Bigger, grippier, lighter and as tough as ever. The Penthouse Flat MK5 pedal is here!
We didn’t stop to think about the future when our journey started some 17-years ago on the slopes of Schladming in ‘03. The prototype MK1 Penthouse Flat that debuted that weekend inevitably paved the way for the MK2 in ‘07, the MK3 in ‘09 and the MK4 in ‘14. While much has changed in that time, our focus towards building the toughest and grippiest flat pedals on the market remains the same.
Our goals for the MK5 mountain bike pedals followed the same design and development path as every other pedal before it; utilise any advances in materials and manufacturing, balance the weight and durability, and maximise the amount of grip. From the MK4 to the MK5, we shed 65 grams per pair. The platform footprint was increased by 7%, the dish by 1mm and the pin width was decreased by 0.5mm.
Taking on feedback from the MK4 mtb pedals we tried a number of different Q-factors to balance the foot’s position in relation to the cranks.
With every flat pedal shoe on the market at our disposal, we experimented with different platform sizes, pin widths, and pin heights to maximise grip underfoot.
It was of the utmost importance that the MK5’s internals represents the best of the best. To do this we specced the most wear-resistant bushings from Igus. Their "Endurance Runner" material - W300 - was a clear winner as this gave unrivalled resistance to external influences. Mud and water ingress is kept at bay with a full-contact oil seal. This keeps grease in and contaminants out even in the harshest of conditions. This configuration of quality parts is why the Penthouse series has a reputation for outstanding longevity.
Here is what singletrack magazine had to say about the new Mk5 pedal.
"Those of you who can cast your mind back over the past 16 years might be able to remember the first 3 generations of Penthouse mountain bike pedals. Each one was a slight improvement on the last with a nip and tuck here and a refinement there. But by the time they came to the MK4 it was time for a completely new design. It looks like Burgtec is back in the rhythm as the MK5 isn’t a totally new pedal but a refinement over the last."