First introduced at Frostbike 2014, iSSi was back at Frostbike 2015 with a reworked line up offering better performance across the board. For the first go around, iSSi pedals would work with SPD cleats, but they weren’t a perfect match. Good news for anyone with multiple bikes that already have Shimano SPD pedals, the new iSSi pedals are all SPD compatible offering a much better feel when used with SPD cleats. The improvements don’t just apply to SPD cleats however, as the guts of the pedal have been redesigned to offer better function and feel with the included cleats from iSSi.
Of course color is a big part of the iSSi story as well and there are a few new options like the blingtastic gold pedal above…
Applicable to both the Pedal iSSi II and Pedal iSSi Trail, moving forward iSSi pedals have a few new features that result in the mentioned improvements. In order to offer a better release angle of 14.6º, the retention claw is fitted with new geometry that is more squared at the edges. This geometry when paired with new spring tension geometry also adds to a better release feel for a more positive pop when unclipping. Together, the pedals offer snappier engagement and smoother release, all while allowing you to swap between iSSi and SPD cleats. Other improvements include increased durability through heat treating, and better vertical force cleat retention.
With a handful of new colors, pricing runs from $75-85 for the Pedal iSSi II (standard and Triple) and $100-120 for the Pedal iSSi Trail. Weights are listed at 316g for the iSSi II, 328g for the iSSi II Triple, 406g for the iSSi Trail, and 412g for the iSSi Triple trail. All triple models include three cartridge bearings for smoother, longer life over the standard bearing/bushing combo.