Syncros is a name that has been around for quite awhile, producing different components and platform pedals for many years, but the all-mountain intended Traverse pedal is their first stab at a clipless model. It sports a large platform that is manufactured using a Nylon body with the goal of having the pedal body glide over trail debris instead of smashing into it and stopping the bike or damaging the pedal. Conveniently for many, they are 100% compatible with Shimano cleats. The Traverse pedals retail for $69.95 USD and are available in black, gray and white (Europe only
Syncros' Traverse pedal uses a large Nylon platform to provide a stable base in technical terrain.
Syncros Traverse pedal details:
- Intended use: All-mountain/trail/cross-country
- Uses large Nylon body
- Compatible with Shimano cleats
- 4 degrees of float
- Adjustable spring tension
- Chromoly axle
- Loose ball bearings
- Available in black, gray and white (Europe only) body colors
- Weight: 320g/pr
- MSRP $69.95 USD
While Syncros does produce a number of different platform pedals, the Traverse is Syncros' sole clipless option and is aimed at trail and all-mountain riders who are looking for more support than a standard clip-in pedal can provide. Their body is manufactured from a Nylon and carbon mix that Syncros claims is far better at glancing off of rocks and other obstacles on the trail than a metal body. So, while a massive pedal strike is still likely to take you down, the Nylon body should slide over the smaller impacts that may damage a different pedal or cause you to crash. The body is also said to be quite durable and able to withstand any and all abuse that you can rain down on it.
The clip mechanism accepts Shimano cleats (both floating and fixed versions
) and offers 4° of float. They use Chromoly axles and spin on loose ball bearings. Total weight is a reasonable 320 grams per pair, lighter than some but keep in mind that the platform is also smaller than most of the competition as well.
The Traverse pedals are compatible with Shimano cleats and have 4 degrees of float, as well as offer adjustable release tension.
The Traverse pedals are quite easy to clip into, with the mechanism being easy to locate with your feet and not requiring a lot of strength to push into. Once clipped in they offer 4° of float - which those with bad knees will really appreciate, although the release action wasn't quite as positive feeling as some of the competition. They also performed wonderfully in terrible conditions, not even batting an eye at the muddiest and wettest trail slop that I could find. Those who are worried about the Traverse's Nylon body need not fret - it proved to be every bit as resilient to abuse as any aluminum pedal that we've used. Dragging them over countless roots and rocks on the North Shore and on the burly trails surrounding Whistler and Pemberton did little to trouble them, with only slight cosmetic damage being the result. The pedals spun on their bushing and sealed bearing combination quite well, and still do to this day, with no issues despite being put through the ringer in some pretty horrible conditions.
The Nylon body stood up to any abuse that we could dish out.
Traverse pedals feature a large platform that should provide more support when standing on them while not clipped in, but it wasn't quite what we had hoped for. Because the clip unit sits proud of the platform, it actually makes it hard to get any benefit from the large Nylon body. Obviously, this defeats the purpose of using a larger clipless pedal like the Traverse. We also found that clipping out, especially when using certain shoes, was sometimes unpredictable and required extra effort. As with all shoe and pedal combinations, it is important to inspect how the two merge - it isn't uncommon to need to trim some of the sole of the shoes away to keep it from interfering with the pedal body - but the contact on the Traverse pedals seemed to be a bit more than usual. Pinkbike's take:
The somewhat undersized nylon body of the Traverse pedal doesn't provide the support of some other options out there, but it certainly performed well in nasty conditions. Make sure that the soles of your shoes don't interfere with the pedal body and you should have no trouble with Syncros' all-mountain clipless pedals.
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to see their entire lineup.