Spank Oozy Trail Pedal
When Spank's Spike flat pedal was introduced in 2011, it was an instant hit with the downhill and freeride crowd, who were won over by the pedal's thin and wide platform. Now, almost four years later, Spank has launched their Oozy Trail pedal, which shares many of the design principles of the Spike, but in a lighter package aimed at trail and all-mountain riders. Thanks to a new forging mold and extensive CNC machining, Spank was able to get the Oozy's total weight down 362 grams, a number that can be lowered all the way to 300 grams by riders who don't mind shelling out an additional $75 for a titanium axle upgrade kit. The pedal's aluminum body measures 111 x 111 x 12mm, with the usable portion measuring in at 100 x 100mm, numbers that translate into a platform with plenty of real estate underfoot.
The Oozy Trail pedal rotates on a sealed cartridge bearing that's housed in the bulge directly next to the crankarm, and at the other end of the spindle is an IGUS bushing that's protected from the elements by a rubber o-ring and a stainless steel cap. For 2014, Spank has upgraded the seals that are used on both the Spike and Oozy pedals to better keep out contaminants, and now use Finish Line brand Teflon lubricant to keep things spinning smoothly. Traction is provided by 9 pins on each side of the pedal, seven of which have machined tips for additional grip, as well as a smidgen of weight savings. Those seven pins thread in from the opposite side of the pedal for easy replacement, while the center two are actually set screws that thread through the entire body. As is typical with pedals that use some version of the oversize bearing design, it is necessary to use pedal washers to prevent the aluminum body from bottoming out on the crankarm, which would prevent them from turning. Colors: Emerald Green / Silver / Black / Blue / Red. MSRP: $149 USD. www.spank-ind.com
Due to a new forging mold and additional CNC machining, the Oozy Trail weighs 60 grams less than Spank's more DH oriented Spike pedal.
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|The Oozy Trail pedals have held up to a summer's worth of use and abuse, shrugging off a number of direct impacts that had me expecting the worse. A few pins did need to be replaced, but that comes with the territory when smashing through rock gardens aboard a bike with an extremely low bottom bracket height. Like the Spike pedals, the Oozy Trails do have a slight bit of resistance built in to prevent them from spinning wildly should your foot slip off, but this resistance wasn't noticeable at all while pedaling, and the bushings and bearings are still spinning smoothly. The grip provided by the Oozy's wide platform is excellent, with plenty of traction on tap no matter what kind of nastiness I was riding through. I typically prefer pedals with a concave body as opposed to the pancake flat design that the Oozy Trails use, but Spank's use of shorter center pins works well to mimic the feeling of a concave platform, and I have no gripes about how they feel underfoot. When it comes down to it, the Oozy is a worthy addition to Spank's flat pedal lineup, a slightly refined version of the Spike that meets all the criteria for a well-executed flat pedal: thin, light, and above all, reliable. - Mike Kazimer|