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Spotted: Ekoi Developing All-New Road Pedal Design with Huge Platform!

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The French accessory powerhouse Ekoi is developing a new aero-top-of-the-line road pedal. If you follow the French continental team Nice Métropole (you should), you’ll notice some pretty large clipless pedals on their rides.

Ekoi PW8 — What is it?

The piece catching everyone off guard is the size of the platform of this new design. If you look at some of the photos posted on their Instagram account, it’s obvious. The pedal length compared to the crank arm is telling; this is a long, lean pedal.

The French cycling outlet LeCycle.fr first broke the news, reporting that the new Ekoi PW8 pedal will offer a modern twist to the road clipless pedal. The pedal may cover more surface area while also offering a thinner stack height.

From the picture above, it looks as if the ‘cleat’ may extend all the way to the edge of the shoe around the toe, with the pedal then recessed inside it when clipped in. That could result in a more aerodynamic connection between the pedal and shoe. It also could create a more walkable platform on the bottom of your shoes.

A New Standard?

If that is the case, it seems likely this system could require a new mounting system, though it’s possible it could be added to a shoe around the traditional 3-bolt interface currently used by most pedals. We’re guessing that’s where the new Ekoi road shoes come into play.

We contacted Ekoi for comment but all they would divulge at this time is that the pedal is currently being tested with various teams. If you want to learn more, I recommend watching the Nice Métropole Team, Burgos-BH Team, or the Ekoi website.

Update:

As reported by Canadian Cycling Magazine and many others, it seems the UCI has already banned the Ekoi pedals from use in competition – at least for now. Apparently, even though the proper paperwork for prototype use in competition had been filed, it hasn’t been approved yet by the UCI. So even though they had already used the pedals in one stage, the UCI made the team scramble to find replacement shoes just before the race started thanks to their last-minute decision.

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Raouligan
Raouligan
21 days ago

Remember the Diadora Power Drive, didn’t think so…
That had a low stack height and a large platform but it never caught on

FritzP
FritzP
21 days ago
Reply to  Raouligan

Thought the same when I saw these 🙂

B Barber
B Barber
20 days ago
Reply to  Raouligan

Used and loved those shoes. But then I used and loved the a shimano SPD-R so maybe I’m a sucker for newer designs.

Larry Falk
Larry Falk
20 days ago
Reply to  Raouligan

It is true those pedals never caught on, but that was in the early 1990s and a lot has changed since then, i.e. clipless pedals were still a new thing at that time to many people – heck, Shimano SPD-SL only came about in 2003!

WhateverBikes
20 days ago
Reply to  Raouligan

So because someone once tried, and it didn’t catch on then, it will fail again now?
Sometimes something is just ahead of its time, or not refined enough yet.

To be clear, I don’t think this will ever really catch on either, but not solely based on the fact that it was tried before. The SPD-SL and Look/Time 3 bolt cleat standard is just to strong and to widely available for other things to grab any decent market share.

Wayde Tardif
15 days ago
Reply to  Raouligan

Loved those Diadora shoes though

Antoine
Antoine
21 days ago

Biggest benefit i see is easier shoes to walk around.

Larry Falk
Larry Falk
20 days ago

This is very exciting news! We haven’t had an all-new road pedal design for a long time (at least 20 years, I think); design software, materials, and production have changed since then so I hope it advances road bike pedal technology and fit.

Evan
Evan
19 days ago

Speedplays have a much lower stack height than look or Shimano although not as low as 8mm.

Like the ekoi pedals, Speedplay have a non default shoe standard, and if you have to use the 3 bolt adapter you lose the stack height advantage.

Speedplay have industry leading adjustability, dual sided entry, cleat walkability, and legions of devoted users. Yet I have never seen/owned a 4 bolt shoe. If the shoe industry isn’t going to accommodate a new standard for Speedplays, they aren’t going to do it for ekoi either, especially when the pedals appear to have zero of the advantages of the speedplay system besides stack height.

Bill Abol
Bill Abol
16 days ago
Reply to  Evan

Speedplay were quality before Wahoo acquired them. Now they are junk. 🙂

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