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Then and Now: Suntour XCii Vs. MKS XCiii Pedals

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Then and Now: Suntour XCii Vs. MKS XCiii Pedals

With the pandemic driving up prices of vintage mountain and road components, many people are turning to modern recreations of these staple parts to finish out their build projects. Whether it’s a Salsa Pro Moto stem or in this case, Suntour’s legendary XC “bear trap” pedals, there are modern components inspired by these classic components but how close are they to the original? In this post, John looks at what makes the XCii so unique and how close the XCiii comes to the original…

Sim Works Bubbly Pedal Ezy Superior Pedals

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Sim Works Bubbly Pedal Ezy Superior Pedals

Sim Works‘ newest product announcement utilizes the MKS Ezy Superior System with its Bubbly Pedal platform. This system allows for these pedals to be quick-release. Why would you want this? In Japan, it became popular for Shinkansen users who have to break their bike down in a Rinko Bag. We did this with Sim Works on our Mt. Fuji bicycle tour a few years ago. Quick-release pedals make this process all the easier. Other uses could be if you have minimal space in your apartment for bikes. Sometimes removing pedals enables bikes to be hung on a wall closer to each other. For whatever reason you might have the Sim Works Bubbly pedals now come in the MKS Ezy system and are available now at Sim Works for $148.

Want to see more from our Japan trip? See lots of stories in our Related Archives.

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White Rim Trail FKT/ Flat Pedal Challenge by Yoshimura & Vans

The White Rim Trail outside of Moab UT. is one of the most beautiful trails in the USA, unless you’re at White Rim trying to set a FKT (Fastest Known Time) on a mountain bike. That is when it becomes a torturous desert filled with endless miles of bone-jarring rock, sandpits, and a seemingly endless climb out of the canyon floor at mile 87 that simply takes your breath away.

Southern California’s Jared Lozonne ( @slothracing ) shares his vision quest after accepting a challenge from us to do the legendary White Rim Trail outside of Moab Utah…on flat pedals! You heard that correctly. Many have tried to earn a FKT on this trail, but none to our knowledge have attempted the grueling 100-mile ride on flat pedals. Jared, armed with almost a gallon of hydration, a pair of high-top Vans shoes, and a set of Yoshimura Chilao pedals sets out to establish a time for all others to come and take on the Flat Pedal Challenge.

Yoshimura has hand-crafted a one-of-a-kind Flat Pedal Challenge trophy that is to be passed to those that can break Jared’s time (kind of like the Stanly Cup). Join Jared on his quest to set the bar for all those who accept the challenge.

 

Yoshimura Pedals Review: We Can’t Get Enough of These Yoshimura Chilao MTB Pedals

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Yoshimura Pedals Review: We Can’t Get Enough of These Yoshimura Chilao MTB Pedals

I’m a collector of goods by nature. When I find a pair of pants, backpack, shorts, or even shoes I love and cannot live without, I tend to buy a “backup” or secondary set to hold onto. Sometimes, this can get expensive, especially when it comes to bike parts but with the uncertainty of the current supply chain shortage brought on by the pandemic, my hoarding has been elevated. Take for instance these Yoshimura Chilao Pedals. When we first posted about them back in 2020, I bought a set for a few reasons…

PINND’s New Made in the UK CS2 Flat Pedals

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PINND’s New Made in the UK CS2 Flat Pedals

It’s getting harder and harder to find domestically produced flat pedals and so when a new company making pedals in the UK comes across our Radar, we have to share it. PINND is making titanium axle, sealed bearing, 420g per pair, pedals in the UK with a 5 year warranty. These beauts run £195.00 and come in black (pictured) or natural (silver).

Specs:
Pins: 26 Per Pedal. Ships with 303 Stainless Steel as standard.
Body Material: 7075 T6 Anodised Aluminium
Spindle: Grade 5 Titanium
Inner Bearing: HK1015 Needle Bearing
Outer Bearing: 2 x Cartridge Bearings
Max Rider Weight: No limit
Foot Print: 110 x 105mm
Warranty: 5 Years Limited Warranty
Weight: 420g with Stainless Steel Pins (395g Ti Pins/385g AL Pins)

See more at PINND.

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RedShift Sports’ Arclight Bike Pedals

With the days getting shorter, chances are your commutes are going to have less daylight. We’ve seen similar pedal designs before, but the newest product from RedShift Sports takes commuting safety lights to the next level. The Arclight Bike Pedals light up when you start pedaling and turn off when you stop. These lights also change color from white to red depending on their orientation – i.e. red always face the rear of the bike and white, the front. The details don’t stop there, so head to Kickstarter to see more!

Hope Enters the Clipless Pedal Market with Union Clip Pedals

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Hope Enters the Clipless Pedal Market with Union Clip Pedals

British manufacturer Hope announced that it was throwing its helmet into the clipless pedal market with three new pedal models, ranging from the big platform gravity, GC, the trail pedal, TC, and race pedal, RC. All three pedal designs will come in six colors, feature titanium axles, offer a dual entry mechanism designed for easy pedal entry, secure cleat holding, and positive, consistent release. The Union Clip Pedals line run on three cartridge bearings and a maintenance-free IGUS bush for smooth long-term durability and the best part is, they’re full rebuildable.

These are coming down the line soon but you can check out all the details at Hope.

 

SRAM Acquires the Time Pedal Lineup

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SRAM Acquires the Time Pedal Lineup

There are a lot of Time pedal fans out there and with good reason. Time’s design allows for easy shedding of mud or snow and has one of the most secure engagement designs on the market. Last week, SRAM acquired the entire range of road and mountain pedals, cleats, and all related patents of TIME Sport from Rossignol Group. The two companies completed the transaction on February 18, 2021. For Time loyalists, the good news is this means better distribution under the SRAM umbrella and SRAM will keep the Time name going.

Customers will continue to contact TIME for product service and support during the transition phase through mid-year 2021.

Sim Works: New MKS Bubbly Pedal

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Sim Works: New MKS Bubbly Pedal

If MKS is known for anything, it’s their ability to design and construct a no-nonsense pedal with zero required maintenance. However, MKS hasn’t seen many advancements in its catalog over the years, so when a brand like Sim Works reaches out with idea, you get the best of both worlds. The Bubbly pedal is the result of a tight collaborative effort between two Japanese companies, fusing the heritage of MKS with the practical, modern designs of Sim Works. These pedals include a triple-sealed bearing housing, a stainless pedal spindle, and the largest platform of any MKS product to date. The Bubbly comes in black, silver, and a limited edition bronze for $98. They’re in stock and ready to ship today at Sim Works’ webshop!

Squidworx Modular Flat Pedals

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Squidworx Modular Flat Pedals

Metal pedals are great until you clip your leg with a sharpened end. On the other hand, plastic pedals aren’t the most durable, randomly coming unattached from the spindle, leaving you stranded on the trail. Squidworkx is looking to combine the best of both worlds with a fully-customized flat pedal, utilizing a self-extracting spindle in a metal spindle body, with plastic wings. These pedals also utilize pins that are completely independent of the pedal body. The best thing is this whole system is customizable and rebuildable at Squidworkx.

LOOK and Vibram: Urban and Trail Flat Pedals

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LOOK and Vibram: Urban and Trail Flat Pedals

We knew LOOK was expanding their lineup to include flat pedals when the Geo Trekking was announced and today, the brand dropped their modular collaboration with Vibram. These pedals are marketed to the commuter market and the dirt market. While the commuter pedals lack any sort of retention studs, they rely on super-grippy Vibram technology. The dirt pedals, however, rely on a series of studs to keep your feet planted while riding trail. These pedals don’t cost an arm and a leg either. At just $70, you get the pedal platform and Vibram pad. You can purchase additional pads as well for $45 and yes, they come in a variety of colors. Head to LOOK to see everything and your local dealer for an in-person experience.

Are the PEMBREE R1V Pedals the Most Sustainable on the Market?

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Are the PEMBREE R1V Pedals the Most Sustainable on the Market?

At this point, we should all be paying attention to what we consume and these days it’s hard to tell what is a good product versus what is good marketing. Make things people want instead of making people want things, right? Companies taking the stand and pushing for sustainable production and also recycling is important. I for one, want products with environmental considerations, that push progression of product design. That’s why the PEMBREE R1V pedals caught my eye. Here’s why:

They are carbon Neutral, including transport to customers.
Materials: All individual components of the R1V are fully recyclable.
Recycling aluminium reduces energy consumption by 95% compared to producing new.
Energy: The Pembree factory solely uses renewable energy from Ecotricity
Manufacturing: All swarf is 100% recycled. No waste to landfill.
Packaging: All Pembree packaging is recycled, can be recycled and is 100% plastic free
Trade In: At the end of life all of your Pembree products will be welcomed back for recycling and you will get a credit on future Pembree products.

These pedals retail for $218 but come with a 5-year warranty. Even if you balked at that price – like I did – it’s good to see the environmental considerations motivating production. See more at PEMBREE.