Pinkbike Product Picks

Jun 1, 2012
by Matt Wragg  
Syntace NumberNine Titan pedals

“Unglaublich” is the German word for unbelievable and is probably the best way to describe these pedals. On paper NumberNine Titans are the lightest, strongest and most expensive flat pedals money can buy right now. While the claimed weight for the medium-sized set is 288g for the pair (yes, both pedals), we’ve found they come out slightly lighter. That weight doesn’t mean they are fragile though and Syntace say they have tested them under loads of 500kg in the lab - reportedly, a weight under which every other pedal they tested gave way. They also are the first people we know of to make pedals in different sizes (small, medium and large) so you can buy the pedal that is proportional to your shoe size. All this comes at a price though – a wallet-shattering €258 for a set.
www.syntace.com

Syntace NumberNine Titan pedals

The nice, wide platform is very comfortable, but there isn't really a concave in the centre. (Main), Originally Syntace studied the PointOne axle as they felt it was the best one out there, but felt they could improve on it and threw some titanium in there for good measure. (Top right), The maching detail on the side of the body is nothing short of stunning. (Bottom right)



Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesPart of the reason we ended up with a set of these pedals was because one of Syntace's test riders was passing them round the shuttle van at the Garda bike festival. Holding them in your hand, it's hard to believe how light they are and we boldy announced "they'd last less than two weeks on my bike." We've had them more than two weeks and it seems we were wrong. While we like nearly everything about these pedals there are two things we can't get past: that terrifying price tag and the flat platform. The price, well, if you want this level of performance, it comes at a price and they are a lot lighter than anything else we have used (except those crappy plastic pedals which have no place on a real mountain bike). However the platform is, well, disappointing. After all the thought and knowledge that has gone into the rest of the pedal, the fact the platform isn't concave and even has pins in the centre is a huge oversight. If they just sorted that one thing out these could well be the best mountain bike flat pedals ever made. - Matt Wragg




Endura Helium jacket

The Helium is an ultra-lightweight, hardshell waterproof jacket from Endura. It is packed full of great little details, like softshell panels that mean it doesn’t need to have drawstrings or adjusters to hold to your body, an ipod hole from the rear pocket and it folds neatly into a handy flashlight-sized sleeve to carry in your backpack. MSRP $139.99
www.endura.co.uk

Endura Helium jacket

Endura Helium jacket

Front and back cut for the jacket. (Top left and right), That nice lining. (Bottom left), The softshell sections on the cuff and waist. (Bottom centre and right)



Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesPulling the Helium jacket on, it simply feels like a classy piece of clothing and the slim cut is a welcome change from the usual baggy fare - although this would probably cause problems if you tried to wear it over body armour. The breathable fabric they have used doesn't feel like PVC either, so you can wear it over bare skin without feeling like a rubber pervert. More importantly, it works, keeping the rain out without leaving you boiling in your own sweat. It's maybe not the one if you need an all-day, heavy-duty waterproof, but as the one to keep in your backpack, just in case, it's pretty much perfect. - Matt Wragg




Royal Matrix shorts

Matrix shorts are Royal's lightweight trail offering and damn are they light too. Boasting two good-sized zip pockets on the front, a zipped coin pocket and two front pockets, you’re not going to be short of places to stash your beer money and car keys. Three stretch panels, two in the crotch and one at the back are combined with light fabric, meaning they won't restrict your movement too much. Included is a good quality liner (Royal liners retail separately at $69.95), which is something too many companies leave out as they try and keep the overall price down, meaning you have to spend more money later. MSRP $89.95
www.royalracing.com

Royal Matrix shorts

Front view. (Left), The crotch stretch panel and the front, zipped pocket. (Top right), Nice, sturdy poppers on the waist. (Bottom right)



Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesWe like Matrix shorts. Light, well-featured and plain enough to consider wearing to the beach, they tick a lot of boxes for us. When they first arrived we weren't sure about the shape of the front pockets, as they are kinked to go around the zipped front pockets. Thinking about it, we realised this means things are less likely to fall out of them and as nominal adults, we shouldn't be walking around with our hands in our pockets anyway. Because they are so light, they aren't going to be the first choice for downhill, we don't think they'd survive too long, but for everything else, they are the first thing that comes out of the wardrobe right now. They aren't cheap, but when you consider that this price includes a good quality short liner (liners are an essential for anybody who cares about their testicles), we'd say they are good value too. The only gripe is the zip on the fly - we'd really like to see something a bit sturdier there as that tends to be the thing that goes first on too many shorts. - Matt Wragg





85 Comments

  • + 31
 I'd wear those pedals :-P
  • - 14
flag insomnia4201 (Jun 1, 2012 at 6:48) (Below Threshold)
 If I got them for free
  • + 27
 thats cool no one cares........
  • + 5
 Finding the product picks to be way more about clothing than actual bike parts.
  • + 5
 Clothing is a product.
  • + 0
 I said than actual bike parts. I want to see suspension, brakes, etc.
  • + 3
 Slight discrepancy, THESE are the most expensive pedals..
www.reset-racing.de/reset/pedal_index_1.htm
SIX HUNDO!
  • + 1
 Actually six66, when you convert Euros to US, they are $744.78

Yea, above 3/4 k in cost. =] I think they need to replace the titanium studs with 100% pure diamond studs, and throw a gucchi logo on em.
  • + 2
 Make the grease in the bearings out of Tiger fat.
  • - 1
 no.... just no.......
  • + 2
 @rffr, no idea where you got $744.78 from dude. If you know anything about conversion rates you would know that an euro is something like 1.2 US dollars. So these pedals will set you back $320 USD, so you were only out by about by about 230%.

Still sodding expensive though. Blank Stare
  • + 1
 We were discussing the reset pedals at the link I provided, Tom. So rffr is correct!
  • + 1
 My bad Salute
  • + 2
 lol exactly six66. People just never pay attention. Tisk tisk =]
  • + 20
 ..."without feeling like a rubber pervert"...well, that's off my list then...
  • + 10
 I don't quite get the issue with the center pins in the pedals, if you don't want them there just remove them surely. Concave feel and lighter in 1 swift move. But what do i know, i run clips
  • + 10
 is this the first time in a while that all 3 items have looked like stuff worth using? all three are sweet.
  • + 6
 everything that comes out from Syntace is just top-notch engineering with the price tag to go with it !!!...I also found that the new Straitline AMPs had a rather flat platform...but damn, those Syntace NumberNine Titan pedals are light !!!
  • + 1
 Well not everything, years ago their handlebars were amongst the worst produced ever for mountain biking...like quick failure dangerous sort of worst. Products like their past offerings were among the reasons why the EU has adopted stringent testing standards for various categories of bicycles and bicycle components that include passing minimum impact and fatigue strength tests. The standards are so high that many brands of bikes and components sold in the rest of the world for mountain biking or as mountain bikes, wouldn't be legal to sell in the EU (the first year Salsa Mukluk fat-tire mountain bike frame for example, failed the testing required to be sold as a mountain bike in the EU).
  • + 4
 sure its light, i bet if you pay 500€ you get even lighter pedals ;-)
  • - 1
 The Salsa Mukluk fat tire ISN'T a mountain bike anyways deeeight. =]

And the EU's standards are really in the greater scheme of things not much more than the US or Canadian Standards. Unlike EU though, the rest of the world actually uses common sense. The EU is the worst thing to ever come to life in this world. Another reason Europe is failing horribly financially. Not that the US is much better... but still, our country at least isn't bankrupt like 1/4 of Europe is ending out to be.
  • + 2
 Yes it most definitely is... that its intended primarily for riding off-road on SNOW or SAND doesn't alter the fact that it is a mountain bike. Salsa's inability to sell the first year frames in europe as mountain bike (the second year with the extra gusset behind the headtube however DID pass the EU testing to be sold as a mountain bike)... and as to the USA not being bankrupt?!? LOL...what freaking drugs are you taking to be thinking that and where do the rest of us get some??? The USA is so far past bankrupt its not even funny... if chinese and japanese banks ever decided to demand repayment of all the government bonds they've bought that keep your government running, on increasing borrowing... your economy would collaspe in days. Remember the congressional debt ceiling fiasco last summer? No? Here's the short form version.... your country was mere days away from defaulting on loans so huge as to make what's happening in greece seem like they'd merely maxed out their Sears card... and not EVERY credit card in existence.
  • + 7
 where's the poll?
  • + 13
 ___ I'd rather feed my family than buy those pedals.
___ I'd buy the jacket if I commuted everyday in a rainforest.
___ Hi qual short plus a liner for $89 that won't make me look like a corporate stooge in a clown suit. Sign me up.
  • + 3
 asdsadasdasdasdasdasdasdasd
  • + 2
 Actually, that Syntace pedal isn't the lightest on the market. That distinction may actually belong to Loaded USA's AmX Ti Pedal. Weight is 255 gm w/ Ti Axle. Retail is $270.

They come in colors!

www.loadedusa.com/products/pedals/amx-signature-titanium
  • + 2
 Actually, the HT ME01T is claimed at 234g a pair...
  • + 1
 HT would win my money if... 1.they learned that for that much money you could expect a bit of chamfering... numbers are right but finish is on par with cheapest Wellgos and VP. 2. price was at least 30% lower - considering it's made in Asia I give few more bucks for something like Syntace, Straitlines or Point Ones.

I think I buy these Syntaces right away
  • + 1
 Here you can find pedals down to 286g and up to €599:
www.reset-racing.de/reset/pedal_index_1.htm
  • + 0
 actually negative to all the above:
www.mortopbike.com/product/main_view.php?pid=201 222g
www.mortopbike.com/product/main_view.php?pid=252 196g

you can buy these as reverse pedals in Europe.
  • + 2
 I have a strange impression that those pedals you two mentioned are made for people for whom MTB is about having the lightest pedal on the mountain... those Syntaces at least are proven!
  • + 4
 Reset-Racing's Pedal 3 was clearly designed for Optimus Prime
  • + 1
 or Onanimus Prime...
  • + 1
 I would destroy any of the above mentioned pedals in less than two weeks. Feel free to give me a pair if you want to prove me wrong.
  • + 1
 Mortops are just twenty6 knock offs with some material taken off which will make them weak.
  • - 2
 Blah Blah Blah, "I know of soo many more pedals that are lighter than these!" Look at it this way, Dhers look for pedals much like guys look for the a woman. Ya, you can find a girl with huge boobs but she's gonna weigh too much. She might be the weight you want but then she's probably too fragile.. DHers want the best weight, grip, and strength when it comes to pedals, and if you are missing one of those components, you're gonna have a bad time.

These pedals Pinkbike tested look like the perfect combination. They are light, strong, and have the same pins that come on straitline pedals, so you know they have tons of grip..
  • + 2
 See my comment to FastDHR above but products sold in the EU have to pass higher strength/fatigue testing than those sold in the USA, Canada or the rest of the world, and those marketed for mountain biking have to pass higher figures than those marketed for city bikes/hybrids, or for road bikes. Its one of the reasons why all the ridiculously light stuff from europe costs so much more. As Keith Bontrager said infamously twenty years ago... "Light, Cheap, Strong.... pick two".
  • + 1
 mhm... ok not buying them Syntaces, hoped there was a cheaper/stronger Cro-mo axle version (as long as it is under 500g I don't give a sht really) Anybody having any opinions about Point One Podiums, Straitlines AMPs? Where does Spank do their pedals? - Spikes look sweet but I want something non-Asiatic
  • + 1
 Don't forget the DMR vaults.. they're coming in magnesium soon, and will weigh 300g.. but with a massive platform. Best pedals I've ever had.
  • + 1
 Enjoying my Straitline AMP's. great grip, have met some rocks with good force and stayed thoroughly intact, spin fair (The bushings need a bit of a lube out of the box) but great. For the balance of durability, cost, and weight... I'm good with my purchase. Should I need to loose a couple hundred grams further, I'll do so by having one burger, not two, next BBQ.
  • + 1
 The Straightline AMPs are tiny. I would avoid the Spanks. I have a set and they look great but the axles squeek. Some nonsense about the axle protruding out from the pedal out enough for your shoes to rub. The company now offers a replacement axle to alleviate the issue, but when I switched over, my pedals developed play. Next set I buy will be Point One Podiums. Twenty6's look sharp too but my housemates have consistently ripped pins out of the body and those suckers are expensive.
  • + 1
 Every pair of Vaults I have seen on a bike that actually gets ridden hard have bent the tabs which the pins screw into
  • + 1
 To Circes;
The older PreRunner Pedals had this issue. I am running the Predator's now and have not had a pin issue. I have smashed them pretty hard on rocks and broken some, but it would have broken any pin. I've also nailed them hard without any pin issues.
  • + 1
 very happy with my Nuke Proof Neutrons - also sold under other "names" including Kona Wah Wah and Superstar

cheap, tough, thin, grippy, big platform, full spares available...the weight thing is over rated on a pedal as its such a critical part of the bike and a big source of noise when it start to degrade
  • + 1
 I'll stick with SMAC pedals for now... love em. Fully rebuild-able and use standard cap screws for pegs (but haven't lost one yet in months of riding), and they grip up with my 5.10's really well (I can just about back pedal with one foot).

smacinnovations.com/pedals.php
  • + 1
 Well actually if you want to generalize "pedals", the 2012 Speedplay Nanogram Zero Titanium Pedals are some of the lightest on the market at 129g so HA. LOLOLOL

And yea yea yea, I know... don't even start with the "dude they aren't platties ordeal" I am just being a smart ass. lol
  • + 1
 The en standard for pedals is really only having to do with the axle... The jis standard for pedals is much more stringent and incised the durability of three body, but still is easy to pass... Manufacturers these days tend to have their own standards that exceed en or jis because they really aren't so tough, they are geared to a basic level of safety and not the extreme durability that anyone on this site would expect out of a bike part.
  • + 4
 Those flats look sick, but at 258 Euro's I think I'll stick with my trusty & ever so cheaper V12 DMR's!
  • + 2
 V12 DMR aka VLADIMIR
  • + 1
 V12 platforms are tiny though (unless they've made them bigger recently). My old V8s that cost me about £18 in 2001 are still working and pretty grippy but the tiny platform just isn't that comfortable. HT/Superstar etc are the way forward for lower budget pedals.
  • + 1
 Agreed. You can't go wrong with Superstar at that price point... especially when you consider other brands sell the same pedal for nearly twice the price just because it has their logo on it.
  • + 2
 www.wellgo.com.tw/p-image/C135.jpg

290g/pair. 60 USD. On Dh-bike. Work and last well.

300 USD Syntace pedals with questionable dimensioning. Best for the wallhanger that never leaves the livingroom.
  • + 1
 They are smaller than my left testicle.
  • - 1
 they are though and have a proper axle/bearing design on a forged and lathed spindle. Platforms`s fine unless you have size 12 goofies.
  • + 0
 bs. It's half if not less of a normal pedal size. If you ride in rocky terrain sometimes your feet slip or you take them of your pedal. Try to find a pedal this small in the rough.
  • - 1
 they look smaller than they actually are. Maybe 80% of a large pedal. They grip equal or better than my other pedals. Pinsize is good and I do not get pedalbites. So they seem to work well.
  • + 1
 I put these on my GF's bike, and she even complains about them being way too small, not to mention the pins fall out constantly. yeah they are light, but they really suck.
  • + 1
 They said they make THREE sizes of pedals... if you order the wrong size... its no one's fault that they're too small but your own.
  • + 1
 bottom line, they don't grip at all, and pins fall out. they are the middle size that they offer. bearings are great, but the pedal is overall junk. I love the forte convert pedal, dirt cheap, low profile, killer grip, no problem with the pins.
  • + 1
 probably go with the shorts simply cause i ride with my phone and non of the nice riding shorts have big enough zippers, these ones look killer and have huge pockets! id do the ridding shorts
  • + 2
 Holy crap! That's $330AU - FOR F*#@ING PEDALS! I'd rather buy the jacket and shorts, and use the change to buy the new Saint pedals, at $70AU, why the hell not?
  • + 1
 I can vouch for the Matrix Short's good looks and lightweight feel. Unfortunately my pair got caught on the saddle and ripped. Could've been avoided, obviously, but these are far from being bombproof.
  • + 1
 Agreed. I have a pair from last year. Rad shorts, but after only one (short) summer of riding, the stitching starting coming undone around the pockets. And easy fix, but for $90, you expect a bit better quality.
  • + 2
 I like all 3. I could use a techncal jacket and the shorts look great too.I like the pedals and would like to compare them with my NRGs
  • + 1
 I wish other pedal manufacturers would also make pedals in different sizes. I use 50/50XX's due to it having a bigger platform. I did use V12's but found them too small. I've size 11, really wide feet.
  • + 1
 answer rove fr pedals are pretty darn wide
  • + 3
 Most expensive flat pedals? I don´t think so take a look at the pedals from www.reset-racing.de Big Grin
  • + 2
 Those shorts look banger.
  • + 2
 i have them, a damn comfortable piece of clothing. the liner feels good as well
  • + 1
 Gonna have to check out those shorts. Been happy with every piece of Royal Kit i have had so far.
  • + 1
 Those pedals sure do look the bizz, but seriously, how many people are willing to spend that much on a set of pedals ??
  • + 1
 I just bought a Royal Downhill Jersey, really happy with the quality and the price
  • + 1
 The jacket looks good. Enduras fit great so I may add one of these to the growing list of Endura jackets in my closet.
  • + 3
 id wear that jacket
  • + 2
 its an amazing jacket, totally waterproof and very breathable
  • + 0
 ill stick with twenty6 predators. better colors best grip hands down and just as light. those syntace pedals arent worth it.
  • + 1
 Jacket is fine with 661 sub gear
  • + 1
 again no vote what is this and this week they had some great stuff.....
  • + 1
 the price tag on those pedals is just fuckin stupid
  • + 0
 Light, Strong, Cheap - Pick two
  • + 1
 I'd wear the shorts
  • + 1
 spam face
  • + 1
 Shorts !

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