They advertise the pedal as a racing pedal and I tested how it works for downhill racing.
Point One Racing has one of the most unique looking pedals on the market and I wanted to see just how much abuse they could take from a racing standpoint.
I bought the pedals from CRC
just over a month ago and I've managed to abuse these puppies a lot since. They have been hit on rocks while riding, but nothing has broke them yet. I have not done any maintenance to the pedals because there has been no need to. I've ridden them in the muddiest courses at +9celsius to the hottest and dustiest at +28celsius.Engineering
The pedal has a machined aluminum frame and a special steel axle. The weight is what they are advertised at, 359g. The frame is really open so the mud goes through the pedal easily. I might even go as far as to say that this pedal is more grippy in wet and muddy weather than in dry. I ride in the Five Ten Impact Karver shoes so the grip is quite good. The pedal's rotation is stiff and the pedal won't rotate too much if you do come off them in really rough conditions. The outer chamfers and angled shapes work as advertised: "Overlooking no detail, the outside profile of the body has been designed to deflect rock impacts and keep you moving in the same direction, at the same speed. The outside edge is chamfered in high probability impact areas to improve deflection and reduce wear."
I've hit rocks at fast speed without bending the cranks or losing control of the bike.Here are some video clips of me using the pedals. I'm riding the custom painted Orange 224
Although the grip is good I've lost the pedals couple of times. First in the timing run and then in the race run. The second one cost me the podium. Last weekend I reached the podium with a three second gap. I suggest that Point One makes another version which has more pins. I marked the spots where I'd put them (Photo above). The pins would give extra grip for some conditions fe. Straitline has pins at the center of the pedal which gives a really good grip. If someone from Point One is reading this, please make room for more pins and you will have a perfect pedal on the market.
: We read this and passed it along to the crew at Point One Racing and here is what they had to say...
"It’s great to see our products being raced on and enjoyed. As for feedback. The grip thing is actually a fine line, some people like more and some people like a little less.
But starting in about a month or so, we will be offering a longer stud option in addition to our current ones. Our pro riders have been testing them for a while now and love them! We’ve actually found our riders only replacing the 8 studs closest to the crank arm with the longer ones and leaving the outside ones stock. This gives you a lot more grip, but also keeps your ground clearance low on the outside of the pedal, since the outside studs take the most abuse.
There’re about double the length of our current stud and if you want to feel like you clipped in, then these will do it!" - Point One Racing