The Good: durable, lightweight, inexpensive, highly serviceable, take to rock smacks very well
The Bad: can be narrow if you have wide feet, no concave if you like that sort of thing
Whenever buying anything in the biking world, the general rules when choosing a product is durable, lightweight, and inexpensive, you can only pick two. The Deity Compound Pedals breaks this rule and achieves all three aspects. At only $48 for a pair, they weigh in at svelte 339 grams which is within 10 grams of other platform pedals that cost at minimum $200, and the pedal body is as thin or thinner as their expensive competitors. Thin isn't usually a feature for a pedal of this price and weight. They’re made of nylon fiber, so they will not bend like traditional metal platforms and, will not explode like typical plastic platforms when coming into contact with the first hard surface you smash them on. Finally, they have replaceable pins and nuts that you can get at any hardware store, again, not typical of your plastic pedal.
I’ve been beating on my 3 sets of Deity Compounds for a couple years. So much so that I've completely polished away the finish on all my cranks and worn through the chainstay paint on my trail bike exposing the bikes beautiful carbon (doesn't help that I ride very duck footed). They've spent 5 weeks in Whistler, a handful of days in Downieville, and countless days on the local trail goodness of the SF Bay Area. From dirt jumps to rock gardens these pedals have amazed me.
Rock garden abuse is particularly interesting. On a modern day low bottom bracket DH bike, you’re bound to smack pedals on every rock in sight (and go home crying after smacking your $200 pedals on everything in sight). These nylon pedals glance off of rocks much more smoothly compared to their metal counterparts. Nylon just slides better than metal when on granite. Typical other plastic pedals explode on rock strikes while the nylon composite of these Compounds stays held together and leaves just a scrape in the composite.
The one time I did snag these pedals resulted in me using crutches for a short while and was left with one helluva bent pedal spindle. A similar wreck I've had on an overly bling metal pedal left me with a bent titanium spindle, a uselessly mangled magnesium body and a big hole in my wallet replacing the busted pedal parts. I could have bought two sets of Compound pedals for the price it took to repair those pedals. The total cost to fix my bent to hell Compound pedal spindle? $8… Had I destroyed the pedal bodies? $18. Everything on these Compound pedals is completely rebuild-able and replacement parts are very reasonably priced straight from the Deity website.
The short list of complaints? The platforms might be a little narrow, and they might not be concave enough to your liking. But my child like size 9 feet don’t really notice these things, and these complaints are only what I've heard friends say about them. If these two points don't bother you, it’s worth the measly $48 to try these light weight, super thin, rebuild-able everything pedals. Couple these pedals with a pair of super sticky 5.10 stealth rubber shoes, and you've got yourself a durable, lightweight, and inexpensive setup for any bike in your quiver.