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Interbike 2011: Pedals Pop
Pedals pop at Interbike 2011. A few new platforms from KCNC, Keywin, Xpedo, VP Components and slick skins from Cleatskins… The PEZ Showtime coverage starts here.

Fair Wheel Bikes was an easy first stop, in part because they built a project bike that Pez worked on for another manufacturer and because I know I’ll have to cover 50% of the show floor to see the same number of cool-factor parts…

As this round is about pedals, their offering was a suitably blingy set of light weight metal on metal and so far, they go without a name.

These Ti Axel, Aly body units tip the scales at some place around 75 grams but in production form, they’ll likely have some changes. The core design is slick with very detailed machining for both pedal and cleat.

The red rod running through the back is a tension adjustment for a pretty neat pressure snap solution that requires a lot less spring than most traditional Look-like designs.

No word on retail from KCNC, but I can promise you that the Gold will be nearer the other end of the scale in retail price versus Xpedo’s latest offering, their Thrust NXS.

Xpedo are putting together some solid pedal features here like a spindle running on 3 cartridge bearings… (serviceable)

a fat 62×76, injection molded composite body with loads of stability…

and in a fairly low stack base, with adjustable tension…


Of course if you’re hunting at the upper end of the lower end of weight, Xpedo also have the Thrust 8…

These run a few more dollars, but also drop to 170 grams for the pair AND they don’t use bushings either… 3 cart bearings, Carbon Comp body and Ti Axel. Xpedo decided they wanted to play hard in the pedal game and this is a heck of an upgrade for them.

Keywin Pedals have made a big move in refining their system…

They’ve moved down in weight, noted with the Ti spindled pedal above. And they’re making a move up in overall refinement of design and execution.

The pedals feature a float tension adjustment and the float itself is inside the pedal body rather than creating more wear by allowing the cleat and pedal body to rub on each other.

The cleat it’s self features a VERY large range of fore-aft adjustment and angle change…

But the side to side adjustment isn’t so much a cleat thing as an axel thing, with Keywin running 6 different lengths available to order.

That makes for what I think is the largest fitting adjustment range of any pedal system on the market… (I could be wrong.)

You’ve already seen the weight. The stack height is very low on these partly because there’s less cleat thickness needed because of less cleat wear, and partly because the total system design is simply very short and very wide.

$299 for Ti and $199 for Chromo versions make these price competitive for the weight class with others that don’t have the fit options that Keywin do.

VP Components , maker of the venerable Bebop, offer another “other end of the price scale” product with their new R73h.

Like the sign says, Carb body, Chromo Axle…

It’s also a nice wide platform and tension adjustable, but the different feature here is a pretty neat cleat.

The cleat snaps together neat and tight and the thought behind this is making cleat location on replacement much easier. You simply leave one section in place (holding your cleat position firm) while removing and refastening the other. Then replace the second piece…

These are $80 bucks too.

And for those of you that are sooo incredibly strong that you snap cleats, VP make a track pedal that adds the leather…

So what do you do for rubbers for special pedals like Keywin or the KCNC?

Cleatskins have an answer for every pedal (and then some).

I’ve seen em used in the past in their first life making things that suited a little different kind of cleat…

The transition was pretty simple to get into cycling because rubber isn’t exactly the toughest stuff to mold…

So what makes em better? Cleatskins just puts a bit more (and slightly softer) meat where it does more good.

The goal is easier more secure walking and these have better grip than the current most favored product for most cleats.

And if you’re a user of less mainstream products, like Keywins, KCNC, Bebops, etc, Cleatskins standard product will fit over most things…

$19 for the standard skins and they’ll be producing the model specific versions shortly.

So that’s round 1…

Pedal stuff was one category that saw improvement to some existing things and some products that simply compete head to head with the current leaders…

A little more later.

Have Fun,
Charles Manantan

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