Blackspire Sub 4 Pedals
The pins are installed from the inner underside of the pedal to help keep the heads away from the gloop and grime, and out the way of possible rock strikes. The narrow 17mm profile means they offer plenty of ground clearance when you're slipping through ruts or banging through soft turns, which is great. The open cage design gives loads of room for mud to clear but some may find they need a little more width across the platform. Grip-wise they're hard to fault even in the mud.
I like these a lot. They have small diameter pins, which equals great grip. I beat mine up for about 6 months now. They have been banged up a lot on rocks. They have a tiny amount of bearing free play, which is not noticeable when riding. The only way they could be better is to have an adjustable preload so they don't spin so easily. This pedal is just as good as some of the $140 pedals on the market.
Overall I like these pedals, they're super light and have a nice large platform making it easy to quickly get a good footing. My only gripe is that when pedaling while sitting, my feet tend to slide forward. I think this has to do with the size of the studs, which are a little shorter than some others, and the fact that the pedal itself has a smooth, glossy finish, so the only grip comes from the studs. This has really only been an issue while sitting and pedaling to the trail or around town though. There's plenty of grip when you're standing on them.
These pedals are lightweight, take abuse, and have serious grip. They will shred your shins though so don't be a sissy.
Excellent pedals! Light weight and tough. They take a beating. Wide flats platform offers great balance, and nubs hold my feet In place.