Looks like you lot liked the whole fanzine-style ‘top 5 tyres’ thing I did last week so once again I teamed up with old school racer Chris Coutts and sad pegless guy Greg Pearson to briefly discuss our favourite pedal options available out there today. As much as I try to keep things as balanced as possible there aren’t any aluminium pedals on the list, simply because cheap alloy pedals are rarer now and if you still ride them you probably know what you like already. This isn’t a nostalgia-fest ‘top 5 pedals EVER’ kinda thing, it’s more of an ‘independent buyer’s guide’ so don’t go losing your shit over OG Cielinski’s not making the list like you did last week… Just be thankful you’re not bolting on Crupi beartraps. Continue reading
A quick look at this ‘bike check‘- hyphenated because it probably doesn’t belong to anybody yet as it’s a trade show piece- and we can see a number of parts from Wethepeople and Eclat that are yet to be released. While most of them, like the Strangler 25.4mm OD Bars have already been announced, the Seeker pedal shown above has yet to see the light of day (unless you count the poorly lit photo above, which is the clearest shot available…) While there is next to zero information about it, what we do know is that it’s a sealed bearing pedal with a large knurled nylon body and at least 12 pins each side. As to whether the pins are all molded or if some are metal, or even if the body is concaved or follows a flatter Surge type design is yet to be seen. Head over to CSG‘s site for a few more photos where you can kinda make out the side of the pedal…. Just.
Eclat really pulled out the stops with Croydon lad Alex Kennedy’s signature pedals and guard sprocket as we can see in Eclat’s latest Assembled feature. The AK Pedals boast a large ambidextrous nylon-fibreglass body allowing you to rotate if you grind one down more than the other (also saving on tooling and bike shop’s SKUs by not have left or right specific replacement bodies) 8 steel pins per side and a huge 4140 spindle running on bushings. Eclat even offer a lifetime warranty on the spindle which speaks volumes as it’s the first of it’s kind. At 613 grams (20 oz) a pair they’re not the lightest but you’re not likely to get a large platform with lots of pins and a virtually bombproof spindle that is light- and not being on the extremities of your bike you’re unlikely to even notice.
The AK Guard sprocket has a thick 8mm 6061-t6 construction with counter bores in the back to accommodate the bolts that hold the 10mm nylon-fibreglass guard and it’s 4 bolts in place. The thickness also allows some machining on the back of the sprocket that looks like it helps improve your chain-line and keep your q-factor (distance between pedals from side-to-side) low where machining on the outer face makes a seat for the guard to sit securely into and be rotated 180 degrees as it wears. The guard itself has reportedly been tested by Eclat’s best for over a year to great results and at 150g (5.9 oz) it’s pretty light for what it is. These merged with the Maverick alloy cranks- like Alex has on his ride- and you have one dialed drivetrain.
All the above are out now from all good bike shops via these distros.
Ah Interbike, it’s like Comicon for bike nerds… The Union have extensive coverage of it going on over at their site and in their Shadow Conspiracy product round-up they briefly touch on the new Structure pedal. Shadow have come up with the great idea of sandwiching replaceable plastic bodies onto an aluminium core via 4 allen bolts to give a more robust and longer lasting plastic pedal, it also uses 2 sealed bearings and a roller bearing; essentially giving the best properties of both metal and plastic. Head over to The Union to catch more.
A little late off the mark but computers are a bugger like that, unlike bikes. If pastel colour schemes are your thing then Fly Bikes‘ Earth Brown colourway might be your bag, be it you ride trails, live in a swamp or are just a bit of hippie, Fly have you covered with the Ruben’s Rampera tyre, pedals and grips (Roey and Devon Smille’s signature grips get the treatment too) All are set to hit shops with the rest of their 2016 parts later this year.
As is tradition in BMX all the stops are pulled and the industry sets out to start a shit storm for the gullible and superficial alike, this year was no different. Here we have our selection of our favourite prank parts ranging from Merritt’s Brian Foster clip-in pedals to Blank’s spray on grips. I won’t lie, I’m disappointed we didn’t see a Leonardo Da Vinci piece formed into a Profile Racing stem but I guess there’s always next year.
“The Tom Dugan pedals will be available in plastic or aluminum and feature a special internal configuration that allows us to combine a large spindle with a thin body shape while featuring full 360 degree concave and bigger diameter pins (on the PC) for incredible grip. The pedal body is also significantly larger and feels amazing under your feet. All of our team riders are fighting to get their hands on these. The price will be on par with our existing plastic and metal pedals. They should be available in early 2015.”
Just when you thought the Oil Slick craze had hit the roof, Primo bring out there JJ Palmere Pedals in the wild colour, even crazier given that they are plastic! If that’s too much for you, don’t worry because they still do them in Black too…
More signature products in the works for Tom Dugan from the boys at Odyssey. As spotted on Gsport George‘s ever insightful Instagram account, is a look at the Alloy and Plastic versions which will be available later this year. By the looks of it these things will be super grippy, nice and thin and run on bushings rather than bearings. What more could you want in a pedal?