When someone says DMR, a lot of people probably think of the longstanding V8 and V12 platform pedals that have been in the British company's catalog since forever. The V8 gets updated with a slimmer, lighter body for 2017, and the V12 and Vault platforms are still around, but the news is that DMR is entering the clipless market with their new VTWIN pedal. There are plenty of clipless pedals out there that employ some sort of large body for more support, but after considering the easiest option - simply bolting a clipless mechanism to a Vault pedal body - they decided to instead start from scratch with the goal of creating a pedal that could be adaptable to many shoes and rider preferences.
• Intended use: trail / enduro / downhill
• Replaceabe and adjustable nylon blocks
• SPD-compatible mechanism
• 5 and 7-degree float cleats
• Sealed inboard and outboard bearings
• Five color options
• Availability: December 2016
• Weight: TBA
• MSRP: TBA
The new pedal body is home to an SPD-compatible mechanism that sits at an angle in order to lower the trailing edge and raise the leading edge, something that should make it easier to get clipped in, but the mechanism is also spring-loaded so it sits level once the cleat is engaged. Nylon support blocks are attached to each end of the pedal, with aluminum shims underneath that are used to fine tune their height which, in combination with the spring-loaded mechanism, means that you can be clipped-in while also having maximum contact and support for your shoe. This wouldn't be possible if the mechanism weren't spring-loaded, or if the nylon blocks weren't adjustable in height.
DMR is saying that the VTWIN pedal is all about adaptability, and are even considering options like allowing customers to 3D print their own nylon blocks to further tweak how the pedals function with their shoes. Also, different traction pins (not shown here) can also be used to tailor how the VTWINs feel underfoot. The pedal bodies spin on a cartridge bearing and a bushing, and DMR says that the design is easy to work on and service. Replaceable nylon blocks on the leading and trailing edges of the pedal body can be adjusted in height via shims that sit underneath them.
There will be a few different versions of the VTWIN pedal when it's released at the end of the year, with the standard model sporting steel axles and aluminum bodies; a lighter version that gets the titanium axle treatment will also be available. For those with a pedal fetish and a larger disposable income, there might be an ultra-gucci version with a magnesium body and clip mechanism that spins on titanium axles.
Target weight? Just 300-grams for a set of the magnesium/titanium VTWINs, which is damn impressive for a pedal of this type. The steel/steel VTWIN will come in around 480-grams, although weights aren't set in stone quite yet. Pricing is yet to be decided, and while you can bet that the magnesium/titanium model will cost more than many riders are willing to consider spending, DMR has always hit some decent price-points with their more get-able options.