Burgtec makes some of the best pedals in the business, but with its flagship Penthouse MK4s costing £99.99, it’s developed a composite version for more budget-conscious riders.
The nylon/fibreglass body is formed into an identical shape to its metal counterparts, so you still get a generous 100 x 96mm platform and a foot-hugging 1mm of concavity on each side.
Both models share the same pin arrangement too, but on the composite pedals they’re thinner and sit into nuts recessed into the platform. They’re still replaceable, but not quite as tall as the grub-screw-style pins on the Penthouse MK4s, so they don’t quite match up in terms of grip.
But their small diameter helps them dig into tacky soles and, in comparison to other pedals, grip is still good.
Judging by our previous experience with Burgtec pedals, and the fact that these use sealed cartridge bearings, I anticipate they’ll last a good while.
The composite bodies don’t just save money either, they have the benefit of lower weight, with a pair weighing 375g (71g less than the metal versions), and they’re also more likely to graze over, rather than get hung up on, obstacles if you catch a pedal.