The Exustar E-PM824 worked fine in the dry but struggled in wetter conditions
The imaginatively named E-PM824 is similar to Crank Brothers’ Mallet DH and is designed for riders who prefer the feel of flats but want the security of a clipless pedal.
Each pedal has four pins per side that are installed from the underside of the platform via a 2mm Allen key. Two spare pins are included in the box.
The clipless mechanism is rigidly mounted to the thin, 11mm-deep body, and getting the front of the cleat hooked into the mechanism without rotating the pedal is a challenge, and one that can be exasperating when conditions get wet and muddy.
At least the pins do a good job of gripping the sole of your shoe, so riding on the pedal out of a rough section before getting clipped in isn’t an issue. Once clipped in you do notice the extra support, especially at the side when you lean the bike into corners.
Although it’s too early to comment on long-term durability, the combination of sealed bearings and bushings still feel smooth, with zero play, after two months of riding in muddy conditions.
If you ride in all conditions, the E-PM824 may not be the best pedal for you, but if you are more of a fair weather rider and are after a solid, supportive pedal that can take some abuse, it’s a safe bet. It’s also half the price of the Mallet DH and the similar-looking, HT Components X1.
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