In a year that could best be described as a never-ending dumpster fire, 2020 was an unexpected wellspring for flat pedal aficionados in the form of lower prices and refined functionality. Not wanting to miss out on the pedals’ increased popularity, shoe manufacturers responded with more choices for flat-friendly footwear. Is more necessarily better, though? To answer that question, I spent nine months testing flat pedal shoes from Five Ten, Northwave, Pearl iZUMi and Ride Concepts.
If there’s one thing that 2020 has taught me, it’s that every ride is a gift. Regardless of distance, speed, or any other metric, every journey has been an opportunity to regain some semblance of control, and experience joy in what’s been an extremely bleak year.
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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.