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For many cyclists, the idea of pedal-based power meters is very appealing. Easily transferable from one bike to the next, the pedals allow for the use of any wheel combination and multiple bikes. Xpedo attracted a lot of attention when they introduced their first power meter pedal at the Taipei Show called the Thrust e. Now offering more information including price, riders can decide if the Thrust e is right for their power needs…

Xpedo thrust e power meter pedal (1)

Xpedo thrust e power meter pedal (3) Xpedo thrust e power meter pedal (2)

Xpedo thrust e power meter pedal (4)

Weighing in at 175g per pedal without the battery, the pedals should be very close to the claimed weight of 385g per pair with the batteries installed. Each pedal uses a removable but micro-USB rechargeable battery which should provide around 120 hours of use per charge. The 6061 forged aluminum body runs on a chromoly spindle with 3 cartridge bearings.

The pedals are designed around Xpedo’s Thrust 7 cleats (0 or 6 degree float) but are also Look Keo compatible. ANT+ compatible, the pedals offer a +/- 2% accuracy and must be recalibrated every time they are installed on a bike. Fortunately the calibration seems fairly simple and includes first putting just the shoe on the pedal to zero out the weight, and then positioning the crank at the 12 0’clock position to calibrate the axle orientation for cadence.

At $1100 for a pair the pedals might not be as cheap as many were expecting, but they still are priced low enough to give many power meters a run for their money. For now…

 Xpedo.com

 

11 COMMENTS

  1. That’s over 30% less than the garmin vector if they can produce it at that price. I’d love to see a race to the bottom in pedal based power meters!

  2. These would be fine for Tris but practically unusable for crits. my looks which have less stack height then these have lots of skuffs from be a little over zealous in the corners.

  3. Collin nailed it. I would have these filed down in no time. The clearance under the axle can mean the difference between pedaling through a turn and coasting; holding the wheel in front of you or getting gapped.

  4. Cool! The more power options the better. Xpedo impress me as a company, they consistently work at producing great stuff at a competitive price. Some of the stuff mimics the competition in concept, but it’s fair game and good quality.

  5. Pretty sure speedplay will pursue legal action against anyone that even thinks about combining a speedplay pedal with a power meter.

  6. the pedal platform is MILES over the axle. probably the only way they could fit everything without it hanging too low.
    grounding on the curb is one thing, but id be more concerned with people fussing to clip in at a light trying to hurry, basically be stomping on the bottom side of the pedals.

  7. Think you’re mistaking the battery casing for the spindle.

    The stack height of the pedal is really quite close to the normal Xpedo pedals. I have no idea if they are identical but visually ( saw them at Taipei in March ) they look identical in stack height.
    All the extra stuff for the power measuring are under the pedal.

    So main concern probably would be for people at criterium races clipping them round corners.

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