E*thirteen Base flat pedals
E*thirteen has overhauled its flat pedal range for 2020, keeping the same 22 pin layout from its old LG1 flats, but redesigning the bodies and internals.
There are two models in the new line-up; the aluminium-bodied ‘Plus’ and this ‘Base’ – the more affordable model, which looks similar but features a nylon-composite platform and simplified internals to save on the pennies.
Although plastic pedals are generally considered a budget option, they have the advantage of grazing over obstacles more easily and are often lighter than aluminium equivalents. This pair weigh in at a reasonable 390g.
Where the Plus pedal rotates on a large outboard, crankside bearing, the Base just uses the standard double bushing/ bearing design, like that of many other brands.
At the time of writing, after a good few wet winter rides and dousings with the hosepipe, they’re still spinning smooth, but I have noticed dirt starting to creep through the seals. If play does start to develop, cleaning and servicing is simple.
The best thing about these pedals is their large rectangular 110 x 100mm platforms, which provide great foot support.
The platforms have the appearance of being concave (something that e*thirteen claims increases traction), but this is actually negated by the axle bulge, which is the same height as the leading edge.
Even so, the large surface area in contact with your shoe means that grip is fairly decent and the slim 15mm depth keeps your stance nicely balanced.
It’s the length of the pins that’s my main criticism, though. Despite being easily changeable – screwing in from underneath into recessed and removable nuts – by protruding just 3mm they’re not long enough to hold your feet firmly in place when the going gets fast and rough.
On more sedate trails this isn’t a problem and if you’re someone who likes to reposition your feet whilt riding then you’ll get on fine, but as a pedal for hammering down burly terrain, these don’t quite cut it.