, Deity’s Deftrap features a large, symmetrical platform. But instead of being machined from 6061-T6 aluminum, the Deftrap’s body is constructed from a special nylon-and-glass-fiber composite material. In addition to the aforementioned symmetrical design, the Deftrap’s platform features a 1.5 mm concave, and is fitted with ten pins per-side; eight metal replaceable pins, and two molded nylon pins. Tucked inside the pedals are two sealed cartridge bearings and oversize DU bushings (all of which can rebuilt if necessary). Eschewing wrench flats, the Deftraps install via a 6 mm hex key.

Weight (pair) 391 grams
Number of Pins (per-side) 10 (8 replaceable, 2 molded)
Platform size (L x W) 113 mm x 103 mm
Pin-to-Pin (L x W) 98 mm x 86.5 mm
Platform height 20 mm (18.5 mm at center)
Bearings Sealed cartridge bearings (2), oversized DU bushing
Install 6 mm hex

Step on the Deftraps for the first time and you can’t help but notice the pedals’ large, supportive platforms. Between the evenly distributed pins, and the platform’s concave, locating the Deftrap’s sweet spot takes virtually no effort. We found that the non-offset, symmetrical platforms easily accommodated both our testers’ shoe sizes (women’s 9, men’s 11-11.5) and pedaling styles (ball-over-spindle, arch-over-spindle). If you’ve been frustrated by small-bodied (composite) pedals, you’ll appreciate the Deftraps’ extra real estate.

As you’d expect from a pedal designed primarily for mountain biking, the Deitys deliver abundant grip. Paired with sticky-soled shoes such as Five Ten’s Freerider or Freerider Pro, Deftraps easily compete with pricier, alloy-bodied pedals. But for Dawn, our female tester, the Deitys’ stock 10 mm pins offered almost too much traction. While I typically prefer an locked-in-place shoe/pedal interface, she likes being able to reposition her feet without lifting them completely off the pedals. After mentioning this to Deity, I received a small package containing–surprise–shorter, 7.5-mm pins ($6.99 MSRP for the kit). One ride with the new, shorter pins was all it took to earn her approval.

Riders choose nylon-bodied pedals for a variety of reasons. Some will tell you that composite pedals suffer less damage from impacts, but we’ve retired more than our share of otherwise-good pedals because of cracked platforms and ripped-out pins. Our review samples show plenty of battle scars after months of testing, but the only real damage was limited to one of the molded nylon pins being sheered off by a particularly nasty rock strike (see photo below). We can’t say whether the Deftrap’s superior durability is due to the platforms’ design or the materials spec’d by Deity, but it’s a welcome change from the trend of disposable, albeit affordable pedals.

If you’re a gravel or adventure rider who’s considering making the jump to flat pedals, the Deity is an affordable, well-rounded alternative to alloy platforms. Some may find the stock pins’ overkill for non-technical terrain, but the optional shorter pins provide more than enough grip for urban and mixed-surface riding (although we’d like to see Deity supply the pins with pre-applied thread lock compound).


Disclosure: Deity Components provided review samples for this article, but offered no other form of compensation in exchange for editorial coverage.

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