Nearly nine years after its initial launch, Race Face has released the next generation of the Atlas pedal. The new version gains taller pins, a new spindle design, and is now serviceable without the use of any proprietary tools. They're also available in a whopping 9 anodized colors, including purple, gold, and silver.
The aluminum body measures 110 x 108mm, and is 12mm thick. There are ten pins on each side, which stand 6.5mm tall when fully threaded in. Race Face supplies washers that can be used to adjust that height in order to tone down the grippiness, or to create a more concave feel by reducing the length of the pins in the center of the pedal and keeping the outer perimeter pins at full extension.
Atlas Pedal Details
• 110 x 108mm platform, 12mm thick
• 10 pins on each side
• Chromoly spindle, cartridge bearing + bushing
• Weight: 376 grams (pair)
• 9 color options
• Lifetime warranty
• MSRP: $180 USD
The new spindle design allows the pedals to work with carbon cranks that use crank boots, a welcome change from the original. That chromoly spindle rotates on an oversized cartridge bearing (that's what's housed in the bulge that sits next to the crank arm), and a bushing. It's a very simple design, and accessing those internals only requires removing one nut. Cleaning the internals and adding fresh grease to the spindle takes less than five minutes – they're that easy to service.
The Atlas pedals recently showed up for testing, so I'll be putting the miles in on them over the next few months to see how they hold up to some seriously sloppy winter conditions. I have a couple rides in so far, and don't have any immediate criticisms - they're grippy, with a fairly wide platform, and I haven't noticed the bearing bulge getting in the way at all. I did drop the height of the center pins to get a more concave feel, and I'll likely do a little more experimentation with the pin configuration as time goes on. Look for a full review and comparison
to other contenders later this year.
I will say, since then (and i believe a sale or restructure of the company) I have had a wonderful experience with their warranty team and they totally redeemed themselves.
I am very glad to see they updated these pedals since the old version was downright dangerous.
1- Hum, new pedal... might be fun
2- 180$! WTF!
3- Well, maybe, you know, you don't by new pedals every day, they do look good...
4- Let's see the comments
5- Previous model: platform falls... design flaws... ghosting... warranties
6- Ok, thank you but, no thanks, I'm out!
But you have to take them appart upon arrival because sometimes there is grease on the spindle and sometimes not. Then you can check the screws and threads and tighten them.
@raceface I wear the scars on my calves with conviction but 180 bucks...phew...let me know if you need a beta tester
That being said, pin length wasn't an issue, so I would imagin these ones will probably go though the sole of your shoe like a hypodermic needle.
Epic, I need a tissue (walks into the distance along the lake front, sun sets)
I think people forget you have to halve the difference in thickness between the thickest and thinnest pedals....
Do i take the insoles out of my shoes for the marginal competition gains
Either way, 3mm?
clever, clever, to make us look through the page. I see you!! heh
Blade runner $150
Black kat $120
Going to a more concave profile means a thicker pedal or a smaller bearing and spindle, Which would you prefer? Personally I prefer a thicker pedal in that scenario.
I've never been into super thin pedals and haven't been into thick pedals since the early 2000's when Easton flatboys were everywhere...a 15mm platform with 2mm dish has worked the best for me...Burgtec MK5's and the MK4's before them (with a slightly smaller platform and 1mm dish.) That being said, a pedal with similar numbers to the MK5, the TMAC with even more dish has been my worst pedal experience. So within what I prefer I have experienced my favorite and least favorite pedal. Thankfully there are a lot of options. One day I'll have to try thin pedal again...I have thought about it before just to feel the added clearance since our trails are quite rocky.
Metal choice, do you prefer if they bend vs snap, also consider weight and cost. From their its a lathe part so the are pretty cheap.
Bearings obv have their cost, platforms I assume are pricey due to machine OP and or forging.
Consider all bike components have a 400% markup so $45 to make. A $7 spindle would be $15% of the cost of manufacturing. Maybe diety has a cost+ shipping pricing on repair parts instead of being Jerks and marking up parts for a profit (example fork stanchions get a 10x price gouge).
ASSuming those factors may add some levity to the situation; but I don't have insider knowledge at diety thats @26griz
As far as thin pedals go, the RF have been a welcome improvement over my spank spikes
I had pedals with titanium spindles, they more often snapped than bent. Same thing with wrenches for example, if you harden them, they snap when you try and bend them to get into those silly spots.
I agree that they certainly should not bend without really earning it.
Good chat btw, refreshing
Those are a spatula compared to a Brooklyn Machine Works shinburger.
There are like 2 big players in the clipping business, SPD and CB, and some smaller like HT and Time. In the flat world, i feelt like there are 50+++ types of fairly similar pedals, and i would assume the difference isn't that big? If not, please enlighten me.
The answer is "yes, duh", for both, BTW.
Been loving my Vaults, but excited to try some OneUp pedals.
Anyone wanna tell me which I'll like more?
These look like a great evolution, though not sure if enough to get me off of my beloved CB Stamp 7's.
@j0lsrud: concave: best for grip, but less comfortable for longer pedals, as they work against your arches. Convex: best for pedaling. Pin concavity: somewhere inbetween. All influenced by sole rubber compound, temp and moisture
Never had a problem with long rides on concave pedals (it’s literally 2-3mm per side max for a pedal) - are people riding in flip flops or crocs?
As a bonus they tend to be lighter too.
Raceface website looks bronze.
Which is it?
I'm all for the big inner bearing .....but....a bushing?
There are all roller bearing pedals, but they are fatter. DMR v8 & V12 for example.
Bushes are also lighter than roller bearings, but in most flat pedal design that is a secondary concern.
Bearing design looks the same.
Thinking that some of their products would be better considered they getting tested on the north shore(maybe in the summer time only......)