Burgtec aims its components squarely at DH riders, but much of it works well for aggro trail use too — like these Penthouse pedals.
Burly aluminum bodies sit on steel axles and weigh in at 452g per pair. Lighter, titanium axled versions are also available for an extra 50 quid and are 70g more svelte than the pedals tested here.
The Penthouses have mid-sized platforms at 97x100mm so there was virtually no exposed pedal beneath my size 9 shoes.
At 16mm deep, the pedals are reasonable thin, though the leading edges are stepped rather than chamfered and strikes have dinged them up a fair bit during testing.
The 452g Penthouse MK4 pedals feel reassuringly stiff and provide a super solid platform underfoot. A short axle means they sit very close to the cranks and while this gives you better clearance through gullies and ruts, it also resulted in increased shoe rub on the crank arms during testing.
The feel from the slightly concave, square body and stubbier 4mm protruding pins is excellent. Grip is good rather than outstanding, so the pedals are best suited to shoe shufflers instead of those who like to feel fully locked in.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.