Xpedo Teases DH Clipless Pedal, Clips into CXR for Cyclocross

xpedo xcr prototype DH pedal (6)

There may be a renewed interest in flats lately, but that doesn’t mean everyone is ditching their clipless pedals – even for DH. In order to provide riders with more options, xpedo is very close to the launch of their new DH clipless pedal. Built around the CXR pedal for the clipless portion, the prototype DH has a large spring loaded cage that will provide a ton of extra support when clipped in or not. Built to allow the rider to find the pedal claws as easily as possible, the DH pedal won’t be available until probably Interbike later this year.

Until then can get a few more details plus check out the new Cyclocross oriented CXR after the jump…

xpedo xcr prototype DH pedal (8)

xpedo xcr prototype DH pedal (9)

The aggressively shaped pedal surround is CNC machined from 6061 aluminum and will feature 4 traction pins to help with grip. When not clipped in the spring mechanism keeps the claw easily accessible making it very easy to locate with your foot to clip in. The pedal will use a chromoly axle that spins on three sealed bearings with an estimated weight under 400g for the pair. Expect pricing to be somewhere under $150 with availability around Interbike.

xpedo xcr prototype DH pedal (1)

There are a few cyclocross specific shoes starting to pop up, but few CX specific pedals. That changes with the CXR which is built with a bigger platform and a design that is meant to shed mud better as well as allow easier engagement when hopping on and off your bike.

xpedo xcr prototype DH pedal (5) xpedo xcr prototype DH pedal (3)

Easier clipping is achieved with an aggressive front clip that is more curved and a pedal body that will want to hang vertically when unclipped. Perfect for CX or gravel use, the CXR rolls on 3 sealed bearings with a chromoly axle though a ti spindle upgrade kit will be available next year. At 295g for the pair, the pedals are SPD compatible though the xpedo cleat is wider than the Shimano cleat offering a more stable connection to the pedals. Available now, the pedals sell for $109 and are available in 5 colors.

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dan
dan
7 years ago

“and a pedal body that will want to hang vertically when unclipped”

So how are they going to make that happeen???? I dont see it.

Jo-slow
Jo-slow
7 years ago

Dan + 1 . How does is “want to hang vertically.” Is one side weighted?

Slow Joe Crow
Slow Joe Crow
7 years ago

If these DH pedals use an SPD cleat, I’m replacing my Crank Brothers Mallet pedals with these when they wear out.

TheKaiser
7 years ago

x3 on the “want to hang vertically.”!

I would also like some more close ups of the CX pedal and cleat. When Shimano added more platform on the sides of the XTR pedals, a lot of CX people complained, because even though the binding and cleat system could handle the mud just fine, they found that the increased tread lug/pedal contact resulted in problems with mud build up. Basically, you had to grind your tread down to the pedal body in order to get the cleat to the proper height to engage with the binding.

Nick H
7 years ago

Sign me up for the DH pedals. I currently use Xpedo Baldwins, but would like a bigger cage. I really like the design of the Xpedo pedals. Thankfully, they can be used with Shimano cleats. I don’t know why, but the Xpedo cleats wear out after like 6 rides.

mudrock
mudrock
7 years ago

A CX pedal would need good seals on the bearings because they get washed so often, which would provide a lot of stiction, plus it looks well balanced. What would make it hang?

Zac
Zac
7 years ago

Ive had many issues with 3 sets of baldwins, they are real good about the warranty, but the 2 bolt system to clip the toe of the cleat tends to rip out.

Jon @ OneUp
7 years ago

Nice

abc
abc
7 years ago

I love Xpedo pedals, they offer both great design and functionality. Bearings on mine are bombproof even after several seasons through mud and snow.