SDG Components is best known for the line of saddles and dropper posts, but their lineup also includes grips. Last year they added a platform pedal to the collection – the Comp Pedal. Made from a composite material for the body, and a cromoly spindle, the profile has a classic flat BMX style shape as well as the value packed durability and performance SDG has become known for.
Features & Specs
- Ramped gripper profile
- Composite body cage & machined cromo spindle
- 110mm x 105mm profile
- Height: 17.25mm
- Listed Weight: 380g/pair
- 9x pins per side
- MSRP: $59.99
The Comp pedals feature 9x pins per side. In the event of damaging the pins and pedal, the pins are threaded in from the bottom for ease of replacement. The pedal uses a bearing and bushing system that is also rebuildable.
For fans of the SDG lineup, the pedals are offered in 6 different color options so that you can match it to your SDG saddle and the SDG Thrice grips.
On the trail
I have to admit, when I first bolted up the SDG Comp pedals, based on the profile height, I thought I’d be limiting the use of the pedals to my dirt jump bike. However, I liked the feel of the nice large platform and grip so much I had to try them on other bikes. After my first go with them on my Santa Cruz Tallboy trail bike, I liked them so much that they became a permanent addition.
That said, a lot of the current crop of longer travel trail bikes feature bottom bracket heights that are quite low. I smack pedals a lot of my Stumpjumper EVO, and I run 170mm cranks and the high bottom bracket setting. And there’s no way I’d run them on my ebike, which is so low-slung I’ve already broken two pedals and a crank.
While the resin composite material should take impacts well, the edge isn’t as beveled as other models, and if you find you strike pedals on rocks regularly, a lower profile pedal is probably going to be a better option for you. That said, on any type of freeride or jump bike, they’re great. In contrast to some of the uber-light, low-profile alloy pedals, the classic profile and shape of the Comp pedals provide a planted feeling of support.
If you don’t need every last millimeter of clearance, the Comp pedals click all the buttons: the pins thread in from the bottom. (note: replacement pins aren’t included) The pins have a good amount of height and stick to 5.10 shoes like glue. They have a nice large platform. The composite body is durable. And they’re inexpensive compared to alloy pedals which can easily set you back $150-$200.