Great performing budget flats with vivid colorsThe Electron pedals are a great product for the common rider, especially for the price. The Electrons are made from nylon reinforced material with complex fibers that is assembled on a steel axis with sealed bearings. The pedal is wide and thin just as you’d expect a modern pedal to be. It is 98X95X17 mm and comes at a huge variety of colors, Orange? Green? you got it. The official weight tip the scales at 354 grams, great weight for the price.
But how good it really is on the trail? I always had a sympathy for flat platform pedals so I was excited to test these out. The first impression the pedals give you is thrilling, with vivid color, long pins popping out of it and the long thin appearance that shows quality. One other thing that is extreme about these pedals besides the color is the grip, the long pins do their job and have actually left a mark on my 5.10 shoes, some might not like it so grippy but I like it rough. But as much rough as I like it I don’t like taking a shin hit from the pedals, for the curious readers out there: no, it’s not better taking a hit from a plastic composite pedal.
The product was tested over the course of three months and over roughly 30 rides. Considering the fact I was skeptical about the endurance of the pedals, hitting rocks and fighting the weather, the Electrons held up great. I’m a little ashamed to admit but it’s actually fun to hit the pedals on the rocks, since they make a fun knock sound… Unlike aluminum flats that give you goosebumps every time they grind on rocks (ewww).
The product was tested on the gnarliest trails and black runs, the plastic platform isn’t flexible at all; there is plenty of space for the foot with seven metal pins and three more plastic pins to ensure your foot will stay there.
What is also great about this product is how simple it is to take apart and install , it just takes a simple 8mm diameter allen key to put it on the crank and a 3mm diameter allen to fix the pins that are secured with a simple nut. Over time, The pedals showed good durability, there were some scratches, hits and bended pins but no friction in the plastic body whatsoever, nor a severe damage.
Although there are some negs: The pins are a little lose out of the box (a few twists with an allen key solves it).
We would have liked to see replaceable pins included even at a little more cost.
The pedals lack a pins locking mechanism.
One last complaint is about appearance, I love the color options but the shape is simple. Since the plastic pedals made in a mold Nukeproof could have been more creative and create a different shape, probably without a significant additional cost.
Nukeproof gave birth to a great product; I decided to declare it this way because of the reasons mentioned at the beginning of the review. This is a product with great performance, low weight and when you see the price you don’t feel your wallet stings in your back pocket unlike most of high quality bike equipment. Bottom line, for the price of a regular good pair of pedals, you can buy two great Electron pairs, superb value here.
Pros: Grip, color, weight, price
Cons: Pins need to be secured out of the box.
|Nylon-reinforced composite body|
|7 replaceable & adjustable pins and 3 moulded pins per side|
|Sealed cartridge bearings|
|New design for 2015|
|2 x high quality DU bushings & 4 x sealed cartridge bearings (Per Pair)|
|Body: Nylon-reinforced composite|
|Dimensions: 98mm (w) x 95mm x 17mm|
|Weight (per pair): 354g|
|Built for: AM/XC/DH/FR|
|Electron Pedal Alloy End Caps|
|Electron Pedal Replacement Pins|
|Pedal Bearing Kit|