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Deity Bladerunner Review

A modern, slim profile, flat pedal with top-notch performance in a strikingly beautiful package.
Deity Bladerunner
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:  $143 List | $142.99 at Competitive Cyclist
Pros:  Slim profile, slick styling, grub screw pins, strong stubby axle, lightweight, lots of available colors.
Cons:  Fairly expensive, axle can be felt underfoot, concavity achieved with pins not platform.
Manufacturer:   Deity
By Sean Cronin ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 11, 2017
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RANKED
#1 of 9
  • Grip and Traction - 25% 8
  • Platform - 25% 9
  • Mobility - 20% 9
  • Servicing - 15% 8
  • Weight - 15% 8

The Skinny

The Editors' Choice-winning Deity Bladerunners made one heck of a first impression. The extruded 6061 machined aluminum pedals come in black, red, green, blue, platinum, purple, or powdercoat white. Thin pedals avoid rock strikes and lower the rider's center of gravity. The svelte profile was 11mm front and back and crept to 14 mm at the axle, and we hardly noticed the axle bump. Deity used longer pins at the leading and tailing edges to mimic concavity in the platform. Though not the grippiest pedal in our test, the 10 grub screw traction pins created solid contact between rubber and rider. With the ability to make minor foot adjustments without actually lifting our feet, we found this pedal excelled in the jump line as well as the fall line. The large 103 x 100 mm square platform gave plenty of room for flicking berms or finding our footing before the transition.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Our bikes looked so much more badass when we put these pedals on them we wished we had see-thru feet so we could still see them when we rode or stopped.

Performance Comparison


The traction pins on the leading and trailing edges are a bit taller in order for the pedal to feel concave.  While effective  it wasn't able to compete with the deep-dish feeling of the Race Face Atlas.
The traction pins on the leading and trailing edges are a bit taller in order for the pedal to feel concave. While effective, it wasn't able to compete with the deep-dish feeling of the Race Face Atlas.

Grip/Traction


Each pedal had 20 grub screw traction (10 per side) pins that installed with a 2.5 mm allen. All the heads were tucked away safely from accidental impacts and installed from underneath. If you do manage to break or bend a pin, a spare bag of pins is included. We tend to like the gription of grub screws better than other traction pins but some pedals like the crankbrothers 5050 had grub screws that accepted the allen on the top of the pins. This arrangement presented a challenge when pins were bent, smashed, or clogged with dirt.

Despite what is usually better grip with grub screws, we felt the platform design of these pedals prevented them from fully optimizing their potential. The front and rear pins are indeed taller than the ones adjacent to the axle, but our soft rubber soles sucked up the height difference. We could still feel our midfoot area ever-so-slightly elevated in relation to the rest of our foot. It wasn't as bothersome as the feel of the Shimano MX80 though. The Bladerunner was a top performer in freestyle dirt jumping and bike park, allowing for easier foot-to-pedal engagement and disengagement during tricks.

You're damn right her pedals match those high-top compression socks.
You're damn right her pedals match those high-top compression socks.

Platform


Pedals seem to get thinner and thinner every year. Deity extruded 6061 T6 aluminum into a shape that measured just a tad over 11mm at the front and rear edges, tying for thinnest by a millimeter with the Bonmixc 9/16" and Funn Python in our test. The midsection maintains a bit of a gut. Measured at a respectable 14mm, it had to swallow the chromoly steel axle, two sealed bearings, and a DU bushing. The areas between the axle and the leading and tailing edges featured horizontally-ribbed aluminum that we guess were more for weight savings and aesthetics than traction. Clean lines and sharp angles offered little opportunity for mud to collect anywhere on these pedals. With the front and rear of the pedal being so thin, and the middle a bit taller, the actual profile of the pedal is convex.

To provide a more desirable, foot cradling shape, six larger traction pins are used front and back, while four shorter ones are used closer to the axle. Despite the profile inversion provided by crafty pin arrangement, the axle could still be felt underfoot and was only moderately effective at increasing grip or traction. The concavity was certainly not as pronounced as the Race Face Atlas. While less traction actually made this pedal a favorite for use in freestyle dirt jumping and bike park shenanigans, it fell a hair shy of that planted, locked-in feeling we sought for downhill use. At 103 x 100 mm, the platform was not the largest in the test, but its squared shape supported the outsides of our feet.

The platform is large and there's very little opportunity for mud to stick anywhere.
The platform is large and there's very little opportunity for mud to stick anywhere.

Pedal Mobility


The chromoly axle spins on two sealed bearings on the near side and a proprietary DU bushing on the further end. Everything remained smooth throughout our three-month test period and we never experienced any unwanted pedal play. These pedals had a looser feel spinning about the axle compared to many others, but were not so free spinning that they caused any problems when landing tricks. Pedal flop was also not a concern during trail riding.

The grip on the Bladerunners is wonderfully balanced  allowing tiny foot adjustments to be made even during climbing.  We liked this small amount of freedom compared to the very locked down feeling of other pedals for uphill applications.
The grip on the Bladerunners is wonderfully balanced, allowing tiny foot adjustments to be made even during climbing. We liked this small amount of freedom compared to the very locked down feeling of other pedals for uphill applications.

Servicing


Throwing a 5mm allen into the end of this pedal removed a threaded end cap, much like that seen on the Best Buy-winning VP Components VP-Vice that keeps all that trail dirt and grime out. Once removed, another threaded 5mm spacer is encountered. This spacer fills out the interior of the pedal body where the spindle terminates inside. By using a shorter, stubby chromoly axle, less stress is placed on the spindle making it less likely to experience forces that could potentially bend it out of shape like we did with the Bonmixc 9/16" pedals. Rebuild kits are available and the pedal can be fully serviced without removing them from the cranks, but why anyone would prefer to work on pedals on the bike versus seated at a workbench is beyond our comprehension.

The silver threaded spacer and black dust cap help fill the space within the pedal body where the axle terminates.  The shorter axle experiences much less stress and is less prone to being bent out of shape by a heavy landing
The silver threaded spacer and black dust cap help fill the space within the pedal body where the axle terminates. The shorter axle experiences much less stress and is less prone to being bent out of shape by a heavy landing

Weight


Despite their ultra thin profile, the Race Face Atlas, Funn Python, and Bonmixc 9/16" pedals were all lighter than these. The strength-to-weight ratio of these pedals seemed pretty impressive as we nailed them on rocks a number of times, only to scratch the pretty purple anodized finish. Very little in the way of excess material was used in the design of these pedals.

The Deity Bladerunner runner was a top performing flat pedal that can shave precious grams from your enduro race bike.
The Deity Bladerunner runner was a top performing flat pedal that can shave precious grams from your enduro race bike.

Best Applications


Whether unrelenting grip seemed to be the goal of most pedals, this pedal allowed for a greater degree of foot movement which lent itself well to dirt jumper trickery. The lack of traction pins along the pedal axle and thicker 14mm profile gave him the freedom to kick a foot out and reposition it with confidence. For jumping and bike park missions, we often found him removing traction pins for more freedom of movement, but he didn't feel the need with this pedal. Whereas repositioning a foot on grippier pedals is a one-shot deal, fine-tuning foot placement was much easier with the Bladerunner.

Freeriding in the Nevada desert on the Deity Bladerunners
Freeriding in the Nevada desert on the Deity Bladerunners

Value


A fair amount of consumers might drop $143 on this pedal based on looks alone. They're sooo sexy with their laser etched logos, textured and machined aluminum surfaces, and they come in cool Skittle colors that add flair to your bike that will surely become a conversation piece at the trailhead. If you're looking for a super grippy pedal, your dollars are better spent elsewhere. Riders that value lightweight, mobility, and surface area can feel confident about investing.

Conclusion


Often what's good for one type of riding can be bad for another. The list of traits you look for can range from getting down a hill the fastest to boosting a jump the highest. We found this pedal to be a good match for those who like to do it all. It's not the cheapest, lightest, largest, or grippiest. But it will take you from a morning spinning tail whips at the bike park, to an afternoon shuttling downhill laps. We weren't crazy about the lack of concavity in the platform design and felt that trying to achieve the same result with the traction pins fell short in terms of grip performance. We question whether just making the pedal profile thicker overall would have been a better call.

Other Versions


Deity T-Mac
Deity TMac Pedal
  • Cost - $169
  • Weight - 409g
  • The largest platform Deity offers at 110 x 105, 14 mm thin at the axle, and has 2.5 mm of concavity
  • From our experience with the Bladerunners we expect these pedals are probably pretty awesome

Deity Compound
Deity Compound Pedal
  • Cost - $49
  • Weight - 339g
  • Injection Molded Nylon Fiber composite pedal
  • Not as durable as Bladerunner, but light and a great value


Sean Cronin