iSSi pedals might have been founded on clipless, but they have thoughts on platform pedals as well. Specifically, they feel you have two options with flats. You can either make a pedal narrow and thin for obstacle clearance and light weight, or you can focus on pedal feel. The later usually involves a thicker pedal with a concave platform. That’s where the new iSSi Stomp XL lives.
Starting with a large 120 x 112.5mm 6061 aluminum platform, the pedal builds in 5mm of effective concavity. Due to the pedal’s large size, iSSi recommends it for shoes that are US size 9 and above, hence the XL designation. In total there are 22 proprietary pins per pedal with 11 per side, featuring a flip fop design with one side shorter than the other. That allows you to customize the amount of grip with a 2mm allen key or small box end wrench.
Inside, you’ll find a full length chromoly spindle with two bearings on the outside of the pedal, and a nylon bushing on the inside. Spindle kits will also be available later this summer, though only as a replacement – not as a customizable length.
Offered in four colors, the standard pedals feature a sandblasted matte finish in Black, Plum, Lime, or Blue. There’s also a limited edition finish which ends up shiny instead of matte for the same price. This sample came in at 466g per pair which is only 6g off claimed, and the pedals will sell for $115 and are available now.
Can’t decide whether you want to clip in or ride flats? Then the iSSi Flip might be the answer – especially the new Flip III.
Really, very little has changed other than the pedal getting better grip on the platform side. Instead of the in-molded traction pins shown on the Flip II above, the III gains four new traction pins for more sure footed pedaling.
The pedals use the same +6mm chromoly spindles for better shoe clearance and three sealed cartridge bearings per pedal for smooth spinning. Coming in at 400g per pair, the pedals sell for $100 a pair and come in the same “groovy colors” as the Flip II.