Reviewing a group of high-end, North-American-made pedals is, perhaps, best compared to reviewing a group of gourmet cheeseburgers: They are all going to be delicious, and you’ll need a pretty distinguished pallet to pull a lot of the finer details out—is that a Wisconsin smoked cheddar or Vermont? Ok, maybe I’m getting a bit off the rails here with the comparison, but the reality is: Just like two people may have differing opinions on what makes the best burger, each pair of these pedals has its own slightly distinctive flavor that may satisfy one rider more than another, or, even the same rider on different trails, bikes, or conditions.
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Today Yoshimura officially launched its ENDH stem, utilizing a unique design that can be used as a single crown traditional stem or as a direct mount DH stem. With stack heights getting higher and higher, Yoshimura decided to engineer a stem that provides a 35mm rise and takes up less steer tube overall. When changing stem lengths, you no longer need to remove the entire stem; just change to the longer or shorter mount set. That means no more forks falling out, and no need to realign the handlebars which can be a pesky task with short stems.
Have a DH bike? The ENDH converts to a direct mount stem. As a DH stem, length options are 45, 50, and 55mm while providing an 18mm rise. You can pre-order the ENDH stem for $199 at Yoshimura today for a Feb2022 delivery.
Low stack height 23.5mm
Rise 35mm / single crown stem
ENDH system doesn’t require headset readjustment or handlebar realignment
Single Crown reach 37mm / 42mm / 47mm
Clamp Mounts are also sold separately
63mm handlebar clamp width provides better stability
All three mount sizes work with DH direct mount top clamps
Direct mount reach 45mm / 50mm / 55mm
Direct mount rise 18mm
173 Grams / 37mm, 191 grams / 42mm, 204 grams / 47mm
Available in Hard-anodize Pewter / Black and YoshiKote / Black
Accommodates only 35mm handlebars
Stainless Steel A4-70 tapered hardware
USA made in Chino, CA
1 year warranty
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.
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…
Known for their high end, titanium moto exhausts, Japan’s Yoshimura’s USA branch announced the launch of Yoshimura Cycling and their first product available is their Chilao pedal, which you can now pre-order for $180.
As for what other kinds of products the brand will develop, we aren’t entirely sure but follow Yoshimura Cycling on Instagram for more updates as events warrant.